Sunday, March 29, 2009

Win Free Announcements from Doodlebug Dezigns!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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These are some of the cutest, most creative announcements and cards around.  Keep it simple, or create a collage of photos with all the important information you want to share.  Check out Doodlebug Dezigns and create that unique card you’ve been looking for.  :)

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.doodlebugdezigns.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite design.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
8. Tweet about this giveaway.
9. Stumble this post.

Open to US and Canada residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 12, 2009.

Meet Amy of Doodlebug Dezigns

Tell us a little about you . . .

My name is Amy Ames and I am the owner of Doodlebug Dezigns.  I’m a work-at-home mother of 2 boys Ethan (8) and Cole (4).  I grew up in Athens, Georgia and married my childhood sweetheart.  I started creating unique birth announcements after the birth of my first son.  I spent the next few years just having fun and selling a few here and there.  After my oldest started school we decided to open a website.  Within a few months, we had risen to the top of search engines and our business quickly grew.   I am thankful to have a supportive husband who has encouraged me every step of the way.  

What is your business and where can we find it?

My business is Doodlebug Dezigns and we are a photo announcement boutique. We create custom birth announcements, holiday photo cards, and photo invitations. We can be found at www.doodlebugdezigns.com<http://www.doodlebugdezigns.com/>  

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

Doodlebug Dezigns is  mom-owned, invented and created.    Our current employees are also all  Moms.  We all have the same main focus  in our life, so we make a great team.   

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

The journey has been fun. I feel very blessed because I love every ounce of my job.  The web makes starting and running a business relatively easy. I think the tough part was just getting started. My husband works in the IT industry so he handles most of the marketing and the technical details which leaves me free to do the creative and customer service work.  I have enjoyed getting to know people from all over the country.  It always surprises me when I see all the neat places that we get orders from.  I have even made some great friends throughout the process. 

Where else can people find you? 

We have a Face book page.  Please stop by and become a fan.   

Friday, March 27, 2009

OVERSTOCK SALE at www.elliebags.com!

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Win a T-shirt from Girl in a Dress!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

BallerinaTEE_PNKBDGirl in a Dress was started by a mom and her 9 year old daughter.  It’s a great story . . .

All good fairytales begin with “Once upon a time,” and that is exactly how our fashion fairytale begins. Once upon a time there was a nine-year-old girl named Taylor, who had a very stylish imagination. One day, she decided to write a poem about her love for playing dress-up. She called the poem “Girl in a Dress.”

Taylor, who also loved to draw, decided that the poem needed a few fashionable accessories, so she drew three pictures – a girl in a tiara, a girl in a beret and a girl in a tutu. The story of Girl in a Dress could have ended here, but Taylor’s mom thought it was just the beginning of the story. Believing in the magic of Taylor’s creativity, she encouraged her to start a fashionable little business. Together, the two turned Taylor’s designs into chic little tees and dresses. Little girls everywhere can now enjoy wearing Girl in a Dress - giving our fashion fairytale a happily-ever-after.

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.GirlinaDress.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite design.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)
4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
8. Tweet about this giveaway.
9. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.

Open to US and Canada residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, April 5, 2009.

 

Meet Gina

Tell us about you.....................

My Name is Gina. I am the mom of 9 year old Taylor, the talented
artist behind Girl in a Dress. I am 31 years old and work part time
while Taylor is at school. My father always had me involved at a young
age in our family business. I wanted to also get my daughter involved
at a young age and become a young entrepreneur. We became part of a
program called kid-biz. It is sponsored by our local college (Buffalo
State) and runs during the summer months. The program encourages
children to open a business and learn how to run it. The children are
allowed to then sell there goods at a local outside market during the
summer months. Taylor wanted to sell something that she would be able
to incorporate her love for art, drawing and fashion. From there we
came up with the idea of putting her drawings on tees. They were such
a great hit that we decided to turn this in an official business. I
love being creative and also being able to work together with Taylor
is amazing!  

What is your business and Where can we find it?

Girl in a Dress is a mom and daughter team biz. All the designs on
our lovely little tees are designed by 9 year old Taylor. Taylor loves
art and fashion. She loves being able to share her love for drawing
with others and wants to inspire others her age to be creative. I
swear she should have been born with a marker in her hand. Together we
make a great team. I am the business savvy one and Taylor is the
talented artist with hopes of being a Fashion Designer someday! 

Girl in a Dress is new to the children's clothing market. We just
launched at the end of Decemeber. Currently our products can be
purchased thru our website at www.GirlinaDress.com. We are currently
in the process of getting our products in stores throughout the USA.  

Our products are are definitely unique, from our one of a kind designs to the quality of materials that we choose to use!

Is it Mom-owned, invented, created....? 

We are a mother and daughter team biz.  

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far? 

It has been a great journey thus far. We have had amazing feedback
from the online community of moms and also locally. We will be
featured in a article in Business First (local business magazine) in
the next several weeks. Also, we will be featured in several gifting
baskets being sent out to celebrity children.  

Where can people find you?

As of right now I can be found online through my website
www.GirlinaDress.com.

Twitter- girlinadress

Facebook will be coming soon.

Anything else you'd like to share? 

Young girls love the fact another young girl, just like them
designed the tee! We are inspiring young girls that they too can be
creative and can be entreprenuers at any age. 

Our line consists of the finest cotton tees embellished with one of a kind artwork designed by 9 year old Taylor. There are subtle swarowski rhinestone embellishments on each tee.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Win 2 Tell Me a Story CDs!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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I had the chance to review “Tell Me a Story” and I am so glad I can offer it to you in this great giveaway!  This is a true storytelling CD.  The speaker is a wonderful reader and keeps you entertained.  The music is fantastic and the sounds truly enhance each story.  I had intended to listen with my son, but ended up listening in the car while I was out one day.  I found myself listening carefully and anxiously waiting to find out what would happen at the end.  You and your child/grandchild will love to listen to these amazing stories!

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://mythsandtales.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us who would love these CDs.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)
4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
8. Tweet about this giveaway.
9. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.

Open to US and Canada.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, April 4, 2009.

Meet Amy

Tell us a little about you . . .

I’ve been writing Tell Me A Story (and working with my illustrator, Jillian Gilliland) for 16 years. The stories run in over 100 newspapers around the world and are available online at www.uexpress.com/tellmeastory. I also write books, essays, and stories, and I teach writing at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles.

What is your business and where can we find it?

Three years ago I began producing audiobooks with stories selected from my column, employing some of the amazing talent surrounding me here in L.A. as readers (the acting talent pool is dazzling), as well as the amazing Laura Hall, composer and pianist extraordinaire (best known perhaps as the pianist from Whose Line Is It Anyway). Information on our CDs and the personnel is available at www.mythsandtales.com

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

I’m a mom (though my girls and stepkids are all grown up), and I’m the owner, inventor, and creator of Myths and Tales (Friedman Danziger Productions) ; my co-creators, Laura Hall and Jillian Gilliland, are also moms; in fact, Laura’s daughters, Eva and Ruthie, can be heard on the CDs reading the titles, and they’re vital in helping me, Laura and our director, Lori Ada Jaroslow, in selecting which stories we include (from the over 900 I have published).

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

In a life filled with writing, teaching, directing and creating, the creation of the CDs has been among the most inspiring. The talent I work with and the ways in which the stories I’ve written become transformed into something still more magical, delights me, and teaches me something new about each tale. I confess I am climbing a steep learning curve when it comes to sales and marketing—that part eludes me to some extent—but I’ve enjoyed every minute of this ride, and the feedback from listeners has filled me with almost as much joy as has the creative process.

Where else can people find you?

I’m on Facebook, Twitter (as kellsmom), and coming soon, I hope by May, I’ll have a website. For now the CD website is www.mythsandtales.com. My other writing is also over the web if you google my name.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Our third CD—Tell Me A Story 3: Women of Wonder—with tales of goddesses and heroines—will be out in May, with such luminous performers as Paula Poundstone and Bryce Dallas Howard reading. Also, folks can hear selected stories on CD Baby at www.cdbaby.com/cd/friedmanhall and www.cdbaby.com/cd/friedmanhall2

Thursday, March 19, 2009

FREE e-card sites! Daddy’s Idea This Time!

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Tell us a little about you . . .

I live in the suburbs of New York City with my wife and our six children, ages 3 to 13.  I've always wanted my own business, and finally I decided that the time was right and I should go for it.  So I did.

What is your business and where can we find it?

My original e-card site was Month2Month.com and you can still find it at http://www.month2month.com.  Our newest e-card site is YourCards.com.  You can find it at http://www.yourcards.com .   These sites are unlike other e-cards sites in a few ways.

First, the difference between my two sites is that Month2Month.com will appeal to families while YourCards.com will have certain features that will appeal to business and professional users.

On both sites, we don't have any annoying popup ads, and we also don't charge for our cards – they're totally free. 

You can customize most of our cards in a couple of ways. On many of them, you can change the greetings to say what you want. For example, “You're invited to our barbecue at 6” instead of “happy birthday.”   Also, our logos can be replaced with your own name, or your company logo, so you can put your own personal stamp on the cards. Or you can use them in your business. 

And last but most importantly, the quality of our cards is superb. We take a long time creating each of our cards, months, compared to just days for most other e-card company sites.  

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

It is DAD invented, created and owned.  I started working on this at home in my attic but as you can imagine, 6 kids became a challenge and I needed space for my artists.  A couple of years ago we moved into warehouse space with some interesting neighbors including artists, dance studios, technology start-ups and we even are just above the local chapter of Autism Speaks.  

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

What led me into this business was the frustration I had in using other card sites. The ads pop-up in your face every time you go to most of the sites and then you have to pay for the cards!  Then after all the hassle of getting to the cards, they really aren't worth it. I thought there had to be a better way – and the more I thought about it, the more I felt that I could do it better.  With six kids, you have to have a sense of humor, be flexible, be well-organized and be a creative problem-solver. I believe all of those skills are crucial to starting a company and being a good entrepreneur. Of course, the quality of our cards requires more than that.  It takes outstanding artistic ability, and I have been extremely fortunate to have found people to work with me who have that.

It has not all been smooth sailing since I started. There was so much I didn't know about an Internet business, and I had to educate myself online, by talking to other people, and of course, by making mistakes.  But I think the company is on the right path and gathering momentum now.

Where else can people find you?  (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)

My first site Month2Month.com has been talked about on many blogs that appreciate the quality of the cards and especially the fact that they are free.  My newest site, YourCards.com is just now being launched and we expect it will create quite a buzz when people see all of the convenience features we've built into it. I know there are many work-at-home-moms and moms that work outside of the home who will love YourCards.com in addition to using our Month2Month.com site

Anything else you'd like to share? 

I think moms who have businesses will identify with this when I tell you that with six kids, I'm spending pretty much all of my time on YourCards.com and those who are just looking to send someone warm greetings from Month2Month.com.  In my non-working time I’m either at the playground, in the backyard, or bathing, feeding, dressing, transporting, changing diapers, helping with homework, etc. And at night when everyone is asleep I'm up reading the blogs.  I rely heavily on what hear from bloggers to try to make these cards the best on the web.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Win a Traveling Toddler!

We’re giving away two!

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Traveling with kids can be a challenge.  Any product that makes it a little easier is one I’m happy to check out!  We had planned on trying out this innovative product on our most recent trip, but ended up not taking a car seat.  So, while I can’t give first hand experience, I can say that I think this is a great idea and if we had taken the car seat, it would have made it much easier to get around.  We have two to give away and I’d love to do another post once our winners have tried them out!

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://travelingtoddler.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you could use this great product.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Win a Pair of Psi Bands!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

Psi Bands (pronounced "Sigh Bands") are acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to morning sickness (pregnancy), motion sickness/ travel, chemotherapy, and anesthesia.

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.psibands.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us how this item would help you or someone you know.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)
4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 29, 2009.

Tell us a little about you . . .

After several years of building experience in their respective fields, Carla Falcone and Romy Taormina found themselves working together as account executives at an award-winning advertising agency located on California’s Central Coast. Both women have extensive experience strategizing, creating, and executing multimedia campaigns for a multitude of clients in various industries.

Both women are happily married and mothers of two boys each. Falcone resides in the Seattle, WA area, while Taormina resides on the Monterey Peninsula, CA. Falcone and Taormina have combined their expertise to oversee and direct all sales, marketing, and promotions of Psi Bands. They collectively have more than 20 years of marketing experience.

What is your business and where can we find it?

Psi Bands are stylish acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to morning sickness (pregnancy), motion sickness, anesthesia and chemotherapy. FDA-cleared Psi Bands are drug-free, waterproof (no more soggy wrist bands), reusable, adjustable around the wrist and at the acupressure point for personalized comfort, and affordable. Unlike any product on the market, Psi Bands have numerous designs and colors to suit the personality of the wearer. For more information, please visit: www.psibands.com

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

It’s all the above.

“Mompreneurs” Taormina and Falcone suffered from terrible morning sickness during each of their pregnancies, four in total, and found nausea relief from wrist acupressure. However, they were dissatisfied with existing products on the market and wanted to create something stylish and effective for others who suffer from nausea.

Taormina stated, “When I was pregnant, the drug-free choices to relieve my morning sickness were limited. We wanted to create a product that would provide relief, make a stylish statement, and grow with the mom during her pregnancy.” So, Taormina and Falcone teamed up with Product Designer Pieter Schouten to create Psi Bands, acupressure bands that are worn on the wrists like a watch .

“It is extremely fulfilling to nurture a business from the ground up. The timing of my second pregnancy coincided with the prototype phase of our product development. I have first-hand experience wearing Psi Bands and can proudly say that they relieved my morning sickness,” stated Falcone.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

We had a vision for what we ultimately wanted in Psi Bands, but we didn’t know how it would take its form or shape. We found the answer in a friend, Pieter Schouten, who is a product designer/developer. When presented with our idea, he not only gave us advice, but he wanted to be a part of the business. The rest is history.

Psi Bands has three business partners who leverage off of each others’ talents so that the sum is greater than the parts. Taormina stated, “There WILL be bumps, so savor the journey.” Falcone adds, “It’s a daily learning experience; being in business for yourself is an opportunity to grow as a professional and to help others by sharing your experiences.”

Where else can people find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)

We can be found on the Psi Bands website at www.psibands.com, FaceBook, Twitter and belong to several women’s organizations. The women that make up these incredible organizations freely and openly share resources and provide inspiration.  A few of these examples are:

· Savor the Success, where Romy is an official blogger: http://www.savorthesuccess.com/member/romy-taormina

· Count Me In, where Psi Bands is a participant of the Make Mine a Million $ Business RACE: http://www.savorthesuccess.com/member/romy-taormina/blog/492

· http://twitter.com/romytaormina

· http://twitter.com/CarlaFalcone

Anything else you’d like to share?

We are committed to giving back. One way we accomplish this goal is via our charitable partnership with Fertile Hope. Fertile Hope provides reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

Psi Bands and Fertile Hope are working together toward a common goal – improving the lives of both cancer patients undergoing treatment as well as those whose parenting dreams are coming true. Psi Bands donates $1 of every Cherry Blossom Psi Bands set sold to Fertile Hope. www.psibands.com/giving_back

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Win a Pair of Shoes from One Stop Boy Shop!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.onestopboyshop.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite item.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

Meet Nancy of One Stop Boy Shop

Tell us a little about you . . .

I’m Nancy, a mom to 3 young boys. I made the decision to stay home with my boys a year and a half ago when my youngest son became very ill from a virus he picked up after just 3 days in daycare. As the hospital was giving him a spinal tap, I sobbed “I’m NEVER putting him back in daycare! Please just let him be okay”. Two days later he was released from the hospital so I called my boss and said “I quit”.

What is your business and where can we find it?

I’m an online “boy only” specialty store. I carry hard to find cute items that are made just for boys and offer them at affordable prices. My website address is http://www.onestopboyshop.com

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

Purely mom inspired, created, owned and operated.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

I'm first and foremost a mom. Deciding to stay home with my boys a year and a half ago was a huge step and felt like a sacrifice at the time. I told myself that if I worked really hard I could someday get my career back but that this time with my boys could never be repeated. Little did I know that I could stay home, enjoy my boys AND work. Staying home inspired an entrepreneurial side of me that I didn't know existed.

I actually have 2 mom owned businesses. The first one is Pages By Nancy, which is creating simple websites for start-ups. I’m able to utilize my know-how in the I.T. industry and help others while satisfying the nerd in me.

Staying home also allowed me an opportunity to launch my dream business, One Stop Boy Shop, in October, 2008. I’d dreamt about it, but had never imagined that I could some day make it a reality. As a mom to 3 boys I was inspired to start this after years of frustrated shopping experiences. Most retailers focus on the girls and not the boys. One Stop Boy Shop is where it's all about the boys!

Where else can people find you?

My blog is at http://www.onestopboyshop.com/blog

Twitter Name is onestopboyshop

I have a Page on Facebook for One Stop Boy Shop where you can become a “fan”.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I have an addiction. :) Blogging. I'm loving getting back into writing (and reading) which is something that I'd lost even before children. My very busy career in I.T. stole more from me than I ever realized. It was all consuming and although I thought I loved it, I love this life so much more. I feel like I'm now myself.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Win a Toddler Apron!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.overthetopaprons.com.
2. Sign into the guestbook and leave a comment about your favorite apron.
3. Come back here and leave a comment telling us you signed the guestbook.
4. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)

4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 22, 2009.

Over the Top Aprons

My specialty is making  and designing aprons for adults and toddlers; aprons for today's woman.  I use all designer, quality fabrics and ribbons.  I love selecting the fabrics and the visualizing them as completed aprons.  I have a range of styles that reflects a range of personalities.   My aprons are chic, elegant, classic, romantic, and a bit fun and funky.  Definitely something for everyone.      My adventure started about 3 years ago, first selling in a Boutique and a Bakery, and just recently I started my website:  www.overthetopaprons.com.  I would like to invite you to view my website as you will find that my aprons are unique from other aprons out there.

Over The Top Aprons web site:  www.overthetopaprons.  blog:  http://overthetopaprons.blogspot.com

Over The Top Aprons is mom-owned, created/developed by me.  I am the owner/designer.  Just recently I found marvelous seamstress to assist me as things have taken off rapidly.

My first attempts at "crafting" was with upholstered doll furniture, American Girl Doll Clothes. a store on Etsy, Mommy and Me Boutique (which I have closed) and then on to the Apron Adventure.  Actually, the apron idea came about when viewing a talk show and a lady was showing her aprons ...  I thought I can do as well as that and maybe even better .... so the journey began!

Aprons are definitely on the comeback and it is fun to see all the unique creativity that women are coming up with in expressing their talents in designing the aprons. I applaud the many different talented artists!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Win The New Moon Girls Membership Package!

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Enter here to win the perfect gift for girls 8-12 courtesy of New Moon Girls!  The one-year membership package includes full 24-7 access to the new, fully-moderated online community NewMoonGirls.com and six issues of the award-winning New Moon Girls magazine, both featuring high-quality content created and edited by girls.  To learn more, please visit www.NewMoon.com.

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.NewMoon.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you could use this site.
3. Be sure to leave your e-mail if you don't have a blogger ID.  Bloggers- you must have a public profile and listed e-mail for us to find you.

Who wants extra entries?!
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry.  Current subscribers, you can use these extra entries too, since we’re so happy to have you here!)
4. Sign up for our Mommy's Idea feed or e-mail feed. (Over to the right.)
5. Become a follower of Mommy's Idea.
6. Blog about and link to this giveaway. Please leave your blog url in your comment.
7. Stumble this post or www.mommysidea.com.
8. Add our Mommy’s Idea button and/or Ellie Bags button to your site.
9. Tweet about this giveaway.

Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 15, 2009.

 

What is your business and where can we find it?

New Moon Girl Media, an early champion of girl-centered media, is the creator of the award-winning New Moon Girls magazine and the groundbreaking social network www.NewMoon.com for girls 8-12.  New Moon Girl Media is committed to providing girls with innovative, advertisement-free spaces where they can create, explore and grow.  New Moon Girl Media and its publications produce original, high-quality content made by girls and selected for publication by their peers. 

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?

New Moon Girl Media was founded in 1992 by girls’ development expert Nancy Gruver and her twin 11-year-old daughters, Mavis and Nia.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

Being an entrepreneur is hard work, unpredictable and very consuming.  It’s also fun and extremely rewarding.  I learn new things every single day – even after nearly 17 years!  When I founded New Moon, I knew nothing about publishing.  But I had previously started a different small business – a gallery.  The first business lasted 4 years and taught me a lot that helped me to make New Moon a success 11 years later.  There are things about being an entrepreneur that you can only learn by doing them.  So if you have the bug, jump in and give it a try!

Where else can people find you? 

o Blog: http://www.daughters.com/nancy_gruver_blog/

o Twitter: nancy_newmoon

o Facebook: Nancy Gruver