PageTurners Ready Player One – June Selection!

Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with June’s PageTurners book selection of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline!

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Here is a brief synopsis of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Now I have to say that initially I was a little nervous about this one, and I chose the audio version again. The audio version of the story is narrated solely by Will Wheaton, and while I don’t mind him per se, his narration was a touch grating! But otherwise, this story was absolutely fabulous! I was born in the early part of the 70’s, so by the time the 80’s hit I was hitting my formative years. I thought that the 80’s were cool, everything about them, from the music to the movies! I grew up going to arcades and spending hours playing games like Ms. Pac-man, Pac-man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, and on and on!

The movie references in the story were spot on. The descriptions of the video games were amazing. I was definitely rooting for Aech, Arte3mis, Shoto, Daito, and Parzival, at least one of them, to find the Easter Egg. The bond of friendship that they shared, across the virtual airwaves, is a truly tangible thing. This one is definitely a 5 Star read and I absolutely recommend it! If they ever make it into a movie, I will have to see it!

Now for Shelly’s questions:

1. How long until this type of VR system is available to our society? Would you be interested in creating an avatar?

I don’t think that this is far off at all, maybe 10 or 15 years. I am not sure that it would be as advanced in “2044” but who knows, if things stay the way they are.

Oh I would so have an avatar! LOL! I think that it would be fun, to some degree, but I am think that I would have to limit it, maybe save it for retirement! Re-live the good old days!

2. Which was your favorite gate and how would you do at passing any of the gates?

I would have to say that the “War Games” gate was my favorite! I spent hours watching that movie as a kid. Now I am not sure that I could have gotten it word for word, because I have not watched it in years!
Joust was a game that I never played, but I had seen it played a few times, but I would have failed for sure!
And the same goes for Monty Python, I have seen bits and pieces here and there, but not enough to know it.

3. Were you happy with the ending? Do you think Aech, Artim3s, Shoto and Parzival will remain friends in the real world or result to life in the OASIS?

I loved the ending! Watching Art3mis and Parzival develop their relationship on a more personal level definitely made me happy. And knowing the all stereotypes and identities, because of the bond that had been created through that virtual world, were dismissed as not important. Friends they were and friends they remained.
Oh I think that they would definitely stay friends in both the virtual world and real life.

And now now for Lisa’s questions:

1. Could you imagine living most of your life in a virtual world?

You know, I really think that I could! I mean especially if that also meant that all of my shopping, including groceries and everything, yep…I think I could.

Part B to this question: How did you react when you found out that Aech was an African-American girl?

Actually I was not really surprised, but I have to say that the reason threw me a bit. I suppose that her mother telling her that it was the way to get ahead, portraying herself as a white male, maybe it was simply a case of a mother wanting success for her child. I don’t think that I would be able to do it that way.

2. What surprised you about the Hunt?

I can’t really say that anything about the hunt surprised me other than the true depth of the Oasis itself and the thought and knowledge put into the detail of the movies and culture.

3. What do you think will happen after the book? Will Wade and his friends solve the problems of the world now that they are multimillionaires?

In a perfect world, I would love to think that they would all stay in contact and remain close.
I also like to think that they will work towards at least trying to make a difference in the world.

Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Don’t forget to stop back by towards the end of July for July’s PageTurners book selection, The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I have already borrowed this one from my oldest son!


Lemon Coconut Tropical Soap from #Soapdotclub – A Review


This is a sponsored review brought to you in conjunction with Soap.club. I received a scented bar of natural soap at a highly discounted cost to bring this review. All opinions expressed throughout this post remain my own.

Soap.club offers thirteen different kinds of all natural, cold process soap that contains no harsh chemicals, detergents, preservatives, or artificial colors. Scents ranging from earthy to flowery scents and others in between, options for both men and women. These soaps offer gentle moisture and nourishment to dry and damaged skin, while being wonderful for all skin types. The oil base offers a lotion like lather, that rinsed clean and leaving soft, moisturized skin.

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Lemon Coconut Tropical Soap from Soap.club

I have to say that I had a bit of a difficult time choosing the scent that I wanted, because there were quite a few! There were several scents that appealed to me, like the Almond Cherry, Goat’s Milk Citrus Twist, Oatmeal Goats Milk, Sandalwood Soother, Sea Breeze, or even Surf’s Up or Blackberry Vanilla. But in the end I chose the Lemon Coconut, because those are two of my favorite scents, especially coconut.

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Soap Variety from Soap.club

I have always preferred bar soap to body washes, and anything made naturally tops the list. For some reason, I don’t really care for the feeling of my skin after using body washes. I have even made my own melt and pour soaps, in the past. So I was anxious to try my bar. As a mom, shower time is the one time that I actually get a few minutes of true peace and quiet. Plus, I suppose, “old habits die-hard”, having used bar soap for as long as I can remember.

When my soap arrived in the mail, it came packaged in a neat little box, with an open window directly in the front. which is perfect for that initial whiff when opening a new bar of soap. My initial whiff offered a very clean smell, with a light hint of the lemon and coconut, because they are both fairly subtle scents. The first day that I used the soap was a day that I mowed the yard, which was a 2 1/2 to 3 hour job in 80 degree sun. It was definitely on of those days for a relaxing, cooling, scrub.

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Soapy lather…

The lather from this soap was thick and creamy, exactly like a lotion minus the normal residual greasy feeling. As the lather rinsed cleanly away, it only left behind softness. It had a wonderfully subtle scent from the lemon and coconut. About the only negative that I could say about the scent was that I could smell the oil base, just a bit. The bar of soap was about 3x3x1 and square-shaped, which also made it somewhat awkward for me. Maybe more of a rectangular shaped would have fit better in my hand.

My overall opinion is that this soap was really wonderful, and I just might even order a different scent the next time I decide to treat myself. The scent was very nice and it felt refreshing on my skin. I love that it is made with all natural ingredients and it shows in the soft, nourished skin. I would absolutely recommend this soap for anyone who loves natural bath soaps.

Lemon Coconut Tropical Soap from Soap.club

Lemon Coconut Tropical Soap from Soap.club

This is a sponsored review brought to you in conjunction with Soap.club. I received a scented bar of natural soap at a highly discounted cost to bring this review. All opinions expressed throughout this post remain my own.


Cleaning House While Homeschooling!

I am thrilled to be sharing another fabulous guest post, from Patricia Cornwell, as she offers some amazing tips on cleaning house while homeschooling!

Ah, homeschooling. Yet another responsibility for moms. Whereas just yesterday you were stressed over having to wash spit-up clothes all the time, change diapers, cook and clean every cranny and nook of your home to perfection, today you are faced with one more challenge: homeschooling. How do you cope with all that? Just so you know, homeschooling doesn’t mean you have to give up a tidy and clean home. It just means you need to be more organized. So, be sure to check these cleaning tips to help you survive.

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First Comes School, Then Come the Chores

Given the circumstances, you need to organize your life according to the new situation. It is essential to understand that homeschooling should come first. After your kids are done with the lessons, you are free to focus on cooking and cleaning. If you learn to put school first, you may actually start to enjoy this a lot more. You’ll be able to take your mind off housework and other pending tasks for a while. Worrying about stuff is a waste of energy. You want to keep that energy for the moment you are going to need it. So, rather than fussing about not being able to do the chores in the morning, focus on helping your kids study. When the lessons are over, go back to your daily routine.

Do the Chores in the Afternoon

As we mentioned above, you should postpone cleaning for later. With kids around, it makes no sense to start cleaning in the morning anyway. Why? Because during the day they will make more messes and you’ll end up cleaning the same area for the umpteenth time. When your children are occupied with something else, take the time to sweep and mop the floors, put some things away and cook dinner. The best way to go is to create a plan. Make a list of all the chores that need to be done weekly and divide them into days so you don’t have to tackle everything in a day.

Ditch Extra-Curricular Activities

If you have a dozen tasks to run, it’s best to give up on extra-curricular activities for the time being until you get used to the new routine. You are now a homeschool “assistant”, mother and wife. Your responsibilities keep on piling. If you find yourself surfing the net for too long, talking on the phone forever and watching TV every few hours, you may want to change your schedule. We are not saying you shouldn’t have fun. As a human being it is important to find the time to rest and entertain yourself. However, given the circumstances, you should spend less time on these tasks and focus on your household duties. Once you finish all tasks, move on to the ones you enjoy doing.

Involve Your Children

Now that homeschooling is done, ask your kids to put away their school things. You should teach them that cleaning up their own messes is essential. Children can also help in a multitude of household tasks. Small ones can help fold clothes, put away out of place things, make their beds, send toys home, match socks, dust, etc. Older children can wash the dishes, clear and set up the table, water plants, sweep the floor, clean and tidy their bedrooms, etc. Coax your little helpers into doing some things for you around the home and you’ll notice that housework isn’t as time-consuming as it seems.

Don’t Despair

You won’t get it right all the time. Some days you will feel too tired to do anything. Don’t be harsh on yourself. Don’t feel guilty for not being able to accomplish everything. You are a human being who needs time for rest, pleasure and time for yourself. The beginning is always the hardest but once you get used to the new schedule, you’ll feel more in control of your life.

To recap, dedicate morning time to homeschooling, do the chores in the afternoon, have some fun in the evening and do some more tasks prior to going to bed. This is how you can survive homeschooling. Last but not least, don’t forget to ask your children for help. If they are old enough to go to school, they are old enough to tackle some household chores. Period.

The article is kindly contributed by Patricia Cornwell who runs London City Cleaners.


Turn It Up Tuesdays 93!

Welcome one and all for another amazing week of partying at Turn It Up Tuesdays 93!

Welcome to the 93rd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep stopping by, linking up, and 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!

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And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Silvie chose The Diva 100 Calorie Workout from Divas Run for Bling. “I chose this post because I honestly had no idea I could burn 100 calories in just 10 minutes!!! There really is no excuse to be and stay fit. :) Thanks for the awesome post. “

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Heidi chose Patriotic S’mores Bar and Caramel Macchiato Spread #LetsMakeSmores from Logan Can… “Who doesn’t love S’mores?”

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Heidi chose Blueberry Gelato from Best of Long Island and Central Florida. “I love blueberries!”

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Kori chose Cuban Style Empanadas from A Sprinkle of This and That. “We went to a great Cuban restaurant in Westchester and they had the most amazing empanadas. I’ve been looking for a recipe to try at home and I think this one may be it!”

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Kori chose Recipe Round-Up for Paleo Newbies from Adventures of a Cavemom. “I’ve always been interested in trying a Paleo diet so it’s nice to have a list of recipes in one place.”

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Cindy chose Mickey Mouse String Art from Albion Gould. “I am a Disney-phile and a Disney travel agent so I love all things Disney. I want to make this for my office. I think I’ll paint the board red!”

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Cindy chose Things That Bring Back Memories #MondayMemories from Tiger Strypes. “I love reminiscing about and watching old television shows. We watch more TV from the 70s and 80s than we do current stuff because we don’t have to worry about offensive content. BJ and the Bear was a great show and let’s face it, Greg Evigan was a hottie!”

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Elaine chose Top 25 Essential Oil DIY Recipes & Projects from Painted Teacup. “I have just joined the essential oils bandwagon and was happy to find these great recipes.”

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Elaine chose Customers Demand GMO Labeling…And So Should You from Little Blog on the Homestead. “GMO labeling is needed and when the TPP act passes Congress, not only will it not allow GMO labeling it will also deny us the right to know where our food and all goods we purchase are made. The country of origin label will no longer be required. This is an issue that consumers need to understand.”

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Bev chose Make the Most of Link Parties from Snippets of Inspiration. “Great ideas for growing your blog with linky parties and how to do it effectively.”

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Bev chose Wine Cork Garden Markers from TexMex Crafting. “What a great upcycle! Turn those old mismatch forks into plant makers by adding a wine cork that is labeled.”

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Amy chose Dry Erase Road Trip Games + Kids Travel Kit from Simply Designing. “Long road trips can be so tough with little ones. That’s why I love this road trip kit with super cute printables for the kids to enjoy in the back for hours! This will definitely make the trip so much more fun for everyone!”

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Amy chose No Bake Cookies and Cream Slice from Treat Yourself Sweeter. “Dessert, check. No bake, CHECK! I love shortcuts, so this super simple delicious no bake Cookies and Cream Slice recipe is exactly the type of dessert I’m looking for!”

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Mari chose Easy DIY Texture Wall Art Tutorial from My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies. “I loved Laurie’s wall art. It was unique, it looked beautiful and stylish and something I would definitely put up on my wall. Very eye catching!”

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Mari chose Roasted Eggplant Fan from All That’s Jas. “My love for the many things Eggplant bought me to stop over at Jas’s share. Omg looks wonderful and tasty and healthy. Loved it!!!”

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Free chose Why Design Matters | May Blog Review & Feedback from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “I think that there are things we all can do to improve our site and become more better blogger. Getting a review of my site is very helpful and will help me grow as a blogger.”

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Zografia chose Easy Home Decorating Tips from The Organized Dream. “These tips are easy to follow! Makes decorating easier!”

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Zografia chose How to Use Reddit to Increase Traffic from Just Another Mom. “Are you on Reddit? I’ll give it a try! Sounds great!”

Natasha also chose this post. “I haven’t really used Reddit at all. It will be great to try it out as another tool to increase traffic to my blog.”

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Tina chose Painting with Bubbles from Letters in the Sand. “What at a fun way to paint!!!Kids love bubbles and I’m sure they’ll love this idea! I’m going to try this! What a fun and creative outdoor activity,thanks for sharing!”

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Tina chose Vaso Decorato from Hobby e Creativita’. “Beautiful upcycling project, love the result! Thanks for sharing this idea with us!”

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The post with the most clicks is Old Factory Candles from Eclectic Red Barn.

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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Blueberry Gelato from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

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No Bake Cookies and Cream Slice from Treat Yourself Sweeter

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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 105!

Monday is again just around the corner and I want to welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 105 and 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!

Welcoming you to pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of joe, for amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, cool DIY how to’s, and awesome advice with good friends! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!

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Natasha’s favorite post came from Maniac Mom with the post “Dear Daddy“!
Saying, “What a great tribute to all of the Dads in your life. It’s great to have so many men around you to inspire, motivate, and love. Thanks for sharing this great post!”

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Dear Daddy from Maniac Mom!

My favorite post came from Why Moms with the post “Losing Hannah + Being Human…the Hope Behind Mental Illness“!
“What a beautiful tribute! I, too have suffered from mild depression and anxieties for most of my life. Through stubbornness and an inner strength that I have forced myself to develop, I have managed to overcome those feelings through a good cry, loud music, or writing it out. This is real and needs to be brought to the forefront to remove the negative feelings of shame! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Losing Hannah + Being Human…the Hope Behind Mental Illness from Why Moms!

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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…

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#AskAwayFriday Questioning Kids!

Sadly, I found myself without a buddy for this week, so taking a cue from my amazing fellow host, Tamara, I am questioning kids…my kiddos to be exact.

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Hooray for #AskAwayFriday, the most amazing link up ever!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

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Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
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Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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So…grab our button, meet our amazing hosts, and hop through the great link ups to make some amazing new friends!

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I have been thinking all day, what kind of post I wanted to create for this week’s #AskAwayFriday, since I was without a buddy. Then, while perusing through Facebook, I noticed that Tamara had posted the link to her #AskAwayFriday. So, I clicked her link and found that she had taken an amazing idea from a fellow blogger, Kenya Johnson, and used questions that Kenya had asked her son, as her swap for this week. Since I didn’t think that Tamara would mind, I thought that I would give it a try, but asking both lil miss and lil man to answer these questions. I emailed each of them the questions and here are the answers, provided by both lil miss and lil man for this week’s #AskAwayFriday!

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Questioning Kids…I asked, they answered!

1. What is something mom always says to you?

Lil miss: Ehh…To many.– “Suck it up cupcake”??? Good enough.

Lil man: “You think to much”

2. What makes mom happy?

Lil miss: Hot fudge cake and her kiddies.

Lil man: Helping out

3. What makes mom sad?

Lil miss: When David Tennant left Doctor Who.


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Lil man: Lying

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

Lil miss: She’s FUNNY

Lil man: My mom makes me laugh when we joke around

5. What was your mom like as a child?

Lil miss: Shy and quiet.

Lil man: Wild

6. How old is your mom?

Lil miss: Sheeeeeeeee iiiiissss 42. I think..

Lil man: 42

7. How tall is your mom?

Lil miss: FUN SIZED. OKAY NO SORRY UH. I think like… Uhhh.. 4″9? I don’t know.

Lil man: Fun sized (Harley helped me answer this one)

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

Lil miss: Listen to music and be with her kiddies.

Lil man: Read or watch Princess Bride


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9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?

Lil miss: Uhhhhh………Listen to music and watch cupcake wars?

Lil man: Read or watch movies

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

Lil miss: WORLDS BEST CHEF. I SEE IT NOW. LIGHTS…Okay I’ll stop.

Lil man: Writing

11. What is your mom really good at?

Lil miss: COOKING!

Lil man: Reading

12. What is your mom not very good at?

Lil miss: NOTHING. SHE’S PERFECT AT EVERYTHING.

Lil man: Being graceful (love you mom)

13. What does your mom do for a job?

Lil miss: Run a blog.

Lil man: Take care of me and my little sister

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?

Lil miss: HOT FUDGE CAKE.

Lil man: Rum balls

15. What makes you proud of your mom?

Lil miss: How much she can take things head on.

Lil man: Being so supportive of me and my girlfriend

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?

Lil miss: PRINCESS OF POWER. SHEEEEEEEEEE-RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Lil man: Piper Halliwell

17. What do you and your mom do together?

Lil miss: WE BAKE CAKES AND COOKIES AND TELL JOKES AND WE WATCH DOCTOR WHO TOGETHER AAAAAND WE EAT FOOD.

Lil man: Laugh ALOT

18. How are you and your mom the same?

Lil miss: We’re both very head first kind of people.

Lil man: Were the same when it comes to attitude and looks

19. How are you and your mom different?

Lil miss: Uh well. We have different tastes.”KAWAII DESU” “They have big heads.” (I will assume that this is an anime/manga reference. She loves it and I think they all have big heads!)

Lil man: She can control her temper better

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

Lil miss: She tells me everyday and IT’S PLAIN OBVIOUS.

Lil man: She loves me cause she has taken care of me since the day I was born she’s never abandoned me or hurt me she has always been there.

21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

Lil miss: Home

Lil man: Gatlinburg, TN

22. How old was your Mom when you were born?

Lil miss: I’M JUST GOING TO GUESS. UHH. 30??

Lil man: 27

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 92!

It is time to turn up the fun and we welcome you to another amazing week of Turn It Up Tuesdays 92!

Welcome to the 92nd week at Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep stopping by, linking up, and 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!

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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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Zografia from Bisozozo | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen’s Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Beverly from Eclectic Red Barn | Sofia from Fun with a Message | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Heidi from Heidi’s Wanderings

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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Kori chose How to Make a Minion Sandwich from Kidz Activities. “I chose this one because it’s a cute lunch idea. And I love Minions.”

Heidi also chose this post. “Because who doesn’t love the minions?”

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Kori chose Snickerdoodole Protein Smoothie from Divas Run for Bling. “I chose this one because I do love everything snickerdoodle and this is a great way to get that much needed protein in as well.”

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Bev chose How to Make Your Own DIY Upholstered Wingback Headboard from Making It In The Mountains. “I loved this DIY headboard. They made a big job look rather easy and the tutorial really laid out the entire process. The end result was stunning.”

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Bev chose All About My Dad Printable Memory Book from Raising Seraphin. “This Father’s Day book was just to cute. I liked the idea of starting it when a child is young and then continuing to add to it as they grow older. What a cherished keepsake it will become.”

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Cathy chose Triple-Layer Lemon Blueberry Cake from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “Lemon and blueberris! Need I say more! One of my favorite combinations! I can’t wait to try this cake!”

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Cathy chose Healthier Coconut and Chia Apple Fritters from Treat Yourself Sweeter. “I love apples and coconut and just bought my first bag of Chia seeds. These look SO good!”

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Elaine chose Our Top 10 Favorite Fast Lunch Ideas from Cornerstone Confessions. “Great list of quick and simple lunch ideas.”

Silvie also chose this post. “I chose this post because as a busy mom I am always looking for quick but healthy choices and this list is great!”

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Elaine chose How to Easily Earn Cash Back at the Grocery Store from Adventures of a Cavemom. “I am always looking for ways to save money on groceries. I will definitely use these.”

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Amy chose 6 Things Successful Bloggers Do Every Day! from Snippets of Inspiration. “I love this post on a list of tips that all successful bloggers need to do everyday. As a new blogger, I am constantly learning from others on how to grow my blog in to a successful one. This tips will help me get my blog closer to where I want it to be.”

Ginger also chose this post. “I’m always looking for great posts about blogging. This one offered some great ideas and resources for bloggers of all kinds.”

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Amy chose Easy Cinnamon Stick Recipe for Father’s Day Breakfast from Jodie Fitz. “This recipe is fun, easy and kid friendly. Not to mention, it is perfect and just in time for Father’s Day. I will definitely be using this idea to impress my husband this weekend!”

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Mari chose 5 Exercises You Can Do to Keep Your Eyes Strong from Urban Naturale. “I loved this share by Emily that came from UN because as bloggers, writers, moms etc we are all putting an enormous strain on our eyes on a daily, I know I am and I think these exercises can really ease some of that stress for sure. Look forward to adding them to my daily office workout lol.”

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Mari chose How to Pack Like a Champ for Your Big Move from Fun Money Mom. “Lisa’s share had great tips. Being someone that has moved more times than I’d like to admit in my lifetime thus far I can totally relate to her share. I agree to label properly and not carry stuff to go through later! Get it sorted and out the way so you don’t carry stuff over you just will end up giving away. Great share!

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Stacey chose Must Read Books for Summer from Sunny Day Family. “I am always looking for a good book to read and some of these look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose 18 No-Bake Sweet Treats from Dreaming of Leaving. “No bake desserts are the best, during the summer months. Since we don’t use A/C, I try not to heat up the house with the oven, if I don’t have to. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Tina chose Fun Zebra from a Garment Tag from Crafty Journal. “Such a clever and simple idea!I love it! A fun and creative craft! Thanks for sharing your creation with us.”

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Tina chose DIY Father’s Day Frame from Raising Seraphin. “What a cute Father’s Day gift idea. Nice tutorial and beautiful result! Thanks for sharing your creation with us.”

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Ginger chose 20 Essential Oil Hacks You Need for Daily Life from Painted Teacup. “I love essential oils and I am always looking for new ways to use them. This was a really great and informative post!”

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Kelly chose Paper Plate Pop Up Firecrackers from Crafty Journal. “What a great idea! Although we don’t celebrate 4 July here in Australia, this is such an easy craft for the little ones. I shared this with some American friends so they can make it with their kids. I plan on making a variation of this when we celebrate Australia Day next January.”

nophotosKelly chose Why you won’t see photos of my baby on this blog from Velvet-Rose.Net. “Julie makes a really important point about the dangers of including clear images of their kids on their blog and social media. This is a timely reminder and not a topic I have seen covered very often. I am glad Julie has taken the time to highlight the potential dangers as it is oh so easy to think it won’t happen to me. “

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Heidi chose 10 Writing Tips to Improve Your Blog from Budget Girl. “Because I really do need help making sure that my writing makes sense some days.”

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Silvie chose Inside Review of Disney Pixar Movie Inside Out from our very own Kelly from Mum-Bo-Jumbo. “I chose this post because we can’t wait to see this movie and this review made us want to see it even more!”

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Natasha chose Why Commenting on Others’ Blogs is Awesome for Your Blog from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “I truly believe that commenting on others’ blogs are a great way to network and grow your blog. I haven’t had the opportunity to do so as much as before, but this is a reminder how important it is. Great post!”

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The post with the most clicks is The Newbie Blogger’s Guide to Success from Little Girl Designs.

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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6 Things Successful Bloggers Do Every Day! from Snippets of Inspiration

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Easy Cinnamon Stick Recipe for Father’s Day Breakfast from Jodie Fitz

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

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This week, we’re introducing a great giveaway…celebrating fellow blogger the 4th blogiversary of fellow blogger, Angie from God’s Growing Garden. Help celebrate by entering to win the Fun with Four Blogiversary Giveaway.

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Four winners will be chosen to win one of the four prize packs!

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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, and the Best of the Best, and our special 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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