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  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our first FUN Father's Day event was very memorable. The Monthly social team spent weeks planning to ensure dads had fun, felt involved, and honored.


    At the event, the dads had the opportunity to mingle and talk with one another. The FUN Kids enjoyed the play structure and the outdoors. There were games, a trivia quiz, charades, and of course prizes for dads and kids! One of the prizes was given to the Dad and Lad with the best matching outfit, it was the matching shirt that put them over the top!


    The Kids brought special cards, photo frames,  pictures they drew, and gifted these treasures to their dads. The Dads were beaming with pride.


    Father's day is a special day of the year and FUNMC appreciates all the hard work, love and guidance that dads give to the little ones. Thanks to our Member Families in Fremont. Union City, and Newark (FUN Families) for celebrating our Father's Day with us!


    And special thanks to our creative board members Tina Chau and Geeta Masand, they make a great team. They planned this event to it's minutest detail. Bravo!



  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:38 PM | Anonymous

    DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING:
    The many recent natural disasters have been very stressful, unpredictable, and caused a lot of damage.  Personally, I have revisited disaster preparedness planning and updated our emergency kits.  It is always a good idea to be prepared and develop a plan.

    These tips have been compiled from several sources and I hope they will help you think about what will work best for your family.

    Emergency Kits:
    In the event of an emergency, you may not have much time to get your things together or to think about what you need.

    Consider creating emergency kits that you can store in accessible locations, like your car, office, and somewhere central in your home.

    Here are the two best lists that I found about what to have in your emergency kits:
    https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/supplies.html
    https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

    You can find starter emergency kits online or in stores that you can build onto as needed.

    Keeping important documents safe:
    One personal suggestion that I have is to keep your important documents safe as this means one less thing to worry about.
    Hard copies of key documents like passports, social security cards, birth certificates, Estate Plan, and real estate deeds, and your Estate Plan can be kept in a fireproof and waterproof container.

    Additionally, you should have digital copies of these important documents available.  These can be scanned then stored on the cloud through services like Dropbox.  You can also keep a USB drive with digital copies of all the key documents with a trusted friend, family member, or in your safe deposit box at a bank, if you have one.

    https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2015/11/18/keep-your-important-documents-safe-disaster

    Make a plan with your family:

    Have a designated place near your home or your neighborhood that your family will meet.
    If you have children at school, determine with your partner or other guardian who will pick them up in the event of an emergency. It is important that whoever is picking up the kids is on the pick up authorization list with the school.
    Make sure you all know this plan and have each family member’s phone number handy.
    https://www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan
    Stay safe and be prepared.
     
    WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO VICTIMS OF NORTH BAY FIRES
    With the rampant fires in the North Bay currently raging, there has been a lot of discussion about how best to help the victims.  The need is great for in-kind and monetary donations.
    Here are a few links about ways to give back:
    http://time.com/money/4978071/napa-fire-donations-help-victims/
    http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/
    http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-napa-santa-rosa-12264095.php
    http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/fires/article177964926.html

    This post originally appeared at: https://www.liushairlaw.com/blog/2017/10/11/disaster-preparedness

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:34 PM | Anonymous

    By Amy DeJesus, Newsletter Editor, newsletter@funmothersclub.org

    Food. It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner. Preparing meals, feeding your family and then cleaning up after you’ve eaten comprises a large part of each day. Planning meals, grocery shopping and visiting the farmer’s market take up more time out of every week. Like so many mothers, I have high aspirations and am eage
r to provide a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and home-cooked meals. What I have found, however, is that good intentions can quickly run dry in the chaos of daily life.

    There are currently many businesses offering services that are designed to help ease the burden of meal preparation and execution. Pre-planned meal and grocery delivery services abound, many advertising healthy gourmet food that will transform your mid-week meal into a glorious, hassle-free event. With the hope that they actually would improve our diet and cut down our list of daily to-dos, my husband and I went ahead an tried some of these services. Hopefully our experiences, shared below, will be of some help to those of you who are looking to do the same.

    Blue Apron is the first meal delivery service that we decided to try, when we had only one 2 year old child. We opted for 3 dinners per week, each dinner designed to serve two adults. We chose the vegetarian and fish options; once a week we received a box containing all of the ingredients and recipes. Over the course of ten months, I was delighted to learn new methods of cooking flavorful, healthy food that filled the tummies of my husband, myself and even my toddler. There were occasional times when the ingredients we received had gone bad in transit or were not fresh to my standards. Blue Apron customer service always immediately corrected the situation by refunding our money and sending us complimentary boxes to make up for the inconvenience.

    While I greatly enjoyed the Blue Apron service, I found that the cooking and prep time for the meals regularly ran an hour. Once I became pregnant with our second child and found myself floundering with all-day nausea and fatigue, we discontinued the service.

    Gobble is another meal delivery service advertising meals that use fresh ingredients, pre-prepped so that they can be made in 10 minutes with only one pan. After the birth of our second son, we decided to give Gobble a try. We opted for vegetarian dinners twice per week, and utilized the service for about 5 months. There were times when it was extremely useful to open up the refrigerator to find a healthy meal sitting there, ready to be cooked and eaten, without much thought. Gobble also has some tasty soups that one can opt to purchase in addition to the meals; I regularly ordered those so that I could have a hot lunch for myself with a zap of the microwave.

    Despite their advertising, Gobble meals took me about 25 minutes to prepare: far less time consuming than Blue Apron. Unfortunately there were some down sides to the service. I found Gobble boxes were not as well packaged, so the ingredients spoiled quickly and were more apt to be ruined in transit. Customer service was spotty and sometimes non-existent. And since some parts of the meals are pre-cooked, we didn’t receive complete recipes and couldn’t replicate items on our own (and were never quite sure of the complete list of ingredients of each meal). After receiving one too many boxes below our standard of freshness, we cancelled our subscription. I still miss those soups though!

    Imperfect Produce is a produce delivery service that sells fruits and vegetables that don’t fit grocery stores’ cosmetic standards — crooked carrots, spotted or lumpy fruit, etc. – at significantly discounted prices. I was happy to find that they provide the option to customize your box so you don’t receive items you don’t want. There are weekly, bi-weekly and monthly subscription options. We ordered a medium sized mixed organic box (fruits and vegetables). The box we received was a mixed bag, in every sense. The summer squash, red bell peppers and green beans were excellent, better quality than what was available at the market. The oranges and apples were good, during a month where good fruit is difficult to find. However, the lemons we received were soft and a few had mold, and the kale was heavily infested with aphids, which was a deal-breaker for me. Yet at $25, the value of the organic produce we received couldn’t be beat by either grocery store or farmers’ market shopping, even accounting for the bad produce. Our takeaway: this is a cost saving way of keeping a refrigerator stocked with produce, so long as one is flexible about the type of produce and the need to pick through and discard some bad apples.

    Whole Foods Delivery (via Instacart) offers a one month free trial period of grocery delivery. Worried that I would receive poorly chosen produce or groceries that were about to expire, I had been hesitant to try what is arguably the most straight forward service designed to help with meal preparation. After having a back injury that kept me off my feet for a week, my husband insisted that I sign up and helped by filling up a virtual cart with our staples. I customized the cart for the week and submitted our order.

    The next morning I received text messages as our shopper Ken selected our groceries. When an item I had ordered wasn’t in stock, I was able to view and approve the replacement he had made before he executed the purchase. Delivery was prompt and was accompanied by a virtual receipt so that I could review my purchases to confirm everything was in order. Happily I discovered that the strawberries and avocados were carefully chosen and the meat and dairy items were fresh and not about to expire. What’s more, even after including a tip for Ken, I discovered that the cost of my groceries was a bit less than usual due to the fact that since I wasn’t wandering around the store with my children, I hadn’t made the usual impulse buys that plague my weekly shopping. My trial run for grocery delivery was a success.

    I still consider returning to Blue Apron or one of their organic competitors, Green Chef or Sun Basket. I really enjoyed my experience of learning new ways to cook healthy, delicious food, and I appreciated having the ingredients for those meals on hand. However, I will likely wait until my littles are a bit older, as it’s a time commitment that I just can’t accommodate right now. In the meantime we will be signing on for a year of Whole Foods grocery delivery via Instacart ($150 annual fee for unlimited delivery, so long as the delivery is not too small (i.e. just milk and bread).

    Hopefully our experiences are of help to those of you considering the same sort of services. Best of luck on your culinary and meal planning journey!

  • Friday, July 01, 2016 8:30 PM | Anonymous

    Most people don’t like to volunteer and statistics show that volunteerism is low everywhere. While it is hard to get people to volunteer but as a club we still spend a lot of time and energy to promote it. Why do we still promote volunteerism when it clearly doesn’t sell? Why is FUN Mothers Club still the only parenting club in the Tri-City to keep pushing volunteering and in person social interactions instead of just being like one of many other groups on Facebook?

    Mothers often lose themselves in parenting. Being a mother can be all-consuming, demanding all around the clock, and draining. Upon becoming pregnant, many moms are more focused on preparing for the new baby that she seldom considers how to this transition impacts our personal growth. Sometimes we lose our identity in the pursuit of being a good mother and forget to be kind and take care of ourselves as a whole person.
    There are many things moms can do to make ourselves happier, like making new friends, exercise, eat well, sleep well, and make time for ourselves. So how is volunteering important? Volunteering is a lot like exercise – it is good for you and an important ingredient to a healthy and happy life. Just like regular exercise, we hear the usual reasons that people don’t volunteer – they don’t have the time. The truth is, if you truly understand and realize the benefits, you would prioritize it and make the time!

    Volunteering helps you to make new friends and grow your social network.
    One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet people who affirm you and inspire you as well. Also, by participating in your community, it helps you to feel you belong in the community and to stay informed of what is going on.

    Volunteering helps you to develop new skills or further develop skills you already have.
    Just because a volunteer position is unpaid does not mean that it is basic. Volunteering can help to build your resume. Many large corporate organization has a department dedicated to philanthropic work, and volunteer experience demonstrates interest in community and good citizenship. However, among the most valuable assets a volunteer bring is an open mind, a willingness to do what is needed, and a positive attitude. The only thing worse than not volunteering is being a resentful volunteer.

    Volunteering provides a great example of empowerment for your children.
    Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how to look beyond themselves and understand the role they can play in their community. Kids can learn how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organizations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.

    Helping others kindles happiness, as many scientific studies have demonstrated.
    Volunteering has been proven to keep you from being socially isolated, build self-esteem, help you to focus on something other than your day-to-day, distracts your mind from negative thoughts, alleviate stress, and helps to combat depression. Volunteering has even been proven to improve cardiovascular health. Acting on your values and doing good for your community helps you to be happier and more confident. While social anxiety can often be a deterrent to volunteering, volunteering is actually a great way to help develop prosocial skills and build mental health.
    What we do with our free time is a critical part of our personal development and growth, and when we don’t invest in ourselves, everything around us eventually suffers. Ask yourself:  Do I want to:
    …do something I’m good at
    …make it better around where I live
    …meet people who are different from me
    …try something new
    …do something with my spare time
    …see a different way of life and new places
    …have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job
    …do more with my interests and hobbies

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2016 8:24 PM | Anonymous
    Do you enjoy going on dates with your significant other but have small children to contend with? With some planning, you and your spouse can have 3-4 hours to spend with each other over uninterrupted dinner, a movie, or just some hang out time. Here are some local businesses in the Fremont, Union City, and Newark area that offer “Parents Nights Out” on some nights where you can drop off your child, pay a fee, let them have some party food and supervised fun while you and your honey have some alone time for a few hours.


    Fremont

    Bay Aerials

    Saturdays, usually once a month. Please check their website for dates and times. Members & Non-members welcome. Arts and Crafts, Pizza for dinner, fun in the gym all night! Trampoline, games, obstacles, races, bounce house and more!
    Price: $30 for 1st Child, $25 for Sibling

    Top Flight Gymnastics
    Flight Night: Gymnastics, Games, and much more… Usually Saturdays @ 5:00 pm– 9:00 pm. Please check their events calendar. 4 hour of Gymnastics, fun games, bounce house and PIZZA! Non members welcome!
    Pre Registered: 1st child $30 Siblings $15 At the door: 1st child $40 Siblings $15

    Union City
    Pacific West Gymnastics
    When: http://pacificwestgymnastics.com/events-calendar/kids-night-out/
    Pricing: $25 for the first child, $20 for each additional sibling
    Enter promo code 5OFFSIBLING at checkout to receive the $20 sibling rate

    Pump It Up Union City
    First AND Third Friday of every month from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
    There will be bouncing, games, and other fun filled activities. All this and a craft to take home.
    $25.00 admission first child, $20 for sibling Pizza, drinks and snack are included.
    For Parents’ Night Out the child must be at least 4ys of age to participate. Space is limited. Reservations required. Check our web site for additional required information. No Groupons or free passes accepted during this Special Event. You don’t need a party to play anytime at Pump It Up.

    In case you feel like venturing out on date night in other parts of the Bay Area:
    Alameda
    Bladium http://bladiumalameda.com/youth-kids/bladium-kids

    Color Me Mine http://www.alameda.colormemine.com/Kids.tpl?m=k Kids who are age 5 and up.arents should drop off their kids between 5:45 and 6:15, and then pick them up at 9:00 pm.

    Ruby’s Tumbling. This gymnastics center in Alameda offers night care for three hours on select dates. Check on website for dates: http://www.rubystumbling.com/classes.html

    Berkeley
    Habitots Parents’ Night Out
    Drop off your kids, 2-7 yrs, for play and fun while parents enjoy a movie or dinner out. $39 per child, $29 for siblings. Pizza for dinner included. Space limited. To reserve habitotreservations@lmi.net or call our Reservations Desk at 510-647-1111 x14.

    Jewish Community Center East Bay
    The JCC East Bay offers Parents’ Night Out one Saturday a month in Berkeley and Oakland from 5:30-10:00pm. Parents can drop their kids off at the JCC for an evening of their own, which the kids make dinner together, play games, and watch a movie.Please view the calendar for a list of dates for both Berkeley and Oakland branches. Register online. Cost: JCC East Bay Members: $35/+$15 each sibling; Non Members$45/+$25 each sibling For more information, please contact Sudha Darling at 510-848-0237 x128 or sudhad@jcceastbay.org.

    Emeryville

    Head Over heels Gymnastics
    PNO happens on Friday nights from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm and is for children ages 4* and up. http://hohathleticarts.com/special/pno

    Oakland
    Oakland Zoo
    Age Requirements: Children ages 4 – 10 years old, must be potty trained.
    Program Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm (evenings) 10:00am – 2:30pm (daytime)
    Availability: Fridays (evening only) Saturdays (evenings and daytime) and Sundays (daytime only). Program Fee: $45.00 per child and $30.00 for each additional sibling. Ratio and Capacity: 1 to 5 adult to child ratio.
    To make a reservation, download the Parent’s Day/Night Out Request Form, complete and fax it to (510) 729-7324 or email it to the Education Programs Associate.

    San Francisco
    Acro Fun Night!
    Fun playtime for kids ages 6-12!
    When: every second Saturday of every month. Time: 6:30-10:00pm
    Drop your kids at AcroSports for the evening and enjoy a Parents’ Night Out. Between the hours of 6:30-10:00pm, two AcroSports coaches* keep your kids active and entertained with organized games, Zipline, Bungee rides and a yummy pizza dinner!
    Cost: $35 per child, all inclusive. (Maximum 25 kids)

    Destination Art
    Movie Nights
        •    2nd and 4th Fridays of each month
        •    6.30 – 9pm
        •    $15 for the first child and $25 for a family of siblings
    Destination Art hosts Movie nights twice a month, typically the second and fourth Friday of each month. Children can be dropped off for an evening of arts, crafts, fun and games and a big screen feature film. We project a family friendly movie age appropriate for the youngest child attending. We also have a ‘big kid’ movie showing in a separate room. All children are welcome, so parents take advantage and enjoy a date night knowing your children are having fun.

    Peekaboo Factory
    Children will have fun with art projects, story time and more while parents get a night out on the town. Ages: 3-10, must be potty trained Dinner and snacks included in price Price: $35 first child, $25 sibling For more details: http://peekaboofactory.com/products/date-night-drop-off

    Planet Granite Climb N Dine
    http://www.planetgranite.com/programs/kids/climbndine.php 2nd and 4th Friday nights, 6:00pm – 8:30pm Ages 6-13 years. $40/child includes climbing, harness rental, helmet and a kid’s style dinner. Reservations required, under attended classes will be cancelled – parties will be notified of a cancelled Climb N Dine by 5pm Thursday.

    Tree Frog Treks
    http://www.treefrogtreks.com/kidsplaynight/
    EVERY Saturday is Kids Play Night at Tree Frog Treks! Go out for an adults-only night on the town while your kids enjoy an evening of enriching childcare. Drop off & pick up your child anytime between the hours of 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM here at our event pad, Frog Hall.  At Kids Play Night, your child will:
        •    Meet lizards, frogs, snakes & tortoises like Tiki the Bearded Dragon & Stickum the White’s Tree Frog!
        •    Do fun, creative, hands-on science & art projects from clay critters to puppets!
        •    Munch on pizza and healthy snacks!
        •    Watch a fun movie!
    $35 for the first child / $25 for each additional sibling
    Open to children age 4 and up.
    Register ahead to secure your child’s spot, but if your child would like to come at the last minute, we do allow drop-ins to fill any open spaces on our roster.

    San Jose
    The Little Gym Parents Survival Night
    https://www.thelittlegym.com/SanJoseSouthCA/Pages/parents-night.aspx

    Captivate Kids Club
    http://captivatekidsclub.com/parents-night-out/

     
    If you have any updates and corrections to this page please email info@funmothersclub.org. Thank you!




  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    The best time to join the gym is during the summer, up until the end of the December holidays. During the summer, gyms have to compete with outside sports and warm weather. The busiest time for gym membership directors is January, when there can be a 40% jump in enrollment due to New Year’s resolutions. For moms, the summer season presents its own challenges since school is out for the kids. There are many gyms offering child care so moms can have a few hours of “taking care of me” time and maybe even squeeze in a relaxing shower.

    Here are some gyms that offer child care in the Fremont, Union City, and Newark area, in alphabetical order. Please do add your rating if you are a local mom that uses the child care at the gym and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below:

    24 Hour Fitness
    There are several 24 Hour Fitness in the Fremont-Union City, Newark area. The company recently bought Bally’s, which means that there are more locations to choose from than any other gym. Being a large company, you can also purchase memberships at stores like Costco at a good discount. 24 Hour Fitness has aThere are 3 different levels of gyms 24 Hour Fitness offers in this area:

    SUPER-SPORT – At 24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport clubs you will find large child care areas with lots of games to entertain the kids, along with amenities whirlpools, and saunas. In addition, most locations also offer towel service, basketball and swimming and some locations feature racquetball.

    SPORT – 24 Hour Fitness Sport clubs is a step up from Active club usually find a little extra like a steam room

    ACTIVE/EXPRESS/FIT LITE – This level gym  has a small child care area along with the most limited child care hours and offers the most basic classes and equipment compared to other 24 Hour Fitness locations.

    Website: http://www.24hourfitness.com


    Locations & Tel: Several locations all throughout FUN area

    Fremont Super Sport
    4500 Auto Mall Parkway Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 226-6900

    Newark Super Sport
    2086 Newpark Mall Rd,
    Newark, CA 94560
    (510) 494-9348

    Paseo Padre Active
    39300 Paseo Padre Pkwy
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 795-6666

    Fremont Sport
    35630 Fremont Boulevard
    Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 608-6230

    Gym Hours: 24 Hours for Super Sport locations, some are not 24 Hours. Please see location website for more details.

    Child Care Cost: $35/ month first child, $30/ month subsequent child; or $6 per visit per child (2 hours)
    Child Care Hours: Hours differ between location and if it is Sport, Active, or Super Sport. Please see location website for more details.
    Max Hours Per Day: 2 Minimum Age: 6 months
    Ratio: 10:1, 2 year olds and younger count as 2
    Change Diapers: No

    City Sports Club
    Website: http://www.citysportsfitness.com
    Locations & Tel: 39153 Farwell Drive Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 789-0161
    Gym Hours: Mon – Thu: 5:00am – Midnight
    Fri: 5:00am – 10:00pm
    Sat – Sun: 8:00am – 8:00pm
    Child Care Cost: $10/month
    Child Care Hours: Mon – Fri : 8:00am – Noon; 4:00pm – 8:00pm
    Sat 8:00am – Noon
    Max Hours Per Day: 2
    Minimum Age: 3 months
    Ratio: 10:01
    Change Diapers: No

    ClubSport Fremont
    More like a spa than a gym, members can also book massage on site. The amenities at ClubSport goes above and beyond the average gym, as it also includes year around heated outdoor adult and kid pools, basketball court, indoor tennis court, racket ball courts, hot yoga, and pilates studio with reformer machines. The Kids World has classes and activities for kids (e.g. fitness, kids yoga) that are free for members as well as ones for additional fee (such as swimming, taekwon do, and basketball). There are two areas for kids: kids age 6 and older goes upstairs where there are more stimulating games, and the little kids are on the first floor. Babies are separated from the main kids room and there is a separate eating area for kids (parents provide snacks).
    Website: http://www.clubsports.com/fremont/
    Locations & Tel: 46650 Landing Parkway Fremont, CA 94538 (510) 226-8500
    Gym Hours: Mon – Fri: 5:00 am-11:00 pm Sat: 7:00 am-11:00 pm Sun: 7:00 am-11:00 pm
    Child Care Cost: Family Membership $250 per month includes 2 kids, with $15 for an additional kid per month
    Individual plus child $180 a month If child is not on membership then it is $5 per hour
    Child Care Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
    Max Hours Per Day: 3
    Minimum Age: 6 weeks (at 6 weeks, 1.25 hours of childcare per day is included; at 3 months and up 3 hours per day of child care is available)
    Ratio: 10:1; 4:1 for babies
    Change Diapers: Yes

    Union City Sports Center
    Union City Sports Center is city-subsidized and has a community center feel to it. It does not have the amenities of a big fancy gym, but if you’re just there to get a great workout and no spa treatment, then this is the place. No pool, but members can use Dan Oden Swim Complex at no charge. They have a seasonal rotation of childcare staff, most of them work through leisure services and are great with kids.The family membership (2 adults plus unlimited kids) is only $625 annually and ALL childcare services are free with this option.
    Website: http://www.unioncity.org/
    Locations & Tel: 31224 Union City Blvd. Union City, CA 94587 (510) 675-5808
    Gym Hours: Monday- Friday: 5:30 am- 9:00 pm Saturday: 7:00 am- 3:00 pm Sunday: 7:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Child Care Cost: $3.50/child dropoff or $50/20-session pass OR $100/unlimited yearly pass
    Child Care Hours: MWF 8:15am-11am, 5pm-7:30pm; Tues/Thur 8am-10:30am, 5pm-7:30pm
    Max Hours Per Day: 2
    Minimum Age: 6 month
    Ratio: N/A
    Change Diapers: No

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:22 PM | Anonymous

    A new addition to the FUN Mothers Club website is the Kids Birthday Party Directory, which currently lists over 35 places, vendors, cakemakers, and entertainers in the Fremont – Union City – Newark area to help make planning your child’s birthday easier.

    If you know of a business that is not listed in our directory and would like to nominate it for inclusion, please email info@funmothersclub.org.

  • Monday, December 08, 2014 8:05 PM | Anonymous
    As an expectant mom of my third child, I recently had the occasion to once again look into getting a new infant car seat. My children are 5 years old and 3 years old, and I needed a refresher! New safety requirements have changed and there are also many new models and options available for carseats! Not wanting to buy a new car, I looked long and hard at how I would fit 3 carseats into my Honda Pilot. Then, once I determined that I could fit them into my car, I looked up certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians using Safekids.org’s CPST database to help make sure I installed them correctly.

    I thought that I would share the information for our local techs here to share with everyone. This is super important if you are expecting a new little one, but it is also good to get a refreshers if has been a while – I was very glad to learn something new for my toddlers also during my time with our local CPST!

    CPST in the Fremont, Union City, and Newark area:
    Kristen Escamilla
    Fremont Police Department
    2000 Stevenson Bl.
    Fremont, CA 94537
    510-790-6691
    kescamilla@fremont.gov

    Brigid Dinneen
    Union City Police Department
    34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
    Union City, CA 94587
    510-675-5291
    brigidd@ci.union-city.ca.us

    Denise Alfaro
    Washington Hospital
    3569 Beacon Ave.
    Fremont, CA 94538
    510-818-5040

    Paul Randall
    Orbit Baby
    8678 Thornton Ave.
    Newark, CA 94560
    510-332-1909
    prandall@ergobaby.com

    Here is a useful article for you to read before your appointment: What should you, as a caregiver, expect from a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)?


    Other Good Resources:




  • Monday, December 01, 2014 8:01 PM | Anonymous

    Tested and Reviewer: Selvia Widodo, FUNMC In-A-Pinch Coordinator

    There are a lot of subscription box offers these days, from beauty products, snacks, clothes, kid’s crafts, teenager’s crafts, pet food, and many others. I came across Blue Apron on Groupon with 30% discount that time. I had to get it and gave it a try.

    Blue Apron is a nationwide delivery service (for most states) that sends you a box of pre-portioned meal ingredients, with recipes. I was curious whether this was a truly helpful innovation in grocery shopping and meal prep for moms, or simply the worst of both worlds — expensive take-out food and you still had to cook yourself.


    The box contained all the ingredients needed to cook three meals, each for 2 servings, complete with recipes and step-by-step photos. Blue Apron also offers plans for 4 servings, as well as a choice between the meat and seafood or vegetarian meal plans. My box came neatly packaged in a cardboard box lined with a cooler bag and ice packs to keep the all the contents fresh for a few hours. Each recipe was well explained and every single ingredient except for olive oil, salt, and pepper was included. A little bottle of soy sauce? Check. One tablespoon of chili powder in a tiny bag? Check.

    The first meal I cook was Pan-Roasted Hake and Romesco Sauce. Although it took me longer than I anticipated, the dish came out very nice, I could say it is gourmet food on a weekday. The most important thing was my husband was so impressed with the dish. For this recipes and cooking tips, visit: blueapron.com/recipes/452

    The second meal I cook and I think was the best taste for my palate was Chicken Katsu with Miso Roasted Japanese Eggplant & Savoy Cabbage. I still had to do longer prep but it was really worth it. My husband and kids loved this dish. I feel this version of Chicken Katsu is healthier and very delicious. For this recipes and cooking tips, visit: blueapron.com/recipes/451


    The last meal I cooked from this box is Southern-Style Burgers with Green Tomatoes Chow Chow & Roasted Old Bay Potatoes. It is a burger with updated Southern Style complete with all the fixings. It was really hearty and taste fresh gourmet food. I could not believe that I made that myself. I learn a few tricks to make the fixings. For this recipes and cooking tips, visit: Blueapron.com/recipes/450

    Blue Apron automatically enrolls customers in a weekly delivery plan with the option of skipping as many deliveries as desired at no charge. While I thought I would want to just try the service once and cancel, I’ve kept with it, skipping any weeks with unappealing dishes or when it doesn’t fit my schedule. I often skip the week, but I know it’s available when I’m in a pinch or a menu looks particularly delicious. Also, the recipes are free to anyone browsing Blue Apron’s website and aren’t restricted to paying customers.

    Overall, Blue Apron impressed me with its organized packaging, clear recipes, and menus. While I won’t be using it in a weekly basis, I enjoy checking out what’s on the menu, browsing the recipes, and occasionally ordering.

    If you want to try Blue Apron, here is a promo code link: https://bluepromocode.com/blueapron/coupon/first-2-meals-free-5033/

    Tested and Reviewer: Selvia Widodo

    Disclaimer: The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf.

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:59 PM | Anonymous
    Whole Foods Market Fremont is celebrating the start of summer vacation for kids with this fun offer through their Kids Club program. Kids Club is a program in our store that is a fun and interactive club for kids. They offer a monthly Kids Club class (this month’s is Kids Yoga) and kids also receive a complimentary snack with each store visit. There is no age limit for this program and/or this offer.

    Joining Kids Club is simple. Stop by Customer Service and ask to be part of Kids Club, with the option of sharing an email address to receive monthly emails about upcoming classes.

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