Monday, August 23, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday

Each week we will choose a random number every week from the blogs linked and add the random blog to the #5 spot to link to the following week ...


It's a great way to start off your week & get more BF's !!
The #5 Spot this week is Dolly from Xmas Dolly

How it Works

  1. Follow the 5 hosts, #1 – 5,  ( leave us a comment & we will follow you back- only leave a comment if you follow please ).
  2. Create a blog post about FMBT (you may copy this post if you wish).
  3. Follow as many blogs as you would like ( Leave a comment so they can follow you back).
  4. When you receive a comment from a new follower  return the favor & follow them back.
***Please link directly to your Follow Me Back Tuesday Post. Links that lead directly to your personal blog hop will not be accepted and will be deleted.***
( Check back every Tuesday at 12:00 am est to link up at any of the 4 host blogs )

Queen of the catalog Scavenger Hunt

Enter to win $25.00 in Gold Canyon products! Email me at before 09/30/2010 midnight pacific daylight time with the answers to the questions below in the order they are presented only. You can receive a catalog by emailing me with your address and I will mail one out to you. (Gold Canyon employees and demonstrators or their families are not eligible to win.)

Want to double the prize, Book a catalog show or if local (Central Valley area) an in home party and if your name is drawn you will get $50.00 of Gold Canyon product, plus your hostess awards amount earned for the total sales of your party.

This contest is sponsored by Leticia Torres Independant Demonstrator for Gold Canyon Candles and is in no way offered by Gold Canyon Candles LLC. all prizes are awarded directly from me. Winner will be picked from a random drawing of all correctly answered entries on October 5, 2010 and notified both on this page and by email on the same day. Parties booked for the added prize must be closed by September 30, 2010 and must have a total product sales of $150.00 to qualify.


1) What is the fun name for the new seasonal tealight column set called? _____________________
(Can store your tealights inside OR fill with flowers, match sticks or candy! So many uses!)

2) The three (3) new Winter Splendor candles have how many wicks? _______________

3) The scent of our new Breast Cancer research candle is __________________________________ (10% of each candle will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation!)

4) What are the three (3) scents for the BOO "delightfully frightful" candles? Happy Halloween!a)_________________________________________________b)_________________________________________________


5) Each fundraiser candle sold can earn up to $_________ each! Would your organization prefer to sell one (1) 16 oz. Gold Canyon candle or 14 candy bars to earn a 40% return?

6) What is the new holiday Diffuser scent?___________________________ ("Scratch & Win" giveaways on each Diffuser and Refill from 9/1-11/30!

)7) Your Pod Warmer can be converted to an Oil Warmer by using this Oil Warmer Adapter found on page _______!

8) The new scents for the candles in the "Candles for Kids" line are: (100% of the profits of these candles go to the Prayer Child Foundation – making a difference in the lives of children!)

9) There are three (3) new CHIMNEY sets (GREAT for decorating!) – what are their colors?


10) What is the sales dollar amount range wherein a Host can earn $80.00 in rewards and 50% off two (2) items? _______________________________
(Don't forget the extras from the monthly Host Promotion Flyer!)

11) The Home Fragrance Oil can be used in how many of our products? ___________ (a bit tricky!)

12) What is the name of our newest Boutique Chic fragrance? _________________________

13) To properly extinguish your candles, use our _____________________________ and keep your wicks cut to ¼" using our _________________________________. (Both will reduce black smoke and extend the life of your candle!)

14) Due to their immense popularity, how many choices of Pod Warmers are now available? ______________

15) Pamper a friend, your family or yourself with our wonderful EMERGE line! How many gift sets are available? ________

16) Make your Christmas tree, wreaths and/or garland really smell like Christmas with these new Scent It! Ornaments found on Page_________!

17) What are the scents of the two (2) new layered candles that are adorned with an adorable felt ornament?a)_____________________________________________b)_____________________________________________

18) What pages are the new Pumpkin Patch & Candy Twist Pod Warmers on? ________

19) The Snowflake Twinkle Tie set will liven up your Christmas display! How much does a set of three (3) cost? $______

20) One (1) of our Caffé Velluto candles has a new name: ____________________________________ (three (3) wicks!)

Hurry and request your catalog soon!!! By entering you agree to receive our monthly newsletter "Gold Canyon's Living Well" and special deals and promotions. You may unsubscribe at any time if you wish to.

Good Luck to all who enter!

Adapted from fellow gold canyon demo.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday Bash

Well last night we went to my little cousin's 16th birthday bash. We had sooooo much fun.
I was dancing up a storm with Lily and Bella. My cousin Sunny was up there most of the time dancing with all the kids.

Antonio, Lily and I danced a spanish song together. It was really nice. Lily also managed to her her dad up there to dance with her a second time.

It was nice to spend time with my family and be there for this great coming of age party. My daughter Alanis will have hers in three years so i guess I need to start planning and save up. I will have help from all the Padrinos. Plus I want to get her a starter car, her first car for her present.

Here are some pics of the party:

My kids had fun. Family means everything to me and just being surrounded by some of my family members it felt real good. I miss gatherings like this one. My family doesn't do this often as everyone went their own ways or don't bother to include you in their "parties," in those cases I guess I am not missing much. Since after all I think that just bulls@*t.

Til next time I blog....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fall – it's closer than you think…CHECKLIST for success

(I found this posted in one of my yahoo groups and I though I'd pass it on.)

Oh boy – it seems like summer is in full swing and yet as it draws to a close
the Back to School ads are abundant. Can it be that it is already that time? Are
you READY?

1. Calendar check – if you have school aged children, go to your school's
website and transfer the calendar dates (as they are known so far) into your
planner or PDA. That way you will know when you can schedule your parties.

2. If you haven't already done so – focus for the next week on connecting with
those in your customer base who don't have school aged children. Moms of infants
and preschoolers, empty nesters, singles and grandparents. THESE are the people
who will have more time to host parties for you between now and mid September.
Look at who these hostesses were last year at this time and call them first!

3. Watch the Back to School sale ads and stock up on any supplies that you might
need for the busy fall season. Now is a great time to restock your supplies of
pencils/pens, customer folders and file folders at a great price.
I am already doing this as I want to be ready!
4. Order your new fall product kit. Fall traditionally is a busy time when you
see lots of customers before the holidays. The adage of "if they see it, they
will buy it" is a good rule of thumb!
I bought mine and I enjoyed all the new products!
5. Stock up on business supplies. Order your fall catalogs, order forms and
recruiting brochures.
In the process of doing this!
6. If you didn't give your samples a spring cleaning this past April or May,
DEFINITELY do so before fall is in full swing. For a professional presentation,
it is important that your samples look FRESH and NEW!

7. Take out your calendar right now and schedule a back to school coffee with
neighborhood moms. (Remember YOU are the hostess who NEVER says NO to YOU!) This
is a great way to reconnect after the long summer and show off your new fall
samples (and sell off any old samples at a discount!)
Need to do this!
8. Revisit and reset your office hours for the fall. When will you be working?
Designate time each week for phone calls, recruiting appointments and parties.

I thought this would be very helpful for others. I know it will help me.I have some of these done and need to work on the others. I plan to have a great fall, full of parties and sales.  I just need to work hard and promote myself. Good Luck you all!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday's Thoughts

I started a new Meetup group!!! Fresno Women Entrepreneurs. We are currently looking for sponsors of all types. Message me for more details!!!! Get your business seen and your name out there.

I also joined a lot of groups like play dates for Lily and me to attend. School starts on August 16th and I want us to get out there and make new friends. Speaking of school my daughter Bella started her first day of kindergarten today. I called her and wanted to know how it went. She liked it a lot. I talked to her grandmother Irene about how she did on her first day. You know we seem to talk well regarding Bella. Anyways, my boys found out what class they are going to be in. I still can't believe my kids are growing up so fast.

I wanted to let you all know that my vendor show went well last week. There was more people than I had expected. I ran out of my goodie bags quick. I was able to make some contacts. It being my first show and all, I now know what to do better. Especially when it comes to filling out the contact cards. Here are some pics of my setup:

I am finally the mom of a teenager as Alanis turned thirteen on sunday the 8th. I am so proud of her, she is such a beautiful young lady. Did I mention she wants to be a doctor when she grow up, so she can help those who cannot afford to help themselves.

You know I am her biggest fan! Well next to my mother. She also tried out her photography skills here are some of her pics:

I am attending a Gold Canyon training event on tuesday. It will be a launch party for the new holiday line. I am so excited as I already got my holiday package and I enjoyed all the new products and the holiday scents. I also have been challenged to recruit team members before october as I am trying to make manager. If you ever thought about joining Gold Canyon or would like a discount because you are a scented candle lover then won't you sign up today! Go to my website: and join! August is the last month to join for $20! Want a kit when you join? Sampler is three payments of $24.99 and full demo is three payments of $49.99 plus tax/ship.

I will also be having my first giveaway soon! So check out the giveaway page and get the latest scoop.

Til next time I blog!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Gold Canyon Holiday Products

Start your holiday shopping now. Great new products to choose from. Host a catalog party and earn your favorite products!
I got my holiday package today and my kids and I were smelling all the holiday scents and fell in love with them. I especially love the Cozy Christmas scent and I cannot wait to turn my new scent pod warmer on with this scent pod scent.
I hope you stop by my website and place you holiday order. If you order $150 or more I will give you free shipping on your order. All orders $25 and more will get a free goodie bag from me.
Happy Shopping!

Follow Me Wednesday

Welcome to{Follow Me Wednesday} hosted by 3 Four and Under and Momma Go Round!
This is a wonderful way to meet new people and follow some awesome blogs!
Here is what you do!
Please add your blog address to the Linky.
Please follow both of the hosting blogs!  Leave us a comment and we will follow you back!
Place the Follow Me Wednesday Button somewhere on your post!
Then, visit the other blogs on the list. Follow them if you would like.
Please leave them a comment telling them you are visiting them from {Follow Me Wednesday}!
We all love comments!
We only had 9 entries last week.  Lets try to get more! 

 10 entries so far... you're next!
  1. 3 Four and Under
  2. Momma Go Round
  3. Inspirations by D
  4. Belly Charms - the blog
  5. Baking and Crafting Fun!
  1. Crazy About My Baybah
  2. Reviews and Giveaways
  3. TheChickenista
  4. Lydias Pennies
  5. Leticia @ My Krazy Life
  6. You are next... Click here to enter

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Life's Handbook

I got this in my email awhile back and I wanted to share with all of you.



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13.. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously.. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change...
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37.. The best is yet to come...
38.. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least

40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did. 

Discovery Toys Giveaway

I am trying to win this for my daughter Lily and also give you readers a chance as well. So click on the link below and sign up! I really hope I win.


BUSY BUGS Learning Set - Giveaway

You can count on these buggy friends to introduce your child to early math skills and concepts such as sorting, categorization, matching, sequencing, patterning, and more. Set contains 36 colorful, textured bugs and 23 progressively challenging activities on double-sided cards. 11" x 4" (28 cm x 10 cm) cards.

from 3 years to primary school (K, V)

Learning Pathways: from 3 years - primary school

  • Identify, sort, sequence, classify, match, and count 6 different bug species in 6 different colors;
  • Engage in pattern play;
  • Develop tactile learning by exploring different shapes and textures;
  • Enjoy imaginative play;
  • Practice fine motor dexterity;
  • 12 double-sided activity cards promote progressive development of fundamental pre-math skills;
  • Add your own activity on blank card;
  • Learn even more with fun bug facts and additional activities in included guide!

Tanya Peila and Cara Retz of Discovery Toys are giving away a BUSY BUG Learning Set.

Winner will be chosen August 15, 2010. PLEASE make sure you leave an email address where I can get a hold of you! US entries only.

Surfin' Saturdays - Networked Blogs ~ August 7th

I am joining this new blog hop let's see how it goes.

In the last two days I've watched movies with my kids. Thursday night was the Tooth Fairy starring The Rock and Ashley Judd. This movie was HILARIOUS! It had me laughing all through it. The Rock was great and not to mention great to look at. Ashley's performance was great, but then again I love all her movies as she is an awesome actress. My kids really enjoyed this movie night we shared together.

Friday night we watched Kick Ass I really don't remember the main characters name but Nicolas Cage also starred in this movie. This movie not only had me laughing but in awe of the little girl who can kick some ass. In the movie she was great at fighting the bad guys and can definitely handle her own.

I am not a movie critic so may not be good on movie reviews, but I can say this if you have kids at home I think they will be satisfied with these two movies. if you've seen them let me know what you thought and if you haven't what are you waiting for.

The mall was krazy today as the kids are shopping for school. We shopped at the Fashion Fair mall JC Penney to be exact. They had some good deals on the clothes and I was able to save over $150. The clothes are cute and expensive as well. I can't remember the last time I actually shopped at the mall so I was in shock of the prices. I hardly shop at the mall. I am more of a Walmart shopper. That's my fave store. Especially with all the kids I need to save money along the way.

After the mall we went to IHOP for dinner. The kids ate free. They are having a promo for the month of August, one free kids entree (drink not included) with the purchase of an adult entree. This is everyday from 4pm - 10pm (participating stores only). I ordered the Tuscan Chicken Griller with seasoned fries and the Strawberry lemonade drink. This burger was mouth watering. I was in heaven with this chicken, especially the roasted tomatoes. The fries and the lemonade was not bad either. I am more of a chicken eater than I am meat, so naturally I wanted to give this meal a try. I give it 5 stars in my book.

So here comes the best part after dinner we went to guess where......ya you guessed it Walmart! Antonio wanted to take pictures of Lily since she was dressed up so beautiful. He says he doesn't see her dressed up often. I told him well we are always at home why dress up with no place to go. We will try to get out more and have fun in the process. But another reason I'd rather stay home is i feel drained all the time. this pregnancy is really taking a toll on my body, not to mention the insomnia. If any of you out there know of a safe way to treat insomnia I am all ears. I need some good night's rest.

It was a great day today! I am glad we went out and enjoyed ourselves. Saturday is clean up day! We are going to clean the house top to bottom as the party is on Sunday for my daughter. She is excited about turning thirteen. I hope she has a better party than I did at her age. Oh ya my daughter got invited to go to China next summer, some school program. We will go to the meeting and find out all the details. Don't know if she is going but nice to hear form the other students who went this past summer.

I put Buddy outside for the first time tonight. Let's see how he does. It's his first night in the big outside world. In case you don't know who Buddy is he is my almost 5 month old Chi Beagle. I find it hard to house break him and I wanted my laundry room back. He can do all his stuff outside like regular dogs. If you know of a good way to house break a puppy I am all ears as I do not know what I am doing.

I am still trying to potty train Lily so she can go to preschool. I do not want too force her as I do not want to traumatize her. I figure she will go on her her. Like I said I just don't have the strength right now. I am going to start on my prenatals tomorrow hopefully they will help with the tiredness.

That's all for now til I blog again! Good night ya'll at least I am going to try to fall asleep.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Win a Starbucks Card!

I found this giveaway and I am hoping to win! I want to share with all of you for a chance to win as well. You must click the link below to go to their site to post your comments. Read their info: 




$20 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!

In celebration of reaching 100 followers by our 4th week we are having our first Giveaway. There is nothing that we love more than getting out of the house for a while to go sit at one of our local Starbucks and bask in the a.c. plus wonderful smells of coffee and pastries with our laptops to work and do homework.

We want to share this with you so we are giving away 2 $10 Gift Cards to two of our followers (1 each). 

To enter the giveaway just follow the steps below. Click link above. Giveaway starts August 4th EST and ends Aug 27th at 11:59 PST. Two Winners will be chosen by Must be 18 and older to participate.Please make sure to include your email address with each post. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen.

*This giveaway is funded by The Smash Bravo Team. Two $10 gift cards will be purchased directly from Starbucks at the end of the giveaway and mailed to the winners. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday Worries

Lots has happened since I last blogged. On Sunday, my family & I went to the river for a bbq. We had a blast I wasn't able to take too many pictures since I got in the river as it was hot that day. Lily got in too all by herself. I am so proud of her. She is officially a water baby lol. My boys Ernesto & Dominic had fun drifting down the river. It was packed that day but we all still had fun . The water was a bit cold but at the same time it was refreshing. I am glad we were able to get away from the city and just enjoy the day as a family. We will definitely being doing that more often.

My insomnia has increased as I find myself staying up later and later. I seem to have lots on my mind which will not me rest. I spoke to my fiance and he told me it's probably because I seen my ex boyfriend with his new girlfriend. That's not it I told him, I also told him I am over my ex. I guess Antonio doesn't think I am. I told him it bothered me to see my ex's new girlfriend in photos with my daughter Bella. It hurts that I think she gets to spend more tie with my child than I do. I just don't want to be replaced in the heart of my daughter. Does that make sense to all you mothers out there or am I just over exaggerating?

My daughter Alanis turns thirteen this Sunday. I cannot believe she will be a teenager. My mom says I'm getting old. I told her no I am not. At least I do not feel old and I do not plan to feel that way for a long time. At least I will try, lol. We are having a birthday barbecue for her and Antonio and & I picked out her gift already. We tease her as she wants us to tell her what we got her. I told her she needs to wait til Sunday. I hope that all those we invited show up so they can join us as we celebrate this milestone for my daughter. Either way we will still have fun.

I have my first vendor show tomorrow and I am a bit nervous. I know things will go well. Ernesto is going to help me, I am going to try to get plenty of rest tonight. I do not want to be tired as it will be all morning. I will definitely need coffee. I hope Starbucks is open early. I finished getting all my stuff ready for the show tomorrow. It's all packed up and ready to go. I am going to try to get some sleep.

I will blog about my show and post pics too. Oh ya I need to take my camera. Well til I blog again!