Atopalm Skincare Giveaway!

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

 

Here is your chance to enter Atopalm’s skincare product giveaway!

This contest is exclusively for Korean1stbirthday viewers!

The winner will receive the Face Forward Bundle Set which includes:

  • Black Microfiber Makeup Bag
  • Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Serum
  • Moisturizing Eye Repair Serum
  • Moisturizing Cleansing Foam
  • Under Makeup Moisture Cream

ATOPALM…a line of products formulated specfically for dry,sensitive and sun damaged skin. The unique, paraben free, patented MLE-Multi Lamellar Emulsion formulas* containing plant derived ingredients,mimic the structure of the natural skin lipids and provide the ultimate in revitalizing the skins’ moisture through the restoration of the skin’s protective moisture barrier system. This enables it to successfully moisturize, soothe and calm skin that is experiencing agitation from allergies, rosacea and other conditions related to dry and sensitive skin. These symptoms can be a result of the skin layers being deficient in ceramide and fatty acids.

The rich, emollent, yet non-greasy technology advanced formulas, have the ability to soothe and calm while leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and looking noticeably firmer and brighter. These products are perfect for those who are ready for serious skin treatment with a unique combination of effective ingredients designed to be gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. The cell turnover rate of healthy skin is every 25 to 30 days. Although there is noticeable improvement in the condition of the skin, in order to maintain the softness and suppleness, and for optimum results, continued use of the ATOPALM regimen is recommended.

ATOPALM…Recognized by doctors, consumers, the media and on the web.  Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested. Well known brand in Korea!

To Enter the Giveaway:

(1) Please visit Atopalm Website and tell us which product interests you the most and why by commenting on our blog below.

Winner announced on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

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Korean first birthday party at Dohl Head Table - Dol Head Table

Check out this adorable Superhero Themed Dol! Event details and photos shared by Cathy Murai Photography.

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Olivia’s Victorian First Birthday Party

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

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     I’ve sung the Happy Birthday song over a thousand times.  Let’s say the average person sings it about 10 times a year…that would make me about 100 years old.  Which I basically am.  In Faerie years.  Hello, I’m Fae Diddle Diddle, a professional children’s entertainer in California.  Yes, I really did get to be a Faerie and a Mermaid when I grew up! So, how did I sing the birthday song so many times? I’ve personally performed at over 1,400 celebrations across California in the last 9 years.  Phew! What happens to a person once they’ve sung that song over and over again? You would except that they would just explode into birthday cake and sparkles, but actually, I just got very familiar with what really makes a successful birthday party.
     When planning the big day, there are two major components to think about. The grown-ups, and the children (of course!).  The really successful celebrations that I have seen have combined the excitement for both parties, instead of keeping them separate. For example, it may be wonderful to have a bouncy house so the children can completely pass out at bedtime from exhaustion (hooray!), but what does the bouncy house do for the adults? In the best case scenario, the adults feel like children again and climb in and bounce with the children (this has only happened *once* at any of the celebrations I have attended). The worst case (and more typical) scenario is that the adults are left standing around, trying to make small talk without the helpfulness of their smaller counterparts to bring life into the moment. Even though I am a professional entertainer, I still clam right up when I have to speak to strangers in a grown-up setting.  I prefer to be in the company of children. They have better jokes.
     There are a few elements of a birthday party that I have seen that really pull in both the children and the adults. First, plan an activity that they can work on together. I don’t mean making some craft at a table with too many glue sticks and not enough paper towels.  I mean something that you don’t get to do everyday. Something special.  The best example that I have ever seen of this was at a celebration that I attended in Berkeley, Ca. The invitation asked the guests to please bring a unique, empty cardboard box to the party.  The hosts provided multicolored tape, flags, pillows, and scissors. I witnessed the building of the most amazing cardboard fort/castle/house that I have ever seen. The babies were crawling around and squealing, the children were putting their heads together with the grown-ups to solve building issues, and everyone was smiling. Uncontrollably.
     If you prefer to have a more self contained activity (you know, something without any clean-up…), a very popular, and often successful element to add to your celebration is…an Entertainer.  I know, I know. I am an entertainer. Of COURSE I would say that.  But, really.  The magic that I have seen happen over a crowd when myself (or one of our other performers…yes…there are 34 Professional Faeries, Princesses, and Clowns in my company!) is overwhelming.  From seeing the adults participate during a Magic Show, to reading about how a family talked about my visit for weeks (“Mommy…when I went into the backyard today, I saw where the Faerie lived! I really did!” or “Honey, will you please clean up your toys? You can use your hands, and some Magic if you want to, like the Mermaid did.”), the effect of an entertainer can be incredibly long lasting.
     I want to tell a quick story. I mentioned adults participating during my Magic Show performance.  This story takes place in a park. A hot park. An over 100 degree park.  All of the children were being troopers and were sitting nicely in the cool grass (well, sometimes the heat can be your friend when you are an entertainer, it helps keep the more rowdy children at bay…ha!) getting ready to watch the show.  I also encourage grown-ups to watch as well, because I like to mix up some tricks and stories that grown-ups will think are funny.  The show started and all the children were very sweet and were participating at the correct times.  I also noticed the adults really getting into it, despite the heat. They were also answering my questions and being enthusiastic about the story that was unfolding in front of them.  At one point, I asked the audience a question that required the children to respond, and a grown-up was so excited, that he jumped up to his feet and yelled the answer! Everyone, adults and children, exploded into giggles, and the rest of the celebration was one of the most easy going parties that I had ever attended. The shyness of the adults and the children just seemed to melt away.
     Sometimes thinking about hiring a children’s entertainer brings about some worry. Will they be cheesy? Will they make my celebration extra special? Or the worst question…will they show up? In addition to performing and running a children’s entertainment company, I have worked with hundreds of other entertainers over the years. I am not afraid to give adults referrals to another company if our schedule is full, but I am also just as picky when it comes to who I would refer as an entertainer for children.
Here are some key things to think about:
-Reputation 
These days, it is very easy to learn how other families felt about their experience with a particular entertainment company. Make sure to do a simple search online to research any reviews that may have been written.  Places like Yelp.com, Google Reviews, Gigmasters.com, and many other review sites are great places to start. If the entertainer doesn’t appear on any of those sites, it may be difficult to find honest opinions about the entertainer.
-The company’s general ‘feel’
Entertainment is likely to reflect what you see and feel from your first impression of the entertainment company. How much care did they put into their online presence? Are their ads creative and fun? Do they sound exciting on the phone? Is it easy and pleasant to correspond with them via email? These things can be an easy insight into how your experience will be with them in person.
-Your child’s connection to the idea of an entertainer 
Can the children see exactly which character (and what they will look like) is coming to the celebration so they can be prepared and excited instead of shy on the big day? Some entertainment companies make it easy for the children to get excited about meeting them by providing videos, multiple photos, and sometimes even a chance to let the child speak to the character over the phone in advance.
-Legal Issues
Entertainers should carry Liability Insurance. This makes sure that if a balloon pops and hurts a guest, the Entertainer will be liable for paying for the aftermath. Many city parks require this, and the entertainer should be able to provide proof of insurance before the big day.  (Psst…it is wonderful to get all of these things out of the way ~before~ you meet them in person, that way the celebration will be all fun and games instead of paused by boring paperwork).
-Choosing between a single entertainer and an entertainment company
If the entertainer works for an entertainment company, the entertainer will be one of two things. An independent contractor (they are required to provide their own skills and costuming), or an employee (trained by the company, & costuming is provided by the company).  There are a couple questions that should be asked because these two classifications are different.  The first is, if the entertainer is required to provide their own costuming, will it reflect exactly what you see in the photos online?
The second is, how do you know if their skills up to par for performing at your celebration? A few of our employees have worked with other entertainment companies before working for Happily Ever Laughter (that’s where I come from), and have told me that they were just asked ‘do you know how to twist balloons?’ during their interview, and then were sent to twist balloons at a celebration. The company never wanted to see how well they twisted balloons. When an entertainment company actually provides training to their employees, it insures that their skills are adequate, and in line with what the company is promising to deliver.
If you hire an entertainer that is independent of an entertainment company, make sure to do some heavy research into other family’s experiences with them. They are generally incredibly talented individuals (to perform and be booked enough to work just for themselves means they must have out-of-this-world skills!) The catch is that they are only accountable to themselves, so there may be a more likely chance of them not performing their best, or not having back-up if they fall ill.

-Communication
The days leading up to the celebration is a time when you don’t want to be worrying about whether your entertainment will show up or not.  Make sure to ask the entertainer when and how they will be confirming their arrival with you. I recommend asking for a phone number that will reach the performer on the day of, as well as a phone number of someone that may know what is going on if you can’t get a hold of the performer themselves (a booking agent or the company).
     Well, thanks for reading , and I hope this helps you feel a little better about 30 children arriving at your house next month. Ha! But really, don’t worry. The last secret to having a successful birthday party is to remember why you are hosting one.  It’s because you want to celebrate your child on this day that is so important to your friends and family.  This is the day when you can look at your child with adoring eyes everyone else will be, too.  It is an incredibly special time, and if you’re happy, they will be happy.  Party on!
Ribbons and Roses,
Fae Diddle Diddle
Head Faerie at Happily Ever Laughter
http://www.happilyeverlaughterparties.com/
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Lil Cake Toppers Giveaway!

Posted on: July 21st, 2012

Here is another amazing Giveaway contest – perfect for those planning a doljanchi, Korean first birthday party!  Our sponsor, Lil Cake Toppers is giving away one family set of Cake Toppers  to one lucky winner! Winner can choose either a family set for boy or girl. Lil Cake Toppers will customize the cake toppers to match your hanboks or colors as well! Also, they can adjust skin color, eye color and hair color!  Retail value of prize is $300. How gorgeous these toppers would look on your child’s birthday cake! And what an amazing keepsake item!

To enter:

(1) Please write a comment below on our blog telling us why you need to win this prize.

(2) For double entry, please click on the Facebook icon below and share the contest with your friends and family. You must leave a separate comment below for the double entry to count.

Contest open to those residing in the USA. Entries taken now until August, 2nd, 2012. Winner announced on Friday, August 3rd, 2012.

Note to Winner: As the cake toppers are individually hand painted, it will may take up 3 -4 weeks for cake toppers to be completed.

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All About Bebe Giveaway!

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

This week’s Giveaway Sponsor is All About Bebe, a chic and modern clothing boutique for kids! The best part is that they offer high quality children’s apparel and accessories at affordable prices. The winner will be able to select either a girl’s or boy’s outfit as shown below. The adorable girl’s outfit retails at $79 and is available in sizes  XS=14months ~ 2T, S=2T~3T , M=3T~4T and L=4T~5. The stylish boy’s outfit (retails at $53) includes the chrome baggy pants (White) and Mango Na Si shirt (available in Gray, Black or white). Sizes S (2T), M (3T) and L (4T-5) will be available.

(1) To enter the contest, please leave a comment below on our blog, telling us which outfit and size you would like. Please make sure you select the size that is shown above for the corresponding outfit.

            (2) For double entry, please go to All About Bebe Facebook Page and “like” them and then share the contest link. The easiest way is to click on the Facebook icon below for easiest sharing.

Winner will be announced this Friday, July 20th, 2012 on this blog.

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Sweet Pink Ombre Light Birthday Party

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

Party Event Planner, Cana’s Miracle created a beautiful party utilizing the birthday girl’s name Elle.  Party designer June decided to go with a sweet pink ombre light theme since Elle means “shining light.” She did an excellent job in making Elle shine with the amazing decorative details. What a beautiful party for a beautiful little girl! Photo by Story by Mia. Desserts by Le Macaron Patisserie.

Cloud B Twilight Product Giveaway!

Posted on: July 1st, 2012

Here’s a chance to win  an innovative night light from Cloub b!  Three winners will be chosen and each winner will receive either a Twilight Turtle, Twilight Ladybug or Twilight Sea Turtle.

“Since their inception in 2002, Cloud b has mastered the art of creating plush toys with a purpose, developing engaging products “where good sleep begins.” Innovative in design, unique in function and above all, memorable when experienced, Cloud b has become a trusted name among parents, grandparents, and caretakers.”

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Traditionally, Koreans would display Korean artificial flowers made out of rice, called Sang hwa (상화) on the dol table (dolsang). Real flowers were not used in the past because it was believed that it was bad luck to take away a life from a living flower. You will see that many traditional dol party planners have Sang hwa displayed on their dol tables. Here is an easy way to make these artificial flowers out of play doh.

Materials needed:

Play doh

Play doh flower making tool

styrofoam

green floral wire

bowl

rice (cover styrofoam with rice on top when done)

 

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Elegant Ivory Dream Flower Dress Giveaway!

Posted on: June 10th, 2012

This week our sponsor is Soleil Creations,  a USA made, boutique clothing company that specializes in creating custom special occasion wear, birthday dresses, flower girl dresses, and fun everyday apparel and accessories for young girls everywhere. With the addition of the “Just 4 Boys” collection launch, Soleil Creations has become a company that not only caters to girls, but offers something fun for little guys as well! The owner and designer, Savanna Fancher has graciously offered to giveaway one of her Ivory Dream Flower Girl Dress (retails $99). The lucky winner can choose size from 12m, 18m, 2T or 3T. This beautiful dress can be the ideal doljanchi dress!


(1) To enter the Soleil Creations Dress Giveaway, please comment on our blog below, why your child would be needing this special occasion dress.

(2) For double entry, please share this giveaway on your Facebook wall by clicking on the Facebook icon below and let us know that you did on the comments section below.

Contest begins now and entries will be taken until Thursday, June 14, 2012. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, June 15, 2012.

 

UPDATE; 10/24/12 Winner was given alternative prize (gift card to Little Seouls) due to issues with sponsor, Soleil Creations.

 

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