Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Mom Blog Event as Big as the Ritz

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It was an evening of bonding, basking and babysitting -- well, someone else, thankfully, was doing the latter for me -- last Sunday at the Silicon Valley Moms Group Coupon and Product Event at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Not only did I have the opportunity to meet up with my fellow LA Moms Blog contributors as well as contributors from the upcoming Orange County Moms Blog, but I also got to meet the founders of our blogger network -- thanks again, Jill, Beth, Linsey and Tekla! It was rockin' event that offered up lots of goodies on the menu.

After driving down to Laguna Niguel with CC -- who got to hang out at the Ritz-Carlton pool for a few hours with a sitter from the local service MollyCoddlers -- I first enjoyed a group discussion with bloggers, publicists and companies about the business (and joy) of blogging.

After that, it was a cocktail reception that featured family-friendly companies highlighting products geared toward parents and kids. (And, full disclosure, we were all given products, coupons and/or samples without any stipulation to blog about their wares.)

And while there were 24 sponsors in all -- including BitDefender, Whole Foods and Pretend City Children's Museum, which I'm looking forward to visiting with CC -- I wanted to touch on a few that stood out for me:

* First off, who knew Jessica Simpson was designing children's shoes? She's now the latest designer for stride rite, and I have to say, they're pretty cute. Girly and sweet (top right of photo collage), her designs are both fun and feminine. (I've actually caught myself wanting a pair or two of her women's shoes, but I haven't yet taken the plunge.)

* Cinnamon-roll extraordinaire Cinnabon is now offering cupcakes! (You knew something cakey and sweet would get my attention.) Flavors are 24-Carrot Cake, Vanilla Bliss, Chocolate Passion and the Cinnacake Classic, which I tried. It was amazing. A-mazing. They also look lovely and sport great packaging -- much better than regular store-bought cupcakes.

* A great gadget on display was the iGo green Charge Anywhere, an eco-friendly charger that can charge two devices at once while being plugged or unplugged. So cool. You can actually take it with you and charge your BlackBerry (and something else) on the go. Will definitely be putting this guy to good use.

* The litl Webbook is another neat gadget that functions as an uncomplicated home computer. Its focus is the Internet and getting a great experience from photos and online viewing. There is no hard drive or even a caps lock. Who needs to "all caps" anything when you're just going online, anyway? There's also a remote, and the screen flips all the way around to stand upright, "like an easel." Pretty nifty.

It was a great night, and CC had a blast, too. The ocean views were gorgeous, the company was great, and sometimes it's just nice to get out of the city.

Photo credit: Carla Duharte-Razura of www.babyjidesign.com

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