Favorite Heirloom Tomatoes & Their Characteristics

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I’m craving fresh vegetables from the garden, especially my favorite heirloom tomatoes.  First, I have my tomato plants under the grow lights, and hopefully I will be tilling the garden in a few weeks. I believe the last frost date in Zone 6B is around May 15.  Heirloom tomatoes take up much of the space in my garden. Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips before you leave.

Why?  Because they have a totally different taste from store brought tomatoes and hybrid tomatoes. It’s hard to describe the flavor of a tomato, it must be experienced. I’m a visual person, so I thought you would like to see the end result of what is being planted in my garden.  Additionally, learn a few characteristics of my favorite tomatoes.  Also, I hope this information will help you make a decision on what tomatoes you want to purchase before you buy from your local garden center.

Before you select your tomato plants, decide how you want to use your tomatoes.  Do you want to use them for sandwiches slices, make sauce, paste or salsa.  Or do you want to use them in salads?  Will you canning them?  I love slicing tomatoes in the summer and just eating them with a little mayo and pepper. Yum! I also make salsa, sauce, freeze them and can my harvest, so I need a variety in my garden.

Here’s a few of my favorite tomatoes.  Lets start with the tomatoes in the picture below:

1. Brandywine Pink (back)  – First, I like this tomato for its color and taste. How often do you see a pink tomato? The Brandywine Pink has a sweet taste, so I use it on sandwiches and as my go to when I want my sliced tomatoes with mayo. I also cut these in cubes for salads and tacos. I grow the Brandywine Red and Brandywine Yellow as well.

2. Hillybilly (center) –  Next, the Hillbilly originated in my home state West Virginia. The color is a mix of yellow and red. It is delicious and has a sweet taste. It slices beautifully. I also add it to fresh salsa or salads.

3. Yellow Beefsteak (center left) –  So, I like the size of this tomato. It’s great for slicing.  The tomato is large and it’s great for thick slices.  Also, I add it to salads and salsa. I have a mixture of beefsteak seeds, so I don’t know if I’m going to get red, yellow, orange or green. It’s always nice to see what the end result is in the garden.

4. Brandywine Yellow (center right) –  This tomato has a better taste that the
Brandywine Pink, but it doesn’t produce as many tomatoes and it’s the last tomato plant in the garden to produce fruit. If you find that you like this tomato, you may want to double the amount of plants in your garden and stalk them well. They produce fruit up to 2 pounds each. Very pretty in salads or slices.

5. Cherokee Purple (front center)  – This tomato has beautiful deep burgundy color. The flavor is bold. This tomato is what home gardening is about, and no home kitchen garden is complete without at least one plant.

 

6.  Amish Paste (Heirloom) – This is the tomato that I use for sauce. It’s a plum tomato that is meaty. I also use for salsa. Be warned, this plant grows hardy amounts of fruit that will topple your cage if not heavily stalked.

 

 

7. Better Boy (Hybrid) – One of the most popular if not the most popular tomato in the garden. This is the slicer of all slicers and great on burgers. Nice medium size tomato that you can’t go wrong planting.

 

 

8.  Early Girl (Hybrid) – Another kitchen garden favorite.  As result, I plant Early Girl because it produces early and it’s a great slicer.  Early Girl is perfect on burgers as well as my go to for tomatoes and mayo.

 

9. Paul Robeson (Heirloom) – Last, this tomato is called the luxury tomato. It is named for Paul Robeson who was considered elegant, renowned, and charismatic. I think this is my favorite tomato.  I remember the first time I tasted this tomato, I fell in love.  Because the taste is indescribably delicious, it will have a place in my garden if no other makes it way in.
Heirloom tomatoes are not know for their beauty, but their taste.  The crack and have other blemishes, but the tast remains superior.  I hope that you found my list of favorite heirloom tomatoes beneficial.  You may also like:  10 Benefits of Vegetable Gardening.
 
 
 
 

17 Tips To Help Your Child Make Friends




Just like adults, every child has a desire to make friends. They want to be invited to parties, sleep-overs, and have playmates on the playground. It’s a natural instinct, but they may need a little help in reaching out to another child. Children develop friendships differently from adults, they must first learn social skills. These skills include learning how to communicate, solve problems, cooperate, and negotiate (share). Here are a few tips to help your child make friends:

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Turn It Up Tuesday – #85

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the 85th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! Warm weather has arrived and I’m looking forward to getting outside and enjoying outdoor activities. I’m happy you’re able to join us this week. We had an amazing April…thank you so much for linking up with us and entering to win the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway!!!!
Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 392 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!

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Our sponsor for May is Dolled Up Spa Boutique.
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We are 2 sisters who wanted to inspire and encourage all the beautiful young girls in our lives. We wanted to pamper them and give them confidence all while having fun. So we started doing Spa parties and events, everything from manicures, pedicures, facials, hair and make up. Then we started making accessories, spa products, tutus and now clothing.We started off by doing it for the girls we know, then we started going to our local street fair and then we decided to open up our very own boutique. We love what we do and we love to create unique one of a kind items, just like these precious little girls. After all playing dress up, putting on jewelry, doing your hair and make up never goes out of style. We say the fluffier the better, there is never too much sparkle and glitter you say….Yes please!! We hope that you like what we have created.
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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 | 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

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Rachel chose How to Grow Pineapples from Olives-n-Okra. “I’ve been wanting to try this method to grow pineapples now that we have a backyard with a ton of sun. This looks really easy and I figure it’s worth a try since I have a pineapple at home right now!”
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Rachel chose Rustic Chocolate Pecan Pie from A Sprinkle of This and That. “I had a dessert like this at my birthday dinner earlier this year. Seeing this recipe makes me want to recreate it at home.”
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Kori chose How to Add More Blogging Time to Your Day from our very own Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith. “I chose this one because it’s something that I seem to struggle with daily. Though I’m not really a morning person and I prefer to use my nights otherwise, I can definitely see the benefit of staying up late to work or getting up early to work.”
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Kori chose Blog Design Tips You’ll Love from The Organized Dream. “I chose this one because I’m always looking for new blog design tips. A few I had tried previously and they just didn’t work for me but that’s not to say that they wouldn’t work for someone else.”
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Zografia chose How To Promote Your Business Spending 30 Minutes A Day? from our very own Nancy from Afro Chic Mompreneur. “This great post makes things easier. An easy schedule for everyone!”
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Zografia chose Do you have the Courage to be a Blogger? from Frugal & Coupon Crazy. “There are these days. When i do not have the courage. But i get myself together and go on.”
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Mari chose Creamy Avocado Zoodles with Chipotle Lime Shrimp from Dizzy Busy & Hungry. “Kristin’s share looked so creamy and delish. I am not a big fan of chipotle stuff but I would def give this a try.”
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Mari chose Mac & Cheese RITZ® Bites from Mom’s Messy Miracles. “I loved Christina’s ritz treats. I always by a box to keep handy for whatever may come up and this is one of those things I must try!”
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Tina chose Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze and Reese’s Cups from The Gold Lining Girl. “Chocolate and peanut butter is a win win for me. What a yummy recipe and so easy to follow. I’m making more tomorrow!!!Thanks so much for sharing!”
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Elaine chose Tea Recipes for 12 Everyday Illnesses from Happy Cortex. ” I am always looking for great new healthy recipes and this fits the bill.”
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Elaine chose Shrimp Avocado Tostadas from A Sprinkle of This and That.  “I am always looking for great new healthy recipes and this fits the bill.”
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Tiffany chose The Difference Between a Graphic Designer and Brand Designer from our very own Tenns from Bliss and Faith. “I picked this post because honestly it taught me something. I had never truly realized that simply a change title could be such a big difference in purpose. Knowing what you need is definitely a big help to getting it right the first time.”

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Tiffany chose Don’t be that girl, little one. Just don’t. from Gym. Craft. Laundry. “As the mother of 2 girls I know that protecting from mean girls is important but being certain that mean girl isn’t them is just as important.”
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Lisa chose Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Memories by the Mile. “Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is my number one favorite so I am excited about trying this recipe! Especially since it doesn’t require churning in an ice cream machine since I haven’t made that investment.”
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Lisa chose Thrillin’ Grillin’- Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Kebabs from The Wilderness Wife. “Oh my gosh, these Grilled Chicken Veggie Kebabs look amazing. The marinade sounds delicious and I love all the tips to making perfect kebabs!”
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Stacey chose Fresh Fruit Tropical Punch Popsicles from Lemons and Laughs. “These look wonderful and would be an amazing afternoon treat in the heat of summer, that my daughter would absolutely love. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Rhonda chose The Importance of Having a Will from Confessions of a Ninja Mom. “If you want to ensure that your last wishes are carried out without incident, you must have a will. I have one, and I’m so glad that I finally took the step to put everything in writing.”
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Rhonda chose How To Make a Succulent Birdcage Wreath from Thrifty Artsy Girl. “I love the idea of having a bird cage as a wreath on the front door. It’s a unique idea to welcome guests.”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose Things I Hate About the Internet from The Lady Errant.. “So true! I spend a lot of time on the internet because I love it. But there are just certain things that get on my last nerve in regards to it. Kelly points those things out in her post.”
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Kimberly chose 5 Reasons You Should NOT Pay Off Your Mortgage from MBA SAHM. “My husband is a Financial Advisor and he is always giving people this bit of advice. I think it is so important that people know they don’t have to pay off their mortgage early. Nikki breaks down the reasons for you.”
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Ginger chose The Best Twist Out Ever from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams. “I love her hair and now I have a fabulous new blog to follow!”
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Ginger chose DIY . all natural remineralizing toothpaste from te amo too. ” I have been thinking about trying my own toothpaste and this recipe came along at the perfect time.”
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Natasha chose Embracing My Post Baby Body from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “It is so amazingly important to embrace the changes that your body experiences after having a child.  This post really helps to put that into perspective. Great post!”
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Natasha chose This Is Not Why You’re Alive from Happy Cortex. “It’s so easy to fall into the everyday, mundane routine. But it’s good to take a step back and realize that we need to be doing more with our lives, and finding ways to enhance life.  Thanks for the wake-up call – great post!”
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And the Best of the Best is…

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How To Promote Your Business Spending 30 Minutes A Day? from our very own Nancy from Afro Chic Mompreneur
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Giveaways!

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The winners from the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway have been announced!
Week 1 Winner: Kelly L.
Week 2 Winner: Carrie from The Frugal Foodie Mama
Week 3 Winner: Stephanie K.
Week 4 Winner: Stephanie P.

 

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! – Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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Blogging Tips From On The Scene With Mrs. Kathy King


This is the first interview of a series that I will be doing on Mother 2 Mother.  First, my goal is to  provide resources and information that will assist beginner bloggers and others who wish to grow their blog. Hopefully, the tips will help bloggers who are interested in turning their hobby into a professional site.  My interviews will be with Professional Bloggers who have already achieved this  goal, and are willing to share a few tips and tricks to help others succeed.

Today I’m On the Scene with Mrs. Kathy King.  Let’s begin the interview:
Question 1 – Please tell our readers a little about yourself:
 
Mrs. Kathy King – “I’m just me. It’s only by the grace of God I’m even where I’m at.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be blogging.  One of the reasons why I blog is so I can be home with my daughter. When I first started blogging I had just changed my job.  I’m a corporate girl, I got laid off.  I was making six figures, so I figured that it would be better for me to learn how to save money now that I had lost my job. This was after 2008, I didn’t know if the market would ever allow me to make six figures again. I made a conscious effort to learn how to save money.”

“My hobby, couponing, turned into an actual site; however, things changed. I started reporting the best deals, anything that was family friendly that moms could enjoy. “It took me about six months to grow my following from 1 follower to 16,000 on Facebook.”

“In 2013, I started going to actual blogger conventions; however, my passion had changed. My true passion is my family, and my daughter.  After going to a couple of amazing blogger conventions which I recommend anyone who wants to be successful blogging, they have to invest time to go to blogger conventions. If they don’t have the money they never know what God can do because in 2013, I didn’t have the budget to afford it, but I noticed where some of the places where giving away scholarships.  I applied to the different scholarships and two of the places I wanted to go I actually received scholarship funds. You never know what God can do.  I was blessed to go.”

“I did something that most bloggers fear, fear. So, I decided to change my site. By this time I had already invested 2 ½ – 3 years into my site, and I decided I don’t want a Deal Blog. I’m going to change my entire name. I went from being a Deal Blogger to actually putting myself in front of my audience.  Because I was in marketing, I think that the more you put yourself in front of your audience and the more you. Brand your blog as yourself, the better of a Brand you get.  I was in marketing for years before starting my site.  So I know that it was important to put yourself in front of your audience because it helps to establish a relationship and build a brand.”The huge risks were:

1.  Would my fans like it?
2. Would they be receptive?
3. Would they think I had an ego?

“By the end of 2014, my fans loved it. My user engagement increased and my fan loyalty increased.  People like seeing a real face, a real woman in front instead of just being behind a blog name.“
Question 2 – Where you already on WordPress? There’s a debate going on as to whether bloggers can be successful on the Blogger platform.
 
Mrs. Kathy King – “In  the beginning of my blog I started off on Blogger. Because of my Marketing
background I wanted to change for these reasons:

1.      You get better SEO
2.     Better capabilities
3.     You own the database
4.     Better opportunities

Most people stay on Blogger for these reasons:

1.  They don’t want to spend the money
2.  Fear
3.  Their blog is a hobby

If you want to make your blog a business, you should move to WordPress.  I started on a VPN server and than as my site grew, I was blessed to move to a Dedicated server.”
 
Question 3 – Share your  experience when you attended the World Premiere of CinderellaI
followed you on Facebook, and my favorite pictures where when you were on the red carpet and the one with you standing beside Cinderella’s ball gown.


Mrs. Kathy King – “Cinderella is every girl’s dream. Everyone wants to see their Fairy God
Mother. It was one of the most amazing experiences that God could have ever
given me. It was a very diverse group of bloggers that attended.  At the end of the day, Cinderella is
universal.  J.C. Penny provided hair
stylists, a makeup artist and light hor d’oeuvres.  They accessorized you; it was the first time
that I was sponsored and Sydney’s Closet, a major dress company, sent me the perfect dress. It was amazing.”
Question 4 – How do you connect with Brands?

Mrs. Kathy King – There are several ways to connect with Brands:

1.   Add yourself to CISION
2.  Send them a letter. Provide your stats. Look  professional from your posts.
3.  Follow Brands on Tweeter. Their social media people live on Twitter.
4. Brands are watching you. Start writing about Brands that you like. Not everything has to be given to you.

“A touchy subject is to charge. Your time is valuable.  Make sure everything you do on your site
benefits your fans and your home. Make sure you value yourself. Do I charge for everything? I do not, but I now have a clear understanding of the time it takes for me to do a social selfie, send out a tweet, write a sponsored post or video. Therefore, I charge and schedule my time accordingly.”Make sure your blog works for you. What does money look like to you?  What does payment look like to you?  I even charge to tweet. I’ve become more of a helpful tips kind of site instead of a product
review site. If you have questions on whom you can charge or not change email me at me@MrsKathyKing.com. “

“Get an editorial calendar and write in series.  For example, I write several Cinderella posts.  I have several Easter posts and I like them. You have to have your own voice before you follow other bloggers because you just end up copying them. That’s not fair to them and that makes people not like you.

Make your theme work for you. With events, Disney is  something I do for fun.  The DVDs are  something I do for my fans and I have a 2 year old.  So of course owning a DVD collection is a  great thing to do.”
Question 5 – What advice would you give bloggers on how to promote their on-line presence on
Facebook and Twitter?


Mrs. Kathy King – “The reason why Facebook and Twitter are my biggest followings is because Facebook
was the number one social media when I first started, so that’s what I focused on building. Twitter was the second venue, so those were the two things I focused on building. Although in the end I should have focused on Twitter
instead of Facebook.”
  • Facebook is about engagement. It’s about sharing other people’s information. Become more of a
    curator.  Share videos and people’s stuff.
  • Twitter is about engagement too. Talk to people and retweet with other bloggers.
  • Pinterest is about being consistent. Pin popular pins. Make sure your pins are being shared
    too. Invest in blogger social media groups. Groups that like to share each other pins and tweets.
  • Instagram is about sharing pictures.
  • Growing your fan base isn’t about getting your fan base
    right out the door. It takes time.
 Question 6 – If you had 2 minutes to give new bloggers advice, what would it be?
Mrs. Kathy King – “Don’t get stressed because you don’t know what your own voice is, because it
takes time. Know your worth and do not sell yourself short. If you want this to be your full time job, have the courage to go in there with a price because you never know if they’re willing to pay.”

Kathy is a Social Media Strategist, Pro Blogger & Influencer. When she is not blogging or promoting Brands On The Scene With Mrs. Kathy King, she enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and their 3 children. Kathy and her family reside in Long Beach, CA.






Sunday’s Best – #17



Welcome to Week 17 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This will be the last week for our April Showers theme.  Next month our theme will be May Flowers.  

This week 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 and for Mother’s Day. 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 to/follow 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 10 Ways Not To Lose Yourself In Motherhood from Supermom






I selected I Made It Myself: No Sew Curtains from Half Mom Half Amazing 





Kim M. selected – Rocky Road Cookie Bars from Lou Lou Girls  







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 – #84

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the 84th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Be sure to enter our Paypal Giveaway. This is the last week of April…and the last week for our Just to Say Thank You Giveaway!!!!
Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 315 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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Great Escapes Travel is a full service travel agency specializing in Leisure and Group Travel.
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 | 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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Kori chose 7 Powerful Pinterest Tips from Tabler Party of Two. “I chose this one because I’m trying to learn more about Pinterest and this post was very practical as far as the advice that she gave.”
Jillian also chose this post. “I am always looking for more tips to master Pinterest and this post is seriously full of them!!”
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. “Andrea’s post has some great tips about using Pinterest to attract traffic to your blog. I am always looking for new ways to improve this method of social media.”
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Kori chose Bite Size Beignets from Lou Lou Girls. “I was born in New Orleans, famous for it’s beignets so when I saw this post, I was drawn to it instantly. I can’t believe how easy that recipe is!”
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Lisa chose Cream Puffs with Strawberry Cream from A Sprinkle of This and That. “Cream puffs with Strawberry Cream inside. Enough said! I can’t wait to make these!!”
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Lisa chose Kids, Social Media and Bullying – What Should A Parent Teach? from Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. “I love this post! Informative and every parent needs to read it and share with their children. Social Media bullying is now the new old bullying and it needs to be stopped and we need to better educate our children about it. Great post.”
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Mari chose Ways to Enjoy a Simpler Lifestyle from Little House Living. “I love things that will allow me to stay present and enjoy each moment. When I began to practice Yoga and Meditation a few years ago focusing on breathing, just breathing was an awesome freedom. We take our breaths for granted, so her tips really made me smile and enjoy the read.”
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Mari chose Succulent cuttings from Sum of their Stories. “I couldn’t pass on Julie’s share because if you visit my blog you will see I am obsessed with Succulent Plants!!!! They are easy to maintain and multiply and a lovely addition to brighten any room in your home. This post made me get up and work on some more cuttings! Thanks Julie!”

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Free chose Why You Need to Take a Break from Just Another Mom. “As a mom to two toddlers my life is always on go mode. I always want to relax but never take the time to do so. I know I need a break.”
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Free chose How to Customize Jetpack Related Posts from The Lady Errant. “I love learning how to do something new for my blog and making the most of the things that matter most to me and my blog.”
Jillian also chose this post. “Personalizing my blog as much as possible, will help me build a brand. This post has taught me how to personalize my Jetpack “related posts,” which is something I had no idea could be done!”
Ginger also chose this post. “I have jetpack but I rally had no idea how to use it. This post was very informative and I will definitely be referring back to it.”
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Zografia chose The Kitchen – Back to the Future Style from Family and the Lake House. “I wish our kitchen was as beautiful as this one! I love the backsplash!”
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Zografia chose 5 Fun Cleaning Games to Play with Your Kids from Cornerstone Confessions. “Our 18 month old loves cleaning and helping when i cook. These games will come in handy!”
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Stacey chose Rocky Road Cookie Bars from Lou Lou Girls. “These look absolutely wonderful! For me there is nothing better than chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Ginger chose DIY Movie Theater Sign from Lou Lou Girls. “I have a movie themed party coming up and this would make a great decorative touch.”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose Titles I Would Have So Owned, If I Wasn’t “Mom” from Laugh Out Loud Mommy. “Brittany gave me a good laugh at her numerous character roles before she was a mom. I found myself wondering which ones I would “so own”!”
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Tina chose DIY Stenciled Hot Pad Holder from View from the Fridge. “What a wonderful idea, I love this tutorial,nice and easy😃,thanks for sharing.”
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Tina chose Easy Popsicle Recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Popsicles from Gym. Craft. Laundry. “I love these protein popsicles. A great way to treat yourself!Thanks for sharing.”
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Natasha chose Teaching Kids About Money from Three Kids and a Fish. “What a great idea to take your child to the bank to build a relationship with money! I’m definitely going to have to do that with my son. Thanks for sharing!”
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Natasha chose 14 Different Ways to Increase Your Blog’s Pinterest Traffic from MBA SAHM. “I’ve been looking for ways to increase my Pinterest traffic, and these are definitely some great tips to help me on my way. Great post!”
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The post with the most clicks is The Absolute, Best Thing About Blogging! from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller.
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And the Best of the Best is…

We have a tie for 1st place…
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7 Powerful Pinterest Tips from Tabler Party of Two
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And a tie for second place…
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Rocky Road Cookie Bars from Lou Lou Girls
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5 Fun Cleaning Games to Play with Your Kids from Cornerstone Confessions
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This month, we did something a bit different with our giveaway! Each week this month, we selected one entrant to win $50 Paypal cash!  You increase your chances of winning by stopping by each week and entering to win!
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The winners from the 1st 3 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
Week 3 Winner: Stephanie K.
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15 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Mom

Mother’s Day is around the corner.  So, everyone will in search of Mother’s Day gift ideas.  It’s so important that we honor our mothers, but are you tired of giving and receiving the same gifts for Mother’s Day?  Do you want to do something unique and memorable, but lack innovation?  Because I have come up with a few great Mother’s Day gift ideas, you have no worries.  These ideas will lead to an unexpected and exciting Mother Day with a little ingenuity. No flowers, chocolates, or dinner at a local restaurant on this list.  Just unique ideas that will be sure to please. Here’s my list of unique Mother’s Day gift ideas:

 

 

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1.  Photo Blanket –  First, I loved this idea and it’s great for any occasion. Gather a few of mom’s favorite photos or yours and have them added to a nice warm blanket for mom to snuggle in. Great for chilly evenings and week-ends or just to display.  Great conversation piece too.  Order two, you may want to keep this one.

 


 
2.  Wine Club Membership – Next, is mom a wine lover?  How about a membership to the Wine of the Month Club or a wine gift basket.  Furthermore, two bottles of wine per month will be shipped to your front door or a fine wine gift basket delivered. This would be a perfect gift for me, as I’m a lover of wines especially red wines. You may also want to check your local winery to inquire about a custom basket for mom or membership.

 

  
3.  Breakfast in Bed – So, how about serving mom breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day?  Fortunately, any week-end will do for this Mother’s Day gift idea.  Serve her breakfast in bed for a month?  For example, serve a bowl of fresh fruit and a croissant.  Also, yogurt with her favorite coffee is good or go ahead and whip up a full fledged breakfast starting with fresh squeezed juice.  Follow that up with bacon, eggs and toast. Print up a few certificates and place them in a gift box. When mom needs a break, let her turn in one of her coupons for breakfast Saturday or Sunday morning.


  4.  Afternoon Tea – Next, invite  a few of mom’s friends or family member over and serve them tea and biscuits or tea sandwiches.  Maybe they would like a sconce or bite size desserts too.  Nothing fancy, just a fun and relaxing day with the girls.

 

 

5.  Latte Machine – About how this, purchase a Latte machine and whip up a few Lattes.  Rather than running out for a special treat, she can brew her own in the comfort of home.

 

 

6.  Massage – Get mom a gift certificate for a massage. I have one every year for my birthday, and I swear by them. The Swedish Massage is my favorite. They rub and roll all my stress away from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.  Additionally, you may be able to find a masseuse who makes home visits.

 

 
7.  Dinner for Two – Make her favorite meal at home.  One of my best memories of Mother’s Day was a home cooked meal, and I didn’t have to cook it.  I’m not sure if it was truly the taste or the thought that made it so delicious.

 


8.  Happy Hour – Invite a few of mom’s friends over for cocktails and be their bartender.  Also, add a designated driver for the evening.  Offer a buffet of wings or shrimp, cheese and crackers, vegetables with dip and fresh fruit. She will love you for it, and so will her friends.  This is a great Mother’s Day gift idea.


 

9.  Cleaning Service – Another idea, I have cleaning service once a month and it is heavenly.  My house is cleaned from top to bottom, and I lightly maintain it during the rest of the month.  Best gift ever.

 

 

10.  Magazine Subscription I love being able to sit in my favorite chair on Saturday mornings and flip through my favorite magazines, Bird and Blooms and People, while sipping a cup of coffee and watching the news.  Birds and Blooms not mom’s thing, just subscribe to mom’s favorite magazine.  Be sure the first copy is available in time for Mother’s Day.

 

 

11. Coffee Club Membership – Another Mother’s Day gift idea is a membership to a coffee club.  I had membership a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  Most of all, a different flavor of coffee is shipped each month.

 

 
12. Manicure/Pedicure Get mom a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure at a local nail salon.  Not only is it relaxing, but summer is around the corner.  She will want to have her tootsies ready for sandals.

 

 

13.  Salon Gift Certificate –  Another good idea is a gift certificate. Moms often sacrifice to ensure everyone else has what they need.  So, why not get her a gift certificate to a local salon for a hair cut or color.  I guarantee, it will be welcome.

 

 

14. River Boat Cruise  – Another Mother’s Day gift idea at the top of my list is a day cruise. So, if you live near a riverboat took a dinner cruise.  Also, let mom play the slots for a few hours or just enjoy the cruise and dinner.

 

 
15.  Gift Card – Last, a gift card for a small shopping trip or on-line excursion is always welcome. Fortunately, gift cards can be used by mom to purchase that item she’s been eyeing for a while.  It give her freedom to use it on what she wants when she wants.

Finally, I hope you have been inspired by my Mother’s Day gift ideas.  Most importantly, select an idea or two for your mom or yourself.  In conclusion, I highly recommend them.  Especially,  since I have indulged in the majority of the ideas. What’s your favorite idea on the list?  Please leave a comment.

Inspirational Quote – Will Smith

18 Mother’s Day Crafts

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It is hard to believe that Mother’s Day is around the corner.  First, I’ve been searching for a few projects to make with my grandchildren for their mother and their other grandmother.   Fortunately, I found quite a few adorable Mother’s Day crafts that would be perfect gifts for this special occasion.

I always try to find a variety of crafts to offer the kids, because I never know what will inspire them.  One day they love markers and crayons, the next day it could be finger paints.  So, I look for projects that require materials that I have on hand or that I can purchase from the Dollar store.  You how much I love that store.

Anyway, I wanted to share my roundup of Mother’s Day crafts with you.  I hope that you will be inspired to make a few gifts with your children or grandchildren:

1.  Picture Flower Pot – The Daily CrazinessSo creative!  First, who would think to add pictures to a flower pot.  I love the thought of creating the flower pot as shown, and than placing a pot of tulips inside of it.  Also, the pot of tulips can be planted in the yard on or after Mother’s Day.  Furthermore, the pot can be used in the summer for herbs.  Mom and/or grandma can place it in the kitchen window.

2.  Button Bouquet –  PinterestSorry,  but I was unable to locate the craft on the site referenced. It seems pretty simple to make, so bring out that jar of buttons, make a pretty bow and a few stem.  Finally, start gluing. I think the kids will have fun placing the buttons to make the bouquet.

3.  Heart House  –  Crafty Morning Great way to show mom how much you appreciate the home she has made for you.   A few craft sticks, buttons, cut out heart, some glue and you’re good to go.

4.  Hand Print Flower – Nifty MomSimple enough to make with a toddler, finger paints and some card stock.

5.  Teacup –  Mr. Printables.  It’s actually an invitation for to a tea party.  But it was so adorable I thought it could be adapted as a Mother’s Day gift.  What’s better than a tea party invitation from your son or daughter.

6.  Hand Print Vase –  Love Bugs and Post Cards.  Also, this could be a fun project.  Coming up with reasons why the kids love mom or grandma and tracing little hands can be a great way to start a Saturday.

7.  Watering Can Mother’s Day Card –  Crafty Morning.  This project is at the top of my list. I will be changing the blue hearts with water drops. This blogger has several other Mother’s Day projects on her site, so be sure to check them out.

8.   Mother’s Day Coupons –  Penny Pinching Mom. I love this idea. You print the coupons, color them, and than give them to mom. The coupons are for 1 breakfast in bed and 2 loads of folded laundry. How cute is that.

9.   Mom Deserves A Hand – Happy Home Fairy The card is a free printable. Head to Bath & Body and let the kids pick out their favorite scent for mom. Clever idea.

10.  Bottle Cap Flower –   Crafty Morning This is an easy craft to make in little time.  You will need to collect beer bottle caps, stock card, glue and a Sharpie. I saw this card on another site with a twist, the word MOM had been added to the top 3 caps for a personal touch.

11.  Love You Bunches   – Crafty Morning Next, this craft is perfect for toddlers. It requires finger paints, stock card, and the joy of sticking your thumb in the paint. I would suggest making dots on the stock card and using the dots as a guide for the shape.

12.  Folding Craft Stick Flowers –  Danielle’s Place  I loved the idea of the gift folding and being wrapped with a simple ribbon. My initial thought was to put a magnet on the back and stick it on the refrigerator after grandma or mom opens it or hang it with a pretty ribbon. Be creative.

13.  Fingerprint Flowers – Crafty Morning  Fortunately, we found a few crafts for adorable for little fingers,  And you don’t need a lot of materials to complete the project.  If you don’t have scrapbook paper, stock card or construction paper should work.

14.  Picture Monogram –  BHG   Mother’s Day crafts allow us to get creative.  So, creativity will help make this a great gift.  You can use either M for mom, G for Grandma or Gigi, or N for Nana.

15.  Lion Card –  Crafty Morning  This little card will be easy to make with a fork, marker, a piece of stock card.  And you can get the eyes from your local craft store.  I actually found a bag of eyes at the Dollar Tree for a buck.

16.  Love You To Pieces –  Clip Zine.   If you’re like me, there’s always a puzzle laying around with missing pieces?  Recycle it and make this adorable gift for mom or grandma.

17.  Hand Print Towel –  This Simple HomeCute!  This is a great idea for Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday present.

18.  Hand Print Bouquet –  Simply Sweet Teaching  Last, but not least.  I love the idea of using hand and foot prints in children’s art.  Also, hand and foot prints can be framed.  Furthermore, the prints can created on a background other than black. I do love adding the year to the print though.

Finally, our Mother’s Day crafts will make great gifts.  They’re actually quite inspirational.  Pick out one or two and start crafting with the kids.  Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorites.

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.   


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