Meet Melissa

Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story?

The story of me? Well it’s a little everywhere! I’m a Colorado Native, born and raised on a farm in Northern Colorado. Not having much money, our family traveled to almost every corner of our beautiful state of Colorado on family vacations. We loved to find the little out of the way places that made our trips special. At school, I was that kid other kids would come to for advice and that is where my desire to help others began.

Today, I’m a wife, mom, interior designer, space planner, and my current passion, is editor and publisher of a couple local family newsletters. Loveland Macaroni Kid and Fort Collins Macaroni Kid. I’ve always had a passion for helping others and creating things. I tend to create my own recipes in the kitchen, design and make my daughter’s dress up outfits, and create living and working spaces out of what I have on hand. In my spare time, I love to hike, snowshoe and be outside with my family. I have always enjoyed helping others and improving things.

When I got pregnant, I found myself looking for events for mom’s to be and newborns. I found a bunch of great events and began creating a calendar of events of activities and classes. I began sharing it with my friends and coworkers who loved that they didn’t have to search all over the web to find events. They could just come to one spot to find what they needed. After I had my daughter, I had a strong passion to help parents, guardians, and care givers in our community find things to do to keep their kids entertained. To be honest, I truly want to help others around me. I love to lift people up. Businesses, parents, grandparents, and everyone in-between, connecting and supporting others. Helping to raise our kids, helping to support local business, supporting local families to rise to a better place.

While creating my own personal calendar, that I only shared with a few friends and coworkers, I found that I wanted to spend more time at home and that sharing my advice as a mom and professional, and the advice I’d gotten from local professionals, meant a lot to me. I wanted a way to share everything I’ve learned, and events I found, with other families. That is when Macaroni Kid came into my life. It’s given me a way to communicate everything a parent needs to know into a one stop family friendly stop.

Now let’s talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?

I publish Fort Collins Macaroni Kid and Loveland Macaroni Kid are FREE local family newsletters. They offer fun events, great resources for families, articles, and guides on a variety of interests and fun.
Macaroni Kid is a local newsletter across the country, published by local moms who live in the communities they publish in, collect events in, and support local families and businesses in. Each local newsletter has the heart and soul of the publishing mom or dad in that community.

Publishing has given me the tool, vessel, and opportunity to help many people in the community like I have always love to do. Even though I have thousands of readers it seems personal.
I have been greeted by moms who have thanked me for helping them connect to the perfect local business, create the best birthday party for their kid, learn something new, and simply have fun. Parents spend less time searching the internet for events and more time having fun with their family. It’s easy for parents find local businesses to help with daily needs. They can find educational events and businesses to help both themselves and their children to follow their passions. Our calendar of events is rich in events of all kinds. The calendar is free to post to and is open for public events for fun and entertainment and educational subjects.

It’s the perfect place to help local businesses too. I love to support great local businesses connect with our families. I get to meet new and established business owners and create relationships that last years. Creating the relationship helps determine which marketing avenue we take to connect with the families that read the newsletters. Featured articles, ads and other great marketing custom designed to help reach the families who read my newsletters and bring in new prospects across our social media too.

What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?

Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?

Patience and grace. I have learned to be patient with my daughter and myself. I’ve also learned to allow myself to have an off day and not be perfect. I have always wanted to be the “perfect child”, “perfect employee”, “perfect wife”, “perfect friend”, and of course the “perfect mom”. Being present and in allowance of being human has helped me with my “perfection” obsession.

behind the scenes with melissa

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