Talking Story with Kim Poirier of Olive Kids (Giveaway!)

Today we’re talking story with Kim Poirier, the Marketing Director for the fabulous and fun Olive Kids (what a cool gig to have!). I am sure many, if not all, of you have heard of Olive Kids. They have the cutest coordinates for your child’s room. So you know the product…now let’s get to know the marketing guru that’s launched Olive Kids into all of our lives! 
Give a big Aloha to Kim!

Aloha Kim!, Olive Kids seems like THE place to go to get your kid’s room decorated! How did you get started with this awesome company?

I started working for Olive Kids two years ago, after I lost my job and moved to the Mondnock region in New Hampshire. I looked around at the different companies that were here and decided that I loved the products Olive Kids designed and the story of how they got started. I sent them my resume (they were not hiring) and persuade them for a couple of months, then I was lucky enough for them to decide to create a position for me here.

A little bit about the Olive Kids story…Olive Kids got started by a mom (Anita) and dad (Russell) who were both in the design industry, they went looking for kid bedding for their then 3 year old daughter and couldn’t find anything that wasn’t geared around a kid movie or cartoon, so they took their design knowledge and created Olive Kids. When they started Olive Kids it was through licensing their products to different companies who sold the products to different stores. After a year of doing this they started getting customer calls because they found one of our product but couldn’t find the others to match. That is how Olive Kids’ online store was created, customers wanted what we were designing but they couldn’t find it in one spot so we launched the Olive Kids web site.

The selection at Olive Kids is amazing, there’s so so much! What are your favorite items that you offer?

My favorites that’s tough – I love our Pirates and Mermaids design, Our plush pillow and shams are adorable but if I really had to pick I would say our floor pillows are the best personalized gift we offer, I know my nieces and nephews love them.





Are the designs at Olive Kids all original? Who comes up with the great designs?

Yes everything Olive Kids sells on our site is designed by Russell and Anita, one of them come up with a concept of a design and then they work together to bring it to life.

Where does Olive Kids get their inspiration on items to carry?



We get a lot of our inspiration from Russell and Anita’s 3 kids, ideas from parents who work at Olive Kids and from comments our customers send us.

With kids of your own, how do you do it all? Share with us the secrets of being a mom and a top exec at Olive Kids?



I can tell you from working directly with Anita and Russell, parents themselves, that flexibility and organization are key to getting it all done, well most of it anyway. They also hire people who care as much as they do about the products they create and the customers we serve.

I am lucky to work a 4 day work week so I can save all the running around I have to do till Monday which allows me to have family time on the weekend. I also taught both my boys how to cook when they were little; so they can start dinner on the nights that they do not have after school activities; my 15 year old son is quite the cook. They also do all of their own laundry and have a set list of chores during the week. We share the responsibilities in the house so life is easier on everyone.

I follow you on twitter, care to share your twitter name so our readers can make sure to follow you?



Sure! @olivekids



And Olive Kids has a blog, right? What’s that url?



http://olivekids.blogspot.com/



What are two things you never leave home without?



Chap stick & hand cream!



Do you have a favorite quote?



good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best!



Great quote Kim, I LOVE that!



GIVEAWAY!
One lucky Ohana Mama reader will win a personalized placemat, name tag and book mark!   The winner chooses the design and names for the prizes.
How to enter: Go to Olive Kids, take a look around at ALL (there’s a TON!) of cool finds.  Come back and leave us a comment as to what Olive Kids item is your fave.
Extra Entries: Leave a comment for each that you do
-Tweet about this giveaway
-Blog about this giveaway with a link to Ohana Mama and Olive Kids (this gives you 3 extra entries…so leave three comments, each with your link to your blog post)
Deadline: November 28th, 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time
US Residents Only.  Be sure to leave your email or some way for us to get a hold of you (like twitter name, etc)
Mahalo to Kim for sharing with us a little bit about her life as a Marketing Director for a company such as Olive Kids!  And Mahalo to Olive Kids for their great products and for sponsoring this giveaway!
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And the winner is…

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Timestamp: 2008-11-29 11:23:56 UTC

Comments

  1. Jolly Mom says:

    I can’t believe I WON something!! Thank you!!

  2. Mistress Meeyee says:

    Dinosaurland Printed Rug would be great for my little baby boys room!!! I really love Olive Kids!

  3. Smiles Across Miles says:

    I love the Out Of This World
    Personalized Canvas Art

  4. Mommyhood is Thankless says:

    I tweeted.

    Username: wastebasket

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  5. Mommyhood is Thankless says:

    I really like their Country Baby Crib set! So cute!

    mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

  6. NateAndJakesMom says:

    I blogged about your contest, click HERE!

    nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

  7. I LOVE the Ride em toddler bedding! So cute!

  8. I love all the heroes collection, we are in the process of re-doing my sons room in a firefighter theme, so I know I’ll be shopping at Olive Kids!

    jennifernew81 at hotmail dot com

  9. NateAndJakesMom says:

    You’ve been tweeted! username: kariellen

  10. NateAndJakesMom says:

    I love their personalized growth charts. My favorite is the Heroes.

    nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

  11. Aside from ALL the gorgeous bedding I love the floor pillows, flowergarden might be my favorite for my littlest one.

  12. I would love anything with the “Under Construction” theme.

    felicia {at} gograhamgo {dot} com

  13. Blessings Abound says:

    I follow you on Twitter!:)
    akblessingsabound[at]gmail.com

  14. Blessings Abound says:

    I like the personal canvas art! Thanks!

    akblessingsabound[at]gmail.com

  15. I also posted about this giveaway here on my blog: http://pankratzfam.blogspot.com/2008/11/want-goods-ive-got-em.html

    ncpnkr@aol.com

  16. I lvoe their personalized placemats….my son would flip for the Game On PLacemat…all their stuff is TOO stinkin’ cute!!

    ncpnkr@aol.com

  17. My son would love any of the heroes stuff since he’s obsessed with emergency vehicles, etc. but my favorite is the heroes floor pillow. He would love that! I wish that I’d found Olive Kids when we moved him to his “big boy room” last year.
    meinezweijungen{at}yahoo{dot}com

  18. windycindy says:

    Greetings! I adore the “Blossoms and Butterflies Hooked Rug.” Please enter me in your delightful giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  19. They have some of the cutest things! I love the Turtle Framed Print. My son would adore it!
    princess3sah(at)cs(dot)com

  20. I love the Vroom! Hooked Rug
    pokeybear1 @ nyc.rr.com

  21. Whimsical Creations says:

    My favorite is the Tea Party
    Pers. Canvas Art.

    =) melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

  22. I just have to say how much I adore Kim! Olive Kids rocks!

  23. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    I’ve twittered about this giveaway!

  24. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    The Mermaid design is my favorite. And the bedding sets are just the cutest!! I’d go with one of the pink ones for my daughter (even though she sleeps in a blue race car bed!)

  25. hippos toes says:

    Love this site!! Definitely bookmarking this. Love the wild animals growth chart!!

  26. Love the Flowerland bedding set & accessories! So cute

    Shanna
    smed37 at verizon dot net

  27. LeeChrista says:

    I love everything but we currently have the space bedding set Out of this World. I can’t get enough of it, honestly!

    Lee :)
    http://www.mysentimentexactlee.com

  28. Also tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/meloh

    Email: momsensical [at] gmail [dot] com.

  29. I love the Olive Kids placemats, especially the Mermaid!

    I would love to see the growth charts too!

  30. I like the growth charts too, but I think my favorite is the Kids’ Personalized Clock — definitely in Wild Animals. Email: momsensical [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. I already follow you on Twitter and I sent out a Tweet about it (Sarann)

  32. I love the mermaid and the pirate map rugs! Of course they go with NOTHING in my children’s rooms, but they are just plain adorable!

    Thanks for the chance, hun!

  33. I ♥ the Trains, Planes and Trucks
    Floor Pillow.
    susanmgoodson at cox dot net

  34. Wow…great products!!! I also love the growth chart.

  35. What awesome products! My favorite is the Heroes Growth Chart!
    ccswch@yahoo.com

  36. 3 Kids and Us says:

    My favorite product has always been the growth charts.
    3kidsnus at gmail dot com

  37. Olive Kids says:

    Thanks for the opportunity and helping me tell the Olive Kids story.

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