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Friday
Dec012017

HGG:: Christmas Pajamas!

Each and every year I purchase coordinating Christmas pajamas for our children. It's been a fun tradition since they were all babies. Typically, we wrap them up and that is the one present they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve.

Every year it gets a little harder to find coordinating jammies that are approved by my 12-year-old boy and still look cute on the 6-year-old. This year, i was so thrilled when Butterfly Designs by Kristi came to the rescue. Butterfly Designs was featured in our Holiday Gift Guide last year and I absolutely LOVED the Santa bags I bought there. This year, when Kristi agreed to sponsor our gift guide with personalized Christmas pajamas, I was so excited.

The pajamas themselves come in a variety of sizes all the way up to adult, so there were no issues getting the sizes that I needed. Also, they were a cute, classic color combination that all three kids were happy with.

The best part? They are completely unique. Kristi personally created several design choices for me to pick from. They were all cute and we were able to customize my daughter's a little more and give her some glitter to stand apart from the boys :)

They are great quality pieces and have washed up nicely. I would definitely recommend Butterfly Designs by Kristi. She can personalize almost anything!

 

Tuesday
Nov282017

HGG 2017:: Beleave Teas

Market Mommy is thrilled to have Beleave Teas included in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! Read on to learn more about the great herbal tea options they have to offer for kids!

Their Children's Herbal Teas are naturally tasty for your little ones yet gentle on their developing digestive systems. Only the very best ingredients are blended together to make these herbals yummy and tummy friendly.

Steeping Instructions: When making Herbal Teas for children, we suggest bringing the water to a full boil and then steeping for 2-3 minutes. You can steep for less time if it seems too strong to your child. We also recommend letting the Herbal Teas cool down to room temperature before serving or add ice. Children's mouths are not as accustomed to hot drinks.

Here are 3 reasons why you can feel good about giving Herbal Teas to your children. 

1.They are naturally caffeine free: The great majority of Herbal Teas in the world are naturally caffeine free. There are a few like Yerba Mate that do contain caffeine, but they are in the minority.

2.They are naturally sugar free: Many Herbal Teas such as Rooibos have a natural sweetness that kids will love. Some are blended with fruits that contain fructose but the amounts are dramatically less than other children's beverages. The best part is that you are in control.

3.They can be served warm or cold: Herbal Teas make a delicious warm drink for your little ones but they are also wonderful iced. Can you say that about any of the other beverages marketed to kids?

Visit the Beleave Teas website for more information, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest!


Wednesday
Feb082017

New Bassibag Offers Parents a Travel Crib, Changing Station and Diaper Bag, All in One

Like many first time parents, Dana Sisk and her husband found themselves researching a multitude of baby products. Needing a multi-function diaper bag that was both attractive and affordable, Sisk developed a practical solution. The Bassibag was born from her storm of creative necessity and is both functional and cute to carry.

“Our Bassibag is unique because it is one (lightweight) bag that is capable of serving three functions,” said Sisk. The three in one bag serves not only as a diaper bag but also as a travel crib and changing station. It serves a valuable and practical function as a crib when away from home as well as a clean and sanitary changing station while traveling to your destination. “It has plenty of room for all of the normal baby necessities as well as an insulated bottle bag,” Sisk added.

To add to the Bassibag’s appeal, it is also stylish. “I combined my love for bright colors and patterns with the need for practical utility in order to design a bag that would meet our needs and still be cute to carry,” Sisk said. The Bassibag features contemporary and attractive fabrics.

The Bassibag has been met with great applause and customers have been extremely satisfied with their purchases. “I love my Bassibag! I take it everywhere. It’s so versatile and makes traveling so much easier!” is what one happy customer had to say.

Bassibag is available on Amazon and qualifies for free, two-day shipping for Prime Members. If you’re not a Prime member, standard shipping is still free!

Dana Sisk, creator of the Bassibag, resides in Durham, N.C. with her husband and daughter. She can be reached for comment at info@bassibag.com. Or, you can find her and Bassibag on Facebook!


Wednesday
Nov162016

Introducing: CALZICO, a clothing collection for tween girls

I am beyond excited to say that Market Mommy is among the first in the blogosphere to review clothing pieces from the soon to launch CALZICO clothing line! What an honor! If you have tween girls, this is definitely something you should sit down and pay attention to!! CALZICO is globally inspired, versatile clothing for tweens with reversible and convertible features. “So many ways, she’ll have outfits for days.”

My daughter was thrilled when our package arrived and immediately loved the look and the feel of the clothes. Shannon, the company's founder, graciously sent us a signature ‘zipskirt’ and jacket to try. The skirt has a removable layer revealing shorts underneath for two ways to wear it. The jacket can be worn four (YES 4!) ways. We show it here closed; using interior and exterior buttons, but it can be worn open as a cardigan and then reversed to wear both ways again!

The fabric and pattern were beautiful and the clothing had a soft, luxurious feel to it. If you’re like me, you struggle to find appropriate clothing for your tween daughters. Not only is my daughter on the shorter side, making clothes often disproportioned, she’s quite picky! I often find that clothes in her size range fit poorly and are sometimes too mature. So, when I discovered CALZICO and their concept, I was thrilled.

According to Shannon, , the CALZICO collection is for Tween girls, ages 6 to 14 years and is specifically designed for that in-between stage. She says that during the construction of each piece, consideration is given to how it will give tweens a boost of self-confidence. This is so critical at such a crucial age!

One of the strongest strengths of CALZICO clothing is its versatility. It can be worn multiple ways and multiple styles. You can see that in the two pieces we reviewed. All pieces of the collection are able to be flipped, zipped or layered to create multiple looks. This gives girls even more ways to express themselves, which is a definite plus at any age!

CALZICO is officially launching this December and its first season will feature six pieces. The collection includes reversible items, the skirt we reviewed (which converts to shorts) and other pieces, all of which are responsibly made right in North Carolina. CALZICO is cut and sewn in NC using textiles from the US, West and South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia that celebrate world diversity while aligning with others who empower locally.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until December! You can pre-order during CALZICO’s special Kickstarter campaign that was just launched this week. Check out all of the great information and pre-order options by clicking here now!

This isn’t the only way you can help to support this brand new mom-owned business. You can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for their e-mail updates. This way, you won't miss a single announcement about their exciting new products! I can say that I am hooked and am personally so excited to see them unveil their entire line. Market Mommy is thrilled to be partnered with CALZICO and look forward to bringing you lots of information and product insights in the future!

Monday
Oct102016

Mommy Monday:: Shannon Tennyson and CALZICO

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Shannon Tennyson.

What is your business?
CALZICO, a globally inspired, versatile clothing brand for tweens.

When did you start your business?
I started development of CALZICO in December 2015, inspired by my own tween daughter and my travels. I have two part time team members as well, who are invaluable. CALZICO presale will launch in December and we are preparing for a kickstarter in mid-November. Outside of CALZICO, I have a part time consulting business, providing Organizational Change Management consulting services to global clients since 2003.

What services/products do you offer?
CALZICO is versatile clothing for expressive tween girls in sizes 6-12. With convertible, reversible, and layering styles, we offer tweens age appropriate options to express their style, confidently. With every flip, zip, and layer, CALZICO items simply do more; for example, our signature "zipskirt" has a removable layer. We know the transition from child to teen is an important time and we’ve designed clothing to embrace it, not obscure it. For traveling families, we love the super soft, travel-friendly features that enable girls to pack less on their next family adventure. So many ways, she’ll have outfits for days! CALZICO is cut and sewn in NC using textiles from the US, West and South Africa, Australia, Canada, and Indonesia that celebrate world diversity while aligning with others who empower locally.

How do you balance family and business?
Not easily! For my consulting work, I have flexibility and control over my work week and travel schedule. That helps tremendously. I work 80% from home, so I try to maximize the hours my kids are at school. Then when they return home, I try to be available to connect with them and ensure they start on ‘must do’s and homework before diving back into my evening work. Right now, I try to dedicate 2 days per week plus time on weekends and evenings to CALZICO, and focus on my other client work the rest of the week.

At home, each person in our family also helps with CALZICO; our 13 year old with video and photo editing, our 10 year old with design input and fittings, and my spouse with additional responsibilities that I previously handled. I reserve a periodic ‘night out with mom/dad’, as a way to reconnect with each child; it fosters some of the best memories and discussions I have with my kids.

But it’s not all roses. There is a lot to juggle. Organized chaos tends to be my norm, as it is for many mom entrepreneurs I know. While preparing to launch CALZICO, I have to forego things; downtime, time with friends, travels etc. Happy to say that conquering laundry is now partly delegated to my tween and teen!

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Find grace! And give it freely to yourself and others. Mistakes and ‘misses’ are part of the gig. Three things I work to incorporate that help me are:
     

  • Creating small rituals to re-center and reduce stress (e.g. my morning tea or a walk when the house is quite). I try to remember that while there are things I may need to forego in order to achieve my entrepreneurial goals, adequate sleep, nutrition and laughter should really NOT be one of them.
  • I start my work day by identifying my three highest priority tasks and jotting them down. I'm a bit old school so I use a mini notebook for this (mine is literally 3x3" so I can't fit much more on a page). This keeps my daily 'to-dos' manageable. If I finish those three, additional tasks are a bonus. If I get off track, I go back to my list of three! I also keep an overall project plan posted on my bulletin board so I don't lose sight of the overall path I'm on.
  • Try to connect with new people. Find communities. We're all busy and I'm an introvert so this is a huge challenge for me, but when I meet new people, I am often surprised to learn of the path their life has taken - things they ventured into because they were listening to the 'nudges' in life, as I am. Give and get support. Paths cross if we make room for it.

And if none of these ideas work for you, scream into a pillow and try again. 

How do your market your business?
CALZICO will be predominately a direct-to-consumer online e-commerce store, so I have been and will continue to engage with local community feedback groups of moms and tweens, our brand blog, individuals and communities on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), bloggers, and other media and influencers that align to our market. I expect to add Pinterest and Snapchat soon, too.

Where can we find you?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/calzico

Instagram: www.instagram.com/calzico

Twitter: www.twitter.com/calzico

Blog: www.calzico.wordpress.com


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