Tag: Mother’s Day

You Be Mommy

You Be Mommy is absolutely adorable and one that many moms will resonate with. I know I certainly did and I have been reading it every single night to my daughter.”
– Momma Braga

Synopsis

Mommy’s too tired to be Mommy tonight. Can you be Mommy and hold me tight?

In this clever, rhyming picture book, a mother tells her child that she’s simply too tired to be Mommy tonight and asks her daughter to take over for her.

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You Be Mommy is the story that I have been waiting for! Being a mother is the hardest job that I have ever done and I do get exhausted with my many responsibilities. Therefore, it is nice to have a break and ask someone else to be mommy. This story is relatable and full of heart with a dash of humor that will have your child giggling.

This has been one of our favorite stories to read this week as we gear up for Mother’s Day. I even asked Nikki if she would like to trade places with me for a night and she was quick with her response and said “NO!” I guess she sees how exhausted I am and is smart enough to say no thanks to my request. Just like the mommy in the book, I will be mommy again. 😉

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give You Be Mommy 10 stars out of 5! We give our highest rating as illustrates motherhood perfectly and it shows the amazing work that we do day in and day out. I also love the concept of getting the children to be mommy for a night. 😉 I am currently working on an arrangement with my five-year-old but so far she isn’t budging. This book will make a perfect gift for mom and for reading time with your little ones.

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

About the Author

Karla Clark writes fiction for adults and children. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Chicago Writers Association. Karla lives in Rockford, Illinois, with her husband and adult autistic son. When she’s not writing, Karla creates decoupage paper collages that she sells at art shows. To learn more about Karla, click here.

About the Illustrator

Zoe Persico is an author and illustrator for picture books and a freelance designer for animation. From adventurous road trips to a night playing games or watching storms roll by, she finds inspiration in everyday joys. You can find her work at zoepersico.com.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Go to Sleep (I Miss You)

Go to Sleep (I Miss You) will resonate with any mom who knows the highs and lows of motherhood. The best part of this book is the comic style and comedy throughout. A must read for moms!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves  (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, which she posted on her Instagram, and which quickly gained her a huge cult following among other moms.

The best of those wildly popular little cartoons are collected in this adorable gift book, Go to Sleep (I Miss You), a perfect read for expecting parents, new parents, and anyone who loves funny, relatable comics storytelling.

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Go to Sleep (I Miss You) had me laughing out loud and relating to many of the comics inside. It is a perfect representation of the realities of motherhood for many and I just adored it!

I would imagine my journal would look similar to this one. Too bad I didn’t think of writing down my thoughts during that time. It would be interesting to see what exactly my sleep deprived mind would write. This is why I appreciate this book even more as this mom expressed her thoughts and feelings through comics. Bravo! I would definitely recommend for moms to give this a read if you want to have a good chuckle along the way. 😉

There were many that I enjoyed within the book but I think my ultimate favorite is this one below as I still wonder the exact same thought to this day! I am a mom of one and wonder how moms of many others manage to keep it all together.

Amazing what moms can do! So if you are looking for a great book to give mom this Mother’s Day and if she loves humor then this is the book for her! We give it 5 stars out of 5 for it’s creativity, humor and reality of motherhood.

If you would like to purchase this super cool book for mom, click here.

About the Author

Lucy Knisley is a bestselling author and artist of graphic novels and children’s books. She lives in Chicago, where she spends a lot of time drawing and writing her stories from the enormous toy pile that used to be her office. She previously published the New York Times bestseller Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, and Kid Gloves with First Second. To learn more about Lucy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

You Belong is the Perfect Book For New Parents

You Belong is a heartwarming story that captures all the feels of what a new baby brings to a family. A must read especially for new parents.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

I’m patiently waiting for you to arrive. I want to meet you so much I could cry. I wonder whose hands and whose eyes you will have? I wonder if you’re going to smile like your dad? Nothing you ever do will be so wrong. 

You belong, you belong.

Singer and songwriter Rachel Platten has written soft and sweet words of welcome to new babies. It explores the myriad of emotions expectant parents experience. The dreamy illustrations capture the magic and wonder a parent has for their precious one before they arrive, and the person they envision as they grow up in the world.

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You Belong truly warmed my heart and took me back to my pregnancy as we awaited the arrival of our baby girl. It reminded me of the power of love at no sight as we love our baby before we even meet them. It truly is a magically experience and one that is coveyed so beautifully in this story.

From the heartfelt words to the breathtaking illustrations, it has surpassed our expectations. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 stars out of 5! Hands down one of the best stories that we have read on the experience of being a new mom. Believe me when I say that we have read our fair share in the last five years on our blog. I can not recommend this book enough and if you know someone expecting then this is the perfect gift!

This book can also make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day as many moms will be able to relate to the feelings expressed. This book is recommended for children ages zero to four. My five-year-old enjoyed this book and it was a great book for her to practice her reading skills. Overall a beautiful story for all. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

Born in New York City and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Platten is an Emmy Award-winning, multiplatinum selling recording artist. Few artists in the past decade have struck a chord of hope and resilience like she did with her empowering hit “Fight Song.” Rachel topped countless charts worldwide with her major label debut album Wildfire, which also included the platinum Billboard Hot 100 hit “Stand By You.” In 2017, Rachel released her second full-length album for Columbia Records called Waves. Pregnant with her first child, Rachel released, “You Belong,” a song dedicated to her daughter, at the end of 2018, which was inspired expectant and new mothers everywhere.

About the Illustrator

Marcin Piwowarski was born in 1972 and pursued both international and domestic careers in painting and children’s illustration. He is self-taught in traditional as well as digital illustration and has managed to make over one thousand books during his twenty-year artistic journey. His artwork is mostly inspired by nature, daily life, and music. He likes to mix magical and mysterious ambience with down-to-earth elements of everyday reality, which results in thrilling but comprehensible pieces that are loved by children and adults equally.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

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!

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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.

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.