Monday, March 19, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

I used to say that the best thing about living in Indiana was that we didn't have to deal with the time change. But then a few years ago, they decided that we should participate in Daylight Savings Time. I'm not really impressed with the outcome. Yes, it is light later in the evening, but the time that I want it to be light in the morning when I get off work, it is still dark. I used to enjoy going out to the garden early in the morning before anyone else was awake. It's great in the spring to be able to go out around 5am and get a lot accomplished. But those days are over, and I have to figure out how to get my gardening accomplished when it isn't light at the crack of dawn.
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WELCOME to the March "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Dreaming of Spring 


WELCOME to HOME feature week of the March "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
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
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 d├ęcor, 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 February "You're the Star" blog hop)

Makeover From Coastal to Farmhouse Style by Penny's Vintage Home

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).  For HOME feature week we  need 2 more Cohosts.
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE & fill out the form.

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! )


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spend The Day Outdoors

Daylight savings time has arrived and that means that it stays light just a little bit longer. And that means there’s more time for you to spend outside with your family or just spending some quality time relaxing alone. Here’s a few things to remember before you go on your outdoor adventure.


Imagine being out on the hike of your life. The scenery is spectacular. You feel at one with nature. Then you feel a hunger pang. You look through your bag and there’s nothing to snack on. Don’t forget your snacks. You are burning off calories and you will need to fuel your body in order to enjoy the rest of the day.

Stay Warm And Dry

Have you ever watched an old western? There is always someone mentions that it gets cold in the desert at night. It’s true it’s always cooler at night. But you also have to keep in mind it is cooler in wooded areas. And you can die of exposure when temperatures are in the sixties. And remember to dress in layers so you don’t face these problems.


Shut the phone off for a little while. You will find when you spend the day outdoors, it’s much more relaxing if you don’t have outside distractions. You will find that you listen to the world around you. You will also see more, it just takes a couple of minutes for you to begin to realize that there is so much more going on in the world.

Hopefully you will be able to enjoy the world just a little more if you put some of these into action.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Luck Of The Irish

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love everlasting.  Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes. That’s the Irish for you.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Friday, March 16, 2018

An Almost Spring Walk

I went for a walk today. I drove to a nature preserve just so I could wander. I began walking on the path, and I soon had to make a decision. Should I take the path straight ahead,or should I hang a right. I decided to go to the right. Even though it was a bright sunny day, the path was muddy in spots. I heard the squishy sound mud makes when you step into it. And then there is slight sinking feeling you have as you step into the wet soil.

Then there was a tree that had fallen across the path. I had to make another decision. Would I crawl over or under the the tree that was blocking my path. I finally decided that it would be less messy to go over. Remember that mud I was talking about? 

I heard birds in the distance. I began looking for that bird, but he seemed to be able to hide himself. Where could he be? I wondered what he looked like. And I really wished I knew more about bird songs.

There was more murky water. That time the puddle was much larger. I was relieved when I noticed I could leave the path briefly, and I would stay dry. I thought how strange it is that a foot can really make all the difference in the world. 

I turned around and saw a shopping center in the distance, and I wondered if we can ever escape all the marketing. And I felt a little sad because I realized it’s never far away. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Art Of Janak Narayan

Sometimes when you visit a gallery you can travel. You can travel to a place you never thought you would go. But surprisingly it is somewhere you've always wanted to visit. That's what happened to me today when I visited a gallery I had the opportunity to take a trip to India. It was a great surprise for the day.

My favorite of the four pictures I took is the last one. It's a picture of a woman at a market. I love the colors of the food, and her smile is wonderful. And the details on the building behind her made me feel like I was at that market.

And the painting of the workers in the field, reminded just how much I need to appreciate those individuals who work fields. I saw them bent over, and thought how hard that work is. I imagined the aches in their backs, and I wondered if they feel appreciated?

So look around for Janak Narayan's work. It's at the Allen County Library now.

Trolls Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

I loved the movie Trolls! I loved the story, and I really loved all of the colors. It was so much fun to watch. And now there is a really great giveaway available with an eyeshadow palette giveaway by Pur and DreamWorks. Check it out! Enter and you could be a winner!

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Pur Cosmetics x DreamWorks Trolls Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway! 1 Winner ($29 RV) Ends 3/31

Welcome to the Pur Cosmetics x DreamWorks Trolls Palette Giveaway!

This Giveaway is a part of the March into Madness Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox . Make sure you check out all the giveaways offered by the bloggers in the hop. :)
Pur Cosmetics x DreamWorks Trolls Palette Giveaway Hosted by Erica Ever After
I want to send a huge shout and thanks to the following bloggers for helping out with this event.
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Hey Everyone! I'm super stoked to finally bring you guys this giveaway! My gosh this palette is beautiful. I ordered a Troll Palette & a My Little Pony Palette because I have made a promise to myself to not be so afraid of color in 2018. You know step out of my nudey pink comfort zone and really play with some bold looks. You know what I found out? I REALLY like bold colors... Even thinking about dyeing my hair some crazy color from Lime Crime's unicorn Hair line. :) With these two palettes I will be the most colorful chick on the planet. The pigmentaion in stupid beautiful, color pay off is insane. I did find a little fall out with the lighter shades but other than that it is a superb palette.
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See what I mean? When I ordered my two palettes they were giving away troll palettes with every order over $30 so imagine my surprise when I got 2! I knew immediately I was going to give one away. :)

And here we are.

Ok this going to be super easy. Just feel out the Rafflecopter form below and you're entered. Don't forget to hop to the other blogs too and see what goodies their giving away!
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

That Doesn’t Apply To Me

I was recently talking to someone and they stated that they didn’t want to do something. They stated that the rules just were stupid so they weren’t going to do what was required. The truth is that a lot of rules are stupid. They are a way of forcing individuals to do the common sense thing.

So often we believe that doesn’t apply to me. And often we refuse to follow the rules. We say it’s our right to do what we want.

And then something happens. Something like an individual goes into a school and shoots students. And then people ask do we need a new rule? A new rule will definitely solve our problem won’t it? But then there are individuals who say I don’t need that rule. And then I think to myself why do these incidents keep happening? Maybe the rules do apply to more people than we realize.