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Hope Comes in the Morning (Or, How to Make Great Oatmeal)

A few days after the start of the new year I went into my kitchen to make myself oatmeal
and I noticed my husband had cut the instructions from the oatmeal box and put them in
our oatmeal jar so he wouldn’t have to commit the complicated recipe to memory. I
started chuckling to myself and that’s when I saw it…the title to the oatmeal instructions:
Making Great Oatmeal.
Great oatmeal? Great? What if I don’t want to make great oatmeal? What if I do not
have the mental energy to commit to the oatmeal’s greatness and I would rather make
mediocre oatmeal? Where were the instructions guiding me down the so-so path?
I was nanoseconds into dialoguing with my oatmeal jar when I realized that my reaction
was disproportionate to the task at hand. I immediately understood that the word ‘great’
had triggered my hopes and disappointments for the first few days of this new year so
far. I hadn’t taken the deep, refreshing breath that should come with possibility,
newness, and a blank slate. I’d let sickness, hurrying, and cancelled plans get me
down. What happened to my fresh start? So many things were already out of my
control…
The start of the new year should be hopeful.
If you read Little House FULL of Mom Guilt, you know I have a tendency to be hard on
myself and hold on to my failures. And as I realized this year, some part of me hangs
my emotional expectations on the success of the first day of January. Too much power
for one day right? YES!
I desperately want a deep breath.
We had a very satisfying time of sharing at our MOMS table this past Thursday
morning. As we discussed extended family relationships and high school reunions, one
of the ladies made a comment that stuck with me (paraphrased), “we are who we are
now because of our past.” A new dawn means promise. It means hope. But maybe it
should NOT mean a clean slate as I’ve thought in the past years. Our past necessarily
informs our present and future. I can parent more effectively today because I continue
to process the parenting I did yesterday. The sunrise brings refreshment and the
opportunity to continue growing and pursuing our strongest desires for ourselves and
our families. I want my kiddos to be hopeful and forgiving of themselves as I am
learning (quite slowly) to be.
So that is MY expectation and hope for the new year: that I learn how to wake each
morning and move forward as a parent (and wife/friend) forgiving myself and choosing
to HEAR my babes and communicate LOVE. I fully expect you ladies to hold me
accountable. A friend of mine posted this quote on FB over the break…and it is now my
focus and goal for my husband and children.

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is
our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by
God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us
out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
-Tim Keller
Whether or not you have a relationship with God, I believe these words are at the very
heart of our interactions with our families and friends and most likely our deepest
desires as human beings.
Take the deep breath IN the moment you need it.
Allow yesterday to ENCOURAGE today.
DON’T let your oatmeal box dictate your priorities.
AND…
Look deeply into the eyes of your babes because our successes and failures this year
will be measured by intentionality and love.
I LOVE YOU ladies…and I am so grateful for my community of MOMS (looking at you
table).

<3  Katy

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Little House FULL of Mom guilt

My family has to live with my faults. I’m not kidding myself. I am a fully flawed, often-less-than-functional, rough around the edges person. Straight truth. I don’t desire to be judged for my flaws, but they are a reality and I must live with them. Lately I have been weighing my shortcomings against my momming successes and I end up dreaming of a life less complicated and GUILT-ridden. Wouldn’t I be more successful 150 years ago? Weren’t there fewer ways to flaw-it-up and fewer people who noticed?

Wouldn’t life have been simpler back then?? 

We read through the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series last year with our (then) 1st grader, and that is where my brain inevitably goes when I get bogged down with the minutia of my life in the 21st century. I envision that I am Laura and forced to contend with the elements, starvation, wild animals, challenging (continual) manual labor…all with a brood of brothers and sisters and minimal civilization.  Somedays I feel like I am nailing it. I could easily handle the pressures that Laura and her family faced. There really was only one, primary focus: SURVIVAL. Do not die. Other days…I’m like,

 

“What did the other prairie mothers think of her parenting techniques?”

“Were Laura and her brothers and sisters socially adjusted? Or awkward?” 

“Did they thrive in a “free-range” environment?”

“Did Ma ever let them have a “sit home and knit day?”

How many judging questions run through your brain daily? I feel like I am unable to control the deluge and as I told my table last year, I generally choose to hashtag my day: #momfail. It. Is. Suffocating. I literally cannot breathe at times and I am forced to stop, close my eyes, and take deep breaths.  I’m not sure what you allow to affect you…but I cannot seem to keep myself out of the crushing darkness of guilt and failure.  And mamas, it is SO dark and lonely in that place. 

I realized a couple of years ago that post-partum depression was going to be part of my normal recovery from child birth. For me, it does not manifest as sadness so much as anger and anxiety. You see where this is going right? Anxiety is already built into the foundation of my family. My husband and eldest son operate with a relatively high level of anxiety. Couple that with my PPD, making it virtually impossible to manage myself, and my natural level of guilt and feeling of failure, and every single day is a panic attack waiting to happen.  

Life looks pretty good from the outside. My “facebook side” as I like to call it. I am not trying to be dishonest with my friends and acquaintances because I want them to see that we have a good life…and we do.  But how many nights have I sobbed quietly next to my sleeping husband as I wrestled with my inadequacy to handle the life that I have been given? A life I wanted…WANT…but can’t enjoy all the time.  How many times have I doubted that I am what my family needs?  I many times have I spiraled downward with shame thinking of how I have unquestionably and irreversibly screwed up my children?

I realized a few frustrating things after I discovered PPD: the ability to count on myself had been diminished.  No, it had totally changed. My life MOTTO used to be, “It’s ok, I can handle it!” I made other people believe that about me. I convinced everyone (and myself) that I could pick up the slack no matter what and it just isn’t true.  Really, REALLY frustrating, but true. So what does that make me? Who am I if I cannot handle everything and my family too? Realistic. A realistic, hopeful-yet-honest, vulnerable, optimist. 

And I am learning an extremely valuable life lesson.

Winning at life does NOT mean that you must do the most, be the best, and always say yes. Depending on your current life stage and your personal and familial issues, winning probably looks like just showing up. Just being present. Do I want to go to every school activity because I know there are other moms that do? YES. Should I? NO! The answer is no, because for me and my family and my postpartum depression, I will be inflicting emotional damage that will disable us.  I cannot kid myself, it WILL damage us.  There are some days/weeks/months that I have to back out of all the commitments I have made just to breathe again. That makes me frustrated and angry at myself that I couldn’t make it work.  

I look around me and I see so many talented, creative, loving, patient moms that are really doing an awesome job at momming and many at wife-ing.  I have to remind myself that those children are not my children and that husband is not my husband.  For better or worse I am the one who can be me…best. I am the one who must show up for my kids and husband with all my flaws and be present. I have to choose (with a lotta help from above) to un-guilt myself for things that cannot be a part of my life right now. 

STOP. Take a breath. LOOK at my family and my day and be realistic. Guilt is not my burden to bear today, failure = NOT showing up. 

I know there are many out there who can resonate with these feelings, and many who have conquered anxiety and doubt. Talk to us…how do you deal with guilt and failure?

Love you guys,

Katy


 

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“Fostering a Love of Science with Sasha Seward”

Hi Moms!
I hope everyone is having a beautiful week. I’m most definitely grateful for the extra day our weekend had. My girls are pretty obsessed with one another so any time my oldest gets a day off from school they are happy clams. My house also becomes extremely loud. And messy… very messy. Other than that it’s great. I did, however, have to take both of them to the pediatricians office for a check up on Tuesday and that… that was not great. I’ve never taken both of them at the same time and throw in the fact that my oldest had to get two shots … yeah, definitely not great. BUT, I DIGRESS.
One thing that I’ve come to learn about my oldest daughter, Gemma, who is six, is that she loves a good project. Anything that can involve her hands will not only catch and hold her attention, but she enjoys it much more than screen time. The current fad of making slime has not missed our house in the slightest (a few dining chairs have gone to the Chair Graveyard because of said slime), and though I try my hardest to make slime an Outdoor ONLY Activity, it definitely sneaks its way into the kitchen and in my bowls and cutting boards and utensils.
“Mom, I wont mess anything up I just need these things to also play with my slime.”
I’ve also pulled many a small ball of slime out of my one year old, Georgia’s, mouth. Thumbs up to me.
So! As awesome and hands-on as slime is and can be, our speaker this past week was Sasha Seward, a self-proclaimed lover of all things science and she gave us lots of OTHER hands on ideas! She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from CSULB, is a wife and mom to two beautiful boys. Sasha is also a firm believer that Imagination Fuels Innovation.
Sasha brought ideas, research, and encouragement to us this past week and not only gave us amazing ideas to help bring the love of science home to our kids, but she also made it fun and easy to do ourselves.
The first project we did with our tables was the Mystery Box. Each table had an unmarked box and we had to shake and rattle and tilt our boxes to see if we could figure out what each box held inside. I was surprised at how difficult it was, but also how much fun it was to try and use our senses to see if we could guess correctly. The things that ended up being inside were anything from her kids toys, legos, craft puff balls, to screws, marbles, and alligator clips. What this experiment taught us was that something as simple and fun as this is science. It forced us in a very fun way to observe with our hands and ears what could be inside. Then we had to form a hypothesis of what the object could be. After the experiment was over, we conferred with other tables, and then finally we found the conclusion by opening the boxes to see if we were right.
Sasha also shared with us that Inquiry Based Science is not only a more enjoyable way of experiencing science, but it also gives our children the opportunity to be involved with their own learning, and therefore will be more impactful on them later in life.
Something else Sasha encouraged us to do was if our children ask us questions about their surroundings, instead of giving them the answer right away, maybe try to ask them questions back about what they see, what they think it might be, or what they think is going on. She said it allows them to think creatively and problem solve. For example, if you’re on a walk and your little one spots a bug and they ask you, “what’s that?”, you can ask them what they might think it is or what kind of bug they think it is. This allows them to think on their own and sometimes they won’t get it right and that’s totally okay. Sometimes, you might not even know what it is they’re asking about and that’s okay too. That creates something for you both to learn about and have a shared experience figuring out together.
Sasha also gave some great challenges and experiments for us to do at home:
Scavenger Hunt Experiment
– What happens to a leaf when it is picked from a tree?
– What happens to a flower when it doesn’t have water?
– What happens to a plant with no light?
Kitchen Inquiry
– Cooking is Chemistry
– Simple mixtures:
  -oil/vinegar
  -salt/water
  -flour/water
  -vinegar/baking soda
  -What else reacts with baking soda?
Sink or Float?
– With a tub of water do some experiments
  – grab some of their toys and see what floats and what sinks
  – diet soda can vs regular soda
  – rocks, paperclips, sponge, ball, etc.
Challenge Bags
– in a bag place pieces of tissue paper, sticks, straws, fuzzy craft balls, (anything small you have)
– grab a cup
– only using the things in the bag try and get everything from the bag into the cup
– no hands! must use the objects in the bag to move them
Seeing as I have at least one kid who loves a fun project, I’m encouraged to be able to help cultivate an even bigger love of science for her. Often times I feel pretty inept at being able to grow her in the right ways, or the ways that will help her later on in life, or if it’s not a project in a box that I’ve picked up from the store then is it really something she’ll like? I overthink or undervalue my ability to make things fun or I ride that train of doubt that if it’s not “school based work” then it can’t be educational. I appreciated that Sasha showed many different experiments that don’t have to look a certain way for our kids to have fun AND learn at the same time and I can’t wait to try these out with my kids. Enjoy!
xoxo,
Kacie Downing

 

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Emergency Care for our Children

Many, maybe most of us, have lived through the anxiety-filled emergency room trip with a sick or wounded child in tow.  So much of the worry comes before we even make it into the car.  Personally, I often teeter on the fence between the emergency room, urgent care and just waiting it out at home. Is it just a fever? If they can walk on it it can’t be broken, right? Our very own Aubrey Tilson guided us through making those difficult decisions. 

First, Aubrey went through the advantages and disadvantages of ER, urgent care and the pediatricians office.

ER: Hospital department that provides immediate treatment for acute illness and trauma.
Pros – Open 24/7, they will not turn people away.
Cons – Usually a significant wait time and not ALL medical specialities are  available.

Urgent Care: The provisional immediate medical service offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness and injury.
Pros – Open 7 days a week, usually shorter wait times than ER.
Cons – Wait times longer than doctors office, insurance copays, will be sent to the ER if doctors on call cannot diagnose or treat.

Pediatrician’s Office: Doctor who is trained in the care of infants and children and  the medicine and treatment of their diseases.
Pros – Familiarity with your child(ren) and family, can advise over the phone.
Cons – Closed weekends and evenings.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! Aubrey advised that we memorize (or have on speed dial…let’s be real) your pediatrician’s office number (including your chart number), Poison Control (1-800-222-1222), and your child’s weight for dosing.

Aubrey also spent a few minutes discussing fevers, proper medication and dosing, and alternate treatments for lowering a temperature.  100.4 is considered a fever 0 through 3 months old and generally requires hospitalization for a 48-hour watch. 3 months to 3 years watch for a temperature of 102.2. There are multiple ways a child’s temperature can be taken: under the arm (axilla), orally, rectally, tympanic (ear), and temporal (forehead).  Aubrey believes the rectal thermometer to be most accurate with infants.  We all received a dosing chart that included acetaminophen (tylenol) and ibuprofen (advil, motrin), and it is shown above.  It is important to note that your child’s dose should be based on weight if weight and age are in conflict. Also, because tylenol and motrin are different drugs they can be used simultaneously to keep a fever at bay, as long as dosing is spaced correctly for each: every 4-6 hours for tylenol, every 6-8 for ibuprofen.

Don’t forget!
* your child’s hands and feet might be cold but if they have a fever keep the blankets off!
* stay hydrated! Water, soup, ice pops…whatever keeps them drinking.
* a cool compress or a lukewarm bath will help draw the fever out.
* one round of meds is probably not enough…fevers can stick around and/or come back.
* If your child is congested or having trouble breathing, try these:
    * bulb syringe to pull out the snot
    * humidifier while you are in the house to dry up sinuses.
    * warm steam (have them sit in the bathroom when you take a hot shower)
    * cold night air will also help dry up congestion
    * saline drops

YOU know your child…if their temperature is lower than 100.4 or 102.2 BUT they are lethargic, have pain while urinating, lasting diarrhea or vomiting, or refuse liquids…or just are not acting themselves…use your mommy instinct!

The last portion of Aubrey’s amazing talk covered a few other reasons we would need to choose an ER, urgent care or pediatrician’s office, and other medical issues we need to think through. 

Flu Shot: Does NOT guarantee a sick-free season, but it will reduce more serious outcomes, potentially even hospitalization.

Febrile Seizures:
* Can occur in children 3 months – 6 years old, most common in toddlers 12-18 months.
* 1 in 3 kids who have had one will have another.
* Most kiddos that have febrile seizures outgrow them by 5 years old.
* A febrile seizure DOES NOT cause brain damage because it is not a seizure disorder.
* It is NOT the temperature that causes the seizure, it is the CHANGE in their temperature that triggers it.

Head Injures:
* MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: Did your kiddo lose consciousness? If so, they might have sustained a head injury.
* Are they talking funny? Walking funny? Cannot see straight? If yes, possibly a head injury.
* If they are bleeding, apply pressure for 10-20 minutes to stop the bleeding, and ice for 20 minutes to reduce swelling and pain.

Cuts, Breaks, and Pain:
* Clean WOUNDS with soap and water.
* If your kiddo has stitches/staples/glue, clean the wound every 6-8 hours, for at least 24 hours.
* Make sure to ask for a copy of your child’s x-rays if they have broken a bone.
* If your kiddo is experiencing abdominal pain, it is important to know when they had their last bowel movement.

Finally, Aubrey encouraged us with a few thoughts to remember when caring for your sick/injured child becomes frustrating or discouraging:
* DON’T let your little talk you out of taking their medicine. You KNOW why they need it and they are usually not capable of making that decision on their own.
* You CAN make it a game/fun to get the medicine in their mouth, allow them some control over what is happening TO them.
* Aubrey cautioned us to remember that crying is your child’s way of expressing their need, frustration, etc. Nobody likes to have something shoved down their throat, or be forced to stay still while something is done to them.  It doesn’t mean the treatment is wrong for them. TEARS ARE OKAY!
* Lastly, DON’T LIE TO YOUR KIDS.  Most kiddos are able to understand what is going on and need realistic information.
    * tell them what to expect
    * tell them if pain is probably, but without fear
    * give them a comparison to what the pain MIGHT feel like
    * tell them how long a procedure will last and give them a way to RESPOND. “The shot will feel like something pressing hard on your arm, but you can clench your other fist to distract your mind.”

It is NOT easy to mentally meet an emergency situation calmly. Remember that your child is feeling the same way and needs guidance on how to respond emotionally and physically to cope with what is necessary. 

Good luck mamas!

Katy Sejcek

“Supporting a Healthy Family” with Rebekah Tague

Happy first week of Fall, everyone!

Our kick off speaker this past week was Rebekah Tague who is a certified dietician based out of Torrance and specializes in dietetics.
She came with tons of information about keeping our families healthy, ways to introduce veggies to selective eaters (children AND husbands!), and lots of resources to research what works for you.
I’m going to provide an easy place right here for you to come to to get all that info incase you might have missed the day, or missed her notes.
Rebekah understands that in this day and age where we have so much information at our finger tips, often time these massive amounts of knowledge can be pretty overwhelming. She encourages us to realize that God has placed us in these modern times for a reason. With this modern era we have new technology at our disposal, better food products, more variety than ever before, advanced levels of sanitation, and the ability to monitor our food for safety.
The other side of the coin, as stated above is that we DO have more information than ever, more new reports about outbreaks and contaminations, and we have new ways to produce food with advanced science which also brings on a whole slew of concerns. Rebekah wants to remind us that God knows these things, he has us here in this very time and place for a reason and he is in control.
She does encourages us, though, to research wisely. If we are searching for a dietician or a nutritionist, make sure that they are Registered, Certified and/or Licensed. Books and websites that you visit should be proven science based research materials. She also stressed that we “steer clear” of people or websites that sell products or make radical claims, overexaggerated dangers, pushing amazing cures, or “remedies” when we are looking for answers.
Rebekah gave some great things to try out and to be aware of in regards to your children and their relation to food:
1. Observe your child
        – Are they acting differently?
        – Is something not right/off?
2. Food logs (try)
3. Elimination diets (try)
4. Food challenges (try)
        – If they are a picky eater you could introduce a stamp/sticker chart. (For example if they eat one bite of a new vegetable then they get one stamp/sticker on their chart.)
5. Emotional involvement in food (be aware)
       – Binging
       – Hiding food
       – Restricting food
A great tip Rebekah gave for introducing new foods to picky eaters was to give them limited choices. What color plate do you want? What spoon would you like to eat with today? What flavor yogurt would you like? Strawberry or blueberry? That allows your child to feel more in control of their choices and what they get to eat.
Here are the resources she gave:
 
 
www.foodallergy.org – food allergy research and education
 
cspinet.org – Center for Science in the Pubic Interest
 
 
 
 
Book – How To Get Your Child to Eat but Not Too Much, by Ellyn Satter
When making decisions for our family she knows that we are the experts with how our kids and family members are on a daily basis. If we do take our kids to the doctors and the doctor brushes off our concern, go for a second opinion. We are our children’s best advocate and if we truly feel like something is wrong, Rebekah encourages us to seek out as much help as we can.
See you Thursday!
-Kacie

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back beautiful ladies!

Thursday we kicked off our 2018-2019 season of MOMS with delicious food, a lot of table bonding, and a very encouraging introduction to this year’s theme, “Grit & Grace,” by Kahryn Darjany.  A couple of housekeeping items: first, Kidzone policies have adjusted a bit.  If you are not able to make it to MOMS the week your table helps in Kidzone, you will be added to our back-up list to call from if we need your help a different week.  You can prepay for the fall season of Kidzone and receive a discounted price, and we are now able to accept credit cards at the check in table or during the registration process.  Remember, you can join MOMS at ANY point September through May! Invite your fellow mamas to be apart of this incredible group.

I don’t know about you guys, but “Grit & Grace” is EXACTLY where I’m at right now.  It is such a struggle for me personally to face each day with a smile and maintain a positive mindset. Many days I make it to that point where I am able to enjoy those little moments, when time stands still and I can truly see and hear my kiddos. There are equally many mornings that greet me with an uphill battle, and I struggle every moment to catch my breath. Yeah, NOT nailing momming on those days. I know that I am not the only mom attempting to find the balance between the necessary grit of mothering and the equally important grace that shapes our children’s hearts and emotional well being.  Kahryn spent a few minutes focusing on each of those words.  Grit is our mom strength. It is the ability to push through, to conquer, to make it work, bearing the trials and situations of life that mommyhood presents.  Grace is the forgiveness, the kind and gentle words and actions that communicate it is going to be alright. 

You can’t be ALL grit or ALL grace.  One extreme and you end up the drill sergeant that punishes imperfection and relies on shame and guilt to mature your children.  The other extreme and you find yourself a doormat (to steal Kahryn’s word) modeling unrealistic life expectations that will not produce functioning, responsible adults.  Where…WHERE is the line? How do we find balance and offer our offspring the best of both grit and grace?

Kahryn closed with this quote from Brené Brown (totally coincidentally my new life motto):

Strong Back
Soft Front
Wild Heart

Spot on. This thoughtful exhortation is for us this year, mamas. Take a moment and look at yourself honestly. Maybe you are awesome at one or two of these things (or maybe three, in which case, teach us your ways mommy sensei!), maybe none…but let’s walk with and encourage each other this year to find the grit and grace that are required to be the best moms we can be.

See you on Thursday!

-Katy Sejcek

 


 

Put Joy on the Plate

First I want to thank everyone for having me to speak today. I really hope that some of what I shared was encouraging, and will help you get the grocery bill in line. As I promised I wanted to share the recipes that we looked over today. There was a ton of other stuff I really wanted to share but an hour can be very limiting. I will try to post a series of articles on the blog here to provide further tips and of course more delicious recipes that can be broken into freezable chunks really effectively.

I noticed that the Souse Vide Circulator I mentioned is on sale for pre-order of the new model and you can get $50 off. Worth considering, it’s an amazing tool.

If you don’t have a food saver checkout this article as it details a really easy way to accomplish getting all the air out of a ziplock with nothing more than a stock pot full of water.

For these recipes you just need to triple the recipes, and break them into small portions. Remember get them completely cold in the fridge before putting them in the freezer. Then the night before your going to cook it just take it out of the freezer and it will be ready for you at dinner time.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/texas-style-chili-11341
Mongolian Pork Chops
Spaghetti Bolognese

And for the fish tacos, I don’t have a recipe I just sorta go with it but heres a set of steps for those looking for guidelines:

Ingredients

    • Tilapia Filets
    • Cajun Spices
    • Pre-Cut Pineapple
    • Pre-Cut Mango
    • 1 Bunch Cilantro
    • 1 Jalapeno
    • 1 Red Onion
    • 1 Limes

Start by making the salsa, if it rests for a few hours in the fridge thats only going to improve things. Dice up all fresh produce and add juice of 1 lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste ( Yes that means you get to eat while you go :). This will last for a few days, and it’s darn good with chips as a dip.

Season the Tilapia liberally, it’s really not all that spicy. When I cook fish I almost exclusively pan sauté it. Add some oil that won’t burn too quickly ( a note below on oils ). Get the pan hot with oil in it, sear the fish for 1 minute on each side and transfer all filets in an oven-safe dish for 5 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Now about oils. Certain oils will begin to smoke and burn at much lower temperatures, the resulting flavors are less than enjoyable. Generally speaking, the clearer the oil the more heat tolerant it is, for this type of application you probably want to avoid extra virgin olive oil as it is probably the most sensitive of oils when it comes to heat. Here is a helpful chart:

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Welcome to MOMS!

Hello ladies and welcome back to MOMS for the 2015-16 year! You’ve survived the summer with your little ones! We’ve been busy gearing up and we can’t wait to reconnect with all of you.

If you’re here, you’ve noticed that we’ve updated our logo and website and moved to a digital registration and calendar. We’ve also gathered all new speakers for the fall line-up. Take a look around and comment below to let us know what you think or what you’re looking forward to in the new season of MOMS. You can also get in touch with us via email at info@momslongbeach.com

In spite of the all the updates and changes, MOMS will still be a fun, safe, welcoming place for you to come meet other women from our community, fill your parenting tool belt and enjoy some child-free time, while your kids are cared for by our loving Kidzone teachers.

Although you can register online now, we still invite you to our pre-registration day on Thursday, September 10 at 9:30am. You can tour the facilities and get acquainted with the location of the Kidzone rooms your child(ren) will be in. Stop by to say hello and grab a treat or two if you’re free.

Our first MOMS regular gathering will be on Thursday, September 17th beginning at 9:30am. Come a few minutes early to check in your children in Kidzone. This will be a great time to get reacquainted, exchange summer memories, and get to know new friends as we explore the theme for this year: finding joy in the journey.

See you there!
Megan, Jeni & Kahryn
The Core Team