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How to Prepare for a Trade Show

Oh Hiya,

Meg here and it seems that every other weekend has a new trade show on the schedule. Whether you’re a veteran of these shows or you’re new to the experience, this guide will help you be as prepared as possible.

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  • Pre Show Prep- Take some time to meet with your trade show team and work out what you’d like to accomplish during your time at the show. Are you planning on introducing a new product or service? Are you trying to keep attendees up to date and knowledgeable about your company? Maybe you’re looking to scoop up a few new clients and bring your service to a new region. Be sure that you and your team have a clear understanding of your goals before you begin your time at the show.
  • Keep a List- There are some trade show supplies that you just can’t do without! I always make sure to place an order of some key items before the show so I can make sure our team is stocked and ready. On my list are Avery Address Labels to keep everything organized and clearly labeled. I also keep plenty Pilot Gel Ink Pens on hand throughout the show. There’s nothing worse than trying to take notes with a pen that’s nearly out of ink! Finally, I always make sure each team member has a Deflect-o Desktop Business Card Holder. Trade Shows are key for networking and it’s so important to be prepared with plenty of business cards!
  • Keep a Schedule- Are there certain speakers or events that your team can’t miss? Keep a clear itinerary of all the events that you need to attend. It also helps to keep a few time slots open for flexibility and down time. Trade shows can be a busy time and it’s important to put aside a little time for a break.

Need a little more inspiration for trade show season? Take a look at these tips from the Huffington Post.

Until next time, Meg

Ways to Go “Back to School” in the Office

Oh Hiya,

Meg here! Fall will always hold a special back to school excitement for me; no matter how long it’s been since I walked through those hallways. Even if you’re no longer in school, fall can still bring the start of new things. These are some of my favorite ways to put a little joy into the back to school season.

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When was the last time you bought back to school supplies for yourself? Fall is the perfect time to update your supplies while taking advantage of some great sales. I’ve already started a list! This fall I’ll be stocking up on 3M Yellow Note Pads and a new Swingline Desk Stapler. Nothing like some new desk accessories and supplies to get you in the spirit!

One of my favorite things about starting a new school year was the opportunity to meet new friends. Grab a few office friends and join a club or pull together a team to play in a local sports league. It’s a great way to get to know your office-mates outside of work while exploring a new hobby or staying active.

I used to always look forward to decorating my locker for the new school year. Now I look forward to sprucing up my desk with a few new accessories! This season I’m brightening up my desk with a new HON task chair. I’ve also had my eye on a cute new desk plant to bring a little more color to my space. There are so many options to update your office and these ideas from Porch are just perfect.

Back to school excitement shouldn’t go away now that you’re out of school! There are so many ways to celebrate the season, big or small.

Until next time, Meg

Make a Wish 2014: Lydia

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Meet Lydia! Her wish is to go to Shakespeare Playhouse “The Globe” in London!! She is a 16 year old from Pocatello, and she is battling Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS) which is a potentially life-threatening complication of the systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (Still’s Disease) that she has had since she was seven years old.Lydia has always enjoyed baking, cooking, and shopping. When she was 13 years old she started her own baking business called, “The Little Baker”. She would bake muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, lemon bars, and brownies each week of the summer and sell them at her father’s fresh produce Farmer’s Market stand on Saturday mornings. Recently, she began supplying the Mystique Theater with fresh caramel apples for their shows. She has been home schooled for the past six years and is currently finishing her 11th grade year. Following graduation she would like to pursue a degree in law with the eventual goal of serving in an area of politics.

Help make dreams come true in Southeast Idaho. Click here to donate and support the Idaho Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Donate to your local chapters of Make-A-Wish Foundation to help make a difference! More information on near by local chapters are listed below. Visit the national page for more history and information on The Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Utah Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Wyoming Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Receive a $40 gift card of your choice!

Perfect Christmas Gifts: Cross Pens

Advantage Ballpoint Pen offers a smooth, slim design with iconic Cross detailing and a swivel-action propel/repel feature. Finish includes lustrous chrome appointments. Cap and barrel are made of brass. Specially formulated Cross ink flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience. Ballpoint pen includes one black medium ballpoint refill in pen. Refillable.
  • Ballpoint pen flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience
  • Includes swivel-action, propel/repel features
  • Specially formulated Cross ink; refillable; refill included
  • Black Mosaic, Brass barrel
  • Medium point; Black ink
  • $58.80
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    Classic Century Selectip rollerball pen accommodates a wide variety of uses. Classic slim silhouette, for which the Cross design is world-renowned, has an epoxy finish with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments. Design also offers a sleek profile, click-off cap and patented, twist-action propel/repel feature. Exclusive Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows freely like a fountain pen. Pen includes one black medium refill.
  • Rollerball Pen with satin black, epoxy finish
  • Detailed with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments
  • Black barrel
  • Refillable
  • $58.80
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    Edge Gel Ink Pen delivers ultimate function, versatility and style. Unique slide-open technology lets you open and close the pen single-handed. Slide to open, and then click to close. Capless rollerball pen also features chrome-plated appointments and is encased in stylish, metallic fusion resin. Exclusive, Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for a smooth writing experience. Edge Gel Ink Pen can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill (sold separately). Refillable pen comes in a gift box.
  • Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for smooth writing experience
  • Features unique slide-open technology for single-handed opening and closing
  • Can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill
  • 0.70 mm medium point; refillable; Titanium barrel, Black ink
  • $39.20
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    Holiday Traditions

    Do you have some traditions your family celebrate every year or are you looking for fun new ones for your family to start? We’ve gathered a few of our favorites with even more below!

    1.Advent Calendar

    2. Gingerbread Houses

    3. Caroling

    4. Classic Christmas movies

    5.White Elephant gift parties

    Click here for fun food, community and gift traditions!

    Holiday Candy is here!

    Our holiday candy is here and it’s the perfect gift for office employees, customers, coworkers, family, and friends! This season we’re offering a little something for everyone. Delicious treats from Florence’s Exquisite Candies, Farr’s Candy, and Sweets will leave you wanting more all winter long! Click on the images below to
    place your order today!

    Sweet’s Treats

    Cinnamon Santas $3.59 Orange Sticks $2.79 Raspberry Sticks $2.79

    Farr’s Candy

    Cherry Cordials $18.99 Idaho Spud Bars $18.99

    Florence’s Equisite Chocolates

    1/2 lb. box Nut & Caramel $10.79
    1 lb. box Nut & Caramel $18.99
    1/2 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $10.79
    1 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $18.99

    Holiday Recipes

    Start to plan your Thanksgiving Meal with some of our favorite holiday recipes!

    Shallot-Sage Accordion Potatoes

    To prep ahead, bake through step 2. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before proceeding as directed.

    • Prep Time 30 minutes
    • Total Time 1 3/4 hours
    • Yield Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
    • 6 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make deep cuts into each potato, 1/4 inch apart, without completely cutting through. Place shallots in each cut (using about half the shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut sides down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Scatter remaining shallots around potatoes.
    2. Tightly cover dish with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    3. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sage and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Top potatoes with sage butter; scoop up loose shallots and divide among potatoes, then bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.

    Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
    • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
    • 1 small lemon, sliced and seeded
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

    Preparation

    1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
    2. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
    3. Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    And now for the turkey….

    Make the bird the way you like it: this step-by-step guide from Food Network Magazine leads to thousands of possibilities!

    1. Pick a turkey

    2. Thaw

    3. Brine

    4. Make a butter

    5. Roast the bird

    Click here for the full article including brining tips, butter recipes and more!

     

    Product Review: Our Favorite Planners!

    2013 calendars and planners are here and i’m going to break down some of my personal favorites.

    One day per page planning notebook- Ideal for jam packed schedules

    The power of two: Planning and Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -Page size: 6″ x 9″; Gray flexible, perfect bound with bungee closure

    -One-page-per-day format with ruled planning space

    -Past, current, and six future months reference per two-page spread

    -HOT spot reminder section

     

    Monthly Planner and Notebook- Perfect for an all-in-one organizational tool

    – 18 months from January to June and include 160 undated, daily journal pages.

    -Two-page-per-month spreads include unruled daily blocks, Sunday-through-Saturday

    One-page-per-day format includes ruled planning space for most of the page,

    – Bookbound, stitched planning notebook

    – Three-year reference calendar, future planning and contact pages.

    – Black, 9.5 x 11

    Two days per page Planning Notebook- My Favorite!

    -The Power of Two: Planning & Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -This notebook also features a hot-spot reminder section on every lined page.

    – Works for any year.

    – Two page per page total of lined planning space

    – Three-year reference calendar, index sheet, future planning pages

    -Black, 5.25 x 8.5

    Best Cider Recipes

    Hot Apple Cider

    Original recipe makes 6 servings

    Directions

    1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
    2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
    3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
    4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

    Click here for full recipe