Sunday’s Best Linky – #85

back to school, back to school tips

Welcome to Week 85 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re continuing our Back To School Party this week. Heading to bus stops will soon become a part of our morning routine. So can chasing after the school bus because we got out the door a few seconds too late. We need to prepare, so we’re looking for tips on how and where to purchase school supplies and clothing, lunch box ideas, after school reading lists or activities and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.

Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected DIY Bottle Wrapper from Wesen Art

DIY bottle wrap, birthday gift ideas

 

Rhonda selected Sesame Street Cookie Monster Cupcakes from Jenny Evolution

birthday party ideas, Sesame Stree party ideas, Cookie Monster Cupcakes

 

 

Kim M. selected Red, White, Blue Boozy Slush from Pink Heels Pink Truck

red white blue ideas, red white blue cocktails

 

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Easy Muffins Filled With Jam  from Honey and Birch

 

muffin recipes, jam recipes, breakfast ideas

Our Favorite Back to School Theme Post(s):

Back to School Organization from Old Time Pottery

back to school, school organization tips

and

First Day of School Printable from Oh My Creative 

back to school, back to school photo ideas

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Container Gardening Is the New Black

gardening, flower gardens, container gardens

 

First, container gardening can bring outdoor spaces to life.  Furthermore, they can bring life to decks, patios, front porches and borders.  I enjoy seeking out plants on clearance or plants on the brink of death and nursing them back to health.  The best way to save money is to start seedlings and plant them in containers in the spring.  Check out my other gardening tips too.

However, the best bargains can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-mart clearance stands.  Creeping Jenny, a Spike and French Marigolds fill the container below.  I companion plant marigolds with my tomatoes and peppers in my vegetable garden every year too.  I purchased a few extra pots of marigolds on clearance and decided to incorporate them into the containers on my deck.  Spikes are my most expensive plant during the summer.  Unfortunately, I have never seen them on sale or on clearance.

You should know, the Creeping Jenny is an invasive plant.  Planting it in containers is a great way to control it. When I planted the Creeping Jenny initially, I wasn’t expecting it to return year after year.  This is the third year that it has returned in this pot. The contrasting color of the Creeping Jenny, and it’s ability to hang over the pot’s edge makes the pot come to life.  You can see a few purple Petunias hanging over the edge on the right side.

 

container gardening, outdoor living spaces, gardening

 

I carried on the French Marigold and Spike theme on the other side of the deck.  Since I only planted the Creeping Jenny in the one pot, I planted a Sweet Potato Vine in this one.  Planting the Sweet Potato Vine on the side of the pot allows it to cascade down to the floor of the deck.  I’ll be planting this trailing vine again next year.  Sweet Potato vines can be pricey, so I’m going to try growing my own from an actual sweet potato next season.  Stay tuned for that post.

 

container gardening, gardening, outdoor living spaces

 

gardening, container gardening, outdoor spaces

 

Additionally, Moss Roses fill this pot along with a Spike, which give the plant some height.  This plant is easy to grow, and can take hot, sunny spaces.  This plant returns year after year and produces beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.  White, pink, yellow, and red flowers brighten this spot.

window boxes, container gardens, flower gardens

 

Finally, my window boxes that I use on my deck railing.  Petunias find a spot on my deck each year.  Purple, red and white are the usual colors.  Occasionally, I add in pink.  Additionally, I add Vinca to the boxes to create a trailing effect as well.  Normally, I plant 4 Vinca per pot.  This year I decided to add more Petunias instead.  Actually, I found the Petunias on clearance, and cut the cost of filling my window boxes in half without the additional 3 Vinca plants.

I love mixing various plants in containers and watching them come to life. Head out to your local flea market, yard sale or clearance isle and grab a few pots for next year.  When the weather breaks next spring, hit the clearance isle on your local garden center and start creating you garden containers.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linky – #84

 

back to school, back to school tips

Welcome to Week 84 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Back To School Party this week. Heading to bus stops will soon become a part of our morning routine. So can chasing after the school bus because we got out the door a few seconds too late.  We need to prepare, so we’re looking for tips on how and where to purchase school supplies and clothing, lunch box ideas, after school reading lists or activities and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.

Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Bookworm Brownies from Growing Up Gabel

 

brownie recipes, back to school ideas, lunch box ideas

Rhonda selected US State Map Quilt from Flamingo Toes

DIY, quilting, sewing

Kim M. selected Organized Back to School Shopping from Real Coake

back to school ideas, orgaization tips

 

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Eggs Benedict Cups from Jayz Eats

recipes, eggs benedict recipes, breakfast ideas

Our Favorite Back to School Theme Post(s):

How to Create a Homework Station from Clean and Scentsible

back to school ideas, back to school ideas, DIY, crafts

 

and

Start Your Own Little Library from Our Whimsical Days 

back to school ideas, how to create a library

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


5 Fashion Tips for Busy Moms

fashion tips for moms,

Most moms spend a considerable amount of time taking care of the needs of her family, and in the process she ignores her own needs. She just doesn’t have the time or the energy to perk herself up on a daily basis.  Deep down all moms want to look and feel great. Luckily, it’s easy to look great in less time and without any drama with our tips! Below are a few of the most fundamental fashion tips for busy moms:

#1 Keep it Simple

Have you ever wondered how celebrity moms manage to look so trendy?  They ae just as busy in their personal and professional lives as you, but they always manage to keep personal appearances.

The secret lies in their simplicity. They love keeping their daytime look simple without looking untidy. Keep your look simple, from makeup to accessories to clothes. Don’t overdo any of your pieces. Opt for stylish basics, they really do go a long way in the life of a busy mom.

#2  Add More Solids In Your Wardrobe
Most women don’t want to wear a dress to the office because she knows that she cannot wear it again for several weeks. We think that someone at work might notice the last time that it was worn.

Therefore, it is recommended that you invest in solids.  Solids are less remembered than prints. A good black jacket will be a blessing here.

#3 Put Some Thought Into Your Bag

The kind of a bag you carry speaks in volumes about you. Go for a bag that suits your personality and taste. Don’t forget to explore the world of clutches. Look for designer clutch bags, particularly the Crystal Clutch Bag.  This clutch is perfect for formal occasions or girls night out.

#4 Simple Shoes

Busy moms should opt for comfortable shoes only. They don’t have to be tennis shoes or rubber flip flops. Canvas skimmers are a good option to indulge in.  They come in varied colors and prints, from florals to plaids. They are also inexpensive and comfortable.

#5 Apply Natural Makeup 
Most busy moms don’t wear a lot of makeup, especially if they spend the majority of their time at home with the kids. If you do decide to wear makeup, use only natural-based products. Keeping a basic makeup kit will come in handy.  A tinted moisturizer with zinc induced SPF,  lip gloss, and mascara will do a great job in keeping your skin healthy and glowing.

Don’t forget to apply a concealer around your nose and eyes before stepping out.  Applying these basics will take five minutes or less.

It is very easy for fashion to take a backseat in a busy mom’s life; however, don’t let fashion overwhelm you.  Look for ways to boost your look and confidence by employing various fashion tips into your daily life.

Author Bio:
Sloane Beck is a fashion blogger by interest and a creative designer by profession. She lives and breathes fashion which reflects in her brand – Alysse Sterling, a line of stylish women clutches. “Live, laugh, and let your style be expressed” is her motto for life.

Eksel Grill and Oven Mat Reviews

BBQ tips, grill mats

 

I was offered a discount on the ekSel Grill Oven BBQ Mats.  I purchased the product in exchange for a review.  I took advantage of the bargain, and I glad I did. You get two per box, a black and a brown.  You can use the mats either on the grill or in our oven.  However, the box did not contain instructions.  All was not lost, I used the box for guidance.  I’m a visual person, so this worked for me.

This time of year, BLTs are big in my house.  Summer brings fresh lettuce and tomatoes.  Furthermore, there’s nothing better than fresh ingredients on a BLT.  I stopped cooking my bacon on top of the stove years ago.  Not only because of grease splatter, but because I think bacon cooks better in the oven.  As a result, I was eager to see if the bacon would crisp the way I like it.  Additionally, I wanted to see how the mat would handle the oil from the bacon.  I decided to use the black mat to prepare my bacon for my BLT in the oven.

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grill mats, oven mats

 

The bacon was delicious.  Additionally, you can cook chicken, sausages, pork chops and anything else on the mats.  I’m anxious to try the mats on the smoker.  Having grill marks on burgers, hot dogs, sausages and chicken are a sign of heaven to a grill master or backyard BBQer.  Being able to get grill marks while using mats is important.  Just as important, not having to use spray or foil on the grates just puts the icing on the cake for me.  Grilling is fun, but clean up not so much.

I prefer to us a charcoal grill versus gas grills.  If your preference is gas, you will be happy to know that the mats can be used in gas or electric oven and on most gas and charcoal grills and smokers.

The mats are dishwasher safe.  Place them in the top rack or you can wash them by hand and just dry them.  This grill mat can be can be used up to 100 times according to the manufacturer. Did I mention that you can bake cookies and pizza on them too.  Head over and grab a pack or 2 of the ekSel Grill Oven BBQ Mats.   You will be happy that you did.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #83

 

back to school, back to school tips

Welcome to Week 83 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. Heading to bus stops will become a part of our morning routine. Chasing after the school bus because we got out the door a few seconds too late can become our part of routine too. To celebrate, we’re starting our Back To School Party this weekWe need to prepare, so we’re looking for tips on how and where to purchase school supplies and clothing, lunch box ideas, after school reading lists or activities and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.

Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

Snag a Button!

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Pizza Necklace from Living Lavida Holoka

craft ideas, kids crafts

 

Rhonda selected Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings from Take Two Tapas

chicken wing ideas, jerk chicken wing recipe,

Kim M. selected 30 Ways to Get Organized from Clean and Scentsible

organization tips, organizational tips

The Post with the Most Clicks

The Rewards Of Being a Step Mom from Crystal and Comp

parenting, step parenting tips

 and

It’s Not A Skin Color Problem from Sandy’s P.O.V.

Image-Its-not-a-skin-color-problem

We didn’t have any posts that fit into The Beach Party Favorite Theme Posts this week. So we selected Summer Themed Posts instead:

How to Save Summer Memories from The Jenny Evolution

  scrapbook ideas, memory box ideas

and

How to Grow Beautiful Flowers from Oh My Creative

 

gardening, flower gardens,

 

and

Grilling Tips from The Perfect Storm BFFs

grilling tips, BBQ tips, summer cookouts

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


10 Beautiful Sunflower Varieties

gardening, sunflower varieties, sunflowers

 

Sunflowers are a favorite for many backyard gardeners.  Furthermore, sunflower varieties are endless.  Each year I look forward to starting my sunflowers from seed.  Browsing  catalogues and websites in search of the perfect variety to grow each  summer is a favorite past time for me.  Once I decide on a variety, I plant the sunflower seeds in my bottle greenhouses during the winter.  When the seedlings emerge in the spring, I transfer them into the garden.  Check out my other gardening tips before your leave.

Next, I have become fond of a few varieties, but searching for new ones can be fun.  These sunflower varieties always find a place in my garden.  So, here’s a list of my favorites:

  • Lemon Queen – A must have in my garden.  Because, I love the pale yellow petals on this sunflower.  I live in Zone 6B. My Lemon Queens usually get about 4 – 5 feet tall. My Gold Finch love them.  They usually produce 1 – 2 heads per stem.
  • Autumn Beauty Mix – Another sunflower that I love for cuttings. They can have several heads open on one stem at once, and they make beautiful bouquets. They normally grow around 5 – 6 feet.  The flowers are produced in a variety of colors. Usually in orange, red and yellow.
  • Butter Cream – The flowers on the Butter Cream are a pale yellow with brown centers. I add these to the Autumn Beauty and Evening Sun Mix bouquets. They look beautiful among the dark flowers in the mix.  They normally grow 4 – 5 feet.
  • Teddy Bear – Children love Teddy Bears and these Teddy Bear sunflowers are no exception. They are a dwarf variety and perfect for containers and/or borders.  Additionally, they look great on patios, front porches and decks too.
  • Evening Sun – The Evening Sun Mixtures produces flowers of red, yellow and burgundy, which grow to 6 – 7 feet. I add the Butter Cream variety into the mix for bouquets.
  • Mammoth Russian –  Mammoth Russians can grow 8 – 12 feet tall with huge sunflowers.  I’ve had some flowers that have grown to the size of a dinner plate. I roast the seeds from the Mammoth Russian and snack on them through the winter.
  • Moulin Rouge – Needless to say, this flower is an absolute beauty.  It is deep, rich, burgundy and is beautiful with the Butter Cream variety in boutiques.  It grows from 5 – 8 feet.
  • Super Snack Mix – This variety speaks for itself. The seeds are large and great for snacking. The plants grow about 4 – 5 feet and attract butterflies.
  • Mexican  – This is one of my favorite flowers for attracting butterflies and humming birds.  Mexican sunflowers make great cut flowers too.
  • Dwarf  – I love container gardening so, the Fire Cracker and Sunny Smile are perfect for containers.  They are dwarf varieties. They are great for container or borders and provide a nice contrast to the Teddy Bear.

Finally, there are other varieties that are worth checking out.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Before you plant, decide if you want to use them for seed snacks, wild bird feed or in bouquets.  Do your homework and purchase your plants or seeds accordingly.  Additionally, sunflowers can be found in a variety of colors other than the typical yellow.  There’s burgundy, orange, crème, and more. Start your search for next season’s garden and have fun.

Also, you may also like Sunflower and Finches in the Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Quote – People

quotes, relationship quotes,

4 Ideas To Implement In Your Garden

 garden, relax

Every mother wants a place of her own to relax and enjoy 5 minutes of peace and quiet.  And this is absolutely normal! While being a mother is a fantastic experience, everyone needs a few moments to recharge the batteries and meditate. Even specialists recommend it!

Sadly, most of the time, the house is too small and your relaxation spot may be difficult to implement considering that kids are all over the place. But don’t despair; you won’t have to wait for your kids to move out of the house to relax. You can think out of the box and transform the garden into an outdoor oasis where everyone can relax. With just a few clever gardening tips, the old backyard can be easily transformed to fit its new purpose.  Check out these gardening tips:

Build a pergola

Regardless of how small or big your backyard, a pergola will look gorgeous! Even more, there are so many designs out there that you can create a unique design in just a few steps.

Of course, if you’re the DIY kind of family, you can unite your forces and make your pergola out of salvaged materials. This way you’ll improve your garden’s design, get a bit of exercise and family time, and you won’t have to make a big investment. To me, this sounds like a fantastic idea!

The best part about a pergola is that you can cover it with vines, flowers and all sorts of decorative things. Thus you’ll get to have a cool-looking shadow in those torrid summer days, and you’ll enjoy that lemonade even more.

Invest in high-quality furniture

Your patio furniture doesn’t have to look like it’s been through several wars! If you want to relax, you have to extend the modern, stylish design from the inside, outside. Invest in furniture that will be pleasing to both the eyes and the skin. Get some large, luxurious chairs that can extend and some big, fluffy pillows. Also, you shouldn’t forget about the table – a cute, antique piece will make the morning coffee a lot more pleasant.

To make sure everything looks as elegant and inviting as possible, play with colors and textures. Let your creative inner self free and combine the furniture with the pergola covered in vegetation. The result will be stunning!

Make a special place for the kids

As a mother you can’t be selfish; especially when you have to share your oasis with the kids. So, you can divide the garden into areas, and you can have a relaxation area and a fun and games area. The fun and games area could have a sand pit, a tree house, a small garden where kids can learn about plants and more. The best part is that the children will get to play outside, and you can supervise them from your relaxation area.

A place for friends and family

Another garden tips, if you don’t want to divide the garden, you can make it all into one great place. Add a barbeque or a fire pit, some comfy chairs, and a table and you’ve got a fantastic place where to invite family and friends. While adults relax around the fire, kids can play in the garden.

Finally, as you can see there are plenty of ways to transform your garden without investing a fortune. And, if none of the above interest you, consider starting a vegetable garden. Kids will be thrilled to learn more about growing plants, and you might get to cut off some food costs during summer. It’s a win-win situation.  We hope you enjoyed our garden tips and you will implement a few. 

About the Guest Contributor: Katrina, is a proud mom of two gorgeous girls who loves writing about home improvement and décor. Katrina contributes regularly on various blogs and online publications like Mother2Motherblog.com.

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #82

blog hop, linky parties,

 

Welcome to Week 82 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re heading to the beach to ride some waves. Get your sunscreen, beach towels, snacks, and chair. We’re continuing our Beach Party theme this week. We are looking for all things that pertains to the beach. Where to go, snack ideas, safety tips, games, travel tips and anything else you would like to share to help inspire us this summer!

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.

Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected How to Make an Envelope From a Coloring Page from Creating Really Awesome Things

 

kids crafts, kids coloring pages, printables

Rhonda selected Bookcase Makeover With Coastal Décor from Across the Blvd.

 bookcase makeovers, DIY bookcase updates

Kim M. selected Travel Cooler from The Scrap Shop Blog

DIY ideas, summer coolers, upcycle ideas

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Having the Talk from Women Abiding

 parenting tips, how to talk to kids about sex

The Beach Party Favorite Theme Posts

Umbrellas Beach Bar in Grenada from Jay Eats

vacation spots, vacationing in Grenada

Stuff You Need This Summer at the Beach, Park or Pool from Sandy’s POV

beach tips, pool tips, summer tips

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Rhonda, Kim and I would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!