Sunday, December 18, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 12.18.11

My goodness! It's just a week before Christmas. Have you completed your shopping yet? I still have a few on my list that needed more visits at the mall. In some way or another, I'll definitely finish up on the 24th :)

For those of you who are keeping in tuned to my Blogging For Dollars Series, just like everybody else, it will also take a holiday break and will resume in 2012.

Blog Tip
Are you looking for online software trainings that really work? Available 24/7? I just found this cool site called and I've learned so much from its free videos, particularly the ones related to Photoshop Elements. You might also learn a tip or two that you'll find useful in your blogging career.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is The Homeless Finch's Metallic Ornament Wreath. I enjoyed the tutorial but best of all, how these inexpensive materials, when combined together, can result to something that looks classy and expensive, just like this wreath.

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me will be very much appreciated, and I definitely follow back. Just let me know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :) It will help you remember to come back and link up to the the happiest blog party on the block (ahem!). It will also help others find their way to the party which we all love because the more the merrier :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

Friends, go ahead and get to know each :) One followed blogger is one gained friend. And please, don't forget to join my Market Your Biz and Giveaways blog party every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST. It's your chance for free promotion of your family-friendly business and giveaways.

Burning question: Secret Santa - in or out?

It's so IN in my family and at work. Just a little fun thing to do to break the monotony of gift-giving. What about you?


  1. Haven't played Secret Santa in years but I love the mystery! :) Happy hols to you and your family!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. I love Secret Santas! :) Thanks for hosting - it's been awhile since I linked up, it's a pleasure to join in again!!!


  3. I haven't played Secret Santa for a long time either. I think I enjoyed it the most back in college. We had to be super creative because we were all poor college students. :)

  4. We have Secret Pals at church, and while I love it, it truly drives me crazy trying to figure out, all year, who mine is! However, thanks for hostessing the party, at least I know who you are :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  5. Haven't done the secret santa thing in a long time. Thanks for hosting. Merry Christmas.

  6. Aww loved Secret Santa when I used to work.. fun fun! Thanks for hosting.. I'm all linked up!

    Happy Holidays from ME to YOU! ;)


  7. Wow! I don't think I have ever had such an amazing feature!!! Thanks SJ!!! Happy Dance here. :)

  8. Thanks for letting me join in the fun! Lou

  9. Hi SJ,
    Merry Christmas!!! I think the Secret Santa idea is super-cute!!!
    P.S. I have huge news--my 3 books became bestsellers on Amazon!!!

  10. Thanks so much for the Linky Party!

  11. Thank you so much for hosting the party! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  12. I had a couple to link! Thanks for hosting! :)

  13. Good morning!
    I’ve included your site on a page I’ve put together devoted to hops, challenges, and memes for every day of the week! The link to that page is under my header.

  14. Hello, thanks for the opportunity to add my post.


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