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Turn It Up Tuesday – #73

Welcome to the 73rd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for joining us for another week of linking and connecting!

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Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is on Saturday? We can’t! And we’re celebrating the holiday of love here on Turn It Up Tuesday this week. Share all of your Valentine’s Day posts, love posts, inspirational posts – anything at all! We can’t wait to read your amazing posts! The hosts and guest hosts will be able to select 2 posts each for the Featured posts, and we’ll be naming 4 posts Best of the Best! 🙂

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Lisa chose How I More Than Doubled My Page Views in 2 Months from Budget Girl. “This post was excellent and filled with information that all types of bloggers can use. I learned so much from this one article and already want to implement many of her tips to improve my blog and the traffic to it. It was well written, provide many links to the tips she mentioned, and was explained in a way that was easy to understand. Loved it!”

Elaine also chose this post. “Good solid advice. I am implementing her recommendations immediately.”

Tina also chose this post. “A very informative post that will help anyone who wants to increase traffic to their blog . What a great post. Thanks so much for sharing!”

Natasha also chose this post. “I am really loving all of these tips! I will be working on ways to make this happen on my blog right away!”


Tiffany chose The Importance of Passion from Cayla & Ashley. “I’ve always believed that passion can help you take a mere desire to a reality. This post definitely helps reiterate that belief.”

April also chose this post. “With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m really trying to think about what it means. For me, it means rekindling the passion for my relationship. I love this post and I’m working to be more of a passionate person.”


Kelly chose Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi from NY Foodie Family. “I hate wasting food and am always on the look out for easy recipes to use up those leftovers. This recipe sounds simple and I can’t wait to try it out! It’s summer time here in Australia so we haven’t been eating a lot of mashed potato but we eat loads in the cooler months. I’ll be testing this out then.”

How to prepare for overnight guests and welcome letter

Rhonda chose 6 Ways to Prepare for Overnight Guests (Free Welcome Letter Printable) from The Bajan Texan. “Her tips will make a guest room feel like a luxury hotel. I’m going to incorporate a few, I just hope my guest will leave after my makeover.”


Sarah chose Elsa Inspired DIY Wand Craft from Crafts Unleashed. “I feel guilty not picking a Valentine’s Day craft, but I just loved this DIY Elsa wand too much. (I blame it on having three nieces). I’d like to make it with/for my nieces as well as feel like a princess for a day myself. :)”

Chicken, Broccoli & Potatoes

Mari chose Chicken, Potatoes, & Broccoli from Just Mi. “I love me some one pot meals, less cleanup time the better. This week I picked Mionna’s dish because it was so colorful and healthy.”


Mari also chose Duet: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta / Grouplove “Spreading Rumours” from Cooking with Vinyl. “I also picked Becky’s cheesy dish because well she got me at cheesy!!!”

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Zografia chose Craft Challenge: Cardboard Boxes into Crafty Drawers from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “I loved her bright idea of using cardboards for making drawers. And the leather drawer pulls is a beautiful detail.”


Stacey chose A Valentine’s Day Candy Bouquet from Fry Sauce and Grits. “What a wonderful and festive idea for a Valentine gift, that would be amazingly fun for the kids to take part in. They could create their own with their favorite candies or one to give as a gift. Thank you so much for sharing!”


Silvie chose How to Make a Man Bouquet for Valentine’s Day from Pretty Simple Ideas. “I chose this post as my favorite because I loved this idea and I’m sure my hunny will love the one I will be making for him. All thanks to this post. :)”


Danielle chose Why I No Longer Use The Word Weak from Mother 2 Mother. “I love this post because I empowers me as a woman im the workforce and as a woman trying to be a good mother. There are so many opinions on how women should conduct themselves in corporate America and as parents that we tend to focus on the negative. It is nice to see someone taking credit for all the good.”


Latisha chose Before I was a Mother, I was just like a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “This is one of my favorite post this week, because I can relate to it somewhat. It brought to light what I have been seeing in myself lately as a mother. Children have a way of causing you to see your child-like behaviors in yourself through them. When my eight year old daughter has another emotional breakdown, I see me. In see me in my 5 year old son’s obsessiveness and impatience. I guess in some ways we are all still like toddlers.”


Nancy chose Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial) from Jewelry Making Journal. “I love it because it is a unique handmade gift!”


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Old School Blogging – Valentine’s Day Edition

We’re throwin’ it waaaay back! We’re doing some Old School Valentine’s Blogging today, folks.

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In celebration of the beautiful, love-filled day that is Valentine’s Day, I decided to connect with Miss Elaine-ous Life and  her Valentine’s blogging prompts.

First question on our Valentine’s journey back in time is…

How do you typically celebrate Valentine’s Day?
We keep it simple. When I was in high school I always thought I wanted something grand and majestic, but the few years I had that with my ex, it just didn’t feel right. Now with Seamus, we’ve always done dinner or lunch out and sometimes we exchange gifts. This year, we’ll be going out for lunch and then just spending the time together as a family. Nothing over the top or extravagant, just the way we like it.

Do you like to get A)chocolates B) flowers  C) a sweet card or D) ALL OF THE ABOVE?
Flowers and a sweet card work for me, but I don’t even need those. Extra kisses, hugs and love are good enough of a gift for me.

Would you consider yourself a “cuddler”?  If not, would you at least cuddle on Valentine’s Day?
Yes, yes YES – I am a cuddler through and though. I love laying in the crook of Seamus’ arm and I love when Emmett curls up on the couch to watch TV, or to read one of his books. Cuddling is an activity for the whole year through!

What is your favorite movie about love or with a love story?
Okay, so I’m going to get really cheesy on yah… The Notebook, 100%. I know that’s probably one of the most cheesy love movies of all time but I just love it.


Do you believe in “love at first sight”?  Did it happen to you?
I do believe in it, and I guess it kind of happened to me. I met Seamus online, at Match.com. I’ve told the story on my blog before, but I’ll tell it again. I had joined Match for 1 month, and told myself that if I hadn’t met someone after a month that I was okay being single for awhile longer. My subscription expired. The next day I received a notification that I had an email from a Seamus (which I thought was pronounced Sea-mis, but is actually pronounced Shay-mus). I logged into the site but in order to view the email, I had to rejoin for another month, something told me to go ahead and do it. I jumped, joined and fell pretty instantly “in-love” with him. We emailed back and forth a couple times, and chatted via phone so that when we finally met I felt that I knew him pretty well. The rest, as they say, is history! 😀

Do you believe love can conquer all things?
I believe that it can truly help you cope with so much in life. A very difficult time can be made easier by having someone, whom you deeply care about, to lean on.

Love this face!

Love this face!

What is one of the main things you love about your S.O.(significant other)?
Oh goodness, just one?! His intelligence. I swear that he knows something about everything. I could mention something that I’ve just learned about and Seamus will be able to tell me some deeper details about it. It amazes me frequently!

If you could have the perfect Valentine date what would you and your loved one do?
A night in Stowe, VT, at Stone Hill Inn, where we honeymooned. It was one of the most romantic and stress-free weeks of my life and I would go back there, even for just a night, in a heartbeat.

A pic of us on our honeymoon.

A pic of us on our honeymoon.

Tell me about your first crush!
Yikes! My first crush? This is so embarrassing. My first crush, that I can think of was for Buffalo of the children’s music group Buffalo and Brandy. If you don’t know who they are, I’ll help you out. Click on this link to go to their page. They came to my school, or a local school in the area and I was instantly smitten. LOL We got posters of them and I hung one on the door of my bedroom, every morning I’d get up and kiss my fingers and then put them up to Buffalo’s face. (Sidenote: I’m sitting here writing this and cracking myself up. Kids are so crazy!) There were others after that one, but I’m pretty sure he was my very first.

Do you have any embarrassing or horror dating stories?
Not entirely terrible. I mean the guy was nice and he did treat me to a meal, but it was kind of a disaster from the moment I met him. We didn’t hit it off and the whole meal was awkward because I wasn’t sure what to talk about. We ended the night with a hug, and didn’t really speak again. Oh well.

Favorite flower?
Calla Lilies. White ones are my favorite, but burnt orange ones are a close second.


What’s the first type of chocolate you hope for when you reach into a box of chocolates?
Chocolate stuffed with peanut butter. Mmmmm

Favorite love song?
Our wedding song, by far. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie.

What is the best breakup song?
I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

Favorite celebrity couple?
Hmmm…I’m not really into big celebrities, but I would probably have to say Ellen and Portia, or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. They seem like two really strong couples.

Overall, are you pro- or anti- Valentine’s Day?
Pro! I don’t care what anyone says, I love me some love and Valentine’s Day is a great day to show some extra love. I do agree that we should show the ones we care about love all the time, but it never hurts to put it out there more heavily once a year. Plus, Emmett’s hugs and kisses are pretty darn wonderful!

If someone did that “Say Anything” boombox thing outside your window, would you be into it, or call the police?
I’ve never seen the movie, but I just watched the clip. I would be totally into it. Why not? Anyone doing something to express their love for you, in any way, is a good thing in my book.

First thing you notice about the objects of your affection?
This is so strange, but teeth. I can’t explain it, but I always notice a person’s teeth before anything else. Second, would be whether they had any sense of humor. I could never have dated a fuddy duddy – I need someone who can laugh at pretty much everything, just like I do.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten for Valentine’s Day?
I don’t even know. I’ve gotten some lovely flowers over the years, some delicious strawberries from Sharri’s Berries, and an adorable Vermont Teddy Bear that was a pregnant mommy bear (similar), when I was newly pregnant. Overall though, while I do like gifts, what’s more important is that we are kind and loving to each other, and we pretty much have this one in the bag, so I win!

Your turn!

I want to hear from you – Are you pro or anti Valentine’s day?
Do you do anything special on V-day?

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PS: Check out my post on Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers! 

14 Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers

Valentine’s Activities for Toddlers


I know to some Valentine’s day can be hokie or some may even call it a “Hallmark Holiday,” but I don’t agree, I think it’s a day to give extra kisses, hugs and cuddles to the ones you love. Granted, you’ll find that I give extra kisses, hugs, and cuddles on a normal day, but it’s fun to go over the top. To get our house ready for Valentine’s Day, I started shifting through Pinterest for some fun activities for toddlers, and I figured, since I am looking for ideas, others probably are too.

So without further adieu…

14 Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers

(I chose 14, because Valentine’s Day is on the 14th) 🙂

Heart Shaped Pancakes

Why not start Valentine’s Day right off with some delicious pancakes in the shape of hearts?!

Transferring Pink Pom Poms

I love this idea from Natural Beach Living, Kimberly’s entire post is full of all sorts of Valentine’s Day Activities but my favorite is separating the poms poms from one container to another. I love that this works on sensory skills, visual skills and tactile skills. Emmett would get so much out of this!

Valentine’s Water and Sponge Play

Emmett is a very tactile baby, so touching the wet sponges and splashing in the water would be a perfect activity for his little hands.

Valentine’s Tissue Paper Suncatchers

Seriously, this idea is brilliant! Angela from Teaching Mama, cut out hearts from contact paper and let your kids stick tissue paper to it. There’s almost no mess! This is the perfect apartment toddler activity.

Microwave Puffy Paint

This activity would require some help from mom, but I would be thrilled to oblige. It looks like so much fun!

Word or Alphabet Love Bugs

Emmett is slowly getting better and better with words, I want to help grow this and his literacy. Sitting down with all the letters of the alphabet on hearts and then gluing love words together is a great idea.

Potato Stamping

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was use potatoes as stampers. It was always so much fun creating different shapes and then using them to make pretty art pictures.

Heart Prints

Take those chubby, cute toddler feet and trace them, cut them out and make a butterfly out of them.

Valentine’s Day Sponge Painting

Emmett loves to paint, when we decorated a birdhouse for my mom, he was in heaven. Being able to take full sponges and not just brushes and dip them into paint, sounds like a toddler’s dream come true.

Freestyle Valentines

Sometimes just drawing or cutting out a heart, and letting your kid go to town is the way to go. We did this with Emmett in the picture above, he loved it and it kept him occupied for a good long while.

Hand print (or foot print) Valentine Card

Another activity for those chubby little hands or feet. Take some paint and let them smoosh their hand into it, and then place against a paper plate with some loving words above or below it.

Message in a Bottle

This looks like a great activity to create and give as a present. Decorate the bottle, put a love message inside and then give it to the gift recipient.

Valentine’s Sensory Play

This looks like it would be a lot of fun – just make sure that if you do this with a younger toddler, who likes putting things in his or her mouth, you choose items that are safe for them.

Heart Doily Shirt

I am such a sap, I love holiday themed outfits for my boy. I did get him a fun one from Old Navy but this would be a blast for us to make together and for another Valentine’s themed shirt for him to wear.

I am so so excited to get Emmett involved with all this Valentine’s day fun!

Your turn!

What activities do you enjoy doing with your children? 

Have you done any of the above activities with your kids? How did things work out?


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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