Thursday, June 17, 2010


I was thinking the other day while driving to work that we live in a world of abundance. And the thought came to mind because as I drove on Highway 24 through the Caldecott tunnel, I came out on the other side with San Francisco in front of me. It should have been a beautiful sight at 7 o'clock in the morning, but instead, a heavy layer of smog draped over the City and Bay. It was at that moment that I realized the abundance of smog...and then the abundance of cars on the road....the buildings along the freeway, and on and on and on. My mind shifted to the excess we have in our lives and the world in general.

It wasn't really a depressing thought; rather, the thought opened my mind to how we view abundance in our lives. Could we take the idea of abundance to a different level? Could we consider abundance as a way to create a sustainable, green future?

I tried to think of all the negative things I saw before me and offer an idea or a abundance. The solution to smog became an abundance of hybrid solar/electric cars that while running, would capture sunlight and convert it to energy, that could be stored in batteries in the car. And then when at home, a person could plug in the car to their house, and any "extra" energy that the car captured that day could be used for energy needs within the house.

And then I considered the abundance of old warehouses along the freeway. Could they be converted to affordable housing so that new houses would not have to be built, and therefore, we could protect more acres of nature?

What about the abundance of old lots, partial lots, or abandoned lots that we often find in urban areas. Could we transform them all into urban gardens where we could grow food to feed people who are in need?

As my mind danced, I started to think about some of the things in my life that I have in abundance and wondered if I had too much of anything....more than I needed? And did I have so much of something that I could share it with others? 

Yes, I have MANY things in abundance in my life: love, peace, passion, friendship, trust, space, beauty, tenderness, tranquility, list could go on and on. And so now I am pontificating how I can share all this "extra" stuff with others who need it greatly to survive, to thrive, or even just to get by. 

And if we all felt abundantly fulfilled, would we be driven to conquer the world, to attempt to control every aspect of our lives, to own a mountain of "stuff"? 

What would our world look like if we all had the opportunity to live in abundance most of the time?  

Monday, May 31, 2010

Green Dreams

Okay, so it may seem like I have fallen off the Green Wagon, but the truth is, I just haven't had TIME to blog about all things green, although I think and dream about earth-friendliness all the time.

I was SUPPOSED to keep up with my tips on how to green one's home and I got as far as the bedroom, which is not a bad place to start - or finish. Ahem. Anyhow, while I'm sure I'll get back to my listing of green things to do in your home, I've got too many other green things on my mind to talk about...for now.

So here is what I have been thinking...and dreaming about lately:

  • The Oil Spill - Not just because it is destroying our oceans one molecule of water and one organism at a time, but also because of how I am adding to the devastation by driving my car to work every day. The problem is that there is NO easy way to get from the far reaches of the East Bay (think San Ramon Valley) to the far reaches of Sausalito. I have looked into taking BART part of the way and biking the rest - will attempt the 24-mile round trip bike ride soon! 

  • Shelly's Farm Fresh Eggs - Bought them the other day at Whole Foods in San Ramon, CA, but they are available at many other places. We were absolutely delighted to open the carton to find brown, white, and blue eggs, as well as various different sizes. Such fun and local!

  • Urban Farm - My favorite new magazine! They print on recycled paper with earth-friendly inks, and they have wonderful content - from learning how to create your own little urban garden to reading about others' work to turn empty lots into green havens for everyone to enjoy. Of course, they also feature cool products like SeedBallz, which are hand rolled by people with disabilities right here in the US, and all the fixin's and trimmin's for chicken coops, greenhouses, and compost bins. It's a great read - and may convince you to convert your little patch of grass to a garden of eatin'!

  •  Organic Undies - If you haven't noticed many organic cotton unders are well, something my granny might wear. This has been bothersome as I want to make green choices, especially with articles of clothing that are on my skin for more hours a day than any other type of clothing. So I was ecstatic to find PACT underwear! They have many different styles and patterns and won't leave an underwear line (that's a deal-breaker for me!) 

  • Green Schools - as the new co-leader of the Green Initiative at my son's school, I have been thinking a lot about the direction our school needs to take. I am taking note from organizations that have already paved the way for us, such as Green Schools Initiative, The Center for Ecoliteracy, and the Green Education Foundation.  Future bloggings, I'm sure, will be about our progress!

Last thought for the day...what if we ALL grew a little something - whether in containers or in the ground - what if we all grew something to share with one another, with others in need? Would it result in one less car trip to the store? Would we know our neighbors better? Would we be more connected to Mother Earth, and therefore, more respectful of how we treat her? It is something to ponder.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Everyday Environmentalist's Guide to Being Gorgeously Green

On Tuesday, February 16, I had the pleasure of meeting with and speaking to a women's group about how they can make changes to live a greener lifestyle. First, I want to express my sincere thanks to all the wonderful ladies who allowed me to share my passion and secondly, I want to fulfill my promise to them by continuing our "green" conversation.

What Does It Mean to Be "Green"?

Simply said, it means being mindful of and proactive toward choices that make all of our lives and the planet healthy, safe, and happy.
Consider what you put INTO your body, what you put ON your body, and what you put IN and AROUND your environment.

How Do I Start Making Changes?

Start small - with one thing at a time. You are less likely to be overwhelmed and more likely to be successful.

Where Do I Start?

Start with one room in your house and work your way through each room. You'll start finding connections throughout your home, so by the time you're ready to tackle the last room in your house, there will be little greening to do!

The Master Bedroom

- Consider organic cotton, wool, bamboo, and linen . However, wool can be tricky as you may not be able to find out how the sheep are treated, and therefore, if the wool is removed without causing harm to the animal.

My favorite: Inhabit Living

Inhabit Living has luxurious bedding options in a variety of modern styles.

Terms to look for: "organic" or "oeko-tex certified"

Why bother? Conventional cotton is grown with heavy pesticides and insecticides. These chemicals pollute ground water, which we drink.

Learn: Read about the difference between organic cotton and conventionally grown cotton.

Pillows - There are lots of fabulous pillow options from wool fiber and buckwheat hull, to natural shredded rubber and kapok, which is a great alternative to down pillows. Compare organic pillow options to see which one is best for you.

Books to Read - Learn about where your food comes from, how to become an "urban" farmer, and how big agribusiness is making us fat and ruining the environment. I know, this sounds depressing. But if you want to be empowered to be healthy, green, and "in the know," you have to do your homework, right?

  • Farm City - The Education of an Urban Farmer, by Novella Carpenter
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma both by Michael Pollan
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

Mattresses - Look for wool or natural rubber mattresses. Natural fibers will "breathe" better, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Plus, you won't be surrounding yourself with nasty chemicals, such as those used in fire retardants.

Room Fresheners - The best room fresheners are not the ones you plug in; there are no regulations for what ingredients are in "fragrances." Think of using fresh flowers, lemon squeezed into a bowl of water, a light spray of lavender - think natural.

PJs - What you put on your body to sleep is as important as what you sleep on. Clothing manufacturers often use formaldehyde on clothing so they will remain stiff and wrinkle free in stores. And you remember what formaldehyde is used for, don't you? Think back to your biology class and the frog in the jar. Organic cotton, wool, natural linen, hemp, and bamboo are better options for sleepwear.

My favorites: Gaiam's lace trim loungewear, Pants to Poverty's sexy undies, and PACT's brightly colored unders with a conscience.

Furniture - Vintage and gently-used wood furniture is an excellent green option for bedroom furniture. If you have to buy new, look for sustainably forested woods with low or no VOC finishes.

Here's to wishing you sweet dreams in your eco-friendly boudoir!

Looking forward...

  1. Greening Your Bathrooms - tips for eco-friendly products, greener cleaners, and water conservation
  2. "Behind the Scenes" - the 411 on spa treatments, body products, and our everyday beauty practices
  3. The Kids' Rooms - from toys to clothing, ideas for our little eco-warriors in the making
  4. The Heart of the Home - while the kitchen may be where everyone in your family congregates, is it the safest, healthiest place in your home?
  5. Relaxin' and Entertaining - simple ideas for eco-fying your furniture, fireplaces, and techno-gadgets
  6. Greener Gardens & Yards - end your use of pesticides and herbicides and learn about salt-water based pool filtration systems
  7. The Handy (Wo)man - looking to update your home? Consider earth-friendly building products and installation practices that will help you and your family breathe easier

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Green Renewal - A Year of Green Practices

Well the New Year has come and gone, and while many people make traditional New Year's resolutions - lose weight, get a new job, find a hobby, get organized - how many people consider making MAJOR lifestyle changes?

For most people, it just may be too overwhelming to consider turning totally "green" all at once, but making one significant change each month will result in a year of Green Renewal. But where should one start? Following are some tips on what kinds of green changes you can make now - this month, in fact!

January - Well this month just sneaked by us, so consider it your freebie!

February - Go to Cosmetics Database, created by the Environmental Working Group, and review all of the products you put on and in your body. If your lotions, shampoos, soaps, make-up and toothpaste score a 3 or above, find an alternative product.

Now don't go and throw your toxic products in the trash or wash them down the sink - if they aren't good for you, then they certainly aren't good for the environment and the marine life on the other end of the drainage pipes! Instead, take your unused or partially used products to your local Household Hazardous Waste facility. It's VERY easy to look up on the Internet. For those of you who live in Contra Costa County - I've done the work for you!

March - Now that you are no longer washing your hair and brushing your teeth with engine degreaser (sodium laureth sulfate), it's time to consider what you eat and drink on a daily basis. Yes, organic is a lot more money than conventional foods, but the benefits from eating organic far outweigh the costs you will incur in your long-term health care.

  • Become a localvore - a person who only eats locally-grown foods. That means not eating watermelon from Mexico or bananas from Ecuador in the middle of winter and waiting until those delicious foods are available in your area (or as local as possible).
  • Support eateries that use organic and local ingredients
  • Stop buying and consuming processed foods that contain nitrates, partially hydrogenated or fractionated oils, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial food coloring (think "FD & C Red No. 3, for example). If you can't pronounce the ingredient or it isn't a word you are familiar with, don't eat it! Foods that contain any of the aforementioned ingredients are actually non-foods in my mind - they have NO health benefits whatsoever and actually have quite a few negative effects, like exposure to cancer-causing agents (carcinogens), increase in behavioral/learning disabilities in children, and, in case you haven't noticed, obesity - statistics now say that more than 60% of the population in the United States is overweight and 30% is obese.
  • Consider reducing or eliminating most animal products from your diet.

April - Grow an organic garden! Depending on your climate, you can start seeds earlier - in February and March - and transfer them into the ground when all signs of frost disappear. Make sure to purchase ORGANIC seeds. Most conventional seeds are produced by Monsanto, a company that genetically modifies the seeds so that the plants you grow are virtually sterile and will not produce seeds that will germinate the next year.

  • Don't use chemical pesticides and herbicides! Pesticides and herbicides are full of toxins that cause major harm to our body systems, our environment, and have a huge effect on children. Read What's On My Food to learn about how pesticides affect you.
  • Stop your "pest" control service. While the space suit that your pest guy wears may be protecting him from the harmful chemicals he sprays in and around your home and yard, your children and pets are the most susceptible to negative health effects related to the dangerous chemicals you have on your property. I know what you are thinking - you don't want ants in your house. Ants come into your house for food and water - if they have food and water in your yard, they will leave your indoor areas alone! Insects are SUPPOSED to be in your yard; in fact, a sign of a healthy food web is having a wide variety of insects, worms, birds, etc. in your yard.
May - Make a compost bin. Or, if you don't see yourself as the handy type, there are many options available on the market. One word of caution - do you really want to be putting your compost scraps in a plastic bin that heats up in the summer sun? (Hint: hot plastic releases toxic chemicals). Find a local handy-person to craft you a custom compost bin out of wood scraps (not treated, of course), chicken wire, or whatever natural materials appeal to you. Learning how to compost is fun and easy and the result is the addition of important nutrients to your soil. (The ants will like the compost bin, so keep the bin away from your house.)

June - The weather is getting nicer...can you ride your bike more often? Walk the kids to school? Combine your shopping trips to reduce the amount you drive? Consider how you can drive less, use your fuel more efficiently, and decrease your carbon footprint. Check out your car's fuel economy to see how your vehicle impacts the environment and your pocket book.

July - Shift from using plastic to natural materials for food storage, toys, home products - anything that you currently use in plastic should be considered.

  • Store your food in glass jars - you can buy them virtually anywhere, or just use left-over jars from pickles and spaghetti sauce, for example.
  • Send "waste-free" lunches to school and work. You can buy kits on the Internet for a reasonable price, or just make a bag out of scrap fabric (that way you can wash the bag each week), and order stainless steel contains online. Voila! Your own, personally-styled lunch bag.
  • Stop using the single-use plastic water bottles - most of them do NOT make it into recycling and there is no evidence that the water is any cleaner. In fact, lots of reports note that the water in plastic bottles is actually WORSE than tap water because there is no governing body to require testing, unlike public water. So, bring a canteen or other stainless steel water bottle. You can buy them at grocery stores now.
  • Use cloth bags at the grocery store for your fruits and vegetables. They are fabulous because you can wash them over and over. Many natural food stores have the bags right there in your produce section! (You have to buy the bags, of course. But again, you could make your own.) I use organic cotton muslin bags and they work great!
  • Don't "reuse" plastic bags to pick up after your pooch because the plastic bags end up in the ground. Instead, use a biodegradable bag made out of corn that will decompose back into the soil. If you do acquire a plastic bag, get it into recycling fast. I'm not a fan of storing anything in plastic bags, so just opt for not getting them at all.
  • Don't buy plastic toys! Do your kids really need those whiz-bag things made overseas? Do you REALLY know that the toys are free of BPA, phthalates, and lead? The ONLY plastic toys I would condone (to date) are made by Green Toys, which is a California-based company. And what do we do with all the plastic toys out there? I know, every one says "donate the toys" or "give them to a friend," but that is only passing the buck. EVENTUALLY the toys will have to go to toy heaven - but where is that? You can try donating to Toy Lab, or check with your local waste facility to see if they accept toys marked with a recycling symbol. Also, some waste facilities have a downcycling program (downcycling is when materials are made into other materials, often of lesser quality and not always recyclable, like plastic deck lumber and park benches).
August - Spend your summer vacation outdoors in nature! Helping your children create a connection with Mother Nature and The Great Outdoors may have a variety of positive benefits, from increased exercise and greater respect for the environment to more focused attention in school and lower incidence of behavioral and mental conditions. Plus, it's just plain fun! But consider your carbon footprint when visiting your favorite natural spot - driving across the country in a gas-guzzling SUV is not the best idea - instead, consider renting a hybrid for the trip, or joining another family and carpooling in the vehicle that has the best mileage and least environmental impact.

September - Ah, the onset of a new school year (if your children are on the traditional calendar.) A new school year means school supplies and clothes, because goodness knows your children have lost their backpack, lunch bag, and supplies from last year, and have grown out of their pants and long shirts from the previous fall. Do not despair, there are economical "green" choices out there!

  • Order your school supplies from the "green apple" part of the Red Apple School Supply - you can get virtually all your school needs online, and feel good about the earth-friendly products you are purchasing.
  • Shop at gently-used children's clothing stores to find staples like pants, jackets, and sweaters/sweatshirts. I swear by them for purchasing pants for my rough and tumble boy!
  • For clothing you cannot or do not wish to purchase "gently used," such as underwear and shirts, buy organic. Yes, it may cost you a near fortune, but your child won't be putting chemical-laden cotton shirts to her skin, your ground water and soil will be clean, and you'll be supporting organic farming. Try online fashions from some of my favorite stores like Hanna Anderssen, GreenEdge Kids (best site for boys' fashions), Speesees, Kate Quinn Organics, and Sarah Waldo.
  • If you are in the San Ramon Valley, try Olive Boutique - you'll find fantastic ladies' fashions, from fancy to kickin' it. Mens' fashions are a bit trickier, but you CAN find them if you search the web. My most favorite is Nau, a company driven to produce sustainable fabrics. Their designs are very edgy and hip, too.

October - Don't give in to the holiday consumer craze - make your childrens' costumes, borrow one from a friend, or buy a gently-used one. And the candy? Look for organic lollipops and candy that won't send your child, and all the neighborhood children, into orbit. I'm referring to the manic energy kids get after consuming highly processed treats - and then the melt-down aftermath that arrives shortly thereafter.

November - Baby it's cold outside! I know your house is cold, but I'm going to tell you what my mother told me growing up....PUT ON A SWEATER! Really, keep your thermostat turned to 68 degrees or lower and check to make sure you have weather stripping around doors and windows.

If you've been a good little Earth Warrior, I know you've been drying your clothing on a line all summer. Now is not the time to falter! I admit, I use the dryer more often in winter than I would like, but you can still hang your clothes to dry indoors in winter and not end up with mildew-smelling duds.

Try hanging your clothes to dry on the top of door jambs, on a shower curtain rod, or even on the railing at the top of the staircase - the higher up you can get to your ceiling, the faster your clothing will dry - heat rises, remember? Alternatively, you can buy an inexpensive rolling rack that you can take down or set up each week. This is my methodology, and while not so lovely to have the rack up in my dining room all winter (we don't use the space very often so the rack is out of the way), at least the rack is on wheels, so I can quickly roll it away when friends or guests stop by. And of course, it folds down, should you need to hide it entirely for a period of time (not too long now, you've got wet clothes to air dry!)

December - Giving meaning gifts that are green does not have to be a chore. If you absolutely feel the need to give material gifts, consider using 100% recycled paper to wrap the gifts (and reuse the paper when done opening the gifts!). Consider home-made gifts...they are thoughtful, fun, and economical, and can be a source of great family stories. (What was that sculpture-thingy Aunt Margaret made last Christmas???)

Other gift ideas are paying for classes, giving gift certificates to restaurants, or going on vacation with family or friends. Two of my favorite gifts are donating your time to a local charity and buying acres of land for a land trust or other earth-friendly programs in the name of a loved one. I often "buy acres" for friends and family through Conservation International - it makes me feel like I am doing something good for the earth and that I value the person enough to protect the world in which my loved one lives.

Like any New Year's resolution, you are bound to have your ups and downs - and perhaps moments when you think about giving it all up and going back to the "old you," but the reality is that all these ideas are totally doable without disrupting your quest for fun, leisure, luxury, relaxation, entertainment, or ease of day-to-day living. And the bottom line is, by doing all these things for yourself, you actually are having a major positive impact on the lives of others too. Now, isn't that a win-win situation?

Best of luck in your Green Renewal endeavors! And feel free to email or comment if you have questions or ideas to share.

Happy Greening!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Toxic Toys

In the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, we have a tendency to get caught up in the excitement and wonder of it all - the cold weather (and snow in some places!), the decorations, the twinkling lights, ice skating, delicious baked goods, and the sounds of holiday music.

We take extra time to visit with friends and family, perhaps volunteer for a local charity, and of course, shop for all the loved ones in our lives. But how many of us take the time to research the safety of the gifts we purchase?

A few years ago there was quite an uproar when consumers found out that the lead levels in many popular toys made in China exceeded what is considered safe. Many parents looked for alternatives - wood toys, toys made in the USA, or toys made in other countries that have high testing standards. And then there was the BPAs and phthalates scare - chemicals used in plastics to make them more rigid or flexible - that caused great concern for parents of small children, who tend to use plastic more, such as in bottles, teethers, sippy cups, and of course, toys.

As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 was enacted, with the goal of requiring manufacturers to adhere to a strict third-party testing regimen for all products intended for children ages 12 and under.

How then, are toxic toys STILL making it to the shelves? A California-based advocacy group recently tested more than 200 toys from large retailers such as Target and Walmart. They found excessive lead levels in toys that were on the shelves for resale - to you, the consumer. Among the toys were:
  • a Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit
  • a Disney Tinkerbell Water Lily
  • a Dora the Explorer Activity Tote
  • Mrs. Potato Head manufactured by Playskool
  • a Walmart brand black and yellow frog wallet
  • a Disney Princesses pink belt
  • an iCarly pink belt manufactured by Viacom
While State Attorneys General have the authority to enforce consumer product safety requirements, as parents, grandparents, family, and friends of children, we too have a role to play - we should all think twice about the types of businesses we are supporting and make decisions that will help keep mindful businesses in business.

Consider supporting "Mom and Pop" businesses, companies that choose to remain small and local, products made in the USA, earth-friendly products, and handmade products.

Does your child really need another whiz-bang flashing-light plastic toy?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Case for Nature-Based Play

One of my most favorite books of late is Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods. In it he discusses the implications for children and our society as a whole when children do not develop a relationship with the great outdoors. The effects of a society that has no relationship with Mother Nature can be seen in how we communicate, the technologies we use on a day-to-day basis, our regard for the environment (or lack thereof), and in our spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health.

In the past 20 years we have seen a tremendous paradigm shift in our society and in how we relate to one another - everything is digital - from video and computer games to texting and tweeting. Even this post is proof positive that the very nature of how we communicate has changed.

And in our fast-paced society, we are seeing the effects of new generations of children who have virtually, and by virtually I mean literally no connection to the outside world. Increased incidence of attention disorders, obesity, lack of 21st century skills (like problem-solving!)...the list goes on and on.

In fact, this lack of connection with the natural world was one of the major reasons I too decided to make a paradigm shift from a developer of educational technology (standards-based curriculum, assessment, and content for game consoles and online environments) back to my beginnings as a teacher - and back to what really matters to me - the early learning foundations of children.

Today, the vision for The Well-Rounded Child embraces a nature-based education that is deeply rooted in Social Constructivism - both of which require children to be learning in natural settings (i.e. the great outdoors!) and from one another, without texting, blogging, tweeting, or emailing.

I love the suggestions Mr. Louv provides on his website about how to connect children with nature and the benefits of doing so:

View nature as an antidote to stress. All the health benefits that come to a child come to the adult who takes that child into nature. Children and parents feel better after spending time in the natural world-even if it's in their own backyard.

Indeed, I am a true believer in nature-based play and as such, we spend as much time as possible outside. Moreover, I often take my own son on outdoor adventures where he can explore the environment in an ill-structured way. This past weekend we hiked in the hills of Crow Canyon in the midst of a major windstorm. Aside from getting blown to bits (along with our dog!), my son learned many new things about nature:
  • Ticks like to hang out in oak trees and tall grass
  • Grazing cattle are important for soil health and to prevent erosion
  • Animals leave different kinds of droppings - insect parts, seeds, and hairs can been seen in them (we look, but don't touch and we stay up wind!)
  • There is a vast array of wildlife in the grasslands
He also learned what not to do:
  • Never get between a mother cow and her baby calf (he read about that on a sign posted on our trail!)
  • Watch for snakes - stay out of the tall grass and on the trail. Don't step over logs. Wear long pants with long socks, and preferably hiking boots that cover the ankle.
  • Be mindful of how far you have hiked, what direction you are heading, and how to return to the trail head. Bring water and take breaks often.
Of course, he discovered some things on his own too:
  • If you spit into the wind, it will fly back into your face
  • If you spread out your jacket really wide on a windy day, it will act like a sail and lift you lightly off the ground (if you weigh 45 pounds of course!)
  • Keep your eyes on the animal scat (or cow droppings). Wet scat is quite large and mushy - and difficult for mom to get off of shoes
  • Standing on the peak of a hill and looking out over the entire valley is a breathtaking, humbling experience, and in my son's words, "Boy, Mom, isn't that a beautiful view? Ah, it just makes me so happy!"
In addition to the animal and plant life we explored, we got 60 minutes of exercise, a peaceful activity in which being quiet allowed us to really hear the living beings around us, time with one another, and the opportunity to make a deeper connection with Mother Nature.

Some of you may not think you have the skills or knowledge to create a natural play environment for your children, but you do! Instead of allowing your children to watch TV, play on the computer, or spend the afternoon texting and tweeting with friends, turn it all off and invite them outside for a family walk, a game of kick ball - anything that gets you outside, even if it is only for 15 minutes.

Add this green time to your daily routine - after homework is done, just before dinner, or if you and your family are early birds, before school and work. The positive effects are endless!

As The Well-Rounded Child deepens its roots in the San Ramon Valley, we hope to share with all of you the joy of a nature-based education, being your child's first teacher, and helping create a foundation for learning that is embedded in a mindful respect for the natural world and supportive of each child's individual stage of development.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Gift Show

WRC is excited to host its second annual gift show for holiday shopping! This year, the show will be in Danville, CA and feature a wonderful jewelry designer: Life, Love and Ladybugs.

Bring a girlfriend, your mom or sis, and enjoy a glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres while you shop for children's clothing, play things, and baby gear, and gorgeous custom jewelry!

Admission is FREE, but you must have an invitation to gain entry to the show.

The Well-Rounded Child


Life, Love and Ladybugs

Holiday Gift Show

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, December 5th
Crow Canyon Country Club

Email or call 916.505.2458 for more information or to have an invitation emailed to you.