NEW ADVENTURE! TEACHER TURNED LIPSTICK BOSS!

 

 

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This has been my life for the past 6 years. I’ve taught Kindergarten to 7th grade, lovingly coined as “The Pinterest Queen” or the “crafty/creative teacher”. I really enjoyed my job and felt great in the classroom but had been carrying a weight that was dragging our family down. My husband and I felt like we were constantly going two steps forward and three steps back financially. Our debt was piling up and my student loan freedom was no where in sight. One day I scraped up enough money to order a product from a friend to help support her marketing business. This was my honest-to-goodness first reaction…I don’t know why I felt the urge to film it, but I did..

 

I was hooked and knew I was on to something! A couple hundred extra dollars a month for bills seemed totally doable. So I signed up for $55 to own my own side gig.

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GILMORE {gloss} GIRLS was born!!

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My own little girls started helping me show off the magic of the product on my Facebook Live videos and soon I had message after message from girls not only wanting to try it for themselves but to SELL it. The messages went something like this…

“I know as soon as I share this lipstick with my friends,

they will want to know where to buy.

So why not make money while wearing it ?

How do I sign up??”

That’s exactly what happened. More and more girls felt this exact way and soon I had welcomed around 100+ girls to my team. I was a leader and they were looking to me for help, so I did the only thing I knew to do as a teacher, I taught. Most of the time my “teaching lessons” or “training” videos involved some kind of prop (just like in my classroom). I continued to sell and my team numbers continued to go up. Simply by sharing love for the product and the experience. Easy!

We were nearing the end of the school year and I felt a tugging in my heart that The Lord may be calling me to teach, outside of the classroom.

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Our team training numbers just kept rising at every event! I was experiencing a different kind of fulfillment when I taught my team members. These were Mamas who felt what I felt. Some just wanted to get out of a “funk” and the idea of selling makeup + skincare gave them a reason to get “dolled up”again, while getting paid! Others needed freedom from the “checking anxiety” we know all too well, when we log onto our banking app. That burden has lifted every month since I signed up! One month we paid off a small dental bill, the next we were able to pay off my car, after that was my student loans and when the deadline came for me to either turn in my letter of resignation or continue teaching…my monthly commission passed my entire year’s teaching salary in one month! Talk about being affirmed! I have used every spare minute these last 9 months to learn and grow my business, while working a full-time job and balancing wife/mom life. Where did I get the energy?

“When your fire is ignited, work starts to energize rather than drain you.”

This “job” makes me dream big dreams!  The Lord is blessing this business and I can say that I lead 1,400+ ladies and fellas as their “Ruby Crown Princess” (company title)

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I’m using SO MUCH of my classroom experience to encourage and teach my team! I. JUST. LOVE it! It’s been so fun watching my team leaders blossom and crush fears while helping other women feel beautiful in their skin again, maybe for the first time EVER!

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I’m so thankful for this opportunity and the chance I have to be MORE for my husband and my little ones. Work looks a little different these days and I love the freedom we now have to fill our lives with more of the good stuff! Making memories + experiences on OUR time table.

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Brooklyn Bridge. NYC

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Hershey’s Chocolate World,  P.A

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Central Park, New York

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Barnum & Bailey Circus


Full sene-story here

I’d love to chat more about the “LIPSENSE LIFE” if you’d like…shoot me an email laurenashleygilmore@gmail.com or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram !

Fix the dreaded “stair battle” in 10 seconds…talking Stair Barriers today!

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Mamas, if you live in a home with stairs you know all about the “stair battle.” The constant game of “on again/off again” where the eager climbers have you barricading the stairs OR you resort to rickety wooden baby gates. Kreed is a master at climbing the stairs but doesn’t quite understand the “getting down” without tripping.

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We’ve been using a cheap wooden baby gate that is a constant hassle. You always spend WAY too much time trying to adjust the notches and if not done properly you can do what we did… snap the adjustment bar in half 😬

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After this happened, I went to Pinterest to see if I could find a temporary *stylish* barricade for the stairs. Enter…The Stair Barrier

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The Stair Barrier is made of a soft canvas in lots of color choices with easy adjusting straps. The first time you fit it to your stairs you can adjust the straps so that each time you install, it literally takes 10 SECONDS!

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Now, when little mister tries to climb the stairs he thinks the Stair Barrier is a toy to pat and drum… It’s pretty cute honestly.

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He is getting used to it and usually just walks right on by.

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Something I love about The Stair Barrier is that you have the option of “wall to banister” OR “banister to banister” barriers in the exact size of YOUR staircase. They really have thought of everything! I can truly say that our days are much more peaceful since using The Stair Barrier.

 

This post is in collaboration with The Stair Barrier. All images, content and opinions are my own.

Our Anna Maria Island Getaway 2016

We are back from paradise too soon but are reliving our time there through this post. Enjoy…

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We love staying at the Conch Shell (the pink house, as our kids call it) everytime we visit Anna Maria.

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The backyard is super gorgeous and has a fun pool and tiki bar.

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Typically the first thing we do (after unloading our suitcases) is rent a few bicycles from “Beach Bums”.

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We take bicycle rides to the beach, to dinner, to shop, pretty much for everything! That’s the beauty of small island life.

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The water is so calm and we had no fear of waves, undertow or unknown creatures in dark water… It’s clear as can be!

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Kreed pushed his truck up and down the beach constantly, stopping for an occasional ride in the back. That was probably the cutest sight EVER!

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We ride our bikes around the corner to our favorite little shop called the “Shiny Fish Emporium” . Everything about the shop is just magical… I could live there, it’s so gorgeous.

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Our favorite thing to do at the Shiny Fish is paint sandollars! They complete them with sparkle paint & hand dyed silk ribbons. Talk about the most gorgeous keepsakes!

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Do you see Karys eyeing that sweet peachy ball? Those are called ice cream bubbles & they are sooooooo yummy! Can’t leave the Shiny fish without an icecream bubble or 2 or 4.

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Cute antique spots

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One afternoon we went to Poppo’s… It’s all locally grown ingredients and they make the tortillas right in front of you! Think Chipotle, times 100🙌 They also have fountain craft sodas that were heavenly !

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We rode our bikes over to the pier one evening for a sunset dinner…

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Karys and Nana spotted stingrays and dolphins..

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Kreed and I got a few sunset snuggles in our Sakura Bloom sling… This thing was such a life saver.

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Family sand castle building !

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Ice cream at “Two Scoops”

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My sister in law Karissa and I enjoyed dinner on the beach at “The Beachhouse” . They serve the most delicious pineapple coconut bread before the meal. It’s heavenly!

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Hope you enjoyed a peek at our adventures… I’ll be sharing our professional shoot on the beach with the sweetest island photographer SOON! Until then, here’s a sneak peek…

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