Thursday, April 29, 2010

Couture Parties GIVEAWAY!



One of my favorite things from the Baby Issue event was Stephanie Frazier Grimm and her Couture Parties booth. She has created a way to throw parties, events and weddings with a custom look and feel. I've always wanted to do this for my children's birthday parties, but never had the time or budget to do it. We end up going to a major party store and stocking up on trademarked character themes, begrudgingly (and even THAT is no less than $100!). Stephanie's designs are original, sweet, beautiful and so incredibly tasteful- and get this- AFFORDABLE! I cannot wait for Birdie's birthday... my favorite is the retro pink tricycle theme.


I am thrilled to announce that Stephanie and I have teamed up to offer one of you, my lovely readers, a party pack and a set of matching invitations! The party packs include a set of eight of the following: Paper plates, plastic cups, rolled napkins with utensils, favor bags and twelve cupcake picks with coordinating theme. Prize also includes eight coordinating theme invitations!

How to Enter:

Each comment on this post counts as ONE entry.  Please leave me a comment telling us which one of the Couture Parties themes/designs that you like the best.

For more entries, you can do the following (leaving a comment for each different one you choose!)

Become a fan of Couture Parties and Momma's Gone City on Facebook (if you already are, let me know!)

Follow Couture Parties and Momma's Gone City on Twitter (Again, let me know if you already do)

Tweet about the contest, including @CoutureParties and @MommasGoneCity, including the URL.  Every tweet & comment counts as an entry. ( Example: I've entered to win a theme party pack by @CoutureParties at @MommasGoneCity HERE: )

I would love it if you would subscribe to Momma's Gone City as well, but again, only subscribe if you genuinely want to!

Contest starts tonight, and ends on Thursday, May 6th at 11:00PM EST.  Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day.  Good luck and thank you to all!!


The winner (chosen randomly, of course) of the Couture Parties theme party pack is The Huwe Boys!  Congratulations! Please email me with your info and I'll forward it on to Stephanie at Couture Parties. 

Thank you so much to everyone that entered and checked out Couture Parties.  I know that I will be ordering from them for my daughter's second birthday, and I cannot wait. 

More Giveaways coming soon... thank you for your interest! Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shutterfly Photobook GIVEAWAY!


 I love photos.  There are very few possessions that I treasure as much as I do photos, and Photobooks are the perfect way to organize them and keep them nice.  They are so easy to create online at, and are made in the USA. 

They make the perfect gift.   Beautiful mementos of times shared, life celebrated.  They look perfect on any coffee table, and are sure to be a treasured time piece.

I am thrilled to offer FIVE, TWENTY PAGE, 8x8 Shutterfly PhotoBooks to you, my fabulous readers!




Please leave a comment about your favorite photo.  Each comment counts as ONE entry.

For more entries, you can:

Become a fan of Momma's Gone City on Facebook  and leave a comment telling me you did so. 

Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment telling me you did so.

Tweet about the contest, and include the URL and my handle (@MommasGoneCity) and leave a comment telling me you did so.
I would love it if you would follow or subscribe to Momma's Gone City as well, but I only want you to do that if you want to!

You can do these things once per day, and on Monday of next week, April 26th at 11:00 PM, the contest will be over and a winner will be chosen randomly.

Thank you for stopping by, and GOOD LUCK!

UPDATE! Winners announced!

Loukia of LouLou's Views

Abby Smith


Momma Cakes of The McCool Gang

Debbie  @MommaKoala

 Please send me your email addresses and either I, or my friend at Shuterfly will drop the codes in an email to you! 

Thank you so much to everyone that entered, tweeted, fanned, joined my blog, etc. I really, truly appreciate it! I wish I had one for each of you.

Tomorrow I'll be posting another giveaway for Couture Parties

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Baby Issue Event

Last week, I was so fortunate to be invited to Jayneoni Moore's Boom Boom Room: The Baby Issue Event.  When I received the invitation, I didn't know if I would be able to attend due to our minor issue with not having a babysitter, but I actually FOUND one that the kids knew and she was able to come over!  It was absolutely worth it.

The event itself was a beautiful gifting suite open to celebrities, media and journalists where many of the top parenting products on the market now were being displayed.  All the brands and products were absolutely fantastic, and I've highlighted some of them here.  Many of these will be sponsoring giveaways for me, so please let me know what ones pique your interest the most!


The first table I stopped at was the Couture Parties table, and between the fabulous idea and the delectable cake pops, I was immediately smitten.   The owner, Stephanie Grimm Frazier's background is in professional party planning, which comes as no surprise.  Where else can you find gorgeous custom party packs for children and adults for $38?  I absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be offering a Couture Parties giveaway in the coming weeks... so stay tuned!


Shutterfly's table was full of really neat things as well.  Their do-it-yourself photobooks and new Wink filmstrips are fantastic gifts for family or mementos for yourself.  Not to mention easy to create.  I'm looking forward to giving away 5 of these fancy books starting on Monday of next week!


Shea Kelly has an absolutely genius idea in her DaBib company.  She figured out how to make a bib with a soft neck area that prevents leaks, and a pouch that is wide enough to catch most anything.  They are machine washable, non-toxic and lead and PVC free.


Have you ever heard of Teething Bling?  I had seen it at some boutiques after I had Birdie, but apparently I almost missed the boat.  Smart Mom Amy Maurer Creel has created wearable teething jewelry, and they are really beautiful pieces!  I couldn't believe they were made out of (phthalate-free, federally approved) silicone.  Birdie has been thoroughly enjoying the bracelet we received, especially with her new tooth.


When her grandson was born, the adorable Tomi Heard came up with the ingenious idea of a breathable car seat cover that could double as a paparazzi shield.  While most of us don't have to worry about the paps, it is SO great to have the Turtle Toppy which functions as a blanket cover (think Dr. office visits, sleeping babies).  I definitely hope to be using this with our next child.


Finally! A classy, beautiful, and Eco-Friendly option for personalized stationary! I was entirely impressed with Christopher Wu's company, Paper Culture.  Their beautiful, premium quality greeting cards, personalized announcements, everything is printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper (including envelopes!) and is a carbon free company.  One of the greatest featured services is they will mail them for you, and keep your address book on file for easy use online.  I cannot wait to try them myself.
Christopher Wu with Melissa Joan Hart at The Baby Issue event


When I came across the Jack's Harvest table, I didn't actually realize it was baby food.  The samples of What A Pear, frozen into little hearts, looked and tasted amazing.  I am always looking for great, easy and organic baby food options.  I loved the concept of this company, and I absolutely loved the founders.  Free shipping on Amazon makes it a no-brainer for me!

When Birdie was a baby, she used to carry around her Sophie Giraffe everywhere we went.  And we dropped and lost Sophie many, many times.  So when I came to the TutimNYC table, I was really happy to see their Toy Sitter, wrapped around Sophie herself.  Michal and Irit created a bunch of different products like this, including the Paci Sitters, Bottle Sitters and Sippy Sitters.  All of them in beautiful, bright designs, and some offered in organic.


One of the UK's top selling bottles has finally come to the United States.  The Steri-Bottle is a 100% recyclable and BPA free, disposable bottle.  They are sterile and ready for use, whenever and wherever.  I know this would have come hugely in handy during our airplane trips, and any other time there didn't happen to be a clean bottle handy in an emergency. 

There were many, many great products at the Baby Issue Event.  I thouoroughly enjoyed my time walking around and meeting all of the people and learning about their products.  A few more that I recommend checking out:

STOKKE - I love their Xplory Stroller
and Tripp Trapp High Chair.  I hope to own some of my own STOKKE products in the near future!
Zoli - The entire line of BPA & Phthalate free products are super cute and functional.
Apirca This stroller is a Japanese staple, coming now to the US.  Love what I saw, seemed perfect for travel.
Puj Their new bathtub fits nicely into standard sinks- something I will definitely need with the next baby. Soft and easy to clean.
Jenerations Baby - Natural and organic shampoo and bath wash.  Smells lovely and is effective, without the sulfates, parabens, or harsh chemicals.
Momma Couture - Fully insulated, chic, and easy to clean diaper bags.
Skip*Hop - I love every single one of their products.  Their Dash Deluxe diaper bag has been my best friend since moving to NYC.  Next on my shopping list: Their Central Park blanket and cooler bag.

I'm really looking forward to sharing some of these products with you!  Even when my baby is 18 months old, I love learning about all the new baby products out there that make mother's lives easier.

(Disclosure: Some samples received)