Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me link up, Birthday girl and $300 giftcard giveaway

February 17, 2015

Good morning! It has snowed non-stop since yesterday morning and we could be getting 12 inches of snow or more, which means that this is what winter feels like and should be. However, the temperature has been in the 15 degrees and under which makes it a little unbearable. Other than the kids going stir crazy I have enjoyed getting cozied up on the couch with a blanket and watching some good movies or Instagramming on my phone.

This past weekend was filled with celebrating Nevaeh’s 6 birthday party. First of all, the actual day of her birthday I made cheesy scrambled eggs and toaster heated some Belgium waffles for dinner (per Nevaehs request) and then whipped up a cake and had a little celebration in our own home. Then on the day of her party we went to McDonalds and had family members and friends from her class over for a party. I am pretty sick of McDonald parties but where else do you have a party in the winter time for a child without spending a ton of money? Sure I could get on Pinterest and come up with themes and do a party at home but I am just not that crafty or organized. Any suggestions? What kind of parties have you done?

First party:


Second party:

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Now on to the link up. Todays featured bloggers are below along with a description of each. I choose to do a collage of the ladies featured as something new. I hope you will join in and link up and possibly be featured next Tuesday. Just follow the rules below and say hello to a few bloggers that have linked up.
1). Megan of linked up the first of three ways she styled this plaid dress. I loved the edgy-ness to her outfit posted here.

2). Lisa of @beauty101bylisa is a new blogger I have been following and so when she posted this outfit as well as link it up I knew I needed to feature her. The Burberry inspired scarf and styling shorts for winter look is just too cute not to notice. You can follow up on her post (and weekly link up here).
3). I loved how versatile this scalloped lace top was on Sammi of @beautifuldreamerami. I found myself wondering on the possibilities of what she could style this lovely top with, but I loved her touch of the pink blazer and accessories. You can check out more here.

4). Tiffany of @brightonabudgetl linked up a remix of a black and white small print polka dotted dress and the above th picture is only just one of the ways she styled this lovely dress to create a blouse. You can check out her other remix of this dress in her post here.
5). Becky of is probably one of the busiest ladies I have ever known yet she is just to darn good at it all so I asked her how she did it all and weeks later she wrote up this post and linked it up, so how could I not feature it. Read here as she reviews a book on how to handle it all but more importantly how she really handles it all.

Now it is your turn, just follow the link up rules below:
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!

Garay Treasures
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Linking up with Whitney, Lisa, Liz, Molly and Carylee.

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  • dousedinpink February 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    My daughter has a winter birthday too and it’s so hard to plan when you can’t be outdoors. Looks like the party was a hit! The cake is so cute!

    Doused In Pink

  • jeffriestyke February 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I love that scalloped lace top!! So pretty with the orchid jacket! Thanks for the introduction to new bloggers! Susan

  • weshopinheels February 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! It seems that she had a great celebration. Thanks for introducing new bloggers!

  • Sam February 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Snow sounds lovely to me! But that’s coming from someone who loves snow and the cold, yet lives in a climate that is warm/hot most of the year due to hubby’s current job. We haven’t had any snow this year :(. Hope you are staying warm and safe! Cuddling up with a blanket and your kids sounds wonderful to me :). Thank you for hosting this link up again, and thank you so much for featuring me!! I appreciate your support and am glad you liked my outfit enough to share it with your readers.

  • Ashley February 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Winter birthdays are cool (I have one, too!), so happy birthday, Nevaeh!


  • Dawn Lucy February 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Gosh it’s cold there! It was 73 in San Jose yesterday! You need to visit and warm up! 😉 Looking forward to reading that post about how she does it all … gosh knows I need help!
    Dawn Lucy

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom February 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    The only party my parents ever had for me with my class was at a McD when I was a kid and I’ve never forgotten it! lol! My kids have never been invited to a McD for a party and I am not sure why… I think the bounce houses have taken over for parties over here! What a wonderful party you had for her and I love her name, I have a cousin with the same name.

  • Shauna February 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Sorry it is SO cold out there! But it sounds like a wonderful party, and these pictures are so cute 🙂 Stay warm!! -xx


  • Denise February 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I remember having a few McDonald’s birthdays when I was a kid, so no shame at all. This looks like so much fun and sounds like you made some delicious food for her! I love all these photos! I love the linkup as well, and definitely need to join in!


  • Becky @ bybmg February 17, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the feature, Rachel! We usually just do an in-home party for Henry, but we did recently attend a party at a bowling alley and one at a hotel’s pool. The mom said the hotel pool was $50 to rent for two hours. I thought that wasn’t too bad.

  • Posh Prime February 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me! I am so honored! happy birthday to your daughter as well!

  • Lauren Elliott (@elliott_lauren) February 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    wish we had snow! it’s so dang cold here, but nothing pretty to show for it! lol. and great giveaway 🙂

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  • My Rose Colored Shades February 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Happy birthday to your daughter! It’s definitely harder to figure out what to do for birthdays in the winter. Great collage of bloggers. ~Cynthia

  • Grace February 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Yay! I final did my first link up here! Thank you so much for your help Rachel! The last few days we are -8 in Michigan. Can’t wait for Spring to come.

    Take care and keep in touch!


  • Lisa February 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Rachel thank you so much for including me in your featured bloggers. Love your post and thank you for linking up with me too. Love your outfit XO Lisa

  • bittyandbunny February 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Happy Birthday to Neveah!! You’re such an awesome mom for making cheesy scrambled eggs and waffles for dinner 🙂

  • Tina Bradley February 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Happy belated birthday to your lovely daughter! What beautiful photos! As always, I am inspired by the talented women bloggers you feature each week! Thanks for hosting this link up! T.

  • arin February 18, 2015 at 2:21 am

    A very happy birthday! (And awesome giveaway!)

  • Hannah February 18, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I love checking out your link-up! And I definitely feel you with the cold weather, I thought we were done with the ice, but it just started snowing!

  • Tif @ Bright on a Budget February 18, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for featuring me, friend:) I love Nevaeh’s cake! Being a November baby myself, there’s not a lot of options for cheap birthday parties. I always wished I was a summer baby, so I could have a pool party. So with Kane, we rented out the county pool for 2 hours. It was $50 but everyone had a great time, and it beat paying $250+ for a bounce house or something similar.

    Tif @ Bright on a Budget

  • Shannon February 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Her cake is too cute!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles