The Glamorous Life of a Momtrepreneur

Posted May 30th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

It’s hard enough running your own business, but throw in your 10 year old son’s presentation on Washington state for his 4th grade State Fair and your 8 year old daughter’s 4 haikus about the sun, due tomorrow, and you have a busy evening ahead.  For those of you who don’t know, the state muffin of Washington is the blueberry muffin so of course those must be baked for the fair as well. Throw in a blow dry for your daughter because she doesn’t want “poofy” hair at her friend’s outdoor pool party tomorrow. While the muffins cool, I put together and tape what seems like hundreds of cartons to be used for shipping out our web orders. Next I  make the mistake of allowing  a family viewing of the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee until 10:30pm because my children, who refuse to practice their own spelling words are fascinated by how incredibly hard other childreen work on theirs. Morning comes, and with it the impossible task of getting them out of bed at 6:30 for school, and so it goes…But, as we all know, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in Parenting Tips

Elementary Schools are Giant Petri Dishes…

Posted May 28th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

With all the recent news about the H1N1 Virus (otherwise known as the Swine Flu) swirling around us, I find myself in high mommy paranoia mode. My 10 year old son suffers from seasonal allergies and he is experiencing the worst of it now. With every cough, sneeze or blow of the nose, I find myself checking him for a fever even though I know his symptoms are purely allergy related.

In the absence of this nationwide health alert, I would be much more rational but I find myself  falling prey to the anxiety that comes with each additional school closing announced on the evening news. My children’s school has cornered the market on Purell and they are taking every necessary precaution. Still, when I received an email this morning from their school nurse sent to all parents and the subject line read, “Health Advisory Alert,” my heart stopped. Strange as it may sound, I was relieved to hear that the nurse was reporting 2 cases of relatively common and non life -threatening viruses …Fifth disease and Coxsackie. It’s best to be alerted to what has been diagnosed in other children at school so that we are able to be on the lookout for similar symptoms with our own kids at home.

We are all living through some scary times, and the media can make it even scarier, but at the end of the day our best tool still remains our mothers’ instinct. We need to stay calm and listen to the voice of reason that lies deep (often very deep) within.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in Children's Health

KidKupz Featured on Parenting.com

Posted May 26th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

We’re really excited to share that KidKupz was recently featured on Parenting.com (a publication of Parenting Magazine). The post was very favorable and we hope that it helps parents everywhere discover KidKupz. Many thanks to Christina at Parenting.com for sharing our new product with her readers!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in In the Media, KidKupz News

Exciting News!

Posted May 4th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

I am so pleased to report that since our feature appeared in April’s Parents Magazine, we have heard from several pediatric practices that would love to offer KidKupz in their offices for moms and dads to try.  Some practices have even told us they would like to feature KidKupz in their monthly newsletters so that parents know there is help out there. Could it be that maybe the pediatric community is also looking to for a way to reduce the screaming and crying that they endure daily in their offices?

I’ll keep you posted as to the feedback that we get.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in In the Media, KidKupz News

A Great Day for Kidkupz…

Posted May 2nd, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

Today was one of those times when I remembered why I developed this product in the first place. After 3 years of uphill battles, road blocks, frustration and hard work I am humbly reminded of why it all began.

I received a call from a mom in the New York area who had read about KidKupz  and ran to her local pharmacy only to discover that he did not yet have the product as it was so new, but he assured her that he would have it soon. This mom needed it today. Her 3 year old daughter was heading to the hospital in 4 days for some tests that she had to endure every three months as part of her follow up from a battle with a pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma. These tests require that her daughter take some horrible tasting drops for 3 days prior to going to the hospital. Her daughter struggles with the drops every time and her mom had tried everything possible. We were able to rush a box of KidKupz to this family and today I received an email from mom letting me know that the KidKupz were a big hit. Her daughter loved them and instead of tears and drama, she sat and licked the rim. HOORAY!  The mom thanked us and said she couldn’t wait to share KidKupz with the many other families struggling with the same thing as her daughter.

This is truly my dream come true!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in KidKupz News, KidKupz in the Community

How We Got Started…

Posted May 1st, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

As with many other innovative products, KidKupz was born out of a desire to help find a solution to a problem.

My own children protested when it was time to take any medicine but I always accepted it as a necessary evil and did the best I could with begging, reasoning, bribery and treats–none of which ever really prevented the struggle or the tears.

When my step-father retired from a career in the finance world, he began volunteering in a cancer hospital in New York on the pediatric floor.  His time spent there became his passion and his primary goal was to put smiles on the children’s faces whenever possible.  He was always frustrated to see these young children struggle to take the most harsh tasting medicines and he often spoke about it to my mother and me.

When my stepfather passed away in 2005, my mother and I decided we wanted to pick up where he left off and try to develop something that every child could benefit from.  Whether for the occassional fever in the middle of the night, or the weeklong course of antibiotic, we’ve all been there and needed something to help make the medicine go down. Thus began the journey that started with months of experimentation and trial and error in our kitchen, followed by designing a machine that could replicate our handmade method and of course, tons of  taste-testing by our youngest experts…kids!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • MySpace
  • Technorati
  • Twitter
  • email
  • FriendFeed
  • HelloTxt
  • Ping.fm
  • Posterous
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon

Posted in KidKupz News