#AskAwayFriday with Savanna from Rose Uncaged!

Savanna from Rose Uncaged is helping me to bring out the ghosties and goblins, tricks and treats, and the spookies and fun for an amazing Halloween themed #AskAwayFriday!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Amber from Bold Fit Mom

Please give a warm #AAF welcome to our fabulous co-host for the next 2 weeks, Jill from The Singapore Writing Homemaker. Jill is an amazing woman who has been a self-described ‘full time homemaker’ for 9 years and has been married for 12. She shares her inspirations and encouragement from being a mom, a wife and a woman in the amazing land if Singapore. Be sure to head over and visit with her at The Singapore Writing Homemaker.

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This week, I am super thrilled to be swapping with a new bloggy friend, Savanna from Rose Uncaged! Savanna is a wife and mom to two little girls, who shares all about her journey as a mom with OCD. Offering up her view on the randomness that is life! Be sure to stop her site for a visit and show some love!

Happy Halloween to you all and now on to the Q & A!

1. What are your plans this year for Halloween?

The kids and I will be spending the day baking cookies! I already have four batches mixed up and ready to go!

2. Do you pass out candy, or turn out all the lights and pretend to not be home?

No, we don’t generally pass out candy, we have in the past, but we live on a really busy street and so we don’t get any trick or treaters.

3. Candy corn- Yay or Nay?

YAY! LOL! I love candy corn, but I can only eat a few pieces at a time.

4. Are your kids dressing up this year? If so, what are they going as?

No, they have not dressed up for the last couple of years. Here is a pic of their last Halloween dress up.

Freddy Krueger, Iron Man, and my little Hippie!

Freddy Krueger, Iron Man, and my little Hippie!

5. What kinds of Halloween things do you incorporate into homeschooling this time of year?

I actually tried a couple of years ago, sharing the origins of the holiday with them, but they barely wanted to pay attention to the actual school work then. I may try again this year.

6. Do you have a favorite recipe you like to make for- or around Halloween?

Chocolate chip cookies! LOL! They are lil man’s favorite.

7. What is your favorite Halloween candy?

Pretty much anything with chocolate!

8. Tell me about your most favorite Halloween ever

I think that the best one that I had, was when I was about 16. A group of friends and I got all dressed up and actually went out trick or treating. There was probably 15 or so of us and the night was a blast!

9. What is the best costume that you’ve either worn or dressed your kiddos in?

Here is a pic of that Halloween…

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Halloween 1989

10. Have you ever dressed up as a couple with your husband? If not, would you ever?

No, we haven’t. I would, but hubby would not really be into it.

Thank you so much for swapping with me this week, Savanna! I loved the Halloween theme! Be sure to stop by and visit Rose Uncaged and read her answers to the questions that I asked her and show her some love! Don’t forget to visit with the rest of the amazing #AAF family to get to know this amazing group!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 58!

I am thrilled to offer you another amazing week with great friends and great finds on Turn It Up Tuesdays 58!

Welcome to the 58th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

Happy Halloween!!! The holiday is right around the corner, and it makes me realize that the year has flown by! What are you doing for Halloween? Going to any parties? Dressing up your kids in those adorable costumes? Share them all with us this week – present or past!

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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

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

This is the last week for our October guest hosts…thanks for all you have done to make this month great!

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Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

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 December, January, and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Laura chose Nature Mini Wreaths: Love Inspired from Simple Nature Decor. “I love the simple and adorable idea. This could easily be made with the family or that special time when Mom needs to hide and just be creative. Bringing Nature and memories always inspires me as a Blogger to want to be even more creative.”

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April chose 10 Reasons to STOP Breastfeeding from MBA SAHM. “Butterfly turned ONE this week, and to stop nursing has been wearing on my mind a lot lately. There are so many things that are easier with breastfeeding. That said, things are getting more difficult as she’s teething and using me to soothe herself.”

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Jillian chose Dollar Store DIY: Easy Owl Banner from Table Decor Ideas. “I chose this post because I am looking for new fun ways to decorate for Halloween outside of pumpkins and skeletons. This is perfect!”

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Cathy chose Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry. “Karly creates the ultimate fall sweet treat! A moist apple cupcake topped with a creamy caramel cream cheese frosting with an added M&M on top! This cupcake is the perfect mouthful of fall flavors!”

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Meghan chose How to Create An RH Baby Room without Spending the Money from Seeking Lavender Lane. “I want to redo my daughter’s room soon as she transitions to a toddler bed, but I already redid her nursery once so definitely can’t afford another major redecoration! This post gives great ideas on how to decorate affordably and still give you the look you are going for.”

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Stacey chose Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie’s Noms. “OMG! Those look absolutely amazing! I am definitely getting some sweetened condensed milk the next time I go to the store! Maybe even 2 cans, so that I can make a version with nuts, all for me! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Bernadyn chose Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood. “I think this post about separating your finances in a marriage is a smart and practical way to keep the marriage more balanced. It may not work for everyone but then again, it may be a great way for some couples to be happier with how the finances are handled in their marriage or partnership instead of only one person having the burden of handling all the financial obligations.”

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Jessica chose Couponing: My New Addiction // How I Saved 50% on My Groceries from Mommie and Wee. “I’ve been wanting to try out couponing for awhile. It’s kinda hard in San Antonio becuse the only main grocery store is HEB, but once she mentioned WalMart, I was like, huh?!? Maybe I need to start looking into couponing again and pick up the Sunday paper! Thanks for the tips :).”

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Tina chose Painted White Mini Boos from Woods of Bell Trees. “I love this craft. Nice, easy to make and so elegant. I’d love to have them all year around!!”

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Sonya chose 3 Mobile Mystery Shopping Apps That Pay Cash from Being a Wordsmith. “This is a great post for anyone looking to make cash from mystery shopping. Kimberly does a great job of explaining how each app works. Along with listing the pros and cons for each app.”

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Elina chose Flower Collage Canvas from Sum of Their Stories. “I love this project because she takes you step by step on how she created it. The floral papers she used were beautiful and I love that she used a black marker to draw an offset outline around the petals. It really gives the completed project a touch of whimsy.”

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Natasha chose 7 Things You Don’t Get Warned About When You are the Parent of a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “Love this post! All the points are so true – no one can truly warn you about what to expect with a toddler, but sometimes I wish someone would’ve warned me how crazy it is!”

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The post with the most clicks is 5 Reasons Why You Must Watch How to Get Away With Murder from Being a Wordsmith.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting | Apple Recipes from A Simple Pantry

There’s a tie for second place!

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Candy Overload Magic Bars from Annie’s Noms

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Marriage and Money from Trusting the Journey of Motherhood

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

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Fifteen Years Ago Today!

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Fifteen years ago today,
You stole my heart in that truly special way!

From day one, with an ever watchful eye.
The world was not going to pass you by.

A ready smile for those around you.
Making people happy is just what you do.

The man you will become, I do so readily see.
Growing so quickly, right in front of me.

Love and kindness, with generosity to spare,
Within your heart, you have an abundance to share.

My son, I love you with all my heart,
As I have right from the very start!

Wow! I cannot believe that my lil man is fifteen today.

I came down with the chicken pox when I was four weeks pregnant with him, which turned joy into fear. The doctors weren’t sure what would happen, since it is extremely rare for a woman to be pregnant and have the chicken pox! After being shown pictures of deformed babies (dumbass intern) and the doctor conferring with the head of the OG/GYN Dept of SIU School of Medicine, they decided that I would either have a healthy baby or no baby at all. When we were able to hear his heart beat for the first time, we were able to relax just a bit.

I was thankful to be blessed to deliver naturally a beautiful and healthy little boy, just a few months later. However the fun did not end with him being born…because when it was time for me to get rid of all of the other “stuff”…it missed the bag and hit the floor and my hubby’s shoe! The morning after he was born, a delivery person had come to deliver balloons to another new mom and she was dressed in a full Tigger costume. I had a small Tigger with me when I had him and the nurses brought her down to my room so that he and I could have our pictures taken with a life-sized Tigger.

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Tigger, Mommy, and Lil Man

He was such a good baby, and always so happy! Loving to help people and very protective of those he loves. Now he is a head taller than me, and calls me his “tiny mommy”! LOL! I am proud to have been blessed with such an amazing son!

Wow, has it really been fifteen years ago, today!?! Happy birthday, lil man! I love you!


This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 70!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 70 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

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Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Come one and come all to join in to be a co-host’s for November or December’s This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Jessica’s favorite post came from Living In Mommywood with the post “So, What You’re Saying Is…I Really Don’t Have The Right To Die!
Saying, “This really touched me. I am just coming back from a family emergency and was this close to planning a funeral for my mother. Throughout the experience, my family and I had to speak on the subject of death. It’s a very painful subject to speak on but at that moment in time, it was a necessity. It made me realize that it is something we all have to speak about early on since we never know when our time is up. Thanks for sharing!”
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Natasha’s favorite post came from Living In Mommywood with the post “So, What You’re Saying Is…I Really Don’t Have The Right To Die!
Saying, “Mari is so right in this post – we don’t want to think of death, hoping that we have numerous years before it happens, but we have to prepare for it and make sure that we protect ourselves and our children in the case that things happen suddenly. When my son was born, I also opened a life insurance policy for him, myself, and my mom. I had to make sure that we were all protected. Great post!”
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My favorite post came from Living In Mommywood with the post “So, What You’re Saying Is…I Really Don’t Have The Right To Die!
“What a great post! When my mom came down with MS, I sat down with her and made out her will and living will, just to make sure that her wishes would be carried out as she wanted. But it also got me thinking about my own immortality and not wanting my kids to have to make those very difficult decisions for me, so I also made up my own will and living will, so that they would not have to. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

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#AskAwayFriday with Jan from Sylva Fae!

From the land of Faeries and magical wonderlands, I bring you Jan from Sylva Fae!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Amber from Bold Fit Mom

Please give a warm #AAF welcome to our fabulous co-host for the next 2 weeks, Jill from The Singapore Writing Homemaker. Jill is an amazing woman who has been a self-described ‘full time homemaker’ for 9 years and has been married for 12. She shares her inspirations and encouragement from being a mom, a wife and a woman in the amazing land if Singapore. Be sure to head over and visit with her at The Singapore Writing Homemaker.

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So…grab our button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I am super excited to be swapping with Jan from Sylva Fae! Jan is an amazing writer and magnificent dreamer. On Sylva Fae, she shares the stories of her children’s adventures through their own faery wonderland. Encouraging a love of reading and dreams through imagination that only children can provide! Be sure to stop by her space and enjoy the family’s adventures and share a little love!

Now on to the questions!

First the serious bit…

1) For me and any other newbies, how did Ask Away Friday start?

#AskAwayFriday was the brain child of the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers, by sharing 10 questions with each other. It is an amazing way to build those lasting friendships and a great way to get to know each other.

2) What are the best things about home schooling?

I really love having control over what my kids learn, not that I am a tyrant or anything, but I want them to have the real tools that they will need for life. I want them to learn the things that will serve them, and not sit wasted in the back of their heads.

And a seasonal bit…

3) It’s getting cold here in the UK, what’s your favourite warming meal to suit fussy little eaters?

I love to make chili, you can see my recipe here.

We normally eat our chili with crackers, cheese, warm buttered tortillas, and corn chips. :)

4) What are your favourite Autumn / Fall activities?

I like going to Apple Orchards or Pumpkin farms, but we have not been able to make it yet this year. I also love going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show with my oldest son, but I don’t think that I am going to be able to make it this year. :(

Now relax…

5) Where would you go on a dream holiday if money and time were no object?

Oh definitely tour the whole of the UK! From the top to the bottom, and side to side!

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6) Who would you take on your dream holiday to keep you company?

While I would love to take the whole family, I also would not be against just the hubby and I either. ;)

Let’s get sentimental…

7) Which special item have you kept from your childhood?

I have a teddy bear, that was given to me on the day I was born; and a Raggedy Ann doll that I got when I was 2 years old for Christmas. :)

Raggedy Ann and my first Teddy Bear!

Raggedy Ann and my first Teddy Bear!

8) What keepsakes did you give your children when they were babies?

My oldest son got a stuffed animal called a Marsupilami, that he got the day he was born. They each have their own afghan blanket that their Great Grandma made for them. I also bought each of them a Build A Bear. They each got their own set of dishes and a few other things, over the years. :)

And finally a bit of fun…

9) What song would be a theme tune for your life?

This is a great question! This song is the final song from The Pirate Movie, one of my favorite movies from the 80’s!

10) You sound like a ‘Supermum’, what would be your secret superhero power?

My dream would be speed like the flash! LOL! I could get so much stuff done in a day! Then again, the power to freeze might be kind of fun, too! LOL! For those days when the kids won’t slow down or stop talking! LOL! I love them, but there are those days!

Thank you so much Jan for swapping with me this week! Please be sure to stop by Sylva Fae and read Jan’s answers to my questions, as well as all of the other amazing #AAF family!

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 57!

I am thrilled to offer you another amazing week with great friends and great finds on Turn It Up Tuesdays 57!

Welcome to the 57th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!!! We’re so happy to have you here this week – and thanks for the amazing posts last week!

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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

Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife

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Danielle is a Navy Wife and Stay at Home mom to 3 (soon to be 4) children age 5 & under! She has learned to save money on a set income & I want to teach you to save money for the things you WANT to spend
it on and not what you HAVE to, like bills! The Frugal Navy Wife provides fellow military wives with recipes, DIY, deals, and money-saving tips, along with homeschooling tips.

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!

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(from the top – left to right)

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 | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for October!

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(from the top – left to right)

Bernadyn from B is for… | Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish | Dorothy from ZzzonkOwl: All Things Etsy | Elina from Scrapbooks, Crafts, Cards, Oh My! | Shelly from The Domestic Heart | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Michelle from Failing Perfect | Sonya from Saving Everyday With Sonya K | Tina from The Happy Creations

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose 10 Ways to Beat the Rainy Day Blues from Ten at the Table. “I chose this post because it’s been pretty rainy around my area, and I’m always looking for new and fun things to do to spice up a boring, rainy day.”

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Meghan chose DIY Laundry Room Shelf from Latte Everyday. “This is an excellent idea for a wasted space above the washer and dryer. When we were looking at model homes at different communities, the laundry room was always immaculately staged. I always said I wanted my laundry room to look like one of those rooms, but who has the time and money to fix a laundry room up? Especially since it is a room that isn’t used by anyone other than myself. I love this idea for storage and even decor. I am definitely going to be doing this!”

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Bernadyn chose Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go from Normal Everyday Life. “I chose this because it made me realize that one day, my kids will also stop playing with toys in the tub and I’ll actually be sad when there are not toys cluttering every space of the house! This was a bittersweet post that you can relate to as a parent. It makes me want to cherish these crazy, messy years with my two little ones even more.”

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Dorothy chose Random Parenting Fails, 2nd Edition from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. “Every parent has small, random fails or even white lies that make them feel guilty, so it’s always nice to be reassured that there are other parents making mistakes too :) This post was short and cute. I loved it.”

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Sonya chose How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom. “This post lists lots of companies that will pay you to test their products. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning ways of making money from home.”

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Rhonda chose Skeletons In My Closet! from What Happens at Grandma’s. “This post contains tons of Halloween crafts for kids that are unique and quite crafty. Did I mention spooky! Great way to spend time with the kids and get in the spirit of Halloween!”

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Elina chose Glittered Fall Leaves DIY from Typically Simple. “This project stood out for me cause it shows you how to recreate those glittered leaves you find in the stores. These would be the perfect addition to any fall wreath or tablescape. And I can picture these as cute napkin rings or on placecards. The possibilities are endless.”

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Cathy chose Simple Homemade Caramel from Luv a Bargain. “Sherri has made delicious, creamy caramel using her crock pot! I pinned this amazing recipe to try! I am excited to dip an apple slice into this homemade caramel! Check out Sherri’s easy and yummy way to make homemade caramel!”

Stacey also chose this post. “I have been wanting to try out making my own caramel, especially now with apple season in full swing! I am definitely going to give this one a try! Thank you so much for sharing!!”

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Tina chose Funghetto velenoso * Little, poisonous mushroom from Caseperlatesta. “Super cute idea,great costume.A beautiful costume for all those DIY mommies out there!!!I love the hat!!”

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Natasha chose Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired. “Love this post! It’s so true – I had so many thoughts before I had my son, now I know so much better. And the biggest thing is the TV – I was so insistent upon limiting TV use for my son, now I don’t know what we would do without it! You’ve inspired me to write my own post about this very topic!”

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The post with the most clicks is Red Red Wine Pacifica Polish I Swatch and First Impression #NOTW from Grow It Girl.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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How You Can Become a Product Tester and Get Paid to Test Products at Home from Product Review Mom

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Things I Thought Before I Had Kids! from Leah Inspired

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!

Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!

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So now that you’ve met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, the Featured and the Best of the Best, and the winners of our anniversary giveaway…

let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back. *Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier! *Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends! *Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!

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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!




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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 69!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 69 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

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Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Come one and come all to join in to be a co-host’s for November or December’s This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Grab a badge and join the party!

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Natasha’s favorite post came from Giveaways 4 Mom with the post “4 Ways to Deal with a Sassy Child!
Saying, “Love this post! Consistency has been the key to progress with my son, and I’m glad to see it addressed in this post. Thanks for some great tips, Victoria!”
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My favorite post came from B is 4…with the post “Bursting the Bubble: Kids Grow Up!
“What a great post! My oldest has been out of the house for just over a year, and having to let him fly free, was one of the hardest things that I ever had to experience. But it was something that I knew I needed to do. Now as the two younger ones grow, I know that the time grows near, time for them to be eventually moving out on their own. I think that lil miss, as my baby, will be the hardest to let go. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Congratulations!

Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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Come one and come all to join in to be a co-host’s for November or December’s This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want, that’s right as many as you want!!!!

2. Please follow our Host’s

3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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Welcoming you to link up all of your favorite sites for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 69, for more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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