Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Market Your Biz & Giveaways Blog Party #25

Happy Business Tuesday to all of you, my friends! Come on in and link up your family-friendly online businesses and giveaways. It has been long said that businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. Not only that, businesses really fuel the economy. This blog party, solely dedicated to promoting businesses and giveaways, is my way of giving back to the community so welcome to Market Your Biz & Giveaways!

Gina (who, by the way, already guest posted in my Blogging for Dollars Series) from the Shabby Creek Cottage said it best, "You may not get a sale directly from that site every single day – but you are building brand recognition. Pepsi does not advertise so that you stop what you’re doing and go directly to buy a drink – but when you do need to quench your thirst and you are shopping for a drink, Pepsi is going to be recognizable to you. Bottom line, you need to build your brand!" This blog party helps you accomplish build your brand.

Business owners, we wanna see your products. Giveaways are good because they create a buzz about your business. Giveaway hosts, we wanna join! Readers, here's your chance to win fabulous freebies. So come on in and participate in this virtual marketplace.

Featured Biz

Veronica is the owner of Nikycole Etsy Shop. Are you looking for magnetic tie-backs, hair accessories, or bookmarks? Then head on to her shop. How about some clothespins or wine glass charms? It's your fantastic day because she sells them, too.

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In case you're wondering, here are two of my favorite items in her lovely Etsy store.

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Our Party

NO RULES! Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business, browse other businesses before you and after you. It's a great way to network with other business owners. For the giveaways, same thing. Just link up your giveaways and join the other giveaways that catch your eye. If you have a creative post and you want to increase your followers, the appropriate blog party for that is called Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Link opens every Tuesday, 5:00 pm, PST and ends Saturday, 11:59 pm.

Here's the party button. Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated! For one, it will help you to remember to come back here next week. Secondly, we want to spread the word about businesses and giveaways so many can join in. Mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook will also make you totally awesome :)




MYBG Inspiring Comments

"Thanks for hosting. Linkys for biz and giveaways are far and few; your linky has helped me reach to people saying that Adithis Amma Sews has launched Custom Made Kids Clothing and 2 Skirts are already on sale!"
Creative Mama

"Thank you so much for hosting. I've made a recent sale and believe it is from your blog party! Thanks again!"
Elisabeth Davis

"Thank you for hosting this every week. I have noticed that I do generate a lot of hits from your site and I really appreciate a place that I can find other etsy shops that I might not have seen otherwise. So thank you again."
Kate

"I cannot tell you how much I agree with everything Gina said!! So true to the word!
Also, a huge thank you to you for hosting. Ever since I started marketing my shop here I have had several sales and I believe that they came redirected from your blog! Thank you again and God bless!!"
Maya

"Thanks for hosting! Decent linky parties for giveaways and businesses don't seem to exist! So I appreciate this."
Kahli
Friends, network, buy if you must, join the giveaways, and have fun!

PS: I'm not a blog police but in the name of order and organization, you'll be my bloggy BFF if you link up in the appropriate links :D Please note that there are two links. Here's the link for your businesses. There's a second link below specifically for giveaways so how about linking up your giveaways in there? Besides, it's easier to find and join your giveaways if they're in the appropriate link. If you accidentally linked up in the wrong spot, don't fret. Just click the red x before your link to delete it, then link up in the correct spot.

Link Up Your Family-friendly Businesses Here





Link Up Your Giveaways Here
To bring maximum exposure for your giveaways, I'm collaborating with Brynn from MommyDigger so please feel free to link up your giveaways, too, in her party every Wednesday.






Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ugly Painting Frame Turned Cute Pictures Holder

Here's my inexpensive pictures holder at the office. I thought of personalizing my office space by displaying meaningful pictures in my professional career.

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When I moved to my new office, there were items destined to go to the trash (or the warehouse for surplus) but I didn't have the heart to let go of this chunky frame.

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I already have these little clothespins as a souvenir from the Socal Social event I attended last October 8th so I thought these will be perfect to hold pictures.

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We have a few leftover yarns from tons of crocheting projects my mother and I undertook so this is another great material for my project.

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This glue is very handy and useful for this endeavor.

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This tape is useful to hold things together, especially when gluing the yarn to the frame.

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Now it's time to prep the frame on top of the tarp.

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I primed it.

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After letting the primer dry for a few hours, I spray-painted it with Rustoleum Metallic.

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When everything has been said and done, I applied a coat of polyurethane.

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See how useful that painter's tape is? After glueing the yarn onto the sides of the frame, I used the painter's tape to hold them til they are dry.

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Waiting, waiting, and waiting for the yarns to dry. When they were totally glued, I took off the tape.

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I brought some pictures, along with this frame, to the office.

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Now, it's bringing some inspiration to my working area.

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I can now easily replace the pictures or rotate them, just because.

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This is now the focal point of the previous sparsely-decorated area. I'm loving it.

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I hang out here:
The DIY Showoff, Metamorphosis Monday~House in Roses ~ Southern Hospitality ~ Round Tuit ~ Crafts Keep Me Sane ~ The Girl Creative ~  C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle  ~ Skip To My Lou ~ Boogieboard Cottage ~ Making The World Cuter  ~ Sumo's Sweet Stuff ~Chef-n-Training {T}~ The Lettered Cottage ~ Coastal Charm ~  Today's Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~ Ladybug Blessings ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Playful Decor ~My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Homework ~ Crayon Freckles {W}Type A ~ Southern Lovely Savvy Southern Style ~ Ginger Snap Crafts ~Sew Much Ado ~ Lil' Luna ~ Fabric Bows and More ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Creations By Kara ~ Someday Crafts ~Seven Thirty Three  {T} Somewhat Simple, Beyond The Picket Fence, No Minimalist Here, The Shabby Chic Cottage ~Brambleberry Cottage ~ Kreative Korner ~Fireflies and Jellybeans ~Brandy's Crafts ~Frugalicious ~ House of Hepworths ~Fancy Friday ~  Saved By Love Creations ~ {F}At The Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~Simply Designing  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home   ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl ~A Little Knick Knack ~Miss Mustard Seed ~ Whipperberry ~ 504 Main ~  French Country Cottage, Shabby Nest,  Finding Fabulous  ~ Potpourri Friday ~ Remodelaholic, {S} Amanda at Serenity Now, Designer Garden, Be Different...Act Normal ~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~ Nifty Thrifty Sunday ~ Quilted Euphoria ~I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Flamingo Toes

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 11.27.11

I love this time of the year, don't you? Weather is cooler, lots of shopping deals, and the mood is festive as people gear up for Christmas.

Last week's party hit 302 link ups - YAY! Thank you so much for being here faithfully and making it a fun blog party, my friends. You are the reason why our weekly gathering is such a big hit! THANK YOU!

I finally got to start posting in my other blog named Creative DIYers Club. When you get the chance, come and check the very first post I shared which is about the Nails + Strings = BON APPETIT statement written by Jen from JK JK.

Blog Tip
Here's a tutorial on how to how to view post images in a slideshow.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Mom On Timeout's Two Easy Ways To Remove Jar Labels post. Such a useful tip for all of us who want to re-use them!



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: Did you snag some Black Friday specials?

Yes, I did. I was so jubilant to get my new Samsung Galaxy Tab :) I was out there in line among many others in front of K-Mart before 5 am last Friday. I tell you, it's so worth it because I got it for just the tenth of it's actual price. How about you?


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Not By Bread Alone + $150 FB Landing Page Giveaway Winner

Happy weekend, my friends! Did you snag great Black Friday deals just like me? Hope so. For the first time in my adult life, I fell in line before 5:00 am yesterday at K-Mart, simply because the Samsung Galaxy Tab was selling for the 10th of its original retail price! Don't get me wrong, I'm really coveting that iPad 2 that everybody is raving about, but my little ol' blog can't afford it yet. So I settled for the comparable toy and so far, in terms of speed and everything I need, this machine delivers! Now, I can blog on the go - woohoo!

We always gear up for Christmas just right after Thanksgiving so I thought before we get so much caught up with the materialism that prevails during the season, it's fitting to share this thoughtful article about Not By Bread Alone.



Man does not live by bread alone, but by beauty and harmony, truth and goodness, work and recreation, affection and friendship, aspiration and worship.

Not by bread alone, but by the splendor of the firmament at night, the glory of the heavens at dawn, the blending of colors at sunset, the loveliness of magnolia trees, the magnificence of mountains.

Not by bread alone, but by the majesty of ocean breakers, the shimmer of moonlight on a calm lake, the flashing silver of a mountain torrent, the exquisite patterns of snow crystals, the creations of artists.

Not by bread alone, but by the sweet song of a mockingbird, the rustle of the wind in the trees, the magic of a violin, the sublimity of a softly lighted cathedral.

Not by bread alone, but by the fragrance of roses, the scent of orange blossoms, the smell of new-mown hay, the clasp of a friend's hand, the tenderness of a mother's kiss.

Not by bread alone, but by the lyrics of poets, the wisdom of sages, the holiness of saints, the biographies of great souls.

Not by bread alone, but by comradeship and high adventure, seeking and finding, serving and sharing, loving and being loved.

Man does not live by bread alone, but by being faithful in prayer, responding to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, finding and doing the loving will of God now and eternally. -The University Presbyterian

Before I end this post, let me announce that the winner of Aimee's Facebook landing page giveaway is Debra. Congratulations!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Blogging For Dollars Series - Guest Post by Cassity from Remodelaholic

My guest blogger today is well-known in the DIY community as a Remodelaholic. Actually, her blog is one of those that totally inspired me to create my own and venture in the DIY/crafting niche. Her blog button is in almost every blogger's sidebar, simply because we love reading remodeling/how-to's posts. Her post today has meaty contents which I'm sure you'll find useful. Friends, please welcome Cassity!


Thanks SJ for inviting me, I hope that this helps y'all figure this whole blogging thing out. It has taken me a few years, and I am learning new things everyday still... and just remember everyone's experience is different so take the advice that feels right for you!

1) Can you share how you started earning income from your blog?

Of course I started with Google AdSense, and watched as the pennies added up... I didn't actually get a payout for about 10 months...

Next, I noticed on bigger blogs the sponsors section. So, I added that "your ad here" button. But, this is a lot of work with invoicing and such. It has not been a very steady source of income for me. I mostly think it is because I offer a free adverting party to Etsy type shops on Saturdays, but I feel happy about the opportunity I am giving to shop owners... so that is okay with me.

Where I finally began to earn money was with Juice Box Jungle (which is no longer around). I noticed it, on a bigger blog, and contacted the marketing company. They let me fill out a form and join. And let me tell you, it was THRILLING, to see my first paycheck... (mind you this is after working more than full time for over a year) And the paycheck was hardly part time pay, but nonetheless, it sparked a fire.

I have been contacted by the other marketing companies I work with now. I am trying to figure this all out, but I can say, while it is a ton of work, it really is a huge blessing.

2) Can you give advice on how bloggers can attract advertisers without turning off readers at the same time?

Well, I am not totally sure, but I just try to be honest. I have had complaints about ads in the past, but if they email me, then I just explain honestly how many hours I put into the blog, and that I have to make it worth my time, or I can't continue blogging.

I also try to make sure that the ads that show up are not offensive and I try to block ads that are not in the proper genre.

The other option is possibly contacting shops or companies that you really love - those that fit your style and add to the overall feel of your blog, and try to work with them. Then, they are not just a distraction, but a way to purchase the style ideas that they see on your blog.

3) Can you tip bloggers on how to balance family life and blogging?

As the blog has gotten bigger, I have had to get help - pure and simple, I just can't do it all alone! So really, I could use a few of these tips myself. But this is what I do:

I try to wake up before the babies are up and answer all the emails.

When the girls get up, we have a leisurely breakfast. We take our time, talk and read the scriptures a bit.

I have a babysitter here at my house 3 sometimes 4 days a week for about 3 hours. She brings her daughter and the girls get a little play date, and I can feed the baby as she needs it. I work feverishly the whole time. When my babysitter leaves, we eat a light lunch/snack and then the girls go down for their naps. I work through their naps...

When they wake up, it is time to just be a mom. Which means 87 thousand little things. Snacks, dinner making, laundry, reading books... building forts, trying to clean... not usually succeeding.

Daddy gets home, he usually takes the girls outside to play while I finish up dinner.

We eat and play for an hour or so, then baths, jammies and bedtime.

Followed up by I work again with my husband helping at this point..... until bed.

I usually go easy on Friday afternoons and Saturdays if possible. On Sundays I take a day off completely. This is sometimes hard, and occasionally I will sneak a look at my email, but I really try to avoid the computer completely. It is really nice, and totally needed for my sanity!

MOSTLY, I have found that I have to make myself go and do the little things with my family. I cannot be casual about it, or we will miss the opportunity. We have a weekly scheduled play date. We have science museum passes, and need to renew our zoo pass. We try to go every first Saturday. We do as many things together as possible. We go on walks and throw rocks in the stream, while we are collecting things for random projects. That is what works for me.

Good luck everyone! I hope this helps!

Cassity, thank you so much for imparting great nuggets of wisdom!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

5 Ideas to Bring a French Provincial Touch to Your Bathroom

Have you already identified your design style? Are you leaning towards something curvy, classy, and elegant? Then French Provincial style might be right to your alley. Let's learn more from Chris how to add a French Provincial touch to your bathroom (or any room for that matter). Take it away, Chris!

If you are looking for a stylish and themed bathroom, a French style décor should be at the top of your list. Popular not only in Europe but around the world, French décor adds charm and élan to every part of your home. Bathroom décor may be the last thing on your mind when you go for a redecoration, but you can make your bathroom look beautiful and visually appealing.

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One of the best options is French provincial decoration. Inexpensive and splendid at the same time, French provincial decoration brings with it a touch of nostalgia from 17th and 18th century France. By going for a French provincial theme, you will be able to add some elegance to your bathroom and make an impression on the visitors. Here are 5 ideas to bring a French provincial touch to your bathroom.

Embroidered Towels
Embroidery is a big part of French provincial décor. The ladies at that time had precious little to do than sit at home and thinking of new designs and patterns. They did a lot of embroidery which came to define this decorating style. One way to bring a French provincial touch to your bathroom is by using embroidered towels. Here, you need to make sure that the towels you buy have embroidery in the distinct French style. You can also use embroidered fabric works around the bathroom such as rugs and mats.

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Artificial Tones
Using a faux tone is the best idea for a French provincial bathroom. A color theme, with faux accents, will work wonders. You can apply the tone in the drapery, wraps and even the drapery rod. The color you choose has to be related to the French provincial period, where colors from the French countryside are dominant. However, make sure you don’t make a faux pas while going for a faux tone in your bathroom.

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Colors
As mentioned above, the colors used in French provincial décor are influenced by the French countryside. You will find plenty of options, mostly related to the architecture and colors related to fields and small cottages. Among the commonly used colors are brick red, deep brown and sage green, while you will also find other options. Use any of these colors for the tiles or wall paint and lend your bathroom an authentic French provincial touch.

Cabinetry
Perhaps the most important ingredient of French provincial décor is an armoire. The cabinetry in your bathroom has to be in the style of armoire, with elegantly carved handles and hinges. These are the true reflection of French provincial décor and without them; you won’t be able to give a provincial touch to your bathroom.

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Mirrors
Mirrors were used to light the rooms during the period when the French provincial style took off. Hang large, ornate mirrors on the walls to reflect the light from wall to wall. Mirrors are also a great way of adding a French provincial touch to your bathroom.

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These are 5 ideas for adding French provincial touch to your bathroom. Happy decorating!

Chris has helped many people decorate their homes. Chris is a specialist in french furniture and a trained interior designer.

There you have it, my friends! 5 simple ideas to have the French Provincial look. Thanks, Chris, for this informative and inspiring post.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Market Your Biz & Giveaways #24

Happy Business Tuesday to all of you, my friends! Come on in and link up your family-friendly online businesses and giveaways. It has been long said that businesses are the lifeblood of the economy. Not only that, businesses really fuel the economy. This blog party, solely dedicated to promoting businesses and giveaways, is my way of giving back to the community so welcome to Market Your Biz & Giveaways!

Gina (who, by the way, already guest posted in my Blogging for Dollars Series) from the Shabby Creek Cottage said it best, "You may not get a sale directly from that site every single day – but you are building brand recognition. Pepsi does not advertise so that you stop what you’re doing and go directly to buy a drink – but when you do need to quench your thirst and you are shopping for a drink, Pepsi is going to be recognizable to you. Bottom line, you need to build your brand!" This blog party helps you accomplish build your brand.

Business owners, we wanna see your products. Giveaways are good because they create a buzz about your business. Giveaway hosts, we wanna join! Readers, here's your chance to win fabulous freebies. So come on in and participate in this virtual marketplace.

Featured Biz

Creative In Chicago is a web and graphic designer who made this pop art portrait of my youngest daughter. When I won her giveaway, all she asked was a high resolution photograph of the person I'd like to be "Pop-arted", the name and the color palette I was looking for (in this case, Christmas colors). With a little help from Photoshop, she was able to create these fantastic pictures. To all of you, Photoshop lovers, you can add this to your bag of tricks :)

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Our Party

NO RULES! Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business, browse other businesses before you and after you. It's a great way to network with other business owners. For the giveaways, same thing. Just link up your giveaways and join the other giveaways that catch your eye. If you have a creative post and you want to increase your followers, the appropriate blog party for that is called Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Link opens every Tuesday, 5:00 pm, PST and ends Saturday, 11:59 pm.

Here's the party button. Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated! For one, it will help you to remember to come back here next week. Secondly, we want to spread the word about businesses and giveaways so many can join in. Mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook will also make you totally awesome :)




MYBG Inspiring Comments

"Thanks for hosting. Linkys for biz and giveaways are far and few; your linky has helped me reach to people saying that Adithis Amma Sews has launched Custom Made Kids Clothing and 2 Skirts are already on sale!"
Creative Mama

"Thank you so much for hosting. I've made a recent sale and believe it is from your blog party! Thanks again!"
Elisabeth Davis

"Thank you for hosting this every week. I have noticed that I do generate a lot of hits from your site and I really appreciate a place that I can find other etsy shops that I might not have seen otherwise. So thank you again."
Kate

"I cannot tell you how much I agree with everything Gina said!! So true to the word!
Also, a huge thank you to you for hosting. Ever since I started marketing my shop here I have had several sales and I believe that they came redirected from your blog! Thank you again and God bless!!"
Maya

"Thanks for hosting! Decent linky parties for giveaways and businesses don't seem to exist! So I appreciate this."
Kahli
Friends, network, buy if you must, join the giveaways, and have fun!

PS: I'm not a blog police but in the name of order and organization, you'll be my bloggy BFF if you link up in the appropriate links :D Please note that there are two links. Here's the link for your businesses. There's a second link below specifically for giveaways so how about linking up your giveaways in there? Besides, it's easier to find and join your giveaways if they're in the appropriate link. If you accidentally linked up in the wrong spot, don't fret. Just click the red x before your link to delete it, then link up in the correct spot.

Link Up Your Family-friendly Businesses Here




Link Up Your Giveaways Here
To bring maximum exposure for your giveaways, I'm collaborating with Brynn from MommyDigger so please feel free to link up your giveaways, too, in her party every Wednesday.







Sunday, November 20, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 11.20.11

It's almost turkey time, my friends! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in advance :)

Ok, I've traded my paint-stained pants for business suits and the price to pay for that is slashed time in blogging. I've already been trying to figure out for many weeks how I can feature the excellent posts that I see during our blog party given the limited time I have. Making a feature post is next to impossible so to recognize your creativity, my friends, I decided to pin my favorites on Pinterest, post on my fb wall, tweet on Twitter and stumble on Stumble Upon. Using social networking sites is the happy medium I felt fair for you and doable for me. I love using Pinterest and how amazing it is that a great portion of my pageviews come from Pinterest simply by pinning your great projects. I'm becoming more active on FB and after experiencing the powerful way Stumble Upon brought traffic to my blog, you will see me actively participating there, too. So when you get the chance, come see me on the mentioned sites :)

Blog Tip
Have you experienced having your gfc followers disappearing or malfunctioning? Here's a tutorial on how to to fix your Google Friend Connect (GFC) Followers Box in Blogger brought to you by Five Days Five Ways.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Jessie's Felt Dress-Up Dolls. Such a great idea for our toddlers to keep them occupied.



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: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

We celebrate it with the whole clan. We gather together and share the things we are grateful for in our lives, of course, in between mouthfuls of turkey and other Filipino side dishes. How about you?


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