10 Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas



Will you be planning a birthday party this year?  I have planned many birthday parties over the years, but always seem to struggle with the kids on a theme.  Finding kids birthday party ideas can be time consuming too.  Some years we keep the party small, and other years we go all out.  However, I must say the years that when we go all out it takes work.  Bit it is so worth it.

First, I’ve created a roundup of  kids birthday party ideas to inspire you. Hopefully, they will get your creative juices flowing, and you will be planning your child or grandchild’s party this year in no time:

 

1.  Peppa Pig  – So, my granddaughter loves Peppa Pig.  And I loved this cupcake idea.  As a matter of fact, I checked out the directions and they are easy to make.  So cute, and they kids will love them.


 
2.  Tea Party– I love having tea parties with my granddaughter.  My granddaughter is a princess.  And princesses love to dress up and drink tea.  This party suggest having each guest and their parent decorate a hat.  This is a great idea for a birthday party or a day with your daughter/granddaughter and a few friends.
 
 
 
 
3.  Western – Next, check out this photo booth prop.  Actually, The Wanted Sign is made from cardboard.  A stencil could be used to make the letters. Add a few bales of hay,  and a few other decorating ideas.  You’ll make memories forever, and your Lil Buckaroo will love it.
 
 
4.  Art –  Let’s not leave out our little artists.  This beautifully decorated cake will thrill the little artist and their guests.  After all, they will love this cake dripping with paint.  Very pretty and creative.
 
 

 

The Cat In The Hat –  Oh, how I love the 1 Fish, 2 Fish idea.  Especially, in the shape of cookies. Great idea for party favors.
 
 
 
 
8.  Doc McStuffin  – Doc McStuffin was found under my Christmas tree this year. My granddaughter loves to doctor her little patients too. These edible Q-tips are adorable.  Furthermore, they are a great idea for the doctor’s office too.  Most importantly, they are simple to make.  Simply dip a small pretzel sticks dipped into  melted white chocolate.  Simple enough, right.

 

9.  Ballet    I love this party decoration for a ballet party.  The little ballerina in your life will love her too.  What a great way to welcome guests.  Most importantly, it’s a kit that can be ordered from an Etsy shop, check it out.  You can do it.

 



10. Ladybug –  My baker did a great job making my granddaughter’s first birthday cake.  The small cake was used for her smash cake, and the other to serve the guests on Christening Day.  Under the fondant is a butter cream icing and yellow cake.

Finally, I hope these kid’s birthday party ideas will inspire you.  Use your imagination and be creative, the possibilities are endless.  You may also like Children’s Carnival Birthday Party Ideas.

Turn It Up Tuesday – #74

Welcome to the 74th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks for joining us last week as we celebrated Valentine’s Day!
Last week, we had yet another record-breaking week with 447 links – what an awesome 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

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.
Attention! There is an elite group of women walking freely among the average citizens of the world. These freakishly instinctive beings are capable of physical, mental, and emotional acts of greatness. They tend to appear irritated, exhausted, and are almost always bombarded by very tiny renegades who are whining and/or yelling. These women come in many shapes and sizes, however they all respond to a single name: Mom. If you know one of these women, if you are one of these women, or if you are going to be one of these women, you need this book!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

 

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 New Mama Diaries | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Alyssa from Life from My Laptop | Lisa from Blogghetti | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Sarah from Pretty Simple Ideas

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

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Danielle chose We Wear Short Shorts … #WomensLives from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. “I chose this post because, as a step-mother to a teen-aged girl, I have been given an new perspective on many young adult issues. One of the most prevalent ones is harassment. Many people think that ‘well that girl is asking for trouble, just look at the way she dresses.’ But the problem is much more complicated. This post gives the other side to the story that more people need to hear.”
This post also received the second most clicks last week.
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Alyssa chose Operation Project Organization – Month 2 Paperwork ~ IN PROGRESS from Renovar. “This is my favorite post this week because I love to organize, but I don’t always do it well so these are great tips I plan to implement in my own life.”
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Cathy chose ChalkLate (Chalk + Chocolate) Valentine’s Day Party Ideas from Play. Party. Pin. “Britni’s Valentine Chalkboard Party Idea Table is the cutest idea!!! I absolutely love tablescapes and she did this one up for the perfectly in time for a V-day party!!! What a great concept! The mini chocolate donuts on a stick are easy and I adore the chocolate milk!”
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Tina chose Super Simple Chocolate Truffles from Little House Living. “Love the simplicity and yumminess of this recipe, two ingredients chocolate truffles, I’d love to play with peanut butter or nutella.  Great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing,I’m making some this weekend!!”
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Rose chose {Recipe} Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower from The Joyful Foodie. “This recipe sounds absolutely delicious with the caramelized balsamic!”
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Tina also chose A Valentines Day Banner from Little Shack on the Hill. “I love it!!So cute.What a creative and fun activity, Thanks for sharing a great printable!!”
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Elaine chose How to Start a Product Review Blog from So Simply Stephanie. “Great tips to get me back on track to do product reviews.”
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Jillian chose Plan with Me – How I Plan In My Erin Condren Planner + $10 coupon from Mama’s Got It Together. “I am obsessed with my Erin Condren, and am constantly on the lookout for new, fresh ideas to organize my life with it. Sarah does a great job of showing how she uses her planner.”
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Jillian chose How to Create a Budget Spreadsheet from Budget Girl. “I chose this post because I will be leaving my job soon, and working from home. Money will be a bit tighter, but I believe with a budget we’ll be just fine. This post gives a great, quick tutorial on how to create a budget worksheet.”
Kelly also chose this post. “After my husband recently changed jobs, I really need to overhaul our budget. Zach has some great tips about why and how to create a budget; and the free downloadable spreadsheet is very user friendly. It’s really handy how it can be edited to suit individual needs and I love how it includes a column for an emergency fund, in addition to savings! What a great idea.”
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Lisa chose Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes from Living Better Together.  “I chose these Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes simply on looks alone. They are gorgeous and mouth-watering delicious looking. Once I read the recipe, I was hooked. I love doctoring up boxed cake mixes and Rebecca did this one to the max!”
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Lisa chose Coffee Pod Seed Starters with McCafe from Krystal’s Stitch. “Krystal’s great re-purposing use of the K-cups for seed starters is perfect. I hate throwing away the K-cups and now I can get my herb garden going easily. Not to mention, I get to drink more coffee…win-win!”
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Mari chose Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Flavor Mosaic. “I chose Michele’s brownies because the mosaic look was amazing. It’s one of those treats that bring a smile to your face because the presentation is so great! The cherries look so fresh and added such great color. I can’t wait to try it!”
Natasha also chose this post. “These brownies look absolutely delicious. I love cherry, I LOVE cheesecake, and I love brownies – the combination must surely be magical. Thanks so much for sharing with us! I look forward to trying it!”
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Latisha chose Can You Homeschool and Work at Home? from The End in Mind with Lori Lane. “This post has very informative, encouraging, useful and relevant information that I needed this week.”
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Latisha also chose 8 Must Know Pinterest Tips for Bloggers from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “This post has very informative, encouraging, useful and relevant information that I needed this week.”
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Kelly chose 5 Tips to Keep Your Facebook Page Alive from Seven Graces. “I have been blogging for less than six months and was rather late to start a Facebook page. I haven’t been regimented with how I use social media to promote my blog, and this is a practice I would like to implement. These tips from Seven Graces will really help me to work more effectively on my Facebook page and hopefully get some more likes!”
Tiffany also chose this post. “I was so late to the game in discovering the benefits of scheduling out posts on Facebook. Kris not only gives great ways to use this tool but 4 other tips that will definitely make your Facebook Page a success.”
Alyssa also chose this post. “Facebook is always a challenge, so I love these tips and plan to implement them on my blog.​”
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Jessica chose Negotiate Away Bad Debt on Credit Reports from Debt Free Divas. “Awesome advice! I was wearing the same shoes when I got divorced many moons ago. I was in a situation to buy a home but unfortunately the “ex” was still attached to my credit report. I had to clean up my report using the suggestions given on the post. A few months later, my credit score went up thus allowing me to buy my home.”
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Tiffany chose Top 10 Movies for Valentines Day from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. “I loved this post simply for Valentine’s Sake (teehee) Thanks to Barbie I have a movie to watch this Valentines that I haven’t seen yet…”
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Zografia chose Revamp Thrifty Chair from Fabi Fabu. “I am in love with the fur seat! I wish i had a chair like looking like that!”
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Zografia also chose Farmhouse Mudroom Makeover- Just with Paint from Fynes Designs. “That’s one of the most amazing room transformations i have ever seen! Such a difference!”
Natasha also chose this post. “Absolutely amazing! It seems like a completely different room! Great post!”
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Stacey chose 30+ Household Hacks Everyone Should Know! from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful tips and tricks, and some that I am going to start using immediately!”
This post also receive the most clicks this week.
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Kim chose 6 Sanity Saving Tips for Busy Moms from The Sunny Patch. “I am ALWAYS trying to find the “best” way to enable me to do it all – and usually failing miserably. Like Tonia says, sometimes there are things that you just need to let slide off the burner completely in order to take care of the items that are the most important. I absolutely love the analogy “eat the frog” because that’s one of my pitfalls – putting off those tasks that HAVE to be done in favor of doing something that I WANT to do (housework v. blogging). If I “eat the frog” and just get the nasty over with – then I have more time to spend on doing what I love to do. It’s a concept that I preach to my two boys on a daily basis, yet I have trouble doing it myself. This was my most favorite post this week and “Eat the Frog!” is now taped to my computer monitor as a reminder to get the yuck done and out the way so I can do the fun stuff!”
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Rhonda chose Heart Shape Pizza Recipe from Growing Up Gabel.
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Strawberry Milkshake Cupcakes from Living Better Together
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The Best and Worst Cereals

Are your kids bouncing off the walls after breakfast?  It could be that bowl of sugar that you placed in front of them this morning for breakfast.  My grandchildren like cold cereal, and it’s a great option when I don’t have time or feel like fixing pancakes or waffles. I decided to research the sugar grams in what I was feeding them, and I was quite surprised when I came across the best and worst cereal list.  I thought I would share it with you. You too may be surprised by the list, and may think twice about what you serve your children for breakfast.   Here’s the list:


                                          Best Cereals

      •  Mini Wheats                               
      •  Life                                      
      • Rice Krispies                       
      • Wheaties                                   
      • Kix                                          
      • Corn Flakes                               
      • Cheerios                                     
      • Shredded Wheat    
      • Honey Nut Cheerios
      • Grape Nuts
      • Special K  

                                                               Worst Cereals

      • Honey Smacks                        
      • Golden Crisp                           
      • Lucky Charms                       
      • Fruit Loops                             
      • Trix                                           
      • Raisin Bran                              
      • Sugar Frosted Flakes       
      • Apple Jacks
      • Crunch Berries            

                                    
I love Honey Nut Cheerios and Raisin Bran.  I’m happy at least one of them made the Best Cereal List and that one just happens to be the cereal I give my grandchildren. The majority of the time I give my grandchildren oatmeal, especially during the cold, winter months or fix them pancakes or waffles with fruit. Occasionally, I do fix sausage links with eggs. Neither are fond of bacon. 


Does yours or your child’s favorite cereal fall into the Best or Worst list? Is the list making you rethink your cereal choice? It will definitely be a reminder the next time I’m in the cereal aisle and considering buying something different.  



Sunday’s Best – #7

Welcome to Week 7 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Love Is In the Air. Smooches! Please share your favorite posts on anything or anyone that you love. This can be recipes, Valentine’s crafts, scrapbook layouts, how you met your husband or significant other, your children, how you spend Valentine’s Day etc. You decide.  



Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week a post will be selected and 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 the Sunday’s Best featured blogger of the week. 



Please meet my new co-host, Kim, and her beautiful daughter from Pinterested Parent. Kim shared a great post last week Pasta Love Bug Crafts. They are adorable and perfect for rainy or snowy day. Please check it out and connect with her.  



           Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                                  Kim – Pinterested Parent





If you are interested in co-hosting the next Sunday’s Best linkup, please contact me for details.   
Get your post(s) ready for March.  The theme is Spring Forward. We’re looking for spring crafts, Easter decorating ideas, Easter tablescapes, recipes, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share.  


Here’s the rules, please connect with Kim and Me on social media before you leave or subscribe 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.  



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One last thing before we get the party started, please grab the Sunday’s Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  




The Sunday’s Best Posts are:







Kim selected 15 Pretty In Pink Valentine’s Day Treats by – Dreaming of Leaving


and 



 I selected Peanut Butter Hearts by – Dabbling Momma 

All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  We honestly had a hard time making selections, and would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post again this week. While your’re here take a minute to visit these great blog and connect with Jessica and Susen.  These ladies are quite crafty.   


Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you’re here. This is 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.     




Sunday’s Best – #6

Welcome to Week 6 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Love Is In the Air. Smooches! Please share your favorite posts on anything or anyone that you love. This can be recipes, Valentine’s crafts, scrapbook layouts, how you met your husband or significant other, your children etc. You decide. 

First, don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share.  Anything goes here.  Next, you may link as many posts as you would like.  Each week a post will be selected and 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.  Most importantly, be sure to check back to see if you’re the Sunday’s Best featured blogger of the week.

Please meet my new co-host, Kim, and her beautiful daughter from Pinterested Parent. Kim shared a great post last week Pasta Love Bug Crafts. They are adorable and perfect for rainy or snowy day.  Also, please check it out and connect with her.

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                                  Kim – Pinterested Parent





If you are interested in co-hosting the next Sunday’s Best linkup, please contact me for details.   Now get your
post(s) ready for March.  The theme is Spring Forward. We’re looking for spring crafts, Easter decorating ideas, Easter tablescapes, and recipes.  For example, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share.

Here’s the rules, please connect with Kim and Me on social media before you leave or subscribe 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.  

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Oh wait, we have one last thing before we get the party started.  Please grab the Sunday’s Best button above.  Place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest.  I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

 

Kim selected Pottery Barn Inspired Cork Wine – by Purple Hues and Me

and 

 I selected Easy Cardboard Letters – by Redo It Yourself Inspiration

All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  We honestly had a hard time making selections, and would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post again this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blog and connect with Gail and Robin.  These ladies are quite crafty.

Lets link up those posts!  Visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you’re here. This is 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.

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday – Dinner Ready

No matter how old they get, they never really grow up. I feed the baby breakfast and lunch changed him, and held him all while they sleep until noon.  Now they want to know if dinner is ready?  Really! 

Printable Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Layouts

Sweets for your sweets!  Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I thought I would share these “sweet” printable scrapbook layouts, and give a little history of boxes of chocolates for this day of love.  


You’ve heard of the Cadbury Chocolates, right?  Richard Cadbury, son of founder John Cadbury, is credited with making boxes for chocolates. He had been working to improve his chocolate making techniques in Britain, and needed a marketing gimmick to get his new and improved chocolates  noticed. He started designing decorated, heart shaped boxes and the rest is history.  


The boxes were originally designed for 2 purposes, to house the chocolates and once they were gone the beautiful boxes could be used to store love letters and other mementos. There’s the history of chocolates folks. 


Feel free to print the layouts, add your favorite photos, and enjoy.  



Turn It Up Tuesday – #73

Welcome to the 73rd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for joining us for another week of linking and connecting!
Last week, we had 299 links – what a great 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!
Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is on Saturday? We can’t! And we’re celebrating the holiday of love here on Turn It Up Tuesday this week. Share all of your Valentine’s Day posts, love posts, inspirational posts – anything at all! We can’t wait to read your amazing posts! The hosts and guest hosts will be able to select 2 posts each for the Featured posts, and we’ll be naming 4 posts Best of the Best! 🙂
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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

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.
Attention! There is an elite group of women walking freely among the average citizens of the world. These freakishly instinctive beings are capable of physical, mental, and emotional acts of greatness. They tend to appear irritated, exhausted, and are almost always bombarded by very tiny renegades who are whining and/or yelling. These women come in many shapes and sizes, however they all respond to a single name: Mom. If you know one of these women, if you are one of these women, or if you are going to be one of these women, you need this book!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

 

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 | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from New Mama Diaries | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Alyssa from Life from My Laptop | Lisa from Blogghetti | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Sarah from Pretty Simple Ideas

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

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Lisa chose How I More Than Doubled My Page Views in 2 Months from Budget Girl. “This post was excellent and filled with information that all types of bloggers can use. I learned so much from this one article and already want to implement many of her tips to improve my blog and the traffic to it. It was well written, provide many links to the tips she mentioned, and was explained in a way that was easy to understand. Loved it!”
Elaine also chose this post. “Good solid advice. I am implementing her recommendations immediately.”
Tina also chose this post. “A very informative post that will help anyone who wants to increase traffic to their blog . What a great post. Thanks so much for sharing!”
Natasha also chose this post. “I am really loving all of these tips! I will be working on ways to make this happen on my blog right away!”
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Tiffany chose The Importance of Passion from Cayla & Ashley. “I’ve always believed that passion can help you take a mere desire to a reality. This post definitely helps reiterate that belief.”
April also chose this post. “With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m really trying to think about what it means. For me, it means rekindling the passion for my relationship. I love this post and I’m working to be more of a passionate person.”
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Kelly chose Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi from NY Foodie Family. “I hate wasting food and am always on the look out for easy recipes to use up those leftovers. This recipe sounds simple and I can’t wait to try it out! It’s summer time here in Australia so we haven’t been eating a lot of mashed potato but we eat loads in the cooler months. I’ll be testing this out then.”
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Rhonda chose 6 Ways to Prepare for Overnight Guests (Free Welcome Letter Printable) from The Bajan Texan. “Her tips will make a guest room feel like a luxury hotel. I’m going to incorporate a few, I just hope my guest will leave after my makeover.”
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Sarah chose Elsa Inspired DIY Wand Craft from Crafts Unleashed. “I feel guilty not picking a Valentine’s Day craft, but I just loved this DIY Elsa wand too much. (I blame it on having three nieces).  I’d like to make it with/for my nieces as well as feel like a princess for a day myself. :)”
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Mari chose Chicken, Potatoes, & Broccoli from Just Mi. “I love me some one pot meals, less cleanup time the better. This week I picked Mionna’s dish because it was so colorful and healthy.”
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Mari also chose Duet: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta / Grouplove “Spreading Rumours” from Cooking with Vinyl. “I also picked Becky’s cheesy dish because well she got me at cheesy!!!”
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Zografia chose Craft Challenge: Cardboard Boxes into Crafty Drawers from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “I loved her bright idea of using cardboards for making drawers. And the leather drawer pulls is a beautiful detail.”
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Stacey chose A Valentine’s Day Candy Bouquet from Fry Sauce and Grits. “What a wonderful and festive idea for a Valentine gift, that would be amazingly fun for the kids to take part in. They could create their own with their favorite candies or one to give as a gift. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Silvie chose How to Make a Man Bouquet for Valentine’s Day from Pretty Simple Ideas. “I chose this post as my favorite because I loved this idea and I’m sure my hunny will love the one I will be making for him. All thanks to this post. :)”
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Danielle chose Why I No Longer Use The Word Weak from Mother 2 Mother. “I love this post because I empowers me as a woman im the workforce and as a woman trying to be a good mother. There are so many opinions on how women should conduct themselves in corporate America and as parents that we tend to focus on the negative. It is nice to see someone taking credit for all the good.”
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Latisha chose Before I was a Mother, I was just like a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “This is one of my favorite post this week, because I can relate to it somewhat. It brought to light what I have been seeing in myself lately as a mother. Children have a way of causing you to see your child-like behaviors in yourself through them. When my eight year old daughter has another emotional breakdown, I see me. In see me in my 5 year old son’s obsessiveness and impatience. I guess in some ways we are all still like toddlers.”
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Nancy chose Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial) from Jewelry Making Journal. “I love it because it is a unique handmade gift!”
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The post with the most clicks is 5 Tips to Grow Your Blog from The Organized Dream.
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Grow Your Own: 13 Money Saving Fruits and Vegetables

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Each season I select the top money saving fruits and vegetables that I need to plant in my kitchen gardening. Budgeting and doing things in the most efficient and frugal way is my motto. I plant vegetables that I can preserve for meals and herbs for seasoning sauces and other dishes. Additionally, I also plant a few fruits that I can enjoy in the summer.  Because I grow my own, I don’t have to purchase from the grocery store.  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips.

 

Here’s my top 13 money saving fruits and vegetables:

 

  1. Tomatoes – I plant and harvest enough to preserve whole or quartered for soup.  I also make sauces for spaghetti and other pasta dishes, chili, and salsa. I also grow cherry tomatoes for salads and snacking.
  2. Peppers – I pickle and freeze them. Great in dishes, sandwiches, and on top of nachos and cheese.
  3. Zucchini – I make fresh muffins and zucchini bread, but I also freeze it to make these items during the winter.  
  4. Greenbeans – I freeze these for soup and for side dishes during the winter.
  5. Onions – A majority of my dishes call for onions, so I preserve these for using during the winter.
  6. Garlic – Fresh garlic is great in salsa and sauces.
  7. Herbs – I dry my herbs for winter use.
  8. Potatoes – Red and Yukon Gold potatoes get plenty of use in my house.
  9. Cucumbers – Great for salads and homemade pickles.
  10. Lettuce – I grow leaf lettuce for sandwiches and salads during the summer.
  11. Strawberries – Great for jam.
  12. Watermelon – I love fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. I grow Sugar Babies.
  13. Cantaloupe –  Great breakfast fruit.
What does your family eat most from your kitchen garden or containers?  These are the veggies that you should plant. You will save money on your grocery store bill and they will taste much better.
 You also like:  Kitchen Garden Sowing Schedule                         15 Ways To Save Money

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #5

Welcome to Week 5 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Love Is In the Air. Smooches! Please share your favorite posts on anything or anyone that you love. This can be recipes, Valentine’s crafts, scrapbook layouts, how you met your husband or significant other, your children etc. You decide.  



Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week a post will be selected and 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 the Sunday’s Best featured blogger of the week. 




Please meet my new host, Kim, and her beautiful daughter from Pinterested Parent. Kim shared a great post last week Why 40 Is Not The New 20.  I had to pick myself up off the floor from laughing so hard. Please check it out and connect with her.  



           Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                                  Kim – Pinterested Parent





If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting the next Sunday’s Best linkup, please contact me for details.   
Get your post(s) ready for March.  The theme is Spring Forward. We’re looking for spring crafts, Easter decorating ideas, Easter tablescapes, recipes, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share.  


Here’s the rules, please connect with Kim and Me on social media before you leave or subscribe 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.  



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One last thing before we get the party started, please grab the Sunday’s Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  




The Sunday’s Best Post is:



Journey To Organization  – Sew Crafty Angel

All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  Take a minute to visit this great blog and connect with Angie.  This lady is crafty and her blog is filled with great craft ideas.  


Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you’re here. This is 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.