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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 41

                                Welcome to the 41st week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Can you believe that 4th of July is literally a few days away? Where has this year gone??!! This week, we’d love to see your Independence Day themed posts, your summer posts, and your vacation posts. Don’t feel limited to just these kinds of posts though – share anything you like! We’re just happy to have you all!
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Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
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!

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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 | Carolyn from A Lavender Life | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | 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?

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Ce Ce chose Red, White, & Blue Jello Cookies from Mommy on Demand. “It’s almost 4th of July, everyone needs a good red white and blue dessert for your party!”
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Tenns chose Cake Batter Truffle Bark from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “Can we say the best of both worlds with this recipe! Cake batter truffle and white chocolate bark, I’m in heaven! Such and easy and quick recipe and I can’t wait to try it out. Just looking at the pictures made my mouth water!”
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Cindy chose 5 Tips to Keep Social Media Fun from Satisfaction Through Christ. “Candice gives us great reminders of how to behave online.  My new pastor is my Facebook friend so I am more aware than ever about what I post!”
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Jillian chose 32 FREE Pretend Play Printables & a HUGE Cash Giveaway from My Joy-Filled Life. “I chose this post because I remember LOVING pretend play as a child, having these printables would have been awesome. I’m sure loads of kids would have fun with them.”
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Karen chose DIY Recipe Plate from The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl.  “I see similar things to this recipe plate on gift websites, so to think you can create it effortlessly in your own home is great. Great tutorial, Mindie – looking forward to having a go at it!”
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Cathy chose Pallet Furniture Desk for Outside and My Wife’s 42 inch Behind from Simply Experienced Life. “I love Del’s story and the chair is awesome too! I love the keyboard tray – perfect for a blogger!”
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Kimberly chose Best Affiliate Program for Fitness & Health Bloggers from Mama’s Got It Together. “I really like the fact that she is sharing a money making opportunity and providing fitness tips.”
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Katie chose Personalized Handprint Wall Art from Home. Made. Interest. “I love how Melinda made this! What a great way to capture a moment in time before everyone gets bigger! I love that she included the dogs’ paw prints, too! Just adorable!”
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Shana chose Pinterest: 0 to 1,000 Followers in 151 Days from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. “I was a little skeptical when I clicked on the post titled “Pinterest: 0-1,1000 Followers in 151 Days,” thinking it may be some slimy sales pitch, but then I breathed a sigh of relief when my browser took me to ‘The Coconuthead’s Survival Guide” (a trusted Turn it Up Tuesday community member and awesome blogger). Holly does not disappoint, candidly sharing tips that she learned from experience in just a few months. A very helpful read.”
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Jessica chose 4 Things I Want My Kids To See Me Doing. from MacDonald’s Playland. “What a beautiful post! These are things I definitely would love to see my children too. As parents, we are the first teachers in their lives and simple things like these will go a long way.”
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Stacey chose Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Medallions from Almost Supermom. “The hubby has been wanting to cook a meal together, and looks like something great for us to do together. They look very tasty, too! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Rachel chose The Skinny on Blogging from Mommie and Wee. “I chose this post because it is a great post for beginning bloggers and even veterans. I love the reminders and overall picture given of the blogging community while beginning to promote a blog.”
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Natasha chose 8 Tips For Easy Flights With Kids from Living Frugal with Erika. “I was able to take advantage of a few of these tips (before seeing this post of course) on my most recent flight with my son. I wish I had the full list though; it would have made the trip that much easier! Great tips!”
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The post with the most clicks is Cookie Monster Dessert Bars from Superheroes in Jammies.
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4 Things I Want My Kids To See Me Doing. from MacDonald’s Playland
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It All Starts With You

Trenton Shelton

Make The World Respect Your Greatness.  That was Trent Shelton’s message this week-end at Dream Chasers in Richmond, VA.  I’m a big fan of Trent Shelton.  I’m a lover of his quotes and I have read several of his books.  He’s a great motivator.  I missed him when he was in my area, so I decided to pack a bag and check him out at a venue several hours away with my sister.  My sister is a Life Coach at Full Steem Ahead.  It was so worth it.  If you’re not familiar with him, check him out here.  If he’s in your area, go see him.  He’s a great motivator and keeps it real. He’s funny, thought provoking, and has a genuine way of getting his message across.  His audience is diverse, but mainly consists of women of all ages and ethnicity.  



I was impressed with this young man’s story.  He was a star football player at Baylor University, which is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas.  Trent was drafted into the NFL; however, he didn’t excel as he had hoped.  Listening to his story, he didn’t come close to being a star in the NFL although he earned a good paycheck while he was there.  As a matter of fact he stated, “When I was financially stable, I was depressed.”  He spent time partying, running women and just throwing his life away. He was eventually cut from the NFL and had to figure out what he was going to do with  his life.   He finally accepted that he had to turn his life around, and so he did.  


He now shares his story across the country and internationally. What I like about this young man is that there is no glamour, special effects or a big show when he’s speaking.  He just speaks from the heart, shares his story as it happened, and tells you how you can turn your life around too.   Trent stated, “Success was the foundation for my failure.”   Funny, we spend so much time and energy reaching for success.  He’s a perfect example of how quickly you can fall or on another note, how you don’t always reach the destination that you have set for yourself.  Maybe God has another plan for you too.  


He spoke for about an hour, and I didn’t drift away once.  I actually took notes, because I know that God is not done with me yet either.  I’m still learning and growing.  Trent is young enough to be my son, but I learned from him this week-end.  You never know who is being sent to teach lessons that you need in your life.  He is articulate and engaging with the audience.  At one point in my life, I may have judged him with the dreads, tattoos, and the hat turned around backwards, but he is an educated young man who knows his mission in life. Never judge a book by it’s cover.  You must seek to know what’s underneath that cover.  


I mentioned that the majority of his audience was ladies, and his lesson was Make The World Respect Your Greatness, right.  At the end of his speech, his assistant made an announcement that I found shocking.  I had just listened to this wonderful speech and this is a summary of what I heard next: Trent is available to take pictures with you; however, those who wish to take pictures with him are expected to keep your hands to yourself.  Can you believe it?  Yes, ladies show some respect for yourself and show respect for him. If you can’t follow that, we will remove you from the building.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  It seems that his messages were being missed by a few ladies in the audience, and he needed to let them know that he wasn’t interested in being touched or touching them.  If this message was directed toward you, you may have your answer on why you’re disrespected by men and why your life is out of control.  I applaud this young man, he’s focused on his mission.  


My turn – ladies get a grip on yourself and get a grip on your life.   If you don’t respect yourself, you can’t possibly Show The World How Great You Are.  This is the message this young man was sending.  I’m sending it to you now, please grab hold of it and allow it to sink in.  Allow it to permeate every corner of your being.  If you don’t, nothing will ever change for you.  You will remain where you are and you will continue to be disrespected by the people in your life.  I urge you to get a copy of his book, Breaking Your Own Heart.   Why?  Because It All Starts With You. Who’s your favorite motivator, and what lesson have you learned from them?   



Inspirational Quote: You Must Believe

Printable Summer Scrapbook Page – Part II

Last week I posted the matching page for this beautiful printable scrapbook page.  This is page 2 of the set.  Feel free to print these pages to create beautiful memories from your summer garden or activities.



Take Your Children With You

                                        Photo Courtesy of Hong Nguyen 





What does this picture say to you?  A thousand words come to
my mind, but what it really speaks to me is Take Your Children With You.  All it takes
is a split second for someone to snatch your child.  Is this picture real enough
for you?  
I’m so thankful this precious baby was found safe after being
left under a bush along a Houston road by a carjacker.  I can only image the horror this poor mother felt, when she saw her car being driven away with her 8 month old baby in the back seat. 



Now that I know the baby is safe, I have to ask what the
mother was thinking leaving the baby alone in the car at a gas station.  She stepped inside to pay for gas, and when she looked out the window she saw her car being driven away.  Now I’m
not excusing the carjacker’s crime, a criminal is a criminal.  Let’s just put
him behind bars where he belongs when he is caught.  Better yet, let’s chain him to the bush where he
left the baby and just leave him there for a while.  Let’s see how he likes it.  Can you imagine the things that could have happened to this child just being left under a bush along a road?  Luckily, a jogger heard her crying, when to look for her and than called the police.  An Amber Alert had been issued.  

How many times have we watched television and shed tears
for a mother who left her child in the car for a moment and they vanished.  How
many times have we seen mothers crying because they only turned their back for a
second and their child just disappeared?  How many times has it been said, don’t
leave your child/children alone in the car?  When when we learn?  

Why do we think child snatching only happens to other
people?  We’re always the exceptions aren’t we?  People are proven wrong day
after day.  To a point where I had to stop watching Nancy Grace who is an
advocate for children.  Nancy comes locked and loaded, but I just couldn’t
stomach all the stories about children disappearing or being abused night after
night.  I admire her tenacity and the fact that she is an advocate for children,
but her show just became too much.  Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe watching her show for about a month should be a requirement for all parents.  I
guarantee you will walk away believing that it is unsafe to leave your child
alone in a car in a public area for even a second. 

We must be aware of our surroundings at all times and we must
never make the mistake of leaving our children alone in the open for a second. 
The world has changed people, and if you don’t take heed you will find yourself
a victim of the heartless, senseless, criminals that prey on the naive and
unsuspecting.  They stand behind you in
the grocery store line, they hold doors open for you, and they wait until you
let your guard and they spring on you.  There’s no profile for them, but there
is one for us.  We see the world through rose colored glasses and we will
eventually leave the door open for a crime to be committed because we’re naive and unsuspecting. 

Yep, we want to believe that the United States of America is
still standing on a foundation of honesty, goodwill, peace and love. 
We still believe that a hand shake and our word will bond us or simply a smile. It’s a different world in which we we live people and we need to wake up.  We ask who would harm an innocent child?  There are many, who would harm your child in a blink of an eye.  



I’m sure the carjacking and her missing baby will haunt this mother forever, but I pray that she can find peace now.