Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gifting to Alyssa Milano

I have to say that the actual gathering of amazing products and the creative assembly of the gift packages that go to our network of celebrities is by far the funnest part of Celeb Hoopla.  When celebrities receive our packages they know that a lot of care was put into every element....including the time that our gifting clients put into their own product presentation.

Here's a list of the amazing products that Alyssa Milano will be receiving with links to their websites:

Laughing Lily
Nightmare Nibbler
Sweet Mango Baby
Boca Beth - Bringing Spanish to Life
Jewelry By Andrea
See Baby Grow
Tree of Life Design
Vintage Body Spa Eco Baby Botanicals
Take Your Pix Board Book Photo Album

Mommy Perks, our partner in Celeb Hoopla, will be posting information about each product on their blog. 

Here are fun photos of the gifting assembly process:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teach your kids through family history and photos

We're so proud to have Shara Lawrence-Weiss officially part of our group.  Her business Mommy Perks has been a partner of Womentorz for almost two years now both online and through Celeb Hoopla.  I wanted to share with you all her recent appearance on ABC 15 in Arizona.  Her story is inspirational and makes me proud to call her a partner, friend and official Womentorz member!

Click here to visit her page on Womentorz!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Moms in Business Unite Conference Early Bird ends May 1st

Early Bird Registration Ends May 1st
(just 2 weeks away!)

Date:  May 19, 2011
Time:  8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location:  The Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-1690
 Early Bird Registration:  $65.00;
$85 after May 1st
(Includes:  full conference registration, continental breakfast, lunch
and parking at Loudermilk lot)

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities also available.

Join Maria Bailey, keynote speaker and moderator, along with our impressive line-up of speakers for this educational and inspiring networking event!
Moms in Business Unite has created an event which provides four educational tracks focusing on Women in varying stages of their business.  If you are a woman business owner or inventor who has a product idea, ready to launch her product or wondering what's next, the Moms in Business Unite conference will give you the opportunity to interact those that have gone through the process with great success!

During the half-day conference, topics will include:  
  • Patents & Licensing
  • Locating a Manufacturer
  • Using Social Media to Market Your Business
  • Entering the Retail Marketplace and Growing with Big Box Retailers
  • Technology Must Haves for Your Business
  • And much more!
Moms in Business Unite speakers include:

Maria T. Bailey, CEO of BSM Media, is the foremost authority on marketing to moms with a series of articles and books, including "The Ultimate Mom Book" (HCI, 2009), "Mom 3.0: Marketing With Moms By Leveraging New Media and Technology", "Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market" and "Trillion Dollar Moms: Marketing to a New Generation of Mothers", and a soon-to-published fourth book. Maria is host of Mom Talk Radio, the #1-downloaded parenting podcast, and co-host of Good Day with Doug Stephan, the #7 morning drive time radio show.  A busy mother of four children, Maria is co-founder of, and and has been featured in US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal and on CNN, Lifetime TV and various local affiliates.

Desiree Miller, Bottles to Britches Premier Baby Planners,
Desiree is the founder of Bottles to Britches Premier Baby Planners in 2009 and within months was selected as a winner of the British Airways Face to Face contest, intended to grow business overseas.    Desiree has gained notoriety among the baby industry as a true professional and partners with many brands in her never-ending goal of connecting with parents, providing the very best products and services for their children.  She has also branched, currently providing event services, including the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo, sponsored by, and co-founded  She is the leader of the Atlanta Founding Moms Exchange, a group of more than 100 momtrepreneurs in the Atlanta area, and is a regular speaker at their events.

Amy Baxter, MMJ Labs,
Inventor of Buzzy®, a bee-shaped palm sized device combining cold and vibration.  When placed between the brain and the pain, the competing stimulus decreases minor sharp pains.  Since the official product launch May 1 2009, Buzzy has been adopted by over 100 hospitals and more than 5000 users.  Buzzy was awarded a Kimberly Clark Huggies MomInspired grant Fall 2010.

Christine Crowder, The ChatterBox Show,
Author, "Your Big Sister's Guide to Surviving College", contributor and Executive Editor for the Work & Business section of, host - The Coolest Things Show, show-and-tell about the coolest things she finds such as, websites, productivity tools, tech gadgets etc. and The ChatterBox Show, a weekly live-streamed internet radio show with guest from inside and outside of her social media circle. Christie is also co-founder of The BlogRollers Media, a social media company specializing in creating unique and entertaining marketing experiences for brands and bloggers.

Britt Menzies,StinkyKids, LLC.,
In just five years, StinkyKids has transformed from a doodle of a ballerina to a brand comprising of apparel, dolls, children's books, bikes, skate boards and more, leading into other categories with retailers such as Nordstrom, FAO Schwarz,,, Barnes and as our partners and Madame Alexander Doll Company,

Jim DeBetta, DeBetta Enterprises,
Nationally recognized inventor coach who teaches women (and men) how to develop their product ideas and take them to the retail marketplace.  After helping lead a sport optics start-up company from virtually no significant revenue to nearly 50 million dollars in sales, he began working with larger companies and start-ups alike to help them achieve greater sales at larger retail venues.  Jim has spoken at dozens of invention and consumer product industry conferences, workshops, major universities and for well known entrepreneurial events for women including Ladies Who Launch, INPEX, National Hardware Show, and the Inventors Association of Georgia.

Lorraine Robertson, 30 Miles Media, Inc.,
The BlogRollers Media is a social media consulting firm that specializes in creating experiences. 30 Miles Media, Inc. is a freelance writing company specializing in print and online outlets.

Renee J. Ross,
In July 2008 Renee launched her personal blog Cutie Booty Cakes as a way to promote her first entrepreneurial endeavor, a diaper cake business.  Before she had even shipped a cake, she was bitten by the blogging bug and had found a new passion.  A self-confessed social media junkie, Renee leverages the power of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of important social and health-related causes.  She is a member of the Walmart Moms Social Media program.  She is a contributing editor for  Renee has appeared in Parents Magazine, Southern Living, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and has been a featured speaker at the following conferences: Blissdom, Blogalicious, BlogHer, SITScation, BlogWorld Expo, Type A Mom, Mom 2.0 Summit and the Minds of Mom Summit.

Linda  Lewis, The Breast Chek Kit, Inc,
Linda Lewis has been a business owner for more than 15 years, and is the Founder, CEO and Inventor of The Breast Chek "Shirt" and Kit, a product - that through its patented track and trace design directs women how to perform a breast self exam, while educating them on the importance of early detection. Among her other businesses, she is also the Founder and Executive Director of NABCAF, Inc. a non-profit organization that provides health screenings including free mammograms to uninsured women.

Shameeka Ayers, The Broke Socialite Media,
Shameeka Ayers married her love of marketing and public relations to her obsession with social media to create her alter ego, blog and brand, The Broke Socialite, in 2006. Based in Atlanta, Shameeka is a highly sought-after motivational speaker who is passionate about sharing stories about self-discovery, reinvention and her transition from employee to entrepreneur. 
If you can't make this event, there will be conferences in San Diego, Boston, Denver and Detroit!!!

10 Fun Family Ideas for Earth Day

While Earth Day is about serious matters, why not use it as an opportunity to enjoy your family and focus on fun activities too.
Here are 10 Earth Day ideas everyone can enjoy.

1.     Play Pin the tree on the Earth
One thing the Earth needs is more trees, right? They're being cut down faster than they can be planted. Playing this game is a great way to explain the issue to kids and inspire them (and you, to take action).
This homemade game is made from Ecospun felt (from recycled plastic bottles), but you could make one out of paper if you prefer.
The winning player can be the one who pins the tree closest to North or South America or in an ocean without touching land.

2. Go on an Earth Day Treasure hunt
Write a series of clues on pieces of recycled or pre-used paper, leading from your home around the neighborhood to a "treasure chest" containing some organic treats or small treasures like polished rocks and seashells. The clues should focus on the outdoors and be tailored to the age of the children.

3. Read eco books together. Find a nice nearby tree, sit together beneath it. Read and discuss a meaningful book with an environmental theme like The Giving Tree. Here's a list of great titles for kids of every age.

4. Visit an organic farm, preferably one with animals if you've got kids in tow. Find one near you at

5. Volunteer! There are many organizations that will welcome families with children of all ages.

6. Download an Earth Day kit from the EPA. It's filled with loads of ideas for fun activities.
7. As a family, take the 5-minute quiz at Practically Green. Find out how green you are and choose three actions that will improve your score.
8. Start a garden. If you've never done it before or don't have room, just fill a container with the best dirt you can find (be sure the container has drainage). Follow the directions on a package of mixed greens. You'll be nibbling lettuce very quickly. (And a secret you might not know. Children who grow veggies, actually tend to eat them even when they claim not to like them!)
Or plant some trees. You can get 10 trees for free when you join the Arbor Day Foundation.

9. Go no waste for the day. That means no purchasing anything in a package or at least, reusing or recycling any packaging, newspaper or anything else possible. It also means not tossing food scraps. If you don't want to eat it, compost, put into the freezer for later soup making, share it with neighbors, anything but throw it into the trash. Who knows, maybe you'll make a habit of no waste!

10. Do a recycled craft. Make birdhouses from milk cartons. Craft a solar oven from a pizza box (or any cardboard box). Download a list of endangered species and create your own hand drawn calendar. Empty out a drawer each, but instead of throwing away what's you don't want, challenge yourselves to make something from it!

Whatever you do on Earth Day, spend a bit of time noticing what nature gives us and give a little something back!

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors ofCelebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at