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Recap: A day to remember

Photo of the Week: Miles, born on the 4th of July, and a fitting photo as we celebrate America. Photo Credit: Suzanne Karp Photography

Welcome to a new week of SantaRosaMom.com! Here’s a bit of what’s been going on this week over on the boards:

New mom
I want to extend a huge welcome to one of our newest members who’s moved here from Washington DC. Folks, say hello to Callie! She comes here with her husband and their 6 kids (including infant triplets!), and is just getting to know Santa Rosa. Come on over and say hi!

September 11, 2001
It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years since America was changed forever. For me, I was scared for my parents vacationing in New York, and wondered if the whole country was under attack. What was that day like for you?

T-shirt gives girls “wrong message”
Irate shoppers forced JC Penney’s to pull an offensive shirt from their stores that gave girls the wrong message. Perhaps they’ve missed out on seeing all the other “offensive” shirts out there. I have my opinion on this shirt ban, what’s yours?

Toddler & Tiara’s prostitute toddler
A mom dressed her toddler daughter as Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman in a pageant on the show Toddlers & Tiaras. Yes, that includes dressing her as a prostitute. Shocking? Or no worse than the rest of the show?

Making Lunches Fun
Sandwich, check. Fruit, check. Snack, check. Boring lunch, check. Have any suggestions for making school lunches more interesting? Share them with us!

Post-partum exercise
Jessica Alba started her exercise regimen only 2 weeks post-partum….giving the rest of us moms a bad name. When did you start exercising?

Just Between Friends Sale
This weekend is the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale! Starting today until Sunday, consigned items will be on sale in the Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. You’ll also have the opportunity to check out information for your family from the numerous booths on display, including a seminar on Taming the Clutter Monsters by Grace Brook on Friday. Don’t miss out on the Sales Event of the season!

Other Family Events
This weekend holds several events for families to choose from. On Friday, Sept 9, Whole Foods at Coddingtown will be serving Root Beer Floats to raise funds for School Gardens. Look for a surprise performance at 6:30!  On Saturday, Sept 10th is the 3rd annual Chili ‘n Wheels – Rohnert Park’s big chili cookoff and car show. Lots of fun games and activities for the whole family, plus a chance to win 49ers tickets. Did I mention the chili was free? For more events, be sure to check out our Events Calendar at SantaRosaMom.com!

As we embark on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I extend a wish of love and unity to each of you. One of the most awesome things that came out of this tragic event was the way our country banded together. May we remember that brotherhood this weekend, and strive to be that close with those who share this country with us.

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

SantaRosaMom.com recap 8/18

The Taz and friends on their first day of school. Photo courtesy of the beautiful Claudine.

Hello all you moms and dads! Are you surviving school week? By now, almost all schools are in session. As one mom put it, “My vacation has finally started!” Whether you’re celebrating because the kids are back at school or missing your little crumbgrinder, there’s plenty of school related stuff and more going on at SantaRosaMom.com.

Be prepared for school
Goodbye lazy days, hello crazy-hectic days of the school year. The only sure way of avoiding the tailspin of carpools, sports, homework, signed papers, notes home, and what to pack for school lunch, you need a plan. Here are some of the things that have worked for me, and will also work for you if made a habit early on.

Backpack Charity Event
School supplies are expensive, right? Well for some students, the price of these supplies is downright overwhelming. Threads for Teens, the program created by 15 year old Allyson Ahlstrom, is accepting donations of supplies and money to give backpacks to teens from underprivileged homes. Read all about it and consider your own donation to this cause.
Note: If you’re still shopping for school supplies for your child, here is a list of supplies you should NOT be buying for them.

First Day of School Photos!
I’m looking for your photos! Did you get a photo of your child on their first day of school? Share them in our photo gallery! Upload your photo and tag them “school” to be included in our Back to School photo album. And be sure to check out some more photos of the first day in the Press Democrat photo gallery.

Calling all adorable toddlers!
Cupcake, the store for kid, baby, and maternity fashions, is looking for adorable kids to model their clothing for their fall season photo shoot. And they are holding a casting call to find the next Cupcake kids! If you have a child between 12 months and 8 years, read up on how to enter them. Who knows? Your child may be a star!

Being noticed
How many times have you felt totally invisible in a crowd of people? Little do we know, this might also be happening in our own household. With all the busy-ness that goes on throughout the day, it’s easy for us to not spend an ounce of quality time with our kids – or even give them an encouraging word.
What if we could change all that?

Upcoming Events
Lots of events are coming up that will be great fun or a valuable resource for your child. Whole Foods has several seminars on Gluten Free living, curbing headaches, and more. The Petaluma Library is in the midst of their library sale. The 3rd annual Treasure Hunt will be scavenging Petaluma this Saturday. And Just Between Friends (the consignment sale for young families) will be holding a seminar to teach how you can consign and make some serious cash. Check them out on our Events page.

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you in the forums!

Crissi Dillon

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SantaRosaMom.com recap 5/19

Take a moment and look outside. Do you see that sky? I’ve sent Mother Nature a note that we’re tired of the cold weather and would like the sunshine to stay. Judging that it should be sunny well past the weekend (including at this weekend’s Rose Parade), I think she listened. You’re welcome.

Check out what’s going on over at SantaRosaMom.com this week:

A ban on circumcision will be on this November's ballot. How will you be voting?

Circumcision Ban on ballot
Much debate is going on over this issue. A San Francisco man has gathered enough signatures to allow a Ban on Circumcision to make it to the ballot this November, regardless of religious or personal beliefs. If it passes, anyone guilty of circumcising their under-18 son could face a fine of $1000 or time in jail. Many moms are up in arms – on both sides. Would you support a ban on all circumcision, or would you vote against it?

Talking puberty with kids
While many families have been preparing their kids for the changes they will be going through as they grow, 5th grade marks the first time it is introduced in the classroom. Classroom Sex Ed at this age focuses on puberty, but it can bring about many questions that will lead to the sex talk. I’ve listed some tips on having “The Talk” with your son or daughter, and would love further input from you.

Showering with kids – when to stop?
Taking a bath or a shower can be a fun bonding experience with your kids. But there comes a point when they do have to end. When did it end for you? Was it when you decided they were too old? Did they make the choice themselves? When should parents stop showering with their kids?

Kids and parents, friends or not?
One blog I read recently stated that parents should NEVER be friends with their kids. They state all the roles a parent should play for their children, but that “friend” should not be one of those roles. Would you agree?

Daughter bullied at school
One of our moms mentioned the trouble her daughter is facing at school with bullies, and how the school doesn’t seem to be helping. Can you relate with her experience?

Babysitter needed
Another mom is new to the area, and is looking for recommendations on babysitters. Reply to the posting if you can help.

Discounted membership at children’s gym
My Gym Santa Rosa, an active member of SantaRosaMom.com, is the latest company who is offering a deal at ShopSoCoDeals.com. They are offering a majorly discounted price for a one-month membership at their gym – just in time for the summer when you’ll likely be scrambling for fun things to do with the kids. But the deal ends today. Be sure to head over to the ShopSoCoDeals.com and purchase your deal before it’s too late!

And, of course, there are some fantastically exciting events going on this weekend! This Saturday marks the 117th year of the Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival. And (thanks to Mother Nature) the weather should be gorgeous for a fantastic day! It also is the annual Free Kids Walk in Sebastopol as part of the iWalk movement. Saturday is also Family Day at the Sonoma County Museum, and admission is free.
See more events by visiting the Events Calendar. And if you have events to share, be sure to add them in (or drop me a note) so families can be let in on fun activities in Sonoma County!

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

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SantaRosaMom.com Recap 5/12

There's more going on behind your teen's moodiness.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Have you visited the forums? This week, there’s been talk about ways to protect your baby from the sun, underage Facebook users, and some fun events coming up. Here’s a bit more of what’s going on at SantaRosaMom.com:

Mom outraged about Sex Book
When a 10 year old girl brought home a book about her body, her mother was floored – especially finding that her child was able to learn about things like masturbation without any parental consent. And now she’s fighting the school on sex books being on the shelves of the school library.

Middle School Madness
Our household doesn’t have little kids anymore, but we are entering the phase of the middle school teenager – and it’s rough! But beyond all the anger and stubbornness is a teen that’s fighting a larger battle among peers and through the awkwardness of growing up. Read more about it, and share your own stories of Middle School and being 13 years old.

25 manners kids should know
This week is National Manners Week. Seriously, I don’t make this stuff up. And to celebrate, I’ve listed 25 manners every kid should know. Can you think of any others?

First Kiss
A video on YouTube of a 5 & 6 year old sharing their first kiss has brought in about 7 million views and counting – and may possibly be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Do you remember your first kiss?

Chocolate Milk Ban
An LA school district is about to ban all flavored milks, and parents are up in arms. Some claim their children won’t drink milk unless it’s flavored. If the schools around here banned flavored milks from their menu, would you consider that a good thing, or a bad thing? Will your child drink un-flavored milk?

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon

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Santa Rosa Mom Recap For April 1st

There’s a lot of activity going on over at Santa Rosa Mom. Have you visited the site yet? In case you haven’t, here’s a recap of what’s been posted this past week.


April Fools’ Day was a sacred holiday in my house growing up. And my mom was the main conspirator. We would eat muffins that had been spiced with red pepper, pranked into believing a tall tale until she finally let us know who the fools were, and at night our beds would be short-sheeted so that our feet would only reach to halfway down the bed. But we’d get her back. Her prized garden would be threatened by the made-up story that her goat had gotten out and was munching all her vegetables and flowers…at 5 in the morning. Or we’d change all the settings on her car radio so that they only turned to one radio station. And in later years, one of us girls would feign pregnancy.  Is April Fools’ Day a holiday in your home too? What kinds of pranks did you pull as a kid? And how do you fool your family now?

The beginning of April is also an exciting time because it’s the start of a new challenge! Don’t worry, this one is much easier than last month. Think back to all the times when your child pulled some sort of naughtiness and you found yourself wondering, “What were they thinking???” If you’ve kept up on the Taz in my blog, you’ll know that I utter these words at least once a day. Well, this month’s challenge is to take those “precious” moments and capture them on film. Together we will be able to laugh about those very things that we may not have found very funny in the moment, like when they unrolled the whole entire roll of toilet paper or when they squeezed all the toothpaste out of the tube just for kicks. Need an example? Check out the Taz’ latest adventure involving a full bottle of laundry detergent.

With Easter right around the corner, no doubt you are busy hard-boiling eggs and preparing for the arrival of the Easter Bunny. In our house, we always saved at least one egg and tried to make it pure black. Of course, it would always be the first one in the dye, and then the last one to be done coloring. And the egg inside would always be a kind of gray matter that nobody really wanted to eat. There’s no doubt in my mind that many families have much better ideas for making a beautiful colored egg. Do you have any tips and techniques for coloring Easter eggs? And let’s not forget the Easter baskets. The contents of an Easter basket vary from family to family. As kids, our baskets always had jellybird eggs from See’s Candy, speckled chocolate Robin’s Eggs from Cadbury, and of course it wouldn’t be Easter without the classic Cadbury Egg with the creamy filling.  To make sure that we didn’t get cavities from the overload of sugar, the Easter Bunny was always faithful in leaving a brand new toothbrush as well.  What kinds of treats do you include in your Easter basket?

This week’s Mom Spotlight goes to one of our newest members, Amanda. Amanda just recently moved here from Missouri and has an 18 month old toddler. She is hoping to meet other moms of young children, and to make some new friends for herself and for her daughter. Won’t you go over to her Santa Rosa Mom profile page and wish her a warm hello?

And lastly, don’t miss some of the events that are posted in our Events Calendar. Today there is a seminar on Stranger and Internet Safety, giving families the tools on how to be safer with strangers, and how to navigate the internet safely. Tomorrow, My Gym will be hosting their Spring Break Open House where you can learn about their summer camp and their schedule for the summer. Plus, there will be plenty of fun at this event for the little ones! And on Saturday there will be a Spring Egg Hunt for Tots. The times are staggered for the different age groups to give each child an advantage in finding treats hidden in the grass of Howarth Park’s Softball Field. But hurry to register, space will fill up quickly! You can check out these events and so many more at our Events Calendar.

Have a wonderful rest of your week, and a (hopefully) beautiful weekend for egg hunting and celebrating with your family.