This Little Piggy Shop adds SwaggerTag ID Tags
I connected with Kat Armstrong on Twitter recently, each of us having learned a bit about the other through our respective nomination listings for the 2014 Mompreneur of the Year Awards. A few keystrokes later, we had arranged to meet up at the This Little Piggy Shop on Queen St. West in Toronto.
This Little Piggy was born out of the frustration that goes along with searching for the best quality, affordable baby products while ignoring all the unnecessary add-ons that suck the money right out of your wallet. The brainchild of Faye Moxam and Kat Armstrong, This Little Piggy takes the guesswork out of shopping for a new baby, and the different stages of development. Two moms, four kids, no nonsense.
What impressed me most was Kat & Faye’s interest in supporting Canadian products & entrepreneurs, and the welcoming, casual atmosphere that greets everyone who walks into their boutique. Walking in, I felt like I could happily spend the afternoon chatting with these two women at the community that they attract. And it doesn’t hurt to have the city’s best specialty doughnut shop next door (Glory Hole, in case you’re wondering).
Whether it’s your first or third, they promise that their offerings are right on the money and ignore those unnecessary trinkets that collect dust in your nursery. With everything from bath time essentials to a dad’s only diaper bag, they’ll give you what you need in the first two years to take you through.
SwaggerTag would like to thank Spoiled Baby for including our ID Tags in their fabulous Davisville & Yonge, in mid-town Toronto boutique.
Since 1995, Spoiled Baby has been featuring unique baby gifts and innovative products. This independent, owner-operated boutique is proud to offer a fantastic array of “smart” baby tools that will make caring for your little one an easy transition. They sell baby clothing, shoes, toys, books, body care, nursery décor, baby furniture and no-nonsense, smart, baby products, and now SwaggerTag Identification Tags. They pride themselves on their fantastic customer service, great prices, and unique selection that keeps parents coming back to their store and recommending them to others.
The owners have four great kids, with loads of parenting experience, so they have a hands on approach, and are always in tune with new trends and concerns. Plus, Nadia has been wonderfully supportive of me and my product.
SwaggerTag has the honour of being featured as the February 24, 2014 “Mompreneur of the Week” on Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club (YMC). YMC’s Mompreneur of the Week is a regular item posted by Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell of Spark Consulting and blog Mom Ink.
Amy and Danielle are passionate about all things small business. They frequently speak on the topic of entrepreneurship to the media, at seminars and conferences. Amy and Danielle co-founded Admiral Road Designs, which they sold in 2013 after more than a decade. They also wrote a fabulous book entitled Mom Inc. — How to Raise Your Family and Your Business Without Losing Your Mind or Your Shirt, published in 2011 by HarperCollins. These days, the best friends continue to work together, advising other entrepreneurs via their business, Spark Consulting.
Erica has gone from rock’n roll to rocking the cradle. If you are a Canadian mom, and were a teen or in your 20s in the 1980s, you’re very likely already familiar with YMC & Erica Ehm. Erica was a 1980s pioneering video jockey at the Canadian cable television station MuchMusic, but has collected a dizzying array of other accomplishments since. She is the creator/publisher of the YummyMummyClub.ca which speaks to the woman in every mom struggling with the reality of being a modern parent. The Yummy Mummy Club was started after the birth of her second child.
Once again, SwaggerTag has been nominated for this year’s Mompreneur of the Year Award. I’m thrilled to be part of this program again and in such great company. While there are fewer entrants this time around, the competition is much more fierce and the businesses particularly impressive.
At this stage, the nominees are vying for enough votes to make it into the Top 10, and the opportunity to be presented to the judging panel. This year’s judging lineup consists of women who can certainly teach us a thing or two about how to successfully balance work and family:
Maria Locker, Founder & CEO, Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc.
Jane Bradley, Group Vice-President and Publisher, ParentsCanada Group
Erica Ehm, Creator, Publisher, Yummy Mummy Club
Amy Ballon & Danielle Botterell, Co-Founders, Authors, Spark Consulting & MOM Inc.
Julie Cole, Co-Founder & Vice-President, Mabel’s Labels
Sharon Vinderine, Founder & CEO, PTPA Media
The voting began on November 17th, 2014 and will continue to be registered until midnight on March 2nd, 2014. This is a staggering 105 days for all nominees to encourage support. The program is open to Canadian mompreneurs only, and only Canadians are permitted to vote.
Last year, SwaggerTag managed to come in second place, so there’s only one way I can perform better this year. (For the “official” acknowledgement, head here.)
I’d like to thank all my supporters: friends, family, bloggers and fans. If you’d like to add your vote, feel free to click this link, or contact me to be added to my daily reminder email list. Once you’re registered, you just click the link, click to vote, and you’re done!
I’ve had the pleasure of making some great connections via The Mompreneurs organization, and one of them was recently with Diane Welburn of Canadian Basics. Canadian Basics is a blog dedicated to those wishing to live a more simple, frugal and basic lifestyle. SwaggerTags appealed to her because her son is forever losing his items at school and at friend’s houses. Diane approached me to review SwaggerTag, and I welcomed the opportunity to send samples out to her and her son, Spencer. And it seems they were well received!
She starts her review with “Wow!” and ends it with “You can easily tell I love this product. It is such a great product. I will be getting a few for when we head on our Vegas trip!”, with a lot more positive comments and photos in between. For the full review, check it out here.
SwaggerTag: the new best travel friend!
Naomi knows that life is full of ups and downs, and that’s how she came about naming her blog, This Roller Coaster Called Life. She is also a huge fan of all things Disney, and was looking for a tag she could customize with some of her family’s favorite characters. I believe she learned about SwaggerTag from another blog review, and then connected with me on Twitter.
In her October 15, 2013 review, I love that Naomi calls SwaggerTag her new best travel friend! Here’s more of what she said:
“So, I saw this really cool product and had to try it out!”
“Here’s my new best travel friend, SwaggerTag!”
“First of all, it can be personalized. (…) Too cool! Really, the sky’s the limit in personalizing these. The SwaggerTag comes with a small paper ring that makes cutting out an image to just the right size simple.”
“[M]y son is begging for the green SwaggerTag. Yes, he REALLY likes it that much!”
“Planning your next trip? I think SwaggerTags would make a great addition to your carry-ons. I know my carry-ons will be sporting SwaggerTags for my next journey!”
Naomi is also an Independent Vacation Planner affiliated with The Magic For Less Travel. While her specialty is vacation to the varied Disney destinations, she’d would be happy to help you plan vacations to other destinations, as well. If you are interested in a no-obligation quote, please feel free to email her at Naomi@TheMagicForLess.com.
SwaggerTag ID Tags get a listing as a WC Cool Finds
The word is spreading: SwaggerTags are cool for school! I’m very pleased that we’ve been included in the September 2013 issue of West Coast Families Magazine. You can find us on page 9, or take a peak at this online issue.
WestCoast Families Magazine is the longest running, largest family publication in the Greater Vancouver area, with 50,000 copies printed each issue, 9 times per year. They focuses on information that is important to local families with regular features like family travel, health, education, contests, cool finds, and parenting, and have become THE Lifestyle guide for local, active, urban families.
How one woman leverages her words.
<Pamela Maynard is a social media force! When we first connected, I was very happy to hear she was interested in reviewing our personal tags and running a contest. I was flattered because her “Mom Does Reviews” blog had an impressive reach. It wasn’t until yesterday that I learned she had so much more on offer.
When Pamela posts, she invites a connected group of other bloggers to post her review to their own websites. Instead of reaching one blog, SwaggerTag was posted to at least 10 (I may learn of more) on August 22, 2013. Given that each member of this group has impressive followings of their own, her review packed quite an amazing punch. Good thing she’s really liked SwaggerTag. And just to add a cherry on top of it all, SwaggerTag’s enjoyed a welcome upswing in Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers”. Woo-hoo!
Thank you, Pamela; and way to make it work, ladies!
Picking up on Tweets about SwaggerTag
I love Twitter for all the connections you can make. It’s so cool that I was able to see the tweets about SwaggerTag from @TheStephGlover, @TodaysEveryMom and @JoulesDellinger in an exchange July 17, 2013. I had recently mailed a few samples to Stephanie Glover of A Grande Life for review, and she was obviously quite pleased about receiving them. She, and many other bloggers are heading to BlogHer13, the 9th annual conference for women bloggers, taking place at the Sheraton Chicago July 25 to 27, 2013. I hope everyone has a great time.
After receiving her package, Stephanie sent us an e-mail: “I love them! You guys are so great with customer service. I was surprised with the custom tags! I am using them for BlogHer so I’ll make sure to snag some pictures of them in the airport and have my review up after I get back!” I’m really looking forward to Stephanie’s upcoming review!
Swag for any Bag
PBG Lifestyle Magazine features Swaggertag as a creative tag solution for back-to-school.
Hollie Hosler of PBG Lifestyle Magazine paints a compelling picture of why every kid’s school backpack should have a SwaggerTag in her August 12, 2013 posting. And this happens to be the original catalyst for why these creative tags were developed:
“You spend a horrific amount of money on the backpack at the mall that your lovely child just “had” to have this upcoming school season. As they get into their homeroom class, they see three other students with the same exact bag, overtaking the spotlight that your child was supposed to have. The room, now overpopulated with identical book bags, becomes a worry for you, and a nuisance to your youngster. Here’s the answer: SwaggerTag.”
Here’s a little more of what Hollie had to say in her article:
• “Once you have your tag, let the creative juices flow as you customize and personalize your tag any way you want.”
• “This locket-style product lets you keep personal information on the inside, so it stays private unless it’s opened.”
• “[T]heir backpack will go back to its rightful owner if it was ever lost or got mixed up.
• “They are built to last as well.(…)The ties are strong enough to endure any extracurricular-active lifestyle.”
• “Not only are they useful at school, but SwaggerTags are perfect for anyone!”
PBG Lifestyle Magazine was created in 2008 to appeal specifically to the over 50,000 plus year-round residents of Palm Beach Gardens and visitors to this Everglades, Florida area. As the headquarters of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America and the self-proclaimed “Golf Capital of the World,” the city has become a magnet for high net worth individuals and celebrities from across the country and the world.