Beyond the Tank - Where are we now?
Posted on January 14 2016
Thanks for tuning in and watching what has happened, with our business and our lives, since we were first on Shark Tank in 2012. As you saw in the episode, we met with one of our investors, Robert Herjavec, in January, 2015, and filmed for Beyond the Tank one year ago. A lot can happen and has happened in one year…
- We launched our glass baby bottles and are officially in-store with those.
- My skin is even better than when we filmed. I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve been off topical steroids for almost three years now, and though it was a long, hard journey, my skin is healing and it is so liberating not having to revolve my life around rashes on my skin, pain, itchiness, embarrassment, constant visits to the dermatologist, and obsessing over lotions, creams, and medication. You can learn more about Red Skin Syndrome, Topical Steroid Addiction, and my Topical Steroid Withdrawal by watching our interview with Dr. Marvin Rapaport.
- Another exciting thing that happened in the past year is we launched another new product, the Lollaland Play Mat! I’ll be sharing more about that in the coming days, but this is a very exciting product launch for us, because our family is obsessed with this play mat, not only the way it looks, but the role it plays in the home of little ones.
That’s the good news, but it’s not all rosy. Running a small business is hard work, and everything feels very tenuous! I hate to admit that Mark and I are often filled with fear and self-doubt. Should we spend more money and resources to launch another new product or do we stay the course and let it happen more organically? Who is our next hire? What can we be doing better? We open a new account and get that sale, but we are constantly reminding ourselves that nothing lasts forever. As a working mom, I often feel burned out and overwhelmed, but I am blessed with friends, family, and a business that motivate me to power through the rough patches. One thing I can never take for granted is that I absolutely LOVE what I do. Work makes me happy and is fulfilling in so many ways.
In closing, we just want to say a HUGE thank you to our friends, family, colleagues, customers, and retailers. Thank you also to the people behind Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank for the numerous opportunities. It all began with a casting call in 2011, and here we are in 2016 – still in business and growing! Without the relentless support of so many people, none of this would exist, so we appreciate all of you in the biggest way!
OMG I just watched the Shark Tank I dvr’d and I am in tears! Lollamom shared with us “bloggers” what she was going thru but I never imagined it was that severe. Please tell me the outcome was you are steroid free! I too have tried to kick the steroid battle for my eczema and everytime the steroid wins because I give up. Is it worth the fight? Love you guys. Long time customer since 2012 :-)
Good to hear that you are doing much better and congratulation on your and Mark’s success! Best wishes in 2016.
Just want to say that I was very moved and impressed with both of you. Your humility and authenticity shone through on the episode I just watched of Beyond The Tank. My son is 31 and my granddaughter is almost six so I don’t have need of your products right now. But I promise you that when I’m blessed with another grand baby it will be YOUR products I will buy. Continued success and happiness to your family. Ana
My heart went out to you mama, watching Beyond the Tank. When I stopped nursing my youngest, I started suffering from migraines. At first maybe just once or twice a month, then as time progressed more and more. Some required ER visits (like the time I lost vision in one eye), and many of them simply put me completely out of commission, unable to talk or open my eyes, vomiting with some of them. I started my own photography business while pregnant with my youngest and I can relate to trying to get a business up and running, all while raising two small children at the same time your health is suffering. It is so HARD. You have given me a mountain of hope and inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your story and being the warrior that you are.