Coastal Cutie Connection

Sharing Parenthood Advice Coast to Coast

Its a crazy world out there, lets get creative! October 22, 2008

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I figure its time to address our current economic situation and share with you some ideas of how to get through it with  your pockets and minds attached! As you have read I run a mothers group and have recently reached out them letting them know that I am sensitive to the current economic situation, and want to be proactive on helping them and our group survive with little or no bruises!

I have asked them to be creative and submit ideas on how we can save money as a group and still enjoy our outings and time with our children, because of course you never want to loose sight of the reason we are in a group, which is the support but also more importantly that our children are having fun while in a social and educational environment!

Here is the number ONE idea submitted:

  • Book, clothes and toy swap (we do this once a quarter but now we will do this more often)

The Idea for a swap is to bring your lightly used items or items your child has grown out of, to an open location (we use a local fire station room, free to us through our community) and then lay all our treasures out by size and category. This has been a great success for our group, and very cost effective. We decided to donate any leftover items to a local Mother’s shelter, so not only are we saving money we also are helping others!

You can host a “Swap” Party at your home or call your local city and find out if there are any free rooms you can use if you are a community member, libraries don’t work because they usually ask that you have liability insurance. Even if you are not part of a group, I assure you if you put out flyers for such an event you will get people to participate. Ask the school that your child attends, if you may post the invite details, and maybe tell them you will donate any items that are left to them, or to a local home or shelter of their choice. Like I said be creative!

Our second most popular idea is to have a babysitting swap, since we all know that babysitters are not very affordable when you are trying to cut costs! We have established a day we call “Mommies Moment Friday” MMF for short. We establish what mom or moms will participate each Friday and limit the children to 3 per mom, then we ask for moms to put their names in for that Friday and the first 3 or 6 moms that respond are awarded the time to take 2 hours maximum to run errands, see a movie or whatever they prefer to do with their time, the moms that are doing the sitting are automatically given the spots for the following Friday, that way every mom is given a chance to participate. 

If you have an idea or ideas, I would love to hear them! so put your thinking caps on and lets see what all of you can come up with!

 

Pizza and Pumpkins! October 13, 2008

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When you have a 2 year old you often try to think of ways to keep them occupied, but we forget that they are so easily entertained! Include your toddler in everything you do, this is a great way for them to feel included and to take the moment to teach them a new skill.

I don’t know about you, but my two year old is not the easiest toddler to take to a restaurant! So my husband and I decided to have a fun family Saturday night, and make our dinner at home while incorporating a fun project! Homemade pizza and carving pumpkins! Shayna had a great  time having her own dough to roll out while Mommy and Daddy tried to become Pizza chefs! She learned about fresh dough and how much fun it can be just rolling it through your fingers, then when it was done being rolled out we helped her make her own pizza so she could see the end result! 

rolling her dough!

rolling her dough!

Her very own pizza!

Her very own pizza!

We enjoyed our homemade pizza and then on to pumpkin carving! Shayna was so excited when she saw the pumpkins and we kept telling her “we are going to carve the pumpkins” of course not really understanding the concept of carving yet! We purchased a small pumpkin for her so that she had her own  to be proud of, she helped daddy with the scooping and then we carved the pumpkins, she looked on with amazement. Shayna decorated her pumpkin with stickers after we carved hers.
Helping put the seeds in the bowl

Helping put the seeds in the bowl

 Including your child in what you do daily is rewarding, you get to watch their world get bigger and their vocabulary expand, everything you do can be a learning event. So try your own Pumpkin and Pizza night, I guarantee it will put a smile on your face and your child’s!

The family of pumpkins

The family of pumpkins

 

Pine Cone Bird Feeder is a Hit! October 8, 2008

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My daughter is amazed by birds! so we made a pine cone bird feeder today, its the second set we have made, she is learning to watch the birds eat the seeds from the pine cones and be very quiet as not to scare them, I let her take pictures with our digital camera, I will show you those below, but I wanted to urge all of you to take your little ones outside and explore the wonders of nature! We made 3 pine cone feeders, one for mommy, daddy and Shayna. I put the peanut butter on she rolled the bird seed onto the pine cones! she was not only making pine cone cone feeders she was learning about texture and creativity! She loved that I let her make a mess.

Pine Cone Feeder Project

Pine Cone Feeder Project

All you need is a few pine cones gathered from the local park (Shayna and daddy’s job) then a little peanut butter (Smooth) spread all over pine cones, put bird seed into a bowl and have your child roll the pine cone around in the seed, add a string and you are ready to hang from a tree. Shayna is so proud of her creation she wants to see them everyday and watched the birds feed from them.

Rolling in bird seed sticky fun!

Rolling in bird seed sticky fun!

 

Mommy, Daddy and Shayna Pine cones!

Mommy, Daddy and Shayna Pine cones!

Hanging from our tree!

Hanging from our tree!

 

A simple fun project that allows for creative play and accomplishment!

Below is a pic Shayna took! (hmmm maybe a photographer in the making?)

Shayna's Picture

Shayna

Maybe she is trying to tell me something! 
 

Why Join a Mother’s Group? October 7, 2008

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That’s a great question and one that I asked myself when it was mentioned to me. I did not want to join a group of women that I never met nor did I know how to get out of the house and find one! But after 6 months of being home everyday with maybe a trip here and there to the store, I decided I had to do something. I looked on the Internet and found many groups but just was not sure how to go about joining in and I wanted to know so many things, so instead I started my own group thinking this was a way to start from scratch and I could run it my way!  that’s how www.coastalcuties.com was born.

The way I started the group was to put out a flyer to the local parks and recreation classes, I had the name of the group, a little about me and why I started the group and a few ideas I had for outings for the group. I set up the first meeting at a park and gave each mom a care package that had healthy snacks, 11 moms showed up! I  realized I had done something valuable.

So if you find yourself wandering Target several times a week, or have so many questions and concerns your head is spinning? I guarantee you will get what you need from a moms group, but do your research, find a group you are comfortable with, do the moms support each other with out judging? are they friendly and welcoming? do they greet new members with open arms? How often do they meet? Do they have a once a month mommies night out? are there membership fees?  what type of events do they plan? what is the average age of the children in the group?

These questions are important and will help you find the group that fits your life and your child’s.

Rock climbing with my moms! Fun for you and fun for your child is the key to a mother’s group!

Rock Climbing Mommies Night Out!

Rock Climbing Mommies Night Out!

 

If you have any questions on how to start a mom’s group of your own or where to locate a group in your area, feel free to contact me! I would love to hear about your moms group and what makes it work for you! Happy Blogging!

 

About me! How did I get here? October 5, 2008

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I’m Andrea a mom to a 2 1/2 year old daughter named Shayna (her name is hebrew for “beautiful”) and wife to Jeff (who will share his own experiences from time to time!). We live in California near the coast (hence the name!) There’s lots of chaos and craziness in our life, but so much fun as well!

I started this blog in October 2008 to encourage, inspire, and support moms and anyone else who happens to stumble upon my site!

A little about me, Well…I run a mother’s group that has a membership count of 135 moms! (more about that later) I am currently working on my own baby product line to be released this year (cross fingers) so my time is filled with moms, children and business (is there anything better?) I am a 42 year old mom, my daughter was my 40th birthday gift, try to top that gift! she is amazing in every way and a tough cookie! she was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis (try to pronounce that one!) at 3 months old. We were told that her soft spot prematurely closed or did not open at all and that if we did not take care of it she could end up with some disabilities, so at 5 months she had the surgery to open up the soft spot and have her forehead and eyebrow area restructured. She pulled through with flying colors and is now the smartest, energetic kid I know!

Shayna and Duffy

Shayna and Duffy

 This is Shayna and her best friend, our dog Duffy. He was named for a boat I wanted “A Duffy Electric Boat”, but instead I got the dog, who I love very much.  

So how did I get here and by here I mean blogging, I thought it was time to join all of you ! So join me on my journey from my coast to yours! Happy Blogging!