Turn It Up Tuesday – #81

We hope you all had a Happy Easter…and enjoyed it with friends and family!
Welcome to the 81st week of Turn It Up Tuesday!  Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 431 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday and be sure to enter our Paypal Giveaway!

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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. 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for April is Great Escapes Travel Agency.
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Great Escapes Travel is a full service travel agency specializing in Leisure and Group Travel.
We plan land based vacations, cruises, destination weddings, and honeymoons to U.S. destinations, as well as the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.
At Great Escapes Travel, we are not mere order takers who book your trip and then leave you on your own. We are “Escape Artists”. As Escape Artists, we act as an adviser and a resource for our clients. We take the time to talk with our clients to really get to know them. Then we are able to create the perfect vacation experience created just for them.  We provide personalized service that is tailored to meet each of our client’s needs. We work with our clients every step of the way – before, during and after the trip. We make ourselves available to our clients by phone, text, email, and Facebook. And we guarantee that someone will respond to you within 24 hours.
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

 

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 | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for April!

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Mionna from Just Mi! | Kori from Just Another Mom | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva

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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Latisha chose Gettin After It!! from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl. “This is one of my favorites, simply for the reason that I love hearing about people’s everyday adventures. I also loved the Mama Mia Broadway show mention, because I love Broadway shows.”
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Latisha chose Top 9 Things to Do in Animal Kingdom from Simply Designing. “I always wanted to take my family to the Animal Kingdom. I can’t wait to do that someday. This post gives me great perspective of what to do when that day comes.”
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Rhonda chose 10 blogging tips for absolute beginners from Keeping It Real. “Great tips for the new and not so new blogger.”
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Tiffany chose How To Run – When You *Think* You Hate Running from our very own Jillian from Baby Doodah. “Jillian has definitely given a few great ways to get past the delay in starting to run. I have always hated the idea of running because it just didn’t ‘feel’ good to me but I know if I can get past that idea in my head I may actually fall in love with the entire thing :D”
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Tiffany chose 10 Reasons Why Girls Are Easier To Raise Than Boys from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. “This post hit home. I have 2 Girls and 2 Boys and I definitely know the pros and cons of both…but Girls are a bit easier when it comes to certain things like repeating myself and even the messiness.”
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Tina chose DIY Easter Egg Spring Wreath from B is 4. “A super cute Easter Egg Wreath, I like the fact that the son helped.I absolutely love it!! Thanks so much for sharing.”
Lisa also chose this post. “I love this wreath from Bernadyn at B is 4! It just oozes Spring and Easter. Using items from the Dollar Store and around the house makes this wreath inexpensive and so cute.”
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Tina chose Easter Bunny Treat Jars from Happiness is Homemade. “What a beautiful treat in a jar,very creative idea, looks so nice!! Thanks so much for sharing.”
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Lisa chose Easter Chicks Lemon Cookies from The Gold Lining Girl. “These Easter Chicks Lemon Cookies are adorable and made from a cake mix. How’s that for easy! Sarah over at The Gold Lining Girl shares this recipe that I can’t wait to make.”
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Victoria chose If Blogging Were Like High School from pig & dac. “I chose this post because the title caught my eye and then once reading it, I loved the comparisons.”
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Victoria chose Amp Up Your Instagram from Tabler Party of Two. “I chose this post because I have fallen off the Instagram train lately and I need to start back using it regularly. I found the tips provided useful and I have to check out the app mentioned to see if it improves my photos.”
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Kelly chose M&M Crispy Chocolate Martini from Lipgloss and Crayons. “This delicious sounding drink by Carly can be served either as a cocktail or a mocktail. It is such an easy recipe and most households should have the ingredients on hand. My sister and I can’t wait to try a version of this!”
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Kelly chose My Super Retro Pink and Feminine Office Makeover from Fry Sauce & Grits. “Courtney has done a fabulous job turning a dead space into a bright and happy work space. I love the floral wallpaper – it is really eye catching and the decor is super cute!”
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Stacey chose 5 Ways To Get Your Mojo Back When You’re Unmotivated from Divas Run for Bling. “My motivation has slipped a bit in the last couple of months as well, and I am hoping that Spring time weather will kick it back up a notch. These are all absolutely wonderful ideas that should definitely give things a boost! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Zografia chose Places I Party from Just Another Mom. “A great link party list! Let’s party!”
This post received the most clicks this week.
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Zografia chose Turn Washed Out Pics into Vibrant Photographs from Let It Shine. “Improving photography is my main goal! That’s a tutorial i’ll be trying!”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose Top 3 Favorite FREE Workout Apps from no Small life. “I have lazily used workout apps that tracked my activity when I run, jog, or use the treadmill. I never even considered an app that shows videos of exercise moves and workouts. So glad that Megan shared this!”
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Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose #bloggingedumacation: Running a Blogging Business from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “This post smacked me in the face and made me realize that I can do more! Taylor breaks down how she manages to be highly productive in the same 24 hours that everyone else has. Inspiring.”
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Elaine chose 11 Fantastic Raised Garden Bed Ideas from Busy Being Jennifer. “I am planning my garden and am always looking for new ideas.”
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Silvie chose How to Blow an Egg from Crafty Journal. “I have been looking for a good tutorial for blowing an egg every year to no avail. At birthday parties I have seen people fill the eggs with confetti and have kids break them. I had always wanted to try it but had no idea how to blow an egg. I’m happy that this year I’ll be able to do it for my sons party!”
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Silvie chose Cocktail: Caramel Apple Moonshine from Pink Heels Pink Truck. “I love caramel apples so this was a cocktail recipe that caught my eye. I just recently tried moonshine and really like the smooth flavor, so this recipe will be perfect for the hubs and I.”
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Mari chose PB Knock Off – Fur Trimmed Sweater Pillow Cover from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “I loved Robin’s use of an old sweater in such a way to make your home look awesome. I find myself holding on to some old pieces because the pattern or material is great but now I know what I can do with them!!! Great share.”
Open_Face_Salmon_Avocado_blogMari chose Open Face Salmon and Avocado BLT from Fitness Food Diva. “Now Shannon, this was amazing. Great combos and healthy just what I am always looking for!”
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Tenns chose The Truth About Blogging: Make Money Blogging and Free Stuff from Serendipity and Spice. “I really appreciated this post, because not only was it detailed for resources on how to make money blogging, but it included some ways I wasn’t aware of. Its great to know you can monetize your blog in so many different ways!”
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Tenns chose 10-Minute DIY Milk & Honey Soap from Happiness is Homemade. “I love a good DIY, and these milk and honey soaps look amazing. I’m sure they are just as amazing to make and use. I also think that they would make great gifts and are very cute for decor.”
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Jillian chose Easy Insect Craft for Kids from Juggling Act Mama. “I am looking for new crafts to do with my son, and this looks like a ton of fun for Spring! I think I’ll put it on my to make list!”
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Jillian chose Managing Your Blog (and Life!) with Google Calendar from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff. “I love organization and calendars! I’m always on the look-out for fun new ways of organizing my life. This calendar looks like it would make me super efficient!”
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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Easter Bunny Treat Jars from Happiness is Homemade
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Giveaways!

This month, we’re going to do something a bit different with our giveaway! Each week this month, we will be selecting one entrant to win $50 Paypal cash!  You will increase your chances of winning by stopping by each week and entering to win!
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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured, the Best of the Best, and checked out our Thank You $50 Paypal Cash Giveaway,

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!

 

 

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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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How often do you get to treat yourself? As mothers we sacrifice for our children, our homes and our husbands or significant others. Mother 2 Mother is giving one lucky winner a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate just for you.  

We’re going to wrap it with a pretty bow, ship it to your home and allow you to savor the moment of opening a gift just for you. No guilt, no sacrifices and no sharing. Purchase a book that you’ve been wanting to read, a DVD that you missed at the theater, or a few items to pamper yourself. Come over and enter, you can’t win if you don’t enter:

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Sunday’s Best – #14



Welcome to Week 14 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We want to wish each of you a Happy and Blessed Easter. We hope you’re enjoying lots of peeps, chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, good food and having lots of fun with family and friends.  


We’re starting our April Showers theme this month. As they say, April Showers Bring May Flowers, but they also cause us to spend lots of time indoors. We’re looking for indoor activities for kids, Mother’s Day ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY, organizational tips, summer garden preparation tips, SEO and blogging tips. Anything that we can work on during those rainy days. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.    

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts. 


                                             Your Sunday’s Best Hosts are:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe/follow to our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected Letter to My Girls About the Mean Girl from Confessions of a Mommyaholic  







I selected PB Knock Off Fur Trimmed Pillow from Do It Yourself Inspiration





Kim M. selected – Under $50 Budget Buy for the Whole Family from Mum-bo Jumbo  







Congratulations ladies! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



Preschool Garden Vegetable Printables

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I found these adorable garden vegetables printables for kids at www.vegetable-gardening-online.com.  So, I thought I would share them with my readers. They’re a fun way to to expose children to gardening.  Furthermore, you can discuss the importance of vegetables in our diet. It’s also a great way to start a conversation about planting a small vegetable garden.  Furthermore, they can become familiar with growing their own food. Getting children involved in gardening teaches them to nurture and to become self-sufficient. Children should learn to be responsible at an early age.  Responsibility will become a life lesson.  Check out my other backyard vegetable gardening posts.

Try planting kaleidoscope carrots to peak your child’s interest.  Orange can be boring so add a little color. Plant kaleidoscope carrots that are yellow, purple, orange, red and sometimes white. Popcorn is a favorite on movie night. Try planting some colored popcorn. Husk the corn after it has dried and store for movie night. Tomatoes come in different colors too. I plant red, yellow, orange and purple tomatoes. Get creative and make it a family event. Children often like what you like.
Also, allow your children to explore seed catalogues.  They can check out different varieties of plant and flowers. For example, sunflower are big deal at my house. We plant Russian Mammoth, Lemon Queen, and Autumn beauty for a colorful summer display. The Mexican Sunflower is small and could be a variable option for children. Don’t leave pumpkins off you list.  Remember they do require lots of space though.
I plan to let my 4 year old granddaughter color these vegetable printables.   Grab a box of crayons and print these tomato, green beans, carrot and corn printables, and let your kids go to work too.
Stay tuned for our April Showers posts this month.  We’ll be sharing more activities for kids, craft roundups and other ideas for those rainy days.  You can download the vegetable printables here:
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Sunday’s Best – #13



Welcome to Week 13 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This is the last week for our Spring Forward theme. We will be starting our April Showers theme next week. We will be looking for indoor activities, recipes, crafts, DIY, organizational, garden preparation, SEO and blogging tips for those rainy days.  




This week we’re celebrating the thaw across the country! Please linkup Easter posts, crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, Easter tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have SEO, blogging, and parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many as you would like. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.    

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com  


                                             Your Sunday’s Best Hosts:

            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  
Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe/follow our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  


Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


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Please help us grow by placing the Sunday’s Best button above on your sidebar or in your Link Party lists/directory. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger, let your readers and followers know that you were featured on Sunday’s Best.  Now lets party! 



The Sunday’s Best Posts are:


Kim U. selected Moss Covered Bunny from Pinterventures 

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I selected Pastel Deviled Eggs from Intelligent Domestications





Kim M. selected – Keeping Up With The Jones from Sequins In The South 








All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. 



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Mall Cop 2 Prize Pack: T-Shirt, Fanny Pack & Stickers

                         Giveaway Ends April 25, 2015 at mid-night.

Welcome to our Mall Cop Prize Pack Giveaway hosted by Mother 2 Mother. Kevin James is back as Paul Blart in Mall Cop 2. Here’s the plot: After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a
well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she
heads off to college, but safety never takes a holiday! When duty calls,
Blart answers.



Even though, he is recognizably awkward, clumsy, and a man that is easy to
overlook, Paul Blart is also someone we can all identify with and draw strength
from his character. He knows family is important, stands up for what is right,
and is polite and trustworthy to others despite his flaws and seemingly mundane
job. Paul teaches us that regardless of what we do in life, what flaws we may
have, or if we constantly find ourselves as the underdog, we can all contribute
where we are and improve the lives of those around us – even if we do it with
humor. 



Mall Cop 2 is in theaters April 17. Check your local listings and set a day aside for a family outing. The movie is rated PG.  


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Turn It Up Tuesday – #79

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother! It’s hard to believe, but Easter is a week away. We’re already celebrating here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
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Welcome to the 79th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!  Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 448 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for April is Great Escapes Travel Agency.
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Great Escapes Travel is a full service travel agency specializing in Leisure and Group Travel.
We plan land based vacations, cruises, destination weddings, and honeymoons to U.S. destinations, as well as the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico.
At Great Escapes Travel, we are not mere order takers who book your trip and then leave you on your own. We are “Escape Artists”. As Escape Artists, we act as an adviser and a resource for our clients. We take the time to talk with our clients to really get to know them. Then we are able to create the perfect vacation experience created just for them.  We provide personalized service that is tailored to meet each of our client’s needs. We work with our clients every step of the way – before, during and after the trip. We make ourselves available to our clients by phone, text, email, and Facebook. And we guarantee that someone will respond to you within 24 hours.
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

 

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 | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for March!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Marie from Just Plain Marie | Marose from Simple Pero Rock | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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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Latisha chose Recipe Box: Clam and Bacon Pizza from On the Home Front. “Looks and sound delicious. Would love to taste that.”
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Latisha chose Discovering Grace in the Waiting from Made to Mother. “This is a very timely article for me, because I am experiencing a major season of waiting right now, and sometimes I get frustrated in my impatience. This is a good reminder to me that God has a purpose in our waiting.”
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Mari chose Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream and Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting from Spoonful of Flavor. “I fell in love with Ashley’s cake because I love the combinations. It looks so decadent and mouth watering! I look forward to trying it.”
Tina also chose this post. “This cake looks stunning!!!A Chocolate cake with coconut and marshmallow frosting. A yummy treat for Easter. I’m going to try this!!Thanks for sharing.”
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Mari chose Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Cookies from Organized Island. “Raquel’s Dulce de Leche treat is dear to me because as a kid I use to buy these little candy triangles at the corner store made of this treat. So to find it in cookie is a must try as well!”
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Tiffany chose 5 Common Blogging Crimes No Blogger Should Commit from pig & dac. “This is a post every Blogger should read. It can be so easy to make simple mistakes that will drive away Readers and Followers. Jessica points out some that have simple fixes but can do major damage.”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Tiffany chose Chalkboard Eggs from Ash and Crafts. “Love This! With Easter right around the corner I am definitely happy to find an easy and no mess way to let my kiddies have decorating fun!”
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Tina chose Dollar Store Moss Topiary DIY from The Organized Dream. “I love simple and affordable ideas that look nice. Great for decorating an event like a wedding,christening ! Thanks for sharing!”
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Marose chose The Ugly Side of Pregnancy from An Upstream Life. “I like this post because it talks about the beginning of motherhood. It can make woman realize how special they are even if their body is changing.”
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Marose chose 5 Tips for Healthier Snacking and Love with Food Review from Divas Run for Bling. “Being healthy is really important and this post would really help.”
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Lisa chose Cold Brew Iced Coffee from Bowl of Happiness. “You don’t have to say coffee twice to me and Haylea’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee reached out to me as if demanding me to make this delicious drink. I’ve been on a iced coffee kick lately and heard of cold brewing but never done it so this was the sign I needed. Can’t wait to try it!”
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Lisa chose How to DIY a Side Table for FREE from noSmallLife. “I love a good re-purpose project and Megan’s DIY Side Table was great and looks great in her living room and entry way. She has my wheels turning now…I think I need a side table in my sitting room!”
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Victoria chose A Guide to Using Essential Oils Effectively – Infographic from Urban Naturale. “I chose this post because I have gotten into using essential oils recently and I am still learning the ropes of all of the various uses for each oil. The infographic in this post was very helpful and providing new ways to use essential oils that I probably would have never thought about.”
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Victoria chose The Busy Blogger’s Method to Effectively Participating in Linky Parties from our very own Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith. “I chose this post because it was on an interesting topic and provided some good tips. I participate in linky parties and I used to run one myself, that I plan to start again, but at times, I know they become overwhelming.”
chocolate-fudge-cake-smores-marshmallowStacey chose Chocolate Fudge Cake: Marshmallow S’mores Dessert from Kenarry. “Oh my, this looks absolutely divine! I am a major choco-holic with a massive sweet tooth, and I have to say, so are my kids. During our summer season, we do s’mores over an open fire, whenever we cook out. This would be great for winter time, when we can’t have one of our cookouts! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Zografia chose 40 DIY Spring Easter Wreaths from The Jenny Evolution. “So many beautiful ideas in one place! A great post for finding inspiration!”
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Zografia chose Spring Chicks Egg Carton Craft from Typically Simply. “I loved these chicks! Just loved them!”
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Jillian chose 4 Things You Learn When Your Post Goes Viral from Budget Girl. “I love this post because I’m so super excited for Chelsey, and because she shares some fantastic tips for when your post does go viral!!”
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Jillian chose How to Choose a Planner System That Is Best For You from Mama’s Got It Together. “I love my Erin Condren Life Planner, but I don’t feel planner peace, yet. I feel like I am missing something. I’m wondering if I need to use my planner binder, too. After reading this post, I realize I have more research to do for myself.”
Natasha also chose this post. “As one of my goals is to become better organized this year, I have been looking at the Erin Condren planners – however, I have yet to find planner peace. These tips really helped me to get started on finding that balance and peace and taking some time to do some research. Great post!”
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Kelly chose Recipe: Tie Dye Birthday Cake!! from Hopelessly Ever After. “This colourful cake made by Kristin for her partner’s birthday is super cool. I didn’t realise just how easy it is to make a tie dye cake and this has inspired me to give it a go!”
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Kelly chose Easter and Spring Home Decor Ideas from Clean Scentsible. “Talented Jenn shares her home decor ideas she has prepared for Easter. I love how Jenn has used chalkboards – her writing and drawing looks so professional! I love it.”
b26eef4424ca739706d0ed103db2dab0Natasha chose Time to Stop Wasting My Precious Time on an Unworthy Guy from Surviving and Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “It’s so true – dating is a serious gamble. And the biggest gamble is knowing whether or not you want to continue giving time and energy to a relationship that can potentially go nowhere. Kat’s stories are always great…and I really enjoyed this one. Great post!”
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Ginger chose Pepperoni Pizza Waffles from A Simple Pantry. “Sounds like a delicious recipe and something my niece and nephew would love to help with.”
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Ginger chose Upcycled Cardboard Box + Fabric Remnants = Fitness Motivation from Fashionably Employed. “Simple and easy idea but super functional and cute.”
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Kimberly chose Look What I Did To My Daughter’s Dolls from our very own Latisha at Ask Latisha. “This mom was so creative in her efforts to save babydolls from being naked all the time! The cake decorating option was Extreme Makeover at its best.”
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Kimberly chose March Madness Appetizers from The Mandatory Mooch. “I’m not crazy about how March Madness always preempts Young & the Restless for two days and lasts well into April. But I can probably overlook the “madness” this year because of Nichi’s awesome compilation of appetizers. So creative!”
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5 Fun Summer Activities For Your Kids

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It’s about that time of the year again when the sun will shine brightly, the birds  will sing loudly, the flowers will be in full bloom.  Summer’s around the corner, and my little ones could not be happier. Also, everyone will flock to the beaches.  Along with the freedom to build sandcastles on the beaches and play long hours in the pool, they also have a long break to look forward to.
Next, the  problem’s mine.  I have to think of new ways to keep them occupied throughout the summer.  Otherwise, I’ll hear “we-are-so-bored” rants right on the third day of their vacation. Well, if your problem is similar to mine, I have a solution.  Here is a list of five summer activities that your kids are sure to enjoy:
Foil River Can’t take the little ones out boating? Fortunately you can help them build a river right in your backyard.  All you need is aluminum foil and a garden hose.  So, take a few sheets of aluminum foil and roll up the sides to make a U-shaped stretch of an artificial river.  Turn on the garden hose and let the water flow through the aluminum river. You can also build ice boats by freezing colored water in ice molds and topping it with toothpicks that can hold tiny flags. Sit back and watch the excitement unfold.  Your little ones are sure to have a blast with this activity.  Even after the ice boats have melted, your kids can sail paper boats in the artificial river.

 Stamping Glory – Worried that your kids will create havoc stamping in your living room when bored?  With this fun activity, they can go stamping without you  having to worry about any damage. Spread out a wide sheet of white cloth in your yard.  Also, hand your kids some paints, cut potatoes and apples, along with sheets of bubble wrap, tied to their feet. Let your kids dip the potatoes, apples and their feet in the paint.  They can create  stamping impressions across the sheet. This is a great activity to help your little ones let loose and open a whole new world of fascinating pattern ideas. An interesting variation to this activity is to let your kids stamp within the outline print of their favorite cartoon characters. Doing this will improve their concentration skills and help them develop a neat hand at art.
 
Dress Up Parade – Who wants to watch fashion shows on TV when little fashionistas are sitting right in your house. Involve the entire neighborhood and their kids in a fun evening of dress up parade. Keep 2-3 themes for the evening and have the kids dress up in outfits according to the theme allotted to them. The evening is sure to be fun not just for the kids but for all you adults too. You can follow up the fashion parade by distributing delicious treats and gifts to all the teeny tiny models.
 
Outdoor Movie Screening – Movie nights are loved by all kids and adults alike. Here’s a way you can double the fun. Put up a projector and screen a movie out in your backyard. Take charge of the snack counter and make some delightful munchies for the kids to enjoy. You can involve other families in the movie carousel too!
 
Balloon Ping Pong – We all have those days when we just want to sit back and do nothing, but our kids don’t let us. I sail in the same  boat, and it’s during times like these that the balloon ping pong activity comes to my rescue. All you need is two paper plates, two ice cream sticks, and one balloon to prepare for this amazingly entertaining activity.  Next, stick the ice cream sticks on the paper plates to make the ping pong bats. Let+ your kids have fun bouncing the balloon to and fro. Ensure your kids play in a room free of any breakables so as to prevent damage.
Finally, Let your kids cherish some great moments with these amazing activities.  Also, which one of the 5 activities is your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below.  You may also like 4 Top Family Activities in Bali.
 
Author Bio – Aradhana is from India. She is a veteran writer on topics concerning parenting, child  nutrition, wellness, health and lifestyle. As a regular contributor to popular  sites like Huffington Post, Natural news, Elephant journal, Thehealthsite, Naturally  Savvy, curejoy and MomJunction.com. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.

9 Kid’s Easter Breakfast Ideas

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Easter is around the corner! My grandchildren will be visiting, and I wanted to celebrate Easter Sunday with a fun breakfast. I decided to search out Easter Bunny breakfast ideas and thought I would share my roundup.

I’m not the most artistic person, so I searched for ideas that I could create without too much of a struggle. Here’s what I found: 

1.  Pancake Bunny 1 – First, I found this adorable little guy at Crafty Morning. Simple to make, 3 pancakes of various sizes and a little whipped cream.

2.  Pancake Bunny 2 – Found this bunny on I Heart Publix. Number 2 and Number 8 are the same bunny, except different ingredients were used. Be creative, use what your family will eat.

3.  Pancake Bunny 3 – Next, I found this bunny on Fun Kitchen and My Three Sons. This is a crafty blogger who loves to bake. If baking is your thing, you should connect with her.

4.  Peeping Chicks – Found this chick on Fun Kitchen and My Three Sons. My grandchildren love scrambled eggs, so this is perfect. You will need kitchen shears to shape the pancakes.

5.  Pancake Bunny 4 – In addition to the other great ideas, I found this bunny on Taste of Home. I love this bunny. It’s at the top of my list to make during the Easter holiday minus the coconut. Don’t think I can get the grandchildren to eat it.

6.  Bunny Bread – Also, I found this idea on Sweet and Salty.   Adorable, but you will have to translate the blog to English or create your own vision. The bunny was so cute, I just had to share.

7. Flower Pot Pancakes –  Amazingly, I found this adorable flowerpot and flowers on Jim’s Pancakes. This site is amazing. The blogger specializes in kid’s pancake ideas.  Amazingly, there’s turtles, crabs, pancakes shaped like bacon and eggs and the list goes on.  So, be sure to check out this blog for creative ideas.

8. Pancake Bunny 5 –  So, this is the same bunny as number 2.  However, the ingredients have been changed.

9. Bunny Biscuits My grandson loves biscuits for breakfast.  I found the image on Pinterest, but I’m unable to locate it now to give you the URL to the site.  However, it uses refrigerated biscuits, half of a cherry, raisins, and slivered almonds.

Also, use a whole biscuit for the head and another cut in half for the ears. I’m going to just use raisins with the slivered almonds, I think chocolate chips will work too.  Bake according to the directions.

Finally, I hope you enjoyed my kids Easter breakfast ideas.  We hope you found an Easter breakfast idea that has inspired you.  Additionally, my grandchildren love fun breakfast treats, and I love making them smile.  Dishes like this create wonderful memories.