Posts Tagged ‘for (East Sac) mom’

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!

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

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 ( – 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 ( – 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 ( – 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 ( – 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 (  – 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 ( – 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 (

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!

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!

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!

peace. love. swap.

May 11, 2010

Have you heard of peace. love. swap. yet? This concept is nothing short of brilliant if you ask me.

The peace. love. swap. mission is to keep gently used baby, kid, and maternity items out of our landfills, and to donate to local charities by producing fun affordable, family friendly swaps on an ongoing basis.

That is the mission of peace. love. swap. and it is definitely being accomplished. The swaps consist of families who come to donate gently used clothing and baby and children’s items (even maternity clothes) and in return get to “shop” for new items. There is no pricing, no tags, no commitment. You simply trade the things that no longer fit or your children are no longer using for new-to-you items you actually need.

Admission to peace. love. swap. is $5 per family, although if you volunteer you not only get to swap for free (5 items), but you get first pick. If you don’t have anything to swap you can still “shop” but priority is given to those who bring items to contribute. After the swap the leftover goods are donated to local charities.

Are you sold yet? Are you already packing boxes of onesies and unused toys? The Sacramento swap is being held at Funderland on Wednesday, May 12 from 8:30AM to 10AM.

For more information click here or email Funderland is located at 1350 17th Street.

We’ll see you there!

For (East Sac) Mom: Yoga at Art Beast

April 13, 2010

I have been so excited for today’s post! We’re combining a few of our favorite things: yoga, ArtBeast and another East Sacramento Mom. I am thrilled to introduce Amanda Bohl…

Rest. Relax. Renew. Since becoming a mom four and a half years ago, these actions have become less and less frequent. I’ve never been successful at napping when my children nap. Relaxation is often a quiet, unexpected moment when my children are playing by themselves. Complete renewal—time to myself or with my spouse—hard to come by. Yoga helps me reconnect to these essential actions and reminds me how to find them and experience them amidst the chaos of every day life.

My upcoming yoga series at ArtBeast will help moms learn to rest, relax, and renew. Each week we’ll explore a different aspect of ourselves—sometimes physical, sometimes mental—to help find the balance that resting, relaxing, and renewing brings.

No experience is necessary. We’ll do gentle yoga poses, focus on our breath, and ground our bodies and our minds in ourselves.

A yoga or fitness mat—and any other yoga props you already own—will be helpful, but not necessary. We’ll make do with what we have.

Classes are$8 – $15 each. I ask that participants pay what they can, however, no one will be turned away. If you’re interested in attending most of the series, a six class pass (there are seven classes total), can be purchased for $42 ($7 for each class). Cash or check only.

We’ll meet from 7:15pm to 8:30pm each Thursday April 15th – May 27th in the classroom on the top floor of ArtBeast. Everyone will be provided with a homemade lavender eye pillow and a bit of dessert at the end of class. Please contact me at or (209) 304-3412 with any questions.

Please come ready to rest, relax, and renew. You deserve it!

Amanda is technically a Land Park Mom but she is heavily involved in East Sacramento Events and teaches regular classes at It’s All Yoga. When she’s not teaching, Amanda can be found spending time with her son, daughter and partner, cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing and riding her bicycle. We are fortunate to have Amanda as a regular contributor to East Sacramento Mom but you can also find her blogging over at Welcome Amanda!

ArtBeast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information email or call 916.304.3412.

We’ll see you there!

For (East Sac) Mom: *FREE* Microdermabrasion at Luxe Salon & Spa

March 24, 2010

A while back we told you about a great offer from ESEA Skin Spa for a *FREE* microdermabrasion treatment. Did you take advantage of it? If not, you have another opportunity– this time at the fabulous Luxe Salon & Spa in midtown.

Luxe Salon & Spa is offering East Sacramento Moms a chance to experience the benefits of microdermabrasion for *FREE*, just schedule your appointment for a Monday. Remember, it is important to make time for YOU on a regular basis. Luxe also offers special promotions on their website such as “Buy one get one half off” services and $25 off a $50 (or more) treatment, so be sure to add them to your bookmarks.

Luxe Salon & Spa is located at 2115 J Street in midtown and to make an appointment call 916.443.1400. On your way out don’t forget to grab a spa menu to “hint” to East Sac Dad that Mothers Day is coming up.

We’ll see you there!

Imagine ONE FULL HOUR to yourself… now, what would you do with it? Share in the comments below.

Starbucks *FREE* Pastry Day

March 22, 2010

Did you know that Tuesday, March 23rd, is *FREE* Pastry Day at Starbucks? To encourage patrons to sample their baked goods, which are *FREE* of artificial flavors, artificial dyes, trans-fats and high-fructose corn syrup, Starbucks is including one sweet treat with the purchase of a beverage.

*FREE* pastries are only available until 10:30AM OR until they run out, whichever comes first. Get up early, toss the toddler in the jogger stroller and enjoy the gorgeous spring morning. (Need a drink suggestion for the little one? Try a small cup of steamed milk– their very own “latte”. Don’t forget a sprinkle of cinnamon!)

Click HERE to print out a coupon for your *FREE* pastry.

East Sacramento Starbucks locations include:

H Street & 56th Street
5339 H Street
Opens at  5:30AM

3815 J Street – Sacramento
3815 J Street
Opens at 5AM

65th St. & Folsom – Sacramento
1420 65th St
Opens at 5AM

Safeway-Sacramento #2242
1025 Alhambra Blvd

Stockton & T Street – Sacramento
2001 Stockton Street
Opens at 5AM

Alhambra & N
1401 Alhambra Blvd
Opens at 4:30AM

We’ll see you there!

 What is your favorite Starbucks drink?