In our family, we take A LOT of road trips. Because it is just cost prohibitive to fly anywhere with 8 people, and all of their luggage, and rent an oversized car for a week. Seriously- if we flew, we would use up all of our vacation budget in just getting there, and having nothing left for a hotel, food, or activities. Which would be sad.
So we drive.
But driving long distances means that you need to find decent places to stop. Sometimes for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. So let's say it's 8:00am in the morning and you know it would be an awesome treat for the kids to stop for Dunkin' Donuts- and you see a sign on I95 letting you know that there's a DD at the end exit. But how far off the exit is it exactly? 1/4 mile off of the exit ramp is awesome… three miles in commuter traffic… not so much. And if we choose to skip this exit because the kids are still sleeping and we'd like to maximize the quiet hours of the drive… how long until there's another Dunkin' Donuts up ahead?
And I also want to know where the nearest CLEAN bathroom is- one that you can take your kids into without begging them not to touch a single thing while inside. Truly- I don't mind paying an extra dime a gallon for gas at a rest stop if the bathroom is super clean and nice smelling.
Don't you wish there was an app like that? I sure do!
So I spent some time trying to find one. There's Road Ninja- which does a lot of what I am talking about… but if I want to search for a particular restaurant- like maybe Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch along the way- I would like for the app to be able to overlay my route next to all BWW locations along our route- even for locations 2 states ahead of where I am now.
Because sometimes I am already dreaming about lunch before we've even stopped for breakfast. (I'm sure you understand.)
So Maybe I Should Build It?
Now while I don't have the mad app coding skills needed to bring this idea to life on my own- I could probably hire someone to create it. And then put it out there on iTunes and Google, and monetize it so that I can make tons of money which will then fund all of my kids college educations. (How great would THAT be?) But in order to hire someone, I need some funding up front. To pay for the development. And all of the donuts I would need to eat while working on this project.
That's Where MUMZY™ Comes In
www.Mumzy.com is the latest crowdfunding platfrom- but the cool thing is that it is first and only platform for Moms. Because we all know that Moms come up with product ideas all of the time to help their make lives easier. Be it my road trip app idea or your idea for that bottle warmer that automatically takes your chilled nighttime bottle and warms it to the perfect temperature when activated by your little one's cries. If you've got an idea, MUMZY™ can help you source the funding for it.
In addition to raising capital for projects, MUMZY™ provides Mom entrepreneurs with project-specific resources to ensure once an idea has reached its funding goals, next steps are discussed and provided to keep the project momentum going. And MUMZY™ really wants to build a community of supportive Moms- where users can pledge donations as well as offer suggestions and ideas for other projects on the site.
Do You Have an Idea That's Been Brewing In Your Head?
Then you should totally head on over and check out www.mumzy.com and think about submitting your own project idea! The first 100 people who post a project to MUMZY will have a chance to win $1,000 towards their project's funding goal! And who knows? Your idea could really be the “next BIG THING!”
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.