Educator + Founder of Curiosity Pack, Lily Jones

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With the holiday season just around the corner, today I’m talking with Lily Jones, a kindergarten teacher turned educational consultant who also runs a side business making super fun AND educational activity kits for kids called Curiosity Packs.  Lily’s kits are great kids 3-6, and her for travel pack which could come in especially handy for holiday travel is for kids up to 10.

I especially loved hearing about her “feelings kit” — perfect for the kid with Big Feelings   and her upcoming science and friendship kids which sure would have come in handy when my teenager was younger!

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Find out more about Curiosity Pack, learning-filled activity kits for kids.

Lily’s Curiosity Forever podcast:  What happens when a journalist and an educator come together to investigate how kids learn? This podcast! Kevin and Lily Jones interview education & parenting experts to find out everything they possibly can about raising awesome kids.

  • How Lily transferred her experience as a kindergarten teacher and educational consultant to her side business.

  • How Lily created her side businesses based on requests from friends who were looking for fun and educational things to do with their kids.

  • How her own kids have inspired her products.

  • The challenges in producing a physical product.

  • How her side business grew out of really wanting something for “her”.

  • Using Kickstarter to launch her product (while pregnant and then with a newborn!!!).

  • For every 10 Curiosity Packs ordered, one gets donated.

  • Making time for her business on top of her educational consulting work and being home with her two young kids.

  • What’s up next for Lily with her side business.

  • The number one thing Lily wishes she’d known earlier, before she started her business is to have known (believed) that “done is better than perfect”; she would have started a lot earlier.

  • How she gets inspiration for new products that she KNOWS her people want to buy.

  • Lily’s top advice for others who are trying to make room for side business on top a busy life includes sometimes thinking about what you actually enjoy doing--and doing some of that--to give yourself a boost.

  • Lily chooses to take care of tasks in her business, even if she might rather watch Netflix, is by thinking about how great she’ll feel afterwards.

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