Hurricane Irma and Other Natural Disasters

Hurricane Irma came through late last week. We’re still working to get our lives back to “normal”. Our family was in the dark until late last night. Fortunately, we have light! And cable! And internet! But, Hurricane Irma wasn’t my first natural disaster.

 

Northridge Quake

The first was the Northridge quake. I was on the periphery, 30 miles from the epicenter.

 

I was sleeping (quite heavily in those days). My top bunk started shaking. I thought it was my little sister. She would regularly push on my bed to wake me up. This time, it was way too early. “Leave me alone,” I said as I rolled back over. The bed started shaking harder, more violently. “Go back to bed,” I shouted this time. But she didn’t. Worst of all, I didn’t hear her voice. No plea to come down and help her. I jolted up, realizing that it wasn’t her, it was an earthquake.

I jumped off my bunk and went into the living room. Things were still shaking, and by then my dad was awake too. We braced the furniture as we could (the rolls were not that strong, and NO that’s not what we were trained to do in an earthquake).

Then it stopped. It all stopped. It was over. We had no lasting damage, no power outages, and besides being a bit shaken, we went about our lives. No one we knew was affected and quite frankly, it was a different time.

Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Irma was not my first hurricane either. I had the unfortunate timing of visiting my in-laws when Hurricane Wilma hit in 2005. I was scared, especially for my one-year-old son who I was expected to keep safe. The area wasn’t under mandatory evacuation orders, but as with Irma, suggested that you should leave.

Thirteen years ago, everyone wasn’t on Facebook, there were no pleas or calls out. And even if there were, my network was in California, where I was born and raised.

This two week visit was supposed to be simple and quiet – my son spending time with his grandparents. Instead, we sat through a day long hurricane, several days without power, undrinkable water, and a low supply of food.

We had to be careful outside because a record number of utility poles broke and FPL did not have enough in reserve to replace them without help. Schools were closed due to the power outage and flooding. Worst of all, you couldn’t go anywhere because there was no power at gas stations, meaning if you had some place to go, it wasn’t likely you could refill your tank to get back home.

It was miserable… and hot… and humid. We couldn’t go anywhere we couldn’t walk. Because it was hot and humid, that wasn’t far.

 

Hurricane Matthew

Last year, I had pleasure of experiencing what we thought would be our first hurricane as a family. I was a full-fledged adult, in my own house with my own family. This time, all decisions were mine. Well, mine and my husband’s. They were ours. The good and the bad.

We were nervous, but after having NOAA on refresh, we realized that it wasn’t likely to hit us. No mass evacuation orders, no decisions to be made. We purchased D batteries and a case of water. Even in the mildest of storms,flying debris could pierce a window, so we put up shutters. 

A few people left town because they could.  The majority sat back and watched, or more accurately slept. Matthew’s winds hit us in the middle of the night. We woke to full power, a few people were without for some time. Otherwise, we were safe. We had gas. We had electricity. The kids were out of school for a day or two.

 

Hurricane Irma

This time, I felt fear. This time, I had to make decisions that could have a long term impact on our lives. The Keys were under evacuation orders. Parts of the east AND west coasts were in evacuation zones.

I posted on Facebook: “Leaving or Staying?”. The majority of friends and family responded that they were staying. That brought some comfort.

Then people pumped gas like they were never going to get some again. Gas became scarce in the week leading up to the hurricane. Lines down the block with people filling up gas tanks and extra canisters.

Florida is long and thin. There are three main roads out: I-95, Florida Turnpike and I-75. Florida is home to 20 MILLION people. Three roads does not an easy journey make. On Thursday,  two full days before Irma came, boasted that it only took 8 hours to travel a distance that normally takes a mere 2 and a half.

Remember that gas shortage that I mentioned? We weren’t going anywhere. Jeff put up the shutters. I started filling up bags of water to freeze in case of a power outage. Jeff searched for cases or a really just a case for reserve. I purchased D batteries (again) and glow sticks. Glow sticks helped us navigate the home in pure darkness and illuminate the bathroom considering there are no windows therein.

Then we buckled down.

We waited, we listened, we lost power, we brought out the board games. Then we went to sleep.

We woke up, waiting for things to end. We had plenty to eat:  snacks, dinner foods, etc.

Then Irma stopped. We walked out to assess the damage. Besides not having to hire someone to trim our tree, things seemed perfect, no damage. We opened the garage. It seemed fine, until we wanted to close it. Then, it kinda fell apart. Our garage was our only major damage.

We were without power for four days. Friends and family offered help and their homes. We are back home, but I’m glad this one is all over.

 

But hurricane season is not.See you in December!

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Finish the Sentence Friday

This post didn’t go the way I thought… that said, it’s a part of this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday! “When a natural disaster hits…” Link up and share your post, read the others and have a non-hurricane riddled weekend.

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Always Discreet | Best Bladder Leak Products | AprilNoelle.com

Best Bladder Help for Women when You Need it Most #ad

This article is brought to you by my partnership with Always Discreet. Please enjoy!

A year ago, I cheered that I had a bladder of steel. I would listen to friends and family discreetly discuss their incontinence issues and I would have an air of superiority that I did not experience bladder leaks. Then, we threw a party for Bee. Our home parties always include the kids’ favorite: a bounce house. Our fun house provider drops off the house the night before and picks it up the day after. Lucky us! We always get our money’s worth. We jump before and after the party. That’s when mom tries to show off her “skills”. But this time, I got a little more than expected.

A little leak. Just a little.

I quickly jumped out of the bounce house and had a slight costume change. For the first time, I got it. I understood the stories of those friends, who complain they can’t run or jump because of bladder leaks. I found out that it happens more often than I thought and I’m not alone. When I had the opportunity to spread the word about how common bladder leaks are and that the best bladder help is here, I jumped (pun intended). It’s not something to be embarrassed by or a topic to avoid. I ran out to get my first pack of protection. Since Always is my feminine brand line, I had a company that I could already rely on for the personal times. I chose Always Discreet liners for very light protection.

To protect my clothes, and my dignity, I decided to give the liners a try. I was happily impressed that even with the additional absorption, I was not self-conscious about wearing them. As I comfortably put on a liner to work out, jump rope or get into the bouncy house with my children, I am prepared for any bladder leakage. I was confident that I would not soil my clothes. (Man, I sound old-timey.) I knew I could jump and exercise without anyone knowing that I was incontinent.  I was happy to be able to play with my children, no matter the activity with the use of the Always Discreet liners.

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  • Absorbency level: Light bladder leaks
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6 FREE Ways to Entertain Your Children this Summer in West Palm Beach

Happy 4th of July!

 

Half way through the summer and moms are already ready to send their kids back to school. If you don’t send your children to an all-day summer camp, you can quickly find it’s difficult to keep them occupied and still offer variety, every day, for an entire summer. Last year, I gave you an all-inclusive activity list, but as the cost of camps rise, here are a few things you can do to keep a cap on that budget and still have a great time with your children! Here are six FREE ways to entertain your children this summer.

FREE (and Cheap) Ways to Entertain Your Children this Summer

Public Venues

Barracuda Bay

A local water park less than 3 miles from the very expensive Rapids park, Barracuda Bay has a swimming pool, splash area and two large water slides for $3 for Riviera Beach residents and only $4 for everyone else. Please check the website for openings.

For more information, click HERE!

 

City Programs

The city is bountiful in programs ranging from swim classes and sports classes to an all day sports camp. Check out the following links to see what programs are happening in your city or town.

6 FREE Ways to Entertain Your Children this Summer | AprilNoelle.comPeanut Island Park

A easy, FREE trip with the kids, Peanut Island Park is a local park with EVERYTHING! Boat dock, fishing, swimming, camping, fire ring, observation deck, and more!

For more information, click HERE!

Splash Pads

Get out of the hot sun and cool down with these cool and FREE spots!

 

Private Venues

Movies

 

Playmobil

At just $1 per person, this location is a steal! The kids play with Legos and you help or watch, the children can play all day. They even provide a snack room, so you can bring your own snacks for the kids.

For more information, click HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

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#AmazonPrints | AprilNoelle.com

Where do I get my photos printed? Amazon Prints. Plus $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #Ad

Amazon has launched a photo printing service that allows all customers to print their memories.  Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print the product of their choice, and receive free delivery. If you’re not a Prime member, you’ll receive 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos.  Amazon Prints start as low as $0.09.

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!

I’ve been an Amazon Prime user for well over a year. I remember when I posted the question on Facebook.

Should I get Amazon Prime?

At the time, I didn’t order things online (what for?) and getting the free photo storage was just a bonus. I was getting it for the free streaming. (Have I mentioned I am a tv-aholic?)

One year later, I use it for everything! Prime allows me to order just what I want without being forced to order a minimum to get the product within a couple of times. Now they just keep getting better.

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Amazon is constantly giving your more value for the same great price. A service that I fell in love with is Amazon Photos.

Prime Photos

As a benefit of Prime, customers get free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. If you’re not a Prime customer, you can still get 5GB of free storage.

Free delivery with Prime

Want to order prints? No problem with Prime Photos. Whether you want to order cards, large prints or photo canvases, delivery is free every time!

Low Pricing

I love my warehouse store, but even they can’t beat the #AmazonPrints price starting at starting at $0.09.

I need to come up with a clever photo gift for the family with Bee! She’s grown so much!

I’m not sure if these will look better on large print, card or just in a photo book. What do you think?

 

Don’t forget to enter the contest.

Amazon is sponsoring this blog post/providing the gift card prizes.

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Turn It Up Tuesday | AprilNoelle.com

National Great Outdoors Month with Turn it Up Tuesday!

Did you know that this is National Outdoors Month? With the kids out of school, I’m getting out and about this month. What about you?

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing posts with us last week! Thank you for celebrating, remembering, and honoring fallen service members last week with our Memorial Day post of Turn It Up Tuesday.

This week, we’ll be celebrating the great outdoors as June is National Great Outdoors Month! Coincidentally, June is also National Safety Month – so be sure to be safe with your everyday activities and even more so when you head outdoors this month.

This week, we’d love for you to share posts about your experiences outdoors, tips for being safe whether everyday or while doing outdoor activities, and any other outdoor- and/or safety-related posts!

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 hosts of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | April from April Noelle | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Silvie from My Silly Little Gang |Jessi from Jessi Living Lovely | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith

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 our last party!

Kimberly chose Sensational Summer Salads from Dreaming of Leaving. “So many incredible salads to choose from. Love, love, love this post!”

Kimberly chose Summer Guide – Great Ideas for an Awesome Summer with Kids from Awesome Alice. “My 10 year old will be home with me most of the Summer. This post gives me some new stuff to plan for him.”

Natasha also chose this post. “With summer right around the corner, I’ve been looking for ways to have fun with my son. I am looking forward to enjoying some of these great ideas! Thanks for sharing!”

Tiffany chose Summer Fun Outdoors from Fluster Buster. “I LOVE this! Such great ideas to cover the entire summer. I am determined to check off a Backyard Movie Night and thanks to Robin pulling all this awesome ideas together in one place I can check off a few more along the way!”

Tiffany chose Reclaiming the Joy of Motherhood When Your Patience Runs Out from Kori at Home. “These tips from Kori are perfect for any mom who has been in that moment when being joyful is the last thing you can think about. Putting these tips to practice can definitely help bring back the joy of motherhood.”

April chose Tips to Eat Healthy on a Budget from That Fit Fam. “These are great tips for someone who wants to eat healthy on a budget. I know these tips have helped me time and time again.”

April chose Morning Metabolism Boosting Home Workout from Life in Spandex. “This is totally what I need to do in the mornings. I haven’t been working out like I should and overall being very lazy, so these workouts will be easy enough to get me going in the morning.”

Tenns chose How to Make a Unicorn Birthday Cake from Bird’s Party. “Firstly, can we just applaud the amazingness that is this cake! It’s so cute, and the tutorial on how to create it is so detailed and thorough. I thought it was great how Cristina broke down each step and included where and how to find the ingredients and supplies you will need to make the unicorn cake!”

Tenns chose The Rise of Natural Hair Care from Urban Naturale. “Deborah included a succinct round-up of tips for using natural products to care for your hair. I’m always excited additional resources for how to do so because I decreasing the use of using chemical-based products on my body is a priority to me. This post is definitely one to point people in a good direction for how to get started with natural hair care.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I went natural several years ago, but I haven’t really worn my hair out with my natural curls for years. I’m getting tired of straightening my hair or doing crochet braids, and I’m loving this post with tips on making that happen. Thanks for sharing Deborah!”

The post with the most views is Stars and Stripes Sugar Cookie Bars from Delightful E Made.

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Taking Great Photos with Turn it Up Tuesday!

I really needed that extended weekend. I’ve been working late four nights a week and it’s wearing on me quickly. I have this schedule for another month. But to remember the actual reason for the day off, I remember those who have given their life so I can have mine.

Memorial Day | AprilNoelle.com

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing posts with us last week!

Today is Memorial Day, and we are celebrating, remembering, and honoring our military service members.

This week, we’d love for you to share posts about Gratitude – what you are thankful and grateful for, posts focused on gratitude and inspiration, ideas on celebrating Memorial Day, and much more!

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 hosts of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | April from April Noelle | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Silvie from My Silly Little Gang |Jessi from Jessi Living Lovely | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith

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 our last party!

Kimberly chose Easy Way to Organize Kids School Papers from Fun with Mama. “I don’t even like to think about the BOXES of school papers that I have collected over the years. This is an awesome post on how to creatively organize all of that.”

Kimberly chose 17 Summertime Smoothies! from Graceful Coffee. “I can’t wait to try these smoothies this Summer. Lots of flavors to choose from!”

Jessi chose Adding Batten To Farmhouse Walls – ORC Week 4 from Homestead 128. “I love the update! It looks awesome…I’m inspired to try this in my own home!”

Jessi chose How to Take Great Blog Photos (Without Expensive Equipment) from Off-Color Literature. “This is so helpful for bloggers! Great tips and resource.”

Tiffany also chose this post. “Savannah game a few really great tips on getting high end photo results without the high end costs! I recently made my own backdrop for photos and it was definitely well worth the effort.”

April chose DIY Slumber Party Teepee from Bird’s Party. “When you’re always trying to creating something new for your girls, it’s great to get new ideas.”

Tiffany also chose this post. “I love how Cristina took such simple steps and came out with such an amazing result!! My youngest daughter is all about slumber parties and I may need to try and recreate this for her next one!”

April chose Game-Changing Avocado Toast Recipes from Dreaming of Leaving. “I’ve seen avocado toast in person, but these look so tasty. I’m just going to have to make some of them at home.”

Silvie chose Whipped Lavender Homemade Body Butter from Midwest Modern Momma. “I love body butter! The idea of making it myself instead of buying it sounds perfect. I can’t wait to try this one out.”

Silvie chose Butternut Squash Dip with Garlic and Herbs — Only 2 Ingredients! from Take Two Tapas. “I would have never thought of using butternut squash in a dip. This recipe sounds delish and I can’t wait to try it.”

Natasha chose 10 Ways to Find Time to Read from Off-Color Literature. “I absolutely love to read, but I’ve been having a hard time finding time to do so. This year, I am on a mission to read more and these are some great ways to find time to make it happen. Thanks for sharing!”

Natasha chose 101 Fun Activities To Do This Summer (That Barely Cost Anything) from Awesome Alice. “We have a few things planned this summer, but I am looking for ways to save money while still having fun on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!”

The post with the most views is 3 Tips to Save During Your Legoland Florida Vacation from our very own Tiffany from The Mrs Tee.

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All Mixed Up

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, I haven’t written a personal piece in a while. So many life changes have been happening and I was struggling to figure out how to continue.

Quite frankly, I was trying to figure out whether I would continue this venture, this blog.

I haven’t known what to say here for a long time. I don’t like controversy. Although I love my kids, I don’t particularly like spending a lot of time talking about them.

Then there’s work. I consider myself a “jill of all trades”. I know a little about a lot of things. Enough to make an income with any of them. If I took some time, I could make a substantial income from several of them.

I just don’t.

Why?

Because I don’t want to dive into something that I can’t be “known for” in the future.

I really want to create a legacy, a life for me and my children. Not just a job for now.

I’m lucky and blessed. I have a husband who’s willing to support any option I choose.

And you would think that means it would be easy. But for the first time, I truly have a choice.

I’ve worked since I was twelve, paid household bills since 16, paid for multiple adults until I was 28 (until I got married).

Do you know how much pressure that is? The pressure of thinking that if you don’t make enough money, you’ll have a household of adults living off of you?

Most people don’t. Most people don’t understand. Truthfully, most of the people that I assisted were in pure denial that I did anything for them.

Truthfully, most of the people that I assisted were in pure denial that I did anything for them.

All Mixed Up | AprilNoelle.comThat hurt the most. I spent years sacrificing. I’m not saying I needed a pat on the back or accolades, but a pure denial sent me in a whirlwind of depression.

Now that I truly have a choice, it’s like seeing the world for what it is for the first time. I don’t have to conform to what others think I should do. I don’t have to think about making a certain income or how many hours I work.

And I don’t want to talk about any of this. I don’t want to think about any of this. There is a sort of safety and comfort in doing what others expect, especially when you know you can attain THEIR goals.

I feel like I’m falling off a cliff trying to think about what I really want, what goals I really want to set and what I want to do to get there.

This has been a piece for Finish the Sentence Friday, a link-up where writers and bloggers come together to share their themselves with a particular sentence. If you’d like to stay ahead of future sentences and participate, join our Facebook group.  Link up your sentence prompts below! Please no “link dumping.” If you include a link, comment on other posts.

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3 Belly-Fat Burning Smoothies | Photo by Ken Hawkins via Flickr | AprilNoelle.com

3 Delicious Belly-Fat Burning Smoothies

Sick of doing all those crunches in an attempt to burn off all that belly fat? Try your hands at these awesome belly-fat burning smoothies. They are loaded with ingredients that fight the build up excess fat and decrease bloating.

Kale smoothie with Blueberry & Pineapple

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup kale
  • 3/4 cup water

The Greek yogurt is rich in protein and provides you with the boost of energy that you need. Dairy products like Greek Yogurt enhances metabolism and promote weight loss. Greek Yogurt is also high in calcium which has been known to reduce the risks of obesity/overweight with regular consumption.

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants that not only rid the body of toxins but are also known to reduce belly fat.

The pineapple in the smoothie provides you with the burst of freshness you need in the morning and it also contains enzymes that prevent bloating.

You won’t realize it as you drink it but there’s a cup of kale in the smoothie as well. You don’t need to worry about the taste, as the blueberries and pineapple will cover it up. Kale is filled with fiber that also prevents bloating and constipation. You can rest assured that all poisons and toxins in your body will be out after a few days of drinking this delicious smoothie.

Mango Smoothie Surprise

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mango cubes
  • ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado (MUFA)
  • ½ cup mango juice
  • ¼ cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 6 ice cubes

Other than being delicious, mangos are completely fat-free. What makes them so good for your weight-loss journey is that they actually have lots of calories which will provide you with energy but they don’t have any fat all. Even if you have 3 mangoes per day, you’ll be consuming around 400 calories but it will have zero impact on your weight.

People who are dieting tend to avoid avocados because of its high quantity of fat. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids which can actually spot-reduce belly fat and decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome, making your waist slim and sexy.

Peanut Butter and Banana

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy natural unsalted peanut butter
  • ¼ very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 ice cubes

Peanut butter consists of mono-unsaturated fats which has been linked to weight loss and the prevention of heart disease but bear in mind that you need to consume peanut butter in moderation if you’re trying to lose weight.

Bananas are one of those fruits that can be used to put on weight and to lose weight. What matters is how much you are consuming and how much exercising you are doing as well. If you are on a strict diet and partaking in physical activity regularly, you should be able to lose weight while having bananas. If you are watching your daily calorie consumption then you have to include the calories from your banana in your in daily calorie intake. They also have fiber and resistant starch which promote weight loss.

If you’re looking for quick meal replacements to support your weight-loss journey, give these smoothies a go!

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National Decorating Month with Turn it Up Tuesday!

My birthday just passed and I had an excellent time! One thing I wanted to show off here was a dress made by my friend The Crunchy Mommy.

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you so much for celebrating Earth Day with us – we had a fun time reading through all of your amazing posts!

This week, we’re celebrating National Decorating Month! Feel free to share your Spring cleaning and decorating ideas, tips, and tricks with us – we can’t wait to check 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 hosts of Turn It Up Tuesday!

(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 |Jessi from Jessi Living Lovely | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith |Reuven & Aliyah from Marriage Reset | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama

…and welcome our guest hosts for April!

Amethyst from One Sage Mama | Joe from Imperfect Disciples

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’s party!

Natasha chose About Fear: Facing the One Thing That Scares Me from Mom Mandy. “These are some great tips for facing fear. Thanks so much for sharing this great post!”

Natasha chose 6 Mommie Dearest Ways That I Am #RockingMotherhood from our very own Kimberly from Being A Wordsmith. “Yes, Kimberly! Go ahead and keep on rocking motherhood! Love this post – thanks for sharing with us…and for nominating me!”

The post with the most views was Lavender Cake with Honeyed Ricotta from The Jenny Evolution.

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

Lavender Cake with Honeyed Ricotta from The Jenny Evolution

About Fear: Facing the One Thing That Scares Me from Mom Mandy

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

Best of the Best Bloggers – make sure to showcase the button below on your blog!

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So now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer in this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday,

let’s get started!

– Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

– Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!

– Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

– Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

Epic Mommy Adventures

Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

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National Money Smart Week | AprilNoelle.com

National Money Smart Week(R) Campaign to Offer Free Financial Education

Thousands of free financial education classes and seminars for consumers will be held throughout the U.S. during Money Smart Week, April 22-29.

Free Financial Education

Classes are open to people of all ages at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, community organizations and government agencies throughout the country. They cover a wide variety of money-management topics including saving for college, buying a house, using credit wisely, managing student debt and financing retirement.

The educational events will be carried out by local and regional partnering organizations. In addition, there are several national partners, including the American LibraryAssociation, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Financial Planning Association and the United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension.

Money Smart Week

National Money Smart Week | AprilNoelle.com“Money Smart Week is an incredible opportunity for consumers to access free advice on all areas of personal finance,” said Heather Greenwell, Outreach Program Lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which coordinates the campaign. “We hope individuals and families will take advantage of these educational offerings and ultimately improve or enhance their financial success.”

Money Smart Week is the broadest and most comprehensive financial education program in the country. Started in 2002 in Chicago with just 40 programs, it has expanded significantly to become the only national educational program for people at all stages of life.

According to exit surveys, most participants indicate they’re likely to change the way they manage their money after attending a Money Smart Week Class.
Consumers who are interested in finding out about classes in their area during Money Smart Week can visit www.moneysmartweek.org

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Turn It Up Tuesday | AprilNoelle.com

Celebrating Earth Day with Turn it Up Tuesday!

We only have six weeks left of school! Where did the time go?

There will be changes coming on this page, as soon as I get some things off my IRL plate.

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! Thank you so much for celebrating Easter with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday – we loved all of the amazing Easter and Spring-related posts!

This week, we’re celebrating Earth Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd. Please be sure to share some of your “green” posts with us!

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 hosts of Turn It Up Tuesday!

(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 |Jessi from Jessi Living Lovely | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith |Reuven & Aliyah from Marriage Reset | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama

…and welcome our guest hosts for April!

Amethyst from One Sage Mama | Joe from Imperfect Disciples

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’s party!

April chose Laughter is the Best Medicine when Parenting from The Woman’s Post. “Who doesn’t need a reminder to laugh a little more?”

April chose DIY Dollar Store Spring Craft from Intelligent Domestications. “Anything quick, easy and inexpensive is ok with me! I might have to venture to have my third spring craft.”

Jessi chose Carrot Cinnamon Rolls Recipe from The Country Chic Cottage.

Jessi chose Easy DIY Wood Sign from Meaningful Spaces. “I love the sign. I wanna recreate it!”

Stacey chose Easter Treats from Marilyns Treats. “These look absolutely amazing and some of them so easy, that the kids can join in with the treat making! I have such a horrible sweet tooth, no matter the holiday, and look forward to giving some of these a try. Thanks so much for sharing!”

Stacey chose Corn Dog Pot Pie from Fluster Buster. “The absolute perfect combination to please even the pickiest of eaters. Some days it is just easier to have an easy, go-to dish meal to feed a hungry family. Thank you so much for sharing.”

Natasha chose Think Green This Spring: How to Declutter Your Home Efficiently from MomMandy. “I have been on a mission this Spring to minimize, declutter, and organize. These are some great tips to do just that. Thanks for sharing!”

Natasha chose How to Take the Drudgery Out of Spring Cleaning from Intelligent Domestications. “Another great spring cleaning post while I’m smack dab in the middle of spring cleaning. Thanks for the great tips!”

The post with the most views is Peanut Butter Lovers Brownie Bars from Delightful E Made.

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

Epic Mommy Adventures

And the Best of the Best goes to…

Laughter is the Best Medicine when Parenting from The Woman’s Post

Peanut Butter Lovers Brownie Bars from Delightful E Made

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

Best of the Best Bloggers – make sure to showcase the button below on your blog!

Epic Mommy Adventures

So now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer in this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday,

let’s get started!

– Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

– Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!

– Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

– Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

Epic Mommy Adventures

Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

**Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**


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