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Job Interview Etiquette for Women

Job Interview etiquette

The Proper Interview Etiquette… If you are looking for a job and have an interview, there are some key things to remember before going in for the interview. In terms of interview etiquette, you need to give yourself the best chance possible to get the job you are interviewing for. Having a good first impression is important and you want to make sure you set yourself apart from other potential employees.

Attire: No matter what job you are interviewing for, whether it is through a staffing employment agency or a company, you should dress professionally. This means wearing business attire no matter what job you are interviewing for. You should carry yourself with confidence and reflect that in your clothing. Since your clothes are the first impression that you make, you should make it a good one. While you want the interviewer to focus on your skills and personality, what you wear will be consciously or unconsciously judged.

Preparation: As you prepare yourself for your interview, it is important to come with the right knowledge and documents. This means first researching the company you are interviewing for. You should be familiar with the actual job and what it entails. You should also know the history of the company, the mission statement and any other information you can gain from its website or other media outlet. You should come to the interview prepared to ask some questions at the end. You will more than likely be asked if you have any and it is a good idea to have something in mind before you arrive at the interview. You might also come up with more during the interview, which is fine as well. Even if the company already has your resume, it is good interview etiquette to bring several copies of your resume as well as a list of references. You do not want to be asked for any documents and come up short-handed. You are in competition with other applicants and you want to set yourself apart as much as possible by coming as prepared as you can.

Essentials: As you make your way to the interview, you should make sure you have plenty of time to get there. It is recommended to arrive a few minutes early and to be friendly to the first person you meet. Usually it will be someone at the front desk and they will often talk to the interviewer afterwards about what they thought. This is a great opportunity to be professional no matter who you meet. Once you meet the interviewer, you should have a strong and confident handshake. You should always make good eye contact throughout the interview. Your nonverbal cues can be just as important as what you say. You should talk yourself up and focus on your strengths and why you are a good fit for the job. It is sometimes difficult to talk so positively about yourself, but it is crucial to do so.

Going in for an interview can be a stressful experience. To lower your stress level, you should come prepared by bringing the right documents and doing the research needed to feel confident during the interview. By following these tips, you are sure to land the job you want.

{This post was compensated as a guest post from Link Vehicle. Photo credit to bpsusf.


Design Trends: Black & White, Zebra, and Pretty Prints!

“Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be cute!” – Laurie Noel Meek of Office Candy… As a professional organizer, Laurie Noel Meek had a super tough time finding a the type of fun, modern, and totally functional office and home products that she needed for her clients. So finally, she did what so many other women do when faced with a challenge that has no good solutions available – she started her own company! Office Candy has seriously cool gear that will liven up your office space, or any kids back-to-school supplies.

Zebra office supplies

Hot this Fall: Zebra print supplies for home and office

How much do you LOVE this stuff, right? Black and white is always a winning color combo – every year, every season. And these fun zebra print accessories just give it a little more pizazz! I’m totally going to have to pick up one of these great file folders – such a sleek way to carry my files to meetings with clients, or even just to Starbucks to work {you know, without a bunch of kids running around the house wild while I’m trying to think….Lol}. And since I’m a bit of a clipboard junkie – I use ’em for so many things to organize our home! – the pretty selection on Office Candy makes my heart smile a bit.

Office Candy designer office accessories

Life is too short to be boring!

One of my fave products from Office Candy is this stinkin’ adorable iPhone cover from Lilly Pulitzer. I am SUCH a big fan of Lilly Pulitzer prints – so pretty and feminine, yet still modern and right on trend. I adore this preppy color combo for summer – the pink and green are just so bright and fun. And it wears well – My cell phone goes through a ton of abuse, being thrown in purses and diaper bags, traveling, and being chewed on periodically by a toddler. {And yes, I have been known to spill a drink or two on my iPhone before. I claim that my phone is lush, and does it on it’s own. But that’s another story…} A few of the “pretty” covers I’ve used ended up looking worn out really quickly, so I had to stick with my industrial looking black rubbery cover to protect it. But – I’m very excited about this one from Lilly Pulitzer. Two months in, still perfect. {The pic above is what it looks like TODAY, after two months of use.} Rockin’.

Lilly Pulitzer office supplies

More Lilly Pulitzer Products

If you’re a big fan of Lilly Pulitzer too – check out some of the other fun supplies you can stock up on to make your office space a little prettier too! {And, wouldn’t a big basket of these goodies make an awesome gift for a new grad heading off to college this fall?} There are a couple of other prints to choose from too – all totally deliciously pretty like this.

Office Candy

For great tips on getting (and staying) organized, check out Laurie’s Blog, or sign up for her “Organizing Tip of the Day” weekly recap email on her Organizing site: And you can stay updated on new products and promotions by following her on Facebook and Twitter too!

And for more awesome office inspiration and ideas – check out my board on Pinterest!

{Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary product from Celebrity Baby Trend Expert, Rachel Florio-Urso to evaluate for consideration on this site – Only the best products make it onto Sunshine and Sippy Cups! All opinions here are 100% my own.}


$500 in Free Gifts to Power-Up Your Business: Today Only!!

She Takes on the World

A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose

Ok – this isn’t a book review. This awesome book just launched today – and I ordered it on Amazon first thing this morning. I was going to wait to share it with you guys until I’d read it, but there is a freakin’ SWEET bonus offer for today only – So I wanted to give you the chance to get in on this too. It is ROCKIN’!

$500 in Free Bonus Business-Building Gifts TODAY only:

Here are the gifts you’ll receive when you buy the book today, March 27th, all of which complement a chapter in the book:

  • Onward! Life Coaching Audios with Caroline Ceniza-Levine of
  • The Ultimate Toolkit for the Evolutionary Entrepreneur ebook by Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur
  • Access to Allison Maslan’s Interactive Life Coach software to create gorgeous vision boards and complements the Master Action Plan (MAP)™ you’ll create throughout the book
  • “Next Actions” Meditation with Julia Aspinwall
  • How to Be Happy: No Fairy Dust or Moonbeams Required ebook by Cara Stein of 17,000 Days
  • The Girl’s Guide to Web Design Mini Course by Amanda Aitken
  • “Move it, $hake it, Make it” is an incredible course you’ll get with Stephanie Pollock which is all about money, pricing + declaring your VALUE
  • The Confidence Manifesto by Ishita Gupta of Fear.less Magazine
  • “Don’t Budget, Bucket” Money Talk audio with Kiva Leatherman of Wise Women Network
  • Coupon for Craving Success by Melody Biringer, the Founder of The CRAVE Company, one of the largest networks for women entrepreneurs
  • The Host-Benificiary Marketing Worksheet from Chic CEO
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  • The Complete Guide to Vision Boards by Christine Kane, President of Uplevel You™
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This collection of resources, materials, and tools is worth over $500 bucks, so it’s ONLY available to people who purchase today. It’s her way of celebrating the launch of her new book. Very cool, right?

Are You ready to take on the world?

To get your package of free bonus gifts to power-up your business and your life, simply buy a copy of the book on March 27th and email your purchase receipt to so they can send them to you!

Buy it Now!! She Takes on the World – Available on

To get this amazing bunch of freebies, you have to buy the hardcover copy – but when you get to Amazon, it will tell you that it’s temporarily out of stock – but that’s ok! It’s just because there was such crazy demand for it today. Order it anyway, and it’ll ship to you asap when it’s in stock. AND, then just send that order confirmation to the email above, and you’ll still be able to lock in your access to the huge bunch of free business-building materials! Rockin! And don’t forget to head over to her Facebook page too – Lots of great info there.


$350 Cash & Prizes: Shop from Your Seat Showcase and Giveaway! {11/30}

Holiday Giveaway!

I am excited to be teaming up with CEO of Me, Inc and over 25 other family friendly blogs to bring you the 2011 Shop from Your Seat Showcase and Giveaway November 21 – 30th! You have probably heard of Black Friday and maybe even Cyber Monday, but we want to help spread the movement of Small Business Saturday. On Saturday, November 26, Americans are being encouraged to shop with a small business!

We are showcasing 24 fabulous small businesses and small business owners that can provide great Christmas gifts for your friends & family! You can shop from your seat and not on your feet as you support a small business!

Small Business Saturday

Something to keep in mind this holiday season is that YOU, the customer, are direct sales, handcrafted business and small business owners’ everything! Spending $100 at a BIG BOX store during the holidays won’t make a bit of difference to anyone. However, spending $100 through a home business owner for Christmas means their businesses can continue; it gives them their pay, provides for their families, helps them meet their personal goals, and helps them continue to do what they love without using harsh sales techniques. The big stores will not care about you the way they will! You mean the world to all of them so shop a home based, direct sales or hand crafted business for Christmas this year!

Our 24 sponsors are each offering some special sales and offers just for this giveaway! Be sure to click here to visit our Shop from you Seat Showcase & check out all the companies and their specials!

This is more than just a showcase, it is also a GIVEAWAY!

We want to reward our readers for being so supportive of our blogs (which are also small businesses) and we want to help you with your Christmas shopping too! We have over $350 in cash & prizes we will be giving away including gift cards to all 24 companies that are sponsoring this event!

Enter to Win!!

To enter to win, simply go through the Rafflecopter form below. There are numerous ways to earn entries and 28 total prizes you can win!
Thank you for supporting small businesses including this blog!

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Start Earning Today – Avon Gives You Unlimited Opportunities!

Want to Earn Extra Holiday Cash?

Avon has products for everyone – from the amazing Anew skin-care line, to the trendy cosmetics and accessories from Mark, to the new super-fun baby products in the Tiny Tillia line – even great stuff for guys too! Such an extensive selection, all at really affordable prices, makes it so easy to sell!

Tomorrow Starts Today! Start reaching your goals!

Whether you’re entering the workforce, returning after the kids are grown, or just want to be your own boss, becoming an Avon Independent Sales Representative offers unlimited opportunities. Even if you’ve never sold a product before, you can do it – with Avon. As the world’s leader in anti-aging skincare, fragrances and color cosmetics, we make it easy for you to sell and succeed, right away!

Earn from home, and earn online. Be your own boss! Learn more about the earnings opportunity of becoming an AVON representative and join today! Click Here to get started!

Why Direct Sales?

Direct Sales gives busy moms what they need most – flexibility and freedom! YOU set your hours. YOU decide how much you want to earn. And YOU run your own business, the way YOU want. If you’re interested in checking out some other amazing companies you can join – Check out the Direct Sales Directory! New businesses are being added daily, and you can access it easily whenever you visit Sunshine and Sippy Cups, just by clicking the Directory tab up top in the navigation bar.

Check out the Directory today – and find YOUR perfect fit!


Support Women in Business -Teach, Play, Inspire with Discovery Toys! #directsales directory

Introducing my NEW Discovery Toys Consultant Business to the Direct Sales Directory!

The brand new Direct Sales Directory will be launching soon – {Click the new tab in the navigation bar to learn more about it!} – and while I’m still in the process of building it, I’ve been introducing you to some of the amazing women who will be a part of it!

You’ve met Lucinda from ScentsyStaci from Arbonne, Hillary from Cookie Lee, and Breanna from It Works! – now you can learn a little more about my brand new adventure into Direct Sales as an Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys!

Coming Soon!!

My new Direct Sales Directory will soon be a great place for you to check out a bunch of different options, and find the company that is right for you! All of the women joining are total pro’s, and can answer your questions, and get you started on your way to success! Plus, what a great way to support other women in business – Do your holiday shopping by ordering amazing products directly from these great ladies!

Why Direct Sales?

Direct Sales is SUCH a great option for busy moms – you have total flexibility on your hours, which is so important. Whether you want to earn a part-time income, or build a full-time career for yourself, the sky is the limit! And when you shop from a Direct Sales Rep, you are able to use your purchasing power to help other great women in business!

Learn more about how you can Teach, Play, and Inspire with Discovery Toys!

When I decided that I wanted to make the leap back into the exciting world of Direct Sales, I did a lot of research trying to find the right fit for me – I wanted something that I could really get excited about. I had never even heard of Discovery Toys until I randomly came across it online, but I was so excited when I found it!

I love their Mission:

  • Teach – Discovery Toys creates highly engaging learning toys, books, games and music that help parents and others teach learning skills through play.
  • Play – Discovery Toys ignites the imagination and interest of children as they learn and grow through play each day.
  • Inspire – Discovery Toys inspires learning! Our products not only inspire children to learn, they inspire parents and educators to teach and learn along with them.

And I love the feedback I got from others!

Before committing to joining Discovery Toys, I asked around about them – since I’d never heard of them, and had no experience with the product, I wanted to know more. So many people told me the exact same thing – these toys are great quality, and unlike the cheap toys at some stores, these toys LAST! Many moms told me that their favorite Discovery Toys made it through several rowdy toddlers, still in great shape.

I have a friend who worked at a local childcare center, and she said these were some of their most popular toys! They were popular with the kids because they were fun, popular with the parents because they were educational, and super popular with the staff because – unlike off brand similar products that they would try – these toys were durable enough to last for years. That was enough to sell ME on them!

They have a long history –

The company was founded by an early childhood educator in 1978 and continues to grow from our passion for helping children through play. Today, we are the leader in learning toys for early childhood education as the foremost direct marketing company of its kind.

Discovery Toys has been helping parents to “Teach. Play. Inspire.” with our high-quality educational toys, books, games and music for over three decades.

Ready to Learn More?

Visit my Discovery Toys website to learn more about the great product selection – and find some new favorites for YOUR family! You can order some great gifts directly from the site – or email me at with any questions at all! You can also follow me on Facebook for updates on sales, promotions, and great giveaways!

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Discovery Toys already? What is your favorite toy?? If you haven’t experienced them yet…. what do you think of the company so far – would you be interested in learning more, or joining my team? Feel free to contact me with any questions! And if YOU are an enthusiastic and motivated Direct Sales rep – Learn more about the Direct Sales Directory, and email me if you’d like to join us in promoting our businesses too!


Support Women in Business: Welcome Staci from Arbonne to the #directsales directory!

Staci for Arbonne Direct Sales Consultant

Welcome Staci Gerardi from Arbonne to the New Direct Sales Directory!

The brand new Direct Sales Directory will be launching soon – {Click the new tab in the navigation bar to learn more about it!} – and while I’m still in the process of building it, I’d like to introduce you to some of the AMAZING women who will be a part of it!

Coming Soon!

My new Direct Sales Directory will soon be a great place for you to check out a bunch of different options, and find the company that is right for you! All of the women joining are total pro’s, and can answer your questions, and get you started on your way to success! Plus, what a great way to support other women in business – Do your holiday shopping by ordering amazing products directly from these great ladies!

Why Direct Sales?

Direct Sales is SUCH a great option for busy moms – you have total flexibility on your hours, which is so important. Whether you want to earn a part-time income, or build a full-time career for yourself, the sky is the limit! And when you shop from a Direct Sales Rep, you are able to use your purchasing power to help other great women in business!

Meet the lovely Staci, and learn why she LOVES her business!

I’m Staci Gerardi and I own an Arbonne business. I started using the Clear Advantage line when I was pregnant with my daughter, because my doctor made me throw out the chemical filled garbage I was using on my face (which wasn’t working, burned my skin and eyes and was plain gross). A family member had gotten her hands on the Clear Advantage line and shared it with me. The smell of Peppermint and no chemicals intrigued me, so I brought it to my doctor and he said ABSOLUTELY YES, perfect product for you. Honestly, I didn’t believe it would work. After two weeks, my skin was fantastic and after a month, totally clear. I never looked back, just kept Clear Advantage.

Getting Started in Sales…

About four years later, a friend asked if I knew I could start a business of my own with Arbonne. I laughed at her and said “Yeah right, not me, I hate selling stuff.” She looked at me and said “I’m already making money off of the people you talk about your love for Clear Advantage to. All you do is share how much you love it and send them to me now. Why not just open up your business and make the money for yourself?” That was my AHA moment. I started my business and never looked back!

Learn more about the company, and what makes it so great!

Arbonne is a totally Vegan company, it devotes itself to being PURE, SAFE and BENEFICIAL.
It’s free of harmful ingredients, all of the personal care products are formulated without animal products or animal by-products, human by-products, formaldehyde-donating preservatives, Petroleum-based ingredients (Benzene, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Toluene) and PABA. Nutrition products are all formulated without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, animal products, animal by-products, cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats. We’re also a GREEN company, using source reduction, using renewable resources on paper packaging, print with soy-based inks wherever possible and that there are post-consumer recycled content in all shipping cartons and plastic packaging whenever possible.

Why YOU should Join too!

Arbonne’s a top-notch company, with salon-quality products at affordable prices. Our products are highly concentrated and last much longer than store brand products. They treat their consultants like family, treat us like gold and reward each of us with amazing commissions, prizes, trips and bonuses. If you’ve got a family, this is the company to start your own business with.

For More Information:

To learn more about Staci’s Arbonne business, and check out some of the amazing products she offers, visit her website at today! If you have any questions, or would love to join her team, email her directly at And if you’d just like to stay updated on her great products and promotions, head over to her Facebook page, and say hello!

Are you in Direct Sales?

If so, I’d LOVE to hear from you! You can read more about how the Direct Sales Directory works – Celebrating Women’s Small Business Month – and email me at if you’re interested. Remember, I can only accept one rep per company, and spots are filling up fast! But I’d love to find some more great women to add to our group, so I hope to hear from you!