January 30, 2015

The TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop

Celebrate with us making it to Friday!

The TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop is a Friday friendly hop where we hope you can blossom, meet and greet new bloggers. We enjoy having you. 

The TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop



Each Friday we will feature our most favorite post from the previous week. It could be you! We also have a weekly Cohost spotlight, that is great to gain your blog some extra notice (enter here). 

The rules of the TGIF Blog and Instagram Hop Are simple!
1. Link-up any post or posts (no specifics) and your Instagram.
2. Grab a button and display it on your blog, in a post or somewhere viable to help us get notice for the Hop. Also helps us better feature your blog.
3.Be social. Comment and follow at least one blog you enjoy. 
4. Tweet out the TGIF hop. 
Tweet: Link up at the #TGIFhop with @kaitlynmarie003 @desireephillips @silviearmas @ryderbunch @scggirl #instagramhop #bloghop http://ctt.ec/8oM2V+


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Coming soon!

  This Weeks TGIF Feature
From the blog of: New Mama Diaries
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January 28, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party



        
      

 week #53 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


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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  386 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
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This weeks 
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My mother’s side of the family is from New Orleans. I have such fond memories of visiting family there as a girl, and staying at my Aunt Lorraine’s large brownstone in the French Quarter. I’ve made it back a couple of times as an adult, and really enjoyed the Mardi Gras festivities. Since Katrina left her mark on New Orleans, most of my Louisiana family has relocated to Texas and Florida, although I still have one Aunt a few cousins who have refused to let mother nature scare them away. I’ve decided to go back to my family’s roots and plan a Mardi Gras party for my friends and family here in rural Georgia.



Gumdrops Recipe: great for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this is such a CUTE and easy recipe to make during the fun and lovvy season! Making Gumdrops (which includes applesauce) just requires a few ingredients and your favorite people to make them. This would be great for a Classroom treat or to make a homemade Valentine’s Gift for someone that you love!

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast!  This year I wanted to make a treat that is healthy, but still delicious and seasonal, and I came up with this Pomegranate Cherry Yogurt Parfait.


Valentine's Day is a special day for me because it is me and Robert's anniversary! I know, pretty cheesy, right? We actually don't celebrate outside of the house anymore because everyone else is celebrating, so we usually stay home and go on with our daily routine. Then we wait til the day or weekend after to actually where he wines and dines me :) 


Custom Made Kitchen Buffet

We seldom used the table and chairs that were in the kitchen,   so I thought that space could be put to a better use with a buffet to store dishes, glasses, and misc kitchen stuff.    I looked everywhere for a vintage buffet to fit the space and had the storage that I wanted....no luck.    So,  I asked H if he thought he could custom make me one and of course he said yes....gotta love that guy!



Who doesn’t love an easy and inexpensive craft? These simple Valentine’s Day cupcake lights are so easy to make, so sweet to display, and so easy on your wallet! With just a few dollar store supplies, you can make a set of your own and add some glow to your Valentine’s Day décor. Take a peek below and get inspired, as the season for sweethearts is almost here!



This Momma Loves
American Girl Valentines

Got a girl who loves her American Girl dolls?  I know both of mine do- and most of their friends! Here are some a-doll-able Valentines that they can share with all of their friends- and their dolls!!



These Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter Balls are a perfect last minute addition to any party! Now, I don't know about you, but when I'm planning a party I tend to look for quick and easy foods that can be eaten standing up and with your fingers. That usually means a menu of bite sized tasty goodness. But just because it's small, doesn't mean it can't pack loads of flavor! 




Here is a great Daily Goals Plan Your Life Printable that would go great with my To Do List Printable to help organize your life and time. The Daily Goals Printable has a feature spot for your tip 3 goals, a things to do list, shopping list, call back list, appointments area and a cute little space to help keep track of your daily water intake. The weekly sheet is great for keeping track of your appointments using a week by week sheet.  When used together with the Daily To Do List Printables you can easily create a really cute binder system to help keep yourself just a little more organized.


We believe many things even though we cannot see them. We believe there are nice things inside wrapped presents, even though we cannot tell for sure until we open the box. We believe we have a heart, and it is the right size although we have never actually seen our own heart.  We believe there are rocks on the moon, even though we have never been to the moon.



          Great Skincare At A Fraction Of The Cost


Mid-Thirties…… They are interesting. You really start going from looking like a kid, to a full fledged adult. Whether you want to or not. The little lines around your eyes start to, not only appear but make a daily appearance. The “smile lines” (you know the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth) are always there. And those dark circles that you use to only get when you got no sleep and had a bit to much wine, also start showing up on a normal basis. Ugh… no more simple flawless skin, that you forget to take care of.


I've been making this recipe for years. The first time I made it was for a party for our birthing class.  That was for my first baby, Morgan, who is now almost 29!  After we had all had our babies, we got together for a picnic/party in a park on Mother's Day.  We were all first time parents.  It was so fun to see each other's babies and share our birth stories. And the dessert was a hit!


Now that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, red velvet everything is in high demand! You might even see another red velvet recipe from me next week, I’m sorry, I can’t help it. It’s a problem, I know! LOL.



Terms like "Wedded Bliss" should not exist...because we all know that marriage is never pure joy 100% of the time.  Heck, you're one of the lucky ones if you're batting 500 consistently.  No matter how wonderful your spouse is, it takes an incredible amount of patience to create and sustain a happy home.



All of a sudden it looked complete.  And it looked like we did it on purpose, which was my end game all along. I wish I could take credit for this, but Charles gets all the props, top to bottom. I think I’ll keep him.

We already had the two Ikea bookcases, which were given to Charles for helping a friend move. The stacking kit for the washer and dryer, with tax and shipping, cost $28.42. So we came in under $30. Woop woop!



Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 1
This is one of my very favorite, warm you –through-and-through soups.  Hearty, com­fort­ing and com­pletely sat­is­fy­ing.  I think you will like it too



Hey y’all!!!  We are still fighting the flu over here and man it has been rough (and a little scary at times).  This is the first day I have been able to drag my butt off the sofa to whip up some yummy treats to share with you.
Sooo Valentine’s Day is coming up and it is on a Saturday, woo!!  Oh wait, I’m a mom that means there are no babysitters out there because they are all celebrating with their Valentines.  I don’t mind though, spending Valentine’s Day snuggled up on the sofa with a new movie, a bowl of popcorn, my husband and a warm shared quilt is the perfection.



Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the second most popular Holiday for sending cards? Only Christmas ranks higher!
How about you? Do you send Valentine’s cards?




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January 27, 2015


 Great Blog Train
The 25th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: Athens, GREECE. It was a wonderful trip with 40 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner: H.P. (I have contacted the winners by email)
Congrats!!!


W   A   N   T   E   D  :

The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg

(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for April 2015).

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

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Summer Garden Polymer Clay Vase by "Luna Blue Creations"



Treadle Sewing Machine - Repair & Redo by "Redo It Yourself Inspirations"



Writing Thank You Notes by "Five Little Chefs"


Writing Thank You Notes





Please join us for the FEBRUARY Great Blog Train
on February 4th, 2015!





January 23, 2015

TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop!

Celebrate with us making it to Friday!

The TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop is a Friday friendly hop where we hope you can blossom, meet and greet new bloggers. We enjoy having you. 

The TGIF Blog & Instagram Hop



Each Friday we will feature our most favorite post from the previous week. It could be you! We also have a weekly Cohost spotlight, that is great to gain your blog some extra notice (enter here). 

The rules of the TGIF Blog and Instagram Hop Are simple!
1. Link-up any post or posts (no specifics) and your Instagram.
2. Grab a button and display it on your blog, in a post or somewhere viable to help us get notice for the Hop. Also helps us better feature your blog.
3.Be social. Comment and follow at least one blog you enjoy. 
4. Tweet out the TGIF hop. 
Tweet: Link up at the #TGIFhop with @kaitlynmarie003 @desireephillips @silviearmas @ryderbunch @scggirl #instagramhop #bloghop http://ctt.ec/8oM2V+


Meet This Weeks co host
 The Heart of Michelle at http://www.HeartofMichelle.com
The Heart of Michelle is a personal blog where you'll find articles about anything from homeschooling to special needs, recipes to fandom posts.


  This Weeks TGIF Feature
From the blog of: Christianity Cove
Be sure to check her blog out here.





January 20, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party



               

 week #52 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


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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  477 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


Easy Dessert Recipe: Bacon S’mores

With three kids in our house, it’s pretty safe to say we have a busy life. I love putting a smile on my families face with a tasty dessert, but I don’t always have time to bake. I’m a sucker for an easy dessert recipe! Add in bacon and chocolate and I’m sold!  While my kids love sweets, I’m more a savory person. The bacon in this recipe adds a nice hint of saltiness while still providing the sweetness you would expect from s’mores.

Organize with Style: Favorites

Start off the year right with projects to get you organized and streamlined. I really love these products that I am showing above. Most of these are things that you can make yourself or if you have the budget, buy it to create a space that is organized, productive, and serene.



Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole Recipe

I love casseroles simply for the reason you basically have your whole meal in one dish and they are easy to make. For a hearty supper this easy Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe fits the bill! With chicken, vegetables and cheese it makes for a delicious and filling meal that the whole family will love!
Chicken Noodle Casserole and this easy Mexican Chicken with Doritos are my favorite casseroles and I believe my family would agree! If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it warms up easily in the microwave for a quick lunch the next day too!



I originally got this to use for something at my sons upcoming birthday party (which I am still doing, you will just have to wait and see :)) but really the possibilities are endless with this so I decided to use it for this months challenge. Then I can modify, paint, and re decorate after I am done using it for my sons birthday to fit whatever need.
Here it is before just boring and black before giving it some life!


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you recovered from the holidays yet? Me either. Any resolutions that include eating healthier this year? Me too. Well, I’m being as good as possible. I ‘ve been cutting down on sweets and eating more fruits/veges. But that doesn’t mean I can’t make plans for the next holiday, right? I think these Strawberry Chocolate Chip cookies would be perfect for Valentine’s Day! They’re so pretty in pink! And they’re super easy to make. Just 4 ingredients. Strawberry cake mix, oil, eggs and chocolate chips.



DIY Photo Blocks {Easy Craft Tutorial}

Better in Bulk
I love finding simple crafts that add a personal touch to my home. The problem is that I have a tendency towards complete unoriginality when it comes to crafting. Give me a pattern or a template, and I do just fine. Ask me to come up with an idea? Probably won’t happen.
Luckily, my friend, Lisa, has an abundance of amazing craft ideas…and she loves to share her talents. This week, she’s got a tutorial for adorable DIY photo blocks.



One of the most requested games of my two youngest girls is still our Snowman Dice Game. Whenever we get ready to play it we have to figure it out again. I cannot remember which part is for the 1 and which part is for the 3. If I get it wrong then my girls are frustrated for a minute until they decide it is ok to do it a little different this time.



Loaded Potato Soup

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I just LOVE creamy, hearty, soups.  I especially love them in the winter, when it’s dreary and cold.  That’s exactly what it’s been here in San Antonio for the past few days too.  OK, so cold to me (and fellow southerners) is anything under 40–and it was 34 as I wrote this post.  We even had some *gasp* freezing rain.  Sorry to my readers further up North where it truly gets cold, but seriously, I needed this soup to warm up my body and soul.





I teamed up with FutureDerm to create a cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and VEGAN hair masque! You want to use this about 5 days before you dye so that your hair is in great shape. I also use this hair masque every other time I wash my hair.



Stuffed Bell Pepper Eggs Boats: Whole30 Recipe
This Whole 30 compliant recipe is delicious and could pass for comfort food any day. It also has a few key ingredients that help combat allergies and inflammation. This is one of my favorite Whole 30 dishes because it contains organic bacon (my recipe here), eggs, bell peppers, Ghee (my recipe here), sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. You can always switch the veggies and spices out to the ones that you prefer.



I have a quick and easy hair tutorial for you today! I’ve been loving this simple and easy boho braid for my days where I just don’t feel like washing my hair. As someone who is NOT good at braids, it’s easy enough to manage without it taking waaaay longer than it needs to (ya feel me?). I typically do this on wavy/curled hair to add to the “boho” look (as you can see below), but it can be done on straight hair as well. It’s quick, easy, and perfect for anyone with minimal time! Enjoy!



When I was pregnant 7+ years ago, I experienced all of the fears that first time mothers have. But the best piece of advice I received was “the baby will show you what to do”. I did not learn The Deuce’s gender prior to his birth. Hubby and I wanted to keep that a mystery. However I had no doubt that it would be a boy. I just felt it deep down. And I’ll never forget Hubby’s reaction when he laid eyes on him first: “You were right!


Are you worried about your excess weight?
Are you planning to lose weight or build muscle this year?
Then, hiring a personal trainer might be the right step for you. A good trainer will help you set a goal for your weight loss or fitness program and help you do your workouts properly.


How to survive when the power goes out....

The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl

I am not a prepper or a survivalist, but that being said, I do have first hand personal experience on this topic. You see, last winter our area lost power for 10 days over Christmas. And it was COLD, below zero kind of weather. The kind of cold that can kill. The weather was so bad, we couldn't go anywhere (like a hotel that had a backup generator or a family member's home hours away.) So what do you do?? How do you survive when the power goes out? Being prepared just in case, takes a lot of stress out of the situation!



Coffee Table Makeover: Wood Plank Table Top (Ikea Hack)

I hope you had a great weekend!  We spent ours finishing up our coffee table and end tables.  I LOVE the way they turned out and I'm so excited to share them with you today!

We got our coffee table and end tables from Ikea about four years ago.  They were cheap, and they did their job, but the lack/laminate finish was starting to chip and bubble.  I didn't really want to spend a lot of money on new tables, and I had seen some great makeovers where people added wood planks to their tables.  I really liked the way those looked, totally my style.  When Melanie from Making It In The Mitten shared her coffee table makeover, I convinced my husband we should do the same to ours. 



PMS Survival Kit

The Crafty Side Of Sarcasm

It’s that lovely time of the month again. It rolls around about the same time every month. If your like me you just want to run & hide, not for your sake but for others. Ya see, around this time every month I turn into [que the music] (DUNNUUNUHH!) a bitch. I know it’s hard to believe but I just can’t help it. My hormones are in an uproar and it seems the only thing that can calm the beast are blueberry muffins & chocolate.



Red Lentil Soup with Chicken and Turnips

I’m so pleased to meet all of you! I was absolutely thrilled when Jen asked me to join the contributor team, and I’m super excited to share all of the scrumptious recipes I have hiding up my sleeve. The first recipe to come out of the old vault: this red lentil soup with chicken and turnips. Don’t be afraid. It’s delicious. I promise.



Peach Quesadillas {Perfect Game Day Appetizers}

Better in Bulk

Whether you’re hosting a big game day party this weekend, heading over to a friend’s house to watch some football, or simply staying at home and laying low, I’ve got the perfect appetizer or snack to share. I had a blast testing out several varieties of peach quesadillas – and by testing, I mean cooking and photographing and then eating a ton.

BLUEBERRY COBBLER

Bunny's Warm Oven

In the midst of snow flying this morning and a zero degree temperature this evening, I needed a reminder that Spring is but a couple of months away.  The glorious flavors of blueberry and lemon can indeed be enjoyed in the winter as a warm blueberry cobbler with creamy melting ice cream.  



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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.