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We keep finding these amazing people and the "hot" products they've created. Check them out and get inspired! And, for a limited time (until July 31), you will be able to enjoy their products and make a difference too! Purchase their items from Moms Helping Schools and 40% of your total purchase will be donated to DonorsChoose.org to help our struggling school teachers across America. Read on...

Kristin Elliott invented the Doodie Pack – a must-have canine utility backpack. Watch the video to see how it works!

Mom Invented: Please tell us about your product.

Kristin: Doodie Pack was designed to put dignity back in your dog walk. The saddlebag design features multiple pockets and a built-in key hook to carry essentials from your cell phone, to water bottle, and waste bags. Dubbed the "doggie diaper bag" it can store Fido's leash, collar, snacks, and toys while hung, "waiting", by the door. Doodie Pack comes in 7 vibrant colors and in 3 sizes to fit dogs 8-180 pounds. Proudly "Made in America" Doodie Pack offers custom monogramming.

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create your product?

Kristin: Necessity, really! I needed a place to put that awful waste bag on a walk after "picking up". The more I looked around, the more I saw others had the same issue. But Doodie Pack is more than a waste management tool, it protects the environment, keeps your hands-free and organized, holds all the "stuff" otherwise left in your car and it is designed to improve your dogs physical and mental health by "giving them a job". I liked that I could carry hand sanitizer and with it monogrammed, it is a great way to start a conversation. It certainly turns heads and dogs walk "prouder" for it!

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? How did you overcome it?

Kristin:  The biggest mistake I made was expecting too much to happen too soon. I call it the "rose colored glasses syndrome". The process of growing a business takes fortitude and patience. There were days I asked, "What am I doing?", but I have learned not to give in to exhaustion or question my intuition. That "gut-sense" is really important, so I listen to it. I also learned that an iron stomach is not so bad when facing challenges because some days and some people will fail you.

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Kristin: My greatest success is that this entire process started with a need, I researched and studied along the way, and I have brought an amazing, now patented, product to the marketplace. In doing so I have helped rescue groups and organizations get their message out, helped owners improve the relationship with their pet, and have shown my three daughters that all things are possible. They have grown along-side me and are becoming confident and self-assured. What more could I ask for!

Mom Invented: How can people find you?

Kristin: Our website is www.DoodiePack.com and when you call the number you speak to me.
Email Kristin@DoodiePack.com
Phone (585) 749-5824
We have a Facebook page: Doodie Pack
And we are on Twitter: @DoodiePack

Patricia Swackhamer was tired of the same old Baby Shower games that existed on the market. She wanted her party guests to feel engaged and most importantly to have FUN! Watch her video to see how the game is played and read her interview to learn more.
Baby Shower Game: Baby Draw

Mom Invented: Please tell us about your game.

Patricia: Baby Draw is a Pictionary-like charades game that comes packaged and ready-to-play for unlimited fun. It is the baby shower game that gets people mingling and out of their seats. Baby Draw includes complete instructions, a one-minute timer and more than 120 playing cards (for big crowds or repeated use!)

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create it?

Patricia: I was hosting a baby shower for my best friend and needed to entertain a diverse group of guests. We all loved to play Pictionary, so I created cards with just one topic: babies. It was such a big hit that people told me I should turn it into a product. It was 1999 and there were few shower games on the market and most hostesses were having to make their own. The timing was perfect to introduce a ready-made game.

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? How did you overcome it?

Patricia: The shape of our box was our biggest faux-pas! I thought the box would hang nicely next to cards and invitations, but because we have so many cards we should have stacked them side-by-side to distribute the weight evenly in a flatter package. Thankfully, we were able to overcome this through online sales where images are used to display the product, but in brick-and-mortar stores the display gets tricky.

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Patricia: Early on I sent the game out to editors of national magazines and they were very responsive. We received favorable write-ups in Baby Talk, Pregnancy Magazine, and About.com gave the game a 4-star rating. It’s also been gratifying to get feedback from customers telling us about ways they have played the game, including parent educators who said they use it as an icebreaker before starting class. Who knew!

Mom Invented: How can people find you?


Patricia: http://www.babydraw.com
http://www.facebook.com/showergame
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEdJoPfgks8

For a limited time (until July 31), you can purchase Baby Draw from Moms Helping Schools and 40% of your purchase will be donated to DonorsChoose.org to help our school teachers in the U.S.  You can buy yours now by clicking HERE. 

 

Melissa Patton has just launched University of Mom (UMOM). Check it out...

Mom Invented: What is UOM?

Melissa: University of Mom is an online resource for women in business (Mompreneurs). It features real world tips, advice and insider knowledge on how to start and grow your business. Whether you are an internet business or have a brick and mortar location, University of Mom offers information that is vital to the success of women owned businesses. We discuss topics such as how women in business and Mompreneurs can use the power of marketing through social activity to grow their business. Our discussions of social media will cover topics such as the steps to use Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter successfully everyday as well as which social media tools are the best for your business.

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create your product?

Melissa: I created UMOM when I was home for 2 years raising my newborn twins. They arrived in the same month that I landed a million dollar display of my Bee-Tees in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. I received thousands of emails from women all across the country asking for advice on how to get their businesses off the ground or growing. It was after returning hundreds of these emails that I decided to start UniversityofMom.com.

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? 

Melissa: The biggest mistake I've made so far is trying to be all things to all people! I've learned that I can't help (answer everyone's question) everyone I have to choose what I know best and what topics that I think will help the most women!

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Melissa: The greatest success so far is the response from women who come to the website or the Facebook page. They are so appreciative of the advice, tips and knowledge that they receive from UMOM! It feels wonderful to help other women achieve their dreams!

Mom Invented: How can people find you?

Melissa: Find us at www.UniversityOfMOM.com or www.facebook.com/UniversityofMOM


Linda Roger is the creator of: 
Kipsy and the Magic Beans

Mom Invented: Please tell us about your book.

Linda: Kipsy and the Magic Beans is a helpful tool for tired parents to get their children excited about bedtime. It is a 4 piece book and doll-set that creates an air of mystery at bedtime, which makes children look forward to the hardest part of the day to see what will happen! Our product soothes fears and comforts children while lying in bed waiting for sleep.

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create your book?

Linda: My two children were so scared of bedtime! They always got up through the night or wanted to sleep with me. We were all exhausted. After creating this story about Kipsy, my children and I slept more soundly, my children wanted to be in their own beds and talked about it with their friends. We had such a great response from children and parents alike, that we had it made professionally.

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? How did you overcome it?

Linda: My biggest mistake was that I would have it in every retail store pertaining to children! It is much harder than I thought to get it out there. You just have to keep making calls and offering it to anyone that has not heard about it.

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Linda: My greatest success is actually the whole process of starting my own company. Being an entrepreneur is hard work, especially when you hear negative remarks. I am very proud of myself that I did this completely on my own, from beginning to end, working a full time job and having motherly and wifely duties as well.

Mom Invented: How can people find you?

Linda: Please visit: www.kipsytoys.com

For a limited time (until July 31), you can purchase Kipsy and the Magic Beans from Moms Helping Schools and 40% of your purchase will be donated to DonorsChoose.org to help our school teachers in the U.S.  You can buy yours now by clicking HERE.


Stacey Schneider invented, Downspout Safety Cap, a serious product that can prevent kids from getting hurt when playing outside in our yards. Watch this video!

Mom Invented: Please tell us about your product.

Stacey: Did you know that your downspouts (those metal tubes that transport rain from your roof away from your house) are sharp enough to slice through a cucumber?
The Downspout Safety Cap provides the ultimate protection against the extremely sharp edges of metal downspouts.

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create your product?

Stacey: I had never given a second thought to the downspouts surrounding our home until my 5 year old accidentally ran into one and ended up with 4 stitches in his foot. I have two more children and knew it could happen again if I didn't cover the edges. I was not able to find a solution on the market so I created my own.

Since then I've heard many stories of others getting cut as well as pet owners sharing stories of their dogs being injured when chasing rodents or running around the yard.

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? How did you overcome it?

Stacey: The biggest mistake I've made is thinking someone else can sell my product better than I can. Sales is not my strongest skill, but when seeing the caps represented by others, the passion I have behind the product can be more effective than their sales experience.

I'm more involved in the sales aspect, from attending trade shows with my sales reps to keeping on the reps for progress and results as well as doing my own sales.

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Stacey: The downspout safety caps are in a few catalogs and were featured as a hot product in the Hardware Retailing magazine. But, to be honest, the greatest success so far is really what I've learned.

Mom Invented: How can people find you?

Stacey: The downspout safety caps can be found online at www.downspoutsafetycap.com.

For a limited time (until July 31), you can purchase the Downspout Safety Cap from Moms Helping Schools and 40% of your purchase will be donated to DonorsChoose.org to help our school teachers in the U.S.  You can buy yours now by clicking HERE.

 

Karen Walker invented SwaggerTag Identifications Tags. Check them out...

Mom Invented: Please tell us about your product.

Karen: A SwaggerTag is an identification tag that reflects your personality and helps you keep track of your gear. By customizing SwaggerTag with your own photo, image or logo, you can let everyone know it’s your stuff. You decide what personal information to include and your SwaggerTag reveals the information only if it is opened.

A SwaggerTag is water, weather and impact resistant, with strong attachment points and ties to ensure it will stay with your gear. SwaggerTags are available in six distinctive colors: Gecko Green, Dolphin Blue, Hot Pink, Mustang Purple, Dragon Red and Spider Grey.

Mom Invented: What inspired you to create your product?

Karen: When my firstborn started Kindergarten, I went looking for something to attach to her backpack that would help ensure that it wouldn’t go missing. I scanned stores, online and looked at everyone's backpack or carrying case. There were plenty of identification tags out there, but in my opinion, they didn’t combine what I thought was necessary: concerns over personal information, attachment strength, durability, weather tolerance and a heavy dose of fun. I walked into one store and described to the manager what I was looking for and she looked at me and said: “I don’t know of anything like that; but if you find it, let me know so we can carry it here.” And there it was: my next business venture.

Mom Invented: What's the biggest mistake you've experienced in this process? How did you overcome it?

Karen: The journey has been full of challenges! Pricing my product has been one of them. Early on, I conducted a trial and survey with a group of relatively affluent moms, and the pricing feedback I received encouraged me to set my unit cost higher than what my gut told me the market would bear. Having read that so many mompreneurs under-price their products, I thought this was a savvy move, but it made my product less attractive to retailers.

I misjudged how difficult it would be to get retail listings and media exposure, especially on a tight budget. It's a lot harder, more expensive, and requires much more perseverance than I had anticipated. I've learned that being a one product vendor is a big disadvantage when approaching medium and large retailers.

Like most mompreneurs, sometimes being mom gets in the way of business: a sick kid can mean having to cancel an important meeting; calls get compromised when you're unceremoniously interrupted with "can we have a snack!"; meals get frantically thrown together from a neglected fridge; the occasional need to drag tired kids into see a retailer; and freezing my texting fingers off in a parking lot or unheated parent viewing room. But you've just got to roll with it, and accept a certain amount of interruptions and compromises.

Mom Invented: What has been your greatest success in this process?

Karen: While it's not easy to bring a product to market, it's been an amazing learning process for me. I started with an idea to make a better identification tag, and now I'm sharing it with the world — that's pretty cool.

And it's even better that my kids are learning life lessons through my business venture. My husband works long hours out-of-home, so his work struggles are somewhat removed for them; but because I work from our basement, they're much more aware of my business world. They've had to learn that it's not always about them; that I have dreams, too; that self-employment is a work option; that there are many ups and downs to running a business and you need to acknowledge both; and that to be successful, there's an amazing amount of hard work involved.

Mom Invented: How can people find you?
Karen:
SwaggerTag can be ordered directly online through: http://swaggertag.com

For a limited time (until July 31), you can purchase the SwaggerTag Identifications Tags from Moms Helping Schools and 40% of your purchase will be donated to DonorsChoose.org to help our school teachers in the U.S.  You can buy yours now by clicking HERE.

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"Tamara Monosoff’s Power Mentoring Program was in two words “Power Mentoring”.  Tamara simplified steps and we accomplished more in the 4-week course than in the 3 years I’ve been working on my idea.  Tamara is a wealth of information and willing to share all her knowledge.   Tamara is inspiring and truly interested in helping women succeed with their creative ideas.  Thank you Tamara!" --Kristin Lewand

 


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