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July 2012 Monthly Meeting – Dead End BBQ

Please plan to join us on Tuesday, July 10th, at 6:30 PM as we kick off a new year with KMC! We will be meeting at Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Avenue. If you are a current member, past member or you are expecting multiples we would love to see you there.

July is the start of our new membership year and dues will remain $40 this year. Included in this fee is Friday night shopping at our twice yearly consignment sales, the opportunity to consign and earn 90% of your sales, twice yearly fun family events for free or a nominal charge, our February fondue and massage Sparty, monthly meetings with guest speakers and activities, Moms’ Night Out events, access to our Facebook Members’ Only group and more. KMC is a great source of support and friendship, and membership offers a chance to connect with other families that “get” your chaotic, joyous, full life! KMC is a diverse group of families from all walks of life, we welcome any guardians of twins, triplets or more the opportunity to join.

We will announce our August consignment sale date and you can sign up to consign with us if you are a KMC member. Non-Members that wish to consign will be notified here and on our Facebook Consignment Sale page when we open up additional spaces.

We will also honor our 2011-12 Officers that are not returning to positions within the club: Lara Mowery has served as our Treasurer for several years, and we want to wish her a smashing success in her new business endeavors. Thank you to Mary Ellen Nichols and Marti Bailey for stepping into the Vice President and Member Care roles; we appreciate all of your help this year! A big thank you to due everyone that has helped KMC on the consignment sale committee, selling candles, sponsoring an Angel Tree recipient or bringing a snack to a meeting. Our organization wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful without every single member!

June 2012 Monthly Meeting – Date Change!

Please note that we are meeting on the FIRST Tuesday of June! Join us at 6:30 pm at First Baptist Concord – Westlake on June 5th at 6:30 pm for a combo night of crafts and club business.

We will elect our officers for the coming year, and discuss the next 6 months of activities. We would love your input! We will also make cute flower topped ink pens. These are a great small thank you for summer camp teachers, swim instructors, babysitters and more!

Please bring a small snack to share with everyone. We encourage expecting families of multiples to attend and get to know us! As always, nursing infants are welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Image from Funky Junky Vintage on Etsy!

Making Whole Foods Happen

Chef Ellie Maben talked to us at last night’s meeting about incorporating healthier food choices in your family’s diet. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for those of you that couldn’t make it to the meeting! My notes are in italics.

* Plan your weekly meals in advance and use coupons to cut costs. Personally, I use eMeals because it matches up store sales to a weekly menu plan, and sends it all to me each Wednesday. Our family receives the Natural and Organic Meal Plan, and it does rely almost entirely on whole foods made from scratch. They have vegetarian, gluten-free menus, low-carb and low-fat menus, and you choose the store you want to shop at locally. I used a Dave Ramsey code, and three months of weekly menus was approximately $15.

* Stick to your shopping list! You can’t make unhealthy food choices if unhealthy food doesn’t live in your pantry. Keep good snack choices on hand for your family. Cut up fresh fruit and veggies in advance to store in the fridge, and offer cheese, yogurt and whole grain crackers before treats.

* To satisfy a sweet tooth, make smoothies or smoothie pops with ripe bananas, milk or yogurt, fresh or frozen berries, a little honey and a dash of vanilla (my kids don’t realize a difference when I sneak a handful of spinach in their smoothies, so long as there are blueberries to mask the green color). Ellie brought Tovolo Ice Pop Molds to show us. They come in fun shapes, like ice cream cones, and they are available on Amazon for $10-12. Ellie suggested the book, Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone for recipes.

* Shop the outside perimeter of the store where most whole foods can be found; think produce, meat, grains and dairy. Become a label reader, and make conscious choices regarding the ingredients in your food. Look for excess sodium, added sugar or high fructose corn syrup, MSG in all it’s names, etc.

* If your children are too distracting while you are shopping, try to leave them at home. I prefer to bring my iPod and shop alone for a little “me” time!

* Buy whole grains in bulk at places like Kroger, Earthfare, Three Rivers Market, etc. and store them in your freezer in air tight containers. You will save a wad of cash, and everything will store for about a year. Add whole grains to foods your family already eats instead of going full-force; for example, oatmeal pancakes or chocolate chip cookies with whole wheat pastry flour and oatmeal. Use one piece of white bread and one piece of wheat when making a sandwich. Mix whole wheat pasta half and half with white pasta. Try tri-colored spiral pasta as a fun kid-friendly choice. Pick a new grain to try, like quinoa, and cook it one night per week for several months.

* Shop farmer’s markets if possible or plant a small family garden. If that isn’t feasible for your budget, ask your local grocery store produce manager to include more locally grown veggies and fruit to their store. Earthfare, Food City and Butler and Bailey are known to do this in our area already. Awhile back, I wrote two articles pertaining to organic and local produce; check them out for more information: Community Supported Agriculture in East Tennessee and Organic or Not.

* Pack your kids lunches a few times a week, or more if possible! Ellie brought the Laptop Lunch set to show us. It’s approximately $35 and comes with a lunchbox, carrier, drink container and recipe book. You can get just the lunchbox and recipe book for around $25.

* Make food fun! There were great ideas in the book Ellie brought: First Meals by Annabel Karmel. Add silly faces to open face sandwiches or pizzas. Use small vegetable cutters for cheese, fruit and veggies.

* Try to avoid cooking different meals for various members of the family. We have a long-standing rule that if you aren’t going to eat the dinner that was prepared, you may have a slice of bread with almond or peanut butter. I always prepare one vegetable side that I know the whole family will eat. Remember, that kids need to try a food at minimum TEN times before they will readily eat it and like it. Don’t give up after one attempt!

* Sneak veggies and fruit into breads, deserts, pasta sauce and smoothies! Check out The Sneaky Chef for ideas! After awhile, you will find your kids don’t even care that you add squash to muffins and spinach to smoothies. Mine know all my “secrets” now, and they are happy to gobble up the hidden veggies.

* Simplify your meals and try not to be a control freak. It is much easier to change your diet gradually, and you don’t want mealtime to seem like a punishment for the whole family. Although I use eMeals, I always keep a couple Newmans Own pizzas in the freezer and I always have things on hand to make Breakfast for Dinner or Grilled Cheese and Soup. The kids love asking for a “fun” night, and it stretches the planned meals out longer.

* Ellie suggested making a huge pot of brown rice, and storing it in the fridge for weekly dinners. I find that it’s easier to eat whole foods when I bake a big batch of muffins or pancakes once per week and freeze them. The same goes for chopping onions, carrots, etc. The less work I have each night, the more likely we are to stay on track, and not run out to Panera!

Good Books:

* King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking

* Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

* The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals

These are two of my favorites, that I use quite often in our kitchen.

* Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers

* Simple Food for Busy Families


* Brainy Brownies from The Sneaky Chef

* Morning Glory Muffins (Gluten Free Option, too) from Whole Foods Market^

* Buttermilk Quinoa Pancakes from Pen & Fork^

^These aren’t the exact recipes Ellie shared, I found links to very similar versions, so I wouldn’t have to type more!

April 2012 Monthly Meeting – Healthy Cooking!


Please plan to join usĀ  on April 10th at 6:30 PM for a super meeting: our very own Chef, Ellie Maben, will guide us through making meals and treats that are both healthy and tasty!

Ellie will discuss shopping tricks, incorporating whole foods in your family’s diet, and she will have samples and recipes for us.

Please bring your favorite healthy snack to share with everyone!

We will be back at First Baptist Concord, Westlake Campus, for this meeting. Adults only, please… nursing infants welcome!

March 2012 Monthly Meeting – Wasabi!

To celebrate a successful sale, we decided to detour from our normal meeting location at First Baptist Concord, and dine out at Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse!

Plan to join us at the 226 Lovell Road location at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 13th. If you don’t want to have a full dinner, feel free to have a drink and pick up your tags. Wasabi offers both Japanese grill-style dinner and a full sushi menu. We have a couple of awesome door prizes to hand out from our sale sponsors: Scentsy and Petros.

We hope to see you there!

February 2012 Monthly Meeting – Sparty! *Please Note: 1st Tuesday instead of 2nd Tuesday!*

To celebrate all the love that our members give their families, KMC has a very special meeting planned for February!

The Appalachian Center for Healing Arts will be on site to offer free 10 minute chair massages! Get out those kinks and relax for a bit. KMC will provide tasty snacks and other pampering stations for you to enjoy. Don’t bring anything but yourself to this meeting, wear loose clothing and prepare to relax and rejuvenate.We will be meeting on Tuesday, February the 7th instead of the second Tuesday of the month. We didn’t want to disrupt Valentine’s Day plans with your cutie! The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and massage sign-up will be on a first come basis, so you may want to arrive early.

Meetings are held at First Baptist Concord, Westlake Campus, at 9635 Westland Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922. We hope to see you there!

January 2012 Monthly Meeting – White Elephant Gift Swap and 2012 Resolutions!

Our monthly meeting for January will be held on Tuesday the 10th at 6:30 PM at First Baptist Concord, Westlake Campus. All parents of multiples are welcome to attend our meetings!

We will start the year off right with a discussion from Lisa Taylor from Clever Container. She’s ready to help us get organized, clean out the clutter and manage our chaotic lives with a bit more ease!

We’d like to invite you to kick off your organizing spree by bringing 1-3 gifts to participate in our White Elephant gift swap! Remember, gifts need to be at least $10 in value, brand-new and for an adult. Maybe you got something that doesn’t fit, or just isn’t your style; try your luck in the swap! We can’t guarantee you will get something the exact same value, but you will leave with the same number of items you bring.

As always, please bring a small snack to share! We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna at

Ho, Ho, Ho from KMC!

KMC is celebrating Christmas in a very special way! We are giving back to a handful of deserving children in the Knoxville-area, so that they might enjoy the magic of the holidays, too. Thank you to KMC members that volunteered to donate gifts.

Our members will be celebrating with a dinner at Copper Cellar this month. There will NOT be a regular monthly meeting in December.

Stay tuned for January meeting details and plan to join us for a Night Out at the Melting Pot, also in January!

We wish all of the twin, triplet and more families of Knoxville a safe, happy and FUN holidays. We are grateful to each one of you that attend our meetings, shop KMC consignment sales and offer your friendship to us.

November 2011 Monthly Meeting – Cookies by Design Decorating Class

Can I tell you how excited we are to host our November meeting? Please join us on Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30 PM at First Baptist Concord, Westlake Campus. Cookies by Design is going to teach us how to make and decorate amazing cookies for the upcoming holidays! Be sure to check out Cookies by Design on Facebook and at The Public Market in Turkey Creek, too!

Please bring a snack to share with everyone. KMC will provide cookies to decorate (enough to take home a few) and drinks.

If you are not yet a member but you do have twins, triplets or more we would love to meet you; please feel free to join us! This meeting is adults only, but as always nursing infants are welcome.

October 2011 Monthly Meeting – Halloween Bash!

KMC cordially invites you to attend our October Halloween bash… if you dare! We have a meeting full of fun and information, so you do not want to miss this one.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM at First Baptist Concord, Westlake Campus.

1. We have two $25 Liza Moz Pottery gift cards up for grabs! Best costume will take one of them and best Halloween-themed snack will take the other. Our Mom’s Night Out is coming up next month at Liza Moz, so this is a great prize! Check out Liza Moz on Facebook, too.

2. Want some fresh ideas for entertaining your little ones? Julie from Babysitter Express will be sharing a few great ideas for kid crafts this Fall. Check out Babysitter Express on Facebook.

3. If you are a member, we need your vote on the open officer positions of Vice President, Secretary, Member Care Coordinator and Newsletter.

4. We will make small signs for each KMC family to display at Boo at the Zoo. If you want to display a scarecrow family, then please bring them to the meeting. We will be setting up Wednesday morning – we would love help if you are available.

5. If you have Halloween costumes, t-shirts, bows, sleepers, etc. that you didn’t bring to the consignment sale, we welcome you to bring them to the meeting. We will set up a table to display and sell your items!

If you are not yet a member but you do have twins, triplets or more we would love to meet you; please feel free to join us!

This meeting is adults only, but as always nursing infants are welcome.