Creating Scrapbooks



March is National Craft Month.  We would like to recognize all of our artisans, crafters and those who indulge as a hobby.  I fall into the later category, I love scrapbooking and creating things for my home.  I was exposed to embroidery at an earlier age.  My grandmother embroidered pillow cases, and I was tasked with wrapping the thread about those little pieces of cardboard.  You know the little pieces of cardboard that identified the thread color.  She also did cross-stitching, which I started years ago. 

I’m also an avid scrapbooker.  The above picture is my grandson, who fell asleep after a Thunderbird’s air show.  My scrapbooking has become an investment.  I should buy stock in stickers, paper, embellishments and the Cricut.  I love to scrapbook my travels and my grandchildren.  I’m currently finishing a scrapbook of my trip to the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta.  There’s nothing better than creating great memories and being able to flip through a beautiful book as I reminisce.  My family enjoys going through them as well.  I’m hoping to add a sunroom off my kitchen this spring, which I will also use as my craft room. Stay tuned.

What are your favorite crafts?  Is it a hobby or do you sell for profit?  Leave me a comment, I would love to connect with fellow crafters.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Mother 2 Mother would like to pay tribute to 109 years of Dr. Suess.  Yep, 109 years.  I remember my first Dr. Suess book, Green Eggs and Ham.  It still remains one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.  I read it to my daughter and now I’m reading to my grandchildren.  

We hope Dr. Suess’ legacy will live on and on.  What’s your and your children’s favorite Dr. Suess book? 

Oral B Toothbrush Give Away

I was contacted to review the Oral B Professional Deep Sweep electric toothbrush.  I’ve been an electric toothbrush user for years, so I was curious to see what the Deep Sweep had to offer versus my current brand which was recommended by my dentist.  First, the brush was easy to assemble and charged quickly.  It has a slim feature, and fits nicely on my counter without taking up much space. 

This little baby packs a lot of power too.  It has a larger head than my current brush and the bristles are stiffer.  During the initial use, I did have difficulty maneuvering the brush around my mouth because of the larger head.  I’ve gotten used to it now, so it’s quite easy for me to use.  There’s little spatter with this brush.  A lot of electric brushes sent the toothpaste everywhere when your brushing, not the Oral B.  This model has a few cool features.  The bristles fade when it’s time to change the head.  I love this, you don’t have to guess.  It also pulsates if you’re putting too much pressure on the brush.  This is a great feature, you won’t up end with sore or bleeding gums if you have sensitive teeth.  My current model lacks both of these features.  The brush also prompts you to switch from the front to the back and from the upper to the lower teeth every 30 seconds.  Dentists recommend that you brush for 2 minutes for a thorough cleaning.   My current brush has this feature.  

The best feature on this brush, the bristles move in a side to side motion.  This action gives you a better cleaning than regular electric brushes.  It is also the most important feature for me because I have deep pockets around my lower, front teeth.  Flossing is a must for me even after using my electric brush.  With this model, you get a deep clean.  It goes deep into the crevices.  One of it’s selling points is that it removes 100% more plague.  I don’t know about 100% more, but it does give a great cleaning.  

The only negative that I found, was the head lacks a cover.  It’s small and would be great for travel.   Because the charger on my current electric brush is rather large, I take a manual brush when I travel.  Unfortunately, a manual brush doesn’t come close to giving the cleaning that an electric brush gives.  To remedy the lack of a head cover, I’ll just stick it in a plastic bag before placing it in my cosmetic bag.  I really want to take this baby with me. 

I highly recommend the Oral B Professional.  I’m not a dentist, but I switched from a manual brush years ago and will never go back.  Let me also add that my dental cleanings take less time since I switched to an electric brush.  I have both brushes setting next to each other.  I find myself reaching for the Oral B now.  Mother 2 Mother wants you to try one for yourself.  We’re giving away one Oral B Professional to one of our readers.  Here’s how you can win:

  • Leave a comment and let me know if you currently use an electric brush or manual brush.  (Required)
  • Leave a comment on another post   – 5 entries 
  • Follow me on Twitter – 5 entries
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Give away ends March 25, 2013 at mid-night.  Give away is open to US residents 18+ only.  Give away will be mailed directly from the sponsor. 

This review is my opinion after using this product and my opinion only.  Other than testing the product, I have not been compensated for this post. 

Winter Sowing Vegetable Seeds

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I have the winter blues!  I decided to start my vegetable seeds over the week-end.  Planning my garden takes the blues away and gives me a head start with strong, healthy veggie plants.  Last year I used heating mats and grow lights.  I had a 90% germination rate, but it takes lots of time and space to nurture the seedlings.  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips too.

This year, I decided to try winter sowing.  I’ve been saving plastic liter, juice and milk bottles.  Anything that I can cut and punch holes in the bottom for drainage.  I started about 20 bottles over the week-end.  Tomatoes, dill, zucchini, squash, sunflowers and petunias.  Tomatoes, dill and petunias reseed and grow.  Research showed that the squash and zucchini will also do well.  l will continue winter sowing through-out February.  I’ll do a few tomatoes, cukes and green beans inside.  Just in case I don’t have a successful germination rate from the winter sowing; however, gardeners swear by this method.  I’m sold!

 

If you’re wondering how I create these miniature greenhouses, here it goes.  Wash your bottles in hot soapy water and rinse well.  I used a box cutter to cut around the bottles.  Leave an inch on the bottle for a hinge.  Add drainage holes in the bottom of your bottle.  To accomplish this, I use a glue gun on the milk bottles.  However, I was unsuccessful using the glue gun on the liter and juice bottles.  The gun wouldn’t penetrate.  I used the box cutter to make slits on the bottom.  If you have another method of punching holes, bring out your equipment and punch holes in the bottom of your bottles.

First, mix your seed starting mix as directed on the package.  I use warm water when mixing the soil Mix it thoroughly.  You want it wet; however, not soggy.  Next, add 2 – 3 inches of the mix to the bottom of each of the bottles or container.  I use Miracle Gro Seed Starting Mix, which I purchase from Tractor Supply.  It’s a little expensive, but I have a great germination rate each year with the mix.

Second, place your seed on top of the soil and cover lightly.  Wrap the bottle with duct tape.  I purchased my duct tape from the dollar store.  Mark the bottles with a permanent marker, which I also purchased from the dollar store.

You can discard the bottle tops.  I moved the bottles and containers to the deck to ensure they get rain. Let them go until spring.  At that time you should have sprouts that will need water.  As they grow, you will have to remove the top of the bottles.  These little babies will already be hardened off, which is a step you will have to take if you start seedlings indoors.

Stay tuned for additional posts on winter sowing.  Finally, if you are a gardener and use the winter sowing method, please share your experience.  You may also like My Winter Sow Seed List.

Superbowl Commericals

Superbowl, what a game.  It had everything that you expect, thrilling game, the unexpected lights out saga, Alicia Keys singing the longest rendition of the National Anthem in history, Beyonce bringing the house down, great commericals and Jennifer Hudson with the Sandy Hook children. 

Each year I list my favorite commericals, and I will.  First, I have to ask what is up with GoDaddy?  Personally, I think they continue to miss the mark.  I didn’t see 1 positive tweet or post on Facebook regarding that commerical.  Frankly, I haven’t seen a Superbowl commerical from GoDaddy that I have liked yet. 

Now on to my favorites:

  • Dodge – Farmers
  • Got Milk?
  • Budweiser Clydesdales – Reunion
  • VW – Get In Get Happy  (I loved the man who said Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day.)
  • Doritos  – Goat 4 Sale
  • Oreo – Creme or Cookie Fight  (I sided with the Creme)
  • Taco Bell – Young At Heart 


I have to also bring up Alicia Keys.  Did she go on and on or what?  That had to be the longest version of the National Anthem that I’ve ever heard.  I was starting to become irritated.  Jennifer Hudson sang beautifully, and the Sandy Hook children touched my heart with American the Beautiful.  Lets not leave out Beyonce!  She brought the house down and literally blew out the lights, lol.  All in all it was a good game, and we had a good time eating good food and sending hundreds of tweets.  What was your favorite commerical?

Michelle Obama’s Classic Style

Obama style.  Yep, Michelle Obama has it.  She’s an educated woman who cares about world events, a loyal wife and mother and does it all with class.  In my opinion, she’s the most stylist First Lady since Jackie Kennedy.  The new hair cut is banging and her selection for the Inauguration Swearing in Ceremony was on point.  I loved, loved, loved the coat and boots.  The belt gave it the extra pop.  I would never have thought to use a belt for the accessory.  I would have gone for a huge, chunky necklace.  The color was fabulicious and the wine color gloves with the blue was classic.  I’m sure Jackie O is smiling down on her. 

Now, I’m a boot person so I was immediately drawn to them. I’ve learned they were by Reed Krakoff the same designer as her coat.  The gloves and belt J. Crew.

I thought Sasha and Malia’s coats were adorable too.  Malia was in J. Crew and Sasha in Kate Spade.  J. Crew will retire Malia’s coat, so it will be unavailable for purchase.  Don’t know if Kate Spade will retire Sasha’s at this point.  I’m looking forward to seeing Sasha and Malia evolve as teens in the White House.  

Kids Funny Face Breakfast – Part IV


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Welcome to another fun post of Kids Funny Face Breakfast.  We will be adding posts for lunch and dinner ideas as well, so watch for upcoming posts.  This is Muffin Dog.  He’s just waiting for your little one to devour him.  You will need the following ingredients:


Omelet (body)
English Muffin, sliced as shown (body, ears, legs, tail)
Olive, sliced as shown (eyes)
String cheese slices (eyes)
Strawberry slice or pimento from olive (tongue)



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

Sports Theme Brownies – Cookie Cutter Review

I found these adorable sports themed cookie cutters by Fox Run on Amazon and had to share them with you.  My grandchildren love brownies, so I decided to try them on the brownies versus sugar cookie dough.  The cutters are thin, so I was worried about them being able to make the impression in the brownies and how difficult it would be get them out.  They worked perfectly.  Great idea for sleep overs, parties or anytime treats. 

The package contained a football, baseball, soccer ball, hockey stick, baseball bat, baseball glove, and football helmet.  My grandson said the brownies, “Were the coolest”.  That  means they were a hit.   


Here’s my grandchildren enjoying their treat.  I packaged the brownies so they could take them home, but a few didn’t make it out the kitchen.  I would recommend the cutters, they’re worth the money.  Fox Run also has cutters in other themes, Noak’s Ark, farm animals, dinosaurs, zoo animals you name it.  Limitless cookies and brownies are on the horizon.  Oh, I would recommend hand washing and drying immediately to preserve them.  They’re made of a tin, and will probably rust if not dried quickly.   Did I mention they’re eligible for free shipping?  Yep, they are!   



How Do You Choose Grandparent Names

Did your children decide on their grandparent’s name or did your parents make the decision on what they wanted to be called?  My grandson ultimately made the decision for me.  I had initially selected the name Gran, but it didn’t stick. 

I was visiting my grandson one week-end, and when I walked into the house he said Mawmaw.  Where’s Gaga (referring to his grandfather)?  At that moment, Gran went out the window.   I must admit, I was surprised he called me Mawmaw.  I’ve often wondered how he came up with those names for us.  Especially, since I had been calling myself Gran for almost 2 years.  His grandfather had been calling himself granddaddy.  Isn’t it amazing how things can change in a split second. 

Now, I must admit that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the name Mawmaw.  I didn’t think it was a fit for me and it sounded so old fashion.  I felt somewhat disappointed.  Afterall, I’m not your typical grandma.  I’m a high heel wearing diva who’s into blogging, texting, social media, and a need for wine.  I just wasn’t feeling Mawmaw.  I chose the name Gran because I didn’t want to end up with an old fashion out of date name.  Gran was traditional, but still had a sophisticated ring to it.  My daughter stated, “Mom you have to be whatever he calls you”.  I wasn’t sure if I was disappointed because I had spent 9 months selecting a name and it was suddenly gone or because the name sounded so country and out of date.  The only other person that I knew as Mawmaw was my 60 year old Aunt.   My grandson had thrown a wrench into the plans.  My siblings had chosen their names, and I wanted that opportunity too.     

Our grandchildren use a variety of names for us.  In my family there’s Poppy, Nana, Granny, and Granddaddy.  As I was discussing the name change with co-workers, I was surprised to find out that many of their grandchildren called them MawMaw.  It was actually a popular name.  Who knew!

As I continued to think about it, it suddenly didn’t matter what he  called me as long as he called my name.  My grandson had changed my life forever.  I looked at the change totally different.  What’s in a name?  I realized that my grandson had a mind of his own, and he was demonstrating his personality, his individuality, and how he felt about me.  I was a Mawmaw, and he believed it was a fit for me.  He didn’t see me as a diva, texter, blogger or wine taster.  I was simply his Mawmaw.  He has made it clear over the course of the years with his cousins, that’s my Mawmaw.  I have happily accepted the nomination.  I’ve held that title for 5 years, and I’m proud to wear it.  I now have a grandson and granddaughter.  I will continue to strive to be the #1 Mawmaw, because that is what is truly important. 

What do your grandchildren call you or your parents?  Leave us a comment, we would love to know.  

We Have A Winner

Congratulation to entry #23, Terri.  You’re the winner of the Mother 2 Mother book give away, A Flower in the Snow.

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