Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #13 & Giveaway

               Welcome to the 13th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  333 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

The humble little Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotene than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure. Medicinally, Dandelions are considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelions also help to dissipate gallstones and are believed to improve kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing skin problems.

My love for Sephora is well known, however I do buy a lot of my beauty must-haves
 from my constant trips to Target as well.

Keep Good Going – Whistle While You Work
from What's Up Fagans
My whistling mother
My mother had faults and things that I couldn’t stand. And I often vowed to myself that I would never be like my mother. However, I am actually a lot like my mother, much to the shame of my teenage self. Not only do I look much more like my mother than my father (thank goodness!), with my long neck, oval face, thin eyebrows, weird fingernails, size eleven feet, and poor English circulation, teeth, and eyesight, but I act like her too

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pizza
From Lambert’s Lately
A few weeks ago, I found out about the beauty of the tortilla pizza.
It was in one of my eMeals recipe lists, and I fell in love.

How did I never know about this?  Instead of worrying with pizza dough, just slap your
 ingredients on a tortilla...it makes a deliciously thin crust.  You'd never know it was a tortilla!

Big Girl Easter Baskets 
From Penny's Vintage Home
Easter baskets come in all sizes and shapes....some are filled with pretty colored eggs,  some are filled with candy...some with cute little stuffed bunnies...but what about us "big" girls...we want an Easter basket too!

UpCycled Foot Stool 
from Redo It Yourself Inspirations
A thrift shop find that I actually like!  With just a few changes using leather belts and paint,
 this foot stool can have a whole new look. 

5 Reasons to Strength Train
From Grace, Lace & Iron

Committment: This word is one that probably holds less meaning than any other word in the dictionary, to the current generation. We are a society of instant gratification. Period.We want our fast food, entertainment, and our lives to be well, uh, faster. Never mind who we hurt in the process...who cares about learning the value of people...we must get to where we're going...AND FAST

Strawberries and Cream Pancake Roll 
From Curious Cuisiniere
We love wraps for a quick, portable lunch.  We’ve only successfully rolled one set of cabbage rolls; so we need a bit of training on that one before we attempted them again. Stuffed is always good.  But, we have a lot of stuffed recipes: German Stuffed Rolls, Russian Stuffed Rolls, and the Polish version of ravioli – Pierogi.

We wanted to get out of our stuffed box. (Yup. Pun intended.)

I threw out the idea for stuffed pancakes. Sure, it’s still stuffed, but at least we would move to the breakfast realm. (And, you’ll probably be seeing those make an appearance here soon, because the idea really intrigued us.) But, Tim ran the idea a few steps further and suggested a stuffed pancake roll


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Super Moist Yellow Butter Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

We recently celebrated my daughters birthday.  She always wants a homemade cake from mom.

So this years cake is a Yellow Butter Cake with
Pink & Yellow Layers (her favorite colors)

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Cream butter then gradually add sugar, beating well .
  •  Add eggs, beating well after each addition: this mix should be fluffy yellow.
  •  In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder: Then add mix to the creamed mixture ( above) alternating with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mix. Mix well.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Divide mixture into 2 bowls 
  •  (I added a couple of drops of pink and yellow food coloring till desired colors were achieved)
  •  Pour batter into 2 greased/floured 9" pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove layers from pans and cool completely

Super moist and simply melted in your mouth.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


  • 2 cup butter, softened
  • 7 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoon milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a bowl combine butter, sugar and salt. Beat till blended.
  • Add the milk and vanilla and beat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until smooth and creamy.

My 2 year old had to taste test the middle layer of pink icing.
I caught him pink fingered, lol.

It was delicious.


(This recipe is adapted from an old Southern Living recipe-year unknown)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday @ Sew Crafty Angel

Welcome to the 31st week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to my fellow hosts and our April team and to all of you for making every week so successful!
And thanks so much to all of you for submitting such excellent posts last week! You gave us some hard decisions to make to decide on the Featured post and Best of the Best!
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts 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!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!


And welcome our awesome guest hosts!TUT April co-hosts

Interested in co-hosting? If you are interested, please complete this form. Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting co-hosts for October & November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

How to Monetize Your Blog
Stacey chose How to Monetize Your Blog with ShareASale | Commissions, Sponsored Posts, Review Opps & More from So Simply Stephanie. "This is amazing information! I am still trying to figure out how to make it work for me, and with this I plan to put a bit more effort into it! Thank you so much for sharing!"
Lorna chose Stamped Quote Charm Bracelet (Tutorial) from Jewelry Making Journal. "I love this because the jewelry has great inspirational quotes and also it looks like something I can make quite easily."
Cathy chose 30 Places to Submit Food Blog Posts and Drive Traffic to Your Blog from My Family Mealtime. "Jennifer has put together a terrific list of sites to promote posts that a new blogger as well as established blogger can use! Very informative!"
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Debbie chose "My Heart is Beautiful." from The Intentional Momma. "I loved this simple sweet post about teaching our children while they are young that beauty comes from within. As I read this, I could hear this sweet little girl say, 'my heart is beautiful'!"
Ann also chose this post. "Sweetly retold lesson of Brooke's daughter not only taking to heart the words of her mother but also being a teacher to her mother as well. So sweet! Made my heart happy."
Michele chose Upcycled Foot Stool from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. "I chose this because it uses everyday things like a belt and turns it into something unexpected. Very creative!"
April chose 6 Foods That Love Dill (Easy, Inexpensive to Grow Herb Series) from Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller. "I have started to implement more herbs in my cooking since they add a lot of flavor and no calories! I was in the midst of searching for recipes for the dill that I bought. This fits in perfectly!"
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Juanita chose Tea Basket & Cocktail Basket from Georgie Lee - Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. "I love gift baskets, and lately I have been obsessed with tea. This is a great idea for Mothers Day methinks."
Natasha chose Coming Clean from Loving Marshall. "Great post! In the midst of comparing yourself to other moms with other kids in other homes, it is so important to come clean and realize that you can only be yourself."
Katie chose Strawberry & Angel Food Cake Tiramisu: a delicious & family friendly recipe from A Dash of Sanity. "It sounds mouth-wateringly good and looks just perfect!"
Rachel also chose Strawberry & Angel Food Cake Tiramisu: a delicious & family friendly recipe from A Dash of Sanity. "I always take advantage of strawberry season and this recipe looks amazing! Cannot wait to try it!"
This post also received the most clicks.
This has been a popular post this week! Congrats to Sandra at A Dash of Sanity!
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"My Heart is Beautiful." from The Intentional Momma
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Ideas for Outdoor Play Areas

I’m so happy to be guest posting on Sew Crafty Angel and sharing a little bit of my family with all of you. I hope you find this post helpful. I know I’m not the only momma who will be bald before summer arrives if those pesky kids don’t get outside!

Bring the fun and learning outside! Ideas for creating kid-friendly outdoor play areas. #childsplay #play #outdoorplay #summerfun
As my twins have gotten older, it’s become increasingly difficult to keep them engaged inside. They bore easily with the same toys, books and tickle or chase games, and I definitely let them watch too much television as it is. In order to break up the monotony of the day, we’ve started getting outside more. But again, the ball pit and plastic playhouse only holds their interest so long before it’s off to mindless running around straight for ant beds or dog poop! My husband and I have been on a mission to create a kid-friendly play area in our back yard. Here are some budget-wise ideas we’ve come up with:

1.      Create an outdoor chalkboard. Chalk art is fun and mess-free for toddlers and kids of all ages. And let’s be honest, it’s pretty fun for adults too! There are so many great DIY tutorials out there for creating the perfect outdoor chalkboard. We have decided to build our own, create a frame for it and hang it on the brick wall in our covered patio area just off the back of our house. Hanging the chalkboard in our main entertaining area will create a focal centerpiece and give the children their own space in the “adult” area. (They’re going to end up there anyway, no matter how many fun, bright-colored toys are in the yard!) Great tutorial here from The Burke Family.

Bring the fun and learning outside! Ideas for creating kid-friendly outdoor play areas. #childsplay #play #outdoorplay #summerfun
Photo from: The Burke Family blog

2.      Sandboxes. This is a classic for little kids. We have a little sand and water table that we have yet to use for its purpose. It currently holds various toys and balls and is used as an outdoor toy box. It’s probably too small for the twins because they don’t like to share. But a large sand box where they had their own corner would give them lots of room to dig, dump and make sand castles. I love this tutorial from Modern Parents Messy Kids for a sand box complete with door covers to keep out the elements, and the pets!

3.      Natural play gardens. A great alternative to a sand box is a play garden. Fence off a little area, throw down some soil and let your little ones dig, plant and explore. I think an area like this should really be called an outdoor classroom! I can think of tons of Tot School activities chock full of sensory and imaginative play and lots of lessons on science and math. Every kid should be allowed to play in the mud! Great tutorial here from Imagination Tree

Bring the fun and learning outside! Ideas for creating kid-friendly outdoor play areas. #childsplay #play #outdoorplay #summerfun
Photo from: Imagination Tree blog.

4.      Play tent. Rainy days are always great for building forts and tents indoors, but I love the idea of creating a removable play tent for the outside. A canopy play tent that can be hung from a tree is sure to be enjoyed by toddlers and kids of all ages. My sweet twins love to play hide and seek with the curtains in our home, and having something like this outside that can’t be ripped out of the wall would be awesome! Great tutorial on how to make a hula hoop canopy here from The Craft Nest, and a video tutorial here on how to make a canopy using a craft loop from Learn to Grow.

What are some of your ideas for creating engaging play with your little ones outdoors?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekday Mixer Social Media Link-Up @ Sew Crafty Angel

The seventh Weekday Mixer was a great success! We had 95 blogs linked up and numerous social media link-ups! We hope that you all had the opportunity to mix and mingle and make some awesome new buddies!

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Welcome to the 8th week of The Weekday Mixer Social Media Link-Up! As you know, it is a brand new social media link-up for all to join! This mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Sunday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Friday night at 11:59pm. One linker will be chosen from each host and guest host each week and featured in the following week's link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It's a great way to stand out among the crowd! 

Meet your fabulous hosts...

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise
Cece from A Chicago Mom | Shana from Organized Chaos
Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Julia from Minivan Dreams

and your awesome guest hosts!

Weekday Mixer guest hosts Apr 2014
Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Kareen from Pink Heart String
Rebecca from Probably Crafting | Bonnie from Lady Blogger

Interested in being a guest host of the Weekday Mixer? Fill out this form and Natasha will be in touch with more information.

Now meet this week's featured bloggers...

Celeste at Leapfrog and Lipgloss

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  "Hello and welcome! My name is Celeste and I reside in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. Formally employed in the fashion and beauty industry, I am a married, stay-at-home mom to two imaginative little girls, ages 5 and 7 who keep me on my toes!  I decided to create this blog to incorporate two of my main loves: Parenting and my Passion for Fashion and Beauty. Leapfrog meets Lipgloss, if you will! And a healthy dose of everything else in between."

  Connect with Celeste!
  Blog | Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest  

Dana at Chocolate & Sunshine

  "I named this blog Chocolate and Sunshine because both make me happy and perhaps they do the same for you. I NEED my chocolate daily (I’m not kidding) and I LOVE every day of sunshine that I can get.  Please join me as I share my personal home-decorating photos, design inspiration, suggestions and projects. These include baking, party planning, and holidays. And I can’t wait to see what you all will share with me!"

  Connect with Dana!
  Blog | Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  

Vicki at Sweet Tea n' Sunshine

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 "I am a normal girl originally from Wisconsin and this is my creative outlet; to get my thoughts and inspirations out and share a piece of it with the world. I am married to the man of my dreams! We live a normal happy life and share a home together in the beautiful Sunshine State; I migrated down here 7 years ago. We are two people very much in love and make it a primary goal to keep it that way. We are kids at heart and enjoy spending time with family and friends, doing projects around the house or yard, sports, attending events around town, and volunteering in our city and Church."

Connect with Vicki!
  Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest  

Stephanie at From Conference Calls to Meatballs

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 "I write about food, family and local adventures. Nothing ever seems to go smooth around here, but that is part of the adventure and fun. I have no problem laughing at myself and giving others the opportunity to laugh along with me. While I am not a chef, I do really enjoy sharing food adventures, both in cooking and finding cool places to eat. I have a lot of wonderful professional resources that help me out when needed, and yet sometimes I still crash and burn."

  Connect with Stephanie!
  Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | YouTube | LinkedIn  

Carolyn at A Lavender Life

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 "Carolyn Jennings is a former elementary and middle school teacher working at home as a full-time mommy of her two little girls. She is an avid historical fiction reader, writer, Diet Coke fiend in recovery, novice runner, and collector of beauty products. She was born in New York where she met and married her college sweetheart and is currently residing in the Deep South where she is working on perfecting her southern charm."

Connect with Carolyn!
  Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+

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