This blog post is a little late—my sister Mary (yes, the one who made that table laden with Christmas goodies a few months back) gave me these awesome, natural cleaning products for Christmas and wrote a blog about it, but I haven’t had a chance to post it yet.
Here it is, Mary! I will also add that I’ve been using the products since Christmastime, and I really like them. They clean well, the scents aren’t overpowering and at the end of the day you know you’re not using chemicals in your house. What’s not to love? Don’t miss the contest at the end! Now I’ll turn it over to Mary:
When were you done with your Christmas shopping? Was it sometime before Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving, or are you the type that waits until Christmas Eve and power shop until you drop? Do you also wait for the last minute to pick up that birthday gift for family or friend? I find there is someone that is very hard to buy for and you just don’t know what to give them.
I have a girlfriend who started her own company with two young daughters to raise as a single mother. Her story on her website says that she became concerned with the toxic and irritating chemicals in most commercially available laundry products that her daughters were exposed to, so she decided to make the products herself. Thus GrabGreen was born. She has created a successful eco-friendly approach to laundry products. She has now expanded into the kitchen. One of her signature scents was voted the winner in the best fragrance category by Real Simple magazine. Her products have also made a guest appearance on the Today show. Basically, I love her products and I wanted to get my family and friends excited about them too. The question to myself was how do I get them to try these products without dragging them into a Sprouts or another grocery store and force them to buy the items.
Before Thanksgiving I called my friend and told her what I had decided to do for my Christmas presents to friends and family this year. I was going to buy six items from her kitchen line, and put a basket together for everyone. Everyone on my Christmas list received the same thing this year. I guess I should tell you that I don’t have many creative juices running through my veins. I know my way around a Home Depot much better than a Michael’s craft store. However, Michael’s was showing 50% off baskets and other Christmas crafty items, so I took the plunge and stepped through the double doors into the unknown. I bought 10 baskets, the red, green and beige ‘grass’, some gold string, clear plastic ‘basket’ bags and name tags. I really stressed over whether the baskets were big enough, would they be a basket that someone would like to use again? How was I to arrange these 10 wonderful products, so they were displayed to their full potential? How would I tell my friends and family how to re-order these fantastic products? I relied on my years of sales and marketing experience to answer these important questions.
The baskets were just the right size. I designed a simple card that I set inside each basket with the GrabGreen logo, the order phone number and website address. I tied the clear plastic basket bag with the gold string, attached the nametag, and presto – Christmas shopping was done! Did I mention this was all done BEFORE Thanksgiving? The only other person I know of that could get all of her shopping done before Thanksgiving – well, if the truth be told she was done by the first day of school each year, was my Mother, rest her soul. I joke that heaven is a much more organized and better dressed and decorated place now that she is up there. However, I digress.
I have given these baskets everyone on my list but one, including my sister, Jennifer, the owner of this blog. So far, I have had rave reviews as well as congrats on bringing whatever creative juices I have to the surface for the brief time it took me to put these baskets together.
I felt very good about my gift choice this year. I am promoting a company of a good friend, a company that supports eco-friendly products for the kitchen and laundry, and I created a way to have my friends and family try these amazing products easily, without having to drag them anywhere at absolutely no cost to them. That is a ‘win-win’ situation in my book.
There is one downside to this gift – what will I do next year? I now have to figure out how to top this next year. At least I have about 11 months to decide.
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+ What was the first eco-friendly product that you purchased?