weekly goals.

27 03 2011

So, I know I haven’t posted up my goal page lately, so here’s the latest. I’ve been keeping up with the book each week, I just haven’t been posting it up.

The goals this week suffered because I was slammed with work. I spent most of the week working on the written and visual content for the new web site (which by the way launched this weekend – check it out, Blickenstaff’s) The design guys from Always Creative nailed it!

The week was also spent working on the latest edition to the Riverwoods: Blickenstaff’s Candy Junction.

It’s been one of the busiest weeks I have had in awhile. Usually the busiest times are filled with the most accomplishment. Even though the goals I laid out didn’t get done, I feel really good about everything else that got done.

The quote at the top of my weekly goals is from Aeschylus: “God ever works with those who work with will.”

“Lord doth give me exceedingly great joy in the fruit of my labors” (Alma 36:25)
We can’t expect the fruit if we’re not willing to spend time pruning, digging, watering and taking care of the tree.

The only problem with super busy, super productive weeks is that they are also super-exhausting… So, now it’s time for a little Sunday nap! (by little, I mean a few hours!)

? Were you able to get everything done on your list of to-do’s this week?





march (candy) madness.

8 03 2011

The madness is upon us.
Selection Sunday is this weekend.

I LOVE this time of year.
March Madness!
We are about embark on a journey similar to the children of Israel.
“And they returned from searching of the land after forty days…” (Numbers 13:25)
Ok, well I guess it’s nothing like that journey.

January & February have been slow at the store.
We were brainstorming some ideas the other day during our meeting and my cousin Ty mentioned we need to do a HUGE candy sale. (it’s definitely time to get some of the candy moved out).

Last year I set up a march madness bracket with Book of Mormon characters.
This year?

Welcome to March CANDY Madness-

I broke our candy section down into 4 categories:
Chocolate.
Gummy.
Vintage.
British.

I chose the top 16 selling candies and seeded them 1-16 accordingly.
64 candies all vying to be the National Champion.

You can come by the store and pick up a bracket (or print this off and bring it in) and fill it out with which candy you like the best. I will then look at all of the entries and assign each candy points based on how many rounds it made it through the tourney.
The person whose bracket wins the most points (based on how close there bracket is to the general public tally) will win a prize (to be announced soon)

I love stuff like this, so it was really fun to create.
Let me know what you think!

? What candy do you think will win?





dream job.

16 02 2011

Yeah I know I’ve been gone for a couple days.
I had a good reason.

I wasn’t anywhere I could easily hop onto a computer and write up a post.
And I’ve never had much success with the WordPress App on my phone. It never gets things quite the way I like them.

Where have I been?
Oh, no big deal, just the largest toy fair in America.
The New York City Toy Fair.

(yeah that’s Chewbacca, made out of lego’s)


There were thousands of companies that filled up the Javits Center all claiming to have the next big toy for 2011.

Our job?
Walk through all of the booths and determine what we want to bring into the store this coming year.

Play with lots of toys?
Get free swag?
Eat candy?

Yeah, that was pretty much a summation of the past two days.
Did I mention all of this was done in New York City?

I have posted about how cool my job is several times now, but I’m going to do it again because I am seriously SO grateful.
“I am very thankful before God this day…” (Mosiah 7:12)

I spent a brutal year living at home with no success trying to find a job.
Now?
Well, now I have a job that I’d like to keep for a very, very long time.

? What is your dream job?





mormon mommy blogs.

5 02 2011

For those of you who don’t know I do 1-2 posts each month for Mormon Mommy Blogs.

Haven’t heard of it?

Here’s a little excerpt from the About Us section:

Here at Mormon Mommy Blogs, we are dedicated to bringing you the best of the LDS blogging community on a daily basis. Originally functioning only as a blog aggregate, MMB has blossomed into the amazing community you see today.

Mormon Mommy Blogs is not just for the Mormon woman. It is a gathering place for people with similar values, who can count on each other to share, support, and engage. We invite you to participate in our community forums, and to get to know the rest of the MMB family.

I have been following it for awhile and I just love it.
They have done a wonderful job of creating a community of both LDS/non LDS individuals with high values and great insights.

This morning I had the opportunity to meet the CEO, Elisa Scharton. I also had the chance to meet Veronica, the founder and owner of Local Community Hot Spots (a sister site to Mormon Mommy Blogs).

I invited them down to come and do a review of the store!

Wow!
They are such wonderful ladies!
It was such a pleasure to meet them – they are incredibly successful bloggers and it was great to ask them questions and get some insight into how they have become so accomplished.

I love when I meet successful people who are willing to share their knowledge.
They are successful in a realm I would like to become more proficient in and they had some great suggestions and were more than willing to answer any questions I had or will have.

“And Alma tarried many days with Amulek before he began to preach unto the people.” (Alma 8:27)

I’m gonna explain this one – my Mission President said this is a scripture he spent hours pondering. During the time Alma stayed with Amulek he shared enough with him that Amulek was able to preach the word to the people. What did he teach him? How was he able to basically create a prophet out of Amulek during that time? It’s a wonderful scripture!

In case you haven’t been to either of their sites, you should check them out!

? Have you ever had someone take the time to help you improve your skill in a subject?





video contest winners.

3 02 2011

Months and months ago I decided a video contest for the store would be a great idea.
There had been such a buzz around crowdsourcing that it seemed like a great way to get a lot of different ideas for much smaller costs.
It worked.

But not nearly as well as I hoped it would.

We had 3 entries.
2 were outstanding.
1 was, well, it was pretty weird actually.

In theory crowdsourcing is a great way to get content when you have a larger fan base to work with. It allows people to use their creativity to create a unique piece for your company without the cost of a true consultant or outside firm.

I would definitely try this again – but not for another couple of years when hopefully, we’ve garnered a greater share in the marketplace.

This time around it seems that the idea was executed a little too early. I should’ve seen that. However, we got 2 very, very well done videos, so it was not a bust.
And I definitely learned from this experience.
“these things were spoken unto you for your profit and learning.” (D&C 46:1)

Congratulations to our two winners:
Joey Daniel

Anthony Ambriz

Have you been into the store yet?





the idea room.

29 01 2011

I am CONSTANTLY looking at blogs.
I love finding unique writing styles and designs. It is interesting to see what is popular right now and the trends occurring in the blogosphere.

Lately I have also been on the hunt for prominent bloggers in Utah who are willing to come do a review of the store. (in fact if any of you around here would like to do a review of the store, let me know and I’ll open it up just for you and your friends)

I got in touch with Amy Huntley (The Idea Room).
About Amy:
“I started blogging on a family blog in April of 2008. I began to put more and more of my “ideas” on my family blog to share with others. But I began to fill up my family blog with ideas that I didn’t necessarily want in my family “journal”. So The Idea Room slowly came into existence in Jan/Feb. of 2009.” (Taken from her About page)

I’ve only been following her blog for a couple months now but man it is cute.
I’m not an over the top crafter like some, but I can appreciate legit projects.

Rainbow pancakes!


“I do set my bow in the cloud…” (Genesis 9:13)
*Yes, I found a rainbow reference in the scriptures!

My morning improved drastically after seeing pictures of these this past week.

I got in touch with Amy and invited her entire family to come in and check out our store a couple weeks ago! I opened up early so they could enjoy it without worrying about other customers. I have always loved watching kids come in and just go crazy playing with all of our toys! It’s what the store was meant for!

Yesterday Blickenstaff’s was featured on her blog! It was a lovely post (see here) and less than 24 hours later there were over 200 comments!!!!

Amy knows what she’s doing and has built a solid community through her blog. If you haven’t subscribed yet, go do it.
No, but seriously, right now!
If you have ever done any kind of craft and even remotely liked the process, you will LOVE her blog!

Thanks for inspiring me in my blogging pursuits Amy!





tis the season.

15 11 2010

I’ve heard Christmas music playing in stores since Halloween…
To be honest I created my Christmas playlist for my iPod in early October.

But it all feels a little more legit now that we’ve switched our work radio station from 40’s music to the Christmas station.

Finally!
That 40’s music gets old after awhile.
Christmas music?
Never gets old. Ever.

This is easily my favorite time of the year.


How can you not be happy during Christmas?

Decorations.
The smell of evergreens.
Snow.
Hot Chocolate.
Christmas Music.
Presents.
Celebrating the (pretend) birth of the Savior. (He was born in Spring)
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:7)

The standard Christmas excitement will be even crazier this year because I work at a toy/candy store!

It’s like I’m working in the North Pole.
Amazing.

? What’s your favorite part about Christmas?








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