American Girl Pop Up Grand Opening

Last Saturday marked the grand opening of the Philadelphia area American Girl temporary store.  Located in King of Prussia mall, the store is just a short drive away from Center City.  This is the first American Girl store in the area with American Girl Place in New York City previously being the closest.  The King of Prussia American Girl store is slated to close on January 28th of next year, which gives you plenty of time to handle Christmas purchases and exchanges at a retail location.

We arrived at 9:00 am knowing that they were handing out tickets, but not exactly sure how that process would work.  I later found out that the tickets each had a group number on them and there were 50 tickets in each group.  They ran out of tickets after 26 groups, so they handed out 1,300 in total!  We ended up being in group 15, so there were approximately 750 people in front of us in line.  The first two groups were granted immediate access, while the others were encouraged to shop the rest of the mall.  We got our tickets at around 11:00 am, so we decided to walk around and then grab something to eat.  We were excited to see that our number was on the board when we returned.  We lined up in the standby area and anticipated a quick entry.  Here’s where things got a little tricky.  If your number was lower than what was on the board, you were to get into a different section to gain entry before the group that was in standby.  Based on the timing of everything and the size of the other section, it seems like the earlier numbers flew by because many people were at lunch or elsewhere.  We ended up spending an additional two hours in the standby line since they allowed the earlier numbers to go in first.  I feel as though it wouldn’t have been so bad if they had alternated the earlier numbers with the current standby.American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia American Girl Philadelphia  Check back in a couple days to see more pictures from inside the store and see what the freebies were at the grand opening.

MommyCon Philadelphia: The Swag

mommycon vip swag

This past weekend, I was privileged enough to attend MommyCon in Philadelphia.  While I will still be posting about my overall experience, I wanted to share with you the wonderful products that I received for free.  It might seem a bit tacky to discuss the free stuff in depth, but I feel like these products (and more importantly, the companies behind them) deserve some attention.  As a mother that practices natural and attachment parenting, I find that these kinds of products are left off of registry list recommendations and the like.  I want to be able to do them justice.  (Please note that for this post I will not be including any affiliate links.  All links used are the companies’ direct links.)

detailed image of vip swag bag from mommycon philly

1 Babywearing World Record T-shirt from MommyCon

2 Reusable bag and infant bodysuit from Cotton Babies

3 Toy rattle ball from Pebble

4 Food pouch handle set from ChubChub

5 Folding silicone placemat from Silikids

6 Samples of thrush and nipple cream and full size container of nipple cream from Motherlove

7 Pouch and snack bar from Plum Organics

8 Two packs of detergent samples from Molly’s Suds

9 Food storage from Baby Cubes

10 One size cloth diaper from Best Bottom Diapers

11 Two teething necklaces from Zen Rocks

12 Glass food storage cube from Wean Green

13 Silicone teether from ZoLi

14 Hand soap and alcohol free sanitizer from Babyganics

15 Natural odor eliminating products from Fresh Wave

16 Veggie baby crayons from Wee Can Too

17 Baby wipes from Water Wipes

18 Organic prenatal beverage from Bundle

19 Nursing pads from Bamboobies

20 Reusable snack bag from Planet Wise

21 Mommy’s favorite accessory bodysuit and $10 gift card from Pish Posh Baby

22 Soleil baby carrier from Beco

Oh, there’s more!  The amount of products and discounts was too great for just one picture.  Ok, so in my excitement I forgot to include a product that wouldn’t have fit in my bag if I had tried.

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23 Breastfeeding starter kit from Kiinde

In addition to these products, I was provided with exclusive discounts to: Joovy, Líllébaby, Milkin’ Cookies, Nicki’s DiapersJust Pretend Kids, Uber, FiggyFuzz Baby Boutique, Pediped, Combi, and 16 Minute Club.

Make sure you are following me on instagram to see some of our new items in action and come back soon to read about my experience at MommyCon Philly.

 

our visit to juju salon & organics

maeby at juju salon & organics

 

Disclosure: We received free services from Juju Salon & Organics, but all opinions are my own.

Recently we were invited to a media event at Juju Salon & Organics in Philadelphia.  Between the inspirational chalkboard and the cute window displays, we were smitten by the ambiance before we even stepped foot into the salon.  When we walked in we were greeted by a cozy waiting area to the left and a display of products that looked more like an Anthropologie display, not the usual industrial displays at salons I have been to in the past.

products at juju salon and organics

There was something lacking when we walked in the door, and I was very appreciative.  I noticed immediately that I wasn’t gasping for a breath of fresh air.  In fact, I found my breathing relaxed and tranquil.  I had been long turned off by the abrasive chemicals used in salons, and I was amazed by the fact that they only used products with low or no VOCs at Juju Salon & Organics.  Ammonia free hair coloring and no synthetic fragrances?  Sounds like a place I feel comfortable at.  Add to that the scents of lavender, sage, verbena, and peppermint and it sounds like a place you are going to have to drag me out of.

I spoke with Julie Ebner, the salon owner, while she used a soy based wax to clean up my eyebrows.  She is a vegan and mother to two girls, so she wanted to create a salon that was better for the environment and better for her clients.  Juju Salon & Organics is a very friendly place for young girls, too.  Maeby received her first official manicure while we were there.  They had a vast array of Zoya polishes to choose from, and Maeby chose a purple shade: “Hudson.”

maeby at juju salon and organics

Located in the back of the salon, the manicure stations look like a living room.  The dimmed lighting really helped relax Maeby.  I have never seen my little wiggle worm stay this still.  If she had her way, she would go back every day to get her nails painted.

maeby at juju salon and organics

 

We had a lovely time and would love to return again.

You can find the products Juju Salon & Organics sells online here.

And you can find the location and services here.

And you can read We’re Parents!? review here.

 

philadelphia zoo: zoo360

As vegans, we don’t support circuses.  We do support zoos that strive for conservation and education.  The Philadelphia Zoo meets both of these requirements with their Zoo360 program.  In the past few years, the Philadelphia Zoo has undergone several renovations (including the much improved children’s exploration center: KidZooU, but I’ll save that for another post).  They have begun to incorporate exploration trails for their animals, so they can expand their environments.  

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You may spot these tunnels winding their way around the Philadelphia Zoo’s campus.  If you’re lucky, you’ll see animals crossing above you!  We were able to watch a tiger use the crossing on our last visit, but I wasn’t quick enough with my camera.

cattrails

Sometimes you’ll catch animals resting in the tunnels.  (I’m almost certain that they are people watching.)  We have caught monkeys chasing each other and playing in the treetop trail crossings!  

gorillas

In all of our visits there, I have learned that gorillas are real performers.  They know when they are being watched and often they will put on a show.  (I’m definitely thinking back to the time they came up and banged on the window and scared the living daylights out of everyone that was watching them from inside…myself included!)  

Great news!  These guys are going to be getting an expansion all their own!  We’re really excited to get to see them travel around the zoo.  Hopefully Zoo360 will act as a model for zoos around the country.  It would be great if all zoo animals were provided with more freedom like the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo.

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What is your must see animal when you go to the zoo?