Inspirational Mom: Starting Your Own Business

This week’s inspirational mom is Leslie Burket–mom of two, Trent 6, and Lila 4, and wife of  Tom. She took an idea she had for her own children and turned it into a successful business. We chatted with her about her inspiration and how she became a businesswoman.


Can you explain to our readers…what are Lilapops?

Lilapops are all natural cough drop lollipops. They have honey and marshmallow root to naturally soothe throats.

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How did you go from the point of “this is a good idea” to “I want to take this further and market it?”


In about 30 minutes! We were on a family road trip with two coughing little ones in the back seat. I dreamed of a way to naturally soothe my babes’ throats and cheer them up and thought a cough drop lollipop was genius. My husband agreed and we started making phone calls while traveling on the road.

Did you ever expect that you’d run your own company?

I am a Kindergarten teacher as well, so the idea of creating and managing is something I’ve always enjoyed.

What advice can you give moms who might be interested in starting their own business? L_249

Surround yourself with a good team. My husband, family, and friends have all been critical to the start and success of Lilapops. I am very blessed to have their support, advice, and encouragement.

Do you have plans for any other natural products?

We have big plans at Lilapops! and sealed lips! Stay tuned…

What do you love most about living in the Tampa Bay Area?

The waterfront, the weather, and the wonderful people.

Lilapops is offering readers a 30% off discount using coupon code: TAMPABAYMOM at checkout at
Looking to start your own business? Check out this post about Tampa Bay area resources for Mompreneurs.
Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband of 14 years, Matt and their two very active children: Calvin, a gifted and quirky 11-year-old boy, and Kadison, a creative and strong-willed 8-year-old girl. Debbie attended the University of South Florida for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. With 20 years of experience, she's a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy and currently teaches 1st graders. Debbie's mission is to get kids to love learning! In her spare time, Debbie loves to read, enjoy the beach, and find the perfect cup of coffee. She is always on the look-out for a great local restaurant or fun place to go to relax! Follow Debbie on Twitter and Pinterest.


  1. I can honestly say that I have tried them and Lilapops are yummy, natural, and soothing. There isn’t any medicine involved AND they’re a nice touch of fun to an otherwise sicky day.

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