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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Talented Tuesday...featuring MOMS!



Hello friends! Today I have a very special mom who has taken her idea and has made it pretty BIG!!! So exciting to see a mom like you and me come up with a practical idea and make it a successful business. I am sure you have seen these around and if you haven't then you're in for a treat! Not only am I able to share with you this mom's talent, but she has been VERY generous with us and is hosting our very first EVER Giveaway on this blog!!! I am so excited for this giveaway. The rules are at the bottom of this post and I hope you all enjoy and become a part of it! But first, let me introduce to you Vicky Haas McQuoid of Pill0roo!



What inspires you most with creating?
My kids inspire me. I created the first Pilloroo over a decade ago. I was leaving my nephew Jacob’s house. I had just been playing Army men with him on the floor in his room. He was 4 and a half and just the cutest rough and tumble little guy. I needed to get him a Christmas present and I thought – a pillow with his own Secret Hiding Spot for his Army men. I loved the idea that it would be something to comfort him, and he loved that he was the only one who knew what was in his Pillow. Christmas morning it was a huge hit!

What are your favorite pieces you've created and why?
We have a journal pillow that comes in a beautiful Pilloroo with a bow. It’s such a wonderful gift for girls. I’ve had moms purchase them so they can write back and forth with their daughters. Mom writes a letter and the then the daughter responds. It’s a great experience, and I think it will be a wonderful keepsake as well.

How do you balance family/kids, work and everything else?
At times it is tough to balance family and the business. Sometimes I feel like Pilloroo is my fourth child and the most needy. <: I am constantly reminding myself that my children and my husband are my most important priorities. I am getting better at scheduling times for Pilloroo and just feeling good about what I can get done in that window of time.

What do you want to accomplish with your business?
I just want to make kids and our customers happy. Nothing makes me feel better than seeing a person open the zipper and have a really good chuckle about what is hidden in the pocket.
We have recently done some events that have benefitted the Marjaree Mason center in town – our local center for victims of domestic violence. I would like to see our company get bigger so that our donations can be bigger.

Do you have any new creations in the works? 
If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
Yes. We have a teen and preteen line in development that we are really excited about. We are also working with an author from Beverly Hills on a Pilloroo with a book and a plush character from the book. It would be a great gift and wonderful nap set.

Here's how to enter for a chance to win a Pilloroo of your choice! She is even letting you pick the color!!! Leave a separate comment for every Step you complete on this blog letting me know you completed each step. If your comment is not left below on this blog I do not know who to put in the drawing!
STEP 1: 
Go over and "Like" Pilloroo on Facebook and leave a comment telling which Pilloroo you would want. (post a comment below on this blog telling me you did that)

STEP 2: 
Become a follower of this Blog. (post a comment below on this blog telling me you did that)

STEP 3:
Go over and "Like" Sugarpalooza on Facebook. (post a comment below on this blog telling me you did that)

That's it! Three chances to be entered in a random drawing for a FREE Pilloroo of your choice!!! 
Winner will be announced on Tuesday May 3rd...PLEASE make sure you leave your email so that we can get a hold of you if you win! Good Luck!!! 





7 comments:

Amy Arnold said...

I liked/followed all 3! My email is allgirls4amy@yahoo.com

Maria Olivas said...

Hi Nina! I already liked Sugarpalooza! you know that! Now I liked Pilloroo and am following your Blog officially! Thank you! Hope you are doing well!

staci said...

Officially posting my comment:) I live Sugarpalooza and think the Pilloroos are adorable!! I would absolutely live the basketball one:)

The Stairs Family said...

1) I "liked" pillaroo on Facebook and left a comment as well
2) already a follower of your blog :)
3) I "liked" sugarpalooza on fb

Margo said...

Hey Nina....check, check and check! Love watching your creativity! =)

Ann-Marie said...

1. Liked pilloroo
2. Already following the blog :)
3. Liked sugarpalooza!

Darren said...

Love your blog Nina~