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 151st 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!

**IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for FEBRUARY ! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

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!
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!

 Let’s Be Friends

 

***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:

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Christine @ Christine Everyday

Rachel @ Life as Rachel

Renee @ Gettin’ Fit Fab

Lindsay @ The Flynnigans

 Betsey @ Musings of a Museum Fanatic

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!

…on to the Winner!


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

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Hello all! This is Tiffany this week. I really loved this post by Mattie on how to throw a New Year’s Eve murder mystery party. I have been to one murder mystery party and it was seriously so much fun! I would love to throw my own sometime, and this was a fantastic tutorial for how to have fun while also celebrating!

Mattie’s blog is awesome! Go check it out. She has amazing DIY/ Tutorial posts (I loved this one for how to make a DIY Christmas Card Holder), how to be grateful during the holidays, and more!

Thank you Mattie!

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!


What to say to a friend who experienced a miscarriage

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I delivered my baby boy almost exactly one week ago. He died before we got to hold him. A week has never felt so long. Over the past week, I have heard the following sentence dozens of times. “I don’t know what to say…”. Responding to a friend during a time of loss can seem overwhelming. How often have I been on the other side of the fence? It pains me to think of the many friends I have known who had miscarriages. What did I personally do most of the time? Say the same thing, “I don’t know what to say…”. Or worse, almost nothing.

Grief is a strange thing. It is scary. For us that fear delving past the shallow waters of conversations about our new favorite holiday drink at Starbucks or that awesome movie we just saw, talking about death can be too much.

This post is not really about what to say to a friend who experienced a miscarriage. Because, there is really not much you can say to make her feel better. That is not the point. But there is SO much you can say to her to maker her feel LOVED.

Now that I have been the one to experience something I thought would never happen to me, I can honestly say that hearing ANYTHING is better than hearing NOTHING. Some of my friends wrote me prayers via texts. Some dropped off meals. Some delivered flowers or gifts. Some prayed over us. Some spoke beautiful words of encouragement. Some emailed us condolences. Some decided to babysit our child. Some just sat with us and cried with us. Some, simply listened to us. Some hugged us. And some, said the words, “I don’t know what to say…”.

Do you know what I heard from every. single. one. of them?

Love.

It truly didn’t matter what my loved ones said. Because the truth is there are really no words to heal my heart right now.

Yet it was all medicine to soothe my aching heart. Will I heal overnight, next week, or next year? I don’t know. I trust God is the one to mend my broken heart. I know he uses people in my life to help with the process. Every word, even the “I don’t know what to say’s”, felt like medicine for my aching heart.

So, my point is this. Don’t feel like you have to say anything at all. Say what you mean to say. Or say nothing at all. Hug your friend, call them, or just sit with them.

To all my friends I was too afraid to reach out to when I knew you dealt with this, I am so sorry. But, moving forward, I know that saying nothing at all can be just as powerful as saying something eloquent. I am overwhelmed with love from the response of our family, friends, church, and community this past week. I can honestly say that even though I didn’t know what to say back or have the energy to respond, every person changed our life, forever.

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 150th 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!

**IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING NOTE! We are looking for co-hosts for our blog hop for FEBRUARY ! This is a great way to gain new followers and network with other bloggers! If you are interested please email thedwellingtree@gmail.com! Thank you!

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!
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!

 Let’s Be Friends

 

***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 Collage2

Christine @ Christine Everyday

Rachel @ Life as Rachel

Renee @ Gettin’ Fit Fab

Lindsay @ The Flynnigans

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!

…on to the Winner!


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

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Hello! It is Chelsee this week. I admit I am a complete coffee addict, so when I saw Cappuccino in the title of a pic I was sold. I think creating nice gifts like this are super easy and very popular. I honestly in the past have given so many gifts like this because they are super easy to throw together. I highly recommend you check this recipe out. You may want to make this for yourself or even throw it together as a last minute gift! I highly suggest you check out this post and Merissa’s Blog!

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!