Finding Balance When You Are A Parent and Own A Business

Being a parent is a true calling, but then again… so is being an entrepreneur. When you think about it the two enterprises offer very similar gratifications. You get to see both grow and flower under your nurturing guidance, and you feel a pride that you never thought possible when they succeed. And you endure heartbreak beyond measure when they fail. You worry about them whenever you’re not with them and they’re never far from your thoughts. Unfortunately… any one of these worthy pursuits is a full time job. But who says that a woman can’t have both in the crazy, busy and topsy turvy world that is 21st century business. Finding the balance that will allow you to manage your dual identity as a Mom and an entrepreneur (a Momtrepreneur if you will) is tricky… but possible!

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Trust your team

It takes a giant leap of faith to leave your baby in the care of someone else… Whether the “baby” in question is your child or your business. If you’re to give both the attention that they need and deserve, you need to be able to trust your team. When recruiting employees, you should be looking for a history not only of reliability but ingenuity and invention. You need to know that they’ll be able to handle your business as you would in your absence without being afraid to find ways to make your operations and processes more efficient. This will give you the peace of mind to attend doctor’s appointments, parents’ evenings and school plays without your business occupying your thoughts.

Outsource where you can

Moms are among the best multi-taskers in the universe, but knowing one’s limitations is also a strength. There are many areas of your business that might be better left to outsourced third parties than stretching your resources to incorporate them. From digital marketing to HR services there’s a strong argument for leaving certain facets of your business in someone else’s hands. This will leave you free to concentrate on what you’re best at.

Build opportunities to work remotely

There may be times when you just can’t make it into the office. Perhaps your child is sick or they’re out of school and your home finances are not conducive to expensive childcare. In these circumstances it’s a good idea to establish a home base where you’ll be able to attend to your duties both as a CEO and a matriarch with aplomb. That said…

Establish a clear divide between work and family at home

An important caveat when working from home is to establish a clear delineation between your work and familial commitments. This applies not only to your time but your physical space. Your home should have a clearly defined workspace that’s for work and only work. You don’t want to handle an important conference call with a key client while changing a diaper. Establish a clear timetable of parental and business duties and try to be as ruthless as you can in ensuring that they don’t converge (without, of course, neglecting your child).

Nobody said it was easy, but if it was…  everyone would be doing it!

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How to Become a LipSense Distributor


One of the questions I am asked pretty regularly is why did I become a LipSense Distributor and how they can become one also! So I decided to write this post to tell you all why I chose to do this and how you can also if you want. I think it is time to write my story. I haven’t done it until now because I was concerned about being perceived as “that” crazy Direct Sales lady, but to be totally honest I feel this company is different than others I have been involved in, and that means NO crazy, creepy reaching out in a way that is not authentic or genuine!

You might be a person who has a friend who has really done well with LipSense and you have been curious or even thought about doing it your self once or twice (or more). You might be a person who has fallen in LOVE with the products and want a side hustle.  You might even be a person who is tired of working on someone else’s schedule for their benefit and want to start your own thing and replace that income doing something you love!  Whichever person you are, something inside you drove you to do a search because you have some questions or want more information. I see you and I can help!My story is that I was with another company for two years, although I loved the company and the people I was with the company switched focus from beauty to eight loss and that wasn’t my focus. I have always been a makeup, skincare, and beauty-loving lady! The company I was with no longer felt like a good fit for me, and I had a friend who was doing great with LipSense. I reached out and tried the lipstick. I fell in LOVE with it!!I loved the product and realized the business was something I could easily work into my daily life and what I was already doing with my blog and mobile spa business, and truly I just felt like it was a great fit for me!  I really didn’t have huge expectations  but I believed in the product, the ingredients were awesome, and I could help my family with income from another little side hustle. Also I didn’t have much to lose since the sign up fee was $55 to sign up.  Small investment to get started! So I joined and got started!

My first LipSense selfie wearing Fire N Ice

Most people are worried about becoming that annoying friend on Facebook….you know that friend??  We all have a friend like that. Or someone who sends us a friend request and immediately sends us a message asking us to join their —— team. We all have them!!  People who are working their business super hard, but doing it all wrong. In my opinion it is because they are being taught to work their business that way. Their leaders aren’t teaching them to be authentic and NOT annoying and NOT pushy.I have brought LipSense into my life in a natural and genuine way and I will teach you how to do the same. I already have an awesome training in place to  teach you how to do this without being pushy or sales-y. Sometimes at first it seems a little overwhelming, but I have had so much fun in this business. I am not new to Network Marketing. I have had two other MLM businesses. I cried with those businesses and felt stressed out and spent way too much money for little return. LipSense has been COMPLETELY different for me!  This business has been SO much fun!And on top of that my upline is awesome, our team is awesome, and I have made some amazing new friends that I couldn’t imagine my life without! You can too!So that is my story and why I am doing what I am doing, but let’s get down to the nitty gritty:

How much does it cost to be a LipSense Distributor?It’s $55 dollars to sign up as a distributor.  It’s like getting a Costco membership, and you will need to renew every year for $55.00.
What discount do I get if I sign up?That actually depends on how much you buy. ANY order receives at least a 20% discount, and if you spend more your discount is more, up to 50% off the retail price.  I like to place larger orders at the beginning of each month so I get the 50% discount, so for every product I sell, I receive a 50% profit.  If you don’t have the cash to do that you can take pre-orders  (goal is 6-7) so when you place an order, you have already sold the product you are buying (plus a few more with the extra money) and you don’t have to use your own money! Doing it this way you should also get a 40% discount on your order.If you don;t want to sell LipSense but just want a personal discount, your orders will be smaller but you will still get that 20% discount.  Distributors are only allowed to give a 15% discount on product so you will still be getting a better deal than from any sale you’ll find online!

To become a distributor do I have to sell?No, you do not need to sell any product if you do not wish to. There are no monthly sales requirements. You can simply sign up to receive a personal discount anywhere from 20-50% off (depending on the volume you order). To remain an active distributor you must place a $200.00 order with a 6 month period. Company policy only allows a distributor to give up to a 15% discount, so if you sign up you will be getting a better discount than you would get purchasing from a distributor. If you love the product, become a distributor and buy it at wholesale from yourself!

How Can I Earn Money As a Distributor?
There are two ways you can earn money: Sale and/or commissions
 Earning through sales – You are able to buy the product at up to 50% discount and sell it for retail price so if you buy 1 tube of LipSense for $12.50 and sell it at $25 that’s $12.50 profit going directly back to you! Selling can be done through social media (via Facebook groups, Instagram, etc.), trade shows, in-home parties, etc. When you sell this way you don’t have to feel icky by hassling your friends or cold calling.
 Earning commissions by building a team – This is where the real money will start to come rolling in!!! As a distributor, you get 10% commission off anything your first line sells. Also, you have the opportunity to make even more commissions on sales all the way down to your fifth line on your team. SeneGence has one of the most amazing compensation plans out there.

I have some girls who just sell to friends and family in a casual way and they generally make a couple of hundred dollars a month. Then there are girls who create a group on social media, and sell to them, work on finding other ladies who love the product and want to sell or buy at discount. The money they make is substantially more per month. My best friend has her car paid for by SeneGence and makes a few thousand a month. There are of course also girls who have huge teams and they are making over 10K PER MONTH!!!

Why should I become a LipSense distributor?Honestly for me it just made sense financially. I LOVE the product and most women I know do as well. Some don’t, that is the truth. But my motto is “Everything is not for Everyone.” I for example don’t like mushrooms.  But millions of people do, so the people who make their living selling mushrooms have MILLIONS of people who want to purchase their product. Make sense?But truly, if you love the product, becoming a distributor just makes sense.

Some perks:

  1. Earn 20-50% off all orders

2. It’s only $55 to sign up.  I don’t know of a better way to invest $55.00. Seriously, I have a family of 4 and even dinner at Olive Garden will cost more than that with tip.  There is really nothing to lost. At worst you can get a great discount on products for yourself: Lipstick, eye shadow, amazing skincare and anti-aging products, and at the best you can create a large team and make quite a bit of money! Bottom line is you should believe in yourself and invest in your dreams because you never know the limits of how high you can reach if you just reach for them.

         3. The income potential is CRAZY!  This company has been around since 1999, but because of social media it is just taking off and as of October 2017, there were not even that many distributors.

4. SeneGence makes it so fun!  You can earn free trips , a new car, products, and a team of successful businesswomen ready to train and help you get your business started.
              5. Because you can make money without having a huge team, you don’t have to be that crazy MLM lady messaging people you may have just met to “join my team”.  And you don;t have to fee creepy selling it to your friends because they will come to you. (Happens to me all the time). In fact I even sold a lipstick to a lady while waiting in line to eat at a restaurant in Norfolk.
Have I answered your questions?  If not, please let me know so I can give you the information you need or want. And if you are ready to dive right in, here are the steps to sign up to become a LipSense Distributor:
2. Verify that it says that Carol Rood is your sponsor
3. Enter your contact information
4. When it asks for a fictitious business name, put in your first and last name (this is who your checks will be made out to)
5. Click that you want the new distributor package and you are done!Once you’ve signed up I’ll get an email from SeneGence that you have joined my team (woohoo!) and I will add you to our group where you can sign up for  emails that welcome you to our team and gives you more information on how to get started.  You will continue to get emails over the next few weeks with more ways to grow your business and succeed!
Leave me a comment or send me an email ( if you have any other questions.  Can’t wait to meet you!
My Halloween look!

Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake Recipe

A few years ago I was looking for a Turtle cheesecake recipe for my love.  She had asked me to make a cheesecake for Christmas Dinner, and I know that caramel and chocolate are two of her favorite things! So I tweaked a recipe and came up with this Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake!

The kids are not huge cheesecake fans, and Karol doesn’t really like to share this cheesecake, so they have ice cream or chocolate pie instead.

I promise you this cheesecake is amazing!  I have tweaked the recipe a bit over the years, but it is my “go to” Turtle Cheesecake recipe.  I want to share it with you all!  If you love chocolate, caramel and cheesecake this is the one for you too.  Try it, you will love it!!


¾ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs  (crushed)  **I used chocolate teddy grahams, because I couldn’t find chocolate graham crackers.

½ cup melted butter (or margarine)

3 (8 oz) packages of softened cream cheese

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
 (I use the fat free kind)

½ cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

2 tablespoons caramel sundae syrup

½ cup pecans (chopped)

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
** I add 1/2 cup sour cream to give the cheesecake a more “New York” style.

** I also take some caramel candies and melt them with a little bit of heavy cream and then pour on top of the crust to form a caramel layer between the crust and the cheesecake.

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9 inch spring form pan. Combine Chocolate graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press mixture onto the bottom and 1 inch up the side of the spring form pan.
Step 2: In a bowl beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until its smooth. Add sugar, lime juice, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat together until fully mixed.
Step 3: Microwave chocolate morsels in 10 second intervals until morsels are just melted. Stir 2 cups of cheesecake batter into the melted morsels.  Then spoon separate batters alternatively into the crust. Start with the batter without the morsels, then with the morsels, and end with the batter without the morsels.
Step 4: Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake is set (when the center moves just slightly). When cheesecake is done, cool completely. After the cheesecake is cooled top with chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, pecans, and chocolate morsels. Enjoy.


Crust in pan:

melt caramels mixed with about 3 tbsp of heavy cream:

Pour melted caramel on top of crust:

Mix Cream cheese, milk, and sugar until smooth:

Mix in eggs, vanilla, lime juice and sour cream (Sour cream makes it more dense like a new york style cheesecake.  It is optional)

Mix together until smooth:

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.  (I prefer this to the microwave…less chance of chocolate burning)

Mix melted chocolate in with two cups of batter.  You will end up with some chocolate and some white batter:

Not sure why streaks in picture. It is chocolate batter in the pan. Then white batter goes on top, then chocolate and topped off with white.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.  The cheesecake will be slightly jiggly in the center.  That is okay.  Once it is out of the oven, decorate with caramel and chocolate syrup. I also put some mini chocolate chips on top.  And pecans if desired.

Then slice and enjoy!!