The Logistics of an Army Life


Our Scentsy for Adoption fundraiser is turning out to be a big, fat fail.

Just to give you an idea, our very optimistic goal was to get $10,000 in Scentsy sales. That would raise roughly enough to cover our Home Study, adoption classes, and USCIS fees. Currently, we have 1.4% of that.

I’m not really a terribly pushy person (except when it comes to S. He’d tell you that was a huge lie, but let’s be honest here: I am a Jewish wife and mother. Enough said?), and so I feel really awkward shoving this down people’s throats. But, I guess if I want to make this successful, I had better get pushier about it, right?

We had thought this would be a great time to do this particular fundraiser because Scentsy makes such an awesome gift for the holidays. When I learned about Scentsy last year, I was a little skeptical. I loved my candles and couldn’t imagine giving them up for something that plugged into the wall. And yet, it took five minutes to convince me to give them up.

  • I can’t forget to blow out my Scentsy warmer and have it burn down my house while I sleep.
  • I don’t have to worry about my small child tipping hot wax on herself or burning herself on an open flame.
  • Scentsy costs less than Yankee Candle or Slatkin and Co. The upfront cost of buying your warmers is more, but once you have a warmer, it isn’t going to burn away leaving you with nothing. This was a huge selling point for me. Once I have a warmer, it’s only $5 a “candle” from there on out.
  • The scents are pretty fantastic. Some of them are even so strong, you don’t have to warm them to make the whole house smell wonderful.

My big warmer. Love that it goes with my antiques.

E’s warmer. It lives in her bathroom and is seriously prettier in person.

The plug-in we have in our bedroom.

Just ordered this one. It’s new! I was so excited to see one that would match the other big one. Now I just need to decide where to put it…

Just ordered this one, too. I love snowflakes, and thought it would be appropriate for our adoption… Plus, I needed a birthday present for myself/

The warmers are getting even prettier and more fun, too. There is seriously something for everyone. Some of my new favorites:

Wouldn’t he be great for a reading nook?

Perfect for Thanksgiving, isn’t he?

Another great fall warmer. I really love this one.

Um… hello?!



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12 comments on “Fail

  1. Tracy Logan
    November 26, 2012

    Awe, I wouldn’t say that just yet. But yes, as awkward as it is to ask for donations or for people to buy something, it’s something that we have to do to raise the money. I have a puzzle fundraiser and a friend bought two earrings on my Etsy site that bought her three puzzle pieces. This week I plan to email everyone I know, one by one, with the fundraiser details. I do want to buy from you to help support your fundraiser but wanting until payday, so just know mine is coming soon. I know it won’t be close to what you need but it will be something to help out. I just have to figure out if I want a warmer or a plug-in one…hmmm.

    • quartermisses
      November 26, 2012

      I’m just frustrated. A lot of the adoption blogs I follow seem to do much better at this kind of thing–they somehow manage to raise $30,000 in two weeks! I know a lot of this has to do with having a big church congregation to fall back on–something we don’t have–but it sure makes me feel like a failure! It just feels like we should have been able to do better than $550 in 3 months :(. Every little bit helps, though, right?! (Or, I’m going to keep telling myself that!). Speaking of, I need to visit your etsy shop…

      • Tracy Logan
        November 26, 2012

        I’m with ya on that. I read them too going “man, if they can do that why can’t I”, then I post the fundraiser on Facebook and G+ and…..*crickets chirping*, but again I haven’t really tried with people on a more personal level so I can’t say it’s a failure yet until I’ve tried 100%. Yes, every bit helps. Right before this response I was working on my email and it’s tough – I’m not good with words – but I’ll get it eventually. I saw on your fundraising site a catalog that has things that the website doesn’t seem to have. Are those items in the catalog available to order or have they not been released yet? How long does the fragrance last?

      • quartermisses
        November 26, 2012

        Scents last 40 hours or so. I don’t warm mine all the time, so I usually get a couple weeks out of a small, square inch piece of scent. Some last longer (the really strong scents)–the gardenia scent lasts MONTHS. The ones I posted are all in the ordering portion of the site. The pumpkin and turkey are both under Scentsy of the Month and the rest are under the warmers sections. If you’re having trouble finding them let me know and I will send you a link to each individual one (also, you can email Stacey and she’ll help you out. She’s used to me being all “duh… huh?”

        And I thought the same thing! If they can do it, so can I! Blah. I might try the more personal side of things… Or ask my mom to put it in her Holiday card this year :-p

  2. nevercontrary
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on nevercontrary and commented:
    A friend of mine from college is doing a fundraiser to adopt a baby, check it out!!

  3. Julia Almeda
    November 26, 2012

    So I know we haven’t talked since high school but I follow your blog… Anywho… Try posting the owl one on your Facebook… I can share the post since I did graduate from Kennesaw. Never hurts to try :-)

    • quartermisses
      November 26, 2012

      I will do that tomorrow! Good idea! The hubby graduated from KSU, too, so we know a lot of people between us!

  4. Katy
    November 26, 2012

    I flitted across Never Contrary, saw an owl, and that was that. I am excited to read the rest of your story – I, too, am from a military family and I have a heart for special needs. If my credit card wasn’t accidentally frozen right now, I would be buying that owl warmer, stat. Meanwhile – sending warm wishes and the best of luck your way!

    • quartermisses
      November 26, 2012

      Thank you for the warm wishes! The owl is pretty cute, isn’t he??

  5. am032889
    November 26, 2012

    Interesting story. Don’t give up so soon though! I am the same way with my business at times, I feel like I don’t want to be too pushy when selling my jewelry but you have to do what you have to do!

    • quartermisses
      November 26, 2012

      I know I need to step it up a little, I just wish I didn’t have to :(

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