October 8, 2013

Freely You have Received, Freely Give


Well - it's here.  It's finally here.  Today I have the blessing of launching CooCube.com.  It seems surreal after all this time of preparation, doubt, hard work and now excitement.  I am celebrating today - CooCube.com is ready to stitch your story together!

I was greeted by a lovely text this morning from a dear friend - "This is the day that the Lord has made!"  The truth of this really sunk in today. The Lord has made this day - perfectly planned for me.  Today it happens to be a day of rejoicing. This day 5 years ago happened to be a day of sorrow.  I have the honor of launching CooCube.com on my dear son Aidan's birthday.  We lost Aidan at 38 weeks - on this very day 5 years ago - Aidan was still born.  The experience of  walking through death in all it's brokenness has pointed us to true life.  So, though I don't know what tomorrow brings, I am comforted by the truth that the Lord has made all my days and is working out his perfect plan for me. 

In my quiet reflection time today I was thanking God for all he has done for us and reading a passage in Matthew.  In this passage, Jesus is getting ready to send His disciples out into the world for the first time on their own.  He has spent time with them and He has trained them, and now He is sending them to reach others.  He tells them to go tell the message that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.  He gives them the power they will need to heal the sick and raise the dead...Just before they leave, Jesus gives the disciples a principle that they should use to guide their actions as they go tell His message to others.  He tells them, “Freely you have received, freely give.”
 
I feel blessed when I reflect on how much I have received during this time of preparation for CooCube.com- opportunity, wisdom, grace, mercy, encouragement and love. I have been given so much and I am so ready to freely give. 

One way CooCube makes giving possible for me is that we will be donating a percentage of our proceeds to worthy organizations working to care for and positively impact children. In fact, this passage was brought to my attention through a talk this summer by Paul and Kristin Hoffman.  Paul and Kristin are the founders of The Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones, an orphanage in Bolivia dedicated to infant orphans needing intensive medical intervention. At this time CooCube will be donating a percentage of our proceeds to The Judah Quy Home.  Paul and Kristin Hoffman freely give their life away every day to love little ones in the Lord's name. We are excited to support their efforts and we were able to give our first donation to them during their visit (from CooCube pre-sales through our Indiegogo Campaign).  What joy.

Join me in celebrating today!! Hip Hip Hurray!!

xoxo

July 20, 2013

Hurray






















Hip Hip Horray! Our 30 day
Indiegogo campaign has come to an end.

Because of YOU, CooCube is off to a great start!
300+ likes on Facebook
40+ Twitter followers
50 Instagram followers
1,000+ entries to our Give-Aways
1,748 video views
79 funders
$500+ raised for The Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones
365 CooCubes to be made!

Here's to a bright CooCube future. We are inspired by the possibility of what the future holds and can't wait to get going.  A big thank you to all who believe in us! We absolutely, positively, without a doubt, could not have done it without you. 

xoxo

June 19, 2013

It's Go Time!!



Here we (indie)go(go)!! 

Watch the video, learn our story, pre-order now & share the love!


xo




Nuts, the Countdown is Over, But...

the excitement is just beginning!!

























Way to go Plucky Momo! Go nuts - you are the final winner :)  A big thank you to everyone who made the CooCube Countdown Give-Away a big success!! It was so much fun, I want to do it all over again :) 


CooCube Pre-Orders are available for a limited time.  Grab yours now :)

xoxo

June 18, 2013

Why Indiegogo? It's Simple


I set out to use Kickstarter as our campaign platform.  I am now using Indiegogo. 

Why? It's simple -  Kickstarter had this guideline:  Creators cannot promise to donate a portion of funds raised or future revenue to a cause.  And, well - I wasn't willing to give this up - its at the core of who CooCube is.  So Indiegogo it is! From the start, a portion of our proceeds will be supporting the Judah Quy Home for Precious Little Ones.  Located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the home is specialized for infant orphans needing intense medical intervention. In the future we hope to refine a model in which customers can see exactly what they have contributed to - whether it be medicine, school supplies, food, shoes, clothes, or special-needs diet items (just a few things on the list of needs from Judah Quy).  We also are looking forward to expanding our support to other worthy organizations. 

And while we are talking about simple - remember that book I mentioned - Start Something that Matters? Blake Mycoskie, founder of Tom's Shoes (One for One:  for every pair of shoes sold a pair goes to a child in need), challenges his readers to answer the following questions in one sentence or go back to the drawing board. He calls it THE SIMPLE PLAN.

So here it goes...

COOCUBE'S SIMPLE PLAN:

What is your business about?
CooCube is about enabling people to create beautiful things - meaningful/safe products and hope to children in need. 

What do you want to be known for as a person?

I want to be known as a successful servant leader that encourages people to be the best version of themselves. 

What social cause are you seeking to serve?

I am seeking to serve children in need by helping to restore hope and beauty to broken lives (partnering with orphanages and anti-trafficking organizations)




Help us "Start Something That Matters".  Please consider contributing to our Indiegogo campaign.  We can't do it without you. You will enable us to get off the ground by pre-ordering your CooCubes tomorrow!  It's the perfect, meaningful gift for that special little one in your life. 


If you can't contribute now, please consider supporting us by helping to spread the word. 

xoxo!

Closing Out the Countdown


Alright people- let's go nuts!! Last one until (indie)go(go)-time!

























Go Nuts! Get Sharing!! 3 ways to win:
- Like us on FB & share this post
- Follow us on Twitter & retweet #CooCube
- Follow us on Instagram and like today's photo

Boost your chances and do all 3! Good Luck!!
Ends 11:59pm EST.  Today's winner announced tomorrow by 9am EST


And the winner is...

Yippee!  Congratulations to Brianna Roberts (Facebook user) winner of yesterday's coveted owl mobile! We are so very thankful for all those that have participated thus far.  Only one more lovely to give-away until go-time! Please help us spread the word. 






June 17, 2013

Hard to let go...

This is one of my fav giveaways!  Although originally made just for today - I like it so much I just may offer these as well...I have prototypes in butterflies and moon/stars too :)

To quote one of my dearest friends -  "Hoo" wants to win this one?

























3 ways to win today's giveaway!
- Like us on FB & share this post
- Follow us on Twitter & retweet #CooCube
- Follow us on Instagram and like today's photo

Boost your chances and do all 3! Good Luck!!
Ends 11:59pm EST.  Today's winner announced tomorrow by 9am EST

Woot Woot!!

We have yet another winner! Congratulations to KelliAmato (instagram user) winner of yesterday's cupcake onesie. And many many thanks to all for getting us to 200 Facebook likes! Still 2 more chances to win…start sharing! 


Late Nights

Note to self: end your contest earlier then 11:59pm EST. It makes for late nights 5 days in a row :)

This is me late night #3 in the glow of  (what my hubby is calling) the "command center" tallying up facebook shares, instagram likes and retweets to choose a random winner. 

A story for another day but lets just say I am SUPER grateful to my sister and brother in-law for letting me borrow their new HUGE iMac to get me to launch. Couldn't have happened without their generosity.

You'll get it back soon- promise! Although I don't know if I can live without it now ;) xoxo!




June 16, 2013

Something Sweet

























Something Sweet for Daddy's little girl. 
3 ways to win today's giveaway!
- Like us on FB & share this post
- Follow us on Twitter & retweet #CooCube
- Follow us on Instagram and like today's photo

Boost your chances and do all 3! Good Luck!!
Ends 11:59pm EST.  Today's winner announced tomorrow by 9am EST

We have another winner!

























Hip Hip Horray! Congratulations to Loralee Landis - winner of yesterday's owl plushie.  Hugs and Kisses to all who participated.  3 more chances to win…good luck!! 

June 15, 2013

The Countdown Continues

























3 ways to win today's giveaway!
- Like us on FB & share this post
- Follow us on Twitter & retweet #CooCube
- Follow us on Instagram and like today's photo

Boost your chances and do all 3! Good Luck!!
Ends 11:59pm EST.  Today's winner announced tomorrow by 9am EST

This Is So Much Fun!!!




















Aaaaaaand we have a winner!!! Congratulations to Kristin O'Connor winner of yesterday's whale onesie give-away. And thanks to everyone who participated for all of your love - keep it coming!! 4 more chances to win…good luck! 

June 14, 2013

And the Countdown Begins...

























5 More days until pre-orders available through our Indiegogo campaign!! 

3 ways to win today's giveaway!
- Like us on Facebook & share this post
- Follow us on Twitter & retweet #CooCube
- Follow us on Instagram and like today's photo

Boost your chances and do all 3! Good Luck!!
Ends 11:59pm EST. Today's winner announced tomorrow by 9amEST


Help us spread the word :) 

June 13, 2013

May 30, 2013

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

 I stepped over this today...








and to see both of my daughter's faces amongst the plastic toys made me do a double-take.  Then I squealed realizing the affect CooCube had on me as a customer. Great inspiration for the never-ending work towards launch - which is getting so close! We have some exciting news coming within the next few weeks. Brace yourself for the countdown :) 

musical inspiration for today:  a blurb from Jenny and Tyler's  "Song for You"
"my voice you didn’t know, didn't know
i called you had to go, had to go
back to your little worldwhere nothing is strange
you set out on your own, on your own
you said, i’m heading home, heading home
back to the life you know
neatly arranged
I have done for youeverything my love
hear my song for you"

March 27, 2013

Spring Break


Spring is in the air!! O wait- so is snow. What?! What?! We kicked off our spring break with a bit of snow this week in PA!  Can you believe we have been waiting for a snow day all season with no luck? (My husband Brian is a teacher).

Luckily we headed south to visit my brother and his family in TN for my nieces first birthday! 12 hrs later we are here. 

This book was waiting for me - I had it shipped in no time flat to meet me here. I do have another 12 hour car ride home ya know ;)  I can't wait to dig in - I'll let you know how it is. 

See ya’ll next week!


March 25, 2013

In Love


After shooting my video and having the opportunity to talk about CooCube and my aspirations for it - I can’t seem to contain my excitement for the journey ahead. 

It’s been a reflective day today as I was thinking about the evolution of my heart for CooCube.  When I first started down this path my motivations were coming from a different place.  The idea of CooCube was initiated by a passion and love for creating beautiful things. I saw it as a potential way to provide for my family while doing what I love - not to mention it was on my list of “to-do’s by age 30”.  Does anyone else out there have one of these lists? Build a successful career, check. Buy a house, check.  Married, check. Kids, check. Start my own business…

And then my life took a sudden detour after the stillbirth of my son, Aidan. My heart opened up to so much more. It’s ironic how experiencing pain and very low points can inspire honest reflection from so deep within. I began to really challenge who I was and what I wanted out of this short life.  Instead of thinking about what I could accomplish and obtain I started to think about how I could leave an impact. I dream to play a part in the love and restoration of children in need.

Recently I’ve been struggling with reconciling this gap  -  starting the CooCube business that was set in motion a while ago while my heart has been opening up to serving others. What did this mean? A career change? Did that mean heading into missions? But I have a family that I need to support. What exactly did that look like?

After much prayer and contemplation – it hit me! Think TOMS shoes business model –they are "transforming everyday purchases into a force for good around the world. One for One." A for-profit company that is committed to giving back in a tangible way! A spark was ignited in me. Of course I am still motivated by my passion for creating beautiful things but that has been eclipsed by my awareness of others, particularly the suffering of others – it’s like I’ve woken up.  And I found that when I was no longer motivated by selfish ambition I was set free from all the fears that surrounded them. What will I do without my job? Will I loose everything? What will others think? Will I fail? Can I do it?  

Who knows how it will end but I am hopeful that it will be a richer, much more fulfilling journey.  At the start we plan on supporting an orphanage in Bolivia, The Judah Quy home for Precious Little Ones, that cares for infant orphans in need of intensive medical intervention. We would eventually love to support the abolition of human slavery with organizations such as Love 146, etc. I dream to play a part in building an orphanage or safe house one day.  If I think ahead – it seems like such a steep mountain to climb, such a long unknown journey to walk.  I don’t have experience in any of this - what am I thinking! But God is in the business of moving mountains and, well, I just can’t worry about it.

This weeks soundtrack: Faint Not (by Jenny&Tyler)

O my soul, faint not, no, faint not
O my soul, keep up, up
In love

It’s not that we don’t know or we’re not shown the proof of poverty
It’s not that we don’t have the tools to go to break this yoke of slavery
We quit because it’s not an easy fix and then forget that they are even there
We forget to care


O my soul, faint not, no, faint not 
In love


Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, let me pardon
Where there is darkness, let the Light come, come



O my soul, faint not, no, faint not
O my soul, keep up, up
In love


O my soul, keep up, up
O my soul, keep up, up
In love

March 22, 2013

Lights, Camera, Action!

Day 2 of the video shoot done.  Wahoo. It was quite the production – lights, camera, action! And action there was. Babies were crawling everywhere, doing what babies do. Laughing (okay- a little bit of crying), dancing and -of course- playing with CooCubes. My friends and their sweet little ones came over for a play date today and Brett was here to capture the action on camera. And what you see is what you get- there is no "acting" with babies- that's for sure.  I was; however, missing my mini “assistant” today- she was at school. Bummer.

After all the babies went home for nap time it was my turn to speak to the camera - to open up and tell my story. I’ve been a bit nervous leading up to today but you know what - it was very liberating!  It felt really good to share my inspiration, motivations, and aspirations (that’s a whole lot of tions).  When I let myself go – freedom to share the story – I found myself so reinvigorated! It did take me a little bit to feel comfortable behind the camera but I think we were able to get some good footage by the end of the day.  I haven’t seen any of it yet - a little embarrassed to check it out!

So now it’s time to put all the pieces together.  April is going to be an exciting month. Speaking of - I know we were shooting to launch the Kickstarter campaign in March but it is looking like April. It stinks to have slipped into April but I am proud of all that we have accomplished.  It will be worth it - we have some things up our sleeves so stay tuned.




March 9, 2013

Gearing Up

SO much has been going on! We've been busy little beavers over here.  Here are some behind the scene pics of our photo and video shoots. More details later but thought you might like a sneak peek. P.S.  I love our little assistant always ready and willing to jump in and lend a hand :)




February 7, 2013

Faith

I thought about how "surface" to keep this blog and, at the expense of feeling vulnerable, thought I'd instead share the realness of this experience.

Yesterday I said goodbye to my 9 year career. I had resigned after my Maternity leave in the fall but I've been contracting there since.  BUT yesterday I handed in my badge, my computer, sent my farewell email and walked out the door and onto the train.  I wanted to barf - and the thought of "I hope I don't regret this" kept running through my head.  Just then I received a text from one of my very dear friends that read "Whoooooop! Leaps of faith are awesome!!!!!".  This is just what I needed to hear at the VERY moment I needed to hear it.  It's those little nudges of encouragement that keep my faith in the unseen. (I've got some bigger nudges too if anyone is ever interested- but that is for another time and a longer story...I won't bore you with details)

To some it may seem - just another page but to me this is a completely different chapter. One I've been crawling towards for a while now.  I finally took the last step and walked away from security and success that I had strived for for years.  The truth is that, while I enjoyed the job I was so very blessed to have, I am looking for a more fulfilled life. I'd love to take my experiences and pour them into a pursuit bigger than myself.   I laid it down and am about to pick up something completely different. Which would be okay, or at least a little easier, if I knew what that something was! And if I knew how we were going to pay the bills. (I thought about keeping that thing about the bills off of this post but the truth is - this is a very REAL risk. The fear of this has kept me from stepping out in the past - it has been one of the biggest parts of my story so I can't leave it out) The not knowing is the hardest part since I am a visionary and a planner at heart. I've been challenged to trust.  And so, I move on to trusting that I will invest my time wisely and be led to where I need to be.

I can't help but think of my Mom as I walk through all of this. You see- I lost her to cancer this past May (about 3 weeks after the birth of my son) and really miss her presence here. Her voice of encouragement and comfort.  Even though I know she is proud of me and believing in where I'll be headed -  I do just long to hear "everything's going to be okay."  Faith in the unseen.

So today I started planning out the next few weeks - the focus is on CooCube for now. To give it a go - I started the list.  So goodbye for now - I am on to tackle task number one on the list.
#1) switch gears - stop doubting, look ahead and get excited
#2) dust off the CooCube facebook page
#3) open a CooCube twitter account
#4) start writing my Kickstarter campaign details
...#99) ...

Here's to hoping I can get past #1 ;)


February 2, 2013

I'm Back


Remember me? Fast forward from my last post to now and my then 7 month old Logan is now 2!  WOW!



And meet Ethan (now 9 months) – the newest addition to our beautiful family!


I have to admit it’s a little embarrassing reading my previous posts and knowing I haven’t yet realized this dream. But the dream is still there, even though is been a longer and more unexpected path then what I had thought.  So bear with me. I’m back with hopes to complete what was started. My hubby and I have been busy paving the way and creating space to pursue CooCube.  We’ve simplified our life by downsizing to a small fixer-upper home that we’ve finally made our own. This made it possible for me to resign after my maternity leave just this September.  I’ve been contracting since to get us over the hump but am now transitioning to focusing on launching CooCube.  The reality is that this is scary. These are big decisions. It’s uncertain. But on the positive side I am excited and full of anticipation. I have a great product that I am excited and passionate about.  I’ll never know if I don’t try. So here is goes. 

I’ve decided to create a Kickstarter project.  It’s a really neat way to get my idea out there to see if there is any interest.  It is a funding platform to support creative ideas. I put out my idea and request backers to support me.  If I get enough backers and reach my monetary goal – I then can fulfill on my intent to finally launch my website.  I gather I’ll know if this is worth pursuing.  The scary part is asking the question and waiting on the answer…but I guess that is what faith is all about.  But it’s not a magic button or an easy task.  The preparation begins with a long to-do list to get it going.  Lots of brainstorming, sample making, picture taking, video producing in my near future. I’ll keep you posted on the boring details as I move forward with this. My goal is to launch the campaign in MarchHere goes nothing…

“I close my eyes, breath in deep. Yesterday is gone. Today I can see. Oh Today I can see. My my my my for the very first time I wave goodbye to what used to weigh me down. Oh my my my everything’s alright. The sun is shining down. I’m looking all around and this is just so beautiful.”

from this week’s "theme" song (This is Just So Beautiful by Jenny & Tyler)