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December 15, 2014

Nugget Marin Mommies Presents a sponsored article from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade.

Energy Efficiency Improves Your Living Space and Pays You Back

With the holidays fast approaching and temperatures getting colder, many Marin families are looking for ways to make their homes more comfortable. What a lot of families don’t know, is that a home improvement project designed to make their home more comfortable in the winter months can also make their home more energy-efficient all year round, and qualify for rebates through Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade.

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade offers rebates for energy-efficient home improvements such as air sealing, duct sealing, attic insulation, wall insulation, and high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems—all designed to enhance indoor comfort and air quality, lower utility costs, add value to your home, and protect the environment. Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade is funded by PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission, with additional funding from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and Marin County.

Culture, Community, and Play: Lycée Français de San Francisco Brings a New Playground to Sausalito

November 3, 2014

Lycée Français de San FranciscoMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Lycée Français de San Francisco, which offers preschool and K–8 education at its Marin County campus in Sausalito. To learn more, visit the school online at lelycee.org.

The beginning of this school year marked a milestone for the Lycée Français de San Francisco’s campus in the Ebbtide neighborhood of Sausalito. The French immersion primary school started classes in in the fall of 2013, but the will and generosity of its parent community, along with the collaboration of Sausalito City Council, culminated this past September in the final touches on a playground that can be shared by children throughout Southern Marin.

The days are starting to edge towards a Bay Area winter, but the sun still shines brightly off the yellows and greens of the school’s play structure. LFSF boasts a strong community of families, and their dedication to their school and its new location brought this private and public space to fruition. The pride and personal investment of parents and classes is displayed on the colorful tile wall that runs along the playground’s northwest side.

What Can We Learn from the San Francisco Giants to Help Make Our Children More Resilient?

October 20, 2014

What Parents Can Learn from Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco GiantsMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Tom Limbert, Bay Area parenting author, parent educator, and author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time. Find out more about Tom at www.parentcoachtom.com.

How to Build Resiliency

What Parents Can Learn from Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants

In 2010, the San Francisco Giants were 6½ games back in their division in August. In 2012, they were neck and neck with the Dodgers mid-season, when the Dodgers made multiple blockbuster trades. Next thing you know, one of the Giants’ best players gets suspended for the remainder of the season. Somehow, some way, both seasons ended in champagne celebrations and ticker-tape parades. How were the Giants able to overcome such adversity, stay united, and ultimately attain success?

The Giants did what any group of people does when they encounter a crisis, they looked to their leader. Bruce Bochy manages with a calm, honest confidence. At a lifetime achievement acceptance speech in 2011, he discussed the keys to a leader building resiliency. We all want our children to be resilient and learn to handle life’s inevitable challenges with grace and determination. To that end, there’s much we can learn from Bruce Bochy and the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Book a Family Photo Session with Marin Photographer Shannon Chiminiello

October 13, 2014

Shannon Chiminiello PhotographyMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054.

If you are looking for a quality, experienced photographer to document your family or special event in a unique way, look no further than Shannon Chiminiello Photography!

Recognized for her unique style, Shannon is in-demand for families who are looking for something other than your standard "cookie cutter" photo session. Shannon creates one-of-a-kind photo session experiences that are low-stress for parents and fun for children (even dads have a great time!). With gentle direction, a deep commitment, and just the right blend of activity, natural portraits, and "camera unaware" moments, Shannon will capture your family or special event in a way only she can. If you are looking for a session that is full of variety, designed specifically for your family, images that are real and that will focus on relationships and feeling instead of stiff posing and fake smiles, then contact her today via her website or call 415-497-6054. You will be glad you did!

Shreem Yoga: Inspiring, Teaching and Motivating Women

September 21, 2014

Betina Crandall Shreem YOGAMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Benita Crandall of Shreem YOGA in San Rafael. Benita, founder of ShreemYoga is a modern yogini, intuitive guide, wellness coach, wife, and mother.

Living the way you really want to live starts with total honesty, a deep breath and saying “yes” to change. It’s time to make the beautiful life changes you've been craving. This is your chance to really delve deep and tackle the goals you haven’t been able to achieve alone, or didn't even know you wanted!

I want to help you find your true self and allow your beautiful light to shine brightly out into the world. I love inspiring and motivating women just like you by sharing my years of of training, experience  and wisdom, to help on the journey towards blissful balance. Mentor. Guide. Light. Whichever way you wish to look at it I am here for you.

Healing Your Postpartum Body

July 21, 2014

Pomegranate Center Postnatal yogaMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Pomegranate Center in San Anselmo.

Most pregnant women take exceptional care of their bodies and most new mothers take exceptional care of their babies. It’s a rare woman who makes her own mental and physical well-being a priority after giving birth. Now that you have your baby in your arms, you owe it to yourself and to your family to make healing and self-care a priority.

Pomegranate Center in San Anselmo offers a safe and supportive environment to begin taking care of yourself after birth. We offer two Mom and Baby Yoga classes to connect with your baby and your body –this class is just enough stretching and movement to start opening and engaging your muscles after birth. It is a class full of support and community and will give you confidence as you practice mothering (babies are in the class) and self-care.

We also offer a weekly Postnatal Pilates class taught by Tamar Dover: a postnatal mom of two young children (ages 3.5 and 2 years old) who has been teaching pilates for 12 years. We have onsite childcare during this class for children who are 4 weeks-10 years old.

The Best Way To Chill Out Your Kids This Summer

May 30, 2014

Chi 4 ChildrenMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marian Brandenburg and Chi 4 Children, now offering summer sessions at the Dailey Method in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Learn more at www.chi4children.com.

Chi 4 Children, a new dynamic based on ancient wisdom, is enrolling now for summer sessions conveniently scheduled at the Dailey Method Studios in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Children can enjoy relaxing plus Mom has the option to get in a great workout, all before dinner. Or how about offering this exciting concept for kids at your next party?

Children can have so much energy. But at what point do they learn to constructively and creatively utilize it to benefit their body, mind and spirit? A long-time mom in Marin with decades of experience as a holistic practitioner, Marian Brandenburg wanted to answer that question. Listening to other Marin mothers who longed for more meaningful youth programs, she developed Chi 4 Children to give kids delightful and easy-to-learn tools that provide them with an early awareness of harmony within themselves. Using ancient knowledge backed by scientific study, Chi 4 Children is an hour long, 4 part fusion class aimed for ages 6–12.

Safe Sleep for your Baby

April 14, 2014

Safe sleep for babiesMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the Marin Child Care Council and its Safe Sleep Campaign. For more information, call them at (415) 472-1092 or visit www.mc3.org.

As parents and caregivers, our top priority is the health and safety of the babies we care for. But are we doing everything we can to keep our babies safe in Marin? The Marin Child Care Council’s Safe Sleep Campaign would like us all to consider these facts:

  • Last year in Marin, 2 babies died in their sleep!
  • Each year in the US, close to 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly of sleep-related causes (often referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or SUID).
  • Half of these unexpected deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), defined as the sudden unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age without a known cause.
  • The rest of these infant deaths are largely due to accidental causes such as suffocation and strangulation in bed—and are 100% preventable!
  • Research shows that there are concrete steps we can take to reduce the risk of SIDS and prevent most other sleep-related infant deaths.

Summer Sports Camps in Marin County

April 7, 2014

Summer Sports Camp in MarinMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the National Academy of Athletics, which offers over 40 fun sports camps throughout Marin County this summer. Find out more at www.NationalAcademyofAthletics.com.

Everyone has their favorite summer camps, but let me share with you a resource that we are very lucky to have, right here in Marin County.

Aaron Locks—who grew up in Mill Valley, played at Tam High and went on to play college basketball in Oregon—is the founder and CEO of the National Academy of Athletics. Aaron worked directly with John Wooden, Rick Barry, George Karl, Pat Riley, Don Nelson and others as he formulated his expertise through 27 years of developing and coaching sports camps for kids. “Our camps provide a great way for kids ages 6-9 and 10-13, to fall in love with team sports. Through our camps, boys and girls can learn the fundamental skillsets needed to play their favorite sport, and they can do it simply by having fun.” Many Marin County parents have found that these camps not only send their kids home happy and tired, but also better, more confident players of the sport in which they choose to participate.

We all know that there is tons of documented proof that shows how kids’ involvement in sports, especially team sports, contributes to their overall success in life. Here are Aaron Locks’, top 5 reasons why you should get your child involved in sports:

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