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OurMilkMoney.com Newsletter
Support us and you support families everywhere. August 2008
In This Issue
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It's Survey Time!
Paying it Forward
Recent Press
Analytics
Member Articles
Member Connection
Daddy's Den
Member Spotlight
Helpful Tidbits: Did You Know?
Forum Discussion
Testimonials
Employment Opportunity
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We want to thank you for the privilege of connecting with you each month. The number of individuals who have subscribed to our newsletter has more than tripled since it's inception just 4 months ago, and this is only one of the many milestones we been rewarded with.
If you are just joining us, please know that we are grateful to have your support!  We are parents that have joined together with a commitment to support each other in our business endeavors. We offer products and services, many that you may already be purchasing, as a way of earning an income to support our families. Your purchases make it possible for many of us to stay home with our children, and make our families a priority. Our Milk Money supports these efforts by providing a directory that lists self-employed parents in your community. We are a tool that is growing to be a useful resource for those wishing to make a concerted effort in putting value on every dollar that is spent and earned.
The growth of Our Milk Money has been very rapid since the beginning and we are excited about what is on the horizon.  With close to 2500 business listings in 72 markets and 65 submarkets nationwide, our plan is to continue expanding until every parent is represented, and every product or service is available to you through our site. Our success would not be possible would it not be for so many of our members that have become personally invested in Our Milk Money's mission and have devoted themselves not only to the concept of supporting parent owned businesses, but by helping to spur personal development as entrepreneurs and household runners. Because of the internet, we've never had more opportunities available than we do now, and if we look at the statistics, we still have no where to go but up. Many of us have struggled with these roles, but as idealists with a deep love for our children, we know that they have made us who we are and where we are today.
We invite you to explore our directory and discover how easy it is to support our community, and the future that lies only with the children.
We are grateful to be able to provide you with such an opportunity, and hope you'll take full advantage.
Please, enjoy the rest of our newsletter, and share with us our many exciting updates this month.
Warmly, 

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Ally Loprete & Kelli Shand are the Co-Founders of OurmilkMoney.com
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Join Us in Supporting 2 Very Special Families in Need.
Our Milk Money is supporting the efforts of Reading About Me and joining with companies across the nation to support 2 brave little girls and their families in distress. Read more...
 
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Sophia, 4 years old, was recently diagnosed with Autism, and suffers from seizures on a daily basis. Growing desperate, but not careless, her loving family has been on a mission for treatments and therapies.
 
 
 
 
MaliaMalia, 3 years old, was recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of cancer that originates in the liver. Malia has just recovered from surgery at The Phoenix Children's Hospital, and has started chemo-therapy. You may learn more about Malia's journey on her Caring Bridge Website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We wish to draw your attention to the following members who are selflessly donating a very large portion of their proceeds.
 These FANTASTIC parents are making a significant contribution to this essential cause:
Lisa Lange, Reading About Me - Personalized books and CDs
Ally Loprete - Zarstar Designs - Mommy Bracelets, Bookmarks and Keychains
Mona Colwell - Mary Kay Cosmetics - Lotions and Lip Care
Terri Scinto - Mother Earth and Baby - Layettes and New Mother Products
Shara Lawrence-Weiss - Personal Child Stories - Personal Child Story Books and Mommy Perks - Fundraising Promotions
Karen Stinchfield - Bella and Gracies - Handmade Children's Aprons
Kristin & Kevin Van Der Werf - Butterflies and Lollipops - Hair Accessories
Helen Robson - Bounce Productions Photography - Photography Packages
Gary Hillery - GreetingCookie.com - Cookie Greeting Cards and The Green Path
Nicole Kline- Strawberry Monday - Gift Certifictaes
Barb Blalock- Treasures 4 Teachers - Membership 
Tracy Kirkland Stahl - Latasia Jewelry 
 ...and more to come!! 

How can you help?

Visit the READING ABOUT ME online store to shop
 
Or
Donate proceeds from your own personal businesses.
 Contact Lisa to find out how!
We're STILL Making Headlines!
This month, Our Milk Money was  featured in 1000 идей
Or, if you are not familiar with Russian, the translation is 1000 Ideas. That's right! Word is officially spreading around the globe. Read the actual article RIGHT HERE.
Or, if you'd rather go directly to the English version, visit our Press Page
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Numbers, Numbers and more Numbers! (but who's counting?)
As a search directory dedicated to parents, we've made it our mission to conquer the internet by bringing more viewers to the organization through Search Engine Optimization.   Like any significant goal, this process take patience and time.  
 After 4 months of diligent research and a meticulous routine, we have good news.  
Infact, we are downright proud!!
This month our home page Google ranking reached a level 3, and several markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Philadelphia reached a level 2
Not far behind is our blog section with a level 1.  This has already resulted in higher visitor statistics. Additional information, taken directly from Google Analytics, is provided for you HERE.
Supporting Us is Even Easier!
We know breaking old spending habits is not easy. That is why we bring you MEMBER ARTICLES, laden with helpful tips, tools and important information, written with the expertise of our very own members.
This month, Kristi Thomas tells us about Arbonne's skincare products. Read More...
 
 
LESSONS FROM THE LECHE...For those looking to find more balance in your demanding and hectic schedules, we are proud to introduce a new member, DeAnne Joy, owner of Success Tracks, who brings us her valuable knowledge as an academic coach for children, parents and educators. In these articles, Deanne shows us how to create success in our families and in our lives. An inspirational read...

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Member Connection 
 (Paying it Forward)
Congratulations to last month's winners!
OMM Member, Kelly St. Clair  won a prize from Greeting Cookie and
OMM Member, Erika Viajes won a prize from Personalized Child Stories!
 
There is still time to participate in the next raffle! This month's prizes have been generously donated by Kreative Kids Fun Mail and also Regionz Kidz.
 
The drawing will be on August 5th. In order to participate, just tell us about a connection you made with one of our members!
 
If you are interested in donating for our next raffle, contact us for more information.
Daddy's Den
Chris Loprete
Dads should never feel alone again!
Quickly making a name for himself as the Father of Our Milk Money, Chris Loprete walks us through his very first week with his newborn son. An extremly honest portrayal of his first introduction to fatherhood, this new Dad's Den Blog, entitled, "The First Week (a confession)" will make you cry, then laugh, then cry again. 
 
We would also like to welcome back our Guest Blogger, the hilarious Chris Mancini. Read this funny father's relatable reflection about his love/hate relationship with The Whole Foods Market

If you would like to contribute to the Daddy's Den, or the Our Milk Money Blog  Submit your blogs to us here!
Member Spotlight

Reading About Me

Whether you are a member or a supporter, we can all learn from reading about someone else's journey. Our members have fantastic stories to share, and we are happy to bring them to you. Learn about this month's spotlight member, Lisa Lange, owner of Reading About Me. 
 
Find out how you can become a Spotlight Member.  Email us!
Did You Know...?
For end of year tax claims, mileage has increased to 58.5 per mile. This is a substantial increase in allowance for those of you who are self-employed or doing contract work. Make note!
Join In On The Latest Chit Chat!
Recession...How is it Affecting You?
We'd love to hear from you. As an organization that strives to bring people together during a time of struggle, we encourage everyone to participate in this discussion and many more!
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Our sponsors are very special to us because their advertising dollars make it possible for us to build this newsletter each month.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us for our rate list.
What People are Saying This Month...
"Not only is the (Our Milk Money) site user friendly, but the concept is scratches my itch to give business to Mom & Pop rather than the large, emotionless corporations that try to run this free enterprise system in our great country."
Martin Freund, Realtor ABR,
www.martinfreund.com 
 
 
"Our Milk Money is providing a great service for anyone who supports putting family first. It looks great and is easy to navigate. I LOVE the dad's forum! Chris is hilarious!"
Lacie Burk, Consumer
 
"I just wanted to let you know that I think this site is great. Very well done."
Nicola Ries Taggart, True Insights Coaching
 
"A site with a wonderful mission!" 
 Kristi Thomas, Arbonne International, LLC

"I love this site! I love being able to look up something that I was going to buy anyway and knowing that I am buying from a parent who is trying to spend more time with their kids." 
Shannon Penrod, Star Service DVD Solutions

"What a refreshing new way for my stay at home family business to market itself exclusively and professionally.  I have friends from every demographic who are using OMM to do their shopping because they know they are supporting people like me. "
Liz Saller,
MYORGREENICS
 
We are Hiring! 
Can't get enough of us? Join the team!
 If you are already referring everyone you know to the OMM directory, you might as well be getting paid for it!
We have some great opportunities for the role of Regional Manager in select markets. We offer flexible schedules, a generous commission, free membership listings in all markets, and the potential to grow with an organization that is already making headlines!
The ideal candidate is a parent, outgoing, self-employed,  self-managed, active in his/her community, an excellent networker, highly creative in guerilla marketing and has a passion for what Our Milk Money is accomplishing for families everywhere.
 
If this sounds like a match for you, please apply within!
Send all resumes with a cover letter, and the area you reside in,  to info@ourmilkmoney.com
 Subject: Regional Manager Position
 
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Our goal is to help teach people how to live greener, more eco-friendly lives through increased awareness and education. 
   We believe living greener should be simple, inexpensive and fun! 
 We offer a line of organic cotton t-shirts that is naturally inspired along with our logo hat and tote bags that are all printed with earth friendly dyes. 
that donated over 100 hours last year and work with local youth groups on environmental education. 
 
 
You can also find FREE Simple Green Living tips on our website as well as a FREE download that can assist you in beginning your green evolution.
 
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