MOMS Club of Boonton Area

helping moms stay sane

August 2014 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Hi Ladies!


It's hard to believe the last few weeks of the summer are upon us! I hope everyone has had the chance to get out & make some amazing memories with your families. We have been crossing things off our summer bucket list at the Wright Household & it feels so good. I included the list of things to do again! If anyone has anything they would like to add to this, please email me & I'll edit & share the list again.


I personally can't wait for our Family Picnic on September 13th! It should be a really great day full of games, prizes, food, fun, & most importantly....FAMILY! I hope some of our new members as well as members that haven't made it out to an event recently can join us at the picnic!


We, as an eboard, are open to your suggestions & ideas about the club & the activities that are planned & coordinated. We welcome them! We want to hear from you & know what you want from this club. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us! In the next few weeks, we will be putting to together an online survey so we can better understand your needs & wants. Look for that in your email!


XO,

Stephani

WElcome new members!

This July, we welcomed Lisa Calamari, Ilissa Schachman, Lindsey Regan, & Mariela Hough! So far in August, we have welcomed Kristine Weiner & Dana Wolek to the club. We are growing every day & it is so exciting! The kids now range in age all the from 8 years old to some that are just a few weeks old to new member Kristine's son who is due on 8/23!


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!

Playgroup Volunteers Needed!

Within MOMS Club we have playgroups organized specifically for your child’s age group. These groups meet at member’s homes or in parks & rotate hosts within the group. The groups are divided by age & are coordinated by a member within the group.


Currently we are in need of Coordinators! These events can occur once a month or as frequently as the group sees fit. The Coordinator is not responsible for all of the organizing & hosting, but just helps facilitate the meet ups.


Playgroups are organized independently from the monthly calendar of activities. Please let me know if you are interested in taking on one of these positions!


Age 4+:

2.5 ~ 3.5 years:

1.5 ~ 2.5 years: Brislyn Anton

Non~walkers:

PLEASE RSVP!

I think I mentioned this last month, but please try to RSVP to events even if it isn't a yes. If we can all get into the habit of doing this, we can better understand what days, times, & events are beneficial for the group. Plus hosts will know who to expect.


Hosting an event often can sound a little daunting, especially to new members! Hosting is very simple. Decide on something that you would like to do with your child, a date that works for you, & a time. Simply create an event on FB with all the information, & voila! You're the host!


You can choose to host at your home, but you don't have to. Most of our events are at public places which is nice & easy. Don't feel as though you need to provide snacks or drinks for the kids. Simply write BYO in the event!


To create an event in FB, click on Events, Create Event, & fill out the event information. Let's get our calendar filled up with fun stuff for the summer!

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MOMS Celebrating August Birthdays!

Joi Baxter, Kasha Khan, Wendy Sarama, & Sarah Stalker all have birthdays this month! Have a wonderful day, ladies! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

KIDS CELEBRATING AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!

Cheyenne Anton is 2!

Keira Baxter is 4!

Audra Crane is 6!

Patrick Farrell is 3!

Kayla McKellar is 5!

Louise Miniter is 7!

Ben Beach is 3!

Recent MOMS Club FUN!

MNO FUN! Mani, Pedi, & Drinks!

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FUTURE MNO FUN!! Steph Dollard is currently planning a GAME NIGHT for September's MNO!! If you have any ideas of great MNO activities, please feel free to email Steph: smaz25@hotmail.com

New Group - Recipe Club!

Marianne Green has volunteered (or I twisted her arm?!) to be our new Recipe Club Coordinator! We are so excited & Marianne has SO many great ideas. We originally thought this would be a quarterly activity & we would collect all of the recipes to distribute to everyone at the end of the year. BUT she has so many great ideas that we are going to just go with it & plan accordingly!


A few of Marianne's ideas include a wine pairing which we can do at an MNO, freezer meals, kid friendly meals, family traditions, kitchen sink meals, & much, much more!


We thought we could tie this into the Holiday Party, dinner & a movie, & MNO! Stay tuned for our first Recipe Club Event coming your way in September!


What hobbies or activities or projects would you love to focus on but just don't have the time? What if we did them together! We would have more eyes on the children than if we were alone & maybe, just maybe, set aside time to finish that photo album or scrapbook or memory box.


What do you think about the following activities or subgroups?


  • DIY Club - crafts for mom!
  • Coupon Club - swapping coupons with other moms that love to save
  • Scrapbooking Group
  • Moms Movie Club


Email your thoughts or ideas to stephani.j.wright@gmail.com. If you would like to start one of these or another group, please let me know!

Coordinator Positions

Special thanks to those who have volunteered to fill some of the coordinator positions. We are looking forward to some fun activities ahead with these ladies leading the way. If you see an open position you think you would like to spearhead, let me know!


Activities Coordinator: Nicole Cechony - Send out weekly emails of upcoming events and coordinate calendar. Special thanks to Nicole for doing this another year! She's so great at it!


Walking Club: Kelly DelGaizo - Post time and location for walks.


Book Club: Candice Bates-Hoffman

Organize book choice and post time and location


MNO (Moms Night Out): Stephanie Dollard - Find hosts and suggestions for a fun evening event once a month.


Sunshine: Janet Crane - 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!


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


Club Photographer: Kelly Miniter - Take pics & post to the FB page of all of our events (that Kelly can personally attend)

Calendar of Events!

August Chapter Meet Up!

Friday, Aug. 8th, 10am

RVA Fields 353 Powerville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005, United States

We will take care of chapter business at 10:00, meet the eboard, welcome any new members, & then PLAY!


Because of everyone's varying nap schedule, please feel free to drop in whenever you would like during the meeting! Sleeping babies are always welcome!

Time Out for Coffee or Tea - hosted by Wendy Sarama & Kristine Weiner

Tuesday, Aug. 12th, 10am

25 E Main St

Denville, NJ

Come join Kristine Weiner & Wendy Sarama for some late morning coffee, tea or breakfast. Mara's is kid friendly so feel bring your little ones and run out some energy at Gardner Field afterwards (weather permitting).

Free Movie - hosted by Stephanie Dollard

Wednesday, Aug. 13th, 9:30am

Bowtie Cinemas Parsippany

Join Andrew and Stephanie for Bowtie Cinema's free movie - Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Don't worry if your kid(s) don't make the entire movie. It's free!

Sky Zone - hosted by Jessica Ortega & Lindsey Regan

Wednesday, Aug. 13th, 11am

60 Chapin Rd

NJ

New Member Lindsey Hickman Regan NEW MOM (of #2) and Jessica Ortega are hosting SKY ZONE Toddler Time!!! Toddler Time is open 11am-1pm. You are required to buy their socks. ITS SO AWESOME...hope a bunch of you can come bounce with us!!! (FYI: moms not required to jump, kids do fine alone)

Backyard Playdate - hosted by Vivian Jenkins

Friday, Aug. 15th, 10:30am

9 Jotham Rd

Montville, NJ

Come over for a backyard playdate and some splash time outside. Vivian has a small plastic pool & will put that out in the lawn as well as the sprinkler and toys, so bring the kids in swimming suits and a change of clothes and towel ;-)

Asbury Splash Park - hosted by Stephani Wright & Toniann

Tuesday, Aug. 19th, 10am

915 Ocean Ave

Asbury Park, NJ

Join Toniann Roses Sottile & I at the Splash Park in Asbury right on the boardwalk! I do this trip a lot & from the Boonton area, you can be to the splash park in an hour & 15 minutes. I will leave to get there for 10 & stay until we leave for naps!


For those of you with little ones, nap on the ride down & the drive back! It's perfect & you can get down the shore for the morning!


Address: Third Avenue Greenspace

Best Parking: 1000 Ocean Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712


Hours are 10am - 7pm. The all day price is $9 for children and $5 for adults. Throughout the summer there has been a Groupon for the splash park so make sure to check there!


Come join us for a great time down the shore!

Picnic & Playdate - hosted by Wendy Sarama & Mariela Hough

Wednesday, Aug. 20th, 10:30am

127 Changebridge Rd

Montville, NJ

Join Mariela Herrera Hough and Wendy Saram for some playtime at Montville Community Park. Come anytime between 10:30-12:30. Pack a lunch and picnic or just drop in to play for a bit.

End of Summer (Vacation) Ice Cream Social - hosted by Tammy Fabish

Friday, Aug. 22nd, 3:30pm

34 Broadway

Denville, NJ

Let's eat ice cream then shake off the sugar rush with park play! (Both locations friendly for kids of all ages.)

3:30-4:10pm
Denville Dairy
34 Broadway
Denville, NJ 07834
www.denvilledairy.com

4:15-5:30pm
Gardner Field
36 Savage Road
Denville, NJ 07834

**Look for Denville Dairy coupons in the mail (typically 15% off of your entire order). Denville Dairy's website posts a "$3 off $15 or more". Perhaps grab some ice cream to go - it's just as tasty as the over the counter variety. NOTE - you must print coupons; DD won't accept smart phone ads.

The Loop & Trailside - hosted by Janet Crane

Monday, Aug. 25th, 10:30am

452 New Providence Rd

Mountainside, NJ

So if you've never been here before, please join us so you can check it out...
My plan is to park at the Trailside Nature Center and then walk to the park (note...it's a couple hundred yards away). We'll play at the park and prob eat lunch for an hour or so and then walk back to the nature center (so we can just leave from there when we're done) which opens at noon. It is so nice inside...lots of animal exhibits and hands on activities. Perfect for toddlers to early school age kids. And it's FREE :) They do accept donations, though.
Hope you can join us!

http://ucnj.org/community/parks-community-renewal/parks-facilities/trailside-beta/

Book Club - hosted by Candice Hoff

Wednesday, Aug. 27th, 7pm

TBD

Current Book: Husbands Secret

EBOARD Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 20th, 8:30pm

Toniann's House

The eboard meets the last Wednesday of each month to discuss upcoming events, service projects, & other business of the MOMS Club. If you have any suggestions, please contact one of the eboard members prior to our meeting to submit your ideas for discussion!

Coming Up in September!

September Chapter Meet Up!

Friday, Sep. 5th, 10am

TBD

FAMILY PICNIC - hosted by the Eboard

Saturday, Sep. 13th, 11am-2pm

RVA Fields - Boonton Township

We have rented the pavillion at the RVA Fields in Boonton Township for an early afternoon CARNIVAL! Games will start our day off at 11 & lunch will be served throughout. Feel free to drop in whenever you can make it!


We will be posting more information about the event after our Eboard Meeting next week as we plan games, food, & prizes.


This will be a potluck lunch as we have done in the past so everyone is responsible for bringing something for us all to enjoy! This is a great event to bring your husbands so we can all enjoy the day together!

YOUR EBOARD

President, Stephani Wright | stephani.j.wright@gmail.com |(973) 476-7762


Administrative VP, Vivian Jenkins | vivianbastos30@gmail.com | (973) 978-0243


Membership VP, Jessica Ortega | aoj2008@gmail.com | (973)588~4582


Treasurer, Toniann Roses-Sottile | drtoniann555@aol.com | (201) 954-0557


Secretary, Wendy Sarama | wendysarama@yahoo.com | (201) 403-8245

The following International MOMS Club volunteers help our chapter!

Primary Coordinator/Assistant Regional Coordinator:

Tara-Lyn O’Connell | gwtwtara@optonline.net


Conference 4 Coordinator:

Nadine Young | nadyoung@rochester.rr.com

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

Day Trips & Summer (some even FREE) FUN Ideas!

Free movies at Bow-Tie Cinemas (the old Clearview) Wed & Thurs at 10:00AM. Here is a new link for the schedule: http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/programs/kids-club/


Sunrise Lake sponsors Tiny Tot Tuesdays in July & August. Use the early morning time to enjoy the beach before it opens for the day to the public. Tuesday mornings, July 1 – July 29th, 9:00-10:45. $3 per adult, FREE for toddlers 4 & under. Regular beach rate applies at 11:00AM.


The Highline, NYC – perfect day trip! Food trucks, bier garden near the 13th street entrance (at the Standard Hotel). More info here: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/the-high-line-new-york-city


Storm King in NY state is a great place for photo ops. The kids can run free among the sculptures. http://www.stormking.org/collection/


NJ Botanical Gardens – Ringwood


Parks to Visit: Nomahegan Park, Echo Lake Park, Verona Park, High Point


Splash Parks!
Newport Green Park in Jersey City
Snyder Park in Berkley Heights
Ponderoas Park in Scotch Palins
Asbury Park Splash Park – right on the boardwalk!

Land of Make Believe – Hope, NJ – great for kids under 6 & the water park is great this time of year. Entertainment book has buy one get one free admission for adults which is a great savings.


Knoebels Amusement Resort –Elysburg, PA (http://www.knoebels.com/)


Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom – Allentown, PA


Dutch Wonderland – Lancaster, PA (https://www.dutchwonderland.com)


Coco Key– Laurel, NJ – indoor water park


Diggerland – West Berlin, NJ (diggerlandusa.com) – just opened!


New Jersey Street Fairs & Festivals: http://festivalnet.com/state/new_jersey/nj.html

December MNO ~ Cookie Exchnage

Jessica Ortega has already graciously offered up her home to host the December MNO which is traditionally the Cookie Exchange Party! Thanks, Jessica! Already looking forward to it!