Turn It Up Tuesdays 153!

It is time to turn up the fun and join another amazing party with Turn It Up Tuesdays 153!

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Summer is slowly coming to an end with schools opening in a few weeks (in some cases, school has already started!), so we’re celebrating the end of summer this week! Let’s celebrate like summer just started!

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So share your new or old summer posts, back to school posts, and everything in between! We can’t wait to check them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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 link party the best that it could be!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mari chose Mini Dutch Apple Pies with Caramel Sauce from OhMy! Creative. “Sooooooo moist and delish looking can’t wait to try them.”

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Mari also chose Cinnamon Apple Cake Roll from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “Another moist sweet delish looking treat which I hope to try as well.”

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April chose How To Rock Freezer Cooking While Homeschooling from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. “With all of my children starting school in just a couple of weeks, this list will help us out a lot.”

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Bev chose Mexican Corn Soup from Morsels of Life. “This Mexican Corn soup sounds so good and will be great when the cooler weather comes. I especially love the avocados on top since I love avocados.”

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Bev also chose Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells from Tornadough Alli. “These stuffed sloppy joe shells would make a great dinner and something that everyone would love.”

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Natasha chose Beach Bag Essentials for the Over-Prepared Mom from Logan Can. “I could absolutely relate to this post. I always overpack for the beach, but hey – better safe than sorry right??!! Great post – thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is 5 Things All Stay At Home Moms Should Do Once Their Kids Are In School from The Mad Mommy.

Natasha also chose this post. “I’m not a stay-at-home mom, but I would surely do all of these. I especially take advantage of doing these exact same things when I take a day off from work. I drop my son off to school and just completely relax! Enjoy!”

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5 Things All Stay At Home Moms Should Do Once Their Kids Are In School from The Mad Mommy

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Mini Dutch Apple Pies with Caramel Sauce from OhMy! Creative

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So now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer in this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday,

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– 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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Meandering Mondays 165!

Gail, Natasha, and I welcome you to meander in and join the fun, with this week’s Meandering Mondays 165! We are looking forward to partying with you and all of the amazing recipes, crafts, fun, and everything else in between!

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Thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you joining the party! So pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of java or glass of wine, and take part in the amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, and cool DIY how to’s! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays 152!

It is time to turn up the fun and join another amazing party with Turn It Up Tuesdays 152!

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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 link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

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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Bev chose Sesame Street Cookie Monster Cupcakes from The Jenny Evolution. “These cupcakes are just so adorable. Not sure I can eat them, I just love lookiing at them.”

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Bev chose Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer from All That’s Jas. “Love these meatball appetizers. I am always looking for ideas for parties. These would be a great addition.”

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Sarah chose Sing As If No One is Listening: My Tattoo Story from Talk Less, Say More. “I am fascinated by tattoos. I have wanted one for years but haven’t decided on something for myself – who do I honor? What do I want to always remember? This post sticks with me, because it’s a story about someone deciding something that I haven’t yet!”

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Sarah chose 15 Plant-Based Meals on a Budget from Healthy Helper. “My family is heading into one our most stressful times of year. It’s easy to start to rely on quick meals that test the boundaries of “fast” vs “quick.” I’ll be trying a few of these meals this fall!”

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Ginger chose My Toy Shit List from Four Princesses and The Cheese. “This made me laugh out loud. I’m not a mom but I have my niece and nephews all the time and can really relate.”

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Ginger chose 5 Proven White Hat SEO Tips to Apply today for Better Ranking! from Julie SYL & Pauli Kalungi. “SEO is something I know nothing about, even though I am attempting to run a blog. I think if I can sit down and go over this I will have a better grasp on it and make it work for me.”

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Biola chose Vegetable Beauty Recipes from our very own Tina from The Happy Creations. Biola chose this post “for its simplicity and health benefits”.

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Biola chose Tips for Being a Mom and a Writer from Georgia Lee. “Because every mom-writer can use a couple of helpful tips from others who get us”.

Lori also chose this post. “I like this post because I can relate. Many of the things that are stated not to do I find myself doing them when I should be writing. I think anyone who is struggling with writing and also being a mom can definitely benefit from reading this.”

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Elaine chose Raspberry Citrus Summer Sangria from Busy Being Jennifer. “What a wonderfully refreshing twist on sangria.”

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Elaine chose Are You Making These 5 Big Blogging Mistakes? from Live from Julie’s House. “Good article. Luckily, I am not making any of them.”

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Lori chose Adorable and Delicious Lunch Ideas from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “These are so cute and very easy to make. I’m sure that any child would love to see these for lunch.”

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Stacey chose Left-Over Candy Blondies Recipe from The Jenny Evolution. “These look wonderful and such a fun way to use candies. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Crunch Berry Snack Bars from Delightful E Made. “Oh yum! Crunch Berry cereal was always one of my favorites as a kid and I am looking forward to giving these a try. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Mari chose Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Pasta with a Garlic Goat Cheese Sauce from The Kittchen. “I loved this combo because you get a great filling meal with great flavor and variety.”

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Mari chose Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt S’Mores from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “What more do I need to say but frozen s’mores?!!! Omg!!!”

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Heather chose Things I Never Learned from My Mother from About Life and Love. “I think this is a very brave and open post. I too had a rather difficult mother, and didn’t learn a lot that I want to pass on to my kids. Thanks very much for sharing.”

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Heather chose Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Potatoes from Lou Lou Girls. “I never think to use my crockpot for sides, but this is a great idea. Perfect for a weeknight meal.”

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Natasha chose Why No One Is Reading Your Mom Blog from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “These are definitely some great tips to take your mom blog to the next level. Great post!”

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Natasha chose Back to School ~ Free Printable First Day of School Signs from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “With my son starting kindergarten next month, I have been looking for some creative ways to celebrate his first day of school This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is What is Mindfulness? from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess.

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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Crunch Berry Snack Bars from Delightful E Made

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Tips for Being a Mom and a Writer from Georgia Lee

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

Best of the Best Bloggers – make sure to showcase the button below on your blog!

Epic Mommy Adventures

So now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer in this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday,

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!

Epic Mommy Adventures

Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

**Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**



Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays – past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.


Meandering Mondays 164!

Gail, Victoria, Natasha, and I welcome you to meander in and join the fun, with this week’s Meandering Mondays 164! We are looking forward to partying with you and all of the amazing recipes, crafts, fun, and everything else in between!

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Thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you joining the party! So pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of java or glass of wine, and take part in the amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, and cool DIY how to’s! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!
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8 Ways to Keep Your Children Safe Near Water!

Summer trips to the pool, beach, lake or other favorite bodies of water are some of the most memorable ones. With the heat of summer in full swing, many families are taking to the water to cool down. Time in and around the water requires parents to take extra precautions to keep their little beach and pool-lovers safe. After all, drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

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These eight ways to keep your children safe in and near water will help you have an enjoyable summer while keeping cool and staying active with your family.

1. Use the Proper Flotation Devices

There are so many flotation devices on the market that finding the proper one can be exhausting. Always purchase coast guard-approved life vests and make sure they fit snugly on your children. Kids younger than age 5 should wear a life vest with a head support and strap between the legs. Coast guard-approved life vests are the best devices for preventing drowning, so be sure to have your kids wear them whenever they’re near the water.

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2. Teach Your Kids to Swim

Swimming is a lifelong skill that will benefit your child throughout his or her life. Consider taking your child to swim lessons, hiring a certified swim instructor, or teaching him or her yourself. Children as young as 2 or 3 years old are eligible for lessons, and even younger toddlers can be taught basic water skills.

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3. Don’t Overestimate Your Child’s Abilities

A child who knows how to swim is still at risk of drowning. You should always supervise your children while in the water, because obstacles like crowded pools or ocean rip currents can cause experienced swimmers to struggle or drown.

4. Be a Confident Swimmer

Your child’s safety relies on your swimming abilities, too. Parents who are not experienced swimmers can benefit from taking lessons. You may even consider taking more advanced swimming and safety lessons, so you can help your child in dangerous situations.

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5. Check the Water Temperature

Many bodies of water are far too cold for babies or toddlers. Water below 70 degrees Fahrenheit is typically too cold for recreational swimming. Enter into the water slowly with your child to make sure the temperature is comfortable for both of you. Pregnant women should always consult a doctor for an ideal water temperature before swimming.

6. Investigate Unfamiliar Waters

Not all bodies of water are the same. Ocean waves can present complications for advanced pool swimmers, and even the calmest lakes can be unsafe at times. Be sure to check for riptides, off-limits areas, underwater obstacles (such as sharp objects) and pollution before allowing your kids to enter.

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7. Consult the Lifeguard

It’s ideal to choose swimming destinations with lifeguards on duty. Although, this doesn’t mean you should take your eyes off your youngsters while they’re in the water, it does mean you’ll have an extra set of eyes to keep them safe. Lifeguards, even if they are teenagers, have extensive knowledge of swimming safety, whether it is in the pool, lake, ocean or another body of water. Ask them where the safest and most dangerous places to swim are located, so you can advise your kids. Don’t be afraid to ask the lifeguard to keep an eye on your children as well.

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8. Know When Someone Is Struggling

Many drowning swimmers don’t show signs of a struggle, and that means they can drown without anyone suspecting danger. When a swimmer is in the most desperate need of rescuing, he or she is often unable to scream or ask for help. Children often make a lot of noise when playing in the water, so it is important to be concerned when there is silence. Alert a lifeguard immediately if you see any signs of a swimmer in distress.

Swimming is meant to be fun for everyone involved. Keep a watchful eye on your little ones, and always remind them to know their limits. Bring sunscreen and plenty of drinking water, and be prepared to make lasting summer memories.

Author bio: Jack Fisher has helped visitors have exciting and memorable vacations on the Alabama Gulf Coast for over a decade. Initially hired as a manager in 2005, Fisher purchased Southern Rose Parasailing & Dolphin Cruises from his former boss in winter 2014. Since taking ownership, Fisher has worked tirelessly to ensure that his customers have unforgettable vacations.


Meandering Mondays 163!

Gail, Victoria, Natasha, and I welcome you to meander in and join the fun, with this week’s Meandering Mondays 163! We are looking forward to partying with you and all of the amazing recipes, crafts, fun, and everything else in between!

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Thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you joining the party! So pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of java or glass of wine, and take part in the amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, and cool DIY how to’s! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!
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Meandering Mondays 162!

Lindsey, Gail, Victoria, Natasha, and I welcome you to meander in and join the fun, with this week’s Meandering Mondays 162! We are looking forward to partying with you and all of the amazing recipes, crafts, fun, and everything else in between!

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Thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you joining the party! So pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of java or glass of wine, and take part in the amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, and cool DIY how to’s! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!
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