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Tell us a little about you . . .
Like many women today, I have a lot of roles in my life. I’m a Mom to two awesome kids, a boy 6 (and a half!) and a girl, 3. I’m a wife to a wonderful husband. I’m an entrepreneur because I saw a need. A friend, worker, daughter, and so many others.
What is your business and where can we find it?
My business is creating custom baby memory books so every parent can have the book of memories that fits them perfectly. The web store also carries select items that can be personalized or are a true original ‘as unique as your child.’ You can find my business on the web at ElementalBaby.com.
Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
Yes it is….not that I can claim inventing the baby memory book, but I can claim improving on the concept. When I was pregnant with both of my kids, I couldn’t find a memory book that had enough “guts” or reflected who I was. So, after the birth of my second, I decided to do something about that. The result is ElementalBaby.com baby memory books.
The books are a twist on the old standard. They are arranged by event instead of age, so whenever the important first happens, it can be recorded and commented on. The books have the many standard thought starters, but a few twists as well. For example, instead of the basic 1-page for ‘first bath,’ our books offer 4 pages of fun: “As you got older, you began to play in the tub…” “When you heard the water running…” “Your favorite bath toys…” “Funny things you did with bubbles…” “Your after bath routine…” “Your first shower…” And a follow-up of two pages for photos.
The custom books take things a few steps farther by allowing choices of the style of prose, “Mom/Dad,” “Mommy/Daddy,” “Mother/Father,” two Moms/Dads or single parent. The absolute best feature of the custom book is the ability for family and friends to send messages for the parents-to-be and/or baby, as well as photos of Mom and Dad when they were babies. These messages and photos are woven throughout the book. I remember one book where a great-great-grandpa wrote a letter to the baby and shared his years of wisdom. This was something to be treasured.
A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?
I’ve been fairly “slow” and methodical about journey. I’ve been creating books for a couple of years now, at first for friends and family and about a year ago branched out to the web. My absolute favorite part is “meeting” all the people I make books for and hearing their stories. I’m making a book right now for a single mom adopting a baby. Her family is so incredibly happy for her – in almost all their messages they talk about how she was meant to be a Mom. It’s so special knowing that I’m giving her the opportunity to have a memory book for her baby that fits her perfectly.
Where else can people find you?
You can catch up with me on my blog: http://cblog.elementalbaby.com/index.php.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I seriously love making each and every book. I look forward to each one like it is a new adventure. I get to share in a very special part of someone else’s life, and that is a privilege.