Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful moms everywhere! It’s not an easy job, but it’s the most important and rewarding job you’ll ever have!

Enjoy these special quotes about mothers from QuoteGarden.

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill.  ~John Erskine

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

All mothers are working mothers.  ~Author Unknown

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.  ~Jewish Proverb

A mother understands what a child does not say.  ~Author Unknown

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It’s the men who are discriminated against.  They can’t bear children.  And no one’s likely to do anything about that.  ~Golda Meir

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.  ~Irish Proverb

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.  ~John Wilmot

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus

Now that… my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together.  The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations.  Thank you!  ~Forest Houtenschil

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  ~Oprah Winfrey

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.  ~Author Unknown

It kills you to see them grow up.  But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love.  ~Author Unknown

On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you.  In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines:  You’re my mother, I would have no other!  ~Forest Houtenschil

Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.  ~Lionel Kauffman

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love’s true instinct, back to thee!
~Thomas Moore

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.  ~Sam Levenson

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.  ~John J. Plomp

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Before a day was over,
Home comes the rover,
For mother’s kiss – sweeter this
Than any other thing!
~William Allingham

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.  ~Author Unknown

Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.  ~Author Unknown

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.  ~Haim Ginott

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.  ~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  ~Chinese Proverb

Never raise your hand to your kids.  It leaves your groin unprotected.  ~Red Buttons

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.  ~Lawrence Housman

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.  ~William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949

Dear TIME: Are you LAME enough?

The new TIME cover, featuring a beautiful blond woman standing upright and breastfeeding her almost-4-year-old son, is creating waves already. Personally, I’m tired of the whole conversation already. And not interested in reading the actual article. And a great fan of Dr. Sears and attachment parenting, for the record.

What I did enjoy, however, are some “alternative covers” created by Babble, with some headlines that really reflect what TIME is trying to accomplish here.

My favorite is this one:

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Amen to that. The only time it is socially acceptable to put breasts on a family-style magazine is when it come to breastfeeding. Then it’s OK to let it all hang out. There is nothing about this cover that reflects the values of attachment parenting– nothing wholesome or nurturing about it. Instead, it’s suggestive, obnoxious, and obviously  meant to get attention. Come on, TIME, get a life!

See more great alternative covers at Babble!

Eating Salmon is Good for Pregnant Women & their Babies

A healthy diet is important for everyone, but even more crucial during pregnancy. Fish is a great choice, and here’s another good reason to add it to your menu: Eating two servings of salmon a week during pregnancy is beneficial both for the mother and child, according to University of Granada researchers (Medical News Today).

This study showed that the intake of salmon increases omega-3 fatty acid levels both in the mother and child and improved their antioxidant defenses.  It should be noted that the salmon used in this study was reared in a fish farm under a controlled diet including special ingredients (vegetable oils and food as algae and zooplankton); through this diet, salmon became rich in omega-3 fatty acids and presented high concentrations of antioxidant vitamins – as Vitamins A and E – and selenium; in addition fish contained very low contaminant levels.

Read more about the study here.

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Photo Books: The Books Your Baby Will Love Forever

From when I was a kid until now, one of my favorite activities is looking through old family photo albums. Seeing the familiar faces of family and friends, remembering the good times we shared, and laughing over the silly photos we couldn’t bear to throw away (remember a time before digital cameras?!)… it’s a surefire way to put a smile on our faces!

Way back when I was growing up, if you wanted to see your photos, you had to actually get the film developed, and then you had a nice package of tangible photos that you had to sort through and arrange in albums. Now, I  have hundreds of digital pictures of family and friends, milestones and celebrations, family trips and holidays stored on my computer. But albums? Not since my firstborn was a baby!

Imagine the Possibilities with Photo Books

This is why my family and I absolutely love photo books! It makes the process of taking the images from your camera and putting them into beautifully arranged books that you can treasure forever a piece of cake.  And with all the fun and creative designs and layout options, its like a cross between a gorgeous scrapbook, an engaging story, and an old-fashioned  photo album. No scissors, no glue, no mess!

Using photo books, you can create beautiful, organized memories of every special occasion, every holiday, every vacation, and all the sweet every-day moments in between that you don’t want to forget.

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If you’ve never tried putting a photo book together, there are many good reasons to give it a try!

1. It’s so easy! There are lots of great sites that make it a snap. Once you’ve uploaded your pictures, they’ll even arrange them for you. But be forewarned– it’s so fun to pick colors, themes, and layouts, you may find yourself spending hours fixing it up!  They come in all shapes, sizes and materials!

2.  Another amazing thing is that once you’ve finished, you can order one for yourself, one for your grandparents, and one for anyone else who wants it! You can save them and reorder any time. It’s already put together, and it makes a great gift for those special people who share your life.

3. It keeps everything organized and looks so pretty lined up on the shelf! You won’t have to deal with loosing photos and bending edges as your little ones turn the pages. I know from experience that when my little ones look through our older albums with the “real” pictures in them, they tend to get rearranged and sometimes lost!

As your babies grow up, they’ll love looking at these books as much as you!  So don’t keep those cherished pictures stored away on your hard drive where no can appreciate them! Get started on a new photo book right away. We hope you’ll have fun!

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Maternity Fashions for Spring Under $30!

Spring is coming, can you feel it?! Part of the excitement of a new season is freshening up your wardrobe, and there are lots of pretty new items for the expectant mother this season. Here are some of our favorite, all under $30! We love smart fashion plus smart prices!

Smocked flutter-sleeve tunic – Gap Maternity $19.99