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17 January 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 209

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Welcome, dear friends!
~ This week starts out with a little surprise as we introduce 3 improvements!~
We are excited to announce three changes that we will test for the next several weeks to see how it goes. As you know, it is very important to us that all of our guests have the best opporunity to have their work seen and appreciated. The more popular this party becomes, the less likely it is that those arriving after the first hour or so will receive much attention. Your posts can get lost in the crowd so, this is what we are going to do ...

1. We are putting the newest additions at the top. That way everybody will be "first" for a short while, at least.

2. Your pictures will now be VERY LARGE- again, so that we can all really appreciate them.

3. Finally, we are simplifying our social media. Each week the social media links for our hosts will be one type only. This week is FACEBOOK week, next week will be Twitter, and so on. We will be rotating through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram one week at a time to make it easier for you to follow us without being overwhelmed.

The party features will continue to be based on clicks so please do visit as many others as you can. After all, this is a party so let's mingle!  

Now, let's take a look at what you viewed the most last week!  

Most Viewed
Very Popular
One Pan Mexican Pasta - Jenns Random Scraps

Editor's Picks
How To Make $2000 A Month On The Side - Busy Budgeter

Honey Sesame Chicken - Money Saving Queen

So let's get this party started!

This is FACEBOOK week - please follow our hosts on Facebook!

Here are our simple party rules...
  • Please follow our hosts on this week's social media. 
  • Please TWEET our party   
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please. 
  • Visit others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • If you are NEW,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥  Help us find your posts - tell us what number they are? 

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16 January 2017

The Simple Way To Keep Clutter Out Of Your House!

"But, clutter is already in my house!" Well, this new habit will keep clutter out but it also can get clutter out, if it's in there. All you have to do is start wherever you are.
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Clutter has a life of its own, doesn't it? It grows! Before long, you cannot find your stuff. Hey, you might have places where you can't even MOVE! Last week we talked about organizing with 5 quick steps to take control. They work so, don't ignore them!   This lesson presents a habit that, if you get serious about it, will keep clutter from piling up again. 

Simple Rule = 1 item in?  2 items out!

I just used this decluttering technique with some towels. Take a look at the frayed edges of my old towels. New ones were long overdue! I love my new, fluffy baby blue towels. They are luxurious. 

organizing tips

Now, do I want to put those old towels back in my closet? No way. Then I have 3 choices on what to do wth them. Keep them in the garage for rags. Donate them to an animal shelter or veterinarians office (that's my preference.) Or, toss them. If I cannot get to a donation location in the next week, I will be throwing them out or they probably will stay forever! Dragging your heals turns this new habit into a nice intention that never comes to pass - beware!

Have you tried the 1 in, 2 out method? 
How did it go? It's fun, isn't it!

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15 January 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party 2017 #3

This Week's Features

Avocado Hummus Recipe Healthy and Delicious - The Country Chic Cottage 

Circular Wall Decor DIY - Lolly Jane

 14 Genius Garage Organization Hacks -The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Meet The Hosts

Image Map Mommy Demand Blogghetti Napping Labor Life Painted Hinge Ducks In A Row Lady Prefers To Save Love My Messy Mess Eclectic Red Barn That Recipe Upstate Ramblings Want to follow us?
Just click on each circle to connect to our blogs!!

The rules are really simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipes, crafts or your latest DIY project. We want you you share it all! As always, please make sure to follow your hosts and co-hosts!! Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! We will feature the favorite posts each week! 

Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to all 12 Hosts, along with any co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Happiness Is Homemade, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to your original source. Therefore, linking up you agree to allow us to use your images on each of our blogs in features relating to Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

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13 January 2017

10 Little Things To Replace Before You Really Need Them

How many times have you had a situation arise when an everyday item was all you needed and, alas, that item was not to be found

household hints, organizing, shopping, life hacks, tips

Recently I purchased some much-needed table lamps for my home. The old ones were falling apart from age and new ones were long overdue. As I ordered them, I was so sure I had light bulbs on hand I really didn't give it a thought. 

The day my pretty lamps arrived I unboxed them carefully and went for the bulbs - light bulbs that were NOT THERE! Ugh. We were completely out and the old lamps took a higher wattage than the new ones would so I couldn't use those bulbs, either. Off to the store I went. 

That got me thinking. There are many small-change items that we use from time to time but don't go through them fast enough for them to be routine purchases. They are the ones that are often not there when we need them. 

The obvious solution is to plan ahead. Put them on your shopping list now and get them back into the house. If you cannot afford to buy them all at the same time, no worries. Just keep a list within reach and add them to your shopping list, one or two at a time, until you have them all. These 10 items are by no means everything that fits the description. They are just the ones that come to mind.

10 Little Things To Replace Before You Really Need Them

  1. Bandaids - boo boos happen. Keep an assortment of the most popular sizes in stock for paper cuts, scraped knees and other little injuries.
  2. Batteries - I never thought I would see the day I would need AAA size batteries, but I do. Those tiny little houses of power run my new TV remote and my flicker candles. Now I keep a supply in stock along with the standard AA, 9-volts, C's and D's. Smoke detectors take 9-volts, you know. 
  3. Birthday Candles - really? Seems like we should know when to replenish the supply. We all have calendars! But there have been times in my own home, and when visiting others, where we had the cake with the birthday girl (or boy) patiently waiting on the other side but no birthday candles could be found. Keep them in supply and remember where you put them. LOL! (PS. When celebrating birthdays at other people's houses, be a "friend-indeed." Quietly bring a box along in your purse in case of emergency!)
  4. Checks - more and more people are paying bills online. When you do have to write a check, though, will you have any? Order a supply.
  5. Fasteners - I wasn't sure what to call these. All I know is that they matter. What I am thinking of is paper clips, safety pins, staples for your stapler, thumb tacks, rubber bands and tape. All are used to fasten things. All are so helpful when you have them and it can be a problem when you don't. I've used bobbi pins for paper clips and it just isn't the same. [Should we add bobbi pins to this list, too? Paper clips don't work well for hair, either!]  Little Bonus Tip 1: jumbo paper clips make great bracelet fastening tools. Check it out⇒ How To Fasten a Bracelet Without Help
  6. Furnace Filters - granted, this is not one of those cheaper purchases but it does fall into the "not often purchased" category. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a new one on hand when you need it?  Today was a first for me. I actually had a new filter on hand. Felt great!
  7. Light Bulbs - we've already talked about this one but I might add that having the more obscure bulbs available is really nice. I am talking of outdoor floodlight bulbs, appliance bulbs and novelty bulbs. Again, you can do this piece by piece instead of making one big purchase but that's what your list is for. Buy them and check them off as you do.
  8. Matches / Lighter- back to the birthday party. You found the birthday candles and now how do you light them? These days it is very possible to have a party without a smoker in the group (yippee!) Keep some matches or a multipurpose lighter in the house.
  9. Postage Stamps - people don't use the postal service nearly as much as they used to but when you do have a greeting card to mail or a bill to pay, isn't it annoying to have to wait to buy a stamp? Keep a supply in your home along with envelopes.   Little Bonus Tip 2: Something coming up like a wedding, graduation or baby shower where you will be mailing invites? Here is how to do it without having to lick those envelopes to seal them⇒ How To Seal Envelopes Without Licking Them
  10. Razor Blade Scraper - if you haven't painted a window lately, this little tool may not be on the radar. I need one about every two years when the registration on my car is up. Soak the old sticker on the windshield with some window cleaner and use a razor blade to get it off - or not. I've learned to keep one of these babies on hand for times of need!

What other every day items that we don't buy often should be added to this list?

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12 January 2017

Come To A Recipe Sharing Party

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Welcome to our party!

food blogs

Visit our co-hosts and follow us? Thanks 

Here are our simple party rules...
  • Add up to TWO single recipe posts of your own that we have not seen....this is not a recipe collection or wise advice about nutrition, please. Share single recipes only... otherwise, Yummly will reject them - they only take one individual recipe at a timeNon-recipe posts will be deleted from our party.
  • Visit ALL of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late-comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe.
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of food blogging traffic.
  • To make it quicker, you may want to add a Yum button to your toolbar. How To Add A Yum Button
  • Please tweet and share our party to spread the news.
  • Thank you for coming to our party! 
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