There’s a new resource for Madison area parents! 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 was kind enough to feature RM blogger – and local Barefoot Books Ambassador – Kat yesterday! Thanks, ladies!)


Atwood Summerfest July 30, 2011

Atwood Summerfest is this Saturday, July 30, from noon – 7 pm. 2000 and 2100 blocks of Atwood Avenue

Come to our local street festival where Atwood Avenue “from the Barrymore to Schenks Corners” becomes a party. People of all ages come to dance and listen to our live music stages, enjoy summer-y and ethnic foods, buy local and handmade goods, play games, make art and of course, have a cool beverage or two. Every year there’s something new. On a beautiful summer day, it’s great to celebrate the neighborhood.

Birthday Giveaway {Part 4}

Giveaway #4 is great for parents and kids alike!

This week’s winner will receive: a $25 gift certificate to Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery along with these goodies from Nicki’s Diapers: Best Bottom Diaper Trial Kit (1 shell, 3 inserts) and a Planet Wise Bag Your Snack Stuff Gift Set (1 Sandwich Wrap, 1 Window Bag, and 1 Snack Bag).

Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery is a popular cafe, cupcake shop, and coffeehouse located on Atwood Avenue. It’s one of Kat’s favorite local places to eat!

Nicki’s Diapers is located on the westside of Madison at 739 N. High Point Rd in Sauk Point Square. Along with supplying everything a cloth-diapering family may need, Nicki’s also carries baby carriers and breastfeeding supplies. The store also offers many classes (most FREE!) along with a breastfeeding clinic. You can find more info about Nicki’s Diapers on its Facebook page (along with Best Bottom Diapers and PlanetWise). All three are also on Twitter: nickisdiapers, bestbottomdiapers, and planetwiseinc.

To enter this giveaway, answer the following question in the comments (one entry per person. Please include your first & last name when commenting):

What is your favorite local family-friendly restaurant?

Comments must be received by midnight on Friday, May 27. Winner will be chosen using and announced Sunday, May 29.

{Part 3} Winner

Congratulations, Jenn Hackel! You’ve won our Atlas Improv, Liliana’s Restaurant, and Overture Center giveaway.

Please send us an e-mail with your mailing address, and we’ll send you a prize (along with info regarding the Overture tickets:

Birthday Giveaway {Part 4} will be announced tomorrow morning!

Birthday Giveaway {Part 3}

This one’s for the parents! We all need a night out, away from the kids every once in awhile, right? Well here’s your chance!

This week’s winner will receive: Four free passes to Atlas Improv Company, a $50 gift certificate to Liliana’s Restaurant, and a certificate from Overture Center for the Arts good for tickets to one of a select group of shows in the 2011/12 season (more info on this prize will be sent to the winner).

Atlas Improv Company performs at 8 pm and 10 pm every Saturday at the Electric Earth Cafe. (Kat used to house manage for Atlas, and her husband Jess used to be a performer!)

Liliana’s Restaurant is a semi-fine dining New Orleans style restaurant located in Fitchburg, Wisconsin owned by RM blogger Tiffany and her husband Dave (the restaurant is named after their daughter, Liliana).

Overture Center for the Arts is a high-quality performing arts center located in downtown Madison. Overture Center offers performances for children and adults alike. The 2011/2012 season was just announced earlier this month.

To enter this giveaway, answer the following question in the comments (one entry per person. Please include your first & last name when commenting):

What is your favorite way to spend a date night when on a budget? or When money is no object?

Comments must be submitted by midnight on Friday, May 20. The winner will be chosen using and announced Sunday, May 22.

Happy birthday, Raising Madison!

Today Tiffany, Maggie, Carousel and I are celebrating Raising Madison‘s first birthday! Hooray!

We are so thrilled and amazed that the little local parenting blog Tiffany and I started a year ago grew into this great resource for so many of you! Thank you for reading; thank you for sharing RM with your friends and family; thank you for all of your supportive and encouraging words. We love Madison! We’re so lucky to live in a city that embraces all families.

To celebrate (and to thank you, our loyal readers), Raising Madison is having a month of giveaways!* Every Monday in May, we’ll announce a new giveaway along with a question you can answer in the comments. You’ll have until midnight on Friday to respond, and we’ll use to choose our winner (which we’ll announce Sunday morning). One entry per person, please (however you can enter as many giveaways as you want).

To start the birthday celebration off right, we’re giving away a coffee mug and gift certificate good for 1/2 dozen cupcakes from Bloom Bake Shop – a downtown Middleton small-batch local, organic, and fair-trade bakery offering cupcakes, brownies, whoopie pies, coffee, tea, and more! (and they offer delicious vegan and gluten free options as well!)

To enter, answer the following question in the comments below (remember, one entry per person, please):

– What was your favorite post made by Raising Madison this past year? or What would you like to see mentioned this year?

Comments must be received by midnight on Friday, May 6.

*Lots of love and thanks to all the local businesses that donated items for our giveaways: Atlas Improv Company, Bloom Bake Shop, Capitol Kids, Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery, Happy Bambino, Liliana’s Restaurant, Madison Children’s Museum, Nicki’s Diapers, Overture Center for the Arts.