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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall Poem Printable

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…
It does not matter if I’m short or tall…
If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide…
It only matters who I am inside…
Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green…
What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen…
When you look at me, don’t judge me by my parts…
The most beautiful thing about me is my heart.
Kim Uliana (The Pinterested Parent)

The Most Beautiful Thing

Once upon a time a few years ago, I took a sweet photo of my little girl looking at herself in the mirror. Looking at my daughter smiling at her own image in the mirror moved something in me and inspired me to write a poem about how it made me feel. The popularity of the poem was overwhelming. I was thrilled to see how many people were inspired by my message. Unfortunately, my daughter’s image and words were copied and reworked so much that the original origins have gotten lost. Because of this, I have found our poem being sold on a number of different sites as a printable. Never in a million years did I think of trying to make money off of this message for my child, but a printable version for those that wanted it did seem like a wonderful idea. Please enjoy our free printable poem.

Mirror Mirror Printable PoemPrintable poem Mirror, Mirror on the wall... It does not matter if I'm short or tall... If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide... It only matters who I am inside... Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green... What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen... When you look at me, don't judge me by my parts... The most beautiful thing about me is my heart. Kim Uliana (The Pinterested Parent)Thank you as always for stopping by. Please visit our Facebook page as well.

 

Nature Crafting With Clay

I am beginning to think more and more that my four year old and my husband are the real writers of this blog, especially my little girl. She has been coming up with so many amazing ideas on her own lately, that I cannot help but beam with pride. Both of the crafts here today are inspired by my crafty clan.

Nature and clay fairy crafts. This adorable craft was made with acorns, sticks and leaves. Salt Dough would work too. Kid's arts and crafts. - preschoolers

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My husband had a great idea to build log cabins out of sticks. I thought this would be a fun project for me and my daughter. We grabbed a box and set out to gather supplies, which as you know is always half of the fun. We gathered sticks and my daughter also grabbed a few acorns and rocks that she found.

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Poems & Quotes For Mother & Child

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… It does not matter if I’m short or tall… If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide… Kim Uliana (The Pinterested Parent)12 quotes & poems about motherhood & children - poetry mother & child.If you do not follow us on Facebook, you might not be aware that I love to write poems. Being a mother is filled with so many different emotions. There is love & joy and also frustration and sadness. The best way to express these for me is in rhyme or just a simple quote.

Here is the most popular of my works that went viral over Facebook this year. Never did I expect my words to have the impact that they did. Several others have made quite a splash as well.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

It does not matter if I’m short or tall…

If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide…

It only matters who I am inside…

Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green…

What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen…

When you look at me, don’t judge me by my parts…

The most beautiful thing about me is my heart.

Kim Uliana (The Pinterested Parent)

Mirror, mirror on the wall. It does not matter if I'm short or tall.. A poem by The Pinterested Parent. DO not copy image or words.  Mirror, mirror on the wall. It does not matter if I'm short or tall. If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide. It only matters who I am inside. Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green. What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen. When you look at me don't judge me by my parts. The most beautiful thing about me is my heart.

Here are some of my other favorites as shared from our Facebook site. I hope you enjoy them.

*All images & words are copyrighted so please do not copy or reproduce.*

Let Me Be A Child

Say Yes

I Am Mother

My Children Are The Reason

A Mother’s Resume

Parenthood Is

The Art Of Raising A Child

You Made Me A Mother

Some Days I’m A Bad Mom

A Small Warning

From The Beginning

Frustration & Beauty

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12 quotes & poems about motherhood & children - poetry mother & child

A Mother’s Resume

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Yesterday I did a post about the irrational fears of mothers. A reader commented that these irrational thoughts are part of our job description. This made me chuckle. My response was that our job description is far too long, that sometimes I forget what is on it. It got me thinking. Being a parent is a difficult job. It is demanding, keeps long hours & you never get a day off. Our list of responsibilities is a lengthy one.

A Mother’s Resume

12/18/2014
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OBJECTIVE:

To successfully raise our child to be a sweet, smart, well-mannered young lady with family values, respect for others and a strong sense of self, without screwing it all up.

EXPERIENCE:

Mother to Mai (January 2012-present)

Child Care Manager 

  • Nursing with no regard to sore breasts, bleeding nipples or mastitis
  • Changed thousands of soiled diapers & cleaned poop out of clothing, hair and sheets on several occasions.
  • Endured sleepless nights comforting a crying baby, a cranky toddler, a sick kid & a scared child
  • Over-protector and dirty look wielder to playground bullies
  • Kissed and bandaged many boo boos & ouchies
  • Wiper of runny noses, poopy bottoms, dirty hands & tears
  • Personal chef to the most finicky of eaters
  • Washed, bathed, shampooed & brushed the teeth of a squirming child daily
  • Hairdresser & stylist specializing in pig tales & Elsa braids
  • Responsible for transport by either horsey ride, piggy back, carrying, stroller or car
  • Diffusing tantrums & meltdowns

Education Director

  • Teacher of colors, objects, animals, math, reading, sign language, problem solving and geography
  • Acting as a role model trying to accomplish all of the things in the above objective without passing on all of my own bad habits and short comings
  • Professor of arts & crafts with a deep focus on paper plate art, painting, Play-Doh sculptures & macaroni art
  • Assists in the progression of crawling, walking, talking, potty training & riding a bike
  • Responsible for discussions on God, love, sex, death and other various subjects pertaining to life

Purveyor of memories

  • Amateur photojournalist chronicling the life of my little girl from birth to present day
  • Collector of art projects & drawings
  • Archiver of cute, funny & beautiful moments that I will hold securely in my heart & head

Head of Entertainment

  • Skilled at Peekaboo, I got your nose & shadow puppets
  • Builder of sheet forts & puzzles
  • Lead singer of popular children’s songs & silly made up ones
  • Tea party guest and Play-Doh cake taste tester
  • Master story teller and book reader
  • Knock Knock joke aficionado

Housekeeper

  • Washer of dirty laundry (no sir, that is actually daddy)
  • Dishwasher
  • Sweeps up dried up Play-Doh, glitter, crumbs, chunks of crayon, etc…
  • Wipes up juice spills and potty training accidents
  • Picks up toys, and then picks them up again and then again and again
  • Instructs our little housekeeper in training how to be responsible for all of the above chores

SPECIAL SKILLS

  • Carrying a diaper bag, pocket book, juice boxes and stuffed animal while balancing a child on the hip
  • Giver & receiver of unconditional love
  • Demonstrating patience when my patience wears thin
  • Expert at hugs, kisses & cuddles
  • Mind reader during incomprehensible crying fits
  • References are available in crayon upon request.

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A Mother's Resume

 

Halloween Pasta Crafts

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Is it weird that I have 8 boxes of pasta in my house designated only for crafting? I have more pasta for arts & crafts than I do for actually eating. I love pasta crafts. It is so much fun to work with and it comes in so many varieties & shapes. You can paint it, string it together & glue it. They are so many possibilities.

When I asked Mai if she wanted to make pasta skeletons with mommy tonight, she jumped up and threw her hands in the air & said “Yeeeeeeaaaah & and we make pasta monsters, and pasta kitty cat & a pasta mama and dada….”
Taking one of my daughter’s suggestions, we made some pasta monsters too.

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What you will need:

Unlined ziti

Mezza Rigatoni

Elbow macaroni

Farfalle

Small shells

Jumbo shells for stuffed shells

Ditalini

Wagon Wheels

Hot Glue gun

Yarn

Paint

While Mai painted the jumbo shells for the monsters, I started to string & glue the skeleton together.

PASTA SKELETON

Directions:

Using a piece of yarn, string up 2 pieces of ziti with 2 pieces of Ditalini between them. Tie on knot on each end. Press the glue gun into each end & push the knot into the pasta & insert glue. Make 3 more exactly like this. You will need 4 total for arms & legs.
Use a piece of yarn to string up 2 pieces of ziti with 2 pieces of Ditalini between them. Tie a knot on each end. Press the glue gun into each end & push the knot into the pasta & insert glue. Make 3 more exactly like this. You will need 4 total for arms & legs.
Take two of the pasta/yarn strands. Glue the a small shell to the ziti end on each strand. Glue one piece of Farfalle to each strand using the Ditalini end.
Take two of the pasta/yarn strands. Glue a small shell to the ziti end of each strand. Glue one piece of farfalle to each strand using the ditalini end.
Glue 3 pieces of elbow macaroni to both ends of a piece of ziti as shown.
Glue 3 pieces of elbow macaroni to both ends of a piece of ziti as shown to form the rib cage.
Glue the rib cage to the center of the Farfalle.
Glue the rib cage to the center of the farfalle.
Stack to elbow pieces to the top of the rib cage and glue into place. Place two rigatoni on either side of this. From the ditalini side, glue the other two pre-made strands to the rigatoni.
Stack two elbow pieces to the top of the rib cage and glue into place. Place two rigatoni pieces on either side of this. From the ditalini side, glue the other two pre-made strands to the rigatoni. Glue two elbows to the bottom of each arm.
Fold a strand of yarn in half. Insert both ends into one piece of ziti & knot off on the end. Push the knot into the ziti with glue gun & squeeze a drop of glue on each end of the ziti.
Fold a strand of yarn in half. Insert both ends into one piece of ziti & knot off on the end. Push the knot into the ziti with glue gun & squeeze a drop of glue on each end of the ziti.
Glue the ziti inside of a jumbo shell with about a half inch of the ziti sticking out for the neck. Use a drop of glue to secure the yarn strands on the other end of the shell.
Glue the ziti inside of a jumbo shell with about a half inch of the ziti sticking out for the neck. Use a drop of glue to secure the yarn strands on the other end of the shell.

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Next we were on to our monsters. Mai & I made quite a mess as we painted our pieces for our monsters.

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PASTA MINIONS

Directions: These are directions to make one minion. Paint a jumbo shell & two pieces of ziti yellow. Paint two wagon wheels white with a dot brown in the center. (We used blue, because Mai wanted blue eyes.) Paint two small shells & one ditalini black. Let the paint dry. Use the glue gun to glue wagon wheels in place for the eyes. Use black paint to paint a thick line on either side of the wagon wheels so that it looks like goggles. Paint in your mouth & teeth using black & white paint. With blue paint, paint the bottom 3rd portion of your minion. Paint a thick stick of black around each yellow ziti piece. Let dry. Glue the ziti to the sides of the minion to make arms. Glue the two small black shells to the bottom of the minion to form feet. Glue a black ditalini in the middle of the blue painted portion of the minion.

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PASTA MONSTER

Paint a jumbo shell, 6 ziti pieces, 1 elbow macaroni & 4 small shells green. Paint one wagon wheel white. Add a blue circle in the middle & then a black dot. Let dry. Glue the ziti arms in place using 2 pieces on each side. Glue a small shell to the end of each arm to form a hand. Glue two pieces of ziti in place for the legs & then add the small shells as feet. Glue the wagon wheel eye in place & then add the elbow macaroni over the eye to form an eyelid. Paint in a crooked mouth with black paint & dot with white for teeth. Let dry.

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Encouraging Your Toddler’s Imagination

Imagination.jpgAlbert Einstein once said “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” He was right. A healthy imagination is a great thing. It sparks creativity, aids in problem solving and ideas. Many of us lose our sense of imagination as we get older, but our children are still growing & honing theirs. As parents there are many things that we can do to help our young ones develop this.

Role Playing: This is something that toddlers naturally do on their own. They love to mimic the actions of the ones around them. The first hint of this I saw with my daughter was with her pretend talking into a remote control. She would have full conversations about her day on her fake cell phone. She has since graduated to tea parties, baking Play-Doh cakes & teaching her stuff animals.

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Enjoy the Abstract: Do you remember being younger and laying on the ground and finding images in the clouds? It is amazing what your child can see. I did an experiment with my daughter a while back, where I made about a dozen inkblot pictures and asked her what she saw. The results were interesting.

Read, read, read: I don’t know about you, but when I am reading a book, I always play it out in my mind. How many times have you saw a movie that was adapted from a book & the characters were not how you pictured them. Books expand your creative mind. Be theatrical when reading to your child. Invite them to be too. How fun would it be to act out “Pete’s A Pizza” with your child?

Playing dress up: Whether you have a little boy who likes to dress in a cowboy hat and vest or a little girl who likes to don a tiara and magic wand, playing dress up is a great way for your children to feed their worlds of make believe. Costumes inspire new characters to be born and formed & it is fun for mommy and daddy to play along too.

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Channeling her inner Jackie O

Story telling: This is the most fun. Get your child to tell you a story. Many times my daughter will start with a one simple sentence. “I went down stairs to get a birthday cake for mama dinosaur. ” This can spark a fun story telling experience with your child. “Really, who came to the birthday party?” “What color was mama dinosaur’s cake?” My daughter has such an active imagination. She comes up with the most creative and colorful stories. I started writing them down. In fact, I took one of her stories and made it into a book. I am currently illustrating it.

Get artistic: Transferring the beautiful images in your mind on to a piece of paper is a wonderful way to open up your imagination. Mai’s drawings don’t quite look like anything yet to us, but she knows exactly what she is drawing. “Mama look! The mermaid is in the pond.” Yes it is!

Pretend: This can often go hand in hand with dress up or role playing. Our daughter likes to pretend that she is various animals. Her favorite is a kitten. She will often ask me to play along. I am usually mama kitten. Tonight, I had to be mama kangaroo & she was my Joey. We bounced around the living room with her pretending to be in my pouch.

What sort of activities do your children do to expand their imaginations? Please share any fun or interesting stories about your smart and imaginative children.