{Travel Tuesday} ~ The RED HOT 2015 Mazda 6!

Oh yes! Oh yes! The Mazda 6 is EVERYTHING! Back in late September I was afforded the pleasant opportunity to test drive the 2015 Mazda 6 and let me tell you I almost had a car note! Lol… Seriously! That car did everything and then some. Words I would use to describe my experience the sleek, smooth, sweet, relaxing, hot and everything! I do mean everything.

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The Mazda advance key system was pretty cool once I got use to it. There are a few safety features which help this stand out and they can be a little tricky. The moonroof was nice and the Bose and Satellite radio system even had Pandora! So as a rode through the streets of Atlanta I pumped Jill Scott, KEM, Iggy and more. I was in my element giving fellow Wordsmiths a ride to and from the Type A conference. Continue reading

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Week 58 Of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Wow! It is hard to believe we are on week 58 of Turn It Up Tuesday and Christmas is only eight weeks away! Well, let’s rock 2014 all the way out and have the BIGGEST celebration of GREAT post EVER.

Welcome to the 58th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!!

We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

Happy Halloween!!! The holiday is right around the corner, and it makes me realize that the year has flown by! What are you doing for Halloween? Going to any parties? Dressing up your kids in those adorable costumes? Share them all with us this week – present or past!

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

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

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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

Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

This is the last week for our October guest hosts…thanks for all you have done to make this month great!

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(from the top – left to right)

Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 December, January, and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Laura chose Nature Mini Wreaths: Love Inspired from Simple Nature Decor. “I love the simple and adorable idea. This could easily be made with the family or that special time when Mom needs to hide and just be creative. Bringing Nature and memories always inspires me as a Blogger to want to be even more creative.”

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April chose 10 Reasons to STOP Breastfeeding from MBA SAHM. “Butterfly turned ONE this week, and to stop nursing has been wearing on my mind a lot lately. There are so many things that are easier with breastfeeding. That said, things are getting more difficult as she’s teething and using me to soothe herself.”

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Jillian chose Dollar Store DIY: Easy Owl Banner from Table Decor Ideas. “I chose this post because I am looking for new fun ways to decorate for Halloween outside of pumpkins and skeletons. This is perfect!”

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Cathy chose Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry. “Karly creates the ultimate fall sweet treat! A moist apple cupcake topped with a creamy caramel cream cheese frosting with an added M&M on top! This cupcake is the perfect mouthful of fall flavors!”

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Meghan chose How to Create An RH Baby Room without Spending the Money from Seeking Lavender Lane. “I want to redo my daughter’s room soon as she transitions to a toddler bed, but I already redid her nursery once so definitely can’t afford another major redecoration! This post gives great ideas on how to decorate affordably and still give you the look you are going for.”

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Stacey chose Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie’s Noms. “OMG! Those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely getting some sweetened condensed milk the next time I go to the store! Maybe even 2 cans, so that I can make a version with nuts, all for me! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Bernadyn chose Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood. “I think this post about separating your finances in a marriage is a smart and practical way to keep the marriage more balanced. It may not work for everyone but then again, it may be a great way for some couples to be happier with how the finances are handled in their marriage or partnership instead of only one person having the burden of handling all the financial obligations.”

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Jessica chose Couponing: My New Addiction // How I Saved 50% on My Groceries from Mommie and Wee. “I’ve been wanting to try out couponing for awhile. It’s kinda hard in San Antonio becuse the only main grocery store is HEB, but once she mentioned WalMart, I was like, huh?!? Maybe I need to start looking into couponing again and pick up the Sunday paper! Thanks for the tips :).”

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Tina chose Painted White Mini Boos from Woods of Bell Trees. “I love this craft. Nice, easy to make and so elegant. I’d love to have them all year around!!”

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Sonya chose 3 Mobile Mystery Shopping Apps That Pay Cash from Being a Wordsmith. “This is a great post for anyone looking to make cash from mystery shopping. Kimberly does a great job of explaining how each app works. Along with listing the pros and cons for each app.”

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Elina chose Flower Collage Canvas from Sum of Their Stories. “I love this project because she takes you step by step on how she created it. The floral papers she used were beautiful and I love that she used a black marker to draw an offset outline around the petals. It really gives the completed project a touch of whimsy.”

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Natasha chose 7 Things You Don’t Get Warned About When You are the Parent of a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “Love this post! All the points are so true – no one can truly warn you about what to expect with a toddler, but sometimes I wish someone would’ve warned me how crazy it is!”

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The post with the most clicks is 5 Reasons Why You Must Watch How to Get Away With Murder from Being a Wordsmith.

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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Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry

There’s a tie for second place!

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Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie’s Noms

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Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood

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, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the winners of our anniversary giveaway…

let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back. *Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier! *Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends! *Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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Yes, Women Entrepreneurs Rock!

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On Saturday, November 15th Women Who Rock will present the Women Entrepreneurs Rock Conference in Kennesaw, GA! Women Entrepreneurs Rock is committed to embracing, encouraging and providing women with inspiration and the tools needed to really rock! This conference is geared towards helping women with small business build their business and grow. I have been selected as one of their official bloggers and I want to personally invite you to this game changer. Yes, I said game changer because this line up of speakers is on fire! After this conference when your hear Alicia Key’s song “This Girl Is On Fire” you will KNOW they are talking about YOU and you can shimmy shake with confidence!

What Are The Goals Of Women Entrepreneurs Rock?

~ Women Entrepreneurs Rock is committed to helping women with small business build their business and grow.

~ Women Entrepreneurs Rock will continue to offer enriching workshops, tele-conferences, conferences and an annual summit.

~ Women Entrepreneurs Rock is dedicated to helping women nationally to start and grow their businesses.

~ Women Entrepreneurs Rock will be a game changer of constant resources for women entrepreneurs.

Who Are The Engagers?

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Well, our amazing lineup of speakers will include Amy Kelley, Edeline Dryden, Ericka Tinsley, Jai Stone, Kemya Scott, Kiki Somerville, Kristen Eckstein, Lamar Tyler, Dr. Lisa Richardson, Melisa Alaba, Moriah Morningstar, Natalie Collins, Ronnie Tyler, Stacey Taylor, Tarra Jackson and Tom Garr. Yes, this is an amazing lineup of speakers who each are respectively making their own paths.

Our DYNAMIC social media and blogger team will help you keep up with all the buzz! Please follow me LIVE at @KeystrokesByKim on Twitter and KeystrokesByKimberly on Instagram. I would also LOVE for you to follow my fellow bloggers who are keeping up with this journey. There handles are below:

~ Ashley Marshall-Seward (@MommyWeek)
~ Briana M. Ford (@BrianaMFord)
~ Turkesha McIvy (@NaturalBabyDol)

Other Helpful Links

~ WE Rock Conference Registration Link
~ WE Rock Conference Website
~ WE Rock Conference Official Hashtag ~ #WERock2014

* Disclosure: I received a complimentary all access registration from the Women Entrepreneurs Rock Conference. All opinions are my own and I hope to see you there.

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Still Loving Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

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

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

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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

Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

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(from the top – left to right)

Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose 10 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues from Ten at the Table. “I chose this post because it’s been pretty rainy around my area, and I’m always looking for new and fun things to do to spice up a boring, rainy day.”

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Meghan chose DIY Laundry Room Shelf from Latte Everyday. “This is an excellent idea for a wasted space above the washer and dryer. When we were looking at model homes at different communities, the laundry room was always immaculately staged. I always said I wanted my laundry room to look like one of those rooms, but who has the time and money to fix a laundry room up? Especially since it is a room that isn’t used by anyone other than myself. I love this idea for storage and even decor. I am definitely going to be doing this!”

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Bernadyn chose Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go from Normal Everyday Life. “I chose this because it made me realize that one day, my kids will also stop playing with toys in the tub and I’ll actually be sad when there are not toys cluttering every space of the house! This was a bittersweet post that you can relate to as a parent. It makes me want to cherish these crazy, messy years with my two little ones even more.”

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Dorothy chose Random Parenting Fails, 2nd Edition from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. “Every parent has small, random fails or even white lies that make them feel guilty, so it’s always nice to be reassured that there are other parents making mistakes too :) This post was short and cute. I loved it.”

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Sonya chose How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom. “This post lists lots of companies that will pay you to test their products. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning ways of making money from home.”

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Rhonda chose Skeletons In My Closet! from What Happens at Grandma’s. “This post contains tons of Halloween crafts for kids that are unique and quite crafty. Did I mention spooky! Great way to spend time with the kids and get in the spirit of Halloween!”

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Elina chose Glittered Fall Leaves DIY from Typically Simple. “This project stood out for me cause it shows you how to recreate those glittered leaves you find in the stores. These would be the perfect addition to any fall wreath or tablescape. And I can picture these as cute napkin rings or on placecards. The possibilities are endless.”

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Cathy chose Simple Homemade Caramel from Luv a Bargain. “Sherri has made delicious, creamy caramel using her crock pot! I pinned this amazing recipe to try! I am excited to dip an apple slice into this homemade caramel! Check out Sherri’s easy and yummy way to make homemade caramel!”

Stacey also chose this post. “I have been wanting to try out making my own caramel, especially now with apple season in full swing! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Thank you so much for sharing!!”

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Tina chose Funghetto velenoso * Little, poisonous mushroom from Caseperlatesta. “Super cute idea,great costume.A beautiful costume for all those DIY mommies out there!!!I love the hat!!”

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Natasha chose Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired. “Love this post! It’s so true – I had so many thoughts before I had my son, now I know so much better. And the biggest thing is the TV – I was so insistent upon limiting TV use for my son, now I don’t know what we would do without it! You’ve inspired me to write my own post about this very topic!”

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The post with the most clicks is Red Red Wine Pacifica Polish I Swatch and First Impression #NOTW from Grow It Girl.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom

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Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired

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, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the winners of our anniversary giveaway…

let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back. *Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier! *Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends! *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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Welcome Back To Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 56th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

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

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

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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

Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!
We’re accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT Hosts 10.5.14

(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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

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(from the top – left to right)

Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Dorothy chose How I Divide My Revenue from Selling On Etsy + FREE Printable from Mama’s Got It Together. “It’s my favorite post for a couple reasons. One reason is obvious–it’s about Etsy and I just love “All Things Etsy” ;) Another reason though is because it is very informative about how to handle the financial details of an Etsy shop…something that I really need to start keeping track of. I’ve always just sort of gone with it…and hoped I was making a profit. With her free printable, I’ll be able to keep better track of where my Etsy income goes. It has also inspired me to make some free printables to offer my blog readers!”

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Tina chose DIY Lovely Lace Pumpkin from Living Frugal with Erika. “A simple,elegant and affordable DIY for Halloween. I love lace!!”

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Rhonda chose Fall Pumpkin Table Centerpiece from Craving Some Creativity. “Fall is my favorite time of year, and I’m always looking for decorating ideas. This would be a great center piece from now through Thanksgiving. Beautiful.”

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Meghan chose I Quit from Living in Mommywood. “I love this post about the writer’s daughter. I think all too much we settle for things in life. Her daughter has so much courage, and a strong belief in herself, to know what she wants to do in life. She doesn’t settle for a job just to have a job. She doesn’t want to just work to live. She is someone who wants to be happy, challenged and love what she does. And thank you to mom for raising such a wonderful adult.”

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Elina chose Shabby Chic Fall Wreath Tutorial from The Painted Hinge. “This was such a pretty wreath. I loved how she explained every step of the process and showed before and after pics of the frame she used to create the wreath. I loved the chicken wire she added to it, the burlap elements and the chalkboard squares. This was a great Fall project!!”

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Bernadyn chose I am a Ninja Mum by Night from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “I thought this post was so entertaining to read and something many parents can relate to. I know I can since this is what I go through right now when I’m putting my little girl to bed. Many of us moms do become ninjas by night, sneaking around so we don’t wake up the kids!”

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Sonya chose Making a Pie — a Story of Independence from Mommy Crusader and her Knights and Ladies. “It’s the story of a mom who realizes her child is growing up and transitioning from a fairly dependent child to one that is capable of being more independent. It is a moment that we will all experience as parents.”

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Silvie chose Berry Kale Smoothie Recipe from Hairspray and High Heels. “I chose this past because I love smoothies and I have started trying to incorporate kale into the smoothies I make. This smoothie really hit the spot. It was absolutely delicious!”

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Tenns chose Baby Essentials ~ Part 1 {Guest Post} from Mummy Goes Mad. “This is an excellent roundup of baby essentials. I think any expectant mother would find this list extremely useful and helpful. Even as someone who has an older baby, the list is still very relevant to me.”

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Kelly chose Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub from Coupons and Freebies Mom. “I love making my own body scrubs. They feel indulgent, but are very frugal to make.”

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Stacey chose Homemade Bisquick Recipe from This Mama Loves. “One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was bisquick dumplings with a roast and carrots! As a matter of fact that was the meal that I requested the most for special occasions! LOL! My mom would also make the bisquick drop biscuits quite often with fried chicken, sausage gravy, eggs or for just about any other kind of meal, and of course, one can’t forget the bisquick pancakes! Sadly, for my family, bisquick is very expensive and goes very quickly, so this would be an amazing time and money saver for a large family! Thank you so much for sharing!”

PeanutButter2-682x1024Cathy chose How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter from Saving with Shellie. “Our family loves peanut butter and we eat tons of it! I never thought of making my own, and not only does Shellie give a great recipe for homemade peanut butter but she adds these amazing variations for different types! I pinned this amazing recipe and I am looking forward to making some!”

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Natasha chose 25 ways to get your child’s attention from Just a Touch of Crazy. “This post is the truth! I could call my son several times, and either he hears me and ignores me or he really doesn’t hear me. If I even remotely try to do something for myself or the phone rings, then there he is right in my face seeking attention. I couldn’t have explained it any better myself! Great post! :)”

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The post with the most clicks is Transitioning your Summer Clothes into all 4 Seasons from No Small Life.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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I am a Ninja Mum by Night from Mum-bo-jumbo.com

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Celebrate The Mommy Me Birthday Bash!

Welcome to the #MommyMeBirthdayBash Hosted by Mommy By Nurture This is one of 22 prizes up for grabs this month!

To see all 22 prizes and their active dates to enter you can view the Mommy & Me Birthday Bash Event Page

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This giveaway is sponsored by Safety 1st for our guests of honor Nichole and Davin of Mommy By Nurture. Event coordinator for the #MommyMeBirthdayBash is Tales From A Southern Mom with Co-Hosts to this giveaway being Joyful Gifts by Julie and The IE Mommy

Car seat safety is one of the utmost important things you can focus on when planning for a new arrival or upgrading your children to their next car seat. Safety 1st is offering one lucky winner their choice of either the onBoard 35 Air+ or the Advance SE 65 Air+ convertible seat in the plumberry print! You can see a full review of the Advance SE 65 Air+ and also check out Rear Facing Guidelines to see specifications for both car seats thanks to Mommy By Nurture. (If for any reason the Plumberry print is not available at the time of winner announcement, another color will be chosen) Retail value varies from $169-$189 depending on seat chosen.

 

Terms of service: One person may enter per household, Open to the 48 Contiguous States age 18+. Void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner has 48hrs from time of contact email to reply or another winner must be chosen. Mommy By Nurture will need to provide the sponsor your full name, address, and phone number for shipping purposes. This information is never sold or given to anyone else. If you wish to sign up for any newsletter as an entry to the giveaway, your information will only be provided to the newsletter you signed up for and never sold or given away as well. We respect your privacy. Product will ship from sponsor and normally ships within 2-6 weeks. You may come back daily to get additional entries for the Daily Secret Word, Daily voting, or Tweets. Refer your friends for even more entries. Good luck!

Disclosure: This website was not compensated for this post. My website/blog is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by each individual sponsor listed. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Mommy By Nurture, in the next product review or giveaway, please contact Nichole at Mommy By Nurture

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{ Feature Friday } ~ Presenting Tami Reed of Talking With Tami

Hello Beautiful Ones!

How are you? Well, I hope! Happy Friday. I am doing grand and enjoying reaping my harvest and living my dreams. Yes I have a few and recently while reflecting on them I thought about Tami Reed and had to do a follow up interview. Yes, sometimes you just have to circle the wagon and revisit interviews especially when they are shinning brighter than before! So, today I am presenting Tami Reed of Talking With Tami. As I have shared before I just love her spirit and determination. Tami is a beautiful soul, with a beautiful story and definitely one to keep an eye on. If you thought she was moving and shaking when I interviewed her in July 2013 then let me tell you she is really shimming and two stepping this year! Here is my interview from July 2013. Below is my interview from this September 2014. We just picked up from the last interview.

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Tami Reed & I

~ Have you had any encounters with the people who snubbed you along the way?

Yes, I see people like that daily and I kill them with kindness! Just a few weeks ago, one person who use to belittle me, had to do an interview with me. She was astounded with ALL the accomplishments I have achieved! That goes to show you, you just never know what someone can blossom into! Lol…

~ How are you balancing work and family life today with your increase travel schedule and appearances?

My daughter just got her driver’s license this month and turned seventeen so that is a big help! Lol… She is my mini me. My son is fifthteen now and with them becoming teenagers, it has become easier for me to manage them and allowed me to bloom in ways unimaginable. With the demand to travel and do more things now, it has become much easier since they have their own lives. Plus we ALWAYS have Mr. Reed there to give a helping hand.

~ Is working for E! News still on your bucket list of opportunities?

Yes, E! News is still on my bucket list and it is so funny because I have been doing a lot of guest appearances on TV shows lately as a style expert, model and reporter on all things fashion, maybe this is Gods way of training me, we just never know! Ha!

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Tami Reed of TalkingWithTami.com On Atlanta & Co

~ Now do you have a Talking With Tami Staff and Team?

It is still just me and a few photographers I use! I also work with The Green Room Agency as my official glam squad for all things hair and makeup however I still run the blog, my websites needs and other daily happenings by myself.

~ Share with us your Essence experience?

To say I had a blast at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood would be an understatement. I did not know what to expect however they delivered pure fun! I was able to meet so many influential women of color! It was truly an experience, honor and pleasure. The setting was perfect and Lincoln Motor Company thought I was worthy enough to send as one of their top bloggers and social media influencers. The experience was priceless and one of the best things I have ever done in my life! The love and support in the room was unreal. I was able to personally meet actress Kerry Washington, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and of course Oprah! Yes, it does not get any sweeter than that!

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Tami & Lincoln Motor Company Event

~ Share with us your New York Fashion Week Experience?

New York Fashion Week was unbelievable and amazing! I want to go back right now! I met so many fashion designers, saw many spectacular shows, attend parties and rub elbows with some of the famous who’s who in fashion! I also was afforded the opportunity to work with a lot of fashion designers and brands. I wore their designs throughout the week and cried like a baby when I had to return home! I was truly in the essence of my element. The only disappointment was not being able to meet fashion designer Michael Costello or attend Betsey Johnson’s show because I had already left the big apple, sigh!

Tami Reed At NYC Fashion Week

Tami Reed At NYC Fashion Week

~ Share with us your Vogue Influencer experience?

The Vogue Blogger Influencer is a very exclusive private network of bloggers Vogue works with exclusively. We blog about the hottest new items coming out and attend select events they host. While in NYC for fashion week, I had the opportunity to attend Vogue’s style lounge and one of their panel discussions with H&M. Vogue is always a good thing!

~ What is your day typical day like now that you have advanced to a new level?

My day is pretty hectic, as I type this I am preparing for a press junket to Jamaica! Yes, Jamaica and I leave this week. I am pretty excited about it. Although my schedule is pretty crazy, I take it all in stride and count my blessings! Still lots of meetings, calls to return, interviews, traveling and blogging, in that order!

~ What is your next dream opportunity?

My dream opportunity is to be a Red Carpet Correspondent for a major news outlet and cover all things fashion and interview the biggest and greatest celebrities…fingers crossed!

~ What key items should every blogger have? Ex: Camera etc…

Key items would be a great camera but when you advance, you then hire a fab photographer; you won’t have time to snap pictures anymore. I have three photographers I work with now. Two are here in Atlanta named Genae Banks Photography and Robin Lori Photography. In NYC I use Photography by Leandra. A mini-iPad also comes in handy, a hot spot, great android, a laptop that you can travel with and remember to have great fashion brands and public relations representatives on speed-dial for last minute wardrobe looks you can pull for events, red carpets, TV appearances etc…

~ What three points of advice would you give blooming bloggers?

Be Smart, Be Savvy and Be Fabulous! Meaning use your noggin and think about what you want to put out in the universe, be savvy in using all your resources and connections and always look your best and represent your brand well!

~ When is your next blogger luncheon?

I have been working on so many things, that it has been hard to do my blogger luncheons right now but when I slow down a bit, I’m going to try to do one more! This time around I will have a fantastic special guest confirmed with me! It takes a lot of preparation and I hate throwing things together last minute. I like them to be intimate and grand, so it takes time and good planning.

~ Any closing remarks?

Yes, I’m featured in a new book “Dark Girls” that hit book stores November 4th with Lupita Nyong’o on the cover. It is filled with 75 Top influential African American women like Brandy, Cicely Tyson, Paulette Washington and so many more. I think I am the only blogger! I am also in a new documentary directed by Bill Duke called, Light Girls which comes out this Fall on the OWN Network where they talk to women about their experiences with dark skin. I am very blessed to do something I absolutely love.

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Join In Turn It Up Tuesday!

We had a ball for our first birthday of Turn It Up Tuesday! We celebrated for two weeks and had a ball. THANK YOU to all who joined us!

Last week was our last week for the Turn It Up Tuesday Birthday/Anniversary Giveaway!!! Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and those who have supported us this year. We look forward to heading into a new year with some great ideas and enjoy reading some more excellent posts!

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We have recently announced not 1 but 2 winners of the Anniversary Giveaway – Colleen B. and Lisa Ann from Chronically Content.

Colleen has won:

  • $52 Paypal cash
  • copy of ebook, “My Cookie Creation”
  • $20 Shop Credit on Life with Peanut Etsy shop

Since Colleen does not have a blog, she graciously offered all of the blog related items to another entrant.

Lisa Ann from Chronically Content was selected as the second winner, and she has won the following:

  • 250 x 225 ad space for 30 days on Epic Mommy Adventures
  • Free ad space on That’s Mashed Up blog
  • Blogger PR Services for 90 days from JonAshton PR
  • Premade Blogger template from A Chicago Mom/Color Crush Creative
  • 300×300 ad space for 30 days on A Peek Into My Paradise
  • 250×250 ad space on Craving Some Creativity

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

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

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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

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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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

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Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

This is the last week for our September guest hosts – we thank you all for enjoying the fun this month…and we hope to see you back soon!

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 November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Becky chose Hawaiian Pizza Scrolls from Just a Mum. “Hawaiian pizza is my favorite! I love this literal SPIN on it!”

IMG_8271-001Mila chose Sometimes you’ve just HAD it from Just A Touch of Crazy. “Funny and down to earth post about one of those mommy moments. And photos are just pure gold!”

Natasha also chose this post. “I completely understand where Leilani is coming from in this post. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what’s going on or just respond nicely and keep moving. But then there are those moments where you just snap – you can’t handle the continuous whining, calling Mommy seven million times, or holding on to you for dear life as they beg for something. I’ve had many of those days myself and I have just 1 son – I can only imagine with 2!”

six-lessons-six-months-640x423Kae chose 6 Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Six Months of Marriage from Belle Brita. “Beautiful couple that already know the fundamentals of marriage and are willing to make it work together. It’s good to see such love, compromise, and passion between two people.”

Silvie also chose this post. “I chose this post because as I was reading it I remembered my first 6 months and they were pretty much the same lessons I learned.”

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Rhonda chose Mummy Man Hot dogs {Kids in the Kitchen} from Rose Uncaged. “I love creative foods for kids and what kid doesn’t love hot dogs. Being creative with foods is a great way to get kids to eat. This is a great idea for lunch or dinner.”

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Mari chose 27 Delicious Caramel Recipes from Memories By the Mile. “Going through her share of such great varieties reminded me of being a young girl in elementary school and going to the candy store and buying pieces of caramel candy for a penny each. I would buy a dollars worth and finish it before I got home. Ahhhh memories! Thanks Wanda for share wink wink.”

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Jillian chose Coffee Decor from Shoppe by Scout Mob from Home Is Where The Heart Is. “I chose this post because my current obession is coffee!! I have always loved coffee, but over the last couple weeks I’ve been nuts for it. If I had the extra dough, I would absolutely re-decorate my kitchen with a coffee theme, like those photos in this post.”

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Cathy chose Vegetable Lasagna in Pumpkin Sauce from Budget Girl. “Chelsey has created a mouthwatering lasagna! This great dinner dish is full of flavor, good for you veggies, perfect pasta, and chicken. I am really looking forward to making this fall dish for my family!”

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Stacey chose Caramel Apple Cupcakes from Mini Monets and Mommies. “My favorite thing to eat, this time of year is a good caramel apple. And these look amazing. Since the kids and I normally bake on Halloween, I might just try to make these with the kids! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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The post with the most clicks is Monday Motivation from Magna Artistic Photos.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes from Mini Monets and Mommies

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6 Lessons I’ve Learned in My First Six Months of Marriage from Belle Brita

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!

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So now that you’ve met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the winners of our anniversary giveaway…

let’s get started!

 

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Yes, I Lost My Blogging Voice…

Yes, I lost my blogging voice. Not sure if I gave it away, laid it down somewhere or never truly had it however I am not sad. Nope, no sadness here. You see I was never a mommy blogger even though I have a child. Never was really a review blogger because most review opportunities which are/were presented to me are/were mommy based and I got tired of grabbing other people’s kiddos to do the reviews. :-) Then there was the realization no one really knew what I did which is Public Relations and honestly that hurt because PR has been my true passion since 1991. I even have my own company, JonAshton PR. Yes, I LOVE PUBLIC RELATIONS and being a Publicist first and foremost.

JonAshton PR is a global boutique agency specializing in Public Relations, Branding, Marketing & Social Media Management for small businesses building or rebuilding their brands. My clientele is built on Authors, Bloggers, Media Personalities, Speakers, Travel Specialist and Wedding & Event Creatives. The realization of people not knowing me for PR hit me like a freight train after being overlooked for speaking engagements centered around PR at numerous blogging conferences this year. Not to toot my own horn however I am an excellent presenter aka as a PR beast and I know public relations like the back of my hand. My list of past and present clients is a roll call of nationally impressive clients. Very impressive. Honestly, I still look at it and grin like a school girl! Being looked over as a speaker for these numerous blogging conferences was an in your face realization of “always the bridesmaid yet never the bride” but I digress. I remember a conversation with one conference host who personally reached out to me and said “I really loved your idea but the committee…” I had to laugh because the topics I suggested are all the buzz on the blogging speaking circuit hot and heavy now. Go figure. Lol… I will admit not being selected was particularly disappointing for two conferences however it was just not my due season for either.

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After assessing these findings with some mentors and friends I have decided to retire from being a blogger and to consider and title myself a Lifestyle Wordsmith who is a beast with public relations! Yep, that’s me and I really do not think I will regret it or this post. I am already blooming and my energy has become an awesome synergy. Keystrokes By Kimberly blog will become a “website”. You will see a beautiful new layout, more consistency regarding articles (notice how I did not say post :-) ), product offerings, monthly contest of great substance and more! You just may even see a name change. After all there are over fifty seven blogs and eleven websites with Keystrokes in the name. It is time to truly standout and bloom. So excited! Stay tuned…

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Hello October & Fall!

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~ Hello Fall ~

Hello October and fall!

I truly welcome you with open arms as we will move mountains together! You are MY month of strength! I have never been a fan of fall nor October. For me they were the beginning of an abrupt end to warm weather and great times of patio life, the in your face challenges of breast cancer journeys with love ones and just blahness for an entire month.

Then in 2012 all that changed as I watched three people very dear to me deal with devastating blows and I had to be strong strictly for them as well as myself. I found any inner strength I did not think or know I had. In the words of Whitney Houston “I didn’t know my own strength”. I impressed myself. Yes I did. Enjoy…

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