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Summer Travel and TFT #394

Welcome to another Thursday Favorite Things Link Party!

I hope you've all had a good week, and that those who had Father's Day celebrations enjoyed the day.  My nephew and niece hosted a spur of the moment party, and we enjoyed home-made pasta con broccoli, (and my sweet niece even made a gluten free batch for me!)   Family gatherings are special, and, as I get older, I appreciate them even more.

A couple of my features this week center around travel, and one of them will help you pack for the beach.  My husband and I are having a beach vacation in October to celebrate our anniversary, and I am so longing to hear those waves!

 This is how we spend our mornings and evenings (etc...) at the beach. Looking at and listening to the ocean, while we drink coffee.  Ahhh, I get more relaxed just thinking about it.

We're landlocked here in Missouri, (in St. Louis, home of the STANLEY CUP winning St. Louis Blues!), and I haven't seen the ocean for several years.  (P.S. If you have recently heard a hockey fan say "play Gloria," just know if has to to with the St. Louis Blues and a particular 80's Laura Branigan song that enhanced this amazing season.  You may want to google that...)  The parade last weekend was amazing.   Play Gloria!

Fun food, A Fun Project, and TFT #393

Happy Thursday, and welcome to the Thursday Favorite Things link party. I'm always so grateful to see so many bloggers contributing such creative and fun content, and I'm honored that you're here.

I have been having so much fun reading the posts from last week's party. (If you missed it, click here.)  This week, there were several fun food posts, and I'm including just a few of these in my features.

Another one of the features this week gives some simple  instructions for making a silhouette.

I have always loved silhouettes, probably because I had one done for me when I was a little girl, while on an outing with my mom, and I still remember what a fun memory it was.

To keep the tradition going, my husband and I had silhouettes done of our kids on a few different visits to Disney World. I'm always in awe of how much the silhouettes look like my kids, even though the people who created them used only scissors, with no sketching beforehand.  Of course, the kids had to sit still while this was done.



My silhouette from the 1960s and one of my kids' silhouette from the 1990s.


However, my grown son was looking at the silhouettes up on the mantel the other day, and with an impression of me from back in the day, he said, "Hey, while we're here at one of the most fun places on earth, let's force our kids sit dead still for a while and get silhouettes done."

I laughed so hard, because, yes, those were probably not the most fun experiences for my kids, having to sit still while someone cut out their silhouettes.  I am glad I have the silhouettes, though!

Now that you have the back story of the silhouettes, here are my features:  (Please pin from the original blog, not from here. Thanks!)


Jenna, from Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how to make an easy silhouette, (without having to make your kids sit still!)


Decorate My House and TFT #392

Welcome to Thursday, and welcome to another Thursday Favorite Things link party!

Many of you know that we moved into our house about a year and a half ago.  Life has been very hectic since then (to put it mildly), so I haven't really taken time to decorate much. Oh, I've pinned a plenty, but I haven't really tackled any of the projects. I've decided, though, that it's time to put some personality into the place and get motivated.

So, today, my features from last week's party highlight some decorating projects that I've decided I'm going to do in my new house!  (Yes, I'm planning to do them all!) 

Some party reminders:  Please pin from the original blog, and not from here.  Also, don't forget to leave a comment here with your link number. Thanks!

Here are my features:


This botanical gallery wall from Lecultivateur makes me so happy.  It's beautiful, and it looks simple to do.


Summer Style Giveaway

I'm so happy today to announce my second giveaway ever.  What a great one it is! 

Have you put together your summer wardrobe yet?  Mine is pretty basic, but I like to add some punches of color and fun to brighten things up.  I'm typically not one to spend a lot on a purse,( I'm just a bit too hard on purses to invest too much!), but would love to have a beautiful one like this Dooney and Bourke Saffiano Lexington crossbody purse. Such a perfect accessory for a little style boost. 

Enter for a chance to win the purse plus a $70 Target gift card.  (I told you it was a good one!)

     Katherine at Katherines Corner has great monthly giveaways, and I'm joining Katherine and her sponsor, JT Wisdom, blogger at Bubbling with Elegance and Grace and some of her bloggy friends to bring you the "Summer Style Giveaway."









     Please remember to follow Katherine and all her hostesses, so you can earn all your entry opportunities.


·         Katherine - Katherines Corner
·         JT Wisdom - Bubbling with Elegance and Grace
·         Roz - La Bella Vita Cucina
·         Nina - Vintage Mamas Cottage
·         Lisa- Casa Bouquet
·         Nancy - Nancy on the Homefront
·         Pam - An Artful Mom
·         Diane - Mamal Diane Keeping Life Simple
·         Laura - Everyday Edits
·         Bev - Eclectic Red Barn
·         Marla - Marla Martenson the Mystical Matchmaker
·         Karren - Oh My Heartsie Girl


Disclaimer -from Katherines Corner-Some of Katherines giveaways have sponsors and/or reviews included. Katherines Corner may receive compensation for reviews and advertising provided through a sponsored giveaway. However, no compensation will influence the outcome of any review or giveaway win. Katherines Corner provides reviews to readers in order to provide an informed decision before the purchase. Katherines Corner and its affiliate Bobskatie Enterprises reserves the right to not publish a review of a product or products that do not meet the specified instructions provided to product submission companies or individuals. Reviews are posted in the appropriate section at Katherines Corner and may also be posted on Amazon.com (subject to products availability) . This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Thursday Favorite Things #391

Can it really be Thursday already?  I'm not sure what happened to the past week, but I'm happy to be here with you for another Thursday Favorite Things link party!  I have some fun features for you today, from all kinds of bloggers.  I am always in awe of the creativity that is shared here.

Just a reminder -- Please leave a comment with your link number, and please pin from the original source.  Thank you!

Here are my features from last week's party:


Look at these 5 adorable plant lover printables from Carol at Comfort Spring.  The long haired cutie reminds me so much of my daughter and her plants.


Mother's Day Memories and TFT #390

Welcome to another fun Thursday Favorite Things link party!  I'm glad you're here, and I can't wait to see what you have to share with us today!

I'm a bit behind sharing, but I was sweetly spoiled on Mother's Day.  The day can be summed up with family, homemade candy (that I made with my daughter), an art supply gift card and a gift card to buy flowers for our deck and porch. What a lovely day!  I always miss my sweet mom on Mother's Day, though.  I lost her in 2002.  She was my biggest cheerleader and one of the main reasons I became a very independent woman.

  Here's a pic of the two of us.




And here are the two sweeties who made me a mom.  These two are now 28 and 25. (That little girl just got married in November.)




It's party time. Please leave a comment with your link number, and pin from the original source. Thanks!

Here are my features from last week's party:


A lovely watercolored greeting card from Decor Craft Design



Spring Florals, Reflections, Treats, and TFT #389

Hello friends!  I'm glad you're here for another Thursday Favorite Things link party.  I can't wait to see what you have to share with us today.

Please leave a comment with your link number, and please pin from the original post.  Thanks!

Here are my features from last week's party:  (Click back here to see what you might have missed.)


An amazing naked banana cake from Karin's Kottage


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