Turn It Up Tuesday 45!

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!

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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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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I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain’t One from Pig and Dac

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What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas

 

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

As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 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!





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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 57!

Welcome to another amazing week of This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 57! Wow, we had a great week, last week! I want to offer a great, big thank you to all of you who link up with us each week!

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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Please join me in welcoming our new co-host for the month of August…Miranda from Grace and Gravy!

Miranda is the author behind the blog GraceandGravy with a side of life! She is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday! Miranda resides in Arkansas with her sweet husby William that she has been married to for 15 years and a homeschool mama to kiddos Keegan and Lindy. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about blogging, reading, crafting, cooking, planning/decorating, and learning to be a more self-suf​ficient Homesteader.

Stay tuned because Miranda will be guest posting next week with a wonderful story that is close to her heart!

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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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Grab a badge and join the party!

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica’s favorite post came from A Time For Seasons with the post “Drink All Your Water Bottle”
Saying, “I have doctor orders to drink 74 ounces of water a day. First off, that is sooo hard to do!!!! Secondly, how am I going to accomplish that?!? As I was thinking of just carrying a gallon of water with me everywhere I go (yah, right!), this showed up! Yaay! How easy and I love the concept behind it! Thanks for sharing!!”
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My favorite post came from Ducks In A Row with the post “Coconut Cake with Glaze Recipe”
Oh my this looks absolutely wonderful! The hubby and I both love coconut, but the kids do not and the 9″ size would be perfect for a couple of evenings of dessert for he and I…but I would have to make something chocolaty for the kids! LOL! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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I am looking for August co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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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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#AskAwayFriday End Of Summer Edition!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Wow, can you believe that this is the final Friday of July?? Where has this year gone? How about an #AskAwayFriday End Of Summer Edition and I am thrilled to be swapping with our fellow host of #AskAwayFriday, Christy from Uplifting Families!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, 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!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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Amber from Bold Fit Mom

So…grab our button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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Come and be a Co-host for this amazing party! Click on the image below to fill out the form to take part!
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Sorry for my tardiness this week…I have been working like crazy to get lil miss’ room done! I am almost there, one more shelf to put together, and then we will be on to art work on the wall! Now back to the task at hand…Welcome to #AskAwayFriday “End of Summer” Edition with Christy from Uplifting Families!

This week, I am super thrilled to be teaming up with fellow #AskAwayFriday, co-host and friend, Christy from Uplifting Families. She has a wonderful site where she discusses topics that have something to offer all mom’s. Things like pregnancy, children, parenting, product reviews and being a mom! Something that we all know has its ups and downs, and can be a thankless job, but still the most amazing job that we could ever undertake. I know being a mom, is the best thing in the world! Be sure to stop by and show her a some love and see my questions for her for this “End of Summer” Edition of #AskAwayFriday! Stop by a few of the other participants by clicking on the link above to Penny or Amber’s sites. Enjoy!

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Here are Christy’s 10 questions for me!

1. I know that you homeschool your children, do you start school the same time as public schools or do you start when it feels right to you?

I tried to in the beginning, but because of the cost of the program we had been using, they got a bit behind…but this year, yes they will be starting about the same time as regular school.

2. Are you looking forward to the kids getting back into the school routine?

I am actually looking forward to establishing a routine.

3. As a homeschooling mom, do you have a certain list of school supplies that you have to get for your children?

LOL! I actually have not bought school supplies other than notebook paper and pencils for 3 years. I developed a heck of a stash when they were all three of the kids were in public school.

4. I remember going back to school shopping to pick out new clothes, do you and your kids have a routine to get them prepared for school since you don’t go shopping for new clothing for their first day back at school?

LOL! Well since neither of them are overly excited when it comes time to doing school work…not really. This past few months I have simply been trying to work at getting them a quiet place to read and do work…without the distractions of their computers.

5. Do you have any vacation or special plans to do with your children before school starts?

Sort of, I would kind of like to take them a Abraham Lincoln site in my area, during one of their yesteryear type of fairs.

6. What is your favorite childhood memory when it comes to the back to school season?

That was really about the time of year that our family would go out for one of our fall weenie roasts, when I was a kid. I enjoyed going out and hunting for pretty leaves and acorns…

7. Have your kids stuck to their summer reading program?

Lil miss was the only one of the kids to sign up, and yes she has, only a couple of more weeks left to go and she will have completed this year.

8. Do you have any plans for Labor Day?

Not really, we might end up going over a an old co-worker throws every year. It is normally a real good time, full of good music, yummy pudding shots, and kind of laid back fun. But, I have not had a chance to say anything to hubby, since he has been kind of busy with work, and I have been trying to take care of everything on the home front…so we could just hang around home.

9. What are you looking forward to this fall?

Caramel Apples! We have a local shop in our area that just makes the best, caramel apples.

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10. What is your favorite back to school movie: Farris Buller’s Day Off, Grease, or the Breakfast Club?

Oh for this one I am going to have to choose, Grease 2! I didn’t mind Grease and I saw The Breakfast Club a few dozen times…they weren’t really ones that I would still sit and watch today…and Grease 2 is. :)

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That’s all for me this week! A gracious thank you to Christy from Uplifting Families for choosing me this week! Don’t forget to stop on over and show Christy some love and check out my questions for her.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 44!

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

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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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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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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!

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!





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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 56!

Welcome to another amazing week of This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 56! Wow, we had a great week, last week! I want to offer a great, big thank you to all of you who link up with us each week!

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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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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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica’s favorite post came from Reviews, Chews, & How-To’s with the post “Meal Planning Baby Steps”
Saying, “Meal planning for me is a nightmare due to the inconsistent work schedule of my husband. At the same time, I have been placed in a restricted diet by my doctor, so at times, I am cooking one meal for myself and another for the family, GRR!!! I love that I am not the only one who struggles so these tips will come in handy for me!”
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Natasha’s favorite post came from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter with the post “Why You Need To Brand Your Blog – Tenns from New Mama Diaries”
Saying, “Tenns shares some great tips for branding a blog or online business in this post. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on your very first guest post!”
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My favorite post came from Home is Domain of the Mad Mommy with the post “DIY Puzzle Art”
What an awesome idea! I know that I have tons of old puzzles hidden somewhere in the house, more that I could ever find time to do art with! LOL! I probably even have several old puzzles that had been the kids’ through the years, with bigger pieces. This is a great way to do something fun with them! I actually think that this is something that lil miss would just love, being the big art junkie that she is!
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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I am looking for August co-hosts for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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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!!!!

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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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#AskAwayFriday with Carla from Real Into!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome to another amazing week of getting to know each other and our favorite blogger friends!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, 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!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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Amber from Bold Fit Mom

Please welcome our co-host, the amazing…Carol from Battered Hope!

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Carol from Battered Hope is an author, public speaker, health coach and so much more. She shares all those sides of herself with you on her site. Carol is always willing to share her story and her encouragement with anyone who may need it because as she says, “If I Can Overcome Tragedies, So Can You.”

So…grab our button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week I am absolutely thrilled to be swapping with Carla from Real Into! Carla blogs about her life as a wife, mom, and grandma while channeling her inner Denise Austin and Joan Jett! She is a Certified Pilates instructor and Certified Personal Trainer who has made working out and staying fit her life’s passion with Pilates, Zumba, Body Weight workouts and living life while having fun! Be sure to stop by her site and show her some love!

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1. I read that you expanded your garden and you had a few tips. Next year I’d like to start a garden (probably container to start) …what is the most important thing for a new gardener to know.

I think that my biggest suggestion would be to start the plants indoors, that way when it comes time for weeding you will already know what are plants and what are weeds! LOL! Some days, I don’t think that I will ever get this crazy garden of mine weeded, because it very quickly became over run with weeds.

2. You seem to do a lot of DIY. In my mind I want to do this but I find it easier to either not do anything or if it’s really important pay someone else to do it (like fix my broken toilets). What excites you most about DIY?

For some things it really comes down to cost and the lack of extra funds, for other things it is just because I want to do something special which are the projects that generally involve the kids. I have made curtains and blankets for the kids, because it was something special just for them, and so was painting bedrooms and making special cakes for their birthdays. I also made a special puppet theater for my daughter several years ago, that was a ton of fun to make.

3. My daughter is home schooling and just ordered some curriculum. I know there are a lot of options out there for home schooling and different methods (or at least that’s what I gather from some of the different blogs I read), what do you think are the most important things to look for when selecting curriculum?

Well of course, I would have to choose a quality English/Literature curriculum and Math is very important, as well. I also think that Science and History should also be a part of any curriculum, but those are the main standards. I also think that kids should learn quite a bit about the domestic sides of life, because kids will have to be on their own at some point and they will have their own laundry to do and they will need to be able to feed themselves, so I really think that those are important, too. Plus, there is budgeting and family finances that should also be part of any instruction.

4. My husband also loves the library and I need to drive him there once a week; he also checks out electronic books. Do you prefer electronic or hard copy reading? Why or why not?

Oddly, I love good old fashioned hard copy reading. There is something about the smell of a book and being able to curl up with said book in a comfy chair.

5. Last week you said you are a “huge castle junkie”. What is it about castles that you love?

I think that it is partially the history behind them, kind of a “If these walls could talk” feeling. Sometimes, I think that I was born in the wrong era! LOL!

6. We both have children in their 20s. What do you think is the hardest part of parenting an adult? The easiest?

The hardest thing for me is really letting them go! I happen to be one of those odd parents that could really keep my kids with me forever!

The easiest thing is watching them succeed in life and knowing that the lessons that you taught, actually stuck! LOL!

7. You once said that you’d like to be able to make some money blogging. How have you been working towards that goal?

Absolutely, I have made a few dollars, though not nearly enough to be able to really add to the family coffers. But I still have yet to be able to devote the amount of time to it that I really need to. There are so many sites out there that I have yet to figure out what and how to make it work.

8. I know that you have three Friday the 13th tattoos. What’s your fascination with Friday the 13th?

LOL! I am not really sure, but I have always seemed to have a good day on Friday the 13th…and my daughter was born on Friday the 13th, which just added to that good feeling! As for the Friday the 13th tattoos…well they were only $20 and I really wanted another tattoo! LOL!

9. What has been your most frugal find?

I actually found a great find, just the other day at Wal-mart! I went in to grab a few loaves of french bread for spaghetti later in the week, and happened to stop over at the clearance rack and got lucky to find 5 loaves for $.70 each! They were originally $1.00! I also managed to pick up a dozen glazed donuts on the clearance for $2.39 and they were regularly $3.96!

During on of my thrift shopping trips, I found an adorable little end table for $10.00, which now sits right next to my recliner. Plus, I have found tons of great old classic books to add to my personal library.

10. I love Mountain Dew as well! I’ve worked hard to fight off the addiction but admittedly drink one about once a month or so (can’t help it). Do you ever see yourself giving up Mountain Dew?

Oh that is a hard one! LOL! I have really been trying to cut back some, but have not been very successful! LOL! I am not a fan of water and don’t always have tea made…so…grabbing a can out of the fridge is just way too easy! LOL!

Thank you so much Carla for swapping with me this week! Be sure to stop by her Real Into and read the answers to the questions that I asked of Carla! Also, stop by and visit with all of the other great links to get to know all of the other participants!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 43!

Welcome to the 43rd 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

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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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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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Elie chose Fresh Strawberry Popsicles from Robyn’s View. “These Strawberry Popsicles from Robyn’s View are so easy and sound absolutely delicious! With only three ingredients you can have yourself a tasty summer treat!”

Tenns also chose this post. “I love simple and sweet recipes, and that’s exactly what these popsicles are. Not to mention delicious looking. I’m a huge strawberry lover and these are right up my alley. Can’t wait to give them a go!”

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Ashley chose Room By Room Recap – Foyer & Stairs from 702 Park Project. “With an amazing amount of hard work and dedication, Sarah from 702 Park Project turned their green trim, multi-colored walls, and gold carpeting on the stairs to clean and crisp foyer. I’m following along to see the rest of their house renovations!”

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Victoria chose What Should A Blogger Do When Her Identity is Revealed? from Surviving & Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “I chose this blog post because of the title. I felt as though all bloggers used their real name and before reading this post I would of thought the bloggers was named Kat. It was interesting and it held my attention so good that it read it entirely.”

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Cathy chose Easy, Delicious, Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe from Tikkido. “We love biscotti and I haven’t made any before…now! I can’t wait to try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti!!”

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Alycia chose Using Linkys to Gain Readers, Followers, Friends and Fans from The Mom Maven. “I think this is a great post because I know, as a blogger myself, it can sometimes be difficult to gain followers and really get your blog out there. There often isn’t anyone giving you tips on how to be effective, so I think this is a great tool to use!”

Jillian also chose this post. “We all know that linking up with other blogs is important, but what people don’t realize is that there are right and wrong ways to do it. Cindy does a wonderful job explaining how to get the most out of link-ups and how to follow the rules!!”

April also chose this post. “Many people, including myself, struggle to actually gain a good following from linky parties. I love that Cindy broke it into four easy steps to make your efforts worth it!”

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Katy chose Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Avocado, Chickpea Salad from Luv a Bargain. “Just reading the title of this post made my mouth water. This sounds like such a fabulously tasty combination and the perfect fit for a summer lunch. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!”

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Rhonda chose I’m too old for roller coasters from Just A Touch of Crazy. “It’s difficult to admit that you’re maturing and your body can no longer handle things that you once enjoyed. It’s even more difficult to admit it in front of family and friends. I admire this mom’s courage for giving it one last try.”

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Rachel chose Creating a Meal Plan Around Seasonal Produce from Little House Living. “I chose this post because she gives some great recipes for using up seasonal produce and how to get the most out of fresh fruits and veggies. Even if not fresh from a garden, buying vegetables in season is healthy and budget savvy.”

Jessica also chose this post. “Loved it! I was put on a diet restriction by my doctor which consists of eating LOTS of veggies. Eating healthy can get super expensive. Her post came just in time for me! it’s a lot cheaper to buy during the season and of course we can always grow our own food!”

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Karen chose Anthropologie Knock-Off: Sharpie Art from Dwell Beautiful. “A great ‘knock-off’ project – a quick and unique way of creating art for the home.”

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Cindy chose Watermelon Smoothie from Krafts & Kiddos. “I have a lot of watermelon in the fridge right now and I’m the only person in my house who likes it so I have been on the hunt for new ways to enjoy this sweet summer treat. This smoothie is a great idea!”

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Stacey chose German Chocolate Brownies from Memories by the Mile. “When I was growing up my mom would make German Chocolate cake from scratch and it was always one of my favorites. Sadly my kids don’t like coconut or nuts, so I have not been able to make one for years. And as everyone already knows, I love brownies! Especially topped with powdered sugar! These look absolutely divine! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Katie chose Lonely Keys from Woods of Bell Trees. “I love this simple, but glam project! My keys are also lonely, and this is just the thing I need! Love the leather and touch of gold! Heather did a great job!”

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Natasha chose Letter To My Unborn Child from Mummy Goes Mad. “I can still remember when I was my pregnant with my son, and all the emotions and feelings that I had before he was born. Maria expresses this in her post so beautifully! Great post!”

Tara also chose this post. “I loved reading this post. It made me teary eyed reading Maria’s letter to her unborn child. Being a mom for the first time, I realize all the emotions that you go through while being pregnant, which can become very overwhelming at times. Maria expressed those emotions in her letter to unborn child, I thought it was so sweet!”

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The post with the most clicks is 10 truths of why my blog is not successful from The Cookie Puzzle.

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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Letter To My Unborn Child from Mummy Goes Mad

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Using Linkys to Gain Readers, Followers, Friends and Fans from The Mom Maven

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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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