The holidays are upon us, and we find ourselves looking for that special gift for someone or for some great stocking stuffers.

Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, will share some of her ideas for holiday gift giving, and she’ll even have some gift sets available for purchase (some already wrapped).  There are gift ideas for any price range, too.  There are some lovely fragranced hand creams (Vanilla Berry and Vanilla Mint) as well as some yummy lip balms.  Add to those a special “Winter Wishes” shower gel and body lotion set — and there are also four really fun Eye Color Quads (Sandstorm, Black Ice, Autumn Leaves and Chai Latte).  The colors are simply beautiful.

So if you’re stumped as to what to get for someone’s stocking (or a little extra gift), come hear some fun holiday ideas from Chris on Thursday, December 4, 2014 (from noon until 1:15 pm).  Chris will stay after the meeting for a time if anyone has any questions or would like to take some products home.

As always, there will be a few prize drawings!

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant, Mary Kay Cosmetics

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Julie Clark will be sharing some of her favorite tips for purchasing a handbag or purse that suits all of your needs, as well as some very specific ideas for keeping that handbag organized for good!

Julie is a wife, mother of three grown sons, two daughter in laws, and is fan of all things organized. She holds a BA degree in Home Economics from Western Washington University and is a member of NAPO. She has owned and operated Organized at Last for over 15 years and is passionate about helping people create emptier, fuller lives.

See more at her website,

Today is also her kickoff for 30 Days of Simpler Holidays. Follow her on FB or Instagram.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Julie Ckark, Organized At Last

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | November 19, 2014| Comments Off

“Home” can look very different for different people and it is important to have the right insurance to cover your unique situation.

Types of homes:

Standard “stick-built” home with standard sized-family, mega home for ultra-wealthy or very large families, mobile home, home in course of construction, condo, home you rent out to others, home you rent from another – all require specific coverage and have certain limitations.

For traditional stick-built homes, insurance coverage is segmented into different coverage areas:  Dwelling, Separate Structures, Personal Property, and Liability.  The Dwelling amount is the driver for most of the other coverage limits.

It is important to know what is not covered in your policy.  Flood, earthquake, wars, civil unrest are often excluded.  Also many personal property items have maximum limits that may need to be modified beyond the basic policy for some families.

It is important to take the time to talk with one’s agent to make sure the features of your home are being properly covered or understand what is not covered so that there will not be surprises during the claims process.

When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Julie Farrow, Julie Farrow Insurance Comapny

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$54 for a Cut & Color with Megan Davis ($108 value) 

Megan Davis at The Looking Glass Salon

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In this talk, I’ll briefly go over what supported employment is, what my role is as an employment specialist, and why it’s important to employ persons with disabilities in our communities.

I work for a non-profit agency called Work Opportunities. It has been around for over 50 years and started in Seattle. It expanded to Whatcom County in 2007 and has provided vocational services to adults with disabilities ever since. As an employment specialist, I work one on one with clients and try to match them to an appropriate career for their interests and abilities. I try to match the employer’s needs with the client’s in an effort to build sustainable relationships.

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Amanda Hodgins, Work Opportunites

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If you have a skeleton, you can learn to play the piano.  The secret to playing the piano beautifully and feeling energized at the same time comes from body alignment.  Come hear some practical tips on posture that apply not only to playing the piano, but to everyday life. 

Piano teacher, Mary Walby, founded Discovery Music Academy, LLC in 2011.  A commitment to excellence and a strong technical foundation are the cornerstones for having fun at the piano.  They offer piano lessons to ages 7 and up, beginner through intermediate.  For more information visit or call today for an introductory lesson: (360) 527-9626.

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Mary Walby, Discovery Music Academy

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | October 22, 2014| Comments Off

Find out the “order of operations” for buying real estate in today’s market and why it pays to hire a Realtor. When you need financial & tax law advice, you use the services of a Certified Public Accountant. If you need a hair cut, you go to a licensed hair stylist; for a massage, to a licensed massage therapist. When you need to buy or sell real estate, consult a licensed Realtor.

Julie Carpenter has been helping people build financial and personal success through real estate ownership since 1995. She is President of Julie Carpenter Real Estate Inc. and does business as a Realtor & licensed broker with RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. in Bellingham.

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Julie Carpenter, RE/MAX


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What is art? Is it just replicating what we see or is is something more? Why is art important to human beings? What does it give us? This is my art and this is why it’s important to me. I will share my portfolio with the group as well.

123 Fine arts : 1. Original art work by yours truly. 2. Prints of my work 3. Commissions. Gallery shows and online sales.

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Rhiannon Rosenbaum, 123 Fine arts

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The World Health Organization(WHO) and the National Institutes of Health(NIH) have recognized over 40+ conditions that acupuncture is effective in treating.  I will discuss how all can benefit from acupuncture even if you have no pain or other primary complaint.  Acupuncture can increase your vitality and help you be the best version of you.

Amber Kreiger, L.Ac. is now seeing patients at Murry Chiropractic & Associates, 412 Girard St. Bellingham, WA 98225.  Call to set up an appointment or a free consultation at (360)734-9525.

When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Amber Kreiger, L.Ac., Murry Chiropractics & Associates
Member | General, Meeting Speakers | September 24, 2014| Comments Off

While balancing my checkbook is something I learned 3 times before graduating high school, not once was I educated about credit.  This enlightening talk today will go over the fundamentals of credit and how to improve your credit score quickly.  With an animated instructor and some fun visual aids, this is a talk not to be missed!!

Security First Mortgage Inc. is a locally owned and operated company in Whatcom County since 1986, and Danielle has been with them since 2005.  Our mission is simple – offer a broad range of programs, money saving options and personalized service.  We want to provide the needed information and tools to educate and empower our customers.  We are committed to caring for our neighbors and making a positive difference in our community.

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Where: WWN weekly lunch meeting
Presenter: Danielle Rosellison, Security First Mortgage

Member | General, Meeting Speakers | September 17, 2014| Comments Off

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