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February is the month of love and everything sweet, it also comes with lots of calories. All depending on what your snacking on, I guess. We shared something sweet this valentines with a few of our staff at the office. The newest flavor addition to the fastest growing snack brand in North America. popchips presents NEW ketchup flavored popchips, which hit the shelf February 15.

” Crisp crunch, sweet ketchup taste, finishing off with a bit of tang. They melt in your mouth, the best part is you don’t have greasy fingers or guilt when your done. Just a bit of seasoning and yummy satisfaction. “
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How do you make a popchip?

Yes I was asking the same question and found this easy to understand YouTube video.

Now that clears up the questions. They are natural, flavorful, healthier, not greasy and did I mention yummy?! popchips have my vote.

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I am sharing the contest and one MommiesFirst member will get a chance to win this fabulous prize pack.

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Enter to WIN click here.

Thanks for reading In R Dream!

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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!


COUPON CODE:
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.
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With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

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Today’s Giveaway: Friday, May 17, 2013

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MommiesFirst – me4kidz giveaway

In honor of all moms, including MommiesFirst, we are declaring it Mother’s Month.  After all,  who says the celebration only has to last for 1 day?! It’s OUR party and WE are going to celebrate it MommiesFirst style! We are giving our gifts ALL month long!

Daily Prizes

 Every day (Monday-Friday), we will post on our Facebook page the present of the day for mom!

 All moms are eligible for gifts (because you’re all amazing) – you don’t have to be a member!

 Share this link with your friends and other deserving mommies! The more you share, the more chances you have to win!

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 Can you tell us a bit about the EcoParent story?
Hmmm…there’s so much to tell, it’s hard to know where to start! We’re a family run magazine, and the idea really started brewing when we had our son. We had always tried to be basically responsible in terms of lifestyle, but had never been obsessive about it…until the pregnancy. I spent A LOT of time online, (obsessively) trying to figure out how to ‘do better’ as a parent, and discovered that the resources available for parents were very scattered, and it was difficult to know who to trust, as so much of the information out there on the internet doesn’t really cite its sources (I have a PhD, so I’m essentially trained as a professional researcher, and I don’t trust anything if I don’t know where it’s coming from, or what it’s based on!). AND then there’s the fact that things change so rapidly (new scientific studies, brands reformulating their ingredient lists, etc.) that even a great resource from a year ago may not be up to snuff today. So, out of all that work, an idea was born: an ongoing information hub for parents that want to be informed, and want a source they can trust.

 What are some exciting new developments for EcoParent?
Well, we’re planning a website relaunch soon, so that we can start building an online resource that will complement our print magazine. We’re also currently working with the Green Living Show, Canada’s largest consumer focused green event, to create an attraction called “EcoParent Village,” which will have vendors, a workshop stage, a breastfeeding area, a baby change station, etc. We’re very excited about both of these developments, as they’ll allow us to reach out more effectively to Canadian parents, and help them to make better, greener, safer choices for their families.

 What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with fatherhood?
My son is my biggest inspiration. His endless joy is what gets me up in the morning (and keeps me working after he goes to bed!!!). And the feedback we’ve been getting. Based on what’s coming back at us, it’s clear that people are obviously craving the information that we’re providing, so that’s a big inspiration too. It’s nice to feel like you’re doing some real good in the world!

 Any dadfession?

We’re not perfect. Can you believe it?!? Sometimes we take shortcuts when we’re out of time (or patience, or organizational brainpower, or whatever). For instance, we use a disposable diaper here and there (though we try to ensure that we have a ‘green’ brand around) instead of ALWAYS using our cloth diapers (often because we’ve run out, because this dad didn’t have a chance to launder them, because he was too busy playing at being a magazine publisher!).

 Favorite mom, dad or baby product? (other than EcoParent magazine, of course)
That is SOOOO hard. We have a favourite in every category of product! But I guess my personal favourites would have to be our baby carriers. We just recently retired our Little Ds stretchy wrap (which I LOVED), and I’m still very much in love with our Onya Soft-Structured Carrier (SSC). I LOVE WEARING MY SON LIKE A BACKPACK! As a dad, it gives me a bond with him that would be tough to achieve in any other way. And he loves it. We get out for nature walks every chance we get (giving mom a chance to get some work done), and we both love it!

 The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1: Don’t get sucked into the mindset that there’s no time to change things up. The beauty of changing for the better is that it can be accomplished in a thousand tiny acts, over the course of years. In fact, that’s almost always the way it happens. There’s only so much time in a day, after all!

#2 Give up on perfection. When you discover that you’ve been squirting butylparaben into your infant’s mouth for months (check out the ingredient list on that vial of infant Tylenol!), know that it can only get better, and that there’s always a better option…you just have to find it (there are brands of paraben free infant acetaminophen out there)! Children are incredibly resilient, and they’ll bounce back from pretty much anything. So out with the guilt and dismay at every shocking discovery, and in with the desire to make things better!

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 When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as someone who bothered to listen to them, and to others.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say:  “Wow!”

 In my free time, I love to SLEEP!

 I’m dreaming of ­­­­­­­­growing the magazine enough to hire a staff!


Thank you, Sam!  MommiesFirst is honored to have a company like EcoParent Magazine as a brand partner.  Your mission and values inspire us!  You are truly making a difference!

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

PS We love sleep too!!!