Gripsterz Child Leash Alternative

We do a fair amount of traveling as a family.  At the moment we are traveling abroad with all the children.  So I thought this might be a good time to write some a blog post or two about keeping children close when traveling.

If you have ever had to bring your children with you through a busy airport such as Miami International Airport or London Heathrow you know how hectic and hair-raising it can be.  Multiply that be 100 and you know the feeling of taking your children through some of the third-world airports missionary families encounter on a regular basis.

Now imagine being in line for the security checkpoint with all your kids, your carry-on items and travel gear.   You definitely want to keep your children close, but sometimes when you use a traditional child leash or harness your child will realize they are being tied up or involuntarily restricted.  Does it help to have them sit down in the middle of the causeway and start bawling their eyes out since this restriction makes them feel like they are being punished when they haven’t done anything wrong?

Gripsterz child tether alternative at SJO San Jose, Costa Rica

Keeping children close with Gripsterz child harness alternative during international travel

Gripsterz Stay Along, which is comprised of a walking rope and voluntary character handle, helps alleviate that stress.  Children hold on to the handle because they like the monkey character, and they do not get upset since they are not being involuntarily restricted.

Gripsterz also gives children a feeling of security and ‘connectedness’.   They don’t have to cling to Mom’s leg because they are in a strange new environment.  Decreasing stress and anxiety for kids helps decrease stress for parents.

While there is no silver bullet for all people in all situations, we have used Gripsterz as an alternative to a child leash extensively during international travel and have found it works wonderfully for our family.

Robyn is interviewed by the Charlotte Observer

Robyn Pellei, CEO of ViveVita, was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer newspaper regarding what she would like to see our government do for small businesses.  <CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE>

At this point we are not certain if she is the only local business owner being featured, and if all or a portion of her interview will be published.  I personally think her responses were very insightful, and I hope they publish the whole account.

Her interview was published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

Robyn Pellei

Robyn Pellei

Robyn and children in office

Robyn and children in the ViveVita office

ViveVita has successful show at ABC Kids Expo

ViveVita attended the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, KY from October 14-17, 2012.  This was our fifth year attending the show.

ViveVita exhibited the Label Itz line of baby and child labeling products, including:

ViveVita ABC Trade Show Booth 2012

ViveVita and Dr. Brown’s Booths at ABC Kids Expo 2012

Also on exhibit were Gripsterz StayAlong, the original, patented character handle and walking rope, Kissaboo boo-boo covers, and washable, waterproof Everyday Elegance Chair Covers.

Lily Winnail from Padalily visits Robyn Pellei at ViveVita Booth at ABC Kids Expo 2012

Thanks, Lily, for visiting!!!

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to be visited by Lily Winnail, CEO and owner of Lily’s Loving Arms, LLC, maker of Padalily. Lily is one of the Huggies Inspired Award winners, a fellow Charlotte-area Mompreneur and friend of Robyn’s, who also happens to be a “movie star”!  She was in the movie “Hunger Games”, and is currently the body double for Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) in the Showtime series Homeland.  Both of those productions are filmed in our home town area of Charlotte, NC.

Robyn Pellei, the CEO and President of ViveVita, llc was also proud to also announce a synergistic business relationship between ViveVita, llc and Dr. Brown’s Bottles.  Stay tuned…more details to follow on that announcement soon!.

ViveVita CEO Featured on FOX!

 

Robyn Pellei interviewed by Gretchen Carlson (Fox and Friends) on Fox News National Broadcast

On Monday, September 3, 2012 at 8:30AM, our own Robyn Pellei was interviewed live on Fox News (Fox and Friends) by Gretchen Carlson. Fox News was in Charlotte reporting on the Democratic National Convention taking place here, and Robyn was part of a panel of three local Charlotte business owners who were asked “do you think your business is better off now than it was four years ago?”

Robyn Pellei and Gretchen Carlson from Fox News

Robyn Pellei and Gretchen Carlson from Fox News

We were hoping there would be a link available to view the broadcast, but so far we have not been able to locate it.  Perhaps we can connect with one of our friends who recorded it to DVR and we can figure out how to get it to the computer to post on the web.

We will continue to work on this, but in the mean time, “Congratulations, Robyn–job well done!”

P.S.  Dave also got to meet Brian Kilmeade, a “half-Italian brother”.

 

Gripsterz In Action

Managing Children In Airports with Gripsterz!

We made it to Panama!  After months of preparation we saddled up Wednesday morning, and had one of our great babysitters come with us to the airport.  Robyn has to be the greatest packer on the planet!  Our luggage for three months away:  6 checked duffel bags, and roughly half a dozen carry on bags with our computers, and gameboys, games and books for the  kids.

Luggage for three months-6 check bags, 6 carry-on bags

Luggage for three months-6 check bags, 6 carry-on bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank goodness you can once again check bags at Skycap for international flights.  That made all the difference in the world!

Robyn and kids travel by Skycap at CLT

Robyn and kids travel by Skycap at CLT

 

We checked in and got a quick lunch at Charlotte International airport….

Kids watching planes at CLT

Kids watching planes at CLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids eating lunch at CLT

Kids eating lunch at CLT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… then boarded and flew through Miami International Airport–grabbing a quick bite to eat, and arrived at Panama-Tocumen Airport (PTY)!

Robyn and the 9 children at the runway at MIA

Robyn and the 9 children at the runway at MIA

Robyn and the 9 children deplaning at MIA

Robyn and the 9 children deplaning at MIA

Gripsterz walking rope helps keep the little 3 boys close at Miami International Airport

Gripsterz walking rope helps keep the little 3 boys close at Miami International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gripsterz Stay Along monkey handle was critical!  We had the three little boys holding on and keeping up all the way through the airports (see pictures).

Robyn and smaller children with Gripsterz at MIA

Robyn uses Gripsterz walking rope with the little 3 boys at Miami International Airport

Robyn uses Gripsterz walking rope with the little 3 boys at Miami International Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gripsterz and 9 kids at Miami International Airport 5-23-2012.

New Keepster Video

We had fun with the recent Bandette stop motion video, so we made one to help explain how to use the Keepster Pacifier label and string clip.

Campy, fun, informative, and only 90 seconds!

We hope you enjoy it!

P.S. If it doesn’t show up on your browser through the web page you can still watch it on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/Ziajq1HPvK8

How to attach Keepster to your pacifier.