Look Like a Rock Star Momma!

July 23, 2007

Rock Star MommaBeing pregnant and looking hip and gorgeous never went hand-in-hand when I was expecting. I use to go in and out of dressing rooms with handfuls of jeans, trying to find a pair that were somewhat flattering and, most importantly, comfortable. I recently came across a copy of a cool and insightful book called Rock Star Momma: The Hip Guide to Looking Gorgeous Through All Nine Months and Beyond by Skye Hoppus. Boy, I wish I had this book when I was pregnant! Author Skye Hoppus is a designer and former head of the MTV West Coast music office, and founder and owner of Childish Clothing, a ultra-hip line of maternity and children’s clothing. She’s also a real-life rock-star momma, and the wife of Mark Hoppus of blink-182 and +44 fame.

Get Your Kids Involved in the Kitchen

July 21, 2007

Sassafras Little Cook Tool KitA great way to have fun and learn at the same time is to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Whether by taking a cooking class or working at home with an easy, kid-friendly recipe, it's a great way for children to find out about nutrition and expand their culinary horizons. Life is more than just peanut butter sandwiches!

More Cool Music for Cool Kids: The Hipwaders!

July 20, 2007
The Hipwaders Educated KidHere at MarinMommies.com we're constantly on the lookout for great kids' music, and, as always we're always happy when we find something that doesn't make us lose the will to live. So we were especially pleased when a copy of The Hipwaders' just-released CD, Educated Kid, landed on our desk at Marin Mommies Corporate World Headquarters (AKA the kitchen table). The Hipwaders, based in the East Bay, are an award-winning band comprised of two paramedics, guitarist/lead vocalist Tito Uquillas and bass player/vocalist Chris Blubaugh, and a high school art teacher, drummer/vocalist Nick Baca.

Making the move- San Francisco to Marin

July 20, 2007

Making a move from San Francisco to Marin can be daunting, especially if you have children or are planning to have them in the near future.  There is a lot to consider.  First steps…

Marin County Schools Best in the Nation!

July 13, 2007
In an article published July 5, Forbes magazine proclaimed Marin County to have the best schools in the US, based on performance and expenditure. Schools were rated by county, and were judged on the basis of property taxes (adjusted for local cost of living) and average per-student spending compared to actual results, such as graduation rate and SAT scores. Marin had among the lowest education spending in the country, yet had one of the highest graduation rates (96.8%), and had over 60% of students taking the SAT for a mean score of 1133.

Read the article here: Best And Worst School Districts For The Buck

Peter Pan at the Marin Center

July 9, 2007

Peter Pan at the Marin CenterThe beloved and timeless tale of Peter Pan comes to life as Sharon Boucher brings 100 of Marin’s most talented children together to perform this magical tale. Watch Peter Pan fly with Wendy, John and Michael to Neverland as he encounters Captain Hook and the pesky pirate crew. The performances will be from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, 2007 at the Showcase Theater at the Marin Center in San Rafael, so bring the entire family. The performance days and times are as follows:

7/26 Thursday: 7:30 pm
7/27 Friday: 7:30 pm
7/28 Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
7/29 Sunday: 1 pm and 5 pm

Prices are $16 in Advance and $19 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to their website or call the Marin Center Box Office at 415-499-6800.

More Cool Music for Cool Kids: Susie Tallman

July 9, 2007
Let's Go! Travel, Camp, & Car SongsIn our household, where we're always on the hunt for children's music that doesn't make you lose the will to live, we've been fans of Susie Tallman and her children's music ever since we received copies of her lullaby CDs as new baby gifts for Trevor, who's now 4. We're excited about her recent release, Let's Go! Travel, Camp & Car Songs.

New Feature: Marin Preschool Guide

July 3, 2007

building blocksWe're pleased to announce a new feature on Marin Mommies: The Marin Preschool Guide! A comprehensive listing of preschools in Marin County, Marin Mommies' Marin Preschool Guide aims to be the premier resource for preschool information in the area. Preschools are listed by city or area in alphabetical order. Do you have feedback about your child's preschool that you'd like to share with others? Leave a comment and let other parents learn from your experience.

While we endeavor to make sure all information is accurate, if you see your school listed and need to update or correct any information, please contact us. Likewise, if we've omitted your school, let us know and we'll list it.

Fun Ways of Expanding your Toddler’s Vocabulary

June 30, 2007
baby and booksI came across an article in Babyzone, a website for parents of babies and toddlers, the other day about fun ways introduce and expand your toddler’s language skills. I was instantly drawn to the article, because my 18-month-old daughter has been so into learning new words lately. She is constantly repeating words that I say around the house. Babyzone has some fun games to introduce your toddler to new words, while building their basic language skills:
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