Good Oral Hygiene Starts at Day One

July 19, 2011

Teeth brushingGuest contributor and Marin dentist Dr. Steven McConnell gives us some tips on oral hygiene for babies, young children, and parents. Good oral health begins at day one, so make sure you get your children on track for a lifetime of healthy habits.

  • Caring for kids starts with caring for yourself, not only because periodontal disease can be contagious, but it is always good to lead by example.
  • For babies be sure to use dental friendly pacifiers and bottle nipples. The classic is the Nuk design.
  • Always avoid putting babies to bed with any bottles as the pooled milk or juice can lead to severe decay.
  • On babies, before teeth are present, use single gauze or thin wash cloth to gently displace bacteria-rich film that sticks to gum ridges. As they get teeth, continue to use gauze or wash cloth. Be sure to use dental-friendly pacifiers and bottle nipples. Never put them to bed with a bottle as the pooled milk or juice can lead to severe decay.

Family Dining in Marin: Roadside BBQ in San Rafael

July 18, 2011

Roadside BBQ in San RafaelFinding decent barbecue in the Bay Area and especially Marin County can be a challenge. That's why we were really happy when San Francisco's Roadside BBQ opened up a branch last year in the recently remodeled Northgate Mall in San Rafael. It's a great place for family dining and delicious Southern-style comfort food.

The first thing you notice when you walk up to the restaurant is the smell of wood smoke in the air—a good sign. The rustic interior is decorated from floor to ceiling with old advertising signs for agricultural supplies, tobacco, beer, and other rural staples, and wagon wheel light fixtures overhead add to the ambience. Tables are all set with giant rolls of paper towels; a good thing, since barbeque isn't a cuisine noted for its neatness.

Mompreneur: Diaper Design by Adrienne

July 18, 2011

Mr. Elephant Baby Boy Diaper CakeEver since being introduced to them years ago by her sister, Marin mompreneur Adrienne Bulkley has been creating unique and charming diaper cakes for baby shower and new baby gifts. What is a diaper cake, you ask? It's diapers, toys, and other baby supplies creatively arranged in the form of a festive cake. They make a great centerpiece for a baby shower, and of course they're a gift that all new parents will end up using, too. You can view her creations on her website: Diaper Design by Adrienne.

We asked Adrienne about how she got started in this creative business.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What's your background?

I am a Crafty Marin Mom. I am also a San Francisco native, which is rare these days! I am a graduate of Parsons School of Design (The New School) which led to my editorial career in New York—but that was a lifetime ago. Now I am all about play dates and applesauce! I have two children 7 and 2, a great husband and a dog named Gus.

Amazing Babies Moving Workshop This August

July 17, 2011

Amazing Babies MovingDiscover the essential knowledge of natural movement development, social interactions and self-motivated learning in the baby’s first year in the Amazing Babies Moving Program for Educators, Professionals and Parents. The Amazing Babies Moving Program provides participants with a unique two-part framework for understanding natural movement development in the baby’s first year. The benefits of this approach is that it provides a clear guide to understanding movement development, pre-verbal communication and self-motivated learning in babies. Parents, educators, and professionals will find it an effective way to communicate this important information to actively support parents and babies in the first year.

The Amazing Babies Moving Approach covers natural movement, communication and learning development from birth to walking.

  • The Pre-Locomotion Baby: Newborn–5 months
  • The Locomotion Baby: 6–12 months

Family Fare this July at Ghiringhelli's in Novato

July 16, 2011

Ghiringhelli Novato Family FareNorthern Marin's newest dining hot spot, Ghiringhelli’s Pizza, Grill and Bar in Novato, presents fun for the whole family with Family Fare every Monday evening in July from 5:30–7:30 pm. Families can enjoy a great dinner along with terrific children's entertainment.

Kids can sing along, dance the Hokey Pokey, take part in arts and crafts activities, play games, and watch movies. Performers include Richard J. Rogers the Music Man, Marin kids' favorite Miss Kitty, and even a magic show, who will alternate on different Mondays.

Family Fare admission is $5, and Ghiringhelli's entire menu plusa a kids' menu will be available. Ghiringhelli's menu features pizza, pasta, salads, burgers, steaks, and more. Reservations are advised, but walk-ins are welcome, too.

How Does Our Garden Grow? Part III: It's a Garden!

July 16, 2011

Our garden: beans, tomatoes, squashWhen we last wrote about our adventures in vegetable gardening, we were just some seedlings emerge. That was a long time ago, but it did seem like it took forever for any of them to get to the size where they could be planted in the outdoors. I'm sure our unseasonably cool weather had something to do with it. The carrots and radishes were something of a bust, since it turns out that nobody really likes radishes all that much and the kids got impatient with the carrots and pulled most of them out well before they were ready. We ate a lot of baby carrots as a result. They were pretty good, too.

It seems now that summer is really here and as a result, so is our garden. It seems that it was just yesterday when all the plants were little seedlings, but now they're well on their way to producing some veggies. We transplanted the tomatoes, all of which are doing quite well, and direct-sowed some summer squash (Costata Romansca zucchini and Pattison Strie Melange, a French heirloom variety). In our raised bed we also planted some heirloom Dragon's Tongue beans which should produce beans that are yellow with purple stripes, as well as some regular own green bush beans.

Dinosaurs Galore and More at Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science

July 12, 2011

LHS dinosaurI haven't been to Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science since way back when I was in college, so when I learned about their new exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed, it seemed like a great reason to visit this hands-on science center located in the hills high above the UC Berkeley campus. Since the focus of the show is dinosaurs—every kid's favorite science subject—my children thought it was a great idea for an outing, too.

Dinosaurs Unearthed, on view at the Lawrence Hall of Science through January 1, 2012, features lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that open their jaws, move the limbs and tails, blink their eyes, roar, stomp, and more. My son and daughter were both extremely excited to come explore the world of the dinosaurs here, and we were not disappointed. You can visit a variety of popular dinos, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, and others.

As soon as your enter the building, we got a taste of what was in store with a life-size triceratops near the exhibition entrance. We were all amazed by how realistic it looked. The kids were so excited they insisted on seeing the dinosaur exhibit immediately.

Family Dining in Marin: Cafe Reyes in Point Reyes Station

July 11, 2011

Cafe Reyes in Point Reyes StationOver the past few years the little West Marin town of Point Reyes Station has become a hot spot for tourists and Bay Area day-trippers. With its bucolic rural setting, charming downtown, nearby Point Reyes National Seashore, and emphasis on local sustainable foods and agriculture, it's no wonder why it's become such a popular place. For visiting families, however, Point Reyes Station can pose something of a challenge, especially when you're hungry and need something to eat. Offerings in town tend to be either expensive or extremely busy, especially on weekends and holidays. That's why we love Cafe Reyes.

Located on Highway One just around the corner from downtown Point Reyes Station, this rustic and charming restaurant is inexpensive, usually uncrowded (it's more of a hangout for locals rather than a tourist destination), and offers up some of the best and most authentic Neapolitan style pizza we've found anywhere. Cafe Reyes has been around for years, serving up Mexican-inspired fare for many years until they decided to switch gears a few years ago and install a massive wood-fired pizza oven, which you can see—or feel, owing to the amount of heat it gives off—when you walk in the front door.

Drum Parties with Mika's Drumming Magic

July 11, 2011

Drum Party from Mika's Drumming MagicLooking for a fun, unique, and memorable birthday party? Marin's Mika's Drumming Magic offers exciting drum parties for people of all ages.

Mika provides instruments and excellent facilitation for groups of all ages, drawing on skills he's developed over 15 years of facilitating drum groups for schools, workshops, private and corporate clients. Drumming Magic drum parties are paced in a way that makes them fun and accessible for participants of all ages. Even participants who consider themselves non-musical are amazed with what they and the group create together!

Instruments can be made available for groups of up to 200 people. Sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours. A 45-minute session will work well for almost any party. Drum parties can occur both  indoors and out, and don't require special permits since the drums are not amplified.

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