Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Local Celebrity: Itzy Ritzy Fan, Elaine

Congratulations to our local celebrity, Elaine and her miracle pregnancy!

Elaine and her husband Dave are an Illinois couple with two adorable twin boys, Alexander and Nathan, and expecting naturally-conceived, identical triplet girls. The chances of identical triplets? It ranges from 1 in 160,000 to 1 in 200 million! Elaine is set to deliver the three girls, Emma, Ainsley and Samantha, this Thursday. Itzy Ritzy wishes Elaine and her family the best of luck!

Want to learn more?
Check out Elaine's blog
Watch her feature on ABC 7 Chicago News under the section HealthBeat

Friday, November 20, 2009

Itzy Ritzy Fan

Baker 'rides in style' with his Avocado Damask Ritzy Rider! How cute!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Parent Profile: All The Way From Europe!

This month's Parent Profile takes us overseas to meet Lise, an Itzy Ritzy fan from Norway, and her three adorable sons! Lise recently visited the Itzy Ritzy headquarters in Chicago during a stay with her cousin, Itzy Ritzy's CEO Kelly Douglas. Lise met with the Itzy Ritzy Design Team and provided European fashion inspiration for our new custom fabric launching next spring.

Name: Lise Vold

Family: Husband Gunnar, and sons Filip, Fredrik & Nikolai

Occupation: Social worker and mother of 3 boys

Lise's kids & what they are into:
Filip (age 5)- Playdates, soccer, Playstation, Gameboy, movies, hiking and biking. Filip is super social and loves to talk - all the time!

Fredrik (soon to be 3)- Dressing up, playing outside, reading books and watching movies. Fredrik is active and always on the go, he really looks up to his big brother and is quite the copycat.

Nikolai (6 months)- Putting anything and everything into his mouth. He gets lots of attention, hugs and kisses from his brothers. He is one happy and easy baby.

Sandnes , Norway

Other cities where Lise has lived:
I have, in my childhood, lived in England and Holland and spent a year in Kansas as an exchange student. I have also lived in Oslo during my childhood years and again when I studied to be a social worker.

Lise's one piece of advice for someone about to become a first time parent:
Take it easy! Make and take time to enjoy every phase. Pick your battles and be consistent. Remember to laugh and have some fun too!
I guess that was more than one piece of advice!

Lise's go-to quick & easy meal for her kids:
Fruit & raisins - I cut up all types of fruit up and watch it disappear.

Lise's parenting trick:
It is not really a trick, but my boys always have to say thank you for dinner and carry their plate to the counter top by the dishwasher. It is amazing what little kids actually can manage and how most of the time, they enjoy helping out.

What are the biggest differences in parenting in the US and in Norway?
I think that Norwegian kids spend more time outdoors playing, biking, hiking in the mountains and skiing.

What are some hot European trends?
Retro fabrics, clothes and wallpaper and the colors purple and grey.

The one fashion item Lise cannot live without:
A nice big purse - I need the room with 3 kids.

If Lise could go anywhere tomorrow on an all expense paid vacation, where would she go and with whom?

I love traveling, so it is hard to decide we I would go - back to New York, Thailand or South Africa? Or somewhere were I haven't been, like Australia or Kenya?
Sorry kids...not coming! I think I would take my husband Gunnar to New York again. I think it is important to take time and just be girlfriend and boyfriend. Missing the kids is good thing!

Something else we should know about Lise:
I like to cook and include the boys when I have the time and energy to do so. They love to help and learn what is healthy, but they have also become good at trying different foods. My kids love avocados, tomatoes, fried onions, olives, feta cheese and parmesan cheese. My 5 year old wants a cook book for Christmas and says he can't wait till he can make us dinner!

Thank you, Lise, for being an Itzy Ritzy parent and sharing your thoughts!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Man in the Yellow Hat Visits Itzy Ritzy!

It was a standard day in the office here at Itzy Ritzy until The Man in the Yellow Hat stopped by! Happy Halloween from good-sport, General Manager Naz & The Itzy Ritzy Team!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

October Parent Profile

For October's Parent Profile, Itzy Ritzy is proud to introduce you to Brandon, and his beautiful family!

Name: Brandon Powell

Family: Wife Jolie, son Jax, son Hudson & daughter Evangeline

Occupation: Family Owned Business - Oil and Gas

Brandon's kids & what they are into:
Jax - 6, who we like to call "Boss Hog" loves baseball and has a huge sweet tooth.

Hudson - 4, our Class Clown plays T-Ball and tries to do everything his big brother does.

Evangeline - 15 months, our little girl who we call Evan brings so much joy to our lives and has completed our family.

Dallas, Texas

Other cities where Brandon has lived:
Lubbock, Texas

Brandon's one piece of advice for someone about to become a first time parent:
You can do more than you think - they need you more than you think. I finally got it after our 3rd and have had the best bonding with our little girl. Find laughter in it all...and never forget their age.

The one thing that surprised Brandon the most about becoming a dad:
The spontaneity that comes with having kids. There is never a dull moment.

Brandon's parenting trick:
Each child is their own person - therefore they all cannot be approached the same way.

Brandon's favorite sports team:

Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox

Brandon's favorite one-on-one activities with his children:
Playing catch or watching a movie together.

If Brandon could go anywhere tomorrow on an all expense paid vacation, where would he go and with whom?
I would take my wife back to Cabo where we had our honeymoon 10 years ago. We have not been anywhere since...

Something else we should know about Brandon:
Becoming a father is a gift that we get to enjoy for just a short period of time. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been given the chance to be a dad to my three wonderful kids.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Snack Happened Story

Heather from Surfside Baby, one of our accounts, shared this cute story about her son Alex and his new Snack Happend Snack Bag:

I just wanted to tell you that my son Alex started preschool last week. He is supposed to have a snack bag with is name on it. So I used the Snack Happened monkey bag you gave me as a sample at the ABC Show. He LOVES it and won’t let go out it. He finds his bag now and fills it up with his snack every day before school (well Tuesdays and Thursdays)...What an AWESOME idea for preschools that require a unique bag for the kids! Also, perfect for matchbox cars, according to Alex. Thought you would want to hear that. Thanks! Heather

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Itzy Ritzy Fan

Miss Aoife Bell looks absolutely adorable in her Pink & Chocolate Minky Dot Baby Ritzy Rider!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Little Itzy Ritzy Fan!

Itzy Ritzy customer Nixon loves his Baby Ritzy Rider car seat cover!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Healthy Tips For Busy Moms"

Itzy Ritzy's very own intern Kristie wrote a great article that has been published on eZine Articles. Congratulations, Kristie!
Check out the article here:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Itzy Ritzy is Proud to Announce our CLENE Certification!

Being committed to providing the highest-quality products to our discerning parents, Itzy Ritzy decided to take part in a new testing process by the company CLENE. According to their website, "CLENE is all about creating easy, environmentally conscious and 'clene' choices for families". To accomplish this goal, CLENE sends products to testing labs to determine how allergy and asthma-friendly, antimicrobial, dust-mite resistant, mold-resistant and machine washable they are.

Itzy Ritzy's eco-friendly line, made from the most amazing bamboo fabric, met the requirements of the testing and are certified as CLENE products! Satisfy your cravings for safe and stylish eco-friendly gear:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Parent Profile of the Month

Join us every month as we celebrate a new parent and all that they do! For our inaugural addition, we would like to celebrate Kerry, Itzy Ritzy's Co-CEO Kelly's best friend since kindergarten. Thank you Kerry for always being 100% Itzy Ritzy supportive.

Name: Kerry

Occupation: Mom

Kerry's children and what they are into:

  • Will (age 4) - Having play dates, fishing, arts
    & crafts and watching movies
  • Bennett (age 21 months) - Dancing, smiling,
    The Wiggles and finding trouble!

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Other cities where Kerry has lived: Iowa City, IA and Chicago, IL

Kerry's favorite Itzy Ritzy fabric:
Red Rider for my wild little cowboys!

Kerry's one piece of advice for someone about to become a first-time parent:
Make some great mommy friends through classes/church/playgroups, if you don't have them already. They are invaluable for advice, tips, or just to vent!

Kerry's go-to quick & easy meal for her kids:
Peanut butter sandwiches & fruit....we always have bread and peanut butter around, they are fast, and my picky eaters love them. They are great for picnics too because they don't require refrigeration!

Kerry's parenting trick:
When we brush their teeth we go through everything they have eaten that day and "brush it off". It helps them brush longer because they try to think of everything they have eaten, plus it helps me assess how good/badly we have eaten that day!

Kerry's favorite guilty pleasure TV show & magazine:
My weakness is reality TV...and of course 'US Weekly'.

If Kerry could go anywhere tomorrow on an all expense paid vacation, where would she go and with whom?
I would go to Hawaii with a nanny so the boys could be with us, but my husband and I could go out for dinner/drinks at night alone.

Best parenting advice...
"Never say Never". Before having children, I would be appalled at parents that would "let" their kids have tantrums in public and thought it would never be the case when I had kids. Wow did I have a lot to learn!

Would You Like to be Profiled?
We want to celebrate our trusted newsletter members, increase the involvement of our wonderful Itzy Ritzy community and recognize your commitment to good parenting! Email for a chance to be featured in our next Parent Profile.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jerry O'Connell Loves His Twins & Itzy Ritzy!

There's almost nothing sweeter than a dad hanging out with his daughters! Jerry O'Connell is looking great while out with twins Dolly & Charlie, tucked in their Leopard Ritzy Riders.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Snack Happened™ is Here!!!

Itzy Ritzy's newest addition to the product line is now available! Snack Happened™ Reusuable & Washable Snack Bags have just launched, so ditch your disposable, plastic bags - there's a new, stylish, eco-friendly way to carry your sandwiches, fruit, and snacks!

Buy your Snack Happened™ bag today!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Snack Happened™ by Itzy Ritzy™ Reusable & Washable Snack Bag

•Perfect for Back-To-School...Hot and trendy fabrics!
•Baggies be gone! Reusable + Washable + Eco-friendly + Fashionable
•Get creative – get a few – the uses are endless!
•Perfect for little hands, snacks, fruit, sandwiches, picnics, school lunches, mini first aid kits, car & plane trips, crayons, toiletries, cell phones, iPods, hiking, camping, travel, beach gear & more!
•Lead free zipper top keeps crumbs, drips & contents securely inside
•PVC Free!
•100% cotton designer fabric exterior
•Thick & soft polyurethane laminate waterproof lining interior
•Available in Itzy Ritzy’s fashion forward fabrics including Black Skulls and Boho Chic
•Machine washable delicate, tumble dry low
•7 inches x 7 inches
•Available mid-June 2009 at
•MSRP: $9.99
Sneak peak at some of the Snack Happened™ fabrics!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spotted Again!

Dolly and Charlie are spotted out again in their Leopard Baby Ritzy Riders taking a walk with parents Jerry O'Connell & Rebecca Romijn. Read the rest of the story on Celebrity Baby Blog.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Itzy Ritzy Celebrity Fan Spotted!

Jerry O'Connell was out for a walk with his parents and twin girls, who were rockin' their matching Itzy Ritzy Baby Ritzy Riders in Leopard! See more pictures of Dolly and Charlie here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Who is the Latest Celeb Fan of Itzy Ritzy...?

...Charlie Sheen! He and wife Brooke Mueller are expecting twin boys this April. In preparation, Charlie bought two Baby Ritzy Rider Infant Car Seat Covers in Hollywood. Can't wait for the paparazzi pics!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Kelly & Brittany from Itzy Ritzy are The Itzy Ritzy Fashionistas Contributing to Naturally Savvy!

Read their March "Spring Forward with Fashion!" article on Naturally Savvy for tips on updating your wardrobe with runway-inspired ideas and a chic accessory project for you and your little one!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Itzy Ritzy Makes an Appearance on Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell's Funny Video!

Check out the video "Mystique is Pregnant" to see the Itzy Ritzy Baby Ritzy Rider Car Seat Covers that Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell ordered for their twins!

Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O'Connell Welcome their Twin Daughters In Style

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's new twin girls Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip are already making headlines for their Itzy Ritzy fashion! Style icon mom, Rebecca, welcomed the two little girls with matching Itzy Ritzy Baby Ritzy Rider Infant Car Seat Covers in fierce and sassy Leopard and Fuchsia-no surprise from the fashionable "Ugly Betty" star!
Keep a look-out for paparazzi shots of the adorable family and their Itzy Ritzy gear!