Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nursery Art by Joanna

Looking for something for your child's wall?  Check out this introduction and nursery art by tum e time mom, Joanna. 

"i am a self taught visual artist who often works with reuse materials.  my compositions are mixed media, finished in resin.  creativity is drawn from all that surrounds me and presently, the magnificent force of my daughter is all engaging.  viewing the world has taken on a new meaning, as now it is through her eyes.  with eye candy in abundance, everything is a new experience and lesson learned.  toys have become a great resource for this purpose and a body of work is evolving.  the pieces i am creating are 20"x16" and composed of 80 toys with each framed by a picture slide.  from a nest with hatching eggs to a thermometer reading 102, a letter ready to be sent and lucite pink stiletto;  each piece is unique and an excellent learning and identification tool. there are toys for shape identification, numbers to be counted, colors to be appreciate, nouns to be recognized and your imagination to be fully inspired. as i signed each piece today, the only title that came to mind was "play with me."  how a' propos?"

Find out more at her website:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

People in the Neighborhood--Sarah Brick, Nutrition Educator

I recently met Sarah at the SF Baby Fair and after talking with her many times since I can honestly say that she has much to offer to you and your family!  As a mother of the cutest baby boy, she has first-hand experience gathering ideas that are both nutritious and tasty for families with babies ready to start solids. She can also help if you are looking to explore new foods for you and your baby.

If you are in my tum e time series, you will receive a helpful handout from Sarah called Introducing First Baby Foods and a coupon for $20 off her services!  And now, introducing, Sarah....

Sarah grew up in the English countryside.  She considers herself very lucky to have had the chance to collect eggs from the family chickens daily and even help her dad pluck them in preparation for cooking. Helping her mum cook traditional foods inspired Sarah later in life to cultivate a family centered kitchen.

An avid traveler, she found herself settling in the Bay Area seven years ago and has embraced the temperate climate and abundance of fresh local produce at the farmers markets. Her passion for good food led her to study Holistic Nutrition at Bauman College. When she became pregnant in 2009, she enjoyed a complication free pregnancy and was able to work out up until the day she gave birth. Sarah attributes her energy throughout pregnancy and into motherhood to her knowledge of nutrition.
Sarah founded at the beginning of 2011. She specializes in nutritional support for pregnant women, postpartum recovery and families. 
Services she provides for families around the Bay Area are: cultivating healthy meal times through cooking classes in your own home, introducing solid food to babies, market shopping trips and pantry restocks.
She teaches monthly Healthy Pregnancy classes at Sage Femme Birthing Center and is a member of the NANP – National Association Of Nutrition Professionals.
You can contact her at:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Can a Playground Be Too Safe?

If you look back in my blog, you will find pictures I took of fantastic playgrounds in England.  I was thrilled to see the zip lines, high climbing structure,  merry-go-rounds and large swimming puddles.  This NYT article touches on why the US is creating 'safer' playgrounds.  The law suits may be down, but what are we offering our children?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

We are blessed to have an overwhelming amount of practitioners that offer support to new parents in the Bay Area.

As a new addition to my blog, I'd like to start introducing you to some of the finest teachers/businesses in the area.

Please look for these introductions in the coming months and contact them for more information about their specialty.