Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jen Said it Best About Womentorz on Product X

I would like to share with you all the most amazing and well written posting that summarizes to a T what Womentorz is all about. Our wonderful and talented Jennifer Cannon posted the comment below on the Product X blog (http://productx1.blogspot.com/), which I encourage you all to follow as well if you aren't already. Tracy Sanders of Pitch Woman, who is well networked in the women inventor world, will be another wonderful partner with Womentorz in 2010 and someone you will hear a lot about from us.

Here's what Jen wrote:

Today has been a "red letter" day. Tracy, I look forward to meeting you in person very soon! With that said let's get to it.


Think of Womentorz like eBay without the bidding. That is how the site has been set up so that each Seller has control of their product.


To become a member on Womentorz:


Go to www.womentorz.com. Click on the "Sellers" tab right above the flowy-haired lady having a light bulb moment. Once there you will find some information and two giant buttons. Simply click the one that says "Register as a Seller" and the rest is self explanatory.


There is a $40 monthly fee, paid on a month to month basis, plus 5% of sales also collected on a monthly basis.


Note: Some people freak out when they read the part about carrying a certain amount of insurance. Please remember that this only applies to certain baby products, creams, food, you know, stuff you could get sued over!


What you get for your $1.33 per day membership:


Your very own storefront to make your product shine (tip: good quality photos make the best first impression)


The ability to upload a video from YouTube


The ability to link your Facebook Page to your Womentorz listing


The ability to go in and make changes (e.g., have a sale, change the pricing, description, add new photos, etc.) anytime you like


A special showcase on our blog complete with Q&A to allow everyone to get to know you and your product better and really, in the great words of Ro, "fluff your feathers".


Mel, myself and your fellow Womentorz members will all be all aTwitter about you along with our wonderful and talented PR team headed by Kat Spellman of The Spellman Co. She's got connections at every major network in the country including folks at O Magazine, The Today Show and more! When these media opportunities arise EVERYONE gets noticed.


You will be showcased on our Facebook Fan page where we currently have over 1,000 fans and counting.


Melinda has launched a major advertising campaign including a large front page ad on Tamara Monosoff's Mom Invented site! Not only is she very impressed with what we are doing, she contacted Melinda recently to tell her so and to find out how we can work together!


Note: We are currently receiving over one thousand visitors per day to the site.


Kat Spellman has been very successful in finding some incredible opportunities for our members. For instance, Amy Sapirstein's MommyMitten was just featured in Open Baby Magazine, a couple of other members have been featured this season in holiday gift guides and there is much more on the horizon. A couple of our members have also recently been offered licensing deals.


When you list your product on Womentorz you will instantly become part of a special group of women operating in the spirit of mutual cooperation, support and sharing of information. It's a "one for all and all for one" kind of attitude we're sportin' and we're proud of it!


What you will not get is a listing where you are competing with similar products, or being thrown in with hundreds or thousands of others hoping to be found!


I would challenge anyone to find ANY online marketplace who offers to work for you the way we will for $40 a month!


We are inventors just like you. We want to see you succeed. We are here for you.


If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me directly at jcannon@womentorz.com


Thanks again Tracy!

We would like to wish all of you a happy and safe New Year! Here's to 2010....the year of Womentorz!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Why PayPal is Great For Online Purchases


When looking into options for online purchases we looked at a number of scenarios for Womentorz, but PayPal always came out to being the perfect fit.  Not only does it have a reputation for being a safe and secure way to purchase products online, it also allowed transactions to take place immediately between a buyer and seller with very little taken out of the transaction.  Our number one concerns were security and immediate gratification for our members.

Although no system is 100% foolproof, PayPal has designed many checks and balances into its system to keep errors and fraud to a bare minimum. You won’t find another online financial institution that’s better at protecting its customers than PayPal. By utilizing the very latest in secure technology and employing a large team of experts in all areas of online safety, PayPal continues to be a leader in safe online payments around the world.

PayPal is guaranteed against fraud and identity theft
. PayPal guarantees 100% protection against unauthorized payments from your account. Every transaction is confirmed by email to the PayPal account holder. Any transaction you wish to dispute will give you access to a 24/7 support team of analysts who will sort out your problem for you.

PayPal's Anti-Fraud Team works 24/7 Using sophisticated risk models and advanced technology, the team is able to detect, and often predict, suspicious activity to help eliminate identity theft. The anti-fraud team’s sole job is to make every PayPal transaction as safe and seamless as possible.

To top it it off, once you're set up with PayPal as a buyer or seller, purchasing items online is quick and easy!  For Womentorz it has been the perfect fit and something we feel has been a good choice for managing transactions.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

WOMEN HAVE THE BEST IDEAS

I know many of you already know the story of how Womentorz came to be, but I thought I would share a recent article submission for a blog:

One day while exercising on my recumbent bicycle I decided that I could be more efficient if I could check out my email, and work on projects for my business on my laptop while getting some exercise. So, the first chance I got, I went to the web, but to my annoyance I was unable to locate any devices that would allow me to multitask in such a way. I was disappointed because I ran two businesses highly reliant on the web, and have two young children requiring me to be efficient with my time. One night as I was trying unsuccessfully to sleep I had an idea about a way I could attach a tray to the recumbent bicycle. The very next day I put my idea on paper, but had no idea what to do next. I visited a local bookstore and bought several books which were helpful. Soon I was talking with a patent attorney, a product development firm, and then a manufacturer. The costs were substantial, but with sacrifice could be handled.  What was truly daunting, however, was the cost of marketing, promotion and bringing the product to a retail outlet. After everybody took their share there would be little left.

In July of 2009 while watching the Kelly and Regis show I was made aware of a unique opportunity. Kelly Ripa was producing a new show on TLC and would be holding a casting call in Chicago in two weeks. I soon found myself with a prototype of my invention and a small recumbent bicycle on a plane heading for Chicago. When I arrived to the casting call with nervous energy I saw that there were thousands of women with the same ambitious goal of getting their product to market. To make a long story short; I wasn’t picked, but I met so many amazing women inventors who expressed the same frustrations as I had. The cost of bringing their invention to market was prohibitive.


At this point I decided to abandon my project until I could find an inexpensive way to have my invention manufactured. At this point I had already made a substantial investment, but didn’t want to proceed to actual production until I could figure out the marketing issue. I started thinking of the huge number of women inventors whose product was ready for sale, but had no venue.  This is when the idea of Womentorz came to be; a place where women inventors could come together as a group for advertising, promotion and marketing of their inventions.  This in turn would create a marketplace and shopping destination for consumers to find unique gifts and gadgets. 

While I was in Chicago, I met a very capable and enthusiastic woman, Jennifer Cannon.  Due to the chaos of the casting call process we were able to talk briefly and exchange contact information.  After I conceived of Womentorz she was among the first to be called.  Jen was immediately on board, and this is the point at which Womentorz was born. 

During our growth as a company I am continually amazed with the remarkable and innovative women we meet every day, and the ideas that they generate.  It pleases me to be able to provide a venue to get their product to market to make possible their success. We’ve had a few challenges to resolve, but with those behind us we are positioned for success in 2010.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Inventor Showcase: Lizzie Lou Shoes


We have been meaning to showcase this invention for some time now and are so honored to have a product of this caliber on Womentorz.  I was thrilled to be given a pair as a gift for our December 21st launch party.  Not only did I look stylish, but my feet were also swimming in a sea of comfort.  With spring and summer in the foreseeable future I proudly put the spotlight on Lizzie Lou Shoes:





Q. How did the design process of Lizzie Lou Shoes begin?

My youngest daughter, Lizzie (often referred to as "Lizzie Lou"), has had an obsession with shoes from the age of two.  She is constantly looking for shoes with "bling."  We were out shopping one day when Lizzie showed me a pair of $200 crystal flip flops and asked whether they came in kids sizes.  Right then it dawned on me:  “Why there isn’t a line of gorgeous flip flops for mother and daughter?”  I took my idea to my cousin, Shilpi, who lives in India.  She had just had a baby girl but wanted to continue working from home.

My cousin and I worked closely together through the development and design process.  Finding the right suppliers and manufacturer was very difficult.  Shilpi's connections in India and experience in clothing manufacture were essential to finding the right ones.  We continue to keep an eye out for the best parts and supplies to ensure that we import a high quality flip flop.

We worked through several design changes before we finalized our first three styles. After a year of development, Lizzie Lou Shoes officially arrived on the market on Mothers Day weekend, 2009.  We launched our business at local boutique in Stone Oak, where I live.  We started with three styles of women's shoes and three matching styles of children's.  Since then we have expanded our women's line with six new styles, and three more in development.

Q. What was your experience like manufacturing your product?  Why was India the best fit for your shoes?

My cousin Shilpi works directly with the manufacturer so I am able to focus on design, marketing, and sales.  We use Internet phone service and email to instantly share new ideas, photos, sketches, and color schemes.  Sometimes our ideas are ahead of the supplier’s capabilities, so we have to re-work our original schemes.  The designs just got better and better once we were able to see how our vision works on a pair of flip flop.

There are definitely pros and cons to working in India.  I believe the quality of the product is amazing, and we have been able to make the shoes on a small scale.  I am not sure we would be able to do that in China.  The disadvantage is, the shipping costs and transit time are very high.

Q. Please tell us about the handcrafted elements that make the overall amazing design.

Each flip flop is hand-stitched and embroidered.  Every sequin, bead, and crystal is hand-sewn to genuine leather straps, which are then cut and sewn on to the uppers of the flip flops.  The individual care that goes into this process makes each shoe unique.  It is not a mass-produced product—there are very limited numbers of each style being made.  Having one is like owning a unique piece of jewelry for your feet!

Q. What has been the most rewarding part of the inventing process?


Just seeing that my vision of the perfect flip flop become real.  It was so rewarding to look down at my feet and see them sparkle, and think back on all the time and energy I put into them.  It was a huge undertaking and at times I wondered if we would have to give up.  But time and patience and determination paid off.

Q. What has been your greatest success with your business?


So far, it’s been having my shoes sold in several popular, high-end boutiques in my hometown,  San Antonio.  I love being out & about and seeing people wearing their "Lizzie Lous."  My clients and friends are always paying me compliments on comfort and style of our line.  I have enjoyed doing something that I can share with so many people, and especially being supported by fellow moms and friends.



Q. What has been the most challenging part of getting your product to market?

First, I had to learn the importing process, including customs and shipping procedures.  I received assistance from the International Trade Center at University of Texas at San Antonio.  They were instrumental in helping me find the correct Harmonized tariff code and understanding all the intricate details of being an importer.

Obviously, any new product needs marketing to put the consumer in touch with the product.  Being a higher priced item, there is a smaller target market of consumers, so branding my product has become essential.

Q. What or who motivates you through those challenging moments?


Reminding myself how lucky I am to be able to stay-at-home with my kids, but still be able to run a fun and exciting business.  It is a win-win for me and my family.

Q. Your shoes are so comfortable!  What makes the soles of the shoe so special?


One of my goals was to make my flip flops comfortable to wear.  So many times women purchase shoes not for how they feel, but for how they look.  Lizzie Lou Shoes offer the best of both.  We found the highest quality EVA  soles available.  Many people don't know that EVA features excellent shock absorbing characteristics and is very lightweight. That’s the reason EVA is used for the insoles that people put into their shoes.  EVA soles are the perfect icing on the cake for the anatomically molded comfort footbeds–at home, in your spare time or on the go.

Q. Is there something that readers would be surprised to learn about you?


Hmmm, not sure.  Maybe that until I came up with the idea for Lizzie Lous, I hadn’t worked outside the home in almost eight years.  It's hard work trying to juggle 3 kids, school activities, taking care of our home and still finding time to run a business.

Q. What were your initial goals?


To design and produce a high quality flip flop that would be affordable, comfortable and unique for mother and daughter.  After our first shipment arrived and was tested and worn, we decided to only focus on the women's line.  The price point for the children's line was too high and would be too hard to turn a profit.  We are working to improve the women’s line and bring in new designs.

Q. What is your background and how does it relate to your company?

 I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Trinity University(San Antonio) and have experience in marketing, public relations, and project management.  Before I stayed home with my children, I managed a marketing campaign for IBM and implemented it in Asia and Europe.  The experience of managing a large-scale project in several countries has helped me with the importation and multi faceted of my business.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Partnering For Success


Womentorz was built on the concept of power by numbers. In any industry and situation it's a proven fact that when you come together as a group with similar goals and vision you are much more likely to achieve success.  This not only holds true with our group of members, but also with the networking groups around us.

We know we have said this over and over, but when this marketplace for inventions made by women was built we saw that by forming this group of products with talented women behind them would gain more exposure to all of the products as a whole.  When one product is reviewed or showcased on the site, it brings shoppers to the marketplace to view all of the inventions where in contrast, if the shopper just went to the inventor's solo site they wouldn't see all of the products to add to their shopping cart.  Branching out and forming more relationships just feeds into the original philosophy that Womentorz represents.

In 2010 Womentorz will be partnering with several other companies lead by successful women entrepreneurs across the nation where our expertise and knowledge will complement one another. We will be forming a national front of support during each of our various projects.  We cannot stress how important and beneficial these relationships will be to the success of Womentorz.  You have just started to see a taste of things to come with our new relationship with Entreprenette and Sarah Shaw, who will bring a wealth of knowledge to our followers who don't know where to start with their invention.  You will quickly see more partnerships formed and announced through our blog, tweets and on Facebook. 

Another exciting announcement is that we are advertising on Mom Invented (http://www.mominvented.com) where we will be reaching numerous ladies just like us!  Tamara Monosoff, Founder of Mom Invented, Inc., will be releasing her much anticipated books over the coming months, which will garner Mom Invented a great deal of media exposure.  This in turn will bring exposure to Womentorz and our mission.

Here's to 2010 and all of the adventures it will bring!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Inventor Showcase: DivaGirl

We are so excited about having DivaGirl Card Game on Womentorz. What a fun product and gift for the holidays! I don't know about you, but I think it's time to plan a girl's night end with some friends. Here's our interview with Nancy Foley, the inventor of this divalicious game:

1. What prompted you to come up with the idea of DivaGirl Card Game?
After attending a Girls' Night Out party with my friend Liz that lasted into the early morning- we decided it would be fun to develop a Girls' Night Out game that could be played in one evening.

2. What was your experience like manufacturing your product?
This was a totally new experience for both of us. Neither of us have a business background. We did a lot of research and talked with different manufacturing companies. we finally went with a company that actually returned our calls and was very helpful. They educated us about manufacturing and the printing process and were very responsive to all of our questions. So, the process was pretty painless.

We had a blast working with our graphic designer. It was so rewarding to see our ideas come to life through her skills. The creative part of the development was so much fun. We sat around many an evening with a glass wine and talked about everything women love and how to incorporate those ideas into the game.


3. What has been the most rewarding part of the inventing process?

I think the most rewarding part of the inventing process was picking two charities to support. Camp Laurel is located in Pasadena, CA. Camp Laurel works with children who have AIDS and their families. They educate the children on how to live with AIDS. They also sponsor a summer camp for the children to attend where they can just be kids. Camp Laurel also runs an inner city programs for children and their parents.

The other charity is Homemakers. This Charity gives seed money to women in Nigeria who have been forced from their homes due to AIDS. They have to support themselves and their children on their own. Homemakers gives a woman $70 seed money to start a business. Once they are successful, they return the money and it is given to another woman. The women have been very successful in starting their businesses and have been able to support themselves and their children.

4. What has been the most challenging part of getting your product to market?
The most challenging part of getting of our game to market has been just that- getting it into any market. It is very hard to get your foot in the door to the big box stores. I have sent out numerous games and press kits to magazines, tv shows and internet sites hoping to get the game noticed. Girlfriends and spending time with them is a topic I think would make good press. It is frustrating to have something you believe in so much and know women will love but be unable to get the publicity needed to let everyone know about it. We have many ideas to expand the DivaGirl line but can't proceed until we are successful with DivaGirl.


5. What or who motivates you through those challenging moments?

I truly believe in DivaGirl and how much fun it is. Everyone who has played has had a great time and can't wait to play again. Our friends who have played are always on the lookout for Diva gifts and ways to enhance their Diva outfits. Knowing that women can get together and have this much fun makes me determined to continue. The ideas we have to expand- a version for younger girls, dolls, tee-shirts among other ideas keeps me going on. It is frustrating and scary- but I really believe in my product and want to make it a success.

6. What's your favorite Diva indulgence?
For me, my favorite Diva indulgence is a facial. It is so relaxing for me to lie there. I am so relaxed I almost fall asleep.

7. Is there something that readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I don't think there is anything special or surprising about me. I'm a proud mom of two grown children who has a wonderful, supportive family and group of friends. Life would not be as wonderful as it is without them. I am truly blessed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Creating a Unique Shopping Destination

It feels important at this juncture to make some comparisons, share a bit of insight and generally reiterate the mission.

With holiday shopping in full swing it is clear that most of us, when shopping online, want to do it in one fell swoop if possible. This means most of us are doing our shopping on big sites like Target, Toys R Us, Amazon, etc. We dream of the day that Womentorz is included as a shopping destination with several hundred members and the most innovative and unique offerings.

When we talk about a "mutually supportive environment" that's exactly what we mean. We've said it before and we'll say it again: We believe that getting noticed as a group is more effective than trying to get noticed as individuals. In our opinion people are more likely to return to a marketplace with many choices rather than a site with a sole product.

It is important to remember that your product listing on Womentorz is your "storefront". We have provided the ability for you to link to your Facebook page and upload videos from YouTube - take advantage of that! Make your product shine with quality photos since that is the first thing people see when they come to your page!

Another important thing to remember is that Womentorz "soft-launched" November 1 and launched officially December 1. In that very short amount of time we are now seeing 700 - 1,000 visitors to the site daily. We have over 1,000 fans on Facebook and counting and our blog has become very popular as well.

We cannot always tell you everything that is happening behind the scenes, but want you to know that we will in fact be taping a segment with Karen Rogers of 6ABC Action News (the 4th largest market in the country) once the holiday madness has ended. This type of media opportunity along with the radio interviews and King 5 News piece, pave the way for bigger things. There are people quietly watching from afar - people who could make Womentorz a household name.

The point is that, whether you realize it or not, your products are getting an incredible amount of exposure. When one member is noticed we are all noticed. Several products listed on Womentorz have been chosen for holiday gift guides and one has even received an offer for licensing!

Kat Spellman, who heads our PR team is always looking for ways to get a product featured and has been very successful in doing so. We are continuing to work hard to get our members noticed and need your support in this endeavor as well.

There is a lot of what I like to call "noise" right in front of us, and then there's the BIG PICTURE, looking bright and shiny in the distance...Can you see it?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New York's Technical Community Holiday Party







I just received this invitation to an inventor and entrepreneur holiday party in New York. If you're in the New York area this would be fun for you to attend and network with like minded individuals. The event is co-hosted by Girls in Tech NYC and Bootup.io!


New York's Technical Community Holiday Party
Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 7:00pm

More than a palindromic number, 12/21 is an evening for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and special guests at the professional networking event for New York technology.

Our mission is to bring together all aspects of technology and the business of technology in one event.

Come rub elbows and connect with colleagues from every segment of NY tech, as we unite the technical and business communities that we're all a part of.

All are invited - CTO/CIO, junior admin, engineer, developer, entrepreneur, manager, author, speaker, media, and business professional.



Space is limited and we may have to close RSVPs early.
Date of Event: December 21st, 2009 at 7:00PM
Location: Forum, 127 Fourth Avenue
Business casual attire is required.


To RSVP go to: http://www.bootup.io/holiday-party

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Become an Entreprenette







Sarah Shaw is an information "junkie" and the ultimate go-to girl for everything -- from which stores are the best to approach first, to how to calculate your margins, to best manufacturer. Translating ideas into action is her strength, and she lends her wisdom willingly to those who have brilliant ideas and want to turn them into gold!

Do you have a million dollar idea but don't know what to do next?

Product Launching expert Sarah Shaw will teach you everything you need to know to turn your idea into a bankable product!

In 1998 Sarah launched a uniquely fashioned pinked felt bag, and wore it everywhere she went. Soon, people were clamoring for them, and her handbag business Sarah Shaw was born. Within a year Sarah Shaw Handbags could be found on the pages of Instyle, Oprah, People, Lucky and Marie Claire magazines and in Anthropogie stores nationwide. Over the next five year the business grew quickly selling to over 1200 boutiques and major dept stores nation wide.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys her 19 month-old twins, yoga, long walks and gardening. She is very close with her own family and wishes her French husbands family wasn’t so far away. Sarah is excited about her new Entreprenette consulting business and looks forward to seeing great ideas come to life.

Become an Entreprenette and WOW your friends and family with your savvy skills. Learn all the ins-and-outs of launching a successful product and get it out there before someone else does!

Be a part of Sarah's next tele-course!

Sarah's tele-course, "A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching a Product-Based Business From Your Living-room”, will give you all the information and knowledge you need to have a finished tangible product in your hands, in stores and on the shelves making you a return on your investment.

You will go through all these steps with ME, and end up with a finished accessory, clothing item, or whatever your big dream is by the end of the class.

The steps include:

• How to research your Industry and Competition

• How to build a prototype and find a manufacturer

• How to market and sell your product

• How to pick a legal structure

• How to protect your invention (if needed)

• How to manage and/or raise the finances

• How to cost properly to make money

• How to get into stores

• How to do your own PR

• How to decide if Tradeshows are for you

• How to manage the business and employees

• Q & A time during each session

• Accountability and support to get it done

• Free private laser coaching with me


The 22 weeks will cover the above in great detail and includes workbooks, goal sheets and weekly planners to keep you on track. There is a stellar line up of "Experts" who will give insider information most weeks, as well as a private yahoo group where you can explore ideas and get feedback 24/7 from each other. Each week will comprise of an hour of information followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

BONUS***** Each participant is entitled to three hours of private coaching by phone with Sarah during the course of the 22 weeks and unlimited emailing with questions about the current weeks homework.

To sign up for her next course: Click Here!

Womentorz on Sisters of Sizzle


We are overjoyed to have had so many media outlets wanting to cover Womentorz...on the news, magazines, shopping guides, radio, etc. People really seem to relate to what Womentorz represents for women entrepreneurs and shoppers across the nation.

We have formed a wonderful partnership and mutual respect with the Sisters of Sizzle. You may remember that they emceed our hugely successful launch party on November 21st. They really added pizazz to the event with their feather boas and sparkling personalities.

Melinda Knight will be a guest on their show tomorrow, December 9th, at 3:00 PM PST. There are directions on how to hear their broadcast on their website: www.sistersofsizzle.com.


We will be discussing Womentorz and our philosophy as well as featuring some of the products on the site that would make great gifts for the holidays. Now is the time to get your product on the site if you haven't already and I will make sure you are mentioned.

For members, remember that for every new member you bring to the site you will receive one month free membership. Just keep us posted when you've brought someone on and we will send you a promotional code.

We hope you are all able to hear the broadcast tomorrow. If not, we will provide a link to hear the recorded interview after the broadcast has taken place.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

by: James Pendergraft

Most of the time, it is the women who experience too much stress when the holidays are approaching. This is because they are the ones who are usually responsible for shopping, decorating, cooking, planning seasonal events, getting gifts, and sending greeting cards. This happens because women tend to stretch themselves too thin and try to do everything, even if there is not enough time. The holidays could also bring on sad memories like the loss of loved ones, jobs, friends, marriages, home, and even health.

Because the holidays almost always bring on joy followed by conditions such as depression, insomnia, exhaustion, irritability, poor appetite, or overeating, it is good to maintain some steps to avoid stress.

Get Rid of Great Expectations


First of all, women need to rid themselves of unrealistic expectations during the holidays. These are usually those that other people expect of them and those that they impose upon themselves. Because women focus on cooking, buying gifts, and attending parties, they end up being stressed over empty wallets and filled-up schedules.

As such, it is very important to keep expectations at a minimum or to do away with them altogether. If women have lesser or no expectations about the holidays, the chances of enjoying simpler and more meaningful happiness are increased.

Here is a guide on how to avoid holiday stress:


* Start planning ten weeks before the holidays. If you have a timetable that you stick to, there is less rushed feeling of accommodating things at the very last minute.

* Define your plans for the holidays by asking people some questions. You would know what and what not to do if you will ask people questions like what they liked best about the previous preparations. Also ask yourself what events or preparations proved more stressful so you can avoid them. It is best if you think back on what made your holidays special minus the stress so these can be recreated.

* Designate roles during the holidays. There is no reason why you have to do everything during the holidays. There are also people in your home that could be asked to do things. Designate roles and functions so that you will have less worries.

* Set your limits accordingly. If you think that limitations should be implemented on the gifts that you should buy or the foods that you should prepare, then you have to set these and tell the people around you about them. If you go by these limitations, there will be less pressure for you to meet everyone’s expectations about the food and the gifts.

There are also other ways to avoid holiday stress. These include limiting the number of people that you should invite to your parties, restricting the frequency of attending holiday events, organizing your gift list, and eliminating long distance visits that may have been stressful for you in the past. Doing so may enable you to enjoy your holidays more with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Look What We Provide For Members

I would like to share with all of our followers and members an example of what we are doing for the inventors on our site. The talented Kat Spellman of The Spellman Company is constantly looking for media opportunities and product reviews. When an opportunity comes up where a member's product fits with what a media source is looking for, we submit their invention for consideration. For example, if an opportunity came up in a travel magazine where they were looking for new products for the modern traveler, we would submit Bed Voyage with a selling pitch. Sometimes the editor would like a sample, but this is an investment in order to receive a great deal of exposure.

Here is an example of a review that was recently posted about Miss Fissy Clothing Stickers, which can be found on Womentorz: Money Savings Moms Club
This is a resource that many mothers rely on and trust. Missy Fissy Clothing Stickers is getting a great deal of exposure as we speak. Please remember that other members will be getting exposure as well when shoppers come to Womentorz looking for this product. It's a win, win for everyone.

We have a lot of fun marketing opportunities coming up in the very near future. Mark your calendars for December 9th where I will be on the Sisters of Sizzle radio show to be interviewed for the latest products for the holidays. Please visit their website www.sistersofsizzle.com for more information about hearing the broadcast.

We have so many supporters of Womentorz who are actively promoting our message. I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing people. It warms my heart for the Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Inventor Showcase - Baker's Sto 'N Go


The Baker's Sto 'N Go makes me wish I was a baker!!! Even Paula Deen and Real Simple Magazine have chosen it as a must have. With the holidays coming up this is perfect for transporting your Christmas cookies. It would also make a wonderful gift for that baker in your life.

The Baker's Sto 'N Go is convenient and versatile with an innovative design that delivers a unique solution for the transportation and presentation of baked goods and other foods. Baker's Sto 'N Go is equipped with adjustable trays that slide in and out allowing for easy access and endless possibilities.

Here is our one on one interview with the the very talented inventor of The Baker's Sto 'N Go, Angela Nardis:


1. When did you first realize you had a passion for baking?

I’ve been baking forever! I’m Italian and we love cooking, baking, simply being in the kitchen.

2. How and when did the idea of the Baker's Sto 'N Go come to you?

During a meditation that I had after a batch of cookies was ruined in a bag, because there weren’t any containers big enough and easy enough to store and carry them in.

3. Tell us a what makes Bakers Sto N Go so innovative?

Bakers Sto 'N Go comes with 4 removable trays that allow your food items to stay intact, looking as beautiful as when you made them. Nothing gets ruined anymore. It’s small enough that it doesn’t take up too much space when not using, and large enough to hold 45 decorated cookies. Perfect for the holidays.

4. What has been the most rewarding part of the inventing process?


All the e-mails and phone calls that I get saying how much they love this. And thanking me for making it. There is so much satisfaction in that.



5. What has been the most challenging part of getting your product to market?


Dealing with the large stores, and their pricing demands. Thinking this is a China made product, and not caring about quality and FDA standards.

6. What or who motivates you through those challenging moments?


I keep a strong attitude when it comes to my intentions for this product and know my customers are the ones best served. It keeps me going. The one idol I have is Sara Blakely. She is my silent mentor. She invented Spanx, and her story is great!

7. What’s your favorite thing to bake?

Brownies! Everyone loves them and they are so delicious.

8. If you had a day to spend in any way you choose how would you spend it?

Being a wife and a mom, I would wake up to a clean house, with all the laundry done! Go to the gym, come home, grab a bite to eat, then go play a match of tennis, and win!!! Then catch up on TiVo’d shows, then dinner with friends. Come home to my husband and baby boy, say good-nite, and finally relax! Perfect day!!!

You can purchase the Baker's Sto 'N Go on Womentorz at http://www.womentorz.com/index.php/shop/view/91/

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Twitter Party Is A Huge Success on Black Friday

Boy, was last night a fun night for Womentorz and participants of our Twitter Launch Party hosted by Resourceful Mommy. Everyone was so excited about the prizes and inventions on Womentorz. The biggest news of the night is that #womentorz was the 8th trending topic on Twitter, which means the party was a huge success and gave Womentorz unheard of exposure. We tracked over 3,500 tweets about Womentorz and close to 2,000 visitors to the site in just one hour. Every participant of the party was tweeting about their favorite inventions. We received very positive feedback with many party goers having plans of purchasing gifts for the holidays from the site.

Between our physical launch party in Seattle and our social media networking, Womentorz is quickly becoming a destination for women inventors to get their product to market and shoppers to find unique purchases. You can literally feel the buzz it's so strong. Big things are in store for the month of December!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Formula for Success ~ Something to Think About

When Melinda Knight came up with the idea for this website her intentions were pure. She had just been surrounded by a large group of women, a large percentage of whom shared the same frustration about how to get their products to market. Melinda saw a way that she could help these women and, as an inventor herself, felt passionately about the power we have when we unite.

It is important to remember that when we inadvertently drive traffic away from Womentorz when we are talking about individual products on Twitter, Facebook, etc., we are, in essence, defeating the purpose of what Womentorz.com is all about.

It is also important to remember the big picture and ask: Is it beneficial to join with other women in a mutually supportive environment, to stack the odds in favor of success, or go it alone?

Marketing a site like this is a tricky thing. Melinda is spending and will continue to spend, thousands of dollars each month to drive viable traffic (i.e., shoppers) to our site. While we do not require our members to sell exclusively on our site, we would hope that everyone can see that to make the most out of their membership we need to start thinking as a whole.

Womentorz.com is unique in its make-up and what it represents. We will continue to work hard to serve our members and be true to what we set out to do. We do so hope that our members feel the same and realize that while Melinda and I, along with our wonderful PR team, can stir up some magic - we also need our members to be team players in this venture as well!

Simply put - if we do not actively support one another as fellow inventors there will be no Womentorz.

So, as official Executive Cheerleader I say "All for one and one for all!"

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Inventor Showcase: Hookupz Charms


We are so excited to have ‘Hookupz charms ®’ available on Womentorz. They have such a fun and sassy collectable gift for girlfriends – or for bachelorette party/bridesmaid gifts. Now you can have your dream man without the heartbreak!

We are also proud to announce that they are going to be offering a Vampire and Werewolf charm inspired by the "Twilight" series. Now there's a charm for every fantasy.

Here's our interview with Michele and Leslie, co-creators of Hookupz Charms ®:



1. What are Hookupz charms?

They’re a series of whimsical charms that represent the ‘dream men’ in our lives. With each charm comes a collectible card presenting an artist’s depiction of the fantasy man and a humorous biography. We aren’t ‘too spicy’…just celebrate the fun of romantic fantasies. We encourage finding the joy, humor, friendship, honor and integrity in relationships of women and men in the simplicity of our daily lives. Hookupz charms renews the ‘knight in shining armor’ fantasy we grew up with from childhood to the reality that womanhood presents for us all.

2. How did you come up with the idea?

A glass of wine over dinner helped! When Michele came back from England, she brought me a birthday present - a little knight in shining armor. The card she gave me said, “Finally…the man you’ve been waiting for your whole life”. Anyway, a couple dinner parties later, that idea just kinda took off. We laughed about ‘why settle for just a knight?’ and started a list of all our ‘dream men’. Our imaginations just took off and we came up with all kinds of guys. We kicked the idea around for quite awhile until we heard about “Oprah’s Big Ideas” product search in Los Angeles. Within about three weeks, we had a prototype and were able to fly out for the product search! We pulled so much together so fast!

3. What’s been your biggest challenges? Rewards?

If you’re persistent and just keep digging and researching things will come together. We had to find a graphic artist, a jeweler to carve the wax molds…a company to cast the charms…not to mention money. We knew NOTHING about how to make it happen….but we did it - lots of faith and networking. Doing things we never thought we could started out as our biggest challenges…and have ended up being some of our most rewarding experiences.

4. If you could pick your favorite ‘dream man’ who would he be? What would be your ‘dream date’?

Michele: My dream man has attributes from each of our guys.

Leslie: We haven’t even made my ‘dream man’ yet…he’s on the drawing board. But, I really like how ‘Harly the Biker’ turned out. He’s just so funny and he was carved with a cute little behind. My dream date would be a day in a beach house with my dream guy. A cottage right on the ocean - a stormy day with a fire in the fireplace…curled up together on the couch watching the waves crash… Hmmmmmm - oh, yeah… back to reality!!

5. Do men ‘get’ the concept behind Hookupz charms? What’s their reaction?

Some men get it and laugh…they are SURE they are our dream men… Other guys seem a little bewildered…don’t quite get it. Some guys are anxious to find out when we’re going to make ‘dream women’ for them!!

6. Are there more 'men' waiting in the wings?

Of course! We have at least 10 more all ready to go, including the "Twilight" inspired offerings - a Vampire and a Werewolf to add to our "Fairytale" men series - and there are other 'guys' who are just a smile on our faces right now’.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Party Time!

It's 10:02 p.m. The house has been what I like to call "squared around". All of the laundry is done, folded and put away. There are four complete outfits laid out neatly in both of the girls' rooms. Notes have been written about what to pack for lunches, not to forget about Syd's riding lesson tomorrow, allergy meds each night and to definitely not forget about the mandatory parent meeting at church tomorrow evening. I've made dinner suggestions and listed ideas about potentially fun activities for the weekend. Oh yes, and I've packed my suitcase, polished my nails and plucked my eyebrows...

I know what you might be thinking, so I must confess that, while my husband is more than capable of taking care of our girls for a few days while I am away, somehow all of this prepping to try to make it a little easier makes me feel much better about heading off on this fun-filled adventure!

I am on my way to Seattle tomorrow to see my good friend Melinda, who I have not seen since we met in Chicago that Thursday in late June.

The launch party this Saturday will be a celebration of many things, not the least of which is the culmination of Melinda's tireless energy and our dual determination to help our fellow women inventors by bringing Womentorz.com to life!

It's going to be a BIG night. As we've said, the Sisters of Sizzle will be adding their flair, we're expecting a full house at Zeitgeist, and are also hoping to confirm some media coverage of this milestone event. There will be fabulous food and drink, along with hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes!

There will also be a "Skype Station" set up so you can party with us from the comfort of your own home. We will be posting instructions for this at some point tomorrow.

Can't wait to see everyone Saturday night!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sisters of Sizzle Will Be Emceeing Womentorz Launch Party



The Womentorz Launch Party just keeps getting better and better. Not only are we going to have the amazing Kellee Bradley performing live, but we are also having the talent and life of the party Sisters of Sizzle emceeing the event! They will bring the right amount of energy and enthusiasm to warm up our guests and get the event off on the right foot.

The party is going to be held at the famous Zeitgeist in the hip part of downtown Seattle called Pioneer Square. We will be giving out door prizes and providing shopping stations for party goers to see all of the awesome inventions on Womentorz. They will be asked to Tweet and announce on Facebook about being at the party. We will also have Womentorz members Skyping in live to see the party and show off their inventions. We are working on media coverage of the event and have already received a lot of interest. We wish you could all be at the party. It's going to be a blast!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Infamous Women Inventors: Ruth Wakefield



Have you heard of the inspiring Ruth Wakefield? You may not have, but I know that you have eaten her invention. She is the marvelous inventor of the delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie. Yum!

It was an invention born quite by accident. Ruth and her husband ran an inn, called The Toll House. She was making a cookie recipe that usually used unsweetened baker's chocolate. But she was out of that and instead broke up a Nestle chocolate bar to put in the recipe. The recipe, of course, was a resounding success.

Here is where Ruth made a very smart move. Instead of publishing the recipe (she later did publish cookbooks that sold massive copies), she called Nestle and struck a deal. They could print the recipe on their chocolate bars in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Smart! With that move, she affected millions of people with a wonderful recipe that we now equate with tradition and warm, fuzzy childhood memories. We also pass it onto our children. She made a huge impact in history and for all women inventors.

Perhaps your invention too was created "by accident" or perhaps because it was something that you needed but there wasn't anything like it on the market. Have you taken that next step to impact the world? Your creation can also make a difference, if you let it. Take the next move and get it out to your audience by listing it on Womentorz.com. We bet that other people are in need of it too!

Inventor Showcase: Ficklets


We are so excited to have the amazing Ros Guerrero and her invention called Ficklets, Eyewear Charm Huggers, available on Womentorz. Her product has been featured in Parents and Celebrity Parents Magazines to name a few. I wish her product was available when I was a child wearing glasses. Her invention is bringing self esteem to kids across the nation. No more four eyes name calling! Now kids will wish they were all wearing glasses! Here's an interview to give you even more insight into this amazing invention and inventor:

Q: Tell us a bit about your business and the inspiration behind it.
I call it my “couch potato” idea because I was literally sitting on my couch watching TV when my daughter walked in the kitchen behind the breakfast counter and the only part of her I could see were her eyes and her eyeglasses and thought, “wow, time to add some color and life to your old, boring eyeglasses”. This I believe was my “a-ha” moment.

I created a product called Ficklets, interchangeable eye wear charm huggers. I came up with the idea couple years ago for my daughter, Gem, as a way to jazz up her old eyeglass frames to give them a fresh, fashionable and unique look. After producing a working charm, Gem wore the eyewear charms to school. Her teacher wrote a note home that day describing how much attention Gem received about her glasses and how everyone thought they were so cool. This is when I thought, hmm… I really think I should run with this. I later came up with the name Ficklets, derived from the word “fickle”, unpredictable change or changeable, which appropriately described how much fun we had changing out her charms to coordinate with her outfits or occasion.

In addition to Gem being the direct inspiration behind Ficklets, she is also the main reason for my entrepreneurial drive to build a successful business. Gem is mentally handicapped and understanding her limited opportunities, it’s one of my missions to build a successful business that would create the opportunities for her as well as a business that will provide a quality life long after I’m gone.

It’s exciting and fulfilling to build a business that allows me to be creative and productive with a purpose and I’m grateful to Gem for inspiring me to grow as a mom, woman and an entrepreneur.

Q: How long did it take for you to go from idea to business launch and reality?
The initial concept was born in early 2006, developed a working prototype latter part of that year. Filed our provisional patent application and launched our website in April 2007. Our Patent was granted in September 2009.

Q: What were your business start-up costs and how long did it take for you to become profitable?
Our initial start-up was minimal and gradually invested more as we continued to ramp up marketing and PR efforts and attended our first tradeshow. We’re still in the building stage, thus continue to reinvest back into the business.

Q: How did you finance your business (personal contributions, loans from friends & family, loans from bank, credit cards, outside investors?).
Our initial start-up cost was from personal savings.

Q: What are a few of your marketing and PR strategies for getting the word out about Ficklets?
Initially attended a vision trade show, but with a limited marketing budget, I focus my main marketing and PR efforts working with bloggers, pitching directly to the media, obtained a “low-cost” public relations company to expand PR efforts for a short period, and most recently listed with a new and pioneering company called Womentorz.com, an e-commerce site that essentially allows inventors to set up an online store and provides an ongoing PR and marketing campaign at an affordable membership fee. For start-ups and unknown inventors with limited capital, Womentorz.com is a godsend providing a venue for distribution and marketing, two main issues new entrepreneurs struggle with. The extra bonus of Womentorz.com is being a part of a community that offers support, leadership and camaraderie from both the founders and fellow women inventors. The founders are inventors themselves, so they truly understand the struggles and challenges entrepreneurs face. Inventors will discover Womentorz.com is like no other, a business with heart and a champion for your success.

Q: What has been a major challenge for you and how did you overcome it?
I think the ongoing challenge is gaining exposure and building brand awareness especially on a limited budget. Most of my efforts at this point in the business are focused on PR and marketing and because we’re working with a restrictive budget, it’s crucial to find creative ways to get the word out. Womentorz.com makes it possible for inventors to distribute and market their ideas at an affordable cost. They provide a state of the art e-commerce site along with ongoing PR/marketing campaign—both projects that typically fall short for most start-ups. Womentorz.com provides both services eliminating the challenge and struggle, thus freeing up inventors and entrepreneurs to focus their efforts on creating and bringing their ideas to life.

Q: Is there a resource that proved to be invaluable that you would like to share with other Mom Entrepreneurs?
I have a few resources that I stay plugged into:
1. Womentorz.com – State of the art e-commerce site for inventors to distribute and market their ideas at a low membership fee.
2. The Mogul Mom blog/Heather Allard – Resource site and business coach for mom entrepreneurs.
3. HARO – Connects media leads with sources. Great site for the DIY PR entrepreneur.
3. Buzz Cooperative – Connects influential bloggers and entrepreneurs.

Although, The Big Idea show is currently off the air, it still deserves a mention. I was a huge, loyal and avid fan of The Big Idea hosted by Donny Deutsch and faithfully watched the show every evening. TBI was not only entertaining, but Donny was a big inspiration and champion for entrepreneurs. He has the charisma to instill the belief that you truly have what it takes to make your dreams come true. More than that, he is a knowledgeable businessman, honest, humble and down to earth kind of guy, so it was easy to relate to him on both a business and personal level. My favorite part of TBI, were the guest entrepreneurs and listening to their stories. I found their stories to be inspiring, enlightening and educational. One of the specific things I learned from most of the guests is that making mistakes is all a part of business and despite the blunders and stumbles you make along the way, success is still possible. Unfortunately, because of the current economic climate and how the show’s theme may not fit in today’s business environment, TBI is temporarily on hiatus. I hope to see TBI back in action real soon… with the current dismal economic tone, TBI would provide entrepreneurs the much needed inspiration, knowledge and guidance with a twist of entertainment value for added fun.

Q: How have you managed to juggle the roles of business owner, mom, wife, etc?
This was years in the making. Since learning about my daughter’s mental disability at the age of three years, I have been on a mission to build a life of normalcy for Gem. Understanding from the beginning that Gem’s opportunities would be limited based on society’s standards, it was up to me to create the opportunities for her. This is when I believe my entrepreneurial spirit was born. To create the opportunities I wanted for Gem, I knew I needed to own my own business. With this seed planted, over the span of eight years I periodically discussed with my husband, Roy, about starting a business someday when Gem was older and he was living at home full-time from working abroad. I would discuss thoroughly our roles and what it was going to require from both of us, both personally and professionally. I believed it was vital that my husband understood completely the purpose behind my desire to start a business in order to make it work, which was clear and what we both wanted ultimately – to create opportunities for Gem and build a business that would provide a quality life for her long after we’re gone.

While Roy worked abroad, I dabbled in various ventures in my search for a business to build – real estate, co-owned a window treatment design and nail salon business. It was by accident that I stumbled across the Ficklets idea and since then my business passion has soared like never before… this is when I knew, this was “IT”. And who knew Gem would be the direct inspiration behind the concept as she is the very reason for my desire to get into business in the first place.

With Roy at home full-time, I am able to devote more time and energy to building and growing our business. We work as a team and understand well our roles in both business and in our home life. In the business, my husband Roy handles the administrative and technology aspects and in our home, Roy handles a majority of the home care responsibilities and most importantly, shares equal responsibilities in attending to Gem’s daily needs. His role is highly crucial in keeping both entities moving forward and has been instrumental to the growth of our business as well as my personal growth as a mom, wife and entrepreneur. I’m grateful to my husband for supporting my entrepreneurial passion and allowing himself to open his mind and dream along side me.

Q: What advice do you have for new Mompreneurs?
DREAM… and then take ACTION! Never stop growing and evolving as an individual, be a student of life with an open mind and can-do attitude, be a perpetual inspirational seeker, and always, always be grateful for the blessings in your life.

Praise and Blessings to your success!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

8. Don't be afraid to innovate; to be different breaking away from the crowd


As inventors, we are obviously the type of people who dance to the beat of our own unique drum. Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity, so we tend to find our own path and in turn we discover ourselves looking at life a little differently. Instead of complaining about the challenges that day to day life brings, we are constantly looking for solutions in new and creative ways with great curiosity.

While trying to run a household, we strive for efficiency in our day to day life and want more than the average Jane. Without innovation and this entrepreneurial spirit, Womentorz would not exist. We are built around this sense of innovation and creativity. Our members are a cultivation of inventors with the spirit of entrepreneurship. The overall concept of what we’re bringing is something new, different and presents a much need platform for women to bring their ideas to market. We should all feel proud of being a part of a movement that supports women across the nation in becoming independent inventors. Together we will give women everywhere hope that their ideas will yield results they could only imagine!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Special Inventor Showcase: Carry-Her

This is a very special showcase because Ro, the inventor of Carry-Her backpack, holds a very special place in our hearts. She has been the most supportive and ambitious inventor and friend from the inception of the Womentorz concept to its birth. Her product showcase is a long time coming.

Carry-Her will be celebrating its one year anniversary from when Ro’s husband first came up with the name in his sleep. He has been a huge support system throughout the process and has been Ro’s rock. He was even helped sew the first Carry-Hers. Now that’s a man! We love Ro, her husband and her invention! We proudly introduce you to Carry-Her:


About Roberta Wagner

An upstate NY resident, Roberta Wagner is President of Carry-Her, Inc. She is a mom of a 9year old daughter, and a wife of ten years. Her daughter is always an inspiration, helping to create Carry-Her was no exception. Daughter Emily, helped Roberta create a comfortable, hands free doll carrier while planning a venture to NYC. After a long day of carrying her doll in the new Carry-Her, they both realized what a great product they had. Friends and family were placing orders, and word of mom started to spread. Roberta cherishes her accomplishments not for herself, but for her daughter. Emily can see that anything is possible if you apply yourself and limit goals to only your greatest dreams!

Carry-Her® Doll Carrier Backpack

Carry-Her is a doll carrier backpack for 16"-18" dolls, such as American Girl Doll. It is lightweight and easy to use. Moms love it just as much as little girls. Moms hands are now free, and so are her little girls. Your daughter will be proud to bring along her doll, as Carry-Her makes it easy. A comfortable design allows the doll to piggy back all day long. Fatigue is not an issue, with the lightweight design and adjustable straps. Your daughter won't even realize she is carrying her doll all by herself!

With this Carry-Her, you get two products. You get the doll carrier backpack to fit your 16"-18" doll. You also get the Carry-Her Mini. The Mini will hold your folded up full size backpack. The mini can be worn by your doll or tossed in mom's purse for easy storage while not in use. Both the Carry-Her backpack and the mini, are made with a plush, black micro suede fabric. It will compliment any outfit on your little girl and her doll. Carry-Her is proudly made in the USA! -Patent Pending-

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inventor Showcase: Pieces of Me


I wake up every morning now wondering who we will meet next and what great invention have they come up with. Pieces of Me is yet another example of the unique gift items and products finding their way to Womentorz daily! Welcome!

Our family, friends and significant others comprise one whole unit. When one member is missing, a piece of us is missing. Introducing PIECES OF ME charms. Each fine silver* puzzle piece fits together to complete a whole puzzle, representing the group, which can be customized with birthstones on each piece. The individual charms can be separated and worn on leather cords, chains, charm bracelets or carried on keychains. Great for your kids to always carry around a piece of you. Fun for preteens and teens to trade and be connected with their friends and families. Don't forget parents and grandparents. Great for Bridesmaids and Graduates. Order today! Paypal available. Patent Pending Featured as seen in Family Circle Magazine and the Big Idea.

Team Kalyx Calendar Supports a Great Cause


Happy Thursday everyone! We have had the pleasure of getting to know Kimberly Cayce with Kalyx Technologies during the process of forming Womentorz. You may have seen her on Shark Tank. She's a pretty speak lady with a lot of heart, talent and class. Since the show her line of sports bras have gone through the roof. Please check out their products at www.gokalyx.com.

Kimberly is also passionate about supporting breast cancer research and has developed a calendar with Team Kalyx models and $1.00 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to City of Hope to support breast cancer research, treatment and education. Please join them as they celebrate the launch of their 2010 Team KALYX Calendar! Here's more information about their event:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
7:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Jeanie Madsen Gallery
1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Valet Parking will be provided
- Meet the lovely ladies of Team KALYX

- See the breathtaking photography of Brie Childers, Matthew Boyd and Zarc Lompart

- Watch a Fashion Show featuring the SPRING 2010 KALYX Collection

- Listen to the musical entertainment provided by celebrity DJ Jacquie Jack

- Enjoy Cocktails from our sponsors - Cabana Cachaca, Izze Soda and Quadry Winery.

- There is no charge for this event! Donations are encouraged, and, all donations of $20.00 or more and receive a VIP Swag Bag that includes a 2010 Team KALYX Calendar. Proceeds will go to support breast cancer research, treatment and education.

To be added to our guest list, please email us at RSVP@goKALYX.com.

Kimberly Cayce
KALYX Technologies, Inc.
www.goKALYX.com
310-998-7184

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Welcome Baby Dipper Bowl!

This is the part where we usually write a short bit about a newly discovered product added to Womentorz. In this case, Barbara's story is so inspirational, I thought we should share it.


A bit about Barbara Schantz

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, living there until 2000 when I met my husband, Hans, and moved to Huntsville, Alabama. I attended Georgia Tech, majoring first in architecture and then in history. I worked for Volvo Cars of North America for eight years, the last four as a Product Specialist training sales consultants on the features and benefits of Volvo cars. I left Volvo in 2004 when our twin girls, Cora and Greta, were born and I have been a stay-at-home mom ever since. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis the same day the patent for the Baby Dipper bowl was filed, August 17, 2005. So far I have not been affected very much by the disease, but since there is no telling when there will be a sudden downturn, I keep going full steam all the time. And recently added to the excitement of my life is a second set of twins, this time two boys, Carlton and Franklin!!!


Who says a bowl has to be round? The triangular-shaped Baby Dipper bowl allows one-handed feeding of infants and makes self-feeding easy for toddlers. The non-slip base, contoured interior, spoon-shaped lower corner, and colorful transparent sides combine to make mealtime a fun and clean experience for all. Parents can use their free hand to clean or entertain baby or to keep baby's hands out of the bowl. Toddlers can concentrate on getting their food onto their spoons and into their mouths and avoid the frustrations of chasing the food around the bowl and the bowl around the table.

Non-slip base Triangular shape Slanted interior with food collection point at lowest corner Transparent sides Phthalate-free Lead-free CPSIA-compliant

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Inventor Showcase: Dot Girls

Today Jen and are feeling very sentimental, so I thought it fitting to showcase a product I wish I had had when I was a young girl becoming a woman. We are proud to have Dot Girls available on Womentorz. We feel this will be a wonderful gift to celebrate a very special time in a young girl's life. This is a perfect complement to the Red Goddess Box that's also found on Womentorz.

Dot Girl’s First Period Kit®
Prepare your daughter for a positive first step into womanhood with The Dot Girl’s First Period Kit®, a stylish and discreet carrying case with all the essentials a girl needs for her first period.

Our period kit is an excellent way to help you and your daughter talk more comfortably about her upcoming first period ensuring a more positive experience

At Dot Girl we believe that girls who have an open dialogue with their parents about menstruation, puberty and women’s issues are more likely to grow into healthy, empowered women. That’s why we offer our period kit as well as other products and resources to help parents guide their girls through this important transition.

Dot Girl Moms

Two sisters, Terri and Kathy, founded Dot Girl First Period Products. Who better than two women, who are also daughters and mothers, to honestly address an uncomfortable topic?

Their motivation to create The Dot Girl's First Period Kit® grew from their own awkward teenage experiences. Despite the fact that their mother was a wonderful nurturer to four daughters, she was never comfortable talking to them about their bodies. They found that this is more often the rule than the exception for both moms and dads. And the reality today is that parents often find themselves in the awkward position of having avoided the subject at all costs, to the detriment of their daughters.

Terri and Kathy's goal for the kit is to provide parents with the tools you need to explain the basics of menstruation to your daughters. And for the girls, they hope that having the kit will lessen their anxiety about their first period and instead turn it into a positive experience.

Kathy's Story
Our family was on a motor home trip when my first period started and I had no idea what was happening. To be honest, I thought I was dying. It took about a day before I had the courage to tell my mother. An immediate, quick trip to the grocery store followed and I still remember my mom hiding the bag from my siblings and handing me a hygiene pad with minimal explanation. I vowed then that if I ever had a daughter, she would be prepared.

Twenty-eight years later and sure enough, that day arrived. One afternoon, I picked up my daughter from grade school and she hopped into the car and told me they had discussed periods in class. Her reaction, "yuck" gave me the opening I needed. On the way home, we talked about periods and the role they fill in a woman's life. She still was saying "yuck" when we got home but at least she understood that periods were just a normal step in becoming a woman. That evening I put together a small bag of supplies for her to use in case she was away from home when her first period started. I included a clean pair of underpants, feminine hygiene products and a washcloth. I had her store it in her gym bag so she would be prepared.

As it happened, she was home when her first period started, and in a very matter of fact voice, informed me what was happening. She was comfortable and I was pleased that such an anxiety-laden day for me was a simple transition for my daughter.

Terri's Story
It was about a week after my older brother died in a traffic accident when I started my first period. Needless to say, my mom was preoccupied by grief. She managed to get me the pads I needed but didn't have much else to say. Unfortunately, I was out of school when the menstruation details were presented by the visiting health expert so I had very little understanding of what was happening to my body.

My mom was from a generation that didn't talk about their bodies so it didn't come easily for her. In the best of times, it would have been an awkward and uncomfortable topic to broach. During a time of immeasurable grief, there was simply no opportunity to have a conversation. When Kathy and I were creating the first period kit, my mom shook her head and said, "Boy, I sure could have used one of those." That was perhaps the greatest compliment our mother could have paid us.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Next Week's News!






We are very excited to let you know that on Monday, November 2, Melinda and Jen will be interviewed by Rich Hallstrom and Tim Humphrey, Hosts of Motivation with a Purpose on KKNW Radio 1150 AM.

You can listen live from 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST!



On Friday, November 6, Womentorz will be taping a segment for 6 ABC Action News with Karen Rogers! Karen will interview Jen and feature a few fabulous women inventors as well. We are more than thrilled about this exciting opportunity. Not sure if the story will air the same day, but we will keep you posted!

With less than two days away from the official launch of Womentorz.com we continue to receive mail daily from women around the country who share our vision and want to be a part of this unique ground floor opportunity.

Thanks also to all of you out there - you know who you are - who are helping to spread the word about us. It's no newsflash, but still amazing to see what we can do when we join forces vs. going it alone!

We are excited to see what's around the next bend...hope you'll join us!