Sunday, April 29

Competitive Wages?

We had our traditional pizza last night like almost every other weekend. However, this particular time I noticed something different...and it wasn't the coupons.

This morning I pointed out the flyer, stuck to the discarded pizza box, to the hubster.

To say that he flew into a rage is a bit of an understatement. I think he is beyond being pissed at this point, so mostly just pretends to laugh it off.

I am getting ahead of myself; let me digress.

My husband has been employed and loyal to the same company now for 12 years. He's been around this particular business since approximately the age of 8-years-old.

He loves his job. He is good at his job. He is brilliant. Steel runs through his veins.

The problem? After all this time, he is still only making $15 per hour with obviously no advancement potential.

I know what you're thinking, "Well, it's a bad economy. Times are hard for everyone."

We live in a small, rural farming community in the Deep South. His entire family lives here, and everyone knows everyone, one way or another.

We keep hoping for the best and try to remain positive but certainly entertain the idea of possibilities elsewhere.

If the right offer were to present itself, we would definitely experience a few sleepless nights to weigh our hearts about the matter.

My husband is also a veteran and deserves to work for a company that cares or at least offers competitive wages.

Is that too much to ask?

KitchenAid Mania Giveaway

We are giving away a white KitchenAid KSM150PSWH Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer to one lucky reader!

This is a perfect Mother's Day gift to every one who loves baking or simply just being in the kitchen.

This was made possible by Bay Area Mommy, American Family and some of the most awesome bloggers on the planet. 

Retail Value: $349.99
Color: White
325-watt mixer with 10 speeds
5-quart stainless steel bowl
Tilt-back head for easy access to mixture
1 piece pouring shield with large chute for adding ingredients
Includes flat beater, dough hook, and wire whip
Measures 14 by 8-2/3 inches by 14 inches
1-year warranty 

Giveaway will run from April 29 at 12AM EST to May 9 at 11:59PM EST. 

Open to the US only.

Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible.

Friday, April 27

The Brassy Apple Fondue Review

Brassy Apple: Velata - fondue from Scentsy!

"I hadn't heard of Velata until a few days before the Snap! conference I attended last week. Velata was the sponsor for the opening night..." ~ @BrassyApple

This was such a great post, I just had to re-blog it. It looks like Velata was definitely a huge hit at Snap!

Awesome photos, Megan.

*Make sure you click the link to read the original post.

Thursday, April 26

The First Official Tweet Leap

The Official Tweet Leap

Tweet Leap is a fun way to make new blog buddies.

It's like a blog hop - but for Twitter.


Each month there are up to 10 new co-hosts.


Follow host & co-hosts.

Follow at least 10 participating tweeps.

Spread the word!

Grab the code below & add it to your blog.

Scent Surplus

Each month, one (1) lucky winner will win ad space on Scent Surplus for the following month!

Ad space can be for your blog, etsy store or party consultant website, etc.

Contact me at @scentsurplus to get on the co-host waiting list or join the group on Facebook.

Co-hosts with multiple handles can only enter one (1) Twitter link.

Others can be added when the monthly Tweet Leap goes LIVE on the first of each month.

You must have a blog (other than a Twitter micro-blog) to participate.

Now accepting the first 10 co-host requests for May 2012.

Please refer to the page entitled Tweet Leap to add your link & follow updates.

International Pay It Forward Day

People all over the world today will take time to do something kind for a stranger, in hopes that the recipient will go forward & pass on a kindness to someone else - who will then do something for another - and so on.

This one-day celebration spreads the gift of giving throughout the world with simple acts of kindness.

How will you pay it forward today?

Marvel's The Avengers Giveaway

Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, etc... 

We've seen their individual movies, now it's time for us to see them all together in one awesome movie!


Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man 
Chris Evans as Captain America 
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk 
Chris Hemsworth as Thor 
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow 
Jeremy Renner as Hawk Eye 
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury 
Tom Hiddleston as Loki 
Stellan SkarsgÄrd as Selvig

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. 

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. 

In “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Super Heroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble!

I'm excited to announce that I've partnered up with Bay Area Mommy and Marvel to bring you this giveaway for one (1) "Marvel's The Avengers" prize pack which includes:

- MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS t-shirt in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL 

- MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS set of 6 buttons 

- MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS one pair of limited edition 3D glasses

Avengers shirt

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 
Giveaway will run until May 13 and is open to the US/CANADA, 18+ only.

Wednesday, April 25

Our First Show Is Today

I am so incredibly excited about our first BlogTalkRadio show today at 3pm EST!

Our special guest will be Eric from Smilin' Pit Bull Rescue.

We won't be taking calls today, but our Q & A Conversation Chat will be on Saturday, April 28th.

Please, feel free to enter any questions you want answered on Saturday in the chat during today's show.

We are definitely not professional radio hosts and totally green to this, so be patient as we work out all the kinks to find our groove.

Thanks, in advance, for checking out our show. Enjoy!

To find out more about my partner in crime, Melissa Berry, visit her personal blog via the button below.

Tuesday, April 24

Brighter Than The Sun

Whoa. The past few days have been a whirlwind since I started restructuring the blog.

The one thing I've been called the most in my life is definitely insubordinate.

Now, back to letting my geek flag fly. I feel so liberated!

The creative juices are flowing again and ideas are flying around my brain faster than I can communicate them, let alone write them all down.

I see an overwhelming brightness coming just over the horizon...

Sunday, April 22

Making Together Better

Does anyone really have time to worry about Making Together Better anymore?

As a parent, it seems like I always have too much to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

Finding time to enjoy the little moments and adopting smart solutions to make everyday parenting easier is a constant challenge.

My job as Super Mom is to keep it all under control and running smoothly, which is always easier said than done!

The most important thing I try to do is simplify our family time in order to make our together better.

Reflecting on the following might make your together better, too.

1. Smile - A simple smile conveys closeness, even on the worst of days.

2. Hugs - A loving hug can make everything else disappear.

3. Steps - Celebrate every joyful milestone.

4. Journeys - Togetherness provides the strength to keep going.

5. Laughter - Giggles make you forget about the mess.

6. Life - It happens and changes the way you live.

Less hassle means less headaches. The more you can enjoy together, the better life becomes!

Disclosure: This post is part of a contest to win a sponsorship to the Type-A Parent Conference in Charlotte, NC on June 22-24, 2012.

Find out more about brica:

Mom ME Time Giveaway

Are you a mom that needs some ME time? 

Then, this giveaway is for you with over $150 in prizes! 

Find out more about Nicole from Pretty Opinionated and enter here.

Saturday, April 21

New Direction

Even though this blog is now approved by Scenty, strict compliance is putting a damper on my personal creativity.

I have decided to revamp Scent Surplus to make it more personal.

As of this moment, it will no longer be an approved Scentsy website.

All changes will be complete by Monday, April 23rd.

My goal was never to have a traditional external website but to connect with you, my readers.

Please, keep following me during this transition as I continue my scent-sational adventures.

Thank you for your support!

Monday, April 16

My #UBP12 Party Post

I just found out about the Ultimate Blog Party. Better late than never, right?

Excited to share a little about myself and meet & tweet some other fabulous bloggers.

I started Scent Surplus in March of this year but have been micro-blogging since 2008. At one point, I had tried traditional blogging but couldn't find the motivation. Scentsy changed all that!

Scent Surplus is a personal blog documenting my scentsational adventures as an Independent Scentsy Consultant. It's not just a blog about product or building my team. I blog about life and family with a few Social Media tips thrown in for good measure.

5 Facts About Me

1. I am terrified of dolphins and hummingbirds.

2. I believe Nutella makes everything taste better.

3. I have a borderline addiction to coffee and bacon.

4. I wear flip-flops all year long, not just in the summer.

5. I once lived in an Alaskan town accessible only by boat or plane.

This picture was taken on my way to BlogWorld Expo last year in LA.

Now, tell me about you!

The Scent-Sational Show

Introducing, The Scent-sational Show! Follow along here.

You can catch the show on the last Wednesday of every month with an additional Conversation Chat the following Saturday.

We talk about anything & everything Scentsy to anyone & everyone listening.

The next broadcast will feature a special guest from Smilin' Pitbull Rescue.

Please, tune in to hear more about this great organization!

Tuesday, April 10

Team Tuesday #FillTheStands

Another Team Tuesday is here.

Join your team & fill the stands!

Fill the Stands - Campus Collection

Do you have a Campus Collection warmer - which one?

Comment below...

Sunday, April 8

Happy Easter & Passover

Happy Easter & Passover from Lenny the Lamb!

He would make a great Scentsy Buddy for your special buddy.

Meet him here or check out the Baby Lenny the Lamb Scentsy Buddy here.

I think he smells the best with a Vanilla Cream Scent Pak but you can choose your favorite here.

Don't forget to register your Scentsy Buddy when it arrives! Lot's of fun games & downloads, too.

Friday, April 6

Birthday Bash Giveaway


Next week, April 8-14th, Our Military Home is hosting a fabulous giveaway,

sponsored by yours truly on Monday, April 9th.

Go check it out!

♥ Happy Birthday, Taylor :)

Wednesday, April 4

Birthday Week & #BringBackMyBar

Posts are few and far between this week, as my son's 12th birthday is tomorrow.

It is also Spring Break, his father is visiting from Meridian, Idaho {of all places}, and we have lots of fun stuff planned.

Keep tweeting about Bring Back My Bar.

Tweet about which scents you are voting for and retweet others using the hashtag #BringBackMyBar.

You can track the current stats here.

Let's see if we can make it a trending topic!

Oh, and I almost forgot - today is my one month Scentsiversary.

Monday, April 2

Bring Back My Bar

Bring Back My Bar is back and voting opens TODAY!

Scentsy is bringing back your most requested bars. 

Voting will close April 16th and the chosen fragrances will only be available for the month of July 2012.

What are you waiting for? 

Go VOTE now.

Sunday, April 1

Feeling Like A Princess?

The new Scent of the Month is here from Scentsy!

Wake up feeling like a princess with Cerise.

Walk along a charming paris side street, where a slight breese makes the cherry trees—cerisiers—shower you with pink sugar petals. 

Cerise is an embrace of cherry blossom, fresh plum, and soft white blossoms warmed by golden vanilla.