This week on Behind the Diapers we learn about Izabela of Bum-Ware. She started with cloth diapering with the birth of her daughter in 2003 and both daughter and business have matured in the past 8 years! When not running her business and household she has time to pursue a black belt in martial arts! Let’s hear how she does it all!
Please tell us about your family.
My family consists of my husband Joe, our daughter Amber and furbaby Molly. We live in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. We enjoy watching movies and spending time together. We love taking trips to Philadelphia whenever time allows it.
Amber will be in fourth grade this fall and she can do very impressive things with the hula hoop; she recently received incredible praise at her school’s talent show.
When was Bum-Ware cloth diapers founded?
Bum-Ware Cloth Diapers was founded in 2004.
Please tell us about your journey from being a cloth diapering mom purchasing diapers to one who manufacturers them.
I began using cloth diapers in September of 2003 and selling them in May of 2004. I fell in love with cloth diapers when I first came across them in 1998. Being an environmentalist I loved the idea of conserving natural resources and adding significantly less waste into landfills. I have sewn things from about age 8, first by hand, then by machine. Designing diaper patterns and sewing them was something that came naturally. I tried and tested my products over a period of a few months, until I had a product I was truly happy with. Ease of use and reliability were the main objectives for my diapers, and I feel I achieved that with the Bum-Ware diapers.
Can you give details about your embroidery designs?
I offer a wide variety of designs, there’s something for everyone, and I am always willing to add something new or look for designs that are specially requested.
What obstacles have you had to overcome in your Bum-Ware business?
One of the greatest challenges was finding the right people to help me on this journey. I have been very fortunate to have outstanding help over the last few years. I wouldn’t be able to do everything on my own due to the volume of work I have and having people I know I can count on is wonderful.
Can you tell us about the team that assists you?
I have one lady that assists in manufacturing; she worked in and then ran a manufacturing factory for nearly two decades. Another lady does the cutting, and I do the rest.
How do you balance being a mom, wife and business owner?
I take it one day at a time, make lists and use assistive technology. During this venture, I went from having a baby to toddler to preschooler to a school-aged child. As Amber got older and became more independent it became easier to manage everything. My husband is also incredibly helpful and steps up when I get overwhelmed. He is the best!
What is your favorite WAHM product?
I love hand made jewelry and soap.
What are your dreams for the future personally and professionally?
I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. In the future, I would like to obtain a teaching position either at the middle or high school level. Home-ec classes were by far my most favorite classes, and I would love to share that passion with students.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I LOVE martial arts. I am working toward receiving a black belt in Tae Kwon Do next spring.
Where would you most like to travel to?
I would love to go to Brazil in the next year or two. At some point, I’d like to visit Texas, Alabama and Louisiana; I hear the food and people are great.
What did you think you’d be when you grew up?
Growing up near the U.S./Canada border, I thought I would end up being a Customs Officer. They look serious and have authority, which appealed to me at the time. When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I wanted to own my own business and be a teacher. In addition to achieving my goal of having a business, I am also certified to teach Family & Consumer Sciences (K-12) and elementary grades K-6 in Pennsylvania.
What do you do on your downtime?
I love to sit outside in the sun on hot days. Sometimes I take a break, even for 10-15 minutes to sit outside and enjoy the heat and the sun.
Business Name: Bum-Ware
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