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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Turn It Up Tuesdays

Spring is finally here! Can you believe it??!! Yes, in some parts of the US, we started spring with a winter storm that dumped up to 6 inches of snow, but we made up for it in spades yesterday with beautiful spring weather. We're hoping for it to stay that way!

Wishing You All A Happy Spring!

Welcome to the 79th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 448 links - another 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!

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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. 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.

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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 | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | 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

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Marose chose Are We Raising Good Decision Makers? from Kiddie Matters. "I like this because it talks about raising kids."

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Marose chose The One Thing That is Certain about Blogging from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller. "I like this because I want to read more and more about blogging."

April also chose this post. "I think this applies to everything, not just blogging."

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Kelly chose 5 Items Every Woman Needs to Keep in Her Car from illistyle. "Women often don't think twice about what they should keep in the car in the event of emergencies. April has covered off the important items and even has a mini tutorial on how to check the air pressure of tires. This post is a must read for all women."

Stacey also chose this post. "What an amazing post! I truly think that this is a wonderful idea for everybody and makes me think about putting something together for our family car. Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Kelly chose Washi Tape Clothespins from The Pin Junkie. "As a huge washi tape fan, these super cute decorated peg magnets are so cheap and easy to make, I can't wait to try them. I think they would be great as a small gift too. Thanks for the inspiration Bonnie!"

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Mari chose A Daughter Teaches, A Mother Learns from Grammie Time. "I think as parents as mothers we want to protect our kids and shield them from pain or bad stuff and it turns out they are stronger and at times wiser than we give them credit for and they indeed become our teachers. Because I learn from my daughter daily I appreciated her journey."

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Mari chose Teriyaki BBQ Chicken from Fitness Food Diva. "It looked tasty, easy and loved the BBQ & Teriyaki combo."

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Rhonda chose Easter Basket Ideas For Your Toddler from Logan Can... "Great ideas for filling a toddler's Easter Basket. I'm adding a few items to my shopping list."

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Jessica chose 3 Steps To Help Build Your Child’s Creative Writing Skills from Keeping Life Sane. "I needed this! I've been on a writing funk as of late so even though this is geared towards children, it also helps us bloggers to write something! Great tips!"

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Jessica chose Small Talk Leads to Great Relationships from Keeping Life Sane. "Awesome relationship builder for the family! We all have to connect like this rather than FB or texting. This can also be just a 30 minute "family connection" where the TV is off or having dinner and posing those questions out to everyone. Thanks for sharing!"

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Jillian chose Upgraded Kitchen - So You Say You Want a New Kitchen? Come and Get It! from On Bliss Street. "I chose this post because the makeover is so beautiful and so affordable. We're moving soon, and while I won't be able to make any hardware changes (we're renting), I will be able to make it beautiful on a budget. This post proves that!"

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Jillian chose Homeschooling A Trial Run? from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus. "I chose this post because I have considered home schooling for my son, but I am worried about many things. Tina does a great job of listing the worries and then going through and trying to change our mindset."

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Lisa chose Easter Bunny Cupcakes from Smart Party Planning. "Catherine's Easter Bunny Cupcakes are adorable and a cinch to make. Definitely adds cuteness to any Easter dessert table plus a great idea to get kids involved in the kitchen."

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Lisa chose Banana Crunch Parfait from Sweet Silly Sara. "Sara's Banana Crunch Parfait is perfect for breakfasts on the go (or not) and for snacking. The cereal is one of my favorites and always on hand as is the rest of the ingredients so this is going to be a regular addition to breakfasts and snacks."

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Zografia chose How to Make Soap with Essential Oils from Growing Up Gabel. "I really want to try making my own soap, but most recipes need lots of stuff. But this one, with only 3 simple ingredients is a must try!"

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Zografia chose Can We Stop with the Parenting Articles, Please? from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. "Yes, please! Enough with all this! We are all doing what we think is best for our kids. And we are proud of it!"

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Victoria chose Best Practices for Blogging for Your Business from our very own Tenns from Bliss and Faith. "I chose this post because it shares some good business blogging practices."

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Victoria chose 5 Ways to Make the Most of Instagram from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "I chose this post because I am trying to use Instagram more and this post shared some great tips."

Tiffany also chose this post. "I love how Leslie mentions the fun behind Instagram. Even as a Blogger you always want to show a bit of who you are and Instagram gives us all a chance to do just that!"

This post also received the most clicks.

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Silvie chose 25 Copy Cat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants from The Organized Dream. "I chose this because I love to recreate restaurant recipes at home, and this post has 2 of my absolute favorites!! Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade and Panda Express Orange Chicken!"

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Silvie chose DIY Raised Garden Bed from Fry Sauce & Grits. "I chose this post as one of my favorites because I had decided this year I would make my own raised garden bed. I had no idea where to even begin, but this post helped to answer a lot of questions. :)"

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April chose National Pi Day {Free Printable} from Pastries Pumps and Pi. "My son and I had a blast doing this printable celebrating National Pi Day... Eat Up! LOL"

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Tiffany chose Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies from Forgetful Momma. "For a Momma who is a bit craft challenged this is the perfect Easter craft to have fun with and still keep the Kiddies happy."

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Ginger chose The meaning behind "a la mode" + tips for working with brands from Sandy a la mode. "I love the outfit and her over all style. The tips in the post were very helpful too!"

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Ginger chose Hello Goodbye from I Spy Oby. "Her hair is fabulous her shoes are great! The whole look is dope, I love it all!"

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Latisha chose Dreams do Come True: planning and using a vision board from Just Be Well. "I always love the idea of creating a visual of what your dreams look like in your head. It is great encouragement every time you look at it. I have a vision board above my desk."

16207814103_b686c253f8Tina chose DIY Pom Pom Bunny from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "What a cute pom pom bunny!!Nice activity ,adorable result.Thanks for sharing."

pinnable-peter-rabbit-easter-party-ideasTina chose Peter Rabbit Inspired Easter Party Ideas from Atta Girl Says. "I love this themed party,everything looks so beautiful.I loved the garden with the mini carrots! Thanks for sharing."

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is...

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5 Items Every Woman Needs to Keep in Her Car from illistyle

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Are We Raising Good Decision Makers? from Kiddie Matters

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

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Giveaways!

And now for our giveaway of the month!

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From Sarah at Grace in Oils: I am so excited to partner with Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures for this awesome giveaway! We are giving away three books & three Young Living essential oils. I originally got started with Young Living and essential oils in July 2014. I did a lot of research before choosing this company. I run a blog Grace In Oils (www.graceinoils.com) where I talk about my research, how I use essential oils, and other fun things! My goal with my blog and my Young Living business is to help bring essential oils into every home. I want everyone to know they can use essential oils! While I encourage research I also offer resources to those I enroll to help empower them to get answers to their questions. I chose Young Living due to their Seed to Seal guarantee and I go into that on my blog. If you are interested in starting your journey with Young Living I would LOVE to have you be a part of my team. I fully support those I enroll via online groups, an e-series, and more! I also offer a really amazing Welcome Kit free to those who choose to become a Wholesale Member with Young Living via purchase of a Premium Starter Kit (https://beta.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=1938897&enrollerid=1938897).

a Rafflecopter giveaway So now that you've met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and our giveaway,

let's get started!

  • 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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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.** Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays - past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter's board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

This Momma's Meandering Mondays

Welcome one and all to This Momma's Meandering Mondays 91 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us! Okay now, is any one else having trouble believing that it is March...already?!?! LOL! Soon to come will be Easter fun and Springtime weather (fingers crossed)! Let's make some friends, have some fun, find some crafts, new recipe to make, some cool DIY, or a great tip!

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Now...let's get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party...Grab a badge!
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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun... The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.
 
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Come one and come all...join in to be a co-host's for February or March with This Momma's Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info. Grab a badge and join the party! 
 
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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma's Meanderer's from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don't forget to grab your "I Was Featured" badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!
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Jessica's favorite post came from Heart Loves Home with the post "Excuses: No Time To Exercise"! Staying, "I need motivation! I've been putting this off for a bit because I've been taking care of everybody else. The objective is to find the motivation to do it (health, wedding, etc.) then following the bullet points listed. Great article and good advice on how to start!" [caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="300"]
 
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Excuses: No Time To Exercise by Heart Loves Home![/caption] My favorite post came from Cents and Order with the post "12 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons"! "This is wonderful information! I use coupons every now and then, but not to any large degree. In my area you can't find the same deals as in other areas; none of our stores double coupons and the circulars are not that great either. Thank you so much for sharing!" [caption id="attachment_5523" align="aligncenter" width="200"]
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12 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons by Cents and Order![/caption] Congratulations! Don't forget to grab and display our "Featured" badge!
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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week! 
 
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Come one and come all and join in to be a co-host for This Momma's Meandering Mondays in 2015? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to welcome you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info. Now let's get this party started!
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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love! Feel free to "meander" by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind...because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things... 1. Link up your favorite post...a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip...As many as you want, that's right as many as you want!!!! 2. Please follow our Host's 3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it's all about! 4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return. 5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it's all about. Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!
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