Thursday, July 24, 2014

JULY 2014 Great Blog Train RESULTS with Features & Giveaway Winner

God’s Growing Garden
The 19th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: DALLAS, TEXAS. It was a wonderful trip with 43 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 is: J.O.
(I have contacted the winner 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 November 2014).

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!!)
We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)


Ceddar Cheese Beer Bread - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning - This is the easiest bread in the world to make and it is so melt in your mouth good!



Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread by Easy Life Meal & Party Planning 




24 plants slugs wont eat



Please join us for the AUGUST Great Blog Train
on August 6th, 2014!








Great Blog Train, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky 26 & July Giveaway



               Welcome to the 26th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

30 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


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  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!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 30 different blogs















Your link will appear on the blogs of
 


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Interested in Co-Hosting Wake Up Wednesday?
Fill out this form and Angel will be in touch with you?



This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Announcing the Arrival of Our Little Guy + Birth Story

So if you follow me on Instagram this is old news but for those who don't I am SO HAPPY to FINALLY announce our little guy, "E" arrived last Wednesday, 6/25. He was 7 lbs. 4 oz. 20.5 inches long with a full head of hair! He is perfect in every way! I am SO incredibly thankful to God that He blessed us with this little guy- it was quite the delivery but "E" was totally, completely worth it! 


Strawberry Cheesecake Yogurt Pops

Summer itself screams for creamy, ice cold treats to make a really authentic summer day. Sticky hands and happy smiles are the reward these delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Yogurt Pops. Kids and adults will love them, the kids can help making them too. Creamy, sweet, and tangy they satisfy a sweet tooth without overindulging it. Just perfect for a hot afternoon treat. Beautiful enough to serve or bring to any summer BBQ or pool party get together.


English Muffins
from The Pink Recipe Box
English Muffins | www.pinkrecipebox.com
English muffins are one of the very first types of bread that I ever attempted, which is why I always have a soft spot for them. For years I adored English muffins – whether they came from the supermarket out of a packet or in the form of a McMuffin from McDonalds, but it wasn’t until I made my own that I fell completely head over heels in love with them.


This week, we'll be touring Becky's garden again.  This is my third post about her beautiful yard, so be sure to check out the two previous posts to see more of this lovely yard.   Today we'll be looking at the potting area, and you're going to love it.


20 Attributes of Pride: Examining Ego, Hindrance & Deliverance from My Salt, His Light

betterthan
I recently attended a mind-blowing bible study on the topic of “Pride”. It’s amazing how we hear a word like pride, and automatically think of others – and not ourselves.


poor Milo
So over the weekend it was time for our dog to get his bath.  Usually my husband is in charge of this process but I happened to be in the bathroom and I was looking at the shampoo he picked up awhile back at the pet store and I was like what?!


This tote was inspired by Ren's Tote-ally Thankful for our Teachers post at The Inspired Wren! 
 She has a wonderful FREE Lined Canvas Tote Tutorial!  Thanks, Ren!


Homemade Espresso Drinks (Lattes, etc) – No Fancy Machine Needed!from Thrifty N Woman

This cold weather is causing me to seek some solice in a warm, cozy cup of coffee. Well, more accurately, a creamy foamy latte (hazelnut is my flavor of choice this morning). I worked my way through college as a Barista, and have not stopped whipping up espresso drinks since. Now my family and neighbors are the ones drinking my lattes. 


5 Ways to Experience His Presence

from Faithful Feat

In this world of go, go, go and do, do, do, it's easy to drift far from the One who holds us secure. The One who goes before us, stands at our right hand and has the ability to keep us from being shaken.


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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 post and not to your blog home page
  • 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.
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Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop 68

Time to Link Up to "Tuesdays with a Twist"!!


Checkout this fantastic Giveaway!
summer 2014 giveaway
Click HERE to enter
3 winners!
Now, please link up & ENJOY this cool hop!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!



Back to the Basics

We're your hosts & co-hosts 



Checkout our awesome Pinterest Board
(click HERE to view & follow)


Features!
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. "Patriotic Bird House" by Sew Sweet Vintage  (I loved this bird house because of it's unique roof - it looked like a fairy bird house to me!)
2. "Bloom Where You Are Planted" by Patient Resilience (this is a must-read post about trusting God & thriving where He wants us to be even if it's not what we want)
3.  "Homemade Liquid Pectin" by Making Our Sustainable Life (I wish I had seen this post earlier - I just finished making 32 pints of apples sauce & our summer apples are used up for the year)




If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.
Back to the Basics



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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Please checkout this month's wonderful Sponsor!!


"Garden Delights Online Plant Nursery" is a wonderful website full of the best quality plants.  They have trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, ferns, mosses - even driftwood!! - This is a must visit site!
Garden Delights
(Please click on the ad above)

Monday, July 21, 2014

B.A.S.S. - Advertise AUGUST 2014

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Are you fishing for something different? 
Then you've come to the right place!
 
The "B" in "B.A.S.S" stands for "Buy"
The "A" stands for "Advertise"
The first "S" stands for "Support" &
The second "S" stands for "Swap"

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Today we are going to concentrate on "A" for "Advertise" -

God’s Growing Garden

 Why should you advertise with me on God's Growing Garden?

Checkout my Advertise page to see how intensively I will promote your blog (click HERE to view)

- Here are my Follower stats:

GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 1,758
Bloglovin - 2,155
Twitter - 2,904
Pinterest - 2,673
Google+ - 1,393
Facebook - 2,487
Linky Followers - 57
Networked Blog - 292
Sverve - 291

That's a grand total of 14,010 followers in some form or another.




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MONTHLY AD SPACE

Monthly ads start every Monday & run for 4 weeks total  (28 consecutive days).  The size of this ad is 150 x 150 
$15 per month (payable with PayPal)
With this ad you receive extensive promoting - 3 blog post promotions,
12 Tweets, 6 Pins, 3 Facebook plugs & 3 Google+ promotions
Plus having your ad on my Sidebar the entire time (4 weeks)!!



Monthly ad spaces for the month of AUGUST 2014 (click on the "Buy" button & your Ad will go live A.S.A.P)

$15.00 (US$) each

Thank you so much! 


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SIDEBAR AD SPACE
 
Sidebar ads start any day of the week except for Sunday & run for 8 weeks total  (56 consecutive days).  The size of this ad is 200 x 100 
$10 for 8 Weeks (payable with PayPal)

With this ad you receive 8 weeks of Sidebar Space plus 8 Tweets
(1 tweet per week).

God’s Growing Garden

 IMPORTANT: I respectfully reserve the right to deny any ad that I feel is inappropriate &/or not family friendly.

ALSO IMPORTANT: Should there be any unforeseen power outage or disaster that would disrupt your ad – I will extend your ad for the missed amount of days.

To Buy a Sidebar Ad - click the "Buy Now" button below & THANK YOU.

$10.00 (US$) each
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THANKS AGAIN! 

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(Please checkout this month's Wonderful Sponsor)
Angel from "Sew Crafty Angel
has an amazing blog full of delicious recipes, fun blog hops, great giveaways & crafty ideas!!  It's a place to share.




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Certain of What We Do NOT See

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1


This is so simple but yet so deep. 


What "being sure of what we hope for" means to me:
- being sure of God's grace & mercy through Jesus Christ
- believing without a shadow of a doubt that I will again see those in Christ who have already passed away
- trusting that God will guide me & protect me
- understanding that everything happens for a reason and I must live in a Christ-like manner even in the most difficult of times
 
and being "certain of what we do not see" means:
- knowing that God the Father, Son & Holy Ghost exist and
- being confident that I have eternal life through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me (for all of us)
- confident that my sins have been forgiven
- believing that God loves me unconditionally
- knowing that God is in control - always and forever


I could go on & on but I wanted to focus on the basics.


What makes you "certain" & "sure" in your Christian walk?



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Click HERE to view or join this community

If you need prayer please fill out this


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Introducing Week#4 Cohosts for the July 2014 Chain Linky CLIMB

God’s Growing Garden
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Please welcome The July 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 
week#4 co-hosts: 



April from "100lb Countdown"
(Click on the blog button below)


100 lb Countdown

 April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "100lb Countdown" lately:


Make G+ Your Best Friend with Creative Style
Turn It Up Tuesday
Blogger Opp: Origami Owl

&



Debbie from "Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains"
(Click on the blog button below)



Heartbeats~Soul Stains
 Debbie is joining us for a second month of cohosting!  Checkout what's been happening on "Heartbeats~Soul Stains" lately:

Inspiration Found Everywhere:  Practicing Gratitude
Back To School Tech Style Giveaway
Contributing Angels #4
&

Jackie from "Sugar Plum Soirees"
(Click on the blog button below)
Sugar Plum Soirees
 If you want to add class & originality to any party then you must visit Jackie's amazing blog! This is how she describes herself & her blog: "I'm Jackie, a 30-something, blogging newbie, mother of 1, American expat living in London with my British fiance. Sugar Plum Soirées is a fun blog allowing me to share my love for parties and entertaining. Let's soirée!."
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WELCOME!

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 

With our 9th 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:
- $25 Paypal Cash

- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- 1 Ad Space on Leapfrog & LipGloss - $20 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value

- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value
- 1 Ad Space on Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos - $15 value
- 1 Sidebar Ad Spaces on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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Total prize value over $120!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account & a blog to enter
- This Giveaway is open from June 30th, 2014 until July 30th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - JULY 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.
- 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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