Lipstick to Crayons Blog for Moms

We were asked by Jennifer to participate in the birthday celebration going on now at Lipstick to Crayons, a super blog for moms with tons of giveaways, mom-friendly product reviews, funny stories and shopping finds you will love.

You will not believe the list of birthday goodies that Jennifer and her sister Kristie have put together. You simply must enter! It is free, quick and simple. Just post a comment here (scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the page) and tell the sisters the three prizes you would most like to win. Easy!

My business, Polka Dot Market, donated a FREE birthday initial tee that I know you all want to win! Custom-made to order just for your little boy or girl from baby to size 12.

See the long list of amazing prizes from more awesome moms in business. You can enter to win any of these prizes at the Lipstick to Crayons Birthday Bash.
I hope you win lots of goodies because you deserve it, moms!

Favorite Ribbon Bow Sandals

I found these Oka-b ribbon sandals in a local boutique last year and they were my summer staple! I bought the chocolate brown ones with a solid ribbon bow. They are cute (and still look great), but I am so excited to tell you that my friend Carol (and fellow crafty mom in business) is now selling these popular, adorable and oh so comfortable Oka-b ribbon sandals in her shop.

She has the sandals available in navy, pink, black, copper and each pair includes three sets of interchangeable ribbons. Can you believe this deal?

Carol has put her own unique twist on the Oka-b sandals. You know she has spools and spools and spools of ribbon around her house for creating her beautifully handmade and hand-sewn hair bows, so she is offering us a chance to shop her ribbon collection...for our SHOES!

You can pick your own ribbons to match your new sandals and your summer wardrobe! Three pairs of ribbons are included with each purchase. The ribbons on these sandals are totally interchangeable, but not everyone needs to know this. They will just think you have an amazing wardrobe of adorable polka dot ribbon sandals to match every outfit. Perfect!

Choose from Carol's ribbon stash of polka dots, stripes, ginghams, leopard prints and more to design your sandals. Did I mention that these are the most comfortable sandals EVER?!

Only $24.95 a pair (price includes three sets of ribbons!) - you simply must shop on over to see Carol at Little Bow Peep Tails. Summer is here and I know you are ready for a cute new pair of sandals.

Happy Memorial Day, Moms!

Moms Apron for Shows and Sales

Check out this preppy polka dot and gingham oilcloth work apron by Lilybella Boutique!

Allison the owner is always coming up with funky and functional polka dot gifts for moms and kids. This is her latest creation and we love it!

My family had a garage sale over the weekend and I wish I had this to store my sharpie marker, extra pricing stickers and other essentials (like Kleenex for my daughter's runny nose).

For upcoming craft shows, this apron is cute enough to be worn as a seller or a buyer. You'll look like you know what you're doing...and you know all the ladies will be asking about your utility apron!

Visit Allison today at Lilybella Boutique to order your polka dot oilcloth half apron and be sure to check out her amazing collection of polka dot oilcloth totes and monogrammed cups too!

Patriotic Polka Dot Hair Bows

Meet Amy of LBP Boutique Bows! Amy lives in Fresno, California with her husband and her doggy child, Josie. She thanks her mom for inspiring her business. Growing up, Amy almost always had a bow in her hair. Her mom made sure that before she left the house, a ribbon completed her look. If there wasn't a bow in her hair, there was most definitely a bow somewhere on her outfit or shoes!

We love her line of patriotic polka dot hair bows in red, white and blue! Perfect for Memorial Day, July 4th or all summer long, her bows are made with great care and attention to detail. Her bows make any little girl feel like a princess!

Amy realized her business idea a few years ago when she met one of her husband's good friends who said, "We went to elementary school were the bow girl!" She proceeded to take out all of her old yearbooks to show Amy the evidence in photos. It was true!

Things haven't changed much. Amy is still drawn to ANYTHING with ribbons and bows. To her there is nothing cuter than a girl with a bow in her hair, the ultimate in "girliness". She has channeled this love into her business and her love of making hair bows!

How did you start your hair bow business?
Amy writes, "In 2005, a friend of mine asked me to make a few bows for her girls. I gladly agreed, not realizing that I was actually agreeing to an even crazier life mixed with teaching school and making bows, and little did my husband know that he would never see the kitchen table cleared off again! Over time this little hobby has grown and grown, thanks to all of my customers."
Reader Special
Through May 31st, save 10% off your order when you enter code "polkadot" at check-out. Thanks, Amy!

Here's to all of you making your craft and growing your small business on your kitchen or dining room table too!

Visit Amy today at for beautiful bows, tutus and rhinestone tees. She has beautiful korkers, streamers, clippies, cheer bows and hair bow holders too!

Polka Dot Ribbon Flip Flops

I'll be back shortly with a full article about the two great moms, Aimy and Stacey, behind Two Chicks Flips, but I wanted to share their site with you right away.

Your toes will look so cute in these polka dot ribbon and rhinestone flip flops!

Perfect for summer, Aimy and Stacey are offering a free interchangeable ribbon set for Polka Dot Mom readers too!

How did you start your business?
Aimy and Stacey write, "The two of us actually started out making the flips as gifts for birthday parties. People kept telling us that we really should start selling them. So... we did!" They now sell online via e-mail orders at

Tell us about your kids and your life -
"Between the two of us we have 5 kids from age 5 down to 8 months. We run our business from homes in Florida . We get what we need done in between school drop-off and bedtime stories. Sometimes it can get a bit crazy. We have so much fun, though. It makes us both happy when we get stopped at the grocery or in the mall parking lot by people who just love our flips!"

The best thing about your polka dot product?
"We also feel good about offering so many ribbon choices that allow people to interchange their ribbons to match every outfit. It makes one pair of shoes really go the distance!"

Future plans for your business?
"We hope to add on online shopping cart soon. Maybe when the 5 year olds start kindergarten next year. In the meantime we take orders via e-mail and it works just great!"

Special Offer for Polka Dot Mom Readers
Mention Polka Dot Mom in your e-mail order form and receive a free extra pair of interchangeable ribbons! Offer does not apply to preppy ribbon.

Visit Aimy and Stacey today at Two Chicks Flips for your summer polka dot flip flops!