Friday, February 27, 2015

CLIMB Cohosts WANTED for March & April 2015

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CLIMB Cohosts WANTED for March & April 2015
Cohosts also have the option of participating in the CLIMB Giveaway the month after cohosting!! 
It's 2 months of blog growing fun!
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, February 24, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #57


 week #57

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  393 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!

Your link will appear on the blogs of
     Lemons and Laughs   
          Kreative Corner      

This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

I think I have a thing for edible roses.  Last Valentine's day I learned how to make chocolate covered strawberries that look like roses and this year I learned how to make a rose out of Hershey's kisses.  I pinned this idea for strawberry roses on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try.  Unfortunately, it's one of those pins that's a dead end when you click through, but luckily there was enough information in the image to give me a basic idea of what to do.  And after making a few of these strawberry roses, I can give you a few pointers and tips that worked for me.

To create this, I made a Raspberry-Cherry sauce and then layered it with MΓΌller® Ice Cream Inspired Vanilla Bean Yogurt. The sauce was made by combining raspberries and cherries with a little bit of water, and then cooking it down to release the liquid.

This strata showcases tomatoes, zucchini, bacon, and feta. Best of all? You don’t have to prep it the night before! By using a delicate, flaky croissant, the eggs and milk soak in quickly and perfectly.

My purse all too often becomes a catch all for the junk I encounter while out of the house.
It’s just too easy to toss something in my purse and deal with it later. Unfortunately, later can sometimes take a while to roll around. Receipts, old notes, and lots of lip products usually make up most of my purse clutter, but that changed yesterday because I decluttered my purse.

One thing we can be thankful for is God’s wisdom, which in turn makes us wise when we follow him. Serving these cute wise owl cupcakes will help us remember to be thankful, and it gives kids an added lesson in wisdom as well! 

Shane and I both love to go to antique stores and auctions.
Many times we are looking for something with a purpose and we enjoy the hunt.
I also enjoy the bargaining process. 

We went shopping that day with the measurements wrote down that would fit the space we were shopping for.
Handy Hubby had his tape measure and we both had the vision in our heads.
We also had a price point that we would not go over.

We were searching for something to re-purpose into a coffee station.

Sewing is a timeless and highly useful skill. You can sew items for yourself, your friends, your pets, or your home. But if you’re a beginner, it may be hard to narrow down all the pattern possibilities and find a project that you’ll actually understand, and better yet, actually finish! So if you’re a total beginner or have a little more experience, check out these quick and easy sewing projects below!

Our new and innovative mix of the perfect ingredients will give you Dramatically Radiant & Youthful Eyes by: 
• Eliminating Dark circles, Puffiness, Dryness and Sagging around the eyes.
• Increasing elasticity and plumps the skin around eyes.
• Providing a youthful texture around the eyes.
• Moisturizing the delicate eye area to prevent premature aging.
• Useful for the entire face. Can be applied all over the face for an enhanced glow and a more radiant looking face. 

Here is a delicious recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Guinness Chocolate Donuts with Baileys Glaze, yes and they are delicious. What is your favorite St. Patty’s Day Recipe? Since there is nothing to do because its so cold….yes 25 below zero is just crazy. I’ve been wanting to try these so I figured why not now! Do you have a Guinness fan or Baileys lover? I’m not big on beer but these were amazing!

I’m going to admit that I’ve wanted to a do a post like this for quite some time, essentially ‘A Day in the Life’ sort of bit, and for a few reasons. First and foremost is the pure self-indulgence of the process. Second, however, is to give a small glimpse into the sites day to day for those who may be unfamiliar with the process.

As I was skimming through my photo library, 
I remembered how "ab-fab" that mansion was,
so even though it's been a few months, I'm bringing it back. 
I am determined to finish showing you the entire home!

Joyce Meyer is one of my favourite Bible Teachers. The way she teaches has inspired me, challenged me and encouraged me. When she shares her testimonies and the struggles she has overcome with her temper and patterns of thoughts etc, I can totally relate to her, and I'm encouraged to see how God has used her and transformed her through His word.

 White rice with quinoa
Broccoli and Carrots
Chicken with Tofu

“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.” ~Malachi 3:17~
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.

We went strawberry picking the day before Valentine’s Day, so I made a few jars of my grandmother’s strawberry jam. I thought it would be artsy to use Valentine crochet canning jar covers on the jars I gave as gifts. A couple of weeks ago while strolling through Hobby Lobby, I picked up a few skeins of I Love This Cotton Yarn along with two or three packages of Valentine craft ribbon and one package of Valentine heart colored buttons. I had no idea what I was going to do with the buttons, but they were just too cute to resist. I probably should have picked up more than one package.

I decided I would share this CopyCat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe with you today. With warmer weather on the way, sandwich recipes are a great idea for lunches and quick and easy dinners. I shared our CopyCat Starbucks Egg Salad with you as well as our CopyCat Panera Tuna Salad Sandwich. All of these sandwiches are great and will allow you to whip up a quick meal.

So today I'm excited to finally show you my Laundry room. I was contacted by Danielle at Blissful and Domestic to do a You Tube Collaboration about a space in our home that we have decorated on a budget. My laundry room definitely fits that bill, its a DIYers dream. There were several projects I did in the laundry room that not only were cheap but came out beautifully. I hope you enjoy the video tour below! Don't forget to check out the other 8 collaborators videos as well. 

Irish Colcannon Soup – Lenten Recipes
Upstate Ramblings

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage.  This recipe combines the same flavors, but the potatoes are used to make a creamy soup and mixed with cabbage for a hearty vegetarian soup.

Written Reality

Do you wish you had more time to spend with your family and less time in the kitchen?

Or does the thought of cooking after a long day make you just want to order takeout?

So many busy families struggle with getting dinner on the table every night. But dinner doesn’t have to be stressful.

 Wake Up Wednesday Linky


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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..
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Office Coffee Station

I spend a lot of time at work these days so my boss blessed me 
with a new Keurig for my office.

I decided to see what I could find to add to my new gift to warm my office space.
So I headed out with a $20 budget.

Obviously I needed cups.  I had these at home so no cost.
Also found this leftover piece of wood from some former project, lol.
I glued a strip of burlap and lace to the board and added 3 old coat hooks I had in a junk drawer.

I love this little tin sign from Hobby Lobby for $4.
Fits my personality perfectly, LOL.

Hobby Lobby also had a clearance sale on posters so I picked up 
these 2 for $4.40 which helped create my little coffee station.

While I was going through the posters I found the one below which
now hangs in front of my desk for great inspiration. Cost $2.20
The little tags above are little pieces of wood with a daily dose of Faith to keep
in front of me when I need encouragement.  Costs $3

I needed a wall clock so I knew when it was time to go home.
Michael's had this one for $4 and the wire and wood WELCOME
was on clearance for $2.50

So my office decorations ended up costing me a grand total of $16.10
To celebrate my great deals I stopped at Starbucks with my leftover funds
and brought myself a Venti Iced Coffee with extra cream

I do love my coffee and now I even like my office.
Enjoy the moments

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

Facial scrubs really intimidated me when I first started using facial care products since my skin is rather sensitive and acne prone. I was on the hunt for a natural one and came across the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub and decided to get it from iHerb as it came out cheaper than the retail price (see my full haul here). Well, I have been using it for quite a few months now, and thought it was about time I share how it has been working for me!

The scrubs I have tried in the past were quite gentle, and although the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub is marketed as being gentle, I find it to be a bit more abrasive, yet it still gets the job done without irritating my skin. The texture is grainy and quite gritty, almost like sand, however the creaminess of the product balances it all out so that it does not feel harsh or painful. It is said to stimulate new cell growth and is suitable for all skin types. The product is all natural, vegan and cruelty free, and is free of harsh chemicals such as parabens, phtalates, synthetic fragrance, and petroleum, just to name a few.

The scent very much reminds me of the sea side with its green, algae-like colour, and the ingredient list is quite impressive, with almost every single one being organic. The main exfoliator is Sea Kelp, and French Green Clay and Lemon Peel help get rid of any dirt found deep inside the pores. Other ingredients include Acai Berry, Blackberry, Rosehip, Pomegranate, Chamomile, Cocoa Powder, Argan Oil, Sage, and Spearmint. Truly, an ingredient list cannot get much better than this. Despite all the fruity and sweet extracts, this scrub smells very earthy and "green" which I really like because I've never smelled anything like it!

In terms of brightening, I haven't noticed a big difference personally, but I can say that it has really helped get rid of my pesky dry spots and I also noticed that it calms my facial redness. I use this product once or twice a week in the shower as it can be a little messy and make sure to wet my face before exfoliating. I have been really enjoying using it on my face, chest, and neck area.

Overall, I would definitely repurchase the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub because I love how it makes my skin feel smooth and gets rid of any impurities. If you are looking for a scrub that is a little more abrasive without being irritating and is suitable for sensitive skin, this one is worth a shot. I got mine discounted off iHerb, and if you use code FFM227 at checkout you will get an even bigger discount!

What facial scrub(s) have you been loving as of late?

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Chain Linky CLIMB Party @ Sew Crafty Angel

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
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 welcome The February 2015 Chain "Linky" CLIMB
week#4 co-hosts:
April from "April Noelle"
(Click on the blog button below)

April Noelle 
April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "April Noelle" lately:

Spread the Compassion with #1000Speak
Be Ready for the Opportunity
Gladly Giraffe (Book Review)
Bev from "Eclectic Red Barn"
(Click on the blog button below)

Eclectic Red Barn
Bev is our permanent "fill-in" cohost.  Checkout what's been happening on "Eclectic Red Barn" lately:
Luck of the Irish Giveaway 
A Floppy Valentine
Chance to Win $100 for Target
We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the March 2015 CLIMB!!
(please sign up in the "linky" at the very end where it says "sign up to cohost HERE")
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $20 Paypal cash from Sew Crafty Angel & from Cuddlebug Cuties 
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise - $30 value
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- A gorgeous Necklace with natural raw marble beachstone by ShorelineDesigned - $20 value

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Marvelous Marble - Natural Raw Marble Beachstone from Lake Michigan, Black Waxed Cotton Cord, White Recycled Glass Krobo Bead Unisex Necklace
"Simple and elegant Stone. Glass. Fiber.  I have found and drilled this Lake Michigan raw black and white marble beachstone, hand drilled a 5 mm hole, hand strung it onto a quality waxed cotton cord and topped it with an ice-white recycled glass Krobo artisan bead.  This unisex necklace can be worn long as is - perhaps for layering with others, or you may snip and re-knot the cord to your liking.  As is, the necklace as tied will hang a long and leisurely 27 inches including the 2 inch glass and stone pendant."
by ShorelineDesigned

Total prize value is $85!!

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 (otherwise this will become  second place prizes)
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prizes)
- This Giveaway is open from January 31st, 2015 until February 28th, 2015
- 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 - FEBRUARY 2015 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 featured &/or promoted on our blogs & 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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