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Great Lego Party Ideas for the Kids

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Time has flown by so quickly. My little girl turned 5 last week and I can hardly believe it. A few months ago, I asked my daughter what kind of party she wanted. She asked for a Lego party and an art party. I loved the idea of having both. Both would be wonderfully interactive for my daughter and all of her guests.Great Lego themed birthday party ideas for kids. decorations, food and activities. Kid's

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I have to admit, I love throwing parties, especially theme parties. I knew that my daughter and I would have fun with this one.

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40+ Gingerbread Crafts, Activities and Recipes

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Over 40 gingerbread inspired arts and crafts, activities, sensory and recipes. Gingerbread house and gingerbread men projects for kids for the winter & Christmas

I’m sure that I have mentioned it before, but I love gingerbread. It is one of my absolute favorite things about this time of year. I look forward to baking it, smelling it, eating it and my daughter and I have fun doing arts and crafts projects inspired by it.  Here are some wonderful gingerbread inspired ideas to welcome in the holiday season.

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Homemade Butter With Kids

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It was our wedding anniversary last weekend. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary weekend together with the whole family.

How to make homemade butter - Cooking with kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe

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We went away for a family weekend. We took our daughter to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. It was a lovely look at life in the 1800’s.

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We got to take a horse-drawn carriage ride, see how yarn was made & pretend to churn butter. Our butter making play made me want to churn some butter for real. It reminded me of when I was little and churned butter on class field trips.

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I wanted to teach my daughter how to make butter too. Thank to Google & PBS Kids, I was able to find a simple way to make butter with my little. Did you know that you can easily make homemade butter by shaking cream in a jar? Well you can & it is delicious.

The recipe called for a jar, but we chose to use a shaker cup to make our butter.

We added a carton of heavy cream to our shaker & shook in a little salt. We put the lid back on & began to shake.

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My daughter helped shake for a few minutes, but quickly got tired & handed it back to mommy. It is a lot of shaking, so if you are doing this with a few children, it would actually be perfect because each could take a turn for a few minutes.

The recipe that we saw said that it would take about 10 minutes, but ours did take a little longer than that, although we did stop many times throughout the process to make observations about the butter.

It was a great arm workout for this mommy. The shaking was fun, but what happened during the shaking was the most interesting part.

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The cream hit different forms during the shaking. We stopped & looked at our cream often to see what changes were made. It was fascinating. The first stage was foamy. The cream start foaming & expanding in the shaker cup.

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We shook a little longer & the butter started taking on the form of whipped cream.

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When it took on the whipped cream form, it became a little more difficult to shake, but after shaking a little bit longer, it began to sound watery again. We checked the mixture & could see the buttermilk & butter starting to separate. We kept shaking and then poured the buttermilk through a strainer into a bowl. We drained the butter well. The strainer will catch the butter, but we were able to scoop most of it out of our shaker with a spoon.

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I covered the butter & then refrigerated it until I was ready to use it. We made some toast & tried out our homemade butter. It was delicious. We also used the buttermilk to make fried chicken with later that same evening.

From what I understand, homemade butter does not last too long, so extend the life of your butter by mixing some water into it after the butter is already formed.

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The homemade butter is definitely worth making. It was wonderful. I will definitely make it again, but perhaps next time use a beater.

How to make homemade butter. Cooking with the kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe.

 

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Butter making with kids. Easy recipe that you can make with the family

50+ Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas

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Over 50 Birthday party theme ideas for kids. Food, decorations & activities

I have always enjoyed throwing parties. I just love coming up with a party theme & then planning around it. I always thought entertaining our friends was fun, but what I realized after having my daughter is that I love entertaining a house full of kids even more. Kid’s parties can be fun to plan, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some wonderful ideas for snacks, decorations & fun party activities guaranteed to put a smile on your little ones face.

Interactive Party Ideas

Interactive Party Ideas - Playdough, Legos, Art, Sports & Bubble play . Birthday party ideas for kids

1. Play-doh Theme from The Pinterested Parent

2. Art Party from See Vanessa Craft

3. The Ultimate Sports Birthday from The Joy of Boys

4. How To Throw A Lego Party from South Shore Mamas

5. Art Party from Learn With Play At Home

6. Bubbles Birthday from Nate and Rachael

 

Superhero Themed Party

Superhero themed party ideas for kids

Superhero Themed from Teach Me Mommy

Superhero Party from The Joys Of Boys

Superhero Party Ideas from Every Star Is Different

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Party Ideas

Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Transportation ideas, Disney Cars & Thomas the train ideas for kids birthday party

1. Train Birthday Party from Nate & Rachael

2. Vintage Airplane Theme from Nate and Rachael

3. Thomas The Train Theme from Craftulate

4. Easy Disney Cars Party from The Joys Of Boys

5. Disney Cars Theme from kidzactivities

6. Cars Birthday Party from Buggy and Buddy

7. Disney Cars Preschool Party from Preschool Powol Packets

 

Frozen Party Ideas

Frozen Inspired Birthday Party Ideas for kids. You little Elsa & Anna fans will love these ideas

1. Frozen Party from Mom Explores

2. Awesome Frozen Themed from Teach Me Mommy

3. Frozen Cupcakes from Thrifty DIY Diva

4. Frozen Marshmallow Pops from Thrifty DIY Diva

5. How To Host A Frozen Theme Party from One Creative Mommy

6. Frozen Party Printables from One Creative Mommy

 

More Creative & Fun Party Ideas

Alphabet Party from Learn With Play At Home

Elmo Theme from Mom & Crafters

Ball Themed from Teach Me Mommy

Angry Birds from The Joy of Boys

Pink Lemonade & Pinwheels Party from Nate and Rachael

Unicorn Party Ideas from Red Ted Art

Minion Themed from The Jenny Evolution

Pirate Birthday Party from Every Star Is Different

Pirate Theme from Mom on the Move

Peppa Pig Themed from The Jenny Evolution

Very Hungry Caterpillar from Learn With Play At Home

Dinosaur Themed from The Jenny Evolution

Dinosaur Party Ideas from Learn With Play At Home

Firefighter Themed from The Jenny Evolution

Simple Firefighter Theme from Kitchen Floor Crafts

Star Wars Themed from Mom On The Move

Mermaid Birthday from Imagination Tree

Doctor Themed Birthday from Imagination Tree

Ice Cream Theme from Art Crackers

Shark Themed Party from Buggy and Buddy

Jungle Theme Decorations from Experimental Homesteader

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Joys Of Boys

Ninja Theme from Chicken Babies

 

Birthday Party Treats

Fun & creative birthday treat ideas for a kid's party - cakes, cupcakes, cookies for themed birthdays & special occasions

1. Mini Golf Cupcakes from Kitchen Floor Crafts

2. Ice Cream Cupcakes from Red Ted Art

3. Volcano Pinata Cake from The Imagination Tree

4. M&M’s Basketball Cake from The Joy of Boys

5. Teapot Cake from There’s Just One Mommy

6. Celebration Pancake for Birthday Morning from The Pinterested Parent

7. Easy Puppy Cupcakes from The Joy of Boys

8. Car Birthday Cake from There’s Just One Mommy

9. Firetruck Cake from Preschool Powol Packets

10. Fairy Wand Cookies from Red Ted Art

11. Dump Truck Cake from The Joy Of Boys

12. Sheep Cupcakes from Red Ted Art

13. How to Make a Dragon Cake from There’s Just One Mommy

 

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Celebration Pancakes

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Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasions

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If you follow us regularly, you probably already know that we love pancakes. Pancakes are one of the few foods that my daughter will always eat. We have gotten inventive with our pancakes over the last year & breakfast has never been more fun. Pancake art has become a favorite for us both on the weekends. Sometimes, she puts in a special request & it becomes a challenge to see what we can come up with. Even if they don’t come out right they are still delicious. Today, my little girl said that she wanted cupcake pancakes. Here is what we came up with.Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast food for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasion.

Start with a basic pancake recipe. We added a couple of Tbsps of chocolate powder to our recipe.

Use a mixer to blend the batter well. Make sure to get out all the lumps.

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Use a funnel to fill a squeeze bottle.

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Use the squeeze bottle to draw out your cupcake.

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Let the pancake cook until bubbling & flip. Cook on the opposite side for a few minutes & put on a plate.

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Add whipped cream and sprinkles to finish your cupcake off. My daughter was so excited & the pancakes were a big hit.

Cupcake shaped pancake. Fun breakfast for kids. This is a perfect for a birthday or special occasions.. Recipes & food

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Alphabet Pancakes

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to eat breakfast & I love to make it, pancakes, french toast, omelettes. I love making them all.

Alphabet Pancakes - easy pancake art for kid's breakfast -fun food ideas

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Pancakes are definitely my favorite. I have a lot of fun with pancake art.

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My daughter will put in special requests & mommy will try her best to make them. We have been working on reading & writing with our daughter. She has been trying to use her letters & form words. She puts letters together just to sound them out, even if they do not form an actual word. She has been working so hard that this weekend we made a special pancake treat to celebrate all the progress she has made. The great thing about these pancakes is that you do not need any artist skill to make them, you just need to be able to write your alphabet.

We mixed up our pancakes.

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp unsweetened or sweetened cocoa powder

1 egg white

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Use a blender to mix the batter to get out any clumps. Mix well. Add more milk if needed.

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Use a funnel to funnel the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle.

Use the bottle to squeeze out the letters.  Let bubble as usual before flipping. Remember that some of the letters will need to be written mirrored so that when they flip they are not backwards. If the bottle clogs, just squeeze it off to the side. If it keeps clogging, it needs to be blended more.

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Alphabet Pancakes - easy pancake art for kid's breakfast -fun food ideas

As always, they were a big hit with my pancake loving girl. She spelled out her name, dog & then our dog’s name, Duke.

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Owl Shaped Breakfast

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My daughter is a sweet girl most of the time, but mealtimes in our house are & have been a battle for quite some time. She is a very picky eater & mealtimes in our house are often very stressful. Over the years, I have found fun & creative ways to try to get her to eat. I have tried it all from reading to her while she eats to bite sized meals to fun food art.

Owl shaped breakfast - sunnyside up egg eyes, toast, cheese & bacon - creative food ideas for the kids

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I am an owl lover. I have owls all over our house & it turns out, my daughter is an owl lover too. I recently bought a set of silicone egg rings and have been dying to try them out & they were perfect for an owl inspired breakfast.

What you will need: 

2 eggs

1 piece of bread

1 piece of cheese

1 or 2 slices of bacon

1 baby carrot

Directions:

Use a cookie cutter or cut a circle freehand out of your bread. I was able to use an egg ring for this.

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Cut two triangles out of the remaining edges.

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Crack both eggs & drop them into the silicone molds on a frying pan. We toasted our bread as well.

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Place the round bread on a plate & place the eggs over the top edge of the bread once they are fully cooked. Cut a triangular sliver of carrot for the nose.

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Add the bread triangles for ears & cut little owl feet out of the carrot. Fry a piece or two of bacon for branches to finish it off.

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Our adorable owl breakfast came out super cute & was delicious too.

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Egg Slime

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Easter is only a week away. We have been shopping & preparing for the holiday. I have a ton of plastic Easter eggs lying around waiting to get filled. I should rephrase that, I had a ton of plastic Easter eggs. My daughter  has been slowly depleting my supply & using them in her play kitchen.Make egg slime for ooey gooey pretend & sensory play for the kids

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 She pretends to crack them open & throws the empty egg shells in the trash. I had to give her a pretend trash because she was throwing them away for real. She take pretend play very seriously. She has been having a lot of fun mixing up her air eggs, but since she likes the realistic, I thought we could add a little something extra to her pretend egg scrambles. Here is what we did.

Make egg slime for ooey gooey pretend & sensory play for the kids . Play Food with slime

We made up a quick batch of slime.

Ingredients:

2.5 oz of clear school glue

2.5 oz of white school glue

1/2 cup of liquid starch

Water

For Later:

Yellow Play-doh

Extra-large plastic eggs

Directions: Pour all of the glue into a bowl. You can use all clear or all white glue, but to achieve the look I was going for I used a mixture of half & half.

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Add the liquid starch in very small increments at a time. Stir it well as you go. It will thicken quickly. Be careful not to add the starch too quickly.

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When it gets to thick to stir, you can use your hands to knead it. I used just shy of the 1/2 of liquid starch & then added spoonfuls of water at a time until I achieved the consistency I was looking for. My daughter helped.

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Use the Play-doh to form little yellow balls for the yoke. Flatten them out a little with your hand.

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Grab a handful of your slime & add a yolk to the top for a realistic looking sunny side-up egg.

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Or you can put the slime & yolk into an extra-large plastic egg for a fun egg cracking experience.

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My daughter thought that this was hilarious. “Mama, it looks like real eggs.” It turns out that just like with regular eggs that she does not like the yolk, so she pulled those out & just played with the whites. Like I said, my daughter likes to keep things realistic.

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Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes

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My daughter loves pancakes. We make pancakes together every weekend. Sometimes they are just plain pancakes, sometimes she wants apples in them & others it is chocolate chips and on occasion she asks for pancakes in the shapes of her favorite things, like princess pancakes.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow sprinkles

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She had two requests this morning. She wanted butterflies & she wanted sprinkles. Challenge accepted!

Start with a basic pancake recipe or you can use ours.

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg white

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Use a blender to mix the batter to get out any clumps.

Use a funnel to funnel the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle.

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Squeeze out the mixture to form the butterfly’s body, which is basically a line with a circle on top.

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Draw in the wings with the mixture. **Note: If the batter get stuck, squeeze it off to the side to clear any clumps.**

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Add lines to the inside of the wings.

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Sprinkle rainbow sprinkles into the empty spots between the wings.

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Squeeze batter over the sprinkles filling in the empty spaces.

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Cook the pancakes as usual until they begin to bubble & then flip and cook on the other side. Serve them up with syrup or plain.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow color sprinkles

My daughter loved her pretty pancakes. We gobbled all of them up this morning. These were so fun to make & easier then they seem.

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Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes - the kids will love these beautiful and colorful spring pancakes made with sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bunnies & Sunday’s Best Link Up # 13

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod Easter Bunnies

 

I took a poll on my Facebook page yesterday. I was curious about what people preferred, sweet or salty. My husband is salty & I am definitely sweet, but the truth is I love the two mixed together the best. One of my weaknesses is for chocolate covered pretzels.

With only one week left before Easter, I have a few more days of Easter inspired fun. Tonight we made some sweet & salty Easter treats in the form of our favorite Easter pal.

 

Melt white chocolate in the microwave. Put the chocolate in a microwave safe dish & heat for a minute. Check it & microwave in 30 second intervals, checking to see if it is melted before each interval. Be careful not to burn.

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When the chips are soft & shiny stir with a spoon.

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Dip pretzel dipper sized rods into the melted chocolate & lay out on wax paper. Lay two dipped pretzels side by side to form a V shape.

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With a spoon, spoon out a dollop of chocolate over the bottom in the shape of a circle. Be careful to not dribble chocolate over the top. It works best when the chocolate is smooth. Use a rubber spatula to smooth out any rough edges while chocolate is still hot.

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Melt pink chocolate or in a pinch use white chocolate with just a touch of food coloring gel. Using a toothpick draw a line for the inside of the ears & add a dot for the nose.

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Melt a small dish of milk or dark chocolate & add in eyes, mouth & whiskers. Let your chocolate cool & remove from the wax paper. If you have any imperfections, which I had a plenty, scrape the hardened chocolate with a knife to smooth out.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod Easter Bunnies

Now let’s hop on over to our main event. Welcome to week 13 of our Sunday’s Best Link-Up.

 
 
Welcome to Week 13 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This is the last week for our Spring Forward theme. We will be starting our April Showers theme next week. We will be looking for indoor activities, recipes, crafts, gardening and blogging tips for those rainy days.  
 
 
 

This week we’re celebrating the thaw across the country, so linkup Easter posts, crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, Easter tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips. 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, and parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many as you would like. 

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.    

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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 Moss Covered Bunny from Pinterventures 


Sunday's Best Linkup, featured bloggers




I selected Pastel Deviled Eggs from Intelligent Domestications






Kim M. choose Keeping Up With the Joneses from Sequins In The South

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(s) again, it could be selected this 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.