Fabulous Baby Finds – Alice Baby Shoes

Are these fabulous or what?  I absolutely adore them and had to add them to my Fabulous Baby Find list.  These are a must for my Zarriah.  I just brought a ton of shoes for her for Christmas, but these will go on the Easter list for sure.  These are custom made shoes.  Now don’t let those 2 little words frighten you.  You can purchase them at a great price, $38.00, at Lollipop Moon.  Love that store.  This shoe is called The Alice, and is great for any formal occasion.  I have church in mind for Zarriah.  She will be able to wear them every Sunday until she outgrows them.  They also have The Audrey, which is adorable, The Suzette and the list goes on.  You need to head over and check out their fabulous collection.  Styles and prices vary, they have something for everyone. 

If you decide to order these, do so in plenty of time.  Custom orders take at least 2 – 3 weeks to make and ship.   

New Book Series: Fearless Five Super Heroes

I love discovering fabulous products for my grandchildren and readers.  I was notified this morning about a book series about five African American Super Heroes.  The super heroes are called the Fearless Five.  What a great concept.  As an African American, I have a difficult time finding toys and other items that focus on African American children.   It’s so disappointing, especially in 2012.  I’m sure my African American readers can relate, so I thought I would share this find. 

My grandson is a big fan of Super Heroes.  He loves Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk,  so I jumped at the opportunity to purchase this series of books.  The series is about five characters:  Bender, Blaze, Tank, Element and Phenom.  They are all adorable.  The concept is to raise the self-esteem of African American children.  According to experts, a child’s self image is developed by the age of seven.  As with any parent, I want my grandchildren to grow up with a positive self-image.  I want them to believe they can accomplish anything with hard work. 

The books send messages to the children on self esteem, team work, education, and morals to name a few.  Since I just ordered the books, I can’t give an honest opinion on the messages, but I am looking forward to doing a review and hopefully a give away.    

The books can only be ordered on the Fearless Five site at this time.  I love the fact that you can check out through Paypal, it’s quick and easy.   I’m hoping this series will be a huge hit for our African American children.  I would love to see this concept come out on DVD too. 

This series would make a great birthday or Christmas gift. Please go to the Fearless Five site and order a set today!  

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Elementary Math – How Many Slaves Picked Oranges?

How many slave’s hands are tied in this photo?  That’s right, how many slaves are tied in this photo?  I could not believe an article that I read this evening about Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, GA that incorporated slavery into math problems for third graders.  WTH?   Let me give you a preview of an actual problem sent home, “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”  I truly find this hard to believe in 2012. 

The explanation given for this poor judgement is that teachers are encouraged to mix subjects.  I buy that; however, who is teaching students about beatings, picking oranges and cotton and anything else associated with slavery and finds it acceptable.  I know that slavery was a way of life in the south and many still have a slavery mentality, but teaching it in our schools.  As far as I’m concerned, the teachers should have been be fired.  The principal has agreed to sensitivity training, but is that enough?  These teachers are college educated, but obviously have no common sense.  That’s dangerous.  People with no common sense lack judgement and that soon leads to disaster. 

We wonder why the American school system is in the sad state that it is currently in.  We have our answer!  What’s your thoughts on this gross error?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.

Area Teacher Arrested for Soliciting A Minor

Do you know who’s interacting with your child on-line?  I received a post from one of my friends on Facebook where an area teacher this week was arrested for soliciting a minor for sex, 13 year old, on-line.  This sh** just makes my blood boil.  We simply can not trust our children on-line, in school, in sports or anywhere these days.    It’s so sad, but the reality of the world in which we live. 

The cover-up at Penn State was enough to make me cry, people just turning their heads and looking the other way while someone is abusing a child.  How do you sleep at night?  How do you get up in the morning, dress, go to work and look at someone who you know is abusing children and you do nothing.  Now it’s happening in my own backyard.  Predators!  People who we believe we can trust as role models for our children taking advantage of them.   The teacher in my area was a fourth grade teacher at an Intermediate School about a mile from me, and had been recently named as the assistant boy’s basketball coach at another Middle School in the areal.  I wonder what we could have expected there, another Jerry Sandusky? 

We as parents must see danger when it comes to our children, and our children must understand the danger of on-line predators as well as those that they will encounter in their childhood.  If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what you should do to keep your child safe on-line.  Here’s a few tips:  

  • Talk to your child about on-line sexual predators.  They’ll probably try to convince you that they’re okay and know what’s going on, but stand firm. 
  • Improve your computer skills. and controll what your child accesses on-line.  There is parental control software on the market, download it on your family computer.  We were all children at some point, so we understand privacy, but this is your child’s life and we must protect them at all costs.    
  • Make sure you can view your child and the screen on the computer when they’re on-line.  
  • Know what sites they’re visiting, and enforce rules. 
  • Looks for gifts, money or other items that where not provided by you or grand parents.
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends on the computer if they are not doing homework or playing games.
  • Check for sexual communication, images etc. 
  • Limit the number of hours your teen/child is home alone. 

What do predators look for when in search of prey:  

  • Most find our children in chat rooms, through instant messages, email or social networking sites.  
  • They befriend and win children’s affection with gifts, being kind and giving them attention.  They are astute at knowing who to solicit.  

Unfortunately, we can’t protect our children around the clock.  Make these stories a part of your dinner conversation, so your child can understand how real predators are and if they aren’t cautious they too can become prey. 

     

    Fabulous Baby Finds – Mud Pie Boots

    Are these boots adorable or what?  As you know, I’m a high heel boot wearing momma.  So is my daughter, and we’re training my granddaughter.  I had to share this find with you.  I purchased them for Zarriah this Christmas.  I can’t wait to see her with these on with her skinny jeans.  Yep, I found a pair of skinny jeans for her too. 

    The boots are made by Mud Pie, and they look as great in person as they do in the photo.  Most of Mud Pie clothing line fits ages 0-6 months.  The boots follow the same sizing, so Zarriah should get a lot of wear out of them. 

    I found them at Amazon  for $22.99.  I’m an Amazon Mom, so shipping is free. The boots have a velcro closure, so you can adjust them when needed.  The ribbon is made of satin and is high quality.  The label states that the boots can be machine washed, but I would be leery.  I’ll spot clean them.  If you’re looking for an after Christmas gift or nice baby shower gift, head over to Amazon and order a pair of these.  They are adorable, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year!  I wish each of you a blessed year and I truly thank you for following me this pass year.  For me, 2011 was a stressful year.  I’ve spent the past 6 months helping to nurse my premature granddaughter, and it has just worn me out.  I am thankful to say that she now weighs a healthy 8lbs. 10 ozs. 

    I’ve decided not to make any resolutions for the new year, but just to live life and play whatever cards are dealt to me.  I will say that I’m starting my new year on my treadmill.  I will strive to be healthy and to bring lots of give aways to my readers, write posts on my grandchildren and continue to give my opinion on what’s happening in the world. 

    If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see on Mother 2 Mother, please leave a comment.  If you don’t have any suggestions let me us know what you wish for or will be striving to accomplish in the new year.  Blessings!

    Fabulous Baby Finds – Milky Dot Jacket and Hat


    I found this fabulous Milky Dot Jacket and Hat at My Baby’s Closet and just had to share it with you.  I love the softness of the Milky Dot fabric, and thought the jacket and hat would be adorable on my granddaughter Both come in sizes newborn to 24 months.  The Jacket is $26.00 and the hat $17.00, both excellent prices. 

    I dropped both in my cart and they’ll arrive just in time for me to wrap as a Christmas gift for my granddaughter.  Stay tuned for more Fabulous Baby Finds from Mother 2 Mother, I’m shopping until I drop!  Did I mention that I’m doing it from the comforts of my home.  That makes it even better. 

    Yo Gabba Gabba

    Christmas is around the corner.  If you’re like me, you look for bargains.  I’m an Amazon Mom, and I just had to share this adorable night gown with my readers.  If you have a child, family member, or neighbor that is a Yo Gabba Gabba fan, this night gown would be a perfect gift.  
    I like the fact that the gown has all the character instead of just one like must tees or gowns, and it’s available in sizes 2T – 5.  What could be better for the Yo Gabba Gabba fan than being able to snuggle up with all the characters, the price.  This fabulicious find is only $10.00.  If you’re a member of PRIME, which I absolutely am and love, you can get free shipping.  
    Hurry before this deal is gone.  At this price, I don’t expect it to be on the market long. 
    
    
      

    I’ll Get You – Daughter Posts Video of Family Law Judge Beating Her

    Oh modern technology!  You gotta love it.  This beautiful young lady decided to video her father who is a Family Law judge beating her with a belt and posted it on Youtube.  When I watched it, I was stunned to say the least.  It was hard to believe that anyone in this day and age would be using corporeal punishment on their child, especially a family law judge.  What made it worst was the fact that her mother was in on it. 

    This young lady has cerebral palsy, which just makes me cringe.  She was caught downloading music to her computer.  Hello, that’s what teens do.  I disciplined my daughter a hundred times when she was a teen for downloading music and virusus on the computer.  Did I resort to beating her, no. 

    During the beating with a leather belt, the judge said that he was going to beat her into submission.  Her mother told her to lay on her stomach and take it like a woman.  How sick is this?  The young lady was 16 years old.  Not only that, we as woman are suppose to allow some man to beat our ass.  I don’t think so. This is what you want to teach your daughter?

    This brilliant young lady understood abuse, and knew that her father needed help.  She also understood that abuse gets worst not better.  She hold on to the video for 7 years, and finally decided to post it last week so the public could get a glimpse of who he really was.  Why, because she said her father was now harassing her.  The judge when questioned about beating his daughter, stated that it wasn’t as bad as it looked.  He also said that he had apologized.  The mother apologized to her daughter years ago, and left the marriage.  I wonder whay?

    I’m happy to say that Judge William Adams is being investigated.  I can’t image this man making a decision about anyone’s life after seeing the video.  As of yet he hasn’t been removed from the bench, but it has been decided that a visiting judge should hear his cases until the investigation has been completed. 

    I applaud this young lady for having the courage to expose her abusive father.  She now regrets posting the video, but believes that he needs help and exposing him was the best way of pushing him into some kind of therapy.  Applause!  Applause! 

    Pregnant Mother Arrested For Unpaid Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Shop at Safeway?  Be sure to pay for any items that you or your children have eaten while shopping.  If not, you’ll probably be sent to the slammer and your children turned over to Children Protective Services.  That’s what happened to a famished pregnant mother and her husband at a Safeway in Hawaii. 
    Yep, they slapped the cuffs on her and hubby and hauled them off to the slammer like common criminals.  Here’s the story.  The  30 week pregnant couple had recently moved to Honolulu from California.  They needed groceries and ventured off to Safeway.  While there she started to feel hungry and picked up two chicken salad sandwiches saving the wrappers so she could pay for them when she headed to the register. 
    After walking around the store and finally heading to the register, she paid for the groceries.  However, she forgot to pay for the two sandwiches.  Now any mother who has a 2 year old knows that by the time you get to the register you’re frazzled.  Forgetting to pay for the sandwiches is understandable.  You’re lucky if you can remember how to find your way back to your car in this case the bus stop.  The former Air Force Staff Sergeant paid for the groceries and headed out the store.  They were stopped and questioned about the sandwiches by security.  They were returned to the store and lead to an office.  Rather than allow the couple to pay for the sandwiches, they called the cops stating that store policy did not allow shoplifters to buy for purchases once it left the store. 
    Once the cops arrived, 4 hours later, they were read their rights.  A lady from Child Welfare took their daughter and the rest is history.  They spent the night in jail and away from their 2 year old daughter.  The baby was returned after 18 hours away from mom and dad.  Needless to say, moms across America are livid.  I mean really.  The couple paid for their groceries, so they obviously had money and didn’t need to steal.  The woman was 30 weeks pregnant, hell we’re always hungry when we’re expecting. 
    Safeway has apologized for the way the situation was handled and has promised to review their policy.   They have stated that they understand our rage.  I don’t shop at Safeway, but if I did I would be giving them a piece of my mind. 
    My advice for moms out there is to stick something that you can munch on in your purse for you and the children.  Be sure that it’s in a baggie or container.  I’ve watched moms in grocery stores open chips etc. and allow their children to eat while they’re shopping.  I’ve also watched managers walk up to them, and state that they can’t  open food while in the store.  The policy is they must pay before consuming it.  I think the situation was handled poorly, and she honestly forgot to pay when she went through the check out.  What’s most upsetting is that they hauled that poor little girl off while sending her parents to jail for $5.00 worth of sandwiches.  Do you think the situation was handled poorly?  What advice do you have for pregnant women or moms of tots who may get famished while out shopping?  Leave us a comment, we can’t wait to hear from you.