Merry Monday – Link-Up #21

Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #21!


Hey everyone!! I’m super excited to be co-hosting a new link-up this week!! I am joining the Merry Monday Link Party, where there is always plenty of fresh content and new people to meet. I really look forward to you all joining in with us and sharing some of your best and newest posts from the last week.

Merry Monday Link Party #21 Announcements:

  • Scroll down to meet our new party hosts this week. They have some fabulous posts to share with you.
  • This week’s added social media link-up is Pinterest!You don’t have to follow all boards, just follow the ones you like :-)
  • The International Bacon Day Recipe Roundup is posted and will remain open until the end of September. If have a specific recipes featuring bacon and you’d like to add it to the roundup, click here.

On to the Merry Monday Link Party #21!

Meet the hosts of this party


*We would appreciate a follow in at least one of our social media platforms. Let us know you followed via Merry Monday so we can follow back!*

Host Erlene @My Pinterventures ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Instagram Hometalk Bloglovin

Co-host Julia @Happy House and Home ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Bloglovin

Co-host Misty @The Lady Prefers 2 Save ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Instagram Youtube Bloglovin

Co-host Amanda @The Kolb Corner ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Instagram Bloglovin

Co-host Rachel @Craving Some Creativity ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Bloglovin

On the Host’s Blogs

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Transition to Fall with Sharpie ~ $250 Family Fun Night Popcorn & Ice Cream Giveaway

Pinterest Tested Week 2 ~ Fall Leaf Book Page Wall Art

Blogiversary Giveaway – 6 Winners – $150 Grand Prize

Happy House and Homefall wreath 4A Fall Wreath for under $10


The Lady Prefers 2 Save

Feeding a Family of 4, For only $18.72 this week ~Save $240 Annually with Meatless Monday

Couponed Crockpot Chicken Mole ~ The Lady Prefers 2 Save Coupon Center!

The Kolb Corner


I Made It from Pinterest – Chicken & Dumplings~ Storing Spinach – the right way

Craving Some Creativity


10 Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate

Mushroom Risotto Recipe ~Happy Birthday Turn It Up Tuesday

Meet the Guest Hosts

If you’re interested in being a featured co-hosts for the party, please sign up! We have opened up party spots in the month of October.

Balm to my SoulElizabeth-150x150Guest Co-host Elizabeth @Balm to my Soul~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+ Stumbleupon Bloglovin

Stampin’ Fool


Guest co-host April @Stampin’ Fool ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Google+

Baby Doodah!


Guest Co-host Jillian @Baby Doodah! ~ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Bloglovin Instagram

On The Co-host’s Blogs

Balm to my Soul


Peach Pudding Cake ~ Faith is Believing Even When You Cannot See

Stampin’ Fool


For All Things Card Set ~ Wintery Wine Bottle Tag Tutorial

Baby Doodah!


Best Dishwasher Detergent For Our Sparkling Dishes ~ Happy 2 Year Anniversary & a giveaway to Baby Doodah!

Turn It Up Tuesday #52 ~ A Meal Plan & A Confession

Feature Posts

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Make Fall Scented Paint @My Big Fat Happy Life

Top 5 Previous Fall Posts @Melanie Gets Married

Five Crucial Organizing Tips @Pins and Procrastination

My Feature Picks

Don’t forget to visit the other hosts to view their feature picks too.*

Born to bake forever



Sweet~N~Salty Coconut Chips


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Time to link up!

If you’re interested in being a featured co-hosts for the party, please sign up! We have opened up party spots in the month of October.

Sharing is caring! Tweet the party

tweet bird ***Your party hosts will be busy sharing your link ups on either Twitter, FB, Pinterest (some to several group boards), Stumbleupon, and Google+, so follow us and see how we’re promoting your link ups. One or more of us will visit your blog and promote your link up on at least one of our social media platforms. Type in the hashtag #MerryMonday in the search boxes on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to see what we’re sharing. *** Not sure who to visit? Visit the two link-ups before you.


Pinterest link-up

Link-up your Pinterest URL here. You don’t have to follow all boards, just follow boards that you like or interest you.

Social Media Mixer – #17

Welcome to the 17th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 16 – we had 150 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!



Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

 And welcome your guest hosts for September!

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Avie from All Things Avie | Cyndi from The Decorating Chica | Danielle from Dancing with my Daughter | Emily from The Unextreme | Jennifer from Mommy Life After Ph.D. | Lauren from Life in the Wilde | Lori from Lori’s Culinary Creations | Mila from Mila’s Little Things | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Soro from Mom Swaddles All | Tara from Anything & Everything | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Lori chose…

DIY chalkboard wine glasses from the Dollar Store {step by step guide} from The Wedding by Jen


A couple weeks ago, I gave you all a look into a little black dress bridal shower that was thrown for my best friend. I showed that for the shower game, we had a wine tasting. It seemed to be very well received by all of the guests! For me, I had a blast getting the game ready and that included making these really cute {and inexpensive} chalkboard wine glasses. Not only did they serve purpose during the wine tasting game, but they doubled as party favors for each guest to take home. As promised earlier, here is my step-by-step guide at how I created them!

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Silvie chose…

Top 5 Previous Fall Posts from Melanie Gets Married


Fall is finally here, and I am loving it! In honor of my favorite season (don’t I say that about all seasons?) I would like to share with you some of my previous fall inspired posts.

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Mila chose…

DIY Ruler Growth from Shambray Live A Happy Life


You guys! This has been on my to-do list for like…EVER. Ok really not that long, but really since Hannelore was born. I know these are all over Pinterest, but I still love it. I love how simple it is.

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Tiffany chose…

Frumpy is a state of mind from Confessions of a Frumpy Mom

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A few of my friends and/or readers have told me they don’t consider me frumpy. Thank YOU! I truly appreciate that and then I thought about it. First, anyone who is friends with me on Facebook has a somewhat biased view of my “frumpiness” because I typically wouldn’t post a pic of me in all my frumpy glory (though I have unluckily been tagged in a few – thank you “friends”). The other thing is that while I may not always appear frumpy, sometimes it’s more about how I feel about how I look.

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Holly chose…

Chalkboard “Autumn” Banner {How to Decorate For Fall on a Budget} from The Domestic Heart

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This year money is pretty tight. Paying for all of our expenses, including grad school loans for two people, on one income does not leave a lot of room in the budget for seasonal decorating. Can you relate? Well I’m going to be sharing a series of projects and posts dedicated to decorating on a budget, namely for fall.

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Jillian chose…

How a Mom Enjoys Her Coffee in 97 Steps from Three Boys and a Mom

wpid-0911141124 I’ve never been a, “I have to have my coffee or I can’t function” type person. Thank God. I do enjoy coffee though, and have learned it certainly helps as a sleep deprived mom of 3. It’s a rare day I get to actually drink the coffee though, and I usually have about 4 half empty, or half full if you want to be an optimist, cups of coffee spread throughout the house. Here’s how drinking coffee typically goes in this house. (Mind you, MANY steps of the day are missing. This is just a generalized run down of the coffee drinking process.)

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Cathy and Avie chose…

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread with Vanilla Bean Icing from Cooking with K

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Have you ever browned butter? I have just recently been introduced to brown butter from a friend who is well-versed in it. She came over for a lesson in pie crust making, and I got a lesson in how to make my first brown butter. I don’t know why for so long I have been intimidated with this magical secret ingredient! Not anymore!

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Anni chose…

Homemade Garden Salsa from Melanie Gets Married


As I mentioned in my recent garden update, I have vegetables coming out my ears! When I planted the garden, my plan was to make homemade salsa with all the fresh vegetables from our garden. I had no idea how many batches of salsa I would be making, but the count is currently up to eight. Eight batches of salsa, folks!

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Jennifer chose…

Top Ten Honeycrisp Apple Recipes from Pins & Procrastination


It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall… and I’m excited. It’s not about the pumpkins, or sweaters, or not sweating the second you step outside. For me, fall is all about the honeycrisp apple. If you’ve never eaten a honeycrisp, you are missing out on life. I pretty much don’t want to eat anything else. They are so perfectly crispy and sweet. When honeycrisps aren’t in season, I have a hard time eating apples. They have ruined all other apples for me. They are everything an apple should be.

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Ce Ce chose…

Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins from My Big Fat Happy Life


We went blueberry picking in July at a local U Pick Farm. We had fun picking blueberries and even ran into old neighbors, but boy was it hot out. S did a great job picking and trying to fill up her own container. However, after about 5 pounds of blueberries S was done.

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Cyndi chose…

Low Cost Laundry Room Makeover from Shambray

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Our laundry room was kind of dark and dreary. This was the first thing we remodeled when we moved into our home. We started by taking out the old and slanted cabinets. Then we took off the old and gross paneling.

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Natasha chose…

What Would Mommie Do: To Land a Job While Pregnant from Mommie and Wee


This week, I want to share with you my tips for landing a job, even while you’re pregnant! I actually applied to and interviewed for jobs while I was pregnant, because I wanted to have a better job lined up for when I eventually decided to return.

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And the winner is…

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread with Vanilla Bean Icing from Cooking with K

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at for more information on your free ad space.

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Happy 2 YEAR Anniversary to Baby Doodah!

Can you believe it?!? This lil ole blog is officially 2 years old (actually as of yesterday).

When Emmett was born, I got an idea in my brain that I would launch a blog, but I was really nervous because I had started numerous blogs in the past that fallen flat. I gave up! I stopped writing and started thinking I didn’t have enough content. However, when having Emmett a whole new world opened up to me, I had (obviously) never been a parent before and could now share my experiences and I could also feature the other blogs and articles that I was learning from.

That’s how it started out, and I loved it! I still do, but now we’re even bigger. I talk about a huge variety of things, from stuff about my little Baby Doodah, to recipes, my tips and tricks as a new mom, how I’m coping with Binge Eating Disorder, or even tips for specific things like Potty training a toddler. I’ve learned a lot in the 2 years that I’ve been doing this, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

If you look back or read some of my older posts, you can see that my writing style and photo quality has changed, in a good way. I’ve grown personally, as a mom and a writer, but also professionally. Now, I not only look at this little corner of the blog world as my place to share about my family, but also to provide tips or recommendations to others who may be going through something similar.

I’ve always loved writing. My best friend in grade school and I used to sit and write out fictional stories, mainly about the Little Mermaid (because it was huge back then), but we made up our own twists and turns. I wrote, she illustrated – we had fun! Throughout the years I forgot that love for writing, but I am really glad I found it again.

Nothing brings me more joy than sitting down with a hot idea, that is just dying to be written. It feels so good to have this place. I am truly honored that you stop by and read what I write. Knowing that there are people who genuinely care about what I have to say is a very moving thing.

I thank you from the very bottom of my heart!!

And to thank you, I have teamed up with Philips AVENT to offer you a pretty freakin’ (if I do say so myself) giveaway.

Here’s what’s included: A Philips AVENT Single Electric Comfort Breast pump and Philips AVENT Breast Milk Storage Bags. And because I really REALLY love you guys, I am also going to be giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card.

One lucky winner will win all three items. So, please, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter to win! Contest ends 9/26/14. I will announce the winner on Monday, 9/29/14.
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I also want to mention that Philips AVENT will be having a 30th Birthday Twitter party, hosted by Philips AVENT, and Kerri Jablonski of @IamtheMaven, tonight (9/16/14) from 8pm – 9 pm. We’re going to be celebrating Philips AVENT’s 30th birthday party, you can follow along using the hashtag #AVENTparents for a chance to win prizes, hear advice and share your parenting stories. I hope to see you there!

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Birthdays all around!! Woohoo! Let’s celebrate!!

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