Monday, November 15, 2010

Countdown to Homemade Millionaire!

Let the countdown begin! Clear your calendars and make a date to watch Homemade Millionaire this Friday, November 19th on TLC at 10 p.m. EDT! We'll be all a Twitter and hope you'll join us!

Let's meet a few of the Inventors...

I've said it before and I'll keep on sayin' it - I am one of the happiest casting call rejects ever! Oh the places rejection has taken me! Never in a million years could I have predicted how much one 24 hr. whirlwind of a trip to Chicago to pitch my silly little cleaning tool would impact the course of my life. Because of this experience I have reconnected with old friends and made valuable new ones. I recently launched JenCann Productions and am excited about earning some extra "buck rogers" (as we like to call them around here) for being creative and doing what I love.

I met so many fabulous ladies in Chicago over a year ago and have also become very close with a few fellow rejects from the NYC casting. I can speak for them when I say we are rooting for all of the ladies who were chosen and look forward to showing our support on Friday nights! This is one of my favs! If Debra's Bake Huggers don't make you say "Why didn't I think of that?" I'll eat my hat!

If you or someone you know made it on, please share with us so we can cheer you on!

Kelly Ripa! Sending big love and shouts to you, Mark, the Milojo crew, TLC and HSN for the incredible opportunity you are giving these hardworking, passionate Women Inventors! I am proud to be an inventor who comes from a family of inventors!

Next time you're sitting on an airplane, look towards the outer edge of the wing and notice those two black sort of popsicle stick looking things. Those are called P-Static Precipitators and were invented by my Great Grandfather, John Christian Jensen in 1936.

On your next trip to the big box store look up at all of those flourescent lights (enough to give you a headache right?) and notice how they don't seem to throw off much heat. That's because in the 70's a super cool genius guy named Steve Jensen (aka my dad) invented the electronic ballast for flourescent bulbs to keep them from getting hot. Sheesh, you'd think I'd be some rich heiress considering how many flourescent light bulbs there are in the world, but no... Dad holds the patent and was paid a whopping $100 by the company he worked for at the time, Radiant Technologies in Southern California.

Have a great day and don't stop creating!


  1. Hey Jen! Very interesting history about your family. I didn't realize that about your dad, either. As usual, great writing!

  2. Hey girlfriend!! Super uber excited for the show to air. I can't wait to see who made it on. This show has been life changing. So glad we met and became great friends. :)

  3. Hi, Kathy! Thank you for taking your time to read and comment!

    Ro: Hasn't it been though? And look at you now - having the week of your life! So happy for you and especially proud to know you!

  4. So cool about your creative roots!

  5. Hi Jen! I too have inventive roots... my first cousin Glenn came up with the vents at the top of patio, beach umbrellas. Unfortunately that and many other inventions were simply a pat on his back since he worked for a large patio company. My dad has a patent as well for a window box, kind of like an air conditioner but it is for a cat's litter box. Large pet companies had interest but he never pursued it enough. I however learned from them and have gone out on my own and created Bake Huggers. Thanks for the compliment in your Homemade Millionaire introduction! Maybe we can work on an edible hat next... why not?! The show has been a journey for all of us and I for one have learned much. I'm glad your site came up one day when I was surfing the web for information. You have inspired others since the casting call and you are always so upbeat. Keep supporting the show and who knows, the next Homemade Millionaire may be reading this right now! :) Debra Lee

  6. I try not to overuse this acronym but it's totally appropriate here: O. M. G.!!! DEBRA LEE!! You know what, I AM a betting kind of a gal and I'll just bet you ARE in fact the next Homemade Millionaire!

    You are very welcome - I am a foodie at heart and know a good thing when I see it. You can see the gears turning in that video...Emeril looked pleasantly surprised. I love your product!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little blog :).

    Thanks to Miss Karen too for reading and always having such nice things to say!

    Happy Humptydoodle Day! (stole that line from Jenni Hogan)


  7. p.s. Debra: Forgot to say how interesting it is to see inventors with inventive roots :) My Dad says I must have inherited the inventor gene.

  8. Hi Jen! Yes, I agree about the inventor gene, it can be quite strong you know! My daughters love thinking about new ideas... the cycle continues. :) Thank you so much for your kind words, you are a sweetheart. I, like so many others can't wait to happily watch Homemade Millionaire! The support systems from family, friends, and now other inventors is absolutely priceless.

  9. Oops... forgot to sign off the last blog.
    Have a good night, Debra Lee :)

  10. Jen, you are amazing and just so supportive! I am grateful as well for us "meeting" and as cliche as it sounds, it all happens for a reason!! Thankful to be in such great company with you, Carry-Her (Ro!!) and others! Push on! xo Amy

  11. The TLC program will be great inspiration for many women entrepreneurs. Bake Huggers is a great idea but yet to be determined opportunity. As an entrepreneur and a professor of Entrepreneurship, I think it is definitely an opportunity.

    I watched the clips on TLC and from my 35 years in the consumer packaged goods industry, I think it has a very wide application commercially.

    Her example of using it for cupcakes is good for home baking. And a really great vehicle for the commercial baking segment.

    Cupcakes are inherently portable, and her product extends the "eating" opportunities for cupcakes because it creates a "less" messy product. We see cupcakes everywhere so why not make them easier to eat on the run?

    Looking forward to the show…

    All the best
    Dom Celentano

  12. Thank you for your wisdom and very kind words Mr. Celentano! Bake Huggers is a product that has been waiting for an opportunity like this.

    I'm quite proud to be in the company of the many fine women inventors I have met. Hopefully, we will inspire others to believe in the American dream. Ingenuity is what America is made of... let's keep the tradition alive.

    All the best to the inventors on the show tonight! You gals certainly ROCK!

    :) Debra Lee

  13. It is a great night for women inventors everywhere! Congratulations, you are ALL winners!!

  14. Hi Debra, would like to do a profile on you on my food and beverage site. I can't seem to find you on Facebook or Twitter so connect with me via the blog and will explain further...


  15. Hi Dom,

    I believe you are from New Jersey as I am. Are you located in Totowa?

    It's such a small world, a good friend of mine had signed up for your entrepeneur class about a year ago! If you are one in the same person, I can most likely contact you through your company.

    We have been so busy that we neglected to prepare a website or Facebook until now! Other obligations were so very important! Soon there will be several contacts for Bake Huggers.

    I would be flattered to have a profile done on your food and beverage site! Thank you for the opportunity!

    This is a busy week for me, so if I don't respond please understand.

    Don't forget to watch Homemade Millionaire this Friday, ("Black Friday") November 26th at 10:00 PM on TLC! This is the week I share my Bake Huggers on the show! It's all so very exciting!

    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
    :) Debra Lee

  16. Hi Debra, Thats me :)

    Look forward to chatting with you aabout the interview, profile... our blog has the email address to connect with me...

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Dom Celentano

  17. Hi Dom,

    Just to let you know, I have left you a message on your e-mail. It was easy to find online.
    Thanks for your interest in Bake Huggers!

    Also, thank you Jen for having such a great blog to connect with other inventive people! Very cool indeed!

    :) Debra Lee

  18. Wee! I love it! Dom and Debra - so glad you found each other here. I am smiling. This makes my humble little "abloge" feel worthwhile.


  19. Please somebody tell me where to find out the casting call schedule, deadlines & requirements! It's like a needle in a hay stack out here