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Monday, April 13, 2015

This Momma's Meandering Mondays

Welcome one and all to This Momma's Meandering Mondays 94 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 April...already?!?! LOL! Wishing Springtime weather (fingers crossed) for everyone! Now, 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 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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Natasha's favorite post came from Ash and Crafts with the post "Starting A Blog"! Saying, "Such a great post! I wish I had this handy post when I started my own blog - I would have resolved a lot of issues early on. Thanks for sharing!" [caption id="attachment_5580" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Starting A Blog from Ash and Crafts! 
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My favorite post came from Everythings Coming Up Rosie with the post "Programming Your Mind for Success with Carrie Green"! "What an amazing post! Since starting my blog, 2 years ago, I have learned so much about myself. I have especially learned that I stand in my own way, most of the time, because I doubt myself. Thank you so much for sharing!" [caption id="attachment_5572" align="aligncenter" width="200"]
Programming Your Mind for Success with Carrie Green from Everythings Coming Up Rosie! 
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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week! 
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 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!
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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Turn It Up Tuedays

Welcome to another week of Turn It Up Tuesday - our 82nd week to be exact! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 396 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!


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!


Our sponsor for April is Great Escapes Travel Agency.


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At Great Escapes Travel, we are not mere order takers who book your trip and then leave you on your own. We are "Escape Artists". As Escape Artists, we act as an adviser and a resource for our clients. We take the time to talk with our clients to really get to know them. Then we are able to create the perfect vacation experience created just for them. We provide personalized service that is tailored to meet each of our client’s needs. We work with our clients every step of the way – before, during and after the trip. We make ourselves available to our clients by phone, text, email, and Facebook. And we guarantee that someone will respond to you within 24 hours.

Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!


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 | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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Mionna from Just Mi! | Kori from Just Another Mom | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva

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Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen's Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Christina from Super Mommy-n-Me

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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Rachel chose Caramel Popcorn Day! from A Sprinkle of This and That. "This recipe combines a few of my favorite things: blackberries, cornbread, ice cream, and popcorn. I also love that the steps are so simple and the recipe makes a ton of these desserts at one time. It's perfect for summer coming up and looks so great for a cookout or party."


Rachel chose Pretty Zombie Cosmetics - 3 Witches Liquid Lipstick from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams. "I love this makeup combination and it's my typical go to - pretty yet simple foundation with a bold lip color. This purple is bold but not shiny so it works for everyday wear. It's also supposed to stay on all day which is a must for a busy woman. Pretty!"

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Cindy chose How I Increased My Google+ Views 600,000 Views in 4 Weeks from On Bliss Street. "This method makes total sense, duh, why didn't I think of that? I know there are lots of rumors about G+ going away and/or changing but it does help us with Google so I think that we should invest our time in it while we have it."

Cathy also chose this post.

Free also chose this post. "I chose this one because I’ve been thinking about putting more time into Google+. I wasn’t sure if I want to focus on Google+ or not. I now think that I will be give G+ a try."

Jillian also chose this post. "I am looking to increase my G+ following, and this post explains EXACTLY how to do that! Another fantastic post!"

Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. "This post was right on time for me. I like how she tracked her progress and gave tips on using Google+. I wasn't doing nearly enough with this awesome social media network. But I will now!"


Cindy chose 10 Minute Baked Banana Bread Doughnut Holes from Sweet C's Designs. "I LOVE banana bread and these cake pop-donut holes are so cute. I really need to get myself a cake pop maker."


Stacey chose Bully Me Bitches from Chronicles of a Lumpy Person. "What an amazing and oh so true post! I have always struggled with my weight and it is of course something that often happens as we get older...those few extra pounds. I find it so sad when I see people bullying others, when it is adults especially, it is just unnecessary. At least for kids, maybe they have just not been taught any better than to behave in such a way. We are all beautiful in our own unique and amazing ways! Thank you so much for sharing!"


Mionna chose Tips & Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World ’15 from Tabler Party of Two. "This post was great because as a blogger trying to expand, it's always helpful to read information about how to get your brand out there! Social Media is important in the world of blogging, so always being on your toes and staying on top of information is helpful."


Mionna chose Bacon Mac & Cheese with Roasted Hatch Green Chiles from Pink Heels Pink Truck. "I love creamy mac and cheese so this recipe grabbed me when I saw it. I've never tried cooking mac and cheese with other ingredients in it, but I have got to try this one!!"

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Cathy chose Coconut Key Lime Pie Bites from A Sprinkle of This and That.


Mari chose Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramelitas from Just Us Four. "I chose Shannah's treat because it just looked so flaky and sweet. I can't wait to try it myself I love caramel treats!"


Tina chose Potty Training in a Weekend - Success! from our very own Jillian from Baby Doodah! "A hot topic for moms with toddlers!! I really like this post,very informative,I didn't know about this method,thanks so much for sharing:)"


Tina chose No-Sew Quiet Book: Barn and Finger Puppets from Sunshine and a Summer Breeze. "I'm a big fan of simple crafts and this is so simple and adorable!! I absolutely love these Finger Puppets, thanks for sharing:)"


Free chose Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Tips for Potty Training from The Resourceful Mama. "I chose this one because I have a 2 year old and I’m about to start the potty training process with her. I haven’t potty trained a toddler in 15 years so this is a great refresher for me. I need to breathe and relax and not sweat the small stuff."

Kori also chose this post. "Even as a seasoned mom, I always appreciate practical potty training tips. My youngest is not even 2, but I found this post to be helpful."


Jillian chose The 5 Truths You Learn From Shopping at ALDI from Frugal Foodie Mama. "I love Aldi, and completely agree with everything Carries says about the store. I love how I am able to save on groceries there, which ends up saving my family money! Such a great post!"


Elaine chose Basket Case from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl. "Great tutorial at an opportune time. I am working on my garden this week."


Elaine chose How to Create a Child Theme from Budget Girl. "Have always been afraid to alter the stylesheet and now I don’t have to!"

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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose 5 Favorite Photo Editing Apps by Seven Graces. "I really want to make my blog photos POP! This post tells me how to do that with 5 different photo apps before I spend time downloading them."


Kori chose Snickerdoodle Paleo Cupcakes Recipe from My Natural Family. " I love Snickerdoodle cookies so seeing a paleo recipe and in cupcake form was an innovative twist."


Lisa chose DIY Frosted Vase from Michelle James Designs. "I love this idea of re-purposing something you would otherwise just throw away. The plastic container once frosted and designed looks wonderful as a vase. I can't wait to try this."


Lisa chose The Pasta Salad Round up from Summer Scraps. "Living in the south, I am always looking for dishes that I don't have to heat the oven up and this post is great for that. Pasta dishes can be a side or a main meal with little heating of the stove!"


Latisha chose Spring Style with Pink Blush- Maxi Dresses from Sandy a la Mode. "I love these maxi dresses and totally wish I could wear them. My sense of style does not match my height. I love long flowing dresses like these ones, but with my height, it would be easier for me to wear shorter dresses. I often end up wearing dresses too long for me."


Latisha chose Best Things to Do in Hollywood Studios from Simply Designing. "I love being able to hear about this family's experience with Hollywood Studios and also gain some practical tips for the day I get to take my family there."


Natasha chose Happy Easter! My Visit with The Rabbit from Divorced Kat. "Although it's a topic that people rarely like to talk about, I absolutely LOVED this post. If you've ever experienced anything like this in your life, you will completely understand. Great post!"


The post with the most clicks is How To Double Your Pageviews In 2 Months from Logan Can.

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...

This week we have a tie for 1st place and another tie for 2nd place, so all 4 posts will receive the Best of the Best recognition...Congrats!

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How I Increased My Google+ Views 600,000 Views in 4 Weeks from On Bliss Street


How to Create a Child Theme from Budget Girl


Tips & Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World ’15 from Tabler Party of Two

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5 Favorite Photo Editing Apps by Seven Graces

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

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This month, we're going to do something a bit different with our giveaway! Each week this month, we will be selecting one entrant to win $50 Paypal cash! You will increase your chances of winning by stopping by each week and entering to win!

$50 Paypal Cash Giveaway

This week is our Pinterest week - so be sure to follow the host, co-hosts, and guest hosts below for your chance to win $50 Paypal cash!

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 checked out our Thank You $50 Paypal Cash 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.