– Classes (yoga, dance, cooking)
– Storytimes
– what does the UW offer for families (geology museum, LVM)
– Breastfeeding resources: classes, LLL, eats on feets, etc

– Monona Bootery

-sledding hill reviews

-pool reviews

– Home schooling resources


It’s Been Quiet Around Here

A number of you have asked me about the radio silence on Raising Madison lately, and I apologize for not giving an explanation sooner.

In its simplest form: I’ve been busy (with life! with Milena and being a Barefoot Books Ambassador and crafting for my Etsy store and so much more), and blogging for Raising Madison became more of a chore than I would have liked. So I decided to take a break, as much as it saddens me to see how quiet it’s become around here.

I love what Raising Madison has become! I love the community it’s created. I love looking at the site stats and seeing that it gets upwards for 56 hits per day, even though there hasn’t been a new post in weeks! That’s fantastic! I am so happy it’s become such an amazing resource, and I really hope to find time to come back and continue blogging about great events and resources and all the other amazing things Madison, WI has to offer.

If any of you are interested in taking over the reigns a bit while I’m on sabbatical, I would LOVE that! Please let me know! And please continue posting on the Facebook page.

Thanks so much for your love and support and encouragement! I hope your family is enjoying fall as much as we are!

Do you live Barefoot?

When Milena was a baby, some of our favorite books to check out from the library were the “Cleo the Cat” books, and our car rides were filled with the sounds of Putumayo CDs. It wasn’t until recently that I realized they (plus many of our other favorite books) were from the same publisher: Barefoot Books. I was even more excited to learn that Barefoot Books offers their readers a chance to become Barefoot Books Ambassadors, allowing me the chance to work from home while doing what I love: staying at home to raise my daughter while sharing these wonderful stories with my friends and neighbors!

Barefoot Books products are all about exploring our planet, other cultures, and ourselves. As an avid reader who’s mother to a 2 year old who already has an expansive library, I know how difficult it is to buy books for a book lover. Barefoot Books make great gifts, because they’re not available in most stores (although they’re so lovely, you may be tempted to keep them for your own family!).

As your local Barefoot Books Ambassador, I can help you find the perfect books for your kids or just the right collection of products to give as a gift. You can order online through my personal marketplace (KidsReadBarefootBooks.com). If you live in the Madison area, you can also order directly through me. I’m also available for home parties, fundraisers, and more! You can follow me on Facebook: Kids Read Barefoot or e-mail me for more information: kidsreadbarefootbooks@gmail.com.

Do you live Barefoot? I’d love to hear about your family’s favorite Barefoot Books products!

Mikayla’s Grace

Mikayla’s Grace is a local non-profit that supports families with a baby in the NICU and those who have experienced the death of an infant at Madison Area hospitals by providing NICU care packages and angel memory boxes that offer both practical and emotional support for the parents.

The organization was started by Mike and Melissa Terrill and was initially inspired by their second child Mikayla Grace who was born too soon at 24 weeks, and went to her Heavenly home after a short 36 hours with them on this earth. Their first donation was to St. Mary’s Hospital in where their daughter Mikayla was born. In memory of Mikayla’s first Heavenly birthday on June 24, 2011 they donated 12 Angel memory boxes, 20 NICU care packages, 66 books, and 28 gowns with matching booties and hats. They are currently working on our goal to donate another 20 angel memory boxes and 20 NICU care packages on October 7, 2011. Go here to see how you can help. You can also help support Mikayla’s Grace (and the families it helps) in other ways:

Mikayla’s Grace is hosting the first ever Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month here in the Madison area on October 15th. This Remembrance Day is to honor families who have lost babies through pregnancy, stillbirth, or in early infancy. This event is being planned by local bereaved parents and our non-profit because October is the nationally recognized month of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness as proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. October 15th was then envisioned as a day for families and friends to come together to remember and honor babies who left this world too soon. You can read more about it on the website.

Mikayla’s Grace is also currently up for the Pepsi Refresh Project with the opportunity to win a $5000 grant. This grant would allow them to to donate a year supply of NICU care packages and Angel memory boxes to BOTH St. Mary’s and Meriter hospitals in Madison.

In order to win this grant, Mikayla’s Grace needs to get enough votes to be one of the top 20 projects in their category. Anyone can vote, for up to five different projects each day, from now until September 30th in three different ways. So each person could vote for the organization three ways each day.

People can vote three ways each day, at this link:

1. By signing in with their Facebook login
2. By signing in with a Pepsi Refresh account (takes just a few minutes and they do not send spam mail)
3. Texting 108258 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from a mobile phone (Standard text rates apply).

You can also POWER VOTE by entering in codes from underneath the caps of Pepsi bottles or on the packages of multipacks.

No Kidding! Next Adult Swim Sept. 16

Madison Children’s Museum will become a kid-free zone once again for its next Adult Swim fundraiser on Friday, September 16, from 6–10 pm.

MCM’s Adult Swim nights have proven wildly popular, with more than 500 grownups getting to be kids for the night. Adult Swim honors the public pool tradition of clearing the kids out so adults can have the space to themselves.

Adult Swim is a great event to attend with a group of friends, family, or coworkers! Wine, beer, and Roman Candle pizza will be available for purchase. Enjoy music by Latin jazz sextet Mambo Blue on the Rooftop Ramble from 7:30-9:30 pm. Climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, drive the Punch Buggy, and take in the work of more than 120 local artists who contributed pieces to the new museum.

Adults 21 and up are welcome. A valid ID will be required to enter the event. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at MadisonChildrensMuseum.org until 4 pm the day of the event, or at the door for the same price if tickets remain.

Have you attended an Adult Swim at MCM? We’d love to hear about it! I’m always so tempted to climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, but it wouldn’t be fair to Milena who still has to wait two more years.

Just Between Friends Local Consignment Event

Didn’t find what you were looking for at the fall Half-Pint Resale or Moms of Multiples sale? Well, get ready for the HUGE Just Between Friends/Dane County East Kids and Maternity Consignment Sale. The event is back at the Waunakee Village Center this fall.

The event kicks off with presales on Thursday, September 29. The public sales run on Friday, September 30 (9am-6pm), Saturday, October 1st, (9am-6pm, 25% off sale) and Sunday, October 2nd (9am-noon, 50% off sale). A special sales event for first-time parents, grandparents and foster parents is planned for Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 with door prizes including a new $250 stroller.

Just Between Friends/Dane County East is doing its part to help area families turn their unneeded items into cash. Consignors price their own items and tag them using a free, easy, online bar code system. They can earn 65% of the sales price, 70% if they volunteer.

The event brings together thousands of new and gently used children’s and maternity items and makes them available for other families to purchase at great prices. Families will find great deals clothing, costumes, baby equipment and furniture, DVDs, books, toys, bags and much more. This and other locally-owned and operated JBF events help thousands of families save money each year. In addition, many consignors chose to donate their unsold items to a local charity extending the benefits to families even further.

Come shop and save at the JBF Dane County East sale at the Waunakee Village Center (333 S. Madison St., Waunakee, WI). Contact us through JBFDCEast@gmail.com, on Facebook, danecountyeast.jbfsale.com or www.jbfsale.com.

Also, watch for their first ever Winter/Holiday event at the East Side Business Club in Madison from November 12-14.


There’s a new resource for Madison area parents! MadisonMamas.com is a website that lists hundreds of links for pregnancy, groups, classes, activities, fitness, services, dining and shopping. Features showcase local events, specials, books, project ideas, recipes, decor, new products and much more. You can also post questions and comments to other local parents on their Facebook page: Madison Mamas

I’ve already found the website extremely useful for finding new kid-friendly places to shop and eat in the area. The site is so well organized, it’s simple to find exactly what you’re looking for. And I love the “Features” section – it’s given me some great ideas! (and MadisonMamas.com was kind enough to feature RM blogger – and local Barefoot Books Ambassador – Kat yesterday! Thanks, ladies!)