Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky 32 & September Giveaway

Welcome to another Wonderful #WakeUpWednesdayLinky !

               Welcome to the 32th 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  427 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

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Using Yard Sale and Auction Dishes to set the Table
from Penny's Vintage Home

I have a special table set for our lunch today using some of the new pieces I found at the auction and yard sales over the week end.    

from Busy Being Jen

August's box had some really great products.  The first was Whish Shave Crave that is a shaving cream with the scent of grapefruit.  Really nice!  There was also a citrus-y smelling cologne by Harvey Prince called Ageless

Fall Potpourri

I planted sunflowers in our garden for the first time this summer and they have made a wonderful addition to our garden.     I have dried some of the larger flowers to use in a fall wreath.

Trash to Treasure: Bar Car Edition
from Oh, the Fun…
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We all know that bar carts are all the rage right now and who’s surprised? Not I- even if you don’t want to use them to house alcoholic beverages, how can you not be a fan of a bit of extra storage that you can move around?!

Mini Blueberry Cups

mini blueberry cups
This is a migraine safe recipe, a sugar free recipe and a dairy free recipe. 
But it is not taste free, its really yummy! If I do say so myself, giggle.

No Drip Ice Cream Cones

from Lou Lou Girls
This is so simple but messy! It’s definitely worth the mess.

Here's why PicMonkey is a blogger's best friend!
from Just A Touch of Crazy
So it's pretty understandable why PicMonkey is a blogger's best friend.  And one of the most fabulous things of all:  lots of the features are FREE.

How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece
from About A Mom
How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece - About A Mom
There are two things that I love — having fresh flowers on the table and decorating for Fall. My home probably gets more decked out for Fall and Thanksgiving season than it does for the Christmas holiday.

10 Back to School Tips for Moms
from The Organized Dream

Loving our kids too much – home vs. daycare
from Mommy Lives Clean

Can loving our kids so much be harmful to their future?
I hold the belief that a parent can never love their child too much.

Zucchini Parmesan Bites
from Allspice and Nutmeg
Zucchini parmesan bites – thin sliced zucchini, parmesan, onions, and eggs.  
This is a great recipe for using up zucchini from the garden bounty. 

Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1 from Titi Crafty

Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1.
I’m not posting this as an expert {I’m not even close} but I do want to share with you all the things I’ve done intuitively or learned that have worked for me on my way making connections, friends or any kind of relationships.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
from Natural Chow
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com
If you had told me two years ago I would be sharing a recipe where the star is beans, I would probably laugh. I was never really one to enjoy eating beans.

{cuffed pillowcase tutorial}

Front: 20" x 23" (solid pink) 
Wide Cuff: 20" x 13" (Green polka dot) 
Narrow Cuff: 20" x 2-1/2" (Orange Flower/Paisley) 
Back: 20" x 35-1/2" (Orange Flower/Paisley) 

Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract

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Quite honestly, I’ve never felt good about the perfectly white, flowable, processed stevia products out there.

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Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
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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.
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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
My Features this Week are:

1. "5 Ways To Experience His Presence" by Faithful Feet
2. "Garden Fresh Zucchini Fritters" by Pure Grace Farms
3.  "Vacation Souvenir Rock Paperweight Tutorial" by Make It Easy Crafts

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Friday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

By linking up you give us permission to use these photos

 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Contributing Angel Post#6 - September = SUNFLOWERS

Contributing Angels
Once a month - all of us "Angels" (see picture above) have the privilege of writing a post for "Sew Crafty Angel" - The person behind that blog is an amazing person whose name happens to be Angel and who is also my dear friend.

My sixth "Contributing Angel" post is live today on "Sew Crafty Angel" - please head over there to read:
September = SUNFLOWERS

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sorrow Turned Into Joy (with Hymn)

"You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy"  John 16:20
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Sorrow Turned Into Joy

This week has been a tough week for my family - My dear uncle passed away.

I looked up the word "grief" in the dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
Grief - deep sadness, trouble or annoyance

I have been so sad this week because of my uncle's passing but when I focus on this verse (John 16:20) - I do start to smile.  We all feel this horrible grief and sorrow at times in this life but when compared to the eternal JOY that Christians will experience in Heaven - this present sorrow doesn't seem that bad.  This eternal JOY is for anyone who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God and for those who have accepted the gift of forgiveness through Jesus' death & resurrection.  The pain that my family is feeling still stings but I know that my uncle is in heaven right now rejoicing and fellowshipping with his parents and his wife.  I also know without a shadow of a doubt that we will see him again some day!

I wanted to share with you my uncle's favorite hymn:  "It is Well With My Soul" - in memory of Uncle Willy

 "It Is Well With My Soul" by hymnist Horatio G. Spafford 1828-1888 and composed by Philip P. Bliss 1838-1876. The history of this song is very tragic - Mr. Spafford wrote this hymn after his only son died at the age of 4.  Also, just after losing his son the "Great Chicago Fire" occurred and financially ruined Mr. Spafford.  This isn't the end of his trials - it gets much worse - after the fire the "Spaffords" decided to go to Europe but Mr. Spafford was delayed & sent his wife & 4 daughters ahead of him - the ship sank!! - I'm seriously not making this up.  All 4 daughters died but his wife was saved.  Horatio Spafford wrote these lyrics after all of those horrendous events.
Please listen to the "YouTube" video below - the words in this video for the second verse are different from the version in my hymnal.  The chorus is supposed to be in a 2 part harmony - the part that is in all caps is supposed to be the male voices and the top line is supposed to be for the female voices.

Turn with me to number 408 in your hymnals and let's sing:

It Is Well With My Soul
by Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888)
1.  When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;  Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
2.  My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought - My sin - not in part, but the whole, Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
3.  And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, "Even so" - it is well with my soul.
It is well................with my soul.................
                 IT IS WELL                     WITH MY SOUL,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Special thanks to "Romans1:16 for posting this hymn on "youTube"

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB (blog hop) & Giveaway

God’s Growing Garden
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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 11th 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:
- $10 Paypal Cash
- 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 - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop
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$10 GIFT CERTIFICATE to KellyMichelle's Etsy Shop:  "Kelly Michelle Art"
(Digital Art PDF Printables)

Total prize value is $100!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You understand that if you win & you go over the $10 Gift Certificate (from Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop) that you will be responsible for the amount above $10
- This Giveaway is open from August 30th, 2014 until September 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - SEPTEMBER 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.
- Paypal Cash will be delivered by Angel.  All other prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers.
- 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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