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Starting out as a mompreneur

May 4, 2012

Friends of motherkao would know that I started my own matching wear t-shirt label last month. It was a steep learning curve for me but loads of fun. I wanted to feature in this label a range of matching wear for the family complete with happy and cool designs. Those from online stores at G-market are pretty cheesy and the slogans come complete with spelling/grammar errors. I once saw a matching set with the slogan ‘Belive‘ – what the hell is that? Be alive? Believe? If I ever wore that with my kid, the grammar police in him will arrest me for buying a t-shirt that has words spelled incorrectly. Besides, the quality of such off-the-rack t-shirts are appalling. They stretch easily, the prints feel like iron-ons and peel / fade over time.

When we started investing heavily in camera equipment and capturing photo moments with our children, we realised that childhood was the only time they would wear something matching with their dad / mom / sibling; surely they wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing matching tees as teenagers! So for two Father’s Day in a row, fatherkao was presented with matching wear from the kids (I paid, of course) and we had a lot of fun taking photos. But the online store I bought from didn’t have designs for moms and babes and I felt very, very left out.


Since there’s no one selling matching wear for momma and her bubs, I thought I’d introduce my own. I shopped for good quality fabric and made sure every t-shirt was printed by silk screening so there wouldn’t be peel-offs and fade-offs. I chose colours I liked (wohoot! hot pink!) and made sure every tee for a lady had a fitting cut that accentuates the right curves. Yes, I am narcissistic that way.


And I ain’t gonna be contented being just ‘Mom’. When this photo runs its course in the history of the Kao clan, posterity needs to know that I was Supermom because I have gone beyond myself to love and raise my three wonderful kids to the best of my ability. Yes, I am not very humble that way.

So I’m selling matching moms and babes t-shirts to mothers out there who are also proud to be who they are, because deep down in every mother is the word Super – we have all gone beyond ourselves to do many things we never knew we could do, if not for our kids. Yes, I know I am brave that way.


Feel free to tell us what you think or contribute ideas for designs and slogans. We are also hoping to start a line of organic bamboo cotton tees (exciting times!). For the month of May we’re giving away five matching Supermom / Supermom’s Kid set if you’d tell us the bravest thing you’ve done as a mother. You can leave a comment here or email me at if you’re shy that way.

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  • Reply Irene Soh June 14, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    That has to be seeing my own daughter get stitched up on the chin at the emergency department….. *point to note: I’ve never broke a bone in my life!*

    • Reply MotherKao June 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Supermom! I think I would have fainted!

  • Reply sue May 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I was reading through this and then it dawned upon me that maybe I have not been a brave mum but I remember allowing her to continue to latch-on even though she was exploring new experiences with her newly sprouted teeth (read: bite!). the pain was omfg painful but well, i guess, i endured it. she’ll be breastfed for 2 years next month (albeit partial after her 6th month).i suppose that’s when we’ll stop.

    • Reply MotherKao May 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Ouch. That’s like upping your pain endurance 2 years post-partum, Sue! Bravo!

  • Reply Abby May 7, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Firstly, I tried to look for your name on your blog but there is no mention. I remember I saw it somewhere though. Apologize if I get your name wrong. 🙂

    Congratulations on your new business. I think that can be one of your bravest things – Having 3 kids and starting a business! May your biz go well. I will surely help to spread the news around.

    Finally, I can’t think of any moments that make me a BRAVE MUM, or in your word, a BRAVE SUPERMUM!. But I would give it a try anyway. My bravest moment is bringing my 1 yr old baby (together with my hubby) back to my remote hometown in China during Winter last yr. The journey took us almost 2 days! – 6hrs international flight, 3 hrs transit, 2 hrs domestic flight, 1N hotel stay, 4hrs Highway by Bus. The weather is below zero, it just snowed 2 days ago. I had one 70L backpack filled with pumping and feeding equipments, 2 suitcases loaded with clothes and gifts, AND, my husband had broken his right hand just weeks before our trip. We made it though! And I still pumped milk at zero degree winter without a heater in the house.

    I think that’s kind of brave, coz we told ourselves we will never do that again with our 2nd or 3rd child, we will wait for them to be at least 3!

    • Reply motherkao May 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Whoa! Abby, that’s like the bravest thing I’ve ever heard! Two days journey with a baby in winter weather, lugging suitcases and all. THAT is one impressive act! *amazed and speechless*

      Would love to send you a set of Matchedmade tees. You’ll be receiving a PM shortly! 🙂

      • Reply Abby May 8, 2012 at 2:06 AM

        Thanks Liz. I am so lucky to be qualified for your free t-shirts. Look forward to receiving it 🙂

  • Reply Anita Anthony May 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Hey Liz! How are you doing? Can I share this site on FB? You’re doing an amazing job as a mom and entrepreneur. I LOVE!

    • Reply motherkao May 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      You can share, Anita! Thanks for your encouragement! 🙂

  • Reply Connie Huang May 5, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Hi Mom Kao

    This is Tr Connie 😀 Trying to share my bravest thing I had ever did as a mom is that I had two kids w/o epi. This may sound no biggie deal but for my second one, I gave birth to her all by myself, with the absence of my gynae or any medical professional. Only my husband was my side.

    • Reply motherkao May 7, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      Hello, Connie! I think THAT is like the bravest thing! It’s a big deal to NOT do it with epidural and even a bigger one to do it without your gynae… I salute you woman. I was like screaming for the epi the whole time (x3)! Will send you a pm and you let me know the sizes for you, Isa and Dora k? 🙂

      • Reply Connie May 7, 2012 at 3:41 AM

        Hmm I didnt take epi cos I have a super high threshold for pain so epi was never what I wanted. And gee.. thanks! 😀

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