Thursday, April 30, 2015

Answering Your Questions at G+ GrowingCirclesHop No. 1

Let's take a look at one of the questions you asked when we opened up the party for your inquiries! We're going to address the first question  asked, and then our next Google Plus Tip session will also hopefully help with the question more in depth by expanding on some G+ features that are helpful. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: LM Mesmer Photography {#Giveaway ends 5/20}

You may remember my good friend Lisa and her Etsy Shop when we collaborated on a previous giveaway. Well, she has more hobbies besides the art of crochet, and one of them is photography.

She has a passion for photography and photo editing. She snaps all sorts of photos as she goes about her days, and you just never know what her camera lens will capture.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Delightful Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

What a great party we had last week.
So many posts.
So many views.

So much LOVE expressed 
through
comments
likes
follows
shares


Here is what you loved the most followed by an exciting new party this week!

Most Viewed


Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend Happenings

I must admit that with the business of life lately, I haven't been very motivated to blog much at all. It's just been a really chaotic and busy past few months. Confession: I have more than 10 half-finished blog posts waiting in my drafts that I really should finish. I need to, and I will. Eventually.

I've got a lot going on right now, though. I don't want to overwhelm myself. But I do hope you'll be sticking around, because I'll get through this blogger slump. Better days are coming, and I will be having lots to share with you!




Friday, April 24, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Is it really the end of April already? That's crazy!
I feel like it was just yesterday when we were ringing in the new year. 2015. And we're seriously about to be almost half way through the year already? It doesn't even seem possible. Yet, here we are. It's about to be Mother's Day.



I've rounded up some of my favorite handmade Etsy Finds as gift ideas for moms. And maybe some that are on my personal wish list too. =0)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Link Up YOUR Content at G+ #GrowingCirclesHop

We've got your questions from last week, and we're working on getting them answered for you all. 

This week has been incredibly busy, and our G+ Answers to your questions will be coming soon, but in the meantime...Let's just link up, shall we??? And, of course, since we don't have a Tip this week, we have...

A random feature post, from our co-host:

Show some G+ love to our April Co-Host, food blogger Marilyn from Marilyn's Treats!

Use our Party Hashtag when you share a public post as part of our party every week. Your G+ post could be our next Party Hashtag Feature! And remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up. =0)

NOW Let's party! 




*** Don't forget! ***
We have also extended the party. It will stay open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! Share your posts!

Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop


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. 
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. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
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. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

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!  






See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series:

Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles









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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: A Rose in Eight Days

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

I've been a little slammed with a big To-Do list these past few months. It's been making my blogging be a little bit more last-minute rather than planned out and going according to any editorial calendar (as I would like). My Earth Day post had to take a back seat to other obligations, but I will be posting as soon as I finish it, because Earth Day is always a day to celebrate. So today is another Wordless Wednesday for me. Enjoy, and remember to be kind to Mother Nature.




Yes, it's another rose. But with this one flower, I did something different. I took a photo of it every day for five days (Monday - Friday), and then I took one last photo on the next Monday. It's amazing what happens in just one week. 
I posted a quick video of it on Instagram. It was my first time using the flipagram app, and I had fun with it!
And right now, there are lots more rosebuds just waiting to bloom on this little rose bush! (And you know I'll probably snap a shot or two.)

A video posted by 2justByou (@2justbyou) on
Please remember to recycle, reduce and reuse! Not just for Earth Day, but for every day.

Link up with the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop too. There's a great DIY Recycled Can Project (No. 7 on the list) and so much more!






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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Handmade Kids Craft for Mother's Day at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

We love to party!
It's always a Wonderful Wednesday.
Be sure to check out my editor's pick this week - a handmade kids craft for Mother's Day!

Every week you share so many amazing crafts, tips, recipes and ideas we just LOVE to promote what you do.

Our party features spotlight the posts that you, our guests, particularly liked from the previous week.
Last week there were many!!!

Most Viewed

Very Popular


MY Editor's Pick



We can hardly wait to see what you have for us this week!

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 please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin or share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Follow our hosts as you can
Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row  

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

CD of CD's Country Living

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty 

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade 
Tammy of My Life Abundant


Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Jaime of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Kim of 2JustByou










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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ask Your Questions at G+ #GrowingCirclesHop

Are you a fan of Google Plus?
You're in the right place!
We had so many people partying with us last week!
Did everyone learn something about G+ Communities? Did you have a chance to browse and find any to join? 

Before we continue on with our Google Plus Tips, we wanted to open it up for any questions you might have. We've shared FIVE tips already, and it's a lot to take in. We also want to make sure that we didn't miss anything. Hopefully our in-depth tips on circles have helped you out so far!

See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series:

Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles



Now let us know if you have any specific questions that we can answer for you on any of the topics already covered. Leave your questions in a blog comment on any of our hosts' blogs!
Next week we'll resume with another great G+ Tip, so make sure you link up, share your G+ post, use the hashtag, and come back again next Thursday & Friday!


Now, let's party! 

Use our Party Hashtag when you share a public post as part of our party every week. Your G+ post could be our next Party Hashtag Feature! And remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up. =0)




*** Don't forget! ***
We have also extended the party. It will stay open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! Share your posts!




Show some G+ love to our April Co-Host, food blogger Marilyn from Marilyn's Treats!


Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop

 

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. 
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. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
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. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

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!  












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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Smell the Roses {Words for my Wednesday}

It's been quite awhile since I've shared a Words for my Wednesday post, and I've been missing them. Have you?

I've been taking lots of pictures of flowers lately. It must be spring in the air! I've shared some on Instagram, but not all of them. I have a whole lot more just waiting.



If you happen to be feeling a little bit overwhelmed with life lately (or even if you're not), be sure that you make it a necessity to stop and smell the roses. Take a moment to yourself to breathe in some fresh air. Look at nature's beauty around you. 

This is Earth Month, and Earth Day is just one week away.

When we take time to see the beauty, smell the roses, we can better appreciate it.

Have you smelled any roses lately?


Don't forget to join us at Wonderful Wednesday!





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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Earth Day Editor's Pick at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop


Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday this week! 
We are so excited to have 
a new co-host, Heidi Jo, for the month of 
April (meet her below)so our party now appears on 12 awesome blogs! 
We're growing...
So let's not waste any time. 
Here is what you loved the most last week...


Most Viewed




Very Popular


MY Editor's Pick
I love celebrating Earth Day year round, but April brings the actual nationally recognized day. So, number 66 from last week's party is my editor's pick!


DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs for Earth Day
from
Our Family World


And now for the party!

Meet our hosts...

And welcome to our special APRIL co-hosts... Heidi Jo and Dawn!



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 please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin or share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Please follow our hosts as you can. 
Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty NEW !!

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade 
Tammy of My Life Abundant

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four
Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

CD of CD's Country Living

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Jaime of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Kim of 2JustByou

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row  










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