What Makes me...amazing?

I had a good giggle, and maybe even a slight blush, when I saw that @mrs07c wanted to know "What makes you so amazing?" when I asked if anyone had any questions for me.

Gah! Really? Me? Amazing?

Then I started thinking about it, and maybe she's right! I think I'm quite a catch!

I think it stems from having a strong upbringing and parents who always encouraged me to chase my dreams {something I'm passing on to my son}. They knew that I loved art from an early age, and they encouraged me to just go with it, no matter what the outcome was.

I wasn't a sporty kid growing up. I was that geeky one in the choir, who could sing her little heart out {fairly well I might add!}...the girl in the art club who would organize fundraisers and other such things to help out in the community.

I'd like to think that I'm pretty well rounded...and that makes me amazing. I have a good head on my shoulders, have had to face challenges probably before I should have had, and had to grow up a little bit quicker than some.

I think it helps that I have a bit of a temper, and an attitude that I have nothing to lose, but so much to gain by putting myself and my work out there.

There's also a curly haired little blondey boy with blue eyes that makes me swoon...and because I made him, that's pretty amazing too.

What makes YOU amazing??

Blogger{at}BlogHer12: Business Cards!

The theme for this weeks' Blogger{at}BlogHer12 hop is your hand outs!

I've got to say, perfect timing! My business cards were just finalized this morning with my printing sponsor

and I adore them!
front of the cards with my beautiful logo

back of the cards with shop, blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and email information
Now, these are my business card sized handouts that will be given to some bloggers here and there, but I'm also going to be doing a 4x6 postcard size with amazing coverart photography from Hanlon Lain Photography on the front, and then some quips about me and what you'll find here at the Sweet Stella's blog. I don't want my cards to be all about links and email addresses ~ I want them to speak about who I am as an artist and blogger...so much more than a link!
 Linking up with Living With Peanut! Are you going to BlogHer'12? Link up with us!

Mompreneur Monday: The Mom Writes

Happy Monday, mamas! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Prerna...the mastermind and mama behind The Mom Writes. What does she do? Well...she provides affordable and effective solutions to help mom business owners live {and survive} online!

What do you do?

I am a professional freelance web writer, business blogger and social media manager.

How do you maximize your time as a busy mom running a business?

Focus. Shutting out distractions like Twitter, FB and my email works wonders. Also, I’m an early riser and am often up at 4 in the morning. That gives me a good 4 hours before my preschooler needs to be up for the day.

Also, saying, “no” to tasks that wouldn’t add to either my life as mom or mompreneur helps.

What do you see as your greatest challenge being a MOMpreneur?

Keeping a hold on ALL the ideas that keep jumping into my head. I’m constantly thinking about how to grow my business, add more value to my clients’ businesses

What advice do you have for other moms looking to start a business?

Start. Don’t wait for the kids to grow up or to move to a house with space for an office. Just start.

Take action. Every day. Do something to build your business every single day. From researching ideas to building your customer database, make sure you’re working on your business, every day.

Stay hopeful and positive. Honestly, it isn’t easy being a mompreneur. There will be discouragement and disappointment, but don’t let them shake you. Surround yourself with positive, inspiring women who’re rocking the business world and stay encouraged and positive.

Is there anything else you'd like to share with Sweet Stella's readers?

First, I’d like to offer ALL your readers with a business a FREE one-on-one social media/web content strategy session. Please sign up here

I’d like to offer a 20% discount on ALL web content, business blogging and social media services. Please mention "SweetStellas" in your email to me. I can be reached at prerna(at)themomwrites(dot)com.





WAHM Wednesday: Mobile Mama

A couple of weeks ago, I was out for breakfast (eeer...brunch? It was 11am and my son had only been up for a half hour...so we call it breakfast) with another Mompreneur. As we chatted, I noticed a commonality between us...

both with notepads and pens
both with blackberries

It got me thinking about how I love being a mobile mama.

No matter where I am, how busy I am, I can always reach out to my customers. In the span of our breakfast (about two hours) I got emails from customers, tweets from like minded moms, and facebook messages from fellow artisans in The Artisan Group. Within a few seconds, I was able to respond to everyone, and still pack my son back up in the car, drive home, and spend some time watching The Fox and the Hound.

However, I'm not a huge fan of my mobile device. I have a Blackberry curve from almost 3 years ago...you know the one...with the track ball? The camera quality is pretty poor, which is important for tweeting pictures of my cute little boy and products as they're in progress. I have to pull the battery almost daily, and it needs to be charged every single night to even have a chance at getting through the day.

What devices allow you to be a mobile mama? Hit me with your suggestions in the comments!

MyMemeories Suite Software...We Have a Winner!

Wowzah! Well this Anniversary Celebration is absolutely amazing, and I am so pleased that we had 90 entries into the MyMemories Suite Software Giveaway!

A huge congratulations to....

To the winner, I will be in touch very soon with your promotional code from MyMemories!

To those who entered and simply cannot live without the software, you can purchase it with this special discount and get $10 off the software, plus a $10 credit for shopping in the https://www.mymemories.com/!

Code: STMMMS4024

Happy {digital} scrapping!

Thankful Thursday: Twitter

I was himming and hawing last night while trying to get comfortable in bed and trying fruitlessly to fall asleep about what I would post today for Thankful Thursday.

It just dawned on my right now...3:14pm EST...that I am very thankful for Twitter.

Without Twitter, and following people like Kristal from @atutudes, I wouldn't have known or linked with with The Artisan Group.

Without Twitter, I wouldn't have been asked by Metro News to send them a press release, and that article would never have happened.

Without Twitter, I wouldn't be able to chat with the mom's that I love so much and who have been such a huge support of my role as a mom and MOMpreneur, on a daily basis.

Without Twitter, I woudln't be able to reach out and connect with hundreds if not thousands of people, participate in TweetUp's, host a Tweetup for The Artisan Group, or link up with charities that are looking for product donations.

So, thank you Twitter! Social media is amazing...don't fight it! Hop on into the conversations!