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How to Never Forget to Mail a Greeting Card Again

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How to organize greeting cards so you never forget to mail themCall me “Old Fashioned” but I still strongly believe in the power of a paper greeting card. I know in the days of email and evites and cell phones and text messages that people no longer send cards as much as they used to, but for big events like Christmas and birthdays and thank you, I am still an avid greeting card user.

And since most of my family is on the other side of the country (or even in foreign countries.. if you want to consider Canada as ‘foreign’)  I need to send most of my cards by mail.

I know that is another reason that people have begun shying away from paper greeting cards, since you need to do a little planning ahead in order to send smiles to someone. Well I have developed a sure fire system to help you get a handle on your greeting cards, so you will NEVER be late again (since nobody really likes those “Happy Belated Birthday cards.”)  And it is easy!

Why I Want To Be Norm Abrams Even If I Will Never Be Norm Abrams

When I was growing up I used to watch the show “New Yankee Workshop” with Norm Abrams ALL.THE.TIME. (If you don’t know what it was, it was a spinoff of This Old House, but where Norm built furniture and projects from scratch with new materials).  Norm Abrams (if you don’t know) is a master carpenter, which basically means he has a PhD in woodworking.  And let’s just say, If the earth was flooding, I’d want Norm on my Ark building team.
The New Yankee Workshop was a a fascinating show, and Norm always built amazing things and had this amazing shop filled with amazing tools I had no idea even existed.  Seriously, his shop was the size of a barn and he had more tools than the Home Depot.
Norms new yankee workshop
At the time, a lot of the time the terminology was way over my head (I didn’t know the difference between a planer and a joiner and I never understood why anyone needed 100 types of saws.) And of course, the finished projects were so complicated it was mind-blowing. I mean seriously, in episode he built an entire BOAT.  A few times projects would require more than one episode, but typically, everything was wrapped up beautifully in just under 30 minutes.  He made everything look SO EASY.

Zero-Scrap Planter Box from a Single Board

Easy DIY Flower Box from One Board

Today I have joined a challenge with 16 other awesome bloggers (seriously, I have to pinch myself to believe I’m even included in this group) to use a single board to create something awesome.
FINAL one board challenge graphic
If you want to see their entries into this challenge, you can check them out here (You really should visit, I’m in awe of these beautiful things the other bloggers came up with!)

The 5 Most Common Summer Injury Types and How to Prevent Them

The 5 most common injuries to children during the summer months and what you can do to prevent them
Summer is here and along with summer fun comes unintentional childhood accidents.  The kids and I recently attended an event at The Shriners Hospital for Children®** in Sacramento where we learned a lot about which types of childhood injuries are most often seen in emergency rooms during the summer,  and we also learned how we can prevent these types of injuries.
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At home, on the playground or while on vacation, there are lots of summer activities that put children at risk for live threatening and life changing injuries, but with a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce the risk.   As a mom my number one priority is to keep my kids safe, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
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5 Common Types of Summer Injuries:

You're Gonna Love It: The FINAL Edition

This isn't my usual party post, so I wanted to make sure to send it out to all my readers, even those of you who don't typically get party emails.   As I announced last week, here it is folks: The FINAL linky party of the season.  We are taking a hiatus for the summer and so you won't be seeing any more party posts for a while. 

And for all you regular linker-uppers.. never fear.  The party will be back in the Fall, so make sure you have subscribed to be notified by email and I will send you a reminder!

For the rest of you who don't link up, but would still like to see some great featured links every week, make sure you have selected to "Include party email" if you want party emails delivered to you. Otherwise the default is to NOT receive them. 

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As for the party itself: 
I'm happy to say we went out with a bang!   It was so great to go through all your wonderful links this week.  Not only am I featuring the most clicked and my favorite links of the week, I am also giving a shout out to a business link!

This Featured Business this month was: Simple Joys of Home which is a darling little etsy shop that features printables for home organization.  

She has planning sheets for EVERYTHING.. bills, meals, babies, organization, inventory.. you name it. And they are all adorable.  My personal favorite are her meal planners.  
I've never been organized to plan meals in advance, but with this it would be so easy!  

The most popular link this week was:  The Pin Junkie's Master List of Pinterest Tips

My featured posts this week include:  Wood Burned Ikea Trivets by Where the Smiles Have Been

Reviews Chews and How Tos' Summer Quinoa Salad:
Homemade Zagat's Peanut Punch

This bench makeover by Must Love Home saved this darling little guy from the trash heap:

A fabulous crocheted stool cover by Vrolijk by Leen (yes, it is in Dutch, but the great idea crosses the language barrier!) 

And last but not least, Marty's Musings back porch decorating ideas.  I am just dying to spend a little time on her back deck. 
If you have been featured here or at Kathe’s (her features aren't the same as mine) make sure to grab the "I've been featured" button (located on my buttons page under the "About Me" tab.)

Once again I just want to say thanks to all of you that have come back to link up to the party every week.   I've been co-hosting with  Kathe for about a year now, and I recognize so many of you!   I know there are thousands of link parties out there, and it means a lot that you chose ours.  Without you, this linky wouldn't be a success and we are honored to have you as a guest here! 

Please be sure to come back in the fall when we start the party back up!  And until then, enjoy your summer!  

Power Sander Face Off: Random-Orbital vs. Finishing

I’ve always used a palm (finishing) sander for most of my painting projects, so when I recently purchased an orbital sander, the differences between the two were immediately obvious.

And since there may be a little confusion about which tool is the ‘right’ one for the job, I thought I’d spend a little time today going over the differences in both tools and the pros and cons of each one.   I’m not including Belt Sanders on this list for the same reasons I’m not including floor sanders:  (1)  I don’t have one and (2) it is a heavy duty tool for a very specific niche: Heavily sanding down large flat surfaces.  I’m only going to talk about light-duty/multi-purpose sanders that most DIY’rs could use on a regular basis.

You're Gonna Love It: July's Anything Goes

Before we start the party today I have a quick announcement!! Kathe and I decided we are going to put the party on hiatus for the summer.   Between traveling and other commitments, we both were having trouble finding enough time to dedicate to all you fantastic linker uppers. But don't fret.. this is not 'farewell' it is only 'until we meet again' since the party will be back in the fall.

Since this week is our last one for a while, let's make it a good one.   It is the first Monday of the month which means ANYTHING GOES!  Link up your etsy shop, sponsored posts, giveaways.. The sky is the limit!  (Well, keep it family friendly of course! ;) )  And don't forget, next week we will still have features, which means I'll be sharing my favorite small business linker uppper!!  

This week I was busy building a screen for my ugly A/C unit:

I spent some time rounding up 15 (actually 16) of my favorite blogger builder girls:

And I created a short tutorial which showed you how to turn foamcore into any three dimensional shape.  No more buying paper mache letters at the craft store! 
A very summery mix of posts! 

Which projects were featured this week? 

Once again, there were so many great links, that besides from the features here, there are dozens more on my Pinterest board (and on Kathe's.) 

Plus a few of our absolute favorites went up on my Facebook Page and on Kathe's Facebook page (just look for the hashtag: #YoureGonnaLoveIt)  

Custom Baker's Twine Wrapped Anchor (Out of Foam Core)

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A baker's twine wrapped anchor made out of multiple layers of foam core.. you could create ANY shape!
Today I’m sharing with you how I made this darling little baker’s twine wrapped anchor for the baby’s room, but this tutorial can open the door to so much more.  A baker's twine wrapped anchor made out of multiple layers of foam core.. you could create ANY shape!
I chose an anchor along with red and white baker’s twine since it fit the theme of his nautical nursery, but you could do the exact same process with a different shape, or a monogram or even a full word or phrase.  As long as you can trace the outline of something, you can create it in three dimensions.
Anchor in nautical display
I actually created a 30 second movie of the process, but I've also included all the nitty gritty details below (if you are a video person):

Disguise your AC with a DIY Louvered Screen

Disguise your AC with a DIY Louvered Screen.. hides your air conditioner and doesn't impede air flow via www.TheKimSixFix.com

Back in 2012 I shared my experience
replacing a post on our pergola that had suffered termite damage.  It was pretty bad (I’m glad ithat sucker hadn’t tipped over!)

15 Bloggers with Mad Building Skills!

If you have been reading blogs for a while, you may remember the days when blogs had blogrolls.  If you aren’t familiar with blogrolls, they are lists of a bloggers’ favorite blogs, typically in the sidebar or on a stand alone page.  In pre-Pinterest days, that was a really common way for readers to find new blogs and great new projects. This word of mouth recommendation for other blogs was a great way to connect.

I removed my blogroll long ago, as most bloggers have, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have favorite blogs. In fact, the longer I blog, the more great content I find from other bloggers..   So today, since I don’t have a blogroll anymore,  I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you in a post instead.

There are so many great blogs out there, I thought I would narrow it down to one category of my favorites: Builder Girls With Power Tools!

It is always disheartening to see women relegated to the pin-up calendar by tool companies and hardware stores.  So today I am going showcase a few of my favorite HARD CORE builder bloggers (who just happen to be ladies!) Since, power tools always go well with a side of estrogen!
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