The Nanny League helps celebrate Sawyer Sarre

We are thrilled to have been a part of Sawyer Sarre’s 2nd Birthday party, otherwise known as “Elmofest,” earlier this month. Thanks to Nanny League nannies Laurie and Jordan for their great work!

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Celebrity style expert Anya Sarre celebrated her son Sawyer’s second birthday with an Elmo-themed birthday bash at Kidville in Brentwood, Calif. on July 12. The “Elmofest” was complete with a life sized Elmo that surprised all 90 guests.

“I can’t believe my baby is two,” Anya tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “He is such a little man who brightens everyone’s world. I asked him what kind of a party he wanted and he said, ‘Elmo’ without skipping a beat, so I ran with the theme.”

“Once I committed to it, I went all out and tried to do an Elmo party in a stylized way,” she adds. “This day is for him and his friends to experience everything Elmo.”

It all started with a handmade oversized Elmo invitation from Bloominkards that was customized to fit the red, aqua, and orange color palate. Anya and her team spent many late nights making their own Elmo lanterns, straws, buckets and napkin holders to give the party a hand crafted feel.

Guests included The Insider host Thea Andrews and her 3-year-old son Tucker, Fox Sports’ Petros Papadakis and his 2-year-old son Fletcher, and Books and Cookies owner Chudney Ross and her 2-year-old daughter Callaway. The kids enjoyed playing in the big gym area, jumping in the bouncy house and walking the red carpet complete with a Sesame Street backdrop.

Guests noshed on Fresh Brothers pizza, salad, chicken bites, and their new meatball sliders. Snacks from Brownie Brittle and Pasta Chips filled cookie monster and Elmo hand-drawn sand pails that the kids got to take home after the party.

Nannies from The Nanny League were on hand to do temporary Sesame Street character tattoos and make Elmo arts and crafts, along with their Nanny League bubbles.

With Elmo at his side, Sawyer smiled from ear to ear while blowing out his candles. His three-tier character cake from Mary’s Cake Shop was a showstopper. Guests nibbled the Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird cupcakes while enjoying milk from Elmo and Cookie Monster custom cups.

“I am a stylist and I live and breathe fashion,” Anya shares. “Of course my baby is going to have a costume change at his birthday! I have been planning his birthday outfit forever — I decided what I was wearing 30 seconds before the first guest arrived, but he had 2 changes and a back-up outfit [laughs]“

Sawyer started off the day in a preppy suspender shorts set from Mud-Pie with a “2” tie, and then changed into a custom personalized seersucker shortalls from Buds ‘n’ Branches.

But the day wasn’t all about cake and Cookie Monster. Sawyer teamed up with Baby2Baby charity to help underprivileged children. The birthday boy asked his guests to bring a toy or package of diapers to donate in exchange for a gift bag. At the end of the party, a overflowing bin of donations stood in the entryway of Kidville.

“I am honored that we could give to Baby2Baby and so touched by the generosity of all of our guests,” Anya shares. “I don’t think it is ever too early to start teaching kids the importance of gratitude and giving back.”

When it was time to leave Elmofest, guests were gifted with custom #sawyersworld gift bags filled with all of his favorite things for parents and kids. Each bag was labeled with the Mabel’s Labels “Write Away” labels, and included a certificate for a pair of Stride Rite shoes (Sawyer’s wardrobe staple).

Bags also featured Bella B bubble bath, Daddy’s Health and Skin Set, Aveeno baby daily moisture lotion, and Daddy and Co. Scrub-a dub-dub book and rubber duck set, as well as all of Sawyer’s bath time essentials. Kids also got a Tissuebox by Uber Mom and a Classic Kids Photography photo session.

For the parents there was Net Nanny software, and Create Your Own Money Saving Adventure book (which gave Anya a lot of great ideas for the party), a Hipknoties luggage tag, the latest issue of Gladys magazine, a Club MomMe keychain, and a complementary hair treatment from Hollywood hair color expert Renee Taglia.

“Elmofest was everything I had hoped it would be,” gushed Anya. “I will never forget the look on Sawyer’s face when he walked into his party. After I recover, I want to do it all over again.”

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The Nanny League for Stop the Silence Fundraiser

The Nanny League is working to raise $5000 for the global non-profit charity, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (www.stopcsa.org).

OUR MISSION IS TO EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND TO HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE.

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The goals of Stop the Silence are to:

1) to promote healing of victims and survivors; and 
2) to celebrate the lives of those healed.

Through our work, we aim to address the relationships between child sexual abuse and the broader issues of overall family and community violence, and violence within and between communities. Our focus underlines the importance of a shift in focus on positive development within our social complexes (e.g., the relationships between men, women, adults and children, cultural groups) to support peaceful – and to hinder violence-prone – relationships.

Please donate today and let’s help STOP THE SILENCE!

http://bit.ly/1mSZWhF

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The Nanny League 2014 Los Angeles Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce that The Nanny League has won the Los Angeles Award for Best Childcare Services for the second year in a row!

“There is something so special about your agency– the selection of your college-educated candidates, the thoughtful consideration you put into matchmaking, and the way you care about the placement process overall. We feel so lucky to have found you– an agency in LA that has some of the most impressive nanny, tutor and personal assistant candidates we have ever seen in our ten years of hiring. Thanks for all that you do!”- High-Profile Family, Brentwood.

For more information on The Nanny League or to get started with your hiring process, please call (310) 893-9355 or visit http://www.thenannyleague.com.

A special “thank you” to all of our extraordinary college-educated nannies, personal assistants and tutors. You make our job feel effortless and we are so proud to represent you. KUDOS!

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The Nanny League surpasses fundraising goal for Stop the Silence

I am so pleased to announce the success of The Nanny League for Stop the Silence Benefit at 3Dog Cantina in Hollywood.  We surpassed our goal of $2500 and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

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Even the charity’s founder and owner, Dr. Pamela Pine had these kind words to share:

Lindsay, I wanted to send a huge thank you out to all of those who participated in the the fundraising effort on behalf of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse (www.stopcsa.org <http://www.stopcsa.org> ). We can’t thank you enough! Child sexual abuse (CSA) robs children of their innocence and is often so detrimental to their well-being, both while they are children and when they grow to be adults: psychological problems, physical problems, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, suicide and homicide, and more are all strongly associated with CSA. And it affects so many, it is nearly unbelievable – but true. There are at least 55 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. alone!  The funds go a really long way in helping us to accomplish all that we do. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lindsay. Please forward this email to everyone with my deepest appreciation!

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Guests enjoyed drink specials, music and mingling.  They had a LOT of fun participating in the silent auction and raffle!

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Thank you again 3Dog Cantina for offering us your patio space for the event, Emilee Wilson at GoMoment for your help in getting the word out there.  A special thank you to Dr. Pamela Pine, the founder of Stop the Silence, and to all those who helped with the silent auction: Laney Brabson, Emily Lewis of Doll Face Desserts, Arlie Rachwal, Karen Happel, Steffanie Doolan, Alison Berger, The Thomason family, Jessica Garcia, Jordan Morales, Erick & Mandy Bianchi, and Jonathan Unger.  And– to my friends, Nanny League nannies, and colleagues– to everyone you came to the event and to those who donated to our fundraiser online, THANK YOU for supporting The Nanny League and Stop the Silence.  We cannot wait to do it all over again next year!

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Here is a recap from the event brought to you by Go Moment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opwGgDu3cLg

For pictures from the night, visit The Nanny League Facebook Page here: http://on.fb.me/mZurGz

XOXO

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The Nanny League receives letter from Stop the Silence

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“Lindsay, I wanted to send a huge thank you out to all of those who participated in the the fundraising effort on behalf of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse (www.stopcsa.org <http://www.stopcsa.org> ). We can’t thank you enough! Child sexual abuse (CSA) robs children of their innocence and is often so detrimental to their well-being, both while they are children and when they grow to be adults: psychological problems, physical problems, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, suicide and homicide, and more are all strongly associated with CSA. And it affects so many, it is nearly unbelievable – but true. There are at least 55 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. alone! 


I’d like to invite and encourage anyone who has not yet contributed to contribute by going to The Nanny League’s fundraising link for this effort: http://gfwd.at/19hKgQp <http://gfwd.at/19hKgQp> . The funds go a really long way in helping us to accomplish all that we do. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lindsay. Please forward this email to everyone with my deepest appreciation! All the best, Pam”

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH
Founder and CEO
Stop the Silence

 

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Modern-Day Mary Poppins

The Nanny League, Inc. is solely made up of college-educated nannies, personal assistants and tutors. The clients who come to us to assist them in finding the perfect nanny, along with the nannies who register with our elite agency, share our values in the importance of having a well-rounded highly educated, competent and loving professional nanny care for their children.

We couldn’t help but agree with & share this article:

Modern-day Mary Poppins': College graduates embrace nannying as career

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Elyse Barletta, 27, works full-time as a nanny in Charlotte, N.C., taking care of nine-month-old Reynolds Norman.

By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News

When American University graduate Elyse Barletta, 27, was looking for a full-time nannying position recently in Charlotte, N.C., three families wanted to hire her — all were impressed by her college education. “They wanted someone who could help with their children’s homework,” said Barletta, a history major who made the Dean’s list and is proficient in French.

Experts say young women like Barletta make up a fast-growing segment of the nanny industry: college graduates who could go into law, medicine or other fields but are choosing to become career nannies, sometimes because they struggled to find jobs in their desired professions. These highly-credentialed child minders are being greeted with open arms into middle-class and upper-class families who want to give their kids an edge in an increasingly competitive world.

Barletta, who worked as a nanny in college to make extra money, tried but failed to find a job in her chosen field, nonprofit work, after graduation. But she has no regrets: Nannying, she says, brings her a good salary and rich personal rewards. Ultimately, she chose to work for the Norman family, who has a nine-month old girl named Reynolds. “I have patience for kids. I love it,” said Barletta, who refers to herself as a “modern-day Mary Poppins.”

Cliff Greenhouse, president of the Pavilion Agency, which helps New Yorkers find household staff, has noticed a shift toward nannies like Barletta since the mid-1990s, when he saw very few Americans in the industry and fewer college-educated applicants. He attributes the change to the growth of working mothers, with many women becoming the breadwinners of their families.

 

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Barletta, a former history major, says her job nannying for nine-month-old Reynolds is personally rewarding.

 “Moms [who use our agency] aren’t going to work full-time unless they can leave their children in the care of someone they consider a peer,” he said. 

Becky Kavanagh, co-president of the non-profit International Nanny Association, has also observed this trend, especially among professional couples in larger metropolitan areas. “They’re looking into the total education of their child,” she said, adding that many couples seek out nannies who have degrees in early-childhood education as well as nannying experience. For some parents, the ultimate nanny candidate has multiple degrees, including Master’s degrees. “They see that and say, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to have that,’” she said. 

Experts say they have seen a rise in highly-educated applicants at nanny agencies since the Great Recession.

“When the economy went down, you saw a lot of educated people try to break into the industry because they thought, ‘I have a degree in business.’ Anybody can take care of kids. They found out really quickly that wasn’t the case because the agencies wouldn’t work with them without prior experience,” said Michelle LaRowe, editor-in-chief of Longhorn Leads, a Houston-based portfolio of sites that connects parents and caregivers. But college-educated applicants who babysat or nannied during school found their services in high demand. 

When Natalie Gibbs, 27, started nannying for a family in Hinsdale, Ill., about two months ago, her college degree was of great interest to her new clients. “They were willing to pay a bit more for an educated nanny,” said Gibbs, who was an applied science major.

In many places across the country, some families are so eager for well-educated nannies, they’re paying them salaries comparable to entry-level finance careers. 

Few statistics exist on nanny salaries, primarily because most of these workers – regardless of their level of education – are paid under the table. In an annual survey conducted by the International Nanny Association this year, nannies reported a median salary of $16 per hour. But experts say the highest paid nanny can make $100,000 or more annually, depending on location, education and references.

Despite the hefty price tag, some families see a well-credentialed nanny as a wise investment — and even a way to save money on tutoring fees.

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Former history major Barletta says of nannying, “I have patience for kids. I love it.”

Donna Walrond, a Brooklyn, N.Y., mom of three boys, employs a full-time nanny who didn’t go to college, but recently hired a second nanny, Samantha, who has a bachelor’s degree and is fluent in Hebrew, to tutor her two elementary-school aged sons during the school year.

“In terms of tutoring fees, for a while I was paying 80 dollars an hour,” said Walrond, who founded and runs a local nanny agency herself. “[Samantha] helps the kids with the homework and takes a load off for me because when I come home in the evening, I don’t have to do it.”

Regan Spear, 22, of Napa, Calif., who recently started nannying for a 5-year-old boy and 17-month-old girl, says she plays a similar role in her new employers’ family. “We’ve made a lot of changes since I’ve come in,” she said, citing the fruit she’s added to the kids’ breakfasts and the electronics she’s removed from 5-year-old Luke’s playtime. “[The parents] back me on anything I want to do. We are three people parenting these children not two.”

Spear, who has a degree in human development with a focus on early childhood education, believes that her schooling was a huge asset when applying for her job. “I think that really comforted [my employer]. Whether it’s a physical ailment or a learning disability, I know how to recognize these things and help [the children] develop,” said Spear, who helped her 17-month-old charge Lucy learn how to walk two months ago. 

Spear eventually wants to start her own nanny placement agency, but hopes to stay with her current family for another five years or so. She believes her highly-specialized education is crucial for anyone considering her field.

“In today’s world,” she said, “knowing how to change a diaper isn’t enough.”

 

Make “nannying” your career today! www.thenannyleague.com #careernanny#thenannyleague #collegeeduatednannies #nbcnews

 

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The Nanny League will Never Forget

It feels like yesterday…

It is hard to believe that 12 years have already passed. For a day that stands out so vividly in my mind, it feels like yesterday. May we all take time today to remember all of those who fought, those who lost, those who were left behind, and those who continue to fight for our freedom. Wishing everyone peace and love on this day. God Bless America.

Never, ever forget.

XO

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