What a great way to earn extra money for those perfect community service projects!
Why not sell one of the most iconic products available in skin care today?
New Avon, LLC (US, CAN) supports you in your community service projects by offering full size, discounted products that have been loved for decades!
Skin So Soft, by Avon is available in three formulas. The Original is most iconic and favored among millions. The herbal scent of jojoba is gentle, welcoming and great for sensitive skin, even reducing redness! Ask your neighbors, you’ll find very few people who do not use Skin So Soft.
While Avon only recommends this for bath oil, check out this list! My 100 pound Great Pyrenees, Trixie, bathes in it! I use 1/2 cap in 1 Gal. of bathwater with a smidgen of Dawn Dish washing Liquid, a tad of Downy Softener and a cupful of Hydrogen Peroxide. It keeps her fur beautiful, thinned out and flea free. (It’s a neighborhood secret and we don’t have a vet, so you may want to check with yours before trying our concoction).
Make your event memorable by personalizing the products for delivery. A few ideas might include:
Decorating the delivery bag with your organizations theme, logo or colors. Children could draw on the bags and sign the drawing. Seal closed with blue or whimsical washi tape.
Using a colorful permanent pen, write a sweet note. “thank you for your support” on the side of the bottles.
Deliver in colorful gossamer bags with iridescent fill, like jewelry!
Copy the 100 uses for SSS on colorful paper, allow the seller to sign each one before wrapping the product in the flyer for delivery. Write the customers’ name on the outside and tie with raffia or grosgrain ribbon.
Skin So Soft is usable by the entire family, is affordable for everyone and gives your customer value when they support your project. In addition, your customer will receive a code offering them 10% discount when they reorder online.
When you register your fundraiser with MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP, you’ll also receive a special MEMORY JOGGER Activity for students or club members to help identify potential participants.
School fundraising sponsors may schedule a virtual video introduction to the fundraising event for parents, sponsors and students upon registration. Your earnings can range from 35% to 50% depending on the choices of your organization.
Now is the time to give your supporters value in return for their loyal participation year after year. What other ideas could you use to personalize your fundraiser?
Student projects require money! Teaching those community service lessons and conducting awe-inspiring projects that leave students feeling gifted, talented, worthy, empathy for others, excitement at their accomplishments, joyful about their successful teamwork and so much more… requires both funds and commitment!
Car Washes (always fun! In some areas, water resources must be considered)
Product Selling (try to sell products people need, not overpriced, unhealthy items)
Facebook Art Show (local artists contribute work to be featured on an event page, buyers can choose and donate to purchase the virtual work)
Helping Others While Earning (students do the work for the community project and earn while completing the project. Funds can be used for the next project or to more fully support the project)
Candy Sales (um, yeah… we all buy it, but don’t you really hate spending money on that yummy stuff)
Booth Sales (stage a booth to sell donated items from businesses, or sell tickets to draw for those prizes at a local fair or event. )
Cookbook Sales (collect the recipes, publish and sell… host a dinner to sell the books!)
Dress Up Days (encourage businesses to allow employees to wear school colors on Friday in exchange for a donation to your cause)
Cookie Sale – bake cookies and sell outside local businesses. (Be sure to give the owner a special batch all their own) Consider including a copy of the recipe with the cookie so the buyer knows exactly which ingredients are included. This is best if there are only 2 or 3 recipes and everyone bakes from those with no changes.
Penny Line… invite students, teachers, friends, community to add a penny to the line on a specific day. Start your line with gathered pennies at the 50 yard line on the football field and snake it through the yard lines for max effect. Consider “flagging” at the $100.00 marker.
Change Jars – Ask local business owners to allow your organization to place decorated jars near the checkout and collect the customers coin change for your project.
Rent-a-kid – Have participants sign up to perform “jobs” for donations. (Of course, this must be well supervised and it works best when the students are matched with their “job” of choice) Consider working in pairs.
Walk-a-thon’s – Have students acquire pledges of donations-per-mile. Keep accurate records and don’t forget the thank you notes!
Whichever choice you make for your fundraising project, keep good records! It’s important to have contact information at the close of the event, for next year. Jot down a few notes to remind the team of the willing volunteers, the names and numbers of those who seemed to be extra supportive (may want to join your team), any problems that need solving before next time and the total amounts raised, spent and donated. Ask those involved to suggest changes for the next event.
Take lots of pictures. Parents, school boards, regional chapters, teachers, school news, local news and the students will want to remember the day they learned how it can be fun and fulfilling to give back to the community. You may even want to use those pictures when planning the next event.
Use Social Media! If you are in a small town or a large city, the communication can sometimes be a little late in coming or get lost in a busy world. Social media is instant… but remember… never put anything on social media you are not willing to share with your grandmother! ANYTHING you put on social media is there forever! Be articulate, planned and thoughtful. Review each meme and each paragraph for appropriate wording. Remind students not to be too casual.
ENLIST the assistance of those in your community who are fundraisers. You know who they are. Everyone has a talent and fundraisers are special people who are very organized, well composed under pressure, and knowledgeable about the community needs and resources. If they buy into your cause, they will likely open doors for you or send you down the correct path, saving lots of time and increasing your success!
Finally, choose your method of raising money wisely. Be considerate of your “customers” when choosing to sell products. Some supporters would prefer to make a donation rather than purchase over priced, unneeded items, just to be apart of your project. Your customers would love saving money, purchasing products they can use for their family and home. Choose with your customers needs in mind. Choosing to sell products that are too heavy for students to deliver will cause issues at delivery time. Choose with students in mind. Products that must stay frozen will cause issues with mom and dad. Choose with the parents in mind. Finally, selling too many different items will cause everyone lots of stress. Keep it simple. And fun! And profitable – for your community and students!
Many companies offer fundraising groups the opportunity to purchase and resell their products for discounted prices in order to support community service events.
When choosing a product to sell, it’s important to look for a reputable company with a solid history of value and community service. Those companies will provide professionally produced tools for your team at little or no cost to your event, be available by phone or email to provide support and initial direction.
Fundraising profits from sales can run from 20% to 50% on sales items and 100% on donated items. Expect to spend money for delivery and collect sales tax if your community project is not able to provide a 501(C)3 designation. Depending on your media policies, you may want to purchase newspaper, radio or social media ads. Many times that can be donated by the media with a well written letter or by having a local advertiser donate their prepaid space to your organization for a period of time. If they do this, be sure to send a personal thank you note!
New Avon has a history of providing full size, quality products at a reasonable price to help customers earn income to support their pet projects. New Avon Sales Representatives have access to fundraising materials, from professionally produced flyers to checklists and contacts designated for fundraising support.
Choosing flyers that are quite busy with sales options may be confusing to the customer and the student. Keeping the options simple and informative will encourage your participant to feel great about the products they are selling. Ingredient labels are clear and products are full size and familiar.
Choosing products that are usable by all members of the family will assure your customer of the value of their purchase and create a good feeling about sharing their income with your project. They’ll thank you for being responsible with their personal resources!
The company you choose should provide you with delivery options, an incentive or two and a personal contact for support. You need to know you are selling quality products to the valued members of your community. Ideally, using a local contact is good business. Supporting the small businesses (and large) in your local community is always a great idea – for everyone.
Every year thousands of Student organizations across the nation work with sponsors to plan important community service projects and fundraising efforts that will be needed to support their plans.
Every year thousands of Non-Profit Organizations depend on the fundraising efforts of the community to help support their goals. It’s a win-win.
As small children, parents begin by teaching us to share with others. To donate to special causes and plant trees for the environment or deliver food to the shut-in neighbor.
By the time a student reaches the classroom, the education becomes more a formal avenue for sharing.
Teachers and club sponsors, (bless them) are diligently juggling the needs of the district, the students, the parents, the community and that’s just at work! So fundraising needs to be simple, straightforward and achievable.
It’s an unbelievable opportunity to teach students about handling money, sharing, approaching a sale, customer service, entrepreneurship, trust and teamwork. It can be such a valuable character-building opportunity that Avon is proud to support.
It’s important to have a plan.
What’s the Lesson?
How will a fundraising event support the objective?
How can the community use the funds from this project?
How much time is required to reach the goal. What IS the goal?
Which students will commit to the goal reaching? Which parents or sponsors are willing to assist?
Where, when and how will the fundraiser take place?
What’s the hard deadline for submission and delivery?
Who will be in charge?
Who will analyze and report the results?
At what level will the project include the students? Planning, Neighborhood Sales, Digital Sales Team, Expediters (assemble the orders), Distributors (deliver), Monetary Team (manage the finances). Recognition Team (plan to recognize top sellers and/or teams), Marketing (get the word out to the community) Quality Assurance (help others with struggles).
Depending on the age of the student, teachers may need a parent meeting or a lesson on making change, shaking hands, greeting, selling and personal safety. (Don’t forget PARENTS need to accompany smaller children and keep older children within sight)
For upper grade students, goal setting, planning and achieving are empowering lessons to support decision making for the future. Self awareness, presentation and safety are also corresponding lessons.
MORE THAN JUST MAKEUP is pleased to offer virtual and age appropriate introductions to the students’ fundraising project when registering for an Avon Fundraising Event.
Each project will include a Memory Jogger Activity to help students identify potential customers or locations to collect donations and sales. An Event Planning Checklist is also available to registered organizations.
Student fundraising projects can be unbelievably successful for both the givers and receivers, with careful planning and support of a dedicated team. Choosing a well recognized company, trusted for years in the US and abroad, that can provide professional resources, will help your fundraiser succeed.
Now, I know it’s probably not new, but it is new to me. I’m that girl that hates to shop in the store. You know the crowd, the overwhelming choices and being the planner I am… I never go with out a list. AND, I only buy what is on the list! So, for me to find something new on my own, without first hearing about it from a friend, is just a miracle.
So, on this day, I just couldn’t get up the appetite for anything at home and went looking for “yogurt”. Thank goodness my list didn’t have a brand or flavor already chosen! As I entered the dairy section, (after a 6 months absence) I noticed the yogurt section had changed dramatically. There were so many different labels and offerings.
Point of clarity: I shop a small local grocer when I’m desperate. Price won’t matter. Cleanliness does. Service does.
So back to the hunt for the yogurt. I’m sure someone who walked up might have thought I was a wax figure as I stood there reading each variety of label front. Peach, strawberry, blueberry, vanilla, orange, caramel, chocolate… and it goes on! Line after line of white plastic containers with all sorts of flavors and styles.
THEN! Right above my eye level there’s this glass jar of yogurt. I could see the product inside. Brightly colored yellow on the bottom…lemon. Pastels with fruit were strawberry and raspberry. Beautiful!
So, as you can tell above, I tried it! Don’t you love the smooth texture of yogurt? This is supposed to be french style… and I’m not a gourmet, so I really couldn’t tell the difference between it and other Yoplait yogurts. But, let me tell you… on this day, at this time… it tasted excellent!
I love that the label is removable and the container is glass. It has a rounded edge and it’s quite adaptable for other uses. I do love to re-purpose. Here’s what I used the first jars for:
I can’t wait til I find some ribbon or maybe tape to decorate them. I’m sure I’ll have a complete collection soon. While I like the clear water in the flower container, I think I have some music print wrap paper to decoupage the pencil jar for the piano. I’ll be looking for rose gold washi tape for my foundation, to match my system! I have a special event coming up soon and I think they’ll make nice bases for centerpieces. Maybe if I start now, I can root some pretty ivy for the table. It’s sort of like having baby food jars again, without the twist at the top.
The next thing that was new to me was a personal cleanse product. I’m not great at this but why not? It’s a long weekend, no where I have to be and it just might give me a jump on next week’s health kick. Yeah, I decided to try to summon up some extra will power and do a better job planning meals and getting exercise. So, I read some labels and most seemed rather daunting. I found this one from ESPIRA. It says it’s a 3 day cleanse. Three caps in the morning and three in the evening for three days. Easy to remember… the power of 3! I really couldn’t tell I was “doing” a cleanse and I felt great at the end of the three day period. Everything seemed quite natural and it seems it helped reset my metabolism rhythm. I read someone said it’s the gift that keeps on giving, ha!
Of course this brand has other products and I think I might try the Hunger Block. Taken 30 minutes before meals appears to be the secret. All the products are Vegan. And, as I’m going to do a better job of meal planning, that may just support my goals while I return to better habits. There are also shakes that one friend loves. She adds peanut butter and almond milk to hers. We’ll see.
Next, I will be moving around more. I’ve decided to sweep the sidewalk everyday instead of every two weeks. I’ll also take both dogs walking instead of one. If the hubs wants to walk one of them, that dog will be extra happy. I earned a Fit Bit once during an incentive, and I have it all charged up and ready to go.
So, I think having a long weekend when you are retired is a little useless. I enjoyed them more when I was working. Now, they appear to be an opportunity to explore and find something new. Of course, it’s still a time to remember or celebrate certain historical acts, but as far as being off work… I’m always off. (maybe in more ways than one) Just as a note, I may earn a little from any purchase you make of espira, but the yogurt review is all on me. I love it and plan to be specific on my shopping list. Lemon is my favorite flavor!
Finding new products and taking time to share them with others is a great way for me to be about living better, in my book! I’d love to know your thoughts about how I spent my long weekend. Just take a minute and jot it down at the bottom of this post. Subscribe, if you like. I’ll let you know what else I discover about my new retirement adventure.
Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, chili peppers and kale. RIGHT! Vitamin C.
I learned that as a kid. However, I somehow thought that oranges had the most Vitamin C… now I find out there are other foods with more. Who knew?
A half-cup of chopped or diced chili peppers delivers 107.8 mg of vitamin C. Plus, researchers from the University of Buffalo found that capsaicin, the compound that makes chili peppers hot, may help relieve joint and muscle pain, according the ABC News. Wow! An added bonus!
One of the things I’ve found time to do in my new world of ____ “retirement”? ____ has been to read more about the things I find curious or have just taken for granted. Google is a marvelous tool. I could stay busy for hours!
So, I spent a little time today looking up the benefits of vitamin C in skincare. There’s tons of information available and since I’m not a scientist or vitamin C authority, I had to do a lot of reading.
Why did my interest peek?
Because it’s the time of year in Texas that the skin fights a real battle. The sun, the wind, the chlorine, the sun. Have you ever experienced the Texas sun? Scorching, bright and beaming. Cooking an egg out on the sidewalk is a reality. Being at that age, my skin is a little more delicate than I think it was back in my sun-thirsty days. So, I’m out to define my summer routine to make the best of enjoying my beloved Texas sun.
Here’s what I found:
Oregon State University provides information through their Micronutrient Information Center on a variety of topics. I found this one on Vitamin C.
While there are tons of facts in the article, many that I don’t understand at the first reading, below are the ones that grabbed my attention:
Human studies often assess skin health by changes in depth or number of wrinkles and by the individual’s perception of skin health. Two observational studies found that higher intakes of vitamin C from the diet were associated with better skin appearance, with notable decreases in skin wrinkling (51, 52). The use of vitamin C (3-10%) in topical applications for at least 12 weeks has been shown to decrease wrinkling (21, 23, 25, 27), reduce protein fiber damage (25), decrease apparent roughness of skin (21), and increase production of collagen (26, 27). Topical vitamin C has also been shown to reverse some of the age-related structural changes in the interface between the dermis and the epidermis (22). However, the effects of topical vitamin C are not apparent in all individuals, and interestingly, one study found that individuals with high dietary intakes of vitamin C showed no or little effect of a topical administration (26).
Human studies with subjects using topically applied solutions of 0.6%-10.0% vitamin C or its synthetic derivatives have not reported adverse effects (14,19-27).
Topical application of vitamin C, alone or in combination with other compounds, may result in greater photoprotection than oral supplementation because of the more direct route of administration.
For years, I’ve known about the Vitamin C serum, but I had lots of products that I enjoyed and didn’t see the benefit of adding yet another. While I like the taste of fruit and veggies, I would not claim to have a high intake of Vit C. As time moves on, I realize the collagen appears to be fading away and my smile lines are turning to somewhat finer tuned lines. Maybe the time has come to consider the Vit C angle of skin care.
I looked at a few products that claim 20% pure… the above article and others I read stated 0.6%-10% had “not reported adverse effects”. The price varies from $19 to $199. I have trusted ANEW products for many years, so naturally that’s where I turned first. At a retail price of $30, it’s in the lower price range and as we all know, Avon (who features the ANEW brand) has sales on a regular basis, so I can probably catch it for less.
Here’s what Anew writes:
Vitamin C Brightening Serum is a patented formula that contains a high concentration of 10% pure Vitamin C, which protects skin from sun, pollution and other aggressors. 1 fl. oz.
BENEFITS • Skin looks smoother and clearer and even toned
• Enhances skin clarity
• Fights overall photodamage
• Improves skin tone and resiliency
• Visibly improves skin’s imperfections
• Contains vitamins C and E
• Dermatologist tested
• Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and non-acnegenic
• In 2 weeks, skin looks brighter, smoother, clearer and more even-toned*
• Use AM and PM after cleansing as your treatment before moisturizing. Gently smooth over cleansed skin in an upward and outward motion, avoiding the eye area.
*Based on a consumer-perception study
It states that in 2 weeks a difference might be noticed. The University article states 12 weeks of use in their study showed results. However, I also read that two vitamins could work together to provide more benefits and the Anew Vitamin C also contains Vitamin E. Also, I’ll note that skin that is fresh, and exfoliated properly will receive the product better and results should be faster.
I think I’m in. I’ll make the twelve-week commitment. Remember, the benefits can be that the skins appearance could be improved. That sun damage I’ve experienced needs a little work. I think it’s worth the effort. Twelve weeks should protect me through the bulk of the summer. I use day cream that contains SPF (very responsible, you think?). And I’ll continue with my night time routine. What are the steps you’ll take this summer to protect your face?
Summer is a great time in Texas. Lot’s of outdoor activities, sun and more sun. With big floppy hats, SPF protection, chili peppers and vitamin C, I’m in the mood for the summer sun and, of course, in my new world, that’s all about living better!
The spring weather brings excitement, and not always the best kind, in Texas. Last year it was tornadoes everywhere and so much hurt and loss. This year, so far, it’s rain. Gloomy rain on my part of the earth… and lack of rain on the other part of the state. I think people who live in small states don’t always fathom the incredible size of Texas. We can have all types of weather in one state at any given time. The old saying “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes,” is often true and you could really add… “just drive 100 miles… it will change”.
Today, though, is dull. It’s cloudy, and gray outdoors. My attitude tends to follow. I feel cozy in the winter when the fire is roaring, open and free when the sun is out and air is warm, and dull when it’s gray, cold and rainy in April.
So, here’s the routine to bust out of the dull hum-drums.
WATER… lots of it. Room temp and ice cold. With infused fruit and just plain. With ice cubes of frozen fruit and warmed with herbal tea. With lemon slices and cucumbers. WATER!
Fresh fruit for breakfast. Served cool and maybe on a bed of cheese or some yogurt for dipping. Maybe in a shake! I’m looking for glow and shine here!
A break for my conversation with father God and jotting some notes or completing a discovery task. Briefly sketching out my day “wants” with my “musts”. Adapting them to the weather.
Mental note: chocolate is great on dull days! So are pj’s and a popcorn! However, eating healthy will certainly help cure a gray days dull! Lots of people take vitamins to restore their shine and glow. Take this vitamin quiz to get a better idea of which supplements are good for you.
Another good way to send the dull-drums packing is to play music. I love to play the old standards. Piano playing is therapeutic for me. Sometimes I turn up the volume and listen to upbeat pop or old rock, dancing with the broom while I attempt to focus on sweeping! Singing along and dancing energetically is a great way to brighten your day.
My granddaughter can’t wait for rain! She grabs her green frog boots and splashes every puddle. One foot, then two. It’s a favorite rainy day activity… removing any gloom in that home on a gray day! We could do that, too! You are never to old to splash!
Whatever you do on a gray day… don’t give in.
Turn on the lights, make up your face and glow! Call an old friend and renew that acquaintance, save some blooms before they drown and arrange them where you can enjoy the nature. Cook a great meal and open the perfect bottle of wine!
Something happens when you are a young parent. Every baby seems a bit brighter than the last, more talented than the neighbors child and more calm than the kid at the day care. Oh, and those eyes! How adorable and did you know her poop smells sweet?
I remember one evening after work, sitting in my mother in law’s den after dinner talking about all the important lessons I wanted to teach my newborn. Music, (classical, of course) books (Chaucer, thank you) and museums (art!). I went on and on about what was available in our large city and how important it was for my baby to know all of them. She said (probably in an effort to get me to stop talking), “I’m sure you’ll give your baby a wonderful life and then, you’ll have to enjoy the magic of adulthood”. I didn’t understand.
Every child has challenges and rewards… even the golden and seemingly perfect require special attention that keeps a mom busy from daylight to dark.
Teens stretch the boundaries, practicing what we taught them as babies, to see if it will get them to adulthood at a quicker pace. Letting them (and encouraging them) to reach a little further with each experience may be a little tough, but necessary.
How else will they learn to properly react and to make those secondary decisions? Tethers like rules, curfews, dress codes, speed limits, allowances… all are about living better in the future. They are the seatbelt that keeps our children safe in the traffic of life.
Then the true magic happens. They live to adulthood. They graduate, make a few decisions, regret a few choices and reboot to survive nicely… without you. Making that adjustment is easier for some parents (and children) than others. It can be a sad time or a glorious freeing time.
Some however, must be stuck in the middle for a bit. Being stuck in the middle can be an obvious bother to the new adult and the parent… that’s where I was for a long time. Stuck in the middle. Between their childhood and their adulthood. Between guiding and nurturing and helping them move on! Eventually, they move and finding your place becomes a little more difficult.
Stuck in the middle is like being forced to live the life of a wall flower. With emotions swelling up when you (think you know) know the answer, they won’t listen and both are afraid to take that step out – for fear of offending someone or being outdated and just flat wrong, or being ridiculed for a belief. After spending years as the teacher, all of a sudden they can think for themselves and you wonder… “who told them they could do that”? It’s humorous when you think of it.
Just recently, I discovered the magic of adulthood means someone else can plan the menu for a get together, take a dare and live through it, purchase clothes for the grandkids and be the helping hands this world needs. These magical adults can have their own opinions, disagree with mine, change their spiritual direction and move away! They can move into a house, mop their own floor, fix their own car, shop for food and stay away for months, if they like. They’ve learned the magic of adulthood and are living it.
The magic of adulthood allows me to move forward, pretend they aren’t sneering at my suggestions or political views, and enjoy their children and their futures from the side. The magic of adulthood is not just for the children, it’s for all adults. Music, art, museums without the diaper bag, road trips, laundry for two instead of for five is a snap, and trying new dances or walking paths can be an adventure. Enjoying the passion of entrepreneurial fun for profit, practicing music again, sharing free time as a local volunteer may be rewarding for some.
It’s looking pretty bright out there.
So, here’s to the magic. Here’s to the babies, now grown and gone from my lap. Here’s to the freedom to have beer at breakfast or champagne with lunch. Here’s to time… to walk, to visit, to read and write. To play dominoes and cards, to create beautiful gardens and clean guest rooms. More music, art and museums, too!
The magic of adulthood awaits us, one and all and it’s definitely living better!