Home Matters Linky Party #30

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Home Matters Linky Party #30!

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Thank you for stopping in for a little visit and a big party! We hope you’ve had a wonderful first week of Spring. It is really a beautiful season full of freshness and color. Check out this week’s features for some awesome Springtime ideas!

 

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Lorelai at Life With Lorelai

Lorelai is a Mom, Writer, Pumpkin Artist, Karaoke Singing, Cooking, Gardener blogging about Life, Love, Interests…

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Kristen at The Road to Domestication:

Kristen is a lover of organization, crafting, cooking, baking, reading, writing, traveling, social media, music and more!

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Lorelai’s egg-static to share her Easter Mantle Decor 2015

Do You Believe in Winks…or…Wonders? from Kristen gives us a little food for thought

Welcome our New Co-Hosts, and Share some Love

by Visiting and Following them on Social Media!

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Brittany at Overdue Organizing:

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Melissa at Adventures of Frugal Mom:

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Brittany shows us how to spruce up your desk with a $5 Desktop File Makeover

Got kids in sports? Melissa shares some tips in How to Organize A Soccer Bag

Stephanie tells the secrets of How To Start A Product Review Blog

Spring is in bloom with Angela’s Spring Flower Craft

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Everything Spring blossoms in this week’s features…enjoy!

Thiftique-Chic Bangles - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-27

Thriftique-Chic Bangles from Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods

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Rice Krispie Bunny and Button Cookies - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-27

Rice Krispie Bunny and Button Cookies from J @ What Happens At Grandma’s

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Peter Cottontail Easter Tablescape - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-27

Peter Cottontail Easter Tablescape from Alli @ An Alli Event

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40 Happy Floral DIY Projects for Spring - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-27

40 Happy Floral DIY Projects for Spring from Andie @ Bravely

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Easy Folded Bunny Pouch Tutorial from Rachel @ Craving Some Creativity

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow…

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The linky party starts when Friday begins and closes when Monday ends, EST.

We at Home Matters love meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Help us grow this party by sharing a link on your post or grabbing our party button for your sidebar or party page.

 

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Stop by and VISIT as many OTHER BLOGGERS as you can. Leave them a message, and share their talents on social media. Be sure to Please USE our Registered Hashtag

 

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Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

We are thrilled that you came by to link up today! Here are a few rules that hosts and co-hosts of the Home Matters Party follow, and we ask that you follow them, as well.

    1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)

 

 

    1. Please take some time to poke around and visit some of the other links.

 

 

    1. Please take some time to check out your hosts and co-hosts on social media.

 

 

    1. We appreciate the variety of blogs on the www; however, the Home Matters Party is for links on matters of the HOME. Please link accordingly.

 

 

    1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.

 

 

    1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked, and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

 

 

With your help, we can continue to grow the Home Matters Party! Thank you!

 

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We are looking for Co-Hosts for the month of April. If you are interested, please

 

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By joining the Home Matters Linky Party you are giving permission for all hosts and co-hosts to use and share any part of your post, including pictures, for party promotion, as featured posts, in party photo collages, on blogs and across social media, etc. All credits will be given to the original source. Also, you will receive a weekly email reminder regarding the new week’s Home Matters Linky Party.

 

Thank you for joining in the fun and excitement at the Home Matters Linky Party. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

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A Fireplace Comparison Guide

Well, hopefully wherever you are, you aren’t still having to use your fireplace! (If you ARE, I’m so very sorry…and I promise, Spring will be here soon!) But one of the things I would love to have had in our home when we purchased it was a fireplace. I know, I know, we live in Florida – what on earth do WE need a fireplace for?! Well, mark my words, one of these days, I’m getting my fireplace. If it’s added to this house or in another house we move to down the road…I’m getting one! Until then…I’ll continue to play the “Fireplace for Your Home” channel on Netflix. (Did you know there WAS such a thing?! It’s amazing!)

Nevertheless, there’s nothing quite like a REAL fireplace. And I love almost any kind…so I wasn’t sure exactly which kind I’d like to have in the future. What are the benefits to each “model”? Should we have one over the other for our area? What’s the easiest to clean? The easiest to fuel? Which is the most comforting to sit in front of in a cozy chair?!

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No joke, while I’m pondering these options, Matt from Northshore Fireplace contacts me and asks if I would be interested in sharing a Fireplace Comparison Guide here on the blog. WHAT?! Um, yes, please! Check out how this thing is broken down – masterful!

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Cheap & Easy Ideas for Updating the Look of Your Front Door

I’ve been looking at my house from the outside recently. You know how you do. Winter is pretty much over. The weather is turning towards Spring. And you feel the need for something fresh and clean and NEW! So when Elizabeth Hill contacted me and asked if I was interested in publishing a post on updating your front door, I thought that was just what I might be looking for! So let’s see what kind of ideas she has for us…

As summer approaches, looking for ways to enhance the look of your front door can be a pretty exciting endeavor, as there are many options to explore!

Here are some of the most exciting types of changes that you can make:

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1. Update Your Door Handles

If you live in the UK or even in some of the historic areas of America, your door handle actually might be quite an antique. On the other hand, all door hardware (like handles) have an expected life, and if they no longer fit as a design statement or have lost some of their functionality, then upgrading them to the latest style is a good idea. You may have seen several online stories about the smart-phone/smart-lock companies that created door handles that can be controlled by using your smart phone and a software application. Now that some of those locks are on the market, people have enjoyed making the changeover as it gives them more control over who comes and goes in and out of their house than before. A great place to actually find updated handles is at Door Handles Ltd, one of the UK’s largest online suppliers of door handles and accessories.

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Home Matters Linky Party #29

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends.

Home Matters Linky Party #29!

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We hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day, and are ready to party hearty this week at Home Matters!

It is with sadness that we are saying goodbye to Krista this week as a Co-Host, but life and work commitments do come first. We will be seeing her linking up and have fun at the party each week, so be sure to check out her links.

 

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Lorelai at Life With Lorelai

Lorelai is a Mom, Writer, Pumpkin Artist, Karaoke Singing, Cooking, Gardener blogging about Life, Love, Interests…

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Kristen at The Road to Domestication:

Kristen is a lover of organization, crafting, cooking, baking, reading, writing, traveling, social media, music and more!

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Kristen shares her experiences with Hometalk in: More Reasons to Love Hometalk

Go on a tour of Lorelai’s hometown — Explore Huntington Beach, California, On A Stay-cation!

Welcome our New Co-Hosts, and Share some Love

by Visiting and Following them on Social Media!

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Brittany at Overdue Organizing:

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Melissa at Adventures of Frugal Mom:

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Stephanie at So Simply Stephanie:

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Angela at First Time Mommy Adventures:

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Angela brings us her family spin on an Easy Family Dinner – Tater-Tot Casserole

A meatless alternative to dinner– Baked Ravioli from Melissa

Brittany shares her excitement and storage solutions in Organizing Starter-Kit Essential Oils

Learn the ins-and-outs of making your blog work for you in How To Monetize Your Blog With ShareASale from Stephanie

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Features - 2015-MAR-20

This week’s features include some decorative DIY projects, a delicious bread with an Eastery surprise, and some great tips for increasing traffic to your blog.

Decorative DIY Tray - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-20

Decorative DIY Tray from Rachel @ Simply Rachel

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FABRIC ROLLED SPRING BASKET - HMLP Feature 2015-MAR-20

Spring Basket with Rolled Fabric from Gloria & Beverly @ Across the Blvd

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10 Ways to Double Your Page Views from Leanne @ Classy Yet Trendy

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Bunny in the Carrot Patch Bread from Kelly @ So Much to Make

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DIY Spring Vase from Jessica @ Live Randomly Simple

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow…

Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.

If you were featured this week, Please Grab our Featured Button to display proudly on your blog post, featured page, or sidebar! Share the joy…

 

Featured at Home Matters Linky Party

 

 

 

Are you ready to Party?

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The linky party starts when Friday begins and closes when Monday ends, EST.

We at Home Matters love meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Help us grow this party by sharing a link on your post or grabbing our party button for your sidebar or party page.

 

Home Matters Linky Party - Grab Button

 

 

 

Stop by and VISIT as many OTHER BLOGGERS as you can. Leave them a message, and share their talents on social media. Be sure to Please USE our Registered Hashtag

 

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Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

We are thrilled that you came by to link up today! Here are a few rules that hosts and co-hosts of the Home Matters Party follow, and we ask that you follow them, as well.

    1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)

 

 

    1. Please take some time to poke around and visit some of the other links.

 

 

    1. Please take some time to check out your hosts and co-hosts on social media.

 

 

    1. We appreciate the variety of blogs on the www; however, the Home Matters Party is for links on matters of the HOME. Please link accordingly.

 

 

    1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.

 

 

    1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked, and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

 

 

With your help, we can continue to grow the Home Matters Party! Thank you!

 

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We are looking for Co-Hosts for the month of April. If you are interested, please

 

Click Here for DETAILS!

 

By joining the Home Matters Linky Party you are giving permission for all hosts and co-hosts to use and share any part of your post, including pictures, for party promotion, as featured posts, in party photo collages, on blogs and across social media, etc. All credits will be given to the original source. Also, you will receive a weekly email reminder regarding the new week’s Home Matters Linky Party.

 

Thank you for joining in the fun and excitement at the Home Matters Linky Party. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

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Do You Believe in Winks…or Wonders?

This was originally a Facebook “note” I wrote several years ago, before I ever started this blog! Considering I saw the same movie yesterday (and that we just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, too!) I thought I would share it here! I hope it is an encouragement to your heart!

I caught part of a movie this afternoon that I absolutely love. Premiering in 2002, “Signs”, featuring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, scared the heck out of me the first time I saw it! One of M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpieces (I LOVE his films!), it blew my mind, and as I’ve watched it over and over again in recent years, I seem to glean more from it during each viewing.

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This last time, I stumbled upon it about halfway through, right at the point that Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is deep in conversation with his brother, Merrill Hess (Joaquin Phoenix). Graham comments:

“People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”

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