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Aug 27

Adorable Acorn Treats To Make This Fall


Hershey Kisses make these adorable acorn treats a special snack for the entire family.  I saw this in a promotional flyer for Hershey Kisses at the commissary and knew I had to share these with you!  I lived and worked in Hershey, PA for many years, so I love to make anything with Hershey Kisses.  And yes, the town’s street lights were really shaped like Hershey Kisses!

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

What you need:

  • Hershey Kisses
  • Mini Vanilla Wafers
  • Butterscotch Morsels
  • Frosting or Icing

 

Use the frosting as glue to attach the Hershey Kiss to the mini Vanilla Wafer.  Then attach the butterscotch morsel on top.

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

And there you have it – adorable acorn treats that are a fun fall treat for the family!

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

Wouldn’t these be fun for you to make at home?

 

Acorn Treat by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Try these at home! #hersheykiss #vanillawafer #fall #autumn

 

Love, hugs, and enjoying a-corny treat!

 

Holly

 

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Aug 26

3 Stylish Ways to Wear Camo and Still Be Feminine


As we transition into fall, camo print is always a wardrobe staple.  Here are three stylish ways to wear camo or military inspired clothing, and to transition your look from summer to fall.

 

Style #1 – Basic Training

This look hosts all of your wardrobe basics.  Camo print skinny jeans or leggings are paired with a long sleeve white t-shirt, denim vest, and wedge pumps.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 Style #2 – Jungle Operations

This look will take you into the jungle by pairing your military style jacket with a cheetah print infinity scarf.  I love these combat boots – they are so fun and fashionable.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 Style #3 – The Army-Navy Game

Can you pair camo with stripes?  But of course!  This casual weekend look combines a camo print muscle t-shirt with a blue and white nautical stripe infinity scarf, along with boyfriend jeans, and a gray cardigan and Sketchers.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

Shop the Look

All three of these outfits are stylish and affordable.  You can find every item shown at either Kohls or Target.

 

My Style

The only camo that I own is a pair of shorts I wear to do yard work.  But I still love to rock the military look in a feminine way.  Here’s some of my favorite outfits to transition from summer to fall.

 

The first style pairs olive green cropped pants with a breezy eyelet tank, one of Hubby’s Army hats, and wedge sandals.  A vintage 70′s necklace add the right touch of femininity.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

As the temperature drops a bit, or for those late summer evenings, a military style jacket is the perfect completer piece.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

And finally, as we transition to the cooler autumn days, a floral scarf keeps me warm and fashionable.

 

Camo and Military Style for Women by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #fashion

 

Make a Statement

Last week, we all mourned the loss of comedic great Robin Williams.  This was not only one of my favorite bits from the movie Good Morning Vietnam, but also very appropriate for today’s post.  And PS – the clip is in English, despite the subtitles shown.

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What about you?  Do you like to wear camo print?  How do you wear it?

 

Love, hugs, and I can’t see you!

 

Holly

 

 

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Aug 25

Craft Closet Reveal


This is more than a reveal of my craft closet.  Much, much more.  When we swapped Hubby’s office and Stepson’s Tween Hangout Room, I was left without any kind of space for my craft and DIY stuff.   I needed to be creative.  I pinned a million and one ideas, and I also cut out a bunch of pictures from magazines for inspiration.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

For two months, my stuff was in two big piles – one in the bedroom, and one in the dining room.  I wanted to get my boys’ rooms complete first.  I will go through that process in another post.  Today is to show off Phase One of the Craft Closet.  To make this how I want it to look would have taken much longer, so I opted for a half day project.  My goal was to reuse as much as I could with minimal purchases.  Total cost was $140.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the picture above, I used a paper towel holder that is designed to go over the door to an under sink cabinet.  I have no clue where it came from, it was one of those items randomly hiding in the closet.  It fit perfectly over the notch and I used it to hold Duck Tape.  The cord is hanging from an existing hook, and belongs to my hot glue gun.  In the picture below, the storage cubbie came from Michael’s, and the small plastic container on top was picked up for free at a yard sale.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the picture below, is the second cubbie I purchased and put together.  It holds scrapbook paper, cork board, cutting board, and other miscellaneous items.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

I don’t craft like most people, as my DIY skills are negligible at best.  But I do love to find random items and upcycle them.  My paint stash is my prize and joy.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

 

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

In the center of the closet is an umbrella stand used to hold wrapping paper, and magazine holders used for both present bags and tissue paper.  Over to the left is a cubbie that I use to hold my workout gear (weights, kettle ball, boxing gloves, etc).  To the right is an old night stand used to hold large fabric.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

Let me remind you that I tried to reuse as much as I could.  On the bottom was an item I picked up for free at a yard sale which now holds scraps of ribbon.  A large boot box on top holds all of the spray paint.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

A multi-trouser hanger is used to hold smaller pieces of fabric.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

Continuing on to the center back wall, I used a peg board and hangers to keep ribbon and washi tape organized.  I also used an S-hook to hold pink plaid scissors (yes, Target!) and a ruler for my cutting board.  And mason jars to organize paint brushes and glue sticks.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

 

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

So here is the big picture again.  I used wallpaper from Target to glam it up a bit.  Yes, Target has wallpaper – did you know that?  It’s more like contact paper on steroids, so it’s relatively easy to apply.  The top shelf of the closet (not shown) holds mason jars and miscellaneous items that are on my DIY to-do list.  There are still a bunch of touch ups that I want to do to the new craft closet.  The places that didn’t get wallpaper still need to be repainted, and some other little fix-ups.  But not today.  Today everything is off the floor and neatly organized.

 

Craft Closet Reveal by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #organization

 

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What about you?  What do you think about the reveal?

 

Love, hugs, and all ready to make something.

 

Holly

 

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Aug 22

I’m Four Years Old

There comes a point in life when you still want to celebrate having a birthday, but not necessarily the getting older part.  Ironically, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, four years ago, so from that point on, I stopped celebrating getting older, and began celebrating my years as a survivor.

 

four year cancer survivorversary by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Since I have written ad-nauseam about my diagnosis and story via BOOK, and via BLOG POST, I wanted to take a different spin today.  As I was approaching my fourth birthday, I kept thinking back to the Bill Cosby comedy sketch from back in the 80′s when he talks about little Jeffrey on the plane, “I’m four years old.”

 

Of course I will share the video with you later on in the post, because it is hilarious and it is Bill Cosby.  Even if you have never seen the sketch or don’t want to watch it, the basic premise is something most of us can relate to - the annoying child on the airplane – little Jeffrey.

 

A cancer diagnosis is “in your face,” much like little Jeffrey.  You can’t tune it out.  You can’t turn it off.  You can’t ask it to leave.  You can’t sleep when it’s around.  You can’t have a conversation with another person without it interrupting you.  It consumes your life, and everyone’s lives around you.

 

Now, before all of the haters are up in arms saying that I just compared a toddler to cancer… please… don’t even.

 

As parents and adults, a big part of our job is to protect our children.  But what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer?  As much as we want to protect our children from all things bad, there is no hiding cancer.  My family was no different when I was diagnosed.

 

Cancer will transform you.  I knew that it was God’s gift to bless me with breast cancer so that I would help others.  Four years later… four years after diagnosis… four years after hearing those horrific four words, “you have breast cancer,” I finally completed a project that was more near and dear to me than anything I have accomplished to date.

 

With help from Blurb, I published a children’s book, My Mommy Has Cancer, to help children understand cancer, and to help parents explain it to them.  The book was illustrated by my Stepson, and my friend Mindie‘s son; both boys are children of Mommy’s who are cancer survivors.

 

Children's Book "My Mommy Has Cancer" by Holly J. Bertone

 

Here is the Bill Cosby comedy sketch.

 

 

As much as those passengers on the plane could not escape little Jeffrey, and as much as I could not escape the cancer diagnosis, survivorship is inescapable as well.  And I’m good with that.

 

I have no idea where the next years will take me.  I’m excited for the journey and what lies ahead.  But for now, I’m going to celebrate with a slice of pink cake.  And a great celebration with my boys.

 

four year cancer survivorversary by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Love, hugs, and blowing out four candles.

Holly

 

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Aug 21

Oreo Cookie Dough Truffles


Have you seen the limited edition Oreo Cookie Dough cookies?  Wowza.  Even my uber-healthy never eats sweets Hubby can’t stop eating them.  I thought the Reese’s limited edition were good, but these are better.  Time for more truffles!  I know… twist the arm.  So I guess these truffles are officially called the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffles.  Or delicious.  That works too.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Just like the Reese’s Oreo cookie pops that I made awhile back, I used the same recipe to make these truffles.  Easy peezy.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

You can make them with or without a chocolate coating.  I was running low on time so I made these without the coating.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Click on the recipe card to open a new page for a printable version of the recipe.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I wonder what Limited Edition Oreo will make next?  Maybe something pumpkin for Fall/Halloween?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Cookie Truffle Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

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What about you?  What is your favorite kind of Oreo Cookie?

 

Love, hugs, and not dunking these truffles into milk!

 

Holly

 

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Aug 20

$200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

 

Welcome to the $200 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

 

$200 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

We’ve joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One lucky person will win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.


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A personal note and completely my own opinion:  My goal is to co-host a give-away about once a month.  Not too much to overwhelm you, my dear readers, but to give you a chance to win some money and meet some other great bloggers along the way.  I love working with Bridget at Giveaway Promote.  When I first saw bloggers participating in giveaways, I thought they were some kind of scam, but quickly learned what an awesome win-win opportunity they are.  I can’t speak to anyone else, but I love working with Giveaway Promote and I would only promote them with my stamp of approval.  Many of my followers have contacted me offline to thank me for the last giveaway.  You never know what financial situation people are in, but I do know that these kinds of cash awards do help greatly when you are in need.

 

Love, hugs, and I hope you win!

 

Holly

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Aug 19

3 Seconds to an Organized Husband


An organized husband – my dear Holly – you are kidding, right?  Nope.

 

Three Seconds to an Organized Husband with closet organization by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

For the man who wears a suit every day to work, or has more than one suit in his closet, this three second tip is for you.

 

It’s easy.  As in… seriously… couldn’t be easier.

 

For purposes of easy reference, I’m using “Hubby” as a reference to mine, and to refer to any male this would apply to.  (This would also apply to females… but for the most part, our suits are made very differently, and men’s suits are hard to tell apart.)  Let me start by asking you – even getting dressed in the best of light, does Hubby wonder if his suit is blue or black?

 

Find a Sharpie.

 

I know you have one somewhere in your junk drawer.  I’ll wait while you go find it.  Go get it… I’m not going anywhere.

 

Pull out Hubby’s blue and black suits from his closet, and put them on separate piles.    Get out your stopwatch.

 

Ready?

 

Go…

 

Pull the lid off the Sharpie.

 

Write “blue” or “black” on the hanger.

 

Stop.

 

Three Seconds to an Organized Husband with closet organization by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

How many seconds was that?  Three-ish?  Lather, rinse, and repeat for each suit.

 

 

Three Seconds to an Organized Husband with closet organization by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

So easy, right?

 

Three Seconds to an Organized Husband with closet organization by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Love, hugs, and never guessing again.

 

Holly

 

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Aug 18

Book Launch – My Mommy Has Cancer

 

My Mommy Has Cancer was published on August 17, the four-year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis.  My third published book, and first children’s book, was written from a child’s perspective to talk to another child about cancer.  It is age appropriate for five to ten year-old children.

 

Children's Book "My Mommy Has Cancer" by Holly J. Bertone available for purchase on blurb.com

 

Mommy’s cancer diagnosis will bring fear, sadness, and uncertainty to your entire family, especially your young ones.  You not only have to navigate your own illness and treatment, but as a parent, you need to figure out how to explain this to your children, and monitor their feelings.

 

My Mommy Has Cancer was written to help your family heal.  This children’s book was written from a child’s perspective to talk to another child about cancer.  It is age appropriate for five to ten year-old children.  Parents are encouraged to read through the book first, and then read the book to or with your child and have an open discussion that is best for your family’s situation.

 

Topics include what is most visible to children: surgery, chemotherapy, hair loss, schedule disruption, feeling sad, and helping.  Break-out boxes contain probing questions to help your child talk openly about their feelings and concerns.

 

I wrote this book based on my own experiences, and as a response to my calling to help other families who have been devastated with cancer.  Illustrations are from children of cancer survivors (and one buddy who wanted to help).

 

PURCHASE THROUGH BLURB

 

Purchase My Mommy Has Cancer through Blurb – Click HERE.

 

My hope is that no one ever has to buy this book, and my prayers are with the Mommy who does.

 

Love, hugs, and blessings to these families.

 

Holly

 

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Tuesday - Inspire Me TuesdayPower of PaintReturn to LovelinessShare Your StuffShare it Link PartyMaria Elenas DecorTurn it Up TuesdayHit Me With Your Best ShotTreasure Box TuesdayDucks N a RowShow Me What You GotStyle ElixirUpcycled TreasuresBeauty BuzzTickle My Tastebuds,                   

 

Wednesday - Centerpiece WednesdayWow Us WednesdayCuisine KathleenWork it WednesdayBefore and After WednesdayBloom DesignsEmpty Your ArchiveCreative MusterHump Day Happenings,           
 
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Aug 15

Organize Your Lab Results – Medical Printable


I know that a post about a medical printable isn’t the most exciting topic under the sun, but trust me, this is a huge time saver for anyone who has:

  • A chronic medical condition
  • To care for the elderly
  • A one-time accident (broken limb, etc)

 

Medical Printable for test and lab results by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

As a cancer survivor, I have a team of many doctors with different specialties in four different hospital systems and locations.  The fun doesn’t end when treatment is over, this is my life for the rest of… my life.  Whether it’s cancer, another serious health issue, or just plain ole getting older, medical tests and labwork is usually an epic adventure.  Paperwork, needles, scans, waiting, more paperwork.  Not to mention that all of your other doctors want and need to be kept up to date with your results.  Keeping track of labs and tests and bloodwork and which doctor needs to see what result will make even the most organized person’s mind spin.

 

The solution is simple.  Plain and simple.  Here is a sneak preview of what I created:

 

Medical Printable for test and lab results by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

I created this FREE printable for you to use for reference.  I used this exact form last week when I had my annual trip to the lab, and it made my life so much easier.  Please note that policies and HIPPA laws may change.  The goal would be to hand over a completed form to the lab, but if they do not accept it, you will at least have all of your other doctor’s contact information in one place to transfer over to their paperwork.

This will also be available for free download in the Cancer Resources section on my website.

Click HERE to open a new page for the link to the pdf printable.

 

Since I try to practice what I preach, I wanted to share with you my Instragram photos from my day.  Yes… I selfie’d my mammogram on Instagram – the “G” rated version anyway!  You will be my new BFF if you click on the photo thumbnails to “like”.

 

Mammogram on Instagram by coocnutheadsurvivalguide.com

Mammogram on Instagram by coocnutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

AND…. for my biggest news…..

 

I am within a week of publishing my THIRD book.  This one was a huge step out of my comfort zone, as it is a children’s book to help them understand about cancer.  I have been working with Blurb to make this happen.  It’s exciting and scary all mixed up in one emotion.  It’s one of those books that I don’t ever want anyone to have to purchase to read to their child, but I do hope that it will help families to heal during a difficult time.

Love, hugs, and making the painful a little less painful.

 

Holly

 

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Tuesday - Inspire Me TuesdayPower of PaintReturn to LovelinessShare Your StuffShare it Link PartyMaria Elenas DecorTurn it Up TuesdayHit Me With Your Best ShotTreasure Box TuesdayDucks N a RowShow Me What You GotStyle ElixirUpcycled TreasuresBeauty BuzzTickle My Tastebuds,                   

 

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Thursday - Organized 31Between Naps on the PorchFrom My Front Porch to YoursAll Things With PurposeA Delightsome LifeThursday S.T.Y.L.E.Be.YOU.tiful,         
 
Friday - Dedicated HouseThe Life of the PartyKitchen Fun with My 3 SonsLink Party Palooza,  Pin JunkieCraft Frenzy FridayBest of the WeekendParty Junk, Inspire MePin Me Link PartyPractically FunctionalMeet the NeighborsFridays UnfoldedGet Him FedJunkin JoeWeekend Re-TreatAnything GoesOh My Heartsie GirlCreative Collection,                 
   
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Aug 14

The Art of Functionality and Design in Small Spaces


I am excited to have my dear friend and interior designer, Nkem, here today to share about the art of functionality and design in small spaces.

 

The Art of Functionality and Design in Small Spaces by JNO Designs and Pink Fortitude, LLC - coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Nkem is the Owner of R.E.S.T by JNO Designs.  Her “belief is that every room should be a statement of relaxation, and an escape from the every day grind.”  I love having her stop by to say hello and give you some insights into the interior design world!

 

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Nkem, thank you so much for being here today!  Without further adieu, I will turn it over to you…

 

 

It’s summer; I’m cruising around my local neighborhood enjoying one of my favorite past time activities – Open Houses.  The pure exhilaration of visiting these open houses is almost as close to being in the Caribbean; except with the lack of oceanic summer breeze, the scent of the seawater or even the ocean. But the mere visitation of these beautifully staged homes is just as exciting.

 

For most of us that are not as lucky to have beautifully staged homes –  especially in small spaces, there are several options that can be utilized in creating an inviting yet luxurious feel by applying some of these design techniques:

 

1. The Murphy Table

Just as the name denotes, the Murphy table is the smallest sibling (no pun intended) to the Murphy bed. It allows for functionality, practicality and yes a space saver, in handling your daily tasks while retaining the aesthetics to the space.

 

Murphy Table from Amazon.com

 

Prepac Espresso Floating Desk with Storage

Murphy Table from Amazon.com

 

2.  Corner Shelves

A corner shelf is an excellent design application in maximizing a space that allows for that wonderful display of prized possessions, while minimizing the illusion of “stuff”.

 

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3. Accent Walls

The most important element in having an accent wall in a small space is to create a mood – to amplify a feel. The important choice is to identify what elements; either paint or material sets the right ambiance for your space. In this modest traditional master bedroom revamp, I choose BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Dark Truffle Paint to create a feel ofwarmth, personality and intimacy.

 

JNO design

4. Mirrors

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fearless of them all? Well we have all heard the old school children rimes. And it’s certainly one of the oldest trick of the trade in home décor.  The most important element in selecting a mirror is to define the theme, depth and angle of the space.  There are variations of mirror selection, from simple, ornate, contemporary, traditional, metal, wood, vertical or horizontal… all these decisions in placement ties in the overall feel and exuberance of the space.

 

Mirrors from One Kings Lane

 

 

Nkem – Thank you so much for your insights!  I love all of these ideas, and they can make an impact in any size space.

 

If you want to read more of Nkem’s guest articles:

Resurgence of the Bar Cart

Field Trip to Furnitureland South

 

Love, hugs, and small spaces really can make a big impact.

 

Holly

 

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Linking to these fun and fabulous parties:
Monday - Monday FundayMonday BloomInspiration MondayIn and Out of the Kitchen – Feeding BigMet Monday - Between Naps on the PorchMake Your Home Sing, Project Inspire{d}Frugal Crafty HomeBusy MondayMake it Pretty MondayTDC Before and After, Life in BalanceInspire Me MondayTable It
 

Tuesday - Inspire Me TuesdayPower of PaintReturn to LovelinessShare Your StuffShare it Link PartyMaria Elenas DecorTurn it Up TuesdayHit Me With Your Best ShotTreasure Box TuesdayDucks N a RowShow Me What You GotStyle ElixirUpcycled TreasuresBeauty BuzzTickle My Tastebuds,                   

 

Wednesday - Centerpiece WednesdayWow Us WednesdayCuisine KathleenWork it WednesdayBefore and After WednesdayBloom DesignsEmpty Your ArchiveCreative MusterHump Day Happenings,           
 
Thursday - Organized 31Between Naps on the PorchFrom My Front Porch to YoursAll Things With PurposeA Delightsome LifeThursday S.T.Y.L.E.Be.YOU.tiful,         
 
Friday - Dedicated HouseThe Life of the PartyKitchen Fun with My 3 SonsLink Party Palooza,  Pin JunkieCraft Frenzy FridayBest of the WeekendParty Junk, Inspire MePin Me Link PartyPractically FunctionalMeet the NeighborsFridays UnfoldedGet Him FedJunkin JoeWeekend Re-TreatAnything GoesOh My Heartsie GirlCreative Collection,                 
   
Weekend - Be Different Act NormalNifty ThriftyUSS CraftyGet Your DIY OnSpotlight SaturdaySunday Best Linky PartyHappiness is HomemadeSnickerdoodle SundaySuper SaturdayG’Day SaturdaySaturday Night FeverBest Projects and RecipesLump it or Link it,           

 

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