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Sep 22, 2016 by

I have some really pretty features for you this week! ~Enjoy!

BEFORE & AFTER: Shabby French Bedside Tables
These are gorgeous! Thrift Diving


DIY Fall Wreath
Here is a great fall project to pretty things up! Vikalpah


How to Make Painted Medallions Wall Decor
I think these look really nice and can add a lot of interest to a wall! The Crafty Blog Stalker


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Sep 15, 2016 by

Caramel Apple Turnovers Recipe
These look perfect and fun to make! Creatively Homemade


How to Take Care of Indoor Succulents
I think I’m ready to take on succulents again! White House Crafts


Pickled Onions & Cucumbers
These beautiful jars look perfect! Floyd Family Homestead


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Beginners Guide to Blogging, Getting Started Right!

Sep 14, 2016 by

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A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read. Blogs come in different styles, formats, and settings, depending on the preference of the user. Many blogging sites, offer built in features such as hyperlink, straight texts, pictures etc. Some blogging sites, even allow you to put video and mp3’s on your blogs.

Blogging tips and tricks for beginners. Instead of writing texts, some bloggers choose to make their blogs more audio friendly, by using spoken word entries. This is called audio blogging.

Basically a blog contains these features:

title- which allows you to label your post
body- this is the content of your post
trackback- other sites can be linked back to your blog
permanent link- every article that you write has a URL
comments- this allow readers to post comments on your blog.

One of the advantages of blogging, is that it is made of only a few templates. Unlike, other websites that is made up of numerous individual pages. This make it easier for blog users to create new pages, because it already has a fix setting that include: slots for title, body of the post, category, etc.

This is especially useful for first time users, since they can start blogging right away. They can chose from a number of templates that blogging websites provide.

Anyone who wants to start a blog can do so by becoming a member of a blogging website of their choice. Once they’ve become members, they automatically become a part of that particular blogging community. They can browse through other bloggers pages, and link them back to their own blogs. They can also make comments on other members’ blogs.

Blogging is not just limited to personal usage. There are a lot of blogs that follow a theme such as: sports, politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. These blogs espouse on their specific themes. This way blogging becomes a medium in which people can share their knowledge and opinions about a variety of themes and topics.

Some bloggers even use their blogs as a means to advertise. Some authors advertise their books on their blogs. While other bloggers, use their blogs to shed light to currents issues, events, news and catastrophes.

Nowadays in education, blogs also play an important part. Professors use blogging to document the lessons that they have discussed and taught. This way, students who who have missed classes, can easily catch up with their assignments.

A lot of entrepreneurs benefit from blogging by promoting their businesses on their blogs, with millions and millions of people logging onto the net everyday, blogging has become a lucrative move. Some bloggers who run online businesses promote their merchandise online. While others profit through advertisement.

But by far, the most popular blog type is the one that takes the form of a personal journal. This is the kind that is usually used by first time bloggers. Individuals who want to document the daily struggle of their everyday lives, poems, rants, opinions, find that blogging offers them a medium in which to express themselves.

Bloggers usually communicate within themselves. This is one of the appeals of blogging. It creates a community of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments with each other.

Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, can be found in blog directories. First time users who want to get an idea of what the blogging world is all about can browse through a number of blogs using these directories. This way they’d get an idea of what these blogging communities are like.

Blogging is popular all over the world. Blog is short for the term weblog. There are no rules when it comes to blogging. Bloggers have the freedom to express themselves how ever way they want, and the best thing about blogging, is that most blogging sites are free.

There are numerous blogging websites to choose from in the net. This give first time users the option of joining a blogging community that appeals to their interests.

Just search any blogging directory and you’d get a listing of a lot of blogging sites that are available on the net. It’s easy to search a blogging directory, because it is organized according to category. This way you would get exactly what you are after. Blogging is really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.

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Sep 8, 2016 by

Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake
Here is a wonderful delicious recipe! Courtney’s Cookbook


Distressed Mason Jars
These jars are so pretty! Under a Texas Sky


The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
This is a gotta have recipe! The Blue Elephants


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How to Make Your Kitchen Greener

Sep 7, 2016 by

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If you’re looking to improve your green credentials, there’s no better place to start than your kitchen. The kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in the family home. With a steady flow of traffic and array of materials being used, it’s important to make it a more eco-friendly room the whole family will enjoy.

Here’s how to get started:

Compost your food waste

Tons of food waste is hauled to the landfill each year. And although the food itself is biodegradable when mixed in with other materials in the landfill it doesn’t degrade in the way it would if you composted the food waste. This is an easy way to start making your kitchen area a little greener. Set a large bowl or small compost container at the end of the kitchen counter and ask for food scraps to be placed inside. You can then compost this waste in your garden compost container.


Set up a recycling system in your kitchen or utility room and get the family to pitch in. You can even make a game of reducing the amount of waste that’s hauled to the landfill. For example, if you only end up with one bag of garbage for the week then you can reward the whole family to a fun family outing. By setting goals of how much you’d like to reduce your waste, you’ll be more likely to recycle.

Use eco-friendly cleaners

There are many natural cleaning solutions which can be found right in your cupboards. Use vinegar and baking soda for most of your daily needs. Natural soap mixed with a little water can be used to clean just about anything, from countertops to floors. If you choose to buy your cleaning products instead, opt for eco-friendly cleaners which won’t harm the environment.

Use natural materials

Think about using natural materials wherever possible. If you’re remodelling your kitchen opt for wood units made from sustainable sources. You can choose eco-friendly counter tops in the form of wood, tiles, stone, concrete, recycled glass, stainless steel etc. Use similar eco-friendly options for flooring.

You can also use natural materials for your storage and cooking needs. Opt for wood chopping boards and containers to store your food in. Stainless steel is also a fantastic eco-friendly option which looks very nice too and has hygienic properties – perfect for kitchen use.

Use less energy

Invest in energy efficient appliances where possible. These not only have a lesser impact on the environment but also save you money in the long run. And think your appliances through – refrigerators with built-in ice dispensers use more energy than the standard type. Think about the size of your family too. Do you really need that huge refrigerator or stove? Or do you like it more for its cosmetic appeal?

Being eco-friendly does mean compromising in some instances but see this as a positive thing rather than a negative. The more we can all do to help the environment, the better and there’s no better time to start like the present. And no better place to start in than your own kitchen.

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Ten Essential Things to Do When You Visit Latvia

Sep 6, 2016 by



This country on the shores of the Baltic Sea lies on fertile plains covered by vast swathes of forest. Once part of the USSR, Latvia gained its independence on Aug. 21, 1991. The nation has one of the fastest-growing Gross Domestic Product ratings in Europe in recent memory. It is a very beautiful country, both in the urban and rural areas, and the city center of the capital, Riga, has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO for its unique examples of architecture.

1.) Dome Cathedral

This old building was erected in 1211 after German Crusaders made the populace amenable to conversion to Christianity. It is the largest church in the Baltic region. Don’t miss hearing the cathedral’s organ with its nearly 7000 pipes, an amazing contraption, a national treasure of international standing.

2.) St. John’s Church

Located in Riga, this church was built in the fourteenth century. It is made up of a mix of Gothic architecture and Romanesque style. This church is also one of the notable buildings in a city full of interesting architecture.

3.) Holy Trinity Church

Speaking of churches and organs, this one is located in Liepaja, Latvia’s third-largest city and an important port. Hear Mass here and listen to the world’s biggest unreconstructed pipe organ play, with its 7,000 pipes and 141 stops. This is a great counterpoint to another Liepaja attraction.

4.) Karosta

Ever wondered what life on the other side of the Iron Curtain was like? Latvia was one of the bastions of Soviet defense against the American empire, and former bases like Karosta give one an opportunity to see what being a defender of the USSR was like. Among the things to see at Karosta are the Officer’s Palace, the Old Prison, the breakwater and its fortifications.

5.) Liepaja

This Baltic port remains relatively ice-free during the winter. Tourists can dine and hang out at the numerous eating establishments at the city center, then go for a stroll at Seaside Park. The town also offers a beach that is boasted as having the whitest sand in the Baltics.

6.) Casinos

If you’re struck by a gambling mood while in-country, you’d better be in Riga. There, the Olympic Voodoo Casino can help address your needs. It’s the biggest casino in the whole of Latvia.

7.) Hunting

The prevalence of unspoiled countryside means that there is a lot of game to be had in Latvia. Deer, boar, moose, beaver, lynx, and wildfowl are some of the animals available for hunting. The SFS (State Forest Service) is the major authority administering hunting laws, so be sure to coordinate with them if you plan on going hunting. Be aware that Latvia also conforms to EU hunting laws.

8.) Freedom Monument

In the center of Riga stands the 42-meter-tall statue of a woman with her arms raised, holding aloft three stars. This is the Freedom Monument, which, among other things, is a symbol of Latvian freedom and commemorates those who were deported to the gulags during Soviet times. Locally, the statue is known by the name Milda.

9.) Sigulda

This old town is located on the Gauja River. Tourists can ply the waters during the summer and ski during the winter season. Among the local attractions are Turaida Castle and museum as well as some local caves.

10.) Jurmala

Fifteen minutes away by railway travel, this resort town stretches along the Gulf of Riga near the Lielupe River. It is a perfect destination for those who want forests, sandy beaches, and bright sunshine. Drivers to Jurmala need to buy a special ticket to enter here.

Jonathan Williams is the travel writer for Destination Guide TV – the place to share travel videos.

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Sep 1, 2016 by

I have some great features for you this week! ~Enjoy!

21 Polka Dot Pattern DIY Ideas
So cute! The Crafty Blog Stalker


Dusty Attic to Bedroom Suite
This is very inspiring! The Blue Elephants

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