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:





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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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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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Why Turn It Tuesday Welcomes Your Blog Post!

Welcome to the 47th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Let me share why I do this every Tuesday. Turn It Tuesday is a great way to make sure your blog post get great traffic and to share a lot of good stuff. Every week like clockwork we get more submission than the week before AND the page views are awesome. Please take a moment and add some great post that you have seen this week!

This week’s theme is “Back to School”. Share your back-to-school posts here (and your non-back to school posts – no one is excluded) this week! Each of the hosts and guest hosts will be selecting 2 posts this week! That means you’ll have double the chances to be Featured and win Best of the Best!

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

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!

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? | 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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(from the top – left to right)

Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kelly from Making-More | 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 Patient Resilience | 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 September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Katy chose The Ultimate Zucchini Recipe Roundup from Mommy on Demand. “I have been on the hunt for new ways to get my toddlers to eat zucchini during their veggie strike. This round up has some great recipes that I know they’ll love, and a few fancier options that I can make for the adults!”

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Cindy chose Blessing Bags – Keep on Hand for those in Need or Donate to Homeless Shelter from Thrifty NW Mom. “I love this! Our old church had a large outreach to the homeless community and even a Saturday night meal and church service for them. Throughout the year we would gather items similar to these bags to reach out to people we saw on the streets…and invite them to church. Now that we are at a different church, I still need to be reaching the homeless and needy of our community in a tangible way and this post reminded me of that.”

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Victoria chose I Can’t Take It Anymore! Tips to End Baby Daddy Drama from Epic Mommy Adventures. “I chose this post because it is something that I can personally relate too. When reading the post I could see that there was real life experience put into the post and those are the posts that I really love to read.”

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Becky chose A No-Stress Attitude About Potty Training from Fruitful Families. “I loved this post because it is totally how I feel about potty training and we only trained one. I didn’t let it stress me out, and we really just waited until our son was ready. This post is a great read for moms!”

Jillian also chose this post. “I chose this post because we are reaching the time when we’ll be needing to potty train my son and this has great ways to keep it a stress-free experience.”

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Sandy chose Homemade Freezer Biscuits from Ten At The Table. “I think having these freezer biscuits on hand will make our busy school morning a little bit easier. Just put them in the fridge the night before and pop them in the oven while we are getting ready. I can’t wait to give them a try.”

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Rhonda chose I Can’t Take It Anymore Tips to End Baby Daddy Drama from Epic Mommy Adventures. “As a single mother who has raised a daughter and dealt with baby’s daddy drama, the tips are very insightful and will help eliminate unnecessary stress. Great advice.”

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Kelly chose My Five Camping-with-Littles Must-Haves (And ONE thing you’ll never need!) from Mommy Life after PhD. “I chose this one because I think it is wonderful for everyone to be out in nature and enjoying time with their families, but many people wait “until the kids are bigger”. I think these suggestions are helpful to show that you don’t have to wait.”

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Stacey chose 14 Tips for Coping with Depression while Raising Children: Guest Blogger Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy’s Survival Guide. “Jenessa wrote such a beautiful and heartfelt post! Struggling with depression myself, she offered many wonderful ideas to help muddle through those difficult times, especially when trying to raise healthy and happy children. Our children still need us no matter how we feel, and so many of her tips were completely spot on in coping with depression and raising children.”

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Kimberly chose 10 Funny Marriage Proposal Disasters from A Kaleidoscopic Dream. “I am a sucker for a unique marriage proposal story. The ones that turn out opposite of how they were planned are the best. The ladies at A Kaleidoscopic Dream did not disappoint with these picks. Hilarious!”

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Jessica chose No, He Doesn’t Wear A Ring. from Blessed in Alabama. “How true! My husband and I have been married 4 years August 9th and I can happily say that he does not wear a ring,,, and surprise! Neither do I. His reason is because of his job. My reason? I lost weight (LOL!!). However, we are still happily together and the ring does not define our marriage – our trust and love for each other does. Thanks for the post!”

Chelsea also chose this post. “I chose this post because I think it really proves a point. People get so caught up in appearances and what others think of them. It was a nice refresher to know that someone out there is living freely, and doing what works for them. I especially liked it because I can certainly relate. Although I am not married as of yet, my boyfriend of 6 years obviously does not wear a ring. I do, but it’s a promise ring. Hah! I always get shade from people saying that it’s not equal for me to wear a ring (and say I’m off limits) but he is not. So, I was happy to see what she had to say.”

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Kelly chose You’re Going to Love This! from Woods of Bell Trees. “This was my favorite because I love the whole “Swap and tell” idea. It is a great opportunity for business owners, like me. It sounds like a really fun concept.”

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The post with the most clicks is Back to School Blog Hop: 15 Back to School Ideas from Curly Crafty Mom.

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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No, He Doesn’t Wear A Ring. from Blessed in Alabama

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A No-Stress Attitude About Potty Training from Fruitful Families

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!





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I Want You To Attend #NicheParent14 With Me!

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I am a firm believer in educating yourself if you want to be great at it. When I decided to blog I read anything and everything I could get my hands on to be sure I was educated on all that I needed to know. Well, in the blogging world education is only 1/3 of success. The other is 1/3 interaction and 1/3 relationships. You need to build a tribe to take it higher and the Niche Parent conference is ready to take you there. A blogging tribe is your personal network of on and off line blogger buddies of different skill sets which contribute to the greatness of the tribe! Simply, stated you all help each other shine and shine brightly through your various skills and opportunities.

Niche Parent wants to assist you with the perfect tribe just for you. Now in its third year, The Niche Parent Conference features a workshop-style agenda which provides bloggers, writers, digital influencers, journalists, and business owner’s hands-on training by top industry leaders in a peer-to-peer environment. The agenda will be designed to help attendees of skill sets enhance their social media and marketing skills, in addition to offering entrepreneurial and business training. I have been selected as part of their leadership team to kick off a Blogger/Influencer Full Conference Pass giveaway!

The Niche Parent Conference will be at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida! The conference is this October 16th to the 18th at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts. Plus we are making it a family affair! Niche Parent is offering BRAND NEW empowering keynote sessions, enhancing panels, dynamic hands-on workshops, sessions on entrepreneurship, social media magnified, bodacious branding, public relations and more! Yes, we are bringing top industry authorities and experts with experience in every niche imaginable. Now are you in? I am! I am so excited. Please enter below and let’s go to Disney World!

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*Please note this giveaway is for the Blogger/Influencer Full Conference Pass only. It does not include travel, hotel or any other expenses. The contest runs from 12am on Tuesday, August 12th through 11:59pm on Monday, August 25th.

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I Have A Beautiful Bohemian Jewelry Giveaway!

 

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Alison is an artist to the soul! She designs and creates her jewelry in a studio in the woods. Her pieces so that she is very in touch with nature.

She is a SAHM and a jewelry designer and has been making jewelry for 17 years. She has sold her jewelry through Saks 5th Avenue and other boutiques. Now she is on Etsy so that we can all enjoy her things.

Alison Storry Jewelry is sponsoring a giveaway for our readers of $50.00 to spend at her Etsy shop. She sent me the most beautiful charm necklace with two initial charms for my grand kids. I just love it!

Enter here to win your chance to win a special piece of jewelry just for yourself. Good Luck All

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Let’s Do Week 46 Of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 46th 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!

Welcome our August team…

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

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!

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!

 

(from the top – left to right)

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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 Organizer By Day | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kelly from Making-More | 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 Patient Resilience | 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 September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Ashley chose Blog Tracker { FREE Printable } from Budget Girl. “Thank goodness for Chelsey at Budget Girl! She created a Blog Tracker FREE printable for all of our social media and posts statistics. It’s a perfect way for a blogger to keep track of all our blog’s numbers.”

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Cindy chose Freezer Crockpot Meals – Prepare a Week of Meals in 1 hour from Sidetracked Sarah. “I’m a wanna be freezer cooker and I think my picky family would actually eat most of the meals she has listed here.”

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Alycia chose 25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know from Seven Graces. “I love this post. I have been thinking about a post like this for Palmer for quite some time now. Kristy touches on all the points I think are important. Raising a child can be difficult at times, and teaching them life lessons can be equally as hard. As a parent, all you want to do is instill great qualities in your child; these points are perfect! A must read!”

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Katy chose Pom Pom Pets from The Pinterested Parent. “Something so simple, yet makes me giggle every time I look at them. Such a great family project with super cute results and the “buggy” theme will be a big hit for my boys. Can’t wait to spend a Saturday afternoon creating our own little pack of pom pom pets!”

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Victoria chose Ten Tips for Tired Moms from Balm to My Soul. “I chose 10 Tips for a Tired Mom because I am that mom. I constantly feel tired every day of the week. This post provided me with the reminders that I desperately needed.”

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Jillian chose 6 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My (Almost) 6 Year Old from Working Mom Magic. “I really love how genuine this post is. Lauren shares how her life has changed for the better since having her son. It’s such a heart-warming read!”

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Cathy chose S’MORE BROWNIES from Mommy on Demand. “These look amazing! My favorite camping treat 365 days a year!”

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Stacey chose Homemade Dill Pickles-2 ways- no canning required (unless you want to)! from Random Reviews. “My mom always canned pickles, but there was always some part of them that I just did not care for. Reading that Lindsay thinks that Claussen are the best, and my family would agree, I plan to try out this recipe for the refrigerator pickles once my cukes come out in my garden! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Tara chose Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes! from What Rose Knows. “Oreo’s, Peanut Butter, and Brownies are some of my favorite dessert/treats, so when I saw this recipe it made my mouth water! Looks delicious! Going to be making some of these for sure :)”

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Katie chose 7 Tips to Being a Better Stay-At-Home-Mama from Seven Graces. “With a third little boy in the house now, my job as a Stay At Home Mom has become a lot more challenging. I loved this post because it’s 7 good reminders and simple tips to make everyday as good as it can be. These really are the best days, and I don’t want them to pass by in a swirl of chaos and exhaustion!!”

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Tenns chose Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves from Chaos & Kiddos. “Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves was an excellent breakdown of post must-haves. As bloggers, I know we’re always looking for better ways of improving our posts. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on hand as a reference and useful resource.”

This post also received the most clicks.

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Rachel chose Home Office Reveal from Melanie Gets Married. “I chose this post because I love her graphic simple design. The little details really shine and those shelves are great for organizing and showcasing what is really important to you.”

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Jessica chose Letter to A Friend… from My Silly Little Gang. “Wow! I wanted to cry!! I am slated to go to my 25th high school reunion in a few months. I am really excited to see everyone again since we all live so far away from each other. However, the letter is also spot on for some I haven’t spoken to in awhile. It makes you realize that the older one gets, the more important relationships are in the end :).”

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Natasha chose Baby #2 from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “It’s amazing how others are so interested in whether or not you will have children! People were asking me if I would have a second since my son was born, even though I wasn’t in a relationship! I agree with you – expand your family when you want to, not when you’re supposed to. Wishing you the best!”

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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25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know from Seven Graces

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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!

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Five Reasons Why The Bronner Brothers Show Is Legendary!

I have been hearing about and attending the Bronner Brothers show since I was knee high to a grasshopper. As an Atlanta native that is just part of the Atlanta fabric and I celebrate them. The Bronner Brothers Show is truly legendary. It is filled with rich culture, lots of history and grand ideas. Now is it’s sixty seventh year the Bronner Bros show has evolved beyond imagination. Each show, year, decade and then some delivers more. Here are seven reasons why the Bronner Show is legendary and always will be.

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The Bronner Brothers Family

1. Kim Kimble said it BEST at today’s show. The key to success in our industry is to be the first, the best or the only. Well, she is absolutely right and often along the Bronner Brothers journey they have been the first, the best and the only.

~ Kim Kimble & I ~

~ Kim Kimble & I ~

2. The Bronner Bros. Enterprise is one of the largest private African American hair, skin care and nails producers in the United States. Considering all that came before them and all the African American hair companies which compete with them this is pretty impressive. Not many African American families own and run companies which have a proven success pattern which runs as deep as the Bronners. Although they are widely known for hair and skin care they have a roster of so many other business such as Ark of Salvation Church, Upscale Magazine, Word of Faith Worship Center and so much more!

3. The Bronner Family has built an empire and legacy to be reckoned with. As a native I have seen them build individually and collectly. They shine separately and together.

4. They are constantly keeping up with the times. In a sea of hair shows they realized that in order to relevant and take things higher they need to create and all new show while taking things back to their beginning so they brought Sabrina McKenzie on board to create the change.

5. New beginnings have always been a great success for the Bronner Family and family. Let’s take a look at some photographs from today’s show.

It has truly been an honor to be selected as an “official” Bronner Brother’s blogger and social media influencer for this show. Please continue to follow us on Instagram – Bronner Brother & Keystrokes By Kimberly, Twitter – Bronner Brothers & Keystrokes By Kimberly and Facebook – Bronner Brothers & Keystrokes By Kimberly.

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Hey Good People 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!!!!

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…

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The Beachin Summer Event Is Here!

Summer Is HERE & So Is The Beachin’ Event!!

Andersons Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner and The More The Merrier love the Summer Season! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that anyone would need for a great beach trip or beach themed party! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $800!
The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
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Block Island Organics – SPF 15 Lotion and After Sun Gel – $46
Dream Team Pets – Dream Pet of Choice – $20
Blue Rhino – Mr BarBQ Grill Tool Set – $
Frogglez – Frogglez Goggles of Choice – $20
The Orb Factory – Make Your Own Glitter Chalk Set – $15
Wusic – Power Bank Charger – $50
Pint Size Projects – Beach Theme Activity Kit – $28
Kiss My Itch Goodbye – Itch Cream – $9
Boogie Board– Jot 8.5 eWriter– $38
Sand Gone – Sand Gone – $15
Margaritaville – Bali Drink Maker – $400
ezydog – dog life vest – $42
Coleman – puddle jumper – $20
Chichanella Bella – Sunkissed Sweetheart Swim Suit & Bonnett – $98
Beach Road Designs – Beach Sheet – $49
So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!
The Beachin’ Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, July 28, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 11, 2014. Best Of Luck!
DIsclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

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