We have had lots of struggles and challenges in our lives, but we've had even more blessings!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our 'sign' worked! :->

   In THIS posting, I had mentioned how our neighbors had workmen working at their house. Very early Monday morning of last week, the neighbors had left. Very shortly thereafter, workmen started arriving. I'm talking arriving before 7 a.m. And they started right in pounding and talking loudly. Grumble, grumble, but tolerable.
    The neighbors were gone all week, and the workmen were there every single day. From 6:30 a.m. till usually 10p.m. or later. One day they installed all new windows. They kept working on the inside of the house by their driveway side door. And on their garage. Not sure what all they were doing.
   They had roped off the front yard and put hand made signs up, warning about lead. Yet we never saw any workers wearing masks, let alone the white suits and all which usually accompany lead pain removal. So we're curious about all of that. Especially since everything came down Saturday evening and the neighbors came home on Sunday. But then after they (the neighbors) left Monday morning, the workers again arrived, put the ribbons, etc.up, and went back to work. Before they left that afternoon, everything came down. And then went back up when they returned the next morning. In the in between time, the neighbors had been home for the evening and night. And thus it has continued on this week. I tell you, it's quite perplexing!
     During all of the work over there, the workers put new siding on the garage. We think that might be where all of our mice came from. A couple of weeks ago they had had the garage roofed. Now it's sided. In the mean time, we think it's occupants (mice) left there and moved in here. I'll be telling you more about all of that soon. (I showed our trapping technique HERE)
    But back to all of the work men.
    The first two days they were there, the temp's were in HIGH numbers, and so were the humidity levels. (So glad that both dropped!). We had windows open, appreciating any cross ventilation we could get. The problem became, that either a lot of the workers smoked, or a couple of them chain smoked. There was constantly cigarette smoke wafting into our home. :-{
     As many of you know, I have allergy induced asthma. And cigarette smoke is a definite inducer for me! :-/.  Benson has a different type of challenges with his lungs. And cigarette smoke sets his off too :-/. I did NOT want to be rude, nor aggravate the workers.... but there had to be some way to get the situation changed ....
      I thought and thought about it, and then came up with a 'plan'. Don't moan! IT worked!!! :-)
      I picked a bright yellow/goldish colored piece of paper and wrote my note on it. I stuck the note inside a page protector sheet. Then using twistie ties (like come on bags of bread) I hung the note from the railing at their the end of our porch, only two feet (if that) from their driveway.
    Here's a picture:

    Like I said, it worked!! :-D !!! :->
    Even though the temps dropped and it wouldn't have been as miserable to close our windows, we didn't have to. We never smelled cigarette smoke inside the house again.
     And we must not have ticked anybody off, because the guys were very friendly when they came and asked for access to our back yard so they could do this side of the neighbors garage. And even when we would call out that we needed to let Boo out. They'd chuckle, thank us, and request that we let them know when we take him back in.
    Once the workers stop showing up every day, I'll take the sign down. But in the mean time, I'm ever so thankful that it worked!!!

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Next week, I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
~ "the simple things", are hosted by Rebecca, at 'simple as that' (http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/). 
~ "True Story Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Once Upon A Miracle'  (http://tris-adventures.blogspot.com/).
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the picture variety), are hosted by Angie, at 'Seven Clown Circus'  (http://sevenclowncircus.com)
  ~ "What I Whipped Up Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kimmie, at 'Sugar and Dots' (http://www.sugaranddots.com). 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Smiles, even at midnight

    In THIS recent posting, I had commented, "Oh the smiles they have given me, seeing them sitting there like that. Even at midnight. But that is in an upcoming posting ....
   This then is that promised posting.
   One night, due to prompting from my bladder, I got up right at midnight.
   This is the smile that greeted me as I passed through the kitchen. I had to stop and capture it!
                                          (click on picture to see it clearer)
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I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to: 
~  "Window Views", are hosted by MaryT/TheTeach, at 'Window Views...and doors too!'  (http://windowviews2.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Wordless (or Wordful) Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk' (http://betterinbulk.net).
~ "Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday('s)", are hosted by kewkew, at 'Tots and Me' (http://totsandme.blogspot.com/).
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the picture variety), are hosted by Angie, at 'Seven Clown Circus'  (http://sevenclowncircus.com),

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Whit and Wisdoms from Brian

copied and pasted here from his Face-book page -

""Oh, no!" Never in his life had he seen anything like it. How anyone could have survived he did not know. He could only hope that somewhere amid the overwhelming destruction he would find his 16-year-old son. Only the slim hope of finding Billy kept him from turning and fleeing the scene. Walking was virtually impossible with so many things strewn across his path. He moved ahead slowly. "Billy! Billy!" he whispered to himself. He tripped and almost fell several times. He heard someone, or something, move. Perhaps, he was just hoping he did. He shook his head and felt his gut tighten. There was some light but not enough to see very much. Something cold and wet brushed against his hand. He jerked it away. In desperation, cried out, "Billy!" From a nearby pile of unidentified material. "Yes, Dad," he said, in a voice so weak it could hardly be heard."It's time to get up and get ready for school," the man sighed, "and, for heaven's sake, clean up this room!"

Monday, June 27, 2011

More Smiles and a baiting tip -

     What I posted yesterday, was titled 'Smile producers this morning'. Sometimes, it's the simplest, most basic things which can produce smiles. Yesterday afternoon and this morning held a couple more.
     One afternoon about two weeks ago, Benson and I were sitting in the living room watching something, when we spotted something shoot past under one living room window, and disappear behind the old radio. All my vertigo eyes saw, was a gray blur. Benson's eyes saw that it was a mouse. "Oh Great!" Been there, had those before. Thankfully, not very often in this house, but extremely frequently in one of our previous homes.
     I had told Brian about it, so last week Friday night, we had stopped in at Menard's(R) hoping to pick up mouse traps, amongst a couple of other items. Mouse traps are a basic kind of thing that you should be able to pick up at any 'ole hardware type of store, right? That's what we had thought. Man were we surprised to learn that they don't currently carry the good 'ole wood based, metal spring type of mouse traps, pictured below.
       Don't get me wrong, they did carry mouse killing products. They had a couple of different type of non-reusable enclosed traps, at $3 something each. And they carried a variety of what some deem the 'more humane' glue strips. As well as a large variety of mouse poison pellets. But they had not a single old wood based, metal spring style mouse trap. Nor did they have a space for them on the large end cap, where the rest of the products were available. Weird!
    My 'two cents worth' is, that I don't want to spend over $3 dollars just to kill a mouse. That if a mouse is dumb enough to enter my home, I want it killed, not making a racket due to being stuck to a glue strip. And I would rather find the mouse dead, connected to the wooden base, than randomly laying keeled over someplace, once the poison pellets it ate took effect.
     By the way, what is 'humane' about trapping a live mouse on a glue strip?!? Are you really suppose to somehow pick the live mouse with the attached glue strip up, take it out side, peel it free from the strip, wash it's feet off, and then let it go free? Really?!?!?!!! With out getting bit? And once free, can you also get the mouse to sign a contract to not again enter your home (or your neighbors), once it again starts the cold rains? I mean come on. It had the audacity to enter my home, thereby signing away it's right to life in my book. Mice are only cute in Disney type movies people!
     And a quick story (HONEST! o;-p) about the poison pellets. This story took place one of the times that we were doing food at our church's lodge over the course of a weekend, for some retreat. We had been in the lodge the night before, cooking and serving food. When I got there the next morning, there was the mouse we had had glimpses of a couple of times, laying dead on the floor, a few inches in front of the stove. It looked like it had been sniffing along and then just keeled over. Oh my goodness! "Ummm Brian... did you hear any complaints about what we served yesterday?"  "No-o, why?" "Come take a look at this...." He got rid of the carcass, and we silently kept our ears peeled to see if any one talked about having gotten sick. . . . .
     At church the NEXT weekend, the guy who is overseer for the lodge came up to Brian, questioning if we had seen many mice. He had gone in the week before and put out some poison.... He found Brian's tale HILARIOUS!!!! But then apologized profusely to me....  I did find the coinsidence yet another sign of God's sense of humorus timing.

    Any-ways, back to the mouse currently in our house.
    I think it was very early Thursday morning, I had gotten up to use the bathroom. As I started back through the dining room, I glanced over at Boo's water and food bowls. This is a normal thing for me to do. He often empties his bowl late at night, and I have found it best to just check it periodically. There, sitting behind the bowls, was a mouse. I had startled it as much as it startled me. Just wasn't planning on seeing a mouse sitting there. I didn't scream. Don't know that I ever have over mice. Not even the time that one ran up the length of my sleeping bag with me inside of it, at camp that one year... didn't want to wake my campers!!!
    The mouse behind Boo's bowl, took off behind the hutch and I made a mental note that we HAD to get traps, and to set them behind the radio and the hutch.
     Yesterday afternoon we went to Meijer's(R). Sure enough, they had the right kind of traps. :-) (Thank-you Benson for finding them!)
      After my nap, I set them. Not two hours later, I heard the one in the dining room go off. Boo's head snapped up! Daisy headed in to investigate. Sure enough. We had caught one. :-D (Brent, thank-you for emptying it for me. ;->)
      Later, I reset it. Immediately after getting up this morning, I checked both. Both are full :-D. Our arrangement is, that I set them and Brian empties them. So tonight we shall both due our respective duties and try again. I sent out the party invite to all spiders and bugs - guess I should have listed mice as well. ;-p

      Thought some of you might be interested in my highly efficient, even if left sitting for months, trap baiting tip.
      Good 'ole Nestle(R) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. Honest!
                          (click on the picture if you need to, to see it clearer)

     Just wedge a chip in under the teeth part of the trap. The mouse gets confident nibbling on the top, wants more, then BANG! S-e-l-d-o-m are they able to eat the whole thing with out the trap nailing them. ;->  And unlike cheese, the chocolate chip is still enticing a couple of months down the road, should it turn out you've caught all the ones currently in your home and you leave it set 'just in case'.  And unlike peanut butter, the chips don't leave a mess on the board, so unless the mouse does, you can keep reusing the traps. :->

    Yup, you NEVER know what I'll come up with to post about, huh?  o;-p
 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Smile producers this morning -

     Those of you whom personally know me, know that I am more of a 'country girl' at heart. True, except for one year of my adult life, I have always lived in the city. That is due to where the Lord has placed us. The true inner me, is not a 'city girl'!
     Just to make sure you understand, I would like to expound on something for a minute here. When I say I'm a 'country girl', I do NOT mean the cutesie country decorating style that was oh so popular for awhile. (Actually it still is to some people. Why not? If you like something, stick with it. Your home is suppose to be YOUR comfort zone.) What I am referring to, means the area where there isn't a MickyD's with in a five minute drive. And if you find that your out of something, you have two choices - borrow it from a neighbor, or come up with plan 'B', cause there's no such thing as a quick run to the store.
      I clearly remember one time in particular, when Robin P. and I were out on one of our "therapy days". She was driving, and had chosen the back roads option to get us to where we were headed. The girl knows me! ;->  After we had been riding along for a bit, she looked over and commented about how relaxed I always get just riding through the country side. She then went on and questioned why I hadn't married a farmer. I had out right laughed, and then answered that I'd done the silly thing and married for love. ;-p
     I do find it amusing, that while the Lord currently has us living in the city, this round He did put us in an old farm house. It was the original farm house for this area, and a couple of miles out from the actual city in it's day. Our indoor bathroom and the kitchen were added on in the 20's, when most of the big houses around us were built. And our big 'ole two story garage, really had been the carriage barn.

     Now that you know all of that about me, you'll understand why, while doing some more of my 'detective work' this morning, for blogs whom host link-up parties, I was ever so thrilled (literally!) when I found one titled 'Barn Charm'. :-D!!!
     'Barn Charm' is a party held on Monday's. It's hostess is Tricia, from 'Bluff Area Daily'   (http://bluffareadaily.blogspot.com/). Tricia states, "Can't wait to see your barns this week.". Oh my goodness. How cool is that?!!
     I scrolled down through the pictures linked up last week, smiling ear to ear while doing so. Sigh. Now anytime I just need a smile, I can go to 'Amy's Creative Side' (http://amyscreativeside.com/) and look at the pictures of all of the quilts linked up to her twice yearly parties. Or I can go to Tricia's 'Bluff Area Daily' and look at barns. Nice!
      Yes, there's other things available out there too.... these two are just what's warming my heart and smile this morning. Them and the sunshine coming through my window. ;->

     A few years ago, I had found this picture on line and used it as a back ground for our previous blog. I thought I'd include it here, seeings how I'm posting about barns and it's this close to the 4th of July. ;->
                                   (I had found it on line HERE)


  So,  what's bringing smiles to your face this morning?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

STRAWBERRY Muffins :->

    Last week Monday, Kate came over and we did some baking. This time*, one of the things we chose to try, was these Strawberry Cupcakes I had stumbled across the recipe to on-line. As I just went back to the site that I found them on, so as I could give proper credit where credit is due, I also discovered that this recipe has been hopping around the internet via quite a trail of people whom have posted it. Each one tweaking it to their own style in some manner.
    Annie, of 'Annie's Home' had posted it HERE on June 13th. Annie's is where I had found it. She had found the recipe at Mags, 'The Other Side of Fifty', when she had posted it HERE.  Mags had stated, that she had found the recipe at Cathy's 'Noble Pig' blog, when Cathy had posted it HERE. Cathy shared that she had found the recipe on the blog 'Culinary Wannabe', when it's owner had posted it HERE. 'Culinary Wannabe' shared that she had found the recipe on the side of her yogurt container. She had also shared that she had skeptically tried them, thinking they would be very healthy due to being made with both whole wheat and yogurt.
    By the time I found the recipe, it no longer contained yogurt. And by the time we finished with them, they no longer contained whole wheat. Nor were the ingredients used in them, the 'low fat' variety that most of the earlier blogs had stated they used. But you know what, whether we should have been or not, we were okay with that. o;-p The only other thing that I'm going to say is, they were/are such moist yumminess!!!!

    About the "*" by the "this time" in the first paragraph. Kate is leaving this area near the end of July. She is headed to a medical college east of here, to become a doctor.  In the mean time, we are going to do some fun cooking/baking times together. :-D
    I have so GOT to get over this 'Ms. Vertigo' period of my life. First Amanda had headed off to and then stayed in part of Indiana. Then Byron had headed off to and ended up staying in part of Illinois. And now Kate is headed off, yet another direction. ALL of them at least 3 1/2 hours from here!! Mercy! I need to stop being 'Ms. Vertigo' and get o/~ "On the road again ... "baking goodies with my friends" (o;-p)" o/~

    Per Reva's request, it's pictures first and then the recipe. :->  And for what it's worth Reva, Kate says she is VERY glad that you have requested I do it this style. ;->

    Measure the amount of sugar you are using (as in, if you are making a single recipe, or tripling it like we did) into your mixing bowl, set the required amount of butter on top, and microwave it to melt the butter.

    Blend the sugar and butter together thourally. Add the vanilla, eggs (remembering to break the yolks with the side of the shell, so they are ever so much easier to blend in), and then the sour cream. Mix/blend everything thourally.

     Dump half of your required amount of flour onto the mixture in the bowl. Add ALL of the baking soda, placing it on top of the not yet mixed in flour, in approximately the middle of the flour. Gently sort of blend the flour and baking soda together first, before then blending them in with the rest of the already mixed together ingredients.

    Add the rest of the flour and blend well.
    It's time to cut up your fresh strawberries (although this winter I will most likely be trying this recipe using frozen strawberries).  First thing you do is cut off the stems.
     Secondly, you thinly slice them one direction.

      Then, as though your starting all over, thinly slice them the other direction, thus creating nice little chunks.
       Dump the chopped up strawberries on top of the mixture in the mixing bowl.

       Have Kate start blending it all together ;->

       She did a good job - doesn't this look yummy?  It was, we h-a-d to try a spoon (or two o;-p) full.

       Lots of people use papers to bake their muffins in. I use them for cupcakes, but not for muffins.  Instead, I just spray the muffin pans extra heavily... Look closely (you might need to click on the picture to see it better), see how the six cups on the right have a white coating on them, but the ones on the left don't? Just trying to show you what I mean by 'spray your muffin cups heavily'. ( <-- Bonus tip there ;->)

       Yes, I did spray the rest of the cups before we put batter in them.

       After they have been out of the oven for about five minutes, ever - so -gently - with either your finger tips of a super thin knife, pop the muffins up out of the pans, then put them back in on their sides, to cool completely. Or, you could set them on wire racks.

        We 'sacrificed' and tried them rather fresh from the oven, topped with butter, that melted right down into them. Our vote? Yummy!   We tried them a couple hours later, after they had cooled. Still Yummy!!  And I have just tried some, straight out of Tupperware(R), which had been in the refrigerator.... Still Yummy!!! :-D

     And now, with out further ado, our version of the
             Strawberry Muffins
                     recipe adapted by Cheryl B. and Kate F.
        This is a tripe batch recipe - it made 1 shy of 3 and 1/2 dozen muffins.

    1 1/2 cups White Sugar
     2 cups Butter*
     3 teaspoons Vanilla
     6 Large Eggs
     3 cups Sour Cream
     6 cups Regular White Flour
     4 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
     3 to 5 cups small chunks of Fresh Strawberries
               (depending on whether you like LOTS of fruit in your muffins or not. We do!)

    *Butter = turned out there was a slight miscalculation in figuring out how much butter to add - a stick equals HOW much?  For the record, one stick of margarine or butter equals 1/2 cup. So one solid block of butter from GFS = 2 cups.  Tripling the recipe should have meant we would add 3/4 cups, or one and one half sticks. Two whole sticks were added. In the end, it turned out to be a good thing though, because the batter itself was very thick and sticky... and would have been all the more so with less butter.

       Mix your ingredients together in this order - sugar and butter; then add your vanilla; then your eggs and sour cream; then half of your flour and the baking soda; then the rest of the flour; then add the strawberries; making sure you mix/blend in every addition thourally.

     HEAVILY spray your muffin cups with pan coating spray, before filling them 3/4ths of the way full.
      Bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven for 18 to 20 minutes -
                   until tops are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

      Five minutes after removing them from the oven, pop them out of their cups.

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  I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to: 
~ "Recipe Swap Sunday('s)" are hosted by Cassity, at 'Remodelacholic' (http://www.remodelaholic.com)
~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven' (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
  ~  "Kitchen Tip Tuesday('s)", hosted by Tammy, at 'Tammy's Recipes'  (http://www.tammysrecipes.com/).
~ "Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits", hosted by Susan, at 'Permanent Posies - Creative Chaos' (http://permanentposies.com/) 
~ "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Blessed with Grace' (http://blessedwithgrace.blogspot.com).
~ "Recipe Swap Thursday('s)", hosted by Alison, at 'Prairie Story' (http://prairiestory.blogspot.com/) 
~ "Full Plate Thursday('s)", hosted by Miz Helen, at 'Miz Helen's Country Cottage' (http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/)
 ~  "Foodie Friday('s)" (# 1),  hosted by "Gollum" (aka: Michael), at 'Designs by Gollum'  (http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/)
~ "Foodie Friday('s)" (#2), are hosted by Bianca, at 'Little Brick Ranch' (http://www.littlebrickranch.com/)

Late addition('s):
~ "These Chicks Cooked", hosted by Katie, at 'This Chick Cooks' (http://thischickcooks.blogspot.com/)
~ "Fresh Food Friday and Seasonal Saturday('s)", are hosted by Roz, at 'la bella vita' ( http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com/)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Something's not right here... ;-p

   You know how sometimes you look at something and your brain registers that something's just not right about what your seeing? Well, that's been going on for awhile now, with something we see on the corner of our neighbor's house. At first, it truly was a 'am I seeing what I think I'm seeing' situation. And we found it kind of amusing.
    Now however, as you can see by the picture, there's no denying what your seeing, and we find it considerably amusing.
    Here's what we're seeing -
                        (click on the picture to get an ever better view)
      The vine seems to have grown UP their drains down spout.
      They have workmen working on their house this week. They had been working on the interior. But I just heard what sounded like a chain saw start up, and overheard a conversation about how he had picked up a weed whip, etc..  Shall be interesting to see if it's still hanging there when they leave.

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Next week, I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to:
~ "the simple things", are hosted by Rebecca, at 'simple as that' (http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/).
~ "Show and Tell Challenge('s)", are hosted by Chelsey, at 'Paper Heart Cameras' (http://paperheartcamera.blogspot.com).
  ~  "True Story Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Once Upon A Miracle'  (http://tris-adventures.blogspot.com/).
~  "Outdoor Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'A Southern Daydreamer'  (http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ )

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba!(R) Live Tour

     Oh the things I find, while doing my 'detective' work looking for more 'blog theme day's', to include in our next 'round-up' of them.
      This 'find' caught my eye, due to my status as a grandma. (I LOVE that status!!) I had followed a lead to the blog 'Carrie With Children' (http://www.carriewithchildren.com/). Back on May 23rd, Carrie had done a posting, notifying everyone that this years 'Yo Gabba Gabba!(R)' tour schedule was due to be revealed the next day. Carrie had also provided a link to the site. I had to go see ....
      As most of you know, our 2 year old grand daughter is totally hooked on 'Elmo(R)'. That does not however mean that she has dropped her first such 'hooking', which was to 'Yo Gabba Gabba!'. If she can't get you to turn on Elmo, then she tries for Yo Gabba Gabba!!! ;-p
      I was curious, was the tour going to be in ours or their corners of the world? My second question was, when?!  And then there was of course the third question, how much were tickets?

      The answer to my first question was, not exactly, but not far, from them at least.
      The answer to my second question, was that the tour doesn't even start till mid September. It then runs through mid December. Hitting a lot of different cities along the way.
       The answer to my third question, was found by following a link on the sites posted schedule.
                                  (I found the picture HERE on line)
                                      'Yo Gabba Gabba! Live Tour' 
                                       (http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/)

    o/~ "All-rig-ht, Let's re-view now..." o/~
       If you have young children whom like 'Yo Gabba Gabba!', or, if you too currently have young grand children, then you might want to check this information out for yourself. ;->

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Wedding Reception

    Two Sunday's ago, we had the privilege of attending our friends sons (actually, the son is our friend too...) wedding reception.  The couple had actually gotten married on New Years. A couple of things about that -
     First, they were both college students. And due to various circumstances, it was going to work out best, if they shared an apartment for second semester. But due to their strong beliefs, the only way they would do that, was if they were married. They had been dating for quite a while ... they both had in mind that they eventually would get married... so they did a super short engagement prior to their wedding.
     The second thing is, that while the engagement period was super short, and only immediate family was invited to the ceremony, they did dress it up a bit. The pictures that they had shared on facebook were really cute! The bride had a cute white dress, with a white fur stole(?), and carried blue flowers. The guys didn't wear suits, but their blue ties did match the brides and her bridesmaids flowers.  And the flower girl looked adorable. Yeah, I know, I should have gotten pictures from them to include on here. Sorry!

     Since the ceremony itself had only been for the immediate family, they had a delayed reception two weeks ago, which friends were invited to. It was a low key affair. Grilled burgers and dogs, with picnic style side dishes, set up graduation open house style, in the grooms dad's garage and accompanying canopys.
       While the bride did wear a really nice dress, I told her that I was disappointed she hadn't wore her wedding dress. She said that she had debated it...   The groom did wear his white shirt and blue tie.  They were so cute to watch. They both get rather embarrassed easily... The grooms dad had prepared a kind of short little talk about Biblical principles to keep in mind in a marriage. But he had the couple standing up front while he gave it, and it was obvious they weren't comfortable being watched like that. It was cute!

       While the menu was picnic theme, they did have blue and white decorations about, and they did have a real wedding cake. :-)  Man were they nervous and cute feeding that to one another! ;-p

      The grooms dad is a master gardener. Seriously so. In-fact, this now past Saturday, he was hosting Michigan Hosta Gardeners Show, on their well planted, fully labeled, weaving paths gardens.
      So it seemed fitting that the 'favors' the couple handed out to their guests were decorated little flower pots. No, they didn't contain hostas, they contained adorable little flowers. The sides of the pots had fabric style white daisy's glued on them (tiny silk ones had been scattered down the tables).
     The flower pots were just so-o cute!  I of course wanted a pink flowered one. As did Brian and Benson, or so they were told. o;-p.
     Seeings how the little clay pots the flowers were in had small holes in the bottom, I sat the three of them in a container in my kitchen window and added a small amount of water to it.

     Aren't they cute?!?!!!!!!
     Oh the smiles they have given me, seeing them sitting there like that. Even at midnight. But that is in an upcoming posting ....
     They probably should be replanted outside .... but I'm not willing yet to move them from such easy and continual viewing ...

     Jason and Lyndsey, Thanks for letting us make your list! We enjoyed ourselves. And we were thrilled to see the obvious love shining out of your eyes for one another. Work at keeping it there!

     Don and Pam, we like your new daughter-in-love. And it was GREAT seeing you two that day too!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Another edition of 'Whit and Wisdom's from Brian'

copied and pasted here from his face-book page -

             "If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?"


                 (is he speaking words of whit or wisdom to her here?  ;->)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Good for you AND good tasting?

   Ann Marie and Alisha from 'Get Buttoned Up', had inquired if I would be interested in doing another product review for one of their patrons. My reply had been, "Sure. Why not."  The package had arrived the day that we were leaving for our grand daughter's 2nd birthday party, so I had nicely tucked it away.
    You guessed it, out of sight is out of mind. But as we know, the Lord does work in mysterious ways. The other evening, Brian was out at church seeing to some of his janitorial duties, we planned on eating whenever it was he got done and got home. But in the mean time, I got hungry. I never know just how long things are going to take him. I didn't want to fix too much to eat, but not eating is not a good option for me either. So I went browsing. There wasn't many options... or at least not that sound appealing. Hum mmm. "But I really need to eat something!" As I was walking back out of the kitchen, planning to think on it for a bit, the Lord directed my eyes to that nicely tucked away box. "Okay then, I guess I'll try those."
                  
     I hadn't even opened the box the day it arrived, so I really had no idea what type of nutrition bars they were going to be. In my heart, I was hoping they weren't almond flavored, or mixed berries, or some other such flavor that I don't care for. Therefore, I opened the box with a bit of skepticism.  See, way to often, the above mentioned ARE what 'good for you' bars are made out of. That, combined with the fact that my experience has been, that the better they are for you, the drier, or blander, or just plain blahzay they are. But I did needed to eat something. And I had agreed to doing the review. And the Lord had brought the box to my attention. So open it I did. this is what I found.

     And then I smiled. 'yup Lord, yet again you have looked out for me'. They had sent me six bars. Three of one flavor, and three of another. And the flavors? 
                         (you can click on picture to see it clearer/better)
     Chocolate Fudge  and Peanut Butter Chocolate  - both things I like!  :->

     So I ate one that night. And another one a couple of days later, when a similar situation occurred. And thus far, I've eaten half of them. Two of one type, one of the other.
     My opinion?
     Surprisingly, pretty good! To the point that when the situation had happened the second time, my stomach gladly brought the bars to mind. ;-p.
     Both are chocolate coated. Personally, I think it's a bit flat tasting as chocolate goes, then again, I'm such a fan of the chocolate chips that come in those yellow bags.... yeah. o;-p  The peanut butter too was a bit flater tasting than my favorite brand (with the red label) is. But that having been said, while the flavors were a bit flat tasting, they honestly were not bad. I was not tempted to try salting them or anything. o;-p. And they aren't all dry like! A wonderful surprise!
      And to be completely honest, last night when Brian questioned if I would continue to eat them if he was to buy them at a store for me, my answer was yes. To continue with the honest part - he was considerably surprised.
     See, unlike him, I do like oats in things. And I do like peanut butter. And peanuts. And lots of other things, which they sometimes blend into what they dub as nutrition bars. And yet the majority of the time, I just do not care for the texture or the taste of the bars themselves. And I have yet to conquer eating something based solely on the fact that it's good for me, when I do NOT like the taste nor the texture of it. I could site examples, but this posting is about the Promax (TM) Bars.  o;-p!

     So, would I recommend that you too try them?  YES!
     More honesty here - I had originally figured I'd try a bite of whatever kinds they sent me, and then let Brian eat them. He's been being a good boy about eating such things, and he's been losing weight. Quite a bit actually! ( :-D) But after trying these, I'll let him buy some more of them for me. o;-b

    Let's see - my posting was suppose to cover a couple of different things.
       -  My opinion / review of the product. check.
       -  I am suppose to encourage people to enter the DOer Promax Contest. All-righty then.

       The name of their current contest is:
'I AM THE NEXT DOER: THE PROMAX BUILD YOUR OWN AD CONTEST'
  
       The contest is currently up and running and you only have until June 30th to enter. Now, don't think, 'that's not very long' and shrug it off!!!  Why not?  First of all, wouldn't it be fun to create an ad that would be used in a companies promo?  Secondly, it's quite the prize package they have lined up for the winner! And if you personally aren't interest in it, I have a son (or two...) that would be thrilled to go on the adventure on your behalf! ;-b! (IF the prize is transferable that is.)

     So how do you enter?  Glad ya asked!
   Here's a link to the contest page - www.facebook.com/promaxnutrition
   You then use the 'Next DOer tab' to go build your own ad.
   To submit an ad, you must upload an action photo of yourself and fill in the blanks (in a mad-lib format) for your own "run-on" sentence to be populated into an ad.
    The entry will then post on Pormax's web site, where views can leave comments and share links with friends via Facebook and Twitter.
   The links are available for public viewing here -->
www.promaxnutrition.com/iamthenextdoer.

     AFTER June 30th, Promax will have an expert panel of judges select the top 20 entries. Voting will take place July 11 - 25th, 2011.

      And what is the prize package?
      "The winner will be featured in the 2012 "DOer" campaign and will win a 6-day action pack adventure weekend for two to Kauai, Hawaii. The winner will also receive a year's supply of Promax bars."
       The winner will be announced in August 2011.

     And now for some of the nutritional information about the bars -
     They are low sugar protein bars. They contain 18 grams of replenishing protein, 14 grams of fiber, only 9 grams of sugar, and is naturally sweetened with stevia (a plant that contains zero calories).
     They do NOT contain preservatives, any artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, gelatin or maltitol.
     They ARE gluten free, Kosher and vegetarian.
      For more on this part, visit the PromaxLS section of the Promax Nutrition website:
http://www.promaxnutrition.com/products/ls-flavors.


(I am very confused as to why no matter what i do, the text herein is showing up in various sizes. SORRY!) 
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"For the Record"  Disclosure :
    Yes, We are being paid / compensated for doing this particular posting.
    First off, the nutrition bars were shipped to us completely free of charge. :-)
    Secondly, once this is posted, and they verify that it is, they will send our payment to us right away.
   Nice, huh?  ;-)
 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wonderful 'Pick It Here' directory!

   During the course of my continued blog 'theme day's' detective work, I came across something which I immediately knew I would be sharing with all of you. See, sometimes I stumble upon something that I share with this or that person, or this group of friends, for particular reasons. But this find was the type that could benefit lots of people. In-fact, it was something that I had often wished (in years past) I had access to. I knew there had to be this type of a thing!

    What am I talking about you ask?  (As though the title I put on this posting didn't give you a clue o;-p)
    When I stopped by Michelle, from 'Heartfelt Balance, Homemade Life' (http://heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com/) blog, I found a posting she had done about this web link, which contains all types of information about fresh produce.
    Things such as:
        - where what is ready for you to go pick in your area*
              (you can click HERE to go directly to that page)
        - picking tips
        - canning, freezing and making jam tips
        - finding canning equipment and supplies
        - to pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Christmas tree farms and lots. 

     The name of the site is 'Pick Your Own  . org' (http://www.pickyourown.org/).
  
      About the "*" by "area" - It lists local farms for the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Japan, Ireland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy.
                            (I found this picture on line HERE)

     Ya know, one of these days I'm going to abandon my 'Ms. Vertigo' title and take full advantage of this site. Strawberries - to freeze and to make into jam. Blackberries - although the best ones really do grow wild in the woods and are always ripe around here around the 4th of July. Blueberries - freeze for adding to pancakes, and muffins, and pies. A-n-d .... Yumminess! (no, I don't care that spell check doesn't think that's really a word! crosses arms, making it challenging to type ... o;-p)

     Another ya know - this lead is right up there with the one about the mission type stores directory... that one was so good, we ended up adding a link to it, in a box down our side bar. I think I might just do the same with this one! ;->

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Analyse's 2nd birthday - Part 4 - fun pictures from the party

     As you know, I'm just a 'bit' fond of our grand daughter. ;-p. As is her grandpa. And her uncles. And her "auntie"-to-be. And her other grandma. And her other 'aunties'. And .... 
     All of us just think that she is, adorable, impy, and loads of fun! So do her parents. Well, most of the time any ways. ;-b. But they definitely think she is a blessing!
     So we of course encourage who ever has the camera, to take lots of pictures of her. Aw the smiles they produce. Aw the wonderful memories connected to them!
     In this posting, I am going to be sharing a bunch of the pictures of her, from the weekend we were there for her 2nd birthday party. Don't worry. I haven't forgotten that other people were there as well. o;-p  And yes, I've included some fun pictures of some of them as well.
    I hope that you too get smiles from viewing these.

    First up - just a picture of her.  Don't you agree she's adorable

     Secondly - Like I made mention of in earlier postings, before the party started, she spent some time in grandpa's van, pretending that she was driving Uncle Benson someplace. She also found grandpa's stashed away bag of chips and nutrition bar. ;-p.  This is a picture of her attempting to program the 'Tom-Tom' which had captured her interest. Grandpa predicts that she'll get the hang of all of it's functions quicker than he does.
      Third up - a group shot of the Sesame Street Character Boards that I had made to be parts of her banners.

      Fourthly - I had also mentioned that we had been hit by a sudden down pour. Literally! Just after the official party starting time. It didn't start as sprinkles and then slowly build. It was sprinkle, sprinkle, POURING RAIN!!!
       The guys had already started cooking the burgers and hot dogs. On a charcoal grill. Yup.
       Here is the quick improvising cover Byron and Brent created.
        My guys gathered around a grill - who would have thought?  o;-p
        In an earlier posting, I had showed you a picture of Analyse (pronounced Auna-lease) happily playing in the rain. This however, is her reaction to the wind suddenly shifting the canopy/tent a bunch of us were under, and sending all of the rain off of it's roof down on her, in one big COLD splash.
      The one side of the tent can be down as a wall, or out as a canopy. We had it out, extending the dry space area out to the other canopy we had brought (and set up ever so quickly! The first one had already been set up for the food table.). We learned (it was our first time using this tent, which I told you about us getting back in THIS posting) that while the wall out as a canopy is very handy in certain situations, it does collect rain. Especially when it's POURING. So the guys kept an eye on it and tried to move the water off the side of it without any problems.
        As you've probably guessed, that process didn't always work out quite right. At one point Benson was slowly and carefully moving the collected pool to the side, when instantaneously, of it's own accord, the water chose to change direction and in one ever so fast swoosh, dumped itself a different direction over an end. The end that Byron and Cyndi's friend Joe was sitting directly underneath. Oh my gosh! It was hysterical!! At least for those of us who say the whole thing play out. We could not decide who's face wore the more shocked expression - Joe's for suddenly having extremely cold water dumped on him (he was sitting in a chair), or Benson's, because he could not believe what had just happened!
        We thought Joe's shirt was WONDERFUL! and were ready to rush out and buy one for Brian, only to learn that Joe had gotten it at such and such mission store for 50 cents. What a find!

       Fifthly - Another of Byron and Cyndi's friend is Morgan. Morgan currently lives with her grandmother, who was also there. What really struck me, was how much Morgan's mother looked, sounded, and sometimes even acted, like the grandma on the TV sit-com - 'George Lopez'.
       Benson captured a wonderful picture of Morgan and her grandma -

       Sixthly - (hey, spell check says that is a word. ;-p) What's a Birthday party with out presents?
         

         And then there was the gift that Uncle "Bubba" (aka: Brandon. She calls him "Bubba", probably due to him calling Boo that) sent (he had to work that weekend - both jobs, plus still helping at the state track meet.)
         He picked it up barely used. I wish I could show you the beam that lit her face when they carried it out. PRICELESS!!!!!
         The next day, she drug it over and demanded that somebody help her start it. Her little thumb still had problems holding the button down. Bet that changes and soon!
  




          Grandpa and I haven't given her this years gifts yet. We plan on taking them when we go after her sibling is born in a few weeks. You'll understand why, when I finally do post about them. ;->

     Number seven - we had stayed for an additional couple of days. :-D
             We got to watch her play in her pool -
              and play with grandpa -
             (at the party grandpa had shared his hot dog with her)
             and play with her 'dollies' -
    
        This concludes part 4 - Analyse's 2nd Birthday - fun pictures from the party.
         Part 1 had been - the banner.
         Part 2 was the Cookie Monster(R) cupcakes
         and Part 3 was the food we took
          I'm hoping that Byron and Cyndi are going to post Parts 5 + 6 on their blog.
                 Part 5 - the Character's that Cyndi hand drew
                 Part 6 - the cake they made
          If and when they do, we'll link you up to them!
                (There is a link to their site down our blogs side bar.)

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
  I 'plan' on linking this particular posting up to: 
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the picture variety), are hosted by Angie, at 'Seven Clown Circus'  (http://sevenclowncircus.com),
  ~ "Tickled Pink Friday('s)", are hosted by Holly, at '504 Main' (http://www.504main.com). 
  ~ "I'm Lovin' It"
(every Friday), are hosted by (a different) Cheryl, at 'Tidy Mom' (http://tidymom.net/2011/).      

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Check out all of the 'Theme Day' Options -

    Several times back on our old blog, we did a round-up posting of,  " "Theme Days" / "meme's" / "carnivals" " which various blogs host. The last one was in October of 2009. The first one had contained 55, which at the time, we thought was a lot. The last one was up past 350. A lot of the old ones are no longer active, so they (the no longer active ones) aren't listed here. There are however, lots of new ones now added. In-fact, the total this time is higher than it was last time. By over a hundred!
    As one commenter had said, it would be impossible to participate in all of them. But we also agree with what she went on to say - 'that it was interesting to read through the list and see all of the options available'. I (Cheryl)  so-o enjoy my "detective work" {as another commenter termed it} in tracking down these themes. I've even made a couple of new friends ;-D
   TODAY we will be posting list number eight (#8). P-L-E-A-S-E - read through the list and see all of the options available,  We'd be surprised if you didn't find at least one topic that catches your eye / meshes with your interests ;-}
 
~ IF you are/were the host of one of the listed "theme days", and you are no longer hosting yours, (aka: you've stopped it in the last month) PLEASE let us know so we can remove you from this list.
~ ~ IF you host your own "theme day", and I have not yet stumbled across it and thus added it, or, if in your own travels you stumble across one I haven't yet added - PLEASE let me know about it so I can ;-D  {how to word this ... I have stumbled across a couple of themes that we have chosen NOT to list - shall we say for personal reasons / preferences. Yea, we'll leave it at that.}  For the record, no, we won't be incorporating new ones into this specific posting. They will be added to the next one (which we 'plan' on doing in the not to distant future, seeings how I have LOTS more leads, which I have not yet followed up on ;->)
~ ~ ~ Several of you had asked - No, we do not list one time blogging events / special days / whatever-you-call-them's in our "Theme Day('s)" lists. We have chosen to only list on-going *blog "theme day('s)". We also do not list individual "Swaps" or "Give-a-ways".   HOWEVER - there were several "theme day's" which do host a way for you to promote those. No, we're not going to list them here. If we did, you might not stumble across something else you'd enjoy participating in while your searching for them  o;-p!!  (*We also do not include Face-book, Twitter, etc. hops.)

~ ~ ~ ~ IF we were able to find your email address somewhere on your blog, then you were notified about this posting. If we couldn't, then you weren't. We'll add your email address to our list and notify you the next time we do one of these listing postings, if you'd like (in other words, send us your email address), or you could just subscribe so your automatically notified. o;-p

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ And lastly, YES - you may post that you were included in this list and link your readers back to it ;-}  In-fact, we hope that you do. We'd even like to encourage you to take our button along with you, it's located down our sidebar. (Please do NOT copy and paste this listing to your own blog. Thank-you)

* * * Helpful tip on how to hook a particular posting of yours up to one of the 'Linkies':
   Right click on the time at the bottom of the particular posting {of yours} that you want to link to, click "copy shortcut" and then paste it into the "Linky" box on the hosts site.  
   This way, you are hooking up just that participating posting, not your whole blog site.  If people wish to visit your whole blog site, they will.
    In the box of the linky that says "name" - put the name of the posting your linking up, not your personal name.
    If it is the type of linky that includes pictures, after you link up your posting and enter it's name, click on "next" (or whatever word it uses) - then choose to select a picture from your blog. Once pictures show up, select the one (or one of the ones) that you had included in that particular posting.  Sometimes it will then change screens and allow you to sort of zoom in on one part of the picture. Other times it automatically posts that picture with your connection. Just depends on which Linky the host is using.
   [HEADS UP - Some hosts now require that you be a follower of their blog in order to participate. We didn't list on here if they did, just make sure you check before linking up]

--> Annual Theme Events:
  ~ "Cottage Charm Civeaway", hosted every year, by Kim, at 'Twice Remembered'  (http://twiceremembered.blogspot.com/). "This is a multi-blog, month long event where bloggers give away on their blogs items they feel exhibit "Cottage Charm".
 ~ "To Have and To Hold, Wedding Blog Party", hosted every June by Stephanie, at 'Angelic Accents' (http://angelicaccents.blogspot.com). "I'm hoping you will join me with a special post of your choosing. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Anything bridal and romantic goes.......your own personal pictures, stories, collections, something you google, whatever. Gowns from the sublime to the "what were they thinking" category, florals, receptions, wedding jewelry, wedding destinations, customs and legends, funny anecdotes, great wedding movies and music....you get the idea."
 ~ "Father's Day Gift Ideas", held the end of May, first part of June. Hosted by Stephanie, at 'Somewhat Simple' (http://www.somewhatsimple.com). "There were quite a few ideas linked to our Father’s Day Link Party last year, let’s keep adding to the list and see what else we can come up with, shall we?"
 ~ "4th of July Extravaganza", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "We would love for you to link up your 4th of July recipes, crafts or home decorations that show us your love for this holiday. If you aren't here in the states, you can link up your Independence day recipes, crafts or home items, and share with us how you celebrate. "
 ~ "Merry Merry Munchies", (held through out the month of December), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).

--> All Year Long Themes:
~ "Star Recipes", held at 'The Saturday Evening Pot' (http://www.thesaturdayeveningpot.com). "invite anyone with a blog to add their most popular recipe so far (if you know... if not, you can add a most popular recipe from any time period) to this collection.  Just find the category that best fits your recipe, and if you do not see a good fit, please email  us." "this one (party) is reserved especially for the "Star Recipes" as determined by your readers!" Click HERE to go directly to this part of their blog.


--> Twice A Year Themes:
~ "Bloggers' Quilt Festival('s)", hosted every Spring and Fall, by Amy, at 'Amy's Creative Side' (http://amyscreativeside.com/). Feature a quilt you've made.

--> Every Third Month themes:
  ~  "Cook the Books Club", (The Club's site) is co-hoted by Rachel, of 'The Crispy Cook'  (http://wheat-free-meat-free.blogspot.com/), Deb, of 'Kahakal Kitchen'  (http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com), and Jo, of 'Food junkie not Junk Food'  (http://foodjunkie.eu/). "A bi-monthly Foodie book club marrying the pleasures of Reading & Cooking". The books titles are announced in advance.

--> Every Other Month themes:
   ~  "Round Robin Photo Challenges", are hosted by Carly and Karen, at http://roundrobinphoto.blogspot.com/. A new challenge is presented every other week and a date is then given of when to post your entry.

--> Monthly themes:
  ~  "Carnival('s) of Genealogy", are hosted by Jasia, at 'Creative Gene - Genealogy and More'  (http://creativegene.blogspot.com/).  Every month the topic for the next month's edition is given. There is also a list of topics down the left sidebar.
  ~  "Turn the Page ... Tuesday('s)", are held the first Tuesday of every month. Hosted by Adrianne, at 'Some of a Kind'  (http://someofakind.blogspot.com/).  "Read any good books lately? Tell us about 'em."
  ~  "Writer's Challenge('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Family Tree May Contain Nuts'  (http://www.familytreesmaycontainnuts.com/). Monthly a topic will be posted challenging you to write about it.
  ~  "Cookie Carnival (Monthly Round-up('s))", are hosted by Tami, at 'Tami's Kitchen Table Talk'  (http://tamiskitchentabletalk.blogspot.com). Every month they experiment with a different cookie recipe. Go to THIS posting to get all of the info. to participate.
  ~  "No Croutons Required", is co-hosted / alternately hosted by Lisa, of 'Lisa's Kitchen'  (http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/) and Jacqueline, of 'Tinned Tomatoes'  (http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com).  "Each month the host will invite bloggers from around the world to submit a vegetarian soup or salad recipe, sometimes with a theme, sometimes not." go to THIS posting to get all of the info. to participate.
  ~  "Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger"
, is hosted by Seamaiden and DH, and held at 'Book of Yum'  (http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/). "Pick a gluten - free* blogger who's recipes you admire and adopt them ... " "*Bloggers recipes must all be gluten - free or have a way to sort and read ONLY gluten - free recipes. Please pick a different blogger every time you participate". Pick one or two of their recipes to try.
 ~ "Potluck Theme Week", held at "I Heart Cooking Clubs" (http://iheartcookingclubs.blogspot.com/ ) "This means that anything goes! Dinner for 10? Cocktails for two? Explore new countries and cuisines? You choose, baby!"
 ~ "Seasonal Cooking", is hosted by Jami, at 'An Oregon Cottage' (http://www.anoregoncottage.com). "My definition of "seasonally" is a bit more broad than just what produce is in season, though." To learn more, go HERE.
 ~ "The Great Cooking Magazine Challenge", hosted by Suzy, at 'Kitchen Bouquet' {Food and Flowers} (http://kitchenbouquet.blogspot.com). "I'm putting out the challenge to flip through those stacks of cooking magazines and clippings or printed out internet recipes and try something new :-) I do this challenge mostly for myself - to justify my many cooking magazine purchases and subscriptions. But I know many of you out there are just as guilty as me!"
 ~ "Tuesday Night Supper Club", hosted by Christy, at 'Fudge Ripple' (http://fudgeripple.blogspot.com).  "the second Tuesday of each month and we be available for 10 days."
 ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'A Glimpse Of Our Life' (http://www.glimpseofourlife.blogspot.com/).  Held the first Tuesday of every month. "Share a link to your favorite recipe from your own blog. If you don't blog, share your recipe in the comments section."
 ~ "Tackling Bittman and His Buddies Recipe Hop('s)", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/), and Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/).  "The first Thursday of every month it is time to suit up and Tackle Mark Bittman or any other cookbook author you love!" "So, this blog hop is a celebration of all things cookbook. If you did a recipe review, a recipe test, an adaptation, a cookbook or article review and you want to share it .." "The ONLY requirement for this hop is the theme or topic be about a cookbook!"
  ~  "The Homesteading Carnival('s)", where Miss Jocelyn is the main host - every month a different host actually hosts the event, but you can find out who currently is at 'The Homesteading Carnival'  (http://homesteadcarnival.blogspot.com/). "Bring(ing) together homesteaders from all over the world, each week, and share things from their homesteads. Not just about gardening and barn-animals, but about life on the homestead in every aspect."
 ~ "The Etsy Cottage Style",  held the 4th week of every month, beginning on Monday's. Held at 'Etsy Cotage Style'  (http://www.etsycottagestyle.blogspot.com/). "We will be open to all bloggers showcasing creations they are working/worked on or collection of vintage finds that fit into a color catagory." (Every month it's a different color or theme.)
 ~ "Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays", are hosted by and held at 'Sugar and Spice in the land of Balls and Sticks' (http://sugarnspiceinthelandofballsnsticks.blogspot.com). "Take a pic of something from Before Blogging, write a post, and link up the specific post here." "This party will run for a week, so you have plenty of time to link up if you don't already have a post planned."
 ~ "The Album", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "...add your favorite photo, past or present" "you may link as many photos as you wish in the album." "this is strictly for family, nature, wildlife, adventure, things around the house, etc photo posts."
 ~ "Baby Blessings Blog Hop", held every month on the Monday closest to the 14th. Hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com). "Do you have a baby 0-12 months? If so share your baby's milestone's, pictures, etc. and link them up here at Baby Blessings Blog Hop!"


--> Twice A Month Themes:
  ~  "Marriage Monday('s)", "ON TEMPORARY HIATUS UNTIL THE FALL, DUE TO MOVING OUT OF STATE" ... held the first and third Monday of every month. Hosted by Chrysalis, at 'Chrysalis <3'  (http://www.chrysaliscafe.com/). Different topic (given ahead of time) every month. Go to THIS posting to see all of the info. to participate.
 ~  "Fun Posts", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "A couple times a month we will be throwing fun posts out there that you will be able to link up!" "The idea behind it is to have fun and so that people can view older posts that may have been overlooked and it's great for new readers. We throw a question out there about what kind of posts we want linked up for that day and you link directly to that post!"

--> All Week Long:
  ~  "Presto Pasta Night('s)", over all, it's hosted by Ruth, at 'Presto Pasta Nights' (www.prestopastanights.com ), but every week there is a different host for that week. "# 1 - the dish must have some sort of noodle, it doesn't have to be traditional Italian type pasta, it can be hot, cold, salad, soup, main dish ..."  "# 3 - Email your entry to the host and a cc to me with the link to your post no later than Thursday evening so the host can have the roundup ready for Friday."
  ~  "This Weeks Cravings('s)", are hosted by Tina, at 'Mom's Crazy Cooking' (http://www.momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/), Kristen, at 'From My Tiny Kitchen' (http://frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com/), and 'the country cook', at 'Delightful Country Cookin' (http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com/). Every week there is a different theme. Upcoming themes are listed. The Link up is open from Monday to the following Monday at midnight.
 ~   "Wordless Wednesday('s) - you asked for it, you got it! We're now wordless all week long!!"
  (http://www.wordlesswednesday.com/newhome/). Hosted by K-dubs. You can join them everyday for a wordless day. "there are no rules with WW. Creativity and expression are your guide."
  ~  "Thematic Photographic", is hosted by Carmi, at 'written inc.'  (http://writteninc.blogspot.com/).  "Got an odd picture? ... Every Wed. evening at precisely 7 o'clock Eastern, I post a new ... entry. Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is       ." "Post a similarity themed image over on your blog ..." "For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. ..."
  ~  "Library Loot", is co-hosted / alternately hosted by Eva, from 'A Striped Armchair'  (http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/), and Marg, from 'Reading Adventures'  (http://readingadventures.blogspot.com). "...encourage bloggers to share the books they've checked out from the library. If you'd like to participate ... anytime during the week."
  ~  "Today's Small Thing('s)", is hosted by Rachel Anne, at 'Home Sanctuary'  (http://www.homesanctuary.com/). "I invite you to join our fun group of "Company Girls" as we do daily Small Things together. We have a lot of fun, and we believe that great things can happen with a little bit of effort, a seed of faith, and a generous dose of friendship."
  ~  "Kids Can Craft Party", are hosted by Cheryl (not me ;->), at 'Sew Can Do' (http://sewcando.blogspot.com).  "This is an ongoing party dedicated to crafts that kids can actually make.  Fun ideas to keep them creative, end hearing "I'm bored" and get the kiddies into the crafting spirit."  "It must be a project kids can do, with kid-safe materials (so no hot glue guns, toxic paints, etc.".
  ~  "Munchin Monday Giveaways", are hosted by Jessica, at 'And Then there Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/). "This link-up is ONLY for Munchkin, or child, -friendly giveaways!" "**OPEN ALL WEEK!! So come back all week and  check out all the awesome giveaways from your fellow bloggers or add  your new giveaways to the list! :)"
  ~  "Almost Friday Flaunts", are hosted by Joi, at 'Heck Fridays' (http://heckfridays.blogspot.com/). "this link party will start every Thursday morning at 12 am and be open until the next Wednesday night at 11:59 pm.". ".. any recipe, craft, project, etc. that you want."

--> Sunday('s) :    
  ~  "Sunday Stealing!", is hosted by Judd, at http://sundaystealing.blogspot.com/.  "Every Sunday we steal a meme. But we do have rules. We will be very honest about our theft: ... Join in the fun and rip it off of us every Sunday."
  ~  "Sundays In My City", are held at 'Unknown Mami'  (http://www.unknownmami.com/). "I showed you mine, now show me yours." "Let's travel the world together!"
  ~  "Scenic Sunday('s)", are hosted by Janet and 'The Holley's', at 'Scenic Sunday('s)'  (http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/). "Scenic Sunday is a photo meme of the scenery. It can be landscapes, buildings, flowers, or anything you feel it's a scenery photo."
  ~ "Shadow Shot Sunday('s)", are hosted by Harriet, at 'Hey Harriet'  (http://heyharriet.blogspot.com/),  where participants feature pictures they have taken which contain shadows.
  ~ "Sunday Stills", are hosted by Ed and Linda, at 'Sunday Stills'  (http://sundaystills.wordpress.com), where every week a challenge is given for the following week which encourages participants to get their cameras out and shoot towards it. "A place to hone your photography skills."
  ~  "Color Carnival('s)"
, are hosted by Martha, at 'Maria's Space' (http://reesspace.blogspot.com). " just post a very colorful photo on your blog (one you have taken yourself of course!), come back here ... "
 ~ "Scavenger Hunt Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ashley, at 'Ramblings and Photos' (http://www.ashleysisk.com). Each week a new challenge is given. "You;re encouraged to take five new photo this week for the challenge. "what are your interpretations of the items this week?"  (upcoming themes are listed at the bottomof the page)
 ~ "Scripture and a Snapshot", hosted by Katie, at 'Katie Lloyd photography (the blog)' (http://www.katielloydphotography.blogspot.com). "My hope is that each week you will search your Bible and select a verse that has meaning to you." "I hope you will choose a photo that goes with your chosen scripture, and not just throw these two elements together. ..."
  ~ "Spiritual Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ginger and Charlotte, at 'Spiritual Sunday's'  (http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ ),  where participant's post "a favorite scripture, poem, or even a prayer." 
  ~  "Unconscious Mutterings", are hosted every Sunday at, 'Luna Nina'  (http://subliminal.lunanina.com/).  "Each week I'll post ten words to which you can respond with the first thing that comes to your mind."
  ~  "Sunday Seven('s)", are hosted by Patrick, at 'Patrick's Place'  (http://www.patrickkphillips.com/).  " ... consisting of a single question for which there can be up to seven answers."
 ~ "Science Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ticia, at 'Adventures in Mommydom' (http://adventuresofmommyness.blogspot.com/).  Link up science projects you have done with your KIDS.
  ~ "Today's Flowers" is hosted by Luiz Santilli Jr., at 'Today's Flowers'  (http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature pictures, etc. of Flowers. ("It's so hard to find someone who doesn't like flowers".)
  ~  "Weekend Herb Blogging". The main site is 'Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once'  (http://cookalmostanything.blogspot.com/) where they have a list of whom is hosting when.  "Entries must be written specifically for (us) ... This means they cannot be cross-posted in other events." "(they) should have the goal of helping people learn about cooking with herbs or plant ingredients."
 ~ "Seasonal Sunday('s)", are hosted by Brittany, at 'Real Sustenance' (http://realsustenance.com/). "recipes must contain one Seasonal Ingredient ..."  "... wonderful food is always worth sharing!"
  ~ "Sweet Melissa Sunday('s) Baking Group", are hosted by "Mermaid Sweets", at 'Mermaid Sweets'  (http://mermaidsweets.blogspot.com/), where participants are using the 'Sweet Melissa Baking Book', but they are "in no way affiliated with Melissa Murphy or her bakery Sweet Melissa Patisserie. They are just fans of the cookbook and bakery". {go to http://sweetmelissasundays.wordpress.com/bakers/  to see whom all is participating in this
  ~  "Souper Sundays", are hosted by Deb, at 'Kahakai Kitchen
(http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/). "Make a soup or "soupish" dish each week" "You can make and post your soup anytime during the week as long as you sent me details ..."
  ~  "Yummy Sunday('s)", are hosted by Bogie, at 'Perfectly Blended'  (http://atasteofmylife.com/).  "How's your Sunday? Do you have a yummy Sunday post too?"
 ~ "Recipe Swap Sundays", hosted by Cassity, at 'Remodelaholic' (http://www.remodelaholic.com). "Recipe Links Only Please"
 ~ "Cookbook Sunday('s)", are hosted by Melynda , at 'Mom's Sunday Cafe' (http://momssundaycafe.blogspot.com). "You do not have to make a complicated or difficult recipe. You do not have to follow a chosen ingredient, cooking style or author."
 ~ "Potluck Sunday('s)", are hosted by Tina, at 'Mommy's Kitchen' (http://www.mommyskitchen.net/). "Now it's your turn, do you have a recipe you would like to bring to our potluck?"
 ~ "Savory Sunday('s)", hosted by Amanda, at 'The Sweet Details' (http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/). What savory things have you cooked up to share?
  ~ "Sweet Indulgences", held on Sundays, hosted by Kim, at 'A Well - Seasoned Life' (http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/). "Share your most recent dessert. Link up as many desserts as you would like. More is always better when it comes to desserts! "
 ~ "So Sweet Sunday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Little Rays of Sunshine' (http://morrowsunshine.blogspot.com/). "Baby crafts, tasty treats, and everything sweet!"
 ~ "Not "Baaad" Sundays", are hosted by Danni and Derek (aka: "Sexy Nerd"), at 'Lamb Around' (http://lambaround.blogspot.com/). ".. open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't. I just want you to link to a post or posts you are proud of."
 ~ "nifty thrifty Sunday('s)", are hosted by Vanessa, at 'nifty thrifty Things' (http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/). "Link up anything you've created.  ..crafty, DIY, recipe, before and after, decorating, anything creative.. "
  ~ "Share Your Sunday Best", are hosted by Tara, at 'Feels Like Home (TM)" (http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com). "To participate, you can share any post from the last week."
 ~ "Sunday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted both by ?, at 'Pink Dandy Chatter' (http://www.pinkdandychatter.com/), and Kel, at 'Between The Lines' (http://www.betweenthelines-kel.com/).   ."... one of your favorite posts."
 ~ "Sunday Linky Party", hosted by Jen, at 'Petite Hermine' (http://petitehermine.blogspot.com/). "link up your latest blog post."
  ~ "Sunday Favorites", are hosted by Chari, at 'Happy To Design'  (http://happytodesign.blogspot.com)." Sunday favorites "is designed to give bloggers an opportunity to share once again, one of their favorite posts." "Each new day in blogland brings new viewers/bloggers. So many haven't seen your favorite posts." "I would like to reiterate that Sunday Favorites is a meme about sharing or revisiting a post from the PAST!"
  ~  "Sunday Scrappin" {this meme is not limited to scrapbookers - - but - "Sunday Scrappin" sounded better than "Sunday whatever paper craft you're making"! ;)}, is hosted by Christine {of 'Bailey's Granny's 365'} and Amy {of 'Tiny Blessings'}, at 'Sunday Scrappin' (http://sundayscrappin.blogspot.com/). Every week a challenge is given for the next week (optional). "ALL OF THESE (link-up's) SHOULD BE PAPER CRAFT RELATED!"
  ~ "Just Something I Whipped up", hosted by Jessica, at 'The Girl Creative' (http://www.thegirlcreative.com/).
 ~ "Think Pink Sundays", are hosted by Bev, at 'Flamingo Toes' (http://www.flamingotoes.com/). "Link up NEW tutorials, refashions, recipes, printable's, DIY, etc. Basically – anything we can make!!"
 ~ "Sunday Showcase", hosted by Stephanie, at 'Under The Table and Dreaming' (http://www.bystephanielynn.com/). "This Party is open to any project you have made or created and would like to showcase this week."
 ~ "Sew Darn Crafty", hosted by Karen, at 'Sew Many Ways' (http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/). "Show off your projects, share a tutorial, show us your vacation pictures, share a family favorite recipe...share anything. Not only does linking inspire us all, it also brings lots of new people to your blog for a visit."
 ~ "Mad Skills Tutorial Link Party('s)", are hosted by JHill, at 'Mad In Crafts' (http://madincrafts.blogspot.com). "as usual you can link up a post, old or new, to share with other readers. The only rule for the party is that the post MUST BE A TUTORIAL. The tutorial can be written, pictorial, or a combination of the two, but it should be a project or a process that another crafter would be able to replicate. Any Mad Skill level, from novice to advanced, is welcome!"
  ~ "Around The Blogosphere - Add YOUR Giveaway link", hosted by Susan and Janice, at '5 Minutes For Mom' (http://www.5minutesformom.com). " you can come back all week and add a post or giveaway to our Mister Linky. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun."
  ~ "Serendipitous Sunday Giveaways", hosted by Cindi, at ' 'Moomette's Magnificents'  (http://moomettesmagnificents.com/blog/). "Would you like to have your contest listed? Just add your Contest or Giveaway to the Mr. Linky listing"
 ~ "Sunday Sweepstakes", are hosted by Carolyn, at 'My Backyard Eden' (http://www.mybackyardeden.com).  "Got a giveaway going on?  Link it up here."
 ~ "Sunday Showcase Linkup Your Giveaways", hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Giveaway Gala('s)", are hosted by Pam, at 'The Thrifty Things' (http://thethriftythings.blogspot.com). "Welcome to the Giveaway Gala on The Thrifty Things. Each Sunday night I will feature t. This linky. Once you add your giveaways they will be listed on all five Collective Media Magic sites!"
 ~ "Giveaway Linky", hosted by Valerie, at 'Let's Just Give It Away' (http://www.letsjustgiveitawayagain.com). "Are you hosting a giveaway on your blog? Share it here! I will add a new list each week on Sunday. So check back often."
~ "Swingin' By Sunday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/), by Danille, at 'My Life In Jenga' (http://mylifeinjenga.blogspot.com/), and Skye, at 'Real Mom Reviews'(http://www.realmomreviews.net/).  "Grab a coffee or some tea and meet new friends."
 ~ "Sunday Social Network Exchange", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "In an effort to make the best use of time and blog space, ... will now host linkies for all of the .. mentioned social networks every Sunday."
  ~ "Comment Love Day", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "..this one (hop) does have a few rules." "Please be sure to leave genuine comments (meaning read the actual post!) and no cut and paste.".


--> Monday('s):
  ~  "Makes My Monday('s)!!", are hosted by Cheryl (not me), at 'twinfatuation'  (http://twinfatuation.blogspot.com), where participants find "a image or story to share that not only brightens your week's beginning, but may just extend web-wide."
 ~ "Multitudes on Mondays", are hosted by Ann, at 'A Holy Experience' (http://www.aholyexperience.com/). "
making your life about thanks to God"
 ~ "Fixing Your Heart On Titus 2", hosted by Ashley, at 'At The Well' (http://www.titus2atthewell.com). "Each Monday, we share a project that relates to being a Christian woman and living out our Titus 2 roles in real life."  Go HERE for more info.
  ~  "Mellow Yellow Monday('s)", are hosted by "Drowsy Monkey", at 'Mellow Yellow Monday's'  (http://mellowyellowmonday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something with the color yellow in it.
  ~  "Blue Monday('s)", are hosted by Sally, at 'Smiling Sally'  (http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ ), where participants feature something blue colored.
  ~  "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)'  (http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/). "What are you doing or going to do today, to make your home sing?"
  ~ "Amaze Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Carrie, at 'Dittle Dattle' (http://dittledattle.blogspot.com/). "Please link your projects, crafts, decorating, tutorial, and giveaways!"
 ~ "A Marvelous Mess Monday('s)", are hosted by Messy Missy, at 'Marvelously Messy' (http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/). "A Marvelous Mess Monday is a link party dedicated to the messes we make in pursuit of craftiness. Personal expression is messy. Art is messy. Life is messy!! What did you make out of your marvelous mess today??"
  ~  "Metamorphosis Monday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'Between Naps On The Porch'   (http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/), which "is all about Before and After". Participants show pictures of "before" - what the item looked like when they obtained it, and then pictures of the transformation process (and written details), as well as pictures of what they made the item into, and why.
 ~ "Making the World Cuter Monday('s)", are hosted by Tiff, at 'Making the World Cuter' (http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/). "..it's time to show off the cute, if it's making your world cuter or yummier, I want to see it! "
 ~ "Made By You Monday('s)", are hosted by Cindylouh, at 'Skip To My Lou' (http://www.skiptomylou.org). ".. it is time to link up your crafty goodness! Show us what you have been making." "Please link up only your own projects"
 ~ "Made by Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Lee, at 'Creative 2x Mom' (http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com). "Write a blog post highlighting your project with a link back here so that others can join in on the fun." " You can post more than one project; just add more than one link. "
 ~ "Made With Love Monday('s)", are hosted by Elizabeth, at 'Sew Chatty' (http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/). "Link up your crafts, recipes, home decor....anything that has been made by you! "
 ~ "Sharing Monday('s)", are hosted by and at 'Chocolate Drool and Kisses' (http://chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com/). "Let's see your latest creations".
  ~ "Motivate Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Kaysi, at 'Keeping it Simple' (http://www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/). "Monday is the day to motivate me with all of the fun things that you have been doing."
 ~ "Mad Skills Monday('s)", are hosted by Ginger, at 'Support Blog for Moms of BOYS!' (http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/). "Link up something crafty, creative, or fun that you wanna share!" 
 ~ "Craftastic Monday('s)", are hosted by Cheryl (not me ;->), at 'Sew Can Do' (http://sewcando.blogspot.com/). "As long as it's crafty and made by you it's Craftastic"
 ~ "Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party", are hosted by Jen, at 'Craft-O-Maniac' (http://craftomaniac.blogspot.com/). Link up crafts, do it yourself projects, or recipes.
 ~ "The DIY Showoff Project Parade('s)",  are hosted by Roeshel, at 'The DIY Showoff' (http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/). Show off the projects you did yourself.
 ~ "Inspire Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Julie, at 'Singing Three Little Birds' (http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com).  Inspire her with what you've made.
~ "Make Something Monday('s)", are hosted by Sarah, at 'Sarahndipities' (http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/). "Show me whatcha got this week!!"
~ "Making Monday Marvelous Day (aka: MMM Day)", are hosted by Jamie, at 'C.R.A.F.T.' (http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/) (aka: Creating Really Awesome Free Things), "Add a link to your specific craft, recipe, marvelous idea."(are good things)  
 ~ "Momspiration Monday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Moms by Heart.net' (http://momsbyheart.net/). "We'd love to hear about your fun and frugal ideas. Just write a blog post about a craft or kitchen project and leave your link below and we'll stop by for a visit." TYPE MOMSPIRATION MONDAY into the search bar.
 
  ~  "Mouthwatering Monday('s)"(shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Rachel, 'A Southern Fairytale'  (http://asouthernfairytale.com). Every week participants share recipes sure to make your mouth water.
  ~  "Mouthwatering Monday('s)"(shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Melanie, at 'Joyful Housewife' (http://joyfulhousewife.com/). "Post your recipes. Enjoy some recipes. Share the linky and Have fun!"
    Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
 ~ "Hearth and Soul hop", hosted by Melynda, at 'Mom's Sunday Cafe' (http://momssundaycafe.blogspot.com/). "... sharing your food, philosophy and new discoveries."
 ~ "Mangia Mondays", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Shine Your Light' (http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/) and Kristen, at 'Delightfully Dowling' (http://delightfullydowling.blogspot.com/) "Add a link to your recipe or food post."
  ~  "I Heart Cooking Clubs", at (http://iheartcookingclubs.blogspot.com/). "This is a stress-free cooking club with a revolving roster of chefs. We feature two chefs a year". "In the interest of freedom of choice, we have organized this cooking club on themes. How you interpret the theme is up to you ..." Upcoming themes are listed down the side bar.
 
~ "Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday's", are hosted by "The Lucky Wife", at 'The Saturday evening Pot' (http://www.thesaturdayeveningpot.com/). " Please tell me you've got something delicious to brighten my Monday this week! Look forward to seeing what is shared. "
  ~  "Magazine Mondays", are hosted by Ivonne at, 'Cream Puffs in Venice'  (http://creampuffsinvenice.ca/). Each week participants are "diligently attaching those pesky magazine piles" by trying and featuring one of the recipes you have marked in one. "Remember that anyone can take part in MM. All you have to do is e-mail me a link to a post on your blog featuring a recipe from a magazine or clipping." 
 ~ "Hunk of Meat Mondays", are hosted by Leah, at 'Beyer Beware' (http://beyerbeware.blogspot.com/). "
So what are you cooking this week? Link on up your favorite meaty recipe and be sure to let your readers know where you have shared the recipe."
 ~ "My Meatless Mondays",are hosted by Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/). "Many of us are cutting back or cutting out meat. A nice way to limit my meat intake is to have a day that we do not eat meat. ... let's share our ideas for meatless meals ...".
~ "Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays", hosted by Rebecca Jean, at 'Midnight Maniac'  (http://www.midnightmaniac.com). "It doesn’t have to be a recipe {although that would be nice}, it can be a picture of a meatless meal you ate that week, an interesting article you read about meat consumption, a post on your blog about going meatless, perhaps a post on someone else’s blog you found helpful, anything Meatless Monday appropriate. "
~ "Monday('s) Mmm Dessert",
hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com).  "Leave your link for Monday, Mmm ... Dessert.  Have a great Monday."
 ~ "Melt in Your Mouth Monday('s)", are hosted by Jane, at 'Make Ahead Meals For Busy Mom's' (http://www.makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.com). "There are no specific themes. Just add a recipe of your choice. My only rule is that you have a text link back to this post on the bottom of the blog post that you’re submitting so other people can join in the fun.  (It's just good blog etiquette as well!) "
 ~ "Monday Mania", hosted by Sarah, at 'The Healthy Home Economist'  (http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/). " ... In short, these Awesome Posts are a complete free for all of incredible Real Foodie Wisdom! So, .."
 ~ "Monday Link Party('s)", are hosted by Megan, at 'Polish The Stars' (http://www.polishthestars.com/). "Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc."
  ~  "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven'  (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/). "Your post can be about anything having to do with homemaking. And it doesn't have to be a new post. Search your archives and share your know how!"  " "Yours" = she features her favorite submission from the previous week.  "Mine" = her feature for the week.  "Ours" = Mr. Linky - so we can all participate."
 ~ "Making A Home", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). "Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family."
  ~  "Grocery Cart Challenge('s)"
, are hosted by Gayle, at 'Grocery Chart Challenge'  (http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/).  "What did you buy - where - for how much?" "For our family of six we are attempting to spend $60 a week on groceries."
  ~  "Menu Planning Monday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'I'm an Organizing Junkie' {"enjoying life one pile of clutter at a time"}  (http://orgjunkie.com), where participants share their planned menus for the upcoming week.
 ~ "Hoo Are You?", hosted by Leslie, at 'Night Owl Crafting' (http://nightowlcrafting.blogspot.com/). "Here's how it will work, each Tuesday I'll post a few questions. They can be about ... You will post in a new post on your blog. And then come back and link it to our linky party."
 ~  "Simple Woman's Daybook", hosted by Peggy, at 'The Simple Woman's Daybook ... Where every day is a blank page'  (http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/). "Write up and publish your journal page using the questions/picture ideas I have listed below into your blog entry."  
  ~ "Moo's Monday('s)"
, hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "consist of some New Week Questions asked by our lovely members. You ask----we answer! It can be anything from under the sun. Let's limit to 3 questions asked by you so that people can leave in a comment if they don't post about it."  "Send in the questions that you want answers to. We're linking back to the person asking and we want everyone to answer either in your posts and link up or leave a comment with your answers. "  
 ~ "Miscellany Monday('s)", are4 hosted by Carissa, at 'lowercase letters', (http://www.carissagraham.com/). "write random and join in below."
  ~  "Mailbox Monday('s)", the main host is Marcia, at 'Mailbox Monday' (http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/). "... is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week ..." 
  ~  "Musing Mondays", are hosted by MizB (not me ;->), at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "This week's Musing asks ..." always about something having to do with reading.
  ~  "Happy Homemaker Monday('s)", are hosted by Sandra, at 'Diary of a SAHM' {SAHM = Stay At Home Mom}  (http://familycorner.blogspot.com), where participants tell about what's going on in certain areas of their life.
  ~  "Mojo Monday('s)",
is "a challenge created by Julie Tilman, and held at 'Moho Monday - the Blog'... Intended as a way to inspire you to get creative each week". "To play along, make a project using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery". "Mojo challenges are open to anyone and you're free to use stamps and supplies from any company." (http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/)
  ~  "Magic Marker Monday('s)", are hosted by Michelle (her site is 'in the life of a child'), at ' 5 Minutes for Special Needs'  (http://www.5minutesforspecialneeds.com/). "Share some of those 'kid art' moments that make life beautiful."
 ~ "Fun in the Summer Sun" {runs every Monday from June 13th - September 7th}, hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), Ticia, at 'Adventures of Mommydom' (http://adventuresofmommyness.blogspot.com/),  , at 'Sweet Diva' (http://www.sweetdivamj.com/), Ann, at 'Harvest Moon By Hand' (http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/), and Tiffany, at 'Sweet Phenomena' (http://sweetphenomena.com/). "Each Monday, we will be hosting ... events. Here's the line up: The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities". The 2nd Monday ..: link up your "Kid friendly summer crafts". The 3rd Monday..: link up your "Kid friendly summer recipes". The 4th Monday..: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat"
  ~ "Photo Challenge('s)", are held at, 'I Heart Faces' (http://www.iheartfaces.com/). "A judge will pick winning photos to be displayed on Friday or Saturday"
  ~  "Mosaic* Monday('s)", are hosted by Mary, at 'Little Red House'  (http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/). {*Mosaic = an assembly of photographs matched in such a way as to show a continuous representation of an area or subject matter.} Go HERE to learn how to create your own.
  ~  "Macro* Monday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Lisa's Chaos'  (http://lisaschaos.com/). "Snap a Macro (or any closeup) photo, post it on your blog and then" come link up.  {*Macro = very large in scale, scope, or capability}
  ~  "Elipsis Monday Photo Shoot", is hosted by Carly, at 'Elipsis'  (http://ellipsissuddenlycarly.blogspot.com/).  Every week a different assignment is given.
  ~ "Good To WOW Photo Challenge('s)", are hosted by Jill and Ashley, at 'Jill Samter Photography' (http://www.jillsamterphotography.com). there is a different theme/prompt given for every week. the upcoming five weeks themes/prompts are given at the bottom of each weeks posting. Go HERE to learn how this party works. Jill also suggest that you read THIS before joining any type of a photo challenge.
  ~ "Organizing Mission Monday('s)", are hosted by Sandy, at 'Organize With Sandy' (http://www.organizewithsandy.com). "I would love to see what you are working on this week. But as always you can link up any organizing or cleaning or DIY post to my link party."
  ~ "Making Us Cuter Challenge(s)", are hosted by Tiff, at 'Making the World Cuter' (http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/). "This is for FASHION related posts ONLY!" ".. it's time to show off what you've been wearing!" "I love seeing your fashion inspiration .."
 ~ "The Look Book", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "- jump in and get those pretty pics up! we want to see what you've been wearing. entire outfits, accessories and shoes ;)"
  ~  "Contesting Monday('s)", are hosted by Nerd Mom, at 'Nerd Family Things'  (http://www.nerdfamilythings.com/).  "If you are hosting a giveaway or have a post about someones giveaway, just leave a link."
 ~ "The List... Monday Giveaway Link-up('s)", are held at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com). ".. link up your giveaway’s."
 ~ "Monday Madness", hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' "(http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/). "Who doesn't love a great giveaway! I know I do! So go ahead and start linking yours!"(http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/).
 ~ "Give it to me Monday!" Blog Hop and Giveaway Linkup, hosted by Tara, at 'Graphic Design by Tara' (http://graphicdesignbytara.blogspot.com), and by Dawn, at'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/). "A Blog Hop and Giveaway Link Up!"
 ~ "Making Friends Monday('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Living On Love And Cents' (http://www.livingonloveandcents.com/), Pam, at 'The Thrifty Things' (http://thethriftythings.blogspot.com/), Mom, at 'Reviewed By Mom' (http://www.reviewedbymom.blogspot.com/), and Leandrea and Jessica, at 'Coupons Are Great' (http://couponsaregreat.net/). "Start hopping and remember following back is appreciated!"
  ~ "I Love My Online Friends Monday Hop", hosted by Jodi, at 'Magical Mouses School House' (http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com),  and Tami, at 'The Things We Find Inside' (http://www.thethingswefindinside.com/). "Follow as many people as you can and be sure to let them know that you are from... When you get a new follower visit their blogs, leave them a comment and/or return the follow." 
~ "Follow Us Monday Morning Blog Hop", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/), and Bridget, at 'Being Frugal And Making It Work'  (http://cheekymommaof2.blogspot.com/). "Each week we will feature a blog as "Hot Blog Of The Week" and post a question to get the conversation started."  
~  "A Not So Moody Monday Blog Hop", hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Kelly, at 'Kelly's Lucky You' (http://kellysluckyyou.com/). "Lets hop around to our old friends and make some new! I want to have a not so moody Monday!  Don't you?"
 ~ "Alexa Hop", held every Monday, hosted by Jennifer, at 'Moms Online Garage Sale' (http://momsonlinegaragesale.com),  Sarah, at 'Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks'. (http://www.mooseandtater.com/), and Mickey, at 'A Helicopter Mom' (http://ahelicoptermom.com/). "... gain new followers and friends while helping you lower your Alexa rating!"


--> Tuesday('s):
  ~  "True Story Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Once Upon A Miracle'  (http://tris-adventures.blogspot.com/). "link up your hilarious, amazing, outrageous, miraculous and true tale."    
  ~  "Top Ten Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Oh Amanda, at 'O Amanda'
(http://ohamanda.com/), "Each Tuesday we post our best Top Ten list…Top Ten Most Romantic Songs, Top Ten Favorite Bloggers, Top Ten Stupid Things You Did This Week, Top Ten Books You Wish Your Husband Would Read—WHATEVER." "It can be serious or funny, long or short but it does have to be a list of TEN."
 ~ "Ten on Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'It's a Crafty Life' (http://itsacraftylife.blogspot.com/). "Today's the day when you blog about whatever's on your mind...random info about you, events going on in your life, a top ten list, ten pictures, whatever...so long as it is 10 items!"
  ~  "Gratituesday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'Heavenly Homemakers', "Making our homes heavenly, striving towards our heavenly homes ..."   (http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/blog/)."What are you thankful this Gratituesday?"
  ~  "Tasty Tuesday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), hosted by Jen, at 'Balancing Beauty and Bedlum's'  (http://beautyandbedlam.com/). "what have you been making lately? Share the recipe" and show and tell about it.
  ~  "Tasty Tuesday('s)"(shall we say # 2 ?), hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "Have fun hopping around and getting tasty today!"
  ~  "Tasty Tuesday('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), hosted by Alissa, at '33 Shades of Green' (http://33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com/). "What did you cook this week?"
    Listed in the order in which I found them ;->
 ~ "Totally Tasty Tuesdays", are hosted by Mandy, at 'Mandy's Recipe Box' (http://www.mandysrecipebox.blogspot.com/).  "Link up your Totally Tasty recipes!"
 ~ "Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'Dr. Laura's Adventures'  (http://www.whoislaura.com/).
 ~ "This Weeks Cravings", is hosted by Tina, at 'Moms Crazy Cooking' (http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com). Each week has a theme. Go HERE to see the list of upcoming themes,as well as the list of rules. 
  ~  "Tuesdays with Dorie", are hosted by the site, 'Tuesdays with Dorie'  (http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com). "Every Tuesday, baked from scratch." They are working from the cookbook 'Baking from My Home to Yours' by Dorie Greenspan. The goal is to try one new recipe a week. At the beginning of the month, that month's choices are shown. {"PLEASE wait until Tuesday to do your post."}
  ~  "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Blessed with Grace'  (http://www.blessedwithgrace.net/). Participants are encouraged to share "recipes, kitchen and cooking tips, restaurant reviews and anything food related that you want to share."
 ~ "Delectable Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). "I can't wait to see what recipes you share today."
 
~ "Let's Do Brunch", (held on Tuesdays), hosted by Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/). "Please come and share your favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with us here". "
  ~  "Tuesdays at the Table", are hosted by Cole, at 'All The Small Stuff'  (http://allthesmallstuff-cole.blogspot.com/). "To participate, simply create a food related post."
  ~  "Kitchen Tip Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tammy, at 'Tammy's Recipes'  (http://www.tammysrecipes.com/). Your link-up needs to feature some type of a useful tip having to do with something in a kitchen."
 ~ "Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays", hosted by Amy, at 'Simply Sugar and Gluten Free' (http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/).  "The gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, grain-free, allergy-friendly, and just plain healthier foods that are shared here prove that when there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m always inspired by the way those who come here every week create without limitation."
 ~ "Hearth and Soul Hop" (Feed your body and your soul), hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "Lovely yummy recipes made with tons of love and great ingredients! Come on in and link up a recipe of your own or find something delicious to make for dinner tonight!" "The .. Hop was born of our beliefs that food not only nourishes our bodies, but our souls!" Go HERE to learn more.
 ~ "Two Maids A Baking", hosted by Liz and Amy, at 'Two Maids A Milking' (http://twomaidsamilking.blogspot.com/). What have you baked this week?
 ~ "Anything Related Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rebekah, at 'All Thingz Related' (http://allthingzrelated.blogspot.com).  There are two sections available to link up in - "Create" and "Cook".  
 ~ "Handmade Tuesdays", hosted by Kristen, at 'Ladybug Blessings' (http://ladybug-blessings.com/). Let's see the talented things you've hand made.
  ~ "Tip Me Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Laurie, at 'Tip Junkie'  (http://tipjunkie.blogspot.com).  "show off your creative tips and handmade projects and parties! Link up your blog post with a handmade project like something you made, party you hosted, a recipe, or fun tip. {{anything goes}}"
 ~ "Tuesday('s) Time Out", are hosted by Melanie, at 'Reasons To Skip the Housework' (http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com/). ["My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."] "Link up your crafts, recipes, fun ideas - pretty much anything that will inspire others!"
 ~ "Unwasted Homemaking Party", are hosted by Marcie, at 'Don't Waste Your Homemaking' (http://www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com). "keep it related to homemaking ... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family traditions, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft, etc."  
 ~ "Ten Buck Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lauren, at 'Young Nester' (http://youngnester.blogspot.com/). "LINK UP YOUR $10 CRAFT OR RECIPE!"
  ~ "Tuesday('s) Treasures", are hosted by Kristen, at 'My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia' (http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/). "Are you ready to share your latest project? Link up your latest transformations, furniture revamps, room makeovers, you name it, link it!  I feature a handful of projects the following week."
 ~ "Tuesday Tell All('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'My Craftie Life' (http://mycraftielife.blogspot.com/). "
Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Etc."
  ~  "How-Tuesday('s)", are held at 'Etsy's Handmade Blog' (http://www.etsy.com/storque/make/). Every week a complete/detailed "How-To" project is presented.
  ~ "Show Me What Ya Got", hosted by Stacy, at 'Not JUST A Housewife' (http://www.notjustahousewife.net/). "I am so excited to see what you have been doing! I think I have more ideas than time to do them in but it is still fun to look through and get inspired :)"
  ~ "Tutorial Tuesday('s) ... Teach Me Stuff!", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Hope Studios' (http://www.hopestudios.blogspot.com/). "..this party is to showcase your weekly tutorials. What counts as a tutorial? Anything to Teach Me Stuff counts - a recipe, a kid's craft, a DIY project, how you got your baby to sleep through the night ... I'm not picky."
 ~ "Teach Me Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Maggie, at 'A Bokros Kind of Life' (http://abokroskindoflife.com). "Link up your home schooling idea.."
  ~ "Hip Homeschool Hop", hosted by and held at, 'Hip Homeschool Moms' (http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com). "There aren’t any set rules for what you should post about – just have fun and get to know each other!  All we ask is that if you link up, have something about homeschooling or something of interest to homeschoolers on your site."
  ~  "Tackle it Tuesday('s)" (making housework blog-able), are hosted by Susan and Janice, at '5 Minutes for Mom'  (http://www.5minutesformom.com/).  "I am hoping to tackle these many projects that are sucking the joy out of my life." "Remember your projects can be big or small." "Also, tackles are not limited to housework ..."
  ~ "Running With Glitter", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Running With Glitter' (http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/). "I can't wait to see what you all have been working on ...".
  ~ "Take A Look Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Mandy, at 'Sugar Bee Crafts' (http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com). "Show off your Craftiness!"
 ~ "Too Cute Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kyla, at 'Funky Polkadot Giraffe' (http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com). "What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??" "Must be made by you.".
  ~ "Needlework Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Books and Quilts' (http://www.heatherpearson.com/). "Thanks for visiting today for my Needlework Tuesday post. Have you been working on a needlework project this week?  Write a post about your project, being sure to include photos".
 ~ "It's Sew Fun Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'It's Sew for You' (http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/). "This list is open to any crafts, sewing projects, recipes".
 ~ "Get Your Craft On Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Today's Creative Blog' (http://todayscreativeblog.net/). "Link up something creative." (crafty)
 ~ "Gettin' Crafty On Hump Day", hosted by Nikki, at 'Nikki's Nifty Knacks' (http://nikkisniftyknacks.blogspot.com/). "Can't wait to see what crafting you all got done :)" 
 ~ "Anti-procrastination Tuesdays", are hosted by Amy, at 'New Nostalgia' (http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/). ["New Nostalgia - My quest to recapture the simplicity of yesterday and apply it to today."]  "There are 2 ways to link up, with 2 different themes. (1) Anti-procrastination Themed posts ~ things you want to accomplish ` (lists, goals, projects, ~ goals you did accomplish ~ thoughts on procrastination/ways you beat procrastination. (2) Flexible Type posts ~ projects ~ crafts ~ recipes."
  ~ "The Wednesday Window - Promote Your Favorite Blog Post", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "... is much more than just a blog hop, it is a place where you can promote your favorite place, so don't link up to your main page... we want to be directed to your favorite work."
  ~ "Toot Your Own horn Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Leah, at 'A Silly Little Sparrow' (http://www.sillylittlesparrow.com). "You can toot" about anything you'd like! Whether you've knitted curtains, painteda mural, cooked for the Queen, or just made it throughthe day without your house falling down (which is oftenmy biggest accomplishment!)" 
 ~ "Anything Goes Party", is held every Tuesday. Hosted by Tammy, at 'Type A' (personality) "Please link as much of anything as you want, no limit. Etsy shops and Giveaways too! Ready, Set, GO!!!" 
  ~  "My World Tuesday('s)", are hosted by 'Show Your World'  (http://showyourworld.blogspot.com). "The place where you show others the area around you and become our tour guide!" "If you have a commercial site (meaning you earn money on your site) YOU NEED THE PERMISSION of the My World Team to participate."
 ~ "Sweet Shot Tuesdays", are hosted by Darcy, at 'My 3 Boy Barians' (http://my3boybarians.com). "... is a photo linky blog hop that encourages photographers to link up their best shot of the week."
 ~ "Shutter Love Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com). Each week has a different theme/subject matter. To see all the rules for this fun party, go HERE.
  ~  "Three or more Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tam, at 'The Gypsy's Corner'  (http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/ ), where you display one of your 'collections'. "If you have three of more of something, then you 'collect' it".  Or, three of ...
  ~  "2nd Time Around Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Diane, at 'A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words'  (http://diane1876.blogspot.com/), where participants feature things they have nabbed from/or which are, "antiques, thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and bargains in general."
 ~ "Nifty Thrifty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Linda, at 'Coastal Charm' (http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/). "This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigs list and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Also you can share any thrifty DIY projects...love seeing what y'all can make on a dime!"
  ~ "Twice Owned Tuesday Party", are hosted by Bonnie, at 'House of Grace' (http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com). "Link up your TWICE OWNED posts."
  ~  "Ruby Tuesday('s)",  are hosted by "MaryT, The Teach", at 'Work of the Poet'  (http://workofthepoet.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something ruby red colored.
  ~  "It's Bloomin Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jean, at 'MsGreen"thumb" Jean'  (http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/), where participants show something which is 'bloomin' (now in bloom).
 ~ "Tuesday Garden Party", are hosted by Jami, at 'An Oregon Cottage' (http://www.anoregoncottage.com/). "You can link anything garden related: What's growing/blooming, tips, ideas, progress, harvests and recipes using the harvests, preserving tips and recipes, before/afters, and how-to's."
  ~  "Teaser Tuesday's", are hosted by MizB, at 'Should be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "Teaser Tuesday's is a weekly bookish meme ... anyone can play along! Just do the following ..."
 ~ "An Apron full of giveaways", hosted by Amy, at 'The Mother Load'  (http://www.momadvice.com/blog/). "if you are hosting a contest please link it up"
 ~ "Mommy Loves Tuesday Giveaways", hosted by Tiffany, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com/). "Do you have a great giveaway going on?
Come over and win some free stuff or show the Linky love and link up your giveaway. Make sure you come back EVERY Tuesday!"
 ~ "Fortune Follies Tuesday('s)", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com). ".. bloggers can list their giveaways, and readers can enter them!"
 ~ "Blog It Forward Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/), and Jennifer, at 'Sweep Tight' (http://sweeptight.com/). "The idea of the 'Blog It Forward theme' is to not only gain more followers, but also do something a little extra for each other (pay it forward). Instead of just following each blog, take an extra minute to do a little more. Some examples could be…referring them to your facebook friends, tweet about them, stumble a post, add their giveaway to a linky…get creative. .."
 ~ Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop..or Bounce!", hosted by Jodi, at 'Magical Mouses School House' (http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com). "Link up, meet new friends, network with other bloggers, and have fun!"
 ~ "To-The-Top Tuesday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Nicole, at 'One Little Mister' (http://www.onelittlemister.com/). "Do you love finding new blogs to read? Link-up with us every Tuesday ..."
 ~ "Fun Tuesday Hop('s)", are hosted by  , at 'Our Family World' (http://www.ourfamilyworld.com/blog), by Madeline, at 'Professionally Insane M Blog' (http://professionallyinsanem.blogspot.com/) and Rebecca,
at 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest' (http://onemoreflewoverthecuckoo.blogspot.com/). " It’s a great way to discover amazing blogs and make new blog friends. Come link up and start hopping."
  ~ "Follow Me Back Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Stacy, at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com), Cindi, at 'Little Ya-Ya's' (http://littleyayasandblessed.blogspot.com/), and  ? at 'B, Babies and a Blog' (http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com/). "Follow the blogs you like & Follow Back who follows you (Remember to leave a comment so you can be followed back)"
 ~ "Tuesday('s) Blog Trail", hosted by Jenille, at 'Six in The Nest' (http://www.sixinthenest.com/). "Come back every Tuesday to find new blogs and new readers!"
 ~ "Midweek Mingle Blog Hop", hosted by Tara, at 'Graphic Design by Tara' (http://graphicdesignbytara.blogspot.com). "any link goes!"
 ~ "Stumble tumble Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Kelly's Lucky You' (http://kellysluckyyou.com/), "Blondie", at 'Still Blonde After All these Years' (http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/), Tessa, at 'Shopper Gal' (http://www.shoppergal.com/), Heather, at 'Acting Balanced' (http://www.actingbalanced.com/), and Vera, at 'Luxury Reading' (http://luxuryreading.com/). "The goal is to help you ... to promote your blog posts and get more traffic."  Directions are given as to the way this particular blog hop works.
~ "Chickadee Tuesday's!", are co-hosted by Tara, at 'Dandy Giveaway' (http://www.dandygiveaway.com), Melissa, at 'The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom' (http://www.sippycupmom.com/), Candice, at 'Stash Mama' (http://stashmama.blogspot.com/), Hanan, at 'Lilac City Momma' (http://lilaccitymomma.com/), and KC, at, 'One + One = Four" (http://oneplusoneis3.blogspot.com/). "Each week simply stop by at any of these FIVE blogs for a chance to link up and meet new and exciting bloggers!" Each week they highlight a different blogger.
 ~ "Soli Deo Gloria Party", are hosted by Jen, at 'Finding Heaven, one step at a time' (http://findingheaventoday.blogspot.com). "basically we are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words." Go Here for more information about this community.


--> Wednesday('s):
  ~  "A B C Wednesday('s)", are hosted by MrsNESBITT, at 'ABC Wednesday'   (http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com/).  "Welcome to Round 8, Year 4!"  They are again working through the letters of the alphabet, one week/letter at a time. "If you have something to share, be it a photograph, piece of art or poetry, ...".
  ~  "Wifey Wednesdays", are hosted by Sheila, at 'To Love, Honor and Vacuum'  (http://tolovehonorandvacuum.blogspot.com/). "It's Wednesday, the day when we talk marriage! I introduce a topic, and then you follow up either by commenting or by writing your own post and then linking up"
  ~  "Watery Wednesday('s)", are hosted by "2Sweetnsaxy", at 'Watery Wednesday'  (http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something having to do with water.
  ~  "Outdoor Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'A Southern Daydreamer'  (http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ ), where participants feature something from out of doors.
 ~ "Frugal Gardening 101", is hosted by: Amy, at 'The Finer Things In Life' (http://amysfinerthings.com), Phoebe, at 'Getting Freedom from Debt' (http://www.gettingfreedom.net), and Connie, at 'Smockity Frocks' (http://www.smockityfrocks.com/). "How’s your garden growing this week?  Feel free to link up your progress!"
  ~  "Window Views", are hosted by MaryT/TheTeach, at 'Window Views...and doors too!'  (http://windowviews2.blogspot.com/).  "Post your window views (and doors too!) and then ..."
  ~  "Wednesday is Rednesday", hosted by Sue, at 'It's A Very Cherry World!' (http://suelovescherries.blogspot.com), where every Wednesday the color RED is featured. 
  ~  "White Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kathleen, at 'Faded Charm'  (http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/). Featuring things which are white.
  ~  "Midweek Blues", are hosted by Rebbecca {"I blog because it seems more technologically savvy than talking to myself ..."}, at 'The Dusty Cellar'  (http://thedustycellar.blogspot.com/). "Post any blue ... color, mood, music, however you interpret blues via photography."
;-) {Did you catch that? Red (then) White (and then) Blue Wednesday('s) ;-)}
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Janice and Susan, at ' 5 Minutes for Mom'  (http://www.5minutesformom.com/). "Pictures that don't need many words with them."
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #2 ?),  are hosted by Felicia, at 'Go Graham Go'  (http://www.gograhamgo.com/).
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), are hosted by Deb, at 'Mom of 3 Girls'  (http://www.momof3girls.net/).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 4 ?), are hosted by and at 'Jolly Mom' (http://www.jollymom.com).
  ~ "Wordless (or Wordful) Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 5 ?), are hosted by Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk' (http://betterinbulk.net). "Your post can be wordless or wordful, just as long as there's a picture in it!"
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday Linky" (shall we say # 6 ?), is hosted by LoLo, at 'Crazy About My Baybah' (http://www.crazyaboutmybaybah.com/).
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 7 ?), is hosted by Heather, at 'Acting Balanced' (http://www.actingbalanced.com/)
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 8 ?), is hosted by Tiffany, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #9 ?), is hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/).
       Listed as #'s 1-->9 in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s) 'Food Style' ", are  hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com).
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the picture variety), are hosted by Angie, at 'Seven Clown Circus'  (http://sevenclowncircus.com), "Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way."
 ~ "Wordless + Wordful Wednesdays", hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), and Stephanie, at 'Goober Grape and Monkey Man' (http://goobermonkey.com/).
  ~  "Special Exposure Wednesday('s)", are held at ' 5 Minutes for Special Needs'  (http://www.5minutesforspecialneeds.com/). "We share photos of our children, places or things our children love, that we love ... the moments of struggle, the moments of triumph ... any photograph which calls up memories or emotions in you as a parent." Sign up HERE if you'd like to participate in their version of 'Wordless Wednesday'.
  ~  "You Capture", is hosted by Beth, at 'i should be folding laundry Here I Am'  (http://www.ishouldbefoldinglaundry.com/).  Every week "Next Week's Challenge" is posted. "try hard not to reuse pictures from your archive. The goal of You Capture is to get you out taking photos each week!, get creative! Challenge Yourself!"
  ~  "Sepia* Scenes", are hosted by MaryT/TheTeach  (http://sepiascenes.blogspot.com/). Post any photo in *Sepia. It can be of anything - "a landscape, a portrait, a city scene, a country scene .."   {*Sepia = "A brown pigment. A dark brown. A print or photograph made in this color.}
  ~  "Your Assignment ... Should You Choose to Accept", are hosted by Mama Kat, at 'Mama's Losin It',   (http://mamakatslosinit.blogspot.com/blog/). "Choose a prompt that inspires you most. Write. Come back Thursday and paste your blog URL to Mr. Linky ..." "Feel free to write on more than one prompt if you so desire."
  ~  "Works for me Wednesday's" (aka: "WFMW"), are hosted by Kristen, at 'We are that Family ...' {you know the ones ...}   (http://www.wearethatfamily.com). What works for you on that week's suggested topic? Every Wed. the next week's topic is listed. "Please feel free to link up any helpful tip to this party! But if you are having a hard time coming up with a tip, you can go with this week's suggested theme and instead of sharing a tip--ask for one!"
 ~ "Wee Bit Wednesday('s)", are hosted by  Leigh, at 'Leigh Ashley' (http://www.myleighashley.com/). Tell us a wee bit about yourself, "answer the questions on your own blog if you haven’t already and link back"
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the 'topics' variety)), is hosted by 'Cocoa', at 'Chocolate On My Cranium'  (http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/). Each week has a different topic, or a different style of writing is assigned. "... is an opportunity to hear many different blogger's opinions and ideas about various topics."
  ~  "Wishcasting Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jamie, at 'Jamie Ridier Studios'  (http://jamieridlerstudios.ca/). "You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It's easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog ..."
  ~  "Way Back When-ensday('s)", are hosted by Cheryl (not me), at 'twinfatulation'  (http://twinfatuation.blogspot.com) where participants share something from 'way back when' in their or their kids lives.
  ~  "Notebook Experiments", are hosted by Amy, at 'The Mother Load'  (http://www.momadvice.com/blog/).  "# 1 - choose anything from any of our notebook entries (past or present) to do with your family ... # 2 - Complete an experiment from the notebook and share about it on your blog or web site. ..."
  ~  "What's On The Menu Wednesday('s)" (runs March - September), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Crockpot Wednesday('s)" (runs October - February), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Made It On Monday('s)" [linked it up here on Wed.], are hosted by Lark, at 'Lark's Country Heart' (http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/). "You may link up to 3 recipes per week."
 ~ "Cast Party Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Sheryl, at 'Lady Behind The Curtain' (http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com). "Featuring all the GREAT recipes out there!"
  ~ "What's Cooking Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Cristi, at 'The King's Court IV' (http://www.thekingscourt4.blogspot.com/), and by  Diane, at 'Turning The Clock Back' ("one eco friendly step at a time") (http://turning-the-clock-back.blogspot.com/)).  "This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter - -"
  ~ "What's Cooking Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #2 ?), are hosted by Shan, at 'Tales From The Fairy Blogmother' (http://shanrev.blogspot.com/)
      Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~ "What's On Your Plate", hosted by Fish Mama, at 'Good Cheap Eats' (http://goodcheapeats.com/). ".. designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?"
  ~ "Foodie Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Bibi, at 'Daily Organized Chaos' (http://www.dailyorganizedchaos.com/). "You are welcome to share as many food posts as you like as long as each of them is linked to this post."
  ~  "Real Food Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Keppy, at 'Kelly the Kitchen Kop'  (http://kellythekitchenkop.com/). Every week the pros, etc. of 'real food' are gone over. "Share whatever is on your mind related to Real Food." Go to THIS post to learn more.
 ~ "No Whine Wednesday('s)", are held at 'Food On The Table' (http://www.foodonthetable.com/blog/).
 ~ "Wednesday Shopping", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com). "I invite you to link up to your best grocery deals, to inspire others to save more!"
 ~ "Whatever Goes Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Michelle, at 'Someday Crafts' (http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/). "Enter your project (up to 4 links), tip, idea, recipe, whatever. Visit others. Leave comments."
 ~ "Whassup Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kara, at 'Elements Interiors' (http://www.elements-interiors.net/).  "Whassup?!!" As in, what have you been up to?
  ~ "Creative Share Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com). "You can link up anything crafty, recipes, room decor, party ideas, gift ideas, kid projects, science projects, game ideas, etc.. You get the idea. And please share great posts that you have found as well. Make sure you tell them that you are sharing their creative, fun idea." ~ "We Did It! Wednesday('s)", are hosted by and held at, 'Sew Much Ado' (http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/). "...link to something you made that you want to share.  It can be something you sewed, crafted, painted, baked, or anything else you made that you want to share."
 ~ "Inspired By YOU Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Ashley, at 'Eisy Morgan' (http://eisymorgan.blogspot.com/). "... share your best inspiration with us! It can be anything you created whether a great blog post, great photos, craft, outfit, whatever you have been working on this past  week!"
  ~ "Make It Yours Day", hosted by Carolyn, at 'My Backyard Eden' (http://www.mybackyardeden.com).  "Link up something you’ve created, crafted, cooked, etc."
~ "What I Whipped Up Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kimmie, at 'Sugar and Dots' (http://www.sugaranddots.com). "Must be your post- any idea, recipe, project, craft, tutorial, or makeover you'd like to share."
 ~ "Linkin' With Lil' Luna Every Wednesday", hosted by Kristyn, at 'Lil' Luna - All things Good' (http://www.lilluna.com/). " ... something YOU have created - craft, recipe, idea"
  ~ "Show and Tell Linking Party Every Wednesday", hosted by Becca, at 'Blue Cricket Design' (http://www.bluecricketdesign.net). "Time to link your latest and greatest projects! I love seeing what you’ve been up to!"
 ~ "Linky Party", held every Wednesday. Hosted by Whitney & Alish, at 'Sisters' Stuff' (http://sistersstuff.blogspot.com/). "Link UP your latest and greatest!"
 ~ "Show Us Your Stuff Party", hosted by Fawnda, at 'Fireflies and Jellybeans' (http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/). "There are 3 categories to link up to: Crafts and Sewing, DIY and Home Decor, and Recipes. pick one and go with it!"
 ~ "Idea Sharing Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jill, at 'Women Who Do It All' (http://womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "What ya Makin' Wednesday's", hosted by book-addict-4-real , at 'Scrap Addict 4 Sure'  (http://www.scrapaddict4sure.com). "If you have a recipe, sewing, craft  or a room makeover feel free to share it here."
 ~ "Hoo's Got Talent?", hosted by Leslie, at 'Night Owl Crafting' (http://nightowlcrafting.blogspot.com/). Link up what you made this week using your talents.
 ~ "Sugar & Spice and everything nice", is hosted by Kim, at 'Seven Thirty Three'  (http://733blog.blogspot.com/).  "...your project.  2) Don't forget, these should be GIRL RELATED (can be for us grown up girls too)!" [Her Thursday parties are for boys ;->]
 ~ "Link Party", hosted every Wednesday by Sachiko, at 'Tea Rose Home' (http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/). "Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit."
  ~  " "Waiting On" Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jill, at 'Breaking the Spine'  (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/).  " ... spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't - wait - to - read ..." "What's your "waiting on" pick this week?"
  ~ "WWW Wednesdays", are hosted by MizB (not me ;->), at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?
 ~ "What I Love Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Krystina, at 'Lollipops' (http://www.lollipopscards.com). "can't wait to see your loves :)"
 ~ "What I Wore Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Lindsey, at 'The Pleated Poppy' (http://thepleatedpoppy.com). "i was asked last week how wiww has changed me.  i think it has really changed me to be more motivated and less lazy.  i feel like i look better than i did in my sweats and i like the feeling of looking good for my husband.  and the compliments from him definitely help!"
 ~ "Getting Fit", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "How are those workouts going and have we been behaving ourselves." "Today's question--"
 ~ "It's Hump Day! .. it's all downhill from here", hosted by Heather, at 'Mommy Only Has 2 Hands' (http://www.mommyonlyhas2hands.org/).
 ~ "Waltz On By Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). "The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow! ..."
 ~ "Where Are YOU Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/), and Jennifer, at 'Sweep Tight' (http://sweeptight.com/). "Everyone is invited to join us to blog hop and to share where you are from, it will be fun to meet bloggers from all over the world! Where in the World are you?"
  ~ "Wandering Wednesday('s)", are co-hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/) and Jessica, at 'Inspiring You 2 Save' (http://www.inspiringyou2save.com). " It was created for socializing and to help bloggers get new followers, subscribers, and readers. "
 ~ "I Heat/Love Blogging Hop", hosted by Jennifer, at 'Moms Online Garage Sale' (http://momsonlinegaragesale.com),  Sarah, at 'Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks'. (http://www.mooseandtater.com/), and Mickey, at 'A Helicopter Mom' (http://ahelicoptermom.com/). "I ♥ Blogging Hop was created to gain new followers, subscribers, tweeters and fb fans."
 ~ "Hot Links of the Week", hosted by Tammi, at 'An Island Life' (http://islandlife808.com/). "If you would like to have your giveaway included in an upcoming edition ..."
 ~ The Book Giveaway", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/).  "There is something for everyone at the book giveaway linky, and it is a great place to promote your own book giveaways as well. "
 ~ "Penny Pinching Party('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'The Thrifty Home' (http://www.thethriftyhome.com/). "This party is for any money saving ideas that you would like to share. Examples: Home improvement projects, recipes, ways to cut bills, thrifting, upcycling projects, tips, organizing ideas, whatever..."
 ~ "Baby Steps to a Rockin’ Life From the Middle of the Road", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "sharing short tips for better health, more happiness, organization, scheduling, routines, harmony, peace, contentment, cooking, finances, personal care and family life (really any positive aspect of life!)"
 ~ "walk with Him Wednesdays", are hosted by Ann, at 'A Holy Experience' (http://www.aholyexperience.com/). "Every Wednesday, we walk with Him, posting a spiritual experience that draws us nearer to His heart."  "What does it mean to live with Jesus in the center of our lives?"
 ~ "Mustard Seed Planting", hosted by Rebecca, at 'Mom's Mustard Seeds' (http://www.momsmustardseeds.com/), and Jennifer A. Janes (http://jenniferajanes.com/). "Mustard Seed Planting:  Meditating/Memorizing God's word"
 ~ "Women In The Word Wednesdays", are hosted by the girls at 'Good Morning Girls' (http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/). "If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week."
 ~ "Word Filled Wednesday's", are hosted by Lori, at 'Internet Cafe' Devotions' (http://internetcafedevotions.com/). WFW is not about books, authors, artists.. it's about God and HIS WORD ONLY." 
 ~ "iFellowship blog Linkup", hosted by the Women at, 'Seeds of Faith' (http://www.seedsoffaithwomen.com/). "..we wanted Christian women to have a place to get to know each other and well, just fellowship!"


--> Thursday('s): 
  ~  "Tablescape Thursday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'Between Naps On The Porch'  (http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/), which is table settings / decorations / etc.
  ~  "Pennywise Platter Thursday('s)", are hosted by Kimi, at 'the NOURISHING gourmet'  (http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/). "It’s time to share your frugal and nourishing tips and recipes! Where do you shop for quality food at a lower price? What recipe saves a penny? How do you balance a budget with nourishing food? Share here."
 ~  "Cooking Thursday('s)"
, are hosted by Sandra, at 'Diary of a S.A.H.M.'  (http://familycorner.blogspot.com), where you are encouraged to share your cooking recipes.
  ~  "Craving Ellie in My Belly" {CEIMB}, The foods you crave served up weekly, is hosted by Nick & Sarah (their blog is 'imafoodblog.com'), at 'Craving Ellie in My Belly'  (http://cravingellieinmybelly.blogspot.com/). From the book, 'The Food You Crave; Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life' by Ellie Krieger.
 ~ "Full Plate Thursday('s)", are hosted by Miz Helen, at 'Miz Helen's Country Cottage' (http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/). "Now lets take a look in that basket of yours and see what you brought to share today, I can't wait."
  ~  "Vintage Recipe Thursday('s)", hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com) "Vintage Recipe Thursday (VRT) is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers or postcards."
  ~  "Ultimate Recipe Swap('s)", are hosted by Jessica, at 'Life as Mom'  (http://www.lifeasmom.com/). There is a different featured topic each week. "Have a story to go along with your recipe? We'd love to hear it!"
 ~ "Recipe Swap Thursday('s)", are hosted by Alison, at 'Prairie Story' (http://www.prairiestory.com/)
 ~ "Tasty Traditions"
, hosted by Nikki, at 'Coupon Cookin' ' (http://www.couponcookin.com). "Does your family have a special dish? How about a favorite family tradition?"
 ~ "Frugal Food Thursday('s)", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com/). "If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up!"
 ~ "Sweet Treats Thursday('s)", hosted by Ashton, at 'Something Swanky' (http://www.somethingswanky.com/). "Dessert-related posts only-- you can link up photos, recipes, crafts that look like treats, whatever! As long as it's in the sweet treats family."
 ~ "It's A Keeper Thursday('s)", hosted by Christina, at 'It's A Keeper' (http://www.everydaytastes.com/). "Welcome to It’s a Keeper Thursday! The place where we all get together and share our “keepers”! Do you have a recipe that you’ve tried, or a craft project you’ve made that was a “keeper”?"
 ~ "Crazy Cute Link Party", hosted by Courtney, at 'Between U & Me' (http://www.betweenuandme.com/). "I welcome scrapbook pages, DIY projects, recipes, a thrifty find, an awesome picture you've taken, sewing projects, handmade cards or other paper craft stuff.. Whatever you got! As long as you made it. Please no etsy shops..."
 ~ "Strut Yourself Thursday('s)", are hosted by Stephanie, at 'Somewhat Simple' (http://www.somewhatsimple.com). "..link up your crafts, makeovers, DIY, projects, recipes, etc."
 ~ "Making It With Allie", hosted by Allie, at 'What Allie's Making Now' (http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/). "What have you got this week?"
 ~ " 'Look at Me' I'm So Crafty", hosted by Stacey, at 'It's FUN to craft!' (http://funtocraft.blogspot.com/). "Link up any creative post."
 ~ "Look What I Made", hosted by Kara, at 'Creations By Kara' (http://www.creationsbykara.com/). "Alright, lets see whacha got! Feel free to link up a craft project, decorating idea, or a yummy recipe."
 ~ "Thrilling Thursday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/). "Let's see what you have made this week!!! :)  Link up and most of all HAVE FUN!!!!"
 ~ "A Crafty Soiree", held every Thursday. Hosted by Malia, at 'Yesterday On Tuesday' (http://yesterdayontuesday.typepad.com/).  "Link up to four of your creative projects."
 ~ "Catch A Glimpse Thursday('s)", hosted by Allison, at 'A Glimpse Inside' (http://www.aglimpseinsideblog.com/). " Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc."
 ~ "Delightfully Inspiring Thursday('s)", are hosted by DaNita, at 'Delightful Order' (http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/). "Link posts pertaining to: organizing, decorating, crafts, recipes, anything creative that may inspireothers."
 ~ "Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths", hosted by Allison, at 'House of Hepworths' 9http://www.houseofhepworths.com/). "Post about anything you’ve worked on recently! "
 ~ "Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails", is hosted by Kim, at 'Seven Thirty Three'  (http://733blog.blogspot.com/).  "... your project. ... 3) Don't forget, these should be BOY RELATED (Big Boy projects are accepted too)!" [Her Wednesday parties are for girls ;->]
  ~ "Toddler Talk Thursday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom' (http://www.sippycupmom.com), Emily, at 'Family and Life in Las Vegas' (http://www.familylifeinlv.com/), LoLo, at 'Crazy About My Baybah' (http://www.crazyaboutmybaybah.com/). "Toddler Talk Thursday was created as a place for moms and dads of toddlers to come together over a weekly topic and share ideas, go-to toys, or products. It is a great way to meet other bloggers of toddlers. Each week the topic will be different; we invite you to link up.... ". "Each week the hosts will .. if we choose your topic..."
  ~  "Booking Through Thursday('s)", are hosted by Deb, at 'Booking Through Thursday'  (http://btt2.wordpress.com/), where participants answer that weeks posted questions about a book, or books. Example: What is the worst book you've ever read?  Why do you dub it such? Etc.
  ~  "Thursday('s) Thirteen", are hosted by Janet & Megan, at 'Thursday Thirteen'  (http://thursday-13.com/). Participants pick their own 13 'things'. " each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it. One week you may list “13 things on my mind” and maybe the next week you’d list “my top 13 favorite movies”. "The purpose is to get to know everyone who participants a little better every Thursday."
  ~  "Things I Love Thursday('s)", are hosted by 'The Diaper Diaries'  (http://thediaperdiaries.net/). "Let the readers know about something/anything you love. Try to pick an actual 'thing' that you love."
  ~  "Thankful Thursday('s) A Grateful Heart", Iris's, at 'Grace Alone'  (http://www.eph2810.com/) is the base home. Each month it's actually hosted by different sites. Laurie, from 'Women Taking A Stand'  (http://womentakingastand.blogspot.com/) will host May's. Iris herself will host June's.  And Lynn, from 'Spiritually Unequal Marriage'  (http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/) will host July's. Each week a different topic is given, write what your thankful for about that theme. 
  ~  "Living A Simple Life Thursdays", are hosted by: Diana, at 'A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa'  (http://www.spain-in-iowa.com), Annette, from 'Sustainable Eats' (http://www.sustainableeats.com/), Wardeh, from 'GNOWFGLINS' (http://gnowfglins.com/),  Alicia, from 'Culinary Bliss' (http://culinarybliss.blogspot.com/), and Mare, from 'Just Making Noise' (http://just-making-noise.blogspot.com/).  "where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life." "If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients are whole.  Such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policeman, however, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements." 
  ~  "Shoot Me!", is hosted by Church Lady, at 'Diary of a Church Lady' (http://livinglifeinpa.blogspot.com//). "It's time to stop hiding behind the camera of yours. your family is missing you in the picture. So it's time to post a picture of YOU (yes, you) every Thursday with your child, your spouse, your friend, your dog, or even by yourself. Just get in the picture!" 
  ~  "Thrifty Thursday('s)", are hosted by Leigh, at 'Tales From Bloggeritacille'  (http://lbratina.blogspot.com/), where participants "do a show and tell of sorts, show casing their thrifty find."
  ~  "Vintage Thingies Thursday('s)", are hosted by Suzanne, at 'Colorado Lady'  (http://coloradolady.blogspot.com), where Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone." Click HERE to read the instructions.
  ~  "Transformation Thursday('s)", are hosted by Gina, at 'The Shabby Chic Cottage'  (http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/). "It's the one day a week we all celebrate getting things done."
THREE THURSDAY CHALLENGES - each one is either a bit or a lot different than the others - they are listed in the order in which I found them.
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 1?), are hosted by Dale, at 'Thursday Challenge for fun and learning'  (http://www.spunwithtears.com/thursday.html). "... is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced ... each week. You may either ..."___
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)", (shall we say # 2 ?), are held at 'Theme Thursday'  (http://themethursday.wordpress.com/). Every week a new art challenge is presented. "Create paper art". "Use collage images, rubber stamps, fancy paper, embellishments or any other art supply to make your creation!"
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), are hosted by Caz, Deb & Lynn, at 'Cute Card Thursday'  (http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/). "we post a new challenge every Thursday! We are primarily a card making challenge blog, but if you wish to make another item, that is fine by us. We want you to have fun crafting!"
  ~ "Giveaways Galore!", is hosted both by: Felicia, at 'Go Graham Go!' (http://www.gograhamgo.com), and 'Jolly Mom', (http://www.jollymom.com). "Link up your giveaways! Please make sure to link directly to the giveaway and list the name of the giveaway along with the expiration date."
 ~ "Giveaway Directory Thursday('s)", are hosted by Michelle, at 'Someday Crafts', (http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com). "If you are looking to win free "stuff", visit the other blogs and enter. It's that easy!!! Some of these giveaways only have a few entries so your chance of winning is great!"
 ~ "Thursday's Giveaway Cafe' ", hosted by hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/), and Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com). "Link up your fiveaways valued $25 or higher."
 ~ "Thursday's Giveaways", are hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). ".. a giveaway linky to make it easier to find lots of giveaways."
 ~ "Giveaway Day", hosted by and held at, 'Hip Homeschool Moms' (http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com). "Hosting a giveaway at your blog that home school moms would love to enter? Link up here and let us help you promote it! Everyone else - enjoy these awesome giveaways!"
 ~ "Terrific Thursday Blog Hop!", hosted by Rondi, at 'WAHM Resource Site' (http://wahmresourcesite.com/), and Crystal, at 'My Life as Mom and Wife' (http://kennedymomandwife.blogspot.com/). "Together, we are hoping to create an awesome weekly blog hop to find new blogs and meet new blog friends."
 ~ "Thursday Friends Cafe Blog Hop", hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/), and Tammy, at 'Tammy's Two Cents' (http://www.tammystwocents.com/).
 ~ "Stumble Through Thursday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Kristen, at 'Keenly Kristen' (http://www.keenlykristin.com/). "This is not your average post your link and run blog hop.  It requires a HIGH level of participation." Go HERE to get instructions on how to do theirs.


--> Friday('s):
  ~  "Flashback Friday('s)", are hosted by Suzy, at 'Kitchen Bouquet' {Food and Flowers!} (http://kitchenbouquet.blogspot.com/), where participants are encouraged to join her in "order(ing) pizza and I dig into my(their) photo archives and blog about something from my(their) past."
  ~  "Flashback Photo Friday('s)", are hosted by Alicia, at 'More Than Words'  (http://minyards7.blogspot.com/).  "I have so many pictures from my PRE-digital camera days. I thought it would be fun to scan them and share them here with you ... I would like for you to join me too!"
  ~  "Friday "My Town" Shoot Out('s)", are hosted by Rebecca, Sarah, Doreen and the Town Blogger Team at (http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/). "Keep the 'my town theme' alive, but, ..." "Don't feel like you are restricted to shooting only in your little town ... vacation pic's and shots of towns around you... " Every week a different theme (object in  your town) is presented by an assigned group member. Upcoming themes are listed down the side bar. Mr. Linky is also on the sidebar.
  ~  "Give Me Your Best Shot", are hosted by: Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk'  (http://betterinbulk.net) and Cecily R., at 'My Chaos My Bliss' (http://mychaosmybliss.com/)
" ... is simply a fun way to share your favorite shot of the week. What has inspired you? Made you smile? What emotions, personality's and details have you caught?  It is NOT ... " "I encourage you to use a photo you've taken in the last week." To learn more, go HERE.
  ~  "Fix-it Friday('s)", are held at 'I Heart Faces'  (http://www.iheartfaces.com). "where anyone can join in the photo editing fun by downloading a photo we provide and showing off how you would “fix” it!"  "...don't leave comments about your blog, product or service on our participants websites."
  ~  "Skywatch(R) Friday('s)", (http://skyley.blogspot.com). "Starts each week on Thursday evenings at 7:30p.m. GMT. PLEASE read the established rules before linking your posts.
  ~  "Fingerprint Friday('s)", hosted by Beki, at 'The Rusted Chain'  (http://www.blog.therustedchain.com/).  "Look around and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? "
  ~  "Friday Fill-ins", are hosted by Janet, at 'Friday Fill-ins
(http://fridayfillins.blogspot.com), where you are encouraged to fill in that week's blanks.
  ~  "Five Question Friday('s)", are hosted by 'Mama M', at 'My Little Life'  (http://fivecrookedhalos.blogspot.com/). "Copy and paste the following questions to your blog, answer them, ... and link up!"
  ~  "Friday Finds", are hosted by Mizb17, at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "What great books did you hear about/discover this week? Share with us ..."
   ~  "Finer Things Friday('s)", hosted by Amy, at 'the Finer Things in life'  (http://amysfinerthings.com/). "What finer things are you celebrating this week? Link up and let us know!"
  ~  "Friday Fragments", are hosted by Barb, at 'Half Past Kissin Time ... time to kiss again!'  (http://www.halfpastkissintime.com). "Bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; to short for stand-alone piece, but to good to discard."
  ~  "Friday's Fave Five", are hosted by Susanne, at 'Living to Tell the Story',  (http://susannesspace.blogspot.com/).  "Come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post about 5 favorite things from your week ... Anything that tickled your fancy ... quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, ... "
  ~  "7 Quick Takes Friday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Conversion Diary'  (http://www.ConversionDiary.com/).  "7 quick takes on what's going on in your life."
 ~ "The Homeschool Mother's Journal", hosted by Sue, at 'The Homeschool Chick' (http://www.thehomeschoolchick.com/). "Please read her guidelines HERE before you link up"
  ~  "Company Girl Coffee", is hosted by Rachel Anne, at 'Home Sanctuary'  (http://www.homesanctuary.com/). Fix yourself a cup of coffee and tell us about what's going on in your life this week. There is no small thing.
 ~  "Coffee Talk Friday('s)", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "Have a Fabulous Weekend Friends! and don't forget to wrap your Friday post up with a little coffee chat and fab friends."
  ~  "Show Us Your Life - ", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Kelly's Korner'  (http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/). "every week there is a different subject matter / theme to share about. Upcoming themes are listed down the left side bar."
 ~ "Friday Potluck('s)", are hosted by Erin, at 'EKat's Kitchen' (http://www.ekatskitchen.com/). "Only one recipe per blog per week".
 ~ "Feasting In Fellowship Fridays", hosted By Janelle, at 'Comfy In The Kitchen' (http://comfynkitchen.blogspot.com/). "Thank you for sharing...I love seeing what you have been cooking!"
  ~ "Foodie Friday('s)" (shall we say # 1?), are hosted by "Gollum" (aka: Michael), at 'Designs by Gollum'  (http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/) where participants feature both pictures of and recipes for food.
  ~ "Foodie Friday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Bianca, at 'Little Brick Ranch' (http://www.littlebrickranch.com/). "Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!  "
    Listed in the order of which I found them ;->
  ~  "Food on Friday('s)", hosted by Ann, at 'Ann Kroeker. writer.'  (http://annkroeker.wordpress.com/)."any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes."
  ~  "Four Foods on Friday", hosted by Valerie, at 'Fun, Crafts and Recipes'  (http://funcraftsandrecipes.com/). Every week four food related questions are asked.
  ~  "Fight Back Friday's", are hosted by Kristen M., at 'Food Renegade'  (http://www.foodrenegade.com/).  "Bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the 'REAL FOOD REVOLUTION, who are they? ... lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on."
  ~  "Friday Food", are hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom Trends'  (http://momtrends.blogspot.com). "This week I have ... what have you been up to? ... Share your success's in the kitchen." "We welcome any recipes and food-related posts."
 ~ "Fun With Food Friday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/). "Remember FOOD RELATED posts only please."
 ~ "Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home on Friday('s)", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "Simply link to your URL and use your blog badge, or share a recipe, giveaway or anything you want! Then hop on over and make new friends with the other participants."
 ~ "Sweet Tooth Friday('s)", hosted by Alli, at 'Alli 'n Son' (Parenting and Life with a side of Chocolate) (http://alli-n-son.com/).  "Each week I’m posting a new or old favorite. New recipes that I found scouring the interwebs and magazines or old family favorites. But one thing for sure is that they will be sweet. And with each recipe I’m including a linky for you to share your favorite sweet-inspired recipes."
 ~ "Bake With Bizzy", hosted at 'Bizzy B Bakes'
(http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/). "What about you? What are you baking? Join Bizzy and share your baked goodies here."
  ~ "Sweets This Week", (held every Friday), hosted by Sarah, at 'Sugar Bananas' (http://sugarbananas.blogspot.com)
. "craft / recipes / tutorial / DIY / sewing creation / tip."
  ~  "Frugalicious Friday('s)", are hosted by Jane, at 'Finding Fabulous' (http://www.findingfabulousblog.com). "This fun day is dedicated to sharing your fabulous, thriftiest ... most Frugalicious Home Decor Finds!" "It can be anything for the Home,  as long as you ... did not ... pay full price!" "Link up your faboulous finds, crafts, and DIY projects."
 ~ "Weekend Wrap-up('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'Tatertots and Jello' (http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com). "I can't wait to see what YOU have been doing!"
 ~ "Weekly Wrapup", hosted by Kris, at 'Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers' (http://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/). " How was your week? Be sure to post about it and sign up.."
 ~ "Tickled Pink Friday('s)", are hosted by Holly, at '504 Main' (http://www.504main.com). "A craft, recipe, tip, party, short story, poem, fashion find, favorite product, your favorite post, whatever makes you feel FABULOUS! That is what tickled pink is all about! {and it does NOT have to be PINK}."  
  ~ "Crafty Friday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). " Let us know what you’re working on this week! It can be photos of a project, instructions, recipes, or anything else you feel is "crafty"."
 ~ "I'm Lovin' It" (every Friday), are hosted by (a different) Cheryl, at 'Tidy Mom' (http://tidymom.net/2011/). "let us know what your lovin' this week. share your recipes, crafts, DIY's, photography, printable's, products, .. anything you are loving!"
 ~ "Inspiration Friday('s)", are hosted by Vanessa and Heather, 'At The Picket Fence' (http://www.atthepicketfence.com/). ".. any post you've written that has Inspired You and will Inspire Others-it can be a home improvement project, craft, recipe, story, devotional...if it inspires link it up!"
 ~ "Simply Creations Friday('s)", are hosted by Jackie, at 'Simple home Life' (http://www.mysimplehomelife.com/). "let me see what you have for this week!"
 ~ "Creation Corner Friday Link Party", hosted by Tasha (with an 'a' not an 'o' sound), at 'Creation Corner' (http://creationcorner.blogspot.com/). ".. it can be a craft, an art project, some yummy recipe, something with home decor, organizing or cleaning tips...etc. "
 ~ "it's a Hodgepodge Friday" (Hodgepodge - odds and ends: a motley assortment of things), hosted by Gay, at 'It's a Hodgepodge Life' (http://itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com/). "Every Friday we get together to share our creations, new or old. It could be just about anything - A craft, a room re-do, artwork, a wonderful recipe, new photos of the family... anything you consider hodgepodge!" 
 ~ "PITY PARTY" (held every Friday), hosted by Mique (as in Mickey), at 'Thirty Handmade Days' (http://thirtyhandmadedays.com). "Be creative- a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything you want!"
 ~ "Feature Yourself Friday('s)", are hosted by Rachelle, at 'Fingerprints on the Fridge' (http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/). " it's time again for the pretty things!"
 ~ "Weekend Wander", are hosted by Krista, at 'While He Was Napping' (http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com/). "Link up all your awesome goodness.  Keep it family friendly and no commercial sites, please."
 ~ "Everything but the Kitchen Sink", held every Friday, hosted by Meg, at 'A Little Knick Knack' (http://www.alittleknickknack.com/).  "I'm so excited to see your projects this week. I need some inspiration!"
 ~ "Lovely Crafty Weekend", held every Friday, hosted by Rachael, at 'Lovely Crafty Home' (http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com). "Hey lovely people! It’s time to link up your projects again! I so look forward to seeing these every week."
 ~ "Fantastic Friday('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'Iron Violet Designs' (http://www.ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com/). "link up anything that you have made - sewn, cooked, crafted, etc. family friendly of course. "
 ~ "Fantobulous Friday('s)", are hosted by Joy, at 'Mama's Kinda Crafty' (http://www.mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com/). "link up any crafty thing you've made this week!"
 ~ "Simply Link Party", hosted every Friday by Ashley, at 'Simply Designing' (http://simplydesigning.blogspot.com). "I can't wait to see what you have created this week!"
 
~ "Friday Link Party",  hosted by Tasha, at 'Creation Corner' (http://creationcorner.blogspot.com/). "Remember it can be a craft, an art project, some yummy recipe, something with home decor, organizing or cleaning tips...etc."
 ~ "Home and Family Friday('s)", hosted by Becca, at 'Home is Where My Story Begins' (http://becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com/). "Link up your favorite project from the week."
 ~ "Show and Tell Friday('s)", are hosted by Cindy, at 'My Romantic Home' (http://romantichome.blogspot.com/). " please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden."  Go HERE to read the instructions on how to send her your link (she does the actual linking up).
 ~ "Show and Share Day('s)", are hosted by Chris, at 'Just a Girl' (http://justagirlblog.com). Show and Share what you've been doing.
 ~ "Fancy Friday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'Mel Dreams Often' (http://www.meldreamsoften.com/). "No rules, but please checkout and follow the featured blog!"
 ~ "Flaunt It Friday('s)", are hosted by Kate, at 'Chic on a Shoestring Decorating' (http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/).  "You may post about anything you'd like to share... decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, helpful hints, whatever you're proud of"
 ~ "Free For All (Friday's)", are hosted by Hannah, at 'Young and Crafty' (http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/). "Link directly to your post of projects made by you."
 ~ "Friday Favorites", are hosted by Jerri, at 'Simply Sweet Home'.  (http://www.simplysweethome.com/). "Can't wait to see your posts! Link them up!"
  ~  "Frugal Friday('s)", (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Wendy at 'Shabby Nest'  (http://shabbynest.blogspot.com), featuring frugal decorating ideas.
  ~  "Frugal Friday('s)", (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Jessica, at 'Life as Mom' (www.lifeasmom.com). "What's your money saving idea for the week? Share it with us."
      They are listed as # 1 & # 2 in the order I found them in ;->
 ~ "Weekly Savings Total Linkup", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "I would love to hear how you did on your savings this week."
  ~  "Feminine Friday('s)" (based off of 1 Peter 3:3-5), are hosted at 'Buildeth Her House'  (http://buildethherhousewithlove.blogspot.com/). "this meme (is) dedicated wholly to feminine and modest dress." "... the key is to post about your outfit and how you feel wearing it ..."
  ~ "Fertilizer Friday('s)", are hosted by Glenda (aka: Tootsie) , at 'Tootsie Time',  (http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/). "Link up and post those plants and their healthy beautiful blooms and FLAUNT THOSE FLOWERS!!!"
 ~ "Illustration Friday('s)", are hosted by Penny, at 'Illustration Friday . com'  (http://illustrationfriday.com). "Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation."
  ~  "Puzzle Friday('s)", are hosted by Beverly, at 'How Sweet the Sound'  (http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/). "... puzzle('s) for the fun-lovers. Come on and play. My time was ..."
  ~  "ALOHA Friday('s)", are hosted by Tammi, at 'Island Life'  (http://islandlife808.com). "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fri.'s I would take it easy on posting to. Therefore, I'll post a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response." Participants then do the same.
  ~  "Dear So and So ...", are hosted by Kat, at '3 Bedroom Bungalow' (http://3bedroombungalow.blogspot.com/). "Write your letters and link up! ... of letters to those who tick you off, make you happy, or to the utterly stupid. Go forth and let it all out. It makes you feel better." 
  ~  "Maria's Sketch Challenges('s)", are hosted by Maria, at ' 'Christmas Stampin' All Year Long' (http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/). "... join in creating Christmas cards and projects weekly throughout the year. Each week a challenge will be posted and you may participate by creating you card based on the challenge."
   ~ "Organize Your Life!", hosted by Bonnie, at 'House of Grace' (http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/). "Link up any organizing post"
 ~ "Friday Blog Hop With Featured Guest Hostess"
, hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), and by Melissa, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://www.homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com/). "We invite you to join us every Friday to make more blog friends!"
  ~ "New friend Friday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com) and Jessica, at 'The Girl Creative' (http://www.thegirlcreative.com/). "New Friend Friday('s) is a fun continuous blog hop where it's all about making new bloggy friends and offering meaningful comment support to other bloggers."
 ~ "Find New Friends Weekend Hop", hosted by Tawna, at 'Tawna's Journey to a Healthier Me' (http://www.tawnasplan.com/), and Terry, at 'My Journey With Candida' (http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Hop Along Friday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/), Stephanie, at 'The Crazy Life of Stuffy Nickle' (http://www.stuffynickel.com/), Sonya, at 'Belly Charms' (http://bellycharms.blogspot.com/), and  Heather, at 'Living On Love And Cents' (http://www.livingonloveandcents.com/). "we welcome you to each hop and hope you have a great time participating."
 ~ "Weekend Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Jamie, at 'Jamie's Precious Peas' (http://www.jamiespreciouspeas.com/). "Link up and Hop. Make sure you comment if you want a follow back."
 ~ "Boost My Blog Friday('s)", held at 'Design it Chic' (http://www.designitchic.blogspot.com/). "This blog-hop is supposed to be a boost in our blogs' asses... friends-wise:)!!" "And as always, today we have another question for you:"
 ~ "Following Friday('s)", are hosted by Jessica, at 'And then There Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/), Valerie, at 'Let's Just give It Away' (http://www.letsjustgiveitawayagain.com/), and 'Buzzing The Day Away' (http://www.busybuzzer.blogspot.com/). "Follow as many blogs as you like and when they follow you, follow them back. (leave a comment on their blog so they can follow you back)."
 ~ "Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop", hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com/), and Jamie, at 'Jamie's Precious Peas' (http://www.jamiespreciouspeas.com/).
 ~ "Fabulous Friday Giveaways", are hosted by Melanie, at 'Joyful Housewife' (http://joyfulhousewife.com/). "Feel free to post your giveaways and participate in some too. Please keep it family friendly and clean."
 ~ "Fantastic Friday Giveaway Linky", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free' (http://www.frugalityisfree.com).  "Welcome to ... where you can find hundreds of great blog giveaways."
 ~ "For the Kids Fridays", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Sun Scholars' (http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/). "Link up as many KID_RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on.. bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!".


--> Saturday('s):  
  ~  "Then Sings My Soul Saturday('s)", are hosted by Amy, at (http://signsmiraclesandwonders.blogspot.com) 'Signs Miracles and Wonders'. Every Saturday post a song which for this or that reason has touched your soul.
  ~  "Pink Saturday('s)", are hosted by Beverly, at 'How Sweet The Sound' (http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com), where the participant's feature something pink colored.
  ~  "Six Word Saturday's", hosted by Cate, at 'Show My Face :)' (http://showmyface.com),. "Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words."
  ~  "Saturday Six", is hosted by Patrick, at 'Patrick's Place' (http://www.patrickkphillips.com/). "It's a meme consisting of six random questions ... There is at least one mini-quiz among the questions and other follow-up ...."
  ~  "Saturday 9", hosted by 'crazy Sam', at 'Saturday 9' (http://samanthasaturday9.blogspot.com). "Every Saturday you will be presented with 9 questions. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak."
 ~ "Saturday Stumbles", are hosted by Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk' (http://betterinbulk.net). "share YOUR  favorite post (from your blog or someone else’s) from this week."
 ~ "Saturday Sampling('s)", are hosted by Barb, at 'Half Past Kissin Time ... time to kiss again!' (http://www.halfpastkissintime.com). "anyone who's honest will admit that every single post we write is not our best work. Some stuff is just for fun or entertainment, but sometimes, you write something you wish more people would have seen. Saturday Sampling is the place to link up your favorite post, to give it a little more play and let people know you have something that really means something to you."
 ~ "Saturday Night Special", are hosted by Donna, at 'Funky Junk Interiors' (http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com). "There are three categories to link to. Home Decor as well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, plus the 3rd themed link up which stays open indefinitely. Check below for this weekend's theme." "This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves."
 ~ "Saturday Is Crafty Day", hosted by Laura, at 'Along For The Ride' (http://iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com/). "What have you been working on?"
~ "Saturday Swagger('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'It's a Crafty Life' (http://itsacraftylife.blogspot.com/). "Share your latest craft project, recipe, organizing tip, renovation, decorating, printable, sewing project, whatever!"
 ~ "Whatcha Got Weekend('s)", are hosted by Kelli + Kristi, at 'Lolly Jane Boutique' (http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/). "...let's see Whatcha Got (:"
 ~ "Show and Tell Saturdays", are hosted by Lorie, at 'Be Different..Act Normal' (http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/). "..show me what you have been up to!"
 ~ "Check Me Out Saturday('s)", are hosted by Bobbie, at 'A Vision To Remember' (http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/). "link up what you've been working on"
 ~ "Spotlight Saturday('s)", are hosted both by Kel, at 'Between The Lines' (http://www.betweenthelines-kel.com/), and Stacy, at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com/). "Did you find a new blog you liked this week?  Is there one you visit on a daily basis?  Well, simply link up your Spotlighted blog right under yours. "
 ~ "Saturday Spotlight('s)", are hosted by Nicholette, at 'craft eNVy' (http://nv-craftenvy.blogspot.com/). "create a blog entry about something you made yourself."
  ~ "Sundae Scoop", is hosted by Jamielyn, at 'I Heart Naptime' (http://www.iheartnaptime.net/). " You can link up pretty much anything YOU created… a craft, a recipe, room you decorated, menu plan, organizing or cleaning tips…get creative! This a time to spotlight YOU and your blog!"
 ~ "Make and Share", is hosted by Christy, at 'HOMEmomMADE. (http://homemade.blogspot.com). "Make something (Crafts, projects, or tutorials) and share it (Something you've made)."
 ~ "Sweets For A Saturday", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Sweet As Sugar Cookies' (http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/). "Share your delicious sweets from this week. If you've made more than one during the week, feel free to link them all up."
 ~ "Summer Lovin Saturdays", hosted by Crysta, at 'Homemaker in Heels' (http://www.homemakerinheels.com/). "Link up your favorite craft, DIY project, recipe, tip, post ... you get the idea."
 ~ "Saturday On The Farm", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://www.lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). to participate, "Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat."
 ~ "Saturday Swag('s)", are hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom Trends" (http://momtrends.blogspot.com). " Each week we’ll offer three things with Saturday Swag:" 1. Links to all our active contests in one place. 2. A special one-day Facebook Giveaway 3. A linky for you to post and amplify contests hosted on your site.
 ~ "Surfin' Saturdays", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com), by Beth, at 'Two Monkeys and a Washtub' (http://www.twomonkeysawashtub.com/), by Jessica, at 'And Then There Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/),  Dana, at 'The Coupon Challenge' (http://www.thecouponchallenge.com/), and Tara, at 'Dandy Giveaway' (http://www.dandygiveaway.com/). "Each week we will be surfin' a different social network. You will have to check back every Saturday to see where we will be! One week it may be a Face-book hop and then the next week an email hop! It will be lots of fun and you will get to meet new people and see old friends as well!"
 ~ "Smile With Me Saturday('s)", are hosted by Kristina, at 'Peaches Reviews' (http://www.peachesreviews.com/). A Blog Hop.
 ~ "Saturday Stalk Remix", hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/) and 'Debbie Does Coupons' (http://www.debbiedoescoupons.com/). "We are now blog hopping for the whole weekend!"
 ~ "So Followed Saturday('s)!", hosted by Rebecca, at 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest' (http://onemoreflewoverthecuckoo.blogspot.com/), by Vivian, at 'Confessions of a Vit3tBabe' (http://vi3ti3abe.blogspot.com/), and Cori, at 'Cori's Big Mouth' (http://corisbigmouth.com/). "Each week we will feature a random blog who participated in the previous week's blog hop"
 ~ "Linda's Lunacy Sunny Saturday('s)", are hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). ".. a fun way to find new friends and followers for your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and Networked Blog."
  ~ "Super Saturday Giveaway Linkup", hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/). "PLEASE this is a family friendly blog, please only link up "G" rated items.".


     :-)  This concludes this edition of our, "Roundup of 'Theme Days' / 'meme's' / 'carnivals' / 'Link-up parties' "
    Just a friendly reminder - If you link something up to one of these, tis only polite to also visit at least a few of the others who had done likewise. Then take it one step further and make their day, by leaving them a comment. Don't know what to say?  Just start up a friendly conversation about what ever it was they had posted. ;->