lia sophia’s AWESOME March Special

29 Feb

lia sophia’s March special is what I like to call “a taste of being a hostess”.  The special this month is twofold.  Not only can you take advantage of our awesome customer save plan, which is buy 2 items at regular price, get your third (the most expensive item) for half off! You read that correctly!  The third item is your MOST expensive item, and it’s HALF off!  But lia sophia is pulling out the stops this month… because when you spend $100, you get a “taste of being a hostess” by getting to purchase any item worth up to $100 for only $25!  What a great special!  To take a look at the catalog, click here.

Women these days are SO busy!  How long has it been since you have gotten together with your best friends over a glass of wine or just to talk?  A lia sophia Show is the perfect excuse to have a party!  It’s simple, fun and so easy!  And you get to reap the rewards of friendship and get free jewelry for spending a night with your friends!

My hostesses get 20% of their show sales in free jewelry, 2 half priced items and 4 items at hostess bonus price.  Hostess bonus price is a fraction of retail.  For items under $100, you’d pay only $15 at hostess bonus price.  This pricing goes all the way up to our most expensive items, which you’ll never pay over $65 for!  It’s a great deal, but it gets even sweeter if you get 10 orders and 2 bookings!  At this level, you’ll receive 40% of your show sales in free jewelry!  I am happy to do in-person shows as well as catalog shows.  A great idea that’s lots of fun is to have a theme party!  Your girlfriends will love it and it will be such a blast!  If you’re interested in having a show, or just want to browse the rewards, click here.

If you’d like to work part time for full time pay, lia sophia is an awesome company to do that with!  We just rolled out a BRAND NEW starter kit chock full of over $1000 worth of jewelry and enough supplies for 5 shows.  Supplies after that have some of the lowest industry prices, and our Advisors enjoy one of the best commission programs anywhere!  Please contact me if you’d like to know more or have an information packet to look over in the comfort of your own home!  My contact information can be found on my webpage here.

Thank you so much for visiting the Chief Domestic Officer!

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March Thirty-One Special

29 Feb

Thirty-One’s special for March 2012 is spend $31 and buy the Mini Utility Bin (shown above) for only $8!

The mini utility bin retails for $22 and is available in Aqua Circle Spirals, Black Parisian Pop, Camo, Flutter, Lotsa Dots and Textured Twill.  You can check out the patterns here.

This Mini Utility Bin has so many uses!  It is the cutest trash can you’ve ever seen, a toilet tissue holder, a place to put all of your curling and flat irons when not in use, a cabinet organizer, a poolside caddy… there are so MANY uses for this tote, I just know you’re going to love it!

In addition, March is a great time to host a Thirty-One party!  With the great Mini Utility Bin special your guests will love, you’re sure to get the items on your list just in time for vacations and nice weather!  Hostesses are entitled to 5 special hostess-only rewards that you’ll have to see to believe!  Click here to be directed to my website to view all the products.

I know you won’t want to miss out on this month’s special as either a hostess or a customer.  Contact me today to book your show!  My email address is glamourousbling@gmail.com, or call me at the contact number listed on my website anytime!  I am happy to do parties in a reasonable distance from my home.  Contact me for details.  I also do catalog shows.

If you could use an extra full-time income working only part-time hours, please contact me today!  Starting your own no-obligation business is as easy as an email or phone call away!  Our starter kit is only $99 dollars and includes all the supplies and support you’ll need to get started, and all of the support to keep going!  My team is nationwide!

Thanks for visiting the Chief Domestic Officer!

A New Term Has Begun!

10 Feb

You may have noticed that things have been eerily quiet on my blog for a little over a week.  My apologies.  Last Wednesday I started into my second term with WGU.  You can read all about my school in this post.

Last term, I managed to bring my credit tally up to 70 credits (yes, in one term… WGU is awesomely flexible!).  The minimum credits to enroll in at WGU are 12.  Last semester I figured I’d be happy if I did 30 credits.  When I ended the semester I was elated to tally them up and find that I had gotten 70 in!  I went to find out what my official status was and found out that I needed one more credit to move to “senior” status.

I am so excited to share with you that as of Tuesday the 7th, I am officially a senior.  I passed the bane of my existence, an exam on math – algebra, geometry, trig and a sprinkling of calculus  (QLC1).  I have since moved on to statistics and accounting.  Meanwhile, I’m also working on my Sales and Marketing Executives International “Certified Sales Executive” certification.   It’s been a bit busy around here, as I’d like to complete my Bachelor’s degree this term.  Life likes to attempt to stall me on that goal.

I’d like to apologize to you for the lack of posts as of recently.  I haven’t forgotten about that third installation of the coffee series (if you’d like to read the first two, start here.  🙂  Hopefully I can find time very soon to post the third coffee post.  If you can’t tell, coffee is a huge motivator for me through school and life.  🙂

I’d love to hear about what motivates you!  Leave me a comment below!

lia sophia February Special!

9 Feb

lia sophia has an exciting special for February!

 

Buy any 2 items at regular price, and get 2 items for half price.  Buy 3 items at regular price, get 3 for half.  The number you can get for half is unlimited… you can repeat the special over and over!

The best news?  Those half-off items can be your most expensive items!  You read that right!  For example, you could choose two pairs of earrings at $20 a piece and get that $50 bracelet for only $25 and get that $100 necklace for $50.  This is just an example.  There are many ways you can use the special, and we have jewelry for all budgets.  Click to view our catalog at the link below, or drop me a line on the form!  🙂  Thanks for visiting CDO!

Visit the website here:  http://www.liasophia.com/realmccoy

Thirty-One February Special

9 Feb

Sorry about the timing on this post!

Thirty-One February Special

The special for Thirty-One for February is…..

Spend $31 and get any item of your choice for 31% off!  It’s a once-in-a-catalog special!

You can order here:  http://www.mythirtyone.com/realmccoy or feel free to contact me through the form below.  🙂

How to Make the Best Coffee in the World

26 Jan

This is part of a series on roasting your own coffee.  Today’s post is the actual roast process.  Do you have all of your equipment?   If you missed the previous post about the supplies you’ll need, please read this post first.

When your popcorn popper has heated to 400 degrees (again, this is more difficult if your popper has not yet been seasoned), you want to add your green coffee beans at that point.  Once you have done that, the temperature usually falls about 50 degrees.  You will want it to hover around 350 for the duration of the roast process.  Begin stirring (with the popper’s handle) immediately.  You’ll need to continue constantly stirring during the entire process.

After about six minutes, the first signs of “first crack” will appear.  You’ll actually hear the beans making a cracking sound.  With some roasts, this may be barely audible.  However, with some practice, you’ll begin to notice other signs of pending first crack.  Once first crack occurs, second crack will not be far behind.  I like to turn down the flame at this point so that I can control these events, because from here on out it begins to move more quickly.  Once first crack has finished, the roast is said to be a “full city” roast.   When the coffee beans start to sound like popcorn popping, you’re into “second crack”.   Once second crack starts, I pour the coffee into the colander quickly.  This is “full city +”, and is how I like most of my coffee, but depending on what the label on my bag of green coffee beans says, I sometimes vary this.

Once the coffee is in the colander, I usually take it outside, shaking it in the colander and blowing off the chaff.  Chaff doesn’t really affect the taste of the coffee, but it makes a mess, so I just get rid of it.  This also serves to cool the coffee down quickly.  This is also important because the coffee will continue to roast if not cooled quickly.

If you prefer a darker roast, you can go on to French roast, which is what occurs after second crack is completely over.  Go past French roast, and you’ll produce a coffee which tastes burnt and lacks body.  I don’t recommend it.

Once your coffee has cooled enough to touch, remove any beans which are tan or white in color.  You can also remove any beans which have gotten too dark for your liking.  This ensures continuity of the cup.

Once you have roasted your coffee and gotten rid of the chaff and “quaker” (unroasted) beans, you’re ready to store your coffee.  I store my coffee in a tin (which I am fairly certain is not made of tin).  I do not completely seal the lid on it for 4 hours.  This is also the amount of time it takes until the coffee reaches its “peak”.  Freshly roasted coffee tastes much better after aging 4 hours.   Since the biggest perk of roasting my own coffee is freshness, I do try not to roast more than what I can use in a few days to a week.

There are also a variety of coffee storage methods available in the same location I buy my coffee from : Sweet Marias.  This website also has in-depth information about other roasting methods, such as using a wok or an air popper, all the way up fancy roasters specifically for the purpose of coffee roasting.

In my next installment, I’ll talk about how I brew my coffee to continue consistency in the cup.

The Best Coffee in the World

25 Jan

… okay, so maybe it is not the best coffee in the world, (but it’s just a tribute…..) it is SOME of the best, if I say so myself, though.

I’ll admit it.  I’m a control freak.  I try to control all the important aspects of my life.  Coffee is one of those VERY important aspects.  And it’s full of antioxidants!

So this post is all about how I roast my own coffee….. or….. how I control my entire coffee process.  Now you’re thinking I’m a complete loon.  You’re somewhat right.  In fact, it was my stepdad who taught me the home roasting process, and when he told me that he was going to start roasting his own coffee, I was like you are crazy!  Just go to the store and experiment until you find something on the shelf you like.  I wish it were that simple, but the sad truth of the matter is that as soon as something new comes on the market, it tastes so good, but as we continue to buy it, it doesn’t taste as good as it once did.  You want to know why?  When it first comes on the market, it’s a fresh roast!  People always talk about how good the coffee was on their Caribbean vacation, etc., etc.  That’s because you’re also getting fresh roasted coffee in those countries when you go!

Roasting your own coffee is also a somewhat cheaper alternative to buying from the shelf, and if you buy it from a retailer who supports fair trade coffee, you can feel good about the money you’ve spent on your ‘cuppa Joe’!

First for the equipment:

My equipment is very simple.  I use a stainless steel stovetop popcorn popper.  I could not find them anywhere near me, even at the specialty kitchen store… so I left you a link below this:

Here’s a link to the one I use.

I use stainless because I prefer it over aluminum for my cookware.  To me, the few extra dollars are worth it.  Also, it’s much easier to clean, although I don’t clean the roaster as often as you’d think.  A slight “patina” of coffee oils actually makes the roasting process easier.  However, stovetop roasting can create a lot of smoke, so wiping the roaster out after every batch or two with a paper towel is helpful.  I have a hole drilled in the top of my roaster and a thermometer stuck through the hole.  This is so I can control the roasting process and check the temperature without opening the lid and without throwing another variable of cooling before desired into the process.

You’ll also need a dry measure or a scale, or something like this which has a scale built in:

Measuring cup with scale

Measuring cup with scale

You can find the measuring cup with scale here.

That way, you’ll be able to weigh out your coffee.  I like to use approximately 8-16 ounces of coffee to roast at a time.  As coffee roasts, however, it will actually lose density.  When I was starting, I stuck to 8 ounces at a time.  I still occasionally cobble up a roast, but if you only had 8oz of beans, you don’t have to feel (too) bad about throwing them out.

Another thing you’ll need is something for your beans to cool off quickly in.  I use a large stainless colander.  These can be purchased pretty much anywhere kitchen stuffs are sold.

Colander

Link to colander.

You’ll also need a thermometer that goes to at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer

Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer

Here’s a link to the thermometer.

Coffee roasting is a process as individual as the roaster themselves, so there is a high degree of variability.  If you’re a control freak like me, you’ll love the results you can get.  I like to use natural gas or propane to cook with, and I find that its high degree of CONTROL (sensing any theme here?) is perfect for roasting coffee.  When your roaster is unseasoned, your thermometer may not read correctly, so sticking with medium-low temperatures is best at first.  You’ll need to heat the roaster up before you place any of your coffee in it.  If your roaster has been seasoned, during the warm-up process, you may see some smoke coming out of it.  That is an unfortunate by-product of the stovetop roasting method.  However, don’t let it dissuade you from trying this method!  It’s one of the cheapest ways to get started roasting, and if you decide it’s not for you, you have the equipment to make the best homemade kettle corn, ever!

The beans in the photo above are YirgaCheffe Dimerso Cooperative.  It’s a wet-process coffee, and wet process coffees are my personal favorite.  I’d encourage you to buy a variety of coffees to start roasting.  Although each type of coffee roasts differently, they all have their own individual characteristics.  You might be surprised to see what you like.  All these years I thought I loved island coffees, then figured out that my favorites were from Sumatra and Africa!  I buy my beans here (no affiliate link, I just like their quality and price):  Sweet Marias.  This link will take you to a sampler pack.  That is how I started and it is a really great deal.

Stay tuned for the roasting process… next post (here)!

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