Saturday, December 11, 2010

YogaLife Kids

We are thrilled to be offering YogaLife Kids classes here at the store! Elizabeth Oates is teaching these classes, the first of their kind in Waco!

It is the first and only program in Waco offering kids the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. Through age-appropriate classes, kids learn body awareness, muscle control, balance, breathing techniques and stress management while engaging in fun games, songs, stories, activities, and pretend play. Watch your child's confidence and self-esteem soar in this non-competitive environment! Get active and get moving!

We are now registering for the Spring 2011 session. There are two age groups and several convenient times!

It is $90 plus a $5 registration fee for an 8 week session.

YogaLife Kids (7-12 year olds)

Tuesdays from 5:30-6:15, starting January 11
Saturdays from 10:30-11:15, starting January 15

YogaLife Mommy & Me (3-6 year olds)

Wednesdays from 10:00am-10:45am, starting January 12
Saturdays from 9:30-10:15am, starting January 15

Give me a call up at the store if you're interested in registering for a spring session! 254-399-8100

Friday, October 29, 2010

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Sean&Robyn! You are the lucky winner of a $10 gift card. Come on by the store to pick it up.

Thanks to everyone for posting. You have some great ideas for costumes! Hope to see you all tomorrow at the Costume Contest at the shop!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Fun--and a drawing!

I love Halloween! Love, love, love it. Dressing up is my favorite thing in the world. In years past, I've sewn costumes for each of my kiddos. Lately, however, we've gotten into doing a family "theme". Last year we were all Zombies. Not really nice to do to your 14 month old, but it was pretty funny. This year, we've decided to be characters from Greek Mythology. Some white sheets, gold jewelry and we're set, right?

In light of my inspired costume idea, we are holding a costume contest here at the store on October 30th from 2-4pm. There are four age categories, and each winner gets a $10 gift card to spend at the store! Popcorn, face painting...the usual fun will ensue.

So what are your kiddos going to be for Halloween? Post it here and I'll draw for another $10 gift card! Pass it to your friends, post it on Facebook, you know the drill. For everyone who leaves me a comment here, you get entered in the drawing. And if you get a friend to comment and they say you sent them, voila! You get entered again.

Keep in mind you have to be able to pick the gift card up locally and use it IN the store.

Let the fun begin!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Margarita and Salsa Festival!

We had a great time last Saturday at the Margarita and Salsa Festival! My good friends Ashley and Marie helped me 'till all hours of the night Friday night preparing our amazing concoction. It's great to have such amazing friends to help you out when you need it!

We worked really hard making gigantic pinwheels to decorate our booth with. While we weren't sure if we'd have a chance to win the Salsa Contest, we felt like we were a shue-in for the decorating contest. Unfortunately, the judges didn't see it our way, and we won a big fat nothing.

We did, however, have a BLAST!! We tried lots of salsa, and a few margaritas, and can't wait for next year! We even managed to raise a handful of dollars in our meager little bucket for the Arthritis Foundation.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Keeping Busy!

We love to keep busy around here. Just ask my husband. If I don't have ten thousand things going on at once, well, then I'm just not happy. So in light of that, we are gearing up for a fun-filled fall! School is starting soon, and the lazy days of summer will be over. We will be hosting all kinds of interesting groups, classes and activities. Of course, we want these to be relevant and important to YOU!

So take a look at the classes and groups we are considering adding to our Fall schedule. Let us know which ones you would love to see, and if there is something missing, let us know that as well! We will still be having our T, TH and F 9:30 and 11:30 story/craft time.

Cupcake Cuties Club-
1 1/2 hour (1 day a week for 4 weeks)
All supplies included
120.00 for 4 week series(discount for siblings)
Each week will focus on a different theme
Each student will be provided 1 dozen cupcakes a week.
Instructor will focus on various themes every week for boys and girls.Cupcake cuties members will recieve certificate,icing reciepes,cupcake reciepes,and a cupcake goody bag that will include various cupcake decorating items.

Kindermusik Baby Sign:
5-week course, ages birth-18mos. Cost will be approximately $50-60 for each mom/baby pair. This class will be held during the week, probably Monday or Wednesday mornings.

Cloth Diaper Club:
A group for cloth diaperers to come and meet, discuss their diapering systems, any problems they are having, and any tips they'd like to share. Great way to meet other like-minded moms and possibly even set up a diaper swap! We are looking at Thursday nights for this group....cost is FREE! :)

Attachment Parenting Support:
A group for parents practicing Attachment Parenting to come together and share their experiences. Also for new parents interested in finding out more about Attachment Parenting. Informal group, held on either Thursday evenings or Saturday afternoons. FREE

Baby Trek:
Parent/Baby hiking group, to meet in Cameron Park on either Saturdays or Sundays. Led by Heather Jenkins, hiking enthusiast and park steward. This group is for parents interested in taking their babies outdoors and looking to increase their fitness level by hiking with their babies. Parents of all fitness levels welcome! Soft structured baby carrier recommended. Group is FREE.

Working Parents Playgroup:
Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm. Crafts, stories and other activities.

Big Kid Craft:
Fun activities designed for the kiddos age 5+. These crafts would include a material fee of approximately $5, and will include things like Tie-dying Tees, making sock puppets, paper mache and more! These will be held on Monday afternoons, and will require registration to attend.

Dr. Sears LEAN nutrition and Maternity nutrition:
A comprehensive lifestyle awareness class. Find out why some of the foods we feed our kids are bad, what the alternatives are, and why getting your child to move is so important! Taught by Geneece Arnold, certified LEAN instructor. Cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple. Saturday mornings.

Monday, August 2, 2010

We Love to Read! Book Swapping at Pinwheel

Many of you know that I was an English teacher at Waco High last year. I received my Bachelor's in English from UT, and I have always been (and always will be) a book hound. I hope to instill the same passion for reading and love of literature in my kids. But I've found that children's books are so expensive, and my kids tire of a book in a few weeks. The library is great, and we used to go frequently when I was home with my kiddos, but it isn't always convenient to drag a 2-year-old into the library while helping my 7-year-old pick out books.

So I came up with a solution: wouldn't it be awesome if there were a place to go to swap out the books we don't read anymore? Just a simple swap. Trade the old books for something fresh and different to read to the kids? No cost involved, no signing up, no membership required. And wouldn't it be even better if this place were 2-year-old approved?

Voila. We have set up a Book Swap at Pinwheel Kids! It's a small bookshelf with books for all ages: board books, story books, early readers and even young adult/tween fiction. It's a place where you can go and trade any time!

We are starting small, but we hope to grow the collection into a great resource for parents! The best way to do this is to encourage all of you to participate! We ask that you bring your gently used children's books in and swap them. It's an honor system, and we ask that you only take 4 books at a time, but you are welcome to leave as many as you like. In fact, any books that you donate above the four you swap will help us to make our collection even more comprehensive!

This is a mom-to-mom service we are offering. We hope you take advantage of this and bring your kiddos in to choose new books to read!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Back to School

Well, summer is beginning to wind to a close. Only a few more weeks until the kiddos head back to school. This is bittersweet for so many reasons. My oldest will be a 2nd grader this year, and my son Isaac is going to Kindergarten. It was easy to say goodbye to Kalena when she started school; she was excited, chipper, and practically ran in without even remembering to say goodbye. She is my outgoing, friendly, talkative child. Isaac...that's a different story. I have a feeling that he won't take heading into a big, new, strange building without Mom and Dad quite so easily.
Nevertheless, it is time to start thinking about getting ready. So, with that in mind, I'm starting to order some great back-to-school items for the store.

We already have Goodbyns in stock:

If you haven't seen a Goodbyn in person, you need to check them out! This lunchbox is all you juice boxes or ziploc bags. Each compartment seals individually with the lid to keep all of your lunch goodies separated! At only $24.00, it's a bargain. And it's dishwasher safe!

We also feature nap mats and coordinating lunchboxes from Mint. These are embroiderable, so you can have one personalized with your little person's name! And we are so excited to be able to offer monogramming in the next couple of weeks! I will keep you updated on that. Here are some of the nap mats we have right now at the store:

Last, but not least, we have backpacks on their way! Our Crocodile Creek backpacks and lunchboxes should be here this week or next, and we have a whole assortment of cute backpacks coming from Wildkin, as well! So make Pinwheel Kids your back-to-school headquarters. And, once again, let me know if you need something in particular. I will try to make it happen. I love hearing from you!


Saturday, July 10, 2010


Welcome to Pinwheel Kids' Blog! We will do our very best to keep you updated with all of the latest happenings and products here.

In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about myself, and how Pinwheel Kids got started. I am a mom of four beautiful babies. My oldest is a little girl named Kalena Grace who is going to be a second grader next year. When she was born, I was only 21, and, like most young moms, I had no idea what it meant to be a parent. So I followed the lead of my mother and my awesome mom-in-law, and began breastfeeding. I thought that was what everyone did. Lucky for me, my family made it seem like the obvious choice. Four kids later and many hours of research, I find that not everyone is given the support in breastfeeding that I was.

My mother-in-law, Linda, also suggested that I cloth diaper. She had done it with all of hers, and thought I should give it a try. I decided, what the heck. So we cloth diapered Kalena with prefolds and covers, and loved it. I discovered then that people looked at me like I was loony, and I began to question whether or not I was doing things the "right" way. But, I've always marched to the beat of my own drum, so off I went.

Isaac Augustus came along nearly 3 years later, followed closely by Adam David only a short 19 months after that. And if that wasn't crazy enough at my house, sweet little Rowan Suzanne followed Adam in short order, only 18 months later.

Through all that mayhem, I learned about babywearing, and my wrap, my sling and my ERGO saved my sanity. Someone gave me a nice nursing cover, and I about cried with excitement. I would see people with gorgeous wooden teething rings or beautiful nursing necklaces or cute shopping cart covers or any number of amazing baby gear. I kept running across all of these awesome products, but as I discovered all of them, I found there wasn't anywhere in town for me to touch, feel and try them out. I got aggravated at ordering things online and paying shipping, just to get it, hate it, and have to tote four kids to the post office to send it back. So I decided enough was enough. I wanted to bring the good stuff to Waco. So I have!

Parenting is hard, and if I've learned one thing, it's that every parent, every child, every situation is different. The worst thing we can do is judge one another: on parenting style, diapering choices, feeding doesn't matter what we do, there are always those who are ready to tell a new (or veteran) mom that they're doing it wrong. And there a million and one reasons for a parent to feel guilty. Do I feel guilty about not using cloth diapers with my last two babies? You betcha. But life happens, and it just didn't fit with our hectic lifestyle. Could I have made it work. Yes. Did I want to try? Yes. Did it happen? Nope. So you won't find any judgment here....just information, support and a host of great, quality products to help you on your journey.

Pinwheel Kids is coming to Waco from my heart. I truly want parents to have choices, information and access to the very best quality products to help them on their crazy parenting journey. I am searching high and low to bring stuff to my store that I believe in. I hope you'll check us out when we open next week.

And PLEASE use your voice! If you want it, want to try it, want me to try to get it for you, let me know! I am here to make your parenting journey that much more enjoyable!