Friday, May 29, 2009

Summertime and the Livin's Easy #5: Giveaway!!

I'm wrapping up Mama's Month today, and I've had a great time celebrating Mamas, motherhood and some of the related accoutrements. There's still time, though, to enter the summer giveaways this week!

Start your summer reading off right with an autographed copy of Andrea Buchanan's testament to the courage of women and the light of the human spirit, Note to Self. I have 2 copies of this incredible book to give away and I just know you'll love reading it.

You'll really love it, in fact, while you're sitting under your beach umbrella, enjoying the ocean air and looking on fondly while your little one plays with the kid-and eco-friendly Sand Play Set from Green Toys! I have one of these super-cool sets, made from recycled milk jugs, to give away, just in time for your next trip to the beach.

Leave a comment here or on Mama's Facebook page and you're entered to win. I'll pick winners at random on Sunday at 9 PM Eastern Time and announce them Monday.

Happy Weekend!

Summertime and the Livin's Easy #4: Farmers' Markets

Yesterday's post about homemade gazpacho featuring red, ripe tomatoes got me all excited for our local weekly farmers' market. It's just getting started for the season and honestly, the way I feel about the opening of the farmers' market isn't unlike the way I felt as a kid on Christmas Eve.

The food is better, cheaper, greener than anything I can find in the supermarket. We eat better in the summer and early fall here than any other time of year. Maybe next year I'll throw a "Farmers' Market is Open" party...

There are hundreds and hundreds of farmers' markets across the country offering quality produce, herbs, eggs, milk, honey--and so much more, usually for less. Don't know of one near you? Check out Local Harvest, an online nationwide directory of farmers' markets. Search for a market near you, or near your next travel destination. Find market events, sign up for their newsletter, read their blogs or buy from them direct online.

Nothing says summer like a ripe tomato and a bunch of basil so fragrant that it perfumes the kitchen. Find a market, grab a bag and enjoy a summer morning near you.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summertime and the Livin's Easy #3: Gazpacho

There's nothing like an authentic gazpacho on a summer afternoon. This recipe comes from my mother-in-law who is of Catalan descent. It will be perfect for a light lunch after your morning at the beach playing with your Green Toys Sand Set and reading your autographed copy of Note to Self. (Both giveaways are still running!)

Mama's Mama-in-Law's Gazpacho

2-3 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
2 tablespoons aged Sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/2 lbs ripe, red tomatoes, cored, quartered--the quality of your tomatoes will determine the quality of your gazpacho. Homegrown or local farmers market tomatoes are best, ripe, red and firm.
1/2 cup EVOO
Day old baguette (just a 2 to 3 inch section, crusts removed)
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped

Soak bread in at least 1/2 cup of water until drenched, squeeze out water and discard, setting bread aside.

Mince and mash garlic. Mix with bread, vinegar, sugar and half of tomatoes in a food processor until tomatoes are chopped. Add remaining tomatoes and mix until chopped. Slowly add EVOO while mixing and blend until very smooth.

For a very smooth soup, strain through a sieve and discard any solids. Chill soup in a glass container in refrigerator for at least three hours.

Season with salt and vinegar to taste. Garnish with cucumber on top. Serve cold.

You can still win this week's giveaways from Green Toys and Simon and Schuster! Leave a comment to enter.








Summertime and the Livin's Easy #2: Beach Reading

While you spend a leisurely afternoon on the beach, your kids enthralled and entirely occupied by the kid-and eco-friendly Sand Play Set from Green Toys that you won from this week's giveaway, surely you will need something to read.

That's where this week's second giveaway comes in. Before you pick up that trashy romance rag, you might want to open up one of two autographed copies of Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation and Heartbreak and Overcoming It All, a collection of powerful essays by women who have struggled and succeeded against the odds.


Conceived and edited by award-winning filmmaker, writer, director and producer, Andrea Buchanan, Note to Self includes stories from superstars like Sheryl Crow, Kathy Najimy and Mariska Hargitay. Buchanan also shares the stories of "regular" women, women who have been challenged and who have endured.

These stories speak to the intrepid nature of the human spirit and will touch the heart of any woman. You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel the wisdom of these women and tap into the strength we all possess.

That's what I call summer reading.

I'll run this giveaway in tandem with yesterday's. Both will go through the weekend. Leave a comment here or on Mama's Facebook page or tweet me (mamascup) and you're entered to win. It's that simple.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summertime and the Livin's Easy #1: Green Toys Giveaway

Mama's Month isn't finished yet here at Mama's Cup. We've got 2 giveaways to go before we wrap things up.

I'm kicking things off with this sand-tastic Sand Play Set from Green Toys . It comes complete with all the tools your kids need to make the best castle on the beach. Even better, it's safe and eco-friendly. Like all the other stuff Green Toys makes, this playset is made from recycled milk jugs. It's also BPA and lead paint-free. Good for your kids, good for the environment. And, they're products are made in the U.S.A.

I'll run this one through the weekend. You know the drill: leave a comment here, on Mama's Facebook page or tweet me (mamascup) and you're entered to win.

Express Yourself: Winners!

We had a fun-filled, outdoorsy, sunshiney holiday weekend. And not one person got sunscreen in their eyes!

There was the big beach cookout where my little one got dirtier than she's ever been; the parade down Main Street with all the pomp and circumstance one expects from a small town; and the Memorial Day festival: expensive games, cheap prizes and rides that had me begging festival employees for Dramamine. They don't call it "Dizzy Dragons" for nothing.

Almost as exciting: I have last week's winners for the PeaceLoveMom and Bard Cards giveaways!

Ann of Ann's Rants, you've won the awesome, eco-chicy, slightly rocker-mom, reusable tote from PeaceLoveMom! (Dramamine not included.)


And Kate of Having My Say has won the Bard Cards from Letterary Press.


Congratulations to you both! Email me your contact information and I'll get your prizes off to you shortly.

Stay tuned for the final giveaways for Mama's Month here at Mama's Cup...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Express Yourself #4: TGIF

Holy cr@p, I don't think I like anything half so much as a warm and sunny Friday at the beginning of a long weekend! We've got all the good Memorial Day stuff on our itinerary this weekend: small town Memorial day fair, cookout at the beach, a parade within walking distance of our house. It's the official beginning of my official favorite season, officially. I think we might even revisit Mama's Memorial Day Watermelon Maritini. It's been a while...

The only other thing I have on the agenda is to pick 2 lucky winners for this week's giveaways from PeaceLoveMom and Letterary Press. Just leave a quick note here and you're entered to win. Yep, it's that simple. I'll pick 2 winners at random this Sunday and announce them here on Monday.




Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Express Yourself #3: Bard Cards

Sometimes, you need just the right card to say just the right thing. Usually, you can't find that card at Hallmark. That's where Letterary Press comes in, a witty, classic print shop that has the perfect card for every occasion, the perfect measure of self-expression, every time.

I've told you about this lovely little shop before. We're revisiting this keeper of the literary flame in honor of Mama's Month's Express Yourself Week. The generous Marty at Letteray Press has offered a set of her "Bard Cards" for giveaway to a lucky Mama's Cup reader!

"Bard Cards" offer a delightful assortment of some of the best the Bard has to offer ("Blessed are the peacemakers on earth."; "Commit the oldest sins in the newest ways."; "This above all: to thine own self be true.") all printed with soy ink on 100% post-consumer recycled card stock, and come with matching envelopes.



I'm running this giveaway alongside the awesome PeaceLoveMom tote bag giveaway. Both giveaways will run through this weekend. I'll pick two winners at random this Sunday night (9PM Eastern time.) Leave a comment here, on Mama's Facebook Page or tweet me and you're entered to win.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Express Yourself #2: Blogging Through It

Mommy blogging is big business these days. So big, in fact, that many would say that mommy blogging has jumped the shark.

But Mamas know better.

Mama bloggers are the extended family and friend network of the 21st century. So many of us live at a significant geographical (or emotional?) distance from our own families that mommy blogs fill a significant void in our motherhood experience. Even those of us who are closer to our families find comfort, humor, encouragement and acceptance from other Mamas online.

In celebration of this form of honest, informative--and occasionally snarky--dialogue, I'd like to share a short list of some of my favorite Mama bloggers who are, at the end of the day, just blogging through it. Like the rest of us.

Favorite New (to me) Blog: Ann's Rants--Confessions of a Work Week Widow. OK, this is some funny shit, Mamas. She's a writer, she's a Mama, she's up to her elbows in pull-ups and she retains her sense of humor. She's also something of a potty mouth. This is a woman I could share a margarita with. No doubt about it.

Teachable Moments Blog: eensies is a wonderful blog, written by two elementary school teachers with armloads of ideas to share. It's a real asset for anyone with a little one who wants to move beyond Dora and all that other "smart" TV nonsense. These ladies actually know what they're talking about.

For the Mama Who Works Outside the Home: The Mama Bee is a smart, sharp blog totally plugged in to the delicate balance a working Mama negotiates daily.

Best Bargains, by Mamas, for Mamas: Cool Mom Picks. Surely you've heard of these ladies. They know everything about everything that every Mama needs to know.

Daddy Love: Lest I be accused of sexism, I'd like to highlight the fabulous work of some of the lesser common Daddy bloggers. They are funny, honest and in possession of that mysterious Y chromosome. They should also be paid the same wage as we Mama bloggers. Wait...

Two of my favorites are Pacing the Panic Room and Cry it Out. These guys aren't afraid to tell it like it is, leaky diapers and all.

Express yourselves, Mamas! Leave a comment here. Tell me about a blog you love, share your own blog, or just your thoughts and you're entered to win a fantastic giveaway from PeaceLoveMom. (Details here.)






Express Yourself #1: Win This From Peace Love Mom

Mamas are the great communicators. We fill countless hours with exploration, fun and our boundless wisdom. We read, we count, we teach our children to "use their words." We sing songs we don't know all the words to, we field questions on physics, philosophy and anatomy on a daily basis. By the time our children enter elementary school, we have answered the question "Why?" 1.3 million times.

In honor of our efforts at furthering humanity's collective conversation, I'm hosting a rocking giveaway, geared toward Mamas who know how to express themselves.

The fabulous ladies of PeaceLoveMom are offering this awesome, eco-chic tote, emblazoned with the words: PeaceLoveMom. Tell the world how much you like your job as Chief Executive Mama. Let everyone know that sustainability is important to you. Make sure everyone realizes that you have really good taste in tote bags. Express yourselves, Mamas!

Just leave a comment here, over at Mama's Facebook page, or tweet me and you're entered to win! I'll choose the lucky winner at random this coming weekend.

Make sure you check out PeaceLoveMom's online store. (I've been loving these ladies for a while now.) Buy something this week and get free shipping on orders over $20 (in the continental U.S.) with the code MAMASCUP09. They have products for all the Mamas, kids and babies in your life. Their cotton clothing is of the highest quality, with the hippest designs.
I know you know how to spread the word, so tell everyone you know, Mamas!







Yoga by the Dozen Winners!

We're kicking up our heels into a Three Legged Dog pose over here! Why? Because we're thrilled to announce the winners of last week's Yoga by the Dozen giveaway.

Congratulations Ruth, Angela and Stefania! Before you know it, you'll be Downward Dogging it with your little yogis. Email me with your information and I'll have your gift sets in the mail before you can say "om."

Thanks again to the very generous people at Yoga by the Dozen.

Namaste, Mamas!

Friday, May 15, 2009

I Give and I Give...

OK, not me so much as my fabulously generous sponsors. Speaking of giving, there's still time to win this week's zen-tastic Yoga by the Dozen giveaway! (Details here.)




And, because it's still Mama's Month here at Mama's Cup, I've got something pretty special up my sleeve for next week's giveaway...

Have a terrific weekend!

National Children's Book Week #5: Children's Choice Book Award Winners

The votes have been tallied and the numbers are in; America's young readers have spoken. The 2009 Children's Choice Book Award Winners have been selected. And the winners are:


K through 2 Book of the Year is The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by the talented and playfully irreverent Mo Willems. In this sequel, everyone's favorite bus-driving pigeon contemplates the responsibilities of pet ownership.


Grades 3 through 4 Book of the Year is Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams. (These are the Children's Choice Awards, remember.)


Grades 5 through 6 Book of the Year is Thirteen by Lauren Myracle. This doesn't really appear to be literature, per se, but arguably, neither was Nancy Drew. (I still love The Hidden Staircase. Nancy was one tough chick. Nothing like a teenage girl who knows how to employ the powers of deductive reasoning.)

Teen Choice Book of the Year is, unsurprisingly, Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Ms. Meyer also took the Author of the Year Award for the series which centers around the adventures of teen vampires, both virtuous and villainous, and the girl who loved them. (I know I'm dating myself here, but I have to be honest and say that The Lost Boys remains my most beloved teen vampire story. Twilight the movie was cool and everything, but Jason Patric is still my favorite reluctant vampire.)

And, finally, the Illustrator of the Year Award goes to one of our favorite author/illustrators, Jon J Muth for his work in Zen Ties:


A tale of kindness
Stillwater, the Panda, tells
with Koo, in haiku.

What about you? I know you have a favorite children's book around your house. Leave a comment here and you could win of three fantastic gift sets from Yoga by the Dozen. Read this for more details. I'll choose three lucky winners at random this weekend. Good luck!



Thursday, May 14, 2009

National Children's Book Week #4: Before John Was a Jazz Giant

Being the music junkies that we around our house, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that this fantastic book--Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane--is not yet a part of our permanent collection. But you can bet it will be soon.

This true story of a young boy named John Coltrane growing up in the South is lyrically told by Carole Boston Weatherford. You can just about hear the soundtrack of Coltrane's youth as you turn the pages. Artist Sean Qualls makes small details of the jazz giant's boyhood come alive through gorgeous illustrations with a retro feel.

Whether you've named your daughter Naima or you're just getting acquainted with 'Trane, this is a true masterpiece of a book, celebrating a musical maestro, that everyone will enjoy.

While you're here, don't forget to tell me about your favorite children's book! When you leave a comment here, you could win one of three awesome gift sets from Yoga by the Dozen. I'll draw winners at random this weekend.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

National Children's Book Week #3: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Since I was young, I have had a special affinity for Lewis Carroll's most celebrated work: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Fantastical, spectacular and a little bit spooky, this timeless tale has met its artistic match in the particular pop-up majesty of Robert Sabuda.

A story this splendidly surreal deserves illustrations that awe. Sabuda's artwork, as usual, delivers. Sabuda has a long list of classics-turned-pop-up--including Peter Pan and the Chronicles of Narnia--but Alice is, by far, my favorite.

Don't forget to tell me about your favorite children's book. When you leave a comment here, you could win one of three awesome gift sets from Yoga by the Dozen. I'll draw winners at random this weekend.

National Children's Book Week #2: How I Learned Geography

How I Learned Geography, by Uri Shulevitz is one of those rare children's books that speaks to people of all ages, despite its genre. This deeply personal story is woven together from Shulevitz's memories of his family's experience during the Holocaust. A Caldecott Honor Book, it is a story of a family living in self-imposed exile during WWII and struggling to survive. A father's gift of a map transforms their experience, frees their imaginations and lifts their spirits. It is a testament to the power of the mind and to the intrepid nature of the spirit.


Beautifully illustrated by Shulevitz in watercolor and ink, this is a journey you won't soon forget.

Tell me about a children's book you love and you could win one of three gift sets from Yoga by the Dozen, including their terrific DVD. You can also use Mama's Facebook page to enter this giveaway, or, just send me a tweet! This is a giveaway you and your little one will love!

Monday, May 11, 2009

National Children's Book Week #1

This week is National Children's Book Week, a week that celebrates books for kids of all ages. But why a Children's Book Week? Well, as they say on their website, "it all began with the idea that children's books can change lives."

This couldn't be more true.

There is nothing like watching the sails of a child's imagination unfurl while reading or being read to. There is no frigate like a book, indeed. And few people are more willing to explore the uncharted waters of a good story than children.

This week, I'll be sharing with you some of my very favorite children's books, old and new. And I want you to do the same! Leave a comment here all week (or leave a message on Facebook or Twitter) and mention a children's book your little one enjoys, or a book you loved from your childhood.

At the end of the week, I'll choose three lucky winners at random who will receive a gift set from the fantastic Yoga by the Dozen (you remember them) which includes the Yoga by the Dozen DVD and kids' tee shirt. This is a seriously cool giveaway, Mamas. Each gift set retails for around $40, so make sure you don't miss this one.

And stay tuned for some of our favorite children's books, all week!

Magnificent Mama Winners

Did everyone have a nice Mother's Day? Did you sleep in until 9:30? Have a deep tissue massage? Let me guess, you didn't cook a meal all day, do any laundry or clean up after anyone, right?

Right.

Well, Mamas, don't despair! There are still three weeks of Mama's Month happening right here, complete with more cool giveaways. And while I might not be able to make sure the dishwasher gets unloaded for you, I can make sure you get the respect and admiration you deserve. (Or at least a few freebies.)

To that end, I happily announce last week's Magnificent Mama Winners:


Sara (who commented on the Magnificent Mama #2 post) will enjoy Cookie Magazine free for one year!

Stace, you've won an autographed copy of MOMfulness, by Denise Roy. TheGonzoMama, also won a copy of this terrific book, via Twitter.

AgentCat47 (Catherine), you're the lucky winner of the Joyful Heart Foundation mini "swag bag!"

Congratulations, Mamas! Email me at mamascup@gmail.com with your mailing address and I'll make sure I get your prizes out to you this week.

And thank you to everyone who shared your own Magnificent Mama stories!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Magnificent Mama #5: Amanda Soule


Today's Magnificent Mama is a little different from the others. She isn't a head of state. She hasn't won an Emmy. She isn't president of an international foundation. What she is, however, is an inspiration to regular Mamas everywhere. Mother to four adventurous children, she is also an author, photographer and artist. She is Soule Mama, Amanda Blake Soule.

I stumbled on her blog many months ago. Since then, I return often, looking for inspiration. Sometimes I find crafts; often, I'm greeted with beautiful photos; but always I find space.

The key to Soule Mama's success is the openness of her approach to motherhood--and to life in general. Nature, creativity and a peaceful mindset inform her writing and, despite some moments filled with "chaos and craziness," you get the feeling that she pretty much loves her life. She even loves those moments of chaos. This much is clear from her writing. So clear, in fact, it's like you can feel it.

For encouraging creativity within her family and others, for living by peaceful example, for reminding all of us to slow down and take a look at this very moment--right now--and embrace it, chaos and all, Amanda Blake Soule is truly a Magnificent Mama!

Know a Magnificent Mama who has touched your life? Tell me about her here, here, here or here and you could win one of four of this week's fantastic giveaways, including a mini "swag bag" from Joyful Heart!

I'll select four winners at random (that's right--no English degree required, just write from the heart!) on Sunday and announce them here!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Magnificent Mama #4: Michelle Obama


This blog is not about politics; it is about motherhood. And as Mamas go, Michelle Obama is as classy, as articulate and as devoted a mother as you could hope to find. Oh, and she just happens to be our First Lady.

Born and raised on Chicago's South Side by two loving, hard-working parents, Michelle and her brother grew up learning how much easier hard work becomes when buoyed by laughter.

A product the Chicago public school system, she took her education seriously. She was a permanent fixture on the honor roll of every school she attended. (Reading was reportedly a big activity in her childhood home.) Eventually, she found her way to Harvard Law School.

Michelle Obama, neƩ Robinson, is a proponet of strong, educated communities. She has begun advocating on behalf of military families. She is also an organic gardener. Even the Queen Mother is, apparently, a fan.

For the distance she has travelled, between Chicago's South Side in 1964 and her current residence on Pennsylvania Avenue; for the work she has done to assist the needy within her community; and for the model of service and poise she provides to young women everywhere, Michelle Obama is, undoubtedly, one Magnificent Mama.

Know a Magnificent Mama who has touched your life? Tell me about her here, here, here or here and you could win one of four of this week's fantastic giveaways, including a mini "swag bag" from Joyful Heart!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Magnificent Mama #3: Madonna Coffman

When Madonna Coffman was in her 20s, she developed alopecia--an auto-immune disease that impedes a person's ability to grow hair and causes total scalp hair loss. With the assistance of medication, Coffman did eventually recover. A decade and a half later, Coffman's four-year-old daughter developed the disease, something that Coffman describes as "ten times harder" than her own hair loss. It was her daughter's struggle and eventual recovery that spurred Coffman to found Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a non-profit, whose mission is to return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. Children suffering hair loss from any medical diagnoses--alopecia, cancer treatment, etc.--are fitted and provided with the best possible hair prosthetics, completely free of charge.

Only a woman whose own child has been through such a difficult transformation would even understand or anticipate a need like this. But there is a need. Says the Locks of Love website:

"There are several problems facing children who suffer long-term medical hair loss. Most wigs sold by retailers are made to fit adult heads, and are much too big for children to wear. They often require the use of tape or glue to keep them from falling off, and these adhesives can burn or irritate the scalp. Often, the styles of adult wigs are not age-appropriate and synthetic wigs can mat and frizz with excessive styling. "

A program which she started in her garage, Coffman has brought her mission to thousands of children. Now, Locks of Love is recognized as one of the "Best in America," an award bestowed by Independent Charities of America.
Coffman turned her daughter's struggle into success; thousands of children are so grateful that she did.

Madonna Coffman: Magnificent Mama.


Tell me about a Magnificent Mama who has touched your life! Leave a comment here and you could win one of four great giveaways this week: a mini "swag bag" from the Joyful Heart Foundation, a year's subscription to Cookie Magazine or one of two signed copies of Denise Roy's zen guide for Mamas, MOMfulness. (Original giveaway post here.)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Magnificent Mamas #2: Mariska Hargitay


Fearless, dynamic and downright fabulous. These words leap to mind when Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Mariska Hargitay is mentioned. Her commitment to her work, her family and her charitable causes--mainly through the Joyful Heart Foundation, which she founded in 2004--is admirable to say the least. Some would call it epic.

And after a decade of playing Detective Olivia Benson on the absurdly successful Law & Order: SVU, she is going stronger than ever.

It's through her time on SVU that Hargitay became aware of the grim realities of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse in this country. Says Hargitay of her education on these issues, "It wasn't just in the scripts for the show, but in the many emails I received from viewers disclosing their stories of abuse, many for the first time."

Instead of turning away from the pain, Hargitay educated herself. She spent many, many hours studying the facts, she became an advocate for survivors through a Manhattan-based rape crisis program and, eventually, she started her own foundation, Joyful Heart, whose mission it is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. All this while keeping her day job!

Over the last five years, the Joyful Heart Foundation has helped thousands of people reclaim joy in their lives, guiding them toward the light of hope that shines so brightly from a newly opened heart. Hargitay's commitment, her desire to make a difference, her willingness to take hands with those struggling in shadow have paid off in ways she'll likely never know. Her work has touched the lives of so many people, in such a deep and meaningful way. And through it all, she maintains her poise, her balance and her sense of humor.

Now that's one Magnificent Mama.

Know a Magnificent Mama who has touched your life? Tell me about her here, here, here or here and you could win one of four of this week's fantastic giveaways, including a mini "swag bag" from Joyful Heart!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Magnificent Mamas #1

This week is "Magnificent Mamas Week" at Mama's Cup. I'll be blogging about some truly tremendous Mamas, and encouraging you readers to share some stories about Magnificent Mamas who have touched your lives.

A Magnificent Mama is any mother who makes the world a better place--with her grace, her commitment, her capacity to love and to laugh.

I know you know at least one Magnificent Mama. So tell us about her and why you think she's so special. You can write about her on Mama's Facebook page (just become a "fan" and you'll be able to scribble away). Or, if you're a Mama of fewer words, tweet me and tell me all about the Magnificent Mama you know in just 140 words. Or, as always, you can post a comment right here at Mama's Cup. At the end of the week, I'll select four--that's right FOUR--lucky winners at random.

Two winners will receive a newly autographed copy of Denise Roy's zen guide to motherhood, MOMfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace.

One reader will recieve a one-year subscription to Cookie Magazine. Keep it for yourself, or pass it on to that Magnificent Mama.

And one reader will recieve a super-cool mini "swag bag" from the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that is currently celebrating five years of healing, educating and empowering survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.


The organization's founder is Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU. A supremely talented actress, a voice for the voiceless and a hardworking mother, she is also my first "Magnificent Mama" profile this week...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Mama the Social Networker


Mama now has her very own Facebook page! Become a fan, pass it on!


And don't forget to come back on Monday for some Mama's Month fun & giveaways!


Have a terrific weekend, Mamas!