Hi! I'm Melinda, the Mama behind Buddha Bunz. You're about to find out a whole lot about me that you probably don't care to know! HA! My husband and I live in South Texas with our 4 little's, Kya (19), Ryan (15), Jake (10) and Zane (5). I love to create, craft, bake, do needle art, paint and attempt making some of the many many things I see on Pinterest (you should see my pins, I'll never be able to do them all!). I jump from one craft addiction to another, l love to walk around the farmers market and pretend I am a hippie, I love my friends deeply and my family beyond limits. I try to live each day as if it's my last and love to try new things.. I've been everything from a corporate lady to a firefighter. I was blessed to become a Mama at the age of 16 and gave my life to being the best mother that I could possibly ever be. I've accomplished so much that I never knew I was strong enough to endure. Even in my darkest moments, I've always known that God is on my side and I can do anything if I always set Him before me.
Buddha Bunz began back in 2007 just after our son Jake was born. Growing up with a Mom who is a massage therapist and used essential oils and natural products, I already had a pretty strong drive to be as eco-friendly as I could. After Jake was born it didn't take me long to fall in love with cloth diapers. I had just become a stay at home Mom though, and if you are like I was, you want to buy ALL the diapers! I had to find a way to fund my newest addiction and soon! I was invited by a friend to join a congo on Hyena Cart in July 2007 (we named it Aardvarks in Argyle, to be at the top of the A-Z list of course!) and I made soy candles. It only took me about a week until I started selling my wipe solution there and the soy candles quickly faded off. The wipe solution turned into wool wash, which turned into boo boo bum spray, lanolin spray and aromatherapy sprays. All was well and I was making enough to buy a diaper or two here and there.
In August 2008 I had just gone back to work full time after we had moved to Tennessee, you can only make so much from wipe solution and wool wash haha, and came across another Mama on diaperswappers.com who made the most amazing wool dryer balls I have ever seen. I wish I could remember her name, but they were seriously amazing, the needlefelting she did on them was a piece of art! It was a totally new concept and being the crafty person I am I had to make some for myself. I quickly ran down to the nearest craft store and bought a skein of wool yarn. After a few hours I had my own brand new wool dryer balls (I still have one of them actually bouncing around in my dryer!). I thought it would be fun to add them to my little diaperswappers WAHM page, so I asked for testers and sold out QUICKLY! I asked a local Mom if she had any spare wool that I could buy from her because I knew she raised sheep, what she brought to me was a big bag of wool rovings. As pretty as it was, I had no idea what to do with it.. for about 2 minutes.. and then it hit me that roving would be soooo much easier to make these dryer balls with. From that moment my business took off.
By November of 2008 I was getting so busy that I knew something had to give.. my full time job.. or Buddha Bunz. Low and behold I was laid off that same month and I came home and begged my husband to let me stay home again. He wasn't feeling it, but I persisted and told him.. let me show you I can do this, I know I can do this!! Back in 2007 I bought most of my diapers from a local Mom here in Texas who owned Full Circle Baby and I would come by her home to pick up my order and see packages sitting at her door and secretly think to myself.. what a neat thing to do.. that must be so much fun! Never in my dreams would I think that would one day be me. But here I am over 7 years later and business is still growing! I had no idea back when I joined that congo that my little business would turn into such an amazing blessing for my family and I. I actually never really knew that I was creating a business back then, I just thought I was having fun. I never dreamed that I would be able to stay home and watch (although sometimes more listening because I am tied down to my computer) my children grow. I truly love my customers and I love to interact with everyone. I love writing personal notes with each package (when I am not too behind) and I am so touched when someone makes a point to tell me how amazing my products are.
I have made over 100,000 wool dryer balls since I started selling them in 2008, shipping them all over the world, from Iceland to Japan, Australia to Hawaii! I began adding the most amazing family of retailers in 2010 and have connected with some of the coolest women in the cloth diaper and natural products industry. I have been extremely blessed and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for these little businesses.
With lots and lots of love,