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Today I found myself on  an emotional tour of Queens. I went job hunting and wound up in front of the Central Library. Ah, the Central Library…a place I spent many afternoons escaping the lonely hell that was high school. I would cut school (Sometimes with my best friend, most times not) and just walk around the fiction section picking up books and running my fingers across rigid spines. It was there that I discovered Anne Rice and all of her beautiful vampires and witches. It was there that I was accosted by a young Indian man who asked me if I wanted to marry him ( i told him I was only 16…he said I should have been married three years ago).

On the way home, I walked up towards my high school, a place I promised I would NEVER step my foot into. I didn’t but i saw 16 year old me walking down that ridiculous hill with a loaded back pack and a frizzy ponytail. Some days I walked from school to home just to be alone. Sometimes, alone is good.I waited for the bus and just looked towards my alma mater, trees blowing in the wind but keeping safely hidden. Once on the bus, we rode through my old neighborhood. We moved there when Bubba was a little over a year old. My mother complained about how the store was blocks away and you needed a car to get around. I liked it because it was quiet and nothing ever happened. A good place to raise a child. I tas only in the house we lived in that my aunt had a stroke and our whole lives turned upside down. My aunt had babysat my brothers and I while my mom worked and it was at the moment the EMTs took her away that I realized just how important she was to me. A few years later, she died. We passed where Bubba’s dad lives. I met him while I was still in high school, you know.

My mom and Bubba want to move to Manhattan and they don’t understand why I’m so stuck on being a Queens girl. Bubba was born here, took her first breath here.I also took my own first NYC breath in the same hospital as Bubba did. I met my best friend in the whole world here, graduated high school here…and lost my mother here. When I think of all the important things that have ever happened to me until this moment in my 26 years, both happy and sad,Queens is always the setting for those stories. I am a Queens girl  emotionally, mentally, and geographically and no matter how far removed I am from here, this will always be home.

That’s a Wrap…On Summer

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So, this coming Wednesday, Bubba will be starting 2nd grade and my youngest brother,X, will be wrapping up his finally year as a high school student. This is a very important year for him and as his big sister I intend to make the transition for him from high school to college as seamless as possible.

Although Bubba and I have done a couple of cool things this Summer, I felt like we had to have a grand finale. We have really fallen head over heels in love with the Impractical Jokers. In case you are unfamiliar with they guys, they are four friends(Joe, Q,Sal,and Murr) who pull ridiculous and funny prank challenges on each other all over NYC. Bubba’s favorite Joker is James Murray(AKA Murr) and mine is Salvatore Vulcano (AKA Sal). A few weeks ago, I found out that the guys were having a live punishment special to celebrate their 100th episode at the South Street Seaport on September 2015 @ 10pm. The punishment was that all four guys were going to walk a tight rope 60 feet up.Who ever made it the farthest wins 50 grand for a charity of their choosing.

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Right away I KNEW this was our grand finale event. I got my mom to come because she was worried about the crowd at such a late hour and she wanted to protect both me and Bubba. Let me just tell you, it was amazing!!! The energy was everything, the guys were so friendly and obviously scared for what they were about to do. Bubba’s goal was to get a picture and autograph from Murr and thanks to my mom’s big mouth and love for Bubba, she got it! Murr was very sweet to her and he just really made her day. My goal was to get that gorgeous Cuban?Italian dreamboat, Sal, to notice me. The crowd was cheering and screaming and then they fell silent. It was at that perfect moment that I shouted “SAL,I LOVE YOU!!!”. He turned his head, looked and me, gave me that 1000 watt smile and said “I love you,too!” I wanted to pass out!!

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The show went live @ 10 as promised and Q made it all the way across the tight rope,winning the $50,000 for his charity (I think he chose Make-A-Wish, but I’m not 100% sure). All the other guys got $15,000 for their charities and it was just great clean fun. I am proud of myself for keeping my promise to Bubba, I’m proud of my mom for stepping out of her comfort zone to make Bubba and I happy and I’m proud of Bubba for being open to everything positive in life!!!

Turn It Up Tuesday #101

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This is the last week for me co hosting Turn It Up Tuesdays. I must say I learned a lot about guest hosting and I hope to do it again soon. I would like to thank Natasha for allowing me this great honor. I had a lot of fun!!

Time to start the party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week was an amazing 100th week, and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for celebrating with us and embracing the new look and the new giveaway! And make sure to keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. 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 link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for August is The Avarca Store.

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We are family run business , where husband and wife are founders at The Avarca Store, brings you handmade eco-friendly artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).

The Avarca Store is a curated selection of the best artisan avarcas sandals from Menorca. We are proud to bring to the United States and the rest of the world our legendary avarcas, artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).

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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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Zografia from Bisozozo | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen’s Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Dina from Savvy in the Kitchen | Jennifer from MomTricks | Leanne from The Transplanted Southerner | Jennice from Mommy in Color | Tina from Kidz Activities

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Miranda from A July Dreamer | Sarah from Living Intentionally Simple | Vicki from Five Spot Green Living

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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!

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Silvie chose Bacon Parmesan Soft Pretzels from That Recipe. “I chose this recipe because it sounds absolutely delicious! My boys love pretzels and this would be a great treat for them.”

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Silvie chose Cucumber Mint Martini from Lipgloss and Crayons. “I love martinis and this one sounds refreshing. I can’t wait to try it.”

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Silvie chose Bag “Seatbelt” Clips for the Car from Little Miss Dexterous. “Where has this idea been?! I am always having to pick up the things that fall out of my bag in the car. These bag clips look easy to make and very useful!”

Natasha also chose this post. “I just love this simple idea! I am always picking up items that I find on the passenger side floor after my purse or bags falls onto the floor. This would be a such a great way to prevent it from happening. Great idea!”

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Cathy chose Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake from Typically Simple. “OMG! This looks delicious! What isn’t there to love about a peanut butter and chocolate dessert that is quick and easy?”

Stacey also chose this post. “This looks absolutely divine and so easy! It would be a great starter recipe for any beginning baker or homeschool lesson! Thank you for sharing!”

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Cathy chose Salted Caramel Sour Cream Banana Muffins from Treat Yourself Sweeter. “My hubby is going to love these!”

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Dawn chose Fun Fall Pumpkins and a Sweet Black Cat from Crafty in Crosby. “I love Halloween, and these easy to make decorations are too sweet.”

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Dawn chose DIY Wooden Sign from Lou Lou Girls. “I love this sign and the dinosaur room looks amazing.”

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Dawn chose How To Use Lavender To Make Your Life Better from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. “I love all things Lavender… This is an amazing all round plant.”

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Kelly chose Car Crafts for Preschoolers from this month’s guest host, Tina from Kidz Activities. “My son is obsessed with cars and these ideas are so easy and simple! I can’t wait to make some of these projects with my son.”

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Kelly chose Six on Saturday: New Uses for Dishwashing Soap from Inspiration for Moms. “These tips for using dishwashing soap are great! Who knew it can be used to remove grease from clothing? I’ll definitely be using these tips!”

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Kelly chose The Perfect Pie Crust from Budget Girl. “Homemade pie crust has long been a nemesis of mine! These tips – especially about the different melting temperatures – are bound to make my next pie crust perfect!”

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Amy chose 10 Things You Do Differently When You Have a Second Child from Fun Money Mom. “This post sums up perfectly how differently things are when you become a second time mom. This is a must read for all parents that have more than one child. I promise, it will have you LOL the entire post.”

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Amy chose DIY Dinosaur Dig Busy Board from Lou Lou Girls. “I love this creative DIY dinosaur dig board. My son is super in to dinosaurs and excavation kits. This would make a fun and less messy activity for him still involving a lot of the same things he loves about dinosaur exploration. Very inspiring!”

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Bev chose Snickers Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies from The Gold Lining Girl. “So wonderful to be able to give a party for her Grandma’s 90th birthday. These cookies are so tempting, I want some now.”

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Bev chose Painted Wood Tub Planter and Watering Can with Free Printables from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “Love the green and blue colors together on these planter and watering can. What a great way to give them new life.”

Tina also chose this post. “I love these creations.What a beautiful planter and watering can. Thanks for sharing.”

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Mari chose Chalkboard Paint Ideas for the Home from Marty’s Musings. “I loved Marty’s Chalk share because it’s so creative and you can have tons of fun. I have a pack of colored chalk always handy at home lol”

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Mari chose Making Friends: Qualities We Want in Our Friends from Tiny Tots Adventures. “This post I enjoyed because friendships are so important for well rounded development and even as we get older it’s great to keep these things in mind so that we always have good, uplifting people around us.”

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Cindy chose Waffle Omelet Recipe from Growing Up Gabel. “This is a creative way to get more use out of your waffle maker. I need to dig mine out of storage and start making this protein packed breakfast!”

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Cindy chose 101 Handmade Days: DIY Notebook Cover from Busy Being Jennifer. “I literally live by my composition notebooks. I use them to manage all 5 of my businesses and my church stuff. I would love to have color-coded, pretty removeable covers to dress up my boring notebooks. I love this so much I shared it on Facebook and asked my sewing friends/family to make them for me…maybe mom will whip some up for me for Christmas!”

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Leanne chose Updated Fall Mason Jar Vases from Anything & Everything DIY Blog. “I love these simple but beautiful deocrations for fall. The step by step tips were great!”

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Leanne chose Lemon Cheesecake Zucchini Muffins from Best of Long Island and Central Florida. “Healthy AND Yummy! I’ve added these to my recipe stash – I can see these being snapped up by my family!”

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Leanne chose Constitution Day Mini Puzzle Unit {freebie} from In All You Do. “Learning about the Constitution is so important, and these fun printables will make it easy to add in to our homeschool.”

Natasha also chose this post. “This is a great freebie! I am trying to work with my son to take advantage of some learning at home to better prepare him for kindergarten. These printables are definitely simple, and will be great to use! Thanks for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Telling Your Kids You Are Stressed Can Be A Good Thing! from our guest host this month, Leanne from The Transplanted Southerner. “Great post! My kids have definitely seen a meltdown or two, and they have been able to see the resolution of things working themselves out. It also allows them to see real life situations that are often a part of life. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Halloween Series #4 – front windows from MamaMIA. “I love Halloween, it is our family’s favorite holiday! I love the look of this decor, especially the tissue paper, which gives it such a wonderful glow! Thank you for sharing!”

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Tina chose Coastal Decor DIY Hurricane Candle Holder from Cupcakes and Crinoline. “A simple and beautiful candle holder.Easy to make and elegant. Thanks for sharings.”

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The post with the most views is Why Are We Spending Money On Something We Can Get For Free? from My Stay at Home Adventures.

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

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Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake from Typically Simple

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Lemon Cheesecake Zucchini Muffins from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

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Turn It Up Tuesday #100

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Hey lovelies, back with another week of co hosting Turn It Up Tuesday. I love my co hosting duties and I love reading all the fabulous links you guys give. So, as ususal grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and dig into another week of awesomeness!!!

Time to start the party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! It’s our 100th week and we have a couple of surprises for you this week to celebrate! This week we are introducing a new look, addition to our permanent co-hosts, and a $100 Paypal cash giveaway – all to celebrate our 100th week! Hope you enjoy it all!

We’d love to thank each and every one of you for partying with us week after week! Keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. 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 link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for August is The Avarca Store.

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We are family run business , where husband and wife are founders at The Avarca Store, brings you handmade eco-friendly artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).

The Avarca Store is a curated selection of the best artisan avarcas sandals from Menorca. We are proud to bring to the United States and the rest of the world our legendary avarcas, artisanal leather sandals made in Menorca (Spain).

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? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Zografia from Bisozozo | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen’s Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Dina from Savvy in the Kitchen | Jennifer from MomTricks | Leanne from The Transplanted Southerner | Jennice from Mommy in Color | Tina from Kidz Activities

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Miranda from A July Dreamer | Sarah from Living Intentionally Simple | Tayrina from TGA Writes | Vicki from Five Spot Green Living

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!

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Leanne chose Sensory Benefits of Yoga for Kids from The Jenny Evolution. “As the mother of an SPD child, posts with easy and fun tips for helping them cope are always a favorite of mine. This one is has great information to easily add yoga into your SPD kid’s day!”

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Leanne chose No Bake Twix Pie from The Gold Lining Girl. “I love it! I was searching for twix bar recipes this week. These are my teens favorite candy bars, and they will make an excellent dessert to take to get togethers or serve when we have friends over.”

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Kelly chose Thrift Store Treasures from From a Doll’s Eyes. “A cleverly written and entertaining post by Hikaru, a ball jointed doll, with help from her human friend Anna. I love how Hikaru feels hard done by that she didn’t get anything from Anna’s thrift shop haul and categorically denies being jealous of Barbie when Anna comes home with a Barbie DVD!”

From-Teenage-Drug-Addict-Into-the-Arms-of-GodKelly chose From Teenage Drug Addict into the Arms of God from Rahab to Riches. “Miranda’s story is confronting yet inspirational. I am so proud of how Miranda has not only overcome her addiction issues but also at having the courage to share her story with the world. What an inspirational woman.”

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Elaine chose Blueberries & Cream Popsicles Recipe from A Simple Pantry. “Happy to find a healthier alternative to store bought Popsicles.”

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Elaine chose How to Tame Social Media Part 1 from Marilyn’s Treats. “Good practical advice.”

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Stacey chose Sensory Benefits of Yoga for Kids from The Jenny Evolution. “An amazing post! Yoga has so many amazing benefits for all ages. I love that yoga can be adapted to best benefit it’s users capability. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Strawberry Salad Dressing from Thanks for Cookin’. “I was recently introduced to fruit in my salads, and oh my I have to say that it is fabulous. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe out! Thank you for sharing!”

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Free chose Create & Share Link Up #5: 10 Ways to Double Your Pageviews from Urban Girl Bakes. “The more eyes on my blog the better. I’m always looking for new and better ways to gain more attention to my blog.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I want to really take the time to grow my blog. These are some great tips to make that happen!”

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Free chose Why You Should Attend a Blog Conference: Haven Blog Conference 2015 from Simply Designing. “Attending a blog conference is high on my list of things to do for myself and my blog.”

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Silvie chose Watermelon Agua Fresca from Organized Island. “I chose this post because this is my favorite Agua Fresca ever since I was little. A lot of people don’t know how easy it is to make and this is a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!”

Dawn also chose this post. “This drinks looks so amazingly tasty and refreshing.”

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Silvie chose Potato Stamped Watermelon Tea Towels from View From The Fridge. “This is an adorable craft that’s perfect for the summer. I am going to have to try it out with my 4 year old. I think he will really enjoy making this together.”

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Silvie chose Seven Sangrias To Tempt You from Angie’s Angle. “Sangria is one of my favorite drinks and this is a great roundup of sangria recipes.”

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Tina chose Koala bear baby costume {cute baby costumes} from C.R.A.F.T. “I picked this because it is simply TOO CUTE!!! – too cute for words.”

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Cindy chose Brownie S’mores Skillet Dip from Living Better Together. “because…S’mores! I have an obcession with S’mores. I have an entire Pinterest board of S’mores recipes and yes, I have pinned this recipe already!”

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Cindy chose Glitter DIY Chip Clips from Simply Designing. “This project is adorable, easy and useful! These will be awesome not only in my kitchen but in my office to hold things on my magnet board!”

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Amy chose 15 cakes that are too pretty to eat from Glitter + Cookies. “My daughter is turning 1 this week so I’ve been doing a lot of research on cakes. I love this collection of pretty cakes that are too pretty to eat. The pictures of the cakes are just so stunning and beautiful.”

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Amy chose 5 Easy Ways My Family Goes Green And Saves Money from My Stay at Home Adventures. “I love some of the tips in this post on how to be more environmentally conscious. Not only is this going to set a great example for my kids but it also saves my family a bit of money.

slow-cooker-baked-ziti-with-mushrooms-and-spinach-titleDina chose Slow Cooker Baked Ziti with Mushrooms and Spinach from Dizzy Busy & Hungry! “This Baked Ziti looks so good! I cannot wait to try!”

Jennifer also chose this post. “I’m on a pasta kick, and this one also looks so good!”

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Dina chose Parisian Flair On A Budget from Over the Apple Tree. “I love Paris, and bringing some Parisian Flair at home!”

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Tiffany chose When God changes our perspective (+ LinkUp) from our very own guest host Tayrina from A Tiny Mix Of… “Tayrina was definitely speaking to me in a place I have been often. When God helps us see things differently it can be not only eye-opening but give us a sense of release and relief.”

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Tiffany chose 7 Things To Do Before and After You Hit Publish from our very own Free from Couponin Diva. “Free shares some really great tips on how a post doesn’t end after you hit publish. There is so much we can do after our posts go live to be sure it makes the lasting impact we want most.”

Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. “Free never disappoints with her tips on everything from financial savings to organization to blogging tips. This post is no exception. She reminded me to pay more attention to my SEO optimization and call to action elements.”

This post also had the most views.

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Mari chose Chocolate Banana Split Kabobs from Inspiration for Moms. “I loved Laura’s Banana Split share so easy to put together I can’t wait to try it, so happens all I need I bought this weekend :)!”

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Mari chose Pound Cake S’more Slice from A Sprinkle of This and That. “Christine got me again with the pound cake and S’mores combo looks awesome!”

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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose How to Organize Kids Bedrooms from Jenn at Clean and Scentsible. “My 8 year old accumulates so much crap in his room! This post has fabulous ideas and pics for how to save space and organize trinkets and gadgets.”

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Bev chose Raspberry Rhubarb Cheesecake Squares from Lou Lou Girls. “This Raspberry-rhubarb cheesecake squares looked so refreshing and yummy. This would make a wonderful dessert for summer.”

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Bev chose Super Moist Chocolate Brownies from our very own guest host Tina from Kidz Activities. “Who doesn’t like brownies? I love the fact that the kids made these. Great way to get them cooking in the kitchen.”

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Sarah chose Postpartum Depression – You’re Not Alone from Reviews, Chews, & How-Tos.

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Tayrina chose What have I walked into? from Reflect. “This is an encouraging post that calls us to rest in God and trust Him in the middle of the processes in our life. If you are looking to be encouraged, this is it!”

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Tayrina chose NEW! 2016 Planner Printables from Cornerstone Confessions. “This is a great collection of free printables you can enjoy for 2016 and for free! What I loved about this post? I can have pretty and useful printables for blog planning and much more!”

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Jennifer chose Baked Ravioli with Ricotta, Spinach and Mushrooms from I Say Nomato. “I love ravioli and this recipe looks super awesome! I can’t wait to try it!”

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Ginger chose 100 Observations After Losing 100lbs from Tulips & Orchids. “I loved the honesty of this post.”

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Ginger chose How to Pack with a Carry-On Only: Rolling Your Clothes from Seven Graces. “I am a serious over-packer so I am always looking for tips and tricks on how to streamline and cut back.”

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Dawn chose Strawberry Delight Recipe with Philly Cream Cheese from Summer Scraps. “This treat looks so tasty, my kids would love this recipe.”

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Natasha chose 4 Things Your Childs Teacher Should Know! from 3 Boys and a Dog. “I always try to inform my son’s parents of all of the major things going on in our lives, so they can better understand his emotions at any given time. The things shared in this post are just a start of what you should share. Great post!”

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

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7 Things To Do Before and After You Hit Publish from our very own Free from Couponin Diva

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Chocolate Banana Split Kabobs from Inspiration for Moms

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Turn It Up Tuesday 100th post!

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This past Sunday, Bubba and I attended our first ever Soul Summit Music Festival. Actually, it was our first music festival ever(remember I mentioned our summer to try new things?This was one.) My cousin invited Bubba and I to spend time with him and his family before the summer is over. I hadn’t seen him since my mom’s funeral almost two years ago and before then I hadn’t seen him in over a decade. What made me want to spend time with him was that although I hadn’t seen him in years as soon as he heard my mom was gone, he cam to support me. I remember when I was a little girl and his grandmother was raising me, he used to come by and sometimes bring my brother and I little gifts. I really adored him.

When he invited me I was so excited and I couldn’t wait because I needed to reconnect with him and while we were at the festival he remarked that it sucks that our family is so distant from each other. He said that after his grandma and our aunt passed, that was when our family just sort of broke. Now we only see each other at funerals. Sad,but true.

I met his wife and his children and some of his friends. They were so welcoming and the festival’s atmosphere was amazing. People from ALL walks of life were there and Bubba danced her ass off!!! She kept talking about how she was happy to be around her cousins and how beautiful nature was.The feelings that she and I were having is exactly the kind of feelings that family should evoke in you. which brings me to this week’s quote:

Mommy and Me Mondays #9- The Harris Family

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I have 2 children. A 5 year old son Elijah and a 9 month old girl Eliana.

What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?

the 1 song that reminds me of my son is “You got A friend in me”, it plays in the opening of Toy Story 3. It’s a song he sing with his dad all the time. its so adorable. No song reminds me of Eliana just yet.however I cant wait until one does.

How would you define your style of parenting?

I would say my parenting is old school. The way i was raised. Stern and sweet. Relaxed and cautious.

Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?

Before Eliana, Elijah Devon (daddy) and I would go to AppleBees very often. After Eliana we made eating at home extremely fun. We’ve always loved cooking at home. Applebees was special bonding time for Elijah, because we new there would be a slight change when the baby was born. We prefer pigging out at home though.

What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?

One piece of advice i would love for the children to apply to their life is: DON’T BE A FOLLOWER, It is important to know, you are just as important as an individual. You Are good enough

Turn It Up Tuesday #99

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I’m back co-hosting another edition of Turn It Up Tuesday! Bring your funniest,sweetest,thought provoking,and tastiest posts of the week!!!

Time to start the party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! It’s our 99th week, which means we’re only one week away from the 100th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday and a great 100th post surprise! We’d love to thank each and every one of you for partying with us week after week! Keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. 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 link party the best that it could be!

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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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Zografia from Bisozozo | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Minnie from The Country Cooking Queen’s Weight loss and healthy eathing blog | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Dina from Savvy in the Kitchen | Jennifer from MomTricks | Leanne from The Transplanted Southerner | Jennice from Mommy in Color | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Tina from Kidz Activities

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Miranda from A July Dreamer | Sarah from Living Intentionally Simple | Tayrina from TGA Writes | Vicki from Five Spot Green Living |

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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!

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Free chose How To Streamline Your Blog from Krystal’s Kitsch. “Creating a way for me to run my blog is essential. Knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it is key to having success in blogging.”

Natasha also chose this post. “The past few weeks have been pretty hectic for me, so finding a way for me to streamline my blog is essential to the success of my blog. Thanks for the great post!”

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Free chose Christmas in July: How To Save Money For Christmas from My Stay at Home Adventures. “Having a debt free Christmas is very important to me. Enjoying the holidays means enjoying every party of it.”

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Jennifer chose Create a To Do List Based On Your Goals from Organizing Moms. “This is a really awesome way of working toward your goals in small steps, so you feel like you’re accomplishing something while you work toward something big.”

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Jennifer chose Chicken Potato Bake from Dizzy Busy and Hungry. “This dish looks absolutely amazing!”

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Dina chose Cream Cheese Wonton Recipe and $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway from Lisa Renee Jones. “I have always wanted to know how to make Cream Cheese Wontons, and this recipe looks delicious!”

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Dina chose Blueberries and Bavarian Cream Cake Recipe from Cooking LSL. “I liked this cake recipe a lot! And I think it is the perfect end of summer dessert!”

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Tayrina chose Being Connected Where It Matters from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “I love this post because reminded me the importance to disconnect myself from social media sometimes and pay attention to the things that really matter.”

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Tayrina chose 7 Lessons I Learned in My First Year of Blogging from Bella Brita. “I love reading about experiences. As a blogger myself, I enjoyed a lot reading about the experience of another blogger and what learn about it! Great things you can learn from here.”

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Jennice chose What Exactly Is Copywriting? An Explanation & The Importance of It from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “The first favorite of mine was from the Blog Bliss and Faith and it was a post entitled What Exactly Is Copywriting? I enjoyed because while it was informative, I felt like I was being spoken to by a friend who really wanted to help me.”

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Jennice chose Small Victories in Motherhood from our very own Amy from Confessions of A Ninja Mom. “My second favorite post was from the blog, Confessions of a Ninja Mom and it was called Small Victories in Motherhood. I enjoyed because it was 100% relatable to every mom whether they are new to the game or if they are veterans.”

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Stacey chose 30+ Make Ahead Back to School Breakfast Recipes from My Pinterventures. “Even as a homeschool mom, it is great to have some quick breakfasts at the ready for the kids to be able to grab. Thanks for sharing!”

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Stacey chose PB&J Oat Bars from Mom’s Messy Miracles. “These look wonderful, and since PB & J is a favorite for both of my kids, they would absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing!”

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Silvie chose I Wish I Knew! from our very own Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. “I think there are always things we wish we knew beforehand and she covers a few of mine in this post.”

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Silvie chose Salsa Verde from Living on Grace. “I have always been on the lookout for an easy salsa verde recipe. This is definitely one that I am going to have to try.”

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Mari chose Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers from Everyday Made Fresh. “I loved Joann’s share this year was my intro to Philly Cheese Steaks and I love them so this is surely a must try!”

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Mari chose S’Mores Campfire Cones from Frugal Coupon Living. “Wow s’mores in cone form? That looks like a great treat!!!”

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Tina chose The ABCs of Healthy After School Snacks from Cutting Tiny Bites. “Offering healthy after school snacks is such a challenge, so this is a great list of healthy alternatives for kids. I loved how she was able to name healthy snacks from A to Z too.”

Amy also chose this post. “I’m always looking for fun, delicious and healthy snacks for my kids. This collection has some great recipes that I know my kids would love to come home to!”

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Tina chose Brownie Bowl Sundaes from Fitness Food Diva. “This is such a clever idea, to create brownies shaped as a bowl to put the ice cream on.”

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Amy chose 10 Lego Math Activities for Preschoolers from our guest host this month, Tina from Kidz Activities. “My son is super in to legos right now. I love that I can turn a toy that he loves in to somethings educational for him!”

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Tiffany chose 10 Essentials for Your Carry-On Bag from Frugal Foodie Mama. “Carrie from Frugal Food Mama gave a really great list of essentials for your carry on when you are limited to 1 suitcase a a purse. I have always tried to travel as light as possible but Carrie gave me a few things to add that I never considered – I love the almonds as a quick and healthy snack!”

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Tiffany chose Delicious Mexican Street Corn Recipe from Family Fun Journal. “I absolutely love corn but I think grilled may be the only way I haven’t tried it and this will definitely be added to our end of season grill list.”

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Tina chose Snow Puffy Paint & Sensory Play from our guest host this month, Tina from Kidz Activities. “What a wonderful kids activity,I’m sure my daughter is going to love it. Great sensory play!Thanks so much for sharing.”

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Tina chose Watermelon Cake Balls from The Gold Lining Girl. “What a wonderful and yummy treat recipe.I adore this,simple and beautiful.Thanks for sharing.”

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Natasha chose 5 Things To Know About An All-Inclusive Resort: Our Cancun Recap from Seven Graces. “It’s great to read someone’s experience with an all-inclusive resort in Cancun. I have never been to Cancun, but I’d love to go one day. Thanks for the share – I look forward to going there one day!”

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The post with the most views is Simple Time Saving Kitchen Hacks from Amanda Unfolded.

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Brownie Bowl Sundaes from Fitness Food Diva

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30+ Make Ahead Back to School Breakfast Recipes from My Pinterventures

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Faithful Fridays #6

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SO, I have a confession to make: I haven’t been reading my Bible or praying lately. I know,I know how can I even have a faithful Friday feature when I’m not even doing “Christian stuff”. That’s why I haven’t been consistent with posting on Fridays. I don’t have a real reason why except…laziness. With the Summer being here, I have to keep Bubba entertained and that is exhausting. I try to take her out two to three times a week (which reminds me that I have to schedule some things for us next week) and when I’m not keeping her from driving me nuts, I’m looking for work or trying to hold this blog together…or being a total couch potato. I’ve been feeling guilty even though when I started Faithful Fridays, I made no promise to become a born again Christian. I just wanted some change in my life and I knew only God could give it to me.

I realize that for a lot of Christians, it takes a while to dedicate yourself to some sort of devotional routine and I’m no different. Today, I came across a blog post about having a morning routine that’s productive and can start your day on the right course.It seems to stress the imprtance of having some time to yourself early in the morning before you being pulled in a million directions by family and work. The biggest take away I took from the post was

“Be Consistent, BUT Give Yourself Grace This may seem contradictory, but hear me out. Give yourself a fair shot and force yourself to get up at your goal time EVERY DAY for 2-3 weeks. Initially don’t give yourself any wiggle room. There were mornings I could have given myself an excuse NOT to get up at 6:00 (the girls were sick and were waking up often during the night), but because I didn’t give myself any wiggle room I think my new habit is here to stay!”

The most important thing in my routine will be to say a quick prayer of thanks and mercy (and maybe vent a little) and to get that Bible reading done. After that I can read my favorite blogs,get some library book reading day,job hunt,blog, and not go through my day being bored and waiting for night to come so I can promise myself to be more productive the next day,only to renege. The hardest part will be consistency, but I guess the first thing I ask God is to help me stay consistent.

DO YOU HAVE AN EARLY MORNING ROUTINE? WHAT DOES IT CONSIST OF?

You’ve Got This (Guest Post)

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Today, I’m happy to present my first EVER guest post. I’m super excited about this guest blogger because we were best friends in sixth grade. I moved away and years later we found each other in our high school auditorium! She now is a a blogger at A Little Chit Chat and mother of two and I’m so glad she’s here. Please give a warm welcome to the fabulous, Halelyah!!! Don’t forget to show her some love!!!
You ever find yourself wanting to say, “this is fckd the fck up”about certain situations, but keep how your feeling to yourself. Well its okay to be pissed off about something. Say a few curse words if thats what suits you.
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As parents we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. What to give them for dinner,  what time should they go to bed,  how to censor the music they listen to,  games they play and shows they watch.  Sometimes you may even be hard on yourself for letting your child see you angry or upset. These are every day struggles for parents,  hey for human beings period. It’s OK to be pissed off or upset about a situation. Don’t stress out though. You will make mistakes in life, a day that’s OK. Just keep trying to be the best you, you can be,  and whenever you feel like your drowning, just take a deep breath, count to 10 and think of some of these saying go to get you through the day.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
 
” A positive thought in the morning, can change your entire day”
 
“A new day, A new start”
 
“There are a million things to focus on, choose something good”
“If what your mad about will not matter later, do yourself a favor and cheer up”
“Expect the best”
 
“Your children Love you”
 
“Everything happens for a reason”
 
“Your efforts will not go unnoticed”
 
“everything is going to according to schedule”
“Think positive and Positive things will happen”
 
“Most of the stuff that you worry about will never happen”
 
“Everything is going to be okay”
 
“Believe in your decisions”
 
“I am good enough”
 
“If you are persistent, you will get it”