March 2013
in this issue
:: Words from a Cancer Survivor/Thriver
:: Mompreneur Opportunities
:: How to Pack a Carry On
:: Pregnancy Questions


It's been a "swimmingly" good week following my appearances on Shark Tank and The Jeff Probst Show in a segment called "Why didn't I think of that?!". Psi Bands has received an overwhelming amount of support. As someone who suffered from morning sickness for more than a year of my life between my two pregnancies, and as someone who has been personally touched by the grief that cancer can cause, I remain steadfast in my passion to help others who suffer from nausea. The testimonials we receive from those who have been helped by Psi Bands energizes our whole team. These national platforms have increased brand awareness and consumer education. It's with great appreciation and gratitude that I thank you for your continued belief in Psi Bands' mission to help others who suffer from nausea. 

~ Romy

with Jeff Probst


Romy "in the tank"



I'd like to dedicate this month's cancer blog to Romy Taormina, the founder of Psi Bands.  She has integrity, works hard and is dedicated to helping people feel better. Anyone who's suffered from chronic nausea knows how incredibly debilitating it is. Her revolutionary bands are "quelling the queasies" as she likes to say and giving those who are pregnant, undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from motion sickness a chance to have a better quality of life.

Please understand that I don't get paid to write these blogs.  I do it because I believe in Romy and I believe in Psi Bands. My experience with the product was so positive that I felt inspired to share my story.

I used Psi Bands during my chemo treatments for breast cancer.  The doc put me on five different anti-nausea medications for the first couple of rounds, but it wasn't until round-three that I got smart and wrapped those bands around my wrists.  I had noticeable relief.  I wore them for the next 17 rounds of chemotherapy and believe they quelled the nausea and allowed me to eat and function throughout the day. I have been telling other cancer patients about them ever since.

I watched Romy so eloquently share her Psi Bands success story two weeks ago on the TV show, Shark Tank.  She was poised, knowledgeable and articulate.  Her presentation was impressive.  Still, she received some negative feedback.  One panelist said he was turned off when she claimed to help cancer patients. That reaction was surprising to me. Romy never claimed she was curing cancer... or helping patients beat the disease.  She simply explained that her unique bands could help people handle the side-effects of chemotherapy.  She was telling the truth.

Anyone who's endured the rigors of cancer treatment will tell you it's a long and hard road.  If you find something to make that journey a little easier, try it. 

Now that I'm a cancer survivor, I have a newfound respect for complementary therapies.  I thank my lucky stars for innovative people like Romy Taormina, who will continue to put their energy toward helping people while growing a successful business.  Keep up the good work Romy!




With checked baggage fees running $25 at most airlines, it's more important than ever to learn how to pack everything into a teeny tiny carry-on. If you're up for the challenge, these tips can help:




1. Pick one basic color. Choosing clothes in the same color family (gray, brown, black) makes it easy to pack less so it all fits in one bag.


2. Accessorize. Add color accents to your basic wardrobe with scarves, jewelry, wraps and T-shirts, all of which are easy to pack and take up very little room in your bag.


3. Choose two pairs of shoes. One pair of dress shoes and one pair of casual comfortable shoes will be enough if you have packed clothes in the same color family. If it will encourage you to get some exercise while you're on the road, we give you permission to also pack one pair of (lightweight) sneakers. Wrap each shoe in a bag before packing to keep shoe dirt off of your clothes.


4. Wear the heaviest, bulkiest stuff on the plane. It will keep you warm on the plane, save space in the suitcase, and be easily peeled off once you arrive if it's much warmer at your destination.


So many questions!


Congratulations - you're pregnant! But now you have a million questions and you don't know where to start? Check out The Bump for all of the latest information. They have answers to literally, thousands of questions from pregnant moms. Here is a sample: 


Question: Is it okay to drink caffeine while I'm pregnant? 


Answer: The jury is out on whether caffeine can actually hurt your fetus, but most health-care professionals do recommend limiting intake. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it pulls fluids and calcium from both you and baby and will keep you running to the bathroom. (As if you aren't peeing enough already.) Also, caffeine has no nutritional value and can affect your mood, sleep schedule and iron absorption.

Click here to read the entire article.
Mompreneur OpportunitiesRomy head shot

After my recent television appearances I've been thinking a lot about my fellow entrepreneurs, and what great company I am keeping. There are so many talented and inventive people out there and many of the products created are born from some event that affects us personally or someone very close to us. 


One such inspiring fellow mom-preneur is Betsy Johnson, founder and creator of SwimZip, the stylish UV 50+ swimwear for babies, toddlers, and children. Betsy was only 26 years old when she was diagnosed with skin cancer. This traumatic event served as a catalyst for Betsy to launch her own business. 

SwimZip SwimZip is swimwear which protects young children from harmful UV rays and makes stylish UPF protection you can wear anywhere. According to Betsy, she enjoyed working in the corporate world, but starting her own business while at the same time possibly saving lives, has become her "passion". Her products have been featured on The Today Show and in People magazine, and she has been picked up by Target. What an inspirational story! 

This is the type of account you'll hear about at Tory Johnson's Spark & Hustle events. I have been attending for the past few years and I can't say enough good things about them. Tory created these events with the entrepreneur in mind and she finds that women attend for three main reasons: content, connections and cash. 


For locations and dates check out the Spark & Hustle website. I will be attending -- and speaking at -- the event in  San Francisco on April 15th -16thYou can still purchase Early Bird Tickets - only $149 for the two-day event. I look forward to seeing you there.


April is shaping up to be a busy month and I have one more event to invite you to. Vanessa Ting, former Target buyer, founder of Buyerly, a web portal that connects products and companies with retail buyers, and Consultant with Retail Path, will be hosting a delicious Wine & Cheese Networking Mixer for Product Entrepreneurs Event. It will be held at Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel on Monday, April 8 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. The event is free. You only need to register at the Eventbrite website. 

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