Monday, January 15, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

Vacations are an awesome thing. They are a time when you feel free to do whatever you wish, and can afford to do. This week I have focused on getting some things accomplished around my house. I've made a lot of progress, but there is so much more that I want to do.
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Welcome to week#3 of the January "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

Did You Just Burn Your Clothes?


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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
January "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
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
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 December "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 76 Fun Winter Activities for your Family by Magical Mama


15 Fun Ideas For Charlotte's Web by Not In Jersey
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Making An Easy Advent Calendar with Felt by Just Measuring Up
How to Make an Advent Calendar out of Felt





Andes Mint Christmas Bark by Marilyns Treats
Mint Christmas Bark. The definition of cozy. Hot cocoa, pj's, a crackling fire, a good movie and this! #andes #mint #bark



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, January 14, 2018

My Private Island

I think we all have had times when we fanticize about just going to our own private island. You know the days when work is not going the way you want it to. And then you get home and there is a busted pipe. You just say to yourself I just want to get away to my own private island. Believe it or not it may not be as difficult as it seems.

Buying an island doesn't have to be that expensive if you aren't picky about where it is located. The tropics are expensive. But go off the northeast coast is much more affordable.

Financing for an island is unheard of. Be ready with your cash.

Don't think that if you build your dream house on the island that it will add to the value of the island. Your dream home may not be someone else's dream home.

Not surprisingly islands in the Bahamas are the hottest real estate. They are close to the US so there is easy access.

Be careful what you do with the island. It is an ecosystem that can get screwed up. Check out what the locals know about that ecosystem.

You may not be as isolated as you think recent advances in technology have make life more accessible than eve. There are advances that have made it simpler to get fresh water.

And be prepared to rent out your island. It's way easier to maintain a home if there is someone there.

So who's up to buying an island?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Writing Routine

Each person has some sort of ritual when they write. Even I do. I know it is hard to believe, but it's true. So here is the my writing routine.

First I must pack up my computer and go to the library. I jump in the car and head off to the library. I set an hour to write, and I am also checking email while I write my posts.

Keep in mind I did take the internet out of my house last year. It has been quite a great thing. I am spending more time doing things I enjoy, but it does crunch the amount of time that I can blog.

I often have the ideas before I begin writing. Just because I am not online at home it doesn't mean I don't think about what should I blog about? My goal is always to write three posts in an hour. Yes, there are times when I can actually do this. But often I only have a goal that I don't attain.

If I am lucky I have taken some pictures before I packed up. Then I just sit down and start writing about the topic I have chosen for the post.  I'm always amazed that if I set my mind to it, and I focus on what I am doing at how quickly the words just begin flowing.

And I wonder to myself as I write this, just how much I could accomplish in life if I just got myself to focus.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Glitter Lips

I've read several blog posts, and I've watched several videos showing just how easy it was to do glitter lips. And I always thought they looked really cool. So I decided it was time to test this out and see if it was as easy as they say.

First of all you are going to need a few supplies.

matte lipstick
thick lip gloss
glitter
lip brush

The process is really simple. First apply your matte lipstick. Make sure it is a light shade. A nude or natural color works best.

Then place the gloss over your lips. Next get out your brush and the glitter. Dip your brush into the glitter and smooth it across your lips.

It should turn out something like this.

This really was as easy as everyone says. There were two little problems though. The glitter stays on your lips really well. But some of it spread onto my teeth. So I had purple flecks on my teeth. That wasn't the look I was going for, and it was really difficult to get off my lips. I tried just wiping it off. Nope, that didn't work. So I broke out the baby oil, and it came right off. So maybe baby oil should be added to that list of items you need to make glitter lips.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Right Now

Everyone wants to improve their home. But so often you feel like I can't do it because improvements cost a lot of money. But that isn't necessarily true. Here are a few easy low cost ways to improve your home.

Keep Composting

Winter is the time to keep adding to that pile. Keep adding brown materials like newspapers, and of course those kitchen scraps. The browns add carbon to your dirt, and the greens add nitrogen. Don't forget to add hair from your hairbrush for extra nitrogen. In the spring you'll have great new dirt for your garden.

Air Conditioner

It sounds crazy but turn on that air conditioner for five minutes every other month. This will keep the internal parts lubricated.

Evergreens

After a heavy snow the limbs of evergreens are often loaded with sno. It looks really pretty, but it may just be too much extra weight for those branches. Take a broom and dust off some of the snow so branches don't break and the tree remains healthy.

Fire Extinguishers

Fires increase in the winter. So it's time to add a fire extinguisher to each floor of your home. Make sure they can spray at least ten feet to assure they are effective if there is a fire.

What tips do you have for improving your home.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Baby Shoes

Sometimes you see something that is just adorable. That's what happened when I was at the antique mall last week. I saw these shoes, and I thought they are so adorable. So of course I whipped out the phone and snapped a photo.


Monday, January 8, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever had a moment when you just said to yourself, I'm not doing that. Nope, it's just not gonna happen. I hit that wall this week. I thought to myself. I do not have to put up with that, and I am going to take a break. So next week I am taking some vacation. I made my mind up it's going to happen. And it will be a break that I really need. Nobody is doing anything wrong, but I am tired of my co-workers. And I'm going to take it. Enough of that, it's time to go to the hop. Read, link and enjoy all the posts. They are all well worth reading.

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Welcome to the second week of the January blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
This week it's time to take a look at the past. Check out my post on 
Places I Used To Visit 

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the January "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

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#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the December "You're the Star" blog hop)

2018 Printable Calendar by Keeping It Real
2018 Calendar - free printable
Free Printable Gift Tags by This Autoimmune Life


Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags
Snowy Windows & Mirrors by Chas' Crazy Creations


Snowy Windows and Mirrors (and more) 

My Favorite Pillow Covers & De Stash Challenge by Stone Cottage Adventures

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:



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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.
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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