Janie McQueen is the co-owner and mom behind Susu & John. She started the boutique that sells classic, high style baby bonnets, hat and clothing in the spring of 2009. The shop offers baby bonnets in three sizes that fit ages four months to three years, based on a unique heirloom pattern; bucket hats with a unique buttons-all-‘round feature, and matching clothing and diaper covers.

As with any home-based business, balance is the key. McQueen said she tends to get a lot done first thing in the morning while her 19-month-old twins are busy eating breakfast and playing. “I’m a born multitasker so I’m happiest this way,” she said. McQueen said she does not usually work much in the evenings so that she can relax and enjoy her family.

Her business pretty much revolves around Susu (short for Sophia Susannah) and John, her twins who are also her company namesake and models. She also has two older boys, Riley age 13 and Thomas age 11 who help a lot. “They’ll babysit while I do a more detailed task and often I repay them with something special,” she said. “I also get a lot of support from my husband.” However, she said, “probably my biggest ace in the hole is that I type like a bat out of h*– er, heck. I’m a former journalist!”

“I think the ideal home business is one that dovetails with your lifestyle and the people in it,” said McQueen. “I know some moms who choose to work into the wee hours, and they might be night owls, unlike me. Some people do best compartmentalizing. But I don’t hide my business–my office is the breakfast room space off the kitchen where I can see everybody–I actually chose that space in our new house instead of a spare room we have– and I involve my children in the biz where I can. They learn how to do certain things and respect when I’m on deadline (usually).”

Susu & John can be found online, on Twitter and on Facebook!

Every year, The Fresh Air Fund gives thousands of inner-city children the priceless gift of fun – and opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities.

Whether its a two-week trip to the country to visit a volunteer host family, or a fun-filled and educational stay at one of our camps, our programs make for unforgettable memories – and open a world of new friendships and fresh possibilities.

  • Just $10 will send one child on a bus ride to his or her Friendly Town host family.
  • $24 provides a child with a week of swimming lessons.
  • $42 provides a day of Career Awareness classes.
  • A gift of $50 can fund a camp counselor for a day.
  • If you can give as much as $91, you provide a child at camp with meals for a week.

They are a not-for-profit agency and depend on tax-deductible donations from people like you to keep their vital programs flourishing. For more information, visit their website.

There is a new company that moms may be interested in. Snack Healthy offers great, healthy snacks for kids. Moms can get in on the ground level of the business and earn free snacks, while earning extra income too.

According to the company website:

“It is our passion to educate the world about the benefits of the super foods and healthients in our products and the improved quality of life from eating healthy. It is our goal to always listen to our customers and partners and constantly improve what we do. We pledge to constantly be searching for the healthiest products that offer real benefits at prices everyone can afford. It’s an amazing adventure to grow a business that reflects our dreams, passions and beliefs.

Today, our company offers the highest quality products in an innovative, convenient way that aligns with our busy lifestyles. We take great pleasure in hearing your stories about how SnackHealthy has changed your life and encourage you to share your stories with us.”

Visit Snack Healthy to find out more!

We recently introduced our Casart Carryalls, stylish shoulder bags and canvas totes, printed with our wallcovering designs and patterns. They are now featured on our newly updated website just in time for your holiday giving.

10 percent of all proceeds from our Gulf Coast Designs, including the Carryalls, go toward Louisiana Gulf Coast Response or the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s recovery efforts. Pictured are many of our 24 reversible designs and all over patterns. Colors can be customized: just contact us and we’ll work with you. Be sure to order in time to allow for a two week turnaround.

View our YouTube video of the Carryalls in action.

While viewing our Carryalls, some of our new designs and web pages, include:

· Designs and Mural for Gulf Coast Recovery

· Crawfish Cotillion

· Birds & Birch – New Designs & Murals Page

· Flower Power – Botanicals

· Starfish pattern and Stair Risers – Designs & Murals

· 3-D Star Stair Risers – Architectural

· Our Signature Blue Butterflies – Designs & Murals

· New Growth Charts – t3 (tots, tweens and teens)

· New photography and you can upload your own – Custom Page

· New Portfolio & Praises page

· New Extra webpage

For some quick easy ways to decorate for the holidays use our Della Robbia, which can easily transform any staircase or mantel.

 

We wish you and yours the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays throughout this season.

— The Casart Crew

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Casart Coverings as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.

Tisha Marie Pelletier is a mom, author and professional. She operates Simply Put Marketing, Details Event Management and is also a principal of SourdoughPR, a national marketing and PR firm. In addition, she has authored a book, ‘When the Universe Throws a Curve Ball – How a mom entrepreneur went from disappointment to living her passion.”

She also founded a mom entrepreneurs’ group in Arizona which she plans on expanding to include more chapters and member benefits.  Pelletier also created the Mom Entrepreneur of the Year event last spring and plans on hosting it every year.

When her son was 18 months old, Pelletier and her husband decided to hire a childcare provider two days out of the week. “It was the best decision we made,” she said. “It’s a win-win for both me and Caleb, and I get the best of both worlds.  I work 3-4 full days a week while he’s at childcare or with his grandma, and the other days, I get to spend time with him and don’t feel the least bit guilty.” She also admits that she’s a night owl and does a lot of work once the house is asleep. “As for balancing time with my family, I put a start and stop time on my day when the family is together so we can enjoy each others’ company,” she added.

She encouraged other mom entrepreneurs to realize that they’re not superwoman, and it’s okay to ask for help. “We all need it and when we do, we can be 110 percent more effective in balancing our workload along with our families.”

“Having a good support group of other mom entrepreneurs helps, too.  Sometimes friends and family just don’t get it.  It’s nice to talk with others in your same shoes,” she added.

Tisha Pelletier can be found on Facebook, as can her book. She is also on Twitter and has a blog.

Are you looking for something different for gift-giving this year?  Something special and unique?  Something for that someone who already has everything?  Rendi has just what you are looking for.  In just minutes, you can create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift from hand and heart.  Choose your gift–one of many picture frames, wall hangings or bud vases.   Then customize, by changing colors and adding your own text, such as names, dates, quotes or special messages.  

Rendi’s products give you a new and creative way to CARE for family and friends. Rendi means “you make” in Italian. YOU MAKE your life reflect the values you hold most precious. Doesn’t that really mean our relationships? YOU MAKE a gift – a one-of-a-kind, personal gift that you’ve given from both your hand and your heart. YOU MAKE people happy. You step out of life’s busyness and take time to tell someone just how much they mean to you. You’ll be amazed how your creation impacts the people in your life.

Rendi’s products are shipped out the door to you within 48 hours of your order, and they are already gift-wrapped!!! It just doesn’t get any easier to give a thoughtful, meaningful gift from hand and heart.

Receive a free gift with purchase, while supplies last!!  Simply place your order at www.jessica.rendistyle.com, then email jessi dot create at gmail dot com to claim your free gift, worth $13!

Happy holidays, and happy gift-giving!!

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Rendi as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.

Hi Market Mommy Readers,

20 Days to Christmas! I absolutely LOVE Christmas– It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! Many moms get stressed this time of year, trying to make everything perfect while balancing the checkbook. I want to encourage you to think simple this year. Cultivate a giving spirit in your family and they’ll begin to see Christmas in a new light. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, give Christmas gifts to the needy, head to a nursing home with a smile and a fruit basket, etc. There are many other ways to cultivate giving in your family! It might not be easy at first–especially if your family isn’t accustomed to giving–but I guarantee attitudes will change as your family sees firsthand how one act of kindness can change the hearts and lives of someone else.

Presents and surprises are fun, too….just don’t get too caught up in the hustle and bustle that you forget the true meaning of Christmas: God Came Near! We celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ this season. It is a season of hope, joy and love.

At Mommy Bag Marketing, Inc. we are a Christian corporation with strong family values. If you are a Christian mom with sales experience, we are interviewing in metro areas. Find out more here: http://www.mommybagmarketing.com/business-opportunity.html

Many Christmas blessings to you and your family this year!

“Spreading JOY and Christian resources…one bag at a time!”

MariLee Parrish

Christian Author and CEO

Mommy Bag Marketing, Inc.

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Mommy Bag Marketing, Inc. as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Babykakesink! offers an array of posh and personalized gifts. Home of the “original” Alphabet onesie’s and tees Babykakesink! takes style to fun, funky and fabulous. Find the perfect baby shower, birthday, or Christmas gift for that special little one in your life.

Offering an array of nursery items and must haves let Babykakesink! help you design the perfect nursery or utilize our gift registry services for all your baby shower needs.

Babykakesink specializes in custom orders to make your special outfit become reality for that perfect picture or event. Gifting is our specialty and Babykakesink! offers adorable gifts for everyone. From pettiskirts, clothing, hair bows, hats, bedding, to nap time and meal time we have adorable items with that one-of-a-kind feel .

So this Holiday Season stop by Babykakesink! and let them help you find that perfect gift for the chic momma or momma-to-be and their little ones.

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Babykakesink! as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.

Owner casts spell making magical wands for her daughter and friends and “poof” she creates her on-line boutique, “Sprinkle Me Pink.”

“I have always wanted to open a boutique for girls.  I enjoy making magical “poof” wands and keepsake pixie dust for my daughter, nieces and friends and had the opportunity to lease space at a gift shop inside an establishment called “Tea Party Castle.”  I carry toys, sparkly make-up, handmade poof wands and keepsake pixie dust in their store,” said Beth Boissonneault.

Branching out from there, I opened my on-line boutique, www.sprinklemepink.com. 

Sprinkle Me Pink is an on-line boutique that carries fun, frilly and fabulous gifts at affordable prices for posh girls.  Customers can choose from a wide array of items such as:  magical “poof” wands, posh tutus, sparkly make-up, toys, books, stocking stuffers, hair accessories, room décor, jewelry and much more!

Sprinkle Me Pink is currently running our Holiday Sales Event until 12/25/10.  Use this link and receive 15% off YOUR ENTIRE ORDER!  Free shipping on all orders of $50.00 or more!

Visit http://bit.ly/SprinkleMe15 and start your holiday shopping!

Have a “Sprinkle Me Pink” Holiday!

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Sprinkle Me Pink as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.

Everyday a mom starts a business. Everyday a mom decides to take her future into her own hands and create her own destiny. Everyday a mom uses her creative thinking, her patience, and her resiliency to invent new ways to help other moms struggling through a similar problem as her. Everyday a mom decides to work from home so that she can be there for her kids. But everyday a mom learns that this process is not an easy. Everyday a mom learns that it is hard to balance a business and a baby. Everyday a mom struggles and learns how to do things better, cheaper, & faster.
 
One of those moms, Heather Lopez, would like to help you navigate the process of starting, growing, and maintaining a business; saving you time, money, and frustration. Heather is the mom behind Happy and Healthy Mom.Com the Super Mom Entrepreneur Conference & Expo and grant, Become Better Brands, the Bloggin’ Mamas Cruise & Conference, and WAHM Kiddie Swap. Today she launches Heather Lopez Enterprises, a fully featured marketing, branding, pr and media company dedicated to helping you connect with your customers via the creative use of social media, branding and events.  
 
Ask yourself: Am I using social media effectively to build my business? Do I know how to create a memorable image in my customer’s mind? Do I need guidance?
 
Through her Social Media Butterfly-in-Training program; Branding Bootcamp; coaching; graphic/web design, marketing, & pr professionals; workshops; websites; and events, Heather can help you start from the groundfloor up.   

This is a sponsored guest post provided by Heather Lopez Enterprises as part of the Market Mommy 12 Days of Christmas promotional special.