This Grandma Doesn’t Wear Depends

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Why do people associate grandmas with being old, gray haired, and wearing Depends?  Now I may have a few gray hair, but this grandma doesn’t wear Depends.  I’ve have some issues when I have coughed or sneezed, but when I do reach the point where I need Depends, will Depends define who I  am?  I think not. 

Here’s a picture of me that was taken of me last year during a promotion that I did for JC Penny’s Portraits, and the second picture with my daughter approximately 5 years ago at a family function. Do I look like an old, gray-haired woman who’s peeing on herself in either?

So you’re wondering what prompted this post, right? Another blogger, yes I said another blogger. Long story short, I was complimenting her and the fact that I liked various things about her site. As the conversation progressed, she stated that she had quite a few grandmas who visited her blog and she didn’t know why. She gently invoked Depends in the conversation. My initial response was is she trying to throw shade? I’m so glad that I have matured and handle things much differently than I did in my 20s, 30s even 40s because: 


1.  I’m the queen of reading your ass and it ain’t pretty. Yeah, Bye Felicia! 

2.  I would have left you with your mouth hanging open and words burned so deep into the recesses of your brain, you would be shaking your head for the rest of your life trying to get rid me. 

However, I don’t see a need to go there anymore so I responded by laughing and stating that I have a few creaks and some other things going on, but I wasn’t close to Depends. I also stated that I was on her site because I was looking for the same things that she and other mothers were looking for with their children. Do our positions or the differences in our ages change that?

 


I further stated that my responsibilities with my grandchildren are no different from her raising her children.  When my grandchildren are in my care and custody, I raise them as if I gave birth to them. It is my job to guide and lead them in the right direction just like their parents. The only difference between their parents and me, I have more money.  She seemed to get it after that, but did it really require an explanation?  

Being a grandmother is quite a prestigious position and one that I will wear with honor even when I reach the Depends stage.  As a grandmother I want to tell you a few things that you should not do with me:

1. Assume that I’m old and gray and ready for a rocker.  I have a lot of fire inside of me and I’m not close to throwing in the towel and rocking the rest of my life away just yet.  

2. Assume that I’m technically challenged and not cool. I have a smart phone, text, use a camera phone, have an SLR digital with long range lens, a laptop, a tablet, a GPS in my vehicle, flat screen TVs, and any other electrical gadgets on the market that I feel I want to buy and can use them. 

3.  Assume that I don’t have any obligations to my grandchildren.  I’m just as obligated to my grandchildren as my daughter and son-in-law. I contribute to their upbringing, clothing and shelter too. I would die for those babies, wrap myself around a pole and shake my groove thing if I had to so that I could take care of them. Thank goodness, I don’t have to resort to those tactics. I know you’re as happy about that as I am. 

4.  Assume that I don’t know the likes and dislikes of my grandchildren or the latest on the market. I know their favorite cartoon characters, favorite TV channels, latest clothing fads, what sneakers are cool, up on the movies and games, know the great vacation spots, and can make their favorite foods and treats. More so than my 30 year old children. That’s right, they look to me for the information because they don’t know. They love coming to Mawmaw’s too. My grandchildren don’t want to go home because my house is the bomb.    

5. Assume you can say or do whatever you want to me. No you can’t, so be prepared to get a response that you may not like if you don’t come correctly. I require the same respect that I give you. 

As bloggers networking is important, we can all learn from each other. As bloggers and human beings, we all want to connect, build a following and interact. I really don’t think any of us want to talk to ourselves when we write and publish a post, so isn’t our goal to connect with readers and to share what we’ve written? I believe that we have the same goals as parents and grandparents.    

I understand having a target audience, and  a niche. Quite frankly, I write about what I love which is family, gardening, crafts, quotes and motivating others. My target audience is parents who are in the age range of 20 – 60 who are looking for parenting tips/advice, ways to save on food expense, budgeting, a little motivation and lots of laughs. Not once have I wondered why anyone was on my site because of their perceived age or position in life. I have worked hard to make Mother 2 Mother warm, inviting and inclusive!  Everyone is welcome.   


You may also like: Creating Family Traditions

  How To Establish Boundaries For Grandparents

How To Make Bird Seed Cookies

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Fortunately, spring is finally here and our feathered friends will be migrating and hunting for food.  My grandchildren and I spent the week-end making bird seed cookies for the birds.  The grandchildren had fun, and the birds think they’re delicious.  Check out my other posts on attracting backyard birds before you leave.
So, I thought you would love the recipe to make these treats for your backyard friends too. It’s a great activity to do with the children.  Also, this is a great activity to do when mother nature is sending cold, snowy weather your way.  The bird seed cookies are full of protein to help keep our backyard friends warm and their tummy full.
Part of the fun is gathering the cookie cutters that you want to use.  Have everyone pick out a favorite cookie cutter shape and than get to work.  Here’s what you will need:
    • 3/4 Cup flour
    • 1/2 Cup water
    • 1 Envelope unflavored gelatin
    • 3 TBS Karo corn syrup
    • 4 cups of wild birdseed
    • Mixing bowl
    • Wax paper or non-stick spray
    • Cookie Sheet
    • cookie cutters

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Place all of the ingredients in a bowl except the bird seed and mix until well combined.   Now, mix in the birdseed gradually. Spray your cookie sheet with the non-stick spray or line with the wax paper. Spread the bird feed evenly on the cookie sheet.  Use the cutters to cut out shapes.

An alternate method is to fill the cookie cutters by the spoonful, which is what we did.  First, place each cookie cutter on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Next, you want to fill the cutters to the top and pack it so the mix is nice and thick.

 

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So, we used my spring cookie cutters, which include a birdhouse, bird, and the sun to create the treats. However, use whatever you have on hand.  The kids will enjoy using whatever you have.  Nothing is off limit.  Once the cookies have been created, use a straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie.  As a matter of fact, allow the treats to harden over night before you set them out.  You can place them in the freezer to help things along.  You can also store them in the freezer for future use.  Unfortunately, these cookies don’t do well in the summer.  They fall apart easily.

However, once the cookies have set place a piece of twine through the hole of each cookie so you can hang them. Place them on tree branches and bushes, and go bird watching.  My grandchildren think the cookies are cool, and enjoy watching the birds eat the treats through the windows.  Cold, snowy days with a warm fire make the best bird watching days.

 

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Last, making bird seed cookies is a fun activity to make throughout the year.  Most importantly, it’s a great way to get the kids involved in gardening and nature.  So, be sure to make extra.  You can keep them in the freezer and use them to feed your feathered friends throughout the year.  Don’t forget to make a few for friends who love to bird watch too.  They make great gifts.

You may also like:  How To Bring Backyard Birds To Your Feeder

 

Turn It Up Tuesday – #83

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the 83rd week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 364 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
This week we will be giving away $50 cash on Paypal. Be sure to enter before you leave. You could get lucky. 

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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. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for April is Great Escapes Travel Agency.
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We plan land based vacations, cruises, destination weddings, and honeymoons to U.S. destinations, as well as the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.
At Great Escapes Travel, we are not mere order takers who book your trip and then leave you on your own. We are “Escape Artists”. As Escape Artists, we act as an adviser and a resource for our clients. We take the time to talk with our clients to really get to know them. Then we are able to create the perfect vacation experience created just for them.  We provide personalized service that is tailored to meet each of our client’s needs. We work with our clients every step of the way – before, during and after the trip. We make ourselves available to our clients by phone, text, email, and Facebook. And we guarantee that someone will respond to you within 24 hours.
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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Mionna from Just Mi! | Kori from Just Another Mom | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva
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Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. 

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose The Fairytale Wedding and the Nightmare Marriage from Kiddie Matters. “I chose this post for two reasons, the first is the author’s story. It is such a great reminder how much work goes into a marriage, but about how worth it is!! The second reason is the author’s writing is just beautiful. The way the story ebbs and flows, and the descriptions used, are lovely. It held my attention to the very very end, which is hard to do nowadays!!!”
Natasha also chose this post. “What a great post!!! It shows the real life of marriage after the great wedding. This is a beautifully written post that will truly show the ups and downs of relationships. A must read!”
Rachel also chose this post. “Yanique gets really personal and details some struggles she has faced early in her marriage and I can completely relate! I love how she realizes that giving in to her fears could hurt a marriage and that she gets a wake up call to let her know that all marriages are different.”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Jillian chose Filofax Organization – A Peek Inside My A5 Aqua Saffiano from Mama’s Got It Together. “What can I say?? I am obsessed with all things planners! I see a post like this pop up into the link-up and I am draw to it. 🙂 I like this one because it is showing just another way to organized your life, and I am definitely into that!”
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Lisa chose grilled cheese heaven from Dreaming of Leaving. “This wonderful Round-Up of Grilled Cheese had me drooling. I love a good grilled cheese sandwich and now more reasons to expand that love! I can’t wait to try them all.”
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Lisa chose 25 Amazing Muffin Recipes from All That’s Jas. ” I am always trying to think of different ways to make muffins and not stick to the same recipes I make. This is perfect. Muffins are perfect to make ahead and freeze so I need to clear some space for many of these delicious muffin recipes from this Round-Up.”
Mari also chose this post. “Can’t go wrong with such an awesome selection of muffins.”
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Kori chose S’Mores Stuffed Cookies from Fitness Food Diva. “I love S’mores and I love baking. I’ve seen a few boxed mixes but I’ love to be able to bake from scratch whenever possible.”
Silvie also chose this post. “This recipe really grabbed my attention because we are S’More-A-Holics in my house. This is now our favorite cookie recipe!”
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Kori chose 3 Reasons We Choose to Homeschool from Year Round Homeschooling. “I chose this one because we’re in the midst of beginning Tot School and thinking about homeschooling beyond that. It’s nice to read why others have chosen this path.”
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Rachel chose Clean Eating Blueberry Avocado Muffins from Divas Run for Bling. “These muffins look so delicious and the fact that they will fit into my healthy eating plan is the cherry on the top. Blueberries and avocado are so good for you, why not combine them for breakfast.”
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Free chose 5 Essential Productivity Apps for Work at Home Moms from Wife Mom Geek. “I have a hard time staying focused and tend to stray from tasks that I need to get done. These productivity apps will help me get in line.”
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Free chose Part Two-Build A Blog Community. from View From In Here. “As a blogger I’m always looking for ways to grow my community and be the best blogger I can be.”
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Mionna chose Social Media & Privacy: Where Do You Draw The Line? from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “As a blogger we have to be somewhat public. I’m a very private person, so although I’m “public”, I watch what I do. This post really brought some things I hadn’t thought about to my attention! I plan on taking some of the recommended items into serious consideration within the next few weeks.”
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Mionna chose Double Bacon Cheeseburger with Mini Onion Rings recipe from Summer Scraps. “I LOVE onion rings!! I like this post, because I never thought about making mini onion rings!! I’ve spent so much money over the past couple of weeks buying onion rings. This recipe reminded me that I wanted to start making them at home!!”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose 30+ Delicious Low Carb Side Dishes from Wife Mom Geek. “My husband is always asking for a vegetable side dish to go with whatever I make for dinner. This post gives me some great ideas to whip up!”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose My Daughter’s Birth Story Told Through An Infographic from Confessions of a Ninja Mom. “Infographics always catch my eye and this one did so even more! Every mother has a unique story about the birth of their child. Seeing it this way is pretty creative.”
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Zografia chose Gold Striped Feature Wall from Albion Gould. “Every house needs an accent wall. If it is shines a bit it’s even better!”
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Natasha chose 10 Reasons to Keep Blogging from Budget Girl“There are so many times where I have lost my motivation with blogging, but I just keep going back.  This post is a great reminder why I love blogging!”
Zografia also chose this post. “After so many problems with my host and so much disappointment, this one is a must read!”
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Ginger chose Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies with Rum Cream Cheese Buttercream from The Gold Lining Girl. “I love whoopie pies and I love carrot cake. This is a perfect pairing and the rum cream cheese buttercream sounds amazing!”
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Ginger chose Broccoli Pesto Mushroom Grilled Cheese from Dizzy Busy and Hungry. “I am always looking for new ways to incorporate pesto into a dish. This is definitely one I will be using!”
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April chose $200/Month Menu Plan for Our Family of 5 (Post #3) from Thrifty Frugal Mom. “After finding out that I have almost doubled my grocery spending, I need to accept these tips.”
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April chose Inspiration from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. “I had a long and hard week. I need some inspiration.”
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Silvie chose Sloppy Joe Cups from A Sprinkle of This and That. “My boys love sloppy joes but my 3 year old always has a hard time eating it without making a HUGE mess. We tried this recipe and he ate them no problem!”
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Rhonda chose Stunning Strips On Walls from HomeDecorDesigns.com. “I’ve wanting to do a makeover on my foyer. I love the idea of making an impact with the unexpected. I think strips on one of the walls will do.”
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Tenns chose Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle Recipe from Logan Can… “I’m a huge strawberry-lemonade fan and these Popsicles look so delicious and refreshing. I’ll definitely have to give them a go this summer.”
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Tenns chose Schedule Pins to Pinterest with Tailwind from My Family Mealtime. “I’ve only heard of Tailwind vaguely, so it was nice to see a post so detailed about it. I’ll definitely have to check it out!”
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Mari chose Mini Nutella Cinnamon Rolls from Three Kids and a Fish. “Love a nice warm roll in the morning.”
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Tina chose It’s A Wrap from Quinton Wench. “I love this bracelet,looks amazing!!Makes me want to learn how to crochet!! Thanks for sharing!”
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Tina chose Cherry Blossom Foam Flowers – DIY from Purple Hues and Me. “Amazing craft, so simple and so beautiful!!I want to try this with my daughter.Very creative!”
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…

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Giveaways!

This month, we’re going to do something a bit different with our giveaway! Each week this month, we will be selecting one entrant to win $50 Paypal cash!  You will increase your chances of winning by stopping by each week and entering to win!
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The winners from the 1st two weeks of the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway have been announced!
Week 1 Winner: Kelly L.
Week 2 Winner: Carrie from The Frugal Foodie Mama
There is still 2 more chances to win in Week 3 and Week 4 of the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway…make sure to enter to win!
This week is our Bloglovin week – so be sure to follow the host, co-hosts, and guest hosts below for your chance to win $50 Paypal cash!

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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and checked out our Thank You $50 Paypal Cash Giveaway,

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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Guest Post – 5 Frugal Ways To Update Your Home

 

 
Spring is here – finally! And with all of the new life  and green breaking through the gray of winter, it’s time to celebrate. Spring  brings a fresh perspective, a new beginning. Jump on board by freshening up your  own surroundings. It’s time to update your home for the season. There’s no need to spend a lot of money. Take on a few
simple projects to enjoy a brightened home and a brightened future.
Here are five frugal ways to update your home for spring:
1.  Hit the Yard Sales – There’s nothing like scanning a good yard sale on a crisp Saturday morning in April. Yard sales are the perfect places to score a  big ticket item at a fraction of the price. Be on the lookout for hidden gems among the clutter. Vintage dishes make great wall art, and mirrors add light and depth to any room. Glance at your local paper for upcoming sales and plan your route to get the most bang for your buck. Don’t forget to take cash, and have a vehicle for hauling all of your amazing finds.
2.  Freshen  With Paint – A new color for your front door or your favorite decorative accent can add a little life back into your home. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your choice; you can always repaint it later.  For a more dramatic update, try a new color on the walls or kitchen cabinets. All white is trendy now, but you can spice it up with an unexpected pop of color, like a bold green or fiery red on an accent wall.
3.  Plant Some New Greens – Plants can be an inexpensive way to add color to the  outside (and inside) of your home. Annuals tend to be a little cheaper than perennials, but a combination of both will mean you’ll be investing in your greenspace for years to come.
 
Try hanging a planter from your front porch, and you’ll see an instant boost in your home’s curb appeal. If space is a little more limited and a full garden isn’t your calling, try adding a few flowers to some pots at the front entrance of your home.
4.  Move Things Around – One of the easiest and least expensive ways to get a new look in your home’s décor is to switch some things around. Move artwork to a different room or try a new arrangement of your favorite collection. Swap out pillows on your couch or bed, and weed through your bookcase.

If, through this process, you find that pieces of your décor are in need of replacing, you can make a list of what you need and start to budget accordingly. For extra savings, check out home décor wholesales online for some fresh spring décor. 

5.  Your Pictures – If the pictures on your walls haven’t been changed out in a few months – or a few years – it may be time to display new ones. Break out your digital camera so you can go through pictures of events that happened  in the last year.
 
Ordering prints online is easier than ever now, so you can customize your prints to fit the frames you have on hand. No pictures you’d  like to print? Do an impromptu photoshoot with your family.


Updating your home for spring doesn’t have to wreck your
budget. Try these five frugal ways to boost your home’s décor in no time!


Savannah Hemmings is a personal stylist and lifestyle blogger with a
passion for beautiful spaces and great deals. To read more of her tips on home
decor and fashion, check out her blog SincerelySavannah
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Learn Blogging Tips and Tricks From Pro Bloggers

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Are you interested in growing your blog and social media followers?  Are you interested in taking your blog from a hobby to a Brand? Do you want to learn how to create great blog content? If the answer is yes, you won’t want to miss my upcoming interview series with 4 pro bloggers.   

I will be asking the pros to share tips and tricks on how to increase your social media followings, how to take your blog from a hobby to a professional website, and everything in between. These professional bloggers will be getting down in the weeds and sharing useful information that you can immediately apply to your blogging endeavors. Be sure to mark your calendar for May 4, the first interview will be live and filled with helpful information on how you can grow your blog too.  

Sunday’s Best – #16



Welcome to Week 16 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our April Showers theme. April Showers Bring May Flowers, but they also cause us to spend lots of time indoors. We’re looking for indoor activities for kids, Mother’s Day ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY, home organization tips, summer garden preparation tips, SEO and blogging tips. Anything that we can work on during those rainy days. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. 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, 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. 

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.    

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:

            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/follow to our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin 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! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected Tips To Keep The Love Alive In Your Married Life from Family, Daily Living & Style






I selected Attracting, Supporting, and Enjoying Wild Backyard Birds from Ramblings Of A Bad Domestic Goddess





Kim M. selected – Grilled Cheese Heaven from Dreaming of Leaving  







Congratulations ladies! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this 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. 



Turn It Up Tuesday – #82

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and another week of Turn It Up Tuesday – our 82nd week to be exact! We’re looking forward to another week of great linkups. Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 396 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
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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. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for April is Great Escapes Travel Agency.
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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Mionna from Just Mi! | Kori from Just Another Mom | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva
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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Rachel chose Caramel Popcorn Day! from A Sprinkle of This and That. “This recipe combines a few of my favorite things: blackberries, cornbread, ice cream, and popcorn. I also love that the steps are so simple and the recipe makes a ton of these desserts at one time. It’s perfect for summer coming up and looks so great for a cookout or party.”
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Rachel chose Pretty Zombie Cosmetics – 3 Witches Liquid Lipstick from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams. “I love this makeup combination and it’s my typical go to – pretty yet simple foundation with a bold lip color. This purple is bold but not shiny so it works for everyday wear. It’s also supposed to stay on all day which is a must for a busy woman. Pretty!”
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Cindy chose How I Increased My Google+ Views 600,000 Views in 4 Weeks from On Bliss Street. “This method makes total sense, duh, why didn’t I think of that? I know there are lots of rumors about G+ going away and/or changing but it does help us with Google so I think that we should invest our time in it while we have it.”
Cathy also chose this post.
Free also chose this post. “I chose this one because I’ve been thinking about putting more time into Google+. I wasn’t sure if I want to focus on Google+ or not. I now think that I will be give G+ a try.”
Jillian also chose this post. “I am looking to increase my G+ following, and this post explains EXACTLY how to do that! Another fantastic post!”
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. “This post was right on time for me. I like how she tracked her progress and gave tips on using Google+. I wasn’t doing nearly enough with this awesome social media network. But I will now!”
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Cindy chose 10 Minute Baked Banana Bread Doughnut Holes from Sweet C’s Designs. “I LOVE banana bread and these cake pop-donut holes are so cute. I really need to get myself a cake pop maker.”
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Stacey chose Bully Me Bitches from Chronicles of a Lumpy Person. “What an amazing and oh so true post! I have always struggled with my weight and it is of course something that often happens as we get older…those few extra pounds. I find it so sad when I see people bullying others, when it is adults especially, it is just unnecessary. At least for kids, maybe they have just not been taught any better than to behave in such a way. We are all beautiful in our own unique and amazing ways! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Mionna chose Tips & Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World ’15 from Tabler Party of Two. “This post was great because as a blogger trying to expand, it’s always helpful to read information about how to get your brand out there! Social Media is important in the world of blogging, so always being on your toes and staying on top of information is helpful.”
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Mionna chose Bacon Mac & Cheese with Roasted Hatch Green Chiles from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “I love creamy mac and cheese so this recipe grabbed me when I saw it. I’ve never tried cooking mac and cheese with other ingredients in it, but I have got to try this one!!”
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Cathy chose Coconut Key Lime Pie Bites from A Sprinkle of This and That.
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Mari chose Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramelitas from Just Us Four. “I chose Shannah’s treat because it just looked so flaky and sweet. I can’t wait to try it myself I love caramel treats!”
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Tina chose Potty Training in a Weekend – Success! from our very own Jillian from Baby Doodah! “A hot topic for moms with toddlers!! I really like this post,very informative,I didn’t know about this method,thanks so much for sharing:)”
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Tina chose No-Sew Quiet Book: Barn and Finger Puppets from Sunshine and a Summer Breeze. “I’m a big fan of simple crafts and this is so simple and adorable!! I absolutely love these Finger Puppets, thanks for sharing:)”
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Free chose Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Tips for Potty Training from The Resourceful Mama. “I chose this one because I have a 2 year old and I’m about to start the potty training process with her. I haven’t potty trained a toddler in 15 years so this is a great refresher for me. I need to breathe and relax and not sweat the small stuff.”
Kori also chose this post. “Even as a seasoned mom, I always appreciate practical potty training tips. My youngest is not even 2, but I found this post to be helpful.”
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Jillian chose The 5 Truths You Learn From Shopping at ALDI from Frugal Foodie Mama. “I love Aldi, and completely agree with everything Carries says about the store. I love how I am able to save on groceries there, which ends up saving my family money! Such a great post!”
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Elaine chose Basket Case from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl. “Great tutorial at an opportune time. I am working on my garden this week.”
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Elaine chose How to Create a Child Theme from Budget Girl. “Have always been afraid to alter the stylesheet and now I don’t have to!”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose 5 Favorite Photo Editing Apps by Seven Graces. “I really want to make my blog photos POP! This post tells me how to do that with 5 different photo apps before I spend time downloading them.”
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Kori chose Snickerdoodle Paleo Cupcakes Recipe from My Natural Family. ” I love Snickerdoodle cookies so seeing a paleo recipe and in cupcake form was an innovative twist.”
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Lisa chose DIY Frosted Vase from Michelle James Designs. “I love this idea of re-purposing something you would otherwise just throw away. The plastic container once frosted and designed looks wonderful as a vase. I can’t wait to try this.”
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Lisa chose The Pasta Salad Round up from Summer Scraps. “Living in the south, I am always looking for dishes that I don’t have to heat the oven up and this post is great for that. Pasta dishes can be a side or a main meal with little heating of the stove!”
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Latisha chose Spring Style with Pink Blush- Maxi Dresses from Sandy a la Mode. “I love these maxi dresses and totally wish I could wear them. My sense of style does not match my height. I love long flowing dresses like these ones, but with my height, it would be easier for me to wear shorter dresses. I often end up wearing dresses too long for me.”
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Latisha chose Best Things to Do in Hollywood Studios from Simply Designing. “I love being able to hear about this family’s experience with Hollywood Studios and also gain some practical tips for the day I get to take my family there.”
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Natasha chose Happy Easter! My Visit with The Rabbit from Divorced Kat. “Although it’s a topic that people rarely like to talk about, I absolutely LOVED this post. If you’ve ever experienced anything like this in your life, you will completely understand. Great post!”
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The post with the most clicks is How To Double Your Pageviews In 2 Months from Logan Can.
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And the Best of the Best is…

This week we have a tie for 1st place and another tie for 2nd place, so all 4 posts will receive the Best of the Best recognition…Congrats!
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Sunday’s Best – #15



Welcome to Week 15 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our April Showers theme. As they say, April Showers Bring May Flowers, but they also cause us to spend lots of time indoors. We’re looking for indoor activities for kids, Mother’s Day ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY, organizational tips, summer garden preparation tips, SEO and blogging tips. Anything that we can work on during those rainy days. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. 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, 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. 


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.    

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:

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


  
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Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



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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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The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bars from Lou Lou Girls   






I selected 10 Surprisingly Fun Things To Do with Canned Biscuits from Coupin Diva 





Kim M. selected – 23 Ways to Add Farmhouse Style from Cottage Making Mommy  








Congratulations ladies! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this 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. 



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9 Paper Plate Craft Ideas For Kids

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April Showers Bring May Flowers! They also bring the children inside and along with that comes boredom, fights, and too much free time.

My grandson loves to do crafts and I love paper plate crafts.  So, I decided to do a round up of paper plate crafts that I thought he would be interesting in creating.  I focused more on crafts for boys in this roundup.  I have found that there a tons of crafts and other projects for girls, but not much for boys.

Furthermore, I think we forget that little boys need and want to work on their creativity too.  This roundup does have a few crafts that girls may be interested in.  However, they may love the Spider Man, pirate and police car too.

Also, I love the simplicity of most of the crafts.  Paper plates, paint, numbers etc.  Most of the items if not all can be purchased from the Dollar Store.   Let’s check out the roundup:

1.  Giraffe –  First, I found this giraffe on Zayit and Ziva.  I love the little spots on this guy. Looks like a fun craft to make with kids of any age.

2.  Pirates – Ships Ahoy!  I found these pirates on How Wee Learn. This would be a great craft to make at a Pirates birthday party.

3.  Clock – I found this clock idea at Storytime Kate. I loved this idea. It’s a great way to start teaching my grandson how to tell time.

4.  Owl – I found this little guy on Crafts by Amanda. This looks easy enough for a toddler to work on also with assistance.

5.  Police Car – I found this police car on Terrific Preschool Years. I love this idea. It’s a great time to have a conversation with your child about the police and their importance.

6.   Saw – Sixth, I found this saw idea on Easy Preschool Craft. This is a perfect idea for Father’s Day.

7.  Sun – I found this ray of sunshine on About.com.  I think this would be a great craft to make with my granddaughter. The little hand prints for the rays are perfect.

8.  Spider Man – I found this Spider Man plate on In the Playroom.  This is a great craft idea for all the little guys who love Superheroes.

9.  Paper Plate Goose – I found this swan on Making Learning Fun. This is a great site for craft ideas for kids of all ages.

Last, I hope you like my paper plate craft ideas, and find something to make for a rainy day. Which is your favorite?

You may also like: Kid’s Garden Crafts Roundup