• It’s all about the relationship…

    Listen up small business owner friends! Running a small business is hard work, and I’m sure that’s no surprise to you. I believe one thing that will set a business apart is the relationships that are built. Business is all about relationships…how well you build them determines how well they build your business. ~ Brad Sugars ~ Whether you realize it’s happening or not, every interaction you have with someone is setting the tone for your future relationship with them – good or bad. Customer, supplier, even your competitor…you can drastically change the course of your business just with how well you build those relationships. Network with vendors at events…

  • The Blended Mama’s Guide to the Small Business Owner’s Planner Setup

    If you’re anything like me, you’re doing anything you can to keep all of your responsibilities straight. As a business owner, on top of working a full-time job and trying to keep our blended family functioning, this seems like an impossible feat at times. For 2019, I did actually purchase a planner, and more importantly USED a planner for the first time in a very long time. I think it’s held up pretty well considering how much it gets thrown around and shoved into my computer bag. Here’s how I started off 2019… For 2019, I chose the 7” x 9” planner with the Vertical Priorities layout from Plum Paper.…

  • What Work-Life Balance Looks Like For Me

    Work-life balance feels like a joke most of the time. Truly, most of that is my own fault. Because of *all* the things that I do, I do have to make a conscious effort to improve my work-life balance. I juggle a lot of things – full time job, side hustle, supporting our food truck business, supporting my teammates, mom of two, stepmom of four, fur-mom of three…and that’s just the every day things. Here’s what work-life balance looks like for me: 1. I plan at least one weeknight each week where we can all eat dinner together. Wow, even writing that sounds like I’m never home. haha. In reality,…

  • You Get What You Get…

    “You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.” I don’t remember which teacher first said this to my kids, but it has served me well over the years as a parent. Complaining about what’s being served for dinner? “You get what you get…” Upset because it was a little sparse under the Christmas tree? “You get what you get…” That phrase gets said a LOT in this household. ? While this might be a great saying to help us teach our kids to be grateful for what they have, it doesn’t apply to business life. You don’t have to just accept what you’ve been given or where…

  • The BIG Announcement

    As promised this morning, we have an announcement to make! After much earnest prayer and thoughtful discussion, we have made the decision to close up shop. Wait. What am I thinking?? That’s not right. Let me try this again. After much earnest prayer and thoughtful discussion, we have made the decision to operate the trolley FULL TIME! There. That’s better. Yes, you read that correctly. We are taking the trolley FULL TIME. Now, if you read this far, let DJ know. He doesn’t think people will read past the first paragraph where I was trying to be funny. 🙂 Back to the announcement… As you can imagine, this is a…

  • Big Announcement from The Blended Bakery

    ANNOUNCEMENT: So earlier in the year, we stated we were going to make several exciting announcements. Well today is the BIG one. We are so excited to share that we feel it is time to open a full service bakery and coffee shop in the Downtown Lexington area. Our goal is to be the go-to shop for all things baked and brewed. We want to create an atmosphere that people can come and relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or surf the net while enjoying Made From Scratch products.   This is where you come in. We need your help to get there. Starting today, we…