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January 2012 Newsletter


Four years ago I made a New Year's resolution that was different than any I'd made in the past. I had just become a new mommy and I was working diligently to provide for my new baby boy through self-employment. It was more of a struggle than I'd ever experienced, but worth every moment of freedom that I had earned to stay home and raise my son. As I began to appreciate the value of what my own products represented,  I resolved to change my purchasing habits by using my own hard earned dollars and my consumer power to give back to the community of self-employed parents.


It wasn't long before I discovered that there were others like me who had made enormous sacrifices for the chance at having the freedom to stay at home with their children. For some, it meant giving up a corporate salary, a budding career or a posh lifestyle. It was clear to me that by getting unified we would have the power to make a difference for ourselves, our businesses, and our families. OurMilkMoney.com was launched a few months later. 


As we head into our 5th year together, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what we have created together and where we are clearly headed. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch your businesses flourish, see your children grow, and welcome new members each year as we expand and commit to our mission.


Thank you for believing in us and remaining a part of our family.


Happy 2012!



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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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We held out as long as we could. And it wasn’t very long. I read a statistic one time that said something like 95% of boys play video games. 95%! How do you compete with that? My wife and I have two boys so our chances of keeping video games out of the house were pretty much shot the second the X chromosome laid eyes on the Y chromosome across the crowded DNA strand. We were never into video games before the kids came along. My wife didn’t like them because…well she’s a girl. Sorry to generalize and sound sexist, but that 95% of boy gamers drops to about 25% for girls. And while I played a video game or two as a kid, I never really obsessed over them…probably because I have the hand/eye coordination of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. With the popularity of video games today we knew it was inevitable, but we wanted to keep them out of the house for a long as possible. Maybe until they’re, say, 10? Stop laughing. We may have been naïve butContinue 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.

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Do you remember what we were like before we became parents? Barely, but I do. When my husband and I decided to create a family, somehow we thought our child would just easily fit into our busy lives like a new puppy. We had no idea the culture shock…the physical, mental and emotional transformation that would come about once our children became the centerpiece in our lives. No matter how much we had prepared, how many books we read, how much research we did – everything took a detour once baby made 3...Continue reading →


Self -employed Parent Enthusiast Ally Loprete is on a mission to help others 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.
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Facebook is the largest social networking website in the United States and Europe. Its main features are that you can add your friends and stay in touch, as well as see a constant news stream about what’s going on with the people around you.
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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


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"My Milk Money Pays for...
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Meet Andrea Maltz and Ammie Maltz!

Meet Andrea Maltz and Ammie Maltz.  Andrea’s background was in Bank and Retail Management while Ammie was a First-Grade Teacher.


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Our business is Just Between Friends of Germantown/Port Washington, WI and we host a semi-annual community children’s event, where local moms with kids of all ages can buy and sell gently-used items from clothing and toys, to baby gear and room décor plus so much more.


What motivated you to start your business?


Because saving money and being a ‘Savvy Shopper’ is a lifestyle choice for me, not just something that I do a few times per year.   So, when I heard about JBF...  Continue reading


Meet Melinda Herbert!


Meet Melinda Herbert of Just Between Friends of Milwaukee County


Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide:


Twice yearly consignment sale! Help other Moms and Dads make money on items their children have outgrown and save on what they need for their kiddos.


What motivated you to start your business?


Being able to help other parents save on what they needed but also make money on the items their children have outgrown.


What kind of background or expertise do you have in your field?


We have both worked many years in sale! We also feel we are Super Savvy in...Continue reading


Meet Elysse Fleece!


Meet Elysse Fleece. She is a military wife and a mom to her Little Monster as he is called. She started Kozzy Bottoms from a love of cloth diapering and her passion for crafts. Its been a great way to keep the family together and it’s soothing for her. She has always loved to craft and to be able to do this for others is amazing. She never would have thought this would be her!


Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide.


Kozzy Bottoms is a online children’s boutique. We carry many “green” products that are associated with cloth diapering and parenting. Along with the accessories and diapers we hand make hair accessories, tutus, clothing and more. It’s a great way to get all your shopping done at one place.  www.kozzybottoms.com ...Continue reading



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GreenBottoms, Dina Ramos, Lakeland, FL

SendOutCards, Hope Horwitz, Philadelphia, PA

Prosperity Parent Consultation, Jen Hume, Portland, OR

Nicole White, Nicole White, Columbus, OH

Training Happy Hearts, Martianne Stanger, Boston, MA

Twinz Designz,Julia Steinke, Atlanta,GA

Engage Your Client, Amy Robertson, Phoenix, AZ

Elohimito, Dustin Ranem, Minnesota

Parent 4R Future, Evie Estes, Cincinnati, OH

Elite Medical Consultants, Tonya White, Chicago,IL

DnA Websolution, Denish Verma, Fresno, CA

Getting to the Heart of It.com,Barbara Smailey, Northern California

Life Positive By Design, Melinda Asztalos, Canada

CN, Nicole Winter, Honolulu, HI

Song of Stones, Smadar Lorie, Canada

Love Letter for Hire, Rebekah Pierce, Richmond, VA

DMM Fast Coaching, Dara Marks Marino, Phoenix, AZ

Therapy By Hana, Hana Khorchid, Phoenix, AZ

Simply Organized Life, Carolyn Anderson-Fermann, Detroit, MI

Baby Saints Christening Gowns, Roxane Foux, Sulphur, LA

Qualified Math Tutor, Rose Lakhani, Canada

Donna Asch Designs, Donna Richards, Napa, CA

Snowz Gourmet/Organo Gold, Stephanie Thomas, Missouri
Extraordinary Gluten Free Life, Lisa Whitaker, Memphis, TN
Allie Ponvelle, Allie Ponvelle, Sulphur, LA
Universal Tax and Accounting Services, Priscilla De Leon, Salt Lake City,UT
Fit and Preggers, Nadia Beckman, Las Vegas, NV

Stella! Baking Company, Mark Conte, New Jersey

Single Parent Survival, Kim Nielsen, Orlando, FL

Bionic Bands, Kim Nielsen, Orlando, FL

Hull’s Happiest Days Designs, Shawn Hull, Philadelphia, PA

Pookie, Lookie, The Pink Spotted Panda Bear, Missie Shealey, Atlanta,GA

Littyle Accents, David Weitzman, New Jersey

Speckled Bird Bath & Body Treasures, Theresa Matthews, Chicago, IL

Just Between Friends – Dane County West, Teri Anderson, Madison, WI

Mark’s Travel, Mark Politi, Los Angeles, CA

Parenting Author, Radio Host, Brenda Nixon, Dayton, OH

Health Fitness Specialist/Juice Plus, Rebekah Downing, Nashville, TN

Positive Parenting Solutions, Inc., Amy McCready, Raleigh/Durham, NC





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Positive Parenting Solutions provides online parenting & discipline training for parents of toddlers to teens. In the industry’s most comprehensive parenting course, Founder Amy McCready teaches you the strategies you need to reduce the negative behaviors you don’t want and give you more of the positive behaviors you do want. Click here for a quick tour of the course or listen to their most reason on This Little Parent Stayed Home.

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About Amy McCready

Amy McCready on TODAY Show

Parenting expert Amy McCready has been creating and delivering training programs for over 20 years in Fortune 500 companies and community organizations.


Amy founded Positive Parenting Solutions, Inc. in 2004 and developed the popular and successful Breakthrough Course that has changed the lives of thousands of parents through in-person seminars, speeches and online parenting training webinars.


Due to demand from parents around the country and abroad, Positive Parenting Solutions Online was developed in 2008 to give parents everywhere the skills, knowledge and tools to correct their children’s misbehaviors permanently without nagging, reminding or yelling. She speaks to them “one-on-one” through the most advanced and thorough Web 2.0 parenting course available today.


Amy McCready is frequently asked to provide expert parenting advice for print and online parenting articles. She is a sought after keynote speaker, writer, parenting coach, spokesperson, trainer and most importantly – Mom!


Amy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Penn State University and is certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator.


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