Happy "Birth" day to The Wilco Concierge!

Happy one year, Wilco! And whoa, what a year it has been.

When I officially started this journey, I wasn’t sure where it would take me. I have grown so much, personally and professionally, and wanted to share four things I have learned since launching my business one year ago .

#1 Don’t ever underestimate yourself. This may seem cheesy, but don’t get in the way of your dreams. I had been a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years, and I knew when my little guy started Kindergarten this fall, I would need something to fill my time. I absolutely love people and helping others so when a friend suggested I start a business doing just that, I was hesitant. Will anybody hire me? Do I have what it takes to make this work? The questions went on and on. We are always our own worst critic, but the age old saying, “You never know what you can do until you try” couldn’t be more true! Are you thinking about starting a new chapter in your life? Go for it!

#2 Surround yourself with a supportive team and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Starting something new doesn’t mean you are on your own. Actually, it could be the complete opposite. I have always been blessed with a super supportive husband and group of friends. I received so much encouragement from the very beginning of The Wilco Concierge that I knew I couldn’t fail. If all of these people believe in me and what I am doing, surely there is a reason for it. I also knew if I did fall, they would be there to pick me up. Perfect example - I was doing a party and got myself in a time crunch. With one text, I had two sweet friends jump in right away to help make everything perfect and exceed my client’s expectations. Simply put, I couldn’t have done it without their help.

#3 Get into a routine. Because I work for myself, it is easy to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have days that I stay in my pj’s and google vacation spots. But on days that I do not have clients, I make sure to use my time wisely. A typical, non-client day, I drop off my kiddos at school, get my fitness on, schedule a lunch with an old friend or networking contact, head home to take care of household duties, blog, answer emails, and do research for clients. I get the kiddos off the bus, cook dinner, and enjoy a nice glass of wine (OK, the wine part may happen before dinner). Knowing when I have the time to exercise and meet up with friends helps me make the time to pour into growing my business.

#4 Have fun. Yes, this may seem obvious but not everybody does this on a daily basis. Things won’t always go as planned, people aren’t always going to agree with you, and honestly some people are just jerks. Don’t get me wrong, I can definitely get upset. I’m human, it’s what we do. But I try to find the humor in situations and more importantly be thick skinned. I absolutely love this quote by The Dalai Lama XIV, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly Live.” It is SO true! We can’t change what happened yesterday and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

Have you started a new adventure in your life? Tell me about it!


Holiday Decorating Quick Tips

I absolutely love decorating my house for holidays, don’t you? But it’s so easy to fall (see what I did there?) into a decorating rut! Here are four quick tips to have your house looking fresh for the holidays!

Use items you already have

This may seem like a no brainer but so many people overthink decorating and don’t utilize things they already own. Have a beautiful candle stick you use year round? Replace the candle with a pumpkin. Switch out fake flowers in that vase on your shelf with some fresh fall colors to make a space pop. Replace a photo in a frame with a cute holiday printable or fill up a pretty bowl with mini pumpkins.

Mix styles

I am a huge fan of this. My style is stuck somewhere between coastal, modern, and rustic country. Basically, I am a Pinterest board with A.D.D. Don’t be afraid to add a spunky pillow to a simple classic or mix spooky with cute. Use traditional fall decorations with pops of halloween glitter or colors.

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Turn cheap to into chic

Like most, the Target Dollar spot is my weakness. This also happens to be one of my favorite places for holiday decorations. Yes, sometimes these items have a tendency to actually look like you paid $3 but that is an easy fix! See a banner that would look great on your mantel except for the hideous string it’s attached to? Grab some twine and switch out the string. Found a cute, pumpkin shaped platter but the color scheme won’t work with your kitchen? Buy some chalkboard paint and cover it up. Don’t let a simple upgrade deter you from purchasing.

Don’t be afraid to buy seasonal items too early (or too late)

So many times I have fallen victim to the, “it’s too early to buy this, I’ll just wait” and then it’s gone when I go back. Well, I have learned my lesson after missing out on some serious adorableness and now purchase seasonal decor that I love as soon as I see it (yes, even Christmas stuff in August - don’t judge me!). Most stores put seasonal items on sale as soon as they put them on the floor so it isn’t a bad thing for your wallet to snatch them up and store in a spare closet. I also purchase holiday decor super close to or after the holiday. You know, when it is on super duper clearance! This not only saves money but also helps build your seasonal decor stash.


Now that I’ve shared mine, what are some of your favorite holiday decorating tips?


















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Scout & Cellar Wine Tasting Party

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Happy Wine Down Wednesday everybody! I am super excited to tell y’all about the wine tasting party I hosted at my home Monday night with Scout & Cellar.

Network marketing has become so big it seems like almost everyone is selling something. And lets be honest, it’s even worse when that someone is one of your friends. When my sweet friend, Corrine, told me all about her new venture as a sales consultant for Scout & Cellar, I was hesitant. Don’t get me wrong, I love wine. Like a lot. But there was no chance healthy wine was going to appease my tastebuds and wallet. Y’all, I was wrong. So wrong.

This wine was delicious! Corrine brought over six types of wine for our group of ten to taste. We enjoyed the Primeros Pasos while everyone arrived (yum!). Next, we moved into the dining room for snacks and our tasting.

I covered the tables with craft paper and used fresh greenery, mini white pumpkins, and yummy snacks to assemble table runners. I grabbed cheeses, olives, meats, pita chips, apple chutney, paper jelly, and some sweets from Whole Foods. I like to have food easily accessible to my guests (and myself) and I felt as if it enabled us to actually sit and listen to Corrine.

Back to the important stuff, the wine. We tasted the Primeros Pasos, Che Fico Pinot Grigio, Vinas Olivodadas Sauvignon Blanc, Tinto Nitanto, and the Middle Jane Red Zin. I don’t typically like white wines but the ones we tried were light and not overly sweet. I rarely meet a red wine I don’t like so it’s no surprise I enjoyed all of them. My favorite was the Tinto Nitanto!

I chatted with Corinne a bit more about Scout & Cellar.

 
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The tasting was a hit, and everyone ended up ordering something. Not because they had to, but because they wanted to! Corrine does a great job of not pressuring, but then again its pretty easy to do when you are selling liquid gold. I mean it tastes great, is budget friendly, and doesn’t cause a hangover! I know this because the night may or may not have ended with a late night dance party, glow sticks included!

Interested in learning more, hosting a party, or ordering some wine? Contact Corinne Reese at CorinneReese1@gmail.com

www.scoutandcellar.com/CorinneReese

The Wilco Concierge can also put it all together for you. Contact us today to get started.
















































 
 
 
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What is Scout & Cellar and what do they offer?

Corinne: They offer clean crafted wines. What is that? Organic, bio-dynamically farmed wine from small, family owned wineries. There are no preservatives added, no SUGAR, no NITRITES, and therefore, no headaches, or terrible next day feelings!

What are you favorite wines?

C: OK, hard to choose. I’ll go with the Vinas Olividadas Sauvignon Blanc, and the Middle Jane Cabernet.

How are the wines priced?

C: Between $19-$35 typically. There are some higher end holiday wines being introduced right now. I ordered a new Cab that was $57, but that is a social occasion wine for sure. I mean special occasion, like a Thursday night. You know, special. I don’t discriminate on my wines!

Tell me about the wine club

C: Wine club is an amazing way to get some exclusive wines at a lower price. You can choose 6 or 12 bottles, and choose monthly or bi-monthly. I promise, once you start drinking this wine, you will always want to have it in your cellar. The wine clubs make that possible!

How can you host and what do you receive when you do?

C: Hosting is so easy! Get on my calendar about 3-4 weeks out, and we will choose some wines together that you and your friends will love to try. I will take care of making all invites, unless you just want to do it yourself. Set out some cheese and crackers, or whatever munchies you love. You will definitely receive free wine for hosting! Yahoo!

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New Blog, Who Dis?

Hey guys! I am so glad you stopped by to get to know me and The Wilco Concierge. I am beyond excited to start blogging on a weekly basis showcasing everything The Wilco Concierge has to offer. I am constantly learning how to balance my family, work, and social life and am excited to have you along for the journey. If you love life hacks, traveling, yummy recipes, and fun, you’ll feel right at home here.

My name is Melissa Elrod and I was born and raised on eastern Long Island. Being the youngest of five kids and the only girl, I was forced to find my voice early on in life and know how to get things done.

Upon graduating high school in 2002, I traded in the salty Atlantic Ocean for the beautiful Smoky Mountains where I studied Business Administration at The University of Tennessee Knoxville and have been a proud Tennessean ever since. I met my husband, Brett, in 2004. Brett was born in Louisiana and moved to Franklin with his family when he was 12 years old. We moved to Williamson County in 2007 and just celebrated ten years of marriage a couple of weeks ago! We have two cute and spunky kids, Ellie (7) and Gunner (5), along with two dogs, Cristal (yes, like the champagne) and Miles. If I’m not working, you will likely find me spending time with my sweet family or my beloved friends. And if you wan’t to know what I’ll be drinking, it’s likely champagne or a dirty martini.

I have a passion for helping others and getting things taken care of. The concept of The Wilco Concierge started after realizing the amount of stress we put on ourselves to get it all done. We spend so much of our free time worrying and miss out on all the good in life. My services are designed to provide convenience in all facets of your daily life. I strive to anticipate your needs and be your extra set of hands. Serving my clients in a timely and efficient manner with an attention to detail is my top priority.

The Wilco Concierge is about mixing the laid back, coastal way of living with the charm that makes the south so great. I am a firm believer in living your best life - I want you to take the trip (I’ll plan it), eat the cake (I’ll order it for you), and buy the shoes (I’ll pick them up for you)!

Now that you know more about me, I want to know about you! Leave a comment telling me a little about yourself and what you would like to see on the blog.

-Melissa

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