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Monday, September 20, 2010

Mom of the Week - Take 2

Mabel was nominated by her daughter, Ginger.

"My beautiful mother, Mabel Crick, will be 88 years old on September 24. She is an amazing woman, part of that "greatest generation", who has seen a lot of history in her life and has many wonderful stories to tell. She is and will always be my role model as a wife and mother and I still learn from her wisdom and gentle advice. She grew up in Birmingham during the Great Depression and was married to my father eleven days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mother moved to San Diego, California in 1943 and worked while my father trained in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. She has been a widow for three years after a 67 year marriage and many changes have come into her life but her five children have never heard one complaint. She appreciates every day and is thankful for what she has."

"My sweet mother thanks us each day for the care and love we give to her. When I spend the night she gives me a hug and kiss at bedtime and tells me that she loves me. If she awakens before me, I hear her coming down the hall with her walker and she peeks in to check on me. She thinks we are so good to her but in truth we can never repay all the blessings she has given to us that we will carry always. I thank God for my mother and every moment with her. She is one of my greatest blessings."
Let's take a moment and applaud our Mom of the week, Mabel! Happy Birthday!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mom of the Week

Something new we have decided to do on our Facebook Fan Page is highlight one Mom or Dad every week!  Want to nominate yourself or someone you know and love? Send us an email to momdad@waytutucute.com. Include a photo and 2 paragraphs telling us why he/she is the best parent on earth! If we choose your entry, you will win a $10 gift voucher to WayTutuCute.com and so will the person you nominated! If you nominate yourself and we choose you, only (1) $10 voucher will be issued.

Week 1:
Meet My Mom, Harriet

 Since this is the first week of the contest, I wanted to spotlight the best Mom I know, my mom, Harriet. My mom was not just my mom and my best friend, but was also my dad for a good portion of my childhood. She taught me how to appreciate every single thing that is given to me, no matter how big or small. To understand that nothing is handed to you that you don't work for.

My motivation, determination and strong work ethic were all gifts from my mom. She is one of the strongest people I know - no matter what challenge is placed in front of her, she never gives up. She has a heart of gold and is the best friend anyone could ask for. She's an amazing Gram as well. My daughters love her "up to the baby moon". She's incredibly talented too - an artist, craftswoman and has tons of huge ideas. Did you know that she is the creator of Gram & Me? Let's take a moment and applaud our Mom of the week, Harriet! Love you Mom.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

WayTutuCute.com and Meredith Rowlen Photography Model Search in Birmingham, AL

The 1st Model Search with Courtney Ortiz Photography went so well, we are doing it again!  This time, we are excited to work in a totally different area, Birmingham, AL with Meredith Rowlen Photography!

UPDATE:  The semi-finalists have been announced!  Check out our Facebook fan page and vote today!


WayTutuCute.com along with Meredith Rowlen Photography ( www.meredithrowlen.com) is having a model search for girls and boys ages 1 Month-8!
* One entry per child.
* You must be the parent or legal guardian of the child you enter into the contest and you must have permission/rights to use the photo you enter.
* Child must be 8 years or younger as of September 19, 2010 and the photo must have been taken within the last 30 days.
* Only photos e-mailed to the email address listed above with the subject WayTutuCute.com Model Search, from August 23 - September 1, 2010, will be accepted.
* Include your child's name, age, date of birth and size (clothing and shoe) in the e-mail, as well as your name, phone number, mailing address and email address
* Contest open to everyone, however if you live outside of driving distance from Birmingham, AL you will need to make arrangements for travel to complete the photo shoot in the vicinity of Birmingham, AL on September 19, 2010.
* Photo shoot will take place on Sunday, September 19, 2010. You will need to be available to have your child photographed on this date.


* The top 20-30 photos will be posted in an album on the tutu cute Facebook fan page on September 2, 2010.
* To vote for a photo you must first "like" the tutu cute Facebook fan page.
* Click 'like' for the photo or photos you are voting for in the Model Search album. Vote for as many children as you'd like.
* 1 Boy and 1 Girl Photo with the most 'likes' will be the "fan favorite". Comments permitted, but will not count towards the total number of votes. WayTutuCute.com will choose the other 8 finalists.
* Voting will close September 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.
* Official winners will be notified and announced no later than September 11, 2010 and will then be provided photo shoot time and place information.


* The fan favorite winners and the 8 chosen models will participate in a free mini photo shoot with Meredith Rowlen Photography (retail value $100) in Birmingham, AL. Time and place will be provided on or around 9/12/10.
* A 8x10 print of the best photo of your child, along with the option to purchase other photos a la carte. (retail $25)
* Winners will either receive a goody bag containing WayTutuCute.com merchandise or a gift voucher to the site. The goody bags will be shipped directly to the winners in October. This will depend on availability.
* Bragging rights that your little cutie is a model on WayTutuCute.com (photos will be displayed on WayTutuCute.com, as well as the tutu cute Facebook fan page) and MeredithRowlen.com.
* One grand prize winner will have their child's picture displayed on the homepage of WayTutuCute.com in October, win a $25 gift voucher to WayTutuCute.com and a full photo session with Meredith Rowlen (retail value $100). More details will be provided after the photo shoot.
* The opportunity for your child's picture to be displayed nationwide, on various websites that sell the participating designers items.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Germs... YUCK!

I'm not your typical germaphobe, but when it comes to my little ones, I tend to think about things a little more than I should.  Things like who used the shopping cart at the supermarket before we did.  Did they wash their hands when they should have?  Did they have a cold?  Yeah... gross, right?  It's funny because when it's just me, I don't really care too much.  I guess because I can control whether or not I put my hands in my mouth or wipe my eyes but when it comes to my one year old, I just can't afford to take any chances.

When my oldest was born, we received a shopping cart/high chair cover as a gift.  We used it constantly.  I decided then that it was one of the "must-haves" for anyone with a little one and bought several as gifts along the years.  When I had my 2nd child, I made sure that our cover was washed and ready for her, as soon as she could sit up.  We take it everywhere!  It is especially appreciated for those random trips to the supermarket and when we go out to eat.  After a quick wipe down, not only is she safe, but it's also really comfy for her!  I caught her falling asleep a couple of times.  Do you blame her?

A month or so ago, we welcomed a new vendor onto WayTutuCute.com.  Shopping Cart Covers 4 Babies are a bit different.  They fit shopping carts and restaurant high chairs like the rest of them, but they also fit most mall strollers and park swings - every place I can think of sitting my little one when we're out of the house.  Brilliant.  Not only do they fit more things, but she has such a wide variety of fabric choices too!  I believe the one we had only came in two options - blue or pink.  Boringggg.... An added bonus is that she also creates matching pillows and drawstring bags and the set is only $65!  What a deal.

Make sure you check these beauties out.  And if you have a little one, or know of one that is frequently out of the house, it's a must have!  Great gift idea for baby showers, 1st birthdays or just because you want to make a little one happy.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

WayTutuCute.com Teams up with Mommy Blessings in Small Bundles!

We are happy to have found another amazing blogger mom to host a giveaway with.  Jeanette runs Mommy Blessings in Small Bundles and the mother of two.  She is also a US Marine.  Jeanette and I will be giving away a Vintage Lucy's Kewpie Dog Dress to one lucky winner.  This dress retails for $68 but it could be yours for FREE!  There are a bunch of ways to win.  Check out Mommy Blessings in Small Bundles for the rules and instructions!  The winner will be chosen on May 3rd at midnight EST, so hurry and get your entries in!

A bit about Mommy Blessings in Small Bundles: This is a family oriented website composed of giveaways, product reviews, and a few other fun things. Feel free to enter the giveaways and share your opinions in a nice professional matter. Have fun and don’t forget to subscribe.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Donating to a Worthy Cause

I try to do my part in donating to various charities and foundations at least every few months.  This month, National Cancer Month, hit a little closer to home than I would have liked it to.  I got a call last week letting me know that my 24 year old cousin was diagnosed with cancer.  All I could think was, isn't he too young?  It was a week of craziness for our entire family.  It's funny how things like that make you realize that you don't tell certain people that you love them enough.  I couldn't remember the last time I told my cousin that I loved him.  So after being poked and sliced and tested all week, he was officially diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkins.  He started chemo this morning and will have a rough road ahead of him for the next few months.  He is on my mind all day long and I can't believe that my little cousin that used to sing Beatles song with a little blue plastic guitar, turned out to be one of the strongest people I've ever known.  He is my hero.

In honor of my cousin, I will be donating 5% of all sales in the month of April to the American Cancer Society.  I made the announcement just the other day and we've already raised well over $60.  My goal is $200.  I know it doesn't seem like much, but every little bit helps!  To reach my goal, I need your help.  There must be something on waytutucute.com that you've had your eye on.  Something for your little one?  A gift for someone?  A piece of jewelry you've been wanting but needed a special occasion to purchase it?  Well here it is: the right time, the special occasion...  Purchase today and 5% of your total will be donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

Monday, March 29, 2010

WayTutuCute.com teams up with Sweet Deals by Jillee for AWESOME Giveaway!

If you love a bargain, I've found the perfect site for you!  Sweet Deals by Jillee is a blog that gives you daily deals that are, without a doubt, fabulous!  If you don't like to search for the sales, make sure to check out this blog daily, Jill does the work for you and does a pretty darn good job!

Recently, we teamed up with Jill to offer two amazing prize packs!  One for girls and one for boys.  Both packages are worth over $300!!  So, want to know what is being offered?  Click here to see the prizes!  Then, sign up for Jillee's email updates.  If you have a boy or girl preference, make sure to comment on the giveaway page with either boy or girl and include your email address.  You must be signed up for her email list though, that's where she is choosing the winner from.

We would like to thank Jill for mentioning WayTutuCute.com on ABC 4's local morning show, Good Things Utah!  It's our first network mention and we are very excited.  Check out the video of the show on the upper right hand corner.   Make sure to check out Sweet Deals by Jillee and spread the word to any and everyone that you know that loves a good deal! 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 21 - Sunday Special [Baby Beehavin’ - Stroller DVD Pouch™]

Baby Beehavin’ Stroller DVD Pouch™ is the latest in stroller accessories! You and your baby will be the envy of parents and babies everywhere. Compatible with most rear-facing strollers including Fisher-Price, Peg-Perego, Bugaboo, Quinny, Britax, Uppa Baby, Baby-Trends Snap N’ Go, and many more. This will stimulate and entertain your baby endlessly. This stylish and functional design is compatible with virtually any portable DVD player and is the ultimate addition to your stroller. So the next time you take your baby shopping, to a restaurant, or anywhere, the Stroller DVD Pouch is all you will need to keep your “Baby Beehavin”.  Reg. price $30 - Now through Sunday, March 21st, only $19.50!!  Click here to get yours while supplies last!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

tutu cute introduces tutu-it yourself, no sew tutu making kit!

Have you always wanted a boutique style tutu for your little one but don't want to pay boutique style tutu prices?  Why not tutu-it yourself! No sewing required!!!  You'll be amazed how easy this really is!

Thank to tutu cute, you can now purchase a no sew tutu making kit.  Receive everything you need to make a beautiful boutique style tutu!  Use it for pictures or for play!   Buy a few for a great craft idea at a girl's birthday party!  A great Mommy-Daughter craft idea!

Kit includes:
  • All the pre-cut tulle you need (you pick the colors)
  • Ribbon for the waist
  • Detailed instructions
Visit waytutucute.com today to pick one up!  Reg. price only $20 - Sunday 2/21 special: $15.  Click here to check it out!

Friday, February 19, 2010

WIN!!! Free Copy of What To Expect When You're Expecting

We are honored to be able to partner with WhatToExpect.com - you probably recognize the name from their popular "What to Expect.." books.  You can now find parenting tips, courtesy of whattoexpect.com, at the bottom of waytutucute.com!  Over the next month or two, we will be giving away one book every week or so to one lucky fan!  We have all different stages - pregnancy, 1st year, toddler and even the babysitting handbook!

Want to win a FREE copy of the #1 best selling pregnancy book?  We are giving one away this Sunday, the 21st!  Here's how to win:

1. Follow this blog
2. Comment and let us know what the craziest craving you had or are having while pregnant.  Make sure to include your email address and first name!
3. Tweet about this giveaway and mention @waytutucute so we are aware

We will choose one random fan on Sunday night and ship you a free copy of the book you MUST have!  Keep it for yourself, give it to a pregnant friend or family member or... save it for someone that may become pregnant in the near future.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

1,500 Facebook Fans and Counting!

I'm extremely pleased to announce that we have reached 1,500 Facebook fans!  What a long way we've come over the last few months!  We couldn't have reached this milestone without all of our rockin' fans!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Congrats to Jayme P. who was the winner of our 2/1 fan referral contest!  Jayme referred 35 friends to the tutu cute page and won a $20 gift certificate!

Congrats to Shanna O. who was our random winner this evening!  Shanna also won a $20 gift certificate tow waytutucute.com!

Please Be Mine Sale!!

Now through Valentine's Day, February 14th, we are having a "Please Be Mine" sale.  Visit waytutucute.com and find most items on sale, up to 35% off!  What a deal!  No coupons needed... just good ol' fashioned sales prices.  

If you are signed up for our email list, you should have received a special "secret" coupon! 

With all of these discounts, how can you go wrong?  Visit waytutucute.com today!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Secret Is Almost Out....

I've been working on some big things lately... things that I can't wait to announce (but must due to all of the preparations).  All news will be announced first (in addition to special discounts) through our email program.  Not signed up yet?  Sign up here.

On the bright side, I can remind you about somethings that are currently going on...

Tomorrow the 60% off Agoo Apparel sale will come to an end... agoo sells activewear for babies and kids... INCREDIBLE quality (I personally bought things for my kids before they were sold in my store).  

You still have 2 days to refer your friends to our FB fan page for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  If we reach 1,500 fans by 2/1, we will double it to $40!!!  

Until 2/16, I'm donating 5% of all sales to the Chron's and Colitis Foundation of America.  Buys some great things and support a great cause!

Have you seen January's Featured Brands yet?  Check out these 5 awesome product lines today and check back next month to find out who the newest 5 featured brands will be.

We have new items going up daily - best place to check these out as they go up, is our FB fan page.  Become a fan today!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Congrats to the Winners of our "Favorite Item Giveaway!"

Marla K. won the Kidorable Butterfly Umbrella

2nd place: Lisa M. won 50% off a custom made Dolphins tutu!

3rd place: Angie V. won 50% off the Cuppycake Boutique Girls Monkey Shirt!

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Time to Give Back

Since mid-November, we've donated to Susan G. Komen and to Feed the Hungry.  I'm always on the lookout for good charities and organizations that appreciate any donation, no matter how big or small.  This week I was invited to an event that benefits the Chron's & Colitis Foundation of America.  DING!  (yes, that was a light bulb going off over my head).   I personally know a bit about ulcerative colitis as not only do two of my immediate family members have it, but so do at least 3 of my friends. 

Anywhoo, it's not enough to just attend this event, I realized that I need to try to do some more.  So... from now until 2/16, 5% of every purchase on waytutucute.com will be donated to the Chron's & Colitis Foundation of America.  Now you can buy some really cute things and support a great cause!

A little about the foundation:  The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.  Four decades ago, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation created the field of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. Today, the Foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."

Thanks for helping us help others,

Monday, January 11, 2010

Who in the World is Yelli Kelli?

So you've seen Yelli Kelli on waytutucute.com, but who is Yelli Kelli?  I'd like to introduce you to Kelly, the mastermind behind the incredibly original Yelli Kelli art.  The daughter of an artist and the mother of an artist, Kelli is both a professional artist & fashion designer, living in a small town in Alabama.  She and her mom run a funky eclectic shop, based in a 100 year old Victorian House.  She also teaches an arts and crafts class to young girls, ages 5 to 12.

I'm sure you've seen her work.  It's hard not to smile when you look at her art, whether it be on canvas or on clothing, or even on a bookmark.  It's hard not to fall in love with them.  They are not something you see everyday, which is why I liked them immediately.  There is something about each piece that takes me back to my childhood... the days when we were forced to take naps and we didn't know what money was.  As much as I love Yelli Kelli's work, I had to find out what others thought, so I asked the most honest person I know... my 4 year old daughter.  When I showed her Yelli Kelli's art, she picked out two almost instantly that she wanted to hang in her room (1 shown here).  She immediately came up with stories for each of these girls and then ran to her room to show me where on her wall they would fit.  My daughter is awesome and very sneaky..lol.  Little does she know that we have two Yelli Kelli paintings on their way to our house (one for her and one for her baby sister - both personalized).  She's going to flip out when she sees them!  Heck, I'm going to flip out when I see them, who am I kidding?

If you haven't taken the time to check out these incredible pieces of art, check them out now.  Yelli Kelli... Hey!  That's Cute!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Product Review: Bugaloo Shoes

When I first spotted these shoes I thought they are adorable, so they must not be affordable.  Good thing I continued looking, because they are extremely reasonable at only $18, and were immediately added to my "must buy" list.  I made the decision to purchase a pair for my 7 month old for Christmas.  I got them days later (just in time for Christmas) and was pleasantly surprised by the packaging (a cute plastic pouch with handles).  Super professional, super fast shipping... and something I totally wasn't expecting - the leather smells so incredible, I wound up holding them to my nose a little longer than I should've. :)  My little one has not gotten used to shoes yet.  Most wind up on the floor in a matter of minutes so I was shocked to see that she left these on all day (she even took a nap in them).  I bought them a little on the larger side so that she wouldn't grow out of them in a day and they still stayed on which was awesome.  My mom came over on Christmas day and said if Bugaloo made shoes in her size, she would get a pair.  I totally agree!  I've had to stop myself from buying them in every color.

They come in boys and girls styles and they even have some that resemble dress shoes and sneakers (the one pictured here is definitely my favorite style for boys).  Super cute! I'd have to give these shoes pretty high ratings!  I'm honored to have Bugaloo as a part of WayTutuCute.com.  Pick up a pair or two today!  You won't be disappointed!

Make $$$ in 2010

You love our items on WayTutuCute.com.  You've told everyone you know about the site... well now is the time that we reward you for your referrals!  Sign up to become an affiliate of WayTutuCute.com today!  Once you register, you will be given either a banner or a text link.  Share this with friends and family and you will receive 5% of all total sales that come in through your link.  Sound easy?  It is!

1. Register here.
2. Return to the main page and log in with your new username and password.
3. Click "get links" and choose your banner or text link.
4. Paste the code on your website, on your Facebook page, in a tweet, in a "mom" forum, or anywhere else you feel is appropriate.

Let us thank you for helping us get the word out.