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  • 09/14/2019 10:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keeping your little ones happy and also burning energy can sometimes be a challenge. It’s so hard keeping our little ones busy and there is so much to do in this beautiful city/state. The problem I am coming across is how to keep my toddler happy while having a newborn connected to me! It’s seriously one of the hardest challenges I’ve encountered so far (real note there’s plenty more!). When it’s crazy hot outside the park just doesn’t quite cut it. On days it’s hot the Park for mornings are great but then the afternoon comes and I have a stir crazy little monster running around the house bored out of her mind, so I am starting to utilize some indoor options! PMC offers $3 open gym Friday’s at Adventure Recreation Center which we went to this Friday and it was a total hit! Then I found out about this place called Time Out which I’m sure most of you know of but for any other new members that have also recently moved here or new moms with kids just starting to get on their feet and run around, is another little gym-like place for little kids. We went there today and I had to pry my daughter out of there, so it was also very successful. I wanted to post about these things as ideas for the remaining hot days and also for the upcoming rainy days for our little ones to still be able to enjoy their days and for us moms to not go crazy stuck inside with all that energy. 

  • 08/07/2019 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ladies! My name is Kaylani Bronson and I am a new member, the blogger and I just so happen to be the new kid on the block! I wanted to share a little bit about myself and my family with you all! 

    My husband is an electrical linemen and we have traveled for his work for a few years living out of our fifth wheel camper. We mainly traveled just in Kansas which is where we are both from, one day Kenneth came home and said let’s go to California! So we packed up the camper and hit the road (I waited with our daughter at my grandmas then flew out here). Basically long story short is we couldn’t find a camp spot for full timers that was in the area or big enough for our camper and the hotel room after 3 weeks was just no longer an option so we decided maybe a house would be the better way to go! Sooo we knew we wanted to be within an hour from the bay and basically picked Petaluma because it “looked nice” (I know that’s crazy haha) 

    So here we are living in a home in California with our almost two year old daughter Kinsley and newborn baby boy Karl! We have no family or friends out here so it has been a crazy ride! Thankfully I was introduced to this club and I’ve never felt so involved in something already! The ladies in this group are seriously amazing and so supportive, which is actually incredibly different than back home. Everyone has been so welcoming and wonderful to us especially since we have had the baby. The meal train was one of the best things I think I have ever experienced! I am incredibly blessed to have been introduced to this group and I’m so thankful for everyone I’m meeting! 

  • 06/25/2019 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The weather is beautiful and we live in wine country, so why not plan a fun day with your family and enjoy a day in the vineyards! There are many great options for families in this area and we've created a great resource guide to help you find the right location for your family. Check it out: Family Friendly Wineries.xlsx

    One of my personal favorites is Foley Sonoma located in the Alexander Valley in Geyserville. They have a large property where you can bring a picnic and play provided lawn games or enjoy their beautiful tasting room complete with an outdoor patio. No matter where you choose to picnic and taste, this property boasts picturesque views and is very family friendly! 

    Did we miss a winery in our roundup? Please send an email to resources@petalumamothersclub.org and we'll update our guide! 


  • 05/19/2019 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submitted by: Amy Cathcart

    My 4 year old has been super into science experiments lately, and one we recently did was teaching about capillary action- as we were playing with ink and water I got the idea to transfer this new knowledge into an art project for her! 

    Spring Flowers 

    1- We drew on coffee filters with markers making spirals of different colors on each one. 

    2- Then, we worked on folding skills and folded each coffee filter into a triangle shape by folding in half twice.  

    3- I lined up cups with about 1” of water in each one, and she put the folded coffee filter into the cup with just the tip of the triangle in the water. 

    4- We watched the water “climb” and blur the colors together, leaving us with beautifully colored coffee filters! 



    After they dried (24 hours later) we tied the bottom of the triangle with pipe cleaners and made a bouquet of spring flowers. This clearly wasn’t fancy enough for my fancy four year old, so we had to give them a quick spritz with perfume to make them smell pretty too

  • 04/30/2019 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I'll admit it - I'm a little afraid of cooking fish. It's so simple, but in my head I make it crazy complicated. I'm filled with unfounded paranoia about over or under cooking it, forgetting a bone, making the house reek of fish, or turning my kids off seafood for good. 

    My point here is that, while I feel confident in cooking most dishes, fish just doesn't come naturally to me. 

    That being said, I'm really good at making this one, and my family likes it.


    Panko Crusted Salmon

    Ingredients:

    2/3 Cup panko

    2 T minced parsley

    1 T lemon zest

    1/2 t salt & 1/2 t pepper

    1 t Old Bay seasoning (optional, but necessary in my opinion)

    Olive oil

    4 salmon fillets, with skin

    2 T dijon mustard

    lemon wedges 

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 425.

    In a small bowl, combine panko, parsley, lemon zest, and seasonings. Drizzle 2 T of olive in and toss to mix.

    With salmon fillets skin side down, brush each with dijon mustard, then salt & pepper. 

    Press a thick layer of panko over mustard.

    Heat oil over medium high in an oven safe skillet. Cook salmon, skin side down, for 3-4 minutes.

    Put pan in 425 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, then cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. 

    Enjoy!

    - Caitlin McSorley

  • 04/06/2019 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Winston Robert Butts



    Karen (Mom), Jarrod (Dad), and Walter (big bro) are delighted to announce the arrival of the newest member of their family - Winston Robert Butts.  Winston arrived 9 days early on Tuesday, March 12 at 7lbs 1oz.  We're loving getting to know the new little guy, and so far we think he is awesome!

  • 03/27/2019 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Eliza Jane Bryant

    Born to proud parents Jessica & Blake Bryant, March 20, 2019 at 1:18pm. 9 lbs. 8 oz and 21 inches long. Big brother Austin is loving “baby sister.” 

  • 03/26/2019 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    You guys. I think this is my favorite of all the crafts we’ve ever done - in the top five at least. Prep was minimal; process was easy and fun; finished product is a gorgeous display we can all enjoy.

    Here’s what we used:

    Coffee filters

    Dot markers

    Window crayons 

    Scissors and tape                                                                                                     


    Here’s what I did:

    Folded coffee filters in half, then half again, then half again. Cut them so that, when unfolded, the filter will be flower shaped. (Click here for pictures of this from the original post. It took me a few tries to get it how I wanted.)

    Gave the kids the folded filters and had them “tie-dye” designs with the dot markers. It's important to get the paint through all layers of the filters, so it comes through when unfolded. We turned some of them over and used a little marker on the other side to achieve this.


     
    Unfolded. The filters were super soaked with paint, so this has to be done carefully. Let the flowers dry all the way. We dried them overnight, then did the rest the next day; I’m so on board with two part crafts.

    The next day we taped them to the window (sliding glass door, actually). We used the window crayons to complete the picture!


    ~ Caitlin McSorley, your crafty-because-my-kids-make-me blog editor

    Originally posted on: http://www.momto2poshlildivas.com

  • 03/26/2019 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Jessica Bryant

    March Board Member of the Month

     

     It’s a privilege to be recognized as the PMC board member of the month! I joined in 2016 shortly  after my son Austin was born and am the administrator for our 2019 Babies group. My husband  and I have lived in Petaluma since we were born; though, having gone to rival high schools, we  didn’t start dating until years later. 

     We absolutely love it here. It has been wonderful to watch our little town blossom into the thriving  place we all appreciate today. Being in the PMC makes us feel even more connected to our  community.

      As a family, we enjoy participating in local events and getting outside together on the weekends.  We love to hike and explore county parks and beaches. My husband and I both enjoy cooking  and eating, and you can often find us at the farmer’s market or trying out a new restaurant. Music  is huge for us too. We try to expose our son to as much as possible. The more diverse the better!  I also love to garden and read. 

     I studied child development in college and have worked professionally with children in one form  or another for 15 years; being a mama feels like the culmination of that experience. My plan is to  work as a preschool teacher as soon as our second child is old enough to attend. 

     I feel thankful for the travel and thrill-seeking life experiences I had before settling into my current  role, as it has given me wonderful perspective in motherhood. I’m so very grateful to be parenting  alongside this dynamic group of people in the Petaluma Mothers Club and I look forward to  what’s to come!


  • 03/26/2019 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Esther Martinez

    March Member of the Month


     What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending quality time with family and friends

     What is your greatest fear? Well this changed once I became a mother! my fear is something  happening to my loved ones especially my husband and child.

     Which living person do you most admire? I admire my mom for her strength through tough  times and faith.

     What has been your greatest journey? Being a mother for sure! A lot of ups and downs with  many tears of happiness and frustrations and a lot of smiles, laughter and full hearts.

     On what occasion do you lie? I try my best to be honest or keep my comments to myself if I’m  not being true to myself.

     What is your greatest regret? Not doing more for myself before I became a mom because it’s  even harder now with a baby. Although I still believe I have to do what I believe feels right.

     What do you consider your greatest achievement? I am proud of the mother and wife I am even  if it feels that I’m doing nothing right sometimes!

     What or who is the greatest love of your life? My first love of course is my husband and forever  will be my first love but the love I feel for my son is unexplainable!

     When and where were you happiest? I’ve always tried to be a positive person but I would say I  am my happiest now especially because I am able to say home with Hector and I wouldn’t  change that for the world even if we have rough days!

     If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Nothing I’m perfectly happy  with my family! My husband works hard to make us happy and spend quality time with us any  chance he has.

     If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I still continue to work on my  patience especially with dealing with Hectors ever changing character

     What is your most treasured possession? My family

     Where would you like to live? I love living here in Petaluma but my husband and I sometimes talk  about moving to Mexico so that our children grow up with the traditions of Mexico that we don’t  experience so much here.

     What is your most marked characteristic? Loving,caring and that I put others before myself (my  husbands words, not mine lol). 

     What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and being there when I need them.

     Who are your heroes in real life? My father, he passed 20 years ago but when he was alive he  taught classical music classes (violin, guitar, and cello) to children of low income and would let  them borrow the instruments. He did this in the evenings after his 8 hour office job which is just  amazing and there is still an award that goes out in his name every year through the Marin  Hispanic chamber of commerce.

     What are your favorite names? Héctor, Anastasia

     What do you most dislike? When people take advantage of me. I’ve been told that I can be “too  nice” and that sometimes backfires so I am now learning to speak up when necessary.



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