Friday, August 26, 2016


Welcome to 
2016-2017

We are so happy to welcome YOU to MOPS this year! 

       Our first meeting was a great success!  We enjoyed yummy food, adult conversation and some good old-fashioned fun playing games to help us get to know each other.  Meanwhile, our kids got loved on and played with new friends of their own.  I'd say MOPS is the ultimate "win-win!"  Our MOPS coordinator, Lindsey, shared what MOPS is all about as well as this year's theme, "Starry-Eyed."  We also began collecting school supplies for our first service project of the year and you all SHOWED OUT!  We received a basket-full of donations, literally.  Way to go Moms!  These supplies will go to needy classrooms all around our community.  Forgot to bring something?  No worries!  We will continue to collect items at the next meeting.

      We hope you'll join us August 31st for even more fun and fellowship as we explore the topic of Friendship.  Feel free to invite a friend along, or come and make some new ones. 

         See you soon & Starry-Eyed!

 

Our beautiful MOPS leaders; Natalie, Elise & Melissa (left) greeted our Moms and the lovely and oh-so-helpful, Kelli (right) passed out welcome gifts.


We hope you enjoy your homemade "Starry-Eyed" gifts.


Thank you for your donations!!


 


    

Action Shot! 
Can you tell who are competitive
and non-competitive moms are?
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Missed the meeting?  Or want to know what MOPS is all about?
Be sure to check out the FAQ page and watch this video about this year's theme, Starry-Eyed.


                





Friday, August 5, 2016

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Most likely, many of you have begun the school year routine.  Summer is over, book bags are packed and you have a few more moments to yourself, maybe.  We invite you to share some of those moments with us this year.  Not for us, but for YOU. 
  
Come join other Moms who, like you, are occasionally stressed, sometimes worried, and always tired.  Am I right?   But life doesn't have to be JUST those things.  We can choose more for ourselves.  We can choose to wonder.  To hope.  And to show kindness.
 
We hope you will choose MOPS and join us August 17th for our first meeting!
Whether you're coming to MOPS for the first time or returning, we are excited to welcome you with open arms and starry eyes!
 
Click here to register.
 
 
 
Here is a look at this year's theme, We are the Starry Eyed
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Best Dish: Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars

Y'all, Megan Fleetwood was on point when she made these Easy Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars for our MOPS meeting.


First of all, they're seriously easy to make. Second, they taste like you spent hours making them (hint: you didn't). And third, you can easily cut down on the sugar to save a few calories. Also, these would be FANTASTIC for a Cinco de Mayo bash!

Easy Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars


Ingredients:
2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury™ refrigerated butter flake crescent dinner rolls
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted 
 
Directions: 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll one can of crescent rolls and press it into the bottom of your baking dish sealing perforations.
  • In a small bowl blend the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and the vanilla. Spread evenly over the top of the crescent dough.
  • Unroll your second can of crescent rolls onto a sheet of saran wrap or some other surface and press the perforations together. Transfer to your baking dish, placing it on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour the melted butter on top of the crescent dough.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the melted butter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and bottom crust is slightly browned.
  • Let it cool and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, slice and add whipped cream and strawberries if desired.
 
 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Best Dish: Apple Cinnamon Bubble-Up Bake

You guys, Teisha made this dish back in January. JANUARY. My bad for not sharing it until now. But, I distintcly remember eating it, and it's too good not to share now. Better late than never, right?!

Teisha likes to experiment with new breakfast foods for our MOPS meeting, and I think we're all thankful that she does since this isn't the first Best Dish Award that she's won! She said she's keeping this recipe handy as a fall/winter recipe staple and is going to try adding pears and maple syrup next time. YUM!

The original dish calls for slices of apples, but she peeled and diced them to make them easier to eat. She also baked it a little longer than the recipe called for—so keep an eye on it towards the end to make sure all the milk absorbs well, and maybe try it on the bottom rack.

Apple Cinnamon Bubble-up Bake


Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
5 small cored, thinly sliced apples
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
Directions:  
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese and powdered sugar uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds, until softened. Stir until smooth, then slowly stir in milk. Stir in apple mixture.
  • 3 Separate dough into 5 rolls; return icing to refrigerator. Cut each cinnamon roll into 6 pieces, and stir into apple mixture. Pour into baking dish.
  • 4 Bake 26 to 32 minutes or until bubbling around edges and dough is baked through. Let stand 10 minutes. Transfer icing to quart-sized resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut 1 corner with kitchen scissors, and drizzle over mixture.
Let us know when you make it!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Car Activities for Little Kids!

During our last meeting we discussed the importance of play time. If you're not the keenest on playtime with your kids, you're not the only one. Lindsey shared this great quote she found that hit home with a lot of us:
"Playing with children doesn’t have to be hard, but for some reason, I get it in my head that there’s a certain way I’m supposed to be doing it. Then I question my abilities as a mom and wonder if I’m doing it right. The truth is, my kids want me more than anything else. They don’t care if my story lines are a bit awkward. They don’t care if I’m not very creative. They care about me. And your kids… what do they want more than anything else? You guessed it: you." from Embrace the Moments
To go along with the "play" theme, Hope had a great craft for us: magnetic car activities! The coolest part is all of these can be created with a minimal budget (hello, dollar store!), and with little supplies. It's all about getting creative.

Magnetic Car Activities


The main tools you'll need to create some fun magnetic car activities are: a tin cookie sheet, popsicle sticks, glue, magnets, and whatever fun stuff you have at home!

Using foam, magnets, and popsicle sticks, you can make some great learning tools to help stimulate your child. They also make cute foam "kits" at places like Micahel's and Hobby Lobby with things like these turtles. They'll make for fun puppets! 

For the learning sticks, utilize both sides of the stick. On one side put the shape, and then put the color on the other side! Along with magnets, you'll also need velcro. 



The little turtles are a cinch to make. Just get the kit, and start gluing them together! Kids will have fun with these "puppets" in the car! 



We also made popsicle stick puzzles! These are AWESOME! Print out whatever photo you'd like to make the puzzle out of (keep them on the smaller side, so they'll fit on the sticks), cut the whole picture out, mod-podge it on both sides, then using a razor, slice through the sticks. Easy peasy! 



And here's the final product! 


Awesome craft, right? And it needs to be said: several of these pieces can be choking hazards, so please keep a close eye on your kids, especially if they're little! 

If you want some more ideas, here are a few sites to take a look at that have great games to play in a hotel room or on an airplane:

The Rules of Motherhood
Learn with Play at Home
It's Always Autumn
A Creative Princess
Life Through My Eyes 

If you have any good, easy, mess-free crafts, let us know about them!