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I haven’t done a lot of fitness posts yesterday because (1) I’ve been sick, but more importantly, (2) I haven’t been working out. I find it hard to promote something that I’m not doing and quite frankly, I hadn’t hit the gym in a long while. Now, I’m back in the gym and I have this great post by Keith Daniels on full body workouts for busy moms.

As a mom, you have a lot to do and a lot of responsibilities to take care of. So your own personal fitness usually takes a back seat and you might not have much time to workout. But it’s important for your health that you find some time to exercise. You certainly don’t have to go workout 4-5 times a week, but 2-3 times a week is certainly doable- especially if you do in-home workouts.

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Don't Let Being Busy Stop You From Working Out!



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Sometimes learning a new routine sucks, but sometimes it’s great.

At our new school, the teachers help my daughters in and out of their car seats. I love that I don’t have to get in and out of the car and that someone else has to buckle them.

One particular day, when a teacher was helping Butterfly out of the car, she mentioned that she was happy to see that “her precious girl” was strapped in properly.

I also see the issue clearly when others take my daughters for a ride. I always begin with a 10-minute tutorial on how to properly secure the car seat, then buckle in my daughters. Everyone rolls their eyes, but I take my daughters’ safety seriously, especially in thousand pound vehicles.

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Honoring Child Passenger Safety Week


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I know that until my girls were born, I was extremely active in my son’s school life. After having Bee, my first daughter, I slacked off. I did what I could from home, but it wasn’t much.

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When I dropped off the children on the first day, I really expected to drop and go. Instead, it went like this: drop, drop, drop and stay, then take one back home.

First Week of School is Done | AprilNoelle.comI knew I would stay with my two-year-old for a bit and make sure that she was adjusted to the class before leaving. Butterfly did great. She rarely looked at me, except to give me a loving smile and then back to playing.

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What a Difference a School Makes


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Tuesday was the first day of school for all of my children. I was really excited in the preparation for the the “big day”, all of the shopping and newness of everything.  I loved meeting the teachers and talking about my children.

However, after getting to school, I felt a bit differently. I was not ready to leave my little Butterfly, even though she loved exploring her new classroom.

I felt anxious and was very tempted to stay the entire day. I didn’t, but I’ll talk about that more another day. So, to clear my mind, I had to set up a list, a rudimentary Pros v. Cons list:

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They’re All Going and I’m Not Feeling It



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The Year 2007 was an eventful year for me.

Jeff and I got married.

We had our second son.

We went on our first vacation as a couple.

And much, much more.

Our first vacation together was a cruise to the Bahamas. I had never been on a cruise and was so excited to go.

At the time, our son spent a significant amount of the summer with his grandparents. Those grandparents are one of the reasons we moved to Florida.

Cruising to a Life Together | #FTSF | AprilNoelle.comWe dropped Bunny off with them and headed for the cruise.

Getting on was a breeze and our cabin was on the water.

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Cruising to a Life Together | #FTSF


All Natural Fabric Softener | AprilNoelle.com 33

The essential oil revolution has brought out numerous claims. Some are completely legitimate, some are just sales tools and others are straight out lies.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a large variety of essential oils in my stash ready for many types of solutions.

One solution that has always struck me as questionable, at best, was the “a few drops of lavender oil on a washcloth is a perfect replacement for an all-natural fabric softener.”

My major question was: “How?” I wasn’t aware of softening properties of lavender.

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My All Natural Fabric Softener Solution


The Phone Call That Opened New Doors | AprilNoelle.com 31

The phone call started a chain of events that no one could foresee.

Maybe it was fate, maybe it was God, but the phone call that my husband made to his parents changed this entire school year, opened new doors and our eyes.

After telling them what had happened at the other school, my husband’s dad responded, “Why didn’t you look at [my previous school]?”

See, he used to work at another private school and in the three years that we’ve been in Florida, he never mentioned sending our children there.

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The Phone Call that Opened New Doors



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This story begins at the end of last school year.

For my son, Bunny, we decided to homeschool school him for the summer to see how he’d do. Traditional, public school wasn’t working and if I’m going to work this hard as a parent, I may as well do all of the work. We enrolled him in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and got him started.

For my daughter, Bee, we were considering sending her to school for the first time.  At four, the state of Florida allows children to attend school, to a voluntary pre-kindergarten program, paid for by the state. Bee is four.

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Class of 2030: The Search for the Perfect School


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April Noelle and Bunny | AprilNoelle.com

One day, over five years ago, my husband and I made a conscious decision for me to become a stay at home mother with the birth of our next child. This was by no means his push, it was completely mine. Being a mom who did the majority of the cooking, cleaning and child-raising were wearing on me and I was just tired.

More than that, I was an awful wife.

And I probably wasn’t that great of a mother.

My husband worked long hours and made it home most nights to put our son to bed.

For me, it was too much.

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Blessings through a Pregnancy Story


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Summer is almost over and I am desperately trying to feel comfortable in my own body. I would love to showcase an awesome bikini, but I don’t have that self-confidence to pull it off. Overall, I know that I’m not doing the best to lose weight, or more importantly, get the body that does make me proud, or at least not ashamed. Unfortunately, changing your eating habits can be downright difficult, but it is not impossible and is well worth the effort.

I’m going to start these seven simple steps to a healthier lifestyle.

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7 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle



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Summertime is all about how to keep your kids occupied, still keep your sanity and your money.

I really wanted my children to take classes, but their ages range from 2 to 12 and I don’t have the time or the energy to run them to different places with possibly conflicting times. We decided that swim lessons would be a good start. We swam a little last year and I taught Bee to swim underwater, but nothing too complicated. Plus, she was too scared to go any significant distance. We went through our city’s Park and Recreation and found a class for them all.

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I Found A Neighborhood Hidden Gem: Gaines Park


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Have you ever had that weekend getaway that went exactly as planned… or unplanned? That was our Fourth of July weekend.

So soon after our little NYC getaway in December, a good friend of mine (and podcast co-host, Kweyah) chose Queens, NY to get married. Since it was already an extended weekend, we decided to get in on Thursday to leave on Monday, staying in Midtown East, NYC. The trip was magnificent.

Unlike our last trip in December, we didn’t overpack the trip. We took it easy. We “planned” something big for each day, deciding as the day progressed.

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Midtown East, NYC {Summer 2016}


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I remember at one of Bunny’s first parties with his playgroup. He was about three and we were having a great time. One of the other moms asked him if he wanted some candy. He excitedly ran over to the vegetable platter and snacked on carrots and tomatoes. The moms all looked at me jaws dropped. My son had picked veggies over candy. By this time, he hadn’t had candy often, maybe 5 times in his life.

Now, that I have more children, the candy restrictions are not as strict, but I still have two of my three kids who will opt for vegetable over many other foods. The one, my eldest daughter, Bee, she’s a special case, with a story that goes all the way back into my womb. Even with Bee, she can eat her share of fruits and vegetables.

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6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables



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At a mom’s meeting, one of the moms mentioned that her husband worked at this place called IFixYourI. As someone who always seems to have a device (or few) that needs repair of some sort, my ears perked up. She explained that the owner started as an iPhone repair but has expanded to most electronic devices.

She was telling us some of the craziness that they are mailed (yes, mailed), including this college student who wrecked his computer by vomiting on it. At the time, they were assessing it. I don’t know if they fixed it, but the key is that they tried, through the disgusting mess.

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Affordable Computer and Cell Phone Repair | iFixYouri {Review}


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Back in 2004 or 2005, I woke up blind. Initially, I thought it was that thing that happens to your eyes when someone flips on the light in the dead of night. But after a few minutes, I still saw nothing. Dark gray surrounded me.  Floating specks peppered my views.

Many tests (and many doctors and specialists) later, no one could not tell me what happened. Their best guess was that I had a virus that seemed to only attack my eyes. They gray was slowly going away, but I still hadn’t regained my full vision and had to be driven around. Over a decade later, the effects of that day still linger. I still see the floating specks, but I don’t have the grayness.

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Understanding My Vision | Iconic Eye Care {Review}


Turn It Up Tuesday

Starting a new business is hard, but so is staying in a job or pace that no longer makes you happy. Sweet Job Spot (my company) just hosted a Career Development Brunch in Atlanta for those who are looking for a career change but don’t what to do next. It was wildly successful and we are so ready to take on the Southeast region! One favorite below talks about this point.

So, come on in, grab your favorite drink and start reading!

Thanks so much for stopping by for another week on Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d like to thank you in advance for partying with us and sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out!We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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 | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion

…and welcome our guest hosts for September!

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Chell from Chell Bee | Danielle from Dancing with My Daughter

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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Sarah chose 10 Self Care Tips for Parents from our very own Kelly from Making More. “I really struggle with self care. I try to take care of everyone else first – my kids, my husband, my family & friends…my job. I know that I’m not alone in needing these tips, especially as we head into the holiday season.”

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Sarah chose Caramel Apple Pop Martini from Simply {Darr}ling. “How yummy does this sound?? I love all things Fall, and I think that I’ll need some adult time with one of these martinis and some friends…soon!”

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Mari chose 3 Simple Steps to Finding Your Passion & Live A Life You Love from Everything’s Coming Up Rosie. “Rosie’s tips are things I already use in my mindful living and have worked so I really was happy to see it shared with us.”

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Mari chose Discrimination, an Art Studio & Why Fancy Clothes Won’t Save Us from Rich Faith Rising. “Though we are in trying times and not everyone wants to speak about it I believe any time we can start a conversation when these matters come up is a great thing thanks Jen for the share.”

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Kimberly chose When the Kiddies Are Away… from our very own Tiffany from TheMrsTee. “So excited for Tiffany’s new daytime freedom. Impressed at how many blogging accomplishments she has had with a house full of kids. Now that they are all in school, she is going to be even more of a force. Enjoy yourself, girl!”

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Kimberly chose Tooth Fairy? Blame the early Europeans for this one… from Four Princesses and The Cheese. “I never get tired of hearing failed tooth fairy stories! All parents go through it, but there’s always a hilarious tale to go with it. And Kristin’s hysterical post proves that.”

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Bev chose Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Marilyns Treats. “What could be better than cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies? A bar made with all of these great ingredients. Heavenly!”

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Bev chose Beginners Guide to Protein Powder from That Fit Fam. “This is such an informative post about choosing the right protein powder. I like using protein and buying the right one is important.”

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Tiffany chose 21 Ways To Style Your Skinny Jeans from Five Foot Nothing Shopping. “Okay so I may not be Five Foot Nothing but I’m really close and these tips for styling skinny jeans are definitely on time for this petite fall fashion lover.”

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Tiffany chose Easy Fall Kitchen Tray from Creative Cain Cabin. “I’m all about the seasonal decor and this easy fall look is perfect for any table.”

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Heather chose Marshmallow Mummy Pops and How to Assemble a Boo Kit from Delightful E Made. “I can’t wait to start getting ready for Halloween. This looks like a fun, cute snack to make with the boys.”

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Heather chose Irish Potato Fondue Recipe from The Jenny Evolution. “I know I’m supposed to be avoiding carbs, but roasted potatoes dipped in cheddar fondu is not something I can resist! It looks great.”

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Natasha chose Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids from The Jenny Evolution. “I’m still working on getting into a routine now that my son is in kindergarten. Figuring out lunch and snacks are a huge aspect of this routine, and these are definitely some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose What In The Hell Are You So Stressed Out About Anyways? from Four Princesses and The Cheese. “Sometimes you just have to share your moment – and I’m thankful for you sharing this moment. Thanks for this great post!”

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I’m still sick, but I finally figured out what is wrong. I’m allergic to Florida! After being here for several years, my sinuses have taken a beating. To solve it, I have to have surgery. Boohoo! At least I have a solution!

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Thanks so much for sharing your Fall posts with us last week…we had some amazing posts and it was so hard to choose favorites! We’d like to thank you in advance for sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back!

And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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

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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 | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

…and welcome our guest hosts for September!

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Chell from Chell Bee | Danielle from Dancing with My Daughter

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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Chell chose 12 Fun & Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas from Frugal Foodie Mama. “Mornings are always busy for me, so I am always in search of quick and healthy breakfast ideas that can be taken on my way out the door. All these recipes look delicious.”

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Chell chose Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Budget Girl. “I am a huge coffee lover and diy. So I love create Starbucks type drinks at home. This one is perfect for fall.”

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Danielle chose Apple Cinnamon Pancakes from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “You can never have too many variations of pancakes and this one’s got two of my favourite: Apple and cinnamon. Always a win.”

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Danielle chose Two Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies from Bombshell Bling. “A smart idea on sneaking up some vege on a dessert and still taste amazing. Definitely trying this soon!”

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Bev chose Swirly Wirly ~ Spiral Rosette Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “What a unique way to decorate a pumpkin with the yarn rosettes. What a lovely addition to a fall centerpiece.”

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Bev chose Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake from Inspiration for Moms. “What a great combination of dark chocolate and pumpkin together. This has to be a moist and yummy dessert.”

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Heather chose Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites from Grounded & Surrounded. “While I’m not yet ready to start preparing for Thanksgiving, I love pumpkin and really want to make these. Thanks for sharing!”

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Heather chose Life made Easy with Freeze Ahead Chicken Parmesan Burgers from Jodie Fitz. “I love chicken parm, and freezing these chicken burgers in advance sounds like a great idea. Can’t wait to try them.”

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Mari chose Aus Kinderzimmer wird Teenager Chillout Lounge from Tschi-Tschi. “Hope it’s not to late for my two this week I chose the beautiful room make over.”

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Mari chose Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Marilyns Treats.

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Stacey chose Halloween Recipes Witches from Embellishments. “These look like such a fun and easy idea for the kids to be involved in making. I will be putting a few items on my Halloween treat night with the kiddos. Thank you for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Easy Meringue Ghosts ~ Fun Halloween Cookie Recipe for Kids from Creatively Homemade. “Growing up, I always loved when my mom made any kind of meringue dessert. Maybe I will make some this Halloween. Thanks so much for sharing!”

Silvie also chose this post. “I absolutely love meringue cookies, and this is an absolutely cute idea for Halloween! “

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Silvie chose Spooky Halloween Lantern Craft from Creatively Homemade. “I usually decorate my house with at least 1 lantern at some point in the year. So I can’t wait to try this DIY out for Halloween!”

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Natasha chose 20 Classes Moms Would Take If Motherhood Was a PhD Program from Guilty Chocoholic Mama. “Loving this post! It’s so true – we don’t realize how much we do as moms; it could honestly fill up a PhD program! Thanks for sharing – great post!”

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Natasha chose How to Prepare for Kindergarten: 13 Things You Can (and Should) Do at Home from Lipgloss and Crayons. “The past few months has been hectic as I prepared for my son to start kindergarten. To be honest, I’ve been preparing for kindergarten for years now. These tips reassured me that I was doing all of the right things – he was so well-prepared and just jumped right in! Thanks for sharing! (By the way, I am LOVING the mommy-daughter Creators and Adventurers shirts! So creative!)”

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The post with the most views was Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Julep Cocktail Recipe from Home Cooking Memories.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake from Marilyns Treats

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Life made Easy with Freeze Ahead Chicken Parmesan Burgers from Jodie Fitz

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Each New Day... ~ Douglas Pagels | AprilNoelle.com

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Thanks so much for sharing your Fall posts with us last week…let’s continue sharing more this week! We can’t wait to check out all of your posts. We’d like to thank you in advance for sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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

Unfortunately, we don’t have a sponsor this month. But if you’re interested in being our sponsor for the remainder of the month, please sign up below!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

…and welcome our guest hosts for September!

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Chell from Chell Bee | Danielle from Dancing with My Daughter

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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Sarah chose I’m Not That Mom from our very own Tiffany from TheMrsTee. “I am also – NOT that mom, and I’ve gotten “into” it with some moms over it and also build a tribe of moms who are in my “camp,” so to speak. There shouldn’t be mom wars, but if there are, I’m totally not on the perfect side.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I’m definitely not that mom! And my son is definitely not that child that needs anything complicated. He always aims for the simple, and even when I ask him what he wants for lunch, he’ll tell me he just wants a jelly sandwich, fruit, and pretzels. So I’m just focusing on being myself and being simple – I’m definitely not perfect!”

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Sarah chose Homemade Uncrustables from our very own Kelly from Making More… “My son is OBSESSED with peanut butter sandwiches, and I was just thinking of doing something like this for his lunches.”

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Mari chose If You Are Raising A Daughter You Are Raising Someones Wife and Mother from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. “I love this share its a conversation starter and as a parent to a daughter it arose strong feelings for sure. It reinforced my strong feelings about putting people in boxes. Thank you Mandy for awesome share.”

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Mari chose Fall in Love with the Process from Inner Savvy Wellness. “Karen’s share was another favorite because in life we tend to resist change fearing something that is not even real! We create emotions and stress not needed if we just learn to let go just a little bit.”

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Heather chose Bruschetta from Morsels of Life. “Gabriel helped me pick the features this week, and this was his top choice. “That looks delicious!” were his exact words. We eat a lot of fresh vegetables, and combining tomatoes with garlic and basil on top of crusty bread is always a good idea.”

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Heather chose Chipotle Burgers with Avocado from My Suburban Kitchen. “This was Gabriel’s other favorite (although we had a bit of work narrowing things down). He loves spicy food, and this chipotle burger with avocado suits his taste well. “It makes my mouth water,” he said. And that was AFTER we’d had steak for dinner! I think I’ll have trouble keeping this foodie fed during his teen years.”

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Stacey chose Bacon Cheese Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies from My Suburban Kitchen. “These look wonderful, and would be a great breakfast treat for my lil man’s birthday. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose No Cook Corn Black Bean Salsa from My Suburban Kitchen. “This looks amazing! I love having salsa on so many different dishes, from chicken to salads, and I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!”

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Tiffany chose 8 Vital Goal Setting Tips for Success from Ecurosie. “I am always working on making sure I follow through on the Goals I set for myself and this post gave me the steps I need to help make that happen.”

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Tiffany chose Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Metallic Foil Pumpkins from AttaGirl Says. “I definitely have fall on the brain and I am on the hunt for some new unique ways to decorate. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas Amy!”

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Natasha chose Caramel Apple Turnovers Recipe from Creatively Homemade. “I just love apple turnovers…and this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is 5 Back to School Transition Tips for Your Kindergartener from Mama’s Sweet Home Team.

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Packing up a little early tonight as my children head off to their first day of school tomorrow! Hope these links provide you with fun and enjoyment.

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Happy September!!! Can you believe it’s September already? Fall is on its way! And to celebrate and kick start the fall, let’s work on sharing some fall-related posts – it could be fall recipes, outings, ideas, Halloween, anything at all! We can’t wait to check out all of your posts.  We’d like to thank you in advance for sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us!  If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from  This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

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Bev chose Caramel Praline Topped Cheesecake from Marilyns Treats. “I just can’t imagine a more delicious dessert than a cheesecake with pralines and caramel.  So heavenly. Saving this for our anniversary.”

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Bev chose Blueberry Zucchini Lemon Cake from All That’s Jas. “This blueberry – zucchini cake will make a lovely presentation on your table. All those luscious blueberries inside and don’t forget that you get extra goodness from the zucchini.”

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Mari chose Mediterranean Tri-Bean Salad from Grounded & Surrounded. “I loved coming across Sammi’s share of this great healthy combo salad! Delish mix can’t wait to try.”

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Mari chose Berry Cheesecake Bars, Inspired by the Movie Greater from A Dish of Daily Life. “I thought it would be awesome after dinner treat or lounging on a Saturday afternoon sweet addition :)!”

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Heather chose Skillet Green Chile Chicken Chilaquiles from Spoonful of Flavor. “We love Mexican food. I can’t wait to try this.”

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Heather chose DIY Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Lip Scrub from Busy Being Jennifer. “My lips get chapped and this looks like a great way to exfoliate and moisturize with something natural and tasty.”

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Natasha chose Cheesy Tomato Pasta Skillet from Honey & Birch. “This pasta dish looks so relish! I can’t wait to try it with my lil’ man; he will love it!”

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Natasha chose How To Optimize Instagram Posts (for Business or Fun) from our very own Abiola from Ramblings of a Naija Momaholic. “I love using Instagram personally, but have not fully utilized for my blog. Thanks for these simple tips to optimizing my Instagram posts. It will definitely come in handy!”

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Since my children are going to school for the first time, I still have some pieces to put together. Thankfully, we had a couple of extra weeks to get ready. How’s school treating you?

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! We thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your posts – thanks so much for sharing with us! Let’s continue to party! Share your new or old summer posts, back to school posts, and everything in between! We can’t wait to check them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

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Tina chose Panda Bear Baby Costume {Cute Baby Costumes} from C.R.A.F.T. “A cute and easy to make baby costume.I really like this adorable creation, thanks for sharing it with us.”

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Tina chose Strawberry Rose Slushies aka Frose from The Kittchen. “A very interesting recipe. It looks great and I really want to try it asap.Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.”

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Stacey chose Heavenly Amish Cinnamon Loaf from The Crappy Housewife. “Anytime we make it to an Amish market, that is the first thing they gravitate towards, and I can’t wait to give this one a try! Thank you for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Reese’s Layered Cake from Fluster Buster. “This looks amazing, and would definitely be something that my lil man would want all of. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Mari chose Do More of What Makes You Feel Alive free printable from Lolly Jane Blog. “I loved Kristi & Kelli’s printable share because I feel more people need to live this way and having this framed some place in your home would be great inspiration.”

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Mari chose 5 Positive Ways Mindfulness Can Affect Your Workout from Healthy Helper. “Practicing Yoga & Meditation has enriched my life ten fold some running into Kaila’s share about mindfulness was awesome share!”

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Heather chose Under the Sea Party: Real Parties from Love That Party. “We had big first birthday parties for both of our boys. I love this theme and all of the great decorations!”

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Heather chose Born to Stand Out Flamingo Print + Party Ideas! from Lolly Jane Blog. “I love flamingos, and this is a really cute printable with snack ideas for a party. I guess I’m just in party planning mode this week!”

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Natasha chose 7 Tips to Help You Create Healthful School Lunches from Grounded and Surrounded. “With my son headed for kindergarten next week, I’m trying to figure out some healthy lunch options for him. I’m aiming to send him with lunch 3-4 days a week and letting him have lunch at school 1-2 days a week. Thanks for the great and simple ideas!”

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Natasha chose 15 After School Snacks for Kids from Drugstore Divas. “Thanks for sharing these simple ideas for after school snacks! I’ll definitely be trying them!”

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Born to Stand Out Flamingo Print + Party Ideas! from Lolly Jane Blog

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So sorry that I’m late this week. My children going to school for the first time has been a whirlwind of activity, shopping and preparing. I’m not sure I’m ready, but it’s coming very soon.

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Summer is slowly coming to an end with schools opening in a few weeks (in some cases, school has already started!), so we’re celebrating the end of summer this week! Let’s celebrate like summer just started!

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So share your new or old summer posts, back to school posts, and everything in between! We can’t wait to check them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of 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 | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Heather from Goodlicious | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mari chose Mini Dutch Apple Pies with Caramel Sauce from OhMy! Creative. “Sooooooo moist and delish looking can’t wait to try them.”

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Mari also chose Cinnamon Apple Cake Roll from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “Another moist sweet delish looking treat which I hope to try as well.”

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April chose How To Rock Freezer Cooking While Homeschooling from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. “With all of my children starting school in just a couple of weeks, this list will help us out a lot.”

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Bev chose Mexican Corn Soup from Morsels of Life. “This Mexican Corn soup sounds so good and will be great when the cooler weather comes. I especially love the avocados on top since I love avocados.”

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Bev also chose Sloppy Joe Stuffed Shells from Tornadough Alli. “These stuffed sloppy joe shells would make a great dinner and something that everyone would love.”

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Natasha chose Beach Bag Essentials for the Over-Prepared Mom from Logan Can. “I could absolutely relate to this post. I always overpack for the beach, but hey – better safe than sorry right??!! Great post – thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is 5 Things All Stay At Home Moms Should Do Once Their Kids Are In School from The Mad Mommy.

Natasha also chose this post. “I’m not a stay-at-home mom, but I would surely do all of these. I especially take advantage of doing these exact same things when I take a day off from work. I drop my son off to school and just completely relax! Enjoy!”

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Mini Dutch Apple Pies with Caramel Sauce from OhMy! Creative

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After almost three years running, #ChainLinkyCLIMB is coming to a close. The hosts will be replacing it with a new blog hop with new hosts called You’re the Star Blog Hop! I hope you continue to participate!

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