Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My "Why" - An Unfiltered Look Into My Life

Hi friends! Today I felt prompted to share with you why exactly I decided to become a Distributor with It Works Global. This is from the heart, and I'll hope you'll read until the end. 
Why am I on a personal crusade to succeed in my business? What propels me forward?
Because when I was 9 months pregnant with Sutton, Joey was essentially forced to resign from his job when he wouldn't go along with the dishonest standards by which the company operated. I was a stay-at-home-mom, so we lost all source of income, as well as our health insurance...and I was about to bring our second child into the world. NOW, I have something to fall back on.

Because I know what it's like to depend on food stamps. To sell my furniture on Craigslist just to have gas money. To have an unexpected bill go through and, subsequently, be the girl who puts groceries back, one at a time in the checkout line as people behind me watch impatiently.
Because I want to leave a legacy for my children's children...so they won't have to share my aforementioned experiences.
Because when you watch your husband work an 80+ hour work week, be away from his precious children and tirelessly bear the burden of being the sole provider, you determine you WILL retire him or die trying. Because life is short and fragile, and no parent should have to miss watching their children grow.
Because I personally feel called to homeschool, and to braid Christ-centured values into my children's education. This requires generating income from the home, and not having the cost of childcare/schooling saturating a 9-5 paycheck.
Because, when you're introduced to a company that's founded on faith, and is UNASHAMED to say so, you take notice...because that doesn't happen very often. I understand what a PRIVILEGE it is to be part It Works, and I'm thankful for this company's generous spirit, compensation plan and bonuses.
Friends, I know what it's like to have too little, and I know what it's like to have more than enough. I know what it's like to be a working mom and a stay-at-home-mom. However, on the heels of uncertainty, my faith has remained constant. And now, as my own BOSS, I can use my business as a platform to glorify God through my finances, time and words.
I GET to share life-changing, healing products with people and watch their confidence return. I GET to rub elbows with THE most amazing, empowered women in Oklahoma.
I'm just a girl with big dreams - determined to keep my beautiful children by my side and my hardworking husband hand-in-hand while I work to bring him home.
This is not my hobby. This is my passion.
And now you know "why."
Join me or learn more at www.projectskinnypants.com. 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Master Bedroom Tour + 5 Key Tips

The crickets have been chirping WAY too long over here at The Laundry Can Wait, and I miss you. 

What better way to return than with a decorating post - featuring one of my favorite rooms.

I decorated my bedroom to feel like a hotel, believe it or not. 

As a SAHM, I never get away. So, I wanted to create the essence that I was getting away after all - being pampered with room service, continental breakfasts and such. 

Because a girl can dream, right??

So, welcome to my bedroom. Here are my 5 tips for pulling the look together. 

1. Add the illusion of windows. 
 Who said you can't put curtains on a wall with no windows?? Go for it!

2. Less is more. 

I maximized the space I had by displaying LESS. Adding a BUNCH doesn't always deliver a PUNCH. I liked understating the dresser by simply propping up a piece that I loved. 

3. Add a statement piece that lends glamour and draws in your focus. 
I found this VINTAGE sunburst mirror at a garage sale, with no intention of displaying it above my headboard. But I sampled it there and loved it! 

4. Choose longer curtain panels. 
Hanging drapery at a high level creates the illusion of a taller ceiling. 

5. Old is NEW again. 
Guess what? 
This is the SAME bed Joey had BEFORE we got married 9.5 years ago,
the SAME comforter we picked out for our first married Christmas, and the SAME dresser and side tables we purchased from Mathis Brothers with our GARAGE SALE money 8 years ago, too. 

Distressing or dressing up what you already have is budget-friendly and really CAN work. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Now hurry along so I can mess it back up and fold the laundry.
Because THIS time, the laundry CAN'T wait. ;)

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Monday, June 9, 2014

$40 Entryway Makeover

Have you ever thanked God for a good deal? Is...is that just me?

I recently went garage saling, and on my list of Things I Want was a new table for my entryway. 

Something poised and grand. Without the poised and grand price. 

On this particular day, I stopped at a sparse-looking sale. It didn't look promising. 

But as I approached the garage, I saw this beautiful wooden table...


My eyes almost fell out of my head and rolled down the driveway. 

It was marked down because of this crack. However, I knew my runner would cover it perfectly.

I handed the seller two twenties, and we loaded this beauty into my SUV. 

These pictures were taken with my phone - forgive the blurriness. 

That's my office - straight ahead:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

How To Earn an Easy $10,000

I had a different post planned for today, but an incredible opportunity became available to me. So...I wanted to pass this along to my readers!!

What would you do with an extra $10,000?? 
Pay off debt? Start a small business? Put your child in a better school? 
Now is your chance to earn an amazing bonus, as well as a robust monthly income.

My friends have earned these bonuses, and I'm working toward it, as well!

"I'm amazed every day at how God continues to bless my family and friends through this company! Several of our team members got these bonuses and continue to make excellent residual income and help others both in health and wealth...God is working through this company in AMAZING ways!"
~Loralyn Hamilton, Diamond Distributor

If you haven't heard of It Works! Global, or their amazing skinny wraps, you can read my previous post HERE.

{Yes, they work. Yes, I was skeptical, too. Yes, here is my before and after picture.} 

Maybe you just want to wrap, and you're intrigued by the products.

Or maybe the opportunity to quit your job intrigues you more. ;)

If you're interested in earning this very real bonus, all you have to do to be eligible is to sign up as a Distributor through my website!!

A lot of girls ask me..."What are your hours? Do you have to work a lot?" 

I simply incorporate this into my everyday life. It's not difficult at all!!

Gals AND guys, if you want to be part of my dynamic team of go-getters, sign up as a distributer by clicking here: www.meredithg.myitworks.com

Or email me here: pennyandshoes@gmail.com

Or leave a comment below. 
Get started toward your bonus today. You CAN do this and change the landscape of your life! I am. :)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Have You Tried That Crazy Wrap Thing??

Ladies!!! Consider this post a MUST read!!!

If you're as terrified of swimsuit season as I am, today is your lucky day, because I'm sharing about a product that I've fallen in love with...and I think you will, too.

I'm talking about Ultimate Body Applicator {"wrap"} from It Works!

Have you heard of these yet??
They are seriously taking the world by storm because they're affordable and effective.
{Yes, even WE can use the same "secret" that Hollywood uses!}

Not only does an Applicator reduce the appearance of cellulite, it tightens, tones and firms any place from the neck down in as little as 45 MINUTES!!!! 

Are you skeptical? 
Yeah, I was too. 
But that didn't stop me from trying it:

I don't know about you, but I'd rather wrap then get Botox, liposuction or wear Spanx. Amen?

All you do is take the Ultimate Body Applicator out of the thin package, 
 UNFOLD the wrap, 
and put it on your body anywhere from the neck down - arms, back, thighs, butt, stomach.
Leave it on for a minimum of 45 minutes, then remove it. 
Be sure to drink water while wearing the wrap and over the next 72 hours for progressive results.

Photo Credit: It Works! Global Facebook Page
Photo Credit: It Works! Global Facebook Page

For some it takes the box of 4, but I DID see results after my first wrap.
Men can use it, too. 
Photo Credit: It Works! Global Facebook Page

A friend of mine is a very successful distributor with It Works! Global, and so I looked more into the company as well. I liked it so much, I decided to join, too!!!! #Mompreneur 
This company has so many products that make us look and feel better - from the inside out.
**So, friends, if you could help me get my personal business started, I would be so excited!** 
For signing up as my loyal customer, you'll pay WHOLESALE prices and get FREE shipping. 

1. Visit my website www.meredithg.myitworks.com, and make sure "Meredith Garrett" is at the top.
2. Commit to trying at least one product {Wraps, Defining Gel, Greens, etc.} for 3 months.
3. Once you are ready to check out, sign up for the 3 month program. 
4. Make sure your billing address matches the address to your card.


You can just pay retail prices and not sign up as a loyal customer. But you won't get the amazing discount, as well as the Perks Points and FREE shipping.

Comment or email me if you have ANY questions about how to use the products or if you just want to try a single wrap for just $25!!

What do you have to lose?! ;) 

Hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Update and A Blog Break

Hi friends!

As you may have noticed, I'm blogging a lot less these days.

And I'm going to step aside from blogging for awhile. 

You may see a post from me on a monthly basis, so I'm not disappearing altogether. :) 

I still enjoy blogging and really value all the friendships I have with you ladies.  

I'm in a season of my life where I need to cut out the things that take time away from what matters more...my family, my marriage and, yes, my sleep.
In the next ten weeks, Sutton will take gymnastics, Grayson will take karate lessons {fingers crossed he'll stick with it} and Joey and I will be involved in a church small group. These are ALL firsts for our family!! 

On these two days we have together, I don't want to be sidetracked about follow up emails and comments and fresh content...You get the picture. 

As for the other days, I'm finding that blogging isn't fitting in to my schedule that well.
If it does, I have to force it. 

But, I'll visit your blogs when I can, I pinky promise. 

And I'll leave you with this...

Joey and I actually went on ANOTHER date...TWO in one month. #Unprecedented 

We are wholeheartedly working on dating more and adding balance to our lives.
For me, right now, balance means blogging even less.  

Thanks for reading and for staying with me over time. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy 9th Anniversary To Us!

What makes a date great? The one you're with, of course.

And last night, I was with the man I met during our very first day of college - 14 years ago.

Upon meeting this earring-clad boy, he told me he "had goats back home."

This city girl was like, "Whaaaaaat?" #YouveGotToBeKidding #Baaah

Despite these "minor details," Joey and I quickly became best friends. 


And everyone on campus wondered why we weren't dating. 
By the end of our freshman year in 2001, we eventually DID take our friendship to the next level. 

Then on March 12, 2005...nine years ago today...we got married. 
So last night, we went on a date to celebrate.

Let me say that again, because we nev-ver go on dates. 


Joey's work schedule is not conducive for us to go out. I wish he had regular hours and normal work days, but he just doesn't. And since he works nearly 60 hours a week, we like to spend his days off as a family, doing things with the kids. 

We often have "movie nights" in the living room after the kids go down, but Date Nights?? 
Um. Not so much. 

Last night, my sister and her husband graciously watched the kids while we dined at Bellini's. 

We even dressed up for the occasion! I was GIDDY! 

I think we BOTH were. 

I felt like I needed a corsage or something.


We took Stoplight Selfies.
With and WITHOUT sunglasses. Because, let's be thorough, people. 
We took individual pictures. Because CHEESY was okay on DATE NIGHT!
We took pictures of our food. Because, how often does one eat duck? {That was so Joey's.}
**And mine was just pretty.**
{I ate this. entire. bowl. of fettuccine alfredo. If that's wrong, then I don't wanna be right.}
I kept taking pictures, which I'm fairly certain is a date DON'T.

 But I said, "Hey, we've got to DOCUMENT this date. It may not come again until next year!"
And I hope another evening together does come sooner. But if it doesn't, that's okay, too. 

I'm just thankful for every day I have with Joey - the only man I've ever loved.