Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Amy Quarry giveaway from The Apronista!

Okay, so this isn't a totally unselfish post about a giveaway since I get a third entry by blogging about it on freshly baked, but do you see the apron? And can you blame me? I've since visited Amy Quarry's Etsy store and fallen in love with not only her aprons (love the Mellow Yellow and Grey) but her "toddler dresses and "warmies" as well. You'll want to browse Amy Quarry's entire line at Sustainable Style by Amy Quarry.

But before you do that, visit The Apronista and comment on her original post about the giveaway to win the Black, Red and White apron you see here. Good luck! --Emily

Gourmet Momma's drop a dress size dinners

When it comes to "taking it off," healthy eating is a very important part of the equation. Sure, cardio and resistance training play a major role but without a healthy low-fat diet you won't see the results you're looking for.

One of my favorite sites for diet-friendly meals is Gourmet Momma. This blog has a whole topic called "drop a dress size dinners" that features yummy, healthy meals sure to fill your empty stomach while satisfying your tastebuds. From Bean and Veggie Burritos to Moroccan Lamb Dinner, these recipes are short on calories and fat but long on taste. Who says eating healthy has to be tasteless and boring? You know, those rice cakes aren't all they're cracked up to be!

Gourmet Momma also has a whole topic for Light and Healthy Meals; now you have no excuse to plan tasty, healthy meals for your family all month long! --Emily

Sunday, September 28, 2008

public speaking 101

This past Friday I attended the Startup Princess Touchpoint conference as both an entrepreneur looking for inspiration, motivation and networking and also as a speaker on the "Raising a Family While Running a Startup" panel. Though I can fake it pretty well, public speaking is not my forte. On the other hand my husband can get up in front of a group without notes he's typed word for word (that would be me).

If you have an upcoming opportunity to speak in front of a group and you feel a little overwhelmed check out NewspaperGirl's "Tips for Public Speaking," an article where Janet Meiners interviewed Jason Alba, CEO of Jibber
jobber.com and summarized his points on public speaking. I love this post because it's short and sweet and the tips are easy enough to implement. My two favorites:

  • "Never apologize for yourself. You are the expert (even if you don't think you are). ..." This is a good one for a lot of us to remember. I think we all too often--and I think I was even guilty of this on Friday--apologize for what we feel are our inadequacies. We need to give ourselves a little more credit!
  • "... Give short answers." I found out on Friday that a panel is made up of a variety of personalities. If you choose to answer a question, make your answer short and to the point so others on the panel can offer their two cents. I'd like to add "make sure you actually answer the question." It could be my Type A personality but whether in an audience or on a panel I always get a little frustrated when someone's answer, complete with anecdotes, never really answers the original question. The test? You find yourself silently asking, "What was the question again?"
The full post is definitely worth a read. Not too long, not too short, just the right amount of info. You can read Tips for Public Speaking on NewspaperGirl's blog. --Emily

Friday, September 26, 2008

chicken & white bean soup

I'm sure by now you've figured out that Fitness magazine is one of my favorite reads. Today's recipe is one reason why. Rocco DiSpirito's Chicken & White Bean Soup With Spinach & Parmesan is super simple, sounds super yummy and is even super healthy. (I would have included a link but I couldn't find the recipe on Fitness' site.)

With the few rainy days we've had, cold weather will be here soon and soups are one of my favorite meals to serve. Try today's food for thought friday recipe accompanied with your favorite Caesar salad and focaccia bread. (I've included my favorite focaccia bread recipe below.) Soup's on!

Chicken & White Bean Soup With Spinach Parmesan
3 14-ounce cans low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cips plus 3 T tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin
salt and pepper
6 ounces prewashed baby spinach
1/2 c chopped fresh basil
3/4 c grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

In a Dutch oven, bring chicken broth, pasta sauce, cannellini beans and crushed red pepper to a simmer. Turn heat to low. Season chicken with salt and pepper; add to broth. Gently poach chicken, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. (The broth should barely simmer.) Stir in baby spinach. Continue cooking soup until spinach is wilted and chicken is just cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Stir in basil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese.

Emily's Favorite Focaccia
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white sugar
1 T active dry yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 T vegetable oil
1 c water
2 T olive oil
1 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 c mozzarella

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm. (Option: I do the dough part in my bread machine. Add the ingredients in the order listed by your machine and set on the dough cycle. It will rise longer than the recipe calls for but still turns out great! Follow the rest of the recipe to bake it.)
Worries go down better with soup. --Jewish Proverb

Thursday, September 25, 2008

follow that blog!

We recently added a new feature to the right-hand side of our blog called friends & followers where our readers can can tell the blogging world they're fans of freshly baked! By clicking "follow this blog" your profile picture will be displayed on our blog with a link to your Blogger profile. Other visitors can view your profile to learn more about you and visit any blogs you write. If you'd rather not go public you can always follow anonymously, and that's okay too!

If you want to learn more about "following" blogs I suggest a quick read of "What is Following?" from Blogger's help section. As a fellow blogger you might want to add this fun little widget to your blog. To learn more about it check out "Show off your Followers" from Blogger Buzz.

We would love for you all to follow our blog so we can get a better idea of just who is reading freshly baked. We'll be doing some of our following as well! --Emily

Breezy Beach Wear closeout

My sister-in-law makes the most beautiful Hawaiian-themed hair clips and scrumptious-smelling soaps; they are definitely a great fit for a that's hot! thursday post. Unfortunately Breezy Beach Wear is taking a hiatus during this slow market and she is closing out most of her inventory. Here are the details as to what's on sale and what's in store for some of her other items:

Our apparel items (Tops, Hats & Neckties) will still be available at Zazzle at this link: http://www.zazzle.com/breezybeachwear. Plus, I can always design a custom Breezy Beach Wear shirt, hat or necktie for you; just send me an email with what you have in mind!

Our handmade bath bars and handcrafted silk flower hair clips will be available upon request via breezybeachwear@yahoo.com.

We have discounted all of our items (except the Zazzle apparel products) on our website to wholesale prices. Our items now range from $2.00-$50.00. Please visit our website at www.breezybeachwear.com. We will keep the site open for a few short weeks with these markdown prices. Our inexpensive items make fantastic Christmas gifts! And if you live in the Jacksonville area, I would be happy to bring by swimwear for you to try on. I can also deliver your items to save you the shipping costs.
Fortunately her other business, Breezy's Laughing Place, is doing well so if you or anyone you know would like a true expert and Disney lover to help plan your next Disney vacation, visit her site. I have seen some of these travel books she prepares for clients and they are amazing! You won't find a better, more affordable service anywhere. Bri bends over backwards to make sure your Disney vacation is unforgettable! --Emily

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

another personal struggle hits the virtual stage

Last week for wonderful web wednesday we posted about how countless online troops are rallying around Stephanie and Christian Nielson (Stephanie is the author of the popular blog the Nie Nie Dialogues), who were recently in a private plane crash that caused them to suffer severe burn damage over much of their bodies. In "the NieNie Dialogues--it's no longer virtual," we wrote about how with the help of the online community funds are being raised to help with medical bills and any other support this family of six may need. The virtual world can be a wonderful place.

And now the cry is being raised again for another mother struggling with medical issues that may cause her to lose her home. Lori Hall Steele is a single mother and freelance writer, publishing more than 3,000 articles and even copy-editing Michael Moore’s book Dude, Where’s My Country?. She is also battling ALS (Lou Gherig's disease) and will lose her home to foreclosure because she has been too sick to work. Her medical bills have reached the $50k mark and will probably hit well over $120k. As many freelancers know, good health insurance is costly and even the best doesn't cover all those bills.

You can help support Lori's by visiting Save Lori's House and donating directly to the cause. You can also read all about the latest fundraising efforts , recent publicity and updates on Lori's condition. Even if you've already donated to the Nie Nie Fund I bet if you look hard enough you can find some spare change in that ol' couch to donate to another woman in need. You may have only "met" Lori online but just like Stephanie Nielson, the virtual world becomes a very personal one when a cry for help is heard. --Emily

we love you, Bondville!

Sometimes it's a small, small world! A friend introduced me to Bandelle, which we posted about back in August (Bandelle -- jewelry that's all about you). Well, Bandelle's blog said "Thank you" to a few blogs that had recently featured the site and along with freshly baked, Bandelle mentioned Steph Bond from the blog Bondville. It all came full circle when this same friend sent us an email:

how did two bloggers that i know end up being promoted on another blog at the same time???


stephbond.com meet freshlybaked

Yes, it's a small world with more than enough thank-you's to go around, as we now would like to send one to Stephanie Bond for loving our tees and then blogging about it on Bondville (Hip products: georgie tees). Though we don't currently ship to Australia we're willing to make an exception if any Australians fall in love with our shirts after reading Stephanie's post. ;) Thank you! --Emily

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

what are you going to be for halloween?

It's about that time when the prevailing question of the day is, "So, what are you going to be for Halloween?" Me, I don't do the costume thing. Instead I throw on my favorite graphic tee from Forever 21 complete with skulls (with hearts for eyes so it's not too creepy) and call it good. Fortunately my kids still have the Halloween spirit and this year here's what we have haunting our home:

  • One female vampire: I finally caved and let her be a vampire but less creepy and more stylish. We found a great cape and spiderweb choker from BuyCostumes.com (one of our fave sites) and she's reusing her gothic witch costume from last year.
  • One black cat: I love this costume choice because even I can throw it together. We purchased some cute ears and tail from BuyCostumes.com and I'll hit Target for a long-sleeve black leotard and tights.
  • One pirate: G is already practicing his "Aaaargh!" all around the house. With a 20% off coupon this pirate costume from Old Navy was a great buy--and should keep him from getting frostbite on Halloween.
  • One like-mother-like-daughter costume: In other words, I bought L a cute little onesie from Old Navy with some cute matching socks and called it good. She's usually asleep by the time the trick-or-treaters arrive and it was easier on the costume budget.

Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you make your own costumes? What are some of the craziest/scariest/cutest things your children have dressed up as for Halloween? We'd love to hear! --Emily

Monday, September 22, 2008

do you BUD?

Daria at Boutique Cafe just turned me on to a new email service from Boutique Up! sure to change how buyers and mompreneurs do business. For mompreneur monday I bring you Boutique Up! Daily (BUD for short), a new weekly email where you can showcase your products or view new lines that might be perfect for your new boutique.

Here are the details from Boutique Up!:

Retailers, merchants, the media, review bloggers and other venues ... can either post a query looking for new products, or they might just browse to find a product that catches their eye. Those interested in finding new products can email me at info@boutiqueup.com with BUYER in the title.

Sellers can respond to retailer's queries if they have a product that matches what the retailer is looking for. Sellers can also post to BUD about products they have available for wholesale, dropship or mutual arrangement. Simply email me at info@boutiqueup.com with SELLER in the title.
I also like the post, Boutique Up! Daily is here!, which adds in a few more important details. The best part about this fabulous new service is that it's FREE! I have seen a lot of great sites attempting to match buyers and sellers but very few, if any, do it without a fee or commission.

We subscribed late last week and are anxiously awaiting our first weekly "tradeshow" courtesy of Boutique Up! I've heard that in just one issue two businesses have placed products and three more are negotiating. Now that's cool! If you want to receive your own BUD email (and who wouldn't? hello!) you can sign up on the Boutique Up! website. Just look for the bright green box in the top right corner of the page. You can't miss it--and won't want to! --Emily

Friday, September 19, 2008

t.g.f.f.! (thank goodness for french toast!)

It's not that late but I'm exhausted with still much to do before bed ("miles to go before I sleep...") so for today's food for thought friday I'm sharing with you a French toast recipe my good friend Kim just sent me the other day. Perfect for Saturday breakfast, Sunday brunch or even Christmas morning you'll find this make-ahead recipe a great way to enjoy dessert before noon. ;)

Decadent French Toast a la Kim
4 T corn syrup
2 c brown sugar
1 stick butter
1 loaf Texas Toast
5 eggs
1 1/2 c milk
1 T vanilla

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Heat corn syrup, sugar and butter, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Pour into prepared pan. Nestle bread slices into the syrup, making 2 layers. In a large bowl mix eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour over bread, covering all pieces evenly. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, heat oven to 350. Bake for 45 minutes (30 minutes covered; remove foil and cook for another 15 minutes). To serve, loosen edges and cut slices in half. Invert the pan onto a plate so the caramel is on top and drizzling over edges. (Best served soon after you remove from oven.)

Serving suggestions: top with sour cream, berries or homemade buttermilk syrup (recipe below).

Buttermilk Syrup
1 1/2 cubes butter
1 c sugar
1/2 c buttermilk
2 T white Karo syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda

Heat first 5 ingredients to a roaring boil. Reduce heat; add soda. Heat thoroughly. Store leftovers in fridge.
One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
--Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright,
Pavarotti, My Own Story

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lilly Bean play food looks so good you could almost eat it!

Today's that's hot! thursday features another great find I discovered through Boutique Cafe's Daily Dish. Lilly Bean Market is a whimsical, tempting and tasty (if you like wool felt) collection of lifelike artisan designed playfood. (Now that's a mouthful!) Here is an excerpt of my take on this fabulous food from my Daily Dish review, "Lilly Bean play food tempts tiny tastebuds:"

It’s a good thing I know better than to eat felt or my children’s Lilly Bean Market meal sets would have disappeared long ago. You might think I’m exaggerating a bit but once you lay eyes on the Deluxe Pizza or Market Fruit you’ll understand.

Lilly Bean Market was started by Hilary Seabolt, a mother who created her first 'market-fresh' food when her four-year-old son’s stuffed animals needed something to eat. ... Our play kitchen now offers family and friends the Perfect Sandwich with a side of Market Fruit and a Super Sandwich Cookie for dessert. I’m thinking Christmas will be a great excuse to expand our menu with Lilly Bean’s new Deluxe Chocolate Strawberry Cake, Bag of Chips, and even Sushi.

Today I found the juicy (i.e. stuffed) red apple and was reminded of the beautiful craftsmanship and detail. With prices ranging from around $5 for individual items to $35 for complete meals Lilly Bean Market is an affordable (and fun for Mom) way to invest in your child's creativity. --Emily

P.S. Visit the original Lilly Bean review for a chance to win a Brown Bag Lunch Set!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

the Nie Nie Dialouges--it's no longer virtual

I had never heard of the Nie Nie Dialogues before I read on StartupPrincess.com about the tragedy that struck the Nielsen family. Stephanie Nielson (author of the Nie Nie Dialogues) and her husband Christian, parents of four children under the age of five, were in a tragic plane crash a few weeks ago. Though the couple survived (the pilot did not) Stephanie and Christmas are suffering from third-degree burns covering most of their bodies (80% for Stephanie and 30% for Christian).

The couple is still in critical condition and will receive months and months of treatments. The children will live with extended family while their parents remain in the hospital. The cost of medical treatment is expected to reach the millions, and to ease the family's burden the online community has come to the Nielson's aid.

People all around the world are coming together to show their support for Stephanie and her family and to help raise money for their rising medical costs. I've heard of a variety of online auctions and fundraising efforts on numerous seemingly unrelated blogs, something which tells me there is great power in community--online and off.

I love "After Blogger's Plane Crash, Virtual Becomes Personal," an article by the New York Times that shows just how personal the virtual world can be. And here's an interview from The Today Show with Matt Lauer I think is definitely worth a watch:

If your heart has been touched by Stephanie's story I highly recommend you check out Nie Recovery for a list of ways you can help. The site includes buttons you can add to your own blog or site and a link to the Benefit Blog listing current online efforts. You can also read updates about the patients on Stephanie's sister's blog, c jane enjoy it. If nothing else, send a few prayers their way. Every little bit helps because in the end, it is personal. --Emily

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

engage your mind, body and spirit with a little yoga

Today's take it off tuesday highlights the growing trend of incorporating yoga into your fitness regimen. I have done yoga off and on for the past few years and love, love, LOVE it! Though Wednesdays are currently my power yoga days, I ought to do it more often and not just because it feels good once I'm done. When I practice yoga regularly I find I am more aware of my posture, my flexibility increases along with my confidence, and though it may sound a little cheesy I do feel more centered (i.e. I have more patience with my kids).

Yoga is gaining in popularity for those same reasons and more. I love the recent article Yoga Your Own Way from Fitness magazine:

...Experts say yogic breathing techniques can help insomniacs sleep better and ease anxiety and depression. Still other research shows that people who practice yoga lose weight and maintain a healthy weight more easily than those who don't practice yoga. And if that's not enough to make you do some sun salutations, a consistent yoga practice can also lead to a healthier heart in just six weeks, according to a Yale University School of Medicine study.
I had no idea about the healthier heart or the insomnia. Perhaps my husband should start a little yoga so I don't have to serve as his "woobie" at bedtime!

I am a big fan of power yoga, preferring to break a sweat after countless downward dogs and warrior poses. I have two favorite power yoga DVDs. The first is from Bryan Kest, and not just because he's good looking. ;) His 3-DVD set, Power Yoga 1/2/3 Series, gives you a variety of skill levels and poses. Just don't be discouraged by the pros in the background. I had no idea that kind of flexibility existed! (Note: check ebay for a great price on this set.)

My other favorite (thank you, LeShan) is from Kristin McGee. Her Power Yoga DVD definitely makes me sweat and it gives a great burn for the butt and thighs, though it is lacking in abdominal moves. I rotate hers in with Bryan's so I never get bored and my body is always trying to guess what's coming next.

If you'd rather use yoga as a great way to relax before bed or before you head to work, you'll find a variety of wonderful DVDs on Amazon.com. Whether you're practicing yoga to drop a few pounds or decompress after a long day, your mind, body and spirit will thank you! --Emily

Monday, September 15, 2008

help our friend Bethany from The Polkadot Platypus!

Today's mompreneur monday is an extra special one because it gives us all the opportunity to not only support a worthy cause but also support a fellow mompreneur. Bethany, the woman behind one of our fave boutiques, The Polkadot Platypus, is in the process of adopting a little girl from Russia who has Down syndrome. Bethany's youngest also has Down syndrome and is the family's inspiration for this adoption. To help with the adoption costs Bethany and her husband have held a garage sale but it will take much more than their weekend earnings to bring their little girl home.

Here's how you can help: The women over at The Mom Crowd are holding a raffle to help raise money for this wonderful cause. Over $1,500 in prizes have been donated and all you have to do is purchase a raffle ticket or two (or more) at $5 a piece. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win. It's actually a pretty good win-win situation if you ask me!

They will close the raffle on Wednesday, September 24th at midnight EST and announce the winners on Friday, September 26th, 2008. You can learn more about the raffle by reading Help Bring on Orphan Home on The Mom Crowd website. To read more about Bethany's adoption, feel free to read her adoption blog Dreaming on an Angel. She even has a post with a cool slideshow highlighting all of the awesome prizes. --Emily

Friday, September 12, 2008

if you have picky eaters you'll love Picky Palate!

Okay, so I'm still feeling the effects of a week in Kauai and just don't have the brainpower to sort through my extensive collection of recipes and find a super stellar one I haven't yet shared for this week's food for thought friday. But no worries because I have a super stellar site to share with you instead, and if you have picky eaters at home (aka kids) you'll want to bookmark this site ASAP.

Picky Palate is in the business of "creating and finding delicious recipes for even your pickiest eaters" and I'd say it's a success so far. How can it not be when your audience is overworked, overtired parents who just don't have the energy to figure out creative ways to help their kids get their RDA of everything nutritious under the sun (or find new ways to hide butternut squash in desserts).

With recipes like Warm Peach Berry Bagel Crisp, Shredded BBQ Chicken Sliders and Funky Frozen Banana Bites how the heck can you or your little ones resist? Everything looks super yummy (lots of great photos which is helpful for Type A chefs like myself) and the ingredients can be found at your local market rather than your local specialty--and often pricey-- food store. Picky Palate indeed...how can anyone be picky when it comes to Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick? --Emily

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying. --Fran Lebowitz

Thursday, September 11, 2008

splash in style with boots from DLL Rainwear

For that's hot! thursday I have another Daily Dish find from Boutique Cafe, and it's super fitting considering we're getting some good rain here in Utah this week. If you have a thing for puddle stomping and a thing for keeping your feet dry (a good thing when stomping puddles in winter) then you're going to love the selection of stylish rain boots from DLL Rainwear. Here's an excerpt from my August review, DLL Rainwear lets you 'puddle stomp in style':

DLL Rainwear offers more stylish puddle stompers than the weatherman has cold fronts, from the cutest styles for women (check out the Jeffrey Campbell Rainbow Gray ballet flat) to dashing pairs for men (Chooka’s Dueling Skulls could take on any size puddle) to a seemingly endless selection for children. ...

Their non-slip sole was a big plus (when you’re jumping in water this is an important feature!) and the pull handles are perfect for little hands. With boots as cute as these you know your little one is going to wear them 24/7 so they better be easy to take on and off! DLL RainwearDLL Rainwear even has a few “Mommy & Me” sets, my favorite being the Orange Squiggle set.
If you've hesitated before about splashing around with your little ones, hesitate no longer. DLL Rainwear's got you--and your feet--covered! --Emily

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BlogCoach helps you grow your blog

It's wonderful web wednesday and today's site is for fellow bloggers out there trying to turn their seedling of a blog into a full-grown redwood tree (complete with growth rings). BlogCoach is a wonderful resource for bloggers of all ages, experience and backgrounds. Here's an excerpt from on of the site's first posts, What is BlogCoach:

Been thinking about starting a blog? Just start one? You may have questions. Wouldn't it be great to get the advice of expert, experienced bloggers who have been there? At BlogCoach, you'll find helpful, informative articles about blogging, blogging resources, and a whole community full of friendly folks eager to help you grow your blog.
From featured blogs to interviews to a required reading list you'll find enough information to get your seedling well on its way to sapling stage and beyond. (Not sure where the gardening references came from but I do have a great view of my neighbor's sunflowers while typing...)

One of my favorite posts are Critique This Blog where members give a fellow blogger their feedback about everything from the blog's layout to tone to usability. As much as I have a hard time accepting constructive criticism (just ask my husband) I would love to put our blog out there for a little critiquing. When growing your blog some growing pains are to be expected!

Whether you're new to blogging or a seasoned pro BlogCoach can help you grow your blog...no weeding required! --Emily

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Touchpoint--the Startup Princess conference for women entrepreneurs

Yes, I'm back from the sunny shores of Kauai. I'm still trying to adjust to life without gallons of sunscreen and sand between my toes (and down my swimsuit--dang, those surfing lessons!) and I'll be honest, it's not an easy adjustment. But I'm glad I'm back if only to tell you about an annual event you won't want to miss, especially if you're a women entrepreneur or would love nothing else than to start your own business.

Touchpoint, Startup Princess' annual event, is a one-day conference bursting with information and networking for women business owners. For nine hours (8am to 5pm) women come together for one-on-one mentoring, workshops, small-group networking, interactive panels and even an elevator pitch competition. The keynote speaker of the event is Heather Madder, author and broadcaster (I originally posted about here here).

The one-on-one mentoring (space is limited so register NOW) lets attendees ask Startup Princess Fairy Godmothers their most challenging business questions and brainstorm about their business plans, marketing strategies, and more. You will be able to choose two of the following workshops:

  • "Communication that Conveys Confidence"
  • "Creating a Realistic and Successful Business Plan"
  • "Bootstrapping and Leveraging ALL your Assets"
  • "The Power of Developing Business Partners to Expand Your Visibility and Reach"
Workshop speakers include Shauna Kelly-Ward, Nicole Toomey Davis, Carol Rice (Founder of CherishBound), and Rachael Herrscher (Founder of Today’s Mama).

Panel discussions (did I mention I'm one of the panel speakers?) and the elevator pitch competition (cash and prizes) follow. The day wraps up with a boutique where you can discover great services and products while supporting fellow Startup Princesses.

Lunch and conference materials are included in the registration fee. The first 50 attendees will receive 1 hour of one-on-one business mentoring at the event. Early registration for Touchpoint is $99 but ends September 9th at midnight. After that the price will be $119 through the 22nd and $139 after that. If you want to attend then early registration is a wise choice for your business' budget! The event is being held in Sandy, Utah at the Miller Innovation Center (SLCC campus).

Monday, September 1, 2008

aloha from kauai!

Okay, I'm not in Kauai yet but by the time you read this post I will be. ;) As a mompreneur we don't get sick days or vacation time unless we force ourselves to do so. And force yourself you must or you'll not only start to burn out but also quite possibly go insane. The outlook may not be that bleak but as a mom and business owner you do need to take some time off. When you do you will find yourself rejuvenated with enough energy to run your business and run enjoy your family.

So aloha from Kauai! This vacation has been a year in the planning and it's finally here. Thanks to help from my mother-in-law we headed to Hawaii without the kids and with a few bottles of sunscreen. With no access to the Internet (yes, they have Internet but I'd rather not incur that business expense) it's a forced--though welcome and much needed--vacation. I'm looking forward to a little R&R, a little sand between my toes, and a little sun on my shoulders. When I return in a week and have adjusted to the reality that is my life I will be back online and ready to take on the world once again!

Because we won't have a new post for about a week, take those extra few minutes when you would normally be reading freshly baked and do something for yourself. Read a chapter in that new book, paint your nails with Maybelline's Express Finish polish (dries in less than a minute!) or just step outside for a minute and take a few deep breaths. Then get back online and plan a real vacation! --Emily