Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Events

November 5 - MOPS meeting (9:00-11:00): The Art of Service - Remember to bring supplies needed for teacher projects

Apple Hill pie payments due by this date!  Pay online(creekside-online.com) or by check made payable to Creekside Church.  Any additional orders can be e-mailed to creeksidemops@gmail.com.  All pies will be delivered the weekend of November 19.

November 12 - Park Day (9:30-11:00) - Buljan Park located at 150 Hallissey Drive, Roseville, CA 95678 from

November 19 - MOPS meeting (9:00-11:00): The Art of Family - Making a family tree broach

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Events

Fall is in the air! We have some fabulous activities lined up this month and hope you are able to join us.

October 8 - MOPS Meeting (9:00-11:00 am): Creating Halloween/Fall bags

October 14 - Rubio's Fundraiser (4:00-8:00pm):  Dine in or take out during the hours of 4-8 pm at the Rubio's on Stanford Ranch to benefit MOPS.  ***Pick up a flyer at the meeting. Must present flyer to cashier***

October 15 - Park Day (9:30-11:00 am): Mahany Park in Roseville, located at the corner of Woodcreek Oaks and Pleasant Grove Blvd. behind the Martha Riley Library

October 22 - MOPS meeting (9:00-11:00): Speaker Laura Frederick and our Mentor Moms will be sharing on the topic of finding rest

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Christmas in September

When: Thursday, September 30
Where: Lois Meyer's House, Rocklin

A boutique for gently used Christmas decorations! Come share in the Christmas spirit of fun. Christmas Goodies will be available while you shop; featuring a Raffle and Silent Auction too. Bring your friends and make it a girls' night out. The more the merrier - all are welcome! Contact Lois Meyer if you have questions or donations at 916-791-3250 or gardendoodler@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

I told Karen I would post this recipe here. Its super healthy and very yummy! My notes have have an * before them. Its better with parmesan cheese sprinkled on when you serve it, but that makes it less healthy ;) Hope you like it. -Carly

Prevention’s Ultimate Quick and Healthy Cookbook
Prep time: 15 min Total time: 1 hour

5 large red bell peppers (or mix of red and yellow)
2 cups water
½ cup long-grain white rice
¾ tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 med onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tsp dried thyme *I used TJs 21 Seasoning Salute
¼ tsp black pepper
1 lb fresh spinach (I used baby spinach), coarsely chopped
½ cup dried currants *I forgot the currants and it was still delicious
¼ cup chopped parsley *I also forgot parsley this time, still delicious :)

1. Preheat oven to 350. Bring large saucepan of water to boil over high heat.
2. Meanwhile, cut off and discard the tops of 4 bell peppers. Seed the peppers, being careful not to puncture them. Seed and dice the extra bell pepper; set aside.
3. Blanch the whole peppers in the boiling water for 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Drain the peppers, then stand them upright in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish; set aside.
4. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the water, the rice, and ¼ tsp of the salt. Cover and bring to a boil over med-high heat; reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered, for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.***I used brown rice this time so I cooked the rice first and then did steps 1-3, 5-7.
5. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, warm the oil over med-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the turkey and sauté for about 3 minutes, breaking up any clumps with a spoon. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and remaining ½ tsp of salt, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the onions are softened.
6. Add the diced bell peppers, spinach, currants, and parsley; cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until spinach is wilted. Remove the pan from heat. *I added the spinach last, and literally had to smash it down to fit it all under the lid! After it wilted it fit fine – use the largest skillet you have because it will be very full by this point in the recipe.
7. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Add the spinach mixture to the rice and stir to combine. Spoon the rice mixture into the bell peppers and bake for 15mins. *If you cannot fit all of the mixture in the peppers, save the extra and spoon it into the pan around the peppers. My kids thought the bell pepper as bowls were cute, but didn't want to eat them. So I just spooned the extra mixture surrounding the peppers into a bowl and sprinkled parmesan cheese on it and they ate it with a spoon.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Events

Sept. 10th - 9am MOPS Meeting: Fall Kickoff Meeting! "Momology 101"
Sept. 17th - 9:30-11am Park Day: Whitney Ranch Park (bring your water gear!)
Sept. 24th - 9am MOPS Meeting: "The Art of Song"
Sept. 30th - 7pm Christmas in September MOPS Fundraiser at Lois' house

Addresses and other details are in your MOPS folder. See you all soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last Park Summer Day

Just a reminder that our last MOPS Summer Park Day is this Friday, August 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Wilson Park in Lincoln (2325 East Joiner Pkwy). Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

JBF Sale coming soon to our area...

Here is an article I received and was asked to post by the Just Between Friends sale that comes to our area every once in a while:

Local Moms Create Their Own Toy Stories
Just Between Friends helps moms find new homes for beloved toys through children’s consignment

Like Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Slinky Dog, countless quality, name brand toys are sitting around area homes no longer being used or played with. But, there are just as many local homes, with younger children, who would be more than happy to give a gently-used toy a treasured place in their toy boxes. Just Between Friends (JBF) will be an important part of tens of thousands of new toy stories this fall.

“Many parents feel they cannot afford name brand toys that are made to last because they cost more,” said Shannon Carter, coordinator of the Just Between Friends Community Children’s Consignment Sales Event in Sacramento. “However, Sacramento-area parents are embracing Just Between Friends because they can find exceptional bargains on the hot items their children want and need. In addition, they are helping other local families who are recycling unused and outgrown items from their growing families.”

The beauty of JBF consignment events is that we inspire families to take a good look at their homes twice each year and to recycle and repurpose those items which no longer have a use in that family, but still have significant value and life left in them for a second home. It’s a fact that toys stored for any amount of time will be at risk for things like battery corrosion, pieces that get misplaced and electronics that are adversely affected by heat, cold and moisture. JBF offers families a convenient alternative that puts money in their pockets and increases the useful lifespan of countless children’s items every season.

Just Between Friends will offer three fall/winter community children’s consignment events: Sacramento, August 27-29; Folsom September 10-12 and Roseville, September 24-26.

“Toys generally sell very well at Just Between Friends,” said Jill Mitchell, coordinator of the Just Between Friends events in Folsom. “We have parents who buy new toys to give as gifts; we’ve got grandparents who purchase items to have at their homes for when the grandkids come to play, and even daycares that are looking for affordable, but sturdy toys to replenish their play rooms. But, what is always so much fun, is when we see the joy on a child’s face who was just able to afford that ‘to die for’ toy on their piggybank budget.”

Consignors (sellers) make up to 70% on each sold item and Just Between Friends offers the opportunity to sell toys, clothing, baby equipment, outdoor playground toys, books, DVDs and pretty much anything that has to do with raising children. Volunteers, who run every aspect of each event, shop the sale before the public. Shoppers who sign-up on the JBF mailing list for each sale will receive a free admission coupon the week before each event.

The Just Between Friends fall/winter sales will benefit, in part, Sacramento Food Bank Family Services Mother-Baby Program. For more information and to sign-up on the community email mailing list for future sale announcements, please visit www.jbfsale.com and select the sale(s) you are interested in.

Thanks again for all your help.

Shannon Carter
Just Between Friends
Roseville & Sacramento Sales

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Park Day Update

This is just a message to remind you we have a park day coming up this Friday, July 23 at Memorial Park in Rocklin. However, we have changed the time to 10:00 due to the water feature opening at that time. Please bring towels, sunscreen and a lunch if you wish. Friends are welcome too. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Park Days

Please join us for some MOPS fun this summer! We will be getting together for three different park days to hang out and let our kids play. Feel free to bring any friends. Hope to see you there!

Park Day Schedule
9:30-11:00 (or as long as you want to stay)

Friday, June 25th - ROYER PARK in Roseville (190 Park Drive)

Friday, July 23rd - MEMORIAL PARK in Rocklin (3980 Rocklin Road)

Friday, August 20th - WILSON PARK in Lincoln (2325 East Joiner Pkwy)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Swim Lessons with Callie Mohler

A girlfriend of mine teaches swim lessons and I would HIGHLY recommend her. You can also get a recommendation from Karen Asche or Pam Lawley in our MOPS group - all of their kids took lessons with Callie last summer. She has many years of experience and she is great with kids. She only teaches for 1 two-week session each summer, so if you're interested let her know as soon as possible. She teaches in Granite Bay. Here is the email she sent me with the details:

Hi Carly,
I will be teaching swimming lessons June 14 - June 24. Monday through Thursday both weeks. I will start lessons at 9am and teach back to back 20 minute lessons until noon. I charge $150 for private, $80 for semi-private with a $10 discount for two children in the same family. Please pass my name along to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you so much!

Callie Mohler

Friday, April 30, 2010

Registration for Fall 2010 Starts NOW!

Registration starts TODAY for the Fall 2010 semester! We hold spots based on a first-registered-first-served basis, so register as soon as you know that you will be able to join. (We max out when a childcare room is full - moms who do not need our childcare program are always open to come!) To hold your place we need to have both a completed registration form and at least half of your payment. Registration forms are available in the church lobby or by emailing creeksidemops@gmail.com. You can pay your registration fees with a check written to Creekside Church ("MOPS Fall 2010" in the memo) or cash to the church office. We are still confirming the process of paying online, so stay tuned for that...

Prices for the Fall semester are as follows:
Mom alone $50
Mom +1 child $75
Mom +2 children $85
Mom +3 or more children $95

See you all in the morning! Be thinking of any friends you would like to invite to our group so you can grab a flyer/reg form for them.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt is on!

Its 8:03 by my clock and it looks like the rain is holding off for now... I will post again at 9:20am. If it starts raining before 10am we will cancel the egg hunt today. But for you die-hard moms and kids, we will still do it as long as the rain doesn't come!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Creekside Church Easter Events

The Last Supper Potluck

Thursday, April 1, 6:00 PM

Bring your family, friends, a Bible and a dish to share as we break bread together and reflect on Jesus' last meal this side of Heaven.

Last name beginning with:

A-M bring a main dish to serve 8;

N-S bring a side dish to serve 8;

T-Z bring dessert to serve 12.

Drinks, bread and dinnerware are provided. Please be sure to bring your own serving utensils.

Contact: Erin Traynor, 784-3121 x102

Good Friday Worship Night

Friday, April 2, 7 - 8 PM

Join us for an evening of worship and reflection as we ponder once again the purpose of the cross and the depth of Christ’s agony and love. Separate worship service for Kindergarten through 4th grade. Childcare for 0-4 years, thanks to our many volunteers. Contact: Children’s Pastor Lisa McDonald, 784-3121x105

Easter Services

Sunday, April 4

9:00 and 10:45 AM

Fun programs for kids through 4th grade.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt Details and Directions

This Friday, April 2, will be our MOPS Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 am. The park is located at 1421 Cushendall in Roseville (see directions below). If the hunt is canceled due to weather, a note will be posted here by 8:00 am on Friday morning.

For every child that will be participating in the hunt, please bring one dozen filled eggs to contribute. Hope to see you Friday!

Directions from the church:
65 South
Exit Pleasant Grove, turn right
Left on Woodcreek Oaks Blvd
Right on Junction
Left on Cushendall (the 2nd street on the left, after Varick/Aylsebury)
Park will be on your right at 1421 Cushendall

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MOPS Garage Sale Fundraiser

We are scheduled to hold our Spring Garage Sale on the morning of Saturday, April 10th, at Diana Smith's home. This is a big fundraiser for MOPS to help keep our cost down.

How You Can Help...
- Clean out your unused household items and donate them to sell.

- Assist with organizing items the night before the sale on April 9th. This is a good time to pre-shop!

- Volunteer at the sale on the morning of April 10th.

***All items for donation can be dropped off at Diana's house beginning Monday, April 5.***

Thank you for your support! This fundraiser has been a huge success in the past and a lot of fun!

March/April MOPS Meeting Calendar


March 12: Speaker, Laura Frederickson (9:00-11:00)

March 19: Park Day - Martha Riley Library (9:30-11:00)
1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville

March 26: Terra Cotta Pots craft (9:00-11:00)


April 2: Easter Egg Hunt, H.C. Elliot Park (9:00-11:00)
1421 Cushendall Dr., Roseville

April 16: Speaker, Bev Houston - planning kids' parties (9:00-11:00)

April 30: Activity - Freedom Hall

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Homemade Spa Bath Products

Hello Ladies,

Below are the bath products we made at our last meeting. Please also view the bottom for some other fun products!

Homemade Milk Bath
(thanks toAngela Glover!)
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup Epsom salts
½ tbsp. baking soda
½ tsp. cornstarch
few drops of essential oil or 1/8 tsp. fragrance oil
optional: ¼ cup lavender buds
or dried flower petals

Natural Oatmeal Bath
(to relieve eczema/itchy skin)
½ cup ground oatmeal or Scottish oatmeal
½ cup cornstarch

Scented Bath Salts
1 cup Epsom salts
1/8 tsp. fragrance oil or few drops essential oil or dried lavender/flower petals
optional: 1 drop food coloring

Recommended Suppliers

Fragrance oil: Adamsboro Sundries (adamsborosundries.etsy.com)

California lavender buds: The Violet Patch (thevioletpatch.etsy.com)

Natural soaps: Oil and Spice (oilandspice.etsy.com or oilandspicebath.com)

Directions for mixing:
1. Add ingredients to Ziploc bag and seal
2. Shake to mix ingredients thoroughly
3. Pour spa product into small clear gift bag

**Tip**If scent is too light, add a few drops more of oil
If scent is too strong, add more Epsom salts

Other Bath Products to Try…

Chamomile-Mint Bath Salts
1/2 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup sea salt
2 bags peppermint tea (4 tsp leaves)
2 bags chamomile tea (4 tsp leaves)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
In a mixing bowl, combine both salts.
Add tea leaves and stir well.
Sprinkle both extracts over top of mixture and, with a wooden spoon, blend the extracts evenly throughout the salt mixture.
Fill a decorative jar with salts and close tightly.

Brown Sugar Scrub

(thanks to Carly!)
1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of almond oil

1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap

1/4 tsp of vanilla
Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.

Other website with bath recipes:
Bath salt tutorial:
Skin care recipes and remedies blog:
More bath scrubs:

Friday, January 29, 2010

The 2010 New Mommies

Here's a great shot from this morning's meeting - the brand new mommies of 2010. I remember last spring when they all announced that they were pregnant! The new babies from left to right are Wesley, Ryel and Evie. They are precious, and theses moms look amazing for being in the "glamorous" newborn stage :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Park Day Change - Jan. 22nd

Because of this stormy weather we've been having all week, the park day tomorrow will be moved to the indoor playground at the Galleria Mall. We will meet at the old playground that is near Sears and the Starbucks kiosk. (Its the playground that is construction-themed.) Come and hang out with other moms if you'd like to!

An exciting time at our church...

If any moms are interested in celebrating with us or learning more about our church, we are having an event this month to celebrate our new lead pastor and the future of Creekside as a church. Anyone is welcome, even if you don't regularly attend our church. I will be there if you need someone to sit with :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Welcome to our Spring Semester!

Hello Ladies,

We are so excited to have you join us this semester! Please know we will begin on January 15, and our calendar is below so you can see what we have planned. The balance of your registration is due at the first meeting, and Diana Smith will be notifying you of your balance. However, if you have questions, you can e-mail her at blonde@surewest.net.

See you soon!

Creekside MOPS Calendar - Spring 2010

January 15: Planet Organization

9:00 – 11:00AM

Speaker: Kelli Wilson – Getting Organized for Success

January 22: Park Day!

9:30 – 11:00AM

Lone Tree Park (6101 West Oaks Blvd; Rocklin)

January 29: Serving on this Planet

9:00 – 11:00AM

Service Craft: Stationary Kits for Iraq kids

February 12: Make-It-Yourself Planet

9:00 – 11:00AM

Craft: Spa Day/make-it-yourself home supplies talk

February 19: Park Day!

9:30 – 11:00AM

Galleria Mall Playground near Macy’s

February 26: Is There Still Romance on this Planet?

9:00– 11:00AM

Speaker: Cathy Keller – marriage and intimacy

March 12

9:00 – 11:00AM

Speaker: Laura Frederick

March 19: Park Day

9:30 – 11:00AM

Martha Riley Library Playground

(1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd; Roseville)

March 26: Plane Green Thumb

9:00 – 11:00AM

Craft: Terra Cotta Pots

April 2: Easter Egg Hunt!

9:00 – 11:00AM

H.C. Elliot Park (1421 Cushendall Dr.; Roseville)

April 16: Birthday Day Parties on this Planet!

9:00 – 11:00AM

Speaker: Beverly Houston – planning kid parties

April 30: Serving on this Planet

9:00 – 11:00AM

Activity: Freedom Hall

May 12: Spring Tea and Testimony

9:00 – 11:00AM