My Thoughts on Entrepreneurship and Automation

I have always had an entrepreneurial heart! Even as a kid I had lemonade stands and wanted to buy and sell and was always baking for bake sales, etc. It has always been a love of mine. I have also always loved makeup and beauty and getting dressed up. Thank goodness now that I am a grown up I am able to combine both of these loves for my own business. But I am jumping ahead of my story, so let me back up a but and tell you my story.

When I was in my 20’s I bought my first home. I was only 25, and a single woman but I had managed to keep my credit good and used my Veterans benefits to purchase a small (1200) square foot home on a 1/2 acre lot in Fayetteville Arkansas. Just a girl and her dog living in a house surrounded by farmland and cows. It was a great time. Also around that time I started my first Network Marketing business. I became a distributor with Amway and worked to build and grow my business. I attended meetings, sold products, and even signed up a distributor or two, but I never had the success I was seeking, and I think part of that is because I was young and focused more on meeting and dating cute guys than building a business. Also around that time I started dealing with a personal health issue, and needed to focus on getting healthy, so everything else was put by the wayside.

My next foray into my own business venture was baking. I started baking Amish bread and my family and friends LOVED it! So I started making full sized loaves as well as mini loaves and selling them at vendor shows, and craft shows. They were very popular, and I did well with KC’s Kitchen, but to be honest always having those starers around and my freezer full of loaves of bread became tedious, as well as the fact that to bake in your home (especially when you have pets) is not always easy.  My dream was to eventually become automated and be able to rent a space in a commercial kitchen and just bake to my hearts content. I had packaging label ideas, and even thought about the fact hat I might not need to hire a lot of staff, as there are machines that can function and do some of the work.

In fact, over the years I have heard many people talk about their fears of robots or machines taking over the work force and humans losing jobs to automation. If this happens the fear mongers believe machines will replace humans and we will end up at the worst in a “terminator” type of world with machines running things and at the very least with mass unemployment as machines replace people. However, economic advisor Andrew Charlton explains that really isn’t the case and explains how machines really won’t cause massive unemployment, so you can put your fears to rest!

Well, suffice it to say I only remained in the baking business for about two years, and then moved on to a couple of other Network Marketing businesses before I finally found my niche. I now own my own mobile spa business and provide beautifying spa treatments to people in their own homes. Facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions as well as eyelash and eyebrow tinting. The most wonderful part is my clients get to stay home and I go to them, so it is not only super convenient it is also private and easy! And I think Andrew would agree that those are services that can’t be automated and should be performed by a human.

So if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, follow your dreams and dream big!


What Do You Need For An Emergency?

We live in Southeast Virginia. The state with weather that can change from hour to hour. For example, last week we had a HUGE snowstorm that dumped 12 inches of snow on the ground and essentially shut us (and the schools) down for 6 days! Then last week we had two days in the upper 60’s and today it is 20 degrees!!! Completely CRAZY! Oh and if that isn’t bad enough we also live in a hurricane prone area. So when hurricanes come up the east coast we have to pay attention, and since our house is across the street from water we have to pay particular attention to which direction the wind is coming from and where the waves are going.

So being prepared in the event of an emergency is very important to us, as an emergency can happen at any time. And even though we have a generator so we can have some electricity,  what if we get snowed in and cant get to the grocery store, or flooded and can’t get out of the neighborhood? Having emergency supplies on hand is very important!

I mean even something as basic as water may not be available. There have been times we have had to boil our water because the water is contaminated after a bug storm. Water is a basic human need, and while yes, you ca buy it, what if yor water supply is gone before the water is safe? And I am not talking about apocalyptic events…..just think back to a hurricane that decimated many Caribbean islands this past summer?

It can happen!

My Patriot Supply can help with these concerns. They provide water filtration systems, HepA air filters, emergency food, and even organic seeds s you can grow your own food if needed. Preparing for an emergency is important so in the event something happens you and your loved ones will be safe. Here is an interview with My Patriot Supply’s VP of Marketing Keith Bansemer , who is not only an employee but a consumer of the products he markets, as he “often enjoys spending his free time off the grid in a region of Idaho near Upper Priest Lake.”

In fact, My Patriot Supply was instrumental in helping with aid to the state of Florida after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017.  Hurricane Irma was a devastating storm that leveled many islands in the Caribbean and brought flood waters and high wind damage to many parts of Florida, but in particular the Florida Keys and Miami.

I visited Miami in November, and there were many houses I saw with tarps on the roofs, and hurricane damage that had yet to be repaired, so being able to provide essentials like food and water was an important part of keeping families safe. Thank goodness companies like My Patriot Supply, among others were there to serve and aid families and businesses in their time of need!

I hope that you never have to deal with an emergency situation or the possibility of having unsafe water or no food but the reality is that many of us live in hurricane, tornado or flood areas and can incur damage and indeed, life threatening situations to our homes and families. It is for these instances that preparing for an emergency is so important!!


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Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake

We are dessert lovers! I mean I am really not kidding you when I tell you I work out so I can eat dessert. I will work out for an hour so I can eat a piece of cheesecake without feeling *too* guilty. I have learned that life is not meant to be free of dessert so we should indulge on occasion. But I also know that life is about balance, so I can’t eat cheesecake every day and not suffer the consequences if I am not working out. I like a sweet after dinner, but on most days it is a biscotti. However during the holidays I make a Cheesecake. And not just any old cheesecake. I usually make my Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake.  

However this year I wanted to stretch a little further and make something different. I happened upon a recipe from one of my favorite cooking websites, Smitten Kitchen, and made a few tweaks and there it was!! She called it Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake because the brownie bites are nestled lovingly inside the cheesecake and it looks like a mosaic pattern , but I wanted to give it my own spin, so let me introduce you to



Ultimate Brownie Cheesecake

 Adapted from Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake by Deb Perleman of Smitten Kitchen

Step One: The Brownie

Adapted from Baker’s One Bowl Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

¾ cup butter (1 ½ stick)

1 ¾ cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with foil, with ends extending over the sides of the pan. Grease the foil.

Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixed with butter. Stir in sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt, mix well. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with fudgy crumbs. It is important not to overbake the brownies as they will be going back in the oven in the cheesecake batter. Cool brownies on wire rack in pan.

Once brownies are cool cut them into ¾ to 1 inch cubes to put into the cheesecake batter. You will have more brownie than what is needed for the cheesecake batter. It is up to you what to do with the leftover brownies. (wink wink) Although next time I will crumble some of them up and put them on top of the ganache of the cheesecake. I mean is anything really too extra at this point with this cheesecake?? I think not.

Step Two: Chocolate crust

 1 ½ cups finely ground chocolate teddy grahams (or chocolate graham crackers)

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

Stir the ingredients together and then press into the bottom and up the side about an inch of a buttered 9-inch springform pan.

Step Three: The Cheesecake

 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons lemon juice

¾ cup sour cream

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups brownie cubes (from above recipe)

Beat cream cheese on low until creamy (if you want a nice thick New York style cheesecake, be careful not to mix on high because that will incorporate too much air into mixture). Once cheese is creamy, add eggs in one at a time and incorporate into cream cheese. Add vanilla, sugar, lemon juice, sour cream, beating on low speed until each ingredient is mixed in, scraping down bowl between additions.

Fold brownie cubes in very gently and pour mixture into prepared pan. Put springform pan in a shallow baking pan, (this will catch any spillover) in the middle of the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until cake is set 3 inches from edge but center is still slightly jiggly when the pan is shaken.

Step Four: Chocolate Ganache

Adapted from Purdy’s original recipe

3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped; or ½ cup semi-sweet or bittersweet morsels

2 ounces butter

¼ cup heavy cream (I used coconut milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon (or more to create desired consistency)

Grind the chocolate into powder in a food processor. Scald the butter and milk in a saucepan. With the machine running, pour the hot milk/butter into the food processor with the chocolate. Blend until chocolate is smooth. Add the vanilla and sugar until smooth. If needed add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Spread over cheesecake while chocolate is still warm. Chill until ready to serve.

This cheesecake was absolutely amazing! It was delicious and creamy and decadent and everything you would want or desire in a cheesecake or a special dessert!


I hope you love this decadence as much as we did! It will take me a month of working out to work it off, but man oh man it was worth EVERY drop of sweat!