Can you tell us a bit about the The Little Green Pouch story?
Little Green Pouch (LGP) is the brainchild of childhood friends Maggie and Melissa.
The story began during one of Maggie’s routine grocery store visits with her two sons. With the hope of getting through a peaceful shopping trip, Maggie caved and decided to try the new food pouches that she recently noticed stocked throughout her grocery store. As she popped the tops off the pouches, a miracle ensued—she watched in amazement as her boys sat quietly in the cart, working out ounces of healthy fruits and veggies, which they wouldn’t dare eat out of a bowl. By the time the empty pouches laid shriveled in her cart, Maggie realized that she had all of the items on her shopping list. Someone’s product had just made her life easier—Maggie was in love.
However, Maggie’s romance with food pouches was short lived. While she loved the ease of being able to neatly feed her boys without having to lug around spoons, bibs, bowls and breakable jars, she found that the pouches were expensive and offered a limited variety of foods. Not to mention, she cringed each time she had to throw the single-use packages in the trash. That is when she realized the world needed a “reusable” food pouch that could be filled with healthy fresh food time and again.
With her reusable food pouch in mind, Maggie reached out to her close friend (recent new mom of Bailey and designer) Melissa to help. Maggie and Melissa realized that they wanted a product that wasn’t just practical, but that was also beautiful. Something any mom would be proud to whip out at the playground, park or store. After several planning sessions, it became clear that they had the perfect team to make their idea reality, and the Little Green Pouch was born.
What are some exciting new developments for The Little Green Pouch?
LGP is going to be offering bigger pouches for parents, and smaller pouches for little babies (and perhaps athletes for use with gels).
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
Maggie’s inspiration: My mother. Somehow she managed to work as a nurse in the emergency room, raise two rowdy kids (while, at certain points, being a single mom) and keep her house impeccably clean. I still don’t understand it.
Melissa’s inspiration: I’m surrounded by inspiring moms… Every time I feel overwhelmed or think I can’t possibly take on anymore I just look around me. Moms everywhere (and a lot of times single-moms) rock a full time career and manage to be incredible moms to their kids. Our generation of women (and the one before ours — my own mom especially!) are incredibly inspiring to me.
Maggie confesses: My boys watch Batman cartoons while I make dinner, which is one of my most cherished times of the day.
Melissa confesses: That I sneak spinach into bailey’s mac n’ cheese. I puree fresh spinach with a little water and then freeze them in cubes. When I just don’t have time to cook a well balanced meal I make Mac & Cheese and add a cube of spinach. My daughter is only 15 months old so she doesn’t know that mac n cheese isn’t usually green 🙂
Favorite mom or baby product?
Maggie recommends: sleep sack/swaddle
Melissa recommends: My favorite baby product is the Zoli sippy cup. For whatever reason Bailey was not too excited about transitioning to a sippy cup and I tried just about every style out there with no luck until I found the Zoli cup. Something about the straw and the top that she can open and close makes her so happy. She carries it with her everywhere and hydrates like a champ.
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
Maggie’s advice: #1 Be good to your partner and #2: Don’t forget about your friends.
Melissa’s advice: #1 I highly recommend that you start a “blog” for your baby/family – with todays technology all I do is snap a picture with phone and email it with some text to tumblr and it automatically creates a post. We created one for Bailey and all of our friends and family can visit the website any time to check in on her. And its a great way for me to document each time she has a “first” both with photos and text. I haven’t been great at writing in her baby journal, so it feels great that we will always have her online journal.
#2 Throw your plans out the window and just enjoy yourself! Before we had our daughter, my husband and I would study how other parents raised their kids and take (mental) notes on what we would and wouldn’t do. We were sure that with the right parenting methods our Bailey would be perfect in every way and in every situation. And though I still believe that Bailey is an angel, the girl loves to defy us. Her favorite “trick” these days is to throw just about anything we put on her plate on the floor while simultaneously smirking and saying “no?” The reality is that you have no idea what your kid will be like or how you will respond to any situation. So go in with the best of intentions, avoid judging other parents at all costs, and just enjoy the ride 🙂
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When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as………
Maggie said: Fun! I’d prefer “funny,” but I won’t get that tag in light of the competition (their dad).
Melissa said: The person who loved them unconditionally, was there when they needed me and encouraged them to find their true passion(s).
When parents find out what I do, they often say:
Maggie said: It depends. If I tell them I am a lawyer, they politely ask what sort of law I do. And then the conversation turns to something more interesting (like the fact that I co-founded LGP, and how they can get some free samples).
Melissa said: How lucky I am that I get to have 2 jobs that I love that both allow me to work from home (which means I get to spend lunch with my daughter almost every day). And I always agree – I feel so lucky!
In my free time…
Maggie said: Swim. I love to swim.
Melissa said: I love to surf pinterest; attempt major DIY projects (most of which I find on pinterest) and in the evenings, watch movies with my husband (and best friend) Ryan.
I’m dreaming of …
Maggie said: Having free time, and actually being able to go for a swim.
Melissa said: my first camping trip with the whole family. Bailey is only 15 months and I am pregnant with my second, so that trip is probably a ways off. But I bought my husband a 2 bedroom tent for father’s day last year so when the time comes, we will be ready!
Little Green Pouch debuted in our MommiesFirst care packages in February and we couldn’t be more excited! Thanks for joining our family! And congratulations on baby #2, Melissa! We will have to send a special care package your way!
With love and care,