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Apple Butter making & Giveaway

December 4, 2014

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Each year my hubby and the kids and I attend an annual “Apple Butter making day” where my husbands family members- uncles, aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents and other extended family members and friends get together to make homemade country apple butter- big pot, cut up apples, cinnamon and all. It doesn’t get more southern than that. We went this past Saturday and had a blast minus the cold weather out.

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DSC01880Isn’t that painted hay bale just so patriotic and cool?!
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Hot homemade apple cider while sitting in a barn with hay and kids playing everywhere was nice as well.

Some pictures of the process and kids (hubby and cousin as well):

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Stirring the apple butter

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Jarring is a process everyone contributes to helping with.

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Wrestle matches with the men go on of course

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Xander had to get in on the fun

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My sweet baby girl Elizabeth

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Each year is a blast and we get to take home plenty of jars to eat and last us for months. In the past these have made great Christmas gifts to give to neighbors and co-workers.

Have you ever made apple butter or homemade jams?

Outfit details: Shirt:Old Navy ($10.50)//Leggings: Charlotte Russe ($6)//Boots: Rampage via Belk (paid $20 for these though originally $90)//Scarf: Zara (gift)//Braceletts: Charlotte Russe (part of a set on clearance for $1.99).

***Have you entered the Giveaway for 2 $25 giftcards to Target and Groopdealz.com along with other goodies? If not then enter in the rafflecopter link below:

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***I would love to invite you to link up to my link up “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” in the link below. I will feature my favorite 5 on Tuesday.

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Rachel xo
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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me # 12 link up

November 25, 2014

Hello and welcome to the 12th “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” post/link up. Even though there was a break last week from featuring I was excited when many of you came back and linked up more of your posts anyway, so thank you for thinking of this little new link up party- I am just as excited about it as you must be.

I had the largest number of link ups occur than ever before-26, so thank you, thank you. I also want to thank  those that have regularly been linking up and to the several new followers for linking up. I hope you will enjoy coming back, but until then check out todays featured 5 and remember to link up a recent blog post or more and follow me in some form. This is the FIRST time in a while that I have included thumbnail picture links for more of your enjoyment. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving break, time with family and friends. Will see you next Tuesday, December 2 for the next link up.

Fashion:

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Robyn of @feelgreatfashion is a newbie to the link up, and I to hers Beautiful You so when she linked up this post I fell in love with the colors of this outfit as they made me think of spring and summer all over again. I liked how the blazer tied everything together and how the pumps added an extra pop of unexpected colors. You can check out Robyn’s post here and her link up here.

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Tina of @tickledpinkwoman.BlogSpot.com is a regular linker and I just love her blog, and she is a sweet lady if you haven’t met her yet. Today I am featuring her review of her recent TideBuy cuff bracelet and I just loved how she styled it with her lovely fall apparel. Somehow I have been seeing a lot of TideBuy reviews in blog land but hers sticks out. You can read her post here.

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Ashley of @fabellis.com is a blogger I have known for alittle while so I was thrilled when she linked up for the first time recently. Today I am showcasing her layered coat-igan over overalls. I don’t see very many fashion bloggers display overalls but it is a treat when I see it as I like the trend but don’t often times know how to best style them so that they look hip and stylish. I think Ashley nailed it, and how unique is that coat-cardigan (coatigan) she is styling? You can review her post here for more details on this coatigan. *By the way would you like to see a shirt Ashley had sent to me and how I styled it then check it out here.

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Debbie of @fashionfairydust.blogspot.com also linked up a fun layered look combining faux fur, chambray and faux leather and she pulled off the different textures so well I just couldn’t resist NOT featuring her. If you have not checked out her blog you should as she is not just stylish, but downright witty and hilarious. I enjoy reading what she gets herself into. You can check out her post here.

Informing:

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Tif over at @brightonabudget.com linked up a post on her tips for shopping on Black Friday and some ways of saving money (and a trip to the mall or stores). I was intrigued to find out that many stores offer sales pre-black Friday and that some deals aren’t as great as you think. Tif encourages readers to have a plan beforehand of what to shop for, a budget and do research to be sure the products sale is a great deal or not. You can check out her post here to read up more on what she suggests during this busy shopping day or weekend.

Rules of the link up are as follows:

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!
****If you don’t see the Inlinkz button to link up your post then click on the little box or X below this statement and it will take you to the page to link up**** thanks and sorry about that.

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Rachel xo

Cross My Heart

November 24, 2014

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Would you believe this look was just thrown together last minute. I have had all of these clothes and heels in my wardrobe since last fall and thought I would bring them out.
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The only new addition to this wardrobe is my new H&M cross necklace, it was $4.95 in the store and how could I resist!!!
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I choose to layer this necklace with another thrifted gold chain. I tried to keep the jewelry to a minimal so that there wasn’t so much going on at the top since there is a mixture of prints going on already here.
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Throw on a beanie and the look is not only casual but creates a street wear style. This is a look I can’t wait to style with combat boots and leggings instead of jeans in the future. Lucky for me this coming weekend holds boot shopping for me. (Sooo excited!)
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What are you bringing out from last years fall wardrobe and what new things are you wearing with it?

Outfit details: Shirt:New Direction (gift)//Cardigan sweater: gift//Skinny jeans:DKNY jeans (old from TJ Maxx)//Shoes: (gift)//cross necklace: H&M in store ($4.95)//gold smalled necklace: thrifted (old)//beanie: Handmade from grandmother-in-law.

Thank you for stopping by! Rachel xo
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Tie it in

November 18, 2014

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This has to be my favorite fall look yet, and you know why? I had to TIE IN my two new favorites to my already favorite long sleeved tee and leopard print shoes and that is my new plaid blanket scarf and H&M bow necklace.
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I have been hunting for an affordable bow necklace for awhile now, and although this one was daintier then I would have liked I just am in love with it and it was only $4.95 at H&M. My lovely sister Annalise paid half of her $2 into it because she knew I loved it so much even though I had the money for it already- thanks sister!
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This Zara blanket scarf is just the comfiest thing since snuggling up in bed with a book and warm tea. I am so in love with it I can’t wait to purchase another one and SOON!
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This is the second way I have styled this scarf, you can check out how I styled it before here.
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Outfit details: Scarf: Zara (gift, sold out online)//Bow Necklace: H&M (in store, not online) ($4.95)//Bracelets: Charlotte Russe (part of a set of 6 for $1.99)//Shirt:Merona (old)//Pants: Merona (old, via Target)//Flats:Mix It (via Plato’s Closet)//Purse:Merona (via Target, old)//Nail Polish (Rimmel London: Major Brown $1.98 at Wal-mart).

What are your favorite fall accessories or looks?

*photo credits to my sister Annalise for snapping these. THANK YOU SIS! Love you!

If you have not yet linked up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up you can do so in the link below. I will feature my favorite 5 next Tuesday, November 25.
Rules of the link up are as follows:

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
Linking up with:
Whitney with Personal Style Monday.

God Life Happy Wife

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The Fashion Canvas
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The Fashionista Momma
Style Honestly

Girls (moms) night out

November 10, 2014

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was wonderful and I will tell you why in a bit, but first I wanted to show you my latest obsession- this Zara plaid blanket scarf.
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I believe it is DEFINITELY my new favorite scarf. It is warm and so versatile, I just can’t get enough of it.
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I have already pinned a million (well not quite a million) ways to wear it too on pinterest. I cannot wait to style this scarf in multiple ways. Now on to my weekend and girl or mom talk.

I have come to learn that in every mom or wifes life there comes a time where you just want to be free of responsibilities or kids, this past Friday night it happened. For four hours I was kid-less and chose this time to spend with two of my sisters shopping. It was glorious to laugh at the wittiness and attitudes of my sisters (both speak their mind to much), as oppose to my shy personality. The quality time and good deals were also a plus.
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Lately, I have been learning that moms often times feel guilty to have alone- enjoyment time, am I alone in this? I brought up this question to a group of other moms or single women alike at church the other night in Bible study and found I wasn’t alone. Even if you are not a mom, I also learned years ago that sometimes even wives with or without children need separation from the stress of life and just do things for self. Examples might be going to get a facial, go for a long drive, soak with a book and candles in a warm bath etc. I have been taking a few more hot baths lately, online shopping when I can because I have learned that I need to treat myself or the old saying comes true “If momma ain’t happy nobody is happy.”
Before I get to the details of the outfit I wore above for my girls night out. I would like to share some links of other blogging friends of mine and their take on taking a break as a mom. I enjoyed these and I hope you will too.
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Keri shared on how to start a habit each week of self-care in some form, and shared encouragement on this. You can find her post here.
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Keri also shared on how important it is to make time with friends without kids and some ideas on what to do with friends, like coffee, shopping, a painting or craft night, etc,. Read the post here.
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Elizabeth took time away from kids, phone and social media to enjoy a good hard copy book, coffee and making short term and long term goals. Read her post here.

What are some things you do for a girls night out? What do you like to do to treat yourself?

Outfit details: Blanket scarf: Zara//Earrings: ALDO//Bracelett: gift, thrifted//Coat: Merona (via Target, old)//Pants: St. Johns Bay (old)//Shoes: Merona (via Target, old)//Purse: Merona (via Target, old).

Linking up to:
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The Fashionista Momma

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Andrea of Friday Favorites at momfessionals.com

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Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me #9

October 21, 2014

Hello, how was your weekend? Mine was relaxing and filled with the love and time with friends and neighbors. Today I welcome you to my third link up of “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” (click on the link to view older featured bloggers) and let me tell you I am having a lot of fun with it. I enjoy reading other blogs and being inspired, but as promised I chose 5 bloggers who linked up to feature this time around (thank you to all 13 that linked up to my second) and you could be one of 4 or 5 featured next Tuesday. First follow the rules below, link up, visit some of the other bloggers linked up and have fun. I can’t wait to see your posts. Here are todays featured bloggers. Enjoy!

Fashion:
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I have been a follower and blogging buddy to Katherine @jagstyleblog.com (above) for awhile now.  She is a mom to 3, a little boy (like me)  and twins (boy and girl) a bit younger then my twins (boy and girl) so she and I have some commonalities.  I must say I am so inspired by her posts on work appropriate outfits and wear and I  just loved it when she linked up this outfit. I do believe this is my favorite look on Katherine and different from her usual posts as she is mixing prints and sporting off some denim jeans here, which I love. You can visit her post here.  *By the way Katherine I thought of you when I saw this tee at Old Navy the other day.

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Kym @bittyandbunny.blogspot.com linked up a cute fall welcoming apparel outfit that I think she styled well using mixings of denim, a vest, boots and statement necklace, sunnies and even a scarf in some of the photos. I think she inspires me to consider layering in the near future. You can check out her looks and tour through blogland to get to know her better here. She is a sweetheart!!!
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Tina of @tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com linked up an adorable post on how she took a half vacation day off from work to relax by getting a one hour massage and pedicure, while including her cute work outfit and vintage accessories. I love her leopard print and hint of purple tights here, very cute fall look. You can check out her post here, you will love her as she is a sweetheart as well.
Organization/Management:

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Keri of @livinginthisseason.com linked up a post on “Managing Laundry” which is something we all need to read right? Everyone has their own methods to managing laundry but I found her tips not only applicable to laundry duty but to other chores as well. I liked her tips on choosing to do laundry daily or weekly and how to get others involved since as a mother I need to consider these options in more areas and chores. You can check out her tips here.
Birthay Celebration/Décor:

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Jill of @dousedinpink.blogspot.com shared a link on a 50th Birthday party she planned for her husband and I found it intriguing how much thought and time she and her daughter and others put into it to make her hubby feel loved while keeping the guests entertained. I learned a new game from this post called “Road Rally” which you will have to read about on her post here and check out her other decorations and food servings.

Thank you for coming by today and for linking up, I hope you meet some amazing sweet new bloggers and become inspired yourself. Now please take a look at the rules, link up and check back here on Tuesdays to see who I have featured. Yours could be one of 5. Thanks!

Rules of the link up are as follows:

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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