Monday, December 16, 2013

Spotlight on Mom: Andrea Winarski of Easy Peasy Patches -- Includes Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


The one thing that I learned since having children is that not only do kids grow out of their clothes fast, but they can also ruin a brand new outfit simply by eating a messy meal, or running around on the playground.  I learned to sew as part of home economics back in high school, and used this skill on occasion during my early 20's when I needed to hem pants for work, or sew a patch on holey shirt my now husband didn't want to part with.  But, sewing was never a favorite thing for me, as it was always time consuming and you needed to have steady hands to prep the needle and thread, etc. 

Fast forward 10+ years and now I find myself having to pull out the old sewing kit to fix holes in the girls' clothes, either from falling on the ground at the playground and making holes in the knees, or snagging their shirt on a something in the hole to make a hole.  While I don't have all the time in the world to be a seamstress, I still need to mend their clothes, as they are still fairly new, if not brand new, and have a few more months of wear to them.  Thankfully, I stumbled across a mom-invented product that not only lets me fix their torn clothing, but I don't have to pull out my sewing kit. Yippie!

Thanks to Andrea 's invention of the Easy Peasy patches, kids can choose fun patches to add to their clothes, backpacks snow pants and more.  All moms have to do is simply peel off the paper from the back of these cool and stylish patches and place on the item of choice.  Once the patch is applied, it will stay put.  Even when put through the wash or after a crazy day at the playground, the patch is there to stay.  

 How to Use Easy Peasy Patches


  • Rub with firm pressure around the edge of the Easy Peasy Patch.
  • On wearables, place the item in the dryer for ten minutes on medium heat before wearing.
  • Avoid washing for 24 hours after application.
  • Wash clothing inside out in cold water*.
  • If mending a large hole, choose an Easy Peasy Patch larger than the hole. Loosely sew the hole together. If needed, place a scrap of material behind the hole to prevent the Easy Peasy Patch from sticking to skin.
  • *Some fabric softeners and detergents may interfere with adhesion.  We suggest using Tide, Sunlight or Woolite.

Both moms and kids will get compliments on these fun patches, and you may even find photos in the gossip magazines of some of the most popular celebrity children sporting the Easy Peasy Patches, like Hallee Berry's daughter, shown in the photo below.


I was sent a sampling of patches to try out and have to say that they really do add more fun to a plain pair of jeans. And, as a mom to two toddlers, I am happy that I can put away the sewing kit, for now, and simply pull out one of these fun sticker patches when the girls bring me a pair of their pants or shirt with a hole.  In seconds, I can peel and stick, and they are ready to with their good as new clothing, now embellished with a fun Easy Peasy sticker patch. 


Not only would these stick on patches make great stocking stuffer ideas, but moms everywhere should stock up and have some on hand, when they are faced with a hole in their child's clothing. Instead of having to pull out the sewing sit and struggle to fix the problem area; all you have to do is peel, stick and you are all set.  Now, how is that for convenience?  To check out the fun, stylish patches available from this mom-invented line, click here to visit the Easy Peasy Website now --

Want a chance to win a $25 worth of Easy Peasy Patches of your choice?  Then, complete the entries on the Rafflecopter below for your chance now. Good luck!

And, once you are done entering this fun giveaway, please enjoy my interview with Andrea Winarski, creator of thess fun stylish patches, available at Easy Peasy Patches.

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And, now for the Spotlight on Mom interview with Andrea Winarski of Easy Peasy Patches.  Enjoy!

Name: Andrea Winarski
Company Name/Product/Service:  Easy Peasy Patches
Company Location:  Toronto, Ontario
Company Website:
Twitter Handle: @EasyPeasyPatch
Age of Company: 2.5  years
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: "The reward of thing well done, is having done it."  Emerson
Favorite Book: I am an avid reader so it is hard to choose.  The one that I enjoyed the most this past summer was 'Gone Girl' by Gillian Flynn.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc.
I have three children, two boys and a girl, ages 11,10, and 7 and a collie mix who is 3.  My hobbies are yoga and running but I spend most of my time as a chauffeur for my kids.  All three play rep hockey so we are a 2 van family. 

Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about? 

I invented Easy Peasy Patches when my boys were 3 and 4.  That was the about the time that I could no longer afford their wardrobes!  Every week they ruined another pair of pants.  I wanted an easy way to mend their clothing but could not find anything to do the trick.  I tried iron on patches but  they either came off in the wash or at play or the boys complained that they were stiff and uncomfortable on their knees.  

Easy Peasy Patches were the result of a lot of experimentation.  Once I created the right patch, I discovered that all my friends wanted them too.  That is when I realized that Easy Peasy Patches are great for mending and accessorizing everything.  My friends and customers have used them on items as unique as barbecue covers, car and boat interiors, inflatable mattresses and a jumpy castle! 

What is a typical work day like? 

I start working right after I drop my kids at school.  Usually I am surprised by how fast the day goes!  I am fortunate to be able to pick up my kids from school and spend the evenings with them.  I then usually head back to my computer after their bedtime.  The first year that I was in business, I  used to get distracted and work in the evenings but now I draw a hard line on answering emails etc when the kids are around.  The same rule counts on the weekend.  I work out in the mornings before everyone gets up so that I have no excuses. 

What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

The biggest struggle has been financial.  It takes a lot of time and money to develop and brand a new product. 

What did you do in your past work life? 

I worked for 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and  marketing.  

What have been some of your major successes? 

Creating, from scratch, a brand new product that my kids think is really cool (and has been proven by customers) has been highly rewarding! 

What have been some of your major challenges?
When you start a business on a lean budget you have to learn all the different aspects of running a business for yourself; the things I like have come easier, the things I don't like, for example book keeping, have been a struggle. 

On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going? 

On the impossible days, I just take a break.  On the bad days, I make a list and force myself to work through it until I am done.  Most days, I am excited to just get at it. 

What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family?

I have no secret; nor do I claim to be balancing anything.  I surround myself with friends who are supportive and try to do my best at things as they come my way.  There have many dropped balls along the way! 

What is next for your business? 


Do you have any advice for other mom entrepreneurs that are starting out and struggling, or are on the fence about starting a business? 

Go for it!  Try your best and don't look back but be prepared to work longer and harder than you anticipated.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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