A Celebration of Love and a Cure

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month so The Marriage Studio will host “A Celebration of Love and a Cure.” There is a suggested donation of $10 per person, and all proceeds will go directly to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. The pancreatic cancer organization representative will be on-sight to take donations. Join us at The Marriage Studio’s venue at the historic Front Street Lofts in downtown Dayton for an evening of wine, appetizers, music and mingling. We will have a raffle for a romantic couples Basket among other perks, including wine gift baskets from Brandon Snell’s Soroca Imports (which features fine Moldovan wines). This is a chance for you to experience what The Marriage Studio is all about, have a fun time with friends and meet new people, and help a tremendous cause! The event will also unveil The Marriage Studio’s new space, which is also part of the elegant Moth to a Flame photo studio! Feel free to visit www.themarriagestudio.com

and please do not hesitate to share this event and invite your friends!

Event Location:  The Marriage Studio

1001 East 2nd street  Datyon, OH  Suite 1120

Event Date: Friday November 4th,  2016

Event Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

Click on link for event details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1557204417638649/

 

Erica Aspacher

 

Dayton, OH Boudoir Photography Studio wants ALL ladies to do this!!

Moth to a Flame boudoir photography studio wants EVERY women to be able to experience how it feels to be sexy and beautiful!  The ladies of Moth to a Flame have been in the business for a LONG time.  Best friends with a passion united 5 years ago in order to bring a fun, sensual, once-in a lifetime experience to the women of Dayton, OH and the surrounding areas.  As professionals turned stay-at-home moms they know how easy it can be to loose oneself in the craziness of family life.  ” We strive to help every lady that comes through our doors “get their sexy back”, says Erica (makeup artist and co-owner).  No matter what your age you can do this and they want to prove it to you.  “We are for REAL WOMEN because we are them”, says Amanda (photographer and co-owner).  Recently the ladies of Moth to a Flame have revamped the way they do business.  “We want every lady to be able to come to us and have an amazing experience, so we adjusted some things.” says both ladies.  Check out Moth to a Flame’s updated website today:  www.mothtoaflame.com

Learn more about these friends and their passion here:  http://www.mothtoaflamephotography.com/watch-a-shoot

Contact Moth to a Flame for more information through the website or call 937.683.2003.

Moth to a Flame is in a beautifully renovated studio located in the historic Front Street Building in downtown Dayton, OH.  1001 E. 2nd St., suite 1120  Dayton, OH 45402

Author:  Erica Aspacher

 

Restored photo of an intimate and happy 1950s wedding inspires the debut of The Marriage Studio

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The Marriage Studio is located inside of the Historic Front Street building in Dayton, OH.
The Marriage Studio-Downtown Dayton wedding venue.
The Marriage Studio-Downtown Dayton wedding venue.

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Restored photo of an intimate and happy 1950s wedding inspires the debut of The Marriage Studio
October 06, 2016
Dayton – Resting atop a lace-covered table in a setting that is reminiscent of a 1950s-esque living room in small town America, a black-and-white photo of a newlywed couple illustrates a simpler time, one that the mother-daughter duo of Kim and Erica are capturing for couples at their intimate wedding venue called The Marriage Studio.

In the photo, taken in 1954, Kim’s parents stand outside of a judge’s home in rural Mississippi – her mom adorned in a dress, hat and gloves; and her dad in a suit and tie. That image, defined by their beaming smiles and excited anticipation for their life ahead, is what inspired their daughter to create a nostalgic, romantic and cozy space where couples could wed in a memorable ceremony that is not costly.

“We restored my parents’ wedding photo for their 60th anniversary and listened to their fond recollection of that day,” said Kim, who has a detailed background in marketing, sales and special events in the hospitality field. “The ceremony was held at the judge’s house and the guests were my dad’s best friend and his best friend’s wife. The entire wedding cost them $20, but it was not about the grandeur of the event. It was about a meaningful and lasting marriage, not an elegant wedding.”

The photo initially sparked Kim’s idea for a comfortable vintage studio where couples could have a customized ceremony in a nostalgic spot without the expense of an enormous wedding, and the launch of The Marriage Studio is timely. According to a recent study by BRIDES magazine, the average wedding today tops out at $26,522, not including the honeymoon. Many couples do not splurge for that level of extravagance, but even typical smaller ceremonies eclipse $10,000. Simply put, weddings in those price ranges cost 25 to 50 percent of a median household income.

Another moment that spurred Kim to debut The Marriage Studio was when she learned that a female colleague and her fiancé were getting married at the courthouse because they could not afford the expense of a wedding. There was a three-week waiting list at the courthouse, though, and when it happened, the ceremony was not held in a romantic setting.

“The Marriage Studio represents the option that is more personal and memorable than a courthouse setting, and more convenient and dramatically less expensive than a larger wedding,” Kim said. “A growing number of couples want to create a lasting and meaningful marriage without the hassle of big debt from a big ceremony.

“When my parents were married, the focus was on the celebrating the beginning of a lifelong marriage instead of an elaborate event,” Kim explained. “At The Marriage Studio, we host memorable ceremonies that embrace the romance and nostalgia of those old-style living room weddings in a historic and inviting ambiance.”

Located in the historic Front Street Lofts in downtown Dayton, The Marriage Studio features 1,000 square feet of space with wood-planked floors and antique décor, including the photo of Kim’s parents from 1954 that sits on the lace-covered table.

The Marriage Studio offers three wedding ceremony packages. Couples can make the space their own by customizing options that make the space uniquely theirs.

The three packages are:

The Quickie

This package option provides access to The Marriage Studio space for a “quick” marriage ceremony. More personal than a courthouse wedding, the “quickie” keeps the focus on the couple and included a champagne toast. The Marriage Studio’s in-house licensed wedding officiant, Jeff Louderback, can be on site promptly. The cost is $125, which includes the wedding officiant.

Uniquely Simple

This package option is $500 and features two hours of space time, cake service for 15, one bottle for a champagne toast, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, a floral cake topper and access to the Front Street Lofts grounds for photo backdrops. Couples can bring their own officiant or hire Jeff, who is a professional writer and author and will write and deliver a customized ceremony.

Simply Grand

This package option is $1,000 and provides four hours of space time, the officiant, cake service for 30, beverage service (coffee and water), one bottle for a champagne toast, a bridal bouquet and boutonniere, professional makeup for the bride (on-site, airbrushing, and false lashes) from Erica, a floral cake topper and access to the Front Street Lofts grounds for photo backdrops.

For more information about The Marriage Studio, visit www.themarriagestudio.com.

Don’t Give Up on Your Skin!!

Over the years I have been plagued by  health issues that have had my skin, well, up in arms to say the least.  At the age of 19 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, both reeking havoc on the hormonal balance inside my body.  Beyond weight gain, mood swings, and exhaustion I was also blessed with terrible acne.  Needless to say at 19 these things were not easy to swallow.  My Endocrinologist was very helpful in getting me the right medications to help me manage my symptoms, but it did NOT happen over night.  By the age of 23 I was able to get back to my normal weight and properly manage it with diet and exercise, manage my moodiness (most the time…lol), and get my energy back. But the one thing that I was really never in control of was my acne.  Sadly, acne for me became a way of life…I tried everything!! I tried every over the counter face-wash and topical treatment. I had tried Rodan and Fields, nothing!  Some seemed to help, but never got rid of it completely.  I went to the dermatologist, several times.  I was prescribed Retin-A, Tazaroc Cream, Antibiotics, and even Accutane…to NO avail!!  I had spent hours on regimens and tons of money, it was terrible!  After my first baby I developed brown patches, sometimes referred to as “pregnancy mask” and Melasma which I later learned was exacerbated by the sun but caused by hormonal imbalance in the body.  So YAY, now I was dealing with acne and brown patches, both stemming from my hormonal imbalances from Hypothyroidism and PCOS.  I was frustrated to say the least. Now I had two babies, acne, brown spots and NOTHING was working.  I was 36 years old when I was introduced to a  skincare line called Luminesce.  It was the first time I had ever heard of Stem Cell technology.  Adult, Human stem cells harvested from liposuction fat and in petri dishes growth factors were being grown. These growth factors covered 200+ issues; acne, wrinkles, brown spots, dullness, elasticity, and more…it sounded too good to be true. But what did I have to lose?  So I decided to try it.  And guess what?  It worked!  It really worked!! After 7 days of using the simple 3-step regimen my acne had completely cleared up and my brown patches had started to fade.

My personal results. Brown patches, discoloration, and acne GONE!!
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I was ecstatic, I had NEVER had these kind of results and certainly not this quickly.  I am very happy with my results, so happy in fact, I decided to share my experience with anyone that will listen.  The company that produces this amazing skincare line, Luminesce, is called Jeunesse.  This company, Jeunesse, is revolutionary in its use of Stem Cell Technology to help in the rejuvenation of the skin, in all ways. Jeunesse is an entire Anti-Age company whose goal is to help you look on the outside how you feel on the inside…so it’s not only giving you a truly one-of-a-kind stem cell based skincare line, but also providing its consumers with a unique line of products including Nutrition and Weight Management products.  To see Jeunesse’s entire line of products use this link:  https://sayyeswitherica.jeunesseglobal.com/en-US/

To wrap this all up, this skincare line has changed my life!!  My confidence is up, the time I spend on my makeup is down, my poolside routine is simple (no makeup, no problem), and I feel good inside my skin FINALLY!!  I recommend this line to EVERYONE…no joke!  I am a freelance makeup artist and I literally can’t stop telling ALL of my clients about it.  Want more info about Jeunesse’s skincare line Luminesce?  Use this link:  https://sayyeswitherica.jeunesseglobal.com/en-US/luminesce/

 

Keep up with all of my blogs and posts at:  http://www.sayyeswitherica.com/

Thank you for reading!

~Erica Aspacher

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2-Minute Miracle Beauty Cream!!

Instantly Ageless is changing lives.  I’ve seen it first hand.  The results Instantly Ageless provides its users is truly not found anywhere else. If you have under eye bags then you know how hard it is to get rid of them.  You also know how under eye bags can ADD years to your appearance.  The product also is great for forehead lines, crows feet, large pores, and other creases on the face. The results offered by Instantly Ageless are not permanent, results last 4-8 hours and can be reapplied at any time.  This is Jeunesse’s ONLY cosmetic product to date, but this Anti-Aging power house of a company is providing its customers with the highest quality products to help the aging process go as smoothly as possible.  For more information on Jeunesse and all of the ANTI-AGING products available visit:  https://sayyeswitherica.jeunesseglobal.com/en-US/

To watch a LIVE demonstration of Instantly Ageless visit my website:  http://www.sayyeswitherica.com/instantly-ageless.html

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If you have searched everywhere for a solution to under eye bags then LOOK NO FURTHER!!  Try it, what do you have to lose?  Each box contains 50 sachets, each sachet has enough cream for 2 uses (depending on the size of the affected area).  In total each box contains up to 100 applications (keep the unused sachet in a zip-lock baggie so it doesn’t dry out overnight) which is a lot of product for the price.  Instantly Ageless Retail price is $74.95, Wholesale price is $44.95, and Preferred Customers can get 2 boxes for $109.  If you want to become a preferred or wholesale customer, contact me through my websites “contact me” page.  If you know of others that suffer from under eye bags, then share this good news with them!!  They will love you for it, I promise!!

BUY NOW!!  https://www.sayyeswitherica.jeunesseglobal.com/en-US/instantly-agele

For any other questions or comments, again, please reach out to me through my website: http://www.sayyeswitherica.com/contact.html

Take care and God Bless!!!

~Erica Aspacher

10 Habits of Highly Effective Networkers

On my journey to financial freedom and personal development I am saying YES to a lot of great Networking events.  This past week I had the privilege of attending a really inspiring luncheon at a local restaurant.  Besides talking with several fabulous ladies I also learned some great tips from a top leader inside of Network Marketing.  The speaker called them the 10 Habits of Highly Effective Networkers.  I will list them all and then give a quick overview of each.  Enjoy!!

  1. Develop People Skills

Assert yourself positively in all settings. Don’t run the show!  Don’t be a me monster.  Make sure to ask questions and be a GOOD listener.  Be professional (appearance, be on time, do what you say you are going to do).

2. Exercise Honestly and Integrity

A really great book suggestion:  “What You Do When No one is Watching” by Henry Cloud

3.  Set Goals

Be a PLANNER.  Make a daily plan, a weekly plan, a monthly.  Actually WRITE it down, put it in a calendar or planner and STICK TO IT!  Make a list!!  I myself love to MARK off my list with a big marker… I like seeing what I’ve accomplished and quickly be able to see what I still need to do.

4.  Make and Keep Commitments

If you say your are going to call someone, call them!!  If you are going to send someone a message with information, SEND it…in a timely manner.

5. Learn to Contribute

It is so important that we give back.  We were not put on this world to TAKE TAKE TAKE.  In order for our lives to turn smoothly like a wheel we must keep our lives in balance.  Try filling out the Wheel of Life Diagram.  Here is a link:  https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm

6. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

People enjoy being around others that are full of life and energy.  Take God’s happy pill—EXERCISE!  Exercise and movement are so important to keeping yourself motivated and energized.  People will respond to your energy and see your spark.  Eat a well balanced diet, take your vitamins, and take care of yourself!

7. Work Hard

Look toward the long term BUT always CELEBRATE small successes!!  There will always be work that needs to be done…that IS a good thing.  Besides leading you to your long term future goals, it also makes you stronger, keeps you nimble, makes you a better leader.  Get out there!!  Go after what you want!!  Work hard for it!! and remember NOTHING fun happens inside of your comfort zone.

8. Learn to Prioritize and Organize

Learn to organize your life.  Organize your desk, your home, your car, etc. all the places that you see EVERYDAY.  When these places are cluttered they cause you unnecessary stress that takes ENERGY away from your goals.

9. Follow-up Effectively

I’m sure by now you have heard that “the fortune is in the follow-up”.  So make sure you follow up with each prospect.  In general, a person will need to be exposed to a product and/or opportunity 5 times before making a decision.  So DON’T give up!!

10.  Maintain a Positive Attitude

Your energy will be felt by those around you.  Yes, we all have bad days, we all have NOs, people will be skeptical…but remember your WHY and stay positive!

 

I hope that is has been helpful!  I am having such a great time inspiring others to go after the life that they want…TO LIVE A LIFE OF DESIGN.  Keep an eye on my website:  www.sayyeswitherica.com and follow me on facebook at Say YES with Erica and Instagram at Say Yes with Erica.

 

Author:  Erica Aspacher

 

For My Mom…For All Moms

Seeing as this is my very first blog and it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, I thought it was meant to be that I write about MY MOM!  Where to begin?  I mean she has been in my life, well, forever so there are just so many memories. So I think I’ll focus on the things I have implemented into my parenting. That’s a good place to begin.

If you know my mom or any of my family, you know that they DO NOT EVER want a child to be upset or cry.  So I find it really funny that I was such a terrible baby.  From the stories that I’ve heard all my life I was NOT a happy baby.  I didn’t sleep, I needed constant entertainment, and I didn’t want to be without my mom. And yes I cried a lot. Then I would hear the silly things they would do to keep me happy.  I often thought, “I’ll never let my child run my life!”  My mom used to sleep with me almost every night as a baby, and when I wasn’t in her bed she used to hold my hand through my crib slats just to catch a bit of sleep.  I get it now because I had a baby JUST like me!  I tell you what we did everything we could think of to keep her from crying!  When I hear my mother tell these stories it is always with a smile on her face and she’ll sometimes say that she misses those days and comment about how fast they went by.  I’m sure I’ll say that someday.

I’ll never forget those times when she would practice my spelling words with me.  She would sing the spellings. She made it so fun, and in doing so I actually remembered how to spell them! Her method made me a talented speller.  Honestly, I didn’t even realize how much that affected me until my daughters started having spelling tests of their own.  All of the sudden, I’m singing the spelling of each word, and they are singing along and acing the tests! It’s so FUNNY how these things sneak up on me!

I didn’t even realize my mom’s significant influence on me until I became a mom. There are many more stories like this, but now I must skip to my high school days. That’s when things got REAL!  One of my favorite stories is about the swim team.  I hated swim team! For some reason my mom didn’t let me quit. I guess I was pretty good, but for me the passion was NOT there!!  I would complain at every single swim meet. I was a brat!  I guess I was about 14 when she finally had enough.  I was complaining (as usual) that I didn’t want to be there, I hated this, (blah blah) and then I said, “I wish I had a broken bone or something so I didn’t have to do this anymore.”

So I remember my mom saying, “Ok then” (we were standing at the top of a flight of stairs at the time) and she shoved me with her foot towards the stairs.  OH MY GOSH, I was shocked! Did she really just try and push me down the stairs. My mind was reeling! First thing I did was tell everyone that my mom tried to push me down the stairs; she tried to break my bones. I was very dramatic about it of course.  You know what?  I knew she didn’t shove me hard enough to ACTUALLY make me fall down the stairs, but I was happy to tell everyone she did. I guess I just didn’t want to face the truth – the truth being that I did have a talent, but I just didn’t have the DESIRE!  I often think about that situation now that I have my own kiddos, and I bet I would do the exact same thing.  She wasn’t perfect, but in this situation that was exactly what I needed to snap me out of it!  It may not have been the TYPICAL approach for some parents, but for me it worked.

Let’s not forget when I brought my boyfriend home. Yes, you know the one no parent ever wants to meet.  I was 16, and she insisted that we spend some time at the house so that she could evaluate him.  I was in love, so I was happy for her to meet him. In my eyes, he was perfectly imperfect.  It was great! He walked in wearing his dog collar, sporting a chain wallet, and wearing a wife beater that showed off his very large sunshine tattoo.  I bet she wanted to die.  But she was cool as a cucumber. She was very nice to him.  He said some phrases like “cool, man”, and “peace out,” and he maybe even called her “dude.” Oh my, I am cracking up right now as I type this!

After he left, she said that his tattoo was creative and that he had a nice smile.  Nothing negative, but looking back now, she knew that anything NEGATIVE would only make me want to be with him more. She was smart!   I could go on and on about my teenage years, but then this blog would become a novel.  So I’ll just go on and say this.  In my darkest moments of my teenage years – when a lot of people thought I was nothing but trouble, going down the wrong road, out of control (you name it, they said it) – my mom NEVER agreed with them, she NEVER gave up on me, she ALWAYS said to me that she had faith in me and she knew who I really am.  She gave me confidence in myself to make better decisions.  She guided me without pushing.  She trusted me. She was amazing-exactly what I needed-  always has been, always will be.

Now listen, it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses. She’s made mistakes, and I’ve made mistakes, but at the end of the days, she is my best friend!  She was the first one to the hospital when my babies were born, she would die for my kids, she is an ear when I need to talk (and we talk EVERYDAY; she talks to ALL of her kids everyday), she is my biggest cheerleader, she makes me laugh, and she raises me up.

When I’ve had enough of being the maid, the cook, the taxi driver, the fixer, the shouting posts, and the unacknowledged dweller of the house, I stop and think about my mom.  And yes, I probably didn’t give her the credit and love she deserved when I was a child or a teenager, but the appreciation I feel for her now is overwhelming!  Every day, it becomes more and more obvious the impact she has had on my life, and every day I am grateful!  So to all of you mothers out there that feel like me and sometimes think what we do goes unnoticed, please listen when I tell you it WON’T go unnoticed forever! I thank God for my mom. She is truly a gift.

“As is the mother, so is her daughter” Ezekiel 16:44

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Author:  Erica Aspacher