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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…

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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.

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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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How to Keep your Business Rockin’ in the Winter

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Whether you like to hibernate in the winter with the bears or you need a backup for when Old Man Winter strikes, Facebook parties are the way to go!  Facebook parties were all the rage a few years ago and people found great success with them. However, now days Facebook parties are a dime a dozen. Chances are you get invite to at least one a week.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from the link below. I only recommend products & services that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

In order to stand out from the crowd you’re going to have to be a little different.  If you need help updating your party, I highly recommend taking Sassy Suite’s Epic Facebook party course. You can check out the details here. This is a self-paced course which includes a workbook and videos. It takes you from the planning stage all the though to the post party.

It helped me see that creating a Facebook party along the lines of a real party was more fun for our guests. It kept people more engaged and interested in the party. It all starts off with an epic party playlist. Because what’s a party without a little music.  🙂

My first Epic Facebook party using this course had more engagement and sales. Now obviously, there is no guarantee, but many people have found success with this program.

Keep in mind, Facebook parties aren’t just for the winter time. You can use this format all through the year. Here are just a couple of situations where you might need a Facebook party:

  1. Long distance host or guests – No longer is distance an issue, everyone can come together for a good time on their phone or computer.
  2. Summer vacations – Holding in-home parties in the summer can be challenging due to everyone’s vacation schedules. This makes it possible for people to join no matter where they are.
  3. The busy host – Seems like most people now days are so busy they barely have time for themselves. This gives them a chance to socialize with their friends without interrupting their schedule.

The best part about this party format is that you can adapt it to any theme so no 2 parties are alike. Here are some parties I’ve done in the past:

  1. Beach Bash
  2. Fall Festival
  3. Spooktacular Halloween
  4. Modern Day Fairytale

To keep your party running smoothly, I highly recommend using Cinchshare to schedule your posts so you can focus on responding to questions and comments come party time. It was a lifesaver when my 2 year old decided she wanted to stay up late one night. 😉 See the sidebar for a link to their website.

I hope this helps you keep your business going all year long. There is nothing harder then having to restart your business time after time.

Stay Happy!

 

 


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Halloween Safety Tips 2016

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Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

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 CARVING A NICHE:

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.

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 HOME SAFE HOME:

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

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ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
    • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
    • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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HEALTHY HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween.

©2016 American Academy of Pediatrics

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Stay Happy!


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Hello September!

I love the potential a new month brings. I ended August a lot better than I had planned so there’s that too. I had over $500 more in sales than I expected and 2, yes TWO, new designers. The one is someone I’ve been working with and the second was someone who had deactivated and wanted to come back to the company. My old mentor referred her to me! It just goes to show consistency pays off.

So now I’m setting my sights high this month! I have 2 new designers on my team and I am going to help them rock September. My success is only as great as those I help succeed!

If I work hard and help my team get off to a great start, I can reach Owlcheiver status and earn this display for free! How awesome would that be! I’ve been wanting a new necklace bar so this is perfect! Plus I can use any extras as incentives for my team or gifts for new team members.

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We also launched a brand new essential oils line called Moodology to go with our new Sentiments collection. The Sentiments collection pieces are gorgeous! Bonus, we have a special bundle that can save you money, but it’s only available through Monday, September 5th. It comes with all FOUR 100% pure oil blends and everything you need to build your locket. You can check everything out here on my website.

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Then there’s this little beauty for new designers. It was designed by our co-founder Bella! I just earned last month’s incentive so I am hoping to help someone start their journey with Origami Owl this month too. This is available for all new designers in US and Canada (while supplies last)! Curious about it, just ask. The holidays are coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to make some extra money. I love talking about Origami Owl and it’s really not as intimidating as it seems. 🙂

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Feel free to ask me anything. I can be found at #TinkeringKate everywhere on the internet. You can also contact me via email at CharmingKate7@gmail.com.

Stay Happy!


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Finding My Place

In a sea of direct sales representatives it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. When I joined Origami Owl it was relatively new and unheard of, heck many people still haven’t heard of it. Now we’ve hit a lot of growth. I’m still holding my own and even built a small team, but of course I would love to do better and reach more people. I love the idea of attraction marketing. I think too many people think if they just keep shoving their information at people they will succeed. I’m definitely not a pushy person so that method will not work for me.

I just had a great training call with a fabulous woman named Brenda Ster (Sassy Suite). I finally know who “my people” are and how I would like to help them.  I chose the name TinkeringKate because (1) it’s actually my name and (2) I found a definition for tinker: somebody able to do many different kinds of work successfully. As a busy mom that definition spoke to me. I’m Irish too so that helps.

So here I am, making strides to help busy moms (and non-mons) with life in general or their business. I know that once I get a few basic time management issues down (we’re all a work in progress) I’ll be a rock star!

Stay tuned for more adventures in direct sales!

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Step 2 – Share your excitement

A little while back I started blogging about the five steps I feel are critical to getting your home business off to a great start. These are things I wish I did when I started. It would have saved me so much time. I want to help you avoid those mistakes. You can see my first post about getting organized here.

So you’ve started your home business, you figured out how you want to keep your calendar and where you’ll work. Now you need to fill up that calendar! So now what do you do? Spread the word!

I’m going to say that I think this is one of the hardest parts of starting a home based (direct sales, MLM, network marketing) business. Not because it’s hard to share your excitement, but to do it the right way. Chances are you know at least one, if not several, people who also sell something. Some people have been so “excited” to share their love for their company that they have spammed everyone they know to either buy, book or join. That may work for some people, but chances are you are going to alienate your friends. I’ve seen it happen. People stop talking to you because they don’t want to be just another prospect. I know what you’re thinking, but Katie, if I can’t tell everyone about my new business how are they going to know to buy from me?

Let’s get a little old school. Let’s remember a time when we didn’t use social media to stay connected with everyone. Remember the part of your phone with numbers on it? You use that to call people. That’s what you’re going to use. Most companies have some sort of worksheet you can use to help generate a list of people you know to call and invite to your new business. At Origami Owl, we call it our A.L.I.C.E. list. It stands for:

  • Acquaintances
  • Livelihood
  • Inner Circle
  • Children’s Contacts
  • E-connections

I’ve also heard of the F.R.A.N.K. list:

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Acquaintances
  • Neighbors
  • Kid Contacts

Same principle, just worded differently.

Now, I’m not saying you can’t use social media to help spread the word. You just want to be sure that’s not all you’re posting. Your friends liked you before you started working for X company and they still want to know about you. Many people recommend the 80-20 rule. Your posts should only be 20% promotional. The other 80% should still be those memes that crack you up, cute cats and pictures of your kids. Heck maybe what you had for dinner last night if you’re a good cook or went to a nice restaurant.

There’s more to you than your business, don’t let that get lost in the process. Chances are you’re not the only rep in town so be someone people want to do business with. If not, they’ll go elsewhere.

 

 

 


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What’s the deal?

So what’s the deal with those lockets?

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Our Living Lockets come in all shapes and sizes, but do you know the meaning behind them? What makes them so special?

Or motto is “You tell stories with words,  we tell stories with jewelry.” People love to create things that are personal to them. Just look at the popularity of Pandora bracelets.

I’ll admit, I never fully appreciated the potential until something bad happened. I had another business I was working and I had no need for a locket. I had enough jewelry that I never wore. Then the unthinkable happened, my mother passed away rather suddenly. I decided to create a locket in her memory.

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This contains some of her favorite things like reading, shopping and crafts.  I also included her birthstone and a footprint. Her favorite psalm was footprints in the sand so I thought it was very appropriate.  I added s few things later on like an angel and the ladybug.  🐞

Once I saw the possibilities, the fun really began. I purchased charms that represented my family and my favorite holidays. Some people like to set it an forget it, but I like to switch things up.

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Part of me wishes I joined in December of 2013, but I’m just so happy I took a leap of faith and bought the starter kit. It was so reasonable I knew I would be able to make back my initial investment.

I hope you’ll stay tuned to see even more creations.