Friday, October 11, 2013

Empowering Women

Speaking about my passions ~image tools, harnessing the power of color in your wardrobe and your life, proper care of skin, makeup artistry, systemizing life, empowering oneself, self esteem, believing in oneself, celebrating life and anything that will enhance and improve lives~ excites me. 
In the past few weeks I have been honored to speak to women and girls about tools that will strengthen their lives and empower them to reach their potential. Recently I was honored to speak to moms and their daughters. Today I spoke to a high school fashion and textiles class. Next week it will be an event with girls and their parents. 
I absolutely love sharing life altering tools that enhance lives. While discussing that someone was asked to write an introduction about me, I asked my husband what he would have written. His response precisely reflects my deepest passion. He said he would have written that I value each person’s uniqueness and have dedicated my adult life to creating customized tools to enhance and empower each woman with tools that address that uniqueness.

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Blog Button

We are making a few changes to this blog starting with the transition of new vibrant photos. Recently, we've changed our Blog Button for our readers to place on their public and private blogs.

To Add a Blog Button to Your Blog:
  •  Copy the code in the box next to the corresponding button of your choice
  • On the Layout section of your blog, click Add a Gadget
  • Click to add HTML/JavaScript
  • Paste the copied code and then save
  •  Your blog button is now a photo-link for your readers to view See You in the Powder Room

Monday, May 20, 2013

Senior Miss

Associating with women is on the top of the list of my favorite things to do. I welcome opportunities to speak to women and involve myself in worthwhile events and projects. Recently I served as a judge for the Ms. Idaho Senior America Pageant. Until a few months ago I was not aware that there was such a thing as a National Ms. Senior America Pageant connected to the Miss America and Mrs. America circuits. For many years I assisted with the Miss America pageant on a local level. In fact, I traveled with our committee to meet the then reigning Miss America several years ago. And now as a favor to the director of the Ms. Idaho Senior America Pageant, I found myself on the judge’s panel of a pageant created for women in an entirely new age category.

Women must be 60 years old and beyond to participate in the Ms. Idaho Senior Pageant. As I interviewed these women and enjoyed their talents as well as listening to them share their life mission on stage, I was inspired. I was impressed as I watched two of the older women women, each 78 years young, tap dance and sing. Various talents were displayed by the others. Each exuded confidence as they performed and participated in the various events. As a participant, they qualified themselves to become a member of the honored Cameo Club, a service organization, blessing the lives of others. What a worthy cause.

The women in this age category of the pageant were referred to as the Age of Elegance. And who wouldn’t like to be classified as “elegant”? I determined that I would share their message with the world that there is still plenty of life to live in the years of elegance. I admire the courage it takes for women to reach their dreams and live life to the fullest, no matter their age. My all time favorite message to the world is Celebrate Life and these women were doing just that.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Photo provided by Photos by MJ
F.E.A.R. can either stand for:

1. Forget Everything and Run or
2. Face Everything and Rise.

Fear can be crippling, impeding our progress and clouding our otherwise happy life. I recently discovered system that counteracts negative, fear based thoughts.

Once I became acutely aware of this new life enhancing system, I was shocked at how many times fear based thoughts entered my mind. I am on guard for thoughts that distract me from my life’s path.

 Get a little notebook and keep it handy. Whenever you experience doubt, a fear based thought or worry, jot it down.

I label that page UNTRUTHS.

 Then write two positive thoughts to counteract that negative thought.


I will never be able to ______.

I can achieve that goal (whatever you listed above).

I can am grateful that I have mastered _________ that now blesses my life.

 I challenge you to put this system into action and discover how to eliminate negative, fear based thinking and living.

Faith and fear cannot co-exist. Mastering your thoughts will propel you into constant positive thinking which control our actions, which in turn creates the quality of our lives.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Be a good Receiver

Recently someone I admire a great deal shared his thoughts about being a good receiver. My mind went back to a Christmas when I was very disappointed in what Santa had left me. The little doll as not what I had wanted and hoped for. I wanted a Thumbalinadoll, that when activated, moved like a real baby. The doll Santa left me was just a plain doll. There was nothing special or unique about her.
I am not proud of my feelings on that Christmas and hope Santa forgot about it long ago. But I haven’t forgotten. Regret is not healthy. The only way this bad experience can serve me now is to learn from it and let it go. In our hustle and bustle we may forget to slow down and express adequate appreciation. I am committed to enjoying each little moment during this special time of year. Hope you are too!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
Folks dressed up like Eskimos.”*
*From The Christmas Song
Christmas is rich in traditions.  It is the traditions that keep us connected year after year.  Early in our marriage, my husband and I determined that we were going to blend our childhood traditions and create our own Christmas and year-round traditions to insure that our family had reason to feel and remain connected.  Traditions cement our sense of belonging.  Creating and carrying out traditions has been a delightful lifelong pursuit.  We are flexible enough not to resist change and willing to adapt new ways of doing things.  In addition, we enjoy our adult children including us in their own young family’s unique traditions.
I really have enjoyed the comment “we always_______”. It is fun to know we can count on things to be consistent year after year.  But we have to be careful not to become too rigid since it is fun to explore new ways to celebrate.
One tradition that a daughter has created is for her children to sing Christmas songs on the stairway while they wait for their parents to get up to see if Santa has arrived on Christmas morning.  Most years they go through dozens of songs before the exhausted parents pull themselves out of bed.  Another has created a tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve which is always new pajamas for each family member.  And another daughter’s tradition is the food they have for breakfast on Christmas morning.
What are some of your most cherished Christmas traditions?  And what do you hope to be remembered for when your posterity reminisces about Christmas’ with you?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Precious Christmas Time

This year we will once again have the blessing of our soldier son’s visit at Christmas. Excitement mounts as I count down the days until his arrival. His one and only Christmas wish was a ticket home. Having been away for a solid year, he is not shy about expressing his excitement to come home for Christmas. And we are excited! Our whole family will be together once again. 

However, his unit is on global readiness alert. Should his unit be needed, he will have to return within 24 hours to his Army base for any emergency assignment that comes up. He is required to keep his cell phone with him at all times and to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. He warned of this months ago, but it wasn’t until we got “test” calls and e mails from the Army to make certain we could also be reached that I was reminded how serious this is. Of course a call like this could ruin our plans for his short visit. We are praying for no calls and an uninterrupted visit.

 One thing I can promise is that I will enjoy every single moment he is here. From the moment we welcome him at the airport to the moment we will have to send him off again, we will fill his reservoirs with love, fun and relaxation. He has served long and hard. He will be well cared for by us as parents, his adoring sisters and his fan club of nieces and nephews along with friends and extended family.

Counting the days until our soldier son arrives to share with use in celebrating this sacred time of year.