Kindergarten Activities: The Fairy Pack

 

 

kindergarten activities

 

Do you have a preschooler or kindergartener who loves fairies?  We have a fun kindergarten activities pack.  Your little girl will love it, I’m sure.  Our fairy pack includes a cutting page and count the butterflies. We also have a fairy land mushrooms addition page.  Other pages include:  follow the pixie dust, a coloring page, and spot the difference.   We’ve included a match the fairies page as well. 

Little girls love fairies.  There’s Tinkerbell, the tooth fairy, and now the educational fairy.  Our educational fairies are adorable.  They’re bright, magical and eager to help your preschooler or kindergartener.   Did you see them blow the fairy dust and wave their magic wands!

I believe basic skills are needed so our children can build a solid foundation.  As a result, I’m a huge advocate of early education.  Children learn when they can relate.  Our Kindergarten Activities will help early learners count.  Additionally, they will learn to write the numbers 1 – 20.  Furthermore, they encourage children to perform basic addition.

We also have a cutting exercise.  It will help early learners develop their fine motor skills.  Did I mention that my granddaughter loves her scissors.  She is ready to cut anything.  We’ve had the hair cutting talk, so hopefully she won’t go there.

Also, noteworthy are our spot the difference and matching exercises.  We encourage children to develop cognitive skills.  These exercises help children to compare objects.  They also encourage concentration and attention to detail.  These skills will prove beneficial in later life.  Concentration and detail are essential.

Finally, download the fairy kindergarten activities sheets here Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other fabulous printables.  You may also like Fall Kindergarten Activity Pack.   Also, check out the Kindergarten Super Hero and Sports Matching printables.  You can find the  Cupcake Matching printable here.  These printables are great for homeschooling or just helping your child sharpen skills.

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #113

 

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Welcome to Week 113 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Pot of Gold theme. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and recipes for baked goods and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

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Debbie selected Salad in a Jar from Culinary Envy 

salad in a jar ideas

 

Rhonda selected Let’s Make Penguins – Snowy Day Craft from Plum Perfect and Me   

winter craft ideas

 Kim selected Golden Gate Park from Adventures in Weseland

Golden Gate Park


The Post with the Most Clicks

   Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad from Marilyn’s Treats  

salad ideas

and

 

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Pot of Gold

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath from Across the Blvd.   

 

St. Patrick's Day crafts

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


Creating a Family Garden When You Have Little Space

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When you have a family, the garden is often one of the most important areas of the property.  After all, it offers a fantastic place for outdoor dining.  Furthermore, it offers a place for the kids to play.  You don’t have to worry about your humble abode getting messy when they’re outside.  However, as much as we would love acres of land, we are often stuck with a small garden.  But all is not lost if you have a small garden. Check out my other gardening tips. In fact, here are some ways for creating a family garden even when you have little space:

 

 

Grow plants vertically

We all love to grow plants in the garden. After all, they can look beautiful and bring some much-needed color to our yard.  If you do want to grow some flowers, you could always go vertical.   For example, you could grow them up a wall.  Additionally, you could get a vertical structure which you can lean against your wall or use a trellis.  Consider using containers to grow plants.  Growing vertical means you and your family still get to have fantastic plants without having to use a ton of space.  And it can make your garden look unique rather than the traditional flower borders around the yard!

 

garden furniture

 

Get furniture which stores away easily

When you have a small garden, it can make it tricky when it comes to your outdoor furniture.  Most families enjoy dining outside, but if space is limited that could be a problem.  However, there are some ways you can still have a good outdoor table and chairs without using a ton of space.  Get a Rattan Cube Set,  It comes as a compact cube for easy storage too.  It actually opens up to be enough seating for six people.  And when you are not using it for eating, it can actually convert to a coffee table with some comfy seats!  Another idea, skip the table and rely on just chairs.  Just put a blanket on the grass and have a lovely picnic!

Make the most of your corners

Make sure you are using the corners.  A lot of people skip this option, but if you have little space, you should make the most of them.  After all, they may be ideal for a small chair or for plant pots.  And you could even put a BBQ there for your outdoor cooking. Therefore, don’t leave them bare.  If possible, ensure you are making the most out of all the areas in your garden.

Finally, consider growing vegetables in containers.  After all, you may not have space for a greenhouse, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying fresh vegetables.  Furthermore, check out my blog for more information on container gardening.  We hope that you have found our tips on creating a family garden useful.

                   

21 Books for African American Boys

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We would like to share our roundup of books for African American boys.  Most importantly, I’m excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children.  Reading is so important to all of our children’s education.  It has been proven that that children learn when they can relate.  For example, seeing images that look like yourself or someone you know is one the ways that help children learn.

Also, I’m a big advocate of reading and early education.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of products on the market for African American children.  As a result, Mother 2 Mother will be putting more effort into becoming a more diverse blog.  I’m excited, so lets get started with this great roundup of books for African American boys:

You Can Do It! – First, Linden is in the third grade and he’s having a bad day.  His brother gives him a hand, he get encouragement from his parents, and inspiration from God.  He soon learns that he can do anything with a little help and encouragement.  Ages 4 – 7.

Daddy Calls Me Man – This book includes 4 poems/short stories about the life of an African-American boy.  The poems are about family love, stories from the generations and symbols that have connected the generations.  Ages 2 – 5.

Let Them Play (True Story) – This is a true story.  This books tells the story of racial discrimination in 1955.  At that time only one black chapter existed in Charleston, SC.  The coaches selected a 14 member all star team.  They had dreams of playing the state tournament; however, all of the white teams withdrew rather than play them.  Great opportunity for your child to learn about racism in America.  Ages 7 – 9.

Brothers of the Knight – The infamous Debbie Allen is the author of this book.  Reverend Knight has twelve sons.  He can’t figure out how all of their sneakers are torn to shreds every morning.  The boys won’t tell because they know he won’t approve of their nightly dancing.  Their nanny finds out what they’re doing, but she keeps the secret.  Ages 4 – 8.

The Boy Who Became King – The story of Lebron James.  Ages K- 6.

Full, Full, Full of Love  – The story focuses on a little boy and his grandma.  Ages 2 – 5.

Swift Walker: A Space Adventure – Swift Walker speedy legs take him on a journey that’s out of this world.  Join him on his journey and learn about the planets and our solar system. Ages 4 and up.

Peter’s Chair – Next, Peter has a new baby sister. His parents paint his old cradle pink.  Than they paint his crib paint.  Now they want to paint his chair.  Will Peter disapprove?  Ages 3 – 7.

The Toothpaste Millionaire – Rufus Mayflower wants to save on toothpaste. Amazingly, he bets that he can make a gallon for the price of one tube.  As a matter of fact, Rufus develops a production plan with help from his good friend Kate MacKinstrey.  Amazingly, Rufus makes more than a gallon.  He makes a million!  The story contains math problems too.  Ages 10 – 12.

EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken – EllRay Jakes is tired of being bullied by Jared Matthews.  So, EllRay tries to defend himself.  However, he winds up in trouble.  His dad makes him a deal.  If he can stay out of trouble they will go to Disneyland.  Can Ellray stay out of trouble?  Ages 6 – 8.

Roberto Walks Home – Roberto is excited because his big brother Miguel is going to walk him home from school. However, Miguel forgets and plays basketball with his friends.  Roberto is hurt and angry, so decides to walk home alone.  How will Miguel make amends?  Ages 5 – 6.

Pet Show!  – Archie wants to enter a pet show, but his pet runs away.  How can he enter the pet show with no pet?  Fortunately, Archie thinks on his feet so he can win a prize.  What was his solution?  Ages 3 – 7.

The Trip –  Louie has to move to a new neighborhood and leave his friends behind.  So, he creates a scene out of a shoebox one day while playing alone.  It has a magical effect, calling his imagination back to old friends, old times.

Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X –  Furthermore, Malcolm X was one of America’s most influential people.  This book was written by his daughter.  Ages 9 – 12.

The Freckled Speckled Rainbow Dog Salon  – Marvin and Malcolm Murphy work at their family’s dog salon after school.  It’s called The Fancy Schmancy Perfect Pet Salon.  One day Malcolm discovers that if he puts paint in the soap, it will change colors. Soon the bulldogs, schnauzers, pugs and poodles are all different colors.  What will they do?  Ages 4 – 9.

Hey, Charleston – Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon he had hundreds of children; however, he had no way to support them.  Reverend Jenkins asked people in the town to donate instruments.  He worked to find teachers who would teach the children how to play.  His idea was a success.
The children learned how to play a style of music called rag.  They were asked to play in London and Paris. They earned enough money to keep the orphanage open.  It’s still open today.  The music is now known as Jazz. Ages 7 – 10.

Miami Gets It Straight – Miami Jackson can’t wait to be over.  His teacher will be leaving for Ghana and his enemy, Destinee Tate, is bothering him.  Also, Miami finds himself keeping secrets from his best friend.  Miami can’t wait for summer.  Ages 6 – 9 .  Miami Jackson is a series of books.

Skateboard Party – Additionally, Richard has been invited to a friend’s birthday party. But a note sent home by his teacher may change ruin his plans.  Why, because he didn’t do his homework.  He meant to, but he became distracted.  Will he be able to show off his Ollies or will he be grounded?  Ages 6 – 9.

The Buried Bones (Clubhouse Mysteries) – Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome call themselves The Black Dinosaurs.  They build a clubhouse in Ziggy’s backyard.  While building the clubhouse, they find a box of bones.  Who could have buried a box of bones behind their clubhouse?  Ages 8 – 12.  Clubhouse Mysteries is a series of books.

STAT Home Court – Amar’e Stoudemire has a lot going on. He loves skateboarding in the park, he loves doing his homework, and helps with his dad’s landscaping company.  Additionally, Amar’e liked to play basketball.  A group of older kids start disrespecting him and his friends on the basketball court.  Amar’e decides to step and use his athletic skills and intelligence to save the day.  Most importantly, he realized that basketball was his true passion.  Based on a basketball great Amar’e Stoudemire life.

The Stories Julian Tells -Julian is a fibber.  He is great at telling stories and getting people to believe him.  Especially his younger brother.  Unfortunately, some of Julian’s stories lead to trouble.  Ages 6 – 9.

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World – Last, ten-year-old Justin is frustrated that his sisters and mother are always fussing at him. They make him feel stupid because he can’t clean his room or cook.  Fortunately, Justin’s grandfather invites him back to his ranch for the summer.  Can Justin catch a greased pig at the rodeo?  Furthermore, can Justin learn to bake biscuits?  Justin soon learns that he can do anything once he learns how.  Ages 8 – 12.

Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American boys for your son, nephew, grandson or someone special who’s on your gift giving list.  Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly.  Also, check back for more activities for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities.  You may also like 24 Books for African American Girls.

How To Pick The Perfect Tree For Tree Houses

 

tree houses

Building a treehouse is great fun and a great experience for families. However, it’s important to realize that not every tree is perfect or suitable for a treehouse.  Furthermore, if you have plenty of trees to work with in your backyard but you’re unsure of which tree to use, this expert guide will give you the top helpful hints.  Here’s a few tips:

Best Practices When Choosing A Treehouse Tree

  1. Look For Tree Damage

First, while all trees grow equally, not all trees are suitable. It’s important before making any decision that you check the tree for damage. Damage can come in many forms.  Some things to look for include:

  • Dead trees where the branches break off easily.
  • Rotting or infection of funguses that may compromise the integrity of the tree down the road.
  • Lightning damage or other damage during a weather event.
  • Trees that look limp while others around them are blooming well.
  • Damage from white ants, damaging insects or bugs that are eating the tree.

These are some of the key areas to look for in order to avoid choosing a tree that may be dangerous at a later time.

  1. Height Of The Tree

Next, consider the height of the tree and the first set of strong branches. While you don’t want to go too high, having some height gives the effect of freedom.  As a general rule, try to avoid going higher than 3 feet.  This distance will help to reduce the risk of major injury if a fall occurs.

Next, treehouses that are built an average of 3 feet or less in height will also feel less impact from windy conditions.  The higher the treehouse, the more wind speed and swaying motion it will be susceptible to.  Consider the impact of the wind before you build the treehouse.

Consider the tree house door when building.  If you can, try to build the treehouse in a curved effect to allow the wind to glide over it better. This will help reduce the sail effect that can be experienced with a square treehouse.

  1. Branch Thickness

The thickness of the branch is also important, because it ensures the treehouse is supported well.  Furthermore, the additional weight of both the building and the weight of the children must be considered.  The right branch should be thick enough to be able to place up to four attachment screws or bolts into it.

Additionally, the tree branch should be thick enough to secure the base of the tree house.  It should be solid enough to support the treehouse floor when positioned in the center of the branch.  Use support beams if the branch is not thick enough to support the tree house. The bigger the branch, the better the treehouse support will be.

Conclusion

When it comes to choosing the right tree for your kids tree house, these are some of the most important things to consider. By taking your time to choose the right tree for tree houses, you’ll be able to really keep your children safe.  So have you found a suitable tree yet?

 

About the author Daniel Stone:

Daniel has worked in the management, cutting, and caring of trees for the last 20 years. He works and helps run Bellarine Trees and is passionate about the environment and tree worker safety. He has a wife and two daughters and he enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.

Kids Party Ideas: Chuck E Cheese Party

kids birthday party ideas

Looking for kids party ideas?  Look no further, call your local Chuck E Cheese?  First, Look at this face.  I was sorting through pictures for my scrapbooks and I came across these pictures from one of Xavier’s parties.  I thought I would share a few from our Chuck E Cheese party.  The kids had a great time and so did the parents.  As a matter of fact, out of the 9 birthday parties that we thrown for this little guy, this one is in the top 5.

 

kids birthday party ideas

Most importantly, I love parties where the work for the parents is minimal.  Luckily, it was just that at Chuck E Cheese.  There were lots of activities, pizza, a dance with the Big Cheese, and no clean up.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  There was a snack bar for parents to purchase other food if they didn’t have an appetite for pizza.  I must recommend their salads, they are wonderful.  We had the Superman Cake made and we purchased the Superman Tablecloth at Party City.

We had a hostess assigned to our tables who take care of serving the food, coordinating the dance with the Big Cheese, lighting the cake and all the other activities around the Rock Star’s table.  It was nice to be able to take pictures and just relax.

 

kids birthday party ideas

Because Xavier loves Spider-Man so much, it was the theme for the birthday cake.  We had this cake made at Farm Fresh.  They did an excellent job decorating it, and it was delicious.  I love that store for other reasons too.  For example, their deli is wonderful when you need a quick meal.  The kids love their chicken, and so do I.  Lets not leave out their fresh produce.  I digressed didn’t I.

So, if you’re unsure of how many guests you will have or you have a set budget, I suggest that you check out the packages available.  You can plan the party around the package.  Actually, Chuck E Cheese offers 4 packages:  Star, Super Star, Mega Super Star and Play More, Eat More .  We choose the Mega Super Star package, which included pizza, ice cream cups, tokens, a goody bag and a Rock Star cup for the party guests.   Additionally, the tables were reserved for two hours, which was sufficient time for everyone to enjoy the activities, eat and go back to the activities.

 

kids birthday party ideas

We had a great photo opportunity here, Xavier is dancing with Chuck E Cheese.  The look on his face was worth a million bucks.

kids birthday party ideas

Next, he had so much fun blowing out the candles on his cake.  However, we did have a mishap.  The hostess set her hair on fire lighting the cake.  Thank goodness it was quickly extinguished and she wasn’t hurt. She didn’t miss a beat, she served the cake and ice cream as if nothing happened.  We gave her a hand for handling it like a pro.  Most people at the tables didn’t even realize that her hair was on fire.  Imagine that!

kids birthday party ideas

Additionally, they have the Ticket Blaster.  It gives the Rock Star an opportunity to catch tickets, which can be redeemed for games.  I wasn’t sure how he would feel about being enclosed in a booth, but he did well.  He’s such a brave little guy.


kids birthday party ideas
Finally, we ended the party with the kids using the remaining tokens and tickets in the games area.  Somehow, Xavier lost his shoes.  But he didn’t think twice about finding them.  Thankfully, we were able to locate them before dragging him out and heading home.  Best part of the day, he totally enjoyed his birthday party and his friends.  Did I mention, he still takes his shoes off at every opportunity.

In conclusion, I hope you like our kids party ideas.  I would highly recommend having a birthday party for your child at Chuck E. Cheese.  Just as importantly, the service was excellent and all of the children left happily exhausted.  For parents, you can sit back and relax.  Because there’s no cleanup!  It doesn’t get better than that.
                                                                        

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #112

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Welcome to Week 112 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re starting our Pot of Gold theme. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and recipes for baked goods and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

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Debbie selected Baked Salmon with Lemon and Fine Herbs from Keeping It Real

 

salmon recipes

Rhonda selected Dunk Your Opponent in Cookie Checkers from The Mad Mommy    

 

kid's game ideas

Kim selected Cluttered Minds Don’t Allow Growth from Living in Mommywood

 

self improvement ideas
The Post with the Most Clicks

   Scarf from Merry 

crochet patterns

and

Preschool Valentines Activities from Mother 2 Mother Blog

Preschool Valentines Activities

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Be My Valentine:

Valentine Tic Tac Toe from Pale Blue Corner  

valentine game ideas

and

70 Valentines Day Ideas from Mommy Ways to Win  

valentines day ideas

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 

 


17 Ways Moms Can Relax and Refuel

ideas for moms to relax

 

As moms, nose wipers, chauffeurs, chef, referees and a host of other positions there are times that we need to refuel.    Often, we don’t take the time to regroup emotionally and or physically after our everyday responsibilities.  Being a mother becomes a most important position, and we give it our all.  We usually neglect our health, walk around sleep deprived, eat poorly, and forget that we need to feed our spirit.

Also, there’s nobody to blame, we just don’t make ourselves  a priority.  Our life simply becomes habit.  It’s equivalent to the alarm going off at the same time every morning.  We can learn to make ourselves a priority. Here’s a few ways moms can relax:

  1. Have a Spa Day – First, make an appointment to have a facial or pedicure and manicure.  I love having a facial as much as I love getting a pedicure and manicure.  Have a limited budget,  spend the afternoon soaking in the tub.  Burn some candles, diffuse your favorite oil, play some relaxing music, and enjoy a cup of tea or your favorite wine.  Also, check out The Ordinary Serum Reviews to learn more about their Ordinary Skincare Serums.  Home facials are just as glorious as the salon’s.
  2. Take a long walk – Second, hit the walking trail or take a long walk around the neighborhood, park or other scenic route.
  3. Go for a long drive – Next, grab your favorite CDs or turn on your favorite radio station.  Enjoy the scenery and just clear your head.  A change of scenery is a good thing.
  4. Spend the day watching your favorite movies – So, I love watching old movies.  Grab yours too, along with  your favorite snacks and a box of tissues for those heart wrenching movies.  Just enjoy the day laughing and crying.
  5. Order take out  – Curl up with a good book or movie.
  6. Catch up on those free Kindle ebooks or your magazines – Next, curl up in front of the fire, relax on the deck, or under a tree and read a good book.  Not interested in reading, flip through your favorite magazines.
  7. Treat yourself – Furthermore, treat yourself.  Order your favorite latte, ice cream, sushi bar or whatever your favorite may be.  No sharing, this is just for you.
  8. Spend the day at a museum – Check out the art museum or whatever museum is close to you.  Spend the day admiring artwork or history.
  9. Take a bike ride – Pull out the bike and take a ride through the park or on your favorite bike trail.
  10. Do crafts – So, if you have a hobby spend some time working on it.  If you don’t have one, now is a good time to start one.  They’re great stress relievers.  Crochet that scarf or hat, finish a scrapbook or sew a new dress.
  11. Set up a girls night – Whip up a few appetizers and cocktails, and laugh until your heart is content with the girls.
  12. Catch up on the sermons at church that you’ve missed or read the bible – Great way to renew your spirit and relieve some stress.
  13. Hike – Furthermore, grab you hiking gear and hit the trails.  It’s great exercise and clears your head.
  14. Sleep – Here’s an idea, put your best sheets on your bed and stretch out under your favorite comforter.  Take a long and much needed nap.
  15. Shop – Go shopping for bargains at your favorite stores.
  16. Skype/FaceTime – Fix your favorite beverage and chat with a friend.
  17. Talk a walk on the beach – Last, clear your head and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Most importantly, taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually is a must.  Because we are committed to our families, we must stay healthy in all areas of our life.  So, we hope that you found our list of ways moms can relax helpful.  Also, being healthy requires us to clear our mind, rest and stay focused.  Just as important, pick out one thing off the list each week.  As a result, take a few hours for yourself and don’t feel guilty.  Finally, be sure to tell your friends about our list of ways moms can relax too.  You will start the week relaxed and refueled.

Also, you may also like: 6 Tips to Boost Your Self Esteem

 

 

 

 

24 Books for African American Girls

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It’s Black History Month and we would like to share our roundup of books for African American girls.  Most importantly, I’m also excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children.   Lets get started with this great roundup of books:

Basketball Belles – First, Anges Morley was raised on a cattle ranch.  She was sent to Stanford University where she trades in her spurs for a basketball.  She leads her team to victory against the University of California at Berkeley, and makes history.  Ages 6 – 9.

Flower Garden – A girl and her father create a window box as a birthday present for her mother.  Ages 4 – 7.

Gymnastics Jitters – Dana and the rest of the Raiders gymnastics team must learn how to deal with their biggest rivals, the Superiors.  Ages 8 – 11

Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair –  Emi is a creative 7-year-old girl who shares a positive message about her curly, cotton candy hair.  Great message to teach little girls about their natural hair.  Ages 7 – 12.

Sugar – Next, sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation in Mississippi. Slavery is over, but Sugar must work in the fields since both of her parents are dead.  She finds joys playing with a forbidden friend, the plantation owner’s son.  Ages 9 – 12.

Dancing in the Wings – Sassy wants to be a ballerina.  Will her big feet, long legs and her big mouth stop her from reaching her dream?  Ages 4 – 8.

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention  – Educational books should be a part of the fun as well.  This book is about 14 African American innovators who played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.  Ages teen and young adult.

Bayou Magic – It’s Maddy’s first summer in the bayou.  She’s a city girl, but she falls in love with the fireflies, trees and the water.  Ages 8 – 12.

Chocolate Me! – Furthermore, we have a book based on the experiences of being African American and feeling different from the other children.  Many will be able to relate to the struggle of trying to fit in.  Ages 4  – 8.

Daddy’s Little Princess – Daddy’s Little Princess educates young children, helps build their self-esteem, and inspire them.  Most images of princesses and queens are not images of African Americans.  This book introduces them to real-life African Queens and Princesses in all shades.  Ages 4 – 10.

Dare!:  –  Sam is bully.  He makes Jayla feels threatened because he has bullied her because she loves astronomy and stars.  He starts to bully her friends too and tries to get Jayla to bully them too.  Ages 5 – 9.

Firebird – Misty Copeland encourages an African American girl who wants to be a ballerina, but is discouraged by low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.  Ages 6 – 8.

Gone Crazy in Alabama – This is the third book in a series.  The Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, head to the rural south to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, in Alabama.  They leave Brooklyn behind and have a lifetime of fun.  The first two books are One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven.  Ages  8 – 12.  

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition – The true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA.  Ages 8 – 12.

I Got the Rhythm – A little girl takes a trip to the park with her mother.  She hears a rhythm coming from the butterflies, the ice cream vendors and the world around her.  She can’t contain herself, she breaks out in a dance.  Ages 2 – 5.

I Had a Favorite Dress –  Next, we have a  little girl who wears her favorite dress on Tuesdays.  One Tuesday morning, she discovers that her favorite dress is too short.  She is so disappointed, but her mother turns her favorite dress into a ruffly shirt.  Her favorite dress becomes her favorite shirt.  Ages 5 – 7.

Jamaica’s Fine – This book teaches children ethics.  Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground.  She take it home with trying to find the owner.  Soon discovers her conscience, and learns that it is bothering her.   Ages 4 – 8.

Katie Fry, The Lost Kitten – Furthermore, if your into mysteries you must read Katie Fry.  She loves to solve mysteries.  When she finds a lost kitten, she decides to find the owner.  This book is one in a series.  Ages 6 – 8.

Lola at the Library – Lola is very happy.  On Tuesdays, Lola and her mother go to the library.  She enjoys the walk, checking out books, story time and the special treats she gets with her mother.  Ages 2 – 5.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland was the first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.  She’s been breaking down barriers ever since.  Ages 8 – 12.

Mixed Me – Mixie has a black father and a white mother.  People are always asking her what she is.  She decides to embraces her uniqueness and be the best “Me” she can be.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Three Best Friends and Me – Additionally, we didn’t leave our disabled children.  Zulay is blind, but she doesn’t let that stop from doing everything she wants to do.  She has three best friends who are in her first grade class.  They are study the same things.  Find out what they are.  Ages 4 – 8.

Nikki and Deja – Nikki and Deja live next door to each other.  They do everything together, including watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing jacks, jumping rope and playing during recess.  Additionally, they are in Mrs. Shelby’s third class.  So, they help each other with homework.  Everything is great until a new girl arrives.  Ages 4 – 7.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs – Last, Penny struggled with why her hair was different from her friends.  She wanted to wear her hair straight too, but her mother told her that her hair was perfect just the why it was.  Her mother fixes her hair in two magic puffballs.  Let the fun begin.  Ages 4 – 8.

Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American girls for your daughter, niece or someone special who’s on your gift giving list.  Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly.  Also, check back for our round up of books for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities.

You may also like Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerina series.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #111

 

 

 

Sunday's Best LinkupWelcome to Week 111 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the final week of our Be My Valentine theme.  We’re looking for crafts, gift ideas, recipes, date night ideas, movie ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother — Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains — Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone

Saying Goodbye and Thanks to Kim U. from The Pinterested Parent

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to one of our original co-hosts, Kim at The Pinterested Parent. She is directing her attention to finishing up a few other projects and completing several children’s books that she is currently working on. We wish her all the best in her new endeavors and hope you will continue to follow her!

Welcome Our New Co-Host – Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Please join us in welcoming Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains as our newest co-host here at the Sunday’s Best Linkup!  Debbie is a wife, mother of 7, and a nurse surviving parenthood while transforming through life’s challenges. She shares life stories, parenting, recipes, DIY and anything thrown her way! She lives in Hawaii with her husband and children. (We’re totally envious too!)

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Debbie selected Double Cheese Beef Enchiladas from Silver Foodie   

Easy Recipes

 

Rhonda selected 7 Ways to Make Chores More Fun For Kids from Fluster Buster   

 

Chore ideas for kids

Kim selected Don’t Be Stingy With Your Love from Living in Mommywood

Relationship Ideas


The Post with the Most Clicks

 

   Self Care Is Hard from the Mad Mommy

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Be My Valentine:

Hidden Valentine’s Messages from Across the Blvd. 


and

Chocolate Cupcake with Mascarpone Frosting from Bird’s Party 

 

Valentines Cupcake Recipes

 

and

Handy Little Love Bug from What Happens at Grandmas

kids Valentines Day Crafts

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!