How To Make a Grapevine Wreath Snowman

winter crafts, snowman crafts, grapevine wreaths

 

I love crafts, and when you’re buried under 3 feet of snow they sure keep you from going insane.  I put this grapevine wreath snowman together in about 30 minutes during our latest blizzard. I know the storm was heading our way, so I headed to one of my favorite places for bargains, The Goodwill.  I purchased the 2 grapevine wreaths, mittens, matching hat and scarf for $5.59. I headed to Michaels and nabbed the letter for $1.50 from the Bargain Ben.  It was the perfect size and blended well with the accessories. Score!
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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #56

valentine's day, cupid, love

Welcome to Week 56 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re starting our Cupid’s Arrow theme this week.  We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, love stories and anything else you would like to share surrounding love. 

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 parties and makeovers 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 my blog 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 the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays.

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

In addition to the reader’s and hosts 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 Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

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

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right 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. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

My beautiful co-hosts Kim U. and Kim M. have returned from a much needed break. We’re ready to get the New Year start.

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

Kim U selected Heart On Canvass from Wesen Art

 

valentines day, valentines day crafts, hearts

 

I selected Small Laundry Room Makeover from Imperfect Wife

laundry rooms, laundry room makesovers, laundry room cabinets, laundry room counters

 

Kim M. selected How To Be Content from The Tight Wad Teacher

Hebrewes, how to be content, self-confidence, happiness

The Readers Selected:

 

Brand New Me from Mommywood

self-improvement, self-confidence, Alicia Keys

 

The Favorite Theme Posts

Snowflakes Are Falling

Snow Problems Here from What Happens At Grandma’s

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it 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. Be sure to connect on social media.


Winter Word Search For Kids

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Winter doesn’t have to  mean boring.  Because it’s too cold for your children to play outside or they’re just about frozen because they’ve been out too long doesn’t end the excitement.  Just pull out Mother 2 Mother’s winter activities.   We’re developing a series of winter activities for preschoolers and up. Our games will be a nice change from normal indoor games like Monopoly, Uno and the list goes on.

Our Winter Word Search game and our Winter Craft Ideas will keep them busy for hours.  Associating words with winter can be fun and can occupy your kids for some time.  Pop a bowl of popcorn or serve their favorite hot chocolate drink. Top off the hot chocolate off with creamy marshmallows or this delicious whipped cream star.  Additionally, you can print off several copies and play as a family.  It’s also the perfect game to play when it’s snowing and the wind is howling.


 

For example, play in teams.  Give each team member the game and set a time limit in which they have to find the word.  There’s educational value in the hunt too. Use the word search game to enhance vocabulary words and spelling challenges.  There are 24 words in the puzzle. So be sure the kids find all of the words to complete the puzzle. Word search games also enhance problem solving skills.

Most importantly, word search helps with creative thinking skills.  Creative thinking requires us to look at problems in different ways.  When searching for words, you must look forward, diagonal, up, down, and backwards to find words.  Creative thinking includes using and looking at idea differently.  Playing the game in team with a time limit is a unique and creative way to play the game. 

Another way to use the game is to have your child challenge themselves.  Have them set a time limit and go against the clock.  If they’re not successful, they can set the timer again.  Be creative.  Just have fun.  Download the game hereYou may also like African American Inventors and Inventions Game

 

 

 

 

 

17 Winter Craft Ideas For Kids

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It’s cold outside.  Snow will be falling soon and we all know what that means.  School closures!  We’ll need to occupy our kids, so I did a winter craft roundup to help make those snow days less hectic.  I love snowmen, so I gathered a variety of crafts that feature snow and/or snowmen and ones that use items that most people have around their house or they can purchase from the dollar store.  Here’s my roundup:

  1.  Footprint Snowman from My Life of Travel and Adventures
  2. Craft Sticks Snowman from Cindy Derosier
  3. Q-Tip Snowman from Mess For Less
  4. Craft Sticks Hot Chocolate from Glued To My Crafts
  5. Mason Jar Snowman from I Dig Pinterest
  6. S is for Snowman from Crafty Morning
  7. Paper Plate Polar Bears from Artsy Momma
  8. Paper Bag Snowmen from I Heart Crafty Things
  9. Memory Mittens from The Classroom Creative
  10. Q-Tip Snowflakes from Babble
  11. Let It Snow Snowglobe from Teacher Pop
  12. Photo Snowflake from Crafting Chicks
  13. Plastic Bag Snowman from Crafts n Coffee
  14. Paper Plate Frosty from Crafty Morning
  15. Snow Covered Tree from The Imagination Box
  16. Mason Jar Candle from Family Focus Blog
  17. Hand Snowflake from The Pinterested Parent


I hope that you have been inspired by one or two of our winter craft ideas.  When the schools are closed and the kids have exhausted themselves sled riding and building snowmen, pull out our craft ideas and keep them busy.  Be sure to stock up on supplies before the winter storm hits.  Which of our winter crafts is your favorite?

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #55

snowflakes, winter, sugar cookies

Welcome to Week 55 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. This is the last week of our Snow Flakes Are Falling theme. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, sharing goals and anything else you would like to share surrounding snow and snowmen.

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 parties and makeovers 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. Next week we will be starting our Cupid’s Arrow theme. 

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 my blog 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 the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays.

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

In addition to the reader’s and hosts 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 Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

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

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right 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.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

 

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

My beautiful co-hosts Kim U. and Kim M. have returned from a much needed break. We’re ready to get the New Year start.

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

Kim U selected Whiskey Chocolate Peacan Pie from Life Anchored 

 

desserts, whiskey, pecan pie, chocolate pie,

 

I selected How To Refinish Wood Chairs from Designer Trapped

antiques, wood chairs, stained furniture

 

Kim M. selected Romantic Tealight from Wesens Art

romance, tealight ideas, candles

The Readers Selected:

 Weekly Savings Plan For 2016  from Life in a House of Testosterone

how to save money, money saving tips, tips to save money

 

The Favorite Theme Posts

Snowflakes Are Falling

Ham and Bean Soup from Embellishments

 

soup recipes, bean recipes, healthy recipes, healthy

 

Hot Chocolate Stirrers by Jenny Evoluation

chocolate, hot drinks, chocolate stirrers, coffee, chocolate

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it 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. Be sure to connect on social media.


Inspirational Quote – Inspire Others

inspirational quotes, quotes, motivational quotes

How To Clean Brass

how to clean brass, brass lamps, brass laterns

I found these brass lamps at one of my flea market/junk excursions.  I loved the shape and they had the original globes, which I thought was pretty cool. The price was $4.00 for both.  I scooped them up without any thought as to how I would use them. Finding junk and repurposing it is one of my great loves.  My initial thought was to spray paint them white, but the more I looked at them the more I wanted to keep them as original as possible. 

They needed a good cleaning.  I didn’t have any brass cleaner on hand so I resorted to an old remedy, ketchup.  Yes I said ketchup.  I gathered the following items:

1.  newspaper
2.  old tooth brush
3.  Ketchup
4.  soft cloth

how to cleaner brass, brass clean

I brushed a light covering of ketchup over the lamps and allowed them to sit for an hour while I did some other cleaning.  After an hour, I brushed the lamps with the toothbrush to loosen any dirt and than washed them off with warm soapy water.  I allowed them to dry and than polished them with a soft cloth. 

brass cleaner, how to clean brass, ketchup
I was pleased with the end result.  Now I need to figure out how I’m going to use them.  Stay tuned for that project. Have you used ketchup to clean brass  or brass plated items your home?   

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #54

snowflakes, winter, sugar cookies

Welcome to Week 54 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. It’s hard to believe that we have entered into a New Year. I ‘ve taken down the Christmas tree and stored the decorations. I hope everyone had a safe New Year and I wish each of you a year filled with love, laughter and blessings. We’re continuing our Snow Flakes Are Falling theme this week. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, sharing goals and anything else you would like to share surrounding snow and snowmen.

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 parties and makeovers 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 my blog 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 the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays.

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

In addition to the reader’s and hosts 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 Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

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

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right 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.

 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

 

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

My beautiful co-hosts Kim U. and Kim M. have returned from a much needed break.  We’re ready to get the New Year start.

 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

Kim U selected How To Dry Orange Slices from Mother 2 Mother Blog

 

dried oranges, dried fruit, Christmas displays

 

I selected Chocolate Meyer Lemon Thumbprint Cookies from  Healthy Helper Blog

cookie recipes, gluten free cookies

 

Kim M. selected My Winter Mantel from Mother 2 Mother Blog

winter decorating, winter mantel ideas, Let It Snow mantels

The Readers Selected:

The Ultimate Savory Breakfast Round Up from Healthy Helper

 

healthy living, healthy recipes, breakfast ideas

 

 

The Favorite Theme Posts

Snowflakes Are Falling

New Year Calendar from Paper Seedlings

calendar ideas, scrapbooks, stamping

 

 

 

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it 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. Be sure to connect on social media.


My Winter Mantel

 

winter mantel ideas, winter ideas, snow mantel ideas
The Christmas Tree is down and all the decorations have been boxed and stored.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t keep a winter theme going.  I love snowmen and snowflakes so I pulled out some of my winter items and went to work on my Let It Snow theme.  I used a bag of cotton/fluff that I purchased from the Dollar Store on clearance last year and created a snowy effect on the mantel. I wanted to add some height to the display so I headed outside and picked a few twigs from my Dogwood tree and painted them white.  I love to display branches in their natural state as well, but I wanted
a snowy feel for the mantel so they received a coat of white craft paint.  I purchased the  vintage pie crust table years ago. It’s housing painted pine cones on an antique milk glass cake stand.  I found the Let it Snow chalkboard sign in the clearance isle at Big Lots for $4.00.

 

winter decorating, painted branches, snowy branches


I placed the painted twigs in two glass vases that I purchased from Michaels. I love that store.  I had white gravel that I purchased from the Dollar Tree so I used it to hold the painted branches in place. I added a painted pine cones to each vase for affect.  I’m a collector of snowmen. I purchased the two wooden snowmen years ago at a craft fair. I love those little guys. The reindeer was purchased from the clearance isle at Walgreens. I snatched him up. They had a clear glass reindeer that I passed up, now I’m sorry  I didn’t get it too.

 

snowmen, winter decorating,

I’m also a collector of quilts. I purchased this antique quilt and pillow at an auction on a Mennonite farm.  I spotted it and my heart skipped a beat. There was history behind, but without the owners I would never know what it was.  I do know that it was made with love and care. It was made in the crazy quilt pattern and has a matching pillow. The pillow is dated 1897, so I’m assuming the quilt was made during the same time period. It is unbelievable how heavy this quilt is and the stitching is impeccable.  I love pulling the quilt out during the winter and sitting by the fire reading a good book.  It is not only heavy, but the backing is made from fleece making it warm and cozy.

 

antique quilts, quilts Mennonites, crazy quilt


I purchased the oil lamp, dough bowl and miniature chair at various antique auctions years ago.  The lamp has the original wick, it was never used. I love the shape of this dough bowl. I actually have 3, the other 2 are round.

 

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I hope my winter mantel has inspired you.  Do you decorate your mantel or accessorize rooms according to the holiday or seasons?  Leave me a comment, I’ll stop by and gather a few ideas.

How To Dry Orange Slices

dried oranges, dried fruit, Christmas displays
I love for my house to smell good all year.  During the holiday season, I love drying oranges and apples.  I love burning candles and making displays in my home with natural materials.  They usually include orange or apple slices and cinnamon sticks.  Today I’ll show you how to dry orange slices.   It’s easy and they look and smell great in display.

You will need the following:

  • oranges (use large or medium oranges, the slices will shrink)
  • cinnamon sticks

The first step is to preheat your oven to its lowest setting.  Mine is 170 degreesSlice your oranges medium to thick,  you don’t want them to be  too thin.  You also don’t want the slices to be too small.  The slices will shrink as they’re drying and will fall through the cracks of your racks.  If you have a large cookie cooling  rack you can layer your slices on the cooking rack.   Otherwise your oven rack will work just as well.   A cookie sheet will also do. 

drying orange slices, dried orange slices


Allow the slices to dry for 2-3 hours. 
I usually dry my slices on a Saturday when I don’t have to rush or run errands. I set the timer for 2 hours and determine if they’re dry enough or if I want them to dry longer.  If so, I set the timer for another 15 – 30 minutes.

Once I’m satisfied with the texture of the slices I add cinnamon and or cloves.  You can also add fresh greenery.  Spruce, Pine or Cyprus will work great.  You can also add cinnamon pine cones.  Be creative and enjoy this wonderful smell.  

dried fruits, Christmas greenery, dried orange slices