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Bumble Picks: Nursery Must Haves

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We cruise the tradeshows and read the magazines. Here are our Bumble Nursery Must Haves:

1- Muu Crib– Sam Collection

Thee most darling crib with personalized name plates. Quite modern and will really make the whole nursery.

2- Bumble Diaper Bag– Starry Sky

For the mom of a brand new baby, she will need a durable yet functional diaper bag with enough room for all of baby’s necessities.

3- Bestever– Lamb Baby Mat

An easy way to dress up your nursery plus a warm and cozy place for your little one to have some tummy time.

4- Bloom– Coco Stylewood Baby Lounger

Loungers are a wonderful invention and can be moved very easily throughout the whole house. A great and comfy place for baby to watch the world around them

5- Monte– Luca Glider

With 3am feedings, a weary mama needs a cozy place to enjoy baby and enjoy being a mama.

6- Gro Co.- Gro-Egg Room Thermometer

A rather important and often overlooked nursery necessity, a room thermometer is a must for an infant and a cute one like this can easily double as a nightlight.

7- Oggi Kosa Combo Changer/Dresser

This smart looking changer/dresser does double duty as a functional changing table and a space saving dresser.


Balancing Bumble

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Erin Alfaro(Photo courtesy of Erin Alfaro)

Balancing motherhood and work isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have two passions that drive me to become a better person….my family and my business. I went to school for fashion design and in 1998 I decided it was time to finally dive into my dream of having my own business. I wasn’t married nor did I have any children when I first started Bumble Bags in 1999. “Bumble” began as a woman’s handbag line and I used to sew, sell, pack and sometimes even deliver my products to customers. I sold my bags at craft shows and then to local stores and soon found a representative who was interested in showing my bags at different trade shows throughout the country. Soon I found myself having to look for a production house because I simply couldn’t keep up. I remember how tired and cramped my hands felt after sewing hundreds of bags over a single weekend. Eventually, I found a factory to produce my collection and I was on my way…

The idea to change over to diaper bags came after my sister who was a publicist at the time, had a celebrity client interested in a fashionable diaper bag. At the same time, my sister in-law was pregnant with her first child, and neither of them could find a fashionable diaper bag on the market. It was at this moment that I created my first version of the “Jessica” messenger diaper bag. The Bumble Collection (TBC) was born and I never looked back!

Along the way, I would always hear from customers how surprised they were that I created a children’s line without having any children. However, I was never alone… I learned from other mothers by creating “mommy focus groups” where I got invaluable input on our products. I started with local moms, which grew to 40 moms nationwide and now consists of 140 moms around the world!

The last 12 years have been an amazing ride, filled with many “ups and downs,” but I have never for a minute ever wanted to stop creating and growing my business. Before I ever became a parent, I was a mother to my business, watching every step hoping it would grow from one year to the next. I wish I could say that learning to balance my home and work was/is easy, and I am still learning to do it every day. It’s hard when I have to leave my family for work, and I miss them terribly, but I am constantly reminding myself that I love my family and I want to be a positive role model for my son.

My family now fuels my business. Being a mother, wife and designer of TBC isn’t easy… but I try my best. My family is very supportive and I feel that I am setting an example for my son to go after his dreams and do what he loves. I have seen myself and business grow to unimaginable levels and I am very excited about what the future will bring. I hope to keep creating products that make other moms excited about motherhood and can’t wait to show you all the exciting things I have planned for the Bumble future!
Jennie Lynn