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April 2011 Newsletter

Spring, on so many levels, is a time of re-growth, de-clutter and fresh new opportunity. As the dark and cloudy winters fade away, we find new clarity and for many of us what once seemed complicated now becomes explicitly prolific. Why would anyone NOT want to be a part of this exciting and innovative time?
Thanks to our brilliant and dedicated staff, this little movement of self - employed parents is growing rapidly across our freedom loving nation. We can't put it off any longer... a bigger and better directory must be built to accommodate all the remarkable new parents who have joined our movement.   
Who are we again?
We are the parents who have taken control of our lives by standing up, taking risks and choosing to stay home with our kids. Our products and services are VALUABLE and that is because our business ventures are merely symbols of our family's freedom. As a consumer, you have the power to contribute to our cause, simply by transacting and merchandising with us. Many of the products and services you see in our directory are ones that you already use, so it's easy to support us.
What does our milk money pay for?
For many of us, your choice to purchase from us helps us to stay home and choose a life with our children. It helps pay for things like school, lessons, sports activities, clothes, food, and more.

 

 

Our Milk Money no longer charges you to list your business in our directory. We are grateful to icontact for covering the organization's business overhead each month to make the free membership possible for you. To learn more about icontact, please visit their site. If you would like to learn more about our decision to cancel annual membership fees, READ MORE or listen to the first 5 minutes of Ally's explanation on This Little Parent Stayed Home.
 

Our Milk Money is currently accepting donations as an act of good faith. If you would like to make a contribution, our suggested donation is still $25/year. DONATE NOW.
 
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At Our Milk Money, we don't discriminate. Moms have great stories to share, but so do the Dads. It is definitely a sign of the times when Dads from all over the world begin to step up as primary care-takers and embrace their roles as stay-at-home parents.
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 My Son, The Comedian

 

(This is a wonderful post written by Chris a couple of years ago...it's so entertaining we wanted to share it with you again).

 

My three year old is hysterical.  Seriously.  I'm not talking about the little "oh isn't that cute" type of laughs that in infant ilicits.  Nor am I talking about the courtesy laughs you give to a joke told at a cocktail party or by the elderly...or your in-laws.  No, I mean every day my three year old son says or does something that brings a genuine belly laugh out of me.  I always thought I was a big shot because I wrote and performed a one man show a few years back.  That's nothing!  My kid performs a one man show every night whether it's on our living room floor or in the bathtub.  And it's all improv.  You should see what he can do with a few finger puppets and plastic dolphins.  He's named every...Continue reading →

 

 

Chris Loprete, the father of Our Milk Money, began writing his experiences as a new father upon the launch of Our Milk Money, calling his work, appropriately, The Daddy's Den.

 

"My Milk Money Pays for...
the care of three extraordinary children who are my joy and daily challengers."

LaTosha Jenkins - Charlotte, NC - Systematizeme

 

 

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My Journey to Becoming a Self-Employed Parent

 

When I think back to before I came home to work and take care of my new son, I remember how "stuck" I felt.  I envied other women and men who had their own businesses and I believed that the only reason I didn't have one was because I lacked the motivation.

 

No, actually that wasn't the only reason.  Now that I think about it, I had a whole list of why I couldn't be my own boss:  I didn't think I could hold myself accountable if I didn't have a boss, I was sure I'd never get out of my pajamas during the day, I was afraid I might blow off all the work I was supposed to do and I'd eventually run my business into the ground, this little business of mine would end up being a hobby of some sort like a never ending project of scrapbooking, I didn't know what the start-up costs were, I didn't have the money, I didn't have a unique idea or business plan, I was sure that I lacked... 

 

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Self -employed Parent Enthusiast Ally Loprete is on a mission to help other’s deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of leaving a full time job to start a new business, while running a full time household and raising kids. She is resolute about creating a haven in which parents across the nation will continue to thrive and obtain the support they need in their personal journeys.
Ally's blogging continues at ThisLittleParent.com

 

 

Growing Your Blog - Tips and Strategies

Once you have established your blog and are meeting your initial goals, it's time to look toward the future.  How do you want to grow your blog?  What are the possibilities for doing so?  You can add monetization methods.  You can offer more value.  Of course, you also grow your subscriber base.

 

Here are five tips and strategies to help you grow your blog:

 

1.  Get involved.  Hopefully, in addition to posting on your own blog, you have been participating on other blogs in an effort to promote your own blog.  If you haven't, then you should definitely integrate this tactic into your blog marketing strategy.  If you are already commenting on other blogs relevant to your industry then look for ways to become even more active.  You can become a guest blogger.  You can be adding a few more relevant comments to other blogs each day.  By getting involved...  Continue reading →


As many of you know from reading Julianne's articles for the past year, her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents be their own boss so they can be home with their children.  To that end she is working on featuring five parents per week in her column and one parent and their business per week on her blog

 

DO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR OUR MILK MONEY?
If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on The Our Milk Money Blog Spot, or contributing your own blogs for a collaborative stream, please contact us

 

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If anyone is going to convince the public to buy from parents like you, its us!  Let's give our supporters a wide variety of products and services to purchase this year.  To place an ad, or learn more about pricing, please contact Julianne Wish.

 

 

 

"My Milk Money Pays for...
Jake and Josh are my grandsons and there is a third on the way.  They live in Germany so my milk money pays for me to go see them and send them a bunch of goodies from Grandma."

DeAnna McKillip - Los Angeles, CA - K9 Carry All

 

 

 

 

Meet Kate Gaspar! 
She is the mother of a two year old boy and is expecting a girl in December.  Originally from the Chicago area, she and her husband moved to Phoenix for a job opportunity and they have been there for over five years.  Before becoming a stay at home mom, she was a teacher for five years.  She taught middle and elementary school.

 

Kate created ConsignMom because she wanted to develop a safe online community for parents to buy and sell their new and gently used strollers, car seats, clothes, toys, furniture and more.

 

She had used the local consignment store, but was looking for another means of selling...  Continue reading →
 
 

Meet Angie Bickford!

 

Angie created always B designs.  Her company offers custom stationery and gifts, including invitations,  business cards, decorated clipboards, scrabble tile, domino and bottle cap necklaces and premade scrapbook albums.  

 

Angie left teaching to start a family because she knew she wanted to be a stay at home mom.  She also knew that she wanted to contribute to the family income.  In 2008 she opened always B designs for business.  To add additional income to the mix while the business was growing, she did freelance writing and editing on the side.  Continue reading →
 

Meet Staci Gerardi!

Staci's business is blogging.  She has always loved sharing information with her friends and family so they suggested she start a blog and share all of her frugal tips and information with everyone on Long Island!

 

She figured..."why not, I'm a writer, it would be fun."  Now, she writes November Sunflower: Frugal Blooms on Long Island so that others in her community have a resource to find not just tips about being frugal (and by that she means spending money wisely...it does not mean being cheap) and finding free events, activities, food and music!  Continue reading →

 

"My Milk Money Pays for...
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..three precious angels (Zach, Lilly and Story) who want to take ballet lessons, play baseball and go to the zoo."
-Doug Williams - Dallas, TX - Integrity REO Solutions LLC

 


How to Build Your Email Marketing List

 

First Of All, Why Is Your List Important?
Building lists of subscribers, prospects, and customers is one of the most important activities your business can undertake. Once built, permission-based email lists can create sales for your company for years to come.

Tip #1 For Building Your List: Networking

Whether you have an online or offline business, networking has always been an effective way to build relationships and generate sales. In most cases, people exchange business cards or pass along leads when meeting. This contact information is then used to build your database.

Quick Tip: After a networking opportunity, get in the habit of sending a quick email message (no more than 3 days later) to all of the people you spoke with. Start by recapping your conversation, and then ask each contact for permission to be add them to your email list.

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Systematizeme - Latosha Jenkins - Charlotte, NC

Avon - Jennett Pulley - Washington, DC

K9 Carry All - DeAnna McKillip - Los Angeles, CA

Gold Canyon Candles - Dianna Stennett - Dallas, TX

Integrity REO Solutions LLC - Doug Williams, Dallas, TX

Gymfinity Gymnastics - Jerod Pimentel - San Francisco, CA

Butter N Eggs Gift Co - Carol Reese-Davis - Los Angeles, CA

MommyChats.com - Tina Smith - Fresno, CA

Orange Halo - Joanna Belson - Los Angeles, CA

Pamela Lane Virtual Assistants - Pamela Lane - Los Angeles, CA

Ambit Energy - Barbara Winters - New York, NY

Organizational Peace - Andrea Penney - Memphis, TN

Just Between Friends of  Edina - Julie Reece - Minneapolis, MN

Kids Travel Happy LLC - Tracyn Thayer - Boston, MA

Visuals4u - LaShon Anthony - Chicago, IL

Simply You - Scottie Vosburgh - Washington DC

Chanson Water USA - David Bui - Orange County, CA

 

 

"My Milk Money Pays for...
...dog rescue"
-Carol Reese-Davis - Butter N Eggs Gift Company - Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

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