Monday, June 30, 2014

Upcycle a Toy Horse into a Garden Sculpture!

Today's guest spot comes from Robin who writes over at Redo It Yourself Inspirations!

In Robin's post she shows a fun way to upcycle an old toy horse- by turning it into a garden sculpture!  What an awesome idea for re-purposing an old toy!

Check out the before and after:

Head over to her blog Redo It Yourself Inspirations to see the full post complete with directions on how to create this sculpture yourself!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Five Hop & 5 Summer Recipes to Try!

Welcome to our weekly Friday Five Link Up!  Friday 5 is a fun link up with no theme, just a list of five things!  You can write 5 random thoughts about your week, 5 places to visit, or 5 of anything!

For this week's Friday 5 here on Northeast Bloggers we are sharing 5 delicious summer recipes from our members!

From left and clockwise:

1. Charred corn and zucchini with Basil from Styled by Jess

2. Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits from How Does Your Garden Grow

3. Italian Potato Salad from How Does Your Garden Grow

4. White Sangria from A Lovely Life, Indeed

5. Caprese Sandwiches from Can't Google Everything

I am hungry just looking at all these great recipes!

And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share this week?  Link up below!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Twitter Party July 7th!

Come join the fun on July 7th and chat with us on Twitter!  Follow along using hash tag #NEblogchat.  Be sure to follow both hosts so you don't miss a thing!

In order to be eligible to win prizes you must RSVP!  CLICK HERE to RSVP for the Twitter Party.  Everyone who RSVPs will also be eligible for a special perk after the party!

Are you new to this whole twitter party thing?  Wondering what the best way to follow along is?  You can follow the hashtag on twitter itself, but that can be confusing.  Another great way to follow along is to use an outside website such as tweetchat or twubs.  On both of these sites you sign in with your twitter account and then enter the hashtag you want to follow and only tweet from that hashtag will show up, making it super easy to follow along!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog of the Week: Momma Lew

This week's blog of the week is Momma Lew, written by Reesa!
About Momma Lew:
Reesa Lewandowski, aka: Momma Lew, is a Stay-At-Home-Mom to 2 Preschool-Aged children from New Jersey.  She loves to share her recipes, product reviews and giveaways with her readers, who she considers to be friends.  Reesa’s goal for Momma Lew’s Blog is to ensure everyone can make confident decisions for their families so that they can enjoy each and everyday with one another.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Social Media Link Up!

It's summer time so let's have a little fun!  This week link up whichever social media account you want to see more followers on!  Feel free to link up more than one account if you'd like!

After you link up, be sure to follow your fellow Northeast bloggers on their accounts, too!  Try to follow three other accounts for each one you link up.

Let's get this social media party started!  Anything goes!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Secret Santa Swap!

Come one, come all!  You're invited to join us for our Christmas in July gift swap!  This swap will be "secret Santa" style, meaning you will not know who will be sending you a gift box- it's a surprise!  

Here are all the details:
  • Sign up by June 30th
  • Partners will be sent out on July 1st- you will be emailed with your partners info
  • Stalk Read you partner's blog, twitter, instagram, pinterest etc to get to know them!
  • Shop for your partner and get them some goodies you think they will enjoy!  Swap amount should be around $20-$25 before shipping!
  • Mail your box out by July 22nd to ensure it will get there by the end of the month, it is Christmas in July, after all!
  • Don't forget to include a note in your package revealing who their Secret Santa is!
  • Optional: blog about what you got from your Secret Santa, or show it off on instagram!
Sound good?  Click here to sign up!

Some notes:
  • Because this is Secret Santa style, you may not have the same person who has you.
  • Try not to tell your person ahead of time who their SS is!
  • Please know that if you have done a swap with us in the past and did not follow through by mailing your box, you will not be allowed to participate in this swap out of fairness to the other participants.
  • If you sign up and then realize you cannot participate, please let us know before the deadline of June 30th so we can take you off the list!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Five Hop & 5 Firsts That Are Happeneing in This Years World Cup!

Welcome to the Friday Five Hop!  You can link up below with your Friday Five post- no theme here, any list of 5 works for the Friday Five! 
Today's guest Friday Five post comes from Lorena who is an author and a contributing writer at the blog That's Normal.

Five firsts that are happening this year in the World Cup!

1. First time they are using goal line technology.

FIFA has finally joined the 21st century! After the horrific call in 2010's World Cup when England's Frank Lampard's obvious goal was disallowed, it's no wonder why.  Tennis likely still has the best use of line technology in all sports, but the use for this World Cup has been promising so far. There was even a goal in slight question in one of the first group games (France-Honduras) that was determined a definite goal due to the goal line technology. Success!
2. First time they use aerosol vanishing spray to mark 9.15 meters

For decades no one has been quite certain if players aren't cheating the 9.15 meter mark during a free kick. Well, that is, no one except the Americas. Yes, that's right, the latest and greatest method of making sure players don't cheat did not come from Europe, but rather an Argentine inventor. I even had an English friend over last year during an MLS game and he said, "It will be ages before anyone else adopts this, even though it's a good idea, it's American."  Actually, the method was approved for worldwide use by IFAB in 2012 and has been used in all of the Americas well before then. The spray saves time and increases fair play.

3. First time USA beats Ghana

After three meet ups in the past World Cups, the USA finally defeats the Black Stars in their first game of the group stage. This gives them a much needed Win in their difficult group.

4. First time a game is played in the Amazon
So this is more a sign of FIFA's terrible nature than anything else, the stadium in Manaus costing millions and never able to use again since no one lives there (not enough for a team at least), I mean it's like putting a stadium in the middle of the Adirondacks. But still, it's in the Amazon! Kind of cool if you ignore all the horrible parts of it. Which is ... Yeah, it's hard to ignore.

5. First time the World Cup has been so MLS Heavy

Maybe it's just who we are, but when you're a US soccer fan (yeah, I said soccer, people, deal with it), you want to see the sport progress and grow. It's exciting to see not just the USA team boasting some MLS guys, but also other countries. Australia's great striker Tim Cahill plays for the New York Red Bulls, Brazil's main goalkeeper Cesar plays for Toronto FC, 6th fastest scorer in World Cup history Clint Dempsy plays for the Sounders, six players for Honduras and five for Costa Rica play in the MLS... In fact 31 players from the MLS are in this World Cup! And 16 are not on the USA team! It's very exciting to see the progress of the league ... Just think, us NE bloggers are getting another team soon with the NY Cosmos!

Plenty more excitement to come in this tournament, so tune in and Go USA!  Thanks Lorena!
And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to link up? Share below and be sure to hop around to a few others and leave a comment on their post!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

June Photo Challenge!

Welcome to our Photography Challenge!  This is a once a month challenge to take a photo that fits into the theme for that month.  This months theme is: YELLOW.  The link up will remain open the rest of the month so everyone has a chance to show off their photos!

Please be sure to visit other blogs on this hop if you link up and leave a comment on their photo!
Remember you can link up to a post with the photo you want to show off, or to your instagram photo that fits the monthly theme.  Please do not link up to your blogs main page, this link up is for the photography challenge only! 

Be sure to join us for the July challenge next month!  July's theme is: SUMMER!  This one should be easy so get excited and get your summer photos ready to show off starting July 24th!

Do you have a YELLOW photo from this month to link up?  Share below!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog of the Week: Coming Up Roses

This week's blog of the week is Coming up Roses, written by Erica!  Meet Erica:

HEY! I’m Erica. A sister, girlfriend (romantic adventures with the boyf!), girlfriend (crazy adventures with my girls!), Wharton woman, pianist/singer/thespian, and experimental fashionista. I guess I’m also a writer, and this is where I write about life.

Life has stuff. And my favorite stuffs…

Happiness, smiles, God, love, Christmas lights, eskimo kisses, pianos, moonlight, sparkles, candles, nail art, flower bouquets, making lists, motivational tidbits, Audrey Hepburn, satirical news editorials, the Christmas season, Wayfarers, Broadway, the consumer psyche, fashion, throw blankets, yoga, planning, aspiring and inspiring, miracles, scarves, gladiator sandals, gummy vitamins, bomber jackets, interior design, picture frames, collages, Queen Bey, baking, dark chocolate, snuggling, skinny vanilla hazelnut lattes, fireplaces, Chinese takeout, pillows, long runs, gold stars, froyo, grocery shopping, traveling, The City of Brotherly Love, sunset walks on the beach, zip lining, leadership camps, random acts of kindness, sharing compliments, blossoming vases, snail mail cards, “just because,” kittens, sour patch watermelons, fuzzy flip flops, Shih Tzus, granola with peanut butter, day-making voicemails, the Spanish language, and jalapeno cream cheese on asiago bagels.

Lover of all things lace and chiffon, I’m also a foodie, yogie, and “Bachelor” junkie at Tory Burch and John Legend’s alma mater.

Thanks for sharing Erica!  Please be sure check out her blog this week and say hi!

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