Wordless Wednesday: Virginia Beach Hunt Club

                                       
                                       My Big Boy On Willow

Each year I take my grandson pony riding.  This is our 5th year.  The ponies have gotten bigger through out the years.  The first year he was on a minature pony.  Amazing how fast they grow up. 

Sylvan 4th Grade Books Give Away


Does your child need additional help with spelling and vocabulary?  Want a head start in helping them get ready for the next grade level.  Mother 2 Mother is giving away (1) 4th Grade Spelling Success and (1) 4th Grade Vocabulary Success books, courtesy of Random House, to help your child become a better reader. 

Sylvan Learning Workbooks won a Honors Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a top book series for children in the elementary-aged category. The NAPPA is the nation’s most comprehensive awards program for children’ s products and parenting resources, and has been critically reviewing products since 1990. The Award recognizes Sylvan Learning Workbooks as some of the most innovative and useful products geared to parents.

Parents have trusted Sylvan Learning for thirty years.  Sylvan has been proven to inspire children to learn, catch up on subjects they are struggling with and get them ahead in school.  They have an extensive line of workbooks and kits available on-line.  A bonus, they offer free shipping.  

Want to win?  Here how:  Visit Sylvan Learning and browse their site.  Leave us a comment and tell what other books would be helpful to your child’s educational success.  Give Away ends December 15, 2012 at midnight and open to US Residents 18+ only.

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Ladybug Tutu Giveaway

Just in time for a beautiful Christmas photo.  We’re giving away this adorable ladybug tutu.  Your daughter, niece or God daughter will look so cute in this tutu.  Don’t have a daughter or niece?  It would make a great Christmas gift. 
The give away will include tutu dress, headband with flower, and diaper cover. Tutu Cute! Fits babies 6-9 Months.  Leave us a comment on who will receive this adorable tutu if you win.
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This give away will end December 15, 2012 at mid-night. Give away is open to US Residents 18+ only.  Winner will be posted on Mother 2 Mother December 16, 2012. 

Celebrity Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, celebrities, tablescapes

 

Check out these celebrity Thanksgiving tables and turkey.  There’s lots of cooking and baking to be done during the holiday season.  We love sharing ideas for decorating and recipes.  Additionally, Mother 2 Mother also enjoyed viewing the tables of several celebrities.  I thought I would share a few of the pictures tweeted by P Diddy, Conner Cruise, Mariah Carey, Julianne Hough, and Jessica Alba.

Most importantly, I love seeing celebrities decorating and cooking their own holiday meals instead of a chef.  It makes them a little more human to me.  But, when I see dining room tables like this, I know that it’s not an everyday person who lives in a house that would boast a dining room of this magnitude.

 


This is P Diddy’s table.  Although the table is massive, it’s simple, but elegant.  I love the candles.  They make a statement.  The flower arrangements are simple, and they don’t overwhelm the table.  I love the U shape table.  It would be perfect for a buffet style party.

 


Also, P. Diddy shared this picture via Instagram.  He’s holding a beautiful bird.  Not sure if he cooked it or his mother.  She was pictured in several posts.  It’s a beautiful bird regardless of who cooked it.  I would take several slices of that baby.

 

 

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon’s table.  Absolutely beautiful!  I love the head table between the guess tables.  Together, but separately.  The glass doors provide a stunning view and a change of scenery for the guests.

Celebrity Thanksgiving Tables

This is my favorite table.  It’s Julianne Hough’s.  I love the turkeys and the turkey platter displayed along with the colorful wreaths and the simple stoneware.  You would find this setting in an everyday home. Love it!

 


Here’s Jessica Alba preparing her turkey.  Her kitchen looks like mine after a day of preparing a large feast.  Hope she had someone to help clean up the mess.  I’m usually on my own.

 


Connor Cruise tweeted this picture of their bird.  Looks perfect!  Which, is your favorite table setting?  My vote goes to Julianne Hough.  I love that it is festival, bright and simple.  Thanks to the Daily Mail, Tweeter, and Instagram for the photos.

 

 

Kids Funny Face Breakfast – Part III

Welcome to Part III of Kids Funny Face Breakfast.  This is Eggy Face.  Isn’t he adorable, and he’s made with healthy ingredients that your little one will happy to put in their tummy.  To make this funny face you will need the following ingredients:

  • Eggs cooked omelet-style in a large skillet (face) – I will just be adding cheese to mine
  • Sliced ham or a sausage patty(mouth)
  • Sliced cheese (eyes)
  • Halved cherries  or raisins (eyes)
  • Halved cherry tomatoes (nose)
  • Clementine or tangerine wedges (ears)
  • Slice a smile into the ham or sausage patty

Be sure to check back for our future lunch and dinner meals for kids that we will be featuring.  They are adorable and appetizing.  Your kids will love meal time.  Be sure to follow Mother 2 Mother on the left so you don’t miss a post.

I have modified the recipe slightly with the raisins, sausage patty and tangerine wedges. 

This recipe is from the book Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel, and can be purchased from Amazon.  

Say Good Bye To Cursive Writing

Say Good Bye to Cursive Writing!  That’s right, it looks like its being pushed aside by the keyboard.  People don’t write letters or notes these day, technology has replaced it with emails and text messages.  As a matter of fact Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, and North Carolina have already removed cursive writing from the curriculum.  They will teach children how to print until the third grade, and than typing will become the focus.

Personally, I believe children should still learn how to write in cursive.  Signatures are still needed on legal documents, checks, and contracts.  What will our children do, print their names or simply make an X?  Our seniors still use cursive writing, most are not technically savvy.  Will our children not be encouraged to read letters from great-grandma. What about historical documents? 

So far penmanship is still a part of the curriculum in our schools.  Personally, I believe that it should remain and keyboarding should be added.  Do you think children should still be required to learn how to write in cursive?  Is it still a part of your child’s education?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear what’s happening in your school district. 

Holiday Candle Ideas

I love candles, and burn them regularly.  I was searching for holiday candle ideas, and found these.  They look easy to make, and I wanted to share the idea with my readers in case you were looking for ideas. 

The first candle centerpiece requires Indian Corn and a cake candle.  I would suggest using a rubber band to hold the corn in place.  Place a few ears around the candle, using the rubber band to hold the ears in place.  Slip additional ears under the rubber band until you form a complete circle.  I plan to use a ribbon instead of the cord.  Place the ribbon over the rubber band and tie a bow. 

Grocery stores or farmer’s markets may still have Indian corn. 

It’s too late use this idea for me, but it’s adorable.  The leaves are too dry for me to risk using them around a flame.  Boom!  Get the message, lol.  If the leaves are still falling in your area you may want to try this idea. 

This is my favorite candle idea.  I will be using my grandchildren on the pictures and festive ribbon for Christmas centerpieces.  I’ll be using pillar candles as they are taller.  Dig out those hurricane glasses ladies and get to work.  If you have other ideas for candle centerpieces, please leave us a comment. 

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Ideas are from BHG.com!

Judge Judy Rocks Bikini

Rock that bikini Judge Judy.  Amazing at 70 years old, Judge Judy shows the world that 70 is the new 30, lol.  She looks great!  Judge Judy, chatting with Katie Couric, is a mother to seven children and 11 grandchildren.   

Elmo Creator Accused of Inappropriate Relationship

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  Mr. Clash has stated that he did have a relationship with the young man; however, it was between 2 consenting adults.  The accuser has stated he was 16 when the relationship started, Mr. Clash begs to differ. 

It’s so sad when these types of allegations surface, and even sadder when they are proven to be true.  I still haven’t gotten over the Sandusky trial, and now our beloved Elmo creator.  As it stands, the accuser has not provided any concrete evidence to the allegation.  Mr. Clash has denied the allegation, but has stated that he will be fighting to defend his reputation.  Officials at Sesame Street conducted a thorough investigation, but were not able to confirm the accusers charges. 
Elmo is beloved in my household.  Mr. Clash has been the voice of Elmo, Hoots the Owl, and Baby Natasha for the past 20 years.  He has been the man behind Elmo in PBS Specials, movies, and has appeared on Sesame Street.  Mr. Clash has earned numerous Emmy Awards for his decades of work.  His love for puppets began as a child, around the age of 10.  He made his first puppet out of the lining of his father’s coat.  His career was launched on Sesame Street in 1984 after he was invited to participate in the Macy’s Day Parade by Muppet designer Kermit Love.
 
If Mr. Clash is innocent, I hope that he is able to defend his name successfully if not we pray for justiceI’m sure Sesame Street will move forward and hope they will remain unharmed as a result of these allegations.  What’s your thoughts on these latest allegations?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you. 

Note:  Top photo courtesy of AP.  

Jessica Simpson Slims Down

Jessica Simpson is looking slimmer.  She joined Weight Watchers and reportedly has lost 60 – 70 pounds.  In September, she talked about her struggle to get the baby weight.  Naively, Jessica thought the extra weight would come off when she had the baby.  Realizing it doesn’t work that way, she joined Weight Watchers and worked out 4 times a week with a trainer. 

Looks like Jessica stuck to her regimen and it has paid off nicely.  Besides looking fantastic, Jessica will receive a $3 million dollar contract as a Weight Watchers spokesman.  Way to go Jessica!