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September 23, 2017

I’ll Show You How We Do Back To School!

Our kids actually start school in August, so they've been back for about a month now. This year we had 4 going to school! Jacob is in 6th grade (middle school!), Nicholas is in 4th, Emma 3rd and Jonathan started kindergarten! 

Getting 4 kids ready for school requires a plan and a budget. I've gotta get 4 back packs, 4 lunch boxes, 4 new pairs of sneakers, 4 new wardrobes, 4 school supply lists.. you get the idea! So I started shopping in June, pretty much as soon as school ended, so that I wasn't buying all at once. 

Kohl's was having an awesome sale! So I got their backpacks, lunchboxes and clothes. Chris LOVES sneakers, so he took them out shopping at this sneaker store we have in town. Their school supply lists come in the beginning of August so I shopped online at a few different places to get the best deals on what they needed. 

Every summer about 2 weeks before school starts I have the kids go to bed earlier (they're allowed to stay up later during the summer) and wake them up at the time they need to be during the school year. To help get them back on a routine, because some of them will sleep until noon if you let them! 

A couple pictures from their first day! You can see their new clothes, shoes, backpacks and haircuts! 

If you’d like to join in on this months collab, join the link up below! And here’s a list of the topics for the rest of the year! 

September 12, 2017

LuLaRoe Update

Hello y'all! 

It's been going on 6 months now that I've been an official LuLaRoe consultant.. So I figured I'd give a little update to let you all know how it's going! 

For those of you who didn't already know  I joined the Queue in January 2017 and Onboarded in April. During my wait I purchased all of the supplies I needed, there's a great list here if you're in the Queue and want to start shopping for your LuLaRoom! 

My initial inventory arrived April 17! And I was pretty impressed with how much I sold right away. Within a few weeks I had made enough to place two additional orders. Meaning I had made back a good chunk of my initial investment, but I was putting it right back into my business. 

Sales since have been slower than I would've hoped, especially over the summer. But I'm noticing it's picking back up now that school is back in session and the cooler weather is coming (not all LuLa styles are summer friendly). Even with not selling as much as I had hoped I would, I've still made enough to order more. I'm trying to keep building my inventory. The more you have, the more you sell! So while I haven't taken a profit yet, I'm also not putting out more of my own money.

I see a lot of consultants are quitting recently.. They say it was too much work, they didn't make enough money, they were taking out of their own pockets to reinvest in their business, etc. And while I can see how all of those things are frustrating, it takes time to build a successful business. Jumping in an making a full time career salary is not realistic, especially if you're not putting in full time hours! And LuLaRoe doesn't want you using personal money for business expenses they want you to use your sales. 

Have there been any negatives for me? Sure! I think with any business there are things that bother you or things you can improve on. One thing I want to work on is being more committed to not only my online Sales Schedule (because I'm pretty consistent with following that) but also a schedule as far as taking better quality pictures of inventory, booking Pop-Ups and doing Open Houses. I also want to get Live more often! Live Sales are the best for me! 

The more time I put in, the more I'll get out! 

Overall I'd say I've had a pretty positive experience so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where my business goes in the future! 

If youre thinking of starting LuLaRoe and have any questions, please leave me a comment down below! I'd love to chat with you! 

If you're a LuLaLover please join my Facebook Group ! And follow me on Instagram @lularoebymrswatkins ! 

Head on over to my groups and join in on the fun! If you mention this Blog I will give you $5 LuLaBucks towards an order with me! 

August 6, 2017

Updated Tattoos!

Last summer I posted I'll Show You My Tattoos and a few tats have been added since then so I figured I'd update you! 

As you may remember Chris had Jacob and Emma's names, last fall he added something for me, then got Nicholas, Jonathan and Aubrey's names as well.

I'm a Pisces so he got two fish and my full name Kaitlin Nora. 

He added my kids names to his arms. The girls are on one arm, boys on the other. How amazing is he?! Couldn't ask for a better bonus Daddy for my kiddos! 

Then yesterday we both got new tattoos! 

Chris got the baby's name and foot prints. 

And I got 3 more hearts added to my wrist. So now I have one heart for each of my babies! 

Next time I'm getting them all colored in (the kids "color") and the whole tattoo cleaned up a bit. Can't wait! 

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have/want any tattoos? Leave me a comment down below! 

July 25, 2017

I'll Show You My Vacation

Six kids, limited budget, Momma with anxiety... We don't travel. Not for a typical vacation that is. But we are all about the "staycaton"! Chris takes a week off of work and we take some day trips and spend lots of quality family time together! 

This summer our kids did two separate weeks of VBS (vacation bible school). We took them to our community's pool. Hiking at a local Water Fall spot. Spent a few days at the lake swimming, playing in the sand and fishing. Chris took the kids to the Splash Pad (I was home with a sicky baby). And a trip to the Fair! 

It may not sound too exciting compared to the trips to the ocean, cruises or cross country trips some of our friends have taken this summer. But it's what works for us and we enjoy it. It doesn't really matter what we're doing, as long as we're together. Some of my favorite memories as a kid are BBQing for dinner and making s'mores over a fire, sitting outside watching the fireflies with my parents.. And that's something we do every weekend! 

What did you do this summer?! 
Comment down below! Or join our link up! 

July 21, 2017

4am Chit Chat

For months now Christopher has been sleeping longer chucks of time at night. But he almost always wakes up between 2 or 3 to eat and has a hard time settling back down. So my body had just become acustumed to being awake from 2/3-5am every night! It's a little bit frustrating because I'd prefer to be sleeping.. but it gives me a little peace and quiet and time to think. Which as I'm sure you can imagine, doesn't happen too frequently! 

Chris asked me the other day why I haven't been blogging and I told him I really want to, I just haven't had a ton of time! I did the update recently just filling you all in on what we've been up to. And finding time to sit and blog with all 6 kids home during the day is challenging. I'm keeping up with my monthly collab and trying to throw a little more content out there. But I'm not as active as I was and I doubt it will happen until the start school. 

I've got a few things in mind, you know me.. always planning! But getting it from my brain to my fingers and then editing and getting the blog posted is the part that takes time! I've seriously considered vlogging, I know I've mentioned this before, but the editing is what really stresses me out! I could walk around all day with a camera documenting our lives. I could absolutely do cooking videos and cleaning routines, but again, editing and posting is time consuming and right now I just don't have any extra hours in the day. 

I've got a to-do list a mile long of things to complete before the end of the summer. But once fall is here and things calm down a bit, I promise I'll be much more active on here! 

What's going on in your lives? Summer keeping you all super busy as well? Leave me a comment down below! I'd love to hear what's new with you! 

July 18, 2017

I'll Show You My Heritage

This months topic is a bit complicated for me.. We're sharing our Heritages with you all and since I was adopted I'm not exactly sure what they are. I actually talked to my parents last night about getting me one of those DNA tests for Christmas this year, because I'd really like to see what I am. From what I've been told, my biological father is Irish and my biological mother is German (Pennsylvania Dutch). But I'm not sure how accurate that information is. So I think it would be cool to find out for sure! 

My Mom is Irish and German. Her mother was 100% Irish and her father was 50% Irish and 50% German. My Dad is Irish, English and Scottish.. He actually did one of those DNA tests recently! His mother was born and raised in Ireland and didn't come to the US until she was an adult. My grandfather is from the US as far back as anyone can date and they actually thought he might be Native American, but after reciving the DNA results they found English and Scottish. But again, not my biological family, so it isn't really MY heritage. 

My husband and our kids are mutts. My biological children and my bonus kids. Irish, German, Dutch, Italian... Japanese and PuertoRican too! Id like to get the DNA kits for each of them as well to see exactly how much. 

One of the things I love about living in the United States is that it truly is a melting pot of different heritages, traditions, family stories. It's such an amazing place to be! One night we'll have Italian for dinner, the next Chinese, the next something super American like burgers and fries! We celebrate Christmas, 4th Of July, Thanksgiving, but the kids also learn about other counties holidays such as Chinese New Year or Kwanza in school. I'm always so interested in hearing about where someone is from, what they believe in, or why they do things the way they do! It's really wonderful! 

So tell me, where is your family from? What holidays do you celebrate? What are some of your favorite traditions passed down by your families? Feel free to join in on our link up and share your heritage too! 

And if you're interested in joining in in the future, here's the topics for the rest of the year! 

As always, thanks for reading! And come back soon! 

June 21, 2017

Busy Bees!

It's been a while since I sat down to write an update... Or really since I blogged at all. I've been keeping up with the I'll Show You My monthly collab I'm apart of, but I haven't spent much time blogging recently. We've just been so super busy!

And here's what we've been up to...

As most of you know, I am a LuLaRoe consultant! If you love LuLaRoe, you can join my group here.  I've been dedicating as much of my free time as I can to my business. I'm doing fairly well, but of course I want to be as successful as possible! And that requires a lot of work!

The kids have been involved in all kinds of activities outside of school... Nicholas played baseball, his team even made it to the championships and was the second place team! Emma is a Brownie in Girl Scouts and Jonathan joined Tae Kwon Do. On top of all their end of the school year concerts, graduations, field trips, etc. They're finally on Summer Break so things will be calming down!

Chris got a promotion at work! He is now a Key Accounts Manager, for the RedBull Distributor he's been working for for about 7 years. He went from a Salesman, to a District Manager to a Key Accounts Manager.. All in the last 3 years! I'm so proud of him. And I so appreciate how hard he works to provide for our family. But of course with a promotion, comes new responsibilities... So he's got a lot more work to bring home with him now. It's absolutely worth it though! He loves his new position and the money isn't bad either!

We've been doing a lot of work to the house.. Painting, redecorating, landscaping, etc. You can see some of the projects we've completed in my House Tour. We got the kids an awesome new swing set, which will be going up this weekend! And we're working on clearing out the woods behind our house down to the creek so the kids have more space to play outside and just so it's more visually appealing back there!

We have some super fun things planned for the summer, day trips to the pool and to the lake, the girls' birthday party, my Open House Launch for LuLaRoe! Of course we'll be going to some of the local fairs and the kids are even spending a week with Chris' mom after she moves to her new home!

As you can see, we've been Busy Bees the last few months! But I'm making it a point to post more often for you all! I've got some reviews, DIY projects and updates in the works!

And of course for day to day updates you can always follow me on Instagram @MrsWatkins214