Creative Self! How to Tap into It

16 Sep

img_6724The fall 2016 MomTime session started with an inspiring and relaxing presentation by Delanie Holton of The Craftsman and Apprentice.  MomTime members painted with watercolors while enjoying each other’s company. Highlights of Delanie’s discussion are: to be creative is healthy and to have a hobby enhances our personhood and motherhood.  Simply put, it is fun to be in the moment making something new.  Some more than others were able to experience ‘flow’ while painting and socializing.  Delanie encourages not getting attached to the finished work, but to enjoy the process.  To create something new is good, regardless of outcome.  Though it is possible to make something beautiful, up to our own standards or taste, it may take time, practice and hard work to get it how one may envision it.  The process itself is worth it.

When creating something or trying something new, if you get stuck it is helpful to pause and ask, “what else is possible?”.  This way of thinking is the creative work of the brain, and “is really healthy for you.” Another favorite take-home message is that to make things, or have a hobby is a wonderful way to model balanced living for our children.  We’ve heard this many times in past MomTime sessions. Delanie shared that in resuming her creative life after children she had to learn that in her family “everyone is equally important”.   She encouraged all mommas to make time for fun, creativity and flow. Everyone will benefit!


Delanie Holton-Fressler, Owner of The Craftsman and Apprentice


The 2016 Fall Schedule is Here

20 Aug

The upcoming fall season is upon us! There are many social gatherings, a service project, a retreat and our regular bi-monthly meetings scheduled.  Mark your Calendars for MomTime.


Junk in Your Trunk

6 May


We held a trunk show of the household variety!  On a gorgeous Friday, MomTime members gathered in the garden for breakfast and a swap.  We cleaned out closets in time for spring. Members raved about the chance to socialize, exchange items, or just donate unwanted toys and clothes to a neighbor or friend.  All unclaimed ‘treasures’ were given to local charities: The Gathering Place and Gabriel House were prime recipients. Many described the swap as good inspiration to declutter, perhaps sparking joy, or at least momentary order in our homes and hearts.


May Day Bake Sale a Success!

1 May

Last Sunday, MomTime held a bake sale to support Beauty Ashes for Uganda, an organization supporting women and orphans in that country. Proceeds will go to this worthy cause, as well as to provide MomTime scholarships.   IMG_6049

MomTime Bake Sale poster

Thank you to everyone who brought in delicious treats and to those who came to run the sale itself.  A big thanks to Amy Usalavage who organizes these complex and tasty fundraisers.

Teaching the Kids about Work and Money

29 Apr

Kayla Knopp, MA., PhD student at in Clinical Psychology at University of Denver gave an informative presentation, ” Guiding Your Kids into Adulthood: Teaching Children about Work and Money.

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She generously sent her presentation along to share with those of us who missed this meeting, or those of us who like to review!  Here is a link to Financially Fit Kids:

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The meeting was kicked off by Paula Ramirez who read the poem, “Evergreen” by Joyce Rupp. She shared that her selection was inspired by her friend and MomTime leader, Heather Weldon, whose grace and strength inspires so many.



Bake Sale and Fun: May 1st Spring Service Project

20 Apr

May Day, May Day!


We need your help with sweets and treats to sell at the Spring Bake Sale. This year our efforts will benefit Beauty for Ashes Uganda as well as provide scholarships for MomTime mamas.

Sunday, May 1st, we will be continuing the tradition of May baskets. I’m from the South but I hear that all y’all Midwestern gals celebrate spring by filling baskets with a few treats and then giving them to friends. It’s a sweet ritual of spring that has origins in Roman times when it was the Festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers. Sounds fun to me! So, in addition to our cute, individual treats at the table, we will have extra baskets available for folks that want to put together May Day Baskets for friends or family.

Please consider baking/making/buying treats for the Bake Sale. And even if you can’t be there Sunday.  To sign up go to SignUp Genius.

I’ll have the following drop locations for your convenience:

– The little kitchen at the church: by the Common Area on Saturday (just label it MomTime Bake Sale).

– Jill’s house: when you come to the MomTime Spring Party on April 30th- bake, drop, then party!

If you have any extra baskets you’d like to get rid of, we’d love them too! Just drop them off with your goodies and we’ll put them to good use!

Thanks and Happy Spring!

Amy U.


Date: 05/01/2016 (Sun.)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm MDT
Location: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Created by: Amy Usalavage

MomTime Runners to Support Colfax Community Network

13 Apr


Our team Running Like Mothers is running the relay Marathon on Colfax Avenue on May 15.  We are so excited to sponsor a dynamic community organization serving kids and families in our own backyard: Along Colfax Avenue itself!  The Colfax Community Network is an organization working with families residing in motels along that corridor.  Their work includes an after school program in which elementary students are provided a safe place to go with snacks, programming and mentoring activities, an outreach program delivering hygiene products and other supplies, a food panty, and  a summer camp program.  CCN hosts a community night each month where a homemade meal brings everyone together.

Consider donating toward the cause.  Any amount is very welcome.  Check out the CCN’s website.  There are many ways to connect and support their efforts.  See the volunteer opportunity page for ideas.  OR come along on race day, Sunday, May 15th to cheer on the relay teams.
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