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July 2011 Newsletter

Hello P.O.M.M.O.s!


I hope you all enjoyed a festive and harmonious 4th of July weekend with your families and friends. I love Independence Day because it serves as a significant reminder of how blessed we are to have the freedoms that we do. The parents listed on the OurMilkMoney.com business directory are a great example of those who have used their independence to make remarkable sacrifices in exchange for their freedom, just as our four fathers did.


Often those that are self-employed earn only a fraction of what they might have earned in the standard work force. They have given up recurring paychecks and group health benefits, and chosen to give the best of themselves to their children. Please join me in supporting them by using the directory often.  

If you know a self-employed parent, send them our way!  Happy Reading!



What's a P.O.M.M.O.?

A Parent of the Our Milk Money Organization; A mom or dad who so selflessly and diligently has chosen to be self-employed as a means of supporting one's family. These parents, and the products and services that they offer can be found on the OurMilkMoney.com parent-only business directory.

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.

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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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 But We Don't Always Like 'Em


Okay, we can all agree that we love our kids, they’re the best thing that ever happened to us, they light up our lives blah blah blah. But to quote a friend’s response to a particular angry Facebook post of mine about my five year old, “We alway love ‘em, but we don’t always have to like ‘em” That made me feel so much better. So I’m here to let you all know. It’s okay. Everybody wants to kill their kids at one time or another. Those that say “How can you say that?!” don’t have kids. Those that have kids and say “Not me. My little angels are always good as gold” are either lying, in denial, or are suffering empty nest syndrome because their kids have moved away.
Our parents are loving this by the way. Montezuma could only wish he had this kind of revenge. I remembered telling my father how ungrateful my kid was after all of the gifts, trips to  Disneyland, the zoo and so forth. With a sarcastic and unsympathetic tone he said, “Tell you what. I’ll send him the piles of thank you letters I got from you when you were his age. That’ll show him.” Touché and point taken.

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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...
My son's college expenses, the freedom to teach others to work from home and support my charities."

Lisa Ladrido - Seattle, WA - Lisa Ladrido's Body by Vi Challenge


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Get More Bang for Your Buck with a Brilliant Business Blueprint


In this economy, everyone needs to have a job.

Taking care of your kids and your household is worth a million bucks, but unfortunately that is not going to cut it. You have bills to pay, little people to feed and…well, a life to live.


It takes time to build a business, and nowadays, sticking it out is half the battle. But enough is enough. You are working hard and you deserve to be paid.

If only that were enough.


Pulling double duty does not entitle anyone to a salary, but creating a smart and strategic business plan will give you a greater chance of prosperity. This blue print will give you the tools to leverage your strategy and bring it to fruition. Simply pick up a pen and create a map of the journey you would like to go on with your business. The very nature of business is that it is a collective activity. Choose to walk down a well thought out business path and you will find that you will stay much more engaged with your purpose and your mission. Intend yourself to be inspired toward actions that will bring you abundance and you will achieve the freedom that you and your family deserve to have. Continue reading →


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



How Much Does it Cost to Become a Blogger?

Considering starting a blog? Are you on a budget? Before you get started it makes sense to itemize all your potential costs. It’s smart to know how much it costs to become a blogger.


Expense #1 Domain name.

Your domain name is your website address or URL. You can register your domain name at any one of hundreds of registrars. It costs anywhere from two dollars to twenty depending on the registrar you use. If your desire domain name is not available, however you might be able to buy it from someone. Some domain names can go for thousands of dollars. To keep it inexpensive, create a list of five to ten possible domain names. Register the one that is available, cheap, and best fits your needs.


Note: If you create a blog directly on a site like WordPress.com you don’t have to pay a penny. However, you will have to follow their rules which limit or eliminate several profit models. Additionally your blog URL will have WordPress in the address. For example, www.janesmith.wordpress.com.


Expense #2 Hosting

Again, if you choose to have your blog hosted by a blogging service like WordPress then it’s free. However, most people choose to host their own blog. There are no limits on how you can profit if you host it yourself. There are also no content limits.

...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


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...
My two boys who are active and enjoy playing outside."

Dina Atmali - Los Angeles, CA - HomeForTheKidz.com




Meet Rita Desnoyers-Garcia!

Meet Rita Desnoyers-Garcia.  She is the Owner of Becoming Awake, LLC.  She is also a mom of 3 loving young children, wife to a wonderful husband, and her passion is being a spiritual transformational teacher and coach, and writer.  She loves helping women see who they really are, to know themselves on a deep level and out of that knowing, really love themselves.

1.    Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide:
My business, Becoming Awake, is about helping women understanding and uncover who they really are so they can know and love themselves unconditionally.  As they love themselves more, they love others and everything in their life changes.  They start living from a place of peace, joy, abundance, and love.  This change impacts the rest of the world.
This work is done through one-on-one coaching, workshops, teleconferences, online courses and tools such as my book Extraordinary Abundance and my guided meditation CD Forest Meditations.  These women learn ways that they can become more aware of what’s really going on in their life and how they feel through meditation, journaling, non-judgment.

2.    What motivated you to start your business?
My business came out of my own crisis and spiritual transformation as I worked with my coach, meditated, journaled, read works of other coaches and teachers, and did my own research.  As I felt more joy in my life, I noticed how miserable so many women, especially the moms in my community, were feeling.  I asked a few friends if they wanted to come to my house to meditate and talk.  It grew from there.  It became a mission for me to not only help myself but everyone who was searching for the peace I had finally allowed myself to experience.

3.    What kind of background or expertise do you have in your field?...  Continue reading

Meet Lisa Connor!



Meet Lisa Connor.  She designs, knits and sells handmade handbags.


1. Tell us about your business and the service that you provide:
I design, knit and sell handmade handbags.I have a small handbag shop online called Artisan Handbags & More.


2. How did you decide to get started?
I started knitting handbags a few years ago, first as a curiosity to see if I could do it. At first my designs were simple and limited. Then I gradually started making my own patterns, based on taking apart old handbags to see how they were made. You’d be surprised what your handbag is made of if you took it apart. Then after encouragement from family and friends I opened a store on eBay. I had a little store there for 2 years then I had to leave because it was getting too expensive to keep the store.


3. What kind of background of expertise do you have in your field?
I am a freelance graphic artist. I graduated from  Moore College of Art & Design.  I do all my own graphics for my website and blog.
I do knitting as a side business. I have the artistic background.
I’m a self taught knitter and have been knitting for 8 years. I have worked teaching adults and children to knit. I have also worked in my local yarn boutique helping customers with their projects.


4. What trends do you see in your current industry?
I have noticed what’s old is becoming new again, such as retro designs updated to today’s fashion trends.


5. What things do you find to be most demanding about your job?  The time it takes to knit.


6. What do you find to be the most rewarding about your job and your day to day routine?
I can stay home and work and be with my son, Erik who has autism.

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Meet April Bernd!


Meet April Bernd. She is a mom to 3 kiddos ages 13, 11 and 6. She has been married to her best friend for 17 years. She is a  twilight reading, mint brownie loving, Dr. Pepper-a-holic that lives in Buckeye, AZ. She loves watching HGTV and any house hunting, home decorating shows. She LOVES to photograph kids and families. Hey..let’s face it. After 13 years of being a SAHM, kids are what she knows best. When she finds a spare moment to take photos of her own kids, she loves to scrapbook them.


1. Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide:
Polka Dot Cactus Photography is my child and family photography business. I love doing outdoors photos or a session in your home is awesome! Kids are comfortable in their own environment, not a scary portrait studio filled with bright lights. I am based out of Buckeye, but travel all over the Phoenix valley.


2. What motivated you to start your business?
We got to the point where I had to get a job outside of the home or find away to work from home. I have always loved photography. I had friends calling up to have me do their holiday pictures every year. When I started spending more time taking other people’s photos than my own, I knew it was time to open shop.


3. What kind of background or expertise do you have in your field?
I have been in photography for 15 years. I started, like most moms, when my oldest son was born. I wanted to have great scrapbook pages, and I needed great photos to make it happen. I read and studied and practiced everything photo related to get the images where I wanted them to be.


4. What trends do you see in your current industry?

...Continue reading



"My Milk Money Pays for...
..our household expenses, our children and our future."
Lisa Soltes - Los Angeles, CA - Ten20 Creative Marketing


How to Make Money and Leverage Email Marketing for Your Business


It is typical for email marketing campaigns to top the 2% conversion rates typically expected from direct mail.

In fact, email delivers the highest return-on-investment across marketing mediums by an eye-popping margin of $57.25 for every dollar spent on it in 2005, according to the Direct Marketing Association “The Power of Direct Marketing”(October 2006).

Not only that, but email is delivering sales at an average cost per order of less than $7! Compare this to the average costs per order of $71.89 for banner ads, $26.75 for paid search and $17.47 for affiliate programs, according to the Shop.org “State of Retailing Online 2007” (September 2007).

These facts further support our belief that email marketing can be the highly lucrative tool that will take your business to the next level. The key to such success is knowing how to use email marketing.

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Lisa Ladrido's Body By Vi Challenge - Lisa Ladrido - Seattle, WA

NYR Organic - Michele Gachowski - San Francisco, CA

Pam's Aerobic & Casual Wear - Pam Magnan - Orange County, CA

Scentsy Independent Director - Amy Speed - Des Moines, IA

Author & Speaker - Laurie Winslow Sargent - Des Moines, IA

HomeForTheKidz.com - Dina Atmali - Los Angeles, CA

Let's Play Books! - Kristen Hess - Columbus, OH

Tumbled Rose - Lara Wilkin- Los Angeles, CA

Legacy 4 Kids Foundation - Kelly Marquet-Bodio - San Francisco, CA

Golden Years Computer Services - Kari Moroz, Oklahoma City, OK

Go Crazy Deals - Cheryl Anderson - Los Angeles, CA

Transcription 365 - Rachel Rogers - Atlanta, GA

Voice for Small Business - Rachel Rogers - Atlanta, GA

Kathy Johnson Graphics - Kathy Johnson - San Diego, CA

Scent Your Way with Scentsy - Kela Nagel - Los Angeles, CA

Guy and Eva Jewlelry Advisor - Lori Hughes - Atlanta, GA

Mary Kay Cosmetics - Stephanie Phillips - Columbia, SC

Ten20 Creative Marketing - Lisa Soltes - Los Angeles, CA

Arbonne - Lucy Yeager - Orange County, CA

Home Remedies of NY, Inc. - Debra Cohen - New York, NY

Independent Scentsy Consultant - Renee Stith - Richmond, VA

Charming KEYper - Kim Mack - Raleigh Durham, NC

A Simple Book of Financial Education - Danny Kofke - Atlanta, GA

Nora's Barefoot Books - Nora Fellenz - Wausau, WI

Do Life Right, Inc. - Lisa Cottrell-Bentley - Tucson, AZ

Education + FUN =#1 - Sandra Wilson - Ontario, Canada

Internet CEO Moms - Kenyatta Mootrie - Atlanta, GA

Loudmouth Photography - Brandy Arivett - Dallas, TX

Snooty Booty Diapers - Michelle Rivenburg - Newark, NJ

Soul Directions - Koula Cove - Ontario, Canada

Internet CEO Moms - Laura Lomeli - Sacramento, CA

Sue Price Travel - Sue Price - Dallas, TX

Premium Websites, LLC - Dotty Scott - Portland, OR

Neighborhood Squirrel - Leslie Ruggiero - Fairfield County, CT

glimling.com LLC - Elisabeth Hubbard - Chicago, IL

The Accessory Barn - Nicola Graying - Chicago, IL



"My Milk Money Pays for...
...2 wonderful little girls."
Michele Rivenburg - Newark, NJ - Snooty Booty Diapers



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