Should I Be a Stay At Home Mom or Work? A Decision Threaded By Mom Guilt!

  There is a topic I have been thinking about lately and felt the need to explore it as time has gone by since I made this decision 12 years ago. It occurred to me as I was running one morning listening to Lauren Conrad's new podcast. She had a guest on who had written [...]

Should I Be a Stay At Home Mom or Work? A Decision Threaded By Mom Guilt!2019-08-20T18:48:09-04:00

A CEO Mom’s Daily Routine

Whenever I meet people, they always seem curious how I function with running a company and being a mom. I think I just keep the trains moving by constantly working and keeping life simple. Here is a true look into a weekday in my life..... 7am..... I do not start my morning meditating like many [...]

A CEO Mom’s Daily Routine2019-07-01T09:46:45-04:00

Mr. Wonderful’s Shark Tank Summit

There have been many moments in the past few weeks where I have pinched myself to make sure this is all real, and my experience at Mr. Wonderful’s Second Annual Shark Tank Summit was certainly one of them! Every year, Kevin O’Leary brings together all of his Shark Tank investments for two days of [...]

Mr. Wonderful’s Shark Tank Summit2019-05-06T10:32:33-04:00

Taking a Vacation Can Be Tough for a CEO…But So Important!

I just returned from Spring Break. This year, we took the kids to an all-inclusive Club Med resort in Cancun with another family and had a fantastic time. As much as everyone loves going on a vacation, as a business owner, I am always initially resistant and often hesitant to take one. The idea [...]

Taking a Vacation Can Be Tough for a CEO…But So Important!2019-04-24T08:13:40-04:00

Next Stop….’The View’!

Could it get any more crazy and exciting? Four days after our ‘Shark Tank’ episode airing, we headed to NYC to be on a special episode of ‘The View’ with our new partner Kevin O’Leary and the rest of the Sharks. Unfortunately, Mark Cuban couldn’t make it at the last minute because of a [...]

Next Stop….’The View’!2019-04-11T19:08:14-04:00

Shark Tank Fever – Two Weeks Until Our April 7 Airing – A Behind The Scenes Look

BRIAN RATNER AND JAMIE RATNER (CERTIFIKID) © 2018 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. It has been one week since I found out we would be on Shark Tank. I have never experienced anything like this week. My phone is buzzing every second from the time I wake up until I pass out at [...]

Shark Tank Fever – Two Weeks Until Our April 7 Airing – A Behind The Scenes Look2019-03-26T09:06:48-04:00

This is Really Happening – We Are Going to Be on Shark Tank!

For the past 10 months, I have been carrying around an enormous secret (no, I am not pregnant!). My husband, Brian, and I auditioned for Shark Tank last May and went out to LA to tape in September. We were not allowed to tell anyone about any aspect of the process, nor could my parents [...]

This is Really Happening – We Are Going to Be on Shark Tank!2019-03-18T15:49:46-04:00

10 Tips for Getting It All Done – Words of Wisdom from this CEO MOM

People always ask me how I do it all. How have I run my company and been an active mom over these past 9+ years? I am sure I will look back – once I have time to take a breath – and wonder the same thing. I am terrible when it comes to allowing [...]

10 Tips for Getting It All Done – Words of Wisdom from this CEO MOM2019-02-27T16:12:33-04:00

“My Future Job” – 6th Grade Assignment…30 Years Later!

I was cleaning out some old stuff in my basement recently when I stumbled upon this report I did in elementary school. The assignment was called “My Future Job.” Here it is above! Besides the fact that I am blown away by how nice my handwriting was back then (it isn’t like this today!), the [...]

“My Future Job” – 6th Grade Assignment…30 Years Later!2019-02-27T16:10:58-04:00

Where Did the Time Go?

In my 20s, before I started CertifiKID, I had a blog called “Little Miss Fun Finds.” Here is the logo that I spent hours and hours working on. The blog was geared to local DC area parents, and particularly moms, who were looking for a good deal and new things to try locally. The blog [...]

Where Did the Time Go?2019-02-28T09:43:13-04:00