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Fairy Merry Christmas Blog Hop Blogger Opportunity!

August 3, 2015By 0 Comments
Hey Everyone!!
We are looking for some bloggers that want to join us in a Fairy Merry Christmas Blog Hop!!
Fairy Merry Christmas Blog Hop
This will be a traditional Blog Hop: A bunch of bloggers all write about the same topic or theme. Each article/post is published at a set date and mentions the one previous and introduces the one that will be published next. One blog is the organizing/host blog and keeps a list of all the participants.Everyone will visit the others blogs, share on social media, etc..
 
For the purposes of this blog hop a fairy is defined as a mythical creature and we will be using this standardized list for what types of fairies can be included in the blog hop. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_beings_referred_to_as_fairies
The point of this blog hop is to provide an alternative bit of fun to the standard Christmas elf and to breathe a little bit of history and folklore into the holiday fun at the same time. 
Fairy Merry ChristmasWe are keen to see crafts, costumes, activities, read alongs, story reviews, recipes, garden creations and more as a part of this blog hop, the only limitation being that it must be fairy related.

I created a private G+ board for blog hops – if there is enough interest  then we can continue to plan more of these events in the future. If you are interested in participating in this hop or future hops, please let me know and I can add you to the g+ board.
Thanks for your time! Millie
We are trying to get back into the party groove! If we can, here is where we party: Sun:   Clever Chicks / Mix it up Monday / Share the Wealth Sunday / Submarine Sunday / Stitch it, Blog it, Share it Mon:  Craftastic Monday / Bloggers Brag Pin Party  / Yarn Fanatic Party Tues:  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday /  Inspire Me Teach Me Tuesday /  Pin-spiration Link Party /  Party in your PJs / Wicked Awesome Wed.  / Creative Muster / 2 for Tuesday /Treasure Box Tuesday / Tips & Tricks Wed:   Link & Share Wed. / Wow Us Wednesday / Hookin’ on Hump Day / Pin Worthy Wed. / Wake Up Wed. Thurs: Share Your Cup Thursday  / Treasure Hunt Thurs  / Momma Told Me / Our Simple Homestead Fri:  Show and Tell Friday/  The Pin Junkie /  Pretty Pintastic / Pin Me linky / Home Matters / Anything Goes / Awesome Life Friday/Funtastic Friday Freedom Friday / What to do Weekend Sat:  Craft Along / Creative Friday / Family free for All

Easy way to stock up

August 3, 2015By 0 Comments

We all hear about the terrible storms and disasters that occur across the world – one thing they all have in common, typically we are not prepared for these natural events! After Katrina a lot of experts showed that having the traditional 3 days of food on hand is not enough – the recommendation now is 3 weeks of easy to prepare foods on hand in the event of an emergency situation. The main problem is a lot of people live pay check to pay check and week to week. How do you manage to build up these supplies without spending a lot of cash you don’t have? What about those tight on space? Well we have a couple options for you based on what Kristina and I have done. 

Can rack

I found these can racks on Amazon, they have so many different kinds so measure the space you plan to put the rack before buying. Depending on the can size, the racks I bought can hold on average 5 cans  in a line – meaning mine can hold approximately 45 cans. For three people, say 3 cans each a day, we can have approx. 2 weeks of food in one rack. The best thing about these is that they are so easy to take a can out the front and then fill from the back keeping the stock fresh! If you do not want to buy racks or don’t have space for them, grab a 5 gallon bucket at your local home store. 

Krafti elf in the cans!

Now to fill the racks or the bucket! Best option is 1. Food you and your kids will eat and 2. Foods that could be eaten without needing to be cooked. A variety of soups, canned pastas, canned meats, nut butters and canned fruits and veggies are a good option. 

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Every time you shop for groceries grab one or more extra cans of these items that you eat – whatever your budget can afford. If you are like me and use these canned goods, remember to replace them next time you shop. Set a goal of how many days/cans you want to have for emergencies, set a budget and then go for it!  A variety of foods you like to eat is best – don’t just grab a dozen cans of tuna unless you REALLY love tuna. Remember to check the expiration dates and use any cans before they expire! Make a schedule to check your expiration dates every 4 to 6 months. 

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Another great option for emergency foods is, of course, dried beans and rice. For these though you will need to have access to water and a way to cook them. Both are pretty cheap, so grabbing a bag or two of each when the budget allows is a great idea. Toss them into a ziplock bag and they will stay good for a long time. Toss the beans in the freezer for 2 – 3 days, allow them to return to room temperature and then put into the ziplock bag.

Once you have your emergency supply on hand, spend a bit extra on some comfort items – chips, cookies, hard candies, sweet snacks, etc. Most of these items have a short shelf life, so not too much here! 

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While you are out grab an extra bin, large jar or gallon zip. Throw all those take out packets in that you normally toss out and save them! You never know when you might need a bit of ketchup and some places have honey (great sweetner and pure energy) and wipes. If there’s no running water having a stack of wipes on hands will be necessary. Don’t save things like the little packets of hot sauce – they seem to spoil very quickly. Having extra napkins, paper plates, plastic ware and trashbags would be next on the shopping list. 

There is a TON of info out there on setting up an emergency food and supply cache – do some research, set a budget and then get stocked! If you currently have a stock of emergency supplies, please let us know your tips below! 

Thanks for preparing with us today! Millie

We are trying to get back into the party groove! If we can, here is where we party: Sun:   Clever Chicks / Mix it up Monday / Share the Wealth Sunday / Submarine Sunday / Stitch it, Blog it, Share it Mon:  Craftastic Monday / Bloggers Brag Pin Party  / Yarn Fanatic Party Tues:  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday /  Inspire Me Teach Me Tuesday /  Pin-spiration Link Party /  Party in your PJs / Wicked Awesome Wed.  / Creative Muster / 2 for Tuesday /Treasure Box Tuesday / Tips & Tricks Wed:   Link & Share Wed. / Wow Us Wednesday / Hookin’ on Hump Day / Pin Worthy Wed. / Wake Up Wed. Thurs: Share Your Cup Thursday  / Treasure Hunt Thurs  / Momma Told Me / Our Simple Homestead Fri:  Show and Tell Friday/  The Pin Junkie /  Pretty Pintastic / Pin Me linky / Home Matters / Anything Goes / Awesome Life Friday/Funtastic Friday Freedom Friday / What to do Weekend Sat:  Craft Along / Creative Friday / Family free for All

Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party # 92

August 1, 2015By 4 Comments

Hey there and  welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday and we are so happy that you made it! I don’t about your kiddies but mine just officially started school back (track 4 year round). Rami just started Middle school and I was an emotional wreck! She is taking it like a trooper though. Any advice on handling that age transition?

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Special Announcement:

We are teaming up with a few other bloggers for a Fairy Merry Christmas! We need more bloggers!! If you are interested send us a note or leave one below and we will send the details!

If you are new to the party and would like a cookie, here’s one for you!  

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Cookies and snacks provided by your fab hostesses! 

Snickerdoodle Sunday Hostesses

Each hostess will be showcasing her favorite post(s), so remember to pop over to see if you were featured! That’s 5 chances to be featured each week! We will share all features on social media! Look for #SnickerdoodleSunday!

Kristina & Millie @ 2 Crochet Hooks    G+/Pin/Tweet/FB

Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods    Bloglovin’/Pin/Tweet/FB

Gloria & Beverly @ Across the Boulevard    G+/Pin/Tweet/FB 

Joanita @ Creative Crochet Workshop      G+/Pin/Tweet/FB  

Maria @ Sew Travel Inspired   G+/Pin/Tweet/FB 

This weeks Top Post  is (drum roll):

 

I loved this post from Lisa over at FunMoneyMom.com, it was a real eye opener. I asked my 11 year old daughter and 6 year old son some of the questions and was quite surprised at what I learned. It was a great conversation opener to talk about money with them. 

 Congrats!  Here is your super special cookie!

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We have created a Pin Board just for our fabulous party goers! The board will be a place for you to pin your submissions to after you link up with the party. Please pin only the submissions that you have linked to the current weekly party. Remember, you can link up to three posts each week.

If you would like to be a member of this group board, please follow your Snickerdoodle Sunday hosts on Pinterest:

                                    2 Crochet Hooks

                                    Sadie Seasongoods

                                    Across the Blvd

                                    Creative Crochet Workshop

                                    Sew Travel Inspired

After you’ve followed the hosts, please send an invitation request to be added to the group board to acrosstheblvd@gmail.com. Please include your Pinterest name and blog name in your request.

We think this is an awesome way for you to gain more exposure for your linkups. It would also so great if you repinned a few of the other pins that interest you. We hope that you will all join in! 

On to the party!!!

Just a few Rules

**Please DO NOT link and run…Yes we mean YOU….please visit, comment and pin on a few of the blogs that are sharing here today. Visit at least as many posts as you linked up! This is a great way to get people to visit you and everyone’s blogs will benefit!

  • Remember to Follow Your hostesses 2 Crochet HooksNifty Thrifty FamilyMeatloaf and MelodramaSadie Seasongoods and Balm To My Soul
  • Take a second to comment below – it’s the nice thing to do!
  • Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  • Linkback on your post ( optional, but always appreciated)
  • No adult content blogs, Family Friendly posts – old or new
  • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
  • No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! Reviews w/affiliate links are ok! 
  • Yes you can link giveaways & link parties (add them to our Party page!)
  • Share the hop via your social media pretty please!
  • Adding your link to this blog hop gives the hostesses permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Snickerdoodle Sunday. All features will be pinned to our Pinterest boards and will be linked back to the original source.


Ripple Shrug Free Crochet Pattern

August 1, 2015By 0 Comments

Hello our lovely yarnies!!
Today we are over at Oombawka Design Crochet blog sharing our Ripple Shrug free crochet pattern.

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Kristina designed this easy to make shrug due to a drafty work environment. Make a few so you can have one for each day of the week!
Rhondda has the pattern so stopped by her blog and tell her we sent you :)

Thanks for hooking with us,

Kristina and Millie

 

We are trying to get back into the party groove! If we can, here is where we party: Sun:   Clever Chicks / Mix it up Monday / Share the Wealth Sunday / Submarine Sunday / Stitch it, Blog it, Share it Mon:  Craftastic Monday / Bloggers Brag Pin Party  / Yarn Fanatic Party Tues:  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday /  Inspire Me Teach Me Tuesday /  Pin-spiration Link Party /  Party in your PJs / Wicked Awesome Wed.  / Creative Muster / 2 for Tuesday /Treasure Box Tuesday / Tips & Tricks Wed:   Link & Share Wed. / Wow Us Wednesday / Hookin’ on Hump Day / Pin Worthy Wed. / Wake Up Wed. Thurs: Share Your Cup Thursday  / Treasure Hunt Thurs  / Momma Told Me / Our Simple Homestead Fri:  Show and Tell Friday/  The Pin Junkie /  Pretty Pintastic / Pin Me linky / Home Matters / Anything Goes / Awesome Life Friday/Funtastic Friday Freedom Friday / What to do Weekend Sat:  Craft Along / Creative Friday / Family free for All

July Craft Challenge Features

July 31, 2015By 0 Comments

Hello everyone!! Millie here and welcome back to The Creative Craft Challenge Link Party! 

This party is all about being crafty while upcycling!

If you joined us last week you may have noticed that I said it was the last week for July’s challenge – Something from Nature……well, anyone that can read a calendar knows last Friday was NOT the last Friday in July. Obviously I cannot read a calendar…….So since I posted it was the last week I decided to follow through and do my July features this week anyway! woot! :) 

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Evenings with Etsy # 5 – Crochet Lacy Overskirt

July 29, 2015By 0 Comments

Hi all! Kristina here! I wanted to present the perfect matching outfit for summer! 

First up is our pattern for an over-skirt done in a lacy lattice stitch. This is a nice fashion accessory for anyone who wears skirts. The pattern is for ankle length snug fitting skirt, but with slight adjustments this over-skirt can fit any skirt from mini to floor length and can be loosened to fit a fuller skirt.

 

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Black and White Rectangle Granny

July 27, 2015By 2 Comments

Hey All!
Millie here with another pattern review. Well, it’s not really a review of a pattern but a review of a way to start a rectangle granny square. A few years ago a coworker asked for a dozen different afghans to give out to her nieces at Christmas. She wanted each afghan a different color and style to match her nieces. I loaned her my 101 Granny Squares pattern book and she picked out the squares and colors she wanted and I got to work. Took awhile but I finally finished the afghans (really lapghans as they were 3×4) and I thought thank goodness that’s over! Then I received a text message – Do you still crochet? The same coworker and she needed 2 more! One in purple, one in black and white. I decided to do one as a rectangle but what’s the best way to start one for an afghan?

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Snickerdoodle Sunday Link Party # 91

July 25, 2015By 7 Comments

Hey there and  welcome to Snickerdoodle Sunday and we are so happy that you made it! Did you guys see the awesome Spool Knitting Tutorial by Purfylle on Monday? If you missed it check it out here. Do you have any fun tutorials to share? I love learning new things, link up below if you do! 

If you are new to the party and would like a cookie, here’s one for you!  

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