Updates, Changes, and the Link Party

Hello, my lovelies. How is everyone doing as Christmas season heats up? I’m planning to spend the weekend with my littles making Christmas ornaments for their tree. (Actually, they’ll be crafting and I’ll be drinking wine and supervising.) Yup, we have two trees. Because of my OCD ornament hanging issues and all. The sexy tall white tree is all mine and they can hang pretty much anything they want on theirs. They are thrilled.

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If you’re hear looking for the link party, I’ll explain about that in a minute. Otherwise, bear with me. It’s been a long couple of months.

For those of you that are new here or don’t know our story, I’m the foster/grandmother to two wonderful little boys with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD). My guys are 4 and 5 and while they are a delight and I love everything about being their “forever mom”, there’s often a lot going on behind the scenes.

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I’ve been teaching four college courses…which I totally love but it’s been far more time consuming than I would have believed. Duh, right? I’ve also taken on some part time working doing clinical investigations for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Love. But still….kind of time consuming sometimes. And the boys have regular medical, OT, speech therapy, physiotherapy, and all that good stuff.

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Along with all of that, I’ve been in battle, once again, with the child welfare agency who is the technical guardian of the children. This time it was over school and it has burned me out. We won the battle to allow the boys to stay in daycare until they’re actually ready and to ensure the agency continues to fund daycare for working foster parents, but, truly…..I’m wiped out. Like, lay on the floor with a cloth over my eyes exhausted. Which I’ve tried but the boys keep jumping on me lol. #humantrampoline

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And, finally, I’ve been struggling with insomnia off and on for the past couple of years but it’s been awful since the end of August. As in, I haven’t slept through the night since then and I’m really, really tired. Mostly I just flop around like a beached walrus looking for the magic sleep position. I haven’t found it yet.

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Which lead me to having to take a look at what I’m able to manage around here. I love this blog and I’m not quitting. But I’m taking a few steps back and in order to figure out where we go from here. Things have become a little unmanageable lately. This year, I’m not doing a ton of DIY Christmas projects and you’ve probably noticed that. I don’t trust myself with a glue gun on this little sleep. I will continue to post and share as I can this season and on an ongoing basis but I’m taking a little break from the link party until after Christmas when I know what I can reasonably manage with my winter courses and work load.

If you’re looking to link up, please visit my lovely co-hosts who have been very supportive over this much needed break. They will continue to party and I’ll continue to tweet, pin, and share your links from their sites.

Cindy, Little Miss Celebration  |  Facebook |  Pinterest  |  Twitter  |  G+
Amy, Ms. Toody Goo Shoes    Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Pinterest  |  Instagram
Ginnie, Hello Little Home | Facebook |  Twitter Pinterest|   G+   |   Instagram
Paula, Virginia Sweet Pea | Facebook |  Pinterest  |  Twitter  |  G+  |  Instagram

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Have a great weekend, everyone. If anyone needs me, I’ll be over here not sleeping… 😉

 

Best of the Weekend and Features 3.11.16

It’s Friday which means it’s party time! Welcome to our Best of the Weekend Features and Link Party!

There are five of us hosting this party and we tweet, pin, and share as many of your links as we can throughout the week. Each week we feature the most viewed link along with a few of our favorites.

Meet your hosts!

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Cindy-  Little Miss Celebration | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+

Amy-  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ginnie-  Hello Little Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

Paula-  Virginia Sweet Pea | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram

Jenna- 24 Cottonwood Lane | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

 

FEATURES

The favorite post from last week is from Finding Grace Interiors who shared some ways of decorating for spring.

Here are a few of my favorite links from last week.

Mini carrot cake with candied Pecans by Sweet and Savory by Shinee

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Easter cupcakes by My Thoughts and Ramblings

 

Wine themed bar cart by crly crafty mom

 

Time to share your own ideas, recipes, tips, furniture flips, and anything else you created last week. Have a great weekend 🙂


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Welcome to another Friday night and the Best of the Weekend Party and Features. I hope everyone’s had a good week and has some time to relax and unwind this weekend. We are doing absolutely nothing. I hope 🙂

If you’re looking to link up your favorite posts of the week, you’re in the right place! This party is hosted by five separate blogger who each share the most viewed link along with a few of their favorites from the previous weeks.

YOUR HOSTS

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Cindy-  Little Miss Celebration | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+

Amy-  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ginnie-  Hello Little Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

Paula-  Virginia Sweet Pea | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram

Jenna- 24 Cottonwood Lane | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

FEATURES

Last week’s most viewed link was Secrets for Cleaning Your Oven from The Chic Cottage.

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Here were some of my favorites from last week’s party.

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Chalk Painted Chest Makeover from Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
DIY Wood Sign Tutorial from Little Bits of Home
Pretty Painted Chest from Create and Babble
Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze from The Gracious Wife

PARTY TIME

Time to party! Link up your best posts of the week. We welcome tips, tricks, makeovers, DIY projects, recipes, or anything that inspired you last week. I’m personally a huge fan of furniture or room makeovers so if you’ve got them, I want to see them. Keep it family friendly and follow your hosts in some way! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week.

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And when you’re finished linking up, head over to Craftsy, where supplies are up to 50% off, to get the jump on next weeks projects.
Save on supplies!
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Affiliate links are included to Craftsy because I love this site so much! This means I receive a small commission if you purchase something through these links which allows me to keep this party going and to feed my picky eating kids. (Who as I write this very paragraph are refusing to eat the dinner they specifically asked for. #kidsarefun)

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Hey, everyone! Hope everyone had a great week and is ready to party with us. This party is hosted by five great blogs which means lots of exposure for you and a chance to be featured by each of us! We’d love it if you would follow us in some way!

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Cindy-  Little Miss Celebration | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+

Amy-  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ginnie-  Hello Little Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

Paula-  Virginia Sweet Pea | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram

Jenna- 24 Cottonwood Lane | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

Last week’s most popular link was from House Full of Handmade who shared her vintage coffee printable.

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Here are a few of my favorites from last week.

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Mushroom Bacon Salad from The Country Chic Cottage

How to Transform an Ikea Bookcase from Dancing Dog Cabin

Seventies Stereo Makeover from What Meegan Makes

Cheesy Broccoli Brown Rice from I Thee Cook

Let’s get to the party! Link up your best posts of the week, your great recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas. Oh, and furniture makeovers. Those are my favorite! Keep it family friendly and follow your hosts in some way! Have a great weekend 🙂


Best of the Weekend Party and Features 2.15.16

It’s Friday and what a crazy week it was! One kid home sick, a snow day (and I couldn’t find my shovel), two therapy appointments for Aiden, and a social worker visit. I feel like I accomplished a big fat nothing on the blogs or around the house this week. Hope you had a saner week than we did 🙂

Here’s what we got up to this week. Last Sunday, I shared some pretty home office organizing ideas along with some shopping resources if you’re feeling like it’s time to get more organized.

10 Ways To Organize The Perfect Home Office

And I also shared my latest find…Craftsy! Where you can learn to do anything better. I’ve already signed up for photography, how to work my Silhouette, and some crochet classes. This is probably why I’m not getting much done.

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On to our features and party!

Last week’s most viewed link was How Cleaning Is Stressing You Out from Housewife How Tos. (I know, right?)

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And here’s what caught my eye last week.

12 Simple Valentine’s Day Wreaths from Carrielle.

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Here are some great ideas for Throwing the Ultimate Football Party from Yesterday on Tuesday.

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Faux Shiplap from Reinvented KB. Love it!

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Let’s Party!

As always, when you link up here, you’re linking on five separate blogs to give your projects and ideas lots of exposure and opportunities to be featured. Each host features the most clicked link and some of her favorites so check in with each of us to see if you were featured this week.

Best of the Weekend Hosts

Cindy-  Little Miss Celebration | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+

Amy-  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ginnie-  Hello Little Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

Paula-  Virginia Sweet Pea | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram

Jenna- 24 Cottonwood Lane | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | G+ | Instagram

PARTY TIME

No rules but we like to keep things family friendly and appreciate if you’d follow us in some way. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to! Have a great weekend everyone!