MLK Jr activities for young childrenJanuary 15 2017, 0 Comments

I grew up in California where we make a pretty big deal about MLK Jr.

Yes, MLK Jr. is a day off and yipee no school (or work). However, my son is going to know why he has this day off so like we do every MLK Jr. Holiday we will read, talk and learn about why we honor this man on this day.

Here are a few cool ways to teach the kids about MLK Jr:

Cool video via Soul Pancake! The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

I plan to buy one of these books on the kindle today. 5 Books To teach Tots Aboit Martin Luther King Jr via popsugar

If you have a printer. Free PDF Printable MLK Jr mini book via Education to the core

Amazing List. Martin Luther King Jr activities you can do today via mums make lists

MLK Jr dream speech via youtube


Post by Donna.

Original Post 1/19/2015. updated 01/15/17


New shopping nook in Brooklyn...January 08 2017, 0 Comments

We were hit with quite the snowstorm Saturday, which meant my plans to check out the new retail space, BEYOND at Liberty View was going to have to wait a day. I've heard about this space months ago from some of my PR friends and I was pretty excited about it coming to town. Located in the Sunset Park Location, Brooklyn neighborhood this is a location that I know mostly as industrial and a great place to have an artist studio, meaning there is space...sometimes lots of it. Which is why this new space that although quite big in that way that malls can be, feels special with its roots of Brooklyn firmly in place in the space. There is even a statue of Captain America that greets you when you walk through the door. Kids are going to go crazy for this cool sculpture.

I decided to not drive my husband mad and visit all the stores (I’ll save this for later) and picked Buy Buy Baby to check out since this is the store I mostly shop online, as it is always impossible for me to get to one in the city. World Market/Cost Plus is also there and I can't tell you how excited I am to see a store that is usually in the suburbs nestled n our busy city.

I love this mall for the busy mom... shop, get something delicious to eat and if you have the time- get a Blow dry at the Blow In Blow Out Bar located in our Face Values store where customers can make an appointment with master stylists to wash, blow and style their hair. 

Here are some of my favorites at Buy Buy Baby....


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Happy New Year. Now about those goals...January 02 2017, 0 Comments


Another year has gone by and with this we will have a New Year, a clean slate if you wish but we know as mothers that goals/resolutions are sometimes easier said then done. Here are 6 ways that can help you keep them!

Erica Says:

Hand write your resolutions. Haven't there been studies that prove handwriting burns into your brain better than typing?  Also - laugh if you will - but in college Erica would make lists of assignments due and once complete she highlighted it in pink (her favorite color!). Pink was my accomplishment color. I could look at my list and the more pink I saw, the better I felt and the more inspired I felt to finish more (so I could see more pink!). Think of it as a grown up sticker chart.

Create small goals. You want to lose 20 lbs.?  Write '2lbs' ten times and highlight as you go. Want to clean out your wardrobe?  Itemize it out - make a list of bedroom closet, dresser, and hall closet. As you clean each one, highlight as you go. Again - feel a sense of accomplishment for each step you take.

Be realistic. If you order dinner 6 nights a week don't say you will cook dinner every night. Start by half. Aim to cook dinner 3 nights a week. Then 4. And work up to your weekly goal.

Donna Says:

Don’t be afraid to make goals that will take longer then a year. I am entering into the final stretch of a long term resolution/plan I made to myself that consists of 4 goals. One was that I start a project I was afraid of and I did…its Motherburg this blog you’re reading. Another was writing for other sites. Check. The others are a wee bit personal but they have started to take fruition which is both scary and awesome at the same time.

Ask for support. This circles back to the goal I just mentioned. People, your fellow mom friends can help you with a resolution. It doesn’t have to be top secret, but if you do feel cautious about sharing it, then entrust a friend you feel will give you guidance and the encouragement you need to achieve this goal.

Believe in yourself. This is the hardest part about sticking to a resolution- especially for tired moms. Whatever it takes, affirmations, writing down positive attributes about yourself-then do this. One of my goals is to try to replace a negative thought with a positive. It’s not easy, as I tend to be my worst critic/enemy. But I am determined to turn my thoughts around, which will help in feeling more self-assured and confidant. This helps all of us especially when there are some bumps in the road.

Happy 2017!


Photo Credit: Flyingmind.tumblr

Original post 1/2014-updated 1/2017


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