Welcome To The 50th Week Of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 50th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

September is a big month for us at Turn It Up Tuesday – this is our 1-year anniversary!! It has been an amazing year – and we look forward to many more to come!

A big thank you to everyone that has stuck with us for the past year – even if you’ve only been here a few weeks or a few months, you are greatly appreciated! And to all those that are just finding us here at Turn It Up Tuesday – thank you for stopping by and linking up with us! 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 (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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Tara from Anything and Everything

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“Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!”

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!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for September!

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(from the top – left to right)

Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila

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 October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

1977515_origCe Ce chose Homeschool Days – A Day In The Life 2014-2015 from Life’s Hidden Treasures. “I’m new to homeschooling and need plenty of examples of how to create an effective schedule, I thought this post was very helpful!”

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Becky chose 15 Tips to Carving the Best Pumpkin from Living Frugal with Erika. “I love this post because I’m itching for fall to truly get here. I love carving pumpkins with my son and can’t wait to use some of these tips this year.”

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Rachel chose Easy Ways to Earn Extra Money For the Holidays {From Home!} from Work at Home Wisdom. “Seriously, the holiday rush will be on us much sooner than we even want to think about. And I love earning a little extra money. She has put together a great list and her own experiences which is really valuable.”

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Kelly chose Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider Recipe from My Frugal Adventures. “I love the caramel cider from Starbucks, but a yummy version that you can make at home is much better.”

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Tara chose Double Tiered Wood Slice Serving Platter from Houseologie. “I love how Leigh Anne created an amazing serving platter from a couple pieces of wood slices from the craft store. So creative and unique!”

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Sandy chose My Toddler Isn’t Talking Yet – Should I Be Worried? from West Coast Mama. “I had a really hard time picking my favorite this week, but I ultimately decided on this post because, to me, it summarizes the most important guide we have in parenting. We have to rely on our gut instinct. As parents we know our kids better than anyone else. Our gut will tell us which way to go when we have a concern about our kids.”

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Kimberly chose My Picks For The 2014 Best and Worst Emmys Dresses from Mother 2 Mother Blog. “”I love seeing the stunning attire on the red carpet at awards shows. The Emmys did not disappoint this year and Rhonda nailed it with her picks. Find out where Halle Berry, Camila, Alves, Lena Dunham, and Viola Davis landed on her list.”

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Cindy chose How We Succeeded In Becoming A One-Income Family from Life’s Hidden Treasures. “We have been living off basically 1 income for the last 23 years. I brought a lot of debt into our marriage…don’t do that! We have worked hard and have just a little debt left. Our house and cars are paid off all that is left is 1 pesky old credit card and a small loan. Living on 1 income is not as difficult as it seems when your priorities are in order.”

Chelsea also chose this post. “This post was surprisingly inspirational. When I found it on the linkup, I thought it would be a how-to, step-by-step post on saving money, which I’m always looking to do. Instead, Cathy shared her family’s experience and how they have ‘freed’ themselves through tithing. Such a great reminder of what is most important in life. So happy I found this post!”

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Stacey chose Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner from Robyn’s View. “Now that we are a single income family, I am always trying to find new homemade cleaning recipes. I can’t wait to make some to try in our bathroom! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Natasha chose I Was Scared to Have A Boy from The Contented Wife Blog. “I was so fearful of having a boy…I didn’t know what to expect and I worried about the same things that you did. I worried that he would grow older and shun me or our mother-son bond wouldn’t withstand the test of times. I still worry about those times – but I cherish the moments that I have with him now. And I’m glad that I did that, rather than worrying about everything else. Those are the moments that will last forever, even well after he’s married and moved on with his life. But you’re right – sons always have a bond with their mothers, well after they move on with their life.”

Victoria also chose this post. “I chose [this post] because it was a topic I could relate to. When I found out I was pregnant with my first son I was scared out of my mind. I knew boys were rough and felt they were harder to raise than girls were. I had no clue how I would make it as a mom of a boy. Therefore, when I saw this post linked up this week it immediately gained my attention.”

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The post with the most clicks is 7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life.

 

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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7 Tips To Gain and Keep Followers from Natural Beautism and Flappings in Life

Why I Was Scared To Have A Boy

I Was Scared to Have A Boy from The Contented Wife Blog

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

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

let’s get started!

  • 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!
  • Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!





Interested in reading all of the Featured Posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

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Welcome To The Spa For Ma Giveaway!

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Welcome to the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks! I have teamed up with some incredible bloggers to bring you prizes that help mom to get some much awaited R&R after the kids head back to school!

If you’re unfamiliar with what a giveaway hop is, here’s how it works. After you enter my giveaway below, you can “hop” on to the next participating blog to enter their giveaway as well. You can find links to all the blogs towards the bottom of this post.

Also, don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize! It is for an incredible $300 gift card to Kohl’s! Enter HERE!

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Welcome To Angel Beauty Box! I am presenting a three month subscription to one beautiful lady on behalf of my blog Keystrokes By Kimberly. Angel Beauty Box was created with you in mind. Their goal is to empower women through beauty. This is a $55 dollar value which will be delivered to your door monthly and include beauty & lifestyle products to enhance your life. Each box will include five to seven deluxe to full sized products for the lady on the go! Take a look at the video.

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Best wishes!

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Hello Sweet September!

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Well, all righty now I am starting my eleventh month of my fourteen month journey. Wow…So hard to believe it has been eleven months. I have accomplished more than I expected in more ways than one. Actually, exceed some goals beyond measure and even added new goals. The most beautiful part of this journey so far has been accomplishing my renewed purpose and things I did not even have on my list. GOLDEN in more reasons than imaginable.

The gifts I present in 2015 will be everything! I have gifts galore to share with you and others. Living in your purpose and out loud is truly priceless. Remember to enjoy life by all accounts! Love you…

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Mommy Vacation Time!

Brought to you by Adventure Into Domesticland

A big thanks to all the co-hosts:

❤ ❤ ❤ Prize Package includes ❤ ❤ ❤

❤ Viva Las Vegas: 4 day and 3 night accommodations at a 3+ star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV for 2 adults! (25 years or older) and a $500 dollar Funbook! (with cash, chips, meals, tokens & show tickets!)

❤ Fabulous Florida: 3 days and 2 nights of accommodations for 2, winners chooses city in Florida! Location Choices: Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg

❤ Take A Break: 3 days and 2 nights of accommodations for 2, winners chooses destination! Location Choices: Bronson, Mo – Cancun, Mex – Gatlinburg, TN – Honolulu, HI – Lake Tahoe, CA – Las Vegas, NV – Mazatlan, Mex – Napa Valley, CA – Palm Springs, CA – Pocono Mtns, PA – Puerto Vallarta, Mex – Scottsdale, AZ – White Mtn, CA

❤ ❤ ❤ Giveaway Rules ❤ ❤ ❤

❤ Giveaway ends Sept 30th at 11:59 pm PST and is open worldwide!*

❤ One winner will be picked at random by random.org EACH DAY for the length of the giveaway!

(Winners will be notified via email)**

❤ Each winner will be able to choose one of the above mentioned prize packages.***

❤ No duplicate winners****

*Viva Las Vegas in NOT available to residents of Nevada, USA and proof of residency is required.

**At the end of giveaway, all winners will be displayed on Gleam form.

***Must be at least 25 years old to enter. Certificate only covers hotel accommodations. Winners will be responsible for all other expenses, including without limitations: any deposits, taxes, fees, transportation, gratuities, meals and surcharges. Hotel will require that you present a major credit card to cover other possible charges.

****Once a person is acknowledged as a winner they may not win again for 30 days. Should they win again after 30 days they may not pick the same prize package.

To enter please use the Gleam form below.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. Keystrokes By Kimberly is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact Alice Kingsleigh with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event! This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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Congratulations Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade!

Love prevails all! Yes, it does and it has. A big congratulations to the now Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Wade. From all media accounts it was a fairytale affair from the planning to the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to the special moments after. I LOVE every aspect of it!

Celebrities in attendance included the groom’s fellow Miami Heat player Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne, Kim Kardashian’s good friend Jonathan Cheban and filmmaker Will Packer to name a few. Dwayne’s children from his previous marriage were also at the beautiful ceremony. Wearing a bespoke Dennis Basso gown, Gabby was simply BEAUTIFUL as she walked down the aisle. Dwayne looked debonair in a customised suit by Dsquared2.

Presenting Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Wade | Photo Credit - BossChicks

The rehearsal dinner was hosted at a swanky steakhouse in Miami Beach. The couple chose the menu and playlist for the evening, according to Us Weekly, and rented out a private room for their celebrations. They later carried on the party at LIV nightclub.

Gabrielle took to Instagram to post a series of photos from the night, of her and her fiancé arriving in a black Ferrari and of Gabrielle showing off her amazing pre-wedding figure in a black, halter neck jumpsuit.

John Legend performed at the ceremony. This is the second marriage for both Wade and Union. I wish them all the BEST!

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Welcome Back To Turn It Up Tuesday !

Welcome to the 49th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

The Emmys are here! Are you watching it? To celebrate the Emmys, we are going a bit glamorous this week! Do you have any Emmy or celebrity posts? Share it here! How about funny and entertaining posts? Share them here! But, please don’t feel limited – share anything you’d like!

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 (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!

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!

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!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

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 | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Tara from Anything & Everything | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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(from the top – left to right)

Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | 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 | 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 October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Victoria chose How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration. “I chose How to with Difficult Family Members because we all have those family members who can get under our skin. This article is right on point when it comes to how to deal with them without running your blood pressure up in the process.”

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Kelly chose obstacle course from Life’s Little Projects. “I love fun activities that gets kids moving, especially when it is done frugally at home.”

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Tara chose Fabric-Covered End of Summer Wreath from Melanie Gets Married. “This bright colors on this wreath really caught my eye when I saw it. I love everything about it, the different prints and bright fun colors really just come together!”

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Ce Ce chose Taking Your Blog (& Business) To The Next Level from New Mama Diaries. “This is a very inspiring post with great tips on how to improve the quality of your blog!”

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Elie chose Grilled Sweet Peppers Wrapped in Bacon from Home Is Where The Heart Is. “You had me at bacon…and grilled! Two of my favorite things! These will go great with our burgers this weekend!”

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Chelsea chose Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can… “This post was so incredibly true. I think every mom can relate to what she shared, especially about the date night’s! Loved it!”

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Jillian chose How I Organized My Life with this DIY Aqua & Gold Chalkboard Calendar from Making It In The Mountains. “I love her post about making a calendar that she has posted to organize her life. I’m constantly looking for new and exciting ways to organize and this inspired me to find a calendar for the wall in my office. I love it!!”

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Rachel chose Our Debt-Free Journey {One} from Blessed in Alabama. “I chose this post because it’s hard to be honest with ourselves sometimes and I greatly admire anyone who starts this journey. I have bounced back and forth between no debt and manageable debt and I completely understand the hardwork and sacrifice it takes to achieve a debt-free status. Good Luck to Toni and this will be a great journey to read along with!”

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Stacey chose Doctor Who Scarf Bracelets from Sum of Their Stories. “These bracelets are amazing! I have spent this past week re-watching seasons 2 through 7 of Doctor Who, in great anticipation of the new season premiere of the 12th Doctor. I feel that this is a fitting post to choose as a favorite, wishing that I could knit, because I would definitely make these! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Jessica chose Gratitude vs. Mindfulness from Reflective Mama. “I love her take on concentrating on the “now”. Today, I think many of us tend to get super busy with “distractions” such as emails, text messages, etc. whenever we have that “free moment.” I think we need to unplug during the day and appreciate the “now” around us like the baby giggles or even taking time to smell the roses. Awesome post and great reminder on living in the now!”

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Tenns chose Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day from 180 Days to Happy. “You can never have enough organization tips! I’m always looking for ways to maximize my time and what I do throughout each day. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on handle for how to do it even better!”

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Sandy chose Latitude & Longitude {HOME} Wall Art from Home.Made.Interest. “This is my favorite for the week – Using latitude and longitude is such a great way to personalize your home. This would also make a great house warming or bridal shower gift. Being the thrifty gal I am, I love that you found these pieces in a scrap bin. Thank you for the inspiration!”

Becky chose Fall Dollar Store Craft Contest from My Pinterventures. “I loved this post because it’s fantastic idea. So many DIYs consist of things that are expensive. I love a good, cheap, craft and can’t wait to see what happens with this link up. I may even give it a whirl!”

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Silvie chose Mini Strawberry Sweet Rolls with Vanilla Cream Glaze from Born To Bake Forever. “I chose this because I have a weakness for both strawberries and desserts! After trying this recipe I have found another delicious family favorite.”

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Kimberly chose How To Create An Awesome Blog Profile Picture from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “I have been using the Google+ widget to provide a profile pic on my blog. But I have been wanting to change it up for some time now. This post showed me the perfect way to do so using Canva. The tutorial tells you how to upload the finished product in Blogger, but if you are a WordPress user like me, you can still get it done.”

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The post with the most clicks is Peak at our Week: How we’re celebrating life AND what we’re REALLY excited for this weekend! from No Small Life She Said.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is…

We have two posts that are tied for 1st place, so we’ll be selecting 3 winners this week!

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How to deal with difficult family members from Snippets of Inspiration

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Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day from 180 Days to Happy

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Facts of Life: After Baby from Logan Can…

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

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

let’s get started!

  • 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!
  • Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!





Interested in reading all of the Featured Posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter’s board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

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Take A Peak Into Keystrokes By Kimberly Land!

As Keystrokes By Kimberly has grown over the last three years I have been asked how does it (blogging) work? How do you drive traffic to your blog and keep your readers engaged. Well, the answer is not simple by far however the below share gives you some insight. Twice a week I look for opportunities like the one below. I then evaluate if my readers will be interested and what the ROI potential will be and go from there. I rarely pay for contest links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc…) because I have a higher readership which is a win win for all of us. So get ready because the below contest will be on the blog soon. Welcome to a peak in my world!

Alice at Adventure Into Domesticland brings you:





❤ ❤ ❤ Prize Packages ❤ ❤ ❤

There will be one winner everyday! Winners will be emailed the day they are picked. A running list will be posted on my site and be updated daily (or as often as I can). Each winner will be able to choose from the following packages:

Viva Las Vegas: 4 day and 3 night accommodations at a 3+ star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV for 2 adults! (25 years or older) and a $500 dollar Funbook! (with cash, chips, meals, tokens & show tickets!)

Fabulous Florida: 3 days and 2 nights of accommodations for 2, winners chooses city in Florida! Location Choices: Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg

Take A Break: 3 days and 2 nights of accommodations for 2, winners chooses destination! Location Choices: Bronson, Mo – Cancun, Mex – Gatlinburg, TN – Honolulu, HI – Lake Tahoe, CA – Las Vegas, NV – Mazatlan, Mex – Napa Valley, CA – Palm Springs, CA – Pocono Mtns, PA – Puerto Vallarta, Mex – Scottsdale, AZ – White Mtn, CA

One FREE Link with announcement post OR $5 to participate.

(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

Additional Paid links available for $2 each.

Email Subscription, RSS or Feedburn links for $3.

Picketfence, Daily Vote or Daily Comments for $5.

Co-Host Spots Available – $10

You will receive any 5 links of your choice on the Rafflecopter, a link to your blog in the giveaway post and social media mentions.

Benefits of becoming a Co-Host include, increasing your followers, increase your traffic, increase number of backlinks/links in, and help better stats, ranks, and ratings.

REFERRAL PRIZE!!

The person who signs up the most referrals will be given a co-host spot for FREE!

Sign Up Here!

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It Is Time For Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 48th 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 (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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Debbie

“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 Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | 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 Making-More | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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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!

10-Hydrating-Infused-Water-Recipes_pinterestElie chose 10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes from Home.Made.Interest. “Not only do all these waters sound amazing, but they look pretty too! Being a fitness instructor, water is very important to me and I’m always looking for ways to jazz mine up. I will definitely be returning to this post for great ideas!”

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April chose 8 Scriptures Every Mother Should Know from The Microwave Girl. “As a stay at home mommy, the whirlwind that is round the clock motherhood can get to the deepest parts of you. It’s important to remember who are children are and why they are here.”

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Becky chose Chalk Painted Concrete from Woods of Bell Trees. “Her results were just stunning! I might consider doing this if we ever move to a home with a basement that needs its floor finished.”

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Chelsea chose Frozen Golden Oreo Treats (Great After School Treat) from Domestic Mommyhood. “I absolutely LOVE Golden Oreos! This looked like the perfect Just-Because-I’m-a-Mom treat, forget the kids! Only thing I would change is to keep the Oreo filling! That’s the best part! But, I can’t wait to try these yummy snacks!”

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Karen chose Praline Sauce from Yesterfood. “This recipe for Praline Sauce is so simple and would make an ideal gift. Something to think about for this Christmas!”

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Ce Ce chose Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest. “Love this because my son is starting kindergarten in September, and I need plenty of tips for a great school year!”

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Katy chose 7ish Things You Should Know About Twins from Mommie and Wee. “As a mama to twins myself, I can relate to several of these! As a tall woman who loves her milk, I guess I set myself up for the crazy. :) In all seriousness, I get asked a lot of questions about my twins because they are such polar opposites. Not only do they look absolutely nothing alike, but their personalities and strengths are completely different. And it looks like one of my little men is going to be a lefty! It’s always nice to connect with other twin mamas, because there is nothing quite like having two little ones running about. It really takes one to know one. “

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Victoria chose Selfish Mom Moments from Working Mom Magic. “I chose Selfish Mom Moments because I can totally relate. As a mom of three small boys, I try to be as unselfish as possible. However, sometimes moms need some times to themselves.”

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Stacey chose To the Cashier Who Called My Child Naughty from Organized Chaos. “I find it sad that, somewhere along the line we have lost the teachings to treat others as you would like to be treated! To cause a little one to question himself and whether or not he is “naughty” or not, just by making a thoughtless and uncaring comment is not acceptable. Thanks for sharing!”

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Sandy chose Large Family Kitchen: Save Money & Time With Bulk Foods from Aspired Living. “I love to save money, especially on groceries. I am grateful for this reminder of how to save money when buying in bulk and how to save time by re-packaging those bulk items you purchase.”

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Jillian chose How I Use Co-Schedule, Drag and Drop Editorial Calendar for WordPress from A Life in Balance. “I chose this post because it provides great tips on how to schedule blog posts and your social media, all in one spot.

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Rachel chose The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. “I chose this post because it is one of the most thorogh lists I have seen for school shopping, organizing and preparing. So many great ideas!”

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Rachel also chose Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf from Memories by the Mile. “I chose this post because because it looks so delicious! I love this as a beautiful alternative to cinnamon rolls and I can make it the night before for a wonderful breakfast treat.”

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Kimberly chose 5 Back to School Concerns for Parents from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “This post raises awareness about peer pressure and bullying in school which are far more critical these days than they once were. Tameka also shares why parents should provide a short break for kids after arriving home from school.”

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Kimberly chose Award Show Party Ideas from About A Mom. “This post had me at ‘Award Show’. The unique ideas for hosting an at-home Award show party are awesome. The movie theater butter popcorn cupcakes are so aesthetically appealing.

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Jessica chose 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Blog. from Mommie and Wee. “I love her take on why she blogs. I think this is why we all started to blog too – to share our life in our little corner of the webosphere :).”

This post also received the most clicks.

free-printable-back-to-school-lunch-notesTara chose Free Back to School Lunch Note Printables from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Tara also chose {Free Printable} First Day of School Photo Pro from My Paper Craze.

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Kelly chose White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle No Bake Cheesecake | Delicious Recipe from A Dash of Sanity. “It looked delicious and I love impressive looking desserts that come together quickly.”

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Kelly chose Save Money Now! from The Wondering Brain. “I chose this post because it is for anyone wanting to save money. It is a simple tip, that is really easy to do. Plus, if you follow the tip through, it really adds up by the time you are done.”

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Natasha chose When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy. “Great post…and so true! I don’t know the last time that I had a full, uninterrupted sleep – probably right before I found out I was pregnant lol. If my son sleeps in his bed, it’s not all night – he ends up in my bed at some point. Which means I wake up and see him standing next to my bed. Or wake up because I’m kicked or slapped in the middle of the night. Or wake up because he’s snoring next to me. Either way, I don’t sleep. And I’ve somewhat gotten used to it.”

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Natasha also chose 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas from A Mom’s Take. “With my son only being 3, I have to be ever so creative with his lunchbox options. He just likes what he likes, and unless I am relatively creative, he probably won’t try it. Thanks for sharing some great creative lunchbox ideas!”

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The second post with the most clicks is The Apology Tour from Normal Everyday Life.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy

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The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide

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Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest

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Type-A Parent Conference Will Be Stellar to Your Next Level!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Should you decide to purchase anything after clicking on the link I will be compensated for sharing.

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The legendary Type-A Conference is headed to Atlanta, Ga Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st. This has been branded the world’s largest conference for Moms and Dads who blog! This will be my first year attending however I already know it will not be my last. They are all the buzz as the game changer clarity conference. You really should attend to take yourself to the next level. In its sixth year Type-A is bringing it again. They will feature grand sessions, unique opportunities to network with bloggers and companies, and some of the heavy hitters in the speaking atmosphere. I have been selected to be a blog partner and I want to extend my discount to you. Click here for more information. Below are seven conference preparation tips. Enjoy…

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How Do You Prepare For Blogging Conference

1. Come prepared with an open mind, any blogging questions you have and ready to take great notes!

2. Make sure your appearance presents well. Yes, I am stating to dress nice, be approachable and make sure your social media pictures look like you now.

3. Pack comfortable shoes. As with any major event cute shoes are nice however comfortable shoes are a MUST.

4. Practice your elevator speech. Limit it to 2-3 sentences and make sure to keep it clear and short.

5. Prepare to network by ordering your business cards and always having at least 100 on your person daily.

6. Pre-plan your wish list of must attend sessions. Yes, this is a MUST because things will be happening very fast.

7. Start networking before the conference by following the hashtag of #TypeACon, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter , Pinterest and then let the NETworking begin.

Hope to see you at Type-A in Atlanta!

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The 2014 KIA Soul More Than You Imagine!

*This is a product review. All opinions are 100% my own. I was provided this vehicle to drive and review. No other compensation was given. ~ Kimberly

~ KIA Soul ~

~ KIA Soul ~

Yes I am a KIA fan. I have watched them come along way and they offer so much for the money. When I first discovered them in 2003 they were impressive then. There 100,000 mile grantee/warrantee was unheard of at that time. Well, to say the least they are still exceeding consumers’ expectations eleven years later and doing it well. Recently, I had the pleasure of test driving a KIA Soul for a week. Simply, stated I did not know what to expect however the Kia Soul was load with surprises and luxury. I love Kia (Yes, I named her) so much we went everywhere AND did a photo shoot. I always LOVED the way she handled in the rain. Kia was awesome.

~ Photo Credit | Kimberly Wright ~

~ Photo Credit | Kimberly Wright ~

The Three Things I Like

• The way she handles in the rain. I do not drive at all in the rain. I just avoid it and have for countless years. While driving the KIA I was caught in one of many monsoons here in Atlanta. She handles perfectly in the rain. She became my security blanket and I swear the brakes actually intensified when the road became wet.

• The dual navigation system was the greatest ever! This pretty girl had a dual navigation system. There was one on the radio and the dashboard. Perfect for me because the dashboard one was easier and safer to view for me.

• The lights up speakers were pretty cool! Now I know first-hand why the hamsters were rocking it out in the commercial. The speakers change colors to the beat it night.

The Three Things I Would Improve – (Maybe it’s just me)

• The dual sunroof only opens one sunroof and I would have loved to have the entire thing open.

• The automatic lock/unlock feature is a little frustrating. I never got the hang of it and as far as I could tell it only successfully works on the driver’s side.

• The trunk has no space at all. All I could get in there was a few groceries. No full size suitcase or shopping bags.

From The KIA Site

The Kia Soul is redesigned for 2014 model year retaining the unique look of the original Soul while adding new elements from the Kia Track’ster concept including the large trapezoidal lower air intake, the “floating” rear body-color panel in the lift gate and Kia’s signature grille which is reworked to more closely resemble the concept. The new Soul is built on a new chassis that is longer, wider and stiffer to provide more passenger and cargo room with reduced noise levels. The Base Soul is powered by a 130-horsepower 1.6-liter engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic. Soul Plus and Exclaim trim levels receive a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter engine combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes power windows, power door locks, heated outside mirrors, telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free wireless technology4 and SiriusXM satellite radio. Soul Plus adds 17-inch alloy wheels, outside mirror turn-signal indicators and console storage with integrated armrest. Soul Exclaim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, projector headlights, front LED positioning lights, rear LED halo lights, high-gloss piano-black center console, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-wrapped gear shift knob and 10-way power driver’s seat.
MSRP: $14,900 – $23,400
Fuel economy (MPG): 23 – 24 city | 30 – 31 highway

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