MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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WINNING WEEKEND

Thanks to the generosity of so many people, my win for this week is that I reached my goal to become a VIDA Gold Status Designer by my one-year anniversary as a VIDA designer!!! This means I have sold my first 50 pieces from my Collection!!! WOW!!! I am beyond excited!!!

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In VIDA and its designers’ endeavor to bring you beautiful, inspiring apparel and accessories, we also provide literacy programs to our makers which help them to learn to read, write, and do basic math and build a better life for generations to come. VIDA also rewards our customers with VIDA gift cards and awesome, regular sales. And last (but not least), they reward us designers by featuring and showcasing our work on their social media pages and home page and with VIDA gift cards as well.

Thank you again so much to all of you who helped me to reach my goal!!! And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !!!

Maxine 🙂

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THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR

FAMILY GATHERING (CARRABBA'S) 6 (ME & TONY HOME).jpgJust as it is not always easy to be a woman entrepreneur, it also isn’t always easy being the husband of one. My dear husband Tony has always been a huge supporter of me and my entrepreneurial endeavors. Yet, I realize it is hard for him at times when the income sometimes just trickles in.

He has always been a good husband, father, and provider. We have been married for almost 36 years, and I’m so grateful to have him by my side through the good times and the bad.

Today, my siblings, I, and our families got together at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Douglasville, GA. It had been a while since we’d had a family function. We want to start getting together more often and not just at funerals, so my wonderful and beautiful niece Devaree put it together for us. In three days, it will be the one-year anniversary of my mama’s passing. We miss her everyday and missed having her with us tonight.

Yesterday, I received in the mail two t-shirts (one for my husband and one for myself) I had recently ordered from fellow woman entrepreneur Briana BuzeeMommies Riggins. So we decided that we would wear them today at our gathering. Not only are they beautiful but they are also very comfortable, and we love the sizes and how well they fit.

Just like Briana, I also love to see couples showing their love for each other. Please click on the link above in her name to visit her Facebook page, and while you’re there, please show her some love and support.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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GOLD STATUS

VIDA SCARF (SIGNATURE-MIDNIGHT BUTTERCUPS) 5.jpgIn order to reach VIDA Gold status, I need to sell ten more products from my collection which means I will have sold 50 pieces total!!! I will then be featured on VIDA’s home page and will receive a $100 VIDA gift card. In addition, all customers who purchased my last 25 pieces will receive a $15 VIDA gift card.

Remember: When you purchase from VIDA, not only are you getting an elaborate piece of art to add to your fashion or home design, but you are also contributing to VIDA’s Literacy For Life program which helps our makers learn to read, write, do basic math and also build better lives for generations to come.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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GIFTS FROM THE HEART

I feel so very blessed to have a family who dearly loves me!!! Two of my greatest gifts from God are my children, daughter Natasha and son Stefan. It is not uncommon for them to just come home with something they’ve surprisingly gotten for me. Recently, my daughter gave me a Coach handbag and matching wallet.

Today, my son surprised me with the “Hidden Figures” DVD and book!!! I didn’t even know there was a book! Can’t wait to read it!

I’m not sharing this post to brag about what little I have materially but because I am so thankful for my family and their gifts from the heart. Even if they are something some may consider small (washing the dishes, running errands for me, asking about my day, etc.), I greatly appreciate and cherish it all.

And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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INVITATION: AN ANNUAL MOMENTOUS OCCASION

 

Just had to share this heartwarming post by Author J. Hale Turner. ❤

Dear Friends, I felt compelled to share this momentous occasion to all of you. Christ asked us to remember him on this official of His death, Nisan 14, which falls on April 11 after sundown. A sacrifice of love for all of us, and will be celebrated worldwide. No collections. Just enjoy this special moment. […]

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A FLOWER AND A BIRD

My two VIDA tote bags arrived yesterday! My “Peppermint Rose” and my favorite little titmouse bird, “Who You Lookin’ At?

Don’t forget that when you shop VIDA, you also help us support our LITERACY FOR LIFE program. We provide literacy programs to the makers of our products. They learn to read, write, and do basic math which helps them to build better lives for generations to come.

To shop my collection, just click on the links in this post. And as always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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MR. & MRS. CARDINAL

BIRD (MALE CARDINAL) WIKIPEDIA.jpgEveryday, Mr. Cardinal stops by several times throughout the day to feed at my feeder. He is so handsome in his red coat of feathers! I usually catch him at the feeder, on the shepherd’s hook, or on the porch railing. I keep a chair in front of the glass storm door and my camera on an end table in the living room. Whenever I spot him, I grab my camera. As soon as I start to tiptoe toward the door, he immediately takes off. He does it every time I try to sneak his picture. As I mentioned in an earlier post, he’s quicker than a speeding bullet and a streak of lightning!

Yesterday, he brought Mrs. Cardinal with him.BIRD (FEMALE CARDINAL) WIKIPEDIA.jpgShe is very beautiful in her brown and red coat of feathers! I can see why he married her. 🙂 The two of them were side by side on the porch railing right by the door, so I could see them very clearly.  As usual, I grabbed my camera and started to quietly tiptoe toward the door. But I don’t have to tell you what happened, do I? Yep, you got it! Both of them hastily took off together.

No, these aren’t pictures of them. 😦 I wish they were. These photos are courtesy of Wikipedia. However, I am still determined to get their pictures with my camera. If anyone can help me to succeed in doing so, please feel free to share your ideas with me because I am a desperate photographer trying to get at least one really nice closeup of this beautiful couple together (and at the rate I’m going, I’ll even settle for one of them.) 🙂

As always, this is from my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

(Photos Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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