Sunday, November 3, 2013

It's Fall Fundraiser Time!!

We're hosting a fundraiser and early holiday party and we can hope you can join in on the fun! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this year and help out Babywearing International of Central Virginia at the same time! Funds raised will help us purchase much-needed toddler carriers for our lending library.

Join us on Sunday November 10, from 11am-2pm at Ginter Place Condominiums in Ginter Park for brunch snacks, a nutritional presentation and sampling by Rebecca Flanagan of Happy Family Brands (we need a minimum of 15 adults for this), and shopping with representatives of 31 Gifts, Scentsy, Avon, and Pampered Chef! We'll have mimosas and a play area for the kids. No purchase is necessary and everyone who attends will be entered to win a Happy Family gift basket with $25 worth of products!

Can't join us on Sunday, you can place orders at the Monday meeting or shop online! The deadline for orders is Friday November 15.

Thirty-One Gifts: Shop from the full catalog! The customer special for November is spend $31 and get a Medium Utility Tote for $7. Place an order at the party, bring an outside order to the party, or place an order online before 11/10 and be entered to win a half price item courtesy of Jennifer Anderson. 25% of your purchase will support BWI of Central Virginia!

Scentsy: Shop from the full catalog! The scent of the month (Clementine and Clove) and Christmas tree warmers are 10% off for the November special. Sara Thomas will also have some cash and carry scent bars available for purchase. Place an order at the party, bring an outside order to the party, or place an advance order with Sara and be entered to win a gift basket containing an assortment of scentsy products (solid perfume, travel tin, scent circle, and room spray) courtesy of Sara. 25% of your purchase will support BWI of Central Virginia!

Avon: Avon offers special product bundles for group fundraisers. Get 3 or 4 of their top selling products for just $10! This includes customer favorites like Skin So Soft as well as a great looking bundle of kid friendly bath products. Place an order at or before the party and be entered to win one bundle at half price courtesy of Lauren Ellwood. Up to 40% of your purchase will support BWI of Central Virginia!

Pampered Chef: Shop from the full catalog! The customer special is spend $75 and get a cooking utensil for free (details on the website). Order over $100 at the party and you get to pick a special gift as well. Place an order at or before the party to be entered to win one of three great prizes: one cookware item at 60% off, a coupon for a free turkey, or a free cooking party at your house! 10-15% of your purchase will support BWI of Central Virginia! 

And then we have a few more surprises lined up, so stay tuned to the BWI Facebook group and the event page for more information.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Woven Wrap Class

We recently added a class for those curious about woven wrapping!  Taught by Sara Brown, this is class gives an overview of woven wraps and works on a beginner carry as well as trying something new for more advanced wrappers.  This month, the class will be held on October 21, 11 am at the Short Pump Town Center play area.  All caregivers welcome, if you have a woven wrap bring it along!  but if not, we will provide extras from the library when available.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Summer fun, something's begun.."

  June has been an awesome and busy month for us! The Stafford area meetings are in full swing, and we have another one next Tuesday (the 4th Tuesday of the month) at the Wegman's in Woodbridge from 10am-noon. There is also a meeting this Saturday in Richmond from 10-12 ((6/22). We had a very successful weekday meeting earlier in the month in Richmond, and a great meeting testing out the Wegman's meeting location in Woodbridge.
   We are doing a membership drive this month because National is letting us keep 100% of the membership fee (instead of the usual
50%) to help buy new carriers for our lending library. So, if you were thinking of joining or need to renew, now is the time to do so! Even if your membership isn’t quite due for renewal yet, you can still renew and we will apply it to your current schedule. We also have some AWESOME prizes donated from local businesses- for a sneak peek at what’s coming, check out our facebook page! Some of the great gear includes passes to CMOR, a Mama Spa set from Over the Moon, and some adorable gift sets from Modern June!

  Also, in a few weeks our babywearing group will be TWO! To celebrate, we are having a members-only Birthday party at Sleepy Bear Coffee in Atlee from 12-4, with prizes, treats, and all kinds of fun for the kids! Come play with us!
  We have a bunch of other events, classes, and fun in the works, so if you aren’t following us on facebook yet, hop to it! We have had a great two years so far, and it can only go up from here.

Upcoming Events:
June 22: Richmond Saturday Meeting, 10-Noon, St. Thomas Church
June 25: Stafford Tuesday Meeting, 10-Noon, Woodbridge Wegmans
July 8: Richmond Monday Meeting, 10-Noon, St. Thomas Church
July 13: Stafford Saturday Meeting, 10-Noon, Marine Corps Museum Playground
July 13: 2nd Birthday Party--Members Only Event, Sleepy Bear Coffee, Atlee, Noon-4
July 23: Stafford Tuesday Meeting, 10-Noon, Woodbridge Wegmans
July 27: Richmond Saturday Meeting, 10-Noon, St. Thomas Church

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

  Our group had a blast on Saturday when several of us gathered to pick strawberries at a local farm, Pleasant Fields, in Hanover. The crop is just starting to come in, and the kids loved eating fresh from the vine and helping drop them in the buckets. The weather was perfect and some of the members left with several bags full of fresh, gorgeous strawberries. Afterwards, some of us went to play at a local coffee shop with a play area, where the kids continued to have fun inside playing on all of the equipment!
Monday morning we had our monthly weekday meeting, which was wonderful! We loved meeting some new families and catching up with some old friends! The kids had a lot of fun playing and the adults had fun socializing. We've also welcomed several new VBEs (Volunteer Babywearing Educators- they must pass a written assessment and an in-person skills assessment through Babywearing International) to our group this month, so we're able to help more families faster! Some of those are in the Stafford area, so we will now be hosting more regular meetings in that area and are working to build a library. If you live in the Fredericksburg-Woodbridge areas of 95, let us know when and where you would like to start seeing meetings. if you would like to donate a carrier to either library, ask us about getting a receipt for tax purposes! We are so excited to be branching out to greater serve the Central VA area!
As far as upcoming events, we have a meeting on Saturday, May 25th, and we are working on a Thirty-One Party as a group fundraiser potentionally on the 15th of June. We hope to see you at one of those, and for more event information please join us on facebook or follow us on twitter at @BWIofCentralVA!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

T-Shirts and Meeting

If you are interested in ordering a shirt, please do so by May 10th.

Also, our next meeting is this Saturday the 27th at St. Thomas Episcopal Church from 10AM- 12PM.  We hope to see you there!

As always, our Richmond meetings are the 2nd Monday and 4th Saturday of each month from 10AM-12PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church - 3602 Hawthorne Ave  Richmond, VA 23222.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's T-shirt Time!

Since we've had a lot of people ask about t-shirts, and have a lot of fun events coming up, we decided to have t-shirts made as a fundraiser for our group. However, we have decided not to make them group specific so that our sister BWI groups in VA, and even the non BWI groups all have a chance to order them!   Please see the order form here for prices, mock ups, and information on how to order! We would like to have our first order in NO LATER THAN February 14th, but will be doing more than one order.

Check them out and share it with your friends!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

First Stafford Meeting!

  Today, we had our first BWI of Central VA Stafford location meeting! We had an awesome turn out and pulled people from Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Woodbridge, in addition to leaders from Alexandria, Richmond, Centreville, and also Woodbridge. If you missed us today at the Porter Library, but live close to that location, we'd love to hear what times and places would work for you, because we'd like to get a monthly meeting on the calendar. We have a few members that are waiting to take their VBE test with BWI to lead the new meetings, but until then will be pulling leaders from both Richmond and our sister group in the DC/NoVA area.
   If you are interested in becoming a VBE to help lead meetings, please let us know! We'd love to have more, especially for our Monday meetings in Richmond. Ideally we'd be able to have a weekday and weekend meeting in both the Richmond and Stafford areas, so now would be a great time to step up if you've already been considering taking the plunge.
  Also, on Monday is our monthly weekday meeting for Richmond, and then the weekend meeting coming on the 26th. We are also going to be manning a booth at the Kids Expo at RIR on February 23rd, so you should come by and check us out. We'll have fun coloring pages for the kids and maybe even a craft! If you are interested in picking up a shift for the booth, please let us know. We'll be there from 10-4 and would to change shifts every hour. Hope you can join us!
  Lastly, we are looking at ordering shirts to be here in time for the expo and also for all our new members. Check out our facebook page this coming week for the mock-ups and to place your order. If you have friends in the DC, Hampton Roads, or even DelMarVa group (Virginia side) that you think might be interested, tell them to check by too. After all, Virginia is for babywearers :)
 Thanks again to all our friends who came out today, we can't wait to see you again soon!