Co-Hosting Turn It Up Tuesdays

Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts – so please stop by and show them some love!! We’ll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother Blog

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Rhonda is a single mom blogger from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. She writes on parenting and family, home gardening, and her thoughts on life.

Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!

Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 

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

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for July!

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

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

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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Victoria chose What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas. “I chose this post because it was entertaining and spoke the truth. There are some things that guests have to keep in mind when visiting a mom who has just had a baby. I especially agree that they should hold back on the lies about saying that you look good when obviously you do not after hours of being in labor.”

Katie also chose this post. “This article is hilarious … And SO TRUE!! Having recently just had our third child, I can totally relate! This should be sent as a public service announcement to all before anyone goes to see a newborn! Tell us we look good … And bring food (ha!).”

This post also received the most clicks.

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Cathy chose Lemon Sugar Scrub from Melanie Gets Married. “I love everything lemon … and I have wanted to try making my own scrub. I love the ingredients and simplicity of this scrub! Can’t wait to make some!”

Silvie also chose this post. “I chose this as my favorite post this week because I am a big believer that you must take care of your skin. When ever I find something that will allow me to pamper myself while taking care of my skin, then it’s an automatic win! I tried Melanie’s recipe and I absolutely love it, the results and the scent is amazing!”

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Cindy chose How to Make a Giant Outdoor Water Bed from My Frugal Adventures. “I chose this because it looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids of all ages. It is also a project that I think I could actually make!”

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Katy chose Top 10 Christian Pinterest Boards from Satisfaction Through Christ. “I’m a big fan of roundups that help me focus my energies when I head into a time-sucking platform like Pinterest. Knowing these particular boards have the backing of a respected blogger makes me that much more excited to check out their content, knowing I am headed in the right direction and will find lots of inspiration. For as easy as it is to find just about anything on Pinterest, that sometimes makes it feel overwhelming and I like that I can use posts like this to streamline my searches.”

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Rhonda chose I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain’t One from Pig and Dac. “I found this post hilarious! We all know life changes after childbirth, but it also changes our bodies and not for the better. Accepting these changes requires a look back and a look forward, and that’s exactly what this blogger did as she tells her story.”

Natasha also chose this post. “This post is so hilariously funny! My boobs went poof too, and I only have 1 child. Our bodies definitely change after having a baby, and it is so important to accept our new bodies once they develop. Regardless, I enjoyed this post! Still laughing! Great post!”

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Rachel chose Magnolia Leaf Wreath from Canary Street Crafts. “I chose this post because I love the elegant simplicity and personalization of this wreath. It is perfect any time of year and can the monogram really adds a special touch to any front door.”

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Ashley chose DIY Rice Bag from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. “Rice bags are one of my favorite blogging tools. I use one to right my wrist on when working on the laptop and can’t wait to make one for my office desk!”

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Jillian chose The Only Picture I Regretted Taking // iMO from Logan Can… “I love this post because I feel the exact same way as Logan. I can’t help but take every single photo possible of my son, and I love how she shares how important it is to her and why.”

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Alycia chose Let’s Start A Revolution! from B Marie Photography. “I love the message in this post. Finding the beauty in ourselves will help us to teach our children that everyone is beautiful and to find things they love about themselves. I am guilty of this for sure, but after reading this, I am going to start making a conscious effort to see the beauty!”

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Jessica chose Unplugging From Technology For Healthier Family Living from Urban Naturale. “This is sooo true!! I also liked how she refers to 3 year old’s using some sort of technology today too. That totally hit me bacause I have a 3 year old who loves youtube videos! Since health has been my number one concern these tips are spot on to get the family involved and “unplug” for a couple hours. At the same time, it promotes family time which we all want and need :).”

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Stacey chose Homemade Honey Wheat Bread Recipe! from Thrifty NW Mom. “I have really been giving strong consideration to starting to bake my families bread from scratch. My family can really go through 6 to 8 loaves during the two weeks between grocery store trips, of store bought bread and curious if it would be cheaper to make it fresh. This recipe looks wonderful and I am looking forward to giving it a try! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Tara chose DIY Door Frame Chalkboard from Latte Everyday. “When I saw this I thought, “what a genius idea!” I would have never thought of that. So creative how Megan turned a door frame into a chalkboard sign, I just love it! Love the message that she wrote on it too!”

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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I Got 99 Problems But Perky Boobs Ain’t One from Pig and Dac

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What Moms Are Really Thinking When You Want to Visit Their Newborn from Wirl Mamas

 

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

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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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Make Your Summer Happy ~ Tinfoil Rivers & Jolly Rancher Suckers

By now there is a good chance that Summer Boredom has set in at your house. To battle the gaming zombies and Nerf gun wars between my three I created a Make Your Summer Happy activity board filled with art projects, water playdates, and fun kid-friendly recipes.

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Our weeks generally have followed this schedule:

Monday – Art Project
Tuesday – Field Trip
Wednesday – Water Day {pool, splash pad, or neighborhood lake}
Thursday – Kid Friendly Recipe
Friday – Leave Mama Alone Day, I’m tired of entertaining you people!

Just in case you were wondering, Friday is my favorite day! ;)

Here are two super fun projects we’ve done so far this summer that are guaranteed to keep your littles entertained for more than 10 minutes:

Tinfoil Rivers

Oh my goodness! My boy children LOVED this activity. All they needed was a cheap roll of tinfoil, an incline of some sort, and running water.

Our backyard is basically one big hill so it was perfect for a super long river. Big Boy stood at the top and unrolled the entire 90 foot roll of tinfoil down the hill.

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Along with their cousin, the boys worked together to roll the edges to create the “river”. Tinfoil Rivers with 3 Little Greenwoods

Just add a hose and the river was rolling! Tinfoil Rivers with 3 Little Greenwoods

A quick search of the house provided fun items for floating. It was fun it see which things would work the best and how the walls of the river needed to be shaped to accommodate each.

The best part: I sat quietly in the house for 30 whole minutes while the children constructed their waterways. It was fabulous!

Clean up was easy. Little Boy just balled it all up for the recycling bin. My, that’s one gigantic ball of foil!
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 Jolly Rancher Suckers

This was one of those Pinterest ideas that I held my breath and crossed my fingers that it worked. Because if my oven ended up coated in melted Jolly Ranchers I was not going to be happy!

Lucky for everyone Jolly Rancher Suckers were easy and yummy!

Here’s what you need:

  • small bag of Jolly Ranchers hard candy
  • lollipop sticks {available at craft stores}
  • cookie sheet
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Notice I lined my cookie sheet with waxed paper? More on that in a minute.

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Unwrap and arrange the candies on the cookie sheet. We choose to make our suckers 3 candies long.

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Pop them in the oven to melt for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a lollipop stick in each.

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Allow the suckers to cool completely then enjoy. Well… enjoy if you can pry them off the wax paper.

Seriously? I thought wax paper prevented anything from sticking to it! Next time I will simply spray the cookie sheet with non-stick spray to solve this problem.

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The children still loved the Jolly Rancher suckers. Even if they had to keep spitting out pieces of paper all afternoon.

If you are a stay-at-home mama like me, I’m sending you {{big hugs}} and best wishes that these two projects will help keep your household craziness down to a minimum.

 Follow Ashley’s board summer fun on Pinterest. 

                       Your comments totally make my day! They give me huge motivation to                    keep creating and having fun with my 3 Little Greenwoods! 

~ Ashley  

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