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About Me | A to Z Challenge

Blogging has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. I don’t get a chance to get my thoughts out very often so I thought this would be a great way to say what I’m feeling for any one who cares. So I decided to do a blogging challenge. For the month of April I will blog about a topic from A to Z. I am a mom running a direct sales business so things will revolve around business and kids.

In true TinkeringKate form, here I am at 10:40pm trying to type up my first post for the month. Here we go…

I am a wife, mother of 2 children ages 5 and 2, IP paralegal AND I attempt to run not one, but TWO direct sales businesses. People wonder how I do it all. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I Don’t! There is always something that is NOT getting done. Most things are done last minute as evidenced by my last-stitch effort to post this before midnight. Week days are spent ushering the kids off to school in the morning and trying to guess how late I will be for work. I had everything timed perfectly. I even had my son’s bus stop moved so it was more convenient, then they changed the trolley schedule. So I have decided that I will NEVER get to work on time. My employers seem okay with this. I’ve been there almost 15 years. They know I’m good for it.

The evening is even more fun. It is a whirlwind of trolley troubles, what’s for dinner, who’s going to eat said dinner, homework, bath and bed. Let’s get real though. My kids are lucky to get a bath twice a week. We wouldn’t want their skin to get dried out. 😉

So why on Earth why would I join 2 direct sales businesses when I barely have time as it is. This is why…


I never wanted to be a working mom. There I said it. I want to be the mom greeting her kids at the bus stop in yoga pants, not running through the terminal to catch the train so I can make the 6pm pick up time. I started my first business to make a little extra money to help towards bills because let’s face it, after daycare I don’t have much left over anyway. Another company came along and I decided to give it a shot. It was newer, but completely different from my first. Well I found I was making more money with the second biz so that took over really.

Fast forward 3 years and I am still working full time and still working my businesses. Well, maybe just the one business. I teeter on going inactive with the first, but I just don’t want to give it up. Something always pulls me back in. In those three years, my son has started school and received an ADHD/ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. So now I’m not just a mom, but a special needs mom. That just adds a crap load of challenges and responsibilities that we didn’t have before.  My kids, particularly my son, need me now more than ever so it is time I get myself together.

going quote

I love this quote. Even more so because it’s used in the new movie Moana. 🙂 I see the mistakes I’ve made in the past and I need to learn from them if I am going to move forward.

Keep in touch to see how I do. If you’re a busy mom (or non-mom), come join my FREE Facebook group to share ideas to help you with your busy life.

Bee Happy!




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A New Opportunity

How many times have you heard someone say, “They had it easy, they started at the beginning?”  While nothing is easy, it certainly does make it more likely you’ll be the first to introduce someone to a company if you are one of the first representatives. Just take a look at these numbers!



Origami Owl is introducing a skincare company to it’s family of brands. They purchased a small skincare company called Willa, run by another mother/daughter team and have created Willing Beauty. This new company will have something to help young people with their skin and something for more mature skin as well.  I have already started using some of the Willa products and have already received compliments on my skin.

What makes this company so great? It’s their commitment to using better-for-you ingredients. They are also cruelty free and made in the USA! How awesome is that!



I would love to get some product testers on board! Feel free to email me at tinkeringbeauty7@gmail.com or find me on Facebook at Tinkering Beauty.

Are you Willing?

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What’s Old is New Again

I took a trip to Forever 21 the other day because a friend recommended their plus size department. I’ve been plus size even before I was 21, haha. As I’m browsing the racks looking for the tell-tale “Plus Size” here sign I notice a lot of plaid shirts. I figure it’s just a trend for the fall/winter selling season. Then I’m looking around and I see cropped shirts, short skirts, flowing floral shirts and it hit me! 90’s Fashions are back in style!

We all know fashion trends tend to recycle through the decades. I really should just save everything because it will be in style again someday. I remember reading somewhere that chokers were back in style too so that just confirms the 90’s fashion trends are back. I thought I would do my own version of a choker using our Origami Owl wrap brackets. I had a little fun once the kids went to bed.



I was surprised how comfortable it was to wear! Now as you can see I’m not a petite person and the wraps worked great. We have two different size wraps and I do need the larger one to wear this as a choker comfortably, but someone with a smaller neck could definitely use our smaller wraps. The top 2 photos are the wrap bracelets with a Living Locket attached. Our Living Lockets hold different charms to represent your  story. We have a wide variety to choose from: sentimental or just for fun. For the bottom left photo I used one of our expression frames. Mine says “Let it Go.” You can view our full collection of wraps here on my website.

If you would like help building your own Living Locket necklace or bracelet feel free to contact me via email.

If you love jewelry and being the first to see what’s new, drop on by my VIP community, The Twilight Lounge.

Now excuse me while I go listen to some Nirvana…

Stay Happy!

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Never Before seen offer from Origami Owl!

Join Origami Owl for ONLY $2!


For the first time ever Origami Owl is dropping the kit requirement and allowing people to join for only $2. Imagine what that could do for you and your family this holiday! Whether you choose to sell to make a few extra dollars or you use the discount to save money while doing your holiday shopping, it’s a win-win.

This offer is only available from Thursday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 18th so don’t delay.

But Katie, I know nothing about sales!

That’s okay! I will be your first step in helping you get started with your business. There is also support from our corporate office (The Nest) and support and training from my mentors. You’re never alone.

I just don’t know if I have the time.

That’s the beauty of direct sales. It is flexible. You decide what time you have to devote and then we make a plan to fit your schedule. I will help you build some systems to make sure you use your time efficiently. I’ve also picked up a few time saving tips along the way.

I just don’t know if it’s for me.

I understand it can be a big decision. It took me 9 months before I decided to start my first business. My main concern was the cost of the kit, but Origami Owl has eliminated that obstacle. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 

Maybe it’s not for you and that’s okay. If you can think of someone who could benefit from this offer please pass this along.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer please visit my website and scroll to the bottom of the page to view sign on options.

Stay Happy!



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No “Happy” Memorial Day

I never served in the Military, but I know enough to never wish someone a “happy” memorial day. Many people take this holiday to kick off their summer with BBQs and beach parties, but the meaning behind this holiday is not a celebratory occasion.  It is a reminder to take time to remember all those who lost their life fighting for this country. This is one of my favorite quotes:


In honor of Memorial Day I am hosting a fundraiser to benefit veterans. I came across  an all-volunteer organization called Dog T.A.G.S. This is an excerpt from their website:

Dog T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a service dog owner training program for veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and/or MST (Military Sexual Trauma). The veteran trains his/her personal dog with the help of experienced dog trainers. We have veterans who have served in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to present day Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can learn more at their website, http://www.dogtagsprogram.org/.

As you may know, I am a designer with a company called Origami Owl. Part of our mission statement is to be a Force For Good so I wanted to do something to give back. So for every Dog Tag or Inscriptions dangle sold I will donate $10 to this organization. Here is what they look like.


Our new tags and dangles can be inscribed with your favorite MLB team logo or you can inscribe a custom message. These are great for father’s day gifts or graduation gifts. The tags can also be worn on a key chain. I actually did that for my dad for Christmas. 🙂 For any other items purchased, 10% will go to Dog T.A.G.S.

Simply visit my Origami Owl website to place your order. All orders placed on my site this weekend will count towards the fundraiser. As a thank you, I am also offering some prizes to those who participate.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

You can contact me via email at CharmingKate7@gmail.com. You can also connect with me on Facebook at CharmingKateT.



Pinterest, how do I love thee…

Being a mom is hard these days. Being a mom who works outside the home while trying to build a home based business is even harder. Then you actually need to FEED your children too. Geez the work never ends! When you have to deal with food allergies and sensitivities it gets even harder. I’m used to gluten-free cooking. My husband has a sensitivity to gluten so we’ve avoided it for years.  However, we now have to avoid: soy, potato, corn, cauliflower and dairy. Just about everything found in gluten-free conveniences. So now pretty much everything needs to be made from scratch which is a blessing in disguise because now we can avoid hidden food additives too.

Enter Pinterest….


This has been such a lifesaver!! I can’t imagine what my life would be like without Pinterest.

Some of my favorite recipes are:

  • 100 Calorie (score!) Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
  • Broccoli Quinoa Mac & Cheese
  • Slow Cooker Taco Filling
  • Quinoa and Brown Rice Tortillas

I was able to use it to help build my business as well.

I never attended an in-home jewelry bar before I joined Origami Owl. Search “jewelry bar display” and voila! I have a bunch of ideas.


And here’s what I came up with when I first started…

jewelry bar display

It’s so much bigger now that I’ve built up my stock. 🙂

I don’t like people feeling like they are being invited to just come buy some jewelry. Now we need “party themes” so people can actually feel like they are coming together to have fun with their friends. I have found ideas for Halloween themed parties, hot cocoa bar theme and many others.

You can find information for just about any aspect of your business: branding, blogging, how to increase presence and so on. Give it a try and let me know what interesting stuff you find.

If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, click here.


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Mother’s Day Crunch

Have you picked out the perfect gift for Mother’s Day yet?? No? Well you’re in luck because I have the perfect gift for you to give this year. Tell her story with an Origami Owl Living Locket.

I will be doing a live demonstration of our products tonight at 9PM (EST) on my Facebook Page. Join me to see what it’s all about.

Today is the last day for standard shipping.



If you don’t want to wait until tonight, you can check out my website at any time. There are even a few looks that are prepackaged if you can’t decide. You can view them here, Shop now.

Here are just a few things we have in store…

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