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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!

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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…

Lori chose…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

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Turn It Up Tuesday – #52

Holy smokes!! Turn It Up Tuesday is turning ONE!! How is that possible, because it sure does feel like it just started. I guess the old saying rings true – time flies when you’re having fun. YAY!! This week there’s a big giveaway happening, so be sure to check that out and as always link-up your best posts from the past week. I cannot wait to see what you share!!

We are celebrating Turn It Up Tuesday’s birthday too! And we are so happy to have you here with us to celebrate…and connect…and grow!!

This week we’d love to see your anniversary, birthday, milestone, party, etc. posts! We want to have a great time reading all of your celebratory posts in celebration of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Plus, we’re having a great giveaway – with co-hosts and guest hosts (past and present)! Make sure to enter below to win!

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Thanks so much for joining us last week while we celebrated Self-Improvement month with some great posts to help ourselves and help others! We had some amazing posts to read!

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!

TUT-Hosts-August

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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 | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | 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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Laura from Another Cent Saved | 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 | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | 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 How to Make Fall Scented Paint from My Big Fat Happy Life. “This idea is a stroke of genius and a fun thing to do with kids! Just imagine all the fall scented masterpieces your kids will create!”

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Rachel chose Life Lessons of a Nurse from Crazily Normal. “I chose this post because my mom is a nurse and I know how they often observe and learn through the biggest examples of life’s frustrations, sorrows, and joys. Her post is inspirational and reflective.”

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Tara chose Buffalo Hummus Dip from 3 Little Greenwoods. “Love hummus and especially love Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce, so when I saw this recipe it caught my eye! Can’t wait to try it! Also with Football in full swing, I think this would be the perfect dip to make for a football or tailgate party!”

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Jessica chose 5 Simple Tips for Squeezing Writing Into Your Everyday Life from Georgia Lee – Writing to the Sound of Legos Clacking. “I truly needed Georgie’s post! I am suffering from writer’s block due to an upcoming dissertation I need to write. Quite frankly, I am brain-dead! Ick!!! I love her suggestion, especially #1 – write something everyday. Honestly, this is good practice tha I need to enforce on myself with the dissertation writing AND to keep up with blogging. Thanks, again! 15 minutes a day of writing, here I come!!”

Jillian chose this post. “I chose this post because I am looking for ways to get more writing into my day. I just never seem to have time – but this post reminds me it isn’t about finding extended time, but a few minutes here and there would be just fine.”

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Meghan chose Mommy Moments, I Must Confess from Winks and Eyerolls. “I really loved reading this post. Even though it was only 10 months ago that my little girl was the same age as the poster, it feels like so long ago. I was able to relive every moment with her…and it made me want another little one!”

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Cathy chose Saving Memories from Life with Peanut. “Megan shares an amazing idea to help you capture and remember all of the little things that your kids do that as time passes you forget about. My kids are in elementary school and Megan’s idea is the perfect way for me to someday reveal to them the moments of their childhood! I am starting tomorrow! 🙂 Check out Megan’s blog to see exactly how she is saving memories!”

Tenns also chose this post. “I love this idea! This is such a creative way to keep track of memories. I’m not great at documenting things, because it’s so hard to keep up with how fast littles grow. I’ll definitely keep this idea in mind as I document memories and keep track of things with my son.”

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April chose Great Learning Games for Preschoolers from Life’s Little Projects. “My two year old, Bee, has already conquered letters, numbers, colors and shapes, yet then I got stuck on what to teach her next. As this school year starts, I wanted to give her a lesson plan too, but what to do next? Well, Amie Jo had several answers to my problem to keep her moving forward. I’m starting to get excited about this new year.”

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Mari chose Chewy White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies from Born to Bake Forever. “I chose Megan’s cookies because it married al I love. Chewy, white chocolate chip and cranberries.
The moment I saw the picture I fell in love and went to the market this weekend to pickup the supplies to make it for my Birth Day so thanks Megan for my b’day treat :)”

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Becky chose A Super Easy Snack: Tortilla Rollups from The Most — of Every Moment. “I love this because it’s easy and tasty. I often forget about making these!”

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Stacey chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies from Bakewell Junction. “Oh these look wonderful! The cookies sound like they are delectibly chocolatey and the filling sounds absolutley amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and I can’t wait to make these! Maybe a Halloween treat with the kids!”

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Kelly chose Minecraft for Moms – What You Need to Know from Sunshine & Hurricanes. “My kids are crazy for Minecraft and sometimes I have no idea what they are talking about.”

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Chelsea chose Homemade “Uncrustables” from Making More… “I loveeee uncrustables! It’s brings out the little kid in me, so to see a way to make them at home (cheaper, healthier, AND I can make my own variations) it was like a match made in heaven!”

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Natasha chose How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy. “I love this post! Although my son is 3, it takes a wish and a prayer to get him to take a nap. He sleeps so easily at school, but when’s he home – it’s a whole different story. Leilani’s list is a perfect depiction of what I have to do for naptime and for bedtime. It’s a wonder I’m still sane!”

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The post with the most clicks is Fall Idea Collection from Deliciously Inspired.

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Saving Memories from Life with Peanut

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How to get your 4 year old to take a nap from Just a Touch of Crazy

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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

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Turn It Up Tuesday – #48

Welcome to the 48th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Hey readers!! So happy to have you – we truly appreciate you linking up week after week, and look forward to reading all of your posts – so keep on linking up!!

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

As you may know, 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!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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“Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy.
I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted.”

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!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

TUT-Hosts-August

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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 | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Making-More | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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 September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

10-Hydrating-Infused-Water-Recipes_pinterestElie chose 10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes from Home.Made.Interest. “Not only do all these waters sound amazing, but they look pretty too! Being a fitness instructor, water is very important to me and I’m always looking for ways to jazz mine up. I will definitely be returning to this post for great ideas!”

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April chose 8 Scriptures Every Mother Should Know from The Microwave Girl. “As a stay at home mommy, the whirlwind that is round the clock motherhood can get to the deepest parts of you. It’s important to remember who are children are and why they are here.”

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Becky chose Chalk Painted Concrete from Woods of Bell Trees. “Her results were just stunning! I might consider doing this if we ever move to a home with a basement that needs its floor finished.”

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Chelsea chose Frozen Golden Oreo Treats (Great After School Treat) from Domestic Mommyhood. “I absolutely LOVE Golden Oreos! This looked like the perfect Just-Because-I’m-a-Mom treat, forget the kids! Only thing I would change is to keep the Oreo filling! That’s the best part! But, I can’t wait to try these yummy snacks!”

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Karen chose Praline Sauce from Yesterfood. “This recipe for Praline Sauce is so simple and would make an ideal gift. Something to think about for this Christmas!”

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Ce Ce chose Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest. “Love this because my son is starting kindergarten in September, and I need plenty of tips for a great school year!”

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Katy chose 7ish Things You Should Know About Twins from Mommie and Wee. “As a mama to twins myself, I can relate to several of these! As a tall woman who loves her milk, I guess I set myself up for the crazy. 🙂 In all seriousness, I get asked a lot of questions about my twins because they are such polar opposites. Not only do they look absolutely nothing alike, but their personalities and strengths are completely different. And it looks like one of my little men is going to be a lefty! It’s always nice to connect with other twin mamas, because there is nothing quite like having two little ones running about. It really takes one to know one. “

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Victoria chose Selfish Mom Moments from Working Mom Magic. “I chose Selfish Mom Moments because I can totally relate. As a mom of three small boys, I try to be as unselfish as possible. However, sometimes moms need some times to themselves.”

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Stacey chose To the Cashier Who Called My Child Naughty from Organized Chaos. “I find it sad that, somewhere along the line we have lost the teachings to treat others as you would like to be treated! To cause a little one to question himself and whether or not he is “naughty” or not, just by making a thoughtless and uncaring comment is not acceptable. Thanks for sharing!”

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Sandy chose Large Family Kitchen: Save Money & Time With Bulk Foods from Aspired Living. “I love to save money, especially on groceries. I am grateful for this reminder of how to save money when buying in bulk and how to save time by re-packaging those bulk items you purchase.”

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Jillian chose How I Use Co-Schedule, Drag and Drop Editorial Calendar for WordPress from A Life in Balance. “I chose this post because it provides great tips on how to schedule blog posts and your social media, all in one spot.

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Rachel chose The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. “I chose this post because it is one of the most thorogh lists I have seen for school shopping, organizing and preparing. So many great ideas!”

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Rachel also chose Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf from Memories by the Mile. “I chose this post because because it looks so delicious! I love this as a beautiful alternative to cinnamon rolls and I can make it the night before for a wonderful breakfast treat.”

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Kimberly chose 5 Back to School Concerns for Parents from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “This post raises awareness about peer pressure and bullying in school which are far more critical these days than they once were. Tameka also shares why parents should provide a short break for kids after arriving home from school.”

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Kimberly chose Award Show Party Ideas from About A Mom. “This post had me at ‘Award Show’. The unique ideas for hosting an at-home Award show party are awesome. The movie theater butter popcorn cupcakes are so aesthetically appealing.

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Jessica chose 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Blog. from Mommie and Wee. “I love her take on why she blogs. I think this is why we all started to blog too – to share our life in our little corner of the webosphere :).”

This post also received the most clicks.

free-printable-back-to-school-lunch-notesTara chose Free Back to School Lunch Note Printables from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Tara also chose {Free Printable} First Day of School Photo Pro from My Paper Craze.

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Kelly chose White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle No Bake Cheesecake | Delicious Recipe from A Dash of Sanity. “It looked delicious and I love impressive looking desserts that come together quickly.”

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Kelly chose Save Money Now! from The Wondering Brain. “I chose this post because it is for anyone wanting to save money. It is a simple tip, that is really easy to do. Plus, if you follow the tip through, it really adds up by the time you are done.”

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Natasha chose When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy. “Great post…and so true! I don’t know the last time that I had a full, uninterrupted sleep – probably right before I found out I was pregnant lol. If my son sleeps in his bed, it’s not all night – he ends up in my bed at some point. Which means I wake up and see him standing next to my bed. Or wake up because I’m kicked or slapped in the middle of the night. Or wake up because he’s snoring next to me. Either way, I don’t sleep. And I’ve somewhat gotten used to it.”

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Natasha also chose 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas from A Mom’s Take. “With my son only being 3, I have to be ever so creative with his lunchbox options. He just likes what he likes, and unless I am relatively creative, he probably won’t try it. Thanks for sharing some great creative lunchbox ideas!”

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Sunday Meal Plan – Week #26

Happy Sunday, readers!!

Another great weekend is nearly in the books. We have had an astounding weekend. Saturday we went to Dunkirk to celebrate my dad’s birthday. His actual day was this past Wednesday the 13th, but weekends are always easier to celebrate on. We had a mini-BBQ, lots of hot dogs, hamburgers and pasta salad. I didn’t eat the greatest but it was really delicious!

One of the best parts of Saturday was that Emmett got to meet one of his idols, Rolley. 😉 He seriously loves Bob the Builder and was so excited when we took a walk by my mom’s house and they had this cement roller there. I wish I had video’d the whole thing, his excitement was ADORABLE!

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And then today has been super productive!! I woke up at 5:30 this morning, thinking I’d get some time to get work done, but Emmett had other ideas. He wanted to wake up at 5:45 and spend some time cuddling on the couch watching Bob the Builder. I can’t say I blame him, I am pretty awesome, but it cut into my work time. haha

Ah well!! In the end it worked out. I pulled my laptop out while he watched TV, I got a few odds and ends done, and then eventually I made him breakfast. After breakfast, we woke Seamus up, mainly so I could get to our hamper and start our laundry. I’ve gotten 4 loads of laundry done, grocery shopping, food prep and some Beachbody stuff all complete and it’s only just 3 pm. Feels good to be so productive!!

Our Weekly Meal Plan

This weeks’ meal plan has some new recipes on it, ones that I am REALLY excited to try!!

Sunday: Chili & corn bread (carry-over from last week)

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: White Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Wednesday: Chicken Shawarma

Thursday: Steak, Chick Pea & Tomato Salad

Friday: Marinated Chicken with Sauteed Corn with Bacon and Leeks

Saturday: BBQ Bacon Hot Dogs and Baked Fries

The BBQ Bacon Hot Dog is going to be a Seamus creation. He went to a food truck that sold that type of hot dog, but didn’t get the chance to try it, so now he wants to make it at home. We’re saving it for the weekend, since we like to be less indulgent during the week. I’ll be sure to report back on how delicious (or not) it ends up being. 🙂

Like I said, we’re trying a few new things this week and I am very excited about that! We needed to spice up our Sunday meal plan.

I’m linking up with Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! and Jill from jillconyers.com

Your turn!

How was your weekend?

Have you tried any new recipes recently?

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Coping With Binge Eating Disorder – WIAW

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday post in it’s regular form, but it’s been especially long time since I’ve written about how I’m doing with Binge Eating Disorder.

Since it’s been so long, I thought it was a good time to revisit. I have lots to share!

I believe that B.E.D. is never something you truly get over. Just like any addiction it is with you forever, you just learn how to cope. Right now, I think I’m in the beginning stages of successfully coping with the disorder and overcoming all the struggles involved with binging.

A few months back, I was in a rough spot, both physically and mentally. I had hurt my back, could barely move, and my mood and feelings toward myself plummeted. I didn’t know how to fix the situation and did not want to go to physical therapy for my back (I had gone before and it made things worse), and for my mood, I knew all I need to do was exercise and eat better. So, I did the one thing that I always turn to in situations like this, I read.

I read everything I could get my hands on in regards to healing a bulging disc naturally without surgery or serious pain meds (I was definitely popping ibuprofen, though). I read books upon books and articles upon articles about B.E.D. I wanted to know everything I could know about the disease itself and I wanted to learn some coping methods that have helped others.

Months went by and my back slowly got better. I stretched like I needed to and should have been doing all along, and slowly the pain lessened. As for the B.E.D., there are three stand out things that have helped me become stronger and better able to say NO to a binge.

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The first, is my personal pep talks. Every time I start to crave junk, or am getting the urge to run to McDonald’s for a burger, I talk to myself. Not out loud (but that would be okay too), but to myself. I pause, doesn’t matter what is going on, I stop my thoughts from running towards food and I really think about what is going on with me. Most of the time it is boredom, or some unnecessary craving. Then, once I’ve realized why I am desiring something so bad for me, I tell myself that I don’t eat like that any more. I literally say that. I remind myself that the old me would run to McD’s and buy WAY too much food and eat it all, but that you no longer do that. And you know what? It works! The mind is a very powerful thing and works wonders when it is engaged.

The second, is writing down EVERYTHING that I put into my mouth. Every single bite, lick or taste, goes into my cute little green Moleskin (affliate link). I don’t track calories, I just eat 80% clean whole foods and 10% junk, but I ensure that everything I eat goes in that book. In addition to the food I’ve eaten, I also include the feelings I’m having, or anything else running through my head. It helps keep me focused.

I’m not perfect, there are days when only breakfast gets written down, or I forget about my snack, but I try darn hard to just carry it with me everywhere and to write everything down. It’s working because it is making me very conscious of the food choices I am making.

Finally, is Shakeology. I know I’ve mentioned this a few times, and I know people are still skeptical. I get it, I was too – but there has never been a food or drink before that has helped me curb cravings like Shakeology. So, I will sing its praises from the rooftops. Plus, it really tastes awesome and is like my own little super healthy daily dessert.

I’m not cured. I definitely still have binges and cravings still occur, but they’re smaller, weaker and I’ve set myself up with some great strategies to overcome them.

I am still reading loads and loads of articles and self-help books, because there is almost always more insight that can be gleaned from them. Something that might help me, or may help someone else I love and care about is worth spending the time to find.

If you’re interested in reading all of my binge eating disorder story, you can click here.

Your turn!

Have you ever heard of B.E.D. before?

If you struggle with Binge Eating Disorder, do you have any methods that keep you focused and away from binges?

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Happy 400th Post!

Holy guacamole!! Can you believe that this post is my 400th post?? 400!

I know we’re approaching my 2 year anniversary (in September), and while that seems like an achievable feat, somehow 400 posts doesn’t. I feel like there is just no way that I’ve shared 399 different blog posts with you, my readers. I mean obviously I did, wordpress doesn’t lie 😉 but it’s just such a crazy thought.

I thought it would be fun, in honor of my 400th post, if we went on a little time travel journey, back in time. I want to highlight my best posts from the last 100 and maybe a few others. Are you ready to buckle-up and join in on the journey (I feel like I need to play the Back to the Future music here. haha)!?

Top Baby Doodah! posts from the past 100

1. We moved! Do you remember that?? I do. The move was pretty smooth, but we were sad to find out that the neighbors below us were rude and selfish. We’ve since adjusted, but we rarely spend time in our living room because of their noise. It kind of stinks, but there’s not a thing we can do about it, so we’ve grown to accept it and our lives are so much better off.

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2. Are you interested in reading all about 33 little known facts about me?? Well here yah go!! 🙂

3. Since the beginning of the year I’ve shared many different posts about Binge Eating Disorder, my coping, what it looks like to an outsider, I even wrote an open letter to a woman struggling with binge eating disorder. Each and every one of them has been tremendously important to me in my journey to healing.

4. I’ve shared a couple of awesome recipes, our delicious guacamole and our ooey gooey meatloaf. Mmmmmm

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5. One of my biggest posts to date, in terms of traffic, was the one I wrote about being frustrated with blogging. I got a lot of advice, encouragement and commiseration. Sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone in your struggles.

6. Eating right and exercising can be a difficult thing to stay motivated to do. My post about rewards and how they can help you stay focused, was a pretty big hit!

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7. It’s easy to have a killer Monday when you have this list!!

8. It is no secret that I love my little boy beyond all measures, so I wrote a little blog post about the 10 reasons why having a boy rocks. I know girls are just as awesome in their own right, but I have a boy – so I wrote about a boy!

Reasons-Boys-Rock-Baby-Doodah9. I rode 33 miles in support of Cancer Research for the Ride for Roswell. No simple feat, I assure you! But, I am proud that I accomplished something so great for a cause so good.

10. I don’t use my phone or iPad to keep Emmett entertained much, but when I do, I’ve come up with a fool-proof list of toddler apps that keep him happy and focused, while I get things done around the house.

11. And finally… Emmett turned 2!!! It’s because of this boy that I have this blog and I’m so thankful for him, he lights up every single day of my life.

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Well, that about rounds up my top posts from the last 100. I’d love it if you checked them out and shared your thoughts in the comments.

I’m excited to see what the next 100 posts brings!!

Your turn!

If you have a blog, do you celebrate the 100 post milestones?

What were some of your favorite posts from the last 100, or since the beginning? Share in the comments below!

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Mommy Monday Blog Hop – Week 59

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