Why I’m hosting a home party for HER

I haven’t officially hosted a home party in over three years since I had a Thirty-One show for my friend and cohort, Jen.

As a supporter of women and a HUGE fan of direct sales, I frequently shop from my friends who have home-based businesses. I have a LOT of women in my circle of influence who would looooove for me to host a home party for them.

This Friday, I am–for my friend Shannan, of Origami Owl Custom Jewelry (click the link to visit her website).

It falls during Spring Break so I’m making it a “bring your kids and come eat, drink, hang out, make some origami crafts, meet new women, have fun aaannnddd look at Origami Owl jewelry” kind of event.

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Origami, color, jewelry and more!

Their Spring line is utterly amazing. 

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Origami Owl Sprig 2014

Some of my friends are coming to “get their craft on,” some are coming just to hang out and some are coming for the Origami Owl jewelry bar.

So WHY am I hosting?

There is only one REAL reason I am hosting FOR Shannan IN March….

I want the hostess special.

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I need this.

Isn’t it to die for??

It’s turquoise, my signature color. It’s fabulous and it has to be mine.

Shannan knew I’d love it so she brought it along when we had coffee together a few months ago. I immediately said, “Oh, I’m hosting a jewelry bar, then. I must have it.”

I’m just like every other woman you meet–I have one question on my mind: “What’s in it for me?”

I’m glad Shannan will meet some new friends and customers. I’m glad my ladies will have the opportunity to purchase Origami Owl jewelry to help them tell their story. But ultimately I’m hosting because I want that bracelet.

Never forget that, ladies–when it comes to hosting an event or selling a product or service, every woman is wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

Give a woman enough of an incentive and you can get her to do almost anything.

By the way…to entice ladies to attend, I’m remembering the “What is it for me?” concept and offering them snacks (see below), drinks, origami tutorials and prizes along with the chance to experience an Origami Owl jewelry bar.

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I know my friends are only coming for what’s in it for THEM, too.

STAY TUNED for more direct sales tips in a post soon called “Finding enthusiastic hostesses.”

Do YOU host home parties?

Why or why not? Comment here or hop on over to the Facebook page to keep the conversation going.


Crafty Spring Origami Owl Day

Spring is coming, spring is coming!! 

I want to make bright ribbon streamers and dance barefoot through the streets shouting “Spring is coming!!”

I love spring.

So I’m hosting a shin-dig!

It’s my “Crafty Spring Origami Owl Day.”

It’s basically all of my favorite things rolled into one afternoon: friends, refreshments, crafting, origami, spring and Origami Owl jewelry. Yippee!!

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It’s Friday, March 14th at 3:00pm at my house.

We will be

  • having “girl time” in my home studio/craft room
  • making origami goodies like dresses and envelopes–yes, you will leave with finished creations! (doing origami is so relaxing!)
  • enjoying yummy food and drink
  • looking at the HOT spring colors for 2014
  • checking out my friend Shannan’s Origami Owl jewelry (side note: Shannan is such an amazing designer and team leader for Origami Owl–come learn some of her secrets!)
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We will be making dresses like these!

You can check it out on Shannan’s Origami Owl website here.

You can also follow Origami Owl on Instagram and on Pinterest.

I have a few things on my Origami Owl Love Pinterest board, too.

Let me know if you want a catalog, too.

If you’ve never been to an Origami Owl jewelry bar, they’re so much fun! These “living lockets” make a wonderful gift for you to give yourself or give to a loved one. What a wonderful way to tell your story! They’re also perfect for Mother’s Day, which is coming up soon!

Of course there will be prizes, too!!

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Cute journals I’m giving away!

This event falls during our Spring Break so, yes, kids ARE welcome to come along and play in our playroom or back yard. My house is not baby-proofed, but it IS kid-friendly!

Moms, daughters and friends are welcome, too!

So meet some new ladies and “get your craft on!”

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Papers we’ll be using.

Event details are on the Facebook event page. Seating is limited to 12 so your RSVP is appreciated.

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Oops, I Did It Again

Did WHAT again, you ask?

I started a new blog.

That’s not all.

I actually purchased the domain name, too.

I was shocked that no one had snagged it yet! I know my fellow domain purchasing addicts can relate.

I am now the proud owner of…

…drum roll please…


Crafting? Style?? My two favorite things?!?! COMBINED?!?!

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Well, the truth is, my three favorite things are crafting, style and chocolate but Craft Your Style While Eating Chocolate is a tad unwieldy. 

Anyway, I’m smiling ear to ear tonight as I’m nearly falling out of my desk chair at 12:43am. It’s not just a new blog, of course.

It’s another step toward MY big dream.

Here is what YOU need to know.

I have a LOT of big dreams for FanTABulous Women and for this blog in particular. Maybe not even dreams but a VISION. This was never meant to be my space–it’s supposed to be YOUR space. I’m just getting it going for you.

I want to bring a LOT more women onto my team. Coaches, moms, designers, stylists, consultants, wellness experts…anyone who wants to share their gifts and their wisdom with other women.

I want FanTABulous Women to be a place where women in the Phoenix valley can ban together and combine their passions to help women live a more FanTABulous life!

You know what I’d love? If I could use this space to help women connect and grow…and I could hole up in my craft room, working on Craft Your Style.

This is just the beginning of a lot of fun adventures for ALL of us!

Stay tuned…and hop on over to take a sneak peek!

Craft Your Style blog.

In Cahoots With…Jen of Thirty-One Gifts

{If you clicked over from the {F}e-mail Newsletter, welcome! This is the first of what I hope will be many interviews with the women I am in cahoots with. Partnering with like-minded women so we can help each other grow in our networks and our businesses is what FanTABulous women is all about! Enjoy!}

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The smell of freshly baked granola fills the air of Jennifer Porter’s Buckeye, Arizona home when she finally drops down onto the couch across from me with a sigh. She just put a diaper back on her 11-month-old son and turned on Team Umizoomi for her almost-three-year-old son, but only after switching the laundry over to the dryer, sending a text message to a Craig’s List seller and pouring herself another cup of coffee. Jen is obviously a busy woman but her sigh quickly turns into laughter as she surveys the room.

Amidst the controlled chaos of living with five boys that range in age from one to twelve years old, there are Thirty One products everywhere. “See why I need this stuff??” she says.

Jen can relate to the needs of the woman on the go and can recommend a Thirty One product to anyone who has an organizational challenge. Hauling sports equipment? You need the Large Utility Tote. Trying to corral your laundry supplies? The Square Utility Tote does the job (and can prettify your laundry room, too!). Need something portable to stash diaper and wipes in? The All-In-One Organizer is perfect. She’ll tell you to keep a Littles Carry-all Caddy in the car for the kids’ board books and small toys and that Thermal Totes are a necessity for keeping drinks and snacks cool as you run errands in the car this summer.

As you can tell, Jen is always eager to help.

She is the type that offers to hold your baby for you even though she has a baby herself and is known for being on the look-out for what people need, then filling that need. When she dropped groceries off to a friend recently, the friend asked, “How did you know we needed corn and fruit??” Jen just has an intuition about that sort of thing, and the follow-through to really help.

As she’s rattling off all of the products she loves, telling me about all the cute prints they’re available in and reminding me about the monthly specials, I ask her what her favorite product is. “Just one??” she asks. As she looks around, she says, “Must be the Square Utility Tote because I think I have at least one in every room!” She quickly adds that the Retro Metro Bag is her favorite purse. Why? “It’s casual. It has giant pockets on the outside. And it’s like a Mary Poppins bag, it holds more than you think it will.”

Jen has been with Thirty One for almost a year and a half now and has three active consultants on her team. She loves it that the products help people enhance their everyday life. She tells me that she is impressed with Thirty One’s commitment to their company mission: “To celebrate, encourage and reward women.” She enjoys being rewarded with free products, business supplies and incentives for all of her hard work. Her hostesses are rewarded well, too, and are always impressed with what they earn when they host a party. What do her customers rave about? “They love how BIG everything is when they get it,” she tells me. “The products always exceed their expectations. Plus they love how the personalization turns out!”

Jen’s love of helping busy women stay organized fuels her business.

Her favorite organizing tip? Keep items together (like Chapstick and a brush or business supplies like order forms, a calculator and cash) in the Zipper Pouch or Mini Zipper Pouch so that you can use them where they’re needed, refill them, then toss them into your purse or tote bag as you run out the door. And if you’re stumped on a teacher gift, Jen reminds me that 31 has oodles of lovely gifts for teachers, like the Wristlet Key Fob or Fold-and-Go Organizer with Notepad or perhaps a personalized Zipper Pouch for stashing personal items in her desk. For a baby gift, Jen recommends personalizing the Organizing Utility Tote to be used as a diaper bag.

Part of the reason why Jen enjoys having a Thirty One Gifts business so much is because she likes telling people about the tried-and-true products she loves. In fact, Jen dreams of having a blog someday where she can review and report on the products she loves the most, from nursing bras to cleaning products.

Jen is also quite the inventor and has several amazing ideas but needs helps figuring out what steps to take next. Maybe one of our FanTABulous Women can help her?

Jen Porter is a woman who has a lot on her plate but will always drop what she is doing to help someone else. She loves her family, cherishes her faith, takes good care of her friends and has a successful Thirty One Gifts business. Jen is truly FanTABulous.

P.S. Since I conducted this interview, Jen announced that she and her husband, Levi, are expecting their sixth child (her third).  She is due in early February. Congrats, Jen!

Contact information:
Jennifer Porter
Visit Jen’s Thirty-One website
Request to join her private Thirty-One Facebook group
Call: (623) 806-0562

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