SAACA’s Catalyst Creative Collective, a unique space of over 14,000 square feet of flexible cooking, craft, and event space within the Tucson Mall, is partnering with Antsy Nancy to deliver even more cooking, baking, arts, and crafts skills classes to the Tucson community.

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating, preserving, and advancing the arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place, and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences.

“We are excited to welcome Antsy Nancy to CATALYST Creative Collective.  The variety of creative classes that they offer is such a great fit for the space, we can’t wait to start!”, said CATALYST Manager, Kevin Larkin.

Teaching classes at a location other than 5655 E River Rd won’t be problematic for Antsy Nancy instructors. Since opening their doors in Tucson, in October 2021, Antsy Nancy has provided recurring classes at The Highlands, The Gallery, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Skyline Country Club, La Paloma Country Club, Tucson Medical Center, Catalina Foothills School District (CARE), The Stone Canyon Club, and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

“The opportunity to partner with SAACA provides an ideal solution as we look to grow and expand our reach,” said Antsy Nancy Founder and CEO, Heidi Yribar. “I’m being provided a testing ground for opening a 2nd location without the overhead and capital requirements typically associated. Not to mention the marketing resources SAACA provides and the additional exposure we’ll receive from a shared a clientele. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Antsy Nancy has scheduled the following classes this Spring at the Tucson Mall location:

“Assuming these six classes go well, which we are already seeing a great response, we hope to offer our best-selling, Weekly Summer Camps for kids ages 6-14, from the Tucson Mall location,” said Yribar.

Those best-sellers include French Baking Week, Cake Decorating Week, Spa Week, and Arts & Craft Week. If you haven’s subscribed to Antsy Nancy’s newsletter, make sure you do, because Summer Camps sellout fast!

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

On October 1, 2023, Antsy Nancy celebrated our 2nd Anniversary!

Due to the community support and success our team has seen in Tucson, we are expanding our reach and recruiting Instructors to provide Antsy Nancy (AN) skills classes to even more off-site event spaces in Southern Arizona.

Since opening our doors in Tucson, we have provided recurring, monthly classes at The Highlands, The Gallery, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Skyline Country Club, La Paloma Country Club, Tucson Medical Center, Catalina Foothills School District (CARE), and most recently, The Stone Canyon Club.

We are looking for hard working, motivated individuals, who can inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to succeed in our cooking, decorating, and craft classes.

If the job description below sounds like a great fit, follow the employment tab to our website to submit your application. We are beyond excited for this new chapter of AN!

AN will be accepting applications through November 15 and cannot wait to see the exceptional people that will make up our Southern Arizona Regional Off-Site team!

Locations Hiring:

  • Green Valley
  • Central Phoenix
  • Scottsdale


  • $20/hour + Commission Opportunity
  • Flexible Schedule


  • Regular, Part time

Position Summary:

The Antsy Nancy team is excited to expand with the addition of 3 new, Regional Offsite Instructors! Regional Instructors will receive a 3-day, immersive training course in which they will be provided with the skills and resources needed to properly execute Antsy Nancy Offsite Event Instruction, individually and independently in their designated region.

The Regional Offsite Instructor is responsible for preparing and facilitating classes. This includes preparing lesson plans and presentations, sourcing materials, supporting the team through long term scheduling and planning, continuously promoting, and branding Antsy Nancy classes, as well as connecting and coordinating with Offsite spaces to schedule classes and programs.

This opportunity is great for people who enjoy leadership and hard work, as well as enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Provide Instruction and Mentoring

  • Prep and Instruct Offsite “How To” Skills Classes. Examples include:
  • Charcuterie Board
  • Cookie and Cake Decorating
  • Wine Glass Etching
  • Flower Arranging
  • Holiday Wreath Making
  • Cardmaking
  • Make and Take to Bake Treats
  • Sourcing necessary materials dependent on class type, as well as number of registered students.
  • Set up and breakdown based on class type, as well as event space.

Antsy Nancy Offsite Class Sales and Coordination

  • Increase and maintain clientele by developing relationships with new and existing clients in designated regions.
  • Execute dynamic presentation to prospective clients.
  • Work closely with coordinators to develop relationships that reciprocate into return customers.


You MUST be…

  • Outgoing and personable, with excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Schedule flexibility. The instructor needs to have availability for evening, as well as weekend classes.
  • Be proficient in communication with AN admin as well as clientele via email and cellular communication, along with tagging, liking, and sharing through social media channels.
  • Have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transport to and from events.

Additional desirable qualifications:

Work experience, certification and/or licensing in one or more of the following areas:

  • Teaching degree, Culinary Training, Landscaping experience, Event Planning experience, Interior Decorating licensing/experience.

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

Visit for more information or to submit employment application.

The country clubs, that is. Swimming pools, golf courses, 4-star dining, and regularly scheduled classes with Antsy Nancy. What more could a country club member ask for?

Since opening in October 2021, Antsy Nancy has enjoyed providing on-going, regularly scheduled classes for the members of both The Lodge at Ventana Canyon and The Gallery. This year, we’re thrilled to add both La Paloma Country Club and Skyline Country Club to that amazing lineup.

Providing classes to the members of these exclusive clubs is beneficial to all parties involved. Clubs are able to offer a very diverse activities program, working with a consistent and reliable source. Club members are able to take classes at the club they love, at a discounted rate, because the club is providing the venue, all class marketing, invitation and registration support. For Antsy Nancy, the exposure to dozens of potential new customers is incredible and regularly leads to new customers at the River and Craycroft location, near Whole Foods.

Some of the most requested off-site classes include Charcuterie Boards, Holiday Crafts, Cookie Decorating with Royal Icing, and Wine Glass Etching.

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

Class registrations are made online at

The word is out that Antsy Nancy is a top destination for cooking, baking, and cake decorating classes, arts and crafts, holiday projects, and beauty, health and wellness instruction. Google “best cooking classes in Tucson” or “best baking classes in Tucson,” and Antsy Nancy is one of the first listings to pop up.

Antsy Nancy’s diverse array of in-person classes, open to the public, include Wine and Book Club, Summer Camps for Kids, Cake Decorating, Artisanal Pizza Making, Perfume Making, and Luau event planning – and that’s all in the next six weeks.

The team is currently taking bookings into 2023 for teambuilding events, birthday parties, and on-going, monthly classes at Tucson Medical Center, Heritage Highlands, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Sunflower Community, and Catalina Foothills School District.

Heidi Yribar, Founder & CEO, is thrilled by the response Tucson has shown Antsy Nancy. “We opened the doors on October 1, 2021 with zero booked business and a contact database limited to friends and family, said Yribar. Financially, I’m ready to open the second Tucson location and I need the right staff in place to enable significant growth.”

Yribar needs to hire part-time instructors and part-time assistant instructors to support existing business, with opportunity for growth into leadership positions. “There is no shortage of competent, ambitious, and highly qualified individuals in Tucson. I’m confident I will find the right people to represent my brand and I am huge proponent of rewarding excellence,” said Yribar.

In addition, Antsy Nancy is in need of an experienced baker, on a contract basis, to support upcoming cake, cookie, and cupcake decorating classes.

See job listings below for more information or email resume, social media links, and cover letter to


Part-Time Instructor
15-20 hours per week
$20 per hour + Performance Bonuses

Are you a high-energy, engaging, people person with EXCELLENT speaking and teaching skills?

Do friends always ask YOU for a recipe? Compliment YOU on your decorating and party planning? Do YOU have 2 green thumbs – even though we live in the desert?

If you said YES to the questions above, we think Antsy Nancy could be a great fit for you!

We are searching for part-time Instructors for our Tucson skills classes, where we offer new DIY lessons every month in:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cooking & Entertaining
  • Gardening & Landscaping
  • Health, Wellness, & Beauty
  • Holiday Projects
  • Home Decorating

You will help prepare lesson plans and presentations for classes, source products and materials, support the executive team with business strategy and long-term schedule planning, continuously promote and brand Antsy Nancy classes, and work with customers to plan and host private parties and events.

This is a great part-time opportunity for those who want to work hard, enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and have fun!

– Be outgoing, personable, have GREAT communication and customer service skills.
– Be available for daytime classes, as well as some Saturdays and evenings.
– Be proficient with posting, tagging, sharing, and responding on multiple social media channels.
– Have a valid driver’s license.

– If you have work experience, certification, and licenses in one or more of the above categories. For example: teaching degree, culinary training, landscaper/gardener, event planner, interior decorator, etc.

TO APPLY, email your resume, with social media links, along with a cover letter describing your most successful DIY projects

Part-Time Assistant Instructor
15-20 hours per week
$13 per hour to start and $15 per hour after 90 days + Performance Bonuses

Are you a high-energy, engaging, people person with EXCELLENT customer service skills?

Do you have a Pinterest page filled with projects, recipes, crafts, and parties you would love to try?

Do you love helping people succeed and making others feel empowered?

If you said YES to the questions above, we think Antsy Nancy could be a great fit for you!

We are searching for part-time Assistant Instructors for our Tucson skills classes, where we offer new DIY lessons every month in:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cooking & Entertaining
  • Gardening & Landscaping
  • Health, Wellness, & Beauty
  • Holiday Projects
  • Home Decorating

You will help prepare materials for classes, support instructor and students alike during lessons, continuously promote and brand Antsy Nancy classes, and assist with the planning and hosting of private parties and events.

This is a great part-time opportunity for those who want to work hard, enjoy people of all ages and backgrounds, and have fun!

– Be outgoing, personable, have GREAT communication and customer service skills.
– Be available for evening classes and events, as well as some Saturday and daytime classes during school holidays.
– Be proficient with posting, tagging, sharing, and responding on multiple social media channels.
– Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

– If you have experience/expertise in one or more of the above categories.

TO APPLY, email your resume, with social media links, along with a cover letter describing why you want to work at Antsy Nancy to


Food Network Looks to Tucson’s Antsy Nancy for the Next Kids Baking Champion

A talent agent for Food Network’s popular television show, Kids Baking Championship, contacted Antsy Nancy to identify prospective contestants from Tucson, Arizona.

The Kids Baking Championship is a popular Food Network show featuring hosts and judges, Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. Young bakers between the ages of 8-13 compete in fun baking battles to become the next Kids Baking Champion, who take home a prize of $25,000 and feature in Food Network Magazine.

The Food Network’s talent agent found Antsy Nancy’s Summer Camp Baking Week online and knew this would be an ideal place to find aspiring master bakers, said Heidi Yribar, Antsy Nancy Founder and CEO. “For kiddos interested in putting their baking skills to the test, we would love to help with the application and introduction to the talent agent.”

During Antsy Nancy’s Summer Camp Baking Week, offered the week of June 6 from 9am-12pm, and again the week of July 11, campers will learn the skills required to execute Madeleines, cupcakes – both baking and decorating 4-ways, cookie decorating with royal icing, cake decorating, and making and cooking churros (don’t worry mom, they’re using air fryers).

“Pictures of recent baking projects, as well as a video explaining why they think they’d be perfect for the show, are required components for the application,” said Yribar. “Our camp staff will ensure interested kids gets perfect pictures each day with their expertly executed confections and at the end of the week, we’ll record a great application video from the Antsy Nancy kitchen.”

Any family can apply at anytime at, but according to Yribar, she has the talent agent’s mobile number on speed dial! Yribar is also offering free baking, cake decorating, and cookie decorating classes to any Antsy Nancy student or camper selected to be a contestant, to help them prepare for the competition.

The talent agent stressed that the Food Network is looking for kids that aspire to be exceptional bakers, not existing professionals. “We can’t wait to meet all our aspiring young bakers at Summer Camp,” said Yribar. “At Antsy Nancy, all kids are champions!”

Press contact:
Heidi Yribar, Founder & CEO
5655 E River Rd. #101
Tucson, AZ 85750

Destination: Kansas City, Missouri

The first thing that comes to mind for me when I think of Kansas City is family. I’ve visited KC annually for the past 20 years and although it’s not home, I also don’t feel like a tourist. I know where to find all the best BBQ and I wear my Chiefs gear with pride. I am still, however always learning new things about this amazing city that loves its commitment to traditions and history.

Kansas City BBQ

When you visit KC for the first time or the hundredth time, a trip to Jack Stack for burnt ends and cheesy corn, Arthur Bryant’s for their sliced brisket, or Gates for their baked beans, ribs, and (in my opinion), the world’s best sauce, Gates Extra Hot.

We buy the rubs and the sauces and bring them home to Tucson, but we were never able to come close to replicating the masters from our backyard. Until we bought a smoker.

The electric smoker is to the outdoor grill, what the crockpot is to the kitchen stove. Like the crockpot, you simply turn it on, insert raw, seasoned meat, and when you return many hours later, you have tender, smokey, and dare I say it … KC worthy BBQ. Meat literally falls off the rib bones. Pork shoulder so tender you can shred it with your fingers. And the smoked salmon? OMG!

At our February 23 How to Smoke ‘fall off the bone, mouth drooling, finger licking’ Meat class, we will review seasoning and cooking recipes for pork, beef and fish, sampling smoked versions of all the above with a nice assortment of side dishes. If you’re gearing up for a Rodeo weekend BBQ and want to try something different, this is a class you won’t want to miss!

Go Chiefs!

I know there are a lot of cities that claim to be the most loyal of NFL football fans, but I have personally never witnessed more devoted fans than those in Kansas City. I grew up in Seattle and the fandom and the 11 bandwagon didn’t happen until Russell Wilson led the team to a Super Bowl win in 2014. Here in AZ, the Cardinals were undefeated for their first 7 games this season and I rarely saw Cardinals gear. In KC, Mahomes jerseys are everywhere, and you can see at least one Chiefs flag on every street.

Five years ago, my family had the unique opportunity to join a group of highly devoted Chiefs fans to tailgate before a morning game. We were lined up for the entrance before six am, with hundreds of other Chiefs fans, for an eleven am kickoff. When the gates opened, it was like a shotgun start for the remake of Cannonball Run. I’m fairly certain our ride (a bus renovated into the ultimate Chief mobile) took more than one corner on only two wheels.

After four hours of tailgating, we made our way to our seats, which were so close to the field we could feel the heat from the tunnel flames. The roar of the crowd during the Tomahawk Chop is really something.

My sister is a Director at Children’s Mercy Hospital and said Mahomes is a frequent visitor. A truly nice guy, committed to the community, and based upon his performance against the Buffalo Bills last week, might just be worth that insanely huge salary.

Last week, Antsy Nancy hosted a team building event for a group of colleagues with a Super Bowl theme. The group learned how to make Soft Pretzels with Cheese & Sausage Dip and whipped up more than one batch of The BEST Margaritas. They had a blast! If you have a team that want to get together for a fun activity, we’d love to plan a private event perfect for your group.

Tucson, AZ – December 30, 2021 – Heritage Highlands residents will be able to learn a new skill every month during the 2022 year. The Highlands, Dove Mountain Activity Director, Kelsey Christiansen has locked in monthly dates with Antsy Nancy Founder & CEO, Heidi Yribar to teach classes to The Highland members throughout the 2022 year, as part of their on-going Corks and Crafts program.

Antsy Nancy, located within a mile of TMC at 5655 E River Rd. in the prominent River Center, provides how-to skills classes for home, health, and happiness. Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty. Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided and each class results in a new skill learned and a successfully executed project for students to share with family and friends.

These skills classes and the uniqueness and high quality of the projects created are exactly what appealed to Christiansen, who is responsible for organizing activities that will appeal to the residents in the Heritage Highlands active retirement community.

Heidi Yribar, Founder and CEO of Antsy Nancy said she is honored to align with The Highlands. “I’m thrilled to have connected with Kelsey. The opportunity to lock-in a long-term, recurring program for Antsy Nancy is a huge win,” said Yribar. “Although I have had several customers from Marana and Oro Valley, the majority of Antsy Nancy’s in-person customers are Foothills’ residents. It’s wonderful to introduce Antsy Nancy to a new market.”

Antsy Nancy will provide instruction and materials for two classes each month in the 2022 calendar year, with exception of the summer months, when only one class per month will be offered. The benefit to The Highlands members is an opportunity to take an Antsy Nancy class without the standard class registration fee. “Kelsey has put together a very special package for The Highlands members so the only fee they are responsible for is the cost of materials,” said Yribar.

Antsy Nancy kicked off the program with an introductory class in December that sold out within the first hour! “The class, ‘how to create a holiday ornament wreath,’ was such a hit, Kelsey booked a second class that also sold out,” said Yribar. “It’s the most rewarding experience in the world to get validation that Antsy Nancy, which was just an idea twelve months ago, is not only viable, but desirable. The feedback from customers has been absolutely amazing.”

Antsy Nancy Takes Tucson’s Taste Buds Around the World

Beginning January 2022, Antsy Nancy will offer monthly cooking and baking classes highlighting a unique culinary region.

The second Thursday of each month, from 6-8 PM, Becca Keables, at-home chef and caterer and owner of Willow Tree Spices will bring her love of spices and local farm bought products to Antsy Nancy.

“Becca cooked an Italian dish for a private party in November and I was blown away. The dish was incredible, but her ease in the kitchen and ability to both demonstrate what she was doing while including the class is exactly what I look for in an instructor,” said Antsy Nancy Founder and CEO, Heidi Yribar. “Each student had opportunity for hands on learning, which is the best way to learn any skill.”

The cooking class Keables taught was, Meatball Wellington, which is an Italian meatball, surrounded by ooey gooey cheeses, baked in a flaky puff pastry, and served with a homemade marinara sauce, using fresh herbs and spices and farmers market cheeses.

Becca Keables
Becca Keables Instructs Antsy Nancy Class
Meatball Wellington
Meatball Wellington

The only thing better than a fabulous dinner is to pair it with an equally fabulous dessert. Antsy Nancy will serve dessert at each Cooking around the World Class and then provide a how-to skills class in the corresponding Baking Around the World Classes, scheduled the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM.

2022 Cooking and Baking Around the World Classes

JanuaryChinaKung Pao Chicken & PotstickerCustom Fortune Cookies
FebruaryFranceClassic French CassouletMacarons
MarchNew OrleansJambalaya & HushpuppiesKing Cake
AprilThailandShrimp Pad ThaiThai Crème Caramel
MayMexicoGreen Chili Tamales & Tableside GuacamoleChurros
JuneItalyChicken Alfredo with Homemade noodlesCannoli
JulyGreeceLamb Kabobs with Tzatziki SauceBaklava
AugustIndiaTandoori Chicken BowlsGulab Jamun
SeptemberSpainPaellaBurnt Basque Cheesecake
OctoberGermanyPork Schnitzel & SpaetzleApple Strudel
NovemberEnglandSheppard Pie & Yorkie PuddingsTraditional English Trifle
DecemberBest in the World!Holiday AppetizersCroquembouche

But wait … there’s more!

2022 VEGAN Cooking Around the World Classes

We know there’s a lot of people moving towards a more plant based diet. Statistically speaking, more than 25,000 Tucsonan’s identify as Vegetarian or Vegan, yet there are only a handful of restaurants dedicated to a plant based diet.

We are thrilled to announce that our team will teach a cooking class the last Tuesday of each month at 6 PM, providing a Vegan version of each of the entrees listed above – losing zero of the flavors and spices made famous by each culinary region.

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Experience

Antsy Nancy’s Cooking Around the World, Desserts Around the World, and Cooking VEGAN Around the World classes make an ideal gift for anyone who love to cook, bake, and eat flavorful food. It’s also ideal for couples and families stuck in a rut. Whether that rut is date night, family night, or the limited variety of what’s being served at dinner, a monthly cooking and baking class creates an opportunity to spend time together building on your skills and creating lasting memories.

A lot of kiddos are headed to college next Fall. What a great opportunity to spend quality time with your son or daughter while teaching them how to follow a recipe. Because if they don’t know how to measure, whisk, dice, saute, filet, grate, blend, puree, juice, chop, season, julienne, caramelize, fold, proof, sift, knead … (OK, I’ve already gone on longer than I needed, but you get the point), then they won’t be able to follow even basic recipes.

Each class can be registered for individually via the class calendar and 3 Month, 6 Month, and 12 Month classes can also be purchased as bundled packages, at a significant savings.

If you love the idea of gifting cooking or baking classes for your family and don’t live near the 5655 E River Rd., Tucson, AZ location, the online option might be perfect for you. At only $25 per class, we will email you the shopping list and recipe a week before class and you (and ??? … your family/friend group/co-workers) can get cooking live with Antsy Nancy. And don’t worry if you miss the date, we’ll email you the recorded session and you can take the class at your leisure.

If you think we’re missing a culinary region that should be included, please let us know! We are all HUGE foodies and had such a hard time narrowing down our list to those selected. Our goal is to give a broad variety of dishes, flavors, cooking methods and styles to teach students all year and we can’t wait to get started.

Antsy Nancy does it all … and so can you!

Leverage the Adoption of Zoom to Improve Customer Retention and Referrals

Isn’t it ironic that we were lectured by educators and medical experts about the damages of excessive screen time for children?  And then these same educators and medical experts told our kids they had to sit in front of their screen 8 hours a day. But we adapted to our environment and played the hand we were dealt. Everyone, at every age, became well acquainted with FaceTime and Zoom. We are all much more comfortable seeing ourselves on-screen and inviting strangers inside our home or office via webcam. We’re also more willing to engage socially and feel sociable in a virtual environment.

Although we all felt digital burnout, because almost every meeting was online, we have a better balance. Most of us have an option to be back in school or office – some or all of the week. A lot of us are traveling again. Most of us are eating out, going to the gym, the hair salon, and getting out the house on a regular basis.

But our universal familiarity with online meetings has changed the way the world will work, connect, and engage forever. Businesses have an opportunity to leverage the adoption of Zoom to improve customer retention and increase referrals.

When you think about customer appreciation gifts this holiday season, consider gifting a virtual experience with Antsy Nancy.

One way to thank customers for their business is to send a digital Thanksgiving card along with invitation to a live skills class, “How to bake Picture Perfect Pies.” As the host, you can be live at the Antsy Nancy kitchen, working as sous chef, and interacting with your customers. For those that can’t login at the set time – you can email them the recorded version. As an extra fun idea: send a spatula or oven mitt with your logo in the mail.

A fun holiday gifting idea is to mail an invitation to all your employees and their families, inviting them to the class, “How to decorate Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing.” Let them know you will be awarding prizes for the best cookies, the ugliest on-screen Christmas Sweater, best family participation, and the best holiday decorated kitchen. A fun add-on would be to mail cookie cutters and sprinkles along with the invitation.

Reach out at to share what makes you and your business special, so we can create a special event your customers or employees will truly appreciate.

Re-Engage Employees and Stop the Great Resignation in Your Organization

Have you heard the phrase “The Great Resignation”, also known as the “The Big Quit”? It’s a human resources nightmare and for me, it just doesn’t make any sense. After losing my job in February 2020, just one week after earning my MBA, I spent months trying to find a new job.

I would spend hours customizing my resume and crafting a perfect cover letter for each job application. I’d troll LinkedIn to find 2nd level connections I could leverage to make an introduction and potentially give me a leg up. I even contacted the John Jay and Rich radio show, “shoot your shot” segment to try to help me land an interview. Sounds desperate, I know. I was. I applied for more than a hundred positions that never even received an automated email response. It was an incredibly depressing and confidence crushing time.

Now that I’ve started my own business (one of the best decisions I’ve ever made), I’m getting unsolicited job offers. What the heck happened?! In just under 10 months (when I stopped obsessing about finding a job and started obsessing on my start-up business), the job market came full circle.

Most employers are aware that it costs a lot more to hire an employee than to retain an employee, (according to PeopleKeep, that cost is about $1,500 for an hourly employee, 100-150% for a technical position and 213% for C-suite), so it’s mind-boggling when a company says they can’t afford to give even a cost-of-living raise. They rationalize, “we can hire someone cheaper.” No, I’m sorry, but you can’t. After the onboarding, recruiting, and training costs, not to mention the lost productivity, there is no way that new, lower salary, was a good ROI. And if that employee that walked out the door was well liked and well respected? Well – you just opened the door for the big quit.

According to a study by Office Vibe, 70% of employees report that having a friend at work is the most crucial element to a happy work life. 50% of employees with a best friend at work reported feeling a stronger connection to their organization. There’s no “I” in team, but one employee departure can have a significant impact on the camaraderie of an entire organization.

According to a recent Gallup article, one big reason for the mass exodus is current workplace division. Employees, employers, and their colleagues can’t agree on how to handle vaccinations, remote vs. in-person vs. hybrid workforces, and of course the political drivers are, well … driving everyone crazy. And that’s just it, right? You’re the boss, but you aren’t driving anymore. So how do you set a new course and give directions that everyone will not only be willing to follow, but want to follow? How do you get back into the driver seat?

Gallup suggests there are opportunities to turn the tide by uniting employees around a common goal. Reminding them of shared core values and rallying around a shared mission, “The turmoil of the pandemic has created a perfect opportunity to undergo a “team reset” — a time for your team to step back and reimagine what they want to be known for and how they will best work together going forward.”

A reset, or a kickstart, is exactly the type of experience Antsy Nancy can bring to your team. Is your team coming back to the office full time? Would it help for them to get future-focused and create a team vision board? Something they will see every day in office with a common goal they are all equally motivated to achieve.

Do you have a hybrid team – some in office, some still remote, that could use a bit of a reminder that they still like each other? Do you think it would be a bit of fun to host a simulcast in-person/zoom gingerbread design contest this holiday season? You can present/ship everyone a box of supplies that nobody opens until the live event. Everybody has 2 hours to design the new company headquarters using only the gingerbread cookies and royal icing.

Maybe your group is completely focused on everything that is wrong and bad and negative within the walls of your company. Perhaps one of their favorite colleagues recently resigned. Would an opportunity to spend a day focused on helping individuals that are truly in a negative way (making food packages for homeless, creating care packages for military, wrapping presents for under-privileged kids) provide an opportunity to reflect on some of the positives? Like the fact they have an employer that will donate a day off from work to give back to the community.

Antsy Nancy isn’t a fix-all for disgruntled employee woes, but we’d like to help. Reach out to and share your biggest personnel challenges. Let’s come up with a strategy to kickstart re-engagement and camaraderie on your team. An opportunity to recommit to your company’s core values, get future focused, and secure the culture within your team may be just what you need to get back in the driver’s seat.

Antsy Nancy Grand Opening is October 1st, 2021

Have you ever been equally excited and terrified at the same moment? I think adrenaline junkies might describe it as that moment right before jumping from a plane, or the feeling you have when a roller coaster is moving super slow as it climbs the highest point of the track because you know any second its going to plunge over the other side. That’s the way I’ve been feeling for the last three weeks.

I have a countdown on my website until the Grand Opening – Open House on Friday, October 1st and as I’m writing this blog, the countdown reads 9 days, 3 hours, 12 minutes, and 10 seconds, 8 seconds, 6 seconds …

Antsy Nancy Grand Opening-Open House is Friday, October 1, from 3pm-7pm. The event will be in the River Center courtyard with tours through the new Antsy Nancy store. 


  • 3pm-4pm: After School Treats and Crafts
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm: Mini “How to” Demonstrations: Sneak Peek at Upcoming Classes
    • 3:30pm: Cupcake Decorating – Learn 4 different decorating techniques
    • 4:15pm: Flower Arranging – learn to turn a store bouquet into a stunning arrangement
    • 4:45pm: Wreath Decorating – learn to work with live greenery and floral wire to create a natural olive branch wreath
  • 5pm-6pm: Happy Hour! Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails
  • 6pm-7pm: Raffle Prize Drawing & Live Music

The kids’ activities will be supervised in our outdoor courtyard.

To save your seat for one of the mini “how to” demonstrations, make sure you RSVP for the Open House first and then select the activity. If you are not taking a class, you do not have to RSVP drop by the event, but please do! Remember the roller coaster feeling? Every registration that comes in makes my excitement level go up, up, up!!

American Girl Couture Collection
American Girl Couture Collection
Holiday Tea Towel & Cookie Cutter Set
Holiday Tea Towel & Cookie Cutter Set
Gardeners Toolbelt
Gardeners Toolbelt
Ladybugs and Louis
Ladybugs and Louis
Unicorn & Rainbows
Unicorns & Rainbows
Burlap Pumpkin Set
Burlap Pumpkin Set
Elf on a Shelf Storytime Set
Elf on a Shelf Storytime Set
Elf on a Shelf Adventure Set
Elf on a Shelf Adventure Set
Elf on a Shelf Bedroom Set
Elf on a Shelf Bedroom Set

Raffle prizes include:

  • Gardening Apron with Tools and Registration for October Class: How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden.
  • Hair Bow Collection and Registration for October Class: How to Make Hair Bows.
  • Elf on a Shelf Adventure Set and Registration for November Class: How to Plan 25 Days of (naughty & nice) Elf on a Shelf.
  • Autumn Pumpkin Decor Set and Registration for October Class: How to Design Pumpkins with Stencils.
  • Holiday Table Runner Set and Registration for November Class: How to Set a Stunning Holiday Table.
  • Couture Fashion Collection for 18? doll (fits American Girl) and Registration for December Class: How to Host an American Girl Holiday Tea.
  • Couture Fashion Collection for 14? doll (fits WellieWisher) and Registration for December Class: How to Host an American Girl Holiday Tea.
  • Embroidered Holiday Tea Towel Set and Registration for December Class: How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing.
  • and more!!

Every registration will automatically be entered into our raffle drawing. The November and December classes will be listed and available for registration on before the October 1 Grand Opening. Use Coupon Code: “GO20!” for 20% OFF all class registrations made between now and our raffle drawing, taking place at 6pm on October 1, 2021., shared on Facebook LIVE.

Antsy Nancy Offers “How-To” Skills Classes for Home, Health, and Happiness

A new business is opening in October in the prominent River Center Shopping Center at 5655 E River Rd., Ste. 101, just across from Whole Foods Market. Antsy Nancy will teach in-person and online classes in Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Health, Wellness, & Beauty, Holiday Projects, and Home Decorating.

Founder and CEO Heidi Yribar said her master classes are designed for beginners. Antsy Nancy will provide all the expert instruction, tools and materials needed to enable successful project execution. “I want every student to leave class with a new skillset and a finished product they’re excited to share with family and friends.”

Upcoming classes listed at include How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden, How to Make a Fall Wreath, and How to Bake Madeleines. Antsy Nancy also has classes dedicated to the parent and child experience, like How to Make Hair Bows, and How to Host a Hogwarts Halloween. Yribar believes the adult only classes, like How to Make Charcuterie Boards and Sangria and How to Host an Oktoberfest Party, will inspire a more creative date night and girls’ night out.

“As a working mom, the most significant experiences with my kids, my husband, my friends, my mom – were when we made something together.  What we also made were really special memories. My vision for Antsy Nancy is to combine the experience of engaging with the people we love – even if those people are strangers, because we’ve been so starved of human interaction – with the opportunity to take a super fun class.”

“How many times have you pinned a craft, or recipe, or a floral arrangement, and never found the time to execute?” asked Yribar. “Either you didn’t want to go shopping for all the materials you’d need, or the project required tools and gadgets you’d never heard of? I liken our classes to the best of Pinterest. We’ll constantly cull exceptional and trending projects, and we’ll do all the heavy lifting. Our students just need to register, show up, and have a great time learning something new.”

Yribar, a life-long learner, earned her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree in late January 2020. One day after earning her MBA, Yribar attended a global sales meeting and questioned a senior corporate executive about the percentage of female leaders. Yribar was terminated within the week.

Within weeks of her termination, Covid-19 changed everything. Unemployment hit unprecedented highs and finding a comparable position, proved impossible for Yribar. “I went from working 50+ hours a week and going to school full time, to doing neither.” I will be forever grateful to my Aunt Nancy.

Aunt Nancy, aka Nancy Rutherford, is Yribar’s maternal Aunt and an inspiration in many ways. “When I was a kid, Aunt Nancy was the fun, cool, and young Aunt. She looked just like Barbie with an equally enviable shoe and clothes collection. Also, like Barbie, she could do anything. She’d lived all over the world, had multiple college degrees, took karate, jumped out of airplanes, and drove an Alfa Romeo convertible. She’s exceptionally artistic and creative too. Since she and my uncle retired and moved to Tucson, she’s developed her quilting to an art form. I think she made the cakes for at least a dozen weddings, and she completed the Master Gardener Program with the University of Arizona. Is there a Renaissance Barbie? If not, they could model her after my Aunt Nancy.”

“After I lost my job and the world went into lockdown, I decided to do some work around my house and asked Aunt Nancy for gardening pointers,” said Yribar. Those pointers turned into months of work together, landscaping over an acre of property in the Catalina Foothills during one of the hottest, driest summers on record. “We easily planted over 200 plants, trees, and shrubs. On top of that, we built a koi pond with a waterfall, a concrete stairway to a meditation garden, a three-tier vegetable garden, planted a small fruit orchard, built two concrete patios, a raised herb garden, a cutting garden, and renovated my kid’s playhouse. In the fall, we moved indoors, and Aunt Nancy taught me how to sew and recover furniture. During the holidays, she hosted a wreath decorating party and taught my daughter and I to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.”

“Every project with Aunt Nancy, she had all the tools and materials laid out and ready to go. I just showed up and she walked me through the process, step by step, to make sure I could do it on my own. At a time in my life when I felt defeated and powerless, every day I worked with Aunt Nancy I felt empowered. Successful. Proud. These experiences inspired my business and of course Aunt Nancy is the inspiration behind the company name – ‘Antsy’ Nancy because she’s always busy; crafting, sewing, baking, gardening.

My slogan is ‘Antsy Nancy does it all … and so can you!’ That’s how Aunt Nancy always made me feel and what I hope to replicate for our students in every Antsy Nancy class,” said Yribar.

Heidi Yribar, Founder & CEO

American Classic Tea

Charleston is a city I’ve always wanted to visit – for its’ rich American history, Gone with the Wind estates and architecture, its’ military past and influence, the magnificent gardens, and the southern food. I’m not kidding. The she-crab soup alone was worth the trip.

After the successful Netflix hit, Outer Banks, which filmed a lot of its scenes in Charleston, it was easy to get my kids onboard with the idea too.

What I didn’t know before researching my trip was that although hundreds of tea plantations exist throughout the world, (most in Asia, Africa and South America) there is only one located in all of North America and you guessed it, it’s in Charleston, South Carolina.

Tea bushes were imported to America from China as early as the 1700s, but according to the Charleston Tea Garden‘s website, it wasn’t until 1888, when Dr. Charles Shepard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina did American grown tea become a reality.  In Summerville, Dr. Shepard created award winning teas until his death in 1915.  After his passing, the Pinehurst Tea Plantation closed and Dr. Shepard’s tea plants grew wild for the next forty five years.

Had Dr. Shepard experienced earlier success, American history, as it was impacted by the events of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, may have taken a different trajectory.

The history of the Charleston Tea Garden involved the vision, commitment, and investment (as well as the transplanting of a lot of tea bushes) of William Barclay Hall and the Bigelow Tea Company to produce “American Classic” tea, the first tea ever to be made with 100% tea grown in America. Tea lovers in the Carolinas have been enjoying the brew for nearly 30 years and Antsy Nancy will be pouring tea from the Charleston Tea Garden at our upcoming, How to host an American Girl Holiday Tea Party.

My sisters and I take a holiday shopping trip every December and during our New York trip five years ago, we spied a group of moms and their daughters – all holding American Girl Dolls – exiting the hotel lobby dressed in holiday attire. They had just come from an American Girl Christmas tea party and clearly had a wonderful time. That memory inspired our December parent and child class, where we will share the skills needed to host your own holiday tea party. We will provide invitation suggestions, learn how to properly brew and serve tea, test a tea party menu (recipes from a fabulous book I bought in the Charleston Tea Garden gift shop, Teatime Parties), proper table setting, and napkin folding demonstrations. We will also focus on etiquette and table manners for a tea party.

Cocoa will be served for non tea drinkers and before you ask … of course, boys are welcome! If your child doesn’t have an American Girl doll, a favorite Teddy or other doll will serve nicely. As a special treat, we will frost and decorate holiday sugar cookies and each child will bring home a platter of their treats.

Register fast, because these classes are going to fill up quickly!

What’s Cooking Tucson?

Based on customer demand for cooking, baking, and decorating classes, we’ve expanded our class offerings to include a Celebrity Chef cooking class series, a TikTok Trends cooking class, and a monthly Kids Night Out Cooking Class and Movie Night, while continuing to offer our popular Cooking Around the World series and cake and cookie decorating classes.

On January 14th, Antsy Nancy students fell in love with French cooking, mixing their own Bistro Salads, and cooking their own Coq au Vin dinners tableside. The new hands on approach was well received by the students, who thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

Their dinner was paired with a complimentary glass of wine from Scout & Cellar and ended with a Crème Brulee dessert prepared in advance by Antsy Nancy staff, who demonstrated an at home broiler method to caramelize sugar.

The first Celebrity Chef cooking class featured a menu of recipes created by Bobby Flay. These student fans were thrilled with the results of their Ancho Chile-Honey Glazed Salmon that (in my opinion) could easily pass muster at Flay’s Mesa Grill! It was the Toasted Coconut Cake that stole the show. So delicious that more than one student broke their New Year diet to continue enjoying.

Coming up, we have a Valentine’s Day Beef Wellington and Lobster Risotto class, recipes courtesy of Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay and our first Kids Night Dinner and a Movie on January 27, where we’ll make Dumplings, in honor of Chinese New Year and watch Disney’s animated Mulan.

For you TikTok foodies, you don’t want to miss our February 24 class, Simply Decadent Desserts. Our instructor will take students through four recipes that went viral on TikTok.

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

Class registrations are made online at

The most wonderful time of the year!

Antsy Nancy has created a special calendar of in-person classes to celebrate the 2022 holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a fun date night, an activity for the whole family, or a special ladies night out, Antsy Nancy has a class for everyone!

Through the end of the year, the focus is on holiday entertaining. On Saturday, November 5, Dedicated Bakery Owner, Jen Kincaid, is teaching a Pie Making class. Jen’s pies are not only picture perfect and delicious, they are also Gluten Free. Even if your immediate family escaped food allergies and gluten intolerances, as a Thanksgiving host, you can ensure everyone enjoys the meal. “I’m excited to introduce my first GF class with pie making, one of the most difficult to find GF alternatives,” said Heidi Yribar, Founder and CEO of Antsy Nancy.

For the DIY crafters, there’s a class on November 9, working with greenery to create a Live Olive Branch Wreath and the delicious smells of Scones 3-Ways will waft from Antsy Nancy on November 12.

To raise the fun level this Christmas, there is a class on How to Plan 25 Days of (Naughty and Nice) Elf on a Shelf. “In just one evening, our attendees will create a 25 day calendar and leave with all the fun props and goodies to create an entire month of silly fun and happy mornings for their family,” said Yribar.

Antsy Nancy’s final Cooking Around the World class on November 10 focuses on England with a simply delicious Shepard’s Pie, instructed by Becca Keables. “Shepard’s Pie is a great one-pan dish,” said Yribar. “Easy to make with holiday leftovers, budget friendly, nutritious, and the whole family will love it. Plus, I’ll teach my mom’s recipe for Yorkie Puddings and we’ll serve a traditional English Trifle for dessert!”

The cooking class in December 8 is a Holiday Appetizer class and students will have hands on experience creating (and then enjoying!) delicious and festive appetizers.

“I love seeing customers spend quality and memory-making time with their spouse, their children, or their best friends, in one my classes,” said Yribar. “This December, we have several opportunities to celebrate the holidays.” Classes include How to Craft a Holiday Ornament Wreath, How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs, How to Decorate Holiday Cookies with Royal Icing, a Croquembouche class, and a very special American Girl Holiday Tea.

The week of December 19-23, Antsy Nancy is offering Winter Break Camp. Kids will enjoy fun holiday craft and cooking classes all week long!

Register early for Winter Break Camp or any of the Antsy Nancy classes and use Coupon Code: ‘HolidayFun‘ through the end of December to save 10% OFF class and materials fees.

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

Class registrations are made online at

Antsy Nancy Goes Back to School

After a whirl-wind of Summer Camp Fun, Antsy Nancy LLC committed to teaching an eight-week, after-school cooking class with four CFSD (Catalina Foothills School District) schools.

Via the C.A.R.E. (Children’s Activity and Recreation Environment) Program, Antsy Nancy instructors are teaching students at Manzanita and Sunrise Drive Elementary and Orange Grove and Esperero Canyon Middle Schools to decorate cupcakes and sugar cookies with royal icing, to use candy melts to double dip pretzels and make gourmet popcorn, how to make healthy smoothies and granola bars, and even how to make their take-and-bake pizzas!

In order to accommodate the after-school programs whilst continuing to schedule weekly in-person classes and a demanding private party and off-site schedule, Heidi Yribar, Founder & CEO, needed to ramp up staff quickly.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with my amazing and talented team,” said Yribar. “With so many businesses struggling to hire qualified employees, I was truly blessed with the quality of applicants who found me and Antsy Nancy.”

Antsy Nancy Team (left to right): Amelia Delgado, Instructor, Julia Putnam, Asst. Instructor, Kennedy Yribar, Asst. Instructor, Heidi Yribar, Founder & CEO, Paris Williams, Social Media Manager, Rachel Rendon, Instructor

Yribar is thrilled with the response from Tucson families about her classes available both on-site at Antsy Nancy’s 5655 E River Rd. location, and off-site, at the CFSD schools. “I’d love to offer classes in the TUSD and Tanque Verde School Districts, as well,” said Yribar.

For more information about Antsy Nancy after-school curriculum and options to introduce to your school, email

About C.A.R.E.:

C.A.R.E. (Children’s Activity and Recreation Environment) Program is available for children enrolled in CFSD elementary schools, grades K-5. In C.A.R.E. a secure, supervised learning and playing experience is provided to enhance the quality of the time a child spends away from parents and the classroom. C.A.R.E.’s relaxed atmosphere welcomes children giving them an opportunity to develop a sense of belonging in a positive afterschool community.

About Antsy Nancy LLC:

Antsy Nancy provides “how to” skills classes for home, health, and happiness.

Master skills classes are designed for beginners with new DIY projects offered every month. Categories include Arts & Crafts, Cooking & Entertaining, Gardening & Landscaping, Holiday Projects, Home Decorating, and Health, Wellness & Beauty.

Expert instruction, tools and materials are all provided. Each class results in a new skill learned and a successful project for students to share with family and friends.

Class registrations are made online at

Maybe not the most apropos time to quote a Will Smith song, but unequivocally the right time to introduce Antsy Nancy’s 2022 Summer Camps!

If your kids are in Catalina Foothills School District like mine, as I type, there are only 51 days until summer vacation. I was holding my breath from August through February – waiting to learn they’d have to go back to remote learning. Now, I’m busy organizing vacations and summer camp plans. Hallelujah!

Is your kiddo a crafter, a gardener, a baker, or a fashion maker? Or interested in becoming one? Antsy Nancy makes summer camp planning easy with a boutique destination, tailor-made for your kiddo. Each week of camp has a focus theme and regardless of skill level, each camper will have ample opportunity to be challenged and complete successful projects each day.

Baking Week: June 6-10 and July 11-15

Does your kiddo love to help you in the kitchen? Are they obsessed with Cupcake Wars or the Great British Baking Show? Antsy Nancy’s Baking Week is ideal for mini baking novices and experts alike. No matter their skill level, they will achieve master chef results and have a wonderful time learning new skills. As a bonus: they won’t even realize all the math and science they are practicing by focusing on precise measurements and working with fractions!

Gardening Week: June 13-17 and July 18-22

Calling all green thumbs, tree huggers, nature lovers, and fairy Princesses! Our week will be fact and action packed. With tutorials from UA master gardener and projects focused on the mystical and magical, we’ll inspire both the academic and the dreamer in your child this week.

Arts & Crafts Week: June 20-24 and July 25-29

Are you ready for some Pin-worthy fun! We’re going to kick the week off with what we’re calling “Paper Palooza” because we’re going to let you decide what to make! Paper purses, notebooks, greeting cards, scrap books, journals … they’re all so cute and fun to make. Next we’re going to let you try your candle making skills, adding color, scents and the perfect crystal before moving into jewelry making. And not beaded friendship bracelets – we’re making earrings and multi-chain necklaces. Next, we’ll do some canvas painting with stencils and end the week creating a custom embroidered slumber party bag filled with everything you need to crash at your besties and wake up looking your best!

Health, Wellness, and Beauty Week: June 27-July 1 and August 1-August 5

Bring on the fashionistas! This week is all about style—hair, nails, fashion, skin care and beauty products, and age-appropriate makeup. Licensed instructors and recent high school grad counselors will work with campers to create stress-free routines and confident looks for the new school year.

Camp is 9am-12pm with an optional lunch and game hour from 12pm-1pm. Every Monday, campers will tie dye their complimentary camp t-shirt. For repeat campers, they can opt for a 2nd shirt or a new special project. Antsy Nancy Summer Camp is ideal for ages 6-14, but each child is different and has different experience levels and needs. Please contact us with questions or concerns. and (520) 639-6458

Pricing: Camp is $250 per week. 2 Weeks prior to camp start date, if there is vacancy, daily registrations may be made for $75 per day.  Optional weekly lunch and game hour, 12pm-1pm, is $100 per week. If space is available, lunch may be added on a daily request at $20 per day, up to 2 Weeks prior to camp start date. All materials fees are included in price of camp.

What are you waiting for? Class size is limited and our SPRING20 coupon code offer of 20% OFF expires on April 31, 2022!

Challenge: 10 New Outfits from My Own Closet

On Saturday, February 12, catering expert and fashion consultant, Monica Negri Barker, of Ten Outfits Ten Rooms and Tiger Lily Table , gave a fashion seminar titled, “Ten Steps to Reinvent Your Style” at Antsy Nancy.

The seminar was presented under the most posh conditions, as Antsy Nancy had been setup for a traditional Elevenses tea.

What, you might ask, is ‘Elevenses’ tea?

I’m so glad you asked. Back in the days of yesteryear, ladies of high society would go calling on friends around the eleven o’clock hour, which is when they would be served tea with scones, biscuits (which aren’t really biscuits at all, but shortbread cookies), sandwiches, and other assorted treats while they caught up on the latest news and gossip. Not to be confused with ‘High Tea’, which is served around 4pm to tide one over between lunch and the rather late evening dinner around 8pm.

Over scones with Devonshire cream, tiny little finger sandwiches, and precious chocolate dipped strawberry teapots, Monica presented us with the cold hard truth, “yoga pants are not fashionable.” She asked attendees if they were in a current wardrobe rut and sadly, I knew I had hit mine before my last date night. My husband, usually tapping his foot waiting on me, asked me not once, but twice, if I’d like to change my clothes.

At the time, I resented him thinking the outfit I’d worn 12 hours at Antsy Nancy wasn’t acceptable. I did take off my apron, after all.

Much inspired by Monica’s presentation/wakeup call and equally uninspired by Super Bowl 2022, I found several uninterrupted hours the following day to I implement the Ten Steps recommended by Monica. In short, these steps included:

  1. Find a style icon (present day: Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton. past: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Barbie)
  2. Empty your makeup bag (I have a makeup drawer, so I took each item out one at a time and either set it on the counter to return to the drawer, or if I hadn’t used it in months, I threw it in the trash)
  3. Focus on your skin (I gave myself a self-tan and yes, Monica, tan fat does look better than pasty white fat)
  4. Clean your closet (I had already done this when I swapped Fall & Winter clothes for Spring & Summer, so I let myself off the hook on this one)
  5. Update your accessories (I have my shopping list: Albright-esque brooches and new knee-high black boots – the heel on mine is broken)
  6. Organize outfit inspiration (I’ll get back to this step)
  7. Update your eyewear or switch to contacts (I did this last year and although I hate my contacts, I wear them … sometimes)
  8. Change your hair color, hairstyle, or part (bun, pony, sides pulled back, hair down – I’m all about new styles. But sister … I’ll never be a brunette)
  9. Take a fashion risk (hmmm)
  10. The easiest, most fun way to reinvent your style is to hire Ten Outfits! (Shameless self promotion. I LOVE it!)

I had reached Step 6: “Organize Outfit Inspiration”, which is where Monica urges us to put on makeup, do our hair, put outfits together and try them on – and take selfies! I’m not very adept at taking selfies, especially reflection selfies. But Valentine’s Day was just around the corner and I wanted to wear an outfit my husband would have no doubt I was dressed and ready to go. Well, that was so much fun, I challenged myself to coordinate 10 NEW outfits from my own closet, implementing ALL the tips and tricks learned over ‘Elevenses’ tea.

I layered. I accessorized in new ways. I took risks and allowed my style icons to inspire me. I changed up my hair – a lot. And I had fun with my closet again.

Heidi’s 10 New Outfits (from her own closet) Challenge

If you missed this class with Monica, you don’t want to miss, “How-to host a perfect brunch!

Just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day, attendees will learn how to host a fabulous (and stress-free) brunch. Monica will walk you through the brunch time table – detailed steps to complete the day before and the hours leading up to brunch, what time to get yourself dressed (and what to wear!), and exact timing to serve a stellar eggs benedict (with hands on practice poaching a perfect egg in boiling water). Wait … there’s more! Antsy Nancy instructors will also demonstrate the simplicity of creating a gorgeous Lox and Bagel Board, a delicious mimosa bar, and how to craft the best Bloody Mary.