MOMS Club of Boonton Area

helping moms stay sane

March 2016 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Hi Ladies!

Last week during the 75 degree weather, I was talking to some moms & even though it wasn't as harsh as a winter as previous years, it seems we all hibernated just like it was. Can't wait to get out & start doing some fun things outside!

Please feel free to host whatever you would like to host for the Club - the option is open to everyone to coordinate an event, not just the eboard members.

Special thanks to our NEW PLAYGROUP COORDINATORS! This part of the Club has needed "help" for so long & I think we are finally at a point where these are running smoothly for the 1-2 year olds (thanks to Jenna Zorn, Leslie Pio Costa, Wendy Sarama) & the 2-3 year olds (thanks to Nicole Sudol, Tonianne Sportelli, Dana Cornwell). Communication on these events will come to you via email from these lovely ladies I just mentioned but PLEASE make sure to RSVP so these coordinators are in the know. Lisa Ponte is going to help me with the 3-4 year olds but we still need a NON Walker Coordinator! Any takers?



Info on Events & Hosting!

We have various events throughout the year that are hosted by the eboard of the Club:

  • Valentine's Dance
  • MOMS Year End Dinner in June
  • Summer Picnic in September
  • Breakfast with Olaf in December

In addition, we have a monthly MOMS Night OUT! These are organized by a coordinator in this position (see below). If you have any ideas, please them along to myself or Vivian Bastos-Jenkins! In some months, the MNO is a "set" activity:

  • May: Mothers Day Brunch - this year hosted by Kelly DelGaizo
  • June: Year End Dinner - hosted by the eboard

Bi Monthly Events include (see below for coordinators):

  • Book Club - Candice Hoff
  • DIY Club - Stephani Wright & Wendy Sarama
  • Family Fun Night - Lisa Calamari

Then there are our everyday events that are hosted by our members! Anyone can "host"and this does not mean absorbing costs or opening your home. It can be as simple as lunch at Delizia or a walk on the Boulevard. Feel free to host whatever you would like!

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt ~ March 23rd

This is one of our favorite events of the year - the Annual Easter Egg Hunt for our Club! Easter is early this year, so we are waiting until the week before so hopefully the weather will be on the nice side.

Please bring 12 plastic eggs for each of your children that will be participating in the hunt so that each child goes home with 12 eggs! Please fill these eggs with anything you would like, but please no peanuts/tree nut items!

NEW: Recipe Corner by Marianne Green

We thought it would be fun to share some of the recipes we have been collecting from our events with you each month through the newsletter. This month we bring you a yummy crock pot recipe as well as a healthy dessert from the MNO with Chrissy Davenport!

Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 pepper, any color, chopped

1 can frozen corn

1 package taco seasoning

1 can of condensed tomato soup

1 cup shredded cheddar or Pepperjack cheese

1 box of jiffy corn muffin mix and ingredients needed on box

Combine first 6 ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Top with shredded cheese and assembled muffin batter

Add lid and cook on high setting for 60 minutes

Gluten Free Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins

Protein and fiber packed! Tastes like a cakey-delicious brownie without the guilt. No one can tell they’re made with beans!

1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

3 large eggs

½ cup pure maple syrup (Grade B or C is best)

2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon brewed coffee (optional to enhance flavor)

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Cocoa)

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup chocolate chips, plus 3 Tablespoons for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking liners and spray the inside of each liner with non stick cooking spray.

Place black beans and 1 egg into a food processor and process until beans are blended well.

Add another two eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and coffee, process again until smooth

Add cocoa powder and baking powder and process until smooth. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips.

Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips evenly on top of each muffin.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Place muffins on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

Store muffins for a day at room temperature then transfer to refrigerator to store in an airtight container.

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Wishing a very Happy Birthday to all of our Moms & Kiddos with March Birthdays!! We hope it is wonderful!!

Family Highlight ~ Meet the Pio Costas

Your Name: Leslie Pio Costa

Your Husbands Name: Carmen Pio Costa

How You Met: In college at the University of Hartford

Your Child/Children's Name & Age: Carmen Jr, age 3 and Annabelle, 22 months

Your favorite thing to do with your kids: go to the park, walks around the neighborhood and to the beach.

Your life before kids: We lived in Hoboken and enjoyed having annual Halloween and St. Patrick's Day parties and enjoyed our summer shares at the Jersey Shore

Do you work?: I work as a stay at home mom

Something we would NEVER know about you: I am a CPA and love accounting

2016 Brings New Little Ones to the CLUB!

Lisa Ponte is expecting her 2nd in April!

Lisa Calamari is expecting her 2nd in June!

Tara Joyce is expecting her 3rd in June!

Jenna Zorn is expecting her 2nd in August!

PLEASE let us know if you're expecting so we can add you to our growing list of additions & we can plan meals for when your little one arrives to help out!

ALSO! Please let us know when you deliver & when you would like your meal service to start! You can contact Lindsey Regan ( & she will get it going!

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Annual MOMS Club Luncheon

We’re very excited to invite you to the 20th annual MOMS Club Conference 4 Luncheon on Saturday, April 9, 2016! The theme this year is….MAMAS IN PAJAMAS!

We are so lucky that this takes place every year right in our backyard at the Hanover Marriott (1401 Rt. 10 East, Whippany, NJ 07981). MOMS Clubs travel from all over the East coast for this & this year....we get to wear our PAJAMAS!

Please repspond directly to ME if you are committing to attend the luncheon. We need to register by March 15th & need payment by that date as well. The ticket cost is $51, but the club covers half of this cost so your responsibility is $25.50. You can pay the Club via PayPal: & just note this is for the luncheon.

Every year we have so much fun & bring so much back both personally & as a group. The last few years we filled a full table of 10 - hoping for more this year! We'll hear from the leaders of the MOMS Club as well as the founder. She is in attendance with her daughter every year! There are baskets for raffle that each club donates & the coveted award for best display. Last year we took FIRST PLACE with our amazing Display by Wendy Sarama.

Tentative schedule for the day (you can leave at ANY TIME!)

9:30am - Open registration of attendees, baskets, and displays

10:00am - Welcome and Brunch!

11:00 am - Visit the displays and baskets

12:00 pm - Program begins

3:00pm - Closing & breaking down displays

2015-2016 Coordinator Positions!

Activities Coordinator: Maureen Fava- weekly emails of upcoming events

Book Club: Candice Hoff - Organize book choice and post time and location of the meet up which occurs every other month.

MNO (Moms Night Out): Vivian Jenkins - Find hosts and suggestions for a fun evening event once a month for all of the moms!

Sunshine: Lindsey Regan - Post news of new babies and coordinate meals for new moms as needed.

Recipe Club: Marianne Green - coordinate quarterly meet ups based on a theme of app, main dish, dessert & share recipes among the group. Collaborate with the eboard to create a MOMS club cookbook!

DIY Club: Stephani Wright & Wendy Sarama - Coordinate mom focused DIY projects to meet on alternate months as Book Club.

Family Fun Club: Lisa Calamari - Organize fun dinner events that dads can also attend every other month!

Newsletter: Stephani Wright - Write/Edit newsletter to be sent to the club detailing recent and upcoming events, club news, information, etc.

Playgroups! We need your help....

Within MOMS Club we have playgroups organized specifically for your child’s age group. These groups meet at member’s homes or in parks, coffee houses, play spaces, libraries, etc & can even rotate hosts within the group. The groups are divided by the child's age & are coordinated by a member within the group.

Now that the MOMS Club is so large, it's essential that these playgroups exist so that we can more comfortably get together in people's homes & at certain locations. We are looking for 2 volunteers to help in the age groups below! Please contact me if you would like to help out!

NonWalkers/0 to 12 months old = Llooking for a volunteer!
1 to 2 years old = Jenna Zorn, Leslie Pio Costa, Wendy Sarama
2 years to 3 years old = Nicole Sudol, Tonianne Sportelli, Dana Cornwell

3 years+ = Lisa Ponte & Stephani Wright


Chapter Meet Up: Beach Party

Friday, March 4th, 11:15am-1pm

1210 Cedar Street

Boonton Township, NJ

Park Play Dates - Session 1 & 2!

Wednesday, March 9th, 11am

Gracelord Park Trail Bridge

Boonton, NJ

March MNO ~ Yoga

Friday, March 11th, 7:30pm

Rock River Yoga

Toddler Yoga

Wednesday, March 16th, 12pm

Rock River Yoga, Boonton

Book Club ~ hosted by Candice Hoff

Tuesday, March 22nd, 7:30pm

202 Myrtle Avenue

Boonton Township, NJ

Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4pm

RVA - Johanson Memorial Fields, Boonton Township, NJ, United States

Boonton Township, NJ


April Chapter Meet Up

Friday, April 1st, 10am


DIY Night @ Culture Cabin ~ hosted by Tammy Fabbish

Wednesday, April 6th, 7:30pm

1017 Main Street

Boonton Township, NJ

FAMily Fun Night at Sharky's ~ hosted by Lisa Calamari

Tuesday, April 12th, 6pm

Sharky's West, Boonton, NJ, United States

Boonton, NJ

Coming up in May

Mother's Day Brunch ~ hosted by Kelly DelGaizo

Sunday, May 15th, 10am

44 Midvale Road

Mountain Lakes, NJ

Your 2015-2016 Eboard

President, Stephani Wright | |(973) 476-7762

Administrative VP, Marianne Green | | (973) 557-5682

Membership VP, Wendy Sarama | | (201) 403-8245

Treasurer, Toniann Roses-Sottile | | (201) 954-0557

Secretary, Keri McGee | | (201) 919-5427

The following International MOMS Club volunteers help our chapter!

Primary Coordinator/Assistant Regional Coordinator:

Kelly Valenti |

Regional Coordinator

Tara-Lyn O’Connell |

Conference 4 Coordinator:

Nadine Young |

“MOMS Club,” the “Mother-To-Mother Fund” and the Mother/Children logo are registered service marks of International MOMS Club.

Welcome New Members!

We’re so glad to have you along with us on this journey & we hope that you will take advantage of all of the wonderful things our MOMS Club has to offer. There is truly something for everyone!

Eboard Meeting

Wednesday, March 30th, 8pm


Each month, your board gets together to plan for upcoming events, budget, & create new ways for us to grow & change as a club. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions please pose them to a board member (listed below) to discuss at our next meeting.

Sunshine Expansion

As you all know, Sunshine takes care of organizing those YUMMY meals when families have new babies. I would love to expand this part of the club to include cooking for families with health emergencies like when mom is sick or having surgery of some kind.

Any volunteers to help Lindsey Regan out with this??