City of Residence: Rancho Santa Margarita.
Children: Aaryn, 8 (right); Tyler (middle) and Ben (right), 5
Selected as the mompreneur contest winner by Parenting OC readers English-born Amber Trevaskis-Bloomer — creator of NineLittleMonths.com, an online store for recycled maternity clothes; NineLittleKidlets.com, an online store for recycled children’s clothes; and Momsforahealthyplanet.com, a blog that speaks to eco-friendly living — began her adventure in mompreneurship after her first child was born. “When I had Aaryn, I started paying more attention to the climate change issue, and that’s when I started the blog Momsforahealthyplanet.com,” she explained. The blog was Bloomer’s way of suggesting to parents Earth-friendly tips that were easy to do on a regular basis. This passion for perpetuating an eco-friendly lifestyle was further ignited when she became pregnant again a few years later. She spent a lot of money on maternity clothes for her first preganacy, but didn’t like them her second time around, and thus a business idea was born.“ I wanted to start a business, and I was really interested in trying to think of something that wasn’t going to be buying new; I really wanted to do something that was going to involve recycling, and so the two ideas came together.”
Gathering maternity clothes from local moms, she began her business. “I knew I didn’t want to be doing anything where I was required to be in a store, so that was out, it had to be online.” Bloomer did her research to come up with a site that was not only clean and straightforward, but easy for users to navigate. “I’m aware of the fact that when you buy second-hand clothes, often times it’s in a grubby little place, and it’s hard to find things. I really wanted to show people that you can buy a new maternity wardrobe by purchasing used clothes that are in great condition,” she explained. “I wanted to show that buying second-hand could be done in an elegant way.” As NineLittleMonths.com grew, Bloomer saw an opportunity to start a second online business for gently used kids clothes, called NineLittleKidlets.com, which is in the process of growing.
Though difficult, Bloomer has taken the challenge of being a mompreneur in stride, and has her kids to thank for her interest in eco-conscious living, which transpired into her businesses. “For me, recycling of clothes reduces pollution, and it reduces the consumption of raw materials. It really helps dramatically decrease the amount of pollutants and toxins in the system. The kids were the number one reason why I started being a lot more eco-friendly, and really paying attention to what’s going on.”
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