Monthly Archives: January 2015

Courtney Sixx ladies luncheon to benefit Brightpink.org

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sixx2sixx3sixx5sixx6sixx7sixx8sixx9sixx1I admit I am a little behind on my blogging :/.   I woke up this morning with one of those feelings inside….like a renewed feeling?  You know that feeling I am talking about?  I feel inspired and free like all the negative vibes from yester years have magically dissipated.  Peaceful… a simple happy defines it best I believe.

I wanted to share a lovely afternoon I enjoyed a while back.  Courtney Sixx invited me to a ladies luncheon at her home that was benefiting Brightpink.org.  Bright Pink is on a mission…”Be Brilliant, Be Bold, Be Bright Pink!  Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.”

Courtney was at an intermix event in Brentwood and heard about Bright Pink and decided to find out more about the organization and become involved.  Courtney is no stranger to Cancer.  Her mother is a ovarian cancer survivor and her grandmother had breast cancer.  I had an opportunity to meet Courtney’s mother and have a lovely chat, she is a very sweet woman!  If those aren’t reasons enough to become involved with cancer prevention I don’t know what is.

I pulled through the beautiful gates in Westlake Village, and made my way to the Sixx Residence, Nikki and Courtney recently purchased the magnificent home.  I was greeted by Courtney who was doing some last-minute touches.  She had French music flowing through the speakers in the gorgeous backyard.  The table settings were impeccable and boasted of excellent taste.

Courtney throws a fabulous luncheon, h’ourderves were made by the renowned caterer AC Events.  They are the same caterers that were responsible for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Wedding spread.  Strawberry Mojitos were Courtney’s signature cocktail for the day, or champagne and other cocktails were available.

I met some amazing people on this beautiful day.  Some very amazing women who are smart, talented and inspiring.  I met the beautiful Susan Holmes McKagen, wife of Duff McKagen.  Susan is an international model who turned swimsuit designer mogul.  She is a lovely woman who makes me want to keep going after my dreams.  I also met Gretchen Rossi, she too is a super nice and beautiful woman.  She has the Gretchen Christine line, which includes, make up, clothing, handbags etc.  Talk about a go getter.  I was impressed by how down to earth everyone was and how friendly.

Now for Miss entrepreneur herself,  Courtney is the How2girl.  Check out Courtney’ s web site, www.how2girl.com.  This is a DIY guide to everything fabulous.  Courtney also has a radio show on iHeart.  She is a very busy girl, and a newlywed to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.  What an amazing couple they make, you can see the happiness in Courtney’s eyes.

Courtney asked her guests to bring gently used clothing, handbags, jewelry, etc. that she can auction off to benefit Be Bright Pink.  Her friends did not let down, the items that were donated were gorgeous designer pieces that any sane woman would kill to have.  Haha, but this is for such a great cause!  Through Courtney’s efforts and her friends donations she raised $12,500.  Just from a nice afternoon of fun!

I made cupcakes for the guests that were simply adorable if I don’t say so myself.  Miss Priss Cupcakes and Such is always happy to lend a hand to help out charities.  (Especially one that is Pink).

Thank you Courtney for inviting me to your lovely home, it was an honor.  I had a wonderful time seeing you again and meeting your friends!  Xo

Madison Ivy

In November we celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday. I cannot believe my baby girl is a grown woman! Madison has been the light of my life even before she was born. Giving birth to Madison was literally a miracle. If it weren’t for modern medical technology, she would not be here with me today. I relished watching this little angel grow up before my eyes, she was a smart and funny little toddler. She was downloading games on the computer at 2. Her favorite things growing up were books, she never went anywhere without them. She quickly learned to read, and asked endless questions. Madison excelled in school and was tested to be a gate child. This is when the child is above average in the grade, and schools group these children in classes where they are at the same level and can be taught at the pace which will keep them interested and learning. Madison excelled all throughout school and graduated with many honors. She then got accepted into Loyola Marymount University, we loved the campus and the professors were all exceptional. She did very well her freshman and sophomore years. When it came time for her Junior year, we could no longer afford this prestigious university nor were we approved for more student loans. She was devastated! She worked her whole life to experience the university life. She has no regrets, she is happy! She is finishing her College years at Cal State Long Beach. What can I say? I’m a proud mom, and I know I gush over Madison, I can’t help it! I would never sacrifice a moment in Madison’s life. You can’t put a dollar amount on that! Fact! Love you forever Wubbie! Next? Many adventures together, love, laughter and peace of mind!

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I have finished my vision board for 2015. I am following simple daily steps to help accomplish my goals.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A DAILY LIST MIGHT LOOK LIKE….

1. Pray when I wake up and again before I go to sleep. I thank God for all I have, my health and my loving family and friends.
2. Exercise…might be a stead fast walk with hand weights or a bike ride. I feel I do better just moving outdoors than in a gym. Sometimes a gym is fun with different classes.
3. Healthy breakfast
4. Work…(bring healthy meals and snacks to stay on track)
5. Come home…
6. Make a healthy dinner
7. Walk Amy
8. Miscellaneous housework or laundry
9. Give myself a facial

You get the point. That is just my daily goals. For my year long goals I have a different list…

I list my professional goals for success, places and people I can network with to showcase our brand.

My personal wants, healthy lifestyle. Choose outdoor activities rather than indoor ones. Hike more, bike more, walk more in different locations.

Love… spend more time with my loves which means all my favorite people in the world. Quality time, talking, laughing and planning adventures we can take together, in the desert or mountains, wherever. Just spending time with people, less texting! There is no better feeling than knowing you are loved and secure in your relationship! I love….Love!

Giving back, paying it forward. This is very important to me and always has. I want to do much more of this in 2015. I give back a lot, but there is always more that can be done. I will make time to help others more, perhaps help change some peoples lives. Be an angel to a stranger…You can too…

My vision board has little messages all over that envelop my yearly desires. Business opportunities I need to make, healthy options I need to take each and every day, goals of places we want to travel to. It should be a voice that yells at you when you look at it. YOU CAN DO THIS GIRL! YOU ARE FEARLESS! NOTHING OR NO ONE CAN STOP YOU! DO THE DREAM!

I do much better when I make the time to write my lists. If I just go by what is in my head I will talk myself out of it. I can do it tomorrow…No! If it is written down and I cross off the daily goal I feel accomplished. It works! Well that is me!

Now get off your buns and go make your 2015 vision board!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015 Friends! I don’t know about you, but I have a strong and good feeling about the opportunities that are available to me this year if I just MAKE myself available to JUST DO IT. We sometimes hold ourselves back due to fear of failing, and of succeeding. It sounds a bit silly but its true. I know many people who hold themselves back, and once they let go and go for it, they always want to kick themselves because time, and sometimes years were wasted contemplating the notion of taking action. I know I for sure am guilty of this. Execution is my motto this year, taking action without regret. I really haven’t made any resolutions in particular, but I have made myself a promise that I intend to keep and that is to maintain the new-found happiness and peace I have in my life. I will never let someone dictate how my life will be lived or what the terms of my happiness will be. When you completely let go, the feeling of being free from purgatory is serendipitous! My daughter was just mentioning the same thing to me when we sat down for a New Years Day breakfast. She has never felt more secure and eager to build her future. She is so excited about finishing college and taking the next steps with her goals in life. We have had obstacles, but we just dealt with them with dignity and knowledge that one day the past will be just that. No mother could ever be more proud of the strong, beautiful and independent daughter I have had the privilege of watching grow and turn into an amazing woman. We can learn a lot from our children! They give a fresh perspective to problem solving and sometimes teach us what is really important in life.

I am curious, what do you do to execute your goals? What are your goals for this year? I use the word goal rather than resolution. Resolutions are typically broken. Do you want to lose weight, quit bad habits, be a nicer person, get a better job? How will you go about making the goal a reality….or should I say…A SUCCESS!