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The Nearly Scientific Journal of

Top Ten Ways To Stay In Shape Automate Routine Tasks



March 2011

Science & of Mothering

2010—2011 Steering Team

Note from the


NE MOPS Coordinator Stacy Swan

Publicity Bonnie Daughenbaugh

Finance Melissa Miller


pring is in the air. I just saw a crocus peeking up amidst a cold winter’s nap. Spring is so invigorating, flowers start to bloom, the grass gets greener, everything seems to come alive again. A time of renewal.

Hospitality Krista Stempka'

Creative Activities Dede Fox

Discussion Group Leader (DGL) Bethany Fiorello


Within this season of spring, let’s try to stop to reflect on God’s beauty and the majestic pieces of artwork that are for each one of us to enjoy. In this month’s issue there are tips for organizing your home, ways to stay in shape, colorful cupcakes, and so much more. This newsletter is specifically for—and about—our NE MOPS group. If you would like to contribute articles or pictures, please e-mail me at I’ll try to include as many as I can throughout the MOPS year.

Lisa Miller

Mom Mentor Kathy Tau


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in this issue March 2011

Stay In Shape Page 6


The Science Spot


Delectable Creations


Mommy’s Masterpiece


An Art Spot

Automate those tasks...


14 Tips To Organize Your Home

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Automate Those Routine Tasks


Top Ten Ways Moms Stay in Shape Around Town 3


Static Electricity!

The experiment for this month the fun and annoying thrill of static electricity.

The Experiment: 1. Turn on the faucet so that the water pours out in a small steady stream, about 1/8 inch thick. 2. Charge a comb by combing it through long, dry hair several times or rub it vigorously on a sweater. 3. Slowly bring the comb near the water, and watch the water “bend.” The Explanation: Combing your hair moved electrons from your hair to the comb. The comb had a negative charge. The water molecules, which are slightly positive on one side, and slightly negative on the other, flip their positive sides to face the comb since opposite charges attract. Due to this attraction, the water moves toward the comb.

Delectable Creations Colorful Cupcakes Yummy, but not what you would expect—April Fools. The first surprise is that there is not a grain of sugar in these cupcakes. Second surprise, your kids will eat them anyway. Please email me your crowd-pleasing recipes at

Potato Frosting

1 egg

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 cup tsp. pepper


Potato Frosting 1 cup grated Monterey Jack • 3 cups mashed potatoes cheese

3 tbsp. ketchup

Food coloring

Directions: 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with foil cups. 2. Mix together well. Divide mixture evenly, about 3/4 full. 3. Place on cookie sheet, bake 15 minutes or until cooked through. 4. Divide mashed potatoes among three bowls, and stir a food coloring into each batch to make pastel colors.

MOMMY’S MASTERPIECE Picture time! We tried and tried to get a nice family photo. The kids wouldn’t stop crying so Jeff (the 34 year old) decided to join in. This was the best picture we were able to get that day. Mail me your masterpieces to: northeastmops@n and I’ll publish it! Picture by Dede Fox

THE ART SPOT Easter Eggshell Garden

Here is a fun activity to do with your child to watch spring unfold. What you'll need: • Packet of seeds (flowers, vegetables) •

Potting soil


Egg carton

Stirring sticks, popsicle sticks for labels

• Squirt bottle to mist plants Instructions: 1. Use scissors or the tip of a knife to crack off the top of the egg. 2. Empty out the egg, and create a drainage hole in the bottom by piercing it with a pin or a needle. 3. Set the eggshell in a carton, and use a spoon to fill it with a seed-starting mix. (Ex: marigolds, zinnias). 4. Use one or two seeds per shell, and follow instructions on the seed package. 5. Place the tray in a sunny window, and water.


14 Tips To Organize Your Home Source: 1. Get rid of one thing everyday. Recycle old paper, donate clothes or toys, or throw out something that's taking up too much space.  2.  When you're tempted to purchase something new, think if it's a necessity or just a want. If it's a want, make sure you don't already have something similar.  3.  Practice "one in one out". For every one thing you bring into the house, find one other thing you can donate, recycle or toss.  4.  Get rid of things you haven't looked at or used for at least a year.  5.  When you hang your clothes in your closet, turn the hanger so it's facing you. After you wear that piece of clothing, turn the hanger the other way. Check back in a few months. If you still have any hangers facing you, it's time to donate that piece of clothing.  6.  Declutter one room at a time. Start with a small area and work until it’s done. When you tackle it in small chunks it's more manageable and you feel more accomplished.  7.  Make your bedroom a clutter free sanctuary. Eliminate stuff from night tables, floors and dressers.  8.  Time your tasks. Give yourself tight but realistic deadlines.  9.  Plan your weekly meals every Sunday night. Write down the ingredients that you'll need and put them on your grocery list.  10. To get rid of kitchen clutter, clear the counters of anything that you don't use at least once a day.  11. Take everything off the fridge doors like magnets, coupons, and pictures for an instant clean look.  12. When you're cutting vegetables for one meal, slice the whole thing and store the rest in containers. That way they'll be ready for a quick snack or meal.  13. Plan to eat your meals at roughly the same time every day.  14. Assign certain days of the week for different chores. For example, Monday and Thursday are laundry days.  Make Sunday a fun, family day. Even God took a day off


Automate Those Routine Tasks


e all know and have those tasks around the home, that keep coming and coming day after day. How do we keep from nagging our family and remain having a positive outlook? Listen up, and learn how to automate those tasks .

1. Routines: we all have routines. Some are rigid, while others are very flexible, but every family has a basic list of things they do every day. Whether it is before breakfast, before you leave your house, before you go to bed, they are all there. There can be a peaceful transition time, or a high frustration level. How do you keep from those melt-downs? Create a routine chart and list all the things they need to do before leaving for school, eating dinner, or going to bed. Instead of constantly reminding them (nag, nag, nag‌), simply point to the chart. Then they can check off things as they go. 2. Signs: for those items that may not end up on the chart. Place a sign as an inspiration to them in a prominent place. If they are saving up for something, it can work miracles. Watch and see those tasks slowly get automated!


Better Moms Make a Better World Around Town: •

Taste of Home Cooking Show—Saturday, April 9th. 4:00-7:00 p.m. $12/pp. Cooking demos, samples, various samples, and prizes. Somebunny Loves You—Erie Zoo, April 9th. 10:30-12:00 p.m. Meet the Erie Zoo rabbits and learn what makes them so special. Games, a cute craft, bunny story, and more keep us hopping. (3-5 year olds). Zoo members $9/non-members $12. Easter Egg Hunt—NE Alliance, April 16th 11:00-1:30 p.m. Coloring contest, crafts, games, food, and an Easter egg hunt. FREE. Don’t miss it.

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Don’t miss our next MOPS evening meeting on April 26 from 6:158:15 p.m., Heather Neckers from Neckers Photography will show us some photography tips. Ask a friend to join you and enjoy a well deserved night out.

If you happened to come upon this newsletter and are interested in joining MOPS, please do!

Find us at: 2025 Orchard Beach Rd.

MOPS meets the 2nd Tuesday from 10:00-11:30 am. And the 4th Tuesday from 6:15-8:15 pm. September thru May. For more information call 725-3435.

North East, PA 16428 (814) 725-3435


NORTH EAST MOPS would like to thank Assembly of God Church for the printing services. Thank you so much!

March 2011 NE MOPS Newsletter  

Colorful cupcakes with a creative twist for April Fools, Automating Annoying Tasks, Top Ten Ways to Stay in Shape, Mommy Masterpiece, Mother...