Category Archives: motherhood

Make a Free Mother’s Day Card at the Kodak Gallery

kodak2One of the greatest ways to surprise the mothers in your life, whether it’s your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, or aunt, is by sending them a gorgeous greeting card with a photo of your children. This is particularly true if you live far away from your relatives and they can’t see your children every day. This small, touching gesture is sure to make anyone’s Mother’s Day special. Plus, it’s true what they say: A picture is worth a thousand words.

This Mother’s Day, Kodak is giving away one million greeting cards at their Kodak Gallery. To sign up for the KODAK Gallery Mom-a-Thom One Million Card Mother’s Day Giveaway, visit www.kodakgallery.com and create a gorgeous, personalized card for those you love in just minutes for free – all you need to do is pay for shipment and your personalized card will be delivered right to your loved one’s doorstep.

Click here for more information about creating your free Mother’s Day card at the Kodak Gallery.

New Couture Maternity Collection By Project Runway’s Christian Siriano

fm_cover1I am a huge Project Runway fan; always have been, always will be no matter what channel it finally winds up on. It was no surprise to me that Christian Siriano, who ultimately won season 4, was the most talented designer on the show even though he was the youngest of the bunch. Now back in the real world of design he is using his skills to create collections for women that are, in a word, stunning. First, he threw his creative talents at women’s feet by creating an exclusive shoe collection for Payless. And now he has created a couture maternity line for fashionable expectant moms for Moody Mamas

Christian’s line of maternity wear, FierceMamas for Moody12-cute-cowlneck-bress-blue-11 Mamas, is not dirt cheap, but nothing that is well-designed is. But, the price is certainly reasonable. Tops range in price from $55 to $119 and his maternity dresses run from $65 to $246. Fierce Mamas for Moody Mamas by Christian Siriano is suitable for the office, a daytime or evening party and even a casual night out on the town. All of the interchangeable pieces are priced under $300 and range from a size small to x-large. Go to www.moodymamas.com to find out where to buy the collection.

Impending Empty Nest? New Book Can Help

mpp0010445Although my husband and I are years away from the day when both of our daughters leave home, we know that moment is slowly inching its way towards us. I have to say I’m not looking forward to it, but I do realize it’s a natural progression in life. After all, I eventually flew away from my parents’ nest and I know our daughters will, too.

For those of you who are going through an empty nest now,51x5vhne94l_sl210_ there is an uplifting book, Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse When Children Have Grown, to help you get through the transitional phase of your children leaving home. Michele Howe, a single mom who writes inspirational, faith-based books for single moms, has written Still Going It Alone to help single moms with the empty nest transition from adjusting to a quieter home to the process of considering remarriage. 

What I really like about Still Going It Alone are all of the helpful anecdotes from single moms who have gone through empty nest syndrome as well as all of the faith-filled advice for moms. It’s an uplifting book for moms whose children have grown up and out whether they are single or not. Howe provides powerful prayers specific to certain situations and problems that may arise while watching children leave home as well as motivational thoughts of the day that encourage you to think about your situation in clearer terms and put your trust in God rather than yourself.

Lack of Resources for Black Moms

42-15610037I was doing my usual reading this morning — AOL Black Voices, Essence.com, Black America Web and The Root and I noticed — once again — how there is no editorial coverage for black mothers and parents on those sites at all. Come May, there will be a plethora of stories about celebrities and their mothers, but anything before or after that will certainly be sparse.

When I started Mommy Too! Magazine back in 2003 I thought that surely things would change by now and some major media company would create a black parenting glossy or even a multimedia site all about black parenting, but it hasn’t happened yet. What has it been? Six years?

I think the conventional wisdom from media execs and companies that advertise to parents is that blacks don’t care about parenting and black moms don’t care about motherhood, but I beg to differ. If these execs and companies did a quick click-thru on all the major parenting sites and social networks — from CafeMom to Parents.com — and saw how many black mothers use their services, they would quickly change their tune. 

Why do you think there are no major mainstream media parenting sites for black parents on the Net? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

-Jennifer James, Editor

Mother-to-Be Jill Scott on Pregnancy and Motherhood

jillscottartEssence.com has a wonderful feature article on their Web site today. If you haven’t heard the news yet, Jill Scott is pregnant and expecting a son in April. What’s so amazing about her pregnancy is that she was told that would never be able to conceive, but as we all know, everything is on God’s timetable. 

Here’s some sage advice from Jill to other moms:

It’s so hard to believe, it’s hard to have faith, especially when things aren’t working out. It’s difficult and a challenge when you continuously ask for what you want and need in your life or at least what you think you want and need in your life, but that’s when you have to believe and have faith the most. Who knows how the blessings will flow or at what time or what hour those lessons are going to come. So I’d simply share to learn to be grateful for everything. When you give up, when you start to believe again, when you’re crying, when it hurts so bad, when you’re too embarrassed to face anybody— whatever—just be thankful because I believe that’s all God really wants from us is to be appreciative. It’s been my way of thinking and I’m hoping to teach this lil’ one these things.

Read Jill Scott’s interview about her pregnancy and motherhood on Essence.com.