Monday, September 20, 2010

Have you checked out the NEW BLOG?


Just in case you forgot dolls, the new home for all things vintage and lovely for moms and kiddies is now at TheVintageMama.com. There is SO MUCH more going on there including many giveaways and how-to's so head on over there and let's get this party started!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mama's Movin'! Plus One More

Hiya mama's! Things have been especially quiet around here (the blog that is...not my house full of boys!) and for good reason. I've been planning a great move for this here blog (as well as my other one) to wordpress. For those who have blogs, wordpress is something your probably already familiar with. For those of you who aren't, wordpress is a blogging platform that...well,um...for lack of a better term...ROCKS! It's the preferred platform for professionals, and if Vintage Mama is gonna deliver the goods, I better have a platform that can give my readers what they need. So very soon, perhaps even tonight, I'm making the move.  I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the bare look, it's going to take some time to make it all pretty, but I guarantee it's gonna be wonderful!

Plus one more...
I've been toying with the idea of a newsletter and I wanted to find out what you ladies think about that. What sorts of old-fashion memories are you looking to give your lovies?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Free eBook: Draw Nothing

Betsy Streeter, a cartoonist and illustrator,  created this lovely little ebook to inspire the whole family to have fun doodling. So cute and original! Click here for your free copy!


Friday, February 12, 2010

This Is How We Do Olympics

As a little girl, I dreamed of one day competing in the Olympics just like Mary Lou Retton. Of course that never happened, but we did the next best thing...the Olympics came to us!

My cousins and I would have Olympic competitions for all kinds of games, from running to skipping to leap frog. I don't remember us actually giving out medals or anything but it sure was a blast!

So in honor of the Olympics that start tomorrow, here's a list of silly competitions that you can do with your little guys and dolls:
  1. Crab Walk (crawl on your hands and knees facing up)
  2. Camel Walk (crawl on your hands and feet with your bottom lifted up)
  3. Create an Obstacle Course (you can do this indoors if it's snowy or rainy)
  4. Jumping Jacks Marathon
  5. Balancing A Book On Your Head
  6. Pop a Balloon By Sitting On It
  7. How Many Times Can You Say Your Favorite Tongue Twister
  8. Skate Around The Tile Floor In Socks
  9. Indoor Hocky (use a balloon and clean fly swatters)
  10. Discuss (throw paper plates)
When the games are all done give everyone a certificate for participating, snuggle up with some fudge brownies and milk and enjoy the opening ceremonies!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Best Money I Ever Spent

When my Noah-the-Pooh was born we were pretty tight on money so we weren't able to take as many professional photos of him as we wanted to. I do have tons of pictures that I took of him myself, which I cherish dearly, but I really wish I would have made more of an effort to save money for more professional ones.

Well I'm not making the same mistake twice! For Christmas we took beautiful photos at a studio of my 3 rascals, and most recently we had Our365 Photography come to our home and take photos of Baby Carlitos. 

Oh my goodness! He looks so beautiful! Take a peek at some of our photos:
I know money is tight for many of us, but if there's one thing that's never a waste of money, it's photographs of our precious little ones.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Creating An "I Love You" Journal



We love our children deeply, but do our children know how deep our love is for them? Why not create an "I love you" journal to let them know just how much you cherish them.

Here's how to get started:
Get a lovely little journal, perhaps this adorable "Mommy Journal", and each day write down one thing that you love about them. I also like to include a prayer of thanks for that special something.

Here are some examples of what I have written in my boys journals...

Noah-the-Pooh, I love that you are curious and that you ask me a million questions. Thank you Lord for making Noah-the-Pooh curious of the world you created for him.

Jack-Jack, I love your sparkling eyes that you bat at me. Thank you Father for giving jack-Jack beautiful eyes that make me happy,

Carlitos, I love how you caress my face as I nurse you. Thank you Jesus for making Carlitos so cuddly and loving.

Try to do it as often as you can, even if that means just once a month. When you've filled the journal, wrap it in a pretty ribbon and give it to your little one to cherish for a lifetime.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Yes, Even Chores Create Wonderful Memories

Noah-the-Pooh and I have been reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls (yes the same Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie). It is such a lovely book and Noah-the-Pooh is just loving every minute of it.

One of the things that I found interesting was how Laura Ingalls cherished the memories of everyday chores.

She describes in detail how much she enjoyed helping Ma make butter. I'm sure at the time Ma didn't think that her homemade butterpats with strawberry imprints were going to be one of Laura's cherished memories, but they were.

And when Pa was making bullets and cleaning his rifle oh so carefully, he sure wasn't thinking how this everyday chore was shaping his daughter's childhood, and later, her womanhood. But it did.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, especially since I've been slacking on making sure the boys chores are done. Reading this book gave me a new perspecive on chores. Doing chores keeps the house clean and teaches life skills, as well as teaching character and creating lovely childhood memories.

Check out this blog called TeachingGoodThings were you can get a free 7 day course on how to teach your little guys and dolls practical (and fun!) skills that they are sure to cherish.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sing Me A Lullaby Mama

I love singing and rocking my little rascals to sleep. Unfortunately, I found myself doing it less and less as my eldest rascal got older. But one special moment that Noah-the-Pooh and I shared last year reminded me that my rascals are never too old to hear their mama sing them a sweet lullaby.

Last year Noah-the-Pooh and I dove into out first year of homeschool. Rather than overwhelming ourselves with all sorts of subjects, we simply started with literature, a subject that we were both comfortable with. To our delight, our first lessons in literature would consist of learning new lullabies. We sang "Over The Rainbow", "Away In A Manger", and "Brahms Lullaby".

But the most precious moment came when we were learning "Baby Of Mine". He sat on my lap and I rocked him as I sang the lullaby to him. By the time I was done, Noah-the-Pooh was fast asleep! My 6 year old baby, rocked to sleep with a gentle lullaby.

Here are some lullaby collections that my little rascals enjoy :
Traditional Lullabies - classic lullabies
Rock Music Renditions of Lullabies - we love U2 from this collection.
Country and Folk Music Renditions of Lullabies - check out Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline!
Jazz Lullabies - with Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and June Christy!
Lullabies & Peaceful Worship - has beautiful prayers too!
Daddy's Lullabies- Now daddy can have sweet lullaby memories too!

This clip makes me cry whenever I see it *sniffle*.


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