Melissa Chelist is president of StorkGifts.com, an ecommerce site specializing in personalized gifts for babies and children. She is a single mom of three daughters who runs the company from her home office in St. Louis, Missouri. As a former teacher with no background in business, Melissa states, "StorkGifts is a true on-the-job training."
When my ex-husband traveled to industry conferences, leaving me at home with the kids, I considered him lucky. He would pack his suit, underwear, and toothbrush in 15 minutes or less, and walk out the door. He had no worries about the house, the dog, ... Read More »
Who doesn’t love a good story? We read them in books, watch them in movies, and listen to and tell them to our friends and family. The story about how you had a busy day yesterday and your kids took it upon themselves to empty ... Read More »
Many times when stay at home moms are asked about their jobs, they respond that they are the CEO of their families. Being a mom-preneur, I’m frequently asked by my friends what I typically do in the course of a day for my business. I ... Read More »
For those of you out of the dating world, do you remember what it was like? Forget about the nightmare dates. Instead, remember all those guys who were “fine.” They were normal looking. They were nice. They had a job. I remember this well. Since ... Read More »
Last week was high school homecoming for two of my daughters. They each went out to a local restaurant with their friends for dinner. When I went with another mom to pick up the kids (the freshmen couldn’t drive themselves yet), the teens told us ... Read More »
I was recently at a learning event for entrepreneurs. This group was made up of owners of businesses with revenues in the same range as StorkGifts, my company. The attendees were all men except for one other woman and me.
The moderator asked each of us ... Read More »
Ahh. Sounds of summer. Crickets chirping. Birds tweeting. Waves crashing. Children’s laughter. Wait! These are the sounds I only dream of hearing all summer; not the sounds I actually hear.
“Mom, I’m hungry. Mom, I’m bored. Mom, she touched my stuff. Mom, can Allison come over. ... Read More »