Monday, December 30, 2013

The Innovation Divaz Radio Show Showcase Inventors Participating in the International Housewares "Inventors Corner"



ARE YOU AN INVENTOR WHO IS ALREADY GOING TO BE PART OF THE "INVENTORS CORNER" DURING THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSEWARES SHOW???

IF YOU ANSWERED "YES" THEN THE INNOVATION DIVAZ WANT TO SHOWCASE YOU ON THEIR RADIO SHOW DURING THE MONTHS OF JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, 2014...EVERY TUESDAY AT 11:00 AM CST.

It's easy to sign up for the fun!!!  


SIMPLY SEND US AN EMAIL AT INFO@WOMENINVENTORZNETWORK.COM  
WITH YOUR:

1) NAME
2) COMPANY OR PRODUCT NAME
3) WEBSITE ADDRESS
4) PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

5) LAND LINE FOR OUR PRODUCER TO CALL

We've already had some great shows during the month of January showcasing the inventors attending the
International Housewares Show!
Click Here to download past podcasts!


CONTACT US TODAY TO BE ON THE NEXT
INNOVATION DIVAZ RADIO SHOW!!!


Click Here to learn more about the International Housewares Show!

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The Women Inventorz Network is a proud sponsor of the Inventors Corner!  We look forward to meeting you in person at the show.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Innovation Divaz Interview Monica Strang, Author of Starburst Juju


We're so excited to have the talented Monica Strang on our radio show Tuesday, December 17th at 11:30 CT!
Monica Strang is a talented and skillful web developer. Her creativity has spilled from crafting websites into writing Young Adult novels. She resides in San Diego, California with her husband and two children.

About Starburst Juju
The Starburst Juju is an enticing young adult science fiction novel set in a time when most had lost hope and many were living in fear. Pepper, a typical teenage girl, is trying to make sense of the chaos and fear that exists all around her. After witnessing the abduction of her parents and narrowly escaping her own destruction, she is quickly thrust into solving the mystery behind her parents' involvement with the annual alien abductions. Along the way she discovers her own hidden talents and gifts, and creates lasting relationships with her new-found friends. Pepper's search for her parents is a coming-of-age adventure that will test old and new friendships, and one that will eventually force her to re-evaluate everything she thought was true. This is a must-read for anyone who enjoys young adult fiction! It includes a first-time love, twists and turns and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

This will make a great Christmas present!
Click Here to listen to the show LIVE, or to
download the podcast after the show airs!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Women Invented Products Featured on Good Day Chicago for the Holidays


We're so proud to share the media clip of Dhana Cohen, Co-Founder of the Women Inventorz Network, on Good Day Chicago showcasing AMAZING, women invented products from our network!


Here are the fabulous products that were featured in the
segment and where you can purchase them!


Visit Life Therapy's website at www.lifetherapy.com


Visit Cozywoggle's website at www.cozywoggle.com



Visit The Naked Tank's website at www.thenakedtank.com

Visit oogaa's website at www.oogaa.com




Visit Pysis website at www.pysis.com


http://twohipposstore.com/


Visit Two Hipppos website at www.twohipposstore.com


Monday, December 9, 2013

Great Promotional Opportunity During Housewares Show



The Women Inventorz Network is a proud sponsor of the Housewares Inventors Corner...and we're so excited to have this opportunity to promote our sponsors and partners to our extensive network during the event!!!

Watch this video for our personal message to
potential sponsors:



Click here to learn more about the sponsorship levels and the power of our network!

If you're an inventor, we want to also hear from you!  
Here's our personal message to all of you!!!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Millionaire Reunion Show

Reunion Show!
The Innovation Divaz will be hosting the 
FIRST EVER Homemade Millionaire Reunion
"Where are they now?" Show!!!

Tuesday, December 10th
9AM PT / 10AM MT / 11AM CT / 12AM ET



Homemade Millionaire holds a big place in the women inventor world as it was the first time the women inventor movement was truly showcased in an exciting and positive platform.  Even though the show is no longer on the air, the inspirational message and opportunities that came from the show live will live on forever! We can't thank Kelly Ripa enough for seeing the vision for the women inventor community and powerful it is!!! 

Thank you Kelly!

Click Here to learn more about the show and meet the STARS of the Homemade Millionaire...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

From Inventor to Entrepreneur: Business Lessons You Have Already Learned


Content Provided by Melissa Deacon

Having a creative mind can benefit you not just when you are coming up with ideas and perfecting your inventions, but also when you want to find a market and start building up your own business. Although the world of business can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to financial decisions and account keeping, it can help to recognize how certain elements of the inventive process have already prepared you to create a business out of your idea.

Innovative Entrepreneurship
It is a truth universally acknowledged in the business world that innovators do not make good entrepreneurs, but this belief is called into question by too many examples of inventors who have broken into the market and turned their ideas into successful companies. Business people who have spent years studying the works of the best minds in economics may want to believe that the logical course of action for an inventor is to take advantage of the resources of an established company rather than to build up a business of their own, but the evidence seems to suggest otherwise. Inventors can make excellent business owners, because they know their product and have the creativity to become truly innovative entrepreneurs. This doesn't mean that you can ignore the business textbooks and forget about learning how the business world works, but it does mean that you already have an important advantage that you should not overlook: your own natural skills and inventiveness.

SWOT Analysis
One of the tools that you will discover in many business and economics textbooks is the SWOT analysis. This simple technique provides a means of analyzing your business and coming up with new directions for future development, but as an inventor, you may recognize this mode of thinking from the way in which you developed your initial idea. Creativity often stems from recognizing existing problems and opportunities, while developing a successful product requires the ability to see both its strengths and its weaknesses. Your ability to spot the need for a new product and to come up with an invention that can fulfill this need will continue to prove useful as you build up your own business. It can even help you to write a successful business plan, when you formalize your ideas in the form of a SWOT analysis.

All that a SWOT analysis requires is that you use your proven ability to spot Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to thinking about the future of your business, rather than to coming up with an invention. You can begin by listing every attribute of your business under one of the four headings. Having acquired a patent for your invention might be a strength, for example, but a lack of capital might be a weakness that needs to be tackled. Strengths and weaknesses are considered internal factors, relating to your own business, but you also need to consider the external factors, opportunities and threats posed by the current market. External factors can be harder to assess, but as an inventor, you will be used to recognizing opportunities and problems, although you will now need to tackle them with your business acumen rather than simple creativity. An opportunity could be a new technology that you can use to market your product online, while a threat could be a competitor with a similar product.

Once you have identified your SWOTs, you can move on to another acronym, USED, to plan your future moves by determining how strengths can be Utilized, weaknesses Stopped, Opportunities Exploited and threats Defended against. The strength of a patent could be utilized by licensing your invention to someone operating in a different area, for example, while the weakness of a lack of capital could be stopped by finding an investor or taking out a business loan. Similarly, the opportunity posed by online marketing could be exploited by joining the WomenInventorz Network and creating a webpage, while the threat of a competitor could be defended against by building a stronger brand identity through marketing.

By the end of the SWOT analysis, you will have a better idea of where your business stands now, and the changes that you will need to make in the future. You can use this understanding to direct your business plan and remain focused on the most important areas of your business.

Other Business Advantages for Inventors
SWOT analyses are one of the clearest opportunities for making use of the inventive mind in business, but the skills that enabled you to come up with a brand new invention will also help you in other ways. The close knowledge you have of your product will be a significant advantage when it comes to understanding your customers' needs and how they can be reached through marketing, while your experience of managing the production process and thinking about costs could prove useful when it comes to managing your business and accounts. Seeing how your skills as an inventor can be applied to your new role as entrepreneur can make the transition to the world of business much easier.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rachel Zoe Receives Amazing Azza Bijou Saucer Cuff



Photo of the "Saucer" cuff that Rachel Zoe received.
We all know Rachel Zoe's fabulous bohemian style and her love of amazing jewelry. This is why Rachel was the perfect recipient of the luxurious Azza Bijou Saucer Cuff of the Medley Collection.  This collection will make a wonderful styling choice for Rachel!


About the latest “Medley Collection”
Encompassing an eclectic mix of contrasting colors, the Medley collection is a seamless marriage between contemporary structures and traditional art. Solid and cut-out surfaces, dark and light colors, sharp edges and curvy forms interplay with traditional Islamic designs to create jewelry that is far greater than the sum of its parts. Edgy, contemporary and unique, the Medley collection epitomizes all the beauty, confidence and style of the modern woman with traditional values.

The saucer range exudes modern luxury with its sophisticated architectural structure and mix of contrasting colors. It will instantly carry any casual look into the evening, but also has the charisma to complement the sophisticated look.

The teardrop bangle is truly a one-of-kind piece. Its unusual silhouette of round and edgy makes it eye-catching and unique. This piece brings a new design language that holds true the values of the Medley collection whilst looking elegant and effortless in its execution. A single Islamic motif on either side of the bangles “edges” with jewels and colored enamel complete this design making it a piece of art that you can wear. This is sure to be a genuine style statement.

Ancient window grills from various Islamic eras inspire the Gladiator statement cuff design. 90 mm in length, this substantial piece combines enameled solid precious metal with a very delicate Islamic design overlay in “window grill” form. The Gladiator recreates an intricate component of Islamic architecture in elegant, contemporary jewelry form. To achieve the stunning form seen in this cuff, the latest manufacturing techniques were selected.

The two-faced range is a play on contrasting colors. On either side of the design are identical Islamic motifs that are enameled in contrasting colors. The design is versatile in that it allows the wearer to switch between colors depending on their outfit. The two-faced is a delicate, everyday piece that will compliment any look.

Combining a flat enameled surface with a curvy dome-shaped cut out Islamic motif, the dome ring is delicate yet grand. With its eye-catching pop of color and fine Islamic design, the dome ring stands out worn on its own at the same time being an essential partner to all other designs in the Medley collection.

About Azza Bijou and Designer Azza El Arabi

For UAE-born Sudanese designer Azza El-Arabi, designing beautiful jewelry is a near-lifelong passion. Producing her first pieces at fourteen years old, the style of her work would evolve over years to come; inspired by travels to Northern Cyprus where she earned a degree in Business Administration and later from time spent honing her design skills at Central St. Martins in London. The culmination of her evolving style over the years is her first full collection launched in 2012; Azza Bijou. Azza Bijou is a veritable history of Islamic architecture, drawing inspiration from the ancient mesquite of Andalusia, the majesty of old-world Egyptian souks and the opulent palaces of Ottoman Istanbul. Heavily influenced by the unique geometric patterns present in Islamic structures, Azza likes to combine these shapes with bright colors and organic silhouettes to create pieces that she believes would become an extension of women, their character and their style. Through Azza Bijou, she hopes to translate her fascination with these unique structures into timeless, everyday wearable pieces.

Visit www.azzabijou.com to purchase this amazing jewelry for yourself.  What a wonderful gift for the Holidays!

Follow Azza Bijou on Twitter @azzabijou, and "Like" them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/azzabijou

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cyber Tuesday With The Innovation Divaz

 

The Innovation Divaz are hosting the FIRST EVER CYBER TUESDAY!!!!  Listen to the Innovation Divaz Radio Show LIVE Tuesday, December 3rd at 9:00 AM PT/ 10:00 AM MT/ 11:00 AM CST/ 12:00 PM EST for fabulous DEALS on invention that make amazing GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! 
(Note that the date has changed from November 26th to December 3rd
due to the excitement of the event!)

INVENTORS...SIGN UP TODAY TO BE FEATURED ON OUR SHOW LIVE!!!  THERE ARE LIMITED SPOTS SINCE EACH OF YOU WILL BE GIVEN PROMOTIONAL TIME ON THE SHOW.  

ALL YOU NEED TO DO TO GET ON THE SHOW IS...

Leave a comment to this posting with:
1. Your Product Name
2. Website Address
3. The Deal For Listeners
4. Landline that our Producer can call during the hour


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29!

Don't miss this very fun promotional opportunity just in time for the Holidays!!!

Click Here to visit the Innovation Divaz Radio Show Page!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Next Steps for Inventors: Turning Your Idea into a Small Business


Content provided by Melissa Deacon

Creating and marketing an invention can be hard work, but with a supportive network of other women inventors to help you to bring your invention to the customers who want it, you can turn your idea into a successful business. The key to making it work is to come up with a strong business plan and to break the process down into manageable steps.

Finding Your 1%
As the saying goes, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, and while it is true that hard work and perseverance are essential for bringing your idea to the marketplace, it is just as important to find that 1% of inspiration that enables you to create a good product. A good idea for a new invention will form a strong foundation for your new venture. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so although many female inventors identify unfulfilled needs while they go about their everyday lives, others spend years developing highly specialized skills at work that enable them to see a problem in a new light and come up with a solution. Once you have your idea, you need to refine it into a workable product and look for a way to turn your invention into a business.

Turning Your Idea into Reality
In order to create a marketable product from your invention, you may need to work through a series of prototypes to find a design that looks good, works well, and can be manufactured at a reasonable cost. It can also help to undertake same product testing and market research to ensure that your invention meets people's needs. As you perfect your idea, it is important to protect all of your hard work to ensure that it will be you who reaps the rewards. If your idea is novel enough, you may be able to obtain a patent to protect it. You can also protect yourself and your invention by taking the right steps when you set up your own business, such as choosing the right legal structure, registering for the necessary taxes and obtaining the right types of coverage from your business insurance policy.

Setting Up a Small Business
Many inventors begin simply by selling their products to a few friends in their spare time, or setting themselves up as self-employed, but when a product is successful, the time comes when it needs to be turned into a business. In order to create a small business, it is vital to write a solid business plan that includes a description of how the business will be structured, and to understand the steps that need to be taken to create this new business entity:

1. Choose your business structure: sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation, cooperative or nonprofit. Many inventors choose a sole proprietorship or LLC when they start a business. Sole proprietorship is the simplest business structure, but an LLC can protect your personal finances by limiting your liability for the business, without requiring such complex paperwork as a corporation.

2. Register your business name with your state, if you will be trading under anything other than your own name. Your "Doing Business As" name can be registered with your state government or county clerk's office, but some states do not require this form of registration. You can also trademark your business name with the patent office to prevent anyone else from using it.

3. Get a Tax Identification Number from the IRS and register your business for state and local taxes. Depending on your business structure and location, you may need to file for state and federal income tax, self-employment tax, excise tax or tax for employers.

4. Check whether you need to obtain any licenses and permits at the local, state and federal levels. You may need a license if your business will involve activities such as transporting agricultural goods, selling alcohol or driving heavy vehicles, for example.

5. Protect your business with insurance to cover your business premises and employees, if you have them, and product liability coverage in case anything goes wrong with the items you sell. If you are running a business from home, you may need to add coverage for business activities to your home insurance policy in order to ensure your property will be protected, although this may not be enough to cover you against other business risks, such as public and product liability.


Organizing your business structure properly is vital, but your business plan should also cover your financial and marketing intentions. It is important to think about how you will cover your start up costs, how profits will be re-invested to help your business grow, and how you will reach potential customers and convince them to buy your product. The Women Inventorz Network can provide some invaluable support for online marketing and selling, but as your business grows, you may want to look into other avenues, such as approaching stores that might want to carry your product.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

PLUSH Vegas Show is a HUGE Success!!!


The Women Inventorz Network had an amazing opportunity to partner with PLUSH Show in Vegas this October. Melinda Knight Co-Founder of Women Inventorz Network had this to say, “ The team at PLUSH truly knows when change is needed. For several years they have had the pulse on the upscale juvenile product industry in California, bringing in great upscale products, celebrities and now buyers together for 2014 in Las Vegas. We were honored to work with their impressive team.”

Jina Park, Founder of PLUSH
Jina Park, founder of PLUSH, has been working hard to present what the 2014 Plush Show has to offer to the inventor industry. Unlike many Juvenile trade shows, Plush offers the quality vendors that are relevant to the demands of the current posh and eco-conscious parent market. Bringing these vendors, retailers, and media together is an incredible networking opportunity and the preview show is just the beginning.  
   

After appearing in Vegas October 15-17 for their first Preview Show at the World Market Center, Plush was able to create an unbelievable and entertaining experience for all the attendees. New territory served Plush well, as their unique offerings attracted many of the top people in the industry, who were already in Vegas for a competing trade show. During the day, Plush showcased a sneak peak of some of the best luxury, eco-friendly, and innovative products in the Juvenile trade market. The Women Inventorz Network even added their own luxurious flare to the Plush Preview Show by providing a beautiful dessert table, featuring the women inventor of The Cupcake Rack, Elizabeth Crouch. A little added sweetness and a beautiful display was a successful addition to the show and a great crowd pleaser! It was quite the sight to see as Plush put on an incredible video presentation of what makes them the most unique trade show in the industry. The few preview days unlocked the doors for many potential opportunities.  

Nick Cannon, spinning the hits!!!
That Wednesday night, Plush put on an exclusive after party that embodied the fun, creative, and entertaining spirit of Plush. An hour prior, The Women Inventorz Network invited 100s of women inventors, sponsors, and media to engage in a more intimate meet and greet. The party was held at Drai’s Nightclub in Bally’s Las Vegas, the perfect setting for people to let loose and experience Vegas’s night life. Nick Cannon as DJ served as the cherry on top of great week, providing lively music that was enjoyed by everyone!  



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Your invite for the Access to Capital Event



Mary Juetten, CEO, Traklight
Please join Mary Juetten at this 
must-attend event in Seattle. 

Access to Capital:  
Money to Mainstreet
Tuesday, November 12
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Westin Seattle Hotel, 
Seattle, WA

If you are seeking startup, working or growth capital for your business, this is the event of the year.

Learn about various local sources of capital and find out which are right for your business!  Join us for 4 incredible panels on traditional and alternative lending options, startups, crowdfunding and more…

Access to lenders Meet one on one with loan officers
from 15+ lenders on site

Access to Experts Join roundtable discussions with alternative funding organizations

Access to Resources Discover free and low cost small business resources

Space is limited.  Register now!

No other event in Seattle gives you this kind of interactive access under one roof, in one day!

Register now to get Mary Juetten’s $10 off discount - please use promo code ATCMJ. 

Learn More. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CHAMPS Charter High School’s “Bags To Benefit” Event: November 19, 2013


The below event was sent to the Women Inventorz Network by our friends at Haute House PR & Marketing, LLC.  We love sharing important charity opportunities!

ABOUT CHAMPS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL: 

The event is benefiting CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts - Multimedia and Performing. A free public high school located in Van Nuys, serving at-risk kids who would have no opportunity to pay for training in the arts or the kind of education that the school gives them.

ABOUT CHAMPS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL’S “BAGS TO BENEFIT” EVENT:

CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts – Multimedia and Performing presents every woman’s dream event! "Bags To Benefit" an exclusive star-studded charity party, taking place at Tru Hollywood on Tuesday, November 19th 2013.

The highlight of the evening is a live auction of new and gently used designer handbags from such closet classics as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and more. Buy a Handbag, Change a life. EVERY PURCHASE HELPS KEEP THE ARTS IN EDUCATION! 100% of the proceeds will be directly applied to life-changing arts, media and science programs for at-risk high school students

EVENT INFORMATION:
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Charity Benefit Event & Auction: 7:00PM – 10:30PM

Tru Hollywood
1600 Argyle Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Itinerary:
Red carpet arrivals: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Live Auction: 8:15PM
Silent Auction ends at 9:30PM

EVENT DEMOGRAPHIC:

We're expecting 500-600 guests. Our targeted marketing demographic is mainly women, between the ages of 21-45 years old who enjoy luxury lifestyle and fashion. 

We believe that this demographic (and the event that literally brings the world of fashion and philanthropy together) is a great fit for Modern Luxury/Angeleno Magazine. It would be an honor to partner with you as our media sponsor for this event -- and I would be thrilled if you have a few minutes to discuss the opportunity in more detail?

EVENT FEATURES:

Celebrity Host and Auctioneer
Complimentary Cocktails
Gourmet Appetizers
Decadent desserts 
Lavish Candy Buffets
DJ 4Ten spinning the hottest mixes
Live and Silent Auctions of new and gently used designer handbags
Loaded event gift bags 

Limited number of tickets available to guests. VIP packages with limousine. Celebrity host and auctioneer, DJ's spinning the hottest mixes, complimentary cocktails, gourmet appetizers, decadent desserts, Candy Buffets and loaded gift bags! With a celebrity red carpet and a luxurious venue this star-studded charity event promises an evening of style and substance! 

SPONSORS:

We are in the process of confirming our celebrity host and auctioneer. In the meantime we're fortunate to have several celebrity guests who support CHAMPS already on-board! Our PR & Events agency, Haute House PR & Marketing, has been brought on board to help secure talent, product and media placements.

Some of our current event sponsors are: Hagensborg Chocolates and Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Herm├Ęs. Pending sponsors are Southern California Audi, BMW, Fiat, MaxMara, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola and FIDM. We potentially have Fox 11 and CBS sponsoring TV coverage, along with a variety of additional media. Sponsorship decks available upon request.

For more information about the event visit: http://www.bagstobenefit.com/

Contact Jordan Landes-Brenman with Haute House PR & Marketing, LLC at  Jordan@hautehousepr.com if you're interested in becoming a sponsor!!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Elonka Nichole Designs Receives 2nd win in 2 years from Red Tricycle Awards


Red Tricycle Names Elonka Nichole Designs Most Awesome Blankets & Comforters

Red Tricycle is an online service that offers ideas for cool things to see, eat, make and do with your kids in your neighborhood as well as nationally. Their mission: To help parents have more fun with their kids. Once a year Red Tricycle has their fans nominate the must-try family-friendly businesses in two categories: Most Awesome Local and Most Awesome Baby and Kids Essentials.

Elonka Nichole received the award for Most Awesome Snuggiest Blankets and Comforters in the Most Awesome Baby and Kids Essentials category. Red Tricycle had an overwhelming response to this year’s contest and narrowed it down to 10 National finalists. After all 236,000 votes were counted; Elonka Nichole Designs came out on top!

Elonka Nichole’s design goal is to craft quality pieces of the highest quality materials to offer customers high-end merchandise at affordable prices. Since the origination of the Mimi Minky blanket the company has expanded their line of blankets into additional sizes: mini, monster, queen and crib size. They also offer a variety of products for all ages and stages including: bibs, lunch boxes, aprons, diaper bags, nap mats and more!

The founder and creator Elonka Nichole said “I was blown away when I found out I was the winner! Everyone deserves a beautiful blanket. I won this award because of my amazing customers. There were so many BIG name companies nominated in this category with me and to be recognized for the second time as the Snuggiest Blanket Nationwide is honestly a dream come true!!”

Elonka Nichole Designs was established in 2008 and now has showrooms in 3 major markets: Seattle, Dallas and Atlanta. All the beautiful creations from Elonka Nichole Designs are handcrafted in her facility in the Pacific Northwest and available in stores nationwide. Designing beyond the ordinary to extraordinary!!

Click Here to visit Elonka Nichole's website!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bibocks...It's a bib. It's a smock. It's a Bibock!

We're proud to introduce you to Rev. Sheila Andreana Sewall M.Ed...a very talented and giving member of our women inventor community.  Sheila is an inventor of several products, but she is best known for creating Bibocks...It's a bib. It's a smock. It's a Bibock!


"Once upon a time, we were using dish towels that didn't protect our Master and Mademoiselle from the gookie stuff...

We had an epiphany while taking a walk while our porridge cooled. Lets create something that has never been done before!

That was good, but how could we go even further into the uncharted territory of quality and ingenuity...

Now, the mice stay up late to offer the finest Bibocks with Lapkins and vintage aprons on the market. Patented and patent pending.

Special occasion aprons, imaged in our beloved children's book, Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy day, were used to create our signature, organic, medicinal, Honey Rose Caramels."

The Bibock is featured on
Good Day Sacramento...



In Sheila's own words...
Author of Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day
I am the author of the Midwest Book Award winning children's book, Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day and the owner/inventor and designer of a small business entitled The Bibocks with Lapkins Company. We specialize in Bibocks with Lapkins. It's a bib. It's a smock. It's a Bibock! Charming, handcrafted, limited edition form follows function bibs, with Lapkins to cover the lap. Lapkins promote good manners, and may be removed and used as a washcloth for little hands and faces after a repast or creative craft project. They are of heirloom quality. Patented and patent pending.

We also feature vintage, special occasion Apronafores, adult and special need bibs, and other innovative, care products.

Apronafores- Aprons- Pinafores
New -prayer pouches and treasury purses will be featured in their own shop, www.SavingUpSmiles.Etsy.com  We offer two sizes. The pouches are sized 5x7 and 12x14 inches. The 12x14 will fit our Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day children's book for a lovely gift. The prayer pouches and treasury purses will come with an uplifting message and a prayer cloth. The cloth can be held in the hands or placed over the heart and used to weave in prayers or well wishes for a special celebration, Make a Wish Kid, or hospice loved one. The cloth can be put underneath the pillow or left in the pocket of the beloved. The energy of these powerful intentions remain with the loved one. The pouches and purses would also be appropriate for a child going to camp or on their first overnight away from home. It holds their found treasures. These elegant bags are fully lined and may also be used as a beautiful table topper filled with our organic, Honey Rose Caramels for a wedding or gala affair.


Prayer pouches and treasury purses
I think the prayer pouches and treasury purses belong with a large organization such as, Make a Wish Kids or a children's hospital. I believe the large sized prayer pouch filled with Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day should be part of the child's entrance to the center and should be placed on their pillow as part of their check in.

We would like to bring our organic, no refined sugar, handcrafted caramels to market as part of my idea for a very special and unique healthy bakery. This idea is too big to create alone and I will not offer all the details here, but would love to have a business partner help bring this to fruition. I created this all natural caramel with organic medicinal qualities to offer a healthy treat for my children. They are transformative and delicious! I make sure there is some on hand during cold and sore throat season. The prayer pouches and treasury purses filled with organic Honey Rose Caramels would be an elegant table top party favor for a wedding or special occasion. All of our products and book are meant to complement and support each other and would  come together wonderfully in our bakery. The Bibocks with Lapkins Company is interviewing potential sharks (angel investors) for mass marketing potential. All interested parties are encouraged to contact us.

About Sheila...
In life and via her creations, Sheila Andreana Sewall combines the love of dance, creation, and the narrative of teaching with the desire to give back peace and blessings. Sewall has a B.S. in applied design and visual communications and a MEd. of family education from the University of Minnesota.

Unable to find anything in the marketplace that met qualifications, "need is the mother of invention," the inspiration to create form follows function designs was birthed via her children. At the time, her two year old son, the wise master, pronounced them Bibocks... It's a bib. It's a smock. It's a Bibock! The name Lapkins was her husband's two cents. Lapkins cover the lap, promote good manners, and may be used as a washcloth for little hands and faces after a repast. Bibocks with Lapkins, charming, handmade, form follows function bibs was born.

Sheila Andreana loves to combine unexpected elements into a synthesized whole. If she can combine burlap and silk and lead you to believe they are married together, she will try. She loves the texture of life. The full spectrum of rainbow colors and experiences informs a sensual perspective. Sources of inspiration include: Spirit infused, natural (can't drink hot beverages from a styrofoam cup), organic elements in nature, the artistic use of light, staging, and costuming in old movies (before the overuse of quick camera cuts, explosives, and high drama), vintage artifacts, the creative stories derived from found objects by little people, Grace felt in the stillness of midnight, the edge of forever experienced through dance, and the deep stirring of motherly love as she stands in the presence her children.


Bibocks also embodies the loving essence of Grandmother Francis. Grandma Franny cooked and baked with only the use of a wood stove. Even on the hottest of days, one would bound through the porch, the screen door slamming behind, and enter the kitchen to be greeted with the unmistakable smell of a long morning's hard work. This simple woman in dress and possessions, but rich in humor and tacit knowledge, knew how to make bread and pie crust based on the texture alone between her fingers. After a three giggle hug, and "an oh my you shouldn't have!" she would beckon all to sit and talk around the table brimming with the nature and nurture of love in the form of favorite fresh baked goodies.

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* Sheila Andreana is also the author of the Midwest Book Award winning children's book, Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day.

Book Reviews:

This Midwest Independent Publishers Association book winner is a home run in every aspect. The cover is colorful and inviting.  The book is printed on a high quality 100 pound gloss paper so the pages are not flimsy, but able to be read over and over and turned by small hands.
The story combines a love of dance and creation all while teaching about peace and blessings.  The rhythm and rhyme throughout the book make for a fun and light-hearted read.  Following the mother who is speaking to her child about remembering others as well as occasions touches your heart in ways that cannot be described.  Through out the book, you cannot help but remember those that have touched your life.  You are also invited to remember moments of fun and wonder, remembering sunny days and delightful memories.  This book would make a great Mother's Day, new birth or baby shower gift.  It's bound to become a classic much like "Good Night Moon." -Angela Addington, Managing Editor for Mom-Spot.com

" Dear child, we can save up smiles for a rainy day to fill our hearts with love and joy when the sun has gone away." 


In this book the children are invited to remember the people who have brought love and joy into their lives; to remember moments of fun and wonder; to bring the memories of sunny days and nature's delights into the moment. It is a lovely reminder that the very act of remembering moments of love and joy lightens the heart and changes our energy, bringing back feelings of hope and promise. The author suggests that this book makes a wonderful gift for cancer survivors, new baby or baby showers, or anyone going through a transition or life transformation. I would suggest that it could be used in children's ministry for your quiet corner to support the concept of creating heart coherence or for a lesson on looking for the good. Check it out.


Rev. Kathryn Kellogg

Children's and Family Ministry Coordinator 
kid@unity.org

Saving Up Smiles for a Rainy Day is an inspiring, real-life story of transformation. Based on a mother and child’s pleasant memories that lighten the heavy hearted on a rainy day, a series of miraculous events sets mother and child on a lighter path. As mother and child journey through the four seasons of the heart, life circles back to the beginning, once again full of hope and promise.



The book is available at www.BeaversPondBooks.com, Amazon and
all regular outlets and bookstores. 

* Proceeds from the sales of this book to benefit The Family Partnership.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Verity Credit Union Announces ‘Last Call’ for Verity Mom Blogger Contest

It’s not too late to enter Verity Credit Union’s Verity Mom Blogger contest. Moms in the Seattle area still have the opportunity to submit their application by Oct. 3 for a chance to win $20,000 and the title of Verity Mom for a year.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 26, 2013 – The application deadline for the 2013 Verity Mom Search is fast-approaching. Applicants must submit their 1-minute video, blog post and application form by noon PDT on Thursday, Oct. 3. Next, a public vote for the shortlist will take place from Oct. 7 to 14.

The Verity Mom contest is a search for the next wildly creative, funny and talented Seattle-area mom to be a part-time blogger and spokesperson for VerityMom.com for one year. This special mom will earn $20,000, and will receive a new laptop computer and a video camera to keep.

“We’ve received some fantastic applications already, and we are so excited to meet some of the top candidates in person at our ‘Mom Meet-Up’ on October 28,” says Melina Young, Verity Credit Union’s director of marketing.

The winner will replace current Verity Mom blogger Danielle Gahl, who says the experience has been one she’ll never forget. “I’ve had a great time meeting people online, getting to know other great moms in the Seattle area, helping spread good will and over $5,000 in prizes to local causes,” Gahl says.

For more information or to enter, visit http://www.veritymom.com. For official rules, visit http://www.veritymom.com/official-rules. Like Verity Mom on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @VerityMom.

About Verity Credit Union
Verity Credit Union has been a member-owned financial institution in Seattle since 1933. Verity is committed to providing a full range of financial products and services to those we serve. Anyone that lives, works, worships or goes to school in Washington state can become a member.



Contact:
Melina Young
Director of Marketing
Verity Credit Union
(206) 361-5394 (Direct Line)
MelinaY(at)veritycu(dot)com