On the Road in November

Y’all. It’s December. November is all gone. It’s now DECEMBER. Can you even believe it?! I’m having a hard time myself!

Before we get too deep into Christmas, I wanted to take the time to look back on November and see which posts here on the blog turned out to be the top 5!

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The 2015 Ornament Exchange LINK PARTY!

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!
Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom


Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

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The 2015 Ornament Exchange – And a Keepsake Ornament Tutorial!

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, right? No worries, I’m not trying to usher in an early Christmas or anything, I just wanted to share a little something to whet your appetite for Christmas crafting in the soon-to-come future!

And there’s no better way to do that than by participating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange! 

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Today is actually day nine of this year’s festivities, and with more than 80 bloggers participating, it’s been a blast so far, and there’s even more fun to come! Bottom line: if this is the year you’re finally going to hand-craft some ornaments for family, friends, or even your own tree, you shall not lack inspiration! 

Here’s how it works: all participating bloggers have been paired up with a partner. We’ve all been in contact with each other, and were allowed a budget of $10 to create or buy an ornament to exchange!

Oh, and that’s not all! ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, A FABULOUS LINK-UP WILL GO LIVE WHERE ALL OF YOU CAN LINK UP YOUR OWN ORNAMENT TUTORIALS! Stop back by for that!

I was partnered with the talented Emily from Simply Home Love (check out her blog if you’re not a regular over there already – you’ll love it!) and after chatting a bit, she shared with me that she likes clean lines and red, gray and white. Perfect! My plan was to head for Michael’s with the intention of crafting an ornament, but if I couldn’t make that work, I knew I could use the ornament exchange’s fall-back of purchasing a pre-made one! Fortunately, the crafting powers that be were working in my favor!

I knew I couldn’t be as flashy as my normal taste would be because she preferred clean lines. And I really wanted to make an ornament to celebrate her blog! If you know anything about women bloggers (especially moms like Emily) we juggle SO much to keep our blogs alive and well! Our blogs are a HUGE part of our daily life, and yet, although I have ornaments that celebrate various other parts of my daily life, I have nothing that celebrates my blog – and I was betting on the fact that Emily didn’t, either.

So…allow me to present: A Keepsake Ornament Tutorial!

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Hey, y’all! Happy Friday!

Normally you come by on Friday and see a new post, but today, things are a little bit different. Today’s post has been replaced with TOMORROW’S post…and you KNOW I only post over the weekend if it’s something really special! Well, it IS! 

I’m not spilling the beans yet, but let’s just say it has to do with a fabulous recipe and a live TV spot! And that’s all I have to say about that!

SO, check back tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. EST (or just sign up to the right to be emailed when a new post is published, and you’ll get a notification as soon as it’s time!)

See ya tomorrow!

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 thermal, 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!

Home Matters Linky Party #48

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

I have a lil’ announcement to make before we all party-on! This will be my last party as a host for Home Matters.

We all have those periods when life demands a bit more attention than what we would normally give, and I have reached such a stretch of time. As is my philosophy, I always strive to do something very well, or not at all, so at this time (since I am no longer able to put in the work that it takes to run such an amazing party WELL) I will be stepping down as a host.

But never fear! The party will go on! I will still be around linking up my posts! And you can always feel free to visit the lovely Lorelai (over at lifewithlorelai.com) to continue on partying, OR…you can visit our brand new host, Melissa (over at adventuresfrugalmom.com)! Melissa has been a co-host with Home Matters for a LONG time, and I’m thrilled that she’s stepping in to be a host! Make sure you stop by and welcome her!

Okay, okay…enough of all this! Let’s PARTY!

Home Matters Linky Party #48!

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Thank you so much for joining us for this last party of July 2015! We are always excited to see what you have to share with us at each party. Please invite your friends to party along!

It is also a sad day here at Home Matters. Our host, Kristen, will be leaving us after this week for some much needed time for life. Home Matters retains a place in her heart, and she will return to party with us sharing new blog posts when she can.

After nearly a year of hosting Home Matters, we want to thank Kristen for all her hard work and dedication to help make this party what it is today. It is with this gratitude in mind that we have a special tribute to her time at Home Matters. Be sure to check it out, and share your love and support with Kristen.

 

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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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Lorelai shares some of her favorite Color Schemes

Summer Improvements For Your Whole House from Kristen

Thank you, Kristen!

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Here are just some of the AWESOME posts Kristen shared throughout the year!

25 Helpful Dishwasher Hacks | How To Throw An Amazing Minecraft Party | My Celiac Story | 5 Creative Home Organizing Tips | Favorite Photo Shoots | Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili | Easy Strawberries & Cream Pie! | Cheap & Easy Ideas for Updating the Look of Your Front Door

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Say, “Hello!” to our July 2015 Co-Hosts, and Share some Love

by Visiting and Following them on Social Media!

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Melissa at Adventures of Frugal Mom:

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Rhonda at MultiTaskingMaven:

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Nicole at No Time For DIY:

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Amanda at Momily Homily:

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Sheena at Sheena Lynn Anderson:

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Sarena at Teal Inspiration:

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Alayna at Alayna’s Creations:

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Jane and Sonja at Sustain My Craft Habit:

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Rhonda shows us How-To Save Up To 70% Off Your Children’s Clothing

Here’s an awesome list of Kid’s Craft Supplies from Sheena

Nicole shares some great tips in this Blog Post Pre-Publish Checklist

Upcycled Wildfire Patio Chair Planters from Jane & Sonja

Amanda shares her DIY Sleepy Time Gummy Snacks

There’s Something for Everyone at Carowinds from Melissa

Alayna brings us the Let’s Bake A Cake Wedding Gift Basket

Make-Up Tutorial – Everyday Polished Look from Sarena

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

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We’d love to have you apply.

And now, onto…

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Once upon a time in Feature-Land, there were some great summery recipes to cool and refresh you, some awesome tips for the college dorm room, fun gift ideas, and even a little outdoor decor magic with Fairy Tales.

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Stylish Dorm Organization from Brittany @ Overdue Organizing

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Delicious Ice Cream Recipes from Jessica @ Dreaming Of Leaving

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Wine Labels for Anniversary and Birthday from Michelle @ Michelle James Designs

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Fairy Tale Reclaimed Wood Signs from LZ @ The Summery Umbrella

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23 Iced Coffee Recipes You Have to Try from Ashleigh @ Living Off Love And Coffee

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We hit 500 Links in last week’s party, so…

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The Big Kitchen Reveal from Kris @ Aurora Patina

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4 Water Activities For Kids from Nina @ Grandma Ideas

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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 August. 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.

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