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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!

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, 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!

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!

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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: or feel free to contact me through the form below.  🙂

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.


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)!

*Disclosure*:  Some of the links above are Amazon Affiliate links.  When you purchase your roasting supplies from these links it helps support my family and pay for these blog posts.  Thank you for contributing.

Great January Special for lia sophia!

12 Jan
Me with Fall/Winter 2011 Catalog

CDO with Fall/Winter 2011 lia sophia catalog

Well, the bad news is that we have a great catalog that is discontinuing… but the good news is that there is still time to get your favorites out of the catalog at a great deal before they’re gone!

The January 2012 special is:  Buy one at regular price, get TWO for half off.  You can make those two items your most expensive.  This means you can purchase a $20 pair of earrings for regular price and get that $100 necklace for only $50!  It’s an absolutely amazing deal and just the thing to collect your favorite items before the next catalog comes out.

If you think our customer special is great, you’ll love our hostess special!  If you have a $650 show in January, you may purchase a sneak peak style from our brand new catalog for only $10!  It’s an excellent deal and you won’t want to miss out!  In addition, if you hold a $650 show in January, and get an additional $100 worth of jewelry for only $19!  That’s in addition to our already great hostess specials!

Looking for a way to eliminate that Christmas debt?  I can help you, step by step, to build your brand new business!  It’s easy, and getting started only costs $149!

Contact me at, or find my other contact methods on my website here!  Thanks for stopping by!

Introducing… the Thirty-One Spring 2012 Catalog!

11 Jan

Thirty-One Gifts Spring 2012 Catalog

Yesterday, I introduced you all to another catalog here .  Today, I would like you to check out the Thirty-One spring catalog!

Lotsa Dots

Mini Utility Bin in new pattern *Lotsa Dots*

It’s just absolutely chock full of some adorable new prints, your favorite classic prints, and some new products that will blow you away!  Perfect for spring and summer!  I know as soon as you see it, you’re going to want some products for yourself, and that’s why you need to stay tuned for our great February special.

In the meantime, don’t miss out on our fall catalog before it gets away!  More details to come on the current special.  If you’d like to have a catalog, please contact me (details below).  You’ll see some of these products in the new catalog!

Essentials Crossbody Thirty-One Gifts

Essentials Crossbody

I have a great hostess special this month, if you’d like to know more… let me know!  Thirty-One has certainly changed my organizational habits, and it can help change yours, too.  And if you’re looking for a way to pay off your Christmas debt, this is a great time to start!  Please contact me today at  at,  my site, or fill out the form below.

Thanks for reading!


Thirty-One Gifts January Special!

10 Jan

Take a look at this great January special from Thirty-One!

It’s our thermal tote sale, now featuring our ADORABLE new cinch-it-up tote!

Right now, you can get our adorable thermal tote for only $10, and our cinch-it-up tote for only $15.  The cinch-it-up features a cute cinch opening and is roomy enough for lunch for one or more than one.  It has straps that you can sling over your shoulder and wear like a purse!

Our “traditional” thermal tote is so adorable and is available for personalization!

Contact me at with any inquiries or visit my website here!  Thirty-One can also be a great way to earn some extra money!  We have a great new starter kit!  Join my nationwide team!

lia sophia NEW catalog!

10 Jan

lia sophia Spring 2012 Catalog

I’d like to share with you how excited I am about the 2012 Spring lia sophia catalog!

In this catalog, you’ll find 44% more color than the Fall catalog!  Color is going to be big this spring, and you’ll be right on the edge of the trend in lia sophia Jewelry!    You’ll also find 202 NEW styles in the collection, bringing our total number of styles to 532 in the catalog.  You’ll find that 56% of the catalog is under $50.  Our jewelry is an even BETTER value when you pair it with the customer special!  Details will be forthcoming on February’s special.

In the meantime, DO NOT miss out on the January special… and the last chance at some really awesome styles!  January’s special is buy one at reg he first to be seen in the spring lia sophia jewelry, and DON’T miss out on the last chance at the great styles in the current catalog!

I have a great hostess special going on right now as well.  Please message me, visit my site or fill out the form below if you’d like to know more!  Thanks for reading!


A Tiny Preview of Our New Spring Jewelry!

Tiny Preview of the Spring Line


New Bracelets

New Bracelets

The First Post

9 Jan

Well, the ink isn’t quite dry on the header and background… but here we go.  Time to write the first post of a fresh blog.

I suppose you want to know a bit about me to see if this blog is worth your time!  (Thanks for reading, by the way.)  This blog is about my life and its many aspects.  I’m first and foremost, as the title of the blog suggests, a (mostly) stay-at-home mom for my little girl.  I say mostly because I do have two businesses which I mostly run from home but do have to occasionally leave the house.  You’ll learn more about them later.  In addition, I also attend Western Governor’s University full time.  Well, it feels more like all the time than full time, but that’s my choice.  You’re sure to hear more about WGU as you follow my blog.  Tell you what, why don’t you go over and click the follow icon right now so you don’t miss any of the fun?  Thanks for stopping by!