Dear PTO: Just Stop. Please.

When my oldest was in kindergarten, I was gung-ho about joining the PTO. I aspired to be like those moms that were always at the school and always knew what was going on… I was ready to volunteer (even though I had two younger kids) and I was pumped.

Then I got a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the elementary school PTO. Can you say bitches? It was like a real-life version of Mean Girls. The blessed few that made up the board were making some really bad decisions that impacted the entire school. They were the chosen ones that determined which fundraisers would even be discussed, let alone done. (Spoiler alert, I can make a pie for a whole lot less than $17 and there’s a snowball’s shot in hell that I’m going to buy any more scented candles.) There’s zero variation in fundraisers from year-to-year and quite frankly, they suck. In addition to fundraisers, they would choose the school photographer.

This year, the bitch brigade made a very bad decision. Some wanna-be mom with too much time on her hands suggested switching from the very reasonably-priced photographer the school normally uses to Lifetouch. Fricken Lifetouch.

Why would ANYONE want to switch to a “photographer” with a reputation for horrible pictures and extortionary prices is beyond me. When I voiced my opinion that they had board the train to crazy town by picking that photographer, I was told that I can buy 4 wallets online for only $9! Are you kidding me? $9 for 4 wallets? I used to be able to get a decent package of pictures for $21! And that included an 8×10! The best I can do now is to pay $12 for a digital file and print my own 8×10 assuming they don’t put their crappy logo on it or provide a print release.

And bad decisions like this just keep on happening. I can’t believe I ever wanted to be on the PTO. I’m making it my silent mission to screw up their meetings for the rest of the year. I’ll be the naysayer. The devil’s advocate. The one putting the seed of doubt in the other parents’ ears.

It’s going to be a fun year!

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Shameless Plug: My Bestie Joined Thirty-One

So, I think everyone that follows this blog knows how I feel about MLMs. I hate them. I think they’re generally a rip off for the person doing the selling. Beyond being a kit-napper, I don’t think there’s a ton of earning potential. HOWEVER, my bestie has joined Thirty-One (kit napper — she’s totally realistic), and she’s giving a go of it during the first 4 months when the company offers a start-swell bonus to consultants to basically persuade them to not be kit nappers… I guess it works?

Anyway, if you’ve never heard of Thirty-One, it’s a brand of totes, handbags, wallets, accessories, jewelry and more. ¬†They offer seasonal prints and really high-quality craftsmanship. I’ll say it — I love Thirty-One’s products. What I don’t love is the above average price tag. Consultants take in 25% from the get-go, so prices are basically inflated by 25% to make up for that. If you’re all about small businesses and empowering women, that might not bother you too much. They’re a pretty innovative company and a lot of their things are replicated by cheap brands such as Mainstays, but it’s never as good as the original.

With that being said, if you’re in the market for purses, wallets, totes, home organization supplies, scarves, jewelry, etc. please check out my friend’s Thirty-One VIP group on Facebook and take a look. If you love it, sign up to host with her and you’ll get some amazing hostess benefits. Each month offers a different special and different hostess exclusives, so I recommend signing up for a party (yes, you can do a Facebook party) when there’s a special or hostess exclusive that you really love.

Here’s the link to her group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277381052778320/

 

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