Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2009

WI Food Drive - 11 Bags

This is officially my favorite holiday!

I love the family that comes to town, the crowed house, football on the TV, kids playing and eating all day long. It is the only time of year that I eat my yummy Peas and Peanuts, guilt free indulgence of mounds of mash potatoes and my sister and I playing our traditional game of backgammon.

My Mom hosts Thanksgiving every year and there is something so wonderfully comforting about going over there and helping her in the kitchen. I love my Mom.

It is very cold here today - 63 degrees - perfect Turkey carving weather and let's not forget the Macy's Day Parade!

Like you, my list of what I am thankful for is endless but I would like to take this opportunity to thank God for all of His blessings!

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving my blogger friends and family - it goes without saying that I am grateful for all of you!

Monday, November 23, 2009

WI Thanksgiving recipes

WI Food Drive - 11 Bags

I am always looking for some new, yummy recipes and love to hear about family recipe traditions.

My family recipe comes from my Grandma Murbach. She is 92 now and so sweet! Sharp as a tack and still wants to know why I don't send her "thank you notes" (guilty, I'm afraid).

While you have your favorite recipe out, share it here with us. Who knows, maybe we'll have a new tradition of serving a Women Inventor Dish on our Thanksgiving table!

Keep an open mind when reading mine! :) It's really delicious!


2 packs of thawed peas
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1 Pt of Sour Cream
1 Can of Spanish Peanuts
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Serve cold in a pretty dish. Enjoy!

Thanks Grandma!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No easy way out

WI Food Drive - 10 bags

I search the internet, read books, scour magazine articles, hoping for some majical tip on how to (very) easily get my invention to market but it appears, you DO have to do some major leg work. *Sigh*

It's kind of like losing weight...if you want to see results, you have to sweat. Not just one week of walking the treadmill but months and months of blood, sweat and tears (OK, a little dramatic but you get the picture).

I have a laundry list of steps I need to take to keep the ball rolling for the EM but the literal laundry is piling up and quite frankly, I am ready for a break from my EM.

However, as I was checking twitter (a very silly and self indulgent example of today's "me-isms" but a good tool for networking), I noticed that "entreprenette" was following me.

With a name like "entreprenette", I had to investigate and I'm happy I did! Sarah Shaw is in the business of helping inventors take their "big idea" from concept to reality and for an added bonus, she is an inventor herself.

After reading her story of the hard work it took to get her handbag line off the ground, I became re-inspired and ready to get back to work myself - without the luxury of a magic wand.

If you are looking for some help from an experienced entrepreneur or just want to read and inspiring story, visit

In addition to reviewing my "to do" list for the EM, I would like to give a special thanks to an amazing, uplifting and inspirational person that encourages me to "keep chasing the dream".

Thanks R.P!

Monday, November 16, 2009

WI Food Drive - Thanksgiving

WI Food Drive - 10 Bags

With only ten days left before Thanksgiving, I am cheering everyone on to stop by your local grocery store and help feed the hungry - one WI at a time!

It's not much longer that those ladies with contracts will hear if their invention will receive national attention but while we anxiously wait with them, let's turn our attention to giving back!

We are currently at 10 bags...I wonder how high we can get that number! And while you are at it, let me know the name of the grocery store where you shop - it's just an interesting tidbit of the grocery "world" around us.

I shop at Publix....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Idea = Reality

WI Food Drive: 10 bags

When an idea starts forming, it begins slowly with maybe just an afterthought but ponder it some more... and then you verbalize it...that's when your idea is on it's way to becoming a reality.

That's when the hard part comes in. How do I do it...where should I start...when will "it" be worth it...

For many of us, our dreams are held in the hands of strangers...waiting and hoping that these "strangers" see your vision and feel your passion...and waiting...

There are others that take the bull by the horns and go full force on their own...

I am not sure which one is harder...but both take guts and a tough skin because it's not always hearts and flowers...there is frustration, hard work...determination...

But the bottom line is this...if you don't try, no matter how you go about it, you'll never know if that little idea that started off as an afterthought can become your dream come true.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Keep the ball rolling

We have been going non-stop since Stacey landed in Tampa on Tuesday and what a ride it's been!

These past few days have been a prime example of how everything happens for a reason!

The casting call was a blast and I wish I could have filmed it for you to see but it was a closed set and they were not allowing any outside camcorders.

Stacey and I pitched to Pete from Sullivan Productions. Pete was sitting on the panel when we auditioned for co-host in Vegas and said "we rocked it" so needless to say, we were excited to see him again!

When we were finished with our pitches, Pete said Stacey and I "are the best team he has ever seen"! Whoohoo!

Although the two products were not selected for Pitchmen, we have not stopped pitching them!

Without saying too much, we met with Kevin Harrington (Shark Tank) yesterday and Best Buy is looking at one of the inventions, so you never know...but it's looking good! I'll keep you updated...

Thank you to everyone who sent us well wishes and encouragement!

It's all about making your dream a reality!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pitchmen Tampa

WI Food Drive: 7 bags

I'm sooooo excited! It's very early and I have not even finished my first cup of coffee but I have a big smile on my face and major bags under my eyes (have to do something about that). I am ready to PITCH!

At 39 I have found my passion. Does this mean that I have finally grown up?! :) I hope not! Haha!

Stacey and I are bringing Pitchmen two absolutely wonderful, fabulous, genius products made by WOMEN that are perfect for what the show is looking for and ladies, these two products are just the tip of the iceberg. We saw many, many great inventions in the last week and it makes me so proud! Women Inventors Rock!

We were up late last night practicing our pitches and having major wardrobe issues but at almost midnight, we figured it all out and I can't be more thrilled to be a part of The Go 2 Girlz!

Time to get the ice cubes out and de-puff these eyes but wish me luck ladies! It's going to be a great day!


*The WI Food Drive is picking up speed! Way to go and thanks. Really. Thanks! :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Preparing the Pitch

Stacey gets in today and between the excitement and getting our hair done, we will be preparing our pitches.

Not an easy task...but a fun one!

Stacey has a long background in acting and is really good at it but me...I am truly just a Pitchwoman and I like giving the facts...just the facts Ma' we have fallen into a comfortable format of Stace giving witty but informative information about the product while I hit the bullet points.

Pitchmen and 93.3 are planing for a turnout of about 200 on Wednesday. Twenty to thirty of those inventors will be selected to pitch directly to Anthony and then a handful of those inventors will be able to go on the MJ morning show on Friday to pitch their product again to Anthony, live on air.

No pressure! :)

We are hoping to be able to video tape our pitches and post them for you to see and if/when we are on the radio, you can listen in via your computer - fun!

In four short months, so much as developed and so many wonderful experiences have been had!