Aimee’s Babies – First Year Milestone DVD Review


I was approached by Aimee’s Babies, a child development company, to review their First Year Milestones DVD.  I was excited and accepted their offer.   The first thing that I noticed when I opened the package was that the cover didn’t have any children of color on it.  My initial thought, this company has limited potential buyers.  There is absolutely nothing on this DVD cover that would make a women of color stop and take notice.  My next thought, would it have ethnic babies in the video.  People are drawn to products that they can relate to.     

I decided to keep an open mind and see what the video was about.  The DVD is broken down by chapters.  It focuses on various stages of development from the ages of newborn, 3 months,  6 – 9 months, and 12 months.  Each stage focuses on the 5 senses, touch, smell, taste, sight and sound.  The various stages teach you to understand reflexes, color, stimulation, balance, and social development.  It was quite informative throughout all 4 stages. 

Lets start with newborns – It teaches the importance of music.  It was nice to know that it could be any type of music and not necessarily Mozart.  It also stated that babies see things in black and white up to 3 months.  At that stage red becomes a great stimulus for baby.  It stressed the importance of touching and massaging your baby, swaddling him or her, and allowing them to become familiar with your scent.  The DVD encouraged mothers to alternate sides during feeding so the baby could be stimulated from different directions. 

The DVD moved on to 3 months – The focus was the same, the senses, tummy time, stimulation, and balance.  At this stage the importance of talking to your baby, using wrist and ankle rattles, and implementing at least 20 minutes of tummy time per day was stressed.  Using mirrors was also emphasized.  The DVD demonstrated an exercise that I would never try.  It required the mom to place their sitting baby in a large blanket while she swings it from side to side.  The exercise was for helping the with baby’s balance.  I personally wouldn’t try it and neither would I suggest it.  I was quite surprised that someone would be encouraged to try it.   

At 6 – 9 months, the baby’s weight should practically double.  They should be able to see more colors, notice themselves more, crawl or move around while holding on to things.  It still focused on the senses and stimulation.    

The DVD moved on to the 12 month stage.  Here babies were pulling themselves up, crawling, climbing stairs, walking and in jump ups.  The DVD encouraged moms to allow their babies to walk bare foot, use soft sole shoes or grip socks.  It stated that babies could start walking between 12 and 18 months.     

My opinion after reviewing the DVD, it contained detailed, educational material with everyday moms and their babies at various stages.  No Hollywood glamor or glitter.  It wasn’t overly long and it keep my attention.  I think it would be a great baby shower gift for a new mother.  Would I buy the DVD for $16.00 plus $4.00 shipping.  No, I think there are  better products on the market for $20.00.  Would I buy it for less, possibly, and I’m not talking about $19.99.  

For ethnic mothers or mothers to be, there are no mothers or babies of color featured in the DVD.  There is an African American father at the newborn stage with his baby.  It seems than an entire segment of consumers were missed when this video was made and marketed.  If you have no issue with this fact, I recommend that you check it out.  If you don’t believe that you can relate to the DVD, I recommend that you check out Aimee’s Babies site.  They have other DVDs, an adorable onesie and other products that may be of interest.   

Note:  This review is my opinion and my opinion only.  I received a copy of the DVD for review; however, no additional compensation was received.  

Blue Ivy Carter Pictures

Blue Ivy Carter, Beyonce, Jay-Z's Daughter: New Photo
 photo courtesy of New York Daily News
Wow, does Blue Ivy Carter look like her dad or what?  I see little resemblance to her mom.  She has Jay-Z’s eyes, mouth and the shape of his face.  The most famous celebrity baby turned 1 in January.  Rumor has it that mom and dad celebrated her birthday with family and friends.  The theme was Princess.  Mother 2 Mother searched for pictures, but we were unable to locate any.  I admire Beyonce & Jay-Z for wanting to keep family moments private.  They’re demonstrating how they raise their daughter is their business and they’re doing a great job.  They’re also proving that it’s important to keep your circle small and keep only trusted people in your circle.  That will eliminate photo leaks from those seeking to make a few dollars off their daughter.
Unfortunately, being a celebrity brings difficult times for those wishing to live a private life when they’re off the stage or screen. I’ve seen negative comments on how much they spent on the birthday party and how ridiculous it is that they gave their daughter an $80,000 diamond encrusted barbie. Mother 2 Mother doesn’t know if that is a rumor or fact, but it must be difficult to have the public determine what should be spent or not spent on your child. Hopefully Mrs. Carter has tough skin, and she will be able to endure such judgement.

 

Veggie Tales Give Away

Veggie Tales: The Little House That Stood

As Easter approaches, VeggieTales: The Little House That Stood is the perfect title to celebrate the holiday with! The Wise and Foolish Builders meet The Three Little Pigs In a hilarious veggie parable, featuring Bob, Larry, Junior Asparagus, The French Peas, Madame Blueberry and others. When
the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses,
they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue!  Larry builds with
hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation –
following the wise plans from the “Master Builder’s Handbook!” Will the Little
Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and
their lives – on solid ground?  Find out in this parable the shows kids when
they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come! 

PLUS! 
Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked?  Find out in this very Veggie
retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story “The Good Egg of Gooseville” where
we learn that a good neighbor always “lends a little hand” to those in
need!

 

The
DVD is available at all major retail outlets starting for
SRP $14.99.
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    Raising A Preemie

    As you know, my Zarriah was born weighing 2lbs. 10 ozs.  She spent the first 3 month of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Virginia Beach, VA.  This is my preemie a year and half later.  She’s walking, talking, eating everything in site and has proven herself to be one of my greatest blessings.  I look back at the day she was born, Hurricane Irene was coming through.  I nicknamed her “Storm”.

    Her doctors say she’s doing fine.  They see no problem with her eyesight.  Her motor skills are fine, she sleeps through the night, she’s walking, and throws the normal tantrums for a toddler.  She has a totally different personality from her brother.  He’s loving and likes to cuddle, Zarriah prefers her independence.  She likes to be held, but she doesn’t hang around long.  She prefers to discover and climb over or under whatever is in sight, and is always up for a fight.  Yep, she will fight.  She fought for her life, and she continues to fight.  Hopefully, she will grow out of this habit.   

    She has a huge appetite!  I must say, she eats more than any child that I have ever seen.  There’s times when I think she’s going to be sick, but it never happens.  When she doesn’t want anymore, she will turn her head, spit it out or just stop eating if she’s feeding herself.  Her grandfather and I took her to Golden Corral for dinner.  She ate the biggest plate of mashed potatoes and gravy that I’ve ever seen.  The people sitting next to us looked and looked.  Finally, I spoke up and said she will eat until the bottom falls out.  We engaged in further conversation, and found out that they too had a preemie who was at that time 10.  She had caught up and grown into a beautiful young lady. 

    It is such a blessing to be able to write this post.  I want to thank the nurses in the NICU at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach for their professional care.  They were all excellent, and will be forever in our hearts and prayers.  I remember the first time that I saw Zarriah.  I truly believed that I would pass out.  She was so tiny, in an incubator and wires everywhere.  I broke out in a sweat.  The nurses comforted me, and assured me that they were skilled and she would be fine.  Zarriah has been back to visit the NICU on several occasions.  We thought it was important for her to keep the connection with those who fought  as hard as she did to save her life. 

    Are you raising a preemie or know someone who is?  Have they caught up or did they remain small?  Leave me a comment, I would love to connect with other raising preemies. 

    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:

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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. 

    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.