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Comfy Cup Chronicles

The Comfy Cup Chronicle Part 12: "Nesting" Before The Comfy Cups' Arrival

 "Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."This point in our journey marked a lot of anticipation and excitement.  There was a lot to do before the Comfy Cups™ arrived.  We needed to form an LLC, open a business checking account, set up a Seller Account on Amazon, purchase envelopes and labels for mailing, we needed to develop a business plan, create a website and social media pages, and of course print out some business cards.We discussed the idea of having Kyler act as owner of Comfy

The Comfy Cup Chronicle Part 11: Manufacturing Begins

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is olny to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more so we may fear less." -Marie CureWe were finally ready to give Tony the approval to begin manufacturing the Comfy Cups™.  This was a frightening time.  We invested much of our savings, including $1,000 of Kyler's personal savings to manufacture 1,000 Comfy Cups™. Would we ever get our money back?  Would we end up with a basement full of athletic cups? There were so many uncertainties, but we just

The Comfy Cup Chronicle Part 10: Packaging the “Package Protector”

"Life is like riding a bicycle.  In order to balance, you must keep moving." -Albert EinsteinBefore manufacturing could begin, we needed to decide how the Comfy Cup™ would be packaged.  Many of the cups we purchased in the past were encased in a clear plastic that looked nice, but was difficult to open. We decided a clear plastic bag with a nice header card would be economical and easy for boys and their busy moms to open. In addition, we needed UPC symbols to print on the packaging.  Most

The Comfy Cup Chronicle Part 9: Another Round of Prototypes

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."-Walt DisneyWe reviewed the data from "Happenis Hour"and made changes to the design.  We sent the changes to Tony.  Again, there was more emailing pictures and measurements back and forth.Kyler was presented with a selection of colors to choose from for colors of the Comfy Cup™.  He insisted that the Comfy Cup be bright blue and neon green.After another month

The Comfy Cup Chronicle Part 8: How we Turned Product Testing and Evaluation into "Happenis Hour".

"Good feedback is the key to improvement."With thirty prototypes in hand, we needed to find out if kids actually liked the Comfy Cup™ and if it actually worked. So, like any fun and borderline crazy mom would do, on a cold January day we hosted an After-School Happenis-Hour-Comfy Cup™ Testing party.  Cocktails for mamas and Comfy Cups™, dart blasters, and rough and tumble play for the boys. It. Was. Crazy.  Kids were punching each other in the crotch and moms were blasting kids in the crotch