Saturday, August 30, 2014

Social Media Mixer Week 14

Pin It

Welcome to the 14th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 13 - we had 12 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

In the nature of mixing things up here at the Social Media Mixer, we will now be selecting our favorite posts each week - those posts will be featured and the social media links for that blogger will also be featured! So make sure to share as many posts as you'd like to be featured!!! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Social Media Mixer-2

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 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 Thursday night at 11:59pm. One linker will be chosen each week 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!

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!


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

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week's Social 

Media Mixer...

Holly and Victoria chose...

TT.9 | THIGH GAPS… REALLY THOUGH?! xM&W from Mommie & Wee


Today, I took a trip to Walmart. I needed to get some spray paint for a DIY project. I’ll be sharing the juicy details with you later this week. But as I was walking out, clothed in a t shirt and Soffe shorts, I looked down and it hit me…


Julie chose...

No-Churn Smores Ice Cream from The Blonder Side of Life

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Y’all….you’re life is about to be forever changed…..
I did something for my birthday that my hips (and probably yours too) will hate me for forever…like forever, forever…..I made homemade ice cream….and it was really easy!!

Katie chose...

I Can't Have Kids. But I'm Okay With That. from Mommie & Wee


There has been so much that has gone on in my life since becoming pregnant. My pregnancy story is pretty crazy. (You can read more about it HERE.) But, after successfully delivering twin girls, I was told that I should not have more children….

Anni chose...

The Journey

Hey there, and welcome to The Journey. I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Destiny, the girl behind this blog.  You’re about to read about the life of a teacher, a twenty-something, a traveler, and a small town girl living in a big city- all in one. There’s always something going on in this life of mine, and I am so excited to share it with you!

Tiffany chose...

5 Things I Do As a Parent from Domain of the Mad Mommy


I am a sarcastic person. I think anyone that reads my blog can see that. I am sarcastic with everyone, including my kids. However, there are things that I am never sarcastic about.

Ce Ce chose...

Divine White Chocolate Cheesecake with Berry Coulis from Just A Mum


I discovered this recipe after endless requests from my lovely husband to learn how to make his favourite dessert – Cheesecake! I have no time for fancy ingredients or tricky techniques so after combining a few ideas from online this is what I have come up with.

Jillian chose...

8 Ways to Make it Easy to Share Your Posts from 100lb Countdown


I am a co-host on several blog hops: Creative Style, Turn it Up Tuesday, and CLIMB. One of my purposes of starting the blog hop is to help my readers and followers grow. But I can’t. Let me rephrase. It’s hard to. Why? Well, you came to the right place, because I’m going to tell you.

Sandy chose...

Simple Ways to Make Back To School Easy from Krafts & Kiddos


As quick as I blinked an eye, I felt like it was time for school to start all over again. Our summer was “full” of exciting adventures and plenty of memories were deposited into the kids memory bank, but school officially started this week. Both kiddos were super excited to meet their teachers and kick start the school year. I think as much as I have a hard time saying goodbye to summer, I was truly ready for the kids to get back to school.

Tara chose...

The Honeycomb Home


Hello & Welcome! The Honeycomb Home (THH) is my blog about all things Interior Design, DIY, and House & Home. I created this blog as a source of inspiration for other Design Enthusiasts. I live in a small (1200 sq ft) builder-grade house. Here, I will share with you the process of changing my cookie cutter house into a home, on a budget, and show you how you can do the same. It’s time to wake up your space!

Shana chose...

Whole Wheat Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes from Natural Chow


I do not know what I would do if I didn’t have an awesome pancake recipe to fall back on when I have no creative juices, my eyes are juuust open, and I haven’t even thrown a splash of coffee down the ol’ hatch. But today, I had to be a little creative because a) we were out of eggs, b) we were out of sugar, and c) I knew people were going to want an amazing breakfast this morning due to the fact that they were “punished” with oatmeal yesterday.

Shana chose...

15+ Simple Ideas to Teach Kids at Home & Free Printable (Love to Learn Linky #6) from A Little Pinch of Perfect


Whether you are a homeschooler or think homeschooling is crazy, as a parent you have a special role in your child's education. It is important to show you are interested and involved in helping them learn and grow! That is why I am so excited because next week we will be sharing our first A-Z themed Tot School and Preschool ideas.

And the winner is...

5 Things I Do As a Parent from Domain of the Mad Mommy


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

Stop by and follow our featured bloggers! We're sure you'll love them as much as we do!
If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
Social Media Mixer
<div align="center"><a href="" title="Social Media Mixer" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Social Media Mixer" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Are you ready to start mixing it up?? Then, let's go!

Make sure to add the button below to your sidebar to invite even more people to join the fun!
Epic Mommy Adventures
<div align="center"><a href="" title="Epic Mommy Adventures" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Epic Mommy Adventures" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

blog header

facebook header 2

pin header 2

twitter header




Saturday, August 9, 2014

You Can Find Me In the Garden

Pin It

You know you're busy when you don't even know it's payday. Seriously true in my life right now. Back in May I ventured through a door that God opened in my life to take on a full time job. For years I worked full time, but once I had my second child, I became a stay at home mom.

Wow have the plants filled out in just a year!

A few changes from last year in our firepit area.
Click here to see what it looked like last year.

For many years I stayed at home and throughout those years worked several part time jobs, the main one being at my sons' school. It worked well for us and my schedule was flexible to be around when my kids were around and enjoy hanging with them.

Love the new chairs, they add a splash of color!
Times have changed and two of my sons are in college and my baby will be a senior this year. The college bills are coming in and this new job pretty much fell in my lap. You know it's God when, against all odds, what you least expect happens. That's why I am now working full time.

But even though two of my kids are young adults and going to college and working and my youngest is 16 and self sufficient, I have still found it challenging to go back to a 40 hour week. Many of the things I love to do have been pushed to the side. Blogging and diy are just a few. And I am relearning how to juggle things differently and manage my time in another way and most of all, learn to let things go. I no longer am obsessed with having my house spotless or redecorating everything under the sun. I am learning to enjoy life and realizing how short time is now that I am working so much, so enjoying my time at home with my family is my priority. Because so very soon, sooner than I would like, my middle son will be gone to university, my oldest will be back at the local college and still working, and my youngest in school.

So, if you need me "you can find me in the garden".

Linking up this week at: