BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH STACEY FROM THE SCENT GURU
The 33rd blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Stacey from The Scent Guru.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: THE SCENT GURU – SOUTH CAROLINA’S FAVORITE INDEPENDENT SCENTSY CONSULTANT
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Rock Hill, South Carolina
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Scentsy Home Fragrance. This blog is in conjunction with my Scentsy business. I know there are a lot of Scentsy consultants with blogs, but most of them all look like commercials for the product. Since I adore Scentsy and love blogging, I decided I would write a blog with tips, tricks, scent reviews, helpful hints (and a few little Scentsy commercials) about the product. I love to blog, so I may start another personal type of blog in the near future.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: It matched my Scentsy website name.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: I’ve been blogging on and off for several years. I had one blog that was pretty successful but it was filled with negativity, sarcasm, vulgarities, and off the wall, inappropriate content for anyone under the age of 18, for a while. I was going through some personal anguish at the time (the unexpected death of my brother). I was venting out at the world. I’m not real happy with the content I was producing, so I decided not to renew my hosting subscription. The blog is gone for good. Like I said, I was in a really bad place.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: If we start with my very first blog called Waxy Ways (where I wrote wax reviews from independent vendors), I’d have to say, I’ve been blogging on and off since 2012.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: I find the most frustrating part of blogging is the whole social media circus of joining groups in hopes one person in the group will share your content, and then they’ll share it and they’ll share it, and so on. When I wasn’t blogging for business purposes, I never had an issue with coming up with something to write, because we live in a world where you can make a story out of anything; however, since my blog is strictly Scentsy, I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what to write that’s going to be different from the others who use their blogs purely for marketing purposes. That was never, and will never be my sole intention. I just don’t want to sound like a commercial. I read a lot of blogs, so I’m constantly trying to get some ideas. For instance, I decided to write a series on my income and my journey with Scentsy. I hadn’t seen anyone else do that (for a direct sales business anyway) and figured, what the heck; everyone can read my journey and watch me succeed or not succeed. Either way, I think it makes for a good read.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: Right now, I’m trying to get up content at least once a week (unless if there’s some new product or Scentsy sale, I may break in and do another during that week).
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes, I love them. I don’t love them for the sense they bring in more readers, I love them in the sense, I get to find new bloggers (like you) and new blogs to read (like yours). I don’t read books…teaser for answer below…but I adore blogs because they’re short and to the point.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: Writing what I want, when I want.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DOES YOUR GRANDCHILD CALL YOU: I wanted to be called “her royal highness” but my kids wouldn’t go for that. My second choice was “bubbie” because that’s what I used to call my great-grandmother, and I thought it was cute. My boyfriend (or common-law husband) said it sounded like an old Jewish grandmother, and since I’m a young-hip Jewish grandmother, I should pick something else, so I decided on g-ma (although Liam calls me grandma).
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: I only have one at the moment. His name is Liam Michael, and he’s 2-years old. He’s named after my brother Michael and born exactly 9 months after my brother died. Crazy freaky story, but that will be for another time.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: Not enough. When Liam was first born I saw him all the time, because the kids lived with my parents, but my son and daughter-in-law moved 40 miles away and over the state line. . Due to their work schedules, they’re off when we’re working and vice versa. I would say, I probably see him one–two times a month.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: Spoiling him and giving him all sorts of unhealthy junk food, like Pez, McDonald’s fries, etc..
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Divorced for 14 years (after a 20-year marriage). I’m now in a committed 10-year relationship with my boyfriend. It sounds so weird being in your fifties and calling your significant other a “boyfriend.”
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: Two sons. My eldest is 32 and my youngest is 29. My oldest lives in Florida and my youngest in North Carolina.
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: Currently, I work for a Federally Qualified Health Center in the capacity of a Compliance Officer. I love it. Most of the staff hate me because they think I’m trying to dig up dirt on them when that’s the furthermost thing from the truth. I don’t care what they do, just as long as they following company policy.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The worst thing would be all these weird and unusual pains that pop up, lasting weeks on end, only to vanish as quickly as they appeared. Oh, and the weight that is just coming on in the weirdest of places. I’m starting to look like the Pillsbury dough boy. The best thing about getting older – NO MORE PERIOD!!!!
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: A 12-pack of Diet Coke and a good joke.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Sarcastic, Ethical, Social Misfit.
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: 1. I’ve never been late to a meeting, appointment, date, etc…in all of my 53 years. 2. I recently learned how to draw by watching You Tube Videos. 3. I like to wear cute cartoon fuzzy pajama pants and Hello Kitty shirts when I’m home.
HOBBIES: Making handmade cards (I have an Etsy shop – Card Pirate Creations. Oops, shameless plug), mixed media artwork, and shopping online. I’m really good at the last one!
PETS: We have 6 fancy goldfish – Charlie, Satchmo, Captian Jack, Scallywag, Aye-Aye, and Matey (I have a thing for pirates as well).
FAV ICE CREAM: That’s a toss-up between Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food and Chunky Monkey.
FAV COLD DRINK: Diet Coke with Lime!
FAV FOOD: Olive Loaf. Yeah, I know most people think it’s gross, but there’s nothing better than bologna with green olives shoved in it!
FAV AROMA: Baked goods
FAV PERFUME: Aquolina Pink Sugar
FAV AUTHOR: The guy that writes the Chick-fil-A billboards. Like I mentioned before, I’m not a reader.
FAV MUSIC: None. I don’t listen to music. To me, it’s just annoying noise.
FAV TV SHOW: None. We canceled our satellite subscription around 7 years ago. When I did watch TV, I loved Snapped. Next question..what do you do if you don’t watch TV? Watch YouTube, read blogs, write a blog, do crafts and TALK!
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: Brady Bunch. I wanted to marry Peter Brady. Funny enough my boyfriend looks like him. S-C-O-R-E!
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: I was neither. I did wear Levi’s and plaid shirts all the time, so if I have to pick I’ll go for tomboy since social recluse was not an option.
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Spring! It’s not too hot and not too cold.
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: If I told you, I’d have to kill you. Only kidding. Nope, none that I know of. I’m very sarcastic; is that a talent?
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: The ability to dance and not look like I’m having a seizure.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Night owl when it’s not a school night (Fri & Sat, I usually don’t fall asleep until 2 am) During the week I conk out once my Benadryl kicks in which is usually around midnight.
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Lay in bed playing Fish Mania on my tablet.
MOVIES OR BOOKS: Neither
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Android. I used to have an iPhone, but I need to be able to personalize my phone and I hated every time a new version of the iPhone came out, mine would be slower than two snails racing in cement.
CALLING OR TEXTING: Texting. I hate talking on the phone. I think I’ve only used 2 minutes of my 400 minutes per month allotment.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: I can’t think of anything at the moment. I’m not one to really talk about myself and if there isn’t a prompt to answer, I become a sack of potatoes.
*Who will be the next featured grandmother in this series?
*You can see those who have been featured at the bottom of the this page.If you would like to be featured, you must first join our Blogging Grandmothers group at Facebook. Click here to join. Once you're approved as a member, let me (Grammy Dee) know you’re interested and we’ll get it set up.