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Mom Inventors Land Their Products In Major Retailers

  First Posted: 08/03/10 12:45 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:15 PM ET

Whether it's a second career, time to think during maternity leave, or simple necessity, these moms found a way to turn their everyday problems into products. The LA Times wrote about mom inventors hitting it big by scoring a distribution deal with a major retailer (check out this cute video of Soleil Moon-Frye seeing her baby clothing line at Target for the first time), but in the internet age, you don't need a storefront to sell your wares. Mom Invented is a space for women to sell their inventions (see a video of product demos), and many women still set up their own individual websites (see Paci-Plushies, DaysAgo timers, and Pop Pals) in addition to any online or in-store retailers they land. Here's a round up of California-Mom inventions that are making life cleaner, saner, and more fun.

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Tamara Monosoff worked for the Clinton Administration in a number of senior roles before inventing her award-winning product, the TP saver (pretty self-explanatory). Monosoff only set out to solve one problem, but the experience of developing, marketing, and distributing her product inspired her so much that she kept on creating. Mom Invented is a free web resource, online store, community, and newsletter for mom inventors to connect and inspire one another. Tamara Monosoff is now a well-known mentor among the mom inventors community, a business speaker, columnist, and author. Her latest book was Your Million Dollar Dream, released in April 2010.
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If you're interested in learning how to become a lady who launches, check out the LA Times' resource guide.

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