“How lucky I am to have something that makes
saying goodbye so hard.” 
   Winnie the Pooh

It’s time. 

After nearly ten years of MBayKids.com website updates, fifty-six issues of Scoop! Magazine, hundreds of Weekly Scoop! e-mails, seven Green Summer Folder mailings, and an unimaginable amount of fun along the way, it’s time to move on.

Effective February 1, MBayKids.com and Scoop! Magazine has closed its doors.  This is a personal choice and it is, without a doubt, one of the toughest decisions I have ever made.  MBayKids enjoyed its most profitable year ever in 2013.  Awareness of the MBayKids & Scoop! Magazine brands are at an all-time high.  The MBayKids website has earned respect from not only parents and families but also from local businesses, schools, special interest support groups, nonprofits and more.  And, in an age when experts argue that “print is dead,” the print versions of both Scoop! Magazine and MBayKids’ Green Summer Folder thrived.

Clearly, what began as a labor of love and a vision of “what could be,” grew, over the years, to become something bigger and better than anyone involved – most of all me -- could have ever imagined. 

However, from the start, managing MBayKids and Scoop! Magazine has been a 24 hour, seven day a week, 52 week-a-year commitment.  My daughter, and the wind beneath my wings, Jennifer, was a mere eight years old when MBayKids began.  She’s 18 now, and for ten years has been by my side, cheering and supporting all that I do.  She was MBayKids’ -- and my -- number one fan.  Every entrepreneurial mom should be so lucky.  As she heads off to college this fall to explore new horizons, it’s time for me to explore new horizons, as well.

The hardest part of saying goodbye is finding a way to properly thank everyone who made this adventure possible.  At the top of my list is my husband, Dan.  Without his love, support, and encouragement – not to mention the tireless donation of his time and talents from day one - MBayKids would never have been more than an idea on paper.  Every vision and idea I had was translated into reality because of him.  And, believe me, I had a lot of ideas! 

After Dan and Jennifer, the line of people to thank is a long one.  I cannot possibly list them all here but I do need to take a moment to individually thank those who were a vital part of the MBayKids family over the years:  Judy (Scofield) Hunzie, Matt Hayes, Kim Georgalos, Laura Harris, Tricia Lavorato, Laurie Bend, Jennifer Aruiza, Jaime Scheid and Sue Jaksha.  Their support and dedication were beyond compare.  MBayKids would not have thrived without them. 

Huge hugs go out to the incredible myriad of writers, photographers and advertisers who have faithfully supported MBayKids and Scoop! Magazine.  In bold-face type on that list are my friends at Martella Printing in Salinas. They put as much quality and care into the printing of each issue of Scoop! as was put into the content and layout.  They are very special people and I am forever in their debt.

Last, but not least, I want to thank every mom, dad, grandparent, teacher, caregiver and family-friendly service provider who utilized MBayKids.com and enjoyed reading Scoop! Magazine.  Regardless of whether I had the pleasure of meeting you in person over the years or not, please know that each and every one of you has become like family to me.  Your support will be treasured forever. 

Hugs to you all!
Lori McDonnal