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May 2011 Newsletter

If I could place one word to represent why our little community has had such enormous growth and success this year it would be this:



Each and every month we have new parents across the country joining our directory, asking how they can be involved and stepping up to put their money where their mouth is. Its people like Stacy McGuigan, owner of Everyday Celebrations from Philadelphia, PA who upon joining promptly asked for postcards to hand out to her community and helped us to start a local media campaign to grow the OurMilkMoney movement in her local market. Its people like Lisa Gal, owner of Hollywood Baskets from Los Angeles, CA who has offered our members the chance to get their unique products in the swag bags of celebrities at awards shows. Its staff members like Stephanie Anderson, Wendy Conte and Roz Walker who so selflessly volunteer their time to our mission to support our members. I cannot list them all: There are simply too many people that I am grateful for, but without a doubt, your good deeds do not go unnoticed by us at OurMilkMoney.com.


We care about the parents who have made a choice to stay home with their kids, and we appreciate everyone who is involved in helping us communicate our message.



The OurMilkMoney.com movement has spread because of you, and we are grateful to have you on board.





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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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 Wanna Get Away?


As I write this, I am sitting poolside in Vegas with a Tequila and Tonic in my hand talking to five of my closest buddies about what to do with the money I just won from a bet on an NBA game. Okay that last sentence is not entirely true. I'm writing this 2 weeks after that scenario. To be honest sometimes writing these blogs is work and the last thing I want to do when I'm on vacation is anything that resembles work. And two weeks ago I took a much needed vacation. I won't go into the details of the trip (what happens in Vegas blah blah blah), and if I did it would probably bore you anyway. Let's just say I'm getting very old. The point and this month's Daddy's Den lesson is how important it is to take a break. Whether it's an evening with the guys, a movie by yourself, or a longer vacation even just overnight, recharging your battery is essential to a healthy family life. Believe me...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...
Ridley, a mini mover and shaker in her own right."

Ilana Krechmer - Los Angles, CA - Gud Belly Pilates



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How I Saw the Death of Osama Bin Laden Through a Preschooler's Eyes


We were out to dinner so we didn’t get the news at the same time as the rest of the world. It took a phone call from a friend for us to become informed. Suddenly my husband and I were hugging one another happily and cheering.

Our little boys, 5 and 2 came out of their room in their pajamas wanting to know what the jubilation was all about.

Did we just win a million dollars?

Did Daddy’s favorite team win the Superbowl?

Maybe we were going to Disneyland?

It had to be one of those things, or something like it by the way mommy and daddy were whooping it up.

It was none of those things. We’d just heard the news that Osama Bin Laden, the most evil and villainous man of our generation had been brought to death. DEATH.

It suddenly became apparent that...

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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



How Do You Really Make Money with a Blog?

Have you ever wondered how other bloggers are making so much money?  What is their secret?  How can you make money with your blog?

Here are three ways you can make money with your blog.

  1. Affiliate commissions.  Many bloggers use their blogs to promote the products and services of others.  They are affiliate marketers.  You can create quite a successful business by choosing a blog topic that interests you.  The more specific the topic, the better.  For example, if you love reading mystery novels, you can create a blog that reviews mystery novels.  Each review could include an affiliate link so your readers can buy the book.  You might also include ads in your sidebar that advertise ‘how to write mystery novels’, and writing programs.  The foundation of a successful affiliate business is content and there is not better content tool than a blog.
  2. Advertising Revenue.  Many profitable blogs earn all of their income from advertising revenue.  There are two ways you can earn money from advertising.  You can participate in programs like Google’s AdSense.  You simply sign up and paste the code on your blog.  Google inserts the ads.  You can choose the ad category so they match your visitor’s interests.  Each time someone clicks on an ad, you earn money.  You can also sell space on your blog.  The more readers and subscribers you have, the more you can charge for ad space on your site.  In the meantime, consider placing affiliate banner ads in the sidebar.  This will get your readers accustomed to ads on your blog.  It might earn you some additional income in the meantime.  It may also help your readers visualize their ads on your site.  You should also place an ‘advertise with us’ or ‘your ad here’ link somewhere on your blog so anyone who wants to advertise on your blog can...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...
our children's college education fund."

Maureen Hohman - Philadelphia, PA - Our Mojo





Meet Wendy Conte! 
Wendy is a Certified Bookkeeper and QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  After working for someone else for fifteen years, she decided to take control of her employment and use the skills she had developed to work with a wider range of clients that just the employer she had. 


As a Certified Bookkeeper and QuickBooks ProAdvisor, deadlines are a big and often demanding part of her work.  Her clients like to see the status of their financial picture on a regular basis.  For Wendy, that means making sure that all of their records are always up to date.  There is also the issue of invoicing client customers on time.  She also has to take care of reporting information to tax entities for payroll and sales tax. 


Wendy finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job is helping people.  She really enjoys working with small businesses, many of whom cannot afford to have a bookkeeper on staff...  Continue reading
Meet Dani Walker!


Dani and her husband are leading representatives for the world's largest neutraceutical company - SISEL International.  Dani also hosts an internet radio show called "Come Learn with Me...Pervasive Wellness with Dani Walker."  Dani's husband was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and they were desperately trying to find natural medicines after three years of failed medical treatment. 


Dani's passion is living well and helping others do the same.  She enjoys hearing the success stories of friends who have gone from five insulin shots to one or ...Continue reading
Meet Laurie Hurley!


Laurie owns Bright Apple Tutoring.  Her company provides one-on-one, private in-home tutoring throughout Ventura County and Northern Los Angeles County.  They have a network of qualified and dedicated teachers and tutors that enjoy the one-on-one interaction that comes with private tutoring. Their tutors do more than just homework!  They coach, mentor and help our students apply concepts, attain good organizational  and study skills and learn how to study for a test.  Bright Apple tutors all grades and subjects from Pre-K through College Tutoring.  They do not require any long-term contracts and their rates are reasonable.  Bright Apple conducts a complimentary in-home consultation before matching a tutor with the student. They tutor home schoolers and work extensively with children with special learning needs.

Laurie saw a niche in the educational industry that was not being filled – parents looking for in-home tutors versus driving to a learning center.  After owning a tutoring franchise for three years, she decided to break out on her  own and begin her company...Continue reading



"My Milk Money Pays for...
..my twin two year old daughters everyday needs, diapers, food, my vehicle and my education."
-Michelle Euliss - Columbus, OH - Jewel Kade


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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Dove Chocolate Discoveries - Carrie Hudson - Dallas TX

Human Body Detectives - Heather Manley - Honolulu, HI

5LINX - Paula Eddy Brower - Fairfield County, CT

ADH Enterprise - Angie Hills - Atlanta, GA

Mom Gets a Life - Patty Lennon - Fairfield County, CT

Household Helps - Rhonda Geissinger - Chicago, IL

Stay at Home Job Bank - Traci Bell - TX

Just Between Friends - Kim Colburn - Fresno, CA

JH Custom Design Gift Baskets - Dionne Wright-Jones - Baltimore, MD

Everyday Celebrations - Stacy McGuigan, Philadelphia, PA

Just Between Friends - Kris Bishop - Minneapolis, MN

Just Between Friends of North Idaho - Susan Moore - Seattle, WA

Just Between Friends of Waukesha - Stephanie Suring - Milwaukee, WI

Bellamora International Group - Lisa Soesbe - Port St. Lucie, FL

Gamez on Wheelz - Chris Hodge - Los Angeles, CA

CaitiMac Creations - Carolyn Carter - IN

La Petite Party - Casey Steinberg - Los Angeles, CA

Kim Curran Photography - Kim Curran - San Diego, CA

LA Kid's Directory - Lizzie Sordia, Los Angeles, CA

Internet CEO Moms - Velvetta Christian - Atlanta, GA

It Works - Darlene Gomez - Los Angeles, CA

Blue Cow Communications - Trista Gangestad - Jacksonville, FL

The Bink Cat - Alicia Mendicino - Philadelphia, PA

Arbonne International - Katrina Wilson - New York, NY

Bottle Snugglers - Jennifer Marko - Jacksonville, FL

The Enlightened Mom - Terri Amos-Britt - Destin, FL

Oils for Thought - Rebecca Lloyd - Missoula, MT

YOLI Live Active Ingredients - James & Rachel Romero - Los Angeles, CA

Parylite - Robin Tracey - Philadelphia, PA

Women of Gloucester County Online Magazine - June Swords Bower - Philadelphia, PA

Rastelli Direct - Stella Collington - Philadelphia, PA

A Meal 4 U - Cathy Hetherington - Philadelphia, PA

April Caldwell, FA - April Caldwell - Jacksonville, FL

Maschka Enterprises - Kristin Maschka - Los Angeles, CA

Melaleuca The Wellness Company - Dorinda MacIsaac - Boston, MA

TK Kollections - Tiffany Kelly - Detroit, MI

Premier Designs - Ami Bagby - Philadelphia, PA

Spiritual Direction - Vera Snow - Minneapolis, MN

Jewel Kade - Michelle Euliss - Columbus, OH

Usborne Books and More - Kelly Larkins - Columbia, SC

Stella & Dot Independent Stylist - Alison Little - Washington, DC

It Works Beyond Belief - Roberta Cullen - Phoenix, AZ

Gold Canyon Candles - Kiki's Candles - MaryAnne Gildroy - Phoenix, AZ

Our Mojo - Maureen Hohman - Philadelphia, PA

Gud Belly Pilates - Ilana Krechmer - Los Angeles, CA



"My Milk Money Pays for...
...my passion for healing moms because when mom heals, the family heals...the world heals."
-Vera Snow - Minneapolis, MN - Spiritual Direction




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