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Simon and Teen Vogue host “Back-to-School” Main Event Sunday, August 24th,12 p.m.- 4 p.m at Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania

Back to School at Montgomery Mall with Teen Vogue
August 24th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m



Simon and Teen Vogue with Special Offerings throughout August and the main event Sunday, August 24th, 12pm-4pm at Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania.

With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back-to-school events across the county to prep young shoppers before they head back to class. The main event, known as the “ABC’s of Style,” will take place nationwide at more than 80 shopping centers, helping families enjoy the all-too-common task of shopping for seasonal must-haves. Montgomery Mall will be joining the back-to-school fun with its “ABC’s of Style℠” event on Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering a number of fun-filled activities including a LIVE performance by indie pop band AJR.


“This is an exciting time of year and as Montgomery Mall is the center of fashion in Montgomery County, teaming up with Teen Vogue elevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Ashley Pompei, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Montgomery Mall.


Montgomery Mall’s ABC’s of Style events will include will include a variety of elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Created to keep young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind, featured events will include:


  • Exclusive Style Guide: Get early access to an exclusive style guide from Simon and Teen Vogue, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Following the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Montgomery Mall’s Guest Services or access it online at
  • Fashion Show: View the hottest trends of the season on the runway and receive first-hand fashion advice from Teen Vogue Beauty Style Expert, Lauren Cosenza and Clothes Encounters fashion blogger Jenn Im.
  • Special Musical Performance: Enjoy a “meet and greet” and live musical performance by indie pop trio AJR, who got their musical start as kids busking in Central Park and Washington Square, singing Jackson 5 covers, and, later, their own material.
  • Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Play free interactive games, watch a sneak peek of Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, get up-close and personal product demonstrations and walk away with free giveaways from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips and Coca-Cola. Attendees can also pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last).


“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen Vogue Vice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”


In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to
gear up for school and stay connected to Montgomery Mall. Join the digital fun and participate through:

  • #FoundAtSimon: Share your back to school look via Twitter or Instagram before December 31, 2014 using #foundatsimon and #contest and one lucky winner per month will receive a $500 Simon shopping spree! For official rules and prize descriptions, visit
  • ABC’s of Style Instant Win: Play the fun mobile game on your phone and enter to win prizes from your favorite brands and stores instantly before September 15, 2014. Text PLAY to 74666 for a link to start or go to from your phone. For official rules and prize descriptions, visit


Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August.

Back to School at Montgomery Mall 

For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit


About Montgomery Mall

Montgomery Mall is a super-regional Simon shopping center located at the intersection of Routes 309 and 202 in North Wales, PA that serves the nearby communities of North Wales, Lansdale, Hatfield, Horsham and Montgomeryville. Montgomery Mall’s 116 stores address everyday fashion, family and home needs with department store anchors JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears, specialty stores for jewelry to women’s apparel to sports including Dicks Sporting Goods, and daily grocery shopping at Wegmans. For additional information, visit or follow us on Twitter @MontgomeryMall or on Facebook at


About Simon  Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  For more information, visit

Hallmark Recordable Storybook Sponsors Disney on Ice 4pack Ticket Giveaway!

Win Disney on Ice Tickets & One of Hallmark’s New Recordable Storybook!


The Wish My Heart Makes For You Recordable Book

Experience the magical world of Disney any day at home with Hallmark’s newest Disney Recordable Storybook titles, including “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” and “You’re a Hero! All the Ways You Save the Day.” And to bring the enchantment of Disney Recordable Storybooks to life, Hallmark is sponsoring the Disney on Ice tour hitting cities across the nation, including the Philadelphia area!

Hallmark Recordable Storybook Gift

Hallmark’s Recordable Storybook didn’t fit in the advent calendar, so I got creative and used pom poms from our craft supplies and placed a note inside Day 1 letting her know to follow the pom poms to her first advent gift.

I chose to review, “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” recordable storybook (beautifully written, inspirational story any parent would be honored to give to a child) and I gave it to my daughter for her first advent calendar gift (see photo above). I love reading her stories from my heart and the fact that she can pick up this storybook and hear her Me reading a heartfelt story to her even when I’m not around, she’s visiting other family or I’m around and doing the dishes…lol makes me feel even more like the best mom in the world!

I personalized my recording for her by adding a little special message in the beginning of the story letting her know when & why I gifted her this exact book and again at the end of the story to remind her just how much I loved her. You can add your own personalized messages like I did or just simply read the story. This is my second Hallmark recordable storybook I have recorded for my daughter. I love giving them to her. I know this is morbid…but sometimes I think, what if something tragically happened to me and my time here on Earth was cut short…I feel warmth in my heart knowing she will still be able to hear her Mama’s voice reading her a story long after my journey on Earth has ended. To be honest…that’s the main reason I’m so in love with these recordable storybooks.

Hallmark Disney Experience Contest/Giveaway

To create a unique Disney experience for you and your family we are giving one lucky reader a Disney recordable storybook (your choice) and a family four-pack of tickets for Disney on Ice!

  • Recordable Storybooks – Hallmark added two new Disney titles to its popular library of Recordable Storybooks this year, including “The Wish My Heart Makes for You” and “You’re a Hero! All the Ways You Save the Day.” They join other Classic Disney Recordable Storybooks like Lightning McQueen and His Winning Team, Winnie the Pooh’s Plan Bee and What Makes a Princess.
  • Tickets –We have four tickets to the Rockin’ Ever After Disney on Ice performance in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m.

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Win a family 4-pack of tickets to see “Barnum” by the Philly Circus!


Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages… step right up to for a first rate glance at the jugglers, clowns, trapeze artists and original ring leader of them all… Mr. P.T. Barnum!  The Ritz Theatre, in partnership with Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, presents “Barnum,” between Thursday, October 20, 2011 through Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Ritz Theatre Company.  Performances take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. Written by Mark Bramble, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, Ritz Theatre Company gives a fresh, exciting new look to this classic American Musical. Based on the life of showman P.T. Barnum, this spectacle takes you to a world like you’ve never seen before! Here lies a rare gem that offers everything from traditional musical theatre to the tantalizing stir of excitement that one can only find waiting underneath the big top!  “Barnum” proudly features the aerial talents of PSCA performer and instructor Jackie Zalewski.  Performances take place at  Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Arts District, Haddon Township, NJ 08107. For ticket information, direction and additional details, please visit

At Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Arts District, Haddon Twp, NJ 08107

Thursday, October 20, 2011 – Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm

Cost: $20.00 – $35.00


About Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

PSCA is the region’s center of contemporary circus arts.  PSCA presents professional and student productions during the year.  Seasoned faculty lead a curriculum featuring aerials (static trapeze, corde lisse, aerial silks and lyra), juggling, unicycling, tightwire, tumbling, acrobatics, Chinese pole, and physical conditioning.  In addition to ongoing classes, PSCA also offers introductory workshops, birthday parties, rental space, summer camp and special guest performances.  For information, visit

You can also find more information about the Philadelphia Circus by checking them out on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube!


Enter to win tickets to see “Barnum!”

Want to win a family four pack of tickets for Sunday, October 23 at the 2:00 pm performance?   Leave a comment on this post about your favorite thing about the circus to enter for a chance to win tickets.  One winner will be chosen using and contacted via email and will have 24 hours to reply to the email with details required to receive tickets.  Tickets will be held at the will-call window.  Contest ends Wednesday, October 19th  at 10:00 pm EST.  Good Luck!!

Chevrolet Launches Military Salute Program in Pennsylvania

Chevrolet Launches Military Salute Program in Pennsylvania

Chevrolet to honor and thank servicemen and women in Pennsylvania by celebrating their time at home


As part of its longstanding commitment to the military, Chevrolet is proud to announce the Chevrolet Military Salute in Pennsylvania – a program that encourages people to nominate active duty Pennsylvania military servicemen and women who they’d like to honor, for the chance to win a Chevy-style celebration in their hometown.


Nominations will be accepted from August 22 to September 23 on the General Motors’ GMNortheast blog, Five finalists will be selected from the entries received and profiled on the blog. People will then be able to show support for their favorite finalist by casting their votes online. In October, the Chevrolet team will roll into the chosen serviceman or woman’s hometown for a celebration they’ll never forget. For your chance to nominate a loved one or vote visit,



Nomination Period: August 22, 2011 – September 23, 2011

Judging/Selection: September 26, 2011 – October 4, 2011

Winner Chosen: Week of October 2






Chevrolet’s commitment to the U.S. military runs deep.


Its relationship with the military began in April 1940 when Chevrolet negotiated their first military contact building explosive shells. By the end of 1941, military trucks and aircraft engines were also being produced in Chevrolet plants. Seven Chevrolet plants across the country were awarded the Army-Navy “E” for excellence, in recognition of their contributions to wartime production.


Chevrolet Military Salute was launched to recognize and honor the sacrifices of men and women for their country, extending the brand’s support of the military. This support includes other programs such as Chevrolet’s military discount, ongoing collections for Cell Phones for Soldiers, and partnerships with military organizations like the Achilles Freedom Team and the Travis Manion Foundation.



For more information you can contact:

Lauren Fitapelli Natalie Neyer

212-418-6214 717-231-5331


About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly” solutions, such as Chevrolet Cruze Eco with an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon highway, and the Chevrolet Volt offering 35 miles of electric driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions and OnStar availability can be found at



Mama’s little sleep helper, Dream Water….giveaway!

Mama tries to get some sleep help from Dream Water

Since becoming a mom, my sleep habits have changed dramatically.  While I no longer feel sleep deprived from those first 8 months or so of when my son was an infant, I still do not sleep well.  I’ve always been a night owl, but with a child who wakes up naturally around 6:00 am, and my work at home mom schedule of late night work, I often suffer from sleep issues.  Sleep deprivation, insomnia, and restless sleep are common.  The worst one to me is insomnia, those nights when I feel utterly exhausted but nothing gets my mind to shut up and let me sleep.  There are lots of sleep solutions out there on the market, from medical to behavioral techniques.  One I recently tried and found some success with is Dream Water.

According to Dream Water, sleep affects all areas of life, from how we perform at work, to how our face and body look, to how we fare when we travel.  It also can make a typically happy mommy into a very crabby mommy when she is tired!  Dream Water is a liquid-form sleep enhancer that helps with relaxing and falling asleep.  So what is Dream Water??

Dream Water is:

  • All natural, zero calories, no preservatives
  • All-natural active ingredients, including melatonin, 5 HTP and GABA
  • Two delicious flavors: Snoozeberry and Lullaby Lemon
  • Easy to use 2.5 oz shot
  • $2.99 per bottle
  • Available for purchase at select retailers, including Walmart, Walgreens and Duane Reade, and at


Photo of Dream Water courtesy of A Dream Products Company

I tested out some Snoozeberry Dream Water to see if it would provide some sleep help for me.  After reading all of the directions, ingredients, and reviews I decided that I would try drinking just half of a shot-sized bottle at around 11:30pm one night.  It tasted like berries, not sure if it was really blueberry and pomegranate, but it definitely tasted like berry-flavor.   It was surprisingly sweet and didn’t mix well with my freshly brushed teeth!  (Note to self, brush teeth AFTER consuming Dream Water!)  I usually read for a hour or so before I go to sleep, but within about 20 minutes I felt very groggy and relaxed.  I ended up putting my book down and turning out the lights.  It took me another 15 minutes or so before I nodded off and I did fall asleep a bit faster than usual.  I did wake up once, but unlike most nights, I fell back to sleep immediately.  I realized the mistake I made when at 6:00 am my darling three year old woke me up and I couldn’t wake up completely…I drank the Dream Water too late at night!  I think I should have calcualted the time better and consumed the water by 10:00pm so that I would have a chance to get a full 8 hours of sleep.  (I never get 8 hours of sleep!!)  I did have a hard time waking up, but by 8 am I felt wide awake and rested.  I do think that the Dream Water helped me stay asleep and relaxed through the night.

The biggest warning about Dream Water is to not drive (or operate heavy machinery)  or engage in important tasks after consuming, until the effects wear off.  Also, this is not a product one should use during pregnancy.  It is recommended for people over the age of 18, so it is NOT a sleep aid for children.  (Keep it out of reach of children!)  On the bottle there is also a warning to consult your physician before using if you have any medical conditions.  I did not experience any negative side effects from consuming half of a 2.5 oz bottle (a full serving is the whole 2.5 oz bottle.)  However, everyone reacts differently from products, so use at your discretion.

Dream Water giveaway to provide you with some sleep help!

Dream Water would like to give Mama’s Little Helper readers a chance to try out Dream Water.  Two readers will have a chance to win 30 shot-sized bottles of Dream Water.  This is enough to share with your mom friends and all get a great night’s rest!  To enter for your chance at some sleep help from Dream Water complete one or more of the following, leaving a separate comment for each entry!

  1. Leave a comment about your sleep struggles
  2. Leave a comment about what helps you get to sleep
  3. Like Dream Water on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so
  4. Follow Dream Water on Twitter (@DreamWater) and leave a comment, including your Twitter handle
  5. Like Mama’s Little Helper on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so (or if you already do!)
  6. Follow Mama’s Little Helper on Twitter (@MamasLtlHelper) and leave a comment, including your Twitter handle.

This giveaway will be open for entries until Friday June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm EST.  Two winners will be selected from the comments, chosen by  The winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner(s) will be selected.  Prize and distribution is the responsibility of the Dream Water representative.  Please read all directions and warnings before consuming this sleep aid and use at your own discretion….Mama’s Little Helper authors and publishers are not responsible if you have any negative reaction to this product.

Good Luck and Sweet Dreams!

Disclosure:  Mama was provided with six bottles of Dream Water to sample for the purposes of this review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are honest and my own!





Philly Capture the Cruze with Chevy! Win a 2011 Chevy Cruze!

Like a good scavenger hunt?  Have a mobile phone?  Want a chance to win a 2011 Chevy Cruze?  Then you might want to enter for the chance to participate in the Philly Capture the Cruze sponsored by Chevy.

Capture the Cruze will take place on April 30th at Independence Hall starting at 10:00am. Following the game, the awards ceremony will also be held at Independence Hall. Then join in the after party at Chickie’s & Pete’s starting at approximately 1:00pm.

To enter, check out the Philly Capture the Cruze website to register for the chance to participate in this fun event.  The website also has all the details about how to play.  This is a free event open to participants ages 18 and up.

Do you have the cutest baby or toddler?

Cutest Baby & Toddler Photo Contest

Cutest Baby Contest
The Cutest Baby & Toddler Photo Contest, in which people can upload their child’s photos to be judged online, is open for entries now.  It’s easy to enter your most adorable photo of your little one.  Just find your favorite photo of your baby or toddler and upload it on the “Submit an Entry” page and you’re good to go!

Every approved submission will receive 2 tickets to the Baby and Toddler Expo April 16 & 17 at the Greater Philadelphia Area Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Then get your friends and family to vote, view other entries and vote for your favorite. Voting will begin March 14, 2011.

Cutest Baby Contest

What can your cute baby win?

The winner will participate in a photography session with Montgomery Media’s professional photographer, and the winner’s photo will appear on the cover of an upcoming Parents Express issue.

Montgomery Media- Target Big, Target Small with 14 weekly newspapers: Public Spirit, Willow Grove Guide, Ambler Gazette, Springfield Sun, North Penn Life, Montgomery Life, Souderton Independent, Valley Item, Spring-Ford Reporter, The Globe, Times Chronicle, Glenside News, The Colonial, Perkasie News-Herald and Roxborough Review.

Parents Express-Celebrating 20 years as Philadelphia’s Monthly News Magazine for Families. Awarded 2010 Keystone Award as Best Specialty Publication by the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association

The Baby & Toddler Expo will be held on April 16 and 17th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.  It is there where the final judging takes place for the Cutest Baby & Toddler Photo Contest. Registered & Protectedcopyright for video