Monday, July 28, 2014

Time for Turn It Up Tuesday

Hey Y'all and Happy Monday! Hope your week got off to a great start! I just got back from an amazing family vacation in Kentucky and am still catching up on sleep :) My family stays up late and parties hard!! I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about it! 
In the meantime, fill me in on what you've been up to. Can't wait to see!

Welcome to the 45th 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!
This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts - so please stop by and show them some love!! We'll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week!
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!
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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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | 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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Victoria chose What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas. "I chose this post because it was entertaining and spoke the truth. There are some things that guests have to keep in mind when visiting a mom who has just had a baby. I especially agree that they should hold back on the lies about saying that you look good when obviously you do not after hours of being in labor."
Katie also chose this post. "This article is hilarious ... And SO TRUE!! Having recently just had our third child, I can totally relate! This should be sent as a public service announcement to all before anyone goes to see a newborn! Tell us we look good ... And bring food (ha!)."
This post also received the most clicks.
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Cathy chose Lemon Sugar Scrub from Melanie Gets Married. "I love everything lemon ... and I have wanted to try making my own scrub. I love the ingredients and simplicity of this scrub! Can't wait to make some!"
Silvie also chose this post. "I chose this as my favorite post this week because I am a big believer that you must take care of your skin. When ever I find something that will allow me to pamper myself while taking care of my skin, then it's an automatic win! I tried Melanie's recipe and I absolutely love it, the results and the scent is amazing!"
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Cindy chose How to Make a Giant Outdoor Water Bed from My Frugal Adventures. "I chose this because it looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. It is also a project that I think I could actually make!"
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Katy chose Top 10 Christian Pinterest Boards from Satisfaction Through Christ. "I'm a big fan of roundups that help me focus my energies when I head into a time-sucking platform like Pinterest. Knowing these particular boards have the backing of a respected blogger makes me that much more excited to check out their content, knowing I am headed in the right direction and will find lots of inspiration. For as easy as it is to find just about anything on Pinterest, that sometimes makes it feel overwhelming and I like that I can use posts like this to streamline my searches."
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Rhonda chose I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain't One from Pig and Dac. "I found this post hilarious! We all know life changes after childbirth, but it also changes our bodies and not for the better. Accepting these changes requires a look back and a look forward, and that's exactly what this blogger did as she tells her story."
Natasha also chose this post. "This post is so hilariously funny! My boobs went poof too, and I only have 1 child. Our bodies definitely change after having a baby, and it is so important to accept our new bodies once they develop. Regardless, I enjoyed this post! Still laughing! Great post!"
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Rachel chose Magnolia Leaf Wreath from Canary Street Crafts. "I chose this post because I love the elegant simplicity and personalization of this wreath. It is perfect any time of year and can the monogram really adds a special touch to any front door."
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Ashley chose DIY Rice Bag from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "Rice bags are one of my favorite blogging tools. I use one to right my wrist on when working on the laptop and can't wait to make one for my office desk!"
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Jillian chose The Only Picture I Regretted Taking // iMO from Logan Can... "I love this post because I feel the exact same way as Logan. I can't help but take every single photo possible of my son, and I love how she shares how important it is to her and why."
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Alycia chose Let’s Start A Revolution! from B Marie Photography. "I love the message in this post. Finding the beauty in ourselves will help us to teach our children that everyone is beautiful and to find things they love about themselves. I am guilty of this for sure, but after reading this, I am going to start making a conscious effort to see the beauty!"
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Jessica chose Unplugging From Technology For Healthier Family Living from Urban Naturale. "This is sooo true!! I also liked how she refers to 3 year old's using some sort of technology today too. That totally hit me bacause I have a 3 year old who loves youtube videos! Since health has been my number one concern these tips are spot on to get the family involved and "unplug" for a couple hours. At the same time, it promotes family time which we all want and need :)."
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Stacey chose Homemade Honey Wheat Bread Recipe! from Thrifty NW Mom. "I have really been giving strong consideration to starting to bake my families bread from scratch. My family can really go through 6 to 8 loaves during the two weeks between grocery store trips, of store bought bread and curious if it would be cheaper to make it fresh. This recipe looks wonderful and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Tara chose DIY Door Frame Chalkboard from Latte Everyday. "When I saw this I thought, "what a genius idea!" I would have never thought of that. So creative how Megan turned a door frame into a chalkboard sign, I just love it! Love the message that she wrote on it too!"
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is...

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Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Time For Turn It Up Tuesday

Hey All and Happy Monday to ya! Hope your weekend was wonderful. I can't wait to see what you all have been up to. But before we get to our fabulous party, I wanted to share my newest cupcake creation: Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes!
Hope you love them as much as I did! Now on to this awesome link party! Show me what you got!

Welcome to the 44th 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

Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog

Rhonda
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!

 
(from the top - left to right)
TUT Hosts 7.20.04
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 | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | 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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Alycia chose Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life's Little Adventures. "I love this post by Tawnya because as a fairly new wife (3.5 years) and a new mama, I sometimes struggle with remembering to equally balance the two. Remembering that you were partners first and parents second is important. Keeping the spark alive will foster the growth of your family. She shares some great tips and great insight!"
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Karen chose Lovely Floral Garland from Designs by Miss Mandee. "Not only is this garland great, but you can make your own with the download option! Plus, the images can be used for so many other things, making it a versatile freebie."
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Ashley chose The Style Friendly Man Chair Compromise from Bless'er House. "Lauren from Bless'er House was on the hunt for a Style Friendly Man Chair that would be a compromise between her desire for clean lines and her hubby's need for ultimate comfort. After tons of research, you won't believe what she found!"
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Victoria chose 6 Reasons Mom Lose Their Joy from Fruitful Families. "I chose this blog post because I can actually relate to what this blogger talks about. When you become a mom, you do love your kids but there are times when you lose your joy. I loved how this blogger kept it real in her post."
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Katie chose Prisma Wall Decor : Knock Off from Delineate Your Dwelling. "I am a sucker for a good knock off, and this one is FABULOUS ... And basically FREE! How's that for a good combo?! Amy made this out of ... Paper Straws and Bakers Twine (plus some gold spray paint)!! I just live the result!! Beautiful!"
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Katy chose How to Tell If Your Daughter is a "Mean Girl" from Barbie Bieber and Beyond - Raising Girls. "My daughter, Emily, writes on my blog about her experiences being bullied and admittedly, the resources available to those being bullied far outweigh the resources available to those doing the bullying. Encouraging parents to pay attention and consider whether or not their child is headed in the wrong direction and how to get them back on track is an important piece to the #stopbullying puzzle, and I appreciate her bringing it to light. It's hard to admit as parents that our child might be a bully, but we have to be open to addressing these issues instead of ignoring them."
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Jillian chose Finding inspiration in the face of writers block from Operation Home. "I chose this blog because as writers we have all suffered with writer's block at one point or another, having these tips handy can help you overcome that block."
Natasha also chose this post. "These are some great tips to overcome writer's block. Since I've had my fair share this year, it is great to have a way to get through it."
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Elie chose Trix Krispie Treats from MadeInADay.com. "These Trix Krispie Treats from Kim at Made In A Day look so delicious!! I wish I would've thought of these! Can't wait to try them myself."
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Tenns chose Efficient Blogging from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. "Such a great rundown of how to blog more efficiently! I think any blogging can appreciate and benefit from Tameka’s post. Its will thought out and thorough, and most importantly resourceful."
Stacey also chose this post. "What a wonderful post! I, too, have several things that I would like to bring into my blogging...such as having more guest posts as well as becoming more frequent with posting and scheduling, and adding a few more things that I have learned from more seasoned bloggers to make my site better for my readers. Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Silvie chose Cherry Mint Water and More Infused Water Recipes from Little House Living. "I chose this post as my favorite because ever since I started my weight loss journey I've been using infused water to get past that bland taste in plain water and be able to drink more of it. After trying it I found that Merissa's Cherry Mint infused water recipe is easy, and delicious!"
Jessica also chose this post. "I've always been a fan of infused water recipes since working at a casino in Las Vegas. Our spas always had them on hand for the guests and I, of couse, always wanted to drink them because they were so good and healthy for you! Merissa's post brought back those yummy memories and included some recipes I will actually use today. Thanks for sharing!"
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Rhonda chose Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo from GrandParents Plus. "I love repurposing things. This blogger did a great with this make-over. The fabric selection makes the red and white pop, and it's now a great spot to enjoy family and a beautiful view."
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Rachel chose 8 Tips for better summer photos of your kids! Photos of Summer Friday, week 6 from Just A Touch of Crazy. "I chose this post because I feel like my son is growing up so fast and I want to capture all the fun and memories of childhood, especially summer. These tips are great for making those moments into beautiful memories."
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The post with the most clicks is 5 things that will INSTANTLY help your blog... from After Eleven.
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And the Best of the Best is...

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Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life's Little Adventures
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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!
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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!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

Hey All and Happy Monday to you! Hope the beginning of your week started off great. Coming up this weekend I have a huge family vacation planned in Kentucky! I am so so excited to be able to spend time with my whole family in the great outdoors. I'm sure I'll have plenty of crazy stories when I get back, too. Nothing is ordinary when we all are together, and that's how I like it!

So recently my bestie had a birthday and all she wanted was for me to make her some kind of lemon cake. She loves lemon. And she loves blueberries. So I thought "Why not put them together?"! 

I haven't tried to master making a layered cake with pretty icing all over it just yet. It's on my list of things to try soon. But, I have mastered the heck out of making cupcakes! So I decided to take a lemon blueberry cake and turn it into cupcakes. That's why I made these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes!
They are so moist and so delicious! The tartness of the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the blueberries made for an amazing flavor. 
Then to add the cream cheese frosting on top was literally the icing on the cake ;) See what I did there? I'm hilarious!
(makes 12-15)
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup butter, softened
1/2+1/8 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup light brown sugar
2 Large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 Cup buttermilk*
Lemon zest and lemon juice from 2 lemons
1 Cup blueberries
1 Tbsp flour

Frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 Cup butter, softened
1 3/4 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners. Set aside.

In a mixer beat together the butter and sugars on medium high until creamy, about 3 minutes. 

Add in the eggs and vanilla. Beat everything until combined. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet on a slow speed.

Add the milk, lemon zest and juice and stir with a spoon by hand until just mixed in.

In a small bowl, stir together the blueberries and flour. This will help the berries not sink down to the bottom of all the cupcakes and prevent them from breaking open. Fold the berries into the batter.

Spoon the batter into the cupcake holders and bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

For Frosting:
In your mixer beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy and no lumps remain.

Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir on low for about one minute, then up the speed for a few minutes until fully combined. Scrape down the bowl as you go if needed.

Scoop frosting into a piping bag and decorate the cupcakes. Place cupcakes in the fridge for about an hour before serving. Eat and enjoy! Delicious!

*If you don't have buttermilk, you can combine 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (or 1/2 Tbsp of white vinegar) and about 1/2 a cup of milk (1% or higher). Pour the 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice into a measuring cup. Add the milk until it reaches 1/2 a cup. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before using.

Thanks for stopping by!

Recipe adapted from here.