Turn It Up Tuesday – #57

Welcome to the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

Hi Readers! I love this blog hop, week after week I am seeing amazing posts linked up, and it’s leading me to discover brand new content from blogs I never would have otherwise come across. So, please make sure you’re linking up and sharing your fantastic posts, because without you, there wouldn’t be a Turn It Up Tuesday. :) Let’s see what you’ve got for us this week!!!

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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!

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

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Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose 10 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues from Ten at the Table. “I chose this post because it’s been pretty rainy around my area, and I’m always looking for new and fun things to do to spice up a boring, rainy day.”

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Meghan chose DIY Laundry Room Shelf from Latte Everyday. “This is an excellent idea for a wasted space above the washer and dryer. When we were looking at model homes at different communities, the laundry room was always immaculately staged. I always said I wanted my laundry room to look like one of those rooms, but who has the time and money to fix a laundry room up? Especially since it is a room that isn’t used by anyone other than myself. I love this idea for storage and even decor. I am definitely going to be doing this!”

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Bernadyn chose Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go from Normal Everyday Life. “I chose this because it made me realize that one day, my kids will also stop playing with toys in the tub and I’ll actually be sad when there are not toys cluttering every space of the house! This was a bittersweet post that you can relate to as a parent. It makes me want to cherish these crazy, messy years with my two little ones even more.”

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Dorothy chose Random Parenting Fails, 2nd Edition from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. “Every parent has small, random fails or even white lies that make them feel guilty, so it’s always nice to be reassured that there are other parents making mistakes too :) This post was short and cute. I loved it.”

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Sonya chose How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom. “This post lists lots of companies that will pay you to test their products. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning ways of making money from home.”

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Rhonda chose Skeletons In My Closet! from What Happens at Grandma’s. “This post contains tons of Halloween crafts for kids that are unique and quite crafty. Did I mention spooky! Great way to spend time with the kids and get in the spirit of Halloween!”

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Elina chose Glittered Fall Leaves DIY from Typically Simple. “This project stood out for me cause it shows you how to recreate those glittered leaves you find in the stores. These would be the perfect addition to any fall wreath or tablescape. And I can picture these as cute napkin rings or on placecards. The possibilities are endless.”

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Cathy chose Simple Homemade Caramel from Luv a Bargain. “Sherri has made delicious, creamy caramel using her crock pot! I pinned this amazing recipe to try! I am excited to dip an apple slice into this homemade caramel! Check out Sherri’s easy and yummy way to make homemade caramel!”

Stacey also chose this post. “I have been wanting to try out making my own caramel, especially now with apple season in full swing! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Thank you so much for sharing!!”

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Tina chose Funghetto velenoso * Little, poisonous mushroom from Caseperlatesta. “Super cute idea,great costume.A beautiful costume for all those DIY mommies out there!!!I love the hat!!”

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Natasha chose Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired. “Love this post! It’s so true – I had so many thoughts before I had my son, now I know so much better. And the biggest thing is the TV – I was so insistent upon limiting TV use for my son, now I don’t know what we would do without it! You’ve inspired me to write my own post about this very topic!”

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The post with the most clicks is Red Red Wine Pacifica Polish I Swatch and First Impression #NOTW from Grow It Girl.

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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How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom

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Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired

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

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The Long Lost Meal Plan

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Though, I’ve been absent, making our meal plan is STILL just as important!

So, even though I haven’t been around all that much the last few weeks, Seamus and I have continued to meal plan. For us, it is a necessity. When we don’t, chaos ensues, which leads to us eating out WAY too much – which is never good for the wallet or the waistline.

Meal planning has never been one of our favorite activities, because we will tend to go back and forth on what to eat. I’ll suggest something, then Seamus will and the other one won’t want that meal. We would go back and forth and tend to just get overwhelmed with the process. We’d dread Saturday nights!

After WAY too many annoyances when making our meal plan, we decided to change some things up.

  1. We started making the list earlier on Saturday, instead of after Emmett was in bed. This allowed us to avoid the times when we both like to do our own personal work. This is probably the #1 reason why meal planning isn’t such a chore any longer.
  2. We both want “our” meals to be the ones made. However, that sometimes just isn’t feasible – now, instead of pushing for our meal to be the one chosen, we both take it in stride if it isn’t, and we decide to make it the next go round. Because of this we now have more meals in our “master list” and it makes next week’s planning easier because we already have one meal queued up.
  3. We focus our attention on making the list. Previously, we would sit at our desk with our computers open and would BOTH be distracted. It would take ages to the get the meal plan done and we’d just get annoyed. Now, we do it either at the table or on the couch, while Emmett is watching some of his TV. Don’t get me wrong, we do occasionally still have our computers or phones around to look for recipes, but we aren’t doing other things during this time.
  4. We aim to have an arsenal of different recipes or food ideas ready, before sitting down to make our list. It doesn’t always work, and can backfire, if all of the meals you have in mind are turned down by the other person, but this has helped at times.
  5. Institute one scrounge day a week! This is so important, in my opinion, it is one less meal you need to plan for. It leads to savings at the grocery store and savings of your sanity. ;)
  6. And finally, easing up and not taking the whole experience so seriously. There are people who LOVE to meal plan and I am sure that is because they view it as a very relaxing activity. So far, with this new method, things are going A LOT better, and while I cannot say I enjoy making a shopping list, it isn’t quite so unbearable.

Now, on to this week’s meal plan

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken & Asparagus

Monday: Pork Tacos

Tuesday: Cornell Chicken (Seamus has shared this recipe with me in the past and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD!)

Wednesday: This is our 3 year wedding anniversary, so we’ll be going out for a family meal, since it is a work night. Not sure where we’re going yet

Thursday: Homemade Pizza

Friday: Scrounge Day

Saturday: Fetticini Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (recipe to come)


Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs & 2 slices bacon

Lunch for me: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe to come)

If you’re looking for more meal plan tips & tricks you can check-out My Recipes, Week Night Dinner Arsenal or Cooking Light’s Meal Planner (this one is awesome, you drag and drop your meal choices).

I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, run fast! and Jill from jillconyers.com – you should join us, there are even MORE meal ideas over there!

Your turn!

Do you enjoy meal planning? What are your tips, if you do? Share in the comments below!

Social Media Mixer – #21

Welcome to the 21st week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 20 – we had 121 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 blog posts and 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 Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by 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! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | 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 October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

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

Tiffany chose…

Ah yes, it’s finally Bedtime…revisited from Living in Mommywood

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I am touching on bedtime again because no one can or should mess with my sleep just joking (but not really). We always hear about studies showing the importance of a good nights rest and sleep. How we prepare for that is and can be a challenge for parents, especially of little ones. As bedtime approaches for some it can become a time of torture or a time for relaxation.

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Heather chose…

First Birthday Party Success from Winks and Eyerolls

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Well it came and went. The big first birthday event. All the planning, ideas, and work that goes into a party and before you know it’s over. Camp Asher, (yup that’s my son’s name, first time revealing it to you) was a success and everyone had a great time! I’m sorry (well kind of but not really :) for the picture overload you are about to see.

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Anni chose…

Be You Bravely from Home Is Where The Heart Is

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This Fall, I started being a part of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). It is a place where I can be with other Moms while my girls are playing with other kids. You can find out more about MOPS here. The theme for this quarter is “Be You Bravely.”

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Jillian and Ce Ce chose…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Is your blog getting poor traffic? Are you looking for ways to increase your blog traffic? Are you experiencing your frustration with not getting more traffic in your blog? Are you attempting to get more visitors directly to your blog? If you say so, then you will learn on how to increase your blog traffic. Indeed, I admit that I have been learning more about how to increase my blog traffic, too. You are not the only one. I have wonderful news that you may be learning on how to increase your blog traffic.

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Holly chose…

Family Movie Night Ideas from Practical Princess Diaries

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Family movie night is a great way to do something together as a family that doesn’t cost a lot or can even be FREE. Going to the movies as a family is getting pretty expensive. Ticket prices are up to $12 each for 3D movies. Add on the popcorn, soda, and over priced candy. Before you know it you have spent $100 to listen to other people talk through the movie, waiting in line, and the inevitable “I have to go to the bathroom” from one of your kids. We love family movie night at our house! Try some of our family movie night ideas to start this tradition in your house.

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Angel chose…

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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A thrift shop find lured me because of its carving. Quite weak and very damaged, it was held together with duct tape.

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Alycia chose…

10 Top Tips for Saving Money from A Fresh Start

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My Husband and I have been working on getting our finances i order for sometime now and it hasn’t been going fast enough so we are kicking it up a notch. I really want to start 2015 with less money worries and a little saved up.

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And the winner is…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

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