{SQT} Link-toberfest Don’t Stop!

Thanks to everyone who joined up with Link-toberfest last week! But I’m partying like Ke$ha, and this Quick Takes extravaganza is still blowing up! (In a non-hazardous, Fire Safety Awareness Month type way.) First a couple tidbits about my week because I do have a life outside this blog (even though the kids are sick to death of me saying Link-toberfest.)

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1.Teddy is 5! A child that came into this world six weeks early at under four pounds has turned into a true force to be reckoned with in our home. It could have something to do with all the horsepower. He keeps me on my toes at all times, if only as an act of self preservation.

A photo posted by Kelly Mantoan (@kellymantoan) on

  2. On Wednesday I blogged about my monthly goals, and admitted how doing so doesn’t actually help me meet said goals. I mentioned starting an accountability group and got a few favorable responses. Therefore, I’m going to set up a ‘TAtL Accountability Saloon’ group on Facebook…and yes I mean saloon because that sounds more fun than a salon. Comment or email me (kellymantoan at gmail dot com) if you’re interested in joining and I’ll add you (or I think if you click the FB link, you should be able to join). Even if there’s only a handful of us, I think a group dedicated to setting and accomplishing realistic goals (bring your baggage with you) will be a game changer for me.

3. This weeks Link-toberfest BONUS question is “How many Seven Quick Takes have you posted?” Assuming I’ve always correctly added my posts to my SQT category, today’s post is #131 which is also the atomic number of iodine. (Remember bloggers, earn an extra entry by giving your answer in the comments below, or letting me know you answered the question in your Takes this week.)

4. And why should you care about earning extra entries? PRIZES! I’ve got so many great ladies donating prizes I wanted to make sure to feature them all. Be sure to click through and check out their fabulous shops and blogs! These multi-talented ladies make me feel like a total slacker! Plus, several are offering discounts to TATL Link-toberfest bloggers and readers! (Remember, Christmas is only 11 weeks away…but who’s counting? I had to ask Siri.)   Blogger Prize Pack 1 Blogger Prize Pack #1

The Best Laid Plans Planner by moi.

A Budget Binder Printable Pack from Beth Anne at Beth Anne’s Best

A Patriotic pattern from Jen at Faith and Fabric Design

Rosary Roses from Annie at Annery at Home and Annery’s Handmade

Through the Year with Mary, by Karen Edmisten

A free printable from Elise at In Endless Song and With Joy Calligraphy  


Blogger Prize Pack 2 Blogger Prize Pack #2

Your choice of a necklace OR a copy of 30 Days to Calm from Jenna of Call Her Happy the blog, and on Etsy

A FREE Basic blog consultation with Bonnie from A Knotted Life. Bonnie will offer $5 off a blog consultation this month if you mention I sent you her way.

Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin Cupp

2016 downloadable pdf Catholic Through the Year Planner from Martina Kreitzer of Catholic Sistas

$20 Store Credit for Lilla Rose hair accessories from Lilla Rose Independent Consultant Mandi at A Blog About Miscarriage

Two unframed prints from Katrina at Cedars and Tiny Flowers and Hatch Prints. Katrina is giving 15% off through October with code 7QUICKTAKES .  


Reader Prize Pack 1 Reader Prize Pack #1

Rosaries Aren’t Just For Teething

Advent pattern from Jen at Faith and Fabric Designs

One print OR necklace from Rakhi of The Pitter Patter Diaries and Rakstar Designs. Rahki is giving 25% off $15 or more with code SQTSQUEE (That was totally her idea.)

A child’s bedroom banner from Nell of Whole Parenting Family and Whole Parenting Goods. Nell will give you 20% off through Nov. 29th with code KELLYROCKS20 (Seriously, these codes are the best.)

Teaching in Your Tiara, signed, by Rebecca Frech of Shoved To Them  


Reader Prize Pack 2 Reader Prize Pack #2

The Little Oratory by Leila Lawler of Like Mother, Like Daughter

Head and Heart by Katie Warner of Catholic Katie and Celebrate the Feasts

A Pocket Rosary from Allison of The Cath Sisters and Rosaries by Allison

A Hi-Res Printable File OR Custom designed printable by Kendra of Catholic All Year

Word by Word by Sarah Reinhard of Snoring Scholar  

5. Last week I featured the original ten bloggers still plugging away and two of them, plus Jen herself, came over and linked up for old times sake! Many other bloggers linked to their first Quick Takes post, or wrote about how their lives have changed in the years since they started joining Seven Quick Takes. It was so neat to read all the reflections.

Sarah at Snoring Scholar

Jessica at Homemaking Through the Church Year

Jen at JenniferFulwiler.com

6. We also had some brand new bloggers join for the very first time including Sarah at Catholic Again and Mary at Wilmatrimony. (If it was your first time linking up and I somehow missed you, let me know!)

7. Jess at Cathofeminism also gets a shout out because her post about seven times the Blessed Mother just couldn’t. even. was hilarious. rainbows are rad  


Now you know the drill, write it down and link it up! Be sure to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of LINK-TOBERFEST! The Fine Print: Link up your blog for an entry. Link up a Seven Quick Takes post every week between now and October 23 for up to four chances. Readers, leave a comment for an entry. Leave comments here every Friday between now and October 23 for up to four chances. Bloggers, for a bonus entry, answer the featured question in your takes each week, and leave a comment here so I know. Readers, for a bonus entry, Tweet me @kellymantoan with your favorite Takes of the week, up to four times between now and October 29th. Winners will be selected at random and announced in the October 30th Quick Takes.


  1. I’ve written 0 quick takes. I stopped blogging after Baby #2. I love finding new blogs through the QTs. Teddy + cake = 2 Cute!

  2. How I wish I had labelled my Quick Takes properly when I did them! Re-labelling them was almost fun – turns out I have now written 33 Quick Takes and bizarrely, I didn’t do any in 2013.

  3. The post about the Blessed Mother just made my day. The more I experience motherhood the more beautiful and relatable the blessed mother becomes!

  4. How did I miss the post about the Blessed Mother! On my way to read it! I answered the question in my quick takes this week! And I realize I need to be way more organized about my blogging! But there’s no hope for that…. Happy birthday to your baby boy! We have a 5-year-old here, and I love 5! Thank you for hosting and for the Linktoberfest excitement!

  5. Eighteen – not bad since I began in January and life has been… interesting. But I’ve been reading since the beginning!

  6. I’m on 89 on this blog….but when you combine like all of mine together, it’s got to be like in the hundreds. 😛 Numbers aren’t my friend. But let’s just say 89, officially.

  7. Just linked up my third every 7QT 🙂 and I would love to join an accountability group… I have been trying to get myself to just sit down and make a darn press kit for months now.

  8. Apparently this is my 27th 7QT but I’m pretty sure I missed tagging a few so who knows the real number. I answered in my post too. Thanks for the link-up!

  9. If my tagging was accurate (and there is a high likelihood it was not), this is SQT Lucky No. 69!

    Also, I thought Ke$ha dropped the $ like it was hot? Then again, #kellyknows more than I do… 😉


  10. Wow! Thank you for the shout out… it’s neat to be counted amongst such a wonderful group! And yup, I posted another quick takes for a total of 2.

  11. I’ve been reading QTs I think since Jen started it. I have found so many wonderful blogs that way. It’s always awkward to explain where you found that great blog post by saying oh I was reading this list of links and I clicked a cute baby picture then read some archives and stumbled on something profound. 🙂

  12. Woohoo! Thank you for sharing, Kelly! I am a bit behind (again) and a slow blogger in general, but my goal is to keep it up!

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