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                                  Xavier caught a chicken.  So glad he didn’t want to take it home!

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 40

p style=”text-align: center;”>Welcome to the 40th 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!

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

Bex from Futures

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Bex is a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger from the UK. She writes about just about anything & everything: her current day-to-day life, updates on Jack, reviews, shopping hauls, books she’s currently reading. Thank you so much Bex for being our sponsor!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(from the top – left to right)
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 | Shana from Organized Chaos | 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 June!

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Debbie from Heartbeats Soul Stains | Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Shana from Technotini | Kimberly from Keystrokes By Kimberly | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Rebecca from Futures

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 July & August.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Katy chose Layered Orange Pomegranate Sangria from Latte Everyday. “It’s Summer. And this post is about sangria. ‘Nuff said. Seriously, this looks beautifully tasty!”
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Cindy chose My Top 5 Chrome Extensions from Tidbits of Experience. “I am always looking for tools that will help me be more productive. In her post Crystal shares 5 extensions that I didn’t know existed.”
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Elie chose Upside-Down Pizza Bake from Superheroes in Jammies. “Stephanie’s Upside Down Pizza Bake looks like a quick and delicious dinner! Perfect for those busy weeknights! Can’t wait to try this myself.”
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Debbie chose FIFA World Cup 2014 from Of Mice and Ramen. “We are huge soccer (Futbol) fans at our house, we can’t get enough. To create World Cup cookies is so impressive. They are amazing and truly in the spirit of the World Cup! If only I could make these as well as she did :)”
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Cathy chose Super EASY, No-Bake Oreo Balls + a Printable from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “I love how beautiful these are with no baking (love this for summer days over 100) required and just a few ingredients!”
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Ce Ce chose How to Make Chalk Paint from Little House Living. “Looking for things to do this summer, this post was great for that. I was just thinking about purchasing some sidewalk chalk, now maybe I will make some!!!”
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Rebecca chose Simple Homemade Peach Cobbler from Little House Living. “It’s a simple recipe but presented so beautifully and sounds yummy too!”
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Kae chose Initial Penny Art from Miss Mash DIY. “I chose [this post] because it’s a beautiful design and also very easy to do. I also like that it’s something that we all have around the house, under the seats of the couch, in out pocketbooks, also in our penny piggy bank. It’s a pretty DIY project and the kids will love it too. Why not make those “useless” pennies useful for artwork.”
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Jillian chose Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogU from The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide. “The reason I chose this post was because it gives some great ideas on getting focused with your blog and what steps you can take to get even further ahead, but the tips aren’t blog-centric, they can AND will benefit anyone.”
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Carolyn chose Toddlers’ Summer To-Do List from This Is Motherhood. “It made me laugh and was dead on accurate!”
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Stacey chose Chocolate Lava Cake from Ducks ‘n a Row. “Oh my, this looks absolutely divine! Every year for my birthday, we try to go to our local Hometown Buffet because they have a desert that they call a Hot Fudge Sundae cake, very much like this Chocolate Lava cake, that is my absolute favorite desert. This is something I could happily eat them all and simply skip dinner! I will definitely be trying it! Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Rhonda chose Vibrant Adirondack Chairs from Melanie Gets Married. “I love the bold colors on the chairs and the lush lawn in the background. Nice way to bring color to your yard, and a sign that summer has arrived!”
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Shana chose Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh {Think Outside The Toy Box Series} from View From The Fridge. “What a fun and creative way to make colored play doh! I also like how she snuck in a recipe for edible play doh, which sounds super yum!”
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Rachel chose Crap! I Broke The Blog from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “I chose this post because I’ve been there- that freaking out moment of ‘OMG! What have I done?’ I truly laughed at her hilarious perspective and the lessons learned.”
Natasha also chose this post. “As I was in this same boat just a couple of months ago, I completely understand. It is tough to be stuck in this situation and have no idea how to get out. Luckily, everything worked out. Great post!”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Jessica chose Does Your Family Need a Healthy Lifestyle Makeover? 10 Fun & Easy Diet & Fitness Tips For Your Whole Family from Urban Naturale. “Healthy has been a daily word in my vocabulary. One way to do that is to get the family involved. These tips are awesome and fairly easy to implement! Thanks for sharing!”
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Tenns chose Design Your Own Business Cards in PicMonkey from Blog U. “This post was my favorite, because it was thorough, instructional, and definitely something a blogger or business owner needs in their toolkit. I really liked that Chelsey included screenshots in her step by step process for making the business cards. I also thought it was great that she used a free and economical program like PicMonkey. Just goes to show that you don’t need or have to use high-end or fancy programs to create a nice card.”
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Katie chose Baby Girl’s Nursery : Open House from Delineate Your Dwelling. “I just love this little girl nursery!! From the dark accent wall to the DIY mobile, yarn wrapped stool, beautiful gallery wall with that stunning LOVE sign … Just about everything about this nursery is perfect. Unique, personal, and stunning!”
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Although we’ve had our share of cold fronts, ice and snow storms this winter (and even right into the spring), it doesn’t matter anymore because…it’s officially the first day of Summer!! Yeah!!
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So now that you’ve met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the big giveaway…

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Sun Burn Remedy: Aloe Plant

Summer is here, and we will be spending hours on the beach or at the pool.  Aloe plants hold the perfect remedy for sunburned skin.  The gel inside the plant cools sunburn on contact, and has been found to penetrate the skin 500% better than water.

Applying the gel is easy, just break off a stalk and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn.  The Aloe plant above was growing on the Chenay Bay Beach in St. Croix, VI.  It’s the biggest Aloe plant that I’ve ever seen.  


I’ve been growing Aloe plants at home for years.  I use it for burns when I’m working in the kitchen.  The best thing about Aloe plants is that the stalks will grow back so don’t be afraid of destroying the plant if you break off a piece. 

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If you’re heading to the beach for a week and take it with you.  If I’m only going for a few days, I break off a few stalks and wrap them in a wet paper towel. I place the wet towel & stalks into a plastic bag and keep them moist during my stay.  

Aloe is easy to grow. Purchase a small plant and place it in your kitchen window.  Stick them in a sunny spot and water it once a week.  They’re very forgiving, there are times when I forget to water mine for weeks.  They look great outside in the summer, just remember to bring it in once winter sets in.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to use plenty of sunblock and to wear a hat while relaxing on the beach or at the pool.  Playing in the sun can be great, but it can also be dangerous if we don’t protect ourselves.  If all else fails, put your aloe plant to use.  


Printable Scrapbook Page: Summer Page 1

Do you scrapbook?  I started scraping several years ago, and I’m hooked.  I love preserving family memories, especially my grandchildren.  I love grabbing the albums that I’ve completed and sharing the memories with other family.  I always tell a story when I going through them with my grandchildren.  They love hearing about themselves or whomever is in the picture.  We spend hours laughing and reminiscing.   


I have hundreds of pictures that need to be added to books.  I’ve invested in paper, stickers, albums, glue, you name it.  I have the Cricut machine and the cartridges for die cuts.  I love scrapping.

I shop for all my scrapbooking supplies at discount stores or sales at Michael’s.  I’ve found stickers, buttons,albums and paper at Big Lots, Ollies, and the Dollar Store.  You can also find great deals on line. Oriental Trading is a great place to purchase Brads and paper.  Purchase when they have free shipping.  The also have premade scrapbooks for those who are confident in laying out pages just yet.  I look at my pages now versus when I started years and ago, and I’ve come a long way in my creativity.  

Feel free to print this page.  It’s one of my favorites, and would be great to create memories of those beautiful flowers you have growing in your garden this summer.  I will be posting the coordinating page in my next free printable post.

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Peace Baby!  Have you wondered what was happening during the year you were born.  I did some research and here are a few things that happened in 1960, the year I was born:

  1. The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published.
  3. The 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  4. Muhammad Ali wins a gold medal at the summer Olympics.
  5. Elvis Presley returns from Germany after serving in the Armed Forces for 2 years.
  6. Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam.
  7. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention.
  8. U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon is nominated for President at the Republican National Convention.
  9. Robert F. Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and secures his release from jail on a traffic violation in Atlanta, Georgia.
  10. First successful kidney transplant is performed in the United Kingdom.
  11. Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain grabs 55 rebounds.
  12. The Birth Control Pill Is Approved
  13. Presidential Debates are televised  
  14. Sit in begins at the Woolworth Lunch Counter in Greensboro, NC 
  15. Hollywood Walk of Fame begins.  Joanne Woodward is given the first star. 
Leave us a comment with the year you were born and an event that took place that year. We love history.

Source:  Wikipedia

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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 39

Welcome to the 39th 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!

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

Bex from Futures

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Bex is a fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger from the UK. She writes about just about anything & everything: her current day-to-day life, updates on Jack, reviews, shopping hauls, books she’s currently reading. Thank you so much Bex for being our sponsor!

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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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 | Shana from Organized Chaos | 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 June!

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Debbie from Heartbeats Soul Stains | Katie from View From The Fridge | Elie from Organizer By Day | Shana from Technotini | Kimberly from Keystrokes By Kimberly | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Rebecca from Futures

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 July & August.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Elie chose Strawberry Cake Doughnuts {Yellow Butter Cake Mix + Strawberry Greek Yogurt = Strawberry Cake Doughnuts!} from Cooking With K. “I loved the Strawberry Cake Doughnuts from Cooking with K! They are so quick and easy and sound delicious. Perfect for any weekend morning!”
Ce Ce also chose this post. “This is such a great idea, I have always wanted to make homemade donuts. I love food blogs! I wish I can say I’m a foodie, but I don’t cook much and I love to eat!”
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Carolyn chose Loving, Supportive Parents Make Me Not Want to Have Kids from Surviving and Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “I chose [this post] because it’s straight from the heart and just really honest!”
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Tenns chose How To Choose a Web Host from Blog U. “This post was such a good write up on hosting companies, that I feel more confident about who I’ve chosen as my webhost. I’ll definitely be referencing this post in the future when my current hosting is up.”
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Shana chose Amazin’ Vegan Flourless Black Bean Brownies from Urban Naturale. “Deborah does a great job explaining the nutritional and health benefits of the vegan ingredients in her flourless black bean brownies. It’s nice to see healthy versions of our favorite indulgent foods, and this recipe certainly fits the bill.”
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Rachel chose The So Called Perfect Body from Home is Where the Heart Is. “I truly connected with this article because I felt scarred and never would have had such confidence after my pregnancy. Body issues among women is a leading topic and this message is positive and beautifully written.”
Natasha also chose this post. “It’s amazing how body image impacts us as women every day. I’ve always had issues with my body, but never more than when I went through a c-section to give birth to my son. But every day when I watch what my body was able to create, I become less and less focused on my body image and more on creating happiness in my life. Great post!”
This post also received the most clicks.
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Rebecca chose Put A Pin In It – A Reader Friendly Pinterest Option from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. “There are a lot of Pinterest tutorials out there but this was really helpful – and offers something a little more than just that little hover button!”
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Stacey chose How to Make Butterscotch Sauce from Little House Living. “During the summer, when I was a kid, we would go to get ice cream sundae’s and butterscotch was my favorite flavor to get. Butterscotch has been discontinued at a well known fast food restaurant, so I look forward to giving this a try.”
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Debbie chose Blueberry Vanilla Creme Brulee from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. “I absolutely love Creme Brulee and have never even thought of having blueberry vanilla creme brulee, this sounds amazing and the directions were very detailed. Can’t wait to try it!”
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Jillian chose Don’t take your eyes off your kid. from Little White Dinosaur. “I chose this entry because it is summer and everyone is going swimming, this is a reminder as to why we need to pay close attention to our children as they go swimming.”
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Katie chose Living Flower Wreath from Oh My! Creative. “I love the look of this wreath … Just stunning! I love that it’s easy to water. And I love how original and creative this is! Perfect for summer!”
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Kae chose 5 Easy Recipes while on Vacation from Eat Drink and Be Merry. “I chose that link because I liked how simple it is to make and cost efficient. Definitely something I will take forward when I go on vacation next month.”
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Katy chose Caprese – The Perfect Summer Food from The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide. “Caprese is one of my absolute favorite foods, so I’m always excited to see new recipes to try and think it’s such a great fit for summer weather.”
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10 Things This Grandmother Did As A Child

If you’re not a Baby Boomer, you may not remember this old, heavy, black phone.  When I was growing up, it could be found in just about every home in America at one point.  Party lines came along with it.  What is a party line you ask? It means that you shared phone lines with neighbors.  You could pick up the phone to make a call and hear your neighbor talking. If you did, you had to put the phone down and wait your turn.  If you were anxious to make a call, it seemed like they were talking, talking and talking, the conversation never ended.  Unless it was an emergency, you didn’t interrupt. You graciously waited.  Party lines, 5 brothers and a sister helped teach me patience and tolerance.  


Back than, there were no cell phones or laptops.  You had to be creative, find your own entertainment and learn to live with each other as a family.  There were no on-line games, social media sites, and the television didn’t have hundred’s of channels.  There was no cable; we had rabbit ears and antennas to bring the picture in on the television.  We have come a long way in technology, but I truly appreciate the simply things in life.  Times were gentler back in the day.  It seems like we go a hundred miles an hour all day everyday now.    

I look back at my childhood, and it was a much slower and gentler time.  We entertained each other and families spent quality time together.   Here’s what my childhood looked like:  


  1. We played games together.  – I remember spending hours playing Candy Lane, Monopoly, War, Old Maids, Hide and Seek, Mother May I, Hopscotch and roller skating on the sidewalk.  When I got older, we spent Sundays at the roller skating rink.  
  2. We played baseball in our backyard.  
  3. We caught fire flies at night and butterflies in the day.  
  4. We went to the local Burger Joint for the most delicious burgers, fries, and the thickest shakes that you can imagine.  No McDonald’s burgers for us.  
  5. We walked our neighborhood and explored nature all day.  Our parents never worried about us, and we were carefree.  
  6. We watched television as a family on Saturday mornings.  Sunday nights we watched most of my father’s favorite shows, but we watched and was happy to do it.  We popped popcorn on top of the stove in a pan and watched Tom Jones, Hee Haw, Lawrence Welk, and Gunsmoke.  I’m telling my age here, but they were good times and I’m comfortable with my age, ha!  
  7. We gathered pop bottles in a red Western Flyer wagon and returned them for pennies.  Yes, pennies.  We could buy candy all day for a quarter from our local stores.  We had Pixie Sticks, Kits, Red Hots, Fire Balls and Bon Bons.  Pay Day and Baby Ruth’s were my favorite candy bars and still are.  
  8. I lived in a small town, so the local carnival in the summer was a big deal.  We had a parade with local High School marching bands, fire trucks from all over the local areas, clowns, and floats.  I can still feel the butterflies in my stomach from the Ferris Wheel.  My mother allowed us to stay until closing, mid-night, while she played Bingo.  We even walked home in groups at that time of night, without worry of being snatched, raped or harmed in some way.  
  9. We waited for the ice cream truck, Mr. Softie, to come to the neighborhood.  We got so excited when we heard the music.  I always got a a blue or red Italian Ice or a Push Up.  For years, I didn’t know the Italian Ice flavors were Cherry or Blue Raspberry.  They were just colors to me.    
  10. Saturday mornings after the cartoons, mom and dad went grocery shopping.  Each week one of us kids would get to go with them and pick out whatever we wanted in the store.  If it didn’t have to be cooked, they allowed us to eat it in the car on the way home.  That was a treat and a great time for whoever’s turn it was.  
This lifestyle may seem slow and not cool for many who were raised in the modern technology era or in the city, but it was the best for me.  I think it grounded me and made me appreciate the small things in life.  The things we no longer appreciate or take for granted now.  This lifestyle helped make me who I am today and still plays a role in my life.   Although I’ve had a career in Corporate America, traveled, eaten at the best restaurants, stayed in the best hotels, and met many people on my journey, I want my grandchildren to experience the more low key lifestyle as the mother did.  I could have moved to any major city in this country, but I choose to stay in the small town environment.  I’m so glad that I never lost appreciation for it.  What was your childhood like?  

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Printable Golf Scrapbook Pages

Need a last minute idea for Father’s Day or just want to capture dad’s golf photos for your scrapbook? Print these layouts and just add yours or his favorite photos.   Stay tuned for our summer series.  Enjoy!

Inspirational Quotes – A Father’s Protection