Well, we missed one. The May newsletter was a casualty of the season this year. On a personal note, both of my sons are graduating this year – my eldest from high school, my youngest from 8th grade. That has created a whirlwind of ceremonies, events and assorted celebrations. We’ve had a fabulous time, but things do manage to slip.For BasketWorks, May was crazy busy, more so this year than ever before. Mother’s Day and attending the Sweets and Snacks show keeps me busy most years, but this year we also changed the hosting service for our website (no more downtime, hurray!), added new designs to the site, cleared out excess inventory and had our first survey on our Facebook page.
I hope that your spring has been as much fun as mine has been, and that your summer is full of fun, family and friends.
Every week I order product. Generally, I am simply reordering those products that we use all the time – containers, shred, ribbon, etc. No big deal, no significant decisions or choices to make.
But often I am selecting something new and trying to guess what my clients will prefer. Sour Jelly Bellys or the traditional 49 flavor assortment? Ginger cookies or Lemon snaps? Snickerdoodle coffee or hazelnut? Or just a morning blend?
With that in mind, we held a survey on ourFacebook page, where we asked for YOUR input on what our next Bath and Body scent should be as we expand our line. The winning scent in our survey was Lemon Cream, with 31.9% of the vote. We are sending a $50 gift certificate to Petra S. as a thank you for participating. I am planning on asking your opinion monthly and giving one respondent a $50 gift certificate – one more way we’re listening to our customers.
We will be posting our next survey next week and it will run for two weeks – be sure to watch for it!
We like to keep all of our inventory fresh (not just the food!) and we realized we have been carrying some of these items for a while. So we decided to discount them to make space for new items. We have mugs, glass houses, art kits, dog bowls, holiday ornaments, gel gems – the list goes on. We have about a dozen items up now, adding more daily! Check out our Clearance Page here for all our discounted items!
Remember that after we receive your order we will manually combine all clearance items going to a single address and reduce shpping prices to reflect the actual weight of the complete order.
Happy Birthday….to me! My birthday was last Friday, and I must say, it was absolutely lovely. I started the day with a 7 am meeting, full of warm wishes and friendly faces. I will admit that I could do without the early start (not so much a morning person) it did set a great tone for the day. A friend stopped by to take a walk with me – and I actually made the time to go out and take the walk!
Sandi took me out for lunch and surprised me with a new Kindle (paperwhite…now I can read without a light!) My sister stopped by with a chai latte and tulips for me. Homemade ravioli for supper and a square dance to top it all off. Really really nice.
But one thing had me grinning like an idiot all day. Facebook notes. All day I had these little blips showing up on my page as folks took 30 seconds to wish me a happy birthday. And you know what? It really made me smile. Still making me smile.
So thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to help make my day so special. I really appreciate it!
(PS – if you haven’t taken our Facebook survey, I’d appreciate it if you would swing by – it takes about a minute and a half!)
This week my husband and I took our eldest to visit Drake University – I am typing this up on our way home. They had a fully scheduled day, packed with tours, lectures, Q&A sessions – even during lunch! I’m struck by several things –
- Drake is a small school – 7000 students including their law and graduate programs. After attending the University of Illinois, this was a pretty dramatic change for me. Seriously – classes five minutes from your dorm? What is that all about? I am sure I walked at least 3-4 miles a day in Champaign. That said, this was decidedly a college campus. It never occurred to me to look at schools this small when I was in high school, but it is clearly a great size for many kids. (There is a nutritionist on staff who came out to talk to Joel and gave him her card! That would NEVER happen at a Big 10!)
- There was a serious focus on internship opportunities, study abroad and knowing the administration. I can absolutely believe all of those things enrich the college experience and better prepare students for success in our increasingly global economy. I’m glad that schools are offering these opportunities to their students – I think it is good for all of us.
- I don’t feel old enough to have a college student. College was over 20 years ago, and yet in so many ways feels like yesterday. I’ll be honest – being in touch with so many of my friends from high school and college goes a long way toward keeping that feeling alive.
There is something very special about the friends you make in your late teens and early twenties – we are all changing so dramatically as we morph from children into adults. Those folks who take that journey with you can make a very profound difference in your life. I feel very lucky to have been able to maintain friendships with so many of you – including those folks I just get to connect with on Facebook. Thanks for sticking with me.