This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 100!

Wishing all a safe and wonderful Memorial Day spent with family and friends, remember to pause for a moment, and offer a silent Thank You to all who have served! Now I want to welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 100 and 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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Welcoming you to pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of joe, for amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, cool DIY how to’s, and awesome advice with good friends! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!

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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 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 Simply Lindsey Loo with the post “The Truth About Sumermoms!“!
Saying, “Lindsey’s post is refreshingly honest and amazing…and I love it! Each mom has their own great points and their own faults, but it doesn’t make us any less of a mom. We just have to be honest about who were are and stay true to that. Great post!”

The Truth About Supermoms from Simply Lindsey Loo!

The Truth About Supermoms from Simply Lindsey Loo!

My favorite post came from The Mrs Tee with the post “A Military Child’s Journey to Finding New Roads“!
“An absolutely amazing post! It is not only the good things, but more often the struggles that we confront in life that can be our greatest strength. Add to that parenting of support and faith, he will continue to find his path. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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#TuesdayTen My Blood Pressure Is Through the Roof!

I am thrilled to finally be taking part in #TuesdayTen, hosted by a couple of great bloggers Lisa from Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Leiber Family, where I will be sharing how my blood pressure is through the roof in honor of National Blood Pressure month!

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As a parent, there are days when my beloved offspring, can seriously send my blood pressure through the roof! Especially now that we have reached the tween and teen stages for the little monsters, and since I am with them 24/7, it is almost a daily occurance! They will always be my babies, but there are days that I would like to really give them a swift kick to the rear…and here is why they can send my blood pressure through the roof!

1. Oh my goodness…the bickering! LOL!
My two youngest are a boy and a girl, just under three years apart in age, and they bicker…constantly! Sometimes it is over the dumbest things! I often tell them to each go to their rooms and close their mouths, before I help them with the latter! Of course, they both grin at me and manage to get one more dig in at each other before they separate! It absolutely sends my blood pressure through the roof!

2. Holy cow, they talk constantly!
Trying to watch a television show or concentrate on a post can be a nightmare! More often than not, during the climax of a television show, one of them will enter the room and just start randomly talking…and talking…and talking! LOL! Or if I am trying to write a post or do some work on something, one will decide that they want to leave the confines of their caves and start talking…and talking…and talking. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to them, but at times it can seriously send my blood pressure through the roof!

3. On occasion they have been known to tell a lie or two…or at least they try!
I am happy to say that it is not often and my darling lil miss does it more than lil man, and it is not done maliciously, but it happens! Most of the time it is trying to hide that they didn’t do, like homework or reading the book that I have assigned for them to read, and they tell me they did it when I know they didn’t! Lil man will narc himself out, more often than not, but lil miss will run with it as long as she can! Now that really sends my blood pressure through the roof!

4. Good grief…getting them to do their chores!
There are days that it is like pulling teeth! LOL! Now don’t get me wrong, they always do what I ask them to, but it drives me nuts to have to remind them to do the things that are really a part of every day life! They have to be told to take care of the animals, which are not new members of the family…put the dishes away, can they not see the dish strainer is full…dirty laundry goes in a basket, not on the bedroom or bathroom floor…take out the trash, you can only push the garbage down so far when it is full, it is full! I often feel like a broken record, and it totally sends my blood pressure through the roof!

5. Really? Why is getting them to shower, even an issue?
I am completely serious on this! I have to honestly tell them to take a shower! Why? Thankfully, I know that it is just a phase, but it absolutely sends my blood pressure through the roof!

But for all of the times that these little monsters of mine send my blood pressure through the roof, there is the flip side, all of the times that they make my heart melt and fill me with such amazing love and wonder that it fills me with awe!

6. Every hug, kiss, and I love you they shower upon me, from the 12 year old to the 21 year old, warms my heart!
No matter who is around or where we are, they show affection, without reservation or hesitation.

7. For every conversation, no matter the topic, surely warms my heart!
They will talk to me about anything and everything, no matter what it is, they will talk to me.

8. The bond of mother and child, growing stronger with each year, definitely warms my heart.
They respect my role as their mother and I cherish the bond of friendship that has grown with time. They know that no matter the situation, I will have their back and I know that they have mine, too, supporting each other as only a family can!

9. The time we spend together, hanging out together or one on one, absolutely warms my heart!
From living room camp out’s, backyard weenie roasts, or special tea party and spa days are priceless memories that I hope they carry with them throughout lives.

10. Watching the milestones that they pass, big or small, as each year goes by, inspires and warms my heart!
Through broken hearts, successful achievements, and coming into adulthood leave me in awe of the people they have or will become!

So for all of the times that they send my blood pressure through the roof, there are many more times that I want to hold them close and never let go! They are my heart, they are my sunshine, and they are my loves that warm my heart more than words can say!


Kids Room Design Ideas that Appeal to Adults

Today I am bringing you a guest post by Jane Blanchard as she shares kids room design ideas that will appeal to adults.

Many adults are just children at heart especially when it comes to their home environment. We decorate in ways that add comfort, creativity, and imagination. If the design has organized storage space and makes it easier to get out the door quickly in the morning, even better.

Designing a kid’s room that is fun, functional, and fantastic can turn into a stylistic and generational challenge. You love nautical, but your child dreams of outerspace. You can’t get enough pink, but your child wants cowboys and cowgirls.

So, how do you come up with kids’ designs that appeal to adults and fit the vibe of your home? There are several options.

Color

Not all children want primary colors in their rooms. In fact, behaviorists often advise parents of over active children to tone down a bold bedroom wall (such a cute accent!) for a less stimulating color. Instead of painting an entire wall, try creative or whimsical pieces to offer a pop of color and sweet dreams.

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Photo Courtesy of StraightLineDesigns.com

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Photo Courtesy of ghoofie.com

You can also create a tone-on-tone bedroom with colors that soothe children and adults alike. Glowing accent lights tie it all together.

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Are you an organic food junkie and claim all things natural? Consider adding fun bedroom accents that highlight healthy choices. A fruits and veggie theme is color, creative and appeals to both parents (yay veggies!) and kids (obsessed with bananas) alike! Plus, a play kitchen, when included as part of a kid’s bedroom, provides hours of culinary play.

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Usage rights granted to Straight Line Designs Inc. for publicity and promotion in print media and website when photo credit to Dan Zubkoff is included.
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Remember your childhood and all of the backyard treehouse adventures? How about a tree growing up the wall with handy shelves? You can also take the kids to visit an arboretum for more ideas from nature.

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Adventure

Ships Ahoy! Pirates are perennial favorites with kids. Captaining your own ship upon the high seas, what’s not to like? There are a variety of choices depending on the kids’ ages. Colors can range from bright to nautical blue. We suggest a more subdued nautical theme to appeal to the adults as well and grow nicely with your child.

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Photo Courtesy of cdn.home-designing.com

How about outer space? If your house décor is super modern, an outer space themed room would fit in nicely in your child’s room as well. Start with a blank white or black slate and add simple details like glow stars, constellation posters and a telescope. Add a cosmic space console desk and it’s perfect for a young astronaut or family astrophysicist aka that kid in your house with lots of physics homework.

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The décor possibilities for kids’ rooms are nearly as exciting and creative as your kids themselves. Choose one, a mashup of these ideas, or invent some of your own. A kid’s room, alive with favorite colors, activities, and aspirations, becomes the perfect springboard for newly developing interests, talents, and dreams for the future. Try to embrace your child’s personality, hobbies and love for life rather than giving in to the latest fad or popular cartoon character and you and your child will love spending time in this room for years to come.

For more design ideas, head to Modernize.com.

Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA.

Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA.


#AskAwayFriday 10 Reasons I Love AskAwayFriday!

Buddies have been a bit scarce as the summer months approach, hopefully enjoying priceless family time, but for those who might be nervous about joining us each week I want to share the 10 reasons I love Ask Away Friday!

Hooray for #AskAwayFriday, the most amazing link up ever!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, 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!

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Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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Echo from The Mad Mommy

So…grab our button, meet our amazing hosts, and hop through the great link ups to make some amazing new friends!

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I am a bit late in getting this out, this week, thanks to an internet outage, that took me out of commission for a couple of hourse tonight.

I started taking part in #AskAwayFriday in late 2013, and quickly became addicted, and when its creators needed to take a step back, a few of us could not seem to let it go. We thankfully got the blessing to keep it going and it has meant so much to each of our current hosts, that even though numbers have dwindled we have gotten really creative at our questions and our posts. So this week I am sharing the 10 reasons that I love AskAwayFriday!

I love AskAwayFriday, because…

1. I have been blessed to meet some of the most amazing ladies, that I now consider my dearest friends!
As a SAHM, I don’t get out much, they are my life line, my confidants, and ladies that I have never met but hope to someday!

2. I love being able to learn about others!
It has been amazing learning about how much or how little we might be alike, but still we connect as women, moms, and friends.

3. Some of the questions are absolutely fabulous!
I have had to think hard on some answers and other have just flowed…some have been so funny, like the “Hump, Dump, or Marry” question that I was asked…while others seriously helped me to bare a little bit of me.

4. I have love reading about other parts of the world!
It has been amazing to read about far away places, that I will likely never see, such as the Phillipines, Austrailia, and England which as many know is one of my dream destinations!

5. It allows me to open up about me!
I am a shy person and I find it so much easier to get to know someone with my screen as a barrier, but someday I will be able to meet a few of my friends and that excites me!

6. I look at our #AAF members as a huge extended family!
Getting to know and watch children grow, offering a kind word when a day or week could be better, and celebrating the little joys and the big joys that surround each of them!

7. Having a community of bloggers is truly the best part of being a blogger!
Knowing that I have the support of this community of bloggers, through the ups and downs, whether it is struggles with blogging or life is amazing!

8. I get excited to create my posts each week!
It is so much fun to answer the questions each week and creating the post, adding pictures to go with each question to help further explain my answers.

9. It is equally as much fun to read the answers to all of the other questions from all of the other bloggers!
There are so many times that as I read through the link ups, I find myself laughing out loud at the amazing answers or pictures that they use, too!

10. I love everything about AskAwayFriday!
The people, the questions, the fun, and the community, makes every part of AskAwayFriday amazing!

Please come and join AskAwayFriday, we would love to have you as part of the family and the fun! I would love to swap with you and if you would like to swap too, fill out the form below and we can arrange a time for you to be a part of this amazing AskAwayFriday link up!

If you are interested in joining in on the amazing fun, check out our #AskAwayFriday Facebook group for a great place to meet up and send out a #BuddyRequest if you need a partner to swap with! We would love to have you as a part of the amazing #AskAwayFriday family!

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Amazing Adventures Part Two!

Well a few days has turned into a few weeks for me to finally share our remaining amazing adventures part two from our family vacation. Things have been a bit wonky getting back to normal, for whatever normal means here at Corntassle Cottage.

Mid week, we took the kids to a very cool place called Magic Quest, which offered several different activities that we could do with the kids. I hate to admit, that at first I really did not want to take part, but I relented and decided to take part…and I am so glad that I did! We ended up doing all four of the activities which included Magic Quest, Odyssey, The Vault, and Pirate Mini Golf.


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Magic Quest is an interactive, role playing game that lets you complete quests to gain power and magical treasures as you advance. The kids each got their own magic wands to keep, and the hubs and I just borrowed wands so that we could play along. The hubs and I paired up and lil man and lil miss paired up to complete our quests together. We had a ton of fun and they store your progress so if we ever get an opportunity to go back, we can continue our quests where we left off!

After our quest was done, we moved on to the Odyssey Mirror Maze. That was an absolute riot! We had to put on plastic gloves, so as not to smudge the mirrors, and trust me we each walked into a few! Lil man even busted a few dance moves as we were going through.

Then we were on to The Vault, which was a lazer challenge, to see how quickly you could make it through without setting off too many buzzers. Again absolutely hilarious! The kids went through first and while lil man was really trying to miss the lazer beams, lil miss decided to just truck through and hit the end buzzer! Then it was time for the hubs and I, we actually made it through a few seconds after the kids’ time.

Finally we were on to the Pirate Mini Golf, which was all in blacklight. The hubs stood with the pirate statue for a photo op. The whole adventure at Magic Quest was amazing.

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We finished up our day with a bit of shopping, which included a stop at “The Sweet Shoppe of the South”, a cupcake shop! I just had to go in, because the owners are Cupcake Wars winners, and I have seen just about every episode! One of the owners was even there that day and the cupcakes were amazing! After a full day of playtime and shopping, we decided to stop at The Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. I love going to Hard Rock, being a big music junkie and all!

The next day we spent hanging out at the cabin for the day, because we had made arrangements for Lil man to meet one of his online gamer buddies that lived nearby. He spent the day with us and had dinner, and the boys got to hang out and shoot pool for a few hours. Lil man was so excited to finally meet his friend of four years and I even sent him home with baked goodies!

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On our last full day of vacation, we decided to take the kids to the Pancake Pantry, which the hubs and I had gone to on our last trip to Gatlinburg. The kids were in heaven, because they are both pancake junkies! As we ate our breakfast, they got to watch fresh taffy being made through the window, at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen next door. Once we were done with our pancakes, the man making the taffy, waved us in and gave us each a fresh, warm taffy log! Yummy! We did some more shopping, getting airbrush t-shirts for the kids, a beautifully, carved, wood sign for our home, and a few other trinkets.

Before calling it quits for the day, we took the kids to the Hollywood Wax Museum, for fun. Well it was mostly fun, until we got to the horror movie section of statues, when lil miss had a meltdown! With two older brothers, one of whom being very into all things horror, the “Scream” figure scared the crap out of her!

Since we would be checking out and heading home the next day, we spent the remainder of our evening hanging out at the cabin. I managed to get a couple of loads of laundry done, because who wants to come home from a vacation with piles of laundry to do! Packing up as much as we could so as not to have so much to do in the morning.

As we headed out the next morning, with poor little Nessie loaded to the gills, we had one more stop to make and a 12 hour drive ahead of us. Our last destination took us to the Cumberland Gap in the Appalachian Mountains. The hubs wanted to drive through the Cumberland Gap tunnel and we decided to make a short pit stop at Pinnacle Point located in Ewing, Virginia. It was amazing to stand and look out over the valley, across three states.

We had a truly amazing vacation, which even the kids loved. We have already started thinking about the possibilities of our next trip, maybe we will go west, or maybe we will go east. But we have at least a year to decide.


Turn It Up Tuesdays 87!

Come one…come all…It is time to turn up the fun and turn up the party for Turn It Up Tuesdays 87!

Welcome to the 87th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 404 links – another amazing week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. 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!

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Our sponsor for May is Dolled Up Spa Boutique.

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We are 2 sisters who wanted to inspire and encourage all the beautiful young girls in our lives. We wanted to pamper them and give them confidence all while having fun. So we started doing Spa parties and events, everything from manicures, pedicures, facials, hair and make up. Then we started making accessories, spa products, tutus and now clothing.We started off by doing it for the girls we know, then we started going to our local street fair and then we decided to open up our very own boutique. We love what we do and we love to create unique one of a kind items, just like these precious little girls. After all playing dress up, putting on jewelry, doing your hair and make up never goes out of style. We say the fluffier the better, there is never too much sparkle and glitter you say….Yes please!! We hope that you like what we have created.

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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 | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for May!

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Giselle from Red Lipstick & Champagne Dreams | Kori from Just Another Mom | Amy from Confessions of a Ninja Mom | Marina from Parental Journey | Rachel from Rae Loves | Free from Couponin Diva | Jody from Mom ‘N Daughter Savings

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

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jody chose Angel Food French Toast with Fresh Strawberries from our very Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise. “I love french toast and strawberries! So does my whole family. I can’t wait to make these!”

Elaine also chose this post. “First time I have seen French toast made with angel food cake. Looks YUMMY!”

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Jody chose Top Fitness Apps To Motivate You from The Organized Dream. “I’m on my own weight loss journey. These are really going to help. Which is something I really need!”

Marina also chose this post. “I chose this post because I needed something to motivate me to exercise and keep balance diet. It seems like it’s easier for me to do that with some apps, and here I found few really interesting ones.”

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Marina chose 40+ DIY Car Games for Kids from One Little Project At a Time. “Some great ideas here that I didn’t even think about. I am sure our next road trip will be much easier now when I have this car games cheat sheet!”

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Kori chose Twix Cookies from Lou Lou Girls. “I absolutely love Twix cookies but I gave them up earlier this year as I’m trying to cut down on processed sugar. So, to see them in a cookie form? Love it!”

Giselle also chose this post. “Anything involving chocolate takes top of the line! These look absolutely amazing and easy enough to make!”

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Kori chose What Does Your About Page Say About You? from our very own Tenns from Bliss and Faith. “I love this post because my About page is something that I still need to work on. I’ve been trying to refine it for a few months and this post offers some great advice.”

Free also chose this post. “I’m redoing my site and my about me page is something I’m struggling with. These tips will help me create a great about me page.”

This post also received the most clicks.

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Amy chose Instagram Tips for Blogging – A Guest Post from Dreaming of Leaving. “I just signed up for Instagram and have no idea what I’m doing. I didn’t realize how powerful a tool Instagram could be. This post has some great tips on how to use Instagram to promote my blog and it doesn’t seem to be as scary as I thought it was!”

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Amy chose Be Allergy Aware: What Moms Want You to Know from Mom on a Plan. “Being a person with dietary restrictions I could relate to this article. Some people really have a hard time understanding allergies and don’t know how to handle it when dealing with someone who struggles with it. This post will provide greater insight in to what parents with kids with allergies have to deal with and what you can do to help.”

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Stacey chose 5 Tips for Homeschooling Multiple Ages from Learning 2 Walk. “I sometimes struggle with homeschooling a high schooler and a grade schooler, getting somewhat overwhelmed at times. Thank you so much for sharing these tips!”

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Stacey chose An Open Heart And An Open Mind from All My Kids in a Row. “Such a beautiful post! Being the proud parent of a homosexual child, I have grown in my own open mindedness and tolerance of all people, and have taken great care in trying to guide my two younger children in their growth as well. Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Rachel chose Lemon Sour Cream Bundt Cakes from A Sprinkle of This and That. “These bundt cakes looks so yummy. My lemons are starting to grow so this would be a perfect recipe!”

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Rachel chose The Power of Writing It Down from our very own Kori from Just Another Mom. “Kori suggests creating a contract with yourself. I think that’s great advice to really narrow down the priorities and promise to get those done. I also like to write things down so that I can see and not forget everything that needs to be done.”

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Elaine chose Bacon – Getting It Out Of The Package from Ducks ‘n a Row. “Always looking for new tips. I did not know this one and am looking forward to trying it out.”

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Free chose How To Be Sure Your Business Cards Work For You Not Against You from our very own Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. “I’m going to be attending my first blog conference and I want to leave a lasting impression on everyone I meet.”

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Zografia chose How to Edit Your Own Photos for Free Using PicMonkey from The Princess & Her Cowboys. “I use PicMonkey for my photos too. That’s a great tutorial. The colorful pillow is ideal for showing us the differences during the editing.”

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Zografia chose Blogging Tips From Pro Bloggers – On The Scene With Mrs. Kathy King #BloggerInterviews from our very own Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother. “I am keeping this post in my bookmarks! Advice from pro bloggers is valuable! I am looking forward to the next post in the interview series!”

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Tina chose Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy Treat Pops from Simply Designing. “What a cute and super easy treat!Great for parties! I love the bakers twine and the decoration!Thanks for sharing.”

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Tina chose To All Mother’s With Love from Chic by Tab. “I love this vintage style soda crate!Great DIY and it’s cheaper than buying the original !!A beautiful and creative idea!Thanks for sharing.”

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Ginger chose When Is a Gift Not a Gift? from Chronicles from a Lumpy Person. “It’s great to read this perspective on chronic illness/disease/disorders and cancer. As someone with a chronic disease this post really put into words some of what I feel.”

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Ginger chose Don’ts of Blog Photography from Busy Being Jennifer. “I’m trying to up my photog skills and this post gave me some actual tips to do this. It also links to a few other posts with things I can do to make my photos look good.”

Tiffany also chose this post. “This post is a great reminder of how important imagery is within your Blog Posts. I have looked back at older posts and been appalled by the photos I used. Thank goodness for editing!”

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Tiffany chose #ThurstyThursday Throwback: Princess Peach from Hopelessly Ever After. “This drink is just calling my name right off the page. I love refreshing and fruity drinks and this is just that!”

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Mari chose Finding New Roads To The New Me from our very own Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter. “Tiffany’s share touched me because I always feel that a lot of women due to circumstances in their lives lose who they are and sometimes don’t even know it so for her to share her journey it was inspiring.”

Natasha also chose this post. “Being a former military spouse, I can completely relate to Tiffany’s touching story. It is so easy to lose yourself but so much harder to finding yourself again.”

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Mari chose 20 Strawberry Recipes from Summer Scraps. “Summer’s share just made me happy all around. Strawberries! All those options, omg…”

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Rebekah chose Paleo Chocolate Cake in a Mug Recipe from Blogging Mom of 4. “I love this post since she uses the exact ingredients our daughters have to eat. Our daughters have been craving Chocolate Cake but I haven’t been able to find a recipe that doesn’t use flour or sugar. I am so excited this recipe was posted!”

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Rebekah chose Super Tough Disposable Disinfecting DIY Wipes from Gym. Craft. Laundry. “I am so glad I saw this post. It looks like she uses both hydrogen peroxide as well as essential oils. I like it because she uses pictures to explain each step as she is making the wipes.”

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Giselle chose Pink Prom Makeup! from Zoe Mountford. “I absolutely love this look! The lip color and eye liner are great.”

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Natasha chose Why We Should Date Our Children and Six No Cost Date Ideas from Kiddie Matters. “I love these simple no-cost date ideas…you can enjoy the quality time with your kids while doing something fun and simple.”

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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An Open Heart And An Open Mind from All My Kids in a Row

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Don’ts of Blog Photography from Busy Being Jennifer

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– 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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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 99!

Monday is again just around the corner and I want to welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 99 and 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!

Welcoming you to pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of joe, for amazing fun, fabulous crafts, new recipes to tempt your tastebuds, cool DIY how to’s, and awesome advice with good friends! There is no better way to start the busy week ahead than hanging out with great friends!

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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 partner in fun…

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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 Mrs. Tee with the post “Finding New Roads to the New Me“!
Saying, “Being a former military spouse, I can completely understand how Tiffany feels. I also had the same concerns, where I completely lost myself and forgot who I was outside of being a military wife. It took me some time, but I finally figured out who I was and what I wanted – just as Tiffany is doing. Great post!”

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Finding New Roads to the New Me from Mrs. Tee!

My favorite post came from The Mad Mommy with the post “I Am My Own Nemesis“!
“An absolutely amazing post! I completely get this on so many levels with a lifetime of doubts and a constant of never being enough. I try to fight the negativity that is a part of my mind, but sometimes it is so hard to let it go! Thank you so much for sharing, Twinsie!”

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I Am My Own Nemesis from The Mad Mommy!

Congratulations, ladies!

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!

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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