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Sprout Scoop – August 2009

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August 2009

In this issue:
  1. Back to School
  2. August Events
  3. August Classes
  4. Food and Nutrition
  5. Sprout Swap

Back to School! Get ready to pack lunch!

Many schools in our community have gone to a no-waste lunch policy. And even if your child’s school isn’t one of them, it’s a good policy to have! Here are some great products to consider for your child’s lunch box.

The Safe Sporter 12ozThe Safe Sporter - From the makers of the Safe Sippy, the Safe Sporter is a 12 ounce stainless steel sport bottle. The base is protected from dents with solid BPA-free polypropylene plastic (the safest kind!) The top includes a pop-up sport top and dust cover. Perfectly sized for lunch. $14.95

Mimi the Sardine LunchsackMimi the Sardine Lunchsacks - NEW! - Shaped and sized like the traditional paper lunch bag, this reusable option is made with the same eco-friendly and safe materials as the entire Mimi the Sardine line. Surprisingly spacious and secure, keeps your lunch in place by fastening the top with Velcro. Easy to wipe out or wash in the machine. $23.95

Fresh Snack PackFresh Snack Packs - Crafted of EVA, an FDA-approved, food-safe plastic that is PVC-free, Pthalate Free and non-toxic. These reusable sandwich and snack bags unfold to create a place mat for your lunch. Two sizes available, one perfect for sandwiches (even large ones!) and the other snack-sized. $5 and $5.50

Laptop Lunch Bento LunchboxLaptop Lunch Sets - Pack a lunch bento style! The Laptop Lunch is a system of small containers that fit inside a larger flip-top box. Bento style lunches were highlighted in the current issue of Mothering Magazine. We have one available in the store for perusing and gathering great bento lunch ideas! $23-40

Stainless Steel LunchbotLunchBots - Stainless steel containers with powder-coated steel lids make easy work of making lunch! The Duo and Pico styles are divided into two sections, the Uno is one large space, perfect for sandwiches. $13-15

Weekly Events

Weekly activities are open to everyone and FREE. Age ranges are suggestions only.

Moms Groups
Weekly playdates are a relaxed time for moms to connect with other moms in the area and let their kids play.
Fridays 10am-12pm

Storytime & Crafty Tuesday
Tuesdays 11am-1pm
Storytime at 11, crafts follow.
Each week we have a new craft project, geared toward ages 2-6. Crafts take 10-20 minutes.

Knitting Moms
Wednesdays 1pm
Knit, crochet, felt, sew or whatever your craft of choice while your children play.

August Classes

These classes have a $10 registration fee per
family to hold your place in the class. This
$10 is returned after the class as store credit.

Cloth Diapers 101
Saturday, August 15, 10am
This class is an overview of the types of diapers available, plus how to use and care for them. Registration required, space is limited.

Combined Class
Thursday, August 20 6-8pm
Geared toward expectant parents, a combination of our two classes, Cloth Diapers and Baby Carriers. Two things that are indispensable in the natural baby’s nursery.
Recommended for those creating a baby
registry at Sprout Soup!

Monthly Events

Activities listed here are FREE and open to all.

Babywearing Meeting
First Wednesday 10am - August 5
A casual time to see baby carriers in action. Come with questions or to share your stash.

La Leche League Toddler & Tandem
Second Thursday 7pm - August 13
Support group for mothers nursing beyond one year and/or nursing more than one child. Contact Helen for info 740-485-2864

Columbus Attachment Parents
Second Saturday 10:30am - August 8
Fourth Thursday 6:30pm - August 27
This month: Food and Nutrition

Special Events in August!

Sidewalk Sale with a Twist
Saturday August 8, 11am to 2pm
Lets have some fun outside while the weather is nice! Join us in the parking lot for some great end-of-summer deals, and also fun for the kids! Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and games. Crafters, if you’re interested in joining the sale, please call us!

Sprout Swap
Friday through Sunday, August 21-23
Find great deals on gently used items at the Sprout Swap!

August 15 - Last day to bring your items in to be displayed and sold at the swap. Call for an appointment if you would like help with pricing.
August 21 - 22 - Sprout Swap begins! Hours are 10-6 on Friday and 10-5 on Saturday.
August 23 - Discount Day! Sunday from 1 - 5
September 1 - Checks and store credit for sold items will be available for pickup.
September 8 - Last pickup for unsold items.

Food and Nutrition

“What’s for dinner?” This question is often enough to make parents want to head for the hills! Plus, with school starting soon, packable, easy lunches loom large on the parental radar. Are my kids eating enough? Too much? Am I serving healthy food? The questions are plentiful and the answers are confusing.

With the rise in childhood obesity, proper serving sizes and healthy, nutritious options are increasingly important in ensuring your child has a healthy relationship with food. But often it is even difficult for adults to make healthy choices-- so how can we ensure we are teaching our children properly? With more options out there, eating healthy has never seemed so difficult! Add in a picky preschooler (he only eats hot dogs!) and the frustration levels can reach critical in a hurry.

We’re here to relieve some of the pressure! Join us for an enlightening discussion about nutrition and eating-- as well as ways to get that picky preschooler to eat more than one food! Columbus Attachment Parents meet twice monthly to accommodate differing family schedules. In August we will meet on Saturday, August 8th at 10:30am and Thursday, August 27 at 6:30pm.

 

Download our event calendar in PDF format.

 

Thank you for your support!

Noah and Alissa DeRouchie www.SproutSoup.com

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Sprout Swap - Aug 21-23

Sprout SwapOur diaper and sling swap is coming up!

If you have gently used cloth diapers, baby slings or other natural items you would like included in the swap, please bring them in between July 28 and August 14. During this time we will tag and price items for sale in the swap. We can work with you to set competitive prices for your items.

On the 21st the swap opens and customers will be waiting outside the door to peruse the goods and find some great deals! On the last day, Sunday the 23rd, we will be open from 1-5pm and all the items still left in the swap will be discounted!

Families who bring items in for the swap can choose between 100% store credit or 80% cash for their items that sell. For best results, make sure your items are clean and have original tags or information with directions or brand names. You may wish to package diapers of the same style and size together in packs of 3-6.

Items that will be accepted are any type of cloth diaper or cover, baby slings, mei tais, structured carriers and wraps, nursing items such as pillows or reusable nursing pads. We will not take toys, furniture, clothing, or baby equipment like bouncy seats or exersaucers.


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