Let’s Be Friends 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 97th 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, comment, 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’
Meet this week’s co-hosts:
PicMonkey Collage
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***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:
 
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!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
… onto the winner!
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Hello everyone! This is Tiffany!
I just loved this awesome idea for a simple and inexpensive gift. I am always looking for ideas for house warming gifts or hostess gifts, and this is so cute. There are lots of fun variations to do as well.
Winks and Eyerolls is an awesome blog with great posts. I really wanna try the Homemade Peanut Brittle. It looks SO good! Sierra and Faith both share the blog and are sisters. How awesome is that? Go check them out and follow them!
Thank all of you for your amazing posts each week. I love reading all that you share!
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! 🙂



The good news of Christmas

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Merry Christmas! We have been enjoying the past few weeks with friends and family. I have certainly been a little MIA from the blogging world. I have been so blessed by my time with my loved ones.

Why does Christmas come with so many expectations and emotions? It seems as though every year I try to prepare my heart for the time to come with family and friends and every year I leave disappointed with myself or the way I handled conflict or time with my family.

This year, I realized that the stress and exhastion that often comes with family gatherings around this time of year is due to wanting everything to be perfect. I want to try and control my surroundings so that everyone just gets along and has a great time. Why do I do this to myself and all those around me?

I have been humbled this season by my lack of grace and love, and the abundance of grace and love that is offered by Jesus. Christmas is such a strange juxtaposition. Media screams at us what we should have, new cars and jewelry and funky technology and boots. Magazines show us spreads of perfectly arranged dinner tables and drink concoctions. And all the presents under the tree? The kids cannot wait to tear them apart.

Somehow amidst the madness I listened to a podcast about the God-babe who came to earth many moons ago in a manger to give the greatest gift of all- peace. He was born into lowly circumstances, not much more than some straw and a stable most of us would scoff at. He endured much suffering to extend to many the chance to have their hearts of stone softened, that they might know true forgiveness and walk in the way of peace. Thousands of years later we still celebrate this beautiful moment in history, and we have called it Christmas.

Every year I struggle to maintain inner peace and joy and to remember the reason Christmas is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. It is almost to much to bear, and the hymns and praise songs throughout history will never stop ringing in my ears… “Oh Holy Night” chokes me up every time I hear it.

Each year, I find I am so in need of the peace of God, of His forgiveness, and of His power in my life. I see clearly how my life is so filled with idols- material things I want for myself and my family, unmet expectations that drive me mad, selfishness, the desire to control everything around me, and conflicts gone wrong. Christmas reminds me of the greatest gift of all- salvation. Nothing comes close to the beauty of the Christ born… nothing. My heart is humbled as I reflect on that simple truth, because I forget it so quickly.

As I look back at my weeks, I see so many beautiful moments captured. The gifts I have been given I am thankful for, and love each person who considered to give a portion from their cup to thank me with a gift. But beyond the gifts I see the faces of those I love, the lovely creases of their smiles and glimmer in their eyes. And my longing is that as I move closer to Christ my love for them would burn stronger, that I might love them well and genuinely. Because I fail at this calling constantly, I need help from God, and I am so thankful he promises me his help.

Merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones, and to end my season with joy, an excerpt from the bible! (I love to hear it in the voice of Linus from Charlie Brown Christmas).

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 

Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop 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 97th 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, comment, 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’
Meet this week’s co-hosts:
sponsors
Lauren @ Simply Free

***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:
 
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!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
… onto the winner!
Hello everyone! This is Chelsee. With Christmas only a few days away I feel the scrambling feeling all over again as I am trying to decide on what to wear to Christmas Parties and what dishes to make. I intend on making the recipe I chose to win today and hope you all do too. I have tried it and I personally love it!
I found Betsy‘s post to be very informative and easy to follow. For someone that needs detail instructions like myself, this recipe will be one you look forward to making. Not only is this treat easy to make but it is also super yummy.  Betsy is one of my favorite bloggers, she has all the best recipes, music reviews, and more that all will love. I personally look to her for all my pampered chef needs!
I will be referring to it in the future. This time of year is supposed to be about so much more than getting! Thanks Betsy for this post, I loved it, and had to share!
Go check out Musings of a Museum Fanatic, a blog I am sure you will want to follow ASAP.
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! 🙂