Monday, October 27, 2014

Munchkin March 2014 Photo Booth Photos

The PhotoBooth Photos are up! Thanks again to Sonrisa Photography for a great collection of photos!

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “View My Photos”
  3. Click on “Events”
  4. Find Munchkin March 2014
  5. Enter password: munchkinphotos
  6. Find your image and click on it. 
  7. Click “Buy’
  8. Select “Downloads” and follow the instructions…
  9. The cost is $0. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Munchkin March 2014 is Coming!!

Help us spread the word about this years Munchkin March, a fun filled night to benefit the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County! Download the flier for this year and post in your child's school, billboard around town, and social media sites.
Click image above to download as a .pdf or here to download as an image
We are so very excited... this year is shaping up great! We have had flurry of planning sessions, and lots of donations coming in, and we just can't wait for the big day to arrive!! As always, we will be adding details to the Munchkin March page (found in the top header) as details are finalized. You can also check out our frequently asked questions page for more details!

We are very VERY excited to announce that Sonrisa Photography will be returning this year! The Photo Booth photos from last year were amazing! The photos are free with a suggested $2 donation to the Food Bank, and will be available shortly after the event for digital download.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Monday, September 15, 2014

September Playdate Recap: Gleaning at FirstFruits Farm

A wonderful group of families turned out to harvest at Firstfruits Farm last Friday evening September 12th. Thanks to all who got dirty and picked 790 pounds of tomatoes, lettuce, corn, carrots, melons, zucchini, kale, basil, bell peppers and eggplant!

The produce was delivered the next morning to "God's Storehouse," a huge Food Bank distribution site in SLO which feeds 230+ families every Saturday. Jen Miller of GleanSLO was so impressed with our mission of raising kids with a sense of community: "I hope all of your families will feel the magnitude of your one hour of hard work. Each piece of produce you carefully picked was received with such gratitude. It may be the only fresh food [the recipients] will eat all week.... My heart overflows with gratitude for the type of childhood these kids are experiencing… the freedom to be a kid, eat real, good, homegrown food, and learning the normalcy of giving back to our neighbors that need a little help."

Firstfruits Farm volunteers were also so appreciative. They stressed taste testing as we picked and offered produce for us to take home. What a Win-Win night, complete with gorgeous Central Coast weather.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

3rd Annual Clothing & Book Swap!

This Friday, August 15th, 2014 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Meadow Park Pavilion, SLO 

Mindful Mothers is excited to host another "back to school" clothing and book swap! We had a GREAT turnout the last two years, so gather up your donation items and swap them with other moms! Need some new clothes for soon-to-be-here cooler weather? Or the upcoming school year? Want to help "Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle"? Bring your gently used clothing and books for kids and moms and swap them out for some fresh new digs. Feel free to bring what you can and take all you need. All leftover items will be donated to Alpha Pregnancy and Parent Support (0-24 months, and maternity items), county homeless shelters (books) & the new SLO Classical Academy Thrift Store (all remaining items). The swap will take place in the Meadow Park Pavilion, at Meadow Park in SLO. Remember to bring snacks and drinks for your kids. There is a nice playground area and trees for shade. See you there! Click here to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June Playdate Recap - Exploration Station

Thanks to all who donated electronics and to the kids who enjoyed the afternoon at the Exploration Station on June 12. Thank you to Mindful Mother Tosha for organizing our free admission to this wonderful county resource! There were so many exhibits for kids of all ages, including an outdoor boat canal and huge bubble play area. A scale model of our Solar System hangs from the ceiling - very cool to see the Earth’s size in relation to Jupiter!

The Exploration Station hosts a Lego Club, new Tinkers and Young Makers Clubs, a Toddler Parent Participation program, and lots of special events. Your tax-deductible donations of electronics help support their many children’s programs, so feel free to contact them any time if you have anything to donate. See the full list of items they take here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Free Tickets to a SLO Blues Baseball Game!

Mindful Mothers wants to take you out to the ball game!
Wednesday, July 2 at 6pm

Join us at a San Luis Blues baseball game! The Blues games are a true slice of small-town America. We are a charity partner and were graciously given 100 FREE tickets for the game! Tickets will be first come, first served.  Limit two free tickets per family (kids 12 and under are free).

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Playdate Recap: Beach Cleanup in Oceano

On Sunday, May 18, families showed up to clean the beach in Oceano with our local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Despite crazy high winds, the kids had a great time and picked up LOTS of trash.

Sadly, it was a great place to do a cleanup. Surfrider does a great job of organizing and trying to educate people, and they organize monthly beach clean ups. Check out a wonderful resource on their site called:

Monday, April 21, 2014

April Playdate Recap: Miracle Miles for Kids, 2014

Every year the Family Care Network hosts a super fun run/walk on the beach from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier, and this year was no exception.

The morning of April 19th was cool and sunny, perfect for running. The kids were jazzed to be on the beach volunteering, and so our two-hour shift flew by.

For every dropped water cup, there were four kids enthusiastically running after it and racing to throw it in the big recycling bin!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Children's Day in the Plaza

Come visit our booth at Children's Day on the Plaza this Saturday! This 36th Annual Event takes place at the Mission in SLO on April 12 from 10am-3pm.  We'll be hosting a Seed Planting activity for the kids and talking about our upcoming events.

We are still looking for some volunteers to help with the seed planting, for any hour between 9am-1pm! Let us know if you can help by contacting Cindy Johnson.

UPDATE: WHAT A FUN DAY! We loved seeing all of your happy shiny faces, and meeting all sorts of new families! Kids got to get their hands dirty by planting a seed in a clear plastic (compostable) cup; choices included watermelon (the all day favorite), marigolds, green beans, tomatoes, corn, cucumber, or carrots. Thank you so much for coming out to visit us!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Playdate Recap: SLO Botanical Garden

The SLO Botanical Garden Children’s Garden Team went above and beyond with a kid-focused, educational, purposeful, and FUN afternoon on March 21st!
Before the Play Meadow Ground- breaking, the kids were given a lesson about some common plants and how they grow from seed. They picked beans off the vine and happily munched them, along with cabbage, carrots and radishes grown right at their feet. They made their own paper pots and planted succulents to take home. We toured the Children’s Garden which blooms with an abundance of outdoor activity: a wonderful climbing tree, a teepee made of branches, an edible garden, and the “Imagination Village” filled with pinecones, lava rocks, shells and palm fronds for the kids to build sculptures.

Then the digging began! Shovels and trowels in hand, our kids officially broke ground on the new Native Plant Play Meadow. We were hosted by SLOBG Education Manager Lindsey Collinsworth and several volunteers who showed the kids how to dig the right size hole and transfer the plants from pot to ground. The Play Meadow will transform an invasive weed-filled lot into a home for many beautiful and useful California native plants and the animals that depend on them. The Meadow is designed to connect the current Children’s Garden to the surrounding chaparral area and Discovery Hiking Trail.

Several kids hiked to the top of the trail for a great view of our amazing local landscape. We were honored to help with the groundbreaking and impressed with the wonderful program the volunteers put on for our kids.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Special Event: The Whole Brain Child

An evening with Tina Bryson

Thursday, March 20 at 7pm 
San Luis Coastal Adult School
1500 Lizzie Street, Room J-2, SLO

We are proud to be a sponsor of this great evening for parents, educators, and anyone with the health and happiness of our children at heart. 

“The Whole Brain Child, co-authored by Dr. Tina Bryson and Dr. Dan Siegel, gives parents practical ways to transform difficult moments into opportunities for children, students and families to thrive. Tina is an expert at helping parents demystify the meltdowns and aggravation children face by explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. By applying these discoveries to everyday situations, Dr. Tina Bryson shows how to turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Tina has an unusual knack for taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that’s clear, humorous and immediately helpful.”

Thank you to Mindful Mother Lea Payne Scott for bringing this special event to SLO! Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. Buy your tickets now here. If you can’t make it to the presentation, you can contact Lea Payne Scott, M.P.H. for information on related classes and consultations:  805.594.1618

Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Seed Sale is On!

It all starts with a seed...

Mindful Mothers is happy to offer these unique heirloom seeds from The Seed Savers Exchange again this year! Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving our diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.” In other words, they collect, sell and propagate seed varieties that could be lost because they are not the (very limited) ones that are grown commercially on a large scale and thus found in supermarkets.

For every $10 collection of seeds purchased, $4.00 is donated to Mindful Mothers! The other $6.00 goes to the ongoing preservation work at Heritage Farm.

"The SEEDS TO GROW fundraising program benefits [Mindful Mothers] and the gardening public by promoting heirloom gardening and healthy eating.

"The market for heirloom seed has expanded as millions of gardeners break ground every year. The topic of food - how its grown and prepared, who grows it, and its connections to wellness - is foremost in many peoples minds.

"Selling heirloom seeds can cultivate curiosity in gardening, history, nutrition, biodiversity, organics, and the culinary arts. The education possibilities are endless."

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A few reasons why we love SSE:
- All of their seeds are heirloom, non-GMO, open pollinated, and many are certified organic.
- At the heart of Seed Savers Exchange are dedicated members who have distributed hundreds of thousands of heirloom and open pollinated garden seeds. 
- Seed Savers Exchange collection started when the founders terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two garden plants, Grandpa Ott's morning glory and German Pink tomato. Grandpa Ott's parents brought the seeds from Bavaria when they immigrated 1870s.

- In addition to preserving seeds, they preserve stories thereby preserving our cultural and historic roots as well. Here are a few great examples from their catalog:
  • “Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon: Has enchanted melon fanciers for centuries; gives off an unforgettable perfume. Victorian women carried these tiny melons in their pockets in the days before aerosol deodorants."
  • “Cheyenne Bush Pumpkins: Very early pumpkin adapted to the Great Plains. Developed from a cross of Cocozelle and New England Pie by the USDA Field Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1943.”
  • “Spinning Gourd: Sent to SSE by member Junior Gardener from Hickman County in Tennessee. Years ago children would carry these gourds in their pockets to play with at school where they would spin them on their desks. Hard shelled when dried, great ornamental.”
  • "Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Bean: Given to SSE in 1977 by the late Dr. John Wyche, SSE member from Hugo, Oklahoma. Dr. Wyche’s Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-1839), leaving a trail of 4,000 graves. Green 6 inch pods with purple overlay, shiny jet-black seeds."
To see the six seed collections available, or to place an order, go to our Support Page by clicking here!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RECAP: January Playdate- Save, Share, Spend Banks

Thanks to all who came! We gathered at Laguna Lake Playground to talk about Saving, Sharing, and Spending on a super warm “Winter” day! The kids loved the playground, which is a really nice one if you’ve never been. We saw geese, ducks, and white pelicans in abundance. The kids all received Moonjars for the new year, and we talked about how to donate our Share bank funds from 2013. Special thanks to SESLOC Federal Credit Union for the generous donation of Moonjar banks. We have a few left if anyone is interested in teaching fiscal responsibility.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thank you Digital West!

Digital West is a local company which offers internet connectivity, server co-location and cloud services, among other things.  They graciously offered to host our email and domain for free, and we've been so grateful. Today they featured us both on their website and on their Facebook page!

Thanks so much to our friends at Digital West.  You are such a community-oriented business; if only all businesses were as involved and generous as you!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Recap: Apple Glean at SLO Creek Farms

Thanks to all who came to the apple farm to pick for the Food Bank’s GleanSLO program. The weather was lovely, and the kids seemed to have a great time gleaning! We picked over 500 pounds of apples which were distributed to families in need. In addition, the slightly blemished apples were used in applesauce canning workshops held throughout the county.

Jen Miller, the GleanSLO Program Manager, said it best: “We love it when kids begin to understand the journey of their food, whether it's knowing their farmer, how their food is grown or picking it themselves. This is how we strengthen and nurture relationships within our community and with the food we eat. When our neighbors are hungry, we all feel it. We belong to each other. Thank you for exposing your kids to this message and thank you for your support of the Food Bank and your commitment to making sure that everyone in our community has access to fresh, local food.”