Sunday’s Best Link-up Week #78

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Welcome to Week 78 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. This will be the last week of our Red, White and Blue theme. We’re celebrating the 4th of July and we‘re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, and anything else you would like share to inspire dishes and decorations.

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 parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, 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. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities 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 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.

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 featured bloggers.
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

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or 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

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

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:
I selected Fried Eggs from Grandma Ideas
fun kid's foods, fun kid's snacks, kid's party ideas
and

Kim U. selected 28 Lemon Dessert Recipes From Crystal and Co.

cocktail recipes, happy hour recipes

 

and

Kim M. selected Baseball Bookends from Across the Blvd

kid's decorating ideas, gift ideas for dads, Father's Day gifts
The Post With The Most Clicks:
The Making of a Good Father from Living In Mommywood

quotes, Father's Day, inspirational quotes

and

The Favorite Theme Post

All Things Red, White and Blue

 

No Bake Cheesecake Cups from The Kittchen

patriotic desserts, no bake cheesecake recipes, cheesecake recipes, 4th of July ideas

and

4th of July Snack Bags from the Real Thing With the Coak Family
4th of July gift bags, Patrotic Gift Bags, 4th of July crafts, Patriotic Crafts
Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it 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. Be sure to connect on social media.



Craft Stick Crayon Craft

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We are a family of readers. Mom loves books, dad loves books & our 4 year daughter loves books. We frequent the library every 2 weeks & load up on new books, but we still have our old standby favorites.Craft stick crayon crafts inspired by the book The Day The Crayons Quit - Popsicle stick arts & crafts for kids..

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‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ is one of our all time favorites. My daughter loves it.

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This craft was inspired from this wonderful book.

Choose your crayon colors & grab the coordinating paint. Add a touch of white to the paint color. Paint the stick in the lightened color. Add the original paint color to the tips of both ends.

My daughter wanted to make a brown crayon & white. I went with red, blue & green.

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Set your painted sticks aside to dry.

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Cut a piece of foam sheet to form the crayon tip. Glue your tip to the back of your stick. Use a Sharpie to draw on the face & jagged lines at the bottom.

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Finish it off with pipe cleaners for arms.

They came out so cute & would be great for a bookmark.

Craft stick crayon crafts inspired by the book The Day The Crayons Quit - Popsicle stick arts & crafts for the kids Craft stick crayon crafts inspired by the book The Day The Crayons Quit - Popsicle stick arts & crafts for kids..

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Saran Wrap Canvas Art

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Canvas painting with Saran Wrap adds a little texture with lines & peaks to you abstract painting & it is fun for the kids. Kids arts & crafts.

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We paint a lot in our home. My daughter loves pulling a chair up next to me and painting pictures together. What my daughter seems to enjoy the most is actually squeezing the paint out. She will squeeze bottle after bottle of paint out onto our palettes. Most times I will scrape all the leftover paint back into their containers to try to salvage them.

So this art project for perfect for my little girl. She can squeeze her little heart away. This can get messy, so you might want to put your canvas on some newspaper or in our case cardboard.

Squeeze out dabs of paint all around the canvas. My daughter was not shy with the paint.

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Place a few pieces of Saran Wrap over your canvas. One piece could tear, so the extra pieces offer reinforcement. Squeeze, squish & slide the Saran Wrap around the canvas.

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When my daughter liked the coverage on her canvas, she told me “Okay, okay, okay, it’s done, mama.” She peeled off her wrap to reveal her painting. It came out great. We set it aside to dry.

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The Saran wrap creates wonderful peaks & lines with the paint & added another lovely abstract painting to our collection.

Canvas painting with Saran Wrap adds a little texture with lines & peaks to you abstract painting & it is fun for the kids. Kids arts & crafts

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Nature Crowns

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Paper Plate Nature crown craft made with flowers & leaves. Kids arts & crafts..

We love making nature crafts in our house. I am not certain what is more fun, gathering up the materials or actually making the craft.

For this craft we gathered a variety of ferns, leaves & flowers. Be sure to shake off everything to get rid of bugs.

Paint a paper plate in green & let dry. Cut the center out to form a ring. Use a hole punch to punch holes all around the ring.

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Poke the plants and flowers into the punched holes on the plate. Thicker bunches of ferns & leaves should fit nicely, but some of the flowers & leaves may need to be taped down under the paper plate.

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If you want to add more plants or flowers, add more holes with the punch. To add a little something extra, we glued a few gemstones around the crown.

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Paper Plate Nature crown craft made with flowers & leaves. Kids arts & crafts,

My daughter could not wait to put on her crown. She looked like a nature princess.

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Paper Plate Nature crown craft made with flowers & leaves. Kids arts & crafts

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Chalkboard Paper Dolls

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Most of my friends & family know how much my daughter & I love to do arts & crafts. Many times, I receive unused craft materials or gifts of new ones.

Chalkboard paper dolls - fun for kids to draw on the faces & clothes and erase again. Arts & crafts ideas & activities

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A few months ago, we were given a gift of chalkboard tape. I put it away & forgot all about it. I found it yesterday & thought it was time to put it to good use.

I did a simple sketch on a piece of heavy poster board & then cut around the sketch as close as I could get.

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Flip the poster boards over & cover them with the chalkboard tape in strips.

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Cut the figures out.  It is as simple as that.

Chalkboard paper doll cutouts for kids - arts & crafts

Grab a piece of chalk & draw away.

Chalkboard paper dolls for kids. Use chalk to draw 7 erase - Arts & crafts

Chalkboard paper dolls - fun for kids to draw on the faces & clothes and erase again. Arts & crafts Chalkboard paper dolls - fun for kids to draw on the faces & clothes and erase again. Arts & crafts..

These were very simple to make & we still have a lot of tape left. My daughter asked me to make a dog. Maybe we will add in a house too.

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Chalkboard paper dolls - fun for kids to draw on the faces & clothes and erase again. Arts & crafts ideas & activities.

Sunday’s Best Link-up Week #76

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linky, blop hog, Sunday's Best Linkup

Welcome to Week 76 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re starting our Red, White and Blue theme this week. We’re celebrating the 4th of July and we‘re looking for crafts, recipes, party ideas, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, and anything else you would like share to inspire dishes and decorations.

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 parties and makeovers and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Just link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, 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. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities 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 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.

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 featured bloggers.
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

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please subscribe to my blog on the right, like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or 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

Sundays Best Featured Blogger

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:
I selected Chocolate Banana Nut Crunch from Spoonful of Flavor
cupcake recipes, banana cupcake ideas
and

Kim M. selected Mango Sangria from Lemons From LuLu

cocktail recipes, happy hour recipes

 

and

Kim U. selected 15 Patriotic 4th of July Wreaths from The Jenny Evolution

patriotic wreaths, patriotic decorating ideas

The Post With The Most Clicks:
Patriotic Flag Pancakes from Morgan Manages Mommyhood

patriotic foods, flag pancakes

and

The Favorite Theme Post

The World’s Greatest Dads

 

Easy Father’s Day Gift Idea from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

father's day gift ideas, father's day crafts

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it 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. Be sure to connect on social media.


Hole Punch Red, White & Blue Heart

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Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July Great for fine motor skills as well.

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My little girl loves to hone her fine motor skills. She is getting really good at using her scissors & she just loves our paper hole punch. She will grab pieces of construction paper & punch holes all over them. She loves playing with the collection of dots collected inside of the puncher too. She punched a few sheets of blue paper the other day & collected all of the dots in a cup. It looked like confetti.

With the 4th of July nearing, I had her punch some red & white too & thought we could make a craft out of all of those holes.

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I drew fireworks out onto black paper with school glue & sprinkled the red, white & blue confetti over it.

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We tried this again using a heart shape. My daughter loved throwing the confetti around. The paper dots made such a colorful & festive craft & they were so easy to make.

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We will start collecting all of our hole dots for future crafts.

Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July

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Paper hole punch red, white & blue confetti heart craft for kids. Arts & crafts for 4th of July

Yarn Wrapped Bumble Bee Craft

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We just discovered that we have a hive of bees living in our porch. Every day for the past few weeks, the bees have been buzzing around our heads as we are outside playing.
Yarn Wrapped bumble bee craft for the kids. a cute spring or summer craft & a great fine motor activity as well

There was one that lingered on our porch a few days ago & my daughter and I wanted to investigate a little. We watched it for a while as it rubbed its legs together and sat on our step.

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Our little friend inspired a new craft. Since some of my daughter’s favorite crafts involve yarn, we decided on a yarn wrapping craft.

What you will need:

Cardboard

Acrylic Paint

Yarn

Googly Eyes

Pipe Cleaners

Tacky Glue

Markers

Directions:

Draw & cut a bee shape out of cardboard. Don’t forget the stinger.

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Paint the body of the cardboard yellow & the stinger black. Let dry. Make thin triangular snips into the cardboard on both the top & bottom of the body.

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Glue a googly eye & 2 pipe cleaners for the antennae. Draw in a little smile.

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Cut long strands of yarn & wrap the strands around the bee’s body at the notches.

My daughter carefully wrapped the yarn around her bee. This is a great activity for fine motor skills and like I said, my little girl loves yarn crafts.

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We both thought our little bee came out adorable & it is less likely to sting us than its inspiration.

Yarn Wrapped bumble bee craft for the kids. a cute spring or summer craft & a great fine motor activity as well..

Yarn Wrapped bumble bee craft for the kids. a cute spring or summer craft & a great fine motor activity as well.

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Glittery Cardboard & Watercolor Flowers

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I adore my daughter’s creativity. We have been doing arts and crafts together for a very long time & I have watched her creativity soar. This next craft was all a product of my little girl’s crafty little mind. I loved it so much that I had to share.

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids.

We use a lot of cardboard for arts & crafts projects and have tons of scrap pieces. She grabbed one of the pieces of cardboard and drew a flower on it. She asked me if I could cut it out for her. I cut it out and she quickly ran & got a glue stick and a piece of paper. She glued her cardboard flower to the paper. She grabbed a bottle of squeeze glue and glitter and spread the glue & glitter over her flower.

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She painted her paper in watercolors & explained to me that it was a magical fairy flower.

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She added some more glue & glitter.

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I loved her finished project. It really did look magical.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for the kids

She inspired me to make one of my own.

Glittery cardboard flower on watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids

Glittery cardboard flower over watercolor paints - a pretty spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids..

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Button Toucan

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Button Toucan craft with free printable template- arts & crafts for kids , birds

Button crafts are so much fun. My daughter loves them & I love them too. My daughter just got a new shirt for the summer with a colorful toucan on the front. This has quickly become her favorite shirt. Her toucan shirt became the inspiration for our latest button craft.

I drew out a toucan & cut the body out of black foam. Attached is a free printable for your convenience.

Toucan Printable

I glued the black foam onto the drawing.

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I glued one large googly eye to the head & used orange marker to draw in the legs.

Button Toucan craft - arts & crafts for kids , birds.

I glued brightly colored buttons in different sizes and shapes onto the beak. I used large buttons on the bottom & layered them with smaller buttons to define the lines.

This is a fun craft for the little kids, big kids or adults alike.

Button Toucan craft with free printable template- arts & crafts for kids , birds

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