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Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all of our loyal Chester County readers!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Help Graco Help Others in Need

I wanted to share this information about an AWESOME charitable campaign that Graco is doing right now. Check out this information that I received from Graco and GO SIGN UP TODAY! You receive great Graco and partner offers and information, and more importantly, you can help someone in need receive a FREE CAR SEAT! Go sign up right now! What are you waiting for?


With Halloween here at the end of this week, the holiday season will soon be in full swing (the kids certainly know it’s coming!) which means travel for many, and unfortunately tough times for a few. As part of Graco’s new “Ready for the Road Ahead” campaign, we have created the Ready. Safe. Go! Car Seat Club.

The Car Seat Club gives its members access to car seat resources, special partner offers and e-mail updates and the best part about the club, (we think) is that for every 10 people that join the club 1 car seat will be donated to organizations helping families in need. The holiday season has always been a time to help others and just by joining, you’re able to help organizations distribute donated car seats to families who aren’t able to buy one for themselves.

So help Graco help others -- all while helping yourself!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Martha!.. Here we come!

Woo-hoo! Martha Day is here! The Chesco Mom blog team and 6 fellow bloggers are headed to New York bright and early to see a live taping of The Martha Stewart Show.
We are leaving at 4:45am.. Whew,is that early!
We will be blogging live as we go....
You can follow us by checking back throughout the day or on Twitter: ChescoMoms

Women's Health Series - 3rd Lecture

Join women just like you at the third night in the Women's Wellness Series sponsored by Paoli Hospital and ACAC.

When: October, 29th
Where: ACAC (1130 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00PM

Sensitive Issues
Even the most sensitive of issues need to be discussed. This forum will provide the straight talk every woman needs to hear.

Elizabeth Dimorier - ACAC Exercise Physiologist

Teresa Marlno, MD - Gynecologist
Marc Toglia, MD - Urogynecologist
David Hotlz, MD - Gynecologic Oncologist

This session will run from 6:30PM-8:00PM

* Seminars are FREE but, registration is required. Call 866-CALL-MLH or visit mainlinehealth.org

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Not enough time in the day!

"I am exhausted! There just isn't enough time in the day to get all of the things done that I need to do."

Does this sound familiar? Have any advice or stories of your own..? What are you doing to get it all done?
Join the conversation... post a comment or if you are not sure how to post a comment email sarah@chestercountymoms.com and we will post (with your permission) for you.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Talkin' Turkey

When thinking about Thanksgiving turkey, the words “perfect” and “effortless” don’t immediately come to mind. Instead I usually picture either the continual job of monitoring the turkey or the disappointment of pulling out a slightly darker and more dry version than the one I dreamed about the night before. The first year that Thanksgiving was at my house I thought that I could "handle the bird" on my own. Well... the disposable pan leaked and caught fire in the oven. We got the mini fire out but we were smoked out of the house and forced us to open all of the windows to get the smoke smell out. So picture my entire family (12 people) sitting around the perfectly set table ALL wearing coats to keep warm from the bitter November air.
Ahh.. memories..

So now that that you have read my story .. Even if you achieved the perfect turkey, every Mom has a turkey tale to tell. Whether horrifying, funny, or successful, holiday cooking creates many memorable moments to share. Electrolux and Kelly Ripa invite you to share these stories at their website by uploading a photo or video relaying your most memorable turkey tale. The contest will run now through November 14th, and the winning story will receive a new wall oven or range complete with the Perfect Turkey button from Electrolux. Just in time to ensure you have the perfect holiday dinner.

Electrolux makes roasting the perfect turkey practically effortless, with their “Perfect Turkey” button. The luxury home appliances brand innovated their oven to make it easy to use and ensure your holiday meal turns out flawlessly. The Perfect Turkey button uses a temperature probe to precisely control cooking, along with a convection system that gently browns the turkey while sealing in the juices. Perfect turkey, every time.

We would love to hear all of your adventures in holiday cooking, so after you submit your picture, video, or story to www.electroluxappliances.com. Post your story on our blog. We look forward to connecting with you on this great holiday contest and wish you the best of luck in winning your own Electrolux Perfect Turkey oven.

Help for Homeowners...

U.S.A Today featured a story regarding a program aimed to get mortgages under control for homeowners caught in the current financial crunch. If you feel you are facing foreclosure, it’s worth looking into.

The program is called “Hope for Homeowners”, and it’s sponsored by the FHA. If you qualify, you get an instant 10% equity in your home, and they restructure your payment. To qualify, you have to have a mortgage payment that is 31% or more of your monthly income.

Click here to be directed to the USA Today article

Marshallton Ghost Walk

Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, October 25, 2008 and the Fall Family Fun Night and Marshallton Ghost Walk.

This years’ event, a collaborative effort of the Township Historical and Recreation Commissions, will have a variety of activities that will interest residents of all ages.

In addition to the cider, donuts, pumpkin painting, scare crow making, hayrides, bonfire and story tellers, a ghost walk and tour of historical Marshallton are planned. Bring the entire family and enjoy a fall evening that is sure to please those of all generations.

Schedule of Events

Parking - Primary parking is available at the Marshallton United Methodist Church and overflow parking is available at the Goddard School .

Food – Marshallton U.M.C.: Family-style roast beef dinner, 4 PM to 6:30 PM, tickets are $5.50 for children and $11 for adults (available at the door). Friends of Martin’s Tavern: light refreshments, e.g. popcorn balls, warm apple cider, hot dogs. Township Recreation Commission: cider & donuts. The Marshallton Inn and Four Dogs Tavern will also have food specials.

Fall Family Fun – 6 PM to 9 PM in the field behind the Four Dogs Tavern and Marshallton Inn. Children’s and Family activities include pumpkin painting, scare crow making, hayrides, a corn maze, bonfire, puppet show and story telling.

Parents may drop their children off at the Goddard School for supervised activities while they visit the Ghost Walk events.

Marshallton Ghost Walk – 6 PM to 9 PM through out the Village.

- Fall Holiday Decoration Contest - $100 first prize & $50 second prize (entry form)

- Guided Village Tours

- Marshallton United Methodist Church & Cemetery Tour

- West Bradford Historical Commission, Township History Scrapbooks & Sales of Township History Book and Paintings

- Marshallton Friends Meeting & Cemetery Tour & History telling

- Martin’s Tavern, live music & historical re-enactors

- West Bradford Fire Company, Antique Fire Equipment Display

- Jeff Stafford’s Cannon Demonstration

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pressed-Leaf Butterflies

From: Martha Stewart Living

Make lovely winged creatures from vivid autumn leaves. Collect just-fallen leaves, and press between the pages of a heavy book for two weeks. Use a small strip of plain paper for base. With a skewer, apply glue to tip of a leaf; secure to base for a bottom wing. Working from bottom to top, glue remaining leaves, which should overlap slightly, to base. Glue two leaf stems to the top of a thin leaf for antennae. Glue thin leaf vertically to white base for the butterfly's body. A mat border and frame give a finished look while protecting the leaves.

Happy Crafting!

Build & Grow Workshop at Lowe's

Halloween is only a week away! Get it started by building this fun Pumpkin Pal at Lowe's
FREE Build & Grow Clinic.

Saturday October 25, 2008
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please Note: Registration is required! Click here to register online.

Halloween Candy Recalled!

There is a warning put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.... Sherwood brand "Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins" are being recalled due to the fact that they contain Melamine, the chemical that has caused several infant deaths in China, and sickened thousands more. These candies are sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores! PLEASE make sure to check your childrens' Halloween candy and DO NOT LET THEM EAT THE PIRATE COINS (the ones wrapped in the shiny gold/silver foil) and please let other parents know about this!

You can verify the validity of this information at Snopes.com.

Get your shop on!

Woo-hoo! I am so excited ! HomeGoods in Exton is now open! I drove by today and the parking lot was packed. So, did you go to the Grand Opening Sale? Score any good deals? They are open today (Thursday) until 10PM so, there is still time to get in on the grand opening savings.

Festival at Exton
(Applebee's Shopping Center)
436 W. Lincoln Hwy
Exton, PA 19341
Phone: 484-875-2980
Hours: Sunday 11am-8PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More on the crib recall...

I received this email this morning from Melissa Winston of Litzky Public Relations

Saw the information about the Delta Recall on your Blog. As you are aware, Delta Enterprise, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced two voluntary recall actions that can affect nearly 1.6 million older versions of its drop-side cribs, after two tragic infant deaths. I know that delivering accurate, timely information is essential to you and those who follow your blog so I wanted to be sure that you had everything you might need to share with your readers.

It is important to note that the recall does not affect any cribs in retail inventory right now. Approximately 985,000 drop-side cribs made from 1995 through 2005, and a single design from 2007, require safety pegs that consumers may have lost during reassembly. Another 600,000 drop-side cribs made during the same time have spring pegs that can, in very rare instances, jam if forced.

It is also important to note that no cribs are being sent to Delta for replacement. Instead, the company is offering replacement safety pegs or spring peg retrofit kits to all consumers who may own one of the cribs in question.

CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. Call Delta's Recall Hotline toll-free at (800) 816-5304 anytime after 5 pm today or log on www.cribrecallcenter.com to order the free repair kit. For additional information you can also call the CPSC Recall Hotline at (800)638-2772 and view thee CPSC's press releases that were issued today at:



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Delta Children's Products Crib Recall

This just in... one of our readers ( Thanx Anna!) just emailed this information.

Delta Children's Products has announced two voluntary actions that they are taking related to several of their cribs produced between 1995 and 2007 that use the drop side trigger lock designs. These actions, which do not require consumers to return any of the products, are meant to ensure the safe use, assembly and function of several of the crib models. Please click here to visit the recall information site and read the instructions and descriptions carefully to determine if your crib is part of this effort.

For complete recall information please visit: http://www.cribrecallcenter.com/

Diabetes: Not So Sweet

Diabetes is an increasing topic of interest in the news. This is mainly because it has become an epidemic that is costing our nation billions of dollars a year. However, many people are unaware of exactly what diabetes is. There are actually two different types of diabetes. While they share the same name they are quite different. 
Type II Diabetes is the more common and well known form. While genetics play a role in contributing to Type II, typically the disease develops due to weight gain, inactivity and stress. Changing lifestyle habits can help prevent and in some cases reverse the disease. Our body uses glucose, a type of sugar, from the food we eat to produce energy. Insulin acts like a key which allows the sugar to move from the bloodstream into the body cells. Insulin doesn't work the way in should in Type II Diabetics. After a while they may also become unable to produce enough insulin. The disease is treated with either oral medications or insulin. 
Type I Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The body destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Type I is a genetic disease, but there is also at least one environmental factor required to trigger the disease. Scientists are still researching exactly what those triggers may be. A major difference between the two types of diabetes is that Type I Diabetics require insulin either given with injections or an insulin pump; oral medications will not suffice. Also, Type I is not reversible. While it is sometimes referred to as Juvenile Diabetes it can not be outgrown. It is crucial to diagnose Type I Diabetes as early as possible. Symptoms to look for include the following:
Excessive thirst
Excessive urination
Weight loss
Flu like symptoms
Fruity breath
All diabetics can have numerous potential health problems including kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and heart disease. These complications can be avoided by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, eating right, exercising and working closely with a diabetes team. 
If you suspect that either yourself or your child has diabetes seek the advice of your doctor immediately. 
Jennifer is the mother of a Type I Diabetic 4 year old boy who was diagnosed at 19 months of age. She works hard to keep her son's blood sugar under control while making sure he has a "normal" childhood. Look for more Diabetes posts from her in the future.  You can feel free to comment or send her an email at Jennifer@chestercountymoms.com

Monday, October 20, 2008

Women's Wellnes Series - Lecture 2

Join women just like you for the second night in the Women's Wellness Series sponsored by Paoli Hospital and ACAC.

When: Wednesday, October, 22nd
Where: ACAC - 1130 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19380
Time: 6:30 - 8:00PM

How to be a Heart Healthy Woman
From how to prevent heart disease to how your heart beats and keeping it strong through healthy living.

Debbie Moran, RN - Paoli Hospital Cardiac Rehab

Elizabeth Dimorier - ACAC Exercise Physiologist
Kevin Shinal, MN - Cardiologist
Todd Rudo, MD - Cardiac Electrophysiologist

This session will run from 6:30PM-8:00PM

* Seminars are FREE but, registration is required. Call 866-CALL-MLH or visit mainlinehealth.org

We heart NY!

The Chesco Moms blogging team and a few friends are headed to The Martha Stewart Show on Tuesday, October 28th. We are all so excited! We are trying to decide if we should drive or take the train... Any suggestions?

Comfy Cozy Give Away

Comfy Cozy Personalized Pillowcases have been "lighting up the night" since 1994 and transforming everyday items into exciting personalized gifts for today and keepsakes for tomorrow.

Comfy Cozy signature Glow in the Dark Pillowcases are unique gifts to give any day of the year. There is a Tooth Fairy Pillowcase and you can make your childs birthday extra special with one of the fun Birthday Pillowcases.
The holidays are just right around the corner.. take a look at the Halloween Pillowcase, Dear Santa Pillowcase, and the Believe in Christmas Pillowcase.
Comfy Cozy Glow in the Dark Pillowcases, Travel/Toddler pillows, and Keepsake Calendars are FUN, FUNCTIONAL, PRACTICAL but NOT PRICEY gifts. You'll find a design for everyone on your list. Add Personalization for a special touch. Gift wrapping & shipping is also available.

Click here to start shopping today! To receive a 1/2 off "BOGO"discount enter code MCBOGO at checkout.

We are giving away 1 Comfy Cozy Pillowcase to a lucky Chester County reader. To enter to win please email contests@chestercountymoms.com before midnight on October 28th and enter Comfy Cozy in the subject line.
The winner will be announced on October 29th via email. The winner MUST be a Chester County resident and is responsible for making arrangements to claim their prize within 10 days of receiving the "You won" email. If the prize is not claimed within 10 days we will choose another winner.

Join the "Mom Panel"

We are looking for fellow Chester County Moms to join our
"Mom Panel". By joining the "Mom Panel" you will help with our blogging team with community events, product reviews, you can also contribute posts, recipes & craft ideas to the blog, and network through "Word of Mom". This isn't a paying gig.. sorry, but that doesn't mean we won't throw some swag your way for your time and contributions.

Who doesn't like a freebie?!

Moms of children all ages welcome!

For more information please email sarah@chestercountymoms.com
Please enter MOM PANEL in the subject line.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Eagles Meet & Greet for Charity

Philadelphia Eagles & Thomas Jefferson University Hospital:
Tackling Breast Cancer Event
Thursday, October 23, 2008
King of Prussia Plaza lower level outside Lord & Taylor

Come meet two Philadelphia Eagles players, some Eagles Cheerleaders and the

Eagles mascot SWOOP!

Purchase an Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer hat and get an Eagles player's autograph between 7:00pm and 8:00pm.

Donations benefit the Jefferson Breast Care Center.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Get your walk on...

Lace Up, Get Moving...Walk for a cure in New Balance Lace Up for the Cure 768 sneakers—they'll inspire you to get on your feet.

$100; NewBalance.com. Fifteen percent of wholesale sales benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the end of 2008.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Food Allergies. In a Nut Shell.. Wait! No NUTS!

What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Once the immune system decides that a particular food is harmful, it creates specific antibodies to it. The next time the individual eats that food, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, including histamine, to protect the body. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and/or cardiovascular system. Scientists estimate that approximately 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies.

What is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?Many people think the terms food allergy and food intolerance mean the same thing; however, they do not. A food intolerance is an adverse food-induced reaction that does not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance is one example of a food intolerance. A person with lactose intolerance lacks an enzyme that is needed to digest milk sugar. When the person eats milk products, symptoms such as gas, bloating, and abdominal pain may occur.A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to a certain food. The most common form of an immune system reaction occurs when the body creates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to the food. When these IgE antibodies react with the food, histamine and other chemicals (called “mediators”) are released, causing hives, asthma, or other symptoms of an allergic reaction.

This post was written by one of our newest contributors... Jaime. Her son has multiple food allergies and she is continually trying new ways to make his life easier and prepare healthly allergen free foods.

Do you or your children have food allergies? Do you have a food allergy theory?
Leave a comment or email jaime@chestercountymoms.com

Breast Cancer 3 Day - Cheering Stations

Cheering Stations are a great way to show your support along the route to encourage walkers and let them know that you are with them every step of the way. Seeing familiar faces cheering them on can provide that extra burst of energy that gets them to take that next step or go the next mile. Create banners, hold up signs, bring some music and make some noise - anything to make them smile, get energized and keep walking.

Friday, October 17:
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue (between E Gravers Lane & Abington Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19119

11:45 am - 4:15 pm
McMichael Park
Henry & Midvale Avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Saturday, October 18:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Main Street Manayunk
Between Gay Street & Cotton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

10:30 am - 2:30 pm
S. 2nd Street
between South & Lombard Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Sunday, October 19:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lancaster Avenue (between Railroad Avenue & Penn Street)
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

"We don't have much time, she said, so I'll just tell you about me"

People have been asking how I got started blogging. I started after my son was born as an easy way to keep in touch with friends and relatives spread throughout the US.
My blog went from daily family updates to the occasional rant to the utterly embarrassing. It became my outlet. My "cheap therapy". Below is a post from my personal blog.
I was having a bad day.. well actually a bad week. Nothing was going my way and I was in the middle of a major "Mommy rut". I sat down at my keyboard while my kids were napping and started to type everything that made me..me. I printed this post and have it hanging above my desk. Whenever I am having a blah day I look at and it makes me feel better. I remember who I was/am and it gives me a chance to laugh at my silliness.

Take a look.. then write your own. Email it to me if you would like to share.

I will talk to anyone. I hate sitting in traffic. I will drive miles out of my way to avoid traffic jams. I NEED six hours of sleep at night, but would prefer ten. I like to ride my bike. I love containers and putting things in them. I am not a good painter. I like to make things. I carry my camera with me everyday. I love celebrity gossip. I look forward to delivery of US and Cookie Magazine. Story People make me happy, you would know that if you ever came to my house. The prints are everywhere. I love that Kravitz, knows I am the smartest person alive. I believe in karma. I have a great memory. I don't like the heat. I don't come out of the house if it is over 80 degrees. I love Hershey's chocolate. I am good with names. Please and Thank You go a long way. I love staying at home with my children. I love 90's indie rock. I watch Ellen everyday. I like to wear earrings & bracelets. Heinz Ketchup makes just about anything taste better. I don’t like spicy food or pickles. I like my name. I enjoy rainy days. My daughter is named after my Grandmother. I want to do a cross country trip in an RV. I remember phone numbers. Shoes are a weakness of mine. Oh, how I love a good shoe! I never went to college. I am a picky eater. I am generous. I can be high-maintenance. Target feels like home. Makes me happy just to be there. Everything I save at Wal-mart gets spent at Target! Moochers make me INSANE!!! I have never mowed a lawn. I HATE tax time! I have seen DMB in concert 9 times. I am full of useless knowledge. I can be obsessive, I am definitely impulsive – but I am not compulsive. I am a TV junkie. My dogs drive me nuts sometimes. Things I want to learn: patience, to cook, and to use power tools. ABC's & 123's are my favorite comfort food. I love that mydaughter has a sense of humor. I like to go out with friends. I love surprising people.I love to laugh. I strongly prefer to wear matching bra and undies. You know, in case I’m ever in an accident. I was a rebellious teen. Red is my favorite color. I hate voice mail. I never check it. I love to shop. I’m a rule bender. I kick-ass at trivia. I love my son’s laugh. I love the smell just after it rains. Knowing my daughter is kind makes me feel like a good mom. I like to be on the go. I don't like waiting in long lines. I want to swim with dolphins. I love catalogs. I hate putting laundry away. I don't "get" British humor. I love a good facial. Someone cleans my house every week and for that I am so, so grateful. I rarely cook. Thank God for take out, toaster ovens & mac & cheese! Yes, my son was named after the Beatles song. My favorite car was my Mercedes SLK. I miss it everyday but, you can't fit car seats in a 2 seater! Denver is my favorite city. I like children. I almost always wear something black. I like to be comfortable. The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done: Hot Air balloon ride through the Rockies. I HATE camping and would rather set my hair on fire than subject myself to sleeping outside. I love my daughters smile. I’ve never broken a bone. Sprained a few. Spelling errors irritate me. Use spell check! I love accents! Anything said by someone with an accent is worth listening to. I use the "F" word too much. California is my favorite state. I am protective of "my people". I can handle the truth. I like myself!

Jewelry Give Away & Consultant Opportunity...

Inspiranza Designs . . . Not your typical home party!
Stunning Sterling Silver Jewelry at costume jewelry prices!

Email contests@chestercountymoms.com (Subject -NECKLACE)
to enter to win this beautiful "Heart & Soul" Necklace
courtesy of Inspiranza Designs
This necklace is 17" and is Onyx, Freshwater Pearl & Crystal,
a retail value of $63

Are you looking for a way to earn extra money?
Make a difference in your life?
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Be a part of a NETWORK OF WOMEN
Empower others with BUSINESS OWNERSHIP...????

Click here to find out how you can join the Inspiranza Designs team.
There is currently NOT a Inspiranza Designs consultant in Chester County.

This contest will end on October 25th. The winner of this contest MUST be a resident of
Chester County and will be notified via email. The winner has 10 days to respond to the "You Won" email and make arrangements to pick up the prize. If the prize remains unclaimed for over 10 days we will choose another winner.

Usborne Princess Book Giveaway

Congratulations go out B. Wagner. She has won the Usborne Princess Book Giveaway. Thank you to Rachel Hagan at Usborne Books. Check out her website for more awesome Usborne books and more information on her home parties. I am headed over to her site now to pick up a princess book or two for my little princess...and we can't leave out the prince either!

Reduce, Reduce and Reduce Some More

I know that you've all heard the going green mantra of "reduce, reuse, and recycle"! Today's post is focused on how we can reduce the amount of paper coming into our homes, thereby saving trees, eliminating unnecessary shipping costs, and minimizing the amount of paper that needs to be sorted into the recycling pile! Both of these very handy tips came to me from women in my playgroup. Thanks, girls!

First, how many catalogs are you getting delivered to your home that you never even read? Well, get ready for even more catalog overload as we are headed into the catalog "season", just in time for holiday shopping. I know that in our house, we get tons of catalogs that I never have and never will shop from. They always go directly into recycling bin out in our garage.

Here's your opportunity to decline any catalogs that you don't want to be delivered to your home. Head over to the free, easy-to-use Catalog Choice website and simply click Decline for any unwanted catalog. You can go through each letter of the alphabet, or go directly to the catalogs that are the "big offenders" at your house. Also, I've been told that you don't have to take the time to find your customer number for each catalog ....Just check the box "Not Available". Go unburden yourself, and your mail carrier, today!

Also, when was the last time you checked the phone book for something? I honestly can not remember the last time I cracked open the phone book to use the yellow pages or the white pages. Almost everything I could ever need is always online. If you don't actually use the white or yellow pages, you can help save a few million trees and keep the books out of landfills. To not receive the Yellow or White pages at your home, go to Yellow Pages Goes Green and click on "Opt Out" at the top– took me 3 seconds to do it! So easy. And, if you decide that you are missing your book in the future you can always call to request that one be sent to you!

Reduce your paper consumption and save the trees!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Casual Up to fight Breast Cancer

What does it mean to "Casual Up"?
In corporate America, casual day represents a day where employees can dress down and be comfortable while they work. Casual days are a good way to boost employee morale and allow them an opportunity to escape from the normal corporate attire. Since casual days have become a norm, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) offers a great opportunity for employees across corporate cultures to use their casual days to raise money to fight breast cancer, a fight that is greater than all of us. Casual Up for Breast Cancer can be done anytime of the year, not just in the month of October. For many women and families, breast cancer is a lifelong fight.

Why Casual Up?
We all know someone or have heard of someone affected by breast cancer. One of the ways we can help fight this disease is by using the privileges we have every day to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Use your casual day at work to help raise money for breast cancer awareness and funding for mammograms for those in need. It’s simple, fun, and a great way to get your co-workers involved in something that saves thousands of lives!

For more information please click here

In Memory...

To all our incredible subscribers...
It is rare that you meet someone who has the power to touch lives and truly make a difference and that's exactly what Dorit Shapiro, the President of the Gal to Gal Foundation did at a fundraising event held in her honor on October 2, 2008. As she stood in front of friends, family and supporters, Dorit, who was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer two years ago, eloquently shared her personal story as well as her mission to help those like her battling this deadly disease. Four days later, this 38-year-old wife and mother of two was admitted to the hospital. On October 12, Dorit Shapiro passed away.
It is the hope of the Gal to Gal Foundation to keep Dorit's memory and mission alive by sharing the video from this special evening that meant so much. Dorit Shapiro was a remarkable woman who even in her final days, was determined to share her message of hope while lending a voice to over 300,000 men and women who are diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer every year. If you would like to honor Dorit's memory, register today for the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk (www.galtogalwalk.org) and help the organization raise $250,000 so that the Foundation can grant hundreds of wishes for Stage IV breast cancer patients and their families this holiday season.
Dorit's wish was not for herself. It was that we make this goal and that no woman living with Stage IV should feel alone in this journey. Please join Dorit's virtual self and all of us today in her honor.
A You Tube Tribute to Dorit Shapiro: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_QET7Ivwv8

Monday, October 13, 2008

John McCain is coming to Downingtown

John McCain's Road to Victory Rally
Thursday,October 16, 2008
10:00 a.m.
United Sports Training Center
1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Road
Click Here to RSVP for tickets
The Chester County Moms blogging team received information on this community event via email from a Chester County reader. We remain politically unbiased. If you know of an Obama event in Chester County please email events@chestercountynews.com and we will post it.

Diane Catrambone Personal Fitness Training

I am very excited to share my success with Diane Catrambone Personal Fitness Training. After having two children and two c-sections, my body was a wreck! I decided that it was time to get back in shape and do something about the extra pounds and flab. I turned to Diane for help, not only because she is a great trainer but also because she is a mom too and would understand exactly what happens to your body after having kids! When I decided to start training with Diane, not only did I want to feel good about my body but I wanted to set a good example for my children about health and fitness. How could I expect them to take care of their bodies if I let mine fall by the way side! It was time for me to take some time to take care of myself.

Working with Diane has been a dream! Not only does she tailor each workout to your fitness needs but she makes it fun to workout. In only a couple weeks, I started to see results. My clothes started to fit better and I had friends and family commenting on how great I looked! I think the defining moment of my success was when I bought a pair of jeans in my normal size at the mall but when I took them home and wore them, they were literally falling off. I went back to the mall and tried on the next size down and they fit perfectly. I couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t worn that size since before I had kids.

Diane has really helped me to understand that it’s not only about the number on the scale but also about how your clothes fit and how you feel about yourself. Since I started working with Diane, I have more energy and in taking time to take care of myself, I feel like I can be a better mom and wife. Diane is a great trainer; she really takes the time to listen to your needs and work with you as an individual. She puts together work outs that fit into your life. The focus is on you, which is exactly what I needed. I would recommend Diane’s services to anyone. She really has changed me…not only my size but also how I feel about myself and for that, I am forever grateful.

I am very proud to share with you the Before and After Pictures that Diane took of me. The picture on the left was taken six weeks before the picture on the right.
Diane is providing an awesome deal for all Chester County Mom's readers. Simply go to her website: http://www.dianecatrambone.com/ and sign up for a free consultation on the site. When you buy a package, Diane will give you 10% off. This is a great savings and her personal training services are top notch. Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity to lose inches!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Breast Cancer 3 Day - Social Media

Below are links to the official social media sites for The Breast Cancer 3 Day
Take a look and join to get a more personal look at what the event is like:

Flickr group:
YouTube channel:
Facebook page:
MySpace page:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fierce Winner!

I just won a scarf designed by Project Runway's Christian Siriano. It is was especially designed for the new LG Lotus, Sprint's new QWERTY flip phone with a small and square shape. The scarf Siriano designed has a pocket in it made just to fit the Lotus.
No phone... just the scarf... but it is FIERCE!
To win we had to come up with a new text phrase. Mine was WHRU = Where are you?


Kelly with Perri from Playtex Products
Kelly being interviewed for Playtex Products.com

Can you say 30th Birthday gift, Ben?

Kelly and I took the Saturn Sky out for a test drive. Today is a great day for a convertible!

Lunch with Yahoo.. Shine

We just finished our fist panel sessions. Kelly & Shannon sat in on I Blog Therefore I am...Figuring Out Your Blogging Mojo and Jenn and I sat in on Social Media Can Save Media featuring Lisa Williams from placeblogger.com.

We are now sitting down for a working lunch sponsored by Yahoo Shine.

Shannon & Meghan from Seventh Generation

Friday, October 10, 2008

If it isn't fresh.. it isn't legal!

Just finished dinner at Legal Seafood with the gals from GM. Yummy dinner and great conversation. Thank You, Natalie, Robyn & Lish!
We are off to bed for an early morning of blog, blog, blogging.... stay tuned!

The White Diamond is a girl's best friend

Here we (Shannon, Jenn & Kelly)are with the Saturn of Berlin team: Jill, Nick, Tom, and Jay.

We decided in the car that it would be fun to make a surprise stop at a Saturn dealership on our way to the conference today. So, we just pushed our handy-dandy On Star button and got directions to the nearest dealership and swung by. We stopped at Saturn of Berlin, CT to say hi and have an impromptu photo with the staff there! We posed in front of our super-cool "White Diamond" Saturn Outlook. Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to meet with us, Saturn of Berlin!
Like our matching Chester County Moms t-shirts? They were given to us courtesy of Embroid Me in Lionville.

Road Trip Photo Fun!

Kelly, our professional passenger, riding shotgun.

Jenn and Shannon being silly.
Making our way through Connecticut

There's the Flag Man!

Oh No! Overturned tractor trailer. Just trying to get there safe.

Like our matching Chester County Moms t-shirts? They were given to us courtesy of
Embroid Me in Lionville.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Kid tested.. Dad approved!

The Saturn Outlook parked in my driveway is making a big splash with the neighbors.

Baby, you can drive my car!

The Chester County Moms Blogging team is headed to the Blog Her Reach Out Tour in Boston this weekend and we are road-tripping in style in a brand new Saturn Outlook courtesy of GM.
Our vehicle was delivered this afternoon thanks to Fred Mackerodt, Inc., transportation services.

We are so excited about our trip!
The Saturn Outlook we are driving is fully loaded!Leather seats, power everything, navigation, OnStar (the folks at GM pre-loaded minutes onto the in car phone for our use while we drive to Boston.. how cool is that?)
We are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning and will blogging from the road and all weekend long. You can also follow us on Twitter: ChescoMoms
Boston or Bust!

Build & Grow Workshop at Lowe's

Get ready for Halloween! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this glow in the dark Spooky Skeleton! The Build and Grow Workshops at Lowe's are FREE!

Lowe's - Downingtown (Rt. 30)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Please Note: Registration Required. Click Here to register online.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Yom Kippur: A Brief Explanation

Starting at sunset this evening and continuing through to nightfall tomorrow is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. It is the most important of the Jewish holidays. In English Yom Kippur is referred to as the Day of Atonement. It is actually the last day of the Ten Days of Repentance, which started with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. This is the Jewish year of 5769 and Yom Kippur is always on the tenth day of Tishri, the seventh month on the Jewish calendar.
According to the beliefs of the Jewish people G-d inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book on Rosh Hashana and waits until Yom Kippur to seal the verdict. During this time the Jewish people try to amend their behavior and ask forgiveness for their sins. At the end of the holiday he/she would consider oneself to be absolved by G-d.
Jews most typically observe Yom Kippur by spending time in synagogue and adhering to a strict fast for the duration of the holiday.
For those of our readers who will be observing the holiday we wish you an easy fast and a belated Happy New Year.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Women's Wellness Series - 1st Lecture

Has your hectic lifestyle caught up to you? Join women like you at ACAC for the first night in the Women's Wellness Series sponsored by Paoli Hospital and ACAC.

Wednesday, October 9th at ACAC ( 1130 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19380)

Sleepless Nights
Aching Body
Putting Your Health First

Margaret Moses, RD - ACAC Nutritionist

Andrew Frankel, MD - Orthopedic Specialist
Lauren Rome, MD- Sleep Medicine Specialist
Pamela Tedesco, DO - Family Medicine Physician

This session will run from 6:30PM-8:00PM

* Seminars are FREE but, registration is required. Call 866-CALL-MLH or visit mainlinehealth.org

Monday, October 06, 2008

An Usborne Books Giveaway Fit for a Princess!!!

I am so excited for the opportunity to introduce myself and my enthusiasm for reading with an awesome giveaway from Rachel Hagan at Usborne Books. The giveaway includes the Usborne Books Pink Princess Basket seen above. It's a great gift for any princess in your life!

Usborne Books markets over 1300 titles through direct sales, home shows, fundraisers and book fairs. The company and it's consultants are committed to the idea that reading is truly beneficial for our children and their educational future, which is evident in their mission statement:

"The future of our world depends on the education of our children. UBAH delivers educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime."

The company's mission statement really spoke to me as a mother committed to encouraging her own children's interest in reading. As a former high school teacher, I know the importance of reading, not only for educational success but also as a way to foster a life-long love of learning. We read a bedtime story (or two) each night and Usborne Books provides parents an affordable opportunity to introduce some new books in their nightly routine.

To enter the Usborne Books giveaway, please email contests@chestercountymoms.com with Usborne Books as the email subject. The winner will be chosen at random at 10:00 p.m. on October 15th.

Click here for a chance to win $50 in free books from Usborne Books.

If you are interested in learning more about Usborne Books or wish to get more information on hosting a party or fundraiser, contact Rachel Hagan at hagan221@comcast.net or visit her on the web.

** The winner of this contest MUST be a resident of Chester County and make arrangements to pick up the prize with in 10 days of notification. The winner has 10 days to respond to the "You won" email. If the prize remains unclaimed for over 10 days we will choose another winner**

Close to home...

My friend, K.C was recently diagnosed with Stage 2A Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer. She had a double mastectomy and will under go chemotherapy for 4 months, Herceptin IV infusion treatment for 12 months and hormone therapy for 5 years. All while chasing around her young daughter and running her Mommy business, The Diaper Bag Wrangler. To read more about her diagnosis and treatment plan, click here to vist her blog.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 10% of The Diaper Bag Wrangler sales from 10/1- 10/31 are going to be donated to The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Click here to start shopping!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Make Up 101 at Calista Grand Salon & Spa

Earlier this afternoon The Chester County Moms Blog Team and 10 friends attended a Make Up 101 Class at Calista Grand Salon & Spa in West Chester. The class was taught by Calista Grand's Make Up Artists....

Jess & Kate

They taught us make up application, what brushes to use and showed us what colors worked best with our skin tones. We all looked beautiful after our make up lesson and felt like a million bucks! Thank you Kate and Jess, you are the best!

Since Jenn and I are headed to Blog Her in Boston this weekend I surprised her with an "Ambush Makeover". Mia was her stylist and did an amazing job. Jenn has two kids and is always on the go so she needed something quick and easy. In less than a half an hour Jenn's split ends and dated Mom haircut was gone and a beautiful, totally hip, trendy mom emerged.

If you have never been to Calista Grand Salon & Spa... you owe it to yourself to make an appointment. Whether you need a fresh new look or a relaxing spa day you will NOT be disappointed! Jenn has never been to Calista Grand before and now is so excited and scheduling spa appointments.
Calista Grand Salon & Spa
Commons of Thornbury
Building 300 · Suite 301
1211 Wilmington Pike
(Crossroads of Routes 926 & 202)
West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 399-6677
We also want to thank the Spa Director, Marianne for organizing such a fun event. We really appreciate all of the time and effort you put in to make sure we had a great day.

Congratulations to Beth S. the winner of a 60 Minute Massage compliments of Calista Grand Salon & Spa

Gal to Gal with Classy Mommy

The Chester County Moms Blogging team attended a benefit for the Gal to Gal Walk at the beautiful home of Philly's own Classy Mommy. There was a great turn out and it was so nice to get out and support such a worth while cause. For more information on The Gal to Gal Walk please click here

The Swag!

The CCM Bloggers
(Jenn, Shannon, Jen & Classy Mommy)

The amazingly delicious dessert!
Compliments of Clay's Creative Corner Bakery
700 Lancaster Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312
(610) 647-2119

Friday, October 03, 2008

National TV Show is looking for 2 Types of Moms

Mike & Juliet in The Morning....

#1: We’re looking for a Mom who considers herself a “Perfectionist” and fully admits to pushing herself and tries to be the best at work, school, in her marriage and of course as a mother. Type A mom who worries about failing and it drives your husband and kids crazy?

#2: We’re looking for a Mom who is a little bit more laid back. Someone who believes mom don’t have to be perfect to be a good Mom. Who believes Moms make mistakes and we’re only human.

If this is you or someone you know, please call email Michelle N. at Mike and Juliet.

Greening your home: Power Down

Vampires, phantoms, and bears, oh my!

Okay, so there aren't any bears in this story. But there are vampires, phantoms, idlers, and warts. We're talking about vampire power, phantom loads, idling standby current, and wall warts however.

These terms all basically refer to the same thing: Electronic devices with two sharp, pointy teeth that latch into your wall sockets and suck electricity day and night, whether they're on or off, charging batteries or not. These can include TVs, VCRs, DVD players, answering machines, iPods, cell phones, stereos, laptops, desktops, anything with a remote, anything with a charger, and anything with a clock display. They are everywhere. Lurking.

Top 10 ways to fight vampires:

Unplug your devices. It's as simple as that. Pull TV/computer/stereo/etc. power cords out of the outlet. If they're not in use or if they're totally unneccesary (are you really going to ever use that VCR player again?), unplug.
Reduce your demand. Sure, electronic gizmos are fun. But do you really need 2 TVs for one room? If the answer is yes, then at least follow No. 6's advice!
Use the other off switch. Many devices also have an 'off' switch in the back. For example, most computers come with one 'soft' power switch on the front, which takes it from standby to on. Separately, there is usually a real 'on/off' switch located in the back on the power supply (near where the power cord goes in).
Turn off your power strip. Plug your devices and chargers into a power strip. And when you're not using those devices, turn the strip off.
Remove chargers from the wall when you're not charging. Your cell phone charger, iPod charger, laptop charger, etc. keeps drawing electricity even if your phone/Ipod/laptop/etc isn't charging. So if your phone says "Charge complete" (or worse, isn't even attached to your charger), pull the charger out of the wall.
Buy Energy Star certified appliances if you're in the market for new stuff. Energy Star takes standby power into account, and devices that qualify for certification draw less energy than others in "off" mode. Some of their best electronic items include cordless phones and audio equipment.
Get a cell phone that tells you to unplug it. Nokia will be rolling out new phones with audible alerts that say, "Battery is full, please unplug the charger." This feature will first appear in models 1200, 1208 and 1650 and will most likely debut in Europe.
Use a smart strip for your computer accessories. These work really well when it's not feasible to unplug your devices. Check out the Isole Plug Load Control. This power strip saves energy by monitoring occupancy. The Smart Strip Power Strip monitors power differences between computers and peripherals. This way, when you shut down your computer, the Smart Strip automatically shuts off the accessories. The Mini Power Minder also works by communicating between your computer and your accessory.
Use a Kill-A-Watt device to measure your electronics' power consumption. It can actually be kind of fun (and definitely enlightening) to run around your house and see how much juice each piece of equipment takes. You'll likely be surprised. (If you want something a little more hardcore, try Watts Up?).
Check out the GreenSwitch wireless home energy control system, which let's you cut power to various electronics quite easily. For other whole house devices and monitoring, this interview that might be right up your alley.

Source: Yahoo! Green

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Make Up 101 at Calista Grand

Calista Grand Salon & Spa in West Chester has invited 30 Chester County Moms to a fun day of Make-Up 101 on Sunday, October 5th.

We will learn...
* What brushes work best
* Colors that compliment your skin tone
* Picking the right foundation
* Tips and tricks that will make it easy for you to do at home

Please bring...
* A clean face
* Your make up brushes
* Your camera for before & after shots *

* 20% off any make-up purchases that day
* A FREE make-up lesson valued at $70,

This event will begin at 1:00PM and end at 4:00PM.

Registration Required. Space is limited. Please Register to sarah@chestercountymoms.com by 10/1/08

NBC10's Great Shredder Event

NBC10's Great Shredder Event is back!

When: October 4, 2008
Where: Delaware County Community College
901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063-1094

We continue to work with our partners at Iron Mountain to help you shred all of your old unwanted documents to keep you safe from identity theft. Even with technology, one of the most common ways thieves get your information is by going through your trash and finding something that has your name, address and account numbers or social security number. That is why it is so important to shred all of those kinds of documents.

Here's how it works:

Bring all of your old documents.

Do not bring binders, computers discs, videotapes, CDs, or DVDs. We will only be shredding paper!

When you arrive at the mall, leave your stuff in your car and come get in line. When you get to the front of the line, we have volunteers who will go with you to your car, load your documents into huge bins, and then you'll follow them to one of the many Iron Mountain shredding trucks.

There, you'll get to watch your material get shredded right in front of your eyes, so you'll know it's being disposed of properly.

Then you can join us under the NBC10 tent for freebies and more information about protecting yourself from identity theft.

We ask that no businesses come out, because we want to serve as many consumers as possible.

Sad News...


50% off the entire store, fixtures included and you know they have super cute stuff there!! Perfect for holiday gifts or just stock up on all your favorites! Paula Dorf!!

Mark the dates you don't want to miss this sale!!
Friday 10/3 - 11 - 9
Saturday 10/4 - 11 - 7
Sunday 10/5 - 12 - 5
Saturday 11/11 - 12 - 5
Saturday 11/18 - 12 - 5

Cash sales only...so remember to bring your checkbook!

Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms

Tara Rison, a new-to-the-area mommy and founder of Itty Bitty Bookworms, is launching her personal blog and is hosting tons of great giveaways.

Some of the prizes are:
·$25 in products from Discovery Toys
·$35 in products from Thistle Girl Design (graphics)
·$25 in products from Lost River Naturals (organic bath and body products)
·A book of your choice from Barefoot Books
·Children's books from The Itty-Bitty Bookworm
·2 beautiful bracelets

...and much more! So head on over to Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms right away and keep your eyes open for a great giveaway from Tara and Itty Bitty Bookworms in November.