product launch and area consultant highlights…

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The fall product launch was the best one yet!  Want to know why?  Because THIS year, a team joined me.  I would give anything for you all to meet the entire team.  But it is not possible to get people from Florida, Kansas City, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, and California here to the center of Kansas on one night.  So we got as many local area consultants here as possible.  And it made the launch.  First, because guests got to hear somebody else’s “why” they love and joined Mary & Martha.  Guests got to hear from each consultant as they spoke about their favorite new products and different reasons they love some of the old too.

And finally, the reason the area consultant team is so special, is that they are all here to serve YOU.   As the team met, one thing became very clear.  We wanted to launch TOGETHER.  We want guests and customers to know that we are a TEAM.  And while we are all in close proximity of one another, there are different “spheres of influence” each one of us brings to the “gathering table”!  We are strong in the fact that we want our guests and customers to know they can come to any of us for their Christian gift-giving needs and to get your gatherings scheduled for the fun fall season!

Here is sweet Rachel Harrold, a brand new consultant from Derby.  She was literally an answer to prayer as I have been praying for doors to open up to share Mary and Martha in the Wichita and Hutchinson communities.  Well, wouldn’t you know…she lives in Derby (community outside of Wichita) and she grew up in Hutchinson where her family and friends live now.  Isn’t God just awesome like that?!  I was seriously blown away by the gift of an email and phone call from Rachel.  Rachel sharing her “why”…

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Photo creds of most photos go out to my daughter, Kassidy.  Kassidy worked her tail off, much like a little Martha before the guests came and I was THANKFUL.  I knew the bathroom was clean–and if you’re bathroom is clean you’re good to go, right?  Above is the picture of one of our giveaways for the evening.  It was a good one too—although somewhat blurry—but she (Kass) cleaned the bathroom, so I’m ok with the blurry pics!  HA!  The giveaway was a small nested basket with one of the crazed over tea towels and some of the new paper bakeware.  A value of $106!!!  See how fun these launches are?  Congrats to Emilie Rains!

20140805-070523-25523994.jpgAlright, so the best pic of the night goes to the cutest little three year old in the room, Meg.  Now, it’s not because she’s my cousin’s little girl.  It’s because she is just stinkin’ cute.  Anyone can see that?  And you know what she won?  A new large soup container full of CANDY BARS!!!  That explains why she is ALL smiles and will probably NEVER miss another Mary & Martha gathering in her life.  Not sure her mom was too impressed with that win?  HA!  Love you, Abby!  Meg melted my heart as she came in the door and was looking for the women, Mary and Martha because she knew them from the bible.  Hopefully she wasn’t too disappointed and just a bit too young to understand how many Mary’s and Martha’s were gathered around our table last night.  TOO SWEET.  I believe she is one of our next consultants–bummer we have to wait 15 years until it’s legal…

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20140805-070522-25522279.jpgAnd more precious consultants.  Cassie Moore is taking McPherson (a local community) by storm and will be having her own launch tonight as well!!  I approached Cassie over a year ago about Mary & Martha and she very emphatically told me “no” she wasn’t interested.  There was something about Cass from what I knew of her, which wasn’t a whole lot—other than the fact she was a Mac gal that the Moundridge boys thought was REALLY cute when I was in high school, that drew me to asking her about Mary & Martha.  A year later, that nudge was strong enough that she gave me a call.  And the girl ROCKED her announcement gatherings.  I mean seriously rocked it.

And Michelle Adolf, another local Moundridge gal, came to a gathering in the very beginning and was THE ONLY GUEST!!!!  Sometimes, it’s really easy for hostesses to get discouraged when your gatherings don’t turn out exactly how you expected.  But what we as consultants see in this?  We know that God has a reason for the people who are there to be there at that time.  And it was an amazing time of getting to know Michelle and her heart.  She booked a gathering that night—and in my mind I thought…she would be an excellent consultant.  She is from Lindsborg, another local community, and has many friends and family there.  Along with her husband’s family in Colorado—her sphere of influence was GREAT!  After thinking and praying about it for over a year, Michelle joined the Mary & Martha family too.  There must be something to this year waiting period?

20140805-070518-25518808.jpgI am looking like a total goober in this pic.  Thanks Kass for capturing that.  Really, she captured how much fun I was having—and I guess I look like a goober when I’m happy…

20140805-070523-25523120.jpgI had such a fun gathering last week in “sports rival” town, Inman.  I LOVED it!  And found out my sweet hostess, Kristi, makes cupcakes and cookies.  So naturally, I left my cute paper bakeware cups and put an order in for the launch.  White, Red Velvet, and Peanut Butter cup—YUMMO!

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Now someone who is a much smarter blogger than me needs to tell me why this picture of Tammy is much smaller than the others?  Can I blame this on Kass?

I can NOT go on without introducing you to Tammy Fast, another area consultant.  This gal is right here in my community.  In fact, we go WAAYYYY back.  She was my music teacher turned wonderful friend.  She had two girls that I adore and 3 grandkids I could scoop up and eat with a spoon.  Like, they are seriously cute.  But when it comes to Mary & Martha, Tammy was one of my biggest supporters ever.  She was with me from the beginning as I muddled through my first gatherings.  She gave me grace and continues to do so!  As evidenced by me ignoring her phone call the other night…

Anyway, although she is local, she is taking central California by STORM!  She answered the call to Mary & Martha just a couple of months ago.   Her sphere of influence extends across the country.  She took Mary & Martha on the road last week—had amazing gatherings, and did the ultimate—duplicated herself in the area by signing up a consultant in California.

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I wish I could highlight EVERY consultant on our team.  I wish I KNEW every consultant as well I as know these local girls–that would be awesome and amazing.  And hopefully I will meet them all in person one day.  It’s so exciting to know that besides our product launch here, there were multiple launches happening –some even last night!

We are building our team.  One consultant at a time.  And as you see, it’s all about your sphere of influence.  We each have people we connect with, know, and can share Mary & Martha with.  So, if you’ve ever thought there’s no room in it for me?  There is!!  It’s ground floor.  It’s just beginning.  It’s an opportunity I’d love to talk with you more about.

And besides that?  It’s just fun.  And I didn’t even talk about any of the cool products we introduced did I?  Another day…

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