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Don’t eat the Crème Brûlée sugar scrub!

My house smells amazing.

Brad says it is a little over powering. Everything is made and set up and I think we are ready. The sugar scrubs are made, the bath salts are ready and the I have made lots of Crème Brûlée candles. I think my favorite this year is the Crème Brûlée sugar scrub. It smells so good you think you could eat it but please don’t! Eeeewwww!

I have been busy promoting on Facebook. My friend Raquel Ramirez has been helping me boost my business and teaching me about social media. Sometimes I feel like my grandpa when he couldn’t figure out how to program the VCR. I will figure it out and then they will change it! haha.

Please check my Facebook page for coupons. I have coupons on there for $1 off tart bars, if you spend $10 you get a free gift and buy 4 pillars ($25 each) and get one free.

You know what? Since you are reading this I am going to go ahead and post them here.

Thanks for supporting me and my many businesses and my crazy ideas and my creative A.D.D. and my family and and and! It is because of you all that I get to do what I love.

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Scratch and sniff for books! Who knew?

How would you like to know what Colton smells like? Or, how would you like to smell like Rylee?

Now you can. Check out my new Driven Trilogy candles, body sprays and wax tart bars. It’s like scratch and sniff for books!

Go to the Shop page and BUY NOW!

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Another day in my life.

A few of my time management tips.

I had to visit Costco and Wal-Mart today (you know how I have issues with old people there). These are some of the things that made my day go smooth:

  • Go early. Late night too, but stores stock inventory at night and they might not have what you need on the floor.
  • Run your errands around doctor appointments. Go to stores that are close by the appointment. This saves time and gas.
  • Do your grocery shopping when you have an hour between appointments. Buy a bag of ice at the store with your groceries and bring a cooler or cooler bag so you don’t have to worry about getting home quickly. You can go to another appointment after grocery shopping and not have the pressure to return home because your food is going bad.
  • When at Costco or Wal-Mart park near a cart return so you can put your cart back quickly.
  • At Costco, don’t enter and then walk down the center aisle. You will get too distracted (unless you need something from the fun distracting isles). Walk down the far right aisle, straight to the back and then start shopping.
  • Shop without kids. It always takes twice as long with kids and it is not always a good bonding experience. Believe me, kids would much rather you have gotten it done while they are at school so they can spend quality time with you at home.
  • Be friendly. Just because you are in a hurry, you don’t have to be a jerk.
  • Don’t get frustrated with the old people who are eating their way through Costco. Remember, you will be old one day too!
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Another day in my life.

I am not usually this busy.

I had my day planned out the night before. I need to make the most of my time so I had to be quick and efficient. I am having a cooking class Tupperware party tonight and the only time to shop for it was yesterday. I had that to do, and a million other things. I know I can pack it in, but this day was a little crazy. Most of my days are not this busy. Only half of them!

So, this is how it went.

7am:I got up and got the kids ready and drove them to school.

8:30: Dropped kids off at school. Ran into a couple of moms and talked for a bit (I must have a social life-come on).

9:00 Arrived at Wal-Mart to buy the groceries for the dinner. I also needed to do a return at Wal-Mart, so I figured early morning was the best time (no wait! yes!).

As I was waiting to return my stuff, the nicest man asked the clerk for help finding the veterans hospital clinic which he was told was nearby. Wal-Mart girl was of no help so I got out my phone and started Googling. This poor old guy was so confused and even though I had the busiest day ever planned, I was determined to help him.

I found an address but I tried my google Maps but I wasn’t getting any internet. After calling the clinic phone number and getting a national phone center (with a wait time of 32 minutes) I hung up. I asked the guy to go outside with me and we followed my cell phone around the front of the store (like we were looking for water with one of those sticks- I saw it on NatGeo once). We finally got bars and my Mapquest popped up. The clinic was in the shopping center next door. I had a good mind to put the little guy in my car and drive him over there but I know better (I live with the police- and I’m not that big a risk taker). I then saw the Wal-Mart manager and asked her if she knew of the clinic and she said she did. I thanked her, said goodbye (good luck and everything) and started to walk away. Pam (that was the Wal-Mart manager) says, “you mean you don’t know this man?”. I shook my head no and she then proceeded to tell me that I was a really kind stranger and thanked me for helping this man. After that I knew he would be in good hands with Pam.

I still wonder if he made it to the clinic. I hope so.

9:45: So, now I am off to Home Depot. I returned my ceiling fan (got it cheaper at Lowe’s with a coupon) and it is off to Costco.

9:50: Filled up with gas at Costco (yea, no line! I should do this more often).

10:00: Flying into Costco for my stuff (I have to stick to the list or I can get distracted).

10:20: Back in the car and on the way to my Dentist appointment.

10:30: noon: Dentist

Home by 12:20.

It took me about 30 minutes to unload everything and put it all away.

Feeeew, I am tired just writing it. Then when I got home, I had to make lunch for Naomi’s boys (long story, they forgot their lunch and it was half day at school) and sand Delaney’s loft bed that I am working on painting.

I ate lunch and was outside sanding by 1:30

From 1:30-3:30 I sanded the bed and I decided to put a coat of paint on before dark. NOT a good idea (the dew made the paint run and I have some sanding to do tomorrow). Nothing I could do about it. Oh well.

I bet you are wondering how my kids got home from school. Jermani picked them up. I love that girl.

I went inside changed out of my dusty clothes, ate dinner and waited for my first hair client at 5:30.

Worked in my hair salon from 5:30-8. Put the kids to bed, sat down and ate a snack and then watched TV from 9-12. Then went to bed!

How was that for a busy day? Too bad tomorrow is going to be the same. My mom says, “No rest for the wicked”. ha!

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The Mustang Story

I wrote this out a few years back when I sent a letter to Oprah (she never wrote back). What I should have done was send it to “Overhaulin’” because they could have pimped it out pretty good. I love this story and every time I hear the song I cry. The mustang is ready to be restored again and I think Derek and Brandon (my bro and his 15-year-old son) are ready to tackle it. Until then, it is still sitting in the back yard waiting…

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The Mustang Story

When my brother Derek was 15 or maybe even 14, he and my Dad bought an old 68’ Mustang. It needed a lot of repair. They spend the whole year fixing it up together. There was a song on the radio at the time by Jeff Carson called The Car. It was about a boy, his father and a car. The father in the song could never afford the car for his son, and they never did get to spend the time together. Upon his death the father gave the son the car keys.

The song didn’t quite apply to Derek’s and Dad’s situation, but even still, anytime it came on the radio they would call each other on the phone and let the other know they were thinking of the other.

Derek saved his money and bought shiny new rims for the car. They had given it a new paint job and it looked pretty sweet. Well, like any other 16-year-old boy, he wanted to move on and buy something bigger and better, so he sold the Mustang. It broke Dad’s heart, but he never did say it.

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12 years later my Dad was the best man in Derek’s wedding. I remember him putting together his best man’s speech. He was so proud. He was trying to shorten it down from a long 8 minutes. He also was trying to find the car song, but time ran out and he couldn’t find it. He did mention it in his speech. We all laughed and cried.

Two weeks after my brother’s wedding, my Dad fell off a ladder and died. It was very unexpected and traumatic. We needed to find that song and play it at his memorial service. Derek’s new brother-in-law did some research and found it. We played it at his service and it meant a lot. Derek said that day, that he would give anything to have that car back. I never forgot that.

A year later I was putting together a slide show for my wedding. While going through family pictures I came across a picture of my Dad and Derek sitting in the Mustang. Dad was driving and I don’t think Derek even had his license yet. This is when I got the idea. Derek had married a wonderful woman who had a little boy. My brother was now a father. Father’s day was soon approaching and I thought the perfect gift was to frame this picture with the words to the car song. I also set out to find the Mustang.

I knew the license plate number and the color. I put the word out to everyone I knew. If it was around town I would find it sooner or later. 6 days before Father’s day I received a phone call. One of my friends had spotted the car and gave me an address. It was late in the evening and I drove over to the address to see. Sure enough, there it was.

The next evening my mom and I went to the house to talk to the owner. A man was outside and he told us that it was his girlfriend’s car. He gave me her phone number and said to call her later. When I called her, she wouldn’t even come to the phone. The boyfriend said she really loved the car and wasn’t interested in selling it. So, I cried. Sobbing on the phone I gave him the whole story. I told him how I wanted to buy this car for my brother and give it to him on Father day. He said he would talk to his girlfriend about it and she would call me back later.

11:30 that night she called. She said she would sell, but at a higher price than I thought I would have to pay. I called my mom and she said to buy it at any price. So, I called her back and we made arrangements to pick it up on Friday night. Brad and I went to pick it up and we stored it at Brian’s (Brad’s brother) house for the weekend.

On Father’s day Brad, mom and I went over to Derek’s house. I didn’t want to make too big of a deal out of Father’s day, I didn’t want him to suspect anything. I gave him his framed picture and he cried. He asked where I found the picture. While this was going on Brian had driven the car to Derek’s house. We had made a CD with the car song playing over and over and we had it playing on the CD player in the car. The doors wide open.

I made up some excuse for Derek to come outside. When he did, he saw his car. He dropped to his knees and wept. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He walked around it and lightly touched it. He wanted to know how and where we found it. Then he wanted to know how much money he owed us!

He noticed little things about the car. The shiny rims he saved so long for were still on it. The carpet they had taken out of Dad’s van was still in the back window. The paint, though peeling, was their paint job. Even the screwdriver they had rigged up to use as an emergency brake was still in place. It was like someone was storing it for him for the last 13 years.

My brother was so happy. He told me he would never get rid of this car again. When he misses Dad he will go sit in it. He couldn’t believe he had it back…after all these years.

As for me, it was an incredible experience. Even though it wasn’t my car, it made me feel close to my Dad. I was happy Derek had his mustang back. That Father’s day was one of the best days of my life, and I know my Dad was in heaven smiling.

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This is the photo plaque I made my brother for father’s day that year.

* A crazy side note about this story. When we went to make the deal with the girlfriend my mom and I met her at her house down off of the 805 freeway (about 25 minutes from where we live). When we walked in, my Designs By Chelle candles were burning in the living room. The girlfriend recognized me and told me that she was a customer and that she had driven the car to my factory in El Cajon many times. I was always inside helping customers or making candles and I never checked out the cars in the parking lot. Weird.

 

Another day in my life.