Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pintastic Pinteresting Party #61

Welcome to week 61 of the Pintastic Pinteresting Party!

Pintastic Pinteresting Party 2015

Welcome, welcome, welcome!
Happy Thursday! 
I hope today finds you well!

 We would like to encourage you to share your 
posts in our Pintastic Pinteresting Party. Let's visit, enjoy, and share 
each other's posts to get to know each other better. 

We hope by doing so, you will get more encouragement, inspirations, and ideas. We are excited about featuring you and spreading the word of some amazing posts to read! 

Thank you for joining us!

This Week's Features

 mother daughter date night
As a Mom with 2 girls, I love this post from Sarah and Sammi at Grounded and Surrounded. They share some great ideas to have a good time with your daughters.

Post on why and how to set up a big wall editorial calendar for blogging, for all those who couldn't get notebooks to stick || Why and How to: The Editorial Calendar You Cannot Ignore | Funky Jungle, fashion & personal style blog

I am always trying to learn new ways to help me be a better blogger. I have never used an editorial calendar, but Alexandra at Funky Jungle explains why it is a must have. 

My first ever blog report card, April 2015. Traffic and income if I ever start making any! |

I love that Ann over at Duct Tape and Denim has the confidence to share her stats from her blog. Blogging is hard work, and it is helpful to see what works and what doesn't for another blogger. It can be inspiring and helpful, and encourages us all to be better and try new things. 

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We would love for you to follow the hosts on Pintastic Pinteresting Party

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

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

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Please stay tuned and y'all come back to visit next week!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Turn It Up Tuesday #86

Welcome to the 86th week at
Turn It Up Tuesday!

 We hope of the mothers out there had an amazing Mother's Day!!!
Did you do something special? May 10th also happens to be my wedding anniversary, (14 years go by quick) so it was a special day at my house. But... both girls were sick, and they shared it with Dad, so the three of them were miserable all weekend. I am not complaining, it could have always been worse! 

The countdown to summer has begun around here as well. Nine full days left + one 2 hour day. Oh my, I can feel the excitement in the air! It is crackling here at my house! We have some great fun planned. How about you?

Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 361 links - another amazing week! We'd like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!


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. 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!


Our sponsor for May is Dolled Up Spa Boutique.

We are 2 sisters who wanted to inspire and encourage all the beautiful young girls in our lives. We wanted to pamper them and give them confidence all while having fun. So we started doing Spa parties and events, everything from manicures, pedicures, facials, hair and make up. Then we started making accessories, spa products, tutus and now clothing.We started off by doing it for the girls we know, then we started going to our local street fair and then we decided to open up our very own boutique. We love what we do and we love to create unique one of a kind items, just like these precious little girls. After all playing dress up, putting on jewelry, doing your hair and make up never goes out of style. We say the fluffier the better, there is never too much sparkle and glitter you say....Yes please!! We hope that you like what we have created.

Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

(from the top - left to right)
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!

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(from the top - left to right)
Giselle from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams | Kori from Just Another Mom | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Marina from Parental Journey | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva | Jody from Mom 'N Daughter Savings

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

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Lisa chose Homemade Strawberry Kiwi Spritzer Popsicle Recipe from The Jenny Evolution. "This is great! Homemade popsicles that aren't filled with sugar. Healthy and so many choices to make them other than strawberry-kiwi (though that is my favorite fruit combination)!"
Lisa chose How to make a Blog Editorial Calendar from illistyle. "To be honest, I had never even thought to use Google Calendar but after reading this post, I can't believe I haven't used it! It's just what I need not just for blogging but for my classes!"
Jillian also chose this post. "I chose this post because I feel like my editorial calendar is a constant struggle. I start one, then stop because I don't find it convenient enough. Having it online, with google Docs, would likely lead to more organization and consistency."
Cindy chose DIY Seed Bombs from Hello Nature. "I chose this post because I actually used some commercial seed bombs last week and I love knowing that I can make my own from now on. The process seems simple and it would also make a nice gift."
8 ways pinterest chaned parenting forever
Cindy chose 8 Ways Pinterest Changed Parenting Forever from Unremarkable Files. "I am so glad my kids were grown when Pinterest came around. So far my daughter-in-law isn't interested in Pinterest so maybe I'll be the only Pinterest crazed one when the grandkids start coming."
Rachel chose DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask from Hairspray & High Heels. "My hair is typically dry and this moisturizer looks like something my hair strands would soak up! Having a homemade hair mask is a great idea because I can whip it up anytime I need it!"
Rachel chose Missing My Blue Bell Ice Cream from Pastries Pumps and Pi. "I miss Blue Bell too! If you've never tasted it, it's only one of the creamiest and softest ice creams around. But there has been a major recall and Tameka explains the precautions very well here. I too love when companies are proactive about the quality and safety of their products."
Amy chose Homemade Pedicure Kit from View from the Fridge. "What a great gift for Mother’s Day or any other occasion. It just reminds me of how badly I need a spa day but nice to know that I can enjoy something like that in my own home."
Dreams Can Change
Amy chose Dreams Can Change in Your 30's from Mommy In Sports. "Having recently celebrated my 33rd birthday, this post has made me reflect on all the wonderful experiences and surprises I’ve had in my life and how that has changed my definition of success."
Giselle chose Peach Mojito from Lipgloss and Crayons. "I love how simple the recipe was and it looks absolutely delicious. I'll have to give this a try!"
Giselle chose Makeup Habits To Break from The Organized Dream. "As a makeup artist and makeup junkie I love these tips. It's so easy for people to bypass them, but they are very important to follow."
Mari chose Shrimp Cobb Salad from Fitness Food Diva. "I loved Shannon's salad, it mixed two of my favs together Cobb Salad & Shrimp! Look firward to trying it out."
Mari chose 12 #BaltimoreRiots “Twitter” Reflections You Won’t See in The Media from AfroChic Mompreneur. "My other fav was something I think every mom blogger should have been speaking about because it efforts the world our children are growing up in. We are all the same...thank you Nancy for sharing this eye opening peace. If we don't stand for something we end up standing for nothing."
Stacey chose Self Defence – Should We Be Teaching Our Girls? from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. "Such a great post! I think self-defense classes are great for kids in general, especially in today's society. I always wanted to take them growing up as a child in the 80's. Thank you so much for sharing!"
Zografia chose Vinyl Cross-Stitch Wall Art from The Scrap Shoppe Blog. "That's a lot of work, but it's worth it! Great idea!"
Zografia chose Not-Your-Usual Malta Destination Guide from Urban Naturale. "Malta is one of the places i want to visit! I'll keep these suggestions in mind!"
Jody chose 18 no bake sweet treats from Dreaming of Leaving. "I love this No Bake Sweets Pin. There's a bunch of them. They look so good and they're No Bake , which I think we all love!"
Jody chose How to Declutter: Conquering Decluttering Paralysis from Clean & Scentsible. "I love this next post and I think a lot of people will. Decluttering is hard for all of us, I guess. Now I'm going to use these tips."
Rebekah also chose this post. "I hope these were long enough explanations as to why I chose both of these links. There were so many great links but these two seem to inspire me the most."
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose Dear Mom who has recently miscarried from Gym. Craft. Laundry. "An open and honest letter to women who have miscarried. As someone who experienced this loss many years ago, I still have the same thoughts that she wrote about."
Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) chose You Do WHAT for a Living? from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller. "This post made me think about all the odd looks I get from people when I tell them I am a blogger. Can you imagine what face they would make if I told them I was a snake milker or a roadkill collector? Check out this post to read about more unique occupations."
Tina chose Posterized Native American Washi Tape Art from illistyle. "What an amazing artwork,an ode to Gregg Deal. I absolutely love this washi tape art. Thanks so much for sharing."
Tina chose Flourless Mexican Brownies from Spoonful of Flavor. "Yummy no flour mexican brownies with frosting?Yes please,they look delicious.Thanks for sharing."
Ginger chose Cocktail: Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine from Pink Heels Pink Truck. "Everyone in my family loves strawberry's so I loved this recipe.It will be the perfect barbecue cocktail this summer."
BBQ Sweet & Spicy Ribs
Ginger chose Sweet & Spicy Baby Back Ribs {#PasstheCookbook} from Juggling Act Mama. "I am in full summer barbecue mode so this caught my eye. It sounds like a delicious recipe that I am excited to try this summer."
Jillian chose 10 Amazing Perks of Having an Only Child from MBA SAHM. "I chose this post because my husband and I currently have one child, and I've gone back and forth with having another and whether we should or not. My son is my world and I am so happy for that - this post reminds that having only 1 child is A-OK!"
Fresh raw chicken  fillet  and vegetables prepared for cooking 
Rebekah chose Save Money on Your Grocery Budget By Ordering Fresh Meat in Bulk from Practical Mommy. "I chose this second link because she explains in detail about how we can be psychologically paralyzed while trying to make decisions in decluttering our house. This is a problem so many of us have - we want a clean house but where do we start? We want the clutter to be gone but which part do we recycle?"

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...

Dreams Can Change
Dreams Can Change in Your 30's from Mommy In Sports
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
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So now that you've met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our 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! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mom Bloggers - Support a Great Cause & Give Your Blog a Mother’s Day Gift!

Special Announcement: Blogelina Is Doing 1,000 Mom Blog Makeovers This Mother’s Day For Just $10!


Mom Bloggers, give your blog a gift this Mother’s Day!
For an incredibly low minimum donation of $10 to, Blogelina is doing 1000 Blog makeovers!

Not good enough?

that's right, 100% of the donations are going to, an amazing organization that helps to provide healing to children who are in desperate need. 

Get all the info on the #1000MomBlogMakeovers project – which starts now and runs until May 10th.

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Tips to Tame Your Hair for Spring

Tips to Tame Your Hair for Spring

Madison Reed

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Happy Spring! The flowers are blooming, birds are singing and I am ready to go outside and play! Are you like me and want a new look for spring? Whether you want to lighten your locks, add warmth to your look, or go for something fun and fabulous, now is the time to do it!

 Starting today and running through May 19th, you'll be able to Get 50% off your first box of Madison Reed permanent hair color when you use the code MAYFLOWER! 

Madison Reed's hair color is a much healthier option for getting gorgeous, salon-quality results. Plus, their products are cruelty-free (i.e. not tested on animals)! Their hair color is very easy to mix and apply, and the results are amazing… incredible color that has depth and shine for a look that was previously only achievable in a pricey salon.

To keep your hair happy and healthy this spring, here are a few suggested tips:

Get a trim. After a harsh winter, our ends tend to get a little dry. You can quickly give your hair a fresh start by getting a half an inch off your ends.

Just to clarify .... One of the best DIY ways to revitalize your hair and get rid of gunky residue that many shampoos leave behind is to rinse your hair with an apple cider vinegar mix. Just mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, and rinse your hair with it. You can also use a spray bottle and soak your hair for a more gentle version of the clarification.

Eat well. Keeping your insides healthy will help ensure that your outsides are beautiful too! This includes eating foods like salmon, almonds, spinach, egg, and berries to give your hair the extra boost it needs.

Use natural ingredients. If you’re going to color your hair this spring, go for a natural hair color without ammonia, resorcinol, PPD, or parabens which will damage both your hair and the environment. Fortunately, you don't have to look far! Madison Reed hair color is free of those harsh chemicals and abundant in hair-healthy ingredients, such as argan oil, keratin, and ginseng root. 

And remember, you can get 50% off your first box of permanent hair color when you use code MAYFLOWERS between now and 5/19!

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