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Inspiration from Bloggers and Parenting Coaches
July 28, 2011
Intro
Capitola Historical Museum
Pam: Almost Sugar Free Jam for the Total Scaredy Cat Newbie

Suki: Summer Screen Time

Viva: BYO Dinner
Amy: Another Entry on the Never Say Never List of Parenting
211 Services
Kids at Camp
This Week
Reggae? Garlic? You choose!
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  Intro

(Photos General) boogeyboarding.jpgI like our micro-climate!  Truly this is the time of year that is most rewarding.  Other parts of the country are hot and muggy.  We are temperate.  The sun is warm, water cool, woods whispery and quiet, and we can wear sandals and shirtsleeves.  Being outdoors is a joy! 

A family I know, all three generations, enjoys the races at the County Fair on Fridays.  Overhearing the adults discussing the lawsuit against the fair, their 11 year old asked, "Why doesn't he just come over here and have some fun?"  This lawsuit has the potential to end the existence of the Santa Cruz County Fair.  If you appreciate all the fair has to offer our communities, you can support it by attending their family events, especially the fair in September!

I listened to some cuts of Amy Winehouse singing. She was talented, singing in a smokey, raw, authentic, bluesy style, and very popular. Was she a good role model? No.. Her life ended tragically, although not unexpectedly given her drinking and drug habits. I wonder why it seems that talent is often associated with this abusive lifestyle. Perhaps the tabloid aspect of our culture heightens our awareness. Maybe that's a good thing for all of us parents, a wake up call to think about the ramifications of our parenting, especially during the years in which we have the most influence and before peer pressure enters.

Whether you are raising a potentially famous inventor, talented musician, athlete, actress etc., or regular joe, the core values we model and teach are what will sustain our children as they go out into the world and meet their own temptations and challenges.  We are so fortunate to have parenting workshops available to us for parenting skills tuneups.

Santa Cruz Parent has interesting mom bloggers who are not shy with their opinions.  This week meet Amy Wirth.  Suki, Pam, Viva and Amy all like getting feedback from you, even a one-liner!  We hope you find inspiration and support from other parents.

Fun in the Parks  |  Playgroups  |  Parenting Workshops  |  Museums  |  Performances  | 

Festivals  Swimming Holes Beaches  |  Schools  |  Preschools & Childcare 

Enjoy the choices, Parmalee

  Capitola Historical Museum

(Photos General) CapitolaMuseum.jpg(Photos General) CapitolaHistoricalMuseum_Dress1950s.jpgThe Capitola Historical Museum maintains extensive collections of photographs and artifacts related to Capitola's history, and offers changing exhibits on the history and art of the area, as well as on special seasonal and topical themes.

If you're into "retro" there is some neat 1950's clothing on display. Hey, didn't I just see that dress walking down the street?

Museum grounds now include a reconstructed cottage from the era of the early 20th century beach resort. Restoration of a wash house is a new, ongoing Museum project. Come visit us!

410 Capitola Avenue  ~ Museum Hours: W, F, Sa & Su noon - 4pm

  Pam: Almost Sugar Free Jam for the Total Scaredy Cat Newbie

(Photos General) PamCarrico.jpgYup. That's me. A huge scaredy cat newbie when it comes to canning. I did it last year, but was sweating bullets the whole time, worried that I would burn myself beyond recognition, make a lousy tasting product, or, worse yet, one that would fester on the shelves until I gave it to some unsuspecting friend and they dropped dead from food poisoning!

(Photos General) PamCarrico_StrawberryJam_SantaCruzParent.jpgSince none of that happened last time, I decided to forge ahead with a new confidence this week! My goal was to make a sugar free jam. Lots of recipes call for artificial sweeteners or gelatin which I feel is worse, but after asking around the homesteading community (they know everything, collectively) I learned about Pomona's Pectin, made from citrus peel with no chemicals or artificial extras. I did use some suger, but compared to the 1:1 ratio usually called for, much, much less...you'll see...  more canning adventures and recipes>>>

 
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Wednesday through Monday 11am -10pm
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  Suki: Summer Screen Time

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We’ve always been pretty restrictive of screen time for our kids. The first studies showing the ill effects of screen time were just coming out when my son was a baby, and TV has never become a part of our family’s life. We simply forget to turn it on.

Computers, however, are another thing altogether. My husband and I both work on computers, and our son was interested in programming from quite a young age. Our daughter mostly used the computer to send e-mail to Grandma and to watch Magic School Bus videos.

But this summer, something new happened: Minecraft.

For those of you not in the know, Minecraft is a cooperative game in which users get together in a “world” they build. The world is made of blocks, and after that, the rules and the point of the game are wholly determined by the players. I would never have given in except for the social aspect of it: the kids who were playing it were not only creating their own little society within the game — they were actually talking to each other outside of the game world... continued>>>

 

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  Viva: BYO Dinner

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgI have a group of girlfriends that I love getting together with. Though we're all married with kids, we try to meet once a month for a "girls night out" dinner. But as I've adopted a more frugal lifestyle, these dinners have become a source of anxiety for me- What restaurant will be suggested? Will it have something cheap on the money so that I'm not blowing my monthly budget? If I keep suggesting down-scale restaurants, will they get annoyed with me? So far, my friends have been pretty flexible about my concerns, and they typically pick places that have a happy hour so that I can buy a $3 taco or some other filling appetizer for my dinner. I was always too embarrassed to suggest that we do a "brown bag" dinner where we bring dinner from home to save money.

And then... one of my friends surprised me. As we were concluding our get-together at a restaurant, she said,... continued>>>

  Amy: Another Entry on the Never Say Never List of Parenting

(Photos General) AmyWirth_SantaCruzParent.jpgThat's it in a nutshell. We never thought we'd homeschool, but almost a year later, here we are with no plans to go back.

I should say, we never consciously planned to homeschool and evenly passionately disavowed homeschooling as a valid option for our family. But all along, my partner Dr. Yap, had been amassing a collection of educational toys and manipulatives to rival most Montessori classrooms and I had been an expert at uncovering kidlit gems at every used book source in our area. Seriously, the library of children's books in our house is vastly superior.

When our daughter was underwhelmed with first grade and insisted that she learned more at home, the decision to homeschool, rather than look for other school options, came surprisingly easy. She went, she saw, she wasn't interested. We jokingly say that our daughter is a grade school dropout, but in truth, we - her parents- are also... continued>>>

  211 Services

(Logos Business) 211_HelpStartsHere_SantaCruzParent.jpg211 is an easy to remember, toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care, health care, senior services, legal aid and more.

211 is confidential and available 24 hours a day in more than 150 languages. You can call 211 when you need help and don’t know where to turn. 

During a disaster, 211 provides critical information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as job search and permanent housing support during long-term recovery.

  Kids at Camp
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"When I'm walking on stilts I feel like I can reach anything".

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"I'm stoked that I'm learning how to save lives!"

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 "I can run faster and keep the ball in the game!"

 

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Lynda and Kids Backpack Project through 7/31

 

Chartwell Open House 8/13

 

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 Reggae? Garlic? You choose!

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The 16th Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest is a 3-day celebration that will take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, in Monterey, CA.The Monterey Bay Reggaefest is more than an event, it is a cultural celebration and is received by many groups of people from all walks of life. Known as one of the best reggae festivals in Northern California, the event offers activities and enjoyment for the entire family.

Look forward to over twenty-five performances, a D.J. party, full bars (21+) in the Turf Club and Beer Garden, a play area for children of all ages. Have the kids enjoy the play area for free with: jump houses, face painting and many more fun activities for all ages. Enjoy the annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney. Details

(Logos Business) GilroyGarlicFestival2011.jpgWelcome to Garlic Festival XXXIII !!

Our volunteers are already hard at work creating exciting new things for your enjoyment at the festival. Whether a first timer or a seasoned veteran attendee, you'll want to visit Gourmet Alley - the heart and soul of the festival. What an aroma! Enjoy the food and catch a cooking demo, or two. Check out the Cook-Off Stage with expanded seating and two big-screens for viewing ease while learning the latest culinary techniques and trends. Three stages of musical entertainment, quality hand-made arts and crafts, and an interactive children's area make this premier food festival a real family event.  Details

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Date: Every day (Jul 27-Jul 29)
Ages: All
Details: "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three d9ys of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment and
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