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NYChicaDaughterBeep-beep-beep…an update from one of our cute little ducks!  Over this past Mother’s Day we ran a contest on Twitter. (Do you follow us on Twitter? Don’t miss out… start following us today!)  We chose 5 lucky winners to receive a special outfit from our Tiptoe Tulip Ducklings or Lucky Duck Spring 2009 collections. 

NewYorkChica was one of our lucky winners and graciously sent us pictures of her adorable daughter in her winning outfit!  We couldn’t resist sharing this with you, as she looks SOOOOO happy to be in the head-turning tiered ducky dress! 

NewYorkChica told us,

“She couldn’t wait to wear it, so she put it on herself and left her jeans on.  It looks cute with jeans tho! ☺ My daughter loves it!”

Thanks so much for sharing your pictures with us NYChica!  It makes us ‘quack up’ to see her cute little smile!

Some of the le•top Tiptoe Tulip Ducklings for girls and Lucky Duck for boys.

Some of the le•top Tiptoe Tulip Ducklings for girls and Lucky Duck for boys.

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source: twitter.com/lancearmstrong

source: twitter.com/lancearmstrong

Lance Armstrong joined the twittering celebrity crowd who tweet from the delivery room. The seven-time Tour de France winner first tweets that “toughness is being redefined today” and then 8 hours later, we learn that his son, Max, is born! Congrats to mom, Anna Hansen and now, four-time dad! Happy Birthday Max!

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source: sheknows.com

A few days ago we announced  the arrival of Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou’s first child together – a baby boy, but at the time, few other details were revealed.

Kimora has since been updating the world via twitter about her new baby boy. She and Djimon named him Kenzo Lee Hounsou. At birth he weighed in at 8 lbs. and was 20 inches long.

According to a report by The New York Daily News when selecting their new baby boy’s name, Kimora and Djimon may have been inspired by Japanese fashion mogul Kenzo Takada.

Baby Kenzo was born on May 31. We can’t wait until the couple shares photos!

Do you guys like this name?

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Source: babyphat twitpics

It’s a boy! While having contractions, Kimora Lee Simmons twittered from her hospital labor suite and then announced the arrival of the newest addition to her brood! This is Djimon Hounsou’s first child. Simmons has two other children with her first husband, Russel Simmons. No word yet on a name for the little boy. Congrats to the proud parents and sisters!

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twitterOur twitter-only contest for Mother’s Day was so much fun! We asked moms for their favorite mom sayings, and we got a great response, with five super-excited winners! Congratulations to Jessica (Alabama), Gigi (Utah), Kerry (California), Victoria (Virginia), and Lisa (New York)! Each of these lovely moms won an outfit from le•top’s Tiptoe Tulip Duckling (available in sizes 3m – 6x) or Lucky Duck collections (available in sizes 3m-4t). Thank you for making us smile with your favorite sayings! Click on each winner’s state to find an online store in that state, or use our store locator to find a le•top retailer near you, so you can find our sweet ducks to put on your sweet little ones. Pssst! And stay tuned for our Father’s Day contests, coming soon…!
le•top tiptoe Tulips Ducking for girls and Lucky Duck for boys. Click on the image to see all the offerings for both collections

le•top Tiptoe Tulip Duckling for girls and Lucky Duck for boys. Click on the image to see all the offerings for both collections

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paulridley2Paul Ridley, age 25, is 79 days into his solo, unsupported, trans-Atlantic journey in a yellow, 19′, 400lb row boat named ‘Liv’ – in memory of his mother, Katherine Ridley, who died of skin cancer in 2001. Inspired by his mom’s adventurous nature and with his newfound passion for cancer research fund-raising, Paul’s goals are to become only the 3rd and youngest person to ever row across an ocean, and in doing so, raise $500,000 for cancer research at the Yale Cancer Center. He set off  in early January in the Canary Islands (off Morocco) and has been putting in 8 to 13+ hours a day at the oars. The entire journey will require him to row more than 3000 nautical miles. He’s closing in on his goal and, weather permitting, is scheduled to pull into Antigua (in the Caribbean) at the end of March.

After seeing a few pictures of Paul, you might ask yourself why a person with a fair complexion and his mother’s battle with skin cancer would undertake such a long, grueling trip and – among all the other inherent risks – expose himself to so much sun? Well, Paul’s got plenty of sunblock, and for you apparel lovers out there – special ‘threads’ that block UV rays. Yup, science and technology is at work in apparel, too!

Did I mention Paul is undertaking this physical and mental challenge completely unsupported? That blows my mind! No sail, no motor, no support crew to bail him out if things turn ugly (which, hopefully, they won’t). This really hits me when I think about what it must be like out there, day after day – with no signs of human life – except for the 2 passenger planes Paul spotted up around 40,000′, the ocean liner that ‘brushed by’ (2 miles away), and yesterday, a bug landed on his deck (a sign that land is near)! He gets all giddy about such sightings. paulridley1
Paul’s daily posts often focus on the interesting marine life he encounters, the physical and mental challenges he faces, his emotional ups and downs, his progress, what motivates him, and the ever-changing weather conditions. One of my favorite posts (from day 59) includes a description of how dramatic and dominating the constellations appear when viewed from a tiny row boat in the middle of the ocean.

As a tech-nut, I’m also amazed at Paul’s ability to stay in daily communication (via a solar powered satellite phone) with his support organization, Row for Hope, back in Connecticut. The information he relays immediately makes its way to the Web, into his blog, and even into his new Twitter page. Very cool. Here’s a guy out in the middle of the ocean – completely on his own – whose daily thoughts and reports are readily available to anyone around the world connected by computer (or even mobile phone!) to the Internet. Internet marketers/le•top e-tailers – are you listening? More on easily using some of these powerful technologies (to reach your target audience) is coming in future tech posts, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, check out Paul’s Website and monitor his progress – it’s a fun, educational and inspiring thing to do with your kids. Also, please consider making a donation if you can. Due to the economic downturn impacting us all, Paul is falling short of his fund-raising goals – he could really use our assistance.

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deannamiaWhen we hadn’t heard back from our second $500 winner of our Favorites Contest, I put a couple tweets on twitter, and then followed up with another email. Meanwhile, there was some fact-finding going on at the le•top offices, with some confusion (and suspense!) building about our winner.

This is how the story unfolded: as I was sending the email notification to our winner, Deanna J., she was…in LABOR!! I received her email just this morning:

Hello,
I am so excited that I won…Sorry for the delay in response I was actually in Labor giving birth to my daughter Mia the day this e-mail was sent…I can’t believe it…I am so excited and can’t wait to pick out the clothes for my precious one.”

When I found out, my first reaction was, “You’ve GOT to be kidding me!” I couldn’t have scripted this if I’d tried (I don’t know if I could have even thought this up)! WOW! Congratulations on your win, Deanna J., but we send you even bigger congratulations on your new, beautiful baby girl, Mia! Happy Birthday, Mia! And Deanna, no need for an apology for your delayed response…but if ever there was a good excuse, yours was it! 😉

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