Agenda

See the Becoming 2014 agenda.

With three main focuses for the weekend, Becoming Creative, Purposeful, and Frugal, we have broken these into three tracks. You can mix and match at will, choosing what you desire to learn about the most.

Each speaker is an expert in their field, and eager to share their passion with you. Don’t worry, some of the topics will be repeated, ensuring you can hit on your top choices.

Remember, you do not sign up for these.

Becoming Frugal

We all need to save more money, and there are lots of ways to do it.  You can be a local coupon queen or just choose to save money where you can, so you can spend on what you want.

We will cover beginning and advanced ways to save, including creative ways to put money aside, budgeting, meal planning and freezer cooking.

Becoming Purposeful

Many of us fly through each day with lists to get done that we never complete.  It’s time to live with intention and purpose.  Remember what you started all this for, and refocus on creating organization and intention in a very chaotic world.

Whether you are single or have a house full, understanding your long term vision is key.  Whether you desire more encouragement on mothering, living on purpose or organization, these days seem long, yet the years are short, so be blessed by the wisdom of those who have maneuvered these waters for decades.

Becoming Creative

HGTV has revolutionized the way many of us think about decorating, but how can we bring that creativity to our own homes?  Be inspired and encouraged with the notion that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

From experts in DIY and home decor, you will learn how to cast a vision for your own home and find inspiration everywhere. The best part is that all this can be done with just pennies on the dollar.

Friday August 8th

Special Workshops – additional registration needed

12 pm – Special Workshops Registration Begins

1 pm – Re-finishing Furniture with Maison Blanchemaison
Sponsored by Maison Blanche 

 

2 pm – Crafting Workshopelmer
Sponsored by Elmer’s

 

2 pm – Cake Decorating WorkshopbiloSponsored by Bi-Lo and ColorMaker

 

3:00 pm – Photography Workshop

Official Start of  Becoming 2014:

3 pm – Becoming Registration

5-6 pm – Dinner

6:15 pm – Welcome

                   Key Note

7:45-8:30 pm – Session #1

Family Supper EVERY Night is Possible
(Christy – The Southern Plate)

No more excuse, no more guilt. Christy will share tips, tricks, and recipes to help you put supper on the table no matter how hectic life gets.

Defining Your Style
(Rhoda – Southern Hospitality)

Do you get confused at all the design styles that are out on the internet and blogs and how to effectively use the inspiration in your own home? Do you sometimes get lost on which direction to go and get caught up in the trends? Rhoda from Southern Hospitality has been honing her style for years and will help to steer you in the right direction. She is a firm believer in furnishing the bones of your home with classics, but that doesn’t mean stuffy. Filling in with on-trend accessories and vintage items will round out a home in the best possible way. She’ll be sharing tips on shopping for the basics of your home and filling in with yard sales and thrift stores. Finally, how to use those items effectively in your own home, creating an eclectic, comfortable (yet beautiful) place for your family.

The Qualities of a Well-Loved home
(Edie – life{in}grace)

Learn 7 easy steps to create a home you love. All attendees will receive a free eBook on hospitality that is chocked full of great thoughts and ideas for your home.

Clutter Free Forever
(Ruth – Living Well Spending Less)

While most of us dream of being more organized, actually getting that way can often be a challenge. In this practical, encouraging, empowering session, Ruth Soukup – author of the popular blog – Living Well Spending Less – will share her four life-changing strategies for living clutter-free forever. If you struggle with too much stuff, not enough storage space or trouble keeping it all straight, you will not want to miss these concrete tips for how to permanently rid your life of clutter and create the organized home of your dreams.

How to Cut Your Grocery Budget in Half
(Jenny – Southern Savers)

What would you do with an extra $300 in the budget each month? Learn how to save 50% or more off your grocery and household purchases. Grab pasta for 10¢, cereal for 75¢ and toothpaste for FREE! Even if you need a special diet, you can save significant amounts on everything in the store. We’ll cover basic and advanced grocery savings tips that will easily cut your budget in half and keep more of you hard earned dollars in your pocket.

The Keys to Building a Strong Relationship with Your Children
(Rachel Van Eerden)

Through encouragement and honesty, Rachel will give you a unique look at the steps she’s taken to build, nurture, and develop deep and meaningful relationships with her children. While mothering is not always a perfect or easy road, Rachel, along with her four older daughters, will have a fresh perspective for you.

8:45 pm – Girl’s Night In
Girls Night In cvs Sponsored by CVS and Allstate

Saturday August 9th

6:30 am – Zumba

7:15-8:15 am – Breakfast

8:30-9:30 am – Large Group

Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale? Hanging on to humor when life doesn’t go the way you planned.
(Kelly Swanson)

Join us as award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker and author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale” – Kelly Swanson – takes us on a hilarious and powerfully motivating journey to a happier ever after. Kelly’s See/Believe/Do approach will help you understand and create the life you want, cultivate the attitudes and inner scripts to help you reach your dreams, and encourage you to develop a plan on action. Her powerful stories, charming characters, hilarious comedy and take-off-the-face-and-get-real approach to life makes for an unforgettable show that has charmed audiences and tickled funny bones from coast to coast, from convention halls to cruise ships. For more about Kelly, visit www.kellyswansonet.

9:30-9:45 am – Break
9:45-11:00 am – Session #2

Overcoming Depression – How to Stop Digging Deeper and Deeper and Learn to Claw Out of the Pit
(Christy – Southern Plate)

Christy shares what she has learned during her years of battling depression and how she finally learned to overcome it.

The Qualities of a Well Loved Home
(Edie – life{in}grace)

Learn 7 easy and inexpensive ways to create a home you love. All attendees will receive a free eBook on hospitality chocked full of great thoughts and ideas for your home.

Get the Look for Less
(KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms)

Looking for easy, inexpensive ideas on decorating your home on a budget? KariAnne from the home décor blog, Thistlewood Farms, shows us how to create simple, beautiful projects without breaking the bank. Join KariAnne as she shops “the side of the road”, yard sales, thrift stores and dollar stores to create projects like stamped spoon handles, a spool bookcase, a bicycle wheel clock, a burlap vase and many, many more. Her enthusiasm, entertaining stories and love of a bargain will inspire you to truly get the look for less.

Encouragement for Capturing the Simple Moments of Your Day
(Paige – Simple Thoughts)

The majority of our lives we spend in the simple moments of our day. Certainly holidays, weddings, graduations, and family vacations are big, grand moments, but Paige believes in capturing our own priceless grandeur in the everyday. This session will encourage you to embrace your camera in your own simple everyday with fun tips to take your photos to a fun, new level. Bless those around you when you learn how to make simple art through the equipment you already have – even your iPhone!

Becoming a Professional Decorative Painter
(Annie – Maison Blanche Paint Company)

Learn the secrets of the professional decorative painter! Join Annie Omar, a renowned decorative painter who has run a successful paint contracting business and decorative paint training center in the Dallas area for many years, as she gives an instructional “watch and learn” demo of several faux finishing techniques that will teach you to easily transform your furniture. Annie will introduce you to some new products and ideas beyond paint and wax. Whether you have no experience at all or are a seasoned furniture painter, you are sure to leave with exciting new ways to spruce up your furniture.

Starting a Family Business
(Jenny – Southern Savers)

We all love the idea of having extra money without a ton of work. Learn how you can start a family business and get everyone involved. We’ll cover the basics of getting started, business plans and models, along with real life ideas. Whether you’re thinking of blogging, Etsy, or just cleaning houses, we’ll discuss to grow your idea from a dream to reality. While you can’t make money without some work, you can at least do something you love!

Keeping it Affordable & Fashionable
(Courtney – Cents of Style)

Join Courtney Brown, the woman behind the fashion accessory company, Cents of Style, in learning her best tips and tricks for staying on trend and fashionable on a budget. She will be sharing practical tips about fashion, beauty and creating your own personal style including some hands-on learning about lipstick basics, accessorizing and clothing choices.

11-11:15 am – Break
11:15-12:30 – Session #3

Finding Our Way to a Happier Ever After
(Kelly Swanson)

Join us as Kelly Swanson continues the conversation about how to get through the potholes in life – in her See, Believe, Do approach to finding happiness. This session will be intimate, as we enter into a group discussion about how we can create the life we want. Kelly will share mores stories and action steps that will help you live into the principles shes talked about in the large group session. This is your chance to share with each other, and get to know Kelly on a more personal level.

Defining Your Style
(Rhoda – Southern Hospitality)

Do you get confused at all the design styles that are out on the internet and blogs and how to effectively use the inspiration in your own home? Do you sometimes get lost on which direction to go and get caught up in the trends? Rhoda from Southern Hospitality has been honing her style for years and will help to steer you in the right direction. She is a firm believer in furnishing the bones of your home with classics, but that doesn’t mean stuffy. Filling in with on-trend accessories and vintage items will round out a home in the best possible way. She’ll be sharing tips on shopping for the basics of your home and filling in with yard sales and thrift stores. Finally, how to use those items effectively in your own home, creating an eclectic, comfortable (yet beautiful) place for your family.

Clutter Free Forever
(Ruth – Living Well Spending Less)

While most of us dream of being more organized, actually getting that way can often be a challenge. In this practical, encouraging, empowering session, Ruth Soukup – author of the popular blog – Living Well Spending Less – will share her four life-changing strategies for living clutter-free forever. If you struggle with too much stuff, not enough storage space or trouble keeping it all straight, you will not want to miss these concrete tips for how to permanently rid your life of clutter and create the organized home of your dreams.

Leaving a Legacy: The Power of Meaningful Moments & Traditions
(Jen – Balancing Beauty & Bedlam)

We are all leaving a legacy, but what kind of legacy do you wish to leave? Regardless of our stage of life, Jen will encourage us to maximize family time and build strong family ties by weaving simple traditions into everyday life. Learn how to create powerful lifelong associations between family bonding, traditions, and the values that your cherish and start new traditions that will have your family anxious for more once a month memory moments. Bring a notebook. You will leave with creative ideas, both fun and meaningful, that you can implement without the stress, and you don’t even have to spend a dime.

The Keys to Building a Strong Relationship with your Children
(Rachel Van Eerden)

Through encouragement and honesty, Rachel will give you a unique look at the steps she’s taken to build, nurture, and develop deep and meaningful relationships with her children. While mothering is not always a perfect or easy road, Rachel, along with her four older daughters, will have a fresh perspective for you.

Keeping it Affordable & Fashionable
(Courtney – Cents of Style)

Join Courtney Brown, the woman behind the fashion accessory company, Cents of Style, in learning her best tips and tricks for staying on trend and fashionable on a budget. She will be sharing practical tips about fashion, beauty and creating your own personal style including some hands-on learning about lipstick basics, accessorizing and clothing choices.

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 pm – Session #4

Family Supper EVERY Night is Possible
(Christy – The Southern Plate)

No more excuse, no more guilt. Christy will share tips, tricks, and recipes to help you put supper on the table no matter how hectic life gets.

Get the Look for Less
(KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms)

Looking for easy, inexpensive ideas on decorating your home on a budget? KariAnne from the home décor blog, Thistlewood Farms, shows us how to create simple, beautiful projects without breaking the bank. Join KariAnne as she shops “the side of the road”, yard sales, thrift stores and dollar stores to create projects like stamped spoon handles, a spool bookcase, a bicycle wheel clock, a burlap vase and many, many more. Her enthusiasm, entertaining stories and love of a bargain will inspire you to truly get the look for less.

The Qualities of a Well Loved Home
(Edie – life{in}grace)

Learn 7 easy and inexpensive ways to create a home you love. All attendees will receive a free eBook on hospitality chocked full of great thoughts and ideas for your home.

Encouragement for Capturing the Simple Moments of Your Day
(Paige – Simple Thoughts)

The majority of our lives we spend in the simple moments of our day. Certainly holidays, weddings, graduations, and family vacations are big, grand moments, but Paige believes in capturing our own priceless grandeur in the everyday. This session will encourage you to embrace your camera in your own simple everyday with fun tips to take your photos to a fun, new level. Bless those around you when you learn how to make simple art through the equipment you already have – even your iPhone!

Becoming a Professional Decorative Painter
(Annie – Maison Blanche Paint Company)

Learn the secrets of the professional decorative painter! Join Annie Omar, a renowned decorative painter who has run a successful paint contracting business and decorative paint training center in the Dallas area for many years, as she gives an instructional “watch and learn” demo of several faux finishing techniques that will teach you to easily transform your furniture. Annie will introduce you to some new products and ideas beyond paint and wax. Whether you have no experience at all or are a seasoned furniture painter, you are sure to leave with exciting new ways to spruce up your furniture.

How to Cut Your Grocery Budget in Half
(Jenny – Southern Savers)

What would you do with an extra $300 in the budget each month? Learn how to save 50% or more off your grocery and household purchases. Grab pasta for 10¢, cereal for 75¢ and toothpaste for FREE! Even if you need a special diet, you can save significant amounts on everything in the store. We’ll cover basic and advanced grocery savings tips that will easily cut your budget in half and keep more of you hard earned dollars in your pocket.

3:15 – 3:30 pm – Break
3:30 – 4:45 pm – Session #5

Living Large on Less
(Jen – Balanced Beauty & Bedlam)

With five children, Jen has learned to make a dollar stretch with the best of them. Learn simple tips and encouragement on how you can enjoy a full-priced life on a half-priced budget. As she shares her family’s personal story of navigating difficult financial circumstances, she gives her expertise on cutting ones household budget dramatically in most aspects of life without giving up on quality. Packed with practical insights, Jen will cover nearly every aspect of home management from creating the dreaded “B” word that works for you (budgeting) thrifting as a lifestyle with pro tips on trash to treasure discoveries, holiday shopping, buying with children, as well as putting together a designer wardrobe for pennies on the dollar; Frugal Fashionista style. If you’ve ever wanted ideas for living on less, this workshop is for you.

Defining Your Style
(Rhoda – Southern Hospitality)

Do you get confused at all the design styles that are out on the internet and blogs and how to effectively use the inspiration in your own home? Do you sometimes get lost on which direction to go and get caught up in the trends? Rhoda from Southern Hospitality has been honing her style for years and will help to steer you in the right direction. She is a firm believer in furnishing the bones of your home with classics, but that doesn’t mean stuffy. Filling in with on-trend accessories and vintage items will round out a home in the best possible way. She’ll be sharing tips on shopping for the basics of your home and filling in with yard sales and thrift stores. Finally, how to use those items effectively in your own home, creating an eclectic, comfortable (yet beautiful) place for your family.

Clutter Free Forever
(Ruth – Living Well Spending Less)

While most of us dream of being more organized, actually getting that way can often be a challenge. In this practical, encouraging, empowering session, Ruth Soukup – author of the popular blog – Living Well Spending Less – will share her four life-changing strategies for living clutter-free forever. If you struggle with too much stuff, not enough storage space or trouble keeping it all straight, you will not want to miss these concrete tips for how to permanently rid your life of clutter and create the organized home of your dreams.

The Keys to Building a Strong Relationship with Your Children
(Rachel Van Eerden)

Through encouragement and honesty, Rachel will give you a unique look at the steps she’s taken to build, nurture, and develop deep and meaningful relationships with her children. While mothering is not always a perfect or easy road, Rachel, along with her four older daughters, will have a fresh perspective for you.

A Call to Finish Strong
(Donna Van Eerden)

Donna, a mom of four and grandmother to 30, has a passion for rallying the older women and encouraging them to live the second half of their life (or those who are looking ahead). Spend time gleaning ideas that Donna has implemented, along with brainstorming ways to be an inspiration and share your life experience to encourage the next generation.

Keeping it Affordable & Fashionable
(Courtney – Cents of Style)

Join Courtney Brown, the woman behind the fashion accessory company, Cents of Style, in learning her best tips and tricks for staying on trend and fashionable on a budget. She will be sharing practical tips about fashion, beauty and creating your own personal style including some hands-on learning about lipstick basics, accessorizing and clothing choices.

5:00-5:30 pm – Closing

 

6 thoughts on “Agenda

  • June 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    Hi! I’m just so curious about the agenda. When are you expecting to have it for us attendees? Thanks!

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    • June 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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      We are sending it out this week.

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  • May 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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    I really would love to come to the conference but that is our first week of school. I was wondering if I would be able to register and just come late on Friday. I am in Atlanta and won’t be able to make it until about 8. What is your advice?

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    • June 10, 2014 at 10:54 am
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      Oh yes, come late. We have some just coming for Saturday. The first “Real” session doesn’t begin until 6:30, so you will just miss some of the opening. We’d love to have you.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 9:36 am
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      The specific agenda will not be published for another month, but registration begins at 2:00 on Friday (noon if you are taking an optional preconference workshop) and ends at 6:00 on Sat.

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