Mompreneur Monday — Annie Pryor
Annie Pryor is a stay-at-home mother of three and the inventor of the Mommy Genius Drying Racks. These kitchen countertop accessories are the perfect place to dry or display just about anything, including baby bibs, dish towels, food-storage bags and bottles. In addition to being incredibly useful, these drying racks are manufactured in the USA!
Before she had children, Annie earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University. Annie attributes her ability to invent to all the years she spent problem-solving in the research lab. Instead of designing and solving problems with lab experiments, Annie now finds creative solutions to problems at home. Her children Jon (8), Katie Scarlett (5), and Michael (2) are a constant source of inspiration.
Annie’s “Aha” Moment
Annie’s “Aha” moment occurred five years ago when she had two young children who both wore bibs during meals. That meant that she had to deal with 6 to 8 food-covered bibs each day! Annie tried putting the bibs in the laundry after each meal, but they would get moldy sitting in the laundry basket. She liked rinse-off bibs, but there was never a good place to put them to dry. There were always wet bibs lying all over the countertop, and the lunch bibs were never dry by dinner. She decided that she needed a convenient place next to the kitchen sink to hang the bibs to dry. Since nothing on the market was right for hanging bibs up to dry, Annie decided to invent a drying rack. With no business, product development, or marketing experience whatsoever, it took her two years to bring her product from idea to reality. She worked during naptime and late at night when everyone was asleep. Annie finally started her company, Mommy Genius, in June 2010 with the launch of her “Bib Drying Rack”.
The Mommy Genius Drying Rack
After a year on the market, Annie tweaked the design of her “Bib Drying Rack” to make it more versatile. The “Mommy Genius Drying Rack” hit the market in December 2011. Not only is it great for drying baby bibs, it is also perfect for dish towels, washcloths, food storage bags, produce bags, icing bags, mugs, rubber gloves, herbs, mittens, and children’s boots. It is also a great display stand for Christmas ornaments and jewelry. The possibilities are endless! The Mommy Genius Drying Rack is available on amazon.
The Mommy Genius Bottle and Bag Drying Rack
Although, customers loved the Mommy Genius Drying Rack, some people told Annie that they also needed a shorter drying rack for sports water bottles and bags. Taking this feedback very seriously, Annie designed a third drying rack. Her “Mommy Genius Bottle and Bag Drying Rack” just went up for sale in May 2013. It is ideal for just about any bottle including sports water bottles, SodaStream bottles, and baby bottles. It is also perfect for food storage bags, dish towels, washcloths, rubber gloves, mittens, and, yes, even baby bibs. It is also available on amazon.
In addition to the drying racks, taking care of kids 24/7 has lead Annie to invent several other items that she uses to make her life easier. Annie hopes to bring a few more of her inventions to market in the future.