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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life of the Party Group Giveaway

Group Giveaway!
I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter for a chance to win!!
Be sure to stop by and meet all of the ladies that helped make this group giveaway possible.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS!
The Life of the Party group giveaway begins at 12:00AM EST on April 17th, 2014 and will end at 12:00AM EST on May 1st, 2014. Please be honest in your entries as they will be verified. The information you have provided will be used so that The Life of the Party and co-hosts can verify your entries and select a winner. The winner will be selected by Random.org and will be contacted by email. The winner will then have 72 hours to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed within this time period a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will have no claim to the prize.
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloglovin' and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.
This giveaway is open worldwide unless prohibited by law and must have a verified Paypal account. The winner will be responsible for tax reporting and any fees associated with Paypal in collecting their winnings. Prize money is valued in US Dollars.
The Life of the Party host and co-hosts are not eligible for entering this giveaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: prize to be distributed by Sherry Fahrenwald from The Life of the Party.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



               Welcome to the 12th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway



We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  308 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!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 27 different blogs

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.


Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from "In the Makeup Aisle"
This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don't think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.


DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution
Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that's serious about blogging.  I've picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y'all too!








This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.


Google-Plus-SEO 
I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.
But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from "LittleOwlCrunchyMomma"
Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.


Small Armoire Makeover from "The Interior Frugalista"
Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room
My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I've had since the late 70's.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it's finished, I think it's Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Angelique's Garden Digital Stamp

Have you ever sat down to color your image to find that your usual markers are dried out. You press and try to stretch the marker but it comes out streaky. You have no idea when it died, the last time you used it, it was juicy and fine; but somehow over the course of a couple of days it just gave out on you. 
This is what happened to me this week. Several of my normal skin and hair colors just quit; so I had to change to an alternative coloring medium. After a little debated I settled on colored pencils. I love my pencils. They've always been my favorite way to color; but I'm a layer pencil person. Twenty to twenty five layers just to achieve the shading that I want. This takes way to much time to be my everyday style. I love it but save it for special moments.

This week was a great time to for one of those special moments to happen too. I've created a digi for a very special bloggy friend. She's been of great support to me and I just really appreciate all that she has done for me. She loves to garden and I wanted to create an illustration that was in honor of her and her craft.
Angie thank you for being a wonderful friend. I hope you love your digi.
 
 I went with black eyed susans and hydrangeas. I think they're  two of the most beautiful flowers. Every time see them at the store I just want to fill my own garden with them. I love the beautiful shades of purple and pink. They a wonderful set of floral inspiration.


Angelique's Garden Cuddlebug Cuties




Angelique's Garden Cuddlebug Cuties

Enjoy coloring and crafting with Angelique's Garden but please give me, Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties, credit for drawing her.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Hugs,
Anna

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



               Welcome to the 11th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

25 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  317 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!

 The hop is hosted and posted on 25 different blogs

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I have made cornbread and cornbread muffins in the oven before, but hadn't yet tried a yeasted one in the breadmaker.  I tweaked the recipe and came up with a delicious version.



Cacao vs. Cocoa: What's The Difference?, cacao Pods, cacao beans, theobroma, superfood,
How delicious is chocolate? Ummmmm it’s so delicious, but there’s also a lot of confusion about chocolate—what type to eat, how much, and what types to avoid.
So I decided it was time to get educated about all the new research on chocolate.


Hey there!!  Have you noticed signs of Spring?  I sure have!  It seems that one day it is frozen winter and the next Spring is just bursting around us.  

Saturday evening I attended a really fun baby shower for a friend and fellow navy wife. Our husbands are on the same sub and work in the same division, and she's one of the few wives from the sub that I've actually gotten to know. Anyhoo, she is due to have her baby on March 18th, and she's having a girl. During our conversations I asked and listened for information about things she liked for the baby.  She mentioned ladybugs, chevrons, pink, gray, and she told me she wanted me to make a blanket. So I acted like I didn't feel up to making a blanket, but I really was making one, of course. Originally, I wanted to make a pink, gay, black, and white chevron blanket, but I didn't like the pattern I was using, so I went back to what I know, granny square.  So I made a 30 x 30 gray, pink, and white granny square blanket with a crochet ladybug applique.



Topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, this lovely cake will make you think of Spring. Beautifully simple with no extra add-ins: just carrots and nuts and a hint of cinnamon throughout moist, tender cake. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic for any time of year, but is especially good for a special Easter dessert.


But this year we decided just to make our toffee because we wanted to enjoy our 2 toddler princesses running around in kitchen. Toffee is not too messy and it makes up fairly quickly into an amazing treat and we only had one pot going at once so we could switch off duties.  We even finished before my husband came home to take us out to dinner (the traditional ending of our day).  It was great!





The one thing homesteaders have in common, no matter how much land you live on, is that we are all trying to do more for ourselves. Our family for instance gardens, taps maple trees, cures meat, bakes and so on. But, because of where we live we can't raise large livestock. And for now, that's okay because we know people who can. We don't have an orchard in our yard, but we know where to go to get apples. You see, we have gotten to know farmers, lots of them! What we can't do here, we can partner with others to get done. If you have never been to a "FARM" you really should look for one, or two, or three to go visit. Visits to farms can be entertaining, educational, and think of the things you can eat!







Happy Spring, everyone!
Sharing these cookies I made to celebrate spring though she never shows up here on our side of the pond. It was still summer the last time I checked!


5 Days of Organization for Bloggers - checklists and ideas to keep every blogger organized

Are blogging tasks keeping you from getting things done?

With a few simple rules and checklists (and a timer!) you can finish more tasks in less time.


Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric #1 
Translucent Strawberry from Beyond Blush
I've been trying out a lot of different cream blushes over the last month or so, and my latest obsession has been Giorgio Armani's Blushing Fabric in the shade #1 Translucent Strawberry* ($39/20 ml). This was my first time trying anything out from the brand, and I was really excited to do so! Read on to hear my full thoughts on this unique blush...

From I Wish to I Will from Cayla & Ashley

Here's a reminder: you have the ability to do amazing things with your life. Dream it, believe it, do it. Focus on what matters, and don't forget-- always wear your invisible crown.  


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  • Remember to Follow Your hostesses- the first 25 links and your Guest Hosts.  
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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 post and not to your blog home page
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  • Please No adult content blogs
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