Monday, November 30, 2015

DECEMBER 2015 #ChainLinkyCLIMB & Giveaway

Where did November go?  Time is flying by but I hope that you have time to grow with us on the month long networking CLIMB!  Checkout the Highest CLIMBer this month!

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")
Highest CLIMBer Features!!

Each permanent host & cohost will feature their favorite link from the previous month CLIMB!  Every "Highest CLIMBer" will be pinned to our Pinterest board:
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My Highest CLIMBer from November 2015 is:
Pom Poms and Pinecones Ornaments by One Little Project
These pom pom and pinecone ornaments are SO EASY! They're a great craft for both kids and adults and they end up looking surprisingly beautiful!

Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal cash from Eclectic Red Barn
- Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise - $30 value
- Your choice of 2 month small Ad spaces OR 1 month large Spotlighting Ad Space on Butterfly in the Attic- $30 value
- 1 Guest Post from April Noelle (Your Choice: April will write a Guest post for your blog OR you may write a post for April's blog) $30 value
- 1 Month Ad Space on The Myrabev Life - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $10 value
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- 1 "Little Blue Fish" Necklace by ShorelineDesigned - $15 value
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"Little Blue Fish" Necklace
LITTLE BLUE FISH, Authentic Leland Bluestone, Tiny Stainless Steel Fish Charm, 24 Inch Stainless Steel Petite Ball Chain Necklace
"I found this pretty little Leland Bluestone in Lake Michigan, and it dangles from a pretty little scored with a blue patina-look stainless steel fish connector charm from a 24 inch stainless steel petite ball chain complete with tiny clam clasp.The stone measures 1/2 inch long.."
Total prize value is $150!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:

- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become second place prizes)
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a mailing address in the lower 48 states of the United States of America to win the Necklace (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- This Giveaway is open from November 30th, 2015 until December 31st, 2015
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - DECEMBER 2015 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence 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 prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link 4 or 5 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!


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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be featured &/or promoted on our blogs & social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

We are looking for amazing Bloggers like you to cohost the CLIMB! (We are scheduling for the end of December 2015 and all of January 2016) - please click the purple button below to sign up to cohost or click HERE!

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I'm a November TURN IT UP TUESDAY Cohost! - Week#5

Link up your wonderful blog posts to this super fun Blog Hop called: TURN IT UP TUESDAY! (Cohosting Week#5)
But first - Grow with us on the ChainLinky CLIMB - it's a month long networking blog hop:
God’s Growing Garden

Welcome to the 115th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! We thank you for joining us last week for our Thanksgiving edition, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it's because of all of you! We are so happy to have you all join us for another amazing week!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!


Our sponsor for November is Two Chicks and a Mom.
Two Chicks and a Mom is a fun blog by a mom and her two "chicks"-- a newlywed college student and a high school student. Crafts, travel, recipes, and family life are what she write about--with a dash of humor, too. Be sure to check out her fun blog all month!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for November!

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Donna from Two Chicks and a Mom | Angie from God's Growing Garden | Lyn from Mid Michigan Mom | Glenda from Mommies Point of View | Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} | Maria from Pastels & Macarons | Hilary from Raising Fairies and Knights
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Ritu from Rocket Looks

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

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

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

Elaine chose Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza from I Say Nomato. "Since I am still in a turkey coma this sound so good.”
Elaine chose Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge from Sweet C's Designs. " 5 words Chocolate chip cookie dough fudge. What’s not to love?”
Lyn chose Apple Caramel Cheesecake Recipe - Mason Jar Desserts from All She Cooks. "Apple + Caramel + Cheesecake =I can't resist!"
Mari also chose this post. "I love Jessica's combo!!! I want to try that for Christmas."
Angie chose Rustic Wood Candle Holders from Marty's Musings. "I love anything rustic & in my opinion these would be perfect as a center piece at any Christmas gathering!"
Angie chose Sugared Cranberries from Morsels of Life. "I have heard about this but have never tried them before - I plan on making them soon! Delicious & festive looking!"
Mari chose Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe for Christmas from Marty's Musings. "This looks so moist and yummy I love cinnamon rolls!"
Hilary chose Cinnamon Star Ornaments from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. "I love the simplicity of this ornament. Great to provide a nice cinnamon smell on your tree, and a fun way to incorporate a pentacle on your Yule tree!"
Stacey also chose this post. "These are great! What a wonderful smell they would leave off, too. Thank you so much for sharing!"
Hilary chose My Christmas Five Senses Book: Free Printable from Life Over C's. "This is such a cute fun craft to make for baby. Every Yule my family exchanges home-made gifts and this would be perfect to make for my son."
Dawn chose Caramel-Chocolate Chip Cookies: A delicious treat for the holidays! from Reviews, Chews, and How-Tos. "Wow, awesome recipe. I would love to make these cookies and give them away as presents, although i think i would problem eat them all before giving them. Thanks for sharing!"
Dawn chose Peppermint Sugar Scrub Hand Wash Recipe from H20 Bungalow. "I love home made scrubs and creams, and there is nothing more refreshing than a peppermint scrub. Thanks for sharing!"
Maria chose Christmas Crafting Cocoa Party from Lemon Thistle. "I LOVE this beautiful Christmas Party! What a fabulous idea for a Christmas party AND I love that Colleen has included a free party plaining printable and give lots of handy tips to planning a stress free party. Thank you so much for sharing this!"
Maria chose Winter Wonderland Vignette from AttaGirlSays. "I'm so in the Christmas spirit so anything and everything Christmas is it for me but this gorgeous vignette tops it for me. How STUNNING! I love the colours and the beautiful details! Thank you for sharing such gorgeousness with us. I feel so inspired."
Bev chose Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. "Love the idea of making an eggnog cake. So great to serve for the holidays."
Bev chose 24 Gift Wrapping Ideas from C.R.A.F.T. "This is a great idea for wrapping paper to do with the kids. Cheap and adorable. They can customize each package."
Stacey chose 35+ holiday cookie swap recipe ideas from Dreaming of Leaving. "Baking cookies at Christmas time is one of my favorite things, Maybe I will be able to add a few of these to the treats menu, this year. Thanks for sharing!"
Natasha chose 10 Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies from Fun Money Mom. "With a picky preschooler in my household who refuses to eat any veggies, this is a great list that I will refer to when needed! Thanks for sharing!"
Natasha chose Life Anchored 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers from Life Anchored. "Thanks for this great share! These gifts ar right on target with what I would give to my child when he was that age." Shortcuts for BloggersThe post with the most views is 3 Shortcuts for Writing Your Blog Post in Less Time from Giftie Etcetera.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!
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And the Best of the Best goes to...

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Cinnamon Star Ornaments from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Show some love to our Best of the Best blogger this week!!!!
Best of the Best Bloggers - make sure to showcase the button below on your blog!
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So now that you've seen all that we have to offer in this week's Turn It Up Tuesday,

let's get started!

- Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back. - Link up as many posts as you'd like! The more, the merrier! - Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends! - Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!
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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week! **Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to Epic Mommy Adventures, along with co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Turn It Up Tuesday, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to the original source.**
Interested in reading all of our favorite posts on Turn It Up Tuesdays - past or present? Or do want to know if your post was featured before we go live next week? Follow Natasha Peter's board Featured on Turn It Up Tuesdays! on Pinterest.

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The Toledo Zoo - Feature #5 & Name That PLANT

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The Toledo Zoo - Feature #5 & Name That PLANT

The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio has been voted one of the top 10 Zoos in the country!  I have lived in this area for 20 years and this past September 2015 is the first time that I have ever visited this special place.  Now I am asking myself: "Why did it take me so long?".

I had the pleasure of visiting the zoo with my sister & brother-in-law and my precious twin nieces.  It was such a blessing to experience this amazing zoo with my 10 year old nieces.

Each week I will feature one animal and one plant (asking for your help in identifying some of the plants) - ENJOY!

Earlier this year the Toledo Zoo finished the expansion or addition to the Aquarium and it is amazing! 

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Feature #5 - JELLYFISH

Life in the sea is so mysterious and this Aquarium exuded that feeling.  I was especially mesmerized by the Jellyfish.

I have to admit that my knowledge on jellyfish is almost non existent so I decided to paste the information from Wikipedia below:
"Jellyfish or jellies are the major non-polyp form of individuals of the phylum Cnidaria. They are typified as free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles.  They have soft bodies and long, stingingvenomous tentacles that they use to catch their prey, usually small plankton animals or small crustaceans or tiny fish. Some jellyfish hunt other jellyfish. Venom is injected by stinging cells called nematocysts. A jellyfish is 97% water.  Some jellyfish glow in the dark (this is called phosphorescence)"

Checkout these spectacular pictures taken by my sister:

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The weirdest of Jellyfish were the type that glow:
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The city of Toledo is known as The "Glass City" because for many decades the Owens-Illinois/Libby glass Company called Toledo home with factories, offices and outlet stores.  That is why there are glass jellyfish hanging in the Toledo Zoo Aquarium made by local glass artists.
  ENJOY the following glass jellyfish pictures! 
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I went to the zoo to look at animals but found myself mostly taking pictures of plants.
Many of the plants around the zoo exhibits and buildings I had never seen before (and unfortunately they were not labeled), so I decided to include a section asking for your help.  The featured plant today is bi-colored with light green and burgundy foliage.  Do you know the name of this plant?

Please leave your answer in the comment section below & have fun!
Identify the plant below:

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