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Thirty Days of Positivity: Week One

Thirty Days of Positivity: Week One

This is the first week of my thirty-day challenge of being positive at work. I began this challenge with a post from last week (Thirty Days of Positivity). I found that I was being such a negative source of energy at work that I was coming home every night disgusted with either my behavior or…

Thirty Days of Positivity

Thirty Days of Positivity

Have you ever had a day that you come home from work and can’t sleep because your mind is racing about a situation that happened that day? You continue to critique how you handled something and can’t stop brainstorming ALL the different ways you could have handled it better? This has been happening to me…

Summertime Markets / Out with the old and the new?

Summertime Markets / Out with the old and the new?

Antique Fair, July 7, 2019 at Medella Vina Ranch, Tucson Arizona It’s time for summertime markets (meaning hot – 100deg+) in the desert, and the antique fair today was a perfect example; out with old and maybe the new as well.  More vendors than I expected, but a lower energy level and far fewer customers. …

3 Things I've Learned about Instagram in 2019

3 Things I've Learned about Instagram in 2019

I’ve been using Instagram regularly for a few years. However, I just started working on building up our brand on a business Instagram account. Before I really started paying attention to the number of followers, or the number of posts each page had, I thought it was all chalked up to luck, or that the…

Let's get Personal, about our business.

Let's get Personal, about our business.

Think about getting personal about business, and you have A Simple Cookie. While we can find a gazillion different types of cookies and cookie businesses all over the world, most do not actually operate with the purpose of connecting with an individual customer on a regular basis; being in business for that personal touch, that…

Long-Distance Partnership Test Run

Long-Distance Partnership Test Run

It sounds corny, but in today’s globalized world, it is inevitable that you will work with someone on a purely virtual basis, or be forced to work on long-term projects with someone while they are out of town for a significant amount of time for that project. Check out this article on 21 Statitstics About…

Our Business Plan Should Be About More Than Just Making Money.

Our Business Plan Should Be About More Than Just Making Money.

Making money will always be part of our business plan!  Why else would we be in business?  But if you’ve read any of our blog posts on Stopandchatwithus.com, you have probably noticed that Haley and I both have full-time jobs in addition to running A Simple Cookie.  Of course, we’d love for A Simple Cookie…

Review: The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon Gordon

Review: The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon Gordon

One of my 2019 New Year Resolutions was to read at least three books about business or books that will help with building a business. I’m a big reader so I didn’t really think that this resolution was going to be difficult. I just had to pick the right books to read, set a deadline,…

What is a commissary or commercial kitchen?

What is a commissary or commercial kitchen?

When I was in high school there was this girl that I worked with that wanted to be a full-time baker. She would spend all of her time not at work at a commercial kitchen designing and baking cakes for her clients. Funny enough we worked at Sonic Drive-In, so when she wasn’t in one…

A Mom's take on "Operation Varsity Blues"

A Mom's take on "Operation Varsity Blues"

Sadly, when this “Operation Varsity Blues” story first broke into the headlines, I was totally flabbergasted. Being a Mom to three children, all college graduates, I just cannot understand the gall of these people with money, status, and opportunities galore. I cannot understand their need to go around the legitimate college admissions system and use…

What is a Cottage Food Industry in Arizona?

What is a Cottage Food Industry in Arizona?

A cottage industry is a small business that is usually home-based and family-owned and operated. In Arizona, the program is known as Home Baked and Confectionery Goods program.

4 Things We Learned From Our First Big Order

4 Things We Learned From Our First Big Order

Last week we had our first big order; and by big order, I mean huge order. We planned, baked, packaged, and delivered one thousand cookies all in under a week. We also both have full-time jobs outside of ASC, and we had a full market as well. So to say the least, it was a…