Who:: Brittany @ Scrappy Notes
Business Established:: 2002
What they do:: Scrappy Notes began in 2002 at my kitchen table with some paints, paper and a lot of creativity. With a desire to help supplement our income, I started designing notepads, cards, stationery and more for friends and family to buy. My ideas and artwork continued to expand as requests for more products and graphics poured in. Much to my surprise, in less than a year Scrappy Notes was born.
How she finds balance:: Working from home while raising four little (getting bigger by the moment) little boys has forced me to organize my time MUCH more efficiently. When I’m doing activities with my boys I try really hard to be present with them, vice versa when it comes to work. I have found combining the two can sometimes work great if I employ them by having them stuff envelopes, sticker, fold, count etc. They love the involvement, extra money, and to be busy.
Her best advice:: My advice would be to learn as you go and not get overwhelmed, just take it a little bit at a time and things will happen. With children, they HAVE to come first and you can adjust as they grow and their schedule changes – that’s the beauty of having your own business!
Save Now:: Save 15% with coupon code MMBP15
What they are giving away:: Notes From the Mom of Bow Notepad
Play and win:: Which is your favorite custom stamp at Scrappy Notes?

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post.

Who:: Sherri-Lee @ Mail4Kids
Business Established:: October 2008
What they do:: Mail4Kids is an educational, collector’s card service for kids. Each month we send out a custom designed collector’s card of an image from one of our categories on the front and educational and fun information on the back. Each card comes with an activity sheet that continues the theme of the card. The yearly subscription (12 mailings) is $40 and the deluxe starter kit is option and is $25.00. The starter kit includes a personalized collector’s box, index cards with the categories on them, four cards to start the collection and a special gift to welcome them to the club.
How she finds balance:: I’ll admit I am not great at it… I tend to go in spurts and fits… hours on the business and then hours with the kids… I have a hard time leaving any job not done so it is hard to do a little bit here and a little bit there…but I am working on finding more balance and less extremes.
Her best advice:: Love what you do I think is the most important thing… be passionate about it and don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t support your dream. Include your kids if you can, they will benefit from it and so will you.
What they are giving away:: A $25 Starter Kit
Play and win:: Name three Mail4Kids categories.

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post.

Who:: Dawn @ Announcements Galore
Business Established:: 2007
What they do:: Custom photo cards, collages and magnets for any occasion! We offer great, personalized designs and top-notch customer service. Also, custom orders are done at no extra charge!
How she finds balance:: I have very limited, uninterrupted time with my children. So, when they are awake they are my focus. The majority of my work is done late in the evenings after they are asleep.
Her best advice:: Don’t ever give up, be persistent!
Save Now:: Get FREE shipping on any order with code FREESHIP
What they are giving away:: $35 gift certificate to Announcements Galore.
Play and win:: At which school is Melanie Sue attending her first day of kindergarten?

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Who:: Jewel @ Mad Genius Designs

Business Established:: January 2009 after scrapbooking for 11 years.
What they do:: Jewel Goodwin is a digital scrapbooking designer, designing under the name Mad Genius Designs.
How she finds balance:: This is a struggle, as I am sure any mom knows. I try my best to meet the family’s needs first, and the business second, but it’s not always possible when I have deadlines. Having a supportive husband and extended family helps a lot. I also find I am up late working long after the kids are in bed, since I can’t get much done while they are up.
Her best advice:: If there is any way to get the kids involved, go for it. My boys love to draw doodles for me (even if I don’t use them they love to contribute that way). They also love to see what I am working on. I am always photographing bizarre things for textures and other design work, and my kids love to help me find things when we are out on family trips. They know what I do, and they are proud of it. My son recently asked if I was photographing the ground for scrapbooking, and when I nodded he smiled and said. ‘That’s my mom!’
What they are giving away:: Back To School digital scrapbooking bundle, including a kit, pre-designed brag book pages, and a gift certificate to the store!
Play and win:: Name one Mad Genius kit you love and why.

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Who:: Nicole @ Wild About Beads
Business Established:: July 25, 2005
What they do:: Wild about Beads is a home-craft business located in Uxbridge, Ontario that specializes in mom and baby fashion products. In just two years, we have expanded our line to include a full range of baby, toddler, mama-2-b and grown-up mom fashion products running the gamut from Swarovski-studded t-shirts and baby shoes to personalized jewelry creations for moms and daughters alike. Our goal is to provide unique, high-quality and affordable baby, toddler, Mommy and Daddy gear, and our greatest satisfaction comes from creating distinct and personal items for our clients! Nicole said her inspiration comes from her five daughters under the age of nine
How she finds balance:: A very STRONG support system from family and friends of course!
Her best advice:: Dream Big!
What they are giving away:: Personalized Water Bottle Koozie
Play and win:: What is your favorite ‘flavor’ of hair candy?

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Who:: Ashlee @ Rose Marie’s Bijourterie
Business Established:: May 2009. She had been making jewelry for a year or so prior, but her business really took off once she opened an Etsy shop.
What they do:: Rose Marie’s sells jewelry aimed for all the women in your life, young and old. Pieces are made mostly of silver plated chain, freshwater pearls, Czech glass beads, vintage beats and trendy charms and pendants. Ashlee’s two stepdaughters are her inspiration and give final approval on all items. Prices are also set low and reasonable for those on a budget.
How she finds balance:: Balancing work and life has always been a constant struggle for me! I am such a workaholic that I never want to stop, but then I remember that I really do have laundry to do, dinner to make, and a family to take care of. I think it’s all about sorting your priorities. I’m lucky enough that our girls like to sit with me and make their own jewelry and that it keeps them entertained for hours.
Her best advice:: My only advice is to love what you do! Either way, it will make your life so much easier. From working, to family life, to your overall character – LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
What they are giving away:: 3 separate winners will receive a 17-inch Poolside necklace made of five green turquoise gemstone rondelles.
Play and win:: Visit Rose Marie’s Bijourterie and leave a comment here with your favorite necklace.

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! You can earn extra credit by answering the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Who:: Michelle @ Cupcake Swirl
Business Established:: July 2008
What they do:: Cupcake Swirl is a sweet, chick and unique online boutique. It is owned and operated by Michelle, a suburban wife and mother, and inspired by her love of nostalgia, baking cupcakes and planning parties.
How she finds balance:: I try and keep a regular 40 hour work week schedule and remind friends and family that I am working.
Her best advice:: Join a score program (counselors to small business) in your state and get a mentor. It’s free!
What they are giving away:: Frosted cupcake apron
Play and win:: Leave a comment here telling us three of your favorite products sold at Cupcake Swirl.

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! For extra credit, answer the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Who:: Melissa @ Pigtail Pals
Business Established:: May 6, 2009 … after 2.5 years of planning, research and raising two babies.
What they do:: Pigtail Pals is a t-shirt company for girls with the motto to ‘Redefine Girly.’ The company is socially responsible and offers distinctive designs on stylish, premium tees. For more information, click here.
How she finds balance:: Snapshot: Me sitting at computer desk, bouncing toddler on knee & reading board book, playing “I Spy” with preschooler from other room, rubbing dog with foot under computer desk…all the while answering emails, making phone calls (impossible), and networking and marketing online.

I try to be a present and engaged mom during the day, only taking an hour or so in the morning and then again in the afternoon to work. I get the bulk of my work done from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., then go to bed for four {yes, four} quick hours only to get up at 7 a.m. and do it all over again. My husband is extremely supportive and gives me help with the kids and around the house on evenings and weekends. Somehow, we manage, and do so with smiles on our faces.

Her best advice:: I’ve only been doing this for three months, but I’ve been told I’m doing it well, so my advice is such: Create a solid product {or service}. Research, research, and then do a little more research. Create a business plan, and get your numbers squared away. Go buy lots of coffee. Try to go into it prepared, knowing you’ll have to change the game plan on the road to success. And finally, surround yourself with good people, get rid of toxic people. Oh, and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
What they are giving away:: One Pigtail Pal t-shirt {any size, any design}
Save Now:: Save 10% with coupon code girlfriends
Play and win:: Go to Pigtail Pals now and answer this question in a comment: What type of role models did founder Melissa, want for her daughter?

Don’t forget to visit the official party post here to register for the party and read all the rules and details!! For extra credit, answer the play and win question above in a comment on THIS post!

Welcome to the first-ever Labor Day Blog Party at Market Mommy:: The Blog! We are so happy that you have stopped by! This week is going to be a TON of fun, so I encourage you to stick around. You will meet some great mom entrepreneurs, hopefully learn a little something from them, and have a chance to win their great products!

This the official party post, and referred to in all future party posts as such :-D. You MUST, and I repeat MUST, leave a comment here to be registered for any prize. Every comment on any post after this is just extra credit.

And, this is what you must include in your comment here {It is a party after all, let’s get social!}::
1. First name {introduce yourself!}
2. Link to your blog or business if applicable {this is a free, bonus way to promote yourself, make sure you take advantage of it!!} Anyone is eligible to enter, it isn’t necessary to own a business!
3. In order of preference, your top 5 picks for prizes {prizes are listed here & below}
4. Tell us either why you are attending the party, or what you enjoy most about Market Mommy.

That’s it, and you’re registered. Glad to have you along! There will be more chances to register all week by commenting on the individual business features. So, stay tuned for some great stuff. Thanks also to all of you who pre-registered! The party will officially end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 12.

In addition to your first comment and official entry, you may earn extra credit {each day through Saturday} by doing the following::

1. Join the Market Mommy mailing list and leave a comment telling me you did, or that you are already signed up!
2. Follow this blog and leave a comment saying you do!
3. Become a fan of Market Mommy on Facebook, be sure to leave a comment here to tell me you’re a fan!
4. Follow Market Mommy on Twitter & tweet about this giveaway {you still need to leave a comment here with your twitter id}
5. Blog about this giveaway or grab our button, be sure to leave a comment with a link!

As always, please leave an e-mail address or a way to contact you! There will also be more extra credit opportunities tagged on to each post this week. So, be sure to check them ALL out for details!





PRIZE LIST
Star onesie from Bibs & Tuckers
A four-pack of bookmark belts from You-Niquely Created
One Pigtail Pals T-shirt, any design, any size
A $35 gift certificate to Announcements Galore
Digital scrapbooking bundle from Mad Genius Designs
Personalized water bottle koozie from Wild About Beads
Starter Kit from Mail4Kids
Sterling Silver Starfish necklace from Yomili
Free month membership to Care4Hire
Cedar Valley Publishing’s Let’s Get Ready Series with Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten!
3 (Yes 3 separate winners will win) a Poolside Necklace from Rose Marie’s Bijouterie
Frosted Cupcake Apron from Cupcake Swirl
Notes from Mom notepad from Scrappy Notes
A bib of your choice from Generations in Style
$35 gift certificate to Market Mommy
Downloadable Audio Parenting Seminar from ProActive Parenting
Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag from PJ Quilts
Book, So You Want to be a Work-At-Home Mom and advertising from CWAHM.com

The excitement is building! The first-ever Labor Day Blog Party at Market Mommy is just days away! There are only a few short days left to pre-register here, if you haven’t done so yet. And, be sure to check out the great prize list here. You can also find us on Facebook, become a fan and RSVP!

It’s going to be a fun week. And, the great news for all of you fellow mom business owners, is that there will be future parties! We’ve had such an overwhelming and positive response to our first party that we are scheduling more! If you make/sell anything that falls into the following categories, e-mail Dawn with the party theme in the subject line. We’d love to have you join us!
  • Autumn
  • Holiday/Christmas
  • Etsy Sellers
  • Valentine’s Day

Have a fabulous holiday weekend!