Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome to the 17th week of the Social Media Mixer!

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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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Final Glimpse at a Garden Tour

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Tell me it's not too late? Fall is in the air and everyone is sharing their favorite Fall crafts and decorations and it is no different around here. And I would be sharing my Fall decor if it weren't for the fact that I forgot to share the pictures from the awesome garden tour that I attend every. year.

Our local city hosts an annual garden tour as well as the town just a few miles east. They are both highlights for me every summer! I walk away with more ideas on my list and a determination to do more. More garden space. More plantings. More garden decor. More DIY in the yard.

It never ends! Here are some highlights:

Love the shape of this! Curved landscape lines just add so much floww!

VERY cool man made waterfall/pond!




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This homeowner's garden took the grand prize. Loved the little shed!


Simple basket hanging on a gate, how cute?

Small bench and display area.



Love the lanterns and tools!


Very unique hanging fixture!

Don't you just love this serene view on the other side of the pond?

Hope you enjoyed this last look at summer!

Linking up this week to:
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Monday at Domestically Speaking