Tell Me About It Tuesday

Welcome back blogging babes! I am so glad you came to party with us again this week!


Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family, Pin-n-Tell   and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.



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Five Must Have Apps to Get Your Finances in Order(Guest Post)

As someone who recently got into the personal finance game myself (I’m a recent college grad living on her own), I’ve been digging for the best ways to scrimp and save. That’s part of the reason why I’m writing this post in the first place. After stumbling upon Saving For My Family, I decided I wanted to contribute as a means to grow my portfolio and help anyone out in a similar situation or simply in need of assistance with finances. What I found was that there are a lot of ways to track your spending habits through your smartphone or mobile device, but not all of them are worth your time. And after doing the proper research and giving many of them a fair shake, I’ve decided that these five are must-haves for anyone (single or in a family) looking to keep track of their personal finances.

Mint

I’m starting out with Mint because it’s likely that you’re already using it and, if not, it’s a great starting point for any person interested in getting his or her finances in check. You can input information from pretty much any account you have student loan, mortgage, checking, etc. and know that you can keep track of them in one place. There are also alerts and reminders available if you have trouble keeping up with bills or need to know when you’re at a certain amount with your checking/savings accounts. Oh, and it’s also free.

SavedPlus

To go in a slightly different direction in this post, I’m including SavedPlus. It’s an app that doesn’t necessarily maintain your personal finances in the traditional sense, but it does help with them in the long run. You see, it automatically deposits money into your savings or investment account, IRA, or even a pre-paid card for later. The wait it works is simple: Let’s say you put that you want 10 percent of your grocery shopping spending to go into your IRA. Well, SavedPlus will put whatever that percentage ends up being right into your account. Spent $150? $15 will appear in your IRA from your checking or savings account. You can also set a limit so that you’re not “saving” a percentage on every purchase.

BillGuard

I came across BillGuard when reading about the most useful apps on Investopedia, where writer Jean Folger gave BillGuard attention right at the start. In addition to tracking spending, which you’re probably doing on your own anyway, the app stays true to its name by guarding your credit cards against fraud. If any suspicious spending occurs, you’ll instantly receive an alert so you can handle it. This way, you won’t be locked out of your credit card and be forced to call your company to figure out what happened. BillGuard takes care of that.

CoinKeeper

If you’re using an iOS device, you’ll have to shell out $5.99 for CoinKeeper it’s free on Android but don’t let the price deter you. This app is great if you are saving for a particular goal, especially a more short-term one like a new car or family vacation. It helps you stay on track by doing more than alerting you that your checking account is low or anything simple like that. It actually tells you where you are spending too much money. Perhaps you’re indulging a bit too much at the market or dining out too frequently and not realizing it. Well, CoinKeeper will be there to let you know.

You Need a Budget (YNAB)

In all of my research, YNAB is the one app that consistently came up in addition to Mint. In articles on both Verizon Wireless and Lifehacker on personal finance tools, the authors pointed to YNAB as incredibly. The only downside? The price. While the app itself is free (hooray!), you are required to purchase software so that the app syncs with your desktop. And it’s around $60. Still, if you’re looking an all-inclusive way to track your family’s spending, YNAB is the way to go. It teaches you how to beat the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, tracks spending on a number of platforms and institutions, and basically keeps everyone in your household in check.

Sara Upton is a recent college graduate who studied English and journalism. When she’s not writing or reading her favorite websites, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, Max, and her boyfriend in parks around her Los Angeles home.

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National Gummi Worm Day

It is National Gummi Worm Day, they were created by the German company Trolli in 1981. Gummi means rubber in German.

My husband likes to make dirt cups with gummi worms. I found several recipes that include gummi worms. Have some fun and make some of these.

Click on the pictures for the recipes

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Gone Fishing Snack Mix

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Sour Worm Cupcakes

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Oreo Dirt Cups

 wormy orange punch

Wormy Orange Punch

Bonus

Today is also National Tapioca Pudding day. So here is a recipe.

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Crockpot Tapioca Pudding

Enjoy your day!

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Tell Me About It Tuesday

Welcome back to Tell Me About It Tuesday! I am so glad you are here to party with us!



In my life since last week: I have been cleaning and organizing the house. Also spending time playing board games with the kids.

My favorites included:

peach cobbler
Okay, now onto the party!!

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family, Pin-n-Tell   and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

We had a ton of great posts linked up last week!


Don’t forget to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} 

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National Pecan Pie Day

You really don’t need an excuse to eat pie or eat any dessert. But today is National Pecan Pie Day so why not have some pie.

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I found some great recipes:

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Pecan Pie Cookies

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Southern Pecan Pie

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Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie

I hope you enjoy the recipes and enjoy your day.

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Tell Me About It Tuesday

Welcome back to Tell Me About It Tuesday! We are so glad to have you linking up with us tonight! Sorry for the delay- I had this feeling all night I was forgetting something… ha! The party… it is Monday… (for a few more minutes anyhow!)


Since last week: I have been spending a lot of time outside. It has been really nice outside. We have a swim pass this year so we have been going to the pool a lot.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Cause who doesn’t love ice cream

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Ice Cream Maker Recipes

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Frozen Watermelon Lemonade

Okay, now onto the party!!


Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family, Pin-n-Tell   and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

We had a ton of great posts linked up last week!

Don’t forget to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} It makes me so sad to see that most of you are not playing by the rules and visiting other links. 



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Tell Me About it Tuesday Linky Party

My Week:

I have been cleaning my house getting ready for my Annual 4th of July party. We have been getting really bad storms and tons of rain here. Hopefully the rain will stop soon and my yard will have a chance to dry up.

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family, Pin-n-Tell   and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

We had a ton of great posts linked up last week!

Don’t forget to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} It makes me so sad to see that most of you are not playing by the rules and visiting other links. 


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Jewelry In Candles Giveaway

Disclosure: I am an independent representative of Jewelry In Candles.  I do make a commission on each sale.  I only recommend products/services I use personally & believe my readers will enjoy and/or benefit from. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
My first experience with Jewelry In Candles has been with the Island Hibiscus Candle.  I chose the earrings as my jewelry and they are pictured below.

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Tell Me About It Tuesday

Welcome back party people!

 

 

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In my life since last week:

We have been going to the pool a lot lately. We also went to SD to spend time with family.

Leave me a comment! Tell Me About Your Week!

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family, Pin-n-Tell   and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

 

We had a ton of great posts linked up last week!

Among my favorites:

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

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Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs

On to the party!

 

Thank you for dropping by to link up. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

 

Remember, please follow the hostesses. Link up anything family friendly that you like. I am changing the rules to include giveaways because we all love a good giveaway right? And the point of this party is to support our fellow blogger right?

 

 

I would also like you to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} It makes me so sad to see that most of you are not playing by the rules and visiting other links. 

 

Please note that by linking up to Tell Me About It Tuesday you are granting the hostesses permission to share your post on our social media accounts and or in round up posts. We may also feature your work in the next party.

 

Don’t forget to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} It makes me so sad to see that most of you are not playing by the rules and visiting other links. 

  


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Make Your Loved One’s Birthday A Memorable One

Birth-Day

 

Birthday’s make a person cherish the life that god has given. Adding to the joy of the celebration there are wonderful birthday gifts which make the person feel more blessed. Gifts are bound to be given with a thought of the person’s likes or dislikes, it should be beautiful, and need not necessarily huge. It can be remembered for a lifetime. One look at it and all the fond memories will return back.

 

Gifts can be funny, crazy, which can spread a giggle on the face of the person. Like a talking parrot, or a funny toy. Of course, it depends on the age factor also. But as such laughing heals everything, so it is a good alternative. The factor of relationship is also essential, if you have a friendly, but formal relations then do not go for expensive gifts. A birthday flowers delivery or a good wishes card is ok for common relationships.

 

Consider The Taste Of The Person: Along with the relationship factor, the taste of the person should be kept in mind while giving the present. Think what’s his favorite thing? Is he an animal lover, passionate about sports, or he/she loves travelling and is an adventurer. He has a sweet tooth for food and chocolates, or loves cartoons or movies or is into religious stuff. accordingly you can assign the gifts. For an animal lover you can buy a bowl or a pedigree dog food if he is a keeper of dogs. You can gift the colorful belts, or even better, give him tickets to treat his animal to an animal spa. Feels like, one passion and many solutions. You can gift an anime DVD set to a cartoon lover, or a baseball kit to a sports fan. if he is religious gift him accordingly. Don’t forget the antiques! An age old wall clock, or an ancient manuscript, or a wall piece, or the best one is ancient coin collection. This will make him just all smiles and hugs on you. Believe it, this works actually. For a lover of books, there are numerous options so that is not a problem. Be classy, simple yet elegant.

 

Yearly Smiles: Think over the idea of making the receiver smile even after the birthday. Here’s what you can do. Give him the monthly or yearly subscriptions to his favorite magazine keeping in mind his interest. That is not a tough task, he might love cooking, or horse riding, or trekking, or interior designing stuff, or is crazy about movies. The glossy magazine filled with all sorts of details will catch his eyes, and he won’t take his hands off the magazine.

 

Another option is a subscription to a club that delivers a particular item each month or so. Like the fruit of the month club. For example, give the birthday guy or gal fresh apples one month, oranges the next, and pears the following. For wine lovers, a regular delivery of a selection of red or white wines to try out would likely be appreciated. There are beer-of-the-month clubs as well, which allows the receiver to try a range of different brews. These clubs are often a bit expensive, as shipping charges can be high, but many have options for less frequent deliveries; if a monthly delivery is too much, one every three months or for just the first six months of the year may be a possibility.

 

Go Clubbing: Give the recipient a whole 365 day’s membership to a club which delivers a monthly item. Take for e.g. toy of the month club, if he is akin or is interested in toy making designs then every month he/she will receive a designed elegant toy, his joy will knew no bounds. Likewise, a flower admirer is a universal aspect. Allow the person to smell his favorite roses by a parcel of flowers at his door. There is a wine club where there can be a delivery of red wines or other reputed brands of alcohol which would be highly appreciated by a wine lover. The membership of this clubs can be a bit more expensive, the cost of shipping the products on time is a time consuming job. It needs more of money, but if it’s not possible once in a month, then you can opt for once in a 6 month or the first six months of the year.

Give A Gift Of Hangout: Getting out and having some fun at the recipient’s favorite place is also considered a good idea for a birthday present. It would be a very welcoming idea for your friend or relative. Take the recipient to his favorite resort, or if he is a child take him to an amusement park for whole day making his trip a memorable one. If he is an adult, you can think of offering him/her a date. However this is an issue based on personal perspective, so it depends on the recipient and your relation. There are aquariums, museums, adventure parks, wild life sanctuaries where even an adult will have an experience of his lifetime. Do not forget to buy the tickets for the trip unless you are taking the birthday person alone with you. It is your treat and it’s your responsibility to make it special.

 

Small But Special Offerings: If you have a tight situation in your budget scenario, then you can opt for a small gift, which involves your genuine love and feelings for the person. Do not think that only studded and sparkling valuables are important. You can do the chores of the person at his house to help all day, or you can do the gardening of the flowers for the recipient, He will really appreciate your efforts. If the relationship is so strong, then even a small lip balm of the person’s choice will bring smile to his face.

 

Avoid Intimate Gifts: You can have an idea of the birthday flowers delivered at the recipient’s house, as a basic perspective. But do not ever think of buying intimate objects for the person which includes lingerie or sleeping wear, it might make the person sullen and embarrassed. Take a look at your relationship and consider the amount of cohesiveness you people have it. Buy according to the person’s taste. After all, the gifts are connected with the heart of yours and the person you are giving too. You can relish the same feeling by looking at your antique placed in the recipient’s show case and feel happy. Offerings are said to be god made you just add the tinge of love and humanity in it.

 

About The Author: Kate Steele is the author of this article. She has witnessed the power of birthday flowers delivered to her friends and relatives. She believes in making the recipient’s birthday solemn and special by giving exquisite but meaningful gifts. Here she is giving some tips as to what can be offered as a present.

 

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International Picnic Day

Today is International Picnic Day. What a perfect day to have a picnic. Invite friends, neighbors, family etc to come over and have a picnic.

International Picnic Day

It is raining here but we can have a picnic inside. I found some great ideas and recipes for you so invite people over and have fun.

 

strawberry-angel-food-skewers1Strawberry Angel Food Skewers

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Easy Gooey Smores Squares

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50 ideas for an Easy Picnic

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DIY Twister

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Picnic Ideas for Kids

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Picnic Time  Invite Free Printable

Have a great summer !

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Tell Me About It Tuesday

 

Tell Me About It Tuesday 6/16

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Welcome Back Party People!

I hope you have had an excellent week!

 

Leave me a comment! Tell Me About Your Week!

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family,Pin-n-Telland Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

We had a ton of great posts linked up last week!
Here are a couple of  my favorites
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 Pizza Stuffed Shells

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Patriotic Snow Cones

Now…On to the party!

 

Thank you for dropping by to link up. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

 

Remember, please follow the hostesses. Link up anything family friendly that you like. I am changing the rules to include giveaways because we all love a good giveaway right? And the point of this party is to support our fellow blogger right?
I would also like you to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge} It makes me so sad to see that most of you are not playing by the rules and visiting other links.
Please note that by linking up to Tell Me About It Tuesday you are granting the hostesses permission to share your post on our social media accounts and or in round up posts. We may also feature your work in the next party.

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Tell Me About It Tuesday Linky Party

Welcome Back Party People! I hope you have had an excellent week!

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Big news this week! We are honored to welcome Jenn and Dawn from Pin-n-Tell as our new co-hosts. That means we are featuring your awesome posts on 4 blogs!

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

On to the party!

Here are a few of my favorites from last week

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Chore Chart

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Boston Cream Parfaits

Thank you for dropping by to link up. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!
Remember, please follow the hostesses. Link up anything family friendly that you like. I am changing the rules to include giveaways because we all love a good giveaway right? And the point of this party is to support our fellow blogger right?

I would also like you to visit the 2 links before yours in the party, just to keep it fair! Please visit and share as many as you can. We all love comments. {wink, hint, nudge}

Please note that by linking up to Tell Me About It Tuesday you are granting the hostesses permission to share your post on our social media accounts and or in round up posts. We may also feature your work in the next party.


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Cute Money Saving Tips for Responsible Parents

 

It could be quite an expensive affair being a parent. For new parents, this new bunch of expenses could be overwhelming. It is a total life changing experience. Unfortunately, there is a mild hiccup in being a parent, and that is money management. Of course it is similar to biting a bullet, but with some precautions and clever budget tactics, you could afford the things that you need and raise your child like a king/queen. Here are some eye-openers that will definitely make you go, OMG, why I didn’t know this before!”

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Shop for Unisex Clothing:There is practically no reason to buy different models and fittings for small boys and girls as there is no great deal of difference in how their bodies are shaped. So if you are planning to have more than one child, stay away from the customary blue and pink outfits. Many T-shirts and pants are worn both by girls and boys throughout pre-school. Moreover, many designing companies have now taken an overall approach to unisex clothing that considers color, pattern and fit. This not only enables the freedom of choice, but also it makes financial sense.

Save On Baby Furniture: You definitely want that your baby should feel special. However, there are a whole lot of ways to do that than simply spending a fortune on the nursery furniture. Start looking early for the furniture, as you have about eight months to set up the nursery. You could also consider purchasing unfinished furniture that is available on many stores and websites, and customize it by having it finished for the nursery, paint the shelving, wooden knobs, handles and add charm to the nursery. Remember the baby furniture is temporary, perhaps only 18 months. While buying from a website, you could surf around the web and see if you get some coupon codes that give you discount on purchase from certain websites.

 

 

Explore Homeschooling: While circumstances force parents to put their 2 year olds in someone else’s care at day-time, there are many who are influenced by the hugely popular propaganda of the pre-school craze. Putting the idea off for a year or two could save thousands spent on tuition fees. A stimulating milieu could be created and generate numerous opportunities for playdates with your friends to prepare children for the kindergarten. Have you heard any news on how huge a difference has it made on the child’s overall development, when it is sent to pre-school? I have not heard anything of that sort.

Cut You Kid’s hair: It may sound crazy, but in addition to being money saving tactic it is also a very cute activity at home. A salon visit could cost somewhere around $25 or more, however the child’s locks could be easily trimmed by you too. What you need is a spray bottle, a comb and a pair of scissors. And bang! You are game for it. The step-by step instructions are available through innumerable sources online. Guess what! A visit to the salon takes time; your child gets messy and irritable while getting a hair-cut, moving head here and there. You are saved from all this trouble by allotting some time every fortnightly or once in a month.

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Shift Working Hours:For a family where both the parents are working, one payment that takes out the biggest slice from their income is baby-sitting. Look out for jobs that allow flexible hours, or even see if your current employer permits you to work flexibly. Some parents do away with child-care expenses by arranging the work timings, so that one spouse could work in the evening while the other hustles during the day.

Home-made baby food: There is no denying to the fact that baby food is quite expensive. Preparing baby food at home is quite cheaper, and a greener and eco-friendly way to achieve the required nutrition when shifting your child’s feeding from milk to semi-solids or solids. It is definitely not tough or time-consuming. You could easily mix fruits with other ingredients for taste and nutrition and blend the vegetables to introduce your baby to new flavors.

Brush Away Dental Expenditure: You might be wondering what this means. Does it really have any importance in my money-saving program? Yes it does! You can help prevent cavities to your child by brushing their teeth twice a day until the child attains the skill to do it on its own. A single filling cost is somewhere around $300.

Putting away money for your child’s great future is a mind-blowing way to build your own little nest egg. There is no need to keep aside hundreds of dollars every month, but some clever financial decision and a commitment to you to save something each month could turn up great benefits once children grow up and so do their needs. It is recommended to research online on various products and services to see if they suit your requirements. While purchasing online, ensure that you check out for discount coupons that is available though a number of platforms.

 

Author Bio: Anna Williams is a wholesaler of baby products, who is running this business from several years. She explains us why to purchase baby clothing in wholesale and how to use Voucher Sky and benefits offered by it. She likes to share money saving tips with parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tell Me About It Tuesday Linky Party

Welcome back party people! I am so glad you came!

It has been a busy week going to field trips and we went to the pool over the weekend.
Here is my favorite from last week
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Okay now onto the good stuff!

I have been featuring your links on the Sweet Silly Sara page as well as my personal page. {Hey, we can be friends-leave me a comment or send me an email [sweetsillysara at gmail dot com] and I will add you on facebook.} I am behind on the pins and comment love again this week… 

Make sure you hop over to see the features on Saving for My Family and Woman of Many Roles. Be a dear and follow them or leave a comment if you would be so kind.

Here are  Sara’s favorites from last week:


Crochet Flower Pillow by 2 Crochet Hooks


The Shirt Skirt by The Crafty Blog Stalker
Crockpot French Dip by Daily Leisure

On to the party!

Thank you for dropping by to link up. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!
Remember, please follow the hostesses. Link up anything family friendly that you like, except giveaways and etsy shops!

Don’t link and run, visit a few links please! Everyone loves comments or shares {hint, hint, wink, nudge}





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