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The Go West Mompreneur Directory

The following is a sponsored directory listing home-based or online businesses owned and operated by women (almost exclusively moms) in the far western suburbs. We're big believers in supporting local businesses. So when you need to buy a gift or accessories for your home, secure an important service for your family, or just make a fun purchase for you or your kids, we hope you will take a look at this directory, in addition, of course, to checking out locally-owned stores and businesses and considering other local professionals in our area.

If you own a home-based or online business that you'd like to have featured here, please contact biz@gowestyoungmom.com for more details. There is a monthly fee involved, but we've tried to make it very affordable.

To our readers, thank you for considering these businesses, as the support of these talented women is critical to our continued ability to bring you Go West Young Mom. And if you do purchase goods or services from a business in this directory, please let the owner know you saw her listing in the Mompreneur Directory.

Baby Products

The Joyful Giraffe

Owner: Kate Becvar, mom of two cloth-diapered kiddos in Oswego

Our Store: Featuring natural and reusable products for your baby, your family and your home. (Order online and choose shipping or free local pickup.) Also, Kate is available and happy to meet with families in their homes for cloth diaper consultations and educational cloth diapering workshops.

Website:  www.thejoyfulgiraffe.com and www.clothdiapermommas.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheJoyfulGiraffe

More Resources: Join the local cloth diapering discussion here.

Special Offer: Mention that you heard about the Joyful Giraffe in the Go West Mompreneur Directory and you'll receive a free gift with your order of any size. 

Contact Info:  kate@thejoyfulgiraffe.com or call 630-303-4769

 

Children's Clothing

A Closet of Her Own

Owner: Rachel Engelhardt

Products: Cute, fun and feminine shirts for young girls that feature images usually only found on boys' clothing, such as fire engines, dinosaurs and sports.  In sizes 6 months to girls' 6/8.

Philosophy:  A Closet of Her Own aims to celebrate and validate the many, varied interests of young girls, especially those still often considered "boys' interests."  Because there's more to life than sugar & spice!

Website: www.AClosetOfHerOwn.com

Contact: info@aclosetofherown.com

 

Cooking Classes & Experiences

Nourish

Owner: Jennifer Downing, a Batavia-based mother of four very hungry children.

Details: Nourish offers cooking experiences for those yearning to brush up on their kitchen skills, add to a repertoire or just put a family meal on the table before soccer practice.  Emphasis is on sustainable, local and natural ingredients and developing technique skills. Join me in the kitchen, eat well, have fun and learn to nourish those you love.

Experiences for children are available, too. Classes, birthday parties, homeschool curriculum extension and scouting groups are welcome. Please inquire. I’d love to cook with your kids!

Website: nourishcooking.com

Blog: intheyellowhouse.blogspot.com

Contact: nourishcooking@comcast.net or 630-408-9589

Special Offer: Mention Go West Young Mom and save $10 when you and a friend register for a nourishing experience.

 

Custom Gifts 

baby SO big!

Owner: Sara Sweeney, proud mom of two boys

Products: Hand-painted, custom designed photo frame with 12 monthly inserts. Use the frame when you take your baby’s photo every month to create a photo diary of your baby’s first year. You’ll be amazed at your baby’s transformation and so glad you chose to capture those precious, once-in-a-lifetime moments. The frame makes for a thoughtful, unique gift for new or expecting moms and dads that will help preserve memories of a time that goes by faster than you can imagine.

Education: Associate of Applied Science in Advertising, Design and Illustration from College of DuPage and a lifelong artist.

Website: www.babysobig.com

Contact: sara@babysobig.com

Thirty-One Gifts

Owner: Amanda Abel, independent Thirty-One consultant

Products: Thirty-One offers a wide variety of fun functional stylish bags, totes, thermals, and accessories. They come in many seasonal prints and also the tried and true classics!Make the bag truly unique and have it personalized! You may place an order anytime or better yet host a party and earn products for FREE!

Special Offer: Mention that you found me on Go West Young Mom and you’ll receive free shipping and handling on your first order!

Website: www.mythirtyone.com/amandaabel

Contact: 630-788-8096 or jlouabel@sbcglobal.net

Scentsy

Owner: Bridget Armstrong, an independent escentual consultant for Scentsy.

About the Product: Scentsy is the newest invention in flameless home fragrances, and it's safe around children! 

About Me: I started using Scentsy in my home two years ago and loved it so much that I decided to become a consultant and share this wonderful product with my friends and family. Having two toddlers at home and being a candle lover didn’t mix. That is when I discovered Scentsy. Please visit my website to experience this fragrant, safe and beautiful product for yourself.

Website: www.bridgetarmstrong.scentsy.us/

Contact: Email me at jburg34@yahoo.com

Custom Invites, Announcements and Cards  

print girl ink

Owner: Stacia Ellermeier, mom to Ava James (the craziest 2-year old in town). Lives in Geneva.

Services: Graphic design specializing in custom invitations, including birthday parties, baby announcements, holiday cards and party invitations. You name it … we do it. When you look at the website or Facebook page, don't be deterred by all the wedding invites, unless of course you know someone who needs wedding invites. They just have been a big part of print girl ink’s most recent work.

Philosophy: Print girl ink is a small, independent business, and to survive in a world of large online companies, customer service must be my No. 1 goal. I appreciate my customers and want to understand their needs on a personal level. I know that each event and each person carries a different story and a different vision for how they want to share this occasion with family and friends.

Special Offer: Mention Go West Young Mom and get $10 off a $50 order.

Website: www.printgirlink.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/printgirlincdesign

Contact: 630-523-3407 or stacia@printgirlink.com

  

Elizabeth Victoria Fine Stationery

Owner: Beth Schneider, mom to a busy preschool boy! And new mom to a precious baby girl!

Products: Elizabeth Victoria Fine Stationery specializes in personalized stationery for every occasion! My unique and modern designs include products such as birth announcements, birthday party invitations, graduation invitations, holiday cards, thank you notes and stationery of all kinds. The best part is that everything is personalized with either pictures and/or personal information! In addition to your own liking, these products make great gifts for those hard to buy for friends and family members!

Philosophy: Create beautiful things! In a world of electronic communication, it’s always nice to receive a card in the mail that makes your day. Before I finish designing a product, I ask myself – “Would I smile if I received this?” Hence our tagline … Stationery to Make You Smile!

Special Offer: 20% off your first purchase! Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you the coupon code.

Contact: info@elizabethvictoria.com or 847-951-7020

Website: www.elizabethvictoria.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabethvictoriastationery

Sincerely, Sweet Lime

Products: Personal stationery and announcements.

About Us: This is a company with two sisters-in-law working together to create chic and affordable stationery. One has a degree in graphic design, the other a degree in marketing, both taking on two young kids at home.  Each trying to stay in touch with their creative side, while balancing an active home life.  After three martinis and a mean brainstorming session “Sincerely, Sweet Lime” was formed. 

Special offer: Enter coupon code "Go West" and receive 10 percent off your order. 

Contact: Amy Klein at 773-428-2691 or info@sincerelysweetlime.com

Website: http://www.sincerelysweetlime.com/

Facebook: Sincerely, Sweet Lime

 

Graphic and Web Design

Sara Sweeney Design

Owner: Sara Sweeney, proud mom of two boys

Services: Print design and production for advertisements, annual reports, brochures, corporate identity programs, direct mail, logos, newsletters, package design, point-of-purchase/sale, sales/marketing collateral. Web design and development, including original site design, site re-design, maintenance, original graphic development and hosting setup. Illustration (digital, traditional, pencil portraiture). Digital photography and restoration services.

Philosophy: I’m Sara Sweeney, a graphic designer with more than 20 years in the business, who will make your professional life easier by being collaborative, flexible, solutions-oriented and dependable. When you hire me and my team, you get distinctive design solutions and first-rate service, whether you want us to develop a project from concept through production, or simply need help at any stage along the way.

Awards and Education: Honorable mention for “Miracle” in the 2007 International Photography Awards competition. Associate of Applied Science in Advertising, Design and Illustration from College of DuPage and a lifelong artist.

Special offers: Mention Go West Young Mom and get 10% off your next project.

Website: www.sarasweeney.com

Contact: webmaster@sarasweeney.com

 

Legal and Mediation Services

Law Offices of Sandra Young, P.C.

Owner: Sandra Young, attorney and proud mama to Nick. 

Services: I practice in DuPage, Kendall, Kane and Will counties. My practice focuses on three main areas:

  • Family law/collaborative practice. My goal is to empower families to make their own decisions during this difficult time of transition. During a collaborative divorce, each person has an attorney and as a group, a fair and equitable decision is reached by the parties regarding the division of assets and all parenting issues. One important aspect of collaborative divorce is that the parents decide to resolve their differences without court intervention. This process is emotionally and financially better for many couples and their children. To learn more about collaborative divorce, visit www.cppillinois.com. I also accept uncontested divorces. Additionally, I am a trained and experienced family law mediator.
  • Wills, trusts and estate planning – Be prepared and let your decisions be made by you ahead of time. Necessary documents may include a will, trust, power of attorney for property, health care power of attorney, living will and even establish a trust for your family pet.  Packages available from $350/single person and $500/married couples.
  • Real estate closings from $250.00. Both parties need an attorney to help them through the negotiation process and make sure that the closing goes smoothly. Buyers need help with inspection and mortgage contingencies. It is imperative for a buyer to have an attorney at the closing to review and explain that pile of documents that all buyers must sign. Similarly, sellers need an attorney to help with the negotiation, handle the title and survey, obtain payoff figures and draft several documents that must be done before the closing.

Educational background: Juris doctor, magna cum laude, John Marshall Law School, 2003, Law review article published, Law review editorial board. Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 1998. Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, Business, Northern Illinois University, 1998

Website: www.younglawpc.com

Contact: 630-853-6981 or sandra@younglawpc.com 

Parenting Tools

Hands Across the House, by 3R Cards

Owner: Melanie Allen: Oldest of four, mother of two (not including her loving husband), St. Louis transplant now a Geneva resident, ‘80s fanatic, a “closet” closet organizer and still dreaming of being a back-up dancer.

Description: Are you a busy mom who needs help around the house? Instead of wasting your time writing out chore lists for your family that get lost or misplaced, use Hands Around the House by 3R Cards! These pictorial kidʼs chore and reward cards are durable, easy to handle and can be used everyday. The chores cover all aspects of daily household management including both personal and communal responsibilities. The rewards promote earned personal perks or family togetherness. Hands Around the House is an effective parenting tool that not only gets the dishes in the dishwasher, clothes in the hamper and toys put away, but also instills the basic life skills of taking responsibility for yourself and your surroundings. Assigning chores to your children will help them learn the principles of "Respect, Responsibility and Reward" for themselves and others.

Website: www.3rcards.com

Contact info: Melanie@3rcards.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/3rcards

Special Offer: Go West readers receive 15 percent off an online purchase! Enter code GWYM at checkout!

 

Photography 

McTeague Photography

Owner: 
Amy McTeague

Services: Professional Photographer, Amy McTeague, wants to turn your moments into memories.  I shoot maternity, newborns, children, tweens and teens, families, and weddings.  As a special offer to readers of Go West Young Mom, you can book a session for $70 ($55 off the normal sitting fee), and you will receive a free gift with purchase.  Don't wait for the "perfect time of year" for photographs of your young ones, they change so fast that you will lose the moment if you wait too long! 

Philosophy:  I am very comfortable with children and get many compliments from mom's asking "How did you get these photos? My kids are monsters, I can't even get a single shot."  I love hearing that from parents and being able to present them with photos that make them cry.  Photos they did not think I could pull off.  I do have a few special special tricks up my sleeve, and occasionally you will find me breaking out into song or dance to get that perfect shot.  I like to connect with the kids.  I don't want to just be an adult with a camera to them.  I will never ask your child to say "cheese."  I like to capture your child for who they are.  I like to make the session fun for them.  There is a reason I am not shooting every session on a black backdrop.  Take some time to visit my website and see children through my eyes.

Website: www.mcteaguephotography.com

Facebook: McTeague Photography

Contact: info@mcteaguephotography.com or 630-730-0227

Special Offer: $100 in free prints or double gift certificate offer HERE

K Lynne Photography

Owner: Kristine Wallace

Description: Capturing your moments and memories so that they last a lifetime.

Website: www.klynnephotography.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KLynnePhotography

Contact: klynnephotography@gmail.com

Special offer: Mention Go West Young Mom when booking a Living Art Session and receive a $50 print credit.


Jennifer Kaye Photography

Owner: Jennifer Kaye

Description: Jennifer is a photographer who specializes in babies, children and families. She has a passion for capturing the beauty and wonder of childhood. Her sessions are laid back and fun and are designed to catch real moments and real personalities.

Website: www.jenniferkayephotographer.com

Facebook: Click here

Twitter: JenKayePhoto

Contact: 1000wordsphoto@gmail.com or 630-334-5841

Special offer: Mention this advertisement for $25 off your session. (Cannot be combined with any other offers.)

 

Skin Care

Rodan and Fields Dermatologists

Owner:  Jenny Mareska, Executive Consultant, Batavia Resident and mother of 2 beautiful boys ages 2 ½ and 5.

Philosophy:  At Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists we are committed to connecting you with the products, the knowledge, the resources and the opportunities to change your skin and to change your life.

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, launched Rodan + Fields Dermatologists to extend their vision of bringing dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone. To support this vision, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have teamed up with Independent Consultants like me around the country to market these prestigious products.

With Rodan + Fields, looking good and feeling confident has never been easier and it's all possible without a trip to the dermatologist's office. Our products are clinically proven to deliver on their promises and this has lead to a large and loyal customer base.

We’re so confident that you’ll experience real results that all of our products come with a 60-day Satisfaction Guarantee.

Discover the difference that great skincare can make in your life with Rodan + Fields.

How I can help you:  As my customer, I can meet with you to walk you through our solution tool so that, together, we can find the right combination of products for your unique skin care needs. 

Website: http://jmareska.myrandf.com

Contact: 630-956-3791

Special Offer: Mention Go West Young Mom and receive a special gift from me!

 

Travel Services

Le Travel Ltd.

Travel Professional: Terri.  I was born and raised in Naperville, and have lived in Geneva since my marriage in 2000.  I have 3 boys that are 6, 4, and 3.

Services: Travel planning of family vacations, anniversary trips, church groups and everything in between. I have booked dream vacations to Tahiti and budget trips to Disney. Let me do the research so you can invest that time with your family.

Philosophy: In an age where consumers want true value, a travel consultant’s service is the real source for unbiased comparative price and information. It is important to realize that I possess common business sense along with travel knowledge. This allows my clients to receive the maximum value for every dollar invested. 

Specialist certificates in but not limited to: Mexico, Caribbean (Bahamas, Aruba, Cayman Trinidad and Tobago), Las Vegas, Hawaii, Tahiti, Apple Vacations, Funjet, Superclubs, Sandals and Beaches, The Disney Brand, The Universal Brand, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriot Hotels and Resorts.

Credentials: Member of International Airline Travel Agent Network (IATAN), Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) since 1989.

Website: www.letravelltd.com

Contact: littlebuda4@aol.com  or 630-207-1460

Special Offer: Mention Go West Young Mom and receive a travel gift pack with your travel documents when you book a vacation for two or more people.