Feb 27, 2009

Homemade Gourmet

I am very excited to announce that I am a new independent consultant for Homemade Gourmet ! I am currently the only consultant in Hawaii!! This is very exciting to be able to bring such a wonderful company to the islands!! There are 1,600 Homemade Gourmet Consultants nationwide who help people make great-tasting meals fast. I am committed to the company motto of striving to bring families back to the dinner table by providing quality, affordable, easy-to-prepare meals for both those on the go and those who have time to plan out a weekly menu. I also teach families how to make these affordable and delicious meals at in-home Gatherings of friends and family. Homemade Gourmet has a new product line called Homemade in a Hurry that helps busy parents get dinner on the table fast so they can enjoy meals as a family.

To let you know a little about the company: Homemade Gourmet ® was founded in 1997 by Tami VanHoy, a Texas mother of four. “I believe with all my heart that God created this company to give us all an opportunity to share our gifts with others, make a difference in the lives we touch and to inspire dreams in those who would join us,” said Founder Tami VanHoy. The Texas-based Homemade Gourmet offers a line of more than 100 food mixes and beverages distributed through a network Consultants nationwide. Dedicated to its mission to inspire families and friends to gather around the dinner table more often, Homemade Gourmet unveiled a number of new easy-to-prepare entrees, side dishes and desserts with the spring catalog and tastings across the country, including one here in Honolulu that I was able to do.

Contact me, Kimberly Wilson, at jwilson001@hawaii.rr.com today to learn more about how to make 4 meals in 4 minutes™ for your family dinners, how to host a Homemade Gourmet Gathering or to learn more about a career with Homemade Gourmet. Or you can find more information at www.homemadegourmet.com/kimberlywilson.

Local contact:
Kimberly Wilson
Honolulu, Hawaii

Aloha Friday Recipe

Here's an easy chicken dinner recipe to make for your family tonight.

Kalua Style Chicken

5 lbs. boneless chicken breast or thighs
1 1/2 Tbsp. Hawaiian salt
1 to 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke
1 bag pre washed spinach

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Rub each piece of chicken with salt and liquid smoke. Line 9x13 pan with aluminum foil. Add marinated chicken to pan and spread spinach over chicken. Cover chicken and spinach with foil. Bake 2 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.

Note: Boneless & skinless chicken may be used. Shred chicken before serving.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Feb 25, 2009

Fun Things to do for Girls' Day

Hina Matsuri or Doll's Festival is celebrated on March 3rd. This is day the day to pray for a young girl's health and happiness. Traditionally, many families set up an elegant display of dolls around mid February but put it away soon after Girls' Day otherwise, according to superstition, the girl will have a hard time marrying.

Many of us in Hawai'i recognize Hinamatsuri and for my family our celebration usually consists of a small token or treat to our daughters (and other little girls we know). If you're in charge of the classroom gift on Girls' Day, here is a link to an easy to make gift. The crafter, Zakka Life, originally intended this as a Valentine's Day gift but it will go great for Hinamatsuri too.

Cut a piece of origami paper to 6" by 3". Fold in half. When folded, cut out two rectangles on each side to form the shape of the body (refer to picture). Punch a hole on the center of the fold. Put the lollipop inside the hole. With Double stick tape, tape inside closed at the bottom of the kimono. Tie ribbon around the waist. Done! *Optional, write a message in the inside of the kimono or write the song below.

The wonderful Hawai'i Children's Discovery Center is also having a doll folding craft (hina-ningyo) craft and a game of kai awase or shell matching game on Saturday, February 28.

Here is a Hina Matsuri song called "Ureshi Hina Matsuri" (Happy Hina Matsuri).

Akari o tsukemashou bonbori ni
明かりをつけましょう ぼんぼりに
Ohana o agemashou momo no hana
お花をあげましょう 桃の花
Go-nin bayashi no fue taiko
五人ばやしの 笛太鼓
Kyo wa tanoshii Hinamatsuri

Let's light the lanterns
Let's set peach flowers
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a joyful Dolls' Festival

song: http://japanese.about.com/library/weekly/aa022501b.htm

More information for Kids:
Kid's Web Japan, Hina Matsuri

Feb 18, 2009

DIY Ribbon Flowers

Ribbon has many uses. Ribbon can be used in the traditional way - wrapping gifts - or you can craft with ribbons for other decorative purposes. Offray has a "how-to" section on creating your own ribbon projects. I like adding ribbon flowers to rubber bands to make pretty keiki hair pieces. To make a ribbon flower similar to the one shown, visit this link for instructions.

A project by Keiki Gift Ideas

On Sale at Keiki Gifts, Etsy
Red Floral Pony Tail Holder (set of 2)
$3.50 plus shipping

Feb 17, 2009

Direct Sales Income Opportunity

Direct Sales businesses includes the sale of consumer products or services without a brick and mortar retail location. Usually the sale is done through in-home shows, personal demonstrations, websites, catalogs and other forms of advertising.

Those with direct sales businesses are usually associated with titles such as representative, consultant or distributors. Success may depend on one's dedication and passion for the job but public recognition, popularity and approval of the product also influences the sale of these products. Compensation is often in the form of commission payments.

Research and choose your direct sales company wisely. Some company's require purchase of a start up kit to become an associate, some offer free training and others require a minimum sale amount each period to remain active. If you are interested in direct selling, here is a list of businesses to look into. This list was inspired by womenforhire.com but we've added a few of our favorites*.

Angela Moore
Colorful fashions and accessories for women.

Health and beauty products.

Cosmetics, clothing, toys, perfume, jewelry, books, and videos.

Bead Retreat
Bead design and beaded jewelry

Carlisle Collection
Clothing designs for women.

Baby Crazy
Baby products from diaper bags to safari play sets.

Brings the spa experience home by selling beauty products and makeup.

Cookie Lee
Fashion jewelry.

Creative Memories
Scrapbooking albums, supplies and services to help you get years of photographs organized and preserved.

Essential Bodywear, LLC.
Comfortable, well-fitting undergarments.

Gold Canyon
Scented candles and fragrances and accessories for the home.

Heritage Makers
Personal publishing.

Home and Garden Party
Party plan business featuring home decor items.

Homemade Gourmet
Quality, affordable, easy to prepare meals.

Jordan Essentials
Bath and beauty products for adults, teens, and children.

Mary Kay
One of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics.

Our Own Image
Personal accessories and home decor.

Party Lite
Decorative candles and fragrances for the home.

Princess House
Fine kitchen-ware from pots and pans to patterned platters.

Private Quarters
A wide range of high-end bath and bedding.

Self Indulgence
Unique line of beauty products that inspire the body, mind, and spirit.

Makeup and beauty products.

Promotes nurturing rituals with naturally-based products formulated to enhance health, wholeness and individual beauty.

Nutritional supplements, personal care products and home cleaning products.

Shure Pets
Products for pets and pet lovers with a starter kit for $99.

Signature Homestyles
Ideas for everyday living, with premier home products ranging from picture frames to popcorn bowls.

Fine sterling silver jewelry.

Southern Living
Products for decorating, entertaining, and organizing

Stampin' Up!
Stamps as well as accessories for home décor, handmade greeting cards, and scrapbook pages.

Tastefully Simple
Gourmet food products, the most popular of which is its bountiful beer bread for $4.99.

The Happy Gardener
Gardening tools and supplies.

The Longaberger Co
Handcrafted baskets and offers other home and lifestyle products, including pottery, wrought iron, fabric accessories and specialty foods.

The Traveling Vineyard
Specialty wine cellar and accessories chop.

The Pampered Chef
Everything from knives and grilling utensils to baking materials.

Touchstone Crystal
Crystal Jewelry

Food storage and preservation.

Worth Collection
Women's fashions.

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Feb 11, 2009

A Hawaii Carnival #2

Welcome to the February 11, 2009 edition of a Hawaii Carnival.

This writer tells of an outdoor experience on Kauai and the insight gained from observing a dog as it faces what would be an "obstacle" for most of us. A refreshing outlook of life. Praveen presents Dog in Hawaii posted at Tao of Simplicity.

A humorous narration of an encounter with the boisterous and obnoxious roosters of Kauai. VW presents Dead Rooster Walking posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland. Read all the entertaining Hawai'i tales on this amusing blog.

An article for the golfer and non-golfer alike. Turtle Bay is a beautiful place to visit - just look at the postcard photos on this site! Ty Skinner presents Turtle Bay Golf… The Spirit of Aloha posted at Jeff Skinner, saying, "There are many quality golf courses on all the Hawaiian Islands. On the North Shore of Oahu sits a wonderful resort, The Turtle Bay Resort."

That concludes this edition. Thank you all who submitted articles! Please submit your Hawai'i articles to the next edition of a hawaii carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Aloha until next time...

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Feb 10, 2009

Make Money with a Lemonade Stand

Have you ever wanted your own Lemonade stand? You can sorta have one in this virtual e-commerce world where you feature some of your favorite products from over 200 retailers at your very own lemonade stand. Your stand can be featured on your social networking site (Facebook, MySpace, etc.) or your personal blog. Each time a visitor makes a purchase from your lemonade stand, you earn money.

The steps are simple enough...
1. First you create and design your lemonade stand. It's free.
2. Choose and recommend your favorite products.
3. Get paid for sales.

For more information, go to Lemonade.

Please note, this is not an endorsement by the Hawaii WAHMs group. We recommend that you research the specifics of this program before signing up. You decide if it is right for you.

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

Feb 9, 2009

Crafts Carnival #3

Oh my! February 4th has come and gone. I scheduled that date for my Crafts Carnival #3. For all those who have submitted links and ideas, I apologize for the delay!

Here is a late welcome to the February 4, 2009 edition of Keiki Gifts Crafts Carnival.

  • Awwww...these are cute! This is something I would buy or hope someone would make for me. PDF instructions are provided to make vintage plant holders out of wood. InfoChick presents Plant Holders to Make With Your Jigsaw posted at The Vintage Info Network, saying, "A bunch of cheerful plant holders to make & paint - a Peasant Girl, a Chef, a Donkey, a Sail Boat, a Mexican and a bird for flower pot holding. And there are a few to hold individual flowers - a butterfly, a lady with flowers in her hat and hoop-skirted maiden."
  • We always seem to be buying napkins for our messy household but that doesn't need to be the case if we can convert to cloth napkins. For "sew" and "no sew" instructions Condo Blues writes How to Use and Make Cloth Napkins and it is posted at Condo Blues.
  • I found this post very helpful! Vera Lang presents 6 Ways to Use Stamps in Scrapbooking at Fine Craft Guild .com, saying, "A discussion of different stamping techniques and types of ink to use that of course is of use for card makers as well as scrappers! btw Lots of Valentine craft ideas on this blog this February..."
  • Bath Salts would make great Valentine's Day gifts. Easy to make, pretty and many different varieties too! Bath Salts How To posted at Home Life Weekly, saying, "Making bath salts is quick, easy and simple and won’t take a lot of time out of your day"
  • Here is a tutorial on how to make practical as well a thoughtful handmade gifts for all those who need calendars (that would be just about everyone). Vera Lang presents Craft a Simple, Marvellous Desk Calendar posted at Fine Craft Guild .com, saying, "This calendar idea uses 100% recyclables. There is a page for each month, and of course, February will be a LOVE-FILLED themed page. I hope you like my sample project and I look forward to receiving pictures of calendars you've made."
  • I am so touched whenever I receive a handmade quilt because I know a lot of hard work and love went into making it. Belle shares her quilt making ideas and project with us at Making Quilts from Old Clothing posted at Homesteaderbelle's Blog, saying, "This is a post about the quilts I make from old clothing. "
  • Nice job using the photoshop program. santoshi presents Black 31 posted at Black is beautiful, saying, "Creating art works using photoshop is my favourite hobby. Hope u like my works."
Thank you everyone for your crafty submissions. That concludes this edition of Keiki Gifts Craft Carnival #3. Submit your blog article to the next edition of crafts carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Keiki Gifts Craft Carnival

Valentine's Day Cake Recipe...Mmmmm!

The BEST Cake Known to Man (Gooey Chocolate Cake) - More DIY How To Projects

Feb 2, 2009

Decoupaged Puzzle Pieces

This is my first try at decoupaging a puzzle piece. I layered water color paintings on the background and sealed the front and back of the puzzle with Mod Podge then added "beading" elements such as charms, jump rings, etc. I should have added bigger pieces. I like the water color design but wish I had Diamond Glaze or dimensional paper glaze to give the project a lacquered 3-D look. I think I'd like to work with smaller puzzle pieces and add a mounting bail to make the piece into a fun charm. Waiting for a sale so I can buy all these crafty things...in the mean time, I'll practice with my tons of loose puzzle pieces.

Hawaii WAHMs Blogroll

Some of our Hawaii WAHM members maintain their own personal or business blogs to inform, entertain and update readers on community or business pursuits. Here are a few recently updated WAHM blogs covering diverse topics.

Children's Birthday Gifts
Hello Kitty Gifts. Hello Kitty is probably the most well-known character from the Sanrio collection of merchandise created for children, teens and adults. Hello Kitty products are both fun and functional. Here are a few children’s birthday or Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you. Read more...

Choices of Maternity Care in Hawaii Weblog
Labor Doula Training on Maui: DONA International Birth Doula Worshop. DONA Birth Doula workshop in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. A three day retreat where you will learn to support the amazing and transformative process of childbirth. Read more...

Ohana Mama
Ohana Mama's Monday Hula Shake Around The Blogosphere. Happy Monday! We're hula shakin' it up for Ohana Mama's Monday Fly-by of the Blogosphere. Here's how it works...Read more...
Please visit our WAHM bloggers for more fun and useful information.

*Hawaii WAHMs created for work at home moms living and working in the Aloha State, who are either business owners or direct sales representatives.*

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