B Corp, Do You Know Why It Matters?

B Certified Corporations

Motherlove

Motherlove added B Corp Certified to their list a few years ago.  At the time of certification Motherlove was one of just 1300 companies in THE WORLD to be awarded this certification.

After learning more about B Corp Certified, I know if I am presented with two otherwise equal choices and one is B Corp, the other not…the certification will tip the scale.Motherlove Products

Check out this webpage to read more about why this is a really cool deal!

If you would like more information about carrying Motherlove in your place of business, please email me at tracy@tracylurban.com 

 

Love The Heart of This Company!

On the last day of the 2015 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, local nonprofit KIDS (Kids In Distressed Situations) made its annual rounds to confirm any donations from show exhibitors. That’s when staff at Baby K’tan decided they would donate what could serve as an entire living room of furniture, including two futons, four side tables and six shelving units. Volunteers for K.I.D.S. collected the items and shipped them off to be used locally.K'Tan Gives

“Each year, we’ve seen some amazing donations by fellow exhibitors at the end of the show,” says Reina Christian, marketing manager at Baby K’tan. “We were absolutely honored and humbled to be able to participate as well. Philanthropy is an important part of our corporate culture, and this year we had the chance to serve local Las Vegas families with the much-needed furniture donation.”

Brainstorming for a re-launched booth at ABC 2016 is already underway at Baby K’tan.

The Wisdom of Andy Rooney

Learning Never Ends

I’ve  learned.… That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…. That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

I’ve learned…. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned…. That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned…. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned…. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy  with.

I’ve learned…. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned…. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned…. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…. That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned.… That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned…. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…. That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…. That the easiest way for  me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned…. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve  learned…. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned.… That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

I’ve learned…. That one should keep his words both soft and tender because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned.… That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

 I’ve learned…. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his  little fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned…. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned….  That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Andy Rooney

How Do You Spell V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.?

Taking Time To Vacay

As I am preparing for the upcoming ABC Kid’s Show, I am also anticipating a short vacation with my husband and our youngest son. The married son has to stay home this time.

I am looking forward to the refreshing as I step away from all things electronic. This will allow me to recharge my batteries for the upcoming Expo in Las Vegas. I’ll return to my work on Tuesday, October 13, and will ‘hit the ground running’.

If you need anything between October 5 and 12, you may either contact the manufacturer directly, send me an email knowing that I’ll reply after the 12th, or email my assistant Stephanie (she is my daughter-in-law) at stephanie@tracylurban.com

 

 

All Natural Recipe For Cradle Cap

All Natural Recipe for Cradle Cap

What comes to mind when you hear the word newborn?  For me thoughts of that sweet baby smell and soft, rosy skin. But there is a condition that babies often get shortly after birth called cradle cap. This ugly, yellow, rough, scaly patch forms on your sweet baby’s head. It is unsightly, even if we all know it is common and will go away. It still is a bit unnerving. Although cradle cap usually appears on infants, hence the term ‘cradle cap’, toddlers get it too. Cradle cap is most common on the baby’s head, but can happen on the face and neck. Yes…it is unsightly, but there is no need for alarm. Simply put, cradle cap is an infant form of dandruff.  Cradle cap is not part of any illness and does not imply that baby is not being well cared for.

How many parents have come to your store looking for products to get rid of cradle cap? May I share a solution?

New People Recipe

Ingredients:

An all-natural oil: we recommend olive or coconut

A New People Perfect Baby Brush

Gentle all-natural baby shampoo

Your tender loving care

  • An hour before bath-time, rub baby’s scalp with olive or coconut to help lift the crusts and loosen scales.
  • At bath-time, first get the scalp wet, then gently scrub the scalp with the perfect brush…the New People Company Baby Brush, just like the ones used in hospitals. Brush for a few minutes to remove the scales and massage their head.
  • Now wash the scalp with a natural baby shampoo, rinse well, and gently towel dry.
  • Repeat for each bath until gone.

new people company

Why don’t you have a bucket of these brushes in your store? Call today to get one on the way. One “New People” bucket contains 25 brushes in a mix of colors/textures. 951-461-7424 or 951-704-5042

 

 

Baby K’tan Gives N’kenge Dance Mojo

N'kenge

N'kenge tweet

No better way to start the year for Baby K’tan, than by catching a tweet like this one from Broadway actress and singer, N’Kenge. Ensemble in Broadway’s “Motown-The Musical”.  A perfect debut for the mothering “stage”.  N’Kenge?  You’ll rock this one too.

 

New Year – A New Look

New Year 2015

Welcome to 2015! The magic of turning the page of a calendar has happened again.

For some of you the end of 2014 couldn’t come quickly enough as it has been a real struggle. Business has been hard. I continue to be in awe of your resourcefulness and tenacity. Let me say, “Congratulations! You’ve Done It!”

For others of you 2014 was a fabulous year.  It was the year of your launch. Some added locations, others expanded your store’s square footage. Wow! In either case, hard or fabulous, I love the spirit of the Entrepreneur.

At the launch of 2015 possibilities abound. (in truth they abound at the dawn of each new day – but this post is about the new year so….) They are available to every one of us. I absolutely adore the HOPE that arrives with a new year.

Speaking of which, I HOPE you’ve noticed the new look of my website. My sister, Shelly, built this for me. We have been collaborating on the things I wanted in a website for about 3 to 4 months.  I’m so excited to roll it out on the 1st day of the new year.  If you need help with your website or graphics or social media or email campaigns, Shelly is for hire. Just shoot me an email and I’ll get her contact information to you.

Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Christopher Reeve:

Hope Quote

Calling All Business Owners

[My sister-in-law posted this to her Facebook page the day after the elections. I asked her permission to post it here because I enjoyed it so much. I think her exhortation is something we need to consider well before the next turn at vote arrives.]

Reason to vote
Your vote is important.

Vote- It’s important but not for the reason you may think –

Some people believe that voting in a political election is like choosing between having your eyes gouged out by a hot poker or scooped out by a Hoodsie ice cream spoon.

Both options are painful and you end up blind either way.

I used to be one of you. Until today.

It doesn’t matter who you vote for. It doesn’t matter who wins the election. It doesn’t matter if the choice at the polls is between Dr. Evil/ Dr. Strangelove and Mother Theresa/Pollyanna.

The only thing that matters is that you vote.

The power of the vote is not in who accumulates the most. The power in the vote is the person casting it. Each and every person who casts a vote exercises their personal power.

Each person who casts a vote does so because we are a culture that believes one person can make a difference. Voting is a mindset. We are part of a system, however flawed it may be, that encourages us to participate and make our choice, to have a voice. This attitude is so pervasive that it extends far beyond the voting booth and seeps into our identity as Americans. When I think about it, I’m not sure how much change actually happened because we “voted” either for it or against it.

Women were not given the vote in 1920. Women took the vote. They picketed outside Woodrow Wilson’s White House and went to prison – where they were beaten and tortured for days. They had no one to save them. Alice Paul began a hunger strike, and was force fed raw eggs through a tube jammed down her throat. In the end, women earned the right to vote. Women risked their lives, went to prison, were beaten for the right to vote, but what was it they wanted to vote for?

Think about that for a second.

Had their choices changed? Was there a woman they could vote into office to promote women’s issues? No! Women couldn’t vote, so they sure as hell couldn’t run for office. But they could make a difference. They cast their vote even before they picketed Wilson’s White House.

Rosa Parks decided one day that she was going to sit in the front of the bus. Was she allowed to do this because we voted on this issue? No, she took the seat. She took the right. She cast her vote.

Change happens, and then we vote. Change happens because we believe that one person can make a difference. And that’s why I voted today. I am one person. I can make a difference.

When you choose not to vote, you give away your power. If enough people give away their power, they will cease to believe that they can make a difference and that they matter. If enough people believe that they don’t m