Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: Edible Paint, Summer Berry Tarts, Instagram Pictures, and More

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has easy edible paints, a recipe for summer berry tarts, an Instagram picture heart display to recreate, and more.

The Tiptoe Fairy taught us how to make easy edible paints.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make an Instagram picture heart display.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a three-second trick that will change your entire look.

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Annie’s Noms showed us how to make a summer berry tart.

Spaceships and Laser Beams gave us some ideas for rainy day kids’ activities.

Pink Recipe Box showed us how to make chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.

Daily Leisure showed us how to put together a chicken taco bento box.

Photo credit: The Tiptoe Fairy and Annie’s Noms

Christina Aguilera Welcomes Daughter Summer Rain

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by 1 Comment

Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed their first child together on Aug. 16. According to an article in Us Weekly, the baby was delivered via Caesarian section at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and, the 33 year old star announced via Twitter that the baby’s name is Summer Rain.

As with any baby name, people will be divided as to whether or not they like the name choice. I think this particular name is pretty. It doesn’t sound gimmicky, silly, or like a forced effort to be different. Instead it has a casual elegance to it.

Summer can be a girl or boy name and it means “summer season.” It actually was somewhat popular back in the late 90s. According to the Government Social Security Administration it ranked 188 in popularity last year which means it is still pretty popular.

Summer Rain is Aguilera’s second child and the first for her fiancé, who she met on the set of her 2010 film Burlesque where he worked as a set production assistant. She and ex-husband Jordan Bratman share custody of her six-year-old son, Max, who she also had by an elective scheduled C-section.

At the time she had told People magazine, “I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early.”

According to one article I read, one third of celeb babies are born by C-section. That’s one decision I don’t think I’d make, but there are pros and cons for both sides of that issue. I’m happy all is well with the baby and mom, and wish the entire family all the best.

Photo credits: Splash News

Link Round-up: Healthy Snacks, Natural Sweeteners, and More

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has delicious, healthy snacks (and one not-so-healthy one), an easy way to open that annoying plastic packaging, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make protein granola bars.

Mind Body Green shared how to stay open-hearted in a world with so much suffering.

Muslin and Merlot shared an easy way to open plastic packaging.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a chocolate banana chia seed shake.

Suzy Sitcom taught us how to make quick and easy banana pudding cupcakes.

Pet Scribbles taught us how to make a weathered wood tissue box cover.

Natural Chow shared the ultimate guide to natural sweeteners.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Cutting Your Own Bangs, Cookie Dough Cupcakes, Emotional Intelligence, and More

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for cutting your own bangs, chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed cupcakes, ponytail tips, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed cupcakes.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to cut our own bangs at home.

Suzy Sitcom shared a review of a new show that teaches about science as it entertains.

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Kenarry gave us a recipe for easy macaroni salad.

Pet Scribbles shared a copper pipe vase tutorial.

A Mom’s Take shared a recipe for a healing salt scrub.

Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us three ways to wear a ponytail.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

The One World Doll Project Celebrates Diversity

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

If you have daughter, you’ve probably noticed that dolls for little girls have long way to go in terms of showing true diversity.

The One World Doll Project, founded by Trent T. Daniel, is promoting diversity among children’s toys by introducing the Prettie Girls! Collection. Two dolls are available now – Lena, who is African-American, and Valencia, who is Latina.

Three more Prettie Girls! – Kimani, who is African; Dahlia, who is South Asian; and Alexie, who is Caucasian – will be available in upcoming months. The dolls are designed by Stacey McBride-Irby, a former product designer for Mattel who has designed dolls such as Pet Vet Barbie, Rock Star Barbie, and Bride Barbie.

“Developing a line of dolls that represents diverse backgrounds is something that hits close to home,” Daniel, an African American father of three young girls, said. “My daughters had trouble finding dolls that looked like they did – just as my sister had a generation earlier.”

Another really wonderful aspect of the Prettie Girls! doll is that each doll comes with a back story describing her unique personality. Lena, for example, is described as a top student, cheerleader, spelling bee champ, aspiring class president, and future entrepreneur.

Valencia is described as an athletic girl who is interested in dancing, working out, and sharing healthy meal ideas with her friends. Girls who identify with a particular doll can order a t-shirt with the doll’s name and picture, if desired.

Visit The One World Doll Project website to learn more about the Prettie Girls! Collection or to purchase dolls. The dolls are regularly priced at $24.95.

Photo credit: The One World Doll Project

Link Round-up: No More Freaking Out, a Summer Salad, DIYs, and More

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for no more freaking out, a summer salad, a couple of DIYs, and more.

A Girl and a Glue Gun showed us how to make a cute messenger bag.

Mind Body Green told us how to stop freaking out all the time.

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The Tip Toe Fairy shared a recipe for bacon grilled cheese with zesty ranch guacamole dip.

Everyday Southwest shared a healthy salad that has watermelon, bacon, and cucumbers.

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Pink When showed us how to make chocolate sundae fudge-dipped cupcake cones.

Lovely Etc. taught us how to shop yard sales like a pro.

Flamingo Toes taught us how to make a braided thread and rhinestone bracelet.

Photo credit: A Girl with a Glue Gun, The Tip Toe Fairy, and Pink When

Link Round-up: Mood Boosters, a Beverage, Ninja Turtle Cookies, and More

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has mood boosters, a delicious beverage, a car bed makeover, Ninja Turtle cookies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for lime-scented cheesecake.

Mind Body Green shared 15 easy and cheap ways to boost your mood

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared some tips for making a delicious latte.

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Kenarry showed us how to make delicious meatloaf burgers.

Carrie This Home taught us how to give an old car bed a makeover.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons created some easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookies.

Stamping on the Back Porch showed us how to make a cute dinosaur card for a kid’s birthday party.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Getting into Back into a Routine After Summer

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 by 1 Comment

Back-to-school is a chaotic time of year. Children and parents alike are trying their best to get back into a groove. It’s hard coming off a summertime full of sleeping in, staying up late and hanging out at beaches and having fun.

When August rolls around, it’s a hard transition period for children and parents alike. The first couple of weeks are the hardest. Bedtimes seem to come early and wake up calls even earlier.

If you are like me, I do much better at preparation if I have a list to work from. So, here is a small list of things that I think can help get the whole family back on track after a long summer of relaxation.

  1. Schedule well visits for before school starts back so that you are not hustling at the last minute trying to get kids caught up on shots and well-visits.
  2. Visit school ahead of time: Visit your child’s school the week before school starts back, especially if they are in the lower levels of primary school or at a new school. Teachers are back in school and welcome scheduled meetings. It will help ease some of the anxiety that comes with the first day of school.
  3. Back-to-school can be overwhelming for little kids. My girls go to private school so I think a lot of times they feel like they are swept up in this back-to-school machine because it’s the same uniforms every year. I like to alleviate some of that overwhelmed feeling by inviting them to go supply shopping with me; picking out pencils and folders gives them a sense of control and a place where they can demonstrate s individuality.
  4. Establish a morning routine to get children used to waking up by alarms, in the habit of making their bed, eating breakfast before 9 am, brushing teeth, getting dressed and brushing hair. Believe me, getting my girls to move before 9 a.m. during the summer is impossible and expecting them to magically just wake up on the first day of school is foolish of me. I have to let them know it is coming and be very clear about what I expect from them. It is what works for us in our house the most efficiently.
  5. Develop an after school routine. Take care of emptying Go folders, setting aside any forms that need to be signed or addressed as soon as your children get home. My girls come home, change into lounge clothes, have a snack, do homework, down time, dinner before bathtime.
  6. Prepare for the next day, lay out school clothes, sign papers, and make lunches and prep snacks the night before.
  7. Stick to a bedtime routine. It will cue your children’s body to relax and go to sleep, just like it did when they were babies. Bathtime, lay out the next days clothes, brush teeth, reading, talking, hugs and cuddles and absolutely no electronics.

How do you get back into your back-to-school routine?

Photo Source: The TRUTH about Motherhood

Link Round-up: Quick Hairstyle, a Free Printable, Popsicles, a Summer Wreath, and More

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a cute hairstyle, a free printable, popsicles, a summer wreath, and more.

Fynes Designs shared the cutest summer wreath idea.

Mind Body Green shared six ways to raise kids with healthy habits.

Find It Make It Love It shared some fun potted plant container ideas. Decorate cans with Sharpies, use clothespins, etc.

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A Beautiful Mess gave us a tutorial for a five-minute braided bun.

Hawthorne and Main shared a free printable, so check it out if you need some quick, cute art.

Homemade Interest showed us how to make blackberry lemonade popsicles.

Seven Graces shared 25 of the life lessons she wants her daughter to know.

Photo credit: Fynes Designs and A Beautiful Mess

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