t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.


Women are the Best

Something I have found while trying to navigate the formation of a viable company Savvy May Creations, is how much I appreciate the help and tips of others. And I think in the network of women/mom owned businesses everyone is especially willing to help each other out. I have gotten some great tips.

My friend Amy over at Super Healthy Kids tipped me off to this email list called Help a Reporter Out. She subscribes and saw a question she thought I should answer. I did. It was about moms who invent. I emailed a response of course all about Cap Trappers . Today I was interviewed by First Magazine. Who knows if it will end up making the cut (with my luck probably not) but what a great tip! Much thanks to Amy. And if you haven't bought one of her plates yet, please do. I have 3. My kids and I both love them. She is also a woman after my own heart with her quest to keep her family eating healthy.

I get emails from this PR firm called ChicExecs PR. I usually delete them because I have zero money to pay for PR, but they gave some free tips out. One was for a celebrity baby shower for Alison Sweeney (host of Biggest Loser) put on by Hot Moms Club. They were looking for items for the guest bags. The bags are given to those in attendance as well as 4 for the press. They said Pregnancy and OK Magazines will be covering the bags. So I emailed. It turns out they are interested in putting Cap Trappers in. Again it is all in the works. If I have learned anything about business...don't count your chickens before they are hatched. But a big thanks to ChicExecs PR. If and when I can afford PR, they will definitely be at the top of my list.

Then of course Startup Princess. I always love their posts and mission to help women. The Mother of Invention contest, of course being a huge tip. They also recently blogged on celebrity gifting. It gave me the needed push to swallow my pride and I dig up those addresses my husband found for Kelly Ripa and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I sent them off some packages filled with Cap Trappers for their kids. I fully fessed up to my shameless plot for publicity. But even if they don't talk about them, maybe they will just enjoy them. If my husbands sluething is correct and they receive them that is! I have no reasons to doubt his expertise :)

My husband introduced me to a great girl over at Northridge Media. She is a fellow triathlete, so we clicked. She just did the spudman too! She offered me a free quarter page add in Scrapbook Trends and Paper Trends. Awesome publicity. When I can afford to pay for ads you bet I will! But this will be a great trial to see if the ads bring any traffic and sales.

All of these tips were from women. Way to go women. I try to pass along my tips as well. So hopefully what goes around comes around and all of us find a bit more success.

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