Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #14 Link Up & Thank you Giveaway

December 9, 2014

Hello everyone and thank you for coming by and checking out todays featured 5 bloggers from last week and for linking up. I had so much fun reading the posts from last week and want to welcome back a few followers who took a blogging break such as Maria and Samantha– welcome back ladies I have missed you girls and I am so glad you came by and linked up as well.

To be real here guys I wanted to let you know that I myself will be taking a blogger break for the month of January to sort of recharge, get my life organized and focused on other things for a bit (like being an intentional mommy, spending more time with God) and or plan for future fun blog posts. We all need a break don’t we?  Until then there are still many more fun posts ahead and a fun giveaway going on today.

I recently gained over 500 followers on Instagram, and over 220 on bloglovin and will be celebrating a year of blogging in January and with Christmas coming along I wanted to give some items away as a “Thank You” for following and as a celebration of blogging a year and as my Christmas gift from me to one of you.

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The items I am giving away include a $10 Starbucks gift card, 1 jar of homemade apple butter that my family and close friends and relatives helped make (see post on that here) and a 6-pack of bangled bracelets from Charlotte Russe. You will need to enter the rafflecopter link below to enter. If you follow the instructions on my Instagram page you get an extra entry. The giveaway will end Monday at midnight and the winner e-mailed and announced as soon as possible.  Open to US residents only. Good luck!

Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now on to todays featured five and link up.

Fashion:

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Maria of @notfancyjustlife.BlogSpot.com linked up a post of instagram outfits from her instagram (here) and made up a post mentioning how fun it has been for her to remix her closet while she was on a blogging break as she felt that she didn’t have an image to live up to with needing to buy the newest trends (I am right with you girl, I know the struggle). I don’t know about you but blogging has been one of the hardest things to commit to and not want what someone else has or is wearing so I appreciate Maria mentioning this as I realize I am not alone. Aren’t her outfits just cute in this post here?

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Susan of @charminglucy.com linked up her Liebster Award post (which I was honored to have been nominated on) but that is not why I choose her link, instead I choose it for how real and vulnerable she was with some past frustrations and current joys. I have enjoyed getting to know Susan and can’t wait to show you what the two of us (and Melissa) have been working up to be on the blog soon. You can meet and get to know Susan more through her award post here.

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Debbie of @fashionfairydust.BlogSpot.com linked up a hilarious story about a wolf spider (I think about her story when I get in the shower now and both smile and cringe) and I couldn’t help but love her outfit color palette, red, grey and pink, hello feminine and lovely. If you want a good laugh or smile I HIGHLY suggest her witty posts and fun outfits. You can read this post here.

DIY Tutorial:

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Stephanie of @positivelystephanie.BlogSpot.com linked up a tutorial on how to create a sugar scrub. I liked her idea of giving these easy make scrubs as gifts to others and her girls girlfriends for Christmas. In the past I can remember getting homemade scrubs such as this and loving it on my hands and feet. You can view the original post here.

Recipe:

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Amy of @amyfashionblog52.blogspot.de linked up a yummy recipe for Pineapple Chicken that I felt was so simple and good looking that I felt for sure I could easily make some night as my kids need some more variety in their meals. I have yet to try this recipe I admit, but I can’t wait to try it. You can view this recipe here.

Thank you for taking the time to check out todays featured bloggers now on to the link up rules and link up.
1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all.
Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4).Depending on how many link up I will feature 5 bloggers and their posts for my next “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link-up or series.

5). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking up!

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Rachel xo

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  • Maria G December 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you for featuring me as one of your 5! You are always so sweet and I always enjoy reading your posts! I hope your break in January leaves you refreshed and refocused on the important things. I’ll miss your posts, but I’m looking forward to your posts until then!

  • Stephanie December 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Rachel, thank you for featuring me again! You are so sweet! Enjoy your break and your time with your family…you deserve it!
    Stephanie
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/2014/12/homemade-sugar-scrub-for-holiday-gifts.html

  • Becky @ bybmg December 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Great post and great features! What a fun giveaway! My email is becky.goerend at gmail and I love a good caramel frappuccino!

  • Ada December 9, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    You featured some of my favorite bloggers, today. Love Maria’s & Susan’s outfits and I must try that scrub by Stephanie! Plus, what a pretty package she did!

  • Ashley December 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Everyone needs a break now and then- and winter is the perfect time to do it! A little blog hibernation, ha. 🙂

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom December 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    It is great that there is a mix in this post, a little fashion, a recipe and a craft! Love it! That sugar scrub looks great and I need to pin that pineapple chicken. All of the outfits are adorable and I love the necklace in the first outfit. Thanks for the giveaway, I did all of it, but the IG… because, I have never tried that on IG yet… maybe I will if I have a little more time to figure it out. My email is carrie@curlycraftymom.com and favorite drink at Starbucks is the praline chestnut of course!!

  • dousedinpink December 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    You featured some of my favorite bloggers today! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! My email is jill.gruber3@gmail.com and my favorite drink at Starbucks is a dirty chai.

    Jill
    http://www.dousedinpink.com

  • Posh Prime December 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I will miss your posts during January but I understand a break! I can’t wait to look at some of these bloggers!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

  • Ashley Perez December 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I am following the host via all social networks including bloglovin- breelovesfashion8.

    perezashley60@hotmail.com is my email. 🙂

  • Cassy Townsley December 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I am always excited to find new blogs to follow! My email address is cmtownsley@gmail.com and my favorite Starbucks drink would be the salted caramel mocha!

  • bittyandbunny December 9, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for such a fun and generous giveaway! My email is bittyandbunny@gmail.com, and I love me a good PSL from Starbucks. Good thing they only come around once a year, or else I may go broke buying them every week! lol Enjoy your break from blogging; you’re completely right – everyone needs a little break from time to time ♥
    xo
    Kym
    bitty.and.bunny

  • Melissa Geddis December 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Loved the idea of posting about bloggers who inspire you!

    http://www.mahogany-closet.com/2014/11/leopard-and-snake-mixing-animal-prints.html

  • Amy Fashion Blog December 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring me. You so made my day.

    My favorite Starbuck drink is Pumpkin Spice latte. Amysfashionblog@gmail.com

  • jeffriestyke December 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I am totally humbled that you featured me Rachel! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I have never been to Starbucks!! Can you believe that? I would love to take my daughter there for hot cocoa! And the apple butter:) Thanks friend! Susan

  • Tina December 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Debbie’s blog is a fave of mine! Will definitely check out Maria’s as I adore her style, too! Lovely giveaway! Thanks for hosting that and this week’s link up! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  • Claire December 10, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Great post doll! So much inspiration!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

  • tara langdale December 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Debbie is one of my faves as well!! its so nice when bloggers support bloggers! great post!

    xoxo,
    Tara Belle
    follow me on instragram: @misstarabelle
    http://www.NorthernLights-SouthernBelles.com

  • megschneider December 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Hi! I’m Meg, my email is an affair of character @ gmail . My absolute favorite is the pricey but delicious White Mocha with Soy Milk. AH! I look forward to it so much (but it costs nearly $5!!)

  • sugarblossom116 December 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Love this post! The outfits are so pretty! Thank you for the chance!! Xoxo <3

    Jasmine Thomas
    jasmine.thomas116@yahoo.com
    @eyessounique

  • sugarblossom116 December 14, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve never tried Starbucks before but I’ve always wanted to try one of their holiday drinks!

    Jasmine Thomas
    jasmine.thomas116@yahoo.com