My Reflection 6

The mirror sits idly in the bathroom taunting me, mocking me. I want to look, I want to see myself, my whole self, but often I can’t bare to look.

What I should see is the woman who graduated near the top of her high school class, to attend an awesome first tier school, to attend a great first tier law school.

What I should see is the woman who found out she was pregnant before her third year of law school, finished law school anyway, then lost my second son a couple years later and didn’t die completely inside.

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My Reflection


Consult a professional before investing 27

When it comes to investing, the losses caused due to small mistakes are very real. The effects of those losses can have a significant impact on your life and sometimes, it’s difficult to bounce back. Consulting with a professional before you invest, therefore, makes sense especially if you are investing for the first time or you are investing large sums of money. Some financial professionals have developed platforms you can subscribe to, like investing for survival, that offer organized advice and strategies that are worth checking out.

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3 Reasons You Should Consult with a Professional Before Investing


Turn It Up Tuesday - 100

Things are heating up over here and I’ll just share a few of them:

I’m hoping that many more positive updates are coming. What about you? What’s really going on in your life?

Welcome to the 125th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it’s because of all of you!

We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!

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Turn 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 January, please sign up below!

We’re looking for sponsors for 2016! 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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | 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 | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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(from the top – left to right)

Chris from Sweet Mornings | Abiola from Ramblings of A Nigerian Workahomom | Anne from Simple and Savory | Heather from Goodlicious | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore

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 Loaded Meatballs from Dinosaur Superhero Mommy. “I loved Karen’s share I would switch to Turkey or Chicken but looks really tasty.”

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Mari chose 10 Red Velvet Recipes from Marilyn’s Treats. “Marilyn made me very happy with this share! My very own Valentine gift lol I look forward to trying these!!!”

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Silvie chose Chinese Fried Rice from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. “Chinese fried rice is one of my favorite dishes! I have always wanted to try to make it at home. This looks like an easy and delicious recipe to try, I can’t wait.”

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Silvie chose White Chocolate Rum Chata Pudding (for stressed out moms!) from The (mis)Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl. “I really enjoy a nice rum and having Guatemalan roots Horchata is one of my ultimate favorite drinks. I have seen Rum Chata but I haven’t tried it. This recipe is going to give me the chance of trying it out. :)”

Chris also chose this post. “Grown up pudding that can be a popsicle!!!”

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Abiola chose Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Sign + Blog Hop from our guest host of the month, Celeste from Decor by the Seashore. “I am an ardent lover of easy DIY crafts plus this site has some other wonderful thrifty craft ideas, I’m picking ‘DIY Valentine’s Day Sign’ by Decor by The Seashore”

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Abiola chose How I Conquered My Mummy Guilt from Minted Rogue. “Being a mom is a very hard task on it’s own and we sometimes beat ourselves up too hard during our self appraisals…adding to the our mommy-scale so I’m picking ‘How I Conquered My Mommy Guilt’ by Minted Rouge as my second fave post of the week.”

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Celeste chose DIY Pottery Barn knock-off Chairbackers from Urban Jane. “I love how these Valentine’s Day chair backers are personalized for each child. They’re perfect for kids to collect those Valentine’s Day cards!”

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Celeste chose Beautiful Indoor Plants And A Centerpiece Idea from Bisozozo. “You’d never guess this beautiful planter box is made from cardboard and popsicle sticks. It’s perfect for showing off that spring time greenery!”

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Bev chose Mango Buttercream Frosting from Morsels of Life. “I love anything with mangoes so this mango frosting is perfect. Having three mango trees, I will be making this recipe when the mangoes come in.”

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Bev chose Almond Chocolate Chip Cake Loaf from Budget Girl. “I love anything with chocolate chips and this Chocolate chip loaf sounds wonderful. How can you go wrong.”

Stacey also chose this post. “This loaf looks super delicious. I really look forward to giving it a try, because I love the almond and chocolate combination. Thank you for sharing!”

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Anne chose Paleo Mini Pepper Nachos from Pancake Warriors. “What a great idea to get your nacho fix for the superbowl without refined carbs.”

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Anne chose Super Bowl Guacamole Recipe With A Twist! from our very own Silvie from My Silly Little Gang. “Love the idea of mango and guacamole together.”

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Elaine chose The Only Rule You Need To Maintain a Tidy Home from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “I am always looking for ways to help me maintain a clean home, especially since I really dislike housework. This is so simple. Can’t wait to try it out.”

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Elaine chose The 10 Best Red Velvet Recipes for Valentine’s Day! from Better on a Budget. “I love red velvet anything and these are great recipes to try.”

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Stacey chose Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake from Don’t Sweat the Recipe. “I absolutely love all kinds of lemon cakes and breads. They are so refreshing, without being overly sweet. I look forward to giving this one a try. Thanks so much for sharing.”

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Chris chose Mini Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast from Annie’s Noms. “Strawberries, Nutella & french toast!! Breakfast perfection plus they are heart shaped!!”

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Heather chose White Bean Burgers from our guest host of the month, Anne from Simple and Savory. “One of our resolutions is to have one vegetarian meal each week. So far we haven’t been following through on that. Hopefully this recipe for White Bean Burgers from Simple and Savory will make it into the rotation and help us get closer to our goal.”

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Heather chose Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life. “I really like the idea of mixing sweet and spicy in this seasoning mix for Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life.”

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Tina chose DIY Valentine Rag Wreath from Intelligent Domestications. “I love easy and quick craft projects and I really like this wreath!Cute and simple!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.”

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Tina chose Turmeric “Tea” from Little Miss Dexterous. “I’m new into turmeric tea and I love it when people share their knowledge,it is a super anti-inflammatory and it’s very helpful with stomach issues(I know).Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us.”

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Tiffany chose How Acceptance Made Me a Better Mother, Wife and Businesswoman from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. “April wrote this post as if it was a page from my own life. I think it takes a lot of courage and strength to accept where we are as women and mothers and decide to make the best of it no matter what. Thanks for the uplift this week April!”

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Tiffany chose Wives Affect Their Husband’s Character: 4 thoughts every wife should consider from Snippets of Inspiration. “This post is one that every wife can use to help not only strengthen their marriage but their view of how they impact their husbands.”

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Natasha chose The Efficient Multitasker Fallacy from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. “Absolutely love this post! It’s so true – we should definitely approach multi-tasking a little bit differently. I would rather have things completed correctly rather than half-assing everything I need to do. Great post – thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Simple Ways to Relax and Recharge from Something 2 Offer. “I have been on a mission to find ways to relax and recharge – this post definitely shared some great ways to do that! Thanks for sharing!”

Two posts received the most views:

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FREE Printable Winter Preschool Literacy Pack from Homeschool Preschool

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Homeschool Quitters, Dropouts, and Wimps (Want to Join Me?) from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

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Mini Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast from Annie’s Noms

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The 10 Best Red Velvet Recipes for Valentine’s Day! from Better on a Budget

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How I Conquered Mommy Guilt with Turn It Up Tuesday



Changing Our Marriage 35

Every year, I make goals.

Every year, I’m successful at some and not so successful with others.

This year is a bit different, letting you into my methods to be successful. One such goal is to have a better marriage. Let me give you a little background.

Growing up, I was not surrounded by happily married couples.

My parents seemed happy on the outside, but on the inside, they were distant. My mother content clicking away on the computer keyboard in her office while my dad, well, he was kinda just there. Even at a young age, I realized they weren’t right for each other. I couldn’t say that there was any fundamental flaw with either one of them, just that the other wasn’t a complement. Their quiet bickering in their room only affirmed my belief and so did their eventual divorce.

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The Step that Will Change Our Marriage


Turn It Up Tuesday - 100

If you didn’t know, I’ve been working on ModernishMommas.com which launched last week. Pop on over and let me know what you think?

The 124th week of Turn It Up Tuesday is here! We’re officially in the month of February (can you believe it?)!

Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it’s because of all of you!

We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!

TUT new

Turn 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 January, please sign up below!

We’re looking for sponsors for 2016! 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 MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | 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 | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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(from the top – left to right)

Chris from Sweet Mornings | Abiola from Ramblings of A Nigerian Workahomom | Heather from Goodlicious | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore

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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Ginger chose Glam Planning 101 – Making a Beautiful Weekly Spread from Planner Squad. “I am so into planners and planner accessories right now. I love looking at other peoples planner set ups. This is a gorgeous one with great tips.”

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Ginger chose Everything Popovers from Living La Vida Holoka. “I have wanted to make popovers for a while now. This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try.”

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Celeste chose Jingle Bell Valentine from My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies. “I love how she turned leftover Christmas bells into a beautiful Valentine’s Day decoration! So creative!”

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Celeste chose Printed Burlap Wall Decor from Simply {Darr}ling. “This burlap print is so beautiful and makes the perfect wedding gift! And did you know you could print on burlap? How fun!”

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Mari chose Chocolate Covered Cake Bites from Typically Simple. “I love great surprises in small bites. Look forward to trying these out!”

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Mari chose Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites from All She Cooks. “I love great surprises in small bites. Look forward to trying these out!”

Bev also chose this post. “Wow these look and sound divine. How can you go wrong with chocolate and chocolate chips?”

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Bev chose Preschool Sensory Activities: 3 Ways to Use Rice from Learning 2 Walk. “What cute ideas for pre-school sensory activities. The pink rice just makes it even better.”

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Victoria chose Children are a Blessing & Not Inconveniencing: 5 ways to PERK UP! from Snippets of Inspiration. “I chose this post as it thoroughly covered ways children are a blessing. It can be a wonderful pick me up for when you are having one of those bad moments as a parent.”

Natasha also chose this post. “This is definitely a great post. Sometimes us parents need a reminder as to why our children are truly a blessing, especially in those moments when we want to pull our hair out. Great post – thanks for sharing!”

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Victoria chose Why is Self Care so Hard? | Are You a Mommy Martyr? from Stay at Home Yogi. “I chose this post because I can relate. It’s so easy to get caught up in taking care of our children that we forget to take care of ourselves.”

Stacey also chose this post. “An amazing post! Even though mine are teenagers, I still have trouble finding me time to take care of myself. I worked for so many years before becoming a SAHM, that I forgot how to. Now I am trying to make a concentrated effort to accomplish it! Thank you for sharing!”

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Chris chose Upcycled Wine Bottle Crate from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “Adorable, DIY project!”

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Chris chose Citrus Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Simple and Savory. “Looks delicious and perfect way to start enjoying brussel sprouts.”

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Heather chose 10 Kings For Mardi Gras from Marilyn’s Treats. ” My birthday is during Mardi Gras and King Cake is a special treat to celebrate. I’m certain I can a few great recipes to try this year with this round-up of 10 Kings for Mardi Gras from Marilyn’s Treats.”

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Heather chose Asian BBQ Pork Taco Boats from Lemons for Lulu. “Have I mentioned I love tacos? These Asian BBQ Pork Taco Boats from Lemons for Lulu look like a delicious twist.”

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Stacey chose Chocolate Orange Lindt Lava Cake from God’s Growing Garden. “I absolutely love the pairing of orange and chocolate and then add any type of lava and I am in! I cannot wait to make this! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Anuja chose Becoming Mom in a Blended Family Home from Jed & Jen’s Coffee Shop Conversations. “Beautifully written post.”

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Anuja chose Pesto Swirl Bread from Morsels of Life. “Loved the Idea of incorporating pesto in bread loaf. I did a similar experiment with my Pesto Flower Bread and I know how great it tastes”
veg-lasagnaAnuja chose Veggie Lasagna Freezer Meal from All She Cooks. “Its a great idea for prep ahead meal. We all can use something like this in today’s busy life.”

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Natasha chose Free your mind of negative thoughts from Sunny Expectations. “I tend to get caught up in my own thoughts sometimes. This post was a great reminder to learn to let go and free your mind of negative thoughts.”

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Tina chose Ombre Yarn Heart Wood Pallet Craft from Growing Up Gabel. “A simple and cute craft for Valentines Day, love it,very creative.Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.”

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The post with the most views is My experiences blogging one month in from Sunny Expectations.

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We have a four-way tie this week, so all 4 posts will win Best of the Best!

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Why is Self Care so Hard? | Are You a Mommy Martyr? from Stay at Home Yogi

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Chocolate Covered Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bites from All She Cooks

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Children are a Blessing & Not Inconveniencing: 5 ways to PERK UP! from Snippets of Inspiration

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Chocolate Covered Cake Bites from Typically Simple

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Make a Popover with this Week’s Turn it Up Tuesday!


GROWTH 35

Goals, resolutions, word of the year, and new beginnings flood websites and the general environment come January 1st. For most, it’s just another day. Even after the proclamations of change, a few weeks later, most people are the same as they were on December 31st.

For those who continue,  it’s a push-pull of old and new, killing old habits and creating new ones, waking up a little earlier and using the time a little more wisely. The struggle to change is real. It’s not an overnight makeover. It’s a constant and consistent choice to make a change, every day (or at least most days). Then one day, you have changed.

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A New Year, A New Word



Sports Bra History 26

Most women don’t know that the sports bra is a relatively new invention tied to the growth of women’s sports in recent decades. Fortunately, this vital piece of workout gear has become mainstream and plentiful, even branching out into customizable iterations and going high fashion. Let’s take a look at the evolution of the sports bra and what it means to women today.

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With the passage of Title IX in 1972, women’s sports began a revolution. The federal ruling dictated that schools had to offer equal athletic opportunities, regardless of the gender of the participants. Throw into the mix the nationwide obsession with jogging, and you had crucible for innovation in women’s athletics.

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Sports Bra History Is Short, but the Effects Are Long ...


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Can you believe that January is almost over? I still haven’t posted my annual goal post, but don’t worry, it’s coming this week! See you back!

Welcome to Turn It Up Tuesday #123! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it’s because of all of you!

We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!

TUT new

Turn 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 January, please sign up below!

We’re looking for sponsors for 2016! Be sure to sign up, and sponsor us for a month!
Click here to sign up for a month, or two!

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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | 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 | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for January!

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(from the top – left to right)

Chris from Sweet Mornings | Kam from The Women Talk | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore | Heather from Goodlicious | Kate from Maternity Glow | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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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Kam chose Valentine’s Day Play Dough Tray from Creative Mama Productions. “I have been looking for cute Valentine’s Day crafts to do with kids, and this one looks perfect.”

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Kam chose Strawberry Cream Truffles from Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry. “These Strawberry Cream Truffles look super delicious.”

Tina also chose this post. “Wonderful strawberry truffles,look so yummy and easy to make.Perfect Valentines treat,thanks for sharing this recipe with us.”

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Tiffany chose 6 Ways to Love Like Jesus from My Snippets of Inspiration. “Loving those who don’t want to be loved is not always an easy task. Danielle shares 6 amazing ways to help make that love a bit easier to share.”

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Tiffany chose 33 Super Cute Kids Valentines for School from Hands On As We Grow. “I’m not the craftiest of moms but with these amazing ways to create valentines with my Kiddies I don’t think that will be a big problem this Valentine’s Day.”

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Celeste chose Mini Arrow Garland from The Logbook. “This arrow garland is adorable and perfect for Valentine’s Day!”

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Celeste chose You Are So Loved Printable from Bombshell Bling. “This printable is gorgeous and a great message to display in the home for Valentine’s Day and year round!”

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Chris chose {Versions and Verdicts} Linda’s Chorba M’Katfa (Red Soup with Vermicelli) from The Not So Creative Cook. “With the cold & snowy weather this soup looks delicious.”

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Chris chose We’re going Bandanas (Our Dollar Store Bandana Pillow DIY) from The Heathered Nest. “Quick, relatively easy, inexpensive craft to brighten up the house.”

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Mari chose When Chronic Illness Invades Your Marriage from Your Vibrant Family. “What a great share. No one really pays attention to the commitment it takes to stay strong together in the good times and bad. Everyone takes relationships and the work they take for granted and then when tough times arise find it hard to deal with. Glad this share could start a conversation.”

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Mari chose M&M’s Strawberry Fudge from Summer Scraps. “I just loved Summer’s share. Strawberry fudge and MMs! Can’t wait to try this treat and surprise my daughter.”

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Bev chose Heart Soda Can Lights from Crafty Journal. “These soda can lights are adorable. What a great way to upcycle and create nice lights in the process. So many possibilities for different lights. Really nice post.”

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Bev chose How to Make Affordable Felt Flower Embellishments from Little House Living. “These are such adorable felt flowers and can be used in so many ways. Great cost and nice tutorial.”

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Tina chose Austin’s 4th Airplane Birthday Party from Sandy a la Mode. “Love this party theme,extremely cute decoration.Wonderful details ,great birthday party.Thanks so much for sharing.”

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Heather chose Pear and Pomegranate Salad from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “This recipe reminds me a lot of the salad we had at our wedding, I couldn’t resist!”

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Heather chose Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple Mango Salsa from Delightful E Made. “This post is perfect for me this week. My lunches were definitely on the boring and fattening side. I’m planning ahead this weekend for next week and will be making this to bring with me.”

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Stacey chose Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola from Not Too Shabby Gabby. “This granola looks wonderful! I have been trying to find healthier items to eat, since starting a workout program and look forward to trying this! Thank you for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Berry Fruity Smoothie from Little Miss Dexterous. “I love fruit smoothies and definitely look forward to adding this for a morning treat, especially once spring arrives. Thank you for sharing!”

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Natasha chose 5 Reasons All Moms should Blog from Blogdalicious. “I absolutely love this post. I believe that moms should blog so that other moms can benefit from their experiences. Thanks so much for sharing this great post!”

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Natasha chose 13 Things A Mommy Never Wants to Hear from Fun Money Mom. “This post is so true…and hilarious! It’s true, these are all things that I never want to hear, and have probably gone through several times. I have to think of some things that I never want to hear, and maybe do a follow-up post! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is Home Organizing and Storage Ideas from Redo It Yourself Inspirations.

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

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Strawberry Cream Truffles from Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry

And there’s a tie for second place…

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Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple Mango Salsa from Delightful E Made

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Pear and Pomegranate Salad from Pink Heels Pink Truck

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When my son was six years old, he brought home a “Student of a Week” questionnaire asking about his favorite things. Of course, one of the questions was “What is your favorite color?” I was proud of his answer, “All of them.”.

Now, if I walk down the endless rows of blues indicating these toys are for boys and the pinks for girls. I can’t help but wonder how did we get so mixed up when did a color represent a gender. When did the brightness of a fuscia or the darkness of midnight blue become one-dimensional?

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Embracing the Rainbow



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Last month, I introduced you to the mobile shopping app PatPat, which brings moms quality clothes for affordable prices. Now, they are seeking out Ambassadors who can earn credit and/or money just by sharing PatPat App.

As moms, we are great at spreading the news about a good thing. How many times do we get something directly in return for doing so?  PatPat is giving you the opportunity to earn cash or spending credit for every person who signs up! PatPat has many ambassadors receive up to $1000 at a time!

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Did you know that I started contributing to a site called FitNoire?

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Probably not because I have not been a good spokesperson for myself, nor have I been posting as regularly as I should.

That will change soon enough. In the meantime, here’s my first article:

5 Step Guide to a Successful Weight Loss Plan

Every year, people decide that this year is the year that they are going to change; this year is the year they will take off those last 10 pounds or start their weight loss journey.

Yet, over and over again, people fail. Only 28% of people stick with their plans until the end of January.

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5 Step Guide to A Successful Weight Loss Plan


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Welcome to the 121st week of Turn It Up Tuesday – the 2nd Turn It Up Tuesday party of 2016! We started off the New Year with a bang…and we hope that this week is even better!

Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it’s because of all of you!

We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!

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Turn 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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We’re looking for sponsors for 2016! 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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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 | 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 | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for January!

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Chris from Sweet Mornings | Kam from The Women Talk | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore | Heather from Goodlicious | Kate from Maternity Glow | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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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Heather chose Salmon Tacos with Jalapeno Cream from Lemons for Lulu. “We eat a lot of seafood, and I love tacos, so this is the best of both worlds for me!”

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Heather chose Falafel from Morsels of Life. “One of our resolutions is to eat a vegetarian meal once a week, but I’ve been having trouble coming up with ideas. We’re going to try this next week.”

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Victoria chose Inventions That Parents Are Still Waiting For… from The Mad Mommy. “I chose this post because I am definitely waiting on some of these inventions. Seriously, why hasn’t anyone created a dryer that folds laundry?”

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Victoria chose 13 Things You Shouldn’t Be Sorry For from About Life & Love. “This post is right on point. Everyone should give this a read, seriously.”

Natasha also chose this post. “Love everything about this post. It’s funny, honest, and most importantly – it’s the truth! Definitely a must read!”

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Bev chose Hot Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels from Tornadough Alli. “Love these pretzels stuffed with ham and cheese. Game day or any day, they would be a hit.”

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Bev chose Football Food: Crab Fries from Just Us Four. “What a great new way to serve fries. I love this idea and can’t wait to try them for myself.”

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Celeste chose Sweetheart Valentine’s Wreath from Flamingo Toes. “This wreath is gorgeous and the perfect addition for Valentine’s Day!”

Tina also chose this post. “This wreath is fabulous,my type of Valentines Day Wreath . Super cute project.Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.”

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Celeste chose My Valentine from Paper Seedlings. “How beautiful is this Valentine’s Day card? Definitely frame-worthy!”

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Chris chose Frozen Yogurt Hearts with Granola from OhMy!Creative. “Easy, healthy, and adorable for every day or Valentine’s Day.”

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Chris chose DIY Cement Heart Magnets from Living la Vida Holoka. “Such an adorable easy project perfect for Valentine’s Day.”

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Mari chose Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta from Nancy on the Home Front. “I loved Nancy’s stuffed tomatoes it is a nice bite size, healthy treat.”

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Mari chose Strawberry Orange Coconut Muffins from A Sprinkle of This and That. “I am looking forward to trying Christine’s muffins a nice flavor mix for a morning treat.”

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Stacey chose 11 “To Die For” Camping Desserts from Saving Money Camping. “These look amazing! Even though we don’t go camping, we do love cooking over an open fire in our backyard. I can’t wait to try some of these, this summer! Thank you so much for sharing.”

Tina also chose this post. “Amazing camping dessert recipes. So yummy and creative. I love camping and will definitely try a few. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.”

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Stacey chose Paper Heart Penguin Craft from There’s Just One Mommy. “These are so cute! Even though my kids are older, my son loves penguins. We may have to make these, for fun, this Valentine’s day. Thank you so much for sharing.”

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Silvie chose Baked Ziti with Hidden Veggies from Fun Money Mom. “I am always looking for ways to sneak veggies into my boys’ meals. This is a delicious way to do just that. :)”

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Silvie chose How to Build The Ultimate Snack Stadium from Tornadough Alli. “This has got to be the cutest idea! It’s perfect for the BIG game. I love how easy the instructions are to follow. I will definitely be trying this idea out. :)”

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Natasha chose 20 Ways to Become a Better Mom from Midwest Modern Momma. “This is definitely a great list on tips to become a better parent. A must read!”

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The post with the most views is A Blogger’s Guide to Rocking Your Facebook Page from Giftie Etcetera.

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

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

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In first place is Sweetheart Valentine’s Wreath from Flamingo Toes

And we have a 2-way tie for 2nd place…

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Hot Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pretzels from Tornadough Alli

13 Things You Shouldn't Be Sorry For

13 Things You Shouldn’t Be Sorry For from About Life & Love

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