50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGAfter you read this post you may start asking yourself, “is she working or playing?” I have been asking myself the same thing. I just got back from Glamour Day in Columbia, SC late Sunday night. This was a day of pampering from some of the leaders in Rodan and Fields. I was one of about 30 – 40 women who traveled from all over the south to attend this event. This was my second Rodan and Fields event that I have attended, the first being Las Vegas. I got to meet a lot of wonderful women who I had only seen come across my FaceBook feed. 50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThe event started at 10:00 a.m. and we arrived a little early to help with setting up. Honestly, Caroline Glenn had everything under control, she did a great job of coordinating all the details. As you arrived you were given a group number to try to keep everyone from overwhelming the makeup and hair stylists. I was in group 1 which meant I didn’t have to walk around with no makeup on all day. THAT was a good thing. Lol! Both makeup ladies were very nice, but I liked mine the best. Haha Carolyn from RockStar Beauty did a great job on my makeup. I had never had anyone put my makeup on before so I was a little nervous. I admit that I packed my makeup bag and brought it with me to the event just in case I needed to quickly duck into the bathroom and do some adjustments. Lol! Thankfully, I did not have to do that, but my Energizer Bunny friend was not as lucky as me. She did not have Carolyn as her makeup lady. I would have loved to have shared her photo, but I don’t guess that would have been very nice. However, it would have been funny!50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThere were three ladies doing hair, and all of them did a great job. I had mine done by Lauren who said she loved my cut. When I sat down, she said that my hair already looked great even though all I had done was wash it and dry it with a round brush. 50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGWe had plenty of snacks and drinks. I somehow didn’t manage to get a picture of the Mimosa’s, but I did manage to drink one. I had worried about having a massage because I can’t stand to be still and I am not comfortable with someone, other than Joe, rubbing their hands all over my body. Lol! Turns out I didn’t have to worry, the masseuse had to cancel at the last minute. I was not a bit unhappy. Hahaha!50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThis is my Energizer Bunny friend aka Leigh Ann. She and I had on a “lash” shirts and “lash” glasses in honor of the new product Lash Boost that was recently released from Rodan and Fields. 50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGAnd then the two of us became four. We laughed and said this is how we wanted our teams to grow.50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThe four soon became five.50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGAnd then we were at eight.50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGHoly cow, now we are at nine!!!50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGWhen your team expands to ten, you go a little crazy! 👭👪👨‍👩‍👧‍👦50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGI promise I wasn’t an oddball that bought the wrong color shirt. There were a lot of gray shirts at the event but they had all left by the time we got around to taking these pictures. Being different from everyone else is one way to get put in the middle of the picture. Lol!50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThis is a group shot after the event was over. We were the only ones still left, that tends to happen when it is time for the cleanup. The real reason that Leigh Ann and I were sticking around is because there was going to be a business opportunity session happening in about 30 minutes. We live in such a small town that there will not be any of these sessions coming to Grundy, and we wanted to hear what they had to say.50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGCaroline (in the lash shirt) did a great job getting everything together for the event. And Iris, in the brown, is the one who talked during the business session. While pampering was fun, I admit that the business opportunity session was my favorite part of the entire day. It was so inspiring to hear Iris’s story about how she got involved with R & F and how it has changed her life. Caroline shed a few tears when she talked about her job as a pharmacist. She was working 60 hours or more a week and not getting to spend any time with her family. I am still new to the “business” part of R & F, I got involved because of the products, so it was interesting to listen to Iris tell me about the company and about the doctors. When she talked about Proactive which is the number 1 acne selling medicine in the world and which is sold in 181 countries, I remember thinking how crazy it would have been if I had gotten in on that slice of the pie 20 years ago. Now that these same doctors are inviting me to join in with them, I am not about to miss out on that opportunity.50 IS NOT OLD | WORKING OR PLAYINGThis is what everybody at the event was buzzing about. On the tip of everyone’s tongue was, “do you know anyone in Australia?” The reason, of course, is because of the enormous opportunity to be on the ground floor of a product launch in a brand new country. The first consultants who come on board, stand to make a huge amount of money. Iris will be traveling to Australia for two weeks the first of December and will be conducting pre-signups. There is already a list of about 500-600 who are ready to take advantage of the opportunity. If any of my Australian (or Canadian) readers are interested in hearing more, please email me at fiftyisnotold@gmail.com

I was happy with my skin looking better, but I admit I could get used to all this pampering. My Energizer Bunny friend surprised my with a white, very soft and fuzzy, robe with R + F and my name embroidered on it. She also insisted on paying for my supper and the hotel bill. You can see that it was all “work” and no “play!” Lol!

So, I have been thinking about a “special” to run for the Christmas season. I have come upon two ideas! This will work for Plunder OR Rodan and Fields.

  1. 10% off any order over 50.00 (excluding the taxes and shipping) I will send you a check. OR
  2. Layaway. You would have to message me your items you wish to purchase. I would need a 20% downpayment, (Paypal preferred, but I can take a credit card over the phone) and then remaining must be paid by December 1st. The items will be then shipped to you.

To place an order for the 10% off with Plunder, go to www.plunderdesign.com/party/ts and go to www.tstephens5.myrandf.com to place an order with Rodan and Fields.

To place an order for the layaway, email me with all your information at fiftyisnotold@gmail.com

I appreciated all the prayers that you have said for my grandmother. Unfortunately, she passed away late Monday night, so I am traveling to Tennessee for the funeral. Granny was a wonderful force in my life and I loved spending the night with her. I am thankful for all the wonderful memories I have been left with and that she went peacefully. She was a wonderful Christian lady who was even my Sunday school teacher for years. She loved Butterfly pins, so all of the women in the family are going to be wearing a butterfly pin from her collection.

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  1. Oh Tania, as much as I loved your post and all you beautiful Rodan and Fields ladies, your Granny stole my heart! That video clip was precious and I think she dances better than me! You can just see what a delight she was! Keep the wonderful memories tucked in your heart. I love that the women will be wearing her butterfly pins – how very special. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Shirley. I hunted my pin out last night to make sure I didn’t forget to pack it. She was such a firecracker, she could out walk us, and out shop us way up into her 90’s.

    • Michelle M. Reply

      Shirley, I couldn’t have said it better! I’m so sorry for your loss, Tania.

  2. Tania I’m so sorry to hear about your Granny, I loved her dancing when you shared that lovely video with us. Sending love and prayers to your family at this sad time x

  3. Susy Shelton Reply

    My sweet Grandma will be celebrating her 102nd birthday this Sunday with all of our family! She is still spunky & lives alone. I will post a picture from the party. She is a Christian woman who was a pastors wife for over 62 years before my Grandpa passed away. Her name is Lillie 😀

  4. Tania, such a super cute post looks like so much fun and your hair looks absolutely amazing in these pictures.

    I am so sorry to hear about your Granny but you are so lucky to have had her so long – I still really miss my Dad an awful lot and he passed away almost 3 years ago.

    You are mentioning Australia – what about New Zealand? I come from NZ and will be there in January.

    xx Yvonne

  5. My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your precious grandmother. You and your family are in my prayers

  6. I am very sorry to read about your grandmother.
    And I am glad you had a great pampering day! We all need that from time to time!

  7. Doreen Bednarski Reply

    Tania, my sincere sympathy on the loss of your sweet grandma. I remember that video, I was so impressed with her the first time I saw it. Your entire family is amazing to me and you were so blessed to have been so close to your grandma. Sweet memories which will be treasures forever.

  8. My prayers go out to you and your family as you come together to honor your grandmother. Don’t have to many memories of both grandmothers. They died when I was young. I have been told many loving stories. My mother’s mother must have been a very patient mother. She had 13 children and they all loved her dearly. My dad’s mother only recollection I have is when we shopped with her at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta. Mom didn’t realize she had never stepped on an escalator. What a protest she made. She was from the north Georgia mountains. Also, thought you had to talk louder on a phone call from there so I’ve been told. We forget about how far my dad had come from those mountains to make a better life for us. I wish I could have known both Ila Bryd and Peicola better. Unusual names for two unique ladies.

  9. Julie Brashears Reply

    Tania, my grandmother was a wonderful Christian woman … I loved her so much. She had so much energy and always enjoyed taking me on great adventures. She was 95 when she passed away about 7 years ago.. I still think about her almost every day.

  10. Tania, I’m so sorry for your loss. Safe travels and I will keep you and her in my prayers.

  11. Tania, I’m sorry about your grandmother. My grandmother is a wonderful lady that is still going strong at 92. I love her and can’t wait to go see her again at Christmastime.

  12. Tania,
    So sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are very special and those of us that have them as long as you did are very very lucky. I have wonderful memories of both grandmothers and so wish they had been here to see their Cubbies win! Prayers with you at this time.

  13. So very sorry for your loss. My Grandmother was one of the greatest influences on my life and I still miss here everyday. It’s been 40 years but I will never forget her. You were so fortunate to have so much precious time with yours. Travel safely.

  14. Elizabeth Kay Pinder Reply

    Tania, I am so sorry to hear that your grandmother passed away. I had a great love for both of my grandmothers. I am named after my father’s mother, Elizabeth. She lived to 98 years of age. My other grandmother, Ivor Belle, died much younger, though I was very close to her and fond of her as well. My grandfather called her “Belle” but almost everyone else called her “Tucker”, which was her (married) last name. She was full of love, and had a generous heart and a knack for hospitality. God Bless you and your family at this difficult time. (You seem to be a beloved grandmother, yourself:)

  15. While it’s such a blessing to have wonderful family around for a long time, there is such a void when they leave us. I’m glad you have such great memories to keep your grandma with you. I love the butterfly pins.
    On a lighter note, I bought those eyelash glasses for my 3 older grandchildren for Christmas. I can’t wait to take pics of them.
    I have so many good memories of both my grandmas. Probably what has stayed with me the longest is that my maternal grandfather called my maternal grandma “angel mother”. All the time – that was his name for her. When my own dear mother died 3 years ago, one of my cousins comforted me by telling me that I now had my very own “angel mother”.
    A sincere hug to you.

  16. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I think grandparents play such an important part in our lives. They are the ones who pass on the stories, give the special treats and teach us what is important. My prayers are with you in the days to come.

  17. So sorry for your loss. Losing a grandmother that was such a big part of your life is difficult. My grandmothers both passed away much too early and I would certainly like to have more time with each of them.

  18. I’m glad you’re having a great time and trip. It sounds wonderful. I very much enjoyed the pics. I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. My grandmother is 97 and I had to move her to an assisted living this year. I am fortunate that she has lived alone for all of these years. Your family is in my heart for your loss.

  19. I’m sure your Granny is kicking up her heels in heaven! My prayers to you and your family.

  20. I have fond memories of spending the night at Both of my Mamaw & Papaw’s houses. Only one of my Mamaw’s is still with us. She doesn’t get around well but for the last three years, some of my cousins and I have brought back the New Year’s Eve tradition at Mamaw’s house from when we were little. She loves it! We play games, eat, talk, laugh & watch tv.

  21. Tania, I’m praying that the Lord will comfort you in the passing of your grandmother. I loved seeing her dance. One of my grandmothers wore butterfly pins, and she wore them on her shoulder. She sewed most of her clothes, and taught me so much about cooking and homemaking.
    I enjoy reading your posts each morning, and I love the devotions you do on Sundays. Blessings to you,

  22. So sorry to hear about your Granny. Cherish those memories. Traveling grace. Sending you peace, joy, grace and love.

  23. Glenda Braun Reply

    So sorry about the loss of your Granny. Loved her video.
    My Granny lived with us when I was small. She was a fire cracker. Everyone always tell me she is where I get my height from …..5 foot and quick tongue. Lol

  24. Tania, sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. My last surviving grandmother passed in 1995. I have their dining room furniture so I think of her often.

  25. Teresa Johnson Reply

    I had to do a double take…….your sweet granny looks so much like my sweet Mama that passed in 2015. She was always the life of the party, loved Everybody, and did the Lord’s work for 87 years. Miss her each and everyday!😢

  26. Kathy Terry Reply

    I will always adore my memories of my two grandmas, who were so different from each other. One was pretty sassy, and the other so family focused. My little red-haired grandma was barely five feet tall. When I was a child I was always the runt, and then I hit 14 and proceeded to shoot up nine inches, to 5’9″, over four years. I hadn’t seen my grandma for about five of those inches. I remember she rushed out to the car when we pulled up. I stepped out of the car and her face kept going higher and higher. Finally she blurted out, “I thought you were gonna be like me!” And we loved how she took us to Jack in the Box, where we got free balloons!!

    What a blessing to have had your granny for so long!

  27. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I was blessed to be close to both of my grandmothers, and especially close to one in particular. Because of that, I think I can understand how you may be feeling. It hurts our heart, even though we know that she’s in Heaven with all the family and friends that have gone on before. There are singing and laughing, telling stories, all in the company of our Lord. Still doesn’t make it easy for us, does it?

    Blessings on your sweet family and safe travels. XOXO

  28. Every time I read your blog, I’m thinking “I want to be her friend!” haha. Seriously, I feel like you would be the best lady to have next door… you’re so much fun!

    Thanks for hosting:)

    • So sorry for your loss. God bless her. You were very blessed to have had her in your life for many years. Unfortunately my grandmother passed away at 65 and that was 41 years ago. I still quote her “grannyisms” to this day. I was raised by my grandmother because my mother died at 38′ to say she made an impact on me is an understatement.

  29. I am also so sorry to hear of your loss and am praying for your comfort and safe travels. Thank you for your shout out and I appreciate you to pieces! XO Carolyn

  30. Charlcy Green Reply

    Oh your sweet grandmother is now dancing w/Jesus & all the beautiful butterflies! I really loved hearing about her & your memories! Such a special blessing to have your grandmother teach you Sunday School! I am sorry for your loss, Tania! My own Granny was a sweetie, but SO funny too! She was always playing practical jokes on everyone & such a hard worker, with never an unkind word! She’s been gone to her Heaven a long time!

  31. Karen Adcock Reply

    I’ve been without any grannies (either side) for a long time, but remember them often and smile! So happy you had yours for so long!

  32. So sorry to hear about your granny sweetie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. I’m very sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. You are in my thoughts. I lost my own grandmother in December. She was 94 and had been my “rock” since I was 6 years old. I’m the only granddaughter and she always made me feel very special and very loved. I always knew that no matter what life threw my way, my Mamaw had my back. She and my grandfather, who died in 1998, always treated their 5 grandchildren the same. They did not play favorites, and what they did for one, they did for all. Their “favorite” was the one who needed them most at that particular moment. I’m trying to carry on that same spirit with my own grandchildren and set as good of an example for them as my grandparents set for me.

  34. Rebecca Purdie Reply

    Oh I am sorry to hear of your grandmother’s passing. Grandmothers are the chances best!! I certainly miss mine.

  35. Prayers to you & your family. I have my grandmothers recipe box, I treasure it.

  36. So sorry for your loss, you were very blessed to have her so long.

  37. Kelly Rudie Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My grandmother passed over 20 years and I still miss her so much. She taught me to cook, bake and sew. We’d get together with my great grandmother and do nothing but bake Christmas cookies for the 5 days before Christmas. I miss that so much. Your family will be in my thought and prayers.

    Kelly Rudie

  38. Both my grandma’s were kind, loving and sweet women. I didn’t have either of them nearly long enough.

  39. I’m very sorry for your loss – she sounds like the grandmother anyone would be blessed to have. My grandmother was a sweet little thing, but her health was poor so she never really spent much time with us. The other one died before I was born. Now that I’m a grandmother I make it a point to have fun with my babies – they are so precious to me and I hope they will have good memories of their Nonna when they grow up!
    Your retreat sounds heavenly!!

  40. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman.

  41. Tania, I’m so sorry for your loss. You were blessed to have had your grandmother for as long as you did! She sounds like she was a pip!
    One of my grandmothers passed away almost 2 years ago and I miss her so much! She was an amazing “Pennsylvania Dutch’ woman with a strong faith in God. She loved to paint, garden, cook, play scrabble, read, sew, collect dolls, etc. In fact, my cousin once said, “grandma does more in one day than most of us do in a year!”
    God bless you all during this sad time. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  42. Michelle Castagne Reply

    My grandmother was a great business woman before her time. I admire her perseverance against the male dominant business she was in.

  43. Michelle Mosteller Reply

    My grandmother possessed a quiet strength. She was the glue that held together nine children. My fondest memories were Sunday lunches. She was an amazing cook. All of the cousins looked forward to playing softball together. Grandma was in her element when her family surrounded her. She passed when I was seventeen. I still miss her everyday.

  44. Jane McMillian Reply

    My Granny was the best! She cooked a porkchop and red eye gravey every morning for breakfast. No matter what kind of day I was having it was ALWAYS better after a little Granny time. I hope that I can be that kind of Granny to my grands. I miss her everyday.

  45. Sandra Hagins Reply

    I had seen that sweet video when you posted it some time ago and it was adorable. My condolences. My grandmothers hold a special place in my heart, although they have been gone for many years….😅

  46. My grandmother was the sweetest, most caring person I have ever known. People in our community loved to visit with my Grandparents, and if you didn’t visit with her in awhile, she certainly would let you know that you hadn’t. God love her, I miss her . She made the best lemon squares and peanut fudge. Condolences to you and your family.

  47. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to know any of my grandparents. They all passed away before I was born or when I was an infant. Feel like I missed out on a big part of life. So sorry for your loss. Thank you for the blog. It is the absolute best one out there.

  48. Tammy Dodson Reply

    My grandma made the best biscuits! She always gave me some dough to play with. I hope to share memories like this with my granddaughter Addie Jo. So sorry for your loss.

    • Your granny looked like a very fun,amazing,sweet lady I’m sure she’s dancing in heaven !I have great memories of my grandma !we would visit them on the farm and get to drive in the field (so fun when you are a kid)snap green beans ,ride horses, make blackberry cobbler with the berries we picked !she was a Christian also to top it off 😇love and miss her !

  49. I had a “mema” and she was wonderful!!Always ready to feed anybody at anytime❤️

  50. Beverly Taylor-Price Reply

    Loved my grandma and my granny to pieces! One raised 10 kids..the other 9 during the Great Depression. Dirt poor, but they had God and family, and they survived! When my life is difficult, I think of them and what they endured. “THESE are the women I come from”.. (Love that song!)

  51. Susie Peele Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss, but you have the comfort of knowing she is with Jesus! My sweet and precious grandmother passed away many years ago but the memories I hold dear to my heart are many. One thing I remember about her was that on every visit, she would always give me something, usually something small or maybe something she had cooked. What a special lady she was

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