Jewelry for Every Woman - And of Course Moms too!

October 29, 2012

Tempest necklaceMarin Mommies presents a guest article by Liz Scherotter.

A couple years ago, I was invited to a Stella & Dot trunk show. What is a Stella & Dot trunk show, you might ask? It’s a gathering where women hang out together and a Stella & Dot stylist is on hand to help the guests. Basically, it’s playing dress up with a personal stylist! No long presentation, no heavy sales pitch… just fun and fashion in a casual relaxed environment. What I immediately discovered was a great line of jewelry that is beautiful and affordable (half the line is under $50.)

Here is a look at some mommy faves from Stella & Dot.

Versatile Necklaces (Spice up your date night!)

Quite a few Stella & Dot pieces can be worn in multiple ways. These necklaces can be worn to suit your mood. In challenging economic times, why not get a piece that can be worn multiple ways, like many necklaces in one!

Tempest Necklace (just featured in the October 2012 issue of InStyle Magazine; pictured above)
The ultimate statement piece, blending diverse elements of steel chain, brass cupchain, distressed black acrylic stones, silk ribbon, and an intricate brass closure detailed with pave glass stones.

Young Writer/Artist Bookmaking Workshop at Northbay Artworks

October 28, 2012

Young Writers BookIf your child is naturally talented in writing, artistic or just loves to tell stories, then check out the Young Writer/Artist Bookmaking Workshops this fall at North Bay Artworks in Novato. In this workshop, children will work with writer Brenda Zahn and artist Alice Orth to create and publish a children's book of their very own.

This workshop will be offered once a month on two consecutive Saturday mornings from 10:30 am–12:30 pm or in one four-hour session from 1–5 pm. Every month has a theme.

In this four-hour art and writing workshop you'll get a professional quality published book of your child’s story and artwork, a working journal of your child's notes and sketches as tools for the future, and a fun adventure for your child for building skills and confidence!

Share this special memory and order more copies of your child’s book—they're great for holiday gifts!

Appel & Frank "Babes & Babies" Shopping Event Saturday, November 3

October 23, 2012

Babes & Babies shopping eventIt's that time again—the Appel & Frank Babes & Babies Shopping Event takes place at St. Mary's Cathedral Patron's Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30 am–2 pm. New and expecting moms, you are invited for a fun day of shopping, education and information!

Shop from 65 local designers and companies offering baby and toddler clothing, accessories, gear, toys, resources, and much more, all at discounted prices, of course. There will be awesome gift bags for the first 200 families, play spaces and activities for the kids, and a raffle with great prizes including a Stokke highchair, Joovy stroller, and a Medela Pump in Style breastpump.

You'll also find informational seminars from on topics including sleep training, diapering, cord blood registry, and more.

Marin Mommies readers get discounted admission of $5 for two people with the code MARINMOMMIES when ordering in advance at Regular admission is $5 each online or at the door.

Maternity Mother Helpers

October 22, 2012

Magic Maternity TubeMarin Mommies presents a guest article by local fashion expert Katie Rice Jones.

Maternity wear is constantly evolving by improving its styling, adaptability, and comfort. Due to this evolution, an impressive crop of new-fangled, maternity-styled, problem-solving gizmos has found its way into the market. I like to call these gizmos “mother helpers”. Some of these helpers aid in smoothing and slimming the pregnant body, while others correct dressing and fit problems associated with pregnancy. Here are some of my favorite mother helpers along with the bump problems they solve.

Problem: Nothing to Wear

Mother Helper Solution: Magic Maternity Tube by Boob Design ($58, pictured)—It’s a skirt. It’s a dress. It’s a top. Actually, it’s all three and then some. Just one Magic Maternity Tube offers a variety of flattering looks that you change up according to your mood or occasion saving you time in the closet and money from your pocket book.

Problem: Saggy, Baggy Maternity Jeans

Mother Helper Solution: Belly Ups Suspenders ($13)—You can avoid pregnant plumber’s butt when you don a pair of handy mini suspenders. Belly Ups attach from your bra to your waistband rendering jean hitching completely unnecessary.

A Family That Eats Together: Italian Paella

October 22, 2012

Italian PaellaMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes and family dining ideas that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear. Check out Nicole's meal plan for this week.

We love paella in our house. I love it because it is a whole meal made in one pot. In this recipe I take the best parts of Spanish paella and give them an Italian twist using arborio rice and Italian sausage. This quick and easy recipe is made in no time and if you don’t eat shrimp, chicken is a fantastic substitute.

Servings: 8–10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 Italian sausages, casing removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

Studio C Ballet Expands to Sausalito

October 21, 2012

Studio C BalletFairfax's Studio C Ballet now has a new location in Sausalito! The new studio is located at 10 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 340 (the home of the Stage Dor Dance Studio and the Don't Quit Your Day Job Dancers). Studio C's programs are based on the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, which combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

Offering professional ballet training for all ages and abilities, Studio C Ballet was founded by Marin mom and professional ballet dancer Claudia Alfieri-Wallace, a veteran of esteemed dance companies including San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and Baryshnikov's American Ballet. Classes are available for all ages, from pre-ballet (ages 3–5) to adult instruction. Private ballet coaching is available as well.

Studio C Ballet also offers Ballerina Birthday Parties; contact Claudia directly for prices and availability at (415) 297-6897 or

The 2012 Marin Mommies Pumpkin Patch Poll!

October 20, 2012

Petaluma Pumpkin PatchEvery family has their favorite place to pick their Halloween pumpkins. What's yours? Tell the world by voting for your favorite pumpkin patch below in Marin Mommies' third annual Pumpkin Patch Poll. You don't need to be a registered user to vote, so make your choice known!

2011's winner, for the second year in a row, was the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze, with the Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Farm in second place and Adobe Pumpkin Farm bringing up third.

If you don't see your favorite Marin or southern Sonoma County pumpkin patch listed here, let us know about it or make it a "write-in" vote by leaving a comment.

Peter Pumpkin Patch (Spring Hill Farm), Petaluma
9% (34 votes)
Nicasio Valley Farms, Nicasio
4% (14 votes)
Godmothers' Saint Vincent's Pumpkin Patch, Marinwood
1% (5 votes)
Adobe Pumpkin Farm, Petaluma
3% (12 votes)
Peterson's Farm, Petaluma
1% (4 votes)
Tolay Fall Festival, Petaluma
1% (5 votes)
Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze, Petaluma
36% (133 votes)
McClelland's Dairy Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma
3% (12 votes)
First Light Farm Organic Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma
1% (3 votes)
Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
40% (150 votes)
Total votes: 372

En Garde for Family Fencing Day at Marin Fencing Academy!

October 17, 2012

Marin Fencing AcademyAre your little swashbucklers interested in the sport of fencing? Are you, for that matter? Then stop by Marin Fencing Academy's Family Fencing Day this Sunday, October 21, from 1 to 3 pm.

Learn about the history of fencing, the health benefits, packages for companies and school groups, and other benefits of the sport. There will be a demonstration of electric foil and épée by Marin Fencing Academy students, both adults and children, and refreshments will be provided. All attendees will be eligible to win a free month of fencing classes and one private lesson, too!

Register for the open house online at, by email at or by phone at (415) 454-1559.

A Family That Eats Together: Cheesy Risotto with Chicken

October 15, 2012

Cheesy risotto with chickenMarin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes and family dining ideas that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear. Check out Nicole's meal plan for this week.

This recipe takes traditional mac and cheese up a notch. This super cheesy rice and chicken will warm your family’s tummies on a cool fall night.

Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine.

Servings: 4–6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


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