Monday, March 30, 2015

Limited Edition Cape Set!

Be one of ten people to receive this limited edition cape set.  Made from a pop culture inspired 100% cotton print and red eco-friendly felt this cape set is designed to withstand the toughest of super hero play.  Purchase your set today from Julie Marie Kids

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Asheville's Hidden Gem

Lake Powhatan

A beautiful hidden gem in Asheville, NC.  Perfect for a hike, fishing, camping, and an afternoon swim.  On Saturday my husband, kids, and I had planned on driving up the parkway when we were disappointed to find it was closed, so we headed down Brevard Road and found the signs for Lake Powhatan.  We followed the signs and were surprised to find this hidden gem located behind the Arboretum.  Granted it was a chilly day and still much too early in spring for all the beautiful green trees but we still enjoyed a very peaceful hike around the lake.  There are multiple trails for hiking, a pier for fishing, and numerous campsites.  We are looking forward to returning this summer.  There is a charge for swimming and of course camping but well worth it for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here are some candid moments from our hike

Friday, March 20, 2015

New to Julie Marie Kids

Animal Mask of the Month Club

Surprise your little one each month with a new handmade animal mask.  Every month a new mask will be shipped to you all wrapped up with a bow and tag made out to your child.  He/she will feel so special receiving a one of kind gift each month.
Join the club today and give your little one the gift of pretend play!
Currently available at Julie Marie Kids on Etsy

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Bath Recipe

New Bath Recipe!
Homemade all natural shaving cream.

This fantastic shaving cream is perfect for dry irritated skin.  It is ideal for men and women.  I love using it on my legs and my husband uses for shaving his face.  The rosemary peppermint combination is perfect for skin irritation.  The peppermint acts as a soothing agent due to the menthol and the rosemary helps to improve your skin tone.  This is an oil base recipe so test on skin first and use a small amount when shaving, a little goes a long way.
To get the recipe and find which products I used to create my shaving cream click on DIY Projects here or at the top of the page. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Motivation!

On Tuesday I met with Jill Sparks the Executive Director of the Small Business Center here in Asheville to discuss my business.  She is amazing at her job.  She really inspired and motivated me to get my butt in gear.  We first discussed my business as a whole, then made a plan of where my business should be.  She stressed the importance of setting small attainable goals and focusing on one thing at a time.   So over the next month I have a list of tasks to accomplish before our next meeting.

Administration Duties:

  • Register your business with the state
  • Get an EIN number
  • Open a Business Checking Account
Social Media:
  • Monitor Pinterest - check out similar businesses to see how they are using Pinterest
  • Blog - set up an automatic calendar to distribute my blog posts.  That way I can spend a few hours once a week to write all my weekly posts then have them set up to post on set days during the week.
Build Clientele:
  • Organize Client list - track repeat buyers
  • Track Locations - see where most of buyers are coming from
  • Offer specials - Offer limited edition products or special sales to repeat buyers
Organize Thoughts:
  • Put my ideas on paper - it is amazing how many times I think of a new product or idea but never write it down.  Now I have a designated spot where I keep track of all my new ideas (a giant piece of paper hanging on the bulletin board above my desk)
Attend SBA meetings:
  • Take advantage of all the free seminars the SBA offers.  Just this month I can attend several different meetings from starting a business to marketing to buying and selling.
  • Watch the Webinars sponsored by the SBA
This may seem like a long list but really they are all quite simple.  As long as I plan my time efficiently I should be able to get these items checked off the list relatively quickly.  I am so happy I finally took the first step of meeting with the SBA because now I feel ready to tackle my business head on.