I love extravagant Christmas mornings. I love a tree inundated with gifts on Christmas morning. It’s so exciting. So surprising. I still remember sleepless nights on Christmas Eve, my heart bursting with the anticipation of a living room transformed into a sea of wrapped packages.
I also hate waste. I hate irresponsible spending on things with no value that become an unworthy donation or trash after receiving little to no attention. I hate that guilty feeling every time I clean out the kids’ room realizing that I spent money on an unnecessary and unappreciated toy that could have been used to feed a hungry belly. Then I start thinking about the resources used to make the piece of junk and the landfill it’s going to sit in for who knows how long…all because I love extravagant Christmas mornings and I want everyone to have a lot of presents to open.
I also want to remain dedicated to teaching my children to appreciate what they have and be happy with less. And, of course, I want my children to be mostly focused on celebrating the birth of our Savior and God-in-flesh, Jesus!
This year I’m determined to stick with my “simple living”, no-junk resolution, as well as the focus on celebrating the birth of JESUS…all while still having that exciting Christmas morning.
A few months ago I met a new friend who sold Origami Owl and wanted me to check out their line of jewelry used for diffusing essential oils. I was only a little intrigued. Then she told me the company was created by a 14 year old girl and they have a opportunity for young girls to create their own business with the company. That intrigued me a lot.
I have a very driven and very detail oriented RED/BLUE oldest daughter (according to Kathleen from our Real FAMILY Podcast). Like her RED mother, she sees every idea as a way to start a business. She’s known for selling rocks, drawings, and cakes she makes with my father. The poor child will spend an entire day setting up and attending her “rocks for sale” stand at a family gathering while all the other kids run around and play. She has successfully recruited employees, too…her GREEN best friend who sweetly follows my daughter’s every command and my YELLOW middle child (who considered the whole rock business a success when she sold her first rock then quit…with her percentage tucked away in her pocket).
She’s most successfully made money selling cakes and cupcakes. She has a secret recipe created with my dad and whenever I have an essential oils class or party she sets up shop and makes a pretty penny. It’s very difficult to pass up these cakes…or the adorable face peddling them.
My daughter’s dedication to creating a business and understanding of wisely saving the money she makes, as well as our desire to instill healthy earning and spending habits in our children, led us to the decision to give her (and her sisters) a BUSINESS for Christmas!*
*An adult family member is actually the owner until they can take over the account. All money made over what is spent is going into a savings account, except for 10% that is tithed and 10% that is given to the girls for spending.
Origami Owl is customizable jewelry that is designed for all ages. The kids absolutely love the jewelry and love marking their picks in the catalog (over and over again). The line isn’t necessarily for children, though, and can be created into styles for any age or style preference.
I love this idea because:
- The items are small and do not take up space
- It answers the question of what to buy for future gifts because it is all collectibles that interchange to make new pieces of jewelry. The idea of endless possibilities and creativity is like candy to my girls.
- The themed charms make it a perfect gift for occasions like birthdays, holidays, gymnastics competitions, sports events, plays and performances, memorable trips or times spent together, etc.
- It is good quality so it will be valued and taken care of instead of lost in shoe closets and such.
- Unlike collectible-toy trends of overpriced cheap junk (think cardboard discs, painted rubber characters you put on pencils or balls of silicon polymer that change size and are supposed to be cared for like a pet), collecting Origami Owl pieces will keep long-term interest and value.
- The jewelry looks absolutely adorable on the girls instead of the costume jewelry that leaves me plugging my nose as I let them wear it in public!
- My family members will love it! Creating custom gifts based on style and sentimental meaning is a lot of fun for the girls and my family members.
- It’s an extremely fun way to get essential oils on my kids every day!
How we started:
A few other family members went in with us on a business starter package on the website, which includes a bunch of jewelry pieces that can be wrapped in many individual packages…(which means an extravagant Christmas morning!!!)
Once we had our own “designer” account with that starter kit and customized website, we opened a “jewelry bar” and purchased leather bracelet bands with essential oil diffuser pieces, since this was one of my main attractions. Each girl got a couple extra “bracelet slider” charms to add according to their unique style and personality.
The middle girl gets a hot pink leather band with rainbows and a gold essential oil diffuser.
(If you listen to my Real FAMILY Podcast you’ll know these are perfect choices based on their temperaments!)
My youngest doesn’t get to wear jewelry yet, but she does get doused with essential oils regularly.
I have to admit it’s been fun putting together custom pieces based on what I think they’ll like. I can’t wait to see what they put together for themselves. They’re going to LOVE THIS!!!
I also have to admit I bought myself a bracelet band, too. I got a dark brown leather band with a silver essential oil diffuser “sentiment locket”. I might get a little festive this month and add the holiday edition “joy” charm, but that’s on the fancy side for my style.
How You Can Do It, Too
Of course I have to let you know how to get your own Origami Owl stuff the way we did!
When you’re there you can either shop for products or jump in and “become a designer” so you can get a starter pack of all sorts of jewelry and the opportunity to sell it. The “become a designer” starter packs come with a lot of different jewelry pieces and have a good money-saving value, however you can’t customize them.
*You might want to contact me if you want help doing it the right way. The girls already earned $10o off our family’s first orders!
I will be letting my girls advertise here on Real Food Family as they build their business, and they will be receiving my endorsement. Since I run my own successful network marketing business, I’m excited to help them learn how to grow their own business and develop their own leaders, too!