Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The time has come, yes, once again to make that list.  You - know the dreaded list of resolutions and plans for the year to come.   Gotta right 'em down though.

I'll keep it short because it is late and I have some BIG LOVE to go watch.  But, in short - here are the few things I would like to accomplish next year:

1) Be a better friend-mother-wife-daughter.  Not that I totally suck at these things but there is always room for improvement.  I would like to spend more time with those I love.  And really, more importantly, I would like to be able to relax and really enjoy those moments that I am lucky enough to have with my kids, my hubby, my parents, my sis and my friends.  For those of you who have followed my blog - you know I said goodbye to a close friend just over a month ago.  Saying goodbye was tough but it has really made me look at things a little (no - a lot) more carefully.  I will slow down and cherish all that I've got.  Thank you Paula for teaching me this.  You were a much better friend than I ever could have been.  I miss you.

2) Get my butt into the gym 3 times a week (or at least run on treadmill at home or around block or something to get my heart rate up for at least 30 minutes).  Yes - I know - we've all got this one written down.  Nothing new here - move along...

3)  Publish SOMETHING.  Any book, poeme (OK, not that - totally suck at writing poetry), even a boring medical article - anything...  Always dreamt of writing a book - who of us bloggers has not? I would like to say that I accomplished this by the end of 2009.  OK - maybe not PUBLISH something but how 'bout just write something worthy and try to get it published? 

4)  Do something HUGE for someone else.  Felt pretty great to help out the families we adopted for Christmas.  But - we really should be doing more.  I will get to work on this sooner and maybe with the help of all of our OLLM friends we can get some huge event going and really make a difference.

5)  Last, but not least - I am going to make a promise to myself to abstain from Starbucks and Fast Food for all of 2009.  Sorry - Starbucks, I really, really love you.  I know you'll miss me and I am absolutely sure that one of your stores will have to close without my daily business.  But, I really feel that my daily addiction is affecting my wallet and my ass in the most negative ways (my butt gets bigger but my wallet gets smaller - not so good...)  

I was going to abstain from wine and beer and champagne but really - why set completely ridiculous goals that I just know I cannot keep? Hubby bought us tix to Mardi Gras as my Christmas gift - without the kids! Can you believe it? Really - no possible way that I could go to New Orleans and not drink bellinis (peach, champagne blended drink for all of you who haven't had the pleasure) - waaay to yummy!

So -  looking back on 2008 I must say it has been a great year.  Except for saying goodbye to Paula and for our never-ending battle with our home builder (lawsuit continues into 2009) it has been a fantastic year.  We had a few personal victories - I got a new job at a brand new hospital - very coveted job so I am feeling pretty proud about this still and hubby had some great accomplishments of his own and I am head over heels in love with him still (we're on year 7) so I am super lucky! 

Yuma lost 100 lbs (GO YUMA!) - one of Scott's best friends and Felicia had a beautiful baby boy - Baby Draven (yes, very cool name but we just know he'll be goth - gotta buy him a trenchcoat and eyeliner now!).  What else? Dear sis Wendy is pregnant and Chris (partner in crime at Ooh La La Mama) is FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY engaged! Yippeee!  

So - for all of you out there who think they've got a plan for 2009 - please share your best ideas with us.  Email or comment below.  Ya never know what we'll be giving out for 2009! Good luck to all.  

Wishing all of you a wonderful, happy, healthy and successful 2009.  Hoping all of our wildest dreams come true!

Yours truly,

Cindy Parker
Ooh La La Mama


Congrats to our winners!

Both of these lucky ladies win $100 gift cards to go shopping at Target!

Congrats to Winner #1: Twitter name that you might all know her by: @BarelyDomestic - Visit her awesome & amazing blog - she does cool giveaways and stuff too: http://barelydomesticmama.blogspot.com/

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Still waiting on update to publish name of our 3rd and luckiest winner - we'll just call her NATASHA (Ok, that's her real name - just holding back on last name and website until we know she's cool). Natasha wins our random drawing for $500 VISA CASH CARD. How stoked will she be when she reads her emails tomorrow?

For those of you who did not win ~ Please do not worry or give up or fire me as your friend or as your doctor. I picked up A TON of new gift cards, yes - to Target, to Nordies, for iTunes and more! So stay tuned for more fun contests to come. Happy 2009 and stay safe tonight!

Best Wishes,


P.S. You totally know 2009 is totally going to KICK ASS! Ok - sorry if you are offended but I gave away a ton of money tonight so I get to say whatever I want right now ;)

NEW CONTEST! Who doesn't LOVE Target?
Just follow our little blog and be entered to win $100 Target gift card! Drawing will take place tomorrow at 9 pm so you've got lots of time. Extra entries for adding your picture, retweets (DM me when you do) or for any cool mentions on facebook, my space, twitter, our blog ~ you pick! Just DM me or email me extra mentions so that we get 'em all counted.

Thanks and good luck!

UPDATE! We are NOW giving away TWO giftcards to Target! Thanks to all of you and the overwhelming response and participation from all of you - we added a second card! So thank you all and we'll update with contest winner's tonight at 9 pm - California time. Good luck and happy day to you all!

Monday, December 29, 2008


So - here we are on December 29th, 2008. Christmas is finally behind us.
It was really a great Christmas though. I am feeling very fortunate and blessed for all that we have. My family is solid - everyone is healthy and happy. Sure - my house is falling apart and our entire slab is leaking and we are going to enter into our 3rd year of our pending lawsuit with our builder and sure business could have gone better. But, really - these are all small things. My kids, my hubby and our parents are all healthy. My best friend (my sis) is 24 weeks pregnant and is happy and healthy. I am feeling very blessed.
Would like to take this time to thank our friends and family members who were so generous and giving this season. We got a ton of help and ended up adopting 6 families who needed our help. This was truly the best part of this holiday for our family. My hubby and I spent days shopping for these needy families. In total we provided gifts for 4 single moms, a married couple and a total of 24 kids! Each family had 4 kids! Crazy...
Here are a few pics of the madness that ensued at our house in the week prior to Christmas:

We would like to thank Lisa Johnston - our artist - who donated her time - an entire day to help sort and wrap presents. Please visit her at http://www.lisaharpjohnston.com/ to see more of her awesome art! We would also like to thank Ruth - owner of our local Contours Express in Corona as well as the Montessori School that our sons Max and Keirnan attend. Lots of parents donated gifts and we could not have done this without the assistance of our friends. So a big THANK YOU to all of you who helped! Thank you also to all of our individual friends and family members who donated.
Many people are asking us if we got the opportunity to meet the families. We opted not to. We felt that the families might be more comfortable just picking up the gifts (we did this through our local community center - through the city - if any of you would like more details just email me). But we were told that the families were thrilled with everything. Here are the pics from the community center:
So - Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you all again for your help! Feels really good helping other people and we will be planning a much bigger event next year since this was so much fun!

Oh - quick update about who we are: We manufacture baby onezies (gotta be careful now that Gerber contacted us), dresses, rompers and super cute bloomer sets with all over prints that are super soft and yummy. Please visit our main site: http://www.oohlalamama.com/ for fun, funky, sweet and sassy apparel for your little one. Also - our products are kind of on the higher end - shop now for 75% off - makes a fantastic baby shower gift, birthday gift for that special rockstar prince or princess in your life. Our clothing is sized 0-3m up to size 6 and all pieces wash and wear really well.
Support us and help us continue with supporting those in need! As business continues to grow we'll be doing more and more of this fun charity stuff so you can feel good about your purchase!

Thank you again for all of your help!

Cindy Parker

Ooh La La Mama, LLC