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SoCal Mom Expo October 25-26, 2013 Be There!

SoCalMomExpoSo There’s This Mom Expo.  Have you heard? Have you heard?!  It’s this thing they’re doing in Calabasas:

October 25 & 26, 2013, Saturday, 10am-3pm and Sunday, 10am-4-pm

Ladies and tiny people, we would like to make an ANNOUNCEMENT...mommytrain.com is an official Mom Expo sponsor! And we are totally going to be there!  And we want to meet you and your precious baby urchins!  This event is in line with everything we want to do. It’s about education and fun and connection, and the kids get to run around and do storytime and crafts while the mamas look at pretty tote bags and talk to child care experts and other mommies.  Naturally, we had to crash that party. And you can come too! Admission is only $5 per adult, and $16 for four adults, and that covers both days! You could hang out with us TWICE.  But wait… There’s more… We want you to come so much that we will give you tickets. For reals. Just show up to one of our awesome events (click here), and we’ll hand you two tickets in an adorable gift bag. Or simply like our Facebook page click here  and leave a comment with your email address and how many tickets you would like, and we’ll send them to you! Just come.  You know you want to. The theme is Positive Affirmations of A Mother’s Journey. Because, I mean, who couldn’t use some positive affirmation on their mommy trip?  So stop by our awesome booth, and we will positively affirm the crap out of you, and tell you all about the amazing things that mommytrain.com is about to start. You need to know this stuff.

For more info:  www.socalmomexpo.com

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Get Ready for Playdate Nirvana

June 20, 2013

Pamperplay_1Pamper & Play

Forget the planned activities, the crying, the stress of chasing your toddler around as she tries to bite your girlfriend’s son on the ankle. This is a whole new kind of playdate. The kind you don’t have to supervise. Imagine… you drop your kids off in the cozy indoor playground on the bottom floor, and you leave the room. It’s okay, because there are trained, background­checked, kid­loving staff down there who will make sure your tot not only keeps his teeth off his neighbor, but has a great time, too.

Meanwhile, you head upstairs to the place of mommy legend: The Lounge. The quiet, wifi equipped, coffee lounge, with easy chairs and a mysterious lack of whining, plus adult company with other moms who will laugh at your lost diaper story and cry with you over the loss of your bikini belly. These moms are here for the exact same reasons you are, fun for the kids and restoration for the mamas. This is the beauty of Pamper & Play. And that is not all. Oh, no, that is not all.
There is also Parents’ Night Out, when you get to drive away from the building and do whatever the heck you want for four hours. Hit the spa. Date your husband. Buy groceries the way you used to, with an unchewed list and unbroken concentration. Whatever floats your boat.

The kids will be busy learning yoga or art or science, eating pizza, or doing crafts and water play outside, while you do what you despaired of ever doing again­­ take care of you. Even if you don’t want to travel so far away from your urchins, there happens to be a lovely salon one door down, where you can get your hair cut in peace by a real stylist, which is about 45 times better than a four­year­old with safety scissors.
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How did Pamper & Play happen? Owner Carole Cablk noticed a common thread in local supervised play venues. The kids may have been having a blast, but the moms… not so much. Often they had no place to sit except for the front sidewalk or a hard bench, where they whipped out their smart phones and took advantage of the downtime as best they could. Suddenly the need became obvious­­ a place where moms could feel welcome and nurtured and comfortable enough to make friends at the same time their kids did. A place with cushions and caffeine and wifi. And Carole could make the best use of her natural love of kids by building the most safe, fun, nurturing indoor playground in West L.A.

So there you have it. No excuses for that impending breakdown that you’ve felt coming on slowly for weeks now. Head it off with a mommy­friendly playdate, class, or party at Pamper & Play. No one will bite. Not even your kid.

xox,

Ana & Daniela

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One birthday party venue that won’t make you cry.

July 1, 2013

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water_sand_tableAt mommytrain.com, we are all about the easy, the practical, the yes: I baked these myself! (in the trunk of the car). That’s why we had to tell you about Sophie’s birthday party at Art Zone, West Los Angeles. Because, people, this place is genius.

To start off, the kids cannot get bored. There’s no way. We had twelve children and four babies on hand, and they were hopping nonstop.

Art Zone’s amazing staff kept them occupied with creative activities like clay projects, water paint, green goop, squeegee paint, shaving cream, glitter hand-prints, and more. When they weren’t making messes, they ran around the two-story playhouse with a fire pole, play kitchen, jump through windows, reading nook, and dress up supplies.

And guess what! We cleaned nothing. We just packed up our gifts and leftover cupcakes and took off, fifteen minutes after the party ended. Art Zone supplied all the paper products, utensils, candles, and even had a handy cupboard area, where we could set up to feed our birthday horde. (And if you don’t cook, they’ll help you arrange catering!)

Two hours total, from setup to see ya, for an awesome children’s party in an air conditioned venue in West Los Angeles. How’s that?

But the best part of all… Grownup time. That’s right. We found a birthday party venue where parents can sit around and talk. Coherently. And sip cocktails. Alcohol, people. Alcohol and adult conversation at a kid’s birthday party.  You in now?

 

xox,

Ana

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