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Putting Mom on Time Out, The Good Kind

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? I can feel the stress and panic start to creep up behind me like an old, loose pair of underwear. Holidays are coming fast.

Yes, it’s a time to enjoy family and friends and large alcoholic beverages, but somehow for me it turns into striving for the Perfect and completely unobtainable Holiday Experience.

Which is why I am so grateful for the time out I have been putting myself on by going to a moms’ group I love, Mom’s Morning Retreat.

Mothering is, ironically, such an isolating experience. Do you have a supportive group of moms? Maybe you know some moms, but guess what? They are busy moms. Is there any other kind? And your mom friendship consists mainly of comparing notes on best baby foods, best playgrounds, best schools, best healthy lunches or best torture device that leaves no marks.

I have loved having a place to go twice a month where I can talk about real issues about being not just a mom, but being a whole person. Bev Gaines leads the group discussions and gives us all delicious food for thought.

This week we had a service activity of making fleece blankets for foster kids.

Fuzzy fun!

Whether we get deep or just have a laugh, we all leave feeling a little less frazzled and hopefully a little more ourselves.

Which can only help everyone around us, before, during and after the holidays, right?

Mom’s Morning Retreat meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Sept.-June, on Bainbridge Island and is open to moms of children of all ages. Coffee, snacks and even child care are provided during meetings.

Wendy is a mom, writer, reader, runner and singer of off-key tunes. You can find more of her writings and photos and ramblings at Let the Dog In! and join her on Facebook and Twitter.

What’s Up on the KitPen this weekend?

Looking for a few things to do with the family this hopefully sunny and warm weekend? Well, guess what?! There are some!

Saturday, June 4th

Did you know it’s National Trails Day? Well, now we both do! And the City of Poulsbo has Walking Ambassadors on tap to walk you around nine different routes. No pre-registration required! Read more at their site.

Also, Saturday, get your filthy (well, mine IS) car washed and help out the Bainbridge Island School District. Bainbridge Schools Foundation is hosting a car wash from 9am-3pm at the island’s Chevron station. Do good and look good for it!

Sunday, June 5th

Kitsap Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday and will have all kinds of items made by knitters, welders, inventors, craftsmen, artists, you name it. Plus, a food booth, so who can beat that?! All the stuff I am totally unable to do and totally impressed by those who can!

Once you’ve checked out the Kitsap Maker Faire, save some energy (and $) to come to Bainbridge Schools Foundation Family Fun Fair from 1-5pm. They’ll have a dunk tank, cake walk, crafts for sale, putt putt golf and more, at Bainbridge’s high school.

So, there, you have no excuse not to have fun this weekend and tear yourself away from your yard for a few hours! Enjoy!!

Mark Your Calendars! A Diaper Drive on November 14th!

baby-in-diapersDiaper drive alert!!! Please come by the front doors of Central Market in Poulsbo between the hours of 11 and 5 of Sunday, November 14th!

Bring diapers, buy diapers there or feel free to leave a donation for the purpose of buying diapers for Kitsap County families in need! The purpose is to get LOADS of diapers to have ready for a local outreach event. If you want to donate, but that day doesn’t work for you, please contact Jenny Ingram at jenny [at] gmail [dot] com…

On Saturday, November 20th… a local church (Christ Memorial Church) will be hosting Operation Day of Hope. The purpose of this event is to provide assistance and services to the needy in my local community… Kitsap County. The list of services is impressive – from basic needs to practical services to pampering.


I want to thank Central Market for their monetary donation as well as allowing us time and space to collect diapers and share with their patrons about diaper need and how they can make a difference locally. I also want to thank my husband and friend Lisa who will be manning the table without me for a couple hours! Talk about love and commitment!

If you are local, I hope that you will be able to come by and make a donation… Another way to help would be to share this page link on Facebook, on Twitter, in email to local friends… Spread the word!

And if you are not local, but cannot be contained and just have to help some baby NOW – here is a link to Amazon wishlists for diaper banks across the country!
– Jenny is a scattered mom of 3 who loves to dance, spray glitter, and dreams of being famous… You can read more about Jenny at her blog Jenny On The Spot, where she has been telling tales of maternal defeat and digression since 2004. You can also find her on Twitter.