Lincoln Blogs....Get it?!

Sorry, I just couldn't help that little play on words.  I blame the inordinate amount of caffeine I've consumed this week. And my sweet littles who've been leeching my brain cells for over six years now.

ANNNNNNNYWAY.

It's time to LINK UP those awesome blogs and blog posts!

Welcome to the 18th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 17 - we had 126 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!

SMM Hosts Aug 2014 (1)
 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 LaughterCe 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...

Holly chose...

Slow Cooker Beef Chile Verde Nachos from Lou Lou Girls

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My cute hubby called me from work and told me that he had just signed up to bring a main dish for the company pot luck dinner. Main dishes can be so hard because you have to get the dish to the party without falling apart and then finding something that will feed so many people! I love challenges! We decided on these incredible nachos. They were a big hit at the party! Mike told me that everyone was trying to get the last piece of meat out of the slow cooker because the meat was so tender. The great thing about nachos are that everyone can make their own the way they like.

 

Cathy and Avie chose...

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing from Mayhem in the Kitchen!

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Last year I bought the Costco pack of organic pumpkin puree, and based on how September has gone thus far, I’m going to need to stock up again this year. I know a lot of folks think this whole pumpkin spice thing is overrated, overdone, overblown, but I just can’t help myself. As soon as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to crunch, the pumpkin obsession stirs within me and there’s nothing I can do about it. …OK maybe it’s not quite that bad. But it’s close. I knew I was ready for fall when I went through and sniffed the entire autumn themed line of wax melt air fresheners at the hardware store. Twice. Three times on the Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Cider varieties. Lucky for me, one of my coworkers shares my pumpkin love, and requested a pumpkin spice treat for her birthday, so I didn’t even have to think of an excuse to make these.


Mila chose...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

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Our culture revolves around the idea of self-sufficiency and independence. We don’t want our survival to be dependent on anyone besides ourselves. But I’m pretty sure our culture has it wrong. Community is important. It always has ben and it always will be. We’re born into families, we play on teams, and we’re assigned to work in groups. We’re designed and engineered to function not in isolation, but in relationship with other humans. Even us introverts. After writing my most recent post on physical, emotional, and spiritual therapy, I realized that something was missing. I threw out a whole lot of information about the various forms of therapy and I neglected to talk about one of the best forms of therapy I have ever found: BLOGGING! I realize that some of you might not believe this fact, so I decided to make a list of the…5 Reasons Blogging Counts as Therapy


Cyndi chose...

Project: Pallet Shed- Finishing touches! from Scrapality

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It’s been a long journey and a learning lesson from the first pallet to the last. My pallet shed is finally complete and I am very pleased how it turned out.


Ce Ce chose...

Crockpot Lasagna from 4 Sons 'R' Us

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On top of it being an all-out yummy classic comfort food, lasagna is a busy mom’s secret dinner weapon. It’s such a great option, especially when we’re talking about a crockpot, not oven, version because it’s so easy to throw together and it’s really filling, so a little goes a long way. Plus, this recipe usually makes enough for leftovers, which is a bonus because lasagna is one of those foods that almost always tastes even better the next day.


Natasha and Silvie chose...

10 Reasons Why I Am No Better Than My Kids. from Domain of the Mad Mommy

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Am I supposed to hold myself to a higher standard? I mean, I am their mother after all. Yet, somehow, I am no better than my kids.


Lori chose...

The Latest in Cat Pumpkins and More from Oh My Heartsie Girl

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Welcome To Weekend Fun Party Halloween Pumpkin Preview I could not wait to start sharing these cute creations I found while searching on All You and Good Housekeeping websites.


Jillian chose...

Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex from Warrior Queen

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It's the first day of fall and California spent the morning pretending it was going to actually have cold weather for once. It's quickly thrown a JK in our faces, but I took advantage and wore my favorite Sevenly sweatshirt as I dashed to Walmart to get the best deal ever...which totally inspired today's post. It does help that my mom's best friend gave me a Kate Spade handbag this past week...Paulina's so proud of me!


Tiffany chose...

The Phone Call That Left Us Speechless from How Do the Jones Do It?

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It was a school night and we were just getting ready to crawl in bed when the phone call came. ‘Jenny and her young daughter, Grace, don’t have a place to stay tonight. The hotel won’t take credit over the phone … can you go to the hotel in the next town over and pay for two nights?’

And the winner is...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

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Spilling the beefs...

Do you have any people in your life, acquaintances or otherwise, that you're just dying to address? Maybe you've got a bone to pick, or an issue to air.  Well, I've found lately that there are several of those kinds of people in my life--I just don't have the guts to actually say these things to their faces. 

Or do I? (insert maniacal, sleep-deprivation induced laughter)

Here I share a few of my "beefs" for all the blogosphere to see.
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Dear Elementary School Librarian,

Please stop sending library books home with my precious, forgetful, small children. They have inherited their forgetfulness from their mother, who is also incapable of remembering which day is Library day each week.

I put your "final notice" letters right on top of the books I keep stacked on the counter. We'd save each other a lot of trouble if you'd just tell the kids they can look at the books there. With you. Where they can't spill drinks, and their 2-year-old brother (aka "the page ripper") is not present. 

Just a thought. 

Thanks, 

Mother of the children who will never learn to read
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Dear Child who was treated like a rare steak,

I'm sorry the Puds bit you that one time. He has a hard time keeping his funny little teeth in his funny little head. We're working on it,

Mortified Mommy
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Dear Double-Stuff Oreos,

I hate you.

And I mean that in the nicest way possible. 

NotLove, 

Me
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Dear Husband, 

Remember that one time, when we went to Portugal and we were all by ourselves and had conversations and slept in until 9 am and ate all the things and saw all the things and did all the things?

Yeah, that was great. 

Love, 

Your wife, who's ready for another European vacation. Stat.
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Dear Mailman, 

Thanks for not ringing my doorbell ever again.  I see you got my hate mail message via Twitter. 

I pre-shate it, 

JJ
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Dear non-napping toddler, 

I heard you up there kicking your bed all afternoon. I heard you yelling my name and singing "no more monkeys jumping on the bed" and playing with your toy airplane. We've even caught you and the dog playing trains.  



You may think that these tactics will break my will to make you take an afternoon nap. 

You are sorely mistaken. Because mommy always wins. 

You battled hard here today, as you sang out a chorus of "mommy mommy mommies." I appreciate your perseverance and determination.  I like to think I've gifted you with those qualities via my very own stubborn little genome.

But I will win the war, 

Love you so bad I want to hurt you,

I mean "it hurts." Love you so bad it hurts,

Your sweet, kind, patient, gonna-win-this-thing Mommy. 
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Your turn!  SPILL THE BEEFS!! It's healthier to get it out, or some such...

Social Media Mixer, Linkin it up!

Just finished an awesome women's retreat weekend, more on that next week. Until then, come check out some new blogs!


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!

SMM Hosts Aug 2014 (1)
 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 LaughterCe 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!

 

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.


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.


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.


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.


Jillian chose...

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

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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.)


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

And the winner is...

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

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