Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tristi Goes on a Virtual Book Tour

Hi everyone,

I'm trying something new for book promotion. I'm going on a virtual book tour, meaning that over thirty websites all over the Internet will be interviewing me, doing book reviews, and in all other ways talking about Tristi during the month of May. I'm pretty excited about it. All the stops are listed on my sidebar, if you'd like to check it out and see what they're saying about me.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blogging Babes Become Fragrance Designers!

We had such a great time on Saturday at our Blogging Babes luncheon. At least, I did. It was a blast. There were 8 of us at my house, Shellie, Lori, Tristi, Jeri, Candace, Karen, Sandra and Karlene.

We started at 10:00 a.m. with a bruncheon. Karen brought the yummiest chicken enchiladas with all the fixin's. (Don't forget you promised to send the recipe.) Sandra brought chicken legs in the crockpot. Tristi made those wonderful sour cream potatoes (we call them "funeral potatoes" around here). Candace brought 7 layer dip and chips. Lori and Shellie brought meat, cheese & crackers. And Jeri brought the most amazing Razzamatz Dessert, made with berries and cream. It was all delicious. Thanks everyone.

Lori, Tristi (left, front to back);
Karlene, Jeri, Candace (right, back to front)

After lunch, Karlene told us about her Urban Botanic business where you can make your own customized fragrances for bath, body and home. Everyone designed at least one custom fragrance that they were happy with. Tristi made two—one for her and one for her Season of Sacrifice book. Candace also made two—one for her and one for her hubby, Alvin. Jeri made two as well—her own, and then she made some lotion from Shellie's recipe.

Shellie, Lori, Tristi

Karlene talked a bit about networking and said that anyone who wanted to blog about the experience and product, and include a button on their sidebar could have their recipe listed on her website, CustomScentsOnline.com and she'd give them a percentage of the sales of their fragrance. If you'd like to do this but weren't able to make it to the luncheon, just contact Karlene and she'll fill you in on the details.

Shellie (left), Sandra (front), Karen, Candace, Jeri (right)

May's luncheon will be on Saturday, the 17th, location to be announced later. Hope to see everyone there.

Friday, April 11, 2008

One of Me

I will miss you all tomorrow. I wanted to go to Karlene's, I wanted to be with you all, I soooooo wanted to learn about blogging for business. Will you catch me up. I know, you snooze you lose. But if you can bring me up to speed, I would so appreciate it.

I am one of the happiest mothers in the world. I have one of the "awesomest" son-in-laws ever. In fact, he will not even let us use the term in-law, as they do not believe in it. They are meant for each other. Besides being gentle, attentive, and chivalrous, I have felt the strength of his spirit, as he laid hands on my head, with my husband, to give me a blessing. Yes, though the engagement was brief, I know he will take good care of my daughter and the children that will come to them.

Here is their announcement, the picture taken the day they married in the Mt. Timpanogas Temple. The only address I have for most of you is your email. So, this is the invitation to our loacl Blogger Babes group, invitation to join us in celebrating this wonderful blessing, the marriage of Alan and Jennifer.

In my earlier post I mentioned it was a brief engagement. Well, once they fasted (each without the other knowing so) and had their answer about each other, they got engaged. They came home that night to tell us and ask her father for her hand. The next evening they prayed about all the dates between February and the end of May. They called us during family home evening to tell us that they had set the date, and that the Spirit had confirmed it. They were to be sealed that Friday, just 3.5 days away. So, there was a lot to do and a short time to do it in. His grandfather sought and received permission from the first Presidency, to fly in from Nauvoo and seal them. She was sealed in her temple dress. The dress she is wearing in the wedding pictures is the dress she wore that Sabbath Day that he proposed to her on the way to church. Those, at the temple responsible for preparing brides for their big day, are counseling brides to marry in their temple dress and save the bridal gown for pictures and the reception, if a young lady wants to wear one.

She had no time to find a bridal gown though she found one she liked, only it was the wrong size. She had prayed and was reassured that she would find a gown before the reception. She did in deed find one this week. Our camera died before Christmas. So, we got a new one this week. I will try to post pictures from the reception.

We get to prepare the reception around a funeral tomorrow. We will have two hours to set up. No stress. The first half of the reception will be a reception line. The second half, my daughter and her husband invite us to dance and mingle. Jon us if you can. The building is just off Center Street in Orem, just behind Mountain View Seminary, west of Mountain View High School.

Alvin's Kidney Transplant

I'm sure everybody's heard by now, but I thought I'd post it here as an FYI.

Alvin is getting his kidney transplant on Tuesday -- yup, Tax Day. April 15th will forever be "life" day for us. Anyway, I'll not be sending out any emails this time around. But will be chronicling everything on my personal blog: http://candacesalima.blogspot.com. So check there for any updates.

We check into the hospital at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It will be an hour so before he actually goes into surgery and then 6 to 8 hours before it is completed. Yeah, I'll have a laptop and will undoubtedly be cruising blogland, oh yeah, and writing and working, while I wait. We're excited, but scared.

The cool part? We get to test drive the flagship of the Intermountain Health Care hospitals. Yeah, we'll be chillin' and recovering in the stylin' hospital rooms of the Intermountain Medical Center off 53rd South in Murray. I'm looking forward to that plasma t.v.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Pot Luck Lunch April 12th

You all remember our April date, right!? Here's a reminder with more info at the bottom!

All Beautiful Bodacious Babbling Blogging Babes
are invited to a fun-filled potluck luncheon in April!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

10:00 a.m. – Noon (we may go a little longer...)

Karlene's place (Inksplasher)
622 E 700 N, Pleasant Grove
Map here

Bring a potluck dish to share. We'll make a meal out of whatever shows up.
(Karlene will provide drinks, plates, utensils, etc.)

Building Your Business through Blogs

You'll create an Urban Botanic signature fragrance to
reflect your blog/personality—absolutely free!

Learn how to use your fragrance to earn a
little extra income—absolutely free!

Several chances to win prizes—absolutely free!

(Did I remember to say, absolutely free, no commitment at all?)

Need more info? E-mail me.

Take the UB personality test before you come.

*Creating your custom fragrance recipe is absolutely free.
If you'd like to mix your fragrance into one of our UB bath and body products,
I will be offering 20% off the regluar UB prices.

I created the most heavenly scents when I went to Karlene's parties in the past. It is so much fun! I'll admit, I wasn't very excited for the first one. But it only took about 15 minutes I was so into it that my husband called to see if I was coming home any time soon! Ladies you are going to love it, I promise. Cool part was . . . people that are usually allergic to scents didn't have a problem. One woman had a problem with the musks so she stayed away from those. But other than that, it was completely good.

Good friends, good food, fun activity, fun tips . . . let's all make the effort to be there.

Now, in order to have a potluck we have to have more than seven layer dip and sour cream & onion potatoes . . . dang, I'm hungry. I need everyone to drop me an email confirm your attendance and tell me what you'll be bringing. I'm craving enchiladas . . . anyone?

Thus far we have:

Karlene: Drink, plates, cups and utensils
Candace: 7-Layer Dip & Tortilla Chips
Tristi: Sour Cream & Onion Potatoes
Sandra: Oven Fried Chicken Legs
Lori: Contemplating
Jeri: Razzamatz Dessert

Anyone? Anyone?