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June 28, 2007

And the Winner Is!






Here is what mod*mom will receive!

Vivre2 Vivre, a boutique fitness club in lovely downtown Palo Alto, will give mod*mom a 3 month Classic Membership and 2 free personal training sessions with Personal Trainer, Shelby Kushma.kls.......flksjflk

La_belle La Belle, the luxurious day spa in Stanford Shopping Center or Town and Country Palo Alto, will provide mod*mom with a suite of services, including a custom mini facial, a manicure, makeup, eyebrows and hair, customized to the winners need.............

Shopromilogo Romi Boutique will provide one outfit to help mod*mom update her look (up to $350 value).

MantraMantra (named one of SF Chronicle Michael Bauer's top 100 restaurants!) will provide a romantic dinner for two  for mod*mom and  her date of choice.... at their Palo Alto restaurant.  ($100 value).


Check back later today for more details on the runner-up prizes.

Click HERE to see the six finalists.

Mom_makeover As promised, we have wrapped up the challenging task of voting and choosing the finalists from the entries in the first ever Silicon Valley Moms Blog Makeover Contest. Our contributors helped us review the creative responses (take a look, 39 total!) and voted for their top three; all the voters agreed that picking standouts was nearly an impossible task. Still, they turned in their votes, we counted them up--and ended up with several ties.  So, instead of of the top three, we present to you the TOP SIX.

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who entered, you all deserve some pampering. But now we need to choose one winner. That choice is up to you readers. Here's how you make your vote count.

  1. Please VOTE on the poll below with your choice of the winner.  Only one entry per person.
  2. THE POLL WILL OPEN 12pm pst TODAY AND CLOSE Wednesday, June 27th at 8pm PST.
  3. Comments will not be published. 
  4. The Winner will be announced on Thursday, June 28th.
  5. When we announce the winner on June 28th, we will also announce the winners of The Flip Video Camcorder, LDTChix tee-shirts and BusyBodyBook Family Organizer, all chosen at random.  Everyone who submitted an entry to the Makeover Contest is eligible to win these giveaways.  (good luck!)

Thank you for helping us with this tough decision!

1. JB

Each day is the same but different
always go go go.
Don't get me wrong, I love my life
but it's getting to make me low.

My job was perfect,
my job was great,
I traveled, met interesting people,
and the dinners I ate!

Now the mom of two,
those days are long gone.
It's now half-eaten mac n'cheese
instead of fillet mignon.

Girl #1 was a sinch
she really gave us no fuss,
but Girl #2, now seven months
scared the pants off us.

Instead of that feeling of power & grace
brought on by fertility,
Four months into my pregnancy
I was off on disability.

I couldn't drive, I couldn't lift
I couldn't even walk to the corner.
Gone were my clients and co-workers,
this traveling rep became a loner.

Placenta previa was my diagnoses
and hemorrage a clear risk.
So for the next 5 months I patiently waited.
My poor husband - we couldn't even frisk!

No family here to help get through this
Golly, what do I do?
Just hang in tight & pray each night
to make it to the date I'm due.

Then the morning came too soon,
5 and 1/2 weeks early.
The bleeding and pain woke me at 5:00,
there was no stopping this girly.

Hello ambulance, hello neighbor
can you watch #1?
Hello mom-in-law in Michigan
the time has definitely come!

With my anemia & previa
I was lookin' mighty Elizabethan.
Thank goodness no transfusion was needed.
It really would not have been pleasin'.

It's now seven months later
and the worst of it is over,
but with no family here, my workday is 24/7
it's definitely time for a make-over!

Breastfeeding still keeps me up at night
the dark circles won't leave my eyes.
My extra 15-20 pounds seems to
have settled in my butt and thighs.

Where size 2-4 is now a memory
I couldn't hazard a guess
as to what size I wear today
and, of course, I need dress!

My husband has been invited to a weekend
at Pebble Beach with spouse by his side,
for schmoozing and dinners with the bosses -
their wives are likely to sigh.

Please help!
I'm in distress!
Please don't ignore
my S.O.S!

In the background is Sesame Street,
why is it I no longer love Grover?
I can't remember what my point is any longer,
Posted by: JB | May 30, 2007 at 09:10 AM

2.  Michelle Allen

This makeover sounds wonderful! I have two sons, 4 years and 11 months. They are amazing, wonderful boys and I am so lucky to have them. When my eldest was 18 months (about 2 years ago) I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I went through chemo and a bilateral mastectomy... and a very long time without being able to hold my son. I am a teacher and tried to teach through chemo, but that didn't work. I was too tired and in too much pain. After a few months of recovery, I went back to work and started feeling better. So much better, that we began the adoption of our second son. During that process, I began having complications from the medication and...to make a long story short, I recently had a hysterectomy and Oopherectomy in April of 2007. (The adoption finalized in March!) I currently feel like the only 32 year old mom going through menopause...and it sucks! I've been told by my oncologist that my prognosis is good, but that I need to redefine my idea of what 'normal life' feels like. Trying to be optomistic, I believe I will get through this and be able to return to work in the fall as well as have the energy to give to my boys every evening and weekend. For the past year, I was so tired, both my job and family suffered. I don't like to dwell on all of this and I certainly don't want this to be my most talked about experience....but a makeover to start a new part of my life, and to help define my new 'normal' would be great! Thanks!

3.  Sheila BD

...originally posted on Sheila's personal blog, http://www.starfishcircle.com/xiaolinmama/

Ist2_233094_zen_and_the_art_of_mo_2I love my new life - well not quite yet, but it's getting better. I'm picking the kids up earlier from school and am feeding them before 6:30 p.m.! What a feat for a working mom. I'm even cooking and not driving through McDonald's. Yee haw!

I have recently undertaken several new projects - learn how to blog, redo the garage and turn it in to a home office, figure out to squeeze blogs into my already busy day and not become obsessed by them, paint the house and get handle on the blogosphere. No small task, as I am sure you all know, especially in between loads of laundry and the pile of dishes that never goes away. I've also coordinated the school jogathon, organized a first communion party, chaperoned 2 field trips, set up an ice cream social and year end Boy Scouts celebration. I'm exhausted - in retrospect working in an office was almost a "vacation" from the rest of my life. hmmm...

Last week, I was reminded that I am not going through this transition all by myself - but the whole family is getting used to it. My son is used to being picked up late from school - 5:30 or 6:00 p.m., so since I have been self-employed I have been picking up my son earlier - 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. Seems like the least I can do, right? Well my son's best pals surrounded me after school one day last week and asked ever so sweetly, "Caden's mom (because I don't have a real name) when are you going to get another job? You're picking Caden up too early we need more time to play." I think to myself, I never win do I?

For those of you who don't know, the fine ladies at Silicon Valley Moms Blog are offering a makeover for one lucky mom. I would love the makeover to help me get to a place where I can figure out how to a do it all - okay, maybe just do some of it with better quality. At the very least, the workouts may fill up my time productively, so I can pick my son up later:) and restore the balance of order for the second grade at Caden's school.

after completing breast cancer treatment this year, my hair is growing back in wavey (it was always straight before) + i don't know what to do with it. my eyebrows grew back in, but i don't know what to do with them. i want to get back into life, especially since my daughter just started nursery school in palo alto + i don't want to be the hag mommy. she's never had a babysitter or daycare, even during treatment, my husband helped watch her. otherwise she's been right with me. we didn't have help with housekeeping either + my husband was remodeling our place (it's not finished). now that she's just started nursery school 2 afternoons per week, i'd like to care for my appearance + i'd really appreciate some celebrating + pampering + weight training.

...originally posted on Veronique's personal blog, http://tinyurl.com/2jkg5u

The lovely ladies over at the SV Moms Blog have launched a contest and are giving away some incredible prizes -- $1000 worth of pampering, fitness, and lovely duds for one deserving mama. Alls I gotta do it write about why I'm so deserving :-)

I think my Mother's Day photo says it all. I present my evidence:

Mother's Day

Note that I didn't post a big close-up. This one is plenty big enough for me.

I didn't used to have more than one chin. I used to actually take care of my hair -- now I am down to one haircut a year, and I am several months late for my yearly "do". I used to have cute, kinda funky, clothes that I fit into -- I've been obstinate (delusioned) in not buying my actual size for several years now. I made an effort to get my contacts in, my legs smooth, face made, and teeth vigorously flossed. I'm not even gonna talk about my weight.

Today I look like one frazzled lady.

My mornings are spent in typical mom-chaos, getting kids fed, dressed, brushed, flossed, packed, and delivered to school. By the time I get back in the mornings, it's just in time to change the baby's diaper, and off for his first nap. While he sleeps I get my work done -- laundry gets tossed into machines, dishes unloaded and loaded, email reviewed and responded to, writing and research done for my consulting and volunteer work. When the boy wakes up I'm the one ready for a nap.

My clothes are all from Target, Ross, and the sales rack at the Gap. 'Nuff said.

I've had eight and a half wonderful years of mommydom so far, and I wouldn't trade 'em for anything. It'd just be nice to just recharge and remember the hot mama I used to be... before anyone ever called me "Mommy".


I would love to beg, but I simply don't have the energy. I am now the mom of 4 kids. In the past 9 months, I survived 5 (yes, I said FIVE) months of bedrest due to a complicated twin pregnancy. I can tell you about every crack in the ceiling above my couch, every spider web, and fingerprint on the wall. But, that can't be tended to because next came the premature delivery of my twins via c-section, one that unfortunately needed neurosurgery and still needs more. We spend most days visiting physical therapy, having ultrasounds or CT scans, vision therapy, or meeting the Early Start providers from the county. Needless to say, my "free time" goes to caring for my other 3 kids, my husband (who's that?) and my house (now I know I used to have wood floors under all this laundry...) I am lucky to get the 4 and 7 year olds out the door and to school most days, let alone get a shower and dressed myself, so if I could remember what it felt like to exercise and have a real haircut or wearing clothes other than spit-up stained sweatpants, it would be a small miracle. But, on the other hand, who really cares? You all know as well as I do, that even with all the above chaos, I would do it all over again and if I look like cousin "it" for the next couple of years, at least my kids still love me! I guess I have a good excuse! There is just nothing like being a mom. Happy Mother's day!


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