Thursday, August 27, 2015

Week in the Life at #GrowingCirclesHop

Are you ready to share your Google Plus content with us? 

Our Party Hashtag Feature for this week was really difficult to find, because there weren't too many posts found from the linky using our party hashtag, so please be sure to use it!


Be sure to visit Jenn and add her to your Google Plus circles!


Party with us and use our party hashtag
#GrowingCirclesHop
for your chance to be our next
Party Hashtag Feature!

And...
Remember to link up your G+ profile or a G+ post you've shared publicly,
not your blog URL.

The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 



To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
YOUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

Want to co-host? We're looking for awesome bloggers to help us!
If interested, send an email to Kim at 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "G+ Party Co-Host" in the subject line.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  







Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles


Plus, join us at Wonderful Wednesday this week and share your recipes, DIY crafts, and more!









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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Change is Hard {Words for my Wednesday}

Change is a good thing, but it can be hard. Especially at first. 



If you read my post from Tuesday this week, then you know about some recent changes that my family and I are going through right now. Adjusting takes time, and it isn't a piece of cake. But change is good. 

Wouldn't you know it, on my very first day of work, my youngest kiddo gets sick. Just my luck.



She was up all night on Sunday with a fever, coughing and wheezing, and it wasn't fun at all. She barely got any sleep, which means I barely got any sleep. My older daughter had to stay home with her for both Monday and Tuesday. Today will be the first day she goes back to preschool, but this time - I'm not taking her, because I'll be at work. There's a little bit of separation anxiety there for the both of us! 

Luckily for me, right now my older daughter is able to take her to preschool for me. I know this arrangement is just short-term and not going to last, so I'm taking advantage of the fact that she's able to do drop off & pick up duty right now while she can.

So...Change definitely isn't easy in the beginning. And it certainly has the potential to be messy, but in the end, it will all work out. It's important to stay motivated during that first stage, because it will get better.
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Speaking of motivation, there's a friend of a friend who just published a book called 72 Lessons to Rock Your Life. It's all about motivation, self-empowerment and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the mind, body and spirit. It sounds pretty awesome to me, what about you? I know I'm interested in learning more. 


You have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of the book and a fun fitness t-shirt! 
Open worldwide and ends on 9/30/15 at 11:59 pm, EST.
Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  

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Good luck to you all!

Do you have a favorite quote or saying about change? Share it with me in a blog comment!







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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Patriotic Editor's Pick at Wonderful Wednesday #BlogHop


Let's have a Wonderful Wednesday! 

Before we get into our popular posts from last week, all our hosts of the party want to say a heartfelt "thank you" and "we'll miss you" to two of our cohosts, Kristen of Musings of an Average Mom and Nicole/Susan of Flavors by Four. They have had some life changes that are making it necessary to refocus. For now,  they will have to bow out of co-hosting our party. This is their last week with us. 
Please show them lots of love

Yes, we will still be on 16 fabulous blogs...next week we will introduce you to our two NEW cohosts!

So, what did you all like best last week?


Be sure to scroll down and see my Patriotic Editor's Pick this week!


Most Viewed
MY Editor's Pick(s)
Since Labor Day is coming up, I thought these Red, White and Blue Bars are a perfect feature!


Red, White & Blue Bars
from Liz Ventures



And now for this week's party !



Love this party?
Simple guidelines...
  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) ♥
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways, Etsy shops or blog parties please. You are welcome to share them in the comments, though.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin, share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • Follow our Wonderful Wednesday PINTEREST board, if you'd like (below) 
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Kristen of Musings Of An Average Mom
Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Pinterest / Twitter

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

CD of CD's Country Living

Cathy of A Peek Into My Paradise

Tammy of My Life Abundant

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Erica of eLeMeNO-P Kids

Heather of Real -The Kitchen and Beyond    

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Saira from Mom Resource

Jaimi of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Kim of 2JustByou

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row







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On Getting a Day Job

I can't believe that the end of August is just about here. I really don't know where the time goes. Summer is almost over, and the kids have already started the new school year. 

As many of you might know, I took the summer months off (for the most part) for all things online, only doing the bare minimum necessities. It was a refreshing break, but I really did miss the blogger life. I tried to stay up to date with most of you through Instagram and Twitter. But I still missed everything else online.

I've been slowly easing my way back into it (or at least trying), but starting this week, I have a whole new schedule to answer to...I got a day job. I just received the official news last week, and the deal was sealed on Friday when I went to sign all the new hire paperwork for the HR department. 

After many months of job searching (since December/January), which is a job in and of itself, I finally got that job offer I had been waiting not-so-patiently for. And let me tell you...It's tough trying to get back in the workplace-game after being a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom for nearly 10 years! Really tough. I was seriously starting to give up hope completely. So this job offer came at just the perfect time.


I'll be working downtown, so that means I'll be sharing more street art and box art on Instagram! I'm pretty excited about that part. I don't really venture our around the downtown area, so it will be new territory for me. It also means I'll be dealing with traffic and parking (definitely not looking forward to that every day).

It's already a BIG change for both me and my kids. It's going to take us all some time to adjust and get used to a new schedule, a new way of doing things. But this is a change for the better, and it's what has been needed for us. I'm really thankful for the opportunity to work again. 

With a new day job, though, I'm wondering how I'm going to juggle the blogger life and the working life. I get no cell service where I'm working, so that's going to make it difficult to check social media and everything else online. I'm thinking I might need to switch my service provider...
But beyond that, I'm brainstorming how I'm going to balance this new work life of mine. I'll definitely need to get on some kind of schedule for posting. I know that I'm not giving up blogging, especially not when I just started getting it back! Soooo...

Does anyone have a tip they'd like to share for working a day job, blogging, and balancing the two? Would anyone like to guest post for me on the topic? 
Let me know in a blog comment below, or email me at 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com. =0)

Be sure to join me later today for Wonderful Wednesday!







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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Flowers {& a Target Gift Card #Giveaway}

No matter where I go, if I find some pretty flowers, I try to snap a quick photo. I thought today would be a great day to share some of those pretty flowers with you --- Flowers for Friday!

A sunflower in my backyard.


Birds of Paradise on Beverly Blvd in LA.


A red rose from my backyard.


Another pretty sunflower from my backyard (this time - a close up look).

White hibiscus from the UCI Medical Center Campus in LA.



Some of these you may have already seen from my Instagram feed, but I wanted to share them here on the blog too. Besides, I'm just getting back into the blogging groove...What better way to do it than with pretty flowers???

If you ARE already following me on Instagram, you're automatically entitled to some entries in the giveaway below! If you're not following yet, join me as I share little life moments captured with my iPhone. =0)

And if you haven't seen the Words for my Wednesday post from this week yet, please go check it out! It's all about valuing moments - something I've relearned this summer. 

Keep scrolling for the giveaway deets and enter to win. Good luck to you!
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Prize: $200 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 9/10/15 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!







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Thursday, August 20, 2015

All About the Food at #GooglePlus #GrowingCirclesHop No. 78

Happy Thursday, everyone! Thursday means it's the day for our Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, so we're excited to have you join us!

Our first Party Hashtag Feature this week comes from a newbie to Google Plus and our hop. Be sure to add Allison Miller to your G+ circles and show her some #GrowingCirclesHop love! She actually JUST shared her very first G+ post just this past Monday...Take a look!



We had lots of great foodie shares last week, so our next two Party Hashtag Features are yummy-looking desserts that were shared!





Party with us and use our party hashtag
#GrowingCirclesHop
for your chance to be our next
Party Hashtag Feature!

And...
Remember to link up your G+ profile or a G+ post you've shared publicly,
not your blog URL.

The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 



To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
YOUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

Want to co-host? We're looking for awesome bloggers to help us!
If interested, send an email to Kim at 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "G+ Party Co-Host" in the subject line.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  







Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles


Plus, join us at Wonderful Wednesday this week and share your recipes, DIY crafts, and more!









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