Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
The event was organized by the Bailey Baio Foundation and is an effort to heighten awareness of the importance of expanded newborn screening and raise much needed funds
to support children and families affected with GA1 and other organic acidemia metabolic disorders.
Scott Baio (Charles in Charge, Happy Days), his wife Renee Baio, and Daughter Bailey invite the public to walk the red carpet and shop new and used baby apparel and gear from top retailers and celebrity parents.
For more info, visit www.baileybaioangelfoundation.com
Friday, May 8, 2009
Back in November, Ooh La La Mama was invited to provide shirts for Jenny McCarthy's new book - Healing and Preventing Autism available now. Not only did our shirts make it on the cover, but so did my son Max! (He's the cute redhead.) We had a blast at the photo shoot and are so excited the book is finally here. If you missed out on our exclusive the behind-the-scenes pictures at the photo shoot, click here.
Congrats on the book and maybe even a new talk show and deal with Oprah, Jenny! You go girl.
Shop now for your own flag tees and onesies feature on the cover.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Join Ooh La La Mama on Saturday, April 4th from 2pm-4pm for a sneak peek at the new Spring/Summer 2009 line of rockin' apparel for babies and kids coming down the runway at OC's hippest baby boutique, Under My Umbrella.
Also, don't miss:
-Ooh La La Mama's blowout sale at up to 50% OFF.
-Enter our coloring contest to win a free T-Shirt or Onesie of your choice!
-Meet Lisa Johnston, artist/designer for Ooh La La Mama
Fashion Show begins at 3:00pm. RSVP at umu4kids.com by Wed, Apr 1st.
Some of your other favorite brands that will be on the runway with Ooh La La Mama:
Under My Umbrella from Kimberlee West on Vimeo.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Winner #1 - Andrea - Twitter name @andreacooks and visit her yummy website: http://www.andreasdolcevita.blogspot.com/ - I am hungry just visiting. Lot's of fun stuff!
Winner #2 - Briann - Twitter name @Briann88 - Everyone should really pop on over and visit her adorable blog to see really beautiful pics of baby Leah. She is gorgeous! http://shaunandbriannneeley.blogspot.com/
Winner #3 - Brittany - you may know her as @barefootfoodie on Twitter - and please visit her totally awesome blog - http://barefootfoodie.com/ - lots of fun, interesting posts about life, pregnancy and always being hungry. Just found her blog when she won our contest. I have a new favorite to add to my list!
So - if you didn't win today - please don't fret. We've always got fun contests coming up.
Happy weekend everyone!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Please visit our main site for truly rockin' apparel for your little ones. Our stuff is also totally loved as baby shower gifts and our super soft, yummy, funky designs always draw tons of "Ooohs and Awwwws" from moms-to-be.
So - get ready and start commenting! Winners chosen by random drawing on Friday at 2pm (PST) . Any retweets, blog mentions get you an extra entry. Mention what you like from our line and that might count too! http://www.oohlalamama.com/GOOD LUCK!
Pictured below - Jen - lucky winners of previous Target Gift Card giveaway (from a few contests ago). This could be you! Good luck! Thanks Jen for the awesome pic! She's got a @Themomjen on Twitter. Follow her if you are not already!
And here's our other winner - Joanne of Bareley Domestic Mama - gotta check her awesome site out right away too! You ROCK! Congrats on the win! Let's see who's up this time...
And now for a shameless plug about me (yes, it really is all about me - but just sometimes - just after my kids are asleep, hubby's at work, I am not in the ER - my patients are taken care of - and then yes, it is all about me!) So - since this is my moment please listen to my shameless plea:
If you'd be so kind - please vote for us on StartUp Nation - see little VOTE button above? Just click there or HERE. We really appreciate your vote! Thanks! You all now - officially - rock too!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Imagine my shock and anger when I heard that during one of the classes, park patrol approached one of the instructors (in front of the moms and their children) and cited the instructor and threatened to have her arrested if she continued the class. Then, along with some nasty words, the park patrol proceeded to call TWO more cruisers for backup! Geez I didn't know a bunch of moms with strollers could pose such a threat. As a result, our classes were cancelled until our local stroller strides franchise owner and instructor, Zoe, could work things out with the city.
Well – the moms continued to meet in the park on their own without the instructors because Stroller Strides had become such a wonderful source of support, friendship, and a healthy part of their daily routines to get themselves energized and their children out into the fresh air. Unfortunately, the moms found themselves being watched. Park patrol sat in their cars with binoculars, took photographs, and noted the moms’ cars and license plates. The franchise owner was sent citations for continuing to operate the class, saying that even if the instructors weren’t there, that if it there was a time and place posted online then it was considered a class. (Even though we all have an email saying classes are cancelled and will be receiving refunds for the cancelled week!) It was maddening to hear. These moms live in this community, pay their taxes, and use a public trail and park but are being watched! Will nannies be charged for taking children to the park too? How about personal trainers that take their clients outside?
I could go on and on about what’s going on…but you can read more here as the story has been picked up by our local paper: http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2009/02/17/business/dpt-strollerstrides021309.txt Basically the city wants to take over the classes which would make it more of a hassle to register and sign up for, and probably a completely different class, or they want to charge a ridiculous amount to a small business owner that already pays her taxes.
Zoe has since met with the city and they will hopefully come to an agreement in the next few weeks, but nothing has been set in stone yet, so I’m gonna write my letter to the city now and cross my fingers! Save Stroller Strides!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Many of you know me as Cindyoohlala (my twitter name) and some of you may know me as Dr. Parker (yep, I am a full time ER doc) or as just Cindy, owner of kids' apparel line - Ooh La La Mama. But I suspect most of you probably do not know me at all so let me just say, "Hello!" And, thank you all for taking the time to stop by my little blog and to take the time to read my rambling thoughts.
Being an ER doc really has nothing, whatsoever, to do with running a kids' apparel line. I am often asked by my patients and by people I meet through Ooh La La Mama - why I became a physician and why I chose ER.
25 years ago today - I was 13 years old (shhhhh, please don't tell - I know that makes me super old but please don't do the math!) My mom had driven me to dance class after a silly argument with my dad - something like, "You are going out - you buy the damn milk!" Can you imagine? Doors were slammed and we left to ballet class. About 3 hours later - we arrived home to find PB & J sandwich made, but not eaten, waiting on the counter, TV on - dad's car gone. I am sure he went out to buy some milk. Me, being 13 years old and in junior high - I ran immediately into my room and got on the phone. Mom never came in the house. Apparently a neighbor drove up after us and told my mom to get in her car, that my dad had been in an accident. My mom, in shock went with the neighbor to the local hospital and was told that my dad had been in a major car accident.
My dad had driven about a block down the street - and was hit by a drunk driver who ran a stop sign. My dad was thrown through the window and landed head first at the opposite end of the intersection. The fire department was first at the scene and covered him up. No pulse was detected. They cared for the drunk driver who had only a broken arm. Miraculously, the second unit arrived with a paramedic who will always be my hero. He found a thready pulse and my dad made it to the hospital.
I received a call from the PD notifying our family that my dad had been in an accident. I had no idea where my mom had gone and ran next door to my best friend's home. Her father answered the door to a crying 13 year old and said, "that was your dad?" when I told him, through sobs, that my dad was in a car accident. Another neighbor saw the accident occur and she was unable to drive for about a year following the accident.
My dad had major injuries. His ER chart said, "Prognosis extremely poor - not expected to survive the night." He received 17 units of blood in the first 24 hours and was taken to the OR twice. He was in a coma for 6 weeks and then had his jaw wired shut for another 6 weeks. He came home as a head injury patient and did not work for several years. The doctors and nurses that cared for my dad became like family to us. We hung on every single word that was spoken - every single intonation of their voice, every little twitch that might convey hidden meaning when we asked how my dad was doing. I will never, ever forget those nights and days spent in the ICU waiting room - waiting and waiting for news.
And so, I knew I would become a doctor. My story is as simple as this. There have been very few major events in my life besides this one - except getting married and the births of my children. But - those were happy occasions. My dad's injuries were horrific and this was a very, very scary time for my family. The years following my dad's accident were filled with recovery and my dad really had to learn just about everything.
I must also ad that my mom was amazing through this time. OK - she was a little weird in the first few days - telling me and my sis that my dad "would be fine - that he'd be home in a few days." But - as a mom - I cannot imagine what I would tell my children in this situation. What I mean to say - is that she was completely awesome and carried our family - emotionally and financially through this crazy time in our lives. I am sure that it is because of her that I will always be an independent woman. Yes, I am super happily married and my hubby and I are both working, productive members of society (did I mention? He's an ER doc too.) But - I am a stronger female, for sure, because of the woman my mother was while I was growing up - and especially during those rocky years while my dad was still sick.
So - of course I cannot keep you all hanging - my dad is fine today. He retired last year (not old, just sick of all the crap) and he is still my dad. He swears at the dog and kisses his grandchildren and does magic at my girlfriend get togethers and I love him tons.
So thank you to Dr. Colen (the paramedic who saved my dad's life 2/12/1984 - he's now a surgeon!) and thank you to all of the docs and nurses who care for patients like my dad and who are gentle with dealing with families when there is not always the best news to be shared (I really, really try to be like you!) and thank you Mom for everything. You know what you've done.
And - to Daddy - happy 25 years! Don't go out to buy milk tonight! I love you tons.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Here's what Trista had to say about Ooh La La Mama:
"I'm such a fan of Ooh La La Mama. Their designs are so unique and fun to put little ones in. Our son, Max, wore their onesies constantly and once our little girl arrives, we will surely outfit her in their designs as well."
Ooh La La Mama will, of course, share any personal updates with you so stay tuned!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Monday - $100 Target Gift Card!
Wed Wii Fit!
Friday - Ready? FLIP VIDEO CAM! (I want one too!)
So - get ready and start commenting! Winners chosen by random drawing. You must be a follower on our blog. Any retweets, blog mentions get you an extra entry. Mention what you like from our line and that might count too! http://www.oohlalamama.com/
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Pictured here is TheMomJen - with her 100$ Target Gift Card! Congrats Jen - you rock, you totally rock!
So how do you win?
Just stay tuned. We will for sure have another contest next week - either for a gift card or maybe for a Nintendo Wii Fit. What would you like to win? Send comments or suggestions. We read them all - honest! And who knows maybe you'll be the one to mention your dream prize and we might even go for it and you might even win! So suggest away.
We'll be anouncing the upcoming contest on Monday - so any cool ideas must be sent soon!
More pictures to come with more winners and more contests soon! All you need to do is click the follow button (on the right) and keep checking back for new contests - hot one starting sometime next Monday! Don't miss it!
You must be a follower on Twitter (@Cindyoohlala) - and on our blog (on the left) and you must comment on the blog. Start now if you'd like - just let us know what you'd like to win! Dream big and let's see what happens. We kind of get a big kick about "going big" around here. Love big surprises and helping others make a change. So start your comments - the wilder the better. We'll do our best - promise - to go extra big this week! Any cool comments about our onesies, dresses - like which ones you like best also get extra points - just visit www.oohlalamama.com. New stuff and new discounts added every day! We just love hearing how much you love us! This will be a big contest so don't be shy!
And as always - extra FB, My Space, Twitter mentions or retweets - or blogs get you an extra post - just email me or tweet me @cindyoohlala each time you twitter to keep me honest!
Thanks and good luck!
CindyOohLaLa (twitter name) and the Ooh La La Mama Familia
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
According to MSNBC, Mrs. Obama still doesn't know what she's going to wear. Understandably, she's been pretty busy relocating her family and getting her girls situated! I don't blame her - I'd probably change my mind a hundred times the day of. Here are a few of the sketches some top designers submitted:
I like this one by Peter Som because it's white and reminiscent of the gown Jackie Kennedy designed for JFK's inauguration. This colorful sketch by Isaac Mizrahi just seems fun and bold like many of the other colorful dresses Michelle has worn.
Another white one, by Diane Von Furstenburg
This one is just so glam and glitzy, you gotta love it! By Badgley Mischka
So you may not be going to the ball, but in the spirit of inauguration day, Ooh La La Mama suggests these for your proud little American...
(CLICK ON PICTURES TO BUY NOW!!!)
Monday, January 19, 2009
As a white female child I never quite understood what all the fuss was about. I was born in 1971 and all of this history - well, it really just seemed so distant - the riots, the segregation, the complete and total predjudism for our African American friends and family members (although back then - I imagine that there were too many whites who counted the African Americans as their 'friends' - sad but probably true.) But, as I grew older I learned - that this past, this very ugly and shameful American past, was really just around the corner - was really just yesterday.
It was only about 55 years ago that Rosa Parks was arrested during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. All because she refused to give up her bus seat to a white male! This would never happen now - at least in most parts of our world we live in today.
I am so overly excited that tomorrow our county finally, yes finally will be moving on - passing over into an era of intelligence and acceptance. An era where, I hope, people will be honored for their achievements, accomplishments and their wisdom. The skin color and differences we have should be celebrated and respected but not be the main basis for who we are. We are all- really - just us - similar in so many ways - from our bone structure down to our basic cellular making - we are THE SAME! It is our hair, our skin, our thoughts and beliefs, our smiles, our styles that make us different from each other. But it is what we do and what we believe that determines who we truly are. It is this that will be left for all to remember.
So regardless of your vote - you must still be smiling tonight. As a nation we have come so very far. This is a time to record, to twitter, to blog, to vlog and to TiVO. This is a first and I feel so very blessed to be a part of it. So plug in your power cables and prepare yourself for a rockin' fantastic day of history.
God be with you President Obama. We are all behind you and we know you will do your best to lead this find nation once again to greatness.
In ending - while I once did see myself as a very white girl - so removed from the black and white social struggle (I grew up in So Cal and really was not very exposed - pretty much embarrassed to say that I was sheltered from the shadows of our history). I now see how much smaller a world this place that we call "home" really is. We are all each others brothers and sisters and daughters and sons. We must rally together with our new president to make this nation and this word a much better place. What else do we have if not that?
Well - yesterday was one of those mornings.
So - I'll make this post short and sweet. Not too much to read.
Max is in love with the Wii. He has discovered yoga and it is pretty damn funny to watch:
Here's how you do yoga on the Wii (according to 4 year old Max):
1. Pick an appropriate outfit - take as long as you need but be sure you look GOOD!
2. Be sure to set your Wii up in an area with lots of space - free of any potential obstacles.
3. Be sure to breath in and breath out and to be sure that you look extra cool while doing yoga. See - look how easy this looks.
See how much fun Yoga can be!
LOOK! So very simple! He's not tired at all.
Just breathe in and breathe in and out and you'll be done in a jiffy!
And when you are all done, you should, of course be stoked!
You, of course, totally ROCK!