Siente: Lullabies for Grownups... and Their Kids!

August 13, 2007

siente coverIn our never-ending search for great kids music, we've come to realize that sometimes it's better to have something softer and more calming for those times that kiddie rock tunes just won't do. That's why we were pretty happy when a copy of Siente showed up here at Marin Mommies World Headquarters. Siente is a collection of lullabies from around the world, performed by classical guitarist Hilary Field and vocalist Patrice O'Neil, as well as a guest artists on a variety of instruments. It's beautiful, calming, and comforting music--perfect for the children's bedtime, although we've found ourselves playing around the house while working. After all, it's marketed as "lullabies for grownups... and their kids".

Tote That School Lunch in Style!

August 11, 2007

crocodile creek lunch boxNow that school is right around the corner, it’s time to start shopping and buying those back-to-school basics. One of those basics for all children is a lunchbox. My son discovered these very cute lunch boxes from Crocodile Creek. The front of the lunch boxes are decorated with whimsical, colorful illustrations depicting a variety of themes including dinosaurs, horses, wild animals, farm animals, and garden. The lunch boxes are made of vinyl, which make them durable and easy to clean with a wet cloth. These lunch boxes are fun and educational at the same time. You can purchase the lunch boxes online at Oompa Toys

Cooking with Your Kids: Macadamia Cod with Nectarine Salsa

August 10, 2007
Here's another fun and easy recipe to make with your kids from What's Cooking's Michelle Stern. She's recently launched What's Cooking Weekly, a subscription service that offers five healthy meals ideas for your family every week, including easy recipes, shopping lists, nutrition information, and tips on how to get children involved in the kitchen. Click on the title link above for a version that's easier to print out.


Macadamia Cod with Nectarine Salsa
   
4 nectarines (small and ripe), pitted and diced  
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced  
4 Tbs scallions, thinly sliced  
4 Tbs limejuice  

Kid-friendly bike paths in Marin

August 8, 2007

There are countless spectacular views in Marin and many of those views can be enjoyed on the many bike paths that the county has to offer. Growing up in Marin gave me the chance to try a lot of the different bike paths, and of course now I take my children to them as well. Most of the paths are mixed-use, and are appropriate for bikes, walking, big wheels, tricycles, strollers, and other kid-friendly conveyances.

Baby proofing basics

August 6, 2007
Guest article by Lars Bergholdt, owner CradleRock Safety
“I have bought this toilet lock, but it doesn’t seem to fit!” – is a quite common remark from the first time parent, during our more than 400 in-home child safety consultations every year. We are very fortunate to meet so many parents that seriously want to keep their children safe at home, but at the same time have experienced many troubles finding not only products that fit, but also figuring out what exactly needs to be childproofed!

Before even buying a safety product it’s important to identify and prioritize the most important and common areas of safety concerns. There are some great organizations such as www.safekids.org, that collect nationwide accident information from emergency rooms and other sources and then compile all the numbers into detailed statistics. All of this information gives us a good idea of the types of accidents that occur, where they happen and the children’s ages at the time of these accidents.

Beauty and the Beast at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse

August 4, 2007
Beauty and the Beast at Santa Rosa's 6th Street PlayhouseDisney's musical tale comes to life when Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse presents Beauty and the Beast this summer. This tale for the whole family features award-winning songs from the Disney film and Broadway production. Directed by Holly Vinson. Performances will take place from August 10 through September 9, 2007, at 8 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

6th Street Playhouse is located at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa, in historic Railroad Square. Tickets range from $14 to $30. For more information and tickets visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.

Cooking with Your Kids: Quick and Healthy Pita Pizzas

August 3, 2007
mini pita pizzasMini pizza made with a pita bread base probably isn't the most original recipe on the planet, but I thought I'd share it anyhow, since it was quick, easy, inexpensive and everyone loved it! Best of all, it's simple and fun enough where you can get the kids involved in the kitchen helping to make their own lunch or dinner. My husband actually thought this one up, and made it with leftover pasta sauce and string cheese, but here's my slightly more refined version:

  • 1 pita bread, whole wheat or plain
  • 2-3 tablesoons prepared pizza sauce (we usually use the jarred or refrigerated kind from Trader Joes)
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or to taste
  • Toppings, such as olives, sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, shredded cooked chicken, broccoli, or whatever you happen to have on hand

Summer Series for Kids at Local Children’s Museums

July 30, 2007

Summer’s still here, and if you’re looking for fun and educational things to do with your kids during the month of August, then look no further than your local children’s museum. The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito and the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley are two of our favorites.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a Special Summer Series that includes art, science and music workshops on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm for ages 4 and up.

August 1: Seaside Songs
August 8: Science by the Bay
August 15: Masterpieces, Summer Drawing Series
August 22: Prolific Puppetry

Cool Road Trip Activities

July 28, 2007
Magnetic Dress Up Doll from MudpuppyWe'll be gearing up for a summer road trip in a short time, and that means it's time to start looking for something to keep the kids occupied in the back seat. Looking out the window is only good for so long, and we're not going to get a car with a DVD player in it, so we have to look for other means to pass the time. One of our favorite lines of puzzles and games  comes from Mudpuppy by Galison. They produce a wide range of products inspired by artists, illustrators, and well known children's books, and they also happen to have what we think are some great road trip activities!
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