Let’s Take Turn It Up Tuesday Higher!

Welcome to the 44th 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! Each week we have a beautiful diverse collection of blog post around the world. Please help us continue to spread the word by adding more great post to our collection!

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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Alycia chose Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures. “I love this post by Tawnya because as a fairly new wife (3.5 years) and a new mama, I sometimes struggle with remembering to equally balance the two. Remembering that you were partners first and parents second is important. Keeping the spark alive will foster the growth of your family. She shares some great tips and great insight!”

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Karen chose Lovely Floral Garland from Designs by Miss Mandee. “Not only is this garland great, but you can make your own with the download option! Plus, the images can be used for so many other things, making it a versatile freebie.”

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Ashley chose The Style Friendly Man Chair Compromise from Bless’er House. “Lauren from Bless’er House was on the hunt for a Style Friendly Man Chair that would be a compromise between her desire for clean lines and her hubby’s need for ultimate comfort. After tons of research, you won’t believe what she found!”

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Victoria chose 6 Reasons Mom Lose Their Joy from Fruitful Families. “I chose this blog post because I can actually relate to what this blogger talks about. When you become a mom, you do love your kids but there are times when you lose your joy. I loved how this blogger kept it real in her post.”

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Katie chose Prisma Wall Decor : Knock Off from Delineate Your Dwelling. “I am a sucker for a good knock off, and this one is FABULOUS … And basically FREE! How’s that for a good combo?! Amy made this out of … Paper Straws and Bakers Twine (plus some gold spray paint)!! I just live the result!! Beautiful!”

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Katy chose How to Tell If Your Daughter is a “Mean Girl” from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “My daughter, Emily, writes on my blog about her experiences being bullied and admittedly, the resources available to those being bullied far outweigh the resources available to those doing the bullying. Encouraging parents to pay attention and consider whether or not their child is headed in the wrong direction and how to get them back on track is an important piece to the #stopbullying puzzle, and I appreciate her bringing it to light. It’s hard to admit as parents that our child might be a bully, but we have to be open to addressing these issues instead of ignoring them.”

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Jillian chose Finding inspiration in the face of writers block from Operation Home. “I chose this blog because as writers we have all suffered with writer’s block at one point or another, having these tips handy can help you overcome that block.”

Natasha also chose this post. “These are some great tips to overcome writer’s block. Since I’ve had my fair share this year, it is great to have a way to get through it.”

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Elie chose Trix Krispie Treats from MadeInADay.com. “These Trix Krispie Treats from Kim at Made In A Day look so delicious!! I wish I would’ve thought of these! Can’t wait to try them myself.”

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Tenns chose Efficient Blogging from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “Such a great rundown of how to blog more efficiently! I think any blogging can appreciate and benefit from Tameka’s post. Its will thought out and thorough, and most importantly resourceful.”

Stacey also chose this post. “What a wonderful post! I, too, have several things that I would like to bring into my blogging…such as having more guest posts as well as becoming more frequent with posting and scheduling, and adding a few more things that I have learned from more seasoned bloggers to make my site better for my readers. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Silvie chose Cherry Mint Water and More Infused Water Recipes from Little House Living. “I chose this post as my favorite because ever since I started my weight loss journey I’ve been using infused water to get past that bland taste in plain water and be able to drink more of it. After trying it I found that Merissa’s Cherry Mint infused water recipe is easy, and delicious!”

Jessica also chose this post. “I’ve always been a fan of infused water recipes since working at a casino in Las Vegas. Our spas always had them on hand for the guests and I, of couse, always wanted to drink them because they were so good and healthy for you! Merissa’s post brought back those yummy memories and included some recipes I will actually use today. Thanks for sharing!”

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Rhonda chose Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo from GrandParents Plus. “I love repurposing things. This blogger did a great with this make-over. The fabric selection makes the red and white pop, and it’s now a great spot to enjoy family and a beautiful view.”

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Rachel chose 8 Tips for better summer photos of your kids! Photos of Summer Friday, week 6 from Just A Touch of Crazy. “I chose this post because I feel like my son is growing up so fast and I want to capture all the fun and memories of childhood, especially summer. These tips are great for making those moments into beautiful memories.”

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The post with the most clicks is 5 things that will INSTANTLY help your blog… from After Eleven.

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Marriage After Baby: How To Keep The Spark from All of Life’s Little Adventures

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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!

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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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The Highland Inn Is Atlanta’s BEST Kept Secret!

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The Highland Inn, located in the Virginia Highlands, is truly Atlanta’s BEST kept secret among boutique hotels. I just LOVED my stay at the Highland Inn. It takes you back in time and gives you remember when vibes. The BEST comparison would be visiting your grandmother house. Nestled in the Poncey Highlands neighborhood the hotel is a distant memory of its days as Shady Rest which it was formally known as. Today it presents beautifully as a much sought after boutique hotel in the perfect neighborhood. It stays sold out most nights so be sure to book in advance. No walk in here.

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Locally owned everything is handled with kid gloves and the guest are the most important thing. They have the BEST staff on hand and truly understand the art of customer service. They even know guest by name. This truly impressed me because that is not something you normally experience from all staff. Our stay was perfect from the suite room
to the quaint continental spread to the real room key! Yes, they still have actually keys to the rooms. No disposal key cards here. Wait it does not stop there. There are nice on site laundry facilities, a cute little court yard and Atlanta history throughout the hotel which truly shares the history of Atlanta through framed memorabilia since the 1920s.

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The Highland Inn is very European and they have well maintained its original 1920’s design yet managed to add the perfect conveniences to satisfy us Americans. Those conveniences include a mini fridge, a flat screen TV, in room Wi-Fi and other little Highland Inn treats. Perfectly priced you could not ask for any better option. Whether you are booking through a travel site or directly with the hotel you are a winner. Plus your third night is half price. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their blog.

Disclaimer: Please note I did not receive any compensation directly or in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Muah…

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I Have A Fathead Giveaway!

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Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for The Grand Prize to enter for your chance to win a Fathead Wall Decal of choice! A special thanks to Fathead for sponsoring the Grand Prize!

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Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 31, 2014. The Christmas In July Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

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Red Hot NeoCell Beauty Infusion Giveaway!

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Win the a Beauty Infusion Drink Mix from NeoCell!

Hosted by: Savory Savings & Gloriously Green Gal

NeoCell Beauty Infusion Giveaway July 17 - 31

Taking care of your hair and skin is more than just soap, water and moisturizer – it is taking care of your body from the inside, too!  Krista over at Savory Savings recently had the chance to review NeoCell's newest all-natural beauty supplement and shared her thoughts on the delicious Beauty Infusion Drink Mix. 

How would you like to a Beauty Infusion Drink Mix from NeoCell?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a NeoCell giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from July 17 through July 31, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

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Let’s Do Turn It Up Tuesday Like Never Before!

Welcome to the 43rd 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 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

Rhonda

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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(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 | Carolyn from A Lavender Life | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | 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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(from the top – left to right)

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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Elie chose Fresh Strawberry Popsicles from Robyn’s View. “These Strawberry Popsicles from Robyn’s View are so easy and sound absolutely delicious! With only three ingredients you can have yourself a tasty summer treat!”

Tenns also chose this post. “I love simple and sweet recipes, and that’s exactly what these popsicles are. Not to mention delicious looking. I’m a huge strawberry lover and these are right up my alley. Can’t wait to give them a go!”

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Ashley chose Room By Room Recap – Foyer & Stairs from 702 Park Project. “With an amazing amount of hard work and dedication, Sarah from 702 Park Project turned their green trim, multi-colored walls, and gold carpeting on the stairs to clean and crisp foyer. I’m following along to see the rest of their house renovations!”

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Victoria chose What Should A Blogger Do When Her Identity is Revealed? from Surviving & Thriving in the Second Year of My Divorce. “I chose this blog post because of the title. I felt as though all bloggers used their real name and before reading this post I would of thought the bloggers was named Kat. It was interesting and it held my attention so good that it read it entirely.”

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Cathy chose Easy, Delicious, Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti Recipe from Tikkido. “We love biscotti and I haven’t made any before…now! I can’t wait to try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti!!”

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Alycia chose Using Linkys to Gain Readers, Followers, Friends and Fans from The Mom Maven. “I think this is a great post because I know, as a blogger myself, it can sometimes be difficult to gain followers and really get your blog out there. There often isn’t anyone giving you tips on how to be effective, so I think this is a great tool to use!”

Jillian also chose this post. “We all know that linking up with other blogs is important, but what people don’t realize is that there are right and wrong ways to do it. Cindy does a wonderful job explaining how to get the most out of link-ups and how to follow the rules!!”

April also chose this post. “Many people, including myself, struggle to actually gain a good following from linky parties. I love that Cindy broke it into four easy steps to make your efforts worth it!”

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Katy chose Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Avocado, Chickpea Salad from Luv a Bargain. “Just reading the title of this post made my mouth water. This sounds like such a fabulously tasty combination and the perfect fit for a summer lunch. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!”

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Rhonda chose I’m too old for roller coasters from Just A Touch of Crazy. “It’s difficult to admit that you’re maturing and your body can no longer handle things that you once enjoyed. It’s even more difficult to admit it in front of family and friends. I admire this mom’s courage for giving it one last try.”

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Rachel chose Creating a Meal Plan Around Seasonal Produce from Little House Living. “I chose this post because she gives some great recipes for using up seasonal produce and how to get the most out of fresh fruits and veggies. Even if not fresh from a garden, buying vegetables in season is healthy and budget savvy.”

Jessica also chose this post. “Loved it! I was put on a diet restriction by my doctor which consists of eating LOTS of veggies. Eating healthy can get super expensive. Her post came just in time for me! it’s a lot cheaper to buy during the season and of course we can always grow our own food!”

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Karen chose Anthropologie Knock-Off: Sharpie Art from Dwell Beautiful. “A great ‘knock-off’ project – a quick and unique way of creating art for the home.”

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Cindy chose Watermelon Smoothie from Krafts & Kiddos. “I have a lot of watermelon in the fridge right now and I’m the only person in my house who likes it so I have been on the hunt for new ways to enjoy this sweet summer treat. This smoothie is a great idea!”

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Stacey chose German Chocolate Brownies from Memories by the Mile. “When I was growing up my mom would make German Chocolate cake from scratch and it was always one of my favorites. Sadly my kids don’t like coconut or nuts, so I have not been able to make one for years. And as everyone already knows, I love brownies! Especially topped with powdered sugar! These look absolutely divine! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Katie chose Lonely Keys from Woods of Bell Trees. “I love this simple, but glam project! My keys are also lonely, and this is just the thing I need! Love the leather and touch of gold! Heather did a great job!”

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Natasha chose Letter To My Unborn Child from Mummy Goes Mad. “I can still remember when I was my pregnant with my son, and all the emotions and feelings that I had before he was born. Maria expresses this in her post so beautifully! Great post!”

Tara also chose this post. “I loved reading this post. It made me teary eyed reading Maria’s letter to her unborn child. Being a mom for the first time, I realize all the emotions that you go through while being pregnant, which can become very overwhelming at times. Maria expressed those emotions in her letter to unborn child, I thought it was so sweet!”

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The post with the most clicks is 10 truths of why my blog is not successful from The Cookie Puzzle.

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Letter To My Unborn Child from Mummy Goes Mad

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Using Linkys to Gain Readers, Followers, Friends and Fans from The Mom Maven

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!

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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!

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$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amy over at This Mamas Life recently had a new little one and Kinsights.com is helping us Celebrate! One lucky reader will win an Amazon.com Gift Cardamazon gift card

Hosted By: This Mamas Life
Co-Hosted by: Barbara’s Beat, StrangeDazeIndeed, Cherry Blossom Love and Joy of Momma Joyner
Sponsored by: Kinsights.com

A little about Kinsights: Kinsights is an online Pediatric Personal Health Record Keeper for parents. Gone are the days where you’re being held responsible for keeping track of slips of paper or lugging files and folders containing your children’s health information. And in the event of an emergency, you can even have the health records sent to the ER or out-of-town doctor in a snap. Organize your child’s growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, medications, allergies, and more. This tool is amazing and a godsend to parents. Kinsights is also a community where parents can safely seek and share answers to parenting questions. You can ask anything and Kinsights will find the right community members who can provide guidance. Kinsights even offers groups with similar interests their own pages, including single parents, grandparents, those interested in car seat safety, baby & kids fashion, potty training groups, and many more What’s really cool about this community is that it makes finding the best answers easy-community members vote up answers so the best content rises to the top.

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My #BIAJourney Was The Best Ever And Still Going!

I am a Niche Parent Network influencer and received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. Enjoy…

Hopefully, you did not miss the first installment of my #BIAJourney to Essence post ! It has truly been BEAUTIFUL in every sense. I enjoyed this challenge in so many ways and am excited to share with you all! One of the biggest highlights for me was making the Jumbotron and the TVs on Saturday night during the concerts! My #BIAJourney tweet was the talk of Essence Fest that night all thanks to the My Black Is Beautiful and Niche Parent Communities and the very talented Sarah of Starr Royl. Never in a million years could I imagine my tweet would go viral in such a manner!

Nadia Jones of Niche Parent has a unique way of taking people out of their comfort zone. I have watched her successfully do it for almost a year now. As I prepared to interview the Braxton sisters Nadia said, “Follow me.” Before I knew it she had me getting a full face make-over for the interview!

The funny thing is I do not wear makeup. At all. With the exception of weddings and other special occasions that are very few and far between. Right before I knew it Sarah with My Black Is Beautiful had graced my face with Cover Girl and had me looking prom pretty! I was glowing and extremely happy!

This meant more to me because for the first time I saw an old friend in the mirror and it was all thanks to this one experience which carried me through the weekend.

Interestingly enough, my last real push like this came from Essence magazine in November of 2009 on page 171 when I shared my story of stroke survival and diabetes. I am starting to think Essence is my circle of completion. Look at the numbers. (Smile)

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I am very grateful for the opportunities. It is amazing to see good things happen for you and to you. I do not know if the planets are aligned or if it is just my due season however I am so grateful to be reaping my harvest. A firm believer of “Service is the rent we pay for living…” My Black is Beautiful has definitely given me a strong voice through their Beauty in Action challenge with nationally renowned transformational expert, Lisa Nichols! For me, after this weekend, this has become a lifelong challenge and I am ready to ride this challenge out until the wheels fall off.

My Black is Beautiful celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American ladies and encourages them to define, explore and promote our own beauty standard which is one authentic reflection of our indomitable spirit. My Black Is Beautiful initiates one of the largest online community conversations with African-American ladies. Please join the movement, define your own beauty standards and style and help ignite a wildfire of national conversation and share your extraordinary beauty with the world.

What does this mean to me?

Whew!!! This means EVERYTHING to me because self-acceptance is so hard to come by in my race and culture. History has not always been gentle on us. To the human eye I appear to be an African American lady. However I am a melting pot of German, Caucasian, Cherokee Indian, African American and who knows what else! I have learned to embrace it all. You see I was born in the 70’s when the brown paper bag test was still acceptable and I was too light to be dark and yet too dark to be light because of all the races and cultures flowing through my bloodlines. Not to mention other complex complexion challenges ranging from a mother dealing with her own darker complexion issues to watching me be discriminated against because I was not light enough or dark enough and trust me the list goes on and on. To top it off I had short thin hair with little edges. We will not get started on the hair complexes of my generation! Yes, it has been a journey embracing my inner and outer beauty – despite being voted a “queen” of my class more than six times from middle school through college. That “Mean Girls Clique” you hear about is so real! I survived and learned how to thrive in all environments. I love me some me! All of me – through all my times and stages.

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When I shared part of this journey with the World Wide Web last month for the first time I felt so free. I had no idea how free I would truly become. I still have a ways to go with being a two-time cancer survivor, two-time strike survivor and so much more however this experience has been priceless.

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I thank all the people I have encountered on my journey, no matter what their role, which helped me embrace The Kimberly Wright and all I am inside and out. My grandmothers and mother used to say “Pretty Is As Pretty Does” and that has stuck with me through the years and caused me to embrace myself through everything and I do mean EVERYTHING. In my teens it was a huge struggle which panned out during my twenties. Then in my thirties it was GRAND how comfortable I had become in my own skin. Talk about a new pep in my step. Yes ma’am, it was a new sheriff in town and I was it. Then I had a very life changing acute stroke at thirty five which placed my comfort level with myself back on reset. So far most of my forties have been comfortable on the next level despite a few obstacles and stroke aftermath. The only challenges I continue to see and have to deal with directly or indirectly is others’ insecurity in regards to me because yes my black is beautiful accompanied with brains, motivation, determination and a POWERHOUSE mindset!

Simply stated, I respect and celebrate myself as well as other ladies.

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Rocking Out Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 42nd week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Hope you all had a Happy 4th of July!!!

We received some amazing 4th of July-inspired posts and summer-inspired posts – they were all so much fun to read! Thanks!

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

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 | Carolyn from A Lavender Life | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | 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 How To Not Get Your Feelings Hurt When Blogging from 702 Park Project. “I chose [this post] because this article discusses a topic that I have not seen throughout the web before. As bloggers we will have people say things to us that we do not like and this blog post shows bloggers how to develop a thick layer of skin and not give up blogging because someone has said something about their blog that they do not like.”

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Ashley chose Gold Studded Plank Wall from Houseologie. “This Gold Studded Plank Wall is absolutely amazing! Not only do the planks add texture but the small gold nail heads give the space the perfect amount of glam. Love it!”

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Elie chose Mini S’mores Cheesecakes from Annie’s Noms. “Nothing says summer like s’mores and these Mini S’mores Cheesecakes are perfect for any party! Looks delicious!”

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Karen chose Hallway Makeover – Final Reveal from Houselogie. “This hallway makeover reveal caught my eye because I couldn’t believe the transformation. It looks like a different place entirely. Love the black and white theme. Food for thought!”

Katie also chose this post. “I am absolutely IN LOVE with everything about this bright hallway makeover from Leigh Anne! First of all, it’s white (my favorite color). Secondly, all the details are just gorgeous! The planked walls with gold tacks, the big arrow, the gold personalized frames, the hanging planter … All of it is simply stunning!”

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Katy chose Belly Blasting Smoothies from Happy House and Home. “Any post that starts with Belly Blasting is #1 on my list these days. I can’t wait to put my Ultimate Ninja to the test with these healthy recipes! I love that they are high in protein and will keep you feeling full until your next meal.”

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Alycia chose Top 10 Family Activities ~Cheap Family Fun! from A Proverbs 31 Wife. “I chose this one because I am always looking for new and fun (cheap is a bonus) ideas for the family for summer!!! So great to see what other families like to do!!”

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Silvie chose Patchwork Skirt Tutorial from Almost Supermom. “I really liked how easy her tutorial is to follow and how beautiful the skirt came out even though it’s easy to make.”

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Rhonda chose Teaching Your Son to Become a Gentleman from A Cowboy’s Life. “I applaud this mom for taking responsibility for teaching her son to be a gentleman. I agree chivalry is dying in our society; acknowledging that it starts at home and demonstrating the steps on how to become a gentleman is a step in the right direction.”

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April chose My Son Found His Passion from Two Teens and Their Mama. “As parents, we strive for our children to be the best… but we also need to remind ourselves, that they need to be the best them, not the best that we want them to be. College is not for everyone and Lana reminds us why and how this is important.”

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Cathy chose Red, White, & BBQ from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “These are adorable! I can’t wait to make these for our next BBQ!”

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Jillian chose Freebie Friday | Daily To Do List Printable from New Mama Diaries. “I chose this post because I think we’re all often on the hunt for the best way to keep track of our “to-dos.” This printable is gorgeous and is the perfect option for your daily list!”

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Jessica chose Mistakes | Learn and Let Go from Cayla & Ashley. “Awesome advice especially coming from 2 beautiful young girls! I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t make any mistakes in my life. Their advice is good food for thought for everyone :-) .”

Natasha also chose this post. “Letting go and moving forward is my motto for this year. And Cayla & Ashley have beautifully summed this up and have shown us all that mistakes are part of being human. Beautiful post!”

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Tara chose Outdoor Makeover Challenge: Big Reveal!!! from Making It In The Mountains. “I just love everything about this outdoor living space! From the gorgeous table to all the little details and accessories, everything really came together and looks amazing!”

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Stacey chose Sweet Saturday: Lemon Sugar Cookies from Adventures of a Jayhawk Mommy. “The hubby and I absolutely love lemony desserts, and these look wonderful! I can’t wait to try these, for a wonderful summer treat! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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The post with the most clicks is How to Make Your Blog More User-Friendly from B is for…

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And the Best of the Best is…

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My Son Found His Passion from Two Teens and Their Mama

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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!

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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!


Let’s do it! We are rocking Turn It Tuesdays this week with some awesome blog post as usually. Please add your favorites for this 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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I Want To THANK YOU For Your Support!

Life has a way of showing you exactly what you need when you need it. I want to say THANK YOU to each of my readers, Facebook supporters, Twitter buddies and Instagram connections for showing me LOVE on this journey thus far. You have been a blessing to me. You come to this blog almost daily! My numbers are saying it all! Wow… What started out as a healing journey in December 2011 has turn in to so much more!

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You have given me new relationships and amazing friendships. I have a blogging circle of trust that is EVERYTHING we need! Yes, WE because we all support each other in unique ways. Again, THANK YOU!

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