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Think Spring!! Blog Party

The Blog Parties at Market Mommy have been quite successful and a lot of fun! And, happily, it’s time to do it again! The Think Spring!! Market Mommy Blog Party will be held April 19 – 23, here at The Blog!

So, now is the time to contact me about submitting your mom owned business for inclusion! There is no cost to participate; we just ask that mom business owners donate a prize to be awarded to one of the party attendees.

You can visit our recent Etsy Blog Party posts to check out the format and examples. Each participant receives their own, dedicated party post. What is better than free advertising?!?!

There is limited space available, and I’ve already had some interested businesses contact me, so contact me quickly! Are you a direct seller, do you have an Etsy or Ebay business, offer a service? We’d like to include you and show other mom business owners what you have to offer!!

Be sure to spread the word and have a fantastic weekend!!


Mommy Monday:: Invitation Jane

Stacie Abrahams and her sister Jodie Nahum are the creators and owners of Invitation Jane.

The online boutique offers a wide variety of custom invitations, stationery products and lots of fun and useful personalized gifts for kids and adults. They target mostly moms who are on the lookout for hip and trendy products for their young children and of course, themselves!

According to Abrahams, a love for "boutique-y" type products is their passion. “We love things that are full of bold colors and cool patterns. We adore anything personalized and things that are new and fresh, trendy and fun, sophisticated and classy,” she said.

Together, the two of them have five children ranging from ages 3 to 10 years old. “Like many other women these days, we both felt compelled to leave our corporate careers to become stay at home moms, and that's when our entrepreneurial spirits kicked in!” said Abrahams. Invitation Jane officially launched on Nov. 18, 2008.

The pair prides themselves on the efficient system they’ve developed to run their business. “As sisters and business partners, we have learned to really lean on each other,” Abrahams said. “We've developed a system that really works by splitting the responsibilities down the middle, each taking on functions that seems most natural,” she added. “This has really allowed for us both to strike a balance between our family and running our business. We do have two very supportive husbands who believe in what we are doing, and love that WE love what we do!”

Like many others, Abrahams and Nahum say it’s important to pick a business that you are passionate about. “It will make you want to succeed that much more,” they said. “Take things one day at a time, prioritize, write things down and cross them off your list as they get done. Know that what you are putting your heart and soul into is day by day, creating a better life for you and your family,” Abrahams added.

Invitation Jane has generously offered a discount of 15% to all Market Mommy readers! Please enter code MM15 in promotional code box at checkout. Invitation Jane also has a newly established Facebook fan page, check it out here!


Tuesday's Tip:: Funky Finds

I am a lover of unique things. That's why Funky Finds is one of my favorite places on the web. It's a great place to discover unique items, but it's also a great place to advertise! Currently, Jessica and the folks at Funky Finds, are running a 25% off special on advertising! You can find their typical rates here.

This means there are banner prices as low as $7.50/month {150x50} or $15/month {150x150}. There are many other sizes and options available. And, the more you purchase, the more you save! Discounts will be refunded via PayPal once payment has cleared.

The options at Funky Finds are endless. They have a funky newsletter, offer recipricol links, giveaways, daily finds at their blog and much more! In fact, this is the perfect time to consider selling your products through http://funkyfinds.us/theshops/. Their current promotion offers users SIX FREE MONTHS with the purchase of one month (31 days). This means you can sell your products for seven months for as low as $1.99! There is no fee per sale or per upload. How great is that?!?

Be sure to visit Funky Finds and let them know that Market Mommy sent you :)


Mommy Monday:: Lil' Sugarplum

Today’s Mommy Monday segment features Monique from Lil’ Sugarplum. Monique operales her online business while being a stay at home mom. The site features handmade baby, toddler and girls hair clips and has been open since May 2006.

According to Monique, she finds balance by only operating her business part time. “I only let it grow so much because I don’t want it interfering with my family life,” she said. When her children are asleep or in school is when she carves out time to work.

Monique really enjoys what she does, and she said that is important. “If you’re looking to start your own business, make sure you find something that you are passionate about. If you find something that you are mildly interested in, you won’t want to stick with it. When you’re passionate, it doesn’t feel like work,” she added.

First time customers can get a free $8 hair clip of their choice when they spend $25. Just leave a note at checkout, do not add to the cart. This offer expires on March 15.

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!


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!