Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #36

               Welcome to the 36th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

25 Blogs  -  1 Party

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  376 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

All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)

2014 Fall Home Tour

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake

Pastel Front Porch for Fall

Creating with wire and nail polish

Root Beer Float Cookies

Root Beer Float Cookies | Bakewell Junction

Easy Fall Pillow - quick and easy way to make a fall pillow. Use dollar store felt cut outs.

It is challenging teaching a kid to have a good work ethic. This is so important as it carries through to all aspects of life. How I got my teen to focus.

10 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes

10 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes | Home.Made.Interest.

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Homemade Brown Sugar

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Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.

Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your family friendly post 
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.

The Great Blog Train

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Spider Web Cake
Todays Featured Dessert

Appetizer:  Shrimp Cocktail 
with Green Goblin Dressing

Soup:  Curried Pumpkin Soup 
with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds  
Salad:  Spinach with Bony Finger Chicken Bites  
Main Dish:  Pork Loin with Apple-Cornbread Stuffing  
Sides:  Roasted Spiced Parsnips and Carrots
or Garlicky Sweet Potatoes
Dessert:  Spider Web Cake
Beverage: Pina Ghoulada
Mauled Apple Cider
Bloody-Good Cranberry Punch
and Spooky Punch for the little ones

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Grab your meal, take a seat and enjoy the train ride!

Thank you for visiting the Dining Car - now onto the regular Blog Hop & Giveaway:

All Aboard!!!
The Great Blog Train

A monthly blog hop departing from your online train station on the first Wednesday of every month!
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The Great Blog Train has 5 Engineers
plus a "Destination Co-host"!!
If you link up that means your blog will be seen on 6 different blogs!!!

Please meet our Destination Co-host:
Camille from "Colorado Springs Tours & Reviews"

This month we will be travelling to Colorado Springs, COLORADO
Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer's blogs!

If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

The Great Blog Train's 15th Great Giveaway!!!
1 Lucky winner will win the following:

- 2 Handmade Bars of Lye Soap by Marci
- 1 Texas Sized Bath Bomb (1/2 Rose & 1/2 Jasmine or 1 whole of a single scent - You choose) from Laura
- 1 Handmade Zippered Pouch from Marci
- 1 Ad Space on Stone Cottage Adventures
(Except for the Ad space you must live in the lower 48 of the U.S.A. to win the soap, bath bomb & pouch - otherwise they become a second place prize)
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Remember to join the fun even if you are running a little late.  The last entry will receive the Caboose Feature! 

September's Caboose and featured blog happens to be:

"Traveling Cats" Congratulations!
This is such a cool blog!!  - So original!  This is how Vanessa describes her blog:

For over ten years, I've been snapping pictures of every cat I meet during my travels around the world. Traveling Cats is the collection of those cat pictures.  It's an interesting project on many levels. The pictures are not just about the cats, but they also give a good impression of the cities and countries in which those pictures were taken. Also, whereas in some parts of the world cats look like little divas, in others they are unkempt, poor creatures. I currently have over 500 cat pictures, and that collection is still growing.

Blog Train Rules, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
Linking up to the Train is as easy as
1, 2, 3!
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Makeup Trends

With seasons changing, I always like to switch things up not only in my closet but also in my go-to makeup drawer by rotating the products I reach for the most. Fall makeup trends are inspired by deep colours, and some of my favourites include coffee brown, metallic grey, burgundy, and dark purple. Of course I also like to keep staple products that can go with any look too, I guess it's all about balance right? I thought I would share 4 items that I am thoroughly enjoying wearing now that autumn has arrived!

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Broadest Berry - Talk about the perfect dark lip shade! Seems everyone is rocking bold lip colours during this time of year, and I am definitely one to experiment with them too. I love that it's an actual lip balm so it doesn't dry out my lips, but it also has a much longer staying power than other tinted lip products I have tried. On days when I don't want my lips to be the center of attention, I will just dab a little layer on, and when I feel like being more adventurous with my makeup I will be more generous with my application.

2. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P. - A staple shade in my opinion - it can be worn all over the lid for an even wash of colour, and I also like to blend it with darker shades in my crease to create a pretty, smokey effect. On days when I am racing out the door I will quickly apply some of the eye shadow with my finger and add a coat of mascara, and doing just that makes me go from looking like I just rolled out of bed to awake and ready to tackle the day!

3. Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder (reviewed here) - An oldie but a goodie! I tend to reach for matte bronzers when the weather starts to cool off. This one is my go-to for either bronzing or contouring since it layers very nicely, so if you just want to add a little extra wash of colour to give your face more dimension or are aiming to achieve extra sculpted cheekbones, this one will provide beautiful results - without making you look orangey or muddy!

4. NYX Powder Blush in Terra Cotta (reviewed here) - A super pretty, subtle bronze shade verging on slightly peachy on the skin, for when I feel like adding a bit more sheen to my cheeks. It isn't extremely pigmented which is how I prefer my blushes. I've also been loving wearing it as eye shadow, it's a few shades darker than Benefit's R.S.V.P. but still very wearable.

These are just a few of my go-to products that I thought were worth sharing! I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to try something new, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone! Makeup is all about being creative, after all, and being a little more daring once in a while is just part of the fun!

Have you tried any of these makeup items? Which one would you be keen on trying?

Make sure to visit www.natalielovesbeauty.com for more things beauty-related!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chain Linky CLIMB @ Sew Crafty Angel

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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. 
By ShorelineDesigned
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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Let's Get Social @ Sew Crafty Angel Social Media Mixer

Welcome to the 18th week of the Social Media Mixer!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 17 - we had 126 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!

SMM Hosts Aug 2014 (1)
 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 LaughterCe Ce from A Chicago Mom |  Jillian from Baby Doodah | Holly from Southern Mom Loves

And welcome your guest hosts for September!

Avie from All Things Avie | Cyndi from The Decorating Chica | Danielle from Dancing with my Daughter | Emily from The Unextreme | Jennifer from Mommy Life After Ph.D. | Lauren from Life in the Wilde | Lori from Lori's Culinary Creations | Mila from Mila's Little Things | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Soro from Mom Swaddles All | Tara from Anything & Everything | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles

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

Holly chose...

Slow Cooker Beef Chile Verde Nachos from Lou Lou Girls

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My cute hubby called me from work and told me that he had just signed up to bring a main dish for the company pot luck dinner. Main dishes can be so hard because you have to get the dish to the party without falling apart and then finding something that will feed so many people! I love challenges! We decided on these incredible nachos. They were a big hit at the party! Mike told me that everyone was trying to get the last piece of meat out of the slow cooker because the meat was so tender. The great thing about nachos are that everyone can make their own the way they like.


Cathy and Avie chose...

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Icing from Mayhem in the Kitchen!

Last year I bought the Costco pack of organic pumpkin puree, and based on how September has gone thus far, I’m going to need to stock up again this year. I know a lot of folks think this whole pumpkin spice thing is overrated, overdone, overblown, but I just can’t help myself. As soon as the air gets crisp and the leaves start to crunch, the pumpkin obsession stirs within me and there’s nothing I can do about it. …OK maybe it’s not quite that bad. But it’s close. I knew I was ready for fall when I went through and sniffed the entire autumn themed line of wax melt air fresheners at the hardware store. Twice. Three times on the Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Cider varieties. Lucky for me, one of my coworkers shares my pumpkin love, and requested a pumpkin spice treat for her birthday, so I didn’t even have to think of an excuse to make these.

Mila chose...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

Our culture revolves around the idea of self-sufficiency and independence. We don’t want our survival to be dependent on anyone besides ourselves. But I’m pretty sure our culture has it wrong. Community is important. It always has ben and it always will be. We’re born into families, we play on teams, and we’re assigned to work in groups. We’re designed and engineered to function not in isolation, but in relationship with other humans. Even us introverts. After writing my most recent post on physical, emotional, and spiritual therapy, I realized that something was missing. I threw out a whole lot of information about the various forms of therapy and I neglected to talk about one of the best forms of therapy I have ever found: BLOGGING! I realize that some of you might not believe this fact, so I decided to make a list of the…5 Reasons Blogging Counts as Therapy

Cyndi chose...

Project: Pallet Shed- Finishing touches! from Scrapality

It’s been a long journey and a learning lesson from the first pallet to the last. My pallet shed is finally complete and I am very pleased how it turned out.

Ce Ce chose...

Crockpot Lasagna from 4 Sons 'R' Us

On top of it being an all-out yummy classic comfort food, lasagna is a busy mom’s secret dinner weapon. It’s such a great option, especially when we’re talking about a crockpot, not oven, version because it’s so easy to throw together and it’s really filling, so a little goes a long way. Plus, this recipe usually makes enough for leftovers, which is a bonus because lasagna is one of those foods that almost always tastes even better the next day.

Natasha and Silvie chose...

10 Reasons Why I Am No Better Than My Kids. from Domain of the Mad Mommy

Am I supposed to hold myself to a higher standard? I mean, I am their mother after all. Yet, somehow, I am no better than my kids.

Lori chose...

The Latest in Cat Pumpkins and More from Oh My Heartsie Girl

Welcome To Weekend Fun Party Halloween Pumpkin Preview I could not wait to start sharing these cute creations I found while searching on All You and Good Housekeeping websites.

Jillian chose...

Fall Handbag Essentials with U by Kotex from Warrior Queen

It's the first day of fall and California spent the morning pretending it was going to actually have cold weather for once. It's quickly thrown a JK in our faces, but I took advantage and wore my favorite Sevenly sweatshirt as I dashed to Walmart to get the best deal ever...which totally inspired today's post. It does help that my mom's best friend gave me a Kate Spade handbag this past week...Paulina's so proud of me!

Tiffany chose...

The Phone Call That Left Us Speechless from How Do the Jones Do It?

It was a school night and we were just getting ready to crawl in bed when the phone call came. ‘Jenny and her young daughter, Grace, don’t have a place to stay tonight. The hotel won’t take credit over the phone … can you go to the hotel in the next town over and pay for two nights?’

And the winner is...

Therapeutic Blogging from The Realist Optimist

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.

Stop by and follow our featured bloggers! We're sure you'll love them as much as we do!
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