Home Matters Linky Party #39

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 #39!

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Thank you for joining us at this weeks party! We hope you had a fantastic Holiday weekend. Some amazing posts were shared here last week, and we can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! Please, come on in, and bring a friend to party along.

Voting - Top Party AwardWe were graciously invited by Kathleen to be part of the Top Party Award competition over at 60 The New 40. If you enjoy our party, PLEASE stop by and give us a VOTE!

You can vote everyday between now and June 5th — We’d appreciate it, thanks.

Just a reminder, this is the last weekend to get your application in for June co-hosting… see 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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Kitchen Cabinets – DIY Upscale Check out this tip from Lorelai

Kristen shares some of her Favorite Photo Shoots from 2014

Say, “Hello!” to our May 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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Zan at Flourishing At Home:

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Brittanie at Simplistically Living:

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Vickie at Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden:

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Let The Journey Begin from Angela

Brittany shares an All Natural Goo Gone Alternative

Refresh yourself with Zan’s Strawberry Lemonade Slush

Ideas for Frugal Graduation Favors from Melissa

Brittanie makes us hungry with Bite Size Taco Salads

DIY How To Easily Fix Vertical Blinds from Vickie

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

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We’d love to have you apply.

And now, onto…

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We have some spectacular features to share with you– recipes, party making, a bedroom makeover, and even a little parenting. You will definitely want to PIN and share!

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Delicious Lemon Recipes from Jo Ann @ A Pretty Life

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20 Red, White & Blue Patriotic Desserts from Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess

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Rustic Boys Bedroom from Kristi @ Making It In The Mountains

PIN here.

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No-Sew Beach Towel Party Banner from Amy @ Atta Girl Says

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Parenting A Strong-Willed Child from Kristi @ Raising Clovers

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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 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 June. 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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My Celiac Story – Part 4: Recipes


If you’ve been around the blog here for any amount of time, you know that I cook a LOT. Sometimes I cook “regular” food, and sometimes I cook gluten-free, and sometimes I turn regular food INTO gluten-free food! Here is a list of gluten-free recipes I have shared here on the blog:

I will update this page often, as I’m always experimenting with new things!


My Celiac Story – Part 3: Resources


Over the years, I’ve built quite a large collection of favorite links relating to Celiac Disease and the healthy lifestyle that goes with it. Here are some of my faves!

General Information:








This page will continue to grow, for sure! If you would like to submit a website, recipe site, blog or brand site for inclusion here, please do so in the comments below, and I will add it!


My Celiac Story – Part 2: Day-to-Day with Celiac Disease


“It’s not so bad.”

That’s what I tell people now. NOW it really isn’t. Because I remember how awful I felt before knowing what was wrong with me, and how much better I felt after changing my lifestyle to accommodate this disease.

On a daily basis, these are the things that someone with Celiac Disease must keep in mind:

1. Stay away from sickness at all costs!

Because Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder, the common cold easily turns into bronchitis or pneumonia. The normal stomach bug can last for weeks at a time. And anything more than “the norm” could literally be deadly. Immune systems with Celiac’s must be treated very gingerly.

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My Celiac Story – Part I: What IS Celiac Disease?

Celiac’s Disease is a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten. (It is basically a severe allergy to wheat gluten.) It is a member of the autoimmune disorder family (which means that when your body realizes that something – such as a cold or a tummy bug – is attacking, your body attacks itself instead of attacking the bad germs). 

General symptoms of Celiac’s Disease include diarrhea, bloating, gas, swollen ankles, anemia, fatigue, Vitamin K deficiency and excessive bruising and bleeding. Sounds lovely, eh? And there are SO many more things that can be related to the disease – each person can react differently. And since Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder, persons with the disease are very susceptible to developing additional autoimmune disorders.

For me?


This is my story. It’s a story that most people don’t know, and that has always been very difficult to recount, until just recently. There is so much pain (physical and emotional) associated with this story for me, but I see it like this: if I can help just one person by telling this story…then I’ve been able to take a step in the right direction. Hopefully, I’ll just keep on taking those steps!

I was 18 years old, and had just finished my first semester away at college. Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, to be exact. I was flat out exhausted from the exams I had just gone through, not to mention the tour I had been on with the Ladies of Lee Choir. I hadn’t been home since I left in August, and I was thrilled to be back for Christmas break!

But about halfway through my break, I realized that I should have felt at least a LITTLE more rested. And I didn’t. And I couldn’t chalk up the constant sick-to-my-stomach feeling to the cafeteria food anymore. I was home, eating mom’s cooking  and sleeping in my own bed – I should have been fine.

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