The Country Junction Ribbon Cutting

It’s always been in my blood to own my own business.

Growing up, my dad made homes beautiful with his own remodeling business, while my mom tinkered with crafts and even ran her own store for several years, when they finally combined the two and opened The Country Junction in 1993. My dad and brother built custom country furniture while my mom ran the retail side of the business selling pieces from a store front as well as other country home decor. I started helping in about the 5th year, when our youngest started kindergarten.



My husband opened the doors to his own pest control business in 1999.

So as you can see, I have lived and breathed “small business” my whole life. We closed the doors to The Country Junction, in 2008 (4 years after my Dad passed away), and less than a month later I started TidyMom. It was always a passion of mine to have my own business and on that day back in August 2008 and never imagined I would see that dream come true thru blogging!

Baking, crafting and sharing pictures is something I have always enjoyed. Along with helping others with things I’ve learned along the way. I used to bake all the time when my Dad was alive, he had a big sweet tooth, and loved everything I made. When he passed away, I didn’t bake much for a long time, and my blog has given me a reason to get back into it! Oh how Dad would have LOVED being a guinea pig for THIS project! haha

I have to pinch myself most mornings when I realize that doing something I love has turned into a business that I love.Who could ask for more?! I’m a BIG believer that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

That’s why I was thrilled when I heard that intuit is helping small businesses achieve their dreams by awarding $25,000 each month to a local business! Note – votes are like raffle tickets – the more votes a business has the more chances they have to win. Visit the site and find out more~

If you want to vote for TidyMom, please go here.

If you want to vote for ABCO Exterminating, please go here.

A big thanks to intuit for being such a support to small businesses!

It’s been very exciting starting my own business, so I’m curious to know: What dream business would you love to start? By replying you will be entered to win an iPad 2!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Intuit’s Love A Local Business competition. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs August 10 to September 1, 2011. A random winner will be announced by September 6, 2011. Official Contest Rules