Top Posts of 2016 | AprilNoelle.com

April Noelle’s Best Posts of 2016

I am counting the days of 2016 coming to a close for a lot of reasons, one of which being that I’m hoping we don’t lose any more of our beloved stars.

Are you excited for 2017 or wishing you had more time in 2016?

In either case, I wanted to share with you the best posts of 2016, in case you missed them.

Top Posts of 2016 | AprilNoelle.com

 

My Reflection

I wrote this piece of prose in response to a prompt and I think it turned out pretty well.

 

Learning to Save Money with #GrouponCoupons!

I love using Groupon. As a matter of fact, I used it yesterday. If you don’t know much about Groupon or how it works, check it out here.

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

I struggle with doing three heads of hair on a regular basis, but I have learned these three tips to do my daughters’ hair.

 

6 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Getting your kids to eat vegetables can be a struggle. See how I conquer it in my house.

Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables | AprilNoelle.com

 

How to Get Fit After Having a Baby ~ Postpartum Fitness {Guest Post}

This has been my most viewed post for a while now. I’m still trying to work off that pesky postpartum weight myself. 2017 baby!

Definitive Guide to Postpartum Fitness | AprilNoelle.com

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All New Amazon #PrimePhotos Features! {+Win a $500GC} #Ad

Amazon.com is providing the gift card prizes. Please read on for giveaway details.

I would have to say that I was hesitant to get Amazon Prime, so less than a year ago, I sent out a Facebook question:

Responses to this post really got me thinking and I joined shortly after.

Amazon Prime Photos

At the time, I was not aware of the awesome Prime Photos aspect, but believe me, I have been wildly impressed.  Amazon has taken the time to code Prime Photos to tag them, which means that I have been able to find a photo super quickly. After I logged in my family, I was able to quickly find old photos in mere seconds, as opposed to combing through thousands of photos.

It’s not just people! Quickly find and rediscover your favorite photos: I took a picture that included a pizza. Don’t ask me why I was looking for this particular photo.

Guess what I could search? Pizza!

Guess who found the photo quickly? Me!

Look what happens when I sort my photos by person:

Prime Photo Features

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12 Days of Fitness {and so much more} with Turn it Up Tuesday!

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday! Christmas is a week away…can you believe it? We’re still celebrating on this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday! Share your favorite Holiday posts – crafts, decorations, traditions, and everything in between – from past or present!

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

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!

Mari chose Eggnog Pancakes from Lipgloss and Crayons. “This week I picked Julie’s post as it combined two things I love and can’t wait to try this!”

Mari chose Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge from Delightful E Made. “Erin’s share looks amazing great color and tasty blend.”

Tina also chose this post. “I love this fudge, what a vibrant red colour. Looks amazing and sounds super yummy. Thanks so much sharing this beautiful creation with us.”

April chose Last Minute Holiday Party Tips + Holiday Mimosa Recipe from Organic Deal Diva. “I love a good mimosa, but I especially appreciate creative festive version for this time of year.”

April chose 12 Days of Fitness Challenge – Day 2: Holiday HIIT Workout from Life in Spandex. “I am desperately trying to work on my weight during the holidays. I appreciate Life in Spandex’s effort to keep us healthy during this seasons.”

Stacey chose Fudge Brownie Pie from Lolly Jane. “Brownies are one of my top favorite desserts, especially if they are fudgey and chewy. This would be the ultimate topped with a little powdered sugar and maybe even a dollop of whipped topping. Thanks so much for sharing!”

Stacey chose Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies from Budget Girl. “What a fun and easy treat to add to any holiday festivity, especially for the peanut butter and chocolate lover. I know my son would absolutely devour them. Thanks for sharing!”

Jessica chose Peppermint Tree Toppers from A Thoughtful Place. “Courtney did such a good job breaking down the steps to this adorable Christmas craft! And it looks adorable on her tree! Love it!”

Jessica chose Candy Cane Martini from Sandy a la Mode. “These martini’s might be making an appearance this holiday in our home! 🙂 “

Tina chose Cinnamon and Clove Homemade Lotion Bars from Growing Up Gabel. “What a wonderful idea, I love the smell of clove and cinnamon, great as a handmade Christmas gift.Thanks so much for sharing this lovely idea with us.”

Natasha For the Burned-Out Bloggerchose from A Mama’s Story. “Reading Sara’s post made me feel like it was written just for me. I feel the same exact way…every time I feel that I should probably take a break from blogging, I realize how much I need it. Thanks for sharing!”

Natasha chose Sh*t Kids Write…To Santa from Coffee Mounds & Lipstick Clouds. “I swear kids say the darnedest things and this post just proves it. Love it! Thanks for sharing!”

The post with the most views is Sorry Isn’t Always Easy from our very own Tiffany from The Mrs Tee.

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Peppermint Red Velvet Fudge from Delightful E Made

Fudge Brownie Pie from Lolly Jane

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

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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

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Happy Thanksgiving {Turn it Up Tuesday}

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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(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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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!”

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…

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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

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.**



Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays – past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

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The Holidays are Here with Turn it Up Tuesdays!

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!”

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…

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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

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.**



Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays – past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

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Keeping in the Sun this Winter with @GlassesUSA

**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.

So in that regard, I’ll be getting a lot of sun this winter. What a better way to take in the rays is with a brand-new pair of sunglasses?

I received a beautiful pair of sunglasses from GlassesUSA. Named Ashbury, it comes in a three of color choices: gray/gold, brown/gold or beige/gold. I chose the gray/gold to go with more of my wardrobe.

  • These sunglasses have served me well over the last couple of weeks since I’ve been running to all sorts of outdoor events for the kids.
  • I also went to an outdoor wedding and the gold accents made me feel a like even my glasses were fancy.
  • They are extremely light, which is good because glasses typically tickle my nose, causing me to take them off whenever I don’t absolutely need them.
  • The frames are light so it doesn’t distort the color, but blocks out tons of light.

About the Company

GlassesUSA has many more options, including prescriptions for those who need them. I love the philosophy of the company.

Behind this website, there are actual people who make sure you and your eyes are taken care of.
From our own optical experts that craft the lenses; to our dedicated customer service that ensures you are always covered; to our trend-conscious buyers who select the frames; to our shipping department that makes sure you get your glasses on time.

They produce high quality glasses for a fair price. They do that by cutting out the middleman:

  • Manufacturer – Our glasses are manufactured in a factory.

  • Store – Agents take a cut to bring it to the retailer.

  • Wholesaler – Rent and operating costs bump up the cost.

  • Lab – Retailers send your lenses to an optical lab.

  • You – You end up paying for all these unnecessary stops in the food chain.

What’s the weather like in your area? Have you put your sunglasses away for the season?

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Fall Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes with Turn it Up Tuesday

My prayers are with those who are still affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Welcome to another week at Turn It Up Tuesday!

To all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew, our thoughts are with you and your families during this time of recovery.

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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Carolyn chose DIY Candy Corn Halloween Water Beads Vases from Hydrangea Hippo by Jennifer Priest. “This one was interesting because it falls into the fall theme well, and I liked that it was an original idea, and not a mashup of other links. Neat craft to do with your kids.”

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Carolyn chose Cute Scarecrow Craft from Love My Big Happy Family. “(I) like the originality, theme, and simple, inexpensive supplies for this one.”

Bev also chose this post. “Turn those wine bottles into these adorable scarecrows. They will look so cute on my table.”

Tina also chose this post. “I love this creation.What a creative way to make a scarecrow.Thanks for sharing this wonderful craft with us.”

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Danielle chose 50 Delicious Slow Cooker Soup Recipes from Busy Being Jennifer. “Any slow cooker food recipe is an instant win for me. slow cookers always save the day especially in between busy schedules.”

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Danielle chose Halloween Recipes Witches from Embellishments. “This is so adorable. Definitely will have my daughter do this with me, just in time for halloween.”

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Kimberly chose Scary Movie Time from Coffee Mounds & Lipstick Clouds. “This post shows some of the best of the best scary movies of all time.”

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Kimberly chose Easy Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls #MakersMixUp from Living La Vida Holoka. “Loving this recipe. Simple and easy!”

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Biola chose Cows with Breast Cancer from Chronicles of a Lumpy Person. “Thanks to Cows with Breast Cancer by the Chronicles of a Lumpy Person, I am now aware of Cowden’s syndrome. I wish everyone would share her post to raise the awareness for this rare condition.”

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Biola chose Apple Pie Smoothie from our very own Heather from Goodlicious. “Apple Pie Smoothie by Goodlicious looks so refreshingly yummy and it’s so easy to whip up too.”

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Heather chose How to Make Sugar Skulls For Dia De Los Muertos from Try Anything Once. “I love these Dia De Los Muertos candy skulls. They’re creative and beautiful. A great way for introducing traditions from other cultures to our family.”

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Heather chose Pork Bahn Mi Sliders #GameTimeGrilling from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “Bahn Mi is one of my favorites these days, and we have some great Vietnamese restaurants for me to get my fix. But, sometimes I don’t want to go out to eat; I look forward to trying these at home.”

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Bev chose Turmeric Hummus Casserole #SundaySupper from Dizzy Busy & Hungry. “Love this humus casserole. All those veggies, humus and turmeric to boot. Makes my body do ‘Happy Dance’.”

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April chose Spicy Grilled Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers from Little Miss Dexterous. “My mouth was watering the second I read shrimp and jalapenos. This will be on my menu this weekend. Sold!”

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April chose Turn An Old Book into a Book Clock from Pretty Simple Ideas. “I love being able to reuse things to make new things. This is gorgeous and you can use a book that fits your aesthetic to make it personal.”

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Mari chose Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blondie Bars from Dad What’s 4 Dinner. “I love Quinn’s candy corn bars. Candy Corn has always been one of my fav candies!”

Tina also chose this post. “I love peanut butter and I love this recipe too.Looks super yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe with us.”

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Mari chose Carrot Cake Mix Cookies Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting from Home Cooking Memories. “Anything with Carrot Cake gets me!!!”

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Silvie chose Halloween Party Ideas from Snippets of Inspiration. “This is an adorable and great ideas for any Halloween party! I can’t wait to try some of them out.”

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Silvie chose Cocktail: Pomegranate Pear Moscow Mule from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “I love pomegranates and think this drink sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it out.”

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Natasha chose The Best Halloween Movies for Kids from Every Star is Different. “We love watching movies on Halloween, and these are some great options. Thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose How to Plan a Disney Trip with Someone Who Doesn’t Love Disney (Yet) from The Sparrow’s Home. “I’m planning a Disney trip, but my son isn’t that into Disney as yet. Thanks for sharing your experience – this should help me in making plans! Great post!”

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The post with the most views is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones from Marilyns Treats.

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Peanut Butter Candy Corn Blondie Bars from Dad What’s 4 Dinner

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Cute Scarecrow Craft from Love My Big Happy Family

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Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! Thanks so much for sharing your Fall posts with us last week…let’s continue sharing more this week! We can’t wait to check out all of your posts. We’d like to thank you in advance for sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! 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!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | 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 | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

…and welcome our guest hosts for September!

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Chell from Chell Bee | Danielle from Dancing with My Daughter

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Sarah chose I’m Not That Mom from our very own Tiffany from TheMrsTee. “I am also – NOT that mom, and I’ve gotten “into” it with some moms over it and also build a tribe of moms who are in my “camp,” so to speak. There shouldn’t be mom wars, but if there are, I’m totally not on the perfect side.”

Natasha also chose this post. “I’m definitely not that mom! And my son is definitely not that child that needs anything complicated. He always aims for the simple, and even when I ask him what he wants for lunch, he’ll tell me he just wants a jelly sandwich, fruit, and pretzels. So I’m just focusing on being myself and being simple – I’m definitely not perfect!”

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Sarah chose Homemade Uncrustables from our very own Kelly from Making More… “My son is OBSESSED with peanut butter sandwiches, and I was just thinking of doing something like this for his lunches.”

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Mari chose If You Are Raising A Daughter You Are Raising Someones Wife and Mother from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. “I love this share its a conversation starter and as a parent to a daughter it arose strong feelings for sure. It reinforced my strong feelings about putting people in boxes. Thank you Mandy for awesome share.”

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Mari chose Fall in Love with the Process from Inner Savvy Wellness. “Karen’s share was another favorite because in life we tend to resist change fearing something that is not even real! We create emotions and stress not needed if we just learn to let go just a little bit.”

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Heather chose Bruschetta from Morsels of Life. “Gabriel helped me pick the features this week, and this was his top choice. “That looks delicious!” were his exact words. We eat a lot of fresh vegetables, and combining tomatoes with garlic and basil on top of crusty bread is always a good idea.”

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Heather chose Chipotle Burgers with Avocado from My Suburban Kitchen. “This was Gabriel’s other favorite (although we had a bit of work narrowing things down). He loves spicy food, and this chipotle burger with avocado suits his taste well. “It makes my mouth water,” he said. And that was AFTER we’d had steak for dinner! I think I’ll have trouble keeping this foodie fed during his teen years.”

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Stacey chose Bacon Cheese Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies from My Suburban Kitchen. “These look wonderful, and would be a great breakfast treat for my lil man’s birthday. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose No Cook Corn Black Bean Salsa from My Suburban Kitchen. “This looks amazing! I love having salsa on so many different dishes, from chicken to salads, and I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!”

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Tiffany chose 8 Vital Goal Setting Tips for Success from Ecurosie. “I am always working on making sure I follow through on the Goals I set for myself and this post gave me the steps I need to help make that happen.”

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Tiffany chose Pumpkin Decorating Ideas: Metallic Foil Pumpkins from AttaGirl Says. “I definitely have fall on the brain and I am on the hunt for some new unique ways to decorate. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas Amy!”

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Natasha chose Caramel Apple Turnovers Recipe from Creatively Homemade. “I just love apple turnovers…and this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is 5 Back to School Transition Tips for Your Kindergartener from Mama’s Sweet Home Team.

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Caramel Apple Turnovers Recipe from Creatively Homemade

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Fall in Love with the Process from Inner Savvy Wellness

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

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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.

We walked the ship quickly, then returned to our clean, kid-free, toy-free cabin.

When we landed in the Bahamas, we went on a whirlwind tour. We raced to the rental car agency. Had I known we were going on a jog, I would’ve opted to wear footwear other than flip flops. Since we had a lot of places to go and just the daylight hours to do it, we were on our way.

As he is a native and spent most of his youth there, he showed me his schools, introduced me to family, and at the local spots. The food was delicious and by the end of the day, he had me driving on the wrong side of the road. At least I didn’t have to drive on the wrong side of the car.

By the end of the night, I was exhausted yet exhilarated. I found out so much about him that day. I fell in love with him all over again – from learning his history to navigating his experiences to understanding who he is.

That evening after dinner, we walked up to the Sun Deck to talk. As we admired the beautiful Bahamian skyline and the sound of celebration below, I looked off into the distance, imagining our future.

As we were talking, he started telling me what I meant to him, what he saw in our future, and all of the feel-goods that I could even imagine.

Then he proposed.

Yep, my husband proposed after we were already married. Why? Because of me.

See, the first time he proposed (many months previously), out of excitement, I cut him off. I didn’t have the opportunity to say anything.

I think I was the girliest girl that I had ever been when I saw the box. And I ruined it. I was so excited, he couldn’t get a word out edgewise. I killed his groove and he wasn’t able to recover.

I was excited but disappointed. Not at him, but at myself that I would completely kill his groove and not shut my mouth long enough for him to tell me about how much he loved me.

So, also in my desire to control everything around me, I asked him to re-propose. I told him that I completely accepted the ring, but “if he would be so kind” to repeat the proposal, in a surprised way and I promised not to cut him off.

It took a while, tons of patience, as he waited until we were actually married to do it again.

But it was worth every minute I waited.

We will be married 10 years in January and I can’t imagine living life without him.

 

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This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “One of my favorite vacation memories is…”
Host: Kristi from http://www.findingninee.com

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Strawberry Rose Slushies with Turn it Up Tuesday!

Since my children are going to school for the first time, I still have some pieces to put together. Thankfully, we had a couple of extra weeks to get ready. How’s school treating you?

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! We thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your posts – thanks so much for sharing with us! Let’s continue to party! Share your new or old summer posts, back to school posts, and everything in between! We can’t wait to check them all out!

We’re so happy to have you join us! 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!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | 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 | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Tina chose Panda Bear Baby Costume {Cute Baby Costumes} from C.R.A.F.T. “A cute and easy to make baby costume.I really like this adorable creation, thanks for sharing it with us.”

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Tina chose Strawberry Rose Slushies aka Frose from The Kittchen. “A very interesting recipe. It looks great and I really want to try it asap.Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.”

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Stacey chose Heavenly Amish Cinnamon Loaf from The Crappy Housewife. “Anytime we make it to an Amish market, that is the first thing they gravitate towards, and I can’t wait to give this one a try! Thank you for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Reese’s Layered Cake from Fluster Buster. “This looks amazing, and would definitely be something that my lil man would want all of. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Mari chose Do More of What Makes You Feel Alive free printable from Lolly Jane Blog. “I loved Kristi & Kelli’s printable share because I feel more people need to live this way and having this framed some place in your home would be great inspiration.”

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Mari chose 5 Positive Ways Mindfulness Can Affect Your Workout from Healthy Helper. “Practicing Yoga & Meditation has enriched my life ten fold some running into Kaila’s share about mindfulness was awesome share!”

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Heather chose Under the Sea Party: Real Parties from Love That Party. “We had big first birthday parties for both of our boys. I love this theme and all of the great decorations!”

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Heather chose Born to Stand Out Flamingo Print + Party Ideas! from Lolly Jane Blog. “I love flamingos, and this is a really cute printable with snack ideas for a party. I guess I’m just in party planning mode this week!”

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Natasha chose 7 Tips to Help You Create Healthful School Lunches from Grounded and Surrounded. “With my son headed for kindergarten next week, I’m trying to figure out some healthy lunch options for him. I’m aiming to send him with lunch 3-4 days a week and letting him have lunch at school 1-2 days a week. Thanks for the great and simple ideas!”

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Natasha chose 15 After School Snacks for Kids from Drugstore Divas. “Thanks for sharing these simple ideas for after school snacks! I’ll definitely be trying them!”

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The post with the most views is The Key to Unlocking Pinterest Traffic for Your Blog from Morgan Manages Mommyhood.

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Born to Stand Out Flamingo Print + Party Ideas! from Lolly Jane Blog

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Reese’s Layered Cake from Fluster Buster

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Mini Spaghetti Appetizer Meatballs with Turn it Up Tuesday

I’m sitting here after my first pitch meeting and I’m so ready to take on this world! LOL! Are you working on anything new?

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday!! We’re so happy to have you join us! 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!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | 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 | Lori from Saved By the Mommy

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Bev chose Sesame Street Cookie Monster Cupcakes from The Jenny Evolution. “These cupcakes are just so adorable. Not sure I can eat them, I just love lookiing at them.”

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Bev chose Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Appetizer from All That’s Jas. “Love these meatball appetizers. I am always looking for ideas for parties. These would be a great addition.”

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Sarah chose Sing As If No One is Listening: My Tattoo Story from Talk Less, Say More. “I am fascinated by tattoos. I have wanted one for years but haven’t decided on something for myself – who do I honor? What do I want to always remember? This post sticks with me, because it’s a story about someone deciding something that I haven’t yet!”

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Sarah chose 15 Plant-Based Meals on a Budget from Healthy Helper. “My family is heading into one our most stressful times of year. It’s easy to start to rely on quick meals that test the boundaries of “fast” vs “quick.” I’ll be trying a few of these meals this fall!”

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Ginger chose My Toy Shit List from Four Princesses and The Cheese. “This made me laugh out loud. I’m not a mom but I have my niece and nephews all the time and can really relate.”

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Ginger chose 5 Proven White Hat SEO Tips to Apply today for Better Ranking! from Julie SYL & Pauli Kalungi. “SEO is something I know nothing about, even though I am attempting to run a blog. I think if I can sit down and go over this I will have a better grasp on it and make it work for me.”

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Biola chose Vegetable Beauty Recipes from our very own Tina from The Happy Creations. Biola chose this post “for its simplicity and health benefits”.

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Biola chose Tips for Being a Mom and a Writer from Georgia Lee. “Because every mom-writer can use a couple of helpful tips from others who get us”.

Lori also chose this post. “I like this post because I can relate. Many of the things that are stated not to do I find myself doing them when I should be writing. I think anyone who is struggling with writing and also being a mom can definitely benefit from reading this.”

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Elaine chose Raspberry Citrus Summer Sangria from Busy Being Jennifer. “What a wonderfully refreshing twist on sangria.”

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Elaine chose Are You Making These 5 Big Blogging Mistakes? from Live from Julie’s House. “Good article. Luckily, I am not making any of them.”

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Lori chose Adorable and Delicious Lunch Ideas from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “These are so cute and very easy to make. I’m sure that any child would love to see these for lunch.”

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Stacey chose Left-Over Candy Blondies Recipe from The Jenny Evolution. “These look wonderful and such a fun way to use candies. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Stacey chose Crunch Berry Snack Bars from Delightful E Made. “Oh yum! Crunch Berry cereal was always one of my favorites as a kid and I am looking forward to giving these a try. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Mari chose Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Pasta with a Garlic Goat Cheese Sauce from The Kittchen. “I loved this combo because you get a great filling meal with great flavor and variety.”

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Mari chose Mint Chocolate Frozen Yogurt S’Mores from The Bitter Side of Sweet. “What more do I need to say but frozen s’mores?!!! Omg!!!”

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Heather chose Things I Never Learned from My Mother from About Life and Love. “I think this is a very brave and open post. I too had a rather difficult mother, and didn’t learn a lot that I want to pass on to my kids. Thanks very much for sharing.”

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Heather chose Crockpot Garlic Parmesan Potatoes from Lou Lou Girls. “I never think to use my crockpot for sides, but this is a great idea. Perfect for a weeknight meal.”

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Natasha chose Why No One Is Reading Your Mom Blog from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. “These are definitely some great tips to take your mom blog to the next level. Great post!”

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Natasha chose Back to School ~ Free Printable First Day of School Signs from The Real Thing with the Coake Family. “With my son starting kindergarten next month, I have been looking for some creative ways to celebrate his first day of school This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!”

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The post with the most views is What is Mindfulness? from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess.

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Crunch Berry Snack Bars from Delightful E Made

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Tips for Being a Mom and a Writer from Georgia Lee

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

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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.

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Blessings through a Pregnancy Story

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.

Even before staying home, I knew my life would change.

The day started out just like no other. I woke up, dressed, dressed my son. I was a little off, tired, drained, but chalked it up to a short night of sleep.

Then something new happened.

I walked from my front door to my car and was completely winded. I had to catch my breath before I started the car. A walk no more than 100 feet had completely winded me, a walk without stairs or incline, a walk on a cool winter’s morning.

Blessings | Bee and Butterfly | AprilNoelle.comSomething was off. Something was different.

The next few days, I continued in exhaustion. No more stairs to my office. Out came the rolling suitcase from the high closet shelf. I couldn’t walk a flight of stairs without breaking a sweat, so I stopped trying.

When I finally took the test, it confirmed what I had already suspected. I was pregnant. (SIDE NOTE: Did you know WalMart sells pregnancy tests for 88 cents? Yeah, they do and I got three, just in case.)

They all confirmed my theory. I was pregnant. After trying for less than a month, we were going to become parents again.

The rest of the pregnancy continued poorly, adding nausea, a never ceasing sweet tooth and massive swelling.

My exhaustion didn’t end either. I came home every day, just awake enough to make my son a sandwich for dinner and take a nap on the couch. The nap almost always turned to bedtime. Luckily my son was pretty self-sufficient and homework was minimal.

I made it through the pregnancy without any medical problems, just major discomfort, only to give birth to a beautiful little girl who would still make my life pretty miserable.

She was momma’s girl. Bee did not want to be held by anyone else, refused to take a bottle and wouldn’t sleep more than 20 minutes on her own. She loved cuddling and nuzzling with me and sleeping with me and playing with me.

Close to her first birthday, she finally decided that she would let the others who loved her into her life, into our circle.

Then we found out another little girl was going to be part of my family.

The exhaustion hadn’t wavered and now there would be three!

I worried, I made plans, we made moves. But now, here they are, my gorgeous girls: Bee and Butterfly.

Bee and Butterfly | AprilNoelle.com

Bee and Butterfly | AprilNoelle.com

Butterfly and Bee | AprilNoelle.com

April Noelle and her kids | AprilNoelle.com

Growing up, I never considered being a mother, especially not a mother of three, with one in heaven. I have grown mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

When I started making purposeful decisions for people who weren’t me, I understood when I was being selfish and when I wasn’t.

These blessings have changed my life for the better and I would never want anything different.

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This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. The sentence is “When it comes to blessings…” and it’s an extra-special week because we’re linking up with the Blessings Month with Tuesday Ten and #1000Speaks for Compassion. Write about “When it comes to blessings…” or Ten Ways I can bless people… or Ten Ways I am Blessed…

The linkup is available from August 4th to 11th (one week), and you can link up with any of our hosts:
YvonneVidyaand Michelle (the blessings thinker-upper) for #1000Speaks
Rabia and Lisa for their Tuesday Ten
and me,  for Finish the Sentence Friday

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