Produce, Picnics, and a New Tiburon CSA at Bloomfield Farms

October 6, 2012

Bloomfield Farms u-pick vegetablesBloomfield Farms, a family farm located west of Petaluma, is a fantastic place to spend a day on the farm picking your own certified organic produce. But there are even more reasons to come out this fall with guest appearances by renowned local chefs who will be creating delicious and fresh family friendly fare using veggies from the farm and nearby producers.

Stop by the farm, dine on some fantastic food, and then go out in the fields and fill a box of fresh produce to take home. U-pick at Bloomfield Farms takes place Sundays, through November 4, from 10 am to 3 pm.

  • This Sunday, October 7, locavore chef Brandon Guenther of the acclaimed Rocker Oysterfeller's in nearby Valley Ford presents a Table to Farm picnic, it's another pay-what-you can-dining event.
  • The pay-what-you-can Farm Fun Brunch with Chef John Lyle and Hardcore Farm to Face returns on October 14, 21, and November 4.
  • Paella expert, locavore, and food forager Gerard Nebesky of Gerard's Paella (and winner of the Food Network paella throwdown against Bobby Flay) will make an appearance on October 28; cost TBD.

The Secrets to Creating a Harmonious Home

October 3, 2012

Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin interior designer Hilary Sessions of Quarry Hill Design.

The kids are finally back in school and fall is here. Leaves, pumpkins, football and little ghosts and goblins will soon appear. This is a great time to spruce up your home for entertaining friends and family.

I often work with clients to see how we can make their homes more livable. Sometimes it is as simple as purging, organizing and reconfiguring furnishings. I recommend investing in good storage solutions, quality furnishings and well-edited accessories to complete the look. Here are a few ways to make your space feel more like home.

A set of matching baskets or storage bins is a great way to manage clutter.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Children's FilmFest at the Mill Valley Film Festival

October 2, 2012

Mill Valley Film FestivalMarin Mommies presents another guest article by Marin Mom and writer Gabrielle Cullen.

Marin County will roll out the red carpet for the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival from October 4–14, 2012, and what better way to get a little glamour than to enjoy the fest as a fam? Introduce the little ones to films they’ll never normally see on the big screen, have a rocking good time at a Bollywood party and watch your budding Pixar illustrator work magic at an animation workshop. Here’s an inside guide to what may be one of the most unique kids events all year.

Don’t be Late: The Children’s FilmFest runs the length of the entire festival, from October 4–14 in and around Marin County. Locations for the kids film festival include the Christopher B. Smith Film Center, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Intel Computer Clubhouse and others. Check out the website for more info.

Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga and Parent Center Now Open in San Anselmo

October 1, 2012

Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga and Parent Center San AnselmoParents and parents-to-be in Marin have another valuable resource with the opening of Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga and Parent Center in San Anselmo. Located in the heart of downtown San Anselmo, Pomegranate is a sanctuary for expecting and new families in the area, offering prenatal yoga and other movement classes, birth and parenting education programs and workshops, community resources, a mama boutique and more.

Parents can drop in for a class at the center for $18, or become a Pomegranate member and enjoy unlimited yoga and childcare. Monthly memberships cost $89 and include unlimited yoga and movement classes, free childcare (offered Thursdays and Fridays), and discounts on classes, workshops, and purchases in the boutique.

Come check out Pomegranate at their grand opening celebration this Saturday, October 6, from 11 am to 2 pm. Enjoy live music, face and belly painting, family yoga, and mini spa treatments.

How to Build Fun Lunch Boxes That Your Kids Will Love! Italian…

September 30, 2012

Italian lunchboxMarin 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 will be the last in my series of fun lunch box ideas for kids for a while. In this week's lunch box I made spinach tortellini. The best part of making tortellini is that there is a seemingly endless array of healthy stuffed tortellini you can buy and there are endless healthy sauces you can make. In this recipe, I use my traditional tomato sauce, but I recommend checking out my site for my broccoli rabe pesto, kale pesto, and other sauces which would be great for lunch.

In this week's lunchbox is the following:

  • 1 cup tortellini with tomato sauce, grated parmesan cheese and parsley
  • 1 banana
  • carrot and celery sticks
  • 2 gluten free chocolate cookies

Seven Ways to Show Her You Love Her

September 25, 2012

Did you know last week was National Nanny Recognition week? How can you show your nanny your love and thanks? Diana Chiarabano, owner of Rent-a-Parent Personnel Services offers seven ideas for showing your nanny how much you care. Diana has been helping Marin families and nannies for 25 years. You can reach her at Diana@rentaparent.net.

We all do it… we get so busy with our daily lives that we often forget to reward and acknowledge those who mean the most to us.  If you have a truly loving, dependable, and wonderful nanny, then consider yourself very fortunate.  You can go to work, fulfill obligations, take care of personal and family needs; all the while knowing that your child benefits from being in your nanny’s care. Nannies are like anyone else-they like to feel appreciated. This is a good time of year to dust off the “things I’m thankful for” list and put your thoughts into action.  How about showing your nanny how much she means to you.

  1. Create a colorful hand made card thanking your nanny for some special thing she did (for you or your child).  Your child gets the added benefit of seeing how important it is to acknowledge those we care about.
  2. Come home early and give her the rest of the afternoon off… maybe adding some tickets for a movie or dinner.
  3. Who could resist a spa treat? If you can afford it, this is a big hit with any female. If you have a male nanny, then he needs pampering too.
  4. Does you nanny have a child herself? How about some kind of gift for her family? Toys, equipment that you no longer need, time off for some engagement that her family wants to attend.
  5. If your nanny has been with you for a while you probably know what little surprise would make her smile. Starbucks card? Gift Card for her favorite store or service? Little extra $ for gas allowance or car wash? 
  6. Have flowers sent to her when she least expects it. Thank her for the times she’s stayed late so you could finish at the office. Or the umpteenth time she came early to work. Or doing the laundry when nowhere in the job description did you mention laundry.
  7. Remember, what’s good for your nanny is ultimately good for you and your family. Make her glad for being a nanny and grateful she’s working for you!

Classes for Parents this Fall from Fairfax FOCAS

September 25, 2012

George Taylor, MFTFairfax Open Circle Arts and Sports (FOCAS) is presenting two classes for parents this fall, with a new series of presentations called “Building a Happy Home.” The first class is led by marriage and family therapist and Fairfax resident George Taylor, who has worked with many couples on issues of clear communication, power struggles, and co-creativity in his 25 years as a therapist.

“Couples want to create a happy home for their families. Often though they get bogged down in predictable, repetitive power struggles. With a few tools and practices, they can learn to practice new levels of creativity and cooperation. If you feel loved and loving, it doesn’t matter who takes out the garbage,” observes Taylor.

Taylor has studied creativity and cooperation in his own 30-year marriage, and with hundreds of couples in his practice. His class will be practical, interactive and supportive. “Most parents want to give their family more creativity, and generosity. I can help you with these goals at this class.”

The first presentation, "From Power Struggle to Collaboration: Creating Family Goals," takes place at Fairfax Community Center (next to Peri Park) from 7–9 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Each session is $20 per couple (or $10 per person). Sessions are geared for parents with children 0–10 years old, and it's highly recommended that both parents attend.

How to Build Fun Lunch Boxes That Your Kids Will Love! Mexican…

September 24, 2012

lunchbox for the sweet toothMarin 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.

My son is fanatical about rice and beans. It is so nice to have a warm lunch so with that I thought it would be fun for him to have a Mexican style lunch. In this protein packed lunchbox, I add warm rice and beans to a thermos along with some tortillas and salsa. And don’t forget some treats to make it extra exciting. When I picked him up from school, he couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was to have warm rice and beans and how he wants it in his next lunchbox.

In this week's lunchbox is the following:

  • 1 cup mixed rice and beans with shredded cheddar on top
  • 1 folded tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite salsa
  • 1 apple
  • 2 gluten free chocolate cookies

Eight Easy and Effective Tips for Healthy Glowing Skin

September 24, 2012

Aging progressionMarin Mommies presents a guest article by skin care expert, fashion blogger, and local mom Stephanie Wong.

Did you know that 80% of aging is due to environmental factors? Only 20% of aging is due to genetics. You can take small steps today to prevent the signs of aging. Remember these eight tips to keep the wrinkles away!

  1. Don’t sip through a straw. The pucker shape of your lips can increase the tiny lines around your lips. A sip from a straw now and then is ok, but drinking from a straw every day straw can lead to wrinkles.
  2. Sleep on your back. By sleeping on your side for eight hours a night, every night causes the creases to become permanent wrinkles on your face. Prevent the face plant in your pillow and train yourself to sleep on your back.
  3. Shade your eyes. With a pair of oversized sunglasses you’ll prevent UV rays from blasting the delicate skin around your eyes and hence, increase the effects of aging. Sunglasses also prevent squinting which cause, you guessed it—more wrinkles! That said, wear your shades even on cloudy days.
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