Craft: Bean Bags for MOPPETS

One of our talented MOPS moms, Sara E., made these adorable bean bags for our MOPPETS program. Along with some masking tape, a bucket, and a list of Bean Bag games, these little cuties provide lots of fun for our children while we’re at our MOPS meetings.

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Here’s how she made them:

1. Cut your fabric (Sara used cotton) into squares, two for each bag. Anything around 6 x 6 in. is good.

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2. Pin the right sides together.

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3. Sew around the squares, leaving about two inches unsewn on one of the sides (you’ll use this to pour the beans in). Then, turn the square right side out and iron.

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4. Fill your bag. Sara used green split peas and filled the bag about half way. DSC_0154_BeanBags6-7 6. Sew the opening closed and you have a nifty little bean bag! Click the image below to see and print our list of MOPPETS Bean Bag Games to go with them:

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Click for our list of MOPPETS bean bag games.

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Our MOPS Pre-Meeting Playlist

We love playing upbeat, inspiring music while our members are arriving and getting settled for a wonderful morning at MOPS. Here are the feel-good songs that make up our MOPS pre-meeting playlist:

Bonus: At our first meeting, on September 11, we included “September” by Kirk Franklin . It’s the old Earth, Wind, and Fire song, with a Christian twist.

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MOPPETS Snack Idea: Fruit Cup and Cheese Stick

Keep it simple on MOPS mornings. The snack you send with your child to MOPPETS doesn’t have to be anything fancy and it shouldn’t be a full lunch. Just enough for a quick break in a morning of play.

Here’s an easy idea from Jessica, our MOPPETS Coordinator: a cup of fruit and a cheese stick. Easy enough, right? Remember, all snacks should be nut-free. And don’t forget to label your containers!

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6 Great Reasons to Pre-Pay Your MOPS Dues

To make MOPS mornings easy for everyone, we have three options for paying meeting dues. You can:

  • pay $7 at each meeting,
  • pre-pay $50* for the semester (Sept 11 – Jan 15), or
  • pre-pay $100 for the whole year (Sept 11 – May 28).

*If you already paid for or missed the first meeting, see our Finance Coordinator Sara E. for the prorated amount.

Sara E. will be collecting pre-payments through Sept 25. After that date, the $7 per meeting rate applies. Make checks payable to “MOPS.” We hope you will select one of the pre-pay options. Here are six great reasons to do just that:

1. The Discount & Raffle

Regular meeting dues are $7 per meeting. But, pay in advance for the first semester ($50) and you’ll save $6. Or, pre-pay for the entire year ($100) and save $12. Everyone who pre-pays will be entered in a special raffle to win a pair of play passes to Green Bean Contemporary Child’s Play! But wait, there’s more….

2. It’s One Less Thing to Remember on MOPS Day

Picture it: It’s a beautiful Wednesday morning. You got the kids up and ready to go, packed their snacks for MOPPETS,  and even remembered to grab a few things for our freecycle table. You get to MOPS and everything is great. But wait – you forgot your purse and don’t have a dime on you! No problem – you paid your dues in advance. You’re good.

3. You’ll Feel Like a Rock Star by 9:30 AM

No more check-in for you, lady. Glide right past that line at the door, VIP style. Just glance over for a knowing nod from the Finance Coordinator. She’s got you, mom.

4. First Dibs at Brunch

Skip that check-in and you’re free to hit the brunch table. What will it be – hot coffee, mini quiches, fresh fruit, chocolate cake? Oh, have the cake. That’s why we call it brunch, not breakfast.

5. Less Business, More Fun

Saving time at check-in means everyone gets settled faster. What will we do with all that extra time? Relax and enjoy a morning of fellowship, friends, and fun, that’s what! Let’s get it started!

6. You’ll be Helping our MOPS Group

When you pay in advance, that money goes straight to MOPS. You’ll be helping us keep funds on hand throughout the semester to support our operations and services. That would be a fabulous way to show your support for MOPS.

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Our meeting dues are our group’s main source of income and cover most of our operating costs, including MOPPETS childcare. Sponsorships are discreetly provided for moms who can’t afford the meeting dues. If you need assistance, please speak to Mentor Mom Melene S.

Thanks. In advance.

Mommy & Me pictures for MOPPETS – Sept 25

Before dropping off your children at MOPPETS on Sept 25, stop by the gym to have your Mommy & Me picture taken. Colleen H. will be outside the gym doors with her camera from 9:00-9:45 AM.

These are simple snapshots and not portraits, so just come as you are. The pictures will be a reference tool for MOPPETS workers during dismissal this year. If you and your MOPPETS won’t be at MOPS on Sept 25, the make-up date is Oct 9.

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Craft: Our Centerpiece is a Beautiful Mess

Over the summer, our Creative Activities leader Christin faced the task of designing our MOPS centerpieces for the new year. They had to fit our theme: “A Beautiful Mess – Embrace Your Story.” They had to be beautiful and messy at the same time, easy and inexpensive enough to make six of them, and durable enough to last the whole year. Not an easy job!

She decided to base the design on our theme logo…

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The MOPS theme logo and Christin’s design sketch for our centerpieces.

…with beautiful results:

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Our “Beautiful Mess” centerpieces on our discussion group tables: Radiant Red, Outrageous Orange, Glamorous Gold, Gorgeous Green, Beauteous Blue, and Vivacious Violet.

The design includes a hand-crafted yarn ball filled with flowers (which are attached to pens) in a clear, square vase, all coordinated for the table color. They definitely created a colorful, welcoming atmosphere for our meeting room. Great job, Christin!

How to Make a Yarn Ball

For anyone who wants to try it at home, here’s how Christin made the yarn ball at the center of our centerpieces:

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You will need: corn starch, tacky glue, yarn in the color of your choice, a balloon

  1. Make the glue mixture: 1 cup corn starch to 4 oz Tacky glue. (Make more as needed.)
  2. Soak the yarn in mixture.
  3. Remove the excess glue mixture from the yarn with your fingers.
  4. Blow up the balloon to the size you want the finished yarn ball to be, then tie the end of the yarn to the end of the balloon. Wrap the yarn around the balloon until you achieve the desired look.
  5. Tie the yarn off at the end of the balloon again, allowing enough yarn to hang the balloon out to dry.
  6. Hang it until it’s completely dry (may take several hours). Be sure to put some newspaper on the floor or ground below it.
  7. Pop and remove balloon carefully.

Meeting Review: Our First Meeting!

Thanks to all the moms who joined us at our first MOPS meeting of the new year. We hope you had a fun morning connecting with the other moms. Thanks to the Steering Committee and our Mentor Moms for providing the brunch!

At the meeting, Mentor Mom Melene led the group in a 9-11 remembrance and shared a devotion about the mother of Moses. Then, everyone joined in a heartfelt farewell to Tiffany H., who is leaving us as the MOPS Coordinator. Tiffany will be greatly missed, but she leaves a lasting legacy here at MOPS. Our new MOPS Coordinator is Elena E.

The members of each discussion group spent some time getting to know each other by answering fun questions about themselves. And, isn’t this sweet? Laura welcomed the members of her Glamorous Gold table with a Mom’s Survival Kit.

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Click to see a list of items in the Mom’s Survival Kit.

Christin, our Creative Activities leader, invited the moms to make a Bird’s Nest Necklace with beads representing their children.  This craft was a huge hit. Click here to see complete instructions.

Click the image to see instructions for making the Bird’s Nest Necklace.

We hope you all got a copy of the MOPS newsletter and one of our magnets with the meeting dates for the year. If you didn’t, be sure to pick one up at the next meeting.

Our next meeting is on September 25. The topic is “A Beautiful Mess: Handling Your Emotions.” Sara M.’s Gorgeous Greens and Stefanie’s Beauteous Blues have brunch/cleanup duty.  Please RSVP on our private Facebook event. See you there!