Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Presidential Election 2012


Good afternoon.  I hope you are all doing well.  I know our thoughts and hearts are currently on those who have suffered greatly from Hurricane Sandy.  I wonder what decisions will be made regarding the upcoming election?  I know so much damage has been done in specific areas, how can any voting be accomplished?

Prior to the hurricane, I had it in my heart to go on a "hobby blogging" hiatus to really pray for this election and for our country.  I feel compelled to do this even more since the recent devastation of the hurricane.  With that said, Michigan Home Mommy Works will be on hiatus from Thursday, November 1st, until the day after the election, Wednesday, November 7th!  If you would like to order a feature mom post, advertising, etc., please feel free to contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com. I will still be checking my emails, there will just be no posts during that time.  You can still follow me on Facebook too!

Remember to go out there and vote!  God Bless America!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Relief: How Michigan Moms and Families Can Help!



Good afternoon Michigan moms and visiting readers.  After seeing photo after photo of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has caused, it definitely puts things into perspective for us here in Michigan.  Let us be praying for families that have lost so much.

I have been researching ways that we can be of help even if it is just a little.  Here are some ideas that are currently being utilized.  Please be praying and seeking out ways you and your family could be of help to those who suffered much in the east coast.  I know if it were us, we would be begging for help for our families.
  • Research charities through the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org/charity)  This way, you know they are accredited and not a scam!
  • Give gifts of clothing, food, or in-kind donations.
  • Redcross.org
  • Contact local churches to see if they are providing some sort of relief aid for Hurricane Sandy.
Some excellent word of advice I received recently was to be aware of online donations as they may be a scam.  Mainly be aware of sites that claim 100% of donations will help hurricane victims.

I have considered having my girls make little cheer-packages (stickers, cards, etc.) for children, but need to find out more on how that can be achieved and properly. Maybe area hospitals on the east coast?  If you know anymore information on how we can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, please feel free to comment below.  The more knowledge the better.

Many blessings!

Source: Fayette Woman
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Safe Halloween Costume Dye for Little Ones


Happy Monday Michigan moms and visiting readers. I trust you all had a wonderful and blessed weekend. Let us be praying for safety and protection for everyone on the east coast bracing for Hurricane Sandy.

This morning I am just going to do a brief write up on costume dye alternatives for little ones. This idea was introduced to me just last week and though my family is not big on Halloween, we still like to do church alternatives by dressing up and having fun.

Neon, purple, orange and pink are just a few of the colors you’re bound to see in kids’ hair this Halloween. Costumes are flying off the shelves right now and your little one doesn’t want to go without the most crucial element of their costume – the right hair! Has your kid been attempting to dye their hair to go with the Cruella Deville ensemble? Or the Hulk? Hair authority and author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair, Cozy Friedman, has some tips on how to safely dye your child’s hair for their fantasy costume.




1.Use Temporary Color

It’s less harsh than semi-permanent dye and won’t affect your child’s hair growth. Streekers is an amazing brand that offers a variety of colors that washes out after shampooing. From light blue to neon yellow Streekers temporary hair color will leave your kids with beautiful bouncing hair.


2.Kid-Friendly

Kool-Aid has often been used to color hair. If you’re worried about chemicals in temporary dye, or simply would rather use something you already have in you house try some Kool-Aid. Put the Kool-Aid powder onto a damp head and bake in under a dryer, after about 30mins you have colored hair!




3.See A Stylist

See a stylist if you plan to let your child dye their hair often. A stylist will be able to ensure it’s kept healthy and recommend quality brands to try. Cozy’s Cuts for Kids carries Zach Wax Gel, a dye in gel form from So Cozy, that stylist often use to safely dye hair.

For more tips from Cozy Friedman please visit www.CozysCutsforKids.com

These are great tips.  I love the Kool-Aid alternative the best!


Many Blessings,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Product Donation for Reviews and Giveaways


Are you a business mom with a product or service?  Michigan Home Mommy Works would like to work with you.

In the past, I have done a few product reviews and giveaways per company requests.  Now I would like to reach out to fellow Michigan moms who would like to spread the word about their products or services.  This is a wonderful way to gain exposure to your business.  I currently have a wonderful giveaway in the works thanks to a fellow business mom in Ann Arbor.  I will keep you posted on that to confirm the details, etc.

If you would be interested in Michigan Home Mommy Works hosting your review or giveaway, contact me directly at: lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com. 

There is now a small fee for this task. It is only $5. The fee is simply just for hosting your giveaway right here on the blog. Giveaways are run through a wonderful tool: Rafflecopter. I look forward to hearing from you and getting your review/giveaway up and running!

Many blessings!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Meet Katie Swaggerty

Good morning Michigan moms and visiting readers.  Today I would like to introduce to you an amazing mom, who also happens to be a dear friend of mine:


 Katie Swaggerty

Katie Swaggerty is married with four precious sons whom she also happens to homeschool, awesome!  Katie is also an Independent Scentsy Wickless Candles Consultant.  She starting selling Scentsy about 1 year ago when a friend bought her a plug-in for Christmas.  She was hooked immediately!

~"I love the concept of my home smelling great with no risk of fire or health concerns from chemicals."~ Katie Swaggerty

Scentsy has over 80 scents to choose from and endless choices for warmers.  They also have a Layers Line which is bath and body care as well as scents available for laundry.  Have a little one?  Scentsy offers a line of scented stuffed animals as well.  How fun is that?


~"All four of my sons love theirs." ~Katie Swaggerty

Katie's Scentsy Website

Katie loves going into peoples homes and putting on parties so that everyone can get a chance to smell and see firsthand Scentsy products. Katie has a website which you can order from as well.  Click here to view her products and contact info.  She would love to hear from you if you are interested in a wonderful product that she believes you will love as much as she does.

Have you ever tried a Scensty product?  If so, what was your favorite?  I have personally tried a Scentsy candle in the past and look forward to purchasing a product again in the future. You will be pleased with this company.  They deliver quality products.

A big thank you goes out to Katie for allowing me to showcase her mom business today here on Michigan Home Mommy Works.  It was a joy and a privilege!
Images courtesy of Katie Swaggerty
If you would like your Michigan mom business showcased here on the blog, contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.



Monday, October 22, 2012

And the Winner of the Blockbuster Kids Pass Giveaway is......

 
Tabathia!
 
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Congratulations!  Tabathia will be receiving a 6 month, prepaid Blockbuster Kids Pass for the entire family to enjoy.
 
I thought that this particular prize would be perfect for those memorable family movie nights.  It's great to create those family moments as kids grow up very quickly.
 
Thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway.  Stay tuned for future giveaways!
 
 
I received the Blockbuster kids pass to review and giveaway, however; all opinions, if any, expressed here are my own.


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Busy Moms Raise Healthy Kids: Vote for Fitness



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 Even though moms such as we are busy running businesses, raising our kids, managing a household, etc., it can become very easy to overlook our overall health and well being.  How about in our kids?  We want to raise healthy kids by being the example.  How can this be achieved?  By including fitness into the mix.  Physical activity is important not only in adults, but in the physical development of our children.

An awesome franchise business out there is My Gym.  "They make fitness fun."  While we are getting ready to head into another presidential election, let's also vote for the right to fitness. Children's fitness can include:
  • Fun filled activities
  • Gymnastics
  • Sports
and much more. 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Topricin Junior Pain Relief: Review

Just recently, I was given the opportunity to try an amazing product that I think you as a mom will be interested in.  Topricin Junior is a "pain relief and healing cream."  "It contains homeopathic biomedicines in an odorless, greaseless cream that is free of parabens, petroleums, and other harsh chemicals."  "It also has no volatile oils, such as camphor or menthol."

There are a variety of symptoms that Topricin Junior is intended for:
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Soft tissue and sport/impact injuries
  • Strains, sprains, and spasm
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Growing pains
  • Vaccinations and other injection site pain
  • Minor burns and insect bites
  • Eczema and other skin conditions
  • Diaper rash
  • Aches and pains of fever
I personally can say that Topricin Junior rocks!  Though I can't say we experienced every symptom above the past few days, there were a few that I can say were a success.  A few examples would be:

Example 1: My oldest daughter (9) injured her calf muscle due to a gymnastics injury.  We applied Topricin Junior.  Her muscle pain subsided and was able to move it more than she originally could.  Awesome result!

Example 2: Again, my oldest daughter has sensitive ears.  She cannot wear just any type of earrings unless they are surgical steel.  I applied Topricin Junior to the earrings and backings as well as her ears.  She was able to wear the earrings (that she couldn't wear before for more than 1 hour) for the whole day without a problem.  This stuff is truly amazing!

Example 3: Okay, I know I'm not a kid, but this momma was desparate.  I was pulling cupcakes out of the oven and accidentally burned my fingers.  They were scorched pretty badly and were just in absolute pain, like they were on fire.  I applied Topricin Junior to my burns and within 20 minutes I forgot I even burned my fingers.  There wasn't even evidence that I burned them, no bruise or burn marks, nothing!

Let's just say I am convinced that Topricin Junior lives up to what they say.  I will most definitely be purchasing this topical pain relief for my family.  The fact that it is homeopathic, is a plus as well.

If you would like to receive a free sample of Topricin Junior by mail, contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com and put "Topricin Junior Sample" in the subject line.  I have 15 samples available.  First come, first serve.  The first 15 that contact me through email will receive a free sample of Topricin Junior.

To order or learn more about the entire family of Topricin Pain Relief and healing products, visit www.topricin.com

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I received a tube of Topricin Junior to try and review, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blockbuster Kids Prepaid 6 Month Pass Giveaway

 
 
Good afternoon Michigan moms and local readers.  I am giving away a Blockbuster Kids Pass I recently received for doing a program review.  Because we no longer use Blockbuster, I would hate to see this prepaid 6 month pass to go to waste.

The Blockbuster Kids Pass is good for unlimited kids and family movie rentals and game rentals priced at $0.99 per night or less.  One rental out-at-a-time for a period of 6 months.  The pass is good beginning on day of activation.  Complete rules and details are on the back of the pass in order to take advantage of these incentives.  Must be used in participating stores.

This giveaway will only be for U.S residents only and not just for Michiganders.  This giveaway will be through Rafflecopter.  Just follow the instructions and enter away!  Have fun.

I personally received the Blockbuster kids pass through a recent program and product review.  All opinions expressed here (if any) are my own.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

And the Winner of the Business Craft Book Giveaway is.............

 
Missy Rogers
 
 
 
Congratulations!  Missy will be receiving: "How to Price Crafts & Things You Make to Sell" by James Dillehay.  This particular book offers:
  • Formulas
  • Examples
  • Strategies
to sell retail or wholesale, online, at fairs and everywhere else!
 
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~The indispensable resource for crafts, artists, and anyone selling their creative products.~James Dillehay
 
Stay tuned for next week.  I have a fun Blockbuster giveaway along with a review of a new homeopathic pain relief product for children!  Have a blessed weekend everyone!

 
Michigan Home Mommy Works was provided with a free copy of "How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell" for review/giveaway. 

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Ongoing Locks of Love Events




A worthy, no, beautiful cause that is dear to my heart is Locks of Love.  Locks of Love is a "non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children who have suffered from hair loss, usually from any medical diagnosis."  Ages 21 and under benefit from this program.

Locks of Love creates wigs from hair they receive through donations.  My middle daughter will be(6) donating her hair to Locks of Love, so proud of her.  It feels good to be able to help a child who has lost their hair to these devastating circumstances.  Raising a child's self-esteem is so important and this cause does just that.

There are ongoing Locks of Love events in Michigan.  Here are the details if you would be interested in donating your hair:

  • Lockworx Salon in Lansing, books services for those who would like to donate their hair to Locks of Love.  Donate 10 inches or more to Locks of Love, and your haircut is free! www.lockworx.com/index.html
  • Serendipity Salon in Ann Arbor offers your haircut at half the price if you donate 10 inches or more of your hair. www.a2serendipity.com/espresso_live/index.html
  • Salon Decadence in Saginaw can arrange for your hair to be donated directly to Locks of Love.  A thank you letter will be mailed after your donation has been received. www.salondecadence.com/index.htm
If you would be interested in making a financial contribution, planning an event to benefit Locks of Love, visit the volunteer guide here.

Thank you to Siobhan Egan of ehow.com for sharing this info with us.        

Have you ever donated to Locks of Love?  Please share your experience.  I am considering an online benefit for Locks of Love in the future. I will keep you posted on that.

Contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com if you would be interested in a sponsored giveaway!  Booking now.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shield Your Child from Internet Danger

Parental Control Software - Free Trial


Good afternoon! I have something to briefly share with you that I have been passionate about for a while. I have recently teamed up with McGruff SafeGuard to spread awareness about the the importance of keeping our children safe on the Internet!

Remember that cute dog McGruff from those commercials back in the day? "Take a Bite out of Crime." They are back to protect our children from dangers such as cyber-bullying etc.

There is currently a new software available that tracks and monitors your child's activity on the Internet. This works great for teens too. There is currently a 30 day trial period for the software. You don't need to provide payment details until after the trial period if you decide you would like to purchase it.

Our children are precious and deserve to be protected from online predators. A software program such as this designed to shield your child is what every parent needs, especially this day and age.

If you are interested in trying out the McGruff Safeguard Software risk free for thirty days visit shieldyourchild.com.

If you have any questions regarding the software, please feel free to contact me at shieldyourchild@mail.com for more details.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell: Book Review and Giveaway



Happy Tuesday Michigan moms and visiting readers.  Is your passion making crafts?  Maybe you have a business and you like to set up shop at local craft fairs, etc.  I have a book that you may be interested in reading to help your craft business really take off while increasing your profits.



How to Price Crafts and Things you Make to Sell is written by Author James Dillehay.  Through this book you will get:
  • Formulas
  • Examples
  • And Strategies
to Sell, Retail, or Wholesale, Online, at Fairs, and Everywhere else!

About the Author

James Dillehay is a professional craft artists, gallery owner, and author of nine books.  He has been interviewed in the Wall Street Journal Online, Yahoo Finance, The Chicago Tribune, Bottom Line Personal, Family Circle, the Crafts Report, and many more including Entrepreneur Radio and HGTV.

Price Your Crafts Right-Sell Your Crafts Fast

If you are thinking about selling those crafts you've been giving away as gifts or maybe you are just running out of rooms to put them in, sites like Etsy.com are reporting record sales of handmade items.  But craft makers taking the initial leap into starting a home business share a burning question: How much should I charge for my handmade products?"

Author James Dillehay wants your focus to be simply on this: "How much will people pay for products like mine?"

Through Dillehay's book, you will receive a wealth of guidance into the proper pricing of crafts and unique personal creations.  Here are some of his best ideas on getting it right quickly:

Know Your Productions Costs
  1. Identify the material costs-know exactly what it costs you to make an item.  Include all materials, even small stuff like thread, paint, accessories, and other items that may have cost you only pennies.  Example: A handmade gift contains $4 worth of materials.
  2. Determine the cost of labor-what your time is worth to you.  If your personal minimum wage is $12 an hour, then multiply $12 times the hours it takes you to make one piece.  Example: the handcrafted gift takes one hour to make for a labor cost of $12.
  3. Identify all your overhead costs.  Cover overhead expenses like rent, utilities, phone, etc.  Look at your monthly costs and divide it by the hours you work or the number of items you produce.  Calculate a unit cost for overhead.  Let's say overhead comes to $4 for the gift example.
  4.  Calculate a total cost per unit.  Add the material cost, cost of labor and overhead cost together.  Example: $4+$12+$4= $20.  This is the minimum amount you must recover when you sell the item, but not necessarily your asking price.
Research the Market Price

    5. Identify similar products in the market place where you will be selling.  Document the retail   prices.  Research prices for similar items online.  Visit local craft fairs or retail stores.  Talk to the owners and ask them what items like yours sell for and what they are willing to buy them for.  Note: Stores will usually double or triple their cost to arrive at the retail price.

   6. Decide if you can make a profit.  If the average retail price of similar items is higher than your minimum recovery cost, you stand to make a profit.  Go ahead and start selling.

   7. Reduce your materials, labor, and overhead costs so you don't lose money.  Stop and reconsider.  Can you lower your costs?  Can you make the item faster? If not, look at alternative products to make.

  8. Improve the perceived value.  Increase the perceived value of your item by improving or enhancing any number of its core elements, packaging, or the creator's reputation.  Photography, product samples, packaging, display, location, environmental qualities, media coverage, the creator's qualifications and unique accomplishments and credentials, every and any known way to add uniqueness and quality to the product for the customer.

Don't Lower the Price

Resist lowering the price.  Don't think that you'll sell more because you won't.  Unique handmade products command higher prices everywhere.  People associate low prices with cheaply made items.  In fact, you may have to raise an item's price till you find the best selling price.

How to Price Crafts and Things you Make to Sell by James Dillehay

List $ 12.95 (trade soft cover) $4.99 (Kindle edition)
ISBN for paperback edition: 9780971068476
ASIN for Kindle edition: B006LQVR2W
ISBN for e-book edition: 9781466100411
Published by Warm Snow Publishers 

Available online and from the publisher.  For more information see http://www.howtopricecrafts.com 

What People are Saying

"Once I found this book I said "This is exactly what I need!"~ Lene Randol

"Pricing your art is an impossible task that James Dillehay had totally solved.  This book covers EVERYTHING you ever needed to know about how to price your hand made crafts."~CB Burton

"Well put together and very informative, every crafter can benefit from this information."~Michelle T.

"There's so much valuable information in here that I highly recommend it to any crafter who'd like to make a profit on her wares." ~H.Grove, Maryland, USA

"An excellent resource...a well-organized book is nothing without solid information and the book delivers here." ~The Crafts Report

Ready to enter the giveaway?  Just login with your email address or through Facebook, etc.,  on the Rafflecopter widget below!  Good luck crafters!  U.S residents only!

I have personally reviewed this book and think it is an amazing resource full of beneficial information for any crafter.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  I would like to personally thank James Dillehay for providing this book for review and giveaway.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

And the Winner of the Scandinavian Children's Bible Pack is.......

Mary (Happymommy)
 
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Congratulations!  Mary is the winner of the Scandinavian Children's Bible pack giveaway here on Michigan Home Mommy Works through Rafflecopter.
 
The prizes she received are as follows:
  • Handy Bible - Value USD 12.95
  • Comic Book Bible - Value USD 9.95
  • Small Famous People of the Bible - Value USD 1.95
Her prizes will be shipped to her directly from the company!

Stay tuned for another upcoming giveaway for moms with craft businesses!  You don't want to miss this.  Begins tomorrow.

Because this was a sponsored giveaway, I received compensation on top of the children's Bible set mentioned above.  All opinions expressed in the giveaway were my own.




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