Link Party: Marvelous Mondays #37 with Features

Good evening and welcome to Marvelous Mondays! Carrie and I are so happy to have you join us each week. We really enjoy your recipes and projects and we enjoy giving you the opportunity to share your creations with the blogging world. We’d love for you to spread the word about the party and invite your blogging friends to join the fun!  We thank all of you for linking up each week and I welcome any new bloggers who linked up! Let’s keep this party growing!

Have you signed up for the Spiked! Recipe Challenge yet? This month’s secret ingredients is Irish Cream! You can sign up by visiting my blog here or Carrie’s blog here.

How many of you visit at least two links after you link up to the party? If you do, then you are awesome! Recently I’ve noticed that the links shared aren’t getting much traffic. The average number of views for the most viewed post each week is 5. Yes, I said 5. And two of those views are from Carrie and myself. There are many links shared that aren’t getting any views at all or getting only one or two views. Let’s keep this party going! Please visit at least two links after you link up. This party brings a lot of traffic to my blog but the goal of the party is to bring traffic to others’ blogs. If shared link views don’t begin to increase, then I am afraid that I am going to end the party.
Now, let’s move on to the party.
Your Hosts
Last week’s most viewed link:

3 Ingredient Orange Creamsicle Cake by Heart & Crafts

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A few of Carrie and I’s favorites:

Bacon & Asparagus Breakfast Pizza by Hot Eats and Cool Reads



Enchiladas Cancun by Chatting Over Chocolate


Guinness Chocolate Pudding by White Lights on Wednesday



Slow Cooker Clam Chowder by The Kitchen is My Playground

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If you were featured, please feel free to grab a button on my sidebar.
Party Rules
  • Please follow your hosts via Google Friend Connect, Twitter, Blog Lovin, Facebook or RSS Feed. Please leave a comment stating how you followed so your host can follow you back. Your host and co-host links can be found at the top of the party post.
  • Please visit at least 2 other links. Leave a comment to let them know that you stopped by.
  • Grab a button. It’s not mandatory but it helps get the word out about the party.
  • Link up your recipes, crafts or DIY projects. Please link something that you made. No giveaways or shops, please.
  • Please note that by linking up your posts and projects you are giving This Gal Cooks & Frugal Foodie Mama permission to use your photos in the featured posts and possibly on our social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and your posts.


  1. Phylicia says

    Thanks, Julie, for featuring my creamsicle cake! It’s so exciting to see when one of my creations is featured! Wishing you an amazing week.


  2. says

    Julie, thought it would be fun to join your party! Thank you so much to you and Carrie for hosting – already follow your blog and just subscribed to Carrie’s! I am definitely off to visit some of the other great bloggers and you can always count on me to do that!

  3. says

    Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for hosting this party. I always try and visit several blogs and leave a thoughtful comment. Often I will get an e-mail thanks from the blogger for leaving the comment. I really don’t need a thanks–I want them to visit my blog and leave a comment! I know it’s easier just to say thanks (which is nice) but it is traffic to my blog that I want. Can this be addressed? I also get discouraged when I go to leave a comment and I have to jump thru hoops to leave my comment. My eyesight is not great even with glasses and some of the letter/number phrases are just hard to read. It is easy to moderate your comments without this.
    This last week when people have thanked me for a comment I have e-mailed them back and invited them to visit my blog! And most have responded. I’m sorry to complain. I appreciate the hosts. Blogging takes time. I don’t have any adds on my blog–it is just a fun way to share recipes with family and friends.
    But it’s nice to know that someone actually looked at my blog and cared enough to comment.
    Sorry for the rant Julie–I do appreciate all you do!

  4. says

    Thanks for hosting Julie! I totally agree with the viewing of other peoples blogs! I always do at each link party I go to! Hopefully people will follow the rules!

  5. says

    Thanks for hosting. I think it is s great that you mentioned visiting others sites. I really don’t know how people link up to 25 different parties a week and visit blogs from all of them.
    I always push myself to comment on at least 5 others’ posts from a link party. That means that I am really limited in how many parties I can link to in a week. Sometimes I only link a post up to one or two, and other weeks I feel like I have more time.
    I also used to follow tons and tons of blogs, but then I would miss posts and not comment on many. So I stopped following a lot of blogs so that the ones I do follow, I am more likely to read and comment on them. It makes it feel much more like a community.

  6. says

    I am following you via facebook. I am new to these link parties, actually I am new to blogging as well. I have noticed that the same links/photos are showing up at several different parties throughout the week . I have already seen at least 4 of the links above this past weekend, so I will not be going to them again today. Maybe that is part of the problem??? Just a thought. I am working hard on my Spiked Challenge recipe :) Have a great week.


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