Meet Tamara Bodenhamer…Your #1 Scentsy Consultant

We had the pleasure of getting to know a little more about this beautiful lady, mother, Scentsy Consultant, and much more. Please read more about her and reach out to her directly for your smell good needs….

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Tamara: My name is Tamara Bodenhamer. I am a military brat, so I’ve lived in a lot of different states. I was born in Florida. I attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and I do not plan to finish at the moment. I love gaming, football, basketball, and anime.

Question: How long have you been an entrepreneur business?

Tamara: I’ve been with Scentsy for two months. 

Question: How did you get into your business?

Tamara: Well, I decided to join for extra money at first but then I realized that I wanted more than just extra funds. I love to work and still go out to the beach or doing something fun with my family. But I know I will be able to get there one day. 

Question: Is this your full time occupation? If not, how do you make time for both?

Tamara: I’m a full time health insurance examiner. I will do my business after I clock out from my main job. Can’t work both while on the clock. So, I will try to manage after work.  

Question: What are some challenges you have faced?

Tamara: Oh gosh, it is when I don’t have time to cook dinner. I got off the crockpot train for a bit and I might hop back on because I really don’t want to order out anymore lol. 

Question: What do you love most about your business?

Tamara: I just love the fact that I will get the products that I love and share with my friends and family. 

Question: Do you see yourself expanding in the future?

Tamara: I do. I would love to see myself with my family day and night and out having fun. And have my dream beach house on the Gulf in Florida. 

Question: What advise do you have for other female business owners?

Answer: I will say don’t over do yourself and also be strong. You got this. It’s something I will tell myself every day. 

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Sip and Social Success

I am happy to say that our first event for Collaborative Women of Color LLC was a success. Amanda and I were excited to have so many ladies come out to network and show support for one another.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances our guest speaker was not able to attend to discuss her book. With that being said, when there is a will there is a way and we were able to still have a great time and conversation regarding healing our past traumas so that we can be successful in our future endeavors. We were fortunate enough to have Life Coach, Esteria Woods, give us insight on some steps that we need to take to heal past traumas and be successful.

Food, wine, desserts, and a good time is what we had. We will continue to produce events and hope to have more ladies join us in the future. The next event is scheduled for June 2021!

Say Hello to Financial Consultant and Author Yolanda G. Mukombe

I had the pleasure of speaking with a kind hearted woman name Yolanda. She not only is a mother, wife, financial consultant, and author, but most of all a child of God. I enjoyed speaking with her and hope you will enjoy reading about her business ventures as well.

Yolanda G. Mukombe

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Yolanda: My name is Yolanda G. Mukombe, I am the owner of YGM Consulting LLC and I provide financial services to individuals enhance their financial situation from birth to death. I also do business coaching and consulting to help individuals build entrepreneurship and expand their streams of income. I am a wife, mom of a toddler, and I am always looking to help people live their life on their terms.

Question: How did you determine that financial consulting was what you wanted to do?

Yolonda: I have been in the financial services industry for over 8 years. I realized that we are substantially under resourced and served as black women in the financial field. As time has gone by I have developed relationships with other women by helping them get their credit together, purchase homes, and become investors. I realized that I can cast my net wider across the US and Internationally to help more women by providing these services to help them with healing from past financial trauma. This would include having to depend on safety net programs, wage pay gap, trying to navigate around getting affordable health care and child care as well. I just want to be able to empower women to know that they can change their financial situation for the better. I want to serve as a resource through financial coaching to help women build their businesses with additional streams of income to generate wealth.

Question: How long has it been since you branched out on your own?

Yolonda: I branched out on my own recently but I have been offering services for about 8 years.

Question: Tell about an experience of when you helped someone?

Yolanda: About 8 years ago, I met a lady who was a young adult. She had the dream of wanting to become a homeowner but she did not feel as though she could because of her credit situation due to a past abusive relationship. I counseled her through the process in regards to what and when to pay off those negative items on her credit. She was able to get her credit score up and qualify to buy a home within a year of starting the process. We made a plan to make sure she purchased a home that would appreciate in value so that later the home could be sold for a profit. Low and behold the time came and she did not forget. She reached out to me about the plan and stated she was ready to execute the plan. She did have another financial transition but I reminded her of the plan and to remove the emotion out of it. Her home had appreciated by about $100,000 in five years. She put the home on the market and was able to make plans to save for her son, save for her retirement, and put a down payment on her next home. I was able to build her trust because she knew that I had the knowledge and I was working in her best interest. One of my biggest joys is being able to see a women overcome their financial trauma and enhance their situation.

Question: Where are you going to be working?

Yolanda: I have an office and will also be working from home in Greensboro, NC. I will be hybrid.

Question: Do plan on writing a book for financial services?

Yolanda: How did you know? I am an author. I have a devotional called “Don’t Forget Who God Is”. The devotional was birthed out of my own journey of financial transition. I am planning to write a financial devotional for black women and also a book on overcoming the financial traumas that we experience as black mothers.

Question: Tell me about “Don’t Forget Who God Is”.

Yolanda: My book is a 52 week devotional. I did not mention my own experience of having financial transition. In 2018, I became a mom and all of a sudden there were different transitions when the baby was six weeks old. My husband started a business, a year later my husband became sick, and after that he was in a really bad car accident. All of that was going on, and I felt like I was crushed under so much pressure and stress. One day it dawned on me that the reason I was struggling so much over the past year and a half was because I forgot who God was. God had taken care of us that entire time and I was worrying and trying to control things. I had really forgotten who God was in my life and knowing that he always takes care of us and shows up for us no matter what we are going through he is always there. If we ever feel disconnected from him it is because we disconnected from him, he did not disconnect from us. So I wrote the devotional to help other people who may be in a transition and feel disconnected from God. It is an opportunity to have a self reflection, heal from trauma, and reconnect with God.

Question: Where can we go to get your devotional?

Yolanda: The devotional can be purchased at It is also available on Amazon. If you purchase through my website you will get a signed copy, a pen, and a bookmark.

Follow me Facebook and Instagram. I post bible verses daily. As a word of advice, if there is something that is tugging on your heart for you to do, do not let fear be greater than your faith. If there is a passion that you want to pursue trust God, because you never know what is waiting on the other side, or who’s life you will unlock from pursuing what God has asked you to do. Live out your purpose. Don’t think so hard about it, just do it!

Yolanda G. Mukombe

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Creating a Blog Page For Your Business Website

Has anyone thought about creating a blog page for their business website? Apparently doing so can help bring more traffic to your business. Most of us ‘start from the bottom’ business owners are aware that it can take years before you actually see a profit from your business. Years of blood, sweat, and tears. My research has concluded that a blog page could help.

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The purpose of blogging is to connect with a particular audience. Once you do that you can boost traffic to your website, which will in turn send leads, and sells. The more you post, the higher your chances will be to be discovered by others. Sound easy right? Now, all you have to do is find something to blog about. You can make it personal, business, or both.

Having a bad day? Blog about it. Creating a new product? Blog about it? Your blog is your blog. It could also just be a outlet for yourself. Believe me…someone is reading it even if you do not realize it.

I am taking my own advice. Click the link to see my new blog page for my business Embrace Me Beads LLC. Embrace Me Beads – Embrace Me Beads LLC & Novelties of Hue

Reasons for a small business owner to blog

Boost Search Engine Visibility

Develop Relationships

Establish Your Business

Sharing is Caring

Introducing Mother, Wife, Teacher, Author, Publisher D.M. Whitaker

I had the great pleasure of speaking with D.M. Whitaker, a lady who wears many hats. She is passionate about them all and wears them proudly.
Meet D.M. Whitaker!

D.M. Whitaker

Question: Tell me about yourself.

D.M. Whitaker: I am a published author, a stay at home mom, and a homeschooler. I homeschool my four year old and eager one year old during the week. On the weekends, I am an ESO online teacher. I teach English to Chinese children in China through a company called VIP Kids. I am an educator by heart. Before I became a stay at home mom four years ago, I was a middle school reading teacher. This gives me an awesome opportunity to still be a teacher and work with different students to help them blossom in reading and writing, as well as still love on my boys and not miss their milestones.

Question: What does D.M. Whitaker stand for?

D.M. Whitaker: D.M. Whitaker my author name, short for Daquisha Whitaker.

Question: What kind of books do you write?

D.M. Whitaker: I write children’s books for an audience as young as six months old to eight years old. My books focus on teaching children social and functional skills. All of my books are catered towards parents, teaches, educators, and caregivers who want to help their children learn these skills. For example, brushing teeth and potty-training for functional skills, and learning how to apologize and share for social skills.

Question: How many books have you written?

D.M. Whitaker: So far I have written two books. One is a functional skills book that teaches children how to brush their teeth. It is called ‘Brush Your Teeth! Brush Your Teeth! Brandon’s Song for Healthy Teeth’. I have also published Part One of a three part book. It is called ‘The Scary Dinosaur and the Stinky Skunk’, a fable on accepting differences and accepting new friends. That one I wrote with my then three year old son, so that was really fun to write.

Question: When did you start publishing books?

D.M. Whitaker: I did not starting publishing books until after I started having children but I have been writing for many years. I have a degree in Creative Writing and then I have a Masters in Education focusing on Curriculum Instruction. I have been writing for a long time but now I have the opportunity to publish, take it seriously, and make it a business.

Question: How would someone purchase your books?

D.M. Whitaker: All of my books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books Amillion. If you’d like to get a book signed or purchase bulk orders you can go to my website

Question: Tell me a little about what you do for the children overseas?

D.M. Whitaker: It has been about fours years I have been an online teacher with VIP Kids. I get to teach Chinese children how to speak English. They come to me as a teacher to repeat, listen, and learn how to read and speak English. I work with kids as young as 3-15 years old. At this time I do it on the weekends. It is pretty awesome and fully emerged. You really see the kids blossom and do amazing things. Great kids and great families.

Question: How did you get into that program?

D.M. Whitaker: My sister-in-law had been teaching with the program during her maternity leave and she told me to check it out. I tried it as something to do until I went back to the classroom from my maternity leave and I have been doing it every since.

Question: Do you want to turn your book writing into a career?

D.M. Whitaker: Absolutely. I have four books that I am preparing to release through out this year. I am also helping others along the way. I not only want to publish my own books but publish others books as well.

Question: How do you help others who are interested in publishing a book?

D.M. Whitaker: Right now I do consultations. If someone is interested in the self publishing process and they have questions, I do a 30 minute consultation for $22.00. I also offer packages that help with identifying where they are in the process, what they want to write, and what they need. I help with the legalities and getting the book published on websites. Anyone can contact me and set up a consultation on my website at

Question: How long do you think it takes to get a children’s book published?

D.M. Whitaker: From start to finish it could take from 2-3 months, and most of that time is illustrator time.

Question: How do juggle all of your responsibilities?

D.M. Whitaker: I know that my kids are my first priority. I do my business and entrepreneurial things during their nap time and before they wake up in the morning. My husband is really good about giving me time to teach on the weekends.

It takes a lot of structure but it works out really well. When you are driven and passionate about your work it is never burdensome you just make time for it.


D.M. Whitaker Added: Go to my website to check out my blog and podcast called ‘The Mommy Chronicles’. On my podcast I discuss my experiences of being a black mom in this century and learning the ins and outs of parenting.

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Instagram: @dmwhitaker_writes

The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Crafty Tuesday its a cookie recipe.This recipe comes from Tasty.I’ve made them myself. We thought you ladies would like to make some one day!

There are a few secrets to the best classic, chewy chocolate chip cookies. Number one: Don’t use chips; instead, opt for a mix of milk or semisweet and dark chocolate chunks. The second is to let the dough rest overnight or longer for a more complex, toffee-like flavor. Lastly, use an ice cream scooper to get even-sized cookies every time. And that’s it! With these little tweaks, the result is a cookie that’s textured on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside. Absolutely perfect!

1 hr 5 min

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

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for 12 cookies

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chunk, or your preference

Nutrition Info


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.
  2. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.
  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).
  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavor and deeper color, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavor will be.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10 cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.
  8. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

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Meet Powerhouse Thessa Pickett, owner of MCSV Corp

We had the pleasure to speak with Thessa Pickett. She is an amazing lady, who has multiple businesses. Read below.

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Thessa: I have 4 children, I have been married for 19 years, and I have been in business for 8 of those years. I first started the business with a Jani King Franchise and making only $1000 a month. Now we are making about $17,000 – $18,000 per month. The business is not just making that much money from the Jenny King franchise we have other businesses as well.

Question: What kind of business is the Jani King Franchise?

Answer: Commercial Cleaning.

Question: What piqued your interest about the Commercial Cleaning franchise?

Answer: I used to work as an office and financial manager at a nonprofit in Greensboro. A lady that owned a franchise came in my office and told me about the franchise, so when I got my taxes that next year I invested. It was pretty much through word of mouth.

Question: What steps did you take to make the business profitable?

Answer: The company grew slowly. We networked, hired full staff in the last 2 years. So just basically networking and taking my time hiring people. We focused on growing slowly instead of fast.

Question: How many businesses are you cleaning for?

Answer: We have 8 commercial cleaning contracts. I just secured a tax prep franchise this year. We slowly secured business over time.

Questions: Where are the businesses located?

Answer: I have a couple of accounts in South Carolina, Fayetteville, and several in Winston Salem, NC.

Question: What is the name of your cleaning business?

Answer: MCSV Corp. We deviate as Sparkle 360.

Question: Tell me more about the Tax Prep Franchise you recently secured.

Answer: I secured a tax prep franchise by the name of One Stop Taxes. It is majority owned by women. I am looking for other people that are interested in becoming a Certified Tax Professional as well. They give you training. You do not have to pay for the invest until after you have prepared your first few sets of taxes, but the fee is small. You can pick the amount that your charge the client. It just depends on how complex the tax preparation is. 

Question: How long have you been involved in the tax business?

Answer: I have been involved in it for several years.  For at least 4 or 5 years I did it privately, but now I can offer my services to the public. It is fully insured and in the first couple of months with tax season we open the advances just like any other tax prep service.

Question: How would someone reach out for your tax prep services?

Answer: They would go to

Question: How would someone sign up to start their own franchise?

Answer: I would send you a link and then you can sign up. Then you will receive an email about starting your training. The training is self-paced, its not long or complicated.

Question: Break-down MCSV Corp.

Answer: MCSV Corp is the umbrella company. It’s the corporation that manages and oversees all of the other companies. That is how we are insured and registered with the security of state. MCSV Corp is a historical underutilized business and is a certified MWBE with the state. It houses the management for the Jani King Franchise, Sparkle 360, One Stop Taxes, Executive Development (small business set up), Embers Lounge (reiki and CBD healing products and consultations), and several books with retreats.

Question: What does MCSV stand for?

Answer: It stands for Matriarch Cleaning Solutions and Ventures.

Question: Is this family owned?

Answer: It is family owned but not all the staff is family.

Question: Tell me a little about your book.

Answer: The name of the book called is Niveau Suivant Motifs, which means Next Level Motivation. It took me a couple of years to post this due to other ventures. It focuses on building your mindset, motivation, and manifestation.

Question: Do you have a timeline for your retreat?

Answer: No, not just yet. We are working on building that part of our website, but it is going to launch under our Embers Lounge in a package. We will soon have a place for people to secure their place for the event.

End of Interview

Contact Info:

Jani-King, Sparkle 360 (, COVID-19 Disinfectant (, One Stop Taxes Franchise (,  Embers Lounge (CBD and 1 on 1 Reiki Consultation) – no website just yet, MCSV Corp Consulting (Executive Development and Small Business Set up), Author and Poet ( – Niveau Suivant Motifs – Next Level Motivation