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Writing Process Blog Hop!

20 Aug

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Hello! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far. Welcome to my blog. My lovely friend, Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin, has invited me to participate in a writing process blog hop. Yolanda is a very talented poet and writer, and you can read and enjoy her work in her blog: Life Love and Other Catastrophes. Please check out her poems, you will not be disappointed.

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RULES:

 

  1. Introduce who referred the blog tour to you.
  2.  Answer the following 4 questions:

1) What am I working on?

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

3) Why do I write what I do?

4) How does my writing process work?

  1. Introduce the people you’re passing this on to who will then post a week later.

 

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***Since I have participated in the Writing Process Blog Hop a couple of times already I decided to change the questions up a little for the sake of not boring my readers to death. Those of you who will continue this blog hop can of course answer the original questions listed above. You can check out my other blog hops here and here. Thanks!

1- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I find romantic scenes particularly challenging, even more so than erotic ones. I believe it’s because to me, a romantic gesture should be touching, extraordinary and enchanting in order to feel genuine—otherwise it’s just another cheesy line in a story. When I write a romantic scene, I want the reader—whether male or female—to stop and savor the moment. That’s very difficult to do, and I wish I could say that I always achieve that.

2- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I would never write about my family or friends because instead of a non-fiction novel, it would turn out to be a comedy/horror novel. Ha, ha! Just kidding!

3- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Oh, boy! I remember when I published my first book, The Basement. I was getting all great reviews, and then I received my first dreaded two-star review. I felt like my world was collapsing around me. I was saddened, disappointed, and angry—all because of this one review. To add insult to injury, the person did not even have the decency to tell me why he gave me such a low rating. Well, I ranted and raved about it. I didn’t know any better. It was my first published book. I still couldn’t believe I had written a full-length novel or that I got it published, and I became very emotional about this insignificant, wordless review. I finally contacted the reviewer, which I know now never to do, and asked him why he gave me a two-star review. “What was it about the book you didn’t like?” I asked. Do you know what he told me? (Of course you don’t.) He told me not to take it personally. He said he had a friend whose book was in the same category as mine, and I was a slot ahead of him on the Goodreads list. What? I didn’t even respond to such nonsense.

Well, since then I have learned a great deal. Most reviewers will give you a good explanation as to why they’ve given you a good or bad review, and you can learn from their critique. Whether you choose to read the reviews or not, just remember that not everyone is going to like your book, no matter how good it may be. There are books that I absolutely loved that received several terrible reviews. Even novels from my favorite writers—Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dan Brown . . . And there have been books that I just couldn’t finish because they bored me silly, which have gotten great reviews from other readers who did enjoy them.

4- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Sitting next to Ridley Scott or Wolfgang Petersen, the director of a movie based on one of my epic fantasies, at the Academy Awards. All joking aside, I hope to still have the passion and drive to write, and to still be writing novels.

5- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

I think names are very important—at least the names of your main character and other important characters. For my novel The Basement, I did a Google search for the most popular names for kids between the ages of 11-13, since those were the ages of the kids in the story and also the audience the book was aimed at.

For the first book in my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith, I did some research in the Bible, Torah, and Quran and books related to those, about angels and their names.

6- What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m about to begin querying my second book, The Fall of Lilith, which is the first installment in my Fantasy Angels Series (Adult/Dark Fantasy). However, I’ve been really torn about whether to spend all the time required to query the book and get representation, and then a publisher, or to just publish it on my own. If you have advice on this issue, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’m also busy writing the second installment of the series, Dracul (working title).

 

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Look for the Blog Hop to continue soon at these sites: 

 

Alana Munro – Alana is known as ‘The Author Who Supports’, and for good reason. She’s been a kind and supportive friend to me since I started my blog a little over a year ago. As if that weren’t enough she is a huge talent. Her book, Women Behaving Badly is a #1 bestseller on Amazon. I read the book, and not only did it entertain me, but it also taught me a few lessons. Isn’t that awesome? What more can you ask from a book? She also writes insightful, interesting and informative posts on her blog: Alana Munro – Author & Blogger Check it out!

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Author Alana Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chantal Bellehumeur – Chantal is an amazing woman. She’s a talented horror writer, artist, and model. Her book Just Another Common Killer is on my to-read list. Check out her website here.

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Horror Author Chantal Bellehumeur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Marie Reguly – Lorraine is one of the hardest working writers I know. She’s also a blogger that blogs about writing and other subjects, teacher, and editor. Lets just say I’ve learned a few things from her. Check out her blog Laying it Out There, check out her eBook Risky Issues, and also stay tuned for author Lorraine Reguly’s Spotlight, right here on my blog, coming soon.

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Author Lorraine Reguly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As readers, do you enjoy reading about how writers work? Who’s your favorite writer, and why? What types of books do you read? What genre?

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Writing Process Blog Hop

26 May

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Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in another Writing Process Blog Hop by writer Tish Farrell. Her published fiction includes short novels for the African Children’s literature market, quick reads for unkeen teen readers, and short stories for Cricket, Spider and Cicada magazines. She’s also written a young adult how-to-write series ‘Write your own…’ which among other awards earned a special Golden Duck Award for encouraging excellence in children’s Science Fiction writing.  JK Rowling has also won a Golden Duck in her time. It is a sign?

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Author Tish Farrell

Tish Farrell is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Please check out her SCBWI page here.

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There are a few simple rules:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name a few writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.

 

 

 

Questions:

 

1) What are you working on?

I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m almost done editing the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series, Lilith. I’m writing the second installment, Dracul. I’m working on sketches for a children’s picture book.

 

 

2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I believe writers develop their own unique style over time. I enjoy weaving in a bit of romance and/or humor to lighten my horror or dark fantasy stories. I love adding suspense and thriller elements to everything I write. I also enjoy using a somewhat archaic language when writing fantasy because it gives it a fairytale quality.

 

 

3) Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading novels by Stephen King. I love to read horror (but not all types), suspense, thriller and fantasy. I also love watching dark fantasy, horror, suspense/thriller and sci-fi movies and TV shows. So basically, I write what I love to watch and read.

 

 

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster when it comes to short stories. I get an idea in my head, and I run with it until it arrives at whatever end. When it comes to novels, I’m somewhere in between. I don’t believe you can write a 120,000-140,000 word novel by the seat of your pants. A well-written novel–one that’s exciting and thrilling with a great plot and well-developed characters–takes time, plotting, organization and good editing. I like to ponder my idea for a while. I always have my iPhone handy in case an idea for the story pops into my head while I’m driving, in the bathroom or at work. I’ve been known to rush off in the middle of things to record something that occurred to me, inspired by something I just saw or heard (my friends and family are used to it, and they forgive me). I do some light mapping and write a loose outline to organize my thoughts, but the process still flows organically and many times, the story goes off the map. I enjoy sketching my characters, animals and worlds I’ve created.

 

 

Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites: (Click on the author’s name and visit their sites)

 

Bianca Sloane – Bianca is an avid reader and a talented writer. Her book Sweet Little Lies was highly recommended by a friend and is high on my list to read. Her suspense novel, Live and Let Die, was chosen as Thriller of the Month (May 2013) by e-thriller.com.  When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking.

 

 

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Author Bianca Sloane

 

 

 

Rebekkah Ford – Rebekkah is an author of a YA paranormal/fantasy trilogy called Beyond the Eyes. She grew up in a family who dealt with the paranormal. Her parents were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove her at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. She’s fascinated with the paranormal world and love talking and writing about it. Rebekkah is a kindhearted, sweet and lovable person as well as a talented writer and I’m very happy to have met her.

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Author Rebekkah Ford

 

 

 

Jay Scully – Jay is a super cool guy and a talented writer I met on Twitter. He is an avid reader, reviewer and scriptwriter. He writes dark, gut-wrenching thriller that pose serious questions.  His novel Dutch Coffee Shop is about an American, Jimmy Dempsey, who is wrongly accused of murder and flees to Holland to escape prosecution. This is an edge of your seat, nail-bitting, hold on to your butts, roller-coaster ride!

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Author Jay Scully

 

 

 

Kimberly H. Smith –  Aside from being a talented writer and busy blogger Kimberly is an incredibly strong woman. She’s survived chicken pox, Catholic school, childbirth and the big C (cancer). Her debut novel Acting On Her Behalf is about a fetching television and film actress Colby Crenshaw, who is arrested on live television for killing her longtime best friend, Sharon Darcy. All of Sharon’s numerous secrets are revealed as Colby finds herself in jail awaiting trial for murder. Malcolm Morrow, a high profile Beverly Hills attorney, comes to Colby’s aid to defend her against the devastating charges. They are immediately attracted to each other despite the unusual circumstances. Malcolm becomes more determined than ever to exonerate Colby when her highly publicized troubles have friends and family turning against her. She is tested as her world crumbles around her. Fascinating, isn’t it?

 

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Author Kimberly H. Smith

 

 

 

Paul Rega – Paul is impressive and worthy of admiration. He is a Top 100 bestselling author who began his writing career in 1980 while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Upon graduating with a degree in biology and journalism, he spent the next thirty years in business having started an executive search firm in 1984. His passion for writing stayed with him throughout his business life, and he started writing his first book in 1993. He published, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs in December 2011. The book was an instant success, and hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for job hunting books in March 2012. He published 12 Steps to Freedom in August 2013, Trail of 32, a true coming of age story in September 2013, The Syndrome, a novel in April 2014 and A Two Pedal World series in May 2014. Paul currently lives in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he is writing his next book.

 

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Best-Selling Author Paul Rega

 

 That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my writing process. Please check out Tish’s blog and the sites of the awesome writers I’ve introduced her. Have a great week everyone! 😀

 

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Are We Eating Beakless, Featherless Mutant Chickens?

16 Mar

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There’s a rumor circulating the web about Kentucky Fried Chicken, or rather, KFC. There have been numerous articles about KFC stating that they do not serve ‘real’ chicken and that’s why they were forced by the government to change their name to one that doesn’t mention chicken. Now, first of all, I have as many doubts as the next guy about the government, but this is a little much. Do you really think the government is going to allow an establishment, no matter how much of an American tradition it may be, to feed us mutant chickens? Nah! Even I’m not that cynical. Nevertheless, the rumors are still out there. Here are some examples of what’s being passed around:

 

 

– KFC has been a part of our American traditions for many years. Many people, day in and day out, eat at KFC religiously. Do they really know what they are eating? During a recent study of KFC done at the University of New Hampshire, they found some very upsetting facts.

 

– First of all, has anybody noticed that just recently, the company has changed their name? Kentucky Fried Chicken has become KFC. Does anybody know why? We thought the real reason was because of the “FRIED” food issue. It’s not. The reason why they call it KFC is because they can not use the word chicken anymore. Why? KFC does not use real chickens. They actually use genetically manipulated organisms. These so called “chickens” are kept alive by tubes inserted into their bodies to pump blood and nutrients throughout their structure. They have no beaks, no feathers, and no feet. Their bone structure is dramatically shrunk to get more meat out of them. This is great for KFC because they do not have to pay so much for their production costs. There is no more plucking of the feathers or the removal of the beaks and feet. The government has told them to change all of their menus so they do not say chicken anywhere. If you look closely you will notice this. Listen to their commercials, I guarantee you will not see or hear the word chicken. I find this matter to be very disturbing. I hope people will start to realize this and let other people know. Please forward this message to as many people as you can. Together we make KFC start using real chicken again.
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/kfc.asp#rip33Lj2TJFT8tul.99

 

 

This is an example of some of the disturbing images associated with the claims that KFC is genetically engineering mutant chickens to save a buck.

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I don’t believe that there are sub-chickens in some laboratory with multiple wings and thighs. However, I have no doubt that real chickens are given ‘special’ feed and pumped-up with hormones to make them larger and meatier. Whatever you believe, there’s no reason to fret. You enjoy Kentucky style fried chicken? Make it yourself! It isn’t difficult or time consuming and it may even be cost effective. Anyway, you won’t have to worry about an urban legend keeping you up at night.

 

 

Here are some scrumptious recipes:

KFC Extra Crispy Chicken (Copycat) recipe from Food.com

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Baked KFC Chicken recipe from Just A Pinch Recipes (Baked is healthy, right?)

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KFC Copycat Fried Chicken: Better Than the Colonel’s (that’s quite a claim) recipe from Shine Food

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KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken Todd Wilbur claims to have the ‘Top Secret’ recipe and he replaced certain ingredients to make it healthier (there’s fish sauce involved…hmm). Check out his low-fat/low-calorie recipe at

Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes

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Who’s This Todd Wilbur Guy, Anyway? – click on image and find out.

 

 

Homemade KFC Fried Chicken – This Aussie (Greg) has gotten 672,435 clicks on his video recipe! I think that’s worth a look.

So what do you believe is really going on with the industry’s chicken? I really want to know!

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Writing Process Blog Hop

9 Mar

Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in a tagging Blog Hop by the lovely and engaging Amanda Stanley. Her blog, Amanda Stanley: Fulfilling The Dream Of Becoming A Writer, is a compilation of stories, interesting articles and guest posts, author spotlights and interviews. Like me, she loves photography and sometimes shares her photographs with her readers. I recommend you check out Amanda’s blog, for you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

There are a few simple rules:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name four writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.

 

 

 

Questions:

 

1) What are you working on?

I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m editing the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series, Lilith. I’m writing the second installment, Dracul. I’m working on sketches for a children’s picture book.

 

 

2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I believe writers develop their own unique style over time. I enjoy weaving in a bit of romance and/or humor to lighten my horror or dark fantasy stories. I love adding suspense and thriller elements to everything I write.

 

 

3) Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading novels by Stephen King. I love to read horror (but not all types), suspense, thriller and fantasy. So basically, I write what I love to read.

 

 

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster when it comes to short stories. I get an idea in my head, and I run with it until it arrives at whatever end. When it comes to novels, I’m somewhere in between. I don’t believe you can write a 120,000-140,000 word novel by the seat of your pants. A well-written novel–one that’s exciting and thrilling with a great plot and well-developed characters–takes time, plotting, organization and good editing. I like to ponder my idea for a while. I always have my iPhone handy in case an idea for the story pops into my head while I’m driving, in the bathroom or at work. I’ve been known to rush off in the middle of things to record something that occurred to me, inspired by something I just saw or heard (my friends and family are used to it, and they forgive me). I do some light mapping and write a loose outline to organize my thoughts, but the process still flows organically and many times, the story goes off the map. I enjoy sketching my characters, animals and worlds I’ve created.

 

 

Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites: ( I know I was only suppose to pick four writers, but these six came to mind immediately and I couldn’t choose between them.)

 

Writing My Novel–No Working Title Yet

Teagan Kearney has a wonderful blog. She shares writing advice and also writes about her writing journey. I’ve often been inspired and enlightened by her uplifting posts. She ends each post with an update of her writing process and a haiku (I so look forward to these–they’re really good).

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Jumping From Cliffs:  One Man’s Adventures In Writerland

What can I say about Jon Simmonds, other than he’s brilliant? His blog posts are fun to read and also quite informative and helpful especially to aspiring writers.

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From A Clogged Mind

Robert Price is a talented writer and poet. He writes fascinating short stories and passionate poems.

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Life, Love and Other Catastrophes

Yolanda Marin is one of the sweetest and kindest people I have had the privilege to befriend online. She is an amazing poet. The poems and articles on her blog are very beautiful and about as real as you can get.

 

 

 

KCross Writing

I love Katie Cross! She is dulcet, quirky and talented. I enjoy reading her blog posts because they’re always fun.

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Christine Campbell is a delightful person and talented author. It is truly a joy to visit her inspiring blog.

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Christine’s new release Flying Free is available in paperback and as an eBook.

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Meandering Monday Blog Hop & Linky Party!

27 Jan

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s time to join the party and link up with us!

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Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

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

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
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The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
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Jessica‘s favorite post came from The Mad Mommy with the post “Focusing On What Counts“!
Saying, “As parents we tend to forget what’s important – all the advice from everyone else or what or who actually counts. Thanks for sharing the story and reminding us on who counts – our children!”
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Natasha‘s favorite post came from Joy’s Jots, Shots and Whatnots with the post “How to Make Your Digital TV Smart“!
Saying, “I’ve been considering cancelling my cable subscription and trying some alternatives for quite a while now. The trouble is that no one has Nick Jr and my son loves Nick Jr. I’ve been eyeing Chromecast because it’s so cheap – now I’m convinced, I’m going to buy it. Great post!”
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Lisa‘s favorite post came from Let It Shine with the post “20 Inspiring Valentine Mantels“!
Saying, “It has wonderful pictures. They are big and beautiful and the post is very descriptive, but gets my creative juices flowing and inspires me to try, too!”
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Dara‘s favorite post came from Lou Lou Girls with the post “Family Activities to Survive January“!
Saying, “January is a long and cold month. These ideas for family activities will help us make January more exciting!”
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My favorite post came from Darlene Nemeth with the post “How Gratitude Changed My Life“!
Through years of struggling with depression, I have learned that even the struggles that I must face are blessings in disguise. I am blessed in ways that I never dreamt I would be and am so thankful for it all!
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Meandering Monday Blog Hop & Linky Party!

20 Jan

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Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to ‘Meandering Monday’! Share your stories and poems with avid readers. Share your recipes with foodies and your fashion posts with fashionistas! Link up with us and grow your blog.

In Stacey’s words…

Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

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

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
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The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
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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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Jessica‘s favorite post came from The Everyday Momma with the post “Get to Know Me: Blogger Behind the Blog“!
Saying, “What a great way to know the blogger behind the blog. I enjoyed her random questions to self. I may just do a post like this one too since it’s been awhile for me doing personal posts too.”
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Vashti‘s favorite post came from Jodie Fitz with the post ‘Celebrating Healthy Schools Rainbow Eats’ “http://www.jodiefitz.com/2014/01/09/celebrating-healthy-schools-rainbow-eats/”!
Saying, “I think it’s a wonderfully creative idea to get children to try different nutritional foods.”
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Lisa‘s favorite post came from Music Teaching and Parenting with the post “Healthy Apple Bread Recipe“!
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Dara‘s favorite post came from Paper Charm Designs with the post “Rainbow Loom Themed Party“!
Saying, “I love the Rainbow Loom theme for a party! My daughter had a rainbow themed art birthday party last year. This year, with the popularity of the Rainbow Loom, I could see her loving a party such as this one!”
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My favorite post came from Organized Chaos with the post “When Crime Violates Your Personal Space“!
It is so hard to accept when someone takes what doesn’t belong to them, especially after we work so hard to provide things for our families. It is even more heartbreaking when it is something that belongs to our children.
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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…

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 and Co-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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we want you

I am looking for February co-hosts for 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.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays welcomes you to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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Meandering Monday Bog Hop

13 Jan

 photo ThisMommasMeanderingMondays_zps5366bef9.jpgHi! It’s Monday! That means it’s time to join us on ‘Meandering Monday’! Link up and share your favorite blog posts. We’d love to read your stories and poems. We’d love to check out your photos and recipes. Join the party!

In Stacey’s words…

Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

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

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
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The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
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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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Jessica‘s favorite post came from Anni’s Bubble with the post Potty Training Boot Camp!
Saying, “I am in Anni’s position right now. my little one turns 3 next month and we’re battling potty training too. Anni and I may need to partner up on potty training secrets soon to figure this out!”
AnnisBubblePotty

 

 

Natasha‘s favorite post came from Lady Blogger with the post Six Reasons I May Not Be An Adult!
Saying, “If these are all things that make us adults, then I may not be a real adult either! Great post!”
LadyBloggerAdult

 

 

Vashti‘s favorite post came from Being A Wordsmith with the post My One Word for 2014!
Saying, “Kimberly Smith shared ‘One Word 2014’ a post written by Michelle at Divas With A Purpose. I thought the post was very interesting and thought provoking.”

Being A Wordsmith

 

My favorite post came from Baby for Scale with the post A Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake Cake!
This is an absolutely adorable cupcake/cake! What an awesome job!
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! 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 and Co-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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we want you

I am looking for February co-hosts for 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.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays welcomes you to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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Meandering Monday Blog Hop & Linky Party!

5 Jan

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Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I was invited by the awesome Stacey Gannett to co-host the “Meandering Mondays” Blog Hop and Linky Party for the month of January. Yay! It was a lovely surprise and it looks like 2014 is off to a good start for me. So come on writers, poets, beauty and food bloggers join us and link up!

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In Stacey’s words…

Say howdy to my linky party co-horts…

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

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Now join me in welcoming our amazing January co-hosts!

Joining us for another month is…

 
The very amazing Vashti from from Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s Blog!
“Writer of Fiction, adventurer, lover of animals, nature and chocolate covered strawberries.”
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Newly joining us is…
The very wonderful Lisa from Chronically Content!
“I enjoy writing about my journey with Chronic Illness and how I have a desire to be content. It’s a challenge and I fail often, but turn to God’s Word for strength and encouragement. My life, like yours, is very busy. I’m a stay-at-home-mom who is homeschooling and trying to live a frugal lifestyle. Because of my health problems, this is very difficult. I’m sure I could learn many tips from you, so feel free to share.”
chronicallycontent

The very fabulous Dara from Not In Jersey!
“Dara is a mom of 3 kids who loves blogging about their adventures. She also loves reading, Disney, the show Scandal, traveling, and more!”
NotInJersey

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 came from Army Wife to Suburban Life with the post “A Few Things Worth Seeing“.
Saying, “This is a great post and so similar to my own thinking! It’s so true – when I first started blogging, I tried to copy what other, more successful bloggers were doing. When I found my own voice and my own style in blogging, I saw that I had more readers and they were more interested in my posts. And although I’m anxious to really start monetizing my blog, I want to focus on growing my blog and finding my niche first, then I believe that I will be more successful at monetizing. All around – a great post!”
ArmyWife

Millie and Kristina’s favorite came from Honesty’s Protege with the post “My Life Book 2014“.
Saying, “I think this is a great idea – it can help you set goals, see how you have grown and encourage your personal growth!”
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Mrs Tee’s favorite came from Pragmatic Mom with the post “Celebrating my Birthday with Random Acts of Kindness“.
Saying, “I feel that the thought of doing things for others on your birthday is one full of selflessness and definitely a large undertaking. I admired the uniqueness of the Acts as well as the willingness to complete the goal despite life’s delays (sickness).”
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Sinea’s favorite came from Kids Fun 101 with the post “Snowmen made from Kid Thumbprints make Perfect Holiday Thank You Cards“.
Saying, “I loved the snowman thumbprint craft.”
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Megan’s favorite came from Organizer By Day with the post “Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies“.
Saying, ” I love the addition of chocolate chips to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie. Yum!”
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And my fave came from Country Road Abode with the post “Fairy Gardens“.
“The hubby and I both fascinated by the thought of little fairy/elf gardens and doorways throughout our house. He has even talked about decorating one room in a medieval theme and include these types of things in the decor.”
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Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! 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!

party

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 and Co-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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we want you

I am looking for February co-hosts for 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.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays, now offers more ways to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

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My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party

27 Dec

My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party

Hello my friends! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season! This is it. This is your last chance to join the party. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your favorite posts. Best wishes to all!

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Happy Friday and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! Welcome to the last edition of My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party! Say hello to my lovely hosts:




 
Say hello to my December team:
 
Kim from This Ole Mom
 
Melissa from Deliciously Savvy
Miranda from Myra Bev’s Corner
 
Let’s SHOW OFF some of those awesome posts from last week!
 
Stacey chose Hill House Homestead as her favorite of the week:
“Both of my kids love cinnamon, but my lil man the most. He has since he was little. I had to pin this, so that I can get them made.”
Cathy‘s favorite comes from Mothering with Grace:  “Love these adorable Santa cookies! Pinning to make for gatherings and friends next year for Christmas.”
 
 
Meg loved the recipe from Frugal in Florida:  “I enjoyed the Spring Rolls with Sesame Dipping Sauce post from Frugal in Florida. After all the food and sweets I’ve been eating over the past month these light and fresh spring rolls sound fantastic.”
 
 
Kim gave a thumbs up for My Turn for Us:  “I love this cute and fun idea. Very creative.”
 
Miranda also gave My Turn for Us a thumbs up too: “this easy to make alcohol/ infuser drink is exactly what the doctor order for Christmas but in my case new year as I am on day 2.”
 
 
Vashti‘s Favorite this week comes from Taylor Made Ranch:  “Her post “How will I ‘Provide Christmas’?” was very thought provoking. I completely agree Christmas has become very commercialized and stressful. Although it’s fun to give and receive gifts the best part of Christmas (at least for me) is being surrounded by my loved ones.”
 
 
My favorite post comes from The Broke and Beautiful Life.  The post is about doing it cheap in Las Vegas.  What I loved about it was the secrets we use to save from a local’s point of view! Anyone can vacation in Vegas for dirt cheap – you just have to know how!
 
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Congratulations to our featured bloggers! Take our awesome badge and SHOW OFF your blogger skills by displaying it on your sidebar and encouraging others to join us! 
 
I wanted to thank each and every one of you for joining us every weekend and posting your awesome posts! This weekend is the last party. Due to a hectic schedule with work, school, and mommying, I will be taking a short hiatus from My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party.  I am not leaving all the parties behind though.  You can still catch me hosting This Momma’s Meandring Mondays  with Stacey on Sundays and Turn It Up Tuesdays  with Natasha on Mondays.  Till then… Are you ready to party with us one last time?
 
 
 
We are! But first… some guidelines to follow:
 
Link up your favorite posts. It doesn’t matter which one, just make sure it’s family friendly! 
Follow all 4 of your hosts
Follow all  co-hosts
Leave a comment if you’d like them to follow you too
Visit at least 5 other bloggers 
Show them your blogger love by leaving a comment  if you’d like them to follow 
Remember, it’s not a party unless you mix and mingle, so mingle around and make some friends! 
Let’s Party!!
 
 
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Meandering Mondays Bog Hop!

23 Dec

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s that time again. Pick your favorite posts and link up! It’s time to grow your blog and get to know a lot of other interesting and fun blogs. So get to hoppin’!

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I would like to say thank you to all of our regular linkers and to all of the new ones who happen by, your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated!

Now lets all give a big, resounding “howdy” to all of our awesome December gang!

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

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And now for the wonderful group of ladies who are our co-hosts for the month of December!
If you would like to know more about each of these amazing ladies, please read “Welcome to my December Ladies”!

Without further ado, please say, “Hello” to!

Millie & Kristina from 2 Crochet Hooks!

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Tiffany a.k.a Mrs Tee from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter
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Sinea from Ducks N a Row
Sinea Pies from Ducks 'n a Row

Vashti Quiroz-Vega from Vashti Quiroz-Vegas Blog
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Megan from Meg’s Menagerie
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Be sure to stop by and share some love with each of these awesome ladies!

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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Jessica‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “I can so relate! I’m a mom to two boys – 2 and 20. Although they are far apart, I can remember having to raise the 20 year old and all the “boy” stuff that came along with it. Because of him, I am prepared for the 2 year old when it is time to go through all the boy stuff. Right now, I am dealing with potty training and bath time, kinda like the “smell” she is referring too. LOL!!”
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Natasha‘s favorite came from Missy Homemaker with the post Mothering Boys!
Saying, “Although I have one boy and he’s only 2 years old, he is definitely a wild child. He is really turning from my baby to a boy, right before my eyes. He’s wild, he doesn’t listen, and he’s a joy to watch. I can’t imagine having 4 of him, though. That must be tons of fun and exhausting too! This is a great post with a brand of humor that I so appreciate!”
Boy

Millie and Kristina‘s favorite came from Krafty Cards with the post The Spouse 12 Days of Christmas!
Saying, “This is such a great idea! A wonderful way to show someone love and really you could do it any of the year!”
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Mrs Tee‘s favorite came from Darlene Nemeth with the post Happiness is…Shopping!
Saying, “I loved this post because I am in a place where I myself am learning to find happiness in even the smallest moments and I think this post was a great example of that!”

The Road to Inner Peace and Happiness

Sinea‘s favorite came from Feeding Big with the post Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath!
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Vashti‘s favorite came from Purely By Accident with the post Bullying Is Wrong Regardless Of Your Reasons!
Saying, “I loved her raw honesty and her insight on this subject.”
Purely by Accident

Megan‘s favorite came from The Pinterested Parent with the post Daddy’s Slow Cooker Turkey Soup!
Saying, “You can’t beat a good soup in the crock pot! I wish I had some right now!”
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And my fave came from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic with the post Brown Butter Pecan Coconut Cookies!
I just love coconut and nuts, especially in a cookie. The best part is that no one else in the family can or will eat them! LOL! Cookies that would be all mine!

Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic

Congratulations to all of you amazing and wonderful linkers! 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!

Don’t forget to enter this amazing giveaway!

Epic Mommy Adventures is celebrating its 1-Year Blogiversary with a big giveaway!
Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes!



Natasha – Epic Mommy Adventures 



Stacey – This Momma’s Ramblings | Angie – God’s Growing Garden

Millie & Kristina – 2 Crochet Hooks | Angel – Sew Crafty Angel

Cathy – A Peek Into Paradise | Janine – Confessions of a Mommyaholic 

Megan – Meg’s Menagerie | Alma – A Conquered Mess 

Justine – Une Coccinelle à New-York | Stacy –Along Came Life



Not Pictured:

Betty – Losing My Gut | Anna – Cuddlebug Cuties

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Epic Mommy 1-Year Blogiversary Giveaway will start on December 2nd, 2013 at 12:00AM and end on December 30th, 2013 at 11:59PM. Entries will be accepted from both US and International entrants. Winner(s) will be randomly chosen from the Rafflecopter widget. If an international entrant is the winner, US $100 in Paypal cash will be provided in lieu of the Amazon Kindle.

Now let’s get this party started!

party

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!

2. Please follow our Host’s and Co-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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we want you

I am looking for January co-hosts for 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.

This Momma’s Meandering Mondays, now offers more ways to link up all of your favorite sites, so that we have more opportunity to Meander around and share the love! So happy Linking everyone!

Blog Link Up:

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