LegoLand Pumpkin

Check out this cool pumpkin made out of  Lego Blocks.  The pumpkin is located in Legoland, CA.  Click on the link and check out other great displays. 



Wordless Wednesday: Virginia Beach Sunset

Virginia Beach Sunset  

Kidz Bop Christmas Party CD Give Away



Christmas is right away the corner!  Christmas music always gets me in the holiday spirit.  I love listening to music while I’m decorating and baking for the holiday seasonb but my favorite part of the holidays is enjoying the kids.  There’s nothing better than seeing the excitement of the holidays in my grandson’s eyes.  He loves baking cookies and making crafts with Mama.  I’ve been given the opportunity to review the Kidz Bop Christmas Party CD and it is the bomb.  It would be perfect playing in the background while the kids decorate the Christmas tree, color Christmas pictures, help you bake cookies or wrap gifts for grandma and granddaddy.  Being a grandmother, I just had to throw that hint in, lol.   

I love the Kidz Bop CDs and this one did not disappoint.  Christmas Party is loaded with holiday favorites like Deck The Halls, Jingle Bell Rock, and Silver Bells.  My favorite is All I Want For Christmas Is You.  It gets Mama moving and my grandson laughing.  He loves to dance with me. 

Mother 2 Mother wants you to join the Christmas Party.  We’re giving away a copy of this great CD.  Here’s how you can enter and win, leave a comment on your favorite activity with the child/children in your life.  It can be your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew. 

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This give away will end November 11, 2011 at mid-night. Give away is open to US Residents 18+ only

Decorating A Nursery On A Budget

budget nursery decorating

We’re working on the nursery and I just had to give you a preview of our purchases.  We decided on a Beautiful Butterfly theme.  This is the crib that we selected for Zarriah.  This picture really doesn’t do it justice nor does it show the true color.  The stain that we chose is called Espresso Java and the crib is the Delta 5th Avenue sold by Target.  It’s actually darker than the picture, almost black.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about dark furniture in a nursery, but I’ve fallen in love with it.  We looked at numerous cribs on line, Babies R Us and countless other stores, but my SIL had his heart set on dark wood so the Espresso won out.  

Since, Xavier’s, my 3 year old grandson’s birthday is around the corner as well as the holidays, we set a budget of $2,500 for the nursery.  We’re just about finished purchasing and so far we’re within budget.  We ordered the crib on-line from Target for about $250.00, which included shipping.  The crib is solid and receiving great reviews, so we’ve chalked this purchase up as a steal.  The crib we were looking at initially was in the $500.00 range.  We liked this one better because of the color.  It turns into a toddler bed, which is a bonus.  For $250.00 if we decide to use it as a toddler bed we really got a great deal, if not we don’t have $500.00 invested in a crib that won’t get more use. 

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Here’s the matching changing table.  We loved the fact that this piece had 6 cubicles for storage and it was more vertical than horizontal.  The cubicles on the table will be handy for housing toiletries, wipes, blankets etc. when we’re changing the baby, and it doesn’t take up a wall because it’s horizontal.  We grabbed this piece for $170.00.  My SIL is astute at putting things together and enjoys it, so we’re saved on assembly cost for both the crib and changing table.  So far so good, right.  We found these adorable butterfly bins at Babies R Us for $10.00 each.  We purchased 6, which will replace the baskets shown.    

We found this adorable dresser at Wayfair.  It was originally $400.00, we grabbed it for $200.00 including shipping.  We were actually looking for an armoire, and found one at Babies R Us in the price range, but unfortunately it doesn’t come in Espresso.  We loved the lines on this dresser, and at half price we couldn’t resist.  The lines are perfect with the changing table.  This dresser is actually the true color of the espresso furniture.  We need to find a mirror and a few pictures for the wall and we’ll be done. 

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We choose Valspar Dusky Lavender satin paint from Lowes at $30.00 a gallon.  With trim paint, rollers, brushes etc,. we spent $150.00 on paint and material.    

The Butterfly bedding and accessories were $500.00, an exclusive from Babies R Us.  We selected the comforter, 2 lamps, hamper, diaper stacker, 2 valances, butterfly rug, keepsake box, sheets, bumper pad, and wall decals.  We also purchased a rocker and foot stool for $250.00.  Can’t wait to put everything together.  Stay tuned for the final pictures of the nursery.  Would you put dark furniture in your baby’s nursery?  What do you think of our Beautiful Butterfly theme.  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.  

Lady Bug 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 October 30, 2011 at mid-night. Give away is open to US Residents 18+ only

Coach Motives Kids In Cemetary – WTH?

Parents of a JV football team in a New York town are livid.  Why?  They lost a game, and the coach thought a good motivator would be to take the team to a cemetary on the way home.  Lesson to be learned?  I have no idea.  His explanation was that Denzel Washington used the cemetary to motivate his football team in the movie Remember the Titans and he tried to adopt the idea. 

Dah!  What happened to having a conversation with the children?  I really worry about our children and the education system in this country tonight.   Some educators don’t seem to think and some don’t seem to care.  The coach instructed the driver to pull over and demanded that the 24 players lay down between 2 rows of graves.  The lesson that he was trying to teach the children supposely was about the importance of playing hard.  How he connected a cemetary to that idea is beyond me.  Play hard or die? 

Can you image the horror those kids must have been feeling.  He told the parents, “My only thought was to bring them to a realization of what a great thing it is to be able to play football with your friends, and how great it would be to work hard and triumph the following Saturday.”

The coach was suspended 2 weeks.  He did offer his resignation; however, the school board refused to accept it.  Apparently he is a good teacher and is well liked.  The school board thought he just made a poor decision. 

I hope none of the children suffer any negative repercussions as a result of this ploy.   If your child had been involved would you have demanded his resignation? 


Pull Up Your Pants!


Teen Fashion

Would You Purchase This Kitchen Set For Your Son?

Would you purchase a kitchen set for your son?  My now 4 year old grandson has been asking for a kitchen set for months.  We just celebrated his birthday and purchased this adorable kitchen set for him.  He loves it, but his other set of grandparents believe kitchen sets are for girls.  The picture clearly shows a little boy on the box playing with the set, so it obviously isn’t just for little girls. 

Please tell me why people still think this way.  Some of the best chefs in the world are men.  My grandson loves to cook.  As you can see, he’s been at it since he was 2 years old.  He’s making a spinach dip for his mommy in the picture below, who loved his creation. 

This is Xavier whipping up brownies with grandma several months ago.  He had a great time making them and a better time eating them.  My father was a better cook than my mother when I was growing up.  Have you heard of Bobby Flay and Emeril?  Do you watch the food channel?  Ninety percent of the challengers on Iron Chef are men.  The Cake Boss is a man.  I’m just saying, lol. 

It’s so sad that we have people in the world who still think this way.  What frightens me is what they’re teaching him when he spends time with them.  My daughter spoke up, and make it clear that she will not have her son taught 50’s views and values.  Whether he wants to be a chef or fly jets will be up to him.  If he turns out to be gay, so be it.  He will be loved just the sameI was so proud of her.   It’s this kind of narrow minded thinking that generates prejudice in the world. 

We purchased this set at Toy R Us and it is the bomb.  It is made by Lifestyle Legacy.  A little pricey, but well worth the price.  The colors are fun and features a sink, swivel faucet, 2 burners with clicking knobs and a cutting board.  It even has a cell phone for take out orders or chatting with grandma while fixing dinner, lol.  It also includes an oven, microwave, refrigerator with water dispenser, coffee pot, storage bins, dishes, shakers, pots and pan and the list goes on.  It has everything a little chef needs to cook a great meal including a pot holder, and it will provide opportunity for him to use his imagination.  Isn’t that an important part of development for a child regardless of whether they are boy or girl?  We even received a free 85-piece food set with the purchase.  It was the perfect gift for him. 

We see this set providing hours of entertainment for his little friends who are visiting with mommy and daddy, and we’re sure Zarriah will love using it when she gets older too.  It’s a breeze to clean, and assembled quickly.  Don’t forget the batteries.  The clicking of the burners is a big part of the cooking process.   If you’re in the market, you should add this kitchen set to your list of toys to check out.  You little one would be thrilled if Santa puts one of these babies on his sled.  I highly recommend it. 

Teaching a Preemie How to Nurse From a Bottle

I wanted to let my readers know that my little Zarriah is up to 4 lbs.  2 ozs.  Quite a milestone for us.  My daughter is attempting to bottle feed her for the first time in this picture.  She needs to learn how to suck and keep her milk down.  This is a task that she would have learned during the last month in the womb.  Once she masters this task, we will be well on our way to gaining that last pound needed to go home. 

In addition to learning to nurse from the bottle, she also needs to maintain her body temperature outside the incubator, pass the car seat test and maintain a steady heart rate.  So we still have a few milestones to accomplish. 

The first attempt at bottle feeding was a little overwhelming for her.  We’re hoping she will relate to sucking her pacifier, which she loves, and she will get the hang of things quickly.  The hospital she’s in, is ranked as one of the best in the country for nursing preemies.  They’ve actually had a speech therapist working with my daughter and Zarriah to help with the sucking processing.  Is that not amazing?  You wonder how they can teach a baby this small to do anything, but they can. 

We’re thrilled that Zarriah is allowed to wear her own onesies and tees now, but I’m having a time finding preemie clothes.  If you know a site or store where we can find cute onesies for her, please let me know.  If you have experience with a preemie, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment. 

Meet My New Granddaughter



Meet my new granddaughter Zarriah pronounced Zar-re-ah.  Her due date was early November, but she decided to make an early appearance on August 28, 2011.  Zarriah arrived at 31 weeks, and has caused Mawmaw to lose quite a bit of sleep the past few weeks.  She weighed 2 lbs. 10 oz., but thankfully she is gaining weight gradually and is doing well. 


I was preparing to host my daughter’s baby shower the week-end she arrived.  It was the strangest week.  We had experienced an earthquake, which is quite unusual in my part of the world.  The earthquake was followed a week later with Hurricane Irene.  Needless to say, I’ve nicknamed her Storm.  The past 2 weeks have been filled with fear, joy, exhaustion, hope, prayer and the list goes on.  We’re now focused on getting her nursery together and Zarriah gaining weight.  She’s past the 3 lb. mark now, so hopefully it won’t be long before we have her safe at home. 

I love the concept of Kangarooing the Baby.  It was a new concept for me, my daughter weighted 7 lbs. 13 ozs. when she was born, so premature babies was an area that I was totally unfamiliar with.  I still haven’t been able to hold my granddaughter, my daughter and SIL are the only 2 people are allowed to handle her besides the nursing staff, but I’m there for support.  For those who are unfamiliar as well, it is a concept where the baby is placed on mommy or daddy’s bare chest and their head turned so they can hear the parent’s heart beat.  It also allows for easy nursing and allows the baby to fall into a deep sleep so they conserve energy. 

I think this concept has really helped with Zarriah.  She wasn’t receptive to anyone holding or touching her at birth, but now she loves for mommy to hold and sing to her.  I must say that my SIL is doing a great job kangarooing as well.  The first time that I saw him remove his shirt and hold her it was hilarious.  More fathers should be involved, he is the only man that I’ve seen holding their baby in the NICU nursery since we’ve been there.

We’re working on the nursery now.  We think it’s important to have a bright, cheery environment to bring Zarriah home to.  Our initial plan was to paint the nursery yellow with teddy bears.  We now decided on a Beautiful Butterfly theme.  We’re doing lavender walls with teal, pink and purple butterflies.  I’m going to stencil the words “Beautiful Butterfly” around the room.  We purchased the crib and changing table and decided to use the rocker we used in Xavier’s nursery.  Stay tuned for the post on the nursery. 

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