Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #14 Link Up & Thank you Giveaway

Hello everyone and thank you for coming by and checking out todays featured 5 bloggers from last week and for linking up. I had so much fun reading the posts from last week and want to welcome back a few followers who took a blogging break such as Maria and Samantha– welcome back ladies I have missed you girls and I am so glad you came by and linked up as well.

To be real here guys I wanted to let you know that I myself will be taking a blogger break for the month of January to sort of recharge, get my life organized and focused on other things for a bit (like being an intentional mommy, spending more time with God) and or plan for future fun blog posts. We all need a break don’t we?  Until then there are still many more fun posts ahead and a fun giveaway going on today.

I recently gained over 500 followers on Instagram, and over 220 on bloglovin and will be celebrating a year of blogging in January and with Christmas coming along I wanted to give some items away as a “Thank You” for following and as a celebration of blogging a year and as my Christmas gift from me to one of you.

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The items I am giving away include a $10 Starbucks gift card, 1 jar of homemade apple butter that my family and close friends and relatives helped make (see post on that here) and a 6-pack of bangled bracelets from Charlotte Russe. You will need to enter the rafflecopter link below to enter. If you follow the instructions on my Instagram page you get an extra entry. The giveaway will end Monday at midnight and the winner e-mailed and announced as soon as possible.  Open to US residents only. Good luck!

Enter here:

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Now on to todays featured five and link up.

Fashion:

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Maria of @notfancyjustlife.BlogSpot.com linked up a post of instagram outfits from her instagram (here) and made up a post mentioning how fun it has been for her to remix her closet while she was on a blogging break as she felt that she didn’t have an image to live up to with needing to buy the newest trends (I am right with you girl, I know the struggle). I don’t know about you but blogging has been one of the hardest things to commit to and not want what someone else has or is wearing so I appreciate Maria mentioning this as I realize I am not alone. Aren’t her outfits just cute in this post here?

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Susan of @charminglucy.com linked up her Liebster Award post (which I was honored to have been nominated on) but that is not why I choose her link, instead I choose it for how real and vulnerable she was with some past frustrations and current joys. I have enjoyed getting to know Susan and can’t wait to show you what the two of us (and Melissa) have been working up to be on the blog soon. You can meet and get to know Susan more through her award post here.

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Debbie of @fashionfairydust.BlogSpot.com linked up a hilarious story about a wolf spider (I think about her story when I get in the shower now and both smile and cringe) and I couldn’t help but love her outfit color palette, red, grey and pink, hello feminine and lovely. If you want a good laugh or smile I HIGHLY suggest her witty posts and fun outfits. You can read this post here.

DIY Tutorial:

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Stephanie of @positivelystephanie.BlogSpot.com linked up a tutorial on how to create a sugar scrub. I liked her idea of giving these easy make scrubs as gifts to others and her girls girlfriends for Christmas. In the past I can remember getting homemade scrubs such as this and loving it on my hands and feet. You can view the original post here.

Recipe:

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Amy of @amyfashionblog52.blogspot.de linked up a yummy recipe for Pineapple Chicken that I felt was so simple and good looking that I felt for sure I could easily make some night as my kids need some more variety in their meals. I have yet to try this recipe I admit, but I can’t wait to try it. You can view this recipe here.

Thank you for taking the time to check out todays featured bloggers now on to the link up rules and link up.
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!

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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.
****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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Linking up today with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

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Shopping My Closet

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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
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Rhea for #styletoinspire

 

Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up #11

Happy Veterans day! Today my hubby has taken time off work and we are heading to a few restaurants or little shops for free deals since he is a veteran and to just spend some time as a family. Now to figure out where to eat?!
It is just awesome to see that I am presenting my 11th post of this series “Bloggers Who have Inspired Me” just AWESOME! I thank you ALL who have come by and either read, linked up and/or followed. In case you are new I have been posting this link up on Tuesdays along with my favorite or inspiring 5 bloggers that linked up from the previous week. This past Tuesday I took a break from the link up since I had other commitments, and Halloween to deal with. So it is good to be back. I can’t wait for you to meet todays featured bloggers and of course to read your posts that you link up. Please follow the rules to linking up below and have fun. This link up will remain LIVE for two weeks.
Fashion:

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Megan of @fashionistamomma.com delighted me with a post on her take on pumpkin picking in a grungy fall style. This look definitely reminded me of the fashion of the 90’s which is A-OK in my book. See the original post here, and get a peak at how cute her girls are too.

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I will admit when I opened Carries post about “Pumpkin Picking Outfit” my eyes just dropped to this look, of course I read the rest of the post but I REALLY enjoyed this outfit on her. The long sweater, cute infinity scarf and boots I would just love to have in my closet right now just resonated my for now dream look. Yes! I am on the hunt for a sweater just like Carries in a grey or caramel color so I will live vicariously through her for now. You look lovely Carrie thank you for the inspiration. You can read her post here.
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Jill of @dousedinpink.BlogSpot.com and Susan of @charminglucy did a “Two Ways to Style a Graphic Tee” post and I just loved their take and different styles  with the same tee that I HAD to share these with you. Jill styled hers with a maxi skirt, while Susan styled hers in mixed prints. I just love how casual these look as well as how simple everyday wearing outfits these are. I also wanted to feature these ladies and their collaboration because I have secretly wanted to do the same thing (style a piece of clothing with another blogger) but haven’t come up with something yet, but I have someone in mind for the spring. You can view their original posts here (Jills) and here (Susans). *If you are interested in future style collaborations let me know in the contact tab above. Thanks*

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Marta of  @sweatersstripesandsweets.com linked up a look a lot like Carries above only I just loved the  grey skinny pants and flats- this is definitely my go to look in real life. I also have grey skinny jeans on my wishlist and have for half a year now so I just loverd Martas’. You can view the original post here.

Thoughfulness/Encouagement:

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Becky of @bybmg.BlogSpot.com posted a quite thoughtful post on encouragement for women who have or know someone who has gone through miscarriages, loss of a child, struggles of getting pregnant, etc. As an expectant mother to her third right now she is writing in awareness that sometimes it might be rough for some people to hear this wonderful news. I read her post in tears because I myself have been there with a miscarriage and so has she. I was so encouraged by her words and thoughtfulness. I hope you can check the post out here.

Thank you for coming by today and for linking up, I hope you meet some amazing sweet new bloggers and become inspired yourself. Now please take a look at the rules, link up and check back here on Tuesdays to see who I have featured. Yours could be one of 5. Thanks!

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!

 

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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up 10

Today I welcome you to my fourth link up of “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” (click on the link to view older featured bloggers). I enjoy reading other blogs and being inspired, but as promised I chose 5 bloggers who linked up to feature this time around (thank you to all 18 that linked up to my third one last Tuesday).
Lately, I have been doing this link up series every Tuesday, but as this coming week and weekend are going to be busy for me I will not be featuring “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up next Tuesday, but I plan on getting things back in full swing again the following Tuesday. You can link up as many posts as you want until then. I just want you to enjoy your Halloween (if you celebrate it) and its nice to take a break for a bit- but don’t worry I will be visiting your posts and commenting away.
To link up follow the rules below, link up, visit some of the other bloggers linked up and have fun. I can’t wait to see your posts. Here are todays featured bloggers. Enjoy!

Fashion:
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Dawn Lucy of @fashionshouldbefun.com linked up a cozy fall look and is not only sporting her adorable new fringe sweater (which I love) but her new reading glasses. I have been dreaming for awhile to own a comfy and cozy sweater like Dawns for awhile now, and she just looks absolutely cute in hers.  To read up more on what she is up to with these glasses  and look check out her post here.

DIY Tutorial/Fashion:

I am glad to have recently met and been in contact with blogger Amanda of @sansscrubs.blogspot.com. She not only reminds me of my childhood friend in personality and looks but she is just a fun loving person with a fun blog. Today I am featuring her DIY tutorial on how to turn a scarf into a vest. I tried this yesterday and just loved how easy peasy it was, and I wore my scarf like that over distressed flared jeans and simple shirt while running errands. I will post her picture and then mine below it showing off the results.
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Thank you Amanda for helping me remix my scarf, I can’t wait to try this with my other scarves soon. You can check out her tutorial post here.

Travel:
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Shannon, of @onestylishmom.com linked up a post on her travel adventures to Manhattan. Her post actually made me want to travel there and NOW! I have been wanting to go to NY for awhile now, but it just doesn’t seem practical with 4 kids that are young right now. But anyway I digress. Shannon takes you on a tour to her subway adventures, cupcake shops, NY style pizza shops and much more. You can visit her post here to read up on more of her trip with her hubby.

DIY crafts/Home Tour:

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If you love DIY crafts or décor and would love to get some daily inspiration then hop on over to Carrie of @curlycraftymom.com as she posts beautiful tutorials and works and the above is just some of her work.  I just love how creative she is throughout her home, and how each year she brings out past DIY décor and festive DIY décor to brighten up the home and share in the holiday festivities.  Instead of telling you what she has done in the above picture you can instead visit her post here to find out. There you are on an assignment. Also this post is photo heavy of not only her crafts but home as well as she celebrates this fall holiday Halloween.

Love Story:

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Cynthia of @myrosecoloredshades.com linked up a touching story of how she and her hubby met, this post also reveals Cynthia’s gift to her hubby as they celebrate 13 years of marriage, so hop on over to her post here and wish her and her hubby a Happy Anniversary and see what she is giving to him.

Thank you for coming by today and for linking up, I hope you meet some amazing sweet new bloggers and become inspired yourself. Now please take a look at the rules, link up and check back here on Tuesdays to see who I have featured. Yours could be one of 5. Thanks!

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!

*** Somehow if you don’t see the image/button to link up below this message but a box with an X click on that and it will take you to the link up page. Thanks!!****


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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #7 and NEW Link-up


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Hello everyone and welcome to another addition to the series of “Blggers Who Have Inspired Me” see the others here here, here, here and here and here.  This is a series where I pick a selected group of posts from different bloggers (sometimes multiple times from the same bloggers) and feature the bloggers and their posts on here so that 1). they get featured for their talent, creativity, inspiration, etc  2). So that you get to meet new bloggers and hopefully be inspired yourself.

Today this addition will continue as the others but with a new added feature- a link up. What I want to do is allow you to link up a recent post of yours to the link up and once the link up is finished I will select 2-4 posts that were linked to be featured for the next part in the series. If you have already been featured in this series before, link up as well as you might be featured again. I only ask that you follow the rules at the bottom of this post under the button. Now on to the bloggers that are featured today.

Fashion:

Many people don’t know this but I have an appreciation for vintage and retro pieces whether in fashion, décor or collectibles.   I also liked working with eShakti.com (a clothing company) in the past so when I saw that my blogging friend Amber of Fashionflossandlipgloss.com had eShakti and retro combined into one I was in awe.

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I just adore the length of this midi retro looking skirt on Amber and if you visit the original post here and look at the photos I am sure it would make you want to stroll with her down memory lane (if you remember the retro days that is). Either way I know I was inspired to look for a cute midi skirt or skater skirt and tag along with her. Aside from the retro looking skirt I like the modern day touches she added to it from the baubled pearl layered necklace to the soles of a fine heeled. Amber has much more in store for fashion and a secret opportunity opening up soon so be sure to check out her blog and follow her t find out what that is I am beyond excited for her already.

Pregnancy Fashion:
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How to hide a Baby Bump, well Ashley of thecreamtomycoffee.com post intrigued me by the title. You know those moments when you have no idea someone is pregnant til bam they are nearing their second or even third trimester well that my friends is Ashley. She concealed her pregnancy for a LONGG time and  I kid you not I just sort of happened upon her Instagram one day and surprise! In her post here she gives you tips on how to hide your pregnancy, if you are indeed trying to keep your current or future pregnancy a secret for longer. Ashley inspired me because we had to hide our son Alexanders’ pregnancy until 25 weeks along (long story, e-mail me if you want an explanation). Ashley’s post definitely gave me some future ide as well as remind me of what I went through to hide.

DIY:

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If you are a fashion or trend appreciator or blogger then you know that lately graphic tees an especially ‘Wife” tees have become the”trendy” item, yet they can be pricey. I recently saw Carrie of Curlycraftymom.com come up with her own DIY sequined wife tee an becme inspired by her efforts, creativity and chic looking top (see her post here). I also love her “no breaking bank” efforts and how it turned out. If you appreciate fashion, DIY, mmmy stuffad recipes then check out her blog and co-hosted “What Wives Wear” link up on Thursdays.

Add this button or this post URL link to your post, follow the rules (below) and then link-up:
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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.

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.

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 2 or more 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!