Genesis of Pittsburgh Received Donated Millybuttons!

During the Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign 5 Millybuttons were purchased for donation. Team Millybutton had the opportunity to meet and present the Millybuttons to the expecting mothers of Genesis of Pittsburgh. We provided 10 additional Millybuttons so that each mother in the breastfeeding class would have one.

Genesis of Pittsburgh provides assistance through education with a total of 6 free class ranging from prenatal, breastfeeding and infant care. When expecting mothers have completed all 6 classes they are presented with a free crib, car seat & carrier, breastfeeding supplies, diapers and clothing for the infant. As you can see Genesis of Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization that provides an important service to expecting mothers.

We believe the Millybutton will help these mothers sustain breastfeeding and be the extra hand they need to meet their breastfeeding goals. Thank you to those who purchased a product for donation, Genesis and both the mothers & fathers in the class were grateful for them.

“We believe all moms are Supermoms and more importantly Heroes!”

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…3, 2, 1, Blast Off!


For the past seven years, my mom and I have been working hard to see our dream become a reality. We are so excited to finally say it is ready and it is time to launch the millybutton! October 1st we will launch our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and the millybutton will be available for pre-orders.

It is not easy to go from a sketch to a physical prototype. Anyone can dream but it takes a lot of creativity, hard work, time, money, patience, passion, and guts to make it a reality.

But when it finally starts coming together, it’s nothing short of magic.

And needless to say, we have learned a lot along the way.

In addition to getting a variety of opinions and ideas from other moms, Millybutton’s concept was honed thanks to us getting lots of hands-on experience. We have studied magnets, plastics, manufacturing styles, production ability, and safety…We’ve melted plastic beads in the oven, experimented with glue; the list goes on!

We experienced numerous problems with the first prototypes. From its size posing a possible choking hazard, to discovering that our magnets were so strong one erased the hard drive on a mother’s laptop—it’s been quite a journey.

As if that wasn’t enough, it took us four years to secure our US Utility Patent. FOUR years! Many people would have thrown in the towel, and for good reason. But my mom and I never gave up.

We kept at it! Slowly, things started to turn around. We learned about silicone. We began to make new prototypes—but this time, we prototyped with the manufacturer.

Our first foray into silicone was literally sticky. Hair kept getting stuck to it. It was gross. Also, the straps were too thin. Then, for the second prototype, the texture went from being too sticky to too rough, AND the straps were now somehow too short. In addition, the Millybutton was colorless and looked like a jellyfish. Why? Because we could not decide on a color.


But, after six months of prototyping it turned out to be a success.

I have to say that our Pittsburgh manufacturer was key to our success. They are a women-owned business, which is the icing on the cake for us, as we love the idea of a product made by moms, for moms. Thanks to them, the Millybutton won’t just be made in the USA, but in our hometown of Pittsburgh! Not having to wait for the product to ship from overseas also benefits our customers, and we will be able to keep up with our anticipated Amazon Launchpad orders.

The development team of product designers and engineers were successful in their material selection. They made millybutton safe & affordable. It’s nontoxic, medical grade, can be sterilized in a medical facility—or you can just throw it in the dishwasher if you need to.

In short: We did it!

Thank you all for believing in us. Your encouragement, enthusiasm and support will never, ever be forgotten.

Hey mom—I am so proud of us! What a journey it has been. I can’t believe we actually did it!

Now it’s just a countdown to launch!

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The Millybutton Logo: A Symbol of a Supermom

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If you’re at all familiar with Millybutton, you know that it was created by moms, for moms.

But did you know that we make it our goal to utilize as many local women-owned businesses and mother-entrepreneurs as possible?

Our motto, “Let’s face it, what mother doesn’t need an extra hand!” was Inspired by the famous Robert G. Ingersoll phrase, “We rise by lifting others.”

Those phrases inform every aspect of what we do at Millybutton. We truly believe an empathetic business model works for everyone.

Working with women in the Pittsburgh community has proven to be one serendipitous meeting after another. They have inspired and empowered us with their talents, enthusiasm, and commitment to helping others. Millybutton—and our lives in general—have been made better because they are a part of it!

As you know, our Millybutton journey, though a profound experience, has been filled with intense twists and turns. A while back, the manufacturer we work with told me that they needed a logo as soon as possible…and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it! I was, needless to say, completely panicked.

As you can imagine, a logo is EXTREMELY important because it is the face and symbol of a company, so I was trying to be as thorough and careful as possible when developing it. I worked with students at a local university in order to determine the criteria for the logo, and it was workshopped many, many times. But still, nothing was working. I even took a stab at creating it myself, drawing boobs, nipples and bellybuttons until I ran out of paper. But despite my best efforts, I could not sell myself—or anyone else for that matter—on the designs.

But then, Brigette Davitt, our graphic designer, came to my rescue. She is a breastfeeding super-mom and was home on maternity leave taking care of her 2-month old son when she took on the unenviable task of coming up with our logo. After she was finished, I sat down, took one look what she had created, and knew that it was perfect. She was able to identify with Millybutton and our mission better than anyone else!

And now, thanks to Brigette’s hard work, I am so excited to share the Millybutton logo with all of you! We love our new logo and hope you do too, but we also want it to represent more than just Millybutton. We hope that our logo will become recognizable symbol for breastfeeding mothers. We want it to celebrate their commitment to providing the best nourishment for their child, and to remind them that they are not alone in their breastfeeding journey. Millybutton is a product created with love. It is by moms, for moms, and should be worn with pride.

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Truths about Breastfeeding that Nobody Wants to Discuss

By: Liz Lewis

I had an incredibly vivid dream a few days ago. I was in a hospital bed holding my baby whose face was crinkled into an angry pout. I was desperately trying, and failing, to nurse my baby.

What made this dream more disturbing was the fact that my brain and body reproduced the sensations. I was feeling the same bodily sensations of pain and the same sense of being emotionally overwhelmed that I experienced when my son was born.

Truth: Breastfeeding can be painful.

I recall going to the nursing classes at my local hospital when I was pregnant. The lactation consultants enforced the benefits of nursing and how it helps you bond with your baby. Their message was so persuasive that after taking the class I felt prepared to feed an army.

When the time came it was much less of a bonding experience than I had hoped. My milk was slow to come in, so my infant chewed on my nipples just to get tiny amounts of colostrum. The lactation consultants assured me that this was sufficient for his needs, so I pressed on.

By the time I got home I was so sore I was gritting my teeth and moaning in pain each and every time he latched on. The latch, I was told, was a good one. The shower hurt, my nursing bra hurt, my spirit hurt.

In class they tell you that if your latch is good you will not have pain. The truth is, it will hurt for the first week or so. You need lots and lots of nipple cream. It does get better, but the beginning is rough.

Truth: Breastfeeding is a full-time job.

When you are a nursing mother you are on call 24/7. Depending on the appetite of your infant you might be nursing every 2 hours, which doesn’t sound that bad except that sometimes it takes 30 minutes or more to complete a feeding. By the time you finish you are down to an hour before you need to start the whole process over again.

When my son went through “cluster feeding” phases I would have to excuse myself from restaurants and family outings. Let’s face it, even if you have a nursing apron it is not always convenient to whip out a boob the middle of a crowded restaurant (for me anyway).

I recall going to a gathering when my son was about 3 months old. I had nursed him and given him another 4 ounces of pumped breast milk to top him off. That kid was like a tick ready to pop. But within an hour he was rooting around on one of the party guests. I had to go upstairs by myself for 45 minutes. I missed dinner and yes, I felt a bit left out.

I would venture to guess that I am not in the minority when I say that my son rarely gazed up at me sweetly and nuzzled into my breast. He did however pound on my chest and pull my hair. As a nursling my son was like a miniature caveman, grunting and screaming and eating simultaneously.

With nothing but my thoughts and my little Fred Flintstone, it’s no wonder I about lost my mind.

I recently spoke to a friend of mine who has two children and has maintained her corporate position while nursing both. I asked her how she was navigating her return to work and breastfeeding.

My friend told me that she closes her office door and sits under her desk to pump. In 2016, my friend—the executive—is sitting under her desk pumping. When I asked her why, she replied that “it’s better than sitting in my car.”

Mothering is hard work; I daresay the hardest work you will ever do. It doesn’t matter if you stay-at-home, work at home, or go to an office; you are still working.

Being a nursing mom is yet another layer of responsibility. Breastfeeding is something that takes over your life. You become not just your child’s source of food, but also the source of comfort. You need a break? Too bad, you are the security object.

As a new mom I could not identify why my son was crying about 80% of the time. He cried whether tired, hungry, or bored, and it all sounded the same. I spent every waking minute (and many semi-conscious ones) trying to figure out why he was screaming at me.

Why doesn’t anyone talk about how painful and isolating breastfeeding can be?

Why don’t we discuss ways to support working moms who want to breastfeed?

I was recently introduced to a NYC based co-working space called Alley. As I perused the website I found myself feeling a bit jealous that a.) I don’t live in NYC, and b.) we never had anything like this back in 2010 when I gave birth. Alley offers luxuriously furnished nursing spaces just for moms. These are not powder rooms, with a wall dividing them from the toilets. These are like guest rooms at the Four Seasons, but without the hefty price tag.

Until now it never entered my mind how many women work and breastfeed their children simultaneously. Spaces like Alley are leading the charge to provide moms the flexibility and options to live their dreams and meet their personal goals.

So let’s start a conversation. Let’s talk about breastfeeding at home, at work, and in public. Even better, let’s work toward supporting all moms regardless of their childrearing choices.

This piece originally appeared as a blog for The Huffington PostLiz Lewis writes and advocates with women and parents with ADHD. You can follow her on Twitter @HealthyADHD.

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Knowing Where to Look: The Search for Millybutton’s Logo

An entrepreneur can spend an eternity finding the right person, for the right job, at the right price. The trick is knowing where to look.

In our case, we were looking for the perfect people to begin the process of designing the logo that will appear on Millybutton’s products. We began our search at Pittsburgh’s many local universities. Why? Because they’re jam-packed with smart, hardworking young people who are hungry for work.

Luckily for us, we are the client for a local university’s branding class, and through them we had access to some amazing talent. For one semester three students worked on a possible logo for the Millybutton, and each had a very different approach. It was a fun experience, and helped me begin to understand what I want and what I need for the Millybutton logo. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to grasp, and you have to be careful not to waste time and money because of your own lack of vision!

Through the design process we determined some very practical things as well: we need the logo to fit in a circle with a one inch diameter, the image must 3D, and it can’t too detailed because the silicone will bubble or have holes in it.

In addition, the logo can’t be just a singular image; it also has to say “Millybutton” somewhere on it. We were advised to do this, because apparently when you first start out people need to say your company name over and over again so it sticks!

It was a nice surprise to see some of these logos with animations, like this one. The students were really into it; one of them even had his logo design screen printed on a shirt for me! You can check out all of the different product design, logo, color, and font options that the students put together here and get a sense of the process in the video above.

In addition to gaining some great design concepts and insights into the logo, we also gained a new team member. Through the class, we were introduced to our awesome summer intern Dana. Aside from being very enthusiastic, she went above and beyond to help us during the logo making process. You can find her logo designs here!

She gets class credits for her film and video class to create our story video and demo for the summer. We were able to get funding for Dana to stay with us through Innovation Works. They offer a summer intern matching program for manufacturers, which supports the hiring of a university intern to help accomplish important projects during the time of the student’s break.

Dana is one of the most self-motivated and driven women I have ever met, not to mention she’s got a big personality and a great sense of humor. She’s been all in since I met her in the fall, helping us prepare for the Thrill Mill. She continues to help me understand social media, maintain my blog page, and has been a great sounding board for me.

Like I said before, the best people are available to you, if only you look in the right places!

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Tech Bytes!

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It’s a well-known fact that in the business world, technology can make or break you. But at Millybutton, we’re often faced with the question, how do we stay up to date on technology when we don’t know much about it in the first place?

As always, we looked to our community for support—and we were not disappointed.

In our village of Sewickley, we discovered that the local library offers IT support called the tech café. Best of all, it is free, which is a huge deal—money is still tight! Everyone there has been so good to us (shout out to Dustin, who helped me set up office 365!) and are easy to work with. I can’t tell you how invaluable a resource they have been for our not-so-tech-savvy business.

That’s not to say that the library—though amazing—has been a cure all for the frustrations of technology. Recently I spent an entire weekend getting the folders from my old email account transferred to my new one, and as you can imagine, it was totally aggravating. I spent what felt like an eternity clicking on buttons to see what happens. Then, in a moment that felt like hitting the lottery—I found the import and export for contacts. I don’t think anyone has ever been so excited about such a small thing, but believe me, the relief of not having to type in all 200 email contacts into my new email and about 140 into my mother’s was palpable. And truth be told, I was really proud of myself!

We are trying to move as fast as things are changing, but frankly my mother and I are having a difficult time keeping up. I have stated in previous blogs that she has just learned how to use a computer a few years ago and is still only on a basic level. She’s not ready for a smart phone, because she really doesn’t have the time to lean to use it—just like I don’t often have time to learn all of the new platforms and programs that are super important to our burgeoning business.

So how do we move into the 21st century without going completely insane?

We at Millybutton were looking to find a way to learn these crucial skills without taking too much of our time but also making it easy to learn and digestible—and then it hit me! When I worked in my field we attended continuing education classes called “Lunch and Learns.” This concept could work great for us too! I can get everyone together, let’s say, every Monday at lunch, and have us all watch an online tutorials on how to use things like our email, calendars, the cloud, and so on. It eventually could morph into something bigger, and become an opportunity to learn all sorts of new skills!

Regardless, my struggles with technology brought me to a great realization; continuing education should be a core part of Millybutton’s company values. We’ll see if it catches on or not, but it’s always worth a shot!

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A Leap of Faith

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Millybutton has been on a fast track to manufacture since September 2015 when Amazon invited us to launch on Amazon Launchpad. But the journey that got us there, and the path that still lies before us, has been filled with many twists and turns.

Up until that point we were not intending to manufacture for a variety of reasons; our main concern being the price per unit to manufacture was too high. We felt licensing our patent to a company with manufacturing and distribution in place would be a better option.

We signed a contract with a company that said they would help us license in the Medical Industry.

We were invited to an event they were hosting anticipating helping them pitch our product to prospecting companies. With their prep and encouragement, we ended up giving an impromptu presentation to Amazon.

We were so confused—we didn’t have a manufactured product—why would we pitch to Amazon?

To our incredible surprise Amazon loved the Millybutton, even though we stood in front of them with a broken prototype—they believed people would like both our product and the story behind it. Our minds were blown! At the end of the day Amazon encouraged us to go manufacture so we can launch on their new program called Amazon Launchpad. This was an amazing opportunity that we were in no way expecting.

However, what comes up, must come down.

We were totally freaked out because we had no idea how to get a product to market or how we were going to fund manufacturing. Talk about an emotional roller coaster! So we did what many starry eyed, first time entrepreneurs would do—and took a leap of faith.

However, there were still seemingly mountainous tasks to overcome. We had a patent on a product that was too expensive to make, no business model, no idea what kind of company we wanted to be, we had no idea of our true potential.

Little did we realize the resources available to us in Pittsburgh!

My mother had been part of a Chatham University’s small business program a few years’ prior called MyConsulting Corner at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, Anne Flynn Schlicht and Robert Graham ran the program. We reached out to them, and to this day I am impressed at how accessible they were and how they dove right in. They suggested we look into a local accelerator, to get advice and direction.

Having no idea what an “accelerator” even was, I met with the head of AlphaLab Gear during open office hours. All I could think was, “Wow, this is such a cool concept—I can’t believe we have one of these in Pittsburgh. This is not the same city I left in 2000.” Although we are not a part of an accelerator, we now find ourselves submerged in the Pittsburgh startup arena.

I used the local Tech Shop and redesigned the Millybutton to be manufactured locally, cutting our startup costs in half. We have competed for one accelerator, launched our website, presented at the 3 Rivers Ventures Fair, and developed a workable prototype that is not going to fall apart.

Currently, we are participating in the MyPath Program through Chatham University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurship. Through their mentorship and guidance, we have figured out our financing, secured an intern, developed a team, and found affordable local manufacturing.

I continue to be amazed by the startup community in Pittsburgh. There are so many resources: classes, lectures, and groups. The people who have helped us along the way are unbiased and very committed to seeing everyone succeed!

We continue to fumble along figuring things out as we go, only to be asked new questions by our mentors, who push us every day towards success.

Millybutton has taken on a life of its own, and I couldn’t be happier. If Amazon had not opened that door for us, believed in Millybutton or encouraged us to manufacture, we would have missed out on this great adventure, and on this opportunity to gain valuable life experience.

Remember, always surround yourself with people smarter than you. You do not have to know all the answers, or be good at everything, but you do have to know when and how to ask for help.

And if you’re lucky enough to be in Pittsburgh, you’ll have an amazing support system at your disposal to challenge you and to catch you when you fall.

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The Power of Storytelling

Midwives, doctors, doulas, and lactation specialists will all tell you one thing: breastfeeding does not come easily to everyone.

But if that’s the case, why is it so hard for moms to talk about it?

Although Millybutton aims to remove some of the obstacles breastfeeding moms face in order to make the experience a little bit easier, there’s another obstacle we’d like to help them overcome: being brave enough to share their struggles and true feelings about motherhood.

I find that when I’m discussing Millybutton one-on-one with another mom, they almost always share their own personal breastfeeding story with me. Needless to say, I have heard many wonderful stories over the years, and whether they be funny, sad, heartbreaking or heartwarming, I am always so grateful to the moms who share them with me.

The honesty of these women has made me realize that storytelling is how we can connect and learn from one another. Their stories have inspired me to share my own experiences, not only on my blog, but with my loved ones as well. I want other women to experience how walls break down when you let yourself be vulnerable.

I think when moms are brave enough to share their stories, it empowers all of us. Whether you’ve just read about another mom’s experience that resonates with your own, or you’ve shared your story and you’ve gotten feedback from other moms who have gone through the same thing, it reminds you that you are not alone.

And, perhaps most importantly, that we are all in this together!

Share Your Story With Us!

I would like to invite all mothers out there to share their breastfeeding story with us. We will post one breastfeeding story every Thursday at 11 a.m. on Millybutton’s blog. This Mother’s Day we will be posting the first shared story.

This is a judgment fee zone! Millybutton is an empathetic company; we do not provide breastfeeding advice, or preach to women about what they should or should not do! Above all things, we want to empower breastfeeding mothers so they can reach their personal breastfeeding goals (whatever they may be!) and ultimately sustain them. Millybutton Unsnapped will be a place where moms can share their experiences so other moms might read it, learn from it, and be inspired by it.

If you’re interested in sharing your story, here are some quick Do’s and Don’ts:


1. Keep your story at about 500 words or less.
2. Be honest! The stories that can help others the most are the ones that are sometimes the hardest to tell.
3. If you want to remain anonymous and still share your story, just let us know!
4. Write it as if you’re talking to your sister, friend, mother, or other close loved one.
5. Fill out the release agreement form.
6. Send your story and release agreement to as attached word documents.
7. Title the subject line as “MILLYBUTTON UNSNAPPED STORY”


1. Use your story as a means to criticize other women and their breastfeeding decisions.
2. Be afraid to have fun with it!

Share your story with us today!

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Crawl Before You Walk

I’m about to be very honest with you; it took a lot of courage for me to post this “blooper reel.”

As for why it was made in the first place, and why I decided to release something that’s so goofy, let me explain.
Recently, I had to create several videos of myself promoting my product and company. I was told it would be, and I quote, “Super easy, no big deal, don’t worry, just use your phone.”


What you will see in the video is me trying my hardest to create a simple one minute introduction of my company that, in actuality, took me three hours to make. We eventually called it quits because we were literally running out of daylight.

This was my first time being filmed, and it was not an aspect of starting a company that I took into consideration before taking this leap. I think it is safe to say that I don’t think being in the film industry is in my future. However, this experience was so valuable to me, as I learned a few extremely important lessons. First and foremost: I hate being on camera!

Even the set-up itself was uncomfortable. My creative husband duct taped a selfie stick to a tripod and filmed me as I stood tip toed on a child’s stool for better posture and position. I now know that for future filming sessions, I will be comfortably sitting down!

I am one of “those people” who wears their heart on their sleeve. So it came to no surprise that my anxiety and nervousness coupled with the urgency to get it over with is apparent in every take. Most of these “bloopers” are of my husband trying to make me loosen up by just laughing at ourselves and the situation. I love him to death for this!

He was able to help me see that when I get nervous I become really uptight. I then become the dreaded ice queen and she is no fun. It is up to me to create a fun work atmosphere, so I have to let go of my fears and face them. I have to let my guard down in order to be authentic.

Letting everyone see this blooper reel is part of that process. Think of it as ripping a band aid off. I am learning to not take myself so seriously and set realistic expectations. I need to just let go and have fun with it! I hope that this video shows that I am human, and am still in the process of figuring this all out. Being an entrepreneur challenges me, but thanks to my amazing support system, I am able to power through, and accomplish things that are way out of my comfort zone.

You know, my daughter gave up playing with her Legos that day and watched me struggle instead. I will make a point to remember this experience the next time she struggles with her homework, a sport, or something she has to work hard at accomplishing. I hope it will serve as an example to her that it is okay to struggle and not get it right the first time. To keep at it, even if it takes three hours. To step out of her comfort zone and learn something about herself and the people around her. To laugh—to please never forget to laugh. And to remember she has people around her that love her and they are always willing to help.

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Family Ties

I have a newfound respect for family owned businesses.

Just imagine working with someone you have known your whole life; let’s say it’s your Mom! Some days are unbelievably challenging. We often get loud and intense, mainly because we are a lot alike. Similar to a pendulum, we swing from one extreme to another into non-verbal communication. It is true when they say “that silence is deafening.” I was recently told that communication is 60% body language, 30% tone of voice, and 10% words. Even when no one is speaking, the emotions and feelings are self-evident. This intensifies when you work with your mother; you can’t help but read her body language, anticipate her reaction to every word said, and question every decision made. In a way, I have spent a lifetime studying my mother, and her me. I thought this closeness would be to our advantage. Maybe not.

I have been told by her that I come on too strong, I’m overbearing, a little hard to take, too loud, and more difficult to deal with than when I was a teenager. All of these are difficult to hear from your mother. But, what if she is right?

Seeking outside expertise, I attended my first entrepreneur meet up called ‘Unstuck Pittsburgh.’ Believe it or not, the topic of the day was, “Constructive criticism and how to give it.” It is one thing to give constructive criticism on a project or a paper, but it crosses a line when addressing someone’s personality. Family members do not want to be personally criticized. For a moment, imagine that the person you are criticizing is your mother. What if it was your daughter? It’s personal because you are close to them. I wished my mom could have been at this meet up. We could have worked on this together and had a few laughs.

I spent the better part of a week venting and stewing over my mother’s words. I was totally distracted. That Saturday afternoon, as I sat at my computer, still working on millybutton, my daughter came to give me a hug and a kiss goodbye. She whispered in my ear, “Mommy, please don’t give up on millybutton. I love you.” I did not even realize how defeated I felt until she said that. Soon after, I realized I have to be careful of what I say and how I say it because I am a mother myself. My 7 ½ -year-old daughter gets a front row seat to our process. I sometimes wonder if she thinks arguing with her mother is okay. Will it become commonplace for her to go toe-to-toe with me? Someday, she could be working with me. I can only hope that exposing her to this mother/daughter working relationship will benefit her. In a perfect world, my daughter will look back and be proud of us for creating millybutton. I am determined to set a good example! For this reason, I feel we need a Family Business Coach, a concept I only recently discovered. Hopefully, they can teach us to leave the baggage behind and move forward with realistic expectations and goals.

Please don’t get me wrong — my mother is a great partner and has been for the past seven years. We’ve had a lot of fun creating millybutton together. This is an experience of a lifetime for both of us. I sometimes wonder if my mom doesn’t feel appreciated. This is a woman who raised 4 kids and worked as a full time as a registered nurse (3rd shift) for 35 years. She put me through college and has always given me wings. At age 60, she decided to invent a product with me to help other mothers. To do this, she had to learn to use a computer and even took classes. Now she handles our books. She is great at research and even helped write our patent and business plan. At the INPEX invention show, she presented the millybutton and won an award for our product. At 67, my mom conducted an impromptu presentation to Amazon, and crushed it! In addition to all of this, she recently took up a new hobby — her first experience with organized sports — rowing on a dragon boat team. I am so proud of her and thankful that she is my co-founder. I would be lost without her. I can only hope that, in my retirement, I will be as amazing as she is.

At the end of the day, “I love my Momma!” I would be heartbroken if all our good intentions and hard work were unsuccessful in reaching our dreams. I hope my mom and I can find our balance and be the role models we know we can be for my daughter.

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