Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Cuddlebugs! Introducing a unique and adorable take along blanket- the Minkee Tab Cuddlebug Lovey! Still soft even after you wash it!
With wings made of soft minkee and then lined with satin, the tabs are added at the side to give your child something to play with. The chenille terry top is lush and thick, giving your child different textures and shapes to touch and rub. It is sure to become the favorite lovey! Offered at MiniMe BabyGear for $22.95. Qucik! Order by Friday for Christmas Delivery.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Obviously, the biggest reason people go overseas is the price. United States manufacturers, in most cases, cannot compete. Currently, all of my products are made right here in the United States, but I admit that I have looked overseas. I cannot compete price-wise on a national level without going out of this country. For me, I have found that to produce my items in the states as opposed to in China costs me four to five times more.
Price aside, I prefer manufacturing here, which is why I have stayed in the USA. But we have to know that if we start the cry for products made in the USA, we are going to need to be willing to fork over the dough. Are you ready to pay $50 for a Barbie Doll? $40 for a set of blocks? I think many American companies are willing to come back if only consumers will start paying the price for goods made here. Otherwise, there will be no incentive for coming back. Did you know approximately 88% of children's toys are currently made in China? I don't even think American Girl dolls are made in the USA.
What are your thoughts- are you willing to pay four to five times more for something if it is made in the USA?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
*Side note-A very bad habit I have is writing important things- phone numbers, important businessc contacts, customers I need to contact- on small pieces of paper. I counted tonight- 38 papers. I need a new system!
Have you ever noticed just how happy you feel when everything is in it's place? Fortunately for my son, and unfortunately for me, his birthday is about a week away so more toys will be arriving to our house soon.
Augh well, it is clean for now. No telling how long it will last. I am even going to be before 12. A pretty good feat, if you ask me.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Also, if you are waiting on wet bags, they should be in about a week and a half from now. If you are interested in selling the Wet Happenend? zippered wet bag at your boutique, please contact me at (909) 528-8724. Thanks again for your patience!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
After sitting home two days in a row with my son, I decided there is only so much cartoon watching I can take. Nothing against the Doodlebops, but even I was getting stir crazy. So, I started researching a few things we can do together to pass the time.
- Bright Beginnings- Thanks to my fellow blogger, Triplet Mom, for this great tip. The public school puts on programs for birth through pre-school age kids. Our area had twenty different public schools that participate, and each of them hold play dates. We could do something everyday if we wanted to! The play dates include an activity for mom and child to do together, a story time, and a light snack. All I had to do was contact the nearest public school and they signed me up. Best of all, it is FREE!
- The local Children's Museum- our children's museum has two floors devoted to learning and fun. Bubbles, an inside bee hive, legos, a working traffic light, and ride on bugs are among our favorites. Check into a yearly membership, ours is $35 a year, with separate play days set aside for members.
- The library- I am not new to the library. I started my business through library books. However, I had no idea they have so many programs for younger children! Story hour, play times, a train, and loads of children's book with nooks to read in makes this one of my new favorite finds.
- MOPS-Stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and my group meets twice a month for an hour and a half. This one my son goes into childcare, but he loves it and even has a little girlfriend at the group. It gives me time to socialize with other moms and eat breakfast in peace! I love doing crafts as well, so MOPS= relaxation for me. Yearly fees are around $40.
Other fun things on tap (we will include my husband for these)-- hay rides to the pumpkin patch next month at the local family farm and visiting an apple orchard to pick Michigan apples.
So, what are your favorites? Any other ideas?
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
- 2 women that saved a local woman's shelter by bringing in hundreds of donations. Bottles, blankets, sippy cups. clothes, children's toys were all donated. Their kindness was infectious, leading to $200,000 being donated to the center through various local business and families in the community.
- A first grade teacher that is instructing a 68-year-old man how to read along with her first graders. He walks seven blocks each day to the library in order to get a chance to fine tune his reading skills. With her $1,000, they gave him a large quantity of books that he can keep at his home to read at will.
- A mother of five young children who rode the bus 2 hours each way to work because she did not have money for a car. Four of the people in the audience came together and bought one for her, limiting her drive to 15 minutes each way.
The inspiring stories continued, and as the show went on, the inspiration bubbled in me, "What can I do?" I definitely do not have $1,000 to give away, but what can I do with $10? $100? My time?
I have not come up with an answer yet, but I want you to keep me accountable in doing so. How can I, one person, make a difference?
One thought I have had on my heart is helping people that struggle with infertility. My husband and I consider ourselves lucky. Within a couple of months, the doctors figured out what was preventing us from conceiving and we are currently expecting our second child. However, I know of countless others...struggling each month to conceive-- an emotional and financial struggle. Only if you have been there month after month when the hopelessness sets in do you fully understand how difficult it is. For many, the months end with thousands of dollars in debt and few options left because of financial hardships.
So, I challenge you- what will you do? What are your ideas? Will it be giving gift cards to a homeless person for lunch, volunteering your time, paying for someone's gas? What can we do to be better stewards of our money, and show our thankfulness for what we have? I would love to hear your ideas....
Monday, August 27, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Rhinestone onesies with adorable sayings such as "Sassy", "Miss December" (or any month you choose), "Future Supermodel", "Drama Queen". Sold for $22.95, also available in a t-shirt.
Messenger bag- This bag is great for storing little treasures, drink boxes, or toting items off to school. The shape of the bag is gorgeous, and as with anything handmade- the quality is unbelievable. It measures approximately 12" high and the base is 3.5" x 10". The handles are adjustable from 23" to 40. Features a solid fabric with an accent fabric down the middle. The back side of the bag and the interior are the same solid fabric. The interior of the bag has two pockets, key fob, and secured with a magentic snap. Buy it now for $39.95, three styles to choose from.
I am also working on finding an adequate loop for the Wet Happened? Designer wet bag. I am testing a few things out, but plan on adding it to the new design as I have had a lot of requests for it. Thanks to all of you who make my job so much fun!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
These necklaces are non- toxic, 100% lead free, and come with a breakaway clasp to ensure safety. Sold at Smart Mom Jewelry for $18.90 in eight colors and two shapes (donut and heart), the matching bangle sells for only $12.60 more. The perfect way to keep your baby entertained while on your lap.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So, I am muddling through and trying to complete everything. Thanks to all who have given me a little slack over the past week or so. I appreciate your patience during this exciting time!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Vacation was so incredibly nice. I thought I was ready to come back to work full force, until I got back and saw the amount of work I have to do! Coupled with the wet bag purchase button not working, it has been a few days of madness around here.
I am trying to process and handmake orders as quickly as possible. Thanks to all of you who waited two long weeks while I played in the sun and sand with my family. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from vacation:
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Before I forget---You might have noticed a change at MiniMe BabyGear. A new website design by Kayzoe. I have been thinking about what I wanted for a long time, and Cher truly made my vision come to life and I cannot imagine a more perfect site!! Along with the change, there is bound to be a few kinks, so I apologize in advance for any trouble there might be due to the newness of this new program/shopping cart.
Also, just because I am closed, does not mean you cannot shop! I will be taking care of orders immediately once I return, and all orders placed while I am away will go out around August 13.
I am off! Wish me luck on the plane with my almost three year old:-)
Friday, July 20, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
How great is this? So many companies leave out the boys when it comes time for the great items- not Baby Emi! Boys Bracelets are also available. My favorite- the Pirate Booty Bracelet.
What I love: the Mommy and Me set. This set is the perfect gift for celebrating mom.
Buy Now at MiniMe BabyGear, $40-$95.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Lately, I have needed help-- big time. Thankfully, my husband is a teacher and thus has the summer off. He has helped me tremendously lately-- cutting all of my fabric, my invoicing, daily trips to the post office, and store hopping for things I have run out of.
Someday, I will return the favor. For now, thanks... I owe you one.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I will be working on Wet Happened? bags and Breastfeeding Buddys tonight, so if you have had your order in, it will probably go out tomorrow. I will send an individual e-mail when it ships:-) Thanks for your patience!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
As you know, I held a separate contest for a set of Quirky Burps and a large Circus Circus Wet Happened? bag. And the winner is…..
The new quarterly newsletter is out, please click here to see it!
Also, a few new fabrics have been added to the Wet Happened? list. I think they are really fun new choices- funky flowers, Mocca, and Green Serene.
This month has been a true blessing--Thanks again for your patronage!
Friday, June 1, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Mom's Favorite Stuff
Wild About Houston, Channel 55, The Tube
Cool Mom Picks
In Style Moms
Thanks so much- it feels goodto be recognized!
Also as a side note- if you try to get ahold of me May 16 or 17th, my mom is going in for surgery so my phone contact will be limited! Thanks so much!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
It has been beautiful here in Michigan- about 78 degrees. I can hardly believe that a month ago we still had snow on the ground! It has been a strange spring here. I am fortunate because my hubby is a teacher so he stays home all summer. We have a lot of fun and lots of lazy days and entertaining friends.
I did want to point out the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt is going on- www.diaperdecisions.com. Basically an internet scavenger hunt, there are many, many prizes awarded- plus it is so much fun to hunt!
Also this month: if you sign up for my newsletter, I am giving away one Circus Circus Wet Happened? bag, and one set of burp cloths. Winner to be drawn June 1st, and notified via e-mail. No purchase necessary. Also in the month of May, spend $50 at MiniMe BabyGear and get a double fun onesie of your choice free! Enter your choice during checkout.
And for all you Mothers- Have a wonderful Mother's Day! Children are a precious gift from God, and I am so thankful I have my little one to spend the day with. We celebrate you today!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Introducing: the new Princess Dress Up Robe for your girly girl! Now featuring an incredibly plush cashmere-chenille pre-washed polyester robe, lined with a pink boa along the collar, cuffs, and end ties. This robe is perfect for your little Princess! Personalized free, two sizes are available- Toddler 3/4 or Small 5/6. Click Here to see more details.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Also, the great cloth diaper hunt has started--I will be checking the hint forum each night to give tips. Sign up to hunt at diaperdecisions.com. Happy Hunting!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
For a while now, I have promised a friend that I would come up with a Princess themed burp cloth- it has literally sat on my table waiting to be photographed for weeks. With "Princess" embroidered in pink and matching "Pretty as a Princess" and princess themed-glass slipper, crowns, flowers ribbons, this will be a sure hit for that little princess in your life. Personalized under the "Princess" with your choice of first name. Retails for $9.95, available now at MiniMe BabyGear.
Also new: sale section. Many items I have in inventory here do not fit into any current category. Perhaps I sold an item in the past and discontinued the line, or maybe the font was larger than usual, or simply just items I want to give you a good deal on- all of these will be under the sales section soon. I only added three items tonight, but I have many more waiting to be added. chekc back soon, and Happy Shopping!
I also updated and added many ribbons. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact me and I will try to accomodate any and all requests.
Coming soon: Goodfather DVD's and Hair Clips, and the totally redesigned Diva Robes
Monday, April 23, 2007
3. It is an easy way for me to keep all of my customers updated regarding what is going on at MiniMe BabyGear. When I add or change items, it is nice to have a place to bring them to your attention. More than that, it is fun to hear feedback and get ideas from readers.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
It was just announced that she beat out around 1000 other applicants to be named COSTCO's entrepreneur to watch. Keep your eye out for the article, and congratulations to Marina and the whole staff at Gissy Bella!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Changing the way you'll look at dress-up! Fantastically fabulous to Spook-tastic and everything in between, you're sure to find a "Poof" perfectly made for your Princess! Made with yards and yard of tulling, these poofs can successfully (and quite adorably we might add) be worn out of the house to... the Grocery Store, School, Church, or even Dad's office, without a scene. It is great to be a girl. Many, many adorable options ranging from$30-$64.95.
Measures: 19”x 19”Top: 100% cotton. Bottom: Blackor White Vinyl. Machine wash.Hang dry. Do not iron. Sold now for $24 at MiniMe BabyGear.
The Dad Gift Bucket Includes: "The Baby Owners Manual" by Louis Borgenicht, M.D., and Joe Borgenicht,D.A.D., Pain Reliever, Breathing Mask, Goggles,Hand Sanitizer,Nose Clip (Clothes Pin), Rubber Gloves
The New Mom Gift Buckets Include: Back Massager, Bath Confetti, Cocoa Butter Belly Lotion, Foot Lotion, Gel Eye Mask, Pumice Sponge, Rolaids
to be shipped. Well worth the wait!
Its a Bird, It's a Plane! No, it is your child dressed up in one of these pint sized super hero capes.
I came across these capes a few months ago when I did a product trade with the maker. My son fell in love immediately with his super hero cape, and I absolutely love two things about them:
- It is a cute option for boys. So many times, dress up is only focused on girl items. Very few companies offer whimsical and fun items for boys, so I love it when I find something for all you fellow moms of boys out there.
- The personalization- not only is the cape adorable, but it comes with your child's first letter across the back. No more beat up towels scrunched around tiny necks, they have their very own super hero cape for flying over tall buildings in a single leap.
Please allow two weeks for delivery. Sold now at MiniMe BabyGear in your choice of Black Dots/Aqua (shown) or orange on orange. Spoil your little one today with this fantastically fun cape for $30.