Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty Lovers Giveaway!

The sponsors: Jenny (Dancin' With A Dolly) / Rebekah (Wearable) / Cece (Pink Sunshine)
Lauren (Sassy Sweetheart) / Elisa (Sammy's Fabulous Jewelry) / Stephanie (Shades Of Color Art)

Happy Friday!! Myself and some beautiful ladies have teamed up to bring you the ultimate beauty lovers giveaway. How would you like to win the Michael Kors cosmetic bag shown above and a $40 giftcard to Sephora to help you fill it?! Pretty fabulous, huh?! All you have to do is enter below. Good luck!! xoxo

(Sorry this giveaway is US only...)

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Domestic Fail: My Daughter Is A Better Cook Than Me

She's only two and only pretend cooks but she has already surpassed my cooking skills. Her pretend meals sound quite delicious and she talks about mixing, using the oven and frying like a pro. She certainly didn't get this insight from me, the girl who didn't even know how to boil water until she was like 25. I have moved on from making sandwiches and microwaving a mean TV dinner to making pasta (to be paired with jar sauce of course), making grilled cheese and I can actually make chicken cutlets. I am proud of that last one. I have slowly but surely started learning to cook more at the pace of like one new specialty a year but hey Rome wasn't built in a day. Thank goodness my hubby is good at cooking and it looks like Liv is following in his footsteps. Looks like we won't starve. xoxo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meet Allison of Because I Said So

Hi!! Happy hump day! I've really been enjoying the fact that the super adorable Allison of Because I Said So has been hanging out on my sidebar this month. I am enjoying getting to know her and still learning more. I wanted all you to have an opportunity to get to know her as well so I asked her 10 random questions and here are her answers. 

 1 - Describe yourself in 5 words.
 Classy, sometimes sassy and goal-oriented

 2 - Describe your typical day.
 Typical day. Ok. I get up around 7:30, turn on the today show. It's really the only time I watch the news. I shower, get dressed and ready for work, and most of the time write a last minute blog post. Sometimes I eat breakfast (although lately breakfast is just ibuprofen #bracesprobs) and then walk Laney. Work 9-5 pm consists of answering calls, social media upkeep, and selling the event space. I follow up on leads, send out proposals, and honestly it really changes day to day. Bridal shows, network events, outside sales calls could pop up. Which to me is the fun part--I hate being cooped up inside at a desk. After work, I come home and play with Laney, eat dinner, watch tv with the boyfriend when he gets home from work. Clean maybe? Gym maybe? Bath and bed. I'm so boring---this made me realize that I should add something more interesting to my daily routine.

 3 - Why do you blog?
 Blogging, for me, is like a journal. That people read and can comment with their advice on the particular subject. I blog for a creative outlet and really to learn about myself and others.

 4 - What is your dream job?
 My dream job is to not have to work, but want to work. Maybe something with animals or for a fabulous boutique doing their social media and blogging. Idk lol

 5 - Deserted island. What are the three things that you would need to bring?
Joshua--because he's handy and I would die on my own.     A book--because it'll get boring.                                             Fresh water--because duh.

 6 - Give us three of your guilty pleasures.
 Disney movies, amaretto sours, and Cadbury cream eggs!

 7 - What is your most embarrassing moment?
 My most embarrassing moment hmm I'm so bad at these. I mean my whole life is sometimes an embarrassing moment sooo...

 8 - What is your greatest accomplishment?
 Greatest accomplishment so far is probably graduating college and living on my own. Getting out of my parents house was an accomplishment all on its own--I'm officially a big girl.

 9 - In store shopping or online shopping?>
 Store! I love the attention and help from chatty sales girls!

 10 - Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 In five years oh geez I'll be almost 28--holy moly. Umm hopefully I'll be married and have traveled to Europe. I'll have a house with a yard or a fabulous loft condo--that J will let me decorate.

Isn't she great?! Now make sure you head on over to her blog and show her some good lovin'. Now if you would like to hangout on my sidebar as well, you are in luck. I am currently offering 25% OFF all sponsorship options with code: SPRINGLOVE. And one lucky winner who comments on this post will get a free blog friend ad. Winner will be announced tomorrow. Have a good day! xoxo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Sad Truth I Learned While Working In Customer Service

The nice guy loses almost all the time. At least this is the case for a good majority of the time in retail and customer service. It's a sad truth I've learned throughout my life of employment. The nastier, more unrealistic and scene causing you are the better you get taken care of. It's simply sad and disheartening.

My road to discovery started while I worked in a major sporting goods retailer while I was going to college. If a sale sign was accidentally left up and a customer was paying and said  in a reasonable, normal tone: "I thought that item was on sale"  the manager would say: "I am sorry that was left up accidentally. If you look at the bottom of the sign there are dates and the sale has expired." Half the customers would say ok and move on and the other half would go crazy and start screaming and saying that it was our mistake the sign was left up, blah, blah, blah. Guess what?! The manager would honor the sale for the enraged customers. Now do I think the sale should be honored? If a sign is left up I do think it should but it shouldn't just be honored for the nasty customers. If anything it should just be honored for the nice customers who don't jump down management's throat.

Next I worked in customer service for a printing company for almost 9 years. Woah! Anyway, every once in a while customers would call with a complaint on a job they received. A really sweet client would call with a legitimate complaint and management would find a way to twist the mistake to be the client's fault so they didn't need to redo the job for free. Now a super "a-hole" would call being demeaning and downright inappropriately nasty and sure enough they would redo the job for free. Best part is their mistake was completely their fault. As an employee I found this so frustrating, why were we rewarding poor behavior?

After that, I worked at a Veterinarian's office for a couple years. Same thing. Sweet old lady would call that her cat was seriously sick and if we were booked she would be told: "Sorry, no appointments available. We can see you tomorrow or you can go to emergency." But if a raging lunatic called freaking out for a non-serious condition we would "squeeze them in." Why are the psychos always accommodated?!

I used to be a sweet person when dealing with salespeople and customer service reps and got nowhere. Through the years I have become nastier and nastier when I need something. Am I proud of that fact? No, not at all but I learned that is the only way I get what I want. And it is a sad fact that it works. The nastier I am more, the more likely I am to get what I want.

Now are a 100% of businesses run like this? No, of course not. But the majority are and that's a sad fact we have to live with. Business owners and managers are really ruining it for themselves. Most people are on to the fact that you have to be a mean lunatic to get what you want and therefore people in sales and customer service are dealing with sheer craziness for a good portion of the day. What is truly disheartening is that the few people who are still truly nice when dealing with customer service never get what they want. Shouldn't it be the other way around? xoxo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Showers Giveaway

Happy Monday!! Why not start the week with a fun giveaway?!! Spring is officially here so my fabulous co-hosts and I decided to host a giveaway to help keep you dry during spring showers! We have 3 great prizes for 3 lucky winners so be sure to enter below & show your hosts some love!SHOWERS1

The Prizes
1 pair of Hunter Rain Boots
1 Monogrammed Rain Jacket
$30 Paypal Cash
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Photography Lately

Happy Friday!! I haven't shared much of my photography work with you lately so what better way to spend a Friday than share some images that hopefully put a smile on your face. Here's just a few photos from the past week. (You can always stay up to date with my photography on my Jenny O Studios Facebook page. )

Well, have a good weekend!! I have a lot of writing to do for my blog and others this weekend. But you know what that means?! Some fun stuff coming your way next week!! xoxo

(All photos are property of Jenny O Studios)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Little All Over the Place

Happy Thursday!! I just wanted to take this time to do a mid-week (well kind of) check in. I have so much going on and I am feeling a bit all over the place but in a good way. So let's see what's been going on with me?!

Yesterday, I attempted to take Easter photos of Liv and it was yet another fail. I went to Target and got her the most beautiful floral dress and matching cardigan, even though she has a bunch of cute dresses at home, but it's that damn Target air that makes you go crazy and get things you don't need. Anyway, I tried to convince Liv to go on an adventure with me in the park and even drew a treasure map with her in a floral dress and a treasure chest among a field of flowers  and no mention of photographs. It actually worked. She was so excited to go to the park on an adventure that was until it was time to put on a dress. God forbid! As she tells me: "Dresses are for girls!!" And I ask what are you? Her response: "I am Olivia!!" Long story short after hours of coaxing, bribing, yelling and frustration she put on an outfit that wasn't what I intended but cute.

We get to the park and she had no interest in taking photos so I basically chased her and snapped photos when I could. Then she started with the pout face and arms crossed every time I asked her to smile. Are you serious?! One day she will cooperate for her photographer mother. She's my worst client. Go figure!!

My angel posing so nicely

One nice one I managed to capture. Girl has attitude!

After the photoshoot debacle I had a wonderful surprise. A couple weeks ago I sent a few pieces of jewelry to Cara Maria from MTV's The Challenge. Anyone else still watch that? I do and I love it!! What can I say?! Guilty pleasure. And she was kind enough to give me a shout out on Twitter and Instagram. How freakin' cool is that??!! It definitely made my day!

Besides from all that, my Etsy shops have certainly been picking up in business and I am so excited. But busy, busy, busy!! And my blog is continuing to grow which is great to see because I have really been working on it. Plus, I have lots of guest posts and features coming up on other blogs so it will only get better from here. It's so rewarding to see all your hard work pay off.

Lastly, just a reminder. If anyone is interested in being a part of my Michael Kors giveaway for April, email me asap at dancewithadolly{at}gmail{dot}com. I am going to need everything by Friday night so don't delay. Well have a beautiful day!! Until next time!! xoxo