Saturday, April 19, 2014

Somebody Loves YOU


All of this He did for YOU and for ME







He Is Risen!


Take time today and meditate on what the death of Christ

 means for all who believe in Him.



Friday, April 18, 2014

The Chain Linky CLIMB Party & Giveaway


God’s Growing Garden

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Please welcome The April 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 "A Peek Into My Paradise" lately:
Manage Conflict in Your Marriage
Turn Your Website Tide & Turn It Up Tuesday
Blogging Essentials Giveaway
 &
Robin from "Redo It Yourself Inspirations"
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Redo It Yourself Inspirations
Robin's wonderful blog is a Garden & Home DIY.  Here is a descriptive quote from Robin: "I've always had a tendency to be motivated and easily inspired to be creative. It's the way I've been molded. I'm the daughter of a master craftsman cabinet maker and a thrifty crafty lady. My new journey started when my husband and I bought a real fixer upper home a few years ago. I had no choice but to dive in and get back into the do-it-yourself mode full force. Every room and every aspect of the home and property needed a LOT of work. There is still more to do. The cost and time can be overwhelming but I conquer that by recycling household items into re-purposed functions. With that, I'm hereby sharing our trail of improvements with hope to inspire others."

 &
Angie from "Desperate HouseLife"
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Desperate HouseLife
Angie's lovely blog is so helpful in all areas of  House & Home.  Please read a quote from Angie:  "Twenty-something housewife who loves all things domestic--including (but not limited to) DIY, crafting, homemaking, crochet, knit, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, and whatever else tickles my fancy."

 &
Steph from "A Time For Seasons"
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A Time For Seasons
This fantastic blog is about "Seasonal Adventures, crafts, recipes & more".  Steph describes herself & her blog as follows:  "I am a happily married, work at home, homeschooling mother of 3. I own my own business, Atlanta's Santas, and in the off-season Love to participate in Children's Consignment Sales and Mary Kay."


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WELCOME!
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our sixth 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 "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $30 Paypal Cash


- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value


- 1 Turbo Sponsor Ad on 100lb Countdown - $7 value


- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $10 value


- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on Heidi's Wanderings - $10 value


- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value


- 1 "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook - $3 value




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Learn how to make these "Strawberry Lime Linzer Cookies" just in time for Spring! (Recipe part of "My Cookie Creation Countdown" - my top 10 favorite cookie recipes).


TOTAL PRIZE PACK VALUED AT $100!!!
THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO ENTER!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions: 
- This Giveaway is open worldwide
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account & a blog to enter
- You must enter a valid email address
- This Giveaway is open from March 31st, 2014 until April 29th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - April CLIMB blog hop co-hosts may enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:

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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):

 
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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - Now if you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Vintage Church & Barns

I went on a road trip recently and took some photos of a few beautiful
old buildings that time forgot.

I couldn't get far enough off the road to get a good photo of the front of this
building but if you look closely you can see the wooden cross on the steeple.


I love old structures like these, they hold the past and open up our imaginations.
Time truly marches on and so many things are just left behind without a second thought.

At some time in history these old buildings were very important to someone.
Now they sit empty and abandoned waiting for someone to drive past and see the
beauty that once was.





Angel

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

$200 Paypal Group Giveaway

Group Giveaway!
I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter for a chance to win!!
Be sure to stop by and meet all of the ladies that helped make this group giveaway possible.
Group Giveaway Co-Hosts
Group Giveaway Ladies
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS!
The Life of the Party group giveaway begins at 12:00AM EST on April 17th, 2014 and will end at 12:00AM EST on May 1st, 2014. Please be honest in your entries as they will be verified. The information you have provided will be used so that The Life of the Party and co-hosts can verify your entries and select a winner. The winner will be selected by Random.org and will be contacted by email. The winner will then have 72 hours to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed within this time period a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will have no claim to the prize.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin' and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.
This giveaway is open worldwide unless prohibited by law and must have a verified Paypal account. The winner will be responsible for tax reporting and any fees associated with Paypal in collecting their winnings. Prize money is valued in US Dollars.
The Life of the Party host and co-hosts are not eligible for entering this giveaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #12 & Giveaway



               Welcome to the 12th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway



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  308 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!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of










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This weeks 
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Featured Bloggers pinned each week. 



Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.


Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.


DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!








This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.







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I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.



Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.
But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"
Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.


Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"
Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room
My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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Prayer, Praise and Consistency

Prayer, Praise and Consistency

 

Are there areas you want to work on when it comes to your relationship with God? I have been looking into the different aspects of my walk with Him. These places where I want to go deeper with my Heavenly Father. The main things I've been looking at are prayer, praise and consistency.

There is a song called Blessed Be Your Name sung by Matt Redman that defines the need I have to be close with God at all times. It reminds me of the peace and strength that I can only find through Him. You can find the full lyrics for the song here. I have sung this song and looked to the sky in the depths of great pain and found comfort knowing He and my Angels in Heaven are wrapping their arms around our family.

Blessed Be Your name When I'm found in the desert place Though I walk through the wilderness Blessed Be Your name

Prayer Praise and consistency Throughout my life I have had challenges and setbacks and have found myself questioning God. Yet, it is in these times where I have knelt down and prayed deeply, fully and diligently. Where my walk with Jesus has been at its deepest level. While this is wonderful; why is it that during the most troubled times I find myself having the relationship that I should be having everyday? During these times I pray without ceasing, my heart is in constant prayer. I am reading my bible and other literature, I am learning and being a disciple. My desire is to be a servant to him at all times. Seeking to strengthen my relationship with God no matter the circumstances. When everything is going well, I will still go on bended knee and pray earnestly and wholeheartedly.

Blessed be Your name When the sun's shining down on me When the world's 'all as it should be' Blessed be Your name

Praising Jesus during my struggles and times of despair is another area I want to improve greatly. When something wonderful happens, I will say "thank you, God" and give the glory to Him. I will say how good God is to my family, to my loved ones and myself when things are going in the direction I feel they should be headed. Prayer, Praise and consistency

What about when life brings those moments of hardships? Shouldn't I still be praising God and being grateful for the many blessings I do have? I don't find myself singing songs of praise when I'm in sadness, stumbling or wrestling with life's downs. God is still good, God is still faithful even when the world and things are not shaping up the way I feel it should at the moment. There are many things that have happened in my life that I still have no answers for. What I know for sure is his plan for my family is greater than my imagination. His love and blessings for us are grander then our eyes can see. I know this, I believe this with everything that I am. I am grateful and blessed and I want to consistently, no matter what is going on, praise God faithfully.

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say

I have often complained when my kids only "bother" with me or act grateful when they need something or get their way. I have been thinking lately, aren't I doing the same thing with God?

How do you maintain a consistent walk with God? Do you find yourself turning to Him more in times of need? Share your thoughts with me :)

Thank you so much!
 Debbie Tom Blog: Heartbeats~ Soul Stains


Monday, April 14, 2014

Turn It Up Tuesday @ Sew Crafty Angel

Welcome to the 30th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to my fellow hosts and our April team and to all of you for making every week so successful!
Please share your Easter-related posts (and non Easter posts) here with us this week on Turn It Up Tuesday. Easter is right around the corner and we'd love to hear how you'll be spending it. Will you be baking? Share your recipes. Will you be going to church? Share your beautiful outfits. Share anything at all with us.