Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Spring Break segment on ABC 4 Utah

How to connect with me

Someone gave me some flack today for not updating my blog in a long time. Holy smokes - I've been BUSY! Somehow the psychology of posting events anywhere - on any social media - fills the mental need of having "said it". This last year has been the hardest of my life. I am not even sure exactly where to start updating. Perhaps I'll work on a quick post about some highlights and lowlights of the past year to post in a few days. While I promise to work on some new posts, here are the additional places you can connect with me and how I use it:

Personal Facebook - I leave this to people I've met (and know) in person
Work Facebook - I love to connect with anyone here that wants to know the inside scoop at STEALS.com. For some people, it's both FB accounts since I try not to talk too much about work to my personal friends.
LinkedIn - I pretty much only connect with people I have met in person here, too. Isn't that the point of LinkedIn?
Twitter - Whatever is on my mind at the time - most often about business or things I want to be searchable on Twitter.
Instagram - Pictures I take that I think are cool.
Pinterest - Stuff I think is cool.
G+ - mostly youtube and work stuff.
Youtube  - some personal, some work videos.

Off to prep for a TV segment - I have two next week!

Monday, April 29, 2013

A note to restaurant marketers

Apparently to a six year-old, restaurants have little to do with the food and more to do with the little "extras." Marketing at it's best. <----biased marketer.

Jane says:

"I love Wingers, it's my favorite restaurant. Because they have popcorn."

"I love Red Rock, because they have good pizza."

"I love Olive Garden, because they have mint chocolates at the end."

"I love Thai Garden, because they have big fish in the tank."

"I love Applebees, because they have crayons and coloring papers."

"I love Texas Roadhouse, because they let you throw your peanut shells on the ground!"

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Our speech at Utah State University's Entrepreneur Leadership Speaker Series

Recently +Rett Clevenger and I spoke at the John M Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University to kick off their Entrepreneur Leadership Series. It was the first time we had spoken in public together - and the first time we'd talked about our Entrepreneurship in public. Go easy on us :)





Sunday, April 14, 2013

KSL TV segment - spring fashion trends for kids

I was back at my old stomping grounds (job before starting STEALS.com) talking about Spring Fashion Trends for kids.

Sorry about the intro ad - it's on their side.



In a nutshell, some of the hot colors are sunshine yellows, emerald greens, and poppy reds. Bright and bold. Styles are flower power, urban cool, and big graphic prints on shirts.

 It's always so fun going back to KSL - I love seeing my friends there!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kinda Funny

Someone just sent me these and it made me LOL! 




Monday, March 26, 2012

A slice of Steal Network history.

Just over four years ago...

...dreams can come true, people. You just gotta make it happen.

From: Jana Francis 
Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 10:10 PM
Subject: Website
To: Emily Millard


Hi Emily!

How are you? Are you working at Simmons? I am writing to see if you do freelance websites. I am still at KSL but I am starting my own Internet company this year. On nights and weekends I am working on it and hope to be able to work on it full-time sometime this year. I have told no one at work.

It is a very exciting concept and I am hoping to launch the website by the end of March. The main company will probably be called Steals, Inc. and the first website I’ll launch will be www.babysteals.com. Right now if you go there, I just redirected it to blogspot where I have a write-up about it. I think you will like it!

The past few weeks I have been researching how to build the website – I have almost signed up with Network Solutions ecommerce and Yahoo has one, too. But the templates they have available although customizable, aren’t what I want. I just downloaded Dreamweaver and it’s all greek to me!

Anyway, before I bore you to death with all my chatter, I am wondering if you do any freelance work. If so, let’s discuss! I’ll give you an idea of what I need to have done and we can chat about it.

If all goes well, in a year or so I’ll have quite the company going!

Feel free to call me on my cell phone or email me back! 

Jana

Monday, March 19, 2012

ProBar Giveaway Winner!

...and the winner is... commenter #4 - Kristina!

Blogger Kristina said...

Nutty marshmallow all the way.

Congrats, Kristina, look for an email from me!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

ProBar Giveaway!



I'm one of ProBar's sponsored mom athletes and I wanted to share with you my love for ProBars! They're the perfect whole-food replacement bar.


They go with me skiing, to work, anywhere I'm on the go and have saved me from that 'starving' feeling many times! My boys love them too - they don't last long around our house. They don't last long around Steal Network either - many a time staff will come to my office door asking, "Do you happen to have any ProBars on you?"












Have you ever tried the HALO bars? My favorite is Nutty Marshmallow. mmmmm......

To share my love for them, I'm giving away two boxes of 12 each worth over $55! 12 HALO bars and 12 ProBar whole food meal bars. Yum!

To enter, visit ProBar's site and come back here and leave a comment on what flavor you think would be your favorite (or is your favorite, if you've tried them!)


Winner picked via random.org on 3/18 at 9pm MST and announced on 3/19! Good luck!

***Update: Contest closed***

Friday, March 9, 2012

Potty Time by Signing Time

Have you *seen* the latest release by the creators of Signing Time yet? In my opinion the best dvd for toddlers to be released in a long time, Potty Time! I promise I'm not biased because my adorable sweet daughter Jane is in it. But, she seriously she's so cute in it. Check her out right at the beginning at :05.



And don't think I'm biased because Rachel is my dearest friend. It's because it's a positive, playful reinforcement for toddlers (and let's face it...parents!) on potty training. It's because the songs are catchy, fun, and worthy of singing during many daily occasions like Jane's favorite, "Let's Celebrate!"

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It's because it gets toddlers and parents on the same positive page about potty training. It's because it gives toddlers the tools (and signs) to communicate with parents and listen to their amazing bodies. It's because its entertaining yet educational television with a purpose.

It's because it can change the feeling around potty training for hundreds of thousands (and I am sure eventually, millions) of families worldwide. So, if you're approaching the potty training phase, don't even hesitate! You'll be glad you did.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

DIY Valentines Cards

I wanted to get creative with Jane's Valentines this year so naturally, I turned to Pinterest! I quickly stumbled on the perfect idea - Tootsie Pop Valentines! I think I've outdone myself this year and I can't imagine topping this next year. How CUTE are these! The original idea came from this blog - total genius.
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Here's how I did it:

1) Took a photo of Jane with her hand outstretched.
2) Downloaded it and added the text and border in Picasa.
3) Printed them on my photoprinter, and slit out the opening for the sucker with the tip of a knife and inserted the sucker.
4) Had jane sign them with a photo marker and voila! The cutest Valentine's card EVER!

She's so excited to give them to her kindergarten classmates and especially her teacher, Mr. Dodge.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I had to share this

Scrapbooksteals fan Nancy Roth posted this on the ScrapbookSteals.com Facebook Fan page. Yes, I laughed so hard that it had to make my personal blog. HILARIOUS!