On September 19, 2010, Gotta Have S’more will be one of the sponsors at the Baglady Promotions’ LA Women in Business conference. The CEO of Baglady, Laura Filipowicz , is one of my good friends. She has put a lot of time and energy into this event, so I know it’s going to be GREAT! Laura will be honoring the top four winners of the mompreneur contest by letting them share the background and story behind their businesses. Personally, I can’t wait to hear what they have to say because I know I’ll be reliving some moments of my own personal experiences as a mompreneur.
So what’s a mompreneur? That’s easy….. It’s not just a woman who is daring enough to start her own business, but a woman with the responsibility of one or more children who is daring enough to start her own business!
Testing the S’muffins to make sure they are perfect.
Starting your business is extremely challenging, but starting a business with a toddler on your lap makes “challenging” look like a walk in the park. Don’t get me wrong… if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I absolutely love being a business owner and am totally obsessed with Gotta Have Smore and of course my little girl. It just makes me laugh when I think back to my corporate days….. I thought I was so busy then with my “nine to five or six or seven” job with no kids…. Oh the days of having nights and weekends all to myself!!
My little girl, Madeline Grace actually goes to pre-school four days a week. But, if you’ve ever called to place an order on a Friday, then you know I keep her home with me on Fridays. Some Friday’s are great and others not so much but I’m determined to take advantage of my “flexible” schedule and designate Friday as our day together. So, if you happen to call to place an order on a Friday and I sound like I’m out of breath, don’t worry, I’m just sprinting away from my two year old who likes to exercise her freedom of speech by screaming, “I gee it” that’s I’ll get the phone in toddler. She loves to assist me by answering the phone and has been known to hang up on a customer or two; thank God for caller ID!! My company laptop doubles as her DVD player and has seen its share of Dora the Explorer and tiny little fingers covered with oatmeal and peanut butter. Maddie LOVES to color and enjoys scribbling all over my work notebook and calendar when no one is looking. Some nights (like tonight) my oh so valuable four hours of sleep are broken up when Maddie has a nightmare, a fever, or just wants to party all night. But, more and more I’m learning to just laugh at the crazy little hiccups that take place. Because honestly, if I had the option to change anything I would have to say “No thanks, things are perfect just the way they are”.
Maddie running after me so she can answer the phone to take an order!
Ok, wait! That last sentence sounds really sweet but IF I could actually change one thing, I would have my mom move from Oklahoma to Los Angeles and help me with everything,,,then things would be PERFECT!!
Founder & CEO
Gotta Have S’more