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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 36

Welcome to the 36th 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

Angie from God’s Growing Garden

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In addition to being our fabulous guest host this month, Angie is also an amazing blogger. With over 40 years experience gardening, cooking, baking & canning, Angie can definitely be considered somewhat of an expert in her field.  Her blog, God’s Growing Garden, focuses on helping her fellow ‘backyard farmers’ and features some great blog hops including The Great Blog Train and Wake Up Wednesday Link Party. Angie is also celebrating her 3rd blogiversary with a big giveaway…make sure to sign up!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!

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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 June and July.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Angie chose Gardening: How To Build A Bean Teepee from Mother 2 Mother. “My Bean Teepees never seem to last the summer so I resorted to putting up a bean fence but I think that the teepee is so much more pleasing to the eye (& so cool!). This Teepee looks like it would be very sturdy & last the entire summer!”
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Karen chose Pom Pom Throw Blanket from Delineate Your Dwelling. “This is a great tutorial and the finished throw looks great with the pom pom detail. I have the same pom pom maker as Amy and like her, I love using it.”
Katie also chose this post. “I love this blanket for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s a Target clearance find … My favorite kind! Second of all … I had NO idea you could buy a Pim Pom Maker! This would have saved me SO much time when I made 80 Poms for a wreath last Christmas! I may need to acquire one ASAP. Plus the Poms add so much fun to the blanket!! Such a simple upgrade, but I love the result!!”
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Rhonda chose Thrift Store Lamp Makeover from Budget Girl. “I fell in love with these lamp shades when I saw them months ago, but they didn’t fit into my décor.  Imagine my surprise when I found them on these beautifully made over thrift store lamps.  Love them!”
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Carolyn chose The Best Italian Pasta Salad Ever! from Put A Bird On It. “This recipe is perfect for summer and it really does look like it would be the BEST pasta salad ever and I can’t wait to try it!”
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Debbie chose Chicken Grapefruit Salad with Wasabi Dressing May CIC from Spatulas On Parade. “This recipe sounds so yummy I can’t wait to try it. The ingredients are original and I never would have thought to put them together. I also love that the recipe came to be as a crazy ingredient challenge.”
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Jessica chose Am I Ready to Buy A Home On My Own? from Surviving and Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “What she’s going through reminded me of buying my 1st home after my divorce with the ex.  It signified my independence and new life with my son who was 8 at the time. I remembered when it felt soo good to be me again! I hope she enjoys her new found identity :-).”
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Gurvy chose In a rut – Feeling Fat, Frumpy, and Foolish from Failing Perfect. “I can relate, I feel fat, frumpy and foolish a lot! I thank her for reminding me it’s a choice & we have the power to change the way we feel! There is no ‘perfect’, we make ‘perfect’.”
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Jillian chose Managing Emotions During Pregnancy from Snippets of Inspiration. “While I was pregnant I went through loads of emotions and having a post like this would have helped me understand my emotions much better.”
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Rachel chose Upcycled Toy Horse into a Garden Sculpture from Redo It Yourself Inspiration. “I thought this was unique and amazingly well done. I would not even have known it was a toy horse had I not seen the tutorial!”
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Stacey chose The Spring Cleaner Smoothie from Raia’s Recipes. “I have been blessed with a super picky eater for a child and I often worry that he doesn’t get enough of the important things that come from fruits and veggies and this is a smoothie that I think he might actually drink, I know that I sure would! Thank you for sharing!”
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Cathy chose Starbucks Lemon Loaf from Yesterfood. “My son worked for Starbucks for 3 years. My favorite sweet treat was their Lemon Cake! I can’t wait to try this recipe!”
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Natasha chose The Blogging Blues from Momfever. “I have had my share of blogging blues in the past 1 1/2 years since I started blogging. It’s amazing the posts that go popular on my blog – they are mostly those posts that I write in 5 minutes, whereas the posts that I put time, love, and passion into only receives a minimal response. But I love how this post identifies those feelings and talks about how to get past it. Great post!”
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The post with the most clicks is Blogging And Why I’m So Frustrated from Baby Doodah.
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And the Best of the Best is…

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So now that you’ve seen the Featured and the Best of the Best and met our hosts and co-hosts…

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  • 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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15 Door Prize Ideas For Baby Showers

Planning a baby shower and the date is quickly approaching?  The invitations are out, theme has been selected and the menu planned, but you completely forgotten about door prizes and the games.  Been there. We have a few ideas that we would like to share on great gifts to thank guests who are helping to make your baby shower the best ever.  After all your guests are the key to a successful shower and they’ve taken the time to honor the Mom To Be.  You don’t want them to leave empty handed.  

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Candles – Everyone loves candles.
  2. Set of ice cream bowls or sundae cups – Great for family time.
  3. Coffee or Latte Mugs – Great for sipping coffee or tea.
  4. Kitchen towel set – Who couldn’t use new kitchen towels.
  5. Loofah and body wash – Perfect gift set for a relaxing day.
  6. Stationary – Writing a personal note or thank you card never goes out of style. 
  7. Coffee or tea – Nice for week-ends when you can catch a moment to relax.
  8. Homemade jam or salsa – Bring out those jars of goodies that you’ve stored and share them.
  9. Gift certificate – Everybody loves a free treat to Annie’s Pretzels, Dairy Queen, Rita’s Sweet Frog etc.  
  10. Homemade craft – People love home made crafts.  
  11. Pictures frames – Look for frames that have family, friends Girls Night Out etc.  on them.
  12. Manicure or pedicure gift card – We all love to be pampered.  
  13. Premade Scrapbook Album –   I gave one of these to my daughter and she loved it.
  14. Matinee movie tickets – Great for date with hubby or significant other or a girlfriend.   
  15. Consolation Gifts – Bake a batch of cookies or brownies and tie the bag with a pretty ribbon.   
Check stores like Target, Big Lots, Dollar General, TJ Maxx, Michael’s etc for clearance items or the bargain bin. I’ve scored great gifts for baby showers there.  Use your imagination.  If you’re crafty, make the gifts.  

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Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 35

Welcome to the 35th 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

Angie from God’s Growing Garden

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In addition to being our fabulous guest host this month, Angie is also an amazing blogger. With over 40 years experience gardening, cooking, baking & canning, Angie can definitely be considered somewhat of an expert in her field.  Her blog, God’s Growing Garden, focuses on helping her fellow ‘backyard farmers’ and features some great blog hops including The Great Blog Train and Wake Up Wednesday Link Party. Angie is also celebrating her 3rd blogiversary with a big giveaway…make sure to sign up!
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!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT Hosts 5.8.14

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!

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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 June and July.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Cindy chose Recharge Your Life: Unplug from Anni’s Bubble. “We are working hard to be unplugged in the evenings around here. My laptop no longer is a fixture on my lap in the living room while watching TV with the family. Unless I am home alone my laptop goes off at 5pm daily and I seldom check my phone, unless I get a text (since my youngest son is a missionary traveling the US, I always check my texts and phone calls). My unplugged evenings allow me to be in the moment with my family and I find I am more refreshed in the morning!”
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Rhonda chose Scrapbooking (written by our very own Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise) on Katherine’s Corner. “I love preserving photos of my family and this blogger shares very creative ideas for scrapbooking those memories.”
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Angie chose Turning Old Luggage Into A Works of Art from Simple Nature Decor. “I just love that suitcase planter & that is why I picked this post as my favorite this week – I’ve seen a lot of things used as planters but never a suitcase – totally original & cool!”
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Katie chose Work for Hire DIY Chore Chart from My Love For Words. “This is a great idea! It teaches kids about money, it gets them doing chores and helping out around the house AND its adorable! When my kiddos get a bit older, we’re going to implement this great idea! Love it!”
Rachel also chose this post. “I love how organized and cute this chore chart is! I also love that the chores can be changed out based on what it needed to be done.”
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Karen chose Pretty Storage Box from Making Our Sustainable Life. “This project is very clever and something that anyone could try. Who would have thought a cardboard box could be so attractive and useful!”
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Gurvy chose S’mores – 7 Recipe Variations! from Grandparents Plus. “S’mores 7 recipe variation because s’mores are my weakness so of course the picture caught my attention, the post shared beautiful yummy pics of various s’mores that are so simple to create and enjoy!”
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Jillian chose Living a Minimalist Lifestyle from Snippets of Inspiration. “I chose this week’s favorite because I really want my family to start going down a path of living a minimalistic lifestyle. This post gives me good directions on how to get this started.”
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Jessica chose My Grocery Shopping Time-Saving Strategy from The Brown Girl with Long Hair. “I HATE grocery shopping! Especially with a 3 year old! Yuck!! That’s why I love Courtney’s solution :)). Not only do I have to step into another grocery store again, but free delivery?!? Woo-Hoo! Thanks for the tip!”
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Stacey chose Ultimate Crumb Brownies from Bakewell Junction. “Brownies happen to be one of my addictions and I love to find new ways to have them. And I have always preferred pies with a crumb topping. These look absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!”
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Ranjani chose Your Blog Needs Social Sharing Buttons from Mom Maven. “This is such a great tip and I am sure it will be of great help to new bloggers.”
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Carolyn chose Old Fashioned Rhubarb Bars Recipe from Little House Living. “I chose this post as my favorite because even just the word, “rhubarb” reminds me of the fabulous desserts my grandma used to make. This dessert looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it out!”
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Natasha chose How do you curb your enthusiasm? from The Brown Girl with Long Hair. “Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot curb my enthusiasm. If something is even remotely amusing, I will fall out of my chair laughing almost immediately. Plus, I’ve been told that my laugh is highly contagious, so it just makes it even worse to hurt the person’s feelings. After I laugh for about 15 minutes and finally catch my breath, I do ask for forgiveness though. If I was in this situation, I would literally pass out laughing. This is too funny! Great post Courtney!”
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The post with the most clicks is Eating on a Budget from Snippets of Inspiration.
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And the Best of the Best is…

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Recharge Your Life: Unplug from Anni’s Bubble
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Eating on a Budget from Snippets of Inspiration

 

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So now that you’ve seen the Featured and the Best of the Best, met our hosts and co-hosts, and heard about Natasha’ nomination…

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  • 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.
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5 Health Reasons To Garden

Summer is around the corner and I’m looking forward to having fresh and chemical free vegetables.  I’ve been gardening for several years and wanted to share the benefits of having a kitchen garden:


1. High In Antioxidants – Herbs help reduce heart attacks and are high in antioxidants according to Fitness Magazine.  Oregano, basil, rosemary and parsley are a few of the herbs that you will find in my kitchen garden.  I love using oregano and basil in my sauces, parsley on potatoes and rosemary on chicken and in stuffing dishes.  


2. Exercise – Having a kitchen garden provides an opportunity to get moderate exercise.  


3.  Boosts Vitamin D – Sunshine is the best way to boost Vitamin D intake.  Ten to 15 minutes a day should be sufficient.  (Be sure to wear sunscreen while gardening). 


4.  Reduces Stress – Gardening reduces the Cortisol level, which is produced when you’re feeling stressed.   


5.  Better Nutrition – Home grown vegetables, herbs and fruits provide better nutrition and are more flavorful and chemical free.     


Home grown vegetables and herbs have become an important staple in my home.  I look forward to picking fresh lettuce, tomatoes and herbs for my dishes and preserving them for use during the winter.  The flavor versus what is purchased in a grocery store is beyond comparison.  That alone is a great reason to have a kitchen garden.  I enjoy walking into my garden retrieving peppers and tomatoes straight from the vine when I’m cooking.  The fresh herbs provide a wonderful enhancement to sauces, stuffing and salads.  


Start planting and reap these health benefits as well as a new found flavor and perspective on fruits and vegetables.  Start with a few herbs and tomatoes which can be planted in containers, and than start planning for next year’s garden.  


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