Words of a Messy Jessie

– showing how to LOVE life-

HÅR Salon Grand Opening!!

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Friday- June 23, 3-7p!!

  • Ice cream and refreshments provided.
  • ALL GUESTS entered into drawing for free haircut, color & wax.
  • Product giveaways.
  • Limited number of swag bags with travel size Moroccan Oil product.
  • Enjoy 10% off ALL products.
  • 20% off services for new clients.
  • LuLaRoe with LuLaJess (– that’s me!!)
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Stages of LuLa Addiction

Creating LuLa addiction since 2015…

❤ LuLaJess, LLC

 

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June Open House!

Big fun coming your way!! Celebrating 100 Pop Ups with LuLaRoe!!

Goodie bags, Massive giveaway- you do NOT want to miss this!June Open House

❤ LuLaJess, LLC

 

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My Why, continued

Here is “Why” I do LuLaRoe, Part Two.

I have found FREEDOM with LuLaRoe. Freedom with my schedule, our finances, and my family time! You guys, this elation and feeling of doors opening is incredible. And humbling to be so blessed.

I can work my own hours and at my own pace. I can arrange my LuLaRoe work to fit my family’s needs (Leg Break 2017, anyone?) The work I put in is rewarded above my expectations. This allows us to have FUN options!

My littles have the opportunity to join swim class and gymnastics. My husband Ben was able to job search, knowing that a stall or flux in his pay could be covered by my LuLa work. I was able to hire a house cleaning service, so that I can dedicate my home time to being WITH my little ones. We increased our charitable giving!! All of the above are huge differences for us and create an overflow of thankfulness.

Looking ahead, we are getting excited! Our goals began small, and we are realizing that LuLaRoe allows us to dream big. I mean, BIG! What will it be like to someday be debt free- truly debt free- as in no monthly payments at all, not even for a mortgage? What would a yearly family vacation to somewhere WARM look like? What memories will we build? What legacy will we leave behind for our children in the way that we GIVE back?

This is, without a doubt, my WHY for my family.

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My Why

When I began LuLaRoe in December 2015, my sponsor asked, “What is your “Why” for doing this business?” Last summer, as I reached a new role as Trainer, the question came up again. Now I feel that my “Why” is absolutely a part of me- my core motivation for running my own business. So, I’d love to share with you.

Here is “Why” I do LuLaRoe, Part One.

When I started LuLaRoe, I had 3 little girls under age four, and then a fourth baby on the way, my initial reason for doing LuLaRoe was to get.out.of.the.house. (Can I get an Amen?! 🙂 ) As my business grew, my “Why” also grew. I have learned to love watching women blossom with beauty and courage as they try on gorgeous, flattering clothing- no matter their body size. I also love the fact that women do NOT have to sacrifice their modesty to look GOOD! What an amazing lesson to pass on to my girls! On a regular basis, I get to hear “For the first time in a long time- I like how I look” and “I haven’t felt this good since before… (-you name it- schooling/baby/relocation/unemployment/sickness/etc)” I am grateful and humbled to play a part in improving a person’s perception of herself.

Incredibly grateful.

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Let’s talk style!

At 2016 LuLaRoe convention in Anaheim California, we retailers were on the edge of our seats waiting for new styles to be announced. Not 1, but 6 new styles entered the line up! Um, we went crazy over it all! Carly, Mark, Mae, Adeline, Bianka, and Joy!

How can THE Joy work for you? This long lined vest comes in lightweight lace, knit, and polyester material.

Tips: With generous arm cutout and flirty side slits, the Joy is a perfect layering piece. You can get away with your true size and a size up! Wear over a top to dress up the whole outfit. Wear over a dress to for a classy feminine look. Wear under a Sarah cardigan for a peek of color or lace!

Tricks: Knot the front slits for a low-hi look, cross the slits in front and belt over, or knot the slits in the front at the rib cage. You can also wear a laced Joy backward over a Maxi skirt with a belt over for an elegant look. The ideas are endless!

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What is LuLaRoe?

First and foremost- there is no sales presentation! *Phew* A LuLaRoe pop up is a relaxed shopping experience in my home or a host’s home. That’s right- I can bring the clothing to you!!

LuLaRoe makes amazing affordable clothing for women, men, and children. The clothing is both fashionable AND insanely comfortable. Over 500 new designs are created EACH DAY. You can wear these pieces to the office, girls’ night out, or just hanging at home. Everyone deserves fashionable clothing that can be worn all day, every day – no matter your day’s agenda. You can be sure your pieces will be comfortable, stylish, and unique! Sizes go from children’s 2T all the way up to adult 3XL!

I have an Open House each month, where everyone is welcome to come and explore the clothing. I also offer weekly online shopping over Facebook. (facebook.com/groups/lulajessllc/)2017-04-25 15.24.10

 

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My new venture with LuLaRoe!

lulabird-meI haven’t written in a while. Ok, I haven’t written in for-e-ver. Now a family of six, with four little ones age 5, 3, 1.5, and 2 months, our life is filled to the brim! Yet, I decided to begin a new venture- I became a fashion retailer for LuLaRoe in Nov. 2015. It has been a whirlwind of opportunity and growth and blessing ever since! I can hardly wait to share more often in this ol’ blog.

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StitchFix!

I’m not a big fan of shopping. Never have been. I’m lucky if I shop twice a year (ya know- in October for fall and winter and in May for spring and summer?)  Now with two little ones, it’s difficult to get to the mall, let alone sift through racks of clothing or try anything on. So when I heard of Stich Fix- I was ecstatic!

I filled out an online fashion profile, detailing what I like and dislike when it comes to clothes. The website provides pictures, so someone with minimal fashion sense (ahem, me!) can still describe one’s preferred style. For example, I like classic and chic. I do not like glamorous or retro. Who knew? Then I chose a preferred price range and signed up for a one time delivery. (You can get a delivery every month, if you so desire). A stylist then studies my profile and complies a shipment based on my likes/dislikes. Once the shipment arrives, I can buy every item in the shipment or return it all.  I am charged $20 for the delivery, but that cost is credited toward the clothes I keep.

I filled out the profile in April and scheduled my first “fix” for May 9 as a Mother’s Day treat. I was eager but skeptic. How would an online profile tell a stlyist I had never met what I really liked? And what if nothing fit? On the other hand, if this saved me a trip to the mall- GREAT!

Turns out, I really liked 3 of the 5 items. And two fit beautifully!! Only one piece of clothing made me cringe… Take a look! (I apologize in advance- I am not a photographer and the quality of pictures is marginal at best. It was nap time and I just had to make do with poor lighting and zero skill!)

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Ah! My Stitch Fix box has arrived!

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Here are detailed forms that outline how each “piece” can be used and the price of each item. Very helpful!

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This floral blouse had pleats along the front which hid the post-baby belly very well. I also liked the spring colors and soft material. (Please overlook the massive amount of toddler handprints on my mirror. Cleaning was NOT my priority that day!)

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I liked the funky print of this henley tank top but it was too big and baggy for me (see next photo). By the way- I only know what “henley” means because the StitchFix order form TOLD me…

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Too baggy for my taste.

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Here’s the one item that had me thinking, “You’re kidding me, right?” Is this a sweater or a disaster of lime thread? Hard to tell…

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This “Indianan Graphic Tee” was my favorite top, but it was just too snug in the belly for me. Sad sigh!

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Here’s a back view of my favorite piece, if you can see despite the poor lighting…

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These cargo shorts were amazing! With slightly stretchy material and lotsa pockets, they were super comfortable and flattering. They also go nicely with my stark white “Minnesota winter” legs. Haha.

I bought the floral blouse and cargo shorts. They even go well together- so I just acquired a brand new outfit! The best part about this shopping experience was not needing to leave home. I’m currently at the mercy of the 9-10am and noon-3pm naps, so convenience and in-home shopping are important to me!

If you think this shopping experience will suit you, then please use my referral link:

http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3693512

I get a $25 credit if a friend uses the link and sets up a Stitch Fix delivery. I hope you enjoy your “Fix” as much as I did! Enjoy!

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A successful VBAC

I am so happy and thankful to report that I had a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with my second child! In a previous post I wrote how I prepared for this event through reading, hiring a doula, doing daily meditation and positive affirmation, keeping active and stretching, and regular chiropractic care. See previous post: https://jessiepolzin.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/doing-things-differently-for-baby-2/

I am thankful for all my book and blog reading because it taught me that a woman’s body acts and reacts in different ways to the labor process. Knowing this, I wasn’t freaked out when my labor took a full 24 hours. I was tired, granted, and so SO wishing for the end, but I wasn’t freaked out. I wasn’t concerned when I had to shuffle through labor techniques because they stopped working, or when I felt extremely confused in each transition, or when my whole body started shaking – like an uncontrollable shivering- right before and after birthing.

Ben and I are both extremely thankful that we hired a doula. We look back at the interview process and the prenatal meetings as a worthy investment of time and money. Our doula, Natalia, perfectly suited our personalities and my need for a solid presence. She encouraged me and diffused my frustration when my labor kept staring/stopping. She guided me in decision making at every stage of labor. After the labor, I needed lots of repair but Ben was busy holding our daughter. So my doula again lent her presence and held my hand for the entire two hours of stitching. To intensify matters, the multiple anesthetics I was given during repair did not work and, as a result, I felt that this birth ended terribly and that I had somehow failed. In the weeks following the birth, my doula talked me through these emotions and encouraged me that the birth was actually a complete success. I now look back on the birth with thankfulness, pride, and utter joy. If you hadn’t guessed already, I would recommend a doula for each and every woman giving birth, no matter if natural or medicated, vaginal or cesarean.  Natalia helped to center me physically and emotionally and was essential to my VBAC success.

Chiropractic care was also key to having a successful VBAC. I began with every-other month visits in the first trimester, then increased to every month and every other week by the third trimester. In the last month of pregnancy, I visited the chiropractor every week. Some may say that exercises and stretching should be enough for proper body alignment, but my exercises and stretches just didn’t work their magic without the adjustments. Also in that last month, I had a massage before being adjusted. This helped immensely to relieve muscle cramps, decrease swelling in the legs, and hone the mind-body connection that is so important during labor.

The last important factor to my successful VBAC was hypno-birthing with music. I never intended to use this method but it turns out I prepared for it without knowing it. In the last month of pregnancy, I went walking alone with just my Christian music blaring from my itunes playlist. During my walks, I’d sing along to the same songs and let the happy emotions wash over me. Then I’d think about my dear baby and pray the emotions over her. It was a double whammy, because we also had the endorphins from the walk washing over us. So when labor became intense (at active labor, 17 hours in, 4cm dilated), I pressed play and just focused on the themes and emotions of the songs. The contractions were intense- don’t get me wrong- but they had the sense of washing over me rather than taking me hostage. This may not make sense, but I felt in control of letting go of control. I could accept what was happening even though my body raged. At one point when 9.5cm dilated and in transition, one earbud fell out, and I immediately felt panic and underwater. This is how I know the amazing affect my music had on me, because once that bud was replaced- I was “back in the game” and able to cope.

In closing- I am thankful for all the time I spent in preparation for the birth. So worth it to avoid a repeat c-section! I feel that my doula, reading, exercise, stretching, chiropractic care, and music mediation set me up for success.

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