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Our Summer Camp at Home Series is still going strong and there’s a Giveaway for Organic Milkshakes for kids!

Thanks so much for celebrating the start of Summer with us last week! We had an amazing time, and the posts were no less amazing! Thank you so much for joining in the fun! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share!

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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(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| 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 | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Lori from Saved by the Mommy | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace

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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Bev chose Simple and Sweet 30 Minute Fabric Basket from Flamingo Toes. “These baskets are so adorable and can be used in so many places. Love the fabric.”

Tina also chose this post. “This is the cutest basket. I love it. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.”

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Bev chose Tropical Frozen Lemonade with Pineapple Rum from Atta Girl Says. “On those warm summer days, this drink would be so refreshing. Sitting by the pool sipping one of these would be ideal.”

Natasha also chose this post. “You had me at lemonade and pineapple…two of my favorite things, especially during the summer! Thanks for sharing – I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!”

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April chose Easy Homemade Pizza Dough from Joy.Food.Sunshine. “We’ve started cooking a lot this summer, getting all of the kids involved. I really like a recipe for my three kids and I can work together.”

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April chose Wearable Wednesday: 9 Killer Swimsuits for Plus Size Ladies from The Perfect Storm. “It’s bathing suit season and I need a new one this year. I’m been searching all over. Hannah and Sara gave me some great options. I love #1 and #9.”

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Mari chose Chocolate Covered Mango Popsicle from Kiku Corner. “This is a must try for me especially since I am always buying Mangos in the warm weather! This looks refreshing and tasty great share Meinhilde”

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Mari chose Frozen White Hot Chocolate {Toasted Coconut} from Lemons for Lulu. “I picked this share because it combined two of my fav things white chocolate and coconut.”

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Silvie chose Kale and Sundried Tomato Pesto #MakersMixup from Living La Vida Holoka. “I have always wanted to make my own pesto sauce. This recipe gave me the push to actually try it. It is an easy to follow recipe that comes out absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing Jessica!”

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Silvie chose Easy Cherry Ice Cream Pie from Growing Up Gabel. “I love ice cream and maraschino cherries. So this recipe caught my eye immediately. I can’t wait to head to the store and get everything I need! Thanks for a great recipe Camille!”

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Tina chose DIY Gender Reveal Box from Simply {Darr}ling. “What a creative way to have a gender reveal. Love it. Looks amazing.Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.”

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Tiffany chose How To Raise Strong Women from Lipgloss and Crayons. “Being a mom of 2 girls I know how important it is to me to be certain I am teaching them in example and with life lessons to be strong and amazing women. Carly expresses this so clearly.”

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Tiffany chose DIY Professional Style Head Shots from Erin Shebish. “I just think this is such a great post with great tips for those of us who need great headshot but may not have a Pro budget. Thanks so much Erin!”

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Heather chose Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Chicken from The Kittchen. “My husband was looking at my blog when I was choosing my favorites this week, and he already wants me to make these. Creamy, spicy and cheesy chicken with bacon sounds delicious!”

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Heather chose Pork Meatball Ramen from Morsels of Life. “Pork, Asian pears, and noodles sounds like such a delicious combination. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.”

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Lori chose Second Baby Promises to Myself from My Mom Jeans. “I enjoyed this post because I relate to having mom guilt. I am glad that the author, Kim is letting go and plans to just enjoy her new baby. Congratulations!”

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Lori chose 10 Chores Preschoolers Can Do On Their Own from Homeschool Preschool. “The printable chore cards are very cute and helpful! Great chore chart for preschoolers.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I have always been an advocate of giving chores to my toddler, and now he’s a preschooler, he has even added some chores to the list himself. He loves to help! This is a great post, and the chore cards and chore chart will definitely be helpful! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is Benefits of Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors from Finding My Way Forward.

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Tropical Frozen Lemonade with Pineapple Rum from Atta Girl Says

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Got some picky eaters? Which of these tips have you used to get your kids to eat more veggies?

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WELCOME to the JUNE 2016 CLIMB!






It’s the month long Networking Blog Hop where Cohosts & Guest Cohosts are added each week for ultimate exposure! 






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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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If you didn’t know, I’ve been working with a group of lovely women to bring you the Summer Camp at Home Series. You don’t want miss this if you have kids home this summer.

It’s officially Summer everyone!!! And we’re celebrating all week on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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What are your plans for the summer? Do you have any tips for having a great summer? Do you have any great summer trips in the past? Share them all here on this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday!

We had an amazing week last week, and we thank you so much for joining in the fun! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share!

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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(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| 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 | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Lori from Saved by the Mommy | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace

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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Bev chose Butterfinger Cheesecake from Marilyns Treats. “Cheesecake and butterfingers – how can you go wrong with this dessert. I can have my dessert and chocolate together.”

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Bev chose Gyro Nachos with Pita Chips from Take Two Tapas. “I love gryos and these nachos look great. Even better is that I can have them while on my diet. Low in sugar and high in taste.”

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April chose Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad from The Kittchen. “This looks delicious. I have never had this combo in a pasta salad, but in my quest of trying new things, I’ll give it a go!”

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April chose 4th of July Do a Dot Pack for Preschoolers from Crystal & Co. “As we embark on more activities at home, I always need to do more with my preschoolers. I just bought a pack of dot paint bottles. This activity pack works great for my little girls.”

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Stacey chose Caramel Pecan Brownies from our very own Bev from Eclectic Red Barn. “Oh my, you had me at brownies! The only problem that I see is that I would have to eat the whole batch…because my kids don’t like nuts. Hee-hee! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose 50 Ways To Get Out of Debt Now! from Saving & Simplicity. “So many wonderful tips and some I have definitely started working on since becoming a single income family. Some of the others I will absolutely have to take a look at. Thank you for sharing!”

Natasha also chose this post. “Thank you for sharing these great tips! I will definitely be considering all of these tips in my path of being debt free.”

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Tina chose DIY Geometric Vase (Psssst the trick is stickers) from Jennifer Perkins. “I love this wonderful craft project!Looks amazing and so easy to make.Thanks for sharing this beautiful DIY with us!

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Tina chose DIY Painted Keys Using Nail Polish from White House Crafts. “What a cute and practical project!My keys are going to be painted:)Love it!Thanks for sharing this fun project with us.”

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Mari chose Coconut Cream Bread Pudding with Coconut Glaze from Tornadough Alli. “Alli’s coconut gift to my mouth! I look forward to trying this because it just looks so moist and yummy.”

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Mari chose How to Quickly Recover Barstools and Add a Padded Back from Dazzle While Frazzled. “Then I also loved this redo. Repurposing things around the house is a great way to save and a great way to always brighten up a boring spot.”

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Sarah chose Almost Wordless Wednesday – Sign of a Fun Camping Trip from A Little Campy. “We are camping this week, so I’m on the lookout for advice and wisdom about camping with kids. I loved the simplicity of this post in “A Little Campy” – I need to remember that it’s not about the STUFF and having everything we need, but it’s about my kids being free and having a good time.”

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Sarah chose Camping with Young Kids? Yes, You Can Do It! from Twin Cities Mom Blog. “As awesome as the wisdom of “let the kids run free” is, and as necessary as that is to my perspective, I also appreciated this post of practical tips for camping with young kids on Twin Cities Mom Blog. I love getting tips from moms who have “been there” already :).”

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Tiffany chose Root Beer Float Pancakes Recipe from Home Cooking Memories. “OMgosh I mean how could this not be a favorite of anyone with a sweet tooth. I need these on my plate now!”

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Tiffany chose Fun 4th of July Craft for Kids and Parents, too! from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “I love all of these. Finding a way to have fun with my Kiddies is always something I love and what better way to help celebrate the 4th of July!”

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Heather chose Paneer Tikka ~ Grilled Paneer and Vegetable Skewers from Sweet C’s Designs. “These skewers look delicious and perfect for a summer night of grilling. I’m very interested in learning more about cooking Indian food and this is a great recipe to get me started.”

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Heather chose Cook a Pork Roast – Serve It Three Times! from The Lazy Gastronome. “I’ve said before I love serving pork, and slow-cooker pork shoulder is such a versatile, inexpensive protein. I like the idea of sharing three different recipes in one post.”

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Natasha chose 3 Simple Preschool Parenting Tips from Homeschool Preschool. “It’s a lot of work parenting a preschooler. They are more confident, more self-aware, and have accumulated enough education that make them believe they can conquer the world. These are great and simple tips to help parent a preschooler; thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is Show Dad Some Love! 22 Fun, Fabulous, Ecofriendly Father’s Day Gifts from Urban Naturale.

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Root Beer Float Pancakes Recipe from Home Cooking Memories

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Coconut Cream Bread Pudding with Coconut Glaze from Tornadough Alli

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Music

This summer, I am collaborating with a great group of women to bring your 7 Weeks of Summer Camp at Home. Each week, we will be bringing you new books, snacks, recipes and activities to enjoy with your children. I’m bringing to you a week’s worth of musical activities for your young ones.

I’ve always dreamed of having a musical household. So I’m making it happen. My son playing piano and the rest of us singing loud and often. When the mood suits me to go all-in, I love to teach them some of the fundamentals of music. Not just for fun, students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. (Johnson, C. M. & Memmott, J. E. (2007))

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Have you gotten the man in your life a gift yet? Here’s my list of Great Gifts for the Businessmen in your life, with a complete gift guide for the other men!

Welcome to another week of Turn It Up Tuesday!!! We had an amazing week last week, and we thank you so much for joining in the fun! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share!

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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(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| 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 | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Lori from Saved by the Mommy | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace

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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Tiffany chose How To Beat The SAHM Blues from Perfectly-Imperfect Parenting. “Jenn shares some really great ways to beat the feeling of isolation that can come along with being a Stay At Home Mom… because let’s be honest – it’s not all coffee breaks and fun!”

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Tiffany chose Why do women mom shame each other? from Love of Learning Mama. “Dale spoke on something that I have experienced myself – Mom Shame. That moment when another woman makes you feel less than what you are with words or actions. It’s not okay and we need to work together to make it stop.”

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Bev chose Star-Spangled Garland from Sparkle. “What a great way to celebrate the 4th with this festive banner. I love that they are made with card stock and those Kree-ey-tivaluminum emblems are adorable.”

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Bev chose Cinnamon Roll Muffins from LouLou Girls. “There is nothing like mornings and cinnamon rolls. So these muffins would be a perfect fit and so yummy.”

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Mari chose Berrylicious Bar Cookies from A Dish of Daily Life. “I liked Michelle’s Berry bars nice filling combo I’d eat for breakfast or take for a quick lite lunch.”

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Mari chose Hearty Breakfast Bowl from The Bikini Experiment. “Lauren’s breakfast bowl looks great, healthy and also filling,though I would tweak for myself with some fat free yogurt or a light almond milk. Great share.”

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Stacey chose Fruit and Walnut Salad with Honey – Lemon Dressing from Courtney’s Cookbook. “Oh yum! I love finding quick no bake recipes, especially in the summer. Cold desserts that don’t require the use of the oven, certainly beat the summer heat. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Sarah chose the Organization Challenge from The Dot. “I chose this post because it resonates with me at this point in the year. School is winding down for my kids and for me (I’m a teacher), and that means it’s time to focus back on my “actual” life. And boy-oh-boy does it need some attention! I like that this is a post about the challenge in action vs. from the original poster of the challenge (it shows the work in real life!).”

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Robin chose A Week of Homestead Photos May 29th – June 4th from The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl. “I chose this one because, being a farm girl myself, I enjoyed the glimpse of Mindie’s life on her farm. I think that we all can find something to bring a smile to our face, and these adorable and sometimes quirky animals are just the piece of joy we may need.”

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Robin chose How to Make Liquid Laundry Soap with Three Simple Ingredients from Life Unprocessed. “I love DIY cleaners for the home. Especially ones that can save so much money, like making your own laundry soap! We make ours and it lasts for a year…and that is providing our daughter with enough to do her while she is away at college!”

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Heather chose 10 Organized Laundry Room Ideas! from Mom of 6. “I too think a laundry room should be attractive and organized. I have an inspiring saying on my walls, a funny calendar, and some of my Mother’s Day artwork hanging. I love some of these organization ideas and may try to incorporate them into the laundry room in our new house. Great collection of ideas!”

Kimberly also chose this post. “Sharon shared some great ideas for doing that dreaded thing we moms hate doing the most. The lint container idea is awesome! I hate cleaning the lint filter because it interrupts my flow. This would absolutely change that.”

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Heather chose Blackberry and Mozzarella Grilled Crostini from Hello Nature. “Blackberries, fresh cheese and toasted bread – wow. What a great idea! I love this idea and will be making this soon.”

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Kimberly chose I Cut the Cord & I Have No Regrets! from Georgia Lee. “Fabulous title for this post! Although I can’t see myself giving up cable and doing streaming exclusively anytime soon, I believe it will be the norm in the near future. Some of my friends do it and they love it. Thanks for the details.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I cut the cord a year ago, and I don’t have any regrets either! And I appreciate it for all the reasons that you mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Lori chose DIY Coastal Themed Message Board from Fun Money Mom. “I enjoyed it because it is a low-cost and easy to make decoration that will remind you of the beach all year long.”

Lori also chose this post. “I enjoyed it because it is an easy and low cost decoration to make that reminds you of the beach all year long.”

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Tina chose Blueberry Watermelon Hibiscus Ice Pops Recipe from Cooking LSL. “Wonderful recipe ,very interesting flavours. Summer is here. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with us.”

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Tina chose No Bake Cheesecake Squares from Lemons for Lulu. “I love no bake, easy dessert recipes. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this super yummy recipe with us.”

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Natasha chose What the Hell Am I Doing?: A Being a Wordsmith Update from Being a Wordsmith. “I can completely understand what you’re going through. Honestly, I am going through the same things and feelings right now. And it’s really hard to break free of those things holding us back. I hope that we both get through this time with even more to give and share! Wishing you the utmost best!”

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The post with the most views is Literacy Development in Toddlers and Preschoolers from Sicily’s Heart & Home.

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Cinnamon Roll Muffins from LouLou Girls

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As a black woman who did all of the things that society told me to do (went to college, law school and had a family), I was wildly unequipped to deal with the financial aspect of becoming an adult. I knew how to balance a checkbook, but learning how or why to develop an adequate emergency fund was not something that our family ever discussed. I am still digging myself out of financial mistakes made years ago.

Now, being fully thrust into adulthood, I’m tired of watching my community struggle. Women around me are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, never seeing the end in sight. When they finally decide to take the plunge to create their own destiny, they are too inexperienced to make sure that their ventures are successful and struggle alone to create something to be proud of.

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In my house, Father’s Day gifts are the hardest to buy. My husband often just buys whatever he wants whenever he wants it. So, this year, I thought long and hard about things that would prove really useful in his daily life, but may not have known about.

If you’ve got a businessman at home, here are some of the best Father’s Day Gifts for businessmen!

**Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2016**

Make your businessman fall in love with your gift!

Father’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to put in the Father’s Day orders to get them in time. Make sure that they don’t feel forgotten with the perfect gift for your father, your partner, your father-in-law, your “I think of you as a father”, special man in your life.  To help inspire your gift giving, I’ve partnered with some of my favorite bloggers to put together a complete gift guide featuring Father’s Day gift ideas for all of those special guys!  View our complete Father’s Day Gift Guide HERE!

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Best Father’s Day Gifts for Men Who Mean Business 2016


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Welcome to another week of Turn It Up Tuesday!!! Last week, we celebrated Memorial Day – and it’s great to recognize, remember, and honor those that have and are serving and their families.

We had an amazing week last week, and we thank you so much for joining in the fun! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share!

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!

We’re looking for sponsors for next month! Be sure to sign up, and sponsor us for a month!
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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| 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 | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for June!

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Sarah from Roaring Mama Lion | Robin from Snippets of Faith | Lori from Saved by the Mommy | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace

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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Mari chose DIY Herringbone Coffee Table from The Summery Umbrella. “I loved LZ’s table share it has beautiful color very rich and eye catching! The design was awesome too.”

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Mari chose Eggs in Purgatory with Garlic Bread from The Kittchen. “Then Kit’s egg dish looked so wonderful I hope to try it this weekend! Purgatory, what a name for a dish lol great share.”

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Bev chose Milk Paint Gossip Bench Refinish from Flamingo Toes. “How cute to update this gossip bench. Just makes you want to sit down and talk.”

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Bev chose Chocolate Strawberry Jam Cake from Just A Mum. “How can you go wrong with chocolate cake? Add in jam and chocolate frosting and I am hooked.”

Tina also chose this post. “This cake looks super yummy,love the combination of strawberry and chocolate.I will definitely try making this beautiful cake, thanks so much for sharing this .recipe with us.”

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Stacey chose Simple Funnel Cake Recipe {Maker’s Mix-Up} from Hello Nature. “We don’t often go to fairs and such, so I absolutely miss having yummy funnel cakes. I am definitely going to be making these and soon! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints from The Gold Lining Girl. “These look wonderful and I know they would definitely be a hit with the kids. I can’t wait to make them. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Tina chose Learning to Tell Time with a Rock Clock Mystery from The Jenny Evolution. “A creative way to help children learn to tell time. Lovely and fun learning activity.Thanks for sharing this creative idea with us.”

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Tiffany chose 50 Summer Boredom Busters for Kids from Penny Pincher Jenny. “Finding a way to keep the boredom monster at bay during the summer is not always easy but thanks to Jenny’s great ideas I can check that off my worry list!”

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Kimberly chose 5 Ways “TweetThis” Increases Your Blog’s Exposure from TheMrsTee. “I use a tweet plugin, but now I can amp up the way that I do thanks to this post. Great tips!”

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Silvie chose 36 Healthy BBQ Recipes for Summer from Healthy Helper. “What a list of amazingly delicious recipes! I found some that I wouldn’t have even thought about. I can’t wait to try them out.”

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Silvie chose Chilled Cucumber Cilantro Soup from Little Miss Dexterous. “I love the flavors of both cucumber and cilantro. I can’t wait to try this soup! It looks and sounds so crisp and refreshing, perfect for these hot summer days.”

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Heather chose Berry Cheesecake Recipes from The Kittchen. “My boys love popsicles, and have a great time making them at home. This looks like a fun variation for us to try.”

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Heather chose Ginger Lime Chicken from Bombshell Bling. “Lime is such a great addition to savory dishes. This looks like a delicious recipe for the grill.”

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Natasha chose How to Stay Awake When You’re Really, Really Tired from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “When you’re a momma, you stay tired. But you still have to figure out how to stay awake to take care of your kids. These are some great tips to staying awake! Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Chewbacca Mom and 4 Viral Lessons from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller. “I absolutely love the Chewbacca Mom video! It’s amazing how videos or posts go viral. It’s unexpected, unpredictable, and amazing. These are some great lessons for viral success! Thanks so much for sharing with us!”

Kimberly also chose this post. “If you haven’t seen this video, you MUST watch it! Sarah points out why it (and so many others) went viral.”

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The post with the most views is Life is Like a Patchwork Quilt…Love in Every Stitch! from Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs.

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Chocolate Strawberry Jam Cake from Just A Mum

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Chewbacca Mom and 4 Viral Lessons from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller

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After posting last year’s info on Palm Beach County’s Library Adventure Pass (LAMP), a friend quickly notified me that the program had changed! So, after several years of the same process, it’s new.

I rushed right over there, and by rushed, I mean, I spent an hour looking for our library cards, making sure certain people made it to the bathroom and taking apart the house looking for the library cards.

Ultimately, I did NOT find them. But, the same friend let me know that they would look up the info for you (that’s new!)! Keep reading below for my pros and cons of the new LAMP.

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Library Adventure Museum Pass 2016 {Palm Beach County Libraries}


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Tomorrow is the last day of school for my son, then we get to enjoy a few days of sleeping in, no homework and then finally, figuring out what to do to keep the kids occupied.

I posted this Summer Family Fun List last year, but I thought it’d be a great idea to give you a refresher if you aren’t sure what to do this year.

This list is organized in order by city, then alphabetical. If I missed any place, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email – justme @ aprilnoelle.com.

Boca Raton Children’s Museum – Boca Raton
Children’s Science Explorium – Boca Raton
Daggerwing Nature Center – Boca Raton
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center – Boca Raton
Sugar Sand Park – Boca Raton
We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym – Boca Raton

Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market – Boynton Beach
The Bee’s Knees Learn & Play – Boynton Beach
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center – Boynton Beach

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Off the Wall – Coconut Creek
Tradewinds Park & Stables – Coconut Creek
Wow Factory Indoor Playground & Family Fun Center – Coconut Creek

D

Flamingo Gardens Botanical Collection & Wildlife Sanctuary – Davie
Kabooms Amusement and Party Center – Davie
Young At Art Museum – Davie

Splash Adventure Water Park in Quiet Waters Park – Deerfield Beach

The Girls Strawberry U-Pick – Delray Beach
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens – Delray Beach
Sandoway House Nature Center – Delray Beach

Summer Family Fun List in Southeast Florida


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It is compassion.
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It is valor.
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“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” – – Doc Hastings

Welcome to another week on Turn It Up Tuesday!!! This week, we’re celebrating Memorial Day. We’re recognizing those that have served, remembering those that have lost their life in the line of service, and honoring the service members and their families.

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We had an amazing week last week, and we thank you so much for joining in the fun! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share!

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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| 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 | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Silvie chose Easy Baked Risotto from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. “I love risotto, but I’m scared to try to make it after a disastrous attempt. This recipe looks so amazing that I may just give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing Elaine!”

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Silvie chose How to get your kids to clean their room from Fun Money Mom. “This is such a great post! I always have a hard time getting my boys to clean up their room. Usually I end up doing it because it saves me from getting after them. I will have to try Lisa’s ideas.”

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Elaine chose Mushroom and Swiss Crock Pot Burgers from Just 2 Sisters. “I love mushroom Swiss burgers and so happy to have found a crockpot recipe.”

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Elaine chose Copycat Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream from All She Cooks. “Ice cream is my weakness and this recipe looks fabulous. Definitely going to have to get the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer.”

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Mari chose Banana Berry French Toast from Annie’s Noms. “Annie has done it again with a treat that made my mouth water! This combo is a must try for me because French Toast is my go to at any time of the day or night. Thanks Annie :)”

Kareen also chose this post. “It is a good way to make french toast that isn’t just yummy but also healthy. Nice for the kids too!”

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Mari chose DIY Car Storage Jars from Always Made with Love. “Then I loved coming across Lydia’s diy storage jars made with the Hot Wheels because it reminded me of the years I decorated my daughter’s room with Hello Kitty. Great job turned at awesome.”

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Heather chose Tender Pork Kabobs Recipe from Cooking LSL. “I love pork too and can’t wait to try the wine version of this marinade.”

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Heather chose Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers from Living La Vida Holoka. “You know I’m always looking for low-carb alternatives. Stuffing red peppers with taco filling is genius!”

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Tina chose $5 Outdoor Patio Furniture Makeover from AttaGirl Says. “Beautiful makeover. It’s amazing what a bit of color can do. Great result, love turquoise.Thanks for sharing your makeover with us.”

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Tina chose Pear Ginger Donuts [Vegan + Gluten-Free] from Healthy Helper. “The combination of ginger and pear sounds interesting. Love a healthy option and it is gluten free. An amazing recipe will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing.”

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Stacey chose 18 No Bake Sweet Treats from Dreaming of Leaving. “As summer approaches I love having desserts, but prefer not to use the oven, any more than I have to. I love no bake desserts and they are perfect for outdoor cookouts. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Derby Pie Brownies from Take Two Tapas. “These look completely wonderful, and of course you had me at brownie! I can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Kareen chose 5 Ways with Washi Tape & A Circle Punch from White House Crafts. “I love how simple these are made and the washi tape colors are just lovely! We can also do this with the kids as well.”

5 Things Bloggers Feel

Natasha chose 5 Things Bloggers Feel…But May Be Afraid to Say from Living on Cloud Nine. “I believe almost every blogger has felt these things throughout their blogging career. Great post…thanks for sharing!”

Encourage-Independence

Natasha chose 4 Tips to Encourage Independence with Your Preschoolers from Homeschool Preschool. “My son is fiercely independent, and I implement many of these tips to help encourage and foster his independence. Thanks so much for sharing…great post!”

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Banana Berry French Toast from Annie’s Noms

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Helping Teens Overcome Fear and Anxiety from Embark on the Journey

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