Just when you think you have things all planned out…

…the plan changes. This is how I became the owner of The Yum-Yum Shoppe.

When my youngest child started kindergarten I began thinking about what I wanted to be when I “grew up”.  After high school I attended MidAmerica Nazarene University (it was actually just a college back then, that shows my age, haha). I finished all my coursework in Elementary Education, except for my student teaching. By that time I was married and had two babies, Caleb was one and Abby was a newborn. I always knew I wanted to be a stay at home mom so I didn’t finish my degree. My husband graduated from MNU, got a job, we moved to Lawrence and I became a stay at home mom like I always wanted!

Fast forward a few years (maybe a few more than a few) and add four more kids (Rachel, Nate, Lydia and Julia)… who were all now in school.  I know, I skipped a big chunk of time here but that will have to wait for another post.  With all the kids in school it was just time for me to go back and get a degree… in … something.  I had no idea what.  I researched several different programs that I thought might be interesting.  Sonography, polysomnography, social work and radiological technology. They all required going back to school for three or four years. UGH. I just didn’t want to spend that much time in school. Then one afternoon I was researching nursing degrees online and found an accelerated nursing program at where else but my alma mater, MNU! One year.  Perfect!  I only needed a few pre-requisites that I could take at a Community College.  Rigorous curriculum but done in less than two years total. YES!  I enrolled in school, sent transcripts, met with a counselor, planned my schedule and prepared the kids for the upcoming crazy schedule that would be ahead of us.  I was ready.  I FINALLY knew what I was going to be when I grew up.  A NURSE!  Such a relief. I had it all planned out.

A week or so later I received an email from my dear friend Talitha.  She sent it to a small group of old good friends, saying she was seriously considering selling The Yum-Yum Shoppe. Now I had been around the Yum from the beginning.  I met Talitha in Mother’s Of PreSchoolers (MOPS) back when our older kiddos were toddlers.  She started making those sweet body treats in her kitchen with another friend, and I kind of wanted to be a part of it somehow.  I loved the products, but the timing just wasn’t right back then. I had four or five kids at the time.  Maybe four and pregnant with # five??  At some point along the way I told Talitha if she ever decided to add consultants that I would be interested. Years later, in 2011 I became a “peddler of the Yum” and helped Talitha with some local vendor events and sales.  With all the kids’ activities keeping me busy (mostly taxi driving them around here and there) it was difficult to add one more thing to my plate.  “Peddling” was pushed to the back burner. The timing, once again, just wasn’t right.

Back to Talitha’s email. As soon as I read that email I just felt like I wanted to be the one to carry on The Yum-Yum Shoppe.  My kids were older and more self-sufficient. I could do this. But I had just enrolled in school.  I KNEW I was going to go back to school to be a nurse, right?  I had a plan. On the other hand how could I pass up this opportunity to be a part of something I had always wanted to be involved in?  I weighed all my options, prayed about it and discussed all the pros and cons with my husband. He gave me some wise advice. He said if I didn’t give The Yum-Yum Shoppe a try I would always regret it.  I would always wonder “what if??”. He was right.

A few short weeks later I became the new owner of The Yum-Yum Shoppe!  You know, I have always been the type of person who can recreate what someone else has already created.  Whether it be something I am sewing or cooking or crafting. I’m not all that creative on my own, but I can take what someone else has made and make it again.  Talitha is innovative and creative.  She developed the most wonderful recipes for yummy, delicious body products and all I have to do is recreate her creations. It worked out perfectly.

Becoming the owner of The Yum-Yum Shoppe wasn’t my plan.  I had planned to go back to school to be a nurse.  But this plan, God’s plan, is so much better than MY plan.

I am so thankful for this opportunity to make sweet body treats for you!

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Are you a measurer or a dumper?

I  spent some time on Saturday making yummy sweet body treats.  There is just something therapeutic about being in my work room, alone, creating something delicious.  The kids would holler at me from the other room every now and then and I would have to run out and tend to their needs, but I did get quite a bit accomplished.  And my workroom smells oh SOOO good! mmmmmm.

As I was making lotions and scrubs, I measured everything very carefully.  I am just that way, even when I cook or bake, I always meticulously measure every ingredient.  Just to be sure I make it correctly.  I follow the recipe exactly.  I want whatever I am making to be the same every single time I make it.  There is some kind of comfort in that for me.  I am a measurer.

My husband’s Grampie is a dumper.  He makes the most fabulous biscuits you have ever tasted, and when I asked him for the recipe he said, “Oh I just add a pinch of this, a handful of that and mix it around until it looks right”.  Now how is anyone (like me) supposed to make biscuits like Grampie does with that recipe??  But yet his biscuits are always perfect, every time, even though the recipe might not be exactly the same as how he made it the time before.

I took Rachel, my 16 yr. old, out to his house one evening and we had him measure all the ingredients so we could replicate his biscuit recipe.

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(I would like to thank my mother-in-law for this picture.  I never remember to take pictures.  Notice the paper and pen on the counter for note taking!!)

Anyway,  even though Rachel and I follow his recipe exactly as written (because that is what we do as measurers), our biscuits taste good but they never seem to turn out quite as perfect as Grampie’s.

I guess it doesn’t really matter either way if you measure or if you dump as long as the end result is something yummy!

So… are you a measurer or a dumper??

The first time you do anything is always the hardest, right?

I hope this is true.  It took me quite awhile to create this blog today yesterday.  Finding the layout I liked, widgets, gravatars and links…whew!  I think I finally got it figured out.  And now, I sit here very late at night… ok, well early morning ish, trying to find the perfect words to say.  We will see.  haha!

Where to begin??

A little about me… I am a mom of 6 busy kids.  And yes, they are all mine!  A month or so ago I became the new owner of The Yum-Yum Shoppe.  I feel so very blessed to be the one to continue on a business my dear, sweet friend Talitha began back in 2001.  Learning 12 years worth of information in a month has been somewhat challenging, but oh how I enjoy creating yummy sweet body treats!!

In this blog I will be sharing adventures with my family, the crazy, fun times in my life and of course the yum!!  I hope you will come along on this journey with me!   I do not have perfect grammar, spelling or punctuation.  I am not a witty writer or good with words in any way.   I am just me.  And I am so glad that the first post is finished!

~Beth  🙂

… I just realized why I am up so late!  I drank a pepsi (diet cherry… don’t judge).  I should never have caffeine after dinner.