Facebook takes maintenance time outs?

My daughter woke up at 4:30 this morning … Bad dream. It didn’t take her long to calm down and return to sleeping. But I can’t go back to sleep!!!
I’m trying to utilize the time to be productive. I’ve joined a blogging challenge to reignite my blogs. I know the SEO power of blogging and it is silly of me not to uitlize it. But I just let life get in the way.
So here I am on the computer, topic in mind to continue my Facebook series, starting to type and I know I want a photo (because photos elicit more clicks when you share the link and keep people interested while they read) and this is the screen I get:

FB maintenanceAnd all I can think is: tick tock, tick tock .. the kids will be up in an hour!

Oh the joys of of being an entrepreneurial mom!

It seems you are pulling me back

My last post on this blog site was March 2012 and it stated the site had moved.

But I keep getting notices that people are not only finding this site … but that they are subscribing to get updates. And it makes me wonder why? Not why are you all subscribing but why is this blog that I left for dead coming to me.

You see last year I re connected with Elizabeth Nixon, a former Lawyer here in LA that was also a friend and the officiant of my wedding. And it was all a destined reconnection. She had since moved to Arizona and became a writer, authoring a book and DVD of her legal research findings about Divine Decrees. The DVD literally made me CRY .. yes I said cry … from the power of the message and the connection I felt when I watched that DVD! But in connecting with her on a personal level she has begun teaching me about Living in the Rhythm of Heaven and the power of what that means … really recognizing the signs and following those signs even if you aren’t sure what they mean.

And that brings me back to this post. I know not WHY people are subscribing to a blog that has not had activity on it in 10 months. But that is not really the point is it? The point is that I saw the sign (feel free to break into song with me on that  great song reference) and I’m following up .. because I’m not sure where this is leading me .. but I have Faith that it will lead somewhere; that there is a reason.

So BIG THANKS to all the new followers! Thanks for joining me!

We’ve moved!

Yes you read that right … I got to big for these britches and I’ve moved my blog (and soon to be business website as well) to www.yvonneelmhall.com

So come on over and join in the fun! Each Monday I feature a Mompreneur, and the rest of the week … well I can’t tell you EVERYTHING! you have to come visit and find out sillies!

Mompreneur Monday: Meet Kobi Brock of It Works!

This great mom and I go back a few years. We were in a MOPS group together when I lived in Highlands Ranch, Neither of us were mompreneurs then … just moms. I felt an instant connection with her and am so glad we met. Although we moved away Kobi and I have stayed in touch with the magic of social media (and our few trips back to CO). I am always happy watching her business grow because I know her integrity as a friend and see her going FAR! Let me introduce you to Kobi Brock!


What is Your Name: Kobi Brock

What is Your Business:  It Works! Global

When did you make the decision to stay home with your child (ren): When my oldest, Alana, was born. We didn’t want anyone else raising her and seeing her firsts!

How/Why did you decide to become a Mompreneur/work from home: I’d had my own job and money from the age of 14 and while I work harder than ever before as a mom…I wanted my own money again and to contribute to my family financially. I also needed to get out of the house!

What is your favorite part of being a mompreneur?: My mission in life is to help others discover a healthier lifestyle, whether it’s one of my products or not…plus get to feel like I CAN do it all.

Would you like to share anything about your family with us? We’re an average family of 4. I couldn’t ask for more awesome children than the two, beautiful daughters I have and my husband is my best friend and rock.

How can people connect with you?  Cell: 303-718-9299 or https://kobibrock.myitworks.com/Home

What part of Kobi’s story resonates most with you?

Shower Brainstorm … My holiday gift to small business owners!

I had this great idea in the shower this morning!


What do you think, would you like this holiday gift?

Well you can have it too. I just can’t record it for you with MY flipcam. Take a minute right now, get out your video camera or web cam and record your 1 minute business intro and post it as a response to this post on YouTube.

Mompreneur Monday: Meet Erin Kelley of Hulabye

I’m happy to introduce you this week to an inventive mompreneur! Check out this amazing story:

What is Your Name: Erin Kelly

What is Your Business: Hulabye—Makers of the Happy Changer.  The first product that helps take the stress and struggle out of changing a wiggly baby by preventing all the rolling and scooting.

When did you make the decision to stay home with your child (ren) : That was a decision I made before I was even pregnant with my first daughter.  I was a doctor pre-kids.  I grew up knowing that was what I wanted to do and I imagined I would continue to work after I had kids. As I went through medical school and residency, however, I realized that I was giving up so much to do something that wasn’t making me happy.  I also realized the sacrifice would only get bigger once I had kids.  I love medicine but it’s a very difficult lifestyle that doesn’t fit with what I want for my family. I was lucky to have the option to stay home full-time, and as hard as it was during those early days with two small children, it was absolutely worth it… and still is!

How/Why did you decide to become a Mompreneur/work from home: The story of how Hulabye came to be is very similar to many “mompreneur” stories—I had a problem and couldn’t find an available solution.  My problem was that my younger daughter had become a wild-child on the changing table.  As soon as I’d lay her down, she would immediately flip over and try to escape. It became a huge struggle.  Sometimes she’d wait until I was in mid-diaper change, which was very inconvenient…and messy! I searched and searched for a product that could just keep a wiggly baby from rolling over on the changing table long enough to get a new diaper on. I couldn’t find a single product on the market yet I came across countless and similar complaints and pleas for help from other frustrated parents.

Out of pure necessity (and to save my sanity—it really was that frustrating) I sewed something that I thought would work…and it did! Fabulously! I knew from the start that I had a great product, and when I shared the original Happy Changer to two more families who couldn’t imagine how to change a wiggly baby without it, I was convinced I had to take it to market.  When my second daughter finally started preschool, I was more than ready to exercise my brain on some non-mommy challenges, so I decided it was time to make the idea of the Happy Changer a reality.

What is your favorite part of being a mompreneur? I love the control I have over my schedule and I love working from home. It gives me so much flexibility to be there for my kids’ school events, take them to doctor appointments, be home with them when they’re sick, or travel when we want to.

I also love the challenge that each new phase of this venture presents. The experience of accomplishing something because I’ve decided to do it, with the responsibility of making all the decisions and dealing with the consequences, is far more satisfying than anything I accomplished when working for someone else.

Would you like to share anything about your family with us? I have two amazing daughters, ages 5 and 7, who keep me laughing, learning and sometimes yelling, but make everything worthwhile.  I’m also lucky to have an incredibly supportive husband who I have been thankful for every day of last 10 years.  My girls are also incredibly supportive of this venture. This is particularly special to me since I’ve struggled with a little guilt over having them stay longer days at school so that I can work.  When I left for a week to go to my first trade show, after weeks of working non-stop, instead of begging me not to go, or asking why I had to go, like they do when I’m just going out to dinner, they said “Good luck Mommy!”  They really get how important this is to me. That’s the stuff that melts my heart.

How can people connect with you?

Email: erin@hulabye.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hulabye

Twitter: @hulabye

Website: http://www.hulabye.com

What part of Erin’s story resonates most with you?

New Year’s resolution … yes I’m already planning and excited!

Those of you who know me well, know me personally or have been connecting with me a bit on Facebook or Twitter this past year may find it ODD, to say the least, that me of all people are already planning and preparing for my New Year’s resolution. And though I’m going to save my actual resolution until New Year’s Eve; I will tell you that this year it is going to be a NEW Year, NEW Me!

Wondering what I’m up to?????? Well here’s a video with a bit more info

I’m creating my plan now and will be implementing steps this month to ensure that once the New Year comes that I’ve prepared myself for success not failure.

How about you, are you already anticipating the New Year and the changes you’ll be implementing? Have you already started preparing your plan?

Teaching our Children to Give Thanks

I’m a lead by example kind of girl. Mainly because I’m not good at keeping things straight … just easier to be ME.
My daughter is 5 (and a 1/2 according to her) and I want to make sure she’s learning about the true meaning of this season. SO on Thanksgiving day this is what we did …

How do you teach your kids about giving?

Mompreneur Monday: Meet Pat Zahn; Photo Solutions Superhero

We are starting something new here on the blog … A day dedicated to Mompreneurs and their stories. An uplifting, supportive post to inspire all of us trying to juggle the business journey that we are on with the family journey that has created this opportunity for us.

For our 1st Mompreneur Monday I’m excited to introduce you to Pat Zahn; Someone that I met via Facebook and my SNCC circles and one who has become a shining light and creator of laughter in my social media space.

What is Your Name: Pat Zahn

What is Your Business: Photo Solutions Superhero – I connect people to their stories with photos and words – helping them to make sense of and enjoy the piles of pictures and pixels.

When did you make the decision to stay home with your child (ren) : 3 months after she was born (I think the decision was forming as soon as I saw her…)

How/Why did you decide to become a Mompreneur/work from home: I had consulted in my former line of work (Electronics Engineer) and found that there wasn’t enough flexibility and I couldn’t separate my work/life. I stopped and concentrated on being a Mom for a while. Then, we bought a new house and I started to worry that my tradition/hobby would no longer be affordable. So, I took the plunge and became an Independent Consultant for Creative Memories (the products I had been using for about 7 years.) I have now been a Consultant for 14 years.

What is your favorite part of being a mompreneur? I like the control over my schedule allowing me to be present for my daughter’s activities (you still need to be available when they are in high school…)

Would you like to share anything about your family with us? If you get me started here, I might turn this into several blog posts, so I’ll just give you the facts: I have a tremendously loving and supportive husband and a beautiful, talented and caring daughter (yep, those are facts, not opinions.) No pets at present and I don’t intend to change that any time soon (I love animals, but I don’t love cleaning up after or worrying about what to do with them when I travel.)

How can people connect with you? Pat Zahn – Photo Solutions Superhero  Facebook Profile  Facebook Biz Page  Twitter

What part of Pat’s story resonates most with you?

Small Business Saturday Specials

I’m so thankful for all your support and business this year. Buying from small business owners mean you are directly impacting the local families. And because I’m feeling thankful … YOU GET A SPECIAL!!!!!

14 Wildtree products + 17 recipes = a winter of full and happy bellies for only $56!!! (+tax & shipping)

But that doesn’t help my Gluten Free Friends. So we’ve got a special for you too;)

Buy the Gluten Free Bundle at 20% OFF of retail pricing! That’s 5 GF mixes; 1 each Bread, Muffin, Pizza dough, Brownie and Yellow cake mixes for only $53 (+tax & shipping)

In order to receive these specials you MUST email or call in your order no later than 6pm Sunday, November 27th, 2011. Monthly customer specials are available in addition to either of the above specials. Culinary Club member discounts are NOT applicable with any of these specials.

Contact me at wildforwildtree AT gmail DOT com or 310-850-6443 to place your order.

And now your mind can be at ease that for these 17+ meals your family is FREE from HFCS, MSG, food dyes and preservatives! Now that is something to be thankful for!

Did this keep you from hitting the Mall for post-Thanksgiving shopping specials?

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