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Friday
Jan082010

Mommy Monday:: Mumoocie

Mumoocie. The company's name itself is intriguing, who wouldn't want to learn more about it? It's prounounced "mum-oo-see" and the product is a luxury talking pillow perfect for children who are scared to sleep alone or adults who like/need to sleep in a spooning position.

Leigh Woods invented and patented this co-sleeping body pillow in 2007 after her own daughter was afraid of the dark and scared to sleep alone. According to Woods, Mumoocie eases separation anxiety because it simulates a loved one laying beside you. It has a unique shape, retains heat/scent and includes a voice recorder so the child can hear their loved one.

Woods works out of an office in her home and finds it relatively easy to balance her business with her family because of their support. "It is not only my dream but my family's dream also. My children use my product and love it as well as believe in it," she said.

She also said that working at home is how she finds perfect balance. "Since my office is in my home, I am able to contribute to the school functions and activities that my children are involved in. I find the balance of both is perfect."

Starting a company is rarely easy, but Woods said it's easier if you are working with a product you are passionate about. From her time as a business owner she has developed advice she likes to share with others.
  • Have a strong business plan in place
  • Be aware of competitors
  • Accept that there may be a time period without income
  • Listen and ask advice from other successful buisness owners
  • Utilize free networking sites
  • Investigate the companies you work with to avoid costly errors
You can learn more about Mumoocie by visiting their website. Need a Mumoocie?? You can save 25% on your order when you use coupon code marketmommy!


Mommy Monday is a regular feature on Market Mommy:: The Blog. Do you know a mom entrepreneur who should be featured here? E-mail Dawn and put Mommy Monday in the subject line!

Saturday
Nov282009

Cyber Monday Specials!

As promised, here are some of the best Cyber Monday deals available online from mom entrepreneurs! Enjoy!

Haven't ordered your holiday cards yet? Want a special, personalized card this year? Order from Announcements Galore and save up to 50% on Cyber Monday! All holiday cards are already discounted up to 10%, click here, and automatically save an additional 40% on any order! Hurry, additional 40% offer ends on Tuesday!

Our photo cards are high quality and ever lasting! Or, a magnet holiday card would really stand out! Also, our custom 8x10 keepsake collages make great gifts! With the coupon code and our quantity discounts, you can finish your holiday shopping today!

Re-gifting: you’ve thought of it. You receive a gift that is perfectly fine but just not your personal taste or style… So, I decided to give you my re-gifting blessing! Every purchase will receive a free pair of earrings. You can keep these handmade artisan earrings as a gift from me to you, or use as a gift for someone on your holiday shopping list. Like all my jewelry, the earrings will be made of good quality materials: sterling silver or gold-filled ear hooks, hand-painted cloisonné beads or semi-precious gemstones. As always, there is free shipping worldwide on all items!


We design, sew and sell adorable custom made baby products in hand selected fabrics including 100% organic cotton, flannelette and fleece. Our products include; extra large receiving blankets, sleep sacks, crib sheets, security blankies and more... For each product we offer different choices of soft fabrics and cute prints. Quality is number 1 to us and with 30 years of professional sewing expertise you´ll see this in every item we create! If you´re looking for something special for baby, look no further Wee Rascals has it! 15% Off orders over $50:MMARKET09. Free shipping over $100

Friday
Nov202009

HBP: Prego Planner

Who:: Heather Patterson @ Braelyn Bounty Bug
Business Established:: December 2006

What they do:: Braelyn Bounty Bug is an innovative maternity and baby essentials design company. In touch with the needs of today's mother, the Company's award-winning Prego Planner is a fun and fashionably functional pregnancy organizer. The only one of it's kind, the Prego Planner gives moms-to-be the ability to arrange and rearrange their own pregnancy planner. The expectant mother can take out pages she doesn't need and move pages where she wants them to go. A three-ring binder comes beautifully decorated with pre-printed pages for all the planning pregnancy requires. Among many other unique features, the mom-to-be can also purchase refill pages if she has the need for them.

Another innovative product by Braelyn Bounty Bug is the Tot Tag. Also known as the "ultimate diaper bag tag", the Tot Tag is available in three great designs complete with a diaper bag checklist on the back and a concealed identification area. The purpose of the concealed identification area is so the family's contact information is no visible during everyday use for all to see, but if the bag were lost of misplaced, the contact information could easily be found.
How she finds balance:: Though finding balance is a constant struggle (especially with my youngest home with me at all times), I have found it to be much easier balancing family life with work when I take the following steps:

  • Follow the same consistent routine each day so my children know what to expect \
  • Get up before my children and exercise
  • Get showered and dressed before my children wake up
  • Coffee, coffee and more coffee
  • Only volunteer at my child's pre-school when it is feasible and not when I feel pressured to do so
  • If my children are at home, I give them a full 1 - 2 hours of "mommy time" in the morning before I dig into my work.
  • ALWAYS say "yes" to snuggling when I am asked to
  • Designate every Tuesday night as my "at home date night" with my husband. Work is off limits and we turn the television off, have a good glass of wine, talk about our day and the dreams that we still have.
  • Give up what is not essential
  • Enlist the help of my husband - I am an extremely blessed woman with an amazing husband that supports me beyond words. He desires to see me and my company succeed and he goes out of his way to help. If my workload is unusually heavy, he will go to work early so he can take off early to come home and watch our children while I work. If the need be, he will make their dinners, give them play time and tuck them safely in bed.
    Summary: I always put my family first. That may mean that I'm working until 1:00 am, but putting my family first is something I will never regret.

Her best advice:: Networking, networking and networking! Networking and relationships are vital to you and your business. Also, create your "big picture" to-do list in an Excel sheet and put a deadline date next to each task. Open the to-do list daily. Setting actual deadlines for yourself will encourage you to get the task completed instead of procrastinating.
Save Now:: Receive a FREE Tot Tag with the purchase of any Prego Planner by using the code "MARKETMOMMY" in the Gift Message area of the order form. Please be sure to note the preferred style of Tag. Offer valid through December 31, 2009.
What they are giving away:: Prego Planner
Play and win:: What charity is Braelyn Bounty Bug raising money for during the Month of November? (Note: Donate and get registered to win amazing products such as a BabyLegs gift certificate, an all-weather WooBee Blanket, a $200 photo session and more.)

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Friday
Nov202009

HBP:: Cottonseed Clothing


Who:: Erin Gutierrez @ Cottonseed Clothing
Business Established:: Shortly after her first child was born in 2005

What they do:: We offer you the Rainbow, the best in basics for your baby and toddler, luxuriously soft 100% cotton basics in 24 solid colors.
How she finds balance:: Moment to Moment. I try NOT to multi task and give whatever I am doing at that MOMENT my full attention.
Her best advice:: I don't pretend to have the answers, this job is hard!
Save Now:: MM1109 for Free Shipping expires 12/25/09
What they are giving away:: Gift Certificate for your Favorite Garment from Cottonseed Clothing. Shipping Included.
Play and win:: What is your favorite Cottonseed color?

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Friday
Nov202009

HBP:: My Embroidered Gifts

Who:: Debra Killen @ MyEmbroideredGifts.com
Business Established:: 2001

What they do:: MyEmbroideredGifts.com together with Sew Sweet Custom Embroidery is a family owned business offering a wide range of personalized embroidered gifts. We offer personalized embroidered gifts for almost everyone on your list.
How she finds balance:: I actually currently work part-time teaching and run my embroidery business. Balancing can be a major issue. I work really hard to get my orders out by dinner time (about 6 p.m.) so that I can spend family time with my husband and sons at night. I try hard to stay focused and not let emailing and computer time distract me from getting orders out.
Her best advice:: Networking is a must. I enjoy networking with other moms to see what is working for them. It also helps to get your business out there by networking with other moms.
Save Now:: mmt15 gives 15% off all items!

What they are giving away:: Cuddlers Christmas Stocking. These precious Christmas stockings are great for any age child. The measure 14 inches and come with a cute musical ornament attached. The ornament plays "Jingle Bells". There are three choices for the ornament: Toby the polar bear, Blake the penquin or Rigely the reindeer. You may have the stocking personalized in your choice of lettering and color at no additional charge.
Play and win:: Are there products that you would like to see added to MyEmbroideredGifts.com?


Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!