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  • 18 Apr 2022 5:14 PM | Toni Chevalier (Administrator)

    Meridian, Idaho, March 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scentsy, a Forbes-recognized, international direct sales company that creates flameless candles and other richly-scented home cleaning and body products, said in a recent OnePoll survey conducted on its behalf for International Fragrance Week, that the majority of people believe the secret to loving spring cleaning, and tidying up in general, is as simple as an appealing fragrance.

    According to the survey that captured data from 2,000 U.S. respondents, 77 percent said they enjoy doing chores around the home when their house smells good. Whether its room sprays (54%), electric oil diffusers (49%) or other kinds of wax warmers (41%), the numbers show a good aroma helps get spring cleaning underway.

    “Deep cleaning in the springtime is a longstanding tradition found across many cultures,” Scentsy Vice President of Consultant Sales Lacy Hanson said. “In the U.S., our modern understanding of spring cleaning can be traced to the 19th century when the reliance on kerosene and wood-burning stoves left big messes by the end of winter. And now, 200 years later, spring cleaning is still largely a tradition. But it certainly smells better now!”

    The survey also revealed living rooms take priority when it comes to smelling good (66%), whereas the fragrance wafting from the bathroom lands at second place (57%). 

    From the coffee table to the tub, over half (53%) said they change home fragrances at least a few times a week, and nearly a quarter (22%) said they swap scents daily. 

    “Spring is the perfect time for a deep clean, and as revealed in the International Fragrance Week data, whipping your home back into shape after a long winter can be fun when smelling your favorite scent and using cleaning products with fresh, spring-inspired fragrances,” Hanson said.

    About Scentsy

    In 2004 Scentsy co-founders Heidi and Orville Thompson launched a big idea in a small, 40-foot shipping container on a Meridian, Idaho sheep farm. Today, Scentsy is a Forbes-recognized, billion-dollar, direct-selling leader known for connecting people through fragrance world-wide. Scentsy has been recognized by Direct Selling News, Idaho Private 100, the DSA Ethos Awards and others for workplace excellence and growth. Scentsyoperates in 12 countries, employs over 1,000 people and delivers richly-scented wickless candles, warmers, diffusers, oils, home, pet and body products through nearly 300,000 independent Consultants who share their Scentsy-product passion via home and virtual-selling parties. At Scentsy, we believe that healthy, happy families build vibrant communities. Since 2010, our charitable cause program has donated $14.3 million to more than 175 charities through the Scentsy Family Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) that funds sustainable nonprofit organizations focusing on children, family and communities. To learn more about how we “Warm the heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul” through fragrance, visit www.Scentsy.com and follow us world-wide on social media: www.facebook.com/Scentsy/www.facebook.com/ScentsyUKandIreland/https://www.facebook.com/ScentsyAustraliaandNewZealandwww.facebook.com/ScentsyDeutschlandwww.instagram.com/scentsy/www.instagram.com/scentsyeurope/.


  • 13 Apr 2022 12:38 PM | Vera Gleason

    How To be a Successful Home Buyer in a Hot Market

    So You know you are ready to purchase a home… But Now what? This is a crazy market right now so what should you do. 

    Much has been written about how to find a great real estate agent and/or what to look for in a lender.  You need both and making the right choice can make the difference in your success  finding a home. 

    But how often do you hear about being a great buyer when searching for a home?  Here are some tips to help you as the buyer. 

    Unless you are paying cash, the first step is to get pre-approved for a loan. Don’t assume you qualify, you have to go through the process.  So, find a good local lender that you trust.  We have some very reliable mortgage lenders here in Vacaville, and I would be happy to refer one to you.

    Why is getting a loan approval the important initial step?  

    • First, home sellers want only qualified buyers viewing their home.
    • Second, an agent works very hard to find your perfect home. To do that, they must know what you can afford. 
    • Third,. so you are not put in the frustrating position of finding a home you love, just to learn you don’t qualify.  An approval states the mortgage amount you can afford. 
    • Forth, unless you are paying cash,  a loan approval is your ticket to getting your offer accepted.  No approval letter no acceptance….plain and simple. 

    Searching the internet on sites like Zillow or Redfin is a great way to start your search, but keep an open mind about viewing properties.  Some homes look great in photos, but not in person.  Other homes don’t photograph well, but look terrific when you view them.  The best home searches are done with a qualified real estate professional who understands the local market and communities. Therefore, the next step is to find a great real estate agent to help you find that perfect home.  Here is something to consider when choosing an agent.  Remember buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make, where a great deal of money is at stake.  Your Aunt Violet or cousin Eddie are wonderful people, but please consider if they have the experience required to take on the complexities of handling a real estate transaction. Choose wisely. 

    Now that you have your pre-approval letter in hand, and a great agent at your side, you are ready to start a serious search for your new home.  This is where Buyer etiquette is so important, remember the house you are viewing is someone else’s home.  

    Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the home buying process:

    • Be prepared to write multiple offers.  This is a very competitive market.
    • Communicate clearly with your agent agent about what you are looking for. 
    • Preview neighborhoods ahead of time so you know where you’d like to live.  
    • When viewing, treat the home with respect. 
    • Be careful about negative comments.  Recording devices are everywhere now.  
    • Too many friends or family makes the process confusing. Keep to a minimum of 2-3. 
    • Write reasonable offers, including your approval and proof of funds for down payment to prove to the seller you can afford the house. 
    • Once in escrow, get a home inspection. Also, consider a pool, roof, septic or any other applicable inspections.  Sellers don’t usually provide inspections. 
    • Keep repair requests to a minimum, and only include health & safety items. Sellers are not going to remodel for you. 

    IMPORTANT

    • DON’T make any large purchases after your approval.  The lender will run your credit again even if you are approved.  A large purchase can STOP the transaction.
    • Don’t make any employment changes. Once again, the lender will check. (If you consider a change ask your lender first.)
    • And always listen to your agent’s advice. They are the professionals. 

    This is a very competitive market.  Be prepared for this to be a long process.  Often buyers must write multiple offers before one is accepted. Successfully finding and closing escrow on the perfect home can seem like a daunting process. But, surrounding yourself with a team of great real estate professionals, and keeping these tips in mind, will help make it easier, and maybe even fun.  And very soon you will have the keys to the front door of your very own home!  

    How exciting!!


    Vera Gleason      DRE #01412791

    RE eBroker Group.     DRE  #01522411

    Ph. 707-394-8372.                                 Email: Vera@VeraGleason.com                                   Website: VeraSellsRealEstate.com 


  • 3 Feb 2022 2:48 PM | Pam Huseman

    How to decide if something needs to go. . .Purging 101

    I often get asked by clients how do they decide what to let go of as we are sorting through their stuff. I personally live by a couple of easy rules to follow.

    The questions I ask myself are:

    1. Is this something I love having and love looking at?

    2. Is this something I use? (or have plans to use in the very near future)


    If the answer isn't yes to one or both of those questions, then you can rest assured that item's shelf life is about to come to an end.

    There may need to be a little more thought put into a particular item, and if so, I might delve a little further into my attachment:


    1. I try to come up with another way I could use an item. I will search online boards like Pinterest to see if I can find some way to repurpose the item. However, I won't keep something for that undefined "someday I'll use it" scenario.

     

    2. I think about how easy it would be to replace. If it’s relatively inexpensive and readily available, my decision will be a bit easier than if it’s a pricey heirloom or irreplaceable antique. However, I’m still completely fine with purging those “irreplaceable” items if I honestly don’t need, want, use, or love them.

     

    3. I realistically evaluate how much space the item consumes. Large bulky items have less chance to survive around the house because I’m not willing to “waste” so much storage space. However, I’ll sometimes hold onto smaller items if I have a convenient storage space for them AND if I can honestly see myself using the items.

     

    4. I ask my spouse's opinion. Usually he’s also in favor of purging, but there have been times when he wants to hold onto an item for a specific purpose I didn’t realize. So before I make any major purges, I usually let him peruse through my piles. This system has worked well for us, however if your spouse or other family members tend to keep everything, I might not be as eager to let them look through my piles :)


    That’s it — pretty simple, but unfortunately not very “black and white”.
    Yes, there’s a small chance I might regret purging a specific item, and I might have a twinge of guilt as I sell or give the items away… but I always try to remind myself that someone else will be thrilled to find my cast-offs and I will enjoy all my extra space. Win-Win!

    In my opinion (take it for what it’s worth) If you don’t LOVE it, and you don’t USE it, you should LOSE it! 


  • 20 Jan 2022 1:34 PM | Wendy Howell

    Over the last few months several updates, as well as a feature update, have rolled out to most Windows devices. Additionally, the introduction of Windows 11, which downloads and installs for free if you are running Windows 10, was released. Unfortunately, many users are experiencing printing issues on their devices after these updates.

    This post discusses why you may have experienced recent printer issues on a Windows device, as well as the best way to fix the issue. Printing issues include existing printers suddenly not working in addition to color printers suddenly only printing in black and white.

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  • 11 Jan 2022 8:34 PM | Toni Chevalier (Administrator)

    Written by Scentsy in Authentic ScentsyInspirationScentsy Spirit


    It’s never a bad time to sit down and set goals for the future, but this week is a great starting point! The beginning of the year offers a fresh vantagepoint to plan new milestones and rekindle old dreams. In fact, Scentsy is celebrating Inspire the Soul week — featuring a look at what’s ahead for Scentsy, as well as advice on establishing your own goals! Here are some of our favorite tips for success:

    Have a clear vision

    It’s hard to get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re going! Taking the time to visualize your goals is a proven way to accomplish them — even professional athletes incorporate visualization into their training regimen to help develop recognition within the nervous system. Tools like vision boards and Pinterest pins can help you create and maintain a clear view of everything you want to achieve!

    Get SMART

    Having a vision of what you want to achieve is great, but if that vision is complex or far-reaching it’s going to seem impossible to make it a reality. That’s where the SMART method comes in: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound goals let you chart a clear path to success. After all, unspecific or unmeasurable goals often feel unachievable. Meanwhile, even the most specific goals won’t see much progress if they aren’t relevant to your life or have no deadlines. Checking all the boxes of the SMART method may seem difficult, but our next two tips make it a snap!

    Write and re-write

    A great way to check if a goal is SMART or not is to write it down. For example, “I will become a more versatile writer” isn’t the SMART-est way of wording what you want to achieve — it’s vague and immeasurable. “I will be less reliant on em dashes” is better, but there’s no endpoint or deadline to check if the goal is complete. “I will use no more than two em dashes for the rest of this blog post” is a SMART goal — provided expanding your writing abilities is relevant to your life. One more to go.

    Find your “why”

    All the tips and tools in the world won’t help you achieve your goals if they aren’t relevant to you. It’s important to stop and ask yourself why you want to do something in the first place. Introspection is hard, but personality tests and advice from the people who know you best can help. By finding out what makes you tick, you can set goals you’ll be motivated to complete, rather than ones that just feel like chores.

    And there you have it! We hope these tips help set you up for success throughout the new year. Achieving your goals may still be challenging at times — you may even miss a few of them — but the most important thing is to stay positive! Sharing your goals with others can be a big help.


  • 11 Jan 2022 5:40 PM | Vera Gleason

    What will the Real Estate Market do in 2022

    One of the big questions everyone asks about Real Estate is what will the market do this year. 

    Last year we were faced with record low inventory combined with record low interest rates.  This led to a perfect storm where homes values rose at unprecedented double digit rates in much of the country.  Many people found the rate of inflation outpacing their ability to afford housing. 

    So what will we see in 2022? 

    Already this year is showing promising changes.  The number of listings has begun to increase.  We have seen the number of homes listed for sale increase to about 5% or more in many areas.  In addition, home values are expected to rise slower this year.  If interest rates increase as predicted by the experts,  fewer people will be competing for available homes.  This will ease the tight market allowing for less competition for buyers who are in the market for a hew home.  Right now, mortgage interest rates are still low, and buyers can afford higher priced homes. Buyers should lock in their rates early in the year, while they are still low. However, though the market has eased a bit for buyers, it still remains a seller’s market. 

    One thing we are seeing in the market is growth of available starter homes.  These are homes between 900 and 1800 square feet.  This will help millennials looking to buy their first homes.  Existing home owners are starting to move up resulting in more homes on the market.  

    Since this is still a seller’s market, you need to know what to do in order to be a successful home buyer.  Buyers need to approach the market with determination.  Get your pre-approval letter for a loan in hand, and be ready to search.  Though you may expect to find one perfect home to buy, more often than not, it doesn’t turn out that way.  You have to be open minded and be ready to make concessions.  Sometimes buyers  write several offers, before they get one accepted.  Find a Realtor who is as determined as you are and will work with you until you are successful.  You will be happy you did.  With determination you will succeed and find a home of your own in 2022!



  • 23 Nov 2021 3:47 PM | Marilyn Barker


    Have you ever read articles about how people like Oprah or Tony Robbins start their day? They claim the practice of gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to change your life, and they are living proof. Keeping a gratitude journal is an excellent way to start noticing and counting your blessings. It’s simple, yet powerful.


    But there’s no need to stop there!

    There are many ways to add the practice of gratitude into your life so that you stay focused on appreciating all the amazing things you have in your life. Here are a few simple ways to add more feelings of gratitude in your life, starting now.

    • ·        Compliment a stranger—how many times have you admired someone’s haircut or blouse, but not complimented them on it? Start today!
    • ·        Let someone ahead of you in line—remember how it feels when you have one item, and all the people in front of you have a shopping cart full? Guess what? Everyone feels that way. The next time you get the opportunity, let that person go in front of you.
    • ·        Avoid negative media—it’s tough to stay focused on all the goodness around you when you allow all the negative news in the world to play in front of you every day. Find positive TV, movies and other media to watch instead.
    • ·        Cherish your friends—when was the last time you told your BFF how much you appreciate them being in your life? Not because of anything they’ve done, but just for loving and supporting you throughout your life’s journey.
    • ·        Listen deeply—so often, when we listen to someone talk we are rehearsing what we want to say next. Notice how often you do that and practice listening intently to the person, even if they are telling you about something that doesn’t interest you.
    • ·        Go outside and relish—most of us don’t get out into nature as much as we should. And that’s a shame because we miss out on so many wonders! Take time to go outside more. Go to the park and listen to the kids squeal with delight. Watch a hummingbird at your neighbor’s feeder. Enjoy the beauty of the natural world.
    • ·        Practice not complaining—when you start to notice how often you complain, you’ll be amazed! One day a week, practice not complaining, but rather reframe everything to put a positive, grateful spin on it. And mean it!

    Marilyn Barker is a Business Consultant, REBT Mindset Certified, Business and Motivational Coach.  Check out : www.MariilynBarker.com  and sign up for more free information. 

  • 11 Nov 2021 1:33 PM | Wendy Howell

    Everyone who has a cell phone has likely been the recipient of SPAM text messages which have recently become more common. These messages are being added to the already sometimes overwhelming number of SPAM emails and calls people deal with on a daily basis. Like SPAM calls and emails, there are things to look for to help determine when an incoming text message is really SPAM.

    This post discusses a few things to help you identify when incoming text messages are actually SPAM that should be deleted.

    How to Identify Text Messages that are Really SPAM

    There are several different things you can look for when an incoming text message arrives to help determine if the message is likely to be SPAM. If you aren't sure, it is a good idea to err on the side of caution and delete the message. At the very least, do not click on any links included in the message.

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  • 26 Oct 2021 6:34 PM | Toni Chevalier (Administrator)

    Written by Scentsy in Authentic ScentsyInspirationTips & Tricks

    It’s that time of year again, when social media is filled with fanciful fall pictures, boots, scarves, lattes and spooky Halloween snapshots. The right caption helps your posts stand out, and gives your followers a good chuckle. At Scentsy, we pride ourselves on our, ahem, scents of humor, so we took a trip to the “pun-kin” patch to bring you fall-tastic quips for your autumn pics!

    Pumpkin-flavored fun

    From doorstep displays to our morning coffee, there’s no escaping these glorious orange globes. So next time you snap a pumpkin portrait, try posting it with one of these puns:

    • Example: Give ’em pumpkin to talk about this fall season! 
    • Gourd-geous
    • Life is gourd
    • Squash goals
    • Pump-king
    • Pumpkin spice things up

    Halloween tricks and fall treats

    When you’re ringing doorbells with trick-or-treaters or cozying up with a hot beverage, fall is filled with sweet moments. These captions pair perfectly with the highlights of the autumnal season:

    • Example: I s-pies some amazing fall scents 
    • Fa-boo-lous
    • Spice-tacular
    • Spook-tacular
    • I only have pies for you
    • We love these scents a latte
    • Hay, there!
    • A-maize-ing
    • Skele-fun
    • Ghostess with the mostest
    • Grate-fall
    • Fall-ing for …
    • Have you chai’d this fragrance?
    • Boo-tiful
    • Eek-tastic
    • Appley every after

    Naturally autumn

    Fall is a grand time to get in-touch with your inner nature photographer. Take some time to get outdoors and capture the natural beauty that is so abundant this time of year — then share that beauty with the world! Here are some fun and inspirational captions to pair with autumn’s majesty:

    • Example: You really autumn know we love this time of year! 
    • Unbe-leaf-able
    • Do you be-leaf in the magic of autumn?
    • Don’t leaf this behind
    • Autumn leaves joy in your heart
    • Be-leaf in yourself

    Have fun with it!


  • 12 Oct 2021 2:49 PM | Marilyn Barker


    Why is Journaling So Popular?

    Journaling is one of the oldest self-help practices in the world. It dates to the 10th century and has only grown in popularity over time. Today, millions of people use the practice to help improve their lives.

    So, why is journaling so popular? Here, you’ll discover what is driving the journaling craze and the reasons you should consider taking it up yourself.

    Journaling relieves stress.

    Did you know that journaling is a great tool for relieving stress? Getting your thoughts and emotions down onto paper can help to clear them from the mind. This automatically leaves you feeling calmer and more relaxed.

    Journaling can also be used to analyze your problems. When you can clearly work out solutions to the issues you are facing, it can help you to feel more in control. This in turn will help to reduce stress, helping you to feel happier and more relaxed.

    It boosts mental health.

    Journaling is scientifically proven to benefit mental health. It can be used to relieve the symptoms of depression, reduce anxiety, and improve overall wellbeing.

    It’s easy to get lost inside your own head. We all have an inner critic, but for some it can prove to be overpowering. If you have trouble switching off your inner critic, journaling can help. You’ll be able to address negative thinking, helping to switch to a more positive mindset.

    The longer you journal for, the more mental health benefits you’ll experience. After just a month of journaling, you’ll notice a drastic improvement in your mood.

    Journaling provides surprising health benefits.

    As well as helping to boost mental health, journaling can also be great for physical health too. There have been a lot of studies which have shown that journaling on a regular basis can:

    • ·         Boost your immune system.
    • ·         Improve your memory.
    • ·         Help you recover from trauma.
    • ·         Improve cardiovascular health.

    The health benefits are largely down to an increase in stress and negativity. You might just be surprised how much a positive outlook can improve your physical health.

    So, if you are looking to become healthier both mentally and physically, keeping a daily journal can help.

    Helping to improve every aspect of your life.

    With journaling, it can help to improve every aspect of your life. You can use it to better yourself in every possible way. Want to lose weight? A journal can help you to set goals and track your progress. It will also help you to identify what it is that is making you keep the weight on (such as poor eating habits or emotional eating).

    You can use daily journaling to improve your relationships, get better sleep, become healthier and reduce stress. There really is no limit to what journaling can help you to achieve.

    These are some of the main reasons why journaling is so popular. While it used to only consist of writing down your thoughts, these days there are lots of different types you can practice. Research the different types before choosing which one is right for you.

    Marilyn Barker
    Barker Business Services
    Empowerment and Goal Coach

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