10 Ideas To Create Mother Daughter Memories

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Children grow up fast.  It seems like only yesterday that we gave birth, sent them off to kindergarten, and read them bed time stories.  Before we know it they’re asking for the car keys and eventually heading out the door to live life on their own.

When I was raising my daughter I decided to create mother daughter memories for us.  You know those special days when it’s just the two of you talking about boys, finding the perfect dress, eating ice cream or doing each other’s nails.  My daughter and I did lots of family activities together, but these are special moments that I’m talking about now.  The days when I left the office early and headed to the school to pick her up for a day of fun.  Those Saturdays when I left the laundry and the cleaning just to spend time with her.  Those days when it’s just the two of us bonding and being friends.  These are a perfect way to create Mother Daughter Memories.  

I created Mother Daughter Memories when my daughter was a teen. That’s when it dawned on me that she was growing up fast, and would soon be heading to college.  She would be meeting new people and doing different things.  I had to make the few years that we had left together count.  I’m so thankful that I did, we still talk about those days.  I’m encouraging you to do the same.

Let me place emphasis on the two of you.  This wasn’t difficult for me because I only had one child, but if you have more than one, spend that quality time with each daughter. It’s important that they get that individual attention.  You want to make them feel special, as if they’re the only person besides you in the world.  It’s an opportunity to share things that happened when you were growing up or maybe they will share an embarrassing time in their life or a secret. It’s unlikely they will do this with others around. There will be times when you will find yourself looking at each other and giggling, because only the two of you know about what was shared.  It’s such a great feeling.

Everything is not for everybody so you will need to create Mother Daughter memories that are meaningful to you. But here’s a few things my daughter and I did together to create Mother Daughter Memories:

  1. Special Occasion Dresses – We would spend the day visiting boutiques to select party dresses, dresses for her junior high school dances, and later her homecoming and prom dresses.  We looked forward to this day every year from junior high to her senior year of high school.
  2. Spa Treatments – Nothing like being seated next to each other at the spa getting our nails done and saying nothing.  Just enjoying each other’s company.
  3. Trips To Dairy Queen –  My daughter loved strawberry sundaes and I loved their chocolate cones. We had some much fun laughing and enjoying our treats.
  4. Looking At The Christmas lights –  This speaks for itself.  We would spend hours just driving through neighborhoods being in awe. To this day, Christmas is a special time for us and lights are included.
  5. Going Out To Lunch or Dinner – Apple Bee’s was my daughter’s favorite place to eat growing up.  She loved their lemonade.  We would sit for hours and talk about everything and everybody.  It’s funny she won’t enter the place now.  Ruth Chris is one of her favorite eating places. So glad she has a husband to pay the bill for that one.
  6. Watching Movies  We would spend the day watching movies on Saturdays.  One of our favorites movies to watch was Gone With The Wind and of course Girl Flicks. When one of our favorites is on now, she calls to let me know.
  7. Sharing A Beach Week-end  – Every year I would take my daughter and 3 of her friends to the beach for a week-end.  Ocean City, MD was the go to at that point in our life. The interesting thing about this trip is that I have a bridge phobia, and I had to drive the girls across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The bridge is about 4.5 miles long.  I can drive across bridges, but I’m holding my breath, praying, counting and anything else I can think of.  I drive slow and look straight ahead. It doesn’t matter if the bridge is long or short.  The effect is the same for me. To this day, my daughter doesn’t know what bridges do to me. I never wanted her to know how scared I was, I only wanted her to enjoy the trip.
  8. Spending the Day At a Book Fair We would spend the day at the book fair browsing through isles and isles of books.  We would take our selections home and plan when we would spend the day reading them.
  9. Read Your Favorite Books We would curl up on the sofa and read our favorite book at the time.
  10. See A Show – One of our favorite bonding moments was when we went to see a ballet or Alvin Ailey.  We still look for shows that we can see together.

I hope my bonding moments have inspired you to create Mother Daughter Memories.  You don’t have to spend a fortune, find activities within your budget and they will love you regardless of what’s in your purse.  If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Mother 2 Mother before you leave.  You may also like Making Memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Making Excuses For Your Child’s Bad Behavior

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Are you making excuses for your child’s bad behavior?  If you are, your children will grow up to make excuses for their behavior too. If excuses are good enough for you it will be good enough for them. Children earn by what they hear as well as what they see, so if you as a parent who is constantly making excuses for their bad behavior they will never accept responsibility for their behavior. They listen and watch you blame the teacher, principal, doctor and eventually the police, lawyer, judge, or probation officer. It’s always somebody else’s fault.  They may get a scolding occasionally, but they know the scolding won’t last long because you will go right back to blaming something or someone.

Along with bad behavior, you can probably find disrespect and a refusal to obey authority.  They don’t respect authority because they have no respect for you and the rules that you establish in your home.  Entitlement is a big part of their life.

My daughter understood that rules were to be followed or their would be consequences.  I refused to repeat myself over and over.  She had to learn that if she couldn’t follow rules or instructions, she was going to have a difficult life. It wasn’t always an easy journey, raising kids is never easy. However, when I told her to step she stepped.

She may have stepped with her arms crossed, mouth poked out or rolling her eyes, but she moved and she did what I asked her to do.  I made it clear that she was to follow the same rules with teachers, police, elders and anyone else in an authority position. There was to be no arguing or talking back.  If she felt that she was being mistreated, she was to inform me and I would handle it adult to adult.

Kids need to understand that the world has rules.  It all starts at home, and if you’re not willing to teach your children that they must obey and that their bad behavior is unacceptable you’re leading them down a path of destruction.  Yes, I said you. As adults if we don’t pay taxes, we’re charged with tax evasion. If we disregard the speed limit we get a ticket. If we don’t pay our bills timely, we get a bad credit rating. Children grow up to be adults and they will take the same excuses for their behavior into adulthood.

Here’s some of the consequences that your child will suffer if excuses for bad behavior are allowed to continue:

  • Your child could be socially inept. They may be uncomfortable in social settings.
  • They will probably end up being violent and aggressive because they don’t know how to deal with their emotions.
  • Decision making skills will probably be poor. 
  • Society’s rules don’t apply to them.
  • They will refuse to respect authority figures such as cops, teachers, the principal or their elders.
  • Completing tasks or holding down a job could be difficult.
  • They will expect you to continue making excuses and bailing them out of problems.
  • Trouble will with the law will become a big part of their life. They will cost you thousands of dollars for lawyers, counseling, mental health consultations, living expense etc.  
  • Success in school will be unlikely.  Furthermore, they will most likely not graduate from high school let alone college. 

This list is not all inclusive, but it should be an eye opener. You can’t wait until your child reaches their teens and than try to establish rules. It needs to start early, so they will understand appropriate behavior when they reach their teens, before entering society socially, getting a job, or doing volunteer work etc.

It is imperative that you stop making excuses and start working to change your child’s bad behavior. If you don’t know where to start, contact your church, school or a local counseling office.  So, if you change excuses into effective parenting, your child’s bad behavior will change into productive and healthy behavior.

 

Parenting Stress – Don’t Eat Your Words

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At times parenting can be strenuous. Stress from the job, whining and disobedient children, money problems and so many other factors cause us to lose control of situations and ourselves.  I guarantee many of us are guilty of yelling, screaming, or some other negative reaction at certain points in our lives.

Next, I remember yelling at my daughter for various reasons and feeling guilty after the encounter.  I’ve had to eat my words on many occasions. If not with her than other family members and sometimes friends.  During the encounter, I didn’t think about the consequences of my actions or the affect that it would have on the other person. It was the only way I knew how to respond at certain times.

Unfortunately, yelling, screaming and cursing were normal in my home when I was growing up.  I carried that mentality and behavior into my marriage and used that technique to interact with my daughter in her teen years. Thank goodness, I learned quickly that it was unproductive and damaging.

Nobody wants to be yelled at, and what is really accomplished with that type of interaction.  No good will come out it. Here are a few negative affects:

  1.  Fear
  2. Low Self Esteem
  3. Intimidation
  4. Anger Is Developed   

I didn’t like eating my words after I yelled at my daughter or after I raised my voice for whatever reason.  There were times that I apologized and there were times that I didn’t. I would just live with the guilt and move forward.  It left me feeling bad about myself and ashamed of the fact that I reacted in such an unhealthy way. I vowed to change that behavior in myself, and eliminate the need for me to eat my words.

Most importantly, I didn’t want my daughter to think yelling and screaming were normal either.  I also didn’t want her to be afraid of me in any way.  Her growing up with low self-esteem was a major concern.  Furthermore, I didn’t want her to grow up being an angry, bitter young lady who looked for love in all the wrong places. Feeling unloved at home will lead you in that direction.  I knew a change had to occur and it had to start with me.

The first step was to get to the bottom of why I was yelling before I could make any major changes.  Until I accomplished that feat, I learned to walk away and than come back and address the situation in a much calmer manner. That change alone left me with my dignity and it left those who were normally on the receiving end of my yelling with their dignity too. I liked the feeling of walking away much better than yelling, it soon became a habit.

So, as parents we are responsible for our children’s emotional well being. I found that I was a more effective parent when I was not yelling too.  It opened the door for better communication between my daughter and me.  It allowed us to establish a healthy relationship where we demonstrated mutual respect for each other.  I reached a point where I refused to argue or raise my voice with anyone. Walking away became a way of life for me and it has saved me from a ton of stress and broken relationships.

Last, if you are constantly yelling and screaming, just stop it.  If you can’t change it on your own, get professional help.  There’s no shame in getting help.  Especially, if you are damaging your child. Furthermore, you could possibly cause them to become violent or act out in some manner.  Children have limited coping mechanisms in their teen years.  So, it’s up to parents to lead and guide them on the appropriate way to communicate. Reach for it, you and your children will be thankful.

 

 

Guest Post – Preparing Your Teens For Adulthood

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“Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Trust me, life will still be there when you’re grown.” Wise words from my Grandma Blanche.

Teens know everything, right? So, it only makes sense that they’re ready to tackle the world at the tender age of 16. Next, they think they have all the knowledge and skills necessary not just to survive, but thrive in the big bad world. However, as parents we know the truth. Sure, there are some things that your child may have learned in school that weren’t available to us. These days schools are teaching Computer Science, Parenting, and more advanced classes on Government and Politics.

However, there are some key fundamental skills your child should be equipped with before leaving the nest – whether going off to college or moving out on their own.

Let’s discuss a few of these skills:

Grocery shopping – When our kids got their driver’s license, one of their new chores was going to the grocery store with cash. This taught them:

  1. Comparison shopping
  2. Budgeting 
  3. Communication skills (you know teens don’t talk! Lol)
  4. Checking account maintenance – The one class I really wish schools would make mandatory are banking basics. When our kids turned 14, we opened a High School Checking Account. With our names on the account, our kids knew not to get crazy with their bank card.

As a result, each month we reviewed the bank statement together and discussed future payouts. This was a huge help!

Stay In Learning Mode – This skill is crucial to your child’s growth! With or without a college degree, your child must know that learning is a life-long activity. Once they leave college learning doesn’t stop.

Next, one of the most important parts of learning is knowing who to learn from. Teens learn more from other teens. Also, as adults they need to know what they need to learn, and who would be best to learn from. This quote is so appropriate: “You don’t know what you don’t know, until you need to know it.” – Unknown

The best skill you can teach your teen is discernment. Help them understand how important it is to surround themselves with like-minded people, people who have similar lifestyle goals in mind.

Finally, your teen may not listen to you, but when in the company of other young people who are working toward a similar future they can teach and learn from each other.  “Each one. Teach one.” – an African Proverb.

life coach, business coach   About the author:  Ericka Richardson is a mother of three, and a grandmother. Ericka was raised in New York, but moved to the Atlanta, Ga area in 1993.  Atlanta is where she raised her children.  Ericka and her husband, Mike, started their business in 2003. Even with the time constraints of starting a business, they made sure their children stayed active, well-grounded, remained humble and grateful.

Ericka is a Certified Life and Business Coach as well as a Business Consultant. Ericka preaches and teaches Business Basics with each of her clients.

You can connect with Ericka online at:

www.coachericka.com
www.facebook.com/coachericka
www.facebook.com/groups/bizbasicsbootcamp
www.linkedin.com/in/ericka220
www.twitter.com/bizcoachericka

Amazing Tips For Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom

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Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom can be complicated.  Aside from filling it with toys, you have to consider many factors in designing their personal place for play and sleep.

First, toddlers spend a huge part of their lives in bed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends toddlers sleep for 11-14 hours. Older children less. Quality sleep is important to their mental and emotional development. One way to make sure they get adequate slumber is by designing a room that suits their need for sleep and play.

Likewise, their room should not only be a place where they get sufficient sleep, but also a venue for playing, learning and developing intimacy with their parents and siblings. Here are a few things to consider:

     1.  Ensure safety of your child

Also, your toddler is just starting to develop their motor skills.  As a result, they are prone to injuries.  There are toys and other things inside their room that are dangerous.  Additionally, some can be health hazards. Aside from being toxic, these things might also choke them. Make sure your toddler’s room protects them from harm, and not the other way around.

  1. Be cozy

Next, the bedroom should be designed to make sleep come easy.  While decorating your child’s bedroom, the furniture and accessories should be placed in a way that they can sleep comfortably. Likewise, the walls and furniture should be painted with calming colors. Another thing to consider is to buy the most comfortable mattress for them. A Gel Memory Foam Mattress is recommended for comfort.

  1. Spark creativity

Bedtime stories fuel your kid’s creativity.  So, make their room a part of their dreamland. Their bedroom should be a venue to fuel their personal fantasy. If they like astronomy and space explorations, stuff their room with glow in the dark stars and spaceships.

  1. Encourage learning

Besides enhancing their creative flair, your child’s room should help boost their intellect. Books and art can stimulate their desire to read and learn. Art can stimulate their desire to draw, color and paint.

  1. Include play area

Another thing to consider when decorating your child’s bedroom is providing a play area.  Play is very important in a child’s development both mentally and physically.  Playing allows children to build better behavior, become team players, grow as active adults, boost learning, and increase their happiness.

You may be wondering how you should design your child’s room to incorporate these suggestions.  Here are a few tips:

Empower your child’s talents and interests By age 2 to 3, your toddler is showing signs of their talents and interests. You can help them nourish their gifts. One way to do this is by designing their room to cultivate their interests.

Make your kid’s bedroom a venue to inspire them to learn –  Aside from developing the talents of your child, you can also influence them to become an achiever and succeed in life through their room. Design their room so that it will improve their self-responsibility and self-esteem.  One way to do this is to provide storage boxes to place their toys after playing. Through this method, teaching them how to tidy up and to organize their things will help them become responsible and help with self-esteem.

Be creative in setting up your kid’s roomAdditionally, listen and watch your toddler so you can learn what they like.

Keep their bed free from clutter – By now you should teach your child the value of sleep by making sure that their beds are free of clutter. If possible, set aside an area to play, watch TV or eat away from their bed.

Toddlers and kids learn best by experiencing their environment.  So, consider our suggestions when decorating your child’s bedroom.  Provide a room designed to enhance their growth and development.

 

Note: Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for Bedding Stock. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.

 

 

Values Help Develop Kid’s Self-Confidence

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First, parents play a vital role in grooming and developing a child’s personality and self-esteem.  Do you want to be the proud parents of a child who is full of self-confidence?  Furthermore, do you want your child to walk with their head held high?  Here are some things you can do that will in turn help boost your child’s self-confidence:

  • Do Not Let Any Negative Thoughts, Emotions and Limitations Pull you Down Negative thoughts undermine your confidence. Do not let your true capabilities be overshadowed by inhibitions of the mind and heart.  Furthermore, exercise self-control and learn to maintain your calm.  Also learn to stay composed in panic situations.  So keep brainwashing yourself.  Filter out the negative thoughts and keep going.
  • Positive Thinking Breeds PositivityBack your positive thoughts by positive actions. Even when you are on the lowest ebb, let the light of positivity shine through.  Your children will see it.
  • Face your fears and overcome any hurdles that come your way – Feed your self-esteem by challenging yourself and facing your biggest fears. Doing things which seemed unattainable in the past, can contribute significantly in raising your self-confidence.  You will soon believe that you will be able to cross hurdles and obstacles that would normally deter your progress.
  • Replace bad habits with healthy habits –   You need to correct your inner flaws and short comings to feel confident from within. It is very easy to get into bad habits, but hard to get over them.  Indulging in  healthy habits will help you emerge as a confident individual. Anything that makes you feel good about yourself, will ultimately lead to higher self-esteem.  Teach these healthy habits to your children.
  • Be Grateful for Whatever You Have and Live a Meaningful Life – It is very easy to be ungrateful.  Focus on the good in your life.  Happiness and true bliss can be found in the small things in life. This is where our individual perceptions come into play.  If you envy other people, you will be ungrateful for your blessings.  This keeps you in a constant state of restlessness because you always feel the other person is better off than you. Until you are truly content and satisfied at heart, you will continue to seek ways to make you happy. Being happy with who you are.  It will lead to living healthier and a more productive life.  It will also teach your children to happy with who they are, and to be grateful for the little things in life.
  • Emerge from failure as a stronger, experienced individual –  If at first you don’t succeed; try, try, try again. Do not let failure overpower you to a point where your reasoning and logic is clouded.  Impaired reasoning leaves you confused and demoralized.  Accept your failure, pick up the broken pieces and get on with life.  You can always try again.  Your children will see that failure is a part of life.
  • Raise your intellectual standards – Be consistent in searching general knowledge and awareness. Being knowledgeable makes a person more confident. Personal growth is a continuous process. Stay updated with current national and international events. Become a participant on various topics such as politics, business and sports. Try learning new things on a daily basis and keep your child updated too.
  • Engage in philanthropic activities – Teach your children to think about society.  They need to learn to empathize with the people who are not a fortunate as them.  Be an example by being an active part of it. Children need to learn to spread happiness around them.  Spreading happiness will make others feel good about themselves as well as others.  It also makes them forget about the negativities that surround us.  It enhances our confidence level too.

Finally, be an example for your children.  They will follow in your foot steps, and remember you may not see immediate changes in your child/children.  Building confidence is a life time endeavor.

I want to thank James Smith for this amazing guest post!  You may also like: Teaching Children Responsibility

About the author: James Smith is a survivalist, who loves to write about survival skills and techniques. Currently, he is working for Teotwawki Supplies, offering a complete range of survival and emergency kits. Follow him on twitter @jamessmith1609.

Tips For A Successful Easter Egg Hunt

 

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Let the Easter egg hunts begin!  It takes time and organizational skills to put together a successful and budget friendly Easter egg hunt.  We have a few tips that will ensure you’re an eggcellent hostess.  And the children will have a great time if you follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Plan For A Day Of Shopping – First, you will need to plan time to shop for your items.  Make sure you leave sufficient time just in case you have to make another trip for additional or forgotten items.  
  2. Make a List of Items Needed–    Second, decide how many tables and other areas you will be decorating.  How will the Easter egg hunt be conducted.  How many plastic eggs will be needed?  Furthermore, will you be dying eggs?  How many baskets/buckets will be needed for the children, how much decorative grass, signs etc.  Making a list ensures that you don’t forget anything while shopping.  It also reduces stress and eliminates additional trips to the store.  Use that time for preparation.  Head to the Dollar Store for your decorations. The table clothes, tableware, plastic eggs and just about everything else you will need for your Easter Egg Hunt can be found there.  You can use your saving on delicious food/treats.
  3. Decide What Games You Will Play – Next, will you be playing games?  Will the games be for younger, older and family or one or the other?  I would suggest that you narrow it down to 2 – 3 games.  However, you will need to decide if they will be played before or after the egg hunt.
  4. Decide What Food/Treats You Will Serve –   Will you be serving a hot meal, finger foods or just take home treats? You will need know to know how much food to purchase.  So, try to calculate how many guests will be coming.  You will need to make a grocery store list.
  5.  Decide How Your Hunt Will Be Conducted – What are the rules of the egg hunt?  For example, will you have different age groups?  If so, will you color code the eggs and have the smaller children looks for pink and blue eggs and the older kids other colors?  Will you divide the hunting areas in age group areas?  Deciding the rules up front will help you decide what items you will need and how many.
  6. Preparation Time –  Last, prepare as many items as you can the day/night before. This includes food, filling the eggs, personalizing baskets or buckets, decorating.  Whatever you can do, do it.  Not having enough time for preparation and activities can be stressful. Most importantly, invited guests shouldn’t suffer because of your lack of planning.

Finally, the big day has arrived.  So, be sure to greet your guests and keep things moving.  Don’t forget yourself, have a good time too.   And be sure to thank guests for coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Places Kids Eat Free

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Need a break from the stresses of the day?  Here’s a list of places where you and the family can eat, possibly have a  cocktails, and the kids eat for free.

  1. Applebees Kids eat free Monday and Tuesday nights at participating locations. Be sure to signup for 
  2. their Email club for a free entree for your birthday.  Other nights kids eat for $1.00.
  3. Au Bon Pain – Free birthday lunch. Sign up for their eClub.
  4. Backyard Burger – Kids eat free on Tuesday. Sign up for their eClub for additional deals.
  5. Bennigan’s – Kids 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays after 4 pm with paying adult.
  6. Bob Evans – Kids eat free after 4 pm with paying adult.
  7. Buffalo Wild Wings Get a order of snack wings or dessert for your birthday when you join the Buffalo Circle. Captain D’s – Join the Kid’s Club and get a special birthday greeting and a free meal. Ages 12 and under only. Kids 12 and under can eat from the kids menu for just 99 cents on other days.
  8. Chick-fil-A – Kids eat free between 5:30-7:30 pm. One child per adult.
  9. Cici’s – Kids eat free every day with paying adult.
  10. Denny’s – Free Grand Slam on your birthday. Valid ID must be presented.
  11. Firehouse Subs – Free sub on your birthday. Valid ID must be presented. All kiddos eat free when an adult combo meal is purchased on other days.
  12. Friendly’s – Free sundae on your birthday when you join the BFF Club.
  13. Golden Corral – Kids 3 and under eat free.
  14. IHOP – Kids under 12 eat free everyday between 4 pm – 8 pm accompanied by paying adults/parents.
  15. Johnny Rocket’s – Get a free hamburger on your birthday.  Join the eClub for additional deals.
  16. Lonestar Steak House – For each paying adult, 2 kids get to chow down for free all day long and they’ll happily feed 2 kids per adult.
  17. Marie Callender’s – One child eats free with each  adult entree purchased.
  18. Perkins – Get a free meal for children 12 and under with each adult entrée on Wednesdays from 4 – 9 p.m.
  19. Pizza Hut – Kid eat free Tuesday evenings.
  20. Red Robin – Enjoy a free burger for your birthday when you sign up for their eClub. Kids 10 and under eat free with paying adult on other days.
  21. Shoney’s – Kids 4 years and under eat free with adult entrée.
  22. Tony Roma – Kids 11 and under can eat ribs free.
  23. TGIF – Kids eat free on Mondays or Tuesdays.  Call your local TGIF for the day in your area.

So, I recommend that you call ahead to ensure that the establishment will be able to accommodate you and your children.  Be sure to ask what days and times they offer free meals and what ages are included.  Take advantage of the freebies on family night, birthdays and anniversaries.

 


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.