Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #39



               Welcome to the 39th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 
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Before we party this week I wanted to 
remind everyone that our 
HUGE CHRISTMAS EVENT GIVEAWAY 
$1650 Paypal Cash
starts next week at one minute after midnight on 
October 31st  (Nov 1st).
Make sure you come by and enter.



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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  406 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


This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

The Easiest Princess Anna Inspired Cape

Ruffles And Rain Boots

Simple FROZEN Inspired Princess Anna Cape
This might come as a surprise to you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot here in Seattle in the fall and winter months. Newsflash, right? Anyway, it’s cold and rainy and fleece is cheap, so I am making some accessories for the munchkin’s dress up costumes. Whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or just traipsing about Disney (or the grocery) in the fall or winter, our happy-go-lucky little Princess Anna will be prepared with a caplet to accompany her Princess Anna dress up apron.


Chicken Bacon & Avocado Ranch Flatbread Pizza

I Thee Cook

Here is another super simple easy weeknight meal that your family will surely love. I have been on this easy dinner kick lately. Everyone loves pizza right? We only have one free weeknight in our house this school year so fast and easy dinner ideas are a must. I refuse to succumb to the drive through.  I just wont do it! 



Use what you already have.
Use colorful items as accents.
Add items from the great outdoors.
Use candles. Lots of candles.
Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.
Add a little silver or gold spray paint for some glam.
Vary heights and layer.


DIY Garden Tic Tac Toe Game
My boys LOVE playing Tic Tac Toe! Whenever my 8 year old gets a scrap of paper, it’s instantly filled with tic tac toe grids and he’s asking all of us if we want to play. On our road trip this past summer we came across a garden tic tac toe game at the Montana Zoo and I absolutely loved the idea and knew it was one DIY project that I had to make! It wasn’t too hard to make, either, but I didn’t have any motivation to work on the project once I bought the supplies until the weather finally started cooling down here in Phoenix so we could set up our garden tic tac toe game outdoors and try it out.



This Mama Loves

Kids and adults alike will gobble up these delicious and friendly Frankenstein frozen banana pops. A yummy after school treat or a sweet addition to your Halloween party.   They are so simple to put together that the kids can help from start to finish making it not only a great snack but a super fun activity to do together (you can also convince yourself that they are healthy since its fresh fruit).  If you want to lighten up this snack you can probably use yogurt in place of  white chocolate to coat your bananas. This recipe makes 8 small pops but can easily be doubled or tripled

A Scary Halloween

H and I took a little drive today to see the Halloween yard decor ......eek......I'm gonna have night mares tonight!   Who thinks I should have took a selfie with this guy!   


New Lil' Book Caddy

I found this little wooden caddy awhile back and painted it yellow.   I didn't like the results and decided to paint it a mint color.  I absolutely love this color right now and happened to score this quart for a dollar at Home Depot awhile back.  I actually would like to paint my daughter's room this color and accent her room with pink and yellow hues



How many times in your spiritual walk have you found yourself needing guidance or wish you had someone that you trust to talk about a problem you were having?  Over the last few years, I’ve become more intentional about reading and studying the Bible and I’ve became very interested in what it takes to be a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 woman.


Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s finally here, my favorite season of the year, Fall! I love the cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves during this time, not to mention it’s football season..Yaay! 
And while everyone else is making everything pumpkin and apple right now, I’m off in another direction, marching to the beat of a different drummer, going towards….wait for it…..peanut butter! Ah yes, the creaminess and peanutty deliciousness of peanut butter. 


Nanaimo Bars, and Some Canada Love

  Last year I shared a recipe for my favourite cheesecake, from my favourite Victoria restaurant.  It is truly the best cheesecake I've ever eaten.  Just like these Nanaimo Bars are among the best bars I've ever had.  They've always been one of my favourite sweet treats, and coincidentally also come from Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo, obviously. 


West Coast Mama

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Just eight days shy of his second birthday, Holland took a spill off of the couch and broke a bone.
We had spent one night in our new home, I was upstairs in the kitchen putting the kids dinner together, and I heard a thump and some crying. I had left both children on the couch, watching a television show, innocent enough. But toddlers are not predictable. In fact, they are quite the opposite.


Cocktail: Candy Corn Pain Killer

We were playing around with pumpkin puree making two different kinds of pumpkin cocktails and this one was AMAZING! We started off with the intentions of using rum (traditional Pain Killer ingredient), which was great but not something I would rave about. We had some candy corn infused vodka remaining and substituted the rum with the infused vodka, the end result was FALL heaven. I hope you enjoy this Candy Corn Pain Killer Cocktail!



DIY Photo Collage Letters

A few weekends ago was spent celebrating with my friend that will be moving away to San Diego.  So today I am sharing this personalized gift that a friend and I made for her.  We wanted to make something that represented SLC and also all the fun times we had together with our group of girlfriends.  So being that we live in Salt Lake City, we decided to get some wood blocks that say SLC and put a photo collage of all the fun times we had together in with the girls!


Valentia Even Glow Serum - 6
I tested the Valentia Even Glow Serum by applying the product to my freshly washed face (using my regular cleansing products) once a day at bedtime – without moisturizer – over a period of a few weeks so I could see if I noticed a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin.



a house tour & a love story

The Honeycomb Home

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I have an amazing home tour to share with you today!  This house belongs to my husband’s cousin, Cindy.  Cindy was gracious enough to have my daughter and I over to photograph her home and share her story with us. I called this A House Tour and A Love Story because to Cindy and her husband, Gary, creating this home was a labor of love. Wait until you see what they did with the place with an eye for design & an ultimate DIY attitude!


Stone Cottage Sweet Tea

Stone Cottage Adventures
Everyone who drinks my sweet tea always says, "How do you make sweet tea?  I love this!"  Here is the recipe: 


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Balancing Act After “I Do”



My little sister got married this past weekend and at the ceremony, the pastor said marriage does not come with an instructor’s manual.  How easy would that be?  I think we would all be racing to the stores to buy this more than the latest iPhone!   The reasoning behind not having an instructor’s manual, is because every marriage is different.  Each individual person comes to the table with their own gifts and struggles.  Marriage is a beautiful partnership but the thing that many people miss is that it is indeed work. 

We grow up thinking of the big, white wedding dress and the prince coming in on his horse and riding off into the sunset.  In order to make this fairy tale a reality, it takes work getting to know what your prince likes and dislikes, and also him knowing what you like and dislike.  Sometimes learning this balance and being willing to negotiate or meet in the middle is not what people signed up for.  This may be the reason why half our nation is divorced.

I am a child of divorce so I know a little bit on this subject.  My parents, despite their best efforts could not make their marriage work.  It wasn’t due to a lack of love but just two people traveling on different paths, that didn’t want to meet in the middle. That’s how easy love can get lost.

The best thing you can do in a marriage, whether you are newlyweds, engaged, or have been married half your life already, is entrust your marriage to the Lord.  It is never too late or early to do this.  Prayer is powerful.  In these verses, it describes that the wife is protected by the husband, and the husband is protected by God.    

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” Ephesians 5:22-23.
There is a holy union formed when husband and wife marry.  They are dedicating themselves not only to each other, but also to God.  This should be the first layer of a marriage is God and then each other. 

My husband and I were high school sweethearts who separated during college.  We remained friends but we both knew we were headed in different directions.  It was a few years later, but we reconnected and we were soon married.

After the birth of our second child, I felt called to attend church more and to learn the knowledge of the Word that I had missed as a child.  My husband, who grew up in the church, had this head knowledge so he didn’t feel as called to be there.  This was the hardest year out of our marriage. 

Through entrusting my marriage on the Lord and praying relentlessly for not only our marriage but family, my husband came around to not only wanting to go to church, but he also rededicated his life to the Lord.  He is also now in the process of studying to become a pastor or missionary.  This is something that not even in my wildest dreams I could think of, but this just goes to show you the power or prayer.

No matter what your marriage is going through, keep faith in God. 
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28

What are some things that you do to keep your spouse happy, or things that your spouse does to make you happy?



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mix It Up @ our Social Media Mixer

Welcome to the 21st week of the Social Media Mixer!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 20 - we had 121 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!
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The Social Media Mixer is all about networking and making connections. Also, you can gain exposure and increase your social media following! Link up your blog posts and social media accounts and mix it up with some of the other linkers. Each week, the Weekday Mixer will start on Saturday nights at 8:00pm and go on until Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. A blog post will be chosen each week by each of the hosts and guest hosts and featured in the following week’s link-up! If chosen, a brief summary about yourself and your blog/website and all of your social media accounts will be featured. It’s a great way to stand out among the crowd! One blogger will be chosen for 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures!

Welcome your hosts!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Angel from Sew Crafty Angel | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Julia from Minivan Dreams | | Liz from Look by Liz Lewis | Kaitlyn from Three Sisters and Us | Shana from Technotini | Anni from Grapefruit Princess | Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for October!

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Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Meghan from Life with Peanut | Alycia from Crazily Normal | Heather from Krafts and Kiddos | Crystal from Finding Crystal | Tina from The Happy Creations

And here are the Featured bloggers from last week's Social Media Mixer...

Tiffany chose...

Ah yes, it's finally Bedtime...revisited from Living in Mommywood

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I am touching on bedtime again because no one can or should mess with my sleep just joking (but not really). We always hear about studies showing the importance of a good nights rest and sleep. How we prepare for that is and can be a challenge for parents, especially of little ones. As bedtime approaches for some it can become a time of torture or a time for relaxation.

Heather chose...

First Birthday Party Success from Winks and Eyerolls

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Well it came and went. The big first birthday event. All the planning, ideas, and work that goes into a party and before you know it's over. Camp Asher, (yup that's my son's name, first time revealing it to you) was a success and everyone had a great time! I'm sorry (well kind of but not really :) for the picture overload you are about to see.

Anni chose...

Be You Bravely from Home Is Where The Heart Is

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This Fall, I started being a part of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). It is a place where I can be with other Moms while my girls are playing with other kids. You can find out more about MOPS here. The theme for this quarter is “Be You Bravely.”

Jillian and Ce Ce chose...

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Is your blog getting poor traffic? Are you looking for ways to increase your blog traffic? Are you experiencing your frustration with not getting more traffic in your blog? Are you attempting to get more visitors directly to your blog? If you say so, then you will learn on how to increase your blog traffic. Indeed, I admit that I have been learning more about how to increase my blog traffic, too. You are not the only one. I have wonderful news that you may be learning on how to increase your blog traffic.

Holly chose...

Family Movie Night Ideas from Practical Princess Diaries

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Family movie night is a great way to do something together as a family that doesn’t cost a lot or can even be FREE. Going to the movies as a family is getting pretty expensive. Ticket prices are up to $12 each for 3D movies. Add on the popcorn, soda, and over priced candy. Before you know it you have spent $100 to listen to other people talk through the movie, waiting in line, and the inevitable “I have to go to the bathroom” from one of your kids. We love family movie night at our house! Try some of our family movie night ideas to start this tradition in your house.

Angel chose...

Chair Makeover: Miss Rose from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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A thrift shop find lured me because of its carving. Quite weak and very damaged, it was held together with duct tape.

Alycia chose...

10 Top Tips for Saving Money from A Fresh Start

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My Husband and I have been working on getting our finances i order for sometime now and it hasn’t been going fast enough so we are kicking it up a notch. I really want to start 2015 with less money worries and a little saved up.

And the winner is...

102 Ways To Increase Blog Traffic from Live Laugh Love Post

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Congratulations!! You have won 2 weeks of free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures! Please e-mail Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com for more information on your free ad space.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Chain Linky Climb Party @ Sew Crafty Angel


God’s Growing Garden
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Please welcome The October  2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 
week#4 co-hosts: 


April from "100lb Countdown"
(Click on the blog button below)

100 lb Countdown

 April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "100lb Countdown" lately:
To Reveal or Not Reveal 
Making Your Own Happiness with Turn It Up Tuesday

Imagine Losing Seven Pounds in Two Weeks
&
 Robin from "Redo It Yourself Inspirations"
(Click on the blog button below)
Redo It Yourself Inspirations
Robin is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Redo It Yourself Inspirations" lately:
Friday Five: Fabulous Furniture Features#4 
Pine Plank Floor
Retro Re-Pin #14
&
Kaitlyn from "Three Sisters & Us"
(Click on the blog button below)
Three Sisters and Us
Kaitlyn is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Three Sisters & Us" lately:
Social Media Mixer Linky
Mini Muffin for School Lunch Box
TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop
&
Debbie from "Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains"
(Click on the blog button below)
Eclectic Red Barn
Debbie is joining us again!  Checkout what's been happening on "Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains" lately:
DIY Homemde Heating Pad 
Frosty Fall Football Giveaway
Gravity Maze by ThinkFun
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We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the September & October CLIMB!!
(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 12th 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:
- $15 Starbucks Coffee Gift Card from Sew Crafty Angel
- 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 Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value
- 1 lb of Handmade Soap from Heidi's Wanderings - $12 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- A beautiful Acorn Necklace with a brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan by
  ShorelineDesigned - $15 value
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ACORN NECKLACE - Brown basalt stone from Lake Michigan - Hand drilled 5 mm hole with 22 carat gold grommet, Brass acorn charm, Large NuGold brass tarnish-resistant jumpring & Brass big-ball bead chain with clam clasp: undone end to end measures 24 inches. As worn including stone pendant will hang 15.5 inches long. 
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Handmade soap from Heidi's Wanderings
Total prize value is $99!!

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 this will become a second place prize)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Acorn Necklace (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- This Giveaway is open from September 29th, 2014 until October 31st, 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 - OCTOBER 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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