Understanding Influenza and the Flu Vaccine

October 19, 2007

Marin Mommies is pleased to Introduce the first guest post by pediatricians Dr. Steven Martel and Dr. Oded Herbsman. Drs. Herbsman and Martel are the founders of Child’s Light Pediatrics, Inc., an innovative, house-call based pediatric practice that serves Marin and San Francisco.

Fall and Winter is a frequent time for illness in children. One frequent cause of Fall and Winter illness is influenza or “the flu”.  Fortunately, there is a way to diminish the likelihood that children are sidelined by this illness.

What is Influenza?
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by any strain of influenza virus.  It causes mild to severe illness, and is potentially serious in younger and chronically ill children. 

Each flu season is unique, but it is estimated that 5-20% of people in the U.S. get the flu. More than 200,000 persons are hospitalized for flu-related complications yearly. 
The flu virus spreads easily in droplets from coughs and sneezes. People become infected when droplets of an infected person are deposited on the mouth or nose of another person or on objects that are touched by that person.

Does my child have the flu?

Weekend Family-fun for October 19, 20 & 21

October 18, 2007

Friday, October 19

Movies at the Bay Model is back with American Graffiti & Cars starting at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring the family, eat some popcorn and have the kids wear their pjs. Refreshments will be sold at the concession stand. The adult movie will be showing American Graffiti and kid’s movie will be showing Cars (chaperones are present in the Kids’ theatre). The Bay Model Visitor Center is located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito. This event is free. For more info, call 415-332-3871.

Saturday, October 20

Rainy Season Puzzle Fun

October 17, 2007
Pirate and the Treasure PuzzleNow that the rain is upon us, I’ve been looking for fun things for the kids to do inside, especially something that helps with their cognitive and fine motor skills. Both of my kids love the challenge of a puzzle, so I bought them each a Djeco puzzle from Oompa Toys, an online retailer of high quality European and natural toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Introducing the Marin Birthday Party Guide

October 15, 2007

Marin Birthday Party GuideIntroducing our newest feauture: the Marin Birthday Party Guide! We've compiled a directory of local resources for all you birthday needs. Browse the Birthday Party Guide for entertainers, party venues and locations, services, rental sources, and more. If we've overlooked your favorite party-related business or service, or if you'd like to advertise on the Birthday Party Guide, please contact us.

Visit the Marin Birthday Party Guide here: www.marinmommies.com/birthdays

Clifford Comes to the Discovery Museum

October 3, 2007

The Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibition opens at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito this Saturday, October 6, so come and board the Birdwell Island Ferry and discover Clifford’s world. The exhibition features numerous hands-on adventures that introduce children to “Clifford’s Big Ideas”—life lessons such as playing fair, being kind, being truthful, and being respectful of others. Also on hand will be Emily Elizabeth and other fun and loving residents of Birdwell Island.

Do You Always Eat Such Good Dinners?

October 2, 2007

Yesterday after school, we had my daughter’s friend, Emma, over for a play date. Like most multi-tasking mothers, I started getting ingredients for dinner ready while they were playing. Emma kept coming into the kitchen to stare at my ingredients and to ask questions. When I told her that we were making Asian Lettuce Wraps, she wanted to know why I liked to make foods from other countries. I happily explained how fun it is to try new foods. She leaned over the steaming pot of pad thai noodles and loved that they were almost invisible…I am so lucky to have a career that sparks such enthusiasm in kids!

Weekend Along Farm Trails: September 29 and 30

September 26, 2007
Sonoma County Farm Trails is celebrating their 35th anniversary, so gather the family and check out some of the wonderful farms in our backyard! This weekend, September 29 and 30, a variety of farms will open their doors for a special weekend of fun activities and informative tours to start celebrating the fall harvest. Participating farms will be featuring pumpkin patches, special farm tours, farm animals, freshly picked fruits and vegetables, restaurants, wineries, and activities for the kids.

Keeping A Baby’s Keepsake Journal

September 25, 2007

When my daughter was born, a friend gave me a really neat baby keepsake journal to document her first years. The journal is called Humble Bumbles’ Baby Journal: A Keepsake Journal for Baby’s First Three Years. This journal contains places to document baby's developments and milestones and hold photographs, invitations, and cards, a fold-out growth chart, and a family tree. Colorful photo frames are included to protect precious photographs and other mementos. I received a few different baby journal books, but liked this one the best. I really liked the fact that it was a spiral bound journal with lots of vellum paper pockets for those special mementos and envelopes to hold baby's first locket of hair. The colorful pages are illustrated with very cute cartoon animals.

Dining with Kids: Phyllis' Giant Burgers

September 22, 2007
not phyllis' burgers, but burgersI grew up in Marin and, amazingly, have never been to the revered Phyllis’ Giant Burgers until yesterday. Phyllis’ has been in Marin seemingly forever. Every time I drove through San Rafael’s Miracle Mile, I would pass it, but never stopped to try one of their so-called giant burgers. I always heard that their burgers were wonderful, so I though it would be a good time to try one. Now that they opened one in Novato, in addition to their long-time location in San Rafael, so I thought this is the perfect opportunity to try it out. I don’t eat a lot of hamburgers, so when I do it’s something of a treat and I want it to be a good one.
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