September Mom of the Month

September Mom of the Month

Lori Eggleston

Stripes & Polka Dots

www.stripesandpolkadots.com

 

Stripes & Polka Dots was born late one night after back-to-back conversations with a good friend and my “Mama”…

I had recently made a floor blanket (now known as a “Playkie”) for my good friend’s second child on the way. Being that this was her second child, she didn’t need much and I wanted to give her something unique. A couple months after her son was born, Christmas rolled around. I had some material left from the blanket I made for her shower gift, so I once again set out to make something unique. When she opened up Wyatt’s gift and saw the “BeBe”, she immediately said, “You know, you could sell these”!

As the end of the year approached my Mom started talking more about retiring at the end of 2007. She said in passing, “You really should start your own business so I’ll have something to do once I retire.” Ten years ago, the thought of working with my Mother wouldn’t have been something I’d consider. But now, having two daughter of my own, that same thought brought a huge smile to my face.

It was the beginning of January and I’d just put my oldest (and only at the time!) daughter down for the evening. I sat down at the computer and started brainstorming about a business to call my own. My inspiration was my daughter. We knew when I got pregnant that our plan was for me to stay home with our child. But, I guess after many years of a fast paced sales job, not even the sweet smiles or sounds of hearing “Mama” directed at me could completely satisfy the need for a sense of accomplishment. I wanted to feel like I was contributing financially to our family, but going back to work outside the home and not being with my daughter every day brought tears to my eyes. When I typed in www.stripesandpolkadots.com and got the message that the URL did not exist, I knew that was my sign. I registered the domain and ran upstairs to tell my husband all about my “new business”. The smile on his face told me this was it!

So, that’s how it started…a “Playkie” as a shower gift, a “BeBe” as a Christmas present, a little shove from a good friend and my “Mama”, the love and support of my wonderfully supportive husband, and a lot of inspiration from my first born!

Raw Materials $1000
On-Line Storefront $2500
Working from home to be with my daughters Priceless!

Stripes & Polka Dots offers unique gifts, necessities, and “just gotta haves”! Our line includes various types of blankets; numerous styles of personalized burp cloths & bibs; personalized stationary; personalized drinkware for the whole family; children’s apparel and accessories such as pacifier clips, diaper covers, and tutus; personal accessories such as checkbook covers, purse valets, and badge reels; and much much more!

Summer BLOW-OUT Sale!

Some of our most popular items have now been added to the Blow Out Sale Section! Click here to go directly to the sale. In addition to the super items on sale, we will be offering free shipping site wide on order $50 and over!  Just enter code BLOWOUT at checkout! We have extended the free shipping offer until September 18th, so you now have an extra week for free shipping!

We’re having a SUMMER BLOW OUT sale and have some special deals just for Deals Among Moms customers!  For each sale item you purchase you will receive one entry into a drawing for a $50 Stripes & Polka Dots gift certificate!  For orders that total $50 or more, you will receive another entry into the drawing AND FREE SHIPPING!!!  Just enter code AMONGMOMS at checkout.  The winner will be chosen on September 30th and announce on October 3rd!  Happy Shopping!!!

 

About Julie-BAM Owner

Hi! Here are a few fun facts about me: I've lived in the Seattle area long enough where the rain doesn't bother me. I graduated from the University of Washington. I worked in the pet products industry for a lifetime and in 2013 took over ownership of Business Among Moms, a community for mom owned businesses to network and get educated on entrepreneurship.

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