Just like they say in Business School: Location is everything.

Welcome to Kansas City! Before recapping how awesome the event was, I must admit that we (Arbonne) realize that you have to stare at a screen all day. So why not make it a lot prettier by checking out the FC5 blog? (Oh wait, you are—thanks for coming!) I mean, where else can you go to read up about the coolest new skin care on the market and get inspired by the most life-changing opportunity out there?

(Besides arbonne.com, ha.)

Chicago may currently hold the title of "Windy City," but after the tornado warning we received here, I'd like to think that this place is a close second! Sr. VP Marketing, Brad Wayment read a warning issued from the hotel that cautioned us to be on the lookout. But even with the warning, all of the local Consultants and guests took it in stride, smiled even bigger, and didn't skip a beat.
Arbonne's dedication to get a tube of FC5 product into every hand in the nation is more evident than ever. This incredible Arbonne Experience Road Tour has taken us to many of the best places in the country, and enabled us to meet and celebrate with the best people in the world: Arbonne Independent Consultants.

The booths looked extra stunning tonight, and all the attendees were duly impressed. Our set-up staff is getting more and more efficient. Take that, Bob Vila. And they can almost do it with their eyes closed. (Which is understandable, since they're working late into the night.)

Rita put another successful stamp of approval on the evening. Everyone was pumped.

Sales in the store were steady all night. Everyone must be realizing how sweet of a deal the RE9 Set is. This is a perfect time to get a travel set. So grab one at the next event you can.

Denver, make sure to shovel the snow off the runway. We're headed your way!

I can’t believe it’s almost time for NTC!

Looks like the Midwest is still the "center" of everything Arbonne.

The heartland—and heartbeat—of America welcomed us with open arms. (Tons of 'em. Omaha had one of the biggest registrations of the Tour!)

We enjoyed the farmland views on our way to the city. We even saw a jumbo-sized pitch fork. (Paul Bunyan must pop down from MN to help them out in Iowa with their farming.)

The event was at the Holiday Inn, which I was told was the largest hotel in the state. It also boasted a huge indoor water park that was being utilized by all the families there on spring break. (Lucky us, ha.)

We had a large ballroom with a layout that allowed us to utilize the entire room for the FC5 display area, the Opportunity area, and even the Presentations, with a permanent stage.

Linda Melillo trained on the product and Lynn Hagedorn was the first speaker riveting the crowd. Lynn had driven up to Minnesota to do the Opportunity and drove all the way back down to Omaha not only to do the Opportunity presentation, but also to act as the city coordinator, too! She is a super woman!

Speaking of superwoman...Rita went on early and was fabulous! We had a great turnout and in true Rita form she had the attendees' full attention while sharing her wealth of knowledge about the Arbonne business and her ‘Rita-isms’ that make you bust up with laughter. (I still laugh at all of them.)

Tim Molloy was on deck as the emcee and another highlight of the night was that Lynn Hagedorn was interviewed on-site by Channel 6 WOWT reporter, Jodi Baker for a story regarding direct marketing companies, which aired later. Very cool. (I tried to catch some air time but alas...the camera man turned away.)

Everyone in Omaha is so personable and so funny! Great at making you feel so welcome. From the fantastic volunteers who were energetic and cheerful to the attendees...it was a great success.

On a side note: One volunteer received a surprise visit from her mother who flew in from out of town. In fact, that volunteer was just at the Chicago show. That was fun to be a part of. Boy was she shocked and so excited her mother could see Arbonne up close and personal. The Consultants were so grateful for everything.

Time to pack things up and hit the road. Kansas City is waiting!


Minneapolis...the true Northern Star!

We are on the road, after a thrilling—and very fulfilling—stop in “Minnesooda,” where FC5 left its mark and made another monumental impression.

As we leave Minneapolis, I’m letting everyone here on the bus try my Minnesota faves...Wisconsin Cheese Curds and Old Dutch Dill Pickle Chips. And judging by their reactions, and by these empty bags in my lap, it looks like we might be “politely” requesting the driver to flip a quick U-turn so we can get some more. Hopefully this Lefsa and these corn puffs will hold us over for the second half of the trip!

So, Minneapolis was fantastic, as expected. It was such a great turn out. The layout was different with each focus having its own room. Props to the design/assemble team for making it look so stunning.

Colleen Krebs and Jobin Hume went on stage for the first Opportunity Presentation and Lynn Hagedorn followed at 8. All of the presentations were “sold-out.” Apparently both the FC5 product AND Arbonne Opportunity mean a lot to the Consultant base here. The attendees seemed to enjoy the event in its entirety and were so thankful that we all came.

The weather was just like in Chicago—the mounds of snow were just random and the Minnesotans were even out in their shorts. (Northern exposure takes on a whole new meaning!)

The volunteers were spot on and made it a very easy event.

The FC5 truck had a great parking location. The hotel entry faced another entry, which was a wall of glass. I have no idea how the driver got the truck in there, it was a tight squeeze! I suppose it’s more than fitting that the driver’s name is Ado (pronounced “Auto”).

One difference about this event was that we noticed Minnesotans start Arbonne at a young age. We had more future Consultants than I've seen at any other event. Lots of babies and kids joined to see what their future has in store for them. Too bad we didn't have mini sizes of FC5. (Wink, wink.)

Nebraska is next. I hear that Omaha is bragging about beating out New York for most attendees.

Is that true, Omaha?

Chicago is where the nightlife is!

We’re in Chicago right around St. Patty's day. And I know you’re thinking, “Not another green-with-envy comment.” All joking aside, if you were here with us celebrating the grandeur of Arbonne and the FC5 products, you would be!

And, yes, if you’re not wearing green, you still get pinched. (Even if you just washed your hair with FC5 Nourishing Daily Shampoo. I’m serious about this one.)

St. Patrick’s Day is a week-long extravaganza in this city. Saturday the river was turned green and by the end of Sunday, multiple parades had entertained the masses. But little did they know that the hippest parade of all was about to start. And fitting that FC5’s star attraction—our beloved green bottle of Nourishing Daily Shampoo—arrived in town just in time for the party!

The Road Tour crew hit the ground running and set up the room in a flash. Which we always do, and was a good thing, because the attendees arrived early not wanting to miss a single thing and by the time the doors opened at 4 p.m., we had folks already registered and lined up outside the ballroom.

We had fabulous crew of volunteers led by Becky, Kim Kearns assistant, who was a huge help prior to the event and throughout the night. The volunteers moved on in and made the event their own. They did a fantastic job. I mean it. They’re now in the running for “FC5 Volunteers of the Month.”

The presentations were fantastic. I believe this is the first time we had a mother and daughter team present. Heidi Kniss spoke at 6 p.m. and her mother Shelly Nelson spoke at 8. There was not an empty seat in the house.

Canada was in the house! Stuart MacMillan who emceed really pushed to have Canada attend and they showed up, in large numbers. There was a great turnout of guests being introduced to Arbonne for the first time. Jon and Slade our resident photographers were there shooting photos and interviews, capturing the mood once again. It was non-stop the entire evening and everything ran smooth.

Grab your parkas, ‘cause we’re headed to the land of (frozen) lakes. See you in Minnesota!

If you were with us in Chicago, let’s hear your side of the story. Leave a comment!

Putting the "FC" In Michigan's Next Fab 5

We’re taking the country by storm, and we just rolled into Motor City to an excited crowd of Arbonne Consultants. We're skin care crusaders with one common goal, “To protect and preserve the one thing we all care about:

Youthful-looking skin.

We’re moving west, one city at a time. Closer and closer to the final stop and grand finale of it all…NTC Las Vegas!

So we’re happy to join with you and watch how the FC5 excitement is building. There’s no stopping it now!

The convention center was packed to the hilt. Normally about 15-25 volunteers show up early at each city to get trained on FC5. Here in Detroit, about 65 volunteers showed up! It was incredible. They loved helping out and it showed.

Rita lit the stage on fire again and I overheard a few guests afterward bubbling with excitement about how even though they’ve heard Rita speak before, this was the best one yet. We’re so lucky to have her.

In an unofficial poll throughout the evening, here are the top 5 reasons Consultants love FC5:

1- The quality and scent. (Love is in the air.)
2- The price. (Shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to treat an arm and a leg.)
3- The packaging. (Duh. Have you seen the models?)
4- The sets. (The more the merrier.)
5- 5 Fresh Cells. (It’s now easier than ever to get your “5” servings a day.)

Good thing Chicago’s the Windy City…so everyone will know FC5 has arrived!

The Birthplace of Aviation, a perfect place to shoot for the stars!

If anything paints a picture of the event in Columbus, it's this: Smiles. Lots of ‘em. A volunteer pulled me aside halfway through the event and looked me square in the eyes and said, "Smiling is my favorite. And you know what's second?”


So, smiles and Arbonne, going hand-in-hand for almost thirty years now.

The word of the night was "belief." After hearing Dr. Deanna Osborn and President Rita Davenport both share many personal experiences about how that word has changed their lives for the better, it reinforced to the crowd how important it really is.

We believe that FC5 is going to change the face of the industry. And we believe that people like you, are the key.

Rita spoke for almost an hour and a half. But it seemed like five minutes. She's so captivating and inspirational. After each time I hear her speak, I feel like I can do anything. Like write an amazing blog that captures all of the road tour details!

At the end of the night, we were thrilled to get an authentic “Ohio” cheer. City Coordinator Michelle Lingnua yelled, “O. H.” Then the crowd responded, “I. O.” while making letter symbols with their arms that closely resemble another letter-themed cheer we hold dear to our hearts: The beloved Y.M.C.A. (You know you still do it every time you hear it on the radio. And if you listen to that oldies station I like, you're hearing it a lot.)

Well, Motor City awaits us. And very aptly named, I might add, as I’m excited to see how many white Mercedes-Benzes show up.

Be sure to post a comment below. Tell us what you thought about the event.

I Heart AlbaNY

Back-to-back events. Just how we like 'em. Yesterday Boston, Albany today.

I know you're probably wondering: "Okay, these Arbonne Experience Road Tour stops are really great, but aren't they all the same?"

And to that I would answer: "Road Tour stops are like chocolate cake; better each time."

Right after we finished packing up the Boston show, we hopped on the shuttle for Albany. We all know FC5 keeps skin well hydrated and radiant, but what we found out after working all night was...the refreshing smell also kept us wide awake.

It really is a targeted line!

Albany welcomed us with open arms and open doors. The ballroom here is one of the bigger ones I've seen yet. Perfect for enthusiastic Consultants in this capital of the great state of New York. (Beautiful women.)

You can tell the momentum is really building out here on the Arbonne Road Tour! At each city, we're blown away by the attendance. We can always count on bigger crowds. So it's a good thing Richard has each hotel's event person on speed dial, because sure enough...we needed another hundred chairs set up before the first presentation even started. (You ladies are great at bringing the crowds, and guests.)

It's amazing to me to see how incredibly fast word travels about these Road Tour events. FC5 is more than just on the map, it's now in everyone's purse, home and bathroom. I know it's in my hotel bathroom.

Greg Chambers did a great job introducing everyone to FC5. And within moments after his presentation, the booths were packed with people sampling product. We had to keep re-stocking the Day Lotions and Hand Creme all night long.

Well, Albany, thanks for coming. And thanks for sampling so much product. (That's one less box of FC5 to pack! Whew!)

We're off to discover Columbus.