Beyond Milk: Itsy Bitsy Gourmet

June 19, 2009

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Apple Mango Avocado Blend. Tilapia, Sweet Potatoes, and Ginger. Beef, Sweet Apples, and Gorgonzola. Definitely not what you find at your local grocer’s baby food aisle! Stacey Mallow, former Executive Chef & Owner of Tomboy Restaurant in Chicago, has launched her new enterprise: Itsy Bitsy Gourmet, a personal chef service for babies!  Wholesome, uniquely flavored meals are prepared in the comfort of your own home. Menus are planned and executed in advance, so you don’t have to scramble every day! Everything is frozen in BPA-safe plastic containers that can go from freezer to microwave, to table! Stacey will even do the shopping for your, if you want, and will leave your kitchen spotless! Check out her website at

Safe & Effective Sun Protection

May 27, 2009

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It’s almost June, and soon the sun will be shining hot and strong and the cold will be just a memory! Be prepared with good, quality sunscreen.

Dr T’s Supergoop is the “hotest” sunscreen product these days. It has been selected as Editor’s Pick by Better Homes & Garden Magazine. And here is why: completely green and organic, with no artificial colors or preservatives, PABA or alcohol. It goes on light and easy, and is not greasy. And is water-resistant, meaning you don’t have to keep reapplying after each splash!

Available as lotion and as a handy stick for faces and small kids nooks and crannies. Also great is the spray, combining sunscreen and a toxic free bug repellent: perfect for the backyard, walks in the woods, and summer picnics!

Available at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony

60th annual Evanston Garden Fair

May 13, 2009

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Independence Park, Central St, Evanston


Don’t miss the 60th annual Evanston Garden Fair, sponsored by the Garden Council of Evanston, and its great selection of perennials and annuals! Many plants come from local gardens, so are used to our weather and soil conditions! Council members will be available to chat and answer your gardening questions. Proceeds are used to support civic landscape and beautification throughout Evanston.  

Spring and summer fashions will be 20% off at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony!

Independence Park, Central St., Evanston
Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4 pm.
Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m.-3 pm.
Free admission

FREE Photo Session During Retail Therapy!

April 15, 2009

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Get a FREE Mini Session Photo Session at Embracing Moments Photography Studio with any purchase of $50 or more at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony during Retail Therapy (a $60 value)!

Plus – any purchase made during Retail Therapy at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony will be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing.  One lucky winner will receive a Signature Creation Session at Embracing Moments Photography plus a gift print, a total value over $300.  Winner will be notified by phone or email.

Retail Therapy is Thursday, April 23rd 6-9 pm.  Don’t miss this fun event on Central Street! Our neighboring stores will be hosting book signings, trunk shows, wine tasting, and lots more!

Embracing Moments is a full service photography boutique studio, located right here in Evanston! In addition to providing naturally elegant photography, Embracing Moments offers a wide range of customer-focused services which has been central to continued customer satisfaction. Owners Jessy Yu and Andy Dean aim to personalize a streamlined experience for each customer. See their beautiful photography at







Stressed Out? Frazzled?

Treat yourself to RETAIL THERAPY!

April 9, 2009

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Save the date: Thursday, April 23 6-9 PM is Central Street’s Bi-anual


A fun evening of shopping, with lots of specials! Join us for wine, appetizers, special discounts and surprise gifts. Enjoy exclusive events: trunk shows, seminars, book signings, and more!

Participating stores:

Allegro Dance BoutiqueApparel for Bodies in Motion
Apelian Carpet & OrientalsOriental Rugs
Chalk BoutiqueDesigner Women’s Apparel and Accessories
Dame CoutureBridal Frocks for the Modern Dame
Etienne Vintage  – Home & Lighting, Antiques, Custom Mantels and Built-ins
Evanston Public Library North Branchbooks, of course!
George Ritzlin AntiqueMaps and Prints
Happy Husky BakeryFresh Baked Treats and Unique Pet Accessories
Lois & Company  – Easy Clothes for Busy Lives
Maya Papaya & Tony MacaronyCool Clothes for Girls and Boys 0 to 10
MillefioriFlowers, Wreaths and Gifts
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian -Native American History and Culture
Montoya Fiber StudioYarn, Knitting Supplies
Perennials  – Presents, Teas, Decorations, Invitations
The Spice HouseChicagoland’s Largest Spice Selection
Stella  – Clothing, Jewelry, Home Accessories
Table MannersUnique Tableware for Home Entertaining
Urban TotemAntique Chandeliers and Exclusive Furnishings
Walsh Natural HealthNatural Health Products for Your Family and Pet

If you can’t find it on Central Street, you probably don’t need it!
For more information visit

Mamacitas & Big Mamas

March 27, 2009

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We had a great time last night with Patti Vasquez Mamacita’s at the Wilmette Theatre. She is too funny, and human too! A real mom, with real problems and real blessings and a great sense of humor to tackle it all. 

Lots of moms and grandmas at the audience, but I was happy to see several guys too! And everybody took home a little gift from Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, proud sponsors of the show!

I highly recommend seeing her show if you have the opportunity!

Patti Vasquez is MAMACITA!

March 20, 2009

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Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Present:


MAMACITA: More Tales of a Diaper Diva


Patti Vasquez

Patti Vasquez

Vasquez, a favorite of Zanies Comedy Clubs, injects humor into the terrifying prospect of raising children and shares the comical and poignant moments of child birth and humbling, humiliating and joyous experiences of being a new mom.

“She’s simply wonderful”.
- Lewis Black

“A bright young comedy talent”
- Latina Magazine


Sponsored by Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony!

Thursday, March 26th 8PM


Tickets at or call 847-251-7424

Does the world need another blog?

November 15, 2008

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Probably not!

But this one came in free with my website, so I might as well make the most of it!

I’ll be posting articles of interest to modern parents and kids. New fashion trends, cool toys, and out of the ordinary news. Short and sweet!

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