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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #45

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Welcome to Week 45 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage has peaked, slowly dropped off and is now waiting to be raked, burned and bagged in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the kids jump into piles of leaves over the next few weeks. We’re discussing Thanksgiving in my house and we’re also continuing our Lets Give Thanks theme.  We’re looking for fall and Thanksgiving posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

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8 Celebrity Children’s Book Authors

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When most people think of celebrities, they think of glitz and glamor.  I have discovered several celebrity children’s book authors and I thought I would share their books for you to review and possibly give as gifts. I love the books not because they are written by celebrities, but because they are written by celebrities who have a special affinity for children. Check out my list:

Julianne Moore –   My Mom Is a Foreigner  This book is about multi-cultures and diversity. It is appropriate for ages 5 – 8 years and has 40 pages.

Jim Carrey –  How Roland Rolls  –  This book is about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. It is appropriate for ages 4 – 8 and has 68 pages. Jim Carrey won the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for this book.

Octavia Spencer  The Time-Capsule Bandit This book is about 12-year-old Randi Rhodes. Randi loses her mother at age 12. She is an aspiring detective and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  She finds satisfaction in solving crimes anonymously.  The book is appropriate for ages 8 –  12 and has 240 pages.

Jamie Lee Curtis – My Brave Year of Firsts –  This book celebrates the extraordinary, everyday bravery of trying new things for the very first time. This book is appropriate for ages 4 – 8 and has 40 pages.

Tori Spelling Presenting . . . Tallulah  –  This book is about a little girl named Tallulah. All her life, Tallulah has heard DON’T.  Don’t get dirty, talk loudly or  wear jeans. With the help of friends, she finds out who she really is.  This book is appropriate for ages 4 – 8 and has 32 pages.

Mario Lopez – Mario and Baby Gia    This book is Mario and his cousin Gia. Mario’s Nana asks him to babysit his cousin Gia while she bakes. Baby Gia who reminds Mario that a family is built on love and caring.  This book is appropriate for ages 3 – 5 and has 32 pages.

Whoopi Goldberg –  Sugar Plum Ballerinas 1: Plum Fantastic  –  This book is about Alexandrea who has just moved from Georgia to New York City’s Harlem.  Al finds herself in the classroom at the Nutcracker School of Ballet as the Sugar Plum Fairy and has stage fright. Friendship, lots of practice, and ingenuity help her to overcome her stage fright and she gives an unforgettable performance. This book is appropriate for ages 1 and up and has 160 pages.

Kristie Yamaguchi – It’s a Big World, Little Pig!  –  This book is about Poppy the pig. Poppy goes to the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! She meets new friends from around the world and explores Paris with her family after the championship.

The holidays are around the corner. Check out these books, they would make a great holiday, birthday or just because gift. I purchased  Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas series.  I was given the opportunity to review Kristie Yamaguchi’s It’s a Big World, Little Pig. It’s highly recommended that you purchase both.  I will be adding Julianne Moore’s book to my gift list this year.

9 Fall Snack Ideas For Kids

                                                                                                        
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Finding healthy and fun snack ideas for kids can be a struggle.  Fall means Halloween and the temptation to eat candy, and lots of it. So, we rounded up 9 snack ideas from mom bloggers that you and the kids will love. It’s important to offer a healthy treat between the candy indulges.  If you don’t participate in Trick or Treat or if you missed Trick or Treat, we have a few candy/sweet treats too.  Let get the party started.  Here’s our roundup ideas:

  1. Jack O Lantern Snack Bag  from Made To Be A Momma.  First, this is one of my favorite snack bags.  The pumpkin faces are adorable, and kids love the cheese curls.  Also, I think cheese balls would work here too.  
  2. Pumpkin Oranges  from My Fussy Eater  – Second, my granddaughter loves cuties.  This would be a great family project too.  Decorate the cuties, and than eat them.
  3. Rice Krispy Turkey Legs  from Yahoo Makers – Next, these cute little drum sticks would make the perfect treat for a Thanksgiving school party or after dinner snack on Thanksgiving day. 
  4. Pretzel & Cheese Brooms  from One Little Project At A Time – Aren’t these little witch’s brooms adorable?  These are edible, cheese and a pretzel stick. Great snack combination.  
  5. Turkey Hand Snack Bag from That’s What Che Said – So, this is a great road trip snack ideas or a perfect hand out for a school party.   
  6. Turkey Vegetable Cup  from Organic Authority  – Looking for a healthy snack. I look for them too.  My grandson loves dipping celery and carrots in ranch dip.  I think he would love this cute little turkey cup.
  7. Indian Corn Thanksgiving Favors – from Shaken Together – This fun treat is actually Sixlets.  Personally, I have never heard of Sixlets and neither of my grandchildren has ever mentioned them.  However, they have chocolate in them so, they’re fine with me.
  8. Little Frankies  from Green Lunches Green Kids – I love this idea.  It’s simple, marshmallows and grapes.  
  9. Candy Corn Fruit Cups from Baby Blog Center – Last, but not least.  The color of candy corn is what brings this snack to life.  The bottom layer is pineapples, next cuties and a scoop of whipped cream.  Add a few candy corns, and the snack is complete.  

Finally, I hope you like our fall snack ideas for kids. My favorites are 1, 8 and 9.  My grandson loves Cheetos and my granddaughter loves fruit. What’s your favorite?  Also, you may like:  Fall Kindergarten Activities. 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #44

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Welcome to Week 44 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage is slowly turning in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful colors when fall puts on a show in the next few weeks. We’re continuing our Lets Give Thanks theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Thanksgiving posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #43

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Welcome to Week 43 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage is slowly turning in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful colors when fall puts on a show in the next few weeks. We’re starting or Lets Give Thanks  theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Thanksgiving posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. 

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The Importance of Building Children’s Self Esteem

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As parents we are responsible for building our children’s self-esteem. We have the ability to make or break our children.  I grow up in an alcoholic home.  Unfortunately, I remember being called names and hearing my mother call my dad names.  Furthermore, I remember those times like yesterday.  The memories and scars never leave. In most homes families look forward to weekends.  In my home they were dreaded. The hell raising started on Thursdays so there would be an excuse for drinking the remainder of the weekend. I vowed that I would never subject my children to this kind of behavior and I didn’t.

Fortunately, I took my responsibility as a parent seriously.  Because I was a single parent, it was doubly important that I ensure my child was well taken care of.  I made sure she had a high sense of self worth.  I worked hard to instill the following characteristics:

 Confidence – First, instill confidence in your children.  Also, help them believe in themselves and their abilities.  And make sure they know they can count on you for whatever goes right or wrong.  Demonstrating a positive attitude is a must too, and it’s a great way to build children’s self esteem. 

Compliments – Well done, you look pretty, handsome, great job, and I’m proud of you are great compliments.  Children should be praised often.  It will stay with them.

Unconditional Love –  Next, let your children know that you love them even when they make mistakes. It’s important that they know your love for them is unconditional.  As a result, they will always be safe.

Encouragement –  Always encourage your children to work through fear.  Always let them know that it’s okay when they fail.  And encourage them to try again.  Be their biggest fan and cheerleader.

Responsibility – Giving children chores and holding them accountable will help with their confidence.

Respect  –  Furthermore, teaching your children about respect is imperative.  Having a high opinion of one’s self will help children have esteem for others.

Finally, fill your children’s self esteem bucket regularly.  It will help define who they are as an adult; therefore, it will become a driving force in their success.  Communicate, compliment and praise often. Success and failure is a normal part of life, and children need to know that both will be experienced throughout their life.  Although they may get down at times, striving for healthy self-esteem should be the goal for all of our children.  So, what can you add to the self-esteem bucket?

You may also like:  Values Help Build Kid’s Self-Confidence.

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #42

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Welcome to Week 42 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. The foliage is slowly turning in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful colors when fall puts on a show in the next few weeks. We’re still enjoying our Spooktacular theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Halloween posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share on the season.

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5 Ways To Reuse Gift Bags

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Did you know that you can reuse gift bags from birthday, Christmas, baby showers and any other occasion. I replaced my wrapping paper with gift bags years ago. Check out my 8 Reasons to Use Gift Bags post. They’re easy to use, colorful, and come in a variety of sizes. I purchase mine from the Dollar Store, so we can throw in expensive too. 

I have saved tons of gift bags for reuse.  Here’s 5 ways that you can reuse your gift bags too:

1.  Reuse the bag for another gift giving occasion. 

2.  Donate to churches or other organizations that give gifts for Christmas or other occasions. 

3.  Use as a decorative piece for canning jars. The jars can be filled with Christmas candy, party mix etc. Just cut out a piece of the bag in the shape of the center of the top and glue down. Adds a nice decorative touch to the jar.  

4.  Use as gift tags. 

5.  Use to decorate scrapbook pages.

Try a few of our tips or come up with your own uses.  Ask family and friends to start saving gift bags for you. Having a few gift bags around for emergency gifting or when you’ve running short on time can be a life saver too.

Sunday’s Best Linkup #41

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Welcome to Week 41 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. Things have dried up and the sun is shining in my part of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves turn and the beautiful color fall put on a show. We’re still enjoying our Spooktacular theme this week. We’re looking for fall and Halloween posts, crafts and decorating, recipes, photos with fall colors, and anything you would like to share on the season.

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