Monday, June 30, 2014

Time for Turn It Up Tuesday

Alright Y'all! It's time for Turn It Up Tuesday! Can't wait to see what you all have been up to. 

Welcome to the 41st week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Can you believe that 4th of July is literally a few days away? Where has this year gone??!! This week, we'd love to see your Independence Day themed posts, your summer posts, and your vacation posts. Don't feel limited to just these kinds of posts though - share anything you like! We're just happy to have you all!
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Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog

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Rhonda is a single mom blogger from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She writes on parenting and family, home gardening, and her thoughts on life.
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top - left to right)
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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | Carolyn from A Lavender Life | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The 'Fix It' Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!

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Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

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 August & September.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Ce Ce chose Red, White, & Blue Jello Cookies from Mommy on Demand. "It’s almost 4th of July, everyone needs a good red white and blue dessert for your party!"
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Tenns chose Cake Batter Truffle Bark from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. "Can we say the best of both worlds with this recipe! Cake batter truffle and white chocolate bark, I’m in heaven! Such and easy and quick recipe and I can’t wait to try it out. Just looking at the pictures made my mouth water!"
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Cindy chose 5 Tips to Keep Social Media Fun from Satisfaction Through Christ. "Candice gives us great reminders of how to behave online. My new pastor is my Facebook friend so I am more aware than ever about what I post!"
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Jillian chose 32 FREE Pretend Play Printables & a HUGE Cash Giveaway from My Joy-Filled Life. "I chose this post because I remember LOVING pretend play as a child, having these printables would have been awesome. I'm sure loads of kids would have fun with them."
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Karen chose DIY Recipe Plate from The (mis) Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl. "I see similar things to this recipe plate on gift websites, so to think you can create it effortlessly in your own home is great. Great tutorial, Mindie - looking forward to having a go at it!"
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Cathy chose Pallet Furniture Desk for Outside and My Wife’s 42 inch Behind from Simply Experienced Life. "I love Del's story and the chair is awesome too! I love the keyboard tray - perfect for a blogger!"
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Kimberly chose Best Affiliate Program for Fitness & Health Bloggers from Mama's Got It Together. "I really like the fact that she is sharing a money making opportunity and providing fitness tips."
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Katie chose Personalized Handprint Wall Art from Home. Made. Interest. "I love how Melinda made this! What a great way to capture a moment in time before everyone gets bigger! I love that she included the dogs' paw prints, too! Just adorable!"
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Shana chose Pinterest: 0 to 1,000 Followers in 151 Days from The Coconut Head's Survival Guide. "I was a little skeptical when I clicked on the post titled "Pinterest: 0-1,1000 Followers in 151 Days," thinking it may be some slimy sales pitch, but then I breathed a sigh of relief when my browser took me to 'The Coconuthead's Survival Guide" (a trusted Turn it Up Tuesday community member and awesome blogger). Holly does not disappoint, candidly sharing tips that she learned from experience in just a few months. A very helpful read."
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Jessica chose 4 Things I Want My Kids To See Me Doing. from MacDonald's Playland. "What a beautiful post! These are things I definitely would love to see my children too. As parents, we are the first teachers in their lives and simple things like these will go a long way."
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Stacey chose Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Medallions from Almost Supermom. "The hubby has been wanting to cook a meal together, and looks like something great for us to do together. They look very tasty, too! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Rachel chose The Skinny on Blogging from Mommie and Wee. "I chose this post because it is a great post for beginning bloggers and even veterans. I love the reminders and overall picture given of the blogging community while beginning to promote a blog."
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Natasha chose 8 Tips For Easy Flights With Kids from Living Frugal with Erika. "I was able to take advantage of a few of these tips (before seeing this post of course) on my most recent flight with my son. I wish I had the full list though; it would have made the trip that much easier! Great tips!"
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The post with the most clicks is Cookie Monster Dessert Bars from Superheroes in Jammies.
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And the Best of the Best is...

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4 Things I Want My Kids To See Me Doing. from MacDonald's Playland
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Personalized Handprint Wall Art from Home. Made. Interest.
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 1EpicMommy@gmail.com 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, and the Featured and the Best of the Best...

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!
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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!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Hey Y'all!! Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! I have nothing new today because our air conditioner recently went out and well let's just say it got up to 89 degrees in here! Seriously, who likes to cook in all that heat?! More on all that later though. On to the party!!!

Hi there and welcome to our party!
Our blog hop reached another all-time high last week: 359 links!!! So many great shares: recipes, DIY projects, crafts, blogging tips, kids activities, decorating reveals, crochet and MORE! And you viewed them A LOT! The more views, the greater success for everybody. We LOVE it!!!


Our most viewed post truly was the MOST viewed of any post on any party we've hosted!!! Ocean Exploration Finger Puppets got 22 views! Now, that may not sound like a lot but her post was number 355 at the party. She was a "late-comer" and still got the most views! WOW!!! This is a blogging land of opportunity. (Now remember, getting viewed is just the beginning. Views lead to pins, likes, follows, comments, shares. And, it gets a feature on the next party that will lead to more of the same!)


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So let's party!  Simple Guidelines:
  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!
Tammy of Creative K Kids
and…The Ultimate Linky

Nicole & Susan from Flavors by Four

Diane Recipes for Our Daily Bread

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Shari of Pure Grace Farms
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Elie of Organizer by Day

Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Time for Turn It Up Tuesday

Welcome to the 40th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Bex from Futures

BADGE Bex is a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger from the UK. She writes about just about anything & everything: her current day-to-day life, updates on Jack, reviews, shopping hauls, books she's currently reading. Thank you so much Bex for being our sponsor!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top - left to right) 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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | Carolyn from A Lavender Life | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Shana from Organized Chaos | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The 'Fix It' Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Debbie from Heartbeats Soul Stains | Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Shana from Technotini | Kimberly from Keystrokes By Kimberly | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Rebecca from Futures

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 July & August.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Katy chose Layered Orange Pomegranate Sangria from Latte Everyday. "It's Summer. And this post is about sangria. 'Nuff said. Seriously, this looks beautifully tasty!"
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Cindy chose My Top 5 Chrome Extensions from Tidbits of Experience. "I am always looking for tools that will help me be more productive. In her post Crystal shares 5 extensions that I didn't know existed."
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Elie chose Upside-Down Pizza Bake from Superheroes in Jammies. "Stephanie's Upside Down Pizza Bake looks like a quick and delicious dinner! Perfect for those busy weeknights! Can't wait to try this myself."
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Debbie chose FIFA World Cup 2014 from Of Mice and Ramen. "We are huge soccer (Futbol) fans at our house, we can't get enough. To create World Cup cookies is so impressive. They are amazing and truly in the spirit of the World Cup! If only I could make these as well as she did :)"
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Cathy chose Super EASY, No-Bake Oreo Balls + a Printable from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. "I love how beautiful these are with no baking (love this for summer days over 100) required and just a few ingredients!"
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Ce Ce chose How to Make Chalk Paint from Little House Living. "Looking for things to do this summer, this post was great for that. I was just thinking about purchasing some sidewalk chalk, now maybe I will make some!!!"
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Rebecca chose Simple Homemade Peach Cobbler from Little House Living. "It's a simple recipe but presented so beautifully and sounds yummy too!"
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Kae chose Initial Penny Art from Miss Mash DIY. "I chose [this post] because it's a beautiful design and also very easy to do. I also like that it's something that we all have around the house, under the seats of the couch, in out pocketbooks, also in our penny piggy bank. It's a pretty DIY project and the kids will love it too. Why not make those "useless" pennies useful for artwork."
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Jillian chose Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogU from The Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide. "The reason I chose this post was because it gives some great ideas on getting focused with your blog and what steps you can take to get even further ahead, but the tips aren't blog-centric, they can AND will benefit anyone."
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Carolyn chose Toddlers’ Summer To-Do List from This Is Motherhood. "It made me laugh and was dead on accurate!"
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Stacey chose Chocolate Lava Cake from Ducks 'n a Row. "Oh my, this looks absolutely divine! Every year for my birthday, we try to go to our local Hometown Buffet because they have a desert that they call a Hot Fudge Sundae cake, very much like this Chocolate Lava cake, that is my absolute favorite desert. This is something I could happily eat them all and simply skip dinner! I will definitely be trying it! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Rhonda chose Vibrant Adirondack Chairs from Melanie Gets Married. "I love the bold colors on the chairs and the lush lawn in the background. Nice way to bring color to your yard, and a sign that summer has arrived!"
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Shana chose Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh {Think Outside The Toy Box Series} from View From The Fridge. "What a fun and creative way to make colored play doh! I also like how she snuck in a recipe for edible play doh, which sounds super yum!"
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Rachel chose Crap! I Broke The Blog from Barbie Bieber and Beyond - Raising Girls. "I chose this post because I've been there- that freaking out moment of 'OMG! What have I done?' I truly laughed at her hilarious perspective and the lessons learned."
Natasha also chose this post. "As I was in this same boat just a couple of months ago, I completely understand. It is tough to be stuck in this situation and have no idea how to get out. Luckily, everything worked out. Great post!"
This post also received the most clicks.
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Jessica chose Does Your Family Need a Healthy Lifestyle Makeover? 10 Fun & Easy Diet & Fitness Tips For Your Whole Family from Urban Naturale. "Healthy has been a daily word in my vocabulary. One way to do that is to get the family involved. These tips are awesome and fairly easy to implement! Thanks for sharing!"
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Tenns chose Design Your Own Business Cards in PicMonkey from Blog U. "This post was my favorite, because it was thorough, instructional, and definitely something a blogger or business owner needs in their toolkit. I really liked that Chelsey included screenshots in her step by step process for making the business cards. I also thought it was great that she used a free and economical program like PicMonkey. Just goes to show that you don’t need or have to use high-end or fancy programs to create a nice card."
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Katie chose Baby Girl's Nursery : Open House from Delineate Your Dwelling. "I just love this little girl nursery!! From the dark accent wall to the DIY mobile, yarn wrapped stool, beautiful gallery wall with that stunning LOVE sign ... Just about everything about this nursery is perfect. Unique, personal, and stunning!"
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And the Best of the Best is...

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Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogU from The Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide
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 1EpicMommy@gmail.com 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 big 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!