Meals on the Go: Rotisserie Chicken

January 22, 2008

Rotisserie chickenWhen you're just too fried to cook dinner but don't want to deal with the whole restaurant experience, that old standby, the rotisserie roasted chicken, is often a great choice, especially since its something that everyone in our family will eat. While most of the supermarket versions are, to put it mildly, unappealing, there are at least two great places in Marin that specialize in tasty roasted birds.

Save Our California State Parks!

January 19, 2008

As most everyone knows by now, the plan to alleviate California's current budget woes includes closing 48 of our state parks. In Marin and the North Bay, we stand to lose access to local parks like the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park and one of our favorite places, Tomales Bay State Park. (Here's a map showing all the proposed park closures in the state.) Tomales Bay State Park, located in West Marin just north of Inverness, is home to the popular Heart's Desire Beach, one of the few beaches in Marin—and the Bay Area for that matter—that's actually good for swimming.

Favorite Green Cleaners from Organic Picks

January 18, 2008

OrganicPicks was developed by two moms here in the Bay Area. It is a community-based resource site that offers user-submitted reviews of green products and services, as well as news about deals on green goods, services, and local events, and tips on green living. Check them out at

Family-friendly Weekend Events for January 18, 19 & 20

January 17, 2008

Friday, January 18

Bring the kids (ages 2–5) to Fantastic Fridays: Let’s Go Fly a Kite, this Friday from 10 am to noon, and explore all things that fly from birds to planes to kites. The highlight of the program will be making and flying your own kite. 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.

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  

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