Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #44



               Welcome to the 44th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

Happy Thanksgiving
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We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  410 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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                  The Homestead in the Hills of Tennessee

Thanksgiving-Style Brownies

I'm really excited about this Thanksgiving twist on brownies! Gooey chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and guess what? Dried cranberries! It makes a luscious treat for Thanksgiving or any time of the year!



Sweet & Simple Projects: 

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!
You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!



Hot & Cold Rice Bag Tutorial

                             Creative Pink Butterfly
                                          
    A rice bag is probably one of the smartest things one can have lying around  your house (in their designated area). It is also super-easy to make! You can even make any size or shape you want. You can make hand warmers, like A Bee In My Bonnet or a foot warmer like V and Co. Today I am going to show you how I create a shoulder bag. The great thing about this design is that it sits comfortably around your shoulders. You can of course use it for other body parts such as backs, stomaches, feet, etc. It is 40 x 15 cm and is divided into four sections. This prevents the rice from going to one side only


Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.



Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Tackling Life
I knew before even making these that the guys would love them! How can you not like raw cookie dough? And dough without egg makes it safe to eat. Which meant I snuck a little bit while making them


The Reality of Getting Ready With a Child

                                      Winks and Eyerolls

Oh the carefree mornings...back when I was able to walking around as I pleased, take my time to make sure my makeup looked nice and the perfect outfit was picked out. This all seems like a distant dream. Those mornings aren't around anymore and that's ok. As a working mom (who is not a morning person), I'm going to tell you about my realities of getting ready with a child.


Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!



Cocktail: Texas Lemon Drop Martini

If you have an upcoming holiday party or bachelorette party, these Lemon Drop Sugar Cubes are the perfect on-the-go mixer to make this simple Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail. What makes this a Texas Lemon Drop Martini?? The Dripping Springs Texas Vodka of course. This vodka is pure and smooth…making it the perfect pairing in this cocktail.



Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

The Holiday season is almost upon us. To this day, side dishes play just as an important role as the entrée in our house. Here are twenty-five feast worthy side dishes. 



This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can make your own Chevron Tray on the cheap…or you can choose a different pattern if chevron is not your thing.I was able to use a 40% Off a Single Item coupon at my local craft store…so the tray cost me around $5. The scrapbook paper was under a $1. I had the Mod Podge (decoupage) on hand…but if you don’t you can grab a bottle for $5- $10 depending on the size. I also sealed the wood with poly (optional).



November Beauty Favorites

   Unfading Beauty

My Bare Minerals Ready foundation was running out and was on the search for a paraben free and natural foundation. I loved my Bare Minerals but i was looking for something with a more natural look and not too heavy.

In the beginning i had a love hate relationship with the Tarte airbrush foundation ,the coverage wasn't so good compared to Bare Minerals Ready  and it didn't cover much of the redness in my face.


BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

My husband loves blueberry cream cheese pie and every year at Christmas, it’s his one request.
Of course, the boys also have favorites for Christmas, but though their so-called favorites may vary a bit, my husband’s request is always the same.

DIY snowflake necklace - Perfect gift for your girl friend

Vikalpah

Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised "How gorgeous" it looks. If you can't afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don't you agree ? :))Lets start making!!



Coffee Filter Trees

If you have been following my blog a little, I think you can tell that I like to recycle, up cycle and use materials in new ways.
One of my favorite materials to use is coffee filters.
They are inexpensive and very versatile. 
I have used them for many projects.
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share an easy project today.
Coffee Filter Trees!




The other day I decided to use some of the fun fabrics I have to make some Christmas throw pillows for the living room.  I have had this Christmas Tree pillow on my Christmas Pinterest board for a long time so I was ready to give it a go.   I got my inspiration from this Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial I followed on Inspired Honey Bee.  She actually got her inspiration from a tree pillow on Style Me Pretty.  I didn't follow the tutorial exactly but I do love how they turned out! 




10 tips to make sending Christmas cards easy

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Sending Christmas cards should not feel like a chore
Whether you are planning your USA Thanksgiving or not, Christmas comes faster than Rudolph can blink his nose, and if you send out Christmas cards (See one of my most popular posts on this very topic) there is no time to waste.
Last year I shared a few tips on how to make sending out Christmas cards easy instead of a chore that we dread, or worse, that we feel obligated to do. Here’s my updated list:
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Super Simple Face Mask


Hello again from Natalie Loves Beauty! When it comes to skincare, it's important to give our skin a break once in a while from the various concoctions that we apply to our face on the daily. I have been dealing with quite a few flare-ups lately (thank you university-related stress, with finals being just around the corner), so instead of dwelling on the current state of my face, I saw it as an opportunity to try a new do-it-yourself face mask recipe! Some of you may have heard of spirulina, a blue-green freshwater algae, as being a great dietary supplement since it is packed with many essential nutrients. This superfood is popular for its high antioxidant, protein and chlorophyll content, the latter which gives the powder its forest green tint and is especially beneficial at cleansing the skin while soothing redness and inflammation. If you deal with acne and sensitive skin like me, or are prone to rosacea, this mask will really help soothe, clear up and moisturize the skin.


This super simple mask only requires 2 ingredients. You will need:

- 1 teaspoon raw organic spirulina powder (Mine is from the brand Earth Circle Organics, which I         found at my local natural health store - you can also get it from iherb.com)
- 2 teaspoons filtered water

(I personally find the 1:2 ratio creates the perfect consistency.)


All that is left to do is mix both ingredients in a bowl and apply a thin layer all over your face with clean fingers. You will feel the mask tighten as it is drying - that means it is doing its magic! I wait for my mask to completely dry (at which point I can hardly move my jaw), and this can take 15-20 minutes. Rinsing can get a little messy because of the mask's green pigment, but fear not as it can be washed off easily from the bathroom sink/counter top with water. You can also use a washcloth to remove if you prefer. I follow up with a bit of coconut oil to lock in the moisture. Do this mask 2-3 times and you should notice an improvement!

Warning: It will look like you just dove into a swamp (see below). This is normal. Use caution around children and other household members as they may be frightened!


Have you heard of the incredible benefits of spirulina, both ingested and applied topically?
Let me know if you plan on trying this! If you do, I'd be curious to hear your results!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

November 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB

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Please welcome The November 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 

week#4 co-hosts: 

April from "100lb Countdown"

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100 lb Countdown
April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on 100lb Countdown lately:
How To Make Blogging A Profession with..
Holidays with my Blogging Buddies
Bear on the Chair - Good Behavior Buddy for Every Child

 &

Priyam from "SimpleJoys"
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Simple Joys

Priyam's blog is so cool! - She has so many original ideas! This is how she describes herself & her blog: "I started this blog sometime back to document things I love. My interests are varied, I love decorating, baking and crafting among other things. Crafting for me is like a stress-reliever. After the kids sleep at night, I love to spend my time crafting and that's when most of my  work gets done anyways.."

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We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the December CLIMB (also scheduling for 2015)!!
(please sign up in the "linky" at the very end where it says "sign up to cohost HERE")

WELCOME!
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 13th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
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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") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Target Gift Card from Sew Crafty Angel
- $5 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card from Cuddlebug Cuties 
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Butterfly in the Attic - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to PostcardsInTheAttic
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- A beautiful Heart Shaped Gemstone Necklace with a raw Unakite/granite gemstone from Lake Michigan by ShorelineDesigned - $15 value
- "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook - $3 value
- "Making Your Own Cedar Roping or Pine Garland" ebook - $2 value
- "G.K.C.C. Gourdon Kringle Christmas Company" Children's Picture ebook - $4 value
- a beautiful handmade "Coffee Cozy"($5 value)  by Kaitlyn from Three Sisters & Us
- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on "Heartbeats~Soul Stains" - $10 value
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PERSIMMON SPLOTCH HEART SHAPED GEMSTONE NECKLACE -
Persimmon Splotch - Raw Unakite/Granite Gemstone, Lake Michigan Heart Shape Stone, 22 Carat Gold Grommets on Brass Bead Ball Chain Necklace
What a thrill it was to find this colorful and heart shaped persimmon splotched raw Unakite/granite combination gemstone in Lake Michigan!
I have 5 mm drilled a hole to fit two 22 Carat gold grommets which house two NuGold tarnish resistant large brass jumprings, and strung it onto a brass ball bead chain. The chain undone measures 25 inches, and as worn including stone will hang 14 inches. As seen in the last picture, the stone has a nice flat back which will rest nicely as worn.
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Gift Certificate to "PostcardsInTheAttic": "Travel back in time with Postcards In The Attic to a time when your purchases included fanciful detail and wholesome charm. Enjoy our beautiful vintage, antique and handmade postcards."

All 3 of these ebooks by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Total prize value is $134!!
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