I like my MOPS group (that’s “Mothers of Pre-Schoolers”).
MOPS is, probably, one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.
Once upon a time, I was 20, barely married and accidentally pregnant with Little S. I tagged along, mid May in 2011, with my big sister to a MOPS meeting where I sat awkwardly, wanting to scooch closer to my sister (I mean, it’s not like I could have hidden behind her anyway. I made sure of that by eating a box of toaster strudels a day for the last 4 months of my pregnancy). I sat at a table full of mature, pulled together moms, with their age appropriate child-barring timelines as they sipped their coffee so elegantly over conversations of poop stained jeans and toys thrown directly in the toilet with such intent you can’t bear to do anything but laugh, or so they said.
“This is weird,” I thought. Oh, 20-year-old-M…so young…so naive.
Amongst the fresh-faced mothers, the seemingly perfect wives and the graceful women I saw before me, I found my niche.
Not once was I faced with scowls of “Well, if you had waited longer…,” or, “Little S was a mistake, having a baby at 20 is ridiculous.”
Instead I forced these beautiful moms to love me with my self deprecating humor and tendency to invite myself to other peoples play dates until they were forced to like me.
Yes, a real charmer, I am.
I quite enjoy MOPS.
So I obviously jumped at the opportunity to share their talents with you.
Let’s start, shall we?
Mini photo session by Katie Seibert Photography.
Worth $60, a mini photo session for 30 minutes includes 10 digitally edited photos from Katie. She did our pictures a few weeks ago and I just love this shot!
Check out more of Katie’s work and consider booking a session.
Open play Session at Bumble ABC.
Bumble ABC is a child enrichment company that enhances child development and encourages the love of learning and creativity, for children ages newborn to 6 years old. They have locations in both Lake Ridge and Stafford (VA).
I took my babies here the other day and let me just say, Little S could have played there all day with the rocket launcher and the flight tube!
Register for Open Play or a Caregiver and Me class here.
Winter Wonderland Necklace from Kate Lawler at BizzysPrettyThings.
With a 4 year old and a set of twins, Kate still manages to find time to make some super cute jewelry. She’s donating this necklace to one lucky winner!
Check out more of her craftiness here.
Amandicures by Jamberry from Amanda Higgs.
Jamberry nail wraps really need no introduction. They’re simple, and affordable nail wraps that come in over 300 designs. Amanda is giving one application kit, a nail wrap sheet and a 10% off certificate if you purchase through her!
You can order Amandicures here.
All Things Girlie Bowtique by Melissa Bogle.
Rae has like, ten million of Melissa’s bows. They’re seriously the cutest. She’s donating a holiday set of 2 bows! (Ribbon choices will be given to the winner)
You can check out more of Melissa’s bows and make a custom order here.
Cotton Candy and Co. by Tori Hoffman.
Tori is pretty well known around the MOPS crowd for her precious teething necklaces (Actually, myself and another mom unknowingly purchased the exact same necklace from Tori for a pregnant mama’s baby shower). But she makes all kinds of couture baby accessories. Tori is giving one winner the choice between these 3 necklace and earring sets!
Check out Tori’s other items here.
Shaklee Natural Cleaners from Marcie Emenheiser.
Marcie is generously giving one winner a set of 3 cleaners by Shaklee- all purpose, window cleaner and a degreaser; as well as a bottle of Basic H2 organic super cleaning concentrate (mixes up to 48 gallons of safe, powerful, all purpose cleaner!)
Check out the other things Shaklee has to offer here.
Tastefully Simple from Karen McKewon.
Tastefully Simple offers fast and delicious foods that require 2 or less items to prepare. Karen has donated both a Classy Chocolate Pound Cake package and a Buttered Rum Sauce. Uh, YUM. I might just steal this one from the winner…
Order from her here.
Hawt Mama’s LLC Mango Love gift set from Krystal Glass.
So I kind of want to live in the containers of Krystal’s body butter tubs. Probably by far the best smelling stuff in the entire world. She’s donating the Mango Love body butter as well as a body scrub to one lucky winner!
Order here. I’d recommend the Oh La La!
OKAY! So lots to giveaway here!
3 ways to win:
One. (This one is required) Leave a comment ON THE BLOG with the item(s) you’d most like to win. Want to be entered in each one? Just say “I want it all!” and I’ll make sure you are entered in each one.
Two. Share the post on your Facebook. Please, please, please make sure it’s PUBLIC so I can see your entry. This is only necessary if we aren’t Facebook friends…if we are then the public thing doesn’t matter. I can
stalk you see it anyway. (This gives you 2 extra entries for each giveaway!)
Three. Like or leave a comment on one of the mamapreneurs Facebook pages! This will equate to another 2 extra entries to the giveaway!
Doing all three will equate to 5 entries to win in each giveaway.
Giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday (11/23).
A post with winners listed will be up by Noon on 11/24.
Winners will be picked via Random.org.