Real Women, Real Stories – A Giveaway!

I would like to introduce you to a fun new site by, of, and for women. It’s called Capessa, and it’s a place where women can share personal life experiences via blogs, video blogs and conversation boards. It’s just getting off the ground, and it’s still in it’s beta version, so they need our help.

Not only could you potentially find your new favorite place to hang out online, but you also have a chance to win a $100 American Express Card!

Here’s what you have to do — Check out Capessa and tell me what you think…

Sign up, browse around, invite your friends, and make some new ones. Be sure you search Capessa for MamaYoung (that’s ME) and invite me to be your friend!

Find and watch the video titled “Getting Through My Mommy Meltdown.” Come back and leave me your thoughts on this video and your overall opinion of Capessa, good or bad, as well as any suggestions you may have on how to make Capessa a place where you would want to hang out.

I know there are many online communities for women, and even those that focus on mommyhood specifically, and they are addicting! I want to know what makes your favorite your favorite.

So, to recap, here’s what you have to do to enter to win the $100 gift card (The only qualifications to enter are in bold):

1) Visit
Capessa and browse around. (Sign up if you want to, but it’s not a requirement.) Make sure you watch the video “Getting Through My Mommy Meltdown”
2) Leave me a comment with your ideas and suggestions regarding the video, as well as any thoughts you have about the site. (Make sure you leave me a way to contact you, should you win.)
3) You have until 9pm (PST) Sunday, January 20th to enter.
A winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email, and announced here on Monday morning.

Thanks for your help, and GOOD LUCK!!!

This giveaway is now closed.


  1. Laura says

    The Capessa website looks like it holds a wealth of information, and could possibly be a great place to make friends, and do some research. The Mommy Meltdown piece brought back so many memories…I remember a few of those days. At the time, I thought I was completely losing it…and that I was the only mom to have ever done so.

  2. Sheena says

    I signed up and right now I am confused. I’m trying to figure out how to add friends. I’m content with communities when they are easy to navigate. Maybe I just have to play around, I realize Capessa’s in the beta stages. The mommy meltdown video was something I cannot relate to, YET, lol but I’m sure that I will be able to this summer. I’m bracing myself!

  3. sara says

    Capessa looks like it has alot to offer! I love how you can find so many different topics in one place…It looks like a definite go to for great advice and idea! And the video brought tears to my eyes…Oh, how I remember it so well! Nobody warned me about those days and what a rollercoaster they were! You hit the nail on the head about not being able to give your best if you’re not at your best…All Momma’s To Be need to watch this! Thanks for introducing me to this site…Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2008!

  4. Naomi says

    The videos are really slick looking, good quality. I could see this being a great venue for moms to interact online.

  5. Anonymous says

    I can totally relate to the video. I liked the site but agree it was a little confusing.

    Brandy @ tibral(@)bellsouth(.)net

  6. tAnYeTTa says

    Wow. I can really relate to this video. my son is 3 and I still question my sanity during it all.

    The site was a bit jumbled all together and I couldn’t figure out how to get around but, I’m sure they’re going to work out the kinks. I LOVE LOVE LOVE when websites come out for women to have a sense of community.

    Thanks for the info.

    Please, enter me to win. Thank you.

    tanyetta (at)

  7. Sarah says

    Mommy meltdown…I have been through that, and it does stink! You just don’t feel good about anything at hat point, and you just want…well your mom. :)

    The video was good, and I really liked that she was real~

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. ksk103 says

    Great web site–and I could absolutely relate to the video! I was a complete zombie during my daughter’s first month. It was overwhelming, but in an awesome way. My husband and mom were a huge help.

  9. mama2007 says

    I remember my first mommy meltdown…I say first b/c there have been more than 1. 😉 the thoughts about realizing our limitations and being overwhelmed and definitely coming to the realization that we are NOT SUPERHEROS nor should anyone expect us to be. :-) Mother’s are, however, the closest thing to superheros. I have pegged capessa as a favorite and look forward to more.

  10. danandmarsh says

    Oh yes, this is all normal, the “Mommy Meltdown” been there done that. When u get older you think, WOW, how did I do it!! 4 times, eek. Although it did get easier each time! Great new site!

  11. ES says

    That was great stuff! Mommy Meltdown is really a typical situation. Family support is so important in this instance.

    Count me in!

    aztekh [at]

  12. Shannon says

    The web site looks like it would be a really good resource. I have not signed up yet but probably will at some point.

    The Mommy Meltdown video brought back the memories. I could definitely relate!

  13. brandy says

    the site is great, very informational, and you can relate to other moms.
    the video made me cry. it’s hard because thats what i’m going through right now. i had a baby a month ago. have a 2 and 1 year old. plus a husband that is never here. so i can relate a lot. i get through it by talking to other moms. and sleeping whenever i can
    bwalleshauser at yahoo dot com

  14. Ashley says

    I like the site. The layout is a bit hard to follow. I would rather have tabs for everything instead of there being different boxes to scroll down in. The content is good. I can definitely relate to the mommy meltdown. I had a hard postpartum period with my son (infections, tears, etc) that I was not expecting and on top of those things I was exhausted! I realized that I needed other people to help but I also needed God’s strength as well. Being a mommy is very sobering. You realize your weakness as a human but how great God is when we are weak. With all the changes having children brings I wouldn’t change it for the world!

  15. Capessa says

    Thanks to all of you for giving us your feedback and to From Dates to Diapers for helping us get the word out about Capessa. We know the community part is a little awkward right now, but I promise we are working on making it easier to get around. Thanks for helping us pinpoint the troublespots, and thanks for stopping by to take a look at Capessa! We hope you’ll come back often and help make this a revolutionary community of women.
    If you have any other feedback or suggestions, please let us know. Thanks again.
    Amber (amber.scott (at) the zizo
    Capessa Managing Editor

  16. jehovahroi says

    Moms today have such a step up on those of us who became moms before all this wonderful technology came about. I’m 48 and had my first child when I was 18 and aside from my husband there wasn’t much around for me in the way of support. this video shares what so many of us go through when we become mom’s and you can have a mommy meltdown no matter if it’s your first or your fourth child. this site looks great – thanks for sharing!

  17. jbubolz-miller says

    Capessa – I think all of us can relate to that video- while we may not have acted like that I think we all may have felt like that!! More links would be helpful on the left side and emails categorized into topics- right now I get the sense that I would have to sift through a lot of info to get to what I might be looking for and I might not have the most time as online time is only during naptime!

  18. Mindy says

    The Mommy Meltdown video was SO familiar, seeing as I went through my own mommy meltdown only 6 weeks ago! My baby was only 5 weeks old and thankfully MY mommy came to this mommy’s rescue. Capessa’s site is ok—I wasn’t impressed by it but think that with some fine tuning, it could be really neat. They are off to a good start. The video was captivating(I watched the infertility video too–both were good.) The site was a bit hard to navigate through and might be easier if it were more organized visually. It is awesome though to be able to connect with other women on so many topics.

  19. Goodies for Mom says

    Oh, do I remember the mommy meltdown. I could have written her story myself. It’s great to see other mother’s dealing with things that you are and it would have been good to see before giving birth.

  20. Bebemiqui says

    It’s amazing how we (as 1st time moms)think it’s not normal to lose it and feel inadequate in the beginning. I’m glad her mom could encourage her and let her know it happens to everyone.
    I really like Capessa site BTW.

  21. edubbs says

    interesting site, i like the way it was broken down inyo topics. the mommy video was okay but the midwife in me wishes there was a bit more useful info in it.

  22. Jeanette J says

    It looks good. I found it very easy to navigate. The video was interesting to watch but I don’t remember having a mommy meltdown so I can’t say I relate to this subject

  23. J.J. says

    The video was good, I can relate to it, the site was good, but I didn’t sign up yet, probably will, when I have a little more time.
    Thanks for the contest!

  24. Stacey Moore says

    i can so relate to that video. it’s a great resource for all of the new moms out there. thanks for introducing me to such a great site!! i have joined!!

  25. Amanda says

    I can completely relate to the video, I myself have had many “mommy meltdowns” and know that sometimes you just have too take of yourself for your and your family’s well being! As for the site WoW! it looks great did not find it confusing at all , in fact put in my bookmarks so I can do some further reading on it! I already am fan of the blogs and wealth of information they have! Intrseting to cause I like reading about other womens trouble because it makes me feel like I’m not the only one with these thoughts. Anyways thanks for the givaway! and the site hope to make new freinds there!

  26. Susan says

    Wow, can I relate to that video. With my first baby, I cried so much I’m surprised I had any tears left. I didn’t have PPD, I loved taking care of my son, I was just so tired I could barely function half the time. Luckily, I had wonderful parents to help out for the first month, and my husband was a peach. Rest assured it gets better the second time, it has been so much easier with my daughter (now 2 months). The website looks great, I am looking forward to spending more time looking around and telling my friends about it. Thanks.

  27. Sara R says

    The site seemed very informative and helpful. The mommy meltdown video helped me to realize that the feelings after having a baby and pretty common. It seems as though all your energy goes into this new life and takes so much out of you leaving very little to actually take care of You, but the reality is that it does take sooo much out of you but like she said on the video just remember to take care of self so that you can give all that much more to your precious baby, because they really do need so much love. Well, I liked what I saw of the site and I think it will be so helpful for mommys to have that extra encouragment to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Thank you for entering me in this contest!! Sara (

  28. robin says

    I really enjoyed the video and thought it had a very personal and heartwarming message that everyone needs to hear. I really liked how her comments were highlighted and emphasized at the bottom of the video.

  29. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says

    I joined the site and looked around – it looks like there’s a lot to offer once I can get it all figured out. My sound is not working – I watched the video and read the comments below, but couldn’t hear anything… From her comments though I could understand exactly where she was coming from – I remember the total exhaustion I felt after having my first baby, and how I felt like I could hardly even make it through the day. I’m glad that they added the comments below the video so that I could still understand what it was about even without being able to hear it.

  30. sweetnlow121 says

    We mommies need a website like this! Nobody really tells you EVERYTHING about the first couple of weeks. And what they do tell you tends to go in one ear and out the other. I remember my BF telling me that the sleep deprivation is one of the worst things and that if I didn’t take care of myself it would take it’s toll on me. I did have a “mommy meltdown” when I was visiting MY mom. Fortunately she was there and took the baby from me and sent me to bed. I think all the tips shared in the video were right on. We just need to actually do them (i.e. sleep when the baby sleeps). I imagine it gets more difficult as more children come along!

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

  31. Angela says

    The Capessa site looks pretty cool, I like how it is a collection of videos so if feels like you can just surf around and “watch TV”. The particular video that you mentioned was good, although I was distracted by the mobile getting in the camera view too many times. The combination of the still pictures and narrative worked well.

  32. mommy_teresa says

    Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched this video. Everything she said was so true! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with these mommy meltdowns. One thing that hit me that she said was take care of yourself. It’s so true with taking care of the kids and your husband and the house you tend to leave yourself for last. The thing is, you can’t take care of everyone else until you take care of your self. If that means a 20 min time in the bath while your husband watches the kids. That is what it takes. When you do have a mommy meltdown, call your friends or family! They are always there to encourage you and lift you up and to let you know your not alone. I just signed on this site and am really excited. It seems easy enough to work. I’m excited to see who I’ll meet and talk to. It’s a great place to vent or just talk.

  33. Jenna says

    The site looks terrific– I already found a lot of topics there that interest me, and the videos look professionally produced. The one thing I would have wanted more from the “Mommy Meltdown” one was a few questions answered at the end: HOW do you get your own needs met when you have a newborn who needs you all the time? HOW do you get sleep, get your own meals, shower, etc. if you don’t have family around to help? I would have liked to have heard a few practical suggestions for dealing with the problem.

  34. Jean says

    I signed up yesterday and it looks like a great community for moms. I agreed with one commenter that adding the friend is a bit confusing as it takes a few clicks to get there. I don’t think it’s a big deal once you’ve done it.
    I totally relate on the “mommy melt down”. When my middle son was born at 28 weeks, it was a really bad time. I was a hundred miles from home, practically living in the hospital and my 12 month old had to stay with his granparents 300 miles away so I could be with the preemie. Needless to say that was 8 years ago and is now just a painful memory.

  35. Bella says

    Love Caessa…
    and your video is wonderful…I had quite a few meltdowns due to no rest…but support from veryone pulled me thru…and you will still be up when they are teenagers…no rest ever….

  36. Maria says

    The Capessa web site is very interesting, engaging and inviting for members and visitors alike. I have to agree with the others that it is a little confusing and hard to use at this point. The navigation/menu should perhaps be more visible than just being at the bottom of the page, that way it will increase hits.

    The Mommy meltdown video touches a nerve with all moms but I can’t help but feel a little insecure or sad. This is a great video and it resonates what I felt during those first few weeks and months, but what happens to those moms like myself who do not have a support system, when we don’t have our moms to run to, partners who are also undergoing major emotional and psychological changes because of a child’s birth and are not there? I hope Capessa will have a segment on that too because it’s sometimes hard to feel isolated specially when you’re a first time mom.

    But anyway, I like your web sites, From Dates to Diapers, Capessa and Laura Williams Musings

  37. Mama Zen says

    Nice site. I hit a couple of dead links, but I’m sure they’ll get that fixed.

    I really related to the video. Sleep and food for mom, too, sounds so obvious, but we neglect ourselves!

  38. Jodi says

    The Capessa site looks very interesting. I have it bookmarked and will be back to join. I can so relate to the mom in the video, I had a few meltdowns when my boys were babies. So glad there are lots of different support groups/friends for young moms these days.

  39. NerdMom says

    Capessa looks like a great site to find information on. I really related to the video on Mommy Meltdown. My 3rd kid had both bloodsugar and jaundice issues also. I think it is a video all new mothers should watch.

  40. The Saunders Family says

    mommy meltdown wasn’t too long ago, but I feel a bit more able to cope now…the site was great and I spent some time looking around. It is nicely divided into topical areas I like that!
    mom2maria at hotmail dot com

  41. Val says

    It looks like a great website for women to connect and share information on a lot of different topics. As far the video, it’s one we can all relate to at some point after having a baby.

  42. Hope says

    The site is very professionally done. It definitely is a site that a woman could go for just about any topic that would interest her.

    The videos are nicely done too. I remember feeling a “mommy meltdown” when I had my first baby. I definitely would have loved having a community like this to look for support and information.

    This technology age is wonderful!

  43. Sarah Berry says

    The “mommy meltdown” video hit home. I know I have had days where I felt that way. I agree that this would be excellent for new or expecting mothers. Just knowing that these feelings are normal and its okay to ask for help, or eat or get something to drink will definitely come in handy.

    As for the website I think it will be interesting. I especially like the groups and how its separated into sections, making it easier to browse.

  44. Lady_MSnow says

    I had never heard about that website before. Very interesting and it is good to know that I am not the only one that went through those things. I will need more time to look around to see if I have suggestions.

  45. Doreen says

    I joined Capessa and I enjoyed watching the ‘Mommy Meltdown’ video. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed. I like knowing that and it’s so cool that other Women can talk it out and relax and develop what could be friendships through this new community online.

  46. Dana says

    I hope I make it!! I spent too much time playing around on the site, lol.

    I enjoyed it very much. I like the professional set up. I also think that it’s pretty easy to find something applicable b/c of how easily it’s divided. I think it’s somewhere a mom could easily get caught and spend all of her allotted computer time before she realized it, just being encouraged that she’s not alone.

    Thanks for the tip!!

    my e-mail is myhandsfull at earthlink dot net.

  47. lace says

    I love that she says that you have to take care of you also. I think moms forget that sometimes.

    “You need to realize that you are human just as much as your child is a human, and your needs need to be met just as much as your child’s needs need to be met.”

    I love this statement!

    I also like the links to other blogs on the site.

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