Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Win a Book from the Lollipop Book Club!

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Lollipop Book Club

This is a really great gift idea for kids! The Lollipop Book Club will send the child a book every month. Along with the book, they get an adorable handmade lollipop that matches the theme of the book and a note from you. For example, Too Many Frogs comes with, yup, you guessed it, a cute frog lollipop. There are several options- you can order a single book or a package for a selected number of months. You can choose a pre-designed package, or select the titles yourself. I can’t do it justice without pictures, so hop on over to http://www.lollipopbookclub.com/ and check it out for yourself!

 

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.lollipopbookclub.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us your favorite book or who you’d give it to.
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 US residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

 

Meet Karen of the Lollipop Book Club

Tell us a little about you . . . I am a mom of three kids: Daniel- 7, Jack- 5, and Katelyn-almost 2. I spent 14 years doing benefits consulting and management, and finally left the corporate world after I had Katelyn. I am enjoying the extra time I have with my children immensely. In my spare time, I sneak in a book (Jodi Picoult is my new favorite author) and take power walks around town.

What is your business and where can we find it? My business is The Lollipop Book Club- www.lollipopbookclub.com. It is a company specializing in the gift of books for children through age 12. We offer flexible book packages including single books, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month subscriptions. Each book arrives in a red envelope addressed to the child, along with a personal note from the giver (on a sticker for the inside of the book) and an adorable handcrafted lollipop. This is truly the gift that keeps giving year round. Also, the single book gifts are priced just right for birthday party gifts.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .? Yes, The Lollipop Book Club is mom-created and owned. My inspiration came from the frustration I felt at the growing piles of toys in my house, and the lackluster response I received from my children when giving books as gifts instead of more toys! My kids love to read books so I wanted to figure out a way to make it more fun to package them. Since kids love mail, adore sweets, and enjoy books, I found my solution. After talking to lots of other moms (grandmoms, aunts, godmothers, etc.) I realized I was on to something. Hence, The Lollipop Book Club was born!

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far? My journey has been incredible so far, and I feel like I am just at the very beginning. I have learned that it is possible to start a business with minimal financial investment, but it takes a tremendous amount of hustle and hard work. There are a multitude of resources available and tons of people willing to help, you just have to find them! The most exciting thing is to see the way in which marketing and advertising is changing. There are so many mediums to get word out to your target market for very little investment or for free. All kinds of doors are opening to small business owners making it very possible to achieve my dream.

Where else can people find you? I have a personal Facebook profile listed under my name- Karen Gallagher- so please invite me as your friend! I am in the process of setting up a business profile (it’s on the to-do list). As far as Twitter and a blog…those are in the works too. You can sign up for my newsletter and I’ll keep you posted when I’ve got my social media ducks in order!

Anything else you’d like to share? I’d just like to encourage everyone to visit my site. Even if you are not ready to purchase a gift, you’ll have a ton of fun browsing through all of the children’s books that I have personally selected to be part of the program. Also, I am extremely flexible in the way that I run my business. I always encourage my customers to ask questions. Special requests are more the rule than the exception, and I like it that way!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Win a Fridgefile!

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.fridgefile.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you could use this 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 US residents.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Meet Allison of Fridge File

What is your business and where can we find it?
My product is called the Fridgefile™. It is a product that I have designed, manufacture and market myself. We sell wholesale, retail and as a fundraising product. It is sold mostly on the internet; however, we have been featured on QVC and in national catalogs.
Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
My company is a mom-owned company with a mom-invented product! I am a certified Women-Owned business as well.
A little about your entrepreneur journey so far…
It all started with an idea. I was tired of papers hanging off my refrigerator and piling up on my counter. I had an idea of a product that would alleviate that problem. I began researching on the internet, meeting up with inventor organizations and asking a lot of questions. Eventually I wrote my own patent, set up my company and began marketing it myself. I eventually struck a deal with a British company and wrote the licensing deal myself. Now the Fridgefile is sold in the US and Britain! It has not always been easy, but there were so many people who were willing to help me. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Win a $20 Gift Card to Born 2 Impress!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.born2impress.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. 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 residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Meet Jennifer of Born 2 Impress

Tell us a little about you . . .

I am a 34 years old first time mom, who loves creating new accessories and details for little girls.

I love everything handmade and spend a lot of my time designing new items for my store.

What is your business and where can we find it?

Born 2 Impress is an online Handmade Children Accessories Store and you can find us at: www.born2impress.com

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

It is mom-owned, invented and created.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

I love what I do even though is difficult some times having a very active 22 months old running around , but I have to say that really enjoy creating the different accessories that I have in the store.

Where else can people find you?

We are currently working on a blog and can find us in twitter as Born2impress.

Anything else you’d like to share?

About Us

It was their Idea !!

Shortly after I found out that I was pregnant, I decided that I wanted to start making bows and cute accessories for little girls. I started by making different bows and headbands for my niece and then friend’s little girls. Everyone seemed to like the items so well, that they insisted that I should start my own business to sell my creations to everyone.

After my daughter was born, I kept making the products and after creating over a hundred different styles of items, my husband insisted that I should get a website and start selling my items. I decided if I was going to do this, I’d do it right. All of our products have been created with the highest quality materials available with an emphasis placed on safety. All of our accessories are hand-sewn together and all ribbon ends are heat-sealed to prevent fraying.

My little princess is my model and inspiration, as a mother I wouldn’t use anything that I wouldn’t use for my own child. My creations are colorful, fun, and unique and each is hand-crafted as if it was for my own child.

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Founder of Born 2 Impress

Mission Statement

Born 2 Impress is committed to hand-crafting unique designs with the highest quality materials and the utmost care, for any occasion, in a timely manner so that anyone can make their little one feel and look like a princess.

Vision

To show our appreciation for kids and childhood.
To let kids be kids and look like kids.
To let parents have a sense of pride and security.
To create awareness that every kid was Born 2 Impress.

Safety

We are very concerned about children’s safety. Choking hazards are one of every parent’s main concerns. We hand-sew every appliqué, bead or little detail that can be sewn. Some pieces cannot be sewn and are either heat-sealed or industrial strength fabric adhesive is used. (Please take care that although we take every effort to insure the safety of our product, we recommend you supervise your children at all times when they are wearing small items)

Value

Our catalog is comprised exclusively of custom-created handmade items boasting a great taste in design , at a surprisingly reasonable price.

Service

At Born 2 Impress, we are passionate about kids and fashion. Besides consistently delivering unique items, made with the utmost care and the highest quality materials, we strive to provide our clients with a fulfilling and enjoyable shopping experience.

Diversity

We use all kinds of different materials and hardware ( always keeping our quality standard) to make sure you have plenty to choose from.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Win a Keepsake from Scrapits!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

winnie-the-pooh-small If you’re looking for something unique and special, check out www.scrapits.com.  I had the opportunity to review an “On the Day You Were Born” keepsake- what a great keepsake to have for my son.  It lists different things that happened on his birthday and tells how much certain items cost.  For example, Abraham Lincoln was the first President to receive a patent and filed his application on my son’s birthday.  (He loves Abraham Lincoln, so this one is pretty neat for him!)  A gallon of milk cost $3.83 and England’s Prince Edward shares his birth date.  It also gives some sports info and the popular songs at that time.  You get to choose your background and customize the name and birthday.  It is the perfect addition to a scrapbook or baby book.  While this was done based on his birthday, you could certainly use it for a 1st birthday or other celebration too!  There are lots more goodies over at Scrapits, so go check them out!

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://www.scrapits.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. 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 residents of US and Canada.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Win a Pair of Palm Palms Baby Bath Grips!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit www.palm-palms.com.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you need Palm Palms.
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 worldwide!
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Meet Jennifer of Palm Palms

Tell us a little about you?
My name is Jennifer Backstein and I am the creator of a new baby bath product that my company has recently brought to market. I am a primary school teacher and also
an interior decorator however, after I had my daughter I became the creator of a brand new baby product that I think you might be interested in.

What is your business and where can I find it?
The product is called Palm-Palms (TM) baby bath grips and was inspired from the anxiety I felt toward giving my newborn her first bath. I knew that a wet baby
could be slippery and tough to handle so I created Palm-Palms baby bath grips to help assist me in the bathing process. Palm-Palms are designed to be worn on the hands of a caregiver during baby bath time or shower time. Our research has made it very clear that anxiety over bathing babies and young children is very common
amongst both new and experienced parents. The primary function of the product is to provide an amazingly secure grip on the slippery skin of a baby or toddler.
It's just like the secure feeling of holding a baby wrapped in a towel! The soft terry cloth grips also double as washcloths even while remaining on the
caregivers hands. Fingers and thumbs are left exposed to allow direct contact with baby's skin as well as accurate testing of water temperature and easy
handling of bath accessories such as shampoo and baby wash. The grips are one size fits all and conform snugly on any hand due to the incorporated stretch
fabric. They come in three colours: pink, blue and white.
Palm-Palms baby bath grips can be purchased from our on-line website at www.palm-palms.com. When visiting our website you can learn a lot more about our product and where we have been featured. As well, Palm-Palms baby bath grips are being sold in a number of well known baby stores in and around the Toronto area.

Is it mom-owned, invented, created.....?
Yes! Palm-Palms baby bath grips was invented by me during my maternity leave. My husband and I were always bathing our newborn baby together for fear that we would drop her if we were to do it alone. We began to research products that were currently on the market to help assist us and all that we could find were products that you placed the baby into but nothing that provided a no-slip grip while holding and bathing. We started to brainstorm ideas of what we thought would be the best solution to this problem and that is how Palm-Palms baby bath grips were created.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?
Our journey so far has been very interesting. At first it was a little discouraging since I was not familiar in any way with this industry. It took a lot of time and effort to get retailers to speak with me and help bring my product into their stores. I received a lot of positive feedback about Palm-Palms which helped me continue pursuing my product. I had an overwhelming response to the product from prenatal and postnatal audiences I have a greater than 90% purchase rate with only a short five minute talk and demonstration and it became apparent that new and experienced parents were excited to have a product that makes baby bath time less intimidating and stressful.

Where else can people find you?
When people visit our on-line website they will see on our homepage many buttons from different websites and bloggers that have previously reviewed our product. If they click on those buttons they will be able to read the entire review to gain more insight about our product. As well we recently won a contest from PTPA (parent tested parent approved) media. As a reward for winning this contest we received national exposure on Fox News. Viewers can watch this by clicking on the link off of our homepage.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Win a Package of Tooth Tissues!

(This giveaway is now closed.)

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I was so happy when I found Tooth Tissues.  It wasn’t always easy to have something to wipe my son’s gums and when he started brushing, there were nights we just didn’t get to it.  These made it so easy to make sure his gums and teeth were clean.  They were great to take along in his diaper bag too.  Not convinced?  Try them yourself and see how clean your mouth feels!  Invented by dentists!

Here's how to enter . . .

1. Visit http://toothtissues.com/.
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us why you need tooth tissues.
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 19, 2009.

Meet Grace of Tooth Tissues

Tell us a little about you...

I am a mom to two girls and a practicing dentist.  I grew up in Canada and moved to Connecticut for my residency.  While at the residency I met my husband, and my "temporary" stay in the Connecticut has lasted longer than I originally anticipated.

What is your business and where can we find it...

We created Tooth Tissues.  Tooth Tissues are disposable dental wipes for baby and toddler smiles. They can be found at www.toothtissues.com.  On our site, we have a list of current online stores that carry our product as well as the brick and mortar ones.

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

Yes.  Mom and dad actually.   My husband and I created, developed,and distribute Tooth Tissues.

A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?

We started out as accidental entrepreneurs.  Our youngest daughter had a habit of falling asleep with her bottle.  As dentists we knew that we couldn't let her sleep with the milk sitting in her mouth. If we were tired enough, which seemed like always, we would usually end up using our sleeves or anything else convenient to wipe out her mouth.  When we were unable to find anything else to our liking on the market we decided to try to develop something that we would happily use and actually would use in an exhausted new parent state.  I quickly realized that the advice I was giving new parents, that ALL dentists, give to new parents, was very difficult to follow and there needed to be a "convenience" product equivalent and better than a wet washcloth to get baby smiles off to the right start.

Where else can people find you?

drgrace[at]toothtissues[dot]com.  I try to answer all emails promptly.

www.toothtissues.blogspot.com