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FOR THE GRANDKIDS

By Missy Adams and Christine R. Walsh

Facepainter Roberta Mandella

Roberta Mandella, owner of Happy Face Painting ~ a face and body painting company based in Worcester ~ isn’t your typical artist.  Her canvas is the cherubic faces of little kids who line up at parties to be painted like animals, superheroes, and princesses. Mandella began her career in cosmetology, working at salons and doing bridal make-up. Soon, she was using her amazing artistic skills to paint the faces of young and old alike, working at parties, events, festivals and promotional shows.

Mandella’s designs are inspired and delightful, whimsical and beautiful.  She is dedicated to the art and sometimes brings her 14-year old daughter Samantha, an expert with temporary tattoos, with her to different events to add an extra special touch.  And both mother and daughter love painting kids’ faces at Worcester’s Ecotarium.

“I love painting there!  You can’t go wrong!” said Mandella.  “Every time a kid is looking in the mirror and smiling at what he sees ~ that’s about 100 smiles in one day.  So the job is pretty rewarding.”

Mandella is a state licensed and board-certified make-up artist and only uses FDA compliant cosmetic grade make-up for her art and encourages using only the safest and healthiest products on the skin.

To see Mandella’s creations or to contact her about a party, head to www.happyfacepainting.com.

“Name Your Tune” Personalized CD

“Name Your Tune” is an exciting children’s music compilation that is made-to-order and personalized for each child. Children will hear their name more than 80 times throughout 14 beloved songs including “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” (which becomes “Little Hannah Had a Farm”), “Wheels on the Bus,” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

People Magazine calls “Name Your Tune” “This year’s most coveted item,” Star Magazine highlighted the CD twice in 2008 as a “Hot Product,” and NBC’s “The Today Show” calls the CD “Must have baby gear ~ now that’s something to sing about!” We’ve also been chosen by both www.about.com and www.aol.com as one of the Best Gifts for Babies and Children in 2008, and the CD has won an iParenting Award (the first time a personalized product has ever been awarded this honor), the PTPA (Parent To Parent Award), and has a substantial celebrity parent following.

Designed with our customers and the well-being of the planet in mind, “Name Your Tune”‘s new digipack is environmentally friendly and made out of recyclable resources that use vegetable based ink and water-based coating. “Name Your Tune”‘s shipping packaging is also fully recycled and fully recyclable: we have partnered with We Are What We Do in support of their new “Plastic Ain’t My Bag” campaign, helping them offset the carbon footprint resulting from shipping your “Name Your Tune” CDs.

The CD is a great way to enjoy music, have fun, and learn together with the little one(s) in your life, so head to www.nameyourtune.com to start personalizing one today!

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