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Turn It Up Tuesday – #85

Welcome to the 85th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! We had an amazing April…thank you so much for linking up with us and entering to win the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway!!!!

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for joining us this week. We are so happy to have you here! We love going through all of your posts and finding ones to feature. It’s probably the best part of our week. So link-up down below, and check-out a few new friends! 😀

Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 392 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!


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. 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!


Our sponsor for May is Dolled Up Spa Boutique.


We are 2 sisters who wanted to inspire and encourage all the beautiful young girls in our lives. We wanted to pamper them and give them confidence all while having fun. So we started doing Spa parties and events, everything from manicures, pedicures, facials, hair and make up. Then we started making accessories, spa products, tutus and now clothing.We started off by doing it for the girls we know, then we started going to our local street fair and then we decided to open up our very own boutique. We love what we do and we love to create unique one of a kind items, just like these precious little girls. After all playing dress up, putting on jewelry, doing your hair and make up never goes out of style. We say the fluffier the better, there is never too much sparkle and glitter you say….Yes please!! We hope that you like what we have created.

Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!



(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!

TUT May 2015

(from the top – left to right)

Giselle from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams | Kori from Just Another Mom | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva | Jody from Mom ‘N Daughter Savings

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

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!


Rachel chose How to Grow Pineapples from Olives-n-Okra. “I’ve been wanting to try this method to grow pineapples now that we have a backyard with a ton of sun. This looks really easy and I figure it’s worth a try since I have a pineapple at home right now!”

Rustic Kentucky Derby Chocolate Pecan Pie

Rachel chose Rustic Chocolate Pecan Pie from A Sprinkle of This and That. “I had a dessert like this at my birthday dinner earlier this year. Seeing this recipe makes me want to recreate it at home.”


Kori chose How to Add More Blogging Time to Your Day from our very own Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith. “I chose this one because it’s something that I seem to struggle with daily. Though I’m not really a morning person and I prefer to use my nights otherwise, I can definitely see the benefit of staying up late to work or getting up early to work.”


Kori chose Blog Design Tips You’ll Love from The Organized Dream. “I chose this one because I’m always looking for new blog design tips. A few I had tried previously and they just didn’t work for me but that’s not to say that they wouldn’t work for someone else.”


Zografia chose How To Promote Your Business Spending 30 Minutes A Day? from our very own Nancy from Afro Chic Mompreneur. “This great post makes things easier. An easy schedule for everyone!”


Zografia chose Do you have the Courage to be a Blogger? from Frugal & Coupon Crazy. “There are these days. When i do not have the courage. But i get myself together and go on.”


Mari chose Creamy Avocado Zoodles with Chipotle Lime Shrimp from Dizzy Busy & Hungry. “Kristin’s share looked so creamy and delish. I am not a big fan of chipotle stuff but I would def give this a try.”


Mari chose Mac & Cheese RITZ® Bites from Mom’s Messy Miracles. “I loved Christina’s ritz treats. I always by a box to keep handy for whatever may come up and this is one of those things I must try!”

froggie capTina chose Froggie Baseball Cap from Pretty & Shabby UK. “A super cute froggie baseball cap. Very creative and money saving idea!!Thanks so much for sharing!”


Tina chose Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze and Reese’s Cups from The Gold Lining Girl. “Chocolate and peanut butter is a win win for me. What a yummy recipe and so easy to follow. I’m making more tomorrow!!!Thanks so much for sharing!”


Elaine chose Tea Recipes for 12 Everyday Illnesses from Happy Cortex. ” I am always looking for great new healthy recipes and this fits the bill.”

Shrimp Avocado Tostada Poster

Elaine chose Shrimp Avocado Tostadas from A Sprinkle of This and That. “I am always looking for great new healthy recipes and this fits the bill.”


Tiffany chose The Difference Between a Graphic Designer and Brand Designer from our very own Tenns from Bliss and Faith. “I picked this post because honestly it taught me something. I had never truly realized that simply a change title could be such a big difference in purpose. Knowing what you need is definitely a big help to getting it right the first time.”

The little princess looks in the mirror

The little princess looks in the mirror

Tiffany chose Don’t be that girl, little one. Just don’t. from Gym. Craft. Laundry. “As the mother of 2 girls I know that protecting from mean girls is important but being certain that mean girl isn’t them is just as important.”


Lisa chose Easy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Memories by the Mile. “Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is my number one favorite so I am excited about trying this recipe! Especially since it doesn’t require churning in an ice cream machine since I haven’t made that investment.”


Lisa chose Thrillin’ Grillin’- Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Kebabs from The Wilderness Wife. “Oh my gosh, these Grilled Chicken Veggie Kebabs look amazing. The marinade sounds delicious and I love all the tips to making perfect kebabs!”


Stacey chose Fresh Fruit Tropical Punch Popsicles from Lemons and Laughs. “These look wonderful and would be an amazing afternoon treat in the heat of summer, that my daughter would absolutely love. Thank you so much for sharing!”


Rhonda chose The Importance of Having a Will from Confessions of a Ninja Mom. “If you want to ensure that your last wishes are carried out without incident, you must have a will. I have one, and I’m so glad that I finally took the step to put everything in writing.”


Rhonda chose How To Make a Succulent Birdcage Wreath from Thrifty Artsy Girl. “I love the idea of having a bird cage as a wreath on the front door. It’s a unique idea to welcome guests.”


Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose Things I Hate About the Internet from The Lady Errant.. “So true! I spend a lot of time on the internet because I love it. But there are just certain things that get on my last nerve in regards to it. Kelly points those things out in her post.”


Kimberly chose 5 Reasons You Should NOT Pay Off Your Mortgage from MBA SAHM. “My husband is a Financial Advisor and he is always giving people this bit of advice. I think it is so important that people know they don’t have to pay off their mortgage early. Nikki breaks down the reasons for you.”


Ginger chose The Best Twist Out Ever from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams. “I love her hair and now I have a fabulous new blog to follow!”


Ginger chose DIY . all natural remineralizing toothpaste from te amo too. ” I have been thinking about trying my own toothpaste and this recipe came along at the perfect time.”


Natasha chose Embracing My Post Baby Body from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “It is so amazingly important to embrace the changes that your body experiences after having a child. This post really helps to put that into perspective. Great post!”


Natasha chose This Is Not Why You’re Alive from Happy Cortex. “It’s so easy to fall into the everyday, mundane routine. But it’s good to take a step back and realize that we need to be doing more with our lives, and finding ways to enhance life. Thanks for the wake-up call – great post!”

How to Monetize Your Blog

The post with the most clicks is How to Monetize Your Blog with ShareASale | Commissions, Sponsored Posts, Review Opps & More from So Simply Stephanie.

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…


Blog Design Tips You’ll Love from The Organized Dream


How To Promote Your Business Spending 30 Minutes A Day? from our very own Nancy from Afro Chic Mompreneur

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$50 Paypal Cash Giveaway

The winners from the Just to Say Thank You Giveaway have been announced!

Week 1 Winner: Kelly L.

Week 2 Winner: Carrie from The Frugal Foodie Mama

Week 3 Winner: Stephanie K.

Week 4 Winner: Stephanie P.


So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and checked out our Thank You $50 Paypal Cash 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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Not a Great Day

Hey guys! I know that Wednesdays are typically my days to send out a super, great, awesome post – but I just do not have it in me today.

I did not plan ahead to have something written, and now it’s 9:30 EST time, and I’m pooped. I have some other work I need to do, and my brain simply does not feel like being creative.

Plus, it was a tiring day. Emmett woke up a few times last night, not sure why. He said he was scared, but that’s about all I could get out of him. We’ve also hit a bump in the road with poop training. He’s doing so awesome with pee pee on the potty, but poop has been a bit of a hurdle this last week. What I’m trying to say (TMI) is that he hasn’t taken a good crap in a couple days. I’m worried about him! We did give him some Miralax this evening, hopefully that will help move things along.

I’m also, stressing a bit about all the packing we have left to do. I shouldn’t stress *that* much, though. Our move is on the 23rd, but we have the apartment until the 30th. I don’t plan on taking that long to move everything over, but we do have plenty of time. Still, there’s a lot to do.

Then, there’s the whole ordeal about my eating. I’ve been struggling big time with binge eating again. It has been a good 3 months or so, since I had fallen off the rails. I think it’s not having a regular routine, like you do when you work outside the home. Emmett and I have a routine, but it’s very different, and if something doesn’t go according to plan – it’s no big deal. I need to wrangle this in and take control of myself. I’m struggling with the how, though. Any work at home or stay at home moms have any ideas / tips?

And finally, the icing on the cake is the guys downstairs are being obnoxiously loud tonight. I can normally block it out, but because of all the other stuff eating away at me, it’s been a struggle.

Basically, what it comes down to is that I need to chill the EFF out. Right?!

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and post and be 100% real with you guys. I love you, but I just don’t have it in me to write some grandiose post. Sorry…


Turn It Up Tuesday – #80

Easter is a week away, but we’re already celebrating here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

Happy Easter

Here we are at Monday again, but instead of letting yourself have a case of the Mondays, join us in our Turn It Up Tuesday celebration, and link up all of your amazing posts! We love reading your posts, and also featuring the best of the best. So link-up and join in the fun!

Welcome to the 79th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 448 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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100+ Tips for Breastfeeding Success

Breastfeeding a newborn, can be one of the most difficult things that you do, but there has NEVER been something more worth it in your life!

In the beginning, you’re unsure of what you’re doing, your child knows what to do, but may not latch correctly, which can lead to painful, cracked nipples, or your child under-eating. However, there ARE ways to overcome this, and still have 100% success for you and for your child.

The BEST piece of advice that I can give you, is DO NOT GIVE UP! Yes, things may be difficult, and you might have times in the beginning where you are exhausted and want sleep, but don’t quit. It DOES get easier, and eventually, it is the most amazing time spent with your child. That time is just for you and your baby, no one else can have that… think about how special that is! Think of the bonds that will be built. 🙂

Side note: One thing, that I think is incredibly important to mention – My intention when writing this is not to criticize a mom who chose to formula feed, but to encourage those moms who are struggling with breastfeeding. 

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Potty Training in a Weekend

Morning everyone! This is going to be a pretty short post, but I wanted to share what’s on our agenda.

We’re starting potty training today!

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You’re probably thinking, big woopdie-doo, people start potty training their toddlers all the time, right? Well, we’re going to be following a slightly different method with Emmett. (We’re always so nontraditional, aren’t we!?) Anyhoo – we’re going to be training him in 1 weekend, or rather 3 days, following the book from Becky Mansfield – Your Modern Family.

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On Starting a Business – Part 1

I’m no expert, in fact I’ve just started working on starting a business – but I’ve gone from having nothing, no plan, no direction, no drive, to having everything available for my taking.

I am sure that you’ve noticed my absences at both the holidays and then again the last 2 weeks. It wasn’t because I didn’t feel like writing, or that I didn’t have any content to write about, rather the opposite. I was working on me! I was working through some online courses that I purchased, and going through Stuck to Unstoppable, an online small group workshop (sooo worth it, but more on that in a bit). So, yes, I’ve been absent, but I have a good reason and now, I’m back and I’m all YOURS! 🙂

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