Welcome Relief
Could anyone use a massage?  Better question, could anyone NOT use a massage!?  I don't think there's a mama out there that couldn't take an hour and enjoy a relaxing Swedish Massage. 

Today's Mama Giveaway-A-Day comes courtesy of Welcome Relief Massage Therapy in Malta.  Enter to win a One Hour Swedish Massage!  

You have until Friday, May 6th until 8pmEST and I will notify the lucky winner on Saturday!
Here's how to enter:
1 Entry:
Visit Welcome Relief Massage Therapy and leave a comment here about one benefit of massage.  (there are tons!)

1 Entry:
- 'Like' Welcome Relief Massage Therapy & MaltaMama on Facebook and comment here that you've done so.

Winner will be chosen on Friday, May 6th! 

This giveaway week was lots of fun, and there's still more to come next week!  As I said in a previous post, it makes me so happy to be able to reward some extremely hard-working mama's with these amazing giveaways. 
If you're looking for something to do this weekend,
check the MaltaMama Calendar.  Cheers! 
I love The Saratoga Winery!  Have you been yet?  It's really cozy and cool and you don't need to know jack about wine to enjoy yourself.  A nice change of pace from downtown Saratoga haunts, and a place where families (yes, families!) are welcome.

Need a reason to go?  How about this!  The Saratoga Winery is rewarding one lucky mama with a gift certificate for FOUR wine tastings ($35 value) and signature wine glasses

Enter until Thursday, May 5th at 8pmEST.  The lucky mama can pick up their prize at the Winery and enjoy a tasting!   

Here's how to Enter
1 Entry:
- Visit The Saratoga Winery and leave a comment here with the name of one of their wines, red or white.
 1 Entry:
- 'Like' The Saratoga Winery & MaltaMama on Facebook and comment here that you've done so.

Winner will be chosen on Thursday, May 5th!   

Come back tomorrow for the fifth Mama-Giveaway-A-Day! 

Earthly Remedies By Erin
As someone who strives to use as many natural and organic body care products as possible, I'm very excited to offer the third Mama-Giveaway-A-Day from Earthly Remedies By Erin
Erin concocts amazing natural and chemical-free products for everyone from babies to mama's.  These products are made with ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, a variety of organic essential oils, and organic herbs that Erin grows herself!  

One lucky mama will get the pleasure of experiencing the power of natural Lavender and win an Essential Oil Lavender Roll-on!  Made with organic sunflower oil and organic essential oil of lavender, this roll-on can help with headaches, cramps, overall relaxation and possibly sleep, hooray!

Enter until Wednesday, May 4th at 8pmEST.  Open to all US residents.  The lucky mama will get the oil delivered right to her door!  How easy is that?   

Here's how to Enter (2 chances to win):

1 Entry:
- Visit  Earthly Remedies By Erin and leave a comment here and tell us what product you'd love to try or what product you've tried and loved!  
 1 Entry:
- 'Like' Earthly Remedies By Erin & MaltaMama on Facebook and comment here that you've done so.

Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, May 4th! 
Come back tomorrow for the fourth Mama-Giveaway-A-Day! 

Here it is, the second Mama-Giveaway-A-Day!  This time Foxy Baby Designs has created something special and beautiful just for mama's!  This headband features layers of organza and damask fabric combined to make a soft and elegant flower.  The flower is all handmade by Foxy's creator and mama Kyla, and then mounted on a thin silver headband.  No more bad hair days with this great headband!

Enter until Tuesday, May 3rd at 8pmEST.  Open to all US residents.  The lucky mama will receive the headband in the mail just in time for Mother's Day! 

Here's how to Enter (2 chances to win):

1 Entry:
- Visit Foxy Baby Designs  Etsy Store and leave a comment here with what your favorite 'Foxy' item is! 

 1 Entry:
- 'Like' Foxy Baby Designs & MaltaMama on Facebook and comment here that you've done so.

Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 3rd! 

Come back tomorrow for the third Mama-Giveaway-A-Day! 

Saratoga Lucky Penny Bracelet
I'm kicking off the Mama-Giveaway-A-Day with a beautiful piece of jewelry from an amazing local artisan.  I met Bonnie Lee from The FamiLee Jewels while doing a story for Our Towne Malta.  I saw her beautiful pieces of jewelry, all unique and created from salvaged pieces of history, and I knew I had to convince her to do a giveaway! 
Lucky for you she agreed!  

The first Mama-Giveaway-A-Day is a Saratoga Lucky Penny Bracelet from The FamiLee Jewels ($36 value)  Enter until Monday, May 2nd at 8pmEST.  Open to all US residents.
The bracelet band is made from recycled electrical wire and the penny is a pressed souvenir penny from Saratoga Springs!  A cool, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. 

Here's how to Enter:

1 Entry:
- Visit The FamiLee Jewels Etsy site and comment here about what piece of jewelry you'd love to wear.

 1 Entry:
- 'Like' The FamiLee Jewels & MaltaMama on Facebook and comment here that you've done so.

Winner will be chosen and Monday, May 2nd and will recieve the bracelet just in time for Mother's Day!  

Come back tomorrow for the second Mama-Giveaway-A-Day! 

Happy Earth Day!
Happy Easter!
Happy Friday!
Happy Mother's Day too.  Next week on MaltaMama, we'll start celebrating Mother's Day a little early.  Come back for exciting giveaway announcements all week.  I know there are so many deserving mama's out there and if I could give you all gifts I would.  Because I can't, I'm giving all of you many opportunities to win something special for Mother's Day. 
Have a great weekend and next week, we will start ushering in Mother's Day with a Mama-GiveAway-A-Day. 

An indoor egg hunt!
An outdoor Easter Egg Hunt sounds good in theory, but with this wacky weather we've been having, it could be risky.  This Saturday at Afrim's Sports in Colonie, The Children's Guide is hosting their 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The event goes from 12-2pm and is $3 per child.  I know there will be lots of great vendors on site, including MaltaMama faves Binx and Foxy Baby Designs. .
Activities include: Soccer tots, a bounce zone, dodgeball for kids 6 and older, Time Warner Wii Station, and of course the main attraction - egg hunt! 
Schauber Stables iwill also be there witha petting zoo outside for kids to see some chicks, goats and more!  Sounds like a good time for all ages. 
3rd Annual Easter Egg hunt
Afrims Sports, 636, Albany Shaker Rd Albany, NY
Saturday, April 23, 2011
12  - 2pm
$3 per child

This Saturday, April 23rd is Eco Day at the Saratoga National Historic Park (Battlefield) in Schuylerville.  This park is beautiful if you haven't been.  Great place for a hike, walk, bike, picnic with the kids. 
"Eco Day" at Saratoga National Historical Park - 11am-3pm
This final day of Earth Week events features multiple demonstrations and exhibits on environmental and ecological technology.

Also featured:
"Songs of Nature and the Land" with Linda Russell --A musical look at people's relationship with the environment, from colonial times until the present.
Here are directions to the park if you need.  If it's a nice day, this would be a fun way to honor the earth!

The other event on Saturday is Taft Furniture's Annual Electronics Recycling.  

School vacation week is a good time to hit up an elementary school playground!  That is, if the weather holds out.  Last year I wrote about the Ballston Spa Elementary School Playgrounds, but there are tons of other great options.  View all the options in my Parks & Playgrounds series.  If you have a place you'd like me to 'review', let me know!    (colleen@maltamama.com)

You'll probably want to register today for this event, but on Thursday, the 21st, the Ballston Spa Library is offering an event for Pre-K - 5th graders called Aunt Helen's Closet.  Join storyteller Ellen Mnich at 2pm and travel the globe with her Aunt Helen's artifacts.  Learn about different countries and cultures through souvenirs and clothes and even play dress up!  Pre registration is required, so stop in or call 885-5022. 

Fishy Fun!
This Wednesday, April 20th is the annual Geyser Creek Fish Stocking event at the Saratoga Spa State Park.  This fun, family event starts at 11am but get there early as it's usually packed! Event starts at 11am, but get there early and bring a bucket! Children are invited to help the NYSDEC stock Geyser Creek with trout. Food and drinks will be provided by the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park and donations will be welcomed. Additional activities include fly fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local organizations, crafts and live music by the awesome Rich Ortiz.

 Here's a map of the park if you need.  Geyser Creek is the one by the playground.  I'm sure there will people to navigate you at the gate.  Note, it's typically $6 per car to enter the park, so be prepared to pay and carpool if you can.