Foodie Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Foodie Mama

A Foodie Mama always has entertaining on the brain – whether it’s a birthday party or a dinner party.  She carries her tote just in case she happens by the Farmer’s Market and splurges on a bouquet of fresh flowers, for herself, of course.  Letting her kids help with her kitchen adventures, is always her favorite adventure.

1} Cherry Blossom Dipped Fluffs $21 dz, Madyson’s Marshmallows • 2Personalized Wine Glasses $18, Whimsees • 3} ‘MOM’ Butterfly Mini-Tote $40, Artsy Names • 4} Cake Pop Roses $50, Cake Pop Fusion

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Green Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

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Green Mama

A Green Mama cares not just about leaving the world better than she found it for her kids, but also teaches them to do the same. She cares about quality over quantity. She indulges in the beauty of nature.

Green Mama Gifts and products Mother's Day Gift Guide

1} Luxe Personal Terrarium $45, Eden Condensed • 2} Recycled Guitar Strings Teardrop Earrings $26, Eye on the Sparrow Designs • 3} Amethyst Sage Pendant $89, Angie’s Jewelry Design • 4} 3 Natural Perfumes (your choice) $25, Esscental Alchemy

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New Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

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New Mama

A New Mama is so excited to show her off her bundle of joy, and yet so exhausted all at the same time. She gets teary eyed at the thought of how quickly her sweet baby is growing already. She knows there is no greater gift than being called ‘mom’.

New Mama Mother's Day Gifts LaunhHER.com1} Silver Fingerprint Charms $85, Pam Hurst Designs • 2} Hello Baby! Book $20, Simply Paperie • 3} Online Meal Planning $5/week $16/Month, Kate’s Thoughts for Food 4} Momma Mia Gift Set $42, Simply Caprine

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Don’t be April-Fooled :: Business is Personal!

Don’t be fooled! Many people think that running a business is something you do between 9 and 5, that it’s a means to an end (money), that it’s “nothing personal, just business”. But savvy LaunchHER League members know better: business is definitely personal.

Even large corporations celebrate birthdays and refer to their corporate culture, their family of employees. For young start-up brands like ours, business can be a 24 x 7, all-consuming obsession that can move us to tears of anguish or tears of joy. After all, our businesses are based on our ideas, and what defines us as individuals if not our thoughts? Our ideas?

Should we shy away from putting a personal stamp on our business? Not at all! That personal stamp can affect how others respond to it, whether or not they “like it” and choose to buy from it.

For example, suppose that you are a jewelry vendor who sells hand-made, artisan pieces. As of today, if you click on the “Jewelry” tab on Etsy alone you will be able to choose from 2,758,038 items.

But what if you make the personal decision to be a green jeweler, like recently {Launched} jewelry designer Norah Downey of Your Daily Jewels.  Norah, for example, pledges to only use 100% reclaimed 99.9% pure silver combined with gemstones from ethical vendors. Or what if, like Brittany Melton of Made With Hope, who supports World Vision International and was {Launched} October 18, 2011, you promised to donate some or all of your net profit to charity? You’ve made business personal, and differentiated yourself. You’ve cut through the clutter of 2,758,038 jewelry items on Etsy with your personal decision to do something meaningful with your business.

We asked LaunchHER League members to tell us how business is personal for them. Here’s what some of them said:

  • Deirdre Olson of Deirdre Handcrafted Jewelry said, “I started my business 20 years ago and I was really young! I spent my time dreaming up jewelry designs to sell. Much to my surprise, the items that sold the best where the ones that I designed for myself. I remember making a pin to wear to a Christmas party and it became a best seller! I realized that designing what I loved and what I wanted to wear was the way to go. I am so glad I learned very early on to just be me. “
  • Diane Perry of Catcophony Wearable Art said, “The most difficult aspect of the first year of business was seeing how many other people were making jewelry out there. I used to joke at some of my earliest shows that if you spit in any direction, you hit a jewelry vendor. That hasn’t changed, but I have. I focused my line to producing limited edition pieces, working mostly in copper, using unconventional techniques in jewelry making. No surprise—you have to stand out from the crowd stringing semiprecious beads.”

Now, how are you going to make your business even more personal? Surprise us! We’ll be watching …

Rustic Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Rustic Mama

A Rustic Mama loves the perfection of imperfection. She is one who really does stop and smell the roses and notices every detail. Her favorite place in the whole world is snuggling on the couch with her little ones.

Rustic Mother's Day Gifts Women LaunchHER.com1} Flower Burlap Pillow Cover $36, MonMell Designs 2} Cherished Heart Necklace $70, Kathryn Designs Jewelry 3} Ceramic Artwork Keepsakes $65-70, Cake It Up 4} Coffee Tote $68, Shaggy Baggy

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Urban Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

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Urban Mama

An Urban Mama stays connected. She carries a handbag big enough to fit everything because she’s always on the go – balancing schedules, playdates, and happy hours. Tucking in her kids at the end of a busy day is what makes her smile most.

Urban Mama Gift Guide Mother's Day Present

1} Spring Blossom iPhone Case $39.95, Helena Pion Photography & Design • 2} Lay-n-Go Cosmo $29.95, Lay-n-Go • 3} I Heart the Orient $75, Hearts of Stone Jewelry • 4} Tangerine Chevron Thank You Cards $10 set of 5, Simply Paperie

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Freshly Launched Women in Business :: The 7th Crow

Freshly Launched :: The 7th Crow on Etsy

Launched :: Jamie Johnson

LaunchHER says ::  Jamie’s goal as a jeweler is “to feature the undiscovered items that are often lost in an age of chain retailers and commercial advertising.” Cheers to that, fellow artisans!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Use coupon code T7CLaunchHer to receive 15% off your purchase at The 7th Crow. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

In HER words ::  As a lover of fashion and modern styles, as well as a stay home mom to two boys, I have learned the importance of a well-made piece of jewelry.  My love for making jewelry began with the task of repairing jewelry that had been tugged on one too many times by a toddler, and by November 2010, I took the leap and opened my own shop on Etsy selling my handmade designs.  It is my mission to make sturdy, affordable, unique, modern and fashionable jewelry for women of all walks of life.  My motto is “Kid Tested and Mommy Approved”!

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Freshly Launched Women in Business :: Scentability

Freshly Launched :: Scentability

Launched :: Tricia Samundsen

LaunchHER says :: Nurse Tricia’s broad product range includes baby, bath and balms. The lucky celebs receiving swag bags at the MTV Movie Awards will receive Scentability treats!

Just for LaunchHER readers :: Use coupon code LAUNCH15” to receive 15% off your entire order and receive a FREE GIFT! Offer expires Dec 31, 2012.

In HER words ::  As a busy wife and mother of three, I recently resigned as an RN to focus on nurturing my business, Scentability.

Scentability, born in 2009, has grown from one lotion in six fragrances to dozens of products available in 350+ fragrances. I enjoy using my medical background to formulate balms, salves and wonderful soaps for all skin types.

Customer requests definitely shape my product line.  Being associated with a great organization, The Artisan Group, has allowed me to create wonderful products for celebs like Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and appear in swag bags for the MTV Movie Awards coming in May!

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Preppy Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Preppy Mama

A Preppy Mama is always sure to look chic no matter the occasion. She wears her heart on her sleeve and can usually be found with an iced coffee in hand. She’s not afraid to chase her kids at the park – grass stains and all!

Preppy Mama Mother's Day Gift Guide LaunchHER.com

1} Monogrammed Orange Throw Pillow $85, be.designs 2} Wistful Weekender Bag $139, Luxaby Baby & Child 3} Scented Soy Candle $25, Kuhl Studio 4} Purple Iris Flower Pendant $34.95, Meant 2B Cherished

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Crafty Mama :: Gift Guide Spotlight

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Crafty Mama

A Crafty Mama creates, shops handmade, and loves to take pictures. She does at least one thing everyday that brings her heart joy. Her most cherished moments are seeing love through her children’s eyes.

Crafty Mama Mother's Day Gifts LaunchHER.com

1} Newsboy ‘Blessed’ Cap $34, Hello-Serendipity • 2} Personalized Stitch & Crochet Markers $10-$25.50, Knit Girl in Idaho • 3} Vintage Lace $72, Beso Handbags • 4} La Mere Collier $85, Nair & Bjorn

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