Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Happy Labour's Day to all Mothers

I read in Wikipedia that Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.

Well, I must say all Mothers certainly qualify as workers who contribute to the economic and social development of young people. Yet these workers (Mothers) do not get an annual holiday. Oh dear.

All mothers, whether its WM, SAHM, WAHM, etc or whatever names it is we mothers call ourselves, we all work very hard. But there is no annual day of rest. No, we Mothers never rest. Not even when we are asleep. We are watchful and wakeful at the slightest sound or movement. We are always there to labour on and on and on for those we love.

"We don't have a stop button because our love is always on."

I borrowed this wonderful phrase from this Mother's Day Poem by Sonya Covert.

Happy Labour's Day to all Mothers!

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Mommy Blogger Super Mom

Mommy Blogger Super Mom is a self confessed computer geek. She loves learning and doing research and has a knack for finding things online .... especially those things that help her family save money.

You can read about how she uses the internet to save and make money on her Money Saving Blog "A Mom Online Trying to Save and Make Money". In it you can get to read about how to save money by using alternative cleaners, homemade products and get information about online shopping deals as well as other financial information.

Super Mom has got two daughters, an 8 year old and an almost 2 year old whom she refers to as her Little Miss and her Littlest Miss. :) You can read about her Parenting Stories on her Personal Blog called "Counting Days."

She says she doesn't know what part-time is. She is trying to balance everything full time! Lol! I like that. Here's one Super Mom who chooses mommyhood and making money online, a new generation mommy!

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Monday, April 28, 2008

What I REALLY want to do on Mother's Day

Last night as I dipped my hand into the toilet bowl to retrieve a toothpaste that had found its way in there...... and later again in the middle of the night when I was woken up from sleep by a vomitting girl and as I dipped my hand into the sink to unclog the vomit.......I started to daydream........ about what I'd REALLY like to do on Mother's Day.

On Mother's day, I would like to check into a spa resort WITHOUT THE KIDS in tow. The spouse can come along. Hahaha. I would like to be pampered from head to toe, massage, pedicure, manicure, headcure...... all day long. I would like to bathe in a floral bath with sweet scents and lie in a four poster bed with flower petals strewn on it and soft see through draperies drawn around it. I love four poster beds. I think they're so romantic but I haven't got a chance to sleep in one yet. Hopefully, in this lifetime...

Then I would like to dress up in something glamorous. I would like to dress up slowly without being interrupted. No rush. No rush since I don't have to dress up other small people at the same time and watch my makeup being ruined (that is if I have the time to do it in the first place) and sweat replacing my perfume. I would like to doll myself up and slip into a pair of impossibly high heels (those type that you can't wear when you're carrying a kid and chasing another around) with diamantes that glitter in the dark.

Then I would like to go for a dinner at a posh restaurant with live music overlooking the city nightlights. The night sky would be clear so one can see as far as the eye can see. I would like to eat food thats pleasing to the eye and teases the palate at the same time. I would like to drink champagne while listening to the soothing sounds of piano and some strings in the background. And my spouse would say to me "Hon, thank you for being such a wonderful Mother to our children. Here's to you." while he toasts me with the champagne. Hahaha. I'm so corny.

Then when dinner is over I would go back to my romantic four poster bed and jump on my man without being interrupted or the threat of interruption. Hahaha. Well, ok, I better stop my Mother's Day Fantasy here since this is a family friendly site. Lol!

Now back to the reality. Perhaps my Mother's Day Fantasy sounds a bit like my Wedding Anniversary Fantasy but since my Wedding Anniversary also falls in the month of May..... Besides the kids are still young, too young to understand the significance of Mother's Day. Perhaps when they are older I will have a different wish for Mother's Day. I'd wish to be pampered and waited upon by the two kiddoes from dawn to dusk. But in the meantime, their father has to be the one who has to do the work. But its not going to happen. We have a pact you see. We have a pact not to celebrate Mother's Day or Father's Day till the kids are old enough to understand and celebrate it with us. Still, I can dream, can't I? *pouts*

Now I am interested in what YOU would really like to do on Mother's Day.

Don't hold back. Let it rip! Will you share your Mother's Day Fantasies on your blog. Then pass it on to other Mothers to share. Lets be silly and let our hair down. Then add your name and blog post url to the list and let it go around. I'll start with mine. Anyone can participate in this. Just write your blog post and add your name to the list. Its that simple.

1. Mumsgather shares - What I REALLY want to do on Mother's Day.

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Mommy Blogger Military Wife

Mommy Blogger MilitaryWife maintains a blog called Stay At Home Mom & Military Wife. As the name of her blog suggests, she is married to a Military Man and is a SAHM to two little ones, her almost 5 year old girl who is her Princess and her close to 1 year old baby boy who is her Little Man. In it she chronicles A day in the life of a Military Wife to a husband who's deployed plus SAHM to a little girl at school and a little boy in diapers.

I love the little M&Ms on her blog header which she uses to depict her little family. Military Man looks like a Transformer M&M (he looks really cool with raised eyebrows and all), Military Wife is a dazzling pink M&M, her little Princess is the lighter pink M&M in a tiara while baby boy is the pale blue M&M. Totally adorable.

If you like Memes, you may be interested to know that Military Wife is hosting a brand new Musical Monday Meme on her blog. Here's how the musical game works. Every Monday she will post a Musical Question on her blog and you are to answer the question on your blog. Simple and Fun and a good way to fill in for those days when you get a blogger's block. :)

Stay at Home Mom & Military Wife

And for those of you who likes crafts for kids, she posts a craft idea on her blog every Friday.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Mothers, do you maintain your friendships?

Credit for the Image: All About Girlfriends from Lou's Place (Its a very nice page and read. You should check it out)

Do you still have your girlfriends after your children came along or.......

I think its really important to maintain your friendships because there is nothing like being able to share a cuppa with a good girlfriend chatting about oh you know the things that we girls like to chat about.

Sadly though, I have not been able to do that. I guess one reason could be because I married late. While I was busy partying, my girlfriends were all married and having babies. Now that I'm married and having young kids, their kids are all in the late teens. And all those other girlfriends I had been partying with are either still partying or married and divorced or remarried and moved away.

I'm so sad I have not been able to maintain my friendships. It takes a lot of effort to maintain friendships. You've got to keep in touch and be there for your friend and not just be a friend when you are free and available. Sadly, I have been so wrapped up with my own kids and family, I did not have time to maintain my friendships. What about you?

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mommy Blogger Venus

Mommy Blogger Venus loves writing and she uses her two blogs to express her strong views clearly and effectively. She likes to use her blogs to express her opinions through writing.

Her Cultured Views Blog has the tagline, news, views and commentary. In it she blogs about her views about whats happening in the world or the latest news and her thoughts on them. She also writes about her family life as in this very endearing post about Separation Anxiety. (No not the Separation Anxiety faced by her little ones but the Separation Anxiety she feels when her kids go off to visit Nan and Granda. Lol! I am sure many mothers can relate to that feeling!

In her other blog Mums Finance she gives straightforward financial advice for women. Though aimed at women its useful for anyone who likes topics like mortgages, budgeting and investment presented in an uncomplicated and straightforward way. If you are writing sponsored posts you should check out her tips on "How to Make Your Posts Great to Read" in the Make Money Blogging Category. I wonder if I pass her test?

She writes what she believes in and she believes in complete honesty. I like that in a blogger!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mommy Blogger Penny

Mommy Blogger Penny is a new mum to a baby boy, 7 plus months to be exact. She loves to shop so its no surprise that one of the blogs she maintains is a shopping blog called....

    Shop Till I Drop - As the name of this shopping blog suggests, Penny does reviews of all the shopping she does for the convenience of the rest of us. She does her "shopping" mainly from window shopping at retail stores as well as warehouses during sales, online shops, home catalogue shopping etc. She says she has a huge waiting list of things that can never be fulfilled. Haha. Don't we all? Head on there if you love shopping.

As a parent, Penny also maintains a Parenting Blog called Life As Parents. Some of the categories you can find on this blog include baby development, baby food, baby sleep, baby vaccination, everything that a new mother would be interested in plus shopping of course. :) If you're a mother of a new baby, you might like to read Penny's Parenting Blog to share stories with Penny or read her "real time" chronicles of Life as a Parent to a 7 + month old baby. If you're an "old" mother, you can go there too for some good memories as you read her current baby journal. I was brought back very vividly to the time when my baby was that age when I read her baby food journal.

Watch out for more reviews tomorrow.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mommy Blogger Anna

Mommy Blogger Anna whom I got to know on SocialSparks is a SAHM for the past three years now. She has two main blogs:

1. Stories of ACE - ACE stands for the initials of her family, herself, hubby and sweet almost 6 year old daughter. It cronicles her personal stories about family life, parenting and other observations in life.

2. I Don't Want to Nap! - She has dedicated this blog to all mummies, daddies, grandparents, aunties, uncles and anyone caring for active little ones who refuse to nap! You can get together here to discuss what you can do to keep yourself sane. You can talk about what activities you can do with the little ones to spend some quality time together with them as well as giving yourself some much needed "Me time" while you're at it.

I like the concept in the blog I Don't Want to Nap. I think its a great idea to blog about it. When my kids refuse to sleep, I get so mad! Haha. Blogging will be very thereaupetic to release my frustration and at the same time get some ideas from other moms too. Why not visit this blog to vent your frustrations or share your ideas?

This is my first mommy blogger review. I'm really enjoying this. Its a whole new way of getting to know other mommy bloggers. Do watch out for my 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc review. Lol!

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Mommy Bloggers Category

I'm starting a new category for this blog today. Its called "Mommy Bloggers". In this category, I shall review new mommy bloggers on the blog that I've just come across. Some of these mommy bloggers are not new on the blog at all but they are new to me.

I think its good to have this category on this blog for mommies. In fact, I had wanted to start a directory of mommy and daddy bloggers but then thats being a bit ambitious. It'll take a lot of hard work to update them regularly and I won't be able to keep up. There are so many parent bloggers out there.

Reviewing parent bloggers is the next best thing to a parent blogger directory. :)

Blogging is a great way for parents to record down the growing years of their children. I think its great!

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

A lifetime of worry and love

My sister was telling me about how worried she is about her son's further education. Where to send him and for what course? How to guide him along the right career choice? etc etc.

We both concluded that as mothers, we never stop worrying about our kids. We worry about them during pregnancy, then when they are little babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We worry about what their education, which kindergarten to send them to, then which school, college and university. Then we worry about their jobs.

We worry about their life partner choices. We worry about them when they start having kids of their own. We never stop worrying about our kids. Not even when they are adult and start worrying about us in return, not even then.

We will worry about them for a lifetime but being a mother and worrying and loving our children is the best feeling in the world. Motherhood is really a life changing event.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Very touching Mother facts

I received this in an email and I thought it too cute not to share in this blog for mothers. I hope you enjoy reading it too.

Very touching Mother facts !

When you came into the world, she held you in her arms.
You thanked her by wailing like a banshee.

When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.

When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.

When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.

When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.

When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud.

When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING!"

When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the
next-door-neighbor's window.

When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from
soccer to gymnastics to one birthday party after another.

You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

Those teenage years

When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming.
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.

When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, she taught you how to driver her car.
You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.

Growing old and gray

When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition,
drove you to campus, carried your bags.

You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn't
be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, "It's none of your business."

When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, "I don't want to be like you."

When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.

When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.

When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about your plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!"

When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told
you how deeply she loved you.

You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, "Things are different now."

When you were 40, she called to remind you of an relative's birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now."

When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did came
crashing down like thunder.

"Rock me baby, rock me all night long."
"The hand who rocks the cradle...may rock the world".

Let us take a moment of the time just to pay tribute/show appreciation to the person called MOM though some may not say it openly to their mother. There's no substitute for her. Cherished every single moment. Though at times she may not be the best of friends, may not agree to our thoughts, she is still your mother!!! She will be there for listen to your woes, your braggings, your frustations, etc. Ask yourself.....have you put aside enough time for her, to listen to her "blues" of working in the kitchen, her tiredness??? Be tactful, loving and still show her due respect though you may have a different view from hers. Once gone, only fond memories of the past and also regrets will be left.


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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I'm a computer geek mom

I'm a computer geek mom. I wouldn't be able to survive without my computer. I use my computer for everything.

Its my dictionary, my clock, my blog. I use it to keep in touch using emails and some social networking sites. Its my radio, my recipe book, my medical handbook, my newspaper.

I let my kids play with my computer too. They play games online, email their daddy occassionally and even learn Chinese online. I'm Chinese but I don't know Chinese Mandarin so the computer is a very useful tool for me to teach the kids.

I let the kids watch short cartoon clips on YouTube. I also use the computer to search for the lyrics of some children songs that I have forgotten so I can sing it with the kids. And I am always looking for new crafts on the computer to do with the kids. And when they are sick, I search the net for their symptoms and when or whether I should be worried.

There is no denying it. I am a computer geek mom and if you are a mom reading this, you probably are too. Lol!

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