Home Matters Linky Party #18

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

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We’d like to take a moment to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This will be the last party for 2014, as we will be taking a two-week break to celebrate with our families. But, we will be back and raring to party on January 9th, with a fresh new look and rejuvenated enthusiasm.

So enjoy the party, and let’s make this the biggest and best Home Matters Linky Party of 2014.

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Shirley at Intelligent Domestications:
Shirley is a Stay At Home Wife who blogs about Home and Garden. She loves working in her flower beds, watching nature from her front porch, and sharing food and fun.
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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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Home Matters Linky - Our Latest Posts

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Shirley shares the beauty and wonders of Christmas at Dollywood

Have a blast with Lorelai’s California Snowball Fights & Other Fun Stuff (with DIY project & printables)

This feature on Kristen’s blog is always highly anticipated: The Christmas Holiday Shelf!

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Bonnie at Our Secondhand House:

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Be sure to follow our wonderful Co-Host, Bonnie and check out what she’s been up to this week…

Ugly Christmas Sweater Collage 12.19.14 Bonnie

And now, onto This Week’s Features…

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You made our job of choosing features for this week SO hard! There were so many amazing posts. We had a record breaking 122 links at last week’s party. That is a 39% increase… Thank YOU! Let’s keep sharing the fun! Check out these Christmasy favorites that caught our eye…

Simplify Create Inspire - DIY 5 Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas{DIY} 5 Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas from Holly @ Simplify Create Inspire

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DIY Wood Snowflakes - Our House Now A Home

DIY Wood Snowflakes from Emily @ Our House Now A Home

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Christmas Tablescapes 2014 part 1 - Grandparents Plus

Christmas Tablescapes 2014 part 1 from Phyllis @ Grandparents Plus

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Snowflakes - Life's Little Projects

Snowflakes from AmieJo @ Life’s Little Projects

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Star Tree Topper Template - Craving Some Creativity

Star Tree Topper Template 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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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 on Thursdays @ midnight and closes on Mondays @ midnight.

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 use the #HomeMatters tag.

Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

  1. Follow each host on at least one form of social media. Tag the follow with #HomeMatters.
  2. Add up to 3 posts per linky party.
  3. 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.
  4. NOTE: Please be respectful and family appropriate when linking and commenting.
  5. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways.
  6. Please share the Home Matters Linky Party on your blog and social media.


Thank you for joining in the 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.

We wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season!

We will send you an email reminder so you won’t forget…

We’ll be back to party on Friday, January 9th!

Natural Stone Countertop Cleaning Tips…and Some Helpful Hacks!

One of the items to do on our never-ending list of home improvements is to remodel the kitchen. I LOVE my kitchen as far as openness and space is concerned, but our house is 14 years old, and the cabinets and counter tops are the original builder’s grade. They’ve taken a beating. There are several places where the cabinets are splitting, and several spots on the counter tops that will just have to stay deformed until we redo everything!

I’ve been building an idea book over on Houzz (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT) full of different kitchens that have little touches I’m interested in, and of course, counter tops are a big deal!

So when Pheeby from Shiny Carpets Shacklewell contacted me to see if I would be interested in a post about cleaning natural stone counter tops, I was all about it! AND she’s gonna share some hacks! Let’s check it out!

Natural stone counter top is an investment which deserves to be made. It can make your bathroom and kitchen look exquisite, elegant and stylish. To keep your natural stone counter top in good condition, here are some cleaning tips and helpful hacks you can use. They will help you maintain your counter tops for a long time to come.

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Natural stone counter tops need the same cleaning procedures that fine wooden furniture needs. Don’t spill drinks on them, because most drinks are abrasive and will damage your counter tops. If you make any spill on your natural stone counter top, clean it immediately. Soda, alcohol, juice, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, perfume, rock salt, shampoos and most chemicals have abrasive ingredients in them, which can damage the surface of your counter tops, creating scratches and stains. All abrasive products and liquids, which contain acid or alkali, will damage your natural stone counter tops.

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The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Christmas Lighting

Does that title not immediately make you think of Clark Griswold?!

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HA! “Joy to the world!” I could quote that movie all day, so we’ll move on from there!

But seriously, what if you could get awesome Christmas lights in just three simple steps? When Paris from All About Electrics contacted me and asked me that question, I was a bit skeptical! After all, I’ve never touched the Christmas lights OUTSIDE…and the tree inside is a pre-lit tree! It always just seemed too complicated for me.

But after I his post I actually started to think that I could do it! And I’ll bet you can, too! Let’s check out his tips! (Interspersed with just a couple pics of my own lights outside our home!)

We’ve all seen those YouTube videos of incredible home lighting for Christmas. You know the ones we mean; lights that dance to the music, ten foot illuminated snowmen, animated reindeer on the roof. So why is it, when it comes to decorating our own houses, the end result is usually more bore-some than awesome?

When it comes to Christmas, the average dad has a lot to live up to. The kids and the wife have suddenly decided that, yes, we are actually one of Santa’s elves and therefore should be able to illuminate the house with a cheeky wink of an eye. After all, Mr. Robinson manages to make his house look jaw dropping every year without fail. We all have a Mr. Robinson in our neighborhood. You know who we’re talking about.

Getting prepped for Christmas and giving the house the WOW factor requires three basic elements; good planning, good lights and a good ladder. Let’s discuss each of these in more depth.

1. Good planning

You don’t have to have a master’s degree in home lighting to put together a classy display for Christmas. Start by standing outside your home and seeing what sort of shapes, space and surroundings you have to base your design upon.

Consider the shape and size of your home, as well as any special features it may have that would lend themselves well to lighting. The garden can be a source of inspiration too. Outdoor bushes, trees and paths can all be a great spot for lights, and will keep your family safe on these dark evenings too.

Don’t forget to plan how you will power all these lights too. Having an outdoor socket installed can work out a lot less painful than having cables trailing in through open windows and doors, but make sure any power supply you plan to use is up to the job of the load you are going to place on it, as well as being suitably protected against water ingress from the outside.

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Home Matters Linky Party #17

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

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We are so happy to see you joining us for another week of linky fun. The Home Matters Linky Party has a new collaborative management team, and we want to thank our former host, Zan, for all she did in helping to get this party up and running.

We would like you to join us in welcoming our new permanent Host, Lorelai from Life With Lorelai.

A big thanks to Lorelai for the new look here at Home Matters! Didn’t she do a fabulous job! Please be sure to follow Life With Lorelai on her social media and go check out one of her many skills, pumpkin carving! You will want to follow her Pumpkin Carving Board on Pinterest and print those excellent Blog Planner Free Printables, which are #1 on the linky.

Home Matters Linky - Meet Your Hosts

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Shirley at Intelligent Domestications:
Shirley is a Stay At Home Wife who blogs about Home and Garden. She loves working in her flower beds, watching nature from her front porch, and sharing food and fun.
Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Instagram/ BlogLovin’/ Google+/ Hometalk/ StumbleUpon

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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…
Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Instagram/ Google+/ Hometalk/ StumbleUpon/ BlogLovin’

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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!
Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn / Instagram/ YouTube/ Hometalk/ Houzz

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Kristen goes On the Road in November with her monthly round-up.

The cooler weather brings Shirley’s recipe for Easy Veggie Shephard’s Pie.

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day shares one of Lorelai’s cherished family traditions.

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Bonnie - Home Matters Linky Party Co-Host

Bonnie at Our Secondhand House:

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We are so happy that Bonnie decided to stick around a bit longer to party with us. Please show her some love. This is what Bonnie has been up to this week…

Home Matters Co-host = 20 Christmas Activities for tweens gallery 12.12.14 Bonnie

And now, onto This Week’s Features…

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Do you need a cute idea to make baby laugh and smile during a photo shoot? How about some vintage decorations or rustic glam? Need some new Christmas traditions for your family? Or do you just want to start making your blog work for you in the New Year? Check out this week’s amazing features!

BUMBLE BEE SELFIE | Vikalpah

DIY Bumble Bee Camera Lens Buddy from Sahana @ Vikalpah

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Vintage Truck Christmas - Sadie Seasongoods

Vintage Christmas Tree Delivery Truck from Sarah @ Sadie Seasongoods

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New Christmas Traditions - Mom's Magical Mile

Does Your December Need Some New Traditions? from Amy @ Mom’s Magical Miles

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Make Money Blogging - YUMeating

270+ Places to Make Money Blogging from Chrystal @ YUMeating

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Glittered Reindeer Wall Art - Across the Blvd

Glittered Reindeer Wall Art from Gloria & Beverly @ Across the Blvd

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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 at Pinterest on the Home Matters Linky Party 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?

Home Matters Linky Party Logo

The linky party starts on Thursdays @ midnight and closes on Mondays @ midnight.

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 grab our party button for your sidebar or party page.

Home Matters Linky Party

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 use the #HomeMatters tag.

Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

  1. Add up to 3 posts per linky party.
  2. Follow each host on at least one form of social media. Tag the follow with #HomeMatters.
  3. 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.
  4. NOTE: Please be respectful and family appropriate when linking and commenting.
  5. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways.
  6. Please share the Home Matters Linky Party on your blog and social media.

Thank you for joining in the 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.

Christmas Holiday Shelf!

Well, it’s December 11, and I’ve yet to share with you the new holiday shelf! I finally found the time to take some photos, so, without further ado, allow me to present the 2014 Christmas Shelf!

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Are you singing it yet? “Silver and gold, silver and gold…” You get the idea! Yep, that’s kind of what I was going for!

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