My name is Karla Lemmon and I’m the founder of Little Peanut on the Go, a mobile app for parents.
I’m from a small town in the state of Minnesota, and now live in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the US.
In my former career, I was a product marketing manager, managing a web-based communications product. I left a little over a year ago to pursue an entrepreneurial dream.
My husband and I used to travel often for both work and pleasure prior to having our son. But once our son arrived, travel became difficult. Let’s face it, just leaving the house became difficult! There were always so many things to keep track of that I ended up making lists. Then if we left him with a sitter for a few hours or with my parents for a few days, I had to make more lists – emergency contacts, care instructions, and schedules. I realized I was writing the same information over and over again, which was frustrating and a waste of time.
Eventually I started using a smart phone and I found apps to help me with everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, recipe tracking, and our internal family schedule, but I wasn’t able to find an app to help me prepare for outings and travels. I started talking to friends and relatives, and they were having the same issues I was having. So, I decided to make an app! I worked on the idea while still employed for 1.5 years and then launched Little Peanut on the Go mid-2015.
Little Peanut on the Go is a mobile app to help parents stay organized and connected when they or their children are away from home. Parents can build packing lists and to-do lists, create emergency information and care instructions to share with caregivers, and connect with their children while they’re away.
Parents can download Little Peanut on the Go at no charge to prepare for outings with packing lists for their children and to-do lists for themselves. The app has a library full of items and tasks to choose from, making your list building quick and easy. Packing lists are categorized and may be filtered by child for easy packing.
If their children are going to be with a caregiver (babysitter, nanny, grandparent, etc.), parents can create and store emergency information such as doctors, medical facilities, allergies, and phone numbers in the app. They can also build the children’s daily schedule and care instructions, including bottles, mealtimes, naptimes, bedtimes and medications, plus special events like swimming lessons and soccer practice. Then with a one time in-app purchase for less than a cup of coffee, parents can upgrade their app so they can share this information with their children’s caregivers any time. All the information needed to take care of the children will be right at the caregiver’s fingertips.
The big timesaver for parents is the fact that everything is stored in the app so they don’t have to make lists anymore. Packing and to-do lists can be copied and re-used for future outings. The children’s daily schedule is stored, and if something like a nap time changes, parents can make a quick edit and the caregiver will have the update. Parents have peace of mind that their children are well cared for, and they can even connect with their children while they’re away with photos and updates in a private message board.
Whenever parents need a sitter or a suitcase, Little Peanut on the Go will help them stay organized and connected while they’re on the go. I also share helpful information on my social channels for on the go families, including tips and hints on travel, activities, and childcare resources.
As an older first time mom, I was overwhelmed by the effort it took to manage everything with my new son. My goal is to make life easier for new parents. Little Peanut on the Go can give them comfort and confidence when they leave home with their new little one, and when they leave their precious bundle of joy with a caregiver. It’s so gratifying to hear parents talk about how my app has helped them, it definitely gives me the motivation to continue on.
In the future I’d like to continue to improve the app based on customer input, and I also have ideas for additional apps that I’d love to bring to market. I’m also enjoying providing guidance and assistance to fellow entrepreneurs during the startup journeys.
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