Home Matters Linky Party #165

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 #165

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Thanks for stopping by for the last party of 2017! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a joyous New Year. Home Matters will return Friday, January 12, 2018, with some very exciting changes. The awesome link up will be the same, but you are going to love what we have in store for you. Be sure to pop in on January 12, to check it out.

In the meantime, share your links and be inspired by the creativity, yum-factor, ideas, and more…

Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Lorelai at Life With Lorelai:
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Kristen at The Road To Domestication:
Kristen, the mother of adorable twin girls, is a lover of organization, crafting, cooking, baking, reading, writing, traveling, social media, music and more!
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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 165. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Kristen shares Crimes in the Kitchen: 5 Cooking Mistakes You Need To Avoid!

Don’t let the season slip by without these easy Snowball Cookies from Lorelai

Say, “Hello!” to our November & December 2017 Co-Hosts and Guest Co-Host. Share some Love by Visiting and Following them all on Social Media!

Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Sahana at Vikalpah:
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Nicole at Mom Always Finds Out:
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Emily at Domestic Deadline:
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Donna at Modern On Monticello:
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Nina at Vintage Mama’s Cottage:
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Julie at Confessions of a Cooking Diva:
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Ashley at Sweetpea Lifestyle:
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Sinea at Ducks ‘n a Row:
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Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 165. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.

Julie shares her delicious Spiced Nuts Recipe

Looking for a New Party Game? Try Crappy Hand with Emily

Ashley serves up Beef Tenderloin for Christmas

Christmas Gift Baskets with Nina

Sahana shares her adorable DIY Ornaments Using Pom-Poms

Have some fun with these Winter Crafts with Owls from Nicole

Donna shares her Side Table Makeover with Envirotex Lite

Make the best gift ever with this Bean Bag Tutorial from Sinea

Check out more posts from the Hosts and Co-Hosts on our
NEW Pinterest Board, All Things Home Matters!
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  HMLP - This Week's Features 2015 ©     Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party 165. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.     We are featuring some really fun and clever ideas for the holidays this week. Enjoy!     Santa's Hat Shirley Temple - The Kitchen Is My Playground - HMLP 165 Feature   Santa’s Hat Shirley Temple from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground   PIN here.     Penguin Cookies - Delighful E Made - HMLP 165 Feature   Penguin Cookies from Erin @ Delighful E Made   PIN here.     Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe - Cravings of a Lunatic - HMLP 165 Feature   Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe from Kim @ Cravings of a Lunatic   PIN here.     DIY Santa's Workshop Wood Sign - Giggles Galore - HMLP 165 Feature   DIY Santa’s Workshop Wood Sign from Mariah @ Giggles Galore   PIN here.     DIY Reindeer Wall Art Craft - Across the Blvd. - HMLP 165 Feature   DIY Reindeer Wall Art Craft from Beverly & Gloria @ Across the Blvd.   PIN here.   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.

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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.

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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 January 2018. We will be returning January 12th. Let’s Rock this party!
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.

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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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..Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

The 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf

Well, here we are, almost half-way through December, and I’m finally getting the chance to share my 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf! Better late than never, right?!

This year, I had several large pieces I decided to use, instead of many smaller ones. I like the effect I ended up with! What do you think?

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So all in all, just five pieces that take up the entire shelf! 

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Creative Storage Solutions for Your Home

There are over 300,000 items in the average American home. CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THAT?! That’s a staggering amount, especially when you consider that you need a place to store each item! Whether you’re like the average American family and own hundreds of thousands of items or you’re part of the minimalist movement to own less, chances are you need some type of storage system in your home. These creative storage solutions can make the most of the space you have in your home while also looking nice.

First Impressions

One of the first places people will visit when coming to your home is your entryway. Depending on the size, there are a variety of storage solutions you could use to make use of the space while providing guests a nice aesthetic. Using a bench with storage cubbies can serve the dual purpose of providing people a place to sit to put on shoes and a receptacle to keep shoes when they aren’t being used. If you don’t have a closet in your entryway, you can hang hooks in your wall to give people a place to hang their coats so they aren’t lying around the house.

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Making Use of Keepsakes

Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.

My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.

When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.

And I had an idea!

I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…

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…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!

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Home Matters Linky Party #164

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 #164!

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Thanks for joining us this week to party like it’s the holidays! So, be inspired, share your creativity, and have some fun.

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