Lois Crouse

Petrol Bottled Water Treat For Dogs

Look around. Wherever you go, there are people with water bottles. Or simply look at the numbers: $11 billion per year spent on bottled water, and that’s just in the U. S. Bottled water isn’t new; it’s been around since the 17th century. But it wasn’t until the 1970s...

Radiate Portable Campfire

The ability to control fire was the first “giant leap for mankind.” More than 100,00 years ago (some scientists set it at more than a million years ago), our ancestors used fire for light and warmth and found that cooked meat tasted better than raw. There was also the...

Everytable Healthy Fast Food

Throughout the United States, in areas both urban and rural, there are communities without access to fresh, healthy, affordable food. No grocery stores or farmers’ markets. No fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk. Instead, there are easily accessible fast food chains and convenience stores with low-quality, overly processed,...

Bouquet Bar Gift Boxes

I recently came across a list of rules for gift giving. A gift needs to be personal (that leaves out gift cards), thoughtful (ditto), beautifully wrapped (ditto) and surprising. I immediately thought of the Bouquet Bar, where superb floral designs merge with innovative, high-quality treats for gifts that not...

The Longhairs Men’s Hair Products

“Hair Ties for Guys”: catchy name, great idea. Lindsay Barto and Chris Healy had each been growing his hair for a year or two and had dealt with the consequences, including hair slipping into soup, the risk of leaning over a running motor and being blinded when caught in...

Pandaloon – Panda Pet Costumes, Apparel and Accessories

You must see Huxley on YouTube. Huxley is a Pomeranian puppy who has the good fortune of having Eugenia Chen as his human. Eugenia created a panda bear Halloween costume for Huxley and then videoed him. Never one to miss a chance to be in the limelight, Huxley frolicked...

iFork Flatware That Never Touches The Table

Far too often we keep doing the same thing, because, well, “that’s the way it’s always been done.” Good enough for generations past, good enough for us. Take forks, for instance, basically unchanged in 500 years we’ve been using them. They sure beat eating with our fingers. Why try...

DetraPel Liquid Stain Repellent Spray

If only...Luke hadn’t dribbled soup on his tie before the interview. Emma hadn’t muddied her shoes on her way to meet the new fellow’s parents. Brad’s fast-food ketchup hadn’t settled into his car’s passenger seat (and then his date’s coat). Their days would have gone so much better if...

The Christmas Tree Hugger

Ryan Kenny has always loved Christmas trees. When he was little, he’d fuss over the family tree until it was just right. ‘Cause Santa checked the “Nice” column for little boys who worked to make the tree beautiful. Now Ryan is a grown-up and he still wants a tree...

EverlyWell Home Health Tests

EverlyWell is perfectly poised to become an integral part of the “do-it-yourself healthcare” trend with its at-home tests that check hormone levels, blood sugar, cholesterol and much more. We are accustomed to monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature with apps on smart phones and tablets. A cool...

Slumberkins

Slumberkins know how children feel when those rough patches in life come along, and children can learn from the Slumberkins’ experiences. The fox was anxious when his home life changed. He learned that change is an ordinary part of life, even in families, but the love among family members...

GloveStix – Deodorizer For Gloves

A three-hour drive with lacrosse gloves—that’s what it took for Krista Wood to begin her mission to cleanse the world of stinky sports equipment, a world she had inhabited for years with three athletics-loving children. Their son asleep, Krista and her husband Chris were left to suffer the consequences...

Qeepsake – The Text Message Baby Journal

Stephanie and Jeff McNeil were like many of the rest of us. As we wait to meet our new daughter or son, we plan. Sometimes we might go so far as to plan out our child’s whole life (i.e., daydream), but mostly we plan how we are going to...

PopSlate Phone Case With Screen

Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon had an interesting idea, Popslate, a phone case that doubled as an E ink display. Their first prototype wasn’t ideal, so they moved on to Popslate 2: the display was better, the case thinner, and they added a back-up battery and Wallet function. Yashar...

AfreSHeet (Peel Away Labs) – Layered Bed Sheets

AfreSheet has come a long way since its appearance on Shark Tank, when Maxwell Cohen introduced the sharks and their 8 million+ viewers to the genius of disposable sheets for dorm rooms and summer camp bunks. Maxwell was still in the stage of evaluating a need for the product...

Bantam Bagels

Nick and Elyse Oleksak loved watching Shark Tank. They admired the entrepreneurs and daydreamed about starting up a company of their own and appearing in the tank. They came up with various ideas, but nothing stuck, until Nick had a dream about a bagel the size of a donut...

Bottle Breacher – 50 Caliber Bottle Opener

Former Navy Seal Eli Crane did not know he was holding his future in his hand when his brother gave him a souvenir from the Philippines, a bottle opener made from a dummy .50-caliber bullet. He knew, however, that it was the neatest thing ever and that he could...

Red Dress Boutique

Diana Harbour loves the art of fashion, from being a faithful viewer of the TV show Project Runway when she was in high school to working in clothing boutiques when she was in college to now being an online retailer of affordable fashions. When Diana and her husband Josh...

Grace & Lace

Melissa Hinnant’s first pair of boot socks did not seem like much of a big deal. In fact, she had no interest in making a second pair—until she wore them out shopping and was stopped repeatedly by ladies wanting to know where she got them. The socks had a...

Ring Video Doorbell (Formerly Doorbot)

Jamie Siminoff always loved to tinker, even as a young boy. And some of his “gadgets” did very well for him and his partners. One sold for $17 million in 2009, and he used his share to tinker full time. He was working on a gardening system in his...

Groovebook

Julie Whiteman lost her cell phone and years and years of photos were lost forever. What made her feel even worse is that she and her husband Brian owned a print shop and she could have printed out the “keepers” easily at any time. Brian made a photo album...

Bubba-Q Boneless Ribs

Al “Bubba” Baker had a very successful career as a one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, playing for 13 seasons with the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. But he had a passion that few knew about back then: the fine art of barbecuing ribs...

Wicked Good Cupcakes – Cake in a Jar

Tracey Noonan’s youngest child, Danielle, was “launching,” moving out of the family home, and Tracey wanted to make sure they continued to do things together. When she saw cake-decorating classes offered, she thought, “Perfect!” More perfect than she ever dreamed. They loved decorating cakes and were exceptionally good at...

Simple Sugars – Skin Care Products

Lani Lazzari was only 11 years old when she developed Simple Sugars, handmade all-natural skincare products especially formulated for sensitive skin. The body, facial and foot scrubs cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize in one easy step. Lani’s mother decided that year that Lani and her brothers would make gifts to...