Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Announcing Our Preschool Art Class with Cassandra Monson

We have an amazing new preschool art class! This 3-class series begins March 5 and is the perfect cure for cabin fever. Artist Cassandra Monson has taught three of our kids in several different class and they love her! Cassandra makes art fun, nourishes kids' inner creativity, and teaches concepts to help kids express themselves even after class is over.

This session will explore famous artists. Create Matisse inspired collages, VanGogh sunflower paintings and Warhol printmaking. We will have so much fun! Parents are invited to participate or relax and observe.

Our Son Riley's love of drawing is due in part to Cassandra's classes.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The True Cost of Cloth Diapers - Featuring Veronica Jacobson of BabyLove

Check out this wonderful video by BabyLove's Veronica Jacobson, filmed right here at Peapods. Cloth diapers really are cheaper than disposables! (And better for babies and the planet, too!)

Thanks to BabyLove for creating this great video!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Announcing Classes & Events in the Brand New Peapods Community Room!

Peapods Community Room

Big changes are underway at Peapods! We've reconfigured our back room with its beautiful cork floors as a community room! This space will be available for movement classes, childbirth education, baby yoga, parenting and green living classes, craft workshops, portrait sessions, meetings, and special events. We've already booked an exciting collection of events taught by some of the Twin Cities best educators beginning as soon as March 1.

Here's our initial offerings. Stay tuned for more!

Baby Handprint EventBaby Handprint Event
March 1, 2014, 11am-1pm
Create your own baby hand or foot prints with the artists from SweatPea Imprints! SweatPea will fire the clay and create a beautiful keepsake you'll cherish for years to come. A fun family-friendly event. See our event listing for all the details.

Babywearing 101 ClassBabywearing 101 Class
March 1, 2014 2pm - 3:30pm
Join Babywearing Educator Kelly Lillibridge for a comprehensive introduction to ring slings, soft structured carriers, wraps and mei tais. This a perfect introduction to babywearing for new parents and pregnant mothers. See our class listing for all the details.

YOXO Unlimited Build EventYOXO Unlimited Build Event
March 15, 2014, 11am 3pm
Dig into a huge bin of locally-made YOXO parts and see what you can create! Create animals, cars, rocket ships, flowers, or, of course, a giant robot. YOXO creator Jeff Freeland-Nelson will be on hand with ideas and sneak peeks at new YOXO products in development. Bulk YOXO parts will be for sale by weight. See event listing for details.

Ensemble Music Together ClassEnsemble Music Together Classes
Monday or Tuesday Mornings Beginning March 31, with a free demo class March 24th.
Music Together Classes taught by Ensemble Music at Peapods! These 8 week baby classes (8 months and younger) and 10 week mixed age classes (birth-K) are renowned for getting kids excited about music! See our class listings for details. Registration will begin in early March.

Pregnancy 101 Class with BabyLovePregnancy 101 Class by BabyLove
April 3, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Join Lamaze childbirth educator Veronica Jacobson from BabyLove for evidence based information on early pregnancy discomforts and remedies; healthy pregnancy myths versus realities; differences between OBs, Midwives, and Family Med Doctors; and birth place options. See class listing for details.

Parenting Mojo: Transforming Challenging BehaviorParenting Mojo: Transforming Challenging Behavior
April 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tina Feigal, the Director of Family Engagement at Anu Family Services/Center for the Challenging Child, will teach you how to overcome arguments, tantrums, problems with peers, difficult mornings, and challenging transitions through powerful parenting techniques. See class listing for details.

We'll be announcing more classes and events in the near future. Of course, our free Cloth Diaper Class continues, too!

We're excited about our new Community Room because it gives us an opportunity to expand our mission and share some of the resources that have helped our family over the years. Please share these classes with friends or family who may be interested, too! 

More new items for 2014:
Cook N Serve Kitchen from Hape
Mudpuppy Shadow Puppets
New Beco Baby Carrier Styles
New Spring Robeez
Best Bugs Magnetic Maze by Hape
Not Too Young for Peace Organic Bodysuit