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!

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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 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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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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When the homework hits the fan (and 4 easy ways to make it stop).

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved homework.  I loved it so much I would make up school work for my siblings and play school for hours on end. Just being in that environment made me happy.

Yes, nerd, geek, yada yada, I know.

So when it comes to my kids, we've worked tirelessly to instill in them a love for learning that exceeds my wildest expectations. Mr. A loves anything to do with animals or nature and will sit poring over books about snakes and the solar system for hours. My sweet Babygirl loves letters and logged countless hours at the writing table in preschool.

So homework has just come naturally to these kids.

HA! Did you just shoot pumpkin spice latte out your nose? Yeah, me too. Actually I've never had a pumpkin spice latte, but I hear they're all the rage.

Homework time for us is quite honestly akin to torture for one child, and the most amazing, fun thing ever for the other. Wanna guess which is which?

Pobre Mr. A would literally rather avail his little six-year-old body upon the linoleum than acquiesce to our completely impertinent demands that he do, nee correctly complete, his homework. Tantrums, I tell you.  Are you listening, Mr. A of the Future? You made your parents insane.

I give you, exhibit Mr. A: 
What's this paper and pencil here for, mommy?


You're not going to make me do homework again, are you?
In the meantime, there's at least one little girl in this house who thinks homework is awesome and has been waiting since 3P-K for some that's not mommy's made up version of whatever big brother was doing. She's got her own, bonafide homework, and she couldn't be more thrilled.

So do you want to know our technique for getting ALL the children to do their work? And yes, I'm referring to our post-yelling and time-outing techniques. These are the ones that actually work best for us.

1) Bait and switch. I promise Mr. A a certain number of pages of his favorite book du jour (usually the library book that came home that week) for a certain amount of homework. This keeps everybody positive and thinking about rewards instead of punishments which is huge for Mr. A. I definitely have a reward-style kid when it comes to discipline.

2) Start early. The later in the day we wait to do homework, the more tired we are. I pull the homework from the backpacks as soon as we arrive home after pick-up. That way the information is still somewhat fresh for him (causing less frustration) and we've gotten it out of the way before we all get too tired.

3) Break it down. Or maybe break it up?  Whichever you choose, just be sure to take it a little at a time. Especially if you're getting close to Melt-down Town via Frustration Avenue. Take a break and come back to it later. Or even start off with a plan to complete one section per day until the homework is due. As with everything in life, it's all about time management, people.

4) Be patient. I mean like, preschool teacher, bubbly positive, encouraging, "you can do this" kind of patient. You'll sound incredibly annoying, but your child will appreciate the fact that at least one of you is keeping your cool. Even with math homework. Ok, especially with math homework.

I predict now that word problems will be the death of me.

For those who like pictures of their parenting help tips: 

And just one last thing. Can you remind me of these little tips when I'm sitting in the corner rocking back and forth, drawing stars and smiley faces on the floor with permanent marker? Kthx.

Hey, I never promised you'd save your sanity. Just that the homework would get done.

What about you? What's your best technique for getting through the homework rigamarole? Please do tell...

I'm Co-hosting the Social Media Mixer This Week!

Come check out some new blogs and make some new friends!

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.


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.

And the winner is...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Candy Recipe from Glimmer Creations

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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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