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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen Cookie Magazine Gift Basket Give Away

And the winner is.... Lila! Thank you for visiting Chester County Moms. We hope you enjoy your fabulous Elizabeth Grant swag!

This Thursday Thirteen is all about your Favorite Thirteen Online Boutiques and courtesy of Cookie Magazine one lucky Chester County Moms reader will win a fabulous Elizabeth Grant gift basket.

Elizabeth Grant is a highly advanced luxury skin care line for women of all ages and skin types. Celebrities like Brooke Shields, Ivana Trump, Jennifer Lopez (she loves the caviar eye pads)and Minnie Driver are all fans of the products. Each Elizabeth Grant product contains the company's exclusive compound, Torricelumn™ - a blend of vitamins, proteins, botanicals and anti-oxidants that penetrate deep into the skin helping to restore skin's essential moisture, stimulate Collagen and Elastin production and repair damaged skin. Elizabeth Grant products are NOT tested on animals and Elizabeth Grant supports several women's, diabetic and cancer research charities.

On August 2nd Elizabeth Grant products will be featured on Shop NBC.

This Elizabeth Grant gift basket includes: 1 Vitamin C Night Treatment, 1 Vitamin C Body Lotion, 1 Vitamin C Day Treatment, 1 Lip Gloss, 1 Bio Collasis Eye Cream, 1 24 Hour Hand Cream, 2 Caviar Eye Pads

The Moms at Chester County Moms LOVE Cookie Magazine... Click here to order your RISK - FREE trial issue of Cookie and receive a FREE tote bag.

Contest Rules...You MUST list your thirteen favorite online boutiques as a comment to enter this contest. Please don't copy another persons entry. The purpose of this contest is to learn about new online boutiques. Make sure you include your email address if you you are not linking back to your blog. The winner of this contest will be picked electronically at random and notified via email. Email only entries are NOT accepted for this contest. Only 1 entry per blog/email please. The winner must be at least 18 years old and a Chester County, PA resident. CCM writers and family members are not eligible to win this contest. Not sure how to leave a comment.. click here
or email sarah@chestercountymoms.com
Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Great Sites

Info on these great sites came in from a Chester County Dad... Thanks for the tips!

Momsview.com - A website offering coupons and sales information for many different stores including Best Buy, Home Depot, Gap, Babies R Us, etc.

ebates.com - An affiliate site that offers cash back (and it works, as I've gotten over $50 back from them). How it works is you go to their web site, click on a link to go to another web site (e.g. Borders.com) and make a purchase. Border's offers 4% cash back through eBates, so 4% of your purchase gets added to your eBates account. Every three months if you've earned over $5, they'll cut you a check. If you have earned less than $5, the money in your account carries over to the next period. The cash back is usually between 1 and 5%, but still something.

If you know of any websites that you would like to share with the Chester County Mom readers please email jenn@chestercountymoms.com

FREE Zagat guide for Allergy Sufferers

Chester County Readers... we are excited to share information about a new exclusive
Zagat Guide: Out & About with Allergies: An Insider's Guide to Enjoying the City!

Over 40 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies, and find their
symptoms a hassle during the peak seasons. Their biggest complaint:
simply not being able to enjoy the outdoors when nasal and eye
symptoms become severe. A key for nasal allergy sufferers is to talk with their doctors to get their symptoms under control so they can truly enjoy the outdoors and fun activities like dining alfresco or visiting a park.

That's why Zagat Survey® and GlaxoSmithKline, a leader in developing
allergy medicines, came together to launch Out & About with Allergies: An Insider's Guide to Enjoying the City. This cool, complimentary guide showcases chic restaurants, rooftop bars, and outdoor attractions in 20
cities across the country. Each destination is reviewed in the unique Zagat style, featuring input from people who have actually been there. The guide also includes simple tips that can make spending time in the fresh air easier for adults and children with nasal allergies

Seasonal allergy sufferer and outdoor enthusiast James Denton of Desperate Housewives authors the foreward of the guide, which is available free at www.outandaboutwithallergies.com.

Click here to sign up now for your FREE copy of Zagat Guide: Out & About with Allergies: An Insider's Guide to Enjoying the City!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Remembering Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon(my mom is a Carnegie Mellon Alum) professor who became a "You Tube" phenomenon with his "Last Lecture," died today of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 47. He died at his home in southern Virginia.
He was a truly inspirational man, father, teacher, and author. I watched a Dateline NBC special a few weeks ago and have been in awe of him ever since. His last lecture was made into a book. You can purchase it by clicking on this link. I just bought it and looking forward to reading all that he had to say.

Below are a few statements from RANDY PAUSCH'S 'LAST LECTURE'

-Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day because there's no other way to play it.

-Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

-No one is pure evil. Find the best in everybody. Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you.

-Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don't want it badly enough.

-It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.

-We can't change the cards we're dealt, just how we play the hand. If I'm not as depressed as you think I should be, I'm sorry to disappoint you.

Below is his now famous "You Tube" lecture...it is a long video but SO worth it to watch.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

And the winner is....

981 South Bolmar Street, Suite E.
West Chester, PA 19382
(484) 880-4465

Congratulations...Shannon at You Ott 2 Know, on winning the The Jumping Monkey weekday 5-pack of passes! We cannot wait to hear about how much you enjoyed your prize. Have fun!
Stay tuned for next weeks giveaway!.....

S u P E r C r A z y sale!

The Diaper Bag Wrangler has a S u P E r C r A z y SALE going on this week. Huge savings on select Wipes Cases, Organizers, Burp Cloths, Changing Pads and nothing on the clearance rack is over $5.00 - That means you can save up to 75%!!! Tell your friends...who doesn't love a bargain?! Click here to go directly to the sale items

I am a HUGE Diaper Bag Wrangler fan. Check out the Toddler Apron & Potholder Set...It is my favorite toddler gift to give. Throw in a box of brownie, cake & pancake mix and you have the PERFECT Mommy-Daughter memory baking gift! The kids love getting to help mommy in the kitchen all dressed up in their totally cool apron.

Unfortunatly the Toddler Apron & Potholder Set isn't on sale this week but I was able to dig up a PROMO CODE: Use CCMAMA for 10% off Toddler Apron & Potholder Purchases at www.diaperbagwrangler.com

Monday, July 21, 2008

Personalized Photo Book from Shutterfly

I was just online at Shutterfly downloading pictures (the current price is only 15 cents per print and I can pick them up at Target.. Bonus!) and saw the ad for a new personalized photo book. It is a DORA book...cue the applause! My daughter is a HUGE Dora fan so I had to check this out. The book is called Explore new places with Dora! Your child will love starring in a book with Dora the Explorer as they travel together on an exciting adventure to rescue Boots! A great gift for your little explorer!

Creating this book online is so simple and takes only a few minutes. Select your favorite picture to be featured on the cover and throughout the book’s 35 full-color pages. Upload the photo, enter basic information that will be automatically woven into the story, including your child’s name, birthday, and hometown. You can also add an optional dedication for the book’s opening page.
Enter Promo Code: AF62-JL08 to receive a FREE 8x10 print with this order.

My 3 year old daughter received The Amazing Alphabet Adventure book for her birthday and LOVES it! We read it almost every night. She likes to look for her picture on every page. Since she is such a Dora fan I just ordered the Dora book. I know she is going to absolutly LOVE it!

To order your very own Dora, Sesame Street or Alphabet Adventure book click on the link below. Did you know that Shutterfly has Diego, Thomas the Train, Angelina Ballerina, Sponge Bob and Clifford Memory Books? They are a perfect way to remember a theme birthday party. Shutterfly also has a great assortment of select Nick Jr. character invitations, thank you cards and photo posters.


Leave a comment if you have any additional Shutterfly promo codes to share.

This week's give away!

We are pleased to announce the 1st of many, Chester County Moms give aways for local moms!

The Jumping Monkey in West Chester, has generously donated a weekday 5-pack of passes (valued at $36) to be given to one lucky mom! How cool is that?!?

The Jumping Monkey is a premium indoor moon bounce facility offering open bouncing daily, birthday party packages, and family fun nights. My son personally loves the huge fire engine moon bounce and I love that I can bring outside food & drinks (since my little guy is always snacking).

To enter this fabulous giveaway, post a comment below by Wednesday, July 23rd at 10 PM. Tell us what you love about the new CCM blog and if there are any business reviews or products that you would like to see featured.

Not a blogger? Great News! You can still enter this fun contest! Simply post a comment as anonymous and email us at: chestercountymoms@gmail(dot)com. We will post the winner on Thursday.

Good luck and Thanks for reading Chester County Moms! Don't forget to sign up for e-mail subscriptions for this site (top of the page) so you will know about all of the give aways going on weekly.

Visit The Jumping Monkey at 981 South Bolmar Street, Suite E, West Chester, PA 19382. For more information please call (484) 880-4465 or click on the highlighted links above.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Concerts on the Square at Eagleview

These concerts are a great way to spend time with family & friends while enjoying the summer weather on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, food, drinks, and listen to awesome music! Concerts are free to the public and are held outdoors every Tuesday night from 7-9 pm in the Town Square. While no admission is charged, attendees are encouraged to support featured weekly charities.

Here's the line up for the rest of the summer:

July 15th
Jeffrey Gaines – Acoustic RockSpecial Guest – Courtney Fairchild – Folk Rock

July 22nd
DOUBLE BILL —Transistor Radio – Alt-CountryTim Butler – Power Pop

July 29th
BuddaDadda – Funk/Jam BandSpecial Guest – Smyth – Acoustic Rock

August 5th
The Coal Men – Alt-Country BandSpecial Guest – Marc Silver – Country/Folk

August 12th
Seth Walker – Blues/RootsSpecial Guest – Jim Bianco – Singer/Songwriter

August 19th
Angie Aparo – RockSpecial Guest – Craig Bickhardt – Folk

August 26th
Entrain – Percussion Driven FunkSpecial Guest – Zach Deputy – Roots RockRAINDATE – THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th – (Artist to be decided)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

FREE Summer Movies at Regal Cinemas

When school's out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It's a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it's FREE! Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.

Downingtown Stadium 16
100 Quarry Road
Downingtown ,PA 19335-3062

07/15/2008-07/16/2008: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

07/22/2008-07/23/2008: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Bee Movie (PG)

07/29/2008-07/30/2008: Charlotte's Web (G)
Racing Stripes (PG)

08/05/2008-08/06/2008: Babe: Pig In The City (G)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
The Last Mimzy (PG)

East Whiteland Stadium 9
593 W. Lancaster Avenue
Frazer ,PA 19355

07/15/2008-07/16/2008: Running Free (G)
Hairspray (PG)

07/22/2008-07/23/2008: Clifford's Really Big Movie (G)

07/29/2008-07/30/2008: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

08/05/2008-08/06/2008: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G) Bee Movie (PG)

08/12/2008-08/13/2008: Charlotte's Web (G)
Racing Stripes (PG)

Finishing Touches...

My Uppercase Living order arrived today. Yay! Uppercase Living is lettering, designs, phrases, and quotes made from vinyl that appear hand-painted. They go directly on walls, glass, mirrors, tile,canvas, car windows, mail boxes, front doors, boats etc.... the options are endless and they are EASY to apply. No paint, no stencils and no mess! They are also easily removed.

Above my front door....

I put the one in Jude's room up ALL BY MYSELF.. I was supposed to wait for my friend to help me but, it was so cool I wanted to get it up right away.

Don't carry the world upon your shoulders???....lyrics to "Hey Jude".

Chester County Moms...if you are interested in hosting an Uppercase Living party please contact K.C at kc@diaperbagwrangler.com

Bounce into Summer...

Bounce U in Exton....Summer Open Bounce Times and Special Events. Schedule Effective June 18th

Preschool Playdates: Tues, Friday Mornings 9:30-11am & 10:45-12:15
Preschool Playdates includes 1 hour of bounce and a ½ hour of snack which we supply. Every Friday during the 10:45 snack portion you have the option to order pizza & unlimited drinks for you and the kiddies! $3.60 pp.(2 slices of pizza and unlimited drinks)

All Ages Open Bounce: Monday-Thursday 1-3
Enjoy 2 hours of "Open Bounce" time. Space is limited, reservations recommended. Please don't forget your socks.

Saturday Morning Open Bounce: 8:45am-10
New Weekend Open bounce! Come and enjoy 1:15mins of open play. Space is limited, Reservations are recommended. Please don't forget your socks.

Family Bounce Night: Wednesday Eve. 6-8pm
Enjoy 2 hours of "Open Bounce"time. Eat DINNER HERE! Pizza and drinks served at 7:20pm, for an additional $3.60. Order pizza when you sign in for the "Open Bounce"

Special Summer Events
Celebrate Christmas in July- July 15-31st. HO! HO! HO!
Bring an unwrapped gift appropriate for a boy or girl ages 3-12. Gifts will be donated to local charities. Receive $2 off admission for being a generous bouncer. (Good for any open bounce )

**Admission for Preschool Playdates - $8.50+tax
**Admission for Open Bounce - $8.95+tax
**Admission for Saturday Open Bounce -$8+tax
Advance Reservations are Recommended!!

Bounce U
882 Springdale Dr.
Whiteland Business Park
Exton, PA 19341
Phone:(610) 363-6610
Email: exton.pa@bounceu.com

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Is Cheap Gas an Urban Legend?

Type in your zip, and this website lists the cheapest gas in your area. The site claims to be updated every day. http://autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstations.aspx?zip=&src=Netx

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Please take 2 seconds to do this....

If you know anyone who has had a Mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days afte surgery.
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through' Mastectomy where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show support. Last year over, half the House signed on. PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your, name, state, and zip code. http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcancer/petition/signpetition.php.

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends and family, and on behalf of all women, THANK YOU!

Monday, July 07, 2008

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