Baby on the Way Pregnancy Organizer

January 16, 2008

When I had my first baby four years ago, I didn’t realize the mountain of paperwork that would come home with me from the hospital. Once I got it home, I tried to figure out where to file it all. Some of it I ended up tossing, some got lost, and some actually got filed. I recently came across the BabyBriefcase, a unique organizer designed to store all your baby’s paperwork—from birth certificate and insurance paperwork to thank-you lists and baby equipment warranties. The easy-to-carry BabyBriefcase also fits into many standard size file cabinets. The BabyBriefcase retails for $29.95.

How to Maximize Play

January 14, 2008

The holidays are over and kids have new toys to play with which means new creative adventures that enhance their development. Here are a few tips to maximize your child’s learning through play from Meg Stiefvater, early childhood parenting coach for Parenting on the Run:

We have a winner!

January 11, 2008

The winner of the 2008 BusyBodyBook organizer is Lorrie Fike. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to Joan at BusyBodyBook for generously providing the prize. Make sure you check back often for news of our next giveaway. Registered Marin Mommies users will be informed of all new contests and promotions via email, so register today!
Remember, you can take 10% off your purchase with BusyBodyBook by using coupon code BBSP when ordering online.

Weekend Family Events for January 11, 12, & 13

January 10, 2008

Friday, January 11

Bring the kids (ages 2–5) to Fantastic Fridays: Tree Frog Fun Time, this Friday from 10:00 am to noon. This program is all about toads and frogs. Toddlers will get to meet and interact with Zoe II, a Pacific Tree Frog, and Clark, a Western Toad. Parents and tots will get the chance to make their own jumping frog. Drop-ins accepted on a space-available basis. To register call (415) 561-7752 or download the form at  The cost is $10 per child, accompanied by a parent or caregiver (stay as long as you like!)

Hearty and Healthy: Pasta e Fagioli

January 7, 2008

tasty healthy foodCooking with your children is a great way to spend quality family time, and, above all, it's fun! Here's a healthy and light, but warm and cozy, recipe for those cold winter evenings, courtesy of Michelle Stern, owner of What's Cooking. What's Cooking is a Marin-based business that offers cooking workshops in home or school for kids aged 2-1/2 through 19.

Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Bean Soup)
2 Tbs (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil  
2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact  
1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact  
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves  

It's not too late to get organized with a BusyBodyBook

January 7, 2008

The New Year is here and it's not too late to get organized in your busy life. One of the tools that I have to do that, which I absolutely love, is my BusyBodyBook! The BusyBodyBook is a stylish and easy-to-use family organizer that allows you to keep track of the entire family's schedules. My BusyBodyBook is for the 2007–2008 academic year, but they also offer a traditional 2008 calendar year version which could definitely come in handy right now at the start of the year.

Family-friendly Weekend Events for January 4, 5 & 6

January 3, 2008

Friday, January 4

Bring in the kids for Confetti Arts Week at the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley. Enjoy storytelling about ringing in the new year on Friday and Saturday, and scoop up the leftover confetti from New Year's Eve celebrations to create polka-dot collages in the Art Studio. Play with streamers in the Wind Tunnel and watch confetti fly around you. They are located at 2065 Kittredge Street in Berkeley. For more info go to

2008 Marin Real Estate Predictions

December 31, 2007

2008 Ginger Wilcox is a residential real estate agent with Pacific Union in Marin County, CA. For more information about real estate and life in Marin, visit Ginger’s Marin Real Estate Blog.

As 2007 closes out, here are my predictions for Marin Real Estate in 2008:

  • Throughout Marin county, sales volume will pick up substantially in the spring.  Both buyers and sellers waiting for the shakeout of the mortgage industry will  jump back in to the action.
  • Sellers in most southern and central Marin cities will be in the best position to put their homes on the market in the first half of the year.
  • Sellers in Novato and parts of San Rafael need to be very realistic and aggressively priced to sell their homes.  Hang on -2008 will still be rough.
  • Buyers looking in Southern and Central Marin may have a difficult time finding good properties in the first quarter.  Despite all the news reports, it is still a seller's market in many areas because there are not enough homes on the market.
  • The "sweet spot" for sellers is the $2,000,000-$2,500,000 price point, particularly Southern and Central Marin.  Buyers out looking in this price point just can't find decent homes in this range.
  • Well priced properties that are properly prepared for sale (staged!) will sell in 2008.  Pricing and preparation are everything.
  • Buyers looking for a "deal" need to expect to do some work, and be very patient!

Contribute to the Marin Preschool Guide

December 30, 2007

There have been a lot of inquiries on the forums lately about preschools here in Marin. Marin Mommies visitors can check out our Marin Preschool Guide, a comprehensive directory of preschools, arranged by location, in Marin County. Registered Marin Mommies users can leave comments about each individual preschool and help out fellow parents in choosing the perfect preschool for their children.

Registration for Marin Mommies is free, so make sure to sign up if you'd like to leave comments in the Marin Preschool Guide or participate in the discussion forums.

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