We are ecstatic to have Calzico as a part of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

I truly love the concept behind their clothing. As a tween mom myself, I know first hand how difficult it can be to find clothes that are stylish, age apprpriate and fit well for girls during those in-between years. And, my daughter loves to be comfortable so it can be quite a challenge to find clothes that make the both of us happy.

Designed by a mom and her tween, CALZICO brand for tween girls includes versatile pieces with convertible or reversible features in sizes 6-8 through 12-14. With just-right stretch, serious comfort, and clever styles, girls will feel confident to choose well and wear often. Visit the full collection of globally inspired artwork tees, layered skirts, and reversible dresses and jackets online, and be the hero of your tween and her wardrobe this holiday.

I love Calzico because it meets all of our requirements, fit, comfort, style. My daughter loves her gray/coral reversible dress. She usually wears it with the pop of color, but can also wear it all gray. It’s comfortable, looks good and is easy to care for.

I highly recommend Calzico for all of your tween girl clothing needs. You won’t be disappointed! In addition to their website, you can look them up on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter.

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Louise Hodges.

What is your business?
Greenbug, Inc.

When did you start your business?
I started Greenbug in 2010 to offer safe and natural pest control solutions as alternatives to toxic chemical pesticides.

What services/products do you offer?
Greenbug offers pest control products for People, Pets, Indoors and Outdoors. We also offer the Greenbug System which is my proprietary invention that integrates with an Irrigation System to distribute Greenbug for Outdoors so that everywhere water is directed becomes safely pest free.

How do you balance family and business?
The million dollar question! I have chosen to pursue something I feel is very important and that is replacing toxic, synthetic pest control poisons with safe, natural and effective options. I was originally motivated because I am a Mommy.  The end result is that fulfilling this passion allows me to compartmentalize work so that I can then pursue my other passion which is my family.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Don’t listen to guilters, cultural pressures, media stereotypes or baggage of self-doubt stop you!  A fulfilled Mommy is the best kind of Mommy so go for your dreams!

How do your market your business?
I blog, I write articles, I do public speaking, and we advertise in local papers for our Greenbug System.  For our online sales in throughout the US and Canada, we have established a network of pest control experts who suggest our products as solutions. We also sell products at 80+ retail locations who do local advertising.  Our Greenbug System is marketed through a network of landscape and irrigation professionals.

Where can we find you?




Monogram Avenue delivers stylish monogrammed gifts and personalized home decor right to your door. From the comfort of your home, office or mobile device, you can shop for the best personalized gifts for women, custom toddler gifts or trendy monogrammed bridesmaids gifts. While taking a tour around our monogram gifts store, you will find that we love monograms! We offer monogrammed baby gifts, personalized toddler pillowcases, monogrammed shower curtains, and more. Nearly every item that we offer in our growing custom gifts catalog can be personalized in some way. So, whether you are looking for a cherished monogrammed baby shower gift, personalized house-warming gift for your client, or monogrammed wedding gift, Monogram Avenue has the personalized gift you are looking for.

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale! From 15% – 60% off!
Join their VIP Mailing List to get an EXTRA 20% off  during Monogram Avenue’s Cyber Monday sale!
Visit our Facebook page to win monogrammed gifts, get access to holiday deals and more with Monogram Avenue’s Riddle Me This…26 Days of Facebook Giveaways

Starting December 2,they will host a month long daily giveaway/contest on their Facebook page. Email list subscribers can also download a promotional calendar that gives the dates for special sales and when they can get free items. The signup form for the Monogram Avenue mailing list is on our website

Monogrammed gift orders of $99 or more, receive free shipping!

Apriori Beauty is a company created for women, by women with a mission to help as many people as possible look and feel beautiful with the purest, most-natural and most- innovative products and opportunity.

When you look beautiful, you feel good. When you feel beautiful, you look good. And, when you can share this beauty with others, you can feel good inside and out.

Candace Dye is a Founder and Executive Director with the company from California. She’s dedicated to spreading the word about the fantastic products and growing her team.

Recently, the company launched a new product, the Celloxylin Detox Purifying Clay Masque. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

Also, this month, their DFI Home Beauty Gadget is also on Special for $109 off! To learn more about the monthly specials, click here.

Apriori Beauty offers a systemic approach to beauty with products targeting internal + external anti-aging at the cellular level. Two product lines, Lifeoxylin® and Celloxylin® work together to create and sustain a NutrientReservoir™ to prolong cell life and defy aging. Lifeoxylin® is the life-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an internal cellular level via the Cellular Defense Elixir. Celloxylin® is the cell-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an external skin surface level via a comprehensive line of skin, treatment and body products. The production of oxidants, together with the ability of cells to respond to oxidative stress is intricately connected to aging and lifespan and is a focus of the Cellular Age Advantage™ system of products.

Apriori Beauty also offers an in-home skin treatment that compliments and intensifies the benefits of this age-defying system. Aging never looked so beautiful!

Find them online, or visit them on Facebook!

This Black Friday My Little Jules boutique is letting customer pick the price they want to pay. Customers can choose from the following coupons to save the most on their orders:

1.       15% off total purchase with code 15off

2.       $10 off $50 with code 10off50

3.       $20 off $100 with code 20off100

4.       $50 off $200 with code 50off200

5.       $75 off $300 with code 75off300

6.       $150 off $500 with code 150off500

This is on top of already reduced prices. Most fall items are currently up to 40% off, previous season items are discounted up to 70% off.

Their 25 for $25 doorbusters are always very popular. This year they are offering 25 boutique girls clothing items for only $25. The coupons mentioned above can be used on $25 doorbusters as well. Here is a link to doorbusters:

They are offering FREE SHIPPING on all US orders of $50 or more as well as $2.99 flat rate shipping.

Watch out for their deals on Black Friday itself!

Persnickety Clothing fall 2014 collection will be discounted up to 30% off:

Mustard Pie Clothing fall and holiday 2014 will be discounted up to 35% off:

Livie and Luca shoes will be discounted 35% off:

Small Business Saturday Special: Receive a free Persnickety Clothing shirt with any order of $200 (after all the discounts are applied); $46 value. Simply add the shirt to your cart, the discount will be applied automatically at during checkout. Link to the product:


My Little Jules is an online children’s boutique where you will find unique girls clothing, shoes and accessories from such brands as Persnickety Clothing, Mustard Pie Clothing, Tutu Du Monde, Ooh La La Couture, Jak & Peppar, Livie and Luca shoes and many more.  They search through many brands to find the ones that truly reflect the essence of childhood and combine lasting quality with comfort and style.  They carry sizes newborn through 16 so you can easily find designer holiday outfits, beautiful birthday girl dresses and cute everyday outfits for girls of all ages. With their selection of special occasion shoes and one-of-a-kind accessories, you can create a stunning head-to-toe look for any special occasion.

Oma’s Quilts offers quality bedding for any style, taste and budget. They have a vast selection of finely stitched embroidered quilts, comforters, bedspreads, sheets and other bedding.

Oma’s Quilts sells almost every size quilt, comforter and bedspread. From luxury king quilts, king and queen quilts, to full and twin size quilts and comforters, they can meet your bedding needs. They stock many different styles of quilts; including country quilts, modern quilts, children’s quilts, comforters and infant and children’s bedding as well.

Looking for a high quality quilt? Oma’s offers many hand quilted quilts with matching accessories. Their selection ranges from bargain quilts for the thrifty shopper to quilts for the most discriminating of buyers.

Oma’s loves their customers and pride themselves on offering top notch customer service. Their friendly staff strives to help customers pick their favorite quilts and matching accessories. They know you have a choice of where to shop and make a conscious effort to prove they are the best.

Visit often, as they add new products weekly. And, you’ll want to see the most up-to-date sale items. Orders over $99 always ship free! And, if you order a set over $300, you qualify for an additional 10 percent off.


Leslie Truex is the author of The Work-At-Home Success Bible (Adams Media, 2009) and Jobs Online: How to Find and Get a Work-At-Home Job. She is also the owner of the 14-year-old, which has been recognized by telework and small business associations as a quality resource for work-at-home information.

Since January of 1998, Truex has been offering free information and resources on work-at-home jobs, home business and more. In addition, she offers the Profit Blog Blueprint, and Work-At-Home Success University, an email course on various work-at-home topics.

Truex agrees that it’s much easier to balance work with family when the kids are at school; summer and evenings are much more challenging. “One thing I learned is to learn to focus. When it’s work time, I need to focus 100 percent on work. When it’s family time, I’m 100 percent focused on family,” she said. “I also have a schedule and if I have to work when the family is home, I let them know what’s up and I’m sure to connect with them before and after any work I do.”

When giving advice to other entrepreneurs and work-at-home moms, Truex said to research the business and create a plan to avoid pitfalls “Second, focus on your strengths when choosing a business. Find a business that you’ll love,” she said. “Finally, learn all you can about marketing. Marketing is CRUCIAL to success and an area many small businesses fail to implement effectively.”

How does she market her businesses? “Since I’m online, most of my efforts are online and include PR, article marketing, teleseminars, social media and social networking. Offline marketing includes drop cards with QR codes to my website and public speaking,” she added.

Dreama Lee is what you would call an experienced mom entrepreneur. She’s the mom of two children and four businesses. Currently, she runs a real estate investing business as well as a marketing/consulting business with her husband.

She started her first business in 2003 and has been working toward her goals ever since. Her consulting business targets organizations that want to start an internship program. “We have everything from a book all the way up to a course and trainings for the intern,” she said.

According to Lee, there is a constant balancing act going on between work and family. “I make a point of scheduling time to “work: and time to be “mom.” If I don’t set boundaries on these times both begging to blend together and I don’t do either well,” she admits. “I have an office to go to when I need to do meetings or presentations but often work from home if the kids are at school so I can multi-task – folding clothes or taking a walk to squeeze in my exercise while I’m on a business call.”

Lee advises other mom entrepreneurs to ask and look for help. “If you can’t afford to hire a full time employee consider hiring a virtual assistant to handle your customer service, scheduling, etc. They can be hired for a few hours a week but can be well worth the help. Consider hiring someone to clean your house. It’s my most dreaded task and I find that if I have a clean house I function better. It’s worth the monthly expense and I value my time with my family and my business, both of which I have more time for if my house is cleaned.”

She also recommends hiring an intern. “Not only will you get much needed help in your business for very low costs (and a new set of creative eyes) but you will also be mentoring the future workforce. I get a lot out of mentoring young adults and helping them achieve their professional goals. If you give you will get.”

Lee markets her business via social media, her blog, word of mouth, e-mail and affiliate marketing and webinars and interviews. Learn more about Lee here.

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