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 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

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Can you tell us a bit about the Mom’s Kisses story?
I created Mom’s Kisses to give parents a safe alternative to ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories for pain relief and to reduce swelling in all members of the family and to heal bruises – something every kid gets. My daughter had kidney trouble when she was a toddler & to this day can’t take OTC anti-inflammatories. Prior to her illness I didn’t know how toxic these chemicals are to our bodies & once I did know, I had to make changes. I didn’t want ANY of my family members using them unless it was urgent. I am still amazed at how readily doctors are willing to have children take ibuprofen & acetaminophen when it is not necessary, especially considering the incredibly long list of potential side-effects and contraindication these medications have.
Mom’s Kisses is not a “drug” like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and has no drug interactions, no side-effects and the only contraindication is if someone is allergic to daisies or lavender. In my opinion we should go to the natural alternative first when we can, and save the use of pharmaceuticals for when the pain is overwhelming the child or in cases of fever or necessity. I created Mom’s Kisses to be a fun product to attract parents and children, to give a fun, stylish option without preaching to them my philosophies. If we can make some parents aware – this will have a marked positive impact on the health of many children.
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What are some exciting new developments for Mom’s Kisses?
I think the most exciting new development is that Mom’s Kisses was asked to be in the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Gift Bags and the Talent Lounge. This was an amazing experience for Mom’s Kisses – we met hundreds of celebrities, from Lou Ferrigno, to Alex Trebeck, Jen Lilley (of GH & Days), Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Monaco (Sam on Days), Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman Y&R), Thom Barry (Cold Case) and so many many more! Our product has already been in 2 national soap opera magazine articles because of it and I get to have twitter conversations with many of the wonderful celebs who are loving our products!

What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
Honestly, my children are what inspires me. I love being a mom and I have always been an entrepreneur. Showing my children you can live your passion and showing them the creation of something that makes a difference in this world is what keeps me going when the going gets tough. Most of us have to work. Being able to work with them around, letting them see the creation of an idea, then a product and finally a company, having them involved in aspect of production, getting their impressions and opinions on labels, smells, marketing ideas – this all makes them more engaged on days I have to work and they feel valued and part of something bigger than their lives at school.

Any momfession?
I find running my own business can be lonely – if you are typically the personality who is the one to reach out, once you are running a business, you simply don’t have the time anymore to be the organizer. People don’t always make the same effort you would to connect and at times it can be hard when you need to get out of the office. It is really hard balancing being a good parent, wife, having the business be successful and actually having some quality friendships. There are days when it seems impossible that’s the biggest disappointment for me.

Favorite mom or baby product?
Mom product – a certain brand of red wine – LOL – no really I couldn’t live without keyless entry cars! Seriously, never having to find my keys in my big handbag has saved me so many times.
Baby product – it was this amazing diaper change pad that we still use 14 years later! It is waterproof on one side and absorbent tarten fabric on the other side and is about 2 ½ feet by 2 ½ feet. I bought one for every one of my friends and for each of my kids – they are still on beds in case of night mistakes.

The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom I’d impart to moms are:
#1 Do your best each day, but remember your best is a floating scale, different from moment to moment.
#2 You will make mistakes – don’t get wrapped up in guilt, simply use your mistakes to learn new methods of parenting, discipline, or whatever you need to do better the next time. Own up to your mistakes so the kids learn to own up to theirs.
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When they are older, I want my kids to most remember me as …
A never ending source of unconditional love who was always there to educate and show them something new.

When parents find out what I do, they often say: “………”
“Wow! I didn’t know that! You created the product? You make it!?” And they want to know more.

In my free time, I love to …
Spend time at the beach with my kids, garden, entertain friends in my home.

I’m dreaming of
Taking my kids to Europe to teach them about history and culture and to learn that there is so much more to the world than our little community – perspective like that is so helpful when the little problems we face in our lives seem insurmountable. Knowing there is a whole world out there waiting for us with so much to see and do makes it easier to manage bullies, a bad test score or the crushing sadness of young love.


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With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signaturelittleheart-e1336658915411

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 Can you tell us a bit about the Dapple story?

When we first became moms, we were frustrated to find a lack of products that were not only safe for our kids, but also actually cleaned the messes they made. The fact is that babies make a unique kind of mess – the first one we were confronted with was the milk residue and odor that just wouldn’t rinse off our bottles and breast pumps. Traditional dish soap couldn’t do the trick, and also left behind a synthetic fragrance and soapy suds. Even green cleaners just weren’t made for the kinds of messes we were dealing with.

So we created Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid, working with leading pediatricians and green chemists to find just the right ingredients that are 100% natural, and also 100% effective in getting our bottles clean – really clean. As our families have grown (we now each have 4 children), so have our messes – so we’ve continued to expand the line with new products, each designed to zero in on a specific type of mess – from sticky fingerprints on high chairs and toys to spitup and mashed up peas on onesies, and more – in a safe and natural way. All of our products are baby-safe, natural-based, biodegradable, and not tested on animals. They’re completely free of parabens, phthalates, SLES, SLS, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Many of our most popular products are also available 100% fragrance-free.

 What are some exciting new developments for Dapple?

We’re hard at work in the Dapple labs, coming up with new ideas to clean up your baby’s messes – so you can expect some great new products coming out this year. Most recently, we launched our Dapple Essentials Kit, a handy box filled with our most convenient, travel-sized products – perfect for any trip and diaper bag.

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

We come from a family of businesswomen, dating back to our grandmothers, so we’ve seen first hand how beautifully they’ve balanced family and career. They continue to inspire us, as do our own families – we would not be successful without the incredible support of our husbands, and of course it’s all worth it to be able to spend quality time with our children!

 Any momfessions?

Dana confesses: Little white lies to my pediatrician. “Oh no! My three year old no longer uses his pacifier. No way. We got rid of that a long time ago.”

Tamar:  Okay, so I put my one year old to sleep with a bottle. Anyone know a good dentist?

 Favorite mom or baby product?

We love Sage Spoonful Feeding System. It’s so fun to make home-cooked meals for our babies. But boy- are they tough critics already!

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

#1 Roll with the punches

#2 Stock up on play dough. There is no tantrum that can’t be overcome by some orange play dough

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 When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as…

Tamar said: Their best friend and mentor.

Dana said: Their confidant and the person who always has their backs.

 When parents find out what I do, they often say: 

Tamar said: How do you balance the business and your family?

Dana said: Almost every parent I meet has an idea in them. A product, a concept, … something that would make their lives as parents better or easier. When they meet me and hear about dapple all these ideas come bubbling out. I love it!

 In my free time, I love to…

Tamar said: walk with my baby, take the kids to the park, prepare delicious homemade meals

Dana said: read, build fantastical sculptures with my kids, explore the city with my husband – we love NYC

 I’m dreaming of 

Tamar said: A peaceful, clean world!

Dana said: More babies and more time to read – TOTALLY mutually exclusive

We are so honored Tamar and Dana took a “time out” from managing busy households, lots of little people and a thriving business to share their story! Tamar and Dana, we LOVE Dapple and wish you great success. And yes, I must personally confess to being VERY jealous that you both somehow find the time to read and make home cooked meals!

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Today’s Giveaway: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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MommiesFirst – Novena Maternity Present

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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So, we had this really amazing post ready to go on how much we LOVE (yes, love) popchips and what a great snack it is for a mom who is “always on the go” – you know running after her kids, feeding her kids, diapering her kids, etc. (the list can go on and on, so who has time to eat?)

But alas (this really seems the appropriate word to use here to add more drama to the situation) this brilliant piece will not see the light of day thanks to two adorable little girls who also fell in love with popchips.  At MommiesFirst everything we do is about moms and their babies, and in this particular case – two little ladies’ review of popchips tell the story far better than I ever could! So, I will keep it simple – we are thrilled to have popchips on board as a brand partner.  And now, over to Madison and Molly for their thoughts and feedback – in their own words (literally).

Step 1: the brand ambassador arrives (thanks popchips!)

 

Step 2: Inspecting the package

Step 3: two thumbs up! (whole new meaning to “kid tested, mom approved!”)

With love and care,

Lorena Pacheco Scott Signature

PS sea salt & vinegar is my favorite flavor these days! What’s yours??