Beyonce Uses Harness For Blue Ivy

Looks like Blue Ivy is about to loose a slipper.  Aren’t they adorable.  Beyonce takes advantage of the beautiful weather we’re having on the east coast and strolls with her bundle of joy in New York.   Blue Ivy is becoming a big girl.  According to her grandfather, Matthew Knowles, she’s going to be tall.  Granddaddy said,   ‘You just want to love and kiss her, but the great thing with grandkids is that you can give them back.’

I agree with Matthew on that note.  You allow your grandchildren to get away with things th at you wouldn’t let your children get way with.  Extra treats, sweets, late nights with the TV and the list goes on.   Blue Ivy is the second grandchild for Matthew and his ex-wife Tina Knowles who divorced him after 31 years of marriage.  He has a grandson, Daniel “Julez” Smith, by his daughter Solange Knowles.  Thanks to the Daily Mail for the picture of mother and daughter. 

Kristi Yamaguchi Book Give Away – It’s a Big World Little Pig

It’s been awhile since Mother 2 Mother has sponsored a blog give away, so we’re going to give away a copy of Kristi Yamaguchi’s adorable book,  It’s a Big World, Little Pig.   Dream Big is the message that Kristi Yamaguchi sends in her new book.  Poppy the pig is an ice skater, and has been invited to skate at the World Games ice skating championship in Paris.   Poppy is nervous about heading to Paris.   She lives in New York, and becomes anxious about heading to France. It’s so far away. She is encouraged by her friend, Emma, who tells her to “Dream Big, Pig!” Poppy’s grandparents said, “You go girl!” and her parents give her comfort by letting her know that they would be with her every step of the way.

Emma gives Poppy a good luck charm, and Poppy heads to Paris. Once she arrives at the World Athlete Village, she is nervous and bumps into a snowboarder from China named Li. Li and Poppy become friends and walk the village together to find the athlete check-in. Poppy becomes hungry and decides to head to the dining hall. The dining hall is full and she scans the room for a seat. A skier from Italy waved to Poppy and offers her a seat at her table. They too become friends.
Poppy leaves the dining hall and heads to the practice rink. There she meets another skater from Japan. They admire each other’s costumes and become friends. Poppy skated from her heart during the competition and remembered all the friends and discoveries that she had made during the trip. Her parents were there to support her and decided they would stay for the remainder of the week so they could visit the Eiffel Tower, museums and eat French food. It turned out to be a beautiful trip, one that Poppy would always remember.
We would love for you to have a copy of this beautifully illustrated book.  It will make a great bedtime story or gift.  Here’s how you can win:
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Easy Recipes – Zucchini Bread

Looking for clever, easy recipes.  Whip up a batch of zucchini bread.  My grandson loves it with a glass of milk.  You can freeze it or wrap it tightly and put in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  I make mine with walnuts, but if you’re not comfortable giving chopped walnuts to your little one leave them out.  I love indulging on the bread myself with a nice hot cup of coffee. 
Planting my own zucchini has been rewarding.  I blanched and froze several quarts this summer, and I love being able to whip up a fresh batch during the winter.  It tastes a good today as it did this summer. 
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Gradually beat in sugar, than oil.  Add flour mixture, alternating with zucchini into egg mixture.  Stir in walnuts and vanilla.  Pour into two greased lightly floured loaf pans.  Bake on lowest rack at 350 for 55 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes. 

Jessica Simpson’s Nude Pose

Jessica Simpson has duplicated Demi Moore in her nude pregnancy photo shot.  Jessica is gracing the cover of Elle magazine, and looks beautiful.  Jessica said she wasn’t uncomfortable with the shot, but in fact felt comfortable in her skin.  She has stated that she is more confident than she has ever been.  Pregnancy can be such a beautiful thing for some.  Many are saying the pose is getting old; however, it’s generating some buzz.  Personally, I wouldn’t have the encourage to pose in all my glory.  Besides, I didn’t feel pretty when I was pregnant.  Maybe because women at that time weren’t encouraged to embrace our beauty during pregnancy.   Maternity clothes weren’t fashionable, and we surely wouldn’t have posed in the nude for a photo shoot.  Just looking at yourself in the mirror was a nightmare for most.  My how time changes things.  My daughter took so many pictures of her growing bump with my grandson, and did so with pride.  She showed her bump to everybody she encountered, lol. 

Jessica has revealed that she is expecting a girl, and baby girl will be a whopper.  Her doctor is expecting the baby to be around 10 lbs.  Jessica is contemplating starting a maternity line.  She believes a woman should feel beautiful during her pregnancy, and should be able to wear stylish clothing.  She has stated that she has stayed away from maternity clothes, but purchases regular clothing in bigger sizes.  I love the maxi dresses she has worn, and think they make great maternity dresses. 

It is rumored that Jessica has gained 40 lbs. during her pregnancy.  Doctors recommend an extra 25 – 35 lb. weight gain during preganancy.  Jessica has reportedly signed a $3 million deal with Weight Watchers to loose her extra pounds.  She revealed that she enjoyed a slice of cheesecake before her photo shoot, lol.   

What do you think about Jessica’s nude photo?  How much weight did you gain, and what was your favorite craving when you were expecting?  Leave us a comment on you experience carrying your bundle of joy.  Thanks to Elle Magazine for the photo of Jessica. 

Disney Fantasy

Doesn’t Mariah Carey look great.  Mariah and Nick christened the new Disney cruise ship Fantasy.  Mariah said, ‘I can’t wait to bring dem babies here”. 

The Fantasy sailed from Germany to New York.  It is a 4,000-passenger, 14-deck ship and equipped to satisfy every child’s Disney fantasies.  The Disney Fantasy is larger than the Disney Magic and the
Disney Wonder.  It has 5,336 beds, which is approximately 1,900 more than
the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.  It’s also 2 decks taller than the Magic and Wonder.

Can you image your child sliding into this Mickey Mouse pool.  I’m hoping to take my grandson on this cruise next year.  I wanted to wait until he was old enough to remember everything.  He will be five in September, so I thought 2013 would be a great time to take him.   

Vegetable Gardens

It’s almost time to get the vegetable garden ready.  That’s my grandson wearing his Lighting McQueen rain boots.  He’s watering the garden last year, and was quite a little helper.  He was actually fascinated to see the blooms develop and turn into luscious veggies.   This was my first vegetable garden and I’ll be doing it again.  It was so relaxing tending to the garden, and it was nice to have fresh vegetables in the house instead of the cardboard sold in grocery stores.  I hope that I will never have to purchase another vegetable from a store again, that is unless it’s from a farmer’s market.   

I canned tomatoes and froze peppers for soup, chili and salsa.  The veggies were as fresh when I used them this winter as they were when I plucked them from the garden.  My peppers were huge as you can see.  I’ll be planting those babies again.  Those are Amish Paste tomatoes shown and are great for sauce and salsa.   I planted a few Hybrid and a few Heirlooms last year.  I’m going with Heirlooms this year.  I’ve decided on a variety for color and taste to include:  Boxcar Willie, German Johnson, Kellogg Breakfast, Cherokee Purple and Aunt Ruby’s Spicy Green.  It’s just about time to get the seedlings started indoors so they can be germinated, harden off, and planted in the garden by June.  I’m in zone 6, so I usually garden from June to October.  I may plant collard greens this fall, we’ll see. 

Here’s a few of my crookneck squash.  They were so yummy.  I froze a few squash and zucchini for baby food for Zarriah and zucchini bread for me, lol.   Did I mention I put away 50 ears of corn and about 6 quarts of fresh peaches for baby food.  Yes, I was quite busy in the kitchen last year. 

I’m going to expand my garden by approximately 5 feet this year.  I’m leaving out the eggplant, and putting in pickling cucumbers for homemade pickles and small, but sweet watermelon.   Below is my dream garden.  I love the arbor and bench in the back.  I would sit and admire the fruits veggies of my labor.  You would be surprised at how many vegetables you can grow in a small amount of space.  My garden was less than 10x 20, and I was able to produce an abundance of fresh veggies and flowers.  I will be expanding it to 10 x 25 this year.  If I ever get this baby built, I would expand to 10 x  40 feet.  This year I’m putting up a 250 feet privacy fence, so this garden fencing will have to wait.  In the meantime, I’ll dream about it.  A girl can dream can’t she?  We’re also building a tree house for my grandson, stay tuned. 

Be sure to follow or subscribe to Mother 2 Mother so you don’t miss my Gardening With My Grandson posts.  You can also connect with me by clicking one of the social media buttons on the right.  Do you garden with your children?  What are you planting this year?  I think it’s important for children to understand the land and how to grow your own food.  With this economy, we need to teach our children how to survive and save when and where we can.  My grandson loves flowers, and has a small area where he is responsible for watering them and pulling weeds.  He takes his job seriously.  We lead by example, would you agree?  Leave a comment and let us know what’s happening in your backyard. 

Pregnant Celebrities

Mother 2 Mother has spotted several pregnant celebrities.  Jessica Simpson has traded her high heels for flip flops.  She shows off her baby bump in a black maxi and cardigan on the beach in LA.  Jessica is due any day.

Bruce Willis and his pregnant wife Emma Heming leaving Craig’s Restaurant after having dinner with Slyvester Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin.  This will be Bruce and Emma’s first child together.   

Rachel Zoe and Skyler

Rachel Zoe and her celebrity baby, Skyler, head to Kitson Kids in Hollywood.  Skyler is wearing $230.00 Gucci booties.    Spending $230 for Gucci booties for your tot isn’t a problem when you dress the stars for red carpet events.  (Photos courtesy of Daily Mail).

Nayda Suleman

Wondering what happened to Nayda Suleman and her 14 children?  She’s back in the news.  This time for losing her driver’s license.  Apparently, Octomom was enjoying herself in Beverly Hills.  Yep, the Beverly Hills where Rodeo Drive is located.  She obviously wasn’t familiar with the area, she was caught driving down a one way street the wrong way. 

Now my questions is, why was she in Beverly Hills?  She certainly can’t afford to shop there.  She was just on the Wendy Williams show crying about not being able to afford her mortgage.  Nayda has stated that it costs approximately $15,000 per month to raise her 14 children.  I still wonder what was going through the fertility doctor and her head when they implanted 12 embryos in her when she already had 6 children that she couldn’t care for.  It look like neither of them have a license now.   Her fertility doctor had his license revoke and has now filed for bankruptcy. 

According to reports, Nayda was suppose to appear in court December 20 for the ticket.  She didn’t pay it, and failed to appear in court.  The end result, she loses her drivers license

Oh what is Octomom to do?  Her manager has quite or been fired, it depends on which one of them you talk to.  According to her manager, failing to appear is the norm for Nayda.  Her manager stated that she would not respond to anything relating to work.  Her manager stated that couldn’t deal with her anymore.  She feels sorry for the children, but she’s done.  Nayda apologized for her selfish behavior and has asked the management team to take her back as a client, but it doesn’t look like they’re willing to look back.   They’re so done, they’ve deleted the Twitter and Facebook accounts they created for her.  Now if I was in her situation and had a helping hand, I certainly would respond to invitations to make money. 

When will this women ever get her life together, and be able to make good decisions.  I guess when you have 14 children and don’t know how you’re going to feed or cloth them from day to day, getting anything together has to be difficult.   I saw her on Dr. Drew several months ago, and she was going a hundred miles an hour.  She doesn’t appear to be wrapped to tight if you know what I mean.  She stated that she was completely broke and couldn’t afford to make repairs in her home.  She was bathing the children in the kitchen sink.  Dr. Drew offered her a year’s free cleaning service and child care services from
Au Pair Care.  Nayda was suppose to enroll in an on-line class to get certified as a personal trainer.  I wonder if she completed that.  

Look at those adorable children (picture courtesy of Daily Mail).  It’s hard to believe they are three.  Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariah, Makai, Josiah,
Jeremiah and Jonah celebrated their 3rd birthday last month.
  I look at this woman and just shake my head.  I look at her children and said they’re just adorable.  It seems like she fails at everything that is handed to her. Her mother lost her home because she took everything she had to help Nayda with the first 6 grandchildren.  She turns around and has 8 more.  Her father mortgages the house she is currently in so she would have a place to raise his grandchildren and she is now loosing that house.   Her manager quits because she doesn’t want to work. 

I wouldn’t want to walk a day in this woman’s shoes.  I can’t image having 14 children to raise in these times.  I just hope these children receive the love they deserve and don’t suffer as a result of their mother.  What are your thoughts about Nayda Suleman and her 14 children?   

Look At My Preemie

Hard to believe that my little preemie has turned 6 months, and is doing great.  Zarriah is sporting her new ear piercings in the top picture.  We got her ears pierced yesterday, and she handled it like a trooper.  She’s so amazing.  We’re purchasing 6 month clothing for her now.  She arrived August 28, 2011 at 2lbs. 10 oz. and now weighs a whooping 13 lbs, lol.  She doesn’t believe in missing a meal, so it didn’t take long for her to catch up.     

Zarriah Gabrielle is wearing her Valentine’s Day outfit in the picture above.  She loves her fingers and they go into the mouth as soon as she gets the chance.  She’s rolling now and loves tummy time.  She’s ruling the household, mommy and daddy sleep when she says.  For several months she was sleeping through the night, but she has reverted somewhat.  She wakes up once through the night demanding her yummies. 

We’re going to try giving her fresh peaches within the next few weeks.  I canned fresh peaches last year, so we could make her baby food.  I also froze fresh zucchini, squash, and green beans from my garden.  I’ll be planting sweet peas in the spring so we can make baby food out of those as well.   

Grand parenting is such a blessing.  I am so grateful and blessed that she is thriving and there are  no major problems.  She gets congested quite often, but the doctor is telling us not to worry.  As her lungs get stronger, she will grow out of it.  I’m looking forward to seeing Zarriah sprout and come into her own over the years.   I’ll be working on her 1st year scrapbook soon, lol,