Professional background: Homemaker
When did you begin inventing?
I’ve had an inventive spirit for as long as I can remember. I built my first useful invention at around the age of 11. We had taken in a stray cat and bathed her. I couldn’t stand the sight of her all wet and shivering, so I built her a heated house. It was made from things I found around the house, a simple frame, some old bedding, and a hairdryer set on low. She ended up having kittens in there, and we didn’t even know she was pregnant. I found that I enjoyed solving problems and being creative, especially when I realized I could make a difference in a life no matter how small.
How did your idea come about?
The inspiration for my idea was two-fold. At the time, I was a homemaker with six children including four biological children and two foster children. My foster son had special needs, and he took a different bus from the other children. His bus was never on time. It could come at any time during a 15-20 minute window which is an eternity for young children. My then foster daughter was an infant, and it was difficult for me to watch for the bus while keeping them both happily waiting. I spent some of that time dreaming of an alert system that would tell me when the bus was close (i.e. a proximity sensor) just so I could stop watching long enough to change a diaper or make a bottle. A short time later, I found a new and fun way to create a product lightly based from this idea.
Why do you think you should be an Everyday Edison?
Is there anything more “everyday” or ordinary than a stay at home mom who bakes cupcakes? I laugh sometimes when I think of that as a descriptor for myself, but that’s who I am. I’m also much more, and that’s what people may not know. I wanted to be an astronaut growing up, and I was the only little girl I knew who did. I was the first person in my family to earn a college degree. I graduated with honors with one child in tow and another on the way. In the next two years, my husband and I celebrated the birth of two more children. Most of us though didn’t spend our childhoods dreaming of being homemakers, but we sometimes make personal sacrifices and press pause on our own dreams. This is why I’m so grateful for Edison Nation and Everyday Edisons. I don’t have to push the pause button anymore. I can do both.
Is there anything else you would like the inventor community to know about you?
I’ve failed many times. I’ve even thought of giving up a time or two. Yet, here I am. I don’t know where I’ll go from here, or what will ever become of the things I invent, but I do know this: I’m still a stay at home mom who bakes cupcakes, and I’m proud of that. I’m also an Everyday Edisons Season 5 Finalist. Thanks for encouraging me and believing in me.
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