Friday, December 14, 2007

Livie and Luca's Holiday Surprise

Livie and Luca, a great line of kiddie shoes by local area moms, are having a holiday special where a special pair of European quality shoes are deeply discounted everyday.

Here is the post from their newsletter:
Daily December Deals at Livie and Luca Shoes

Please click on our SHOP page daily from December 7th through the 15th.

We will have a different style on sale each day, for one day only, with the discounts getting DEEPER with each day! At the end we'll have a special discounted shipping rate.

Wondering how much the discount is going to be??? Well, you'll have to come and visit us daily to find out! It's a suprise, kind of like opening a new present every morning!

Amie, Mitzi and Laura
Owners and Moms

Rock-N-Tot: Family-Friendly Fun coming to the DC Area

Thanks to Naomi and Liz for alerting CM to this fun event.

Announcing the newest family event to hit Washington DC, Rock-n-Tot is an afternoon dance party for kids (birth through 12) and their parents (or anyone who has a part in their lives).

Rock-n-Tot was co-created by an Ohio mom and a Maryland mom, in an effort to provide a wholesome event for the whole family, adults and kids alike. The simple premise of this event is to encourage families to spend quality time together, create new relationships and educate themselves with new products (most parent-created!).

Held on the 4th Saturday of each month from 2-5pm, beginning February 23, 2008, UltraBar (911 F Street NW, Washington DC) will be transformed into a kid-friendly zone. The dj plays great music (clean lyrics!) and you'll find bubbles, egg shakers and scarves are a-plenty. Discover face painting, airbrush tattoo artists, complimentary massages and other services for the adults, not to mention free juiceboxes and kid-appropriate snacks!

The founders of Rock-n-Tot have thought of everything - nursing zones, changing stations, even an area to just get away from it all and rejuvenate with toys, books, puzzles and more. Did we mention there are fantastic goody bags and giveaways?

Pre-walkers are admitted free, everyone else must have a ticket. $15/ticket.

For more info, or to purchase tickets:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

3 + 1= The latest edition to the Collier Family....

Introducing the latest edition to the our family, Solomon Elijah Jacob Collier. My sweet, little boy decided to make his arrival nine weeks early and is making his presence known in our world.

Growing rapidly with a head full of hair, big brown eyes and a quiet disposition, we feel blessed to have him in our lives and send our thanks for all the well wishes and greetings sent from family, friends and CM readers alike.

As the new mommy of a premmie and a toddler and a lover of information resources, Capitol Moms will be launching a series of related articles and goodies geared directly to the parents of premmiesith special tips for moms of tots.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Fun site to see: Mommy Track'd - a Working Mother's Guide to Managed Chaos

Ok, so there's a new site that I'm adoring right now, Mommy Track'd - a Working Mother's Guide to Managed Chaos. It's a guide for stay-at-work mothers. There are fabulous e-cards, hilarious Tales from the Mommy Track, fun giveaways, discussion groups and guides designed for moms and moms-to-be that are walking along the same trail as you.

Check them out at

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

From Cookie Magazine: Nigella on Food and Kids

Ok, I admit it. I adore the Food Network, there is something seriously relaxing to me about listening to recipes and watching delicious ingredients blended together to make something tasty and fabulous. One of my favorite celebrity chefs is Nigella Lawson, the sassy British import with a flair for creating delciously easy recipes that always earn rave reviews.

On Sunday mornings at 10:30am EST, Nigella has a new show on Food Network, aptly titled, Nigella Express as a companion to her new cookbook that speaks to me as a mother with a rapidly increasing schedule to go with my growing bump. In this month's Cookie, Nigella talks about raising babies, a career and healthy eating habits.

My favorite line from the article is "There is no point in making something fast if it doesn't taste good." and I absolutely agree.

To view the article, click here
To order her new book, Nigella Express from Food Network, click here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

In our Holiday Stash: Baby Gifts from Baby Emi Jewelry

So, I know it's a little late or a little early, depending on which type of holiday shopper you are. I am the just after Halloween and before Thanksgiving type, but lately with so many friends having babies, myself included, I've had my eye on the baby goodies.

Debbie Savage and our friends at Baby Emi Jewelry have come out with some fabulous finds that I can't help, but lust after and know that will become welcome presents for our friends and family. Zenora and I have a matching set and I love the way the bracelet sparkles on her little wrist -- so cute and so fitting her little budding personality. My personal favorites are the Mommy and Me bracelet sets and the new Cambodian Jingle Bells bracelet, pictured to the right, which causes a pleasant jingling sound to following the cruisers. As an extra bonus, all the gifts from Baby Emi come beautifully wrapped and ready for presentation.

To see the other products and gifts at Baby Emi Jewelry, visit

Monday, November 05, 2007

Finds from the Metropolitan Food and Entertaining Show: Kitsch'n Glam Aprons

Alright, I admit it. I'm kind of throw-back to the fifties on occasion. I love the smell of baking bread and treating my hubby to home-cooked meals. I collect cookbooks and read ettiquette guides, but I like to kick it up several knotches and I actually wear an apron while cooking because unlike the fifties, my day-to-day is alot more like run, rush, pause, repeat, especially with the growing bump and an almost two-year old in tow.

But this weekend, at the show, I found several treats which I will be posting about over the next few days. My favorite which I am wearing now is my new apron from Kitsch'n Glam, makers of swanky aprons in fun fabrics and great styles.

I figure that while the bump is growing I will accesorize anyway possible and bring bits of sparkle into everyday activities like making dinner.

To see their seriously swell collection: visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Kennedy Center's Multicultural Book Festival, Sat. November 3

This Saturday, November 3, from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, the Kennedy Center will be hosting it's 12th Annual Multicultural Book Festival. It's a fun, free event and great way to share the love of reading and books with a younger generation.

There will be guest speakers, authors, illustrators, musicians and a special appearance by daughter's favorite Dora, the Explorer.

For more information, visit

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Check out our review of Dearjohnnies on Capitol Moms-2-be

Dearjohnnies: special gowns for special deliveries. Thoughtfully-designed hospital gowns for mommas-to-be by Rachel Zinny. The gowns feature snap-down sleeves for easy breastfeeding access and snaps down the back to give you a little more coverage from behind. I wish that I had had one for the birth of my daughter -- I am glad to have one for the delivery of our second.

A definite pick for a hospital bag pick-me-up. Shop at

Review posted at Capitol Moms Maternity Edition.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What Z is reading now: Good Night Washington, DC

"Goodnight, Washington, DC. Night, night book. Goodnight, Lovely." is part of our nightly routine now. My daughter found this great little book at Olsson's near Dupont a few weeks ago and it has been come part of our routine.

We read and she loves the pictures of the monuments and the cherry blossoms and a really cute one of the justices. She loves the pictures of the boats in the Potomac and we use it as a teaching tool when we go out for walks around the Tidal Basin.

What is really neat about the series by Adam Gamble is that they tour the world through books. There is Goodnight Texas, Goodnight Boston and about 30 others with more coming in the upcoming months.

To buy or to view other books in the series, visit their site at:

Friday, October 19, 2007

DIVAs Having a Sale!!!

I have heard such fabulous things about this fabulous shop in Alexandria... it's called DIVA Boutique and now is a great time to check them out. They have having a party celebrating their birthday and the gifts are for you -- discounts on already reduced prices and unique consignment goodies that any momma will adore.

Check them out at

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Healthy Start resource for new Parents

Through my work with new moms, I sometimes come across resources that I can't wait to share and here's one, the Healthy Start, Grow Smart Book series from a collaboration of agencies.

What I love is that it is easy read, provides useful information and answers those everyday questions that new moms and moms that have been there, but its been a long time all have.

The series is divided by months and starts with the newborn and walks the parent through the first year of life.

It's free and available via download or you could order shrink-wrapped copies for free at the same site.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Livie's Wings to Support a Great Cause

Who doesn't love butterflies and smiles? Livie and Luca, an European-inspired, hand-made children's footwear company founded by local mamas, are offering a special opportunity to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society.

With every pair of the adorable Livie's Wings that is sold 10% will be donated to the society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Shop at

Monday, October 08, 2007

FREE Potty Training Guide at

Who doesn't love a coupons and an informational guide from a company that you already love and trust.

When I was pregnant with my Z, I got a tip to sign-up on all the diaper companies websites, so that I could receive samples and coupons while my daughter was still in diapers. I did and we are still reaping the benefits. I found out which brands I love, which ones are just ok and which ones I will avoid like the plague.

From comes great, "Gifts to Grow" and regular coupons and milestone informational packets via mail, my Z is just under 2 and now we are receiving the potty-training guides -fully equipped with tips and special deals.

To receive yours, visit or click the link above.

Friday, October 05, 2007

BabyCenter Store Deal: Free Shipping on all orders of $29 or more

We have just joined the BabyCenter Affiliate Program, which offers great deals to our readers as well as keeping us up to date with some of the newest products and deals for moms, families and moms-to-be.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mocha Moms Event from DC Baby

Another great site for DC Area Moms:

October 8: Mocha Moms event in College Park

Thanks to DCB reader Chanda for sharing this with us:

The Northern Prince George's County, MD chapter of Mocha Moms will host its Third Annual Home Business Extravaganza on Monday, October 8 (the Columbus Day holiday) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-College Park (10000 Baltimore Blvd.). Admission is FREE, and all are welcome.

Here's a description of the event:
"Have you wanted to stay home with your family but were skeptical of work-from-home offers? Have you been looking for ways to earn extra income so that you could have more time for other interests? If so, this event is for you. Fifty reputable home businesses, door prizes, children's activities, and great shopping!"

For more info, send email to: web-at-mochamomsnpgc-dot-org.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Blogger issues

Dear readers,

I apologize for any trouble accessing the site. We should be up and running again soon.

Capitol Moms

Capitol Moms Maternity Edition!!!

Check back soon for Mommy-2-be related goodies, give-aways and posts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pre-School Fair in Alexandria

Join the Alexandria -- NE MOMS Club for its 5th Annual Preschool Fair on Tues., Oct. 16 from 10:30am to 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street. Representatives from more than 20 local preschools will be on hand to discuss their school's goals and philosophy, and help guide you through the application process, sign up for open houses, and more.

Attendees will receive a booklet listing all of the local preschools, including those not able to participate in the fair.

For directions to the church see:

There will be plenty of parking. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Condakes at 703-519-0977 or

Thanks to Monique of DC Working Moms.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Little Black Book

Once in a while, you find a great resource that you can't wait to share -- The Little Black Book Guide for Every Busy Woman is one of those. I pick one up every season. These cute, slim and fabulously free volumes are published by Bloom and are chock full of tips, resources and other word-of-mouth recommended tidbits sure to fit your needs. I find mine at the local Whole Foods Market, but I've seen them at the auto shop, my Obs office and at the Starbucks up the street.

What I love is that recently Betty, the fabulous persona of the Guide, has kicked it up a notch and sends regular quick read, busy mama-friendly, emails with tips, events and new fun stuff for this area.

Check out her site at and let them know Capitol Moms sent you.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New for DC Moms -

Check out the new site hosted by Channel 9.

It's a bright, colorful site full of news and stories by moms and for moms living right here in the heart of it all and they are looking for input for moms like you.

Check it out, I was glad I did.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Capitol Moms Quick Bites - Coming Soon!!!


Capitol Moms Quick Bites - our first weekly newsletter featuring our tips and perk of the week, great recipes for busy lifestyles, coupon codes for great deals with some of our fabulous partners and an inspirational spotlight.

Fun products from the ABC Kids Expo

Want to see the latest products and goodies for babies and kids before they show up in your favorite boutique? Check out the link to for live coverage of the ABC Kids Expo, one of the nation's premier children's clothing and product trade shows.
Check back soon for Capitol Moms Recommended Goodies List September 2007.

Motherhood Resource Service?

Yes, did you know that Capitol Moms is also a motherhood resource service? You know and read us as means to find out about some of the latest trends, local family friendly activities and to see the latest perks, but did you know that we offer discrete, customized, problem solving for mamas and papas.

We find the products and gifts that our clients love to give and receive. We find and deliver unique goodies that get oohs and ahhs. We find services and information local to you to help across a wild spectrum of fields -- from recommending a line of fabulous maternity wear, a local La Leche Meeting to organic baby care products for a particularly hard-to-shop for friend and a Mommy Spa Kit with a super stylish bag for the busy working mommy.

For more information about the services that we offer or for a personalized consultation, contact Teia at or call 571-723-3304

Friday, August 10, 2007

BBB- BusyBodyBook Organizer - a Treasure for Modern Mommies

Recently, I was introduced to a new organizer. I admit, I have seen and used my fair share of planner, but always find myself using envelopes, slips of scrap paper and other random things to keep myself organized. This one rocks.

It is made by About Your Time, LLC. It fits in my purse (huge feat!) There are pockets in the front and back to store bills, receipts and other random bits of goodness like my one-year old's attempts at drawing. There are tear-away "To-Do" Lists, places for notes and important phone numbers and spots designed for Doodles and random tidbits to yourself, which I love and find myself doing all the time. But the part, I really like, and use the most, is the grid where I can place all of our schedules on one page.

What can I say, you should try it out for yourself at and test out the trial pages online, I'm sure that you will love it as I have come to.

The United States Postal Museum Volunteer Opportunities -apply by September 1.

Thanks to Jeffrey at the National Postal Museum, a hidden gem for DC, for the tip.

Do you have an interest in American history, storytelling, or philately?
Do enjoy working with children?
If so, consider becoming a student tour guide or a museum interpreter

Student Tour Guides:
· Lead scripted school tours during weekday mornings
· Tour with specific grades and ages, pre-K & elementary
· Read stories, build stamp collections and teach American history in the museum’s exhibits

Museum Interpreters
· Lead museum tours · Have engaging conversations with visitors
· Learn & share fun facts & stories about the mail · Promote letter writing & reading
· Practice public speaking
Contact the National Postal Museum at 202-633-5535 for details.

Benefits Include:
· Positive Community Involvement (It’s tax deductible too!) · 20% discounts in all Smithsonian Gift Stores · 10% discount in most Smithsonian Cafeterias

America’s history is in the Mail!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Did you know that Ann Taylor Loft does Maternity?

Thanks to Peri with Metro Baby Slings for the fabulous tip.

I checked out the site today and how fun is that, especially since I am just getting to the stage where I can't fit into my pre-pregnancy staples. I find that a line that I normally dig is doing maternity wear. They do not have a very large selection, but they do have a nice range of staples, which Ann Taylor does beautifully.

Check them out at

About Well Woman Check-Ups and Pap Smears

Ladies, we are short-changing ourselves. We deserve better. Our children deserve better, and so do our loved ones. I know it is not a pleasant subject, the idea of stirrups and all, but it something that must be discussed and I promised myself that I would spread the word about Pap Smears as a part of your yearly Well Woman Check-Up.

What is a PAP SMEAR?
A pap smear is a test that checks the cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus, for changes which could lead to cancer.

Why is a Pap Smear so IMPORTANT?
Some women who have cervical cancer may not have any symptoms, and regular pap smears can detect changes in the cervix and enable prevention and early treatment.

How often should I get a Pap Smear?
For most women, yearly is fine, but talk to your doctor about your individual situation.

Are these tests expensive?
Yearly pap smears are covered by most insurance carriers 100% or for the cost of your co-pay, but there are other options such as your county health clinic and your local Planned Parenthood offers routine women's health screenings and related services at an income-sensitive rate or sometimes even free for uninsured women.

Need a women's health and anatomy tutorial?
You know, it's been a long time since high school health and all the technical jargon sometimes makes things more complicated. See the link attached for a quick tutorial and a means to arm yourself with information,

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Livie and Luca - Fun shoes at a great price

Local area mommas Amie and Mitzi co-owners of the celebrated children's shoe line, Livie and Luca have come up with a fabulous way to ring in the new school year and encourage new families to try their adorable shoes -- offer a 15% off discount. Just use the coupon code SHOES15OFF at from now until August 10th to take advantage of this fabulous offer.

Also keep your eye out for the launching of the 2008 Spring/Summer line a little later in the fall.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Mommy Jewelry - Done right! (The Fine Art of Family)

Who doesn't love Mommy jewelry... especially when it is done right. The other day Capitol Moms was introduced to a particularly beautiful line by Monica Rich Kosann, noted photographer and maker of classically, swanky modern day heirlooms.

She features lovely lockets, photocases and beautiful museum quality pieces that I haven't found anywhere else. The pieces are made of sterling silver or 18K gold on slim luxurious chains or a casual black silk cord. Right now, I'm wearing the image case with a rockin' picture of my Z and have received several compliments over the last couple of days. It looks great with jeans and tee or with a bright summery dress.

I recommend checking out their site, if only for the fabulous photography. I'm sure, like me, you'll find a piece that will bring a smile to your lips. Monica's line is featured at and line ranges from $150 and up and is loved by celebs like Katie Holmes and Madonna and local mommas alike.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Spotlight on Blessence Maternity: Lovin' the Belly

This last couple of weeks, Capitol Moms has been scouting and scouring the internet and local area for new, fun things to feature on the blog and site. In our travels, we ran across a fabulous line of maternity-tees by Blessence Maternity.

These shirts send a powerfully sweet message of love and of blessings for the baby-carrying belly. You can find the adorable line at . I asked founder, Shaelyn Werner a couple of questions about perks and me-time and these are her responses.

What do you consider the perks of motherhood to be? "Motherhood is the most rewarding experience of my life. It brings out the best in me as a person. The best part of being a mom is getting to learn about my children's personalities, habits, likes and dislikes and when they tell you 'I love you' when you were not expecting it. They never cease to amaze me."

How do you spend and define "me-time"? "I cuddle up to my husband on the couch and watch a movie or go get a pedicure while reading a good book. All moms need a time to recharge away from the kids."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

DC Baby - Pregnancy In the City Part 2

Congrats to Sarah at DC Baby for launching a comprehensive new section to her awesome book, DC Baby. The new section is filled with information about Pregnancy and New Mommy-hood in the city and surrounding areas. It is available in e-book format for $6 at and for any new mom or mom-to-be this is a fabulous price for a great resource.

Monday, June 25, 2007

GIVEAWAY: A Woman's Worth - Book with a message -

Recently, I finished reading a wonderful book called A Woman's Worth by Marianne Williamson, the creator of the inspirational series "Touched by an Angel". The book touched my heart and I know that other women should hear the message that this book speaks of.

It speaks to the fact that our worth as women is not defined by the society that we live in, though it longs to shape our perspective, but rather as our inate quality of being a woman. We are powerful, gentle and strong at the same time. We are mothers, warriors and pioneers... that by the very virtue of being a woman we are gifted with the honor of being co-creators in this world and that we should not take our gifts lightly, but share them with world around us, not like war-lords demanding that men bow down and worship us, but rather with grace and honor, like a queen successfully ruling her domain.

My mother shared this book with me and Capitol Moms will share this book with the first 5 readers that email me at For anyone wanting to purchase this book, it is available at

Chavez Prep Enrolling Sixth Graders

The newest campus in the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School System is Chavez Prep. It will be opening for the fall in the Anthony Bowen YMCA, 1325 W Street, NW, and is currently enrolling 6th graders. For more information on this tuition-free, college prep program for DC Students, visit, or call Principal Andrew Touchette at 202-547-3975 ext. 14.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Mama Mio - Deluxe Pampering for SuperMamas

Recently at the Babies, Bellies and Brunch event in Clinton, Maryland, I was introduced to line of fabulous products. The line is called Mama Mio and they specialize in pampering products for women in the nine-month strech and beyond. I got the Tummy Rub in my goodie bag and have been using it for a couple of weeks now, just to soothe and pamper this busy momma's skin and love it!!! The oil has a light rose citrus scent that massages in fabulously without leaving a lingering greasy film.

Mama Mio has an extensive line of pampering products from lotions and rubs to a nice gravida candle. The line is loved by celebs like Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham and DC area mommas alike.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Guppy Gala at the National Zoo - May 11, 2007 6:00pm -8:30pm

The National Zoo is hosting a fun party for all the guppies in your house aged 2 to 12 - the Guppy Gala. There will be a mock construction site, rock-climbing walls, moonbounces, mazes, arts and crafts, costumed characters, jugglers among other things.

It will be fun for all. Click the link below to get tickets. Children 2 and under are free. Anyone 2 and over $20.

(Scene from last year's Guppy Gala)

A Good Reason to take some Mommy-time -- join us for Tea!

Please Join Us For A Mocha Manual Power Tea
At DC's Famous Akwaaba Inn, a historic townhouse in the fashionable Dupont Circle area...
The afternoon kicks off with a networking session followed by tea. Kimberly Seals-Allers, author of the NAACP Image Award Nominated "The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy," Tamara Richardson-Williams, founder & Ceo of Taceri Footwear and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Saphia Water will share their personal success stories and pearls on empowering women to pursue their passion.
Sunday, May 6th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Akwaaba DC Bed & Breakfast
1708 16th St. NWWashington, DC 20009
Door Entry Fee: $10.00 (includes tea and desserts)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Join Rep. Maloney to Host Capitol Hill "Nurse-In"

A Cool Post from DC Baby:

May 10: Rep. Maloney to host Capitol Hill “Nurse-In” with local moms

Are you an advocate for breastfeeding and women’s rights? If so, you might be interested in this news out of U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s (D-NY) office: She’s hosting a Capitol Hill “Nurse-In” on Thursday, May 10 to reintroduce the Breastfeeding Promotion Act to Congress. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Cannon Terrace, New Jersey and Independence Ave. SE on Capitol Hill, and all local moms are welcome. The proposed legislation would protect the rights of nursing mothers who return to the workplace after having a baby, by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a new clause. The bill would also provide tax incentives for businesses that establish private lactation areas in the workplace, allows families to deduct all breastfeeding pumps and equipment from their taxes, and would provide a performance standard for breast pumps. For more details on the “Nurse-In,” contact Rep. Maloney’s office at 202.225.7944

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Babies, Bellies and Brunch - May 5, 2007, Discounted Rate!!!

Join us at Babies, Bellies and Brunch sponsored by the fabulous folks at Saphia Water on May 5, 2007 from 10am - 4pm for fun, food, and goodies galore. It is an event not to be missed!

Details below:

We're Expecting!!

You that is at Babies, Bellies & Brunch on May 5 at the Columbia Hilton for a day of shopping, workshops, and activities that celebrate motherhood!

Event: Babies, Bellies & Brunch: The Area's Only Baby Shower Shopping Party
When: Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Columbia Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD
Contact: 301-879-9200 for more information
Entry: $20 for Early Bird online registrations / $25 at the door
Visit Our Site:

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mothers Work Lunch - May 24, 2007 at Anna Maria's in Dupont


Join us for a fabulous Italian lunch and an opportunity to network and meet other mommies doing fabulous things, like raising babies and working it all the while.

We are hosting our first Mothers Work Lunch at Anna Maria's Italian Resturaunt in Dupont Circle on May 24, 2007 at 12:00pm.

For more details, contact or call 571-723-3304. Look for more details.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Girls' Night Out: Lunafest to benefit local outreach of Postpartum Support International

Worthy cause alert! Mommy's Night Out Alert!

Hey, two alerts all wrapped in the nice, neat package that is the 6th Annual Lunafest Film Festival at the Arlington Cinema Draft House on April 11, 2006. Tickets are $10. Here is the post from DC Baby.

The Sixth Annual Lunafest Film Festival DC (featuring films made by...for...about women), set for Wednesday, April 11 at the Arlington Cinema & Draft House, will raise funds for a very special cause that helps local pregnant women & new moms... and is dear to my own heart.

This year, net proceeds of Lunafest go to Postpartum Support International (PSI) - a worldwide network of volunteers, advocates, and professionals who care about the emotional health of expectant and new moms.

I volunteer locally with PSI as the DC-Area Coordinator, along with local mama Adrienne Griffen, who is the Virginia Coordinator. Together, Adrienne and I lead the free DC Peer Support Group, which meets two evenings each month NW DC, geared toward women experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress before or after having a baby. (Adrienne also leads a daytime Peer Support Group that meets twice a month in Arlington, and there are additional groups in Loudon County and Fairfax, VA.)

The need is almost overwhelming in the DC area for information, emotional support, and simple empathy and kindness. There are many women reaching out for help each day, and sadly, many more who can't or don't. Those of us doing PSI's work in the Washington area are volunteering our time. We don't get paid, and we don't get a stipend to produce materials. But fundraisers like Lunafest can offset costs associated with designing and copying brochures that can be distributed to women at doctor's offices, special events, and moms' clubs, letting them know that they are not alone and help IS available.

I hope some of my readers will turn out for this fun "girls' night out" at Lunafest, to watch some cool independent films and contribute to a worthy cause. Tix are $10 at the door. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with live jazz music and wine tasting, and the movies start at 7:30.

Many thanks to local mama and Stroller Strides instructor Jennifer Lungren for putting this film festival together - and for taking the initiative to contribute to PSI's community service. For more info about Lunafest, contact Jennifer at jlungren (at) strollerstrides (dot) net. For more about Lunafest, click here.

For more info about the DC Peer Support Group, email me at: sarah (at) dc-baby (dot) com. For more info about the NoVa Peer Support Groups, email Adrienne at: griffens (at) comcast (dot) net.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Saphia Waters: Helping Mommies get more water

In flavors like Lovingly Lemon, Bliss Berry and Pacifyingly Peach, Saphia Waters offer pregnant and nursing mothers another alternative to everyday water. They are fortified with nutrients that a mother's body needs to work like the fabulous baby-making machine that she is. Think of it as a supplement to your prenatal vitamins, not a replacement. It is endorsed by the American Pregnancy Association and received some neat press from the Today Show and the Hot Moms Club.

At first, I was a bit skeptical, but they don't taste bad. I had a couple of friends come by to try too and they dug them too. Not bad for a days work. :-)

Saphia Waters are available online at and in store at local Babies R Us and Motherhood Maternity stores.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Couture Invito - Bringing a little life to everyday paper

Ok, I love pictures and stationary, particularly shades of pink, coral and sunny yellows. I think that it is so nice to something beautiful come in the mail that tends to be so blah.

Just recently, we were introduced to Alesa and the fabulous folks at Couture Invito. They specialize in fabulous paper products and unique photo gifts that are lovely and beautifully done. Upon Alesa's recommendation, I ordered the photopads, like the ones to the right. And I have to say that they look even more awesome in person. I used a pic of my family on the boardwalk in Anapolis. It turned out really nice and I use my pad at work. Suprisingly, people notice the papers that you write on and I started getting so many compliments on the note pad.

I think that it will be a wonderful Mother's Day present or a sweet gift to present to a new mommy. And as a special for Mother's Day the photopads are on sale, how cool is that.

Check them out at or click on the photo to the right.

Congratulations to Chic Tots!!

Congratulations to DC Area Mommies Michele Good and Jennifer Chow of Chic Tots . These fabulous ladies have just received iParenting Media's Best Product Award for their Chic and Clean Coverall.

To celebrate this success, they are overall a special deal to readers, 20% off and free shipping on all products. Just use the code "CHIC". Shop at

Pictured to the left is Chandra Wilson of Grey's Anatomy with Michele and Jennifer, carrying the Chic and Cozy Blanket/ Bag.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pink Bowtique - Glamour for Little Girls

As some might know, my Z has a puff. An adorable near-afro puff of springy black curls and I love to doll her up with ribbons and bows, but I have to admit, some bows have met a tragic fate at the hands of my lovely one-year old. She can cause some serious fabric fraying and can make something about bows just not sit right on the little clippy.

Well we just received some bows from Pink Bowtique and they have survived my Zettle-Z. When the package came in the mail, my hubby opened them up and said, "Oh, these are cute." and that's alot coming from the man that believes pink is a semi-nauseating color. And they are cute, well-made, the ends are heat sealed, so no fraying, and don't fall off the band.

These, headband bows, are on my list of gifts for mommies of little girls.

Friday, February 23, 2007

OPEN HOUSE: "Caterpillar Co-Op" Spanish Immersion Pre-school

OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, March 7 5:00-7:00
"Caterpillar Co-op"Spanish Immersion Pre-School
3920 Alton Place, NW
Washington, DC 20016
In Tenleytown
Spaces Available for 2007-2008
3 year-old class: MWF (9:00-12:00)
4 year-old class: 5 days (9:00-12:30)
Programa de Inmersion en Espanol
Lugares Disponibles para 2007-2008
Clase de 3 anos: lunes, miercoles, viernes (9:00-12:00)
Clase de 4 anos: 5 dias (9:00-12:30)
For Information/Para

Thanks to Niccole de Campos for the event.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Positivity Rocks!

We at Capitol Moms appreciate all the postive support that we have received over the last year, but as a result of some inappropriate comments provided on the site, we will now be moderating the comments placed on this site.

I apologize for any inconvience this causes.

All the best,
Teia Collier
Capitol Moms

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Cesar Chavez Schools Upcoming Open Houses

The Cesar Chavez Schools for Public Policy are having their fall recruiting open houses on the following dates.

Capitol Hill Campus, 709 12th St. SE, accepting applications for incoming 9th graders, Feb28 at 5:30pm.
Parkside Campus, 3701 Hayes St. NE, accepting applications for incoming 6th and 7th graders, Feb 27 at 5:30pm.
Chavez Prep, Open House at the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, at the intersection of Lamont and 16accepting applications for incoming 6th graders, Feb26 at 5:30pm.

Does Northern Virginia need an International School?

If you are curious and want more information, join a group of bilingual, multicultural parents in Northern Virginia is trying to gauge interest in opening an international school similar in style to the Coeus School.

For more information, see below.

Please join us! Parents, equity investors and
other interested parties are welcome to attend.

Where: Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue East, Vienna , VA 22180
When: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Mary Kay Alegre at mkalegre@verizon. net. Please provide your name and describe your interest in the project. If you have school aged children, please provide their current grades. If you can not make the session, but would like to express your interest, please email us with the same information. We will include you on any future email correspondence.

Thanks to Angela Maria Velasquez for the information about the upcoming event!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Stroller Strides - Try a class

The other afternoon on Yummy Mummy, they featured a stroller class and now that Z is out of the sling and carrier and a full-time stroller baby, I thought that this would be something cool to look into.

So I got in the google mode and found Stroller Strides, and by the look of things, lots of other area Mommies have gotten the word about stroller fitness, there are 12 different locations just in the DC area -- everywhere from Arlington to Union Station to Gaithersburg. Also, also on their really user-friendly site, is a really neat deal. Try a free class, usually single classes run $15, but they are offering this program to get the word out and let women try it out.

My Z and I just signed up and we will try one of the upcoming Saturday classes, probably at the Union Station location. We'll write an update and let y'all know how it all comes out.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Stork Magazine and Runway Moms

While I was pregnant with my Z, I loved catching Runway Moms on Discovery Health. Runway Moms is a 30-minute show telling the story of Expecting Models, an agency specializing in pregnant and nursing models, by profiling a model mom-to-be through her pregnancy and into the early days of life at home. It was such fun and a great way to learn tips and tidbits while being wonderfully entertained.

Now, Runway Moms is just starting season 2 and it's full of great new stories. But Liza at Expecting Models has a great new baby as well, Stork Magazine, a fun e-zine that supplements Runway Moms, with great info and fabulous mom-prenuer profiles (see section Moms We Love).

Mommy and Me at the Movies - Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

DC Baby has just posted something fabulous for Mommies in the area. Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse on Columbia Pike has started a new Mommy and Me series starting March 6. Tickets run about $5.50 for movies about a month off of other theatres.

Also on Monday, 2/12, they are showing a special feature of Charlotte's Web at 4:30pm for $1 admission.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Diaper Baggies: Controling the Funk One Diaper at a time

Through our search for fabulous mom-prenuers, Capitol Moms came to meet one fabulous Tasha Collier of Diaper Baggies. She has come up with this oh-so-needed funk controlling idea, a stinky diaper bag with a zip top and opague color that really controls the terrific odor that little ones can cook up while disguising the contents.

And after about a week of using them, I can say that they really work! They can control the funk that my Huggies size 4 Z can cook up (who knew that little turds could stink so much) and look cute while doing it.

Try them out, you can order a free sample of Diaper Baggies at and full-size packs of 40 at

Thursday, January 25, 2007

momAgenda: Planners for the Busy Mommy

Today something fabulous came in the mail, a beautiful, fushia pink day planner. When I opened the package, I squealed with delight. My hubby looked at it and just grinned.

It is cute, feminine and practical. It's covered in this really delicious stain resistant fabric in colors that you just don't find everywhere. It is a momAgenda, a planner designed just for the busy mommies of the world, just like us.

There are places to jot notes to yourself, planning playdates, supper, and all the other little things that pop up in your universe. There are addresses to fun websites, the numbers to the major airlines (something that I am always looking for at the most in-opportune times), and a re-fillable section called MomEssentials where you can put phone numbers, addresses and important dates, like your best friend's new baby's birthday.

It's just pretty enough that I will want to use it everyday. For more products, to see who else loves their momAgenda like Felicity Huffman and Real Simple Magazine and to get exclusive deals and promotions, check out their site at

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Livie and Luca: Stepping in Style

Recently Capitol Moms was contacted by a fellow local mom-prenuer. She is Amie Garcia of Livie and Luca, a shoe company specializing in European style footwear for kiddies. They are housed here in Arlington and Z and I went to the site to see what the buzz is all about...what we found was simply adorable. "Adorable shoes for adorable feet" really fits. Great colors, simple, fun styling and a user-friendly site.

The sweet pair pictured to the right are Emma's red tassles, seemed to catch my Z's curious eye. There are about twelve different styles, everything from a fabulous little Brown Elephant to a cute Viva Futbol in tan or red, and they come in sizes 3.5 to 10. So you are sure to find pair to fit your little one.

There are several ways to order: online at, by phone, 1-800 LIV.LUCA or by hosting a shoe party. Check the site for more details.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Little treats from Shoebox Ovens

The other day through Daily Candy, we discovered a wonderful little bakery, Shoebox Ovens, "a very merry little bakery" here in Arlington. The bakery is run by the fabulous Krishna and they specialize in unique, baked-to-order goodies that you just will not anywhere else.

I ordered the Canales. They remind me of little, bite-sized creme brulees that you don't need a spoon for. The burnt sugar crust and creamy middle... yum!!! And my food lovin' hubby agreed. Seriously addictive.

Check out her site, It's beautiful, the only way to order, the pictures are lovely and accurate. The goodies look just as good when they arrive to you as they do in the picture.