Monday, October 20, 2014

Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Foliage




Foliage is in its peak. These are pictures of an apple orchard and the Blue Ridge Mountains John Denver sang about. Yes, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River are in my backyard so to speak.  This scene is down the road from me.  I pass it when I'm headed to the grocery store. I decided to stop yesterday and snap a few pictures.  The mountains are boasting brilliant colors in the background and the apple trees are loaded with crisp, fresh apples.  What a life I live!    

Week-end drives are a must for me during this time of year.  It requires me to unplug for a minute and it so worth it.  Seeing this kind of beauty warms my heart and gives me a new found appreciation for the beauty that I'm surrounded by. It is truly an incredible and breathtaking view that brings peace to my being.  I sat for a few minutes just absorbing all that was being offered to me.   

I also thought about all the people who were driving by and didn't notice the beauty that I was inhaling.  Oh how we take things for granted. We're always in a hurry and fail to stop and enjoy the small things in life. My daughter lives 10 minutes from Virginia Beach; however, they rarely go to the beach. They prefer to drive 5 hours to Myrtle Beach.  We're surrounded by these beautiful mountains, but we drive by them as if they don't exist.  Life is funny isn't it.  

We have another week to enjoy the foliage while it is in full peak, so stay tuned for more fall pictures.  What beauty are you surrounded by, but really don't appreciate or take for granted?  
  

Turn It Up Tuesday - Week 57

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother Blog and the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We're so happy to have you here this week - and thanks for the amazing posts last week!
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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!

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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 | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | 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 October!

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Bernadyn from B is for... | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose 10 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues from Ten at the Table. "I chose this post because it's been pretty rainy around my area, and I'm always looking for new and fun things to do to spice up a boring, rainy day."
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Meghan chose DIY Laundry Room Shelf from Latte Everyday. "This is an excellent idea for a wasted space above the washer and dryer. When we were looking at model homes at different communities, the laundry room was always immaculately staged. I always said I wanted my laundry room to look like one of those rooms, but who has the time and money to fix a laundry room up? Especially since it is a room that isn't used by anyone other than myself. I love this idea for storage and even decor. I am definitely going to be doing this!"
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Bernadyn chose Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go from Normal Everyday Life. "I chose this because it made me realize that one day, my kids will also stop playing with toys in the tub and I'll actually be sad when there are not toys cluttering every space of the house! This was a bittersweet post that you can relate to as a parent. It makes me want to cherish these crazy, messy years with my two little ones even more."
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Dorothy chose Random Parenting Fails, 2nd Edition from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. "Every parent has small, random fails or even white lies that make them feel guilty, so it's always nice to be reassured that there are other parents making mistakes too :) This post was short and cute. I loved it."
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Sonya chose How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom. "This post lists lots of companies that will pay you to test their products. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning ways of making money from home."
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Rhonda chose Skeletons In My Closet! from What Happens at Grandma's. "This post contains tons of Halloween crafts for kids that are unique and quite crafty. Did I mention spooky! Great way to spend time with the kids and get in the spirit of Halloween!"
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Elina chose Glittered Fall Leaves DIY from Typically Simple. "This project stood out for me cause it shows you how to recreate those glittered leaves you find in the stores. These would be the perfect addition to any fall wreath or tablescape. And I can picture these as cute napkin rings or on placecards. The possibilities are endless."
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Cathy chose Simple Homemade Caramel from Luv a Bargain. "Sherri has made delicious, creamy caramel using her crock pot! I pinned this amazing recipe to try! I am excited to dip an apple slice into this homemade caramel! Check out Sherri's easy and yummy way to make homemade caramel!"
Stacey also chose this post. "I have been wanting to try out making my own caramel, especially now with apple season in full swing! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Thank you so much for sharing!!"
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Tina chose Funghetto velenoso * Little, poisonous mushroom from Caseperlatesta. "Super cute idea,great costume.A beautiful costume for all those DIY mommies out there!!!I love the hat!!"
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Natasha chose Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired. "Love this post! It's so true - I had so many thoughts before I had my son, now I know so much better. And the biggest thing is the TV - I was so insistent upon limiting TV use for my son, now I don't know what we would do without it! You've inspired me to write my own post about this very topic!"
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The post with the most clicks is Red Red Wine Pacifica Polish I Swatch and First Impression #NOTW from Grow It Girl.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
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*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!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Aren't these pink pumpkins gorgeous!  What could be better than these beautiful pink pumpkins to remind us of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  I was delighted that my mammogram came back normal this month. What a relief.  I dread having my annual mammogram, but I have learned the importance of setting my dread aside and scheduling my appointment. Ten minutes of discomfort is far better than months of radiation, chemo and all the other steps that must be taken to fight this disease.  

Even so I sit for weeks praying that everything comes back normal, and until I receive the call from my doctor I'm holding my breath.  I've watched so many women fight this awful disease with tenacity and win, but I've also watched those who have lost their battle.   

I know that the best course of action is examination of my breast at home for early detection and my mammogram.  It is advised that all women start having one at age 40 and if you have a history of breast cancer in your family age 35.  This year, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States.  Approximately 85% of the women diagnosed had no family history of breast cancer.  

Breast cancer knows no boundaries, it affects women in all races and age groups.  Early detection is key ladies.  


Backyard Birds - Red Bellied Woodpecker





It's getting colder, so I decided to fill the bird feeders this week-end and do a little bird watching.  I didn't fill the feeders this summer, as most of my backyard birds feast on my sunflowers. I thought it would take a few days for the birds to find the seed since I hadn't filled them for months, but it only took a few hours.  

I jumped for joy when I saw this fellow at the feeder. This is a male Red Bellied Woodpecker. Wondering where the red is on his belly? Me too. I do know they love the black oil sunflower seeds, but mostly they love pecking on this tree and my gutters.  Apparently, the sound resonates and a potential mate will hear the call.  They also hide seed for later consumption in the crevices of trees, which is what he's doing in the bottom picture.  This winter I will set out a suet feeder.  

If you want to attract woodpeckers to your backyard, purchase or build a platform feeder and add sunflowers or safflower seeds.  They also love peanut butter and cracked corn, which I add to pine cones during the winter.  You can find a post on peanut butter pine corns here.  

Are you a bird watcher?  What are some of your favorite backyard birds?  






Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Must Read Blogs - Part 1





I want to take time to recognize a few great bloggers that I follow.  I call them my Must Read Blogs.  I follow hundreds, sorry that I can't list them all in this post. Some are blogs that I've followed for years, and some are newly discovered.  Check out my list, you may want to follow them too:

  • Amaraland - This blogger posts on the good, the bad, and the ugly memories from her childhood and her beautiful granddaughter's journey growing up. Very inspiring, and not afraid to show you who she is.  
  • Heck of a Bunch - Feeling Lucky?  Check out this blog, this blogger lists tons of great giveaways.
  • Barbie Bieber & Beyond - This blogger has been recently added to my Must Read Blog List.  Barbie is an Australian blogger and the mother of 4 girls.  We all know how difficult of a job this is.  
  • A Peek Into My Paradise - This blog has been recently added as well, and I'm now a guest contributor to this blog.  You'll find great recipes, link ups, giveaways, and parenting posts.    
  • Mocha Dad - It's always nice to get a man's perspective on parenting. Mocha Dad provides shares his stories and offers resources that will help men to be better dads, husbands, and mentors.
  • What Happens At Grandma's - This is one crafty blogger.  If you're looking for inspiration on your next craft project with the kids, visit this blog.  She posts tons of great ideas that are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.  
  • Coconut Head's Survival Guide - I recently discovered this blog and glad I did.  This blogger is a cancer survivor and has great posts on decorating, family and recipes.  
Check out these great blogs, and add them to your reading list.  Stay tuned for Part II of my Must Read Blogs.  


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