Monday Moments ~ Love At First Sight

 

Isn’t this picture stunning?!

Just moments after giving birth, this loving new mom cradles her new little life.

I remember my special moment of becoming mom like it was yesterday. For me, the birth of my twins was a scary moment. An utterly, overwhelming, and heart stopping moment of fear. Why? My boys were born 10 weeks early. With the uncertainty of their prematurity, I wasn’t really able to enjoy the first moments of their life. But I will say…the love of motherhood was instantaneous for me.

Love at first sight is real. Especially when your eyes meet the eyes of your child for the very first time.

When my third son was born four years later, my experience was much different. I was able to hold him right after birth, caress his plump pink cheek right away, and nurse him just minutes after he was laid in my arms for the very first time.

But as I relish those first moments with my children, I can say without a doubt…

Love at first sight is real. No matter how early, how late, how easy your birth is, or how hard it was…when your eyes meet the eyes of your child for the very first time the feeling is the same. Amazing and unexplainable…in the most magical way.

~ Valerie King

IntelliGender

Social Media Director

Foodie Friday ~ Tasty Baked Ziti

 

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2.In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

3.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4.Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Faux Stained Glass Fall Pumpkin Window Art

 

Perfect for ages 5 and up

  • Yellow and orange tissue paper
  • 1 sheet heavy weight clear self-stick laminating film (recommended: Con-Tact paper)
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • 12″ length of yarn
  • Suction cup window hanger
  • Glue stick
  • Pattern (on Kaboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. Tear tissue paper into strips, then cut or tear into squares.
  2. Peel back half of the backing from the laminating film, leaving the other half still protected. Fold over the backing to keep out of the way.
  3. Place tissue paper squares onto sticky side of laminating film, making about an 8-inch circle. Be sure to alternate colors and keep them close together, overlapping is fine too.
  4. Carefully peel the backing off the other side of the laminating film, then fold that film over onto the exposed tissue paper pieces, sandwiching them between the films. Press out any air bubbles. Trim any overlapping film off.
  5. Fold construction paper in half cut out pumpkin shape. This should yield two identical pumpkins because the construction paper was folded.
  6. Place the construction paper pumpkin onto the tissue paper-decorated film. Trace around the pumpkin with a pen and cut out shape with scissors, trimming the film about ¼” smaller than your tracing.
  7. Fold the yarn in half creating a loop. Use a glue stick to attach the open ends of that yarn onto one of the black paper pumpkin stems. Cover the rest of the pumpkin shape with glue stick.
  8. Place the tissue papered film onto the pumpkin, pressing down to secure, then run a glue stick around the second pumpkin shape and press down on top.
  9. Hang in a sunny window.

Monday Motherhood Moments

This is the new blog format for us several Monday’s a month! We name a topic, and you weigh in with your thoughts, ideas and comments with the rest of the mommy world!

*Remember, this is a safe haven, meaning no back talk, harsh words, bullying or simply being a “meanie” to a fellow friend who leaves a comment. We don’t tolerate hate wars on our page, so keep it clean and informative! We love each of you, and want you to love those around you back, even if you have differing views on a particular subject. We all have opinions. Let’s respect and protect.

Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

If you are a nursing mom, did you notice that your little one reacted to a certain food(s) that you ate? Perhaps suffering from a tummy ache, diarrhea or a sense of uneasiness after eating?

If so, what food was the culprit and how did you manage to cut it out of your diet? Share your thoughts with us, Mom!

Foodie Friday ~ Simple and Delicious Chocolate Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees). Grease and flour an 8 inch pan. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee. Beat until just incorporated.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees) for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Tuesdays Thoughts ~ The Art of Mothering

 

The art of mothering…motherhood is an art, did you know that?

When a woman becomes a mother for the very first time, it’s like an artist sitting in front of a blank canvas picturing something beautiful to paint.

When your child is placed in your arms for the very first time, he or she is a blank canvas waiting for you to paint with love, understanding, protection and trust. As your child grows, so do you. As you “paint” your child’s world, they are also painting yours.

There is nothing more beautiful than the colorful portrait of a child gracefully reflected in the eyes of their mother.

 

M-O-T-H-E-R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.
–Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Welcome to our new home!

After several years on Blogger, we decided to transition over to WordPress and develop a new loving haven of all things mom!

Not only are we sharing countless new, super fun posts with tasty recipes, money saving ideas, and gorgeous photos of motherhood, you can still visit our old posts that have been neatly placed into our new blog home. You can also order our IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test from our blog, contact us with ideas and simple sweet notes of saying “hello!”, and visit our other informative pages about who we are and what we love sharing.

Some of you may be wondering where the popular, emotional novel The Glass Castle Dream has disappeared to. It has been removed to be edited and eventually published. We will keep you informed on its publishing progress! Don’t forget, you can still purchase the necklace inspired by this amazing story here.  And, you can stay in touch with the author of this novel (who is also the mind behind the IntelliGender social media community!) as well. Here is a link to her personal author website.

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Love,

The Moms of IntelliGender