On the Road in December

Welcome to January, folks! Are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?! (I had to ask, I’m sorry!)

Let’s take a post and look back on the top 5 posts from the month of December, why don’t we?

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Of course, you’ll see a little bit of Christmas, but that’s to be expected. You’ll see some non-Christmas, as well!

Here we go…

1. 10 Ways to Stuff Your Christmas Ornaments! – Now is actually a great time to look at this one, because you can get a jump start for next year! 

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Keeping Your Outdoor Gear in Fighting Shape

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it’s time for New Year’s! It all feels like it’s flying by so FAST – is it just me?!

This year for New Year’s, we’ll be at my parent’s home in Hiawassee, Georgia.

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Hiawassee is a beautiful lil’ mountain town that doesn’t know about wifi and where you meet the locals when they break down in front of your house. It’s where the only things to do on New Year’s Eve involve a church choir and a live “possum drop”. (I’m not even joking. Not even a little.)

No matter the time of year, one of our favorite things to do when we’re in Hiawassee is explore the area via hiking…especially if said hiking involves waterfalls. So naturally there’s a bit of gear that we tend to take along with us!

Investing in outdoor gear takes plenty of time and research, not to mention being a little pricey. Here’s your guide for preventing damage and repairing your gear to keep it in tip-top shape for your next adventure and many more to come.

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Get Started by Taking Inventory

Having a checklist for all of your outdoor gear is never a bad idea, and it will be a big help when it comes to keeping your gear clean and in tip top shape. Don’t forget to remove batteries from all electronic devices while not in use to prevent corrosion. Taking inventory allows you to inspect everything for wear and tear from the last trip and take notice of any little rips or tears that can be fixed right away before they become a bigger problem.

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DIY Custom Chalkboard

If you’re like me, you love a good chalkboard. So versatile – whether they’re being used for the kiddos to draw on or as a message board in your kitchen, I think we can all agree it’s good to have a chalkboard handy.

The last time we visited my parents in the mountains, I noticed a chalkboard in my mom’s kitchen that she was writing on. I asked her what it was for, and she explained to me that she hangs it on the wall, and every Sunday, she writes an inspirational thought or scripture from the morning’s sermon on it to remember for the rest of the week.

Hmmm. Good idea, mom!

So when I had a newly-expectant mother contact me last week wanting to do a photo shoot, involving what she described as “a large chalkboard”, I knew I needed to do something quickly. I have a small chalkboard, but not a large one. And with the amount of text she was requesting…large was definitely in order!

So I checked out my local crafty stores. No large chalkboard. At least, not one that was neutral. There are a lot of “special” chalkboards out there, but, if your photo shoot doesn’t call for a chalkboard in the shape of an arrow…or a bottle…or a sea bass…then you might just be out of luck.

So…I decided I could fix this my own self…with a little bit of creativity.

I purchased this at Michael’s – 40% off! This bad boy cost me about $12! And it’s an 11X14! 

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I liked the frame because it’s a neutral color, and it has some detail, but not too much! 

I removed the glass, cleaned it, grabbed my can of chalkboard spray paint and gave the glass several thin coats of paint, allowing it to dry complete between coats.

Then I went about setting up for my photo shoot!

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Coming Soon…

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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 is a lover of organization, crafting, cooking, baking, reading, writing, traveling, social media, music and more!

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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

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Melissa at Adventures of Frugal Mom:

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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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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!

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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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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.

 

 

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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

 

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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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