And we’re back… with a giveaway!

June 22, 2011 by

It is amazing just how much you can get done during a six-week blog break. I’m back just in time for our biggest East Sacramento event (the 4th of July parade), another media appearance (more on that in a minute) and a perfect-for-summer set of giveaways. Thank you for your continued support of East Sacramento Mom, and a HUGE thanks to Courtney, Kristen, and Paige and Jessica for their contributions and understanding during the hiatus.

On to the television spotlight, I (June) will be on News 10 on Friday morning at 6:15am reviewing products for summer fun at the park. Check out the segment, but more importantly, watch it to check out the cool stuff you can enter to win! Here’s a preview…

Aquajogger Junior

 The AquaJogger Junior is a fantastic in-water device that allows kids to learn to swim, play water games and have fitness fun. The Aquajogger Junior is worn like a belt and comfortably suspends the child wearing it at shoulder level in deep water allowing her/him to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water activities. Contoured to fit a child’s body, and both fully adjustible and secure, the Aquajogger Junior is easy to use and comfortable. Also available for older children are in-water exercise tools, like dumbbells and leg weights. Includes a Splash Club Handbook featuring water games, swimming tips, and safety information. For ages 3 and up. $24.95.

Peekaru Ozone

 Peekaru Ozone lets parents take their baby out in the sunshine without worrying about sun damage or having to apply chemical sunscreens. The Peekaru Ozone is a uniquely breathable and lightweight baby carrier sun cover that attaches securely over any soft baby carrier, keeping baby shaded and cool. Can also be attached to any standard car seat or stroller. The super soft, moisture-wicking fabric blocks 95% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays while keeping baby cool and comfortable. Fits babies from birth through two years with an adjustable bottom that easily and securely cinches up for use with small babies, and lets out to accommodate babies’ legs as they grow. $44.95.

Sport-Brella

 The Sport-Brella XL gives the whole family instant protection from the sun, rain, and wind with its domed shape, side flaps and 125 SPF. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the family, fully 9 ft. wide. Includes top wind vents, side zippered windows for efficient airflow and additional visibility, internal pockets for gear and valuables, convenient carry bag and tethers/ground stakes for use when necessary for additional stability. $69.99

Sport-Brella Chair

 The Sport-Brella Chair is the ultimate chair for any outdoor setting. It is a portable fold-up sport chair, but unlike other fold-out sport chairs, it has an attached 360 degree swivel umbrella which can be moved from one side of the chair to the other and can be swiveled at 3 different points at the push of a button to offer complete coverage from the sun and wind at any conceivable angle. The umbrella opens out to 46 inches wide and has a UPF 50+ lining for maximum sun protection. The Sport-Brella Chair also has a built-in cup holder, bottle opener and item pouch. Folds down instantly and fits into a compact carry bag. $39.99

So there you have it, East Sac Moms. Check back on Friday to find out how to win one of the cool items above. In the mean time, I’ll be working on cleaning up the calendar page, and scheduling some cool East Sacramento activity posts for you. Thanks again for your patience, and I look forward to hearing from you and sharing East Sac events and activities for you.

We’ll see you there!

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Sacramento Housing Market Stats

May 25, 2011 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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!

Week End Wrap Up

April 29, 2011 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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 by
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!