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Social Media Mixer – #16

Welcome to the 16th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 15 – 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 night 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!

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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…

Tiffany chose…

Never Say Never from Three Boys and a Mom

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Before you become a parent, there is usually a list of things you say you’ll never do. That list looks different for every one, but I’m pretty sure grabbing poop with your bare hand doesn’t even make the cut. It’s just not something you’d think would be necessary to specify on a list of things you’ll never do.

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Ce Ce and Anni chose…

Recipe: Calzone from A Little Bit of Everything

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This delicious sandwich by Giada De Laurentiis is an ideal appetizer or lunch. Simply follow her recipe below and enjoy! I did substitute pepperoni for the prosciutto and I rolled the dough into a rectangle rather than a circle.
The pizza dough is often found in the deli or bakery department of most grocery stores. You can now find gluten free pizza dough as well in some stores.

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Shana and Avie chose…

Make This: Mocha Coffee Breakfast Shake from Style Island

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I feel a little like Ray Liotta in Good Fellas. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a coffee addict. These days, coffee is like a religion in my household. I have several coffee machines, all varying degrees of effort, status, and needs.

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Jillian and Cyndi chose…

9 Amazing Green Cleaners You Should Not Be Without from Wonderfully Messy Mom

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If you are looking to make the switch to a cleaner, greener home, I have 9 solutions you should try. These can be found in your local grocery store or whole foods market. Some of these items may already be sitting in your kitchen right now! Not to mention these green cleaners are simple, cheap and best of all- EFFECTIVE!!

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Angel, Mila and Holly chose…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Candy Recipe from Glimmer Creations

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These candies are out of this world delicious, and they are pretty easy to make. Be warned though, that the process does get a bit messy, but the result it worth it. They are delightful mix of semisweet chocolate, salty peanut butter and crisp, buttery crackers. Pure goodness that makes it hard to just eat one.

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Danielle chose…

Let’s Do Lunch from Domain of the Mad Mommy

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Jennifer chose…

Autumn Bucket List for Toddlers from How to Make The Sun Shine

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The magic of summer has been replaced with backpacks, football, leaves changing colors, and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! The end of summer doesn’t have to equal the end of fun. Here is a list of fun fall activities you can do with your toddler to keep the magic alive!

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Tara chose…

Laboring Away – DIY Blog Hop from 702 Park Project

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I’ve found that a lot of furniture in our home is dark…whether wood or fabric. Most of the time it’s nice to have these hearty pieces, but sometimes it can darken the mood a bit. So to keep things fresh and summery year round, I decided to make over this sad little dresser I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

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Silvie chose…

Apple Recipe Round-Up from Cooking with K

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It’s September and that means apple season! Apples are by far a favorite around our house. There are so many ways to use them, appetizers to salads, or main dishes to desserts! I have gathered up a list of some of our favorites. Hope you enjoy going through these. Go ahead and pin some of them when you hover over the picture with the pop up pinterest button.

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Natasha chose…

Longing to be a Grandma from Looking on the Sunnyside

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Can I be honest? I am a little jealous of my friends who are grandparents. They post pictures of their grandchildren, just gushing with the kind of pride that only a grandma or grandpa could exude. I look at those pictures and look at how much fun they seem to be having and I admit – I am jealous.

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And the winner is…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Candy Recipe from Glimmer Creations

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Munchkin Meals – #5

Holy moley! Time for Munchkin Meals again!

Munchkin Meals is a link up that Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life created to share what her daughter was eating, I link-up monthly to share what Emmett’s been eating. 

I cannot believe that it’s time to share what Emmett’s been eating for the past month. We’ve had our ups and downs with food, some days he eats really well and others he’s very picky. When he’s picky he goes on kicks where he’ll only eat one type of food at a time. Over the past month he was really into bread and other carbs, pasta, rice, etc and then there was a span of time where he was really into apples. I can’t lie, there are times when I worry that he’s not eating enough or eating too much of one food, but I try to remind myself that he’s eating what he needs and that he won’t starve himself. Sure enough, within a few weeks he goes back to his old eating ways, which includes anything and everything.

So what HAS Emmett been eating for his Munchkin Meals this month?

For breakfasts he’s been eating the same thing since he’s been eating a real breakfast. Yogurt, a banana, dry cheerios and a cup of whole milk. I know that I get really bored of the same breakfast over and over again, but this kid LOVES this breakfast. He gets really excited when he sees me packing up his bag for day care.

munchkin-meals-2Emmett is really into sweet things, so as a treat this past weekend Seamus made pumpkin pancakes. They were really really good! We obviously had to include some raisins and apples too, they complemented each other perfectly.

munchkin-meals-103-5 munchkin-meals-103-4 munchkin-meals-103-6Lunches always vary, but are often leftovers of what we had for dinner the night before. Like today, he took some leftover pasta and meatballs and he always gets a serving of raisins and some sort of fruit or veggie. Today was some baby carrots. He probably only eats a few bites but I will always offer that healthy food, so that he realizes it is a permanent fixture in his diet.

Tomorrow his lunch includes today’s leftovers, homemade potato latkes that Seamus made (they were awesome). some chicken sausage from the sausage guy at the farmer’s market (Yes, I do realize how that sounds – lol), raisins and some cut up apple. He devoured tonight’s dinner, so I’m assuming he’ll polish it off again at day care.

Dinner’s also always vary, but his most recent favorite has been the Mexican Pizza that Seamus found a recipe for, on Wegmans. It’s a really easy quick meal for a weeknight, we make it pretty frequently for just that reason. If you like Mexican and you like quick meals, check out the linked up recipe!

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Your turn!

What some of your child’s favorite Munchkin Meals? 

Be sure to check-out my other Munchkin Meal posts!

Munchkin Meals #4 and Some Updates

Emmett’s Munchkin Meals for today!

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably been wondering what happened to my weekly Munchkin Meals post. And if you’re a new reader, WELCOME! Well, after completing my last post about Emmett’s food, I realized that it was a monthly post, not weekly. Whoops! So going forward, every first Thursday of the month will be designated as Munchkin Meals day. Sound good!? 🙂

I have a confession to make, I’m a bad blogger, I forgot that it was Munchkin Meals week this morning and completely forgot to take pictures of Emmett’s breakfast, lunch and snack, I did manage to remember dinner, though. Sorry about that!

Today’s breakfast was similar to most days, he had some Wegmans Greek yogurt and a banana and some breastmilk. This kid LOVES bananas, he will devour a whole one in just moments and he could probably eat them multiple times a day, if we allowed it. But the last thing we need is a baby who can’t poop because he ate too many bananas. Ha!

Lunch was some grilled chicken, fresh blueberries, a couple chunks of Colby jack cheese and a couple animal crackers. Oh! And of course a glass of milk.

When he got home from school, he had a couple small pieces of cheese and some graham crackers. Just enough to tide him over until after our walk.

Our dinner was so so yummy, but I’m not sure Emmett agreed. We made carnitas! We cooked a pork shoulder in the crock-pot all day and then cut up some avocados, tomatoes, red onion and lime. We throw that all into a tortilla (well just a squirt of the lime) and enjoy. We tried it two different ways with Emmett, we put some pieces of pork, avocado and tomato on his tray separately and I also made him a regular carnita like we were eating but he wanted nothing to do with either. He ended up having some yogurt and blueberries.

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He’s going through a picky food phase and even though he may not eat what we put on his tray, we keep offering him everything. This often ends up being cyclical and even though he doesn’t want the avocado today, tomorrow he’ll love it (hypothetically). My thought is, if it’s there he will eventually want it.

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Updates

  • Day care continues to be rough on Emmett. I dropped him off this morning and my heart was just breaking when I put him down and he started to bawl. There’s nothing that can be done, other than allowing it time but this is probably the hardest leaving him has EVER been. Keep your fingers crossed that it gets better!
  • I’m pretty sure that I’m done pumping, not breastfeeding, just pumping. For the last month I’ve been just pumping once a day, which was providing one bottle a day, but he’s starting to drink less and less at each feeding, so I felt like it was time. I’ll still nurse him in the morning, before work and again in the evenings but he’ll just be taking whole milk to school. I’m very sad, it’s been such a wonderful journey, and it’s really hard to imagine not nursing him.
  • My summer allergies are kicking my butt this year. I’m constantly either sneezing or rubbing my eyes, I hate it!
  • We had fun family exercise night, tonight. Seamus, Emmett and I all went to the park. I walked with Emmett and Seamus ran. So much fun!

Your turn!

What are some of your favorite Munchkin Meals for you kids?

Thank you to Brittany of A Healthy Slice of Life for hosting Munchkin Meals.

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To see where Munchkin Meals originated, be sure to visit Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life.

When feeding Emmett on Wednesdays, I look for easy, healthy options. I make an effort to serve him the very freshest of fruits and use only whole ingredients in his food. There are times when that just isn’t possible, but I would say 7 meals out of 10 are made healthfully. We buy him 100% whole grain breads and farm fresh eggs, organic milk and mostly organic fruit and veg. Rarely does Emmett have foods high in fake sugars, or even regular sweets, like cookies or cake. We treat foods like those as foods meant for special occasions. I want him to grow up knowing that foods that taste the best are those that are good for him. I say all this, not to brag, or to say I’m better than any other mom, I say it because I am a full-time working (outside the home) mom, and I work hard to ensure Emmett eats a balanced diet. I’ll admit that I am incredibly lucky to have a husband that is a partner in this endeavor, and is there assisting in any possible way.

munchkin-meals-33 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are two main reasons that I believe Emmett is such a good eater. One is that he is a breastfed baby, so he was (and continues to be – we’re going on 13 months!) used to different flavors. Breast-milk can taste different depending on what I’ve eaten that day, so he was used to a variety of flavors right off the bat. The second, is Baby Led Weaning (BLW). Emmett was introduced to real whole foods from the very first moment he had solids. We never bought one jar of baby food, and he’s pretty much always eaten what we’ve eaten. With BLW, the baby is in charge of what goes into their mouth from the get-go, they have the control which leads to happy confident eaters. After seeing its effects on Emmett, I believe that it works.

For breakfast yesterday, Emmett had one scrambled egg, a piece of whole grain bread with sunflower butter and a mixture of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. munchkin-meals-34 munchkin-meals-32He didn’t eat much at breakfast, but I never worry about whether he’s eating too much or too little because I know if he’s hungry, he’ll eat.

Lunch was some leftover cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, carrots and blueberries.
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This kid LOVES blueberries, I don’t think I could get him to stop eating them, even if I tried.

Snack was some water and Wegmans colby jack cheese (no pic).

Dinner consisted of a baby panini! Seamus made it on the smallest slices of the rosemary, olive oil bread with some provolone cheese and some ham, watermelon and broccoli which I did not get a picture of, sorry.

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And finally… Some adorable pics of Emmett!

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Question of the Day:

What are some of your children’s favorite foods?

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I’m on my porch as I write this week’s edition of Munchkin Meals, because the evening is absolutely beautiful in WNY, problem is I only have 18% battery left so I’m typing fast. 😛 It’s one of those nights where you wish the evening light would just last and last, it’s one of those nights where if I were back in college I would be out roaming around Elmwood, enjoying the weather and being surrounded by the people. Well, I’m about 10 years old (and wiser…maybe), a wife and mother, so instead I’m on my porch. I’m okay with this, I’m feeling happy and settled today, it’s a good feeling, one I hope lasts!

Okay, back to what Emmett ate…

For breakfast he had some Strawberry Banana Chobani, a mixture of strawberries and blueberries and a locally grown plum. He devoured almost the entire container of yogurt, all of the blueberries and some of the strawberries (I think they were a bit on the tart side).

munchkin-mealsmunchkin-meals-11munchkin-meals-2I am so much better at making sure that Emmett has a well balanced, healthy meal. I always put his needs WAY ahead of mine, I should probably start making our needs equally important.

Anyhow, his lunch was pretty basic but he definitely acted like it was so delicious. A PB&J on a plain bagel and a delicious locally grown peach.

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I keep mentioning that much of our fruit is locally grown because I love shopping (and supporting local) and also the taste of the fruit is out of this world. There is rarely a time when I shop at Wegmans (or any other grocery store) that I find the produce looks or tastes as good as something from the farmer’s market.

At day care and on Wednesdays, Emmett usually has a snack. It typically will consist of a couple crackers or biter cookies and a sippy of water. Apparently I wasn’t moving quickly enough for my little cookie monster!

He got through about 4 bites of cookie before I interrupted his fun, I’m a party pooper, but he’s a little cutie.

Dinner was a yummy daddy made cheeseburger, more blueberries and some french fries. Nothing fancy, but Emmett loved it!

munckin-meals-7 munchkin-meals-4We started giving Emmett whole milk this past Monday, we are slowly working to wean him off of breastmilk. So far so good, he still nurses twice and I pump once on weekdays.

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Question of the Day:

What yummy foods have you made for you kids this week?

Want to read more about how Munchkin Meals got started? Check out Brittany’s blog, A Healthy Slice of Life.

 

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Since I’m not the only one who eats in my house, I thought I’d start a new series, titled Munchkin Meals. I got this idea from another of my favorite blogs, A Health Slice of Life, she blogs about all the different Munchkin Meals she serves her daughter, check it out.

Emmett loves eating and on most days will eat anything we give him, it might take him awhile to get to everything, but he’ll try it at least once. I truly believe that we did so much good by having him follow the Baby Led Weaning approach.

For breakfast, Emmett had some toast with sunflower, blueberries and half of a banana. munchkin-meals-blueberries munchkin-meals-sunflower-butter

He has had a banana for almost every breakfast since he’s started eating solid food and he just doesn’t get sick of it. He takes after me, I love, bananas and eat one almost every morning too.

Munchkin-Meals-Yogurt Munchkin-Meals-sandwich Munchkin-Meals-plumsLunch consisted of, a sunflower butter and jelly sandwich, plums, blueberries and yogurt. I kind of overdid it with this Munchkin Meal, I made way too much. Sometimes I get carried away, trying to be creative and including every possible healthy food item, that I make too much. The beauty is that Emmett just stops eating when he’s full, so even if I make too much he never stuffs himself. I love this since it’s something I struggle with often.

And I have to rave about the jelly on the sandwich, my mother-in-law makes it by hand and it is just so so delicious! This particular one is Strawberry, but we’ve had mixed berry and apricot too and all were equally yummy, plus Emmett loves it.

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For dinner my little munchkin had, salmon, Israeli couscous, blueberries and some garlic naan.

munckin-meals-naan-and-babyHe loved it all! I’m telling you he’s a really fantastic eater.

Now your turn…

What fun meals have you been feeding your Munchkin?

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