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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 63

Welcome to the 63rd week of Turn It Up Tuesdays! We’re so happy to have you here again this week – we had such amazing posts last week! We enjoyed reading them all!
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!
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Mari chose Dresser To Kitchen Island – Cart #DIY With #ChalkyFinish Paint Colors from Dear Creatives. “I chose DC’s redo because I absolutely love taking something old and making it into something new again. I loved how the dresser turned out I think it looks amazing!”
Angie chose Pretzel Snowmen from Save More Spend Less with Heidi. “How cute is this!!? So easy to make & oh so delicious too! Maybe we could even add a gummy worm as a scarf? (that might be taking it too far – they are perfect as is)”
Jillian chose Free Christmas Shopping Printable from The Organized Dream. “I chose this post bc I love lists!! And keeping organized during the holidays is very time consuming. This list will help me keep organized, and I hope it helps others!”
Chelsea chose Pumpkin Pie in a Jar from Little House Living. “I love how these pies were made in a jar. Call me crazy, but the crust is my LEAST favorite part of a pie, so knowing that these confections had less flaky and more filling, I was a happy woman. And plus, it just looks yummy in general! Yay for holiday sweets!”
Damjana chose Mini Apple Cranberry Popovers from Three Kids and a Fish. “These popovers are just perfect for this time of the year. A treat this warm, sweet, tart and fluffy makes a person want more of it – especially when served with that yummy cranberries fill!”
Serena chose Five Things I Did For My Students That Today’s Teacher’s Wouldn’t Do from LadyBlogger. “Our kids will always need teachers like this. Perhaps some teachers have lost their spark because of the way the system has changed or for whatever reason. I’m glad to see there are still teachers out there that are willing to go above and beyond for their students.”
Tenns chose 20-Something Scriptures Every 20-Something Should Know from Mommie and Wee. “I’m always on the search for more spiritual encouragement. This great list of scriptures is just what I need to add to my spiritual appetite. I like that its geared to those in their twenties, because I as I approach my thirties I have these scriptures to look to for strength, encouragement, and motivation.”
Stacey chose New To Homeschooling from The Multi Tasking’ Mom. “I completely understand this post and still feel somewhat unsure, even though we are into our third year of homeschooling. I will likely always feel a bit of unsure, but I will continue to plug along, because I do feel it is the best for my kids. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Tina chose DIY Waterless Snow Globes from Pioneer Mama. “Another wonderful Christmas creation!! Detailed instructions – fantastic result, my type of craft!! I love these waterless snow globes and I’m making some this Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.”
Amy chose Homemade Monogrammed Gift Tags from The Organized Dream. “I love these Homemade Monogrammed Gift Tags from he Organized Dream! I love adding an extra touch to my gifts to personalize them and make the recipient feel special. These gift tags are easy to make, look great, and can be re-purposed as ornaments to be used again each year.”
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Natasha chose Single Serve Hot Chocolate Mix from With A Blast. “I’ve been looking for a nice simple gift to give to my son’s teachers for the holidays. I think this might be it! Thanks for the idea and the simple instructions!”
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My Favorite Family Holiday Traditions

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Today, I want to share a few of the holiday traditions that I started with my grandchildren.  Each year we visit the Parade of Lights in Virginia Beach. I started this tradition six years ago with my grandson, and it’s something that we look forward to now.  

We drive on the boardwalk, which is only allowed once a year, to see these brilliant displays. We order hot dogs and hot chocolate, while we’re waiting our turn to get on the boardwalk.   We’re able to tune-in to a local radio station that plays Christmas music while you’re making the drive. I love the fact that nobody is in a hurry.  Everybody takes their time making the drive and allows visitors to hop out and take pictures.  There are jumping fishing, soldiers, surfing Santa, dinosaurs, you name it. It is truly a treat for the kids, they are in awe. Those brilliant lights have that kind of effect even if you have seen them year after year.  They do change several of the displays from year to year, so part of the fun is seeing what’s new.    


Another family tradition is visiting Hunt Club Farm to see their animated displays.  Totally cool!  Santa’s elves are at work making dolls and other great toys, bears are fishing, reindeer are checking Santa’s Naughty or Nice List, and Santa waits at the end of the tour for a photo opp.  

It’s important for my grandchildren to look back over the years when they believed and remember holiday traditions.  Hopefully, these traditions will inspire them to create a few of their own when they have a family.  What traditions have you started with your children or grandchildren?  

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My 15 Favorite Christmas Songs

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Welcome to the third day of my 12 Days of Christmas posts.  I have favorite songs that I like to play during the holiday season, so I’m focusing on my favorite Christmas songs.  Shortly after Thanksgiving, I blow the dust off the CDs and crank up the volume on the CD player. Christmas music just puts me in a festive mood, and motivates me to start decorating for the holiday season. I start off the season with Merry Christmas To All of You by The Temptations. It’s my all time favorite Christmas song, and by the time the holiday season is over everyone in my house is hoping that I will never play it again.  I do play others, by that particular song is at the top of the list. Here’s my top Christmas songs:

  • Merry Christmas To All of You  – The Temptations
  • O Holy Night – Celine Dion 
  • All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey
  • Please Come Home For Christmas – Aron Neville
  • Up on the Roof Top – Jackson Five
  • Carol of the Bells – Celtic Woman
  • Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
  • Some Day At Christmas – Jackson Five
  • Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  • Silent Night – The Temptations
  • Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springteen
  • Merry Christmas – Rod Stewart 
  • Christmas Through Your Eyes – Gloria Estefan
  • White Christmas – Kenny G
  • What Christmas Means – Kem
Are you familiar with any of them?  If not, you should check them out. They’re perfect for an open house or holiday gathering too.  Personally, I love to listen to Christmas music while I’m decorating the house, Christmas gifts or sipping a little eggnog.
Music gets everyone in a festival mood.  We could all use a little holiday inspiration, right.  Download a few tunes, and get in the holiday spirit too.  Leave a comment on your favorite Christmas songs, we may want to add it to our playlist. You may also like:  12 Days of Christmas – Family


Colavita Italian Gift Basket Giveaway

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The Colavita Story:  The Colavita family traces its roots to the small town of Sant’Elia a Pianisi, in the Molise region of Italy. It was there, four generations ago, that Giovanni Colavita founded the family olive oil tradition and Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil was born. Over the years, theColavita family became masters at the delicate crafts of &quot;tasting&quot; and blending extra virgin oils from different types of olives grown in Apulia and nearby regions. This skill enabled the family to produce 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil with a consistent fine quality – a skill that sets Colavita apart today from the other leading brands.

Today, the Colavita’s main focus is still bringing consumers authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil; however, the Colavita brand has grown to include many other quality specialty food products that are sold in over 60 countries. Colavita durum wheat semolina pasta, a full selection of balsamic and wine vinegars, traditional and organic pasta sauces, ready-to-serve soups and marinated vegetables, and olive-canola blended oils are the ingredients of choice for chefs in home, restaurant, and professional kitchens worldwide.

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Kid’s Breakfast Ideas: Snowman Pancakes



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Today I’m featuring my favorite fun kid’s breakfast ideas
.  How about a snowman pancake?  I fix these the morning of Christmas Eve, and the kids love them. They make the kids happy and they put everyone in a festive mood.  So, festive pancakes are a great way to start the Christmas celebration.  Besides, they are quick, easy and fun to make.  To make things more festive, try to find a winter themed plate to place them on.  You should be able to find them on at the Dollar Tree, Big Lots or Dollar General. I found the plates shown at the Dollar Tree.

 The recipe for these snowman pancakes is simple:

Step 1 – Whip up your favorite pancake batter and made 3 pancakes, small, medium and large.

Step 2 – Use a black food pen to make the buttons, mouth and eyes.  If you don’t have a food pen on hand, use chocolate chips.

Step 3 – Cut 2 strips of bacon, 1 for the scarf and 1 for the arms.  You cut out fingers in the bacon with a pair of scissors for the arms.  I was lucky when I made the pancakes this time.  I found snowman paper plates, so I didn’t make the bacon arms. Place the other piece between the small and medium pancakes for the scarf.

These pancakes are fun and easy to make.  They should be placed on your fun kid’s breakfast ideas list. Get out the griddle and get to work. The adults enjoy them as much as the kids.  There’s a child in each of us, and they come roaring to the surface during the holidays. When the children eat everything on their plate, I tell them that they’ve made a happy plate.  I’m sure there will be happy plates in your home too.  Enjoy!

You may also like: Snowman Donuts or my Christmas White Trash recipe.  Try both, they’re fun and delicious.

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