Social Media Mixer Week 21

Welcome to the 21st week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 20 – we had 121 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Tiffany chose…

Ah yes, it’s finally Bedtime…revisited from Living in Mommywood

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I am touching on bedtime again because no one can or should mess with my sleep just joking (but not really). We always hear about studies showing the importance of a good nights rest and sleep. How we prepare for that is and can be a challenge for parents, especially of little ones. As bedtime approaches for some it can become a time of torture or a time for relaxation.

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Heather chose…

First Birthday Party Success from Winks and Eyerolls

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Well it came and went. The big first birthday event. All the planning, ideas, and work that goes into a party and before you know it’s over. Camp Asher, (yup that’s my son’s name, first time revealing it to you) was a success and everyone had a great time! I’m sorry (well kind of but not really :) for the picture overload you are about to see.

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Anni chose…

Be You Bravely from Home Is Where The Heart Is

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This Fall, I started being a part of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). It is a place where I can be with other Moms while my girls are playing with other kids. You can find out more about MOPS here. The theme for this quarter is “Be You Bravely.”

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Jillian and Ce Ce chose…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Is your blog getting poor traffic? Are you looking for ways to increase your blog traffic? Are you experiencing your frustration with not getting more traffic in your blog? Are you attempting to get more visitors directly to your blog? If you say so, then you will learn on how to increase your blog traffic. Indeed, I admit that I have been learning more about how to increase my blog traffic, too. You are not the only one. I have wonderful news that you may be learning on how to increase your blog traffic.

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Holly chose…

Family Movie Night Ideas from Practical Princess Diaries

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Family movie night is a great way to do something together as a family that doesn’t cost a lot or can even be FREE. Going to the movies as a family is getting pretty expensive. Ticket prices are up to $12 each for 3D movies. Add on the popcorn, soda, and over priced candy. Before you know it you have spent $100 to listen to other people talk through the movie, waiting in line, and the inevitable “I have to go to the bathroom” from one of your kids. We love family movie night at our house! Try some of our family movie night ideas to start this tradition in your house.

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Angel chose…

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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A thrift shop find lured me because of its carving. Quite weak and very damaged, it was held together with duct tape.

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Alycia chose…

10 Top Tips for Saving Money from A Fresh Start

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My Husband and I have been working on getting our finances i order for sometime now and it hasn’t been going fast enough so we are kicking it up a notch. I really want to start 2015 with less money worries and a little saved up.

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And the winner is…

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

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Where Did Five Years Go?

Michael and I have been married five years today. At 3:00 PM, October 17, 2009, I walked down the aisle to marry the 26 year old man I have loved since he was a 14 year old boy.

Michael and I met in church. We were both 14 and completely different people. However, something in me recognized him immediately. I’m not one to talk about soul mates and believe in fairy tales, but my soul recognized his. And I was hooked. To say this was a teenage crush would be very much an understatement. I knew. I knew, in my heart and soul, he was it.

Michael and I dated, as much as two 14 year old kids can date, for about three months. However, he was a major part of my life from the ages of 14-17. No, I can’t say that he loved me like I loved him during those years. In fact, it was much later that I believe Michael begin to love me. However, I am very confident that he was fond of me and cared for me. But, we were teenagers, and with teenagers, love doesn’t happen at 14 (supposedly). However, I knew at 14. I knew that I would never love and care for someone as much as I did with Michael. And those feelings grew as I got older.

At age 16, the sun rose and set with Michael. To be honest, I was probably borderline obsessed with him. Our relationship from 14-17 was always up and down. And at 17, we decided that we had had enough of this back and forth dance and we went our separate ways.

I searched for Michael in every guy I dated after him. Because honestly, I never expected to talk to Michael again. I looked for the same connection, the same sense of heart flutter, and the same rebellious nature Michael brought out of me. And I never found it. I held very tightly to my love and did not give it away. These guys were not Michael, not even close. I even tried to lower my expectations but nothing ever clicked.

I finally ‘gave up’ looking for Michael in May 2005 and concentrated on myself. I stopped dating and started looking at myself. Did I love myself? No, but I want to learn how to. I poured my energy into learning who I wanted to be. I became independent and felt confident standing on my own. It wasn’t as scary as I had previously made it out to be in my head. I didn’t need anyone, just myself.

On March 11, 2006, I had dinner with a mutual friend of Michael and me. She would spend time at a mutual friend of her and Michael. I asked her how he was and expressed interest just to talk to him again. By this time, I was very firmly planted in myself but I knew I still loved him. Our mutual friend put us in contact with each other and we both realized that we had grown up. But the connection was still there and this time, it was mutual.

Our marriage has not been easy. I had to let go of the hurt and doubt that our previous relationship as teenagers had placed in me about Michael. Michael and I were married almost a year before I started having health problems. We have dealt with chronic heart problems, severe depression and anxiety, and a diagnosis of Lupus. There have been days where I have leaned heavily on his sense of confidence and strength. He has wore many hats in the last five years: doctor, therapist, caregiver, my safe place, along with being my husband. He is the keeper of the medication, as well as the keeper of my heart. He has become the man that I saw at 14. I am so incredibly proud of who he is, where he is going, and what I know he has accomplished. At the same time, he has supported me when I had to quit working because of my health, when I decided that I wanted to do something called blogging, and in my other crazy ideas. I know that I can count on him to be honest and firm with me as well.

I told everyone at 14 that I loved this boy. I even told a close few that I would marry him. My mom even said she knew that I would never get married unless it was to Michael. She was right. Not many people can say they knew at 14 who they would marry or that they got to marry their first love. But I did know and I can say, with confidence, that I married my only love.

Happy Anniversary Michael.

 

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This was right after the ceremony. It still wasn’t real.

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This was us promising not to smash cake in each other’s faces.

 

My favorite picture of that day.

My favorite picture of that day.

 

Our wedding songs:

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This is the one Michael picked. We were sitting around one day and he told me, “Listen to this song.” I heard it and loved it. Yes, it may have been unconventional to play Red Hot Chili Peppers in a wedding ceremony. However, if there is anything Michael and I have ever been, it’s unconventional.
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Surprise Ride Review

Disclaimer: I received the following subscription box in exchange for a honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe will benefit my readers.

Surprise Ride Review

I was sent a Surprise Ride subscription box to review. Surprise Ride is a fairly new subscription service. This product was featured on Shark Tank as well as other publications.

This subscription box is for ages 6-11 but I used it with my four year old niece and she enjoyed the activities. The picture above was what was included in the box but boxes may vary. This service also is beginning to branch out and I cannot wait to see what type of box is included for adults.

This box comes with materials to make a few crafts, instructions on what type of crafts to possibly make, comes with a snack, candy, or book, and other fun items kids will love. Also, I liked that the activities are age appropriate and kids can do most of the activities themselves. Each box has a theme that the activities revolve around.

I would certainly recommend this to moms that want more entertainment for their kids. Depending on the age of the child, the child could potentially do the activities themselves.

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Fight Like A Girl Blog Hop- Giveaways!

Welcome to the first annual “Fight Like a Girl” Blog hop
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Up All Night BloggingWe are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!

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Ultimate Linky Google Party

Welcome to the Ultimate Linky’s Google+ Party

Thank you so much for partying with me over the last month and a half. I have had a lot of fun making new connections through Google+ and it helps with my SEO!

There are lots of changes happening with Finding Crystal. Starting November 1, I will be blogging within a new niche. I am ready to get started doing that but I have lots to do between now and then!

There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Google+ URL from your Google+ profile or page so that others can add you to their circles. On the second linky, link up the URL of a status from Google+ that you would like to receive some more interaction (a comment, +1, or maybe even a share!)

Please add Tammy from The Ultimate Linky and me to one of your circles on Google+, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to circle/interact with!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page. We also appreciate any shares that you could give about this party! Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!


If you would like to have a google+ post shared, link up the url for that post below. The same rules as above apply except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I do the last link(s).


Social media parties every day of the week!

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Xoundstar Portable Speaker Review

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I received the following product in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I believe will benefit my readers.

I received the Xoundstar® Smart Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker for review. I was really excited about this one, but not for myself.

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My husband is a mechanic and he works in a decent size shop. He uses his phone to listen to Pandora, and I knew this would make an excellent addition to the shop! And it has. Michael loves this speaker. When we tested it out at home the amount of sound it could put out was a lot louder than expected. And one problem with wireless speakers is sometimes the quality of the music is not very good. However, this was not the case with this speaker. The music was clear, with no static, and no background noise. Also, the battery life is perfect for Michael’s job. He works about 12 hours a day and the battery is able to last. I would have liked it to be a little bigger but the smaller size made it very easy to place wherever there is room in the shop. Overall, this would make an awesome gift for any music lover at a pretty decent price. The specs are in the graphic below:

Xoundstar Review Specifications

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Briefton’s Spiral Slicer Review

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Brieftons Spiral Slicer Review

I received the Brieftons Spiral Slicer to review. I had never even seen one of these so it took a little while to figure out how it worked. It came with instructions and a recipe book so that’s good.

The blades on this slicer are stainless steel, very sharp, and very strong. The blades are also equipped to make two sizes of what I like to call, “vegetable stips.” As I said above, it came with instructions and a recipe booklet. It’s very easy to use and actually really useful. I also like that it is small and doesn’t take up a lot of space.

I can’t wait to use this for spaghetti zucchini. We did learn that potatoes do not work and I’m sure other types of veggies do not work simple because how the slicer is made. However, this is perfect for dieting and also for hosting a party. You can make beautiful salads that would be presented well in a party atmosphere.

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MoodyCards Review

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I was sent this product for free in exchange for a honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I feel will benefit my readers.

Moody Cards Review

I love these Pet Moodycards so much. I have gotten a lot of awesome stuff to review but this is one of my favorites. I love dogs (I have two) so this was a perfect thing for me to get and put on my desk. If I was still working in an office, this would make a great office desk decoration. You could even answer questions just using the cards themselves. They say things as simple as no and even covers being in a meeting. Some of these could be used as office statuses.

There are 20 cards in total and MoodyCards.com sell even more. They would be perfect for an office gift, a Christmas present, or even a gag gift; although I wouldn’t mind receiving this as a gift. They are reasonably priced at under $10.

Overall, I can think of a few people who this would be a great gift for them. I will most definitely end up getting some and using some as stocking stuffers!

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Social Media Mixer Week #20

Welcome to the 20th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 19 – we had 106 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week’s Social Media Mixer…

Heather chose…

Burlap and Polka Dot Halloween Banner from Shambray Live a Happy Life

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I absolutely LOVE this time of year! I love the cooler weather and the clothes that is brings (jackets and boots especially), I love the holidays that happen in Fall, and I love the decor. I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today. The other night I had a craft night with my friend. She proclaims to not be crafty. I do not believe it, but that is what she says. So I wanted to see how she did on this craft. I asked my husband after she left and he told me that her banner looked just as good as mine! So there you have it. This craft can be done by the self-proclaimed non-crafty people. I promise!

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Meghan and Alycia chose…

Confessions of an Imperfect Mom from All Of Life’s Little Adventures

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Y’all know I like to keep it real around here, and lately I have been finding myself feeling guilty quite often for a lot of the parenting choices I make. Deep down I know I am a good mom, my child is loved, she is never hungry and has a roof over her head with a warm and cozy bed to sleep in every night, so why do I let the mom guilt come over me? For me, Mom guilt is the hardest part about parenting, I often journal about this topic and I have come to realize that there is a common denominator in all of the guilt, that being social media. Comparisons. Measuring up.

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Cathy chose…

Pecan Cornmeal Pancakes Recipe with Homemade Caramel Sauce from The Gold Lining Girl

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It’s easy for me to find inspiration for fall recipes. I think about fall food, and it brings to mind many of my favorite things: pecans, butterscotch, caramel, pumpkin (duh), honeycrisp apples… you get the picture. For me, it also conjures up cornbread. I don’t know why… maybe because cornbread dressing is a Thanksgiving staple? And I definitely associate fall with Thanksgiving? But now I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s only September (but almost October!! Omg).

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Crystal chose…

The Fear Of Relapsing from PPMD News

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This week, the fear of relapsing is VERY real for me. I was lucky enough to get a scholarship that allowed me 10 sessions with a therapist that has a lot of experience with postpartum mood disorders. This last Thursday was my last therapy appointment. I had mixed feelings about that day. I was excited because I feel like I am recovered and I know I wont miss the long drive (it was about 2 1/2-3 hours round trip). But I was (and still am) terrified. If I relapse, I can’t work through it with my therapist. I am very lucky that she set us up for success and went above and beyond what she had to do. But that fear is still there.

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Jillian chose…

Mommy and Me Quality Time Challenge from Life’s Little Projects

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This is a mommy and me quality time challenge. I am learning to budget my time, prioritize the things that are most important to me and ways my kids and I can spend some real quality time together. I don’t mean every minute of the day just some quality time each day. I want to connect with my kids. I would love for them to grow up and feel like we have a great relationship and they had a great childhood. I don’t think you need to plan every minute of your kids day with fun activities. I do think they need a variety of independent play and quality time with parents. I hope you come along for the ride and join in on the fun.

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Holly chose…

Striped Pillows from FabiFabu

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These were a pair of curtain panels that were used for a short period by a family member, and were given to me for recycling. I put the fabric away for a while, until I decided what to do with it. One of the panels, was missing a piece of fabric, and I could not use it again as a curtain, I decided to make some pillows for the living room`s vintage mid-century sofa. This is an IKEA fabric, sold by the yard.

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Tiffany chose…

How To Get A Tattoo – Tattoo Inspiration from The Organizing Boutique

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I have a routine for how to get a tattoo. Yep, you read that correctly. :) I’m a professional organizer, and I’m a creature of habit. Once I do something a few times, a pattern emerges, I recognize it and the system gets established. Tattoos are no exception, so here are some of my tattoo inspiration and routine tips. Enjoy and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. Okay? Rock on!

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Angel chose…

A Lesson in Matthew: Enough is Enough from Raising Samuels Homeschool

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Today, I am posting at Satisfaction Through Christ. I wanted to start this out with a disclaimer that I am not a psychologist or therapist or an expert on the subject I am discussing below. I am speaking from my heart. If you have an issue happening where someone is physically or emotionally hurting you, reach out to someone who can help you. This can be a trusted friend or family member or someone at your church, and they can direct you to the right resource.

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Ce Ce chose…

Spice Your Neutral Nails-Book Style from Shambray

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It is known that I love neutral nails. I like them plain, but I also like to spice them up a bit. Since I am a book person I decided to try transferring words from the newspaper to my nails. It is really easy.

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Shana chose…

The World Around Me {#FTSF} from 100lb Countdown

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I open my garage door to a quiet cul-de-sac. I catch a glimpse of a car passing by the adjoining street, but otherwise don’t hear anything. My daughter is screaming out Almost There at the top of her lungs… and since I’m the good SAHM, I’m belting out the lyrics too. I tend to think I have a good voice, but thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be anyone around to let me know that I’m wrong.

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Anni chose…

Man Boobs from Living in Mommywood

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October is upon us and aside from the crisp signs of Autumn, the spotting of beautiful leaves on the trees as they change colors, the great smell of Pumpkin this and that in the air, the sales of huge candy bags for Halloween it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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And the winner is…

Confessions of an Imperfect Mom from All Of Life’s Little Adventures

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

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