Friday, July 31, 2009

Help bring Lily home and enter to win FABULOUS prizes!


Who doesn't love giveaways? I will tell you who, no one! Absolutely everyone loves free goodies and what better way to win amazing prizes than to donate to a good cause? Well in all honesty the prizes are not free, but they can be yours for as little as $5.00! What is this amazing cause you ask? Well you will be helping to raise money for a deserving family to adopt a little girl from South Korea. This family has dealt with their share of trials and tribulations. They have survived through 6 miscarriages and 2 failed adoption attempts. Adrienne, the mother, writes a blog called Preparing for a Miracle. In her blog she details her life's struggles as well as miracles.

As you know, this past year we lost 2 more babies to miscarriages and now have had 2 failed domestic adoptions. It's hard to believe we've gone through 8 losses since we first started trying to have a baby. Since November, we've felt God tugging us toward adopting a "waiting child.....

Last week, we received the test results from the tests our doctor had requested, and they were normal. We had the answer we had been waiting for. We believe God held baby Soojung for us until now so that we could adopt her as our Lily. She just might be named Lily Soo. :)

So, this week while we were at the beach with Jim's family, I called the adoption agency and spoke with Ms. P, and we have begun the process to adopt our baby girl from South Korea!!

In order to bring Lily Soo home, Adrienne must raise 25,000 dollars! And you can help out by purchasing $5.00 raffle tickets towards donated prizes. She is giving away some really nifty stuff, items ranging from a Canon Rebel XS 10.1 MP Digital XLR Camera to a $25.00 gift certificate for one of a kind No Slippy Hair Clippies! :) Yes, we have donated to this important cause, how could we not? What a beautiful thing to love an orphaned child as your own... it is probably the most gracious gift that a person can give.


So, here's how it works...

*If you would like a chance to win one of the incredible items below, make a $5 donation by clicking on the Bring Lily Home ChipIn (top left of blog under header). Each chance to win is just $5 so you are welcome to try to win more than one item!

*Then, leave me a comment on this blog by clicking on Comments under the item that you are interested in, and then type your comment in the comment box and save it, telling me which item you would like a chance to win. You can also leave me a comment on the ChipIn site and I will put your comment on the blog for the random drawing.


For more details and to enter the contest visit: http://preparingforamiracle.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Generous Review for No Slippy

I reviewed a beautiful little online store called Brea's Baby Boutique a bit earlier this month. The owner is a wonderful mother of two girls and does a really wonderful job with her business as well. I just love the tutu's and petti skirts that she sells, they are extremely charming and a bunch of fun! Anyway, she has just recently wrote a post on her blog about No Slippy Hair Clippy and it is really terrific. She uses our products on her own two daughters, a toddler and a new born, and she has nothing but good things to say. Here is an excerpt:


The No Slippy Hair Clippy does it all! We weren't kidding when we said the name says it all. They actually dont slip! I have been honored to try these AMAZING hairclips for my 2 year old daughter. I dont know about you, but everyday is a constant battle of putting my daughters hair clip back in because it is always sliding out. I might add that my 2 year old loves them. She is always playing in her hairbow basket and the first thing she pulls out our the No Slippy Hair Clippies. Smart Girl, huh? She knows just as well as I that they are designed with your kids comfort in mind.

I am so proud to announce that their baby bows do not leave dents in your sweet baby's head. I can't tell you how my headbands I have for my 3 month old daughter and when you take them off there will be a little dent there. My hubby cringes when this happens! He things I am completely cruel for putting them on our baby girls head! Well, when I showed him her new bows that stay in place and don't leave little marks, he was thrilled!!


Read the entire review here:
http://breasbabyboutique.blogspot.com/2009/07/we-love-no-slippy-hair-clippy-name-says.html

Thanks Brea! We are truly humbled by your kind words and promise we will continue striving to create the very best in hair accessories! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The sweetness of the Birkheads

If it wasn't enough that Larry Birkhead is raising a beautiful vibrant little girl all on his own... now he has proven to be a very gracious and thoughtful man as well. Even in the midst of his hectic schedule, he took the time to write, Mary Lenore of BopStar-PR, a thank you letter for the No Slippy Hair Clippies that were sent to him for Dannielyn.

Mary,

Thank you so much for the No Slippy Hair Clippy shipment. Dannielynn was nearly out and she wore them this weekend out to a park where we were mobbed by paparazzi. I also am attaching a picture of her in some of the flower clips that you sent. I do not have any of the pictures from Larry King, or I would give them to you. It was a last minute appearance. CNN might have some but I do not have any personally. Again, thanks for the clips; they come in handy for a single dad that has no earthly idea how to fix a little girl's hair.

Thanks,
Larry Birkhead






Well thank you for the thank you Larry. It just shows your immense strength of character. And keep up the good work with Dannielynn, she is turning into a fine little lady. I am sure that Anna Nicole would be proud!

These images are courtesy of CelebrityBabyScoop.com.

*Mary Lenore is from BopStar PR. She does all of the PR for BopStar Baby Baskets and also for NSHC.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Another Celebrity Sighting!

Isla Fisher, the Australian born actress, most well known for her hilarious role of Rebecca Bloomwood in this years blockbuster "Confessions of a Shopaholic" was seen walking in West Hollywood this past week with her daughter Olive. Olive is just now 1 1/2 years old and her father is the always funny Sacha Baron Cohen best known for his comedy "Borat". Olive Cohen is seen here snuggling up to her Mommy wearing one of our clippies.




These images are courtesy of CelebrityBabyScoop.com.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A little Princess

The always precious Dannielynn Birkhead (daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead) was seen playing at a park in Beverly Hills this past weekend with her daddy. Some adorable shots of the two playing on a swing were found on Celebrity Baby Scoop. She is shown wearing a No Slippy Hair Clippy Whitney Princess - 3 ½ inch Princess Bow®. t




Doesn't she look like the perfect little Hollywood starlet with those pink glasses? What a doll.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Boom Boom Room's 2009 Pre Golden Globes Event

This year's Golden Globes were as always, a star studded occasion worthy of only the very biggest names in the industry. One of the very special events prefacing the big night was, The Boom Boom Room's Pre-Golden Globe Awards Baby and Kid Wonderland Villa. All manner of celebs flocked to be a part of this wonderful opportunity to get their hands on some of the very best baby and children's products on the market today.

No Slippy Hair Clippy was honored to be a part of this gala event, and our own President and CEO, Annie Salyer attended herself to give away NSHC products in the BopStar Baby Celebrity Baby Baskets. Take a gander at some of the precious pictures taken at the Boom Boom Room:


Tori Spelling


Sally Richardson


Scott Baio & Family


Rena Sofer


Ryan Newman


Kelly Hu and Cookie


Jodie Sweetin and Annie


Joely Fisher & Daughter and Annie

*All information pertaining to Bop Star Baby Celebrity Baby Baskets is obtained by BopStar PR.*

Monday, July 13, 2009

La toya Jackson says Micheal was murdered


Jackson has erased any doubt as to where she stands on the death of her brother Michael. In a four-hour interview with News of the World, she shares her belief that her brother was murdered for his money and Beatles song catalog. “We don’t think just one person was involved in the murder. It was a conspiracy to get Michael’s money. I know who did it and I won’t rest until I nail them!” While LaToya is busy screwing the suspects, I hope the police get involved in making some arrests.

She also discussed the condition of Jackson’s body as more evidence supporting her theory of foul play. “He had many needle marks on his neck and on his arms, and more about those will emerge in the next few weeks. But nothing has changed my mind that this was murder and I won’t give up until I find out what killed my brother. A couple of years ago Michael told me he was worried that people were out to get him. He said, ‘They’re gonna kill me for my publishing. They want my catalogues and they’re gonna kill me for these.’”

Michael’s sister asserts that the people who most closely surrounded the pop star controlled his environment and kept him from family. “They tried to keep the family away at all times, even my dad. Michael was being controlled. No one could get through to him. We wanted to know why we were being kept away and my father Joe was always trying to get to see him. He tried so hard to be there for Michael. He was seen as a threat but he was trying to help. And if you keep the family away, you can conquer. It’s like they say, divide and conquer.”

LaToya also takes credit for ordering the second autopsy. She already knows the result of the toxicology reports performed by the family’s coroner and could only say “I think everyone will be surprised when the results come out.” Listen, the only way people are going to be surprised is if his blood work comes back showing nothing except Flintstone vitamins.

LaToya had so much more to say — after all, when was the last time the media wanted to talk to her? — that you can read here. Is there any doubt that she’ll be speaking to reporters for the rest of her life about Michael’s “murder,” children, and legacy

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Birthday Bonanzas

In just two weeks my little niece will turn the big -1- year old. I simply cannot believe how fast time has flown. I remember when she had just been born, she was infinitesimally small. I could fit 10 of her little hands in mine. She was fresh and snuggly and held all the promise that new life affords. And now one year later she is all the more beautiful! She is deserving of the most spectacular of birthday celebrations, alas I will not be in close enough proximity to help facilitate this. So, in honor of my precious little niece, I have written a list of 5 must haves for any one year old birthday bonanza:

1. Buckets of love, you know the good stuff, wet and sloppy!



2. A special birthday outfit: http://breasbabyboutique.com/category_40/Birthday-Outfits.htm



3. A special birthday clippy: http://hairclippy.com/shop_novelty-amber.asp







4. Cupcakes! So much easier than a whole cake and a lot cuter if you ask me. Here is one of my favorite recipes: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/polka-dot-cupcakes?lnc=98d20356c0041210VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&backto=true&backtourl=/our-best-cupcakes?lnc=98d20356c0041210VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&rsc=slideshow_food_our-best-cupcakes&contentid=85cb0000342f0210VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD#slide_1



5. Decorations! The cheesier the better! They will be small enough for silliness for only so long you know.. : http://www.1stbirthdayparty.com/



Happy Birthday to all those little sweet peas turning one this month!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Breastfeeding Controversy



Would you let another Mother breastfeed your baby? That is the question I am asking myself after reading a recent article from Parenting Magazine. Apparently it is a growing trend for new Mothers to allow other new Mothers to breastfeed their babies and vice versa. There is also some controversy surrounding this as there are noted benefits and risks to the practice.


In addition to exchanging expressed breast milk, some moms skip the bottle and cross-nurse, splitting breastfeeding duties with another woman and her baby. Cross-nursers say they enjoy the flexibility as well as the four-way bonding that occurs between the moms and their children. And some moms go as far as hiring a wet nurse -- a woman paid to breastfeed another child -- when they can't perform the task themselves.

Informal sharing is naturally more controversial, but a significant number of moms are open to the idea. According to a nationally representative Babytalk survey on momconnection.com, 40 percent had either a positive response ("beautiful!") or a neutral reaction ("each to her own") when asked how they felt about milk sharing.

Yet the majority of the medical community warns against it. "We support breastfeeding, but if you can't nurse, we recommend breast milk from a milk bank, or that you use formula," says Ari Brown, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and author of Baby 411. "Even if you have a good friend who wants to donate milk, you can't guarantee that it's free of infections, like HIV. Breast milk is a bodily fluid, just like blood. Would you be willing to give your baby a blood transfusion without first having it tested?"


Read the entire article here: http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/Feeding/Breastfeeding-Controversy-Milk-Sharing/1

I personally think that it all depends on the women in your life. There are most assuredly certain friends of mine who I would trust to feed my baby if some emergency arose. I simply KNOW that they are free from diseases or infections, so I would feel more than comfortable allowing them to feed my child. However if I did not know an individual well or thought that they conducted themselves in any kind of questionable manner, I would never even dream of allowing them to do so.

How do you feel about this? Is this something that any of you out there have done yourselves? If not perhaps you know someone who does. I would love to hear all about it. Feedback is always appreciated!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baby and Kids Magazine

No Slippy Hair Clippy is privileged to grace the pages of yet another children's publication! NSHC products are featured in the May addition of Baby and Kids Magazine! And Ryan Newman once again models our clips beautifully.

Friday, July 3, 2009

July brings new clippies and patriotic festivities!

Welcome to July folks! This month brings the birth of our independent nation, stunning fireworks displays, yummy barbeque's and a whole lot of time outdoors. While enjoying all that blessed fresh air, there are two things you should try and remember:

1. Do not forget to slather on the sunscreen (liberally)
2. Accesorize with NSHC patriotic bows!

These clips are just too perfect for Independence Day and I recommend them for any little girls 4th of July weekend outfits.




Also for July, our new clip is featured! The Danielyn - Cross Knot Dot Baby Bows. I absolutely love this one, just the right amount of dainty! The Danielyn comes in four rich colors, Shocking Pink (as shown below) Citron, Pink and Lavender.


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICANS! Enjoy the day's festivities and perhaps take a moment to be grateful for the wonderful country that we live in. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Micheal Jackson's drug abuse: ex-bodyguard Geller

Two of Michael Jackson's former confidantes, medium Uri Geller and ex-bodyguard Matt Fiddes, say they tried in vain to keep the pop superstar from abusing painkillers and other prescription drugs suspected of leading to his death — but others in the singer's circle kept the supplies flowing. "When Michael asked for something, he got it.

This was the great tragedy," Geller said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his suburban London home. Geller, who said he suffered a terrible falling-out with Jackson several years ago over the issue, said he often had "to shout at Michael, to scream at Michael" as he sought to confiscate the singer's stocks of medication during his travels in England.

Geller said he slept on floors or sofas in Jackson's hotel suites in a bid to talk sense into his sometimes-incoherent friend. "Most of the people around Michael could not say `No!' to him. He desperately needed someone there all the time who could say `No!' and mean it, who could warn him of the dangers ... and tell him the truth," Geller said. "The big problem was that many people wanted to help Michael, to save his life, but we could not be there all the time." Geller said Jackson relied on medications to help him cope with relentless pressure and media criticism in his later years. "With his sanity buffeted and health wracked by global bullying nonstop, I think it's actually incredible that Michael held up as well as he did," he said. Fiddes, an English karate instructor who worked as a senior bodyguard during Jackson's travels in Britain for a decade, said the pop idol abused prescription medications, not recreational drugs, and took so much that it could be difficult to wake him for engagements. "I confiscated packages and Uri did too.

I mean, Uri confiscated injection equipment from his room," Fiddes said in an interview broadcast Thursday by Sky News. "And Uri would scream at Michael, you know, intensely, to stop doing this. But we just were getting pushed out." Fiddes recalled one occasion when Jackson planned to visit London Zoo to see the gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates — but was too spaced out to go anywhere. The bodyguard said he and Geller "were both shaking him trying to wake him up. It was clear that he had taken something that morning and he was hard to wake.

We were extremely concerned ... We couldn't get him in a state that would portray him in a good light." Fiddes said both he and Geller told others supplying medications to Jackson to stop, but when their efforts "got back to Michael, he would have a screaming fit that we were interfering with his private life. He was in denial." Several other Jackson confidantes have expressed concern since his death at the volume and mixture of medications he was taking. Self-help guru Deepak Chopra said he rejected Jackson's 2005 appeals for painkillers and that their relationship suffered lasting damage because of it.

Geller said he was fearful that Jackson could not have completed his planned 50-concert run in London, which was due to start July 13. Stress over the imminent comeback, as well as drug misuse, combined to kill his friend, he said. "Whatever the autopsy will come back with, part of what made Michael Jackson's heart stop involved the stress and the anxiety that, 'My God, in a few days I have to get on a plane and fly to England.' But he could have done it," Geller said.
From Yahoo Music

DEA joins Michael Jackson death probe

The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson's death have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star's doctors and possible drug use.

Following Jackson's death, allegations emerged that the 50-year-old King of Pop had been consuming painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants.

The DEA was asked to help the probe by the Los Angeles Police Department, a law enforcement official in Washington told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

The federal agency can provide resources and experience in investigating drug abuse, illicit drug manufacturers known as "pill mills" and substances local police may not be familiar with, the official said Wednesday.

While the investigation into the singer's death deepened, passionate Michael Jackson fans spent another day in an uneasy limbo, awaiting word from the King of Pop's camp about where and when a memorial service might be held for their hero — and if they're even invited.

Speculation about the potential location of a memorial ricocheted during the day from the Staples Center to the Los Angeles Coliseum to the Nokia Theater.

One spot that was ruled out as an immediate memorial venue was Jackson's sprawling Neverland ranch in Santa Barbara County. Jackson family spokesman Ken Sunshine said a public memorial was in the works for Jackson but it wouldn't be held at Neverland.

That came as a blow to many Jackson fans who had already descended on the estate in the rolling hills near Santa Barbara with the hope of attending a public viewing.

"We're terribly disappointed," said Ida Barron, 44, who arrived with her husband Paul Barron, 56, intending to spend several days in a tent.

It appeared more likely that a funeral and burial would take place in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Many of Jackson's die-hard fans refused to believe that the family would bury their most famous son without acknowledging the supporters who helped propel him to superstardom.

"I can't believe they wouldn't do something for his fans," said Rosie Padron, who had roped off a spot just outside the Neverland gates. "Michael loved his fans."

New Yorkers weren't willing to wait. The weekly Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater turned into a Jackson celebration, with impersonators emulating his outfits and mimicking his dance moves.

Allison Hector, who wore a T-shirt with the image of the "Thriller" album cover, ecstatically emulated moves she learned watching Jackson's music videos.

"Nobody moves like him," the 19-year-old said, her eyes filling with tears. "I feel it in my blood — I just can't help it!"

On the legal front, Jackson's 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust and naming his 79-year-old mother Katherine and his three children as beneficiaries. The will also estimates the current value of his estate at more than $500 million.

Katherine Jackson was appointed the children's guardian, with entertainer Diana Ross, a longtime friend of Michael Jackson, named successor guardian if something happens to his mother. A court will ultimately decide who the children's legal guardian will be.

Jackson's lawyer John Branca and family friend John McClain, a music executive, were named in the will as co-executors of his estate. In a statement, they said the most important element of the will was Jackson's steadfast desire that his mother become the legal guardian for his children.

"As we work to carry out Michael's instructions to safeguard both the future of his children as well as the remarkable legacy he left us as an artist, we ask that all matters involving his estate be handled with the dignity and the respect that Michael and his family deserve," the statement said.

The will doesn't name father Joe Jackson to any position of authority in administering the estate. Also shut out is ex-wife Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two oldest children.

The executors moved quickly to take control of all of Michael Jackson's property, going to court hours after filing the will to challenge a previous ruling that gave Katherine Jackson control of 2,000 items from Neverland.

Paul Gordon Hoffman, an attorney for the executors, told Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff his clients are the proper people to take over Jackson's financial affairs. He called Katherine Jackson's speed in getting limited power over her son's property "a race to the courthouse that is, frankly, improper."

Judge Beckloff urged attorneys from both sides to try to reach a compromise. A hearing on the estate was set for Monday.

The will, dated July 7, 2002, gives the entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. Details of the trust will not be made public.

Jackson owns a 50 percent stake in the massive Sony-ATV Music Publishing Catalog, which includes music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga and the Jonas Brothers.

Jackson, who died June 25 at age 50, left behind three children: son Michael Joseph Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; daughter Paris Michael Katherine, 11; and son Prince Michael II, 7. Rowe was the mother of the two oldest children; the youngest was born to a surrogate mother, who has never been identified.

Rowe, who was married to Jackson in 1996 and filed for divorce three years later, surrendered her parental rights. An appeals court later found that was done in error, and Rowe and Jackson entered an out-of-court settlement in 2006.

Neither Rowe nor her attorneys have indicated whether she intends to seek custody of the two oldest children.

AP writers Michael R. Blood, Noaki Schwartz and Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles; John Rogers in Los Olivos; Michele Salcedo in Washington; and AP Entertainment Writer Erin Carlson in New York contributed to this story. From Yahoo News

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Brea's Beauty-full Baby Boutique!

I have had the recent pleasure of coming across a special little store. Upon entering their website you are instantly aware that you are about to venture where only the cutest, sweetest baby things are.. pictures of little angels in leopard leotards and flapper style hats let you know that you are in for a unique experience. This is not your average Baby Boutique. In fact this is Brea's Baby Boutique, and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.



They carry so many wonderful things that it is honestly hard for me to pick my favorites, but painstakingly I managed, and I will share a few of them here with you:

Their Birthday Rainbow Tutu in Sparkles is an absolutely adorable way to make your little girl feel like a princess on her birthday. Brea's has many tutus and pettiskirts to choose from, all wonderfully crafted and all with their own distinct style.



Another favorite of mine would have to be their baby shoes. ALL OF THEM! They carry cute little fuzzy booties, trendy leather sandals, cowboy boots and patent leather shoes. My favorite for girls are the Wee Squeak Hot Pink Patent Sandals.

These fun little shoes help crawlers walk and walkers run. Each shoe squeaks (with the exception of the Wee Snaps) when the child walks correctly heel to toe. When quiet time arrives, the squeaker, located in the heel, can be pulled out by an adult.




How ingenious is that?? Not to mention stylish of course. And for boys I just love the Wee Squeak Camo Tennis Shoes. They boast the same walking helper design as the girls sandal and an unmistakable cool factor. No doubt that all the girls will be asking to share his crayons from now on! :)



Something that I myself am always on the lookout for are new fun baby shower gifts. Sometimes it feels like it's all been done. I have had sisters, girlfriends and co-workers alike for whom I had to become a brilliant baby shower gift giver. If only I had seen this earlier! The Cashmere Bunny Friendly Frogs 3 Tier Diaper Cake is a plum ripe with all sorts of goodies from disposable diapers and hooded towels to baby powder and a manicure set. Anything and everything a new mother would EVER need, all wrapped up in a cute little frog cake package! Beyond edible, don't ya think?



And last but most assuredly not least, is what I secretly wish for for myself, in a big girl version of course! Baby Bella Maya Zoe Zebra Pink Ruffle Infant Car Seat Cover. Now your little girl will be traveling in style! This oh-so-chic car seat cover is the epitome of cool.. who knew being safe could be so much fun?

Baby Bella Maya infant car seat covers offer parents a safety benefit not available on other car seat covers: snaps. The covers adds style to infant carriers, but in the safest possible way.




If you haven't seen anything here to convince you to hop on over to one of the chicest baby boutiques on the net yet, then I suggest you go to http://www.breasbabyboutique.com/ and see for yourself. I assure you that there is something to tickle your fancy at Brea's *very unique* Baby Boutique.