Wednesday, January 7, 2015

So I have a new job...

Having a small business has always been a little dream of mine. From having garage sales with my mom when I was younger, to selling rocks and fools gold to neighbors. I also sold my artwork door to in trouble for that one. In high school I was the president of our Junior Achievement small business club and an active member of DECA (a Marketing Association). I was even an International top 10 winner for DECA my senior year with two other partners. I love business and Marketing and everything that has to do with it. After college I taught Marketing for 4 years and resigned when we started a family.

Because I was really bored while having 4 kids in 5 years...ok only joking on the boredom part....I have had several little money making ventures. I started off by handing painting signs with popular sayings. I sold quiet a few on ebay and Etsy. While doing that I also made baby burp rags, hair bows, and decorative onesies for babies. I was also an Uppercase Living consultant for a few years.

Since Facebook has become popular I have resorted to selling household items, clothes, kids things...anything you can think of on different buy & sell pages. It is easy money...even though I still love having garage can price your items a bit higher by selling on facebook.

Anyways, I have a new business venture of selling American Girl items. I started back in October and so far it has been doing quiet well. There will be slow periods over the course of the year, as with any business. Christmas time will obviously be the busiest time.

Relatives who have given the girls AG items, do no worry, I am not selling my girls' items. They would be pretty upset if I started doing that...but I am buying new AG items and reselling them on ebay or through facebook. I never pay full price except for a few limited girl of the year items. Girl of the year is a special doll that they only have for one year and then no longer sell. With the exception of the girl of the year items I almost always sell below retail value in the store...passing on great savings to others!

As I have been studying my new business over the past few months, American girl is a fascinating business. They have quiet a few different new items come out each year and then retire most and then come out a whole set of new items. If you can hold on to these items and keep them in good can resell them for more than they are worth when they were available in the store. Same goes for the dolls. If you buy a girl of the year, keep her brand new in the box and hold on to her...or play with her and resell her a few years later...whoola you have made money! Patience is the key...which sometimes I do not have...but I am learning. :)

I am not going to reveal everything that I do, but to give you an example, I received a small shipment of three very small new items and sold them in around an hour and made $21 profit. I still sold for less than retail..therefore a!

While studying about this business I am learning about doll care. Many people bulk at how much an AG doll costs. Just think of it as an investment. It really is if you can take care of them. They are fixable. Their hair may get snarly...but it is fixable. We have had to send one to the hospital to get a new head...thank you very much 4 year old little boy with scissors. My girls love, love, love playing with their dolls. We plan to keep them to pass on to future grandkids.

Here is a little snippit of our last weekends project:

Here is my next weeks project...just waiting for it to arrive. It will be Katelyn's. She paid for part of it and then is doing "special" jobs, beyond her normal jobs to earn this. Isn't she a beauty:). Her name is Felicity. Now to find Jocelyn something similar...

I can not wait to see how the next year goes with my new little venture!



Monday, December 15, 2014

It has been a while...

Sorry for my lack of blog posts...(mom). Things have been busy here! This week we only have a few things going on...thank goodness! I am still trying to catch my breath from last week from traveling to Omaha, Christmas parties, slumber parties, and other activities! We plan on taking two weeks off from school around the holidays...and we are all looking forward to that. Love teaching my kiddos, but a break will be nice!

The kids have been busy with school! Easton our kindergartener is catching on to things, so that is fun! He would much rather be playing with his little brother...which is totally fine with I squeeze in school here and there throughout the day. His reading has really picked up. He is working on time and counting money in Math.

The girls are staying busy with their normal subjects. We are still doing our country studies...we are all learning a lot! Right now we are in Greece...such fun, fun things out there!

There are so many opportunities locally for homeschoolers....between PE, Art, Cooking, and homeschool Science we stay pretty busy!

Here are a few pics from our days!

Weston working on letters and numbers
Number identification
Easton spelling out his reading words
Fun with Fractions!
Easton counting pennies
Wes tracing his letter with goop...
Kate helping with an experiment at the Omaha museum
Joc working on designing the Parthenon on Minecraft
Wes working on writing his letters
Waiting for the laser light show at Edgerton
Laser light show
Edgerton homeschool class
Learning about lights and lasers
Easton playing store for Math
Joc designing a 4H project

Happy Monday!!




Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy 4th birthday Weston!

My chunky 11 lb baby boy turned 4 today! He is the the goofiest, sweetest, most lovable little boy. He is still my snuggle bug! Always willing to let me soak in a little hugging with his mama.

Love my baby boy to pieces!




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I interviewed my girls...

I came across this blog post from Weird Unsocialized homeschoolers on 50 Reasons Why Homeschool Kids Love Homeschooling. I thought it was a great list of reasons right from the mouths of kids! I decided to ask my own girls, what they liked about homeschooling.

Of course some of the comments where dislikes.

They don't like that they can't play with a few neighborhood girls during the school day.

They don't like that they can't play at two of the local playgrounds during the day that we can ride our bikes to, because they are on school property.

But they did have quiet a few positive reasons as to why they like homeschooling! Here is their list!

When you are sick you do not have make up work.

We don't have to fight crowds.

We can play at other homeschool friends houses anytime.

We don't have to get dressed in the morning.

We don't have homework.

We can have a dance party whenever we want.

We can work on school upside down.

We get snacks during the day.

We can play with our pets during the day.

We can take advantage of the hot and cold weather.

We can take different kinds of classes during the day such as Art, cooking, and PE.

We can cook and bake fun things.

We can play hide and seek.

We can sleep in.

We can have sleepovers on school nights.

We don't have a dress code.

When I wear my eye patch, no one makes fun of me...Katelyn

We don't have bullies.

We can do lots of crafts.

We play lots of games.

We can go on bike rides and play at the park.

We don't have to bring lunch money.

We can play our ipads during lunchtime.

We can take vacations and not miss school.

We feel safe.

We don't have to walk or drive to school.

We take lots of field trips.

We can do school on the couch or our bed.

We can stay up late.

We have lots of breaks during the day.

We can pray and read our Bible.

The pools and beach are empty once school starts.

We can go camping anytime with our grandma and grandpa.

Our American Girl dolls can come to school with us!

We can see our dad at lunch.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The food on the cruise!

Everyone told me I would gain 10 pounds after cruising.... Well I proved them wrong! I did eat and eat and eat and I was never full... Not sure where the food went, but I'm happy to say I gained nothing!

Our table..

Food was available at all hours of the day and night. Room service was free and had a pretty good selection as well!

Each night we dined with the same assigned guests. We were at a table with two other pairs of sisters and an older gentleman and his "adoptive" son. They were all pretty nice and we had some very interesting conversations.

The servers also entertained us by performing and singing throughout the dinner.

There was one formal night, however I chose to dress up every night. Not in super fancy clothes just skirts and a nice top.

Each night we had a large selection of appetizers, main entrées, and desserts to choose from. There was not a limit as to how much you could order... I typically order two appetizers and two different desserts...yum!!

This cracked our table up...
Strawberry, mint bisque...

For breakfast there is also a pretty big selection...including omelets, waffles, pancakes, eggs, and muffins etc.

For lunch there was also a huge selection including a grill, a deli, pizza, salad bar, and a variety of other items. The desserts were also yummy!

10 pm room service snack!

Many of the older folks go cruising just for the food... Some don't even get off at the islands.

All in all I enjoyed the food...and glad I didn't have any proof coming back! It was nice not having to cook or clean for 6 days!!