Parents invent Vending Machine with Baby Essentials

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A few years ago, a few vending machines for parents who may have forgotten or used up some baby essentials while traveling through airports, shopping at the mall, or visiting zoos or amusement parks cropped up in the market and did well.

Fast forward a couple years and you have parents Vanessa and Phil Carrington who’ve updated the concept. Think: touch pad interface, credit card swipe to prevent theft, printed or email receipt, adjustable trays, refrigerated options, digital ads pace and shopping cart feature for multiple purchases, among other neat features. The Carringtons are launching their own version called WeGoBabies!

“We wanted something better than a ‘potato chip’ machine (not that there is anything wrong with those but we weren’t selling potato chips.), ” they write in their Kickstarter fundraising campaign site. “We wanted to integrate all of the technology we have become accustomed to using every day, into the automated retail world”.

The Pitch:

Forgot your baby’s​ formula, diapers, portable DVD player for his favorite Yo Gabba Gabba movie?? ​ No worries with the new innovation WeGoBabies! It’s a common problem parents face when they’re away from home with their kids…a “doh!”​moment when they reach for something their little one needs and realize they forgot to pack it. That’s when WeGoBabies comes to their rescue.

WeGoBabies is a supped-up, state-of-the-art​vending machine stocked with everyday items for babies and young children, including: formula, milk, healthy snacks, juice, diapers/wipes, toys, bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and even larger items​like hand-held electronics and booster seats!

​This ​is not your ordinary vending machine! WeGoBabies technology is like nothing you’ve ever seen with all the bells and whistles, such as:​
Dual system vending: refrigerated and non-refrigerated all-in-oneInventory, advertising, and machine functionality monitored from remote location – so it’s always well stocked. ​Large user-friendly touch pad selection screen Receipt printer for proof of purchase and easy exchange/refund options, and many more features…

The Ask: And to get more of theses machines into more airports, malls and venues where harried parents frequent, the Carringtons are turning to the public for help and have launched a Kickstarter campaign, this past May 5 to help raise $50,000 for working capital.

If you can, and care to help the cause, read more and if you like and want to help make it come into fruition, then SUPPORT!

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Grandmother invents Million Dollar slip-on Hair Extensions business, gets worldwide patents

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Necessity is the grandmother of invention in the case of Michelle Elizabeth, a mom to 5 and grandmother to 10 who is also the brainchild behind an innovative hair extension company that owns several international patents.

Elizabeth founded Effortless Extensions,  a business that sells slip on hair extensions that are an alternative to professional sewn in or glued in extensions that last from three to six months, as a personal solution for dealing with her very own overprocessed hair.

So the story goes that the Washington DC-area entrepreneur had accumulated over 10 years of  permanent  damage to her hair from too many chemicals, products and styling.  Eventually, she decided to do the BIG CHOP and cut her hair super short.  During the periods when her natural hair  was growing back, she said she needed to figure a way to “fake it”.

And after realizing the products on the market then were too time consuming to insert and maintain, she figured out she could make her own easy-to put on extensions, thus the birth of the slip on extensions.

Eventually, it became a profitable business.

“After I created my Effortless Extensions, I wore them for about 4 months before ever showing them to anyone,” said Elizabeth. ” It didn’t occur to me that it would be something other women would want it too.”

The entrepreneur revealed that after she shared the  invention with her hairdresser, the stylist screamed in the shop and asked her to make one too.

“I had my first customer!” Elizabeth beams.  After that Elizabeth showed the extensions to a business woman who agreed to be her angel investor and backed the company.

Today, the pieces, which are available in 26 color shades, beginning at $79 and include four straight and three textured styles, start  in China at  a factory the company owns but are finished and manufactured here in the United States.

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Elizabeth, who currently co-hosts a the online Radio Show “Slip It On & Let’s Talk with M&M” with EE’s Executive Director of Operations Mindy Bundy, says she and her partners travel to the factory regularly to inspect and ensure quality control.

What about protecting the intellectual property behind the concept?

Elizabeth and her team sought out to get their the process patented but quickly learned it would be a long and arduous process

“When we first filed we thought it would just take a few months to get a patent,” she recalls. “How naive we were, but in fact it took us 6 years for the first patent to be granted, and that was many many rejections and rebuttals later, not to mention the costs. But we now have been granted 30 patents World Wide.”

Currently, Effortless Extensions has a wide variety of customers, including many online stores such as,,, and  In addition to international distributors, EE also sells directly from its website to the consumer.

The customers are also reacting positively.

” What we hear the most from our customers is how much they love our Extensions and the difference it has made in restoring self confidence,” Elizabeth notes.  “It’s very humbling.”

People even put it in their daughter’s hair for a low fuss alternative to professionally installed extensions.


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Elizabeth advises other women who are interested in launching a products-based business:

Do your research, having a comparison of what your product has to offer in regards to what is being sold, will offer you a better perspective of what the consumer is buying. There will always be competition , you just have to know the market you are in and find that niche that puts your product above the rest.

And while enjoying a very successful venture, being able to sustain the business and future growth from sales alone, Elizabeth reflects that if she could have done anything differently she would have built a network of business relationships that would have been around to  assist in giving solid advice.

“Knowledge is power!” she says!


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