The Dwelling Tree

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #83 is live! Come link up! :)

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 83rd week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Amy at Set Free
Bekah at Re•solve

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi everyone! It's Chelsee here. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
Something that everyone in my life faces is how to say no. They feel the only way to be nice is to say yes, but sometimes that is not what you really need to say. I think this is a great how to guide that those of you who struggle with saying No will appreciate. Time I saw it I started sharing it with those who struggle with this! She's a twenty something christian lady that lives in Finland! She grew up in Thailand which can I say is amazing? She blogs about faith, life, interior design and much more!  
Go say hi! I am Mrs K

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bum wipes and potty training!

Disclosure: Yes, this is a sponsored post, and yes, it is one about bums. All mommy's know that once you have a baby this becomes a big topic of conversation, and no matter how hard I try and run from it, it keeps coming back up. Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's discussion!

Potty training was probably the most stressful/ frustrating part of parenting to date. Mind you, my daughter is two and not sixteen, so I haven't had to sit behind the wheel with her yet. 

We had moments where we were both jumping up and down for joy. Literally! 

And moments where I literally buried my head, knowing the clean up to come. 

I did the whole potty boot-camp. I have a post to come about my method. It worked! However, there were rough patches and lots of accidents.

She wanted to pull out ALL the flush wipes. 
One problem I noticed from the start was that toilet paper was not... ahem... doing the trick to clean my daughter down there. I realized quickly that we needed to continue using baby wipes to wipe her clean and then follow up with toilet paper. 

Then came the dumb mistake that had my husband very, very, frustrated. In a hurry, I began to flush baby wipes. Just one or two here and there. Well, it clogged up our toilet. Boo. 

Rite-Aid is around the corner of my house, so we picked up some bum wipes there a few days ago while out and about. I got a coupon for $1 off. Sweet. I love coupons. I decided to go with the two-ply Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and the Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths.

My daughter was so much cleaner from this wet+dry cleaning bathroom routine. The rash she had gotten was gone. I decided to give it a try too. Why do babes get all the pampering? (PS, apparently many guys love flush wipes. I get it now). 

Well, I hope I helped you solve one tiny solution I didn't seem to know prior to potty training. Keep cleansing cloths nearby, and use them for yourself too! No toilet clogging or rashes, and plus you feel super clean and dazzling

(too much?)

Oh, and did I mention the wet-dry bathroom routine is fantastic for camping? Clean bums all around.

The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing. Sewer and septic-safe so you do not clog your toilet, like I did. 

How to get your $1 off coupon: Click on the pic below to visit the Rite-Aid campaign landing page and watch the 30-second video. At the end, you will login to receive a coupon, which you can download for $1.00 off your purchase of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths and Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper."

Tell me your potty training tips! And have you ever tried cleansing cloths with toilet paper, or instead of? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Big's and Little's Blogging Network Sign Up Is Upon Us!

It is now time to sign up for this round of the
 Bigs & Littles Blogging Network! 

What is Bigs & Littles?
This is a partnering of bloggers to teach, to learn and to grow that lasts two months. In the Bigs & Littles Blogging Network big & little bloggers are matched together. Each of us regardless of size or experience has something we can give back to others. Throughout this program you will have the ability to build a new friendship, share experiences, teach, and learn.  We know that sometimes in the beginning days of our blogs we were frustrated, even sometimes now we just need a little blogging advice. We just felt that sometimes we were at a lost, with no one to help us understand  how blogging worked. This is something that we feel never changes, yes our blogs have grown tremendously, but with that comes a whole new set of issues that arise.

Have you ever felt the same? Well we can tell you that sometimes asking another blogger questions and advice can be quite frustrating and intimidating. Well if you are looking for a way to meet someone to share advice and just someone to lean on through your blogging experience, then this may be the perfect program for you. 

Want help designing our blog, learning how to grow your blog, or just some general advice then we suggest that you take a moment to contemplate this program!

How it works:
The sign up will run from September 12th- September 19th! Once the deadline has passed, the process of finding your partner will begin! This process will take about a week, but depending on the number that sign up it could take a bit longer or it could take less time. The partner list should be out by September 23rd.  Your Partnership will run for 2 months, at the end of this time you will need to sign up again to receive a new partner.

**New** When will sign ups occur?

Signups will occur 3 times a year in: January, May, and September

Why you should sign up?
The idea behind the Bigs & Littles Blogging Network is for bloggers to teach, learn, and grow from each other. Furthermore, the goal is to become close with one another and support each other, and at the end of it all make new friends. Our vision is not only for the Littles to grow their blogs and learn from their big, but that this process will propel them into becoming a big themselves. Regardless if you are a big or little, there is something that we can all bring to the table to help each other.

We also want to note that we suggest that you not focus on being defined as a big or a little. You fall into one of these categories based on a variety of things. The idea that everyone could be matched with someone as large of a blogger as The Small Things Blog, while it would be amazing it unfortunately is simply impossible at this time. Our point is take this experience and run with it. Remember that what you put into this experience will be what you get out of it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here. 

Before you sign up please read this recap of the rules:

The Rules: 

1. Please follow the hosts: ChelseeDeb, Kristyn, Tiffany & Christine!
2. If you are unable to continue with your relationship with your partner, please send an email here and I will make make arrangements to reassign you another partner. 
3. If for any reason you feel that your partner is not participating, please email us here. Note if you do not email us to let us know then there is nothing we can do to help.
4. Please note that if you are not participating, then you will be unable to participate in the future(This is only fair to your partner, and not malicious). 
5. Write a post and link it up with us on November 7th detailing your Bigs & Littles experience and about your Big or Little(s).

Have Fun & Make Friends!

*Feel free to Grab our button and use it on your blog! 

Grab button for B&L

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Once the partners are revealed I will be emailing out ideas for what to do with your partner during the program period. If you have any ideas about how to get to know your partner better and/or helping each other then feel free to email them! Additionally if you have any questions about this program just leave them in the comments or email us. 

Click here to Sign Up!