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Pampered Chef: NC Wave 3 Countdown.........

  1. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Since there was a thread started for Waves 1 & 2, I figured I would start one for those of us that are in Wave 3!

    It's Thursday, March 19, 2009.
    There are 119 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3

    (I stole this information from the Wave 1 thread!) Start thinking about how many rooms you need, if you want to reserve your room through Exper. you need to do it the first day, so your not put on a waiting list. Remember 1st night down.

    If you do a non conference hotel & book online it's all upfront.
     
    Mar 19, 2009
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  2. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Thanks Heather!!!
     
    Mar 19, 2009
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  3. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    It's Friday, March 20, 2009.
    There are 118 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Mar 20, 2009
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  4. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Tuesday, March 24, 2009.
    There are 114 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  5. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
    There are 113 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Mar 25, 2009
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  6. pampcheflisa

    pampcheflisa Advanced Member Gold Member

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    We need to start posting tips/helpful hints like Rae did last year!!
    One of the best suggestions I got was to buy a pair of Merrell shoes. I got a pair of Merrell sandals and my feet never bothered me at all during conference, unlike a lot of girls in my cluster!!!
     
    Mar 25, 2009
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  7. smilesarepriceless

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    Thanks ! If I reach my goal of $6250 of sales for March, I may just treat myself and buy a pair..Just went to their website...!
     
  8. raebates

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    Warning: I do love to post tips. I tend to take over countdown threads for my Wave once registration opens.


    Don't worry. I ask permission before I take over. I'm a benevolent invader. However, resistance is futile. LOL!
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  9. ChefBeckyD

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    Merrells are the BEST! I wear them almost every day, and when I was working as a Personal Chef, I wore them every day I worked. I could stand on my feet for 12-14 hours a day, and my feet wouldn't hurt. I tried every kind of shoe - spent a fortune in a quest for a good shoe - and Merrells won hands down!
     
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  10. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Thursday, March 26, 2009.
    There are 112 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3

    Rae, feel free to take over or PM me the tips and I can add them. :chef:
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  11. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

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    Is there a certain pair of Merrell's you recommend?
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  12. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks, Heather. If we started with the tips now, we'd run out waaaay before NC.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  13. Beth1170

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    Heather you crack me up with your countdown. I am looking forward to it, but it's too early for me to get excited. I have started to plan and get things in order. Since this is my first conference, does anyone have any tips on what I need to bring, how to dress, etc....?
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  14. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Beth, we were just talking about the tips! Rae and I will start posting those as we get closer. I started the countdown because the other 2 waves had their own going and I didn't want us to feel left out! :chef:
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  15. raebates

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    Beth, once registration opens there will be information from the HO on how to dress and what to bring. Basically, it's business casual, but no jeans or shorts. You'll want to make sure you have comfortable shoes. There's a lot of walking.

    Once we start sharing tips, there will be a few suggestions about additional things to bring, things to leave at home, and things you can share with your roommates.
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  16. Beth1170

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    Thanks Heather and Rae for filling me in and keeping me up to date
     
    Mar 26, 2009
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  17. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
    There are 106 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Apr 1, 2009
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  18. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Thursday, April 2, 2009.
    There are 105 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Apr 2, 2009
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  19. PampMomof3

    PampMomof3 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Thanks Heather! I really can't wait to go...I have my ducks in a row!
     
    Apr 2, 2009
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  20. DEBBI

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    DAVE AND I ARE GOING (2nd year). CAN'T WAIT... ANY ONE ELSE FROM PITTSBURGH GOING
     
    Apr 5, 2009
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  21. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Monday, April 6, 2009.
    There are 101 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
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  22. chefsteph07

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    Whoo hoo!
    Airline ticket-Check
    Ready for 1/2 off registration-check
    Looked at conf workshops to take-Check
    Hotel reserved-Check

    Can I leave now?
     
    Apr 6, 2009
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  23. raebates

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    If you did, Steph, you'd have time to get lots of shopping done before the first workshop. ;)
     
    Apr 7, 2009
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  24. chefsteph07

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    Well, I can't forget about THAT either...LOL
     
    Apr 7, 2009
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  25. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Tuesday, April 7, 2009.
    There are 100 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3
     
    Apr 7, 2009
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  26. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Today is Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
    There are 93 days until National Conference 2009, Wave 3


    Registration for National Conference opens today! :D
     
    Apr 14, 2009
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  27. raebates

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    Today is April 15. There are only 92 days left until the start of National Conference.

    Have you filed your taxes yet? Speaking of taxes, remember that much of your National Conference trip will be tax deductible. Be sure to keep track of everything. Now, while taxes are fresh in your mind, is a good time to set up whatever system you'll use for categorizing your NC deductions.
     
    Apr 15, 2009
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  28. Beth1170

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    Exactly what part of conference will be a deduction? Would you mind giving an example of how to categorize? Again, this is my first time attending and I don't want to overlook even the simplest thing. Thanks so much.
     
    Apr 15, 2009
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  29. raebates

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    A tax person will be the best person to really help you categorize. I keep things in different categories, then combine them as needed to put into my return.

    Just about everything but souvenirs will be tax deductible. Generally, this is how mine are divided:

    Travel: mileage (and airfare, if necessary), tolls, cab fare (and the tip), etc.
    Lodging: hotel
    Meals: including meals on the way to and from conference and tips
    Business Supplies: you'll have a chance to buy mini-catalogs and recipe cards
    Training Expenses: registration and any further training materials such as CDs you might purchase there
     
    Apr 15, 2009
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  30. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Today is April 16. There are only 91 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    Are you registered? Do you have your hotel reservations? If not, get on the ball!

    Now, go to CC and check out all of the NC things you can download. You might not need them all, especially if you've been to NC before. It doesn't hurt, though, to read things over. After all, things might have changed since last year. ;)
     
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  31. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Thanks Rae!!
     
    Apr 16, 2009
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  32. dkitten13

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    I'm so excited but have to earn some bucks with my first two shows this week to buy my tix and registration!
     
    Apr 16, 2009
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  33. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Today is April 17. There are only 90 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    If you’ve never gone to NC before, you’re in for a real treat. They treat us well. I’ll be sharing travel and NC tips in the coming days. Feel free to ask questions. Feel free, too, to add any hints or tips you can think of.
     
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  34. raebates

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    Today is April 18. There are only 89 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    I haven’t seen anything about dress code for this year, but I’ll assume that it will be similar to what it’s been in the past. Here’s the official word from last year:

    There are those who will argue that they should be allowed to (or always have, or by golly intend to) wear their denim and/or shorts. Be that as it may, the HO has set the rules, and I am an inveterate rule follower. (Remember, I’m not trying to start a fight or a huge discussion. I’m just trying to offer helpful hints so the countdown doesn’t get boring.)

    Start now to take a good look at your available wardrobe in light of the rules. If there’s something you need to add, you have almost 3 months to search out sales, resale shops, and consignment shops for whatever you need. If you start now, you won’t be as tempted to spend a lot just to get something.
     
    Apr 18, 2009
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  35. raebates

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    Today is April 19. There are only 88 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    I wonder if there will be any way to earn extra ribbons this year. For newbies, when you get your name badge you'll receive a first-timer's ribbon to attach to your badge. Directors and above have special ribbons. There are buttons, ribbons, and lanyards for things like earnings, recruiting, and charitable giving.
     
    Apr 19, 2009
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  36. peachey

    peachey Member Gold Member

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    Woohoo.. only 88 days to Wave 3! I am so excited about NC and Chicago!!
     
    Apr 19, 2009
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  37. Hi all,

    I've been selling Pampered Chef since October and this will be my first time attending conference. Any helpful tips would be appreciated. I have my flight booked and also my registration has been done. The only issue I'm having is that the people fom my cluster that I was going with have backed out. Is there usually people looking for roommates?

    Vicky
     
    Apr 19, 2009
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  38. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Today is April 20. There are only 87 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    Just keep an eye on CS. People will start looking for roommates as we get closer. CS is also a great place to get ideas for what to take, what not to take, and how to really prepare for NC.
     
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  39. Thanks Rae for the heads up. I am so excited about attending NC.
     
    Apr 20, 2009
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  40. raebates

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    Today is April 21. There are only 86 days left until the start of Wave 3!

    You'll probably only have a few cluster/team meetings between now and NC. Write down anything you want to discuss with your clustermates so you can ask at the meetings. What do they usually do during down time? Do they usually move about as a group or will you be mostly on your own? Do they usually choose expensive restaurants, mid-range meals, or cheap & cheerful cuisine? Your roommates and travel buddies will be good sources of info.
     
    Apr 21, 2009
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