As many of you know, I started Moms in Madison almost 7 years
ago! Time does fly, doesn't it? After several years I got to
the point where I wanted to update the website to include families
with kids of all ages - and then I stopped. Why?
To tell you the truth, when I started Moms
in Madison there were no local websites with information on
classes, services, activities or events for moms. There was
no online community. So I started the website and Yahoo! Group
and it grew! But the past few years have brought the ease of
blogs, meaning that there are now dozens of websites and blogs
for local moms and "what
to do" with kids. And Facebook now means every local business
can communicate with their users via social media. So with all
that in mind I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep doing the same
thing, if I wanted to change it, or if I wanted to let
I watched the local online community for awhile, thought a bit,
and decided that I wanted to keep Moms in Madison but no longer
as a general central place for *everything*. With all of the
blogs and websites out there today that kind of information is
easy to find now (which is great). I decided I wanted to go back
to my roots, so to speak. To the things which we are passionate
about and are important to me as a mom.
Soooo I have been again working on the new
Moms in Madison - focusing on sustainable/green/holistic family
living. Crafts, art and science with kids. Attachment parenting. Nature
programs and activities. Natural health. Non-violent
communication. Local foods. Exploring the outdoors. Green household
tips. Crafting. Healthy cooking for families. Off the beaten
path day trips. Slow parenting. Creative mamas. And of
So while there may still be local mama business directory, birthing,
classes, activities, books - they will be streamlined to sustainable
holistic living for families with kids of all ages, and include
some new topics, contributing writers, and GIVEAWAYS, along with
some more interactive features. More sharing, less lists. And
some resources that ARE still hard to find - such as a natural
health directory, resources for kids with special needs/allergies,
alternative dining, and parenting for social change. All good!
So while I've been slow, it has been a deliberate
slow to observe, and think, and evaluate. And that is a good
thing. So, look for the new launch soon (I'm excited!!!!). I
look forward to this next phase and am excited to share it
with you all.
If you are interested in contributing - via
articles (I have a list of potential topics, if interested!),
featured mom businesses, or giveaways - email me email@example.com
(be sure to put Moms in Madison in the subject).
03.29.2011– A new pocket sized passport
featuring discounts at over 50 local family oriented businesses
is debuting in Madison 4/1/11. About the size of a wallet,
this handy little savings guide can be easily tucked into your
back pocket or even the smallest purse.
Started from the creators of the Madcity Cocktails Drink Passport,
this new Family Fun Passport delivers big savings for parents
around the Madison Area. Packed full of buy 1 get 1 free admissions,
birthday party discounts, and even free kids meals, this little
book can save parents over $3,000. Valid for an entire year,
from 4/1/1 through 4/1/12, there is ample time to save each parent
well over their $14.95 investment.
Using the book is so easy, even children
can help. Families simply show their book to each business,
get their Family Fun Passport “stamped”, and receive
their discount immediately. It's that easy!
Plus, kids will love seeing their passport
being filled with colorful stamps showing all the places they "toured" with
their parents throughout the year. More importantly, parents
will love the great discounts at all the local family attractions
Some of the Family Fun Passport partnering businesses include
Vitense Golfland, Cave of the Mounds, Madison Children's Museum,
Henry Vilas Zoo, Pump It Up, Hitters Sports, Legacy Academy and
other age appropriate establishments. A complete list of all
businesses and each of their TWO discounts is available on the
A perfect gift for Mothers Day, Fathers Day or any family day,
Family Fun Passports can be purchased at all participating businesses
and at www.familyfunpassport.com.
Local groups are encouraged to contact us for their own fund
raising opportunity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
calling direct at 608-335-1369. Elementary schools and fund raising
groups can earn up to $5 per book sale for their organization.
A Portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Ronald McDonald
House of Madison.