3D+ Mascara and more!!!!

July 1, Younique made some UH-MAZING announcements!!! It was so exciting we actually broke the internet for some time… ok, well, maybe not the whole internet but it took about an hour for the video conference to take place because there were SO MANY excited ladies waiting to hear the Epic announcement, we broke something!!! HAHA!

Honestly, I LOVE our 3D Fiber Lash Mascara!!! I have wanted fake lashes for a long time but just couldn’t justify the time and expense, then I found the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara… and I signed up to sell it and the rest is history! Sooooo, on the 1st when Younique’s co-founder, Melanie Huscroft, announced they were rolling out an enhanced 3D+ I about fell out of my seat!!! How could they begin to improve on this amazing product????? Well… they have, and I’m stalking my post lady like crazy waiting for her to bring me my first one!! (I will probably need to do something nice for her… maybe she likes mascara too… )

new 3d plusThe new enhanced 3D+ will be available to the public July 15th BUT it you sign as a Presenter right now! Today! Ok, and maybe tomorrow too… well, probably for a few weeks you get not ONE BUT TWO 3D+ Mascaras in your presenters kit!!!! I swear I was jumping up and down screaming at my computer as Melanie was announcing it on our webinar!!!! Serious!!! Oh, and I will add that for a limited time with the TWO 3D+ Mascaras, they are offering FREE shipping on this purchase!!! Your own little mascara empire for $99!!! This may sound crazy, but MY mascara empire is taking Scott & I on an all expense paid cruise to Jamaica in October!!!!

There are so many things that I want to say about this company and my journey, (I promise you will hear more in blogs to come) but this company has been one of the most amazing leaps of faith I have ever ever taken. It has brought a fire and joy to my heart that I never knew was there… I brag that Younique’s missions statement is to UPLIFT, EMPOWER & VALIDATE women and this journey is far more than amazing mascara, all natural skin care products or incredible cosmetics, it’s also about sisterhood and success!!!

I promise to share my own pictures as soon as my sweet, awesome, mail lady brings me my very first 3D+ mascara!!! Until next time… here’s a quick little video on our “fiber lash effect” .. Younique Movement

 

2nd Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship

Vicki Lynne 1984

Vicki Lynne 1984

Last Thursday, May 7th, another scholarship at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, AZ was given to a graduating senior in memory of my sister, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.

It’s the second one we would give in her honor. Last years recipient, Anisa Jimenez, is such an amazing young woman, and I am so blessed that our families have grown very close over the last year. I have so much to share about her and will do so in a blog to come soon!

This year’s recipient was a young man. He is an aspiring engineer student and will attend the University of Arizona in the fall. His academic accomplishments, awards, leadership roles and community service spoke greatly about his drive and spirit. When my brother, Brian, saw that he played baseball it struck a sentimental place in his heart. My sister, Carie, loved his aspiration to become an engineer, it’s what my nephew would like to do do as well. So to say this candidate was chosen on his academic accomplishments alone would be untrue.

I called him the other day to ask permission to share about him on my blog. I was curious to talk to him, and honestly less than a minute into the conversation, it took a lot to hold back the tears. He started out by telling me that he and his sister went to Homer Davis Elementary, and that his mom taught 3rd grade there for a lot of years before going back into Special Education at another school within the Flowing Wells District. He said she had actually come to Homer Davis not long after Vicki had died. And, although, we have not made any requirements that a student attend FWSD from elementary school through high school to be awarded the scholarship in memory of Vicki, it blew me away that again this year we would unknowingly pick a recipient that had. He said that he had spoken to his mom about Vicki and shared his appreciation that we would believe in him to award him this scholarship in her memory.

My mom flew down to present the award to this years winner, Nathan Syers. We are honored to help such an amazing young individual again this year. We look forward to following you as you make your dreams come true!!

Here is a video of the presentation of the 2nd Annual Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship!

Thank you to all you who have helped our family this possible! I wish I could explain how deeply touched my heart is to honor Vicki in such a positive way and to help Nathan & Anisa make their dreams become their reality!

The last chapter…

An Opening Brief was filed by the defense in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday. 

The original file date was June 12, 2014 delayed to November 21, 2014, delayed again to March 12, 2015 and finally filed on May 11, 2015.  

It took almost 11 months to produce 99 pages arguing technicalities and reasons why Frank Atwood should not be put to death. Imagine the money the tax payers have spent in 333 days just for this brief? 

I am so relieved to have some sort of forward motion again…  for my parents, for my siblings, for my children, for my family, our friends… for our community.

But, I have to be completely honest here… I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that people actually get paid to defend a monster like Atwood. I know this may sound silly, but I can not imagine the time and man power it took to put together 99 pages of this crap!

And now… how many hours it will take the State of Arizona to rebut this…

On September 17,1984, Atwood hit my sissy with his car while she was riding her bike home from her best friends house. He drove with her in his car to the desert not far from our home and I can not fathom the fear she experienced on that ride. He sexually assaulted her. And, he didn’t kill her the first time, I know Vicki’s last words still haunt and puzzle him today… He would eventually bury her in a shallow grave in the desert… 207 days later only parts of her precious little body were found… placed in a small box and given to my parents to lay to rest. 

And more than 30 years later we are fighting him on technicalities. Nothing will change the fact that he brutally murdered this little girl in 1984. And I am confident that this brief will be the start of the last chapter in this book that has had no ending or justice for this beautiful little girl. 

Vicki Lynne Hoskinson, 4

Don’t forget Vicki Lynne.

Younique’s May Kudos and more!

It’s been 6 months since I joined Younique and what an incredible adventure it has been!!! To be honest, I signed up for the amazing Presenter’s Kit thinking I would enjoy the products and sell to a few family & friends! In the time since I joined, my amazing and fearless leader, Kelsey Stacey, has been an incredible mentor and support to my venture! She has brought together a great team of ladies, and the friendship’s that I continue to make will last a life time! I’ll brag about a few of them in blogs to come!!! 6 months later I have hit another promotion and can now call myself a Blue Status Presenter! May being the month of the Emerald, I am vying for the Green Status!!!! With all the great things happening within our company and with the support of my family & customers, I know I can!

Our customer kudo’s this month is a beautiful necklace with our mission statement “Uplift-Empower-Validate” engraved on it with the purchase of any of our amazing collections!

May's Customer Kudos is a reminder that we are a mission-based company. Purchase any collection and receive our Three Little Words necklace free. Www.hopeshautelashes.com

When the new collections were rolled out in March, I was so excited not only for the bundles that our corporate office put together but the new bags that come free with them… AMAZING!!!!! They have a pocket on the top for your brushes when you travel! My favorite is the About Face! I LOVE the BB Flawless & Mineral Concealer, they provide a great light-weight coverage! The Uplift Eye Serum is by far my favorite anti-aging serum, I even started putting it on my husband!

New Younique products! 6 new collection highlighting our new March releases! I can't even pick a favorite! And the new bags are money! Check them all out here: LashLoveSociety.com and inquire about how to get these half off or even free!

The other EXCITING news is we launched in Mexico on Cinco De Mayo!!!! We can now ship to our Latina customers and will welcome presenters this fall!!! This could be an amazing opportunity for anyone with a love for high quality cosmetics and a desire to have their own business!

https://www.youniqueproducts.com/RICHELESCHULTZ

This adds Mexico to this list of countries we are already shipping to: American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Guam, Fed. Islands of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, any military APO and/or NPO address, Palau, US Virgin Islands, United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

 

April 12th… 30 years later…

It’s hard to believe that time has gone by so quickly… 30 years is a long time, but this day is still as vivid in my mind as yesterday. My heart still aches the same it did that day… that pain will never go away.

I wrote the following a couple years ago and felt the need to re-share it again today. Thank you for those who continue to follow our case and support us as we fight for justice for my sissy.

Reflecting back on April 12, 1985

Today marks a significant anniversary in my life. It is a day that is forever etched in my mind, a day to reflect and a day to be thankful for.

On September 17, 1984, my 8 year old sister, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson, disappeared from our neighborhood. She had gone on her bike to mail a birthday card to our Aunt Lori for our mom. When she didn’t come home, I road my bike to find her. At that time, being 11, there was no doubt in my mind that she had stopped off at a neighbors or was playing with kids from the neighborhood and had lost track of time. We lived in a community and time when you left the house, played outside & people watched out for each other. Kids didn’t just disappear, and if they did it happened on T.V. and not on your street, let alone to your sister.

Vicki had been gone 6 months, 26 days…. or 207 days total. 

April 12, 1985 was a friday, and I was sitting in Mr. Abrams 6th grade core class. When the door opened and one of the ladies from the office walked in, I knew she was there for me.  Mr. Abrams paused, looking down and then up at me. He squeaked out the the words that I needed to gather my things and go to the office.

I sat in the yellow polyester cushioned chair against the windows that looked down the sidewalk and out into the parking lot. I was 11, and trying to understand the world that I had been thrusted into so many months before. There, in the office of the junior high school, everyone was quiet, and working just as hard at keeping it together as they were trying to act like they were working.

I can not tell you how long I sat in that chair in the window, but I knew when I looked over my left shoulder and saw my parents walking down the sidewalk it’s as if the world stopped.

They had found my sister….

Today, 28 years, 6 months and 26 days later, I can close my eyes and remember that day. The warmth of the Arizona sun through the window in the office, the look first on Mr. Abrams face, then on that of my parents, and the feeling of despair by those who surrounded me.

There are no words to express how incredibly grateful I am for the man who went looking for his dog that day and stumbled upon her remains, for at least we could have closure and lay her to rest.

If I had a penny for every time I thanked him, and those who gave so unconditionally those months we searched for her I would have enough money to buy the world.

Today, I miss Vicki just the same as I have in the 28 1/2 years it has been since she was taken from us. And I appreciate how incredibly blessed I have been in my journey between here and there…

**Our family has set up a Vicki Lynne Memorial Scholarship Fund at Flowing Wells High School where I graduated, and Vicki would have. If you would like to make a donation in her memory, you can do so by sending a check to:

Flowing Wells Unified School District

Attention: Monique Mata

1556 W. Prince Road

Tucson, AZ 85705

Flowing Wells Tax Id # 86-6003684

Please make sure you indicate that the donation is for the

VICKI LYNNE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

I am also doing a fundraiser, Be-YOU-tiful Lashes for Vicki!!!! 100% of my proceeds will be given in her memory to a graduating senior at Flowing Wells High School in May!! If you haven’t tried our famous 3D Fiber Lash Mascara or LOVE all natural skin care & beauty products you will LOVE Younique!!! Click the link to shop!!!

www.youniqueproducts.com/SBrandt/party/1716475/view

Apache Lake, AZ, Vicki & I

Apache Lake, AZ, Vicki & I

April is all about the Eyes!!!

Who would have ever thought I would be “blogging” about make-up & skin care?

I can tell you I am actually surprised myself!!!

When I joined Younique in November 2014, I hadn’t even tried the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. I had ordered it & a friend was leaving on vacation & bought it from me the day it arrived. I messaged Kelsey, who I had ordered it from & told her I had sold mine to a friend and needed another. We chatted about for a few minutes and then she asked if I knew they had more than just “magic” mascara??? I said, “No”.

About 30 minutes later I signed up to be a presenter, WHY NOT? $99 for $214 worth of makeup? I LOVE a good deal!!! I thought I would just sign up to sell to my family & close friends and get my make-up free!

My presenters kit came and then I was hooked…

What’s eye-some about April??? The Customer Kudos! The Easy on Your Eyes Bundle has 4 of our Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powders, a set of the “magic” Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara and the Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths! It’s $99 worth of product for $74 (… you know 74 is my favorite number right? I wish I could take credit for setting this corporate price!)

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Take a peek at this eye-mazing little deal on my site at

www.stephbrandt.com!

Do you have questions? You can reach me direct through my site or send me an email at stephanie@loveneverforgets.com

Have a fabu-LASH day!!!

Delayed until May 11th, 2015

Someone recently said to me “Can you ask the courts to change Atwood’s sentence to life in prison instead of the death penalty so you don’t have to go through this anymore?”

I said, “Sure, if I want to take the chance of him being a FREE man.”

“Why? I thought if we abolish the death penalty those guys just get life in prison…”

Let’s face it cases just like Vicki’s are classic examples of why the death penalty does not work. Delay after delay, appeal after appeal, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent, and heart ache with each step forward or back.

To honestly answer the question of WHY we don’t fight for life imprisonment for Atwood vs. our continued quest for the death penalty has nothing to do with closure for our family.

Based on the laws at the time of Atwood’s sentencing almost 28 years he would be parole eligible today. And, although I would like to think that a parole board would never grant him parole, I never dreamed in a million years that my family would still be fighting for justice for her 30 years later. The sheer thought of him possibly ever walking the streets as a free man is reason enough to continue my quest to fight for the death penalty.

For those who are under the impression that converting these ‘ol death penalty cases to life imprisonment would be simple and easy think again. It’s not.

Late yesterday we were notified by the Attorney General’s Office that Atwood’s defense team was granted yet another delay to file in their brief to the 9th Circuit Court until May 11th.

I realize that the defense is playing a game with time and lots of money. And, to try to express the frustration and anger is virtually impossible. The delay was well anticipated but the punch in the gut when you receive the news always feels the same.

What we will do is continue to push and fight for justice for a little girl who no longer has a voice. We will do our best to believe in a broken system. We won’t ever give up on her…

Don’t forget Vicki Lynne.

Vicki Lynne 1984

Vicki Lynne 1984

Grieving through the holidays

“This is the most wonderful time of the year…” I love what the holidays bring to our home. The traditions we continue to embrace, the time with our family and friends building memories and remembering the true meaning for the season.

But, I have to admit, it can also be the most difficult time of the year. My heart has ached in recent weeks as I have scrolled through social media and had a glimpse into the personal loss and mourning or struggles with illness that so many of my friends are going through. One who just lost his brother in a tragic car wreck, one whose young son is battling the ugly “C” word, one who will have her first Christmas without her mom, another who had to say good-bye to their family dog, one who’s husband is battling the ugly “C” word along with other’s who are living through another year without their grandparents, parents, siblings, spouse or best friend…

Grieving through the holidays is the hardest thing I continue to do in my own life. When one of my dearest friends posted pictures on Facebook of the beautifully decorated gravesite of my sister, I wept and memories flooded my mind of Christmas past, especially the first one without Vicki…

Vicki's Gravesite  December 12, 2014

Vicki’s Lynnes Gravesite
December 12, 2014

Such a bittersweet time of year.

So, as Christmas is approaching, my wish is that you take a moment out of your busy and hectic schedule to reach out and say hello. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, flash a smile to a stranger, but let people know how much you love them, no matter the time or distance between you. Take a moment to get on your knees and pray. Life is a beautiful amazing gift, no matter how hard this moment may be.

From my family to yours, I wish you all the very best this Christmas season.

Thanksgiving Traditions

ThankfulThis morning our girls, Madison & Mackenzie, woke up with pure excitement to see if our Elf on the Shelf, “Frankie”, had come back to us from the North Pole as he usually does each year on Thanksgiving Day. I love how excited they were as they raced around the house to find Frankie, yes, even Mady still believes in the magic of the season! We snuggle up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, anxiously waiting for Santa to show up and our holiday season is officially in full swing! Building traditions is so important to me, and today I got to witness how truly important it is to them too!

We will spend our afternoon with family and friends, eating, drinking, laughing and cherishing our time together. I hope that today, your day is full of traditions, love and laughter… building memories and enjoying all of your blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Delayed in the 9th Circuit… again…

Vicki & I, 1979

Vicki & I, 1979

March 12th, 2015 is the new filing date that the defense counsel in the case of State of Arizona v. Atwood, Cause # CR 14065 has to file in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stalled again in our fight to bring justice to Vicki Lynne. 

The range of emotions that come with yet another delay are hitting every scope of the spectrum. Trying to convince my logical mind that there is a reason for everything, to be faithful & trust in God’s plan and not let this consume my every thought and emotion is simply difficult…

And the questions are pouring in… Why another delay? How many more can he have? Why is it that the justice system seem to keep giving him all the breaks? How come others from death row who committed murder long after Atwood took Vicki’s life in 1984 have been executed but he still sits, wasting our tax payer dollars every day?

I can’t answer any of them… nor can anyone else, which is even more frustrating, and makes me feel even more helpless when all I want to do is bring justice to a little girl who’s life was taken far too soon… who was a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, a friend…

And while we face this delay, I also have to be realistic that the March date isn’t definitive either. Or the fact that our road is still very long, and there are no guarantees that new case law can come along and alter our path as it has in the past. But, what I can hope for is that in the grand scheme of things that our case will impact a very broken judicial system, and that maybe, just maybe it will help make legislative changes so that another family might not have to suffer this judicial hell the way we have.

So, tonight, I will do my best to smile through the tears and continue to fight for justice for my sissy…