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 email@example.com
- Sweet Pea Births (SPB) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
CHANDLER MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
Save the Date
Downtown Chandler • Saturday, January 18 • Time:
11:00 am - 4:00 PM
EAT YOUR ART OUT
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
ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
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
STORY TIME +
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. www.chandlerlibrary.org
- 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
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS CLUB
Chandler Fashion Center • Wednesdays • Time: 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
BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIME
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
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.
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.
- National Bath Safety Month
- National Blood Donor Month
- National Braille Literacy Month
- National Hobby Month
- Hot Tea Month
- National Oatmeal Month
- National Soup Month
Martin Luther King Day
Chinese New Year
Year of the Horse