Thursday, September 30, 2010

Order Willow House in your PJs

Ordering products from the internet is my favorite way to shop!  I think it is so much easier than going to store because I can look at many many different stores and items just by clicking around!  I can look for diamonds, curtains, boots and halloween costumes all in a 10 minute span of time and don't even have to leave my comfy, cushy chair!!!  I am pretty lazy that way!!!  Cool drink in hand and laptop on my is my way to spend hours and hours!   It saves me from going store to store looking for something too, which saves gas, time and ultimately money--who doesn't want to save on all of those things these days? 

Willow House online ordering will be great for not only our wonderful customers, but it will also be great for the consultants!  We will no longer have to wait for a party to order something!  And I can't wait to see the outlet merchandise!!!!   It all starts get ready to start clicking!!!!   You can go to  and start shopping today!!! 

Do this....

And you will have more time for this:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Home Business Meets Online Shopping!!

Susan Inge

The perfect marriage of the Willow House home based party business meets shopping online!!! What does this mean to you?
Easy, Easy, Easy!!!
You will now be able to shop in the convenience of your own home for all of our beautiful products! Decorating or re-decorating your house has never been easier! You can choose from MODERN HUES, or EASY ELEGANCE or NATURAL HABITAT--what is your favorite decorating style??

                                                         Modern Hues:

  COLOR-This fresh color palette features blue and green hues accented by soft neutrals.
  TEXTURE- Shiny and matte finishes, and accents add playful interest
  STYLE- The secret to style is the delicate mixing of traditional pieces with modern accents.

                                                             Easy Elegance:

  COLOR-Classic becomes contemporary when neutral grays and browns are accentuated with
   jewel tones like rich greens and purples
  TEXTURE-Neutral backgrounds allow for subtle texture combinations to stand out and add interest.
  STYLE-The secret to the standout style is incorporating repetition, grouping similar items together.

                                                              Natural Habitat:

  COLOR:  Spice up your neutral casual palette with warm and rustic brown and rust tones. 
  TEXTURE:  Rustic elements can add a casual touch to more refined items.
  STYLE:  Keep your natural habitat look unified by sticking to the color palette while mixing and matching
            eclectic pieces in coordinating color hues.  This is a more casual style.

 Simple, easy design! You can combine the styles also to bring a little bit of each into your living areas!
Willow House will still be the big home business that it always has been too! Would you like to earn extra income while sharing in the excitement of all the programs that Willow House has to offer? Click on the "contact me" button and find out how you can become a consultant and join the fun today!!! You can join with a low-investment starter kit!
The holidays are upon us, what better time to get out there and ENJOY all that life has to offer--YOU DESERVE IT!!!
Thank You for stopping by!!
Hope to see you soon at a party or online shopping!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

101 Uses for Willow House Shop N Go Totes

101 Uses for Shop and Go Totes!

Check out Page 54/55 in our catalog

  1. Add a small umbrella, raincoat, hat and colorful set of galoshes to the bag to make a Rainy Day Kit for your kids. They’ll love the fun kit, and you’ll have everything corralled to make getting out the door easier.
  2. Stash yarn for knitting or crochet in the bags.
  3. Pack treats or classroom supplies in the bag so your child can deliver them and then easily store the bag in a book bag on the way home.
  4. Hang on the back of a stroller to hold your purse or other bags while you shop.
  5. Hang on the back of a chair to collect plastic bags as you unpack groceries.
  6. Store your hammock in a bag between uses.
  7. Hang the bag on a clothesline to collect clothespins between uses.
  8. Create a Pedicure Tote: Pack flip flops, nail color, your own clean utensils and a magazine for the salon.
  9. Make a cleaning kit with wipes, cleansers and microfiber cloths that are easy to transport from room to room.
  10. Use as laundry bags in a child’s room.
  11. Add Shop and Go Totes to hooks in a child’s room to store toys. Stuffed animals look especially cute peeking out the top!
  12. Package your gift in a reusable tote instead of an expensive and disposable gift bag – tie the handles together with a coordinating ribbon to make it extra special.
  13. Give yourself an extra hand toting your things from car to house.
  14. Give a tote (or three!) as a hostess gift – fold them tiny and tie a note around the outside with a pretty ribbon. We like, “Thanks for all your hard work – let me give you a hand with your errands! I find these reusable bags super handy, and I hope you will too!”
  15. Give kids a fun way to help pick up their messes – hand them a tote and watch them get to work filling it with toys!
  16. Use a bag to separate smelly clothes after a trip to the gym.
  17. Create a Chip-and-Dip Tote for a quick picnic by adding a bag of chips and sealed container of dip to your bag and heading to the park with your kids.
  18. Use as library bags – give one to each family member and let them fill ‘em up!
  19. Use a tote to keep dirty clothes separate in your suitcase.
  20. Use as beach bags.
  21. Help separate laundry – use one for whites, one for colors, one for hand-wash.
  22. Ditch the heavy luggage and pack your totes for a weekend trip.
  23. Take on a fruit-picking excursion and fill with apples or peaches.
  24. Keep one in your purse so you’re ready for emergencies.
  25. Totes take up almost no room in a suitcase, so add them in case you need more carryon space on your return trip.
  26. Use your tote to stash an emergency blanket in the car in case of engine trouble during winter.
  27. Keep a Just In Case bag full of adult and child rain gear like ponchos and umbrellas for use while traveling.
  28. Wrap a flat bag around a small gift and tie it off with a bow – the wrapping becomes a bonus gift!
  29. Store several together in your glove compartment so you never forget to bring bags while shopping.
  30. Save money at national chains like Whole Foods, Target and Publix by bringing your own bag – ask local stores if they give discounts as well.
  31. Add to a child’s book bag to tote extra books or homework that overload their main bag.
  32. Pack your child’s lunch in a tote bag.
  33. Let your cheerleader use a bag as a pompon tote.
  34. Add to mudroom hooks so every family member has a quick tote handy for last-minute needs.
  35. Use totes to sort recycling so it’s ready to carry to curb or recycling center.
  36. Carry produce home from the farmer’s market.
  37. Ramble in the woods and bring home pretty pinecones and branches for decorating.
  38. Add a bag with a flashlight and first aid kit to your teen’s car for emergencies.
  39. Tote a bottle of wine and a baguette for a quick romantic picnic.
  40. Pack a picnic in your bags – don’t forget to add a blanket!
  41. Pop tote into a diaper bag for extra storage.
  42. Add a blanket and tote in the car so it’s ready for a quick trip to the park.
  43. Create a kids’ carry-on full of toys, books and games for short (or long) trips.
  44. Use as decorative storage for plastic bags that you plan to reuse or recycle.
  45. Separate gym clothes and accessories into bags dedicated to specific sports – store your Pilates clothes separately from your running clothes.
  46. Create a Going to Grandma’s Kit by adding a blanket, pajamas and a stuffed animal to a tote.
  47. Use as a damp swimsuit bag (bag is not water-tight).
  48. On Sundays, bring a bag of flip flops so everyone can get more comfortable right after church.
  49. Give every bridesmaid a Bridesmaid’s Bag with essentials they may forget on the big day – add a magazine, lip gloss, deodorant and safety pins.
  50. Monogram each bag to make them special and personal.
  51. These totes make perfect stocking stuffers – save space by folding them up and snapping together, or take up space by unrolling each bag and stuffing it in like tissue paper.
  52. Prepare for the worst – add bottled water, flashlights, a radio and extra batteries and hang in your basement as a storm kit.
  53. Babysitters, create a “Kid Kit” and bring the bag filled with coloring books, Play Dough and other fun toys.
  54. Create extra storage in a dorm room by hanging bags from hooks on the walls.
  55. Parents, fill a tote with items your child will enjoy playing with at Grandma’s house so they’re not bored (and therefore unruly) during visits.
  56. Give a set of totes to a teacher as an appreciation gift.
  57. Distribute favors at birthday parties in a tote for each child – they’ll be easy to bring home and parents will love you!
  58. Pack a tote for your child with a pillow, games, pajamas and a favorite stuffed animal for sleepovers.
  59. Use as a Shoe Bag to protect your clothes in a suitcase.
  60. Sit on one at a picnic or sporting event to protect your clothes.
  61. Deconstruct the bag and sew back together as a child’s art smock.
  62. Use as a carryall for paint supplies – fits pans, brushes and stir sticks.
  63. Fill with diapers and burp cloths and give as a baby gift.
  64. Fill with fun snacks and give as a welcome to the neighborhood gift.
  65. Pop in a blanket and water bottle and tote to an outdoor festival.
  66. Keep sports uniforms and supplies together so they’re easier to grab at practice time.
  67. Make kids Afterschool Kits with their favorite game, books, a movie and a special treat.
  68. Use your bag as an office tote to transport files, clipboards, notebooks and other office supplies.
  69. Design Consultants, carry your Willow House Starter Kit items to and from your party in the totes.
  70. Design Consultants, use bags to deliver Willow House products to customers.
  71. Sort magazines into To Read and To Recycle bags.
  72. Use a tote by the door as a catchall for incoming mail.
  73. Pack your child’s items for daycare.
  74. Use as an umbrella bag to prevent drips in your purse (totes are not watertight).
  75. Hang a tote from a bedpost or doorknob to create impromptu extra space.
  76. When knitting or crocheting at a coffee shop, hang bag from chair, put yarn skein inside bag, and feed yarn out through handles to keep your yarn clean of debris when knitting outside the home.
  77. Use as a Lesson Bag for your kids – add karate clothes, Girl Scout uniform, swimsuit and towel, etc.
  78. Keep yoga supplies together – corral towel, water bottle, mat or extra towel in the tote.
  79. Caddy cables and extra cords from rarely used chargers and electronics in the bag.
  80. Bring to a stadium game, concert or circus so you can easily carry home souvenirs.
  81. Give to college students as a way to carry books to class.
  82. Take on a trip to Washington, D.C., where you have to pay extra for any bags you use.
  83. Use a tote to bring your vegetable harvest in from your backyard garden.
  84. Carry boxes of donuts to work and give to coworkers.
  85. Add to a care package as a useful surprise.
  86. Create an extra “glove compartment” complete with maps, insurance information and a first aid kit.
  87. Give each child an individual bag with a trip journal, markers and a disposable camera so they can record family memories in a personal way.
  88. Use as laundry bags for individual rooms – collect towels in the kitchen and washcloths in the bath
  89. Caddy foil, plastic wrap and parchment paper by adding them to the tote and hanging from a pantry door.
  90. Use as a towel tote at the beach – pack several towels in one bag.
  91. Keep by the sewing machine to collect fabric scraps.
  92. Corral several bags of fast food when bringing food home to the family.
  93. Add a bag to the pocket of your jacket or large winter coat. When you get warmer later in the afternoon or while shopping, stash your jacket in the bag so it’s easy to carry.
  94. Corral Wii supplies or Rock Band equipment in the totes.
  95. Keep a tote in your purse to carry home all the family’s “doggie bags” after family dinner at a restaurant.
  96. Pack a change of clothes in your tote for a quick change before after-work activities.
  97. Store potatoes in your cool, dark pantry by adding them to a tote and hanging from a sturdy hook.
  98. Practice living the good life like French people do – carry a baguette, newspaper and fresh vegetables home from the market.
  99. Reinforce plastic bags on rainy days to prevent accidents from broken handles or soggy bags.
  100. Store toilet paper in the bathroom.
  101. Finally, pack your totes for their primary use – shopping! Grab Shop and Go Totes to make each shopping trip a little more fun!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Flux Capacitor!

It is hard to believe that it is the 25th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future!   That was such a weird, yet successful movie at the popular it yeilded 2 sequels.   I think just the concept of being able to travel back in time and hang out with your parents when they were your age, or time travel at all, was mindblowing and awesome at the same time.  Not to mention the way cool Delorian that looked sooo futuristic at the time, it blew us away with the flapping doors and metallic body color!   I always thought Michael J. Fox was a cutie too.  Amazing that he hasn't aged much since that movie!   He still looks the same now as he did back then!!!

It got me thinking, if my younger self met my older self today would I think I was cool?   Probably not.  I didn't think many people in their 40s were cool when I was a teenager.  They were all in the category of my parents.  OLD.   There were adults that I thought were slightly hipper than my parents but still not on the level of cool.  I wonder what would happen if my younger self and my older self sat down for lunch or for a few drinks...what kind of conversation would we have?   Sometimes I think I was more sure of myself when I was younger.  I felt passion for causes, I stood up for things I believed in, I rebelled against my parents when I was sure I was right about something.  I defended people they didn't trust or like.  I threw fits and flew off the handle when I felt like things were too much to handle.  I cried a lot more.  I was extremely emotional, and loyal to my friends.  I was territorial over things I loved.    As an adult, some of that fire in me has fizzled, because society doesn't look kindly on a 42 year old woman freaking out and having emotional outbursts over things she believes in.   It isn't as easy to be as passionate about things you believe in without all kinds of people who don't agree with what you say judging you for those thoughts.  You also have to consider your spouse and your children when you make comments, you no longer can make statements based totally on you anymore.  So you tend to hide feelings and thoughts to remain politically correct or even sane for that matter!   You can no longer advertise with as much freedom your beliefs as you used to as a younger person.  

I also wonder what I would think of the younger me if I were to meet my younger self now as an adult.   Would I hire me to babysit my kids?   Would I laugh at the things that I believe in and brush me off as a silly kid who has miles to go before really understanding the ways of the world?   Or would I be envious of all those years ahead to make new choices, take new roads, create my future?   What kind of advice would I want to give me?   Would I want to try to keep myself from making all the mistakes I made, or would I let me make them because without them I wouldn't have learned the life lessons I have learned?   It all comes down to living with regrets or not living with regrets.  It is an interesting thing to think about, that is for sure!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Willow House has extended the double hostess credits for September after such a successful month in August!   My mother-in-law had a party and she earned almost $200 in free products and got to pick one item at 70% off and 2 products at 50% off!   She ended up with so much credit that she bought my sister-in-law and I each birthday and Christmas presents!   I can't wait to see what September brings...I really need to book 4 parties this month, so luckily with a little free time on my hands now that my kids are back in school, hopefully I can accomplish this goal!   I am going to have to step out of my comfort zone and see if I can get more customers outside of my circle of friends!   I think I have tapped them out!  LOL...I need to host my own party this month so I can take advantage of the double hostess credits myself!   There are so many t