This summer, the other half of business, Sensory Store Canada, teamed up with Tricia Saunders from LuvMum so we could combine our efforts in bringing awesome new sensory sensitive products to Canadian parents!
Lori: What made you decide to start LuvMum?
Tricia: I started LUVmum to help families find comfortable clothing solutions for their kids . Having kids and getting dressed in the morning is difficult enough – throw in tactile sensitivity and we get a morning melt down 9 out of 10 days guaranteed.
I’ve had many a morning meltdown in my own home and I wanted to find solutions for my child so that I could send him to school comfortable and happy.
It’s not easy for families to find comfortable solutions for their child with tactile sensitivity – most parents find they go from store to store searching, trying something and losing money in the process. What I longed for as a parent, when searching for comfortable clothing solutions, was a reliable store that understood my child’s needs. Since I couldn’t find one I decided to create LUVmum – a shop to help families “take the stress out of getting dressed.”
Lori: I can totally relate to that problem! That’s exactly why I started Sensory Store and exactly why I can tell we’re going to make a great team!
Tell us a little about your wonderful kids.
Tricia: I’m happy to be a stay at home mom to my children Aidan & Ella. Having a home based business has allowed me to be there each morning to take my kids to school and pick them up each day after school.
My oldest son, Aidan, is 9 years old – going into grade 4. My son was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourettes has many sensory difficulties including tactile, sound and light.
As Aidan has grown older he has been able to communicate more about how difficult it is for him to wear clothing with tags, socks with seams and uncomfortable tees and pants. Without having Aidan I would have never started LUVmum.
Helping Aidan with his clothing sensitivities has also made me realize that I too have the same tactile sensitivities.
As an adult we get to choose our own clothing but kids are not always listened to. Instead many adults choose to label their complaints as bad behavior and are not able to see that their child is crying out for help.
Aidan will tell you that he is proud of what LUVmum is all about – he is proud that his story has turned into something that now helps other kids just like him.
My daughter Ella is 6 years old – going into grade 2. She loves fashion – but what I have discovered is that she too would prefer to wear a seamless socks and comfortable soft tag free clothing LUVmum carries like Teres Kids and Soft. Most children when given the option will choose the most comfortable clothing available. The reason why Crocs are so comfortable is simple – they are comfortable! Birkenstocks have been around – because they are comfortable.
Both my children have inspired me in so many ways. While Aidan is fussy about comfort my daughter is fussy about style – each one helps me decide what we will offer at LUVmum – if my kids don’t like the product chances are we won’t carry it.
Lori: It’s amazing how having kids changes you isn’t it? Who knew that having kids with particular needs would lead you to a business where you’re now helping other families going through the same struggles as you.
I’d love to hear about some of your favourite products from LuvMum.
Tricia: I am a practical Mom so I always love to start with helping kids with a few items that are certain to make a difference.
Here is my list of must have items for back to school!
#1. SmartKnitKIDS Socks
#2. Knot Genie Hair Brush
#3. Soft Denim Pant
#4. Soft Tee’s (Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve)
#5. SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Undies
#6. Easy Daisies Magnetic Schedules
Lori: My son hasn’t tried out the undies yet. Can’t wait to see what he thinks of them!
Any big plans on the horizon for LuvMum?
Tricia: Right now my goal is to reach as many families as possible that could use our help. My goal is to grow and improve steadily to help offer as many comfortable solutions for families as needed.
Products are often chosen because of a request from a customer and I plan to continue to listen to what parents are asking for. My plans are to continue the way we started – offering comfortable clothing solutions & products, listening to families, listening to our children and looking for more wonderful products.
Lori: Sounds like an excellent plan! Thanks so much for joining me for Welcome Wednesday. It’s great to have the opportunity to get the word out to more parents about LuvMum’s great products!
LuvMum Giveaway – $25 Gift Certificate
Tricia has generous offered to giveaway a $25 gift certificate for her online store LuvMum. This is perfect timing as the Fall 2011 Collection of Soft Clothing is about to hit the shelves and this year there will even be jackets and coats for the kids!
How to Enter
There are several ways to enter and you can do one or all of them to get multiple entries!
1. Leave a comment below telling us which product on LuvMum you think your child would like.
2. “Like” LuvMum on Facebook and leave a comment on the facebook page about which LuvMum product you think your child would like.
3. “Like” Apples to Oranges on Facebook and leave a comment on the facebook page about which LuvMum product you think your child would like.
4. “Like” Sensory Store Canada on Facebook and leave a comment on the facebook page about which LuvMum product you think your child would like.
There you go! 4 ways to enter to win the $25 Gift Certificate for LuvMum!
The winner of the gift certificate will be drawn on Sunday, September 11 at 6pm PST.
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