Monday, February 8, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #125

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Welcome to the 125th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it's because of all of you!
We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

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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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Chris from Sweet Mornings | Abiola from Ramblings of A Nigerian Workahomom | Anne from Simple and Savory | Heather from Goodlicious | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore

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

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mari chose Loaded Meatballs from Dinosaur Superhero Mommy. "I loved Karen's share I would switch to Turkey or Chicken but looks really tasty."

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Mari chose 10 Red Velvet Recipes from Marilyn's Treats. "Marilyn made me very happy with this share! My very own Valentine gift lol I look forward to trying these!!!"

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Silvie chose Chinese Fried Rice from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. "Chinese fried rice is one of my favorite dishes! I have always wanted to try to make it at home. This looks like an easy and delicious recipe to try, I can't wait."

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Silvie chose White Chocolate Rum Chata Pudding (for stressed out moms!) from The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl. "I really enjoy a nice rum and having Guatemalan roots Horchata is one of my ultimate favorite drinks. I have seen Rum Chata but I haven't tried it. This recipe is going to give me the chance of trying it out. :)"
Chris also chose this post. "Grown up pudding that can be a popsicle!!!"

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Abiola chose Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Sign + Blog Hop from our guest host of the month, Celeste from Decor by the Seashore. "I am an ardent lover of easy DIY crafts plus this site has some other wonderful thrifty craft ideas, I'm picking 'DIY Valentine's Day Sign' by Decor by The Seashore"

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Abiola chose How I Conquered My Mummy Guilt from Minted Rogue. "Being a mom is a very hard task on it's own and we sometimes beat ourselves up too hard during our self appraisals...adding to the our mommy-scale so I'm picking 'How I Conquered My Mommy Guilt' by Minted Rouge as my second fave post of the week."

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Celeste chose DIY Pottery Barn knock-off Chairbackers from Urban Jane. "I love how these Valentine's Day chair backers are personalized for each child. They're perfect for kids to collect those Valentine's Day cards!"

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Celeste chose Beautiful Indoor Plants And A Centerpiece Idea from Bisozozo. "You'd never guess this beautiful planter box is made from cardboard and popsicle sticks. It's perfect for showing off that spring time greenery!"

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Bev chose Mango Buttercream Frosting from Morsels of Life. "I love anything with mangoes so this mango frosting is perfect. Having three mango trees, I will be making this recipe when the mangoes come in."

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Bev chose Almond Chocolate Chip Cake Loaf from Budget Girl. "I love anything with chocolate chips and this Chocolate chip loaf sounds wonderful. How can you go wrong."
Stacey also chose this post. "This loaf looks super delicious. I really look forward to giving it a try, because I love the almond and chocolate combination. Thank you for sharing!"

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Anne chose Paleo Mini Pepper Nachos from Pancake Warriors. "What a great idea to get your nacho fix for the superbowl without refined carbs."

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Anne chose Super Bowl Guacamole Recipe With A Twist! from our very own Silvie from My Silly Little Gang. "Love the idea of mango and guacamole together."

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Elaine chose The Only Rule You Need To Maintain a Tidy Home from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. "I am always looking for ways to help me maintain a clean home, especially since I really dislike housework. This is so simple. Can’t wait to try it out."

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Elaine chose The 10 Best Red Velvet Recipes for Valentine’s Day! from Better on a Budget. "I love red velvet anything and these are great recipes to try."

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Stacey chose Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake from Don't Sweat the Recipe. "I absolutely love all kinds of lemon cakes and breads. They are so refreshing, without being overly sweet. I look forward to giving this one a try. Thanks so much for sharing."

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Chris chose Mini Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast from Annie's Noms. "Strawberries, Nutella & french toast!! Breakfast perfection plus they are heart shaped!!"

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Heather chose White Bean Burgers from our guest host of the month, Anne from Simple and Savory. "One of our resolutions is to have one vegetarian meal each week. So far we haven't been following through on that. Hopefully this recipe for White Bean Burgers from Simple and Savory will make it into the rotation and help us get closer to our goal."

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Heather chose Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life. "I really like the idea of mixing sweet and spicy in this seasoning mix for Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life."

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Tina chose DIY Valentine Rag Wreath from Intelligent Domestications. "I love easy and quick craft projects and I really like this wreath!Cute and simple!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us."

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Tina chose Turmeric “Tea” from Little Miss Dexterous. "I'm new into turmeric tea and I love it when people share their knowledge,it is a super anti-inflammatory and it's very helpful with stomach issues(I know).Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us."

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Tiffany chose How Acceptance Made Me a Better Mother, Wife and Businesswoman from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. "April wrote this post as if it was a page from my own life. I think it takes a lot of courage and strength to accept where we are as women and mothers and decide to make the best of it no matter what. Thanks for the uplift this week April!"

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Tiffany chose Wives Affect Their Husband’s Character: 4 thoughts every wife should consider from Snippets of Inspiration. "This post is one that every wife can use to help not only strengthen their marriage but their view of how they impact their husbands."

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Natasha chose The Efficient Multitasker Fallacy from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. "Absolutely love this post! It's so true - we should definitely approach multi-tasking a little bit differently. I would rather have things completed correctly rather than half-assing everything I need to do. Great post - thanks for sharing!"

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Natasha chose Simple Ways to Relax and Recharge from Something 2 Offer. "I have been on a mission to find ways to relax and recharge - this post definitely shared some great ways to do that! Thanks for sharing!"

Two posts received the most views:
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Diet Bet Week 4 - Done! And Starting Again.

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I did it! I achieved my weight loss goal with 0.1 pound to spare. My final weight out, as it is called, was 176.0 pounds. I actually was down to 175.8 the morning before, but we were not allowed to weigh in until the game was done.

I was a little worried actually, because I was close to my goal and we went out to fondue the last night of the challenge. Yes I consumed about 1400 calories worth of melted cheese, bread, steak, chicken, and lots and lots of chocolate. And I still made my goal weight. I'm very happy about that.



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chinese New Year Teriyaki Mustard Salmon

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Asian-inspired teriyaki-mustard sauce with red peppers and pineapple over salmon makes a perfect weeknight meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it feels fancier than Monday night dinner.

February is a busy month. My birthday, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year are all in February this year. We have a LOT of celebrating to do.

My son Gabriel learned about Chinese New Year in school a few years ago, so now we celebrate every year. We clean the house really well, which is supposed to sweep away bad spirits and make room for good luck and good fortune. (Anything to get the kids to help clean!) We also put out fun red paper decorations for good luck and happiness. And the boys love getting a small money gift in the red and gold envelopes.

Asian-inspired teriyaki-mustard sauce with red peppers and pineapple over salmon makes a perfect weeknight meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it feels fancier than Monday night dinner.

For dinner this year we're having one of our favorite recipes - Teriyaki Mustard Salmon. Chinese New Year is February 8, which is a Monday. This is an easy weeknight recipe that feels fancy but only takes 30 minutes. The sauce is made with soy sauce, brown mustard, brown sugar, oil and water. You marinate the salmon in the sauce for 10 minutes while you prep your veggies (I used red peppers and snow peas, but broccoli would make a good side too). Then, saute the fish over medium heat, about four minutes per side. Add the red peppers and pineapple in the last few minutes. Meanwhile, steam the snow peas or broccoli to serve on the side with brown rice.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #124

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It's the first day of February, which is my favorite month! Happy February - my birthday month, Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras! My husband always gets a Publix birthday cake as I love the buttercream icing. Then, three days later it's Valentine's Day. We don't go out for a romantic dinner or usually even get flowers, but I do love the holiday. I love the pink and red decorations, the fun candies and treats, and handing out valentines to all of my classmates and co-workers. (Yes, I'm that co-worker who brings in pink and red heart shaped cookies.) And don't forget Mardi Gras, the epitome of decadence - and king cake! I discovered king cake a few years ago and love it. The colored sugar and icing, the cheese filling, yum! Yes, February is definitely my favorite month of the year.

So, that made choosing my favorites from last week's link up especially difficult. The 10 King Cake recipes definitely made the cut, but there were too many fun pink and red items to pick just one. So, I went with something for dinner instead. But, those of you who shared Valentine's themed ideas, know that you definitely caught my eye.

I'm excited to see what great ideas you are sharing this week. After linking up, be sure to visit my Facebook page and let me know what you were up to this week. I love promoting other bloggers.

The 124th week of Turn It Up Tuesday is here! We're officially in the month of February (can you believe it?)!
Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it's because of all of you!
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Turn It Up Tuesday #123

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Last week was less hectic since my husband was back in town. And, thanks to all of the great recipes shared last week, I had some new lunch ideas. I also got some fun ideas for Valentine's Day and read some really inspirational posts about parenting and marriage. Check out the features below to see all of our favorites, then share what you've been working on this week. 

After that, be sure to visit my Facebook page and let me know what you shared. I love to promote my fellow bloggers and their hard work. Have a great week!

Welcome to Turn It Up Tuesday #123! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it's because of all of you!
We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Diet Bet Week 3 Done - Almost there

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Another week closer to the end of my January Jumpstart DietBet. There's only four days left, actually, so I'm really close. Then we have two days to submit our final weight. Last week I posted that I'd made my goal and more. Remember that? I think I was at 175.4 pounds, which is an 8 pound loss for me. But, I got a little cocky and started snacking at night and ... I'm at 177.4 pounds.

Uh oh

My goal weight is 176.1 pounds. If I'm heavier than that, I lose my $35.

So, I got off my ass and went for a run today. Yes, for the first time in about a year and a half I actually ran (and walked) for two miles. It was a or eye opening to look at my Runkeeper log and remember that I'd been running six miles in June 2014. Today it was a struggle to make it two miles. But, hey, it was two miles. I can get back to that distance with some work.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Green Peach Smoothie

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Milkshakes in the morning. What a great way to start the day. What's that? You frown on ice cream treats for breakfast? Yeah, me too. If only, right?

So, how about a smoothie instead? It's almost a milkshake - it's cold, slushy, sweet and yummy! Just one thing, it's also full of vitamins and minerals and is pretty low calorie. Yeah, I think I could take one of those for breakfast, couldn't you?