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July 31, 2007

Huge Thank-You To Our Swag Bag Sponsors

It's Time To Celebrate Our Swag-Bags!

Siliconvalley_momsblog_chicagomom_2The Silicon Valley and Chicago Moms Blog contributors had a fantastic dinner sponsored by Yahoo, the night before BlogHer07.  You can see from the picture that we are all smiling, not only for the great company and food but because of our amazing swag bag! We were speechless after seeing all the wonderful swag our sponsors donated to our contributors. So, we would like to pass on a BIG THANK YOU! Here is a listing of the sponsors below. Please take a look at their products, they are all first rate. And another big thanks to Amy for being the Chicago swag production center.

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Yahoo_sponsorpg First of, we need to extend a big thanks to the sponsor of our dinner as well as 11 passed to BlogHer - Yahoo. Many of us are Yahoo users already so it was amazing to have their support to help our contributors meet-up at BlogHer.  Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!'s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Yahoo has a number of company blogs including the Yahoo Search Blog,Yahoo Tech, Yodal Anecdotal, Yahoo Developer Network Blog, and many other blogs. Yahoo also donated a mini-colored pencil set to our swag bag.

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Zazzle_3Zazzle_tee_shirtsZAZZLE - Zazzle not only donated our first set of blog tee shirts, but helped us with converting our blog design into a tee shirt design.  Their new printing technology allowed a quick turnaround time with a smooth feel, and their large selection of custom shirts allowed us to find the right style and color. We had so much fun, we are thinking about making buttons and stickers.

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Nannydeprived_planetmoms PLANET MOMS APPAREL was a big hit with their high quality fabrics and fantastically funny sayings on their hats like "Nanny Deprived" and "Secretary of Transportation". And tee shirts such as "I need a playdate", "World's Best Moms when her kids are at school" or the  "Whine? No. Wine? Yes. shirt that Kathy Griffin wore on her Bravo show, "My Life on the D List."

We know that there will now be a bunch of moms walking around town wearing the "Nanny Deprived" hats and "I need a playdate" shirts... cause we all are! And we will proudly wear our "World's Best Moms when her kids are at school" tee shirt for school drop-off.
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Wati_3 WATI.  Have your kids ever worn a Wati Design? This is one hip, savvy, exquisite designer that you must check out. Wati is a local, silicon valley mom who designs the most beautiful children's clothes.  You can typically find her designs at high end, boutiques or or her site.  Consider purchasing a "back to school dress" from Wati!  Your little girls will simply look darling - and the clothes are comfortable and child friendly!

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Love-Me-Knots - What little girl wouldn't look Adorable wearing a beautifully designed bows in her hair.  The dynamic creators of Love-Me-Knots, have created darling bows for all occasions!  If you are a mother of a little girl, you must take a look at these beautiful, hair accessories.   


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Wateroos - Are you trying to teach your kids healthy eating habits, which of course isn’t easy. The founder of Waterloos (who happens to be a Silicon Valley Mom) was always “inventing” ways to get her daughter to eat healthy stuff. And we  don't need to tell you that it doesn’t always work. With so many packaged sugary kids’ drinks readily available, it’s especially hard to make healthy choices while we’re on the go.

That’s how she got the idea for Wateroos purified water and all-natural fruit-flavored waters. With Wateroos, your kids can sip from a colorful drink box while they play along with Puddles the Penguin and the other Wateroo-ligans. And we get the convenience of a juice box but with healthier water inside instead which helps make at least one of our daily nutrition choices a little easier.
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Healthyhandfuls_2 Healthy Handfuls  generously gave us all boxes of cookies and Enjoy Life natural Brands Snickerdoodle cookies   Ok, let's be honest ladies - Who actually gave their kids the snickerdoodles?  I ate them before my kids, and they were simply DELICOUS! 

Healthy Handfuls, a company created by two moms, makes great-tasting
organic snacks that kids love – without all of the trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial colors. Try all three yummy snacks, available in convenient single-serve snack boxes or fun-size pouches – they're perfect for on-the-go snacking!
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Joan Goldner, the creator of the BusyBodyBook Family Organizer, screamed for joy and jumped up and down when we told her about the swag bags that we were giving to our contributors.  Joan has been reaching the blogosphere in full force, trying to let the mommy (and daddy) world know about BusyBodyBook.  This unique (and beautifully designed) family organizer is a great tool for the busy family, with many activities and events.  There are four different designs and a school year or calendar year option.  We absolutely encourage you to check out her website and learn more about BusyBodyBook!  Oh yes, Joan is also blogging, so check out her BusyBodyBook Blog!

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Teenspirit_3 Teen Spirit by Lady's Speed Stick is a fun way to introduce girls to deodorant with yummy fragrances including sweet strawberry, cool coconut, berry blossom and pink crush. Their FAQ page has information for parents and kids on using deodorant.   (Let's face it, what teen girl wants to be walking around with B.O.?)

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Jif_creamy Jif Peanut Butter - What can we say about Jif Peanut Butter other then what would moms do without that family food staple? The Jif website has recipes, giveaways, listing of entries from the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Contest and information about the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

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Tutor_com_3 TUTOR.COM: Tutor.com donated a certificate for 75 free minutes of online tutoring to our swag bag. Tutor.com Direct is the leading live, on demand tutoring service for families. Students receive one-to-one help the moment they need it from a professional tutor. There are no appointments to make and no schedules to keep. Traditional and online tutoring services force students to schedule time with a tutor days in advance and results in help just once a week, in one subject, at a scheduled time. Tutor.com empowers students to get help on demand - whenever they need it, in any subject.  Access to a professional tutor "right now" is a powerful tool that ensures students never fall behind, get frustrated or give up.

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Innobaby_logo_3 Innobaby Innobaby's Packin' SMART® is an all-in-one on-the go feeding solution for infant and toddler years. It's four products in one convenient stackable unit! The five-tier stack can be used as a formula dispenser, a snack case, a serving bowl, and a pacifier holder.

(Why oh why didn't they have this product years ago, when my kids were infants?)

LtdLTDChix.com (which stands for Living The Dream Chix) provided our contributors with the most amazing (and soft) mom tee-shirts. These tee-shirts are for the active, hip, savvy mothers. 

LTDChix tee-shirts show every day, overwhelmed  "mommy" situations and showcases mommy-hood at it's finest.  Does this sound familiar?  Do you drive a minivan?  Are you stuck to the vacuum all day and/or do you seem to have mountains of laundry that never seems to go away?  Maybe you play referee  between your kids, or do all the food shopping, while dragging your kids through the store...... If so, you simply have to check out these t-shirts.  Believe me, every mom deserves an LTDChix shirt....

BTW, the shirts are so incredibly soft, and make a great YOGA shirt!  Really, the quality of these tee's are outstanding!

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What do moms needing swag do for help? Call Phyllis of BabySwags.com. BabySwags.com provided us with these great products from two of her clients: DVD's from Baby Hands Productions and a PediaSense ReliaDose dropper

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Baby Hands - My Baby Can Talk First Signs and Sharing Signing DVD's. My Baby Can Talk has been honored with  fourteen national parenting awards that recognize this series as quality viewing for babies. These DVDs are the first baby sign language learning programs that features preverbal babies signing all of the words presented."

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Reliadose_pic_4 PediaSense - ReliaDose bottles - a bottle with a built in medicine dropper. ReliaDose® works with a baby's natural desire to feed, providing an easy and precise way to give medicine to a baby. It can ensure complete and gentle dosing of over-the-counter and prescribed liquid medication, as well as for liquid vitamin/mineral supplementation. Designed for accuracy and ease of use, it's a medicine delivery system that works for both babies and their caregivers.
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Vox_2 VOX from Six Apart donated tee shirts for our swag bag. We use Typepad for our blogging platform from Six Apart, so it was great to have them join in the fun. VOX is a free blog, blog hosting and photosharing site that has privacy controls perfect for families and friends to keep in touch.

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Onetruemediapic_3 One True Media - A one year premium membership to One True Media, an easy way to combine photos and video clips with words and music to personalize your online stories. "Quickly share with our Online Slideshow or get as creative as you want with our Video Montage. One True Media is quick and easy to use with no software downloads and immediate results."

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Bottle_coverCarseat Couture generously gave our contributors Baby Bottle Covers....What, you have not heard of a Baby Bottle Cover? Tired of scraped up bottles and chewed up sippy cups? Introducing the bottle slipcover that grows with a child from baby bottle days to sippy cup independence. Velcro TM closures also make this cover easy to monogram flat and a turn-down cuff gives it a cute tailored look. The velcro expands to fit a standard water bottle. Moms love the way their friends respond, saying the covers help their little ones identify their own bottle at daycare, thus keeping germ exchange down.

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Clean_well Clean Well What mom is not obsessed with keeping the children's hands clean? Really, arent we all walking around putting hand sanitizer on our kids 24/7?  Well, we are proud to let everyone know about CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Spray.   CleanWell Natural Hand Sanitizing Spray  is made with Ingenium, a patented formulation of essential plant oils proven to kill 99.99% of the harmful germs that can make you sick. The easy-to-use spray bottle with "no mess" flip top cap makes it perfect for your life on the go. The small size is great for any purse, back pack, glove box, or baby bag.   BTW, you can now get this hand sanitzer in Chicago at Whole Foods!

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Nibbler And last but not least, this was the biggest swag surprise. When Sugarmama from the Chicago Moms Blog emailed saying she would donate Nipple Nibblers we originally thought it had to do with breastfeeding. But we then found out that Nipple Nibblers is a product from Intimate Pursuits for Adults only. (no, not for the little guys....it is for the big boys!)

One of our contributors told us that Nipple Nibblers makes a great lip gloss, as well.... hmmmm.... Dare I say, I don't think you would find Nipple Nibblers at a tech conference!

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Again, on behalf of all of contributors, we would like to thank all of the businesses that donated gifts to our swag-bags.  We really, really, REALLY appreciate it!

Jill Asher and Beth Blecherman ... and the contributors of Silicon Valley Moms Blog & Chicago Moms Blog. Cross posted on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.

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