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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blakesley Sutter shows off her InfantBows!


The Sutters and their daughter Blakesley turned out for the JCPenney "Joy of Giving" event in Hollywood Tuesday night to support Friends of Faro, helping the Tijuana Casa Hogar Sion orphanage. I am so thankful for Trista Sutter for letting InfantBows be a part of this great event.

Here are some links:
People.com
usmagazine.com (no longer available)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Seattle Show Participants

Did you see us at the Seattle Show ?
Products Designed by moms for moms in Room 620
Thank you to Belly Sock and My Sweet Baby for hosting some of the BEST Mommy Companies at the NW KidsShow..... check them out!
(Especially if you couldn't make it to the show)
Belly Sock - Deb Grover - A simple nursing or maternity accessory that slips over your belly with no buttons, snaps, or hooks to deal with.
My Sweet Baby Designs - Sara Lohse - Sassy, Sweet and Totally Chic nursing covers, extra absorbent burp cloths and Mommy Clips.
ReUsies™ Re-usable alternative to sandwich/snack bags, each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags.
Grippies - The "no slip solution" to socks, tights and gloves!
Infant Bows -Providing high quality beautiful bows that bond with babies.
Munchkin Designs - Custom goods (t-shirts, paper products, frames and more)
Tie Chair - The Tie Chair™ is a portable, washable high chair that works just about anywhere, and the best part is that it folds up and fits right in your diaper bag. Ties easily in the front or in back.
Blue Dress Press- Blue Dress Press is committed to providing you with the highest quality fashion-forward paper products for all of your correspondence needs.
Bienella- Revolutionary Skin Care: No intricate chemical compounds, no dyes, petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, glycerin, preservatives, fillers, or other unnecessary additives, and certainly no ingredients you can't pronounce!
Picky Sticky - Picky Sticky offers moms and dads (and grandparents too!) a new, fun way to record your little one growing right before your eyes. We offer you an array of bright and fun designs to match your style. Our products make perfect baby shower gifts! Each month simply STICK a Picky Sticky decal to your baby's onesie. Take a picture to capture each stage and be amazed at how much your little one changes.
Mama K's Play Clay - Beautiful Aromatic, Gluten Free Play Clay.
I'm Thankful - A Book by Sue Lundquist: Read positive and inspirational questions out loud to family/child, open your dialogue. Anyone can doodle, write, color or post own images.
That Baby DVD -That Baby DVD and CD feature kid-friendly cover versions of songs written by artists like Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, and more. You'll be the hit of the baby shower with this hip, creative gift. Check out the preview to the right and order below from our secure, friendly site. We think you're going to love them!
Happy Hollis Designs - A modern twist to tiny creations giving a swanky vibe to t-shirts, onsies and accessories.
Thanks for all that stopped in!

Bachelorette Reality Star, Trista Sutter says InfantBows are "the perfect accessory"


For_Immediate_Release:


Plainfield, Il - June 11, 2009 - New, second time mom, Trista Sutter receives a special Baby Swags gift basket
which contains products any new mom would love to have. Trista Sutter is best known for her television
appearance on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. She later went on to marry her soulmate, Ryan; a 
contestant on The Bachelorette. The couple now have two children together, a little boy named Maxwell, and 
their baby girl, Blakesley Grace.

Infantbows were included in the gift basket among other mom-invented items. Trista Sutter was so kind as to 
write a Thank You note stating that

                    "InfantBows have been the perfect accessory to ensure people know she is a girl".


You can see the actual card at http://infantbows.blogspot.com/2009/09/trista-sutter-from-bachlorette-gift.html

About InfantBows - http://www.infantbows.com - Special hair bows that stick on little tender heads and are 
great for babies with our without hair. They are made in the USA by work-at-home Mothers.

InfantBows were created in 2001 by Jennifer Farquharson and continues to grow. Jennifer is a Mother of 
5 children and a daughter of a retired newborn nursery nurse. Jennifer Founded the company 
InfantBows, LLC in 2001 with the goal to generate a safe way to adorn little baby girls with bows, while 
providing work -at-home opportunities for Mothers. We support made in the USA by purchasing materials, 
labor, and parts made in the USA whenever possible! We proudly employ Mothers to do work-at-home. 
This gives them a opportunity to make some extra income while staying home with their children.
Thursday, September 10, 2009

Trista Sutter from the Bachlorette Thank you note


Trista Sutter was so kind to send a note
letting me know little Blakesley is wearing her InfantBows.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

InfantBows meets all CPSIA requirements

~click here for details~

Please visit our website for complete information regarding InfantBows compliance with the new CPSIA regulations.

"I have spent hours reading and learning about the new CPSIA requirements and have offered my help to other small businesses with questions or concerns they may have. I would be more than happy to help in any way that I can". - Jennifer Farquharson, Founder of InfantBows

Many useful links and a Guide for retailers is also available there.

Special Note* As of August 1st, all InfantBows will have a tracking label and shipments will include our latest GCC certificate. All merchandise made before August 14, 2009 does not require labels but will be available upon request.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

All caught up!

Our new product line of InfantBows Go Paks has been a success! Thank you for everyones support. We had such an overwhelming interest that I experienced some growing pains to work through right from the start. This is Great news because I am now able to add another work-at-mom to my list of talented ladies that produce InfantBows line of products. It's my dream to help many mor work-at-home mothers and I thank everyone for making this possible!

All orders have been shipped as of today and shipments should be getting much faster now.
Thank you for your patience!


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Come see us at NW Kids Show in Seattle


We are so excited! Come see us at:

NW Kids Show - Seattle
August 16, 17, & 18, 2009
DoubleTree Guest Suites- Seattle Airport/Southcenter
Show Hours: Sun - Mon 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 12:00pm

We have teamed up with Sara at My Sweet Baby,
so stop by the booth and see our newest products close up.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Newest Picture


Newest changes and I am finally happy with the design. Thank goodness! The pocket that holds the InfantBow glue now has velcro behind the ribbon instead of a flap. The pocket is the entire length of the bottle too. It looks so much cleaner and more finished. I am really pleased.

I am also putting together a sheet for custom fabric ideas. I have even found the next fabric choice to add. It will have pink and brown stripes. Can't wait!
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Finally! Go Pak Pictures are here!

I am a perfectionist and "designing" a new product proved to be one of my toughest challenges yet. I have made a change since the pictures, but couldn't wait any longer to show you. I am still waiting on the materials for some new bows that will be in these. As soon as those are ready, these will be for wholesale on InfantBows.com. I will send out a not ification to all stores at that time.

The latest change is to the pocket that holds the InfantBow Glue. The top of the pocket with the ribbon across it will be all the way at the top and it will have a velcro closure behind the ribbon so it won't show. This is intead of the flap of fabric (tucked behind the bottle) that velcros at the bottom. It looks so much cleaner this way. It's been little changes like this that put me way behind my deadline of June 1st, but I think it will make a much better product that will sell.


Here is an example of how to display the InfantBows Go Paks. All brick and mortar stores will get the basket for free with the purchase of 10 or more of the Go Paks. Each Go Pak will be wrapped in a clear protective sleeve and we suggest using one as a sample to open.

EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR STORE

InfantBows Go Packs can be custom made with fabric exclusive to your store. You can even have exclusive bow styles and colors. Please contact me for more information on this.
Monday, June 15, 2009

Trista Sutter from the Bachlorette gift Basket

Trista Sutter had a baby girl! We were so excited and honored to send her InfantBows.
Click picture for larger image.
Monday, June 1, 2009

It's the InfantBows Go Pack!

I will be adding a picture later today.  I just got the first one and I am so excited.
They will be listed on the InfantBows website for wholesale purchase by Tuesday, June 2nd.  I am so excited!  Stay tuned!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Item coming in June!

This has been in the works for a very long time.  New products are almost here!  

Hint* A classy way to take your bows with you in style. Three styles to choose from.  I can't wait to share them with you so stay tuned!  

We are trying to get them ready and available by June  1st.  (Yikes!) that is only 12 days away!

Coming Soon!
Monday, May 4, 2009

InfantBows Named in Top 200 Mom-Owned Businesses!


InfantBows, LLC has been recognized as one of the top 200 mom-owned businesses in StartupNation’s 2009 Leading Moms In Business Competition (http://www.startupnation.com/leading-moms-2009). The competition, sponsored by VerticalResponse, recognizes the achievements of mothers across the country who run outstanding businesses.

"Moms across America were honored in this year’s ranking, showing that they’re capable of  starting and running successful businesses while managing to balance family, career, home and self," said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation."Well over 600,000 votes were cast in support of several thousand contestants. What an incredible achievement to be named a winner, and what an inspiration for anyone looking to start their own business.”

"It’s challenging for anyone to start and run a successful business – particularly in this economy. These women are setting the standard for innovation and creativity," said Janine Popick, founder and CEO of VerticalResponse.

A huge Thank you for all those who voted and showed your support!  It is a huge honor to be among the top 200 Mom-Owned Businesses.  
Sunday, April 19, 2009

Announcement for all those that carry InfantBows!

InfantBows would like to know about any sales, discounts or coupons that your store may offer.   This information will be updated on our website, blog, and promotional materials when possible.  Let us help you!

Also, Please check out our List of Retailers and make sure your information is just how you would like it listed.   Pictures, Logos, and links are welcome!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Enter to win a $5,000 Boogie Baby Shower

 Enter to win a $5,000 Boogie Baby Shower from Boogie Wipes and 19 other mom invented products!

Grand Prize Includes:• 25 "mom invented" swag bags
• Cake, shower d├ęcor and flowers delivered to your home• Boogie Wipes Diaper Cake and years supply of Boogie Wipes (4 per month)
• $1000 in gift certificates



InfantBows Gift 
Set and
 25 gift bags 
will be 
included.



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Gift Set Redesigned!


In order to be compliant with the new CPSIA laws, I have chosen to take the "Flowers with Bling" out of our Gift Sets and product line.  Here is the new gift set with new Large Satin Bows added.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Winner!


Congrats to Robyn at position #2.  
Thanks to everyone who entered!


Monday, February 16, 2009

ChicBlvd.com is now carrying our Gift Sets!

I am so excited to announce that our gift sets are now listed on ChicBlvd.com.  This is a very classy store with lots of PR experience.  

Please show your support and leave a product review for others.  Thank you so much.  
Saturday, January 31, 2009

February Give Away!

In honor of Valentine's Day, one lucky winner will receive our Sweetheart Gift set by InfantBows. I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on February 28th at 10:00 pm central time and post it on this site. Winner will be notified via the email address listed next to their name.

Here is how to win:

1. Click on the green button "Vote for me" button and support us in this contest.

2. Simply enter your name and email address in the name section if you don't have a URL with a address link. If you don't have a URL to post just use this one: http://infantbows.blogspot.com/

3. Winner will be posted on March 1st. An email will be sent to the winner requesting your shipping address.


February Sweetheart Giveaway Participants
1. Cassie tuffylynn@hotmail.com
2. Robyn (robyn_639 at hotmail.com)
3. Linda
4. Mommy Diaries
5. kristine sorochinsky sorochinsky@gmail.com
6. April G

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Support InfantBows in the 2009 StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition

Vote For Us in the StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition


To enter you must be a mom and be a majority owner of a business. You must also have a website for your business. No matter what industry, what business model, what size and stage, if you meet those three requirements, you are encouraged to enter.


  • You can enter your business until midnight Pacific Time on March 31, 2009.
  • Throughout April, winners will rank ordered according to votes accumulated.
  • StartupNation will select a variety of moms from among the finalists and create editorial feature stories about them.
  • Winners will be announced in early May, 2009.
Thank you for your support!

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Giveaway: Infant Bow Complete Box Set (26 Bows w/glue)

Congratulations to Vanessa on winning our deluxe gift set.

A special thank you to Heather for your review of InfantBows on your blog site, "A Day Care Life". You have a wonderful site and lots of readers! Also, Congrats to Heather on her beautiful baby girl. Now she has two girls and they are both adorable.


Here is Heather with her new little addition and please notice how well she wears our InfantBows!

Friday, January 30, 2009

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

All Work-at-Home Mother's, crafters, and small businesses can breath a little easier now.  We are still in business!  I think this is great news!  I am thankful for the scare, as it let me as a business owner and a mother be aware of how much of our products and materials could be at risk.  I have been checking every little detail on my products and will have testing sheets ready to go way before next February.  

As a mother, it has actually been scary to study what all has BPA and other toxic materials.  I just purchased new pacifiers that are now BPA free for my two month old.  His Sassy and Fisher Price toys are not BPA free.  Sassy is working to get some on the shelves now.  Did you know the inside liner of all our canned food has BPA?  It makes me want to give up.  I am still researching and will keep you posted!  

Enjoy the break and get back to business!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do you know about the CPSIA

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. 

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples: 

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America. 

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake. 

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. 

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Our backings are lead free and phylates free.


I just got the spec sheets from our backing supplier. I will be posting them shortly. I wanted to make sure we comply with the new laws and we do. This is one benefit of purchasing products made in the USA. Our backings and the adhesive that holds them on our bows is lead and phylates free. Our glue is all natural, and we are working on getting spec sheets for the bottles. We are working hard to meet all new compliance requirements.
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reform CPSIA HR4040

Reform CPSIA HR4040
Monday, January 19, 2009

Our ribbon suppliers are safe!

The following is from our ribbon supplier here in the USA. This is what they have to say about the safety of our ribbon:

We have received emails and telephone calls from many of our customers concerned about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Title I Children’s Products, specifically pertaining to the lead paint rule and timetable.

We have contacted our yarn suppliers as yarn is the raw material used in our ribbon and have received material safety data sheets on our yarn and dyes used. All our yarn is manufactured domestically within the United States and does not contain harmful materials and is free from lead. The ink used on our polka dot ribbons does not contain harmful material and is free from lead. Our ribbon is free from di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or benzyl butyl phhalate (BBP).

National Bankruptcy Day

February 10, 2009 thousands of children's products manufacturers and retailers will be closing their doors. I can't help but think of all the Mother's that are staying home to raise their children losing income when the economy is already struggling. This means that not only will the products created will be AGAINST THE LAW, but all the debt and loss of inventory will play a huge roll as well.

I was trying to explain to my children, that if I don't find an affordable way to get my products tested, that all of my products (they help me daily with these) will be against the law. Mommy can go to jail for selling them. As crazy as this sounds, it is real. We will just make our China suppliers even bigger and hurt our Americans even more. This is the opposite of what my company stands for!

I quoted on one site the following idea:

I think the manufacturer of materials used like ribbons and zip lock baggies (examples of my materials) should be tested and I get a copy of their certificates and keep with my "certified products". This would be a lot more cost effective in the long run and focus on the companies with the resources to contain such certificates. I think the safety of our children should include everything in our house not just items geared for children. Material certification would be cover everything and not hurt the "little guy". Please reconsider!

InfantBows plans on obeying the law and fighting till the end. I will do everything in my power to stay in the business I have worked the last 6 years for. I have invested too much time and money into this dream.

View resources here:

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200901/1232389542.html

http://nationalbankruptcyday.com/archive/alert-the-media-the-cpsc-has-a-sense-of-humor/
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

InfantBows is now on Facebook!

Keep in touch with the latest contest, specials, and new products easier with Facebook. Add your little model to our gallery. Videos are welcome too.