Is Your Child A Member of the Muffin Top Club?

Is your child a member of the muffin top club?  You are familiar with the term muffin top right?  It’s when you wear jeans and the bulge of fat hangs over the waist band of the jeans.  I see a lot of teenage girls with muffin tops, and occasionally adult women. I try hard to cover my stomach, I’m a muffin, biscuit, pancake, crescent roll and whatever other bread product you can think of.   
There’s also the term split muffin top.  Now that’s when your pants are low enough when you bend over to see the top of your butt crack, as if somebody would be interested in seeing that.  Some of us are comfortable enough to let it all hang out.  Normally I would say more power to you, if you think you look good work with it.  However, I’m sick of seeing muffins in every shape size and color imaginable.  Check out this video on YouTube, we are turning into a Muffin Top Nation people we really are.  

Low-rider jeans are the culprit.  We used to call them hip huggers back in the day. When we wore them in the 70’s, they sat low on the hips so the belly button would be exposed.  Their purpose these days are beyond me.  Can somebody explain their purpose in the 2000’s. 


We need to educate our daughters on how to dress appropriately moms.  When we see them heading out the door in this ensemble, we need to stop them.  If you can’t find it in your heart to stop them, damn it, send the fashion police after them.  They need to learn that it is not attractive.  I love seeing our teenage girls with confidence and self-esteem, but this is neither. We must teach them confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.  They must learn that just because a certain type of clothing is on the market doesn’t mean they can wear it, and it doesn’t make them unfashionable or less for it. Fashion etiquette starts at home moms. You don’t have to be a Fashionista be able to determine that this is not acceptable.      
 
 
Leave us a comment on what you think about the insurgence of muffin tops that have invaded us.  Do you agree that fashion etiquette starts at home?  Are you seeing muffin tops in your area?  Is your child a member of the muffin top club?  We would love to hear from you.   

Kim Kardashian is Smoking Hot

The Kardashians looked great at the People’s Choice Awards.  Kim Kardashian’s make-up caught my eye.  I think it’s absolutely beautiful.  She stepped out in corn rows last week, and this week she stepped out with a flawless face.  I’m planning to do a make-over this year, which includes loosing weight, a new hair do and a make-up change.  No, I’m not trying to look like Kim, I don’t have that much booty or beauty, but I did wonder what make-up she preferred.  The answer is MAC.  Lucky for me, MAC is sold at our local Macy’s.  I’m a Lancome girl, but I think I’ll head over to Macy’s for a MAC make-over.  Stay tuned, lol.  

If you would like to see a how Kim applies her foundation and achieves her smokey eye look, check out this video with Kim and her make-up artist.

I love this picture of Kim with the braids too.  It’s not a look that I’m striving for, but my girl is rocking the braids in this picture.  I do have to say that braids are great on vacation when you’re really not interested in worrying about your hair.  You can add a scarve for a great bohemian look or leave them as they are with shorts, a maxi or mini dress or jeans.

Do you plan to do a make-over in 2011?  Leave us a comment and let us know what changes you plan to make.    

HTC Android Desire – I Love You

I took the plunge this year and upgraded my cell phone to the Android Desire.  This phone is getting great reviews and I understand why.  It has GPS, touch screen, and email capabilities. This phone packs a full 3.7 inch matrix OLED screen, a 5 mega pixel camera and a 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor, sweet.  The touchscreen took some getting used to, but once mastered it’s easy to dial, text or surf the web.  Another great feature is you can lock the phone when you place it in your purse.  Great feature to keep you from inadvertently dialing someone.  

The internet connection is incredible.  I also love the fact that you can turn the phone on it’s side and the screen turns for easier texting or dialing.  How cool is that?  The Desire also has Google navigation, FM Radio, Facebook and Twitter icons.  I just downloaded the applications for eBay, my favorite news sites, Photobucket, the Weather Channel TV.com and a host of others.  Free ring tones and ring backs are in abundance too.  

I’m still the learning the camera features as well as some others, but all in all I’m having a hard time finding anything negative about this phone.  If you need support, you can contact the manufacturer, HTC, for service rather than your provider for assistance.  There are great on-line forums where you can find assistance as well.  Another plus is that you’re not connected at the hip to one particular carrier like the iPhone and AT & T.

I’m glad I took the plunge with this phone.  If you’re in the market for a new one, the Android line is worth checking out.

Happy New Year

Wishing my readers a Safe and Happy New Year, and a special thank you for following me through 2010.  I hope that you will continue to follow Mother 2 Mother through 2011, we have a lot of exciting posts waiting for you.  May you each be blessed!   

Reuben Casserole

I found this recipe on Bob Evans site and it sounds delicious.  I’ll be making it New Years Day, and thought I would share it with you.  It’s basically a Reuben sandwich, but you bake it in a casserole dish. 

Here you go:  

Prep time :15 minutes
Cook time :20 minutes

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 (24 ounce) package Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes  2 eggs  
  • 1/4 cup milk  
  • 1/3 pound thickly sliced corned beef cut into 1/2 inch pieces (available at grocery deli)  
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained  
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard  
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large bowl, stir together potatoes, eggs and milk until well combined. Stir in corned beef, sauerkraut and mustard. Set aside 2 tbsp. of cheese. Stir in remaining cheese into potato mixture. Pour into a greased 8×8 inch oval baking pan. Top with 2 tbsp. cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is golden.

Enjoy!

Meet The Oldest Facebook Granny

Meet Lillian Lowe.  She’s 103 years young, and the oldest Facebook Granny.  Give Super Granny her props, she looks pretty good  for 103.  Longevity runs in Ms. Lillian’s family, she has sister who’s 100.  Ms. Lillian updates her Facebook status from her grandson’s iPad.  She’s hopeful she will be getting her own.  She’s been dropping hints, I hope Santa places an iPad under the tree for her.  What an awesome gift that would be. 
Ms. Lillian joined Facebook to keep up with her 13 great-grandchildren. She recommends the social network to other grandparents as well.  She currently has 34 friends, and is on twice a week.  Ms. Ivy Bean, 104, was the previous oldest Twitter and Facebook user. Ms. Bean passed away in July.  She had 56,000 followers.  Is that incredible or what!
Ms. Lillian is a walking history book.  She was born in 1907, and remembers the Titanic sinking.  I admire Ms. Lillian, and I hope I’m as with it and alert as she is next year, lol.  Mother 2 Mother wishes Ms. Lillian a very Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year. 

Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.

Don’t Bring Your Crack To My House

You’re addicted to your laptop mom, you’re forbidden to bring your laptop with you during the Christmas holidays.  Like hell I will leave my laptop behind.  I’ll just stay home.  Mom we’ve taken a vote, and your laptop has been voted off the island.  Yep, this is a tidbit of a conversation between me and my daughter.  I’m a laptop crack addict.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  I love playing the games.  I find it quite relaxing, but it seems a few of my family members have an issue with the amount of time I spend on the computer.  My daughter believes I need to be more interactive with the family instead of being on my computer.   

Excuse me, Ms. I’ll See You At Noon.  I can count on one hand the number of times that my daughter has gotten out of bed before noon when she’s visiting me, but she has an issue with me being on my laptop when she decides to join the family.  Sleep is very important to me her, but do I complain.  No!  Breakfast has been fixed, served, dishes washed, and lunch in the works before she opens one eye.  She’s 32, but she still wants my undivided attention when I’m around.  

I asked what the plan was for me since I was going to be there for 3 or 4 days.  Her response, “We’re going to play games”.  WTH!  I’m forbidden from playing games by myself, but it’s okay to play games with her.  I love being a mother.  It’s one of most rewarding roles.  From one mother to another, no manner how old they get they still want mom.   See what you have to look forward to.    

I’m Someone’s Child Too

How do people learn hatred?  I have my beliefs and I’m very passionate about certain things, but I would never intentionally set out to hurt another person as a result of those beliefs.  
Amber, shown, used to be David.  She is now transgender.  In October, she went to a DMV in San Francisco, and changed her name and gender.  I’m sure she was thinking this is the beginning of my new life.  What she got in return is a letter condemning her to hell and telling her that she should be put to death from a DMV employee as well as a pamphlet from a church condemning her sexual orientation.  

It seems the DMV employee accessed the system and used her personal information to send the condemning letter.  Now let me make sure I have this right, this high and mighty employee accesses some one’s confidential information, which is an Ethics and Conduct Violation on most jobs and grounds for an immediate dismissal, to condemn someone to hell.  Hmmmmmmmmm!  

Allegedly, this same employee refused to help another transgender person last year.  He was given sensitivity training, and allowed to keep his job.  He obviously didn’t learn anything from the sensitivity training.  It’s hard to expunge hatred from human beings with a Power Point presentation?  It takes hatred years to fester and really get into the pores of human decency.  After all, we aren’t born full of hate.  
  
The employee has since resigned from the DMV.  I’m sure Amber Yust would have preferred the employee being fired rather than being allowed to resign.  This leaves the door open for him to find another job without a smear on his record.  How fair is this?  Hopefully there will be justice for Amber in the end.  Sending hate mail through the US Postal service is a federal offense.  This man should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law; otherwise, there will be another recipient of his hatred.

When I hear these type of stories, I wonder what makes the person so holy.  I wonder why they believe they are the chosen ones who should deliver the condemnation.  I wonder how many hours they spent listening to bigotry and hatred in their homes or church.  I can relate to Amber Yust.  Not because I’m transgender because I have been the recipient of hate mail.  Although it has been years ago, I remember the evening clearly.  I had just walked through my door from a business trip and was going through the mail.  My letter was sent from the coworker from hell.  My response was shock and disbelief.  It’s frightening, it’s funny, and in the end you feel sadness for someone who is that sick and thinks you’re the problem.  My letter contained a grave with a headstone.  On the headstone was RIP.  Another had me hanging from a tree.  My harasser spent a year behind bars in a federal prison.  She had a lot of time to think about her acts.  She apologized at her sentencing.  I didn’t accept it because I don’t believe it was sincere.   She was facing prison time, she was sorry she was sitting exposed as the sick cookie that she is.  What was truly amazing was that she tried to portray  herself as a great mother.  She really set a good example for her children with her acts of hate didn’t she.  I am thankful that the judge saw through her, and gave that bitch exactly what she deserved.  A year and a day and 3 years p robation. 

In time you do forgive, but you never forget.  Who has the right to scar another person for life?  What does a person have inside of them that makes acts of hate seem appropriate?  In my opinion, hatred is like cancer.  It will eat you alive.  I look at Amber and I think that she should be able to live her life the way she wants.  It’s her life, she has to live it and answer for her choices and decisions like we all do.  I feel no hatred toward her, she’s somebody’s child too.  Have you been the recipient of hate mail or discrimination in any manner.  We would love for you to share your story or thoughts on this post.  Please leave us  a comment, we love them.    

Look Who’s Expecting Twins

Look Who’s Expecting Twins!  Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.  I think they’re an adorable couple, and wanted to share this tidbit with my readers.  Becoming a mother is such an exciting time in one’s life.  Mariah suffered a miscarriage early in her marriage with Nick, and now they are being blessed with 2 beautiful babies.  It seems Mariah shared her good news with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earlier this week and her husband is sharing the news with the world.  From one mother two another, Mother 2 Mother wishes this happy couple the best.      

Mom Sues McDonalds

Your marketing gimmick is targeting my children!  That’s whats behind a  lawsuit filed by Monet Parham of Sacramento, CA against McDonalds.  Ms. Parham is a mother of two small children, and she’s feed up with McDonalds’ marketing team targeting small children with their Happy Meals.  Ms. Parham has stated that McDonalds marketing team gets into children’s heads, and it makes parenting extremely difficult.  She has to say no to her children repeatedly.     

Happy Meals have been around for at least 30 years.  My daughter used to ask for them constantly when she was growing up.  I certainly didn’t allow her to drive me to the brink of wanting to sue McDonalds, and I won’t allow my grandson to take me there either.  I just regulated when my daughter could have one and when she couldn’t, and I’m taking the same approach with my grandson.  From one mother to another, who’s the parent here?  Are we going to sue Walmart next because they’re selling toys that our children constantly ask for? Are they going to sue Nintendo because they can’t get their child off the couch and nowthey have health problems? There’s no manual for a parent, at times it just requires common sense.  

According to Ms. Parham, her six year old wants the toys from the Happy Meals not necessarily the food.  Okay, she’s a child.  It’s our job as parents to say no and stand our ground.  She’s six, she can’t drive to McDonalds and get a Happy Meal on her own.  Find something else to occupy her, and her desire for a Happy Meal will go away.  You may have to repeat the technique for many years, but it works.  I don’t know of any child who has endured any negative affects from the word no from a loving parent who has their child’s best interest in mind.    

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is assisting Ms. Parham with the class action lawsuit.  They have stated they have tried to meet with McDonald’s representatives; however, they were unsuccessful.  I wonder why, lol.  As a parent I don’t have a problem with the toys, I have a problem with the food.  Since I have a problem with the food, I don’t buy it.  I can exercise my right to purchase or not purchase.  Did you hear that Ms. Parham, exercise your right to purchase or  not purchase.  It’s one of the beautiful things that we have a right to do or not do in this country. 

Many professionals believe that McDonalds is a big contributor to the obesity problem that we are now having with our youth.  I don’t blame McDonalds, I blame the parents for allowing their children to overeat and not exercise.  If a sandwich has 1500 calories, why would you give it to your child and than complain that the food has made your child obese.  If we don’t buy, they will change the products that are offered.  As parents we need to become accountable for our families, and stop blaming everyone and everything.  

Do you agree or disagree with this lawsuit?  Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.  We would love to hear from you.