Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Welcome! #WakeUpWednesdayLinky 14 & May Giveaway

Welcome to the 14th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

31 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  300 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 31 different blogs

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Walnut Lime Tart
This dessert combines elements from two recipes: the walnut crust from Cool Lemon Dessert (also known as Lemon Delight); and the creamy lime filling from my Schwarz Lime Pie (my spin on key lime pie using limes from my tree). I have such affection for my lime tree. If you have followed me for any length of time, you are probably sick of hearing about it – but I do. My big beautiful tree in my backyard produces the sweetest and juiciest limes I know.

mandarin oranges peach leaves
Today I will be posting about my table makeover as a guest post at Katherine’s Corner who so kindly asked me to be her guest today. Please join me over at the lovely Katie’s today! See you there!

Sugar Cookie Butter Bars
I have heard a bit about cookie but­ter and my daughter-in-law Tawni said she would love to try it sometime.   So, for Tawni I gave this recipe a whirl and manzo!  This is def­i­nitely a piece of heaven on earth, oh yummy.….  When you make it, don’t think you have to keep straight­en­ing the edges either. You know what I mean, cut­ting small slices to ‘even it up’, hahaha.  It really is that deli­cious.

Welcome to Organising Mondays - today I am sharing the top 10 things I have implemented around the house which help keep things running smoothly. I have already told you about the control journal HERE and menu planning HERE - they are number one and two which feels a bit like cheating but I would be lying if I said they weren't.

2014 Pantone Color of the Year Desserts 
from Love and Duck Fat
2014 Pantone Color of the Year Desserts | Radiant Orchid
I have a background in art (check out my oil paintings here), and still get a little excited every year when Pantone releases their color of the year. The Pantone color of the year for 2014 is called, “Radiant Orchid.” It’s a shade of purple with a little touch of pink. The folks at Pantone describe Radiant Orchid as, “magical, warm and intriguing—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Shabby Chic Cutlery Holders from Feeding Big
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Anyway, on to Mother’s Day.  I enjoy receiving and giving homemade gifts, don’t you?  This year, I decided to use some Jute Upholstery Webbing to make Shabby Chic Cutlery Holders.

My First Spring Tablescape 2014 
from Row House Events and Interiors

This year I will be joining a few of my friends that live around here who also are far away from their families to celebrate Easter.  We have reservations at the historic Eldridge hotel in Lawrence ks, for a day of catching up and what I am sure will be a fantastic time.  However the day before Easter I will host a brunch for a diferent group of people, and this is also the first time anyone sees my spring look, so I could not be more exited to finally get some feedback

DIY Spice Jars from Momdot
Update your Kitchen with Cuteness, DIY Spice Jar Technique . Inspiration from www.momdot.com
And this week after listening to hoards of decoration ideas from my friends (and feeling even more sad about my white and dull space), I decided that if I cannot create the kitchen of my dreams, I could up my kitchen cuteness by refreshing and customizing the tiny items as showcase pieces.

French Rolling Pin and Dough Bowl 
from A Delightsome Life
I went to Atlanta to retrieve an auction item we’d won - garden tools. I bid on a French style bed and was outbid. Sigh. There will be one in my future!  I thought I’d see if there were any sales in the nearby area. There was – an Estate liquidation. Most of what I saw pictured didn’t appeal to me, but I decided to visit…and am I oh, so glad I did!

Classic Homemade Cinnamon Rolls 
from Old House to New Home
Cinnamon Roll recipe 
This weekend was a major cooking weekend for me. I had my family over for Easter dinner, which was the first time that I hosted a holiday, and in addition to that, I baked up two things that are definitely not in my comfort zone! On a whim Saturday afternoon, I decided that I wanted to make my Grandma's famous (they have been published!) dinner rolls. As I have mentioned here before, yeast has not always been my friend. In addition to the dinner rolls, I got the idea in my head that we NEEDED cinnamon rolls for Easter breakfast...I don't know why I was so determined to make these, but I am so glad I did!

When You Wake Up You'll Be Four 
from Boogers Are Yucky

Sweet dreams little one.  I love that you still fall asleep snuggled in my arms on this eve of your fourth birthday.  Every age you have been has been my favorite one, so even though I'm preparing to celebrate the beginning of a new year tomorrow, I'm mourning the end of this one.  What a year it has been.  From potty training to snow skiing to freediving.  I'm in awe of you, and have been since the first time I felt you move inside my body.

Pearl Harbor Pillbox Hat from Dolly Creates

I have been looking everywhere for vintage dress patterns, so I happened to go to Sense and Sensibility Patterns' website. Whilst browsing through the 40s and 50s categories, I saw the pattern for the Pearl Harbor Pillbox Hat. I of course fell in love with it immediately

DIY Container Garden - Planning & Planting
 from Little Greenwoods
DIY Container Garden: Planning & Planting {3littlegreenwoods.com}
Construction is complete on our DIY Container Garden. Now it’s time for planting. Yay!
But before we can get all excited about digging into our newly built garden we need to do a bit of planning about exactly what we want to grow. We also need to learn about what veggies will actually produce during our extremely hot summers.

Teaching Your Toddler About Jesus 
from The Life of Faith
This is a topic very dear to my heart. My relationship with Christ is so important, as is my relationship with my daughter. I want so badly for my daughter to grow up knowing the Lord, and I firmly believe that teaching her about Jesus is something that starts from the very beginning, even now.

Best Ever Chocolate Banana Bread 
from Happy, Healthy and Domestic
This chocolate banana bread is the bombdotcom! My wonderful friend and next door neighbor, Katie,  has treated me to this wonderful bread a couple times, most recently as a treat for my birthday and it was the perfect snack on my road trip to SLC. I begged her for the recipe and made it for myself. I looooove it and since it has bananas in it, I can totally have it for breakfast, right?

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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.

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Help me Celebrate my 3rd Blogiversary!!
3 Celebrations, 3 Different Prize Packs & 3 Winners!
Triple Celebration Giveaway
Sign up before May 17th & get $5 off a cohost spot!!

May 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB & Giveaway

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It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our seventh 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:
- $50 Paypal Cash

- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value

- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value

- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- $20 Mary Kay GiftCard from Steph Seibert
- 1 Box of Javita Coffee or Tea (Your Choice) - $45 Value
- Practically Perfect Princess Pack (includes craft puppet, crown, sparkly gem ring & coloring sheets) from Jen http://www.practicallyperfectprincess.com/
NOTE - Even though this is open Worldwide there are a few prizes that are not open to the world.  The Mary Kay prize will only be shipped to anyone living in the USA (including Hawaii & Alaska).  However, the Javita prize & the Princess Pack will only be shipped to someone living in the lower 48.  If you win & are not living in the US, then due to shipping costs, the "Javita Box", "Princess Pack & "Mary Kay" will become a second place prize & will be given to somebody living in the lower 48 of the USA 
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CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
\  as mentioned above - this is open worldwide HOWEVER if you win and are not living in the USA -then due to shipping costs the "Javita Box", "Princess Pack" & "Mary Kay" will become a second place prize & will be given to somebody living in the lower 48 of the USA 
- 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 April 30th, 2014 until May 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 - MAY 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.
- a shipping address will be requested should you win the Coffee/Tea.
- 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 - Now 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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Time to Link Up! "Tuesdays with a Twist" Blog Hop#56

Time to Link Up to "Tuesdays with a Twist"!!
I wanted to share with you what's been happening in "God's Growing Garden" last week.

BLOGGER OPP!  Help me celebrate my 3rd Blogiversary with the Triple Celebration Giveaway
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3 Celebrations , 3 Prize Packs & 3 Winners!!!  (& lasting for 3 weeks)

Celebration#1 – God’s Growing Garden turns 3 on June 19th, 2014
Celebration#2 – Canada Day on July 1st – Canada turns 147 years old
Celebration#3 – July 4th – USA turns 238 years old!! 
The Triple Celebration Giveaway will start on June 19th, 2014 and end on July 9th, 2014 (which just happens to be “Nunavut Day” – it’s the day that “Nunavut” became Canada’s 3rd Territory)
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Now, please link up & ENJOY this cool hop!

Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

Back to the Basics

We're your hosts & co-hosts 

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. "Classic Mac & Cheese and Chili Roasted Carrots with Kale" by "April's Homemaking" (I'm always looking for new ways to use Kale - this looks amazing!)
2.  "How's Your Serve?" by Satisfaction Through Christ (Two simple steps that can change the world)
3.  "Homemade Dog Treats" by 2 Crochet Hooks (My dog will love these!)

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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BLOGGER OPP- "I Love Summer Giveaway"

Please join us in celebrating Summer with this Super Giveaway!!
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My absolute favorite thing about doing giveaways is when I get the response email back from the winner.  The excitement is almost contagious!!  The Tax Day Giveaway just wrapped up and we had 67,744 entries!!

I want to invite you to be part of that excitement and  sign up to be involved in the I Love Summer Giveaway.  Signups start now and end May 20, 2014.  The Giveaway will run from June , 2014 and end on June 15, 2014 at midnight.  Of course the amount we will be giving away all depends on how many people sign up to be part of this great giveaway! I have already put in $50 to get it started. Here are the details:

Entry links are $5 a link so an example of links and cost is:

OR co-host for $15 and get 5 links PLUS the HTML to post on your site when the giveaway goes live.

1 - entry link $5
2 - entry link $10
3- entry link $15
4 - entry link $20
5 - entry link $25

Fill out THIS FORM to enter...or just click the link below to be launched to the Google doc directly.


Feel free to spread the word about the giveaway as well.  The more bloggers who are a part the bigger the cash giveaway..the bigger the cash giveaway the more people enter...you see how this works!!

ANYONE can buy a link or be a co-host.  I do ask no adult content sites.

The giveaway will be open worldwide.  You just need to be 18 years or older and have a PayPal account.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will help out in any way I can.
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I would love for you to be part of this giveaway and to be able to join in with a group of  bloggers and store owners and really be able to start off someone's summer in a BIG way!

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