Wednesday, March 04, 2015

How To Establish Boundaries for Grandparents

                                                 My grandson and I at the pumpkin patch

I love my role as a grandmother. I've been a proud grandmother for 7 years, and I actually see my role no differently from my daughter's. I want the best for my grandchildren just like my daughter and son-in-law.    

Grandparents have an obligation to ensure our grandchildren are healthy, nourished, clothed, educated, have a roof over their heads, and enjoy life too.  It's important that we create memories of them spending time with us as well.  How many children do you know that protest going to visit their grandparents?  There's a reason for that, and that's why we have the title "Grand".  

Monday, March 02, 2015

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!
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!


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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 | 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!

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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

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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!

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!"
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."
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."
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."
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!"
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."
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!"
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!"
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."
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."
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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?"
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!"
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!!"
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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."
Silvie chose Easy Kung Pao Chicken Recipe from Flavor Mosaic. "I love Kung Pao Chicken and this recipe is both easy and delicious!"
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!"
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!"
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."
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."
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!"
Elaine chose Stop The Judging from The Pinterested Parent. "Good solid advice."
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!"
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."
The post with the most clicks is A Running Playlist That Will Make You Want to Run from Play. Party. Pin.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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. 

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

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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

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. 

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