My Little Diva – Beach Fail

My Myrtle Beach vacation is over.  I could use another one, this time without the kids. They require energy, lots of energy. The weather was beautiful for the majority of the week, we had a great time.  


Things didn’t go as we had hoped with my little diva. She’s modeling her new bikini in the photos above, but that is as much use as she got out of it.  In a previous post, I talked about how Zarriah wasn’t fond of the beach. Well, she’s still not fond of the beach.  We attempted to take her to the beach twice during our vacation.  The first day, she lasted about 30 minutes. She decided that she wasn’t interested in building sand castles, she rather munch on chips.  After a few handfuls, she wanted to return to the condo.  Thank goodness her grandfather was there, he’s not fond of the beach either so it worked out.  He was happy to babysit while we enjoyed the beach.  






The second day out we took her out in her new bikini.  It didn’t end well, she said a fly got on her sandcastle and on her belly.  She wasn’t having any part of it.  She insisted that she be returned to cleanliness and she wanted the bikini off immediately.  What’s a diva to do?  This one decided to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and watch cartoon network.  She was perfectly content, and later decided to take a nap.  After all a girl needs her beauty sleep.  


Needless to say the beach is not working out with this diva.  We’re looking at the Disney cruise for next year’s vacation.  Do you have a diva?  How do you handle yours?



Cooking With Kids

Cooking with your children is a great way to spend quality time together.  It gets them involved in meal preparation and forms memories of making sweet treats with grandma.  My little Zarriah loves Groundies, otherwise known as brownies.  She hasn’t quite mastered her B’s yet, so Groundies it is.  We decided to make a batch on our vacation and as you can see she is having a great time helping Mawmaw whip up a batch.  The best part of making Groundies is her licking the spoon while waiting for the brownies to bake.  

I started cooking with her brother 6 years ago, and I wanted to carry on the tradition with her. This was our first brownie making session together, so I cherished the moment and memories.  We had as much fun eating them as we did baking them.  I have found that getting children involved in meal preparation or working together to fix treats helps to combat the Picky Eater Syndrome. I must say she’s not as picky as her brother, which makes life in the kitchen a little easier. I’m looking forward to many brownie and other cooking sessions with my granddaughter.  Do you cook with your children?  What’s dishes do you make together?   

Inspirational Quote – Remembering Relationships

What Makes You Great

Post Great Grains cereal asked me to be part of a challenge, and I accepted.  Post Great Grains cereal surveyed several women and asked them to share what makes them
great.  They results were were amazing, check out this great video. They stated the majority of women had to think about the questions before responding.  They stated each women is great in her own way and it is important for us to remember
this and celebrate it every day.  I agree.  



They asked me to think about the question, “What Makes You Great”, share my post with my readers and have a discussion.  I have to admit, I had to think about the question too.  I’ve never looked at myself in terms of being great, have you?  I’ve made lists to assess my skills, talents, strengths and weaknesses, but that’s the extent of it.  


I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen, and I went to work.  Here’s what I came up with:


  • I am great because I’m a child of God
  • I’m a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend
  • I am self-sufficient 
  • I am loyal
  • I’m great at overcoming obstacles 
  • I’m a great organizer and planner
  • I’m a great leader and mentor
  • I’m great at setting budgets 
  • I create great memories with scrapbooks 
  • I’m great at reinventing myself 
These are skills that I’ve listed previously, but I will take pride in each of them and celebrate them often. List a few things that makes you great?  

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 46

Welcome to the 46th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
Welcome our August team…
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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“Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy.
I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted.”
Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!
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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 | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Organizer By Day | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kelly from Making-More | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Patient Resilience | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

Interested in being a guest host 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 September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Ashley chose Blog Tracker { FREE Printable } from Budget Girl. “Thank goodness for Chelsey at Budget Girl! She created a Blog Tracker FREE printable for all of our social media and posts statistics. It’s a perfect way for a blogger to keep track of all our blog’s numbers.”
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Cindy chose Freezer Crockpot Meals – Prepare a Week of Meals in 1 hour from Sidetracked Sarah. “I’m a wanna be freezer cooker and I think my picky family would actually eat most of the meals she has listed here.”
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Alycia chose 25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know from Seven Graces. “I love this post. I have been thinking about a post like this for Palmer for quite some time now. Kristy touches on all the points I think are important. Raising a child can be difficult at times, and teaching them life lessons can be equally as hard. As a parent, all you want to do is instill great qualities in your child; these points are perfect! A must read!”
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Katy chose Pom Pom Pets from The Pinterested Parent. “Something so simple, yet makes me giggle every time I look at them. Such a great family project with super cute results and the “buggy” theme will be a big hit for my boys. Can’t wait to spend a Saturday afternoon creating our own little pack of pom pom pets!”
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Victoria chose Ten Tips for Tired Moms from Balm to My Soul. “I chose 10 Tips for a Tired Mom because I am that mom. I constantly feel tired every day of the week. This post provided me with the reminders that I desperately needed.”
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Jillian chose 6 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My (Almost) 6 Year Old from Working Mom Magic.  “I really love how genuine this post is. Lauren shares how her life has changed for the better since having her son. It’s such a heart-warming read!”
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Cathy chose S’MORE BROWNIES from Mommy on Demand. “These look amazing! My favorite camping treat 365 days a year!”
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Stacey chose Homemade Dill Pickles-2 ways- no canning required (unless you want to)! from Random Reviews. “My mom always canned pickles, but there was always some part of them that I just did not care for. Reading that Lindsay thinks that Claussen are the best, and my family would agree, I plan to try out this recipe for the refrigerator pickles once my cukes come out in my garden! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Tara chose Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes! from What Rose Knows. “Oreo’s, Peanut Butter, and Brownies are some of my favorite dessert/treats, so when I saw this recipe it made my mouth water! Looks delicious! Going to be making some of these for sure :)”
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Katie chose 7 Tips to Being a Better Stay-At-Home-Mama from Seven Graces. “With a third little boy in the house now, my job as a Stay At Home Mom has become a lot more challenging. I loved this post because it’s 7 good reminders and simple tips to make everyday as good as it can be. These really are the best days, and I don’t want them to pass by in a swirl of chaos and exhaustion!!”
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Tenns chose Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves from Chaos & Kiddos. “Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves was an excellent breakdown of post must-haves. As bloggers, I know we’re always looking for better ways of improving our posts. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on hand as a reference and useful resource.”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Rachel chose Home Office Reveal from Melanie Gets Married. “I chose this post because I love her graphic simple design. The little details really shine and those shelves are great for organizing and showcasing what is really important to you.”
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Jessica chose Letter to A Friend… from My Silly Little Gang. “Wow! I wanted to cry!! I am slated to go to my 25th high school reunion in a few months. I am really excited to see everyone again since we all live so far away from each other. However, the letter is also spot on for some I haven’t spoken to in awhile. It makes you realize that the older one gets, the more important relationships are in the end :).”
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Natasha chose Baby #2 from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “It’s amazing how others are so interested in whether or not you will have children! People were asking me if I would have a second since my son was born, even though I wasn’t in a relationship! I agree with you – expand your family when you want to, not when you’re supposed to. Wishing you the best!”
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And the Best of the Best is…

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Inspirational Quote – Johnny Depp

Inspirational Quote – Stop Chasing Things

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 45

Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts – so please stop by and show them some love!!  We’ll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week!
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog

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Rhonda is a single mom blogger from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She writes on parenting and family, home gardening, and her thoughts on life.
Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

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TUT Hosts 7.20.04
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!

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Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

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

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Victoria chose What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas. “I chose this post because it was entertaining and spoke the truth. There are some things that guests have to keep in mind when visiting a mom who has just had a baby. I especially agree that they should hold back on the lies about saying that you look good when obviously you do not after hours of being in labor.”
Katie also chose this post. “This article is hilarious … And SO TRUE!! Having recently just had our third child, I can totally relate! This should be sent as a public service announcement to all before anyone goes to see a newborn! Tell us we look good … And bring food (ha!).”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Cathy chose Lemon Sugar Scrub from Melanie Gets Married. “I love everything lemon … and I have wanted to try making my own scrub. I love the ingredients and simplicity of this scrub! Can’t wait to make some!”
Silvie also chose this post. “I chose this as my favorite post this week because I am a big believer that you must take care of your skin. When ever I find something that will allow me to pamper myself while taking care of my skin, then it’s an automatic win! I tried Melanie’s recipe and I absolutely love it, the results and the scent is amazing!”
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Cindy chose How to Make a Giant Outdoor Water Bed from My Frugal Adventures. “I chose this because it looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. It is also a project that I think I could actually make!”
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Katy chose Top 10 Christian Pinterest Boards from Satisfaction Through Christ. “I’m a big fan of roundups that help me focus my energies when I head into a time-sucking platform like Pinterest. Knowing these particular boards have the backing of a respected blogger makes me that much more excited to check out their content, knowing I am headed in the right direction and will find lots of inspiration. For as easy as it is to find just about anything on Pinterest, that sometimes makes it feel overwhelming and I like that I can use posts like this to streamline my searches.”
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Rhonda chose I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain’t One from Pig and Dac. “I found this post hilarious! We all know life changes after childbirth, but it also changes our bodies and not for the better. Accepting these changes requires a look back and a look forward, and that’s exactly what this blogger did as she tells her story.”
Natasha also chose this post. “This post is so hilariously funny! My boobs went poof too, and I only have 1 child.  Our bodies definitely change after having a baby, and it is so important to accept our new bodies once they develop. Regardless, I enjoyed this post! Still laughing! Great post!”
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Rachel chose Magnolia Leaf Wreath from Canary Street Crafts. “I chose this post because I love the elegant simplicity and personalization of this wreath. It is perfect any time of year and can the monogram really adds a special touch to any front door.”
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Ashley chose DIY Rice Bag from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. “Rice bags are one of my favorite blogging tools. I use one to right my wrist on when working on the laptop and can’t wait to make one for my office desk!”
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Jillian chose The Only Picture I Regretted Taking // iMO from Logan Can… “I love this post because I feel the exact same way as Logan. I can’t help but take every single photo possible of my son, and I love how she shares how important it is to her and why.”
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Alycia chose Let’s Start A Revolution! from B Marie Photography. “I love the message in this post. Finding the beauty in ourselves will help us to teach our children that everyone is beautiful and to find things they love about themselves. I am guilty of this for sure, but after reading this, I am going to start making a conscious effort to see the beauty!”
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Jessica chose Unplugging From Technology For Healthier Family Living from Urban Naturale. “This is sooo true!! I also liked how she refers to 3 year old’s using some sort of technology today too. That totally hit me bacause I have a 3 year old who loves youtube videos! Since health has been my number one concern these tips are spot on to get the family involved and “unplug” for a couple hours. At the same time, it promotes family time which we all want and need :).”
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Stacey chose Homemade Honey Wheat Bread Recipe! from Thrifty NW Mom. “I have really been giving strong consideration to starting to bake my families bread from scratch. My family can really go through 6 to 8 loaves during the two weeks between grocery store trips, of store bought bread and curious if it would be cheaper to make it fresh. This recipe looks wonderful and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Tara chose DIY Door Frame Chalkboard from Latte Everyday. “When I saw this I thought, “what a genius idea!” I would have never thought of that. So creative how Megan turned a door frame into a chalkboard sign, I just love it! Love the message that she wrote on it too!”
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And the Best of the Best is…

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Char-Broil Stainless Steel Fire Pit Review

I purchased this fire pit from Amazon and I love, love, love it.  It is exactly as shown.  It’s quite large and will hold quite a bit of wood for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs with the kids and taking the chill off during those fall evenings.  It’s going to create a cozy adult atmosphere in the evening while relaxing with a glass of wine too.  Yes, I need me time.  

This is perfect for those occasions, and I found it for $30.00 less on Amazon versus Wayfair.  It was easy to put together and will look perfect in front of my Adirondack chairs once I get them painted.  

If you’re in the market for an outdoor fire pit, check out this Char-Broil Pit.  Great look and great value.  

Quote Me Sunday – Week 2








Welcome to the second week of Quote Me Sunday. I’m excited to be your host, and hope you will be inspired by the quotes you find. Lets discuss the rules and than we’ll have a little fun.  Please help me promote this new Link Up by grabbing my Quote Me Sunday button and placing it on your blog sidebar and on your social media sites. The more participants the better.  Please follow me on one of my social media sites before you leave:  Like my Facebook PageTwitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave. Feel free to browse my posts and leave a comment while you’re here.  

Next, link up your favorite quote and visit as many participants as you can to see what quotes they have posted this week. Our goal is to have fun, meet new bloggers and get inspired. Reading an inspirational quote is a great way to start the week. If you see one that touches you in some way, leave a comment on that person’s blog. If their blog content is of interest, start following them.    

You may link as many quotes as you like, but they must link back to your blog.  One quote per post please. Let us know if it’s an Inspirational, Advice, Leadership, Friendship etc. in the title area when you’re adding your post if possible. Someone may be seeking advice or having trouble and specifically seek out your quote. Thanks for joining us. Now lets link up and get inspired!