HERstory: The real story behind being a mompreneur

In honor of March being Women’s History Month. I decided to feature some of the amazing mompreneurs in my company’s signature program, Mentoring Mamas™.

HERstory is an inspirational blog talk radio segment featuring women sharing their personal and professional experiences as entrepreneurs.

Click below for full interview

This month’s guest included:

 
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Sponsorships: What to ask for?

Since launching my company’s signature program, Mentoring Mamas™ … I have seeked out other businesses in my community that align with our mission and goals. I complied a list of tips to help you created your own “ask”.

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1. Try to get a specific person so you can address/followup with them.

2. Be specific about your cause/event.

3. Give statistics about your demographic and how it’s aligned with sponsor’s.

4. Ask for specific donations/sponsorships, but be open to suggestions.

5. Be clear and state what the sponsor will get in return.

6. Try to establish an on-going relationship and not just a one time collaboration.
(It makes a buy-in more appealing from both sides).

Hope this helps! Please feel free to post any questions below.

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The Best Princess Partea’… Eva! #Disneyside

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Let me start by saying when I was contacted and told I was chosen to host a #Disneyside party I was beyond excited! We have a 2 (almost 3-year-old) daughter and I knew she would love it.

If you have toddlers you know their attention span is less 0! About 4 months ago I let her watch Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana…to my surprise she loved it and it kept her attention.

(So it’s my go to when I need a few minutes to get some housework done).

 

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(Above is the invitation I created…using my creative design skills)

When we received our #Disneyside package we were equally pleased with items that had Sofia the first on it (another favorite Disney princess). Which worked out well because we just saw an episode of Sofia the first when Princess Tiana stopped by to give her some advice.

As I begin to plan for the party I really wanted to incorporated Princess Tiana. It was a challenge finding things because she has been out since 2009. After posting what I was looking for on Facebook one of my fellow moms told me about a local store that had some Princess Tiana party items in clearance. I went their the next day and after seeing what they had I decided to talk to the owner to see if they would be willing to donate some items for the party as a sponsor. They graciously said YES and we received the following Princess Tiana items from The Party Shop (Southside Blvd location):

– Princess Tiana Rings
– 5ft Princess Tiana cardboard (see below)
– 6ft Princess Tiana wall backslash
– Silver leaf Princess Tiana tiaras
– Princess Tiana napkins
– Princess Tiana tulle skirt costume (see below)

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As a mompreneur I am very involved in the community and I always try to find ways to collaborate and help support other small businesses.

Since we had toddlers I didn’t have “planned” activities. This age group is creative and just want to play with one another so I just had an open play area for them to play with my daughters’ toys. I did however let them watch The Princess and the frog movie while they ate popcorn in their cardboard cars (which my husband made 30 minutes before the party!) We also had pizza, turkey and ham sliders, fruit (donated by our friend at Dole) and strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing my cousin made…yummy. Of course the kids only ate the frosting! #classic

 

 

(Below photo is of the girls watching the movie in their cardboard cars)

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(Above photo is our “spread” for the day plus Hershey kisses (in their special frog box)
“I will neva, eva kiss a frog” – Princess Tiana!”)

Since it was a nice day outside we decided to take the kids outside and blow bubbles. I think this was the highlight of the day! Plus they got to go home with AWESOME good bags(see below): nail polish, lip gloss, a ring, a bracelet, stickers!

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Special THANK YOU to Mom Select, Disney, The Party Shop, HP, All, Twinning’s Tea for all the products. This was an AWESOME experience and we appreciate being selected. Next stop Disney World!!

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration party.

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What do you fear the most: success or failure?

During our virtual meeting today, the Mentoring Mamas™ group  discussed the topic: What do you fear the most success or failure?

success or failureI shared my experience with the group…

From an early age I always knew I wanted to start my own business. I would admire women who I saw that were in executive positions or ran their own company. But one thing that “scared” me the most was it seemed the more successful you become the more you would be scrutinized and judged… especially in the public.

For someone who is reserved and private  this aspect of being successful didn’t appeal to me at all. Once I eventually started my own company I think internally I turned down opportunities because I was afraid of it becoming  “too big”. I was afraid of being too successful and the fear that it would change me into a person I didn’t want to be. But now as a mom I view success from a different perspective. I don’t want my daughter to grow up and be afraid to try new things or step out of her comfort zone. You never know until you at least try, right?

One of my favorite quotes is “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think my fear of success has held me back from really pursuing my purpose and being the best me. This year my goal is to step outside of my comfort zone and see what happens. No limitations!

Some takeaways:

• Don’t let fear stop you from being your best!
• Step outside of your comfort zone!
• Turn your obstacles into opportunities!
• Change your mindset: Think Positive!

What do you fear the most: Success or Failure? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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