Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Look at what your Missing



Living in a big city like New York you are never really alone.
Yet even when there are lots of people around you, you can totally Feel alone.

Why?

Well if you are like me and people watching and observing is your thing you will notice that just about Everyone is looking down.
Since we now have handheld gadgets that do just about everything anywhere like watch tv, videos or listen to music all you see is bowed heads.

Rarely is there eye contact. Rarely do you share a smile. Rarely is there a casual stroll.
Friends talk to one another with their heads down. Couples go out to dinner and have their heads down at the table.
Your waiting for a bus, heads down. A train, heads down, paying for groceries, heads down.
As a parent sometimes your talking with your kids and your head is...down.
I know I have done it and I work daily on putting my gadgets down when in conversation with others.

On my walks through my neighborhood park I see many things. It's a pretty nice walk, pretty big park and tons of people.
I saw a group of teens the other day, must have been 12 of them and they all had their heads down while talking to one another.
I felt like screaming LOOK UP!!!

Not only is it rude and disrespectful but you are missing out on making genuine connections.
You are not really listening or even engaged in the moment.
Did you see my new hair cut, thinks the wife? Of course not your too busy on your phone checking Face Book. Her thoughts as she looks at her husband.
Mom did you see the grade I got on my English paper? Oh no of course not because she put my paper down to check her emails.
Sweetheart how's your food? No replay because your girlfriends too busy uploading picture of her  plate to Instagram.

When your on your gadgets this is what your missing...




This holiday season I hope we are all looking up more and taking in the sites!
The decorated trees, the lights, the sounds, the messages.

What do you think you missed today while you looked down?
Do you even think about missing out on anything while on your gadgets?

Always stress free xo.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Turn it Up Tuesday!

We are getting closer to Santa's arrival. Glad to see so many entries last week even with all the preparations going on elsewhere. I am performing my own juggling act in a few areas but smiling as I do it. Here's to another great week let's get started.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Ce Ce from Chic Pixels Design Studio | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Kelly from Making-More | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Laura from Another Cent Saved | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for December!

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Angie from God's Growing Garden | Stacy from Anastasia Vintage | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Laci from Sequins in the South | Rebeka from Homemade Momy | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

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Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for January and February.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Cathy chose Mint Chocolate Brownie Crumb Cake from Annie's Noms."I love making bars! I am adding these to my sweet treats list for Christmas!"

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Stacy chose Felted Acorn Ornaments from Making It In the Mountains. "I just love these Felted Acorn Ornaments by Making It In The Mountains. They're absolutely adorable, and don't seem too difficult to make."

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Ce Ce chose Snowman Crafts from Sunshine & Hurricanes. "These are the cutest snowman crafts for all ages!"

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Cindy chose Salted Caramel Pudding Parfait from Penney Lane. "The image caught my eye and I am addicted to all things salted caramel. I can't wait to try this out in the new year!"

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Tina chose Ribbon Tree Ornaments & $50 Gift Card Giveaway from Typically Simple. "A cute and simple craft to make with the children. Great as a a cute embellishment on a gift. Thanks for sharing."

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Mari chose It’s That Time Of Year Again from Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog. "Loved Vashti's use of those huge peppermint sticks! Great combo of mint and sweet."

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Jillian chose The Face Of Depression from Afro-Chic Mompreneur. "I chose this post, because I, too, suffer with depression and love that Nancy is being so very open and honest. It will help others out there, tremendously!"

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Angie chose Ceiling hanging Christmas wreath from Our House Now a Home. "I just love this classy European look and can't wait to try making this with my fresh pine garland!"

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Tiffany chose Use Wrapping Paper Scraps for Storage from 1-2-3 Neat & Tidy. "LOVE this! i am always feeling so wasteful when I have to trash the scraps because I can’t figure a way to save them over for the next year. Who knew it could be so easy!?"

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Jessica chose 10 Simple Chores My Kids Do Around the House (and So Can Yours) from Simple Holistic Girl. "What a great list for kids! They're simple and personally I think it's easy to do for each school-age child at home. Although my child is 3, I am already "training" him to do a couple on the list (clean room (pick up toys) and putting grocercies away). Right now he is very helpful in both areas and I hope when he gets older he "graduates" to the other areas of the list. Thanks for sharing!!"

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Kelly chose Slow Cooker: Beef and Broccoli Recipe from Lou Lou Girls. "I love slow cooker recipes and this looks delicious!"

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Rhonda chose My Christmas Home Tour 2014 from The Painted Hinge. "This post took me back to my grandparent's farmette. I loved seeing the display of antiques and vintage items mixed with the new. Housing the Christmas tree in the old wash tub was a fantastic idea."

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Nancy chose 10 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy! from My Snippets of Inspiration. "My favorite post was 10 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy, because so close to the holiday season family is the focus. I loved that it was about making your spouse, best friend, and partner happy. It was a reminder for me to think about him more, and to appreciate him for all he does. Loved it!"

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Stacey chose Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Treat and Trick. "I am making my list and checking it twice of cookies to make during this holiday season and these look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Tenns chose The Best Bad-For-You Fudge Ever from Little House Living. "I can never resist a good fudge recipe and this look delicious! I can't wait to try it out and possibly gift it during the holidays."

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Natasha chose Blog Planner 2015 from My Joy-Filled Life. "I'm working on organizing my blog and increasing my focus in 2015, and I have been looking for tools to help me in this effort. This is a great tool - thanks for sharing!"

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The post with the most clicks is 3 Reasons Bloggers Have Blogs that Aren't As Effective As They Could Be from Lady Blogger.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
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Co-Hosting Chain "Linky" Climb December 2014



Hey guys almost Christmas and for the next 2 weeks I will be Co-hosting the Climb! Look forward to the great shares and lots of fun. Don't forget to enter our giveaway!!!


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WELCOME!




It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 




With our 14th 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:


- $25 Paypal Cash from Sew Crafty Angel & from Cuddlebug Cuties 
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value

- $20 Gift Certificate to Helen's Etsy Shop - HFernsOriginals
- 1 Medium Ad Space on The Myrabev Life - $10 value

- 1 Medium Ad Space on A July Dreamer - $10 value
- 1 Monthly Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value

- A beautiful Red Seaglass & Rhinestone Cherry Necklace by ShorelineDesigned - $20 value

- "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook - $3 value

- "Making Your Own Cedar Roping or Pine Garland" ebook - $2 value

- "G.K.C.C. Gourdon Kringle Christmas Company" Children's Picture ebook - $4 value

- a beautiful handmade "Coffee Cozy"($5 value)  by Kaitlyn from Three Sisters & Us
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Coffee Cozy by Kaitlyn from "Three Sisters & Us"
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PICKED SWEET CHERRIES NECKLACE


Rare Red Seaglass from Lake Michigan and Sparkly Rhinestone High Quality Cherry Charm on Silver Bail and Chain Necklace



Red seaglass/beachglass is a rare find - and I found this one in Lake Michigan near Traverse City which is the Cherry Capital of the World!  I have carefully drilled the red beach glass into a bead to daintily dangle along with a sparkly sweet cherry rhinestone charm from silver and red jumprings from a silver slide-bail onto a silver chain. Even the lobster clasp is large for ease of use and is quality stainless steel connected to a cute tiny tag steel connector.  The chain undone end to end is 21 inches, and as worn including seaglass/cherry charm will hang 12 inches.



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Gift Certificate to "H Fern Originals": (shop description) "My goal is to provide you with quality greeting cards and photographs at an affordable price. I have experienced each image you see and tried to capture the feeling in the photograph.   Please look around, send me comments - both praise and suggestions - and feel free to ask me any questions. ."


All 3 of these ebooks by Angie Ouellette-Tower





Total prize value is $154!!




CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)


- You must be 18 years or older to enter 


- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)
- You must live in the lower 48 of the United States to win the Necklace & the Cozy (otherwise these will become  second place prizes)

- Any tax or shipping costs going above the amount of any gift certificate will be the winner's responsibility

- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise these will become a second place prizes)
- This Giveaway is open from December 1st, 2014 until December 21st, 2014
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - DECEMBER 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.
- All prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers/Shop Owners.
- 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 - 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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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Smiling even when Plans hit a Detour

Hello everyone, I can't believe how late I'm finally posting today.
It's been a nutty weekend indeed.

Yesterday I got up and did a half hour Yoga class that tested my bending skills for sure but I hung in there and survived. I had my Saturday all planned out. Yoga, quick visit with Grandma and head to Salon. Sported the curly hair look for past week was not feeling it any more.
So like I said Yoga class was a tester then I began to prep for remainder of my day. As I was walking to my car I was praying my battery would cooperate. I say this because a few days ago my car wouldn't start and I had to call Geico Roadside Asst. for a boost.

So I'm in good spirits I had set great intention for my day earlier in my Yoga practice and boy did it pay off. When I get to my car, I open the back door drop my bag, my book and another bag with my Salon needs in back seat and close the door.
I get in my driver side, place my phone in its holder and proceed to start the car. What happens...Nothing. I try again what happens...Nothing.
I take a deep breath, I call Geico for another boost, walk back home, get on my Ipad and lookup places to get a new battery.
I am calm, cool and collected thanks to my days intent, to stay hope full and make most of whatever my day bought me.

To sum things up I bought a new battery, I said bye to the old one after all it lasted over 6 years shouldn't complain about that, headed over to Grandmas and postponed hair date for today because I ran out of time. Had great visit with Grandma and great Salon date today so guess things played out as they were suppose too.

Speaking of things playing out in the time they should...I am excited to share that I have moved to next phase in my Photography journey. I officially opened my Etsy Shop!
I threw fear in the trash and went for it. Here's the link, hope you take a few minutes to visit. I will be adding more prints shortly. I am also including link to my Instagram so you can see more pieces. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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In the meantime hope you enjoy these..
Always stress free xo.