Monday, September 01, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday - Week 50

Welcome to the 50th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!  Mother 2 Mother is honored to be your host again this week and looking forward to reading your amazing blog posts.  
September is a big month for us at Turn It Up Tuesday - this is our 1-year anniversary!! It has been an amazing year - and we look forward to many more to come!
A big thank you to everyone that has stuck with us for the past year - even if you've only been here a few weeks or a few months, you are greatly appreciated! And to all those that are just finding us here at Turn It Up Tuesday - thank you for stopping by and linking up with us! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
As you may know, 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, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Tara from Anything and Everything

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"Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!"
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month! We're accepting sponsors for 2015!

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 | April from 100lb Countdown | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for September!

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Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila

Interested in being a guest host 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 October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

1977515_origCe Ce chose Homeschool Days - A Day In The Life 2014-2015 from Life's Hidden Treasures. "I'm new to homeschooling and need plenty of examples of how to create an effective schedule, I thought this post was very helpful!"
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Becky chose 15 Tips to Carving the Best Pumpkin from Living Frugal with Erika. "I love this post because I'm itching for fall to truly get here. I love carving pumpkins with my son and can't wait to use some of these tips this year."
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Rachel chose Easy Ways to Earn Extra Money For the Holidays {From Home!} from Work at Home Wisdom. "Seriously, the holiday rush will be on us much sooner than we even want to think about. And I love earning a little extra money. She has put together a great list and her own experiences which is really valuable."
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Kelly chose Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider Recipe from My Frugal Adventures. "I love the caramel cider from Starbucks, but a yummy version that you can make at home is much better."
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Tara chose Double Tiered Wood Slice Serving Platter from Houseologie. "I love how Leigh Anne created an amazing serving platter from a couple pieces of wood slices from the craft store. So creative and unique!"
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Sandy chose My Toddler Isn't Talking Yet - Should I Be Worried? from West Coast Mama. "I had a really hard time picking my favorite this week, but I ultimately decided on this post because, to me, it summarizes the most important guide we have in parenting. We have to rely on our gut instinct. As parents we know our kids better than anyone else. Our gut will tell us which way to go when we have a concern about our kids."
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Kimberly chose My Picks For The 2014 Best and Worst Emmys Dresses from Mother 2 Mother Blog. ""I love seeing the stunning attire on the red carpet at awards shows. The Emmys did not disappoint this year and Rhonda nailed it with her picks. Find out where Halle Berry, Camila, Alves, Lena Dunham, and Viola Davis landed on her list."
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Cindy chose How We Succeeded In Becoming A One-Income Family from Life's Hidden Treasures. "We have been living off basically 1 income for the last 23 years. I brought a lot of debt into our marriage...don't do that! We have worked hard and have just a little debt left. Our house and cars are paid off all that is left is 1 pesky old credit card and a small loan. Living on 1 income is not as difficult as it seems when your priorities are in order."
Chelsea also chose this post. "This post was surprisingly inspirational. When I found it on the linkup, I thought it would be a how-to, step-by-step post on saving money, which I'm always looking to do. Instead, Cathy shared her family's experience and how they have 'freed' themselves through tithing. Such a great reminder of what is most important in life. So happy I found this post!"
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Stacey chose Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner from Robyn's View. "Now that we are a single income family, I am always trying to find new homemade cleaning recipes. I can't wait to make some to try in our bathroom! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Natasha chose I Was Scared to Have A Boy from The Contented Wife Blog. "I was so fearful of having a boy...I didn't know what to expect and I worried about the same things that you did. I worried that he would grow older and shun me or our mother-son bond wouldn't withstand the test of times. I still worry about those times - but I cherish the moments that I have with him now. And I'm glad that I did that, rather than worrying about everything else. Those are the moments that will last forever, even well after he's married and moved on with his life. But you're right - sons always have a bond with their mothers, well after they move on with their life."
Victoria also chose this post. "I chose [this post] because it was a topic I could relate to. When I found out I was pregnant with my first son I was scared out of my mind. I knew boys were rough and felt they were harder to raise than girls were. I had no clue how I would make it as a mom of a boy. Therefore, when I saw this post linked up this week it immediately gained my attention."
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The post with the most clicks is 7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life.
 
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is...

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7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life
Why I Was Scared To Have A Boy
I Was Scared to Have A Boy from The Contented Wife Blog
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
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So now that you've met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, and the Featured and the Best of the Best...

let's get started!

  • Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.
  • Link up as many posts as you'd like! The more, the merrier!
  • Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!
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Kitchen Gardening: Guide to Companion Planting Book Giveaway



Mother 2 Mother is giving away a copy of this beautiful book, The Mix and Match Guide to Companion Planting by Josie Jeffery.  I did a review on this book, please see it here.  This is a great book for beginner gardeners and a great reference for advanced gardeners.  

5 Reasons Family Is Important To Children

                
                               
I wrote this post for A Peek Into My Paradise as a guest blogger.  I'm sharing it with my readers and hope that it will help you in dealing with family.  

We may not like some of our family members and they may not like us at times, but we can't change who we are or the fact that we're connected by a bloodline for a lifetime.  Some of our experiences with family have been different. Some of us come from single parent homes, alcoholic homes, or two parent homes that were loving or not so loving.  We can ignore, stay away from or disown our family, but we can't get away from who we are.  That is a fact.  

When I was growing up family reunions, backyard BBQs, and Sunday gatherings were a given. You never knew how the day would end, but we would all return eventually. As children we spent time with siblings or cousins playing ball, hop scotch, doing cartwheels, or picking walnuts and berries for treats.  Although the event did not always end on a pleasant note for the adults, we still laugh about the good times that we had together as children.  

Here's 5 reasons why family is important:    

Teaches Children About Who They Are - Learning your heritage is important to understanding who you are.  What better way to learn than from great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Listening to stories from relative's childhood can help teach children about who they are and who family members are.  

Teaches Children About Trust - Spending time with family builds a bond which can lead to trust. As parents we must teach our children who to trust in the family, because not all family members should be trusted.  We all have drug addicts, alcoholics, thieves, liars and a host of other negative traits whether we want to admit it or not, so it's important to guide your children in this endeavor. Forming a bond with family members can last a lifetime, it teaches children that they will always have someone to turn to with family.  

Provides Examples For Children - Spending time with family members gives children a first hand example of how other family members live.  Some family members will be doing better than others financially, have bigger and more beautiful homes, and be the most unhappy.  It also gives children an opportunity to see those that are not doing well, but are the happiest.  It allows children to see things from a perspective other than what's conveyed in their home.  

Helps Develop Self-Esteem - It's important that children become comfortable with who they are and be accepted for who they are.  What better place to start building a solid foundation than with family. No matter what, family should love and accept your imperfections, strengths and weaknesses.  

Gives Children A Sense of Security - Knowing that you're loved by family gives children a sense of security.  They feel safe and accepted and free to be who they are.  When they not afraid of being who they are their self-worth soars. 

Family, is the important unit in our society and for good reason.  No matter what happens in life family will remain.  So many children yearn for the love of family, security, a sense of who they are and examples of how life can be.  If you have the opportunity to expose your children to extended family gatherings, I encourage you to do so.  Understanding the family tree is essential to learning who you are.   


Friday, August 29, 2014

Octonauts DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission DVD Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways 

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Sponsored by: NCircle


"Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats – above and below the waves!
On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they explore the hidden depths of the Midnight Zone! Peso must conquer his fears to treat a Vampire Squid! Dashi and Inkling go head to head with hungry Gulper Eels! Then, Barnacles, Kwazii and crew must rescue sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!"
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