Advent Calendar Kit: Classic Cocktails

Advent Calendar Kit: Classic Cocktails

My Heart Beats Advent Calendar Kit: Classic Cocktails. Put together an Advent calendar with 25 different cocktail recipes.

My Heart Beats is excited to announce the release of its first Advent Calendar. You will definitely get into the Christmas spirit as you use this Advent Calendar to countdown the days until December 25. 

We had a lot of fun creating this. All the recipes are tried and true. And believe me, we tried some of them over and over again. 

The Advent Calendar Kit: Classic Cocktails contains 25 different cocktail recipes printed on paper coasters. It also contains 25 paper bags and 25 numbered stickers, and it includes a shopping list of the ingredients required to make all of the recipes. 

You can make the calendar as simple or as elaborate as you like. Put a coaster into a bag and seal it with a sticker. Open a bag a day and make the recipe to toast the season. Add a mini liquor bottle into the bag so that you have a start on the ingredients. Or use the shopping list to stock your bar with everything you need so that you're all set.

Keep the coasters for future events or use them as party favors. In fact, you can get a set of the coasters without getting all of the Advent Calendar Kit. The coasters are printed on extra thick card stock.

There are five different gin, vodka, rum, bourbon and tequila recipes. Each drink uses only one liquor. They are simple and classic recipes that anyone can make. You probably have most of the ingredients to finish off the recipes in your pantry, and if not, they are all easy to find.


  • Gin and Tonic
  • Tom Collins
  • London Mule
  • French 75
  • Gimlet


  • Moscow Mule
  • Screwdriver
  • Salty Dog
  • Bay Breeze
  • Bloody Mary


  • Daiquiri
  • Cuba Libre
  • Rum Punch
  • Mojito
  • Caribbean Mule


  • Old Fashioned
  • Hot Toddy
  • Kentucky Mule
  • Mint Julep
  • Whiskey Sour


  • Mexican Mule
  • Skinny Margarita
  • Juan Collins
  • Tequila Sunset
  • Paloma

Celebrate every day,

October 16, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
My Favorite Things for Direct Sellers

My Favorite Things for Direct Sellers

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens," is the opening line of the song My Favorite Things. I can picture Julie Andrews running around the Von Trapp house singing the song. And now you, like me, probably have it going through your mind.

As a direct seller, I bet your favorite things include the products you sell. When I was in direct sales, my company released new products every month. And for a while, almost each one became my new favorite. 

When I was asked to make a card that was product-specific, I came up with the My Favorite Things Collection. Each card focuses on a popular product offered by one or more direct sales companies. I researched copyright laws and found out that I can do parodies. So there is parody about the products on the back and an illustration of them on the front.
And if you have the song running through your head now, imagine how I lived when I was writing the parodies. Sometimes I'd do it while I was walking the dog. I'd sing a line over and over until I got the right amount of syllables and then I'd list rhyming words. When I finally got it, I'd repeat it until I got home to write it down. It took me several cards in to come up with the idea of texting it to myself in the middle of the walk.
As of now, there are 16 different cards that represent:

  • fashion - jewelry, clothes, accessories, bags
  • beauty - cosmetics, make-up, skin care, hair care, nail polish
  • home - wickless candles, essential oils, pet supplies
  • kitchen - kitchenware, chocolate
  • hobbies - books, scrapbooks

Don't see a product you sell? Contact me.

Each design is available as a folded card with an envelope or as a set of two flat cards with envelopes or a set of four flat cards without envelopes.
Send these cards:

  • to your team for any reason you'd send a card.
  • as a thank you to a customer.
  • to a potential team member who is a product-enthusiast.
  • with a package.
  • to reconnect with someone who loves your products.
  • as holiday cards.
  • as birthday cards.
  • as invitations to a VIP event.

I introduced them in the weekly email that goes out on Tuesdays. If you're not on the email list, you might want to get on it because there are usually coupon codes in the emails. You can sign up by going to the website and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Add your email to the newsletter list. 

Celebrate every day,


September 04, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
The Ladder of Success is Best Climbed in Cute Shoes

The Ladder of Success is Best Climbed in Cute Shoes

She needed something sturdy and comfortable but also fabulous and stylish. At last she found the perfect pair for the job. She slid into them, stepped up on the first rung and started confidently on her way, knowing that the ladder of success is best climbed in cute shoes.

Here's the great thing about shoes . . . everyone looks good in them. You can't do anything about your size. You can change them up as often as want. You can't have too many. And even sensible shoes can be super cute. 

Send this card to:

  • a shoe lover
  • anyone in the fashion industry 
  • someone who is chasing a dream 
  • the woman who is going for a promotion
  • everyone who is reaching for a goal

Tell her:

  • she has what it takes
  • good luck
  • to keep going
  • that her goals are within reach
  • congratulations on how far she's come

And then take her shoe shopping for her next rung of success.

Celebrate every day,

August 21, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
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Exciting Things Happen Outside Her Comfort Zone

Exciting Things Happen Outside Her Comfort Zone

What used to feel cozy and familiar now felt stifling and dull. Yet each time she stepped beyond her boundaries, her heart pounded through her chest. At first it was from fear, but the more she ventured out, the more she realized the pounding was actually from the thrill of new adventures. Exciting things happen outside her comfort zone. 

When we lived in a rural area, we had a large backyard. It was bordered by a neighbor, woods and an open field. When we got our Labrador, we needed to figure out how to keep her contained. It would have been very expensive to put up a physical fence, so we went with the invisible fence option.

When the fence was installed, they put on her collar and had her walk across it. She yelped, they put her back in the yard, and she never tried to cross it again. She loved to wander all over the yard and smell stuff. She'd chase a ball for as long as someone would throw it or until it was thrown beyond the fence. When deer strolled through the yard, she would run after them but always stopped short of the property line. 

Out of curiosity, I held her collar and walked across the fence. That system is no joke. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. If I knew that pain was on the other side of my yard, I wouldn't leave it either.

But what my dog didn't know is that the pain is temporary. It only happened for a moment. The moment she crossed the line. The pain  stopped as soon as she turned back OR as soon as she kept going. If she would have moved forward, she would have been able to experience wonderful smells of the open field. She probably would have found delicious treats under the neighbor's swing set. She may have even discovered the river on the other side of the woods and all the wonders that it holds for a Labrador.

The good news for you is that leaving your comfort zone probably won't require a heart-attack-inducing pain. Oh, there will be pain, but you won't die. And the even better news is that every time you leave, your comfort zone gets bigger and bigger and the pain gets smaller and smaller. You might have good stuff  in your backyard, but I promise you that you will discover a whole new world the more you venture out. 

Celebrate every day,

August 18, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
How Do You Know Which Party Guests Get a Thank You Note?

How Do You Know Which Party Guests Get a Thank You Note?

Q: How do you know which party guests get a thank you?
A: The ones who are breathing.

It seems obvious that consultants in direct sales should send a thank you note to the party guests who purchase at the party. Of course they deserve a few heartfelt sentences of appreciation. They just gave you money.

But what about the ones who didn't buy? What did they do to deserve your written thanks? Well, they gave up something to attend. Maybe it was their favorite TV show or maybe it was a chore that is going to be neglected (because heaven knows that no one else is going to see the dishes piled in the sink). 

Maybe she didn't buy because she is an investigator. She gathered all the information you provided, and she plans to research the product, the company and the consultant (that's you in this scenario). But first she has to tackle the mountain of dishes that grew while she was at your party. And then life happens, she forgets about the party, the party closes and she never gets the things on her wish list.

But if you send everyone who is breathing a note, it will serve as a reminder. She'll get it a few days after the party occurred, she'll read it over an empty sink and have time to place her order before the party closes. She'll get her treasures, the hostess will get her goodies and you'll get new customers, sales and maybe even a free trip.

You can collect mailing addresses at a physical party by giving everyone an order form and asking them to fill out the top. They can use the order form as a wish list. You collect the part you usually do so that you have their addresses and so that you can let them know if anything on their wish list is on sale or retiring. You can also print out drawing slips. Have everyone complete the slip, and draw for something fun at the end of the party. If you're doing an online event, you can set up a Google form and have everyone complete that for a drawing. 

The day after the party, write out your thank you notes for purchasing and for attending. Let them know you were happy to meet them and that you'd love to serve them. You will make an impact on them because while it seems obvious that a consultant should write a thank you note to everyone who purchased, many (if not most) do not.

Celebrate every day,

August 18, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
Revert to Plan B

Revert to Plan B

Companies close. Companies change. People switch jobs because they have to and because they want to.

There may come a time when you either want to or have to find a new gig, and you’re probably going to want to take everything you've built with you. Your clients and customers. Your team. Your network. 

I don’t know if a history of sending handwritten notes will cause them to follow you, but I bet if you’re someone who sends notes, you are probably doing a lot of other  things right. Your clients might not care what you sell, they just want to give YOU their money. Your team might not care what they sell; they just want to be lead by you. Your network might want to sell something else, and following you might be the reason they switch.

Note writing is good business practice. It keeps you top-of-mind and makes you stand out. It is also one of the most inviting ways you can intrude into someone's day. If you're a welcome intrusion, it will be easier for you to reach out to announce your new adventure even if you do it in a mass email. 

So, if you haven't made note-writing part of your regular business practice, you should start now because you never know when you'll have to revert to Plan B.

Celebrate every day,
August 17, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
Celebration Scale

Celebration Scale

As the bubbly was being poured for toasts, she noticed that some people took just a splash while others opted for half a glass. And it occurred to her that the champagne flute is a celebration scale. So when it came time to clink, she filled her glass to the top because she had lots to celebrate.
August 16, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
You're Not the Only Game in Town

You're Not the Only Game in Town

If you're in business, chances are someone else is in the same business as you. And with the internet and social media, even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you're not the only game in town. So how do you stand out without spending a ton of money on advertising? 

Ummm . . . how about the handwritten note?

When we decided to put our house on the market, the reason I picked the Realtor we used was because she always wrote me a note after I did a party for her. Did you follow that? She was the hostess and I was the consultant, and she wrote me a note after each party she hosted (and this is when we thought we were going to live in that house forever). I hired her even though other Realtors were going to give me a better deal because I knew she understood that she wasn’t in the real estate business. She was in the people business.

I was never the only consultant in my direct sales company, and everyone in the company sold the exact same products. Customer service is the only thing that distinguished me from other consultants. The handwritten thank you note was an easy way for me to stand out, and I got referrals as a result of them.

The percentage of sales placed electronically without any interaction between a consultant and a customer is increasing. If I don’t get a thank you note (at the very least an electronic one) from the consultant on whose website I ordered, I will choose another consultant’s website to order from next time. And more importantly, I won’t recommend her to another potential customer or recruit. If she’s too busy to thank me for the sale that didn’t require any effort on her part, I assume she isn't interested in building a relationship with me, and I want to work with people in the people business.

Don't underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you note. Most of the time the recipient won't acknowledge that you sent it (it's weird to thank someone for a thank you), but when she has a need your product or service can fill, you will have an edge over everyone else in town.

Celebrate every day,
August 16, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
She's Kind of a Big Deal

She's Kind of a Big Deal

When you're a little fish in a big pond, you will get overlooked. And no matter what size fish you are or how big the body of water is, it is difficult to have your family see you as a business woman.

Most direct sellers are working their businesses as side gigs, and most of their days are spent in their primary roles as career women, moms, wives, volunteers, etc. They aren't bringing in the big bucks (yet), and the time they are working their businesses probably used to be the time they spent with their support systems. 

Getting coffee with friends, watching TV, making home-cooked meals and volunteering at every school event is being replaced with training calls, parties, networking, marketing activities and growing a team. And although not all coffee dates are refused and not every meal is from a box, their support systems might feel neglected.

Less than 10% of the field for any direct sales company will get public recognition from the home office. Which means that more than 90% of the field aren't showing up in company newsletters, hobnobbing with  big wigs on incentive trips, walking across stage at conferences or driving free cars. And when someone is new to her business or working hard to promote to leadership, the top performers' numbers aren't a fair comparison or accurate measure of her success.

Sometimes the consultant is stuck in the middle between her passion and her family. No matter how big she wants to build her business, the support of her family is important for her success. And it's hard for them to see the big picture when they are eating mac and cheese again and looking at numbers that seem unreachable.

But a carefully placed handwritten note can help put things into perspective. Her husband could come across a note casually left on the counter and read your words of praise for everything she's accomplished. You also write how proud you are and appreciate everything she brings to the team. And you close (or maybe you write several notes because this one could get long) with a sentence of how strongly you believe her perseverance will payoff.

Perhaps he will see her as more than a wife/mom/career woman/volunteer. Perhaps he will realize that she's kind of a big deal.

Celebrate every day,

August 15, 2018 by Kelly Northcott
If not you, then who?

If not you, then who?

When was the last time you got a handwritten note? Who gave it to you? 

Maybe you could answer the first question easily. And maybe your answer would be "this week" no matter when it was asked. But most people would have to think about the answer. 

If you have a business, sending handwritten notes should be part of your job. It should be the easy part of your job. It should be considered a privilege. I realize that this is my opinion, but I'm not sure who could argue against it. 

What are the reasons you get sent notes?

The cards you send to your team and clients are probably the only ones anyone sends them besides birthday and holiday cards. Their kids aren't writing notes telling them that they are the best laundry folder in the whole house. Bosses at the jobs they are hoping to quit don't leave notes on their desks telling them that they believe in them.

How does the handwritten note make you feel?

You get to be the person to sprinkle sunshine on someone's day. In fact, it could be the highlight of someone's day. If you don't do it, who will?

Celebrate every day,

August 14, 2018 by Kelly Northcott