Monday, September 27, 2010

Giveaway Monday



You know you have a sweet tooth. My first edible giveaway and it's about time. Pretty excited about this one because I get to introduce you the very talented and kind Rachael Happ. She's the owner of Eventful Cookies in Mesa, AZ. Pretty much the cutest cookies ever. Can't wait to put on another party so I can order some for myself. This giveaway is for a dozen decorated cookies, perfect for celebrating fall. 6 owls & 6 pumpkins. 

Leave a comment. Any comment. And go ahead and enter yourself twice if you share this giveaway with a friend. 

Giveaway ends Tuesday night. But wait, there's more...

Since many of you have asked about being a mom and having a small business, I thought I'd ask Rachael a few questions about how she does it. Read on. 

What inspired you to start your own business? 

Years ago, I was reading the book "Cure for the Common Life" where it talks about finding your sweet spot in life. The place where the gifts God gave you are in sync with what you enjoy doing. I'll admit I only read the first chapter of that book (typical!) but it was enough for me to put together that I have a natural inclination for business/accounting, love to bake, and love interacting with people! That's when I decided I wanted to own a cookie business. 

How did you first get started? 

At first, I just pictured myself baking dozens of chocolate chip cookies and selling them. Insert my sister's wedding last November.  I offered to make cookie favors because I randomly had a wedding cake cookie cutter. I spent weeks of trial and error in cookie decorating and came up with the cookie that I now sell. An almond flavored sugar cookie with marshmallow fondant. Everyone raved about them at her wedding and I realized it was so refreshing to NOT see a million favors left on the tables after the event

How do you manage three young kids and an at-home business? 

Logistically, I work on my cookies after my kids go to bed and actually really enjoy spending hours in the kitchen decorating while listening to some good music and chatting with my husband. Emotionally, I don't allow myself to feel guilt when business pulls me away for a couple of hours. Having a dream, and enjoying the pursuit of it, is an amazing part of life and I want my children to know that. It also really helps having a supportive husband who is truly excited about what I'm doing. 

What is your long-term vision for your business? 

While long term plans are an important part of building a business, I feel it's a good idea to take things as they come and see where God leads. In my perfect world, I'd have a cute little store front or partner with an existing bakery to sell my product.

Who inspires you in life and why? 

I am inspired by a number of women (specifically mothers) who took an idea and had the confidence to run with it. It takes guts to put yourself out there and say "I believe I can be successful and that people will really love my work". My father owned his own business and my mother is an artist, so I suppose owning a cookie decorating business is a perfect product of my parental influence!

Thanks Rachael. You're a gem. By the way, did I mention that Rachael has a set of twins? Now you're really impressed. 

Update: Congratulations to Christy L.! Enjoy your cookies...

29 comments:

Lexi said...

I love that you included her picture because I now know that I go to church with Rachel and teach her 2 year old twins in Sunday school! :)

Anonymous said...

These are so cute!! We love fall cookies around here!! fingers crossed!
Mindy Klinkhamer

Dustin & Kylee Nickerson said...

I have been admiring these cookies for a few months on her blog and I'm so excited to enter this give away! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kylee Nickerson
disneydancer14@yahoo.com

P.S. I referred a friend!

Dustin & Kylee Nickerson said...

Referred a friend! Thank you for the second entry!
Kylee Nickerson

Ms. Kim said...

Such Darling cookies! Thank you so much for offering this giveaway!

Kim Robinson
kycasof2@msn.com

Ms. Kim said...

Second entry for referring a friend! Thanks Kylee for letting me know, I passed it on!

Kim Robinson

mikeandmelissafisher said...

Um, Rachel makes cookies and looks that fabulous? Kudos to her! In the meantime, my work is done in the room furthest from my kitchen :)

Don't enter my name, I just had to comment about that. And if I make it to Mesa anytime soon, I may have to pick up some of those cookies.

p.s. Loved your post about Down Syndrome today. You have a very sweet family.

Krista Webb said...

Rachael is AMAZING!!! I have 3 kids and can barely find the time to get the laundry done! I am really hoping to win some of her delicious cookies!!

Liz said...

Even if I don't win I will be going to the shop now. Josh's 10th birthday is coming and up and I would love to surprise him with cute cookies.

Jenny said...

I would love to share these with my 2 and 3 year old friends in the Rainbow Room!

Jennifer said...

Yummy! Would I have to share? Great giveaway!

Hillary said...

Um I love those cookies and am eternally jealous of people that can make cookies look as good as they taste!

john byard said...

i am actually really entering this one.....you know me babe...i love me some cookies...

Tim said...

The cookies look great. Thanks for having a great giveaway.


tahearn at roadrunner dot com

Hillary said...

The cookies look very good. Awesome giveaway.

hillaryanna at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE edible art! Rachael's cookies are so beautiful- I would love to taste one- or 12. ;)

Christy Luedtka
christyl@marykay.com

Julie said...

Rachael's cookies are beautiful (and yummy I might add) so of course I would love to win this giveaway! :)

Emily said...

Rachael is every bit as sweet as her cookies. C'mon magic comment picker- choose me!

Emily said...

I have shared this contest with my Facebook friends :) so this is my 2nd entry. Too be honest I threatened their chances of winning anything at MOPS if they mess up my chances here!

Laurie said...

Rachel you are so talented!!!!! I love seeing all the new designs!! Can't wait to place an order!!!

Laurie Williams

Lori said...

I've been admiring Rachel's beautiful cookies on her facebook page from afar and would l.o.v.e. to win some so I can taste them as well!
:) Lori

katie shrum said...

wonderful cookies! I have always wanted to be able to make some like these-thanks for the giveaway!

Crystal Smith said...

I love Rachael's cookies!!!! She is so creative!

jennifer_shark said...

ALL of your cookies are just adorable but these are extra inspiring for the simple fun fall occasion. Thanks for allowing us an opportunity to win these delicious treats, yipppeeeee!!!

Tina Worthington said...

The cookies are delicious but I hate to eat them when they are so cute!

Ruthie said...

They look yummy! She is also from Mesa cool!

Ali said...

Love, Love, Love the cookies!! They are delicious and super cute. Rachael is amazing at everything she does, she is an amazing woman, that's for sure!! Love you girly :)

LaBrums said...

YUM YUM... these look delicious! So happy Rachel is doing what she loves to do, and she's good at it I see. :)

driedwallflower said...

I'm always up for a cookie or two, and my husband is usually up for more... I think everyone needs a cookie every now and again and if they just so happen to be amazingly good-looking cookies that are (almost) too cute to eat... well, then all the better.

Great Website, Great Cookies!

-Libby Malone
malone.libby@gmail.com

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