Labor Day Fun and More at Corntassle Cottage!

Now for some Labor Day fun and more at Corntassle Cottage…it has really been a great one!

Over Saturday and Sunday, I managed to get our lawn mowed again. We have had a bit of rain, lately, and I figured that weather permitting I might as well get it done! It ended up taking me a total of 3 1/2 hours over two days to get it done. It is great exercise, but geez I am ready to concrete the whole lot…but my garden. The garden has totally gone to the pits! Which has been doomed from the get go! LOL!

Then on Sunday evening the hubby and I went to an annual Labor Day party, hosted by a dear friend of mine, an ex-coworker. It was fantastic! The had a great folksy kind of bluegrass band, that had played the last time we went to their party 2 years ago. The hubby and I even decided that we would pick up some beer and take it with us…something we never do! LOL! We picked up a variety pack of the Redd’s Apple Ale, Strawberry Ale, & Hard Iced Tea…and they were pretty darn good! They have a great crowd and it was nice to be out at a family friendly, down-home, all ages welcome type of party!

After waking Monday morning, with our first hangover’s in years! The hubby and I went to our local library’s annual book sale! It was huge, and since we went Monday, we were able to get 2 paper grocery bags full of books for $5 each! I was so excited to be able to grab a great Webster’s Student Dictionary, a math, and a Social Studies textbook, and several biographical, historical books like ones on Harriet Tubman, Princess Diana, Rosa Parks, Mary Kay Ashe, and several others that will be great for using with our homeschooling year.

We have also managed to start yet another school year. We just finished up 2 weeks of the new year. We started using a whole new program and way of homeschooling. Working on some areas that lil miss is struggling with, which is math! I have adjusted a thing or two, here and there. But so far, the struggles getting them back into have not been so bad with lil man, with lil miss however, it has been a bit more difficult. Of course, I have always said that she is my little wanderer, more into far away places, creativity, and flights of fancy! But this all for a whole other post! LOL!

Last week, I also got to go and do a bit of thrift shopping with D-man, and of course, lunch date. I was thrilled to find 4 pair of reversible gym shorts in a large for lil man, for only $1 a piece! Poor kid, he had really outgrown his other shorts and these were a great find! D-man, also bought lil man a “new” quilted flannel coat to wear during the cooler month, and I also picked up a cute gift that I will share in another post, as it is for lil miss’ upcoming birthday!

That is how our last few days have gone…How did you spend your Labor Day? Tell me about it in the comments below!


Turn It Up Tuesdays 50!

Take a turn on in, turn on the fun and turn up the party, join Turn It Up Tuesdays 50!!

Welcome to the 50th 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!

A big thank you to everyone that has stuck with us for the past year – even if you’ve only been here a few weeks or a few months, you are greatly appreciated! And to all those that are just finding us here at Turn It Up Tuesday – thank you for stopping by and linking up with us! 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!

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!
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

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!

1977515_origCe Ce chose Homeschool Days – A Day In The Life 2014-2015 from Life’s Hidden Treasures. “I’m new to homeschooling and need plenty of examples of how to create an effective schedule, I thought this post was very helpful!”

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Becky chose 15 Tips to Carving the Best Pumpkin from Living Frugal with Erika. “I love this post because I’m itching for fall to truly get here. I love carving pumpkins with my son and can’t wait to use some of these tips this year.”

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Rachel chose Easy Ways to Earn Extra Money For the Holidays {From Home!} from Work at Home Wisdom. “Seriously, the holiday rush will be on us much sooner than we even want to think about. And I love earning a little extra money. She has put together a great list and her own experiences which is really valuable.”

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Kelly chose Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider Recipe from My Frugal Adventures. “I love the caramel cider from Starbucks, but a yummy version that you can make at home is much better.”

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Tara chose Double Tiered Wood Slice Serving Platter from Houseologie. “I love how Leigh Anne created an amazing serving platter from a couple pieces of wood slices from the craft store. So creative and unique!”

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Sandy chose My Toddler Isn’t Talking Yet – Should I Be Worried? from West Coast Mama. “I had a really hard time picking my favorite this week, but I ultimately decided on this post because, to me, it summarizes the most important guide we have in parenting. We have to rely on our gut instinct. As parents we know our kids better than anyone else. Our gut will tell us which way to go when we have a concern about our kids.”

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Kimberly chose My Picks For The 2014 Best and Worst Emmys Dresses from Mother 2 Mother Blog. “”I love seeing the stunning attire on the red carpet at awards shows. The Emmys did not disappoint this year and Rhonda nailed it with her picks. Find out where Halle Berry, Camila, Alves, Lena Dunham, and Viola Davis landed on her list.”

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Cindy chose How We Succeeded In Becoming A One-Income Family from Life’s Hidden Treasures. “We have been living off basically 1 income for the last 23 years. I brought a lot of debt into our marriage…don’t do that! We have worked hard and have just a little debt left. Our house and cars are paid off all that is left is 1 pesky old credit card and a small loan. Living on 1 income is not as difficult as it seems when your priorities are in order.”

Chelsea also chose this post. “This post was surprisingly inspirational. When I found it on the linkup, I thought it would be a how-to, step-by-step post on saving money, which I’m always looking to do. Instead, Cathy shared her family’s experience and how they have ‘freed’ themselves through tithing. Such a great reminder of what is most important in life. So happy I found this post!”

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Stacey chose Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner from Robyn’s View. “Now that we are a single income family, I am always trying to find new homemade cleaning recipes. I can’t wait to make some to try in our bathroom! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Natasha chose I Was Scared to Have A Boy from The Contented Wife Blog. “I was so fearful of having a boy…I didn’t know what to expect and I worried about the same things that you did. I worried that he would grow older and shun me or our mother-son bond wouldn’t withstand the test of times. I still worry about those times – but I cherish the moments that I have with him now. And I’m glad that I did that, rather than worrying about everything else. Those are the moments that will last forever, even well after he’s married and moved on with his life. But you’re right – sons always have a bond with their mothers, well after they move on with their life.”

Victoria also chose this post. “I chose [this post] because it was a topic I could relate to. When I found out I was pregnant with my first son I was scared out of my mind. I knew boys were rough and felt they were harder to raise than girls were. I had no clue how I would make it as a mom of a boy. Therefore, when I saw this post linked up this week it immediately gained my attention.”

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The post with the most clicks is 7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life.

 

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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7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life

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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!

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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…

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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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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 62!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 62 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 new 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.

This will be the last week for our co-host for the month of August, so be sure to stop by to read the wonderful guest post that she did, just click on the link below…Welcome Miranda from Grace and Gravy!

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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.

Here is a wonderful guest post that she contributed to my site a couple of weeks ago, called, “Ten Things I Want My Children to Know About Me“! Such an amazing post from the 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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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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Miranda’s favorite post came from Ten at the Table with the post “Stromboli Step by Step!”
Saying, ” I am such a bread lover and enjoy any type of pizza/sandwich style food. This recipe is so doable especially in a hurry!”
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Natasha’s favorite post came from Jayhawk Mommy with the post “Teaching My Toddlers Manners!”
Saying, “I am a stickler on manners with my son. It is very important to me that he is a mannerable young man – making sure he says Thank You, Yes please, You’re welcome, Bless you, etc. I definitely see that there is a lack of children being polite and mannerable, and growing up that was such an important factor with my grandparents and parents. Therefore, I want to encourage my son to do the same. Thanks for sharing this great post!”
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My favorite post came from Jayhawk Mommy with the post “Teaching My Toddlers Manners!”
What a wonderful post! I see so many children that have long since passed the toddler stage, with absolutely no manners and no respect, and it saddens me greatly for the state of future generations. It makes me feel so wonderful, when my own children at 12, 14, & 21, still use the manners and respect that they have been taught since birth. 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 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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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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Welcoming you to link up all of your favorite sites for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 62, for more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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#AskAwayFriday Movie Edition with Echo from The Domain of the Mad Mommy!

Stay tuned for this week’s #AskAwayFriday Movie Edition with Echo from The Domain of the Mad Mommy!

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

Please join us in welcoming the amazing and wonderful Sonya from Saving Everyday with Sonya K as our new two week co-host!

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Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K. has a knack for finding sales, deals and ways to save that will make you wonder and make your pockets happy. Be sure to stop by her place for the latest of her finds and a few tips on how to find your own savings as well.

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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This week I get to swap once again with my amazing twinsie, the fabulously, funny and amazing Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy for a fabulous Movie Edition! If you don’t know who Echo is, let me tell you that she is my amazing twinsie for starters! She is also an amazing mom and wife, but most of all she is fabulously funny and a super great person! Be sure to stop by her place and show her some love and check out the questions that I asked her. You won’t be sorry that you did!

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W/ Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy

1. What is your go to movie snack?

I am going to have to choose a small, buttered, popcorn and Goobers, aka chocolate covered peanuts!

2. What is your favorite movie that you feel like no one else has seen?

The Pirate Movie from 1982 with Kristy MacNichol and Christopher Atkins

The Pirate Movie from 1982 with Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins


Or…
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My Chauffer from 1986 with Deborah Foreman and Sam Jones

3. What movie(s) do you find yourself quoting often?

I think that I am going to have to go with Die Hard 1…where John McLean says, “Yippee Ki Yay, Mother F*****!” LOL!

4. If you could be in any movie that has already been made, what movie would you choose?

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Wow, this is a hard one…I may have to choose The Rocky Horror Picture Show, because Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien are just amazing!

5. Who would play you in the movie of your life?

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Ooh, I am going to have to choose Holly Marie Combs who played Piper on Charmed! My oldest says that she reminds him of me…I am okay with that! LOL!

6. What would the movie of your life be called?

Why, This Momma’s Ramblings, of course! LOL!

7. What movie can you watch over and over again and not get sick of?

Definitely either The Princess Bride or Beauty and the Beast.

8. What is a movie that everyone loves, but you hate?

This is a toss up between A Christmas Story or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

9. What is your all time FAVORITE movie?

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10. If you could change one thing about your favorite movie, what would it be and why?

I think that I would have to recast the part of Vizzini…the actor that played him just irritates me!

That is all of the questions that Echo had for me this week! Thank you so much Echo for this amazing Movie Edition, it was a blast! Be sure to stop by Echo’s place and check out her end of this week’s Movie Edition with the questions that I asked her! And stop in to visit with all of the other amazing swaps this week!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page “AskAwayFriday” for a great place to meet up and send out a #BuddyRequest if you need a partner to swap with!

Would you like to join in on the #AskAwayFriday fun as a co-host? Click on the link below and fill out the form!
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SmartSilk Pillow – Review

~This sponsored review is made possible by SmartSilk~
~Compensation for this post included two pillows to review.~

SmartSilk Pillow is a wonderful pillow that is certified asthma and allergy friendly. It has an all natural silk fill liner, a micro-gel fill, and an all natural cotton outer shell. It also comes with breathable materials which eliminates the need to flip to find a cool spot. With moisture wicking properties that helps reduce the effects of night sweats and helps to keep your skin moisturized. They are also machine washable and dryer safe for easy care. They come in different sizes and levels of thickness for a perfect nights sleep, whether you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper.

Level 1 Queen size pillow!

Level 1 Queen size pillow!

Level 1 Queen size next to a standard sized pillow!

Level 1 Queen size next to a standard sized pillow!

I received two different size levels, a level 1 in queen size and a level 4 in king size. Now for my thoughts…these pillows are amazing! They are very soft and squishy. When I first lay down on it, it felt as though I had sunk into a giant marshmallow. I am a back sleeper, well kind of, I actually sleep in a reclining position. Using the level 1 pillow on top of my other two pillows, I sunk into the cushy, soft SmartSilk pillow. I am happy to report a wonderful night’s sleep. The level 4 pillow in king size was wonderful for me because of the way that I sleep. It was much thicker than the level 1 pillow and I really felt cradled in its softness.

Be sure to check out SmartSilk for their amazing bedding products. They offer charts to help you choose the right pillow size based on your sleep style. Feel free to watch a video review below!

~This sponsored review is made possible by SmartSilk~
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Turn It Up Tuesdays 49!

Turn up the fun and turn up the party, take a turn on in and join Turn It Up Tuesdays 49!!

Welcome to the 49th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

The Emmys are here! Are you watching it? To celebrate the Emmys, we are going a bit glamorous this week! Do you have any Emmy or celebrity posts? Share it here! How about funny and entertaining posts? Share them here! But, please don’t feel limited – share anything you’d like!

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

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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“Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy.
I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted.”

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!
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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | 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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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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Victoria chose How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration. “I chose How to with Difficult Family Members because we all have those family members who can get under our skin. This article is right on point when it comes to how to deal with them without running your blood pressure up in the process.”

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Kelly chose obstacle course from Life’s Little Projects. “I love fun activities that gets kids moving, especially when it is done frugally at home.”

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Tara chose Fabric-Covered End of Summer Wreath from Melanie Gets Married. “This bright colors on this wreath really caught my eye when I saw it. I love everything about it, the different prints and bright fun colors really just come together!”

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Ce Ce chose Taking Your Blog (& Business) To The Next Level from New Mama Diaries. “This is a very inspiring post with great tips on how to improve the quality of your blog!”

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Elie chose Grilled Sweet Peppers Wrapped in Bacon from Home Is Where The Heart Is. “You had me at bacon…and grilled! Two of my favorite things! These will go great with our burgers this weekend!”

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Chelsea chose Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can… “This post was so incredibly true. I think every mom can relate to what she shared, especially about the date night’s! Loved it!”

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Jillian chose How I Organized My Life with this DIY Aqua & Gold Chalkboard Calendar from Making It In The Mountains. “I love her post about making a calendar that she has posted to organize her life. I’m constantly looking for new and exciting ways to organize and this inspired me to find a calendar for the wall in my office. I love it!!”

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Rachel chose Our Debt-Free Journey {One} from Blessed in Alabama. “I chose this post because it’s hard to be honest with ourselves sometimes and I greatly admire anyone who starts this journey. I have bounced back and forth between no debt and manageable debt and I completely understand the hardwork and sacrifice it takes to achieve a debt-free status. Good Luck to Toni and this will be a great journey to read along with!”

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Stacey chose Doctor Who Scarf Bracelets from Sum of Their Stories. “These bracelets are amazing! I have spent this past week re-watching seasons 2 through 7 of Doctor Who, in great anticipation of the new season premiere of the 12th Doctor. I feel that this is a fitting post to choose as a favorite, wishing that I could knit, because I would definitely make these! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Jessica chose Gratitude vs. Mindfulness from Reflective Mama. “I love her take on concentrating on the “now”. Today, I think many of us tend to get super busy with “distractions” such as emails, text messages, etc. whenever we have that “free moment.” I think we need to unplug during the day and appreciate the “now” around us like the baby giggles or even taking time to smell the roses. Awesome post and great reminder on living in the now!”

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Tenns chose Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day from 180 Days to Happy. “You can never have enough organization tips! I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time and what I do throughout each day. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on handle for how to do it even better!”

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Sandy chose Latitude & Longitude {HOME} Wall Art from Home.Made.Interest. “This is my favorite for the week – Using latitude and longitude is such a great way to personalize your home. This would also make a great house warming or bridal shower gift. Being the thrifty gal I am, I love that you found these pieces in a scrap bin. Thank you for the inspiration!”

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Becky chose Fall Dollar Store Craft Contest from My Pinterventures. “I loved this post because it’s fantastic idea. So many DIYs consist of things that are expensive. I love a good, cheap, craft and can’t wait to see what happens with this link up. I may even give it a whirl!”

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Silvie chose Mini Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Glaze from Born To Bake Forever. “I chose this because I have a weakness for both strawberries and desserts! After trying this recipe I have found another delicious family favorite.”

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Kimberly chose How To Create An Awesome Blog Profile Picture from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “I have been using the Google+ widget to provide a profile pic on my blog. But I have been wanting to change it up for some time now. This post showed me the perfect way to do so using Canva. The tutorial tells you how to upload the finished product in Blogger, but if you are a WordPress user like me, you can still get it done.”

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The post with the most clicks is Peak at our Week: How we’re celebrating life AND what we’re REALLY excited for this weekend! from No Small Life She Said.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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

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And the Best of the Best is…

We have two posts that are tied for 1st place, so we’ll be selecting 3 winners this week!

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How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration

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Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day from 180 Days to Happy

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Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can…

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

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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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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 61!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 61 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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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.

Here is a wonderful guest post that she contributed to my site last week called, “Ten Things I Want My Children to Know About Me“! Such an amazing post from the 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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Miranda’s favorite post came from Mom Fever with the post “How to Give Your Tea Table an English Look!”
Saying, “I would love to own a Tea Room in the future, and I am in love with all things English Tea! Thank you for this post. Great inspiration!”
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Jessica’s favorite post came from Giveaways 4 Mom with the post “5 Tips for Getting Rid of Excess Baby Weight!”
Saying, “It’s been three years and I am still trying to lose the baby weight! LOL! Seriously though, I am back on a regimen after medical clearance from my doc so these tips are good starter points. I especially liked #2. Believe it or not, no matter how busy you are, you can incorporate a workout somehow. Have you danced with your vacuum? Awesome workout, if I do say so myself!”
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Natasha’s favorite post came from Jayhawk Mommy with the post “Mommy Needs A Time Out!”
Saying, “Oh wow! I can completely sympathize with Denise on this post. It’s amazing what a 3-year old will put you through, and not even show a care in the world. I’m glad that Denise was able to get a drink to take the edge off for the night – it really does wonders! Great post!!”
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My favorite post came from Jayhawk Mommy with the post “Mommy Needs A Time Out!”
This is amazing and I can so relate to Denise with this one! Even though mine are now teenagers, there are still days that I need and dream of a break, between homeschooling, gardening, mowing, laundry, dishes, etc. While I don’t mind being homebound, there is a tiny part of me that misses going to work, because it took me away from the day to day responsibilities. But even going to work was never a real break, because all of the house duties were there as well as work! Great post!
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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 September 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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Welcoming you to link up all of your favorite sites for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 61, for more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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