Monday, August 25, 2014

Boy Mom {Guest Posting}

Hey it's me again.. two posts in one day! 
I know right... never would I have imagined, but it is totally true! 

Well to be fair this second post is just a shameless promotion for my Boy Moms post over at Chasin' Mason today! I was so thrilled when Elizabeth asked me to give my take on being a boy mom! I have been following this series from the beginning and absolutely LOVE reading about other blogging moms' experience with having boys; heaven knows as boy mothers we need as much help/advise as we can get ;) 
A little sneak peak for you:

"I'm 90% sure you are having a girl" said the ultrasound tech at my 20 week anatomy scan. I wasn't at all surprised. Over the last 16 weeks, I had worked myself up to be scared to death to have a girl. I am not at all into girly things and I really have no idea how to be a girl myself, so how in the world would I be able to raise a girl and give her the true girl experience? Because the universe works in funny ways and I was really terrified to have a girl, I was sure I was going to be blessed with a baby girl just to show me that I could raise a girl perfectly well and it would all work out.


To get the full low down on the rest of the story and my love for all things boys, head on over to Chasin' Mason to read my post and check out my great blogging friend Elizabeth!

{Kids in the Kitchen}: What's for Breakfast?

Welcome to the first week of the Kids in the Kitchen series. To get the low down on all of the details, check out my introduction post. This week we are tackling breakfast. I knew I wanted to make something that included Myles' two favorite breakfast items: eggs and sausage. He is in a phase now when oyu ask him a question, you will get the same response 99% of the time. Anytime (day or night) I ask him what he wants to eat, he responds with 'eggs'. So it is safe to say that he likes eggs :) In the interest of being toddler friendly, I decided to go with the recently popular make-anything-into-a-muffin idea. So here is our first recipe for this series: 

Egg, Sausage, and Cheese Muffins

What You Will Need
*This makes 12 muffins. If you want to make more to freeze, just double everything.*
 
1/2 lb turkey breakfast sausage
6 eggs
1 cup wheat flour
 1 cup Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon baking powder (not soda like in the picture!)
1/2 cup skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste

This version I thought was way too floury; we couldn't even taste the cheese or eggs. If your kids are not a fan of eggs or cheese and you are trying to sneak them in for protein/calcium, then this recipe would be great. However if you are like us and want to taste the egg and cheese, I would recommend using only a half a cup of flour. I will try that the next time I make these to see if that helps. 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a skillet, cook the turkey sausage. Chop up while cooking. 

3. Whisk eggs in large mixing bowl. Add cooked turkey sausage and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.  Stir well. 


4. Spray, grease, or add liners to your muffin tin. Fill each cup to the top, using all of the mixture to fill the whole tin.

4. Cook for 20-25 minutes.



 5. Enjoy the yumminess and also feed your parents :)

This week was a great start to this series. I wasn't sure how much Myles would actually participate and help me, but I was pleasantly surprised and we really had a great time making a mess cooking in the kitchen! Can't wait to see how he does in the coming weeks!

Also don't forget to check out what all of the other ladies put together for this week's item in the link-up below. And if you have a post (new or old) that you created featuring kid friendly breakfast ideas submit it below in the link-up. No post this week? No problem; join us next Monday when we will be talking all about lunch!  


 And in case you want to join and get a head start, here is the complete list for the coming weeks:
September 1: Let's do Lunch!
September 8: Dinnertime!
September 15: Delicious Desserts.
September 22: Snack Attack!
September 29: Kid Creations...(Let your kids come up with a recipe!)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Social Media Mixer #13

Welcome to the 13th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 12 - we had 112 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!

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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 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 August!

SMM Aug 2014
Madison from Wetherills Say I Do | Sandy from Being Content Where We Are |  Danielle from Dancing with my Daughter| Katie from How to Make the Sun Shine | Julie from Artwork by JM | Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Julia from The Everyday Momma | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

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

Victoria chose...

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety – One Year Later from Happy Pretty Blog

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A year ago, I shared something very personal and not often talked about in the hopes that it would help another woman on her new journey into motherhood. It made me feel extremely vulnerable, yet empowered at the same time. Looking back and reading my post over again, I can see how far I’ve come and how much has changed since that day.

 

Holly chose...

Winks and Eyerolls

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Two sisters sharing life's memories, fun recipes, first time mommy moments, and a little bit of everything in between. We think that life should be lived creatively and blessings never taken for granted. We invite you along on our journey.


Madison chose...

Balloon & Starch Ornament Craft Shows God Is Aways With Us from Christianity Cove

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This beautiful ornament craft demonstrates how to deal with unforeseen tragedy like a tornado or forest fire that can make people feel that God has deserted them.


Katie chose...

A New Season from Raspberry Beige

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Today marks a new season in this mama's life. For the first time, since I was 5 years old, I am not going back to school. School has been a continuous, constant part of my life... as a student, college student, and a teacher.


Jillian chose...

Handprint Autumn Leaves from Life as a Mommy

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I love summer.. but I love Autumn even more! So, with Autumn quickly approaching I decided to get started on Fall crafts. icon smile Handprint Autumn Leaves


Julie chose...

Frozen Hot Chocolate from 4 Sons 'R' Us

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It’s famous, it’s infamous, it’s notorious. It has destroyed diets and led to love affairs from just a sip of it’s creamy, dreamy, icy blend of chocolatey goodness. Just one sip will make you want to blow bubbles through your straw like a child again. Never had a sip of Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate? You have got to find out what you’ve been missing!! And now, there’s no need to plan a trip all the way to NYC just for one glorious taste test.


Angel chose...

Ok, who gave the baby a sharpie? (or, Back-to-school Part 1) from Mommy Life after PhD

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See I'm getting ready for back to school (finally, does it seem like everyone else is already back to school, or is it just me?), and you know the drill.
You search online or at the school building for a bonified, current, they-actually-need-this-stuff supply list and then enlist your WHOLE crew of Crazies to help you get the shopping done.
Because you've lost all your sense. Sense-less you are.


Tara and Natasha chose...

5 Reasons Why My Kids Aren't All Over Your Timeline from Mommie and Wee

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As a new mom in today’s generation, it is almost expected of me to constantly post photos, videos, and updates about my children. I’ve been asked countless times ‘Why don’t you ever post your kids on Facebook?’ and ‘Why are you trying to treat your kids like Blue Ivy? We want to see pictures!’ I mean, I love my children just as much as, if not more than the average mom. But, I draw the line at posting all about them on every social media account I own.


Shana chose...

Puppy Popsicles from Melanie Gets Married

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This weekend was a fabulous one as far as weather is concerned. It is the middle of August and it was finally starting to feel like summer in Mid-Michigan.... until yesterday. This weekend, it was easy to work up a sweat while doing anything outside. Lucy Lou, loves to be outside all.the.time. but when the sun is shining, her black fur is hot hot hot.
On a hot summer day as a kid, I loved eating popsicles (who didn't?), so being the cool dog mom that I am, I decided to make Lucy some popsicles of her own.


Ce Ce chose...

Fruit Water Cleanse + Sonic Slushie Remix from Mommie and Wee

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And the winner is...

5 Reasons Why My Kids Aren't All Over Your Timeline from Mommie and Wee

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Life Update & Kids in the Kitchen Series!

I'm back and hopefully here to stay again :) I cannot begin to describe the craziness that this summer brought about here! I am glad I took a little break and now am ready to get back at it. At the end of June, Mark went to Florida and Illinois for two weeks, so I was doing single mom duty for about 15 days! I survived knowing that my dad was coming back with Mark. They drove the 2,000 miles from Illinois to California in a box truck with all my dad's belongings in tow. Then a week later, we started packing up and moving to a new city 1.5 hours northwest of where we were. Moving that 1.5 hours away was 300 times worse than moving 2,000 miles away. Somehow we accumulated 270(ish... ) truck loads of crap over the last year. It took almost a whole week just to move everything. Then we spent the next 2 weeks unpacking, organizing, celebrating my birthday, and learning our way around a whole new city. THEN at the end of July, Myles and I flew back to Illinois to see our family and celebrate his birthday. We had a fantastic vacation and got to spend lots of quality time with our loved ones. Besides Myles' sleeping schedule (going to bed at 1am... waking at 4:30am to come to bed with me, and then sleeping until 11am), I couldn't have been happier with our time spent at home. We left last Wednesday with my little brother in tow and then celebrated Myles' actual birthday on Thursday. Now we are exploring and 'stayactioning' it up with my little bro until next Thursday when he leaves us. After that, we will get back to our normal routines: find a new gym, look into daycare, keep organizing and decorating, and get back into blogging. I would love to share some pictures of all that has been happening lately, but I left my camera and memory card back in Illinois. So I will have to wait until my mother sends it back to me! If you want to get some sneak peeks, check out my Instagram (@theeveryday_momma).

I am also super excited to tell you all about a new series that I am participating in. My awesome blogger buddy Echo from The Mad Mommy asked me to join and I could not turn her down! After having so much fun with our last series (Think Outside the Toy Box), I knew this would be the perfect way for me to get back into the blogging routine after a crazy summer. So starting next Monday, I will be teaming up with Echo, Amber at From ABCs to ACTs, Katy from Chaos & Kiddos, Katie at View from the Fridge, and Becka from Probably Crafting to bring you Kids in the Kitchen!

I am so in love with this idea for so many reasons: I am forever trying to find new food that Myles will eat, I am always looking for new recipes and ways to incorporate healthier foods into our diet, getting to spend quality time with Myles, and I think it it so important to get kids involved in the kitchen; learning to cook and the role food plays in their health.  

 The series will last six weeks and will cover all meal times:
  August 25: What's for breakfast?
September 1: Let's do Lunch!
September 8: Dinnertime!
September 15: Delicious Desserts.
September 22: Snack Attack!
September 29: Kid Creations...(Let your kids come up with a recipe!)

This series will also be an open link-up. So every Monday when the posts go live, you can link-up your kid friendly food post pertaining to that week's category! That means for the next six weeks this series will be your one-stop-shop for tons of kid inspired recipes linked-up in one place, plus tons of exposure for you if you join us!
Can't wait to see you next Monday for breakfast time!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Social Media Mixer #12

Welcome to the 12th week of the Social Media Mixer!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 11 - we had 100 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 August!

SMM Aug 2014  
Madison from Wetherills Say I Do | Sandy from Being Content Where We Are |  Danielle from Dancing with my Daughter| Katie from How to Make the Sun Shine | Julie from Artwork by JM | Sherry Ann from Teach, Inspire, Love, Raise | Julia from The Everyday Momma | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom | Tara from Anything & Everything

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

Katie chose...Crazily Normal

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Hi, I'm Alycia. I'm a 20-something wife, mommy, nurse, and mama to a fur baby, capturing photos and telling the stories of our everyday lives.

 

Holly chose...To Work With My Hands

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To Work With My Hands is the place to find fresh ideas for creativity. From DIY projects for the home to garden inspiration and information, you are sure to find inspiration to create something new. Everything you see here we do in our busy, homeschooling family of 9, so most projects are quick and simple. Sometimes we tackle larger projects that require more time to complete, but I'll show you how to break them down into smaller chunks of time, so that the satisfaction of finishing a project is not lost.

Madison chose...Bonjour, Y'all

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I love my husband, friends, and family with all my life, and I love God even more. I’m a Christian, a feminist, and a libertarian, and no, those are not contradictory values.  I’ve used the name Belle Brita online since 2009. What can I say? I’m a francophile southern belle!

Victoria chose...Lou Lou Girls

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Danielle chose...She Is Fierce

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Jillian chose...Cents and Order

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I'm Kristina-Personal Financial Consultant. Wife to a retired Army veteran. Mom of three. I love numbers and problem solving. I'm a compulsive list maker and organizer.

Sandy chose...Grace Filled Home

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• Married to my best friend • • Mommy to Noah and (soon-to-be) Micah, fifteen months apart • It was always my dream to be a stay-at-home mom. Now, my hubby is working his tail off to make that happen and I am doing everything I can on the homefront to save wherever possible! On the blog, you’ll find a lot of little stories from my life about marriage and parenting mixed in with some recipes, budgeting, and diys. Thank you for stopping by!!

Anni chose...A Pearl And Her Pilot

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Hi! Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so glad that you decided to stop by. I am a north eastern girl by birth but move around following my Air Force Pilot husband. I am married to the kindest, funniest man I know. He truly is my life helper and is my matching puzzle piece. We are Penn Staters forever and Jesus followers forever more. I love to eat and cook vegetarian/vegan so those are the recipes you will find here. SI write this blog for the purpose of sharing our little world with our families, friends and whoever else stumbles upon it. My prayer is that you find encouragement from our lives.

Ce Ce chose...Celebrate & Decorate with Chloe Crabtree

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Hi, I’m Chloe. I started Celebrate and Decorate to share my love of creative entertaining and home decorating. I hope I have created a place where you can come for inspiration for party planning, home decorating, and all things homemaking. I am married to my high school sweetheart and am the proud mother of two, mother-in-law to a soldier and grandmother to one and another on the way! Please let me know what you would like to see on Celebrate and Decorate and stay in touch!

Tara chose...Melanie Gets Married

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Shana chose...Our Peaceful Planet

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We are Roy & Nancy, a husband and wife team dedicated to conscious and natural living. We are advocates for holistic healing, we love healthy foods, and are here to share fun crafts, decor ideas, family stories and more. We hope to encourage, create, inspire, and share some laughs with you!

Tiffany chose...Momfever

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Welcome to Momfever! Welcome to my humble abode! Pull up a seat and have a read. I'm a mom of five kids and wife to one husband. On Momfever I write about everything that interests me, and that's a lot.

Julia chose...Family-Walker

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I'm Charlie, a 30-something mother to 3 wonderful crazy messy noisy boys, and the wife to a DIY procrastinator. We're expecting our 4th (and final) baby this summer! We live in total chaos in Lancaster, Lancashire (UK). I'm a Parent Blogger and am currently writing two blogs, my main one over at CharlieBeth's Life as Mumma Walker, and a second mini-blog following our pregnancy with our 4th baby. I love to write and take my kids on adventures especially around Lancashire, Cumbria and North Wales. If I won millions on the lottery I'd jack in my job and have about a dozen kids!
 

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