Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #19

Wandering WednesdayHello! And Welcome Back to our Wandering Wednesday Link UP Party!

We are so excited that Jennifer from Heritage Makers is here co-hosting with us this month!

Here is a little bit about Jennifer!

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I’m so thrilled that Michele asked me to guest host Wandering Wednesdays this month.  I love reading so many great blog posts all in one place, and being the guest host gives me a chance to write a little more about them!  There is a lot of great content shared EVERY week, from uplifting inspiration to home decor to great recipes.  I love Wandering Wednesdays!
One of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I really have a strong desire to do good in the world.  It’s always been in my heart, and it’s been an interesting journey to see where that’s taken me.  As a blogger, I’ve enjoyed sharing not only my thoughts but also practical solutions for how to increase connections and strengthen family ties and relationships through photos, memories, and stories.  My LifeTales Books blog (https://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com) is just over 8 years old, and for the last year (almost!) I’ve been honored to be a #familyhistoryfriday contributor on a new blog called Evolve (https://www.livegrowgive.org) that inspires women especially to embrace their gifts as they live, grow, and give.
I always deeply appreciate comments, shares, and pins on whatever I write, and I hope that you and those you share it with will find great sources of inspiration, new ideas, and the ability to increase your own circle of influence for doing good. 
Jennifer can be found at
Blogs:  https://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com (her blog) and https://www.livegrowgive.org/ (she’s the weekly #familyhistoryfriday contributor)

We are so excited to share “Our Favorite Things” With you this week! All my favorite picks will be shared on my Facebook page and I will also pin it to Pinterest! So here we go!

My Favorite Pick!

So if you know anything about Talie (2 1/2) you would know that she is addicted to her how-to-remove-a-pacifierpacifier! In fact I think she would rather lose a limb than her pacifier! Well, last week I read How to Remove Pacifiers from Toddlers from Have Twins First and I thought to myself, well that is a nice thought, but it would never work with this stubborn girl… Well, I decided to give it a go and HOLY COW! IT WORKED! We have been pacifier free since Friday! So this is definitely my favorite pick from last week! If you are struggling with your toddlers loving their pacifiers read all about it and give it a go!

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 Jennifer’s Favorite

I read so many posts at Wandering Wednesday #18 that I commented on, pinned, and loved!  I always say this, but it was so hard to pick a favorite!  (Thanks for making it hard to choose, bloggers–that’s a nice problem to have.)  🙂  My favorite post from WW #18 is from Meet The Harris Family.  It’s called “Embrace Your Gifts.”
I think we often spend so much time seeing other people’s gifts that we don’t make ourselves sit down and look at our own.  Maybe it’s an over-40 thing, but I find I’m so much happier when I stop comparing myself to others and see that what I AM and can offer the world is just as valuable as EVERY SINGLE gift I see in others–even (or maybe especially) if it’s different from everyone else’s.  I really liked how Meet The Harris Family talked about how you can use your gifts in a business!  You never know who needs your talents and skills–and who would pay for it.  Excellent, thought-provoking, encouraging post!

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The Viewers Favorite!

Again this week there were so many favorites and I had to break the tie, which was so hard to do, but I went ahead and voted for What Type of Traveller Are You? by Kate on Thin Ice! 

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Enjoy this week’s Wandering Wednesday!  Don’t forget to vote on your favorite post this week in the comments below.  See you next week!

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #18

Wandering WednesdayHello! And Welcome Back to our Wandering Wednesday Link UP Party!

We are so excited that Jennifer from Heritage Makers is here co-hosting with us this month!

Here is a little bit about Jennifer!

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In March 2005, I was minding my own business.  I had three kids under the age of seven, and I didn’t need anything else to do, thanks.  Within about four days, I had three phone calls from good friends telling me about a new company called Heritage Makers that offered high-quality digital storybooks and scrapbooks.  I have always been a big believer in taking photos and recording memories.  It’s just good for the heart and soul.  My friend Cary said, “This is a company made for you.”  By week’s end, I had signed up as a consultant for this company I’d never even tried before.  And that’s saying a lot–not even because I hadn’t ever used the product before, but because I’m a die-hard introvert!
And then in November 2009, my blog LifeTales Books was born.  I’ve poured my passion for the power of story, photos, and memory keeping into over 300 blog posts in those 8 years–and I recently celebrated over 50,000 page views!  I am serious about inspiring people to reach higher and enjoy all the benefits of memory-keeping, from a greater sense of purpose to higher self-esteem in kids, and I’ve loved the ways my blog has stretched me to help others in their journey.  I find myself writing about photo organization, time management ideas, and the scientifically-proven by-products of knowing family stories.
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My blog has helped me make friends, too!  And that brings us to Michele at Confessions of Parenting.  I never would have met her if we didn’t blog.  I am thrilled that she asked me to be the guest host for Wandering Wednesdays this month!  Michele has managed to find some amazing bloggers to contribute to these weekly linkups, so I hope you always “save the date” each week and make sure you check in to see what’s new.  There are fun posts, inspiring posts, and even yummy posts!
Jennifer can be found at
Blogs:  https://lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com (her blog) and https://www.livegrowgive.org/ (she’s the weekly #familyhistoryfriday contributor)

 

We are so excited to share “Our Favorite Things” With you this week! All my favorite picks will be shared on my Facebook page and I will also pin it to Pinterest! So here we go!

My Favorite Pick!

If you read 25 Things About Me, then you know that I LOOOVE “To Do Lists” and staying organized! Well, my favorite pick this week is from Kate at A Hundred Affections called 21 Free Printables to Help you Organize your Life 

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 Jennifer’s Favorite

Like every Wandering Wednesday, it’s so hard to pick a favorite post because there are so many great ones each week!  However, at Wandering Wednesday #17, I really enjoyed “3 Ways to Make More Meaningful Choices This Year” by Lori Jackson at Choosing Wisdom.  I love how she suggested that goals often focus on scarcity (like “don’t eat junk food”), but we’re more likely to choose well if our approach is a focus on abundance.

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The Viewers Favorite!

After reviewing the comments from last week there were lots of favorites! Which one was your favorite? We went ahead and broke the tie by choosing Kill the Resolution: 5 Ways to Kick Butt in 2018 by Desire at N.Chi’s World

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Enjoy this week’s Wandering Wednesday!  Don’t forget to vote on your favorite post this week in the comments below.  See you next week!

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Wandering Wednesday #17

Wandering WednesdayHappy 2018! We are so excited that you are joining us for our link up today!

This week we have been hit with all kinds of awesome sicknesses! It all started on Christmas Eve when Talie got a fever, which then turned into conjunctivitis, Taya got the flu and then gave it to me and Talie was feeling like sharing is caring so she shared her conjunctivitis with Tony, but other than that life is good!

We had a great Christmas with all the kids. I think they all got what they wanted so we had lots of happy kids! School starts in just a couple of days and we are certainly ready to get back into a normal routine again! With it being 2018, we are changing up our Wandering Wednesday a little bit where I will give my favorite pick from last week, my guest host’s favorite pick, and then the viewers favorite pick! So keep joining us and linking up and you just might be out favorite! All my favorite picks will be shared on my Facebook page and I will also pin it to Pinterest! So here we go!

My Favorite Pick!

I have to admit that I am a sucker for DIY things, because let’s be honest I have great ambitions that I am going to make all this really cool stuff, but then I realize that I don’t have 45 hours in a day! 🙂 I am loving the DIY Wood Garland Post from 3Clementines 

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The Viewers Favorite!

The post with the most comments was Live Well Play Together and her 2017 Year in Review . Be sure to check it out becuase it is such a great idea to do!

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Wandering Wednesday #16

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With it being just a couple days after Christmas and the kids on break and other kids sick… Yes! Even on Christmas I’m just popping in to drop the link for the blog party! We will be back to running normal next week I promise with featured posts and even a guest host! Can’t wait to see you there! Drop your links below!

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Wandering Wednesday #15

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6 days until Christmas can you believe it? I am running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done! Think I FINALLY ordered the last present today! It is for Ty (well, who am I kidding, it’s more for me :); Isn’t that how married people Christmas shop sometimes??), and I am super excited about it, click here to see what the finally purchase is! Do you have one? Do you love it? I have heard such good things about it!

Well, with it being so close to Christmas, I known we are all BUSY! So let’s get to the Link up! BUT before we do I want to do a Blogger Spotlight!

I wanted to spotlight the A-MAZING Amy, from NeededInTheHome. Amy is a mom of 7 kids from Wisconsin. She has been married for over 20 years, homeschools her kids, blogs, and runs an Etsy store! She is a great mom and blogger! Every week she comes to the linkup reads other blogger’s posts and votes on her favorite! Thank you, Amy for being part of Wandering Wednesday with us! GO visit Amy’s website here!

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Wandering Wednesday #14

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An update on my family since last week I told you just how awesome everyone was doing here 🙂 Ty is crutching around fairly well. He is learning how to carry things in pockets, his mouth, and a backpack that pretty much goes everywhere with him. I am getting lots of help with the boys who are making deals with me that if they help make dinner then they get ice cream for dessert! And I am getting my 10k steps in without even leaving my house! Everyone is chipping in here and I am so thankful!

Grandma is now in the rehab facility, which is great news! She is really wanting to walk again, which is great motivation to see. She says that she just wants to go back home. I wish that I could see her… The downfalls of living too far away.

This week are schedule is filled with band concerts and choir concerts, it is my favorite time of year to see my kids excelling in things that they love!

I have been loving  Blogmas on the blog with all kinds of tricks and tips, have you been checking it out?

And did you notice our new Logo for Wandering Wednesday?! I am so excited about it! With all things they need a little change once in awhile and this was one of them! So if you click here you can get our new Widget Codes to add to your blog! To go along with that I am still collecting people who are are interested in becoming a guest hosts for Wandering Wednesday.  Please let me know here if you are interested! Starting 2018 the guest host and I will be highlighting our “favorites” from the last week’s linkup on our Wandering Wednesday posts. So be sure to keep linking up with us! 

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #13

Wandering Wednesday-2This week has been especially trying for our family 🙂 Ty had surgery on his hip… He pretty much cannot walk or put any weight on his left side. My work load around the house has increased this week, helping him, doing what he used to do around the house, and helping take care of him. This to shall pass and he will be happier and healthier with his hip feeling better.

This week we got word that my Grandma who we just visited while in CA fell again and broke her pelvis. Since then she has been in and out of ICU. My heart breaks for her and for the fact that I can’t be there with her. I reflect on the special bond I have with her and all the memories we have shared throughout the years… She is the one who taught me how to sew. It is because of her that I love to do it! I am so grateful that while we were there we took the time to take the kids to go visit her… We just don’t know how much longer we will be able to do that.

With all this being said I am so grateful for this time of year and the opportunity we have to give to others, and spend time with our friends and loved ones! Have you found all those special presents yet??? Maybe Blogmas could help you find just what you are looking for!

Before we get started I wanted to announce starting in the new year we will be having guest co-hosts at the link ups! If you are interested in becoming a guest co host please let me know here!

Our Featured Post this week!

Erin Brown from Erin Brown Hollis shared Earthly Blemishes and Heavenly Reminders last week! Can I just say as I read her post I was amazed at the beauty of this real post that I feel about 98% of the time! Thank you for sharing Erin! Please be sure to check out her post!

Erin  is a wife and mother of two. She dearly loves her faith, her family and getting the most out of life!  She is a busy girl runnin’ her legs off to keep life moving forward while making sure all the ends meet. Stop by her blog and say, “hi!”

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Wandering Wednesday #12

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Wow! What a week it has been! We had so much fun in California visiting my family last week, but I feel like I am racing to catch up and just getting further and further behind. Do you ever feel like that coming home from vacation?

Yesterday Ty had hip surgery… Which prompted my latest post, What if it’s the last time? It made me really think about the time we spend with our loved ones, especially our spouses!

With it being Thanksgiving last week, I was also able to guest post at my good friend Flossie’s blog Super Mom Hacks and talk about How to Teach your Kids Gratitude. True confessions happening over there as to how my life used to be while shopping with my kids before learning some valuable lessons!

And starting tomorrow we have something special happening on the blog! So be sure to come back then and see our big news; you won’t want to miss it… and I promise it will make your holiday season easier and a little less stressful!

With it being Thanksgiving last week we had a small link up, but not many people voted so we will just go ahead and start the blog party right now! So let’s get the party started right now! Click here to see the awesome blog posts!

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Wandering Wednesday #11

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The hustle and bustle of getting ready for Thanksgiving is upon us! The pies are made… The rolls are rising to bake for tomorrow and I am about ready to open a Diet Coke so that I can make it through all the preparations of the day!

What are you doing today to get ready for Thanksgiving? After your preparations are done, put your feet up and enjoy some awesome blog post from our bloggers this week!

Our Featured Post

This week our Featured Post is 5 Gross Things I have Done as A Mom  by Sarah, from Organized as Mother!  Sarah claims to be no expert at being a mom, which I am sure we can all relate to! She has one child and works full time. She follows simple, yet effective steps each day to stay on top of everything from her house, to her daughter, to her mind and her work.

Go check out her post here because it is so funny and I am sure we can all relate! How many of those things have you done? Me personally, 4/5 (I won’t tell you, which one I haven’t done 🙂 )

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #10

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Oh what? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet? I know… I know… but if you walked into my house it would certainly say hello Christmas! The kids begged me to please decorate for Christmas, so here we sit 41 days before Christmas is even here! They are wondering where Buster (the Elf) is because they are ready! Which brings me to our Elf… His name is Buster and you can follow him on Instagram after Thanksgiving at #WheresBuster.

Do you have an elf? Does he move everyday? Does he cause mischief? Do you need ideas for your elf? Well, good news.. I have a Pinterest Page completely devoted to the elf here! (if you want to be a contributor to this page, go ahead and follow me and let me know down in the comments!)

Don’t have an elf and want to buy one? Currently available at Amazon 

Well, enough about Christmas! This is about meeting some other AMAZING bloggers on our weekly link up party! But before we get started:

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Our Featured Post

This week is a tie! Both of these amazing ladies have been featured before and we are so happy to feature them again!

Lori from Choosing Wisdom is a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She is a lover of learning, and often found devouring a book or writing. She enjoys biking and traveling with her husband as well as spending time with her grandson. Her adult kids are optional :). She wrote the perfect post called What Does Practicing Patience Really Teach Us?  Check it out!

We also have April, from Mojitos & Munchkin. April is a proud Iowan, who now lives in Minnesota with her hubby and their three cherubs. After nearly a decade teaching, she is on a break from the classroom and enjoying life as a work-from-home Mom. You can find her writing on Scary Mommy, Daily Mom, and her blog, Mojitos and Munchkins, that she uses as a creative outlet to escape the craziness that comes with life. She loves movies, cocktails, the color purple, homemade spaghetti sauce, day dates and sunny afternoons. She thinks the world would be a better place without temper tantrums, soup, the color navy, temperatures that dip below 20 degrees, and the distance between people she loves. Her insomnia allows her to pin things that she may (or may not ever) try. You can connect with her on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. She is featured for her post Why I Let My Kids Destroy the Kitchen

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