Lunch doesn't have to be boring...nor does it have to be daunting! Did you know there are subscription services out there that provide weekly meal plans for you!? They even include the shopping list -- you simply download, print and run off to the store! Better yet - so many of the options are family friendly!
Super Healthy Kids offers members weekly meal plans that include breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner. Not only can you customize your plan you can save recipes to your box for future reference. Each week a plan is sent right to your inbox (sign up). They were generous enough to let us share a weeks worth of lunches with you guys! Download the recipes here.
They also offer a FREE online class:
How You Can Prepare Healthy, Delicious, FAST Home Cooked Meals...And Spend More Time With Your Kids Without Wasting Anymore Time, Energy & Money. Reserve a seat.
Want more ideas?! Check out these foodie pages on Instagram:
About Super Healthy Kids
Amy + Natalie are the mom's behind Superhealthy Kids. Amy started the blog as a way to spread her healthy eating message for kids and also to sell the healthy habits plate. A few years later, Natalie moved to the same city as Amy and they met when working with the youth group in their local church. They started talking nutrition, and knew that there was something big they could create together. Super Healthy Kids has grown from there! Amy and Natalie love working together and share a passion for health, fitness and whole foods. Their vision is to continue to help both parents and educators make it easier to feed kids nutritious food with a focus on fruits and veggies, that is fun, simple and delicious! Learn more!
Rachel Salkin, President
Hello! You can usually find me running around with my 2yo twins, Jackson + Harper. We love to be out and about with our friends but we are also homebodies! When I am not with my kiddos I am finishing some chore, working on my business or dreaming all things PVMOM :-). I grew up in Tucson, attended FIDM in LA where I started working for Nordstrom, then returned to AZ where I met my husband. I spent the last 8 years working with my him in our marketing firm before becoming a SAHM. I am a total night owl, hate the mornings (hence my Starbucks addiction), and love to cook! People would probably tell you I am a neat freak and extremely passionate. My TV obsessions are Mistresses and anything HGTV.....leaving me wanting to redo a room in my house weekly.
Beth Gevirtz, Vice President
Shalom! I'm Beth Gevirtz, mommy to Syd and Ari, almost 3-year-old girl/boy twins and of course my fur babies, Ella and Sophie. I was raised on Lou Malnati’s and Portillos in the suburbs of Chicago, was a gymnast in college at The University of Florida (Go Gators!) and moved to AZ in 2009. If I could, I would live off of cookie dough, bagels and cream cheese and filet mignon - you’d never believe that I’m a Registered Dietitian by degree and past work life! Baking and shopping are my go to stress relievers, you will find homemade cookie dough in my fridge 95% of the time (I can’t promise it will ever be baked though!). In my spare time you can find me watching mindless trash TV such as So You Think You Can Dance or Dance Moms, and if you ask my husband I can Facebook stalk with the best of them, but he wouldn’t really know because he travels at least 2 weeks a month. Needless to say I look forward to growing PVMOM and if you need me, you can find me on Facebook!
Lyndsey Steele, Secretary
Hi! I'm Lyndsey, the Secretary (complete with glasses and a cardigan). I live in a madhouse run by a tiny army that I made myself. Logan is five and Garrett, Conner, and Ellie are two. I own a home healthcare company and clinic that supports children and adults with disabilities. I constantly feel busy but am always ready for cocktails and Mom's Night Out. Don't threaten me with a good time! I'm born and raised in Arizona but most PVMOM Members may argue that I live in a far off land, also known as the East Valley. I have a passion for supporting Moms of Multiples because it's a different world that not everyone understands and am excited for all the PVMOM has planned for this term! Especially MNO. And cocktails.
Jenny Bruso, Treasurer
I'm Jenny Bruso, your Treasurer. I have 3 1/2 year old fraternal twin girls, Olivia and Sophia, and a 6 year old boy, Ben. As much as I love my kiddos, I need to work to keep my sanity. I work full-time at JDA Software supporting Workday Financials, our accounting system. I have over 15 years of experience in the accounting field and it is nice to change it up to a role that is a blend of IT/Accounting. I grew up in Illinois and moved to Arizona in 2003. Before a husband and kids, you could find me at a karaoke bar on Friday and/or Saturday nights; now I save the singing for car rides to and from work. After the kids are in bed, I spend my free time catching up on Facebook and Pinterest or playing Angry Birds POP. If I had more time and energy, you would find me baking or sewing (I worked at JoAnn Fabrics in high school). I love spending time with my twin and triplet mom friends and I'm looking forward to a great year with PVMOM!
Shannon Rice (Galasso), Communications Chair
Ciao Ladies. My name is Shannon Rice and I do not sleep. Like ever. It's half my fault and half my wonderful almost 2.5 year old boy/girl twins named Amelie & Dermot who have won multiple gold medals in not sleeping. I like to think I work part time as an entrepreneur running a destination lifestyle photography brand but who am I kidding - I haven't seen the inside of an A380 in 3 years. I am a native from AZ and started my obsession with living abroad when I was 21 years old in Florence, Italy. My husband and I met via Skype and were engaged after 3 months where I had a stint living in Dubai as an expat. San Francisco is where we called home prior to kids and have a keen affinity for anything wine related. I have a passion for helping others and think I have a six sense when it comes to researching any topic.
Heather Renc, National Rep
Hi! I'm Heather Renc, PVMOM's National Rep to our parent club, Multiples of America. I'm originally from New Jersey, but have lived in Arizona longer than I've lived in any other state (17 years!). I've been married for 9 years to my college sweetheart, Tom, and together we have 3 energetic boys - Sam, who is 3.5, and our almost-2-year-old twins, Ben and Will. I work part time as a dentist and I'm home with the boys the rest of the time (which is WAY harder than working). I'm a big fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, and in my spare time I enjoy running, reading chic lit, and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order. I look forward to getting to know all of you better this coming year!
Neha Velangi, Program Planner
I'm Neha Velangi, one of the two Program Planners for this year. Mommy to identical twin boys Aarish & Aarav who just turned 1 a few weeks back. Born in India, raised in Dubai, went to college up in MN and now settled in AZ. It's been quite a ride ! When I get a few quiet moments through the day I miss my nerdy, dorky engineering-self, spending hours in the lab working on new products and upcoming medical devices. My love for chocolate and all things sweet is unreal. I'm quite an artist at heart and would love to get back to painting & making handmade cards at some point. Both the husband and I love to travel, even though now it seems like more work than time off, with the boys. Currently reading 'When Breath Becomes Air' and feel like I have been on the same chapter for the last couple of months (yeh, the hiding in the closet with my Kindle hasn't been working very well) With a husband who has 6-day work weeks, this group of women and the connections I've made in the past year have been a total lifesaver. The idea is to encourage people to foster new relationships, connect with old ones and to create a space where everyone feels like they belong ! That is my goal as a program planner.
Kassie Lewis, Program Planner
I am Kassie, one of your meeting planners. I have 20 month old twin girls. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to AZ about 10 years ago. I miss Chicago tremendously! In my former life I was a nurse. In my free time I love to read (romance novels are my guilty pleasure) I don't really watch reality tv...is that weird? I LOVE traveling especially internationally. I am a scuba diver and have been diving in some pretty cool places. Oh! And I'm a Harry Potter nerd!
Jennifer Oh, Fundraising Co-Chair
My name is Jennifer Oh. I am currently a stay-at-home mom. I have four children; Sarah (17), Lauren (14), 2-year old boy/girl twins, Addison and Matthew as well as two pet rabbits-Blackstone and Truffles. It is crazy that I will be touring colleges and preschools all in the same year! I grew up in Pennsylvania and we have been in Scottsdale for 9 years. I love Italian food and chocolate.
Fun Fact: My mom is a fraternal twin!
Naomi Arnold, Fundraising Co-Chair
My name is Naomi Arnold and I am the mom to 2 year old boy/girl twins Makenzi and Ryder. We have lived in north Phoenix for 9 years. I moved here from southern CA for my job. I am in my 9th year as a kindergarten teacher. I absolutely love pizza (I could eat it everyday) and hate seafood! I feel so thankful to be a part if PVMOM and am glad that I can give back by being a part of the board.
Jill Scott, Social Chair
Hi! I'm Jill Scott, mother of three boys (!!!!!!) - twins 1 1/2 year old Mickey & Ziggy and a three year old, Declan. I'm a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a 14 year veteran middle school social studies teacher. I'm an avid crafter, Pinterest addict, and movie junkie. I take pride of in my DIY Halloween costumes (no plastic masks here) and always seem to be planning something (my favorite event was a Thunderstorm for my good friend (think bridal shower for a guy). I'm taking some time off from work to watch my boys & I love play dates - so hit me up!
Melanie Morin, Social Co-Chair
I am the mother of Vander and Emerson, b/g 20 month old twins. I have dreamed about having b/g twins ever since watching Brenda and Brandon on 90210 (never actually thought it would happen).
If I get a run in before everyone wakes up, it is going to be a good day! A run, shower, and hair done before everyone wakes, I might as well have won the lottery! I work full time as a medical sales rep. My husband and I are a match.com success story. He is from Boston. I am from NJ but grew up in CA. We love doing things outside as a family, running, swimming, biking, playing at the park. My household single handedly keeps Oikos, Chobani and TCBY in business. Lastly we eat from paper plates and plastic utensils for every meal!
Reina Canute, Special Events Planner
Hi my name is Reina Canute! I am Momma to a two-year-old little boy, Wess and 1-year-old boy/girl twins, Graham and Eva Grace. Originally from Casa Grande AZ, I have made Scottsdale my home. I raised elementary & high school children for many years (aka, I was a teacher) and now am focusing on my career in real estate. During my stint as a stay at home mom I became my own "Cake Boss," and still dabble in decorating. If at anytime you can't find me, it means I escaped to Pinetop.
Beth Summers, Sale Co-Chair
I'm Beth Summers, sale co-chair and unofficial welcoming committee member :) I have almost 3-year-old girls, Addison and Harper. I'm from Michigan but have been in AZ for 10 years. I am a die hard sports fan and will not leave the TV during college football Saturdays. I used to be an avid runner (pre kids)- and have completed 5 marathons! Hopefully one day I can get back to that. Currently, I work full time as a Director of Sales at a software company in North Scottsdale.
Lisa Peters, Sale Co-Chair
Hi! I'm Lisa, mommy to 3 year old (in October) boy/girl twins Faith and Jackson. Originally from Canada, I moved to Phoenix with my husband in January 2013 and BAM! pregnant with twins one month later. It's been a crazy ride having kids in a town that's at the opposite end of the country to all our family, but I love my PVMOM tribe and am so thankful for this group. Likes: I love RED WINE!!! And entertaining. Dislikes: Humidity (hello AZ in July/Aug), and I hate it when the wine bottle is empty. In my spare time you'll find me on Facebook trying to get the PVMOM sale promoted, or surfing swip swap pages!
Kira Bonnice, Big Tent Coordinator
Hi! I'm Kira! My identical twin girls were born in February 2015 (18 months today!). Together with my boyfriend of 9 years and our Black Lab/Whippet Zoe, we're one little happy family. I'm a born and raised Arizona girl (excluding my college years in Michigan). Lately I've been working hard at finding a house (we close in September, yay!), knitting for pregnant friends, and listening to audio books or reading. I'm admittedly a huge geek. I'm an unashamed Harry Potter fan and can't wait until the girls are older so I can read the books to them. I'm the Assistant Director of Admissions at The University of Advancing Technology so I work with geeky students all day. Find me on Facebook; I look forward to a great year together.
Shenen Dietrich, Board Advisor
My name is Shenen Dietrich. I am blessed with 6 year old fraternal twin boys that have enabled me to join this amazing organization. I was president for the past 2 years and prior to that sale co-chair. Having just returned from attending Multiples of America national convention as one of PVMOM's delegates, I am proud to announce my appointment to the MOA Finance Committee as the sponsorship coordinator. I look forward to serving our national organization in addition to my local chapter, PVMOM. As a career, I am an Internal Medicine physician working as the medical director for DeRosa Medical Clinics. My passions include equestrian sports, skiing and traveling.
Nicole Raymond, Membership Chair
On Saturday, August 27th Sportball is hosting a PVMOM event to give parents the chance to see what they are all about! The two classes classes will be split into age groups (1) parent + child, 15months to 2years and (2) drop-off 3 to 5 years. As a partner of PVMOM, Sportball if offering members a highly discounted rate for this 60-minute class. We hope you will not only come and support them but see some of your favorite friends!
Space is limited! Snag your spot here.
Over the summer a few of our toddler mom members had the chance to participate in a mommy + me Sportball class. Not only did they work on skill building in 8 different ball sports (different sport each week) but they engaged in activities focused on physical literacy and social exploration. It was a perfect mix of structure and open play....with some bubbles thrown in!
During the 45-minute class led by high-energy, passionate coaches the kiddos had the chance to learn about the magic line. Placed against the back wall, the magic line is home base after a segment is complete.
Class started off with a few "run, kids run," where they could race from one side of the room to the other, right into mom's arms. They then completed their warm up laps (LOL) before heading back to the magic line for skill #1. When you think skill building for basketball, it isn't trying to get your 2 year old to throw a ball into the basketball hoop, but rather them take a small ball and attempt to toss it through a small hula hoop. The first few attempts might be disastrous but after a few attempts and successes the kids crave more.
As class moved on participants engaged with the coaches, sometimes assisting in demos and even got to help setup the obstacle course. Now this isn't a climb to the top of the rope, then swing to the bar across the room, only to jump down into a ball pit kind of course. When you are speaking toddlers it is a jump over the bean bags, wave side to side through the cones and bear crawl along the rope on the floor. Not only are the kids having fun but they are challenging their little minds and muscles. OF course no class ends without bubbles and a huge high five from coach!
Now, not everyone's experience goes smoothly on day one. For those that haven't had much structured play or class setting it can be an adjustment. You might find your super curious son at the bag of balls dumping them out, laughing as each one rolls across the floor. Or your socially shy child hiding between your legs timid to engage with this coach they've never met. What we can tell you is that each and every minute of interaction and week of class fosters a variety of social and physical experiences. The combination of structured and free play allows them to explore while also learning to follow direction and participate at the appropriate time.
All the members that participated in a class had the same overall experience. "We love that this class provides exposure to a variety of sports, structure and play. The coaches were highly engaged and willing to help both the parents and children settle into class."
They also offer drop-off programs (age 3+) to help children develop independence through creative storylines and special themes. These children will get the chance to build relationships with other children, some as leaders and mentors.
PVMOM Member Offer: NO registration fee. Please mention PVMOM during signup. They also offer a 10% off sibling discount!
Our goal is to set kids up for a lifetime of active fun. How do we do that? By “coaching with purpose.” Whether it’s teaching kids how to handle winning and losing or how to dribble a ball, everything we do, in every class, is for a reason. For instance, all classes follow the same structured format, beginning with warm-ups, progressing to skill development, then finishing up with games – because we know that kids perform better when they know what to expect.
Sportball was one of the first programs of its kind to focus on building developmentally appropriate skills through non-competitive sports, games and activities – and the company keeps evolving to make sure that it delivers the best in sports programming for kids under 10.
The new Scottsdale Gym coaches 8 different ball sports to kids as young as 15months up to 10 years old: volleyball, football, hockey, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf and soccer. With high energy, passionate coaches, your child is guaranteed to have FUN in every class!
Super fun Parent and Child classes for kids as young as 15mos, and Drop-Off multisport classes for kids ages 3-10 available. To learn more feel free to call Kelli at 480-275-7419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't know about you, but when August rolls around and Target becomes nothing but back to school headquarters I find myself browsing all the cool new pencil bags and locker decorations (stuff was so boring when I was a kid).
*Make sure you read all the way through as we have some fun giveaways!
A majority of the product picks below are fun whether your multiples are heading into preschool or entering junior high. It's even safe to say these are all toddler approved for use at home or out on the road.
InchBug Customized Labels
InchBug makes labelling your kids belongings as simple as clicking a button! Not only do they offer adhesive labels for things such as food containers and sports equipment but their Orbit labels are perfect for bottles and sippy cups. Orbit labels come in a pack of 4!
Enter to win a set of Orbit labels!
Wildkins Snack 'n Pack Back Pack
Parenting.com listed the Wildkins backpack a must have for the upcoming school year! The front insulated pocket is perfect for lunch, snacks or the 18 Matchbox cars that must go to grandma's for a sleepover. It also features reflective edges on the front for safety at night.
Fit & Fresh Slim Ice Packs
Not only are these ice packs slim, allowing them to fit in a variety of lunch boxes, but they come in cool shapes and colors (think sunglasses and cars)! What kid doesn't want FUN + cold food in their lunchbox? Each pack comes in a set of four.
Enter to win a pack of ice coolers!
Good Day Note Cards
Speaking of fun in lunch boxes, these colorful cards add an instant smile to any child's face with a simple "you are my sunshine." Want to make your own cards? Check our our Pinterest board for inspiration!
Enter to win a box of Good Day cards
My Art Portfolio
While we always love the artwork our children bring home we rarely have enough wall space for it all. This Art Portfolio comes in a few colors and contains 9 accordion style pockets for you to organize all the Picasso masterpieces.
Nike + Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Similar to the iconic chucks these All Star II have added durability and more comfort...perfect for any kid. And hey...we won't tell if you cruise around town with mommy + me matching kicks! Available in a variety of colors for men, women and kids!
Coffee for MOM!
Who says back to school has to be for mom ONLY! We all know that the transition back into busy morning routines mean mom need more fuel! Some prefer Starbucks while others crave the Dutch Brother's drive thru. Either works if it kick starts your day!
*Only current PVMOM members are eligible for giveaway items.
To all of our new and returning members:
To say that I am excited about this upcoming year with PVMOM would be an understatement!
I have spent the entire summer brainstorming, researching, and daydreaming about all the possibilities...about all the things this "mom club" can become. If you are reading this, it is because you renewed your membership and for that THANK YOU. Your membership allows us to facilitate so many of the wonderful things we have planned!
I heard about PVMOM while I was pregnant but didn't join and attend my first meeting until the twins were 8 weeks old. My real engagement with the group wasn't until we returned from our temporary move to San Francisco right before their first birthday. I can't recall that moment I got hooked but I can recall my first playdate with a few members. There was an instant connection and an instant passion to want to be friends. It was like because we had twins we had known each other our whole lives. Soon after I took a role on the board as Meeting Planner because I felt it would give me the chance to really make more mom friends and find a reason for us all to get together. Little did I know what was really in store :-)
Throughout the past year I have seen the kinds of relationships this group fosters, the support that is offered and the fun you all like to have. I spent a lot of time talking to new members, old members and prospective members and it gave me a lot of insight to what these moms (and families needed). Yes, this is simply a mom's club, but it is also a place for us all to call home. Where we have one another's backs, cheer each other on milestone-after-milestone and laugh out loud (or cry) with others when we have some of our hardest days. There is nothing like a twin or triplet mom. We are special and have a passion that seems so rare.
As we embark on this upcoming year I am on cloud nine, not only because of the wonderful board that has come together but all the fun, adventurous and exciting things they have planned. I can say without a doubt this group of women is ahhhmazing. I am blown away at the time they have all put into this organization (it's a volunteer role y'all) and the term just started! Our goal is to offer you various family outings, mom's night outs, play dates, and educational meetings with some social mixed in. We have partnered with organizations all over the globe to obtain product and service donations for our annual holiday auction and have some fun contests + giveaways in store. You will also find us venturing out into the community putting on our philanthropic hats and we sure hope you will join us. These are just a few of the things going on...#thisyearisgoingtorock...and I sure hope you will be right there with us!
This monthly newsletter will become a staple in your inbox so make sure to watch for it. The content will range from educational to freebies with the intention of offering ways to make your lives easier!
My door is always open. Find me at a meeting, shoot me a text or send an email. My sole purpose on this board it to make sure you, our members, are supported. We welcome all ideas and feedback. I look forward to getting to know you all and your kiddos!
Cheers to our year ahead!
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