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Meeting November 1st

Hello Monster Mamas!

If you’re not in a sugar coma after trick or treating, you’ll definitely want to be at our meeting Friday, Nov. 2. Our Plunge topic for November is “Beach Blanket Fun,” and what is more fun than sitting in the sun and losing yourself in a great book? Lisa Chipouras, a children’s librarian at Highlands Ranch Library, will speak on what it takes to encourage reading at the early stages of your child’s life. Lisa has a passion for children’s literature and does some of the best story times in the metro area.
Table 1 is in charge of breakfast, and as always MOPPETS will be open for business beginning at 9:15 a.m.
As a service project associated with our program this month, we will be having a book drive to benefit Reach Out and Read Colorado, which helps prepare children for school by getting doctors to “prescribe” books and encourage families to read together. The doctors give books to children at checkups, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty.
Reach Out and Read accepts new and used books. The new books are given during the appointments, while the used books are given to siblings or used at the doctors’ offices to promote reading.
Let’s work together to get a bundle of books together for this organization! (If Lisa recommends a book you think your little ones will enjoy, why not buy two and donate one?) We’ll collect the books during both meetings in November.
Thanks and have a Happy Halloween!
Melissa and Amy

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Neck Warmer Pictures and Directions!

From our friendly Crafts Coordinator Laura, here are the directions to make neck warmers as well as some delightful pictures of us making them.

To make your own massage oil,

See the neck warmer over her hand?

Place 1 oz. grape seed oil (can buy at natural markets and some major grocery stores) into a small container (I got ours at The Container Store).
Add a few drops of essential oils, to your liking. Our favorite combinations were lavender and vanilla; jasmine and vanilla; eucalyptus, rosemary and mint; tangerine and vanilla
Close tightly and shake to combine. The oil should stay fresh for about 6 months.
Sewing up the neck warmers.Sewing help, sewing neck warmers
To make neck warmers:
Take your favorite fabric and cut into a rectangle. Fold it in half with the right sides together, begin at the bottom of the fold stitch 2 sides (Not the folded side).  End with a back stitch at the top of the second side to hold the seam.  Fill a separate plastic bag with enough rice to fill your warmer about half way about half way.  Drop about 6 drops of essential oils into the bag with the rice and shake up.  Then deliver the rice into the warmer through the unstitched side.   Close the opening by folding in the seam and stitching across.  Viola!  Place in the microwave for about 2 minutes.  Shake and place on your neck.  If it is too hot, let it cool.  If it is not hot enough cook in the microwave a bit more.  Do not get the warmer wet or your rice will become cooked and stinky.


Plunge into dating this Friday at OLFC MOPS

Hello wonderful moms!

I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying this wonderful fall weather! This is one of my favorite times of the year: changing leaves, cooler nights, football.

This Friday, we’re going to focus again on our marriages with a theme of “Moonlit Walks on the Beach.” That’s right, we’re talking all about dating our husbands! So brainstorm some great dating ideas and think about some special moments with your husband you would like to share.

We’ll be using the book “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage” as a guide, and we’ll have at least one copy to give away.

Don’t forget the details: We’ll meet Friday, Oct. 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. You can drop your kiddos off at MOPPETS beginning at 9:15. Table 3 is in charge of breakfast. And don’t forget to pass this along to a friend!

Melissa  Co-Coordinator

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Growing and keeping the spark in your marriage/ Neck warmer project

Today’s meeting was about keeping the flame burning for our spouse.  Deciding to take the iniative of getting deeper with our members has paid off.  We spent some time in discussion at our tables where we were able to share about and reflect upon the things that give us joy in our marriage, with our feelings about our spouses and ourselves.  Then we had a little fun too.  Laura, our craft coordinator put together a fantastic project just in time for the snow that fell last night!

Several moms brought in their sewing machines.  Laura led us through a quick tutorial about construcing our own unique toasty bag of rice.  Actually it was a neck warmer!  Or a whatever you want to warm, warmer.  Super easy and quick to make these little creations also included essential oils.

All in all great meeting, fun project and fantastic moms!

Please come by on October 19th!