Sunday, September 28, 2014

Artwork to Keepsake - Budsies Toy Review and Giveaway

I first came across the concept of turning your artwork into a stuffed creation through a Budsies review from one of our favorite mom bloggers My Strange FamilyBudsies is a family-owned business that turns your kids masterpiece into a plush keepsake.
Check out the behind the scenes look of how a piece of Mermaid artwork comes to life with Budsies.

I personally have struggled with discarding all the beautiful, interesting and confusing things that my kids create but as a parent, you understand how overwhelming it can all get. Now that both kids are in Pre-K they come home daily with a drawing of some sort. I knew that before I could pick out my favorite piece of artwork, I had to order a "selfie" from Budsie of CEOJack and VPBailey. Opening the box and showing the kids was such a highlight!

After receiving our Budsies of #CEOJack and #VPBailey the kids were inseparable from them and after about three months, Jack still sleeps with it every night. I have never seen another product compete with his baby Jack blanket, so I stand impressed. He is beyond attached to his "selfie" and chooses to snuggle with it over Buzz Lightyear or Spiderman.  Bailey took to "herself" just as she would with another doll - usually inviting it to tea parties and welcoming to her doll family. 
Having such an emotional connection to an item is something that Budsies and Baby Jack strive to give our customers. By creating something that brings comfort and smiles, we are spreading love one creation at a time.
Together with Budsies, we are giving away 1 FREE Budsies creation and 1 FREE 29x19 educational blanket. We want to make sure that more kids are inspired by creating and grow up to develop innovative products.
To enter our giveaway,
LIKE both Budsies and Baby Jack & Co.
TWO Chances to win via the Facebook pages!
SHARE via Google Plus, Facebook and tag us
TAG your friends on the Facebook post
COMMENT with a picture of the artwork you would turn to life!
Winner will be chosen on Sunday October 5, 2014
Read about Budsies in Parents October 2014 issue

Baby Jack and Company on Shark Tank Commercial

CEOJack and mom Kelley Legler of Baby Jack and Company at Shark Tank
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In September CEOJack, VPBailey, my mother in law Nancy and I ventured to Milwaukee's open casting call at the Milwaukee Art Museum and we had the pleasure to audition for Shark Tank Season 6. It was a fun and thrilling experience that turned into a lot of press and open doors for Baby Jack and Company. We are still in talks with producers and are trying to grow our business more before pursuing in 2015.

Season 6 of ABC's Shark Tank kicked off Friday September 26th and the brands, entrepreneurs and Sharks stepped up their game. This has been extremely exciting watching and rooting for people we have met along the way on our Shark Tank adventure20% Off with code SHARKTANK

Upon completing the two hour premiere episode my phone and Facebook account were beeping with message alerts. I was prompted to turn my attention to the Shark Tank commercials and there WE ARE - ON TV! ABC Shark Tank put together a commercial about this year's casting calls sponsored by US Cellular called Casting on Main Street with a #shadowSharkTank sweepstakes.

Upon checking out the website, I noticed that many others from the casting process in Milwaukee were featured on the site, along with Jack and I again on the Perfecting the Pitch video.

Never in my life did I envision pursuing this Shark Tank audition process. I wanted to grow my business organically and word of mouth but after being there with the casting directors and crew - along with the spirit of entrepreneurs it has brought my focus to drive for more success. It was such a fun experience that our family business will remember.
Stay tuned for more Shark Tank updates as we continue to chat with casting directors for early 2015.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Chompy Chic Chewlery Review and Giveaway with Baby Jack & Company

Yellow Gray Chewlery and Baby Jack lovey
As any mom prepares for a teething infant, I gathered the Orajel, frozen teething rings, Sophie the Giraffe, and last but not least, our Chompy Chic Chewlery. Kelley, the mom-inventor behind Baby Jack & Co.,  introduced me to this company. Baby Jack is one our baby "must-haves," so I knew she would be right on in her recommendation!

Never having heard of this company, I didn't know what to expect, but we received our teething toy in the mail on Saturday. Sonia, a #Chicago native and #Wisconsin resident mama of two young boys, started Chompy Chic Chewlery - catchy right!?- with the intent of beautiful teething necklaces being affordable for everybody. Chewlery ranges from $10-$35. She has been in business for a little less than a year, and has a winning product already!

Beco Baby Carrier with Chompy Chic Chewelry

Chompy Chic Chewlery products are adorable, to say the least. Cute colors, durable, and soft, BPA-free rubber beads and elephant toy for my little one to chomp on in which #babyMacie certainly did indulge in her chewelry. We attached to it to one side of the Beco Butterfly baby carrier and her Baby Jack lovey on the other side, and off we went. I love the easy snap-on connector, beautiful and modern color combinations, along with the safety & functionality of the toy.

Chompy Chic has an assortment of full size necklaces for moms to accessorize when they are not #babywearing.  I noticed that Kelley (owner of Baby Jack & Co.) kept hers to add pops of color to her dress and she doesn't have babies! Now that I see how durable and affordable these products are, I am looking to buy a full size necklace for myself. Browse their etsy shop for more Chompy Chic Chewlery--it is a must have for any mom. Beautiful, functional, and reasonable--the essence of motherhood.

Chompy Chic are accessories for Mom and teething products for baby
Enter to WIN a Chompy Chic Chewlery necklace for you and a friend along with one of the NEW #educational #Elephant loveys by Baby Jack!

1) Like Chompy Chic and Baby Jack & Co. via Facebook
2) Locate the Facebook post on Baby Jack and do the following:
         LIKE the post - this is how we pick a random winner
         SHARE by tagging your friends in comments (they will win if you do!)
         COMMENT with your favorite products from Baby Jack & Chompy Chic
         *hint, look on our websites!

Winners for US Domestic shipping only. Must be a fan of both Facebook pages. 1 Winner and their friend will be revealed on following Sunday after validated. Winner to contact

If you have a baby / child product that you would like us to review and offer to our fanbase, contact