Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Hi Brownie Lover!
My name is Janet O’Leary, HR/Operations Assistant for Fairytale Brownies. I have been employed here since 2002 and I am so happy to be sharing Janet’s Journal with you!
I have many responsibilities in my role in HR with the biggest being the recruiting & hiring of seasonal team members. I enjoy helping people and love to talk, so I think I have the perfect job!
I look forward to sharing my love of brownies with you through my journal and will provide you with many interesting & fun ways you can share brownies with others!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
700 Cans of Food Donated by Fairytale
Fairytale Brownies participated in the Valley's largest canned
food drive, "The Million Can Crusade" hosted by 102.5 KNIX. The
goal each year is to raise one million cans and I just received
word that the goal has been exceeded! This wonderful charity
event benefits St. Vincent de Paul to help feed needy families and
end hunger. I am so pleased to announce
that I collected 700 cans of food that were donated
by our generous team members here at Fairytale Brownies!
Here is a picture of me with "Barrel Boy" from KNIX as he
graciously accepted the donation of canned goods. I thanked him for
his hard work and gave him a gift of Fairytale
Brownies! This was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Our Enchanting day in Fairyland..........
Who says you can't work hard and have fun, too? There's nothing
healthier in the workplace than adding a little fun and Halloween
is the perfect time for our team members to show their true
colors and let their hair down! In addition to allowing our
team members to dress in costume, we had a company-wide Halloween
Dessert Pot Luck! Fairytale
Brownies contributed to the Pot Luck by
providing our very own Yummy Fairytale Caramel Pecan
Cookies! I honestly don't think I've ever witnessed
so many desserts and such creativity by our team
As we were enjoying our treats, we received our 2nd
Annual Halloween visit from the cutest little cowboy in
all of the southwest "Sully the Cowboy," grandson of Nancy V., CSR.
As Sully left Fairyland, his only word was "FUN!" I think its safe
to say we had a very enchanting day here at Fairytale Brownies!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Working for Fairytale Brownies has given me a much greater
appreciation for the hard work that goes into making our delicious
gourmet brownies. From the harvest of the cocoa bean to the sweet
taste of chocolate, I’ve learned so much in my years working here
and have taught many about chocolate and where it comes from. I’m
very passionate, and love sharing my knowledge with others and
especially love learning something new.
On a recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands, I toured Purdy’s All
Natural Macadamia Nut Farm on the island of Molokai and learned
so much about this little nut that has become my personal favorite!
Ever wonder why these nuts are so pricey? It takes seven
years for the mac tree to bear fruit and cannot be harvested until
the fruit falls, and then it is gathered by hand. Ninety percent of
the world’s macadamia nuts are grown in Hawaii and Purdy’s
Farm is one of the few that is family owned and
all-natural. It was a great learning experience for me and I
had a lots of fun...
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The 2013 holiday season has started for Fairytale Brownies!
Human Resources will recruit and hire over 150 seasonal team
members for Baking, Shipping, Customer Service, and Retail. This
week kicked off the official hiring timeline.
- Baking starts in July
- Shipping & Customer Service start in September
- Retail & Order processing start in November
- Additional Shipping Staff for our "3 Week Peak" start in
We are fortunate to have many team members return each year but
we are always in need of additional help. Applications are now
being accepted; you can apply between the hours of 9am - 3pm Monday
- Friday . . . or email email@example.com.
We provide a competitive wage, great work environment, &
employee discounts on fudgy chocolate brownies! Apply today and
help us make the world a sweeter place!
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
A small act of kindness yields many thanks by local students and
makes my day!
Walking into work after being out of the office for a week, my
in-box was filled with papers, I had received 248 emails, 6
voice mails, and one large manila envelope addressed to me
personally. Curiosity made me open the manila envelope first.
Inside were hand made "Thank You" cards from local students
who wanted to show their appreciation for me taking a little time
out of my day to share my passion about chocolate. I was very
touched by the personalization of the cards and smiled very big as
I read each one :) In today's world of technology and most
communication becoming electronic, it was heart warming and
refreshing to know my small act of kindness yielded such thanks and
in return, I was the one who walked away with the greatest
appreciation of all!
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
I recently hosted a baby shower for my daughter Jen who is
pregnant with her first child. Needless to say, I'm thrilled at the
mere thought of becoming a Grammy as I've waited a very long time!
Planning the baby shower was so much fun especially selecting the
favor to give each guest. We wanted to give something
special, unique, and memorable that every guest would enjoy.
The first gift that came to mind was Fairytale Custom Label Cookies!
We worked with our Custom Order Department here at
Fairytale Brownies to customize the cookie labels and we
were so happy with the end result! The labels were designed
with the shower theme, name, date, and signature colors
of the baby's room, green & pink! (Did I mention it's a
girl??) We selected our four favorite flavors of Fairytale Cookies: Caramel Pecan, Double
Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Walnut; each topped with a
custom label. The oohs and aahs of the guests as they reached into
the basket to get their treats certainly made us...
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Mesquite High School Students visit Fairytale
My friend Lisa Heigl and her students from Mesquite High School
stopped by the Fairytale Bakery today to check out what was cooking
in our kitchen! Although the students were unable to go into our
kitchen, our retail store has a viewing window where customers can
actually watch the entire process. The students were quite
impressed with the action they witnessed today; mixing of our
ingredients in our large purple mixer, lots & lots of walnuts
for toppings, and then the baking of our brownies in our very
large ovens! This process is very similar to what they see at home
but on a much larger scale. After watching the process the students
became very curious as to where chocolate comes from. That's
where I come in to the picture! Sharing my knowledge about
chocolate has become one of my many passions and I was more than
thrilled to explain the process.
The students learned that chocolate really does grow on trees! A
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I was recently invited to my sister's house for "Girl's Bunco
Night" as she desperately needed a sub. I was also asked if I would
bring dessert, not just any dessert you see but rather I was told
politely to bring Fairytale Brownies for dessert. Well, this made
my very busy life a little easier! I walked right into our retail
store which happens to be about 20 feet from my office and ordered
a combination of Gourmet Chocolate Brownies, Fairytale Bars in all
4 flavors, and of course my favorite Fairytale cookie flavors,
caramel pecan & coconut walnut! I cut all of the yummy treats
into bite sized pieces, arranged them nicely on a beautiful tray
and I have to admit, I impressed myself! The tray of Fairytale
treats were received very well by all of the lades; they certainly
appreciated the bite sized pieces so they could indulge in a
variety of treats without all of the guilt. There was an array
of different desserts and a spread of food fit for a queen but
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Friday, March 15, 2013
My co-worker Alyssa and myself shared the love of brownies at an
Oakland A's spring training game today at Phoenix Municipal
Stadium by handing out Fairytale Brownies magic morsels to the
fans! These weren't just baseball fans; we met
many Fairytale Brownies fans as well. We also created some new
brownie fans after they tasted our gourmet chocolate brownies. Some
fans were from northern and southern California that
were in town supporting their home team, the Oakland A's.
We also shared the love with the opposing team fans from
the Texas Ranger's. One little Ranger fan named William
fell in love with our brownies and was very polite to thank us
twice for the yummy gooey goodness that he had all over his
It was an absolute great day filled with sunshine, blue skies,
baseball, brownies, and lots of new Fairytale Brownie fans!
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Monday, March 4, 2013
know that chocolate comes in many different forms and seems to be a
favorite indulgence for most people. After all, Fairytale Brownies
are made from chocolate, Callebaut Belgian Dark Chocolate which is
the finest chocolate you will find, as the cocoa beans are
selected, roasted, and ground by Callebaut themselves -- which is a
rarity among chocolate makers. The beans are actually roasted in
their own shell to protect them. That keeps in all of the aromas
and subtleties which yields a more intense cocoa flavor.
I recently discovered there is another form of chocolate when
I received an orchid from Hawaii; the Oncidium Sharry Baby, better
known as the chocolate orchid. This is not an edible flower rather
a fun and fragrant orchid which fills the room with the sweet scent
of chocolate and just a hint of vanilla. I truly am a lover of all
things chocolate and now I have the best of both worlds as I smell
the aroma of chocolate brownies baking all day long at work and at
the end of...
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