• 11/09/2018 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gratitude Tree

    Submitted by: Caitlin McSorley

    Inspired by: https://handsonaswegrow.com/thanksgiving-thankful-tree/

    My kids and I have made this Gratitude Tree a few years in a row, changing it slightly each time. They really enjoy the added step of painting (of course), but it can be done very simply to suit your kids' ages, supplies handy, and parental energy level! It is such a fun craft that continues all month and has truly improved our family conversations about gratitude and kindness. Every day (okay, most days) each of us adds a leaf with something for which we are thankful. 

    Here is our method this year:


    Butcher Paper (or other material for tree trunk & branches)

    Construction paper or cardstock 



    Paint & glue stick (optional) 

    Step 1:

    Make leaves! You can cut freehand or print from a template. We used this one: https://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/leaves.html

    Step 2 (If painting leaves):

    Lightly glue leaves to a large piece of butcher paper. Let kids paint over leaves and paper, making sure to cover the edges of the leaves. Once dry, gently remove the leaves, which will be decorated for the tree. The paper will have a nice pattern to use for wrapping paper, or other crafts. 

    Step 3:

    Cut out a tree trunk and branches from paper. Use painters tape to attach to wall. 

    Step 4:

    Throughout the month, have family members write what they are grateful for on leaves, and then tape them to the tree!

  • 10/31/2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous member

    Robbie Brown

    October Member of the Month

     Thank you for the opportunity to be the PMC Member of the month! My wife and I moved here from Maryland in June 2016, so that we could be closer to our family here.  My wife is originally from Petaluma, and she joined PMC back in late 2016 / early 2017, following the birth of our daughter. 

    PMC has helped us both through the journey that is parenthood, by showing us that we aren’t the only ones trying to figure it out.  Furthermore, it has been awesome to be able to meet other dads through PMC! 

    PMC Dads meet up the first or second Thursday each month, and we also occasionally go to other events, such as soccer games as a group. I encourage any PMC members to get their husbands/significant others to come out and meet other dads! 

    What has been your greatest journey?

    I would say that my greatest journey has been fatherhood.  When I was younger, I thought I lacked what it took to be a good father – but once our daughter was born, I realized that literally no first-time parent has a magic handbook that tells them how to respond in every situation.

    What is the most surprising part of becoming a parent?

    To piggyback off of the above question – the realization that almost nobody who becomes a parent, knows what they’re doing at first….and that it’s okay that way, and things will work out if you just try to parent.

    What do your kids do that drive you crazy and what do they do that melts your heart?

    My daughter turns into somewhat of a klepto-destructo gremlin when she is really tired! But at the same time, her snuggles, and hugs and kisses melt my heart. She is learning words and phrases, and sometimes her mispronunciations are adorable and give me “the feels”.

  • 10/28/2018 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting next Tuesday night October 30th, begin to put baby down 10 minutes later for bed. You can do this by comforting, singing or book reading, and/or starting the bedtime ritual/routine 10 minutes later. Do this for the rest of the week, so when the time change does happen, your baby will have slowly adjusted to the new time.

    If your baby/toddler’s bedtime is 7pm, it will look like this:
    Tues 7:10pm bedtime
    Wed. 7:20pm bedtime
    Thurs. 7:30pm bedtime
    Fri. 7:40pm bedtime
    Sat. 7:50pm bedtime
    Sun. 7pm bedtime (new time, old time will be 8pm)

    You may notice that your baby/toddler may start yawning at 5 or 6pm.
    Alternatively, you may notice that your baby is waking up earlier, at 6am or earlier. You can take the time to darken up your baby/toddler’s room with darkening drapes, or shades, to help them to sleep a little later.

    Also, you can take this time to make some schedule/routine adjustments, for example if your baby is a “night owl,” you may decide to keep their bedtime the same without using the 10-minute times adjustment. So, if your baby goes to bed at 9pm, their new bedtime will be 8pm. Do be sure to darken your baby’s room to reduce morning light.

    It takes about a week for baby/toddler to adjust to the new time.
    Your little one may be a bit cranky, or seem more tired then usual. Stick to your routine, and keep the daytime naps the same time.

    Information provided to the PMC by:

    Sarah Middelton Healy

    Pediatric Sleep Consultant 

  • 10/25/2018 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sarah's Eats & Sweets is graciously hosting a Dine and Donate fundraiser for us THIS WEEKEND on Saturday, October 27th from 10am-2pm. They have the most delicious, fresh, and locally sourced meals for breakfast and lunch. They are also extremely family friendly.

    Oh, and this is the highest rated restaurant (on Yelp) in Petaluma for a reason, so make sure you swing by or at least grab some sandwiches to go!

    The PMC will get 10% of ALL sales during this time so please tell all your friends a family!

  • 10/23/2018 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pumpkin Spice Buttermilk Cake w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

    Submitted by: Gianna Kailila


    ·       FOR CAKE:

    ·       2 and ¼ cups flour

    ·       2 tsp. baking powder

    ·       1 tsp. baking soda

    ·       2 tsp. cinnamon

    ·       1 tsp. ground allspice

    ·       ¾ tsp. nutmeg

    ·       ½ tsp. ground ginger

    ·       ¼ tsp. ground cloves

    ·       ½ tsp. salt

    ·       1 and ⅓ cups canned pumpkin

    ·       ¾ cup buttermilk

    ·       1 tsp. vanilla

    ·       1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

    ·       1 cup granulated sugar

    ·       ¼ cup brown sugar

    ·       3 eggs (I use extra-large)

    ·       FOR FROSTING:

    ·       ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

    ·       8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

    ·       ¾ tsp. vanilla

    ·       ½ tsp. cinnamon

    ·       3 cups powdered sugar

    ·       1 Tbsp. milk


    1.      Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a Bundt pan (I use a Bundt pan with 10 to 11 cup capacity) with Baker's Joy (or grease and flour). Set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Mix pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla in another bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer and a large bowl), beat the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures, alternating (beginning and ending with flour mixture). Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for about 45 minutes (I recommend checking at 40 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (crumbs on the toothpick are okay since it should be moist). Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Let cool. Frost with cinnamon cream cheese frosting (see below) or simply sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or top slices with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

    2.      For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting: Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat ¾ cup unsalted butter (room temperature) and 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature) for about 2 minutes on medium speed until fluffy. Mix until completely combined. Add ¾ tsp. vanilla and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Turn to low speed and slowly add 3 cups powdered sugar. Mix another 1 to 2 minutes until combined and fluffy. Add about 1 Tbsp. of milk and mix until combined. Move frosting to a bowl and microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds. This will make spreading/pouring the frosting easier.

    Image submitted by Gianna – how gorgeous! 


  • 10/14/2018 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sonoma County Library:

    encouraging our children to Talk-Sing-Read-Write-Play every day!

    Aren’t we always looking for new activities for our little ones? With the weather about to turn, indoor fun will soon be in high demand. While Petaluma has lots of fun play spaces, let’s not forget our amazing public library!

    The children’s area is always welcoming - with books, toys, coloring supplies, and encouragement from the library staff for kids to play and be kids. The Sonoma County Library has a vast collection of children's books, housed in the Petaluma branch and/or available for request from the catalog. Our librarians are incredibly helpful in suggesting titles, if you have a topic in mind. Book lists for different ages are available, as well as monthly early literacy calendars with easy, at home activities. 

    And the events … we are fortunate to have plenty of fun, free, kids events throughout the year! The weekly story times are age appropriate, engaging, and led by some of the very best of the best children’s librarians. Special events change monthly, offering entertainment to kids of all ages (and parents). 

    Shannon, one of Petaluma's children's librarians, keeping our 18-36 month crowd engaged with movement, songs, and stories at Toddler Time on Friday mornings (10:15, with Parent Play Group following). 

    Michelle, children's librarian, hosting Preschool Storytime (and Crafts!). Our preschoolers are delighted with her interactive songs, dancing, and stories on Tuesday mornings at 10:15. 

    Check out the Sonoma County library website for general information, and a calendar of weekly and special events. 

    Main website: https://sonomalibrary.org

    Petaluma Regional Library events calendar: https://sonomacounty.libcal.com/calendar?cid=4920&t=m&d=0000-00-00&cal=4920&cm=2627

  • 10/11/2018 9:52 AM | Anonymous member

    Stephanie Walsh

    October Board Member of the Month

    Thank you for naming me as Board Member of the month! I joined the PMC board because I wanted to do more for my community and I am very excited to be the Service Project Coordinator. I hope I don’t disappoint. Outside of the board I am the activities coordinator for my two daughters (Olivia 4, and Bridget 2). We stay busy with lots of arts and crafts, visits to the Schultz Research Center, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and the Exploratorium (the girls love taking the ferry into the city!). Before kids I was a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael. My husband and I met there on my first day and he helps me stay connected to that world. I miss it regularly ... dogs are easier to train than children. ;) 

    What is your greatest fear? 

    Being alone. I can’t imagine living without the people who fill my heart and soul with love, happiness, excitement, and adventure.

    When and where were you happiest?

    Any time I can create something I am fulfilled. This can take the form of sewing, baking, painting or a project to improve our home. I love making things that make the world a prettier place to be. 

    What do you most value in your friends? 

    Honesty and a sense of humor! Those most dear to me are people who I can trust wholeheartedly and who can find humor in any situation … or at least laugh with me when things get stressful.

    Who are your heroes in real life?

    Without question Dr. Binkley is my hero! Without his expertise and talents in the operating room I would not have the life I do today. I met him after a gallbladder removal gone horribly wrong, and he was the one who not only put me back together, but has since become a friend and true support. I am honored to be his friend after all he has done for me. 

  • 10/09/2018 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spider Web Art Project

    Submitted by: Mallory Loewenthal

    Mallory and her kids had a blast doing this craft, and look how beautiful the finished project is! For step by step instructions:


    Comment to share your own pics and favorite Halloween crafts!

  • 10/06/2018 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "What are your favorite things about fall?"

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