Albany Mommy is Coming Back!!!

I am thrilled to announce that Albany Mommy is coming back!!  After a little time to get healthy & focus on my family it is time to bring Albany Mommy back online and strive to be the best mommy resource in the Capital Region.  It will be different than before, but better than ever!  I look forward to hearing from you all again and sharing fabulous information, events and insights with you for years to come.  Stay tuned and be sure to like Albany Mommy on Facebook for regular updates as well.

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Join us at Fashion Night Out to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

fashion night outJoin us for the FIRST Annual Fashion Night Out, Albany!!!

When:  Thursday, September 12, 2013
Where:  Taste in Downtown Albany from 7pm to 10pm.
(Taste – 45 Beaver Street, Albany, New York 12207. 518.694.3322)
Details:  Master of Ceremony for the Night will be News 10 ABC’s Tim Drawbridge.
This annual fundraising event has been created to raise money and awareness to Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk the purple carpet and then join us for light appetizers, cash bar, raffles and see all the latest trends during the fashion show.  The fashion show will highlight six local shops including Evoke Style, Loft, A Gracious Event, Angela’s Bridal, Apropos Prom and Bridal, and Strut Spalontique.

Donations to this cause and ticket price :
$50: Receive ONE Advanced Ticket for Fashion Night Out
$75: Receive ONE Advanced VIP Ticket for Fashion Night Out + SWAG BAG (Valued at $50)
$100: Receive TWO Advance Tickets for Fashion Night Out
$150: Receive TWO Advanced VIP Tickets for Fashion Night Out +SWAG BAG
$200: Receive TWO Advanced VIP Tickets for Fashion Night Out AND a VIP Reserved Table for Two +Swag Bag

We hope you can join us Thursday, September 12th for an amazing event, all while raising money for an extremely important cause. If you would like to purchase tickets – they are available here: ALL proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York.

Questions and Press, please contact Paige D’Anna or Abby Coufal directly.
Abby Coufal
Albany Style
ph: 518.596.3356

Paige D’Anna
ph: 518.258.4174

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It’s a Boy…thank you Baby Bumps!

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This is a beautiful story written by one of our contributing writers and her road to motherhood (for the 2nd time) and how Baby Bumps in Saratoga helped determine the babys gender at only 16 weeks.

My husband and I began a rollercoaster of a year last September when we found out we were expecting a child.  Excited and nervous we visited the OB and successfully heard the little heartbeat at 11 weeks.  Assuming at this point we were “safe” we began telling our friends and family, as well as our 5 year old daughter that we would be having a baby in our near future.  Just two weeks later we miscarried.  Confused and hurt, we decided to try again and on Christmas Eve we began the cycle over.   From the beginning I had a feeling of terrible fear and doubt, if not a depression that I just could not shake.

Again we visited the OB, heard the heartbeat, printed the ultrasound photo and told our family.  Still, I just did not feel right.  At 13 weeks, just a few days before our daughter turned 6, I visited the OB for what was expected to be another routine appointment.   As I looked at the ultrasound through the hand-held mirror, I expected to record a wiggling baby with hand and foot buds.  I told myself to stop being paranoid.  I had no reason to believe things were not going well.   But the baby on the screen was still.  There was no wiggling, no fluttering, and no detectable heartbeat.  After planning my 2nd D and C within 5 months, I hated going home to my family with the sad news.

My doctor encouraged us to try again and within 8 week we were pregnant with a little extra support of progesterone treatments.   The OB pulled us in for a few extra visits to calm my nerves and we passed the 12 and 13 week marks into the “safe zone.”  Both my husband and I remained cautious.  We decided that we would really allow ourselves to get excited once we could determine the gender.   I am not sure why that became the milestone, but it may be that it was a milestone that we did not make the previous two pregnancies.

Based on the scheduling of my OB I would have to wait until I was 22 weeks.  Talking to a few of my friends I learned about Baby Bumps, LLC in Saratoga where I could opt for an elective ultrasound.   After visiting their website I was so excited to plan my gender determination visit about 1 week later…at just 16 WEEKS!!!

Its a boy 2With anticipation, my husband and daughter waited as I walked into the ultrasound room.  To my surprise there were large plush couches with room to sit at least 10, a soothing atmosphere, and a large flat screen on the wall for us to view the ultrasound.  I asked Vanessa to check for a heartbeat before bringing them in…flutters and wiggles filled the screen and we began the fun part of our pregnancy.

The little bean inside of me was rolling around and showing us all of the wrong parts.  I poked my side and we watched the large flat screen on the wall as our little one swatted at my hand.  Amazed, we invited our daughter to poke at her new little sibling to see if she could get it to roll over.   Again we watched the screen as it lifted its hand above its head and pushed back at the spot she had just pushed on, then he rolled over to show us he was a proud little boy!  Instantly the fear and anxiety we had been experiencing for months was replaced with joy and excitement.  I think this photo says it all!

Baby Bumps, LLC offered me a comfort that I thought would be impossible.   As I lay on the table, Vanessa showed us tiny feet, legs, and recorded the sound of the heartbeat for us to take home in a stuffed elephant.  We are planning on heading back at 24-32 weeks for the 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience and to see our son’s little face.

Owners Vanessa and Ann had worked together as registered OB sonographers for over 10 years, and came to the realization that there were no elective 3D/4D ultrasound facilities in the Capital Region.  After doing research, they found that many of our local moms were traveling several hours away for early gender prediction and 3D/4D ultrasounds so in order to offer a local solution, they opened their Washington Street location in Saratoga in November of 2011.

Baby Bumps, LLC offers gender determination 3-4 weeks before it’s typically done in the OB offices.  Besides knowing what color to shop for a little early, moms are sent home with printed photographs and  a Teddy bear or stuffed elephant that plays the sound of their child’s heartbeat.   A DVD of the ultrasound can be purchased as well.  With plenty of room, often there are 8-10 excited family members and friends sharing in the experience together!

Its a boy 3Baby Bumps’ most popular package is their Silver Package, which takes place between 24-32 weeks and includes a DVD recording of the 20 minute 3D/4D session as well as color and black and white pictures.  A CD of the ultrasound pictures can be purchased.

If you are interested in planning an elective ultrasound or know of any mothers that would like more information, you can find more information on their website at or follow them on Facebook.

This post was written by Jennifer Crawford.


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Back to School Bling and Beauty Bash

bumblebeads-logo newPlease join us for an evening of cocktails and cupcakes as we celebrate our kiddos going back to school!!!

Here’s 3 reasons why we need to have some “me time”:

1  .Kids being back at School

2.  The beginning of Fall (sort of)

3.  An excuse to have fun and relax And besides all of this our very own Melissa Franchetti from Mary Kay Cosmetics will be on hand to show us what’s new in cosmetics and skin care.

If that’s not enough, there will also be a “surprise” sale at the store just for those two hours, and believe me, it will be good!!

When:  Wednesday September 11, 2013 From 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where:  594 New Loudon Road Latham, NY (Newton Plaza)

Space is limited so please RSVP @ 690-7896

Please visit

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I Can’t Wait for the Altamont Fair!!!

altamontfairlogo2013Close your eyes….do you smell it, do you taste it, do you hear it?  That’s right…it’s the Altamont Fair and it’s coming this week to the Altamont Fairgrounds! It’s starts tomorrow (Tuesday) and runs through Sunday.  Gates open at 10am and exhibits start at 11am-10pm and rides run from noon-11pm.

Back by popular demand is the one price all -inclusive ticket for this year’s fair. It includes admission, UNLIMITED rides, Circus Hollywood, attractions, entertainment and parking! This ticket is for patrons 36” and taller – everyone under this height is FREE!

$15 – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday $17 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

I am so excited to bring my girls to the fair for the first time!  They are going to love all the sights and sounds.  I had an amazing interview with Pat Canaday who is a member and on the Board of Directors of the Albany, Schenectady, Greene Counties Agricultural & Historical Societies, Inc – aka Altamont Fair!  She told me all about the history of the fair and ALL that there is to do with your family!

Did you know…

  • The fair is put on by over 150 volunteers that are part of the Albany, Schenectady, Greene Counties Agricultural & Historical Societies, friends and neighbors that have a passion to share and help educate the public in so many diverse areas.
  • Over 400 exhibitors registered, with over 4,400 individual exhibits expected
  • Over 100 food and non-food vendors
  • Reithoffer Shows plans to bring 19 Spectacular/thrill rides and 17 Kiddie rides
  • NEW toddler playground with a hay maze and corn box instead of a sandbox

There are SO many things to do at the Altamont Fair!  There is something for everyone in your family from the history buff that would enjoy the 9 museums, to the adventure seeker that can ride the thrill rides over and over to the food coneseaur that can taste everything from cotton candy, to wine slushes to garlic fries.

For more information about the Altamont Fair visit:

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