Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Looks Who's Seven



Time flies.  It is hard to believe that it's been 7 years since my first grandchild was born, Xavier.  I remember it like yesterday,  The first picture is Xavier coming out of the delivery room, the second is my first time holding him, and the third the first time he sleep in his new nursery.  Oh what a glorious day for me!  Especially since I never believed that my daughter would have children.  She never liked being around kids, never baby sat and until she met her husband never thought of having kids.  She was an educated young lady armed with a degree and a zest for travel and life.  

My experience with Xavier's birth was quite different from Zarriah. I was able to experience every grandparent's dream, waiting at the hospital for his arrival, seeing him rolled out of the delivery room, and being able to hold him for the first time.  I didn't have that experience with Zarriah.  She was a preemie and almost 4 months before I held her for the first time.  We were also enduring Hurricane Irene when she arrived, so it was days before I could make it to the hospital to see her.  So I treasure these memories with Xavier.



It's hard to believe that by big boy is 7.  I'm so grateful that he still loves snuggling with me, spending time playing games with me, tells me about his problems with mommy and daddy, and enjoys my special pancakes, waffles, and brownies. I know it won't be long before his interest changes to sports, girls, cars and hanging out with his friends. 




I gave him a Kindle HD for his birthday gift and he was thrilled, but I think he loved the cake more.  I had a picture of him from one of his football games scanned onto the cake.  I've always wanted to eat him up, and I finally got the opportunity. Happy 7th Birthday Xavier, Mawmaw loves you.  


Monday, September 29, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday - Birthday/Annniversary Week

Welcome to Mother 2 Mother and Turn It Up Tuesday

This is our last week celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday's birthday/anniversary this week! And we are so happy to have you back here with us (or for the first time) to celebrate...and connect...and grow!
Thank you so much for joining us last week - the posts were absolutely amazing!
If you haven't already done so, please enter to win the Turn It Up Tuesday birthday giveaway! We have co-hosts and guest hosts (past and present) joining the fun! Make sure to enter below to win!
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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

Tara from Anything and Everything

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"Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!"
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month! We're accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | 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 September!

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(from the top - left to right)
Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila from Mila's Little Things
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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Mila chose Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Donuts from A Dash of Sanity. "The best recipe in the world.Why? Because of these two words :pumpkin and chocolate! Nough said ;)"
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Silvie chose Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from My Turn for Us. "It was so hard to choose one post to feature because we had so many great ones. I have a weak spot for Alfredo sauce, so I just had to try this recipe! I loved the flavor and how easy it was to put together. Everyone in the house loved it!"
What-You-Can-Learn-in-Lobby-Before-Job-Interview-255x300Jillian chose What You Can Learn in the Lobby Before Job Interview from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller. "I chose this post because everyone can always brush up on their interview skills and this has some great tips for being prepared before even going into the interview."
IMG_8004_1Cathy chose If we knew what we had from Just a Touch of Crazy. "So true! Too often do we not appreciate what we have until it's gone! I love the how a song touched her heart, as I often feel the same way about songs! We tend to often think the grass is greener in someone else's family but in reality, through the mess of day to day life....our families truly are a blessing!"
Meghan also chose this post. "I love this post. There are so many days when we get so busy, that at the end of the day, I can barely remember what we did. It is so important to just stop once in awhile and take notice. See what you have in life and smile."
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Cathy chose Healthy Recipe: Carrot Cake Bites from Luv a Bargain. "Sherri takes the amazing flavors of carrot cake and combines them with almond butter to create a most delicious carrot cake bite! I love carrot cake and almond butter and I just can't get enough of this great sweet treat!"
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Mari chose Fiesta Tuna Salad Sliders from 4 Sons 'R' Us. "Meaghan's slider with the Ciabatta bread looks amazing. I love Tuna and just the variety she added looks tasty and healthy for sure. I love the tomatoes and red onion mix with mayo. Can't wait to try this for sure."
And because Mari is absolutely fabulous and we love having her here, we allowed her to include a second favorite:
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Mari chose Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins from Budget Girl. "Now Chelsey and the Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins! Omg I can just see myself in front of the tv with glass of milk, watching a great program and taking a bite out of that moist muffin. Yes buying the ingredients tomorrow!"
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Stacey chose Halloween Wreath {hack} from Home. Made. Interest. "Halloween has always been my favorite time of year and if I could go all out...I would definitely hang one of these on every door in my house! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Kelly chose Bacon wrapped Pork Loin stuffed with Prosciutto & Provolone from Home. Made. Interest. "The combination of flavors sounds delicious..."
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Yolanda chose Friday Favorites – I Love the 80’s from Krafty Cards Etc. "I selected this one because I'm a 80's baby, and reading this post gave me a great flashback. Man I LOVED a lot of the shows this blogger posted. It really bought me back to when TV was feel-good, and great for the whole family to enjoy together!"
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Natasha chose Clash of the Couples from 100lb Countdown. "I am soooo looking forward to reading this book. I absolutely adore Crystal, and I love all of the writers that I'm seeing on the list. Thanks for sharing April!"
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The post with the most clicks is 10 Things Only Moms Understand from Goofball Mommy.
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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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins from Budget Girl
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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Donuts from A Dash of Sanity
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!
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And now for our anniversary giveaway...

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(from top left and clockwise)
Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures | Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise | Angie at God's Growing Garden | Chelsea at Mommie and Wee | Katy at Chaos & Kiddos | Meghan at Life with Peanut | Rachel at Craving Some Creativity | Kimberly at Keystrokes By Kimberly | Silvana at My Silly Little Gang | Melissa at The Coupon Chronicles | Brittany at Mommy on Demand | Yolanda at That's Mashed Up | Ce Ce at Color Crush Creative | Vashti at Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog
a Rafflecopter giveaway So now that you've met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and our anniversary giveaway...

let's get started!

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


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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Kohl's $50 Gift Card Give Away

Welcome to the $50 Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway

Hosted by: SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Bouq Company Flower Review - Peace Bouquet




Check out this bouquet of of white roses.  Aren't they beautiful. The bouquet is called Peace and is from The Bouqs Company. I love fresh flowers in my home and was thrilled when they contacted me to review one of their products. They didn't disappoint. This is a $40.00 bouquet, and the shipping was free.  They arrived within days by FedEx packaged well and fresh.    

Monday, September 22, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday - Week 53

We are still celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday's birthday/anniversary this week! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate...and connect...and grow!
Thank you so much for joining us last week - the posts were absolutely amazing!
If you haven't already done so, please join the Turn It Up Tuesday birthday giveaway! We have co-hosts and guest hosts (past and present) joining the fun! Make sure to enter below to win!
Happy Birthday TUT (1)
Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Tara from Anything and Everything

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"Welcome to Anything and Everything! I am a wife to an incredible and talented graphic designer, a mom to a new baby boy, and to another baby of the four-legged variety. Here you will find everything ranging from DIY projects, food and drinks, kids stuff, and anything in between. With my zest for life and my husbands passion for design, we are never at a loss for unique and entertaining ideas. I try to update this blog as often as possible, so be sure to visit often for more adventures! Sit back, relax, grab a beverage, take a look around and enjoy!"
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month! We're accepting sponsors for 2015!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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(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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | 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 September!

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(from the top - left to right)
Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Becky from bybmg | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Mila from Mila's Little Things

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

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for October, November and December.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mila chose DIY Fall Leaf Bowl from Luv a Bargain. " Who wouldn't want to have a bowl like this!? It's super easy and cheap to make, and it looks awesome. Perfect fall craft for a tight budget!"
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Becky chose Pumpkin Pasties {Harry Potter Inspired} from Budget Girl. "I'm a pumpkin addict and these looked like a spin on it that I've never seen before. Can't wait to make them!"
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Jillian chose 10 Ways I'm Better Than I Was 10 Years Ago from Working Mom Magic. "I chose this post because every woman needs to hear that she is awesome and celebrate who she is. Lauren is doing exactly that in this post and I love it!"
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Kelly chose SRC - Bacon and Roasted Garlic Guacamole from Annie's Noms. "Bacon, Roasted Garlic and Guacamole all together?!? There is no explanation necessary about why this is my favorite!"
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Mari chose Multiple Photos Frame (Non-Permanent) from With A Blast. "Wow this week was tough I had three favorites but I stuck to Linda's Multi Photo Frame because I love to display my photographs everywhere! This was a great, quick and easy way to show off your favorite photos without having too much of a commitment such as nails and frames. You can always switch up the tape etc...loved it!!!"
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Cathy chose Chicken and Dumplings in a Slow Cooker from My Turn For Us. "This chicken and dumplings dish is the perfect comfort food for a crisp, fall day! I love that this meal is packed with fresh goodness, prepared in the slow cooker and ready to enjoy after a busy day! I pinned this recipe for those days when slow cooker meals come in handy! "
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Meghan chose Getting Back Into (or Keeping Up!) a Fitness Routine from 10 Years and Counting: A Weight Loss Journey. "I have been trying to get back into shape as well and I constantly make the excuse, "I just don't have time." She has some great ideas as well as some short workouts that will be really helpful as I set my fitness goals."
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Stacey chose Wax Paper Melted Crayon Art from Giggles Galore. "I absolutely remember making these, as a kid in school! They were really so colorful and so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing an amazing way to use up the many pounds of broken crayons that have accumulated over the last 20 years!"
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Rhonda chose 4 Ways to Ensure Your Child's School Success from Lady Blogger. "With the all problems that we encounter in our school systems, it so refreshing to know there are teachers who care and who reach out to parents so they can help make our children's school year a success."
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Rachel chose Stop Doing That For Your Kids from Your Modern Family. "With a busy lifestyle, the "because it is easier" is so tempting sometimes. Love her honestly and awesome reminder."
Natasha also chose this post. "Great post! It may be because I was raised by stringent grandparents or that I am a single mom, but I am a stickler on my son cleaning up after himself and helping me around the house. I have even instituted Clean-Up Saturdays where we clean up the entire apartment. It's great to encourage our kids to do for themselves - it's definitely good for them!"
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Yolanda chose How To Deal With Bedtime Anxiety from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. "The reason I selected this one is because I am in the pass where I am fighting with my son to sleep in his own bed. I know we will have lots of different bedtime issues as he grows up, so it was nice to read an article that let me know that I am not alone!"
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The post with the most clicks is 44 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom from MBA SAHM.
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!
Epic Mommy Adventures
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And the Best of the Best is...

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Stop Doing That For Your Kids from Your Modern Family
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!
Epic Mommy Adventures
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And now for our anniversary giveaway...

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(from top left and clockwise)
Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures | Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise | Angie at God's Growing Garden | Chelsea at Mommie and Wee | Katy at Chaos & Kiddos | Meghan at Life with Peanut | Rachel at Craving Some Creativity | Kimberly at Keystrokes By Kimberly | Silvana at My Silly Little Gang | Melissa at The Coupon Chronicles | Brittany at Mommy on Demand | Yolanda at That's Mashed Up | Ce Ce at Color Crush Creative | Vashti at Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog
a Rafflecopter giveaway So now that you've met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and our anniversary giveaway...

let's get started!

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

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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