Monday, September 22, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On Sale Now...

My sale items are going fast! Stop by soon to take advantage of these great discounts! *Limited sizes and quantities* Hip Mountain Mama

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ned Fest 2014 

Come hang out with the HMM Crew this weekend in Nederland Colorado for NedFest!  This beautiful mountain town makes for the perfect setting for this high energy festival.  Come for the weekend, come for a day...just come!  Check out the fun bands and come say hi to me!  (I won't have a booth, but I will be floating around enjoying the good vibes). 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

I am one lucky music lovin gal!  For the past 15 years I have been seeing concerts at one of the countries most amazing venues...Red Rocks Amphitheatre!  If you have ever been there, you know this magic I speak of.  If you have not, then add it to your bucket list.  Each Summer they host a variety of amazing bands...there really is something for everyone. Personally I have been seeing Widespread Panic at Red Rocks just about every year for 16 years (they play 3 nights each Summer and while I used to do 3 night runs, these days I catch about 1 show a year).  I have also seen Further and just this past weekend caught the Devil Makes Three, Deer Tick, and Trampled by Turtles.  Panic is my first love, but I am excited to start branching out and seeing different shows at Red Rocks.  Life is short...follow your passion...and if that passion is seeing live music, then get yer butt to Red Rocks!  You can check out the event calender here. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mountain Mandala

Get this amazing design on the new Mountain Mandala Tank!  Isn't it gorgeous!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Robert Randolph and the Family Band: HMM's Music Monday

Listen up. This week the Hip Mountain Mama crew is getting stoked for the upcoming NedFest. One band we are looking forward to seeing at this annual festival is Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The funky soul music is great for dancing and is a blast to see live. Keep reading to learn a bit more about this band or just listen to the two videos below.

Robert Randolph was trained on the pedal steel guitar and grew up performing in his church. His music is clearly inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. Robert knows how to get you up on your feet with his upbeat jams. In fact, The Rolling Stone name Robert one of the 100 best guitar players of all time.

If you are in Colorado you'll definitely want to catch him this weekend at Nedfest. If not, check his website to see when he'll be in your area.

After you've watched these two videos, leave us a comment to let us know what you think about this Music Monday choice. Or tell us who you'd like to see featured next.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Motet

We're feeling funky. It's time to feature another our favorite funk bands. This week we're spinning tunes from a local Colorado funk band called The Motet.

The long story is that Suzy and I used to see a local Boulder, CO band called Skin back in the mid 1990s. When that band stopped playing our local bars we discovered the drummer had started a new band called the Dave Watts Motet. Fast forward a number of years and The Motet has grown into a legit improvisational funk band. Despite many lineup changes over the years, these guys have developed an unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul that has earned them gigs across the country and a spot on Jam Cruise.

If you've never listened to the funky beats of The Motet, listen to these videos then check their tour dates to see when they'll be in your area. It's a show you won't want to miss. Also, look them up on Spotify, Pandora or your local music store.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Help From My Friends

"Are you sad because you are on your own?  No, I get by with a little help from my friends."

This Beatles song lyric rings very true for me and my business.  Sure I get lonely some times working from home alone, but then I remember all the wonderful friends I have that are willing to help at a moments notice.

Over the years I have had the honor of working with several amazing women who have offered their time to help me model the clothing I sell.  When I get a new item in the shop, I like to showcase it on 'real' people and this is where my 'real' friends come into play.

For my out of state friends, I ship them items and they do photo shoots for me on their own time.

My local friends and I get together a couple of times a year and we do our own photo shoots.  Everything is done either outdoors or in someones living fancy equipment or professional folks.  Just a group of Moms, some mimosas, groovy music, and a few kids running around.  My customers love seeing my clothing on real women and it really does help them to figure out what items are going to work best for them.

Not only have my friends helped me tremendously with my business, but they are also around any time I need to get out of the house and socialize!  After working at home all day with no adults to talk to, I know I can call up any of my friends and they will meet me for a drink, a hike, or a quick work out at the gym.

I am truly a blessed gal to have so many people in my life who support me, encourage me, and just simply make me laugh.  Some days I may feel like I'm in this alone, but the truth is I have a team of folks working all around me to help make Hip Mountain Mama a success!  Thank you! :)

If you want to succeed in business or in life, simply surround yourself with positive beautiful people who support you no matter what!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Celebrating Six Years of Hip Mountain Mama

In early 2008, Suzy Hawbaker was a stay at home mom busy with two daughters ages 4 and 1. Suzy had found herself living on Colorado's Front Range attending play dates and living a suburban lifestyle. It was a far cry from the days of going on Widespread Panic tour, hitting all of the summer music festivals and living in small ski towns.

Suzy had always been the type of person who makes things happen. She loved her daughters but couldn't be satisfied simply staying home with them. With a desire to do something meaningful that would keep her busy, allow her to work from home and allow her to show her true style, Suzy started to dream up ideas for an online retail store.

In July 2008, Suzy nailed down an idea and began ordering products for the shop. She focused on her own natural lifestyle and desire to raise her family with natural products. At the time, the store primarily focused on natural toys for kids and fun products for mothers.

After sending an email to everyone she knew, Hip Mountain Mama was born. The company was launched with a few boxes of inventory stashed in an unfinished basement, a simple website and marketing efforts relying on an ad in Mothering Magazine and the establishment of an authentic mommy blog.

3 year old Sienna modeling for the family business
The company grew with the help of many bloggers who couldn't help but share the story of this cool hippie mom who had a mission to sell quality products to young families. As the power of social media grew, Hip Mountain Mama leveraged the power of Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to grow.

In November 2009, Suzy was overwhelmed with the amount of work she had created for herself and her husband, Andy, was extremely frustrated working as a Vice President of a bank (something that he never really enjoyed). With the busy season coming up, Andy quit his job to make Hip Mountain Mama a true family business.

Working as a family to ship packages

Together, Andy and Suzy took on the mission of making the world a better place by selling green and reusable products. The store slowly transitioned from selling natural toys to a larger emphasis on reusable products and funky fashions for women. As the Hawbaker kids began to grow up, the business naturally focused more on fun products for women instead of the wood toys and cloth diapers they had once sold.

As time went on, the girls started going to school full days and some improved efficiencies allowed Andy to transition what he'd learned from using social media into a social marketing job in the outdoor industry.
Suzy amazingly handled continued growth with a little help from her friends. She regularly holds photo shoots with her good friends working as models for the clothing.

Six years into this journey Suzy is amazed at what Hip Mountain Mama has become. It's still a ton of fun but now it's an essential part of the families income. There's no CEO collecting a huge paycheck but there are two little girls who get to take dance classes, a family who survives on the income and other small businesses that are supported with purchases through Hip Mountain Mama.

It's with great appreciation for our customers, suppliers, friends who've pitched in and anyone who's ever told anyone else about Hip Mountain Mama that we celebrate 6 awesome years!!!! We are so grateful for everyone who's ever purchased products, shared Hip Mountain Mama with a friend or smiled at one of our Facebook posts. All of our hard work is worth it. Thank you!