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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I am frugal. Really frugal. I can’t imagine paying full price for anything.

I search, research, get the best deal possible at every turn.

One of my favorite places to shop is Groupon. From the comforts of my bed, I can scroll and search for great items at the lowest cost.

Look at my recent take for my birthday shopping spree:

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Count them: 11 items for under $100 (with shipping and handling)!

So, when I heard that Groupon was starting to include coupons, I was so excited!

Groupon does it again. Another simple way to save money.

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One thing that I never expected was to be the mother of one, much less two girls. For those who know me, I am not the girly girl.

Through high school, I wore shorts and sweats, only beat out by the occasional bathing suit, as I was on the swim team. One year, in middle school, I wore shorts and a t-shirt every.single.day. Rain or shine. Fashionable for the times, I sported the loud color blocking style of hip hop 1990s cross colors, not the girls version, it was boys all.the.way.

I didn’t even start to do my own hair until 13, when my mother bluntly told me that I had to figure it out for myself. Until recently, like within the last year, my standard hair style was a ponytail.

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I’ve spent that last month working on My Sister’s Keeper Power Luncheon for NCBW.

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With over 200 in attendance, the event was FAB-U-LOUS! Just like last year, lots of great actionable financial information was provided by the sponsors which included: Prudential, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Comcast.

I have to give it up to my cousin, Ebony, who donated five pairs of earrings just to support our event. If you get a chance, please stop by her site and check out her inventory.

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Thank you so much for joining us for another week here on Turn It Up Tuesdays, and thanks to all of you for making this party amazing and fun each week! We appreciate you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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

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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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Anuja from All I Do | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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Evelyn from Better on a Budget | Lydia from Always Made with Love | Christina from Okay Christina

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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Christina chose My Best Vintage Sheet Quilt Yet! from Busy Being Jennifer. “I’m terrible at textiles but seriously this is one of the most intricate DIY’s I have ever seen and it’s gorgeous! Love it!”

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Christina chose Trendy Ikat Bangles from The Scrap Shoppe Blog. “These bangles look so professional and trendy, I love the colour choices and how simple they are to recreate! The instructions are clear and the photography is spot on!”

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Heather chose Prosecco Floats from The Kittchen. “Two of my favorites combined: sparkling wine and ice cream! I’ve never tried putting ice cream in wine, but I think this would make a delicious, grown-up version of the classic “float”. I’m looking forward to trying it this summer.”

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Heather chose Easy Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Plums from A Dish of Daily Life. “We love pork tenderloin in our house. I agree with Christine that it’s a very versatile protein, and I love how it takes on a variety of seasonings and spices.”

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Mari chose Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bites from Simple and Savory. “My love of sweets may cause me to loose my teeth someday but in the meantime I chose Anne’s which look very tasty. Nice portion size so you don’t eat too many.”

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Mari chose PB&J Freezer Fudge from Courtney’s Cookbook. “I also loved Courtney’s. I would have never thought of cold pbj but this is a must try!”

Silvie also chose this post. “This post had me at PB&J! I can’t wait to try this recipe out, I’m sure my boys will love it.”

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Bev chose Tropical Bruschetta and Mango Card from The Gold Lining Girl. “This bruschetta looks for amazing and the mango curd has to be awesome since I am a mango kind of girl.”

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Bev chose Coconut and Lime BBQ Prawns from Sparkles in the Everyday. “Nothing like grilling out and these shrimp would make a great meal and on the lighter side.”

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Stacey chose Easy Fried Mozzarella Sticks Recipe from All She Cooks. “What a wonderful and simple recipe! These would definitely not last long with my family. Thanks for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Bird Nest Brownie Bowls Recipe from Sugar, Spice and Family Life. “These look just wonderful! Anything with brownie is always a winner for me! Thank you for sharing!”

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Tiffany chose One Pan Dirty Rice Skillet from My Suburban Kitchen. “This on pan dish would be a total lifesaver of my family on weekdays when getting a meal ready needs to be quick and delicious!”

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Tina chose Molten Chocolate Brownie S’mores Pie from The Kittchen. “What a super yummy pie. It looks fantastic. Mouthwatering!! My daughter want’s some now.Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.”

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Tina chose 30 Minute Teacher Gift Charm Bracelet from Flamingo Toes. “Wonderful creation.Fast and easy to make.A Brilliant gift.Thanks for sharing your creation with us.”

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Evelyn chose 17 Southern Comfort Foods Made Healthy from Healthy Helper. “I love comfort foods, and I’m a big believer in not depriving myself some of these moments – but at the same time, I’m extremely conscious of my health and of eating right. These recipes give the best of both worlds!!”

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Silvie chose Learn How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. “This is a great and easy recipe. The flour tortillas came out perfectly.”

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Natasha chose 6 Things I’ve Learned in 6 Years of Blogging from Healthy Helper. “I always love to learn from bloggers that are still going after several years. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Part 1: Tips for Working Moms from The Multitasking Mom. “I am working on building a stress-free life, even though I am a single, working mom. These are definitely some great tips!”

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The post with the most views is Wearable Wednesday: All in the Details from The Perfect Storm.

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Easy Fried Mozzarella Sticks Recipe from All She Cooks

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Part 1: Tips for Working Moms from The Multitasking Mom

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I’m so excited! I’ve officially registered for my first conference: . It’s not until December (so it’s a LONG way off), but I’ve aching to go to one. I know for sure that by December that I’ll have all of my ducks in a row to leave my children for three whole days, but ShiftCon is totally worth it!

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Register Here for ShiftCon 2016 and use code: VAPRIL for $50 off

ShiftCon is the only social media conference focusing on food, wellness, health, and the environment. This conference blends workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers all over in one place. Bloggers and other social media professionals participate and collaborate with each other to inspire and empower each other to create effective communication and take their profession to the next level. Attendees participate in workshops, learn from professionals, discuss their niche and value systems, and decide on themes to collaborate on in the following year. This is a powerful event meant to organize the eco-wellness niche as a powerful community online.

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ShiftCon 2016 | Eco-Wellness Influence Conference


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Remember that I keep talking about all of “busy” in my life. Well, it’s taking me away from this blog and the blog life. I’m not going anywhere, for now, but my posting schedule will suffer.

Until then, enjoy this week’s Turn it Up Tuesday!

Thank you so much for joining us for another week here on Turn It Up Tuesdays, and thanks to all of you for making this party amazing and fun each week! We appreciate you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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

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 | 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 | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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(from the top – left to right)

Evelyn from Better on a Budget | Lydia from Always Made with Love | Christina from Okay Christina

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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Christina chose Favorite Photo Editing Apps + Tips to Use Them from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “I’m addicted to photo editing and social media and I think that this post has some great apps recommended!”

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Christina chose 5 Simple Blog Basics you need NOW!!! from Aspen Jay. “This post is great for newbie bloggers and it covers the basics really well!”

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Bev chose DIY Massive Planter Boxes made from Pallets! from Lou Lou Girls. “Great way to get some lovely planters for your porch by using pallets. Check out the video for taking them apart too.”

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Bev chose Tender Beef Kebabs with Tangy Barbecue Sauce from Cooking LSL. “Time to get the grills out and have a BBQ. These Beef kabobs would make a great dinner.”

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Tina chose DIY Distressed TV Console Cabinet from Lynzy & Co. “I absolutely love this gorgeous tv console cabinet transformation.Great DIY job! Thanks for sharing this wonderful DIY with us.”

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Tina chose Painting with Flowers from There’s Just One Mommy. “What a great way to combine a spring walk with a creative activity!I really like this project and I’m going to do this with my kid.Thanks for sharing this fun project with us.”

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Mari chose 5-Minute Pina Colada Fudge from The Gold Lining Girl. “I am rethinking my sugar addiction and plan on cutting it way down but not before I try Sarah’s fudge sooner rather than later!!!”

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Mari chose Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe from Home Cooking Memories. “To combine these two things together is brilliant! I don’t know how this hadn’t been a thing before another must try thanks Brandie for sharing.”

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Heather chose Chicken Katsu Empanadas from The Why Chef? “I love savory pastries, and this looks delicious!”

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Heather chose Fajita Shrimp and Asparagus Tacos with Avocado Jalapeño Sauce from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “Crispy asparagus + spicy shrimp in a taco = yum!”

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Natasha chose Reading to a Toddler Who Won’t Sit Still! from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “I have been reading to my son since I was breastfeeding him. It’s one of those things that I wanted to ensure would be passed down to him – a love of reading. He does love reading, but as he’s gotten older, he is less interested in sitting still through the story. These are definitely some great tips to encourage him to sit still while we’re reading. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose Most Racism Isn’t Blatant from our very own April on Urban Mommies. “I absolutely love this post, but most of all, I really appreciated the final lines of this post – ‘All I can ask if you continue to love your neighbor as yourself, and convince your neighbor to do the same.’ Thank you so much for sharing, April!”

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The post with the most views is Tiramisu French Toast from Marilyn’s Treats.

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Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe from Home Cooking Memories

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Tender Beef Kebabs with Tangy Barbecue Sauce from Cooking LSL

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WELCOME to the APRIL 2016 CLIMB!


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


Networking means helping each other grow!! 

If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!


Here’s how the Giveaway & Guest Cohosting works – the hosts, cohosts & Guest cohosts from the previous month’s CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB – that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to guest cohost please sign up at the end of this post using the last “Linky”)

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My soul yearns to have the confidence that I once had. I used to live by my personal motto:

If You Don't Ask, The Answer is Already No | Building Self-Confidence | AprilNoelle.com
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It wasn’t until I wrote this post that I realized I had forgotten this.  I felt like a walking contradiction.

On one hand, I was extremely shy when dealing with personal talents, where I could thrive in front of people, public speaking, self-promotion, and singing. I didn’t. I shied away from any of the opportunities.

On the other, I felt I could conquer the world and get anywhere I wanted to. I would do things that my friends never thought of… like asking to get into a club for free (which I always did) and sending resumes to local law firms for a job that they didn’t know they had (landing a job for $15/hr while going to school full-time).

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5 Tips to Eco-Friendly Shopping | How to Shop at Thrift Stores | AprilNoelle.comOver the last month, I have taken full advantage of my new Amazon Prime account (2-day free shipping, amaaazing!) and loving not paying shipping fees. What I’m not loving is the amount of waste (the boxes, oh the boxes) with each of the products if they don’t come packaged together.

So, in honor of upcoming Earth Day, I would like to share my favorite tips on shopping the eco-friendly way!

Reuse!

I love a good thrift store. If you catch me in a store of any sort, it’s likely to be a thrift store. There are several around and each has a different benefit.

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Have you tried homeschooling? I’m really looking to homeschool next year and I’m looking for real advice. Give me the nitty gritty in the comments!

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter. I have some great giveaways coming!

Thank you so much for joining us for another week here on Turn It Up Tuesdays, and thanks to all of you for making this party amazing and fun each week! We appreciate you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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

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 | 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 | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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(from the top – left to right)

Evelyn from Better on a Budget | Lydia from Always Made with Love | Christina from Okay Christina

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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Evelyn chose Skinny Orange Poke Cake from LouLou Girls. “This cake looks so delicious, and so cheerful! It’s like taking a bite of sunshine. :)”

Bev also chose this post. “Love the idea of having your cake and eating it too. Since this is a light version, you don’t have to feel guilty.”

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Evelyn chose 8 Reasons to Grow Your Own Dill from Thyme to Embrace Herbs. “I found this very informative. I had no idea all of the benefits of dill!”

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Bev chose Snickers Cheesecake Parfait – No Bake Mason Jars Recipes from All She Cooks. “You can’t help but drool over these Snickers Cheesecake Parfaits. All that yummieness just oozing over the sides. Get me a spoon.”

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Mari chose Strawberry Dream Pie from Inspiration for Moms. “Laura’s share looks absolutely beautiful and delish!!! I must try this asap!!!”

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Mari chose BBQ Chicken Breadsticks from LouLou Girls. “My Lou Lou Girls never disappoint this looks so tasty great for a weekend with friends dish!”

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Anne chose Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Arugula Salad from Nancy on the Home Front. “I love arugula and this looks like the perfect light dinner.”

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Anne chose Heavenly Blueberry Recipe Roundup from Dreaming of Leaving. “Love the wonderful ideas for using blueberries.”

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Tina chose Naked Spring Cake from Debby Goes Shabby. “As a naked cake lover I must say this cake looks great,I prefer it from the frosting cakes!The decoration is amazing,makes me want to give it a go!!Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful cake with us.”

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Tina chose DIY Upcycled Cork Air Plant Magnets from Living La Vida Holoka. “I love upcycling projects!!This one is amazing! I absolutely love the idea of having a cork air plant magnet! Wonderful colors too!Thanks for sharing this unique project with us!”

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Heather chose Grapefruit Agua Fresca from Glitz & Grits. “This looks so refreshing, it’ll be perfect for our hot Florida summers.”

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Heather chose Sticky Honey Mustard Chicken from A Dish of Daily Life. “I’ve never tried honey granules before. I’m looking forward to serving this at home.”

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Natasha chose The Hidden Dangers of the One Bite Rule. And What To Do Instead. from Snotty Noses. “With a picky eater like my son, I always try to encourage him to at least try eating something new. However, you never think about the impact it could have. I enjoyed checking out these alternatives. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose 5 Steps to Turn Mommy Anger into a Teachable Moment from Your Vibrant Family. “It is hard to hold it all together when you’re a parent. Sometimes you just snap without thinking. However, it happens and we have to learn how to deal with the anger. Thanks for sharing! Great post!”

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The post with the most views is Making Freezer Meals for Two from Life on the Hollow Road.

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Skinny Orange Poke Cake from LouLou Girls

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Sticky Honey Mustard Chicken from A Dish of Daily Life

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This is a rare week when schedules of three bibles studies collide. Three mornings, I’m busy from school drop off to after lunch. By that time, I’m tired and ready to take a nap.

This week, as well, I have been intent on actually taking the time to learn and take a class or two from the various places from which I still receive emails.

This is also the first time since consistently writing that I have messed up my schedule because I didn’t plan.

I missed it.

I missed getting out four posts this week.

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When There Are No More Words Left to Write


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Whew! It’s April already, Easter has passed. Who’s already planning their summer vacation? **raises hand** I am working diligently around here, talking about accountability, lessons learned and planning for our future.

Thanks for celebrating the start of Spring with us last week – hope you have an amazing season!

Thank you so much for joining us for another week here on Turn It Up Tuesdays, and thanks to all of you for making this party amazing and fun each week! We appreciate you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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

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!

1

2

(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 | Heather from Goodlicious

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for March!

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(from the top – left to right)

Kimberly from The Narrow Lens | Abiola from Ramblings of A Naija Momaholic |
Lydia from Always Made with Love | Anne from Simple & Savory | Evelyn from Better on a Budget

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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Tina chose How to Make the Ultimate Rapunzel Cake (And It’s Easier than You’d Think) from Fun Money Mom. “What a wonderful cake. Lisa is right, this cake is easier than we think.With step by step instructions we can all create this amazing cake. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us.”

Lydia also chose this post.

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Tina chose DIY Interchangeable Spring Wreath from Decor by the Seashore. “I love this wreath,so nice and elegant. I really like lavender and the combination of the colors. Thanks so much for sharing this wreath with us.”

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Bev chose Seafood Pot Pie from Dizzy Busy & Hungry. “I love to make pot pies and this seafood one is so yummy. I should have had it for lent. What a great comfort food.”

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Bev chose Oreo Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats from Crystal & Co. “If you think Oreos are good, just imagine how they would taste nested between rice krispie treats and chocolate on top. A true must have!”

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Kimberly (The Narrow Lens) chose Puff Pastry Cinnamon Roll Bites with Vanilla Glaze from Take Two Tapas. “I love all breads but I’m a sucker for cinnamon rolls. These little ones are so cute and easy to make that I won’t feel guilty eating them.”

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Kimberly (The Narrow Lens) chose Funfetti Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars from Delightful E Made. “These sugar cookies look so delicious and easy to make. I can’t wait to try them!”

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Abiola chose Preppy Distressed Mason Jar Vase from OhMy! Creative. “This simple but cute post.”

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Abiola chose How parenting prepares you for a job at the UN from Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red. “This funny but true post.”

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Anne chose Strawberry-Blackberry Spinach Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette from Goodlicious. “I love salads and fresh fruit – this looks refreshing!”

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Anne chose Italian Shepherd’s Pie from My Suburban Kitchen. “Shepards Pie is so comforting and love the Italian Twist.”

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Silvie chose Pasta Pie from Lou Lou Girls. “We love pasta but try not to eat it often, so when we do I like it to be extra yummy! This looks like a delicious and easy recipe!”

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Silvie chose 7 Ways to Save Money on Vacation from our guest host, Evelyn from Better on a Budget. “These are great tips to saving money! With our “mini” vacation coming up I will put some of them to use.”

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Mari chose Coconut Cupcakes from Don’t Sweat The Recipe. “How can a coconut lover pass these up? I can’t I love the combo can’t wait to try!”

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Mari chose Why I am not afraid to hike alone from love. nature. baby. I chose this post “because I find her love of nature and life inspiring. I love going for walks in the park alone but find myself starting to get nervous when I hit a trail and I’m alone. Next time that happens I’ll think of her and her daughter and just keep going, thanks Melissa :)!”

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Heather chose Beer Battered Fish from Don’t Sweat the Recipe. “My nephew is a talented fisherman, and often brings home something fresh. Beer batter is one of our favorite ways to prepare fish, and this recipe looks great.”

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Heather chose Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe from Honey & Birch. “I love chowders, and the combination of chicken and corn with the other fresh veggies looks delicious.”

Eco-friendly natural cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon and cloth on wooden table. Homemade green cleaning.

Lydia chose 5 Ingredients that can Clean Almost Everything in the House from our guest host, Evelyn from Better on a Budget.

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Evelyn chose Traveling Utah with a Campervan – Dead Horse Point State Park from Kiku Korner. “I live in Utah, and love to explore it’s natural beauty. This post really spoke to me, and gave me a lot of fun ideas for more places I want to see in our great state in the future!”

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Evelyn chose How to Effectively Clean Your Dishwasher from Penny Pincher Jenny. “With spring here, I’ve gotten the spring cleaning itch, and I REALLY need to clean my dishwasher. This post comes in handy for sure!”

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Natasha chose 8 Ways to Sneak Vegetables Into Your Kids’ Food from Cow Country Housewife. “I’m always trying to find innovative ways to sneak vegetables into my son’s food, and these are definitely some great tips. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose 5 White Lies I Tell My Child from Melly Moments. “Sometimes a little white lie can save you as a parent. When your child wants to go the park for the 20th time that week, you have to come up with things like the park is closed, or being cleaned for the day, to get you out of it. LOL. Thanks for sharing!”

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In the Morning 65

Two little eyes peek around the door. I know who they belong to. My little Butterfly flutters in first thing in the morning checking to see whether she should enter. She’s all smiles when she bounces onto the bed and crawls under the covers to cuddle.

This is a different Butterfly than the one that appears suddenly in the middle of the night, confident that she will be able to sneak into bed with me.

The next to wake is Bunny. Normally, that’s because I have to flood his room with light and noise to get him out of bed. He is the reason we are up so early… school calls. Absent from this room is a working alarm clock. Somehow, he has three and none of them make a peep in the morning. I have a sneaking suspicion that turns them off so they don’t wake him up in the morning.Tomorrow, I promise myself, I’ll get him up earlier, way before he expects it.

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