Monday, April 30, 2018

You’re The Star Blog Hop

I always find the news a little disturbing. Today I felt sad as I listened to a story about how individuals with mental illness are often being treated at emergency rooms. Emergency rooms are not designed to treat these illnesses. But because of lack of funding and lack of knowledge in our world they are being forced to deal with these individuals on a routine basis. And because they are designed to only treat and then send people on their way they are being forced to send people back out in the world that may really need a lot of help at the moment. There are no easy cures for problems like these, but I thought to myself don’t become mentally ill because you sure aren’t going to get any help. Does anyone have any stories about dealing with the emergency room and mental illness?

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WELCOME to the May 2018 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Brown Rice Artichoke And Salmon Salad



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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the May 2018 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the April 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)

French Country Lavender Pots by Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Beautiful French Country Lavender Pots DIY 



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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Reading Material

I’m a firm believer that you can learn a lot by just looking at the books that are on a person’s priorities in life. I was reminded of this when I saw these books lined up nice and neat on someone’s shelf. What do you suppose this person’s priorities in life are?


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Should I Be Looking In, Or Out, Of The Box?


Should I Be Looking In, or Out, of the Box?

by Helen Hollick






Anyone who thinks that writing a book, be it fiction or non-fiction, is as easy as pie has clearly never written an entire book right through to ‘the end’. Some of it is easy. Sometimes it seems easy, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of actually getting a book to that final publication stage the big question ‘why on earth am I doing this?’ can hang heavy in the mind.



Putting it simply, creating a novel (or a non-fiction book, but I’m sticking to novels for this article) is hard work. No, it isn’t merely sitting at a cosy desk tapping away at a keyboard, the words flowing freely from the mind, down through the arms and fingers and appearing ‘Hey Presto’ on the screen in front of you. Writing means getting a story written so that it is a readable, enjoyable, entertaining, gripping, page-turner of a read. Without any (or actually, all) of those your book will not get beyond being a tiny piece of plankton floating around in the vast ocean that is the literary world. Well, for all practical purposes as far as writers are concerned, the vast ocean that is Amazon. The on-line book store, not the river.



Apart from the actual writing there is the re-write, and the next re-write. Then several edits and probably a couple more re-writes. Then trying to find an agent, or giving up on that deciding to go self-published or ‘indie’. Which will include finding a good cover designer, and avoiding all the pitfalls that can drown an indie writer. Oh, and did I mention the importance of editing?


Eventually, hopefully, you will end up with a cracker of a novel which receives dozens of fantastic reviews and sells better than hot cakes. (Authors excel at day-dreaming.)



That all sounds do-able!’ Do I hear you say?

It is. That is what writing is all about, and there are professional editors, and critiquers, and designers, and publishers (traditional mainstream or assisted-self-publishing) out there, all eager to help you. (For a fee, of course.)

But there is a but. A big one.




To write a good novel you need an idea. A plot. You need the characters to people that plot, to think up who they are, what they do, why they do it and what happens to them while they are doing it. So you need a box. A story box in which to store all the ideas pouring into your mind. It can be a mind box, a little compartment in your brain where you stash your ideas. Or a spreadsheet, or a word.doc where you jot down your thoughts. It can be a big box or a little box, a wooden box, a cardboard box… a blue box, a red box… lots of ‘little boxes all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look the same’ (who remembers that song from 1962?)





And that thinking can be easy. Or it can be the, ‘Here I get stuck’ bit, especially if you want to write a series, like I am doing for my Sea Witch Voyages. So then, if you are stuck, you need to think outside of the box, don’t you?



The Sea Witch Voyages are nautical adventures for adults, with a touch of fantasy. Think the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Entertaining fun, with a drop-dead gorgeous pirate for a lead character. Mine is Captain Jesamiah Acorne, with Tiola, a white witch, as his girlfriend. Jesamiah is Jack Sparrow, Jack Aubrey, Horatio Hornblower, Indiana Jones, Richard Sharpe and James Bond all rolled into one.

My tagline is, ‘Trouble follows Jesamiah Acorne like a ship’s wake.’





Everything for writing the first novel, Sea Witch, came to me as if by magic. Plot, characters, situations – I wrote the first full draft in just under three months. I had no idea, at that point, that this was going to be the first of a series, but I had so much fun writing it, and I had totally fallen in love with Jesamiah, that I had to write another adventure about him. So Pirate Code followed which was harder to write because I found the prospect somewhat daunting – I needed to write a coherent, continuity-correct novel, and ensure that it was as exciting as the previous one. I think I managed it.


The third, Bring It Close was easier as it centred around that dastardly pirate, Blackbeard, so my basic plot was dictated by the events of history. Ripples In the Sand was the fourth, and the fifth, On the Account, introduced a new character for me to fall for, Maha'dun. As my Jesamiah says, ‘He is the most irritating, annoying, confusing, inconsistent, loyal, courageous idiot I know.’ We (Jesamiah and me, and hopefully, more than a few fans) love him because he is all those things.



Now I am working on the sixth, Gallows Wake. Well, I use the term ‘working on’ somewhat loosely. ‘Thinking about’ is probably more accurate. No spoilers, but Jesamiah will be in trouble again, this time with a few old enemies and the British Royal Navy. How Maha'dun appears in it you will have to wait to find out, after all, Jesamiah believes that he was shot dead at the end of On the Account...


But I am finding Gallows Wake a toughie to get started. I have a rough plan, a sort of nautical chart with the starting point marked on it along with the eventual destination and various places during the voyage to drop anchor, but that clichéd ‘think outside the box’ business is bugging me. ‘Thinking outside the box’ is often given as a tip to help struggling writers. It means to approach a plot, an idea, that next novel, in an innovative manner. To think of what is going to happen to your characters in a way you would not have thought of before. So it means ‘think of clichéd situations in a way that is no longer clichéd.’ Or so I am told.



And there’s the rub. I think up my rough idea, I ‘chat’ to Jesamiah as I write and the ideas just come. From where, I know not. I’m convinced that he whispers them to me. (I am not alone, most writers know for a fact that their characters exist as real people in an alternative dimension.) My problem is, Jesamiah has gone off and fallen asleep somewhere. Probably in or under a cardboard box.







When I am writing I don’t think inside the box, I don’t think outside of the box. Actually, I don’t know where the darn box is, or even whether I want a box.



As I am writing about a pirate, and I need him to stop messing about and get back here to start some work, what I really need is a bottle of rum to lure him in…



Now there’s a novelty – think outside the bottle








Helen Hollick lives on a thirteen-acre farm in Devon, England. Born in London, she wrote pony stories as a teenager, moved to science-fiction and fantasy, and then discovered historical fiction. Published for over twenty years with her Arthurian Trilogy, and the 1066 era she became a ‘USA Today’ bestseller with her novel about Queen Emma The Forever Queen (UK title A Hollow Crown.) She also writes the Sea Witch Voyages, pirate-based nautical adventures with a touch of fantasy. She has written non-fiction about pirates and smugglers in fact and fiction, due to be published in January 2019



Website: www.helenhollick.net
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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Sun And Your Plants

It’s spring and you’re putting together the plans for your garden. What will look good where, and of course which plants will be useful. As you put together your plans don’t forget the amount of sunshine plants need. It’s important to know the different types of light that are in your garden and which plants to place there.

Some plants require full sun. That’s at least six hours of sunlight preferably between the hours of 9am and 5pm. And some plants are even more picky they want morning sun which is direct sunlight between 9am and 3pm. Then shade after 3pm. This is particularly true in the south or if you have sandy soil.

Then there are the partial sun loving plants. They thrive with four hours of sun and four hours of shade. That can be tricky, but I have seen a few die hard gardeners who place umbrellas out in the afternoon to accommodate these plants. These plants also do well near trees that allow sunlight to filter through the branches and leaves.

Full shade plants don’t like any direct sunlight. These plants do well on the shady side of homes or under pine treess.

So keep these things in mind when you plan that garden.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Letter From The Dandelions

Dear Readers

We the dandelions of the nation are writing this letter to you because of the discrimination we are facing. There is an attempt to wipe us off of the planet. And this feels wrong to us. We simply wish to bring a little beauty to the areas we reside in. Today I have decided to share a little information about dandelions since knowledge is a way to reduce discrimination.

I like many individuals in this country am an immigrant. When people first left Europe to immigrate to the new world my ancestors were brought along purposely. Yes, I know it is hard for many of you to believe, but we were once valued. There was our beauty that was admire. But we were also put to use in meals. We dandelions are full of nutrients. A one cup serving contains only 25 calories. And that same cup contains 111% of the vitamin A that a body requires each day. We also contain vitamins b and c as well as magnesium. We are a great source of food. And the best thing is we’re free just go into your backyard and we are there.

Traditionally, we dandelions have assisted humans in treating digestive ailments. But sadly there is little scientific research that has been done on this. Perhaps, humans should put more energy into studies about our health benefits. Then there would be less use of the chemicals that are killing the dandelions.

I hope this letter has made you think about what exactly is growing in your yard. You never know it could be more helpful than you realize.

Respectfully

The Dandelions




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How Do You Use That Time?

Have you ever had times when you are forced into doing nothing? Times when you are forced to wait on something? Off the top of my head I can think of two places when this happens to me. One of them is at the laundromat. Part of the time you are busy, but most of the time you are just waiting. You are kind of forced into a period of motionlessnes. You have time to think. There’s nothing to do, but let your mind wander while you wait for the washer or dryer to finish. And then you are forced into action when the timers go off. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

You’re The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever had a time when you imagine the worst? I mean like your imagination goes wild. And pretty soon you have imagined the world's worst scenario? And then you feel stupid when everything works out just fine. That happened to me the other day. I knew deep down that everything was going to be okay, but I was just growing impatient. I wanted something right now! And I wasn't getting it! Or is it a lack of trust in individuals? Maybe a combo of both, but the point is I caused myself a lot of anxiety over nothing. And thank goodness it all worked out well. Hope everything is going well for all of you.



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WELCOME to the April "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
Dandelion Lemonade
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the April "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the March "You're the Star" blog hop)

Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake by Marilyns Treats
Baileys Irish Cream is now a cheesecake!




Why the Cat is not in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar by Of Mice and Ramen


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mistress Shakespeare

It’s not a new topic, but it is always an interesting one. Who was Shakespeare’s muse? This is the topic of Karen Harper’s historical novel, Mistress Shakespeare.

The Story

A young Will Shakespeare falls in love with Anne Whateley. The couple are betrothed,and a few days later he is forced to marry the pregnant Anne Hathaway. Of course his true love is heart broken, but she decides to build a life without Will. But she just can’t forget him. And when he moves to London their relationship is renewed. It shows the good and bad of their relationship that lasts a lifetime.

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed that was told from Anne’s perspective. I liked that there is a historical background for the story. There really are records that indicate that Will and Anne were betrothed. I liked how it points out the politics behind being an artist in that era. And it made me wonder if things are like that for some artists now. This book will be great for individuals who are fans of Shakespeare. And of course for those who are looking for a well written historical romance.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Captain’s Dream

Guest Blogger Captain the Cat

Over the course of my lifetime I have had several dreams. But at this point in time I have a new dream. I have heard humans refer to something called a bucket list, and this new dream is on my feline bucket list.

Over the years I have watched my pet human opening a large metal box in the kitchen. From this box humans pull many savory items. I have seen chicken and tuna emerge from what my pet refers to as a refrigerator.

I have decided that it is time for me to be able to obtain items from this magical metal container without the assistance of a human. I decided this the other day when I moved to look in this box when the door opened. My human tells me to move. I only wanted to see what was in there.

So I need to know how does a feline open this door. I need assistance from any felines who have accomplished this goal of digging through the refrigerator. Please help me with my dream.


Friday, April 20, 2018

That Purse

Have you ever had a striking reminder that one section of the population doesn’t know how the rest of the world lives. I had the opportunity to go to a vintage designer purse sale. It happens once a year at one of the local stores. I also want you all to keep in mind that I have been thinking of buying a newer vehicle. We’ll get back to that a little later.

I got to the store as I was instructed in the invite. I was second in line. I wanted the freebie that was promised for attending this sale. Other people were in line were as excited as I was. It was an adventure waiting to happen. 

The doors opened and we entered the store. The purses were displayed. There were Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Dior. All of the purses that have been on the pages of Vogue. All of them were sitting in front of us. We could touch these babies. We could see them in person without the aid of a photograph. They were beautiful. They were jumping off the display cases into the arms of individuals. The cashiers were busy scanning those credit cards. I was eating the free breakfast that was provided. And I saw the purse in the picture. It was calling my name. I picked it up. It was pricey. At the moment I saw the price I thought of the truck I mentioned earlier. I thought I could buy this little truck for less than the purse. I put the purse down, and I thought to myself do any of the individuals purchasing these purses must not have to make the decisions I do. I left the store and I thought to myself I really want the truck more than the purse. But today I am not getting either.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What Would The World Be Like?

Have you ever imagined what the world would be like if just one thing were different? I do it all the time. And last week I was wondering just what the world be like if the unicorns were running all the meetings in the world? Imagine how fun that could be huh?
I think this guy is planning his take over of the world!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Perfect Cut Flowers

Soon there will be loads of flowers in all of our gardens. And if you are like me,you will want to bring some of them into the house to brighten up a room. Here’s a few simple things you can do to create the perfect cut flowers.

Cut your flowers in the morning. It’s cooler and the flowers will be at their freshest.

Use a clean vase, and fill it with fresh cool water. If you want your arrangement to last longer change the water and snip the stems daily.

Before you arrange your flowers, recut the stems under water at an angle. If the stems are woody, make an additional vertical cut into the stems.

Remove the leaves from the stems. Make sure it’s only stems under water.

Keep the arrangement away from direct sunlight.

Enjoy those fresh cut flowers!

Monday, April 16, 2018

You’re The Star

Don't you just love it when your computer decides it needs to update? I don't know about you guys, but it always happens when I have the least amount of time to deal with it. I know it doesn't but I always feel like it takes forever to update. And then my schedule is thrown off for the afternoon. That happened today. And of course I was running late to begin with. But the updates are completed and I am able to share with you this minor rant.


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Welcome to week#3 of the April "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Just What I needed

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
April "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the March "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church of Petaluma by Adventures in Wesland

15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas by Magical Mama Blog

Magical Mama Blog: 15 Toddler Sandwich Ideas
More Sights in Calabria, Italy by Mille Fiori Favoriti





100 Kid-Approved Summer Activities by From Play Dates to Parties
No excuses for bored summer days! This list of 100 summer activities for kids covers every day of the week including sunny and rainy day activities.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

How The Cotton Industry Was Saved

Once upon a time all clothing was made from natural fabrics. Cotton, linen and silk were staples of a wardrobe. But there was a problem cotton fabrics wrinkled. And this caused everyone to have to do that beloved chore called ironing.

Then the 1930’s rolled around and in the years surrounding it there were some new inventions rayon, polyester, and nylon. These fabrics were miraculous! They didn’t require ironing. And clothing companies latched on to this. They marketed these fabrics. And by the 1970’s, the cotton textile industry felt the change. It’s sales were declining.

Now anyone who has worn some of those unnatural fabrics knows that there are a few down falls with these fabrics. The main one being they don’t breathe. In other words, you sweat a lot when you wear these fabrics. Cotton is just cooler in the summer.

But in 1969 a lady named Ruth Benerito developed an additive that smoothed the fibers of cotton. The result was the wash and wear cotton fabric. She saved the cotton industry, and her research led to developing flame resistant fabric.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

You Know It’s Spring When

There are always signs that a new season has arrived. Sometimes you notice the signs immediately. And some of them you realize after a few times that something occurs. Here are a few of the things I have noticed recently that made me realize spring has finally arrived.

The first thing I noticed this year was the annual blessing of the bikes. I’m not a biker, but I know you have a hard time riding in the winter. And every year someone blesses the bikes in the spring. I’ve never been to it but it does sound like fun.

I feel a need to stop by Menard’s on a regular basis. You know I have to pickup seeds for the garden, and of course see what flowers are available. I rarely go to the hardware stores in the winter.

I’ve also noticed that I’m arriving places five minutes sooner than I planned. Could it be that it takes less time to get places because I don’t have to put on a winter coat and search for my gloves?

And I can be out at seven o’clock at night and wonder why it’s still light out? Then I realize it’s spring and the days are getting longer.



Friday, April 13, 2018

Composting Do’s and Don’ts

Spring means getting out in that yard and cleaning it up. At least if you own a home, that’s what it means. And everyone with a garden knows that there is a lot of material for that compost pile, which is necessary if you want beautiful flowers and vegetables. Here are a few composting do’s and don’ts for the beginner gardener.

Do Get Started

Start composting in the spring for the best results. Make sure to mix nitrogen rich like green leaves and grass clippings with carbon rich items like bark and newspaper.

Don’t Be Wasteful

Make sure you send the waste from the vegetables and fruit you use in meals out to the compost pil.

Don’t Feed The Wildlife

Don’t put meat, fish or dairy products in your compost. It will attract scavengers. But coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells will feed your compost.

Do Tear

When you add newspapers and cardboard to your pile make sure you tear it into smaller pieces. It makes the decomposition process move along more smoothly.

Do Cover It Up

Covering your compost speeds up the process by keeping heat and moisture i. Don’t forget to use a fork or shovel to turn your compost to make it cook faster.

So what are you waiting for go start your compost pile.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Great Outfit Hunt

If you have read my earlier posts, you know that I love thrifting. I love a great deal, and I love finding the items at places where the items may be tossed out. Thrifting is kind of a hobby. But I decided to show all of you how I put together some of my fantastic outfits and decide what to look for when I go a thrifting. So the great outfit hunt will begin.

If I am wanting something pretty fashionable. I get a fashion magazine. And pick out an outfit like the one below.
I liked the outfit in this picture from Vogue. An outfit like this is well out of my price range I am sure. But with a little thrifting, and a lot of imagination, I may be able to come up with something that is pretty similar. And of course it will be much more in my budget. So I will show you the progress on this outfit as it goes along. Hopefully, it will be an outfit I can put together soon.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Counting Sheep

Have you ever been out shopping with a friend, and you stumble across something that just makes you both laugh. I mean real unexpected laughter. That's what happened the other day when I was at Rekindle with my friend. My friend looked down at started laughing, and said that is so cute. It was good to hear my friend laugh because she has had so many challenges recently. But here is what really what made us laugh.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Tiffany Monogram Jewelry Giveaway

Who doesn't love jewelry? I know I do! And Mother's Dady is coming soon so would it be cool to give your mom a necklace? Here's your chance. Follow the guidelines below and you could get a great gift for your mom!

Tiffany Monogram Jewelry Giveaway! 1 Winners ~ Winners Choice Of Letter! @kinkless #kinklesstravels








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You're The Star Blog Hop

I am so glad this week seems to be running a bit smoother. People have returned from vacation at work, and I have not had to work overtime so far. And I'm glad to say I have been spending some time in my yard working. How can there be so many leaves even though I fill up bag after bag of leaves. In the fall, I will not put off raking until the spring. The daffodils and tulips have popped up, and they will flower soon. And I made that first trip too the store to pick up items for the garden. Spring is wonderful isn't it?



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Welcome to the second week of the April blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
Five Reasons You Should Microfarm



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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the April "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
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(These features were chosen from the March "You're the Star" blog hop)

Crochet Easter Bunny Garland by Sew Historically
DIY Crochet Easter Bunny Garland - Free Pattern


Make Your Own Bunny by Chas' Crazy Creations

Repurposed CD Tower for Craft Paint Storage by Domestically Creative

Sometimes Simple Gifts Are the Best by Stone Cottage Adventures


If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:





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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



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