Friday, May 21, 2010


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's Never the money;

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Every study of high achieving men and women proves that greatness in life is only possible when you become outstanding at your chosen field." - Brian Tracy

My husband Ron and I love to travel. I've always said I'd work a full time job just to pay for my travels. For the first time in our lives, we have the finances and the time to do that. Before, we always seemed to have one or the other. We try to get away somewhere for a week or two, every quarter. On a recent trip to Maui and Kauai, I'm pretty sure we looked at each other and said, "it just doesn't get any better than this," about a hundred times!

Whether lying by the pool, dipping in the pool, breakfast ocean side, fabulous dinners or coffee on the lanai in the morning, it just doesn't get any better than that!

It truly is never about the money. It's what the money will do! Financially, Ron and I have experienced some pretty high times and total devastation. In short, we've had money and we've had no money. I can tell you first hand it's much better to have money!

I love the Direct Sales business. I love that it doesn't matter if you barely made it through high school, (that would be me), or if you have your masters degree. ANYBODY who is willing to step up to the plate and do the work can earn a significant, (as in WOW!), income. The $50,000, $100,000, $200,000 a year or more, kind of income.

Where else could someone like myself, without a degree, and no real skills or talent to speak of, go and earn a six figure income?

It is because of Direct Sales, that our family was able to take frequent vacations to Disneyland, Disneyworld, cruise the Mexican Riviera and Caribbean. Jill, our oldest daughter was able to own and show horses. We had a beautiful home and drove new cars. The highlight for all of us though, was in 1998 when Ron and I took 13 of our family members, (our kids, our parents, our sister and her family and our brother and his wife on a Carribean cruise).

We all hold some of our most precious memories and pictures from that trip. The limo ride to the airport with ALL 13 of us squeezed in. My dad jumping up and clicking his heals together as the ship departed Fort Lauderdale. (He doesn't do that kind of thing!) Grandpa and six-year-old Carli on the dance floor. Our own private "cocktail party." The four-jeep caravan to Sapphire beach on St. Thomas for a snorkel and play day. (While legally driving on the wrong side of the road!)

The dinners together, all the laughter, a vacation of a lifetime for all of us. It's never the money, it's what the money will do.

As my friend Cindy always says, I don't tell you this to impress you, but to impress upon you, that this kind of lifestyle is available to anyone!

I think of my good friend, Cindy. When she came into my organization she was a part time bank teller. Because of her direct sales business, she left that job. She later retired her husband early from the police department where he worked as a detective. Their daughter also showed horses. Their son and daughter were able to attend a great private school and later earn their college degrees. Today, Cindy and Brad own a very successful coffee store chain called Forza, in addition to her very successful, direct sales business.

My friend Barbie was struggling to keep up with a full time and 5 (yes five), part time jobs when she joined my team. Today she works one business, her direct sales business, and lives in an ultra-fabulous home with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, wine cellar and wrap-around deck, on a hill, overlooking Seattle's beautiful Lake Washington!

Jen was a leader with me in another company. When she shared at our national convention what her income was able to do, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Jen's "Nana" (grandma), was the family cook. Everybody came to Nana's house to eat - - all the time! I thought she was kidding until I had dinner at Nana's house. There was literally a constant stream of family that came in, sat down, ate, visited awhile, then headed out. One family member came by for a "to go" box. Nana loved it!

She had a kitchen downstairs that took up the entire bottom floor, where she made sauces, pizzas, pastas, you name it. The problem was, Nana was getting older and having trouble getting up and down the stairs. At convention, Jen showed us all a picture of her Nana and her electric lift chair that Jen had bought for her to take her up and down the stairs. More recently, I watched one of my coaching clients, Martine, with great admiration as she grew her income from $1,400 to $10,000 a month in just 10 months! Can you imagine how different her life is today with the kind of freedom and choices that kind of income can offer.

I often think about, myself, these ladies and so many others that I know who chose direct sales. I wonder what our lives would be like if we'd never chosen this incredible opportunity. Or, if we'd come into direct sales and simply played around with it?

But, we didn't. These ladies, myself and so many, many more that I didn't have time or space to share with you here, came into direct sales, went to work and changed our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives of the many consultants and leaders we've worked with.

It is exactly the same opportunity for everyone.

What would this kind of success do for you? How could your life be different?

It could be opportunities to travel, trips to exotic locations, being stress free or debt free, having choices, little luxuries, a new home, a new car, or giving to your favorite charity. It's whatever you dream it is!

"It's never the money, it's what the money will do." - Shari Hudspeth

The really, REALLY great thing about the direct sales opportunity is that you truly can earn an amazing income working part time. It's not about working harder, or even smarter, it's about doing the right things! Now, you've got the tools you need to learn how to do the "right things," available at your finger tips. My "Complete Party Plan Success System," CD set and Success Guide will give you the step-by-step training you need to achieve phenomenal success! (We've even put it on special this week!)

You are capable of excellence, so go for it!

"If you play around with your business, your business will give you money to play with. If you are serious about your business, your business will give you serious money. If you give your business everything you've got, your business will give you everything you could ever want." - Shari Hudspeth

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce:

1/3 cup Homemade Gourmet® Velvety Creations Sauce Mix
2 tablespoons Homemade Gourmet® Garlic Basil Seasoning
1 can diced tomatoes
1/3 - ½ cup vodka (add portion to taste)
½ cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, whisk together the sauce mix, Garlic Basil Seasoning, diced tomatoes and vodka. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low, stirring continuously.
2. When it begins to thicken, add the heavy cream and heat while stirring for about 1 more minute.
3. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta with or without cooked chicken or steak. Or, use as a sauce over grilled meat or poultry. Makes about 2-1/2 cups.

Monday, August 24, 2009

You are Invited!

Do you like food? Friends?
You’re invited to share in both at a Homemade Gourmet Taste & Talk!
Enjoy food, fun and fellowship with Homemade Gourmet Consultants and their customers!Sample the new Fall/Winter products, learn a little about Homemade Gourmetand network with the wonderful people who make up this company. Come hungry, we have lots of great product for you to taste!
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, August 30th
Location: Home of Team Leader, Judy Roberts
Cypress, TX 77429
Please RSVP – it will ensure we have enough chairs and samples to taste!
RSVP by August 29th to: Mary Lou Garcia 832-444-9605

Monday, August 10, 2009

Let's Make Dinner Together!!!

Get a FREE Let’s Make Dinner Collection worth $80.50
when you become a Homemade Gourmet Consultant now!

Homemade Gourmet helps busy moms when school is in session
and makes perfect gifts for the holidays!

Now is a great time to get started and take advantage of lots of autumn selling opportunities.
You choose your hours, you’re your own boss, you can’t be laid off,
and the more you work, the more you earn!

New Consultants who enroll now can get the Let’s Make Dinner Collection with their
first $240+ wholesale order placed Aug. 3-17, 2009. The collection includes 16 single
mixes of everything offered in our Pantry Staples plus a recipe flyer:
♥ Homemade Gourmet® BLT Dip Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Chipotle Steakhouse Rub Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Garlic Basil Seasoning Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Grandmother’s Sunday Roast Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Maria’s Salsa Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Southwest Seasoning Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Tortilla Soup Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Chicken Enchilada Soup Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Cilantro Citrus Seasoning Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Garlic Lemon Seasoning Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Kansas City Rub Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Mock Spinach Dip Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Taco Soup Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Italian Mozzarella Meatloaf Mix
♥ Homemade Gourmet® Old Fashioned Meatloaf Mix

Enrolling is easy. Ask me today.
Your Homemade Gourmet Consultant:
Mary Lou Garcia, #12493

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Product Descriptions

Brand New Products

© Gusto Garlic Pesto Cheeseball ($4.50): You can mix it in with cream cheese and serve like a cheese ball, or if you are in a big hurry, just take a brick of cream cheese and roll to coat. The mix will cover two bricks of cream cheese. This presentation would make a great party platter for the holidays.

© Jalapeno Ole Soup ($6): A creamy, flavorful soup that will knock your socks off! It looks like a meal all by itself with the cheese, bacon and tortilla strips on top of all the creamy goodness! And don't let the name "jalapeno" fool you. It adds a great flavor but not a lot of heat. The label instructions tell you that you can add some diced fresh jalapenos if you like more heat.
© Garlic Parmesan Bread Dippin' Mix ($4.50) and Italian Red Pepper Bread Dippin' Mix ($4.50): Just add olive oil, stir and let sit for about 5 minutes. These dippers aren't just for bread. Try brushing the crust of an ordinary frozen pizza before baking it. Serve the pizza with some of the dipping oil to dip the crust.

© Skillet Chicken and Biscuit Mix ($6.50) and Skillet Beef and Cornbread Mix ($6.50): The biscuit topping is cooked right on the stove top! The taste of homemade pot pie, but so fast and easy.

© Skillet Tex-Mex Dinner ($6.50): Formerly the Spanish rice, it's now an entrée called Skillet Tex-Mex Dinner. The label now has a recipe for a flavorful entrée using beef or chicken and for those that love it as a side dish, the side dish recipe is also included on the label.

© Country Style Gravy Mix ($7.50): It only has 30 calories per ¼ cup serving and no fat. Perfect over Mom's Smashed Potatoes or meatloaf. If you sauté some mushrooms before you add the water and mix, it makes a great mushroom gravy, too. Or cook ½ a pound of breakfast sausage until it is brown and crumbled; then add this mix and some milk instead of water for great cream-style sausage gravy in just minutes! Mid-sized bag concept with three recipes worth of mix.

© Velvety Creations Sauce Mix ($6.50): Use this mix to make asparagus with a lemon sauce, broccoli with a cheese sauce, or carrots with dill sauce … just to name a few! This old favorite has been remixed and revived to bring easy sauce recipes back to your dinner tables. The Key to the Kitchen will be updated with recipes using this versatile sauce base to make more than just sauces. Look for casseroles, pastas and even fish entrees your customers are going to love. Both the Velvety Creations mix and the Country Gravy mix are being launched in a mid-sized bag concept with three recipes worth of mix.

© New leaf teas (all $7 each): Zentastic Blackberry Jasmine Green Tea, Tropical Breeze Tea with Ginseng, Cinnamon Spice Makes Everything Nice Tea or Mojito Mint Tea. Make hot or cold. Use the new Hot Tea Infusers (40 disposable infusers included) to help make the perfect tea ($6).

© Bodacious Butterscotch Pie Mix ($5.50): Each bite has a bodacious blast of butterscotch flavor that you will not be able to resist!

© Cinnamon Pecan Streusel Cake Mix ($7.50): Warm and cinnamon-y goodness! Makes a great breakfast treat!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Let's Make Dinner~~Fast and Easty!

Can you REALLY make 20 meals in less than 2 hours?

In most cases, the answer would be no. With Homemade Gourmet and our brand new "Let's Make Dinner" collection - yes you can! Fast, easy, cost effective and you can give your taste buds a flavor overhaul!

It's a great way to try new meals (4-6 servings) and have the peace of mind, particularly Mon-Thurs, that you can get home from work & be at the table in minutes!

What is the Let's Make Dinner Collection?

Here it is: One individual recipe-size mix of each of the Pantry Staples- Try them all, then stock up on the Pantry Staple size for additional savings! Includes: BLT Dip Mix, Chicken Enchilada Soup Mix, Chipotle Steakhouse Rub, Cilantro Citrus Marinade Mix, Garlic Basil Seasoning Mix, Garlic Lemon Seasoning Mix, Grandmother's Sunday Roast Mix, Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce Mix.

Our business gives you time to run your business - enjoy a flavor overhaul at the same time with 20 meals made in 2 hours or less - perfect for crock pot, bake or grill. Includes meal planner and grocery list too - you can't go wrong with how easy this is and our 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy - Kroger, Albertsons and Wal-mart don't do that!

Contact your me and PRE-order a Lets Make Dinner collection now!

A little article about the Homemade Gourmet business opportunity