Friday, November 27, 2015

C24 Cloud Climbers Unit Newsletter

This is the newsletter I write for my downline each campaign. To learn more about the Avon business and/or to get your business started, please click here.

 Hello all you fine Cloud Climbers!

I'm getting started on my newsletter at 10:00 at night, while I keep an eye out the window toward a smouldering tree trunk we've been trying to burn for years. I smell like smoke from standing out there for hours listening to Bible Gateway on my phone while poking at it and encouraging it to burn. I'll need to check on it one more time before going to bed, so I thought I'd work on this newsletter for awhile and maybe even get it sent tonight. C24 was my annual fall fundraiser for the group I do one for twice a year, so working with that and the holiday yesterday has put me a little behind. I hope that all of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day as much as I did. My parents are 87 and 81 and still in good health so we were able to gather at their house in Huntsville as usual, which is a blessing.

Top Ten in Award Sales for C24 -
All with Award Sales over $150. 1. Susanne Walters  PC   (#3 in Award Sales for the Climbers for the year to date with sales of $7,198.)
 2. Rene Parker  PC     (#1 in Sales for the Climbers for the year to date with sales of $8,245.)
 3. Darren Mannahan
 4. Shawn Willie
 5. Diane Fowler
 6. Steffanie Erdelt
 7. Magalis Justiniano
 8. Gladys Faulk
 9. Patsy Cloud
10. Rebecca Rains

Ruby Nunnery is currently #2 in Award Sales for the Cloud Climbers for the year to date with sales of $7,317.

Awards for C24:  Steffanie Erdelt earned the Taste of PRP Level 1 and was given 50 points to spend in the awards catalog. Candice Haze Hit $100 for the 3rd campaign in a row and received her 3rd bundle of product samples. Cheryl Webb Hit $100 for her 1st campaign and received the 1st bundle of product samples.

There were 5 Cloud Climbers with direct delivery orders at their eStores in C24: Darren Mannahan, Laticia Moore, Rene Parker, Angi Price, and Virginia Washington. There are a lot of incentives right now for having direct delivery sales of over $100 at your eStore, so be sure to keep up with those. You'll find a link to them on your home page at

We have a new Cloud Climber! Malena Brown talked with me about becoming an Avon Representative at my booth at the FHU Associates Fall Market. We met last week and got her business started and she will have a first order in C26. Malena has been a long time user of Avon products because her grandmother is an Avon Lady and she is excited about becoming one herself.

I'm sure some of you are starting to see messages about items being sold out already, because I am receiving them too. Don't get discouraged, this happens every year. Avon is always working to make it a rare thing, but they just can't totally predict what will sell out. They are dependent upon outside vendors for many of their products and sometimes the vendor can't meet the demand. Just apologize to your customers and give them a little something free or a discount on a future order if you think it will help keep them buying from you. Most customers are disappointed but they understand the situation and they get over it. After all, it is only "stuff" and stuff can be replaced. As soon as you know you aren't going to be getting something, please let your customer know so that they can make plans accordingly. Perhaps you can even suggest an alternate item to them.

I know you are all very busy right now so I'm making this newsletter short. I'll make up for it by making a really long one full of pictures soon, because I captured several screen shots from a recent Avon call and power point presentation about exciting things that are coming in the new year. Here's a hint about one of them: Start getting ready to get serious about promoting Anew Skin Care, because Avon is getting serious about promoting it in the new year. If you haven't taken time to do the skin care training in Avon University, please get started on it soon. You can spread it out over several days or even weeks if need be, and when you complete it you will receive an Anew Skin Care Specialist pin to show your customers and potential customers that you are prepared to help them make informed decisions about which skin care system is best for them. Here's the cover planned for campaign 4.

That's it for now. Keep up the great work that you have been doing this year. If you haven't been doing great work this year, make plans to step it up next year. It will be here before you know it! :)  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Avon's Best Buys of Campaign 25!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all my good customers who are helping me reach my Avon goals each campaign and for the year. Some of you are new and some have been loyal customers almost since the beginning of my business almost 29 years ago - and there are many more in between the new and "seasoned" ones. :) It takes all of you with your orders large and small to make my business a success, so thank you, thank you, thank you! And a special thank you to my helpers who bring me orders from those they work with or have contact with in other ways. I have 5 or 6 of them and one of them who has been my helper for many years is retiring soon and moving, so I'll miss her.
In this campaign we have the Merry Makeup Sale, so most makeup items are at special prices, including:

  • Pg. 37, Lowest Prices Ever on Mega Effects Liquid Eye Liner ($4.99) and Mega Effects Mascara ($7.99).
  • Pg. 39, True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette for $6.99 and available in 3 shade combinations.
  • Pg. 41, True Color Eyeshadow Quads are LPE of $4.99 and Eyeshadow Duos are LPE of $3.99.
  • Pg. 45-49, All Lipsticks are available for either $4.99 or $5.99.
  • Pg. 51, All Nail Enamels except the Gel ones are your choice for $3.49.
  • Pg. 53, Make your eyes pop with a liner while they are on sale. A customer favorite is the Always On Point and it is at LPE of $3.49.
  • Pg. 55, Don't forget your lashes either. You need to replace your mascara about every 3 months, so get a backup to have on hand while most of them are on sale for $4.99 and $5.99 each. You'll find the Wash-Off Waterproof for $4.99 on page 66.
  • Pg. 57, Glimmersticks are any 4 for $10! They won't be marked any lower when you figure the individual price, so get them for your eyes, lips, and brows now.
  • Pg. 61, Anew Age-Transforming Foundation is LPE of $10.99 and most other foundations are on sale as well.
  • Pg. 68, the Avon Lipstick Caddy is only $3.49 this campaign. Buy two of them if you have more than 12 lipsticks. (I think there are two types of ladies - the ones who wear the same color until it is discontinued and the ones who have a selection to mix and blend to get just the right look for every outfit and occasion. And in case you are wondering, I'm one of the latter ones.)

Moving beyond makeup, you'll also find these bargains:
  • Pg. 73, Haiku is LPE of $9.99. This is a top seller and there is a scent spot on the page.
  • Pg. 78/79, Femme is LPE of $15 and Rare Gold is LPE of $9.99.
  • Pg. 91, Black Suede Essential is LPE of $9.99.
  • Pg. 95, WOW! Anew Cleansers are only $1.99 with any Anew purchase, and...
  • Pgs. 97-103, Anew skin care items are each less than $20 each. Saving money on your skin care will leave you with more to spend on gifts and the holiday festivities.
  • Pg. 105, Anew Clinical Dark Circle Corrector is LPE of $17.99.
  • Pgs. 112/113, Mix or Match any 2 of the Clearskin items for only $6.99. Try the Black Mineral Mask or the Invigorating Scrub. Tip: The scrub is also great for giving yourself lovely soft and smooth hands.
  • Pg. 181, SSS Bath Oil in the 16.9 fl. oz. size is only $6.99.
  • Pg. 183, Mmmm... SSS Supreme Nourishment with Macadamia Nut Oil and a warm macadamia & vanilla scent. Now that is a treat for your whole body! The Creamy Body Wash is $3.49 and the Cream Oil Lotion is $4.49.
  • Pgs. 192/193, Foot Works collections are always a great gift. We have a 4-pc collection with Toasted Macadamia Nut and a 5-pc collection with Lavender and each collection is only $9.99. They'll make great teacher gifts!

That's enough for now. Don't forget to place your orders from the Avon Living catalog as soon as you know what you need, because some items are already selling out and won't be here in time for Christmas. Not many items, mind you, but a few. I know that the Inspirational Mugs have been a big hit and won't be here on time, because I ordered two of them myself. :( I'm just thankful that I will be able to get them, even if I have to make them Valentine's Day gifts!

Monday, November 9, 2015

FHU Associates Fall Market 2015

Every now and then, but not too often, I have a booth at a vendor event. The most important one I participate in each year is an event for a group I am a member of - the Freed-Hardeman University Associates, Huntsville Chapter. The FHU Associates are a group of ladies who are associated with FHU in some way and work to raise funds for student scholarships. I was a student at Freed-Hardeman College (now University) and our daughter, Bonny, graduated from Freed-Hardeman University. Our son, Seth, also attended FHU for one year. Bonny had a full tuition scholarship and both Seth and I had scholarship money as well, so we are indebted to those who went before us to establish scholarship funds. To help pay it forward, Bonny and I are now both active FHU Associates. 

The third annual FHU Associates Fall Market is this coming Saturday, November 14, from 9 to 3. The West Huntsville Church of Christ at Providence is gracious enough to allow us to use the fellowship hall of their building for this event. We've been working hard to get all our vendors lined up and we think we have an excellent group this year. We decided that we would make sure to have at least half of our vendor booths as craft type vendors, and the rest will be representatives of Direct Sales companies. If you would like to be invited to the event on Facebook, just let me know and I'll get that done right away so you can see our complete vendor list and some of the items they are planning to have at their booths. We are hoping for a great turnout, and would love to see you there if you are in the North Alabama or Southern Tennessee area!

One of our vendors, who is also an FHU alumnus, will be doing two painting classes for us and we are taking reservations for those. We expect to also have room for wall-ins the day of the event. The classes are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. No experience is required, art supplies will be provided, and your ticket price is a $25 donation to our college scholarship fund. Ticket purchases include a free drink for our Fall Market concession stand. For reservations you can call 256-763-0393 or send an email to Here are the pictures we will be working on:

For the 9:30 class you can paint this beautiful ornament and personalize it with whatever you choose.

For the 12:30 class we have chosen this interesting painting with many options for shapes and colors.

Please come shop and/or paint with us and help us make this event a complete success for the benefit of the students of good ole FHU!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Some of the Best Buys from the C24 Brochure
Here are some of the best buys from the regular C24 Avon brochure. You can also order from the Avon Living Catalog. The Avon Living Catalog is good until December 15, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to get everything if you wait until December to order. This is a new line of products and Avon does not know how well they will sell, so don't dilly-dally on ordering. :)  Click on the Coupon Codes tab above to see which code will work best for your order.
  • Pg. 25, Haiku Kyoto Flower Collection Gift Set, 3-piece set for $20.
  • Pgs. 26/27, 4-pc Collections of long time Avon fragrance favorites - Odyssey, Night Magic Evening Musk, Sweet Honesty, and Timeless for $10.99 each.
  • Pg. 31, 4-pc Collection of SSS Aroma Therapy Stress Relief for $9.99. This would make a great teacher gift.
  • Pg. 39, Beyond Color Lipstick and Lip Conditioner are $4.99 each.
  • Pg. 51, Glimmersticks are any 4 for $10.
  • Pg. 52/53, Any 2 Mascaras or Lash Conditioner and Primer for $7.99!
  • Pg. 73, Rare Gold Eau de Parfum Spray is Lowest Price Ever of $9.99.
  • Pg. 81, Cherry Mousse, Berry Pop, and Grape Gum Drop mmm....Candy! Body Mists are $5.99 each.
  • Pgs. 90-97, Anew Skin Care Regimen products are any 2 for $40.
  • Pg. 205, New Avon Naturals Cozy Vanilla & Sandalwood Body Care Collection - Shower Gel is $1.99, Body Spray is $4.99, and Body Lotion is $3.99.
  • Pg. 219, Bonus Size Moisture Therapy Body Lotion with Pump (33.8 oz.) is $9.99.
  • Pg. 223, Bonus Size SSS Bath Oil (24 oz.) is $9.99.
  • Pg. 227, Merri Little Minis for the Holidays - 4 lip balms, 1 nail file, and 4 mini hand creams - all 9 pcs. for $6.99. Don't forget these stocking stuffers!
  • Back page, Full Size Hand Creams in 7 versions are $1.69 each.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

C23 Cloud Climbers Unit Newsletter

(This is the newsletter for my Avon team. I produce one every campaign. To join my Avon team, click here or contact me directly for more details.)

It's November! My favorite month of the year. Thanksgiving Day has always been a big day for my family and November reminds me of trips to my grandparents' house in Brewton, Alabama. They are both long gone now, but certain November days when the sun is shining, pine trees are casting shadows across their fallen straw on the ground, and the smell of burning leaves wafts on a breeze take me back to those wonderful Thanksgivings of my youth. Now I celebrate at my parents' house in Huntsville with my extended family in this area.

Looking at my downline manager reports in preparation for writing this newsletter was pretty exciting as I could clearly see that sales were picking up for most of you. In fact, 14 Cloud Climbers had sales over $150, and the top 4 had sales over $400!! Plus, more people turned in orders than have been doing so for the past few campaigns.

Laticia Moore joined our team recently, and Cheryl Webb rejoined us after a break. Ladies, I'm happy to have you both on our team and pray you will have much success with your businesses. Also, Candice Haze, who joined us in C22, Hit $100 for her second campaign in a row, so she gets the Second Campaign Bundle and banks another $20 to receive when she Hits $100 for her first 5 campaigns. Woo to the hoo, Candice!

Top Ten in Sales for C23

 1. Steffanie Erdelt
 2. Ruby Nunnery
 3. Darren Mannahan
 4. Rene Parker   PC
 5. Susanne Walters   PC
 6. Lacey Harmon
 7. Annie Watts
 8. Gladys Faulk
 9. Shawn Willie
10. Brenda TaylorHere are the Cloud Climbers on the District 1139 Leadership Board and their ranks: Maria Loza is #10 in Sales Increase overall and #3 in Sales Increase for non-PC reps. Susanne Walters is #10 in Recruiting overall and #8 in Recruiting for PC members. Ruby Nunnery is #4 in Sales for non-PC reps.

I've been posting several things in our Facebook Cloud Climbers group, but I'm not seeing many of you viewing those posts. For example, just today I have posted a link to Avon YouTube videos on makeup application that you can share with your customers. You might want to go to this link and "Follow" the group so that you don't miss anything that might be useful to increase your business:

Candice Haze, one of our newest Cloud Climbers, and Susanne Walters both had direct delivery orders placed at their eStores during C23. Congratulations ladies! Here are some of the coupon codes that are good right now:

When you sign in to YourAvon you will see that Avon will give you a free bottle of the new mark. fragrance, Sparkle, if you have $100 in sales at your eStore from November 4-10. Start sharing the link to your eStore today so that you won't miss
out on this freebie!

 Celebrating Avon Anniversaries this month are: Callista Motter (11/14, 4 years), Brenda Taylor (11/14, 4 years), Ashley Baldwin (11/21, 1 year), and Lacey Harmon (11/22, 2 years). I hope all of you continue to enjoy your businesses for many more years.

These Cloud Climbers will turn a year older this month: Amy Odell, Cassandra Brown, Virginia Washington, Suheidy Colon, and Brenda Taylor. I hope you are all treated extra special by those who surely must appreciate the fact that you were born, and I wish you all a happy birthday!!

Here is another tip from the Business Strategy handout I found recently:  Build a Repeat Business. Skincare and makeup products offer the best repeat sales because they are usually used on a daily basis. A skincare regimen consists of a cleanser for day and night, a moisturizer for day and night, and some type of targeted area treatment such as eye treatment or Clinical products for whatever the customer deems her most problematic area. Building a skincare business provides consistent sales to assist you in reaching your earnings goal. To help you "be the expert" on skincare, please take the skincare course on Avon University. If you have 20 skincare customers and 10 of those order every other campaign, just imagine how much repeat earnings you will have each month!

I'm off to do deliveries this afternoon. It looks like the sun will peek out just a little, but I actually find this kind of weather - overcast but not raining - perfect for delivering and customer searching.