Monday, January 16, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (January 2017)


We have some exciting STAR news this week! (A new cohost - see below)
Thank you again for joining us this week for "You're the STAR" blog hop!
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Please join us in welcoming our newest GARDEN cohost:
 Marci from Stone Cottage Adventures
(please take a few moments to visit her wonderful blog!~~~~ She will be starting in February)



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WELCOME to Week#3 of the December
"You're the STAR" blog hop!
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories. 
(Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.) 
The "theme" only occurs during our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)
Below is a graphic showing our weekly feature categories:


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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family Cohosting Team's blogs to see who is being featured:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts)
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
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If you are interested in cohosting & contributing to the February "You're the STAR" GIVEAWAY - then please click HERE to fill out the form (sign-ups end 1/27/17) (The Giveaway is totally separate from the Blog Hop)
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Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )





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Part of the Perfect Pairings Valentine's Day Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Neapolitan Swirl Refrigerator Cookies
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click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Life in a House of Testosterone

Babushka’s Baile

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I would also like to say Thank You to all the promoting bloggers!
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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/6/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!
 


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Unlike Shifting Shadows - God Does NOT Change

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Unlike Shifting Shadows - God Does NOT Change

Change is terrifying for many.  Even when change is positive, the unknown is very frightening.  As we all know, at the end of this coming week a new president of the United States will be sworn into office.  Whether you believe that this change of power is an answer to prayer or a dreaded happening, we can all take comfort in the fact that God NEVER changes.

Read the following 3 verses below - God NEVER changes his mind and He NEVER changes.  I also love the descriptive truth in the featured verse above - shadows are changing every second but our Lord does not change ever.

"He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind.  For he is not a man, that he should change his mind."  1 Samuel 15:29

"I the Lord do not change."  Malachi 3:6


"The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind."  Hebrews 7:21


We can take comfort in knowing that God said He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins so that we might have eternal life with Him.  All we have to do is accept this gift of forgiveness.  This gift has been available ever since Jesus died and rose again - this forgiveness was the same in 1943, the same today 1/15/2017 and it will be the same in the year 2059.  Take comfort - God is still the same.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."  Hebrews 13:8



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Friday, January 13, 2017

19 Sunflowers & Counting....

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19 Sunflower Varieties & Counting......
Wow! I have been growing sunflowers for 5 years now and that totals 19 different sunflower varieties!  I am amazed at God's glorious creation! 

I am searching an plan on ordering at least 3 different sunflower varieties from my favorite seed provider.  Hopefully conditions will favor another great sunflower season in 2017.

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.


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Click on each title below to see the entire post and more pictures in detail - ENJOY!

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Part of the Perfect Pairings Valentine's Day Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Orange Hot Chocolate with Cocoa Cream
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click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Welcome to the 2017 Perfect Pairings Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee Giveaway!

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Welcome To My Kitchen

My Crafty Zoo

Life in a House of Testosterone

Babushka’s Baile

Here We Go Again ready

Optimistic Mommy

My Silly Little Gang

IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways

Mom Are We There Yet

Java John Z’s

JamericanSpice

The Homespun Chics

Giveaway Gator

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Now more about our sponsor in this giveaway!

San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee

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See review HERE.

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I would also like to say Thank You to all the promoting bloggers!
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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/1/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to julie.talesfromasouthernmom at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Julie Beveridge julie.talesfromasouthernmom (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!
 


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Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition GIVEAWAY

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Enter for your chances to win!

Part of the Perfect Pairings Valentine's Day Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Tiny "Giant Sungold" Sunflower

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


click HERE to view the entire post

(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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This post contains affiliate links if clicked on Laura may receive a small commission to support her blog.
Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Giveaway Ends 2/3

Welcome to the 2017 Perfect Pairings Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Giveaway!

This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!

Michigan Saving and More

Deliciously Savvy

Tales From A Southern Mom

Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

Welcome To My Kitchen

My Crafty Zoo

Life in a House of Testosterone

Babushka’s Baile

Here We Go Again ready

Optimistic Mommy

My Silly Little Gang

IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways

Mom Are We There Yet

Java John Z’s

JamericanSpice

The Homespun Chics

Giveaway Gator

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Now more about our sponsor in this giveaway!

I See Me!

Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Storybook & Stickers Gift Set

See review HERE.
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I would also like to say Thank You to all the promoting bloggers!
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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 2/3/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them!

Enter below and Good Luck!
 


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Click the button below to enter the Great Giveaways going on now!!:
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #48

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#48 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge last year, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for natural supplements.  I am thankful for my family and that I am able to speak to them everyday which makes the distance seem not that horrible.  I praise and thank God for His forgiveness.

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"Do everything without complaining or arguing" Philippians 2:14
Winter is the season when many people become very grouchy and complain about everything.  If you read the verse above you will see that complaining is not Christ-like:
Read: A Joyful January with No Complaining

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We had a warm day this past week almost reaching 50 degrees.  Also, the days are getting longer - serious garden planning continues.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,271
Bloglovin - 4,238
Twitter - 6,480
Pinterest - 5,769
Google+ - 2,301
Facebook - 4,422

Linky Followers - 108
Networked Blog - 1,232

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 27,395 followers in some form or another (which is actually the exact same from last week).

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(click on the title to view the entire post)
I just love the combination of chocolate and orange!  A few years ago I shared with you one of my recipes combing these two flavors:
Tangerine Chocolate Rice Pudding RECIPE
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