Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ride the Last Waves of Summer...

Looking for a reason to give surfing a try? A custom Halsea surf board might be the perfect motivation to jump in! Riding the waves in style, lying on the beach or on display in your home, these custom boards are beautiful wet or dry.

Thanks to one of our favorite writers Sarah Newell for this fantastic post on Cookie's Nesting Blog (a great source for design inspiration for the big and little people in your home) about the lastest must-have from Halsea designer Sally Bartz - custom Halsea Surfboards!!

Aloha for now...

And Baby Makes 4...

Not only is the beautiful and talented Alison Sweeney's gorgeous family featured in the latest edition of People Magazine (Aug. 31 issue), but her darling daughter, Megan Hope looks pretty in pink wrapped in her monogrammed Pixie Dust Decor blanket for her completely adorable baby announcement photo!

Check out Miss Megan along with more of 2009's most beautiful celebrity babies and families in People Magazine on stands now!
Visit Pixie Dust to view their complete collection -

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Holiday gifts from Bravo Sports -Featuring Favorite Characters

Skateboards, Skates, Personal Trampolines and More

“From Disney Fairies to iCarly to Tony Hawk, there is a skateboard for anyone who wants to ride this holiday,” says Bravo Sports Corp CEO Tony Armand. “Skateboarding has become an activity that kids and parents, boys and girls can all enjoy together. It’s great exercise and a fun way to get around the neighborhood.”

One of the world leaders in outdoor rolling fun and action sports products, the Entertainment Licensed skate and skateboard products made by Bravo Sports, retail from $15 to $40. Other hot holiday gifts from Bravo Sports include:

Disney Princesses

Disney Fairies

Disney Cars


Toy Story


Camp Rock

Hannah Montana
High School Musical
Hannah Montana

For more information, pricing and hi-res photos, contact: TO Media Co. - or

Retro-Extreme For Teens This Holiday

“Retro-inspired rides are the go-to gift for teens this holiday.” Says Tony Armand, CEO of Bravo Sports Corp. “But of course they need to be tweaked for extreme 21st century fun.”

To that end, Bravo Sports presents the all new Pulse Slither ($59.99) drift scooter which brings the fun of surfing, snowboarding and skiing into a street toy with its innovative three wheel technology. Also from Pulse, the 1970’s inspired classic scooter, the Pulse Kick N’ Go ($89.99-$119.99) has been updated with today’s technology for a ripping ride. Bravo Sports also offer a wide selection of skateboards, inline skates and scooters for every age and skill level ($14.99 to $99.99) all featuring extreme graphics and top performance trucks and wheels while the ramps and rails ($29.99 to $99.99) allow kids to try all kinds of tricks in their own front yard.

Here are a few HOT holiday gift ideas for teens made by Bravo Sports Corp., one of the world leaders in outdoor rolling fun and action sports products:

Destined to become the latest craze in rolling fun – the ALL NEW Slither Drift Scooter $59.99

1080 Curved Rail $39.99

X Games Kinked Rail -- $59.99

Tony Hawk Birdhouse Skateboards -- Titanium $99.99

Kryptonics Rebel Skateboards -- $24.99

Satellite Skateboards – Wired -- $19.99

Kryptonics Kore Helmets -- $19.99

Kryptonics Launch Ramp -- $29.99-39.99

World Skateboards - PRO -- $79.99/AM -- $49.99-59.99

Variflex Lilly Skate -- $24.99

Variflex Atomic Skate -- $24.99

The Pulse Kick N’ Go Xcelerator in Red/Stinger Yellow -- $119.99

Halsea Gifts for Every Price Range

Bravo Sports Corp Easy On The Wallet Holiday Gift Guide

“Giving gifts that are fun, exciting and won’t end up in the back of the closet a week after the holidays does not have to mean you have to spend a lot of money,” says Tony Armand, CEO of Bravo Sports Corp. As one of the world leaders in outdoor rolling fun and action sports products, Bravo’s goal is simple – to create the best products for price in the world.

Here are some holiday gift ideas that won’t break the bank for kids of all ages:

Under $10

OP’s new line of skateboards will be sold at Wal-Mart and retail for $9.99. They will be in stores November.
The $14.99 Kryptonics Locker Board will be sold at Toys R Us. Teens love this skateboard because it is sized to fit in your locker at school.
The 28” Hot Wheels Skateboards $24.99
The new 2-1 Trainer Skates are great for beginners ($24.99). Available at Toys R Us in September, they come in the following themes: Cars and Disney Princesses
The $39.99 Tony Hawk Grom Series skateboards will be available starting in October.
SpongeBob 10th Anniversary skateboards will be sold at Toys R Us starting in October. $29.99

$50 and Up
The easy to ride, three-wheeled Bubble Scooter is safe, stable and fun with kid-controlled bubble action. It will retail for $39.99 and will be sold at Kmart in October.

The all new Pulse Slither ($59.99) drift scooter brings the fun of surfing, snowboarding and skiing into a street toy with its innovative three wheel technology. Go to

SpongeBob + Barbie + Big Anniversaries = Big Holiday Gifts for 2009

“Thanks to the 10th anniversary of the wildly popular cartoon, SpongeBob, and style icon Barbie’s 50th birthday, anything with their images is hot for the holidays.” says Bravo Sports Corp CEO Tony Armand.

As one of the world leaders in outdoor rolling fun and action sports products, Bravo is offering a wide variety of SpongeBob skateboards and boogie boards; as well as Barbie skateboards and skates.

Halsea Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Thursday, August 20, 2009

7th Annual Queen of Hearts Tennis Tournament

The Event Will Raise Funds For Ovarian Cancer Research At UCI

Newport Beach, CA - 500 tennis players + 7 days of tennis + 1 great band = a fun way to help women all over the world. The 7th annual Queen of Hearts Charity Tennis Tournament and Tux and Tennies party will raise funds for ovarian cancer research at UC Irvine - Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The 7th annual Queen of Hearts Charity Tennis Tournament will be held over two weekends in September (Sept. 4,5,6,7 and Sept. 11,12,13) at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. The Tux and Tennies Party will be held on Sat., September 12 from 6:30 to 10:00pm.

All proceeds from the tournament and party will be donated to develop the Queen of Hearts Ovarian Cancer Laboratory at Sprague Hall at the Chao Family Cancer Center at University of California, Irvine. The Queen of Hearts Ovarian Cancer Laboratory will support research on the “whispering killer”. Currently, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer.

Vic Braden and Gail Glascow are this year’s honorary chairs, while Heidi Stryker will be honored with the Bill Ruhle Leadership Award. Dennis Claus, the Tournament Chair, and Kim Beaudette, the Co-Chair, are expecting over 500 of people to participate in the tournament.

Tux and Tennies Party:
· Party-goers at the Newport Beach Tennis Club will be dressed in combinations of tuxedos and tennis attire. There will be a casino, dinner donated by Capistrano’s Restaurant and live entertainment provided by the Dave Silver Band.

· Tickets for the Tux and Tennies party are $50 per person and free for those who are playing in the tournament.

The Queen of Hearts Tennis Tournament will consist of Singles and Doubles Play.
· For one entry, tickets to participate in the tournament are $50 per person for singles and $100 per team for doubles.

· It is FREE to watch the tennis.

· The tournament will feature different levels of play from 3.0 to Open Division, including men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles and a century division (where your ages add up to 100). All levels of experience are welcome.

· The OPEN divisions will be competing for over $10,000.00 in prize money. Additionally, all players will receive a player gift and an invitation to the Tux and Tennies Party on September 12 at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.

For more tournament information or to purchase tickets for the Tux and Tennis Party, please contact 714.744.3414.

The Queen of Hearts Foundation is a premier non-profit organization that was started in 2000 after the three founding members lost their mother Ann S. Dobbie to ovarian cancer, just five months after being diagnosed. The organization has raised around $1 million while working toward the goal that one-day ovarian cancer screening will be routine and the disease treatable. Queen of Hearts can be contacted by calling 714.744.3414 or by logging on to the foundation’s website at
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Townsend Olmstead Media Co. to Provide PR and Communications Services
to Outdoor Recreation Manufacturing Giant

Costa Mesa, CA -- Townsend Olmstead Media Co., a partnership between PR veterans Lauren Townsend and Allison Olmstead, is proud to announce their newest client, Bravo Sports Corp. TO: Media Co. will provide public relations and communications services to the outdoor recreation manufacturing giant focused on its proprietary brands and corporate communications as well as lend additional promotional support for their complete catalog of products.

As the global leader in the action sports retail and outdoor recreation industries, Bravo Sports’ singular goal is to create the best products for the best price in the world. Manufacturing over 2000 products used by children and families worldwide, Bravo Sports boasts a stable of cutting-edge brands including Pulse™, Quik Shade™, Moto Shade™, Airzone™, Tony Hawk™, World Industries™, Kryptonics™, Hyper™ and Variflex™ in addition to licenses with outstanding partners such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel and the Cartoon Network.

The Bravo Sports catalog includes a broad array of products in a variety of niche categories including instant canopies, trampolines, skateboards, scooters, in-line skates and related products and accessories.

A truly global company, Bravo Sports headquarters is located in Santa Fe Springs, California, with additional offices, factories and warehouses in Italy, Thailand and China. Since 1965, Bravo has provided the highest quality and most innovative products to sports and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Bravo consistently seeks to exceed the expectations of its consumers and customers alike through the development and introduction of cutting edge, innovative products that raise industry standards and set trends worldwide.

About TO: Media Co.
Townsend Olmstead Media Co. is a full-service public relations firm specializing in promoting the people and products setting trends and defining style. Through strategic media outreach, creative positioning, personalized attention and a comprehensive “big picture” approach to clients, TO: Media Co. has been providing first-class public relations and communications services to entrepreneurs and trend setters in the fashion, accessories and luxury lifestyle industries since 2006.

Additional information about TO Media Co. and its services is available

Inquiries about Townsend Olmstead Media Co. and their clients can be addressed to either Lauren Townsend or Allison Olmstead at or by calling 949/722-8488.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Stroller Suspenders was just honored with an iParenting Award for 2009 Outstanding Product!

Stroller Suspenders were made for the mom on-the-go. Really, what mom isn’t?! It is an easy to use, innovative patent pending strap and clip that is designed to secure a baby blanket in a position to cover the stroller for warmth, shade or privacy.

As the latest “must have” product for moms and babies manufactured by Omma, Stroller Suspenders will protect both baby and their special blankets. The Basic Series, $9.99, is available at Baby Depot stores nationwide and on The Designer Series, featuring six decorative patterns, retails for $18.00 and is available on

IPARENTING AWARDSANNOUNCE OUTSTANDING PRODUCTS OF 2009 We are pleased to announce the winners of the iParenting Awards Outstanding Products of 2009. Please click the link below to view the products honored with an iParenting Award:
To be considered for an iParenting Award, companies submitted four identical samples of each product that were precisely matched using iParenting's state-of-the-art technology to experienced reviewers within iParenting's database. Products were thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by a variety of sources including experts and families. Results were compiled and submitted to the iParenting Executive Committee for final approval.iParenting Awards, a Disney Interactive Media Group property, is part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, which includes Disney,, and iParenting Awards is the leading family products evaluation program that is committed to helping parents make informed decisions as they choose products for their families. The iParenting Awards’ method for testing and evaluating products requires review by leading experts, parents and childcare providers, and each product is evaluated on numerous attributes such as quality, durability, age-appropriateness and play value, among many others. The iParenting Awards producttesting and evaluation practices ensure that the highest quality products offering the best value for families are recognized in the marketplace. To view iParenting Awards Top Product Picks, consumers can visit They can learn about all iParenting Award-winning products by visiting

To view the complete Stroller Suspenders line, for more information or photos, please contact: TO Media Co. - - 949.722.8488

The Mother Of Invention - Stroller Suspenders

I love how innovative moms are.

Since launching Stroller Suspenders, the iParenting Media Award-winning, patent-pending strap and clip that is designed to secure a baby blanket in a position to cover the stroller for warmth, shade or privacy, we have heard responses from moms who have discovered fun, new ways to use this innovative product.

In addition to securing the blanket to the baby’s stroller so there are no more dropped blankets, Stroller Suspenders can help:
? Secure a blanket draped over the bassinet or playpen for shade.
? Fasten play toys for babies in previously hard to secure areas
? Help protect babies from little kids who want to touch
? Great for roll play – the suspenders are small enough to use on play strollers for baby dolls

The easy-to-use Stroller Suspenders are available in 10 colors and patterns. The Basic Series ($9.99) is available at 350+ Baby Depot locations. The Designer Series ($18) featuring colorful patterns and gross-grain ribbon detail, is available at

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Halsea Suitcase on The Today Show with Real Simple

See Halsea's Roller Suitcase on the Today Show.

Thanks Carly Zipp from Real Simple for making this Today Show segment happen!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bravo Sports Corp Announces NEW Scooter - Pulse Slither

Drift, Turn, Spin, Carve, Whip, Skid, Slide or Cruise

The Possibilities Are Endless with the

Santa Fe Springs, CA - Bravo Sports Corp., one of the world leaders in outdoor rolling fun and action sports products, is proud to announce the release of their latest creation, the one-of-a-kind Pulse Slither drift scooter.The first innovative three-wheeled scooter of its kind, the Slither offers the ability to pull off tricks and maneuvers that are simply not possible on any other scooter or wheeled good thanks to the two large front wheels offset with a single rear wheel housed in a pivot-mounted swivel truck.

The Pulse Slither translates the fun of riding a snowboard, skiing or surfing into a street toy. It can be ridden facing forward or standing to one side and is propelled by “slithering” from side to side or by pushing with your foot, opening up even more trick possibilities and making it that much harder to put away. The rudder-like rear wheel with variable tension gives the rider the freedom to drift in and out of turns, zip around corners, execute lightning-quick 180º turns and adjusts to their skill level.

Emblazoned with vibrant in-molded graphics, that won’t chip or peel, the Pulse Slither is available in two dynamic color ways: Electric Blue “Skull Wing” and Toxic Green “Von Scroll.” Due to hit stores mid-October, the Slither, which retails for $59.99, will be sold at all the major retailers and select sporting goods locations.

The Pulse Slither is the long-awaited follow up to last year’s hit ride-on toy, the Pulse Kick N’ Go. Bravo Sports CEO Tony Armand, the brainchild behind both scooters, adds “We are so excited about the release of the Slither. These extreme scooters offer more versatility, functionality and excitement than a traditional scooter and are so fun for kids of all ages and skill to ride.”

About Bravo Sports
Bravo Sports, headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California, is a global leader in the recreational and sporting goods markets. With offices, factories and warehouses in the United States, Italy, Thailand and China, the Company’s operations truly span the globe. Since 1965, Bravo has provided the highest quality and most innovative products to sports and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. With a stable of market-leading brands including Pulse™, Quik Shade™, Moto Shade™, Airzone™, Tony Hawk™, World Industries™, Kryptonics™, Hyper™ and Variflex™ to go along with industry leading licenses with outstanding partners like Nickelodeon, Mattel and Cartoon Network, Bravo consistently seeks to exceed the expectations of its consumers and customers alike. At Bravo, the goal is simple – to create simply the best products for price in the world.


For more information, photos or product, contact:TO Media Co.
Allison Olmstead – or Lauren Townsend –

Families Matter 2 Us Will Be Giving Away A Pulse Slither Scooter!

The Pulse Slither drift scooter, the latest creation from Bravo Sports Corp. will be given to one lucky winner.
Families Matter 2 Us will be hosting "Extraordinary Kids" from August 16-22, where kids can write in why they should win the new Slither.