Monday, September 28, 2009

Behind the Scenes..

Today. I am going to give you a little insight of the Girl behind Fabulous Finds. I know I have an "About Me"section.I just thought you might like to see what my interests are behind the scenes.. I will start by saying I collect milk glass. I love it so much that it's coming out of my ears.. LOL I love anything cream or white.. I am a huge fan of the beach and white,creams, soft hues remind me of such a place.. I grew up in CT but spent every summer as a kid in Westhampton, Long Island. When I was small my mom and I would tag sale every Saturday and sometimes Sundays. I was hooked.. Of course at the time I was looking for Barbie's and she wanted antiques.. That's what I was surrounded by in my home growing up.. That was her passion.

My mom had such an eye for what she wanted and collected. I love that about her. She is very creative..Now being a mom myself she takes all her grandchildren and does crafts and decorates the house for x-mas with them.., A true joy that my kids get to do these things with her. I have looked at so many blogs and I am amazed at how creative and amazing these women are that I have come across. How they redo furniture etc.. I thought well I have done that,but that's not what my blog is about... So I thought why not tell you a little about myself so you really know who I am...I love to be surrounded by positive people. I love to laugh, I love my Family and friends. Especially my dearest friends Ben and Jerry.. Love those guys.. My Fav Mint chip...Love seafood and a must for me is a good Chardonnay,Cab and extra cold a lot of olives Dirty Martini...Fabulous.. A nice Friday or Sat treat...I get together with Friends for dinner club which I love.. Cooking is one of my passions. I am all about Organic.. I do like sweets.. I must say and McDonald's Fries... I know doesn't fit in to that category.. Oh Well! I try not to stress.. I hate the weight I feel on my shoulders.. So I talk myself thru it.. I love to help others.. I love to make people smile.. I love,Love the word love can't you tell LOL. No seriously.. I love to hear kids Giggle.. I always laugh. Oh I love pets.. Not a big fan of ones with long skinny tails.. The Rodent family doesn't do it for me..Do I cry?? Oh yeah baby.. I shed the tears.. My son started Kindergarten this year.. He is my last to go off to school. I sat in the parking Lot and balled.. The other moms must of thought I had lost it.. It was a sad day for me... But Look,I am now home typing away with not one interruption... Life if good right now...O.K. that's enough about me...

I may have e-mailed many of you to ask if I can write about you.. Every time I get a yes.. I am blessed for that, Thank You.. This being the reason for this post. I have been asked by a lot of people to give them some insight of who I am.. So This is why the big long post...

So you will see in the pictures I have on the top.. My style.. French country, shabby chic..I love to create.. I just haven't found the time to do anything lately. I have put my focus on this blog/business and I am truly loving every minute of it.. I owe it all to you.. You make it fun to get started each day. Your amazing products you send for review or your comments and e-mails. Thank You!

I am so happy to have a connection with you. I get joy. knowing you are interested in what I have to say. Thank you Subscribers.. You are getting my e-mails.. Sometimes multiple of one topic.. I apologize for that , still working out the glitches. Please.. Leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you.. Please write to me if you want to be featured..I am on the hunt for "Blog of the Month".. If you are the one, let me know.. If you want to nominate someone,let me know.If you want a spot on my sponsor page,Let me know...

Thanks for listening.. I hope you have a better understanding of who I am.. The person who created.. The Fabulous Finds.. Thank You,Thank You

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fabulous Interview with The Tip Junkie!

I had the privilege of interviewing, Laurie from Tip Junkie. I wanted her to be in the spotlight.. She does an amazing job at promoting women and their business. I wanted to see how and why she started her web sites.After our interview I must say.. I would love to have her live close by. I could see myself building a long friendship with her. She is full of life and I love that in a person.. Even though we live far apart on a map.. I will stay in touch and create a friendship with her regardless of how far we are..So here is our Interview in a nutshell Enjoy!

1.How many children do you have ,what ages are they? I have 3 boys: Davis (10), Dylan (8), and Drake (3). Yes, we had to try one more time for a girl. We got a Drake instead. Little Drake is on my lap as I’m typing this watching Ni Hao, Kai Lan.

2. Why did you start blogging? I had a website Executive Homemaker that I was having a hard time marketing and getting word-of-mouth promotion. I was at a girl’s night out and one of my friends had printed out a blog post and read it to all of us. It was fabulous! That week I signed up with Blogger for my personal blog. I found that as I was blog jogging all I wanted to do was blog about the amazing ideas I found. I felt like the world should know about them. One month later, I created Tip Junkie to do just that – give creative women a day in the spotlight by featuring their ideas and products.

3. What idea came to you, to create your sites? The sites now are actually a product of years of development and trying to fulfill the needs that I have along the way.

· Executive Homemaker was created because I hate reinventing the wheel. I realized that I had all of these really cool projects that have taken hours to make and felt that it was a shame that no one got to use them but me. On the flip side of that – it totally annoys me when I find a fabulous idea on the internet that someone created but there’s not a picture or file to download. Someone already took the time to create it – why should I have to duplicate it? Therefore, EH has over 300 files that I’ve made for my high functioning autistic son, birthday party games, and organizational worksheets. I’m still converting it over to a blog so I still have another 200 files to upload. Just like Tip Junkie, anyone can e-mail me their files and I’ll upload them and give them the credit they deserve.

· Tip Junkie was created to give women a day in the spotlight and feature creative ideas and Mom-prenuer products.

· The Tip Junkie Mom-preneur Shops were created because I have a huge passion for promoting women in business. Especially those women who make their own products but don’t know how to get the word out and market them. My mother is uber creative but couldn’t find a way (or venue) to sell her products. I wanted a directory where people could easily find these hidden handmade treasures and promote Mom-preneurs.

· The Executive Homemaker Mom Shops were created because the Tip Junkie Mom-prenuer shops got so full. I also found that Tip Junkie and Executive Homemaker have a different demographic and therefore the shops featured would be different. EH having its own set of Mom Shops would serve the women in business better and give another avenue for promotion.

· The Tip Junkie Giveaway Directory was created because so many bloggers were asking me to announce their giveaways. After a while, it was taking me 6 hours to do the giveaway post. I had back surgery in January and I just couldn’t keep it up any longer. However, I really wanted to help get the word out and help promote these women. Thus the TJ Giveaway Directory was born! It’s fully automated so you have full control over your giveaway announcement.

4.What is one of the most memorable accomplishment? Well, I haven’t had it yet. I’ll be speaking at SITScation in October in Vegas. I’m quite sure that will be very memorable. I can’t wait to meet other bloggers in real life.

5. How did you get involved with SITS and chic chic media? Again, this happened as a result of a need I had at the time. I had received two different e-mails from fellow bloggers who were going to start charging for sponsorships and wanted to know if I would like a free sponsorship to fill in their empty positions. Of course I said yes, and it got me thinking. I was planning on offering sponsor ads as well but not for about 6 more months. Therefore, it occurred to me that if we combined our stats and our efforts, we’ll sell more spots, give the sponsors great stats, and we won’t be competing with each other.

Cindy from Skip to My Lou and Kim from Today’s Creative Blog both signed on immediately. I felt like our stats still weren’t quite good enough (that sounds so silly considering what their stats are now) and we needed one more blog. The SITS girls were an obvious choice as they had a different demographic and have mad marketing skills.

Chic Chick Media has grown because the needs of our readers have grown. The main problem with sponsor advertising is that it’s too expensive for the mommy blogger with a small Etsy store. Therefore, we created the Visit Our Peeps widget that only costs $5.95 a month and it’s on over 300 blogs! It’s a text ad system to promote your blog/shop/site. You don’t even have to have a store, it’s a way to connect with other bloggers who share your same passions and get the word out on an entirely new demographic of women.

6. Do you have any regrets? Yes sometimes, when I’m on a girls night out and my friends are talking about the books they’ve been reading and the PTA meetings and volunteer things they’re doing; I get that little twinge of regret. I think I manage things pretty well, but these sites take up a lot of time. Sometimes, I feel like I should be using that time to volunteer or relax on my back porch reading a novel. I have brief moments of envy at the simplicity of my friend’s lives. They don’t have 150 e-mails a day waiting in their inbox. Although, I feel very blessed and have worked very hard to have the privilege of promoting women. It’s an honor.

7. What idea has someone presented to your site that you made yourself and loved? There are too many to list! I usually feature are the things I want to do at home. I’m naturally a total tip junkie so it fits my life perfectly.

· I love advents, so I’ve made a Halloween Advent and Summer Activity Advent (which I still haven’t blogged about)

· I completely blog-jacked this Indiana Jones Birthday party

· I organized my pantry with bins which I love and it still looks like that the system is so good

These are just to name a few.

8. One thing you wish you didn't put on your sites? I posted a picture of someone’s kiddo for a birthday party post and they were upset about it. They had every right to be and I felt terrible about it. Usually, I try to avoid pictures of kiddos all together (unless the author submitted it and gave me permission). However, I was in such a hurry and it was very late when I was doing my post. It was careless and irresponsible of me. I regret that for sure.

9. What advice could you give for women just starting to blog? Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. You are completely unique and most definitely have something to add to this fabulous world of blogging. Blog about your passions and be consistent in posting. Develop honest and natural friendships with other bloggers. If your blog is about your life – be real and post about the ups and downs. It has been my experience that bloggers are the most unjudgemental and compassionate people. They’ll connect with you more if you’re not only blogging about the fabulous things in life.

10. What blogger do you admire? Hmm? There are so many! I still have my favorites that I fell in love with when I first started blogging 2 years ago like: Kelly and Mique and Marie and Kristy. There are my Chic Chick’s who are ultra fabulous: Cindy, Kim, Tiffany & Heather. Then there are the big timers like Design Mom, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess. Social Media Guru’s like Alli and Jyl, Carissa and Amy. Again, I could go on and on.

11. What inspires you? . I love to create so, unique, cool, and easy projects. What keeps me driven? Promoting women who don’t know how (or are too uncomfortable) to market themselves.

12. What do you enjoy doing for yourself? I love to watch movies, snuggle with my man, complete a project, organize my home, play a game with my boys, and spend a day at the lake.

Heather, thank you so much for the interview. It was an honor to be asked! It’s always motivating to sit down and really put your thoughts and reasons for your passions in writing. It has rejuvenated my blogging passion and reminded me of why I love it so much. Hugs! Laurie

Don't you just love her.. Hugs back to you Laurie.. Thank You!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Feature Monday! The Nester..

Happy Monday. Today I am featuring an amazing Fabulous women "The Nester". I came across her blog and fell in love. She is very inspiring with her decorating flair. She has a knack for what she does and I enjoyed every post on her site. She's a mom who has a motto "Doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful". I love that.. It's so true. and well said. The Nester has lived in 13 homes which I feel she's pretty lucky.. Not the moving part ,but having a blank canvas and being able to create different looks. LOVE It!..She has been featured on many blogs from the Tip Junkie to Blissfully Domestic. Her blog is one to check out.. Become a follower or subscribe you will love what she writes about. Keep up the good work ,Nester Girl.. Sending lots of smiles your way.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Fabulous Thought for Today!

"WOW...I have really appreciated every aspect of my life thus far. I have had hard times losing my dad at 13 to finding the love of my life. I have truly grasped the concept of family and how amazing of a bond I have created with my husband and our three children.. Life is a true gift. I have chosen not to take it for granted. I love the smell of flowers and the warmth of the sun. I love the first snow fall of the season and the taste of fresh picked berries in the summer.
I look at life with a smile and take in every minute of everyday. I have been blessed to have three amazing kids. I am blessed for a strong mother and a loving husband. I wish everyone that has touched my life tons of love and happiness and to always smile and never dwell on the little things..
I think how funny it is that we as a society focus on reality T.V. (Yes I watch them) but I always remember to bring myself to the true reality..That it doesn't matter how much money you make or what car you drive or what label you wear. Take a step back and hold what is close to you. Embrace and love it.
I am fortunate with what I have. I love what I have and I ask for nothing more. I am smiling that I am Healthy,Happy and everyone in my life is the same... I pass this on to you :)"

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fabulous not so Fabulous!

MTV awards.. Oh my.. I must say very tasteless. I guess that's how it's supposed to be when they never show any videos. Well after arriving I saw all the Hills stars,Hilton Perez,Pink,Jade from America's next top model,P Diddy,Taylor swift so many.. Well after taking my seat. I was shocked to see the opening act.. Tribute to Michael Jackson. I felt out of all his accomplishments his tribute could have been more over the top. Madonna didn't blow me away with her speech either.. and Janet" Oh" Janet why couldn't she have said something? Not at all impressed..

So during Commercial.. and a lot goes on.. celebs or want to be celebs are all in hallways getting cocktails.. I must say.. the girls are so thin.. I had to ask myself if any of them eat? Sunken faces bone thin frames.. I am so Happy I enjoy life and eat food.. What an amazing gift LOL..So after returning to my seat.. The Taylor swift award Oh, classless Kanye West took away her moment. I felt so bad for her.. Standing there looking around like what do I do? Beyonce mortified by it all.. I knew at that moment.. My time there was going to be short lived. So Not a Fabulous Experience. :(

On the brighter side.. Dinner before hand. Bobby Flay.. What an amazing meal. My brother in law is friends with him and asked if we could eat at his restaurant " Bar Americain" on 152w 52nd street. Because getting a reservation during an award night and during Fashion week is impossible.. So he was nice to hook us up and get us in.. The Food is so delicious with a little fusion touch. The atmosphere is over the top ,large custom lighting and the antiqued pieced mirror along the bar is the soothing focal point to the restaurant. I can't say anything bad about the staff.. You never had a dirty dish in front of you and your water glass was never empty.. The hand baked bread basket was Delish not to mention my entree: Red snapper with plantain Chips and mango chutney so amazingly good..I highly recommend this restaurant a must visit.. Definitely a Fabulous Find in NYC.

So that's my night in a nutshell. All in all a great time. It's nice to be able to head into the city for dinner and a show..A Must in my future.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

MTV Video awards

As I prepare to head to NYC.. I had to create the look I need for the event. I finally after 3 lattes and lunch found what I needed to look Fabulous For the MTV music awards tomm night. I love these types of shows. I never know who I am going to see or what to expect. I know the line up of performers are amazing and Janet Jackson will be performing a tribute to her brother. You are probably asking how does one get to go to a show like this.?? Well I owe it all to my Fabulous Brother in Law Rob.. He works for the Jonas Brothers and has been in the music biz for many years.. He has an amazing talent for creating stages,lighting special effects and getting his crew to perform their best. I am fortunate to be able to go to music shows..If any of you or your kids are fans of the Jonas brothers you can check out my Bro in law on their latest movie.. They do a whole section on him.. Pretty cool..

My kids are lucky to have met Demi,Jonas Brothers,Hanna Montana (Miley),Brittany Spears,Backstreet boys,Jordan Sparks,the whole high school musical crew.. oh so many.. They are lucky and very appreciative for having an uncle in the business.. I have my feelers out for signed Jonas and Demi swag so keep watching... I will take pics of the MTV event and fingers crossed get to meet pink... Have a Fabulous weekend.. XO Heather

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Hollywood Fashion Tape FABULOUS!

Well ladies these products are a must have. Amazing that Marni Bumsted and Jane Daily were thinking of us women.. I have been to many events from the American music awards to MTV video awards to name a few. Thank goodness for my Hollywood friends.. Rising stars adhesive lifts help raise up my two special friends. Also when I am in a pinch I grab my fashion tape. This helps with blouse gaps and hides bra straps. It serves many other purposes as well. Oh my truly Fabulous Fave is Hollywood goes Commando. I am all about not showing any underwear lines. These little liners go right in the seem of your jeans,hose etc.. Problem solved so creative right.. Thank goodness for really smart women who create these products..Another great product from the Hollywood line is the Blotting films. These little sheets take away the shine. You all know what I am talking about. Your face looks glowing after a little blotting and it won't disturb your make-up. Last thing I have to talk about is their Make out mints... We all need them especially after an amazing night on the town or intimate dinner. These little heart shaped mints take away the wine,garlic etc and leaves your breath perfect for that late night smooch... So Ladies check out Hollywood Fashion Tape. They have soooo many products to choose from. They have been seen in In style,Savvy,Weddings and of course my Favorite The Fabulous Finds..They are selling in over 30 countries and are a huge hit in Australia.. I said earlier these are a must have..

Marnie and Jane were very gracious to give some products for a GIVEAWAY!

You will get: oil blotting film,commandos,Fashion Tape,Breast Lifts and make out mints..

Please take my button and follow directions... Good Luck. You too are going to be FABULOUS!