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Mother of Invention


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Tamara Monosoff is becoming America’s favorite inventor mom. Viewers who tune into Good Morning America later this month will see the Walnut Creek resident crowning the winner of the ABC morning show’s second annual Mothers of Invention Challenge.

Monosoff, famous for her TP Saver, a device that prevents children from unraveling toilet paper rolls, runs a business to help imaginative moms spin their ideas into gold. Her how-to tome, The Mom Inventors Handbook, became a top seller last year for McGraw-Hill. Next came her hitting up Good Morning America to run a contest in which she reviewed hundreds of inventions from moms across America. Three finalists flew to New York to demonstrate their products on GMA, and viewers voted on which mom would take home the $5,000 prize and a licensing agreement with Monosoff’s company.

“The contest was so successful, Good Morning America called and said, ‘Let’s do it again,’ “ says Monosoff, who was thrilled at the opportunity to display her brand on national TV. “It’s about creating opportunities for yourself. The media can really be your friend in getting the word out.”

Last year’s winning invention, a protection lid for drinks called the Beverage Barricade, will come onto the market in the next few months.

To vote in the Mothers of Invention Challenge, tune into Good Morning America on May 13. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 14. For information, go to www.mominventors.com.  

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