Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Screaming Deal on Thrive Life Consultant Kit.

One of the things I love about being a Thrive Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant is being able to pass on screaming good deals.  Recently I realized what an amazing deal the Thrive Life Consultant Value kit is. 

Thrive Life Consultant Value Kit $289. You save $131.51.
Retail is over $475, Q Party price is $420.24 
The Thrive Life Consultant Value Kit includes:

Party Samples
·         Chicken Salad (2) 
·         Cornbread (2) 
·         Chipotle Corn Chowder (2) 
·         Simply Peach Smoothie (2) 
·         Salsa (2) 
·         Fudge Brownies
·         Macaroon Cookies (2) 
·         Sliced Strawberries
·         Pineapple Chunks
·         Mangoes
·         Banana Slices
·         Granny Smith Apple Slices 

·         Sweet Corn 

·         Strawberry Yogurt Bites 
·         Instant Milk
·         Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Meat and Protein
·         Ground Beef
·         Scrambled Egg Mix
Drink Mix
·         Orchard Apple Drink Mix
·         10 Grain Pancake Mix
Thrive Express
·         THRIVE Express pouch: chili lime chicken rice (2) 
·         THRIVE Express pouch: Loaded Scalloped Potatoes (2) 
·         THRIVE Express pouch: Creamy Beef and Noodles (2) 
·         THRIVE Express pouch: Creamy Noodle Soup (2) 
·         Thrive Express Variety  Pack (12 pouches)  (Q party price value: $81.99)
Business Pack
·         Sample cups (50)
·         THRIVE Life apron
·         PATH manual
·         THRIVE cookbook
·         Opportunity DVD
·         PATH DVD
·         Ignite 90 flyer
·         Party display cards
Literature Pack
·         Postcard invitations (100)
·         Order forms (20)
·         Host benefit order forms (2)
·         Opportunity brochures (20)
·         THRIVE brochures (20)
·         Host brochures (20)
·         Q brochures (20)
·         Catalogs (10)

* Thrive express items come in a Mylar pouch and make approximately four servings.  All other items come in a pantry can, which is the size of a SMALL coffee can and holds about 3 cups.

With this kit you are saving money and as a consultant you are able to:
·         Get the lowest pricing and share that with your friends and family.  Many consultants are building their food storage just selling to their contacts during big sales (like black Friday)
·         Start building your food storage on a regular basis as a Q customer.
·         No sales or party quotas
·         Own your own business.

To order the Thrive Life Consultant Value Kit and sign up as a Thrive Life Consultant:
Click on the blue “Get Started Button”
When you get the Enroller Information enter: 
Enroller: Heather Lorimer
Phone: 435-535-1470
ID #:  1209

I LOVE being an Independent Thrive Life Consultant.  I have been able to build my food storage very quickly using free and ½ items that I have earned as a consultant.   I earn commission on everything I sell including my own purchases.  I love being able to offer my friends and family awesome deals on food storage, emergency supplies, and shelving.

If you have any questions please contact me at 435-535-1470 or heather@teamshelfreliance.com

Thrive Life Consultant Kit Recipe Reviews

At convention in March Shelf Reliance launched a new starter kit.  One of the main changes is that the sample items that comes in the kit are a complete mix in one single pantry can (instead of the old pouches where each ingredient came in its own pouch).   I’ve had a chance to try all of the new items and wanted to pass on my review of them. 

Thrive Chicken Salad
What is different?  The chicken salad is not cooked, water is added and then you wait for it to absorb.  The water is not drained off and it requires 1 ½ hours of refrigeration.  It also includes Dijon mustard.
My opinion:  I like the addition of the Dijon mustard.  The flavor of the chicken salad is a little better when the chicken salad is not cooked and drained BUT I’ve made this a couple of times and each time I had a few pieces of chicken that were not rehydrated fully and were quite chewy.  I found the not quite rehydrated chicken to be pretty yucky.
I’ll continue to make the chicken salad according to the old directions but with the addition of the Dijon mustard.
Here is the old recipe for the chicken salad.  When I make this for parties I only make half.   I serve it on crackers or small rolls.

Thrive Chicken Salad (the new recipe)
2½ c. THRIVE Chopped Chicken
½ c. THRIVE Chopped Onions
¾ c. THRIVE Celery
2 c. water
¾ c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. Iodized Salt
¼ tsp. THRIVE Peppercorn Seasoning Blend
½ tsp. THRIVE Chef’s Choice Seasoning Blend
Combine the chicken, onions, celery, and water; stir well and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes. In a medium size bowl, mix remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Mix chicken mixture into mayonnaise mixture without draining. Salad may be slightly runny, but will thicken. Refrigerate for 1½ hours and stir before serving.

Thrive Chicken Salad (the old recipe)
1 ½ cups Thrive freeze-dried chicken
½ cup Thrive celery
1/3 cup Thrive onion
3 cups water
½ cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Combine chicken, celery, onion and water in a sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer until reconstituted (about 10 minutes). Put the mixture into a colander and let the water drain for about 10 minutes. Make sure to get all excess water out. Set aside in the refrigerator until cool.
Combine the cooled chicken mixture with mayonnaise. Season the chicken mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon onto bread or crackers.
Chipotle Corn Chowder
What’s different: This is a brand new recipe created by Chef Todd.  I’ve made it both from the pantry can and from the recipe.  It is a mildly spicy and demos well.  The chowder cooks in just a few minutes.
My opinion: My family really likes the chipotle corn chowder.  My only problem with it is it is pretty intensive to make from scratch.  The ingredient list is long and it uses almost an entire pantry can of Béchamel sauce (2 out of the 3 cups).   The chipotle corn chowder is retail $13.59 and party price $9.99 per pantry can.  The bechamel sauce is $retail $10.00 and Q club 9.89.  So since you are using so much of the béchamel in the soup I think cost wise it is better to buy the can of chipotle corn chowder instead of the individual ingredients. 
I’ll continue to make this for my family and at parties but I’ll buy it by the pantry can instead of making it from scratch. 

Thrive Life Chipotle Corn Chowder Recipe
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. garlic
c. THRIVE Chopped Onions (FD)
¾ c. THRIVE Potato Dices (FD)
6 c. water
1 tsp. THRIVE Chicken Bouillon
¼ c. THRIVE Celery (FD)
¼ c. THRIVE Green Chili Peppers (FD)
¾ tsp. THRIVE Chef's Choice
Seasoning Blend
1 tsp. THRIVE Iodized Salt
1 tsp. THRIVE White Sugar
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. chipotle powder (or 1 tsp.
chili powder)
½ tsp. onion powder
2 c. THRIVE Sweet Corn (FD)
½ c. THRIVE Red Bell Peppers (FD)
1 tbsp. THRIVE Cilantro (FD)
1 c. cream
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 c. THRIVE Béchamel sauce mix, dry

Sweat the butter and garlic together in a saucepan. Add onions, potatoes, 2 cups water, bouillon, celery, chilies, and all seasonings except cilantro. Bring to a simmer for 2–3 minutes. Add remaining water and all other ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until thick. Serving Idea: Top with tortilla chips and sour cream.

Thrive Life Golden Cornbread
What’s new:  Nothing it is the same recipe.   
My Opinion: This sweet cornbread is a hit at parties.  I often serve it with raspberry honey butter.  I like to make it at the hosts home (mix all the dry ingredients and just add the water when you get there).  It makes the host home smell wonderful and served warm with honey butter the corn bread is amazing.
Golden Cornbread Recipe
1 c. THRIVE Cornmeal
c. THRIVE White Sugar
1 c. THRIVE White Flour
½ c. THRIVE Butter Powder
2 tbsp. THRIVE Powdered Milk
2 tbsp. THRIVE Whole Eggs
1 tsp. THRIVE Baking Powder
½ tsp. THRIVE Iodized Salt
1½ c. water
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until fully mixed. Add in water and stir until lumps are gone. Bake in greased 8×8 pan at 375F for 3035 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15–20 minutes before serving.

Thrive Life Garden Fresh Salsa
What’s new:  This is a completely new recipe developed by Chef Todd
My Opinion:  I really like this recipe.  I’ve made it quite a few times at parties, for may family at events.  It is my favorite non-dry item to sample at expos.  You can make it on the spot and keep it on ice and just serve a tiny bit with a chip to each person.  It always is a hit. 

Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe
2¼ c. THRIVE Tomato Dices
½ c. THRIVE Sweet Corn (FD)
c. THRIVE Chopped Onions (FD)
½ c. c. THRIVE Red Bell Peppers (FD)
¼ c. THRIVE Cilantro (FD)
¼ tsp. THRIVE Iodized Salt
1½ tbsp. lime juice
½ tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. Cholula hot sauce
1¾ c. water
Mix all ingredients together and stir well to combine. Best if refrigerated for 2–3 hours before serving.

Thrive Life Simple Peach Smoothie
What’s new:  The old smoothie recipe had mangoes and blackberries.  I never really liked it because the blackberries have a lot of seeds and unless you have a super awesome blender then you end up with lots of seeds in the smoothie.
My opinion:  One thing I liked better in the old recipe is that it did not have any yogurt.  The new recipe contains yogurt bites with I think come across very strong in the smoothie.  I don’t really love the strong taste of the yogurt in the smoothie so I usually leave it out.    I always think serving the smoothie at a party is a little iffy.  Many hosts have very subpar blenders and it is difficult to get the ice crushed and everything blended correctly unless you have a decent blender.  I don’t like to take my blender with me to parties (it is just one more thing to carry).
Simply Peach Smoothie Recipe
½ c. THRIVE Instant Milk powder
½ c. THRIVE Simply Peach drink mix
2 tbsp. THRIVE White Sugar (optional)
1¾ c. THRIVE Peach Slices (FD)
½ c. THRIVE Vanilla Yogurt Bites (FD)
½ c. THRIVE Strawberries (FD)
2 c. ice
2 c. cold water
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thrive Life Summer Booking Challenge 2013

Summer Booking Challenge 2013
Last summer I offered my team a summer booking challenge.  For those that participated in it experienced a huge boost in their business.  I’ve decided to offer the same challenge again.

In 24 hours schedule 16 parties (that is 1 party per week for the next 4 four months)  

Here is the action plan:
1. Choose a 24 hour period within the next week that will work for you.  You might need to find a babysitter, or send the kids to Grandmas so you have some uninterrupted quiet time, to work on the challenge.  

2. Look at your summer calendar and circle all the dates you want to have filled.  You might want to double check when your summer activities will be, so you don’t schedule a party the same day as a family reunion.

3. Create a list of potential hosts.  This should go way beyond friends and family to include all your customers, q customers, past hosts, contacts from expos, people who said they wanted to host but never had a party.   

I guarantee there is someone out there that has been thinking about doing a party that just hasn’t gotten around to calling or has lost your number.

4. The incentive:  All hosts that book a party during the 24 hour period will be entered to win their choice of a Harvest 72 or a Sun Oven.    This incentive is only for our team and is one of the ways I am trying to support you this summer.    

5. Create a phone call note card.  This is simply a note card with an exact script for what you want to say when calling your future hosts.  It will help in calming nerves if you know what you are saying.  Here is an example of what you could say:
Hi this is ______ from Shelf Reliance. I was calling to see if you would be interested in being one of my preferred hosts.  I’m booking dates between now and ___________. For booking your show with me in this 24 hours you’ll be entered to win your choice of a  Harvest Shelf OR a  Sun Oven.   We have lots of delicious new foods for you and your friends to taste, including_________________, and  ______________________.  Would you like to join in the fun?”

6.  When they say yes and book the party.  Start coaching them right away on being a great hostess.  Here is an example of what I say.
“Great I have you down for _____________________, at _____________________.  Now I just need a little info from you.
  • Contact Info: e-mail address, phone number, address of the party, mailing address.
  • What Items would you like to earn for free from your party?
  • What food would you like me to bring.  I have a couple of options or we can customize one to fit your preference:
    • Pizza  (use Chef Todd’s pizza Recipes)
    • Chocolate  (cherry chocolate cobbler (made from brownies and FD cherries), chocolate dipped macaroons, strawberry chocolate chip cookies, etc)
    • Quick Meals (Taco Soup, Thrive Express)
    • New product sampling.
  • I need you to make up a list of about 40 people that we can send out a save the date e-mail to.  This is just letting them know you are having a party.  I’ll e-mail an example of it in a few minutes.  anyone who doesn’t e-mail will need a phone call.   Feel free to post it on facebook or twitter.
  • We will need to mail the invites about 2 weeks before the party.  So I’ll get the invites to you so we can send them out.  (or if you send them out get the labels from the host)  I find it works really well to mail the invites.  Will you be sure to mail one to me so that I know your guests got their invites?

I’m excited for you party.  I’m sure that we will have a great time.  If you have any questions please feel free to call me.  And good luck on the prize.  I’ll let you know next Monday who won.

7.  E-mail me with your list of hostess with the party ID number.  
***You must have the names of your host and party ID submitted to me by Tuesday June 11th at 12:00 noon MST Time
Hints To Successful Summer Parties:
  • Fill up the dates that you are open early in the summer first.  The farther away a party is the more chance of it canceling.  
  • During the summer the best time to do parties are weeknights mostly because people are out getting projects done during nice weather on the weekends.  
  • Don’t forget that family reunions are a great place to do a little Thrive demonstration.  
  • Where are you traveling? Slide in a Shelf Reliance party at your travel destination.
  • Host your own party and do a THRIVE new product review.  Inviting all of your existing customers to come and try the new products.   If you host your own party you will be entered for the drawing as well.  When I host my own party I really like to have a back to back party.  Thursday night and Saturday Morning work well for me.  I like this because if I do 2 almost everyone can make it.