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Being President’s Day, it was only fitting to choose a presidential quote for our #motivationmonday. But, it was SO hard to pick just one. What’s your favorite motivational quote from a current or former U.S. President? Comment here and tell us and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Market Mommy gift card! Contest ends 2.27.17.

 

There’s only one opportunity to save your baby’s stem cells for the future…

As an expectant parent, your baby’s health means everything. Right now, he or she is protected in the womb and will soon enter the world. There is a lot to think about and prepare for, but an invaluable step you can take when your child is born is to preserve his/her stem-cell rich cord and placenta blood The ability of stem cells to save lives via cord blood banking has proven successful for replacing abnormal or diseased cells, and treating life-threatening blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.  In fact, since 1988 stem cell transplants have been used to treat some 80 diseases.

As the only company that offers cord blood, placenta blood and tissue banking — and the first to release placenta-derived stem cells for a successful transplant — New Jersey-based LifebankUSA is a technological leader that is pioneering key medical innovations in the field.  Owned by the Celgene Corporation, a world-class biopharmaceutical company, LifebankUSA also operates a robust donation program and collects cells from anywhere in the US for use primarily in advancing medical research.

Along with peace of mind, LifebankUSA wants to give parents the chance to win one of the hottest baby items, the 4Moms mamaRoo. With the LifebankUSA mamaRoo Facebook contest we will be giving away TWO 4Moms mamaRoos (valued at $260 each) in a random drawing from entrants in this Facebook contest. The mamaRoo bounces up and down and sways from side to side, just like parents do when comforting their babies. It plays soothing nature sounds and has the option of plugging in your own MP3 player. Enter below for your chance to win the baby item that is on EVERY expectant Mom’s baby shower registry! This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering the contest, you understand that you are providing your information to LifebankUSA and not to Facebook.

Click here to enter and good luck!

In the month of April, Boogie Wipes is asking you to take the pledge and save a sleeve. At random, 1,000 pledges will be chosen to win a Save the Sleeve kit!

1. Do you promise to always carry your Boogie Wipes?

2. Do you pledge to always keep your hands clean and away from your face?

3. Do you pledge to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer?

4. Do you pledge not to be a nose picker?

5. Do you promise to save your sleeve for emergencies?

If you do, you could be an official Boogie Kid! Click here to take the pledge and enter for your chance to win!

 

Announcing the 2013 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur

We are SO excited to announce the winner of our 2013 S.T.A.R. {successful, tenacious, accomplished, remarkable} Mom Entrepreneur Award! Market Mommy wanted to honor an awesome mom for her continued dedication to her business and her family! Our judges did not have an easy task; we had a ton of exceptional nominees!

Our goal was to honor a leader; someone who is balancing her business and family in a creative way. We asked moms to tell us what sets them apart from the thousands of other mom entrepreneurs, why they are determined to succeed, how they’re helping others and what they’ve done to show the world that they’re confident, remarkable and steadfast!

Here is a snippet from the winner’s nomination form::

“Judi is an inspiring woman. Rather than just preaching positivity, she embodies it. She has taken the simple idea of a love note from mom and turned into something bigger, bringing smiles to thousands (and maybe even millions) of children across the US, Canada, and other parts of the world. In addition to be a wonderful business leader, Judi is the mom of two beautiful teenagers and consistently helps her kids follow the path of kindness. With Lunchbox Love for Kids, Judi is working to create a kinder, happier world for all of us.”

We are overjoyed to announce that Judi Willard of SayPlease is the 2013 Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur! Visit her at the following channels and see why we think she’s such a strong example of entrepreneurship.

SayPlease

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

And, here’s a little more about her company from the nomination process::

Say Please was co-founded by Judi Willard in an effort to bring more positive words to children. Their core product, Lunchbox Love for Kids, are the original lunch notes and include heartfelt messages on the front and fun trivia & jokes on the back.

As the winner of the 2013 S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award, Willard receives all of the wonderful prizes supplied by our sponsors listed here.

SILVER STARS

We had a feeling that there would be a large number of excellent nominees and we were right. So, we are glad that we reserved the right to name up to 5 Honorable Mentions, aka Silver Stars. Our judges have chosen::

Oreet J. Schwartz :: SharQui – The bellydance workout®

Mistie Lucht::  Playground Pointers

Kay Green:: My Precious Kid LLC

Dr. Daisy Sutherland:: Dr. Mommy and Friends

Jennifer McClanahan-Flint::  Food on our Table 

We do want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their nominations and offer a sincere congratulations to every nominee. You all are amazing women and doing amazing things in this world! Kudos to you! {You can view all the nominees on our Facebook page}

 

You could win a $250 gift card to Amazon.com! Simply like the Facebook pages listed on the Rafflecopter entry form below! Good luck! Contest ends Sept. 23. This giveway is sponsored by the following businesses!

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eFoodsDirect offers storable food available to smart families who want to bypass traditionally hard-to-fix food storage for more affordable, delicious and nutritious family food security. eFoodsDirect is conscious of family dietary needs and offers packages labeled with icons designating meals that meet specific dietary requirements. All eFoodsDirect meals are vegetarian, kosher, irradiation-free, have no hydrogenated oils and no added MSG and are not genetically modified (Non-GMO).  eFoodsDirect offers a wide assortment of delicious gourmet soups, entrees, breads, casseroles and breakfasts that family members will want to eat every day. eFoodsDirect meals are easily prepared—simply add the contents of the pouch to boiling water and simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes.  To get the Food Planning Pack free from eFoodsDirect, please visit http://www.efoodsdirect.com.

To fulfill the GOFoods mission to feed and prosper the world, the GOFoods Foundation partners with charities located around the country and donates food towards the areas of greatest need. Many people believe that the good you put out to the universe comes back tenfold. When considering partnership agencies, GOFoods will also look at the areas of the country where GOFoods products are being purchased. When you acquire 10 pouches from GOFoods for your own needs, GOFoods Foundation will donate 1 pouch towards a contribution in your area. It’s our wish for you that through your caring generosity you may receive a true tenfold return. Founded by nationally known food-reserve experts Steve Shenk and Barbara Rossberg, each with over thirty years of experience, the Utah-based company’s goal is to change the way people look at quick-fix, extended shelf-life, and daily use food in the twenty-first century. Together we will feed and prosper the world, one meal at a time.  To learn more visit http://www.gofoodsfoundation.org.   For questions about our program please email [email protected]

TalkWorthy Radio Show: Join us on SiriusXM 143 to talk with those who know something you may not about everything from Mayan Mysteries to  women’s basketball to surviving an Alaskan plane crash and more on the “TalkWorthy Radio”, hosted by author of Choose Surthrival and power mom, Kim Power Stilson.  The TalkWorthy Show airs weekdays at 2 pm Mountain/ 4 pm Eastern on SiriusXM 143 BYU Radio.  www.talkworthyradio.com.

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Enter for a chance to win a mentoring session with Julie Pickens, creator of the multi-million dollar brand, Boogie Wipes

 

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but as novelist Sue Grafton once said, “Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.” 

 

No words ring truer for entrepreneurs navigating their way through the perils of starting a business.  Fundamentally awesome ideas are indeed a big part of what makes a new business great, but unless you have a solid execution plan, and a team of people dedicated to helping you reach your goals, your idea will stay nothing more than a four-letter word.

 

To help other mompreneurs, Julie Pickens, CEO and co-founder of Little Busy Bodies, makers of Boogie Wipes, is hosting a contest to find one lucky aspiring mompreneur to share her knowledge of launching and driving a business to extreme levels of success. When the idea for Boogie Wipes came about, Julie her and her team were on to something. But, growing a home business from an idea with a $20,000 start-up budget to a $10 million company was not always easy and Julie is ready to share her experiences to help others rise to the top.

 

Julie’s Story of Success –

Before starting Little Busy Bodies, Julie was a sales manager for Gallo Winery & Miller Brewing and owned and operated six different franchise locations for Cold Stone Creamery and Wetzel’s Pretzels. Little Busy Bodies officially became a company in May 2007, and the first package of Boogie Wipes was sold in December 2007. The product caught on quickly and sales reached $1 million in the first year despite cash flow challenges, a tiny marketing budget and other bumps in the road. Two years later, in 2009, revenue more than tripled to $3.4 million. In 2010, Julie’s co-founder, Mindee Doney, left Little Busy Bodies to pursue other ventures.

Julie stayed on as CEO and in 2011 – under her leadership – the Little Busy Bodies team catapulted sales to a whopping $10 million and had products in 50,000 stores nationwide including Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens and Walmart. Another win that year, the company’s success caught the eye of executives at Proctor and Gamble. This burgeoning relationship eventually led to Little Busy Bodies partnering with Nehemiah Manufacturing, marketers of Pampers Kandoo. Through the partnership, the two companies plan on leveraging shared expertise to introduce more children’s products while maintaining their commitments to improving their community. Julie relocated Little Busy Bodies from Beaverton, OR to Cincinnati, OH for the partnership. 

The Contest –

Supporting Little Busy Bodies’ core values, Julie maintains a vigorous schedule of speaking engagements and call-in chats, all while contributing to the company’s business-themed blog (www.thebusinessofbeingamom.com) in order to share her “mompreneur” knowledge with others while continuing to grow the Little Busy Bodies brand. Now, she is taking it a step further by creating the “Make Me a Mompreneur” contest.

To submit yourself or someone you know for the Little Busy Bodies’ “Make Me Mompreneur” contest please email a 1000-word or less explanation of your business, difficulties you are facing, the success you have had and why you need/deserve a mentoring session with Julie to [email protected]. One lucky winner will be chosen on August 1, 2012. The winner will receive a daylong mentoring session with Julie in the winner’s hometown.

Here at Market Mommy, we are excited to collaborate with A Family Village, to celebrate you or your Mom. We have teamed up with our closest 25 friends to bring you a fun cash giveaway!

One lucky winner will win $250 to be deposited directly into their PayPal account!! Awesome right?

This giveaway is sponsored by 25 incredible businesses and blogs – and you will love getting the chance to check them out.

To enter, you are required to simply follow each of the steps using the Rafflecopter form below! Also, go check out the fabulous business owners and bloggers involved in this event. Giveaway starts 4/22 at 12:01 am EST and ends 5/13/12 at 12:01am EST. Good Luck!

We Love our Readers, You deserve to win $250!

The cash giveaway is open to all worldwide (paid in US dollars) and will be paid directly into your PayPal account.

This giveaway is brought to you by:

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Jessica Ann WelschWe are SO excited to announce the winner of our S.T.A.R. {successful, tenacious, accomplished, remarkable} Mom Entrepreneur Award! Market Mommy wanted to honor an awesome mom for her continued dedication to her business and her family! Our judges did not have an easy task; we had a ton of exceptional nominees!

Our goal was to honor a leader; someone who is balancing her business and family in a creative way. We asked moms to tell us what sets them apart from the thousands of other mom entrepreneurs, why they are determined to succeed, how they’re helping others and what they’ve done to show the world that they’re confident, remarkable and steadfast!

Here is a snippet from the winner’s nomination form::

Jessica Welsch is a proud hockey mom, volunteer, artist and passionate entrepreneur. She’s driven to excel and make a positive impact in the world. Jessica’s a leader in her children’s school serving on the board and chairing school events. When asked why she’s so happy and successful she’ll give an answer you might not expect, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my 7+ years of sobriety. I would not be the mother, business partner, friend or colleague I am today without it. I am truly grateful for all the blessings in my life!”

We are overjoyed to announce that Jessica Ann Welsch of The HopeFULL Company is the first-ever Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur! Visit her at the following channels and see why we think she’s such a strong example of entrepreneurship.

The HopeFULL Company

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

And, here’s a little more about her company from the nomination process::

The HopeFULL Company offers kits used to make nutritious and delicious frozen whole food pops at home. Our award winning recipes and products have been developed to help children and adults who are having trouble eating, particularly due to illness, cancer and sensory issues. Our kits come with our patented silicone mold, 20 unique nutritious recipes, 100 birch wood spoon sticks as well as a cooler tote or chef’s hat for little kiddos.

As the winner of the S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award, Welsch recieves all of the wonderful prizes supplied by our sponsors listed here.

Honorable Mentions

We had a feeling that there would be a large number of excellent nominees and we were right. So, we are glad that we reserved the right to name up to 5 Honorable Mentions. Our judges have chosen::

Tiffany Krumins:: Elephant Lady LLC 

Desiree Vargas Wrigley:: Give Forward  

Kris Wegener:: Business Observations 

Chrissy Freeman:: Consignment Mommies 

Amanda Lassiter:: Sweet Bella Bakery

We do want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their nominations and offer a sincere congratulations to every nominee. You all are amazing women and doing amazing things in this world! Kudos to you! {You can view all the nominees on our Facebook page}

Are you {or someone you know} a S.T.A.R. {successful, tenacious, accomplished, remarkable} Mom Entrepreneur? If so, Market Mommy wants to honor you for your continued dedication to your business and your family!

Are you a leader? Are you balancing your business and family in a creative way? We want to hear what sets you apart from the thousands of other mom entrepreneurs! Why are you determined to succeed? Have you invented a product that is helping others? What have you done to show the world that you’re confident, remarkable and steadfast? Tell us, and you’ll be entered to win an absolutely awesome prize package.

We know it’s far from easy to balance a family and grow a business at the same time. And, many of you put in hour after hour and jump hurdle after hurdle in the pursuit of success. That’s why we’ve created the first S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award. We feel you should be recognized for all the sacrifices you make in the name of entrepreneurship.

Not only will this award garner you the respect you deserve, it also comes with an unprecedented prize package! We’ll be giving away more than $3500 in prizes. Visit our Sponsor Page for a full list of prizes and their sponsors.  Once you’re nominated, you’ll be listed in our S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award photo album on Facebook. There, your supporters can endorse you with their ‘likes’ and comments!

Our fabulous panel of judges will review nominations and endorsements and chose the mom who best exemplifies success and tenacity. We want to honor a mom who is accomplished, has overcome adversity to make it and aims to balance her business and family life seamlessly. An all-around remarkable mom!

Is that you? It’s easy to nominate. Visit our Nominations Page to fill out the short form, and then e-mail one image {your logo, headshot, product image or another photograph that represents your business} to star{at}marketmommy{dot}com. Once we receive your nomination form and image, we will post your image in our Facebook album and you will officially be registered. Nominations are being accepted through February 29, 2012. For a complete list of Official Rules, click here.

Award Timeline

Nominations Open: January 16, 2012

Nominations Close: February 29, 2012

Endorsements Accepted on Facebook until: March 16, 2012

Winner Announced: On or around March 30, 2012

I know that it has been almost two weeks since I’ve made an appearance and updated the blog. I appreciate your understanding while I took some much needed time off to spend with my family during the holidays. I trust that you and yours also had a wonderful holiday season.

It’s no surprise that we’re cooking up a ton of great new ideas for 2012 here at Market Mommy. We would LOVE it if you were a part of our plans. In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing details about the first ever Market Mommy S.T.A.R. Mom Entrepreneur Award. You won’t want to miss those details!

We have other things in store as well. We’ve already created a new Classified Ad page where you can list your Help Wanted or Business Opportunity ads for just $5. Sign up here. And, we still have spaces left in our Mega Advertising package! Make Market Mommy part of your New Year’s resolution to advertise better! You can have a presence on our site all year long for 50% off! Click here for details!

Are you ready to tackle 2012? Do you have a plan in place and goals set to achieve? Only you have the power to make this year better than the last. As I organize and implement my new ideas, please let me know how Market Mommy can help you. We are here to offer advice, help and services when it comes to ANY aspect of marketing! Have a question? Just ask, chances are we can help you answer it!

And, just in case you haven’t viewed it yet, our Holiday Gift Guide is live until the end of January!