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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!

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FREE “Feeding the Hungry Brain” Prevention Plus lecture

February 16, 2011

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Little known fact about me (East Sac Mom “June”): My degree is in Kinesiology, which is the study of movement. I have a passion for physical activity, being outdoors, and eating healthy. Yes, I am totally that mom who serves organic low-sugar cake to my son, even on his birthday, and brings baby carrots when it’s my turn for snack at the play group. Don’t worry though, I have plenty of friends who regularly harass me for it. I’m sorry, I just don’t think a toddler needs an Easter basket full of chocolate and marshmallows! Whew. Now that I have that off my chest, let me share with you the awesome opportunity East Sacramento Moms have coming up next week to learn to feed our families healthier diets.

You are invited to a Prevention Plus lecture by Staci Ellis, RN, BSN, entitled, “Feeding the Hungry Brain”. The lecture will be held at 7PM on Tuesday, February 22nd at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, 95816).

Staci Ellis is an RN and board-certified Holistic Nurse. Her focus includes working with families in need of improving their overall health status and decreasing their risk of developing chronic disease. Her areas of specialty include stress management, disease prevention and family nutrition, with an emphasis on chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders, as well as ADD/ADHD and other conditions included in the autism spectrum.

Staci will lecture on the science behind how what we eat affects not only our physical health, but our mental health. Individuals and families dealing with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autism will especially benefit. However, this is a universal message of health; she will provide tips, tools, and motivation to take control of your health picture and mental acuity through better nutrition. This event is *FREE* and open to the public. Please invite anyone you know who could benefit from better health.

For questions or to reserve a seat, contact Kristen Merrill at 916.325.3921 or email Kristen@BuildingBetterBodies.net.

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Mom on KCRA

February 9, 2011

Big news! East Sac Mom “June” will be on KCRA 3 tomorrow morning! I’ll be doing a segment featuring money and hassle-saving items for the NBC morning show. The best part? Besides getting to put a face to my (pen) name, East Sacramento Mom readers will have the chance to WIN the items featured! Keep reading for a sneak peek at the items I’ll be reviewing, and check back tomorrow for details on how to win.

Baby B’Air Infant Flight Vest (babybair.com) – Safety harness for babies in airplanes, keeping them safely and securely anchored to their parents when lap-seated. Allows more parents to lap-seat, saving money, and makes lap-seating hassle-free. (I really could have used this when East Sac Toddler was an infant, sleeping ever so peacefully in the Snugli carrier he was NOT allowed to rest in during a flight in ’09.)

 

Ulubulu Baby Bib (ulubulu.com) – Non-toxic 100% silicone baby bib that makes meal times a breeze. Easily wipe clean and reuse; no need to bring multiple bibs everywhere or have mess soak through bib. Hands down, the Best. Bib. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport-Brella (sklz.com) – No need to find a covered area or bring hosts of umbrellas. Sport-Brella gives you instant protection from the elements. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the whole family. Don’t hate me when our family sets this up in the grass at the River Cats games all summer…

 

BabyBriefcase (babybriefcase.com) – Briefcase-shaped file organizer specially designed to store all of a baby’s documents and information in a way that can be easily kept track of and accessed by parents whether at home, at the doctor on during travel. Whose baby doesn’t need a briefcase? I mean, we want to prepare our children for the “real world”, right?

 

 

 

 

Drink N’ Plate (drinknplate.com)  – Durable reusable, dishwasher-safe combo plate and drink holder that is perfect for all your outdoor and indoor food and drink needs. Held with one hand, the Drink N’ Plate is a combination of plate and drink holder, allowing the entire meal to be carried conveniently and easily. No more buying vast quantities of disposable plates and cups. Perfect for this East Sac Mom, who is constantly chasing a toddler while simultaneously trying to inhale a day’s worth of nutrition in between bath time and bed time.

 

Snack-Trap (snacktrap.com) – Minimizes wasted snacks and clean up time with its patented, unique slitted lid that allow toddlers to see and retrieve food with ease themselves but automatically closes when the toddlers remove their hand. Before the Snack-Trap, you could collect an entire box of loose Cheerio’s from the back seat of my car. After, you might have enough to satisfy a cranky kid on the way home from Fairy Tale Town if you’re lucky.

Wish me luck tomorrow, and we’ll see you there!

Mothers’ Support Network + Sacramento Mamas & Babes

February 8, 2011

If there is one thing a new mom needs, it’s a support group. Maybe your support group consists of friends, neighbors, other moms from your lamaze class, or maybe it is a bit more modern, like support groups via Twitter and Facebook. Either way, it is important to connect with other moms who know exactly what you’re going through and are right there in the trenches with you. Thank you so much to East Sac Mom, Jennifer for giving us a heads up about two local support groups.

The first is sponsored by the Mothers’ Support Network and is a New & Pregnant Moms’ Group that meets in Midtown.

The Mothers’ Support Network meets from 10:30AM to 12PM at the YMCA located at 2021 W Street in Sacramento and meetings are *FREE*.

Do you have questions about your new little bundle of joy? Need some support and encouragement? We’d love to invite you to spend time with the New & Pregnant Moms’ Groups. We have weekly meetings held Wednesdays at the Y. Babies range from a few days old to around one year (before walking). Pregnant moms often come to find a new circle of friends before their babies are born. For more information contact our facilitator: Melissa (melpizzo@yahoo.com).

The second support group Jennifer suggested (but admits she hasn’t yet attended) is the Sacramento Mamas and Babes group. From the group’s organizer, Jen:

Hi beautiful Mamas!! I started this group to meet lots of great moms and to help my son develop friendships that will carry on through the years!!

The purpose of this group is to bring moms together for support, conversation, friendship, and fun! As well as to associate my little one with others!!

This group is geared towards newborn to 18months roughly!

You should join this group if you are available for meetups during the weekdays, during the day, as that is when most of the meetups will be held!

This is an interactive group that requires all members to be active in group discussions, RSVPing and even hosting events! This group is a member based group, created by a member for members…I want it to be what the members want it to be! I need everyone’s help to make it a success! So please join if you are ready to get out and meet some awesome Moms and Babes!

For more information, check out the Sacramento Mamas and Babes meet up page HERE.

Are you part of any moms’ support groups? Know of any others you’d recommend? Send us an email at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com or comment below.

We’ll see you there!

T Street Block Sale

August 17, 2010

Yard-saling can be fun if it’s done right– that includes rested kids armed with a few dollars in change and some hot chocolate (and Starbucks for mom, of course)! Clean out the trunk of your car and head out to the Elmhurst Parents Group’s annual neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, August 21 starting at 8AM to see what new-to-you stuff you didn’t know you needed.

Funds raised will go toward the Elmhurst Parents Group’s programs, such as their spring egg hunt.

The yard sale will take place in the Sunset Parkway near T and 41st Streets and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up + a GIVEAWAY!

August 6, 2010

August is one of the busiest months for fun, *FREE*, family friendly activities and events in East Sacramento. Take advantage of one of the last few weekends of summer (at least, summer vacation from school) and enjoy one of the following…

 

After spending all summer entertaining your kids from sun up to sun down, could you use a date night? Now through September 30, McCormick & Schmick’s is offering $5 movie tickets you can add to your bill, with the purchase of an entrée at their restaurant. Personally, I haven’t been to the movie theater in… I can’t even remember… but I know how expensive it has become. This is the perfect excuse to splurge (maybe even make it a girls night and you won’t have to get a sitter– thanks, East Sac Dad) and get out of the house without having to pack a bag full of extra diapers, baby wipes and Goldfish crackers!

McCormick & Schmick’s even wants to help one East Sac Mom (or dad) out by offering a complimentary $25 gift certificate toward their night on the town.

Bringing the freshest seafood to Sacramento, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is located at the historical Elks Club Building in downtown Sacramento – just minutes from the Convention Center and Arco Arena, as well as near a number of theaters.  Whether you are a local or a visitor, enjoy a delicious, specially prepared meal combined with impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail.  Come to McCormick & Schmick’s and experience seafood dining at its finest!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite East Sacramento activity or event is! The contest closes at midnight on Thursday, August 12 and a winner will be selected at random and announced next Friday. Good luck!

East Sac Support: Cooking Capers

July 29, 2010

For many parents, the end of the school year also means a temporary break from the Bounce Town/Chuck E Cheese/Laser X birthday parties their children are invited to on a weekly (at least it seems) basis. As much as I want my child to enjoy time with his friends and participate in certain childhood rites of passage (including the “pizza” served by a giant mouse) I can’t say I look forward to those party days. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why we host those parties as parents– they are easy. We have enough going on in our over-scheduled lives to worry about planning the perfect party for our 4-year-old and entertaining twelve of their friends (of course you could always let Pear Tree Events do that for you). East Sacramento Mom, Karen Zamd got to thinking that in this progressive, food friendly city a cook-from-scratch cooking party business would be very welcome. Let us introduce you to Karen, and Cooking Capers!

Karen Zamd is a Berkeley graduate turned stay at home mom. With two inquisitive and rambunctious boys, Karen has worked hard to find interesting yet affordable activities that educate her kids while simultaneously allowing them to have fun. After having a wildly successful cooking-themed party for her eldest son, Karen received requests from other parents wanting the same kind of party for their kids. Cooking Capers was born!

Karen first began teaching children about food by conducting weekly cooking classes at her son’s school. She is now excited to offer children a fun and hands-on experience while they learn how ingredients come together to form the dinner and desserts they love.

Cooking Capers offers several fabulous party options that allow kids to mix, measure, paint and create their own meals and desserts! They provide all plates, utensils, food and drinks, and chef hats and aprons for each child to keep, and can even provide birthday cupcakes and party favors to add to the culinary adventure.

Cooking Capers will work with you to design a party that best suits your child, taking into consideration any dietary restrictions, and will help you create an education and fun birthday experience unlike any other. First you choose a main dish, such as pizza, kabobs or sushi. Next you select an activity, from cookie decorating to cupcakes to edible jewelry. Customize your party further by adding on a cotton candy machine, favors, pesto, or your own unique twist!

Cooking Capers doesn’t just cater to birthday parties though. If you know someone hosting a large party, a wedding, or another event where there will be children, let them know Cooking Capers is available to set up activity stations at the event to entertain the kids. A smaller scale than individual parties, but the same Cooking Capers quality. Guests will THANK you for thinking of their children.

Cooking Capers is available for parties all throughout the area and for more information check out their website by clicking HERE or give them a call at 916.538.4482.

Be sure to mention that you heard about Cooking Capers through East Sac Mom. Do you know of another East Sacramento Mom with their own small business, non-profit, or group you’d like to share? Let us know! Help us support our community and connect with other ESM’s. You can email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

Baby Cuisine Demo/Book Signing + Cloth Diapering/Baby Wearing Workshop at Whole Foods

July 8, 2010

Join Shane Valentine, author of The Baby Cuisine Cookbook, on Sunday, July 11 for a special event at Whole Foods. Shane will be teaching a recipe from his book and asking participants to help. This event is Mommy/Daddy & Baby Friendly. Shane will also be signing copies of his cookbook after his mini-workshop.  All participants will be entered into the following raffles: a Whole Foods Market gift basket and a Keekaroo high chair ($250 value)!

There are two demo/book signing sessions available and while participation is *FREE*, you must register ahead of time. Click HERE to register for the 10-11:30AM session and HERE to register for the 12-1:30PM session.

On the topic of babies, Whole Foods is also offering two fabulous workshops:

Part 1: Are you interested in learning how to cloth diaper? Overwhelmed by all the choices on the internet? Modern cloth diapers are easy, better for the environment, and more affordable than disposables.  In this workshop they will discuss various styles of cloth diapers (pockets, pre-folds, all-in-ones), how to use the various styles, and how to care for cloth diapers.

Part 2: Temperance Harkins will discuss and demonstrate some of the many ways to wear your baby: sling-style (Maya wrap), Asian-style (Mei Tai), wrap-style (Moby), and structured (Ergo, Baby Bjorn).   Also covered will be reasons to wear your baby, pros and cons of the different carriers, and safety.

Both workshops will take place on Tuesday, July 13. Part 1 will be 6-7PM and Part 2 will be 7-8:00PM. The cost for both workshops is $5 and you can register by clicking HERE. For more information check out the Mothers’ Support Network website HERE.

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.488.2800.

We’ll see you there! (No really, we will– I’ve already registered for the second session of the book signing.)

*Have you entered July’s East Sac Mom GIVEAWAY yet for an awesome got milk? prize package? If not, you have until midnight tonight to enter HERE. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning!*

Wellness Wednesdays + Whooping-Cough Outbreak

July 6, 2010

Doesn’t this serene, peaceful view of McKinley Park make you want to go for a jog? Yeah, not me either. It is pretty though. And just because I don’t necessarily want to exercise, I definitely need to. Sometimes I just need a little motivation and the *FREE* wellness workouts offered on Wednesdays during the month of July are just what the doctor ordered.

Join Sacramento Wellness at the corner of 35th Street and McKinley Boulevard on Wednesdays in July from 6:30PM to 7:30PM to participate in a workout for all fitness levels. Don’t forget your towel and water bottle!

The purpose of this workout is to strengthen muscles and increase metabolism by improving cardiovascular fitness.  Using core strengthening exercises and stretches designed to maintain flexibility and prevent injury, we strive to create an experience that will leave you feeling great!
For more information check out the Sacramento Wellness blog HERE or call 916.712.7154.
 
We’ll see you there!
 
Since we’re on the subject of health we wanted to remind you that there is a recent whooping-cough outbreak that the California Department of Public Health is saying may be the worst in 50 years. What does this mean to East Sac Moms? A typical case of pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes end with a whooping sound. Children who have not been immunized or not immunized completely are at highest risk of contracting the disease. Always take precautions, teach your children to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly (lead by example) and stay current with each child’s immunizations.
 
For more information please contact your pediatrician or check out the CDPH’s website HERE.
*Don’t forget to enter our July GIVEAWAY for a got milk? swag bag HERE!*

River Park Car Wash

June 10, 2010

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Can you remember the last time you had your car washed? If it hadn’t been for East Sac Dad giving my poor car the once-over recently, I wouldn’t have been able to answer that question. Lucky for you, there will be a car wash held on Sunday, June 13 from 9AM to 1PM at the River Park Shopping Center.

The car wash is sponsored by the River Park Neighborhood Association, River Park Mother’s Club, Glenn Hall River Rats swim team, Caleb Greenwood PTSO, and the River Park community and proceeds benefit the Glenn Hall Park Swimming Pool to keep the pool open this summer.

The River Park Shopping Center is located on Carlson Drive.

We’ll see you there!