This week Ohana Mama is talking to a mom who is launching her brand new product, Ellie Bags, “The smart new way to carry a diaper bag,” tomorrow, August 13th, be sure to go check them out! Read on to learn more about this mother of invention…
Why did you start your business?
I was tired of carrying a bunch of bags everytime I left the house with my son. And I was constantly switching things back and forth depending on whether I needed baby supplies or just my purse. Can anyone relate?! I enlisted the help of my mom and we came up with “The smart new way to carry a diaper bag.” My idea started as something that would make MY life as a mom easier, but I realized other moms might want one too!
What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
I’m learning so much and I’ve met so many wonderful people along the way. There are plenty of other moms going along the same path and so many of them are willing to help others and share their experiences. I hope that I’ve been able to give back as well.
What inspires you?
My sweet little boy. He literally inspired the idea and his smile inspires me every day. When he does something amazing for the very first time, I love to watch the wonder and excitement in his eyes.
Who is your best cheerleader?
I have to pick two here. My husband has been very supportive and always tells me how proud he is of me. My mom is my partner and is always encouraging me.
What would be your #1 piece of advice you would give to any mom just starting out or wanting to start a business?
Go for it- moms have come up with some of the best products out there. You have to be willing to put in a lot of time, but you have such a great goal to shoot for.
How do you keep your kids occupied when you are working?
My little one is quite curious, so sometimes he’s quietly playing and exploring, and sometimes he’s getting into everything! I work when he is happy playing on his own and when he’s sleeping.
What do you never leave the house without?
Lots of wipes. Running out of wipes is the scariest thing to me!
Do you have a favorite quote?
I am a bit of a quote fanatic, but I’ll try to pick one.
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” -Cesare Pavese
Would you like to offer a giveaway or discount to Ohana Mama readers?
Come and check out our Grand Opening specials on August 13th! Receive a free No-Germs anti-bacterial handsanitizer with the purchase of an Over Tote TM System. If you are one of the first 10 customers to purchase one, you’ll also get a free baby sheep rattle or plush baby lab. Plus, Ohana Mama readers get 10% off an Over Tote TM System with coupon code ohana10!! http://www.elliebags.com
Congratulations to Deanna for going after her dream and launching Ellie Bags! We wish you much success!
If you are a mom entrepreneur and would like to be featured on Talking Story Tuesday on Ohana Mama, email me!