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Im three years away from my 30th birthday and I’m sure I have a million proud moments ahead of me. However, it couldn’t hurt to take a look at my top 5 favorite proud moments thus far:

5) In August,I got a new job and as excited as I was to be working, once school started,I quickly realized that my work schedule was not going to be beneficial to Amani mainly because she will be taking her state exams for the first time this year. I really want to have a prominent hand in getting her ready for it,so I quit my job. Admitting that I quit a well paying job to get my baby’s academic life together makes me proud of me!

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4)Speaking of Amani, this past week she bought home her first reading assessment of the school year. I’m pleased to report that she is reading above grade level. Beingan obsessive reader myself,this makes me really proud!

3) My brother graduated from high school in June and then decided to take a year off. I was worried about what he would do in the mean time but he had his first job interview last week and I’m proud of him for taking control of his own life.

2) When she was in kindergarten,Amani was chosen to represent her class in the school’s “I Have A Dream” speech contest. For her grade it was only a couple of sentences from the speech but I practiced with her everyday and allowed her to watch the original speech on YouTube. The day of the speech,I was nervous about whether or not Amani would actually do it. Well, she stunned me abd her grandmother. She didn’t win but I was proud of her for being braver than I was at her age.

1) All through elementary school,  suffered with Math. I just wasn’t retaining anything I was learning. My 5th grade teacher sent me to Math Lab to get extra help, but I was already defeated. I was at risk for having to repeat 5th grade. I worked as hard as I could but I didnt have a good feeling. During graduation, medals were being given for outstanding achievements throughout the year. Two of my friends took home two a piece. The final category for medals was “Most Improved in Math”. I kind of tuned everything out until I heard my name being called.
I looked behind me and my mom was on her feet clapping and so were my teacher, ath Lab tutor, and my two best friends. After I got over the shock I walked across the stage where my tutuor was waiting to hand me my medal,certificate,and a case to hold the medal in. I had never been so proud of myself and on days when I doubt myself, I think of that special day and I’m right back on my grind!

The Ghost of Halloweens Past

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Today’s post is inspired by one of Mama Kat’s fabulous prompts

  When I was 16,my brother and I picked out these great Roman inspires costumes. He took on the role of Roman King and even though I am his sister, I was the Roman Queen. We felt prettt damn good about our choice and I even took it a step further by adding makeup to give me a zombie effect. As soon as we stepped outside,we felt like ***holes. We turned to our mother and swore we were done with Halloween. I meant it…until Amani came along.

  For the last two Halloweens, I have gone back to getting a costume. It took a lot of coaxing and her big cheesy smiles but I eventually caved and bought…get ready for it…a “Sexy” Snow White costume. I waited too close to Halloween to but one so there were few options left. I settled for Snow White because I wanted go a more unexpected route for my return costume and everyone knows I dont care for princesses and Im usually reserved in the way I dress so…Snow White it was.

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(Not me) as Sexy Snow White October ’14 and ’15

Anyway, Amani and I dont actually go trick or treating.In our neighborhood not too many people who celebrate it. A bigger part of our area is Jewish so they arent homes to go to for candy. And with this bizarre clowns in the woods thing that is happening, Im none too eager to change our tradition. My mom drops a load on candy and Amani and I eat ourselves sick while watching “scary movies.

Since she has started getting costumes, she has been a Monster High character.
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This isnt Amani(obviously) but this is the costume she wore the first time she got one which was October ’12

I love Monster High and all but I’m trying to persuade her to do something new.
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(Not Amani) as Abbey Bominable Oct ’14

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(Not Amani) as Frankie Stein(Deluxe..whatever that means) October ’15

She recently acquired a pair of cute Batgirl sunglasses from.McDonalds. I love when their toys can actually serve a purpose. As for me, I dont want be “sexy three years in a row so I may try something more predictably me. As long as Im with my favorite girl, it really doesn’t matter what I wearing. Happy Halloween,everyone!

Writer’s Workshop :My First Bra

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I found out thanks to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop that October 13th is National Bra Day. So,in honor of this fabulous female friendly holiday here is my first bra story. Enjoy!

I don’t remember if getting my first bra was a big deal. I remember where my mom bought it. It was this kids boutique in Harlem called Lazarus. She bought all of my brothers’ and mine’s clothes from there. The best thing I ever remember getting from there was this Tweety Bird outfit. I was obsessed with Tweety Bird as a kid and my mom found these Tweety t- shirt and legging sets and I loved them.

Anyway, I dont remember what my cup size was but I remember the bra was white silk. I liked the way it felt on my skin and it made me feel really grown up. My mom bought me two and said she would get me more as I grew. She was always very open about puberty,sex,and my body so neither one of us was overly emotional about it. I knew this day would come and it was no big deal.
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A year and a half before “the bra”

There was never a return trip to buy more bras from Lazasrus. Only a few months after getting my first bras,my cup size had doubled and I way past “training” stage. My mom seemed really crushed because I was no longer able to fit into Lazarus’ clothing or bras.  I was a woman now.

And yes, I slept in my bras nightly…

Writing Prompt:Paranoid

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This piece was inspired by Mama Kat’s weekly writing prompt for the week of 10/6:paranoid

   When I thought about that word, I was instantly transported to an incident that happened when I was 11-years-old. My mom,aunt,brother,and I had spent the day shopping. Our favorite area to shop at was 34TH STREET-HERALD SQUARE,home to the original Macy’s. My mom spent what sometimes seemed like hours perusing the many brands,styles,abd colors of sheet sets in the bedding department while my brother,aunt,and I picked one of their made up bed displays and just kind of waited. Let me remind you, this is in the time before smartphones and wifi. From Macy’s we’ll wander around from store to store, eat something, get food to take home,and head to the train station.

    I always hated waiting on the train because I was tired and couldnt wait to get home and play with whatever arts ‘n’ crafts kit I had picked up from Toys R Us. Plus,if I remember correctly, it was the middle of a scorching hot Summer and ALL NYers know about the torturous train stations in the Summer. It seems like its hotter in the train station than it is outside.

  Anyway, my mom and I are standing next to each other and my aunt and brother are sitting down. An old man in his 70s (maybe) comes over to where my brother is sitting and he looks like he is going to say something to him. My mom sees what’s happening and instructs my brother to give his seat to the old man. The man waves his hand and shakes his head “No”. But he stands awkwardly close to my brother for a bit.  I turn my back and face a direction that I think will bring some kind of relief from the heat. The next thing I know I hear my mom yell ” Get the f**k out of here, Pop!” I turn around and see the old man scurrying to the other side of the platform and stand in front of these two young women.

  My mom says to me ” He was playing with his d**k  through a hole in his pocket while staring at my breasts”. I immediately freak out and get scared because this is the first time I’ve ever been exposed to any kind of real life pervert situation. Our train pulls in the station and as we board my mom and I see the old guy pulling the same thing with the two women on the opposite side of the platform. They are pointing and laughing at him,which I don’t understand because I was terrified and disgusted.
  He notices that our train has pulled up and so he runs over to it and Im scared s**tless because Im thinking “Oh my God, he’s going to get on this train and rape us”. He doesn’t board the train but he does plant himself firmly in front of the large window we are sitting by and continues to masturbate. Meanwhile, his face has somehow shifted from “Sweet old Grandpa” to “Sick perv Grandpa” and that look will forever be burned in my memory. My mom gives him a double middle finger and the train pulls off.
  When we get home and I settle into bed, my thoughts go right back to him. When I close my eyes, I see him and every sound I hear is him breaking into my house to finish the job. The next day I beg my mother to never take me to that train station again.(The next time I would ask her that would be a year and a half later when 9/11 happens. I got really sad and angry whenever we’d be in the CHAMBERS STREET train station,which was directly across from the 9/11 site.) She agrees and for an entire year, I avoided that station like the plague. My mom would even travel longer distances on the train to avoid it,even if that were her intended stop. We never talked about it again and I think she knew not to because was “just another day in the Big Apple” to her was traumatic for her 11 year old.
  Now as an adult when I tell that story to people they laugh and say “Gross”or “What a perv” and I’m always taken aback by how a scary situation for a little girl is in any way funny. I was so paranoid whenever I travelled anywhere and wondering if I would ever see that man again. Eventually,I returned to the train station and life went on.

A Queens Tale

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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!

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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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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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Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake from Typically Simple

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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!”

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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: