#ISeeMe Princess Personalized Book! – A Review

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~Compensation for this post was a Princess Personalized Book! All opinions expressed within this post are my own.~

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When I was contacted a few weeks ago with a request to do a review for a Princess Personalized Book, specifically personalized for my lil miss, well how could I say anything but absolutely! Especially as her birthday was just around the corner, and I knew that it would be a unique gift that she would cherish forever! When I received the Princess Personalized book, a few days ago, I was so beyond thrilled at the final product! It was truly beautiful, and my lil miss fell in love with her new book!

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As the holidays so quickly approach, it will soon be time to start thinking about gifts for our little ones. I always love to buy gifts that will not only fuel the imaginations that are still so fresh and new for the kids, but also ones that will last a lifetime! Books are one of those gifts that I always make sure are a part of gift giving and what better way to make it last a lifetime than with a Personalized Children’s Book from #ISeeMe!

#ISeeMe offers many different styles and varieties of Personalized Children’s books for both boys and girls, from babies to independent readers, and for special occasions and everyday fun. With topics ranging from farm animals to gardens that grow, beautiful Princesses to Knights galore, and outer space to things that go! So many wonderful choices to fit whatever your child’s interest might be, while giving them their own adventure to explore. They also carry books which would make great gifts for older siblings and younger siblings, because when a new baby arrived in our family, we bought a gift for the new baby from the older siblings and a gift for the older siblings from the new baby. These would have been fabulous!

Along with personalized books, #ISeeMe also offers many other amazing and beautifully personalized gifts for your child, including stickers, puzzles, growth charts, placemats, coloring books, and lunchboxes! All of their products are 100% satisfaction guaranteed, while being very high quality and beautifully made offering many years of enjoyment for your special little one.

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#AskAwayFriday with Bernadyn from B is For…

It is time again for another amazing week of #AskAwayFriday where I get to swap questions with Bernadyn from B is For…

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!

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

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This week, I am extremely excited to be swapping with a new bloggy buddy, the wonderful Bernadyn from B is for…! Bernadyn is a wife and momma to two cuties, who blogs about anything and everything! She has trouble sitting still and makes sure to occupy herself with multiple projects and hobbies, including baking, crafting, photography, reading, traveling, and spending as much time with her family as possible. She has dreams of becoming a published author of a cookbook with the help of her kids or maybe even a how to book to offer help to others. Be sure to stop by her little corner of the bloggy universe and show her some love and read the answers to the questions that I asked her.

1. My family is trying to be more frugal, what is a tip you could share or your favorite way to live frugally?

I absolutely love making my own home made laundry soap and other household cleaning products.

2. If you could choose only one, who would you say is your favorite Romance author? How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

I am going to have to say Catherine Coulter! I just love her historical romances! I can finish a standard 300+ page novel in a day! :)

3. For your family, what has been the biggest challenge with homeschooling and the greatest reward?

The biggest challenge is getting them to stay focused…lil man has started to get with it, but with lil miss it is still a bit of a struggle.

The greatest reward is watching lil man struggle with algebra and working through it until it makes sense!

4. I love your bucket list for Scotland! I’d love to see the castles one day, too. Is there anything else on your bucket list that you would like to reach in the next 3-5 years?

One thing I would love to do, is go to Massachusetts! I would love to go to Salem around Halloween time, and then on to Scituate, Massachusetts which is where my hubby’s family landed when they first came to the US in the 1600’s. There are many places that still carry the family name and it would be a great experience for the kids.

5. You have a nice collection of books you have for your children, is there any other books they have not yet read that they want to add to the list? What is the book on there that has been read the most?

Lil man, is not much of a reader…D-man always has a new book that he wants…and lil miss it is really whatever strikes her fancy in the here and now, which right now is all things Anime!

The book that has been read the most is a toss up between The Lorax, Miss Nelson is Missing, and Danny and the Dinosaur! All three of them were favorites of mine as a kid and each of the kids loved them so much that the last two lil man got as a gift for me from a R.I.F fair while they were still in public school!

6. What fall recipes are you looking forward to making that you have never cooked?

I can’t say that this really counts as a fall recipe, but I would love to make a loaf of yeast bread from scratch.

7. What is your favorite activity to do with your kids?

I love hanging out with them in any capacity! When D-man comes by to visit, that generally means that the three kids and I just sit and yap for hours together.

8. Your daughter just celebrated another birthday, happy belated birthday to her! What is something special to you that you have learned from raising a girl?

That she is really out of her mind! LOL! I always dreamed of a little girl and she is so much more than I ever dreamed possible!

9. What is a family tradition that your family has for the holidays or is there a holiday tradition you would like to start?

We always try to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” before they go to bed and since we have started attending church we also generally attend the Christmas Eve candlelight service. I also love to make a coffee cake or Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning.

10. If you could trade places with anyone (real or fictional), for one day, who would you pick and why?

Well, while I really can’t think of anyone in particular…one of the lovely, heroines from one of my many romance novels, would be kind of cool! LOL! To have an adventure or two and to live in a castle, even for a day!

Thank you so much to Bernadyn for an amazing swap! Don’t forget to stop by B is For… and read her answers to the questions that I asked her! Please also take a moment to check out the other amazing link ups from the rest of the #AAF family!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 52!

Come on in and turn up the fun for Turn It Up Tuesdays 52!

We are celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday’s birthday too! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate…and connect…and grow!

This week we’d love to see your anniversary, birthday, milestone, party, etc. posts! We want to have a great time reading all of your celebratory posts in celebration of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Plus, we’re having a great giveaway – with co-hosts and guest hosts (past and present)! Make sure to enter below to win!

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Thanks so much for joining us last week while we celebrated Self-Improvement month with some great posts to help ourselves and help others! We had some amazing posts to read!

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, as long as it is family-friendly. 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Tara from Anything and Everything

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“Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!”

Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for September!

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Laura from Another Cent Saved | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila from Mila’s Little Things

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 October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mila chose How to Make Fall Scented Paint from My Big Fat Happy Life. “This idea is a stroke of genius and a fun thing to do with kids! Just imagine all the fall scented masterpieces your kids will create!”

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Rachel chose Life Lessons of a Nurse from Crazily Normal. “I chose this post because my mom is a nurse and I know how they often observe and learn through the biggest examples of life’s frustrations, sorrows, and joys. Her post is inspirational and reflective.”

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Tara chose Buffalo Hummus Dip from 3 Little Greenwoods. “Love hummus and especially love Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce, so when I saw this recipe it caught my eye! Can’t wait to try it! Also with Football in full swing, I think this would be the perfect dip to make for a football or tailgate party!”

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Jessica chose 5 Simple Tips for Squeezing Writing Into Your Everyday Life from Georgia Lee – Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. “I truly needed Georgie’s post! I am suffering from writer’s block due to an upcoming dissertation I need to write. Quite frankly, I am brain-dead! Ick!!! I love her suggestion, especially #1 – write something everyday. Honestly, this is good practice tha I need to enforce on myself with the dissertation writing AND to keep up with blogging. Thanks, again! 15 minutes a day of writing, here I come!!”

Jillian chose this post. “I chose this post because I am looking for ways to get more writing into my day. I just never seem to have time – but this post reminds me it isn’t about finding extended time, but a few minutes here and there would be just fine.”

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Meghan chose Mommy Moments, I Must Confess from Winks and Eyerolls. “I really loved reading this post. Even though it was only 10 months ago that my little girl was the same age as the poster, it feels like so long ago. I was able to relive every moment with her…and it made me want another little one!”

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Cathy chose Saving Memories from Life with Peanut. “Megan shares an amazing idea to help you capture and remember all of the little things that your kids do that as time passes you forget about. My kids are in elementary school and Megan’s idea is the perfect way for me to someday reveal to them the moments of their childhood! I am starting tomorrow! :-) Check out Megan’s blog to see exactly how she is saving memories!”

Tenns also chose this post. “I love this idea! This is such a creative way to keep track of memories. I’m not great at documenting things, because it’s so hard to keep up with how fast littles grow. I’ll definitely keep this idea in mind as I document memories and keep track of things with my son.”

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April chose Great Learning Games for Preschoolers from Life’s Little Projects. “My two year old, Bee, has already conquered letters, numbers, colors and shapes, yet then I got stuck on what to teach her next. As this school year starts, I wanted to give her a lesson plan too, but what to do next? Well, Amie Jo had several answers to my problem to keep her moving forward. I’m starting to get excited about this new year.”

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Mari chose Chewy White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies from Born to Bake Forever. “I chose Megan’s cookies because it married al I love. Chewy, white chocolate chip and cranberries.
The moment I saw the picture I fell in love and went to the market this weekend to pickup the supplies to make it for my Birth Day so thanks Megan for my b’day treat :)”

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Becky chose A Super Easy Snack: Tortilla Rollups from The Most — of Every Moment. “I love this because it’s easy and tasty. I often forget about making these!”

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Stacey chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Bakewell Junction. “Oh these look wonderful! The cookies sound like they are delectibly chocolatey and the filling sounds absolutley amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and I can’t wait to make these! Maybe a Halloween treat with the kids!”

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Kelly chose Minecraft for Moms – What You Need to Know from Sunshine & Hurricanes. “My kids are crazy for Minecraft and sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about.”

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Chelsea chose Homemade “Uncrustables” from Making More… “I loveeee uncrustables! It’s brings out the little kid in me, so to see a way to make them at home (cheaper, healthier, AND I can make my own variations) it was like a match made in heaven!”

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Natasha chose How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy. “I love this post! Although my son is 3, it takes a wish and a prayer to get him to take a nap. He sleeps so easily at school, but when’s he home – it’s a whole different story. Leilani’s list is a perfect depiction of what I have to do for naptime and for bedtime. It’s a wonder I’m still sane!”

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The post with the most clicks is Fall Idea Collection from Deliciously Inspired.

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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Saving Memories from Life with Peanut

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And now for our anniversary giveaway…

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Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures | Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise | Angie at God’s Growing Garden | Chelsea at Mommie and Wee | Katy at Chaos & Kiddos | Meghan at Life with Peanut | Rachel at Craving Some Creativity | Kimberly at Keystrokes By Kimberly | Silvana at My Silly Little Gang | Melissa at The Coupon Chronicles | Brittany at Mommy on Demand | Yolanda at That’s Mashed Up | Ce Ce at Color Crush Creative | Vashti at Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog

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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 64!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 64 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us!

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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Today, I would like to now give a warm Meandering Mondays welcome to our co-host for the month of September…Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom!

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Victoria is the owner of Giveaways 4 Mom. She is a full time work at home mom of three young boys. She started Giveaways 4 Mom to show moms that they could indeed win online giveaways and over the years, it has evolved into so much more. In her free time, she loves taking her boys to events and amusement parks.

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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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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Victoria’s favorite post came from Adventures of the Jayhawk Mommy with the post “7 Things No One Told You About Having Kids!”
Saying, “I chose 7 Things No One Told You About Having Kids because she spoke the truth. I especially agree with the losing your mind part. As a mom of three young boys, my mind has been long gone.”
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Jessica’s favorite post came from XOXO Rebecca with the post “A Letter To My Daughter’s Friend!”
Saying, “Being minority myself, I can relate. I’ve had these things said to me when I was growing up. Funny, I look at it as a mixed blessing because due to the experience, I learned to appreciate people’s differences and how wonderful everyone is :).”
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My favorite post came from The Domain of the Mad Mommy with the post “Homestead Dreams!”
What a wonderful post! I have long dreamed of living out in the country, the middle of no where! I would love to be somewhere where there are no nosey neighbors or gawking passers by. To let my lawn go without fear or to have no worries about my leaves blowing on to someone else’s manicured lawn…oh what a dream it would be! And somewhere that was nearer to my twinsie and the mischief that we could make, would be amazing!”
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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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I am looking for October 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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Twelve Years Ago Today…

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Was it really twelve years ago today,
The little girl, I had dreamed of was on her way!

As I peered into your little face,
The love that filled me, made my heart race!

You stole our hearts,
right from the start.

The years have so quickly flown,
in size and personality, oh how you have grown.

So independant, caring, and kind,
Creative, generous, and confidant of mind.

Daddy always asks me if you are the little girl that I had hoped for,
and all I can reply is that you are all that I dreamed of and more!

It is really so hard to believe that it was twelve years ago today that my lil miss was born. It started out like any other Friday, well with the exception of it being Friday, the 13th, and I was six days over due and I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled to see if we were going to set up a time to induce my labor. The doctor’s appointment was about mid-morning and I told her that I was really ready to be done with this whole pregnancy thing! LOL! Seriously, I felt huge, I was huge, and the baby was really starting to drop at least enough to start pinching a nerve or two! The doc was not really sure that she wanted to start inducing so late in the day, because it could take a while and I reminded her that the last lil man was born in less than four hours…so we decided that I would go to the hospital about two that afternoon and they would start inducing.

The hubby and I went to pick up my suitcase and take the boys’ stuff over to grandma’s, since my mom was keeping them while I was in the hospital. We even stopped and grabbed a small bite to eat. Then off to the hospital, to get all checked in and to my room, so we could get this ball rollin! By 2:00 PM, I was in my room and they were starting ot hook me up to the pitocin and then they broke my water! And for the first hour, I just kind of dealt with the minor contractions. However, by 3:00 PM, I was seriously hit like a ton of bricks, and while I managed for a bit longer, before I told the hubby that it was time to find the nurse! I was ready for some pain meds!

The nurse arrived and checked things out and said, “Honey, there is no time for pain meds, it is about time to have that baby!” Fifty minutes later, the intern comes running in and out of breath, as she had just run across the parking lot from the doctor’s office…to say that the doctor was on her way. As the doctor enters the room, pulling on her sterile gown, the nurse asked me if I was ready to push and I said yes…the doctor says, “Hold on don’t push, yet!” LOL! Okay, yeah right! Thankfully, she quickly got into position and out you shot!

I got to spend the next seven weeks at home with you and your big brother, during my maternity leave. We spent each and every weekday, during that time, watching Beauty and the Beast, because that was your brother’s favorite movie. Each and everyday, we bonded together, you and I! You were my lil sweetheart, and such a good baby! You loved watching your brothers and they loved fawning over you, from the moment you came home. You very quickly became the princess of the family, and you will always be so.

Through the years and watching you grow from the toddler learning the world around you, to the little girl experiencing the world around you, to the young lady that is working to mold herself into the world around you.
Always remember that you are creative, beautiful, sweet, loving, quirky, and full of excited energy! For the fun with tea parties, spa days, princess fun, and family time have kept us close through the years. And the promise of millions more memories to share, with my one and only princess, the sweet baby girl that stole my heart twelve years ago today!

Happy Birthday! I love you, sweet girl!


#AskAwayFriday with Dana from Kiss My List!

Come one and come all it’s time for another amazing #AskAwayFriday with Dana from Kiss My List!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!

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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This week, I am thrilled to be swapping with Dana from Kiss My List! Dana is an amazing wife, mom, and list maker, who loves to have a plan and a project to do! She loves reading, musicals, vampires, shopping, chocolate, coffee, and shopping, too! She has been featured in books such as The Mother of All Meltdowns and The Her Stories Project. Be sure to stop by and show her some love and check out the questions that I asked of her!

1. It’s not quite fall, but pumpkin flavored beverages are already out in abundance. Are you a fan? If so, what do you treat yourself to in the fall?

Actually, no not at all! Now, give me an actual Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip and I am all over that…but drinks, no thanks.

2. Tell me something quirky about yourself.

I love to sing out loud and maybe add a little dance while I am doing so!

3. I saw S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders” on your list of favorite books – it’s one of mine too! Do you have a more recent Young Adult favorite book that you would recommend?

Not really, I actually have not really read any young adult fiction since I was a teen. The last young adult fiction book that I bought though was a rather old one titled “Night Fall” by Joan Aiken. Since our local library no longer carried it, I found it online and had to grab it.

4. What are three things that you love to do, just for you?

I love to read, listen to music, and go thrift shopping!

5. We started blogging at about the same time, almost two years ago. In what way is your blog completely different now than it was in the beginning, or different than you thought it would be?

I think that my writing style has gotten better and I definitely have more pictures, than I did in the beginning. I really did not go into it with too many preconceived notions, because I really had no idea what to expect.

6. Last Friday you said that Halloween was your favorite holiday. Which type of candy is the one you steal from your kids’ stash first? (Do you steal? I totally do.)

Now that the kids are older, we really don’t do much trick or treating…which means that I buy the candy that we all like (chocolate of course). Which also means that I will buy a kind that I like…that no one else does…hence I get all of that kind! LOL!

7. It’s almost time for the new fall season of television. Which shows are on your must-watch list?

Oh I am really looking forward to “Once Upon A Time” and “Sleepy Hollow”! I am also very excitedly awaiting “Gracepoint” which starts October 2nd!

Gracepoint on Fox this Fall!

Gracepoint on Fox this Fall!

8. What do you appreciate more as you age?

Simple things! Like when we took the kids down to Miami last Christmas, and seeing a sunrise over the ocean on Miami Beach with the hubby and the kids!
Peace and quiet in the house after the rest of the family is in bed.

Sunrise over the ocean on Miami Beach!

Sunrise over the ocean on Miami Beach!

9. Tell me your favorite: scent, sound, touch, and taste.

Scent…Would be my hubby’s cologne, Lapidus.
Sound…Hearing the kids say that they love me!
Touch…Hugs from my kids!
Taste…Chocolate! LOL!

Me and the Kids posing after my birthday dinner!

Me and the Kids posing after my birthday dinner!

10. I always end with a “Would You Rather,” but usually I offer two undesirable options. This time I’m asking you to choose between two awesome ones. Would you rather take an all expenses paid, month long trip to Scotland, or be given the time to write your novel with a guarantee of publication? I hope that some day you get to do both, but you have to pick just one for now.

Oh most assuradly the all expenses paid, month long trip to Scotland! LOL!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 51!

Turn up the fun and turn up the party join us for another awesome week of Turn It Up Tuesdays 51!

Welcome to the 51st week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

September is a big month for us at Turn It Up Tuesday – this is our 1-year anniversary!! It has been an amazing year – and we look forward to many more to come!

Also, September is Self-Improvement month! So this week’s topic will be focused on tips – tips to help yourself and tips to help others. Share posts about a time where you did something for yourself or others, or share tips for new parents, or potty training tips – anything at all! We love reading all of your amazing posts every week!

We had so many amazing 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 (old or new) 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

Tara from Anything and Everything

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“Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!”

Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!

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We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for September!

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Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila from Mila’s Little Things

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 October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Yolanda chose DIY Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costume from Desert Chica. “I picked this post because I am NOT crafty but I LOVE dressing up. I really wish I was, and I really wish I knew how to sew. However, until I get better it, I still want my son to get to dress up and pretend. This post shows a super simple way to make a Jake costume! And I mean simple, with great pictures and easy instructions. Plus it’s upcycling–and I’m all about finding new uses for old things!”

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Kelly chose 3 Ingredient Fruit Leather from A Mom’s Take. “I love healthy snacks for the kids’ lunches and I love making our own so there are no mystery ingredients!”

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Meghan chose What I wish I would have known about body image from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. “I chose this one because it is something that I think every woman goes through, and sometimes during multiple periods in their life. I am currently having trouble with my body image (and in fact blogged about it last week). The most important thing is that we learn to love ourselves.”

Celebration-Lunchbox-IdeasCathy chose 5 Fun Celebration Lunch Ideas for Kids from A Mom’s Take. “Janel over at A Mom’s Take created these amazing celebration lunch ideas! My kids went back to school this week and I am always thinking of cool, creative but good for you lunches to pack and I will absolutely be giving Janel’s ideas a try!”

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Mila chose Twix Cookies Recipe from Living Frugal with Erika. “I am in love with everything that involves twix! This is fairly easy recipe and you can involve kids in the process of making these yummy cookies (just like Erika did). Have fun!”

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Becky chose Encouraging Your Early Readers from Blethering Boys. “I chose this because as a teacher and parent, these are fabulous tips!”

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Mari chose What I say vs what I want to say from Just a Touch of Crazy. “I picked Leilani because I believe all parents and people in general struggle with what to say vs what we want to say. Some topics may be easier than others, even funnier than others but in the end the words we choose carry a lot of weight. I appreciated that Leilani was honest in stating she sometimes wants to resort to childish behavior at level of her kids, that sometimes though she may know better the choice is poor but that she accepts she is a work in progress and as time passes she will get better. I loved her humor and her honesty. It was relatable and fun read.”

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Stacey chose Yummy Homemade Graham Cracker S’mores from Mommy Crusader and Her Knights and Ladies. “We are a family that loves to make s’mores, in the summer time, over an open fire. However with winter fast approaching this would be a great winter treat that I know the kids would enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Jessica chose 10 Websites to Help You Become an Extreme Couponer from Krafty Cards etc. “I’ve always wanted to try this too. I’m in the same boat in which we have one grocery store that monopolizes the city. However, coupons are always cool! I look at it as free money. I’ll have to check out these websites just to see if there is another way around it in my city so I can save! save! save!”

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Chelsea chose Luscious Banana Pecan Cake with Caramel Frosting from Bunny’s Warm Oven. “This cake looked so yummy. It actually reminded me of Hummingbird cake, which is one of my favorites! I will definitely be giving this recipe a try!”

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Rachel chose Oh Deer! String Art from Curly Crafty Mom. “I chose this post because I love the whimsy and am amazed at how detailed, yet simple this project is! I so want to create a string art project and this one is inspiring.”

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Tenns chose #TidbitsThursday Blogging Time Management from Tidbits of Experience. “As a wife, mother, and blogger, I’m always looking for ways to better manage my time. This is an excellent post, that is so detailed on how to manage not only time with blogging, but it with life in general. You can never have enough irons in the fire when trying to balance it all.”

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Natasha chose 5 Things That I Don’t Do As a Parent! from Domain of the Mad Mommy. “I absolutely love this post! I do each and every one of these things with my son. He always looks at me like I’m crazy when I tell him no cookies while I’m stuffing my face. And he absolutely drives me nuts on a daily basis, but I love him to pieces!”

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The post with the most clicks is How to start saving money on groceries from A Fresh Start on a Budget.

Jillian also chose this post. “I chose this post because I am constantly looking for ways to save money with our food shopping. This post has some great tips and also links to some other great places to look for ideas.”

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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What I wish I would have known about body image from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals

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Encouraging Your Early Readers from Blethering Boys

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

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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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