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Turn It Up Tuesday – #72

Welcome to the 72nd week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Last week, we had a record-breaking week with 406 posts – the most we’ve ever had!  And we’d like to thank each one of you for making last week and every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thank you so much for joining us each week and for helping us hit another record this week!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up 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, as long as it is family-friendly. 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 blog hop the best that it could be!

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.
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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 | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from New Mama Diaries | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Lisa from Blogghetti | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Sarah from Pretty Simple Ideas

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

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.  We’re now accepting guest hosts for February and March.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose Free 5 Year Holidays List – 7 Step Homeschool Planner from Lina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. “This is a fantastic list!! I’ve been looking for a complete list of holidays to use when blogging, but this will be great for homeschooling with my son. So excited to use it!”
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Nancy chose Why Bloggers Should Give Google+ More Attention! from Britney Dearest. “As a new blogger, I appreciated the insight that Britney gave in using google plus.”
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Rhonda chose Feeling Like a Mom Vs. Feeling Like a Mom Mess from Jersey Moms Blog. “I think most of us can relate to the joys of being a mother and than there are those days that we just feel like a complete mess. Funny and so true.”
Natasha also chose this post. “I can relate to almost every one of the feelings! This is definitely a funny, yet honest, take of how many (if not all) mothers feel. Great post!”
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Ce Ce chose jpeg vs png: When and How To Use It from Rekita Nicole Design Studio & Blog.
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Cindy chose Spring Nail Trends with Essie from Geniabeme. “I LOVE pretty nails and this nail art tutorial is perfect for spring. I think even I can manage this pretty manicure.”
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Zografia chose Why You Should Brand Your Blog from New Mama Diaries. “My New Year’s resolution was to make the most of blogging. Posts like this are helpful!”
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Mari chose She in 3D: Meet Shadai {Weight Loss Inspiration!} from Britney Dearest. “I chose this post because she shared a wonderful inspiring post. Anything is possible you just have to remove the blocks and take one step at a time.”
Chantale also chose this post. “Just when everyone is forgetting their New Year’s resolutions, this weight loss story is extremely inspiring! More importantly it is a lesson in self care and self love that anyone can benefit from.”
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Mari also chose Stop Searching For Balance in The Wrong Places, Just Make Time For You! by @chicmompreneur on She Owns It. “I also chose Nancy because I agree that without balance there is no success. It doesn’t matter if your a CEO, a SAHM or a Secretary. Healthy success requires balance and her post shared great messages.”
Stacey also chose this post. “This is one that falls into my goal for 2015, spending more time to focus on me. Towards the end of 2014, I found my self frazzled and disconnected, so I made the decision that I need to take time for me to put myself in balance. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Rose chose Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial from Lauren McBride: The Blog. “I’ve been using the same boring eye colors (basic black and brown) for too long now and I could really use an updated look. This post inspired me to try new products and colors!”
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Tina chose You Are Dino-Mite: Paper Plate Dinosaurs from This Girl’s Life Blog. “A fantastic craft for kids.Simple cute and educational.A must do for mummies list.Thanks for sharing.”
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The post with the most clicks is 5 Ways I Make Money Blogging from Mama’s Got It Together.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is…

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Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured and the Best of the Best,

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!

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10 Tips To Stay Healthy – Sponsored Post



It’s a new year and my main goal is to eat healthier, exercise and stay healthy. I’ve fallen off track on my healthy eating goals so many times I’ve lost count. This year I decided to pick myself up, brush myself off and get back on track. I made peace with the fact that there’s no quick fix, it requires a lifestyle change. I’ve tried fad diets, prepacked food diets, eating like a bird, not eating, you name it only to end up frustrated and returning to my bad habits.  

They say timing is everything. When I was contacted by Molina Health Care to do a post on health issues that affect me and my family I gladly accepted. The first step to overcoming struggles is to talk about them. I had put together a list of tips to achieve and maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and I thought it would be perfect to share for this post. 

The turning point for me to get healthy was when I looked at pictures and realized just how much weight I had gained. I reached a point where I hated to get my picture taken. I was missing out on three generations of family pictures with my daughter and granddaughter, because I couldn’t bear to look at the majority of the photos. If there’s a health issue blowing in the wind it will find my family, so I knew that I had to get serious and get to work. We have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetics, obesity, heart attacks, cancer and the list goes on.   

Eating healthy was always a must in my home. A snack for my daughter was jello when she was growing up. I truly believe my high stress job took its toll on me over the years, but I knew that I could no longer allow my job to control me. My job was a means to make an income, not a means to end my life. Here’s the tips that I’m now using to stay healthy:

  1. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet –  I started a kitchen garden several years and I grow the majority of my vegetables during the summer along with fresh fruits. There’s nothing better than being able to pick fresh fruits and vegetables outside your door. 
  2. Preserve fresh vegetables – I now preserve fresh vegetables during the summer to make soups and other dishes throughout the year. I also grow fresh herbs to flavor my dishes. If you don’t have a kitchen garden, visit a local Farmer’s Market. Seal and freeze the fresh vegetables for later use. 
  3. Get a partner to help you stay on track – My daughter is a Beach Body coach so we have teamed up to ensure that I stay on track. 
  4. Don’t deprive yourself – Give yourself a day or two to enjoy the foods that you truly love. Depriving yourself is a set-up for failure. Saturday or Sunday are my days to eat out and enjoy a burger, slice of pizza or pasta dish.  I look forward to it and I don’t feel guilty. 
  5. Give up the excuses – Make your health a priority. 
  6. Exercise –  Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. If you can’t get in 30 get in 5, 10, 15 or 20. Some is better than none. 
  7. Educate yourself  –  Learn what foods provide nutrition and energy for the body. Prepackaged and junk food are empty calories and contain high amounts of sodium and sugar. I’ve replaced chips with popcorn, candy bars with fresh fruit, ice cream with frozen yogurt. Gradually add healthy items into your meal plan. 
  8. Drink plenty of water and don’t skip meals – I love water, so drinking it has never been a problem for me. I replaced soda with water and Gatorade and eat 4 – 5 small meals a day. 
  9. Learn portion controlI took a class at my local hospital on eating healthy. You will be surprised on what is considered a healthy portion. (I got my answer on how I gained the excess weight). 
  10. Relieve stress and get rest – Know the stress factors in your life and eliminate as many as you can. Get plenty of rest. Replace bed pillows if they are old and purchase them according to how you sleep. I’m a side sleeper, so I purchased pillows made for my position. I sleep throughout the night now. 
I have incorporated these 10 tips into my life and now they’re pretty much second nature. Getting healthy won’t happen overnight and there are no quick fixes, believe me I have tried them all. It requires a lifestyle change, which requires you to make your health a priority every day. Check out the Eating Well article on Molina Health Care. It discusses acceptable servings from each of the food groups and is worth the read. It’s great information for healthy eating.  

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.