Thursday, May 28, 2015

Short Break for #GrowingCirclesHop

We're taking a short break for our G+ Growing Circles Hop this week, because sometimes life just gets in the way.



While we don't have a linky this week, please feel free to continue using our party hashtag. Our next party will showcase some of our favorites during this short break (and also from last week too)!



OUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

OUR May CO-HOST:



We hope you'll join us when we return. And, if you would like a reminder, sign up for the email list below as well!



We are also in search of co-hosts, so if you're interested at all in filling that position, please send an email to Kim at:

2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com

Be sure to write "G+ HOP CO-HOST" in the subject line!

We'll see you real soon!!!






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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's Party No. 125 for Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

It's always a Wonderful Wednesday, especially when we get to kick start it on Tuesday night!   

Two blogging tips topped our most viewed, tied with a refreshing orange popsicle recipe that every kid will love. And five other posts were viewed so often that they hit our "very popular" list of features. You can check them out (below) and show 'em a little cyber-love (like, comment, share, pin).

You guys did great with clicks. This is such a busy time of year and we are SO proud of you. Keep up the good work. Our goal is to make this party one of the most profitable hops to attend with lots of traffic and shares--and it's working!

So here are our features and this week's party is ready to go!


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Be an Outcast {Outcast Jewelry Feature & GIVEAWAY (US, ends 6/12/15)}

Today is a special day. My daughter graduates from high school. It's a lifetime milestone. A day to remember. The end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. 

I welcome the day bittersweetly, because this is my baby girl. Not Baby Girl, my four-year-old preschooler, but my first born. My baby. The first one to ever call me mom. 

My eyes well up with tears as I even type this, because there is so much that I wanted to write to her and for her on this special day. 
Instead, with a jam-packed schedule and not enough time to collect all my thoughts, I offer an Etsy Feature and Giveaway for you all - my amazing readers. This Etsy Feature showcases a fellow metal hand stamper, like my daughter. And my daughter thinks of herself as quite the outcast at times, going against the norm, so I thought this would be the perfect feature for today.



Monday, May 25, 2015

Our Two Latest Winners

The latest giveaway is now over, and we have our two lucky winners!
The LM Mesmer Photography Giveaway was a chance to welcome a new photography small business to the scene, and we're so happy that you all had a great time getting to see the work of my friend Lisa!

Here's one of her latest works of photography art:



I'm totally in love with this one, because it blends two of my favorite things - dandelions (because my Baby Girl is obsessed with them) and the sunset! Isn't it just ridiculously gorgeous?!?

So...You're wondering who our winners are, right?

Fresas con Leche {Strawberries with Milk Drink Recipe}

One of our favorite summer time fruits is fresh strawberries. The color, the scent, the sweetness...It's all just summer time tastiness!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Few Party Hashtag Faves at G+ #GrowingCirclesHop

There are so many reasons to love Google Plus. Really, there are! We can't stress it enough, and we can't stop counting the many ways it has helped us as bloggers and small business owners. 

Confession for me, personally - Last week, I did not have a chance to participate at all during our party. This was a first. And, while preparing the party for today, I saw all the awesomeness that I missed out on!!! I'm still going back and giving +1's and will be saving to collections and resharing. I'm really thankful for all my G+ buddies, because you all are AMAZING!!!

This past week there were SO many great shares with our party hashtag. We couldn't choose just one to feature, so here are a few of the favorites...

Party Hashtag Features:


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time Really Does Fly {Words for my Wednesday}

I posted this on instagram this morning, and it's the Words for my Wednesday post here on the blog too. It's just the biggest thought that's been running through my mind this entire month of May...



I just want to be able to freeze a few moments in time, taking it all in. But it seems that everything is in fast forward mode right now. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Breaking Records at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

It is once again time for us to start Wonderful Wednesday with a terrificTuesday night jump start. Are you ready to party?!?!?!?

My days have been super full lately, and my computer time really low. I haven't had very many blog posts recently, but I still browse our Wonderful Wednesday link list, because it's always THE BEST!!! 

Guess what! We had a whopping 570 posts shared last week!  
That is an all-time record. Views were a little low, considering the record-breaking attendance, but that happens from time to time. This week we will do much better, right team?  Right! 

There was a three-way tie for the most viewed posts last week. 
Here they are!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quick G+ Tip at #GrowingCirclesHop

It's Party Time!
These next few weeks of May are pretty crazy, and time is really limited. Our Google Plus Tips will return as soon as we can. In the meantime, we'll be on the lookout for Party Hashtag Posts to Feature, so be sure that you're using our hashtag when you post!

QUICK NOTE (a FAST G+ Tip): Using the party hashtag when you leave comments on others' posts is also helpful. Why? Because it keeps our hashtag fresh in feeds and relevant for searches.The more it is used, the more chance we can be "trending" on G+, and when we're trending, the bigger our audience is!

For this week, we simply chose a recent G+ share from our new Co-Host...

Megha of The Art Bug is our May Co-Host. Here's one of her latest shares, a great collection of floral tops for spring and summer wear!
Visit her G+ Profile and add her to your circles. She's also #4 in the linky down below!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Recap and Life Lately

Just some recent photos to show a recap of my Mother's Day and life lately...


My Mother's Day
Daughter got me this Mint Chip drink from Starbucks
(and it tastes like ice cream!).


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Great Recipes & a Super Hero Video at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

1-2-3!!!
It's the 123rd edition of the 
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 
and we are so glad you're here!

Let's jump right in and find out what posts YOU liked the best last week...


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Triple Crown for Organic Hair Care {Product Review: pura d'or}

I used to have super thick hair. It was so thick that I could only wrap an elastic hair tie around it twice, because it wouldn't make it around a third time. That's how thick it was. Was. 

After I had my first baby, my hair fell out by the globs. Yes, globs. I even cried at how much hair I lost! As I got older, my hair also started thinning out a little. My once incredibly thick and strong hair strands became much thinner than before (but still thick, I guess, when compared to many people). And now I can actually wrap an elastic hair tie around my ponytail three times (but at least I don't lose hair by the globs - that's just a fun word to say)



Friday, May 8, 2015

Trinkets by Dana WINNER

It's time to announce the WINNER for our Trinkets by Dana Giveaway! Winner receives the prize pack of mixed media apple art and fun summer accessories. 




Congrats, Fiona!

Big thanks goes to Trinkets by Dana for sponsoring this awesome prize pack, and all the entrants who tried their luck. =0)




Stay Connected with Dana:

blog  |  instagram  |  google+  |  youtube

facebook   |  shop  |  art shop 



Don't forget that Dana's entire Etsy Shop is BOGO (buy one, get one FREE), as she prepares to make the move from Georgia to California! 


Have a great weekend, everyone! 
Tell me, what are your plans for this Mother's Day weekend?





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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Organize Your G+ Posts: See NEW Collections in Action at #GrowingCirclesHop

Starting Monday (May 4th) of THIS week, Google Plus made the official announcement that Collections are now available! This means that you can share or reshare a G+ post to a specific category (called a collection). While preparing for our party post, I saw the new addition and just had to share it with you all so you can start using this new feature (it's pretty awesome!). So, while our Week 6 G+ Tip was supposed to be a continued conversation about hashtags and usage, I thought this brand new feature needed to be shared first!



You might have noticed that the Google Photos and Google Stream is also making an appearance this week. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Muffins at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

It's May already. Spring has sprung! 
The grass is turning green, trees are budding, birds are chirping...A very happy time. 

And our party is growing. 
Last week we had a record turnout with so many views! 

Be sure to check out my editor's pick this week. =0)



Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy National Small Business Week 2015

May 4 - May 8, 2015 is National Small Business Week, courtesy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and various sponsors.



As a part of the celebration, there will be webinars held all week long. One of them is today - Monday, May 4th at 6:00 pm, EST. I thought some of you might be interested in registering, because the title is The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint. I'll probably register and see what it's all about. I'm sure there will be some useful information presented. 




Friday, May 1, 2015

Let's #buyfromwomen Today

The day is today. May 1st. Do you remember what today is? Earlier in April I told you to save the date...

It's Woman-Owned Business Day. It's a great day to buy from women!!! Shop small and support women in business. 



You can check out some of our current favorites from women-owned businesses HERE and HERE