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So Easy Homemade

Beef Wontons   One of our local grocery stores has fresh wonton wrappers.  Usually I make veggie and tofu wontons (maybe I’ll post that recipe sometime), but today I felt like trying beef wontons. They were DELICIOUS!  If you don’t have easy access to wonton wrappers, you can just make these as meatballs and serve them over rice with some sautéed broccoli or bok choy or drop them into a ginger-mushroom…

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Ask the Expert

Real Estate Advice by Amy Kurzer Real Estate Spotlight on Kensington Nestled high in the East Bay hills, just north of Berkeley, is the small village of Kensington  (population 5,000). This charming community has spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge town and quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods of spacious houses. The architectural styles include Mid- Century Modern, Tudor, Colonial, and Spanish Revival homes. Kensington is an unincorporated town in Contra Costa…

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A’sonda’s Musings

Today Jacob received his first correspondence from one of many Universities he applied for in late fall of 2014. It seems we have spent his entire life preparing for this moment that somehow suddenly snuck up on us. Eighteen years arrived faster than we ever anticipated. During his 9th grade year I constantly encouraged him to do well and in 10th and 11th grade I continued being his cheerleader and…

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Raw Parenting Unprocessed. Unfiltered. Pure Madness.

New Definition of Self Care, Please There’ve been a number of articles floating around the inter-webs recently—articles talking about making self-care a priority in this new year. Most of us have heard the rule about ‘putting your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others’ when we take a plane trip. This rule can be applied, quite easily, to parenting and caregiving in general. Implementing this rule is a whole…

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Looking Forward…

March will bring longer days and some evening walks to the calendar. I’m also happy to announce that Hannah’s Children’s Resale on Solano will be have an East Bay Moms & Dads member special–with special buying hours and more in the coming months. The schedule will remain pretty steady, but early April will bring back our Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Break playdates in the afternoons! Don’t forget to pass along that East Bay Moms & Dads membership is half off in honor of our 20th anniversary! Do you have something you’d like to contribute? Poetry? Essays? Opinion pieces? Artwork? We would love to have you be a part of this newsletter! Contact us through the website or email info@eastbaymoms.com!

Dear East Bay Moms & Dads

Happy New Year! New Years begin with promise and you can be sure to include East Bay Moms & Dads in your resolutions to meet new people, get exercise and spend more time with your family! Membership is half off for everyone for the month of January! Be sure to save the date, Saturday, January 24 from 10am-2pm for our 17th annual East Bay Preschool Fair! We’ve got over 50 preschools from around the East Bay and from an array of styles, philosophies and schedules; featured local start-ups/momtrepreneurs;  a rest area for the kiddos, including face painting and toys to distract the kids while you absorb the mass amounts of info you are sure to get! We will also have local practitioners and service providers ready to answer questions and…

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Ten Things I learned in 2014…. 

by Angelina Grab There is deep satisfaction in being married for almost 15 years–the butterflies change, but there are still butterflies. Getting flowers is nice, but having someone hold you while you ugly cry is better.  Having someone hold you while you ugly cry then bring you flowers is just awesome. There is nothing wrong with building a new family from friends—you need to get love and support where you find it. Just because you share DNA doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be best friends. Just look at Sirius Black’s family… or the Weasleys even. Percy was a jerk.East Bay Mom, Nancy Duley explained this as “When what you want is Norman Rockwell and what you have is Norman Bates,” The generosity and kindness of people will never cease to amaze…

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Restaurant Review: Phil’s Sliders

“Organic mini-burgers, milkshakes, potato tots & draft beer in a compact hangout with outdoor seats.” Maybe it’s a throwback to childhood and going absolutely crazy over tiny things–baby clothes, dollhouses, miniature action figures, but I get overcome by the same glee when it comes to sliders. My sister-in-law was in town and we spent an afternoon on Shattuck in Berkeley walking around, chatting and generally trying to convince her to move to the Bay Area in a few years. We got hungry, which is the absolute worst time to try and decide on where to eat. Fortunately for us, we ended up at Phil’s Sliders on Shattuck. Being the tiny food connoisseur that I am, I ordered one of each slider: fried chicken, beef, portobello, and veggie. We ordered sweet…

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A’sonda’s Musings

New Year’s Resolutions Thanksgiving, Christmas and quenching rain, I truly enjoy the holiday season as winter is my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s been a few years now since I’ve smelled fresh rain, snuggled up with the kids in front of the fireplace while enjoying a holiday special on the tube, or splashing in puddles remembering my ephemeral youth.  If I had to guess I’d say this year won’t be disappointing and Oakland will have a true winter.  I’m excited. While I do enjoy winter I must confess January first I dread faithfully every year.  New Year resolutions!  Need I say more? New Year resolutions send chills all over my body as I view them as “predestined failures”. Seriously, one year I vowed to quit eating chocolate! I…

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