It’s time to turn up the fun and turn up the party with this week’s amazing Turn It Up Tuesdays 98!
Time to get turned up…and party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! It’s our 98th week, which means we’re only a few short weeks away from the 100th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d love to thank each and every one of you for partying with us week after week! Keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!
We are family run business , where husband and wife are founders at The Avarca Store, brings you handmade eco-friendly artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).
The Avarca Store is a curated selection of the best artisan avarcas sandals from Menorca. We are proud to bring to the United States and the rest of the world our legendary avarcas, artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).
We hope that you are going to enjoy our avarcas as much as we do.
Thank you for passing by,
The Avarca Store
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!
Kori chose 10 Perfect Fonts for Any Project from The Organized Dream. “I’m a bit of a font-a-holic and I’m always looking for different combinations to use on graphics, and printables.”
Kori chose Back To School Shopping Mistakes To Avoid from My Stay at Home Adventures. “We don’t get our shopping list until a couple of weeks before school starts if we’re lucky, so it’s definitely tempting to go hit the stores now when the sales have started. Hopefully this year, I can make it a smart shopping trip!”
Stacey chose 5 Steps to Overcome a Year of Homeschool FAIL from The Journey of a Steward. “What a great post! We, too, had our ups and downs, especially in the beginning. When we started, I was working full time and after becoming a SAHM, it took me some time to figure out what needed to be done. We start a new year, and I totally have a plan and part of it includes taking back control. Thank you so much for sharing!”
Stacey chose Homemade Maple Bars from Fitness Food Diva. “Any time that I go to get donuts for a breakfast treat, I always make sure that I get several of the maple iced. The children both love them and this helps to keep the peace! Now I can make a whole batch for them to fight over…I mean feast over! LOL! Thanks so much for sharing!”
Elaine chose Why I’m Loving Periscope from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “Great explanation of what it is and how to use it to grow your business.”
Cindy also chose this post. “I too love Periscope and I am looking for more ways to use this new technology. This post makes some great points and gave me some ideas of what I can do moving forward.”
Dawn chose DIY Sea Glass Decor from Krystal’s Kitsch. “Wow, i did not realise how simple this was. It looks amazing. I will certainly be having a go at this project.”
Dawn chose Fabric and Lace Bow Tie from Flamingo Toes. “I found my tote bag the other day, and wondered what i could do to cheer it up… Now i have the perfect idea, thank you xx”
Amy chose Make Your Blog Super Subscribe-Worthy from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “I love these tips on how to improve my blog to attract more subscribers. With this list, I can see exactly which areas I need to work on to make my blog more well rounded and complete.”
Amy chose 15 Fun School Lunch Ideas from The Organized Dream. “i’m always looking for creative and fun lunches to make for my son now that he’s in school. This collection has so many ideas, he’ll never be bored with his lunch again!”
Cindy chose 15 Things to Watch on Netflix for Her from Living Better Together. “Often my hubby works 1 night a week. I am always looking for things to watch that we wouldn’t necessarily watch together. I have added some of the suggestions from this post into my Netflix queue for future watching. Oh, if you haven’t watched Hart of Dixie, start now! I loved this show and I’m so sad there will be no new episodes.”
Silvie chose Minecraft Water Bottle DIY and Summer Fun Series from Nap Time Creations. “I chose this post because my boys love Minecraft and this DIY is easy. I think I’m going to make this DIY as favors for my son’s birthday party, since his theme is Minecraft.”
Sarah chose Tidepool Jello Cups from I Say Nomato. “I liked the creativity with the tide pool jello cups. A fun treat that kids would not only love to eat but enjoy making as well.”
Sarah chose Banana Split Sticks – Dessert on a Stick! from Frugal Coupon Living. “I liked the banana split sticks because I thought it was the perfect summer treat that’s easy to make, which everyone will enjoy.”
Natasha chose 5 Things a Mom Should Do Every Day from Nitty Gritty Homeschooling. “As moms, we get lost in the every day function of just being a mom. But we have to take a step back and learn to take care of ourselves. This is a great post, and a reminder that we must take care of ourselves.”
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! And you’ve won free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days – just e-mail Natasha at email@example.com for more details!
So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our 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!
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.**
Sunday is here again, bringing our weekend to a close, and with Monday just around the corner it is time to meander in and join us for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 110 and a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us! So pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of joe, 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!
Would you like to be a monthly co-host for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? Or maybe you would like to be considered for a more permanent partnership? I would love to welcome you along for the ride! Please fill out this quick and easy form that can be found on my Hops I Host…This Momma’s Meandering Mondays page or by clicking here.
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!
Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partner in fun…
Grab a badge and join the party!
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!
My favorite post came from The Mrs. Tee with the post “Who Am I Fooling“!
“What an amazing post! I have always had my struggles with going to church, believing that I don’t need it to have a strong and unwavering faith. Though, when we go, I do sometimes get a good feeling from some of those in attendance and their smiling faces. I am not sure that I will ever get over that struggle however. Thank you so much for sharing!”
Who Am I Fooling? from The Mrs. Tee!
Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!
Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!
Now let’s get this party started!
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!
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
I have to really agree with Shelly on this one…for me it was confusing! But I have to also reflect on that time period, for myself, and say that it definitely was that. You see, I lived during that time, and connected with many of those teenage feelings. While I never had to deal with some of the issues, others were there somewhere in the mix.
Now I watch my children go through that confusion and while topics may differ with the generation, the confusion and unsettling feelings exist.
2. Do you agree with Charlie’s friends for completely shutting him out for what he did to Mary Elizabeth?
I see why they did it, but I definitely think that at least Sam and Patrick should have been there a little sooner.
3. Were you surprised when you found out why Charlie had such issues with his Aunt?
1. I couldn’t help but compare this book to Wonder because the voices in both books are kids. How would you compare the two books?
I really liked Wonder by R.J. Palacio much better, because it offered the ability for a child’s innocence to leave them more open to acceptance. You can read about it here.
In Perks, it dealt with the more difficult struggles of teenage acceptance and the desire to belong in an undesirable world. Which definitely applies to the “Wallflower” crowd, which I was. This book was okay, but the letter reading made it a bit more difficult for me, but through many things I understood it.
2. Toward the end of the book, Charlie’s teacher, Bill, tells Charlie that he’s one of the most gifted people he’s ever known. Bill also tells Charlie that he’s special because he doesn’t think anyone has ever told Charlie that. That was so touching. Did you have a teacher that like?
I had a teacher, that I think was memorable, maybe not always in a good way. I had a High School Business teacher, who was a bit of a hard ass and very no nonsense. Now don’t get me wrong, he was good…and he knew his business, because he taught Accounting, Business Law & Marketing and other business type classes. He told us great stories about Sam Walton and Walt Disney, but he had a temper for stupidity. As there always are, especially in a high school setting, kids who push the envelope…and he would not suffer their antics for long. But if you paid attention and did the work, you could easily float through the class and get A’s with ease.
3. Sorry, I couldn’t come up with a third question. This book just wasn’t for me. But please, tell me your thoughts on the book!
Instead of following up the questions with my thought on the book, I will leave them here in answer to Lisa’s third question…
I can really only give this one 3 to maybe 3 1/2 stars, because I just wasn’t crazy about it. I don’t know if it was the letter writing or the jumbled thoughts of a teenager, I am just not sure. I have trouble understanding my own teenagers at times, let alone one that I do not have a personal and profound relationship with. I understood much of it, especially growing up during those years, and seeing much of that same confusion during my own teen years.
I am glad that I read the book, though I won’t likely read it again. I might however watch the movie at some point, just so I can get a better visualization of the characters…which might help with some of the confusion. I also felt as though there was no completion, and that always bugs me!
Be sure to stop back by towards the end of August for August’s PageTurners book selection “The Princess Bride by William Goldman“! I am so excited to read this book, as it has been one of my all time favorite movies since it came out!
Today, I am again taking part in this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday, hosted by Kristi from Finding Ninee, with the prompt, “I Wish I Knew!” There are so many things I wish I knew then, what I know now.
When I was a teenager, I thought that my troubles were the greatest and most traumatic ever. Little did I know that my troubles would change and grow as different life experiences hit. But what I was experiencing then, was nothing compared to some of the challenges that I would face in a lifetime. All of the ups and downs that would mold me into the wife, mom, and woman that I have become.
Photo courtesy of livethrucrises.com
Boy do I wish I knew then, what I know now, I would make better financial decisions and not have to file bankruptcy. I would have saved and stocked away the money that my dad left me and made wiser decisions with it. I would have skipped the credit cards and stupid spending and purchases. I would have made sure that there was money saved, for a rainy day and whatever else that was required.
I always knew that I wanted to be a mom, but I wish I knew then, what I know now, and how hard and completely rewarding! Divorces and growing pains, mistakes and achievements, happiness and sadness made the road difficult at times. I wish I knew then what I know now about how close and blessed I would be in those three children, who have my heart.
Photo Courtesy of newsm.quickmeme.com
Definitely, I wish I knew then, what I know now, that the turbulent relationship that I had with my mom, wouldn’t really be resolved, but I would become resigned. I learned, after she passed that she was who she was, and it was her own insecurities that made her that way, through a lot of soul searching and discovery.
In some ways, I wish I knew then, what I know now, but again, I am proud of the woman that I have become. Though a little more money, would be very nice.
Welcome today to the Corntassle Cottage Chronicle Special Third Edition!
*This Post Contains Affiliate Links
I have been super busy during this summer time, with yard mowing, school lesson plans, baking, summer camps, books that were read, and a myriad of other things that have kept this slow in coming.
I have been thrilled to do a couple of book reviews, product reviews, shared in #AskAwayFriday, some amazing guest posts, hosted blog hops and participated in blog hops and linky party’s, vacation adventures, and participated in #TuesdayTen, #1Word Blog Hop, and #FinishTheSentence.
Without further ado:
Corntassle Cottage Breaking News…
D-man turns 22, today! Holy cow, where have the years gone? How did he become a man, so quickly? He just recently, well in the last couple of months, and now he will be starting a new job at the beginning of August, and he just bought himself a new car! I cannot express how proud of him, I am.
He is coming over to spend the day with us, have dinner. I am thrilled to have some fresh corn on the cob to go with dinner and 2 pans of homemade brownies, that I will dust with powdered sugar. The house smells wonderful right now, it is going to be hard to wait!
To this…My sweet boy and his new buggy! So proud!
Books I Have been Reading…
A Touch of Romance…
Stormy Persuasion (A Mallory Novel) by Johanna Lindsey – Mallory Family novels are faves of mine!
Dark Embrace (Masters of Time) by Brenda Joyce
Shadows of Whitestone Manor (Winters Family) by Brittany Jo James – You can read my review for it here.
A bit of Real Life…
Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert – Awesome…5 Stars!
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim – Awesome…5 Stars!
Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – You can read my thoughts here.
And Something a Bit Different…
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Read all about it here.
The Martian by Andy Weir – Read all about it here.
In Learning News…
At the request of my dear friend, and twinsie, Echo from The Mad Mommy, I guest posted, for a new site that she is a collaborator for, homeschooling4free, which offers tons of homeschooling resources, for free!
High School Homeschooling Supplies
I have all of the papers and such put together in a binder, for both kids, for the coming school year. Most of what we do is online, but there are some worksheets that go along with and some of it I just wanted to see the physical work, lil miss has been a bit sneaky in previous years. I also have a math workbook that she will do, based on her grade level, because again, proof of completion! LOL!
Lil miss’ Binder for the year!
I have actually started getting all of their work, put together for the remainder of their school years. I even have a basic transcript, based on the class work that lil man has chosen up to this point, for his high school years. This includes the basics of math, literature, science, and history, plus a bit of religious history with learning a basic understanding of all religions, as well as computer, typing, Microsoft Office, forensics, and a personal budgeting program that I am going to put together, which will pretty much cover him no matter what he chooses.
Lil mans Binder for the year!
The best part, is that I will be able to save it all for when it is lil miss’ turn for these grades. All I will have to do is make a few minor adjustments for classes, because she will focus more on the arts than he will. I starting putting it all together in Microsoft OneNote Notebook, but changed it to a document instead, and I like it so much better.
I still have yet to touch my yarn, to learn to crochet! LOL! Maybe during the winter months, when I no longer have to mow the yard! LOL!
In Other News…
Lil man spent a week at summer camp, and had a wonderful time getting to know a few different kids, since he attended a high school camp this year.
Lil man wearing make up! LOL! Kids!
Lil miss, stayed home with me that week, and on one of the days, D-man came to get us for a thrift shopping and lunch date! We had a great time!
I still have a few recipes that I have yet to write up and share, but oddly, I can’t figure out if I am fond of the recipe app that I use, or not!
I have also been working on losing some weight, since coming home from vacation. I started putting a bit more focus on cutting down on the amount of soda that I take in and the amount of calories that I consume.
I am happy to say that I have managed to lose about 25 pounds total, and would be happy to drop maybe 25 more. I know that I could do it quicker, if I managed to fit in a workout routine, for now, weekly yard mowing is giving me something at least! I am thinking that this winter, I will start working on the Tai Chi videos that I purchased last month.
This Momma’s Meandering Mondays!
This Momma’s Meandering Mondays!
Is a weekly, link up that I host each week! It goes live, every Sunday night at 8PM CT and runs through Thursday at 11:59PM Ct! We would love to have you swing by and join the party by sharing your favorites posts with us and making some great new friends!
I would love to welcome you as a permanent or guest co-host, if interested, please refer to Sponsor and Review Page for further details, and then fill out the form above.
Feel free to check out our Pinterest board from past weeks of This Momma’s Meandering Mondays!
If you are new here, welcome! Browse around and visit for a while! If you are a regular follower, thank you for all of your support! I hope you enjoyed this Corntassle Cottage Chronicle Special Third Edition!
My children and I spend much time talking, about this that and everything else. Normally, when they come in to chat, their dad is often in bed. And their voices are loud, and they tend to stand in the doorway directly across from our bedroom! I am constantly telling them to whisper and not be so loud!
If we are out at a store, often conversation turns a bit crazy, and when they should whisper they don’t. Speaking loudly, you know that their voice just carried at least 3 aisles over, and overheard by all in that vicinity! Why must I constantly say, “Shhh”! Only to be looked at quizzically as though I have the problem!
Image Courtesy of thequotepedia.com
Why, when I have a headache, must they come in, talking as if they were outside in the middle of nowhere! I don’t understand why it is so hard to learn to whisper, and the appropriate times to do so.
I have been blessed with three amazing children, and only the oldest has learned the art of whispering, at almost 22. Children, why are they so loud, about all that they do? I often times wish that there was a volume button.
I love them with all of my heart, but why are they so loud? Why can’t they learn to whisper?
Growing up, I was not blessed with a childhood that dreams were made of. There were some good times, and some not so great ones, but I am who I am because of them. The one thing that I knew for sure, was that I wanted to be a mom, especially to a little girl, but I really didn’t care.
My babies and I on Mother’s Day!
Due to the relationship that I had with my parents, I had a lot of ideas about how I would not want to make my children feel. I knew that I never wanted them to feel lonely or forgotten. I wanted them to always know that they could tell me anything, and I would love them without condition or judgement. But I didn’t know just how far the depths of those feelings would go.
Ten things that have surprised me about being a mom…
1. It surprised me to find such unconditional love from them to me. I am humbled with each and every “Tiny Mommy” comment, hug, kiss, and “I love you” that they bestow on me.
2. It surprised me to feel such a deep love for each of my children. I love each of them differently, but one no more than another. They each have their qualities, both good and not so good, that make them each perfectly imperfect.
3. It has surprised me to see the deep values, that were taught as they grew, actually connected and I see them being put into practice. They heard and they will carry what mom tried to teach.
Kids on Easter Sunday!
4. It has surprised me that I was able to show them the value of family, and what it means to be there for each other, when that was a lesson lost to me with my own siblings.
5. It surprises me that no matter how much they may aggravate the snot out of me at times, I would be perfectly content to own a huge lot of land, that I could build 4 larges houses on, and the kids would be able to be nearby at all times!
6. It really surprises me that at 12, 15, & almost 22, my kids actually like to spend time with me! I mean, how crazy is that! And some of the conversations that we can get into, especially if D-man is involved! Holy cow!
7. It surprises me that despite being only 5’1″, one look will make all three of my children freeze, with a complete look of “Oh Shit!” spread across their faces! LOL! Respect doesn’t require they see that look often, but they know that it will not be good if they do!
My babies and me!
8. It totally surprises me that my children, don’t keep secrets from me. Now lil miss will still try a minor fib here and there, to test the waters. I however know the important things…some of the things that I simply just have to shake my head at! I mean, I am on my last one hitting the puberty stage!
9. It surprises me that D-man will watch a movie, and next thing decide to text me, just to tell me he loves me! Lil miss will also watch a movie, where the mother is gone or died, and she will run in to me and lay her head in my lap, in tears.
10. It surprises me each and every day that I am blessed to be their mom!
These are the things that surprised me about being a mom! What is something about your life that has been a surprise? I would love to hear about it!