Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Totties Pretties Headbands make the OREGONIAN newspaper!

How fantastic! Wonderful press about the love that is behind Totties Pretties headbands!

Traveling bin of adoreable headbands for a cause in Wilsonville this week
Posted by Kimberly Nelson, community blogger April 07, 2009 20:26PM
Categories: Kids and Family Fun

Bin of Tottie's Pretties headbands for a cause in Wilsonville this week only

A big bin of traveling headbands has made its way to Wilsonville this week. Much like the "Traveling Pants," good things happen to those that wear them.

Why - because these handmade headbands adorned with flowers, ribbons and gems are not only beautiful - they also support a good cause.

Tottie's Pretties Headbands are made by Erika Cox of Camas, Washington, who has three daughters that wear them every day. Her youngest daughter, 3 year old Charlotte (they call her Tottie) was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she turned 2. She started limping and then woke up one morning with a swollen knee, according to Cox. "After her diagnosis and draining and cortisone injections to both knees, a wrist and an ankle, she was a new girl with mobility!" said Cox. "But it's been the uveitis that has been her biggest battle. She was immediately diagnosed with severe uveitis (arthritis in the eyes) in both eyes from the get-go. She's tried many medical options including taking steroid eye drops every hour for months. She has seen specialists and is finally on a medical cocktail that has her joints & her eyes under control."

The story behind the headband or "Pretties" is a story of education. Once Cox noticed that friends loved the headbands she was making her daughters she saw an opportunity to share about Charlotte's disease and use her Pretties as a continual fundraiser for a group of pediatric rheumatologists in the US and Canada who are working to find the cause and a cure for childhood arthritis: CARRA (Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance).

Tottie's Pretties are ribbon wrapped headbands adorned with flowers and gems or perfect boutique bows. For every purchase of a Tottie's Pretties headband, Cox donates funds to find a cause and cure for Childhood Arthritis! In 2008, Tottie's Pretties donated $1500 to CARRA. In 2009, the goal is to double that amount to support CARRA as well as The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation which supports children with arthritis in their eyes, according to Cox.
Her bands can be found on but she also has a traveling bin that makes its way around the NW. This week we have the bin at a home here in Wilsonville and I have already been over twice picking out gorgeous headbands for my girls. They are way too cute to resist.

If you would like to pick one up for your Easter Basket or the little girl on your life call or e-mail local mom, Stephanie Wettstein - who has the bin this week only.503-582-9858 -

You can also find them online at


Jenny Tan said...

THAT IS GREAT NEWS Erika!!! :) Well done!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

This is great, Erika. Such a worthy lady and cause. :)

Lesli said...