Sisters & Thanksgiving

Last night I was honored to host a second year of thanksgiving dinner for some of my family members whom I won’t be eating with on actual Thanksgiving day (like today) due to going to my husbands family get together today instead. Everything turned out perfectly except the Turkey (which we forgot to thaw days in advance) first timer- no judging! Maybe next year we will know better!

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My lovely three sisters and I enjoyed a photo session, full of selfies, outfit shots and just pure sisterly love and goofiness. We all had to share this lovely tartan Zara blanket scarf of course. (You can view me styling this scarf here and here).

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So today I leave you with some thanksgiving shots of some fun girliness. Tonight my three sisters and I hit up the malls for some deals, but until then time with family is a must.

What are you and your family doing for Thanksgiving?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Outfit details: Lipstick: Maybelline Ruby Star// Blanket scarf: Zara//Polkadot Leggings: via Plato’s Closet//Shirt: Charlotte Russe (old)//Flats: via Plato’s Closet//Necklace: Designs By Stacy Lee Etsy shop

Have you linked up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up yet? You can link up multiple posts too. I would love to see what you are up to, maybe feature you and 4 other ladies.
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Linking up today with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

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Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me # 12 link up

Hello and welcome to the 12th “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” post/link up. Even though there was a break last week from featuring I was excited when many of you came back and linked up more of your posts anyway, so thank you for thinking of this little new link up party- I am just as excited about it as you must be.

I had the largest number of link ups occur than ever before-26, so thank you, thank you. I also want to thank  those that have regularly been linking up and to the several new followers for linking up. I hope you will enjoy coming back, but until then check out todays featured 5 and remember to link up a recent blog post or more and follow me in some form. This is the FIRST time in a while that I have included thumbnail picture links for more of your enjoyment. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break, time with family and friends. Will see you next Tuesday, December 2 for the next link up.

Fashion:

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Robyn of @feelgreatfashion is a newbie to the link up, and I to hers Beautiful You so when she linked up this post I fell in love with the colors of this outfit as they made me think of spring and summer all over again. I liked how the blazer tied everything together and how the pumps added an extra pop of unexpected colors. You can check out Robyn’s post here and her link up here.

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Tina of @tickledpinkwoman.BlogSpot.com is a regular linker and I just love her blog, and she is a sweet lady if you haven’t met her yet. Today I am featuring her review of her recent TideBuy cuff bracelet and I just loved how she styled it with her lovely fall apparel. Somehow I have been seeing a lot of TideBuy reviews in blog land but hers sticks out. You can read her post here.

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Ashley of @fabellis.com is a blogger I have known for alittle while so I was thrilled when she linked up for the first time recently. Today I am showcasing her layered coat-igan over overalls. I don’t see very many fashion bloggers display overalls but it is a treat when I see it as I like the trend but don’t often times know how to best style them so that they look hip and stylish. I think Ashley nailed it, and how unique is that coat-cardigan (coatigan) she is styling? You can review her post here for more details on this coatigan. *By the way would you like to see a shirt Ashley had sent to me and how I styled it then check it out here.

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Debbie of @fashionfairydust.blogspot.com also linked up a fun layered look combining faux fur, chambray and faux leather and she pulled off the different textures so well I just couldn’t resist NOT featuring her. If you have not checked out her blog you should as she is not just stylish, but downright witty and hilarious. I enjoy reading what she gets herself into. You can check out her post here.

Informing:

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Tif over at @brightonabudget.com linked up a post on her tips for shopping on Black Friday and some ways of saving money (and a trip to the mall or stores). I was intrigued to find out that many stores offer sales pre-black Friday and that some deals aren’t as great as you think. Tif encourages readers to have a plan beforehand of what to shop for, a budget and do research to be sure the products sale is a great deal or not. You can check out her post here to read up more on what she suggests during this busy shopping day or weekend.

Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!
****If you don’t see the Inlinkz button to link up your post then click on the little box or X below this statement and it will take you to the page to link up**** thanks and sorry about that.

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Rachel xo

Cross My Heart

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Would you believe this look was just thrown together last minute. I have had all of these clothes and heels in my wardrobe since last fall and thought I would bring them out.
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The only new addition to this wardrobe is my new H&M cross necklace, it was $4.95 in the store and how could I resist!!!
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I choose to layer this necklace with another thrifted gold chain. I tried to keep the jewelry to a minimal so that there wasn’t so much going on at the top since there is a mixture of prints going on already here.
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Throw on a beanie and the look is not only casual but creates a street wear style. This is a look I can’t wait to style with combat boots and leggings instead of jeans in the future. Lucky for me this coming weekend holds boot shopping for me. (Sooo excited!)
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What are you bringing out from last years fall wardrobe and what new things are you wearing with it?

Outfit details: Shirt:New Direction (gift)//Cardigan sweater: gift//Skinny jeans:DKNY jeans (old from TJ Maxx)//Shoes: (gift)//cross necklace: H&M in store ($4.95)//gold smalled necklace: thrifted (old)//beanie: Handmade from grandmother-in-law.

Thank you for stopping by! Rachel xo
Linking up with:

Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me

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Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis



The Fashion Canvas
Bless Her Heart Y'all

The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly
PinkSole

To those blessed days…

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Too often I take for granted how blessed I really am. I have the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Savior and in my heart, 4 kids, an AWESOME hubby a roof over my head and owned vehicles and more. I am just so glad for all that God has given me in this life. For the days I may not feel blessed I hope this post will not only inspire you, but myself as well.
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With the holidays approaching and this holiday or month being about Thankfulness I will be the first to admit that a lot of times I am not thankful enough, instead I just go through life wanting more and more only to find that what I finally got wasn’t enough or what I actually needed.
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The day I took these photos my children were all great and went to bed SUPER early than normal, the weather was summery and breezy (unlike the 30 degree and less weather lately).

God made a beautiful day that day and for that I am thankful.
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I am thankful that I got this maxi skirt and black top from JCPenny for free with the buy $10 of stuff or more get $10 off coupon. When I feel I don’t have enough- even in clothes God always provides. When I have been with little food, patience, perseverance, faith, clothing- God has provided and for that I am thankful.

What are some things you are thankful for? What are ways you can be thankful this holiday?

Outfit details: Shirt: JC Penny (clearance)//Skirt: JC Penny (clearance)//Flats: Mix It (via Plato’s closet)//Necklace: dxmall.com//Nail Polish: Rimmel London: Red, Steady, Go..

There is still a few more days left to enter the “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up. I thank everyone who has linked up (some multiple times, and some new so welcome). I will feature my favorite 5 next Tuesday, November 25, so check back to see if yours is one of them.
Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

 

Garay Treasures
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Rachel xo
Linking up with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me
The Fashionista Momma

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Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis
Bless Her Heart Y'all

The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly

Tie it in

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This has to be my favorite fall look yet, and you know why? I had to TIE IN my two new favorites to my already favorite long sleeved tee and leopard print shoes and that is my new plaid blanket scarf and H&M bow necklace.
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I have been hunting for an affordable bow necklace for awhile now, and although this one was daintier then I would have liked I just am in love with it and it was only $4.95 at H&M. My lovely sister Annalise paid half of her $2 into it because she knew I loved it so much even though I had the money for it already- thanks sister!
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This Zara blanket scarf is just the comfiest thing since snuggling up in bed with a book and warm tea. I am so in love with it I can’t wait to purchase another one and SOON!
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This is the second way I have styled this scarf, you can check out how I styled it before here.
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Outfit details: Scarf: Zara (gift, sold out online)//Bow Necklace: H&M (in store, not online) ($4.95)//Bracelets: Charlotte Russe (part of a set of 6 for $1.99)//Shirt:Merona (old)//Pants: Merona (old, via Target)//Flats:Mix It (via Plato’s Closet)//Purse:Merona (via Target, old)//Nail Polish (Rimmel London: Major Brown $1.98 at Wal-mart).

What are your favorite fall accessories or looks?

*photo credits to my sister Annalise for snapping these. THANK YOU SIS! Love you!

If you have not yet linked up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up you can do so in the link below. I will feature my favorite 5 next Tuesday, November 25.
Rules of the link up are as follows:

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

 

Garay Treasures
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Rachel xo
Linking up with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

InDuffinitely Me

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Shopping My Closet

still being molly

Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

Stylin' In St. Louis



The Fashion Canvas
Bless Her Heart Y'all

The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly

Ornaments Tradition

The weekend after thanksgiving is normally the held traditional put up the tree.  With all the plastic blue and silver sparkling balls, silver and blue tinsel, blue lights there comes last the ornaments of yearly celebration. These ornaments are hand picked and special.       These are special because each of our children receive an ornament on Christmas of something they personally accomplished that year or liked. It is grandmas job to hand select the item to become an ornament and place the name and date on  the ornament of the child and pass it on as a gift.

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Since last Christmas (2013) was the first Christmas for my twins these are the ornaments they received. Grandma hand painted Elizabeths’ to pink and white as they were originally a boyish color.

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Xanders first ornament was this little frame, in which I placed his newborn photo (2012). The second ornament is special because Xander loved riding in his Cozy Coupe little tikes car that year as he began to walk (2013).

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Nevaeh received a princess ornament last year (2013) and a ballerina in 2012 because she took dance.

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I even received an ornament the year my hubby and I were dating/engaged (2009). After a child gets married the tradition breaks with that child and begins again with their children. Now since my hubby and I are married his grandmother no longer passes ornaments on to him, but my hubbies own mother (grandma) give ornaments to our children (her grandkids). Here are my hubbies years worth of ornaments since the time he was born in 1982:

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Each of these ornaments tell a story about my hubby and I am so proud of all his accomplishments from soldier, handy man, dog owner, camper, weight lifter with a few of his favorite Disney characters thrown in as well.

I can’t wait to see what ornaments my children get as gifts this year. I thank the efforts of my mother-in-law (grandma) and great grandma for continuing this special and thoughtful tradition.

What traditions does your family do during the holidays?

This post is part of a Holiday Blog Hop with 7 of my other favorite blogging friends. All of us are mommas with Christ in the center of our parenting, marriage and life. So please check out their blogs below.
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Holiday Crafts~ Abiding In Grace

Our Holiday Travel Decisions~ BYBMG

Keepsake Ornaments~ Almond Place

It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas~ Simply Free Blog

Ornament Traditions~ Garay Treasures

UnStuff Gifts for Hubby~ All Kinds of Things

Saving Money on Christmas Cards~ Teressa Jane

Favorite Holiday Crafts~ Living In This Season

DIY Busy Bags (for toddlers and preschoolers) part 2

Today I am over at @livinginthisseason.com guest posting for Keri today. I hope you will head on over to her blog here and check out my part 2 of DIY busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers activities.

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You can find my first DIY busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers here.

Rachel xo

Come back tomorrow to meet my own guest poster Mandy. You won’t want to miss what she has in store. I am thrilled that she is taken up my space.

**Interested in guest posting? Want to guest post on my site in the future? then e-mail me at Rachel(dot)garay@me(dot)com for more information and for a special.