Archive for April, 2011

Week End Wrap Up

April 29, 2011

Whew. Friday. At last.

Can I get an amen?

What are your plans for the weekend? Planting anything on Sunday? Enjoying the weather? Nothing at all? Here are some suggestions, if you’d like an idea or two…

Enjoy the weekend with your families and we’ll meet you back here (refreshed!) on Monday.

We’ll see you there!

Real Mom Review: Shutterfly’s Mother’s Day Cards

April 26, 2011

Last October we shared our favorite picks for holidays cards by Shutterfly, and now that Easter is over the VERY next thing on our list is Mother’s Day. You really can’t go wrong with photo gifts for the family, can you? We usually go with a Mother’s Day photo book for our moms and Mother’s Day cards for the rest of the family (aunts, grandma’s, cousins, etc.) but maybe I’ll be organized enough this year to get a Personalized Gift for mom. Here are my top three card picks at the moment…

Just a simple picture. Perfect.

You had me at "vintage".

Playful and sweet. We have a winner!

What is on your Mother’s Day wish list? Something fun from your favorite shop? A night out with the hubs? A day at home alone? Me too! All of the above. (Babes, are you reading? wink, wink) No matter what, I am going to cherish that burnt toast breakfast-in-bed and noodle necklace for the rest of my life. Here’s to mom’s. 🙂

East Sacramento Moms who have your own blog, click HERE for a chance to write a post sharing your Mother’s Day thoughts and a few of your favorite designs and Shutterfly will give you 50 *FREE* photo cards!

Enjoy 🙂

East Sac Support: Herself Moms

April 25, 2011

The best way to find a reliable plumber or electrician is to ask a friend for a referral, right? The same goes for any service provider, and we love getting referrals from other East Sacramento Moms for the services of another East Sac Mom. Such is the case with our very own Paige Schulte, who used the services of local lactation consultant, Julie Hurst. Julie teaches childbirth classes at Sutter Memorial and is also the owner of Herself Moms.

Herself Moms offers childbirth classes, lactation services, breast pump rentals and a variety of prenatal, postnatal, and mom and baby yoga classes. Herself Moms even has baby sign language and a “daddy and me” class! Click HERE for a full description for all of the classes and HERE for a schedule.

When she’s not teaching yoga, Julie can be found at Sutter Memorial teaching a variety of classes and helping new parents. Learn more about Julie and Herself Moms HERE.

Herself Moms yoga classes are held  at the Sierra 2 Center located at 2791 24th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.690.2202.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

April 22, 2011

Can someone please explain to me how it is already the end of April? Maybe I just feel like it should be earlier because Easter is so late. What are your Easter plans? If the weather cooperates, ours include brunch, bocce ball, and a Bloody Mary bar. 🙂 Here are a few other suggestions for you though…

Send us your egg hunt pictures! We want to hear about your weekend and share with other ESM readers. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com or comment below and link up to your own blog.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Scoops Earth Day

April 21, 2011
Sacramento’s Earth Day Logo

As parents, we try to teach our children to share, so of course we want to model it ourselves! We wanted to take a moment today to share that the local blog Sacramento Scoop has a great summary of Earth Day events happening in our area. Click HERE to check it out.

We’ll see you there!

Ask the Realtor: Should I overhaul my kitchen?

April 20, 2011

A question I often get from clients — and even family and friends — is, “What should I remodel? What’s worth the investment?” 

One client in particular, a couple who lives in East Sac, had two major potential upgrades: a new HVAC system and a complete kitchen overhaul. 

Before getting into the details of their upgrades, I first had to consider that they want to sell their starter Bungalow here in East Sac and get into a larger home, probably within the next 1-2 years. Given this fact, I had one main piece of advice: Spend some money on upgrades to make your home attractive to a new buyer, but don’t overspend for the market you’ll ultimately be selling to. In this case, this couple will most likely sell to a first-time homebuyer. Although East Sacramento is one of the few neighborhoods where you can actually realize more “return on investment” for upgrades, one should still consider the current market and what type of buyer they will obtain before spending thousands of dollars on upgrades that they will not get to enjoy in the long run. 

First let’s look at the HVAC system, which is old, but a licensed company that performed basic maintenance said it’s still running well—and should continue to do so for another 5-7 years. After the refunds offered in 2010, a new top-of-the-line system still would have cost these homeowners $7,000—which they needed to save for their “move up” home. Financing that money likely wouldn’t have increased the overall list price for their home—but it would have hurt their finances for purchasing a new one. Since the home already has an HVAC system working in good condition, that already gives them the competitive edge over some of the other comparable homes in their neighborhood that do not have a central heat/air system at all. 

Upgrading their kitchen is a similar situation, but has a difference: Remodeling their galley-style setup likely would give this couple the competitive edge when selling, but it ultimately wouldn’t provide much of a difference in terms of layout or additional storage. They likely would have spent thousands to get the same kitchen that’s visually more appealing, but had the same functionality. My advice? Paint the cupboards and walls, add stainless appliances and re-tile the countertop using granite—all work they can do themselves for a reasonable price. Even if they couldn’t add more space to the kitchen, having upgraded appliances, including a dishwasher, along with some other modern updates, would definitely provide the extra value over the other charming — yet older and not updated — comparable properties when they decided to sell. 

The bottom line is that many aspects of a home can be upgraded without heavy artillery. Before doing any remodeling, I would first consider the length of time you plan to be in the home to enjoy those upgrades and realize the full return on investment. Second, if you plan to sell, consider what type of market you will sell to and what will ultimately give you that competitive “edge” over the competition.  Even in East Sacramento, the types of upgrades you choose to do can vary greatly depending on your immediate neighborhood. For example, a home in the “Fab 40’s” may need a more thorough update than say, a smaller Bungalow in Meister Terrace. 

 If you’d like any more advice on remodeling or the current value of your home, please leave me a comment here or send me an email to  Or if you’d like any contractor referrals, I have those too!

Have a great Spring Break!

Wonder Tree: A New School by the Founders of Art Beast

April 19, 2011

The founders of Art Beast are on the Founding Board of Wonder Tree, a new elementary school opening in Fall 2011 in Midtown Sacramento. Wonder Tree will take a balanced approach to keeping learning magical, meaningful, and full of joyful challenge. We are currently registering children for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2.

Our Mission
Wonder Tree School is a community of children, parents, and teachers engaged in student-centered learning that values strong academics, social justice, and the natural world. Students grow to be brave, compassionate, and action oriented, and to think critically and creatively about the world around them. Our educational environment is forged by the dynamic interaction of great teachers, empowered and curious children, and our evolving understanding of how the brain learns best.

Our Approach
Though Wonder Tree does not claim a particular educational philosophy, our design infuses elements of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Democratic Education, Expeditionary Learning and Humane Education. We embrace project based learning, healthy classroom rhythms, a vibrant school community, academic rigor and daily engagement with the arts, with movement, and with the outdoors. We hope to provide an environment that holds each child as they develop their strength, brilliance, sense of responsibility, and capacity to love.

Want to learn more? Read the complete details at the Wonder Tree website. They will hold the first informational meeting on April 27th from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the planned school location. They can also be reached by phone at 916.760.7349, or by email at Wonder Tree School also has a Facebook Page with regular updates.

The Wonder Tree School will be located at the Pioneer Church at 2700 L Street just across from Sutter’s Fort.

We’ll see you there!

31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins

April 18, 2011

If Baskin Robbins’ 31 cent scoop night isn’t a sure sign that summer is coming, I don’t know what is.

Head over to BR on Wednesday, April 27th from 5PM to 10PM and get your favorite flavor (or try a new one) for just 31 cents.

Baskin Robbins is located at 5648 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.450.9081.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

April 15, 2011

Happy Friday! What do you and your families have planned for the weekend? We’d love to be able to share your “typical” weekend with other ESM readers– send up a picture or two and your recap! East Sacramento Mom is also looking for activity/event/venue reviews. Tell us what you think of our local offerings. Here are a few suggestions to get you out there…

Don’t forget, Wednesday at 9:30AM is our East Sacramento Mom playdate at Fancy Feet Dance Academy!

We’ll see you there!

FREE Playdate at Fancy Feet Dance Academy

April 14, 2011

After almost two years, we finally have an East Sacramento Mom playdate scheduled! Why didn’t we think to do this sooner? Elizabeth Ercila, owner of the newly opened Fancy Feet Dance Academy, has graciously offered to host a *FREE* playdate next Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30AM. Come join us!

At the Fancy Feet ESM playdate, we’ll let the kids enjoy a dance class, play some games, and even get in a little fun and exercise with the moms (or dads). Spread the word and bring a friend.

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is located at 712 57th Street, near Crepe Escape, and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.4900.

We’ll see you there!