Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Market Your Biz and Giveaways #64

Welcome to Market Your Biz and Giveaways, my dear 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

Our featured biz today is Imprintalish, a creative mix of photography, fashion and graphic design.

This 8 x 10 photograph of Macro Flower-Tulip is so lovely and ready for framing.

This pair of Cobalt Blue & Goldtone Earrings is totally eye-catching and unique...a fashionable conversation piece for your ears.


Our Party

Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business on the first link provided, 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 on the second link provided 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 :)





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, August 26, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #74

Hello, friends! Welcome to another week of creativity :) Thanks for coming

I'll be busy today hosting Princess Two's birthday party. She's turning 5 and what a blessed ride it is! This is the birthday invitation I sent out to our relatives for her party today. Not perfect but good enough to convey warmth and excitement of the occasion.


There's no burning question for you today as I have to prepare a gazillion of things prior to her party. Til next week again, my dear friends.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is new camera {old tray} by Karah from The Space In Between. She is excited to use her new camera and used her revamped tray using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as a backdrop as she took this picture.


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!





Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Market Your Biz and Giveaways #63

Welcome to Market Your Biz and Giveaways, my dear 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

Our featured biz today is Mary's Basics, a small family owned and operated business located in sunny South Florida. Their motto is Simple. Pure. Natural..

Mary's Organic Soap is handmade to order and comes in a variety of "flavors." Choose from Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Green Tea or Plain Jane. 3 ounces each.
Their lip balms have the perfect consistency - not lumpy or sticky and they are packed with moisturizing ingredients like Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E. All of their Lip Balms are 100% Vegan. They use the natural preservatives of non-GMO Vitamin E to prevent the oxidation process.

Above is their Cocoa Delight Lip Balm -V for luscious, healthy lips with a hint of chocolate.

Our Party

Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business on the first link provided, 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 on the second link provided 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 :)





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, August 19, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #73

So glad you came here, dear friends! Thanks for joining this week's edition of Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Miracle of all miracles! The two most recent goldfishes that Princess One and Princess Two won during the Orange County (OC) Fair are still alive! They brought home one when the Fair started but it only survived for 5 short days. These 2 have survived for 10 days, and hopefully more.

You might wonder why this seems to be an important event for me. Let me explain why. I love pets and I grew up sleeping with cats and playing with dogs. Then I married my husband who is totally allergic to anything furry, and now I have a daughter (Princess One) who is absolutely scared of anything furry. So I became a petless animal lover. As a compromise, we settled for goldfish. It's not furry, and doesn't need potty-training, but it's lifespan is way too short, which breaks my heart whenever it dies. We stopped having a pet fish for a few years until OC Fair kicked in. I was intent on not having one for the rest of our lives but seeing how the girls take care of the fishes, making sure that they're not overfed and that they live in clean water, my opinion is starting to change. Perhaps, having pets will teach the girls to be more responsible, more compassionate, more caring - I don't know. What I do know right now is to live in the moment and enjoy the pet fishes while they last, just like how I enjoy and savor the presence of my daughters who, in their own due time will spread their wings and leave our nest.

How about you, do you have pets? Why or why not?

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is From Frumpy to Fabulous Chair Makeover by Darci from Harlow's Exclusive. She turned an originally ugly chair into this adorable chair.


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!





Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Market Your Biz and Giveaways #62

Welcome to Market Your Biz and Giveaways, my dear 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

Our featured biz today is The Old Mason Jar, a sort of "Rustic - Scandinavian - Tomboy" style shop.

These Rustic Maple Tealight Trio just bring the outdoors inside when you can't be outside. These rustic and rugged candle holders were made from part of a maple that fell a couple weeks ago during a storm. Their raw appearance adds to their outdoorsy appeal. All have a nice weight and color to them, with hardly any cracking or spalting.


This original, one of a kind LOVE shelf is both rustic and modern. It's simplicity makes it such a versatile and stylish piece. For hanging, there are several keyhole brackets in the back allowing it to hang flush with the wall. I simply hung it on two nails for the picture. It does stand on it's own, however it needs just a little weight on the top of the E to do so. It looks amazing on the wall, and the V would be a nice spot for a bottle of anniversary wine to sit, wouldn't you say?


Our Party

Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business on the first link provided, 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 on the second link provided 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 :)





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, August 12, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #72

Happy Sunday, welcome to our party! Thank you for playing along each week.

We are a crocheting family and this picture is a proof of that.

(This crocheted Two Dancing Ladies is my entry to the Fair and it won 1st Place.)

Today is the Orange County Fair's last day and it has been an honor to join the exhibits yearly and win something. Princess One also wanted to join and win something (no guarantee) just like my mother and me. When she was still a baby, I wondered when she will have an interest in crocheting, too. The time has come to pass on the family skill when Princess One and I had a crocheting tutorial last night. She struggled with the first loop in making a chain but I kept encouraging her to practice and practice. It paid off to the point where she can comfortably do single crochet. I just have to tell her the pattern of inserting the hook in a chain, hook the yarn to make a second loop, then close the 2 loops. You can't find this instruction in any crocheting book but it worked with Princess One and she feels accomplished. Her goal is to make a girly purse as an entry for next year's Fair.

How about you? Any family skill you inherited that you want your young ones to learn?

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Black and White Horizontal Striped Curtains {made from tablecloths} by Jamie from The Creative Imperative. Can you believe that these $6 drapes are tablecloths from Walmart?


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:
Any family skill you inherited that you want your young ones to learn? It can be a family-treasured recipe, or knitting, or anything.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Market Your Biz and Giveaways #61 + Flexi-Clip Review

Welcome to Market Your Biz and Giveaways, my dear 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!

Featured Biz

Our featured biz today is Lilla Rose - Bobbi Gustason. Bobbi is a consultant for Lilla Rose, an online store that offers many wonderful products, especially the Flexi Clips - the clips that allow you to wear your hair up, and the clips that don't give you a headache like the plastic claws.


There are many ways to use this clip - to hold a bun, or


as a regular clip, just like what Princess One did. My daughter is really enjoying this unique, comfortable, strong clip.



It was a pleasant experience to order the Flexi from Bobbi. She told me that the Flexis come in 7 sizes and it depends on the hair type & what hair style a user would have. She wanted the Flexi to work well for my daughter so she asked me to choose the size using this video as a guide.

Lilla Rose is offering free shipping this month for party orders over $20.00. You could also do an online party with your friends and/or your readers so that you can earn some free products. Check out Bobbi's website here and her facebook page for more details.

Our Party

Just link up your etsy and/or family-friendly business on the first link provided, 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 on the second link provided 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 :)





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, August 5, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #71

Happy Sunday, my dear friends and welcome to our party! Thank you all who take the time to leave meaningful comments here. Please know that I read all of them and would have responded to each of you have I an extra time. You see, I'm in "more time with family" mode, knowing that this time will soon pass and my girls will be grown ups before I know it so I am really taking the time to get to know them better by following their leads as they share their interests.

Take for example last Thursday. Princess One and I attended a concert of Victoria Justice at the Pacific Amphitheater. (As a little background, I mentioned how totally starstruck she is with this actress and singer from the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and Victorious in this post. I have a thousand reasons why we shouldn't go, like it's going to be an added expense, that it's too crowded, that it's going to end late and I have to go to work early next day, etc. But I'm so glad I did because no amount of money, nor amount of sleep, can match that priceless experience I had with her.

To be surrounded with adoring tweens screaming their heads off, glowsticks abundantly being waved up in the air, a daughter that sang along with Victoria, WOW! What made it more WOW! was the portion when Victoria asked the audience, "Do you have a special person in your life that inspires you and believes in you?" and Princess One pointed at me unabashedly in front of my friends. I never paid attention to the lyrics of the song but while Princess One was singing along with Victoria, the following lines melted my heart:

You might be crazy
Have I told you lately
That I love you,
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly

And it's crazy
That someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason, why!

After Victoria sang the song, she urged all the girls to give their moms a hug and Princess One dutifully did so. At that instant, my friends, I had a flashback of the feelings I had when I witnessed Princess One's first smile, when finally I felt her hugs tightened around my neck when I was carrying her as an infant, and many other special milestones in her life - the feeling of awe, being accomplished, and that "Awwww" moment - and I felt exactly the same when she hugged me right then and there. The epiphany I got was, "I'm still my daughter's first love!" That's the best payback I got as a parent so far.

How about you? Any special moment with your child that you want to share?

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is White Buffets by Mindy from Pretty in Paint. She has a serious love affair with old vintage or antique buffets...and she dreams about them! This buffet which she painted with CeCe Caldwell Vintage White turned out awesome, don't you think?


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:
Can you share one special moment with your child that took place recently?

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