Thursday, October 19, 2017

Deserted

There is a place I've driven past for years. I've always wondered about it. There is never any activity. Nobody enters, and nobody exits. It is deserted. I have no idea what it once was. And I have no idea who owns it. I often wonder what its purpose is. The path to the door is overgrown with weeds and a tree blocking the entrance. Essentially the path leads to nothing. Or does it?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Get What You Want When You Shop

Have you ever gone shopping for a specific item, you just need one thing at the store, but you come home with bags full of items? Item happens to us all at times. You find that you have spent too much money, for items you don't really want, and you definitely don't need. But you can get exactly what you want when you shop if you follow a few simple rules.

Know Yourself

Keep your budget, lifestyle, fashion persona, sizes, and favorite brands in mind. We've all come home with that perfect dress. You know you should get because there MIGHT be a time when you will wear it. But then it sits in the closet, the dress doesn't really fit into your lifestyle. 

Shop With A List

Make sure before you go shopping you have a list of items that you need for your wardrobe. Are there items in your closet that could be repaired. Know what you need in other words. How many of you have gone shopping with friends, and wound up with a top that looks almost exactly like one that you have in your closet already. If you had looked at your closet before shopping, you might not have a double of that item.

Plan Ahead

Check to see if there are sales going on. Plan out which part of the store you want to go to first. This way you won't get tired or spend all of the money you have budgeted before you get what you need.

Shop With A Purpose

Go to shops that are you. Focus on what you want not browsing, when you are looking for new items. 

Follow some of these rules, and you will get what you want when you shop.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Long Week

Each week seems to have its challenges. But this week seems to have presented more than normal. My week starts on Friday. It all started when the neighbors began putting on a new roof last Friday. Most people wouldn't even have noticed. But I am a day sleeper. I was awakened to hammering and sawing. And the big one Mexican polka music. I got up because sleep was out of the question. And I thought to myself surely they will complete the roof today.

Saturday morning arrived and there were those sounds from the day before. Ugh, another day with no sleep. This was going to create a challenge. I would have to be careful. My temper flares easily when I am tired. But I survived with nothing upsetting me at work.

I prayed for rain on Sunday. And my prayer was answered. I got a good sleep. I went to work that night thinking this will be a normal Sunday. I was wrong. This seemed like a day that was the real catch-up day from the holiday the week before. There was a lot of work. There is some work at my job that I know how to do but I don't have to do often. Therefore I am not really good at it. Sunday night I got to do that work. And of course I was assigned the huge project of the day. I groaned and somehow survived the night.

Then Monday arrived. Monday's always seem to be horrific at work. There is always extra work that needs done. The evening started out well. There was a lot of work, but it has been worse. Then there was a point in the evening when I looked up and I realized there were only two of us doing the work. There are normally a dozen. There was no way we would get the work completed on time.

So this has been my long week, but there is an up side to all of this. Today is the last day of the work week so no matter what happens it's going to be a great day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

I realized this week that October is just a crazy busy month. There is always something going on. And I find that I have to make choices about what is most important to me at this point in my life. Unfortunately, this means that I mean missing a few bonfires because I need a paycheck this year. Alas, maybe I will ask for some over Halloween next year.



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Welcome to week#3 of the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
The Walking Community

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
October "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 September "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Inspiration for Clean, Bright, and Beautiful Linen Storage by From Play Dates to Parties
Find out key elements to creating functional and beautiful linen storage for your home, whether it's in a linen closet or open shelving
Trials of Chronic Illness by Homeschool Insights


Cuba- Day One, Havana by Not In Jersey
Havana, Cuba

10 Facts About Breastfeeding by Simple Indian Mom


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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, October 15, 2017

Bad Monkey

I have to admit, if there a book or movie based out of the Florida Keys, I am immediately interested in it. It's because I spent a winter there several years ago. And these books and movies often bring back happy memories. So when I saw the book Bad Monkey, by Carl Hiaasen, I grabbed it.

The Story

Andrew Yancey is trying to get his job back as a detective in Key West. And he has found the perfect crime to solve which will make that happen. He just has to solve the crime of what happened to the man belonging to the severed arm that was caught by a tourist. Andrew is led on a wild chase around the Keys, up to Miami, and down to the Bahamas. There is everything that makes for a juicy story. There is goofiness. Andrew actually lost his job for assaulting a doctor with a vacuum. And then there is the question where is the rest of the murder victims body. And then there is a monkey, who comes to the aid of a kidnap victim. 

What I Think

I really enjoyed this book. It was life in The Keys. There is always some crazy event occurring. The area seems to draw eccentric individuals. So the crimes are often unique. But the book also brings up a problem that so many areas in the islands are facing. What is happening to the locals? Developers are coming into the areas and pricing locals out of their homes. It's a real problem in these areas. So these island paradises are loosing some of their character. And then I liked that the book also presents the problem of individuals who are scamming Medicaid, Medicare, and the elderly. And the author uses humor to make his point.

So, if you are looking for a fun, entertaining story Bad Monkey is the book for you.




Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Jokes

The Halloween season is here. It is one full of parties, and of course you need something to talk about at those parties. Or you just need a joke to entertain those around you. Here are a few Halloween jokes that you can tell. Warning, some of these are real groaners.

Why was 6 scared of 7?
Because 7, 8, 9! (7 ate 9!)

Why does the Mummy keep his band aids in the refrigerator?
He wants to use them for cold cuts.

Where did the witch take her black cat when he lost his tail?
To the retail store.

Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
Dayscare Centers

Why do witches fly on brooms?
Vacuum cleaner cords aren't long enough.

What subject do witches like the best?
Spelling.

When is it bad luck to meet a black cat?
When you're a mouse.

Who won the skeleton beauty conest?
No body

Why wasn't ther any food left at the monster party?
Because everyone was a goblin.

Why do witches wear black capes?
Because they get too hot when they werewolf.

What did the ghost buy for his haunted house?
Home moaners insurance.

Why didn't the skeleton go out on Halloween?
He didn't havy any "body" to go with.

So now you're prepared a few Halloween jokes. Remember everyone enjoys a joke every once and a while. Even if it is a really Halloween moaner.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Recent Songs Listening List

It's time to take a listen to the songs on my recent listening list. It's not the regular list. It doesn't contain all of the pop songs. But they are songs that I enjoy, So listen to them and let me know what you think of them.

First Aid Kit Master Pretender

Bang Bang Nico Vega
Jealous Guy Hurray For The Riff Raff
Tina Turner Help
Sheer Mag Meet Me In The Street
I didn't realize it, but there are two covers by The Beatles in this list. I love The Beatles. Well, technically one by The Beatles, and one by John Lennon. But I do love The Beatles and their music. And I really love to hear other individuals sing the songs too. So what is in your recent songs listening list?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Can Opener Let Me Down

This year I have had a slight problem with can openers. You see they just seem to let me down.Some people reading this may be thinking how can a can opener let you down l. I am going to tell you how in this post.It was a cold winter day, and I thought wouldn't some chicken noodle soup be perfect. I dug through the cabinet and found that can of soup. There wasn't a pull top on this can so I searched out the dollar tree can opener. I punctured the top I turned the handle once,twice and then the problem arose. It broke in half. There was only a slit. And all that I could get out of the can was the broth.There would be no noodles for me that night.
I went to the store and bought another can opener. I decided to spend a little more money this time. But I wasn't going to spend loads on a can opener. It just didn't seem right. This one worked better. Until the day I wanted some peaches. I began opening the can, and the handle kept turning,but the can wasn't opening. Another can opener had let me down.
Today I went out and upgraded that simple kitchen tool again and hopefully this one will be the one that keeps going. After all the third time is the charm isn't it?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

You Need A Locker

I have a work buddy who watches out for me. I don't really need anyone to watch out for me. But my friend believes I do. She recently found out that I don't have a locker like everyone else does. She decided that needed to change. It really isn't that big of a deal to me. But my co-worker believes it is something that needs rectified. So she approached my supervisor and tells her I need a locker. The supervisor asks what are you her mother? My friend says yes. But the funny thing is I still don't have a locker.

Monday, October 9, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever had a day when you were sure that you were going to be able to go home early from work? I mean you knew deep in your heart that this was the day when you were going to get a mini vacation. That day was yesterday for me, but the strange thing is it didn't happen. I stayed the whole day. And this morning I realized that I went through a range of emotions through that day. I went through excitement, to disappointment, to angry, to contentment. It was just a quick range of emotions. But I survived not being able to go home early. And today is another day.


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Welcome to the second week of the October blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

Jackolantern Do It Yourself Style


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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the October "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 September "You're the Star" blog hop)

DIY Farmhouse Fall Wreath by Wonderfully Made







How To Make Easy Fall Puppets by Just Measuring Up
Easy Kids Craft - Making Popsicle Stick Puppets and Puppet Theater from a Diaper Box




Embellished Fall Ornaments by Debbie-Dabble Blog






Easy Twine Wrapped Acorns by Vintage, Paint and More....
Vintage, Paint and more... twine wrapped paper mache eggs with pine cone caps make acorns for rustic fall decor



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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, October 8, 2017

Fall Flower

Fall is not my favorite season. I remember when I was in junior high I had to write a poem about the seasons, I wrote about how dark and dreary autumn is. As time has gone by I have realized I have to find things I like about fall. The other day I was driving and I saw some flowers. They weren't the traditional colors of the season. I t reminded me that there's always something bright in the world. Sometimes you just have to open your eyes and see it.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Is Bottled Water Better?

Every once and a while my friends and I have a discussion about bottled water. Where does it come from? There's no doubt that picking up a bottle of water on a hot day when your out running around is one of the best purchases of the day. And of course anyone who has survived a natural disaster knows that the companies that bottle that water are your best friend of the moment.

But where does it come from? The label may say it's pure, but is it? The truth is that it has much more lax than tap water. The difference between the two are bottled water is regulated by the FDA, and tap water is regulated by the EPA. Now, if you live in Flint, running to the store for a case of water might be a better choice. But for the most part your tap water may actually be safer.

The truth is there are times when bottled water is better, but then again you never know do you?

Friday, October 6, 2017

This Week's Small Pleasures

My faithful followers know that I enjoy everyday life. There are just moments that are memorable everyday. Some are memorable in good ways, and some in bad ways. I have the tendency to focus in on the positive and humorous. Don't worry I'm still focusing in on those things this week. Here are some of this week's small pleasures.

Joking around with a co-worker, and during the conversation the word shazam pops out of her mouth. This was totally unexpected. I mean it's not a word you hear everyday. But here it was in our conversation that day. I had to laugh. It was just too precious.

The look on someone's face when they realized I don't watch television very often. He was astounded that my television isn't even plugged in. He was speechless. And for that person this is unusual.

All of us know that selfies have become extremely important in most people's daily routine. But I had to chuckle when I saw five teenagers sitting in a group. They were all taking selfies, but the focus of each picture was themselves. Not one of them was placing another individual in the picture. It was the definition of selfie.

These are just a few of this week's small pleasures what are some of yours?



Thursday, October 5, 2017

After School Programs

I've never been a fan of after school programs. Not when I was in school, and not as an adult. I always felt that they cost way too much money. They were programs that were focused on sports, and I always felt like athletes are way over rated. (Sorry, sports fans it's true)

But I began to rethink this opinion after I watched the documentary Brooklyn Castle. How can this be? You see this school in Brooklyn has a huge chess culture. Yeah, I can't image that. This was not the case when I was in school. But the school has won several national championships. The after school programs at this school focus on something that schools really should be focused on learning life skills.

I realized that these kids were truly benefiting from this program. I realized that kids around the country were gaining from the time they spent developing skills in these programs. They were obtaining some life experiences hat will make them better individuals.

And then I realized there was a lack of money for these programs. They are the first things that are being lost in many schools. While, I'm still not sure about supporting big sports programs, I now think after school programs do benefit the communities around them. And the question is how do we fund them? I don't know the answer to that last question, but I'm going to think about it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ready Player One

Ever wonder just how far people will go to escape reality? And what happens when someone wants to control the world that everyone is escaping to? This is the world in 2044. It's the world where Wade Watts resides in the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

The Story

In 2044, the world isn't so pretty. Natural resources have been used up. Food and lodging are not cheap. And there is definitely a class divide in the world. But you can escape all of this. You can go to the Oasis, where you can develop a virtual self. You be the person you want to be. You can look anyway you want. And that world can be more real than the one you actually live in. And one lucky individual can inherit a fortune if they are able to win the huge video game that is within the Oasis. 

Wade is determined to win that prize, and this book is his story and how the game unfolds. 

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. The book is a trip back to the eighties in many ways. The man who created the Oasis was a fan, and so many things in the virtual world relate to that world. I thought it was funny that all of the television shows, movies, and games from that time were all the rage. The entire culture can't get enough of it. So the future is the past in a way. 

I also like that this book clearly points out that the real world problems are the result of neglecting issues for several years. And then there is a day of reckoning. I liked the characters in this book. Wade is a fun guy. He can be a jerk, but most of the time he's just a good guy.

So, if you love the eighties and gaming this book might be one for you.




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

These Boots Were Made For Walking

When I stumbled across this picture by Steve Marcus from the Las Vegas Sun, I thought to myself this sums up the way I feel about the shootings in Vegas. I feel that so much was anticipated that day, and all of the sudden it changed.

I was reminded that it only takes a moment for things to change in life. I was glad when I heard a politician state that this is time to deal with the losses, and not discuss the politics of gun control. That moment will come later.

And then I thought, does anything ever really change? We have shooting after shooting, and there is always a discussion. But it continues to happen.

And I thought to myself, these boots were made for walking, not for running away and being left behind.

Monday, October 2, 2017

You're The Star Hop

Monday is the new Thursday? Well, it is for me. It's just past hump day. I see co-workers returning from their weekend. They are all grumpy because it really is Monday in their world. But for me it's a day of anticipation. It's the day before the end of the work week. And it's the day of the hop. So here we are. Join the party!


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WELCOME to the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

DIY Homemade Spider Web Hair Accessory


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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the October "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the September 2017 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Adding Farmhouse Beauty With Plants by Comfort Spring

DIY Fairy Lantern Night Light by la LILY ARDOR


  Fairy Lantern
Who's That Hanging Out in My Garden? by Gwin Gal Adventures
Rosemary, Insects, Mushrooms, Fungi
Homemade Blackberry Pie Filling by Our Simple Homestead
blackberry pie filling recipe
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Goals 2017

Here it is the first of October. September flew by, and I did accomplish a couple of things. But as usual there were a few challenges. There was that trip to Illinois that ate up my days off. But it was worth it to go to my mom's 90th birthday party. So let's take a look at what how I did with my September Goals 2017.

Signs

My first goal was to make some signs for Serendipity Created Sales. I did get one of the signs completed. Yay! But it was only one sign. I met the goal in spirit. But there are more to make. It's a work in progress.

Spelling

I did clean up a few of my posts. Oh, boy did some of them need it. How do some people become great spellers, and there are those of us who see it as a challenge? Even with spell check I can still get it wrong. But I did meet the goal. Hurray!

See A Band

I did go out and see a live performance. Remember that post, Natural Horns of Northwest Ohio? My original plan was to see a rock band, this was an interesting change. And I'm glad that I did it.

Clear Out The Junk Box

I had a goal to clean out the junk box in the kitchen. I did work on it, but how does so much crap collect in one area? This goal was start, but it was not completed. Boo! But I celebrate the progress made.

Now, it's time to think of the month of October. What do I want to do?

Serendipity Created

Yes, I need to work on promoting what my friend and I have created. I need to post pictures to the facebook page. That's the goal. Get some stuff up there, and quick.

File Cabinet

I have this great little file cabinet I picked up. I think it will be great to store my bath bomb supplies in. That way I won't have stacks of boxes with supplies sitting around. It's a plan, it's going to happen this month.

Tickets


There is a really fun play coming to town in November. I want to see it, and I keep putting off getting tickets. This needs to be done this month. 

Notebook

I have this notebook. It's full of some really cool ideas. I tend to write down ideas, and then go on to another thing. I want to go through the notebook, and put one of those ideas into action. It shouldn't be hard or will it be?

So now, you know what I my October Goals 2017 are, what are yours?







Saturday, September 30, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 29

Did you know the German word for thrifty is sparsam? I thought that might throw many of you. But it kind of made sense to me when I looked at the word. It looks like there is a version of the word sparse in it. And that made me think of meager amounts of money. Thus, the word sparsam. I know that reminder is for my English speaking brain, but it worked out for me. Now it's time to see some of those recent finds.
It's a small group of items, but oh, these items are precious. And I did get a great score this week.
This is the awesome find of the week. Okay, so it might be awesome find of the month. A pair of Dr. Marten's how often does that happen? They are in great shape too!. Unfortunately, they were too big for me, so I am gifting them to someone. I mean come on who isn't happy to receive some Doc's?
Honestly, I could not decide whether or not I actually wanted to purchase this. It looked interesting, but then again it didn't look interesting. I thought it was something that could be fixed up easily so I got it. DIY project here I come.
Lastly, I picked up this cute little skirt. I like the colors in it. And the picture doesn't do it justice.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Destination Unknown

Some mornings you wake up, and you know that you need to see something different that day. You need to be someplace other than where you are. But where do you go? That's what happened to me today. I woke up with a destination unknown, and I decided just to get in the car and go where the road leads.

I drove and this is some of what I saw when I reached Winona Lake, Indiana.

So tell me what you've seen today?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Avoid Cheesy Engagement Photos

There are few things more painful than looking at an album of awkward engagement photos. The memories of this exciting time in your lives together should make you tear up with joy, not cringe and run for cover. Don’t worr
y! You can take these necessary steps to avoid cheesy engagement photos.
Hands!
Be aware of the positioning of your hands. Even the most innocent of poses turns embarrassing if it is perceived as inappropriate. You could be off by just an inch or two and turn a “wow” photo into an “OMG”. Spare your parents the humiliation and give them photos they can share with their friends (and your grandmother!) – watch your hands!
Relax.
The cheesiest engagement photos can be traced to one overwhelming factor – the couple just cannot relax. Tension changes posture, facial expression and even the way you relate to each other. Whether you need to stop for a glass of wine before the shoot, or bring someone with you who can make you laugh at the drop of a hat, you want to be your most relaxed, natural selves.
You Do You.
The latest engagement photo craze might be to take a photo in a canoe, or to hang glide together with your favorite pet, but those scenarios won’t work if they don’t reflect you. Don’t feel obligated to incorporate everything you find on Pinterest into your engagement shoot. Think of settings and activities that are natural reflections of your story as a couple. If you share a favorite place or a favorite hobby, make it the starting place for your session.
Get to Know Your Photographer.
Building a rapport with your photographer is important. You have to trust what he or she tells you to do, and that your vision for your photos is clear. Have some coffee and get to know each other. Not only will you end up with better engagement photos, but the relationship will give you the best chance at amazing wedding day images too.
If All Else Fails…
If you tried everything, but ended up with awkward engagement photos worthy only a deep drawer somewhere they will never be found, don’t panic. If there is time for a second engagement session, you could try again. If not, schedule a post-wedding session.
A post-wedding shoot not only allows you to redo your engagement shots, but you can incorporate some more portrait time in your wedding dress and tux, or even hold a dress session if you really want. If your bridal party is close by, they might even want to put their bridesmaid dresses back on for some post-wedding photo fun. The important thing is that you are taking opportunities to preserve the memories of your time together. It just takes some couples longer than other.
Your engagement photos don’t have to be cheesy! Just let these simple steps guide you and you’ll enjoy your beautiful, natural and completely memorable engagement photos for generations to come. Which tip do you think will make the biggest difference in your engagement shoot experience?

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Author Bio
Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Azazie who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Wendy frequently writes about the latest wedding trends world on My Wedding Tips.


Monday, September 25, 2017

You're The Star Blog Hop

Can you believe it's Monday again? This week has been incredibly busy, and of course this is the last Monday of September. The first day of fall came and well, I do believe that it was the hottest day of the year so far. I have to admit I just don't understand the seasons too much anymore. But one of the great things about Monday's is it is time to share posts. So don't miss out on the chance to share what's going on in your life.


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo YoureTheStarHopLarge_zpsncuylahd.jpg


WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
This is for all you who are looking for a great tasting, healthy after school snack. You should really try Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops you won't be disappointed in them.



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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
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)


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo ShopHoppingFeatured_zpsf9fab123.jpg


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

Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Bread by A Fireman's Wife


God and Creation by Narrow-Minded Woman
God and Creation

Party Invitations by Howling At the Moon


Plumeria or Frangipani by Comfort Spring

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

You're a STAR

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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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