Monday, March 4, 2013

Spotlight on Mom: Karen St. Clair of Wett Giggles Soap

This week's second Spotlight Mom is Karen St. Clair of Wett Giggles Soap.  I stumbled across Karen's website when I was also looking for fun gift ideas for Easter and special occasions for children.  As soon as I saw the photo above showing off her cute natural, handmade and organic animals soaps, I knew I had to share Wett Giggles Soap with you, and hopefully have Karen share her personal mom entrepreneur story.

Like many other mom entrepreneurs, Karen came up with the idea of Wett Giggles soap when she was trying to find a way to instill good personal hygiene with her then 6 yr. old son.  She came up with the idea of creating these fun character soaps, and including a manicure nail brush along with it.  These two products combined not only make getting young childrens' hands and under their nails clean, but also instill proper daily hygiene by making sure they lather properly and scrub away dirt and debris form under nails.

How can you resist these cute soaps?  I sure couldn't, and was excited when I received a sample of the spotted dog over the weekend to try out with Savannah (along with the manicure nail brush).  Stay tuned on Friday when I will share more about Wett Giggles Soap, including my thoughts on the sample sent to me, as well as offer one lucky reader a chance to win a Wett Giggles soap of their choice. In addition, I will be sharing  a special coupon code just for Inspired by Savannah readers, to receive two Wett Giggles soaps for only $10.00.  So, make sure you head back here on Friday for my review and giveaway post.  But in the meantime, please enjoy my Spotlight on Mom interview with Karen St. Clair of Wett Giggles Soap.

Name: Karen St.Clair
Company Name/Product/Service: Wett Giggles Soap
Company Location: NYC
Company Website:
Facebook URL:
Twitter Username: @wettgiggles 
Age of Company: 5 Yrs.
Favorite Inspirational Quotes: "It's always to early to quit" Norman Vincent Peale
Favorite Book: The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How many children do you have?  What are their ages? Your hobbies? Etc. 

I'm a married women with a 12 year old son and 30 year old daughter. I love cooking, photography,reading inspirational books like the Bible, Lao Tzu quotes Louise Hay etc.. On the weekends, my husband and I roller skate. We met in a skating rink and never lost our interest in that.
Briefly explain your business.  How did it come about?

I was inspired to create the because of my then six year-old son's dirty finger nails..He is the typical boy who runs into a muddy puddle instead of walking around or he had a habit of entering room by doing somersaults..because of doing things like that he was extra dirty...especially his hands and I wanted to create that something that would help with the cleaning tasks. As I'm scrubbing his nails I thought wouldn't be great to have soap and a nail brush combine together...That's how Wett Giggles soap was born..I give the product the name Wett Giggles because my son was laughing and giggling while he washing his hands.
What is a typical work day like? 

Well, I work a full time job during the day...I work for a company that retouches products,models,etc...On nights and weekends I make my soaps for kids.
What has been a struggle while starting up your company?  

Balancing everything including time for me can get a little hectic.
What have been some of your major successes? 

Advertising directly to consumers works best for me.
What have been some of your major challenges?  

Timing becomes an issue..There are always some deadline to hit. 
On those impossible days, what motivates you to keep going?  

A smile and knowing problems are temporary...they can't last forever.
What is your balancing secret in managing a business and family? 

There is no do one thing at time and then move onto the next thing...Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication...It's one of my favorite  quotes

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

Norman Peale said it best "Four things for success work,pray,think and believe.

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