Archives for February 2012

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was smoking hot at the 2012 Governor’s ball.  I am love, love, loving this gown.  For a mother of 2, Michelle Obama is in tip top physical condition.  The designer of this gown is unknown at this time, but she should stick to whoever it may be.  I’m not a big fan of many of her fashion statements, but when it comes to formal attire she’s in her element. 

Michelle Obama wearing Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing Michael Kors
Michelle Obama wearing Peter Soronen 
From one mother to another, keep rocking the gowns Michelle.  Please leave us a comment and let us know which gown is your favorable and what you think of Michelle’s fashion sense.  Please follow Mother 2 Mother on the left, and connect with me on the right by clicking one of the social media buttons. 

Pregnant Celebrities

Mother 2 Mother is watching pregnant celebrities.  We found Jessica Simpson and her baby bump taking a stroll in LA with fiancee Eric Johnson.  Jessica is due any day!  Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.

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Blue Ivy

Beyonce has finally decided to take her precious daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, out and about.  She is strolling about New York City with Blue Ivy in a leopard print Baby Bjorn wrap.  

The second picture is Beyonce leaving the restaurant where she and Blue Ivy had lunch with daddy, Jay-Z,  at the Italian eatery Ristorante Sant Ambroeus in the West Village.

Jay-Z and Beyonce own a large portion of this Tribeca, lower Manhattan, apartment building including a Penthouse.  It is rumored that they added a 2,200 square foot nursery for Blue Ivy and her nanny.    

Check out Beyonce’s release of other pictures of her and Blue Ivy here.  Be sure to subscribe to Mother 2 Mother on the left so you don’t miss give aways and other great posts.  You can also connect with me on other Social Media sites in the upper right corner. 

Wraps for Toddlers

Wraps are in!  No, I’m not talking about wraps for food.  Dresses to wrap adorable little girls in.  I love wrap dresses and if they’re in for our little girls, I’m sure they will be making them for mom too. 

Diane Von Furstenberg has teamed up with Gap and has designed this bold dress for your toddler.  She has actually created an entire line of clothing for toddlers to celebrate life and color.  I think the tunic and leggings below are adorable.  You can find the sandals in her collection too. 

The collection is set to launch March 15, 2012 at the Gap.  Be sure to visit and see what adorable creations your toddler must have for her summer collection.  

It’s a Big World, Little Pig Book Review

Dream Big!  That’s the message that Kristi Yamaguchi sends in her new book It’s A Big World, Little Pig.  Isn’t she adorable.  Her name is Poppy.  Poppy is an ice skater, and has been invited to skate at the World Games ice skating championship in Paris.  Poppy is nervous about heading to Paris.  She lives in New York, and becomes anxious about heading to France.  It’s so far away.  She is encouraged by her friend, Emma, who tells her to “Dream Big, Pig!” Poppy’s grandparents said, “You go girl!” and her parents give her comfort by letting her know that they would be with her every step of the way.

Emma gives Poppy a good luck charm, and Poppy heads to Paris.  Once she arrives at the World Athlete Village, she is nervous and bumps into a snowboarder from China named Li.  Li and Poppy become friends and walk the village together to find the athlete check-in. Poppy becomes hungry and decides to head to the dining hall.  The dining hall is full and she scans the room for a seat.  A skier from Italy waved to Poppy and offers her a seat at her table.  They too become friends. 

Poppy leaves the dining hall and heads to the practice rink.  There she meets another skater from Japan.  They admire each other’s costumes and become friends.  Poppy skated from her heart during the competition and remembered all the friends and discoveries that she had made during the trip.  Her parents were there to support her and decided they would stay for the remainder of the week so they could visit the Eiffel Tower, museums and eat French food.  It turned out to be a beautiful trip, one that Poppy would always remember. 

Personally, I think the book is adorable and highly recommend it.  My daughter and I were big fans of Kristi’s and followed her during the Olympics and on Season 6 of Dancing With The Stars.  The lesson in her book is clear.  It teaches children to work through their fears and follow their dreams.  It also teaches them to experience new things and meet new people.  The world is a big place and should be experienced.  It also teaches children about being kind and helping another person. 

The illustrations in the book are colorful and fun and the book has a hardback cover that will help withstand little hands.  I’m sure it will become a favorite bedtime story for many children.  I’m looking forward to reading it to my granddaughter.  The only thing missing in Kristi Yamaguchi’s book is her autograph.  Now if I could just figure out how to get this book signed, lol.  

Kristi adorable book is due out March 6, 2012.  The book will sell for $16.99 in the US.  All proceeds will benefit childhood literacy programs supported by Kriti’s Always Dream Foundation.

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11 Christening Day Tips for a Memorial Event


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First, a child is the most precious of all earthly gifts from God.  In acceptance of our gift, we promise our Lord and Savior that we will raise our child in the Christian faith.  Depending on your denomination, your may have a  Christening, Dedication or Baptize an older child.  No matter which, the ceremony day is  a day of celebration.  As with any celebration, moms want to do it right.  You want to make the day special and the celebration memorable. Planning in  advance is crucial. There are so many things to do and so many people to honor in our celebration.

So, where do we start?  Here are a few Christening Day Tips to make Christening Day go smoothly:

  • Guest List – I always start with a list of guests.  Everything you purchase for your celebration depends on guest list. Furthermore, when putting together your guest list, remember the place of honor each guest has. For example, grandparents, Godparents and relatives.
  • Invitations and Thank You Cards  – The invitations should include what the celebration is, who the celebration is for, the time and Church location for the ceremony. The time and location of the celebration and the RSVP information.   It’s important to remember to leave at least an hour between the church ceremony and the start of the celebration.  This will give you a little preparation time to prepare.  You will also want to change clothes and freshen up.
  • Food Preparation – You will need to know approximately how many guests you will be feeding, so you ca ensure that you have enough food.  Just as important, you don’t want to over spend and waste food.  However, after a long week-end, left overs will be welcome.
  • Keepsake Gifts – The place of  honor the guests hold will determine the type of keepsake gifts to purchase.  When you plan a child’s birthday party, all the children receive the same goody bags.  But when you plan a Christening celebration this is not necessarily true. You will want to purchase different keepsake gifts for the people of honor in the ceremony.
  • Godparents –  A Godparent loves your child and promises to assist you in the rearing of your child in Christian faith. Furthermore, they usually are selected to rear your child in your absence. This is a great gift to you and your child and a respectable undertaking. Honor them with a special gift.
  • Grandparents – Keepsakes for grandparents are optional in my opinion.  However, grandparents are the driving force behind your Christian rearing and your child’s. They love you and your child and provide a lifetime of experience.  Their wisdom will be of great assistance to both you and your child throughout the years to come.
  • Decorations  – For decorations, a simple white and silver or  white and gold color theme is usually selected. White symbolizes your child’s purity. Silver symbolizes the connection between man and God. Gold symbolizes rejoicing in our blessings. A Christian symbol should be  selected as well. A cross is the most common, but a dove of peace or angel theme  is perfectly acceptable. Paper goods, room decorations and your keepsake gifts  should be unified in color and Christian symbol.
  • Ceremonial gown or suit – Whatever you select, it will become a keepsake. For the ceremony, depending on the child’s age, a gown and booties or shoes are a must. Also, don‘t forget a change of clothes for your child in case of a mishap.
  • Entertainment  – Some people wonder if entertainment is appropriate. I say yes.  Christian music or easy listening would be good. Bible story coloring books, games and puzzles will keep small children entertained.
  • Photographs –  Your going to be busy! You have guest to talk to  and a child to care for. Ask a family member or friend who is good to take  pictures and video if possible. If you like candid photos, supply some disposable cameras your guests can use.
  • Accommodations for your out of  town guests –  You may be able to house close family member or friends. If you can’t or there are just too many guests, supply a list of local hotels in your  invitation. If the out of town guest is a Godparent, you should offer to pay for their accommodations.  After all, they are an honored part of your ceremony and celebration.

Finally, I hope our Christening Day Tips were beneficial.  Start planning early, and you will have a beautiful as well as memorial day.

Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter




Finally a picture of Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter and oh what a beautiful baby she is.  Who would expect anything less from the famous mother and now most famous baby in the world.  Beyonce looks like a proud mother, and she looks fabulous just weeks after giving birth to this little bundle of joy.   I love the fact that mom and dad decided to trademark the name Blue Ivy Carter.  So if you had plans to try to duplicate little Blue Ivy, forget about it.  How savvy is that, lol.   

Here’s a picture of Blue Ivy‘s crib.  Daddy, Jay-Z, shelled out $22,00 for the coach at Posh Tots.   That’s a bundle of money for me, but when you’re worth several hundred million it’s a drop in the bucket.  Personally, if I had millions I would purchase this adorable crib for my little princess.  Actually, Jay-Z is quite frugal compared to Mariah Carey.  Check out the coach she purchased for her little princess.  That baby starts at $47,000, lol. 

Oprah sent a trunk full of her favorite children’s books and friend Gwyneth Paltrow has gifted Blue Ivy with a top of the line special edition Bugaboo Cameleon stroller.  The Bugaboo Cameleon is the stroller of choice for the stars.  Friend Kelly Rowland give her BFF a Swarovski-crystal studded Baby Diamond Bathtub worth $5,200.  I love royalty in America, lol.  I wish Beyonce and little Blue Ivy the best, and hope she enjoys being a mother as much as I do. 

Check out Beyonce and Blue Ivy taking a stroll in New York City here.  Don’t miss what’s happening on Mother 2 Mother.  Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr or Linkedin by clicking one or more of the Social Media buttons in the upper right hand corner and subcribe to Mother 2 Mother for future posts and give aways.  

Before Social Media

Social Media has changed the way we do business, communicate and meet new friends.  It seems to have taken over a big portion of my life.  I was thinking about my life before Social Media became a part of it and here’s how I lived it before I became a Social Butterfly:

  • Visited family 
  • Went to stores to shop 
  • Cooked frequently  
  • Cleaned the house 
  • Made to do list
  • Watched TV occasionally 
  • Talked on the house phone 
  • More physically active
  • Met friends/family at Social Functions and for lunch or dinner
  • Visited the library

As a result of Social Media I now:

  • Talk to family on Facebook
  • Send text messages
  • Shop on-line
  • Rarely cook
  • Hired a maid
  • Watch television while I’m on the computer
  • Rarely spend time with friends
  • Less active and spreading like the flu
  • Meet new friends on-line
  • Share my thoughts on Twitter
  • Own a Kindle Fire to read books & magazines
  • Blog

 I have started to spend less time on the computer.  I’m now gardening, scrapbooking, and walking 1.5 – 2 miles each morning.  Leave us a comment, we would love to know how Social Media has changed your life.
 

Teen Pregnancy

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Would you put your teen daughter on birth control?  Are we naïve to think that our teen daughters won’t engage in sex?  Statistics state that 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20?  That’s about 745,000 teen pregnancies each year.  The average cost of raising a baby through the age of 18 is approximately $269,520.  Statistics show that the US has the highest birth rate followed by the United Kingdom. 

Sexually active teens prefer the condom.  They also engage in sex using the withdrawal method and the pill is their third choice of birth control.  In March 2011, a study showed that teenage sex had decreased.  There was no explanation as to why, but it was assumed that they were concerned with sexually transmitted diseases.  Wouldn’t it be nice to think our children will remain abstinent until they get married.  I live in the real world, and I know that chances of that happening are slim to none.  As a result, can we have a dialogue about birth control please. 

Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the “morning-after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine.  They can purchase a condom from the same machine or a pregnancy test.  Some experts have concerns that making Plan B so readily available isn’t a good idea.  They are equating it to the abortion  pill.  Experts feel that teens should at least have to go to a pharmacy to obtain Plan B, so they can discuss the risk factors.  Now I’m not saying that discussing risk factors isn’t a good idea, but I would venture to say that it won’t be a priority for a teen who didn’t use protection.  As far as being educated on the risks, they will probably see Google as a better alternative than having to drive to a pharmacy to discuss Plan B over the counter.  Lets say they did drive to the pharmacy,  rregardless of what the pharmacist says, they will more than likely take the pill.    

When I read the article, I wondered what the difference was from a teen purchasing the morning after pill out of a vending machine versus them being able to go to a clinic and getting birth control for free.  I don’t want to make this a pro-abortion or pro-choice post.  I try hard to leave my political beliefs out of my posts.  However, twenty-one states allow minors to obtain birth control without parental consent.  Somebody must be coming into the clinics to get them or it wouldn’t be an issue.   

Personally, I preferred to take my daughter to obtain contraception rather than her going on her own, and I did.  Yes, I sure did.  Some may see me as condoning her having sex, but I saw it as a preventive measure.  In my mind, I thought it would be best if she had if and when she decided to become active.  Why, because I didn’t want her to become a teen mom and I wasn’t naive enough to think that she wouldn’t become active once she was out of my control.  As a single mother, I didn’t want to raise another child.  Most importantly, I didn’t want her to be a statistic.  I was a teen mother.  I became pregnant with my daughter at seventeen and gave birth at eighteen.  Although I had a supportive mom and dad, raising her was not easy.   I didn’t pawn her off on my parents, I took responsibility for her. 

I was thankful that I had a good job with potential to move up in the federal government and I did.  I had excellent benefits, and was lucky enough to be able to provide a good life for her.  I never lived off the taxpayer’s dollar, received food stamps or WIC.  She didn’t receive free meals at school and the taxpayer didn’t pay for her medical expense.  I married a year later, and my husband provided well for us.  Most teens are not in a position to be able to provide and they usually don’t marry and have their husbands provide for them.   The taxpayer usually ends up with the expense.  I am so grateful that I wasn’t a welfare statistic nor did I have to go through the trauma of giving my child up for adoption.   

I believe that we can preach to the choir, but will they truly hear the sermon.  We can try our best to be examples, but when hormones are jumping and our teens are influenced should we supply them with protection.  My daughter married after she completed her college degree, and she didn’t have children until after she was married.  I often wonder if that is because of me helping to protect her as a teen.     

For my readers who are currently raising a teenage daughter or will have a teenage daughter in the future, would you take your daughter to get birth control?  Do you think birth control should be dispensed from a vending machine? Do you have experience as a teen mother or as a single mom?  I would love to hear your views on this subject. 

    

Super Bowl Commericals

 I love Superbowl.  Not because I’m a big football fan I don’t watch it to be honest, but I do watch the Superbowl commericals.  Why, because I love the commericals and I want to see why a company has spent a millions dollars on a commerical.  Here’s my list of best and worst commericals in no particular order:

Best

  •  Doritos:  Man’s Best Friend
  • Audi:  Vampire Party 
  • Chevy:  Happy Grads 
  • Fiat:  Seduction  (still laughing about this one)
  • Honda:  Matthew’s Days Off 
  • Pepsi:  The Lava Lizard  (Elton John and Flavor Flav)
  • Cars.com:  Neck

Worst

  • Chevy:  2012 
  • Bud Light:  Dog Rescue
  • Acura:  Jerry Steinfield
  • Hulu:  Hulaboratory
  • Go Daddy: The Cloud

If I had to choose one from the Best List, it would be the Fiat commerical, and from the Worst List it would be Go Daddy.  I’m so sick of Go Daddy using half naked women to sell their brand.  That type of advertising is just not appealing to me.  What where your favorite and less favorite commericals?  Leave a comment, we would love to hear from you. 

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