Week of Giveaways to celebrate One Year of Blogging

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One year ago this week, I was in the middle of planning a fundraiser, Desserts for Disaster Relief, to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It was part of the motivation to start this blog, Westside Mommy. Together, with new mom friends, previous contacts, and new connections, we held our event at Essential Chocolate Desserts in Culver City and raised money to help send members of Awaken Arts (formerly known as The 24 Foundation) to Bantayan Island in the Philippines . They were able to work with another great non-profit for the arts I connected them with, The Peace Project, who recently finished building 40 of 200 planned homes for families who lost theirs in the typhoon.

Since then, my network of friends has grown. This blog gave me a place to share thoughts about being a mom, motivated me to explore places and parks with my baby, and learn more about parenting. Best of all, I discovered a way to make me feel like myself again, through Baby Boot Camp.  Trainers Melinda and Elizabeth helped me look and feel like my old self (but better!) through their program. I learned a lot about eating healthier, and met a wonderful group of fit moms!

Melinda and Elizabeth introduced me to Rachel Pitzel the founder of Los Angeles Club MomMe. I had the pleasure of attending two amazing Family Fests – The Club MomMe Spring Family Fest, and recently, The Club MomMe Fall Family Fest. There, I met other bloggers, business owners, attended helpful panels, and learned about products that help with parenting.

I’m glad I didn’t give up on my blog. So many other good things have come of it. Here are a few other highlights:

To celebrate one year of blogging, I’m doing multiple giveaways this week!

Check back every day this week on westsidemommy.com and WestsideMommy.com’s Facebook page to see what I’m giving away!

Here are the first two giveaways:

(compliments of the Club MomMe Fall Family Fest Swag Bag)

At Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) class on Tuesday, November 18th. Class is at Chess Park at Playa Vista from 9:30am – 10:30am (your first class is free!)

At the Stroller Friends Play Date on Tuesday, November 18th from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at Syd Kroenthal Park in Culver City:

Thanks for reading and for celebrating my first year of blogging. I hope to see you soon!