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10.06.12          Kids Clothes/Toys/Gear Swap – FREE

It’s time to clean out those closets of all the things your child(ren) will never wear/use again!
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Brentwood Center of Health     2558 S. Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63144

Donate your items and then SHOP from the tables full of other items brought by other moms for FREE. The idea is for you to leave the Swap with as many bags as you came with except they are full of things you can use. (I’ve been to three of these and they work.) We are working with Rainforest Expeditions and will be donating the unused items through this group to needy kids in Costa Rica. PLEASE be sure to RSVP on our FB event page here. Blessings and thank you for helping us get clothes to kids in need!






A Day-long Mother-Daughter Conference, Sunday April 3, 2011

Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri

For all mothers and daughters ages 5 -14 years old…

Register Early. Space is Limited

As women, we draw power from our relationships… and this starts early. One way of planting the seeds is creating opportunities to connect.

Discover your dreams with Jen Lemen, navigate friendships with Annie Fox, sing your truth with us, Zen Mommy and Practical Mommy. Plus, an afternoon of makeovers and quality time… a whole day of inspiration and connection!


ICAN Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri

The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) will host its biennial conference in St. Louis, at the Hilton Frontenac St. Louis, on April 8-10th, 2011. The theme is “Your Gateway to a Better Birth.” The conference will highlight issues around the rising cesarean rate. Continuing Education Credits are available for doulas and nurses.

Conference Speaker Chair, Ruthie Dicken, says “we put together a conference to appeal to birth professionals, parents, and activists. We are excited to bring national and local experts together to talk about birth.” Speakers include internationally known authors and birth educators Henci Goer and Pam England as well as Professor and Chair of Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. George Macones. Macones has over 100 publications relating to clinical obstetrical research including studies on vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Visit for more information.



10:30am – 12pm

There will be goodies to nibble, coffee, chocolate & a bottle of wine and a facial/makeover gift certificate we’ll raffle off (& anything ELSE we can think of that might otherwise make us moms feel guilty!) but there will be NO guilt. As our babes/kids play at this meetup sponsored by in honor of Guilt Free Week, we’ll pamper ourselves and chat about “mommy guilt”. Email Suzanne at for location as it’s at a private residence. SPace is limited weith less than ten spots left so email us asap!


Prepare to CLEAN UP! (literally and figuratively) and help others while you are at it!
Saturday, November 20th —
9:30am – 11am
Hey St. Louis MOMS! Do we have a deal for you!!! It’s FREE. Bring as much as you want, leave with as much as you can. The more people/donations we have, the more successful this will be. Please tell your friends about it. Leftovers can either be taken back home with you or left behind to donate to Haley Pepper and Maurico Fonseca, who will sort and deliver them to families in Costa Rica.
Brentwood Center of Heatlh
2558 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63144
Call Suzanne, Organizer, 314.495.2009 for more information
Who’s coming? Send Suzanne an email to help us plan! Thanks!!!

Come Play! A free day of fun for you and the kids on the grounds of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in University City on Saturday, Oct. 2. You and your children can participate in activities from the circus arts, to dance, arts & crafts, and Family Yoga with Zen Mommy!

St. Louis Kids magazine and COCA are co-hosting and bringing together these fun activities along with food from your favorite restaurants and live entertainment. See you there!

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center of Creative Arts, 524 Trinity Avenue, University City. All activities are free and open to the public. More details on St. Louis Kids site.


My Mommy Manual is proud to sponsor BIRTH: A play by Karen Brody

The stories of eight powerful women giving birth in America today.

Schlafly Bottleworks
Maplewood, MO
Sun, August 29th 5 p.m.
Listen to our interview with Karen Brody.

Learn more about the event and to buy your tickets to this amazing play here.


You’ll find information on health, safety, activities and shopping all under one roof!
Bring the kids for the FREE entertainment including puppets, dancers, clowns, magic and more!

Speakers on a variety of subjects, including redirecting misbehavior and promoting self-esteem!


We are honored to be participating in the online Parenting Summit,March 19 – 26.

The Summit covers a wide-variety of topics that are important to support parents in helping their kids thrive.

We are presenting a Yogi Parenting workshop and other experts will also be providing invaluable information that registered attendees can access live or via recorded audio. Speakers include Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, author of best-selling books on conscious relationships, My Mommy Manual guest and top teen parenting expert Vanessa Van Petten, and blended and step family author Shirley Cress Dudley.

Check out the full line-up on The Parenting Summit website and register to get free access to the interviews. Register HERE.


babyshower2My Mommy Manual and Kolcraft, along with our friends at Artistic Sensations and Viewpoints invite you to a Baby Shower like no other… Web 2.0-style! Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11 am – 1 pm CST, tune in HERE and be part of the first live streaming virtual baby shower ever!

Click here to get to the LIVE streaming video and chat room! We’ve got over $2000 in BABY GEAR to share with you!


familyfunJoin Parents As Teachers and hundreds of St. Louis families for Family Play date! It’s FREE and open to all. The festivities will feature Block Fest, an interactive exhibit that uses hands-on math and science activities through block play to encourage young children and their parents to learn and play, side by side.

When: Saturday, October 3, from 10 am – 4pm
Where: St. Charles Convention Center

For more information, contact Pat Simpson, pat.simpson(@)parentsasteachers(dot)org.




IMG_3408.JPGMy Mommy Manual, Bevitoré Wine Boutique, Ka-ka-o Chocolate, and Abstrakt Art Gallery co-hosted an evening of wine tasting and mingling to benefit Parents As Teachers.

Everyone learned how to pair wine from Pierre Hourquebie. The silent auction featured an $800 painting from Croatian artist, Paco Rosic donated by the gallery, a private chocolate tasting from Ka-Ka-o, and a month of tango lessons from Michael Flanagan.

Todd Jordan did an amazing job capturing the evening in images (see below and click through to our Facebook page for bigger sizes). He also did a fabulous write-up of the night on The St. Louis Social Media Report. Thanks, Todd!

Saturday, July 25, 7-11pm

at Abstrakt Art Gallery

RSVP HERE (space is limited)

BowlHer/BlogHer Simulcast

In addition to enjoying an evening of wine tasting and wine education at the gallery, we joined hundreds of women across the country virtually at BowlHer ’09, the first interactive event to take place at BlogHer—one of the world’s largest social media conferences for women. Recordings of the parties are available here.

Not going to BlogHer? Want to join the festivities right here from the St. Louis Area? Swirl Sip & Savor with us while interacting with other regional parties across the country.

All events will be connected via sreaming on momTV, on the air on Blog Talk Radio, and on Twitter for the highly popular Girl’s Night Out Twitter party (#GNO).



The Rise to the Top's Summer Business BreakMom Entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area are invited to join Practical Mommy and Zen Mommy of My Mommy Manual at The Rise to the Top’s Summer Business Break with with Anna Kournikova. It’s THE summer networking event in St. Louis!

What: You are invited to the ultimate summer PRIVATE PARTY experience featuring a high-end mover and shaker crowd, top shelf cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gift bag with BIG giveaways, wine tasting, Meet+Greet with tennis superstar Anna Kournikova, and very special box seats to the St. Louis Aces tennis match later in the evening all included with your ticket.
Where: Dwight Davis Tennis Center located within Forest Park

When: July 11th, 2009 Private Party begins at 5:30 PM

How To Get Tickets: Online at (Very limited quantities available!)

Bonus: There will be many surprises throughout the evening including a special raffle supporting Lift For Life and a demonstration of the future of television with Widget Realm who will be unveiling Yahoo’s new TV platform. Even if you aren’t a “techie” it is going to be quite interesting and revolutionary.

Questions? Feel free to Email David Siteman Garland, CEO of The Rise To The Top at David(@)

6.29.09 Believe in Zero Red Balloon Toss

We teamed up with the Looking Glass Lane girls again to do another live fundraiser for 12 for 12k’s partnership with Unicef and their Believe in Zero Campaign. Our time, treasure and talent (Yes, tossing red balloons across four states is VERY talented!) went toward reducing preventable childhood deaths from 25,000 a day to ZERO.

5.11.09 Bad Mother with Ayelet Waldman

ayeletZen Mommy and Practical Mommy teamed up with three other outspoken and prolific mom bloggers to discuss best-selling author, Ayelet Waldman’s memoir, Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace. They interviewed Ayelet live on on May 11, a week after the book’s release and as part of a book tour that also included a session with Terry Gross on Fresh Air and another on the Today Show.

Suzanne and Ria invited moms in their community to then join them again a week later on May 18 to continue the Bad Mother conversation and how this issue is reflected in many women’s lives.

“You guys are amazing! I’ve been writing for ten years and this has definitely been the most fun, the most interesting, the most creative interaction I’ve ever had with readers and I’m so grateful to you all. You’re the bomb.” ~ Ayelet Waldman

5.02.09 It’s ALL About MOM!

iaamOver 350 people attended My Mommy Manual’s Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration, It’s ALL About MOM that was co-hosted at the Brentwood Center of Health on Saturday, May 2, a week BEFORE Mother’s Day from 10am – 2 pm. The My Mommy Manual team took their “practical and inspired” tips, this time beyond the online world entirely and into the real world. My Mommy Manual connected with St. Louis businesses, inviting them to share their practical and inspired tips for Mother’s Day.

The event featured wine tasting, massages, and sweet treats from local businesses to help mom unwind and escape while dad and the kids shopped. Twenty of the hippest boutiques and mommy-friendly businesses in St. Louis were there sporting both practical and inspired Mother’s Day gifts. Kids had fun creating personalized eye pillows and bracelets for their moms.

There was a diverse group of partners for “It’s All About Mom,” including Build-A-Bear Workshop®, TLC for Kids, Time for Dinner, The Market at Busch’s Grove, Dotdotdash, Angelina Accoutrements, Mandy’s Candies and Kangaroo Kids.

4.11.09 Pajama Party


My Mommy Manual hosted a virtual Pajama Party to help raise money for Mom It Forward and The 12 for 12K Challenge’s joint mission for April/May to help empower women entrepreneurs in Kenya. Their intention was to transform their mission of “connecting through practical and inspired tips” beyond the written page and into a LIVE experience!

Practical Mommy and Zen Mommy were on for the first ever known Pajama Party LIVE on Tuesday, April 14 from 8-11pm CST. They raised money for the cause, with people joining the party in their PJ’s from home for giggles, live music, and of course, Practical and Inspired Tips from business experts including Guy Kawasaki!

In 3 hours, we had 1,382 site visitors, 46 Winners, and raised $1,207 for

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