Celebrating Earth Day in Style

It’s the day after Earth Day, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about how Princess celebrated the day – in style. Sometimes I feel like a mom to a teenager, rather than a preschooler. Princess has been wanting to dress herself lately, which is great. I love that she’s becoming more independent. But, it can also be a daunting task.

There are those moments when I want to pull my hair out because this teen preschooler tries to negotiate everything from what I should make for breakfast to the clothes she wears.

“Can I have pancakes?” she asks.
“No there’s not enough time for pancakes. You’re having oatmeal today,” I respond.
“But, what if I can have oatmeal tomorrow and pancakes today?” she asks.

We’d go back and forth until either she cries, I cave in, or both.

At some point, I’ll have to pick her up eye level to the closet, so that she can physically pick out her outfit for the day. Sometimes I’m so exhausted from working the night before, that I have trouble balancing her on my back.

After I suggest the long-sleeve teal dress, she expresses her disapproval and chooses a bright neon green dress with a bright yellow sewn-in slip.

“Are you sure you want to wear this dress? It’s for summer,” I say to her.

“Yes,” she insists.

It’s still a bit too cool for sleeveless dresses. Knowing how I feel about it, she goes on to say that she’ll wear it with her black tights and black patent leather shoes. She also tells me that she’ll wear her black sweater. Then adds that since it’s Earth Day, the green with yellow is perfect. I guess she’s referring to the trees and the sun, which isn’t such a bad idea when you think about it.

I then pick out a cute, yet simple neon green headband for her to wear. However, little Miss Fashionista declines and reaches for the light pink princess tiara favor from a previous birthday party.

“It’s seems a bit much. Do you really want to wear this,” I ask.
“Yes,” she answers.

I reluctantly say ok, while secretly praying that she doesn’t look hideous.

She places the crown on top of her head and walks into the kitchen to watch her iPad (a.ka. her ‘little TV’) and eats her oatmeal.

I stand back and reflect on how she amazes me each day. Princess has such a beaming personality that shines through. I can’t believe how much she grown. Despite my reluctance of her sporting this get up, I realize it looks pretty cute – crown and all.

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After dropping her off at school, I take a peak at her as she plays with classmates on the playground. She takes off her crown and asks her friends if they want to try it on. One by one, they all place it on their heads. While some parents may express concern that one of these kids could have head lice, I think to myself, “how nice.” My daughter is really something special.

 

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Happy Siblings Day!

When I first heard about today being “Siblings Day,” I was like ‘word?’ I immediately texted my brother and sister, who both had no idea there is such a day. It seems fitting to write this post to not only celebrate being a sibling, but to also my two little munchkins.

Last year Princess was the only child, unless you count the fact that I was preggers with Baby O. Nevertheless, I wanted to take a moment celebrate the connection they’ve already formed. We have many years ahead of us, but I hope that they’ll always remain close.

Check out my tips on how to create a strong sibling bond on my BabyCenter blog.

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Princess Sings Beyonce’s Love on Top

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Ever since Princess was a baby she’s been singing  Beyonce’s “Love on Top.”  The minute I strap her in the car seat she asks for Beyonce. If I don’t turn on the music on fast enough, she loses her mind! This has been going on for the last couple of years now.

I thought by now she’d grow tired of the song, especially after hearing this Katy Perry song. Boy was I wrong. She’ll listen to Beyonce all day! So I had to record it. Beyonce better watch out!

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Building Literacy and Imagination With Zoobean *Giveaway*

I’ve always enjoyed reading. As a kid, my mother made it a requirement. I remember getting books from my cousins. There were so many that we ended up turning one of our closets into a mini library.

Anything involving Michael Jackson was my subject of choice. You couldn’t stump me on Jackson trivia. I read so much about the family – I began to feel like one of them. My siblings and I would also take weekly trips to the Brooklyn Public Library to pick out books. My mom would also order books through the mail for us.

I can recall asking her about words I couldn’t pronounce or know the meaning to.

“Look it up in the dictionary” was her usual response. Who would have thought that years later there’d be the internet and a site called Google where we can research any word or anything for that matter.

Now that I’m a mom, I try to teach those same values to my  kids. Despite reading a ton of books as a child, I wouldn’t consider myself a strong reader. A part of the reason – getting accustomed to the American way of writing versus the English way.

Even though English is our national language in Jamaica, we adopted many customs from the U.K. Take for I stance the word color. It’s actually spelled c-o-l-o-u-r where I’m from. The first syllable of the word schedule is pronounced with ‘sh’ sound rather than ‘sk.’

With all that said, reading is very important in our household. We’ve been reading to Princess since birth. We’ve also taken on the same tradition with Baby O.
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Princess began reading on her own at two-years-old. She is able to identify and write all the letters of the alphabet. She’s also spelling words.

Like I did as child, trips to the library are a must. But most recently I was introduced to Zoobean, a curated library of books and apps for kids of all ages that aim at building literacy and inspire imagination.

I signed princess up for the hardcover plan. Every month she receives a book that’s handpicked by the Zoobean family. Each selection is based on Princess’s age, favorite genres, interest, and reading level.

There’s also digital and paperback plans available. Each selection is accompanied by an expert created Reading Guide or App Companion recommendation, which saves me time from trying to research and hand pick books and apps myself.

When it comes to literature, It’s important for my children to read books that feature families like ours. Princess received her first book, “All the World,” features a biracial family. She was happy that it came personally addressed to her, along with a thank you card from Zoobean. One of this month’s chosen app is Cinderella – one of her favorite Princess’s.

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She’s already looking forward to next month’s selections. In the meantime, I’d like to offer a giveaway to a three month hardcover membership to Zoobean. All the information on how you may enter can be found below. Good luck!

How often do you read to your kids? Do you kids enjoy reading?

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This post is sponsored by Zoobean. All opinions are my own.

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Happy Holiday Photos

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. We were a bit late in putting together holiday photos. So, I wanted to share some of them with everyone.

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Baby O 4 months

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Princess & Baby O 3yrs,4mo

I realized that Princess has spoiled me rotten these past few years. Taking photos of her is pretty easy. I really don’t have to do much to make her smile and she’s pretty good at staying focused. Baby O is pretty good too, when he’s by himself. When it comes to taking holiday photos of the two siblings together, fuggettaboutit! You can also see them in action in the recent video I put together.

Baby O First Few Months from Weather Anchor Mama on Vimeo.

The most important thing is that they had fun!

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My Baby’s First Halloween

I’ve been meaning to write about my baby’s first Halloween, but my busy schedule has kept me from updating my blog. On the heels of my maternity leave, I’m just now getting into the swing of things. It seems like my schedule keeps getting more and more jam packed. With that said, I wish I could have been there to celebrate Halloween with Baby O and Princess. But, I couldn’t get off from work.

However, Daddy came home early enough to take them trick-or-treating. They’re both pretty young, so we didn’t want to go crazy going door-to-door for candy that they’re too young to eat. The kids rang a few doorbells, visited family, and called it a night.

I couldn’t pass up snapping some cute Halloween pics of my cute Baby Pirate and Little Monster.

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 Halloween Monster

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