Monday, December 17, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (December 2018)

We only have about 1 week until Christmas!  I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful season.
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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Daily Meal Planning for the Holidays - RECIPES including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert & a Snack
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Kippi @ Kippi at Home
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" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the November "You're the Star" blog hop)

Best Homemade Apple Fritters by Marilyn's Treats
Apple Fritters
  Hot Pink & Orange Groovy Christmas Mantel by Jennifer Perkins
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How to Decorate a Small Front Stoop For Christmas by Create & Babble
how to decorate a small front stoop for Christmas
If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
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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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Third of Advent - JOY, JOYFUL, JOYOUS, REJOICE

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The Third of Advent - JOY, JOYFUL, JOYOUS, REJOICE
Today is the third of Advent and we continue celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  If you would like to learn the basics about Advent and about having a family worship time (click HERE to view).  
This year we will focus on preparing our heart, mind and soul to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
(below each definition is a Christmas Hymn video - please listen and sing along with each song)

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A special thanks to "stillamazed27" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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A special thanks to "Bing Crosby - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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A special thanks to "William H. Monk - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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A special thanks to "Stairwell Carollers" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "BYU Vocal Point" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "Wissmann Family" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1990's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1990's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 20's (click HERE to view 1980's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1990's."
This decade finally brought the end to the Cold War in 1991.  However, the Gulf War began in August of 1990.  The World Trade Center bombing happened in 1993.  There was great economic growth during the 90s.  The Worldwide Web took off, personal computer ownership also boomed and email became popular.  DVD media started in 1994, the first MP3 player was released in 1998, CableTV and 24hour news cycles became mainstream.  The Y2K scare really started the "Prepper" movement of stocking up and growing your own food.  Natural/organic foods boomed as did the vitamin supplement industry.  Near the end of this decade President Bill Clinton was impeached.

Lake Wobegon (by Garrison Keillor) was a very popular PBS radio show during this decade - this was a unique version of The Twelve Days of Christmas:


A special thanks to "Garrison Keillor - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "ms50katie" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Mariah Carey" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "Anne Ta" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "alexa marsh" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "HARRY" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "FreeNeverSaid" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1980's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1980's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 20's (click HERE to view 1970's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1980's."
The final decade of the Cold War occurred during the Eighties.  The Berlin Wall came down in 1989.  The AIDs epidemic became realized in the 1980's.  Global Warming was the focus both scientifically and politically.  There were great advances in medicine and specifically in reproductive science - the first gestational surrogacy happened in 1985 with the first birth in 1986.  Technology continued to take off during the 80's with Arcade video games, personal computer, walkman and boomboxes.  The first mobile phone in 1984, the first CD in 1982 and Microsoft introduced MS-DOS operating system.

There were some great Christmas movies filmed during the Eighties that we now consider classics.  Here are a few trailers from those movies:


A special thanks to "Movieclips Classic Trailers" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Movieclips Classic Trailers" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "MovieDrome101" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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A special thanks to "Justin Duarte" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Eurythmics" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "Vaiva Krisciokaityte" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "Michael Weihn" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Michael W. Smith - Topic" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

100 Years of Christmas Music - 1970's

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100 Years of Christmas Music - 1970's

Music has always been a vital part of my Christmas celebrations, even since I was a child and into my adulthood.  During my childhood my family started out with a small radio that my parents placed on the fireplace mantel but then years later that was replaced with a surround sound stereo.  However, the real music that stands out in my memory was from Christmas Eve candle light services hearing the German Baptist choir harmonizing the songs of the season.

Even more precious than the choir music that I have memorialized in my heart occurred around the Advent Wreath during our 
"Advent Family Worship" (click HERE to read).

In this series I will feature Christmas songs from each decade over the past 100 years.
We just finished featuring songs from the 20's (click HERE to view 1960's)
  Today we continue our musical study with the "1970's."
The Seventies was a decade of economic downturn.  This was the first major economic decline since the post-war boom that lasted into the late 1960's.  The Cold War continued throughout this decade and the Vietnam War finally ended in 1975.  The Munich Massacre (Terrorist attack at the Summer Olympics) occurred in 1972.  It was a decade of worldwide crises - first the 1973 oil crisis and then the 1979 energy crisis.  In 1974 the Watergate Scandal  -  President Richard Nixon resigned.  There were huge advances in technology during the 70's - birth of the modern computer with floppy disks in 1971; the Xerox Alto (the first desktop computer) in 1973;  the first email transmission in 1971 and The Apple Computer Company was established in 1976.  Also, fiber-optics, microwave ovens, VCRs and voicemail systems all became available in the 70's. 
Many more Children's Christmas Classics (cartoons and Claymation) movies were created during this decade:  Claymation continued with "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town", "Nestor, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey" and "The Year Without Santa Claus."  Many treasured animated Christmas specials like "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol."  And other specials like: "John Denver and the Muppets - A Christmas Gathering" or "Christmas Eve on Sesame Street."   

Below is an excerpt from The Bugs Bunny Christmas Carol special from 1979:


A special thanks to "Gri Kurt" for sharing this with us on YouTube


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A special thanks to "Neroli8676" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "TransatlanticMoments" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "HolidayFavorites" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "michael jackson music" for sharing this with us on YouTube
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A special thanks to "RockySunshine8" for sharing this with us on YouTube


A special thanks to "Johisfas" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #294

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #294!
Checkout the many great giveaways going on right now!
Click the button below to enter each Giveaway!!:
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!


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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Checkout my amazing "Featured" 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! 
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My Features this Week are:


1. "How To Make a String Art Nativity Scene" by Just Measuring Up
2. "Crumpets - I Think..." by The Lazy Gastronome
3. "Easy Felt Christmas Ornaments" by Kippi at Home



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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday 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

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Monday, December 10, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (December 2018)

I hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful Christmas season!
Thank you again for joining us!
There are many ways to follow me:
blog  |  facebook  |  pinterest  |  twitter  |  bloglovin  |  google+  |  instagram

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Welcome to week#3 of the December "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
Michelle @ Moms Are Frugal
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" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November "You're the STAR" blog hop)

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
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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