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Monday, February 8, 2016

The CLIMB Chain Linky Party

Welcome to a new year of the CLIMB Chain Linky Party.
Take a look around and add you favorite posts to the party.
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WELCOME to the new & improved CLIMB!

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop where Cohosts & Guest Cohosts are added each week for ultimate exposure! 

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 & Guest Cohosting works - the hosts, cohosts & Guest cohosts 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 guest cohost please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky")
We have 2 permanent cohosts for week#2, 3 permanent cohosts for week#3 and eventually we will have 4 permanent cohosts for week#4 making a grand total of 11 hosts/cohosts each month & that's not even including Guest Cohosts!
Highest CLIMBer Features will return next month!!
Each permanent host & cohost will feature their favorite link from the previous month CLIMB!  Every "Highest CLIMBer" will be pinned to our Pinterest board:
Chain Linky CLIMB Pinterest board
Cuddlebug Cuties

Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal cash from Eclectic Red Barn
- Your choice of 2 month small Ad spaces OR 1 month large Spotlighting Ad Space on Butterfly in the Attic- $30 value
- 1 Guest Post from April Noelle - $20 value
- $15 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel
- 1 Sidebar Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- 1 Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace by ShorelineDesigned - $20 value

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Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace
Lake Superior Red/White Jasper Embedded Beach Stone Necklace, 20 Inch Ribbon and Cord, Large Stainless Steel Lobster Clasp
by ShorelineDesigned
Total prize value is $105!!

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 second place prizes)
- You MUST have a valid PayPal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a mailing address in the lower 48 states of the USA in order to win the necklace (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- This Giveaway is open from February 1st, 2016 until February 29th, 2016
- Winner must respond to email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts, Cohosts & Guest Cohosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - FEBRUARY 2016 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):
There are many ways to follow us:
Anna @ Cuddlebug Cuties
blog  |  facebook  |  pinterest twitter  |  bloglovin  |  instagram  |  google+
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
blog  | pinterest  |  bloglovin  |  google+ twitter  |  facebook

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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be featured &/or promoted on our blogs & 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 Guest Cohost 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)

We are looking for amazing Bloggers like you to Guest Cohost the CLIMB! 
Please click the purple button below to sign up to Guest Cohost or click HERE!

God’s Growing Garden


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Monday, February 1, 2016

My Paper Addiction...The Traveler's Notebook

Creative addictions...
I have them, I admit it. 
Paper, it's my not so secret happiness enabler. 

It gives me joy. 
I find bliss in textures, sizes,'s my creative canvas and it's potential is endless.

My collection grows as the years pass. Journals, notebooks, sketchbooks, planners, even old vintage books that I can repurpose. 

All this being said, there is one book that I love the most.
The Traveler's Notebook.
I adore this little treasure keeper.
I've tried to replace it with other pretties, but they are just not the same. 
I always return.

Both the original Midori and faux ones are amazing. 
Choose the size, cover material, and notebooks you love and stuff it full.
Change your books on any given whim. 
Add little pencil pouchs, pen loops, card holders...there is so much to create to make this little set of books uniquely you.
They make great journals, planners, art journals, and so much more.

Mine currently contains; 
Book one: Journal both for thoughts and sketches
Book two: Planner
Book three: Leather zip pouch / card holder.
Book four: Jotter notebook, just for random thoughts, ideas, and events.

This little book has become my carry everywhere notebook.

Until next time, continue to create the precious works within your heart.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party
@ Sew Crafty Angel

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We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  504 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

Your link will appear on the blogs of

Please take time to visit your hostesses.













This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Today's project is a fun craft for anyone.  I really enjoyed making these cupid's arrows using paper straws and pretty scrapbook paper, but kids at home or in a classroom may find this enjoyable too.

This Pasta e Fagioli soup is hearty, a bit spicy and packed with healthy beans and vegetables.. a perfect bowl of comfort food.

Truffles are the ultimate treat for a devoted fan of chocolate. Rich and silky, they melt like butter on the tongue. These soft truffles have a hint of cherry flavor and are enrobed in dark chocolate. Dust them with cocoa or decorate them with a royal icing rosebud for an elegant appearance.

Hi everyone! You may notice this Sprinkled with Love Donuts idea from last year.  Really liked these little valentines but hated the way the photos came out.  The photos just killed them.  We were living in our rental and the lighting was horrible so the post did not come out as I envisioned.  

My favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is all the chocolate. It comes in all forms and it doesn’t even matter if I’m single or not. It simply makes everything wonderful. Combining chocolate with my other favorite vice–coffee–is just a set up for greatness. Chocolate dipped spoons are the ultimate way to stir your coffee into a heavenly concoction

Aren’t these strawberry banana cupcakes pretty? They would make a beautiful centerpiece at a Valentine’s Day party! When I’m asked to bring food to a school party or a friend’s get together, I tend to go with a dessert, and cupcakes are such an easy recipe! I don’t need to worry about spoons or forks, which makes things even easier. Though these cupcakes work for any party, I think they would be so cute surrounded by little conversation hearts, don’t you?

This post stems from something that has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. It’s been plaguing my thoughts for years but for some reason it has been hard for me to admit to myself. If you asked me years ago, I would have told you that I was a pretty good friend. I would lend a hand, an ear, support, love, whatever my friends might be needing. I try very hard to be friendly and kind to everyone I meet but I tend to keep my close friendships to a smaller number of people. I feel like I’m doing alright with my casual friendships but I know how much I am failing at those that really matter.

Could I     (well could H...LOL)    make a picture frame the size of each section of the backsplash  and make something similar to this....only on a larger scale?    Then just attach it to the existing back splash.....I'll run my idea  past H and see if he thinks I'm crazy!

Winter is a wonderland. There's something wonderful in the air - the sound of scattering feet, the smell of baked goods, twinkling lights, a hunch of snow. I love it. I love the cold, contrasted by the warmth of fluffy blankets and socks, scarves and knit pullovers.

Your Official Guide to Green Beauty Brands You Can Trust
Storybook Apothecary

Green beauty has had such an amazing effect on my life. From the people I’ve been able to connect with to the wonderful products I’ve discovered and the incredible stories I’ve heard, it’s really been quite lovely. The downright astonishing level of brand integrity I’ve been met with from so many brands has been something that I never really believed existed until I started discovering more green brands and that’s not just in beauty. A whole new world (cue the music) opened up to me.

 Wake Up Wednesday Linky
Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.  Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your family friendly post 
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.