Kids Aloud

Some time ago I posted about my old daycare provider. Everyone gave me a big friendly push to keep looking. I did and I'm so happy. I found the sweetest mom I've ever met. She's a nursing student, pregnant and has 3 daughters (in school). Her home has been converted to a daycare and in doing so she surrendered her front room to an organized bomb of toys, paints and no TV! The kids love going there and when I pick them up they are tired and happy. Sigh. Big freak'n relief.

Since the kidlings have been cared for so well I've been able to fully enjoy my awesome new job. I love it! For 10 years before children I was a Marketing Director for technology firms. Some exciting ones (a crazy dot com) and many tedious old school ones. The Midwestern tech world that I worked in was dude dominated and the senior management was usually made up of two teams.

Team one, the techy CEO. Often well intentioned, but with limited social skills and not always in touch with popular culture.

Team two, the VP of Sales, the jock of the office. They guy who brings the paper to the john and makes no bones about it cause hell, he made his numbers!

As a Marketing Director my job was to promote or save the company (depending on the market) and play political peacemaker with the two teams. Sales gruffly ordering us to "Just get shit done" and "Make a god dammed trade show booth. How hard is it? You go to Kinkos and you're done. Bam. Now let's go to Hooters." CEO's wanting to put out ad copy with line after line of product descriptions. They wanted to be cool, but didn't really understand why this ad was better than this one.

I was hesitant to reenter this world. But lighting our ancient stove on my belly and no vacations in 4 years motivated me to earn some dosh. Enter Lotta, the freelancer. And can I say freelance rules? You get to pick the companies you want to work with and office politics are but a distant buzz in the background. "Did you hear Suzy blew Johnny in the conference room!" "Really? Well, I hope she didn't snag her nylons." I get to make snarky comments and not worry because Johnny is my boss and Suzy's the crazy pr lady gunning for my job.

Right now my first and favorite part time client is a company called KidsAloud. Did I mention they were my favorite? Cause they are! I could not have dreamed up a better concept to work on. Sarcastic, funny, quality baby one pieces. I've been walking all over Chicago with my little green doll sized sample suitcase covered in Kids Aloud travel stickers. I'm eating avocado and fresh mozzarella sandwiches in Bucktown's Goddess and Grocer. I'm part of the city again. I so missed the city. The first goal is to try to get these tees into some exclusive Chicago boutiques, a few hip suburban ones and some online stores. This means I get to visit all these wonderful stores. Like this one. And this one. And I spent so much money when I visited this one!

There are three Kids Aloud characters.

Angelette.


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Snarko.

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Socratyke

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Each have a hilarious set of sayings. Of course the first thing I did was make the company create a blog friendly web site. So go visit all the characters. If you click on one to enlarge it you will get the code you need to post the funny comic on your site.


If you want to buy a tee, you can find them at Petulia. If you want to help keep Lotta sane, pretty please post about KidsAloud on your blog and keep the freelance gig roll'n onward.

16 comments:

QueenieBadd said...

Wow, that sounds awesome! You've got, like, a life! I can't even remember what that was like...

It's not a brick and mortar store, but have you looked into Urban Baby Runway (www.urbanbabyrunway.com) It's run by the mom who blogs at www.mamac-ta.com. You never know, she might be interested.

Lotta said...

I did, I love Mama C-Ta. I just bugged her this morning and am going to send her a sample.

Julie Pippert said...

WhaBWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

OMG I worked with those EXACT SAME PEOPLE in the tech world.

I think shows like the Office are so funny because they are so relateable.

I'm sure I could fit a type too, LOL, but oh my so much of it was so...well errr troublng at times that it is awfully fun to find humor about it.

Glad the childcare and freelancing is working so well!

Amanda said...

Those are so cute! I am going to buy one for my new niece. I tried to copy the code to put one on my blog but it doesn't seem to be working...anyway...very kool!

Lotta said...

Julie - No doubt I was "The Marketing Girl" type. But you are right it's laugh or wither on the vine! So happy to be freelancing now, thanks!

Amanda - you can always cheat and just right click on the picture and post it that way!

Lotta said...

Julie - No doubt I was "The Marketing Girl" type. But you are right it's laugh or wither on the vine! So happy to be freelancing now, thanks!

Amanda - you can always cheat and just right click on the picture and post it that way!

Mrs. Chicken said...

Awesome! We went to Stinky Pants two weeks ago and I almost peed my pants. All we could afford was a Beatles T, but it was fun just to look.

Oh, The Joys said...

I love that dollar store one!!

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

I just took a button and put it on the blog...I love kidsaloud!!!!

Glad you are having fun and making money all at the same time...

dianeinjapan said...

Hey, what's so funny about that dollar-store one? Who's laughin', huh?! Quit it, already!

Jenny said...

I'm in love with Angelette.

mommiebear2 said...

Too cute! I will attempt to put on my blog as well.

k said...

Good for you! Get out there with your briefcase and earn a few new kitchen dollars...though your kitchen seems kinda, er, well...hot!! Still laughing! Have another Diet Dr Pepper! Good luck w/ new venture! I will add to my sidebar.

Stephanie, professional commenter from Mama Drama said...

OH I'm so glad you're happy.

And I LOVE what you're marketing!! I gotta get some for the Baby Bethany!!

Dysfunctional Housewife said...

Okay..I AM SO OFFENDED.. :::running off to hide Dollar Store reciepts:::

Lotta said...

Dys - the creator is actually a dollar store devotee so that is most def. tongue in cheek.

For the rest of you - Thanks man! And a special thanks to "Stephanie, prof. Mama Drama Commentator". Ha! Snort! Ha!