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Thanksgiving Stay at Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown | AprilNoelle.comFor Thanksgiving, my husband and I took the kids to Atlanta for a wonderful family dinner. Primarily we make the trip because my husband’s family gets together there and it’s a full-on family atmosphere from young to the old. What’s a little different is that I also invite my family to come so that we can all be one location and several family members already live in Atlanta.

That said, no one has the space to accommodate our large family, more specifically 3 not-so-quiet children. That’s ok because I don’t have to spend the entire time trying to apologize for my children’s behavior or trying to stop them from being themselves. So, this year we chose to stay at the Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown.

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Thanksgiving Stay at the Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown



One Small Action to Support a Great Film | AprilNoelle.com 45

Early this summer, Jeff, my husband, and I met this couple: John and Jackie*. They are an older couple and we have learned to look up to them in a lot of ways.

We were making dinner plans one day and we had an interaction that went something like this:

John*: Are you going to see “Southside with You”? Jackie and I are going to see it on Friday night. We’d love for you to join us.

Me:  I doubt it.

John: Really? Why not?

Me: It’s hard to get discount tickets for new releases. (Yes, I’m that frugal.)

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One Small Action to Support a Great Film


Easy Beef Macaroni Recipe | AprilNoelle.com 21

I love my Costco. I go to Costco religiously. On payday, I head over and fill up my cart with goodies, which for the most part, is standard, with minimal changes.

On that list is ground beef. We purchase the three pack of Kirkland Organic Ground Beef almost every trip.

The problem, however, is figuring out to do with it. A juicy hamburger is always a hit. Spaghetti is another. Honestly, that’s where my go-to recipes end.

I’ve tried hundreds of several options, none of these to my husband’s liking. Until this one.

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Easy Beef Macaroni Recipe


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**These tips provided to you by Just for Me. All opinions are my own.**

Most women dream of having little girls. I didn’t.

One of the reasons that I wasn’t excited was the thought of doing three heads of hair on the regular basis. I barely like doing my own, add to it the fussiness of little girls and the critique of other mothers, I was not up for the challenge.

But alas, here I was with two daughters and tons of hair! In my quest to have more beautiful hair myself, I also have to make sure that my girls look good too! School has upped my hair game. Now, I do their hair more than once a week.

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3 Style Tips for Simply Pretty Little Girl’s Hair #justformejustforschool ...



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The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name | Personalized Books | AprilNoelle.comMy little girls are readers – both of them.

Every night, I have each of them choose a book to read (unless someone chooses a ridiculously long book, then negotiations are in order).

Finding a Personalized Gift

As many books as we read, we rarely come across books with my daughter’s name. It’s unique, as it is a derivative of a very common name. On this site, I call her Bee because she is the Queen Bee of this household.

When I received the opportunity to take a look at a super special book where my little girl could “find her name”, I was enthusiastic to stay the least.

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The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name | Personalized Books ...


CompTIA #MakeTechHERStory | AprilNoelle.com 27

CompTIA #MakeTechHerStory | AprilNoelle.comOn our way up the coast, my husband and I started talking about our career choices. He’s an aerospace engineer. I’m a lawyer. I love a lot of things about the law, but it doesn’t spark my creative side.

He asked me why I didn’t choose another career field since I clearly have passions in other areas. The truth of the matter is that I didn’t know about them.

I started using a computer at the age of nine. By the age of 12, I learned how to be a graphic designer with color separation (the old fashioned way). I have had a series of freelance design gigs since.

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CompTIA #MakeTechHERStory


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**OGX Fenix inspired this journey and discussion. All opinions are my own.**

I’ve been on a weight yo-yo ever since law school… scratch that, ever since college. Unlike most people, I dropped to my lowest weight ever my first year of college, 120 pounds. Unlike most people who struggle to make this weight, I felt sick and weak. Apparently, I just wasn’t eating enough and exercising a ton.

My weight gain has been slow and steady, starting when I worked multiple jobs while in undergrad. I rarely ate, but when I did, I made terrible choices. That scheduled remained until graduation.

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My Journey Begins Here with OGX Fenix



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**This post is brought to you by Southern Dental Care. All stories and opinions are my own.**

Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first tooth. A classmate has already lost their first tooth and Bee just can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy comes to visit for the first time.

Of course, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t always stop by our house (don’t judge).

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Beautiful White Teeth For the Whole Family


Outdoor Science Lab for Kids | AprilNoelle.com 29

Weekends can be tons of fun, but on some weekends, where the primary goal is to clean up after the recent hurricane, ideas and energy can fall flat pretty quickly.

When I received Outdoor Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke, I was excited and hesitant. See, I have spent tons of time checking books like this out of the library, only to find out that I need to buy a bunch of things from the store to get them to work properly.

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids is nothing like that.

Many of these experiments can be done with a simple search around the home. Even when you do have to go to the store, you will likely use it all, no random items sitting around the house after you’re done.

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Flipped Water Glass Experiment from Outdoor Science Lab for Kids


Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew | AprilNoelle.com 11

Hurricane Matthew came and went with very little damage to me or anyone I know.

Many people asked, “Is it serious?”

As I mentioned in my last post, it is… and it isn’t.

See fortunately and unfortunately, we live in a society with a lot of modern conveniences, plenty of sturdy buildings and access to television and a twenty-four news cycle that does not shut up.

In places like Haiti, the same storm killed 800 and counting. With parts of Haiti’s south completely destroyed.

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Nine Lessons Learned From Hurricane Matthew



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**This is not a disaster preparedness post. For those coming for that, I have linked guides for actual hurricane preparedness.**

If you aren’t on the East Coast, you probably haven’t heard much about Hurricane Matthews bearing down on the eastern seaboard, the largest in a decade. For this area, I believe it’s the largest since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Since my family and my mother live on the east coast, my sister called us out of worry. Neither of us are evacuating, we are both buckling down and preparing for the storm. She told me that I seemed calm, was it a big deal.

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Hurricane Matthew… Getting Ready for the Big Storm


Flora's Cocktails and Canvases | AprilNoelle.com 35

Paint and wine parties are all the rage and deservedly so. For two hours, you sit with some friends, showcase some art skills you didn’t know you had and, of course, drink some wine.

So, when one of these places opened up in my backyard I had to check it out. I had heard the buzz about Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases from some friends and was really looking forward to it since the next nearest place is a couple of towns over. Why drive extra if you don’t have to?

About Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases

From the website:

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Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases in West Palm Beach


Working Out for Busy Moms | AprilNoelle.com 53

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


First Week of School is Done | AprilNoelle.com 33

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.

Day One

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


Feeling Anxiety on the First Day of School {Not Them, Me} | AprilNoelle.com 35

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 32

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


7 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle 33

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



Gaines Park Pool | AprilNoelle.com 64

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



iFixYouri | Affordable Computer and Cell Phone Repair | AprilNoelle.com 22

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 | AprilNoelle.com

Last week, I went to ShiftCon and can I say, it was off the hook! Honestly, I have nothing to compare it to. It was my first blogging conference, but I heard great things about it in comparison to other conferences. Don’t worry, you’ll receive a LOT more details in the upcoming months!

Welcome to Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by last week and sharing all of your posts – we had so much fun checking them all out!

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! 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!

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| 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 | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama

…and welcome our guest hosts for December!

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Jessica from Organic Deal Diva | Reuven & Aliyah from Marriage Reset

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mari chose Eggs Baked in Mashed Potatoes from The Kittchen. “This week I chose Kit’s egg dream! Omg I saw this and can’t wait to try. I love all things egg and this is a great combo.”

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Mari chose Cranberry Cheesecake Brownies #CranberryWeek from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “My sweet teeth were very happy to find this treat!”

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Kimberly chose 5 Things We Should Always Be Thankful For from Big Fit Fam. “I loved every bit of this hysterical post. I would add a #6 to this list: We should always be thankful for memes, GIFs, and YouTube videos!”

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Kimberly chose Web Roundup – Kanye, Conning Your Kids, and Killer Squirrels? from WebMDiva. “Yes, indeed! The minute Kanye dissed Beyonce’ and JayZ out loud, I knew something was amiss. WebMDiva gives us the lowdown in current events this week.”

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Ginger chose Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies from Wife in Progress. “I am a sucker for anything peppermint. I can’t wait to bake up a batch with my niece.”

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Ginger chose Wearable Wednesday: DIY Cape from The Perfect Storm. “I love how simple but chic this cape is. It’s a DIY that is really doable and cute.”

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Melissa chose Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls {THM Friendly} from A Mama’s Story. “I’m always looking for healthy snacks and these look delicious!”

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Melissa chose 30+ Clean Eating Holiday Recipes from Grounded & Surrounded. “I want to enjoy the holidays without gaining 10 pounds so I love finding healthy recipes that let me enjoy the holiday tastes I love without the guilt.”

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Heather chose Ribeye Steak with Bourbon Cream Sauce from The Kittchen. “We usually make strip steaks, and I’m sure the bourbon cream sauce will go just as well on that cut. Thanks for sharing!”

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Heather chose Snickerdoodle Thumbprints with Cookie Butter Buttercream from The Gold Lining Girl. “I’m always surprised as how much I like snickerdoodle cookies; adding buttercream frosting will make them even better! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos too.”

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Natasha chose 25 Ways to Count Down to Christmas from Reviews, Chews, & How-Tos. “My son is a huge fan of Christmas this year, and every day he asks me when it will be Christmas. I figured it’s a good time to find a way to count down to Christmas, and hopefully it can become an annual holiday tradition. Thanks for sharing these ideas!”

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Natasha chose Single Mom Survival Guide for the Holidays from Starting Over… Again. “The holidays are always a tricky time for single parents – you treasure the time you have with your kids and come up with inventive ways to make the holidays a magical time for everyone, especially when your kids are not with you during the holidays. This is a great guide…thanks for sharing!”

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Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies from Wife in Progress

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Thanksgiving is over, but the posts keep on coming. I’m am so excited about the upcoming posts, including the ones in this link up, I hope you enjoy!

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving, and spent time with family and friends. Thank you so much for stopping by last week and sharing all of your posts – we had so much fun checking them all out!

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! 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!

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| 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 | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom

…and welcome our guest hosts for November!

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Carolyn from Mississauga Mom | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama | 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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Melissa chose How to Honor God with My Body from Snippets of Inspiration. “For the last 8 years I have been on a health journey. Along the way I have learned that if it just about losing weight it will never be successful, it has to be about learning to love yourself. I think doing it as a way to honor God is the best way to learn how to love yourself from the One who created you and loves you unconditionally.”

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Melissa chose How to Help Kids Understand Their Emotions from The Jenny Evolution. “These are great tips on how to help kids learn how to understand their emotions so that they are better equipped to be able to express them effectively.”

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Tina chose Holiday Ornament Display – Learn How to Make Your Own! from Sweet Pea. “I love this wonderful DIY, great project. I wish I had all the equipment to do it. Will definitely try something similar but smaller. Thanks for sharing this with us.”

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Tina chose How to Make Christmas Placemats from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “Adorable Christmas placemats. What a great tutorial, I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.”

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Stacey chose Simple Coconut Macaroon Recipe (Gluten-Free) from The Jenny Evolution. “I love coconut desserts and these look so quick and easy to make! Definitely going to save this and add them to my Christmas baking list. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose DIY Christmas Ornaments from The (mis)adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl. “Homemade ornaments are my favorite for the Christmas tree and this is such a wonderful idea for the whole family to make. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Creating Thanksgiving Family Traditions from Starting Over…Again. “As a single mom, it is important to me to instill family traditions that will allow us to grow and evolve together throughout the years. These are some great traditions that I can start now and continue for years to come! Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Why I Chose Not to Have an Abortion from Seeking Lavender Lane. “I applaud you, Deb, for your bravery in sharing this honest and passionate post. I found it less to do with the abortion as in your title, but more to do with how life hands you lemons and you have to decide whether or not to make lemonade. The decision is the hardest, most difficult one that has to be made. Like you, I decided that my son was my responsibility and I would live with whatever that would bring. Every day, I feel blessed for making that choice to become not only a mother, but a single mom. If I had to make the choice all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am the woman and the mom that I am because of the choices I made. Thanks again for sharing! Great post!”

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Simple Coconut Macaroon Recipe (Gluten-Free) from The Jenny Evolution

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How to Make Christmas Placemats from The Real Thing with the Coake Family

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Be Stubborn on Your Vision | AprilNoelle.com 11

Now that my children go to their independent school, our household budget has changed immensely. Before, my husband’s income was adequate to support our simple household. But now, we need to be able to finance sending three children to non-public education.

As early as last year, I’ve started working on my own ventures. So far, they have not yielded any real results. Late summer, I found an enterprise that I can see will give tangible results in the near future. However, the near future is not now. Building a business is still a process and working with a partner often leads to managing two people’s expectations: yours and the other person’s. 

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Be Stubborn in Your Vision {by Becoming an Uber Driver}


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Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? This year has flown by and I’m totally not ready for Christmas. What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by last week and sharing all of your posts – we had so much fun checking them all out!

This week is Thanksgiving, and we’re so grateful and thankful to share it with all of you! Share your holiday recipes, decorations, DIY projects, exercise tips, and anything that you’d like to share from present and past! We can’t wait to check out all your posts!

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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! 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!

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| 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 | Jessica from Striving Towards Grace | Abiola from Ramblings of a Nigerian Workahomom

…and welcome our guest hosts for November!

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Carolyn from Mississauga Mom | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama | 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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Mari chose Smoked Ham Apple Gouda Panini from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “My weeks picks are…Nancy’s panini it just such a great combo looks delish for those days you don’t want to do too much in the kitchen.”

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Mari chose Spaghetti Grilled Cheese from The Kittchen. “I would never have thought of this combo but Kit’s grilled cheese is a must try!!!”

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Bev chose Orange Cranberry Margarita Cocktail Recipe from Growing Up Gabel. “What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays, with a delicious drink served with cranberries. How refreshing is that.”

This post also had the most views last week.

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Bev chose Grape Crostini Appetizer Recipe with Blue Cheese Spread and Honey from Home Cooking Memories. “You had me at blue cheese. I love it and then the mascarpone cheese cinched the deal. I can’t wait to make these.”

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Stacey chose Over 50 Hamburger Meat Recipes from 3 Boys and a Dog. “Hamburger is a staple to most of the recipes that I make for my family and I am always searching for just the right ones for my picky eaters. I am looking forward to trying a few of these out and spice things up a bit. Thanks for sharing!”

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Stacey chose 25 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make from Your Vibrant Family. “Some of the best gifts that I have gotten, have been home made and I love these ideas. Gifts from the heart are absolutely priceless. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Silvie chose Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Vegetables from The Jenny Evolution. “I have never thought of making pork loin in the slow cooker. This sounds like such a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it.”

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Silvie chose Pumpkin Spice Palmiers from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “I have always wanted to make Palmiers, and can’t wait to try out this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it Nancy.”

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Melissa chose Caramelized Banana Bread from Morsels of Life. “This sounds so delicious and I like finding recipes that use smaller amounts of butter and sugar without sacrificing taste.”

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Melissa chose How We Create a Christmas Focused on Christ from Year Round Homeschooling. “Since this is my son’s second Christmas, I’ve been trying to find more ways to make sure that our focus is more on Jesus during the holidays than on presents.”

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Heather chose Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash from My Suburban Kitchen. “I love roasted Brussels sprouts, and this combination with butternut squash sounds perfect for a Thanksgiving side. Since I’m looking for new sides to try this year, this one will be on the list.”

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Heather chose Holiday Pomegranate Quinoa Pilaf from My Life Cookbook. “I’m really the only one in my family who usually eats quinoa, but that’s OK, since Denise said she ate all of it herself, maybe I’ll do the same. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose 25 Desserts Perfect for Thanksgiving from Crystal & Co. “I just love Thanksgiving desserts, and this is a great list! Thanks so much for sharing with us!”

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Natasha chose 19 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes from Lolly Jane. “And next to desserts, I love Thanksgiving leftovers! Thanks for sharing – I look forward to trying these recipes!”

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Grape Crostini Appetizer Recipe with Blue Cheese Spread and Honey from Home Cooking Memories

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Smoked Ham Apple Gouda Panini from The Bitter Side of Sweet

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By the time you get this message, I’ll be asleep. No, I wish. I have had long days of working to build a business. Please give me tips to stay awake after these long days? In the meantime, check out these Thanksgiving posts and add your own!

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you so much for stopping by last week and joining in the fun!

Next week is Thanksgiving so we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving for the next 2 weeks! Share your holiday recipes, decorations, DIY projects, exercise tips, and anything that you’d like to share from present and past! We can’t wait to check out all your posts!

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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! 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!

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| 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

…and welcome our guest hosts for November!

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Carolyn from Mississauga Mom | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama | 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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Melissa chose The 21 Day Holiday Season Fitness Challenge from Urban Naturale. “It is so hard to make sure I’m staying focused on staying healthy during the holidays. I love that this plan is easy to do, takes little time, and requires very little equipment. This should help make sure I’m not gaining weight while still being able to enjoy all the holiday festivities.”

This post also had the most views last week.

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Melissa chose How to Make Your Own Year of Dates Gift from What’s Up Fagans? “I love this idea! As a busy mom, I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of date nights with my husband, but right now we seem to do the same sort of things over and over. I like that she provides different ideas for going out dates and staying home dates. This is definitely something I’m going to work on for a Christmas gift for my husband.”

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Bev chose Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls from Growing Up Gabel. “What a great idea for having hot rolls without having to use up oven space. Can’t wait to try this trick.”

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Bev chose Simple Cream Cheese Pastry from The Sparrow’s Home. “You can’t go wrong with a cream cheese dessert. My mouth is watering.”

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Mari chose Baked Pumpkin Brownie Donuts from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “I think Nancy’s brownie share looks delish nice and moist!”

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Mari chose Easy to Make Bath Salts – four to try from Alba Rosa. “Alba’s bath salts are a must try for me because I love all things Spa treatment self care type!”

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Tina chose Holiday Home Tour 2013 + {DIY} Glitter Reindeer from Inspiration for Moms. “Wonderful handmade hostess gifts.Very creative and beautiful Christmas crafts. Thanks for sharing these lovely creations with us.”

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Natasha chose Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents from The Sparrows Home. “This sounds like a great book, and one I wish I’d had available before I had my son. Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely be checking it out!”

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Natasha chose 10 Tips to Think More Positively from A Mama’s Story. “This post was so necessary, especially after the election. There has been so much negativity that we need to learn again how to be more positive. Thanks for sharing – great post!”

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Easy Slow Cooker Bread Dinner Rolls from Growing Up Gabel

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The 21 Day Holiday Season Fitness Challenge from Urban Naturale

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**This conversation is sponsored by GlassesUSA. All opinions are my own.**

Summer is over. And in Florida, a real winter is never coming.

Since moving here, I have noticed how much I miss seasons. Let’s be real, Southern California doesn’t exactly scream four seasons. Yet, I lived through several cold winters, including one that was in the 30s (with no heat, but that’s a story for another day).

Keeping in the Sun with #GlassesUSA | AprilNoelle.com | #adBut here in Florida, the average temperature is 75 all year long.

My first winter here I don’t recall it dropping below 70 at all. However, last year was great. For two whole weeks, I was sitting in a glorious 60-degree weather, digging out a light sweater for the first time.

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A while ago, I posted about my marriage journey. I don’t think I gave you the end of the story, which is never really over, but still. I will do that…soon. In the meantime, welcome a man to our linkup group this week and his post on 5 Days of Exercises for Your Marriage.

Welcome to a new week at Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thank you so much for joining us last week as we celebrated Halloween! We hope you had a fun time with your families, and still recovering from candy overload!

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! 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!

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| 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

…and welcome our guest hosts for October!

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Carolyn from Mississauga Mom | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama

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 Make a Sleek Raised Pet Feeder from By Brittany Goldwyn. “We just got a puppy, and she’s already spoiled. But, I think something like this would make a great dinnertime set up for both her and BB Cat! Once she has grown into big-girl bowls I’m going to try this.”

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Heather chose Creamy Chicken Skillet Dinner with Spinach & Mushrooms from My Life Cookbook. “I love low-carb meals, and one skillet meals, so this looks perfect. I’m not sure I’ll use Swiss cheese as my husband isn’t a fan, but I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to tweak it so he’ll love it. Thanks for sharing!”

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Mari chose Listen More Often from Julia Jones. “This week I chose Julia’s share on listening because it is something I myself have to work at very hard every day.”

Natasha also chose this post. “This is definitely something I have to work on more, and this is a great post to remember to focus on listening. Thanks for sharing!”

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Mari chose 5 Days of Exercise for Your Marriage from Marriage-Reset. “I want to welcome Reuven, we don’t get too many men here and his share was great. Not just for married people but couples in general need to be more mindful of investing their time together and continue to grow and learn and love.”

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Carolyn chose Cardboard Box Tractor Costume from C.R.A.F.T. “This is so creative – it is a great way to reuse those boxes, and I can imagine kids would have so much fun with these!”

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Carolyn chose Easy and Inexpensive Lamp Makeover from Chatfield Court. “I like this finish, and it is a great way to repurpose old or outdated lamps. I may try this myself!”

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Stacey chose Candy Bar Brownie Pie from The Gold Lining Girl. “Well you had me at brownie. This looks absolutely wonderful and I look forward to adding it to our dessert menu. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Eat: Recipe: Warm Apple Cake with Spiced Butter Cream Sauce from Pink Peppermint Design. “This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make this for our Thanksgiving desserts. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Outdoor Dinner and Movie Night Ideas from Lolly Jane. “This is such an awesome idea, and the setting is amazing! I wish I could have been there!”

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The post with the most views is Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies from Wife in Progress.

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Listen More Often from Julia Jones

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Candy Bar Brownie Pie from The Gold Lining Girl

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Halloween is here which means the holidays are near! We’ve had a great month here at AprilNoelle. Check out some of my recent posts:

Encouraging Your Girls to Enter the Field of Technology

Starting my weight loss journey, again (I hate to say it)

Then start clicking away with this week’s Turn it Up Tuesday!

Welcome to another week at Turn It Up Tuesday! Happy Halloween!

We’re celebrating Halloween this week, so feel free to share all of your Halloween-themed, costume-filled, scary or non-scary movies, meals, snacks, desserts, DIY creations, and so much more! We can’t wait to check all your posts!

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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! 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!

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| 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

…and welcome our guest hosts for October!

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Carolyn from Mississauga Mom | 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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Silvie chose Chocolate Tamarind Cupcakes [Gluten-Free + High Protein] from Healthy Helper. “I love both Tamarind & chocolate, yet I never thought of pairing the two. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try it out.”

Tina also chose this post. “Super yummy chocolate tamarind cupcakes, gluten free and high protein combining sweet with savoury. I’m going to try this. Thanks for sharing these lovely healthy cupcakes.”

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Silvie chose Fall / Winter Face Care from Sense of Family. “Taking care of our face is important especially during the Fall & Winter months. I must admit that I don’t always do what I need to keep my skin healthy and safe. This is a great post with great ideas.”

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Tiffany chose 16 Ways to Avoid Blogger Burnout from Create 2 Blog. “I think every Blogger has had a moment when they just didn’t ‘feel it’. Joyce shares 16 great ways to help avoid Blogger Burnout…”

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Tiffany chose Spiced Apple Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe from Home Cooking Memories. “I discovered the awesomeness that is a Moscow Mule during my trip to LA for BlogHer16 and now I can make my very own perfect for the fall season!!”

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Biola chose How to Save Yourself from Domestic Violence from Live Laugh Love Post. “Too many women die daily simply because they lack the willpower to leave abusive relationships, here is hoping at least one sister finds this post useful.”

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Biola chose 5 Things Your Husband Wishes He Could Tell You from No Small Life. “This great post resonates deeply with me as I am positive it will, for a lot of other women out there. So hilarious, so true.”

Kimberly also chose this post. “It doesn’t matter how long you have been with your husband, wives can still benefit from advice on what he wants. Great post!”

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Mari chose I Thought I’d Be More Excited About Parenting… from The Mad Mommy. “I thought it was hilarious presentation and truth filled for many. I had pretest with my younger sisters so I actually was thrilled. Yes of course I had moments of wonder but nothing too dark but some of my friends were a real mess and that was an experience I’ll never forget. We laugh on it now but it wasn’t funny for them, then lol.”

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Mari chose Easy Brownie Cheesecake Two Ways from Frugal Foodie Mama. “Looks totally tasty can’t wait to try it. The combo is just what my sweet teeth live for lol!”

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Kimberly chose How to Set Up ‘Rich Pins’ on Pinterest from Create 2 Blog. “I have been wanting to learn more about this process. This post breaks it down simply for you.”

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Stacey chose Apple Slab Pie from Marilyns Treats. “This looks so simple & amazing! Apple pie of any kind is such a wonderful comfort food, especially in the fall. Thank you for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Caramel Fudge Ice Cream Cake with Pretzel Crust from Kenarry. “This looks wonderful. I love desserts that have a pretzel crust, which gives the amazing combo of salty and sweet. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Bev chose Use this Easy Paint Technique To Create These Pretty Antique Gumball Machines from Just a Little Creativity. “I love how you converted those cheap plastic gum ball machines into vintage looking ones. You did a great job.”

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Bev chose Monster Munch Popcorn Snack Mix #SundaySupper from A Dish of Daily Life. “How can you go wrong with popcorn much that has lots of Halloween goodies in it.”

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Carolyn chose Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards from Oh My! Creative. “I picked this one because Indian corn is such a long time tradition, and I think this is a great craft for Thanksgiving!”

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Tina chose How to Make Rustic Log Candles from Garden Matter. “Wonderful creation,great tutorial. I love these candles they look amazing. Thanks for sharing your creation with us.”

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Natasha chose Three Keys to Finding Yourself in Your Busy Life {The Whole Cure Stress Management} from Simple | Pure | Whole Wellness. “I love everything about this post! There are so many times where we lose ourselves in the every day, but this is a great post to show how important it is to find ourselves again.”

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Natasha chose Things That Scare the Sh*t out of Me! on Tribe Magazine. “It’s so true – most of the things that scare the crap out of me has to do with my child. Thanks so much for sharing this hilarious post!”

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The post with the most views is Podcast Episodes to Grow Your Blog from Pink Heels Pink Truck.

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Another post with the most views is How to Save Money By Shopping at the Dollar Store from Penny Pincher Jenny.

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Three Keys to Finding Yourself in Your Busy Life {The Whole Cure Stress Management} from Simple | Pure | Whole Wellness

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Easy Brownie Cheesecake Two Ways from Frugal Foodie Mama

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