Friday, November 21, 2014

November 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB

God’s Growing Garden
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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.."


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")

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 13th 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:
- $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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Coffee Cozy by Kaitlyn from "Three Sisters & Us"
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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!!
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
- This Giveaway is open from October 31st, 2014 until November 30th, 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 - NOVEMBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to 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.
- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- 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):
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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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 - 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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #43

               Welcome to the 43rd week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 


This is the last week to enter the 

Make sure you enter.


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  391 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 these different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of

Interested in Co-Hosting Wake Up Wednesday?
Fill out this form and Angel will be in touch with you?

This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Girly Multitasking: Make the Most of Your Workout

I feel better about life when my nails are painted.  It’s such a silly “first-world” thing that I’m almost ashamed to admit it…almost.  But I say that because I know I’m not alone in that fact.  I realize all of my male readers are currently rolling their eyes at me or clicking off my blog, BUT before you do, hang with me a second.  

I Am Officially a Curler

To be honest, that title is a stretch.  In reality,  I am now a member of a Friday night mixed curling league.  So I am assuming it is official.
For those readers who are from the Southern US or other parts of the Globe, you may have no idea what I am talking about.  For starters, being a curler has absolutely nothing to do with HAIR!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

Look no further for a kid-friendly treat this fall because this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies is not only delicious, but these cookies are adorable! Get all the fall fun of pumpkin pie without grossing out your picky eater. These cookies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, school party, or work party!


All The V's

We’re not a family of serious people, for the most part. I mean, just look at the decor on my desk: a Minecraft “torch,” a Doctor Who thermos that started leaking and was repurposed as a pen holder, a desk calendar from Someecards that currently says “Congratulations on not being sterile,” and there are very tiny painted characters from the Half Life video game series lined up under my monitor that my husband painted for me, because he’s awesome at painting incredibly tiny things and is also silly and nerdy like me. We’re dang near sole mates, I tell ya. Silly, nerdy, dorky sole mates.

Make Your Own Princess Hair Tie Holder

Gym. Craft. Laundry.

I am still in the middle of my decluttering project but I had to share this next craft with you guys.  Pea has long, luxurious, snarly hair so I always put it up.  If you have a little girl with long hair or long hair yourself you probably have the same problem I have…

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

You Brew My Tea

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub
Who doesn’t love the smell of baked goods? Sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices being warmed up in the oven creating an irresistible smell. They make an amazing scent for homemade body products too- Like this delicious Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub.   This scrub exfoliates gently and leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. I like to keep a jar of this on the shelf next to the shower and use it a couple times a week for a quick spa experience. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift in a pretty jar with a simple tag attached to identify the scent.  What is your favorite body product scent?

Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donuts

An easy, baked recipe. And what is great about this recipe if you don’t have a donut pan, just use a mini-muffin/cupcake pan and make these into donut holes. YUM!
With the cinnamon and sugar coating and the pumpkin and spiced donut, you seriously won’t be able to get enough.
I have always thought that donuts were hard to make, that was until I made them.
This fall will be known in our family as the “Donut Year” well become recently I have only made a few.

Infused Water

Robyn's View

You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn’t interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display

Anything & Everything

Pretty soon those beautiful family Holiday cards from your friends and family will start filling up your mailbox.  Will you have somewhere to display them when they do?  Well now you will.  I have always been the one that just places them all over the fridge, just crowding up space and leaving it looking even more cluttered than it already is.  So when I stumbled upon some branches from my neighbors tree that he had just trimmed, I jumped on the opportunity to take a few off his hands :)

The Importance of Daddy Time

In celebration of my husband's recent birthday, yup my sister and husband's birthdays are 4 days apart. November is a party month for us :) Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the typical mommy post to talk about the importance of daddy time. My little guy has always had such a great relationship with my husband and I am so thankful for that. I am extremely blessed that I have a husband who from day one has been very hands on. This is going to sounds bad to admit but here we go...I didn't even change one of little man's diapers until he was three weeks old and my husband went back to work. Daddy award is deserved right there! 

Mason Jar Gift Bags Tutorial

Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here's how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags! 

South­ern Grits & Germany

A Mothers Shadow

Can you for­give some­one who has wronged you or your family?
Can you love an enemy?  I have an expe­ri­ence to share that will encour­age grat­i­tude and extend­ing a help­ing hand.

Totally Rad 80’s Things Your Kids Need to Know

Before streaming, dvd’s, or cd’s.  There was the 80s.  Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool.  A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from White Snake.  Madonna was as scandalous as we got, and regular people still smoked cigarettes on TV.
Boy have times changed for the good and bad!  But you all know that as a child of the 80s you have a responsibility to share the neon pink, big-haired, blue-eyeliner days of the past.

Thanksgiving Decorations

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I love decorating for the holidays!  Each holiday is so different that it’s fun to come up with new things. I’m in love with my THANKS sign. It was so simple to do but makes a big statement. First, I sprayed my board with a texture spray paint. It is so cool, it looks completely different that regular spray paint

DIY: Super Easy Snowflake Pipe Cleaners

Living Frugal with Erika

I love to find simple crafts to do indoors during the colder months. If you are looking for something fun, try this out! Not only is it a simple and fun craft, you can use them to decorate the house! Our kiddos love to see their decorations on our house! You can pick up the supplies needed at most any store and will not break the bank for this fun craft!

Bee's Wax Christmas Ornaments

My cousin Amy brought a crock pot full of bee's wax on her visit last weekend.  We wanted to make a few projects with it.  When I went downstairs to find candle wick to make candles, I found a Christmas chocolate mold instead and I thought to make ornaments with it.

Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting

Tender yellow cake is layered with fluffy cocoa buttercream, and all gently sweetened with the floral notes of raw honey.  Fresh milk, eggs with richly colored yolks, and dense coconut flour combine to make a cake of substance that won’t throw you into a sugar-spiral.  It is nice to enjoy your food without having to pay the price for it later!


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Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY Christmas Gift Tags

My family and I are starting a new tradition this year.  For Christmas, we are going to be teaming up with my mother-in-law, and we are going to have a full day of baking Christmas cookies!  There are so many people to thank this time of year.  What better way to thank someone than with homemade cookies?
I then began to think of how we would package the cookies and a thought came to mind.  Why not use some cookie cutters to make cute gift tags?  These are extremely easy to make and chances are you probably have everything you need in your house.

  • Scrapbook pages
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Raffia or string
  • Paper bags (lunch size)
  • Hole punch
First, gather together all of your supplies.  
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Trace the outside of the cookie cutter on the back of the scrapbook page.  Then fold the page so that you will get multiple cutouts.

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Cut out the trace of the design you decided on.  I was able to get 3 hearts, 3 rectangles, and 3 snowmen out of 1 piece of scrapbook paper.
Leave a message on the blank back of the cutout.  Let that person know how much their time or kindness means to you.
Decide where you would like to put the hole to wrap the raffia or string around.  Punch a hole into the design and then string the raffia through and tie the gift up.  I made just a simple bow to wrap up the bags.


That’s it!  Super easy and you could even do this while waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven!
What is your favorite Christmas tradition with your family?