Saturday, October 7, 2017

Snickerdoodle Link Party and Fall Favorites October 7, 2017

Thanks for stopping by to join us today!  I hope that your weekend is relaxing or productive--whichever you are looking for!  My weekend is full of soccer games, shopping, writing a research paper for school, and mowing the lawn--my fave!  Really, it is--I love to mow the lawn.

Have you read my post on "Reasons Why I Scrapbook"--that's another thing I love to do, though these days not as often as in the past.  Hope you will check it out HERE. 

Please follow your hosts on one or more Social Media Platforms.


Beverly and Gloria Across the Blvd (G+ / Pin / Twitter / FB / Instagram)
Please let us know you’re following from Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make. We’d love to follow you back!
We're happy to announce that we will be featuring even more of your wonderful posts. Each week, on all five blogs, you'll find the co-hosts' selections for featured posts in the following categories: Crafts/DIY, Recipes, and Crocheting/Sewing. We will each include the Most Clicked as featured post as well. In addition, you may find other posts being featured, too.
While you're here, we'd love for you to grab our new party button.
Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party Button
Pinterest Promotion It's a great way to give you even more exposure!
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Follow all of the co-hosts on Pinterest and then send an email request to join the board to acrosstheblvd@gmail.com. Please include a link to your Pinterest Profile as well as the name of your blog.
If you're featured, please grab our Snickerdoodle Feature Button!
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~On to the Features~
All Features will be pinned to the Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make Features Board. We would love for you to pin the features, too. Please pin from the original source!
Crafts/DIY:
Here is a fun craft for the kids--a lot of the time I think the little ones like the simple things, like these Fall Stick Puppets by JUST MEASURING UP.

Making Popsicle Stick Scarecrow and Monster Figures - Easy Fall Craft for Kids

Recipes:
Pumpkin Crunch sounds pretty good to me!  By Poinsettia Drive.


Sewing/Crochet:
The Blue Elephants has some adorable crochet tutorials to share but I chose this one with Pikachu for this week's feature.

crochet pikachu

Most Clicked:
This is so CUTE!  I love pumpkins and pineapples--Living La Vida Holoka has made the best of both worlds!


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Fun, Scrapbooks, and Funtastic Friday 147

Funtastic Friday Link Party banner

Funtastic Friday 147 Link Party

Hello! It's time for another Funtastic Friday link party. We have the Halloween Blog Hop 2017 & $100 Giveaway going on right now. Link up one or more of your Halloween creations and enter the giveaway for a chance to win $100 PayPal cash.

I recently shared my thoughts on "Reasons Why I Scrapbook" and would like to have you visit and leave a comment regarding how you keep family memories, photos, etc. in your home.

MEET THE FUNTASTIC FRIDAY 147 LINK PARTY HOSTS

Please follow the party hosts on social media. Funtastic Friday Party Hosts
MOST VIEWED
Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches ~ Whip up a batch of these classic sliders, and watch them disappear! Perfect for game day, baby showers, or any party occasion.
Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches @ The Kitchen is My Playground
HOST FAVORITES
Sweet potato bars with maple buttercream frosting are unbelievably moist, with the perfect bit of crunch in every bite. Filled with all the seasonal flavors of fall, they are the perfect #dessert #recipe for your #holiday gathering.
Debra's favorite - Sweet Potato Bars with Maple Frosting @ from Play Dates to Parties
Chenille Fabric Pumpkins
Heidi's favorite - Chenille Fabric Pumpkins @ Flamingo Toes
Crochet Acorns 10 Adorable Autumnal DIY Projects For Your Home!
Sherry's favorite - 10 Adorable Autumnal DIY Projects for Your Home @ Heart Handmade UK
Monkey Pod Wood Pumpkin Trays: Simple Fall D├ęcor
Angie's favorite - Monkey Pod Wood Pumpkin Trays: Simple Fall Decor @ Sadie Seasongoods
Halloween Treat Bags Printable
Cristy's favorite - Halloween Treat Bag Printables @ Carrie Elle
Easy Pumpkin Pecan Custard with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Lacie's favorite - Easy Pumpkin Pecan Custard @ Cooking on the Front Burner

 
 Donna's favorite-Flower Pot to Solar Pumpkin @ Chas' Crazy Creations
 

If you’re linking up and joining the party, please grab a button or link back to Olives & Okra or one of the party hosts (right-click on the image and save the image to your computer): Funtastic-Friday-Featured-Thumbnail1 If you’re a featured blogger, please grab a button to place on your blog (right-click on the image and save the image to your computer): Funtastic-Friday-Link-Party-Thumbnail-150x All features are pinned to Olives & Okra’s Funtastic Friday board. We will also share your post on social media if sharing buttons are readily available on your post. Help grow the Funtastic Friday link party. Tweet about the party, please!


Disclaimer: By submitting a link to this blog hop, you are giving me permission to share and/or feature your blog post and image on social media and on my blog, Olives & Okra. All links shared will either link back to the blog hop (link party) or to your blog.

FUNTASTIC FRIDAY 147 LINK PARTY RULES

  1. Post as many links as you like
  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated
  5. Show fellow bloggers link love




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Reasons Why I Scrapbook


Memories.  As many as we can hold in our mind, it is still something special to see a photo of a certain memory. I, as the mother to eight children (seven living) want to preserve those memories not just for myself and their dad but for them as well.  I have boxes of photos---boxes, I say!  As my children have grown into adulthood and beyond, I wanted to make sure that they had something tangible to take with them as they leave home to bring some of those memories to mind.

Many years ago, when our oldest was a Senior in high school, I wanted to make him something special that was from me.  About this time, I visited Utah and noticed these "scrapbook" stores.  Well, since it appeared to be along the crafty lines, I figured I should stop in one of those stores.  

I had died and gone to heaven!  This was the special gift I had been seeking--a scrapbook made for my son!  I spent a little bit of money (okay, more than a little bit) and viewed some of the sample pages in the stores and set out determined to make a masterpiece.

I was hooked!  I would start working on the pages later in the evening after the dishes were done and people were going to bed.  I would often find myself staying up til midnight or later (which probably wasn't the best idea given that I had to get up early with little ones and then head off to work myself but oh well)--I just couldn't stop the scrapin'!  I LOVED it!  I have always liked to craft but this seemed so much more to me.

One of the pages I made for our family scrapbook.  Our son Eric made a snow penguin because that's what little sister Ali wanted.

I have always been interested in my ancestors and family history--I remember writing my great-aunt's when I was a young married mom and gathered some family history information from them.  I also do family history and research through Family Search and have found other relatives by using that site.  You can sign up for your own account and make use of it, too!  I found that by making scrapbooks I was contributing to family history and hopefully future generations to know our current family better.  Yes, even more reason to spend money and time on scrapbook supplies lol.

I worked away almost daily on Joshua's scrapbook.  Then one day I had an awful thought--what if, as an almost grown man, Joshua didn't REALLY like this scrapbook?  Ugh!  Why do I have such thoughts?  I wanted it to be something he would enjoy looking through, maybe sharing with others, and certainly with his children.    The suspense had me doubting so one day, not too long before graduation, I showed the book to Joshua and he was surprised and very pleased with it.  Me and my brain--always causing me restless nights.

While I haven't been scrapbooking as much as I would like or even used to, I have made books for each of my seven children, a family scrapbook, and have now started making one with each of my grandkids (I supervise and give some direction, they choose photos, stickers and add hand-write the text).  It's a great way to spend time with them and they feel a sense of accomplishment.  Kate was the first one to get started this summer while she was visiting.

Kate working on her first scrapbook with Grandma.
Over the next few weeks I will share with you a little bit of what I have learned from my years of scrapbooking (my program doesn't believe that is an actual word but I say otherwise!).  While some have moved onto digital scrapbooks, which is fine, I still enjoy the physical and tactile senses that I get out of choosing photos, stickers, paper, arranging a layout and putting it all together.  Whatever you do, it is important to keep memories--through journals, scrapbooks, photo albums, handwritten letters, baby books, or online.
 
 Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Party in Your Pjs 177


Hello and welcome to our party!  It's nice to have you here and see how creative you are.

Have you joined in the Halloween Link Party and GIVEAWAY?
Please do!


Here are the features that I chose from last week's party--remember each host chooses their own features!

Sew Can Do has a really creative idea for a Woodland Fairy Garden Birthday Party!
 

Do you have a canine member of the family--maybe more than 1?  Tracy at Our Simple Homestead has a recipe for homemade dog treats--fresh for your pup! 
homemade dog treats

If you were featured, please grab a button to brag!


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                                                            Grandma Ideas | Pinterest

Onto the link party!




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Giveaway and Halloween Blog Hop 2017




When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam 
May luck be yours on Halloween

Halloween Blog Hop 2017

It’s time for the Halloween Blog Hop 2017 & $100 Giveaway! Halloween is my favorite time of the year! Join me and nine other bloggers as we host a month-long Halloween bash featuring old and new Halloween recipes, crafts, DIY props and decor, printables, costume design, party ideas, games, and Halloween traditions. Visit all of our blogs on November 1. We’ll announce our giveaway winner and share our favorite picks from the party on our blogs and on social media. All features are pinned to the Olives & Okra Halloween Pinterest Boards!

Meet Your Hosts

Sherry | Olives & Okra Erlene | My Pinterventures Beverly | Across the Boulevard Cristy | Happy Family Blog Lacie | Easy Peasy Pleasy Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Donna | Two Chicks and A Mom Gail | Purple Hues and Me Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Kim | Made In A Day

$100 Giveaway

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win $100 PayPal cash. To enter the giveaway, you must link up one of your favorite Halloween creations.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks for joining us!
 

Halloween Blog Hop Link Party Rules

Disclaimer: By submitting a link to this blog hop, you are giving me permission to share and/or feature your blog post and image on social media and on my blog, Olives & Okra. All links shared will either link back to the blog hop (link party) or to your blog.
  1. Halloween content only
  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated
  5. Show fellow bloggers link love

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Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party


Welcome to the party!  Make sure that you visit each host's blog as we each choose our own Features!

Let's party!

Please follow your hosts on one or more Social Media Platforms.
Beverly and Gloria Across the Blvd (G+ / Pin / Twitter / FB / Instagram)
Please let us know you’re following from Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make. We’d love to follow you back!
We're happy to announce that we will be featuring even more of your wonderful posts. Each week, on all five blogs, you'll find the co-hosts' selections for featured posts in the following categories: Crafts/DIY, Recipes, and Crocheting/Sewing. We will each include the Most Clicked as featured post as well. In addition, you may find other posts being featured, too.
While you're here, we'd love for you to grab our new party button.
Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party Button
Pinterest Promotion It's a great way to give you even more exposure!
Pinterest Board Promotion Logo
Follow all of the co-hosts on Pinterest and then send an email request to join the board to acrosstheblvd@gmail.com. Please include a link to your Pinterest Profile as well as the name of your blog.
If you're featured, please grab our Snickerdoodle Feature Button!
Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Feature Button
~On to the Features~
All Features will be pinned to the Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make Features Board. We would love for you to pin the features, too. Please pin from the original source!
Recipes:
Mommy D Jane shares 20 Tasty Pecan Recipes with us!



Sewing/Crochet:
I. Need. This.  Doesn't everyone?  Little House Living has a pattern for a lavender eye pillow--I feel better about this day already!



Most Clicked:
How to Make a $2 Pumpkin from Coffee Filters by Dazzle While Frazzled.



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