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Announcing Welcome Media Co.

Sharing my next big adventure focused on entrepreneurs!
Filed Under > Everyday

Back in September Square reached out to me and asked if I would share the ups, downs and in-betweens of my entrepreneurial journey for their Self Made campaign. I love to talk about all things business so of course replied with a resounding “yes!” Like all brand campaigns we scheduled our kick off call and began going through the ins and outs of what they were hoping to share together. As the conversation went on, it began to grow. And before I knew it I was making a long time dream of mine come true with the help of the Square Online Store team.

That dream was that I was finally going to launch was my small business consulting agency. I had already been hosting all-day social media classes across the US for small business owners, but I hadn’t taken the plunge into making it an actual full blown business yet. But with the cheerleading and support of the Square team I’m thrilled to say on this Small Business Saturday, my ninth Small Business Saturday as a Small Business owner, Welcome Media Co. is officially open for business!

First things first, Welcome Media Co. is a consulting agency focused on education, brand strategy & social media management for small businesses in the retail & design space.  We’re here to help small businesses not only survive in this ever changing landscape, but THRIVE! As I said above, I was already doing this on a smaller scale so now the question was how do I make this a full blown business.

The answer, creating a digital space that small businesses would be able to consume digital resources such as legal contracts, education, and resource guides, sign up for courses and classes, and learn more about our services such as branding audits, customer experience, and complete social media management and consulting. This digital space is where Square comes in.

I have launched a lot of websites before, however none of them were with Square so the entire process was new to me. But new it did not feel. In fact, from start to finish it was one of the easiest, and most seamless processes I’ve ever had.

Square’s customer service was above and beyond so we always had someone there and ready to help if needed, but we rarely did. My team and I were able to drag, drop, upload, and link practically everything on our own. We were also able to use all our own colors, upload our company wide logos, and link to all of our other businesses, email and social accounts which was key for us.

And along with the completely low-stress, easy process Square is really committed to listening to small business owners like myself and growing their platform. I can’t wait to share what NEW capabilities will be rolling out in January!

So that’s it friends. The next, and dare I say final phase (probably not, but we’ll say final phase), of Waiting On Martha is here. My hope is that through Welcome Media Co.’s website and services we provide we’ll be able to help small businesses not only survive this ever changing landscape, but THRIVE! Thank you to all that have supported me and continue to support me on this journey, and Happy Small Business Saturday Friends! xo, MKR

Photography: Rustic White Interiors | This post was sponsored by Square a product and brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own.

Waiting On Martha’s Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board

With my very first ever designed product I wanted to put the easy back in entertaining!
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

In the 8 years that I’ve had my Blog I’ve written a lot of great posts, I’ve had a lot of amazing partnerships, and I’ve traveled to a lot of dreamy places. Truly, this blog has allowed me to do, see and experience things I never would have imagined in a millions years. But today my Friends, today is one for the books. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my first ever designed product; a Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board. Yep, you heard me right I’ve created a map to the perfect meat and cheese board.

With my first EVER designed product I wanted to put the easy back into entertaining! And there’s nothing more entertaining than a great charcuterie board, but easy they are not. Especially lately when it seems boards are becoming larger and more intricate than ever. So I thought, why not create board that had it all laid out, a map if you will. So thats just what I did, with a little help of course.

First we started with my favorite board that we sell at Waiting On Martha Home, a beautiful 30 x 10 maple wood board from Maple Leaf Designs Texas. We then had the map hand stamped/engraved on to the board in our handwritten font that was made just for Waiting On Martha.

Finally, we had the board fired in the kiln until it reaches a deep walnut brown coloring and finished off with butcher block conditioner. While I originally wanted to keep the board its original light maple color I quickly realized it gets messy. By darkening this thermal ash board you can lay everything directly down on the board then simply wash it away at the end of the night keeping it as functional as it is beautiful.

And that’s it, simply follow the step by step instructions engraved on the board and you’ll have the perfect appetizer board every time! And trust me when I say it will be perfect as I tested it many, many times even measuring out cheese wedges to try to make everything the perfect size. And if you consider yourself an expert we’ve got you covered too. The engraving is easily covered up as so you can feel free to get creative. However, you will find plenty of suggestions and definitions on our map such as: olives, vehicles (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), stinky cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite stinky cheeses), honey, sliced fruits (with suggestions of different fruits), salami with definition of salami, seasonal (with some ideas for seasonal foods), hard cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite hard cheeses), jam,  (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), soft cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite soft cheeses), nuts,  and prosciutto with definition of prosciutto.

This really is the perfect gift to give to yourself or to the host you love the most this holiday season. And from the bottom of my heart thank you to all that have supported me on this journey. It’s been a ride! xo, MKR

Goin’ Coastal

An easy coastal themed tabletop perfect for relaxed summer entertaining
Filed Under > "Hostess with the Mostest"

With the first day of summer officially come and gone I’m focused on soaking up every bit that summer has to offer. Which for me means easy, relaxed dinners alfresco.

Typically in summer with the heat being what it is I like to keep the meals light, which usually means seafood. Grilled fish, shrimp skewers, and in today’s case white wine and garlic clams. And with seafood typically on the menu my summer table decor tend to lean in the coastal direction. Think blues, whites, and natural fabrics mixed in with no fuss accents. Which is exactly what I’m sharing today.

If you asked me to pick a favorite from this setting, I couldn’t. I honestly want every single piece. The updated take on spongeware by Mark D. Sikes mixes perfectly with my favorite blue and white stripes and coastal inspired melamine accents like these $5 dipping dishes and the bread board. And the rattan accents in the form of placemats, glassware and place card holders add that relaxed feeling that is summer.

And continuing on the theme of relaxed, our no-iron linen napkins are an absolute must for entertainers of all levels. They’re not too fussy and YES no-iron means no-iron. So you can wash them time and time again and they’ll be ready to go from the dryer straight to the table.

Lastly, I rounded everything out with ivory acrylic flatware in the shape of bamboo, melamine wine coasters, cobalt blue hibiscus VIETRI bud vases filled with tulips, and sea-salt citronella candles to keep the bugs away. And I pulled out my bamboo folding chairs. I ordered two sets of these years ago and I’m so glad I did. I love having them at the ready for extra guests or any extra seating needs. I really do use them all the time!

Jumping back to the flatware real quick; these stopped me in my tracks when I first spied them. I had wanted the traditional brown bamboo flatware for ages, but had never pulled the trigger and I’m so glad I didn’t because the ivory is STUNNING! Plus it goes with absolutely everything. I did say I couldn’t play favorites, but if I was pushed it would be these!

So that’s it friends. A relaxed summer tabletop ready for all those long summer nights ahead. Enjoy! Truly, MKR

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Photography: Rustic White Interiors

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