Give Me the Goods Feature #1

By 1:32 PM ,
Welcome to our first Features post!!

First of all, we want to thank everyone who joined us at our first Give Me The Goods Monday link party last Monday!!  We cannot believe how successful it was.  Everyone was so generous with their time linking up to us and saying hello.  We so appreciate it, ladies!!!  We had a whopping 181 entries!  We're so excited to keep this party going and find new friends along the way. 

Every Sunday we'll be having a features post of our favorite links!  Because there were so many wonderful links, each of us will pick 2.  That's a total of 10 features!  

So let's begin!

All we have to say, Heather, is WOWZA!!  Is this not stunning?  What a way to start off our first features post!  Please check out her blog, The Southern State Of Mind to see how you can make this beautiful octopus triptych yourself!

Check out Julie's blog,The Vintage Barn, and her beautiful buttery yellow cabinet and chalkboard.  We love it, Julie!

We are in love with Jen's blog, City Farmhouse!  She gives us the paint colors she uses in each of her rooms and makes these adorable swatch tags to take with you for easy decor references.  We love it!!  

Check out Lo's {short for Lauren} amazing bathroom reno done in the dormer of her craftsman-style house?!?  I know, it's gorgeous and you'd never know it's a low ceiling!  You had us at Hello, Lo ;)

Check out Lora and Erica's blog, Craftivity Designs, for an amazing DIY painted rug!!  They make it look so easy and it turned out fantastic!!  Way to go girls!

Check this out!  Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies collaborated with a photographer to bring this mid-century modern dresser to life!  I have no words, it's amazing!!

Angela, from Twelve Oaks Manor, made this orb!!  She made it?!  Simply gorgeous.  You have to see how she did it.  Way to go, Angela!

Look at how Tricia takes a normally plain part of any house and turns it into something fabulous!!  We love it, Tricia!!!  Now go check out her blog!

See how Chantelle from Bungalow 47 takes an old cabinet and old love letters and transforms it into a thing of beauty.  Be still my heart *sigh*.

Check out how lovely Suzanne's spring mantel is.  Isn't it gorgeous?  She even has a tutorial on how to make this lovely wreath and you'd never guess what it's made from!  We want to make one now!!

And as an added bonus, we'll be adding all your features to our Pinterest board!  You can check out this Pinterest board on any of our five blogs or Pinterest accounts.
Happy Easter!!

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Vintage Decorating

By 11:46 AM , , ,
You guys know how much I love to find ways to incorporate vintage products and ideas into my house. So today I am going to show you two of my favorite ways I have done so that I realized I have not ever shown on my blog. Silly me! :)
The first has a story with it. Well, sort of...My grandparents used to bottle wine back in the day. And by bottle wine I mean they once tried it and that was!
But before doing so they collected a bunch of wine bottles to bottle the wine in. This was back in the 40s...So, after my grandfather passed away and after the awful hurricane that took our lake house, we were going through all the stuff in their garage and came across a box of these awesome, vintage wine bottles. It was love at first sight for me.
I took them home still not sure what I was going to do with them. Well, they have found a home across the top of kitchen cabinets. I love the bright mint, brown, blue, and white colors and love the fact that they make me think of my grandparents.

The second vintage product I want to share with you was spun off a Pinterest idea. First of all you should know I love aprons! I literally have over 50...I saw the idea to use a rake to hold your necklaces. I immediately thought of how perfect it would be to showcase some of my favorite aprons.

My sweet husband got an old rake out of his grandmothers barn and hung this beauty up for me. What do you think?

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Give Me The Goods Party #1

By 5:00 AM ,
It's time! Welcome to the first Give Me the Goods Monday Linky Party! We are SO excited to have you here! In case you didn't know, this party is hosted by FIVE bloggers! That means that when you enter your links on one of our blogs, they will show up on FIVE blogs total! Five times the publicity for YOU! We will each pick our favorites every week, so that's FIVE times the chance for YOU to get featured!

Here are Our Goods from the past week!

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof:

Jame @ Better with Age:

Amber @ Dimples and Pig Tales:

Amy @ Commona-My House
#5: Freebie Friday: Vintage Egg Printable

Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

Now, let's get to partying!

Our rules are simple:

1. Please follow each of the five hosts in some way! All our links are below!

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin RoofBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSS

Jamie @ Better with AgeBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSS

Chelsea @ Married Filing JointlyBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSSTwitter

Amber @ Dimples and Pig TalesBloglovin, FacebookPinterestGoogle+

Amy @ Commona-My HouseBloglovinFacebookPinterestGoogle+RSS

2. Please visit at list three of the links below and comment on a post. All bloggers love comments!

3. Please put our party button on your sidebar, or in your post!

Give Me the Goods Monday

If you want to use a text link, that is fine as well!

All features will get pinned to our Give Me The Goods Monday board!

Ok now, Give Me The Goods!

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Tortilla Dip ~Recipe~

By 7:16 PM
Looking for an easy delicious dip? I have the perfect recipe for you!

All you need to make this delicious dip is:
  • A can of corn
  • A can of black beans
  • A can of diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Tortilla chips
Mix the corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes in a bowl. Add cilantro and lime juice to taste. Wah-la! You got a delicious dip to enjoy with chips!

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What to Do if you Get in a Car Accident

By 2:32 PM
So last Saturday I was pulling out of the grocery store when a truck started backing up. I thought to myself, "surely he isn't going to back into me." Panic stricken I laid on my horn but it was too late. The dude crunched into the side of my poor car. 

Thankfully the only thing or person hurt was my car. Both the other driver, other vehicle, and myself were fine. As the other driver told the police officer, "I just couldn't see her small car over my large truck." Scary, but ok. 

Getting in a car accident is one of the scariest things ever. And, if you're like me, and are trying not to cry, remembering what to do becomes almost impossible. 

Having just been hit and unsure of what to do I kept thinking to myself. I really wish I had notes on what to do in a situation like this...hints this post. 

We immediately pulled over and accessed the damage. The other driver admitted he was at fault and gave me his business card and had me take a picture of the insurance card. I was a bit shaken up and was trying to call the police via the local police department number I googled (for some reason I was thinking you weren't allowed to call 911 for an accident in which no one was hurt). He assured me police were not needed and that they couldn't do anything anyway since we were on private property and apulled into a parking space and went inside a store to get his hair cut. 

I sat in my car at a loss of what to do...The police department number wasn't answering so I called my insurance to see if they could tell me what to do. Here's what I learned:

1. ALWAYS call the police to get a police report even if it's on private property. (Turns out had I not have gotten a police report, the at fault driver's insurance would not have paid for the damage done to my car). 
2. It is OK to call 911 for an accident no matter the damage and even if the accident is on private property. 
3. If you are not at fault you will must likely want to file the report with the at fault driver's insurance and not your own. I have USAA and they said they could handle it for me but I would still be liable for my $1,00 deductible even thought I wasn't at fault.  
4. Call the at fault insurance to see where they want you to get an estimate. The bummer news is they will not pay for a car rental while your car is in the shop for an estimate so be ready for this.

Hopefully this article will help you (and me) if you are ever hit by another car.  

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Spring Into Spring Giveaway

By 11:24 AM ,
Welcome to the "Spring Into Spring" giveaway event sponsored by Famous Free Samples featuring some fabulous blogs and a wonderful opportunity to be the winner of a great prize!

To celebrate the coming of spring (finally), we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $150 Target gift card to use however they'd like! Whether you'd like to stock up on some spring apparel, decorate your home to match the season, or prepare your outdoor space for warmer temperatures, we're sure this great prize could come in handy!

This giveaway begins on March 21st and will run until April 4th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, 18+.

Use the PromoSimple form below to enter this giveaway. Be sure to take advantage of the array of entries you can gain, and also, come back daily for even more chances to win. Good luck!

$150 Target Gift Card

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No More Google Friend Connect

By 11:06 AM

No More Google Friend Connect (GFC) ...

I might be behind but I have recently found out that Google is going to be retiring Google Friend Connect for good, very soon!! The bad news is this means that if you are one of the 148 people who currently follow me through GFC (above) you will no longer be able to do so.
The good news is you can continue to follow me through Bloglovin instead! Just click on the link below and click follow!
If you have any questions just ask.
 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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The Bible Series on History Channel

By 8:10 PM ,
I could not go any longer without writing a post on the show, The Bible, that is currently airing on History Channel.
The show, produced by Roma Downey (aka touch by an angel) and husband, Mark Burnett, airs Sunday nights at 8pm eastern time. The show takes the stories of the Bible all the way from Genesis to Revelation and puts them into a live story that is two hours long a week for five weeks so a total of 10 hours. 

I know this show has gotten lots of press...some good and some bad. So it's my turn!

I had the privilege of attending the Catalyst Conference last summer which you can read about in my post here. If you read my previous post than you know that I had the opportunity to hear about this show, The Bible, from Roma and Mark who were at the conference and were at the time in the process of filming the show. Upon hearing what they were making I was extremely excited. Their hearts were in the right place and I knew that through them, God had the potential to do incredible things with this show. 

As Mark and Roma said to the audience at Catalyst:
"this nation gives everyone the opportunity to do what you want but you have to have the courage to make it happen!" 
"if you need to be certain of something you will never do anything." 
And boy did they do just that. It takes courage to create a show like this especially in knowing that they would receive criticism for expressing the Bible in media. 

When God tells you to do something you should expect it won't be easy. This show was by no means easy for them to produce. They had a very small budget and were faced with many challenges while filming. 
The crazy part is even now that it is airing they are receiving criticism from none other than other Christians. It always amazes me how Christians are often the first to cut you down when you are trying to do what God has told you to do. I have even heard from Christian friends of my own that they don't support the show because "it is not true to the Bible because they leave things out" or, my personal fav, "the Bible shouldn't be used as entertainment."

People! First of all there is no way to put absolutely everything that is in the Bible into 10 hours of show. Secondly, I'm pretty sure God didn't intend for his word to be boring. If you don't believe me just read the pages of the Bible. You will find stories of love, hope, courage, and even murder. No, God did not intend for the Bible to be boring so why not make it exciting and express it in an unique way? 
Personally I think the Bible is extremely well written and I have been very impressed but then again.. what do I know?

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The most AWESOME of linky parties

By 7:30 AM
I am so excited to announce that I have teamed up with FOUR other lovely and amazing bloggers to bring you guys one AWESOME linky party!

Beginning Monday March 25th, we want to see YOUR GOODS each and every week! Link up what you made, what inspires you, what you're feeling, great tips, anything! 

Now, you might be sitting there saying, "Seriously, another linky party?!" I know, there are a TON of linky parties out there! So, why would you wanna link up with us? Well, for one, we are awesome! But, even better is that you can link up at any one of our blogs and your links will be shown on ALL FIVE blogs! That's five times the publicity for YOU! And on top of all that, we each will be choosing our own favorites every week! That's even more opportunities for YOU to get featured! 

Wanna know a little more about all of us? 

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

I'm a southern gal who loves some serious thrifting, crafting, re-purposing, and home diy-ing, which is what my blog is all about. This decorating thing started early for me. While other 14 year olds wanted to read Seventeen, I was reading Christopher Lowell's Seven Layers of Design (Does anyone even remember Christopher Lowell?!), and re-arranging my bedroom. I can handle a power saw with the best of 'em, but tend to make my Grunt Labor (hubby) use the power tools. (It makes him feel special to be needed. Total reverse psychology, y'all.)  A comfortable, eye-pleasing room just warms my soul, and makes me dang proud its mine. I love turning something old and decrepit into something new and amazing. I even started carting my daughter around to yard sales when she was a month old, its important to train 'em early around here. My whole decorating mantra is to do it frugally. Thrift it. Craft it. DIY it. You can read more about me here

Jamie from Better with Age

Hi everyone!  I'm Jamie from Better With Age {}.  I actually started this blog 3 years ago, I still can't believe it's been that long because I've only recently told my friends I even had a blog!  I'm a closet blogger, haha.  I love this blog community, I don't know why I didn't put myself out there earlier!!  I'm a SAHM to two wonderful kids.  I have a wonderful, adoring hubby.  I love all things French, vintage, finding old furniture and painting it, and making over every corner of my 80s house.  I'm so inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there and love contributing to this amazing community.  Head over to my blog to read more about me and check out my home and projects.  So glad you came!

Hi, I’m Chelsea from Married Filing Jointly {}. I'm a full-time business woman which leads to my crazy life of balancing work and being a wife. I love to travel and since my husband and I do not have children yet we try to travel as much as we can, even if it’s just a few hours away. When I am home on a weekend you will find me up bright and early to check out all the local yard sales to see if I can find a treasure. I love working on our home and doing DIY projects with treasures I find. I believe that enjoying life is not a luxury, but essential for a healthy body and mind and thus am determined to find affordable ways to do so. Read more about me here

Hi, I'm Amber! I'm a stay-at-home mom of two dimpled faced munchkins. When I am not doing the mommy thing, you will find me painting signs for my Etsy clients, working on DIY around the house and helping out on our pig farm. I love being able to sneak in blogging during naptime so I can share all our tales with you! Read more about me here!

Savvy, Chic and Timeless Inspiration for your-a house from my-a house.
I grew up the daughter of an antique Auctioneer and Appraiser in CT. I was surrounded in my childhood home and my father's workplace by beautiful things, well crafted things both in terms of durability and design. I loved the way the light would hit certain paintings around our house. I think these things in a way, became a part of me and who I am. I left New England, went to college outside of Philadelphia (a city full of architecture, history and an amazing art scene, btw) and then proceeded to marry a Marine. We've moved all over the world. And settled (for now) in the MidWest. I've loved something about each region (and countries) where we have lived and traveled to. I've had to create a new "home" 13 times in 15 years of marriage. That's a lot of moves. That's a lot of figuring out where the couch is going to go. And that's a lot of projects....and I've started a new project I'd like to share with you, my blog called "Commona-my House" . I'd like to be your tutor of all things dwelling and design related, to help you find the spark that is in you to enrich your own style. So, commona-my house (come on a my, "Come over to my house")! Visit me here. XXXOOO!

Are YOU ready to Bring the Goods every Monday?!  

Are YOU ready to have your projects shown off on FIVE different blogs?!

 Are YOU ready to be featured?! 

We sure hope so! 

Go ahead and grab our party button or set up a text link on your posts so you can be ready for this awesome party! 

Give Me the Goods Monday
Remember, the first Give Me The Goods Party is next Monday, March 25th!

Are you bringing it? 

Follow the party hosts here to make sure you don't miss out:

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof: Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, RSS

Jamie @ Better with Age: Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, RSS

Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly: Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, RSS, Twitter

Amber @ Dimples and Pig Tales: BloglovinPinterest, Google+

Amy @ Commona-My House: Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, RSS

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How to Grow Your Blog with Giveaways

By 10:09 PM
I am excited to be a featured guest writer on Rain on a Tin Roof about my blog post 
on how to grow your blog with giveaways. 

If you want to ensure that you get a bunch of page views, and are looking for new followers, an excellent way to gain them is by organizing a blog giveaway. Blog giveaways attract a high traffic volume and also help make your blog more popular all while sharing about a product or service with readers.

What Are Giveaways?
If you are a relatively new blogger, you may not know anything about hosting a giveaway. Giveaways are small contests that are organized by bloggers. They aim at increasing awareness and publicity of their blog. To win an item, you can ask people to like your page, post comments, interact, etc. You can also give your opinions about the product you are giving away and ask people to visit an Etsy shop where the product is sold, Facebook page, etc. After people have entered into your giveaway and left comments, you can randomly pick a winner and send them their prize.

Having a promotional giveaway is great for your advertisers as well, as doing so greatly helps them promote their business. It’s a fact that when an individual receives a free product or service and they love the product, they are more likely to buy it the next time around, and also become a loyal fan and follower of your blog.

Setting up a Giveaway
Although there are many ways to go about setting up a giveaway, I usually start by having a company who is willing to offer up a product as a giveaway to my readers. Often this is done in cohesion with a product review. For example, either I will contact a company or a company will contact me and ask me to review a product on my site. In turn they will send me a free product to review. I always start by asking the company if they would also be interested in hosting a giveaway on my blog as this will increase the amount of people who read my review post. The product can vary in price. Sometimes, the company offers a product and sometimes they offer a giftcard to their store. Either way is fine.
You can always purchase an item you think your readers would like to giveaway as well. 
If a company contacts you about doing a blog post about their company, ask them to sponsor a giveaway! It will give their post more views! 

Once you have the company and product selected you can set up the giveaway. Although there are several ways to go about setting up a giveaway I use Rafflecopter, which is a free service that tracks all your entries for you and will automatically select a winner for you at the end of the giveaway. Once I embed the Rafflecopter html code into my post, I go ahead and write the review of the product and make the post live. 

Then I begin to advertise. The key to hosting a giveaway is in the advertising. I post updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + daily to remind those who follow me to enter to win. When you tweet out a reminder make sure you hashtag #giveaway.

There are tons of websites out there that advertise blog giveaways for free. Enter your post in as many of these websites as possible. Sites include Someday Crafts Giveaway Directory, Blog Giveaways, and Prizey.  
Another great idea is to have an entry (on the Rafflecopter) for when participants share the giveaway on their Facebook, blog, Twitter, etc. This gives your giveaway more exposure, in turn giving your blog more exposure. 

One important fact to point out is to be sure to only host giveaways for products and services your readers would like. For example, I would not want to post a giveaway and review of a stroller since I do not have kids yet.

When used properly, giveaways are a wonderful way to gain followers and advertise great products!
What are some ways you have had a successful giveaway?

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