Archive for May, 2011

Sacramento Housing Market Stats

May 25, 2011

Hi All,

Although June has taken a break from East Sacramento Mom, I thought I would still pop in for my monthly guest contribution as a local Realtor here in East Sac (and the greater Sacramento area), to share the latest Market Stats for Sacramento.  You can view them here http://courtneyway.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/quarter-1-housing-market-stats-read-em-here/ on my own Blog, and if you’d like regular updates on all things Real Estate feel free to subscribe to my Blog as well!   Or for any other questions real-estate related, drop me a line!  courtney.way@bhghome.com

Hope your Spring is off to a great start…. despite this unpredictable weather!!

Best,

Courtney Way

A break

May 14, 2011

This is just going to be a short and sweet post. Maybe the last, but maybe not. I truly believe that anything worth doing, is worth doing well, and I feel I have not been able to give 100% to East Sacramento Mom lately. I need a break, rather than giving less than my best to you. So, in the meantime, continue to get out and enjoy our neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and grow together. Hopefully we’ll be back soon, and better than ever. Thank you for all of your support, contributions, and encouragement.

– June

A Journey Toward Better Health

May 14, 2011

I am a mom on a journey. Some people might call me, a “mom on a mission,” but that sounds a bit too unwavering and ambitious for me. No, I’m a mom on a journey toward improved nutrition and better health for my family. If I were a “mom on a mission” maybe my 4-year-old son would not look at his plate and say, “I don’t like zucchini” or “I don’t eat tomatoes.” Maybe half my family’s dinner plates would be filled with fruits, veggies, and whole grains as is recommended by the USDA’s 2011 Dietary Guidelines. But a journey it is, and we’re on our way.

I’m already considered “one of those moms” by most who know me. You know the mom: she brings Cuties tangerines when assigned snack duty, scrutinizes the items at the grocery store looking for high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils, and presses her lips firmly together when the goody bags filled with candy are handed out at birthday parties. I may not be a “Pure Mom” as defined by Dr. William Sears (check out his book, “Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood”) as “those who never let a morsel of junk food pollute their children’s growing bodies,” but I am a mom on a journey, away from junk food and toward whole food.

This all began when I had kids. Before that, I ate “healthy.” Meaning, if the box said “healthy,” I ate what was in it. But the problem was that I was eating out of boxes. The desire to keep my children healthy and thriving, made me pay attention to what healthy eating really was, and it doesn’t have anything to do with boxes. Healthy food comes from the earth.

I’m learning so much and doing my best to implement what I learn and teach it to others where ever and whenever I can. I’m finding that there are others in this community that are on their own journeys, and want to share what they are learning with others. On Wednesday, May 18 (10:15 to 11:15 a.m.), I’m teaming up with Koukla Kids for a discussion on wellness. We’ll talk about the connection between nutrition and chronic disease and ways to support a healthy immune system. I’ll offer guidance on how to read food labels and help you identify the ingredients that should be avoided. I’ll share easy ways to add more whole foods to your family’s diet. I hope you will join me for one or both of these events, and bring those that you know could benefit from better nutrition. If you can’t make it, I can come to you! I’ve given presentations to major corporations, mommies clubs, Bible study groups, and groups of friends and families gathered together in living rooms.

Dr. David Katz, founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center (check out his free DVD, “Nutrition Detectives”), has predicted that this generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This is due to the epidemic of obesity, which puts a body at a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. This is NOT acceptable to me. This is NOT the future that I see for my children and their friends. Children who eat healthy are more likely to BE healthy. I want a healthy future for our children. I want to inspire other families to start on their own health journey.

I know some of you are further along on your journey than I, and I look forward to learning from you. I know that some of you might be afraid to take that first step on your journey, and I’m here to hold your hand while you take it. I want to build a community of healthy families. I want us to be able to support and nurture each other on our personal journeys of better nutrition and improved health.

Color Your Summer!

May 4, 2011

Oh, summer. The kids think of it as a long awaited “break”, but to be truthful, I sometimes think of them in school as the real “break”! I’m kidding. Ok, only half kidding.

Summer is great. Going to the park, picnics, swimming at the pool and beach days are all great. But, even the best of planners have some summer down-time. I mean, you can’t go to the beach everyday! There are always some lazy summer days at home that you look forward to and your children can only complain of boredom.

Easy At home summer project:

How about a combination science AND art project that will keep your kids happy on one of those long, at-home, hot summer days? I love the ‘insoluble paint’ project. It teaches your kids a bit of science while they produce a super fun project. And the best part? It’s an art project they can play with for hours!

The insoluble paint project is based on the scientific concepts of insolubility and density. Water-based paint and oil based paint have different densities and repel each other (you probably knew that)….But combing the two into a laminating pouch is a great art project that is interactive and engaging. Because they are sealed, the liquids will flow and repel, without drying out, all summer long!

Click here to see the video of how it’s done! For me, videos are just so much easier to follow than written instructions. But if words are your thing, I haven’t forgotten you– click here for PDF instructions.

East Sac Creative Camps (read: not at home):

For those of you who need a well deserved “mommy break”– send your kids to a neighborhood camp! KidzArt will be holding tons of summer art camps in Sacramento, including one in East Sac at David Lubin Elementary the week of June 27-July 1st.

We wouldn’t make you read this far without rewarding our busy ESM readers with a GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win 2 days of KidzArt Summer Camp at any Elementary KidzArt Summer Camp (valued at $99).

P.S. If two days isn’t enough, they’ll let you apply it to a longer camp and a larger dose of “me-time!” Winners will be announced this Friday in the “Week End Wrap Up!”

Elementary Camp Details:
These camps are the perfect blend of messy art media (that we don’t want on our carpet) and social interaction with other awesome neighbors aged 5-12. Camp hours are 9-2 and families can choose Monday-Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday and Thursday to fit any busy summer schedule! (M-F ($225), MWF ($149), Tues & Thurs, ($99)).

And for our mini-doodlers (Ages 2-5):
Check out KidzArt and Fancy Feet camps at Fancy Feet Dance Academy the week of July 11-15th.  The 2-3 year old Mommy and Me camp will be from 9:30-11 on July 11 & July 13 and will include 45 minutes creating a “mess-terpiece” with KidzArt, then kiddos will wiggle and shake their groove thang’ with Miss Elizabeth’s amazing staff for 45 minutes of Fancy Feet Dance! ($24/day, you can choose to attend one day or both!)

Finally, whew, the KidzArt and Fancy Feet 4-5 year old preschool camp at Fancy Feet will be DROP OFF (I can see a “check-in” on FB at Tupelo or Starbucks now) on July 12 & 14 from 9:30-11:30, one awesome hour of art and one hour of dance! ($24/day, you can choose to attend one day or both!)

Good luck to all of our awesome East Sacramento Moms!