Monday, November 24, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday - Week 62





Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and Turn It Up Tuesday.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner! And we're definitely celebrating this week. Share all of your amazing Thanksgiving, Fall, and all around Holidays posts here this week! Our hosts and guest hosts will be selecting their favorites, and 4 posts will win Best of the Best!!!
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Welcome to the 62nd week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! We're so happy to have you here this week - and thanks for the amazing posts last week! There were so many great posts to choose from! And we had another record-breaking week - thanks again!!!
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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, as long as it is family-friendly. 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

Silvie from My Silly Little Gang

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Through Silvie's posts, she shares the details of raising my silly little gang of boys and the different things she encounters in her life as a mommy. Including crafts, recipes, and reviews, she enjoys blogging and all the work it entails. It definitely keeps her on her toes, but it's rewarding for her when she receives a comment from a reader letting her know they enjoy her post. Her goal is to grow her blog into all it can be. As a mommy blogger, she has had the opportunity to work with several brands to review their products or places.
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for November!

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Angie from God's Growing Garden | Damjana from AppleGreen Cottage | Keri from Living In This Season | Stasia from Our Life on a Budget | Kimberly from Life is a Lullaby | Rebeka from Homemade Momy | Serena from Simple Holistic Girl | Amy from Home Remedies | Stacy from Little to No Progress Here | Tanya from City Mom Loves | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 December, January, and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Cindy chose Easy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles from The Surburban Mom. "It is the season for peppermint and I have been baking with it a lot. I've never made truffles before but I hope to tackle this recipe in the weeks before Christmas."
Amy also chose this post. "These truffles look delicious and would make great gifts for the approaching holidays - plus their easy to make!"
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Tina chose Handmade Rustic Angel Ornament from Canary Street Crafts. "What a beautiful and easy to make Christmas ornament. So cute!! I'm going to make one as Christmas craft with my daughter,she loves Christmas angels!!! Maybe make some as presents."
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Damjana chose Thanksgiving Table Setting from Home Remedies. "I love the fresh feel of the white-green hydrangeas centerpiece and the interesting combination of materials - the traditional combination of burlap on wood topped by a white see-through scarf, giving the scene a silky-light feel...You cannot not love it, can you?"
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Serena chose Serving Others (When You Barely Have Time To Take Care Of Yourself!) from Women with Intention. "I personally feel like this sometimes. I know I sometimes want to help out others so bad even when there's way too much on my plate and I do it anyway. I have to know and trust in the end it'll all work out for the good. If I have to say no (on the rare occasion) I know if that opportunity was meant for me then a way will open up for me to do it without feeling overwhelmed."
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Mari chose Oreo Funfetti Cake Bars from With A Blast. "Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? Omg again I had a long list and had to narrow down but I loved Linda's treat because it mixes 2 of my daughters's favorites so it's a must try."
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Jillian chose Friday Favorites: Updated Thanksgiving Planner from Krafty Cards etc. "I am SUCH a planner nerd and think it is absolutely necessary to have a planner for your Thanksgiving meal. I want everyone to know about and enjoy this printable!"
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Angie chose Angeli di carta fai da te * DIY paper Angels from Caseperlatesta. "These paper angels are so simple but yet so classy - many ways to decorate with them - on the tree, in a nativity scene or as a place setting for Christmas dinner!"
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Cathy chose Pancake Battered Banana Bites from The Pinterested Parent. "I can’t wait to serve these adorable little bites to the little ones in my life…except I know the big ones in my life are going to love them too!"
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Stasia chose Nursing & Pumping Essentials from The Memoirs of a Mommy. "I just would have found this list super helpful when I was pregnant and will definitely use it the second time around!"
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Tenns chose Mommy, Where's Your Meatball? A Tale About Testicles + Tips for Discussion from Epic Mommy Adventures. "While it was hilarious, it gave me a real reality check of what it means to raise a boy. I’m so happy you shared this insight, because kids, especially boys, never cease to amaze, surprise or humiliate you. I have a bit more of an idea of one of the many crazy things that may happen with having a son."
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Silvie chose 4 Simple & Oh So Cute Christmas Gifts from Always Made with Love. "These 4 ideas are adorable, simple and easy to do. These would make perfect stocking stuffers or add a nice touch to gift baskets, or use as bows on gifts!"
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Tiffany chose 7 Tips to Being a Better Stay-At-Home-Mama from Seven Graces. "I love this post! It can be so hard to remember that being at home is not only about taking care of our children but taking care of ourselves as well. A better us means a better Woman, Wife and Mother for everyone else."
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Stacey chose 7 Epic Books for Bloggers from Amber Kristine. "What a wonderful listing of books! Even though I have been at this blogging thing for almost two years, I still feel like there is so much that I have yet to learn. I am definitely going to check into some of these. Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Jessica chose A Better Human Being from Two Teens and Their Mama. "What an inspiring story! It made me think of what I currently have in life and be thankful for it all :). Thanks for the beautiful share!"
Rhonda also chose this post. "During dark hours we sometimes loose sight of the blessings that we still have. To strive to be A Better Human Being during difficult things takes courage, but it also takes courage to strive to be A Better Human Being during our good times. Hopefully we will remember just how blessed we are this holiday season."
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Meghan chose Two random parenting fails from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. "I love this post because it is just so honest. It's easy to hide behind the computer and make it seem (on purpose or not) that your life is perfect to your readers."
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Kelly chose DIY felt board pictures - game time! from AppleGreen Cottage. "I love the simplicity of the felt boards - and that it isn't electronic!"
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Chelsea chose Apple Roll Ups Recipe from Typically Simple. "This recipe looked so adorable! The perfect bite of apple pie plus the flakiness of crescent rolls. So easy, and soooooo yummy sounding! I just might make these for the kids on Thanksgiving!"
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Rebeka chose 10 Ways To Save On Thanksgiving Dinner from A Mitten Full of Savings. "With holiday travels, two big dinners, presents for 4 others and stockings for all guests on Christmas eve, the holidays get pretty tight on money. I love these suggestions to help ease the strain on the pocketbook. You can even use several of the tips together!"
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Natasha chose Objectified from British Mum USA. "I am upset about this post on so many levels, but I do feel that there is a bright side too. Your daughter’s friend not only recognized that this is an issue but she did something about it – she spoke up! I have seen this happen many times, and yes, the boy is a complete idiot but sometimes the girls fall for it believing that the only way for him to like her is to have sex with him. It is so sad! And that’s why I’m so incredibly proud of your daughter’s friend for not dealing with it or believing it is acceptable."
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The post with the most clicks is Shop Spotlight: Ahoy Amigo from Life with Peanut.
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And the Best of the Best is...

There are two posts tied for 1st place!
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Easy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles from The Surburban Mom
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Apple Roll Ups Recipe from Typically Simple
And we have two posts tied for second place!
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A Better Human Being from Two Teens and Their Mama
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Round Up - 28 Holiday Recipe, Craft and Decorating Ideas



Happy Holidays!  They're around the corner and if you're like me, you're looking for delicious recipes, great decorating ideas, and fun crafts for kids.  I like to start decorating after Thanksgiving, so I've rounded up 25 great ideas, old and new, from the web.  

 I have so many Christmas decorations that I acquired over years, so I'm always looking for a way to re-purpose them. As my readers know, I'm all about budgeting and doing things in the most cost effective way. Not only have I hung to years old decorations, I'm surrounded by woods and evergreens.  So I look for ideas to use with natural items that I can retreat from my neighbor's or my yard.  A can of paint from the Dollar Store and a new twist on an old item and I'm good to go.  

Lets get ready to whip up fabulous dishes, decorate awesome trees and tables and spend time making fun crafts with the kids.


Rainbow Christmas Tree found at Inspired by Charm
White Center Piece found at Discover 0
Candy Cane Sleighs found at  Princess Pinky Girl
Champagne Punch found at Between Naps On The Porch
Chocolate Spoons found at Cherished Bliss
Gingerbread Kids found at Just Imagine
Grinch Punch found at Parent Map
Pillsbury Christmas Tree found at Pillsbury
Holiday Sled found at Junk Chic Cottage
Christmas Party Punch found at Fashion and Pop Culture
Candy Cane Candle Holder found at The Mother Huddle
Popcorn Snowmen found at Creative Kids Snacks
Epsom Salt Centerpieces found at Hing Design
Santa Bread found at Taste of Home
Christmas Wagon found at Style Estate
Baby Food Jar Snowmen found at Hip 2 Save
Snowman Doughnuts found at Dukes and Duchesses
Christmas Mail Box found at Christmas Holiday
Paper Plate Christmas Tree found at I Heart Crafty Things
Oranges and Cloves  found at Your Nest Design
Rainbow Tree found on Ebay
Monogram Wreath found at Martha Stewart
Mistle Toes found at Babble
Pull Apart Christmas Tree found at Electric Recipes
Gift Basket Idea found at Megan Shipton
Wine Glass Center Pieces found at Pinterest
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree found at NEDC Design and Construction
The Stair Case found on the Relax Deco

I'm loving the Monogram Wreath, Stair Case, and the Doughnut and Popcorn Snowmen. My grandchildren love both, so guess what will be on their snack plates during the holidays.  I hope these ideas have motivated you too. If you need more information on how to create your inspiration, click on the link and go check out these crafty bloggers.  What are some of your favorites? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Favorite Holiday Movies



Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas posts. I'll be posting some of my favorite recipes with the grandchildren, traditions and memories of Christmas past during my 12 day series.  I thought this would be a great way for me to get into the holiday spirit and share my favorite memories over the years with you.  Hopefully, my posts will motivate you to get into the Christmas spirit too.  

Watching Christmas movies is my first step toward preparing for the holiday spirit, so I thought I would start here. I watch the movies while I decorate the house and trim the tree. My favorite Christmas movie list changes from year to year.  I always seem to find another movie or 2 to add to the list. They have become a holiday tradition for me.  The first movie on the list is a must for me. You guessed it, A Christmas Story with Ralphie.  You know the adorable little boy who wanted the Red Ryder BB Gun from Santa.  I watch this movie all day and laugh. The Eggnog and Bacardi contribute to the laughter I'm sure, but the movie is a great holiday treat. 
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