November’s One Successful Mama Profile: Morna Pollock, Bramble Box + GIVEAWAY!

November 11, 2015|Posted in: One Successful Mama

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Morna Pollock, Bramble Box Founder

“I enjoy that I’m doing something for me, but also hopefully setting a good example to my children, that they too should follow their dreams.” – Morna Pollock, Bramble Box Founder

This month I’m profiling Morna Pollock, founder of Bramble Box, a  subscription box service that ships imaginative and themed play kits directly to your kids every month.

Morna is a married mom of two kids ages 6 and 3. She was born in Scotland, moved to the U.S., then moved back to Scotland, and then back to the U.S. again as an adult with her husband’s job. She now lives in Pittsburgh. In Scotland, she ran her own ecology company — quite a change of pace from what she does now!

“When we moved to the U.S., I decided it was a great opportunity to stay home with my kids for a few years while I figured out what I wanted to do long term,” she says.


As a thank you to my readers, Morna is giving away a $75 Bramble Box gift card! This will cover three single kits, a 3-month subscription, or can be put towards a longer-length subscription.

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To enter the contest, simply comment below and tell us about your child(ren)’s favorite type of pretend play!

The winner will be announced on November 23, 2015 and will be notified by email.


INTRODUCING: MORNA POLLOCK, BRAMBLE BOX

How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it?
I started my business, Bramble Box, www.brambleboxprops.com, in November 2014. With less focus now on play in the early educational years, there is less and less time for imaginative play. Free and imaginative play is one of the most important activities to help build and strengthen key social, emotional and physical developmental skills.  However, parents (and kids) are busier than ever and I wanted to provide ready-made kits that would provide activities and inspiration for hours of open-ended play.

What types of services/products do you offer?
Bramble Box provides themed, imaginative play kits. We sell them individually in our online store or you can sign up for a monthly, 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription to receive a new, themed box each month.  Each kit contains open-ended items and materials that relate to the kits theme that aim to promote imaginative play.almanac ice cream

Describe your first few months getting started. What were your major challenges?
Pretty hectic! Starting the business was a huge learning curve. As a busy mom of two little kids, my major challenge however was (and still is) time.  I had no experience of marketing or how search engine traffic worked and had to learn all the ins and outs of pretty much everything. I really had no idea how much extra time is required behind the scenes in order to try and build a brand and traffic to our website.

What has surprised you the most about yourself when it comes to running your own business?
The amount of time that is required to be put into marketing (social media, blogging newsletters and advertising). Keeping active over social media and our blog is a full-time job all by itself.

What has surprised me on a personal level is how hard it has been for me to deal with negative feedback, because you become so emotionally involved. When you are working for someone else and dealing with customers it’s completely different from when the business is your own blood, sweat and tears. I’ve realized that you really can’t please everyone and that negative feedback of any form is always an opportunity for improvement.

How has owning your own business benefitted you as a mother and wife?
By focusing more on what I want to achieve has made me a happier person. I am able to run my business part-time while my kids are in school or preschool and still be a full-time mommy the rest of the time. Once my kids are both in full-time school, I’ll be there to put them on and off the school bus.  I love that I can be here for them and work too. My time is completely flexible, so if I want to drop everything and head to a museum for the day I can do.pinterest ad background with text

What do you enjoy the most about owning your own business?
I enjoy seeing the business grow and I enjoy the challenges that go with that. I’ve had the opportunity to learn so many new skills and I know so much more now than I ever could have imagined. I enjoy that I’m doing something for me, but also hopefully setting a good example to my children, that they too should follow their dreams — particularly for my daughter.

What are your goals for the future?
In the near future, I’d like to grow my blog and social media following. Overall, I’d like to grow the business more and hopefully diversify into a few other things. I also want to keep enjoying what I do and hopefully make some money along the way! I’d like to reach the point where almost everything is outsourced and I can just manage the project. I can dream!

What advice do you have for women who may want to take the leap and own their own businesses?
If it’s something that you’ve always wanted to do and you have a great idea, just do it! It’s a lot of hard work but the payoff of being your own boss is worth it. However, think about it carefully and how it will fit in around other responsibilities you have. You have to be really passionate about what you do, because some days are tough, so make sure you will actually enjoy what you want to do.

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***GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!***

WIN a $75 Bramble Box GIFT CARD! This will cover three single kits, a 3-month subscription, or can be put towards a longer-length subscription.

To enter the contest, simply comment below and tell us about your child(ren)’s favorite type of pretend play!

Good luck!

31 Comments

  1. Katie Vance
    November 12, 2015

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    This is such a wonderful idea! I wish I would have known about this when I was teaching preschool, I would have recommended it to all parents!
    Now that I’m a mom, my son’s favorite type of pretend play involves cars, trains, and trucks. He loves to pretend he is a train conductor.

  2. Keisha Gardner
    November 12, 2015

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    This is so neat! My children love to play pretend. They play firefighter, family, treasure hunt, pirates, dinosaurs, doctor, royalty, farmer and everything they can think of.

  3. Rachel Ellis
    November 12, 2015

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    It’s impossible to choose just one, but my daughters’ favorite types of pretend play would be playing mommy to their baby dolls, playing kitchen, and playing restaurant. When my son was smaller, he loved playing train station. I miss that. ♡

  4. yvie
    November 12, 2015

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    This looks wonderful! My children love to play knights & dragons, pirates, ninjas…anything where they can be heroes!

  5. Krystle Ptaszkiewicz
    November 12, 2015

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    I absolutely love this idea! It helps all of us mamas keep the love of imaginative play going!! I would say boys love pretending to be superheroes the most. Next would be car races, train races and anything involving wheels! Thanks for the great give away! :)

  6. Carol A. Gerner
    November 12, 2015

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    My son is 4, he loves to pretend he is a superhero. Spider-Man is the character of chose at the moment. Thanks for the opportunity. Love the article.

  7. Kelly
    November 12, 2015

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    I can’t think of a better gift idea for my daughters who thrive on pretend play! Some of their favorite make-believes: Doctor, school teacher, veterinarian and “daddy’s work office”.

  8. Char
    November 13, 2015

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    I love this idea! My kids are adopted and love to pretend they are adopting children. Then they go to their jobs (fireman, nurse, teacher, princess, TMNT, etc lol) and act out a normal day. They also like to put on shows for us.

  9. Dagmar M
    November 15, 2015

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    My kids absolutely love playing house!! I can remember playing when I was little with my siblings, it never gets old!

  10. Zantia
    November 16, 2015

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    My two children love to pretend to be a teacher-student, shop keeper-buyer, or sometimes my daughter pretends to be me and then her brother as himself, I couldn’t stop laughing.

  11. Whitney
    November 16, 2015

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    My kids love to pretend play. My 5yr loves to build forts and make our own puppets. My 1yr loves to play with her dollies.

  12. Lilah
    November 18, 2015

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    Great article thank you! My daughter is all about Pretend Play and would adore Bramble Box! She is into the typical six year old things such as playing Mommy with her dolls, house, shopping, and dress up! As an only child of a single mama her imagination and play dates are her best friends! I love to overhear her conversations when she is in pretend play mode – I am most proud when I notice her pretending to have a business and be a Mompretreneur – our favorite show to watch together is Shark Tank ?

  13. miranda
    November 18, 2015

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    My kids like playing restaurant

  14. gary
    November 18, 2015

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    My grandkids sometimes get all their old Halloween costumes out and mix them up

  15. bill
    November 18, 2015

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    My daughter loves to make up voices and names for her dolls

  16. Laura
    November 19, 2015

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    My son loves pretending to be a bus driver!

  17. Fiona N
    November 19, 2015

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    I think my son’s favorite type of pretend play is firefighter and gardening!
    Thank You for the great giveaway!

  18. holly
    November 20, 2015

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    The kids love to play anything active…ninja, cowboy, battle…

  19. Jenni
    November 20, 2015

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    my children love to play chef or the girls have tea parties.

  20. Elizabeth Copeland
    November 20, 2015

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    My kids put on skits with all kinds of characters.

  21. Jen L
    November 20, 2015

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    My children love playing in their kitchen! My daughter will also run a restaurant and take my order and then bring me my food, it’s so cute!

  22. sara
    November 21, 2015

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    My daughter loves to play family. She is always the Mama.

  23. Brandi Clevinger
    November 21, 2015

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    My kids love to play kitchen and grocery store. So much so, I bought them a huge pretend kitchen with grocery store for Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Sasha Mills
    November 21, 2015

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    My 4 year old loves to dress up like super heroes! My 3 year old is a ballerina every day!!!

  25. Jamie
    November 22, 2015

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    My little ones love to play dress up and “house” the most! Sounds like a fun subscription box!

  26. Caroline @ In Due Time
    November 22, 2015

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    I would love this for my niece and nephews!

  27. Gina
    November 23, 2015

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    My kids play school, scientist and Doctor, each one of them want to be doctors or scientists of some sort. The reason for this is simple-They want to cure mommy’s cancer. I have been fighting stage 4 breast cancer for the past 5 years. I hope to see them achieve their goals

  28. onecommittedmama
    November 24, 2015

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! The winner was Brandi C. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!

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