Sunday, May 27, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #61

Happy Memorial weekend to everyone! As we gather together and barbecue foods in celebration of this holiday, may we always remember those who have served and are currently serving in our military services. Freedom is never cheap and these honorable men and women deserve to be recognized for their patriotic efforts of keeping us safe.

I felt sad last week because my two favorite shows - Dancing with the Stars and American Idol - ended their season. I love watching these shows because they don't require analysis. After a hectic day at work, I wanted something mindless and pure entertainment, and these shows deliver on these two criteria. I had a late night meeting last May 14th and as a result, I rushed home so I can watch and vote for William Levy on Dancing with the Stars. To my dismay, all I heard was "Voting is closed." Good thing William got into the finals so I got the chance to vote for him again last Monday. Too bad he didn't win but just showing support to the star that I wanted to get the mirror ball trophy was all that matters. Then with American Idol, it's difficult choosing between Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips but I believe in empowering women and in Jessica's talent so I voted for her online (my calls can't get through). My officemates can't believe that I can be this involved in shows where the main casts don't even know my existence. I guess I just got caught up with the "reality show" culture and it's a diversion that releases pent up stress. How about you? Do you also vote in these kind of shows? So You Think You Can Dance has started this week. Pretty soon, I'll get my voting fix again :)

Blog Tip
Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to get you Started with Photographing Children will surely add more pizzazz in the way you take pictures of your kids. These tips came in handy when took pictures of children yesterday during a birthday party where Princess Two was invited.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Natural (& Cheap) Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Amy from A Blossoming Life. Very earth-friendly and a non-toxic way of cleaning that gross toilet bowl!

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, either via Google Friend Connect or Linky Followers, 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.

Now, let's party like no other!

Burning question: Did you watch Dancing with the Stars or American Idol? If yes, did you also vote?


  1. Hi SJ! Thanks for hosting!
    I don't watch those particular shows but I agree with you on watching something mindless to unwind. Hope you find a new show to watch!

  2. Thanks so much for having me today. Hope you have a great week!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  3. I only glance at these shows occasionally. I too love my mindless entertainment though. I'm more of a movie buff. Going to see "The Avengers" a second time. Thanks for hosting.

  4. I think Philip Phillips is the dumbest name ever. LOL
    I linked! Thanks for hosting!

  5. Beautiful post and nice write up!
    Thanks again for hosting this lovely party.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  6. Thanks for hosting SJ. My DIY is a tutorial for picmonkey collages. Fun.

  7. Came across your it! Following and looking forward to seeing all the party link ups.

  8. All linked up and ready to hop! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Thanks for this link up op. I've been an RSS feed follower for a couple of weeks now. Like your blog. Have a great day!

  10. Yes, I watch both of those it will be SYTYCD, although I like DWTS better. I just came to your blog for the first time today and love it. Going to linky follow you and of course, Pinterest. Thanks for hosting the link party!

  11. Love your blog and thanks for hosting this awesome Link party. I love looking and joining new blogs to read and learn from. Now following you as well.


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