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Motherhood Realized {Book Review}

Monday, March 24, 2014

I have been involved with the Power of Moms organization for several years now.  I meet with a group of women, who live nearby, once a month as a Learning Circle to discuss how to become more deliberate mothers.  Right now we read short articles from their book Deliberate Motherhood. These messages are so uplifting. Our discussions help us feel optimistic that we can enjoy motherhood more. We learn from each other's experiences and from the expereiences of the authors, who are also deliberate mothers.

I am a Power of Moms Ambassador, which means I want to share my love for the Power of Moms programs with my friends. I asked them if I can share this because I know how much it has uplifted my life and know their programs can help so many more moms.  They have an amazing online community, inspiring articles, books, podcasts and more. 

They have many free resources available but there are a few programs or books for a fee because they have put a lot of work into creating these amazing programs.              *Disclosure: I am also an affiliate for Power of Moms and receive a percentage of sales made if you buy directly from their site using the links on obSEUSSed.  I don’t really care who you buy it from, I just want more moms to know about these resources.

I’ll share more about their other programs (like their Joy of Reading program) in the future but today I wanted to let you know about a new book that will soon be out.

Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love is a fabulous compilation of short stories from a variety of moms. I could relate to every chapter as they shared their inspiring and encouraging messages, like this one:


Each chapter ends with a thoughtful question and challenge that helps encourage me to REALIZE the positive aspects of motherhood. The chapters are short and can be read in 5-10 minutes each, perfect for busy moms.

I received a free copy of the e-book version for review but plan to buy the hard copy as a pre-order today.  I've already made several pages of notes and I'd rather mark up the hard copy for easy reference. I purchased the other Power of Moms book, Deliberate Motherhood, last year and keep it by my bedside to lift me up on those hard mom days. I can't wait to put this book next to it.

You can pre-order the Motherhood Realized book for a discount starting today on Amazon.
*Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small percentage of sales made through using the links on obSEUSSed.

 This is another great quote from the book Motherhood Realized:
“I have realized that the art of motherhood is not just for the moms who stay at home with their children in a nuclear family. It is also for the mothers who have children and/or stepchildren, the mothers who have no children but take care of yours and mine, the mothers who are working outside the home or volunteering. It is for every woman who extends her motherhood to every human who needs some mothering at any given time. While I don’t have the family I had envisioned as a child, this expanded view of motherhood assures me I am a bona fide, successful mom to all those whom I mother.”
Excerpt From: Power of Moms. “Motherhood Realized.” Familius, 2014-02-28. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.

I love how they include mothers in all different circumstances.  I also liked the part that mentions, “mothers who are working outside the home or volunteering.”  I have spent enough hours volunteering outside my home to be equivalent as a part-time job. Although it may not be typically seen as working outside the home at a particular place of employment, I am still trying to balance my time outside and inside my home like many mothers.

This book will be a great reference for me and for any mother who wants an uplifting fresh perspective on motherhood.

Dr. Seuss Clothing Giveaway

Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrate Dr. Seuss all year with some unique Dr. Seuss clothing. 
Sure, you come across Dr. Seuss apparel in your local stores every once in a while but you can get more unique items by shopping at TV Store Online.  I haven’t ever seen some of their items before. They sent me two items to review and a $40 credit to their store for me to giveaway to a reader of obSEUSSed (see details below). {GIVEAWAY ENDED MARCH 10, 2014}

Cat in the Hat Hoodie
Check out the Dr. Seuss hoodie! It has a built-in striped hat and front pocket.  I got this for my husband. He has been wearing it around today to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The kids love seeing him in it.  I’ve made my husband dress up in a full Cat in the Hat costume before to juggle at our school, but this is such a quick thing to throw on to turn yourself into the cat. Great for any Dr. Seuss fan, teacher or parent.
ObSEUSSed Hoodie Clothing Giveaway March10

Normally $49.95, On sale right now for $14.95. Such a great deal!

Hoodie Review: The sweatshirt is a little thin. I don’t really think it is meant to keep you warm. It is more for the costume effect. It is well made and should hold up well. The hat is sewn on so I don’t know how well it will wash although it is made of a shinier material that looks like you can hand wash it easily. The hat was very wrinkly when it arrived but it pops up well and looks a little slouchy like the real Cat’s hat.

I tried out this Abbey Road style Cat in the Hat t-shirt. My kids recognize this scene from the Beatles pictures.  They thought it was funny to see the Cat characters crossing Abbey Road.  I liked being able to show off my Dr. Seuss obsession with a little more grown-up look.

T-Shirt Review: This is a nice thick t-shirt. I liked the mid-hip length that allows for a little gathering at the waist.  It did fit a little tight. Their ordering site does warn that sizes run small. If you need a large, order XL. It is a boxy, normal cut t-shirt. It would be nice to have a girl's cut available. They do offer several other t-shirt options in girl cut.

$40 Dr. Seuss Apparel Giveaway  {Ended}
TV Store Online has adult and children’s clothing.  There are 2 pages of Dr. Seuss apparel to choose from at TV Store Online.  They offered to give a $40 credit to one of my readers.  Please check out their store to see what they offer, then come back here and tell me your favorite Dr. Seuss items and enter the giveaway using the form below.
Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Must use $40 credit in one purchase. Winner will be selected March 10 at midnight EST. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected. Good luck!
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Disclosure: I received a Cat in the Hat hoodie and Dr. Seuss Abbey Road t-shirt for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. I selected my two favorite items from their site to try out. I received no other compensation for this review/giveaway.

My kids wanted to dress up for Dr. Seuss’ birthday today too. We made the Truffula tree by gluing a green feather boa to card stock, then we taped it to a stick we had painted yellow. We used a black sharpie marker to draw the lines on the trunk.  My son had a plain red t-shirt so I cut out some white felt and drew the words THING 1 on the circle then pinned it on his shirt.  His hair is really fabric that I plan to create another Truffula tree with. He wanted to use it for hair for our photo.
Dr. Seuss Photo Props obSEUSSed

We stopped by Michael’s Crafts Store this weekend and found this blank stove-pipe hat prop for $1.50.  My kids helped paint it white, then we added red stripes. Again, we used a sharpie to add black accents to help it look like the art from the Cat in the Hat book.  This is a simple and quick craft to re-use for photo opportunities.

I hope you’ll keep celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week by dressing up, reading his books, creating some crafts or eating some Seuss inspired snacks. Take a look around here at obSEUSSed for more ideas.

Dr. Seuss Classroom Decorations

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dr. Seuss themed classroom decorations are a popular sight in schools, especially during Dr. Seuss week/month celebrating Read Across America Day.
Here are some cute ideas I found from Ms. Cobleigh’s preschool class.  She shared her photos on Instagram (follow her @PreschoolPlace) and offered to share them with us online.

She had her kids create the craft art, then used them to decorate the walls. The Thing One Thing 2 handprint art is adorable. She used paper plates, yarn and construction paper to make the hot air balloons. Kids can stamp their feet in paint, then on paper, or just trace feet on paper and cut out to create the foot wall.

These simplistic doors make a huge statement.  The fish curtains were made using a plastic table cloth and she said it looks beautiful when the light shines in. Truffula trees always help set the tone of a whimsical Dr. Seuss themed room and the children in the window look perfect on the wall.
There are so many Dr. Seuss classroom decorating and activity ideas online. I have an entire Pinterest board to gather the ideas. Click here to see more.

Follow Victoria Saley @obSEUSSed's board Dr. Seuss Activities and Classroom on Pinterest.
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I also wanted to share her darling Preschool 50’s Sock Hop. She did this to celebrate the 50th day of school.

They wore poodle skirts.  The Drive-In sign really lights up using battery operated tea-lights from the dollar store. The checkered floor was made from cardstock paper and taped over and lasted through the party.
I need that sign in my kitchen diner. See my 50’s Sock Hop Party and home diner here.

Remember to follow along on Instagram for current Dr. Seuss or classroom ideas from @PreschoolPlace and @victoria_obSEUSSed.

Dr. Seuss Book Club

Friday, February 28, 2014

We’ve been collecting Dr. Seuss books for years now.  I even have a few from my childhood.  I also like to pick up extra books to use for crafting.  We have books in every nook and cranny in our house. This is the Dr. Seuss quote that inspired me to start this blog.

I assume most people with children have a Dr. Seuss book or two in their home already, but, if you are just starting your collection, or want to add to it, you should check out this Dr. Seuss Book Club.

I am a new affiliate for the Early Moments Dr. Seuss Book Club and receive a portion of sales for those who sign up. These programs and ads help me run this blog.  If you are looking to grow your Dr. Seuss collection, this is a great way to do it.

They have a great starter set and you’ll receive more book deals each month.Once you sign up you can decide how many months you want to keep adding to your collection.

This is a perfect program for new parents, homeschoolers and teachers.

If you order this week, Feb. 28th-March 7th, they will give you this fun 2-sided decorative Dr. Seuss Parent Guide to hang as a gift to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2nd.

One side is a collection of inspiring quotes by Dr. Seuss for kids young and old.
The other side is a list of tips for raising a reader!
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Raise a Reader-Dr-Seuss-Parent-Poster
With Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week, now is the perfect time to add to your book collection and grab a free poster.

Dr. Seuss Rooms and Reading Nook Ideas

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is this weekend. Our family is sitting down in our Dr. Seuss style reading nook to read a few of his books.

This is a corner of our play room. Behind me taking the photo is a mess of Legos, train tables and a Barbie house. But this corner is our reading spot.  Dr. Seuss once said to “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks!”  We have taken that quote to heart at our house and filled every corner with books.
We also added a swing to this spot in our playroom. It is a huge hit. I wish we had room to add more swings because with three kids, they fight over taking turns all the time. They normally don't read on the swing but I had my son hold the book for a quick photo. The prefer the chairs in the corner for reading time.

The ceiling hooks were purchased at IKEA. THen we added carabiner hooks from Home Depot and a swing from our outdoor playset. IKEA has darling swings you could use too. We just figured we could use what we already owned. We can take it down easily to get it out of the way for other play time.

I hand painted the water color Cat in the Hat and framed it.
I found the red magnet board for $2 at a thrift store. We use Dr. Seuss magnets on it.
The lower left round stool is a Dr. Seuss popcorn tin from Christmas back in 2003. The kids keep toys in it and use it as a stool.
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See the Bean Bag above? It is filled with Dr. Seuss stuffed animals but they kids love to sit on it while they read.  See how I made the Bean Bag here.
Who Let the Cats Out of the Bag?  Can you ever have too many Cat in the Hat toys? The one hanging on the door is a laundry holder. The kids unzip the bottom and use it as a basket ball hoop.

There are two windows in this room. I made the curtains years ago using Dr. Seuss fabric for my daughter’s room. I made the tab tops look like the Cat in the Hat striped hat.  I found 2 white floating shelves at a yard sale for $5 and they fit my windows perfectly so I hung them up top and set Dr. Seuss books on them. These are duplicate books we own so the kids don’t need to try to get them down.


The photo below has a poster of a photo collage of our trip to Universal Studios, Seuss Landing. The kids love to see themselves having fun on the rides there.

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I remember the rotating bookshelf below from my childhood school library. I’ve always wanted one of my own, so when I saw it listed in the classified ads for $15 I went to get it right away (only 5 blocks from my house). It has the ABC’s on the sides so I just taped on the Dr. Seuss book covers from a bulletin board set I found.
  The rocking chair was also from the classified ads. It was a Winnie the Pooh style chair and I recovered it with Dr. Seuss fabric. I made the pillow cover with classic red and white striped fabric.
Our kids love to pull down the Dr. Seuss finger puppet theater and Jack-in-the-box to play with.

Sarah from the blog Bombshell Bling just shared this SEUSStastic bedroom she created for her son.  Check out the Truffula trees in the corner, the book page bunting and the hand made Dr. Seuss quilt and pillows.
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The box above is used for dress-up clothes. She used book pages to create the design on top and lined the entire inside with book pages too. Click to see more photos.
She used Dr. Seuss fabric to cover cork boards for the wall and seat covers for the stools. She used a bulletin board kit for the multi-signs post.

I think my favorite part of the room is this hidden book nook. She turned his closet into a reading spot. There are books inside and the huge Cat in the Hat cut out. I love the little turquoise chair too. Notice the Dr. Seuss quote framed by book pages on the wall, she is going to post the quote as a free printable on her blog soon.

There are so many more details to this room. Click here to see more photos and ideas to help you create a fun Dr. Seuss style room.


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