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Posts tagged “PROTOTYPE

Little Pearls of Inventing Wisdom

What the hell is going with the Braduct, you are probably asking?  I have not written about the Braduct in a long while and this has been intentional – I have been in a regrouping phase of Research and Development.  Believe me, I did not want to deny any of you information or updates, I just needed time to regroup on the arduous path in front me.  You all know that I am extremely impatient and, therefore, set ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS timelines for myself.  After a bit of searching and examining what I was really trying to do, I am now able to proceed forward with the R&D phase.

Just to bring all of you up to speed…..last year, I had an inkling of an idea for a bra-related productI began the VERY LONG journey of nurturing this idea from the confines of my brain to the Women of America.  Along the way, my ten-year old son (who blushes endlessly when he hears the word bra) exclaimed that I was not working on a bra-related product but rather a BRADUCT.  The term Braduct was born after this, and although this is not the official product name, we now affectionately refer to the item as a Braduct.

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mom’s bad day – what’s the cure?

**Warning — Bitch Alert! (written late last night)

This afternoon I took a little “me” break, and I got a pedicure.  It was such a nice hour:  Quiet, Calm, Relaxing, and a Beautiful Outcome to boot.  After that, it was pretty much a downward spiral.  The rain was pouring down at school pick-up, and my son came out to the car and informed me that he hit his head on the concrete at recess. That was just the beginning.  There was homework, dogs to feed, snacks flying everywhere, a report about some shenanigans at school, and my younger son realizing that he misplaced his itouch.

At this point, we are all in a frenzy looking for the itouch, talking about behavior expectations at school, trying to reach our cousin who is a pediatrician on the head smacking the concrete, and making our way through the 2nd grade spelling list.  This is when  announcing that everyone was putting on their pj’s, having dinner, and waiting for bedtime was appropriate.  BUT, noooooooo…..I promised the boys that we would go see our local high school basketball team in round 2 of the state playoffs (45 minutes each way from our house).

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You want to be a mompreneur? a little perspective –

Last week I put myself on video asking for mompreneur questions….thanks to everyone for watching me on the big screen (ugh) and commenting.  I had one hell of a roller coaster week, and I thought that I would incorporate some of that into the answers. So, you want to be a mompreneur?  – Here you go!

When I posted the video last Monday, there was no school for President’s Day.  This was an expected day off, and I was planning on being with the boys.  In fact, they each had a friend join us and we went to a movie fundraiser sponsored by a local kid. We even managed to sneak in a game of Monopoly,

and then it started to SNOW!  I would say that this was where the roller coaster ride started.  We woke up on Tuesday morning to 8 inches of snow and of course, NO SCHOOL!

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mompreneur, down & dirty, Q&A

I have not recorded a Bckngruv-video in a while, so I thought that I would start this week off with one. This past week and the ones coming up, are what I call the “down and dirty” part of being a mompreneur.  Nothing glamorous just a lot of meetings, research, phone calls, and general business planning.  I share some of these details with you in the video, and propose an opportunity for us to share together  — check it out!

editor’s note: still working out all the technical difficulties and not saying “so” every other sentence, but all in all – better than last vlog.

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look r. BRAfeld, it is the prototype

Good Morning – welcome to 2011! The 5 a.m. wake-up was ROUGH this morning……

A little update for my Backngroove-Readers – My boys still have 1 more day off of school!  I know – RIDICULOUS!  After 2 weeks of being off of school, the teachers need an in-service day, and we parents, who really need a mental health day, have the kiddos home for 24 more hours.  If anyone wants to borrow my boys for one day, I can even send a packed lunch!

Well, this Backngroovemom has to get back to reality, so I am taking advantage of having an old sitter home from college – thanks Mary! – Who is on off on her own adventure with the “not so much Backngroove-Boys” today.  Tomorrow will be a very nasty wake-up.

The last 20, I mean 2, weeks have been relaxing and exhausting all at the same time.  It was nice to table my “braduct” for 2 weeks and enjoy my kids and out-of-town company.  After 2 weeks of watching & playing basketball, cooking, skiing, cooking, going to movies, cooking, even a trip to Dave & Busters (whew) and endless cleaning up…I AM READY TO START IT UP!

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here comes 2011: from “protoype guy” to “vegas guy” and everyone in between

All over twitter and fb, there are wishes, hopes, dreams and expectations for 2011.  Truthfully, I am just hoping to survive winter break…just kidding!  I am hopeful that my “braduct” (thanks JB for coining that term) will evolve from an idea into a prototype, and then, of course, a useful braduct that all women NEED to buy.   I have a rough outline of how I am going to get there, but I still have many unanswered questions.

The most difficult piece for me is that those questions will more than likely be left unanswered until 2011.  I have spoken about it before, patience is something that I am learning.  With that, I am also learning to prioritize differently and, occasionally, lower my expectations for myself.

This week has been lonely without “prototype guy”.  “Prototype guy” is visiting family for the holidays, and I cannot begrudge him that.  BUT, I miss him!  We were on such a fabulous creative roll before he left.  Who would have thought that we could have such a great time playing with bras in a purely platonic, utilitarian way?  My 2011 expectation is that we can pick up where we left and continue on that roll.

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patience and “prototype guy”

Patience is NOT one of my many qualities.  When I want something done, I really want it done 2 weeks ago.  However, I am slowly learning the art of patience throughout this whole “getting my groove back” adventure.  There have been months (maybe years) of exploring the options, hitting dead ends, and really finalizing my plan.  Over the last few weeks, I have been juggling two options – bringing a product to market and doing something that utilizes my post-graduate degree.  Yesterday – I made a choice.

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uninhibited

@backngroovemom just met a guy that I never met before at a coffee place in polish hill to discuss my bra project – good thing I am #uninhibited

For some reason…in the last 2 weeks, I have now broadened my adventure to 2 projects….

whew!

I have been distracted for a few days by a website based project that I have been investigating (details to remain vague).  Today, I had to get back on track with my bra project (details still to remain vague).  My 9 year old has been required to sign a non-disclosure after discussing the idea.  He now affectionately calls my bra related product a “braduct”.  Maybe I should hire him for marketing?

Anyway, as a woman entrepreneur, I think that it is important to be uninhibited?  Why?  There is no room for blushing when trying to start a company.  So, today I met an artist to discuss bra related prototypes in a local artist area at a coffee shop that looked like a bar from the outside.

whew!

I skipped the blushing, got right down to business, and hope that I have found the guy to make my prototype! And, I did before having to go pick up my kids from school…even better!

just a short little thought for today.