Mats, tumbling, parachutes, balance beam…and you get to take your shoes off?

Basically, The Little Gym had my daughter at hello.

Particularly on such a hot, hot, hot summer day.

What a bright, inviting place for a little girl to jump around!  And a little bit of deja vu for mama–about 20 years ago, my little brother used to take a gym class in the original gym that used that same space!

It was particularly exciting to hear about The Little Gym’s new charity partnership with the amazing Soles4Souls. With the symbolic kickoff at this event, and beginning this fall with the 2012-2013 Season of classes, children and parents can donate shoes they
have outgrown or no longer need in special Soles4Souls drop boxes located in the lobbies of The Little Gym locations.  All the shoes will be sent to Soles4Souls, which is committed to collecting and distributing shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters.


Mighty Fine: Starring Andie MacDowell and Chazz Palminteri (movie review)

 Remember when you had to go to the theater for a movie screening? I was extremely privileged to have the chance to take part in an online movie screening and simultaneous chat that also included a post-screening conversation with two of the actors from the movie. How cool is that?! Even though the system had some glitches, it was a very cool experience.

That said, I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. Set in the 1970’s, “MightyFine” is the story of Joe Fine (Chazz Palminteri) who moves his family–his Holocaust surviver wife Stella (Andie MacDowell), and two daughters Natalie (Jodelle Ferland) and Maddie (Rainey Qualley)–from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Joe adores his family, spends lots of money on them that they may or may not have and has some serious anger-management problems which result in some terrifying outbursts.


Little Mommy Day with Rosie Pope

It it hard to imagine a more exciting event for a doll-obsessed little girl.

Mattel, along with Rosie Pope, maternity designer and love her or hate her star of Bravo’s Pregnant in Heels and alice+olivia designer Stacey Bendet, hosted a special “Little Mommy Day” in anticipation of Mother’s Day and in celebration of Rosie’s partnership with the Little Mommy Brand.

We walked into Dylan’s Candy Bar, itself an exciting destination, and my daughter was immediately given the chance to adopt a new baby doll.


Amid brightly colored treats (along with some healthier brunch options), little girls were given the chance to bathe, feed and put to sleep their new babies and to try out many of the accessories in the Little Mommy line.


It’s a Very Veggie World with Country Crock (Pizza flag recipe)


I must admit, I have never had a problem getting my kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.  I know, though, that I am in the minority (don’t call it luck–it’s at least 95% training!) and that parents sometimes resort to all sorts of subterfuge to get their children to eat healthy. Ick. Please don’t hide spinach in your children’s brownies–it’s doesn’t pack that much of a nutritional punch and definitely doesn’t teach them to eat healthy.

Clare Crespo, along with Country Crock, has come up with a whole bunch of really fun recipes (kind of like food crafts) which could probably coax even the pickiest eater to take at least a tiny bite.


Strut Moms: Live From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Today, February 16th at 3:00pm, marks the first moms’ fashion show as part of Fashion Week!

Hosted by fabulous supermodel mom Iman and brought to you by The Moms , Mom-entum  and Getting Gorgeous this fashion show should prove to be groundbreaking…

Real moms of all sizes will walk down the runway wearing affordable yet trendy mom-friendly fashions. There will even be a couple of moms with fabulous pregnant bellies as well as a couple of moms slinking down the runway with a stroller–the ultimate in mom accessory.


Happy Birthday Elmo: Elmo’s Favorite Things DVD Release Party

Try to imagine a 2 ½ year old’s vision of a perfect day:  a bunch of friends, music , arts and crafts, cookies, candy, cake and balloons are all pretty good ingredients, no?

At Elmo’s 3 ½ year old birthday party (Monsters count birthdays differently than humans, natch), we were even treated to a musical performance from the real Elmo himself with his pal Leela, from Sesame Street.

Throw in a meeting with Elmo and you’ve passed happy and into the realm of completely awestruck. The only catch?  After seeing human sized Elmo impersonators for so long, try to convince the 2 ½ year old in question that the small red puppet with the man’s  hand in his tush is the ‘real’ Elmo. Though a little thrown off, my little one truly enjoyed her hug :) I was just hugely starstruck to meet Kevin Clash!