;

Blog Crushin’

Blog Crush:  Sew Much Crafting

Meet Danielle of Sew Much Crafting.   I love this post  on journal writing.  She uses this 5 year journal as a way to mark the progress in her life.  I personally know how important it is to keep a journal, both to inspire you today and in the future. 

Another great post is how she has organized her craft supplies in a very limited space.  All of us who craft can definitely learn something here.


And these DIY Flower magnets are very cute and easy to make.

Blog Crush:  And We Play
Kersey (like Jersey but with a “K”) is the writer, crafter and mom behind And We Play. She wanted to create a place where parents and kids could come to get fun inspiration to add to their own lives. If it’s fun, chances are they do it. She has lots of kid friendly ideas for playing.  Here are just a few of them:

Lacing Cards

DinoMite Valentines
           
IMG_5039.jpg
Indoor Hop Scotch
She has lots of other fun ideas on her blog.  Be sure to check her out. 


Blog Crush:  Glorious Treats 

Glory from Glorious Treats has the most delicious looking recipes.  There is a delightful recipe for Hot Chocolate on a Stick.  I love this.  What a great idea

Are you ready for Snowman Soup?  Too cute, complete with recipe and printable.

Hot Cocoa Cookies, anyone?  
How about Gumball Snowmen?
And finally, Snowmen cookies.
This gal has definitely got talent.  I would love to be a taste tester in her kitchen.  She provides printable recipes for each one.
Blog Crush:  

You have to check out Tracey’s We Made That.  She has lots of activities for children, like this Snowman Cocoa gift.  

Or, check out her science experiments, such as this Tornado In a Bottle Experiment.
Or, this one where they made a cloud.
Ever want to make your own ‘flubber‘?  Well, here’s a recipe for that.
I hope you will check out both of these ladies and their great blogs. There are lots of fun activities on both sites.

Blog Crush:  We Do Fun Here 

Jenn at We Do Fun Here has partnered with Silhouette America to offer her readers some amazing Black Friday deals using the code:  WEDOFUN.  She goes on to say:  “If you don’t know what a “silhouette” is let me tell you…it is ah.maz.ing!  This little machine can cut vinyl, card-stock, paper, etc., into many different designs and letters!  There are no expensive cartridges, you can import files from their design store {only purchase what you want}, use your own true type fonts to create your own image to cut, or {if you have designer edition software} you can create your own files to cut!  You can also create rhinestone designs, use sketch pens to add pattern and color and a myriad of other great things!  This machine is really amazing!  If you love creafting, DIY-ing or party planning, the Silhouette is a MUST-HAVE item in my opinion!”

Check out her project this product here.

Blog Crush:  Creative K Kids
Creative K Kids is guest posting for Jill at Called To Be A Mom.  Here post includes an article on Expressing Thanks without Breaking the Bank.  It is a great post on ways to involve your family in creating gifts without spending a lot of money.


Blog Crush:  Zuchinni Summer

Zuchinni Summer has a great article on planning for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as an article on Giving on Black Friday through Samaritan’s Purse.


















Blog Crush:  Work From Your Home 101

Rachel Lavern at Work From Your Home 101.  Rachel’s blog is full of wisdom and counsel to help women be more successful in their online careers.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out her blog, you really should.  It might be just the thing to help you with your online career.  She also has a free ebook called “Start Your Business Strong”.  There is a link to the book on her main page.
Blog Crush:  Vintage Celebrations
Lisa Barton’s blog is Vintage Celebrations in the U.K.  Lisa owns Vintage Celebrations which specializes in tutorials, ideas and inspiration on how to reuse, recycle and re-purpose everyday household objects to create vintage style, handmade gifts, home accessories, interiors and decorations using Stampin Up products.  Additionally, she runs virtual classes monthly – Stampin Stash Club and Scrapping Stash Club.  And, if you watch any of her videos, you will love her accent

Blog Crush:  Diva Saves

This Diva Saves is on a mission to save money and help others do the same.  Here is what she has to say about herself:

“I am This Diva, a classically trained singer (you know, the kind of music most people refer to as “opera”) who comes from humble beginnings. Growing up we never lacked for anything in my household, because I had a mother who was a genius at stretching and saving money. I also learned early on how to recognize quality, and purchase it for less.

The economic downturn has adversely affected me and many of my friends in the performing arts. We are all trying to save money, stretch our budgets, and make the best use of our time in order to continue the pursuit of our passions. I’ve created this site to share with you how I manage to live beautifully while tightly budgeting time and money.

Toi, toi, toi!”

I am This Diva, a classically trained singer (you know, the kind of music most people refer to as “opera”) who comes from humble beginnings. Growing up we never lacked for anything in my household, because I had a mother who was a genius at stretching and saving money. I also learned early on how to recognize quality, and purchase it for less.
The economic downturn has adversely affected me and many of my friends in the performing arts. We are all trying to save money, stretch our budgets, and make the best use of our time in order to continue the pursuit of our passions. I’ve created this site to share with you how I manage to live beautifully while tightly budgeting time and money.
Toi, toi, toi!

Read more at http://thisdivasaves.com/about-me/#fHYiWPBVrhjPWq17.99

I am This Diva, a classically trained singer (you know, the kind of music most people refer to as “opera”) who comes from humble beginnings. Growing up we never lacked for anything in my household, because I had a mother who was a genius at stretching and saving money. I also learned early on how to recognize quality, and purchase it for less.
The economic downturn has adversely affected me and many of my friends in the performing arts. We are all trying to save money, stretch our budgets, and make the best use of our time in order to continue the pursuit of our passions. I’ve created this site to share with you how I manage to live beautifully while tightly budgeting time and money.
Toi, toi, toi!

Read more at http://thisdivasaves.com/about-me/#fHYiWPBVrhjPWq17.99

I am This Diva, a classically trained singer (you know, the kind of music most people refer to as “opera”) who comes from humble beginnings. Growing up we never lacked for anything in my household, because I had a mother who was a genius at stretching and saving money. I also learned early on how to recognize quality, and purchase it for less.
The economic downturn has adversely affected me and many of my friends in the performing arts. We are all trying to save money, stretch our budgets, and make the best use of our time in order to continue the pursuit of our passions. I’ve created this site to share with you how I manage to live beautifully while tightly budgeting time and money.
Toi, toi, toi!

Read more at http://thisdivasaves.com/about-me/#fHYiWPBVrhjPWq17.99



Be sure to hop on over and check out some ways that you can save.

Blog Crush:  Daisy at Lovely Memories

You all know my passion for Christmas (or at least you are figuring it out), so it was a no-brainer when I saw Daisy’s post on Get Excited for Christmas

Here is what Daisy has to say about this 10 week series:

“Every year when December arrives it’s a mad rush to get things sorted for Christmas.


Every year when December arrives I promise myself that I will be more prepared the following year.


Every year when December arrives that hasn’t happened.


Until now.


I have decided to do a weekly series on how I get ready in time for Christmas. I’m hoping this will not only encourage myself to get my bootie in gear but also others, aiming to have a more organised Christmas.”


 



 

So, if you want to be organized for this Christmas, be sure to check out her blog.

 
Blog Crush:  Sleepless in DIY Bride Country

In honor of the fact that this is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought I would do a Blog Crush on Jess at Sleepless in DIY Bride Country.  Jess has a Blog Hop called Pinkalicious Blog Hop for Hope

Here is an excerpt from Jess’s blog:

Welcome to #3 Pinkalicious Wednesday a Blog Hop for HOPE! This blog hop is a special place for all our blogger friends to link up and spread breast cancer awareness. Hop around for HOPE and grab a few new friends. You’ll be surprised at how much you have in common with your fellow bloggers. 
If your interested in co-hosting this blog hop, we have spots availiable. Email lilmadjesse85@gmail.com

– See more at: http://diyfrugalbride.blogspot.com/2013/10/3-pinkalicious-wednesday-blog-hop-for_16.html#sthash.FP538hX5.dpuf



“This blog hop is a special place for all our blogger friends to link up and spread breast cancer awareness.  Hop around for HOPE and grab a few new friends.  You’ll be surprised at how much you have in common with your fellow bloggers.”


“Supporting breast cancer has been a cause that is near and dear to our hearts.”
So, what do you say ladies?  Shall we hop on over and support Jess and Breast Cancer Awareness through this Blog Hop.   See you ‘At the Hop’ for HOPE.
Blog Crush: Mel at Mellywood’s Mansion

She is a very crafty lady.  Very talented.  She makes crafts, jewelry, recipes, tutorials, and more.  

Check out this gorgeous lace scarf that she made and provided a tutorial for it.

 

Blog Crush:  Steph at Burbs to Boonies

I love Steph and her blog.  She is one of those bloggers who truly spreads the comment love and is consistent in her visiting other blogs.  One of my recent favorite posts on her blog is We Were Made to Persevere.  It is a great post in which she shares lessons learned from a cucumber plant.  You really must read it.  If you have already read it, it is worth reading again.   Here is a partial quote from the post:

It was made to do its best to thrive as long as possible.”

Truly, that’s how we as humans are made as well. I need to remember this simple lesson from nature when times are tough.

I’m not made to give up. I’m not made to lay down in defeat. I’m not made to lament my situation, but to get up and keep trying, over and over if necessary.  Even if it’s hard.

God made me to keep doing my best, to keep getting up and moving forward, to keep trying to catch hold. Tomorrow’s a new day. No matter what today brings, I will wake up with the will of a cucumber plant.”

Other things that she blogs about include life in a small town, her garden, her son and his educational process.  Oh, and did I mention, that she absolutely loves Okra?  She does!!

So, please go check out Steph’s blog at Burbs to Boonies.

Blog Crush:  Renee at Renew Your Space

I have learned a lot from Renee.  She is a Professional Organizer.  If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that is not my strong suite.  So, I truly admire anyone who is either innately organized, or finds a way to conquer the organizational beast.  Renee says it isn’t innate, but I am not sure about that.

Renee has a book entitled “Renew Your Space At Your Own Pace”.  She recently ran a contest to give a copy away and I had the great good fortune to win it.  In the book she covers 20 different areas of organization, everything from managing your time to paying bills, to cleaning the garage, and everything in-between.  You can get your copy of it at her blog, Renew Your Space.


Renee also gives assistance with setting up your planner and offers some great free printables.   For several weeks Renee has been providing a tutorial in renewing the spaces in your life.

Please check out Renee’s blog at Renew Your Space 

Blog Crush: Laura’s Crafty Life

Laura of Laura’s Crafty Life has a series of organizational tips on right now.  Here is a little bit about Laura: Laura’s Crafty Life is a craft blog that was created to share my love of crafting and to hopefully inspire you to get out there and craft! You will find DIY projects, scrapbooking, jewelry making, sewing, and party planning ideas.

Laura has been using a Home Management Binder for years  She says,  “You have probably seen these before. Basically it is a place to dump your brain to keep you organized. I first read about a control journal on Flylady.net. I have since adapted my own home management binder to better suit the needs of me and my family. That is the best part about this binder – it is completely customizable for what works for you! ” 

And Laura has provided a printable binder cover and spine to get you started.  Additionally, if you check out her facebook page and her blog, you will find lots of other printables. 

Thanks Laura.  I hope to get to check out your site a lot more.

Blog Crush: Wife on the Run

Marietta at Wife On the Run has a post entitled “Journey Back To Me 30 Days At A Time”.   Here is an excerpt from this post:  “We’ve all heard the saying a thousand times, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” Success in all things is like building a house. You can’t perceive the outcome unless you sketch the design on paper and make a list of tools and materials to build that home. You begin to go through your list of likes and dislikes, wants and needs, envision the exterior and interior of the finished model and what it will be like to live there.”


Marietta then applies this to taking care of our physical bodies and getting the exercise we need.   While I can in no way do some of the exercises that she does, or the number of repetitions, I can definitely see the value in creating this plan.  I am intending to apply this in my life.

Another post that Marietta has is a great reminder about stress and its cumulative effect.  Check it out here. Also, please check out her facebook page.

Thanks Marietta.  I am also looking forward to reading more of your work.

Blog Crush: Things in my Head Blog

Angelic Burch of Things in my Head Blog does both a blog and a podcast.  She is passionate about the things she blogs about and is extremely supportive of other bloggers.  Angel and I have had many conversations and I really enjoy her friendship.

Here are some excerpts from her blog and podcast:

On September 6th, Angel interviewed an extreme couponer, Coach Lisa.  

‘In actuality, an extreme couponer buys enough of one item to sustain their family for a period of time.  That way they don’t have to buy that item on impulse or in an emergency when they run out and that product is not on sale.  They simply go to that glorious room where their stash is, and, well…shop for free.  Speaking of free, wouldn’t it be nice to go to the grocery store and get everything you need, pay for it all with coupons, and get money back?  That is like the store paying you to shop there!  Well, Coupon Coach Lisa has done just that!  Not only has she done it, but she and her team of Coupon Coaches teach people to do it all the time!

In our podcast, Coupon Coach Lisa tells us about the rules of the road when it comes to getting our family fed while keeping our money in our pocket.  Oh wait, that isn’t all, we have a secret that you will have to listen to the podcast for – let’s put it this way – it ain’t over until it’s over!’
http://thingsinmyheadblog.com/help-bullied/
On August 23 she  did a program about bullying and how we can stop it.
Kid Power‘The statistics are unbelievable.  But according to KidPower Teenpower Fullpower International, KidPower for short, 160, 000 kids A DAY stay home from school because they are being bullied.  Not a month, or even a year, but a day!  Can you even imagine how many children that is? That is the equivalent to the population of the whole city of Huntsville, Alabama. And that isn’t all, in the time that it takes you to listen to our latest show (link in the player below) TWO PEOPLE will have been bullied – in fact in happens every 7 minutes.  90% of the time a child incident of abuse or bullying is conducted by someone familiar to the child.’

Blog Crush: The Welcoming House

Another of my favorite people and bloggers is Heather Estey at The Welcoming House.  

I love Heather’s blog.  Whether she is giving us her favorite recipes, or sharing stories with us, as she did this week, her blog is always interesting and educational.

Here are some excerpts from Heather’s blog.

On September 24th and 25th she posted about some physical trials that she and her family were experiencing.  Here are a few of her words:
‘And that is why this precious child, my oldest daughter, is a daily blessing to me. Her faith never wavers. She literally, every single day, walks in a solid, unshakable faith that God will see her through whatever she is facing ahead in her path.
It is inspiring, and you  need to understand the mindset of this amazing child/woman to grasp how she does it.’
‘You see, my child is totally a modern day David. She doesn’t even blink when she is given a challenge, just gathers her stones of faith, hope and trust, and walks out to meet the giant. Not stumbling. Not afraid. Simply, and totally determined that whatever enemy, or challenge, or naysayer shouting that her God is not big enough to heal her  is going down with one strike.

 On September 13th, Heather shared 5 of her top baking recipes for fall.

Applesauce spice cake
Gingerbread Sweet Rolls
Citrus Sunshine Cake
Orange Cranberry Breakfast Bread
Old Fashioned Donuts

If these look as delicious to you as they do to me, you really must check out her blog.

Blog Crush: Janmary

janmary4w2
Hello and welcome to my world.
Let me share a little about me:

  • I have been blogging since 2007, and online I go by Janmary.
  • I am a jewelry designer (www.janmarydesigns.com), blogger, writer, photographer, as well as a wife and mum, all here in N Ireland.
  • I love to connect with bloggers. I have attended a SITS Bloggy Bootcamp in Atlanta in 2011, and in 2012 I will be in London at the Brit Mums Live blog conference.
  • I blog about family life, craft, photography, food, travel……I do product reviews, and also accept some sponsored posts on my blog – but all opinions expressed here are entirely my own!
  • I have worked with both large and small companies, promoting their products and advertising their banners in my blog sidebars. I am efficient, professional and flexible, and have a good working relationship with a number of PR companies.

I was intrigued by Janmary’s post about iphone photography.  Now that the Etsy store is open, this information was really helpful for me, since all of my pictures are taken with my iphone.  In this post Janmary shared what she considers to be the 5 best iphone photography apps.  Shoot, I didn’t even know there were photography apps. 

Be sure to check out Janmary’s site where she posts some of the jewelry that she makes and sells.  Here is an example of one of her beautiful pieces.  I can’t wait to spend a little more time on her site and see what other lovelies she has.

http://janmarydesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pearl-cuff-janmary-designs-4w.jpg
Pearl Cuff Bracelet
Multi Button Crocheted Necklace
You know how I feel about buttons

Be sure to check her out here.

Blog Crush: The M House

Hi, I’m Kerry.

The M House picture


I started blogging in 2010 when I lost my baby girl to severe preeclampsia. Since then, I’ve met so many wonderful women because of this “so-called” baby loss club. While I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, I’m thankful for the friendships that helped carry me through my grief.

On a happier note, I am now a proud adoptive mama. You’ll find me talking a lot about my sweet little Z and adoption. She is my (our) world. Oh, did I mention I’m married to a mad scientist? He teaches chemistry and physics and no, his name is not Walter White. In fact, I’ve only seen two episodes of Breaking Bad. Imagine that.

Kerry shared a wonderful looking recipe for a Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin.  Even my husband said it sounded interesting, and neither of those ingredients are his favorite.

 photo 1-pcmuffin_zps5a1fa267.jpg
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

 Another great looking recipe on her site is this Copycat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders.

   Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken

In addition to great looking recipes, Kerry also gives resources for adoption and for grieving parents.

Be sure to check out her blog here.

Blog Crush: Bee Tree Studios

I am constantly amazed at the skill level of Stephanie over at Bee Tree Studios.  She has an amazing knowledge of digital Scrapbooking.  I can’t wait to get started doing my digital Scrapbooking, but unfortunately it isn’t number one on my ‘to do’ list at the moment.  But I hope it moves up in my rankings soon.
So, if you have anything that you would like to preserve, go check out Stephanie’s blog.  You won’t regret it.
Sarah over at More Than Your Average Mom has a great blog.  This week I particularly liked her recipe for Oatmeal Quinoa.  It looks really good.  If you browse through her Tutorials and Recipes, you will find a number of really good looking recipes.

 Try out her recipe and check out all of her other yummy looking recipes.

Blog Crush : Minivan Maverick

You really must check out this blog.  If you want a good laugh, you have to go read what my friend Jesi has to say.  I love to read her blogs.  She can grab your heart or find your tickle bone.  She is fairly new to blogging, but is a natural.  Please give her some ‘blogloving’. 
Check out this post on motherhood.  You will be glad you did.
She has lots of tutorials and seems to be an awesome seamstress.  I found her post on wooden lacing cards when I was looking for crafts to make for my grandson.  As someone who has only raised a daughter, I am always at a loss when it comes to figuring out what I can make for boys. So, I was totally thrilled when I found this tutorial for the wooden lacing cards.  Check it out!
Blog Crush: Katie at Apartment Therapy

She made this darling Hula Hoop Gnome Home Playhouse.  It looks like a lot of fun and fairly easy to make.  She has lots and lots of projects on her blog.  Be sure to look around in it and check it out.  Here is a link to the Gnome Home.

Rounding out the top 3 this week is Ashlee at My So Called Crafty Life.  Check out her Vintage MilkCap Dimension Art.  This is too cute.

She did a great tutorial on this fast and easy stenciled picture frame.

Ashlee is a huge Pinterest fan and has 58 boards and 6900 pins.  Wow!  She isn’t kidding when she says she loves Pinterest.
This week she shared several of her new boards and pins.  Here are just a couple of her pins on her new board Amazing Vintage Barkcloth

Be sure to check out her blog and her Pinterest page.


I love Terra’s perspective on life over at Life as a Field Trip.  She looks at everything with ‘new eyes’. 

Have you tried her suggestion of Reading by Moonlight with your children.  Sounds like a great activity to me.

And she can say more with no words than just about anyone I know.  Her pictures on Wordless Wednesday capture things perfectly, as did this one for Squeezing the Most out of Summer.
Blog Crush: X-Ray of a Blog

I am so impressed with the labor of love that Lorelai has accomplished in putting together her posts on the X-Ray of a Blog.  She did a three part series that is so packed with information that I cannot imagine how long it took her to pull it together.  I am not even a third of the way through all the information that she has put together.  It is going to take me awhile to accomplish getting through it all.

And then she did that fun post about Gilmore Girls.   Of course, that is one of my all time favorite TV shows.  If you haven’t taken the quiz to find out which Gilmore Girls character you are, you really need to do so.   I was Richard, and my daughter was Rory.  Too fun.

 Blog Crush: Flamingo Toes
Well, since today is the day I share information about other bloggers, it is only fitting that the first one is Bev over at Flamingo Toes. It was on Bev’s site that I think I first saw the term Blog Crush. I really like it because it does a great job of describing how I feel about some of the bloggers that I follow.
I have been following Bev for awhile now. I love her posts and she does great tutorials as well.  Please be sure you stop in to see her: Flamingo Toes. If you like jewelry making, be sure to check out her Jewelry Tips. 
If you are in to sewing, this is definitely the place to be. I think she must be an amazing seamstress from what I have seen of the patterns that she has created, including her State Fair Apron Pattern.

Thanks Bev for all of the fabulous things that you share with us.

My second Blog Crush is on Pearl at The Beading Gem’s Journal. Pearl’s emails are the first ones I look for every morning. She not only does great tutorials herself, but she shares others tutorials. If you want to see some beautiful jewelry, you must check out her blog:  The Beading Gem’s Journal. Each day she shares several new designs and tutorials. Check out this post on Soutache Jewelry. The jewelry is absolutely stunning!


Pearl has an entire list of tutorials on jewelry. Just about anything you can think of is on that list. It would take me weeks just to work my way through everything. If you are a jewelry designer, you can post your unique jewelry designs on her ‘reader gallery’. 
Pearl has an entire list of tutorials on jewelry. Just about anything you can think of is on that list. It would take me weeks just to work my way through everything. If you are a jewelry designer, you can post your unique jewelry designs on her ‘reader gallery’. 
I hope you will check out these great bloggers.