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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thrilling Thursdays Giveaway Link Up

Our Thrilling Thursdays Giveaway link-up is the best around!  This awesome link-up features some of the hottest giveaways all over the internet form your favorite bloggers!  We're even more excited to continue this journey with each of you, so thanks for coming back and linking up each week! From now until Saturday some of our favorite bloggers will be linking up their giveaways they currently have going on and you have the opportunity to see all of them in one place!!
Right here!  

Make sure to visit our co-hosts Momma Lew and Finnegan and The Hughes 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Helping a Community for the Holidays #TwinHillsSanta

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?  There always seems to be a little extra magic in the air during this time of the year. People seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  It's the holidays!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pineapple Orange Glazed Cookies

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Growing up, baking cookies was an integral part of our holiday planning.  And not just a few cookies one time.  We baked for DAYS.  At our house, at our aunt's house, at friend's houses.  Everywhere.  It's such a great memory and I've enjoyed doing it with Skibbles this year as well.  One fond memory I have is that every year my mom would do a cookie swap with friends.  Every year it was on a rotating schedule of who would host, but without fail, my mom would always make her Pineapple Glazed cookies for the swap.  I've upheld the tradition with my own friends the last two years and added my own twist with my Pineapple Orange Glazed Cookies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Proactiv Plus Review

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I remember having acne breakouts during my teenage years.  There was nothing more embarrassing than having to go to school or a school function with a breakout all over your face.  Since my triggers were typically stress related, it always seem like I broke out during the most inconvenient times -- prom, date with a new boyfriend, school photos, etc.  My family couldn't afford much when it came to acne treatments, so I was left with my mom's best solution - pop it and put Neosporin on it.  Let me tell you--- it didn't help.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This Holiday Season Consider Adoption

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Growing up, my dad desperately wanted a boy.  Instead, he got my sister and I.  I remember him frequently talking about adopting a boy, however, my mother would never agree.  He somewhat lucked out when he married my stepmother who already had a son, however, I know that if he could, he would still adopt children.  He's been on two missions trips and each time I have expected for him to come back and tell me that he got an expedited adoption and I should come over to meet my new little brother.  I'll admit that growing up, I secretly prayed that my mother would agree to an adoption so I could have a younger sibling.  As I have grown up and started my own family, I frequently consider adoption down the line after I am finished having children of my own.  Adoption and foster parenting have always held a special place in my heart.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

$250 Amazon GC Giveaway + 25 Amazing Christmas Posts

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We were so excited about our DIY Ceramic Oil & Vinegar Gift Set that we posted about this week. But even more exciting was that this week, My friend Steph, from A Grande Life, gathered together 24 friends and I and we have all been sharing our best recipes, printables, crafts, decor, and holiday traditions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Homemade DIY Ceramic Oil & Vinegar Gift Set

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'Tis the season for gift giving and whether you are on a budget, desire to give homemade gifts, or just want to be unique, you may be looking for different and fun alternatives to gifts you just pick up in the store....or in my case, at Amazon. I, myself, am not the best when it comes to this because I always tend to wait until the last minute for everything and then I feel completely rushed. Luckily, while shopping at Home Goods recently, I had an "AH HA" moment for a great DIY gift idea.