Friday, September 30, 2011

A Great Green Halloween® Play Date! - FREE

October 30th, 2011
The Pump Station & Nurtury™ Santa Monica

Lots of great activities for Mom, Dad and your Little Pumpkins (see below)


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For families with little pumpkins 6 months to 5 years.
An official Green Halloween Event

  • Trick or Treat Bags ready to be filled on the Trick or Treat Trail!
    Lots of free goodies from our Sponsors, Way better than Plain Candy!
  • Magic of Recycling Demonstrations and Workshop
  • Yoga Stars and Super Soccer Stars demo classes
  • Squirmy Sensory Play
  • The Great Green Monster Playroom
  • Tumblastic Trick or Treat Trail
  • bObles Workout room
  • Spooky Story Time Breaks
  • Balloon Artists
  • Plum Organics Tasting Tent
  • Live Music with Papa is a Rolling Stone
  • Raffle prizes from Healthy Child Healthy World
  • Raffle prizes from our Partners and Sponsors

Cost: $25 per Family NOW FREE!

The first 50 people to RSVP on Eventbrite (click here) get entered in our raffle.

Two Prizes:
$250 value Pump Station Gift Basket OR $100 value Pump Station Gift Basket

More Fun Stuff added all the time!! To see more information about The Great Green Halloween Play Date at The Pump Station in Santa Monica (such as FREE PARKING)
check here

For more information about The Great Green Play Date visit

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What I Know NOW About Twins!

Here’s what I didn’t KNOW until my calm and delighted OB told me he saw two tiny little heart beats! I remember thinking, “Oh God, my baby has two hearts??” When I caught up, I remember looking at my husband and seeing a red, giddy panic in his face. I giggled, in a hysterical, crazy-woman sort of way and felt a new and strange exhilaration. I didn’t know ANYTHING about twins!

What I know now, is that this was just the start of a very different kind of parenting experience. From the raging pregnancy appetite and extra special heartburn to the mind-numbing and scary bedrest, the research and hiring of nighttime help to the nursing for two, bonding and attaching to two, bathing two, soothing two, and feeding two. NOW I KNOW and I’d love to share this with you!

I’m so excited to tell you that The Pump Station & Nurtury™ and The Wright Mommy and Me Groups will be offering a new Mommy and Me class specifically for TWINS! Based on the great curriculum of Julie Wright’s popular groups, this class will also offer specific emotional support and practical guidance for the rewarding but challenging task of caring for more than one baby. Differing a bit from other popular twin mommy and me groups, our group will approach each topic and developmental stage from a mindful parenting perspective, which is essentially a slowed-down, less reactive, more intentional and reflective process. Some of the topics addressed will be:

   getting and keeping your babies on a similar schedule
   feeding two hungry babies
   the blessings and complications of bonding with two babies
   temperament and nurturing individuality
   partner issues
   double the blessing/more than double the work: finding and accepting help and support

In addition to the camaraderie and understanding you will find among other twin moms, you will have special time singing and attuning to your babes at the beginning of each class.  Additionally, because our class is 90 minutes, which is 30 minutes longer than some other classes for twins, we will always have time for new mommy questions!

As a mom of 3 year old twin boys as well as a 9 year old boy, I know firsthand about the unique experience of parenting twins. Not only are you a new parent, but you’ve got two little people to contend with. Some days and moments are pure joy and exhilaration, others...not so much. It’s HARD work! As parents of twins we are incredibly lucky to have two little human beings to nurture and love, but the parenting experience is complicated by many factors that singleton parents can’t understand. So, come be with your people and build friendships, learn, and nurture you attachment to each of your little babies.

Molly Schaffer is a psychotherapist in private practice, working with children and families. Molly trained in the esteemed Mindful Parenting program at the Maple Center in Beverly Hills and with the Center for Reflective Parenting in West LA. Molly is also the mom to twin almost 3 year old boys and a 9 year old boy.

for babies born August/September/October 2011
at our Santa Monica Location
from 11:00am-12:30pm. to reserve your spot please email or call 310-998-1981.

If you are interested in a Twins group in Hollywood or Westlake Village please let us know by emailing us at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Army of Women at Panera Bread

Panera Bread is honoring breast cancer awareness month by partnering with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation with a series of October events and Specials!

"Coffee and Conversation" events will be held in the following five counties: Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernadino (locations listed below).

Stop by and meet the Army of Women, or volunteer yourself to help at the events! Get your friends together and join the Army battling for a cure. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow volunteers, enjoy complimentary Panera food and recruit patrons to sign up for the Army of Women (info to volunteer below)

If you can't volunteer, please stop by at the Coffee and Conversation events to say hello to the Army of Women team! Locations posted below and more can be found at and on Facebook. Make sure you are part of the Army of Women fan group.

If you live in Southern California, don't forget to purchase your Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel and support the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation! The bagels are available throughout the month of October, and for one special day, on October 10th, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation will receive 100% of all proceeds.

Whether you can lend a hand or not come out during October and help move breast cancer beyond a cure!

Email for more information about the Coffee and Conversation events or volunteer.

Don't you want to be able to tell your daughter and granddaughter that you joined Army of Women to fight breast cancer!

To volunteer at a Coffee and Conversation event, include in your email the following information:
  • Name
  • Cell number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • T-shirt Size
  • Location(s) that you are available to volunteer.
    see below

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The time for all events is 10am–2pm.

Saturday, October 15
West Covina
1036 West Covina Parkway
West Covina, CA 91790

Saturday, October 15
Seal Beach
12241 Seal Beach Blvd.
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Sunday, October 16
Los Angeles
8647 S Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sunday, October 16
2733 – A Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505

Saturday, October 22
3560 Riverside Plaza Dr.
Riverside, CA 92506

Saturday, October 22
Santa Monica
501 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Sunday, October 23
20700 Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746

Sunday, October 23
Marina Del Rey
4720 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Saturday, October 29
Santa Maria
540 E. Betteravia
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Saturday, October 29
Thousand Oaks
205 N. Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sunday, October 30
East Pasadena
3521 East Foothill Blvd.
East Pasadena, CA 91107

Sunday, October 30
300 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Star in A Video! What are you doing to protect your child’s health and prevent toxic exposures?

Healthy Child Healthy World will be at The Pump Station Santa Monica on Wednesday, September 7th from 11am - 2:30pm filming "Mom on a Mission" mini segments!

Be a part of our inspiring Mom on a Mission video by shooting a quick video of yourself finishing the sentence "I'm a Mom on a Mission because..." Maybe you believe that nothing is more important than the health of your child, or maybe your child has asthma and deserves clean air. Whatever your story, finish the sentence (in just a few words) and then submit the video (or a link to it) to  by September 16th. Please tape yourself from the shoulders up--we want to see your pretty face :) Tell us how you're making the world a healthier place, and inspire more moms to join the movement! If you're around the Santa Monica area on Wednesday, September 7th, stop by Pump Station Santa Monica to shoot a one-minute segment with us. Thank you!