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Eat, Drink, Be Mommy is Back!

Wed. July 16th in Manhattan – Can’t wait. Advance tix $15 with giveaways from Working Mother Magazine, Disney Vitamins, and libations for adults, while the kids play. Upper West Side Gymboree Play & Music – Manhattan at 217 West 84th St. 4:30-6:15. Kids play FREE. Our new “What Is A Family” Pop Up Exhibit is in the window, and features the Story of Mum video among other things. JOIN US: Tix online

Eat, Drink, Be Mommy

Eat, Drink, Be Mommy

Who’s Your Mutha?


Museum Of Motherhood

Celebrating The Multicultural Family

 WHAT: Who’s Your Mutha? Group Art Exhibition and Gala Auction at the first ever, International Museum Of Motherhood in NYC

WHEN: May 1st, Open to the public 2-5PM. Champagne auction 7-9:30PM, by special invitation. RSVP required.

WHERE: 401 East 84th St. (@1st Ave), lower level, New York, New York

INFO: Available Online: http://www.MOMmuseum.org

WHO: The Museum Of Motherhood (M.O.M.) is a living, breathing, community-centered history, culture and social change museum focused on amplifying the voices and experiences of mothers and families.

WHY: The Museum’s mission is to engage the public in discourse on the subject of mothering, motherhood and images of women’s changing bodies, minds and lives.

FEATURING: Music for the evening event by Stacy Robin, book signing by Ali Smith, Momma Love. View and bid on beautiful and provocative works of art related to motherhood by artists: Ali Smith, 
Bernice Gordon, 
Capucine Bourcart, 
Catarina Bertolotto, 
Daryl LaVare, 
Dylan Bocanegra
, Ella Dreyfus, 
Flavia Testa
, Helen Hiebert
, Helen Knowles, 
Isabel Bannerman, 
Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetter, 
Janet Russaek
, Jennifer Groeber
, Jo Jayson, 
Leah Piepgras
, Nancy Jackson, 
Noa Shay, 
Norm Gardner
, Rebecca Weiss, 
Ronni Komarow
, Scott Rosen, 
Signe Yberg, 
Skye White
 and Sofia Vassi.

SPONSORS: Local GYMBOREE Franchise owners Debra Whitefield and Barry Hanson, Realityworks” infant simulators & pregnancy vests, Working Mother Magazine, Cabot Cheese, Mad Housewife Wine and Mamapalooza.

M.O.M. is the first and only facility of this kind pioneering new areas of academe in mother studies. The museum highlights gifted mom artists, offers on-going programming for children and adults, and a creative host of conferences, music, theater performances and events. Museum-goers can access pregnancy simulator vests, open play space for babies & toddlers, parenting groups and more, during regular hours.

REGULAR HOURS ARE: Mon-Fri 10-6PM, Saturday Private Rentals, Sun is Family Day 12-5PM

MAMAPALOOZA New York City 2012


These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

By Joy Rose

ImageSo many people have supported me through the years, in so many ways, that I have to give some love back to a few of my new favorite authors, inventors and friends.

When we opened the Museum Of Motherhood seven months ago, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the unwavering and unconditional support of Debra Whitefield and Barry Hanson of Gymboree. The Motherhood Foundation didn’t have huge backing. No loans, just a vision, volunteers and a legacy project worthy of the HERstory books. Thank goodness Deb and Barry said ‘yes’.

If you want to support the people who support the museum, please tell all your pregnant friends, new moms and families that Gymboree is the place to go for fun, physical and social-emotional learning. There are multiple locations in Manhattan, Long Island and across the country. Gymboree classes are designed to encourage age-appropriate learning through play. The most popular class, Play & Learn, is a 7-level program beginning at birth and going all the way up to age 5. Separating classes based on developmental stage helps to support a child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind. All Gymboree activities are designed to help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play.

Our Museum Of Motherhood store is right around the corner from the Upper East Side Gymboree on First Ave., between 84th and 85th St. Our shop is really just a corner near the front desk as you enter the space. Ashish Rajadhyaksha, who coordinates the Children’s Museum Of The East End Store, in Bridgehampton, NY, helped upImage fill the space with great toys and cool gear during the first four months of our opening. He’s now the proud inventor of a really neat piece of kid’s furniture called a ‘Pullo’man‘. If you’re a city dweller or a suburbanite, this practical storage unit is combo plush toy and ride-on toy. He’s got a Kickstarter campaign going to help raise the capital to manufacture and bring these to America from his home country of India. I bought one to support him and look forward to using it in the museum in our playspace. You can support his efforts by going directly to Kickstarter today.

Last but not least, my fabulous new favorite writer is V.C. August, author of ‘The Healing Hour‘. I brought the book away with me on vacation, not knowing what to expect. I’d met V. a few weeks before at a power-luncheon organized by Donnetta Campbell of The Barnyard Group. It’s not easy to write about illness, especially an illness likeLupus, that can just go on and on with dreary, desperate symptoms. But, V. spins a tale focused on her life as a tough-minded New Yorker, and tells this tale with humor and clarity. Her writing style is honest and to the point. While the book’s synopsis says the story focuses on the psychiatrist/patient relationship; she enters therapy, and goes through the ultimate loss, when her psychiatrist is diagnosed with stage four cancer, and succumbs to the disease. How could this be a good vacation book you might ask? It’s simply a really well-written affirmation of life, survival (V’s survival) and love.Image

I wasn’t paid to write any of this. I’m just a hard-working Mama, who believes in sharin’ the love.

The Museum Of Motherhood is the first and only facility of its kind, celebrating the “her”story of mothers around the world. We need your help — please make your tax-deductible contribution today!Visit the Museum of Motherhood, NOW OPEN in NYC – Tues.-Sun., 10:45-6:30
Original Article: http://mamapalooza.com/mamablogger365-giving-some-love-back-by-joy-rose.html