Mar 02
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Sweden, Chicago and Hope

New stuff:
http://www.creators.com/lifestylefeatures/home-zone/charms-help-identify-your-seasoned-barbecue-items.html

http://athomemomblog.com/motivational-monday-interview-with-leslie-haywood/

http://womenentrepreneur.com/2008/01/home-business-dos-and-donts.html

I have checked with my guy across the pond and Grill Charms have officially arrived in Sweden! It’s funny how other people find different uses and value for the same product. Apparently over there, they are big sausage eaters. There are a million different kinds of sausages and grilling them is getting increasingly popular, and you guessed it… they can never tell which is which because they all look similar. Who knew that Grill Charms™ would solve the age old Swedish dilemma of whose sausage is whose!?

The international Home and Housewares show is coming up in a few weeks and last minute preparations are going on with that. I have figured out how I am going to manage with the kids and all I have to say is THANK GOD FOR FAMILY! I have been really stressed over who was going to help with the kids, each going to different schools and my hubby having to work and them having soccer, ballet, gymnastics, school etc…. But my mom and pa have totally taken a load off my mind by offering to do “anything I need them to do”. Thanks Mom, Thanks Pa!!!

I finished doing over 50 press kits to send up to Chicago that will be placed in the press room. For those of you going to your first show, make sure you find out where the press room is and how to get your press kits included. 99% of the time, it’s free and it’s a great way to get your stuff in front of all the right media for your field. The media always goes to the tradeshows to see what’s hot and new at the show, so if you are a new exhibitor, you want to make use your information is there for them.

As if I don’t have enough on my plate already, I’ve gone off on a little tangent and started another little project. Okay.. here it goes… The photographer that took my photo on the “about us” page http://www.grillcharms.com/images/Leslie_with_grill.jpg
of my site as well as the one of the girls and I on my “Pink” page http://www.grillcharms.com/pinkcollection.html
is a friend and neighbor. For a photography class she was taking she needed a subject for an assignment, so she asked me. One of the pictures that came out of the assignment is a very moving and powerful (and a little shocking) photo that we entitled “Hope”. For just a tad bit of background, the reconstructive surgery that I had for my breast cancer is called DIEP. It is a relatively new and “all natural” procedure that does not involve the use of any implants. The resulting boobies look and feel “natural”. The primary market for this photo is to reconstructive surgeons that perform this procedure as the scars in the photo are completely un “photo shopped”. It is not only a powerful and inspirational photo, but it also shows the results of the procedure (to some degree). If you’d like to see the photo, here it is: WARNING… PG 13! http://pluffmud.smugmug.com/gallery/7029911_ZwvBS#472465535_myy9V
Me being the eternal entrepreneur though, I can’t help but try to think of other markets for it. I would love to find a great “home” for “Hope” on the cover of a best selling non fiction book about breast cancer. (of course, a % of all money raised will be going to find a cure) Okay… so these are the thoughts that keep me up at night. Ta Ta for now!

Leslie Haywood, Founder and President of Charmed Life Products, Inventor of Grill Charms™ www.grillcharms.com


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