February 21, 2018

Event Planning in 5

In my experience in planning corporate and recreational events, I have learned that it all comes down to five key elements when planning.

  1. Venue
  2. Music/Keynote Speakers
  3. Audio Visual
  4. Catering
  5. Decorations

For each of five areas, ask yourself five essential questions:

  • Do you have a specific {insert topic here} in mind or are you open to options?
  • Is {insert topic here} available on the dates at which you are seeking or are you flexible?
  • Does {insert topic here}  fit everything you have planned to meet the requirements of the event?
  • Is {insert topic here} within our budget?
  • Will my event suffer if {insert topic here} is not possible?

Once you are able to answer the questions in these five elements, everything else typically drives itself.

Happy Planning!

3 Ways Laziness Improves Your Health

You read that correctly.  Laziness, when used appropriately, can help you lose weight and have more energy!  How?  You ask…

Cooking Lazily

  • It takes a lot of effort to cook heavy meals.  You can save on calories and time by simply throwing some veggies and chicken on a grill.  This requires fewer ingredients and much less clean-up.  Save even more time by throwing the grilled chicken on a salad with some strawberries.  Here, the only thing you are cooking is the chicken!  For this to be effective, though, watch the dressing!  Covering your salad with a thick, creamy dressing nullifies the healthiness of the “salad.”

Eating Lazily

  • Fill your plate and then go sit down.  Odds are, you won’t get up for a second helping.  Studies show that people eat more when the food is in front of them.  Keep the food over on the counter and take the plate to the table. This helps control your portions and you intake fewer calories.  For even more impact, use a salad plate!  This is all the food you really need to have on your dinner plate to fulfill the caloric need in a meal but we have been conditioned to eat more.  We eat what we see.  See less food at your meal, see more results in your health.

Sleeping Lazily

  • Those who get at least 8 hours of sleep a night have more energy and greater focus in their days.  Study after study shows that sleep is imperative to good health.  Now, we just need to implement this!  If you find that you have have a lot on your mind at 10:30 p.m., write these items down on a piece of paper so you can get started on them tomorrow with a clear head and strong focus and go to sleep.  Your mind will be at ease as you have taken the step to write the task down and you have an excuse to head to bed.

If you implement these three tips into your daily life, you will have more energy and fewer pounds to lose.  Eat happy, stay healthy!

These tips are pulled from Getting Things Done and Eat Move Sleep.

Excel Shortcuts

I admit it.  I get a little too giddy when I see something, ANYTHING, that I can make into a spreadsheet 🙂

  • Social Media/Email statistics updated – Spreadsheet!
  • Husband and I keeping stats during Insanity fit tests – Spreadsheet!
  • Getting ready for the Fantasy Baseball Draft – Spreadsheet!
  • Family Budget – Spreadsheet!
  • Deciding our children’s names – Spreadsheet!  And no, I am not kidding here 🙂

And, oh yes!  Charts and graphs are a must!

Excel, in particular, and I have a long-term relationship that began several years ago.  We have evolved our relationship through upgrades, new computers, and even viruses.  But through it all, we remain close because one thing is clear: Consistency is part of Excel.  Though you may need to look in a new tab every once in a while, almost all shortcuts remain and are incredibly helpful in your spreadsheet needs.  (For the purpose of this article, we are working with PCs – I know, I know…  One day I will go to an Apple, but for now, my Gateway is just fine!)

Literally hundreds of shortcuts exist for your use.  You can Ctrl+Alt your way to some fun if you simply know where to look. ASAP Utilities has put together a full list of Excel shortcuts.  Click here and enjoy 🙂

Life-Changing Books

I read at least a book a month.  It started as a resolution years ago and stuck  with me.  Every so often, I come along one that seriously impacts my life in a very positive way.  I encourage you to check them out as well and see what they can do for you.

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath

  • This is both a book and an online assessment (I love!) that identifies your top five strengths and then defines them for you so that you have a better understanding as to how to use them.  It only provide you with your top five so that you can play up your strengths rather than focus on improving your, well, not strengths.  It also provides you with information that you can share with your friends/family/colleagues so that they to can benefit from your strengths.

The One Minute Manager – Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. & Spencer Johnson, M.D.

  • Incredibly easy to read, The One Minute Manager provides you with key tips as to how you can encourage others in a positive way to do their best.  One thing that I love about this book is that it is so practical for both home and work.  I have actually implemented these tips with my children.  The impact is amazing and immediate!  The book also includes a portion on how to do a one-minute discipline so that you are acknowledging when someone makes a mistake, but you identify it, express your feelings, and then move on.  It seems so simple because it is.

Eat Move Sleep – Tom Rath

  • I cannot express how much I love this book.  This as well includes an online assessment and is very easy to read.  (Notice a pattern?)  Here, Rath investigated (rigorously!) the best ways to lengthen your life.  These good habits can be placed into one of three categories: Eat, Move, and Sleep.  Literally, eating right, moving often, and sleeping soundly increases your energy, gives you a more positive outlook to your day, and provides you with more focus.  Rath includes several tips that you can download from your assessment and incorporate into your day-to-day life.  Another thing I love is that Rath is realistic.  He outright states that you will not do everything in the book, but if you are able to include a few new good habits into your day, you are taking positive steps to a healthier lifestyle.

The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

  • This book is full of practical ways to save and invest in your future.  Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!”

The Miserly Mom – Jonni McCoy

  • I fell in love with The Miserly Mom years ago when adding our first little Trudden to our family.  A theme in the books I love, McCoy offers straight-forward, practical ways that you can save money today rather than in five years.  Along with this, she teaches you ways of managing your funds in a fun, inviting way that makes saving fun!

Fonts, fonts, and (you guessed it) MORE fonts!!!


Here is a list of some fun sites where you can get lost for hours find amazing free fonts for your use. Have fun!!!

I may have gotten lost in these sites just by pulling the URLs – I think I have a little bit of an obsession.  It’s OK though as I am aware of this addiction 🙂

Now, go!  I have enabled your addiction as well.  Enjoy!

OK – so now that you have downloaded 893 fonts, let’s review the proper ways to use them in marketing 🙂  Click here!

Fonts that pack a punch

Fonts have amazing super powers. They can take something from Eh? to Oh Yea! in the matter of seconds. Used correctly, you can do a lot with the simple use of fonts alone. There are some key things to keep in mind when using fonts in your marketing, so be careful. Once you unlock this door, you need to be responsible or you could overwhelm your audience.

Here are some key tips when using fonts in marketing that I have found to be very useful:

    1. Know your audience.

      • If your target is college professors, more often than not, comic sans is not appropriate.  Use fonts that  feel professional.  The same is true when targeting marketing professionals.  You can be more whimsical here and have fun, but make certain that it makes sense and maintains a professional appearance.  You have just a couple of seconds to engage your audience with a visual… make it worthwhile!  Take the opportunity to ensure that they are reading what YOU select for them to read.
    2. Don’t overdo it.

      • Just because you have 459 fonts in your library does not mean that you have to use them all in one graphic.  Personally, I like to use no more than three fonts in any marketing piece.  {One serif, one sans serif, and one accent font.} It offers a sense of consistency while emphasizing the few pieces of information that I select for the readers.no-no
    3. Make it readable.

      • There are some very fun fonts out there – believe me, I know!  That said, some are just not legible.  Period.  I’m not suggesting NEVER using these fonts, but these should be reserved for emphasizing key words and phrases rather than scaring your audience away by over-use.
    4. Have fun with it.

        This is your art.  You do need to be happy with the product you design!  There is always a happy medium between you and your audience.  Take your time and enjoy the creative process.


Want more?  Click here for a list of my favorite free font sites where you can download literally thousands!  Make sure you have a good hour before walking down this path as it is quite scenic 🙂


Challenge for LIFE

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Do something that not only improves your physical health,
but also benefits the pro-life cause!


Sign up for an AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge between November 1-December 16, 2013 and a portion of the proceeds for each challenge sold by Andrea Trudden and Jeff Noll will be donated directly to the pro-life movement.

What is the 24-Day Challenge?

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The AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is designed to jump start your weight loss and break through that plateau. The first 10 days are about cleansing your body of toxins, preparing for optimal nutrient absorption.* During the Max Phase, days 11-24, you’ll give your body the best tools to achieve your next weight management goal.*

Go to AdvoCare.com/24DayChallenge for additional tools.

Note: This is not an AdvoCare sponsored fundraiser, but rather ours as independent distributors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in the challenge?

Each 24-Day Challenge includes:

~ One box of Herbal Cleanse – choice of Citrus or Peach
~ One bottle of OmegaPlex®
~ Two boxes of AdvoCare Spark® – Various Flavors
~ Your choice of one box of Meal Replacement Shakes – Chocolate Mocha, Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry or Vegetarian Dark Chocolate
~ Your choice of one box of MNS® Max 3, C, or E

Can you describe the cleanse?

The cleanse is best described as calm and uneventful, so there is no need to fear the word “cleanse.”

On Days 1-10 of the 24-Day Challenge™, you will take three products (Herbal Cleanse, OmegaPlex®, and AdvoCare Spark® Energy Drink Mix).  These products, in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise help to rid your body of toxins and prepare your body to better absorb nutrients.* This isn’t the kind of cleanse where you drastically reduce calories or consume only liquids – this is the beginning of a healthier lifestyle!*

As with any diet or exercise regimen, please consult your doctor before starting the challenge.

Click here to learn more about the Cleanse Phase.

What is the difference between MNS Max 3, C and E?

Metabolic Nutrition System – MNS®
During the Max Phase, you can choose from three Metabolic Nutrition Systems which all provide sustained energy, appetite control, core nutrition and overall wellness.*

If you’re not sure which system to use, AdvoCare recommends beginning with MNS® Max 3, which provides you with a foundational level of appetite control and energy.* For a higher level of appetite control you can choose MNS® Max C†, and for more energy you can choose MNS® Max E†.

All three formulations include: CorePlex® (our multivitamin), OmegaPlex®, ProBiotic Restore™ Ultra, thermogenic components and additional wellness supplements.

Click here to learn more about the Max Phase.

Can I eat?

The great thing about the challenge is that it is not necessarily a “weight loss challenge,” but rather a “health and wellness challenge,” so you are eating throughout the 24 days. There is not a strict menu you must abide to, but there are some suggestions to maximize your results. We focus on a large variety of lean proteins, vegetables and complex carbohydrates as well as a variety of snacks. Click here for more information and some tasty recipes.

How much does it cost?

It really depends on you!  Depending on what you purchase, the price may vary.  There are discounts available to receive 20-40% off this price.  We would love the opportunity to talk about these discounts with you.  Simply call or email us and we are happy to answer any and all questions!

Click here to create your custom 24-Day Challenge.

Discounts?!?  Tell me more!!!

There are great discounts, but we really need to talk to you about them in order to make sure we get the best option for you.  Contact us and we will gladly tell you all about them!

Andrea Trudden

Jeff Noll

How can I pay?

We accept all major credit cards only.  To ensure quick and precise delivery, we are placing all orders through our official distributor websites in order to guarantee a safe transaction so you know your money is going where you intend.  No cash or check please.  Thank you for your understanding.

Do I need to start the challenge right now?

While there is no time like the present to jump-start your health and fitness goals, we understand life.  You are able to start the challenge on your time (New Year’s is right around the corner!  You can start 2014 on the right foot and lose those holiday pounds).  In fact, if you click here, you can customize your own calendar along with a companion workout DVD, Can You 24 (24-minute workouts).

We designed the Challenge for LIFE during this time period to prepare everyone for the holiday pre- and post- season.  It is truly up to you!  The only requirement is that for the funds to be donated to the pro-life movement, the challenges need to be purchased between November 1-December 16, 2013.

How can I maximize my results?

If you follow the daily guide and exercise at least five times a week, you will certainly notice a difference in how you look and feel. While every person’s outcome is different, the average loss is 10 pounds/10 inches. Make certain to complete the Fitness Assessment before starting your challenge to monitor your results. You will be encouraged!

Click here and customize your own fitness calendar along with a companion workout DVD, Can You 24 (24-minute workouts).

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Can I participate in the “Challenge for LIFE” through AdvoCare.com or my local AdvoCare distributor?

The Challenge for LIFE is not an AdvoCare sponsored fundraiser, but rather ours as independent distributors, so to participate in this particular cause, you must order through either Jeff Noll or Andrea Trudden.

Which pro-life organizations are being supported through this initiative?


Focus on the Family® and Heartbeat International®

How will the funds be used?

With your purchase of a 24-Day Challenge, you provide:

  1. 38 women informed through benevolent resources at pregnancy help organizations – free, informational resources that counsel and educate pregnant women who are at-risk for abortion; and
  2. 5 calls answered through Heartbeat’s Option Line – a 24/7/365 hotline that answers calls from frightened young women in English and Spanish to connect them with their local pregnancy help center so they can find the support they need when facing and unplanned pregnancy.

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Contact us and get started today!

Andrea Trudden

Jeff Noll

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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3 easy (and natural!) ways to boost energy

I wanted to share with you some quick tips on how to naturally boost energy to help get you through the day.

1. Eat right (and often!)

A high-protein diet of small meals about six times a day will keep you going strong all day long.  A handful of almonds will take you far! Click here for menu ideas.

As hard as it can be some days, do NOT skip breakfast!  This can be easily done.  Click here for some fun (and quick!) ideas!

2. Laugh, silly!  

It is proven that if you have a little bit of joy to brighten your day, everything (including your energy!) is boosted.  You are more confident, more effective in your job, and simply more happy 🙂

“A good laugh raises your blood pressure and boosts heart rate, too, which can pump you up when you’re feeling sluggish,” says Robert R. Provine, PhD, author of Laughter.

3. Move it

According to a study in Personality and Social Psychology, a 10-minute walk will rev you up for up to two hours!

Of course, if these aren’t working for you, we can always find a way to Spark you up!

Another option is to get you started on a 24-Day Challenge.  This is a way to provide your body with “smooth energy” all day long with the added benefit of losing weight and inches!

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