Each month we offer a dedicated e-mail featuring our favorite mom-owned businesses. This is a sponsored {meaning they paid for inclusion} e-mail and it goes out to everyone that receives our monthly newsletter. As an added bonus, we are featuring these great mom entrepreneurs on our blog today! Please check them out and see what they have to offer! Happy Friday!

4 Kids Enterprizes

4 Kids Enterprizes offers fun and educational product for kids! Including Crafts4Kids and Mail4Kids!

 

Bless Others with Cards

 

SendOutCards allows you to easily create highly personalized REAL cards featuring YOU, your logos, products, or services.

 

My Life on Time

My Life On Time creates highly customized and personalized organizational planners and calendars for busy women, families and students.

 

The Health Habit

 

See yourself shopping free at locations of your choice! A one-time purchase that includes not a kit of products but groceries

 

 If you’d like to be featured in August’s Market Mommy Favs, E-mail me today!

 

 

      

                     

Market Mommy partnered with several companies and outlets to put together our recent First Birthday Extravaganza. One of those websites was ChicGalleria.com. Chic Galleria is an online magazine that features four, distinct editorial sections:  Style & Beauty, Arts & Entertainment, Body & Mind and Home & Family.

They also offer some great advertising opportunities for your small business. For the Extravaganza, they provided the winner with a free advertorial. An advertorial on ChicGalleria.com showcases your products in a feature article. It includes information that you provide, images, links and can feature video as well.

The advertorial is an opportunity to show potential customers what makes you tick, your favorite experiences, what you love about your products, your hurdles and more. The piece will be written by one of Chic Galleria’s fabulous writers. They also offer giveaway opportunities along with the advertorials.

There are also several other opportunities for advertising. Chic Galleria offers SHOP page and model sponsorships where they highlight your item either on their SHOP page or incorporate it into a model’s outfit. Both options include a 125×125 banner ad placement as well.

In addition, there are several options for sidebar ads at various sizes and prices on varying pages of Chic Galleria. They have a weekly newsletter that is mailed to more than 2,500 subscribers and offer advertising opportunities there as well. For more information, visit their website or contact them for rates at info{at}chicgalleria.com.

Jennifer Covello started writing and creating a baby journal in 2007. By January of 2008, she had launched her business, Frittabello, LLC.

That journal is now an award-winning piece, called “My Life.” It gives parents the opportunity to record the story of their child’s life from birth through age five. In addition, Frittabello also offers much more for mom and baby.  They offer a  line of 100 percent organic cotton and custom embroidered baby layette apparel, including onesies, bibs and hats.

They also offer stationery, custom embroidered 100 percent recycled cotton mini-tote bags, gift sets, keepsake boxes and gift baskets.

One may wonder how Covello balances it all, especially when they discover she is a single mom. “Balancing family and business is the most difficult challenge I have, being a single parent and sole mompreneur,” she said.

“Some days are better than others, but I try to make the most of my time with my children and unless it is really urgent, I try to take off my “Frittabello” hat when they are home,” Covello said.

She believes a strong support system and trusting in yourself are crucial when running a business. “The best advice I can give is to trust yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will always guide you,” Covello said. “Also, make sure you have a strong support system around you, not only to act as your own ‘board of directors,’ but to boost you up when you need it.”

In addition to the online store, Frittabello, LLC can be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  In addition, Covello has a Working Mother Mom Blog at WorkingMother.com.

 

The back-to-school season is in full swing here at our house.  Pencils, notebooks and crayons are labeled and ready to go.  It is a time of excitement and change.  However, while most people consider back-to-school shopping to only be about school supplies and clothing, I propose that it is the perfect time to consider making changes to your child’s room decor to reflect their changing interests and preferences.  In the spirit of the back-to-school season, I wanted to share with you some simple ideas for making changes to their decor that will last all year.

1.  Start with a theme or color.  You probably already have a theme in place for your child’s room and it may be that this theme is still perfectly appropriate for their age.  If so, you may want to consider adding a few complimentary pieces to enhance the existing decor.  However, if they are ready for a complete change in theme or color, try to choose something flexible.  For instance, rather than choosing Toy Story 3 as a theme, why not choose outer space so that your son will still enjoy it long after the newness of Buzz Lightyear wears off.  Similarly for your daughter, you might choose a music or dance theme, rather than focusing on Hannah Montana.  When choosing a color, consider a more neutral choice or compromise on one brightly colored accent wall.  While neon pink or army green might look great in the store, consider how it would look on your walls and whether the color will limit your decor choices.

2.  Make changes to your wall decor.  Choices for wall decor are almost limitless and there are many options that aren’t even considered.  Wall decor can be as simple as a framed art piece or as detailed as a pre-pasted mural that covers most or all of a bedroom wall.  Hanging wall letters are another great way to add style to a room.  The biggest advantage to wall letters is that they will carry over into any theme and can be customized to match your existing decor.  Peel and stick decals are easy to use, very affordable and many can be personalized.  The best part is that when your child is ready for a change they remove easily without damaging your walls.

3.  Add accent pieces to your existing decor.  If you are not planning major changes of your child’s decor, consider adding an accent piece that will bring new excitement to the room.  You may want to tie in different colors than you used previously with the same theme.  One idea to consider would be customized hand-painted drawer knobs.  These knobs add fun and color to your child’s dresser.  Another idea would be to change the lighting in the room by adding a unique lamp.  From trains and planes to polka dots and pompoms, lamps come in a variety of designs and themes.

4.  Organize their belongings with new storage solutions.  Adding storage baskets, bookcases and shelves is a great way to let children participate in organizing the contents of their rooms.  Storage baskets are available in very traditional designs like stripes and solids as well as funky geometric patterns and bright colors.  Bookcases can be much more than just three simple shelves.  Why not consider a revolving bookcase with a theme like firefighters or princesses?  Shelves can also add storage and free up floor space.  Solid color shelves are flexible and timeless in design.  Patterned or themed shelves can dress up a solid colored wall.

5.  Make memories last with a personalized growth chart.  You may have been charting your child’s growth on the kitchen wall, but unfortunately you can’t have that sentimental piece of the wall with you forever.  So for a more permanent solution, consider purchasing a growth chart for your child’s room.  There are numerous growth chart products available including original paintings, stretched canvas art, and peel and stick decals.  Most can be personalized and some can even be customized to your color specifications.  Many even roll up for easy storage.  Imagine what a special keepsake you will have to document their growth and hopefully pass on to them one day.

So, consider celebrating the excitement of a new school year by making simple changes to the decor of your child’s room that will reflect their maturing style and personality.  If possible, involve them in the process.  Children of all ages will delight in the opportunity to help make their space more personal.

Michelle Miller is the owner of Kids Decor, Inc., an online boutique featuring unique room decor for children.  Michelle started her business just over a year ago, after being a SAHM for 8 years.  She lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, daughter and two dogs.  Her boutique currently offers more than 2,000 products including bedding, furniture, wall art, lighting, storage solutions and more.  To stay up to date on all her newest products and promotions make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Michelle is also offering a discount to Market Mommy readers using the coupon code mommy10.  Enter this code at check out for 10% off your total purchase.  Coupon is valid through September 30, 2010.

A word of recommendation from a previous customer can go a long way in marketing your products. Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising around. Unfortunately, it sometimes can take a while for word to spread.

Abbey, at LivingMyMoment, has implemented a new Shop & Review program that will speed that process up dramatically. Now, you can participate in this program and get linked directly with customers. Your listing allows you to post products for sale with images, a buy it now button (with a direct link to your product page) and it features a star rating and review option so customers can give direct feedback.

The star rating and review system will give users the feel of shopping at Target, Amazon or other review sites. Potential customers will be able to immediately see the recommendations of your previous customers.

LivingMyMoment offers a wealth of great resources for MoM and DaD small business owners, including a blog, reviews, giveaways and a free directory! The Shop & Review program will launch along with an entire site redesign in the coming days.

To celebrate the launch of this new program, businesses can sign-up for the first month only at an incredible discount. There are also referral fees for those that help to grow the program. For more information on this great opportunity, please contact marketing{at}livingmymoment.com.

Stacy Ayers started By Invitation Only Weddings & Events in 2007. Not only is she a busy entrepreneur, she’s also the mother of four, including two teenagers and a set of three-year-old twins! Like many mom entrepreneurs, she said that balancing both can sometimes be a challenge.

“I focus on setting my appointments with my clients during the day while the children are in school and daycare.  Once they hit the door I take time out to focus on them. And once everyone is in the bed for the evening I get back to work,” she said. Occasionally, this can lead to long nights, depending on the event(s) she’s working on. But, she said, it’s very important to her not to sacrifice that family time.

By Invitation Only is an event planning service company. They handle every detail, freeing their customer to savor every moment. Their services include pre-event set up and post-event clean up. They plan weddings, birthday parties, anniversary parties, business grand openings, family reunions and much more.

According to Ayers, running a business takes love and sacrifice to keep the momentum. “My advice to other mom entrepreneurs is to love what you do and be willing to make sacrifices,” she said. “It took over a year before I started getting steady clientele and at times it was discouraging.”

Oftentimes, small businesses must give a little in order to get started. “To get the word out about By Invitation Only, I offered my services at no charge as long as I was able to have pictures from the events to add to my portfolio and website.  And once the word started spreading business picked up,” Ayers said.

By Invitation Only is located in the Houston, Texas area. In addition to their website, they can also be found on Twitter and Facebook!

Welcome to the new home of Market Mommy:: The Blog! We are estatic that our site redesign and expansion is completed and launched!

I hope you’ve taken the opportunity to browse around and see what we have to offer! Now that our blog is connected to our main site, you can see, read and do everything here, in one central location! This has several benefits, and for those of you wanting to advertise, it means much better exposure for you! We’ve restructured our advertising and partnership opportunities, so be sure to look them over!

We’ve also added the Directory! It’s just another FREE way for you to advertise on Market Mommy! Simply fill out the form and we’ll get your business added, it’s that simple! If you’d like add an image and move to the top of your category, the cost is only $5/month to upgrade your listing!

One of our goals with the expansion and redesign was to help mom business owners communicate and network with each other more effectively! So, we’ve implemented a FREE forum! Feel free to join in discussions and post your own questions for others. My hope is that this will come a valuable tool in your marketing efforts!

Take a look around, leave us your comments and sign our guest book. We’d love to hear your feedback! Welcome to the “NEW” Market Mommy!

And, of course, happy Friday!!

 

It’s July! And, Market Mommy is happy to announce what you’ve all been waiting for! The winner(s) of our First Birthday Extravaganza! First, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who entered, tweeted, blogged, facebooked, etc. about the contest! I appreciate your support!

We had just under 300 entries! I’ve really enjoyed reading through them and getting to know you all a little bit better!

And, we of course can’t forget our awesome sponsors! Without them, this giveaway would not have been possible! Please review the list here and thank them whenever possible!

Now for the winners ……

Mega Prize Winner::
A BIG congratulations to Lois Whittacker at Cushie Pushie
 

4 runners-up recieve a one-year membership to Our Milk Money::

1. Micholyn Fajen at Fajen Consulting
2. Staci at November Sunflower
3. Emily Li at LiLi Picked
4. Angela Bickford at Always B Designs

19 runners-up receive a copy of The Business Behind the Boogie::
1. Angela at Always B Designs
2. Maureen Calo at United from Home
3. Kathleen Collins at Jilly Jelly Bug
4. Eva at Hyper Space web design
5. Heather Flottman at Liliputians
6. Jaime at Simply Jaime
7. Colleen Garcia at Clever Container

8. Jan Ackerson at Superior Editing Services
9. Anita Foster at Rianja Fashion
10. Melissa Dery at The Golden Rule VA
11. Heather Barnard at Chickadee Prints
 

12. Susan Jones at Little Monkeys
13. Jill Chuckas at Crafty Baby
14. Michal Circolone at MammaMichal’s Freshly Made Body Care Products
 

15. Suzanne Remington at The Boy’s Store
16. Michelle Campbell at 3 Blondes and a Bag
17. Staci Egan at Contempo Jewelry
18. Heather Lopez at Happy and Healthy Mom
19. Michelle Miller at Kids Décor, Inc.

 
Congratulations to all!