My Great Pyrenees Puppy

For my birthday I treated myself to two things… a Kindle Fire and a Great Pyrenees puppy. I love these dogs. They’re so sweet-natured, beautiful and protective of their family.  I purchased Snow White aka “Snow” from a breeder in Athens, Tennessee on May 3rd. We’re crate-training her.

She had a rough couple of nights, but a friend said she slept by her puppy’s crate for the first couple nights and that helped. So my two younger boys agreed to camp out on the air mattress next to the crate for about 3 nights. Now she’s sleeping through the night without whining. And she’s doing quite well with her house-training.

Snow is a cutie-pie and she loves flowers … well, she loves to shred them anyway. That’s what this short little video is about… beware poppies! Snow’s on the loose!

 

About Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

National Survey Reveals Genders DRASTICALLY Clash Over How They Would Spend More Free Time

I got a chuckle out of this press release that was sent to me today…

Men head to the bedroom for fun, women for sleep!

(February 22, 2012) – The bedroom is the first place both men and women would go if they had more free time in a day. The catch – men go there for sex, women for sleep!

In a survey, Great Clips, the first ever hair salon brand to introduce time saving online check-in, asked 316 Americans how they would spend 15 minutes of more time in a day. (15 minutes is important to Great Clips because Online Check-in has trimmed average haircut wait times by 15 minutes to five minutes or less, giving customers 15 more minutes of time in a day.)

1.  Survey recipients were given a list of options and asked to choose what they would do with 15 minutes of extra time in a day.

THE #1 CHOICE FOR MOST WOMEN IS SLEEP (Ranked #1 by nearly 1 in 4 women, 24%)

 

  • Most Often Ranked in The Top 5 were Sleep, Clean (organizing closets, dust baseboards, mop floors), Read, Watch TV and Exercise.
  • Have Sex was lower on the list after Sit There and Do Nothing with No Disturbances and Cook.

 

THE #1 CHOICE FOR MOST MEN IS HAVE SEX (Ranked #1 by 28% of men)

 

  • Most Often Ranked in the Top 5 were Have Sex, Sleep, Listen to Music, Exercise, Sit There and Do Nothing with No Disturbances

 

2.    When survey recipients were given a list and asked to rank the 3 most annoying time wasters of their spouses/significant others:

 

THE #1 CHOICE FOR WOMEN as the most annoying time waster of their spouse/significant other is PLAY VIDEO GAMES

 

Most often Ranked as the Top Choice is Play Video Games, Work Too Much and Do Nothing (Tie) and Zone in front of the TV

 

THE #1 CHOICE FOR MEN as the most annoying time waster of their spouse/significant other is PRIMP AND GET READY   

 

Most often Ranked as the Top Choice is Primp and Get Ready, Complain/Whine/Stress, and Stare at a Closet Full of Clothes and Whine “I have nothing to wear.”

 

3.  When Both Men and Women were asked to rank the Most Annoying Time Waster in Your Own Life?

 

Most often ranked as the Top Choices:

#1) Being Placed on Hold
#2) Waiting In Line
#3) Traffic

 

4.  When both men and women were asked What Do You Want More of? and asked to pick one from Time, Money, Sleep, Exercise and Sex:

 

Respondents Chose:

#1) Money (70%)
#2) Time (13%)
#3) Sleep (9%)
#4) Exercise (8%)
#5) Sex (0%)
NONE CHOSE SEX (0%)

“In all our research, in focus group after focus group, we heard that today’s busy families are stressed out, exhausted and short on time – and today time is money,” says Rhoda Olsen, CEO of Great Clips. “We had to figure out a way to cut wait times and give our customers more free time to have fun and do the things they love to do. Online check-in allows people to check in from their desks or from their smart phones so when they get to the salon they have little or no wait and have more time.”

Other survey findings:

  • 87% of respondents say they would use a technology that kept them from waiting in lines at retail stores if it saved them 15 minutes waiting for an appointment.
  • When a retail business makes them wait more than 15 minutes:
  • 63% say it shows bad customer service and a lack of respect for their time
  • 52% of respondents say they don’t go back and take their business elsewhere
  • 48% say they assume the business is poorly managed
  • Only 19% say they get annoyed with the people in line with them.
  • 9 out of 10 respondents (93%) said a reasonable amount of time to wait at a retail business is 5 – 10 minutes or less.
  • 2 out of 3 respondents say they would use a check-in or download app that saved their place in line at a retail business.

 

*This online survey was done by a third party, commissioned by Great Clips Online Check- In.
*The survey included 316 respondents, 172 female and 144 male (ages 30 -55). Full survey data available upon request.

 

About Great Clips’ Online Check-In
Great Clips’ Online Check-In feature is powered by ICS Net Check In™, a patent-pending, internet-based technology platform developed by Innovative Computer Software. Online Check-in allows customers to remotely log in from a computer or smart phone and view the estimated wait time at surrounding salons. Consumers can click the “check in” icon to add their name to the list at the Great Clips salon of their choice, and by the time they arrive they are likely next or almost next in line – saving precious time they might have spent waiting in the lobby for their haircut.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis.  Today, Great Clips has nearly 3,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 25,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality hair care for men, women and children. No appointments needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit www.greatclips.com.

About Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Exploring Life with Childlike Wonder

I’m sitting on the balcony in an Orlando resort, overlooking the golf course. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and the temperature is perfect. Three men are putting on the green and then move on to the next hole. Entering the course behind them are two small boys. They run across the golf course and explore the terrain. They tumble to the ground and roll, eager to experience a great big world. They run to a sand trap and skip across it to the other side.

Uninhibited they explore the course as fast as their little legs can carry them. One minute they’re racing a golf cart and the next they’re picking their way through the rough. Full of energy and life, their arms swing as they climb a hill, then plop to the ground rolling. Free, limitless.

In and out of sand traps that hold no meaning for them, but fun sand boxes. The golfers would see these traps as negative, a deterrent, something to keep them from winning the game. But the boys don’t interpret them that way. Quite the reverse. The boys are outside the game. Beyond the confines and limits of the man-made rules. For them, the green isn’t reverenced. The traps aren’t pitfalls and the rough is a fun place to explore.

Perspective is everything, isn’t it? What if all the rules and limits I place on myself meant no more to me than rough and traps to a 10-year-old boy oblivious to the game of golf? What joy, elation and energy might burst forth for me if I set aside my inhibitions and preconceived notions about the man-made rules of life and business?

From this perspective might I see challenges not as adversity, but as fun places to explore?

These boys simply are. There’s no grand objective, no pressing goal. Happiness and exploration are their objectives. They do no harm to others in this pursuit, but with childlike wonder and innocence, they embrace the world. Grateful, giddy to be alive.

Is this why Jesus admonished us to be like little children? Inquisitive, open, teachable, unburdened by men’s perceptions?

About Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Periodic Rests Increase Your Bottom Line

You’ve probably heard me say before that I’m a recovering workaholic. That’s why when I see a great article like this one explaining the brain science behind why taking time to rest actually improves your productivity and eventually your bottom line, I can’t resist passing it along … Understanding How Tiredness and Self-Control Are Mistaken for Resistance.

I can vouch for the fact that taking time to rest helps you accomplish more and eventually make more money.

About Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

The Power of Play

I know a scientist who has made great discoveries in his field of expertise. But as a youth, he was a bit of a class clown and spent most of his time playing ball or building something with Legos.

One might look at this man’s accomplishments and say, “Wow, what if he’d actually applied himself the first 20 years of his life instead of goofing off playing all the time. No telling what else he could have discovered by now.”

I look at this quite differently. I believe that BECAUSE this man played for 20 years of his life, he had developed the creativity necessary to make the discoveries he has. Take away the years of play and you take away his ability to think outside the box.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, there’s been research done on this very subject.  Dr. Stuart Brown, MD, the author of, “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” explained in an interview:

“In my career I have reviewed more than 6000 life histories, looking specifically at a person’s play experiences over his or her life. In studying these histories it has become vividly apparent that play is enormously significant for both children and adults.

I began thinking about the role of play in our lives while conducting a detailed study of homicidal males in Texas. What I discovered was severe play deprivation in the lives of these murderers. When I later studied highly creative and successful individuals, there was a stark contrast. Highly successful people have a rich play life.

It is also established that play affects mental and physical health for both adults and children. A severely play deprived child demonstrates multiple dysfunctional symptoms– the evidence continues to accumulate that the learning of emotional control, social competency, personal resiliency and continuing curiosity plus other life benefits accrue largely through rich developmentally appropriate play experiences.

Likewise, an adult who has “lost” what was a playful youth and doesn’t play will demonstrate social, emotional and cognitive narrowing, be less able to handle stress, and often experience a smoldering depression. From an evolutionary point of view, research suggests that play is a biological necessity.

There is evidence that suggests the forces that initiate play lie in the ancient survival centers of the brain–the brain stem–where other anciently preserved survival capacities also reside. In other words, play is a basic biological necessity that has survived through the evolution of the brain. And necessity = importance.

But one of the strongest arguments for the importance of play is how strongly we identify ourselves through our play behavior. Just look at the eloquent memories of 9-11 victims the New York Times published. The headlines—the summation of a life—were lines like ‘A Spitball-Shooting Executive,’ a ‘Lover of Laughter.’ Play is who we are.”

Here’s my challenge for today — not just for you, but for me too… get out and play!  I think I’ll pick up a new frisbee at the store and play with my kids when they get home. What will you do?

About Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.