Ten Languages Under One Roof

Two years ago, we began the process of building a diaper factory in St. Louis. We hired a team at Washington University to evaluate the efficiency of our manufacturing process. I wanted to understand what we were doing and how we could, perhaps, improve on those processes.  That team came back with a solid recommendation and […]

Whole Foods Sold Their Recipes & Formulas to Amazon

How will the transaction impact independent retailers and brands?

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/334164906″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] At some point, in the not too distant future, Amazon wants to ensure that you’re buying everything from either Amazon.com or Amazon stores.  Books.  Music. Diapers. Tech.  Food.  Shampoo.  Organic body care and organic foods. All interestingly now available for purchase at lower prices when you choose their “store brand”. […]

Network Building At Conferences

Are you well known? Are you known to no-one?

Network Building For Bloggers

As I attend more conferences, I’ve realized how many people truly struggle with networking skills.  It can be difficult to meet people when you are new to an environment or a profession.  Nobody knows you.  You have no credibility. It’s easier to recede into your phone or find the nearest familiar face before risking a […]

Cars 3 – Review By A Mom With A Daughter

Will my daughter like this movie?

My husband wanted to take our kids to see Cars 3 for Father’s Day, so, while I was flying back from teaching a cloth diapering class at an event in Phoenix, he bought tickets. We went to a Sunday morning, 10:30am show with all four kids ranging in age from 4 – 14.  Four-year-old Louis […]

You hold our kite together. 

Dear Jimmy, Seventeen years ago, when we got married in front of a few people at that church we rented….  neither of us could have ever dreamed what life had prepared ahead of us.  Little did we know that the decision to get pregnant with our first baby was going to be the beginning of some of […]

What is in disposable diapers?

As the cloth diaper world has developed beyond diaper services, prefolds, and diaper covers and into modern cloth diapers, we’ve learned a great deal about how the disposable diaper companies work, how they market, how they became what they are today, what they tell consumers, how they lobby, what they don’t tell you… and why. Disposable diaper […]

The Guy in the Middle Seat

I was on an airplane to San Diego today and found myself sitting next to a guy. Seat partners can be an adventure. Sometimes, they are great.  Last fall, I ended up giving my cell phone number to an amazing mom who was thinking her way through a job change.  She brought me a pile of […]

Counterfeit Baby Products At Amazon

And you don't even get to choose whether you get a real or a fake.

While I know that a lot of you have a love affair going on with Amazon Prime and their seemingly amazing two-day shipping, you should know that you’re not necessarily going to get what you think you’re ordering… and, based on our experience and what I’m reading in the media, even after receiving reports of counterfeit merchandise, […]

Never send this text.

Ever.

“Can we talk?” When was the last time someone send you that text? I have honestly started to believe that there are some people who have a calling in life to be upsetting and disruptive, at literally the worst possible times. They could pick a good day to be disruptive.  At least one where you’ve […]