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The Plank – Anytime Challenge

The Plank – Anytime Challenge 0

The house is silent and then someone yells “PLANK.”  What does this mean?  Let me explain.

We all have something going on in our lives that could benefit from a stronger core.  My son suffers with growing pains in his knees and feet.  My daughter is working on becoming a gymnast.  My husband and I have plenty of aches and pains from getting older and sitting at our desk jobs.  We are always looking for ways to get stronger and healthier and alleviate some of those pains.  Or in my daughter’s case, make her a better gymnast. 

The plank I am referring to is the exercise, not the pirate ship’s plank. 

  • Natalie Bonkowski
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 0

Christmas! Yay! I just love this time of year. There's so much going on and it's just fantastic! The color of red fills our homes with red bows, Santa, poinsettias, and peppermint! It's cold outside and a cup of white chocolate mocha coffee warms our bones. It's gift giving season and we are thinking of others as we spend our time shopping and searching for the perfect gift. It's wonderful!
  • Natalie Bonkowski
The Healthy Tote Photo Shoot

The Healthy Tote Photo Shoot 0

Great family & friends make for a fantastic photo shoot!  Healthy Tote needed to freshen up their photo collection so thankfully we have great family and friends that helped us out.  It was a fun day with a great after party!  Here's some of the upcoming photos you will see on the website and social media.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing!
  • Natalie Bonkowski
Hurricane Harvey & Bag of the Month

Hurricane Harvey & Bag of the Month 0

We are going to continue the sales of the August "Bag of the Month" to help with Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Our last vacation this past July was to Port Aransas, Texas.  That's our vacation spot each year.  My parents started taking me to the Texas beach of Port Aransas when I was a little girl.  My parents visited there when they were kids as well.  It's a central Texas thing.  That's just what you do.  You go to Port A each summer. 

  • Natalie Bonkowski
The Reason Behind Healthy Tote & a Free Wellness Journal

The Reason Behind Healthy Tote & a Free Wellness Journal 0

Healthy Tote was created because I needed a bag to carry all my stuff.  I was always on a diet, always carrying whatever food my current diet needed, snacks, water and then I needed papers and calendars and other stuff too.  I needed to keep the important stuff dry and I tend to be a little clumsy at times.  If you ask my husband, he may say “not just *at times*”. 

I remember the day that I put my kid’s sippy cup of milk in my bag and it spilled everywhere.  I remember searching and googling trying to find a bag to carry everything, that wasn’t a diaper bag.  I remember reading about women who were looking for the same kind of bag and needed something that could discretely carry all their healthy foods.  These women were overweight, embarrassed, and self-conscious about carrying food into work.  Lots of veggies and lean meats tend to take up more room than cereal bars and processed crap.  They were worried about what everyone thought.  Why is she eating so much stuff?  They wanted a bag to carry everything and discretely hide their healthy foods.   

  • Natalie Bonkowski
Marketing is Tough

Marketing is Tough 0

There' s a ton of work that goes into starting a business.  When I started Healthy Tote, I thought how hard could it be?  I have an idea for a bag.  Let's make bags and sell them.  Sure, sounds easy.  But then I realized otherwise.  There's so much paperwork and accounting to set-up a business and keep good records.  Luckily, my background is accounting, so that wasn't too difficult.  It's still time consuming. 

Then there was designing the product.  Have I mentioned, I had seven different seamstresses help me?  The divider I wanted in this bag was difficult to make.  Each seamstress just couldn't figure out a way to do it, until I found number 7!  Number 7 did me a huge favor and made me small batch of inventory.  Each bag took four hours to sew, but I had a product!  Yay!

  • Natalie Bonkowski