Here’s what’s going on at this week:

AAP decided circumcision is best
I don’t know about you, but I was kind of surprised by the change of opinion by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding circumcision – especially when it seems many parents are starting to steer away from this practice. Does their new stance change your mind about circumcising your son?

Preschool recommendations
A mom is looking for a few good options in the Santa Rosa and Rincon Valley area. Do you know of any?

Toddler haircuts
Another mom hoping for advice on where to take her active toddler to get his haircut, and has received a couple really great suggestions. Check them out so you know where to go too!

Baby/Toddler Casting Call
Cupcake is holding their semi-annual contest to find the cutest kids in Sonoma County to help model their clothing in photos for store promotions. They’re looking for kids 1-10 years old. Think your kid is the cutest? We do too! That’s why you should enter today!

Review on Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon
One of our moms took her kids to the swimming lagoon in Spring Lake, and is sharing the experience. Makes me want to grab my beach towel and go!

The Village

Food Stamp Challenge
I’m really excited about the newest story I’m working on about what it’s like to live on a Food Stamp budget. In fact, I already have two families who are taking on the challenge, and several people have written me with their stories. But there’s a personal reason why I’m doing this challenge. Read my blog to find out more.

Just Between Friends
Jennifer Hundley of the Northbay JBF consignment sales wrote a guest blog about the event, and delved into what goes on beyond just finding really great deals. Before you attend this awesome event next week (starts Thursday, Sept 6!), read what she wrote in my blog.

Family Events

Sunday, Sept 2
Little League Parade: The boys are back in town, and we couldn’t be more proud of how they did on their journey to the World Series of Little League Baseball. There were sacrifices made by the families, determination by the boys, and a true example of what good coaching is supposed to look like by their coaches. And despite the vast expenses this team has paid to be a part of the tournament, these honorable boys are donating all proceeds from the event to Team Uganda – another Little League team with their own tales of hardships and triumphs. Of all the events I have listed here, I dub their welcome home parade in Petaluma the one that should NOT BE MISSED. Bring your gently used baseball uniforms and equipment to donate, and I’ll see you at the parade! 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Starts and ends at Walnut Park, winding through downtown Petaluma. Facebook Event Page

Saturday, Sept 1
Back to School Special: The Redwood Empire Farmers Market at the Vets Building in Santa Rosa is offering a special to help keep your lunches local. They are offering a Back to School Basket for only $30, and it includes a bunch of local goodies good for several lunches (including my favorite jam from ‘just like grandmas’!). This Saturday is the last day you can get it, so stop by the Information Booth for more info and to purchase one for yourself. Don’t forget to bring your own basket (or bag)! 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa.

Have a great week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon