Cool Jewelry Companies Offer New Twist on Holiday Gifts

By Jane Applegate Last Christmas, my husband and I presented our daughter with a small, turquoise box from Tiffany. She burst into tears. “I’ve told you—never, ever, ever buy me jewelry!” Without opening it, she handed it back to me and walked away. If you have similar challenges buying jewelry, read on. Two fashion-forward sisters… Read More »

Great Holiday Gifts to Make for Grandparents

 “Mommy on a Shoestring”  Ask any grandparent and they’ll tell you, the best holiday gifts are those that are made by hand and if the gifts include fun games the whole family can play, even better. Here are my favorites: Block Photo Puzzle Not only does this 6-sided photo puzzle provide hours of family fun,… Read More »

Meet Shawn Hull – Founder Happiest Days Designs

Sometimes inspiration for a successful venture comes from someone else’s work. That’s what happened when Shawn Hull was shopping with a friend and came across some custom-made dinnerware with simple drawings on it. “I loved the idea of hand drawings transferred onto porcelain,” said Shawn. She had always been artistic, working in the theater as… Read More »

Meet Jayne Benton – Founder, My Cupcake Party

Whether you’re assisting an orthopedic surgeon or frosting a cupcake, precision is key.  Jayne Benton left her career as a Physician’s Assistant when her family moved to the East Coast.  With two young children, she focused on motherhood rather than going back to her career in the OR. “I always loved baking, especially cupcakes,” said… Read More »

Meet Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes – Moola-Hoop

What happens when two women who spent their entire careers focused on micro-finance and assisting start-ups, decide to start a venture that will help women fund new businesses? They create a business called ‘Moola-Hoop.’ Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes first met while working at IBM in the 1980s.  They each went on to different career… Read More »