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 Can you tell us a bit about the White-o-Coccoli story?
White-o-Coccoli started when my youngest asked for her own personalized spoon. Knowing I wouldn’t find one with her unique name on it in the stores I started researching how to make one. What I read scared me. I had no idea how many toxic chemicals went into children’s plastic and melamine tableware. I knew I wanted different for my children and that desire turned into being able to offer an alternative for all children.

 What are some exciting new developments for White-o-Coccoli?
 I am always looking for beautiful Eco additions to the WOC line when it comes to tableware, and keep your eyes open for an article in Eco Parents  Magazine this Fall!

 What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with parenthood? 
My family has always been my support as well as my inspiration!  I definitely don’t do it all on my own and I am thrilled to have so much family around to help me with it all when the days get tough.

 Any momfession?
My house isn’t always clean.  There are many days when I just can’t juggle it all and on those days the house is the first to go.  This is the reason I’ve always enjoyed the saying “my house isn’t clean but my kids are happy”.  I can happily say mine are!

 Favorite mom or baby product?
Organic virgin coconut oil!  This stuff is in little containers all through my house.  Being a natural family we use it for almost everything.  Chapped lips, dry hair, cooking, lotion…the list goes on!

 The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom I’d impart to moms are:
#1  Squishies and cuddles are the best medicine!

#2  There is always time for detours, stalled moments and walking slowly, even when you feel rushed for time.  I find quite often these are the times when they most wonderful memories are made!


 When they are older, I want my kids to most remember me as… Loving.  I tell my children at least twice a day (more often it’s about a dozen) that I love them.  I hope they remember that.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say: They are so proud of me for following my heart.

 In my free time, I love to…Play with my children!  I don’t get to do that often enough and I love to take advantage of every opportunity!

 I’m dreaming of a­­­­­­­…Vacation near the ocean.  My girls have never seen the ocean and I would really love to show it to them!

White-o-Coccoli wooden spoons made their debut this summer and are making MommiesFirst moms and babies smile!

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

Dec 032013



 Can you tell us a bit about the The Sugar Plum Sleep Co. story?

My decision to launch The Sugar Plum Sleep Co. is a personal one. After the birth of my first son, I assumed that my son would sleep when tired. After months of unsuccessful naps, constant fatigue and frequent feelings of self doubt as parents, my husband and I decided to seek the assistance of sleep training. The results were tremendous. My son learned how to sleep on his own, and I became a happier, more positive mother and wife, as a result. When my second son arrived, I didn’t wait to establish the same sleep strategies.

The impact that well rested children has on a family is wide reaching and powerful. I wanted to be a part of that somehow. When the opportunity to train and mentor under one of the world’s most respected child sleep authorities was presented to me earlier this year, I couldn’t say no.

 What are some exciting new developments for The Sugar Plum Sleep Co.?

I am excited to be working with MommiesFirst to bring sleep advice for infants and children on-line and in real time. This will be an exciting opportunity to help families across North America.

 What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?

I’m in constant contact with other entrepreneurs that try to balance those two demands. Learning about their experiences, their successes and even their failures is a source of inspiration and encouragement and helps me to set realistic goals for my business and my family.

 Any momfession?

I check my phone too often. It’s an occupational hazard. I’m always excited to see how my clients are doing and I look forward to their daily reports.

 Favourite mom, dad or baby product?

Favourite mom product: jeans that stretch!

 The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1: Don’t be afraid to let your children make mistakes. They learn so much from experience.

#2: Spontaneous fort building can erupt at any time. Just embrace the mess and don’t bother putting the cushions back on the couch until they are in bed.

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 When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as someone that wasn’t afraid to dance in public.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say:  “Where were you when my child was an infant?”

 In my free time, I love to watch TLC programming. Don’t judge : )

 I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a white Christmas. This will be the first year that we celebrate the holidays in our family home rather than travelling.

Thank you, Rebecca!

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

PS Here’s to a good night’s sleep thanks to Rebecca!

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 Can you tell us a bit about the pediped story?

When I had my first daughter Caroline, I wanted shoes for her that would let her feet develop as naturally as possible while still looking stylish.  There was nothing on the market that fit my needs so I had some prototype made for her and she would get tons of compliments on them.  On a whim, I went into a baby store in Santa Monica and asked if they would ever be interested in selling them and they said “Yes”.  That gave me the confidence to start the business.

 What are some exciting new developments for pediped?

We just launched our Spring Summer 2013 collection and it is our largest and most exciting yet.  We have tons of bright colors and really interesting materials.  We improved the sole on our originals line to give it more traction and parents just love it.  We also just launched a women’s line, called Brian James that brings the same core values of style and comfort to the women’s market.

 What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?

My desire to spend time with my children is always my inspiration. When I was in a corporate environment all three of my children were in daycare for nearly 10 hours per day. Weekends felt short and too packed with errands to spend the quality time with them that I desired. Juggling for me means staying focused and doing as much work as possible while they are at pre-school and after bedtime. Working hard at those times means I can spend true quality time with them each and every day.

 Favorite baby product? 

My girls are 9 and 7 now, but we have a few new moms in the office who absolutely love clothes from Kickypants and Ergo baby carriers.

 The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:

#1: Listen to your instincts as a mother. 

#2: Model for your children an adulthood worth striving for; show them how taking risks and working really hard is a path to having a meaningful and fulfilling career and life. 


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 When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as…a loving mom and a good business woman.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say: “My child would love to be a pediped model!”

 In my free time, I love to…travel with my husband and daughters. 

 I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­…my new line, Brian James really resonating with women.  I really wanted to give women shoes that look amazing and are super comfortable.

Angela, we KNOW Brian James is going to be a huge hit. I’ve loved pediped shoes since my first baby was born and I took him for his first shoe shopping adventure (a high for me, a low for my husband). I will never forget him being seated in a little couch, getting “sized” for the right show, and my son running around with glee with his new shoes.  Precious moments and amazing shoes.  Thank you!

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

Dec 032013




Dear Kate Founder, Julie Sygiel, speaking to a crowd of ladies at the Anthropology store event in Rhode Island.

 Can you tell us a bit about the Dear Kate story?

Sure! The idea for Dear Kate came about in my college entrepreneurship class. There were three girls on my team and we started talking about how every woman has a horror story from that time of the month, but no one EVER talks about it and more importantly, no one was making better underwear for women. We also realized that giving birth does a number on a woman’s bladder and started to dream of creating a new type of underwear. We wanted to make a pair that not only protects against all type of oops moments, it also looks great and feels amazing. I studied chemical engineering in school and led the development of our Underlux fabric which is what we still use today in all our garments.

 What are some exciting new developments for Dear Kate?

We just moved our office headquarters to NYC so we’re excited to be in the heart of the fashion world. We also just launched a back-to-school collaboration with Dot Girl that gives moms, aunts, or mentors the chance to give a middle or high school aged girl a gift that helps her prepare and embrace getting her first period. We have a bunch of new collaborations in the works so stay tuned (everything is announced in our newsletter when it’s available!).

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to being an entrepreneur?

I’m personally inspired by the letters we receive from customers who love their Dear Kates. When someone writes in to say that that we saved her day, I am so happy we were able to help. I also get inspiration from friends who are also doing their own thing. Some of the gals I love catching up with and chatting business with are Sierra Barter from PVD Lady Project, Sadie Kurzban from 305 Fitness, Micah Clasper-Torch from City Bird, and Ro McGettigan from Believe I Am.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you’d impart to about starting an eco-conscious business/being an entrepreneur?

#1 Start building your mailing list as early as possible—stick a temporary website up and start collecting addresses.

#2 Focus on sales. Whether that means launching your product quickly or spending your time on activities that support sales, ultimately a company must have substantial revenue coming in to be sustainable.

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 Favorite part about founding Dear Kate is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­making a product that empowers women.

 When women (or moms) find out what I do, they often say: “So smart! Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”

 In my free time, I love to…..have good conversations with friends, stop into a bakery for a cupcake or French macaroon, and work on the PVD Lady Project, a non-profit I co-founded to connect, inspire, and showcase entrepreneurial women doing amazing things. 

 I’m dreaming of..­­­­­­­.the day Oprah names Dear Kates on her favorite things list!

Dear Kate undies can found in both our Expectant Mom boxes in the S@!T Nobody Told You Box.As a special treat for all our moms, a coupon for $10 off (that’s a 30% discount!!!) is included in all of our mom boxes in September!


Use coupon code MommiesFirst.
dear kate coupon

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

Dec 032013


 Can you tell us a bit about the Where Parents Talk story?

Our company was started when each of us realized that there were no quality visual resources for new and expectant parents available.  That was in 2000 when web video did not exist and DVDs were just becoming popular.  As new and young moms ourselves, we decided to put our thirst for parenting knowledge alongside our professional background as television journalists to produce how-to parenting DVDs, focused on sharing simple nuggets of information in small digestible morsels to support parents with the many challenges and joys of parenthood.

 What are some exciting new developments for Where Parents Talk?

Our portfolio continues to grow, just like our kids! In addition to our how-to parenting DVDs and website, we have a parenting TV show, a monthly column in ParentsCanada magazine and are working on a national parenting radio program.

 What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?

Passion is a fabulous source of inspiration. The desire to share smart, time and energy-saving parenting information is a wonderful driver.  In the years since we have been running our business, the need for quality parenting information has increased by leaps and bounds. Technology has played a large part in that equation, so too has the appetite for information that parents today have.  We are also driven by a deep desire to help people.  If we figure something out as parents, we are only too happy and willing ot share it.  The beauty of this business is that as we learn new things with our own children and families, we are able to impart some of those key learnings via our parenting network.

 Any momfession?

I can be a drill sergeant at times.  It is not a role I enjoy but it does serve a purpose, when necessary.

 Favourite mom or baby product?

Anything from Creativity for Kids.  My kids have always enjoyed the pencil crayons that turn into watercolour paint just by adding water. They turn anything into artistic masterpieces and feed the imagination.

 The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:

#1: Trust your instincts, they are more than often right.

#2: Do not do for your kids what they can do for themselves.

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 When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as a mom who was/is so very proud of her kids and always helped them reach their potential.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say:  “that sounds fascinating’, followed quickly by ‘how do you do it?’ and finally, ‘you must be crazy!”

 In my free time I love to travel, take photographs and daydream.

 I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­my kids being happy and fulfilled in whatever they do, and always knowing how much their parents love them.

Thank you, Lianne!  On a more personal note, Lianne and Where Parents Talk were among our first brand partners, has been incredibly supportive of MommiesFirst and has a genuine heart when it comes to making amazing products for families.  We couldn’t be prouder to have partnered with such a wonderful company and amazing entrepreneur.

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature