Monday, May 31, 2010



We've returned from our babymoon and we had a fantastic time. It was our last trip as a threesome and was a truly memorable experience. We wanted to make this trip special for our (almost) three year old little girl as these are her final days as an only child. I heard about the Nickelodeon Getaway at the Renaissance Esmeralda just outside of Palm Springs. This sounded like the perfect way to make our daughter feel special but also give mommy and daddy a chance to relax before the arrival of our newborn baby.

Nickelodeon Getaway
Upon arrival we were greeted by Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer. This was the perfect start to our fun-filled weekend. Click over to view a short video of my daughter when she first saw Dora. 

After spending some time with Dora we decided to hit the pool for some sun and relaxation. My husband and daughter enjoyed swimming and playing on the sandy beach while mommy enjoyed a (virgin) margarita by the pool. The resort grounds are truly beautiful with fire pits, palm trees and a poolside bar. It was quite relaxing!

We had just enough time for dinner before attending the mass sliming show hosted by Nickelodeon. Good times were had by everyone. Children were invited to compete in a game-show style competition culminating with the  popping of slime-filled balloons over their heads. This was followed by a pool-side or "dive-in" movie. It was the perfect ending to a fun filled day!

We made it an early night and retired to our luxurious room. We arrived to find another surprise waiting for us. Dora had stopped by and left a special backpack loaded with a Dora themed items including a book, pillow case and photo album (Spongebob Squarepants themed backpacks are also available). My daughter was so excited to receive all of these extra special gifts. We read her a the good night story and she fell fast asleep.

The next day was our character breakfast with Dora and Spongebob. The food was great and the children really enjoyed themselves. While my husband took boo boo out for more fun at the pool, mommy was treated to the Mellow Mama Prenatal Massage at the Spa Esmeralda.  This was the perfect way to be pampered after 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Needless to say, the whole family had a wonderful time and we plan to return soon.

Fun For Everyone
While our trip was primarily focused on fun for our daughter I'd like to share that the Renaissance Esmeralda does a great job of offering something for children and adults alike.  They do a superb job of providing entertainment for children, but they also have so much to offer adults.  There's a nightclub, Spa, Fine Dining, Family Dining, Sushi Lounge and more. The staff is very friendly and they really make you feel spoiled. The hotel has a brand new lounge area called "Stir". From Thursdays - Saturdays, Stir turns into a great place for tweens and older children your tween can enjoy all you can eat pizza and Wii gaming. After hours, Stir turns into a night club for adults.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa
(760) 773-4444
44-400 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells CA 92210-8708

Amenities and Restaurants
● Esmeralda Spa, Fitness Center
● 3 Resort Style Pools and Sandy Beach
● Sushi Bar
● 2 Restaurants - Cava and Sirocco 
● Cafe Biscotti
● Pool Bar
● Lounge with live entertainment
● 36-Holes of Championship Golf
● Tennis
● Fitness Center

Nearby Activities
● Down Town Palm Springs is only 15 minutes away.
● The Living Dessert Zoo
● Knott's Soak City U.S.A.
● Children's Discovery Museum
● Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Fabumom was provided with two nights accommodation at the Renaissance Esmeralda.
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sewplicity Diapering Giveaway

Sewplicity Giveaway

Sewplicity is another mom-run Etsy Shop that we just love! They offer custom made high-chair covers, diapering sets, diaper bags and more. I ordered their wipes cover in the Daisy Dreams fabric. It is super cute and designed to fit over Huggies Soft Travel Packs. It is a nice alternative to hard wipes cases. The high quality materiel and vibrant design makes it a must-have for any diaper bag!

Here's your chance to win a Diapering Set (including a custom Wipes Cover and matching Changing Pad) from Sewplicity.

To Enter:
Simply leave a comment here = 1 Entry

For Extra Entries:
1. Visit the Sewplicity Shop and let me know your favorite piece. = 1 Entry
2. Like Sewplicity's Facebook Page = 1 Entry
3. Like Fabumom's Facebook Page = 1 Entry
4. Follow @Fabumom on Twitter = 1 Entry
5. Follow @sewplicity on Twitter = 1 Entry
6. Follow the Fabumom Blog = 1 Entry

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry don't forget to leave your email or profile info so I can notify you if you win. Good luck!

The winner will receive a Wipes Cover and Changing Pad made with their choice of fabric. This contest is open to US residents only. The winning entry will be chosen by random.org and announced here and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be selected.

Contest runs through 12 Midnight PST on 6/14/10.
Jennifer is a SAHM of two little girls. After being unable to obtain a replacement cover for her high-chair, Jennifer decided to start making her own and Sewplicity was born! After having such success with their high-chair covers, Jennifer has expanded into Diaper Bags, Diapering Accessories and more. All items are handmade and created with the finest fabrics and notions. A big thank you to Sewplicity for this giveaway opportunity!

Disclosure: Fabumom was provided a Sewplicity Wipes Cover for the purpose of this review.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Peter Pan Musical

Peter Pan
July 10th - 18th

The Lewis Family Playhouse will be performing "Peter Pan; The Musical
Saturdays and Sundays 
July 10 through 18

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland; Where the Lost Boys, Tiger Lilly and the Indians play.  Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook and his band of pirates have their way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles.

Musical Based on the Play by James M. Barrie

Price:  $16.50

Times:  Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM

Ages:  3+

Contact: (909) 477-2752

Location:  The Lewis Family Playhouse, Located at Victoria Gardens
12505 Cultural Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

(Photo and Text Via: Lewis Family Playhouse)

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's in Mama Birds Purse?

What's in Kelcey's Purse?

You can tell a lot about someone by what they carry around in their purse. Let's get to know one of our favorite New York bloggers. Kelcey Kintner is Founder of The Mama Bird Diaries; A New York mama who confesses it all.

Let's sneak a peek in Kelcey's purse...

Lipgloss (and not any lip gloss will do. it has to be Mac Viva Glam IV).

Date Book - I refuse to go high tech with my daily calendar. Every year I buy a cute little date book to organize my life. 

My Baggu! - It's a parachute re-useable bag that folds into a tiny sack. I use it whenever I buy anything. I will not take a plastic bag.  Baggu ($8).
EO Hand Sanitizing Spray - Smells heavenly.  EO Hand Sanitizer (4.99).
L'Occitane Hand Creme
Altoids Small Wintergreen Mints
Glide dental Floss
Aquaphor - For whatever fake or not so fake injury my girls come up with.
Empty Band-Aid Dispenser (I should really fill this)
Water Bottle - I need my h20. 
Condoms - Ok, I'm kidding.
Laminated Photo of Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights - Again, I don't really have this in my purse but I would totally carry this if I had one.

Kelcey Kintner:
This busy mama of two (with twins on the way!) has worked in the White House, been a TV reporter and anchor.  In addition to the Mama Bird Diaries, Kelcey is a co-founder and weekly contributor for The Mouthy Housewives, a humor advice site.  Kelcey is a fan of the NY Post, yoga, green tea, “Gossip Girl” and lots and lots of candy.  Follow Kelcey on Twitter @mamabirddiaries

Why we love her:
She's Funny, smart and always earth friendly!  Check her out at the Mama Bird Diaries or Mouthy Housewives.

It's your turn, what's in your purse?

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