Jen Groover Offers Entrepreneurs Advice on Finding Professional Fulfillment

aboutjen_05.jpgIn the last of three entrepreneurial lunchtime twitter chats hosted by Avon, serial entrepreneur and Avon ambassador Jen Groover shared her insights on how to achieve professional fulfillment in your career. One thing that rang true for me was that the only way to truly find fulfillment in your career was to do what you love and not get bogged down by the minutia or by toxic individuals. Lately, that’s what I have been experiencing in my business and every time I let a tough client get to me, I wind up questioning why I decided to pursue a career in public relations.
To be perfectly honest, I never had any aspirations of becoming a publicist. I sort of fell into my career. After landing an internship at WNBC-TV, I made such a positive impression on the head of the department that she actually hired me after she left the company to join a boutique PR firm. From there, I pursued my master’s degree in journalism and my ultimate goal was to land a position at a major women’s magazine. But that never happened.
You see, when I was starting out in my career, I chose the path that was steady and safe. Stick with the job you have rather than the job that might be right for you. And now, nearly 25 years later, I have worked with dozens of clients, launched hit TV shows and have experienced the ups and downs that go hand in hand with being a publicist. In fact, there are days where I actually love what I do – especially when I book a client on a TV show and they do a phenomenal job. Or I land a profile in the New York Times or Wall Street Journal and the result is nothing short of stupendous.
But for all those moments of glory, are moments of frustration. Public relations can be a thankless job filled with one common thread – it’s the “What have you done for me lately career.”
Thumbnail image for Avon Brand Ambassador-thumb-237x229-5200.jpgThat’s why whenever I meet with twenty something women who are just starting out in their careers or graduating college, I urge them to stay the course. If there’s a dream you have for your career, don’t veer off course and pursue something that’s safe. Now don’t get me wrong. Safe can still lead to career fulfillment and be a lot of fun at times. But if someone had mentored me when I was getting my master’s from NYU, they would have told me to take a chance and send my resume to several magazines. Or not to give up even after receiving a batch of rejection letters from a few media outlets after I sent in a query letter that just didn’t resonate with an editor. I hate to admit that early on in my career, I quit doing what I love because slow and steady seemed like the right thing to do.
Well, now that I am 45 and am trying to still figure out how to be fulfilled in my career, what I do know is that as a mom, I’m going to make sure my kids never stop dreaming and doing what they love. While my son has aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player and my daughter wants to be a fashion designer, I know those are two difficult goals to achieve but I am certainly going to cheer them on, get them the training they need and be right there in their corner if they decide to switch gears if their dream doesn’t turn out to be a reality.
There’s something to be said about professional fulfillment. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, everything else seems to fall into place. If you are happy on the job, you’ll be happier at home. So why not take a step back for moment, figure out what is fulfilling for you professionally and make a commitment to yourself to start doing what you love again?
It’s never too late to be fulfilled in your career. Some people figure it out early in life, while others continually make course corrections until they eventually get to where they want to be. Life is way too short to not find what fuels you and go for it. And thanks to Jen Groover, I’m energized and inspired to do just that.
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I really have enjoyed participating in the #MyAvonStory campaign along with Jen Groover and realize how important it is to carve out a place in your professional life for doing what you love. The happier you are on the job, the more productive you will be. It’s that simple. Now I’ve just got to practice what I preach and hopefully as the year progresses, I too will feel fulfilled professionally.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Avon. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Important Small Business Advice from Jen Groover and Avon

images.jpegThis past week, I participated in the second of three lunchtime twitter chats with serial entrepreneur and author, Jen Groover. Jen is the creator of the wildly successful Butler Bag and is a motivational speaker who works closely with Avon to inspire small business owners to pursue their passion no matter the obstacles.
In her latest Twitter conversation with small business owners, Jen talked about how we can earn an income on our own terms and asked what we feared most being small business owners as well as what we loved about taking that leap of faith to start a business. Here were some of my responses to Jen’s questions and I have to say, it’s given me a lot of clarity on what I need to accomplish in 2015 to take my business to the next level.
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After celebrating with co-workers this year at our annual holiday dinner, we talked about the clients we loved as well as those we would never want to work with again. The most interesting thing that we found was the choice of our favorite client was overwhelmingly unanimous. While she didn’t pay us the most, she was the most appreciative of our efforts and referred new projects to us, so working with her was an absolute dream and if given the opportunity, I would absolutely work with her again.
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The one thing I absolutely hate as a business owner are the finances. I hate having to chase after clients for money. I hate having to keep track of bills. I hate that we waste money when we hire consultants who do not deliver on what we had initially asked of them. But most of all, I hate worrying about taxes. In 2015, I vow to do things differently and the first thing I will be doing is consulting with a Virtual CFO who can take a look at my business and advise me on how to manage our finances, hire the right people and most importantly, grow and prosper.
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My third and final business resolution is to avoid crazy clients at all costs. You know the type. At first, they seem incredibly enthusiastic and while they seem to have unrealistic expectations, you believe that with your experience and ingenuity, you will find a way to make them happy. Even if they are happy for a moment, the next day they will eviscerate you if you do something that’s doesn’t meet their expectations. No matter how much money they may have for a campaign, life is too short to work with crazy people who are unrealistic and overly demanding. Slow and steady wins the race, which means that in the new year, I will search for clients who are reasonable, kind and appreciative of our efforts.
And now for some great advice from Jen Groover…
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Avon Brand Ambassador-thumb-237x229-5200.jpgAs we approach the New Year, it’s time to really focus on what’s important as business owners. And with the help of Avon and Jen Groover, there’s still time to get focused, embrace your fears and do what you love!
Join us for the final installment of the Avon entrepreneur twitter chat series with Jen Groover on Wednesday, January 21 (12:30-1pm ET) where Jen offers advice on creating professional fulfillment. Make sure you follow @jengroover and use the hashtag #MyAvonStory to participate. You can RSVP to the Twitter chat by emailing If you RSVP and attend the Twitter event, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Avon product bundle.
Disclosure: As a paid Blogger Ambassador for Avon, I will be discussing many aspects of Avon’s brand; from the entrepreneurial side, to career, to beauty tips, Avon staples, and more in a series of posts. The opinions in these articles are mine and are not indicative of the brand.

Avon Spearheads an Inspiring Twitter Chat for Entrepreneurs

There’s nothing like taking a quick break at lunch so you can connect with like minded women who are working as hard as you are to find success as a small business owner. That’s exactly what I did last week when I got the chance to participate in a Twitter chat with super successful entrepreneur Jen Groover and the team at Avon.
While the chat seemed to go by in a flash, what I really enjoyed was hearing stories from fellow small business owners who conquered their fears to pursue their passion. Some of my favorite tweets came from Stephanie Elie, the founder of Bizzie Mommy who I’ve had the great fortune of meeting over the past few years.
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The common thread between all of us was that in order to succeed, all of us have had to do something outside of our comfort zone in order to move forward. Stephanie mentioned how she didn’t enjoy speaking in public but has sought out opportunities where she could speak so that she could face her fears head on. Others talked about how important it is to learn from failure and rejection and how we need to instill the concept of failing in our own children. While I have always encouraged my kids to pursue what they love, I agree that it is incredibly important to speak to our kids about rejection so that they know that it is okay to fail. Rather than give up, it’s best to learn from our failures so that we can continue on our path and experience success after we’ve made a few course corrections.
Jen Groover, who is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur and has created a number of popular retail products, including the ‘Butler Bag,’ shared some really great advice throughout the entire chat. Take a look…
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The advice that I took to heart is the part about asking advice from mentors whenever you are in need of support. Fortunately, in my career, I have been lucky enough to get advice from incredibly successful entrepreneurs like Jeanne Burton, the former founder of, Sue Kupcinet, a writer and creator of the off beat greeting card line Yenta Sentiments and New York Times best selling author, philanthropist and national television correspondent Lee Woodruff. Jeanne taught me that anything was truly possible and to never give up on my dreams no matter how big they seemed. Sue explained that while I might have tons of amazing business ideas, many of them could wind up in my garage (like the t-shirts I created nearly a decade ago when I first launched Role Mommy) but to not beat myself up over those failures – instead, I should learn from them and think twice about launching a t-shirt line if I haven’t yet built my brand. Finally, aside from being one of the most talented writers I know, Lee taught me about the importance of saying no. While I found myself being pulled in a million directions at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey, the moment I started saying no to events and opportunities that took me away from my family but didn’t contribute to my personal income or enjoyment, was the moment I began realizing that it’s okay to say no and not feel guilty about it. Without these mentors in my life, I could have easily given up on my passions and gone back to a full time job but instead, I have persevered and have learned so much along the way.
Trust me, there is nothing easy about running a small business or in my case, two businesses. But if you are lucky enough to have the support of incredible individuals who can serve as your guides along the way, I say, take the leap, accept that you’re going to fail, but no matter what, don’t ever give up!
Avon Brand Ambassador.jpgIf you missed the last twitter chat but want to get in on the conversation, then you are in luck. Avon will be hosting two more chats with Jen Groover in December and January!
Make sure you follow @jengroover and use the hashtag #MyAvonStory to participate. The remaining Twitter chats in the series are:
‘Earning an income on your own terms’ on Thursday, December 18 (12:30-1pm ET)
‘Creating professional fulfillment’ on Wednesday, January 21 (12:30-1pm ET)

You can RSVP to each Twitter chat by emailing If you RSVP and attend the Twitter event, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Avon product bundle.
Disclosure: As a paid Blogger Ambassador for Avon, I will be discussing many aspects of Avon’s brand; from the entrepreneurial side, to career, to beauty tips, Avon staples, and more in a series of posts. The opinions in these articles are mine and are not indicative of the brand.

Join Avon and Me for a Twitter Chat for Entrepreneurs with Jen Groover

11739_10150830629565205_126438029_n.jpgI can’t believe it’s been nearly eight years since I jumped off the diving board of corporate life and started a small business…actually, it’s two small businesses but who’s counting? It hasn’t been easy giving up a career that was stable and reliable and had put me on a path toward the corner office, but being out on my own has given me the freedom to do what I love while raising a family.
In my career as a blogger and writer, I have had the tremendous good fortune of working with people and brands who are incredibly supportive of women entrepreneurs and Avon is at the top of the list. The brand has recently launched a You Make It Beautiful campaign which offers a renewed message of support, showing that each and every woman is the source of their own life’s beauty. Take a look…

For the millions of women who have become Avon Representatives over the years, the campaign offers a message of inspiration. Avon gives you the opportunity, but it is you who writes your own story of personal triumph. To others, it’s a message of empowerment. The products are just the confidence booster for you to realize the beauty that was always there
Avon’s ‘Beautiful Stories’ videos shine a light on stand-out Representatives who have truly made their lives beautiful with the earnings opportunity Avon has given them
The Avon earnings opportunity helps independent women grow in a variety of ways – whether it’s gaining confidence and discovering strengths or finding freedom and flexibility and learning leadership skills.
If you are like me and are on a lifelong journey to finding success as an entrepreneur on your own terms, I invite you to join Avon and I for a series of Twitter chats starting Wednesday, November 19 from 12:30-1pm ET where wildly successful entrepreneur Jen Groover offers tips on how to gain confidence and independence with your business along with Avon Representative Georgiana Haynes, who will be a special guest participant.
Make sure you follow @jengroover and use the hashtag #MyAvonStory to participate. The remaining Twitter chats in the series are:
‘Earning an income on your own terms’ on Thursday, December 19
‘Creating professional fulfillment’ on Wednesday, January 21
You can RSVP to each Twitter chat by emailing If you RSVP and attend the Twitter event, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Avon product bundle. Avon Brand Ambassador.jpg
About Jen Groover
Jen Groover is a serial entrepreneur who’s gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights. Her success began with the creation of the Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized handbag, and has evolved into an entire lifestyle brand, which can now be found at several prominent retailers. She’s also behind Leader Girlz, which teaches young girls the importance of empowerment through play, and her newest brand, Empowered by Jen Groover. Groover is also an author, speaker and media contributor. For more information about Jen, visit her website at
Disclosure: As a paid Blogger Ambassador for Avon, I will be discussing many aspects of Avon’s brand; from the entrepreneurial side, to career, to beauty tips, Avon staples, and more in a series of posts. The opinions in these articles are mine and are not indicative of the brand.

Building a Career at Avon

image003-1.jpegIn our latest series devoted to the sales force of Avon, we met Maria Sutej, Regional Vice President in Sales at Avon Products, Inc.
Maria leads a team of professionals who she helps achieve annual sales goals and provides stewardship in the implementation of global business strategies.
Maria began her career in 1983 joining Avon as a District Sales Manager. She quickly ascended through the sales ranks holding positions as Field Trainer, Division Sales Manager, and Field Business Unit Leader. During her assignment as Division Sales Manager in Tennessee, she made Avon history by ranking in the top 10 percent in sales growth for eight consecutive years. In 1996, Maria was promoted to Region Vice President.
In recognition of her leadership and community involvement, Maria was once named one of Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women.
Maria defines her career as a direct result of successfully building relationships of mutual respect and high expectations. “It is a privilege to help others by offering opportunities to people who want to expand their options and improve the quality of their lives. Avon makes it possible for me and thousands of other men and women to do just that every day,” she says.
During our interview, Maria shared stories of the countless women she’s encountered who have managed to turn their passion into lifelong careers at Avon. Some spent 10-15 years in corporate America and after being laid off, decided to make a career change and become an Avon representative. Others, were new mothers who wanted to make additional income while raising their family. “Avon offers very little investment to contribute to a full or part time committment – it’s great for both part time or full time work,” she says.
While the success rate among Avon reps vary, Maria says that the ones who are most successful approach Avon as a business from the very beginning. She advises, that the key to great sales is to “start out not only with people you know but start with people you don’t know but at the places you go. Think about developing contacts with new people and that will help you build a broad customer base.”
Maria also praises sales reps who have managed to utilize social media to help increase sales. Additionally, Avon offers even more tools for their sales force to succeed, “We have pretty great internet marketing tools, ecards, promotions to make it easier for them,” she says.
And the most amazing thing about Avon is that all it takes is a $10 investment for you to start your business selling everything from cosmetics, to skincare, fashion, jewelry and more.
To find out how you can become an Avon representative, visit Many thanks to Avon for giving us the chance to meet their incredibly inspiring team!
This compensated post was sponsored by Avon.

Tales from Successful Avon Ladies

Tina.jpgIn our ongoing series dedicated to Avon representatives, we got the chance to meet Tina Upton, a stay-at-home mother of three who joined Avon in January of 2009 as a means to make extra money to supplement her family income. Her husband works very long hours and his salary alone was just not enough to cover all of the family expenses during these tough economic times.
Tina knew that she was going to have find a job, but she wasn’t looking to work a standard 9-5 and Avon was the perfect solution. She works during the hours that are most convenient for her and even uses social media to sell to customers. She changes her Facebook status on a daily basis to offer new deals and engage potential customers to buy quality product at an affordable price.
RM: Why did you decide to become an Avon sales representative?
Tina: I’m a stay at home mom and had a career before I decided to raise a family. My mom was an Avon lady from the time I was little and worked full time and always did Avon on the side. When I was looking for something for myself, I decided Avon was the right thing for me.
RM: How easy is it to get started?
Tina: Avon costs 10 dollars. You get your kit and you make it what you want and that’s why it has been perfect for me. If you don’t sell a certain amount, you’re not charged for it. If you don’t make a quota – Avon doesn’t penalize you.
RM: How do attract customers?
Tina: I do a lot of my business on my website and my Facebook page. They can view my catalog. I don’t go door to door at all. I use the Internet to run my business. Avon has a lot of free shipping. It’s an affordable company, and doesn’t make people pay astronomical prices for items and they do a lot for philanthropy – that’s why I feel so good about representing them.
RM: How much do you earn?
Tina: I make anywhere from $50-$300 per month. Being an Avon representative affords me the opportunity to get the girls extra things, to put things away for Christmas and a lot I use for myself. It gives me a lot of freedom.
RM: Do you one day want to devote more time to Avon?
Tina: I’m always reading the Avon newsletter about going to seminars and I really want to go. The great thing about Avon is that I am my own boss. I have my own hours – no one is checking in on me. No one is nagging me about my sales. They are there to support me and that feels great.
RM: You said your mom was an Avon Representative, what do you remember most about that experience?
Tina: I remember my mom going door to door and having friends over and throwing parties. They’d all sit down around the table and try out products. She spent the money on us. Even though she’s retired, she revisits it from time to time and even picked it up again a few years ago. That’s the amazing thing about Avon – anytime you want to pick it up, you can. You’re your own boss and you make your own hours.
RM: Tell us about your mommy group and how you’ve included them in your business.
Tina: With my mommy group, they are so supportive of my business. I was afraid they were going to think that I was hounding them, but they were so supportive. I have lots of friends starting small businesses – I think it’s great that these circle of women are supporting each other with these businesses that are popping up. If they’re going to purchase something and they see me, they like to give me the business and it’s great.
RM: What do you love most about Avon’s products and deals?
Tina: When Avon has a sale – they have a sale! They have a lot of jewelry packages; bath and body products – I’m getting all of them for kids teachers and bus drivers. There are so many gifts under $10 and under $5 – jewelry surprisingly is such wonderful quality. They have sterling silver, cubic zirconia – you can get something for $200 or $5 jewelry at Avon. They also have a featured item – the Wii a few years ago; digital video camera – partner with Sharper Image. There’s a wide selection of price. Last year, four of my friends got the Sharper Image camera. Their holiday gifts are wonderful.
To do your last minute holiday shopping with Avon or to find out how you can become a representative, visit their site today.
*This compensated post was sponsored by Avon.

Secrets of a Successful Avon Lady

Jill Saylor2.jpgI don’t know about you, but I remember the very first Avon lady who used to visit our house on a regular basis and sell all kinds of things to my mom. From hand creme, to perfume to make-up, Harriet was a friendly woman in her fifties who used to show up at our door every month and my mom always looked forward to seeing her. At the time, I didn’t realize that our Avon lady was making a nice living by visiting with my mom and our neighbors, but fast forward more than three decades, and it’s easy to see why becoming an Avon representative is a great option for working moms.
Just ask Jill Saylor, one of the top Avon Sales representatives in the country, who has been with the company for 15 years. Jill is a single mother with four children ranging in age from 15-21.
I got the chance to speak with Jill recently and she shared how she first was introduced to Avon. She says she first became a sales representative when she was 18 and sold the products for a short time. The second time around, Jill was pregnant with twins and did it for gas money.
But the third time, one of Jill’s friends attended an Avon seminar and she says, “She came back so excited, it sounded like so much fun.” Jill then decided to attend a seminar as well and came back energized and full of ideas to turn her role as an Avon representative into a source of income that could support her family.
Jill recalls that back in the beginning, she was like a traditional Avon lady – going door to door to share the latest catalogue with her neighbors in her community. She even says that sometimes, people saw her coming and would hide. She also sold the products to her friends, but shares that “friends will only shop from you for so long.”
After speaking with another successful Avon representative, Jill says her friend shared so many great ideas with her that “by the time I left my house, I know I had support. I was also older and had more ambition.” This time around, Jill did what she did best – she got out more and began talking to people. As she found out more about their lives, she says she experienced a newfound confidence where she had fun meeting people, finding out about them and showing them how Avon products could fit into their lives.
Soon her conversations turned into home parties with customers. From there, Jill explored her options with advertising and marketing – sharing her cards on bulletin boards. Word traveled fast that if you were interested in buying Avon products, Jill Saylor was the person to call.
These days, Jill has become incredibly tech savvy and says she lets everyone know that they can shop at her online store, Jill says that despite the fact that the nearest city to her home is 20 miles away, she is now able to be there for her customers through her online site and through Facebook. She also says that she makes sure that every Avon book she distributes has her website and Facebook address.
AvonSSSProducts1.jpgIn fact, Jill says that social media has proven to be a big success for her bottom line. “Facebook is a Godsend to me – I use Facebook a lot for my business. As often as I can I’ll post something about Avon in my status and link to Avon from my webpage.” Jill says she also puts reminders on her Facebook page and shares great news about friends, shoppers and colleagues.
Jill says that both skincare, their Naturals line and Mark products are her biggest sellers. Some of her personal favorite products include:
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Beyond color lip conditioner
Avon’s oatmeal product line
Jill also loves the brand’s Mark line, a trendier selection of products geared toward 16-24 year olds. The Mark brand offers trendy make-up products as well as a skin care line for younger girls. Jill says, “I remember being their age – you can still use all those things so that their skin doesn’t age – you don’t need age defying products, you need moisturizer and they have something cool that they can use.” Jill also admits that many of her girlfriends love the Mark brand too.
In addition to her own website, Jill runs her town’s Avon District page where she connects other Avon representatives in her area in order to keep everybody in the loop and on the same page.
Despite the downturn in the economy, Jill says her business has continue to thrive over the years. “I heard a woman talking the other day about how bad the economy is and how unemployment is up so high. So many people are joining Avon right now. When people ask me about my job – I tell them how much I love it and love being my own boss. My enthusiasm draws them in.”
Jill adds that Avon has given her the opportunity to be readily available to her kids. “I’ve been able to be there for my kids – go to doctor’s appointments – all these things that I do I have been able to be a part of. Usually I can make it to everything and I love that part of the job. I can fit it into my schedule. As a single mom, if I hadn’t become an Avon representative, I think I would have missed out on too much.”
In fact, Jill’s own children are following in her footsteps. She says her 19 year old daughter Asia started out as a Mark rep and is now an Avon representative and her 15 year old helps out too. “They are all very supportive. Asia really listens to me and seeing her friends get excited about the products got her excited.”
Seeing her own kids get excited by the possibilities of Avon, makes Jill a pretty proud mom. “I’m all they have right now and I love that part that they look up to me as their role model of what they can do with their lives.”
If you’d like to find out more about Jill or purchase Avon products through her website, visit her at or contact her on Facebook or via email at
Disclosure: This compensated post was sponsored by Avon.

Patrick Dempsey Pays Avon a Housecall

patrick dempsey on stage.jpgPatrick Dempsey and Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung had the honor of presenting the latest Avon Foundation grant at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca., for $60,000 to the Canoga Park, Ca. based charity organization Haven Hills. This well deserved grant will help support Haven Hills services in aiding domestic violence victims and their families in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Ca. Haven Hills is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the country and this new grant brings the total Avon Foundation grants awarded to the Haven Hills to almost $100,000 since 2004. In the state of California from 2000 through 2010, Avon philanthropy has provided nearly $58 million to breast cancer and domestic violence agencies.
The grant, which Patrick Dempsey presented to Haven Hills is part of Avon’s new $1 million commitment to end violence against women in honor of its year-long 125th anniversary celebration. Last month in Atlanta, Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon and Jung announced the Global Believe Fund to celebrate the company’s heritage and belief in its mission to empower women.
Patrick Dempsey and Andrea Jung.jpgThe Avon Global Believe Fund is creating a global effort to support women’s domestic violence shelters in sixteen cities around the world. Additional Avon Foundation for the Avon Global Believe Fund events will take place later this spring on April 6 in New York and on April 29 in Chicago.

Good ole Avon!

I recently received Avon Anew Reversalist Day Renewal Cream SPF 25 and the Illuminating Eye System. I’ve been wanting to try this particular line from Avon for a few reasons. I’m a total product junkie who loves anything that might possibly slow down the aging process on my face (the body is a whole different animal)! Plus the Avon name takes me back to my youth. Didn’t we all see our Mom visiting with the neighborhood Avon lady? The Reversalist line uses something called Activinol technology. Thumbnail image for Reversalist Day.jpegAfter some research, I found out that we have something called Activin (a protein) deep in layers of our skin. Activinol stimulates Activin, which is known to increase collagen. Since damage that is done below the skin when we are younger shows up on the surface as we age, getting to the deep layers of the skin helps to make the surface layer less wrinkled and appear more youthful. YAY! What I love most about the cream is the SPF ~ 25! Most creams I’ve found are SPF 15. It’s also rich & velvety and it smells great, too.
The Illuminating Eye System immediately grabbed my attention due to the “sheer veil” that’s included. Not only is the cream fluffy and hydrating, but the veil adds some shimmer (not too much) and illuminates the under eye area. Reversalist Eye 2.jpeg
The AVON ANEW Reversalist Day Cream SPF 25 is $32 and the ANEW Reversalist Illuminating Eye System is $30. I think the prices are very reasonable, as well.

If You Knew Suze, Like I Know Suze

RoleMommy.jpgThis past Friday, I received a special invitation by Avon to meet personal finance guru Suze Orman for her very first “Tweet Up” with bloggers. At first, I thought there would be hundreds of people there and I would probably get a chance to just smile and snap a Blackberry photo of her. Boy, was I in for a big surprise!
The moment I arrived, I was greeted by the friendly Avon staff and then, after following a few Twitter bird signs, I entered a conference room and saw a few familiar faces – like Aly Walansky, who is a fabulous beauty blogger and Issa with
After we had all taken our seats around a conference table (yes it was that small of a group!) Suze made her entrance and took the entire place by storm. Her candor and humor is infectious and even when she’s giving you hard hitting advice that may be tough to take, you know she is telling it like it is and only wants to help you succeed and dare I say, MAKE MONEY!
And that’s why I believe Avon was brilliant in assembling a group of female bloggers – many of whom share their thoughts, recommendations, interviews, beauty tips, financial advice, essays and reviews without being compensated for their content. As mainstream magazines are folding left and right and the online world is the place where all brands want to be, bloggers are helping to feed the beast by constantly providing free content to mainstream outlets without being compensated for their work. And with the help of Suze Orman, our lives and perspective about our work and our worth was about to change.
Avon, which was the first company in the United States to empower women to make money, now helps millions of individuals earn a living or additional income so that they can afford to buy or do the things they love. And that’s exactly why Suze Orman decided to partner with the organization – aside from the fact that her own mom was an Avon representative in 1962 and she revealed that her additional income from Avon helped support their family.
During the breakfast, we all found out that Suze’s road to success was pretty rocky. She never graduated college and earned a living as a waitress at the age of 30. Her career prospects changed after a brokerage firm lost $50,000 that was loaned to her so she could open a restaurant and she decided to become a broker in an industry dominated by men, determined to earn that money back. Surviving on Taco Bell and living out of her car, Suze managed to turn her life around, became an expert in personal finance and the rest is history. She also revealed that while her books have sold millions of copies, she didn’t publish her first one until she was 45! Translation – it is never too late to reinvent your life, start doing what you love and make a living along the way.
During the Tweet up, I managed to snag some amazing quotes from Suze. But before we get to them, I wanted to inform our readers of a few more great things about her. First up, if you follow her on Twitter @suzeormanshow and you ask her a finance question, she will answer you. Suze answers all questions on her Twitter account so if you think someone else is writing you back, it’s actually Suze, how cool is that?
Next, I was genuinely touched to see how incredibly supportive Suze Orman was to the group of women who attended the event. A handful of women had been laid off with some even facing their last unemployment check and Suze as well as other attendees at the breakfast offered them advice and ongoing support. Plus, rather than looking at a layoff as a negative, Suze congratulated the women about their good fortune since they now have the chance to wipe the slate clean and do what they love.
And now for all the amazing quotes and advice I managed to Tweet from the event…
“Suze Orman created an account with TD Ameritrade Save money and put it away. TD Ameritrade pays you $100! #avontweetup
10:55 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
—This was in reference to how we should approach investing and our 401K’s in a turbulent market. It turns out that Suze is working with TD Ameritrade – if you visit the site, you can save money and TD Ameritrade will pay you $100 to deposit funds with them. Additionally, Suze suggested for those of us no longer working in corporate America, we should rollover our 401K’s into an IRA that then eventually roll that over into a Roth IRA.
@suzeormanshow “Build your brand with honesty, integrity and truth #avontweetup
10:14 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
-That’s how Suze has built her own brand too and she says she never buys anything she can’t afford. She owns all her homes outright (all 8 of them), she travels by private jet, and she never dips into her savings. She only uses the money that she has earned after taxes from new opportunities to make her purchases.
@suzeormanshow Nobody else matters but you and are you on track with living a happy life #avontweetup
10:00 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
@suzeormanshow Leverage is what got the United States into trouble…as a woman, I don’t like leverage #avontweetup
9:56 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
-In reference to a question about whether a couple should borrow funds in order to invest in the stock market.
“Women help other women, we have to help one another” #avontweetup
9:47 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
“There is nothing wrong with making profit so that all come to benefit”#avontweetup
9:34 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
–In reference to a question about wanting to start a non-profit organization.
And the best Tweet of All…
@suzeormanshow “Changing lives one tweet at a time”
9:33 AM Jun 19th from TwitterBerry
After two hours, the discussion finally came to a close and then they held a raffle drawing to win all of Suze’s books. And guess what? Even though yours truly never wins anything…and I repeat anything, I won!!! So watch out Role Mommies – the moment those books arrive, I am going to become a finance fiend.
Thank you to Avon for inviting me to be a part of one of the most exciting events I’ve ever attended and to Suze Orman for her heartfelt advice, inspiring story and giving spirit. To find out more about Avon and the incredible work they have accomplished in support of entrepreneurs and women’s causes, then visit for more information about their foundation. And if you want a Suze fix, tune into her show on CNBC – which happens to be the #1 show on the network – visit the Suze Orman website or better yet, give her a Tweet @suzeormanshow. Trust us, you’re eyes will light up and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear the moment she answers you back!
To top the morning off, there was a professional photographer snapping away and I even got to take a shot with Suze – I think you can tell my from my enormous grin that I had a great time. What a way to spend a morning. Now time to make some money!