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Back in 1980-something the kitchen cabinets of my childhood home were filled with Tupperware items. Usually theses items arrived a few weeks after my mom attended a Tupperware Party, but sometime she got them just because. Overtime items got lost, faded, scratched or chewed up by the dog but Ill tell you what, when I went through my moms kitchen in 2012 there were plenty of Tupperware items that had held up through the years. And Avon, oh how could I forget the joy I felt when my mom decided I was old enough to wear makeup and took me over to her friend's house to have my makeup tastefully done and order my first real makeup. 

And as time moved on either I got older and noticed them more or more companies began to emerge. Today I know people who sell Scentsy, Thirty one, Jamberry, Young Living, Stella and Dot, Arbonne, Herbalife, Premier, Beachbody, Nerium and on and on. I have purchased items from most of these companies, some I love and some lets face it I bought to be nice to a friend who invited me to her party. 

Lately I've seen people complain about these companies and the friends who invite them to learn about them. Jamberry seems to be the hot one today and I've been invited to my fair share of Jamberry parties myself. I admit, at first I thought they were soooo ugly and so I would decline and move on with my life. But then my friend J invited me to her event online and her consultant did a good job of posting a variety of designs. I was so turned off by the idea of printed nails that I missed the solid colors, and glitters, and French tips. Ok, now I'm interested! 

It seems that a lot of times people think of these businesses, often known as MLM businesses, as scams.  But why? Yes, the friend who invited you gets to earn commissions and rewards and yes, the consultant who sells you the product makes a commission too. So what? You think when you go buy something at Target you're just paying what the item costs? That's ridiculous! Would you think of a new restaurant as a scam just because you heard about it from a friend vs seeing an advertisement around town? I don't know anyone who hasn't looked at a friend whose taste they admire and say "hey, where did you get that?". 

While not all of the MLM companies out there offer a product that's for me I can't think of one that offers a bad product. 
When I was fairly new in my home I had a Pampered Chef party and purchased many of my own kitchen items. I'm not most gentile when it comes to my stuff so the fact that these items can withstand six years in my kitchen says a lot. Stella and Dot is a little pricey for costume jewlery but it's made well. Just today I was showing off my new caddy from Thirty One and I just don't feel right if I don't get my beach body Shakeology in the am. 

Often the people who sign up as consultants for these companies do so for a genuine love of the product. Did you know that most beachbody "coaches" are just people who signed up to receive the discount. Because MLM companies do offer rewards for recruiting new consultants many people will call them a Pyramid Scheme. But have you ever thought about the typical leadership structure at any organization - it looks just like a Pyramid! 

I'll be honest, I like my job but I don't have half of the enthusiasm for my corporate America employer that your average MLM consultant has. 

I bet a lot of you reading this are wondering when I'm going to bust out the sales pitch for the company I recently joined. But I don't have one. Honestly, when I found out I knew several people already using Young Living I wondered why they were so hush hush about it. I really like this stuff and I'm not afraid to say so. But here's the deal - I have 0 interest in selling oils. I'd love to see people get involved so I have people to talk to about oils and bounce ideas off of, maybe even have some make and take events together but I'm not selling you oils, in fact if you want to try some without being a member I'll buy it at my member price for you. 

Point being, I see people complain about these companies and being invited to events featuring them. Clicking a decline button to an event you don't care to attend is not incredible burden and if you don't like the product than don't buy it. But there's no need to bash your friends or something that excites them. Besides, you never know when a friend might connect you with something really cool. 

I'll have a review of jamberry nails posted later this week, just in case you're wondering : )

Lilly for Target Backup Plan

Unless you've been living under a rock you are well aware that next month Target is releasing a designer collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer. This collaboration has been widely covered in social media so I'm not going to waste time re-hashing stuff here. I do however want to talk about having a backup plan. 

The time of the online release has not been announced but in my dream world at midnight April 19th I would hop online, fill my cart with my wish list and check out. I'd then get a good nights sleep and breeze into my neighborhood target the next am to shop in store. But it seems like a lot of people are planning to shop this collection, people who have never mentioned the name Lilly Pulitzer are chomping at the bit to buy $38 shift dresses - competition will be stiff! In reality I will stalk the website Saturday night / Sunday morning, watch it crash yet items sell out at the same time, get a few hours of sleep, be at target at opening and run like a crazy lady to grab the few XL items that will be available. 

So, I have a wish list but I understand it is just that - wishes. Since I have a closet full of lilly I'll get what I can, be disappointed in the items I miss out on and move on. But I know many people planning to shop the collection are looking to buy their first lilly piece, or add to a small collection. Lilly clothes have brought me much happiness and I want y'all to have that too! So don't despair, you have options! 

Like all other designer colabs there will be people who are magically able to buy mass quantities of product and will list these items on eBay for an inflated price. Look, I get it, maybe there's something you really had you heart set on and so I grant you permission to bid on eBay - but here's the deal you must not spend more than twice the products retail price , so for a shift dress you could pay up to $76. Right now someone has a $30 cover up listed for $150 dollars. DON'T DO IT!!! I like to consider my readers as friends and friends don't let friends overpay for clothes. 

You see, these shenanigans might have worked on collections where the designer's pieces typically go for north of $500 but with Lilly this is not the case. If you are considering spending more than twice the Target price for an item you are a fool and Mandysue does not like fools. No, what you will do is head on over to your local Lilly Pulitzer signature store and buy a full priced item there. You see my friends, Lilly Pulitzer is not the super fancy design house of collections past, in fact there are plenty of items well under $100. So yes, while getting those $38 shifts would be ideal if that just doesn't happen don't completely cut yourself off from the idea of a little lilly in your life. 

Here are my top picks for items under $100 for your consideration: 

I have this top in a print from last year, it's so comfortable! 

I don't personally wear shorts, but most Lilly lovers are obsessed with them. 

Love these tops!!! Cute, comfortable and flattering they are my favorite way to have a little print indulgence.

Another top in which I have last year's model - it is literally my favorite top! 

Yep, you can even get a lilly dress right under $100. These can be dressed up or dressed down. 

Right now I'm trying to justify how I could use another clutch in my life I love this one so much. 

 Don't worry, they have ones for the 6 too! 

Y'all know I'm lilly scarf obsessed so I had to include at least one here. 

All of these items come in multiple prints and would be great lilly starter pieces. Also, you could always hold out for the big sale at the end of August. 

Happy shopping and I hope all your lilly wishes come true, as long as they don't get in the way of mine ; ) 

$40 date: All you can eat meat

It's been awhile but I have a $40 date idea for y'all. 

Recently Shaun and I attended a Yelp event at Tanoor Grill. It was delicious and we had an awesome time. 

The Yelp group 

In fact, we enjoyed it so much we went on Valentine's day. Again super yum but stuffing oneself with meat is perhaps not the most romantic activity. Plus eating giant meals before bedtime is not a great idea so our interest was very peaked to check out lunch and a few weeks later we did. 

Regardless of the time of day your visit to Tanoor the meal starts with appetizers, which are also unlimited: 

Baba ganush 
Pita bread 
Roasted potatoes 

Then the meat parade begins! 

Boneless Chicken 
Roasted Chicken 
Stuff Pita 

At dinner there is also ribeye, filet and lamb but no stuff pita. But trust me, the lunch meat offerings are plenty! Make sure you request their sauces - garlic, spicy and lemon dill. It's fun to try the different meats in each and find your favorite combo. 

Just when you think you're about to burst they bring grilled pineapple. 

Even if you're stuff I highly recommend getting at least one piece as its a nice palate cleanser. 

Meals include tea - the sweet tea has ginger and honey, so good! Lunch is $14.95 (so with tax and tip $40!!!) and dinner is $29.95. I honestly prefer lunch because it gives me plenty of time to digest all my meat. Plus, I only need a shake or piece of fruit at dinner time. 

Everyone at Tanoor is so nice! The ambience is simple but they keep the lights dim and play middle eastern music.  I highly recommend grabbing your sweetheart and taking a long lunch this weekend. 

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