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Having a Business Account on Pinterest

Pinterest BusinessJust recently, we received an email from Pinterest stating that we were qualified to convert our existing Pinterest page to a “business” Pinterest page.  If you are like me, I thought to myself “I had no idea I didn’t have a business Pinterest page already set up.”  Then I realized that I needed to make sure that my Pinterest is a business account and not a personal account.  Why?  It legitimizes you as a online retailer and as a online business.  It also helps you in SEO (search engine optimization).

So what is the difference between a “personal” and a “business” account on Pinterest? The main difference between the two is that Pinterest requires any account that wishes to use Pinterest for commercial purposes to create a business account.  It also gives us access to the analytics and an entire set of features exclusively for businesses such as advertising and marketing your Pinterest page online.  Check out this blog on the “how to convert” your Pinterest page.

 

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards uses several social media outlets for online exposure.  Pinterest is one of them.  Our cutting boards are very visual.  It is important that you as a customer gets an idea of the look and feel of our boards without touching it.  By showing relevant pictures, it can paint a nice visual for those that may be interested in the future in purchasing one of our boards.  For me, it’s a no brainer that we switch from a personal account to a business account.  You should too.

Kitchen Charm Could Never Be More Simple Than This!

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Custom Made Pull Out Wooden Cutting Board

Before

Before

A wooden cutting board completes your kitchen.  Don’t you think?  Your kitchen’s ambience is all your style and charm for sure.  But your selection of what cutting board to use on a daily basis really says a lot about your kitchen’s decor.  It’s the bow that completes the package.  Often times, when you have a gorgeous board, it is used as a decor in itself.  Either hanging or propped up for anyone to see.

Most kitchens already came with a pull out wooden cutting board that came with the kitchen when it was first construct.  And in most cases, they are absolutely gross.  Am I right?  No matter what you do to try to clean it, it still stays icky.  Here’s a few ideas on what to do to spiff up your current pull out cutting board.

1. Use a fine grit sandpaper and sand down both sides of the board.  An electric sander can really speed up the process.  Wash the board before sanding.

2. After sanding, use mineral to coat the entire board.  Prop it up against your backsplash or against your wall with a towel underneath it to capture all the oil that may drip down.

3. Do not paint the board.  It will make it unuseable.

That’s it.  Should be like “new” again.  If you’re still not satified with your new pull out board, have it replaced.

A Kitchen Charm – Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

It goes without saying.  What a decor piece it is when it is a custom engraved cutting board. And not just any personalized board, but one that is specific to you and your family.  But let’s not take away it’s functionality.  It is still a cutting board – used for every day cooking with your chopping of fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, spices and meats.  But most don’t think of it as a kitchen charm.  A piece that would finish the atmosphere of your kitchen to say it is mine!

Want more ideas on how to get everyday pieces and add them to your kitchen decor?  Here’s a few ideas:

Mason Jar for your Spices

Mason Jar for your Spices

Chalkboard Cutting Board

Chalkboard Cutting Board

1. Mason Jars – what a better way to organize your kitchen but with these fabulous jars.  Buy chalk stickers to label them so everyone in your household knows what goes into them.  Make it garden!  What a great idea!

2. Chalk Cutting Board – have an old cutting board but don’t want to throw it away?  Try sanding it down with fine sandpaper.  Then, take chalk paint and paint one side (2 to 3 coats would do the trick).  Voila! Instant chalk board.  Hang it onto your wall where you can post today’s menu or reminder.

 

 

A Wooden Cutting Board the Answer to a Perfect Wedding Gift

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Not just any wooden cutting board, but a handmade hardwood cutting board.  One that has several strips of beautiful hardwoods glued together to make a cutting board that you have never seen before – truly one of a kind.  Or better yet, why not personalized it?  Custom engrave it with their family name or the bride and groom’s first name with their wedding date or simply their year?  Personalizing any wedding gift (especially if it is handmade) can be it an extra special gift that can potentially become a heirloom.  Imagine, a handmade custom engraved cutting board.  Your gift will definitely stand out above the rest.

Custom Made Wedding Gift

Custom Made Wedding Gift

One they will treasure for many years to come.  Perhaps, even prominently displaying it for others to admire.  Every kitchen needs a cutting board whether you have one or not.  A beautiful piece to add to their kitchen decor especially if it is engraved adds a nice touch to the decor and atmosphere.  Don’t worry about the engraving being in the way of cutting.  Just make sure the personalization is on the bottom right or left corner of the board.  If all else fails, they can always use the opposite side of the board.  After all, the design is through and through.  Want other great ideas on handmade wedding gifts, check out this Pinterest page.  My fav!  Happy shopping!

 

 

Business Networking – Is it Worth Your Time

Business Networking

Business Networking

I am often asked why do you network for your business? Do you really get any business from it?  Is it worth your time?  I say … ABSOLUTELY!  Don’t for a moment believe that it is not worth your time.  It is SO worth it!  But how do you effectively make it work for you?  Are you socializing or trying to sell your product?

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

It doesn’t matter what business you have.  Take ours for example.  Our business is handcrafting hardwood cutting boards.  We make it from repurposing and upcycling unused scrap hardwoods.  Who wants to buy cutting boards at a business networking event, right?  You would be amazed at the answer.  These are a few questions we are often asked.  Here’s a few tips on how to effectively network for your business.

1.  Have an agenda, a goal.  Here’s an example, meet and collect 10 new business cards to follow up with them.

2.  Do not discount those you meet.  You never know if they may become a customer or may be able to refer you to a potential customer.

3.  Be intentional and sincere.  You are there to meet people.  So meet them.  Get to know them.

4.  Be consistent.  Pick 2-3 networking events you will consistently attend.  It takes time for you to get to know people and vice versa.  This is a community you are building for yourself.  it will pay off in the end.

Want more ideas?  Check out Business Blogging Network.  Great ideas.  Happy networking!

 

Kiss My Old Wooden Cutting Board Goodbye

Cracked Wooden Cutting Board

Cracked Wooden Cutting Board

It is that time!  You’ve been staring at your old wooden cutting board for months and have said to yourself “it’s time to replace it” but you haven’t done it yet.  Lack of motivation? Perhaps.  But nevertheless, I want to give you 3 good reasons why you want to get rid of that old board and replace it with something fabulous.

  1. If your board shows signs of cracking.  You definitely need to get rid of it.  Although wood is a natural fighter of bacteria, it can only combat them on the surface where there is air.  Beneath the surface and into the cracks, bacteria can live.  Yuck!
  2. If your board looks like it’s wet all the time.  That is NOT good.  That means your board is not drying up naturally.  This could cause it to crack or even break at the weak points.
  3. If your board looks like it has been cut up too much.  Signs of knife marks throughout the board.  It’s time.  Although, you can still salvage it but taking a fine sand paper and just sanding off the surface area which is where the knife marks are.
Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

Chalk board made from an old wooden cutting board

Motivated now!  I hope so.  If your cutting board means a lot to you, repurpose it. Sometimes, making it into something else other than what is it can be appreciated more in the future.  Like a chalk board.

 

Custom Engraved Cutting Board is the Perfect Closing Gift

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

 

The real estate market is booming!  If you live in my area (San Mateo County, California), there is no inventory to choose from.  Meaning, slim pickings and very few sellers.  There are a ton of buyers.  Most come with cash too!  So what do you do when the market start to turn?  Your customers are your biggest assets.  Referrals are your lifeline.  Make the most out of your relationships with your current customer base today.

Give them a closing gift that is unique, one-of-kind, geniune and perfect.  Give them a custom engraved handmade wooden cutting board.

Here are 5 ideas on what to engrave on your handmade gift:

  1. Custom Engraved Cutting Board

    Custom Engraved Cutting Board

    Couple’s first name and the year they purchased their home

  2. The family name with a design that is symbolic to them.  Like a family crest.
  3. The street address and the date they received their keys.  Great for first time home buyers.
  4. A simple “thank you from _____” or “congratulations from _____”.
  5. If they are very close to you, a quote or a saying that they always remember.

Check out our website http://www.maccuttingboards.com for more ideas on personalization.  You would be amazed by what people have thought of to engrave on our cutting boards.

A Better Kitchen with a Wooden Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Let’s face it, a kitchen is not a kitchen without a cutting board, right?  The one essential tool (along side a knife and a pot) that you need in order to function properly in that space.  But having a cutting board shouldn’t just be dull or boring.  Liven up your kitchen with a custom made wooden cutting board.  Not plastic although plastic does have some advantage – can be easily cleaned and placed in the dishwasher, light to carry around from countertop to countertop and inexpensive.

A wooden cutting board is all that and much more.  How much more?  Check it out.

1. A serving platter.  Yup.  Try it out.  I bet you’ll get “wow, never thought of using my cutting board like that before” comment.

2. A decorative piece.  Place candles on top of the board when you are not using it.  Position it center on your dining table and voila!  You have an elegant centerpiece.  Or maybe you just want to spiff up your kitchen with colors.  Just leave your board on the countertop and display it.  Your wooden cutting board is made all the natural colors of the wood that brings out the beauty of the board and your kitchen.

So the next time you’re looking at your kitchen and you think it needs pizzazz, try a custom made wooden cutting board.  Maybe even engraving it to personalize your space.  It will look fabulous!

Tanya Brown – Author and Friend

Tanya Brown

Tanya Brown

I’ve met Tanya Brown in 2010 and I was immediately drawn to her energy, her passion, her kindness, her willingness to teach as well as to learn, her sense of humor and her wit.  We were at a 3-day workshop in Orange County.  I knew no one, but met Tanya.  She purchased a cutting board from me during that weekend.  I was shocked!  I was starting my business off and my first time really asking people “would you like to buy my cutting board”.  She did!

Tanya is well known as the youngest sister of Nicole Brown Simpson.  She has been a vocal and well-recognized speaker against domestic violence. What most people do not know is that Tanya suffered a mental breakdown ten years after the death of her sister, and spent many months in an in-patient and out-patient program.  You would never know that today.  I met Tanya and she was an energy source that you wanted to warm yourself around … like a comfy blanket.  She is calming and angelic.

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

Tanya has released her book “Finding Peace Amongst Chaos” and has a fabulous write up on People Magazine.  She reached out and asked if I could donate a cutting board at her book release party.  I didn’t hesitate!  Anything for this lady! Feeling blessed that she is in my life!

 

Refresh Your Kitchen Space with a Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Custom Made Cutting Board

Feeling like your kitchen needs a facelift but can’t afford a full remodel?  No fret!  You can definitely start sprucing up your kitchen with just a few quick and easy fixes that would bring your kitchen back to life.  Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Start with color schemes.  Have a light color paint for the walls … something neutral that way if you want to change your kitchen a bit later in the future, it would be easy to do that.

Mason Jar Love

Mason Jar Love

2. Mason jars – get a few mason jars as your storage jars and replace the old storage containers.  Buy chalkboard stickers bring your creativity to life with your writing.  Check out Mason Jar Crafts for more fabulous ideas!  This website is awesome!!

3. Get a wooden cutting board.  Find one that is unique, multi-color (not stained but the natural colors) and all hardwoods.  Don’t stop there, personalized by engraving what you want to say about your kitchen.

DIY Kitchen Towels

DIY Kitchen Towels

4. Buy kitchen towels that go with your color theme or style.  The little things really bring out your sense of style and decor.  Check out The Country Chic Cottage.  Super cute idea on DIY kitchen towels.

5. Talk your old cutting board and make it into a chalkboard.  Prop it up for display.  Make sure your write something fresh on it everyday.  Gives your kitchen character.  Check out Family Chic on a great tutorial.

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