Tasha Chawner is a wife and mother of two who has had a lifetime passion for color, design and jewelry. She has combined those passions into For You Jewelry Designs. Because she also has a passion for family, she turned her hobby into a business and is able to spend more time with her children.

Her goal is to create stunning jewelry. She draws most of her inspiration from Mother Nature and also enjoys scrapbooking, card-making and photography. Tasha is a self-taught, self-representing jewelry artist who specializes in one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry.

In addition to her Etsy Shop, she can also be found at her blog, or via e-mail.

Tasha has generously joined the Market Mommy First Birthday Extravaganza and is giving away a $50 gift certificate to For You Designs!! The winner of the gift certificate will be able to use it to choose their own favorite piece! If you just can’t wait to win, mention code Market Mommy and 10% of your order will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours.

To enter, simply visit Tasha’s shop and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following {please leave a new comment for each!}:

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Sign up for our free monthly marketing e-newsletter
• Blog about this giveaway {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 30th to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Lorelei Hancock is the owner of Cricket Stitches. Growing up, she could never find her unique name on any personalized products. That is why she still loves anything personalized today.
She and her husband live in Central Florida with their two children. Her company has evolved out of her love for all things monogrammed, wanting to have something with her name on it and wanting a business of her own. She does all the embroidery of products herself.

Cricket Stitches has generously donated a Waffle Weave Cosmetic Bag as a giveaway for Market Mommy’s First Birthday Extravaganza! To enter, simply leave a comment here about why you’d love to have one! Cricket Stitches is also on Facebook!

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following {please leave a new comment for each!}:

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Sign up for our free monthly marketing e-newsletter
• Blog about this giveaway {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 30th to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Cerra is a full-time homemaker, part-time university student and entrepreneur who started crafting as a young girl and hasn’t stopped since. She joined, and starting selling on, Etsy in 2007, originally selling only her postcards, then expanding to coasters, magnets, supplies and other miscellaneous goods before finding her true passion.

She began doing linocuts during junior high thanks to an amazing art teacher who encouraged her during a pretty dark time in her life. All of her linocut prints are limited edition runs, with the blocks being destroyed after less than a hundred prints are hand-pulled.

Bitten by the photography bug in the mid-1990s, her postcards were designed, some years later, in response to a need for non-generic tourist cards. She has them professionally printed for durability and clarity.

Her felt products, which originally started as toys for her son and gifts to others, are hand-sewn from eco-felt. This means that you reduce your environmental impact while supporting an independent business.

The feelings that came from creating have been a reliable source of comfort to Cerra throughout the years – something she hopes to pass onto her son by leading through example. Cerra is generously giving away an unframed lino print, fantastic magnetic fish and a set of four seasonal postcards to a lucky winner during Market Mommy’s First Birthday Extravaganza!

To enter, simply visit Cerra’s shop and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following {please leave a new comment for each!}:

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Sign up for our free monthly marketing e-newsletter
• Blog about this giveaway {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 30th to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Bella Tunno is a baby and children’s NECCESSORY (necessary accessory) company dedicated to the balance of fashion, function and philanthropy. Trend-setting tots can now flaunt funky and fun baby basics – including Binkers, Bibs, Designer Diners, Parent Pods, Laminated Play Smocks, Disposables, Diaper Ditties and Headwear – while both retailers and parents can feel good about purchasing items that contribute to a larger cause.

The company was started in 2005 by Michelle Tunno Buelow to help others live the life that her late-brother, Matt Tunno, would have wanted.

Bella Tunno is committed to donating a portion of EVERY sale to the Matt Tunno MAKE A DIFFERENCE FUND. The main focus of Bella Tunno’s charitable efforts is drug and alcohol-related education, prevention and rehabilitation programs.

Bella Tunno has generously donated an Oopsie Ditty to giveaway at Market Mommy’s First Birthday Extravaganza! Every mom could use one of these survival sacks for the parenthood jungle!

To enter, simply visit Bella Tunno and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following {please leave a new comment for each!}:

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Sign up for our free monthly marketing e-newsletter
• Blog about this giveaway {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 30th to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Blooming Bods was founded in 2009 by Claudia Fileto and offers only the very best quality and functional products for maternity, baby, and child. According to Fileto, all of the company’s products are parent chosen and endorsed as an effort to save parents time and money.

One of the challenges that all mom business owners face is balancing work and family. “This is something that is constantly a challenge,” said Fileto. “I do my best to set schedules for the business and family time.”

However, flexibility plays a role, too. “I have learned to be flexible and to not be too hard on myself,” Fileto added. “I understand that life happens.”

Like many business owners, Fileto agrees that you must be passionate about what you do. “Always do what you are most passionate about, it will be more rewarding for you as a person as well as your business,” she said. “Never lose focus on the big picture of why you are doing what you are doing.”

In addition to their website, Blooming Bods can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Wow, it’s here! June 1, 2010. Exactly one year ago today Market Mommy was born. I literally cannot believe how fast the past year has went by. It has been an exciting year for sure!

Market Mommy was founded in hopes of linking mom business owners with legitimate, affordable advertising opportunities. We have done that, but we have done much more! We offer our own affordable advertising space, and low-cost marketing services as well.

In March of this year, we expanded our design and printing services and can now quote any printing project you or your business may be interested in!

We have over 300 Facebook ‘likers’, over 2300 followers on Twitter and hundreds of newsletter subscribers! I really have been humbled by the support I’ve received and the many friends I’ve made! So, thank you!

It wouldn’t be a first birthday without a party! And we have put together a fantastic First Birthday Extravaganza! We are celebrating all month long with giveaways, guest bloggers and a fabulous marketing package that will be given away to one lucky mom entrepreneur!

Here is a list of everything that is included::
{for details & official rules, visit our Extravaganza Page}

Marketing Prize Package from Market Mommy
Advertising Package from Lower Mainland Children’s Directory
2 Hours Business Consulting, via Skype with The Boogie Moms
Advertorial on Chic Galleria Magazine
One hour social media marketing consultation from Rebecca Buscemi at Savvy Women’s Business Solution
One Year Directory Listing at SimplyStacie
Full listing, 125×125 month ad, and copy of Article Marketing Ebook From At Home Mom Blog
Become Better Brands advertising package
Writing/Editing Consult from always B designs
One Hour Tapping Sesssion from Tapping Heals
125 x125 Monthly Button Ad on Living my MoMent
Year-long membership to Our Milk Money
SOCBox from Bless Others with Cards
Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten, Let’s Get Ready for First Grade (books)
Free membership to Care4Hire
Corporate Mom Dropouts (book)
A copy of The Business Behind The Boogie (book)
So, You Want to be a Work at Home Mom? (book)
$20 Gift Certificate to use at CMBR Partners
Also, several random runner-up winners will win::
One of 4 year-long Memberships to Our Milk Money
One of19 copies of The Business Behind The Boogie

Here is a list of all the guest bloggers for the month::
Jill Hart, CWAHM
Jennifer Erickson, Lower Mainland Children’s Directory
Angela Bickford, always B designs
Heather Lopez, Become Better Brands
Rebecca Buscemi, SWBS
MariLee Parrish, CMBR
Cindy Selvaggio, Tapping Heals
Lindsey Wood, Casart Coverings
Holly Hanna, The Work At Home Woman
Abbey Fatica, Living my MoMent
Candi Wingate, Care4Hire
Stacey Kannenberg, Cedar Valley Publishing
Lucinda Cross, Corporate Mom Dropouts
Deirdre Smith, JDaniel4smom Blog
Lisa Wible, Bless Others With Cards
Ros Guerrero, Ficklets
Genesis Davies, At Home Mom Blog

Here is a list of the other fun giveaways running in June::
For You Designs
Cricket Stitches
Cerra on Etsy
Bella Tunno

This is getting to be a long post, but this is also where you can earn extra entries for the mega marketing package that we’re giving away. First, you must fill out the registration form here. Then, you can earn extra entries by doing the following {please leave a new comment for each!}::

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Blog about this prize package and the First Birthday Extravaganza {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

Win @MarketMommy ‘s birthday extravaganza! Marketing prize package #giveaway for your biz valued at over $2600! http://tinyurl.com/25s7qpr

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 30th to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Thanks again for all of your support! Market Mommy wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

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Thanks to everyone for entering! Comments for this post are now closed. The winner is comment # 19 :: Kim, owner of Shop With Me Mama. Congratulations!!
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Happy Summer! I am so happy to be part of the Summer Blog Tour! Thanks Abbey {Living my MoMent} and Holly {The Work at Home Woman} for putting this together! I’ve been having a ton of fun from the get go! And, of course, thanks to everyone for stopping by today!

My name is Dawn, and I’m the mommy behind Market Mommy! I have a wonderful hubby, two terrific preschoolers and we live in rural Ohio. My background is in marketing /communications and in 2007 I launched Announcements Galore, an online shop that sells photo cards, photo magnets and keepsake photo collages. I started Market Mommy in hopes of utilizing my marketing skills to help other mom entrepreneurs market their businesses.

I’m very proud and honored that Holly and Abbey came to me when they were first preparing for the Tour and asked me to design the tour’s button ad. I’m pretty thrilled with how it turned out and super excited to see it plastered all over the blogosphere! Button ad design is just one of the MANY marketing services that Market Mommy offers! If you are having a special event or promotion on your blog, or just need a new, updated button or banner, I’d love to help you out. Our prices are very reasonable!

I’m very excited to tell you that Market Mommy will turn 1 next week! MarketMommy.com was launched June 1, 2009 and this blog shortly followed. I, personally, have had so much fun over the past year. I’ve met some FANTASTIC women, gained some great friendships, learned a lot about myself and even made a little money 🙂

To celebrate, we are having a First Birthday Extravaganza the entire month of June! There will be a full month of guest blog posts here on the blog. The schedule we have lined up is truly awesome! There will be some fun giveaways! And, best of all, there will be a large marketing prize package given away to one lucky mom business owner! It is valued at over $2600! So, mark your calendars and be sure to stop back next week!

Ok, now for the giveaway! I’m giving away winner’s choice of a $25 gift certificate to Announcements Galore or Market Mommy. It can be used on any goods or services from either site. For your first entry, simply comment here and introduce yourself!

Earn extra entries by doing any of the following {please leave a new comment for each!}:

• Follow @MarketMommy on Twitter
• Follow this blog!
• Sign up for our free monthly marketing e-newsletter
• Blog about this giveaway {include a link in your comment, please}
• Tweet about this giveaway!

Visit http://tinyurl.com/27enooa! @MarketMommy has a #giveaway going for a $25 gift certificate to Announcements Galore or Market Mommy!

You can tweet about this giveaway once a day until the 31st to earn extra entries, simply leave a comment each day that you do! All comments will close on Monday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Just in time to start the Extravaganza!

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you’ll follow my blog and become a regular visitor! And, please, sign up for our free e-newsletter! Our monthly mailing is filled with marketing tips, features on mom business owners, coupons and much more!


Casart Coverings, llc launched in January 2009, right at the height of the economic downturn and are proud to say that they have survived and are growing!

Ashley Spencer, senior partner along with her sister, Lindsey Wood and her mother, Lorre Lei Jackson launched the female-run, family-owned eCommerce business in an attempt to revolutionize the idea of traditional wallpaper.

“We offer Casart® = art for your home, which are originally hand-painted decorative finishes and murals that have been printed onto wall coverings that are repositionable, removable and even reusable – slipcovers for your walls!” said Spencer.

All designs can be customized to personal color choices and a variety of sizes; you can even upload your own photo or image. “This is perfect for a child’s room that is ever changing or a birthday party theme,” added Spencer. In addition, there is no messy paste or fear of commitment. Coverings can be easily cleaned and removed, stored and reused. They are made of a high-grade vinyl that will withstand the test of time.

Spencer has two older children, in college and graduating from high school. Wood serves as the company’s marketing coordinator and is also the mother of two small children. Spencer said the family is still learning how to balance the company with their family. “A lot of work goes into the creative and administrative side of operating, managing, and marketing a fairly new business, particularly in tough economic times,” she said. The company has hired some interns to lighten the work load and conduct a lot of business via e-mail and Skype. “We try to not let work intrude on our weekends, reserving this primarily for important family time,” Spencer said.

Spencer is not new to the entrepreneurial world. She has owned her own illustration business since 1988 and has been doing decorative painting since 1995. She suggests going into business with partners, if you can. “I never could have managed Casart coverings alone,” she said.

Because of her experience as a business owner, she has a lot of good advice for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. “Operating a business will take more time than you think. It will take a lot of work and persistence. Do your research from start up costs to logistics and production, etc. Formulate a business, marketing and organizational plan in the process and learn as much as you can about your industry,” Spencer said.

“Learn to maintain equanimity and a positive attitude. Be tenacious, persevere, and follow your dream,” she concluded.

Casart coverings can be found online, on their blog, on facebook, on twitter and on LinkedIn. Check them out today!

Holly @ The Work at Home Woman is one of my favorite people. She has a great site and offers fabulous resources to women who work at home. And, her advertising works, I’ve used it! Well guess what?!? She just happens to be running a contest where you can win free advertising on her site!

For details, visit The Work at Home Woman. The package is worth over $275 and includes space on her main site as well as tweets, facebook posts and other announcements to her network. Sounds like a package I’d like to win! There are multiple ways to enter, so check it out today! The contest ends June 1.

Because I am SO excited about our upcoming First Birthday Extravaganza, I’m reposting the promo button for today’s Wordless Wednesday. Our Birthday Extravaganza will run June 1 – 30 and will feature a HUGE prize package worth over $1700! Stay tuned for details, you won’t want to miss this party!