All Things Summer Link Party

Since it’s officially summer, some of my blogger friends and I decided we should get together and have a link party where other bloggers could link up their favorite summer projects and recipes.  And those without blogs will have the chance to peruse some great projects and recipes.  It’s a win-win for everyone, really.

Celebrating All Things Summer

With July 4th coming up on Thursday, I thought I’d share a few delicious and easy recipes– perfect for cookouts or eating alone in your house.

Strawberry Pie

strawberry pie

Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

soft chocolate chip cookies

Buttery Cream Cheese Bites

buttery cream cheese bites

Check out more mind blowing, delicious treats here.

Now it’s your turn to share (or browse)!

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Happy Valentine’s Day– Hey Girl Link Party Features

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last Thursday the Valentine’s Day Hey Girl Link Party went live.  And as of late Wednesday evening more than 165 people have linked up.  Which is beyond awesome.  We never expected so many people to get on the Hey Girl meme train.  Even Sherry (my BFF) from Young House Love got in on the fun.


Don’t feel sad and left out if you didn’t link up yet– we extended the party until Sunday.  So get your Hey Girl on.  Your husband/boyfriend/partner will love it.  Trust me.

Today Kelly at View Along the Way, Michelle at Decor and the Dog, Bliss at Bliss Ranch, Ashley at Domestic Imperfection, and I are featuring some of our favorites.

all sorts of ricciall sorts of Ricci

burlap and laceburlap & lace

maybe matildaMaybe Matilda

primitive and properPrimitive & Proper

wills casaWills Casa

planting sequoiasPlanting Sequoias

A big Ryan Gosling thanks to everyone who linked up!  This was such a fun party!

Did you link up?
Did you enjoy seeing all the memes as much as me?
Any big Valentine’s Day plans?

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Valentine’s Day Hey Girl Link Party

Woo hoo!  Let’s get this party started!

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Hopefully my husband is still on speaking terms after he sees this blog post.  Love you, honey.

hey girl brad 1

hey girl brad 2

Jack can’t read so it’s all good from his perspective.

hey girl jack

Now it’s your turn!   Let’s see your hey girl creations!  Don’t forget to stop by and check out the my co-hosts’ posts!  Kelly at View Along the Way, Michelle at Decor and the Dog, Bliss at Bliss Ranch and Ashley at Domestic Imperfection.

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Hey Girl Link Up Announcement

You probably live under a rock if you haven’t seen all the Ryan Gosling ‘Hey girl’ photos all over Pinterest and blogland.  Well, in honor of Valentine’s Day and the hey girl mania, some other bloggers and I have banned together to host a fun link party on Thursday, Feb. 7th.

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How it’ll work:  Select your favorite photos of your man and give them some hey girl flavor. It can be something he’s actually said, or something you dream of hearing him say.

Bloggers: Share your hey girl photos on your blog.

Non-bloggers: Create your hey girl photos.  Then upload them to Pinterest, Flickr, etc., and come back here to add them to the party.

All the single people:  This party is for you too!  Use a photo of your celeb crush, pet, candy bar, etc.

Co-hosts: I’m co-hosting with some amazing and hilarious bloggers. You can add your link to any of our pages on Feb. 7th and it’ll be hosted across all five of our sites.

Kelly at View Along the Way
Michelle at Decor and the Dog
Ashley at Domestic Imperfection
Bliss at Bliss Ranch

Need some inspiration?  Visit the Hey Girl Pinterest board to see examples.

The link party opens Thursday, Feb. 7 and closes Wednesday, Feb. 13.

I can’t wait to see you all your hey girl photos!


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Dare to Do-It-Yourself

Hi guys!  I’m excited to announce a fun holiday link-up party I’m co-hosting with some of my best blogger buddies.

 For the past 3 years Kim from Newly Woodwards has been hosting her Dare to DIY series during November and December, and this year she’s decided to expand it to include Rachel from Maybe Matilda, Michelle from Decor and the Dog, and yours truly.

The goals:
The point of the Dare to DIY parties is to motivate us to DIY projects through Thanksgiving and Christmas – and to do it together.  Another goal is to meet new blog friends!  I mean, whoever said that they have too many blog friends?

What to do:
Each Sunday evening, I will post the party link. Post about your take on the challenge and link it up to the party.  Then, try to visit at least one other blog and leave that person a comment. This is the important because we want to meet new blogger friends and get inspired.  I mean, this is a party.  And who doesn’t like getting blog comments?

The plan:
Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week’s Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week. You can link up on any one of our four blogs and the link will show up on all the blogs. So there’s no need to link up on every blog.

The linky will stay live through Wednesday. Later in the week, each of us will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on our blogs. We’ll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board.  On the Friday before the party, all of the hosts will post their projects for the following week’s theme.  Hopefully this will inspire people and serve as a reminder that the party is coming up.

The rules:
1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (see below).
2. Please link back to Dare to DIY by linking to the blog party you link up to (grab the button below).
3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. So get to know a few other bloggers.
Monday, Nov. 19
Dare to… be thankful!

DIY a thanksgiving project to remind you to be grateful during this season. Ideas include a Thanksgiving advent calendar, artwork and banners.

Monday, Nov. 26
Dare to… entertain!

DIY something for your table. This could be something from last wee’s Thanksgiving table or a new Christmas look. Get creative and use things in new ways. Or go true DIY and make something totally new. Ideas include place mats, table runners, place cards or centerpieces.

Monday, Dec. 3
Dare to… give homemade gifts!

DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created, so share projects that will be go in brown paper packages this holiday season. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor.

Monday, Dec. 10
Dare to… deck the halls!

DIY something new to deck your halls. Did you find something in a catalog that you wish you had? Wreaths, stockings, pillows or advent calendars? Make it! Inspire us all to do the same.

If you want to participate, sign up below.  Just link directly to your blog home page.