Meet A Houston Mom – Meet Alina Kravchenko Inventor of SwipenSnap | West University Moms

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Houston?

I was born in Ukraine and moved to Houston when I was nine.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?

I have a son, Ayden is nine. Wow, almost a decade of being a mom.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…

that I am super silly, I act like a kid at playgrounds – Ayden loves it!

Favorite local activities to do in Houston?

I am into the outdoors and museums, so the Buffalo Bayou Park, MFA and the Menil Park.

Do you have a favorite family-friendly restaurant in the area?

Does the Whole Foods buffet count? We love that place.

What local places do you go to for pampering and/or mom’s night out?

My mommy time is going to yoga – I always leave feeling like I got a full body and soul massage.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!

Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming an inventor, I loved creating solutions to the problems I faced. So when I became a mom and had to deal with applying messy diaper cream, while trying to keep Ayden from rolling off the diaper
changing table – I seriously needed a solution. I went on Amazon to find a one hand diaper cream applicator – and there was nothing! So… I decided to invent one myself – I named it SwipenSnap because you can swipe the cream on in a snap! I am super excited to say that it is now available on Amazon Prime and our website

How has the Houston community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?

It started with a google search that lead me to the Houston Inventors Association which lead me to TXRX labs, where I came in literally like “I am an inventor and looking for an engineer to bring my ideas to life”. I met an awesome engineer that day, who is now a close friend. Then I entered a Pitch Presentation at Station Houston where I not only won first place but gained a mentor and investor that helped me launch SwipenSnap! Houston is filled with innovators.

What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?

1. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
2. It is okay to say no – my son taught me that one because he is so good at it!
3. Asking for help is a form of strength, not weakness.
4. And after a long day make time for yourself to decompress – for me it is a simple 10-30 min after my shower where I relax.

What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?

Go give your mom a hug!

Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?

Leggings, dry shampoo and uber eats!

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