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Monday, October 27, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesdays

Welcome to the 58th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We're so happy to have you here this week - and thanks for the amazing posts last week!
Happy Halloween!!! The holiday is right around the corner, and it makes me realize that the year has flown by! What are you doing for Halloween? Going to any parties? Dressing up your kids in those adorable costumes? Share them all with us this week - present or past!
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, as long as it is family-friendly. 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!


Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.
Stop by and check out her's definitely a great read!
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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 | April from 100lb Countdown | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

This is the last week for our October guest hosts...thanks for all you have done to make this month great!
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Bernadyn from B is for... | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for December, January, and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Laura chose Nature Mini Wreaths: Love Inspired from Simple Nature Decor. "I love the simple and adorable idea. This could easily be made with the family or that special time when Mom needs to hide and just be creative. Bringing Nature and memories always inspires me as a Blogger to want to be even more creative."
April chose 10 Reasons to STOP Breastfeeding from MBA SAHM. "Butterfly turned ONE this week, and to stop nursing has been wearing on my mind a lot lately. There are so many things that are easier with breastfeeding. That said, things are getting more difficult as she's teething and using me to soothe herself."
Jillian chose Dollar Store DIY: Easy Owl Banner from Table Decor Ideas. "I chose this post because I am looking for new fun ways to decorate for Halloween outside of pumpkins and skeletons. This is perfect!"
Cathy chose Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry. "Karly creates the ultimate fall sweet treat! A moist apple cupcake topped with a creamy caramel cream cheese frosting with an added M&M on top! This cupcake is the perfect mouthful of fall flavors!"
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Meghan chose How to Create An RH Baby Room without Spending the Money from Seeking Lavender Lane. "I want to redo my daughter's room soon as she transitions to a toddler bed, but I already redid her nursery once so definitely can't afford another major redecoration! This post gives great ideas on how to decorate affordably and still give you the look you are going for."
Stacey chose Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie's Noms. "OMG! Those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely getting some sweetened condensed milk the next time I go to the store! Maybe even 2 cans, so that I can make a version with nuts, all for me! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!"
Bernadyn chose Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood. "I think this post about separating your finances in a marriage is a smart and practical way to keep the marriage more balanced. It may not work for everyone but then again, it may be a great way for some couples to be happier with how the finances are handled in their marriage or partnership instead of only one person having the burden of handling all the financial obligations."
Jessica chose Couponing: My New Addiction // How I Saved 50% on My Groceries from Mommie and Wee. "I've been wanting to try out couponing for awhile. It's kinda hard in San Antonio becuse the only main grocery store is HEB, but once she mentioned WalMart, I was like, huh?!? Maybe I need to start looking into couponing again and pick up the Sunday paper! Thanks for the tips :)."
Tina chose Painted White Mini Boos from Woods of Bell Trees. "I love this craft. Nice, easy to make and so elegant. I'd love to have them all year around!!"
Sonya chose 3 Mobile Mystery Shopping Apps That Pay Cash from Being a Wordsmith. "This is a great post for anyone looking to make cash from mystery shopping. Kimberly does a great job of explaining how each app works. Along with listing the pros and cons for each app."
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Elina chose Flower Collage Canvas from Sum of Their Stories. "I love this project because she takes you step by step on how she created it. The floral papers she used were beautiful and I love that she used a black marker to draw an offset outline around the petals. It really gives the completed project a touch of whimsy."
Natasha chose 7 Things You Don’t Get Warned About When You are the Parent of a Toddler from "Love this post! All the points are so true - no one can truly warn you about what to expect with a toddler, but sometimes I wish someone would've warned me how crazy it is!"
The post with the most clicks is 5 Reasons Why You Must Watch How to Get Away With Murder from Being a Wordsmith.
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...

There's a tie for second place!
Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie's Noms
Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
Please send an e-mail to Natasha at and she will provide you with all the details!
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So now that you've met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the winners of our anniversary 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!

Interested in reading all of the Featured 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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Mommas Meandering Mondays

Welcome one and all to This Momma's Meandering Mondays 70 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!

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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 to join in to be a co-host's for November or December's This Momma's Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at 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 Living In Mommywood with the post "So, What You're Saying Is...I Really Don't Have The Right To Die!" Saying, "This really touched me. I am just coming back from a family emergency and was this close to planning a funeral for my mother. Throughout the experience, my family and I had to speak on the subject of death. It's a very painful subject to speak on but at that moment in time, it was a necessity. It made me realize that it is something we all have to speak about early on since we never know when our time is up. Thanks for sharing!" 

 Natasha's favorite post came from Living In Mommywood with the post "So, What You're Saying Is...I Really Don't Have The Right To Die!" Saying, "Mari is so right in this post - we don't want to think of death, hoping that we have numerous years before it happens, but we have to prepare for it and make sure that we protect ourselves and our children in the case that things happen suddenly. When my son was born, I also opened a life insurance policy for him, myself, and my mom. I had to make sure that we were all protected. Great post!"


 My favorite post came from Living In Mommywood with the post "So, What You're Saying Is...I Really Don't Have The Right To Die!" "What a great post! When my mom came down with MS, I sat down with her and made out her will and living will, just to make sure that her wishes would be carried out as she wanted. But it also got me thinking about my own immortality and not wanting my kids to have to make those very difficult decisions for me, so I also made up my own will and living will, so that they would not have to. Thank you so much for sharing!" 


 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!


Come one and come all to join in to be a co-host's for November or December's This Momma's Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info. Now let's get this party started!


 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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Welcoming you to link up all of your favorite sites for This Momma's Meandering Mondays 70, for more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone! Blog Link Up: Facebook Link Up: Twitter Link Up: