Appel & Frank "Babes & Babies" Shopping Event Saturday, November 3

October 23, 2012

Babes & Babies shopping eventIt's that time again—the Appel & Frank Babes & Babies Shopping Event takes place at St. Mary's Cathedral Patron's Hall in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30 am–2 pm. New and expecting moms, you are invited for a fun day of shopping, education and information!

Shop from 65 local designers and companies offering baby and toddler clothing, accessories, gear, toys, resources, and much more, all at discounted prices, of course. There will be awesome gift bags for the first 200 families, play spaces and activities for the kids, and a raffle with great prizes including a Stokke highchair, Joovy stroller, and a Medela Pump in Style breastpump.

You'll also find informational seminars from on topics including sleep training, diapering, cord blood registry, and more.

Marin Mommies readers get discounted admission of $5 for two people with the code MARINMOMMIES when ordering in advance at Regular admission is $5 each online or at the door.

Stock Up for Back-to-School at Mimi the Sardine, and Enter to Win a Lunch Clutch

August 15, 2012

Mimi the sardineStock up on waste-free lunch gear from Fabkins, Mimi the Sardine and Lunchbots tonight Wednesday, August 15 at Mimi the Sardine's Corte Madera Store. They'll have items up to 40% off, including organic cotton napkins, stainless steel containers, Mimi Kids items (lunchbugs, backpacks and more!), and the entire Mimi Home Spring/Summer Collection.

Enjoy wine and nibbles while you shop! It all takes place from 3–6 pm at 305 Montecito Ave A, Corte Madera.

We're also giving away a fabulous Mimi the Sardine lunch clutch to one lucky Marin Mommies reader! To enter to win, send an email with "Mimi" in the subject line to by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 17. We'll choose a winner at random. See our full giveway rules and terms here.

10 Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping

August 11, 2012

The start of the school year is just around the corner, so it’s the time to start shopping for those back-to-school clothes, backpacks, lunchboxes, and all the supplies needed for school itself.

The costs of all those clothes and other necessities add up, of course. Seeing how much you actually spent on back-to-school stuff can often come as shock. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down on the expenses of back-to-school. Here are a few tips to get the things your kids need while not breaking the bank:

  1. Make a list of the items your kids need and prioritize them by importance.
  2. Once you make your list, stick to it when you go shopping. All those little things you put in your cart can really add up.
  3. Check your home school supplies inventory before you set out on a back-to-school shopping trip. You never know what you’ll find that you can check off your list.
  4. Set a back-to-school budget and stick to it.
  5. Seek out those end-of-summer sales and stock up if you can.
  6. Research clothing, backpacks, and other items online first to compare prices and find the best deals.
  7. Visit your local consignment stores, especially those that specialize in kids’ clothes like Marin Kids Consignment in San Rafael. You’ll be amazed at some of the deals you can find there on gently used and like-new items.

Find a Last-Minute Holiday Bargain at Marin Kids and Maternity Consigment

December 18, 2010

Marin Kids and Maternity Consignment, owned and operated by Marin moms, can help you find the perfect gifts and outfits for your sweet darlings this holiday season! Looking for the perfect "wear-it-once" outfit for your Christmas Eve family gathering? They have new-with-tags and "worn once" outfits for boys and girls ages newborn to 10.

 They also have a wonderful selection of next-to-new toys. Your kids (or you!) won't have to spend 20 minutes removing all the plastic wraps and ties! They can get right to play time and you will spend 50 to 70% less:

  • Nilo train table, blonde wood with removable landscape sheet to switch to a blank play table $80 (sells new for over $175 with the mat!)
  • Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer Seat with buckle, vibration, hanging toys, music/lights/sounds ($29.99)

Holiday Shopping at Stockings & Stilettos

December 7, 2010

Stockings and StillettosCome and find all your holiday gifts at Appel and Frank's Stockings & Stilettos shopping event on Wednesday, December 8, from 5 to 9 pm at the Regency Center's Sutter Room, 1270 Sutter Street (at Van Ness) in San Francisco. There will be variety of unique gifts from more than 70 talented designers at discounted prices. Shop for fabulous jewelry, clothing, accessories while enjoying complimentary wine, beauty services, goodie bags, and a raffle.

Admission is normally $10, but Marin Mommies readers can them at the special price of $7 with the code MARINMOMMIES at or at the door. Secure your goodie bag by purchasing your tickets online (quantities are limited).

Whole Foods Market Opens in Novato

April 25, 2010

Whole FoodsNovato has gone through something of a supermarket renaissance in the past couple years, which have seen the opening of the big new Safeway near Hamilton as well as the upscale Paradise Foods in the Pacheco Plaza shopping center just across the freeway. The newest kid on the grocery store block is the long-awaited Whole Foods Market, which opened last Thursday at the Millworks on Grant Avenue in Novato's Old Town. If our recent experience there is any indication, Whole Foods is definitely poised to give its fellow markets a run for their money.

The 40,000-square-foot store is much bigger than its sister stores in Mill Valley and San Rafael, and far more pleasant to shop at, too. We've been there a few times since it opened, and have so far experienced no parking challenges or long lines, which was certainly not the case when the new Safeway opened in the summer of 2008. As one has come to expect from Whole Foods, the store features lots of organic produce, a bakery (try the pretzel bread!), full service meat and seafood counters, a deli, a Straus Creamery frozen yogurt bar, a coffee bar, a burrito counter, a sushi stand, a salad bar, plenty of prepared foods, and more. Many of the foods in stock come from local farmers and producers, and there's a board outside the main entrance that tells you where things come from.

Holiday Shopping at the Scholastic Book Fair

November 10, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy KidGet a jump on your holiday shopping, and get excited about reading at Pleasant Valley Elementary School's 2009 Book Fair—Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World. Organized in cooperation with Scholastic, the Book Fair offers hundreds of different titles for all ages—even parents, with many at bargain prices, in both paperback and hardcover. Popular titles and series include Flat Stanley, Magic Tree House, I Spy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and more.

Destination Book Fair takes place from November 16 through 20 in the multi-purpose room at Novato's Pleasant Valley Elementary School, located at 755 Sutro Avenue (between Center and Vineyard Roads). Hours are Monday-Thursday 8 am to 2 pm and Friday from 8 am to 1 pm, with a family shopping night on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The Fair is open to the public, and inexpensive Scholastic books made great gifts and stocking stuffers.

Books may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, and all proceeds go to support the school. You can also purchase books to donate directly to the school library and classrooms.

Are Marin Moms Frumpy?

November 23, 2008

good designer jeansAre Marin Moms Frumpy? That's the question addressed in this guest post by Carla Morton, Marin mom and CEO of fashion website BrandHabit. Read on to find out the answer and for some valuable tips on how to look your best and avoid the not-so-inevitable descent into frumpiness!

We all know what a frumpy mom looks like right?

Think: outdated jeans that don't fit well, frizzy hair with gray roots, bad bra (i.e. saggy boobs), non-descript shoes, no makeup, and an overly washed, faded, crew neck t-shirt. Oh yeah, and slumpy shoulders.

In my opinion the slumpy shoulders are the biggest culprit in frump. As I've aged, I have become more aware of my posture, especially while the rest of me continues to point downhill, if you know what I mean!

Shop Babes & Babies in Mill Valley, Sunday, November 9

November 4, 2008

Appel & Frank "Babes & Babies" Shopping EventAppel & Frank bring their "Babes & Babies" shopping event to the Mill Valley Community Center this Sunday, November 9, from 10 am to 2 pm. Marin Mommies readers can get FREE admission to Babes & Babies by entering the code "marinmommies" at on the Purchase Tickets page. Considered the best "Mom and Tot" shopping event in the Bay Area, Babes & Babies brings together over 50 talented designers who create unique items specifically for modern moms and their trendy tots!

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