Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last Day of UBC!

Final post of the Ultimate Blog Challenge! I'd like to say I did it. I still have 1 or 2 posts to catch up on. But I think I can do that today. I even posted twice on some days, so I definitely completed 31 posts!

I write this as I am sewing. Through the month of October I have done things that I never thought I could. I've never sewn a project this big (I am going to write a separate post about what I'm sewing soon).

I have been planning this last entry for a week now. I was thinking about all the reasons why I was writing and creating a blog, sharing ideas, etc. I love sharing information. I love receiving responses and having wholesome conversations about any topic. I'm a sociologist (I got a bachelor degree in Sociology so I am claiming my name!).

Last week I was writing a comment to another blogger, and I realized something. I settled with the blog name Content in the Meantime. I wanted to make a place for me to enjoy the little things as seasons of my life are passing, as I am waiting for the next best thing to come. And I realized that I am content in where I am and what I am doing right now.

There's always the urgency of something new and different. Yes, I want to get married. Yes, I want to travel. Yes, I want to have children and learn all the things about being a mom. But I am enjoying where I am now. And I will enjoy the place I am going.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Everything is better local!

There's a new trend going on that I've been following. I've lived in the same area for 25 years now, but I never explored it.Why go to the same old routine of life when there are exciting local things that may be happening around you?

I first started this journey with food (yum!). How about checking out local farmer's markets instead of our regular supermarket? Make sure you have time to research the things offered in different markets. They may have a website where you can see what local products are available in season. If local restaurants can do it, why can't we? You can also buy things in bulk, if you go through a specific fruit or vegetable really quickly. Plus, it's fun to bring your kids with you so they can choose what they'd like to try.

Store Front View
Sanwa Farmer's Market
Speaking of restaurants, what local restaurants are around you? Have you visited them? It fun to experience local treasures in the restaurant industry. The best local restaurants are usually family and/or pet friendly, and they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

 Capdevila's Teresita Restaurant

Forget the music on the radio. Try finding local music in your area. You may not realize how much variety there is just in your area. You can most definitely find live local music at your local restaurant.

The Applebutter Expressed turned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a gig at Bonnaroo, into big success back home in Tampa Bay.

Where can you find this information about all the local places in your area? Now with more access to the internet, you can google websites catered to your area. I usually look at Creative Loafing for local information. Livingsocial and Groupon also shares local events and businesses in your area to try, and they give discounts too!

Try something new in your area!

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #26

Good morning! Welcome to my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop #26! 

This blog hop runs from Wednesday through next Tuesday 11:59pm EST.

Please welcome my co-host, Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses. Check out her blog!

Featured posts of the week:

Don't forget to check Kassandra's featured post of the week on her blog Coffee and Their Kisses!

Joy to My Heart's post is a great reminder to enjoy the little things in life.

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Crafty Allie's also received likes for her Knitted Pumpkin Hat post and Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs.

My favorite post of the week is from Measi's Musings. This is a wonderful blog post about her WIP (work in progress) and her little boy.
Blue Jeans & Daisies as of 10-23-13Sitting up on my own for the first time!  10-23-13

Congratulations to the featured blogs!

Link-Ups and Blog Hops 

What have I been doing?

This week I have been preparing for a trunk or treat. I will have pictures of the event for next week. I've never done a trunk or treat before, and it's interesting trying to decorate a car. Have you participated in a trunk or treat?

Don't forget to enter the Cyber Monday Giveaway!

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

  • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
  • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
  • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
  • I will share all blog entries on my Facebook page:
  • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
  • Family friendly posts, please!
  • *NEW* I also added a LIKE feature to the list, so make sure you check out the other blogs and like your favorite! Help me choose the featured blogs for the week! You only get one choice for a favorite though, but if you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!
Grab a Button!
Content in the Meantime

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Cyber Monday Giveaway!

Cyber Monday is the largest online shopping day of the year! - It occurs on the Monday after American Thanksgiving.

Wouldn't it be cool if you had PayPal cash to spend anywhere online?  And what if you had e-gift certificates to spend in online shops?  And what about other fantastic e-stuff like ad spaces on some of the most sought after blogs or blog designs by some of the most talented blog designers and a few e-books to read at your leisure?  All of this could be yours just by entering this fun Giveaway!! 

One lucky person will win:
$125 PayPal Cash
8 Ad spaces of varying size on 8 different blogs totaling $137
Blog Design Package worth $30
Custom Made Blog Header worth $30
1 e-gift certificate worth $10
2 ebooks worth $5

That is a grand total of e-stuff & e-fun worth $337 (U.S. dollars)!!

Your Hosts
Angie @ God's Growing Garden     &     Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel

Your Lovely Co-Hosts
                     Katherine @ Katherine's Corner           Lanaya @ Raising Reagan
                     Wanda @  The Watered Soul              Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
                     Julia @  Eternal Girl Shop                   Janine @ Confessions of A Mommyaholic
                     Laura @ Mice in the Kitchen               Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise 
                                              Sara @  Content in the Meantime  

Lovely Sponsors
Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines      

 Now it is time to enter the
Cyber Monday Giveaway!!

There are many ways to enter - ENJOY!!

Cyber Monday Giveaway Rules & Conditions: 
- This is a worldwide Giveaway
- You MUST have a PayPal account to enter
- This Giveaway is open from October 30th, 2013 until American Thanksgiving Day (November 28th, 2013)
- Hosts, Co-hosts & Sponsors can NOT enter this Giveaway!
- shipping for items bought using e-gift certificate is NOT included therefore the winner is responsible for shipping when applicable
- corespondance is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- all e-prizes will be delivered or initial contact by Saturday December 2nd, 2013 so that you may shop on Monday December 4th, 2013
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Turn It Up Tuesdays Link Party #7!

Welcome to the 7th week of Turn It Up Tuesdays!
Last week we had a total of 93 link-ups!
Wow! Thanks so much! 

This week, we'll be celebrating Halloween with a contest! Share your Halloween-themed posts (costumes, recipes, decorations, anything at all!) AND non-Halloween posts. 
We don't want to leave anyone out!  

This week, 2 favorites will be chosen for the Best of the Best! The first winner will be for a non-Halloween post, and the 2nd winner will be for the best Halloween-themed post!

The two winners will receive some awesome gifts!
  • manicure/pedicure kits made by Miriam!
  • $10 Paypal cash
  • Co-host opportunity in December for Turn It Up Tuesdays + free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures or Grow with Epic Mommy for 60 days
  • Co-host opportunity for My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party + free ad space on The Wondering Brain for 30 days

So prepare your Halloween (and non-Halloween) posts for some fun on Turn It Up Tuesdays!

And here are the posts featured for the Week:

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

And now The Best of the Best is...(drum roll please)

Being the best of the best, you have won free ad space on
 Epic Mommy Adventures or Grow With Epic Mommy 
for 60 days! Congrats!

Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog! 
Natasha will be in touch to provide you with the 
promo code for your free ad space! 

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

Welcome our hosts!
Natasha at Epic Mommy Adventures
Jessica at The Wondering Brain 
and Stacey at This Momma's Ramblings!

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Our lovely co-hosts for October are:
Denise at Adventures of a Jayhawk Mommy
Miriam at Lamanna Family Adventures
Sara at Content in the Meantime
Sara at Sweet Silly Sara
Kareen at Pink Heart String

Green Living, Product Reviews, Giveaways, Toddlers    Pink Heart String
This is the last week for our October co-hosts and we're sad to see them go. Thank you all so much for all that you've done these past few weeks! 

We're excited to introduce new co-hosts for November, who will be starting next week!
Ophelia at Latina Mama Rama
Stephanie at The Mom in Black
Millie and Kristina at 2 Crochet Hooks

Miriam at Lamanna Family Adventures 
Kareen at Pink Heart String
(back for another month!!! Woohoo!)

Interested in co-hosting? 
If you are interested, please complete this form.  Natasha will respond with the month that you will be co-hosting.  Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. Co-hosts will receive free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 60 days! 

Epic Mommy Adventures has reached a great milestone -- 
1,000 followers on Facebook & Twitter.
To celebrate, we have a big giveaway!

Enter to win some great prizes!
There's only a few days left so make sure to enter for a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

So now that you've seen the Featured and the Best of the Best, met our hosts and co-hosts, and saw our big giveaway,
let's get started!

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Link up with us again next week and see if you get Featured or win the Best of the Best!

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