Tag: Mother’s Day

Great Job, Mom!

“A cozy celebration of Mom’s many jobs!”

Synopsis

A contemporary felted creation celebrating Mom’s many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics.

Being a mom is eleven jobs in one!

This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A general who rallies the troops (or unruly kids), a curator of modern art (or finger paintings), an archeologist looking for buried treasures (or socks)…when Mom gets home from her day job as a carpenter, she never knows which job will be waiting for her, but she knows it’ll be fun!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Great Job, Mom! is going to be a classic especially for mom. The story hits home as it lists the many other “hats” that mom wears in the household. It is told so beautifully with words and the artwork in each page. Now the pictures are not ordinary pictures as there is a process to get each scene done.

We love the extra piece at the end of the book where the author explains the process to the reader as he gives us a “behind the scenes” look at his creations. Each character is created in wool through needle felting – a painstaking process of sculpting wool by repeatedly stabbing it with a specialized barbed needle. It looks like a really long process but the end result is much appreciated by us all. I know that I sure do!

The story is also heartfelt and it made me realize how many hats we wear as moms. Never really realized how much we do as it just comes as second nature to get everything done. Therefore, my love for this book tripled with the appreciation for moms in it. I also need to add that I love that mom was a skilled trade in the book, a carpenter! Bravo!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Great Job, Mom! 10 stars out of 5! It is recommended for children between the ages of three to seven. However, if you want a beautiful book about how awesome moms are then it is perfect for any age. 😉

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Holman Wang is a lawyer who also finds time to make children’s books. He and his brother, Jack, are the twin powers behind the board book series Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns, which abridge literary and cinematic classics into just twelve words and twelve needle-felted images. Their unique artwork has been exhibited around the world, including at The Original Art exhibition in New York, the Bologna Children’s Book fair, and the National Museum of Play. Holman lives with his wife and kids in Vancouver, Canada, and is a board member of the Vancouver Writers Festival.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

* The book was provided to Momma Braga in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift From Your Little One

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, many start to wonder what would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift from a little one. I have often thought about that same very question myself and I have found the most perfect gift.

Let me introduce you to, Everything Is Mamma by Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy is one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s Tonight Show host. Therefore it is no surprise that he would write an adorable book just for Mama!

Now as a mom I know all to well of the “Everything Is Mamma” phase and with a three-year old daughter it is still all about Mamma (even if dad is right beside her, it is still always mamma). I have to admit that at times it is a little much but then I remember how we are their whole world so how can we blame them. 😉

This book is just that. Jimmy tells the story of animal mamas teaching their children different words; however, they only pick up on “Mama.” By the end of the book, the message is loud and clear. To our children it is all about Mama and to Mama they are our EVERYTHING! Such an important and beautiful message for our children to hear. We just loved this book so much that we are constantly reading it.

I need to mention that Nikki loved the book so much that she has memorized the momma and child parts of the book. Now she might have just memorized it but at the end of the day I was extremely proud that she was reading it! This is an amazing great start in my books so thank you Jimmy!

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give Everything Is Mamma, 5 Mammas out of 5! It was simple to read, flowed nicely, illustrations were beautifully done and most important the message was spot on. This is why we think this would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift for any Mamma. Besides Mother’s Day is Everything About Mamma so why not get a book about her too! 😉

To purchase this lovely book, click here. Remember to hug your mom tightly and let her know how much you love her as moms are truly the best!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

Five DIY Craft Ideas For Mother’s Day

By: Karen Silva
Twitter: @Karenbabydoll22

We all depend on her, she is always there for us and is our rock during hard times. Yes I am talking about Mothers! Who would we be without our moms? I can’t imagine my life without mine. Some may say that they are “daddy’s girl”, but I am all “momma’s girl” and damn proud of it. I still remember my mom’s expression every time I presented her with a homemade gift for Mother’s Day. Seeing her so proud and happy with my crafted gift, made me feel like a million bucks.

So what better way to show your mom how much you care then to take the time to make something special for her! I will with you my top five favorite Mother’s Day crafts that are simple to do with your kids.

*Please use your best judgement on which tools and materials you will need and feel is the safest to use with your child*

A Handful of Compliments

Material Needed: Colored construction paper, scissors, pencil, glue and markers.

First draw a vase and cut it out. Put the vase aside as you will be using it afterwards. Now with your child pick about five different colored construction paper. On this construction papers, trace your toddler’s hands and once all traced, cut the hand prints out. On each hand print ask your child 5 reasons why they love mom. Write each answer on each handprint. Write the question on the vase that you cut out too. Then cut out five strips out of green construction paper for your stems. Glue the handprints to the stems and then the stem onto the vase.

Cooking with love

Material Needed: An apron or oven mitts and fabric paint.

If you choose to use over mitts to decorate, remember to decorate only the top and not the bottom. For either one of these ideas have your child suited up and ready to go just in case things get messy. With hand over hand guide them with the fabric paint to decorate the oven mitts or apron. Once you’re both satisfied with how it looks, set it aside somewhere that’s at room temperature and let it sit to dry completely before gifting it.

Pandora’s Box

Material needed: Wooden or White jewelry box, glue, picture of your child with mom, paint brushes, regular paint and glitter paint (optional).

I found my wooden jewelry box from my local dollar store along with all my painting supplies. Together with your child decorate the outside part of the jewellery box and set it aside until it dries. Once it is dried, glue the picture you have inside the jewelry box on the bottom.

My Cup of Tea

Material needed: A white mug, a plastic bowl, lukewarm water, toothpick and nail polish.

First make sure that your white mug is washed and dried. Then have your toddler choose the color of nail polishes they would like to use to decorate mom’s mug. In the lukewarm water add drops of the nail polish in without having the tip touch the water. Continue this process until you both are satisfied with the amount of drops you have put. Then quickly with the tooth pick swirl it around to make a design with the nail polish colors. Together dip the white mug into the water, only half way and hold it in there for ten seconds. Then place the mug somewhere to dry before gifting.

*In case you get nail polish on either of your hands or on the bowl remember that you can always remove it with nail polish remover.*

A Whole Pot of Love

Material needed: Flower pot, paint brushes, paint and flowers

Together with your toddler visit your nearest flower shop and pick out flowers for mom. Together decorate the flower pot with the paint supplies you have and set aside to dry (I found my flower pot at my local dollar store). It is best to choose flowers that come in a plastic pot, as it will be easier to insert it into your decorated flower pot once it is dried.

I hope I have inspired you to try one of these great Mother’s Day crafts for your loved one. Remember to always add your child’s name and the date somewhere on the craft as a keep sake. To all the momma bear’s out there reading this… Thank you for all that you do. You’re doing a fantastic job and your child/children are proud of you, love you and honour you, even if they don’t show it all the time.

Have an amazing Mother’s Day!

About the Author

Karen Braga graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently become an expert writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.