Lois Crouse

Just The Cheese Snack Bars

David Scharfman loved crunchy cheese when he was a boy, like the edges of a grilled cheese sandwich. He asked his father to make crunchy cheese so that he wouldn’t have to wait for a grilled cheese to get his edges. Fortunately for David, his father Paul was (and...

Neuro Energy Gum

Kent Yoshimura and Ryan Chen became friends while at the University of California. They both have always had busy lives. Kent has competed internationally in Muay Thai (Thai boxing), trained the Japanese Olympic Judo team and the Imperial Palace’s guards, is a muralist for the city of Los Angeles,...

Seriously Slime

Making and playing with slime is a great way for kids to learn that science can be fun. It’s squishy and stretchy and gooey. There is glitter slime, marshmallow-like slime, slime with foam beads that pop, and even glow-in-the-dark slime. Why wouldn’t kids love it? Sarah McDermott and Shannon Valko...

Bad Birdie Golf Shirts

Golf fashions sure have changed since the days of kilts and animal skins. Then there were knickers and tweeds and later suits and ties. The dress code started to ease up during the 1930s and 1940s, and in the 1950s, golfers were wearing casual slacks and polo shirts (soon...

Beddley Duvet Covers

It’s simply lovely, snuggling into the soft, plush warmth of the duvet for a restful, reinvigorating sleep. And then morning dawns and you need to wrestle and wrangle with the duvet cover to make the bed. Sometimes you are so exhausted and stressed that you want to crawl right...

Goumi Kids & Baby Clothes

When Lili Yeo gave birth to her daughter, she couldn't find baby clothes that were pretty and functional and environmentally friendly. She called Linsey Fuller, her good friend since high school, to find out what clothing she had used for her babies. Linsey was an “old hand” at motherhood,...

The Frozen Farmer Ice Cream

The Frozen Farmer found a delicious way to cut down on the tremendous waste of fruits and vegetables that occurs regularly on our nation’s farms. Katey Evans, her husband Kevin and her mother, Jo Ellen Algier, found a market for unsold produce when they created their homemade super-premium ice...

Boho Camper Vans

When Sarina Gomez and David Sodemann spent their vacation exploring Maui in a rented camper van, they returned to Arizona with more than fabulous photos and marvelous memories. They had an exciting new project—building their own camper van. They shared their plans with their friend, Brett Ellenson, who was...

Safety Nailer

Dan Eifes was a Civil Engineer in the Navy when he had his “Aha!” moment. During a safety stand-down, one of the presenters demonstrated a chisel with a grip that would keep the hammer from hitting the hand. Dan thought about how many more people get injured hammering in...

Bohana Popped Water Lily Seeds

Popped water lily seeds have been used for more than 5,000 years as part of Ayurvedic medicine, the holistic health care system still practiced in India. Priyal Bhartia grew up snacking on them, and when she returned to India to visit her family, she rediscovered the delicious treat. She...

Swimply Swimming Pool Rental

It was your typical scorching hot, oppressively humid summer day in New Jersey. Bunim Laskin, home from college in Israel, wished that he and his 11 younger siblings could cool off in the swimming pool next door that was rarely used. He asked the owner, and she was fine...

Space Traveler Kid’s Car Seat Cover

You are never too young to need your “own space.” Introduce your children to their own space while on long car trips and save your sanity (which is the real point). No more “He’s hogging the whole seat!” or “Is not!” Is too!” or “Mom! She kicked me!” Imagine...

Bite Eco-Friendly Toothpaste

Lindsay McCormick and Asher Hunt, co-founders of Bite Toothpaste Bits, want to rid the environment of plastic toothpaste tubes. Great strides have been made in removing the danger of plastic straws. States, individual cities, hotel chains, McDonald’s and Starbucks are part of the movement to implement policies against the...

Pair Eyewear Customizable Kid’s Glasses

Nathan Kondamuri started wearing glasses when he eight years old. When he was in his senior year at Stanford University, his little brother needed glasses and was dreading it. The bad memories came flooding back to Nathan: being different from the other kids, being taunted, the difficulty keeping up...

Coconut Girl Paleo Desserts

Franchesa Yamsuan (“Frankie”) moved from the Philippines to Southern California when she was a child. She loved growing up in the relaxed and healthy lifestyle. She biked, surfed, hiked and made regular trips to the gym. When the gym started the Paleo Challenge, she was all for it. One...

Shake It Pup Dog Food Seasoning

Shake It Pup is an all-natural, savory, safe and nourishing line of seasonings that will convince your dog that you have become a gourmet chef. Every day, you can serve Buster a different exciting meal with a simple shake of, say, Bae’con and Eggs or any of the 10...

Fur Oil

Laura and Emily Schubert were chatting one day, about this and that, as sisters do, and the matter of pubic hair came up. Emily pointed out that there are many products to remove pubic hair and many products to condition the hair on our heads, but there is nothing...

Genius Juice Coconut Smoothies

Alex Bayer saw illness all day long—in the form of the insurance claims that crossed his desk day after day. He was appalled by what he saw as a general decline in the health of Americans and decided that he did not want to be a part of it....

Ready, Set, Food! Allergen Introduction for Babies

There are 5.6 million American children under the age of 18 who are allergic to at least one type of food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 40% of those children have experienced a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis. Life-threatening food allergies send someone...

Ka-Pop Whole Grain Snacks

Dustin Finkel is a health enthusiast, a CrossFit instructor and a nutrition counselor. Naturally, he is careful about what he eats. Even so, one night with his friends, he decided to throw caution to the winds and pig out on so-called “healthy chips” that were high in calories and...

Wanna Date? Date Spread

Melissa Bartow discovered dates when she moved to New York City to go to NYU. She always loved fruit, so dates became a regular part of her diet. They satisfied her craving for sweets and increased her energy. Little did she know that, before she graduated, she would be...

Kreyol Essence Haitian Beauty Products

When Yve-Car Momperousse was a little girl, her mother would wash her hair and then apply the magic oil. Her hair looked good and felt good and she felt pretty. As the years passed, no matter what damage tight braids, chemical straightening or weaves did, the oil repaired her...

LoveSync Button

We press the big red button when we want information about Staples products. We press a Dash Button when we want to reorder a product from Amazon. Where is this all headed? Like, press a button when we want sex? Well, yes! Jennifer and Ryan Cmich have invented LoveSync,...

Fortress Cold Weather Clothing

When Dale Lewis established Fortress Clothing, the company made a lightweight, breathable layer of insulation for clothing worn by the men and women who work in oil fields and on construction sites in temperatures that can dip to -50°F. And yet the clothing was still comfortable in indoor temperatures...