Us women – us mothers – wear many hats. Chief medical person, head negotiator, sock finder, bill payer, house manager, warm clothing coordinator, pretty much anything that anyone needs done at any time of day. We do it with a smile on our faces and a packet or granola bar in our pocket.
In addition to all of the above, some of us think in the crazy wee hours of the night once our kids are dreaming or during those sweet, sweet, hours of freedom some call school – we should get crafty. Crafty literally and crafty figuratively. Enter the Mompreneur. This title refers to a pretty awesome lady who helms multiple ships at a time.
At The Fox Hollow on December 8th, 2014, at 7pm, you will find the coolest group of Mompreneurs around at the second annual Mompreneur Extravaganza. Started by a mom of four, a Mompreneur herself, this event blew out it’s inaugural venue in May and based on chatter, will be the event of the 2014 Holiday season.
Below, I’m excited to introduce you to a few of the rockstar moms who will be at the Mompreneur Extravaganza. This event is free and open to all. I can guarantee you will be happy you came and that you will walk away with some fantastic presents for both youself and the ones you love.
Tara is a Registered Nurse, Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Health Coach. She created SnugBug Fitness (babywearing and pregnancy classes) because her daughter was very attached, and trips to the gym were hard until she figured out she could work out with her daughter in a wrap or carrier. Tara has a 13 month old daughter.
Prior to being a Mompreneur, Tara worked full time as an RN and did some personal training on the side.
Her office hours are whenever she can squeeze them in, often in her “mobile office” after driving around long enough to get her daughter to nap. She simply parks and gets to work.
You can find Tara on Facebook and on Instagram at Tara_Allen_Health.
What sets Tara apart? Her unique training and background. She believes the blend of nursing school, personal training, and health coaching certifications have given her the benefit of approaching health and positive life change from every angle.
Alysa is a photographer based in Syosset. She photographs families, children and events. Alysa’s love of photography began in her High School photography class. Her dad gave her his late fathers old film camera to shoot with and she could not get enough of the dark room. Upon high school graduation she went directly to the School of Visual Arts where her fine art landscapes were shown in NYC art galleries. Her love for photographing children started when she worked at a renowned studio in Manhattan. She has two little girls – 5 and 17 months.
Prior to being a Mompreneur, Alysa was an entrepreneur – she started her business in 2008!
Her office hours are usually on the weekends when most families prefer to set up appointments. She edits photos when the baby is napping and when both children are down for the night.
What sets Alysa apart? In addition to being a professionally trained photographer, she seeks perfection when editing her client’s images. She truly loves working with children, with whom she has infinite patience.
Grow With Me Tee was started by two cousins who loved taking photos of their kids. They decided to create the three Grow With Me Tee’s products for other parents who enjoy taking photos of their kids too.
Prior to being a Mompreneur, Nicole – one of the founders – taught 4th and 5th grade for close to a decade. She has two kids, 6 and 3.
Her office hours are while the kids are at school and at night after bedtime.
What sets Grow With Me Tee apart? Our Grow With Me Onesies are a cute way to photojournal your growing baby. The onesie will be huge on the baby during the first photograph, but having your child take the photo in the same shirt each month really gives you great documentation of his/her growth. Their line continues as your child grows with their “ruler shirt”‘ and “class of” shirt.
Jodie started Un Deux Trois Style because as a recent Manhattan transplant, she yearned for a fun and intimate shopping experience on Long Island. She wants the women who shop with her to feel good, be themselves and look unique – so she decided to bring the boutique to them in a party setting. Her passions in life include fashion, music, family, her husband and two puppies.
Prior to being a Mompreneur Jodie worked in event planning, corporate finance and social media.
Her office hours are in the wee hours of the night once everyone is sleeping.
What sets Un Deux Trois Style apart? Jodie brings her limited, constantly changing inventory to you! Her goal is to help clients save time, a little bit of money, and have fun with their friends while shopping in someone’s home. Jodie lives by Kate Spade’s mantra, “Playing dress-up begins at age 5 and never truly ends.”
Rachel, a Level V, Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields started her business in 2012 with the goal of paying for her daughters summer camp tuition. She was ready to both contribute to her family financially and for something new to call her own. She was looking to gain back her financial independence and swagger. She has two daughters, 8 and 4.
Prior to being a Mompreneur, Rachel was in Advertising on the agency-side.
Her office hours are in the nooks & crannies of the day, but mostly during school hours.
What sets Rodan + Fields apart? It is a dermatology based skincare brand. It’s unique because the doctors that created this brand also created Proactiv – they know how to create systems for the skin that solve problems. What sets Rachel apart? She loves helping others feel better about themselves whether it is through R+F’s clinically proven products or via their incredibly generous business model.
Randi began her company after being stuck home due to frigid temperatures, snow, ice, school closings, a toddler and a pre-schooler. She was making labels for friends over the years as a hobby. Once people started seeing her labels on gifts and spreading her name around, she decided it was time to “start up an at home business”. She began with making labels for Birthday presents and now makes labels for presents, favors, holidays, showers, bris, address labels, place cards, we’ve moved cards, thank you cards, business cards and invitations. She has a daughter who is 5.5 and a son who is 2.
Prior to being a Mompreneur, Randi worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist two days a week.
Her office hours are when her kids are asleep or napping.
You can find her on Facebook and on Instagram at LOLlabelsofluv.
What sets Labels of Luv apart? Randi is a local mom who is willing to make your labels at the drop of a hat and nothing is printed until you – the customer – LUV your labels. She is happy to email, text or meet you with a proof and modify it as many times as it takes to make you LUV your label.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not include my own company!
I started RSDubs Ribbons haute couture hair accessories with my daughter in April of 2014. She was looking for some specific hair ribbons and we could not find them. Having a background in the arts as well as a kid who loves to do arts and crafts, RSDubs Ribbons was born. We often sit together and design the hair accessories, which is fun for both of us. I cut the grosgrain ribbon and she picks out the organza ribbons to compliment it. I have two children, my 4.75 daughter (don’t you dare say she is 4.5) and my 1 year old son.
Prior to being a Monpreneur, I worked in finance, marketing, and customer service for luxury fashion and cosmetic brands. I started writing for Macaroni Kid while living in Manhattan and then The Huffington Post. I launched this blog, The Mint Chip Mama in August of 2014.
My office hours are both on the weekend – when we are able to design the hair accessories and at night while I sit on the couch with very busy hands watching tv with my husband.
What sets RSDubs Ribbons apart? RSDubs Ribbons are the original haute couture organza ribbon and character grosgrain ribbon hair accessories made just for you! All of our hair accessories can be customized with any character grosgrain ribbon and your choice of colored organza ribbon. RSDubs Ribbons are perfect for school/cheer fundraising and party favors. I am more than happy to donate to any charity that is important to you, just ask!
See you all on Monday at the Mompreneur Extravaganza!