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March 2011 Newsletter

There is never a dull moment here in the land of Milk and Money, and that is just the way I like it.  Nearly every day we are newly connected to another parent entrepreneur who has built a life of freedom for themselves and for their children. I am truly honored to be able to list them at no charge in the largest parent-only business directory in the world. We appreciate all your amazing word of mouth and ask that you don't stop talking about us! What is even more important is that you continue to make an effort to use the directory for your every day purchases. The value of your dollars becomes priceless when you are helping a mom or dad in their dream to stay home with their children.

We have accomplished a great deal, but what excites me the most is all that we still have ahead of us!  In addition to new members, we've added new staff, new giveaway programs, new spotlights new helpful articles and blogs, and new podcast downloads. It is our pleasure to enter your email box each month and we thank you for allowing us to do so. Have a good one!



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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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I've noticed one new thing about myself that I'm attributing to being a father.  I make a lot more noise when I stand up.  Okay wait.  Two things.  I cry at the drop of a freakin' hat now!  Growing up I was always a sentimental guy (to a fault), but short of excrutiating pain or death in the family it would take a lot to actually start the water works.  Three big exceptions:  the movies Terms of Endearment and Glory and for some reason the Happy Days episode when Fonzie goes blind.  Buckets.


Now it takes very little to get me verklempt.  I'm not talking about sobbing or rending of garments or anything.  But the least little tug at the heartstrings will get me welling up.  Movies, TV shows, even commercials.  The wireless provider ad (I'm not protecting anybody's name.  I seriously forget who the ad was for) where the guy is on a business trip...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...
...our mortgage, our daughter's school and lots of other expenses including fun family activities like Disney on Ice (my daughter loves princesses."
-Rosemarie Kahn, Long Island, NY  - Avon



Here you will find Resource Articles, Membership ContributionsCommunity Posts and our latest Business in a Box Campaign! Don't forget to leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
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How to be Home Free  - Technological Trends


Technology is the reason that so many of us are able to learn how to be the new bosses of our lives.  Once you become a stay at home parent who is juggling a new career, your time becomes the most valuable commodity you have.  You simply can't waste one moment doing a task that doesn't have some kind of pay off.  Of course, this may seem simple, but very often we work hard at creating the perfect newsletter, or blog, or radio podcast and there is no real value to it if there isn't an audience for it.  Technology can get you the audience you need as well, leaving no stone unturned in any corner of our world.  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



Ideas for a Dwindling Budget

With the current state of the economy and many people getting laid off from their jobs or getting their hours cut, budgets for many are getting tighter and tighter.  Even if the current economic crisis hasn't much affected you personally, you may still be taking proactive measures to be more frugal.  You may be wondering how you can start saving some money in various ways that will allow you to free up some space in your budget.  Believe or not there are a variety of do-it-yourself ideas that you can easily incorporate into your life that don't cost much at all.  Here are some great ideas to try out that will help your budget and free up some money for you.  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 work from home 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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Take advantage of it by advertising in the OMM Newsletter!
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...
...three little boys who give me so much to be thankful for"
-Leta Hamilton, OR  - The Way of the Toddler




Meet Rosemarie Kahn! 
She is a top seller and recruiter with Avon.  She discusses the trends she sees in her industry, the challenges she has faced, and what she is most proud of as a 'parent-preneur'.  Rosemarie also shares some wonderful advice for others who might want to start a business like hers.


Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide:  I am an independent sales representative for Avon products.  I am considered a top seller and recruiter in my area and I love being able to provide Avon's wide variety of products to my customers.  Our line consists of skin care, cosmetics, bath and body, jewelry, gifts and clothing.  I also love the opportunity to recruit others into the Avon family and help them either earn income to supplement their own or coach them through the Avon career path.  Continue reading →

Meet Marla Tabaka!
She is a coach for female business owners...she helps them to build a business that brings them financial abundance.  She discusses the trends she sees in her industry, her passions and challenges, and offers some great advice to others who might be interested in starting a business like hers. 


Please tell us about your business and the service that you provide:  Freedom is a top value for most entrepreneurs.  I coach female business owners, helping them to build a business that brings financial abundance so they may enjoy their freedom and take control of their life and business. Continue reading →

Meet Leta Hamilton!

She is an author, radio show host and motivational speaker.  Read about what drove her to start her business, the challenges she faces and her advice to moms who are interested in starting their own business. 


Tell us about your business and the service that you provide:  Through the platform of radio, I provide real maintenance tools for moms.  I am a mom to three little boys who are currently 1, 3 and 5 years old.  I went from being an Executive Assistant of a CEO in Private Equity to downsizing my life to a part time job after the birth of my first child.  Continue reading →



"My Milk Money Pays for...
..feeding 2 big hungry rescue dogs and living the life that they and their mom love."
-Marla Tabaka, Naperville, IL  - Marla Tabaka Coaching


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.

Continue reading →






Steph's RibbonsNThings - Stephanie Vaughn - Cincinnati, OH
Bohemian Spirit Jewelry - Myisha Croom-Turner - Los Angeles, CA
From Trash to Treasures - Anita Riddell - Alberta, Canada
AuPairCare - Tami Wiersma - Orange County, CA
Hollywood Baby PR - Jaclyn Rubly - Hollywood, CA

Kozzy Bottoms - Elysse Fleece, Colorado Springs, CO

Denise Galati Realtor - Denise Gilati, Los Angeles, CA
Just Between Friends - Jennifer Hodo - San Antonio, TX
Just Between Friends of Coral Gables/Boca Raton - Patti Maibauer - Miami, FL
Just Between Friends of San Mateo - Angela Broxterman - San Francisco, CA

Just Between Friends Arvada/Louisville - Erin Stahl - Denver, CO

Just Between Friends Bell County - Jennifer Barnett - Austin, TX

Just Between Friends Central Houston - Holly Psifidis - Houston, TX

Just Between Friends of Denver - Tracey Gifford - Denver, CO

Just Between Friends of Longmont - Laura Staggs - Denver, CO

Just Between Friends of Albuquerque - Melanie Branham, Albuquerque, NM

Just Between Friends of Folsom - Jill Mitchell - Sacramento, CA

Just Between Friends of Gainesville - Jennifer Pruitt - Jacksonville, FL

Just Between Friends of Germantown/Port Washington - Andrea Maltz - Milwaukee, WI

Just Between Friends of Lakeland - Heather Lineberger - Tampa, FL

Just Between Friends of Milwaukee County - Melinda Herbert - Milwaukee, WI

Just Between Friends of Pittsburgh North - Michelle Hall - Pittsburgh, PA

Just Between Friends of Tacoma - Allison Stephens - Seattle, WA

Just Between Friends of Tulsa - Shannon Wilburn - Tulsa, OK

Just Between Friends of West Houston - Danielle Soria-Orozco - Houston, TX

Just Between Friends of Waco - Kathy Rogers, Austin, TX

Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton - Brenda Sanchez - Denver, CO




"My Milk Money Pays for...
...princess dresses, tiaras, and tea sets for 2 darling sets of pre-school aged twin girls.  Through this job I am blessed to be able to have my own au pair to assist with my kids when I need to work and when I want to play"
-Tami Wiersma, Orange County, CA - AuPairCare Orange County


Meet Roz Walker, OMM's new Director of Social Media and Networking!


Roz Walker is a wife, mother of two, and a true entrepreneur at heart. By age 10, she had started four businesses and even “hired” employees for some of them. She went on to graduate from Oakwood University with a degree in Accounting and worked several years in that field before transitioning to consulting.

During her 19 years in the Corporate world with a Fortune 500 company, she held roles in leading, developing, coaching and consulting employees on their personal and professional development. Roz also has 15 years of experience running home-based businesses.
Continue reading →

Meet Joanna Belson, Account Executive


Joanna hails from Philadelphia and attended the Goiuzueta School of Business at Emory University with a double major in Organization Management and Marketing. She later relocated to New York to work for the full service ad agency, Jordan, McGrath, Case & Partners where she spearheaded the interactive movement for Hasbro Games.  She later switched coasts and spent 10 years with AOL serving first as an Account Manager before being promoted to Sales Manager. As Sales Manager, she was responsible for crafting national cross platform multi-million dollar campaigns.  continue reading...
Meet Lisa Miller, Account Executive
Lisa is a wife and mother to two amazing boys and is expecting her third child in just a few months!  She made the decision to become a self-employed parent upon learning she was expecting her third child because she desired to spend as much time as possible with her little ones.
Lisa has years of experience in the Entertainment Industry. Over the last 10 years she has developed solid relationships with Oscar winning cinematographers by providing exceptional film, post production, and camera services on Commercials, Motion Picture Films, and Television projects. Prior to this venture, she began her entertainment career by working at a talent agency and for McCann Erickson Advertising Agency.   continue reading...



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