- by Melissa Gunning, Founder of WeanGreen
Since being in the ‘biz we have noticed what a huge difference a little spunk makes. Monkey Bars is our #1 example of this little business tip. Wicked owner + funky business = Monkey Bars in Alameda California!
Here is our Q&A with Heather, the owner of Monkey Bars:
1. What is your favorite kitchen accessory (besides Wean Green)?
Hands down, I’m going with The Immersion Blender. I use mine all the time. Sauces, veggie purees, soups, you name it. Great for baby food too, and because we’ll be revisiting that stage in less than a year now, I’m keeping it handy for my homemade baby food (which then gets promptly popped into some wean cubes – naturally)
2. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Well lately, it’s been my uncontrollable urge to pee, but before this pregnancy I’d have to say it’s the thought that I truly love what I do, and no matter what I look like each morning (or if I’ve even showered) I get to go to “work” and help people all day. This is really a tough one though, because we all have our crap days & if I didn’t have to pee or I wasn’t starving for breakfast, getting going in the morning can suck! My 6-y-o has become very adept at making his own breakfast, thus easing the pre school craziness. He knows how to use a toaster oven, and he’s got his own set of kid-friendly butter knives. That dude makes a mean PB&J.
3. If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you like to do instead?
Ironically, this is in the works. I love food. Eating it, cooking it, sharing it with friends and family. Cooking honestly relieves my stress at the end of the day. I’ve launched (well almost launched) my long awaited food blog! If I had my way though, I’d have a cooking show. It would be a cross between Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” & Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List”… Stay tuned.
4. What is your favorite Wean Green size and why?
I’m personally a pretty big fan of the Lunch Cubes. I think the first question I asked Melissa when we met was “ooo! do they come bigger?”… Again, I prefer these for grown-up/bigger kid stuff. When it comes to making baby food however, the 4 pack of cubes is the way to go. I’ve also managed to use these guys for my daily stashes of salad dressing & my at-work stash of prenatal vitamins.
5. Why do you sell glass?
I’ve been a fan of glass since I can remember. I was raised in the microwave era, and even as a 7-y-o latchkey child, I knew something was wrong with putting plastic in the microwave. Now with glass, I rarely worry about temperature changes or staining. This is especially awesome for someone who hates doing dishes. Glass is so easy to clean! Plus, there’s the whole safety bit – with all of the unknowns that still surrounding plastic, I feel that in most cases, it’s better just to go glass. As I mentioned, the biggest issue with plastic is heating it, whereas glass can be stored in the fridge, heated, and served all in the same dish. I just makes mama’s life easier.
6. What other products do you sell that compliment Wean Green?
We sell Lifefactory glass baby & grown-up bottles. I feel like these two lines are very complementary. Yes, your bag gets a little heavier, but everything does seem to taste better. The great thing about both lines is that they grow with your needs. For example, what I said earlier about the Cubes – use them for making baby food, then when you’ve passed that stage, put your vitamins in them. Lifefactory baby bottles have nipples, sippy caps and solid caps making it very easy for the bottles to stay with your child long term, thus making them a great value.
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