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Foam Monster March 31, 2009

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I’m honored to have one of my mentors guest post. I found Kayla’s website when I first decided to start my bath and body business. In all of my research, I found lots of information and I was inspired by her story. It’s funny how when you read about someone in the business world, you almost forget that they too are moms, sisters, daughters, and friends. They have crazy days and funny stories to share, just like the rest of us. I found Kayla on Twitter a couple of months ago (yet one more reason I love Twitter) and we’ve been talking ever since. I’d like you to meet Kayla and her family, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Don’t forget to leave a comment and visit her site! ❤ MamaRucci

Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla Fioravanti, RA balances being a full time mom, cosmetic formulator, registered aromatherapist at Essential Wholesale the company that she founded and runs with her husband Dennis. Essential Wholesale was developed from a passion right inside her kitchen with her kids involved in every step of the way. Kayla and Dennis have three children, Keegan (16), Selah (9) and Caiden (7). We are active in our industry, community, church, school, and kids lives keeping us round the clock on the run. dennis__kayla1 Ever have one of those days? You know the kind I mean, a mom day. One kid sick, another one calling from school sick, the third wanting to finish her choir practice. I ended up driving in circles running a shuttle bus back and forth all day. On top of it, on one trip home I found myself following a carpet cleaning van directly to my driveway. The whole time I was wondering why he was stopping at my house, only to find my husband forgot to tell me I’d have a worker with me all day.

In addition to my chaotic mom day I was potty training a 9 week old puppy, fighting the flu myself, while working from home in between shuttle runs as I dreamed of taking a hot soak in the tub. Instead I decided to toss my daughters into an aromatherapy bath to help their little immune systems fight the flu. As a matter of housekeeping I insisted on body and hair washing being integrated into their soak time. During bath time I turned my back for a moment and, within that lapse, somehow sixteen ounces of shampoo was spilled all over the bathmat. For a moment I thought – soap is soap – and tossed it into the wash machine. bubbles

When I walked into the laundry room later to discover a foam monster escaping my washer, I remembered that laundry soap is low foaming and shampoo is high foaming. As a cosmetic formulator I know this – as I mom it never crossed my mind. Ten years of knowledge from formulating personal care items and natural household products was tossed out the window of my mind just long enough for me to add water and agitation to a high foaming shampoo and walk away. All the knowledge slapped me in the face as I walked around the corner to find my laundry machine alive with white foam that contrasted the black of my machine.

My sixteen year old giggled at me as we entered the laundry room together to conquer the foam monster. In the end I might have won, but it was hard to tell as I attempted to transport the foam monster from the floor and machine to the utility sink. In the end the walls, floor, sink, machine and the two of us had been thoroughly covered in foam and cleansed. me-kids-best

It was just another mom day in the adventure of motherhood. It is being played out again today and will be continued tomorrow with joy and laughter blended with stress and chaos. I expect tomorrow to listen to the sound of laughter of my kids as we fall to the floor giggling over the mistakes mom makes just trying to get through each event filled day in an overwhelmed state of mind. I wouldn’t trade any of it – ever.

To learn more about Kayla visit

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Easter Wine Ideas March 28, 2009

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White Wine

Portugal’s Bairrada Sparkling Wine Makes a Great Addition to the Traditional
Easter Holiday Dinner

This affordable wine promises an intense flavor that complements both pork and

March 27, 2009–Wine enthusiasts looking for something different to serve at
Easter dinner this year should consider a Bairrada wine, an emerging wine from
the central region of Portugal. The wine is the perfect match for ham, lamb or
any flavorful meat.

Known in America for making fine port, Portugal has been gaining attention on
the world stage as a producer of flavorful yet affordable wines. The Portuguese
wine making industry spent the past 20 years investing in modernizing equipment
and improving cultivation techniques. In 2008, the push for top-notch quality
paid off. Eight Portuguese wines were listed in Wine Enthusiast’s 2008 “100 Best
Buys,” and four of Portugal’s wines made the Wine Spectator’s “Top 100″ list,
all scoring 90 or above.

Bairrada sparkling wine is one of Portugal’s unique varieties gaining notoriety.

The word Bairrada comes from the Portuguese word “barros,” or clay, and refers
to the region’s soil. Winemakers here predominantly use the red Baga grape,
known for producing tannic wines with bold color and intense flavor. The
combination of the deep grape flavors and rich soil produces a complex wine that
has long been paired with roasted suckling pig in Portuguese restaurants.

The flavorful elements that make Bairrada a perfect complement to roasted pork
also pair nicely with a smoked ham or subtle lamb roast – the two most popular
centerpieces of the American Easter dinner.

A Bairrada label commonly found in the United States is Caves Alianca vineyards,
which claims a vast series of six estates throughout Portugal. Their 2004
Bairrada Reserva Bruto sells for about $11 and can be purchased at online wine
retailers like ShopRite Wines & Liquors of Chester
( and Columbia Wine Company
( ).

Other Bairrada producers to look for are Quinta do Encontro and the region’s
most well known winemaker Luis Pato, considered to be the top producer of Baga
casta wines. More information at


Flip Giveaway March 27, 2009

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I wanted to let all my readers know that SuagrJones is giving away a Flip Video Camera. Don’t miss the opportunity to sign-up! Follow the link below. You know I did!!! Whoot- I’m so winning this!

Flip Giveaway


Launch of The PAR System(tm) Membership! March 19, 2009

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The PAR System Membership Program is a 6-month productivity course that will allow you to do more every day, how to work toward your goals and dreams, and how to do only those activities which allow you to achieve your dreams.

Check it out. You will learn:

* How to plan your day with the Write, Prioritize, Review (WPR) Method
* How to decide which activities to work on first
* How to determine your DUMB goals (your dreams and things you truly want to work for)
* How to avoid things which might get you off track

Check out the program Today with no risk and a 30 day money-back guarantee!

There’s never been a better time to check out The PAR System™ because on April 1st (April Fool’s Day, hrmm…), Chris will be re-launching the website with a Twitter Party. The festivities start at 9:00pm EST #ParSystem, don’t be late!! In addition, Chris will officially launch the The PAR System™ Membership program, a 6-month course to teach The PAR System™. For those who want one-on-one productivity coaching, Chris will also offer The PAR System™ Very Productive Person™ Membership!

Now, to get this site kicked off in style, there will be some fanfare, a few laughs, and a lot of great giveaways including:

2 FREE The PAR System™ Memberships (a $95.94 value)
1 FREE 6-month The PAR System™ Very Productive Person™ Membership (a $99.00 value)
1 $50 gift certificate from Rachel Ferrucci at Touch’d Bath and Body
2 FREE Zero2Novel Memberships (a $68 value)
1 hour of FREE novel consulting from published novelist Lonnie Ezell
2 FREE 1 hour consultations with Shelly Kramer (a $150 value)
1 FREE article/blog edit with Gina LaGuardia

To enter the above giveaway-leave a comment here and go to Start Being Productive and enter to WIN!


Raising Girls vs Boys March 5, 2009

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princessI have two daughters, now 18 and 23. My best friend (my sister by heart)has two boys, now 10 and 15. We share our children, neither one of us needed to go any further. Her boys are my boys, and my girls are her girls. The kids treat each other like brothers and sisters and call each other godbrother or godsister. With that said, her boys, we’ll call them J and R for now, love to come to our house. They get to hang with Uncle Richie, who lets them get away with everything, buys the most obnoxious toys and hang in the “Man Cave”. For some reason they really like it here.

I already went through the teen years with my girls and there was plenty of fighting. I was always yelling at someone to stop talking to the other one. They fought about clothes, shoes, makeup, brushes, who was getting a ride to where, and who was sitting where at the table, and who called “shot gun” first. Pretty much if it was seen, done, or heard they would argue about it. But, Do not cross one of them because they would turn into a pack of wolves defending each other.

imagesSo being experienced with sibling rivalry, I should have no problem handling the boys, right? I’ll let you be the judge. Last weekend the boys came over. J kept punching R in the arm to make him tough. Not cool so uncle Richie put a stop to that. Great, one thing down. That was handled well…woo hoo we still got it!

Later that night, I’m in the dining room on Twitter typing away at 1:30 in the morning. R is sleeping sound on one couch and J is texting away and watching TV on the other couch. J comes over and asks me for a highlighter, I tell him where to get it (by not lifting my head and just pointing). Thinking to myself wow he’s such a bright boy, reading something for school and highlighting the important facts!! I faintly heard him say,”oh good a sharpie, even better”! Still sucked into twitter, it didn’t sink. The next thing I know R has sharpie all over his little cute sleeping face….EVERYWHERE!!! OMG how am I going to explain THIS to their mother? I can’t wake R now, so I let him sleep all night with the permanent marker on his face. I yell at J asking, “Why would you do that to your brother”. I wasn’t aware of the prior events that happened at their house. J said R wrote on him with a highlighter and he just got him back.

sharpieThe next morning, Mr. Rucci woke up, his usual bright and early and went to wake up the boys and saw R. He asked, “What is all over your face,” then immediately looking at J, asking,”WHAT did you do to your brother”? How he knew right away was beyond me….does Mr. Rucci have some parenting skills that I lost or missed? Mr. Rucci helped R with cleaning his face and the joke for the day was, TT (that’s me) doesn’t pay attention to her surroundings when on Twitter! Glad that incident is over…phew

NOT!- the next day I received this letter from my best friend and I had to share.

Dear Rich & Rachel,

Thank you again ever so much for the giagantical weapon you purchased for R. We especially love the large wooden target that is now set up in the living room. We spent all of last night target shooting or practicing to be a sniper. Last week R wanted to be a Nascar Pit Crew Chief when he grew up now we want to “snipe” people. It was adorable I snapped a few photos to update his baby book.

R showed me a series of bruises on his arm in the shape of J’s fist. (This happened under my watch not yours) Apparently beating the crap out of R to the point of bruising him will make him tougher. Both boys agreed this was the objective to make R tough. Please save this email in the event I am brought up on charges for child abuse next time the boy see’s a DR.

When I went in to wake up R this morning I noticed he is sleeping with a Sharpie marker next to his bed (no joke) I guess he wants to be prepared for a counter attack should he ever be able to stay up later than J. Last night he must have fallen asleep first because the marker remained capped on the window ledge. I removed the marker from his room. J was spared this time.

Why J should not have been spared marker on his face………..I discovered last night the J spent quite a bit of money on gifts. I know this because he had to ask me to bring him to the bank to get the money to pay back his friend. I usually try to be more supportive and diplomatic when dealing with these types of issues but I did find myself screaming “Are you Retarded???”

Ah yes Boys…..gotta love them.


note: some things had to be deleted from the last paragraph of T’s letter in fear the teenager would get wind of me writing about him. This could be something he would remember when I’m in a home and I try not to give reason for any of the children to switch my toothpaste for Preparation H.

So you see, even though I have girls, I still get to enjoy the never ending excitement of “boy stuff”

If you can relate or if you have advice, please leave comments below 🙂