Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – August 20, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – August 20, 2018

You guard my heat with your truth

The kind of love that’s bullet proof

And I surrender to Your kindness, oh 

I’m fully known and loved by you. 

~ Christian recording artist,

Tauren Wells

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We Still Scream for Ice-cream!

We Still Scream for Ice-cream!

It’s Day 402 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a recent outing with my teens confirms the fact that no matter how old we get, we still scream for ice-cream! Figuring out fun things to do with a thirteen and soon-to-be fifteen-year-old can be daunting. They’re both at the stage where screens hold more allure than almost anything except for hanging out with their friends instead of their mom. While that’s pretty normal, quality time with them is too important to let it fall by the wayside. Still, when I ask what they’d like to do, they fluctuate between being fairly non-responsive, resistant or downright refusing to go. But lo and behold, at the mention of a trip to The Cone –– a local family fun soft-serve ice cream stand shaped like a swirl cone, with pinball games –– and suddenly they’re all in! No matter that they’re no longer the babies who used to literally jump up and down pumping their fists in the air, or even that I’m now the almost fifty-year-old mom who has to watch my calorie, fat and sugar intake, we still scream for ice-cream!

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My Teenagers! How did this happen???
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Me, Mom –– Pink Collar Coach. Love the strawberry vanilla swirl – pink! : )                                     Print sundress, yellow handbag and flip flops all Calvin Klein acquired over time from TJ Maxx. The yellow shrug sweater was actually a clearance find at Macy’s. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose mom, I have to admit –– most days I wish I could turn back time to the days when things were simpler with my children. Back when everything I suggested was met with enthusiasm and being together was as good as it got. But you can’t go back and time doesn’t stand still. My babies are teens who will  quickly grow into young adults. Finding common ground isn’t as easy as it used to be but is so worth the effort. Over my daughter’s coffee flavored shake, which she couldn’t finish but ended up giving to her brother, his key lime freeze with a blueberry shell and my strawberry shortcake –– no calorie counting or weight watching there –– conversation and laughter flowed. Like the good old days…We’ve changed in so many ways both as individuals and as a unit, but I’m thankful that some things remain the same. Like the fact that we all still scream for ice cream!

What simple pleasures do you still enjoy? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose  about making sure you make the time for them?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Fundraiser Fashion

Fundraiser Fashion

It’s Day 399 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I thought it would be fun to post about yesterday’s Fundraiser Fashion. Helping Angels of Peru, a non-profit organization that supports the poverty-stricken children of Cajamarca, Peru, held its inaugural fundraiser Sunday afternoon. My dear friend and Swan Sister, Angelin Kiplinger is the organization’s founder, and I had the pleasure of being seated at the table with her son, Juan. Of course, because we’re both moms who wear that particular heart on our sleeves, I knew of him but hadn’t met him in person. I found him to be as charming as he is handsome and enjoyed watching him strut his stuff in Peruvian garb during the fashion show. Then, later in the afternoon, I was delighted to become reacquainted with Claudia, a stunning Mary Kay rep who reminds me of the African singer, Sade, and my mother who favors the performer. I first met Claudia when she mistook me for being Hispanic at a Zumba for the Cure event last year. She approached me speaking rapid fire Spanish but quickly realized I only spoke halting Spanglish! Nevertheless, we hit it off but failed to exchange contact info. I was so glad to see her and loved her gorgeous fundraiser fashion!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Claudia. Love her floral off the shoulder maxi dress with bell sleeves! I’m in Calvin Klein –– of course. A floral wrap style dress – $30– cinched with a goal clasp and bone shoes. Because I’m a freeze cat, my black shrug came in handy for the chilly venue.                          All TJ Maxx, except for shoes which were $8 brand new at Goodwill! 
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Juan in traditional Peruvian dress attire. My sleeveless dress without the shrug.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Fashionista (I’m actually a Maxxinista), I absolutely adore a chance to dress up and purchased this dress awhile back specifically for this event. Getting to wear it while I sang two songs to inspire giving was a treat…Much as I enjoyed that, it was awesome to be able to admire all of the beautiful women throughout the evening. Such a special occasion spent learning about the needs of the children, filling them through investment of our time, talent and treasures. To celebrate that, the event ended with most of us on the dance floor sweating out our Fundraiser Fashion to fabulous salsa music!

With so many wonderful discount options, are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about maximizing them to minimize your spending –– even for fundraising or special events?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach