Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #47

               Welcome to the 47th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  456 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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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Holiday Decor, Edible Snowmen Edition

Interior Design Principles

Snowman is a fun character.  He can make you smile, and he has been mankind’s buddy for a long long time. There is something magical about being around snowman and snow women – they are able to lighten up the ambiance and help set the mood to celebrate the holiday season.

Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

Deep Roots at Home

Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, Professor Touery, adsorption, antidote, lethal dose, gastric lavage, pumping stomach, coals from fire, Tylenol, dosage, tablets, capsules, powder, brown recluse, plantain, aspirin, burnt toast, allergic reactions, pets, food poisoning, spider bites, mushroom poisoning, accidental poisoning, a stomach bug, snake bite, antidote for most poisons, educating parents, doctors, pharmacists, emergency room, 911, ambulance,  pediatricians, strychnine, arsenic, children, toddlers, swallowing poison, coconut shells, storage, shelf life,
Activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast! 
Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive antidote for emergency use (and a few other no-emergency uses), able to rapidly mop up toxins and chemicals. Toxins adhere or stick to the very porous surface of the charcoal, so nothing is absorbed by the body – instead passing through and out of the GI tract. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, and it has proved its value over and over again.

DIY Snowman Hat from Thrift Store Finds

Live Randomly Simple

Today I am bringing you something so fun that I am still sitting here looking at it in amazement!  AmieJo from Life’s Little Projects contacted me and asked to collaborate a DIY Christmas craft from Thrift Store finds with a few other ladies! {I cannot wait to see what they all made, you can check out their projects at the bottom of the post!}

31 Days in Proverbs Devotional Collection

Life gets so busy.

And let's face it...we often become distracted and end up pushing our devotional time to the side in hopes of saving time. We're all guilty of it...we all want to do better...but when we feel this heightening level of tension, we realize God isn't the one who drifted. 

We did. 

I hope you like today's project. 

I have another DIY Christmas Tree Ornament.

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins Recipe

Southern Krazed

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins Recipe

Who’s up for a delicious delight today? These Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins will surely melt in your mouth! I LOVE cheesecake and strawberries. Combined, oh YUM!!! They are terrific with a hot cup of coffee for an afternoon snack or an after dinner desert! Can I say simply sinful?!

Cranberry Sangria

Upstate Ramblings

The holidays celebrations mean holiday cocktails!  And one of the easiest holiday cocktails to make is Sangria, because you can make it ahead of time and chill it until the party starts.  I made this Cranberry Orange Sangria with white wine for one of our holiday celebrations, and served it my new Curva Artisan double walled glasses.

Okay!  I will be the first to admit for as long as I have been blogging, I still have had my questions about the proper use of hashtags with social media.

Nagging thoughts of am I hashtagging too little or too much? Am I using the right type of hashtags for the given situations? Well, I have finally had enough of this wondering and have gone in search of some answers. Figured while I am undertaking this journey, I should share what I  learn so that it may clear up the hashtag dilemma for other folks, as well. Here is what I found out:

Mini Mimosa Cupcakes

This Silly Girl's Life

Okay, okay, now I know I’ve said this a thousand times BUT…. these HAVE to be the best cupcakes I have ever made.
I know. Trust me on this, these little cuties are just bursting with mimosa flavor! How adorable will they be on your holiday brunch spread OR at a New Year’s Ever party….swoon.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  I’m basically finished, besides baking madness and a few craft projects.
One of the craft projects this year is the Infinity Scarf.  I’ve wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, but up until now I haven’t really tried to learn.

I finally went to the farm store and purchased my Amaryllis bulb.  You'll notice I decided to plant in a white ceramic pot instead of my box.  This pot was already full of dirt and honestly it just made my life a little easier. I like adding white accents indoors; they can clean up the atmosphere of any room.  This bulb will bloom into a red and white beauty; I'm excited to watch the process as there is always so much detail to witness.  Today I'm sharing how easy it is to get an Amaryllis bulb started with stuff you already have, making this a fun Christmas project that won't break the bank. 

Do you love matte lipsticks? I know that I do. Sometimes though, I find that they are incredibly hard to pull off. Matte lipsticks are not know to be the most friendly makeup to work with. They have a tendency to be dry (and drying), they show cracks, they can make lips look smaller. But with a little prep work they are wonderful, for those times that you don’t want a shiny, sticky, sparkly mess on your lips.

I am still on a Peppermint kick and think Dimitri is especially happy about it, as he is a huge fan of anything Peppermint and these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are no exception.

The cupcakes are not only rich in color, but in taste as well with the added Mint Crunch. I am not sure whether Mint Crunch is available everywhere as I found mine at our local baking supply store. No brand name which makes me think the store buys in bulk and then re-package.

Cookies for Santa has been a tradition at our house since my first son was born.We generally open one gift from under the tree (pajamas), leave out milk and cookies and then read Twas the Night Before Christmas as a family.The milk and cookies do not have to be elaborate. You don’t have to decorate the cookies, although you can if you want. It is a great memory your kids will always cherish. You can do simple cookies or even store bought.

Personalized Snowman Mugs

I love personalized homemade gifts. I would prefer something homemade over something store bought any day, unless you are going to buy me a car, then I really, really want the car.
These mugs are super cute and crazy easy to make, you just need a mug, a couple sharpies and an oven and you are all set!

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Pie

buttermilk-pieI started baking this recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Pie when we lived in Uruguay, and it was always a big hit with everyone who tried it. If you’re having trouble imagining what a buttermilk pie would taste like, it has the flavor and texture of a yummy vanilla custard.

Hershey Bar Reindeer – Holiday Craft

About A Mom
As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, I have another fun holiday craft to share with you – Hershey Bar Reindeer. This one is very simple and a great one to do with the kids. As with most craft projects, I didn’t have all of the supplies to make what I was envisioning. Our Grateful Turkey Box craft for Thanksgiving took the last of our brown craft paper, so I made do with brown packing paper. For the antlers I made used pipe cleaners. Even with a few deviations from my initial plans, these Hershey Bar Reindeer turned out pretty cute.

Concealed Carry Version of ChrisWDesigns Sugar and Spice Purse

Gina's Craft Corner Bags

I've been dying to share with you my latest bag!  I purchased the Sugar and Spice pattern from Christine over at ChrisWDesigns a LONG time ago, but only recently had time to put it together.

This bag looks a little fancy on the outside, but let me tell you, I think it is a pretty easy sew.  There is only 1 zipper and the rest are all slip pockets.  Yippee!! 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why I Love “Elf on the Shelf” (Guest Post)

For those who don’t know, “The Elf on the Shelf” is a children’s book written by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell.  It was written in 2005 and it began a Christmas tradition in many families.  Families get to read the book, name their elf and get to see the fun things the elf does the next morning while the household is asleep.  No, the elf doesn’t move on its own but parents get to be creative and station the elf’s actions. 
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The elf “watches” the children during the day to report back to Santa.  Each night, the children believe that the elf returns to the North Pole to tell Santa if they have been naughty or nice.  The rules are that only adults can move the elf the next morning.  If a child touches the elf, the elf loses the Christmas magic and will not return.  There is even a movie that does a beautiful job of showing redemption in this story. Displaying IMG95201312189523263795892.jpg
This cute little fellow has been getting some criticism this year and I’m not sure why.  Again, parents get to dictate the elf’s actions.  The elf’s face does look mischievous but he doesn’t have to be.  My sister-in-law found a great idea last year and had her elf read to my niece and nephews’ teddy bears.  My husband made a Christmas tree and presents out of Play doh where it looked like the elf made the items for our sons.  Our elf even had an epic pirate adventure with our sons’ toys and one night he turned the milk green! (My sons wanted “elf milk” for about a month after Christmas had ended last year!)
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 “The Elf on the Shelf” is meant to be fun and a family experience to share.  Many people search Pinterest and the Internet for the latest and greatest adventures their elf can get into.  It brings joy to children’s faces the next morning when they have to find the elf.   
Childhood is a time for laughter and delight.  Christmas is magical all by itself.  People become friendlier and there is good food to be shared among family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. 
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Some people don’t do Santa because they may feel it loses focus on the reason as to why we celebrate at Christmas.  I think it is all a matter of what parents teach their children.  If a child knows that Jesus is in their heart and their Savior, I don’t see why there is a big deal with Santa and his helpful elf.  I do respect others ways of parenting though as I wouldn’t want my own parenting skills critiqued.
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I grew up not knowing enough about the Lord.   I remember being devastated when I found out the truth about Santa but there is something that my mother remembers to this day that I said.  I was the oldest child so she explained to me that I had to keep it a secret for my younger siblings but I asked her if it was okay if I could still believe.

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Christmas is about hope, faith and believing.  Children are full of imagination and I feel like this little elf brings the imagination back to us as adults and parents. 
Our elf arrives the day after Thanksgiving and departs on Christmas Eve. 
What special traditions do you and your children do at Christmas?  If you have an Elf on the Shelf, what did you name yours?  Our elf is Chippey, just like in the movie based on the book!  Many Christmas blessings to you and your family and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Chain Linky CLIMB

God’s Growing Garden
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Please welcome The December 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB
week#3 & week#4 co-hosts:
(due to the Holidays the CLIMB Giveaway will end December 20th - HOWEVER the hop itself will stay open until the end of the month)
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A Peek Into My Paradise 
Cathy is our permanent week#3 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "A Peek Into My Paradise" lately:
 Wake Up Wednesday Linky - join us every Wednesday!!
Blogger Opportunity - Romantic Cash Giveaway
Eggnog Quick Bread Recipe
Helen from "Helen Fern Original Photography"
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Helen Fern Original Photography

Helen's Etsy shop: HFernOriginals   We are thrilled that Helen is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Helen Fern Original Photography" lately:
Christmas in Portland 
Wordless Wednesday
Waiting for Snow
Marci from "Life With Joys"
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Life With Joys
Marci's blog is so encouraging and inspiring - I guarantee you will always be touched when reading her lovely blog.  She also has written a book - "From Broken to Beautiful".  This is how Marci describes herself & her blog:
I am a Jesus lovin' girl who strives to please Him.  I love going to church and worshipping with my family.  Jesus is not a Sunday fellow, He is an everyday kind of guy.  As a family, we try and live for Him daily.  I am not a stick to church rules gal.  The rules I follow come from
Jesus....love the way He does....plain and simple.
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:
15 Acts of Kindness This Christmas Season
Birthdays, Gift Ideas & Christmas Cheer with
Finding Courage - #AskAwayFriday
Julie from "Grace, Lace & Iron"
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Grace, Lace & Iron

Julie's wonderful blog will get you on the right path to becoming &/or staying healthy! Checkout her ebook: "Cheap, Clean Recipes Vol 1".  This is how she describes herself & her blog: "I have been working out since I was 8 or 9, but I took a few hiatuses...Five years ago, I lost almost 40 pounds! I was really unhealthy, not so much because of my weight, but stress was killing me, literally. So, I decided to become a group fitness instructor, and I didn't turn back. I love helping people find ways to be healthy that work for them!"
Mari from "Living in Mommywood"
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Living in Mommywood

Mari's awesome blog is so full of helpful motherly tips and inspiration!  She is also a weekly host for the fun "Turn It Up Tuesday" blog hop!  This description of her blog is taken from her disclaimer - even her disclaimer is inspiring!: "This blog expresses and provides the tools, methods and other information on Parenting issues that have worked for me.

The different venues I have used to go about parenting as smoothly as I have been able to for the past 18 years."

Debbie from "Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains"
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Heartbeats~Soul Stains

We are thrilled that Debbie is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Heartbeats~Soul Stains" lately:

Happiness in What We Have 
 Triple Layer Carrot Cake
 Inspiration Found Everywhere: Finding Hope

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

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 

With our 14th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
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

Please enter below -one person will win:
- $25 Paypal Cash from Sew Crafty Angel & 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
- $20 Gift Certificate to Helen's Etsy Shop - HFernsOriginals
- 1 Medium Ad Space on The Myrabev Life - $10 value
- 1 Medium Ad Space on A July Dreamer - $10 value
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- A beautiful Red Seaglass & Rhinestone Cherry Necklace by ShorelineDesigned - $20 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
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Coffee Cozy by Kaitlyn from "Three Sisters & Us"
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Rare Red Seaglass from Lake Michigan and Sparkly Rhinestone High Quality Cherry Charm on Silver Bail and Chain Necklace
Red seaglass/beachglass is a rare find - and I found this one in Lake Michigan near Traverse City which is the Cherry Capital of the World!  I have carefully drilled the red beach glass into a bead to daintily dangle along with a sparkly sweet cherry rhinestone charm from silver and red jumprings from a silver slide-bail onto a silver chain. Even the lobster clasp is large for ease of use and is quality stainless steel connected to a cute tiny tag steel connector.  The chain undone end to end is 21 inches, and as worn including seaglass/cherry charm will hang 12 inches.
by ShorelineDesigned

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Gift Certificate to "H Fern Originals": (shop description) "My goal is to provide you with quality greeting cards and photographs at an affordable price. I have experienced each image you see and tried to capture the feeling in the photograph.   Please look around, send me comments - both praise and suggestions - and feel free to ask me any questions. ."

All 3 of these ebooks by Angie Ouellette-Tower

Total prize value is $154!!

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 a second place prizes)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Necklace & the Cozy (otherwise these will become  second place prizes)
- Any tax or shipping costs going above the amount of any gift certificate will be the winner's responsibility
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)
- This Giveaway is open from December 1st, 2014 until December 21st, 2014
- 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 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
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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 up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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