Great Summer Reads for Kids from Diesel Bookstore in Larkspur

May 28, 2017

Summer books

Marin Mommies presents a guest article highlighting some fantastic summer reading selections from Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. Visit their website at or call them at (415) 785-8177.

School's almost out and summer is almost here! Your kids are booked into camp, the trip to Grandma's house is all planned out, and the beach is calling. Now you just need to get some books together. There are so many great books to choose from for toddlers to independent readers. You already know many of the classics, so Clare from Diesel bookstore in Larkspur has picked out some new books that will keep your kids reading all summer long.

A New Form of Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness In Marin

February 6, 2017

LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center now open in Larkspur.

Are you looking for a new kind of pregnancy fitness method to keep you strong, empowered, and prepared for labor? LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center, located in beautiful Larkspur, is bringing you just that and more! LUNA is a highly specialized pregnancy and postpartum fitness method and holistic wellness center located on Magnolia Avenue, offering personal training using The Bloom Method's™ exclusive, unique, and innovative pregnancy and postpartum fitness techniques, pre and postnatal group fitness classes, holistic functional nutrition to support women while trying to conceive, throughout their pregnancy, and post-birth, and diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation. LUNA also offers a variety of workshops including HypnoBirthing®, childbirth education classes, breastfeeding education, newborn care classes, Happiest Baby on the Block Workshops, and more.

Free Movie Night on the Green at Marin Country Mart

June 6, 2016

Come to Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing this summer for free, family-friendly movies on the green! Every Wednesday at 6 pm, Marin Country Mart will present a great family film, so pack up the beach chairs, blankets, and of course the kids, for a great night of outdoor movie fun. Bring your own food or purchase dinner from one of the Mart's restaurants, including , Belcampo, Farmshop, and Rustic Bakery.

This summer's lineup of movies includes:

Learn Fashion Design, Illustration, and Styling this Summer

April 18, 2016

Marin Fashion Academy Girls

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin Fashion Academy, which offers summer camp programs for kids in Larkspur and Ross.

Do you love fashion? Love to sew or want to learn? Are you looking for an amazing fashion design experience that goes beyond sewing and is supportive and nurturing? Marin Fashion Academy provides full immersion fashion design, fashion illustration, and fashion styling classes where kids can learn to sew and design, start a fashion business, improve fashion drawing skills, create fashion videos, and learn to do fashion styling. We also offer fashion shows at the end of the 10 and up camps, a fun and exciting way for kids to showcase their designs and leave with a glowing feeling of achievement.

Understanding Dyslexia - 2 Free Local Events on March 5th

February 22, 2016

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from North Bridge Academy which offers a premium education for dyslexic elementary aged students in Larkspur. To learn more, visit the school online at

People with dyslexia flip letters when they read. Wrong! Separating myth from fact is one of the first steps parents must do once they learn their child is dyslexic. Learning enough about dyslexia to effectively advocate for your child is critical to obtaining proper educational support and understanding how to set your child up for future success. Dyslexics can be as successful as anyone else. Fact.

Learn about what dyslexia is, how common it is, what neurological research shows about the how dyslexic brains function, how best to educate your child, and how to support their intellectual growth.

In Larkspur on March 5th, there will be two free events that will give you a wealth of information in one day:

Great Fall Reads for Kids from Diesel Bookstore in Larkspur

October 25, 2015

McToad Mows Tiny IslandMarin Mommies presents a guest article from Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur, who highlights some fantastic new books for fall.

Fall is here, school has been back in for a while, and choosing some great kids' books to read is a must! There are so many great books to choose from for toddlers to independent readers. You already know many of the classics, so Clare from Diesel bookstore in Larkspur has picked out some great new books that will keep your kids reading this fall and winter.

Picture Books for ages 2–4

McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger
McToad loves Thursdays, because that's the day he gets to take his ride-on lawn mower to Tiny Island. On the way to Tiny Island he takes many different forms of transportation. This is a rare thing, a truck book with some great visual jokes for parents too.

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
A picture book about looking on the bright side of all the small misfortunes that can befall the under-fours. I particularly like the idea that when your ice cream starts to melt, it can go into a bowl and wear the cone as a hat.

Hiking with Kids in Marin: Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve

October 30, 2014

Baltimore Canyon Open Space PreserveOne of the best things about living in Marin has to be the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). With countless miles of trails crossing unspoiled open space and wilderness areas, there's never a shortage of great hikes, amazing views, and opportunities to get close to nature.

One of the MCOSD's jewels, Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve, is a fantastic place for a family hike at any time of year. Located in the foothills of Mt. Tam between Kentfield and Larkspur, this 193-acre preserve offers some of the best scenery in Marin, and is relatively easy to get to, making it a convenient place for a day hike with the kids.

Sing with the Marin Girls Chorus - Start Young, Sing Forever!

January 14, 2014

Marin Girls ChorusMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin Girls Chorus, which begins its 2014 Spring Session this month. Enrollment is taking place now!

Calling all young singers—come sing with the Marin Girls Chorus! Classes begin this month for the 2014 Spring Session, and the enrollment deadline is January 31. Classes culminate with a Spring Concert in May. The Marin Girls Chorus classes are open to all girls entering grades K–12. Weekly classes for grades K–1 and 2–3 take place four days a week: Monday–Thursday in Larkspur, San Anselmo, San Rafael, and Novato. Weekly classes for older girls take place on Thursdays in San Rafael.

Singers will have fun each week while learning vocal technique, harmony, music theory, rhythms, and the art of choral performance. But more than that, singing has many helpful benefits in your child’s learning including language development, increased concentration, improved memory and visual and listening skills. As part of the chorus singers learn cooperation and teamwork, improve their musicianship, develop leadership skills, and gain a sense of self.

Through public performances, artistic collaborations, and pro-bono outreach concerts in the community, the Marin Girls Chorus strengthens the cultural fabric of Marin County, and offers girls a place to belong and become their most vibrant selves.

Marin's Newest Toy Store is Crazy!

April 17, 2013

Toy CrazyMarin’s newest spot for fun and games, Toy Crazy, will open in mid May. Located at Marin Country Mart, the shop will offer a wide variety of toys from dress up to board games, dolls and more. Marin Mommies contributor Gabrielle Cullen sat down with owner Melissa Moore to find out a little bit about what makes her tick, inside tips on the best items for folks check out and other great info about Toy Crazy.

How did you end up as the owner of toy stores?

When I was in high school my father’s colleagues wife owned a local toy store. She offered me a job and I continued through college. On school breaks I’d work there. When I graduated I was offered the management job at Toy Attic, and I was hesitant but after a not-so-fabulous experience in the industry I had hoped to work in, I asked the owner if she would ever be interested in selling. She agreed and I managed with the intent to buy. It worked about beautifully for everyone.

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