Monday, December 29, 2008

Getting Prepared to make resolutions Stick: Best Tools

Every year, we make resolutions. I think that about 50% of people actually stick with them. Here are a few tools that can help.

... Getting the Finances in Order...meet Real Simple's Finance Organizer.
An easy-to-use pocket binder with grids, layouts and hints to make creating a budget and "hopefully" sticking to it a breeze.

Shop here, www.realsimple.com

To purchase, click here

...Being ready for baby in any room in the house....meet Sarah Bear Baskets.
Great basket caddies, that can go from room to room and can match almost any decor. I swear by these and recommend getting at least 2 and keeping them well-stocked.


Shop here, www.sarabearbaskets.com

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Coffee for mom and Rock for Kids: Kids' Shows at Jammin' Java

With almost daily performances at Vienna's Jammin' Java, there is sure to be something for your little one to love including the fabulous Miss Belle, Rocknoceros, Oh Susannah and The Banjo Man.

It's a great way to get your coffee fix and watch your little one rock it.

For more information, visit Jammin' Java at www.jamminjava.com

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Holiday Giveaway: Disney Soundtrack Gift Pack



Tis the season for giveaways and good things that we love to share.

Capitol Moms and Walt Disney Records have put together an awesome CD holiday prize pack with three of their biggest soundtracks of this year: Camp Rock featuring Demi Lovado and the Jonas Brothers, Bolt and the Disney Box Office Hits compilation (my personal favorite of the group).

This grouping is a sure fire way to make a teen very happy, but keep them, give them away or indulge in a little early morning shower singing.

To enter, simply sign-up for our newsletter to right and you are automatically entered to win.

Here comes Santa and a booksigning at Kinderhaus

This weekend and next bring your camera and capture the moment that Santa visits Clarendon toy store Kinderhaus, 1220 N Fillmore St in Arlington for a couple of hours.



While there, you can get your copy of the sweet, children's book (perfect for a unique Christmas present or gift to children coming in for Inauguration, "Call Me Madame President." personalized by the author, Sue Pyatt. Also, available in our amazon store, to the right.

Santa details:
Sunday December 7 3-4:30pm
Sunday December 14 3-4:30pm

Monday, December 01, 2008

Christmas Giveaway: Mannheim Steamroller Christmasville

Here at Capitol Moms and DC Mama, we love to Hook A Mama Up. We've got our hands on some really sweet Christmas music that we would love to share. Just sign up for our newsletter and you are automatically entered to win.

If you haven't signed up yet, just enter in the "Sign Up Box" to the right.

Here's a taste of their first single, LISTEN HERE.

Mannheim Steamroller's new album "Christmasville" is a cherry mix perfect for your holiday party with classics from The Grinch. We have been listening to it for about a week now and my little ones just happily bounce along.


Available from Amazon in our store.

12 Days of Christmas Recipes with Food Network.



UPDATE: We tried these on Wednesday and they rock. The chocolate and the creamy nuts with the coconut -- seriously good, like an upscale Mounds bar.

Ok so every year, I look forward to getting the 12 Days of Christmas Cookie newsletter from Food Network.

Here's a teaser from today's newsletter. Alton Brown's Paradise Macaroons. They look seriously yummy with all that coconut, chocolate and toasted macadamia nuts.

Click here to access the recipe. Yum!

Click here to watch Alton make them.

Picture: Scripps Howard - www.foodnetwork.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Financially Fit Kids Tips from Citibabes and Joline Godfrey

As a busy mama, with a small business, full time job and 2 kids under the age of 3, I am always looking for places and opportunities to make my life and those of my clients easier. One of my favorite sites to scour is Citibabes, a NY based, family lifestyle center with indoor play area, classes and a first class boutique -- it is a must stop on your NYC tour.

But another great resource is their CitiScoop Newsletter, chock full of tips and resources, here is an excerpt of one that I thought timely to share.

Financially Fit Kids Tips

1) Teach Kids to Walk Their Talk: Decide what is really important and let kids know that their choices show their values.

2) Introduce an alternative to Stuff.

3) Adopt a family.

4) Share your holiday budget with kids: Let them track it, discuss which are the best ways to spend the money and create an excellent teaching moment.

5) Write letters. Share your hopes and dreams for them and encourage them to send them to aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Keep them for posterity and to have a special keepsake for years to come.

For more tips and to learn more about Citibabes, visit www.citibabes.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ahh, the sales begin, 25% off online Bravado!



Shop at www.bravadodesigns.com, CM's personal recommendation is the Body Silk Seamless, it's a dreamy wear with great support!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A chance to win a $200 AMEX gift card from DC Mama


We know the economy is a hot topic for debate now, and Capitol Moms and DC Mama want to know how you feel about it.

Is this picture an accurate description?

Share your opinion and enter to win a $200 AMEX gift certificate from DC Mama, courtesy of TodaysMama.

Click here to enter the survey and be sure to enter your email for a chance to win.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

EVENT: A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops, particularly Shop "N" Tot


The JLW's annual A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops are up and running. The event features 70 unique boutiques all together in one place for your shopping delight. But there is one event that I am particularly looking to visit, this year's Shop'N'Tot.

Join the Junior League of Washington for a fun family friendly event, featuring cupcake decorating, a puppet show, arts and crafts, and special guest authors, Cheryl Barnes of Where's Nat? and Leslie Young of Plaid. Mr. Skip will also be entertaining.

Festivities are just $25 per family and will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Hall A, 2660 Woodley Rd NW; Washington, DC 20008.

For more information, visit www.jlw.org

Credit:JLW

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

oooh, Label Love: Alice + Oliva at Gilt Groupe


Ok, so I admit it. I do have some label love, but I don't always love paying Label prices and here's where Gilt Groupe comes in. Luxury Labels at Sample Sale prices what's not to love, but it's an invitation only club.

Here's your invitation.

Follow the link,http://www.gilt.com/invite/teia,

Accept the invitation.

Get access to some of the sweetest sales this side of a clearance rack.

Happy shopping,
Teia


Pic: courtesy of the Gilt Groupe (A+O decoblock dress)

Date Night - Arlington: Cassatt's Kiwi Cafe and Gallery

Wednesday was date night for us. A whole night without the babies, a perfect night for laid-back leisurely eating and adult conversation.

Since we live in Arlington, we were looking to eat somewhere near by and Cassatt's came to mind. We got there around 6:30pm. The seating area was quiet, but the smells of roast chicken and something luscious met us at the door.

I found the Early Kiwi Menu, a three course dinner with a variety of options for $18.95, a great treat for me and Dear Hubby chose to go a different route, with New Zealand Mussels on corn and black beans and the dreamy Lamb Pie. I choose the Warm Beet Salad, a tasty blend of sweet, burgundy roasted beets with toasted walnuts and a creamy, tart goat cheese on blend of organic greens dressed with a mild molasses dressing. It was delicious and whet my appetite for more.

I was torn between the roast lamb and the pan-roasted chicken breast, after watching a happy diner receive the chicken. I followed in suite and loved every bite. My chicken was perfectly cooked, still moist and flavorful in a creamy pesto cream sauce with sauteed mushrooms and sweet red peppers. Afterwards, while contemplating the last time we went to dinner minus kids, it was time to drift into dessert and were happily greeted with a volumputous slice of Pavlova, an airy, mildly sweet merienge, decorated with surprisingly berries, kiwi and creamy whipped cream.

Ah, a sigh still escapes me at the thought of the Pavlova. What I love about Cassatt's is nice. Nice enough to go on a date night, but not so much that lingering is discouraged. Kids are welcome, but the restauraunt is not a playground. And the meal was fabulous and reasonably priced, I dare say a good deal for all that we enjoyed.

It was a treat on all grounds covered. I have to say that we'll be back in the near future, maybe even to try the Brunch of Ricotta Pancakes and coffee.

To visit or learn more about Cassatt's Kiwi Cafe, visit http://www.cassattscafe.com/

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Luxury Brands for Your Baby at Sample Sale Prices: The Mini Social


Oh, who doesn't love luxury brands for your little one. Oodles of lush fabrics, beautiful, different shapes and styles that you just can't find at your neighborhood Target.

Here's your answer.... the invitation only, great find place for "mommy, baby and child" The Mini Social and we've brought an exclusive deal that will grant you access to club and $10 off of your first purchase by entering DCMAMA10 at the checkout line.

This week's sales include Babysusu, Nest, and Babylicious. Coming soon are Petunia Pickle Bottom, Umi Shoes and Neige.

To join the club and receive your treat, enter DCMAMA10 when you visit www.theminisocial.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good Eats and Green Gift Options from Spoon Catering


Ok, so we've started holiday shopping and preparations. We've decided that since so many of our friends are going "green" and requesting gifts as such -- at our house and Capitol Moms has decided that a good portion of our gifts will be consumables, treats and eats, and other gifts that have multiple uses.

Recently, we were introduced to the goodies from Spoon Catering. We received the Breakfast in Bed basket and oh my mercy. It is fabulous and the granola is addictive. From the easy to use and equally delicious pancake mix, strawberry jam, better than my usual Starbucks, Fair Trade coffee and the knock-your-socks-off Granola -- we made surprise guests and picky children extremely happy without missing our Saturday games.

What's even better is that the gift comes to you wrapped beautifully in a reusable basket and tins that we have already started to use to round up those random crayons that end up littering the floor.

To get your own and to try their other products, visit www.spoonnyc.com

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Yummy Election Day Treats! Rewards for Voting

Sport your "I-Voted" Sticker today to earn some snazzy rewards.

* Participating Gifford's locations will be dishing up a FREE 12 oz. hot chocolate to those that proudly wear their stickers. For more information and locations, visit http://www.giffords.com/

* Chef Spike's Capitol Hill establishment, Good Stuff Eatery, will give you a free cookie or brownie with your order to celebrate your civic spirit.

And if you haven't already, get out there and VOTE!

Friday, October 31, 2008

EVENT: 13th Annual Multicultural Book Festival at the Kennedy Center 11/1/08

The Kennedy Center invites all children, parents, and educators to the 13th Annual Multicultural
Children's Book Festival.

Held this year on two floors, to accommodate the growing attendance for this annual event! In the
Grand Foyer and on the KC Roof Level.

Celebrate Family Literacy Day and bring the entire family to meet your favorite authors, listen to celebrity book readings, and enjoy performances, participatory workshops, illustration demonstrations, and more.
Presented by the Kennedy Center Education Department.

FREE EVENT. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.

Oh Susanna! at Spill the Beans Grand Opening Celebration

News from local mama Donna Memmo, founder of Spill the Beans....

We're excited to announce our Grand Opening Celebration will be this Friday, October 31st! (yes, Halloween!)

The folks of Ft. Hunt Centre will be joining us in celebrating Halloween,
too! So bring your trick-or-treaters by and they can trick-or-treat their way
from Ft. Hunt Animal Hospital (Furry Trick-or-Treaters are welcome at the
Animal Hospital as well!), to Spill the Beans, to Ft. Hunt Dry Cleaners, to I
Love Nails, to Ft. Hunt Hair Design!

4 pm: Bring your kids in for another after school singalong with Mr. Skip!
What better way to start off your trick-or-treating evening than with a
singalong and a coffee to take with?!

While supplies last, on Halloween, will be featuring Bob's Famous Globs! If
you've not yet tried these fabulous cookies, trust us, they are worth the
trip!

Throughout the day, in celebration of our Grand Opening, we will be having
free Spill the Beans t-shirt giveaways and holding a Guess How Many Chocolate
Covered Coffee Beans are in the Jar contest, as well as other fun activities!

See you on Halloween!

Your Friends at Spill the Beans!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Playdates in the Kitchen: Family - Fun at Home


Over the last couple of months, I have been looking for ways to entertain my little ones while sharing my love for food and cooking while not feeling like I've been sucked into the Kiddie-ville land of random ball shaped foods.

Recently, we received a copy of Kitchen Playdates by Lauren Deen (Chronicle Books). It's a beautiful book with bright, detailed pictures and clear, detailed instructions. As a cookbook aficionado, I loved it, but after trying it realized that some of the recipes are a tad expensive and a touch too-exotic and "adult" for my little ones, 2 year old and 10 months. So I tried the recipes out on some of my favorite mamas and papas and they were hits!

Kitchen Playdates is a great starting point for some rockin ideas and fun way to entertain in a family-friendly way.

Available for purchae at www.amazon.com or www.chroniclebooks.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

See Kai Run's Big Blog Giveaway

Capitol Moms and See Kai Run have come together for a great Fall giveaway in honor of the change of seasons and the recent launch of their new Smaller line. To see previous CM coverage, click here

Here's how you what you could win:




Here's how you win:
Send an email to info@capitolmoms.org (info(AT)capitolmoms.org) with "See Kai Run" in the subject line. Tell Capitol Moms your favorite Fall Family Activity. Be sure to include your mailing address, desired size and contact information.

See more of their line and shop at www.seekairun.com
Good luck!
- CM

Ready to "Inform, Enrich and Inspire" local mamas - DC Mama hits the city!

Teia Collier, founder of Capitol Moms Motherhood Resource Service, has joined forces with the Today's Mama family to launch DC Mama coming live and in full force on November 10, 2008.

We look forward to celebrating Motherhood with monthly events, local mom-prenuer spotlights, exclusive partnerships, sales and deals with local and national shops and boutiques, exclusive family finds for the area that are sure to make DC sparkle. Look for The DC Mama Handbook coming in the fall of 2009.

To learn more, visit www.dcmama.com

Thursday, October 02, 2008

CM Reads Review: City Walks with Kids DC - Enjoy the city like a tourist, only better.


We were looking for something fun and cheap to do with our kids, without leaving the city and without a lot of planning.... enter City Walks with Kids DC, a glove box keeper. City Walks actually makes it easy to pick a card, pack a diaper back and just go.

City Walks with Kids DC by Ingrid Roper Catron is a keeper for our family. It's a day trip in a box, well actually about 50 kid-friendly day trips with maps in a box. Each card is chock full of information for an easy family outing: 4 to 5 stops, touristy and local haunts alike plus a fun place for a treat and little snippets of trivia to make the trip lively. Our favorite component is the tri-fold map that connects all the trips together and prevents our favorite habit of getting lost in a city that we love.

It's a must for new families in the area or natives that have never been around to see the sites.

Available for $14.95 at www.Chronicle Books.com

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Busytown at Imagination Stage starts today, Sept. 27

UPDATE: We took Zenora and Sollie to go see this show on Sunday afternoon and it was adorable. There was the sounds of little giggles and smiles from the audience and an adorable set. I have to say it's an amazing show that keeps my 2 year old's attention. As an educator and mom, I love the literacy encouraging elements of the show as well as the catchy songs and age appropriate content. It's an excellent show! Catch it before it goes.


Thankfully, my little girl is a reader (well-pre-reader) and my little boy is a book-eater, but I am confident that it will turn into a love of reading and one of their favorites are the Richard Scarry books featuring Busytown.

The super-fabulous folks at Imagination Stage, known for great children's theater, have created a special show for those aged 2 and up. Here's a short blurb about the show.

Big day today!” is how the characters greet each other in Busytown, Richard Scarry’s vividly drawn world. As the day unfolds, Grocer Cat, Stitches the Tailor, and Alfalfa the Farmer tell of their jobs in silly songs and scenes. One catchy number explores vehicles from the Broom O’Cycle to the Pickle Car, another, sung by Able Charlie Baker, describes goodies from donuts to biscotti, and there’s even a sea shanty from Captain Salty. Young children love to see their favorite animal characters brought to life while older siblings enjoy this tuneful trip down memory lane!
Enjoyed by all ages!


It runs today through November 2.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.imaginationstage.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dear readers...

Thank you for your patience and continued support in our extended break. We took some much needed rest and recharge time.

Now we are up and running again... like the busy, multi-taskers that we are. We look forward to launching our new format in the upcoming weeks as we strive to bring the best and the brightest to your in-box and door-step.

For more information on partnering or other goodies you'd love to see, drop us a line at info@capitolmoms.org

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Kids Busy Box: Hours of Fun


Let me tell you about a fabulous product created by local Rockville mamas that I love for my Zenora, The Kids Busy Box - Deluxe Edition. It is a craft box with instructions and everything (and I mean everything) that your little artist needs to be able to create fun stuff.

The first thing we made was the little royalty crown. It occupied my daughter for 45 minutes as she put little stars on a crown and watched the glue dry. It was crazy easy and a very precious gift to a busy mama -- time. We laughed, took pics and watched her talk about colors and shapes while building another great memory.

I recommend that every house have at least one of these kits; it's a lifesafer and a great present for grampies and nanas too.

Happy crafting. To get yours visit, www.kidsbusybox.com

Thursday, August 07, 2008

SALE: Tent Sale at Shoe Fly in Arlington

Hey Other Shoe loving Mamas-

The fabulous Shoe-fly is having their annual tent sale this Saturday, August 9 from 10am - 4pm. Here is a little from their ad.

"A glimpse of prices YOU will find at the tent sale:

SHOES - $10, $20, $30 piles
BOOTS - $20, $30, $40 piles
HANDBAGS - $12, $20, $30 bins
JEWELRY - $3-$8


Please keep in mind, tent sale items are final sales. Items are sold in as-is condition. No gift wrapping for tent sale items. Please try and use cash for sales $10 or less.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Location of Tent Sale: 2727 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Note: Tent Sale at Arlington, VA Location ONLY"

Happy Shopping!

Follow-up to Panera Bread and INOVA Fairfax Event

Congratulations to Baby Bryce! His namesake bagel will be served at local Panera bakeries starting August 1st.




To locate your local Panera, visit www.panerabread.com

Yum - Free Ciao Bella Gelato Scoops



As a part of Ciao Bella's 100,000 scoop summer "Discover-Savor-Share" tour, the Ciao Bella Swirl will be visiting local shops, including the Clarendon Whole Foods (8/13; 4pm-7pm) and the Pentagon City Harris Teeter (8/15; 4pm-7pm) doling out free scoops along the way.

For a listing of local hot stops, visit http://www.ciaobellagelato.com

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Real Mom Eats: Tortilla Pizzas

At my house, as parents of two little ones, full time jobs and running a small business, we find that we are pressed for time and often hungry. One of our go-to snacks are Tortilla Pizzas. With as little as 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes, you can have a yummy snack that even my two year old will eat.

Here's what we use:
4 flour tortillas
Jarred Spaghetti Sauce (we like Newman's Own Marinara or Ragu' Robusto), about 2 tablespoons per tortilla
Shredded Cheese (we like use Sargento's 4 Cheese Italian)
An oiled cookie sheet
Any other toppings you like, we use shredded spinach, sausage, leftover chicken, ect.

Preheat the oven to 425F.
Place the the tortillas on the oiled cookie sheet.
Spread about 2 tablespoons of sauce per tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and toppings.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly with golden brown edges.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Date night: Resturaunt Week is coming to DC and Bethesda


Three reasons why you should take part of this DC area tradition

1) It's an excuse to go out to a nice restaurant.
2) You and the hubby need some adult time.
3) You get to eat really good food and get all dolled up.

With more than 200 dining establishments participating, you are bound to find a new favorite.

For DC reservations, visit Open Table

For more information about Bethesda's events, visit www.Bethesda.org

Fun treat: Trunk Show in the Hamptons, August 21, 2008, 10am - 4pm


Citibabes, a rockin' one-stop place of family love in New York, has teamed up with your favorite children's brands like Marie Chantal, Hatch, Pink Chicken to put on a trunk show in the Hamptons. It sounds like a fun treat for mom and the little ones with activities and childcare on-site. What's not to love?

To RSVP: send an email to retail@citibabes.com

EVENT: Family-Friendly Environmental Festival, "Outdoors at Mammoth"



This looks to be a super-cool event for those that want to trek to Mammoth Lakes, CA for a last-minute summer vacation before school gets rolling. It is geared to families with children aged 5-16, but all are welcome.

For more information, visit www.outdoorsinmammoth.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pre-season sale at Harold's


As I have said before, I love a good sale and I've made a decision about my wardrobe. Let go of the sentimental attachment and only wear things that make me feel and look fabulous -- like a hip mama without the curse of "mommy jeans".

That being said, one of my favorite haunts for great basics is Harold's. I discovered them while I was in Dallas and was pleasantly surprised to find one at Tyson's II.

Right now, is their pre-season sale. You can find great pieces at up to $75 off -- now that's a good deal.

Visit Harold's at www.harolds.com or for more savings try, www.haroldscloseout.com

Everyday luxuries at The Silken Thread


Not everyday, do I run across a great shop. I tend to find, like most moms, a few favorites and occasionally, venture out to try a new one. The Silken Thread, an online embroidery boutique by local mama Laura Swanstrom Reece, is one of those great finds.

With treats like Bon Bon dresses and rompers, Irish linen bibs and the sweetest little embroidered shoes, you are sure to find a treat at The Silken Thread. Above is a glimpse of some of the goodies available.

As a special treat to Capitol Moms readers, enter the code "CAPMOMS" to receive 20% off of your purchase. Shop at www.thesilkenthread.com

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

CM Reads: Jude Deveraux's Return to Summerhouse


I am a reader, always have, probably always will be, and when it gets hot outside, I love to curl up under the ceiling fan and read. Now that I have little ones, nap time is a time to squeeze in a few pages between laundry, blog posts and dinner prep.

One of my latest reads is Jude Deveraux's Return to Summerhouse, available in our Amazon Store and at local booksellers nationwide.

This is the story of three women, Amy, Zoe and Faith, unexpected friends in need of healing, that come together with the help of Madame Zoya to step back in time to undo a tragedy of the past. The journey to the 18th century teaches them about love, healing, friendship and the power of choices.

Return to Summerhouse was a fast, satisfying read that tugged my heartstrings that made me smile in the end.

Now Showing at Imagination Stage: The Neverending Story, June 24 through August 10



The children's classic by Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is now showing at Bethesda's Imagination Stage. Most suitable for children ages 6 and up.

Here's a little about the show.

"A thrilling adventure tale in the epic spirit of The Lord of the Rings, The Neverending Story begins with a lonely boy, Bastian, who sneaks up to his school’s attic to read. There, he discovers the land of Fantastica, whose Childlike Empress is dying. Bastian follows the brave Atreyu as he searches for her cure, losing his horse in the Swamp of Sadness, befriending a flying dragon and outwitting the Werewolf Gmork. But when Atreyu returns to the Empress empty-handed, it is Bastian whose courage must be tested."

To watch video about the show, click here or visit, http://www.imaginationstage.org/home.htm

To read the book and get a copy, visit our Amazon Store by clicking here.

Spa Mommy Treats: Indulge Mobile Spa opens in Annadale

The fabulous ladies, Tammy Carmon and Cameo Person, at Indulge Mobile Spa have landed themselves a home in Annadale. Offering yummy services like a Chocolate-infused Inch Loss Body Wrap, Peppermint-infused Body Wrap, and Kalahari Melon Seed Massage a mom is sure to find a service to tone the body, calm the nerves and delight her senses.

All services are offered on an appointment-only basis at the Sunrise Wellness Center or can be scheduled at the location of your choice.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call 703-732-2414 or visit, www.indulgemobilespa.net

Mary Kay Apple Berry: Look Good and Do Good



Excerpt from MK website:
"Join Mary Kay in its first global effort to make a difference around the world. When you buy Beauty That Counts™ Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in Apple Berry, Mary Kay will donate 100 percent of its profits from the sale of this lipstick to change the lives of women and children around the world. As part of this effort, in the United States, Mary Kay Inc. is proud to support Break the Cycle in its efforts to stop domestic violence before it starts"

To shop and to see more of the New Mary Kay, visit www.marykay.com/teia

Thursday, June 26, 2008

American Girl Sweepstakes and Turner Classic Movies, Jr.


Ok, I admit it. I used to love watching Sunday night movies with the family. Sometimes it was The Wonderful World of Disney, sometimes it was a classic movie or something fun on tape, but now Turner Classic Movies has something cool happening all summer long -- Sunday Night Classic Movies on TCM Jr. hosted by Chris O'Donnell and Abigail Breslin, especially for the family with classics like Roman Holiday and Yours, Mine and Ours. You are bound to find something to enjoy with some fresh, popped corn -- yum!

For a schedule and showtimes, visit http://www.tcm.com/2008/essentialsjr/schedule/


And for all of you, American Girl fans, be sure to check out the sweepstakes at the link above.

"DaBib" is da bomb! - "A Bib that has got your baby covered"

With an adjustable, scrunchy neck, waterproof backing, crumb catcher pocket and absorbent fabrics in a generous size, I'm calling DaBib one of my favorites.

Capitol Moms recently tested 2 of our new favorite bibs. They survived both a hungry 2 year old with spaghetti sauce wearing a pale pink dress (any one that has ever been there knows the insanity of that) and a juicy, juicy teething infant. Both children's church clothes still looked like church clothes without any tugging and pulling. I rocked and Hubby approved.

I know why Daily Candy and others are shouting the DaBib's praises. To get one of your own, visit www.dabib.com, enter code MOM2008 at checkout for 10% off.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Taming the Chaos with Busy Body Book Organizers



Capitol Moms favorite BusyBodyBook Family Organizers have gotten even better with 2 new products that you are bound to love:

1) The Personal and Family Organizer with a weekly grid format, sturdy plastic overlay, pockets at the front and back covers to store "the stuff" and my favorite, the "to doodles" page to write those, all-too-important "forget me not notes".



2) The undated Fridge Pad - with a magnet at the back and enough space to write the we-need-it list and see everyone's schedule at a glance, makes this a favorite at my house.

To order, visit www.busybodybook.com

Friday, June 13, 2008

One for me, one for you -- See Kai Run and Soles4Souls


Good thing alert:

See Kai Run to match all sales in June for one for one to give a fabulous pair of shoes to those that need it most through a donation to Soles4Souls.

The deal gets even sweeter with free shipping for purchases of $60 and over.

Check it out at www.seekairun.com

Friday, June 06, 2008

4 Sun Safety Tips from the Mommy Docs

The Mommy Docs, local doctors offering pediatric information and reassurance. Here are 4 tips for sun safety.

Learn the lingo and shop for sunscreen: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Everyone needs a sunscreen with a SPF level of 15 or higher and √Ębroad spectrum coverage (both UVA and UVB rays). Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, sulisobenzone, and mexoryl.

Wear sun protection clothing and gear: Even kids should wear sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection and a wide brim hat. For sun-protective clothing, look for an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30 or greater.

Establish a routine: Make applying sunscreen part of your children's daily routine. Apply it 30 minutes before going out and use enough to cover exposed areas. Don't forget to reapply every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Pack and use sunscreen: Give sunscreen (with application instructions) to your children's camp counselors, babysitters, daycare providers, etc. to ensure reapplication throughout the day.

Visit Mommy Docs at www.mommydocs.com

Monday, June 02, 2008

DC's Celebrate Mama is June 7th - benefiting My Sister's Place DC


Come Celebrate Mama! in DC on June 7th from 11:00 – 4:00 at Lafayette Elementary School Grounds (5701 Broad Branch Road)

The first ever Celebrate Mama! in DC is a FREE event for moms and the whole family! Bring one, bring all for a day of entertainment, arts and crafts, shopping at the 40+ vendor marketplace and community organizations dedicated to serving mamas of all ages and stages! Get ready for raffle prizes, 250 goodie bag giveaways to the first families on site, sing a longs, story time and mamapreneurs! Have a wonderful day celebrating the mom in your life~

There will be donation bins for My Sister’s Place DC – collecting new toiletries and gently used maternity and children’s clothing.

For more information and a schedule of events please log on to www.celebratemama.com/washingtondc

EVENT: Anansi, The Story King at Georgetown


Anansi The Story King
Written & Directed by Nadine George-Graves
Puppet Work by Nana Projects Inc.

June 12th at 7PM, June 13th at 8PM, June 14th at 2PM and 8PM, June 15th at 2PM

In the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University

Tickets are $7 for children and students of all ages and regular admission is $15. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount, please email Tricia Fegley at tlf22@georgetown.edu

A mash-up of the traditional African legend with the Arabian classic Shahrazad, this indoor/outdoor spectacle re-imagines the legend of Anansi the spider - the classical African Diaspora trickster - using storytelling, puppetry, new media, music and dance. A performance for the whole family!

Thanks to Alison C. for the tip!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Something to Swaddle Me In: Baby Star and Petunia Pickle Bottom

Here at Capitol Moms, we are big fans of swaddling. Not only does it help baby feel all nice and snuggly, but I seen a good swaddle soothe, calm and help a baby rest better and what mom doesn't love that.

Here are a couple of our favorite swaddling blankets:

Baby Star's Star Swaddler is an environmentally-friendly luxurious, plush blanket that is lightweight, in great colors like lavender, chocolate, yellow and celery green, in fun combinations with an adorable star that will make this a blanket a favorite for years to come.

On sale now, $33 at www.babystar.com

Petunia Pickle Bottom's Swaddling Blankets Gift Set is a must-give, if only for its' long-enough-to-wrap-baby-in size. The soft, stretchy, 100% organic cotton in gentle patterns that are sure to please, make it an everyday go-to favorite. Check out the coordinating organic onesies -- equally fabulous favorites.

Available on-line at www.zarabella.com and www.babysyle.com

Friday, May 16, 2008

Glass Addiction by Mark Jellen: Capturing the Imagination



I love beautiful things. In fact, I'm not sure that I have met a woman that doesn't. And occasionally, a mom wants a treat that isn't kid-proof, but rather lovely, delicate and unique -- Glass Addiction by Mark Jellen bring all of those to mind. Mark is a devoted father and artist in Nebraska. He crafts and hand-blows, one-of-a-kind, couture pieces that you can't find anywhere else. Pictured are some of my favorites.

To order your own custom-crafted piece, click here to visit Mark's site, http://homepage.mac.com/mjellen/Menu7.html.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Carrying stuff: totes to love

Like most moms, I carry a lot of stuff, especially with two it seems like I always putting something in a bag. So, I'm looking for a summer bag to pack everything in and look fabulous while I do it. Here's a few that caught my eye.


Free People's Maui Tote, on sale now for $69.95

A great find from Sekund Magazine, Smarty Pants Shop's custom-made Leather Classic Woven Tote, in 12 great colors like camel, pistachio green and bronze.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Why I Wear Mary Kay...and Girl's Guide to Gorgeous


Ok, girls, I want to share a beauty secret of mine, Mary Kay Cosmetics. I won't tell you that I've never worn another product or even that I don't enjoy other products, because that I would be a big fat lie, but I will share why I wear Mary Kay and chose to add "Independent Mary Kay Consultant" to my other titles. Let me preface this with, this is not your mother's Mary Kay.

For years, I have been on a quest to find the perfect shade, the beautiful chocolate brown that is my skin is difficult to match. I have tried Clinique, Mac, Cover Girl, Revlon, Lancome, Arbonne and Fashion Fair -- some worked better than others, but none made me say, "Wow." Years ago, I had worn Mary Kay, but a couple of months ago, I saw one of those fabulous pink Cadillacs near Ballston, I chased her down and I thought I would give it a try again.

I found a great friend, fabulous shades, that required no blending to match and that flawless finish that I adore (and my husband noticed). I found a system that allowed me to pamper myself and look fabulous with minimal effort and expense. It's all about feeling beautiful and Mary Kay helps me do that.

I love to share a good thing and here's your chance, visit www.marykay.com/teia to see the new Mary Kay that brought me back and to shop online. There are games and quizzes, tips and trends. To receive, "The Girl's Guide to Gorgeous", send an email to teia@marykay.com

Have fun,
Teia

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mother's Day Mini Spa hosted by the SingleMamaPrenuers

Thanks Maxine of www.tranquilblessings.com for the tip.

Who are the event coordinators: SingleMamaPreneurs
"Living out or dreams as successful entrepreneurs of the Single Mama persuasion!!"
(www.singlemamapreneurs.com)

Where: Rose's Dream 1370 H. St. N.E. Washington, D.C.

When: May 10, 2008 Saturday before Mother's Day
Time: 4pm - 8pm

This is an Appointment-based Event only, Entry will only be obtained with a Pre-Paid Package. There are packages available for little Princesses as well as well as Mom and Dad.

For more information, please visit www.singlemamapreneurs.com or call us at 240-286-5542.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Join local mamas at today's Celebrate Mama - Bethesda event

Celebrate Mama, a local event for "moms of all ages and stages" is being held today in Bethesda from 11am -4pm, free of charge at Downtown Bethesda Row. It's going to be fun time and great way to meet local mamas and shop -- just in time for Mother's Day.

For more information, visit http://www.celebratemama.com/loc_main.asp?L_ID=1015

Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Mother's Day from Fluerville!



Fluerville is offering a fabulous gift to moms - 35% off everything on their site until May 11th -- use code 4MOMS35 --- happy shopping!

Visit www.fluerville.com

Appoint yourself the "Good Fairy" and pass it on!

Do something good today.

This morning, I was the recipient of a RAOK (Random Act of Kindness). I was having a rough morning, things just were not flowing as they should have, my plan for the day started off badly and I was in a funk. The RAOK was simple, but it made my day. I didn't know this person or them me, but I know that she made my day and I want someone else to feel that moment of bliss and good will.

With so much negativity around and being publicized -- make it a point to "Play Nice" and make someone's day.

Pass it on!
Teia

Local DC Area Weekend Happenings...

This weekend, Capitol Moms will hopping around the area. Some fun events will be:

* A Day for Every Busy Woman, a day of pampering and education, at The Waterford at Fair Oaks

* Rock'n'Tot, local kid's dance party, at DC's Ultra-Bar

* Thomas Jefferson's Library has been recreated and is on view at the Library of Congress

* Alexandria's Earth Day at Ben Breman Park from 10-2pm

Good tastes at Urban Tastes


As a mama with a healthy appetite, I want to share Urban Tastes by local chef Megan Adams.

Each week, Megan crafts a rotating menu with healthy, locally grown and organic ingredients. We tried the Fish Stew and it was full of spicy, yummy-goodness, but my absolute favorite was the Mesquite Chocolate Chip cookies.

Look for a unique variety of tasty options at reasonable prices to be helpfully, and thankfully for the busy momma, delivered, twice-a-week to your door.

To order, visit www.urbantastes.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Help us write our book...

Capitol Moms founder, Teia Collier, and Julie Belgard of Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington are teaming up to edit a book of bump to baby stories. We need the whole range of stories from the warm, funny to the touching and dramatic to create a balanced book. Here's our letter to moms.

Dear Moms,

Every mom has a baby story--from finding out they are pregnant to the actual birth and beyond. These are wonderful, bonding stories, both funny and dramatic, and we realized that there are very few formats in which to share them.

We are working on editing a book of bump to baby stories--particularly how you found out you were pregnant, how you told your partner/family/friends/boss.... and then what came next, and are collecting the stories of mothers around the country to be featured.

We would love to share your story along with our own. Please feel free to email your story at: bumpstories@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Julie and Teia

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sample Sale Alert: Petunia Pickle Bottom -- April 22-28

Who doesn't love a great bag, and I have to admit PPB makes some fabulous ones. The Semi-Annual Sample Sale is a great way to grab one at a great price. Pre-register and note that styles run out quickly, so stop in early.

To register, visit http://www.petuniaoutlet.com/register/

Coming April 28th - Capitol Moms Members Connect

Shhh...we've been keeping a project under wraps, but I wanted share our upcoming baby.

Capitol Moms Members Connect.

We are creating an exclusive community where mothers can share, network and celebrate their motherhood journey while getting tips on the latest and greatest, partake in special members-only events and have access to Capitol Moms personalized services at a discounted, members-only rate.

More details coming soon....

EVENT: A Day for Every Busy Woman, April 26th, The Waterford at Fair Oaks


Fun Event Alert!!!

The creators of the quarterly Every Busy Woman Guide are having their fifth annual "A Day for Every Busy Woman". There will be shopping, massages, education -- 2 separate tracks one for personal and one for business development. It's gonna be fun and I can't wait.

Here's a blurb from their site:
You need a day just for you!
If you’re a busy woman who could use a day for yourself and your gal pals, please join us April 26, 2008 for everything you love – all in one place! The 5th Annual A Day for Every Busy Woman conference is the one day a year you’ve looked forward to – all your favorites plus more shopping, seminars to help you focus on business and personal areas of your busy life, and pampering!


To register for the event, visit www.adayforeverybusywoman.com

Also, as a special treat, women in the military, along with soldiers wives and mothers receive a special discount pay only $5 for the whole event.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Five minutes with Debbie Jacobson, Baltimore Mama and Producer of What's Next?


Capitol Moms founder, Teia Collier, spent a few minutes chatting with the inspiring and highly-motivated, mama of 4(soon to be 5) Debbie Jacobson, producer of Retirement Living's new lifestyle reality show, What's Next?. With our parents getting older and heading toward this new stage in life and already rolling around in it, I found this interview particularly interesting.

Here are a few highlights:

Tell me about What's Next?
It is inspired and started with my dad. He thought he had it all figured out, a plan laid out and then he abruptly got there. And it was all different. It was like someone changed the rules and he was left answering the question, "How do you spend then rest of your life?" What's Next? is a reality show where we walk with a retiree and help them answer that question for themselves. We cover topics like how navigate the complicated Social Security system to learning how to downsize. Every episode leaves the participant (and viewers) knowing a little more and armed with some tools to make their lives easier.

That's incredible, so you're a producer and a mama of four, soon to be five. How do you balance?
Honestly, sometimes the balance is blind. But it does help that most of kids are in school and you do your best. With a 12, 10, 5, 2 and a new one on the way, I depend on my husband as well. He's awesome and my compliment - he does the things that I don't love like dishes and cooking. But I really love working and want to make it work -- I think that having the desire there is really important.

What's your favorite tips for mamas and moms to be?
Be flexible and have patience. Every day will be different, and that's fine. Also read the cues from your own baby -- know that everyone will have advice and not every chart will apply directly to your baby.


What's Next? airs on Retirement Living on Friday's at 2pm, locally on Comcast Channel 8. They also have a supplement website at www.rl.tv with clips and other resources.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sasha B Designs: Little Nursing Luxuries


Recently Capitol Moms stumbled upon a really special company out of Portland, Sasha B Designs. Makers of sweet nursing covers and dreamy soft blankets, Sasha B Designs has found a home here at Capitol Moms.

We tried out the Sage Curly Nursing Cover and the Mint Chocolate Chip Baby Blanket. First thing out of the box, we fell in love with the beautiful presentation, then when we opened the bag out fell two beautiful products. The snap style, curly nursing cover was swiped by my two year old with an "oooh Mommmy" to be claimed as a snuggly. I knew it was a winner when a second reviewer friend commented on its silky, creamy texture as well.

In a variety of colors and in your choice of minky or cotton, you are sure to find a practically, luxurious, hand-crafted favorite at Sasha B Designs.

Also, special for members into the upcoming Capitol Moms Members Connect, launching April 28th, we will be giving away a sweet Sasha B Designs mint chocolate chip blanket -- to enter now and get your first 90 days membership free (a $22.50 value) sign up for the CM newsletter to the right.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

This Momma Likes to Eat -- Delia's Online

Anyone who knows me, knows my love of food, cookbooks and tasty treats.  I bake, broil, try to grill -- though my husband is much better -- and have an affinity for food network and old Southern desserts.  They just make me happy, and I have recently been re-aquainted with an old friend.  The British favorite, Delia Smith.

At Delia's online home you will find, fast dinners, classic treats, elaborate showpieces made simple with helpful tips that have made me look like a rockstar hostess with minimal effort...and who doesn't love that.

Be sure to check out the recipe of the day, the Cheats tips and the How To Cook series (there is a mean buttermilk scone recipe that has bribed many a child.)

To see, what I mean visit, www.deliaonline.com

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Capitol Hill gets a toy store -- Groovyland Toys and Treats

Here's news from their release:

Groovy dc cards & gifts are happy to announce the Opening of GROOVYLAND toys & treats located at 425 8th St. SE on Barracks Row. Please join us for the Opening of Groovyland on Saturday April 12th, located directly across the street from Groovy dc. Groovyland will offer a fun new shopping experience with toys & treats for all ages. Stop in for fun and excitement all day long and Mollie The Clown will be at Groovyland from 1-4 pm to entertain the kids. Groovyland will be participating in Second Saturday so we will be open late with treats for all ages.


Look here for a fun giveaway for Groovyland in the near future.

Lilaguides free at www.Lilaguide.com for a limited time

For a limited time, the makers of the new parent survival and review guide Lilaguide, are giving away free copies for new members to their online site.

For more information, view the full post at Capitol Moms Maternity Edition and to sign-up and receive your copy at www.lilaguide.com

Monday, April 07, 2008

Chatting with Petunia Pickle Bottom Founder DaNai Jones

Capitol Moms founder Teia Collier spent a few minutes chatting with fun, laid-back, new momma and founder of the wildly popular diaper bag and accessory company Petunia Pickle Bottom DeNai Jones.

Here are some of the highlights:

Why Petunia Pickle Bottom? With the encouragement and support of my husband, I sought to fulfill a dream and a void in the market for a diaper bag that was functional, stylish and designed for the mama to serve the needs of the baby, rather than the other way around. There wasn't anything like what we created and after some convincing the stores picked us up -- from there it all began.

How do you balance running a successful company and motherhood? We have a lot of help; our family is here. They help with the boys (she has a brand-new little one) and get to build special memories with their grandparents. Balance is always something that you work at, but it helps that we put our family first.

What's next for Petunia Pickle Bottom? We always have something new on the horizon to keep things interesting and to give our fans something new and exciting. (There are also a new line of slings in coordinating fabrics launching in stores this month.)

What are you carrying now? The Crosstown Clutch. (a CM fave)

What are some of your favorite products that you use with your little ones? I love our swaddling blankets (especially now with a newborn)

To view the new slings and take a look at the stylish Crosstown Clutches that make traveling with a baby a snap, visit www.petuniapicklebottom.com

Loving Summer and Spring at Peanut Shell Slings


Every Spring, the colors come out and I can't seem to fathom using the old ordinary baby carriers in bland, neutral shades of beige, navy and black... and that's why we love Peanut Shell Slings for pouch baby carriers.

Granted there are lovely neutral shades, but I choose Peanut Shell for the fun, designer patterns in great bold shades, the padding that is not bulky, but ups the comfort level and the sweet pocket that lets a busy mom drop in a cell phone and a card and travel hands free.

We tested the pink couture (pictured above) and the retro blue that reverses to a seriously yummy chocolate -- on trend and versatile. Both earned rave reviews from our reviewers (and random bystanders)-- most loved the colors, the comfort and the fact that the babies we tried, seemed all snug and cozy.

To see Peanut Shell's line of pouches, wraps and nursing covers, visit, www.goo-ga.com.

To schedule your personalized consultation and to select products to fit all of your baby needs, visit www.CAPITOLMOMS.org/motherhood.html

Smelling the "Lavender Vanilla and Comfort"


The other day while at Target, I discovered something new, Febreze in nifty decor-ready bottles that are gorgeous enough to leave out, rather than hastily hide under the kitchen cabinet.

It comes in 3 soothing scents, but our personal favorite is Lavender and Vanilla Comfort -- think subtle, clean and soft. We love it at our house. It does all the great things of Febreze, without the industrial bottle.

To get special offers from Febreze, visit www.febreze.com

Friday, April 04, 2008

Baby Star sale ending today


A Capitol Moms favorite, BabyStar makes several lines of seriously luscious textured blankies, burp cloths and bibs. Featured in People, InTouch and Pregnancy, the lines are loved by celeb and local mamas alike.

And I know, it's last minute notice, but at 50%-80% off, you can't miss their customer appreciation sale. It's a great time to try out the products, if you haven't yet.

Shop at http://www.babystar.com/customer-appreciation-sale.php