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The Magic Potion

Do You Believe in Magic?

Well I do.

My name is Danielle and I am officially a Rodan + Fields addict.

Now before you say, “Oh no, not you too…!” and call me a sell-out and resolve to ban me from your screen forever, just … hear me out, ok? Because I once said the same thing, repeatedly, and then fate stepped in and changed my mind for me.

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HER with her cute hair and great skin

It all started at Mommy and Me (those pesky moms and their cute toddlers!) – I noticed this Mom who had the cutest pixie-like haircut and the most amazing skin.

A little background… When you get to be of a certain age *ahem* you really start noticing when other women have fantastic skin. You wonder to yourself, “Is that genetic? Does she Botox? What does she use?!” and you literally start driving yourself mad trying to figure out why your skin isn’t as lovely. Too much sun? Too much time around smoke? Eating like crap? Not enough water?  Stress.

And then you go try all the things to try to fix it. You start at the drugstore or Target with the Neutrogena and the Olay… nope, doesn’t cut it. Then you try to fancy ones like the Dermalogica… eh, not that much better right? Needles scare the heck out of me and I can’t handle any amount of pain, so Botox is off my table, for sure.

And then in walks this lovely gal with this face and hair and I’m like, come on. Well….AS IT TURNS OUT, she used to be a nurse and now she is home with her adorbs daughter and she uses and sells Rodan + Fields. She swears by the stuff and asks if I’m interested in trying it.

Now, she is NOT the first person I’ve encountered selling the stuff; my FB and IG feeds are loaded with all of these ads and pictures of faces and sparkles (why do they all use sparkles?). She IS however, the first real person I’ve met that had amazing skin and showed me her before picture — and obviously her after was right in front of me.

Check this out — this is my friend Amanda — as in a real friend, we have playdates and coffee and stuff:

14453918_702279319922593_857065769_oSo, I was sold. I decided to try it. Why not? I’ve tried so many others and it’s obviously doing REALLY WELL since it is in all of the magazines and beating out all of the other skincare lines, right? It was created by the same dermatologists that developed Proactiv — which many of my close friends have used and loved and swear by… so yeah, I was ready to give it a shot.

Here’s me at 2 months in and 5 months in on the REDEFINE regimen, with no makeup:

REDEFINE Comparison Danielle StickelThat’s kind of a big deal because I’ve never shown anyone my face without makeup – ever – as in, not since junior high, when my Mom said I was finally allowed to wear makeup and my social status sky-rocketed(not really). Check out the reduction in pore size, the reduction in my forehead crevasses, the improvement in my skin tone, and my eyes!

Before I started using R+F, I NEVER went outside without makeup – EVER. But Now? I do it all the time during my daily #momlife, and I feel CONFIDENT! And holy cow does it save me time in the morning!

So now I am hooked – and I love and believe it SO much that I signed up to sell the stuff because I want YOU to try it and love it as much as I do. And love yourself. Because that’s what this is all about, friends. You take care of YOU!

There are so many great products for every type of skin — here are the main regimens, just click on the images to see the details. I am here for you if you have ANY questions, and you can always review even more products and details on my website.

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To see the full line of amazing products, go to my website here!

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What Regimen Should I use?

Need help figuring out which products are best for you? Try the R+F Solution Tool — this easy to navigate tool on my website will help you determine which products will address your needs!

 

 

SAVE MONEY! Enroll as a  Preferred Customer (I did!) See for yourself what the benefits are… the extra discount and saving on shipping alone are worth it, and you can even get the savings on your FIRST ORDER!

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curiousAre you CURIOUS about this amazing business and the opportunity it has in store for you? Take a looksee here, and have a chat with me about it. You have the time, I promise…. says the gal with two kids, a blind dog, a crafty blog and design business. :o)

 

 

So that’s my spiel. I’m 100% in, I love it and I want you to love the skin you’re in, too! Join me on this new adventure — I promise I won’t turn my blog into a running ad for Rodan + Fields, but as I try and test out new products, I will definitely share my results with you!

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Unslump Thyself

Crib Bumpers

Custom Designed Baby Crib Bedding

You may have noticed a whole heck of a lot of pictures and projects going on in my neck of the woods if you’re following me in the social realm. I’m going through a creative explosion right now, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I am making the MOST out of naptime, people. #momlife

Truth be told, I was in a slump. A big one. Not so much in creativity but more like I was a hot mess — lacking motivation, having the hardest time with the whole work/life balance gig…a real poopy pants, as I like to say. When I don’t get to make, I am NOT a happy camper. inspiration

The problem I have is, I get so focused on making things that I let everything else slide…. my non-creative world falls to pieces. So I change my gears and focus on the house and other SAHM duties, and then I fall back into my poopy pants role.

It’s an endless roller coaster of emotional & creative turmoil.

But, the bottom line is I need to be creative. It’s just who I am. I’ve been waiting for something or someone to hit me in the back of the head and say, “snap out of it!” or “figure it out!”.

Then this beauty landed in my lap and did just that.

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My “snap out of it and figure it out” friend

Elizabeth Gilbert hath saved me. She unslumped me. Bless her and all of her wonderfulness and brilliance, because I think she’s a pretty good person to be saved by. :o)

So that’s my secret.

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Owl Baby Swaddle & Beanie

That’s why you’re seeing all of these things coming out of my feeds, and why you’ll be seeing a bunch of new tutorials coming up soon (yay!).

I’m getting back in to my handmade business, adding a bunch of new product options and features (including taking custom orders!), and just planning to kick some creative ass. I’m going to embrace the creativity in me by scheduling time for it in my SAHM life, getting my butt up earlier, and staying positive about it.

 

If you’re looking for some inspiration…..permission to be creative…. motivation to get to work and make stuff….. or just confidence to TRY; this book WILL do those things for you.

Especially if you’re in a slump like I was — go unslump thyself as I did….and we can kick some creative ass together!  #fistbump

Get yours here in whatever format you prefer

More products of my unslumping:

 

*Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small bit of commission if you purchase through my links. But I did read the book and I did love it and I wouldn’t share it otherwise. No BS here, people.

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Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Wrap it up! Under my tree this holiday season…

Hello, my name is Danielle, and I hoard wrapping paper.Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I bet you thought I was going to say FABRIC! Well, that too, but I really love wrapping paper almost as much. All things paper, really. The colors, the designs, the way you can make something that is blah look so beautiful with something as simple as paper…

You know how much I love gifting and wrapping presents, so Christmas presents (see what I did there?) a wonderful opportunity for me to get my creative on every year. This year in particular is going to be sweet because of the greatest find ever — wrapping paper on ZAZZLE!

Oh yeah – my favorite customization shoppe has an enormous collection of designs, some you can even personalize before you order! And we are talking all kinds of color here, not just your everyday normal red and green (though they have that too!). The quality is great, it’s very easy to fold. You can get rolls in different sizes, and you can select a matte or glossy option (I myself am a matte girl).

Save Before you ShopAlways go to the Deals Page FIRST and grab a discount code!

Here are some of my favorites — I went with some non-traditional color schemes and designs.

I’m really loving all things Navy right now, especially with white and gold…. Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

This is one of my designs! It also comes in red and teal…I love how large the print is and the Navy is just gorgeous. Navy Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Don’t you love that faux gold herringbone print as well? You can find that one here. Navy, White and Gold Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I love red, black and white for a wintry color scheme as well. I found these two prints and went gaga over them. Black, White and Red Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

The chalkboard printed tree is so cute! I added a felt red ribbon and a chalkboard clothespin to hold my tag. Chalkboard Tree Print

And this large format print is just SO COOL!Large Print White, Red and Black Wrapping Paper

 

These cute little tree round tags I found at the craft store go perfect with it! deerhead

 

Let’s not forget our best friends, the dogs in our life. Or the dog lovers, they’d like this wrapping paper, too! Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas A little twine and a chalkboard tag to make it even more adorable.. Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas

So be UNIQUE this Christmas!

Don’t get stuck wrapping your gifts using the same paper as everyone else!

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Check out the entire holiday collection of wrapping paper available on Zazzle, or even better, try to CREATE YOUR OWN! Make a collage of family pictures to wrap family gifts with, or make one roll with just pictures of each child and wrap their gifts in them…

So many opportunities for cuteness, people!

Happy Wrapping!
Up to 65% off on Zazzle.com

*** Affiliate Disclosure: I am a Zazzle affiliate and receive a few pennies if you purchase through my links. But I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t LOVE it, people! XOXO, -D

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Labrador Love Collection

Labrador Love

Jaeger aka Pooh BearHappy National Dog Day!! You may or may not know, I am not only mother to two crazy boys, but also to this guy — this big, beautiful and completely blind boy named Jaeger (Jaeger der Wunderhund Von Stickel, to be exact).

I have a huge place in my heart for all things furry, especially big slobbery dogs. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I am more fond of them than people… which is why I am SO excited to try to do my part to help these guys out.

 

Labdrador Rescuers The Labrador Rescuers of San Diego is an amazing charity that helps foster, rehabilitate and relocate Labrador Retrievers to find their forever home. They are amazing! I’ve teamed up with them to donate a portion of the proceeds from my new collection, Labrador Love, to help support their efforts.

I have all kinds of goodies available that are super cute and will help you show your love for your fur-baby, while also supporting a fantastic cause for our four-legged friends. We all have at least one crazy dog lady friend, there are lots of great gifts for her, too!

Here are a few of my favorite items that are available, but do check out the Entire Collection Here. Be sure to check out the Zazzle Offers page to see if there is a coupon code for one of the items you might be purchasing first!

Lab Lover Tote Bag

Lab Lover Tote Bag Labrador Wine Tote

Labrador Wine Tote — also available with the full Lab Lover logo. Labrador Love Dog Bowl

Labrador Love Acrylic dog food or water bowl! Lab Lover T Shirt

Lab Lover T-Shirt — available in several styles. Sweatshirts, hoodies, baby and toddler shirts also available!

And many more goodies, like leashes and collars, coffee mugs, blankets, etc., available in the shop — go Check it Out and support Labrador Rescuers today!

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— D & Jaeger :o)

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