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Are you a mompreneur? Tell TODAY your story!

Hello ladies, 

Are you a mompreneur?

TODAY is looking for women balancing the role of being a mom and being an entrepreneur. Does this describe you, or someone you know? If so, we want to hear your story! We are looking for mompreneurs to feature on an upcoming TODAY broadcast.

Please share your story, can't wait to hear from you!

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Comment by Christine Mangnall-Schwarz on November 29, 2012 at 9:56pm

I would love to be included, it's such a wonderful thing that you are doing for us moms. I am an artist, a poet and most importantly a mom to my two lovely daughters, Zoe and Isabelle. I have worked very hard to get my book Bubble Tubbie out into the world, and my girls have taken this journey with me. The book is a sensory romp, full of color, sights and imagination. I have produced it in three formats; Hardcover, plastic bathtub book with light, and iPad app. The story of making this all come together is a great one, and especially powerful because I did it while fighting Fibromyalgia. I felt that it was important to show my girls that a person could do anything that they set their mind to...and I feel that we all learned together. I am very proud of what has been produced, and the reviews show that others appreciate it too. I would love to share my book and my story with you, as well as show you alll of the other things that I have coming next. Thank you for the opportunity! :D:D

Comment by Alison Marie Cope on November 29, 2012 at 12:14pm

My name is Alison Cope, I'm a work at home mom and I love to bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes.

Seven years ago when my husband Chris and I decided to start a family, we found that it was not as easy as everyone had told us it would be.  After two miscarriages we found ourselves in the office of a Reproductive Endocronologist.  

During the time between our first and second miscarriage, I needed something to take my mind off of the heartache and loss we kept seeming to experience.  I turned to our local Michaels craft store and signed up for cake decorating classes. After the first class I was hooked, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue. 

As the months and doctors visits and cake decorating classes went on, my husband and I finally became pregnant with our first child, a little girl we named Addison.

I ended up going on a very extended maternity leave from my job as a dental assistant and while I stayed at home to raise my daughter, I again, turned to cakes.  They had become a passion of mine and I wanted to learn everything I could about the art of baking and decorating a cake.  I read books, I watched shows and I practiced, boy did I practice.

Our daughter was turning 18 months old and my husband and I decided it was time to start trying for baby number 2.  As before, we had another miscarriage, so back to the specialist we went and back into the kitchen I went to bake, decorate and keep my mind off of the heartache that just seemed to follow us.

Eight months after treatment with the specialist, we found out we were expecting a second child, we named him Connor and he would have been a twin.  But we were happy to have 2 children, a boy and a girl, we were blessed.

What I've found throughout these past 7 years was that I desperately wanted children and I was not having an easy time at conceiving them.  I needed something to help me relax and get lost in as we continually went to our specialist for fertility help and I found that I took comfort in all things cake.  Baking and cake decorating soothed me, it was like a calm, a reassurance, a zone I could get into and the pain of losing pregnancy upon pregnancy would just disappear.

Because of my drive and will to have children, I came upon cakes.  And because of my drive and passion to learn all I could about cakes, I had 2 beautiful children.  I could not have had one without the other.  Being a work at home mom who has started her own business has given me the best of both worlds, I get endless time with my children and I get opportunity upon opportunity to hone my passion of cake.  What could be better than that?

My dream is to one day open a cake shop where I live.  I wish I could say that I have a business plan, a staff, a space, funding and everything else that goes into expanding your out of home business but I don't.  All I have right now is my drive, my passion and my goal of one day owning, running and loving what could become the most popular cake shop in Loudoun County.

Alison Cope Owner/Baker at Simply Cakes by Alison LLC



Comment by Sandy Arevalo on November 29, 2012 at 8:24am

I am a SAHM turned entrepreneur.  I am the owner/baker behind Firefly Confections.

I have always had a love of baking and practically grew up in the kitchen. I would spend hours "helping" my Great grandma make everything from apple pie and strudel to traditional Christmas cookies. As I got older I used to spend my weekends trying out new recipes and decorating techniques, feeding my co-workers on the Monday that followed.  When my son was born I decided to stay home with him. My daughter was born a year later and I started using my baking time as "Me Time". I started a couple years ago as a way for friends and family to order cookies. Through referrals, social networking and a hugely supportive family, I have turned my hobby into a growing business and included a line of gourmet caramels which are becoming increasingly popular. I have even had sweet thank you's from celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Kimberly and James Van Der Beek and The Guncles.

Comment by Celeste Goodson on November 29, 2012 at 12:20am

Hi Soleil!

Wow..thanks for this opportunity!  3 years ago I had the crazy idea for a more functional yet stylish Maternity & Post Natal Support for moms that included core exercises to help moms stay strong, comfortable, active and recover well.  I'm a Pre & Post Natal Trainer and mom of 3 and have seen way too many moms suffer from a weak core with ab separation, pelvic floor weakness, back issues, poor posture etc.. because they were never given direction on how to keep and re-strengthen the inner core properly!  I knew nothing about bringing a product to market or even how to own a business, but felt compelled to learn. I dragged my little ones to fabric stores and libraries, trying to figure out how to make this possible and spent a year testing the product and exercise program. The patent-pending FITsplint was launched over a year ago!  It's made in the U.S  and we are now reaching out to retail stores. We've landed in a few maternity boutiques, physical therapy offices and even a hospital store! It is getting great reviews and I dream of landing in big box stores such as Target, Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby someday. Women deserve to get their inner core strength, shape and function back and I love being a part of it :)

Comment by casey wiegand on November 28, 2012 at 2:16pm

My name is Casey Wiegand. Wife and mama to three kids (three and under). Three, two and three months.

I own an art studio for kids called A Little Artsy// ( watch quick video about our studio here: I write for Disney Baby Blog and also write for my own personal blog- 

I also am a freelance artist in Dallas!

Would love to tell you more!

Comment by Amanda Krill on November 28, 2012 at 12:09pm

Six years ago I found myself neck deep in debt - to the tune of $64k. I was a stay at home mom with three little ones, and no way to pay it off. My husband did not know about said debt, and I wanted to keep it that way, at least until I paid it off. I started writing for a few websites to make a little cash and was able to make the minimum payment every month.

As you can imagine, that didn't get me very far. I was not making any headway. BK (before kids) I worked in several different jobs, and I was confident that I could do anything, so I started looking for at home work. Six years ago, there was a whole lot of nonsense out there, and skimming through ads to figure out what was legit and what wasn't took time. I would stay up late into the night trying to find anything that might bring in more dough.

Eventually, I found a position as a Virtual Assistant. My first client lasted for 2 years and at first he paid me a whopping $8/hr. As my experience grew, I added new clients. Eventually I acquired some major clients, and transitioned to the point that I was only working with a very few bigger people in the internet marketing world.

After four years of the virtual assistant gig, I decided it was time to move on. During my VA time, I'd taught myself the basic principles of web design, html and wordpress, and I decided to go full time as a Web Designer. It was terrifying, but I knew it was the right jump.

A few months after that leap, my husband decided to also leave his full time job (teaching) because it was never a good fit. Now we are both self-employed and happier than ever.

Oh yeah... my husband DID find out about the debt. And he didn't leave me. Or hate me. And life is good.

Comment by Rebecca McCamy on November 27, 2012 at 6:00am
Hi Soleil,

I sent you a message via Facebook about my family and shoppe but wanted to post on your blog too.

My name is Rebecca McCamy and I'm a mommy-preneur! First and foremost, I'm a mom of 3 amazing, beautiful children...Billy-12, Holly-11 and Mikey-8. I was a stay- at-home mom for 10 years and then decided my town, Winter Park, FL.... needed a candy store like the one I remember shopping at when I was a kid growing up in a suburb of Chicago. So after about 2 years of researching the industry, I took the plunge and dove head first into opening my own candy shoppe, Sassafras Sweet Shoppe. I named it after my daughter whom I've always called Sassy or Miss Sassafras!

Sassafras has been open for almost 2'll be 2 years this Dec 15....and it's been a roller coaster ride ever since!!! Sassafras has been busy since we opened the doors and, of course, my kids lives are just getting busier and busier each, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, tutoring not to mention then their social lives which are way more interesting than mine!?!?!

Everyday is a constant juggling act...trying to be keep it all moving but I wouldn't change it for the world! Things have definitely changed for my not as clean as it used to be, laundry not kept up like before, not as many homemade meals but somethings gotta give!? It's hard to do it all!!! I love my kids more than anything and truly enjoy my job/work/shoppe. I've opened up this creative side of me, in my shoppe, that I can't imagine not having. Not to mention, I've learned so much about business, marketing, merchandising, inventory control...the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, my shoppe brings me such joy...seeing kids and adults find their favorite sweet treats in my shoppe. And hear the stories from our adult customers about their childhood memories revolving about candy. I hope I'm creating those same special memories for the kids that come to Sassafras. I love making people happy and we have such fun in the shoppe! Believe me when I tell you I'm exhausted and there are days I don't know if I'm coming or going, but it works. I've always been a bit nutty... I like to stay busy and have a hard time saying "No." However, I have a great support system with friends, babysitters, car pool help, etc that help me each day. So, thus far, it's worked for me. My kids are thriving and so is my business. In fact, we've had so much interest in expanding Sassafras that we just finished up our franchising materials and look forward to opening more shoppes across the country. Never in a million years did I imagine that my little candy shoppe idea would be such a hit!

I'm not sure what you are looking for in a mommy-preneur but I feel like I'm a pretty darn good example of one. I think you've got to be energetic, confident, resourceful, able to delegate and bit crazy to be an entrepreneur while you have children still at home. It is harder than I ever imagined but probably wouldn't do anything differently. Last May, I was on Anderson, Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show for a tiny segment about mommy-preneurs and they featured me and my shoppe. It was a such an honor...and such a riot taping for a tv was quite the experience!

Please check out my website at and we also have a Facebook page and Twitter....still learning how to tweet!?!? Also, please let me know if I can send you more info about myself, Sassafras or my kids.
Thank you, Soleil aka Punky...I watched and loved you for years!!! You are still as cute if not cuter than you were back then. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Rebecca McCamy
aka Ms. Sassy aka Sassy aka The Candy many call me around town!?!
Comment by Steph Calvert on November 27, 2012 at 5:53am
Hearts and Laserbeams has been around since late 2006. It started as an indie crafting venture on Etsy, a side project outside my full-time graphic design work where I could create funny, light-hearted one of a kind art pieces. My husband and I sold my crafts at a variety of shows across southern California, from Felt Club and Bazaar Bizarre to Unique LA and Patchwork.

Freelance design has always been a part of the business, but in the beginning it took a back burner. I saw Hearts and Laserbeams as my own creative outlet outside of work.

In 2010, everything changed.

My husband and I found out we were expecting our son, Phil.

I was working full time as a t-shirt graphic designer in downtown Los Angeles. As someone who had a vast amount of design experience, I was able to negotiate a 100% telecommuting setup to eliminate the long train commute from Long Beach to downtown LA. The setup began months before I went on maternity leave. My art director loved my work; my designs were getting the company sales at stores like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Life was good. No. Life was great.

I went on maternity leave and came back to a position that was vastly different from the one I left behind. I returned to a new art director who hated that I was telecommuting, no matter how well it worked, and made it extremely clear how much she disliked me because of it from the second I started working for her.

That first day was hell. Working for this new unprofessional art director was a horrible fit. The stress it put on me and my family… with a newborn… I couldn’t stay there and I knew it. Something had to change immediately.

The next day, I started emailing everyone I knew. Old co-workers, ex-bosses, everyone. Who had freelance work for me? Was there enough to keep our bills paid? I had lengthy tear-filled conversations with my husband.

On December 1, 2010 I became 100% self employed with Hearts and Laserbeams and haven’t looked back.

The second this happened, any part of the business that wasn’t generating actual, real, bill-paying money went out the window. Crafts never paid my bills, so our focus changed to providing design services to those small indie businesses that couldn’t afford it otherwise.

Hearts and Laserbeams continues to succeed because I work my ass off. 40-60 hour work weeks every week. Friendly customer-service driven communication with clients via email, chat and social media. Conections being made in real life. I hustle like crazy to keep work coming in; I am constantly growing my client list, and I am proud to say every single one of my bills has been paid since I quit my job two years ago.
Comment by Kathleen Kennedy-Leon on November 27, 2012 at 5:28am
I am definately a Mompreneur. I launched my own blog about it this past summer called My Best of Both Worlds. It is a way for me to articulate my life as it is. My name is Kathleen. I have numerous roles and identities like many of you. I am a daughter to Gerri, a big sister to Michael and Lina. Found the love of my life the second time around as a wife to Shawn. I am a Mom to Kaitlyn 18, Kristen soon to be 13 and Sean Eddie 4. Our blended family is the most important thing in the world to me. Another huge part of my identity is that I work full time outside the home as the Senior Director of Imaging & Physician Support Services / Epic Operational Lead- and that’s a mouthful if I do say so myself. I enjoy playing softball with an all girls team called Stingers, just became a co-leader in Girl Scouts, love to read and of course write. Many people ask me how do you do so many things? How many hours are in your day? That’s what this blog will be about—having the best of both worlds, at least in my opinion.

So how did this all come about? Have some time on your hands? Read on for a snapshot of the long and winding road that makes me –me!

When I was 20 I graduated in 1989 with my Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, I became a licensed registered Radiologic Technologist and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery. It seems so long ago. I met my then first husband, married in 1992, had my daughter Kaitlyn in 1994 and was promoted to a supervisor. I had to return to work when she was 11 weeks old. Decided I liked school so much that I went back when she was 18 months old for my BS in management. Began to collaborate with my colleagues at work to co-author a book titled Orthopedist’s Guide to Plain Film Imaging. Graduated in 1998, was promoted to Chief Tech, and then suffered a miscarriage.

With additional promotions at work, our book being published and gaining a liking for management, I once again returned to school to pursue a Master’s of Science degree in management in 1999. It was also at this juncture that I began to pursue adoption as a method for expanding my family. After reams of paperwork, finger prints, health exams, financial disclosures and meetings, our small family of three traveled to the other side of the world in the summer of 2000 to bring Kristen back from China to become a family of four.

Taking a small break from school and my 12 weeks of FMLA (family medical leave act) I headed back to work yet again as the bills don’t ever seem to take a vacation!

After suffering yet another miscarriage, in April 2001, I made a life changing decision to put my health first as the Mom of two young girls and have a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass performed and lost over 150 pounds over the course of the following year.

September 11, 2001 changed everyone’s lives and working in Manhattan on that fateful day was something I will never forget. I was so fortune and blessed to be able to come home and hug my children.

By December of that same year my husband and I split up. In February of 2002, I became a victim of domestic violence by his hands. I am a survivor and stronger for it today. Going through the divorce, trying to raise my daughters, continue to work, finish my degree and hold it together was a daily challenge to say the least. If it wasn’t for my strong faith in God, the goodness of my family and wonderful friends I would not have made it through such a difficult time.

Being officially divorced just earlier in the month of April 2003, the biggest loss of my life occurred-my Dad passed away at only 59 years of age. Graduating just six short weeks after my Dad passed was bittersweet. So dealing with that blow and having to sell the only home my children and I knew was tough to say the least. In September of 2003, what made the experiences somewhat easier was that I met and started to date a great guy named Shawn. After 7 houses fell through (I kid you not) my Mom and I bought a two family house in Valley Stream and closed on Christmas Eve 2003.

Needing more money to support myself and the kids, I got a second job teaching in the undergraduate program at St. Joseph’s in Brooklyn. I taught health care economics and finance as well as health care delivery systems. I also began to do free lance writing for Advance Magazine for Imaging and radiation oncology professionals.

More crossroads in 2005, if you haven’t guessed already that I love being a student and going to school, I had applied to the Weather Head School of Management at Case Western University in Ohio to pursue my PhD and was accepted into the program. It was a commuter program where I would fly there every 3 weeks for the weekend for two years. At this same time I had interviewed with a local area hospital for a director’s position, but had been turned down. Upon arriving back from Ohio, I got a call from the new administration of the hospital to come back in to discuss the director’s position. Here is where the single most difficult decision of my life came into play in 2005. After two more interviews I was offered a director’s position at Mercy Medical Center only 5 miles away from my home. I was the assistant director at the Hospital for Special Surgery at the time and was there for over 16 years—I had grown up there so to speak. It felt like family and I had the acceptance of Case Western. What to do?? What to do??

After consulting with everyone under the sun so it seemed and compiling multiple pros / cons listings, doing a cost benefit analysis, and praying all the while, I made the leap, accepted the position, gave a notice of 8 weeks and declined the PhD program. Ultimately, quality of life topped the listing, being 5 miles from home was a dream after commuting by car everyday to Manhattan which at minimum would be an hour and half on a good day.

While I haven’t gone back to school, I have since married my best friend Shawn in 2007. I never would have imagined myself in this position just a few short years ago after enduring such stress, turmoil and unhappiness. We then were blessed with a son Sean Eddie in 2008. While we’ve had our challenges as a blended family ~ we are truly blessed. I enjoy the age gaps between my children and am so much more relaxed as an “older Mom”. I have found that I trust myself more and am more confident in my decisions.

Always motivated and looking at opportunities to help others and gain financial freedom, I became a multi-level marketer / distributor for Sisel International in 2011 and have my own home based health and wellness business which I find very rewarding.

As of today, I havev to send my oldest off to college and my youngest started full day pre-K, while my middle one will enter the 8th grade. So there are even more exciting times ahead! Stay tuned!
Comment by Meredith OBannion on November 27, 2012 at 3:38am
I have been in education for 10 years. Two years ago my technology position was dissolved and my favorite teaching job was taken from me. My team of 18 were Riffed because we were not needed to integrate technology for our schools.
I am a mom of an 8 year old and a 2 year old. I wanted to do something to help my husband support our family. We struggled a while and I had a friend share a wonderful idea with me to use my technology skills and open a business online. I started an online children's consignment shoppe. I love updating the website and taking pictures for it. I reach many people and help save other families money by selling gently used children's clothes and accessories. I became a mompreneur and I am so very proud. It's rewarding to be here for my kids and to help other families save money.

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