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My name is Susan, and Designs by Prater is what you could call my creative outlet that pulls together my photography, art and graphic design endeavors! The most important thing you should know about me is that my life revolves around my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, my family (especially my husband Todd, son JD, and puppy Lexie), family and friends. Other than that, I am pretty much obsessed with photography, Coca-Cola, and the color green (and all shades of green for that matter, especially teal). I love sports but cannot play them worth a lick. I would not trade my time as a college student at Mississippi State for anything in the world. The friendships and memories made there will stick with me forever...Hail State and Go Dogs! And I am very picky about my chocolate chip cookies, grilled cheeses, and shaved ice (gotta be SnoBiz watermelon flavor).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Summer Shimmer Sale {Mary Kay Beauty Consultant}

Schoooooooooool's....out....for....summer! {yeah, you're singing it in your head right along with me now, aren't you?!} So in honor of the unofficial start to summer, I'm holding a Summer Shimmer Sale from now until midnight on Wednesday, May 29. Basically, you get to select 4 products for $40 from some of our favorite summer products...so it's like getting one of them for free. AND since any order $40 or more always gets you a free gift anyways, you'll also be receiving a FREE trial size translucent powder with mini brush. It's one shade for all skin tones, and perfectly wonderful for that summer shimmer you want to sport out by the pool :) Find out all about it HERE
So, which 4 products would you love to have? Text, email or call with your order...or shop online at my Mary Kay site by placing your 4 items from the list in your shopping cart and submitting your order! You can also securely enter your payment information online, or you can submit it without payment for me to send you an invoice to pay with cash or check. And if you do want to pay online, just submit your order with standard pricing, and I will adjust the prices of the items to send you your new total before processing your credit card! And you can always contact me with any questions you might have.
Happy shopping! And...call me, beep me, if you want to reach me! {bonus product samples to whoever can tell me first where that song comes from!} ;)
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Friday, May 24, 2013

We Remember and Honor

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and while we many times look forward to and celebrate this weekend as the unofficial start to summer, there is a much greater purpose to this occasion. It's a special time for us to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am blessed that both of my grandfathers who served were able to retire with their health intact and live long happy lives, but not everyone gets to be so lucky. My heart especially goes out this weekend to those who have lost loved ones while protecting all of us who many times take for granted all the liberties we enjoy living in this great country. 

I have to be honest, I was starting this post out to announce my Mary Kay Memorial Day Sale, and then I just felt a little nudging from the Holy Spirit humbling me that perhaps there was a different message that I needed to post today. So while I will still post later this weekend more information about my newly-named Mary Kay Shimming Summer Sale, I wanted to ask you guys to share with me your stories of loved ones who proudly served their country! Or perhaps maybe you know someone who has lost a loved one while serving. Please take a moment to just send them a little note of encouragement as this day probably brings up lots of joyous and sad memories for them.

So, anyways, I just wanted to share a bit from my heart right now! And if you are having one or participating in a Memorial Day sale this weekend, please don't think I am calling you out or trying to make you feel bad. I've done both myself before. I just wanted to step away from the commercialization of the holiday for a moment to say "thanks" and "they are remembered." I hope you might find yourself doing the same at some point over the weekend, too!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mary Kay and Photography : A Beautiful Partnership!

So...this just happened! I became a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant :) And while it may seem totally random at first, I have discovered that the two really do make sense together because of my passion behind both ventures - capturing your life just as it is and making you feel beautiful just as you are

So without boring you with too many details (which I would be happy to share if you want to know!), it basically boiled down to wanting to learn more myself about how to 1) better take care of my skin and pamper myself at the end of a long day working and taking care of my family all while 2) wanting to develop and grow more friendships with wonderful women while pampering them at events and facials that incorporate skin care, makeup, AND photography :)

So to learn more about all the fun opportunities available to you, be sure to check out my new Mary Kay page! And one of my first contests is to find 24 friends to place $24 orders in 24 hours to earn free prizes from Mary Kay to help me get my business off to a great start! So could you help me out by getting excited about a fresh new eye color and mascara for summer (or any other product or combo that adds up to $24) to help me win my contest?? If you are like me and have been looking for skin care and makeup that holds up and protects your skin better and lasts way longer than what you buy on the shelf at Kroger or Wal-Mart (saving you money long term), then let me share with you some of my favorite products so far!

Many thanks from the bottom of my heart! And don't forget that you are already beautiful inside and out :)
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