More 2010 Business Planning - Free Savvy Etsy Sellers Ebook

(Plan your business with a cute 2010 planner from Sarah Pinto)

Julie at On the Dot Creations has compiled a fantastic free e-book to help you kick-start your Etsy shop business for 2010.

Learn more and download your free copy by clicking here:

"Secrets of Savvy Etsy Sellers"

by On the Dot Creations

You can also read all of Julie's tip-filled posts for any small business on her blog.

This is an amazing resource to bookmark, print or devour and take notes!

Thanks, Julie!

Julie is the owner two blogs: On the Dot Creations and A Fine Tooth Comb.

New Button and The Big 300

I have a new "I read Polka Dot Mom" button for you to kick-start your 2010 blogging!

To grab this button for your blog or website, follow these easy steps:

  1. Highlight the html code below
  2. Hold down your CTRL+C keys at same time
  3. Open a new "html page element" in your blog's layout tab
  4. Hold down CTRL+V in the body of your new element
  5. Click "Save" and you're done!

Here is the html code for your button (will link back to automatically):

Happy New Year!

Do you have a new blog button?

Send me the details to

Oh! Help me reach the BIG 300 Followers - I'm at 298 today! :)

Merry Christmas!

From our home to yours!
John, Sally, Mia & Lauren
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
Titus 2:11-14

Set Your Sights on 2010 - Business Planning 101

As we all are wrapping up our holiday orders and shipping the last boxes to our customers, we will (hopefully) have a few weeks to breathe, sit back and evaluate our businesses in 2009 and begin looking forward to our business plans for 2010.

As a work-at-home-mom, I'll admit that business planning is often done on a whim, an idea in the carpool line, or inspiration in the shower - something that is done very quickly.

I would like to be more methodical, more PLANNED in 2010. As an entrepreneur, my head is always going in a thousand directions and I do think I can "do it all", but really - do I need to do it ALL? No.

I do need to be there for my kids and my husband. I do need to take time back for myself. I do need to continue building and branding my business.

So I've been doing my usual searches for some GREAT business tips and planning tools to help us have an even better 2010.

I stumbled upon this great website, Moms of Faith.

She is running a special Faith and Business 101 series for the holidays.

Bookmark this.

Then after all of your orders are on their way, grab some coffee and come back to this. She has set it up so you can easily read from post to post in this special series.

To your business being even better (and better-planned in my case) in 2010!

What are your plans? Please share them with us below - it is important to have a network of supporters to be successful!

I read on Melissa's blog that she will be focusing on having a "good, strong brand image" for Two Little Tots.

I'd love to hear your goals for 2010 too. :) - Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You

It is finally here!

The Project 320 Prize Vault is about to be unlocked.

Over 300 handmade gifts from moms all over the U.S. have been donated, shipped, opened and re-packaged into 15 unique prize bundles.
Will you help us build a well in Africa so moms just like us can give their kids clean and safe drinking water?

Step #1
Make a donation ($10 donation = 1 ticket) here:

Step #2
View all of the prize bundles on the Project 320 blog

Step #3
Choose your favorite(s) and leave 1 comment under that prize for each $10 donation you made (donate $30 and you may enter to win 3 times)

Julie explains the process much better here:
Project 320: "How Is This Going to Work?"

(Yes, I made those key chains as my donation to the project!)

Be Still Sunday - Psalm 103:8

Send this print to a loved one - courtesy Lemon Drop Studio

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

Psalm 103:8

Inspired by TSJ Photography's blog post, "Advent Books & Bible Verses"

Favorite Holiday Food Gifts all in one place!

Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom just released her Top Holiday Food Gifts list - this is THE list to bookmark if you are still planning your gift list for neighbors, teachers, and party hostesses.

Her recipes include Oreo Cookie Bark, Reindeer Bark, Cinnamon Pretzels and more.

Leave her a comment and tell her you stopped by! :)

I'm Still Christmas Shopping - These Moms are OPEN

Here are just a few of the Polka Dot Moms I know who are still OPEN for your handmade holiday orders!
Find MORE bargains here: Polka Dot Mom Facebook wall
Visit Two Little Tots for the cutest handmade crayon rolls, flower hair clips, burp cloths and hooded towels fo the little people in your life. PLUS, receive a FREE gift when you spend $20.00 or more at Two Little Tots. Go!

Always classic, always in style - monogrammed gifts by Lilybella like this personalized coffee tumbler for teachers and best friends alike. She is open until December 8th so HURRY!

Sally, what in the world is this?! A close-up of the MOST ORIGINAL holiday tee by Golden Shop. Yes, the queen of the huge waiting list is OPEN for a limited time to rush orders and is sewing her new line of holiday tees like crazy (and shipping them to you for FREE!). Hurry over - there is only 5 days left to shop for Christmas delivery at Golden Shop.

Polka Dot Market is still open and shipping your favorite "Merry Christmas" vintage-style felt banners and Holiday Chic party tablewares like crazy - come visit!

Is your business still OPEN for business and accepting orders for holiday gift delivery?

Yes! Then hurry over and post your coupon and announcement on the Polka Dot Mom Facebook wall for all to see! (Have you been to our wall lately? There are tons of bargains and coupons there!)

Shopping with fellow moms in business is ALWAYS more fun! :)

Be Still Sunday - John 10:14-15

For those who love sheep, originally uploaded by B℮n.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15)

Still Time to Donate - Keep Praying and See Kate on Dr. Phil

I know so many of you are praying for Kate McRae every night.

You can see her family on the Dr. Phil show tomorrow - Wednesday, December 2nd.

Read more here.

There is still one week left to make and ship your personalized gifts for Kate.

Join us!

Something to Share for Christmas

I read this by The Nester. Then I clicked here.

And then I hung a big red sparkly bow from JoAnn's (50% off) on my front door. Still searching for a fresh boxwood wreath shaped into a cross....

Do you believe that Jesus is THE Christmas gift? Read, save and print this poem for yourself, your friends and family. A little bit:

Like a scarlet ribbon His love wrapped around the cross
and He offered it to us all at the greatest cost.
So each time that we give we remember what He's done
and honor the perfect gift - God's one and only Son.

- Holley Gerth

More Holiday Sales - Shop Crafty Moms First

Go see Amanda at Imperfectly Beautiful for an extended 15% off sale!

(Her polka dot initial ornaments are so cute - only $12.00 each - any colors.)

Are you still accepting orders for holiday delivery?

Post your sales in our Polka Dot Mom Facebook group wall so we can shop with you!

Or send them to me so I may share: