Archives for August 2014

Inspirational Quotes – Role Model

Octonauts DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission DVD Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways 

                                       Mother 2 Mother Blog

Sponsored by: NCircle

“Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats – above and below the waves!

On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone! Peso must conquer his fears to treat a Vampire Squid! Dashi and Inkling go head to head with hungry Gulper Eels! Then, Barnacles, Kwazii and crew must rescue sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!”

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission DVD. This is open to US/CAN and ends 09/09/2014 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you’re set to have a chance to win! Remember you can’t win if you don’t enter. It only takes one entry to win!

Good Luck, Thanks for entering!

Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee’s Deals Steals and Giveaways are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Inspirational Quotes – Have Fun

My Picks For The 2014 Best and Worst Emmys Dresses

Did you watch the 2014 Emmys?  I love the Red Carpet.  I turn into the Fashion Police armed with handcuffs, a baton, patrol car and jailer.  I critique the dress, color, accessories, hair and shoes.   I’m prepared to handcuff the worst dresses and turn on the siren and lights for the best dresses.  I may apply for a job with Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne.  

At the top of my list is Halle Berry. My girl is rocking this gown.  Ba-Bam!  The color is soft and the design sexy.  Angelina Jolie take note, this is how a lady shows a little leg.  Your pose at the Oscars just doesn’t measure up.  Honestly, I couldn’t figure out if it was your leg or a stick. Your pose has been burned into my brain for months, but now I can say that it has been replaced. Halle is toned, the hair is flawless and accessories aren’t needed.  Although I wouldn’t complain about seeing her eye candy, Olivier Martinez, as an accessory.  That’s right ladies, I’m middle aged I’m not dead.  


I love this color on Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  The gown was designed by Carolina Herrera.  It’s simple, but sexy.  Her dark hair is a beautiful contrast against the red.  Did you see the kiss with Bryan Cranston? It was so hot, I still have steam on my TV screen.    


Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi looked beautiful in this white gown by Ralph Rucci.  It’s so plain, but less is more at times.  This was one of them.  Her dark hair and skin tone was all that was needed for this pose on the Red Carpet.  

Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey’s wife, looks fabulicious in this white design by Zuhair Murah.  She is stunning and so is the gown.  What do you get when you have stunning + stunning, perfection. The most amazing thing about this gown, it’s a ready to wear.  

My last pick in the favorite category is Viola Davis’ electrifying cobalt blue number by Escada. Ravishing is what comes to mind.  It’s age appropriate, but the neckline allows it to be sexy.  The color is beautiful against her brown skin.  


Lets talk about my worst dress list.  Do you ever wonder how designers come up with their designs?  I have no idea what designer Giambattista Valli was thinking when this hot mess was designed and I have no idea what Lena Dunham of Girls was thinking when she agreed to wear it. There is nothing that I can say except lock both of them up.  This is why I bring the jailer!  


I’m picturing actress Sarah Paulson walking down Rodeo Drive yelling catch me if you can and some unknown designer runs up from behind her and shoves her into all of this netting.  She’s trapped, she has to wear it.  This can be the only logical explanation.  There’s room in the back of the police car for one more.  Off to lock up Sarah.   

What were your favorite and less favorite dresses of the 2014 Emmys?  

6 Things To Do Go In Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Heading to Atlanta to watch the West Virginia Mountaineers play the Alabama Crimson Tide game this upcoming week-end.  Kick off is Saturday, August 30, at 3:30 PM at the Georgia Dome.  While you’re there, here’s a list of Things To Do.  If you can’t fit all of them into your schedule, check out a few:

6 Things to Do in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff

Fan Days at the World of Coca-Cola are August 26 through September
2. Buy your tickets here
and receive $3 off general admission to get a glimpse inside the world’s #1
brand and see what the fizz is all about.
2)      As a
football fan, how could you not visit the new College Football Hall of
Fame? The attraction is going all out for its Grand Opening on August 23.
Celebrate the rich history of the game and make memories of your own with
historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s
activities and more.
3)      For
some free fun, grab your fellow fans and hit up Tailgate Town on the West
Plaza. How can you resist food sampling, games, giveaways and a BBQ cook-off?
4)      If
you want to take your tailgating up a notch, purchase tickets for the
Mountaineer Madness Team Tailgate at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Yes, that’s an air-conditioned tailgate featuring pregame entertainment and a
delicious buffet.
Refresh yourself with an ice-cold drink and cheer on your favorite team
at its Pep Rally when you visit the FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero.
Don’t miss out on the dozens of interactive games and sponsor
While walking down the Atlanta streets, it’s likely that you’ll find
yourself in the middle of a science-fiction scene. That’s because Dragon
is returning to Atlanta this Labor Day weekend. For
some fantastical fun – and lots of Storm Troopers – check out the annual

This list was provided by The World of Coca-Cola.  To celebrate the Chick-fil-A Kickoff, Mother 2 Mother will be giving away 4 tickets to The World of Coca-Cola on Saturday.  Be sure to return and enter this awesome give away.    

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 49

Welcome to the 49th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Mother 2 Mother is proud to be one of your host for this awesome link-up.  

The Emmys are here! Are you watching it?  To celebrate the Emmys, we are going a bit glamorous this week! Do you have any Emmy or celebrity posts? Share it here! How about funny and entertaining posts? Share them here!  But, please don’t feel limited – share anything you’d like!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!


Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

“Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy.
I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted.”
Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT Hosts 8.24.14
(from the top – left to right)
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Tara from Anything & Everything | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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(from the top – left to right)
Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.  We’re now accepting guest hosts for October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Victoria chose How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration. “I chose How to with Difficult Family Members because we all have those family members who can get under our skin. This article is right on point when it comes to how to deal with them without running your blood pressure up in the process.”
Kelly chose obstacle course from Life’s Little Projects. “I love fun activities that gets kids moving, especially when it is done frugally at home.”
Tara chose Fabric-Covered End of Summer Wreath from Melanie Gets Married. “This bright colors on this wreath really caught my eye when I saw it. I love everything about it, the different prints and bright fun colors really just come together!”
Ce Ce chose Taking Your Blog (& Business) To The Next Level from New Mama Diaries. “This is a very inspiring post with great tips on how to improve the quality of your blog!”
Elie chose Grilled Sweet Peppers Wrapped in Bacon from Home Is Where The Heart Is. “You had me at bacon…and grilled! Two of my favorite things! These will go great with our burgers this weekend!”
Chelsea chose Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can… “This post was so incredibly true. I think every mom can relate to what she shared, especially about the date night’s! Loved it!”
Jillian chose How I Organized My Life with this DIY Aqua & Gold Chalkboard Calendar from Making It In The Mountains. “I love her post about making a calendar that she has posted to organize her life. I’m constantly looking for new and exciting ways to organize and this inspired me to find a calendar for the wall in my office. I love it!!”
Rachel chose Our Debt-Free Journey {One} from Blessed in Alabama. “I chose this post because it’s hard to be honest with ourselves sometimes and I greatly admire anyone who starts this journey. I have bounced back and forth between no debt and manageable debt and I completely understand the hardwork and sacrifice it takes to achieve a debt-free status. Good Luck to Toni and this will be a great journey to read along with!”
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Stacey chose Doctor Who Scarf Bracelets from Sum of Their Stories. “These bracelets are amazing! I have spent this past week re-watching seasons 2 through 7 of Doctor Who, in great anticipation of the new season premiere of the 12th Doctor. I feel that this is a fitting post to choose as a favorite, wishing that I could knit, because I would definitely make these! Thank you so much for sharing!”
Jessica chose Gratitude vs. Mindfulness from Reflective Mama. “I love her take on concentrating on the “now”. Today, I think many of us tend to get super busy with “distractions” such as emails, text messages, etc. whenever we have that “free moment.” I think we need to unplug during the day and appreciate the “now” around us like the baby giggles or even taking time to smell the roses. Awesome post and great reminder on living in the now!”
Tenns chose Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day from 180 Days to Happy. “You can never have enough organization tips! I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time and what I do throughout each day. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on handle for how to do it even better!”
Sandy chose Latitude & Longitude {HOME} Wall Art from Home.Made.Interest. “This is my favorite for the week – Using latitude and longitude is such a great way to personalize your home. This would also make a great house warming or bridal shower gift. Being the thrifty gal I am, I love that you found these pieces in a scrap bin. Thank you for the inspiration!”
Becky chose Fall Dollar Store Craft Contest from My Pinterventures. “I loved this post because it’s fantastic idea. So many DIYs consist of things that are expensive. I love a good, cheap, craft and can’t wait to see what happens with this link up. I may even give it a whirl!”
Silvie chose Mini Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Glaze from Born To Bake Forever. “I chose this because I have a weakness for both strawberries and desserts! After trying this recipe I have found another delicious family favorite.”
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Kimberly chose How To Create An Awesome Blog Profile Picture from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “I have been using the Google+ widget to provide a profile pic on my blog. But I have been wanting to change it up for some time now. This post showed me the perfect way to do so using Canva. The tutorial tells you how to upload the finished product in Blogger, but if you are a WordPress user like me, you can still get it done.”
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is…

We have two posts that are tied for 1st place, so we’ll be selecting 3 winners this week!
How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration
Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can…
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
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So now that you’ve met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, and the Featured and the Best of the Best…

let’s get started!

  • Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.
  • Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!
  • Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!
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Staples $25 Gift Card Giveway

Welcome to the $25 Staples Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways 

Sponsored by: Staples

Staples makes more fun, fashion and function happen with top products for the 2014 back-to-school shopping season.  Staples carries a wide assortment of must-have essentials including Staples brand products with trendy new patterns, exclusive assortments such as notebooks, pencils and erasers from Teen Vogue and Nickelodeon, new glitter treatments and bright, colorful back-to-school supplies.

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a $25 Staples Gift Card. This is open to US and ends 9/4/14 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, Simply do the tasks on the Giveaway Tools widget below and you’re set to have a chance to win! Remember you can’t win if you don’t enter. It only takes one entry to win!

Good Luck, Thanks for entering!

Disclaimer: Please note that SaraLee’s Deals Steals and Giveaways are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Inspirational Quotes – Mistakes

Inspirational Quote – Watch People

Chicken Soup for the Soul – Home Sweet Home Give Away

This book give away is perfect for moms who work diligently to make their house, condo, apartment or townhouse a home.  It’s full of stories that will make you laugh, touch your heart or make you re-assess your current thought process on what is a home.  As a Soup-er Blogger for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Blog Network, I wanted to give my readers an opportunity to win a copy of this book.  We all need a little inspiration at times, especially when you’re raising children, running a home, managing your career and figuring out what’s for dinner.  What better way to look for inspiration than in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Home Sweet Home books.   

Home Sweet Home will take you back to childhood and make you think about what truly makes a house a home.  Grab your favorite beverage and check out the stories on those house hunting, decorating and remodeling, dealing with unwanted house guests, and home improvement disasters. I’m sure you can relate.    

Mother 2 Mother is giving away 3 copies of Home Sweet Home. Here’s how you can win:

  • Like my Facebook Page and leave a comment that you have liked the page. 
  • Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment that you are following me
  • Connect With Me On Google+ and leave a comment that you have connected
  • Leave a comment on one of my post and let me know what post you comment on.  
  • Tweet this Give Away (You can tweet daily and enter daily)
  • Check out the Chicken Soup site and let me know what other book you would be interested in winning.  

This contest will end September 21, 2014 at mid-night.  The contest is open to US and Canada residents 18 or older. The winner will be selected by and notified by email. Invalid email addresses will be disqualified and another winner drawn.  The book will be sent directly to the winner from the sponsor.  

Note:  I am a member of the Soup-er Blogger Network and have received a copy of Home Sweet Home for review; however, my opinion of the Chicken Soup products are my own.