Turn It Up Tuesday – #44

Welcome to the 44th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!


Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog


Rhonda is a single mom blogger from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She writes on parenting and family, home gardening, and her thoughts on life.

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

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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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!



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Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for August & September.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!


Alycia chose Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “I love this post by Tawnya because as a fairly new wife (3.5 years) and a new mama, I sometimes struggle with remembering to equally balance the two. Remembering that you were partners first and parents second is important. Keeping the spark alive will foster the growth of your family. She shares some great tips and great insight!”

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Karen chose Lovely Floral Garland from Designs by Miss Mandee. “Not only is this garland great, but you can make your own with the download option! Plus, the images can be used for so many other things, making it a versatile freebie.”


Ashley chose The Style Friendly Man Chair Compromise from Bless’er House. “Lauren from Bless’er House was on the hunt for a Style Friendly Man Chair that would be a compromise between her desire for clean lines and her hubby’s need for ultimate comfort. After tons of research, you won’t believe what she found!”


Victoria chose 6 Reasons Mom Lose Their Joy from Fruitful Families. “I chose this blog post because I can actually relate to what this blogger talks about. When you become a mom, you do love your kids but there are times when you lose your joy. I loved how this blogger kept it real in her post.”

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Katie chose Prisma Wall Decor : Knock Off from Delineate Your Dwelling. “I am a sucker for a good knock off, and this one is FABULOUS … And basically FREE! How’s that for a good combo?! Amy made this out of … Paper Straws and Bakers Twine (plus some gold spray paint)!! I just live the result!! Beautiful!”

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Katy chose How to Tell If Your Daughter is a “Mean Girl” from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “My daughter, Emily, writes on my blog about her experiences being bullied and admittedly, the resources available to those being bullied far outweigh the resources available to those doing the bullying. Encouraging parents to pay attention and consider whether or not their child is headed in the wrong direction and how to get them back on track is an important piece to the #stopbullying puzzle, and I appreciate her bringing it to light. It’s hard to admit as parents that our child might be a bully, but we have to be open to addressing these issues instead of ignoring them.”


Jillian chose Finding inspiration in the face of writers block from Operation Home. “I chose this blog because as writers we have all suffered with writer’s block at one point or another, having these tips handy can help you overcome that block.”

Natasha also chose this post. “These are some great tips to overcome writer’s block. Since I’ve had my fair share this year, it is great to have a way to get through it.”


Elie chose Trix Krispie Treats from MadeInADay.com. “These Trix Krispie Treats from Kim at Made In A Day look so delicious!! I wish I would’ve thought of these! Can’t wait to try them myself.”

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Tenns chose Efficient Blogging from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “Such a great rundown of how to blog more efficiently! I think any blogging can appreciate and benefit from Tameka’s post. Its will thought out and thorough, and most importantly resourceful.”

Stacey also chose this post. “What a wonderful post! I, too, have several things that I would like to bring into my blogging…such as having more guest posts as well as becoming more frequent with posting and scheduling, and adding a few more things that I have learned from more seasoned bloggers to make my site better for my readers. Thank you so much for sharing!”


Silvie chose Cherry Mint Water and More Infused Water Recipes from Little House Living. “I chose this post as my favorite because ever since I started my weight loss journey I’ve been using infused water to get past that bland taste in plain water and be able to drink more of it. After trying it I found that Merissa’s Cherry Mint infused water recipe is easy, and delicious!”

Jessica also chose this post. “I’ve always been a fan of infused water recipes since working at a casino in Las Vegas. Our spas always had them on hand for the guests and I, of couse, always wanted to drink them because they were so good and healthy for you! Merissa’s post brought back those yummy memories and included some recipes I will actually use today. Thanks for sharing!”


Rhonda chose Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo from GrandParents Plus. “I love repurposing things. This blogger did a great with this make-over. The fabric selection makes the red and white pop, and it’s now a great spot to enjoy family and a beautiful view.”


Rachel chose 8 Tips for better summer photos of your kids! Photos of Summer Friday, week 6 from Just A Touch of Crazy. “I chose this post because I feel like my son is growing up so fast and I want to capture all the fun and memories of childhood, especially summer. These tips are great for making those moments into beautiful memories.”


The post with the most clicks is 5 things that will INSTANTLY help your blog… from After Eleven.

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And the Best of the Best is…


Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures

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Sunday Meal Plan – Week #23

What an awesome Sunday we had!!

We’ve had an exciting several days! My sister and her family are in town visiting and since I had off at the same time we’ve spent a lot of time together, allowing our children to play and have a good time.

Friday we went to Midway Park in Beamus Point, NY. I’m really glad we did too, it’s a really small park, perfect for 2 year olds and with very few people there. The kiddos were pretty much allowed to run from ride to ride with us following behind. They had such a good time and used up a TON of energy. I’m not much of a ride person, I prefer to people watch so I wasn’t sure what to expect with Emmett. He LOVES rides! Ones that spin, especially! Thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for taking Emmett on several rides that I wouldn’t do (me and spinning just do not mix).

Then on Saturday we celebrated my mom’s retirement and Emmett’s birthday. My siblings and I got together and hired a photographer to come to my mom’s house to take family photos of all of us. We hired J. Lee Photography and she was awesome to work with! She arrived promptly and never rushed us. She was open to us taking as many different poses as we wanted and was eternally patient!! If you’re looking for someone in the Dunkirk/Fredonia/Buffalo area who is affordable, I highly recommend her. As soon as we get our prints, I’ll be sharing with you.

Since the photo shoot was late, Emmett and I stayed the night in Dunkirk. Emmett was excited to wake up and know he got to see his grandma again and play with his cousin. He really had such a blast with her! Once we got back home Emmett and daddy did some cuddling, we had some lunch and then it was nap time for Emmett and I. You never sleep quite as well at someone else’s house, as you do at your own. After he woke up we grabbed some iced coffee, went to the playground, picked up pizza for dinner and then spent the evening playing together. This is what Sundays were made for!

This will be another exciting week for Emmett! It’s his birthday week! Tuesday I’ll be taking him to the Chautauqua county fair with his cousin, then Wednesday we’ll be going to the zoo and out for Linner (lunch + dinner). I am loving this time with him!!!


So onto our Sunday meal plan for the week:

Monday: Marinated Chicken and Zucchini

Tuesday: Dinner at the fair (yum!!)

Wednesday: Linner out for Emmett’s birthday

Thursday: (back to work) Hot Dogs and Oven Fries

Friday: Teriyaki Pork Loin & Cauliflower

Saturday:  Fish Tacos & Fresh Veggies

It’ll be a pretty easy week cooking wise, but we need to get back in the habit of shopping and cooking after a week off. I love vacation, but MAN it does a number on the waistline! :)

I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! and Jill from jillconyers.comJoin us!

Your turn!

What was the best part of your weekend?

Anything fun on your menu this week?


Social Media Mixer – #8

Welcome to the 8th week of the Social Media Mixer, a brand new social media link-up started when the Weekday Mixer and Social Media Sunday joined forces. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 7 – we had 141 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Thursday night at 11:59pm. One linker will be chosen each week each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd!

Welcome your hosts!



Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Teresa from Crafty Wife | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for July!



Bonnie from LadyBlogger | Chelsea from That’s So Chelish… | Tara from Anything & Everything | Aysh from Words n Needles | Amanda from Old House to New Home | Krissy from Hot Commodity | Jen from Twenties Chic | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Maria from Simple Nature Decor | Breanna from Brepurposed

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Breanna chose…


Wirl Mamas

The story of Wirl Mamas came about when four moms decided there needed to be a site where real people can go to find real answers, interact with others and escape the everyday pressures of being a superhero. There needed to be a place where the “unspoken” lived and the “stories they never tell you” finally come out. After chatting over numerous playdates and coffee breaks we came up with the idea to share with the world What Its Really Like (WIRL) to be a Mama, Moma-to-be and/or a parent on one all-inclusive website. We found that it was exhausting to search forum after forum, page after page just to come up with a whole lot of jumbled thoughts that confused us even more, who has time for that? Instead, we created our blog to inform and connect with others, always sharing our honest opinions about what it was really like for us, even when its not pretty.

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Amanda chose…


Krafts & Kiddos

Hi There, I’m Heather! Welcome to Krafts & Kiddos. A family blog about A Mama Running on Lots of Love, Laughter, and Coffee! I’m so glad you’re here! I love crafting with my kids, decorating, & baking. Most of all, I love being a busy stay at home mama. Did I mention, I LOVE coffee…

Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Google+ | Twitter | Bloglovin

Anni and Chelsea chose…


Crafty Lumberjacks

We’re Andrew and Dennis. We met while traveling together on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof! We’re HUGE holiday enthusiasts and love to craft! Hopefully we can help with some inspiration from our apartment to yours.

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Holly chose…


Sew Sew Neat

On Sew Sew Neat, I try to present posts that are simple enough for even the beginning sewer to make. Travel along my journey of sewing or re-purposing everything one stitch at a time.

Blog | Twitter

Victoria, Ce Ce, and Aysh chose…


Just Mi!

I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now. I realize that people are looking at this page to get a picture of who I am, so I want to keep it current. I don’t consider myself new to blogging anymore, but I definitely haven’t had the time to devote to my blogging like I’ve wanted to. There are still a lot of things I have to learn about blogging, but that’s what makes it exciting! The original intent of my blog was to chronicle my hair journey. I’ve also taken to blogging about myself and some of the things I get into in my every day life. My blog is like a diary. I like to explore myself here and share that with you. My life is changing daily and I’ll use my blog to talk about it! So stay tuned!! I’m about to take you all on a joy ride!

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Maria chose…



Teresa is the author of several books including The Knot at the End of Your Rope; Ten Ways to Hold on When You are Stressed Out and Mom: PhD-A Simple 6 Step course on Leadership for Moms. She was a major contributor to Humor for a Teacher’s Heart and Cup of Comfort Devotional: Daily Reminders of God’s Love and Grace. She also authored four Precious Moments books that were illustrated by Sam Butcher.

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest

Jillian chose…


Cents and Order

Welcome to my blog! You’ll find posts about personal finance such as: budgeting, money saving tips, debt strategies, and credit repair. Do you feel like you’re surrounded by chaos? Life in disarray? You’ll also find organization tips, cool printables, and time saving techniques. And if you are fond of technology and digital organization, you’ll find tips for that too.

Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Bloglovin

Teresa chose…


My Creative Days

Hello! I’m Lindsay and I am thrilled you are here on My Creative Days! I started this little blog in April of 2013. I wanted an outlet to let my creative juices flow. I love to be creative in my day, my home and with my kids. I am obsessed with old wood, rusty treasures and everything in between. Finding frugal and creative ways to decorate our home, create a fun craft or do an activity with the kids is a passion of mine. And now, being able to express my ideas on this blog is a dream come true.

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Tara chose…


Dwell Beautiful

Hey all, I’m Erica, the blogger behind Dwell Beautiful. My husband, Nate, and I just bought a house for us and our two rambunctious kitties! This blog is place for me to showcase updates we do to our home as well as current design trends, craft tutorials, and home owner advice. I specialize in home makeovers and tutorials for those on a budget. Enjoy!

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Jen chose…


A Mothers Shadow

Hi, I am Car­rie and founder of ‘A Mother’s Shadow’. I have been mar­ried to my sweet­heart, Stan, for over 30 years and am the proud mother of 5 with a won­der­ful grow­ing pos­ter­ity of daughters-in-law, son-in-law and ter­rific grandchildren. Over the years I have been involved in my church, Cub and Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, the com­mu­nity, all the schools my chil­dren have attended, PTA and have vol­un­teered in many other worth­while endeav­ors. All of these expe­ri­ences have helped and taught me in many ways.

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Natasha chose…

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After Eleven

After Eleven: a blog created to journal life’s precious moments with hopes of one day passing it down to my kiddos. I want my kids to be able to look back at memories of their childhood. (and we all know scrapbooking just isn’t keeping up with today’s technology…so I chose this route). When they wonder what the style was “back then” they can just look back at this blog on my W.I.W. posts and be able to laugh at the ridiculous things I wore. I want them to be able to see love stories about their mom and dad. I want them to be able to look back and read the things that were on my heart at certain seasons in life and how each situation was handled. Along the way of creating this fun little journal for my family, I hope to make some new blogging buddies!

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