I don’t know how I got to be so lazy because everyone else in my family work like the dickens. Hmm, now that I think about it, it is strange that my husband is one of the hardest working people I know, while most of his family are lazy bums. And then he turns around and marries me. Go figure.
My hard-working little sis joined the ranks of the Entrepreneurial Elite this year when she opened her own business, Snuffle Co. Oh, by the way, this new company is in addition to her more-than-full-time job and mothering three young children. Geesh! I wish I had that much energy!
You know that old saying that necessity is the mother of invention? Well, it is so true because my sister had a necessity and she is a mother who made an invention. I will lay it out for you:
The Necessity: A desire to help autistic children.
The Mother: My li’l sis, who has an autistic son.
The Invention: Snuffle Co., purveyor of Sensory Integration Gear.
What, you may ask, is Sensory Integration Gear? S.I.G are articles of clothing, etc., that aid autistic children in alleviating some aspects of their condition.
For instance, my nephew suffers from a great deal of anxiety caused by his inability to process stimuli. When he wears his specially made sensory integration gear vest, he feels much more calm and peaceful. When he feels calm and peaceful, he is able to cope with his environment in a much more constructive manner, thus alleviating much of his anxiety.
My sister, very wisely, started small. She has helped a lot of children through her son’s school, local Autism outreach events, and generally by word-of-mouth. Since this is all going so well, she saw that it would be worthwhile to expand her operations in order to help even MORE kids.
She is in the process of putting together a website, www.snuffleco.com (which is under construction, but where you can see a nice picture of my nephew looking happy in his vest, and also you can probably contact her through the site for more information), is working with a manufacturer who is producing vests of her own design (which will very soon be offered through the Snuffle Co. website), and is also beginning to offer her hand-sewn lap pads on eBay. Oh, and did I mention she has a FULL-TIME job and THREE little children?!