August 22, 2016

Operation Christmas Child - Alina's Story

What will you pack in a shoebox gift this year? Now is a good time to start gathering items at back-to-school sales!

Click below to hear the story of Alina, who received a shoebox at age 12 while living in a Romanian orphanage.

July 15, 2016

Meeting Schedule 2016/17

Here is the meeting schedule for 2016/17! Because of holidays we are not meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of November, December, and April, so check those dates carefully. All meetings are at Redwood Chapel from 9:15am to 11:30am. If you would like to learn more or sign up for our waiting list go to

April 27, 2016

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016

Does being a mom and homemaker ever feel a little too hard?
There’s no question that you love your family like crazy and you’d do anything for them, but we all know it can be an exhausting job.
If you’re anything like me, I bet you wish your home felt more put together and peaceful, you kept up with housework better, you were more consistent about serving healthy, homemade meals and you weren’t running ragged so much of the time.
Because these families of ours? They matter more than anything else. Our job is so important, and we really want to do it right. But so often, we end up feeling discouraged and even like we’re failing.

Well, I am hopeful that the news I have can give you more (and better) tools to help make life stress-less.
Right now there is a deal happening called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.
It was created to give you a plethora of amazing, high-quality resources to take some of the stress, overwhelm and difficulty out of homemaking and mothering.
I have purchased the Bundle in past years, and have always been encouraged by the contents, and loved the bonuses I got too! Want to learn more about how you can get your hands on this package? Here's all the info:

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:
  • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
  • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
  • budgeting and saving money
  • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
  • cultivating a strong marriage
  • faith (for you & your kids)
  • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books)
  • and much more…
You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it.
Plus, it comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:
  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)
It’s available for just 6 days – from now until Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.
The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually.
Learn more or get your bundle now!

If you think getting all those homemaking & mothering helps for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

*The links above are affiliate links and all purchases help cover the costs of leadership training for Castro Valley MOPS. Thank you!

April 11, 2016

Pre-Registration for 2016/17!

UPDATE: Pre-registration for Castro Valley MOPS at Redwood Chapel for the 2016/17 year is now closed. To be notified when registration opens again in August, please add your name to the interest list at Children ages 0-2 will be on our waiting list. Moms who do not need childcare or who have children age 3+ will most likely be invited to join right away.

We are accepting pre-registration for current members only until April 26, and after that we will open registration to moms still on our waiting list.  Pre-registration will close on May 24 and no payments will be accepted after that day. If space is available regular registration will re-open in August.
Step #1: All registrations will happen online this year - the link has been sent to your email. Please do not share or publish the registration link. I hope you will invite your friends to join the Castro Valley MOPS interest list at
Step #2: Submit your payment of $110 to complete registration (details on payment methods are in your email and on the registration page). This is the total MOPS fee and dues for the entire year. 
Step #3: We will also ask for a signed medical and media release at the next meeting (can't avoid paper entirely!).
If your plans change and you need to drop out of CV MOPS, your dues can be refunded on a prorated basis. $23 of your payment is sent to MOPS International and is not refundable, but can be transferred to another MOPS group.
Please register early if you plan to attend Castro Valley MOPS next year, as your spot is not guaranteed until we have received both your payment and the online form (payment plans are available on request). Remember that only current members are invited to register through April 26, so submit everything by then to ensure you can join us for another year of fun at MOPS!
Next year we will run wildly toward wonder, hope and kindness because We Are the Starry Eyed and we choose to see the light. Join us!

February 22, 2016

Choose Your Flourish Seminar Meeting!

Tomorrow is our seminar meeting, and you may choose 2 seminars to attend!  Here are your choices:

Seminar #1: Appreciating the Gifts of Family Members – Jimetta Mayne

Grow your passion for your unique family and encourage each member to do what makes his or her heart sing. Focus on how to flourish and build a strong family tone while you all live out your individual passions. 

Seminar #2: Marriage – Michael & Margaret Redemer

Michael and Margaret are marriage mentors, and their goal is to see young couples establish healthy marriages. Come be encouraged and hear their words of wisdom!

Seminar #3: Healthy Sleep – Arlene Fryling, RN

Arlene is a registered nurse and a Child Sleep Consultant. Come learn her tips for healthy sleep! Session 1 will focus on infants up to age 13 months. Session 2 will focus on toddlers age 14 months and up.


September 7, 2015

MOPS Begins!

We are so looking forward to beginning our new MOPS year tomorrow morning!  As a reminder, our meeting is from 9:15 to 11:30am, and we will begin with brunch provided by our fabulous leadership team.  Come as early as 9:00 to check your kids in to MOPPETS. 

Our group does have a waiting list for some of our childcare rooms - want to check availability or get on the waiting list?  Great!  Fill out the Interest Form here and we will be in touch.  Moms who do not need childcare are welcome to join us anytime - please contact so we know to expect you!

You will notice a change in check-in this year!  We have a central check-in station for MOPS located in the main lobby (where the restrooms are).  So, here's what you do when you come:

  1. Check with a clipboard holding greeter on the patio!  They will send all pre-registered moms to the MOPPETS check-in.  All moms who have registered in August or September will need to head inside first to finish registering.
  2. At MOPPETS check-in in the main lobby, a lovely worker will ask for your name and check-in all of your kids on the computer.  You will receive a label for each child's back, a label for diaper bags, and one label for you to keep.
  3. Drop off your kids in their MOPPETS rooms - we will have maps and helpers to give directions.
  4. Head to the meeting room in Williams Chapel and check yourself in at the welcome table!  Then write your name on a raffle ticket, and if you are there by 9:15 you get a bonus entry for being on time!!
Moms who are not bringing their kids can skip steps 2 and 3 above!

You should already have received a message from your Discussion Group Leader (DGL) letting you know your table assignment - so in the meeting room find your table and meet a new friend!  If you haven't heard from your DGL yet, please reply to this e-mail and let me know.

Thanks!  See you tomorrow!

July 17, 2015

July 21 Playdate!

We will have our second MOPS playdate of the summer, next Tuesday, July 21 from 10am to 12pm at Greenridge Park - 6108 Greenridge Rd, Castro Valley! Bring your friends, your kids, and some snacks or a picnic lunch.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!