Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



Congratulations, Susan!

Hi everyone, this is Sara taking over the blog.

Susan Nygaard recently achieved an incredible $1,000,000 in career sales, and we were excited to honor her at the home office on Tuesday for this amazing accomplishment. Susan was greeted by a standing ovation from Stampin’ Up! employees and enjoyed a fun reception featuring cupcakes—her favorite treats! She delighted everyone by accepting the microphone for a few moments and sharing her experience with her very first Stampin’ Up! workshop. Susan said that she was determined not to buy anything, but wound up purchasing $260 worth of Stampin’ Up! products. The rest, as they say, is history!

She and her husband, Lance, chatted with (and received hugs from) Stampin’ Up! employees, toured the home office, and helped to design a custom stamp set with one of our illustrators. And because Susan manages a very busy hospital pharmacy in her professional life, she especially enjoyed meeting with the supply chain team, touring the Distribution Center, and spending time with Stampin’ Up!’s information technology team. She also spent time on the pickline filming a video, one I can't wait to see!

The Corporate Team had the opportunity to enjoy dinner with Susan and Lance the first evening, and Sean and I were also able to accomodate Susan's request to tour Temple Square in Salt Lake City with dinner following. As you can see, we had a great time!

Congratulations, Susan! It was an honor to spend time with you, and we’re so grateful you're part of the Stampin’ Up! family!


Secretly Hoping 

Since we've been on our mission, I work with my designer to create birthday packaging unique to each of our family members. Then Shalae makes sure money is placed in the packaging and delivered to the birthday girl or boy.

When she asked me which was hers and which was Sidney's (their birthdays are a day apart), I was shocked! Shalae loves texture and the neutrals with a pop of color, so I was surprised she had to ask. When I texted to tell her which was hers, she replied, "I was secretly hoping that one was mine! I love it!

And I love Shalae!


Inspiring Quotes

As always, Sterling and I look forward to our church’s semi-annual general conference. It was truly a spiritual feast, and I didn’t want it to end! Aside from getting up yesterday and today at 4:30 AM (that’s right…it’s tradition for the young single adults to watch it live!) to get dressed in church clothes, we enjoyed watching conference with members of our branch and eating breakfast and visiting together in between sessions.

The talks and music were especially uplifting and inspiring, and the messages spoke to my heart. I laughed and cried, and I felt the Spirit testify of eternal truths. If you need a little uplifting, go to lds.org and watch or listen to some of the talks. It’s hard to choose, but two of my favorites were President Nelson’s and Elder Holland’s talks.

Some of the members of our branch wrote their favorite quotes from the talks on the board, and I thought you might like to see them too. Enjoy!


Stampin' Day with Friends

I took my September Paper Pumpkin box to the mission office the other day and asked if the other sisters in the office wanted to take a break and do a little stamping. Everyone excitedly answered yes, so Elder Gardner listened for the phone, and we enjoyed stamping and chatting!

The same evening, we all went to a Stampin’ Up! party, leaving the men to fend for themselves. Our gracious hostess was her usual self, making sure we felt welcome and had plenty of yummy food to eat while we stamped and visited some more! It was definitely a happy stampin’ day with friends! 


A Card for Patty

Last week Patty Bennett achieved the amazing milestone of one million dollars in career sales! It was a unique experience for me (Sara) because I was able to witness the countdown personally at Founder's Circle. She actually achieved this milestone in the company of many Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends. She told me they all cheered and celebrated with her, which had to be very cool. We always have an over-the-top card made to accompany flowers being sent, and I thought you might like to see Patty's card. She is very passionate about her flower garden, so I had her card made with that in mind. Congratulations, Patty!