DEN members are a VERY  productive group- In fact, you are all just about the best multi-taskers that I know!  With all that we do at school & in the DEN, it’s easy to forget that we all actually have lives outside of our jobs too-  you know, Moms, Dads, Husbands, Wives- all that good stuff 🙂

In the DEN spirit of sharing & the Holiday spirit of giving, here’s a fun, collaborative website for all you MOMS out there:

Mamasource is a private website for moms, which is safe, local and free. Find the advice, referrals, and insight you need, in a supportive community of moms helping moms. In addition (here’s the giving part), when you sign up, a tree will be planted in your & your children’s honor (the trees are planted all across the world by a non-profit, environmental group) to help increase our planet’s sustainability & green-scape.

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  1. Kate said:

    Mamasource may be a great site, but they harvest people’s emails using this tree planting tactic. When you do sign up with them, they do not provide a valid way to opt-out or unsubscribe. This is shady and against the CAN-SPAM act that regulates commercial emails. Beware of these emails, and this scam, and never enter you email password when prompted. Please mark these emails as spam and contact mamasource to tell them you disapprove of their spammy email tactics! If you’d like to report their emails to the FTC, simply forward them to

  2. Swensonfamily said:

    Are you sure there wasn’t some error? I also did the tree planting thing but didn’t have a problem. The daily newsletter was too frequent so I turned it off and only go to the site when I need to ask a question or look something up.

  3. Kate said:

    There was no error. Now that I’ve researched this issue further, I’ve found that I am not the only one this has happened to. In fact, their harvesting technique is widespread and not limited to the tree email. On top of that, when you click on their “unsubscribe” link, it takes you to an email preferences page, not an unsubscribe page as required by the CAN-SPAM act. Their tactics are underhanded and I am quite sure illegal. If you like the Mamasource site, please email and tell them to stop this practice, although I am quite sure that you will receive the same auto-generated email reply I did.

    I don’t understand why a site that claims to be spam free would use these banned and illegal email tactics to grow their subscriber list.

    It is pretty pathetic.

    There is more information on my blog at:

    and more info on another blog I found at:

  4. Amy Alkon said:

    It happened to an editor I know. She inadvertently spammed me after they commandeered her address book, and I had a sleepless night after I thought they’d managed to get mine, too. Luckily, I’m on AOL and it does it to Yahoo and other freemail accounts, and didn’t get mine.

    Artie Wu, their founder, doesn’t have his contact info available on the site. Not surprising.

  5. Kate said:

    I have spent countless hours researching Mamasource, and what I’ve found is disturbing.

    I get spam all day long, but I feel this is different because this site is supposed to be trustworthy and because moms all over are joining in record numbers.

    Please take a look at my blog to see what I’ve found, and to see what other women have to say about their experiences with Mamasource.

    It may surprise you and it may may make you angry.

    Please help me spread the word about the questionable tactics that Artie Wu is using
    under the guise of a trusted community like Mamasource.

    This is not right and it all needs to stop…now!

    Please visit my site at:

    And leave your comments!

  6. Robin Wellhouse said:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Kate. I thought after seeing the website that it was a harmless way to plant a tree. However, I later found out that my home email acct address book was gleaned for information which included some work email accts. Here’s the disclaimer I ended up sending to every address in my yahoo acct (50+ names):

    “If you are receiving this email, you have most likely received an email or two from a website called “Mamasource” or something regarding “planting a tree”. I DID NOT give your name and/or email address to anyone (that’s something that I would NEVER do), but somehow this source gleaned my home e-mail address book. I’ve received several phone calls and/or email messages from folks that are in my home book asking if this is a legitimate thing. If you receive any email of this nature, or stating that “R WELLHOUSE from Wasilla” sent you/reserved for you/etc. something or another, please contact your local IT source. If it’s for your home/personal email delete immediately or move it to your spam folder. I cannot contact the source from here at work to find out what they did, or how they did it. So I’ll have to wait until I get home tonight.

    Thank you for your understanding and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


  7. Barbara said:

    I thought this site was too good to be true, so I’ve been checking it out, also. Their new gimmick is that for every “flower” you send, they will contribute to the Breast Cancer Fund! Who would not want to contribute by sending an email flower to every female friend? This guy is shrewd and evil. What proof is there that he is doing any of this? And why would a man start a mothers’ website? Subscriber beware!

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