Blog Challenge, Day 3 – A Tutorial

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Blog Challenge, Day 3 – A Tutorial

Today’s challenge is to create a tutorial blog post.

Luckily, I have a little video that  I filmed two years on how to create beaded serve ware. I did not have an HD camera at the time, so I had to use my Iphone and balance it on a box! Every time I bumped the table the phone jiggled and made the video a bit wobbly!

I invited my mom and sisters over for a girls crafting night. What a blast it was to create some pieces of flatware and see how each person created something so different. I had purchased some beads but the best pieces came from old jewelry that had broken and were recreated into masterpieces. I love crafting but am not super talented at crafting. However, it is a fun reason to get some friends together and have some laughs and good times together and use our creative genes.

I just had another girls crafting night last weekend and I think we talked, laughed, ate cake made from scratch (Darla the cake was amazing), and drank a little wine more than we crafted. In other words, we had a great time socializing! My niece Tiffany, brought all the makings for vinyl lettering for wall hangings and glass etching. Thanks to Tiffany’s patients we all had a chance to create one piece. Thanks Tiff, for all your hard work and getting all the supplies and transporting them to my house.

The tutorial video will be coming soon.IMG_2005 IMG_2007

Do you have a favorite craft? We are always needing ideas for our next girls crafting night!

Be crafty my friends and we will see you next time here at friendsfavz!

Karen Rae

friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

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friendsfavz, Blog Challenge – Passion

Today Alex Beadon is challenging us to dig deep and explore the reasons why we are blogging. What is our passion and what is our story. I ventured outdoors in the wind and rain for some inspiration!

Everybody has a story and my blogging story starts with a transition in life. It is a  time where I was reevaluating my purpose in life and what my new “job” would be as an empty-nester. I thought my transition from mom to Karen would be easy. As time would tell, it is not so easy.

I had to evaluate what I thought were my strengths: being a mom, having fun, being creative, meeting and empowering new friends,  and helping others feel beautiful. Put this all together and I came up with creating a video blog and web show for women. I am hoping to empower women to feel more beautiful and share our favorites! And to have lots of fun along the way!

Do you have a passion? Would love to hear what you are passionate about in the comments below.

Come Feel Beautiful with us at friendsfavz!

Karen Rae

friendsfavz, Blog Challenge day 1

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friendsfavz, Blog Challenge day 1

Hi friends,

Today I am taking part in a blogging challenge inspired by Alex Beadon.

Who is Alex Beadon you ask?

I have been following her inspiring, informative blog and Chatty Tuesday videos for some time and always come away with useful information.  I love her zest for life and her passion for helping others succeed. She covers all types of topics for entrepreneurs, bloggers, social media users and much more. I highly suggest you check her out at alexbeadon.com  

This week, she has a special project to help people like me feel good about blogging. Our first challenge is to introduce our blog and ourselves, why we are blogging and what we hope to share with our viewers.  So here we go!

Do you have a fun fact that most people do not know about you? Share your fun fact below in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

My fun fact: I can ride a bike with no hands! Ok, my friend Patty’s 6 year old son was impressed!

Come feel beautiful with us!

Karen Rae

friendsfavz Web Show, The Refinery Salon

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friendsfavz Web Show, The Refinery Salon

Hi friends,

Have you ever wondered how to style a bump without teasing your hair? Or how to create a really awesome ponytail that looks elegant and modern?

On this episode of friendsfavz, Elizabeth Muench and Sarah Sewalelot from The Refinery Salon teach us how to create this sixties inspired look.

I met Sarah and Elizabeth and visited their salon after I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a new stylist. My friend, Cindy, came to my rescue and told me about this wonderful new salon she was going to, The Refinery Salon. I told her that I had a hair disaster at another salon and needed some major help to fix my color and style. She raved about how wonderful Sarah and Elizabeth are and said they would easily be able to get me back to my color and style. I decided to trust my friend, so I made an appointment and visited them in the quaint little town of Edmonds. I was so thrilled when I walked out with shiny, healthy hair that was “my color” and most of all feeling beautiful again.

Come join me as Elizabeth teaches us how to create this fabulous look with some new hair products and styling tools.

What styles would you like to see featured on friendsfavz? I love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below.

Come feel beautiful with us here at friendsfavz!  Karen

A Special Thank you to Sarah and Elizabeth for styling my hair for our first filming of friendsfavz web show!

You can connect with Elizabeth and Sarah:

Book appointments with  The Refinery Salon:

The Refinery Salon on Facebook

The Refinery Salon on twitter

Alexandria Nicole Cellars – host site and guest on episode 1 of friendsfavz

2Fore Pictures with Shawn D. Ross filming

friendsfavz Web Show with Stephanie Richter, Episode 3

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friendsfavz Web Show with Stephanie Richter, Episode 3

Hi Girlfriends!

Have you ever wandered up to a cosmetic counter and wondered what colors are best for you. You stand there thinking, I just want help choosing some colors. Then the cosmetic gal shows you current colors but none that would look good on you?

I have my own personal beauty consultant, Stephanie Richter. She has been an image and beauty consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 24 years. I love it when she shows me colors that are great on me and not just what is popular at the moment. I am not exclusive to one cosmetic company but I must say I do love being spoiled by Stephanie.

On this episode, Stephanie shares some beauty tips and her “Lips and Sips Bar” with us. At our live filming, all the girls in the audience got to try on lip colors at her Lip Bar throughout the night. Listen in as Stephanie talks about hot new lip colors! I will be sharing some of my favorites with you too.

I hope you will join us at a live filming and be a part of our audience. We taste wine, talk about things girls love and have a little chocolate too! What more could a girl ask for?

Look for our next episode as we meet Elizabeth and Sarah from The Refinery Salon in Edmonds and they give us some tips on “Sixties Inspired Hair Styles”.

A special thanks to:

Shawn D. Ross and 2Fore Pictures for filming!

Alexandria Nicole Cellars for hosting.

Come feel beautiful with us! See you next time on friendsfavz, Karen 

friendsfavz Web Show, Laurie London -Episode 2

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friendsfavz Web Show, Laurie London -Episode 2

I would like to introduce you to my good friend Laurie London who is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance.  Her Sweetblood series is about dark, sexy vampires which is set here in the Northwest.  While paranormal romance is a new genre for me, I feel like I am entering a whole new world when I read Laurie’s books. I am captivated by her storytelling and the interesting characters, especially the smoking hot male characters. Yes, these books are a little hot and steamy!

I hope you enjoy listening in as she gives us a little glimpse into the world of the assassin warriors in her Iron Portal Series and that you have a chance to read Laurie’s books.

I would love to hear what are your favorite books or genre, so make sure to leave a comment below.

You can find more on Laurie and her books at:

Laurielondonbooks.com

Facebook 

Twitter

A special thanks to:

Alexandria Nicole Cellars for hosting our filming of friendsfavz

2Fore Pictures and Shawn D. Ross for filming

friendsfavz – Web Show, Episode 1

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friendsfavz – Web Show, Episode 1
Interview with Alexandria Nicole Cellars
 

Welcome to the first episode of friendsfavz web show! I would like to invite you to join me as I visit with Kristine Bono from  Alexandria Nicole Cellars.

Kristine is the event coordinator for Alexandria Nicole Cellars’ fabulous tasting room located in Woodinville, Washington. We had the privilege to visit their exclusive wine club room and sip the Quarry Butte and the Jet Black Syrah, my personal favorite that I share with all my friends.  Alexandria Nicole Cellars has hand-crafted wines from their Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyards in Eastern Washington. I hope you will sip a glass of Jet Black Syrah with some friends and enjoy our first episode!

Cheers! Karen

Filming Location: Thank you to Alexandria Nicole Cellars for hosting our first episode. Your staff graciously welcomed all of our friends who came to participate in the first filming.

Friends, make sure you say hello to Kristine, Cara and the rest of the staff at Alexandria Nicole Cellars and tell them you heard about their fabulous wine from friendsfavz.

 

Image A huge Thank You to Shawn Ross at 2Fore Pictures for filming our first show! Make sure you contact him for all your filming needs.

 

 

 

Thanks for watching! Be sure to share this episode with all your friends and look for us every Thursday with new guests and more favorites. Coming up next:

Episode 2 – NY Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal romance author Laurie London

Look for our next  filming event and join the audience as we bring some special guests and favorites to share with you.

We love to hear from you so leave a comment about what winery you would like to see featured.