Turn It Up Tuesday – #76

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the 76th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! I’m looking forward to seeing your awesome posts again this week. Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 413 links – an 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!
300px+turn+it+up+button+copy
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

MOMS-2-e1406504042463
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!

1
2
(from the top – left to right)
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 | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | 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

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for March!

TUT Mar 2015 (1)
(from the top – left to right)
Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Marie from Just Plain Marie | Marose from Simple Pero Rock | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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. 

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

20150214_140051
Kelly chose Explosion Cards Made Easy with a Story! from Stamping on the Back Porch. “I absolutely love card making and this is probably my first craft “love”. This card is so simple yet effective and the story Karen tells in her video tutorial makes it really easy to remember how to make it. This is something I will be trying out, maybe for my Easter cards!”
blogging year
Kelly chose 6 Things I Learned in my First Year of Blogging from Working Mom Magic. “Lauren has some great advice from her first year of blogging. I get what she says about why some people just don’t get why we blog and I too get the questions such as, “What do you write about?” I also love how she has suggested if things are getting frantic, take a week off! Simple. After all, we are all friends here and the blogging world will forgive us!”
princess
Rhonda chose Disney Princess Footprint Craft from The Keeper of the Cheerios, LLC. “Adorable and creative way to use your child’s foot prints. Great rainy or snowy day project.”
Castle-300x237
Danielle chose 16 Tips for a Disney World Vacation from Stuck in Your Rut. “This post has so many great tips for where to spend and where to save in the most visited place in the country. I’ve been there before and all of the choices and merchandise can become overwhelming, this post is very helpful planning before you travel.”
laptopwithwomanpin
Alyssa chose PC buying help: How to select a computer and what software to buy for it from Living with Beth. “Very helpful information about buying a new computer.”
Biblical-Marriage-Fireproof-586x800
Alyssa chose Christian Marriage: What Romance Looks Like from Mom is Forever. “Marriage is sacred and should be treated as such. Shone speaks of this is this awesome post!”
Tissue-Paper-Flowers-Tutorial
Lisa chose How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers Four Ways from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff. “First of all, I am totally impressed that Cori and her friends/family made 500 of these flowers! Second, how easy they are to make! I was going to buy some artificial flowers for a Spring DIY project but now I am totally going to make these beautiful flowers for it.”
StrawberryLimeMargaritaRecipe
Lisa chose Strawberry-Lime Margarita Recipe from Typically Simple. “I had no idea that February 22nd was National Margarita Day – I sure missed out but with this Strawberry-Line Margarita recipe from Kelly I can make any day Margarita Day. It’s bright, fun, and looks yummy. Perfect to brighten up the Winter Blues.”
Natasha also chose this post. “I love strawberry, lime, and margaritas – the combination sounds exquisite!”
labeling-hanging-file-folders-1024x341
Jillian chose My Simple Coupon System from Christina, Plain and Simple. “I chose this post because I need to get into couponing to help save my family some money on groceries, and have yet to find a system that really works. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try!”
Home-Management-Binder-amd-Free-Important-Dates-Printables-@-Tinas-Dynamic-Homeschool-Plus
Jillian chose Home Management Binder and Free Important Dates Printable from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. “I can’t help myself! When it comes to organization I’m such a sucker. I love this post and really believe it can help anyone get their home in order.”
rose
Mari chose When a friend is terminally ill… from Home to 4 Kiddos. “Lisa’s share touched me personally because I lost my BFF over 7 years ago. Cynthia was in her mid thirties when she transitioned. She also had Cancer and dealt with Chrome’s Disease. It is never easy to loose a loved one but when it is happening slowly it brings upon a different pain.”
yogurt banana split
Mari chose Yogurt Banana Split from The Mandatory Mooch. “I chose Nichi’s treat because it’s healthy, fun, colorful and a great combo of all things I enjoy. It’s a great way to have some fruits when you have picky eaters too! I look forward to trying it for myself soon.”
Tiffany also chose this post. “My favorite definitely caught the attention of my sweet tooth. How could I resist a healthy version of my favorite kind of dessert?”
Custom-Wall-Art-MamaMommyMom-818x1024
Tina chose Custom Wall Art {Using Dollar Store Supplies!} from Mama Mommy Mom. “What a beautiful and easy way to decorate your room. Love it!Thanks for sharing!”
Angel-Food-Cake-with-Strawberry-Whipped-Cream-Frosting1
Tina chose Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Whipped Cream Frosting from Fry Sauce & Grits. “I love this cute cake.Looks beautiful and extra yummy!!I’m making some!!”
collage cut
Zografia chose Why We Stopped Buying TOYS! from The Practical Mom Blog. “These are great ideas. They will come in handy soon!”
DIY Heart Map Wall Art by ioanna papanikolaou [FindAWayByJWPblog] SDC10199
Zografia chose DIY Repurposing Map Wall Art from Find a Way By JWP. “I am not a fan of hearts or maps, but i think this is a great souvenir from places we have visited or a reminder of places we want to visit.”
Easy-Kung-Pao-Chicken-Recipe-42
Silvie chose Easy Kung Pao Chicken Recipe from Flavor Mosaic. “I love Kung Pao Chicken and this recipe is both easy and delicious!”
9500781_orig
Stacey chose Creating Pixie Hollow from Just Be Well. “These are absolutely adorable! My hubby and I have always loved the idea of Fairy gardens and Fairy doorways, throughout our house. Thank you so much for sharing!”
Coca-Cola-Chicken-Drumsticks-Share-a-Coke
Latisha chose Coca-Cola Chicken Drumsticks Recipe – Share a Coke! from Summer Scraps. “This recipe makes me think of summer and trying this out on the barbeque grill. I would love to know what coca-cola flavored chicken taste like. Sounds yummy!”
Sparkling-Pink-Princess-Party-Collage
Latisha chose Sparkling Pink Princess Party from Frugal Foodie Mama. “I love the ideas. I especially love the princess doll cake. Made my daughter a doll cake three birthdays in a row. She loves them.”
Save-Your-Hands-My-Three-Dollar-Makeup-Brush-Cleaning-Secret-from-Frysauceandgrits.com_-666x999
Sarah chose Save Your Hands: My $3 Makeup Brush Cleaning Set from Fry Sauce & Grits. “I love tips that save me time and money and this post does just that. Most of us use makeup crushes and we all know we need to clean them, but don’t often because it’s a hassle. This $3 trick will have leave us all with cleaner brushes.”
BrownSugarFootScrub-800x600
Sarah chose Brown Sugar Foot Scrub from Little Girl Designs. “This time of year our foot could all use a little help! The best part of this foot scrub is that it can be made quickly from ingredients in our pantries.”
Natasha also chose this post. “My feet look horrific right now – I could really use this foot scrub!”
judging.jpg
Elaine chose Stop The Judging from The Pinterested Parent. “Good solid advice.”
Mini-Clipboards-by-Sarah-Celebrates
Tenns chose Mini Clipboards from Sarah Celebrates. “I thought these mini clipboards were too cute! I think they would make great gifts or just add that extra fun touch to staying organized. What an awesome crafty idea!”
Lunch-Planning-for-Healthy-Eating-1024x768
Rose chose Lunch Planning for Healthy Eating from Rae Loves. “It’s a great reminder how easy it is to prepare healthy meals for the week. I like how she added different toppings to the chicken for variety.”
Running-playlist-with-best-running-songs
The post with the most clicks is A Running Playlist That Will Make You Want to Run from Play. Party. Pin.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
Epic Mommy Adventures
<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitupbuttonfeature1_zps09bd5c75.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And the Best of the Best is…

Angel-Food-Cake-with-Strawberry-Whipped-Cream-Frosting1
judging.jpg
Stop The Judging from The Pinterested Parent
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details for the free ad space!
Epic Mommy Adventures
<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitupbuttonbest_zps00692ef1.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Our Best Week Ever Giveaway!

Thanks so much for joining us for the Best Week Ever Giveaway! A winner has been announced!
$50 Paypal Cash Giveaway (3)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also, make sure to enter to be 1 of 3 winners to win $500 in the Luck of the Irish Giveaway! Enter to win by clicking the link above or clicking on the image below. APIMP-LuckOfTheIrishGiveaway-1024x1024

 

So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and our giveaways,

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!
Epic Mommy Adventures

 

<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitup1_zps05216d89.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**

Never miss another Turn It Up Tuesday! Sign up for reminder e-mails!

Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays – past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

Sunday’s Best – #9

Welcome to Week 9 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our Spring Forward theme. Warm weather is around the corner, so lets get those spring posts up.  I’m looking forward to seeing lots of green.  




Bring your St. Patrick’s Day and/or Easter posts to the party. Crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips are also welcome. 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 SEO, blogging, parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here. 


Each week a post or a few posts 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. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details.  


                                             Your Sunday’s Best Hosts:

            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 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. 


Mother 2 Mother Blog


Please help us grow by placing the Sunday’s Best button above on your sidebar or in your Link Party lists/directory. Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.



Now lets party! There’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Be sure to enter our Luck of the Irish Giveaway.  The pot is worth $1500 and will be divided between 3 lucky winners. Click on the link and enter. Today could be your lucky day.   





The Sunday’s Best Posts are:




Kim U. selected Felt Food from Mama Bee Simple 






I selected Living On a Budget from Mommy Talk








Kim M. selected Got You Covered from Jingle, Jangle, Jungle



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 again this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs and connect with Nicole and Monica.    


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




Heirloom Versus Hybrid Tomatoes

gardening

There’s nothing better than fresh, home grown tomatoes in the summer.  I grow both heirloom and hybrid varieties, but my preference is heirlooms shown above.  I prefer heirlooms because they have a larger selection, more flavorful and great for seed saving. I save the seed and use them to start new plants the next growing season.  Heirloom tomato seeds have been passed down from generation to generation and from gardener to gardener.  The plants produced are true to their parents, meaning what you produced last season will hold true for the current growing season.   


It’s time to decide what tomatoes you want to grown on your patio or in your home garden, so check out my list, do your homework and choose a few varieties. Some tomatoes are great for slicing, salads, sauces and paste. 

My favorite heirloom tomatoes are:


  • Paul Robeson
  • Brandywine – Pink, Red, Black
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Paul Robeson
  • German Johnson
  • Beefsteak
  • Black Krim
  • Hillbilly
  • Mortgage Lifter
  • Amish Paste – Meaty and great for sauce and salsa. 
  • Boxcar Willie
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast
There are hundred of heirlooms, these are just a few that I grow each year. I try a new variety each season so my list will continue to grow. 

My favorite hybrid tomatoes are:


  • Early Girl
  • Celebrity
  • Better Boy
  • Roma
  • Sweet 100 – My favorite in salads. 
  • Delicious

Hybrids are a cross between two genetically different tomato varieties. If the seed is saved, the plant produced could be from one or the other parent. I personally don’t save hybrid seed. I like to now what I’m producing.  


There are a few disadvantages to growing heirloom tomatoes. They must be heavily staked and/or caged.  The vines are vigorous and will grow wildly if not contained. They are also known to crack easy and they are tender. They are also not the prettiest in shape, but the colors are beautiful. It takes longer to produce fruit. You can see the difference with the heirloom versus the hybrid in the above picture with the Brandywine Pink variety. It is odd in shape and has cracked. 


The disadvantages listed are why you don’t find them on grocery store shelves, but they are highly sought out by home gardeners. The taste can’t be beat. 

You may also like Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

10 Dollar Tree Bargains

bargain shopping, frugal shopping

I love the Dollar Tree. I can always find a bargain, but the best reason is that I save tons of money purchasing various items. Everything’s A Dollar! Here’s a list of some of my favorite Dollar Tree items:

party supplies, paper party supplies

1.  Party Items – I purchase the majority of my party items from the Dollar Store. This includes tablecloth, utensils, cups, napkins etc. They have a variety of colors and they usually increase their color selection during the holidays and graduation. 


flash cards, school supplies


2.  Early Learning Supplies – These are great for helping with math homework.   

3.  Craft Items – I can find ribbon, glue sticks, greenery, and flowers etc. for a lot less than         Michael’s or A.C. Moore. 


4.  Glassware – I have found adorable glassware at the Dollar Tree. I love the color of these glasses. I snatched up 6. I’ve also purchased wine glasses that I love to fill with candy and give as gifts during the holidays or as a party favor. I also purchase vases for crafts and cylinders for candles. 

5.  Gift Bags/Wrapping Paper – I purchase my gift bags and wrapping paper at the Dollar Tree. They have a large assortment and various size bags for birthdays, wedding and seasonal selections. 

6.  Seasonal Items – Great place to purchase seasonal decorating items, stocking stuffers or party favors. 

7.  Packing/Mailing Supplies – I mail packages to my grandchildren so I purchase box tape, bubble wrap and mailing envelopes here. Cheaper than the big box stores. 
Disney coloring books, kids activities

8.  Books/Puzzles – Great place to buy coloring and activity books for the kids.  They also have books for bedtime stories, notebooks, pencils, markers etc. 


9.  Snack Items  – I find good deals on pretzels, popcorn, trail mix, pudding, apple sauce cups and other snack items much cheaper than the grocery store. 

10.  Storage Items – I purchase storage containers to house my craft, gardening items and the kid’s coloring books and crayons.  I love the containers that I can stack in my craft room or their room. 


You can find name brand items at the Dollar Tree as well as off-brand depending on what you’re are looking for. Either way saving money is the name of the game, and that you will do.


Photos courtesy of Dollar Tree.



  

Turn It Up Tuesday – #75

Welcome to the 75th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 457 links – it’s our best best week ever! 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!
300px+turn+it+up+button+copy
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

MOMS-2-e1406504042463
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!

1

TUT hosts 2.15.15 - 2
(from the top – left to right)
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!

TUT Feb 2015-2
(from the top – left to right)
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. 

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Donut-Thank-You-Note-Tags-We-Donut-Know-What-We-Would-Have-Done-Without-You
Rhonda chose Free Printable: Donut Thank You Gift Tags from Happiness is Homemade.  “These thank you notes are adorable. I love how they have a bite taken out of them. They’re the perfect way to say thank you.”
5-Books-300x300
Cindy chose 5 Books That Changed My Life and Marriage from Stuck in Your Rut. “In this honest post the author shares about tough times in her past and some books that helped her move through those times and become a better person. I am always on the lookout for well written Christian marriage books so I appreciated what was shared in this post.”
Laundryroom1
Cindy also chose The Laundry Reveal from Inspiration for Moms. “I am dreaming of an addition to my home, which at this point we have no budget for. the addition would include enlarging the kitchen, moving the laundry room and reconfiguring a bedroom to include an en suite. I have spent a lot of time looking at laundry room designs and I like some of the aspects in this one.”
Crocheted-Horse-Stuffie-BusyBeingJennifer.com_-779x1024
Tina chose So I Crocheted a Horse… from Busy Being Jennifer. “What a cute crocheted horse stufie!! Adorable horse!! Makes you want to learn how to crocket. Thanks for sharing!”
11-Essential-Oils-You-Need-in-Your-Medicine-Cabinet
Tina also chose 11 Essential Oils You Need in Your Medicine Cabinet from Domain of the Mad Mommy. “I’m not an essential oils expert but I’m a new fan, I love this post,very informative and helpful especially for someone who wants to start using essential oils. Thanks for sharing.”
Elaine also chose this post. “I picked this one because I am interested in learning more about essential oils.”
slow-cooker-apple-cranberry-french-toast-title
Cathy chose Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple French Toast from Dizzy Busy & Hungry! “My family loves breakfast for dinner too! Fast, easy and delicious – and even better made in the crockpot for the summer months!”
Silvie also chose this post. “This was my favorite because I love slow cooker recipes and I love desserts, so this one was definitely a win/win for me. :)”
peanut-butter-fudge-cake-with-graham-cracker-crust
Cathy also chose Family Holiday Ideas: Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers from Kenarry. “Oh my! I can’t wait to make this dessert for my family! I predict it will be a favorite!”
blogging-grammar
Jillian chose 7 Grammatical Mistakes Bloggers Need to STOP Making from Belle Brita. “I chose this post because the errors that she mentions, are ones that also annoy me, when I see other bloggers make them. :)”
Latisha also chose this post. “Even though I find that the writer’s tone seems a little bit harsh. I like this article because it offers errors and the correct use of some regularly used words in blog post to look for when writing post. I will try to be more attentive when editing my post and look out for these errors specifically.”
small-business-marketing
Jillian also chose How to market your small business for free from Kokoa Magazine. “I chose this post because I am working on growing my small business and am always looking for new and different tips.”
Citrus-Salad_3107
Mari chose Citrus Salad from Spoonful of Flavor. “I chose Ashley’s Citrus Salad because it’s so refreshing, colorful and healthy. Not something we see or even think about often enough.”
20-easy-meals-with-shrimp-via-GrowingUpGable.com_
Mari chose 20 Easy Meals with Shrimp from Growing Up Gabel. “I also chose Brenna’s Easy meals with Shrimp because I love easy meals always and Shrimps are fantastic both hot or cold.”
002-683x1024
Lisa chose Zuppa Toscana from Budget Girl. “Chelsey’s Zuppa Toscana Soup looks amazing and it’s one of my favorite soups at Olive Garden. I love the fact I can make it at home and her recipe is a cinch to make. She adds a few tips what you can add to the soup to personalize but like her, I like it just the way it is. The soup takes no time to prepare and to cook, that’s my kind of meal!”
books-to-read-in-2015
Lisa also chose 15 Books You Should Read In 2015 from Logan Can… “I chose Logan’a post on 15 Books You Should Read in 2015 simply because I am always, always looking for MORE books to read and these all sound great. Can’t wait to get them all.”
DIY_Kids_play_makeup
Sarah chose DIY Kids Play Makeup from Simply {Darr}ling. “It’s so cute and realistic – and yet without the mess! I have three nieces that would love this.”
Vanilla-Flavor-Mug-Cake
Sarah also chose Vanilla Cinnamon Mug Cake from Organized Island. “It’s a perfect and SUPER QUICK dessert for one person. Just the bite you need to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.
Aradhana-Silent-Grief-300x234
Cathy chose Silent Grief: Aradhana’s Story from Made to Mother. “Wynter from Madetomother.com writes a blog post entitled, ‘Silent Grief-Aradhana’s Story’. She divulges her deepest emotions during a very difficult time many mom’s are too hurt to talk about, miscarriage. Her cander and bravery for telling her story is empowering.”
DSC_0962 (wm3)
Cathy also chose Crochet Baby Gifts: Afghan and Amigurumi Bunny Set from Over the Apple Tree. “Laura from Over the Apple Tree made the cutest crochet bunny and afghan. Her step by step tutorial makes it seem worth delving into! She is so on point when she says there is nothing like a homemade gift!”
helpfulkitchentips
Latisha chose Random & Helpful Kitchen & Cooking Tips from Just Misty. “I like this blog post because it consist of very useful kitchen tips. My favorite tip being what to do if you accidently add too much salt or sugar to your meal. This post could save a lot of ruined dishes. Really cool.”
Exercisesucks.jpg
Stacey chose 7 Reasons Why Exercise Sucks from The Pinterested Parent. “This was amazing! I felt myself nodding, chuckling and offering a great big “Oh Yeah” on all seven points! Thank you so much for sharing!”
shamrock-wreath-018wb
Kelly chose Shamrock Wreath from Crafty Journal. “I love paper crafts and this is such an easy craft to make for St Patrick’s Day. I think the glitter makes a nice touch.”
sw-salad-1_zps60b4c3e4
Kelly chose Southwest Salad in a Jar from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles. “I have been behind the eight ball on the mason jar craze but this is such a great idea and one I know I will do!”
Valentine workshop and Kissing Booth 114
Danielle chose “Little Love Nest” Kissing Booth from What Happens at Grandma’s. “It’s my favorite because it’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I mean I have no words. The kiddos in it are adorably perfect too!”
April chose Organize Your Digital Life: Pinterest! from So Domestically Challenged. “When I started my Pinterest board, I just pinned… finding a place for everything. Now that I’m trying to work my site more as a business, my Pinterest boards are a completely mess. Christine gives some tips, including where to get started, which I definitely need!”
winter-home-maintenance-checklist
The post with the most clicks is Winter Home Maintenance Checklist: Free Printable from Kenarry.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
Epic Mommy Adventures
<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitupbuttonfeature1_zps09bd5c75.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

And the Best of the Best is…

small-business-marketing
blogging-grammar
winter-home-maintenance-checklist
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details for the free ad space!
Epic Mommy Adventures
<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitupbuttonbest_zps00692ef1.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Our Best Week Ever Giveaway!

We also want to celebrate the record-breaking week with a giveaway! Enter to win $50 Paypal cash!
$50 Paypal Cash Giveaway (3)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Also, make sure to enter to be 1 of 3 winners to win $500 in the Luck of the Irish Giveaway! Enter to win by clicking the link above or clicking on the image below. APIMP-LuckOfTheIrishGiveaway-1024x1024 So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and our giveaways,

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!

Epic Mommy Adventures

 

<div align="center"><a href="http://epicmommyadventures.com" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="http://epicmommyadventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/200pxturnitup1_zps05216d89.png" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**

Never miss another Turn It Up Tuesday! Sign up for reminder e-mails!

Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays – past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

10 Tips To Get Your Child Moving


exercise tips for children, activities for children

 


How Do You Get Your Child Moving? Does your child enjoy playing video games or watching cartoons more than playing outside? Does he or she stomp and pout when you encourage them to get fresh air?  Times have changed.  Gone are the days that you see children riding bikes, pitching balls, climbing trees or playing hide and seek.  Through no fault of their own, the world had become a place for gaming and unhealthy eating.  The United States ranks fifth in the world for childhood obesity.    

[Read more…]

Sunday’s Best – #8

Welcome to Week 8 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’re starting our Spring Forward posts today. I’m springing forward a week early because of I’m sick of cold weather. I’m looking forward to spring and seeing lots of green. I’m thinking warm thoughts to help with the thaw, so lets get those spring posts up.    








Please share your favorite Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day or Easter posts. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, decorating ideas, tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share. 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. You may link as many posts as you would like. We would love to have SEO and blog organization tips, parenting tips, DIY or just posts on life. Your linkups are welcome too. Anything goes here. 


Each week a post or a few posts 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 welcome my new host, the witty and talented Kim Miller, from Life In A House of Testosterone.  If you are interested in hosting Sunday’s Best, please contact me for details.  


                                             Your Sunday’s Best Hosts:

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


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us 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.  


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


Mother 2 Mother Blog


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.



There’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Be sure to enter our Luck of the Irish Giveaway.  The pot is worth $1500 and will be divided between 3 lucky winners. Click on the link and enter before you leave. Today could be your lucky day.   





The Sunday’s Best Posts is:




Kissing BoothWhat Happens At Grandmas



All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  I had a hard time making a selection, 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 this great blog and connect with Joyce. She’s a crafty lady.    

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.     




10 Vegetables For Container Gardening

Image-Container-Gardening.jpg

 

Short on space but big on fresh vegetables in the summer. I understand, there’s nothing better than fresh veggies during the hot summer months. My people think that they must use land to create a kitchen garden. That is simply not true. Container garden has become popular. It’s a great way to grow fresh vegetables when you have limited space. I have listed 10 vegetables that I plant in my garden each year, but are also excellent choices for containers.  You containers can be regular flower pots, crates, 5 gallon buckets, or plastic tubs from the dollar store.  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening posts too.

 

 

1.  Cherry Tomatoes – First, cherry tomatoes are a great choice for hanging baskets on patios or balconies.  Don’t you love the idea of reaching up and grabbing a few tomatoes for a salad or snack. My favorite cherry tomato is the Sweet 100. It’s hard for me to make it out of my garden with devouring my harvest.

 

 

2.  Eggplant – Great for growing in pots. A 4 foot garden stake can be used to support the plant. Black Beauty is an excellent plant for containers. The blooms alone are worth finding a spot in the garden for eggplant.

 

 

3.  Bell Peppers –  Second, green, red, yellow, white or orange peppers can be grown in pots.  Five gallon bucks make excellent pots for container gardening. You will need a 4 foot stake to hold the plant.

 

 

4.  Herbs – Small clay pots are excellent for growing herbs in windows or on a patio.  Basil, oregano, sage, mint or Rosemary can be grown as shown.

 

 

5.  Chili or Jalapeno peppers  – Depending on your pot size, you will need a 2-4 foot stake to support your plant.

 

 

 

6.  Salad Bowl – Next, I have 2 wash tubs that I use.  For example, I grow ButterCrunch, Black Seeded Simpson and Salad Bowl lettuce so that I have a good mix of salad greens. If you use metal containers, place bubble wrap at the bottom to keep the roots of the plants from burning. Lettuce likes cooler weather so if you use metal containers remember they hold heat. Place your container in a shady spot so the lettuce doesn’t bolt.

 

 

7.  Lettuce – If you’re lucky enough to have wine crates, they’ve excellent for growing lettuce and herbs too.

 

 

8.  Tomatoes  Five gallon buckets, rectangle, square or round pots can be used.  Depending on the variety you will need to stake or cage them. A 5 foot stake or cage should suffice, but be sure to stake or cage early. Look for varieties that can be grown easily in containers like Early Girl, Patio Princess or Tiny Tim to name a few.

 

 

9. Cucumbers  – You will need a trellis so they an climb. Nothing fancy, find 2 sticks in your yard and wrap twine around them as shown.

 

 

10. Radishes or Carrots – Last, grow a pot of rainbow carrots with your children or grandchildren. The rainbow carrots are yellow, orange, purple and red.  Great idea to introduce kids to gardening while having fun.

Finally, make sure your containers have adequate drainage.  For example, use a quality, organic potting mix. Don’t limit yourself to the 10 suggestions above.  You can also grow peas, beets, squash, and zucchini in containers too.  Now that you know space is no longer an issue, you can enjoy fresh vegetables too.

Note:  Container garden photos courtesy of my Pinterest.   Additionally, you may also like: How To Grow Bigger Tomatoes or How To Stake and Cage Tomatoes

Luck of the Irish Giveaway – $1500

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and the Luck of the Irish Giveaway!  It is being hosted by 85 awesome bloggers. The pot is $1500 which will be split between 3 lucky winners. Be sure to read the rules before you enter and be sure to connect with a few of the awesome bloggers who are hosting the giveaway before you leave. Good luck!

#LuckOfTheIrishGiveaway
May your pockets be heavy | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #StPatricks #giveaway
“May your pockets be heavy….”
with MONEY
*CASH PRIZE of $1,500!
ENTER TO WIN!
*Three winners of $500 each
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway  #paypalcash #win
A HUGE thank you to the 84 amazing blogger friends of
A Peek Into My Paradise for giving YOU
the chance to “make your pockets heavy”
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥ Cathy | A Peek Into My Paradise ♥ Christie | Sparkles of Sunshine ♥ Rose | What Rose Knows ♥ Rhonda | Mother 2 Mother ♥ Ashley | Leaving The Rut ♥ Sharon | Her Organized Chaos ♥ Jeanne | Animal Bliss ♥ Christina | Mama’s High Strung ♥ Kim | Enjoy The View ♥ Jeanette | Crafty In Crosby ♥ Anyonita | Anyonita Nibbles ♥ Melanie | Mommy Mentionables ♥ Erika | MakeUp Fun ♥ Angie | God’s Growing Garden ♥ Emily | 8th Street Bridge ♥ Shana | Technotini
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥Amy | Love Amybecca ♥ Katherine | Katherine’s Corner ♥ Maureen | Organically Mo ♥ Kimberly | Lou Lou Girls ♥ Cynthia | Feeding Big ♥ Barb | Second Chance to Dream ♥ Paula | Thrifty Mommas Tips ♥ Lindi | Love, Create, Celebrate ♥ Edna | Thoughts of Happiness ♥ Lisa | Condo Blues ♥ Emily | Nap-Time Creations ♥ Heidi | Heidi’s Wanderings ♥ April | House By Hoff ♥ Debra | MsMoozy Open House ♥ Ida | Second Chances Girl ♥ Roberta | Mommy Like Whoa
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥ Jessica | Live Randomly Simple ♥ Roxanne | The Honeycomb Home ♥ Logan | Logan Can ♥ Shane | Whispering Sweet Nothings ♥ Natasha | Epic Mommy Adventures ♥ Lindsay | My Creative Days ♥ Cat | Thinking Outside The Box ♥ Maria | Simple Nature Decor ♥ Nicole | Pharr Away ♥ Lindsay | Wedding Rings to Teething Rings ♥ Laura | Pies & Plots ♥ Evelyn | My Turn For Us ♥ Kelly | Mum-bo-Jumbo ♥ Lauren | Mom Home Guide ♥ Cassie | Little Red Window ♥ Alyssa | Piece of Home
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥ Sarah | Earning and Saving With Sarah ♥ Sonia | Babushka’s Baile ♥ Karren | Oh My Heartsie Girl ♥ Beverly | Eclectic Red Barn ♥ Kristen | A Mind “Full” Mom ♥ Jennifer | Brass & Whatnots ♥ Alice | A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen ♥ Charlene | A Pinch Of Joy ♥ Nici | Posed Perfection ♥ Candace | Candace Creates ♥ Dina | Savvy in the Kitchen ♥ Laura | Not A Trophy Wife ♥ Kim | Made In A Day ♥ Michelle | The Painted Hinge ♥ Ann | Ann Again and Again Reviews ♥ Mary | Just Plum Crazy
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥ Brittany | Mommy on Demand ♥ Emily | My Love for Words ♥ Kimberly | Life Is A Lullaby ♥ Stephanie | Managing A Home ♥ Linda | Crafts a la Mode ♥ Jillian | Baby Doodah ♥ Nikki | MBA sahm ♥ Emily | Our House Now A Home ♥ Jodi | The Noise Of Boys ♥ Ronda | Kitchen Dreaming ♥ Sarah | Life In A Breakdown ♥ Heather | Mommy Only Has 2 Hands ♥ Bianca | Little Mommy Nest ♥ Gina | Money Savvy Living ♥ Mel | Melly Moments ♥ Ce Ce | A Chicago Mom
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #blogger #paypalcash #cash♥ Rabia | The Lieber Family Blog ♥ Lisa | Cool Coatz Graphics ♥ Nicole | Nibbles By Nic ♥ Dana | Chocolate and Sunshine ♥ Cathy | Three Kids and a Fish
Please be sure and thank the team of amazing bloggers who joined me to offer this phenomenal cash prize! I encourage you to hop over and take a peek into their paradise!
May good luck pursue you each day and night! Happy St. Patricks Day from all of us to you!
Luck of the Irish Giveaway | APeekIntoMyParadise.com #giveaway #stpatricksday #paypalcash #win

Giveaway is open worldwide to participants with a verified PayPal account.

Three entries will be drawn for $500 PayPal Cash to each of the three winners.

All entries will be verified. In the event an entry can not be verified participant chooses to forfeit that entry and another winner will be chosen.

Winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email.

Giveaway will run from February 20, 12AM PDT Time to March 17, 11:59PM SDT.

Any taxes or fees associated with the winnings of this contest are the sole responsibility of the winner according to their county, state and/or country laws.

CASH prize is in US Dollars and will not be converted to any foreign currency.

Void where prohibited by law.

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.