[Seriously, I had been working on this post all day, and tonight when I was almost done, I hit the wrong button and it all deleted. I wanted to cry. I didn't, but I wanted to. So this one may not be as lengthy... we'll see. Scandal starts in 25 minutes and I like to watch that]
On Facebook I had posted that I had some good news coming-- well here it comes!! NO, It's not baby news. I mean my baby is only 9 months old, so don't get your hopes up ;)
As of yesterday, the papers are signed and the stock options are assigned-- I am officially a business owner at TruGrit Concepts!!!
Okay so now you're like "cool... what the heck is TruGrit??" Well, it is cool actually... let me tell you all about it:
TruGrit Concepts is a full-service brand and development company offering customized, strategic, and innovative solutions to entrepreneurs and existing corporations in the beverage industry. We do everything from brand identity, product formulation development, manufacturing solutions, graphic design, logo and brand design, industry consulting, federal compliance, packaging solutions, print collateral, cost accounting, and more.
Although we specialize in developing, branding, and managing alcoholic beverages, we have experience in other product categories and industries as well. Our target market is comprised of small to large startup and existing companies seeking integrated brand development, product management, and sales and marketing services.
Now that you know what we do- let me introduce you to my business partners [don't worry, you're going to LOVE them]!
MOLLY : President
With an incomparable resume in the beverage industry Molly has traveled the country working hand in hand with lead distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, co-packers, entrepreneurs, and more to cultivate more than 50 successful alcohol brands.
JENNA : Art Director
With an eye for innovation, perfection, and success Jenna is a bold, focused, multitasking designer with limitless skills. Jenna combines her knowledge and experience to deliver the best creative venue and experience for our clients and their audiences.
NICHOLE : Controller
Coming from one of the largest local CPA firms in Northwest Ohio, Nichole provides peace of mind as she ensures efficient business operations and an unprecedented level of experience to our company.
CARLY : Sales
With the ability to present alcohol brands to the largest distributors in the country and exercise over 500 key distribution contacts Carly will be guiding our clients to product sale success.
ME :) Marketing & PR
With the confidence to take these brands to the next level, my goal is to make each brand known on a national scale. Utilizing social media, creative marketing, public relations, and more, we will strive to create a household name among our clients.
So that's the news you guys!! Thanks for all your support with everything I've been involved in! I will be merging my social media business with TruGrit now so everything is run through there. If you have any questions feel free to leave comments or message me :)
I will keep you updated!
In the mean time -- check out one of TG's latest client product launches:
Salute American Vodka is the inaugural brand launch of parent company, Better Brands Bevco. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Pete Kelly, BBB is a for-profit premium beverage company that strives to meaningfully balance profit and commitment to our cause. We believe in creating outstanding products made entirely in America that help improve our Veterans’ lives.
I might be the biggest slacker of all time. Well, as far as this blog is concerned. I haven't posted nearly enough in so long. I have been so caught up with everything else going on that I haven't put the time aside to do what I love most, write!
I have always loved writing. When I was little my goal and aspirations were to become an Author. Someday I may still do that ;) I may even share (with photos) some of the little books I used to write growing up. As I got older I even wrote "real" stories. I think I secretly always wanted to be Nancy Drew, I loved her. I even collected all the original Nancy Drew books. I totally still have them in my garage. That's one of the sad things about having boys.... who is going to want my Nancy Drew collection!? I got a lot of those original books from my mom, which she read when she was little. So attention sisters: HAVE A GIRL... nowww ;)
But besides my love for writing... I have a love for children, so combine the two and tahh dahh : Moms In Heels. Some of my favorite things all in one: moms, writing, heels... Oh yes, Jeff is also on that list which is why he has a page: The Jeffrey Journal -clever name I know ;)
Well I feel like I have to catch all of you up on what is going on in our lives. There is so much to say that I will do it over a series of posts. I will start with this: Braxton Joseph is 8 months old. Yes, you heard me, 8 MONTHS. Holy crap is right... where does time go!? I can't even believe it. He is crawling like a mad man, standing up on everything in sight, trying to sneak up the stairs and he puts everything known to man kind in his mouth.
Colton and him have had their first real "interactions" now. The other day Colton said "Braxton come here, I'll show you" and waved him over and sure enough Brax crawled right over to see what he was doing. It was so cute. I can't wait for them to be able to really play together. Two adorable little guys and the best of friends.
Colton will be 3 in February. Yes, that is even crazier! I have a 3 year old?! Whoa, that IS crazy. He is seriously a chatter box. The kid never stops talking! Which is okay because if you know me- I love to talk... soo it's no surprise that he is the same way. I will just keep in mind that he will get in trouble in every class growing up for talking too much, story of my life at Toledo Christian School. So it's okay buddy, I feel your pain, you just want to talk to everyone.
Cutest Colton story I can think of right now is how the other night I was taking a bath and I asked him play for a little while. Earlier in the day I had set out a nice big plate of home made Christmas cookies & Buckeyes for my neighbor Wilma, who Colton absolutely loves. So I'm in the bathroom, Colton comes running in- chocolate all over his face, his mouth so full he couldn't even chew. He manages to swallow and he says "Mommy! Buckeyes good!!" I immediantly was like ohhh no, he ate the buckeyes. Then I see sprinkles on his cheeks. He is just getting good at trying to put sentences together so he says "Eat cookies. Green plate. Wilma's. Yummy!" I couldn't even be mad because he was seriously so cute. I simply got up and walked out to the kitchen to see how many he had really eaten. Of course he had taken a bite out of every single cookie and ate about 3 buckeyes, with a bite taken out of the remainder of them. So Wilma if you're reading this, that's why you haven't gotten cookies yet.
I hope you are all having a great holiday season! I will start posting more regularly. Thanks for being the best readers ever :)
Ok sports widows listen up. Its time to stop relinquishing your Sundays to football and reclaiming your day with your man. Does your Sunday sound a little bit like this:
“What are we doing today honey?”
“Uh well I don’t know about you but I’m watching football.”
“When is the game on?” I ask reluctantly.
“Which game? They are on all day…”
“Awesome. Soooo I am on my own then?”
“Well yeah unless you want to hang with me and watch the games.”
“Um no thanks, rather chew aluminum foil. Guess I’ll go shopping…”
“Ok. Whatever. See ya later.”
((THIS POST IS WRITTEN BY LEAH JANTZEN))
Doesn’t sound like quality time to me.
Here are three ways to “get out of the dark and into to park” this Sunday during the football game.
Sometimes venturing into un-chartered territory can be exhilarating and fun. Why not see what this sports thing is all about. Give it a shot. Remember, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
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