Weekend re-Treat Link Party #51

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Oooh, it’s Thursday again – time for you to link up what you’ve been up to this week!   Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. It was our biggest party ever with 446 links, making it so tough for us to pick out this week’s features. We ended up with a great… 

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4 Handy HTML Tags for Bloggers

4 handy html tags for bloggers

Most blogging platforms these days make it easy to build and maintain a website without any coding knowledge whatsoever. There are platforms like WordPress and Blogger with visual editors, themes galore and plugins that will do just about anything you wish to your site. But it is often helpful to know some very basic HTML. Here… 

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Weekend re-Treat Link Party #50

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Hello Friends! Happy Thursday! I’m thrilled to announce today that AKA Design has joined with a few fun blogs to co-host a link party for you! (Scroll down to find out who!) Now you can link up your projects and ideas here – and it will be shared on FOUR blogs!!! We’ll feature a few… 

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Why I Choose the Genesis Framework

why i chose the genesis framework

When I first started AKA Design over three years ago, I did what many bloggers do. I started on a free site, with a free theme. I didn’t choose Blogger – because even back then I knew that eventually everyone goes to WordPress anyway. But I did start on WordPress.com. I blogged there for about two months before… 

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Simple Water Filtration – Our Solution

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Every week we throw out 20-30 plastic water bottles. Sometimes more. They fill our blue bins to the top. Even when we squish them one by one. Admittedly collecting and carrying the water bottles to the curb each week is Dean’s issue. My issue isn’t buying and disposing of the water bottles. Oh no. It’s having… 

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He Loves You | Sunday Love Notes

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Hello friend, May I ask you a question? What are you trying to do in your own strength today? What battle are you fighting? What could you ask God to help you with? What if he did that which you dare to ask…and exceedingly more? Your Heavenly Father is unlike any father here on earth…and… 

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Nest Chest-Turned-Coffee Table | Trash to Treasure


It’s that time of the month again. No, not that one. It’s time for Trash to Treasure with my blog buddies Kari, Jenna and Jamie! My Project Christmas Holidays sure do make it hard to go back to the regular routine, yes? Who’s with me? Getting back into the groove this week (homeschool, blogging, housework, Dean… 

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Getting Healthy in 2014 | Health

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Last Friday I poured out my heart to you, sweet readers. I talked about not making resolutions that are easily broken and instead of listing resolutions I chose a word of the year for 2014. Authentic. With this word I talked of wanting to share more of my thoughts on homeschooling, parenting as well as the DIY projects… 

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Emergency Preparedness Series | Introduction

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Did you know that our governments strongly recommend that we as individuals and families be able to survive on our own without assistance for at least 72 hours? That’s 3 DAYS, people! Are you prepared? Do you have enough supplies to last you at least that long? What if help didn’t come for 5 days, 7 days… 

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Heart to Heart | Life


Well, it’s here. A New Year. 2014. I’m not really one to set New Year’s Resolutions. But I have been thinking a lot about this little blog and our family and what I’d like for both in 2014. I’ve been thinking about a word of the year, about what God is calling me to, what… 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2013

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to… 

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Christmas Mega Post!

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With only about two weeks to go until Christmas 2013, we’re going to take some time to enjoy our friends and family. Dean is still working everyday, but the kids and I are going to bake, craft, play and laugh together. I’ve got them preparing a list – one movie and one board/card game to… 

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Joy Pinwheel Banner | #EtsyAdventDIY

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Good Saturday Morning to you! We just wanted to pop in real quick to let you know that we are thrilled and honored because our Joy Pinwheel Banner tutorial will be translated and posted on several of Etsy’s blogs today including: Etsy UK blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/uk/ Etsy France blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/fr/ Etsy Germany blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/de/ Etsy Australia blog: https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/region/au/ If you’re… 

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Painting Furniture With Latex Paint | Grey Tweed Hutch

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First of all, a huge heartfelt thank you for all of the wonderful comments you left on our Christmas Home Tour post the other day! We are really enjoying this house and we’re so glad you loved the tour so much. Muah! _____ This time of year always seems extra busy, but one of the… 

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Farmhouse Modern Christmas Home Tour | Our House

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la. / ‘Tis the season to be jolly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la… Well our “halls” are “decked”…with cedar and ribbons and twinkle lights galore. This week bloggers all over the internet are virtually walking… 

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Snowflake Embroidery Hoop Ornaments | Handmade Gifts

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So far this year, I’ve been telling all my friends that I’ve done a significant amount of my Christmas shopping online. I hate don’t like crowds. And I don’t like having to run hither, thither and yon in the rain or snow (depending on what kind of weather we happen to have on any given… 

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A Christmas Dining Room | Holiday Decorating

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Do you remember back in October when we mentioned that we started our Christmas decorating extra early this year? Do you remember us telling you it was because of a project with a big Canadian retailer? Well today we can finally tell you that it was also for a collaboration with three other fabulous Canadian… 

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Deer Head Silhouettes | Holiday Printables

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It’s that time again! Each season we like to say a huge thank you to our readers – thanks for reading our shenanigans, following along with our projects and putting up with our ramblings – with a free printable or two just for you! This Christmas, with the addition of Oliver, we are obviously fully… 

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