Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet Patootie

I just got this message from my friend Leslee, the owner of Sweet Patootie (the cutest kids clothes and accessories EVER!!) Definitely check it out and take advantage of this amazing sale!!


:) ashley

For those of you who want to avoid the craziness and herds of people in the stores on Black Friday, but still want to take advantage of the huge pre-holiday sales, join Sweet Patootie (www.sweetpatootiekids.com) on our equivalent “Cyber Monday.”

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 29th.

All full price items will be 30% off!!

Previously marked sale items and custom/monogrammed items are not to be included in the sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your holiday shopping done for the little ones most precious in your life. If you don’t need holiday gifts, then this is the time to buy a bigger size…for next season…for vacations coming up…or just to stock up on some quality baby/toddler/kids gifts!

Enter the code: “TURKEY” at checkout to receive 30% off your entire order.

The sale will take place Monday, November 29th from 12am-11:59pm EST.

Happy Shopping!!



Sweet Patootie LLC


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Growth Chart Art

Towards the end of the summer I was looking at a picture of Brody and I realized that his cargo shorts in the beginning of the summer were super long on him, and now they were just coming to his knees. I knew he had grown but I couldn’t believe my little baby boy (he turned 2 in June) was now growing so fast! This is when I realized I wanted to start documenting his growth and I was looking into buying a growth chart.

I didn’t want to just record Brody’s height on our walls because I have heard of so many people doing this and it is one of those sentimental parts you think of when you move and leave your house. We are in a townhouse now and will probably only be our house another year or two, so I don’t want to make any marks on the walls that I will be sad to leave behind. I started shopping for a growth chart but most of the ones you find are plastic or poor quality. It was at this same time I was sent a growth chart from Growth Chart Art. ( www.GrowthChartArt.com) and it is just gorgeous!!

I was so excited; it looks like a beautiful piece of artwork that you can make into awesome family memorabilia. I was sent the sunflower growth chart. We ended up hanging it in between the kids’ rooms, right next to their bathroom. It fits perfectly and looks gorgeous. I get so many compliments on it and it is a very pretty addition to our home.

Growth Chart Art has a number of wooden growth charts in fun designs that you are sure to love. They also make the perfect gift! The materials are all eco-friendly, they use soy-based inks, no-VOC paints, and re-purposed wood. You can also get the charts personalized with one or more names!

Definitely check out their site and trust me, the charts look good on their website, but they are even more gorgeous in person!


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Help Your Child Cope with Stress!

Building Resilience in Children and Teens:
Preparing Our Children for Life
Dr. Ken Ginsburg
Thursday, October 28th 7-9pm
Charles F. Patton Middle School auditorium
760 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
(Admission is FREE! Arrive early; parking is limited)

Using humor, real-life scenarios and poignant cases, Dr. Ken Ginsburg will teach how to raise resilient children who can deal with stress in an increasingly complex world. His unique perspective emphasizes the developmental strengths of youth, equipping participants with skills needed to better teach kids to help themselves.

Dr. Ginsburg will open his “tool kit” and offer practical, concrete strategies for:
• Developing the seven C’s: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping & Control
• Recognizing red flags that may indicate when a child/teen is at risk.
• Supporting children and teens to develop positive coping strategies.

Dr. Ginsburg, M.D., MS Ed, FAAP is a nationally renowned pediatrician, specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a leading authority on developing resilience in children and adolescents He is the director of Health Services at Covenant House of Philadelphia, a shelter for homeless and disenfranchised youth. His books include “A Parent’s Guide to Building Resil¬ience in Children and Teens”, “But I’m Almost 13; An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent”, and co-author of “Less Stress, More Success”.

Don’t Miss This Nationally-Recognized Speaker!

Sponsored by FOCUS. Contact Bradley Piper with any questions: bradley.piper@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Deal for You and Your Preschooler!

Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains has just announced Little Wolf Pups Week: Monday through Thursday nights, October 24- October 28, 2010.


Although the older children might be back at school, now is the perfect time for the little ones to splash and play in Great Wolf Lodge's humongous waterpark, become mesmerized by Storytime by The Fireplace, and enjoy other kid friendly amenities including Cub Club at our full service, family resort. Remember to bring their costumes to join in our Howl-O-Ween festivities!!

Come with the whole family, or partner up with another mom for the ultimate playdate!

Guests will receive a highly discounted rate of $159.00 per room per night during this special week. Room package includes waterpark passes for up to 6 people per room!

Reservations can be made at www.greatwolf.com, or by calling 1-800-768-9653.

** Important: Group Code LITTLE10 must be mentioned at time of reservation to receive this special rate. **

Reservations must be made by October 8, 2010. Other restrictions apply.

Book early to take advantage of this fabulous offer. Room availability is limited.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Last week on MomSpace TV (our web show if you missed it… every Tuesday night 8-9pm on www.minglemediatv.com ) I talked about 3 great products for new moms! One of those was the Lullabelly.

The Lullabelly is a prenatal music belt that is basically an alternative to using headphones on your belly like women used to do while they were pregnant. Your iPod can plug right into the super soft belt as you play music for your baby in the womb. Playing music for your baby is said to help with fetal brain development, reduce stress levels, and creates a bonding experience with your baby. Active listening usually begins around the 24th week of pregnancy. I used to play music for Brody all the time when I was pregnant with him. I would listen to Coldplay, Jack Johnson, and he would seriously kick like crazy! To this day, he still loves the same music!! He claps and gets so excited when he hears the same songs that used to excite him in the womb.

The Lullabelly is great, you can use it while walking, working out, or just hanging out at home. The fabric is really soft and it comes in pink, blue, or green, it’s perfect for a shower gift! I loved receiving this belt, since I am pregnant with my second, I am usually running around chasing Brody and I have slacked off doing things like reading to the baby in my belly… but I left the Lullabelly on our kitchen table and it was a reminder to pop in my iPod and play music for the baby. You will be hooked once you feel your baby instantly move and kick when the music starts. The Lullabelly is such a cute, comfy, easy way to start bonding with your baby.

You can purchase your Lullabelly,
or a Lullabelly for a friend right
on their website at:

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Creative Juice Group~ MomSpace TV~ Mingle Media TV

So in case you missed our web show Tuesday night, let me just tell you it was one of the most unique experiences of my life!
Not only because I co-hosted the web show for the first time, but I started off doing it painted and topless! AHH! LOL!

Okay, it sounds worse then it really was. So let me start from the beginning… a couple months ago I was asked if I would be up for getting my pregnant belly painted. MomSpace was planning an event with Sandy O, the owner of Creative Juice Group ( www.creativejuicegroup.com ) and she does body painting. Sure, why not! I thought it sounded so fun and different, and anyway, how often are you asked if you want your belly painted?!?! Plus, I have heard the baby actually likes it (which I believe now b/c as my stomach was blue and painted, she was fully kicking like crazy!)

The event ended up being postponed, but Sandy was still interested in painting my “belly” and doing a photo shoot for MomSpace Magazine. Plus we were still shooting MomSpace TV at 8pm ( on www.minglemediatv.com)

I showed up at Sandy’s studio in Manayunk and met her, Tania, and Katie. Within about two minutes they had told me what they would like to do and for some crazy reason I said OK! They were thinking to make my belly like a vase, and then have sunflowers & black eyed susans coming up over my chest. I am not sure if it is because I am pregnant and my body just feels almost like an extension of itself anyway, or that Sandy, Tania, and Katie made me feel immediately completely comfortable… but whatever the reason I agreed! Haha!
Which I am still thinking was hilarious and crazy, especially for me, I turn away if I am changing in a room with my friends, I change or shower at the gym and stay completely covered… this was so NOT something I would normally ever feel comfortable doing!

Maybe it is partially after having one child you start to lose your inhibitions a little. I remember being in labor in the hospital with Brody and you can only get “checked” so many times before it becomes routine… or when the cute guy comes to take out your staples from your c-section! Ah!

So the MomSpace web show ended up being a success and we had a wonderful time as well! I would like to thank Sandy O for making it such a wonderful night and it was great to meet Marilyn & Desiree! Marilyn is a tarot card reader who is just incredible! She didn’t want to be on camera during the show, but I did mention her and we hope to have her at a future event, she is just a joy and so fun to be around! Desiree was part of the show on Tuesday night, we showed her incredible desserts, like little mini hamburger & french fries actually made out of brownie and cake. I have posted pictures on our MomSpace Ashley Facebook account and I will try and post some here. Definitely check her out for your next party! Her desserts are not only delicious, they are absolutely adorable!

Thank you everyone for such a wonderful night!
& please don’t forget to watch our MomSpace webshow, (thanks Stephanie!)
Tuesday nights from 8-9pm on www.minglemediatv.com

Sandy O, Tania, & Katie
Creative Juice Group
www.creativejuicegroup.com (check out their site!!! It’s just incredible!!!)
215.651.5369 ~ 215.487.9544

Desserts by Desiree
Desiree Hawthorne

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff
Professional Tarot Card Readings
Corporate & Private Events

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7 Things to Stop Doing on Facebook

Using a Weak Password
Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!

Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile
It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption
Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home
That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

Letting Search Engines Find You
To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.

Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised

Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.

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