Let’s Be Friends Blog Hop is now LIVE!

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 85th 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
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force
***This weeks featured post from last week’s hop:

Hi friends! It’s Chelsee. 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! 
Wow. Well last week Tiffany picked a winner that had a healthy recipe, and it seems this week we are keeping with the food theme. I was scanning and saw something fried and had to click! The title containing the word southern made me think the guys would just love this! I must say it looks so tasty from the pictures! I highly highly suggest you all check it out and perhaps try out the recipe! I think eating healthy lately has me craving something fried…go figure! 

A Cowboy’s Life is a wonderful blog. Chasity is a fantastic wife, mom and cook, just check out her blog, but I warn you the pictures will make you hungry!  Go check her out! 
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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Keeping kids safe on the internet + giveaway

The Internet can be a scary place for parents to let their kid enter. Who am I kidding. You all know. Google search one innocent seeming thing and you might get a few gross images. Online bullying is also huge. I know someone in my own family that was bullied on social media sites and via text messages. Technology, while wonderful, can also be a really tough thing to navigate for kids. 
Here are five Internet safety tips for children. These are safety guidelines that all parents should talk with children about. I plan to have these talks with my daughter when the time comes. (Tips: National Children’s Advocacy Center)
1. Never let children post personal information (phone number, address, travel dates, location) on social networks. 
2. Never respond to mean or rude texts, emails or messages. Ignore the message, and tell an adult immediately. 
3. NEVER share your password to anyone, not even best friend. Change passwords every month. 
4. Use the privacy setting on social networks. 
5. Do not download or install software on your computer or phone without asking an adult first. 
Today I am excited to introduce you to one of my sponsors, KidsEmail.Org. They provide safe email for kids. They have agreed to give away 1 year of Kids Email for FREE to 3 winners! ($38.95 value!). Some of the benefits include:

  • Mail monitoring: parents are able to receive a copy of all incoming/ outgoing mail. 
  • Time restrictions: parents can restrict times of the day and days of the week children can log in. 
  • Block senders: you can block senders in a custom blacklist.
  • Contact Manager: you can add family members or friends to the contact list. 
  • GPS tracker: for children using the mobile app, there is a GPS history tracker. 
I think it is important for children to connect with friends and family, especially if they live far. Email is a great way to connect with others and also learn important skills such as typing and technology. I love that this form of email protects children from spam, vulgar emails, predators, and viruses. 
Enter for a child in your family! This is a great tool to teach children about connecting with friends and family in a safe environment.
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*Giveaway open to US/ Canada residents only, 18+ older. 

Life via Instagram

This is my first post of this kind. I am calling it, “life via instagram”. I have grown to love these little snippets of life on my instagram account. I am hoping to, once a month, simply remember my life and these moments I have captured. 
The above pic is my hippie baby. She loves to be barefoot and wild. Naked, preferably. Which we allow in our home. There have been multiple times in stores she just wants to take off her dress or shoes. That’s our free-spirited girl for ya. She just wants to get all cozy and dig her feet in the sand. Here she is on our patio, with flowers in her hair, after she decided she didn’t want to wear any clothes. Oh-kay. 

The brilliant Whole Foods shopping carts for kids. My daughter could shop for hours. She loves her cart. Except we have ended up with extra items in our bag after checking out. 😉

So, we have decided this little chunk of ours has a smile that could light up a room. Maybe we are totally partial. Here she is, at church, playing with the older boys. The rowdier, the better. 

Petting zoo. She was pretty excited to see the cute baby goats, and made this hilarious face I just happened to capture. #yes
Just taking a break to eat my cherry off of the cherry tree.
So, my husband makes the best pizza ever. I like to call these nights “fatty hour”. Because I cannot eat just one slice. And we usually pair our pizza with a fantastic Old Fashioned whiskey delight. This pizza was pesto and fresh zucchini from our garden, and my fave this year! 

This was the first hint of fall. We went to the museum because the weather was downright awful. She wanted to wear her new navy blue boots with glitter all over them. I loved it. That was a fun day! 

Strawberry rhubarb pie for lunch. Another one of my husbands best recipes. This rhubarb came from our garden, which grows it like a weed. 

So, my computer got geeked out. My family decided I should be slave Leia. I am not sure how I feel about that. 

It was 90 degrees outside this day. Lillian was adamant she wear this long sleeve black velvet dress to go to the grocery store, the gym childcare center, and three other errands. I got lots of strange stares, but I decided to let her be a princess. They grow so fast. Why not let her pick out her little outfits and look like a princess daily?! #chooseyourbattles

Dress. Check. Headband. Check. Necklace. Check. Hat. Check.
Post-run for Mom and Dad. Lillian played in the grass in her dress and discovered this squirrel on the pole. I loved her reaction. 
Hey squirrel! 
So that was our month via Instagram. Do you take lots of pics? What would y’all think of an instagram link up sharing our monthly roundup?