It’s Another MomAppeal Giveaway!

il_155x125_13872501.jpgWhen it rains it pours (so they say), and another mama-preneur has contacted us with verry cute products that everyone needs to take a peek at. The company is called Bluemchen, and the products are handmade hats (and burp cloths) that are really, really unique and cute! All products are designed and handmade by a mom, and all hats are made from recycled materials…isn’t that a neat twist? Sizes come in 0-3 months and 3-9 months…so consider these cute accessories for the baby in your life!

One lucky reader will receive the hat of their choice, compliments of the designer! All you need to do is visit the Bluemchen Etsy site and pick the hat you like best. Then log a comment into this post, noting your fav. Or, you can email us your entry at Be sure to put “hat giveaway” in the subject line. A random name will be chosen on Friday, and the designer will coordinate sending you your product!

Happy shopping and good luck!


November 26, 2007 at 12:44 pm 5 comments

Gift your favorite spice junky some hot sauce from Hot Peppers of Key West!


There are so many people who absolutely adore spicey food and hot sauce.  When looking for a fabulous spicey gift, Hot Peppers of Key West is where you’ll find the selection and the friendly service.

The store and website offer interesting award winning sauces such as Goin’ Bananas Hot sauce that Mike and Tom, the masterminds behind the Key West collection, whipped up! 

There is a Hot Sauce of the Month Club, gift baskets, marinades, condiments and rubs as well. 

Not only are there some hot hot sauces, there are also tons of not so hot sauces that the whole family can enjoy!  So much depth in the sauces here—they are not just tongue burners(of course there are those if you are looking for them)! Great care is taken in choosing which sauces to carry at Hot Peppers of Key West.

PSSST!!  When visiting this store in Key West, bring Mike and Tom some beer to share with you, and they’ll take you on a guided tour of the great products they offer!  My husband and I learned this tip while in Key West, and we had such a fun time in that store!  If like me, you can’t get there anytime soon and you have questions, just call!  They are such knowledgeable and friendly guys!  Mama Jen

November 26, 2007 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Snip-its Is A Hair Salon Just For Kids!

character-logo1.jpgWe are known at the hair salon. Note I didn’t say we are well known, because I think the staff wishes we never showed up the second we pack up and head home! My son has a really, really, really hard time getting his hair cut. No specific reason that I know of, but as soon as he hears the scissors sound by his ears, all heck breaks loose. By the end, I am covered in hair (itchy!) and sometimes (most times!) he has tossed his cookies (that’s the best way I can think to say it this morning). I am proud to say I know when that’s coming and I have always removed the stylist from harms way before the real mess begins!

A family friend is opening a new location of the kiddy hair salon Snip-its today in Brookfield, and I can’t wait to get my son in for a fun (and much needed!) haircut. This salon totally caters to kids…colorful decor, cartoons, toys, games, computer games, treats, and a prize at the end…I want to get a haircut there!

Snip-its is a franchise, so check the site to see if there is a location of this hip kiddy salon near you. If you will be in the Milwaukee area, the new Snip-it’s that opens in Brookfield today is offering haircuts for $9.99 until the end of the year…good deal!

My son will likely be in the Snip-its chair next Friday…I’ll let you know how it goes…

November 15, 2007 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Thanksgiving survival tips that will keep your diet on track!

0015-0710-1813-2151_tn.jpgAnke Johnson has put together some fabulous and reasonable tips for surviving the Thanksgiving meal or meals if your me and have two Thanksgiving dinners to attend!

Have a Healthy, Happy Thanksgiving!

By Anke Johnson

For most of us, Thanksgiving is one of the happiest times of the year. The weather is cool and crisp. The wine is flowing. And we get to enjoy the company of family and friends. What’s not to love?

The only drawback might be the extra weight some people gain during the holiday season. Now, I’m not going to be a Scrooge and tell you to skip your favorite dishes on the 22nd. But here is what I do suggest: Focus on eating more of the healthier foods.

There are many healthy foods to choose from at Thanksgiving. Fill up on the turkey, tomatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, salad, nuts (preferably raw and unsalted), and all the other things that are good for you. Eat slowly and stop when you’re full. You don’t have to miss out on the candied yams (but if they’re not candied, fill up on them as well), stuffing, and dessert, but if you fill up on the healthy stuff, you won’t have much room to overindulge in those less-healthy options.

After dinner, take the kids out on a post dinner walk, before you do the dishes.  The fresh air will invigorate the most tired cook, but most of all you’ll get the much needed blood flow back for proper digestion.

Follow this advice and you just might make it till dark without passing out in a food coma.

Above all, enjoy your holiday!

November 12, 2007 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

What Happened To Postman Pat on NBC?

postman-pat.jpgWe have received a few emails wondering what happened to Postman Pat on NBC. Readers will recall I plugged this show back when it was only on HBO, and then I let you know it would start airing on NBC on Saturday mornings starting in October. In all honesty, we have enough episodes saved on Tvo to last a lifetime, so I haven’t had to tune in to NBC to get my Pat fix…so thanks for checking in with this seemingly unannounced change!

 So far, the only thing I have found online is this quote on a blog associated with the Orlando Sentinal:

“A few weeks ago, I posted some information on Postman Pat, a quaint new British show on NBC’s Saturday morning kids lineup. Tiny Dancer liked it though I’d had my doubts about it, thinking the storylines might not appeal much to toddlers …well, last Saturday we had it on and I see that it’s soon to be replaced with Jacob Two-Two. I inquired to one of Postman Pat’s PR reps a couple days ago, and she’s trying to get more information.”

I too will inquire with NBC and HBO, and will let you know what I find out!

November 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm 1 comment

Aqua Dots recall…

images1.jpg  Aqua Dots , a brand of wildly popular craft toys, have been recalled due to a problem with the coating on the beads.  When ingested, the body metabolises the chemical in the coating as “the date rape” drug.  This can cause seizures, unconsciousness, coma and death.  At least two children who ingested the recalled toy went into comas.  This is a very serious matter, and you should confiscate any Aqua Dots that are included in the recall

More information on the Aqua Dot Recall and other recent recalls can be found here.

In light of all of the recent recalls, we’d love to hear readers’ plans for navigating toy purchasing during the holiday season.  Please post a comment and let us know your thoughts!  Mama Jen

November 8, 2007 at 3:33 pm 1 comment

Bean Sprouts Cafe in Middleton will be hosting monthly event– Mommy Mojo!


We here at MomAppeal are the biggest fans of Bean Sprouts Cafe in Middleton, and what they do, so when they wanted us to combine our mommy powers with their mommy powers to launch Mommy Mojo, we jumped right in!  The first event is coming up soon, so reserve a ticket for this popular free event, November 15th.  Details below:

Mommy Mojo: What Not to Wear

November 15th 7:00-8:30 p.m at Bean Sprouts Cafe

For our first monthly Mommy Mojo, a local fashion guru will be at Bean Sprouts to help you face the truth about your fashion style, point out what styles are the most flattering for you, and boost your fashion IQ. Please reserve a spot by emailing in advance. Free!.  For our past review of this fabulous establishment, click here

November 5, 2007 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

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