Join us this Friday, March 7 for a fantastic session led by Kathy Bruce, a Lifelong Book Lover, Lead Teacher and Assistant Director at Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten, who will be speaking on “Reading Revisited: Good books, Great Authors and How to Inspire Your Child to LOVE Reading!”
The presentation will include ideas about how to keep the joy in reading, resources for locating good quality books or books on specific topics, building your child’s home library, and how to balance books and movies. There will be lots of time for individual questions and discussion. Please BRING YOUR favorite children’s books from your own childhood, and think about why these may have stood the test of time.
“Art goes beyond the place where words break down.”
Sandy Prouty is a former art teacher and current Minister of Children and Families at Montview Blvd Pres Church. She leads the Sacred Art program at Montview, which is a week-long summer camp for children ages 5-10. The camp started as a single week offering for a handful of children a few years ago and has now grown to multiple sessions offered throughout the summer.
The Sacred Art curriculum covers Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism by focusing on each religion per day of camp. At the end of the week, Sandy ties together the similarities and differences so that the children can learn to appreciate the diversity of these faiths.
The Golden Rule:
Sandy showed us the materials she shares with the kids at Sacred Art, and had us create our own Buddhist prayer flags. We inscribed our prayers for the world on these colorful flags and Sandy will string them together for us to view at the next MomTime meeting.
If you want to register your child for this summer’s sessions beginning June 16, visit the Montview website. You can also contact Sandy directly at email@example.com or 303-355-1651×110.
Stacey Vicari of Ideal Life guided us through an introduction to her life coaching approach. She asked poignant questions and noted the importance of approaching problems from a positive mindset rather than being mired in negativity.
Some questions to ponder:
1. What do you want your life to look like?
2. What do you dream of doing or having?
3. What makes you feel passionate?
4. Who do YOU want to be?
5. How do you want your relationships to look and feel?
6. What is standing in the way of you achieving you goals and dreams?
7. What fears or insecurities do you have that prevent you from obtaining them?
8. What beliefs and attitudes do you have that limit you?
9. Who in your life presents a challenge to you in fulfilling your goals?
Stacey also asked us to draw our own “Wheel of Life” diagrams. Each segment is labeled with something that is important in your life – work, children, marriage, faith, self, etc. Ideally you would give yourself to each thing equally, but we all know that the reality is that some areas receive more attention than others. The goal of a life coach is to help you find balance in your life.
Wheel of Life example:
Stacey has coaching clients all over the country and conducts many of her sessions over the phone, so if you are interested in working with her you can contact Stacey via her website: http://www.myideallife.com/
Join us this Friday for MomTime… again! (Yes, it’s already February, and the 1st Friday of the month is THIS FRIDAY!). Please RSVP on the Evite, especially if you are bringing children, so we can be prepared with ample childcare and food.
The meeting will feature Stacey Vicari, Life Coach and owner of Ideal Life. She will be speaking on: “Ideal Life Jump Start.” Ms. Vicari is a highly recommended inspirational speaker, whose mission is ”to help others create and live their own deeper journey.” She says, ”It’s not the big leaps that get us there; it’s the small consistent steps we take every day that bring us great fulfillment and joy.” Come take that step and join us at MomTime! Learn more about Stacey Vicari and her life coaching business here: http://www.myideallife.com
What a wealth of expertise we have within our own MomTime walls! The four panelists helping us plan purposeful parties are MomTime veterans:
–Anna Clark, Certified Meeting Professional, Neva Meetings and Events
–Kim Hicks, Professional Chef and Special Events/Marketing at Wine Cellars (the Bottleshop) of Stapleton
–Leah Oliver, Mom and occasional birthday party planner
–Heather Weldon, former corporate event planner, entertaining aficionado and mom of two
The ladies shared their best practices for party planning – involving their kids (when appropriate) to brainstorm birthday party themes and create invitations, Excel spreadsheets for all your to-do and to-make items, homemade invitation ideas, and how to present the humble cheese & crackers plate in a way that will impress your guests.
Kim’s cheese plate BEFORE:
(dump cheese and crackers on a plate)
Kim’s cheese plate AFTER:
(elevate the board/platter on an upturned bowl or chafing dish draped with a small tablecloth, arrange the food artfully, garnish with fresh herbs and fruit)
To download their presentation with resources, tips, and lots of photos of past parties, click here: Purposeful Parties
- Don’t feel that your home needs to be perfect/clean to invite people over. And don’t feel the need to cook either. Buy store-bought prepared foods, put them in simple white dishes, and serve them to your guests. They are looking to spend time with you, not to critique a gourmet meal. Use Kim’s line “I didn’t make it, but someone else did!”
- On the day of your party, put the to-do/to-serve list on a cabinet where helpers can see what is left to be done. That way your husband, mom, best friend don’t all have to keep coming to you to ask what else they can do – they can consult the list and stay out of your hair.
- If you child receives an abundance of birthday gifts at a party, have them choose an agreed-upon number to play with immediately, and put the rest away for later… a snowy or rainy day, a night with a new babysitter, etc. This way your child can fully appreciate the gifts and remember who gave them to him or her.
- The dollar store is a great place to buy paper plates, party decorations, and favors for birthday parties, baby showers, etc. The closest one to Park Hill and Stapleton is at Colfax & Elm St.
- When decorating for a party, consider keeping the decor focused in one room for the most impact. For example, tie balloons to the chairs and hang the majority of decorations in the dining room – or whichever room will be used most for the party.
- Call local community resources to see if they will serve as free party “entertainment” – for example, over the years Leah has called the local fire station, police station, a veterinarian, and monster truck enthusiasts club to visit or host her kids’ parties. Ask her for details.
- Try to prep as much as possible prior to the actual party – decor, crafts/activities, food, favors. If you are making the cake yourself, you can bake the cake and freeze it up to 2 weeks in advance (tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and foil) and make frosting up to 3 days ahead (refrigerate immediately, then bring to room temp the morning of your party).
- Remember that MOST of the parties you see on Pinterest, blogs, and planning websites are styled and executed by paid party planners – they are not just thrown together by busy moms at the last minute!
If you have tips or ideas to share, please leave a comment…
Announcements from today’s meeting…
Playdates: mark your calendars for the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of each month. Casey is hosting the first one of the year on Tuesday, February 11 at her home. An Evite will go out for playdates a few days in advance, so keep an eye out. If you would like to host one at your home, or serve as the “host” for a playdate out (zoo, museum, etc) please email Casey so she can add you to the schedule.
February MNO: moved to Thursday, February 27 to coincide with Denver Restaurant Week. Kathy will send out an invitation soon. She has made a reservation for 8 people at Linger. The cost of DRW this year is $30 per person. Look for details via Punchbowl or Evite!
February Lunch Bunch: if you have kids at school during the day or are able to get a babysitter over the lunch hour, join a few MomTimers for lunch on Monday, February 24. Linda will send out an invitation with details soon.
MomTime Camping Trip: 4 of the 14 cabins have been booked. Call Elk Creek to reserve yours! August 1-3 at the Elk Creek Camp Ground http://www.elkcreekcamp.com/ near Grand Lake. Questions? Contact Tanya.
Spring Social: we are looking for a host for our MomTime Spring Social. This is an adults-only potluck party for MomTimers and their husbands. The host only needs to provide their home for the party – everyone else will bring the food, drink, paper plates, etc. Please let Heather know if you would like to host. The party is typically in early May, but we will work around the host’s schedule!
Childcare Reminder: if you are RSVPing for childcare for our regular MomTime meetings, please indicate the ages of your kids on the Evite. It helps us secure the correct number of childcare workers in the different areas (babies, toddlers, preschoolers). Thank you!