Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Here! Talk Like a Pirate Day - Free Krispy Kreme

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So I just thought I would remind me mateys that today is the day...


Ahoy me Mateys, Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre you ready??

It is that time of year again!  Yes, I know you have waited all year for it to come back around! I know my kids sure have. 



National Talk Like a Pirate Day is quickly approaching. TODAY!!  So get ready folks, September 19 is only 11 days away.  Let the countdown begin! TODAY!!

TODAY only, get a free original glazed doughnut for talking like a Pirate, or a dozen free doughnuts for dressing like one. Yum! 

Want more info? Sail on over to Krispy Kreme for more details.



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Pintastic Pinteresting Party #31







Welcome to the Pintastic Pinteresting Party! 

We are excited about featuring you & spreading the word of some amazing posts to read! 

Thanks for joining us.

Sorry for joining in so late again this week, I have been running behind all week long. My little has been home sick 2 days, my car is broken and I haven't been feeling well myself. When it rains it pours, but I know that this too shall pass. Can't have any rainbows unless first it rains.  :) 


So without further adieu, let's get this party started, and add your link!


Please follow the hosts on Pinterest.

By following them you will be able to see your pins and posts posted on Pinterest!

It's great to view articles on Pinterest and to find the perfect read!


Here are the buttons you can share in your
Blog Hop Libraries or on your Websites.



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Called to be a Mom

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Celebrate Every Day




Here are this weeks features:

My favorites from last week:

I am feeling Fall-ish! Pumpkin everything is everywhere, and I am LOVING it!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles - These delicious and satisfying pumpkin waffles just happen to be vegan and gluten free! Your tastebuds will be happy and your body will be nourished.


From Carissa at All in All, Pumpkin Waffles. You had me at Pumpkin, but then added HEALTHY too? OMG, I think I am in LOVE.


Pumpkin Pie Bread #pumpkin #pumpkinpie #pumpkinbread

And thanks to Bobbi over at 3glol, my pumpkin love affair continues with this Pumpkin Pie Bread. I can't wait to try some of this!


Thank you all for Sharing! 

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ARE YOU READY TO PARTY?





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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Turtle Invaders: Free Kids Educational App Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrobotics, LLC for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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First, we can all agree, I am listening if someone says, "Free."

So when I was offered the opportunity to share this free app with you, I was excited! 


I love educational games, and 
Turtle Invaders is just that. It is a fun and engaging game for children. It features a unique approach to help improve motor skills. In Turtle Invaders, the turtles have decided to take over the underwater Aqua world. The fearless Octoremus has decided to fight back!!

Zyrobotics, LLC has designed a novel cause-and-effect app based on lessons-learned from engaging children in robotics. Turtle Invaders is designed to enhance motor skills for young children and kids with motor or cognitive delays. With the phenomenal ability to set options, this app will keep kids motivated and engaged. The app is designed to improve visual attention, timing, coordination and control. Parents can also use this switch-accessible app to reinforce Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals or just to have fun with their child.


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Key Features Include:
* Fun for all, with additional features to help children with special needs. 
* Fully customizable settings can adjust game options based on the skill level of the individual.
* Helps in improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for younger children
* Switch accessible for children with motor limitations.
* Just touch the screen to play or use an external switch (connected through a Bluetooth switch interface such as TabAccess).
* Beginner’s options to help gain confidence during game play.
* Enables play by all kids of all skill levels.
* Graphics and music can be graded to make this game suitable for sensory sensitive kids or for kids that are easily distracted, such as children with Autism or attention deficit disorder.



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I highly recommend this game! My 8 year old played it and loves it. She has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and she has really enjoyed playing Turtle Invaders.

This cute, educational app is available on both iTunes Download Link  & for Android at Google Play Link. Make sure you get your free download today!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Turn it Up Tuesday #52 - 1 Year Birthday Party + Giveaway!

Happy 1st Birthday Turn it Up Tuesday! 

Congratulations! Are you ready to Party? This week is special here at TUT! It's really like a party, with a party on top. A double party. Plus a giveaway. Excited yet? I know I am! Turn it Up Tuesday has grown a lot in the last year. This week we are celebrating that with not only a link up, but some fantastic prizes will be awarded as well.  Turn it Up Tuesday, I would like to Wish you another successful year! 

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We are celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday's birthday too! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate...and connect...and grow!
This week we'd love to see your anniversary, birthday, milestone, party, etc. posts! We want to have a great time reading all of your celebratory posts in celebration of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Plus, we're having a great giveaway - with co-hosts and guest hosts (past and present)! Make sure to enter below to win!

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Thanks so much for joining us last week while we celebrated Self-Improvement month with some great posts to help ourselves and help others! We had some amazing posts to read!

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!

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

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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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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Laura from Another Cent Saved | 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 from Mila's Little Things

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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Mila chose How to Make Fall Scented Paint from My Big Fat Happy Life. "This idea is a stroke of genius and a fun thing to do with kids! Just imagine all the fall scented masterpieces your kids will create!"
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Rachel chose Life Lessons of a Nurse from Crazily Normal. "I chose this post because my mom is a nurse and I know how they often observe and learn through the biggest examples of life's frustrations, sorrows, and joys. Her post is inspirational and reflective."
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Tara chose Buffalo Hummus Dip from 3 Little Greenwoods. "Love hummus and especially love Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce, so when I saw this recipe it caught my eye! Can't wait to try it! Also with Football in full swing, I think this would be the perfect dip to make for a football or tailgate party!"
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Jessica chose 5 Simple Tips for Squeezing Writing Into Your Everyday Life from Georgia Lee - Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. "I truly needed Georgie's post! I am suffering from writer's block due to an upcoming dissertation I need to write. Quite frankly, I am brain-dead! Ick!!! I love her suggestion, especially #1 - write something everyday. Honestly, this is good practice tha I need to enforce on myself with the dissertation writing AND to keep up with blogging. Thanks, again! 15 minutes a day of writing, here I come!!"
Jillian chose this post. "I chose this post because I am looking for ways to get more writing into my day. I just never seem to have time - but this post reminds me it isn't about finding extended time, but a few minutes here and there would be just fine."
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Meghan chose Mommy Moments, I Must Confess from Winks and Eyerolls. "I really loved reading this post. Even though it was only 10 months ago that my little girl was the same age as the poster, it feels like so long ago. I was able to relive every moment with her...and it made me want another little one!"
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Cathy chose Saving Memories from Life with Peanut. "Megan shares an amazing idea to help you capture and remember all of the little things that your kids do that as time passes you forget about. My kids are in elementary school and Megan's idea is the perfect way for me to someday reveal to them the moments of their childhood! I am starting tomorrow! :-) Check out Megan's blog to see exactly how she is saving memories!"
Tenns also chose this post. "I love this idea! This is such a creative way to keep track of memories. I'm not great at documenting things, because it's so hard to keep up with how fast littles grow. I'll definitely keep this idea in mind as I document memories and keep track of things with my son."
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April chose Great Learning Games for Preschoolers from Life's Little Projects. "My two year old, Bee, has already conquered letters, numbers, colors and shapes, yet then I got stuck on what to teach her next. As this school year starts, I wanted to give her a lesson plan too, but what to do next? Well, Amie Jo had several answers to my problem to keep her moving forward. I'm starting to get excited about this new year."
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Mari chose Chewy White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies from Born to Bake Forever. "I chose Megan's cookies because it married al I love. Chewy, white chocolate chip and cranberries. The moment I saw the picture I fell in love and went to the market this weekend to pickup the supplies to make it for my Birth Day so thanks Megan for my b'day treat :)"
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Becky chose A Super Easy Snack: Tortilla Rollups from The Most -- of Every Moment. "I love this because it's easy and tasty. I often forget about making these!"
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Stacey chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Bakewell Junction. "Oh these look wonderful! The cookies sound like they are delectibly chocolatey and the filling sounds absolutley amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and I can't wait to make these! Maybe a Halloween treat with the kids!"
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Kelly chose Minecraft for Moms – What You Need to Know from Sunshine & Hurricanes. "My kids are crazy for Minecraft and sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about."
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Chelsea chose Homemade "Uncrustables" from Making More... "I loveeee uncrustables! It's brings out the little kid in me, so to see a way to make them at home (cheaper, healthier, AND I can make my own variations) it was like a match made in heaven!"
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Natasha chose How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy. "I love this post! Although my son is 3, it takes a wish and a prayer to get him to take a nap. He sleeps so easily at school, but when's he home - it's a whole different story. Leilani's list is a perfect depiction of what I have to do for naptime and for bedtime. It's a wonder I'm still sane!"
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The post with the most clicks is Fall Idea Collection from Deliciously Inspired.
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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How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy
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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And now for our anniversary giveaway...

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Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures | Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise | Angie at God's Growing Garden | Chelsea at Mommie and Wee | Katy at Chaos & Kiddos | Meghan at Life with Peanut | Rachel at Craving Some Creativity | Kimberly at Keystrokes By Kimberly | Silvana at My Silly Little Gang | Melissa at The Coupon Chronicles | Brittany at Mommy on Demand | Yolanda at That's Mashed Up | Ce Ce at Color Crush Creative | Vashti at Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

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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 our anniversary giveaway...

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!
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