November 05, 2014

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nutpods is a deliciously wholesome, dairy-free creamer made from heart healthy almonds and MCT-rich coconuts with a rich and creamy balanced taste.

We believe that there should be an alternative option for the discerning and informed dairy-free coffee creamer user. Unfortunately, most traditional non-dairy and even natural dairy-free coffee creamers can contain many undesirable and artificial ingredients.  Natural creamers can be thin and watery; not rich and creamy. Unlike the existing options, nutpods is free from the following so you can be free to indulge:
-Sodium Caseinate (a milk protein)
-Artificial flavors, colors and preservatives
-Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils

 For a list of ingredients, please click on the photo of each flavor.


Keep Calm and ENJOY NUTPODS Poster

We did it!

We started our little company with a Kickstarter campaign in October 2013 ( Project Name: nutpods) to bring our much anticipated products to the commercial market. Our goal was to raise $30K to release our first delectable flavor, Unsweetened Original. Well, thanks to the generosity of 510 backers, WE DID IT! We were able to actually surpass our goal by $32,164!  The money raised will go towards converting Madeline's kitchen formula into a full-blown commercial formulation.  Funds will also be used on packaging, production and distribution costs.

Thanks to you, our supporters, we will soon be able to transform nutpods into a bona fide commercial production and make our wholesome and deliciously dairy-free creamy pods available to health-conscious coffee and tea lovers everywhere.

Thank you for your support in giving us the privilege to finally bring a more natural and wholesome option to the market!

Rejection (of the kid and adult variety).

Some things are easier to teach than others, aren't they? While I do my best to teach and empower my daughters to make good decisions about food (no, candy doesn't help you grow) and health (less TV, more outdoor play), there are some lessons that parents will naturally shy away from, myself included. 


We love our children, we want to protect our children.  And certain lessons cannot be learned "nicely". Attributes such as emotional strength and perseverance are nearly impossible to learn the easy way. I don't believe you can learn to be strong unless you've had the option to be weak.  Perseverance isn't learned unless you break through walls and make your way over hurdles.  It's messy and it's ungraceful.  But I believe these are the lessons that are the foundation blocks for my children to grow and yes, succeed, in life no matter their goals and aspirations.


Learning to deal with rejection is hard.  Watching your kid wrestle with rejection is harder.  It's hard to see them struggle with something. You want to shield them.  And it just gets harder and harder.  Emily is only 5 - she and I are growing up together; her as child and me as a mother.  I'm learning and growing up in my mothering skills along with her.  I'll help her process the occasional playground slights when someone doesn't want to play with her.  And I know the ante will keep going up. There will be boys that she will crush on (can you believe she's already started?!) and unrequited love.   There will be sports teams that she will try out for and she won't make it on their roster. There will be colleges that she'll apply to, with her heart set on THE ONE campus she's dreamed of, that may only give her the thin rejection letter and not the fat acceptance packet.  There will be jobs and promotions she'll be passed over for (sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly) and my job as her mother is to teach her how to gracefully lose. And after some pause and reflection, it's time to get back up and keep going.


That lesson is true for myself at 40 years old as well.  As a female entrepreneur in business, there have been ample opportunities for success...and rejection. There have been thrilling victories which we have loved and are so proud of, but we've also faced rejections along the way. Not every grocery buyer has said yes to us as a brand. And while we have investors that believe in our products, our vision, and our team, some investors have passed on our opportunity;  including one I really, REALLY wanted to have on board with his wealth of experience.  Sometimes it seems like this is a journey inch by inch and some days, I climb 10 feet with ease and some days, I only gain 1 measly inch, with a lot of sweat and effort.  Those days, I just focus on the direction in which we're moving, which is forward. 

So keep climbing towards your goals, one foothold at a time.  Belay on!


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