#ETHANproject Summer Challenge 3 + Blogger Link-Up

We aren’t going to lie, one of our favorite views to enjoy is a table full of vibrant, fresh summer food!  That is why we are super excited to move from our “ENJOY the View” challenge directly into our “ENJOY the Flavor” challenge.

**If you aren’t familiar with the #ETHANproject Summer Challenges for Moms, click here for all the details.**

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But before we do that, we want to share our features from this last week!  We truly enjoyed reading through all of the blog posts and reader stories about noticing beautiful views that surround us each day.  We especially enjoyed the photos you shared on Instagram using the #ETHANproject!

This is where you can come each week to find inspiration and encouragement to help you be an "ETHAN Mom" this summer. Our 10-Week Summer Challenge will help you STOP and ENJOY your kids and create unique memories.

Features from Challenge #2: Enjoy the View

Reader Story

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Kelly B. dominating Challenge #2 with her family and beloved pet!

Our favorite reader story from social media is from Kelly B.! We LOVE how she tackled Challenge #2 and we think you will love it too! Who needs a “recovery day” at home? Not them!

Monday is my husband’s day off as he is a pastor and that is generally called “recovery day”. We decided instead of laying around the house, we’d get out and go hiking at Double Rock Park, a rock and creek and hiking park tucked right in the corner of northern Baltimore City! You’d never know you were in the middle of a big city at this place! We had been playing in the creek and climbing on rock formations. Everyone decided it was time for a break, even Luther, the German Shepherd.  -Kelly B.

Be sure to use the hashtag #ETHANproject when you share your stories for next week!  We would love to feature YOUR story.

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Learning to Stop Long Enough to Enjoy the View by Mackenzie at Crafty Bonds

This was the most-clicked article from last week’s #ETHANproject Link-up and we love Mackenzie’s humor and her unique take on “enjoying the view”. I keep thinking about this question she asks in her article,”Where is your happy place?”

Along with Mackenzie’s post, we had to share this incredible post by Monica at Happy and Blessed Home! Her 10 tips give us just what we need to enjoy Summer 2015 with our families.

We also loved the “views” Nermari captured when she attached her go pro camera to her toddler for a few days.

This is what happens when you hook up your GoPro camera to your toddler and kids. It’s such a great reminder to enjoy the moments, even the messy and chaotic ones.“” Nermari from Just Another Day with the Kids.  {read article}

Facebook Thread

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The most popular thread this week from our #ETHANproject Facebook Group was a fun one! I said Pensacola Beach, FL which is ironically exactly what this photo looks like! Click the image to see where everyone would love to be and feel free to join in on the fun!

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Marie is our #ETHANproject blogger of the week with Look Up and See What is Around You. We loved how she told of her family’s favorite book and the similarities between the main character and herself in terms of this challenge.

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Check out some of our other favorite articles from Marie:

How to Raise a Lifetime Reader | The Homesteading Economy | Preparedness is Unchristian

Featured Mom

Yasmeen M.

nominated by Rachel @SimplyRachel 

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Our #ETHANproject Mom of the Week is Yasmeen M.! Congratulations mama! We are so happy to celebrate you this week!

Here is a what Rachel told us about Yasmeen:

She IS the proverbs 31 wife, friend, and mother! She is always willing to help even in the midst of her struggles. Selfless and loving. I just LOVE Her!

Click here to nominate a mom who has inspired you.

Your NEXT Challenge!

Sammi & Sarah’s Challenge 3 Story

We want to start off by sharing the many flavors of Grounded & Surrounded with you.  During the fall and winter months, we release a new recipe on our blog each week.  Click HERE to see our 15 Favorite Summertime Recipes!

Sammi found this amazing FROZEN S’MORES recipe on Pinterest and we just knew it was the perfect recipe for our “ENJOY the Flavor” challenge.  It wasn’t too complicated (which is important for us right now) and it was a unique spin on a classic summertime treat.

We created this 60-second instructional video for you all because YOU ARE GOING TO WANT TO MAKE THESE!!!

#ETHANproject Blogger Link-Up #3

This is where you can come each week to find inspiration and encouragement to help you be an “ETHAN Mom” this summer!  We have invited our fellow bloggers to stop by each week and share their favorite posts about motherhood, simple living, summer fun, and easy recipes.  Everything you need to help you STOP and ENJOY the summer with your kids!

All bloggers are welcome to share up to 3 posts per week at our link-up.  We have a few simple rules that we expect everyone to follow.  If you haven’t yet read our #ETHANproject Blogger Link-Up Guidelines please do so now by clicking here.

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About Sammi Ricke

Sammi Ricke is a talented cook with a knack for coming up with creative new ways to healthify recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor. Sammi has built a beautiful life with her high school sweetheart and enjoys her primary role as a stay-at-home mom to their two children. If Sammi's not in her kitchen, she's probably exploring a new hiking trail, enjoying coffee with a friend, or binge-watching the latest "Food Network" show on Netflix. Sammi's full Bio.

3 thoughts on “#ETHANproject Summer Challenge 3 + Blogger Link-Up

  1. Mackenzie. We love your blog. We haven’t been at this long but during our time as bloggers we have visited thousands of blogs. You are on the right path girl! Just be patient….very patient…..and keep doing what you are doing. Feel free to drop us a line anytime. We would love to collaborate with you at some point in the future.

    1. Mackenzie. We love your blog. We haven’t been at this long but during our time as bloggers we have visited thousands of blogs. You are on the right path girl! Just be patient….very patient…..and keep doing what you are doing. Feel free to drop us a line anytime. We would love to collaborate with you at some point in the future

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