Home Matters Linky Party #34

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 #34!

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We are so happy to see you again this week–the last week of April! We can’t wait to see what special links you will be sharing. Join the fun and bring a friend with you to the party. We love meeting new people.

Unfortunately, Sharlee had to bow out of co-hosting a week early, but she will still be partying with us, and may return to co-host again in the future. If you would like to be a co-host, please fill out the application (find the details below).

 

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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 some great tips on How to Choose a Garage Door Style for Your Home

Welcome our April 2015 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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Angela at First Time Mommy Adventures:

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Trish at Tags Thoughts:

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Laci at Sequins In The South:

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India at Living for Today:

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Zan at Flourishing At Home:

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Organize From A to Z: Purse from Brittany

Melissa shares How to Become a Sideline Hero – Soccer Sideline Kit

My Top 5 Gifts for Mom from Trish

India shares her Homemade Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls

Check out this Summer Bucket List Craft from Angela

Zan shares a DIY Painted Picture Frame

Reptile Rumble Party – a boy’s birthday party idea from Laci

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

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We’d love to have you apply.

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Our features this week share some great ideas for upcycling, DIY, blogging, gardening, and even a super tasty treat… Enjoy!

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Stenciled Leather Coasters from Ginger @ Just Us Four

 

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Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Buttercream - HMLP Feature 4-24-2015

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies from Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

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Upcycled Paint Chip Bookmarks - HMLP Feature 4-24-2015

Upcycled DIY Paint Chip Bookmarks from Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

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K-Cup Herb Garden from Echo @ The Mad Mommy

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3 Tips to Boost Your Facebook Page from Ash @ Ash And Crafts

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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…

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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.

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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 HashtagHMLP - Hashtag 2015 ©

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!

 HMLP - Interested in Co-Hosting With Us 2015 © We are looking for Co-Hosts for the month of May. 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.

Don’t have a blog, but want to Remember to Party With Us each week?

Forgot to leave your email while linking up your post?

You can still sign up for our Email Party Reminders. Click below for a form…

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How to Ensure an Amazing Basement Renovation

By now, most of you know that I live in Florida. Here in Florida, there are rarely any basements…anywhere. (Although I’m fairly convinced that I might have some neighbors who have installed an underground bunker in their backyard – that’s gotta count for something! HA!)

Even so, I’ve always loved the idea of a basement. A duplicate of your house that you can turn into whatever you want – amazing! And when I watch House Hunters (yes, I am quite an avid fan) my favorite parts is when they discover a cool basement. And when I watch almost any other show on HGTV, I just LOVE seeing what people DO to their basements!

Yes, it’s true. I WISH we had a basement! And if we ever go anywhere other than Florida, one of my must-have items in a home will definitely be a basement!

So when Shivani from Apex Waterproofing contacted me about publishing this post…I first hesitated. Because I don’t have first-hand basement experience. But then I thought of all you lovely readers…and I imagine that most of you probably DO have a basement. So…let’s see how you can make the most of yours!

Basements can be uncomfortable places, especially if they have not been used for a while. Dark, possibly damp, filled with junk and maybe even spiders – there is a reason why people avoid basements that are unfinished. But basements can also be extremely inviting. With the right renovations, you can often add considerable square footage to your home, creating a basement that draws people instead of repelling them.

Tips For Basement Renovations You Can Be Happy With

Know What You Want

The first and probably most important part of the basement renovation is the planning stage. Your basement is essentially an empty canvas, one you can turn into a number of different things. Home owners renovate basements to create bedrooms, play rooms, entertainment areas, media rooms, home gyms, home offices and more. Some people even choose to create separate housing in the basement, adding an entrance and a kitchen area.

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Growing a Gardener: How to Garden with Your Kids!

I’ve been messing around in my garden a lot these days. Mostly experimenting with things – see what I can grow and what I just…can’t. Some things I don’t have the knack for, that’s for sure! But right now I’m doing REALLY well with herbs and tomatoes and pineapples! I think my love of gardening probably stemmed (no pun intended, ha!) from my mom. When I was in elementary school, my dad created a big garden for my mom and sister and I. Mom was homeschooling us at the time, and used the garden as a special project for our science lessons. We thought it was totally cool when our veggies made it to the dinner table! Even now, if you go to my parents house, you’ll find a HUGE garden behind their home. While mine is nothing like that yet, I’m enjoying working on it! So when author Heather Roberts contacted me with a past about how to garden with your kids, I loved the idea! Nope, no kids here at my house yet, but I know so many of YOU are moms – so let’s see what great ideas Heather has for us! Growing a Gardner How to Garden with Your Kids Digging in the dirt and making mud pies are favorite activities of many young children. Why not turn this activity into a long-lasting love for nature?   Gardening can offer various benefits, such as fostering the emotional, cognitive and social development of children. It will provide your child with various skills, creativity and an understanding for nurturing.  They will gain sense of responsibility, cooperation, self – confidence and appreciation for the hard work. Start early by encouraging your little one to keep in touch with nature. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced gardener or an aspiring enthusiast. You can learn with your child! Continue reading

Questions to Ask of a Painter – with a FREE PRINTABLE Included!

You may have heard me mention in previous posts that we are gearing up to have our house painted. We didn’t LOVE the color when we bought the house two years ago, but there were a few more pressing things that we wanted to take care of before painting got to the top of the priority list. You know how that goes when you buy a home!

So now, we’re ready! We have the money set aside, we’re in a good season for painting in Florida, and we’re doing the MOST fun part: looking for a painting company.

Hands down, one of my LEAST favorite things when it comes to home ownership is looking for “a guy”.

You know how people do. “Oh, you’re gonna get your house painted? I know a guy!” And while some folks are just handy with EVERYTHING, we are NOT those folks. And it’s not for lack of trying…we just are not those people! What we ARE is people who work hard so we can pay other people to do things that we can’t do. And the world needs people like that, too!

So far, we’ve got “guys” (or gals, as the case may be!) for pest control, lawn care, screening, garage door, air conditioning and carpentry. I think that’s it. So I’m in the midst of the hunt for the painting “guy”.

While calling and emailing and searching, I decided I would be much more productive if I could do it in a more organized manner, so I created this:

Signature creations

Organized, and cheerfully colorful, too! (These are the things that help me get stuff done!)

If you would like to download it, please feel free to do so by CLICKING HERE!

And if you’d like more information on the process of having your home painted, check this out: I guest-posted on this very subject over at Sly Deluxe, an awesome home improvement site! If you’d like to read “Tips for Choosing  a Painting Company for Your Home”, CLICK HERE!

Have you had YOUR home painted? Do you have “a guy”? Any other questions you would add?

Home Matters Linky Party #33

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 #33!

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We had so much fun here last week – LOVING all the spring (and even some summer) posts! There are 10 of us here throwing a party for all of YOU – check out who’s involved below!

 

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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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If you’re not in the season of Spring at your home, you will be soon! It’s the perfect time to check out Kristen’s post on Spring Cleaning with Kids!

Lorelai is still moving, but you can feel free to pop over to her blog and wish her well!

Welcome our April 2015 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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Angela at First Time Mommy Adventures:

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Trish at Tags Thoughts:

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Laci at Sequins In The South:

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India at Living for Today:

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Zan at Flourishing At Home:

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Sharlee at My New Lines:

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Brittany gives us some pointers on Getting Organized from A – Z When it Comes to Finances

 

Melissa shares some great tips for How to Shop for a Prom Dress on a Shoestring Budget

 

Angela shows us how to do a Pinecone Birdfeeder Project

Trish contributes a fantastic recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (and is even hosting a giveaway!)

 

Laci has put on the cutest party with a Horses and Hairbows theme

India gives us a very yummy Lemon Poppyseed Bundt Cake Recipe

 

Zan shares with us a tutorial for How to Beautify an Old Chair in 4 Easy Steps

and Sharlee shows us how to craft a Handmade Fingerprint Necklace

And now, onto…

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We are AMAZED every single week by the creativity of those who party with us! It’s getting harder and harder to pick our faves, so we hope you enjoy this week’s features as much as we did!

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World Globe Makeover from Nancy @ Our Peaceful Planet

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DIY Numbered Crates from Chelc @ Inside the Fox Den

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Melon Mango Verrine from Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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How We’ve Taught Our Now 5-Year-Old to Read at the Age of 3 from Cristina A Bountiful Love

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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramelitas from Shannah Just Us Four

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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?

Brand Logo HMLP 2015 ©

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…   HMLP - Hashtag 2015 ©    

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!  

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.

Don’t have a blog, but want to Remember to Party With Us each week?

Forgot to leave your email while linking up your post?

You can still sign up for our Email Party Reminders. Click below for a form…

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