Monday, August 31, 2009
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Ultimately I had to change his name; I just couldn't say "Kaboom!" with a straight face. He now goes by "Mosby," which also fits him perfectly. I grew up on Mosby Street, named after John S. Mosby. This Confederate commander was known as the "Grey Ghost," and what do you know? My dog is grey!
Even though I thought it has only been a short time, I truly enjoy being a dog owner. I now take a walk everyday; plus Mosby always keeps me entertained! Who could resist those big brown eyes and crazy fur?
Staff Profile - Cathrine (with CWDkids since 2005)
As CWDkids’ Art Director and one-half of the Creative Department, my days are never the same. I work on the catalogs, emails, ads, and create the webpage files. The images you see on the homepage are generally created by me; and sometimes I come up with their copy too! I also help with the photography, which includes ironing and crawling on the floor to style the clothes, as well as getting kids ready at photo shoots. I have been known to do a silly dance to help get the models laughing.
My supportive family has shaped me into who I am. With three big sisters, you learn from their experiences and also how to be very flexible. My two nieces (who are pictured with me) and two nephews are a big part of my life. Although they do not live locally, I try to see them as much as possible. When my oldest sister told me I was going to be an aunt, I said, “They are going to think I’m so cool, they are going to call me AC!” Even though the name hasn’t quite caught on, they do tend to call me, “Silly Aunt Cathrine!”
- Everyday, I still can be seen eating a turkey sandwich (with cheese, lettuce, and mayo) with pretzels, but now I prefer to play Bookworm instead of Spider Solitaire.
- My name Cathrine (with no e in the middle!) comes from my maternal grandmother, and my middle name Ann is from my paternal grandmother.
- I was Salutatorian of my high school graduating class.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tracy: Tired of serving chicken nuggets and hot dogs? My husband and I love all kinds of food and really want to expose our daughter to many types of cuisine. Luckily for us, she has gone for it. Atypical kid food that she has tried lately and likes include anchovies and cilantro. Strangely enough, she does not like tomatoes or cucumbers though. Check out the Gastrokid Cookbook for ideas on how to make your kids fearless, unfussy eaters.
Kara: I have a new baby in my house! She's 8 weeks old today and my husband and I couldn't be happier (or exhausted). The dog, however, is not as thrilled. Our 3 1/2 year old Labrador Retriever has not quite accepted the fact that there is a new person in the house who is taking priority. All that time we used to spend loving the dog is now spent with the baby as Berkley sulks in the corner. Here are some great tips on how to introduce your pet and your new baby to help ease the transition. It's easy to forget once the newborn arrives, but our pets were our first baby!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"My daughter would love the Central Park Peasant Dress and red leggings...so cute! My son would love the dinosaur sweater and the aliens raincoat!"
Most importantly, kids learn how an image they create is incorporated into a design, used on a product, and then sold in stores to ultimately help sick children. When given the task of creating artwork to help other kids who are sick, children take their mission quite seriously. Their hope is to teach kids about empathy, the importance of helping others, and inspire them to continue to find ways to use their artful hands and generous hearts to do good in the world.
All proceeds from the sale of Kidz B Kidz items benefit childhood cancer research and programs at Children’s Hospital Boston and CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Take a look at her picks for Fall and let us know if your kids agree. If not, what are their favorites?
Vest & Scarves
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Brad and I have known each other for 14 years, but we never dated until last year when we were matched on an online dating site! Since then, we've enjoyed a year of traveling, duckpin bowling, and exploring antique stores. I can't wait to start our new life together and to dress our future kids in all the cute clothes I drool over at work!
Staff Profile #5 - Kelly (with CWDkids since 2001)
We have a really great art school at Virginia Commonwealth University. That’s what brought me to Richmond in 1988. Initially interested in graphic design, by my sophomore year I decided instead to major in fashion design, with my senior portfolio being children’s wear. When it came time to start my career, I was drawn back to graphic design and the Washington, DC area where I had grown up. However, I was still spending all of my weekends in Richmond so after a year I moved back. I spent the next 7 years working for various ad agencies--stressed out and pulling long hours into the night--until 2001 when the company I was working for closed their Richmond office.
Wow, I was out of a job (along with about 80 other people)! Turns out it was actually a lucky break for me and that summer I sent samples of my work to CWDkids. What a great way to tie together my graphic design experience with my interest in children’s fashion! Fortunately for me, the president of CWDkids thought the same thing and I started working in the creative department on September 10, 2001. I initially worked for our sister title, “Just Boys, Just Girls” but when that catalog was combined with CWDkids, I took on the role of Creative Director.
While my job can be challenging and takes a great deal of organization, it’s never boring and I enjoy being able to leave at a reasonable hour to spend time with my beagle, Angus, and my sister’s family who live next door. I oversee the layout of 17 catalogs each year, “flat” photography of clothes, designing emails, and model photo shoots (including scouting locations, hiring models, and then jumping up and down to get them to laugh for the camera).
Even after being here almost 7 years, I’m still one of the “babies” of the CWDkids’ family. The company has changed and grown through the years, but its commitment to its employees’ family lives has not wavered.
- I take my beagle-lab mix, Angus, to daycare every day.
- I am fascinated by Mount Everest even though I am not a mountain climber. My sister gave me a book about the Annapurna region of the Himalayas and I have promised myself to go trekking there one day.
- After a summer road trip to New Orleans in 1994, I fell in love with the city and have returned 8 more times since. I even decorated one of the rooms in my house with a New Orleans theme, complete with wrought iron and walls that look like plaster crumbling off to reveal brick underneath.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Diandra’s career has taken off after modeling for CWDkids. She has appeared in television shows, award-winning short films, major motion pictures, and music videos, such as the Jonas Brothers’ “Year 3000.” In addition to acting, last year she released her own album!
Diandra, now age 18, will start her sophomore year at Loyola Marymount University, in California, this fall. We’re glad to hear that Diandra is still pursuing her acting and singing career and proud to have played a part!
If you know one of our past models, we would love to hear what they have been up to. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with photos and an update!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"My favorite new items are the capes! My grandson would love the red Super Hero Cape and when my granddaughter is big enough she would love the pink Princess Cape. I can see hours of imaginative fun in their futures!"
It is also the favorite pick from our CFO, Tracey, who has a 6 year old and 4-year old twins... she notes that she will have to buy three capes to avoid any arguments. Good thing there are three colors to choose from!
What is your favorite new item from CWDkids for Fall?
I am struggling with how to motivate them without appearing to be an ogre. I found a great idea on the fun fabulous blog that I am going to tweak a bit to get them back on track. This clever blog suggests having a fairy come visit your children. Click here to see their idea along with a fun chart and coupon that you can use to motivate your children to do just about anything.
I am going invite the Book Reading Fairy to our house. The Book Reading Fairy will leave book store coupons for each child doing a great job reading. My children can use the book store coupons to buy what else? A new book (or a special drink from the coffee store located inside my favorite bookstore)! My children love going to the book store so I am hoping this will spur them on to reach the finish line before school starts.
If you have any great ideas that you use, please let me know!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I’ve been working with CWD for two years now and I still learn something new everyday. I can honestly say I don’t really miss tax season. Although there were moments where I did miss the craziness just a little. I’ve enjoyed being home every night to have dinner with the kids and talk about how their day went. They really do grow and change every day and I’m glad I have a schedule that allows me the opportunity to be a part of their lives all year round not just 9 months of it!
I am the Chief Financial Officer for CWDkids, but I wear multiple hats...sometimes because I don’t know when and how to say no! I handle payroll and HR matters, prepare monthly financial statements, review cash position, review and approve bills for payment, manage shipping issues, handle requests for boxes from our vendors, negotiate with certain vendors, oversee issues related to our retail locations – including lease negotiations and review, file and pay monthly sales tax, and review all bills for proper classification and payment terms.
When I’m not at the office I’m “working” at home chasing my 3 children, Michael 5 and twins Emma and Christian 3. Michael just started kindergarten this year so I look forward to being home for dinner each night and being able to talk about his day at school, look through his daily folder and keep in touch with what is going on with all my children. When they are asleep (ha ha) I love to read or just watch reality TV. I’m also a video game addict. I really enjoy playing games on my WII. I also enjoy the few quiet moments I get to spend with my husband Kennon. He is my rock and our family would not have made it through those tax seasons if he were not the man he is. He takes great care of our children and I love him very much.
My favorite thing about working for CWDkids is the family friendly atmosphere. After coming from an environment where I worked a significant amount of overtime, the fact that I am home every night to see my children is very important. It is also nice to have the flexibility to work from home or adjust my hours as needed to adequately balance my work and family life.
- I have 2 big addictions, video games and reality TV. I watch most reality TV shows avidly especially Survivor.
- I’m a Garth Brooks groupie. I’ve seen him in concert in six different states. I was in Central Park for his free concert in New York. I’ve traveled as far south as Florida and as far west as Texas to see him in concert.
- My mom is a breast cancer survivor so breast cancer causes are near and dear to my heart. I’ve participated in the Making Strides against breast cancer walk here in Richmond since its inception.
Friday, August 14, 2009
As some of you may know our CFO, Tracey, has multiples. She says "I have discovered the joys, and challenges, of living with my boy/girl twins, along with their older brother. One of my challenges is finding the perfect coordinating outfits for those special family photos. I don’t dress my children alike on a daily basis but there are certain events I like to dress them in coordinates for the 'perfect picture'. I just think they look so cute together."
We would like to hear from you. Do you like to dress your children alike, in coordinating outfits or just let them be completely different? What do you think of the brother/sister coordinate options we offer? How many of you have twins, triplets, or more?
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Moonbounce Mania was to promote physical fitness and just plain fun! There were five different bounces spread out over the grounds, both indoors and out. Kate and I were in charge of a bounce that had a slide as well! While I stood outside the bounce and supervised the crowd, Kate was inside with the kids! She had to help some of the smaller children climb the ladder. Over 1100 children visited CMOR and I don’t know how many children visited during our four hour shift, but at the end Kate was one tired 13 year old!!
This week Kate is volunteering at the C-MoR Summer Camp. There are eleven weeks of camp programs for three different age groups. Kate is helping out with the school age children (7-9) in Seymour’s Lab camp. The campers use all of their senses to make observations and predictions like a real scientist! They ooze, slime, crackle and create while applying math and scientific concepts. Yesterday they made “Glack” from Borax, glue and water. Kate brought some home-YUK to me but she loved it!
I recommend volunteering in general, but if you can volunteer with your child you will be rewarded twice! We would love to know where you and your child(ren) volunteer. Comment and let us know!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Want to buy what Trevian is wearing?
Click here for the Ninja Tee.
Click here for the Space Sports Tee.
Click here for the Football Tee.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
We are excited to announce that her baby has arrived... well, she actually arrive on July 2, but we are just getting around to posting some photos of Charlotte Kate today.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
ED HARDY tee shirts and backpacks!
We are excited to introduce to you Christian Audigier for Ed Hardy, one of the trendiest new children’s designers. He is redefining boys’ street wear.
Your boys will LOVE wearing his intricate art designs. His artwork is truly original! These shirts are the perfect addition to every boy’s school wardrobe.
Click here to see more!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Scyler just finished second grade and loves reading! She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
Behind-the-scenes photo shoot secret: Scyler's feet are growing so fast; we only had one pair of boots with us that she could squeeze her feet into! So you will rarely see Scyler below the knee!
Want to buy what Scyler's wearing?
Click here for the green Circle Print Wrap Dress.
Click here for the multi-colored Circle Print Dress.
Click here for the Cloud Pajamas.