December 2009

Congratulations to Dancing with the Stars Helio Castroneves and girlfriend Adriana on the birth of their daughter Mikaella earlier this week! Helio tweeted the news and just recently added a photo!


Then you’re probably in the market for a baby name!  Check out a few of the 2009 top baby name trends (even when you think you aren’t being trendy, chances are at least one of them is influencing you!).  And don’t forget to look at the 2009 Top Girl Names and 2009 Top Boy Names to see if yours made the list!

In addition to the Roman Blinds we told you about last week, there’s also been a recall of infant car seats carrier due to fall injuries.  When used as a carrier, the car seat handle can fall off causing injury to the child.  For a full list of models affected, see the full press release from the CPSC.

Over 50 million shades were recalled by the CPSC yesterday due to injuries and death to children of dangerous cords on Roman shades and roll-up blinds.  Those affected included Pottery Barn and West Elm, among several others.

If you have blinds currently installed, or are unsure if your blinds are affected, contact: 800-504-4636 or visit
You can receive email updates of all recalls by signing up at CPSC.

Josie Brooklyn was delivered prematurely this week via an emergency c-section, after mom Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia.  Preeclampsia is a condition which occurs in 5 to 8 percent of pregnancies, and is related to high blood pressure.

Born at just 1 lb 6 oz, Josie is in stable condition and Michelle is recovering from surgery.  We hope that Josie & Michelle are both able to head home to their family soon.

Congratulations to Gisele and Tom, who welcomed a baby boy earlier this week, as announced by Tom in a press conference on Wednesday.  As of the time of the press conference, the baby did not yet have a name.

Interestingly, Tom knew the sex of the baby before Gisele.  She chose not to find out, and Tom wanted to know, so he kept it a secret!

What better gift to give than a bit of respite for someone who needs it.  And this year, who doesn’t need it, especially an expectant or new mom!  De-stress yourself and your gift recipient – join them for a unique body and beauty treatments designed to relax, revive and rejuvenate.

Specially trained therapists are taught to understand and empathize with what pregnant women are feeling each step of the way. All pregnancy spa treatments are designed with your safety and comfort in mind, and our estheticians and massage therapists are specially trained to take care of prenatal and postpartum women.

Get your holiday shopping finished early this year, and skip the crowds with a Barefoot & Pregnant Gift Certificate , available in denominations as low as $25 and good at any of our spas in Northern California including the Casa Madrona, Hotel Los Gatos and Hotel Healdsburg.

Here’s to a restful holiday!

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