Sunday’s Best Linkup – We’re On Vacation

 

We’re on vacation this week.  We will return August 5.  Have a blessed week!

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #130

 

 

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Welcome to Week 130 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our We The People Theme.  We’re looking for all things Red, White and Blue.  Share your patriotic crafts, recipes, party ideas, cocktails, and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post 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 Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup


Debbie at Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains  Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother  and Brittany at A Mama Tale

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Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains: Please connect with Debbie on Facebook and follow her on Bloglovin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter 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.

Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:  Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest or before you leave.

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Rhonda selected Disney Cardboard Tub Cars from There’s Just One Mommy 

 

cars movie

 

Debbie selected The Race We Can’t Win from A New Lens    

 

Inspirational Quotes

 

Kim selected Cherry Moscow Mule Recipe from Bird’s Party    

 

cocktail recipes

 

Brittany selected Making Over a Toddler Room from Just Measuring Up    

 

toddler room makeover

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

 

 How to Refinish an Old Desk from Just Measuring Up   

DIY

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – We the People

 

Red, White & Blue Dress Crochet Pattern from Hooked on Homemade Happiness  

 

patriotic ideas
and 
Stars and Stripes Cake from Across the Blvd.   
 patriotic ideas
                                                                                                and 
Patriotic Fan Wreath from Sword Fights and Starry Nights
patriotic ideas
Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


Inspirational Quote – Accomplishments

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Inspirational Quotes – Think

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Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen

 

 

camera maintenance, camera cldeaning tips

 

I was given the opportunity to review the Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen and I accepted. I’m an amateur photographer who has a lot to learn about taking pictures and maintaining my equipment, so I thought the pen would be a great place to start in learning how to clean my camera.

The pen arrived in a blue velvet pouch, which is perfect for keeping track of the pen. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your purse or camera bag.  I removed the pen from the pouch and put it to use. It has a retractable brush, which is so soft. Have no fear of scratching your camera or lens. It does a great job in removing the dust from the lens and camera. I decided to use on my binoculars and phone as well. 

 

camera maintenance, camera cleaning

 

You can see the pen in the picture, it has tools on both ends.  The brush on one end and a carbon cleaning pad on the other.  I keep my camera lens covered with a cap when not in use to minimize scratches and dust.  I started with the brush. I dusted the camera all over and removed the cap to clean the lens.  I was amazed at how dirty it was. I followed the lens brush cleaning with the carbon cleaning pad.  My mouth fell open, the lens was glowing. It was smudge and dust free.  I grabbed all of the lens for my camera and went to work.   I cleaned the view finder and every nook and cranny on the camera.

 

 

camera maintenance, camera cleaning tips

 

Another thing that I like about the cleaning pen is that it does not require additional cleaning fluids.  The carbon cleaning pad is patented, environment friendly, non-toxic,  and alcohol and ammonia free!

I highly recommend this cleaning pen for both professional and amateurs photographers.  This pen would make a great gift for photographers, Christmas, birthday or any time.

Note: I received the Pentex Camera Cleaning Pen in exchange for the review; however, all opinions are my own. 

Professional Photography Tips – Buy a Wrist Strap and How to Use SD Cards

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Secure Your Camera  – Get a Wrist Strap

As we’re out taking photographs we tend to forget about our surroundings. We either have our camera hanging around our neck or constantly looking in a bag, purse, etc. for it. This is the time of the year when people are out to ruin your good day by taking and/or stealing your belongings. Another way to try to prevent this is by using a camera wrist strap. You constantly have a grip on your camera and I feel it will be a little more difficult to take from you. I just purchased this wrist strap a few months ago. My camera  – a mirrorless DSLR – is light enough for the strap whereas it’s not pulling on my wrist or adding more strain to it. It can be adjusted to your liking. There are several different styles of wrist straps available which includes sturdier wrist straps for the bigger DSLR’s. I’m getting comfortable with this one but if you’re like me and enjoy camera gadgets you will try out a few more.

SD Cards Cases – Getting the Most Use Out of Them

We all know when you go out to enjoy photography we take more than one SD card. Just like anything else, a SD card, whether it’s old or new, can have a hiccup and will not perform for you. (NOTE: If I’m local I take  at least two cards because I know I’m close enough to go back home for more. Not local I take at least four. I format each card every time I use them. I number my cards so I don’t use the same one each time.) Each time they build a new card they’re getting thinner and lighter. One of the cases I like is the hard carrying case. They’re versatile for either SD or Compact Flash. The case is solid and does a pretty good job preventing liquids from getting inside (not 100% but they help). The case also keeps pressure from other accessories you have with you.

So what do you do when you’re taking tons of photographs and you want to figure out which cards you have used without taking each card and putting them back in your camera? Here’s my routine: I have all my unused SD cards “face up”. Once I have filled the card up, I put it back in the case “face down”. This way when I’m ready to go for another card, I know which ones are empty and which ones are full.

Side Tip: Have more than one camera battery. Number your batteries just like your SD cards.

Happy Shooting!!

Guest Blogger: Dawn D. Hester is the owner of Demeatria Photography. Dawn has been involved with many aspects of photography for over 35 years. She is a retired photographer for the Air National Guard and currently a photographer for the Department of Justice. Check out her gallery of Food, Black & Whites, and Landscape photos. Be sure to follow her blog for Photography Tips and Tricks.  
     

 

 

 

Inspirational Quote – Get a Hustle

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Inspirational Quote – Love Yourself First

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #35

 
Welcome to Week 35 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup It’s hard to believe that school is back in and session and fall is around the corner. We are starting our Leaves Are Falling theme this week.  We’re looking for posts on fall crafts and decorating, recipes for apple sauce and other canning recipes, your photos with fall colors, fall flower arrangement ideas, fall tablescapes  and anything you would like to share on the season.  
 
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more.   

Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, 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.   


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


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

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well. 

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                                           Your Hosts Are:

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

 

Our lovely Kim M. is taking a break for few weeks, she will be returning shortly. 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. 


 

Mother 2 Mother Blog

 

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:Kim U. selected 10 Awesome Science Ideas for Fall from P Is For Preschooler

I selected Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas from Marty’ Musing       



and 

Jamaican Jerk Marinade from Sandy’s Point of View  


 

The Readers Selected: 

 
35 Easy School Lunch Box Ideas from A Pretty Life In the Suburbs  

 

 

and


                              The Favorite Theme Posts 

Back To School!  

30+ Make Ahead Back to School Recipes from My Pinterventures 

 

and 

 Back To School Crayon Wreath Busy Being Jennifer Busy Being Jennifer




Congratulations to our featured bloggers! 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. 

 


 

Inspirational Quote – Responses