Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Online Shopping Options For Carol Rose Home Treasures Customers

Oct 26, 2010 – Wilsonville, OR, October 26, 2010 — Carol Rose Home Treasures is happy to announce the opening of their online store, featuring a selection of Home décor, Gifts & Personal Accessories to suit a variety of tastes.

Carol Rose Home Treasures customers now have the opportunity to view and purchase a variety of items found in their brick and mortar store, through their website. This will also allow shoppers across America to be exposed to the unique shopping experience and items Carol Rose Home Treasures has to offer.

Consumers will have the ability to purchase items such as Miche Bags and covers, candle lamps, Marie Osmond handbags and jewelry, plus an exceptional line of home décor and holiday decorations. Carol Rose Home Treasures will keep their physical doors open while expanding their store to the online masses.

The new online store will offer current customers the convenience of online shopping and in some cases lower prices for special Internet-only deals. “Our new online store will allow customers the ability to enhance their shopping experience,”
said Carol Rose Home Treasures co-owner Gayle Baker. “Customers will be happy to find our online store offers exceptional prices and information, fast shipping, and outstanding products - just like our physical store.”

Pages and products can be viewed by going to carolrosehometreasures.com. Orders are processed and shipped to customers’ doorsteps quickly. Lynne Miller, co-owner of Carol Rose Home Treasures, is thrilled to bring their exceptional customer service and products to the rest of the nation. “This will make shopping for your family and friends incredibly convenient,” she says. “We’re excited to offer a selection of products to a broader audience, in time for holiday shopping.”

About : Carol Rose Home Treasures, located in Wilsonville, OR, is locally owned and operated by '2 Sisters', Lynne and Gayle, and is dedicated to their mother, Carol Rose, who passed away in December 2007.  Their goal is to provide the hospitality, warmth and friendly atmosphere that characterized their Mom's life. Wall decor, table accessories, furniture, lamps, jewelry, purses and gifts are just a sampling of the variety of merchandise they carry. For more information and to see the new website please visit www.carolrosehometreasures.com.

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How to Escape a Job You Hate! Katie Kelley on KATU AM NW

Feeling trapped at your job? Wish you could get out but don't know how? Business Coach Katie Kelley had tips for escaping a job you can't stand.

See Katie Kelley on KATU AM NW here

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Greenstone Inn Press Hit: Sustainable Business Oregon

Greenstone Inn, Oregon Coast

Shortly before Memorial Day, Brendan Carmody took the wraps off his new ultra-green hotel in Newport, the Greenstone Inn.

Since then, he's gotten a good read on all of the energy-saving measures he took during the hotel's $2.25 million construction. The average monthly electricity bill for the 20-unit oceanfront hotel? $54.
"There are days when we produce more energy than we use," Carmody said.

The Greenstone Inn started its life as the Viking Inn's cottages — literally. Some of the wood salvaged from the cottages' demolition was used to construct the new building.

When it opened in May, the Greenstone was the culmination of a seven-year quest by Carmody to build an inn that would coincide with his belief system.

"I'm not a scientist," Carmody said. "I can't tell you if global warming is real. But even if it isn't, getting off foreign oil is a goal we should all be working toward."

It took Carmody several years to find an architect to work with and a bank to finance the project (he went through three of each). In the meantime, he was researching the latest in green building materials and energy efficiency systems.

The result is a metal roof optimized to get the best performance from the photovoltaic array by Solar Ki of Corvallis, a wastewater heat reclamation system by Renewability Energy Inc. of Canada, a tankless hot water system, and a smart key docking station in every room that shuts off the power when the guest is away.

Carmody said the wiring is in place to install electric vehicle charging stations in the parking area and install a wind turbine or two on the bluff below the building to take advantage of the coast's windy nature without obscuring guest views.

Read the full story on Sustainable Business Oregon here.


Green Lodging News called the Greenstone "one of Oregon's greenest inn's."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hillsdale Food Front Press Hit: On Food and Drink.com

Hillsdale Food Front Celebrates 2nd Birthday, September 10-12
August 24, 2010

(Portland, OR) August 23, 2010: Hillsdale Food Front celebrates its second birthday the weekend of
September 10-12, with appearances by local food artisans, music, prizes, and a big discount day on September 10.

All customers get 10% off on Friday, September 10 to kick-off the birthday weekend. On Saturday, September, 11, we will hold our first Local Food Race. Two lucky contestants will get three minutes to go through the store and pick out as many local items as they can. The
winner will receive a $100 Food Front gift card. All day Saturday there will be raffles and other contests featuring prizes from Hillsdale businesses.

Local food-artisans such as Riverwave Foods, Peace, Love and Tacos, Coconut Bliss, Holy Kakow, and Florio Scones will be at the store sampling their deliciously unique creations all weekend.

Local musicians such as Jon Koonce & One More Mile and Sorta Bison Quartet will be performing on the patio Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th from 12-4.

And on Sunday, September 12th, there will be a free BBQ (with chicken wings and drumettes and Food Front’s own house-made sausage) from11:30-2:30pm and a birthday cake at 1 pm.

Food Front Cooperative Grocery is a leader in the Portland local food movement with two stores: 6344 SW Capitol Highway in Hillsdale and 2375 NW Thurman. Food Front carries a large selection of farm-direct produce, as well as a wide range of locally-made, organic, and natural products.

Highlights of Hillsdale Food Front 2nd Birthday:
September 10: 10% Discount Day for all customers
September 11: Local Food Race and other contests
September 12: Free BBQ (11:30-2:30pm) and birthday cake (1pm)


Read the full story here

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hillsdale Food Front Celebrates 2nd Birthday, September 10-12

Hillsdale Food Front celebrates it second birthday the weekend of September 10-12, with appearances by local food artisans, music, prizes, and a big discount day on September 10


PRLog (Press Release)Aug 23, 2010 : Hillsdale Food Front celebrates its second birthday the weekend of September 10-12, with appearances by local food artisans, music, prizes, and a big discount day on September 10.  

All customers get 10% off on Friday, September 10 to kick-off the birthday weekend. On Saturday, September, 11, we will hold our first Local Food Race. Two lucky contestants will get three minutes to go through the store and pick out as many local items as they can. The
winner will receive a $100 Food Front gift card. All day Saturday there will be raffles and other contests featuring prizes from Hillsdale businesses.  

Local food-artisans such as Riverwave Foods, Peace, Love and Tacos, Coconut Bliss, Holy Kakow, and Florio Scones will be at the store sampling their deliciously unique creations all weekend.

Local musicians such as Jon Koonce & One More Mile and Sorta Bison Quartet  will be performing on the patio Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th from 12-4.

And on Sunday, September 12th, there will be a free BBQ (with chicken wings and drumettes and Food Front's own house-made sausage) from11:30-2:30pm and a birthday cake at 1 pm.

Food Front Cooperative Grocery is a leader in the Portland local food movement with two stores:  6344 SW Capitol Highway in Hillsdale and 2375 NW Thurman.  Food Front carries a large selection of farm-direct produce, as well as a wide range of locally-made, organic, and natural products.

Highlights of Hillsdale Food Front 2nd Birthday:
September 10: 10% Discount Day for all customers
September 11: Local Food Race and other contests
September 12: Free BBQ (11:30-2:30pm) and birthday cake (1pm)

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Read the full press release about Hillsdale Food Front Co-Op 2nd birthday here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Press Hit: Greenstone Inn: Stay at Greenstone Inn, visit Oregon Olive Mill

Opened this spring, the Greenstone Inn (729 N.W. Coast St., Newport; 1-800-480-2477; greenstone-inn.com) takes the place of a longtime Newport Nye Beach favorite, the Viking Cottages. With many innovative energy-saving alternatives, Greenstone is an apt name for this Earth-friendly facility. You'll even find some of the cottage timbers recycled into the property. The 20 units offer ocean views with balconies and fireplaces, Wi-Fi and stairs that take you right onto the beach; refrigerators; no pets; seasonal rates, $105 to $205. 

Read the full story on The Oregonian, Oregon Live Travel section here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Successful Working Moms

Working Moms- that seems to be a given, right? If you’re at home, you’re working. And if you go to work, you’re working. But what’s the difference between a Stay at Home Mom and a Stay At Work Mom? In a word: Guilt. Or at least it used to be that way. More and more women are now embracing being a “stay at work” working mom, and more “stay at home” moms are also embracing their roles. The guilt factor is slowly subsiding. Think about it this way- do you call a dad a “stay at work dad?” Not really. But we do call dads who stay home a “stay at home dad.” Why the need for labels?

Perhaps this is one of the few silver linings in the recent economic crisis. Going back to work is not an option for most women; it’s just a necessity. I struggled with this when I had my son almost 2 years ago. If you follow my articles, you see I went from a full time job with my 4 month old son in full time day care, to a part time job when he was 6 months old, to being laid off when he was 7 months old and being unemployed, to now running my own business out of a home office.

It’s been a whirlwind two years! And the one thing I can tell you is, none of it is easy- but it is all rewarding. When I was working, I had mommy guilt. When I was with my son, I had work guilt. I’ve shed all of that now but it took some time. I now see some of my new mommy or soon-to-be mommy friends dealing with the same anxieties of sending a child to day care as soon as he or she pops out of the womb, and I am doing my best to ease their minds.

But the other side is not always greener. When I was unemployed, I felt I had lost control of my life- so I threw myself into my job search and parenthood. If I was to be a statistic of the economic crisis, I was going to be the best mom ever! In the history of moms! I signed up for gymnastics, I went to play dates, I joined a co-op and a mommy support group. As I sat there trying to control my son and battle toddler fights, screams of crying babies, and “mine!” I realized, this was hard work! This was way harder than sitting in my cubicle, sipping coffee, making deals, negotiating contracts, putting together marketing plans and budgets…well, maybe the budgeting part was harder than this…but in a different way!

This all made me realize, we are way too hard on each other and ourselves. As working moms, no matter what the work is or entails, we are the best support system for one another. Expensive gym classes and swimming lessons, rushing and running from this play group to the next; it’s all unnecessary.

My favorite days are now the ones I spend with my son doing, basically, nothing. He sits at his little desk next to me while I work and he types on his pretend computer, he goes to day care two days per week now and I cherish that time to get my mind centered and be a business woman. There is no perfect balance. You are not a bad mom because your child is in day care eight hours per day five days per week. We are all doing the best we can with what we have. And we are all successful working moms.

Read this story on my Examiner column, Portland Working Moms Examiner.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Press hit: Dragontree PDX in USA Today Travel

Tips and tidbits
PDX has a full-service US Bank, a branch of the Dragontree Spa, service centers with workstations, children's play areas, and changing and permanent public art and history exhibits, including an interpretive center about the Columbia River region (by A/B/C security checkpoint).


Read more on USA Today Travel

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Press hit: Dragontree. On the Go: Airport Spas

Portland International Airport

Jet-setters looking for a grounding experience may want to check in to The Dragontree holistic day spa in Portland International Airport in Oregon. The spa, which opened in February, aims to offer a calm counterpoint to the airport’s frenetic pace. It features an area with treatment chairs and two private rooms. As well as massages, facials and grooming treatments, the locale sells vitamins, herbs, natural sleeping aids and organic treatment products. Facials, which use Livia skin care products, start at $49 for 30 minutes. A full-body, deep-tissue massage starts at $54 for a half hour. Grooming treatments, including waxing, manicures and lash and brow tinting, are also on offer.


The Dragontree, Portland International Airport, Concourse C, Portland, Ore.; 503-331-1131


Read more here

Monday, July 19, 2010

Press hit: Carol Rose Home Treasures Summer Kick Off


Summer Kick-Off Open House at Carol Rose Home Treasures Date: June 26, 2010
Time: 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
http://www.carolrosehometreasures.com
Event Description
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of a good old-fashioned "Americana" celebration! Food and beverages will be provided, as well as raffle prizes! Open House and shopping 1-2, Interior Design workshop with local interior design specialist Jennifer Yarbrough of "Redesign by Jennifer" from 2-3. Bring a note pad and camera to take notes and before and after pics- and get one on one color consulting from Jennifer. Bring pictures of your room in question and color swatches, Jennifer will help you decide!

Followed by more shopping, eating and raffle prizes 3-4pm. In store discounts, outdoor items for a perfect July 4th celebration and fun with friends! Join us! Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare- and bring your friends and family. Kids welcome!
See the full listing here

Portland Storefronts: PDX gets new spa and other business news around the city

If you have 10 minutes before your flight boards, and about $17 handy, you could grab a latte, muffin and a few magazines.

But what if your feet ache from all that travel? Now you can buy 10 minutes of sole-ful bliss with a short foot massage at The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa's new refuge at PDX. 

Flight delayed? For another $17, a 10-minute chair massage will unknot your upper body.

The Dragontree, which also has a Northwest Portland location, in February became the first day spa at the airport. The spa is on Concourse C, after outbound travelers have passed through the security checkpoint. Besides a full menu of massages, services include foot baths, facials, waxing, makeup and many more, and are available for walk-in customers. 503-221-4123 or www.thedragontreepdx.com

Read more from The Oregonian here

Press hit: Harvest Themed Products: The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa

The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, out of Portland Oregon, is something to be desired as the products whisk you away to unforeseen territories of sanctuaries unknown. I deem this the perfect harvest themed product for those that crave their “spa time.”


From moisturizers to massage oils and therapy treatments to spa packages, you are sure to find something for that perfect someone this holiday season (or year around). The products may be a little pricy, but if you’ll take a moment to visit The Dragontree, you’ll see why.

Read more at Life, Love, Beauty

Press hit: New day spa is soothing oasis at bustling Portland Airport

When I checked my San Diego-bound flight departing Portland International Airport, I learned it was on time.

Damn.

I wanted more time – at least another hour – to enjoy The Dragontree, a new day spa tucked away in Concourse C, between gates 10 and 12, at PDX.

The place is a traveler’s oasis – offering an array of indulgences, from 90-minute full body massages in private treatment rooms ($114, Swedish; $124 deep tissue) to 10-minute hand massages ($17). Travelers can get 30-, 45- and 60-minute versions of various facials – for under $100. There’s a warm milk foot bath for $28; add a 20-minute foot massage for $19 more.

Press hit: Dragontree Day Spa brings Minx nails to pdx location

The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa is the first and only spa haven available at the Portland International Airport. This is the second location for the famed spa, whose original locale on NW Thurman still pleases the local masses seven days a week. With the airport spa now open they can better service both  Portland area residents and world wide travelers alike. Exposing customers to an extensive menu of delightful spa services that cater to specific needs and schedules.

Now both men and women can enjoy nail treatments at the Dragontree. Gone are the good old days of nail polish, In lieu of the liquid substance, the spa uses Minx nails. This beautiful fingernail fashion is a welcome addition to the Eco friendly perception that Dragontree employs. Minx is a fun, green alternative to nail polish. Essentially, it's a  pre colored/ patterned shrink wrap that  fits over the nail and lasts about 5 - 7 days. No fumes, chemicals or drying time, very chic and great for the girl on the go!


Read the full story here

Monday, June 14, 2010

New Book Deal

Well, I usually blog about my clients and their fabulous accomplishments, which I will continue to do, of course! But today I wanted to share with all of you, my exciting news that a children's book written by my husband and I has been officially signed by boutique publishing company Crosswinds Press. We are in the early stages of design and illustration but I should have more info soon. Thanks for your support!!

Here's the announcement on their blog as well!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Dragontree, A Holistic Day Spa, Announces The Addition Of Nail Services To Their Portland International Airport Location




(Portland, OR) May 25, 2010. Attention frequent flyers- announcing yet another reason to arrive early for your flight out of Portland! The relaxing Dragontree Day Spa has now added men’s and women’s nail treatments to their menu. Choosing to forgo the typical chemical laden and smelly nail polish of old, the spa is using Minx nails, a glamorous product that lets customers remain chemical free while extending fashion to their fingertips. The nail wraps are cut to the shape of the nail, put on with heat, and last as long as a typical manicure- 5 to 7 days. Or let your bags linger on the baggage return belt and treat yourself to some pampering while the other passengers fight it out.
The Dragontree has an established history of dedication to Portland's values of ecological consciousness and sustainability practices. "While searching for an alternative to nail polishes with noxious fumes, we found Minx and were impressed with product and the results,” explains Dragontree founder Briana Borten. “It's something fun and different while also being a better alternative for our clients health and the preservation of the earth.”
Minx nails continue to make news around the globe, including spotted on Kim Cattrall in the new Sex and the City movie. Kim wore “Golden Lightning” Minx in the movie, and Scarlett Johansson favored “Black and White Houndstooth” Minx in a cover story for Glamour magazines’ November 2009 issue. The Dragontree Spa is excited to bring the same high profile fashion to Portland airport.
The spa is conveniently located on Concourse C between gate C-10 and C-12 and functions as a beautiful, soothing and private refuge with an extensive menu to accommodate all travelers’ needs and schedules.  There are private rooms for a variety of treatments, including a 30-minute slumber. Customers are embracing the long awaited arrival of nail services, filling the spa’s treatment room for last minute nail applications before a wedding, vacation or business trip. They especially like the fact that there’s no drying time needed and no smelly chemicals to share with other passengers during the flight.
Appointments are primarily on a walk-in basis but reservations are also happily accepted. For more information please visit the spa’s airport location website at www.thedragontreepdx.com or call 503.331.1131.
About : The Dragontree, located at 2768 NW Thurman and Concourse C in PDX, offers a variety of services to still the mind and mend the body. The perfect place to receive massages, facials, Acupuncture, waxing, Ayurvedic counseling, and herbal consultations, you can also gather with friends and family and receive foot treatments, head, neck, & shoulder massages, and hand treatments. For more information please visit www.thedragontree.com or call 503-221- 4123.
Contact:
Maggie Palmer: 503-419-7677
 

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Carnival Returns! Magical Entertainers Sarlot & Eyed Reopen “Carnival Of Illusion”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) May 17, 2010 -- 
(Tucson, AZ) Just back from their East coast tour, nationally renown illusionists Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed reopen their hip Victorian-inspired theater show “Carnival of Illusion” in September 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park. 

Due to the immense popularity of 62 of their first 75 shows sold out, Sarlot and Eyed are hosted again at the DoubleTree to reopen the show as a centrally located Tucson attraction. “We are very excited with this collaboration. It’s great to showcase an exciting downtown ‘Tucson Treasure’ every Friday and Saturday evening,” said Helinda Lizarraga, General Manager of the DoubleTree. Showing their appreciation to Carnival of Illusion ticket holders, before or after the performance in either hotel restaurant, the DoubleTree offers a buy one dinner entrée, get the second (equal or lesser priced) FREE!


Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, 2009 National Recipients for "Excellence in Magic", were granted “Featured Performer” status during their 21 show run at Hollywood’s World Famous Magic Castle. They have performed as “house entertainers” at the world's top resorts including Canyon Ranch and Miraval Spa. 

Sarlot & Eyed transport their audiences back to a time when magic flourished as an art and was practiced in the salons and “parlours” of the wealthy. Carnival of Illusion offers a modern, hip edge to a Victorian-inspired parlour show. This intimate experience is limited to only 35 guests per show. You can catch their shows at 6pm and 8:30pm every Friday and Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park beginning September 2010. Tickets available at http://www.carnivalOFillusion.com or (520) 615-5299.

About: Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed are National recipients for “Excellence in Magic” awarded by the oldest magic convention in the country. Fox News called them, “Outstanding”, the LA Weekly wrote “Amazing”, the Tucson Weekly, “Extraordinary!” and the Tucson Citizen said, “Best show in Tucson.” These entertainers tour nationally sharing their love and respect for the ancient Art of Magic. 

For more information, visit the Press page at http://www.carnivalOFillusion.com or contact Brooke Rosania at thrills@carnivalofillusion.com, (520) 615-5299. 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

MKP client Briana Borten radio interview

Here at MKP Creative, ROI is what we strive for. Return on Investment is important- especially when you're dealing with "organic" ROI- as in- not paid advertising. A 30 minute radio interview could cost hundreds- even thousands- of dollars and push any marketing budget over the edge.

That's why we pride ourselves on our PR work at MKP Creative. This means free press that fits into your branding needs and image. Here's a great example- a wonderful 30 minute radio inerview for spa client Briana Borten on a radio series called "Exceptional Women NW."

Have a listen- enjoy- and imagine yourself in a 30 minute interview and what you could do with so much time....

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Making Lemonade

CJ Connolly, like so many others diagnosed with scleroderma, has gained a heightened awareness of the important things in life.  “Finding out about my disease definitely put life in perspective.  It was time to write down all of the many lessons I had learned from family, friends and life in general to pass on to my grandchildren and others.” 

The result of this renewed focus is a new series of rhyming children’s books aimed at 3-8 year old “early readers.”  After reading the first story CJ had written for her grandson last Christmas, George noted “It was good, really good so I decided to find a way to publish the book so others could enjoy it.  CJ was adamant against sending it to a traditional publisher, though, as she had found the experience less than thrilling in the past.  “And sure enough, the first time we showed the book to an editor, she proceeded to take out key words that supported the rhyming structure of the book,” says CJ.

So, George and CJ have taken on a major challenge—starting a new business in a down economy.  The result is the boutique publishing company, Crosswinds Press. Using what is called a “virtual” structure, George and CJ have joined forces with three other small Connecticut businesses (Lisa Adams Art, LaPointe Design, and The Racine Company) to launch this joint venture.

“In a down economy, it really means a lot to all of us to support the launch of this book series,” notes George Racine of The Racine Company, who prints the books and all related printed matter in his Brooklyn, CT plant.  “It is actually fun, not work.  We are all proud of the high quality product we’ve produced.

The first book in the series, Wil, Fitz and a Flea Named T, was released and recently The Boomerang, The Bad Enchilada have released. The Lemonade Stand and A Line in the Sand are in production for release in early summer.  Each of these books contains a lesson, or moral.  In the first book, Wil meets a wise old flea named simply “T” who helps him see that gaining anything of value requires effort—it is never, ever free.  Mr. T continues to help Wil throughout the series, often accompanied by one or more of “T’s” extended flea family.  Brought to life by the talented illustrator, Lisa Adams, the books are both entertaining and beautiful. 

In talking about undertaking such a major project while fighting the creeping progression of her scleroderma, CJ notes: “The fact is that no one knows how many more days they have left.  I almost see the scleroderma as a ‘gift’ of sorts, perhaps the best one I’ve been given because it has motivated me to do things that otherwise might have been left undone.  With the press and the book projects, I’m simply too busy to worry about what happens next.”  Clearly, as suggested by the title of fourth book in the series, The Lemonade Stand, CJ has decided to make lemonade with the lemons she’s been given. 

The Reach Out and Read National Center in Boston has placed Wil, Fitz and a Flea Named T on several lists of recommended books distributed to parents and medical providers saying:  “it will be a valuable resource for parents and childcare providers, who wish to teach children about the value of trying even when mistakes are made.”

The books are available through the Crosswinds Press website and through Amazon.com.


Innovative Kids Book Teaches Time, Good Manners

Busy working mothers and fathers are constantly looking for ways to enforce good behavior and manners. "It's Time for Good Manners!" is a new combination storybook and practice guide that helps young children (grades K-3) easily learn to tell time, as well as learn good manners. The workbook is an easy way to bond after dinner, teach your kids a valuable lesson and help them prepare for school.

As summer approaches, more parents begin to worry about the lack of education in their children’s life, and the fear of slipping behind before the next school year begins. Workbooks such as this are a great way to bond with your kids, while keeping their brains in shape during the summer.

In "It's Time for Good Manners!" youngsters will follow four children just like them -- Torie, Tad, Tyler and Tessa -- as they go about their day. Kids will learn how to tell time through the foursome's daily activities and good manners by reading familiar situations relevant to the characters' actions. Each page allows readers to tell time, trace it and write it on their own while comprehending the corresponding good manners tip. Kids will love the cute clock designs and have fun drawing their own designs, too. The 52-page guide ends with practice pages that reinforce good manners and telling time.

Five good manners tips highlighted in the guide include:

* It's 7:00am and Torie's mom made waffles for breakfast. Torie is grateful for the special treat. Lesson learned: It's time to show your appreciation.
* It's 12:00pm and Tyler is in the lunch line at his cafeteria. He says, "Thank you very much," to the lunch lady. Lesson learned: It's time to be thankful.
* It's 1:30pm and Tad's recess is over. He cuts in the water fountain line. Tad says he is sorry and moves to the end of the line. Lesson learned: It's time to apologize.
* It's 4:30pm and Tessa is helping her mom get dinner ready by setting the table. Lesson learned: It's time to be helpful.
* It's 6:00pm and Tyler burps while eating dinner. He quickly says, "Excuse me." Lesson learned: It's time to not be rude.

"It's Time for Good Manners!" is available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, GoodMannersKidsStuffPress.com or ItsTimeForGoodManners.com.

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

When it comes to tanning, dermatologists have long suspected that most people need an attitude adjustment. Now, results of a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology confirmed that the majority of people still idolize the bronzed look of a tan despite wanting to protect themselves from skin cancer.

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Here in the Northwest, we don’t see that glowing orb as often as other people in North America, but it doesn't mean we're not just as susceptible to it's harmful rays. In addition, many people may make up for the lack of natural sunlight by taking to the tanning beds.

The "Suntelligence: How Sun Smart is Your City?" online survey polled more than 7,000 adults nationwide to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward tanning, sun protection and skin cancer detection. Twenty-six cities were ranked based on respondents' answers to several questions in each category.

"Our survey highlighted the contradictory feelings that many people have about tanning - they like the way a tan looks but are concerned about skin cancer, which is estimated to affect about one in five Americans in their lifetime," said dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD, consulting professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. "What they may not realize is that no matter whether you tan or burn, a tan from the sun or tanning beds damages the skin and can cause wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. The challenge is changing the long-standing attitudes about tanning to correlate with people’s knowledge about skin cancer."

In examining the survey data, Dr. Draelos noted that 72 percent of all respondents agreed that people look more attractive with a tan. In addition, more men than women (76 percent vs. 68 percent, respectively) agreed with that statement.

Similarly, 66 percent of all respondents agreed that people look healthier with a tan. Once again more men than women (70 percent vs. 62 percent, respectively) agreed with this statement.

When asked whether or not they believed that sun exposure is good for your health, 60 percent of all respondents mistakenly agreed with this statement. Analyzing the data by gender, more men than women (62 percent vs. 58 percent, respectively) incorrectly thought that sun exposure is good for your health.

"Various reports touting the potential health benefits of sun exposure for vitamin D production are misleading people to believe that exposing oneself to UV radiation - which causes cancer - to prevent another disease is somehow beneficial," said Dr. Draelos. "In fact, the Academy does not recommend getting vitamin D from any form of UV exposure because UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds can lead to the development of skin cancer. Getting vitamin D from a healthy diet, which includes naturally enriched vitamin D foods, fortified foods and beverages, and/or vitamin supplements is a healthier alternative because it provides the exact same benefit without the skin cancer risk."

Dr. Draelos added that despite their positive attitudes about tanning, the majority of respondents expressed strong opinions on protecting themselves from skin cancer. For example, 75 percent of all respondents said they will do anything possible to prevent skin cancer. Furthermore, 80 percent of respondents expressed concern about skin cancer and feel it is important to protect themselves.

"When it comes to preventing skin cancer, actions speak louder than words," said Dr. Draelos. "So while it is encouraging that most people are concerned about skin cancer and want to reduce their risk of developing it, clearly more work needs to be done to change attitudes on tanning. If a person likes the look of a tan, he or she should consider using a self-tanner but use sunscreen with it."

Take the Academy's "Suntelligence" survey, as well as to find out how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map or find free skin cancer screenings in your area.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

MKP Client Amy Boggs interviewed on local radio program

Amy Boggs, a young entrepreneur and founder of Sparkling Palaces talks about starting a home cleaning business, being an entrepreneur, her chemical-free approach and desire to be as green as possible.


About Exceptional Women NW

Exceptional Women NW is an exploration of achievement, led by women, in Portland, the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We highlight leaders in business & social causes, entrepreneurs, writers, bloggers, artists, designers, free spirits — any woman — anywhere in our area, making a positive impact. These 30-minute conversations celebrate stories of hope, inspiration and success in all walks of life.

Listen to Amy's interview here

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

MKP Client Amy Boggs on Top Morning Show

Amy Boggs, owner of Sparkling Palaces, the only 100% green local cleaning company, makes a repeat appearance to share her green cleaning knowledge on AM NW. This show, broadcast live at 9:00am weekdays on KATU channel 2, is the top rated morning show in Portland.


AM NW producers and hosts Helen and Dave were so impressed with Amy's appearance last month, they invited her back for their Earth Week celebration this April! Check out the full clip here.



Here's the tips she shared:

Amy Boggs, owner of a local green cleaning company, joined us today with tips on how to clean without chemicals.
Here are Amy's tips:
All-Purpose Cleaner:
  • Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
  • Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.

Carpet stains:
  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
  • For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

Deodorize:
  • Carpets - sprinkle with baking soda several hours before vacuuming - can also place a cotton ball with essential oil on it in the vacuum bag.
  •  Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
  • In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
  • Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours

Disinfectant:
  • Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water.  For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap.
  • Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.)
To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.

Fabric softener:
  • To reduce static cling, dampen your hands,
  • then shake out your clothes as you remove them from the drier.
  • Line-drying clothing is another alternative.

Stickers on walls:
  • To remove, sponge vinegar over them several times
  • Wait 15 minutes,
  • then rub off the stickers.
  • This also works for price tags (stickers) on tools, etc.

Water Rings on Wood:
  • Water rings on a wooden table or counter are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat, but not the finish.
  • Try applying toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into the ring.
  • Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.
Stainless Steel Polish:

  • Rub Stainless Steel with Baby Oil
Vacuum!
  • Your carpet and rug fibers trap dirt and allergens - such as pet dander and pollen - so when you walk on them, the particles are agitated and released back into the air. 
  • A good vacuum will have a brush roller on it to beat the fibers to release the dirt, so it can be removed with the suction of the vacuum.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Benefits of Massage on our Minds and Bodies

I recently had lunch with Heather, most recently the Marketing Director at The Dragontree, who will be taking on more of a part time role at The Dragontree in order to continue her scholastic studies. As we discussed passing the torch to me to handle the marketing and PR for this lovely spa, I asked her, "why do you love your job, and why do you love massage? What is the fundamental message I need to know to promote this amazing spa to our community?"

Heather shared with me a very personal story about her experience of bringing peace and pain relief to a dear friend who was dying of cancer a few years ago, and it made me stop and realize that a spa day to a healthy person is relaxing and luxurious. But to some, a massage can be life changing, with health benefits we can only begin to imagine. Though her friend did eventually succumb to the disease, Heather told me it was an amazing experience to bring peace and relief to her friend through gentle touch in her final days.

We all know we live in a stress-worn world, and understand the amazing relief we feel after an all over body massage. This is because our body and mind communicate with each other, which means mental stress manifests itself as physical tension. Some people don't even know they're stressed until it comes out in a physical symptom such as a headache, a twitching muscle or eye lid or something similar. The calm we feel after a massage is not just the muscles relaxing, but our emotions and mind calming as well. People who receive regular massages experience decreased anxiety, depression and fatigue. This is because gentle forms of massage can affect the nervous system and help to release endorphins, or your body's natural "feel good" chemicals.

As Heather demonstrated on my hand by gently moving her two fingers in an upward motion from the back of my hand, up my wrist and toward my elbow, even a simple touch like this is beneficial to relieving pain due to clogged lymph nodes, which is the relief she brought to her friend. A more rigorous massage tells the body to release endorphins that induce relaxation and reduce the body's production of stress hormones. The reason I have the utmost respect for the therapists who work at The Dragontree is because they are experts in their field. They know what our bodies need, in terms of massage and touch, better than we know ourselves.

Studies have shown that massage helps alleviate the pains of not only cancer patients, but many other diseases as well, including arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, premenstrual syndrome symptoms and the aches and pains of pregnancy. New studies indicate Alzheimer's patients and kids with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also benefit from massage.

Massage does much more than relieve everyday stress, and studies continue to prove it. As a community, we will continue to look to the experts at The Dragontree not only for a day of pampering or an hour of bliss, but to ease our aches and pains, center our minds, and help us live a more stress free life.

See this original blog post on The Dragontree- A Holistic Day Spa's blog or read more blogs from The Dragontree about health and wellness here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Movie Going with Children- What Age is Best to Start this Adventure?

Portland Working Moms Examiner

This Friday, March 26, How to Train Your Dragon releases in theaters. When my son, who will be 2 next month, saw this trailer his ears and eyes perked up. He’s into dragons and dinosaurs at the moment, and while we have been to a feature movie in the theater, I’m not sure this one will make the cut for us.

His very first movie experience was at an IMAX theater at our local science museum, OMSI. I wasn’t sure how he would react- would he sit still during the movie? Would be disrupt other movie goers? Would the screen be too large and make him sick? Surprisingly, he did great. He loved the movie, Walking With Dinosaurs, and he enjoyed sitting in my lap and drinking his water while munching on popcorn. The kid is a regular moviegoer!

Movies designed for little ones as young as 4 should be able to enjoy and follow a plot, as well as have the patience to sit in place for more than an hour. But if you’re still in the toddler years, a full-length movie could be a stretch.

Of course, every child is different. If your child can sit through a Disney movie at home, which obviously has done the research to know how long a child’s attention span will last; they most likely will be able to make the move to the big screen. If you have a busy body for a child, you might want to hold off. The great thing about going to a childrens movie is, you’re with other kids! So noises, talking, gasping, laughing, etc. is expected and other parents have the patience to endure this type of behavior.

Be sure to check out the movie rating- in this case, How to Train Your Dragon is rated PG. Also check out the reviews for the movie and get feedback from other parents. Movies are magical and wonderful to a young mind, and something fun to do when the weather turns on you- which can happen quite a bit in Portland! Movies also open up discussions about life, which can make for a wonderful bonding experience. Going out to eat after the movie and encouraging discussion is also a great way to connect with your child, especially as they get older and have more questions about the world around them and right and wrong.

Happy Movie Going!

Legacy Builder Coaching guest blog: Best Business Practices

Best Business Practices: Media Tips
March 23, 2010
By: Katie Kelley, Legacy Builder Coaching

After having completed a taped radio and television interview, I am now preparing for an upcoming live cable television interview and I wanted to share some media tips that I was recently given by NYC based media expert Jeff Bloch. Getting media exposure is a key step towards building your brand, establishing your expert credibility and sharing with the world what you do for a living and how they can find you. Who doesn’t want some of that?

1. PREPARE-Before you talk to a reporter, know your story. Focus your broad knowledge of your subject into three key messages that tell a complete story. Think about what you would like the headline to be, and what you want the reporter – and your audience – to remember. Often, the messages state a problem/situation, followed by a solution/next step, and finally offer the credibility of your organization to provide that solution or input.

2. THINK NEWS- Messages should offer some information that is new, that goes beyond what others have said, or that identifies a new issue or trend. Don’t sensationalize, but think about what can make your story more interesting, more compelling.

3. SUPPORT YOUR STORY WITH SPECIFICS-Facts/figures-don’t worry about citing particularly daunting numbers, rather just provide some context with numbers that will allow the audience to better appreciate the scope of your work, examples, anecdotes, quotable language-in other words vivid words and well-turned phrases that are catchy but not too clever and will help to crystallize your story.

4. CONSIDER THE AUDIENCE-Whom are you trying to reach? Consumers, potential business customers, decision-makers? Make sure your messages and your supporting information are tailored to your audience. Avoid jargon – use language they will understand. When possible, put a face on it, meaning, give an example of a person or situation that your audience can relate to and appreciate.

5. DEVELOP-Develop a list of questions that are likely to be asked. Be prepared for obvious negative questions, but also be ready to answer the supposedly “easy” ones, such as “Tell me about this study / your company / your perspective on this issue.” Keep up with the news in the days before your interview and be ready to deal with related events or developments.

6. DELIVER-Once the interview begins-take control. Don’t wait for the reporter to guide you through your story. Begin at the beginning, deliver your messages early and often, explain, re-contextualize, repeat yourself as necessary. If you are reacting to news, hold your ground. If you are promoting a story, don’t make the reporter “pull teeth” to get it.

7. USE FLAGS-Phrases such as “What’s most important…” “The key thing is…” “There are three critical factors…” signal to the reporter and the audience that you’re about to say something vital.

8. BUILD BRIDGES-Don’t just answer the question. Find the ways to go beyond the answer to your message. Be more expansive, offer additional information, return to an earlier point. Make sure you spend more time on your story than on other, less important, topics.

9. TURN NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES-Don’t be defensive and don’t over-explain your response to the negative. Instead, deal with the negative – without repeating any negative language – and then bridge to a message. Remember to end on a positive.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Award-winning illusionists invited to perform at world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA

Tucson, Arizona (March 22, 2010) Nationally touring Tucson based illusionists Sarlot and Eyed are invited to perform at Hollywood’s world-renown Magic Castle in April.

Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, 2009 National Recipients for "Excellence in Magic" and house entertainers at the world's finest resorts, transport their audiences back to a time when magic flourished as an art and was practiced in the salons and “parlours” of the wealthy. The Magic Castle, nestled in the Hollywood Hills of Southern California, gathers the finest illusionists and magicians worldwide for invitation-only performances. “The Magic Castle has an aura of historical mystique and contemporary belt-notch status. Magical entertainers from around the globe covet an invite to this magic landmark and we’re thrilled to share our performance with the Castle audiences!” says Susan Eyed.

The Magic Castle is the private clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts, a very special organization devoted to the advancement of the ancient art of magic. This exclusive invitation has been extended to Sarlot and Eyed due to their unique performance style, their fresh twists on the classics of magic, and the popularity of their current show “Carnival of Illusion” a Victorian-inspired parlour show with a modern, hip edge. This intimate experience is limited to only 35 guests per show and while playing in Tucson has been selling out shows since they opened February 5th 2010 and was recently extended for two additional months.

They will appear in the Castle’s “Parlour of Prestidigitation” for three shows a night beginning April 19th through April 25th 2010. If you can’t make the trip to Hollywood, you can still catch their show at 6pm and 8:30pm every Friday and Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park. As a bonus, before or after the performance in either hotel restaurant, guests can buy one entrée and receive a (equal or lesser priced) second entrée for FREE. Tickets are available at www.carnivalOFillusion.com or (520) 615-5299.

About: Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed are the 2009 National recipients for “Excellence in Magic” awarded by the oldest magic convention in the country. Earlier recipients have been Las Vegas headliners Harry Blackstone Jr. and Lance Burton. These entertainers tour nationally sharing their love and respect for the ancient Art of Magic. Fox News called these Las Vegas headliners, “Outstanding”, the LA Weekly wrote “Amazing”, and the Tucson Citizen said, “The Best Show in Tucson.”

Contact:
(520) 615-5299
thrills@carnivalofillusion.com
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Best of Portland

MKP Creative has been asked to be a guest on the show "The Best of Portland" along with Ladies Who Launch Market Director Katie Kelley.

We'll be discussing how female entrepreneurs launch businesses, the female networking group Ladies Who Launch and unemployment in our state of Oregon as it relates to new businesses launching.

I'll post the link when the show airs- which will most likely be Friday, April 2. Stay tuned!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The "Feminine Approach" to Launching a Business

Growing a business is hard work- especially for working moms! Luckily there’s plenty of women’s groups out there tailored just for females, the unique female style of launching and running a business, and a support system to make it all happen.

One such Portland group is Ladies Who Launch, the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs. The Ladies Who Launch mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to any woman with a project, dream or aspiration to start her own business and be successful.

Victoria Colligan is the Founder of Ladies Who Launch, which began in 2002, with the first local communities launching in 2005. She is also the creator of Ladies Who Launch Online and the Featured Lady stories. She is co-author of the book Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle and has another book coming out soon.

Katie Kelley, a native Californian who grew up in the cities of Atlanta, London, and San Diego, is breathing new life into the Portland chapter of LWL. Kelley relocated to Portland in 2008 and was soon offered the position with LWL. “I am delighted to serve as the Oregon Market Leader for my hometown of Portland, Oregon,” says Kelley. “It is an incredibly opportune moment for Oregonian women who are ready to hatch their creative ideas into prospering businesses or personal ventures.”

Kelley, who boasts a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and a Clinical Masters Degree from Smith College, worked as a psychotherapist at Cornell Medical Schools teaching hospital in Manhattan for almost three years. She then went to work for Novartis for another three years and eventually was certified by the Training and Organizational Development Program at New York University and the Core Essentials Program at Coach University.

She now is a Business Coach and Consultant with Legacy Builder Coaching, LLC. With Legacy, she primarily partners with emerging entrepreneurs to develop and strengthen their business strategy, execution and personal leadership so that they thrive in the new economy.

Portland Working Mom’s Examiner had a chance to sit down with Kelley recently to learn more about Ladies Who Launch and female entrepreneurs who are emerging more and more as they attempt to balance work and motherhood.

E: Why are so many women launching businesses? It is due to the recession?
K: Women are launching businesses at twice the rate of men, and they are doing it primarily for lifestyle reasons–they want more freedom, flexibility, and creativity in their lives. There are over 11 million women owned businesses in the US! We have found a definitive link between launching a business and higher self-esteem and happiness. Women come to Ladies Who Launch to take advantage of our trusted community, tools, resources and success stories and live their dreams.

E: Who is Ladies Who Launch tailored for?
K: There is a movement of women who want to control their lives. Ladies Who Launch is an online and in-person platform for these women. Our mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to every woman at every phase of launching. We empower entrepreneurs, freelancers, stay-at-home moms, side-launchers, and consultants with tools, role models, and confidence through local and national success stories, and resources to grow their businesses and connect to one another through events, www.ladieswholaunch.com/portland, and through our Local Communities across the US and Canada.

E: Does a woman have to have her idea formulated to come to a LWL event or join LWL? Or do you embrace those who are just dreaming of an idea?
K: We offer a trusted community - this is critical to launching any idea. You need to find a like-minded community of women who can be the support you need, who can connect you to others, who can listen to what you need to grow and then actually be part of giving it to you. Our workshops and STRATA membership program delivers on this in spades. We provide essential resources for launching a business - from “How-To” articles to preferred relationships with partners to webinars - Ladies Who Launch is constantly integrating ways to inform and educate women on how to take their projects to the next level. We welcome women at all stages of development, whether it’s just an idea or they’ve been in business for 3-5 years.

E: Why would I, as a female entrepreneur, want to join Ladies Who Launch? It seems like there are so many groups to choose from, how do I know which one is right for me?
K: Women join to be part of a community, stay connected, and make sure other energetic, motivated entrepreneurs surround them. We share resources, create a mastermind group; women use connecting to move ideas forward. Most of our constituents join to get out of isolation. Nothing great has ever happened as a solo activity. Success requires teamwork, action and goal alignment. We make sure your mission and goals are clear and that everyone you surround yourself with is aligned with you and we don’t waste time on negativity.

E: You talk a lot about the “feminine approach” to launching a business. What does that mean?
K: The feminine approach to launching a business has less to do with men vs. women, and is more about seeing your business holistically. Women often take a more intuitive and organic approach to their businesses and projects and don't want to initially get caught up in a business plan. This doesn't mean they don't need one eventually, but in order to get started, women need to take small steps and feel the creative juices flowing and be able to act on their ideas. The feminine approach celebrates this idea and is reinforced through our workshops and STRATA membership program where you can get through the many stages of launching from start up to growth and find the resources you need - - and then return to find what you need next. There's no one right way - there are many right ways - and our Featured Lady stories prove this over and over. Women do things differently and that's OKAY!

E: Thank you for sharing this insight into Ladies Who Launch! Where can female entrepreneurs- or aspiring entrepreneurs- learn more about your events and your next meeting?
K: You can go to www.ladieswholaunch.com/portland for more info and events, and join us for our upcoming Sunday Social April 18 at 9:00am- 11:30, we’ll be meeting at The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa to discuss growing and marketing your business over coffee and snacks.

A meeting at a spa, noshing on pastries and sipping coffee? Sometimes, you’ve got to love the way women do business. Thanks to my guest Katie Kelley for sharing insight into her Ladies Who Launch Oregon networking group for female entrepreneurs.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Successful Working Moms

Working Moms- that seems to be a given, right? If you’re at home, you’re working. And if you go to work, you’re working. But what’s the difference between a Stay at Home Mom and a Stay At Work Mom? In a word: Guilt. Or at least it used to be that way. More and more women are now embracing being a “stay at work” working mom, and more “stay at home” moms are also embracing their roles. The guilt factor is slowly subsiding. Think about it this way- do you call a dad a “stay at work dad?” Not really. But we do call dads who stay home a “stay at home dad.” Why the need for labels?

Perhaps this is one of the few silver linings in the recent economic crisis. Going back to work is not an option for most women; it’s just a necessity. I struggled with this when I had my son almost 2 years ago. If you follow my articles, you see I went from a full time job with my 4 month old son in full time day care, to a part time job when he was 6 months old, to being laid off when he was 7 months old and being unemployed, to now running my own business out of a home office.

It’s been a whirlwind two years! And the one thing I can tell you is, none of it is easy- but it is all rewarding. When I was working, I had mommy guilt. When I was with my son, I had work guilt. I’ve shed all of that now but it took some time. I now see some of my new mommy or soon-to-be mommy friends dealing with the same anxieties of sending a child to day care as soon as he or she pops out of the womb, and I am doing my best to ease their minds.

But the other side is not always greener. When I was unemployed, I felt I had lost control of my life- so I threw myself into my job search and parenthood. If I was to be a statistic of the economic crisis, I was going to be the best mom ever! In the history of moms! I signed up for gymnastics, I went to play dates, I joined a co-op and a mommy support group. As I sat there trying to control my son and battle toddler fights, screams of crying babies, and “mine!” I realized, this was hard work! This was way harder than sitting in my cubicle, sipping coffee, making deals, negotiating contracts, putting together marketing plans and budgets…well, maybe the budgeting part was harder than this…but in a different way!

This all made me realize, we are way too hard on each other and ourselves. As working moms, no matter what the work is or entails, we are the best support system for one another. Expensive gym classes and swimming lessons, rushing and running from this play group to the next; it’s all unnecessary.

My favorite days are now the ones I spend with my son doing, basically, nothing. He sits at his little desk next to me while I work and he types on his pretend computer, he goes to day care two days per week now and I cherish that time to get my mind centered and be a business woman. There is no perfect balance. You are not a bad mom because your child is in day care eight hours per day five days per week. We are all doing the best we can with what we have. And we are all successful working moms.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Healthy Families Act

Most working moms know the petri dish that is day care. If one kid is sick at day care, chances are, all the kids are soon sick. And a sick child can only mean one thing- a sick mom. While most toddlers understand the word “mine” all too well, there’s one thing they don’t mind sharing at all, and that’s germs.

What’s a working mom to do, especially in this economic climate? Missing a day of work could mean a black mark on your professional record. And when moms stay home to care for their children, they end up missing even more work, usually because they’ve been passed whatever germ their child was carrying.

Even mothers with the best intentions sometimes send a sick child to day care because they can’t afford any more time off work, or have run out of sick days. It’s an endless cycle of sick kids, sick parents and never enough sick time at work. According to a just released study, more than a third of working women in establishments with more than 15 employees have no paid sick leave.

That means they lose needed income, and could risk losing their jobs, if they stay home to keep a sick child out of childcare or school, or for their own illness. This problem isn't limited to just moms: Conservative estimates are that 40% of the entire private sector doesn't have any paid sick days. Congress is currently considering a bill called the Healthy Families Act, which would give 13.3 million women--for a total of over 30 million people--the ability to earn paid sick days at work.

The Healthy Families Act would guarantee that workers in the United States at firms that employ at least 15 employees would be able to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The most daunting statistic is it’s the child care workers themselves who are the least likely to have paid sick days- which could trace some of the germs back to the people caring for your kids! Just 28% of child care workers in establishments of 15 or more employees can earn paid sick leave.


The best working moms can do is keep their kids home if they are sick, sanitize toys, wash hands when your child comes home, take off their clothes from the day and put them in fresh clothes and take their vitamins. Exercise is also a great way to boost your immune system, as well as getting enough rest and eating healthy. While most working moms are super moms, there’s been no secret weapon yet discovered for fighting off germs.

An inspiring evening with Dress For Success + Kimberly Wilson

MKP client Ladies Who Launch, LA/OC event to celebrate International Women's Day- see clips of speaker Kimberly Wilson here!

An inspiring evening with Dress For Success + Kimberly Wilson

The Day - From Lemons to Lemonade | News from southeastern Connecticut

MKP author CJ Connolly and a nice write-up on The Day.

The Day - From Lemons to Lemonade | News from southeastern Connecticut

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MKP client CJ Connolly, author, is featured in local CT paper

Meet Mr. T. He is a wise, old flea that helps his new friends Wil and Fitz find what they are looking for and teaches them a thing or two about life along the way. This enchanting children’s book, “Wil, Fitz, and a Flea Named T,” is written by CJ Connolly, Noank, and is part of a new series, published by Crosswinds Press, Inc. The book is illustrated by Lisa Adams, Mystic, and designed by Trish LaPointe, Old Mystic.
Read the article Fleas Teach Kids About Life by Amy Pjura in it's entirety here

AM NW, Portland's Top Rated Morning Show, visits MKP Client The Dragontree

AM NW paid a special visit to MKP client The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa to check out their new airport location. Located conveniently in Concourse C, by Southwest terminals for busy travelers, the spa has been a huge success since opening it's doors in early February.

Check out the full segment here.

THE DRAGONTREE, A HOLISTIC DAY SPA, ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF A NEW LOCATION IN THE PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

(Portland, OR) January 26, 2010
The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa, located in NW Portland, announces the opening of the first spa in the Portland International Airport February 8. The spa is located on Concourse C between gate C-10 and C-12. The Dragontree has an established history of providing exceptional therapeutic services, commitment to being a sanctuary from the stresses of life, and dedication to reflecting Portland's values of ecological consciousness and sustainability practices.

The airport location’s design is a beautiful, soothing and private refuge featuring an extensive menu to accommodate all travelers’ needs and schedules. There are private treatment rooms for massages, facials, and waxing as well as an ambient communal space with elevated couches for therapeutic foot baths, head, neck and shoulder massages, chair massages and a variety of foot treatments.
Chris Madsen, general manager of business and properties with the Port of Portland, said, "We wanted to create a uniquely local experience for the PDX traveler, and this very popular local operation more than fills the bill. For an airport setting, The Dragontree is a 'beyond the expected' offering, and it's just the kind of business we want at PDX.”

The airport location will also offer a carefully chosen selection of immune supporting vitamins and herbs, natural sleeping aids, organic body and skin care products, and tasteful gifts for the savvy traveler. "We are so honored to be part of Portland International Airport and excited to have the opportunity to spread our mission of peace and balance into the world,” says spa owner Briana Borten.

Appointments are primarily on a walk-in basis but reservations will also be happily accepted. For more information please visit the spa’s airport location website at www.thedragontreepdx.com or call 503.331.1131.

About : The Dragontree, located at 2768 NW Thurman, offers a variety of services to still the mind and mend the body. The perfect place to receive massages, facials, Acupuncture, waxing, Ayurvedic counseling, and herbal consultations, you can also gather with friends and family and receive foot treatments, head, neck, & shoulder massages, and hand treatments. All treatments are tailored to each individual’s specific needs with the intention of creating the space for true healing to occur. For more information please visit www.thedragontree.com or call 503-221- 4123.

Contact:
Maggie Palmer
Maggie@maggiekpalmer.com
503-419-7677

MKP client Amy Boggs on Top Rated Morning Show

MKP Client Amy Boggs, owner of Sparkling Palaces, a green cleaning company in Portland, OR has been tapped as the green cleaning expert on top rated morning show AM NW on KATU Channel 2.

View the segment here, and stay tuned to see Amy again in April!

“Ladies Who Launch” Celebrates International Women’s Day With A Presentation, Book Signing And Suit Drive For Dress For Success

LA’s premiere women’s entrepreneur group gives back to the community

March 5, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) – Ladies Who Launch, LA/OC chapter, celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 by hosting an event with entrepreneur and author Kimberly Wilson, and asking attendees to help other local women in need.

Ladies Who Launch is asking everyone attending the event to bring a gently used business suit, which will be donated to the non-profit Dress for Success, whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women.
Dress for Success provides professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. “We are so pleased to be the recipient of a clothing drive conducted by Ladies Who Launch in coordination with the presentation by Kimberly Wilson,” said Kathy Culpepper, Director of Operations for Dress for Success Worldwide-West.
Ladies Who Launch is a community of female entrepreneurs whose mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to any woman. “We are very excited about this collaboration,” Caren Magill, Market Director of Ladies Who Launch LA/OC, said. “Ladies Who Launch is committed to empowering women to take the next step into entrepreneurship as a means to self-sufficiency. Dress For Success is also committed to supporting women on their journey to independence. I look forward to working together toward a similar goal in honor of International Women¹s Day.”
Kimberly Wilson, author and founder of yoga studios, an eco-clothing line, and a non-profit, is the featured speaker. Wilson will share her 10-year journey as an entrepreneur, highlight lessons learned along the way and sign her new book.
The event begins at 6:30pm and concludes at 9pm. Ladies Who Launch will also be raffling off a free membership and admission to it’s famed “Incubator Intensive Workshops” to one lucky winner. To learn more about the event and to register please visit http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/losangeles.

About Ladies Who Launch: The Ladies Who Launch mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to any woman with a project, dream or aspiration to start her own business and be successful. We have found a definitive link between launching a business and higher self-esteem and happiness; it is our hope that women will come to Ladies Who Launch and take advantage of our trusted community, tools, resources and success stories and live their dreams. Please visit us online at www.ladieswholaunch.com.
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Contact:
Maggie Palmer
info@maggiekpalmer.com

“CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION” CELEBRATES 16 CONSECUTIVE SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES

Award-winning illusionists open the first month of their record breaking 52 performances in Tucson by selling out all shows.

Tucson, Arizona (March 1, 2010) Nationally touring Tucson based illusionist duo Sarlot and Eyed are on record pace to sell out most of their 52 shows, as proven by selling out the entire first month of performances in February.

Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed, 2009 National Recipients for "Excellence in Magic" and former house entertainers at Canyon Ranch and Miraval Luxury Resort, transport their audiences back to a time when magic flourished as an art and was practiced in the salons and “parlours” of the wealthy. Audiences from all over the Americas packed seats for their highly anticipated first round of shows. Alan and Marla Wells from Ontario, Canada, said, “SUPERB! Best time of our lives! Great, great chemistry between Sarlot & Eyed and the audience! BRAVO!”

“Carnival of Illusion” is a Victorian-inspired parlour show with a modern, hip edge. This intimate experience is limited to only 35 seats per show, which allows the entertainers and the audience to connect on a more personal level. “It’s such a breath of fresh air to see a performance up close and intimate rather than in a sky box or on television. There’s no camera tricks in this show, it’s the real deal!”

Their Herculean mission began February 5th and will continue with two shows nightly at 6pm and 8:30pm every Friday and Saturday at DoubleTree Tucson Hotel at Reid Park. As a bonus, before or after the performance, guests can buy one entrée and receive a (equal or lesser priced) second entrée for FREE in either Double Tree restaurant. Tickets are $25 general, $20 seniors (55+) and juniors (ages 8 to 16) available at www.carnivalOFillusion.com or (520) 615-5299.

About: Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed are the 2009 national recipients for “Excellence in Magic” awarded by the oldest magic convention in the country. Earlier recipients have been Las Vegas headliners Harry Blackstone Jr. and Lance Burton. They have performed for the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and numerous Fortune 500 CEOs. These entertainers tour nationally sharing their love and respect for the ancient Art of Magic. Fox News called these Las Vegas headliners, “Outstanding” and the LA Weekly wrote “Amazing.”

Contact:
Brooke Rosania
(520) 615-5299
brooke@danceofillusion.com
Press Materials: www.carnivalOFillusion.com/press/