Junk in Your Trunk

6 May

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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.

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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

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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.

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Bake Sale and Fun: May 1st Spring Service Project

20 Apr

May Day, May Day!

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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.

720-471-7760

ausalavage@gmail.com

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

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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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Conquering Stress and that Sense of ‘Overwhelm’ by Jennifer Kilgo

18 Mar

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Jennifer Kilgo, MA, LPC and owner of Root Counseling a private practice serving women in Denver spoke to MomTime a few weeks back.  Jennifer gave a warm presentation to the group outlining steps to recalibrate our internal conversation to subdue feelings of being overwhelmed and to better cope with stress.  She dedicates her practice to working exclusively with women, she explained in her introduction, “because women often put everyone else  in their lives before themselves” leaving them prone to a sense of “overwhelm. ” She polled the group on coping skills we use to address our own stress.  Responses were many: using organization tools like lists and prioritizing, getting adequate sleep, exercise, solitude and nature, meditation and prayer, and time with friends and partners.
Jennifer quickly got down to some key culprits that get in the way of our efforts. She outlined unreasonable expectations, perfectionism, critical self-talk, and many more.  We did some exercises to show the power of internal thinking.  We wrote down critical ideas we harbor then considered talking to a dear friend or family member using the same language.  The exercise really illustrated the extent of harsh self-talk. Most were surprised at the degree of harshness and high expectations we have for ourselves.  We explored how to exercise self-compassion. We also explored the power of affirmation in break-out groups.  In so doing, we not only laughed a lot, but discovered that many others feel the same way.  Finally, Jennifer led the group in a guided relaxation exercise in which she helped us visualize a painful or stressful thought, name it, and let it go.
Overall, we enjoyed a morning of self-discovery and connection with other moms about ways to handle stress.
To learn more about Jennifer Kilgo and her practice please visit her website.

 

 

Talking to Parents about Senior Living Options with Laine Dipasquantino

4 Mar

Laine Dipasquantonio spoke to our group this week about options in long term care for an aging parent.  Laine co-founded Senior Living Specialists of Colorado after having managed her own mother’s care and living situation. She now helps other families find their best options, in terms of amenities, location and budget to find a good fit when long term care is selected. Of course long term care settings are one of many options to consider.  Families must evaluate parents’ needs and wishes and factor in financial planning.  Laine has toured 100s of senior residences and is active with the Colorado Gerontological Association, the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimers’ Association and numerous other agencies.  Contact her at laine.dipas@gmail.com or at 303-949-6249.  Her placement services are free, and she has lots of information and referrals to offer as well.  Also visit her siteLaine P and group discussion

Laine shared a link to an AARP article on ideas to introduce the topic to get the conversation started.

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