Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fireflies in a Baby Food Jar

and other summer time memories...

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Summer time as a child felt like the release of a long breath after diving into the deep end of a pool. It was inhaling deeply upon coming back to the surface and looking up to the sun. There was this feeling of being released from winter's wrath, school days, and the pressures of homework when you'd rather play.  Summer time was magic, and felt like it would never end.  Sometimes I have a need to remember those moments, and  realize my children deserve these stress free times too. 
 Here are some of the things I loved as a child...

1. The sound of morning, unhurried, as you slowly awaken and 
realize there is no hurry to get to school.

2. Dressing in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals instead of the school 
uniform blue plaid jumper over a crisp, white, peter pan collar 
blouse.  That red criss-cross tie...enough said.

3.  Filling the red Kool-Aid canteen (ordered by mail) with water 
and riding all over the neighborhood on a banana seat bike with the 
weird handlebars. 

4. Swim lessons at the local school where you challenged yourself 
to see how far you could swim to earn your certificate.  

5. Going to the park where you could play forever on the swings
 and slides while your dad played basketball with whomever was 
on the court at the time. 

6.  Collecting aluminum cans so they could  be recycled for a little
 extra spending money.  One summer, we filled garbage bags with 
beer cans collected from the local park after ball games.  The entire 
garage smelled like stale beer, but my parents still let us do it.  It
 was a great day when we loaded up those bags and took them to 
the recycling center.

 7. Walking to the 7-11 for slurpees (icee drinks) with my siblings.
 That money from those recycled beer cans had to be spent!

8.  Weekly trips to the library where we loaded up on books. There
 was never a shortage of adventures and imagination thanks to 
reading all summer!

9.  Late nights (at least to us) where we played outside until the 
street lights came on. Collecting lightening bugs in baby food jars 
helped us learn about science, nature, and that lightening bugs 
really do need to be freed before going to bed. (They are not, in 
fact, a night light. But as a kid, you wish you could take them to 
your room and watch them until you fall asleep.)

10.  Falling asleep to the sound of crickets and a fan whirring 
near an open window (because we didn't have air conditioning) 
after a bath and clean jammies
 That feeling on contentment was 
priceless.  Only we didn't realize it at the time.

Life isn't perfect. There are moments when you wonder how your family ever got through things as a child. 
 Then as an adult you have those same concerns about making it through those tough times.  
That is when it helps to remember the pleasant, peaceful, childhood memories.
 (Like summer time, carefree, fireflies in a baby jar kind of moments.)

Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, answers to your prayers and
"Fireflies in a Baby Food Jar"
Summer Memories!

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Kindest Wishes,

Today's Recommendation:

Chocolate and Champagne
(for a more grown up Summer Memory)


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ten Gift Ideas for Babies Arriving in 2018

and more for their amazing mamas!

Some ideas for BABY Gifts, etc...

My personal baby days are in the past, yet I can't help being enamored by the collections and selections of baby gear now available to parents.  I worked in infant and toddler care for years even before having my own children, and love it when I find things to recommend for family and friends. (My kids think I'm nuts for how much I still love to look at baby stuff. 
It's just me! No apologies.

 I would love to hear you ideas too! we go. 

Baby Aspen


Create a Safe & Comfortable Sleep Nest for Baby
 Newton BabyThe safest crib mattress for your baby.


Luxurious, Comfortable Sleep for Parents
(New parents: This is about QUALITY Sleep. Not Quantity) 

I have to say this...Dream Cloud, I love your idyllic pic. These are the treasured moments, indeed! 

Trust me. You want this mattress. Heavenly!

Dress Baby's Crib for Safety & Style


Baby's First Clothing Selections


Travel in Style with Baby and Organize Your Gear

 The Baby Cubby Petunia Pickle Bottom
Car SeatsBaby Jogger

Covered GoodsPortable Beds/Playards


Entertainment for Summer Travel & Beyond

Build your library with Bookroo


Nutritional Options for Baby

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Goat Milk for Babies
Click picture to read more about KABRITA for tummy troubles.

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 Plenty of photo ops for baby and family!
Be ready for anything with this bag!

Wandrd Travel + Camera Pack 

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Offer to create a photo album keepsake for the new addition. Include family members, their inspirations, and how they felt.  Document this special moment as part of the family's history.  Need a jump start?  May I recommend...

Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled with fun

adventures, plenty of resources to tackle your goals,
 and the energy necessary to parent through summer!

Kindest Regards,
~ Mary

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

International Neuroblastoma Awareness Week 2018

When I sat next to Keith Easter in High School Band Class, he was kind and very much like a big brother.  Yet nobody in high school ever thinks something like this will happen to their own children.  Years later, here he is making a difference to so many children along with his amazing family.  Please take time to read their story by clicking on the picture below and reading what Keith has to say about the recent STAR Act being passed into law.

It is incredibly heartbreaking when a child is given the diagnosis of CANCER.  The following information is presented by R. Keith Easter, who along with his wife, Irma, have helped their little one battle neuroblastoma.  Please help raise awareness by reading, commenting, educating yourselves via the links provided, and sharing with as many people as many times possible! 

 Today is the beginning of 
International Neuroblastoma Awareness Week.
 11 - 17 June 2018

by: R. Keith Easter and Irma

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Today is the beginning of International Neuroblastoma Awareness Week. You may ask, What is Neuroblastoma? Please click on the link below to learn more about this extremely aggressive cancer that came after our little Allison, and so many other children. 

Irma and I never knew so many children got cancer, and we had never heard of Neuroblastoma, until it invaded our child and changed our lives forever. The treatment for NB is one of the most intense and dangerous of ALL cancers, childhood or adult.

In May 2016 Allison was diagnosed with Stage IV high risk Neuroblastoma with unfavorable histology. She immediately had a tumor removed, followed by 6 rounds of chemotherapy, 2 high dose chemotherapy with Stem Cell transplants, 20 radiation treatments, and 6 immunotherapy treatments all over 17 months costing 2.5 million dollars. 

Now that Allison is NED or in remission and in a DFMO phase II drug trial, I am trying to do more to advocate for children with cancer. We just got the STAR Act passed in Congress and signed into law by President Trump. Now, we need to make sure Congress funds the law so we can make sure our children battling cancer get what they need. 

Making society aware of childhood cancer will help all children both in the United States and around the world. 
We must do everything we can for our children!!

Sunday, June 10, 2018



  Ah summer time.  It begins with a vibration of renewed energy and excitement.  
As a parent, I magically believe this opportunity to relax and reconnect will transform our family. 

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Two to seven days after the last day of school, those goals begin to melt like an ice cream cone that's fallen onto a hot sidewalk.  There will be moments when your children will lament their boredom and lapse into their litany of "Mommy, I don't know what to do."  You will immediately fart a thought bubble, "I wish I knew what that word (boredom) meant, even if it's for a nano second of my life."
Boredom is something I can only hope to feel again one day.  Until then, I am trapped in the never ending worm hole of parenting where kids have ten weeks of summer break during which they endeavor to come up with fascinating ways to torment each other and surprise you with pop tests in parental patience.

Summer Survival Skills for Parents


Invest in some ear plugs.  Seriously, it's hard to tell if those screams are from happiness or pain.  My kids are LOUD!  I blame their father.  He's loud too.  My nerves are just not built for that level of auditory trauma.  If you can get some wireless earbuds that will allow you to listen to soothing music or tunes that will calm your nerves, that's even better. 

 Recommendations: AXUM Gear - Click one of the pics.


Simplify your clean up routine!  Summertime is perfect for kids as they drag in dirt, sand, and sweaty stink!  Little ones can help with wash day and keep their beds neat too.  I wish this had been available when my kiddos were younger.
Washabelle looks like a great solution for summer time!  And if you're looking at summer as a great moment to start potty training, washable mattress is awesome! 
Update: This product no longer available on this site. If you are interested in Washabelle, please message me on my facebook page so I may notify the company directly.


Replace old, worn out pillows. A refreshing night's sleep needs a luxurious pillow to rest your weary head after a day of wrestling the young ones.  I'm definitely replacing ours.  You just know when it's time! Those store brand $3.00 pillows only last so long. 

  Luxury Pillows 


Go to the pool. OFTEN!  There's something magical about water play on a hot summer day!  When the kids are acting up and you need to get out of the house, pack a bag and head for the pool or the beach.  Get that cute swim suit even if (in your head) you have a hard time seeing the beauty in your amazing mom bod. Trust me....You'll feel amazing in swim wear.  The kids will get good and tired and give you some much needed quiet time at home after they've been fed and cuddled up on the couch with you.  
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Remember the comfy clothes and beach cover ups!

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Grow and Make - Crafting Kits for Every Occasion

 Keep them busy! The best way to preserve your sanity is to have some back up activities for days when there's just not enough patience in aisle 3. (If only we could buy that by the case!) Yes, there will be times when you need to let them challenge their creativity and allow them to holler , "Mom, I'm bored!" That's how blanket forts, cardboard box castles, and oceans in a bottle creations were born.
 But THIS idea is for the moment when you are just exhausted, need some tools to fix the chaos, and want to pull a box out of the magic closet in your room.  I used the same idea when I worked in child development.  Some days children needed that "Ah ha...Oooo...Ahhh"  moment when I pulled that mystery box out and just sat on the floor, waiting for curious little ones to gather around.  It. Was. MAGIC!  You can put anything into that box that will create enough of a distraction that the whining, yelling, crying, or instigating chaos will dissipate.  Here are a few things I kept my "distraction" boxes:

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Bubbles and Bubble Wands

Playdoh (Large and Small containers)
Shape cut outs
Containers are perfect for stacking 

Puppets and Books for Creative Story Time

Wheel Toys (cars, trucks, wind up toys)

Musical Instruments (Egg shakers, maracas, tambourines)

Finger paints and paper with different textures

Large roll of mailer type paper, large paint brushes, washable paint 
(Run the paper along a fence outside and make a gigantic mural.)
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You can also find ideas at:

Grow and Make

iDecoz - Decorate your life!
 iDecoz Sticker Patches
 Fun & Unique Gifts
 Baby GiftsCupcakes

 Banner with the Bookroo logo and a picture book box with To the Sea and Blue Chicken picture books.
 Amazing books kids love! 
  New favorites delivered monthly!


 Stylish Foam Play Mat

If you need other ideas for your children, let me know. I have a library of options thanks to many years working in child
development environments and having three of my own (plus a few bonus) kiddos.  Just message me on face book and I'd be happy to connect with you!  Parenting can be quite the challenge.  It helps to have a team!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled with fun

adventures, plenty of resources to tackle your goals,
 and the energy necessary to parent through summer!

Welcome to Summer 2018!

You may also find this post interesting:

 Ten Ways to Survive
Summer with Kids

Kindest Regards,
~ Mary

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom



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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.