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It’s Been One Year… Time For a New Look!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

P.S. Arts Nov 2009

HI friends!

Wow, it’s been awhile.  My “weekly” blog post is becoming  more like a “monthly, (if I’m lucky)” blog post.  So my secret is out, blogging is not my most favorite thing to do.  I’m constantly wondering…. “what will I write about this week/month”.  But, once I sit down and start typing, it’s actually not so bad.  

Now that it’s November we’re gearing up for the holiday’s doing tons of events, creating new flavors and hiring a new person to work in the bakery.  Last weekend I returned to P.S. Arts Express Yourself for the 2nd year in a row.  P.S. Arts was actually my very first event ever. So much has happened in the last year, it’s truly been one of the best years of my life!! 

Since Gotta Have S’more is hitting the year mark I decided it was time to give my booth a fresh new look. With the help of  my great friend, Alycia Monet Denham, founder of Yogahitch and previously one of LA’s top interior designers, I gave my booth a whole new look.  I told her I wanted it to look very modern and stylish.  First she did a mock drawing of what she thought it should look like.  Then I ran around LA like a madwoman for the next couple weeks trying to find display items, curtains, creating little signs, getting my bigger signs made up, etc.  Of course while all of this was going on, it just happened to be the busiest week we’ve had since our beginning.   In the end, everything worked out and really came together.  I’ve posted some before and after shots.  Let me know what you think!!  Oh, you’ll get to see some “before and after” shots of me too…. Before I started eating S’muffins every day for a year straight! :-(

Nov 2010

xoxoxo

back table of new booth Nov 2010

Carmen Lindner

Being a Mom And a Business Owner!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

On September 19, 2010, Gotta Have S’more will be one of the sponsors at the Baglady Promotions’ LA Women in Business conference.  The CEO of Baglady, Laura Filipowicz ,  is one of my good friends.  She has put a lot of time and energy into this event, so I know it’s going to be GREAT!  Laura will be honoring the top four winners of the  mompreneur contest by letting them share the background and story behind their businesses.  Personally, I can’t wait to hear what they have to say because I know I’ll be reliving some moments of my own personal experiences as a mompreneur. 

So what’s a mompreneur?  That’s easy….. It’s not just a woman who is daring enough to start her own business, but a woman with the responsibility of one or more children who is daring enough to start her own business! 

Testing the S’muffins to make sure they are perfect.

Testing the S’muffins to make sure they are perfect.

Starting your business is extremely challenging, but starting a business with a toddler on your lap makes “challenging” look like a walk in the park.  Don’t get me wrong… if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I absolutely love being a business owner and am totally obsessed with Gotta Have Smore and of course my little girl.  It just makes me laugh when I think back to my corporate days….. I thought I was so busy then with my “nine to five or six or seven” job with no kids…. Oh the days of having nights and weekends all to myself!!  

My little girl, Madeline Grace actually goes to pre-school four days a week.  But, if you’ve ever called to place an order on a Friday, then you know I keep her home with me on Fridays.  Some Friday’s are great and others not so much but I’m determined to take advantage of my “flexible” schedule and designate Friday as our day together.  So, if you happen to call to place an order on a Friday and I sound like I’m out of breath, don’t worry, I’m just sprinting away from my two year old who likes to exercise her freedom of speech by screaming, “I gee it” that’s I’ll get the phone in toddler.  She loves to assist me by answering the phone and has been known to hang up on a customer or two; thank God for caller ID!!  My company laptop doubles as her DVD player and has seen its share of Dora the Explorer and tiny little fingers covered with oatmeal and peanut butter. Maddie LOVES to color and enjoys scribbling all over my work notebook and calendar when no one is looking.  Some nights (like tonight) my oh so valuable four hours of sleep are broken up when Maddie has a nightmare, a fever, or just wants to party all night.  But, more and more I’m learning to just laugh at the crazy little hiccups that take place. Because honestly, if I had the option to change anything I would have to say “No thanks, things are perfect just the way they are”.

Maddie running after me so she can answer the phone to take an order!

Maddie running after me so she can answer the phone to take an order!

 Ok, wait! That last sentence sounds really sweet but IF I could actually change one thing, I would have my mom move from Oklahoma to Los Angeles and help me with everything,,,then things would be PERFECT!!

xoxoxo

Carmen Lindner

Founder & CEO

Gotta Have S’more

It’s Time to Make Some Big Moves

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Hello friends!

It’s Wednesday morning and I feel like I’ve accomplished so much this week both  professionally and personally Things seem to get better and better every day with Gotta Have S’more (GHS).  Earlier in the week, I was reading in my journal and around this time last year I wrote that I was “dabbling with Gimme S’more” (Gimme S’more was going to be the original name until we discovered it was already trademarked).  It’s hard to believe it hasn’t even been a full year since I started this company.  So much has happened and it’s been such a HUGE success!!  This week the decision was made to REALLY kick it up a notch and take GHS to the next level.  We’ve decided it’s time to take on investors!!!  It has gotten to the point where I know that I cannot grow this company, or I guess I should say, “handle it’s growth” all by myself.  For awhile, the thought of going to investors really scared me.  Now I’m super excited to see how big this little idea of ours can grow!!  So stay tuned! 

On a personal note, I finally bit the bullet and hired a personal trainer to whip my S’muffin butt back into shape!  Since this company really started taking off, around Dec 09, I have focused 100% of my time and attention to it.  I was neglecting a lot of other really important responsibilities and myself.  I have a very extreme personality and once I start a project (or a company), I become totally obsessed.  So this past week my obsession for GHS has not fizzled at all, but I’m forcing myself to make time for other responsibilities too.  Hope I don’t fall off the wagon!!

Wish me luck!!

xoxo

Carmen

Introducing Gotta Have S’more….. Again!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

S'muffin at their very first event The Royal Dance Party

Hello S’more Fans!

Today is the first day that I am officially your “Gotta Have S’more” spokesperson.  As you know, Simone S’muffin has held that position since our website launched in December 2009.  Although I love the Simone S’muffin character, the decision has been made to give her some time off and bring her back at a later date.
 
So, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Carmen Lindner; Founder & CEO of “Gotta Have S’more”.  While I’m running a successful business, I’m the wife of a super- supportive and amazing husband, Ben.  Finally, I’m also the mom of a feisty little, two year old daughter named Maddie.
 
Everyone always asks how I got started and how I came up with the idea of Gotta Have S’more and the S’muffin.  My husband and I for the past seven years have always talked about starting a S’more Store/Company.  We always wanted to create a treat th

at was unique from the traditional bakery pastries and cupcakes.  We decided that a great and fun product would be to use the traditional known Smore and make it better. One day in Sept of 2009 the conversation came up again.  I said, “I’m going to make some S’mores tonight”.  So I took off to the store to get baking supplies, real butter and real sugar.  During the process, we would brain storm different names from Gimme S’more (this was the original name until I discovered it was already trademarked), Simply S’more, Love Me S’more, the list goes on and on.   

Before we had our current logo and sticker

I never considered myself much of a pastry chef or baker and what I usually made was low fat, no fat and definitely never any sugar. Over the next couple days, I was determined to create the perfect S’more.  It wasn’t long before I presented to Ben my new little creation and what we today call the S’muffin.  To my surprise, he really liked it and he’s the biggest skeptic there is.  To test out the concept, we had some friends over for dinner so I introduced them to the stylish, new S’mores.

 They said, “These are really great, what an idea!”!!  The rest is history :-)

Some of the very first S'muffins ever made. Not quite as pretty as they are now & not dipped in chocolate yet.

Little did I know how one little idea, transformed into a recipe would ultimately flip our lives upside down and take us on a wild journey we NEVER expected.
 
This blog will keep you updated on all the exciting events and fabulous parties we attend.  I’ll introduce you to a ton of AMAZING women business owners that we partner with along the way(and a few men WINK).  In addition to everything that’s going on with expansion of the company I’ll be sharing a behind the seen look to into my life and how I’m learning to take care of Ben, Maddie and the newest addition to our family.. my baby.. .Gotta Have S’more.

Summertime Begins with Opening Night at The Hollywood Bowl

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Last Friday was definitely a night to remember….  My sassy, little entourage and I attended The 89th Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl!!  It was a first class night from beginning to end.

Alycia Denham, Carmen Lindner CEO Gotta Have S'more, Linda Rosenberg, Holly Self

Alycia Denham, Founder of Gotta Have S'more Carmen Lindner, Linda Rosenberg, Holly Self

Sponsors - Gallo Wine

Sponsor - Gallo Wine

We started the night at the VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION where we sipped our first few glasses of bubbly and nibbled on some yummy Hors D’oeuvres provided by Patina Catering.  Patina is known for providing guests with the very finest cuisine and exceptional service at extraordinary landmark locations such as the Hollywood Bowl.  Friday night was no exception; their staff was bending over backwards to make sure we were all well taken care of.  After the reception, we took our seats in the Garden Box where we were treated to a bottle of white and red Gallo wine along with a delicious dinner to die for!!  The Hall of Fame concert preformed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic started at 8:30 where Donna Summer, The Carpenters, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were all being honored.  The Queen of Disco looked amazing and had everyone on their feet lookin’ for some “Hot Stuff” baby!  Richard Carpenter seemed delighted, and almost gitty to be part of such a special night, especially during the tribute to his late sister Karen Carpenter.

The Hollywood Bowl

Of course, the highlight of the whole evening was the dessert being served during intermission!  Yep, The Hollywood Bowl treated everyone in a box seat to a four or six pack of Gotta Have S’more “S’muffins”!  It was so much fun walking around watching everyone rip open their little gift and gobble down the surprise inside. What a perfect way to kick off the summer!  How will I ever top this one next year?  Thank you so much Jennie May, Special Events Coordinator, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

xoxoxo

Memorial Weekend in LA Served With Lemonade Punch

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

It’s Memorial Day weekend….Yeah!!!! Although it’s not officially summer and actually raining at this very moment, in my little world, I see clear blue skies and sunshine all around!!  The only thing better than a three day weekend is a three day weekend filled with food, friends, fun, shopping and of course, a little time at the beach.  My super cute mom is even flying her little s’muffin top to LA for a visit!!!  There is lots to do and very little time.  But, before I go, I have to share my lemonade punch recipe that was featured in S’more Good News. You simply must serve it at your Memorial Day bash this weekend.  Be sure to make extra because you’ll need it!!  Oh yeah.. and don’t forget the S’muffins!!  xoxoxo

Ingredients
1 (6 ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries
 2 (6 ounce) cans frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
1 (750 milliliter) bottle red wine
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

Directions

1.  In a pitcher, mix together 1 can lemonade with 1 can of water. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray, and place a cherry in each cube. Freeze until solid.
2.  In a punch bowl, combine 2 cans lemonade concentrate, lemon-lime soda and red wine. Stir in lemonade ice cubes, and garnish with maraschino cherries, orange slices and lemon slices.
3.  ENJOY!!

Simone gets an exclusive invite to The Supper Club!!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Shery Shabani photo by Erik Neldner www.erikneldnerphoto.com

New S'muffins fans! photo by Erik Neldner www.erikneldnerphoto.com

Wow, I must tell you about the most fabulous party I went to on Tuesday evening.  The Supper Clubis an exclusive, private members only, organization with outposts in  London, New York and Los Angeles which is devoted to creating exceptional experiences.  All of their events are held at some of the best restaurants or private homes around LA. The h’orderves are as glamours as the members who attend the dinner.  The party on Tuesday did not disappoint.   How could it, when the theme was Diamonds and Champagne, ooh la la!!  It was held at Jewelry Designer, Shery Shabani’sexquisite Beverly Hills home.  I’m not sure who is more stunning, Shery or her incredible diamond jewelry collection!!  To top off the night, my friend Meg Hall was the private chef for the night. As soon as I saw her, I knew the guests were in for a treat.  I’m still dreaming of her peach, tomato, basil skewer.. YUM!    Of course, the night ended on a high note when, you guessed it; the S’muffins made their grand appearance.  Even the non-dessert eaters couldn’t resist a tiny taste.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… being the spokesperson for Gotta Have S’more is a tough job but somebody has to do it!! WINK

A big SMOOCH to Jackie Lann at The Narrative Group for for the invite!!

S'muffins and Champagne photo by Erik Neldner www.erikneldnerphoto.com

Chef Meg Hall

Happy Cinco de Mayo – Van Gogh Oranje Mexi-Tini Recipe

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

It’s the beginning of May and the thing I love most about this month, besides showing my mom how much I love her, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo!!!  It’s quite the celebración here in LA!

By the way, did you know Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day?

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), was the day 5000 Mexican soldiers fought a French and loyalist Mexican army of 8000 in the Battle of Puebla outside of Mexico city. Who knew?!  Just a little bit of trivia you can pass along to sound super smart when you’re out celebrating with friends tonight. ;-)

If you are planning a little pre-party at home before you hit the town, try my yummy spin on the Van Gogh Oranje Mexi-tini which was featured in our S’more Good News eNewsletter.  This tasty little drink is sure to get you ready for a Mexican fiesta!!

Flavored Martini made of Van Gogh Oranje Vodka, tequila and orange juice.

Simone’s Van Gogh Oranje Mexi-Tini

Ingredients: 
•1 oz Van Gogh Oranje Vodka
•1 oz tequila
•1/2 oz orange juice
•1/4 tsp sugar
•orange slice for garnishPreparation:1.Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker, and add crushed ice. 
2.Let stand for ten seconds. 
3.Shake vigorously for five seconds. 
4.Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with an orange slice.ENJOY!!

Don’t forget your pre-party is not complete without a dozen S’muffins!!

Simone’s Star Struck Night at the L.A. Antiques Show

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

New fans of GHS

Last week my BFF Alycia and I attended the super chic Los Angeles Antiques Show hosted by none other than one of my favorite non-profit groups P.S. Arts. The event was organized by The Antique Dealers Association of California and managed by Dolphin promotions. All of the totally to-die-for hors d’oeuvre were provided by our friends at Serves You Right Catering. Carmen and the GHS team were beyond excited to provide desserts  for the occasion!

The night was amazing and we were absolutely star struck when we saw Courtney Cox and Ian Gomez from Cougar Town.  There were extravagant exhibits and all of the high profile designers were in attendance like Tommy Chambers, Tommy Chambers Interiors, Thomas Lavin of Thomas Lavin Showrooms.

Everyone was having a great time but the night really took off when–you guessed it–the S’muffins made an appearance.  The guests started going bananas!!  Groups of people would stop in their tracks and say “OMG, what is this?  It’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted!!”  Good thing we were there to educate everyone on the hottest new L.A. dessert, S’muffins!!! Needless to say GHS acquired a ton of new fans that night.

Beautiful presentaion thanks to Serves You Right Catering

If you’re not familiar with P.S Arts, please let me share a little bit about the organization. It is very near and dear to my heart.  P.S Arts improves children’s lives through art education. They recruit, hire, underwrite and train professional artists to develop curriculum and teach classes during the regular school day. The organization also works to educate and empower classroom teachers through arts-related workshops that demonstrate how to integrate creative expression and the arts into core academic subjects.  All of P.S. ARTS’ instruction models are built upon the California Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards and draw heavily upon the organization’s 19 years experience.  The goals of P.S. ARTS’ programs are to engage young minds, develop creative skills, improve observational powers, increase receptivity and develop problem solving abilities, all skills that serve children in their academic and personal development.  For more information on upcoming events or how you can get involved go to their website at http://www.psarts.org

The Go To Guys (and Gals) for the Hottest Parties in LA–PLUS GREEN BEER!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
A RALEIGH STUDIOS star-studded event

A RALEIGH STUDIOS star-studded event

Well, the Food Fare was a huge success last week!  Do you ever wonder how big events like the Food Fare and glitzy Oscar parties are pulled off, seemingly effortless?  That is due to mega production and party planners like our amazing friends at Raleigh Studios.  If you are looking to throw a celebration fit for a king, movie studio exec, billionaire tycoon or Hollywood starlet, as the case may be, look no further than Raleigh Studios to make it happen for you!  They have planned parties for the likes of ABC, Ferrari, BCBG, Microsoft, JD Power & Associates, THX, Lexus, TAG Heuer, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Hollywood Arts, Rotary International, Volkswagen, Audrey Magazine, Kid Save, Honda and Nissan.

Photo Courtesy of The Green Workplace

Photo Courtesy of The Green Workplace

They even offer complete motion picture production services through their affiliate, Raleigh Film.  Once you check out their slide show portfolio you’ll see why the big wigs leave it up to Raleigh Studios to create events that leave guests saying, ”Now that was an affair to remember!”

BTW, Happy St. Patty’s Day!  If you didn’t wear green, the least you can do is grab a green S’muffin!

Quickie St. Patty’s Day Beer Tip: How to make green beer

3-6 drops green food coloring

12-16 oz. light beer of ale

Pour beer into the glass or pint.  Add green food coloring.  Stir slowly till the color is evenly distributed through the beer, just make sure you don’t create extra foam when you stir.

Photo Credits: RALEIGH STUDIOS; The Green Workplace

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