Home Matters Linky Party #162

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

It’s the week before Thanksgiving – are you ready?! If you are, for heaven’s sake, share some good links with us and let the rest of us be ready, too! If not, here’s hoping you find some inspiration here! 

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Thanks for stopping by for this week’s party. We are always happy to see you and what you are sharing. Enjoy the creativity and garner some inspiration for the holiday season. We want to wish you all a verry Happy Thanksgiving!

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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Bake easy at home with Lorelai’s Strawberry Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe

Staying On Top Of The Mess Kristen gives us tips

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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Finding Creative Moments with Nina

Julie shares her No-Knead Artisan Bread

Cooking Butternut Squash the Easy Way with Sinea

Ashley shares her Balsamic Brown Sugar Brussel Sprouts

Wood Slices Craft for decorating and gifting with Nicole

Emily has $300 Cash For Christmas – Giveaway

How To Sew A Baby Head Support Pillow from Sahana

Donna shows us the Bradford Street House’s New Kitchen part 1

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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 162. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.     We’ve got some wonderful features this week — from organizing tips to DIY decor to delicious seasonal recipes!     10 Creative Ways To Organize With Mason Jars - Tuxedo Cats And Coffee - HMLP 162 Feature crop   10 Creative Ways To Organize With Mason Jars from Katie @ Tuxedo Cats & Coffee   PIN here.     Slow Cooker Butterfinger Stuffed Apples - Strawberry Blondie Kitchen - HMLP 162 Feature   Slow Cooker Butterfinger Stuffed Apples from Megan @ Strawberry Blondie Kitchen   PIN here.     DIY Pallet Christmas Tree - The Country Chic Cottage - HMLP 162 Feature   Pallet Christmas Trees – A Farmhouse Style Decor Idea from Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage   PIN here.     Pine Cone Wreath for Thanksgiving - Across the Blvd - HMLP 162 Feature   Pine Cone Wreath for Thanksgiving from Beverly & Gloria @ Across The Blvd.   PIN here.     Turkey and Dressing Casserole - The Kitchen Is My Playground - HMLP 162 Feature   Turkey & Dressing Casserole from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground   PIN here.    

Just A NOTE: If we hit 500 Links, we’ll have HIGHLIGHTS next week!

  HMLP - Spacer - Plant Ball Floral Line Center 2015   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!

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!

Pork Rind Appreciation Day – Gridiron Groovin’! (AND A GIVEAWAY!)

When I married my husband, I understood that I was marrying into a fantastic southern family. A fantastic southern family who hollered “Roll Tide!” any chance they got.

Fast forward a few years, and not only does our household have battery-operated mascots that play a full-orchestra version of the college song, but our 15-month-old twins even have their own cheerleader outfits. Two different kinds of them, to be exact. I’ve given in.

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Not that I really minded in the first place.

As anyone who knows anything about college football knows, Alabama is…well…pretty durn GOOD. (Never mind that nail-biter last week with Mississippi State – did anyone SEE that?! WOAH!!!) I definitely think we’ll have a good group of guys moving on to the pros. And anyone who knows anything about football in general knows that, as games go (college OR pro), they’re always better if excellent snacks are involved!

So when Southern Recipe contacted me about their 7th Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day, and sharing the news about their Gridiron Groovin’ game with NFL legend, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, I was all about it! 

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The awesome thing about Gridiron Groovin’ is that you can play as many times as you’d like! Each time you do, you’ll queue Southern Recipe to make a donation to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. As well, a portion of the sale of each purchase of all Rudolph Foods’ products during the Pork Rind Appreciation Day season, including Southern Recipe, Southern Recipe Small Batch, Pepe’s Snacks and Lee’s Pig Skins, will support the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

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Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

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Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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Home Matters Linky Party #161

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

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s another beautiful day here in Central Florida, and I’m ready to party!!! Are you?!

 

Home Matters Linky Party 161!

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We are so happy to have you stopping in for a visit, and we hope hope you will be inspired by the creativity and talents of these bloggers. Here’s to a cozy autumn season, enjoy!

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:
Lorelai is a Mom with 2 kids & 2 cats, Writer, Pumpkin Artist, Karaoke Singing, Cooking, Gardener sharing DIY projects, recipes & more, embracing
Life, Love, Interests…
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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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Kristen helps us Reduce Allergies at Home with Cleaning Tips

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance Lorelai helps you create your own

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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Nicole shares a lovely idea for DIY Fall Decor

DIY Snowflake Necklace make this perfect gift with Sahana

Emily shows us how to Customize A Range Hood

A delilcious Brocoli Salad from Ashley

Julie shares her Crockpot Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Dip

23 Ways to Give Thanks from Nina

Sinea offers a gift guife for Fun Toys for Little Builders

You’ll love this Fall-Themed Inspirational Painted Pallet Sign from Donna

Check out more posts from the Hosts and Co-Hosts on our
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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 161. Find inspiration recipes, decor, crafts, organize -- Door Opens Friday EST.     We have a wide variety of fabulous ideas this week — recipes, crafty decor, homemade beauty, and even a fun holiday decor gift guide.      Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls - The Bewitchin' Kitchen - HMLP 161 Feature   Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls from Randa @ The Bewitchin’ Kitchen   PIN here.     Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks - The Jenny Evolution - HMLP 161 Feature   Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks from Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution   PIN here.     Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Book Page Acorn Turkeys - A Wonderful Thought - HMLP 161 Feature   Thanksgiving Napkin Rings Book Page Acorn Turkeys from Kimberly @ A Wonderful Thought   PIN here.     DIY Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter - Life-N-Reflection - HMLP 161 Feature   DIY Pumpkin Lavender Body Butter from Kristy @ Life-N-Reflection   PIN here.     30 Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Holiday Decor Items - Twelve On Main - HMLP 161 Feature   30 Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Holiday Decor Items from Sara @ Twelve On Main   PIN here.    

Just A NOTE: If we hit 500 Links, we’ll have HIGHLIGHTS next week!

  HMLP - Spacer - Plant Ball Floral Line Center 2015   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.

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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!

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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Thanks for joining us, everyone! I can’t wait to see wha you link up!

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!

Tips For Organizing Your Apartment

So someone commented to me the other day that they enjoyed my organizing posts, but they didn’t feel as if they were applicable to their apartment. 

“You have a house, and that’s great. But it’s harder to organize in an apartment. I need some advice on THAT!”

Well, first of all, yes. Yes, it’s harder to organize in an apartment. And yes, we have a house. There are definitely differences. 

However, the principles remain the same. And, believe it or not, I have NOT forgotten about apartment life! When we first got married, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was about 800 square feet. I loved it and hated it, all at the same time! 

So…here are some organizing tips specifically tailored for apartments! Because living in an apartment with a limited space is a challenge on so many levels; especially if you want to keep your home well organized. The last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is spend time reorganizing your home. If you can come up with a good plan overall, you should be able to keep your space tidy.

Invest in Storage Units

If you have too many things and nowhere to keep them, your apartment will end up looking overcrowded. If your apartment comes with an attic, basement, or garage, consider taking advantage of such a space. In fact, when looking for apartments such as (such as apartments for rent in Hollywood (Eastown Apartments) for my Los Angeles readers), ensure they have extra storage space. Some apartments in my area have a locked closet on the patio that functions as a fantastic storage space!

However, if your apartment does not have any extra room, think about renting a storage unit to use for organizing all your extra stuff. 

Use the Laundry Hamper

If you are too busy to do laundry during the week, you need to invest in a laundry hamper with a lid. Buy a good-sized hamper and throw in your dirty clothes for the week. The lid will cover the dirty clothes until you have time to wash them.

Laundry hampers are also great to store pillows, seasonal clothing, towels and linens in, as well.

Washing Dishes

Do Not Leave the Dirty Dishes Overnight

Although washing dishes at night is a difficult habit to form, you will not look at your kitchen the same way once it sticks. If you live with a roommate, a partner or a family member, take turns doing the dishes before bed. Make sure the person who cooks is not the one who washes the dishes to avoid overworking that person. Washing the dishes before you retire to bed will make your small apartment kitchen look less messy. Plus, your mornings will be that much brighter with an empty sink.

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