The Dwelling Tree

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Let's Be Friends #76 blog hop is now 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 76th 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'

The co-hosts:

Elizabeth @ Nom Elizabeth
Kathryn @ As Told By Kathryn
 Becca @ Two Places at Once

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

Hi everyone! This is Tiffany this week. 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! 

As I scrolled through all the delicious posts my eyes caught this one. Perhaps it is because I have always been interested in fostering a child, but I wanted to read the post. What I would soon discover is that this little post would leave me almost in tears. Jennifer, the writer of this post, did a magnificent job of uncovering many of the stereotypes and assumptions of the kinds of homes foster kids come from, and gave me a new perspective and grace for all those involved in the foster system. This was a deep, heartfelt, and loving post. If you are considering fostering, adopting, or know a family going through the process, read this post. This is a very interesting and lovely perspective of the power of love. 

The blog is filled with inspirational and real posts about life. Bookmark it for posts that will lift up your day. I am so excited to have a new daily read! 

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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Monday, July 28, 2014

You Make Do Party Printables + Giveaway!

Today I share with you all a little hidden gem I recently discovered to make hosting a party so much easier- and cheaper! 

If you are like me you may host a few parties a year. This year I have hosted my daughter's party, a graduation party, and a baby shower is coming up soon. I tend to freak out a little over decorating because I do not know how to make my own decorations or have time to do so. Also, it is so expensive to just go and buy decor at a Party Store, and to be honest, I think lots of the stuff they sell is cheesy. 

I love the printables that Heather at You Make Do has made. Unique, cute, and professional party decor that you can print at home, customize, and assemble yourself. It saves lots of time and money while looking custom made and lovely! 

Here are a few pics of my favorites. I love, love party banners. I just think they add flair to a room, and I love the color punch. I also fell in love with these super cute baby shower cards and customizable party hats. 

The options really are endless. Heather has something for everyone and at really reasonable price points. She has complete instant party download packages in awesome themes such as sailboat, bug, funny faces, and circus. You can also download templates for party straw flags, invitations, place cards, banners, party hats, pinwheels, and more!

Today I am giving away $10 towards instant party downloads to one lucky winner! Good luck!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Organic Modern Design Home Ideas

We just bought our first home about a year ago. I love it. It is in an amazing neighborhood, has a lovely front shade tree, and is a split level home. It was built in the 60's, and our next door neighbor is nearly ninety and the original homeowner. I am delighted to say a part of the reason I love our home is because of the neighborhood. Kids play outside, ride their bikes, and run about pretending to be pirates or princesses. A few little girls come over almost daily to play with my daughter. Some people hang dry their clothes. People sit on their patio and drink wine. Neighbors bake for one another. I know every neighbor at least three doors down. I have never, ever in my life experienced this!

Below I have posted some pics from around the web of design ideas I love for my own home in the future. 

But, we also have some problems with our home. Because it is older, the water heater will probably die any day now. Our bathrooms still have the cringe-worthy original pink faucet, toilet, and bathtub. The basement needs drywall and a lot of remodeling. 

The exciting part of all of this is we are starting from scratch. We have recently done a purge of items we know longer use or need in the effort to live simpler and with less. We have been poring over Houzz coming up with design ideas we love. I recently discovered Organic Modern. My husband found it. I love this design theme. I already have an obsession with natural fiber woven rugs and baskets, greenery, and clean-looking rooms, I've just never been able to achieve the look due to poor planning and the fact that I am a clutter-aholic. 

I am trying to turn a new leaf. What do you think of these designs? Do you have a favorite look? We are looking for new ideas! 

What is your favorite design inspiration or theme?