SPB January 2014 Newsletter
Happy New Year!

New This Month 

Hello, Sweet Peas, Pods and Coaches!!  Happy New Year!  We enjoyed our holidays, and we hope that you and your families had a lovely holiday season as well.  

We love the feeling around the new year: a clean slate, fresh starts, endless possibilities to do better and learn more.  Do you make New Year's resolutions, or write goals for the year ahead?  Cassandra and Krystyna shared ideas on our Sweet Pea Families blog about resolutions, goals and traditions.  We would enjoy hearing from you - how do you set your intentions for the year ahead?  If you have any ideas or tips that work for you and/or keep you on track, please add to the conversation in the comment sections HERE (New Year's Resolutions: Mama Style) or HERE (Traditions: Intention Tree).

We plan to continue with Wordless Wednesday features on both of our blogs.  We are so grateful to those of you that have sent your submissions to share with us, and for allowing us to publish them on the internet.  It is so much fun to see the celebration of children and family every week.  

Here are our topics for the rest of January:
  • 01/22 Winter Fun - Show us how you and your Sweet Pea are spending time together this season (SPB/SPF)
  • 01/29 Baby It's Cold Outside - Send us your so-cute, bundled-up baby pictures! (SPB)
  • 01/29 Winter Reads - Show us your favorite Winter-themed book or story (SPF)

Mail your submissions to: 
  • Sweet Pea Families (SPF) to
  • Sweet Pea Births (SPB) to
Please state in the email that you grant us permission to publish your picture(s) on social media.
We have already started registration for our Spring 2014 Bradley Method© series.  Our first class starts on Friday, March 14th, and runs through Friday, May 30, 2014.  If you can help us fill the class, we are going to thank you with your choice of a tee-shirt or onesie for your Sweet Pea from our Cafe Press Store.  Please let your referral know that they should tell us you sent them via our newsletter.  We are happy to announce that two families have already been recipients of adorable SPB logo baby tees.  

Are you going a little stir-crazy or getting cabin-fever now that the weather is on the chilly side?  We have been enjoying the National Geographic Kids' Club at our local shopping center.  
Our Sweet Peas enjoy the giveaways, the music, and the coloring pages.  Click HERE to see if there is a club meeting at a Macerich Mall near you.  

We wish you all a safe and happy 2014 as you continue to make memories with your Sweet Peas.  If you think of it, drop us a line with your latest news.  We love reading your updates.  Best wishes to the families that are getting ready for their Birth-Day.  See you soon, whether it's on-line or in-person!

Krystyna and Bruss Bowman
602-684-6567  Cell or Text

Save the Date 

Downtown Chandler 
• Saturday, January 18 • Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 PM
Chandler’s 19th Annual Multicultural Festival is a FREE event that highlights the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling children’s area and more.  Downtown Chandler. 22 S. Delaware St. For more information, call 480-782-2214

Saturdays & Sundays
• Starting February 8, 2014 • Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a jousting tournament and a feast -- all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure!
February 8 - March 30, 2014
Presidents' Day Monday Feb. 17
10am to 6pm - Rain or Shine 
No Pets - Free Parking

Participating Restaurants 
• Tuesday, February 25
Eat Your Art Out Chandler is a community event that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and corporate sponsors for one day to show their support for the arts in Chandler. Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler support various programs at the Center including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. You help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants. 
Participating Chandler Restaurants - click HERE for more information

Chandler Library
The Chandler Library System offers several programs for babies and toddlers.  Look for Baby Sign Time, Brain Time for Babies, Brain Time for Toddlers, Rhythm & Rhyme Time and Lapsit Storytime; there is sure to be something for every family.  Click on the link below to find the monthly calendar for the branch closest to you.

  • City of Tempe Library System Click HERE
  • City of Mesa Library System Click HERE
  • City of Scottsdale Library System Click HERE
  • City of Phoenix Library System Click HERE
  • City of Glendale Library System Click HERE
  • City of Peoria Library System Click HERE

Chandler Fashion Center • WednesdaysTime:
 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting.  Meet in the Gap wing near the Food Court now through mid-November!  Theme for January & February 2014: PETS!  Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226, (480) 812-8488

Chandler Fashion 
Fridays • Time: 10:30 am
Story, crafts and sometimes an appearance by the main character! 
Upper level of Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 792-1312

Meetings & Support Groups

Breastfeeding 101 Class
• Saturday, February 8th • Time: 9:30 am
Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC, RLC offers an informational seminar that covers the A-Z of breastfeeding and what to expect. This is for pregnant moms and meets the 2nd Saturday of each month.  At $20/family - the class is a steal!  Session held at Modern Mommy Boutique.  Please call 480-857-7187 to reserve your seat in class.
Modern Mommy Boutique, 3355 W Chandler Blvd, #3, Chandler, AZ  85226
Instructor: Debbie Gillespie, IBCLC

Baby and Beyond Breastfeeding Class • 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
1st class: Nuts and bolts of breastfeeding a newborn
2nd class: What breastfeeding an older baby looks like
Tuition is $30 for both classes.  Call 480-269-1639 to reserve your seats.
Arizona Breastfeeding Center, LLC
4703 S Lakeshore Dr., Suite 2
Tempe AZ 85282

Dignity Healthcare Breastfeeding Support Groups
With the exception of major holidays…
Chandler Regional Medical Center's Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center's Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly on Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free 1 (877) 728-5414, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm

Blossoming Moms Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support Group • Every Wednesday morning  • Time: 11:00 am
Pregnant moms are welcome too!
Blossom Birth and Wellness Center
2928 N 16th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85016 
Michelle Hottya, IBCLC

Inn Mommies: Explorers Playgroup • Babymoon Inn • Every Wednesday morning • Time:  10:00 am
Crawling children to four years old: This playgroup for moms and babies that are exploring their world and open to women that have given birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital. The Nest at Babymoon Inn, 220 E Lexington Ave, Phoenix AZ 85012  602-314-7755 ‎ For more info visit HERE
Inn Mommies: Breastfeeding Support and Snugglers Group • Babymoon Inn • Every Wednesday • Time: 1:00 pm
Birth to six months: This group for expecting and new mommies and open to women giving birth at home, at Babymoon Inn or in a hospital and is facilitated by Amey Clark, RN. The Nest at Babymoon Inn, 220 E Lexington Ave, Phoenix, AZ  602-314-7755  For more info visit HERE

Breastfeeding Circle • 3rd Monday of the month • Time: 11:30 am
Come join the group to get help for your breastfeeding questions and concerns, or to share your trials and triumphs.  Please bring a healthy snack to share.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Freedom and The Seed office. 123 Baseline Rd, Suite 205, Tempe, AZ  480-528-1689


La Leche League – Tempe • Second Tuesday • Time: 9:30 am
Desert Cross Lutheran Church
8600 S McClintock Dr. (Just north of Warner Rd)

La Leche League - Chandler • Third Tuesday • Time: 7:00 pm
**Husbands Welcome**
Sozo Coffeehouse, 1982 N Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224 (SW corner of Alma School & Warner)

Homebirth Circle
 • 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month • Time: noon - 2:00 pm
Come join the beautiful space and share thoughts about life, babies and love.  The circle is open to any adult and lap babies only.  Feel free to bring a healthy snack to share. Freedom and The Seed office. 123 Baseline Rd, Suite 205, Tempe, AZ  480-528-1689

Birth Circle - Central Phoenix • Second Thursday • Time: 7:15 pm
Midwives Rising! 531 E Lynwood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone: 602-242-4446
Facilitator: Katie

Topic: February: Birth in the media: How does it affect us?

Birth Circle - East Valley • Third Tuesday • Time: 7:15 pm
Sozo Coffeehouse, 1982 N Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85224 
Facilitator: Michelle
Topic: January topic: The Beauty of Pregnancy: celebrating the changes

ICAN Meeting • Wednesday, January 22nd • Time: 7:00–9:00 pm
Dr. Ross’ Office, 2405 E. Southern #3, Tempe AZ 85282
Facilitator:  Jesse Franks, Abby Schweitzer, Jenni Fromment
Topic: Cesarean Healing

Monthly Feature

Shannon's Cloth and More
About the company:
"I create different products that are for mamas and their babies. Some of those products are mama cloth pads, burp cloths, and baby blankets.  My philosophy is simple - create beautiful, useful things out of a variety of textiles, and sell them for affordable prices that make them possible for anyone to own."  

You can see Shannon's products on her website, or you can connect with her on facebook.  Purchasing from her store is a great opportunity to shop small and shop local for your family's health!  We made the switch to reusable baby wipes over the summer and haven't looked back.  We added the un-paper towels to our kitchen last fall.  Although we are not completely "off" paper towels (I think Shannon's are too pretty to use on the really, icky messy stuff!), our consumption of conventional paper towels is WAY down.  It feels great to know our exposure to chemicals and bleaching agents is much, much smaller, as is our contribution to our local landfill.

Staying Healthy & Low-Risk:

We want to switch the focus for the next few months on the keys to having a healthy and low-risk pregnancy and labor.  Dr. Bradley teaches a 5-Point strategy: Exercise, Nutrition, Avoiding Harmful Substances, Education, and Relaxation.  This month I want to introduce you to some resources that focus on nutrition.  We have found these helpful as we continue on our journey to healthy, whole-food eating.

Looking for ways to increase leafy greens, iron, calcium rich foods, etc.?  This website is an abundance of "Top 10" lists to help you make healthier whole food choices. "HealthAliciousNess is dedicated to empowering individuals to take control of their health via diet and lifestyle choices."  Budget-friendly: This online encyclopedia is free.

The Environmental Working Group is committed to helping your family avoid pesticides and other harmful substances.  We rely on their "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" lists to help us evaluate where to spend our food budget on organic and conventionally grown produce.  They also have a smartphone app that you can download as a quick reference in the grocery store or farmer's market.

Farmer's Markets
Arizona Listings HERE
National Listings HERE
Shop local - shop small - you can do it all at your local farmer's market.  Get to know your farmer, your vendor, and your neighbors.  Sweet Pea Kids look forward to market days!  It's a great way to support local farmers and artisans while instilling a sense of community in your family.  


January is
  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
January 20
Martin Luther King Day

January 31
Chinese New Year
Year of the Horse

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