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Turn It Up Tuesday – #52

Holy smokes!! Turn It Up Tuesday is turning ONE!! How is that possible, because it sure does feel like it just started. I guess the old saying rings true – time flies when you’re having fun. YAY!! This week there’s a big giveaway happening, so be sure to check that out and as always link-up your best posts from the past week. I cannot wait to see what you share!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Tara from Anything and Everything

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

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

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!

TUT-Hosts-August

(from the top – left to right)

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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(from the top – left to right)

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

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

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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Saving Memories from Life with Peanut

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How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy

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!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

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And now for our anniversary giveaway…

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

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So now that you’ve met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and our anniversary giveaway…

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!

 

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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!




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Turn It Up Tuesday – #48

Welcome to the 48th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Hey readers!! So happy to have you – we truly appreciate you linking up week after week, and look forward to reading all of your posts – so keep on linking up!!

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!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT-Hosts-August

(from the top – left to right)

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 August!

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(from the top – left to right)

Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | 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 | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Making-More | 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 September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

10-Hydrating-Infused-Water-Recipes_pinterestElie chose 10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes from Home.Made.Interest. “Not only do all these waters sound amazing, but they look pretty too! Being a fitness instructor, water is very important to me and I’m always looking for ways to jazz mine up. I will definitely be returning to this post for great ideas!”

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April chose 8 Scriptures Every Mother Should Know from The Microwave Girl. “As a stay at home mommy, the whirlwind that is round the clock motherhood can get to the deepest parts of you. It’s important to remember who are children are and why they are here.”

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Becky chose Chalk Painted Concrete from Woods of Bell Trees. “Her results were just stunning! I might consider doing this if we ever move to a home with a basement that needs its floor finished.”

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Chelsea chose Frozen Golden Oreo Treats (Great After School Treat) from Domestic Mommyhood. “I absolutely LOVE Golden Oreos! This looked like the perfect Just-Because-I’m-a-Mom treat, forget the kids! Only thing I would change is to keep the Oreo filling! That’s the best part! But, I can’t wait to try these yummy snacks!”

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Karen chose Praline Sauce from Yesterfood. “This recipe for Praline Sauce is so simple and would make an ideal gift. Something to think about for this Christmas!”

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Ce Ce chose Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest. “Love this because my son is starting kindergarten in September, and I need plenty of tips for a great school year!”

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Katy chose 7ish Things You Should Know About Twins from Mommie and Wee. “As a mama to twins myself, I can relate to several of these! As a tall woman who loves her milk, I guess I set myself up for the crazy. :) In all seriousness, I get asked a lot of questions about my twins because they are such polar opposites. Not only do they look absolutely nothing alike, but their personalities and strengths are completely different. And it looks like one of my little men is going to be a lefty! It’s always nice to connect with other twin mamas, because there is nothing quite like having two little ones running about. It really takes one to know one. “

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Victoria chose Selfish Mom Moments from Working Mom Magic. “I chose Selfish Mom Moments because I can totally relate. As a mom of three small boys, I try to be as unselfish as possible. However, sometimes moms need some times to themselves.”

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Stacey chose To the Cashier Who Called My Child Naughty from Organized Chaos. “I find it sad that, somewhere along the line we have lost the teachings to treat others as you would like to be treated! To cause a little one to question himself and whether or not he is “naughty” or not, just by making a thoughtless and uncaring comment is not acceptable. Thanks for sharing!”

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Sandy chose Large Family Kitchen: Save Money & Time With Bulk Foods from Aspired Living. “I love to save money, especially on groceries. I am grateful for this reminder of how to save money when buying in bulk and how to save time by re-packaging those bulk items you purchase.”

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Jillian chose How I Use Co-Schedule, Drag and Drop Editorial Calendar for WordPress from A Life in Balance. “I chose this post because it provides great tips on how to schedule blog posts and your social media, all in one spot.

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Rachel chose The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. “I chose this post because it is one of the most thorogh lists I have seen for school shopping, organizing and preparing. So many great ideas!”

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Rachel also chose Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf from Memories by the Mile. “I chose this post because because it looks so delicious! I love this as a beautiful alternative to cinnamon rolls and I can make it the night before for a wonderful breakfast treat.”

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Kimberly chose 5 Back to School Concerns for Parents from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “This post raises awareness about peer pressure and bullying in school which are far more critical these days than they once were. Tameka also shares why parents should provide a short break for kids after arriving home from school.”

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Kimberly chose Award Show Party Ideas from About A Mom. “This post had me at ‘Award Show’. The unique ideas for hosting an at-home Award show party are awesome. The movie theater butter popcorn cupcakes are so aesthetically appealing.

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Jessica chose 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Blog. from Mommie and Wee. “I love her take on why she blogs. I think this is why we all started to blog too – to share our life in our little corner of the webosphere :).”

This post also received the most clicks.

free-printable-back-to-school-lunch-notesTara chose Free Back to School Lunch Note Printables from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Tara also chose {Free Printable} First Day of School Photo Pro from My Paper Craze.

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Kelly chose White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle No Bake Cheesecake | Delicious Recipe from A Dash of Sanity. “It looked delicious and I love impressive looking desserts that come together quickly.”

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Kelly chose Save Money Now! from The Wondering Brain. “I chose this post because it is for anyone wanting to save money. It is a simple tip, that is really easy to do. Plus, if you follow the tip through, it really adds up by the time you are done.”

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Natasha chose When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy. “Great post…and so true! I don’t know the last time that I had a full, uninterrupted sleep – probably right before I found out I was pregnant lol. If my son sleeps in his bed, it’s not all night – he ends up in my bed at some point. Which means I wake up and see him standing next to my bed. Or wake up because I’m kicked or slapped in the middle of the night. Or wake up because he’s snoring next to me. Either way, I don’t sleep. And I’ve somewhat gotten used to it.”

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Natasha also chose 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas from A Mom’s Take. “With my son only being 3, I have to be ever so creative with his lunchbox options. He just likes what he likes, and unless I am relatively creative, he probably won’t try it. Thanks for sharing some great creative lunchbox ideas!”

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The second post with the most clicks is The Apology Tour from Normal Everyday Life.

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…

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When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy

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The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide

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Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest

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!

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!

Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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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!





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Social Media Mixer – #3

Welcome to the 3rd 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 2 – we had 118 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 Friday 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!

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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 | Shana from Organized Chaos | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Brittany from BrittanyBullen.com

And welcome your guest hosts for June!

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Bonnie from LadyBlogger | Ashley from Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy’s Survival Guide | Holly from Southern Mom Loves | Mia from Pragmatic Mom | Katie from The Organized Dream | Kimberly from The Adventures of “But Mom” | Kareen from Pink Heart String

A big giveaway…

To help celebrate this brand new social media link-up, Ce Ce from A Chi Mom has offered this beautiful bracelet from her amazing Etsy store, Jayla Jolie Jewelry, as a giveaway for all our amazing mixers!

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The winner can choose from one of these 4 colors: white, raspberry, pink and purple. This a little girls bracelet.
Here is the size chart:

0-3 months—– 4.25 inches
3-12 months—- 4.5 inches
6-12 months —-4.75 inches
1-3 years ——-5 inches
2-4 years——5.25 inches
2-5 years ——5.5 inches
4-8 years——5.75 inches

Custom size available

The bracelet is only shipped to the US; only US entrants will be accepted.

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

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“I’m Pamela Macdonald. Wife to Scott and mommy of Lilly & Everett. In this blog I share my life, creative outlets, and a smorgasbord of other topics I enjoy as I adventure through wifehood and motherhood (also, I can write words like “smorgasbord”). Perhaps my adventures, creative attempts, screw ups, lessons learned, or thoughts can be something you relate to? I know I’m not alone in this playland of life that has so much to offer…and neither are you.”

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

The More With Less Mom mwlmbadge

“I am a mom living in New Hampshire with a family of six (and five cats). I am the crazy neighbor with marker on her fingers, a cat in every window, and the Christmas tree up all year. I am a thrifty, crunchy, geeky, offbeat mother and housewife and spend a large amount of my time in an effort to spend less money while still enjoying the things we love the most. Here I will share any wisdom I come across.”

Blog | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Reddit | StumbleUpon | Tumblr | Etsy | Bloglovin | Pinterest

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“I am the (recently singled) mamma of two children, Ben (nine) and Annalisa (one). We live in a cottage under a hill by a river, where we play, read and cook together and plant pretty things in our garden…I’m a full-time mum turned high-school teacher turned full-time mum all over again…When left to my own devices, I like to read…I’m on a quest to become a better human being: a better mother, a better partner, a better daughter, a better sister, a better friend and a better stranger. I hope you join me on that journey.”

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

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“I’m Zoe! I’m an 18 year old pharmacy student. I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend. I am a health and fitness fanatic, bookworm, and Pinterest addict. I like to blog about my life and the things that I love!”

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

Oh My Heartsie Girl Karren Haller

“I am a mother of 4, have 5 grandchildren 2 great grandchildren and after working the last 18 years with my husband, I needed to reconnect with women and found that through blogging I have met some wonderful people. Some of my favorite things to do are cooking creating healthy meals and entertaining. I love to garden being outdoors, enjoy a good book and have a new love for Pinterest.”

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

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“I am currently a stay-at-home-mom of two year old twins and a six year old who has lived in five states in six years (My husband’s job has required us to move… A LOT!). I am home preschooling the twins, Ella and Will, and Luke is in public kindergarten. I am passionate about clean eating and the environment. I am here to share moving tips, clean eating tips and recipes, preschool activities, sewing activities, and all the other fun stuff we do as a family! Enjoy!!!’

Blog | Facebook | Sverve | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+

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“Hi, I’m Jelli! I snagged the best guy around, birthed two tiny kidlets, scribble down too many dessert recipes, love Jesus, and grow veggies in my front yard.”

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“G’Day from Oz, sweet friend! It’s so nice to see you. My name is Natasha. I live in Oz, Australia that is! I love my family, and my home. I also love listening to music, drinking tea, traveling, and cooking. Oh yeah, I also love to do a little bit of blogging, tweeting, pinning, tumbling, and instagramming in my spare time!”

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“Hey y’all, I’m Darci. Yup, I’m from Texas, San Antonio to be exact. I was raised in a smaller town right outside of San Antonio and feel as if it was fate growing up in a place called Schertz (pronounced-shirts) and wanting to be a part of the ‘fashion world’. I created DOSS as an outlet for me to express my personal style outside of my Monday-Friday ‘corporate world’. I work in the criminal justice field so my style can range from chic and business casual to a weekend look that is a bit more laid back or edgy. I love shopping, and finding great deals, while being able to create outfits on a budget (my bank account thanks me). To say I’m obsessed with shoes is an understatement and my wardrobe screams with color and prints. I hope you join me on this stylish journey as I continue with my shopping habits and daily outfits.”

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Are you ready to start mixing it up?? Then, let’s go!


Social Media Mixer – #1

Welcome to the very 1st week of the Social Media Mixer, a brand new social media link-up started when the Weekday Mixer and Social Media Sunday joined forces…

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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 Friday 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!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Teresa from Crafty Wife | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Julia from Minivan Dreams | Cece from A Chicago Mom | Shana from Organized Chaos | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Brittany from BrittanyBullen.com

And welcome your guest hosts for June!

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Bonnie from LadyBlogger | Ashley from Keeping Up With Ashley and Cody | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy’s Survival Guide | Holly from Southern Mom Loves | Mia from Pragmatic Mom | Katie from The Organized Dream | Kimberly from The Adventures of “But Mom” | Kareen from Pink Heart String

A big giveaway…

To help celebrate this brand new social media link-up, Ce Ce from A Chi Mom has offered this beautiful bracelet from her amazing Etsy store, Jayla Jolie Jewelry, as a giveaway for all our amazing mixers!

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The winner can choose from one of these 4 colors: white, raspberry, pink and purple. This a little girls bracelet.
Here is the size chart:

0-3 months—– 4.25 inches
3-12 months—- 4.5 inches
6-12 months —-4.75 inches
1-3 years ——-5 inches
2-4 years——5.25 inches
2-5 years ——5.5 inches
4-8 years——5.75 inches

Custom size available

The bracelet is only shipped to the US; only US entrants will be accepted.

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And here are the Featured bloggers from the final Weekday Mixer…

 

Making It In The Mountains

20140216-140000 “My name is Kristi. I am a wife, a mother & a teacher. We live in the most gorgeous little mountain town full of charm, friendly faces and SO many fun things to do! We just bought a new home that is beautiful, but boring & I can’t wait to transform it and make it our own. I write about whatever interests me at the moment and, since I change my mind constantly and have far too many hobbies, you just never know what it might be.” Blog | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ooh La Lovely Blog

Aly edit crop “Welcome to Ooh La Lovely blog. I’m Aly, the writer of this blog I’m also the wife to the most handsome man I’ve ever seen and the mom to the most adorable little boy. This is a lifestyle blog where I will share my favorite recipes, DIY projects, things that I’m loving on and what life with my energetic, but totally rad, 3 yr old looks like I hope you stick around and follow along in this crazy adventure I call life.” Blog | Instagram | Bloglovin | Facebook | Pinterest

Penny’s Vintage Home

PicMonkey Collage8 “I have a passion for decorating! I love to use pastels to decorate our home…my style is a mix of Romantic, Country, and Cottage all rolled into one!” Blog | Bloglovin | Pinterest

Pink Recipe Box

us1 “I’m Nicky and I am completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with food. I plan my days around it, I plan my vacations around it, I plan my entire life around it. You could say food has become a bit of an obsession with me. And I could reply that that is a bit of an understatement. I have absolutely no culinary training and I’ve never been to a single cooking or baking class in my life. Everything I know I’ve learned through research, trial and error, and watching countless cookery programmes on TV. In case you’re wondering, Come Dine With Me is my favourite. Not really a cookery programme per say, but it’s still where my heart’s at.” Blog | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Google+

Make It Easy Crafts

Makeiteasycraftsbutton-1-1-1 “As Shakespeare said, “A rose by any other name woud smell as sweet.” So I’m thinking that it means if you call a rose a peony, it will still be the same. Not so, for surnames it sems. My name is Crystal. I started out as Crystal Harris, spent some time as Crystal Harris Ogle and ended up as Crystal Harris Donnelly. If you’re a woman don’t you just hate the fact that you always end up changing your name when you marry or remarry. Anything you did pre-second marriage is erased. It’s just not fair.” Blog | Facebook | Bloglovin | Pinterest

Taylor Made Ranch

taylormadeI’ve heard the phrase “Bloom where you’re planted” and I’m so blessed to have been planted here! On this blog I hope to share a wide range of posts. There is of course the joy of a new calf and the worry of droughts and floods, but I’ll also share a glimpse into daily life on the ranch. So sit back & enjoy the ride – we love it and so will you!Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+

 

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Are you ready to get started with our very first Social Media Mixer?? Then, let’s go!









Turn It Up Tuesday – 32

I am so so excited to be a permanent co-host of the Turn It Up Tuesday blog hop! I would love for you to share all your spectacular posts below! 😀

Welcome to the 32nd week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to my fellow hosts and our April team and to all of you for making every week so successful!

And thanks so much to all of you for submitting such excellent posts last week! You gave us some hard decisions to make to decide on the Featured posts and Best of the Best!

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!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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As you can see, there are more ladies joining us this week – Carolyn from A Lavender Life, Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother, Karen from QuintonWench, Jillian from Baby Doodah, Cindy from The Mom Maven, and Shana from Organized Chaos.

And welcome our awesome guest hosts!

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It has been so great working with these ladies in April! And that’s why some of them will be returning for another month. This will be the last week for Katie, Michele, Juanita, and Lorna, but Ann and Debbie will be returning for May. Help us to wish all of these ladies the best and hope to see them all again in the future!

Interested in co-hosting? If you are interested, please complete this form. Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting co-hosts for October & November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

special_education1-254x300 Stacey chose Who is really paying attention? from Living in Mommywood. “While I have to agree that there are some amazing teachers out there, there are also some horrible ones. Unfortunately it really matters little how good the teacher is when the government, school boards, and educational system dumb down the quality of the education and the sad number of children who are not encouraged to care about an education because it is too easy to get what you need for free. All of these reasons are really what prompted us to start homeschooling the two youngest.”

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Debbie chose Printable Social Media Checklist from Mom Maven. “I loved this post because keeping up and staying active with all the different social media areas is one of my hardest areas. The printable checklist is so concise and very doable for anyones busy schedule.”

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Ann chose I Wished My Girl Was a Boy from Courtney Conover on Mamalode. “I really appreciate when a blogger shares their true selves. I read blogs to get to know how others feel, how they cope and Courtney shared with such honesty that I was drawn in and felt like a secret was shared. I look forward to reading more from Courtney.”

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April chose Checklist: after you publish a post from Snippets of Inspiration. “Learning to be successful as a blogger can be hard. Everyone focuses on content, content and content. However, you can write the best content, and none of it will be worth it if no one sees it. Make sure it’s seen with this post!”

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Rachel chose Closet/Laundry Room Makeover!!! from My Love 2 Create. “This is gorgeous! I love the stripes on floor and the nice touches throughout. Overall, she has a beautiful, functional, and quality space for her sister to enjoy!”

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Angel chose Better Than Sex Cake from Marilyn’s Treats. “With this name what else can you say about this awesome cake.”

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Juanita chose Holocaust Remembrance – Dachau from The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide. “We have just been commemorating ANZAC Day in New Zealand, and our soldiers who fought for our country. Remembering why these wars happen gives pause for thought.”

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Natasha chose Why Silence Makes Me Scream from Surviving and Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “Oh wow – what an experience Kat! But you hit the nail on the head; silence definitely drives us nutty. It is so simple to just reach out with a simple text saying something. Silence goes from worry and concern straight to anger over a period of time. I’m glad that you recognize the reason why this bugged you so much, and I’m glad that you were able to gain some closure with John. Wishing you the best!!!”

Stumble Upon

The post with the most clicks is Stumble Upon, What It Can Do For Your Blog from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls.

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…

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Printable Social Media Checklist from Mom Maven

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Better Than Sex Cake from Marilyn’s Treats

 

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!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy @ gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

 

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Just one more thing…

SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Epic Mommy Adventures is hosting a $500 summer giveaway called “So Happy It’s Summer Giveaway!”

Everyone has had a grueling winter, and it’s time to celebrate the coming of summer! We need some great bloggers to join the fun and to promote this awesome giveaway!

Find out more details about the giveaway here!

 

So now that you’ve seen the Featured and the Best of the Best, met our hosts and co-hosts, and heard more about a Big Summer Giveaway…

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!

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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!





Interested in reading all of the Featured Posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays? Or want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Then, check out my Pinterest board! Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

 

The Murphy Family Medical Fund

This is just a very quick post…

If you have the means to donate, please do. This is a heart-breaking story and this beautiful family could use all the help they can get.

Weekly Wishes – Happiness

Welcome to Weekly Wishes – This week’s focus will be on happiness.

Weekly Wishes is a link-up started by Melyssa from The Nectar Collective. It is a place where you can post and share you wishes and goals for the week ahead on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc and then link it up on Melyssa’s blog. I LOVE doing this because it holds me accountable for the week ahead. I’ve shared my goals with the world (through my blog) and I know people will read and wonder whether I stuck to my goals. It definitely keeps me honest!

Happy Monday everyone! You read all about my Saturday yesterday and Sunday shaped up to be just as awesome, just more relaxed. We hung around the house all morning, and just spent time as a family. It’s tough sometimes to just be us, because of work schedules, gym schedules and sleep schedules, so it is really wonderful when we can just spend time as a family. Emmett played and Seamus and I talked, really wonderful stuff, readers!

Emmett eventually went down for a nap, when he woke it was time for our weekly trip to Wegmans. We decided to just grab lunch there because we really didn’t have anything in the house and it would save us time. We got Emmett a hot dog and some fresh fruit and man oh man, did he chow down. He has been a great eater this weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised if he woke up today and was 4 feet tall. 😀 Anyway, we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening, playing some more and a little Bob the Builder. Emmett cuddled with me on the couch and Seamus spent some time in the kitchen making us an amazing Pertader Soup (he request that I title it this way). I’ll be sharing the recipe in the next few days, readers, you are in for a treat!

All in all, this was one heck of an amazing weekend!!

Okay, time for what you’ve all come here for – Weekly Wishes – Happiness.

I mentioned that this week’s theme for Weekly Wishes is happiness – my wedding day was one of THE happiest days of my life! I married the man that I love and we were able to begin our life of love together. That’s why I chose the picture below.

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My first goal from last week was to workout 4 times, I’m not happy to report that I did not complete this goal. I made it three times, but unfortunately did not hit that 4th time.

Number two was to make better use of my lunches at work. This one can be reported as a success! Anytime I didn’t have something pressing that needed to get done, I spent my lunch catching up on the blogs in my blog reader, because hole moley am I behind.

And finally, keep a positive attitude all week. This was definitely not a success, but I tried, so I’m not a complete failure. I don’t have a lot to complain about, but somehow I manage to find every little thing to moan and groan about, I need to get over this. I’m hoping that the ecourse that I signed-up for, Everyday Happy, that starts tomorrow, will help boost my positive feelings. I’m super excited for this course and will be sharing my experiences periodically throughout.

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Alrighty time for this week’s goals –

  1. Workout 4 times – I’m keeping this goal because it is good for me and because it is completely achievable when I put my mind to it.
  2. Take 20 minutes a day to just sit – I read an article this weekend (and I can’t find it anywhere, sorry) where the author shared that some of the best creators of all time took 20 minutes in their days to just sit and do nothing. The author stated he gave it a try, and found that was when his best and most lucrative ideas came from. Sure I’d love to make more money, but I’m going to give this a try simply to see if I can get some new blog ideas flowing, or for whatever else may come through. The goal is to do this as soon as you wake up, but hopefully it can be as effective any time of the day, in case I don’t have time to do it in the morning.
  3. Fully involve myself in the Everyday Happy ecourse – I signed-up for this with the best of intentions and I intend on getting my money’s worth. I realize that the course will not fix everything, that I need to work on some of that on my own, but it can certainly help give me a new, clearer, more positive outlook if I truly immerse myself. So I will do just that!

That’s it folks! That is what I will be working on this week. Feel free to check-in with me and hold me accountable, I welcome the encouragement!

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Your turn!

What are you goals and wishes for this week? Share the below and link-up with Melyssa!

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