Sock Drive Results!

Thanks to everyone that helped out with this outreach activity!  Our MOPS group was able to provide socks to 75 homeless men living in the area!  That’s a lot of warm, dry feet around here at a time when temps have dropped significantly!  Thank you everyone & thanks Mary for coordinating this effort!


Recruiting for MOPPETS volunteers

As a reminder, we are attempting to recruit several more MOPPET volunteers to watch the children during meetings. If you have any family, friends, or neighbors that could potentially function as a caregiver please put them in contact with Denisse Lunoff. We also posted a new “monthly spotlight” of a MOPPETS caregiver in hopes of encouraging others to volunteer through recognition:


Are you Registered?

National Voter Registration Day Is Sept. 24: Is Your Information Current?

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re giving you all the information you need for how and where to register to vote and ensure the King County Elections office has your most current information.

By Kendall Watson (Editor at the Sammamish Patch)

Local issues and elected representatives are on the ballot this November. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, get it off your to-do list now.

Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations have mobilized to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections.

Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline.Here’s how NOT to be that group of six million non-voters:

The voter registration deadline for Washington is Oct. 7 for mail-in registration and updates.

Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 5 elections:

Beautiful Mess? Get Organized this Weekend!

From Oprah Winfrey’s website:

Peter Walsh’s 5 Ways to Declutter Your Home This Weekend

Dreading the big cabinet-and-closet cleanout? Peter Walsh suggests five fun, easy ways to lighten your load this weekend, with your family or a few friends—and do some good while you’re at it.

1. The Housewide Shoe Purge

Time Required: One Hour

Avoid an avalanche of shoes every time you open the closet and maybe even make room for a new pair.

Do It: How to decide what stays and what goes

2. The Two-Step Toy Tidy-Up

Time Required: Two Hours

Peter Walsh shows you how to tidy up those toys once and for all—with a little help from the kids.

Do It: Your playroom clean-up strategy

3. The Closet Declutter-fest for Couples

Time Required: Three Hours (Depending on your closet—and your partner)

If a shared closet has you and your partner divided, try Walsh’s no-stress strategy for eliminating bulk and creating harmony.

Do It: Clear out your closet this weekend

4. The Progressive declutter Party

Time Required: One Weekend Morning

Enlist your friends in your clean-up efforts with a “party” that will lighten your loads and leave you all a little better off.

Do It: Have your own declutter party

5. The Pantry Pare-Down

Time Required: 30 Minutes

Walsh offers his four quick tips to tame your overstuffed pantry and find a worthwhile home for your excess food.

Do It: Organize your nonperishables





Get to Know Your MOPS Mom: Abbey Kraetsch

Most of you know Abbey, but for those that do not…or don’t know her in depth; meet your MOPS Mom & co-chair of MOPS for 2013-14, Abbey Kraetsch.

Abbey is involved in so much more than just MOPS.  Abbey is stepping down as the TOTS group chair where she’s been leading that ministry at MQP for the last 3+ years. If you don’t know what TOTS is, it’s a play group that meets either at the nursery at MQP on Mondays at 9:30am, or at a local park.

In her “spare” time, Abbey is the Parent Coordinator for the Pine Lake Co-Op Preschool where her daughter Kylie (age 4) attends. She’s also the Play Group Coordinator for the MOMS Club of the Sammamish Plateau. Abbey is also involved with the MOPS Book Club & one other book club (someone, please tell me when she has time to read?!?). For MQP, she is on her 2nd year as co-chair & she’s also a part of the Hospitality Team.

With all that free time that her schedule clearly has, she also manages to be an avid Seahawks fan & is a season ticket holder. She also crawls out of bed at 0 dark thirty to workout most mornings, 5am is the only time I guess she can find to row or do boot camp!  She also loves to cook for her family, which includes Payton (age 2) & of course her husband Matt who works for T-Mobile.

MOPS Mom since 2010
Abbey – MOPS Mom since 2010


Eastside Baby Corner’s 4th Annual Pants Party!

Saturday, September 7th from 10am-1pm at EBC Hub – 1510 NW Maple Street in Issaquah.

Bring a donation of new or gently used pants for children, ages 0-12, and stay to enjoy a fun filled day of games, food and fun.  Visit the Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck, have fun with bubbles, coloring, and fun activities!

Eastside Baby Corner’s “Pants Party” is a great to help local kids in need in our community get off to a great start this school year. The goal? To collect at least 3 pairs of pants for every school aged child we serve during the first 6-8 weeks of school.  That’s 2,500 pairs of pants! 

EBC helps children succeed in school by providing clothes, shoes, socks and school supplies.

Pants may also be dropped off at the following locations:

For more information, to volunteer or to sponsor, please contact Cori Benson at, 425.865.0234, ext. 705.

Pants Party!
Pants Party!

Picnic Today!

Calling ALL current, new, prospective, & former MOPS moms!

August 17th- Our Annual MOPS Summer Picnic at Lower Commons Park from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Families are invited and dinner will be provided. If you ordered one of our MOPS t-shirts, this is an event to wear them at!

See evite details on our calendar page!