Who are Vanessa & Melissa ? They are two full time, passionate moms on a mission to discover the latest and greatest in all things related to raising healthy, happy, balanced children, and families. Seeking great experiences for mommies, daddies, partners, and the entire gang.
These mamas might not always agree on things as Melissa tends to have a more holistic approach, and Vanessa can be a little set in her ways, but at the end of the day both moms aspire to do what is in the best interest of their families.
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How did you get your start?
We both (Vanessa+Melissa) were correspondents on a local entertainment show with Rogers Television. Vanessa was in the process of pitching the concept for a parenting TV show to the Executive Producer of the station, when Melissa started enquiring about hosting a parenting show. The producers quickly arranged a blind date at Starbucks and the rest is history. Diapers & Lipgloss, A.K.A Vanessa+Melissa was born.
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
Firstly, we are both Mothers to a son and daughter and are Mamas with a major passion for parenting and all things kid related.
Before working in television, Melissa and I both worked in Corporate sales, as Sales Managers for major corporations. Melissa ran an international sales team and Vanessa worked in the Canadian, film and television publishing sector as a Sales Manager.
Both of us love working in front and behind the camera. So working as correspondents for a local entertainment show was right up our alley.
Once we had kids we wanted to continue working, but we also wanted to be available for our families, as our motto is family first. So we combined our flare for television, our passion or obsession for parenting & kids and created our parenting brand Diapers & Lipgloss.
How do you define success as a business owner?
Being happy/ Being present for our families / Helping, entertaining and inspiring other parents / Contributing financially to our households.
If you were to design the perfect team of 4 people to help you run this company, what characteristics would those four people have?
1. Absolute commitment
2. A great sense of humor
3. Incredible work ethic
Whom do you seek advice from for your business?
Our husbands. Some of our great ideas also come from our followers and our lawyer. 😉