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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Miscarriages = Emotional Roller-coasters

    Here recently, I have come across a whole slew of postings written by blog owners whom were currently having, or had just gone through having, a miscarriage. My heart cried for every single one of them! I know all to well what they are going through. If you too have gone through one, you do too. If you haven't, then you can (and should!) love us, try to encourage us, and keep tissues handy, but you can not fully understand. Nor would any of us whom have experienced one, ever honestly want for you to fully understand. Our vote would be that nobody ever go through such a thing again. Period.

    I tell people that I had six pregnancies in six and a half years time, out of which we were able to keep four sons (or something very similar in wording). "I had two, lost two, then had two more".
    But the truth of the matter is, I 'lost' more than two. For those two, I was three months into the pregnancies when I miscarried. The second one resulting in a D+C. Both were in a year's time span.
     But there were s-e-v-e-r-a-l other times that I also had miscarriages. Times when I missed a monthly, was experiencing all of the early stage side effects of pregnancy (that my body never seemed to realize could be 'optional') and KNEW that I was again pregnant. Each time I had called the Dr's office to set up a first check-up for that particular pregnancy, only to then start bleeding before the appointment date came around. HEAVY bleeding, with certain other symptoms, which my doctor confirmed were signs of a miscarriage. Instead of my appointment being the first pregnancy appointment, it would end up being another "yearly" type appointment, so that he could make sure everything was okay.

     But my reasoning behind writing this particular posting, is NOT to generate sympathy for myself. Honest!  My reasoning is to try and help others who themselves are experiencing one. And I would also love to be able to shed some light to the rest of you, about what it is we are going through. Why we don't seem to respond to your kind words the way you think we should. And about the depression that can follow such an experience.

    While our heart try to reassure us that it's not our own fault that we are experiencing what we are, our mind questions everything anyways. And re-questions. And casts great shadows of doubt. "How could our body do such a thing?" "What is wrong with me?" "Which activity was it that I did that I shouldn't have?!" "Is this punishment for that thing I did back when?" "So and so is trying so-o hard to get pregnant and yet my body rejects a pregnancy?!!!" And on it goes....

    People, usually with hearts in the right place, and meaning ever so well, say things that just heighten the inner turmoil.
    Things such as, "It's probably for the best, maybe the baby wasn't formed right". And our mind silently questions, "What?! You don't think I'm cape-able of loving or caring for a special needs baby?!!!"
    Or, "At least you have the other ones". And we think, "So you think I'm wrong for mourning this one?!"
    Or, "Just be thankful for the ones you have." And inside we question, "I AM!!! But does that have to mean I can't also mourn the loss of this one?!?"
    Or, "God has a reason you know." And silently we scream at them, "I KNOW THAT! But that doesn't make this easy to swallow/accept right now. It's not like you just gave me the magic cure pill you know!"
    And the list goes on.
    Almost ANY and EVERY thing, that ever so well meaning people say, our minds twist on us. Why? Because our emotions are running on overload. And whether others like to accept this as truth or not, there is actually very little that we can do to turn them off.
    "Just pray about it dear." Or, "Tis best to leave it in God's hands."
    Oh, we pray alright. Sometimes pleadingly. Sometimes angerly. Sometimes while curled into a tight wad on the floor or our bed, sobbing our eyes and hearts out. Other times while pacing the floor with our fists clamped tight. We pray. And in our inner self, we know both that God listens, and that healing takes time. We just want the magic wand thank-you very much. And NO, we are not being unrealistic! ()

    And then there is the terminology behind all of it. They claim you "lost" a baby. "No I didn't!!!" (with the "I" underlined. Several times.) " "I" didn't just sit it down someplace and forget where that was!" (And do NOT laugh at us should we say that out loud. Laughter IS good. However, after such a statement is NOT the time!)

                                                     empty cradle
                                  (I found this picture on line HERE)

    So what then should well meaning people say?  "I LOVE You! and I'm praying for you!!" Period. And then put some actions behind those words. Drop a meal, any meal, off in a cooler on their porch. Something that just needs baked in their oven or re-heated in their microwave. The rest of their family needs to eat, whether they feel like fixing something or not. And we need to eat too. And we're more likely to do so, if you made it for us. Or at the least, brought it to us. Part of that silent guilt trip stuff our mother's in-grained into us (;-p).
    Loan a good (FUNNY and romantic, not "perfect life") chick flick (that does NOT have any babies in it!), as well as sending something wondrously chocolate (at least for most of us, this helps).
    Send cards. Not necessarily the super sweet dripping from them types. Nor even necessarily the heavily verse laden type. Our hearts already know all of that. What our hearts are having challenges with, is being able to smile. Or laugh. And sometimes (to be bluntly honest), even to care (about anything else that is). Help us smile.

    Laughter really truly is the best medicine. And the old saying about "actions speaking louder than words"  is true too. So use both!
    No, I AM NOT meaning be insensitive! ! ! Don't be!!! Your grandmother has no interest in having to come back to shake her rolling pin at you!
    Just SHOW you care. Instead of stopping them at the store, or in church, or at school, or where-ever, to try and console them; rub your hand across their back and again state that you love them and are praying for them. Plain. Simple. But oh so meaningful. And really hard for our emotional mind to twist on us!

                                                   lead balloon
                                        (found this picture on line HERE)

    Another huge aspect of our emotional roller-coaster at the time, is how out of the blue, things can instantaneously hit us like lead balloons.
    Things such as: the cry of somebody else's baby. Even in a movie. Or at the store. Or in the next car over.
    Or, the sight of a multiple kid family at the park.
    Or "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments several months later at the store.
    Or certain songs. Songs such as, "It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus" ("I do love you Lord, and I want to see you, but are you sure?!") Or, "Cats in the cradle", amongst others.
    And no, we ourselves don't always know the "whys" behind why something "set us off". We just know it did. And we are sorry. But that doesn't mean we can switch some switch and turn the tears back off either.  If only.

    And yes, you might find us in the rocking chair, cuddling empty receiving blankets, fantasizing and crying. Your right, emotional women sometimes do weird things. (Shrug) Come sit on the floor near us and wait. Just your presence can be strengthening. And lend silent support. And show proof that you care. And love us.

    And husbands, we KNOW that lots of you handle things inwardly and don't always like to talk out your emotions. But our minds often take that silence and twist it to be that you are keeping silent, so that we don't hear your inner condemning of us for "loosing" your child. We NEED to hear that you too are hurting inside. And that all of this DOES matter to you. That as a team we WILL make it through this.
    Oh, and don't suggest trying again. Not yet. Not for awhile. If we question it, gently reassure us that there is plenty of time to think about all of that later. Down the road of life a bit.

                                           discouraged women
                                    (found this picture on line HERE)
    Almost all women, after a miscarriage, are challenged with discouragement. Often, others label it as "depression". But in actuality, it is just serious discouragement.  However, discouragement can grow into depression. The process there is a down ward spiral moving through anger, bitterness, the making up of excuses, and the feeling like it's "too hard on me/more than I can bear."
    Husbands, friends, do not vocalize the word depression to the grieving women. It will only feed the inner turmoil and aid the inner guilt feelings. Sometimes just hearing others say that they think you are, makes you think you are too.
    Now true, there are varying levels of discouragement. The more a women hears people saying their "well meaning comments", the more she spirals into a deeper level of it.
    Women whom have already had previous miscarriages, are far more likely to spiral faster. Especially if the events are relatively close together. 
    The longer the husband stays silent about the subject and/or distant, the quicker she spirals. That may not be "fair". But it's the way it is.

    What things then would I suggest for you TO do? 
    I mentioned sending cards. More than one. Weekly for a month would be good. Maybe even longer. Things like "I'm so lucky to have you as a friend". Or, "Thinking of you today and sending you a smile." Etc..
    I mentioned taking a meal. Not your "thing"? It's not theirs either right now. This is one of the times when a pan of pre-made frozen lasagna is actually more than "o-kay". As is pre-made frozen Mac. + Cheese. Your actions are what's most important here!
    Make sure we eat. On a daily basis. Multiple times a day. And not just "junk food". (No, this is not the same as taking us a meal.) A miscarriage can zap our physical strength as well as our emotional strength. Our emotional condition worsens if our physical condition does not start to rebound quickly. Therefore, make sure we are actually eating. Seems basic? Trust me, it's an easy thing for women to avoid doing while experiencing emotional duress. 
    I mentioned loaning movies and sending chocolate. Or take us out for a movie and chocolate dessert afterwords. However, avoid sitting to home watching TV shows, where in the end it looks like everybody lives "perfect lives" and all problems always get settled with acceptable explanations. Those only makes our life even harder to accept right now.
    While we do need to cry and "let it all out", there comes a point when the crying stops helping and instead starts hurting. It then helps the despair to grow. How do you get us to stop? Do NOT tell us to, "knock it off with the caterwauling women!" Remember, there is a good chance we might end up facing a women judge, who herself has been through a miscarriage. o;-p.
    Instead, show us your hope and let us live on that for awhile. See, all of ours seems to have vanished. Hope that after a bit, we will start feeling better. Physically. And emotionally. Hope that together we will pull through this, like we have other challenges before this. Hope that just maybe, 'the sun will come out tomorrow'.  Right now, it is like we are trying to look at life through dark shadowy glass. We KNOW that "God has his reasons", what we don't know, is how we're going to hold on till we feel that trust blossoming again.
    Get us up and moving. The longer we sit, the worse we get. If the doctor has ordered that we not be up and about for awhile, then get others moving around us. Where we can see them. And interact with them.
    If we can be up and moving, encourage us to do so. In kind, gentle, loving ways. We already KNOW, thank-you very much, that the dishes need done, and the clothes need washed, etc.. What we're unsure of is, do you still want to spend time with us? As a friend? As a husband? As a still loved family member? Take us out for ice cream. Or for a short relaxing walk (a power walk will only remind us that we have "baby fat" to lose. Whether we really do or not). Or for a drive looking at cute houses. Or what ever type of thing really hits your women's "fancy".
   Sit down with us and help us make up a "list". A "fun" or "pleasure" list. Include even the simplest of things. Then encourage us and help us to do at least two of the items off of the list, every  single  day.

                                               Daisies (hope)
                                      (found this picture on line HERE)

    My true desire is, that reading this has helped you in some way. May what I myself experienced and what I have helped others through, be found beneficial to you and others.
    If you are one of the women whom has recently (or currently) experienced a miscarriage, perhaps this gave you insight into yourself.
    Or, perhaps it is a resource you can refer others to, to help them understand you and what your going through better.
    If you are her spouse, hopefully this gave you insight into how all of this is affecting her, as well as ways you can help this women you love so deeply.  And for the record, you too have our sympathy. HONEST!!! It's just that for awhile, we need you to be our knight in shining armor like never before. In the end, we'll grow even closer to you because of it! ;->
    For the rest of you - If a friend or relative of yours goes through this, my prayer is that all of this will come to mind and that you will find the information contained herein helpful, as you help her cope. And hope.

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I 'plan' on linking this posting up to:
 ~ "Saturday Sampling('s)", are hosted by Barb, at 'Half Past Kissin Time ... time to kiss again!' (http://www.halfpastkissintime.com).
 ~ "Not "Baaad" Sundays", are hosted by Danni and Derek (aka: "Sexy Nerd"), at 'Lamb Around' (http://lambaround.blogspot.com/).
~ "Soli Deo Gloria" (Latin = "For the Glory of God Alone"), is hosted by Jen, at 'Finding Heaven One Step At A Time' (http://findingheaventoday.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)'
  ~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven'  (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
~ "Making A Home", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/).
~ "Unwasted Homemaking Party('s)", are hosted by Marcie, at 'Don't Waste Your Homemaking' (http://www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com/).
 ~ "Gold Star Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kristen, at 'From My Tiny Kitchen' (http://frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Inspired By YOU Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Ashley, at 'Eisy Morgan' (http://eisymorgan.blogspot.com/).
   ~ "walk with Him Wednesdays", are hosted by Ann, at 'A Holy Experience' (http://www.aholyexperience.com/).
~  "Coffee Talk Friday('s)", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com).
  ~ "Inspiration Friday('s)", are hosted by Vanessa and Heather, 'At The Picket Fence' (http://www.atthepicketfence.com/).

Friday, July 29, 2011

A "Grandma Tale" :->

    In THIS posting, I had mentioned that Brian and I helped our son Byron with a 'project' while we were there. In involved rearranging one end of their living room. Moving bookcases. And fish tanks. And all of Analyse's toys. Etc.
     When I got up Sunday morning, Grandpa was already up, as was the bright eyed, full of energy, two year old Analyse. It didn't take long for Grandpa to take me up on my suggestion for him to go back to bed. We had no clue how many times Elliot had woke his parents up during the night, but they were currently all sleeping. I hoped to allow them to continue to do so. My challenge became to keep diverting Ms. Analyse from wanting them to get up, and from wanting to see the "BABY!". 
      I decided to get started on the project for Byron. I figured she'd need to see what all I was doing. I knew that with her assistance, I was taking a big chance on not getting very far very fast. But if I did make a little progress AND was able to keep her occupied, it was a win!
     You know how those type of rearranging projects always go. You have to move the stuff from point A, temporarily to point C, until you move the stuff from point B to point A, so that you can then put the stuff from point A into point B. And there was a lot of 'stuff'!!
     In the beginning, point A contained both of the bookcases. One of which held one of the fish tanks. Both of which had large plastic bins in front of them, overflowing with toys and stuffed animals. So I started with both of them. Humm... where to put the overflowing stuffed animals? I wanted them out of the way enough that they could be navigated around. A place where they might end up staying the entire day, depending on what all happened once everybody was up.
     I chose one of their full size couches. The first couple I just tossed on there. But then I got curious, just how many stuffed animals did this girl have anyways? Mercy! So I started lining them up the length of the couch. Squeezed tightly together. And then smaller ones sitting in front of larger ones. And some balanced on the back of the couch. And along the arm rests. And... "My goodness, how can she already have so many of them?!?"  I learned that they weren't actually all hers. Many of them had been her aunts and her mom's when they were young. They'd never finished moving them out of the apartment. Awww.
     Shortly after I had started, I had uncovered the dolly that we had gifted to Analyse at Christmas time. (You can see it sticking out of her stocking HERE.) Analyse had snatched it up ever so excitedly, played with it a couple of minutes, and then taken it off to show it to her imaginary friend in the mirror. She's so cute to watch - playing in front of the full length mirror on the outside of their bathroom door!
     By the time she returned to where I was working, I had every single stuffed animal dug out of both bins lined up down that couch. you should have seen her eyes pop! And the excited exclamations she made. And then starting at one end, she worked her way down the couch touching and saying "Hi!" to EACH AND EVERY stuffed animal. Some got just a "hi". Other got a 'very excited to see you' type of "Hi!". It was cute. And comical. And endearing. And took up quite a bit of time. This grandma got a whole lot more done while all of those greetings were going on. ;->  "I love it when a plan comes together". (chuckle, chuckle)
     My minds question of "I wonder what she'll do once she's finished her way down the couch" was answered by her walking back to where she had started. All of those ones which had received the warmer "Hi!'s", were individually pulled out and played with before she would return them somewhat to their spot and move on to the next one. Adorable! And time consuming. And from her perspective - fun!! :-)
     By the time everybody else got up, I had all of the regular toys together in one of the bins, almost all of one of the bookcases emptied (the 'stuff' organized in stacks in their dining room), and thus had made great headway in to the 'project'. Plus, I had kept Analyse occupied and happy for a few hours. "Wins" all the way around ;-)

     No, I was not able to take pictures of her and her stuffed animal friends. Sorry. But I can close my eyes and see the cuteness of all of it. Smile producing memories!!!

                                 (I found this picture on line HERE)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

More timing humor ;-p

    Down a ways in yesterdays posting I wrote, " I love witnessing God's amazing sense of timing and displays of irony and humor in our lives. It happened again this morning."
     Well, He did the timing and humor part again last night too.
     Brian and I were watching an episode of one of our recorded shows. We had already turned the volume up a couple of times. Then suddenly the storms thunder was so-o loud, and so directly overhead, that it sounded like it was trying to break some noise records.
     I pushed the pause button and waited. Brian looked over at me and said, "Yeah, even I  missed that part" chuckle, chuckle.
     I waited a bit, the thunder seemed to have subsided, I stated "take 2" and pushed the play button. IMMEDIATELY the thunder started again. Just as loud as it had been!
     I literally laughed right out loud! "God, your timing is delightful!"
    We waited a minute. Then another. Then turned the volume bar up to in the 40's and continued on, ever so confident that our neighbors still would not be able to hear our TV over the raging storm, even though our windows were all open.
                                       (I found this picture on line HERE)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raising kids

      As I was signing on to the computer this morning, one of Yahoo's(R) leading news stories, was titled 'The no-kids allowed movement is spreading'. I was curious. A conversation from a couple of years ago came to mind. A friend in her thirties had gotten married, and was telling about their honeymoon. They had chosen a 'kid-free' resort to go to. Was this news feature about those type of places? I went to the article to find out.
     The article (written by Piper Weiss) started out with, "What's the matter with kids today? Doesn't anybody want them around?"

                                (I found this picture on line HERE)

     Mentally I answered, 'the problem with kids today, is that most parents aren't interested in earning their "mean parent awards" '.  And of course, as my brain does, examples came to mind.
     The time a couple of months ago, when we were trying to leave a local restaurant, but we had stopped due to a mom up ahead having troubles trying to get the promised candy out of the candy machine. We saw no problem in waiting. But the group behind us did. To the point that they started pressuring our backs. And then two, about twelve year old girls, started trying to squeeze around and out in front of us, and my vertigo was NOT doing good, and they were coming at me from all angles.... but then their mother pushed her way to the front defending them  (they had said "excuse me" - twice even!) and telling us we couldn't speak to her children ...  Yes, I WAS wearing my neck brace when all of this went down.
     The time several months back, when Brain and I had stopped for dinner (and to give my vertigo a break from traveling) at a branch of a chain of restaurants we like. There was a dad at a table, with his son, who at least size wise, appeared to be around 5 or 6 years old. But for the amount of noise coming from that table, you expected to see a large size family sitting there, not a single child! And the things that child was getting away with saying to his dad. Oh. My. Word.
     An elderly couple and their obviously special needs adult son, sat at a table between us and the dad with his young son. Numerous times, the young son would say something which made Brian and I cringe, and then the adult son of the other couple would declare, "That's not right. That's just not right!" While shaking his head and wearing a most distraught expression on his face. His poor parents would try to soothe him, and he'd settle down some, shooting questioning looks at the other table, until the young son would do something bad again and the scenario would repeat itself.
     After a bit, the young son and his dad left, amidst much howling, and dragging, and quite the scene. And we were saddened by the mess the two had left behind. Goodness. The wait staff even had to move the chairs under the tables behind and in front of them to sweep all of the mess up off of the floor.
     Or the time last week that Amie took me to a mission store, trying to get myself some shorts to fit the size I have expanded to. I "of course" (o;-p) went over to the kids clothing section first. There, we had troubles navigating around two young girls, maybe four and five years old? They were having great fun showing each other items off of racks. Off the kids racks. The nearby women's racks. And then sticking items back in where the next item caught their eye. They wandered off after a bit and we were relieved. Only to have them almost plow me over a minute later, as they rounded a corner on a bike the store had for sale. And on it continued.
    We had left the store with relief. Only to groan inside when after a bit, they too entered the next store - which was several miles away. And one of the daughters was all excited to see us again - she recognized my neck brace. Where were their parents - well... never mind.
    But back to the article.
    It seems resorts are not the only ones whom are either entirely banning young children, or at the least, making designated "no children" hours. The article also listed airlines, grocery stores, movie theaters, and restaurants, etc.. In-fact, there is a web site you can go to, to find participating places at. It's name? LeaveThemBehind.
   The article asks, "When did kids become the equivalent of second-hand smoke? Blame a wave of childless adults with money to spend. ..."
    Personally, I truly believe that that is only part of the answer. ALL adults like to go out to eat, or see a movie, or spend the night away, with out having to hear and quietly put up with somebody else's children's tantrums. If you left your own kids to home, your trying to escape for goodness sake!
     Now, for the record - I am referring to children whom makes scenes, etc. and their parents do little, to nothing, about it. I know all to well, that you start out saying "MY child will NEVER behave like THAT!" only to have your child seem to try their best to do just exactly what you proclaimed they wouldn't. (insert head smack here 8-/). And from what I've gathered, it's a-l-w-a-y-s worked that away. To the frustration (and sometimes horror) of many generations of parents. And it probably always will.
     The big point is (and it's a extraordinarily HUGE point!), what is you (the parents) response when they do? Do you even bother to respond? Do you back up the words which come out of your mouth? Have your children learned from experience that your serious? And that they best be too!?! OR, are those around you at the time made to suffer, due to your lack of back bone?
     But to the parents whom DO take action, we feel sympathy. And comoderody. And we shoot encouraging smiles. And while we might not appreciate their child's antics - we understand, and thus are willing to 'suffer' a bit.
                               (I found this illustration on line HERE)

     As you know, I love witnessing God's amazing sense of timing and displays of irony and humor in our lives. It happened again this morning. About all of this.
    After browsing through my email in-box, I ventured over to Facebook(R).  As I was scrolling down the page listing things friends had posted, I came across one my friend (our previous neighbor) Sara DeWaard Fazio had written/started. She had written something, which others had added to.
     The irony part came in, with how what she had written had to do with things she planned on doing for their two (currently) young daughters, which would most definitely end up earning her "mean mom" awards! And while I have not got to witness her interactions with her kids (they moved out before they had them), I have read enough of the other things she has posted over time to know she's headed the right direction.
     The humor of God's timing played in, with how I found the news article and Sara's posting, the exact same morning.

   Sara had written - "Dear daughters, I make this solemn oath to you: I will never borrow your clothes, your boyfriends, or your belly button rings. We will not get matching tattoos for your 16th birthday (or 21st for that matter). Any underwear I buy you will come in 3 packs. You will beg me to drop you off a block from school and your lunches will have embarrassing notes from me on the napkins. So help me God. Love, Mom."

    Sara's friend Jennifer V. B. wrote - "Love it. I'll add to it.. I'll never buy you or your friends beer and I'll never keep any of your secrets from your daddy."

    Sara had replied, "Oh, good ones! And I will never allow you and your friends to booze it up at our house, even if everyone promises to give me their keys."

    In part of Sara's friend Carrie P.'s comment, she had written, "As the mother of a son, I'll add this promise: I will never try to pick up any of your friends."

    My comment had contained this suggested add on: "I promise to always give you curfews. And to enforce them. And should you choose to break them, they will in turn be moved a half hour earlier."

    Sara's friend Aras M. had commented, "Love this!! To bad this is a rare post. Wish there were more mom's that think this way."

    Carrie P. had added another comment, "I won't let you have 'sleepovers' with your boyfriend/girlfriend in high school (or God forbid, sooner.)."

    I did ask for and was granted Sara's permission to use this material.

    Children use to be considered a blessing. Challenging blessings, to be sure. But blessings never the less. And they were much smiled upon members of communities.

    The article had ended with this question, "Are parents in danger of becoming second-class citizens?"

     If more of them don't start finding and using their back bones, like Sara and her friends have, it's not only going to be the childless couples pushing it that away. It will end up that no-body wants to be by other peoples kids. Period. Take pride in enforcing 'the rules' to your kids. Of teaching them manners. And respect for others. And others properties. Earn those "mean parent" awards!!   
                                        (found the award on line HERE)

   The world is begging you!

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NEXT week, I 'plan' on linking this posting up to: 
  ~ "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)'
  ~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven'  (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/).
~ "Making A Home", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/).

Monday, July 25, 2011

He takes it literally -

   My dad sent me a link to a You Tube(R) video, which contains footage of this guy doing bike tricks all over in Germany. My dad's response was "THIS GUY HAS TO BE NUTS" written in large size script.
    I watched it and then replied, "I LOVED it!!!! He takes "The world is your playground" literally!  :-D"

    Here is the link so that you too can watch it and then decide for yourself.  o;->


Sunday, July 24, 2011

This 'Mother hen' ...

     I have been struggling with feeling like a mother hen who just wants to gather all of her chicks close. I am well aware that all four of our sons, as well as our "part time kids", are now in their twenties and thus have every right to go off and live their own lives. And I am okay with that. In-fact, I honestly want them to. I just wish that their "going off" didn't include distance. Or at the least, could the distance be limited to with in a half hours drive?
     I'm sure I've mentioned before, how "our" Amanda went off to college and then ended up living in that general area. An area which is a good three hour drive from here. You drive south east from here to get there.
     Lance joined the Air Force. Currently he is stationed in Virginia, with his wife and their two sons. That is a considerable easterly drive from here.
     Byron too went off to college and ended up staying in that general vicinity, due to meeting and marrying Cyndi there. They have now blessed us with two grandchildren. But the four of them are a good three and a half hour drive south west of here.
     "Our" Kate stopped by last evening for a big hug. She heads off to medical college tomorrow. A trip that will end with her living three hours east of here. 
     As you know, Brent and Kayla are engaged. Brent has been offered and is considering a job which is located north of here. Several hours worth of traveling north. Will he take it? He hasn't decide yet.
     But if he does, that means we will have kids located east, south, west and north of us. And with all of them having their own lives, they thus have varying schedules. So trying to pull everybody together for an event is tricky at best. But I L-O-V-E(!!) it when we're all together! My heart thrills at the animated conversations and the resulting bouts of laughter. And the smiles. And the hugs. Oh do I ever love the hugs!!! 
     So like I mentioned, I am struggling with feeling like a mother hen who just wants to draw all of her chicks close.
                      {I found the picture on line HERE}

     As Kate pointed out, we are blessed. We have the privilege of being able to hear one another's voices via telephones. And if we're on different schedules, we can always pour out our lives, it's challenges, it's blessings, pictures of it, etc., via emails.
     I AM thankful for that. But I am me. And thus, I still struggle with it.
     And then this morning, I at random chose one of the episodes of 'The Waltons' currently waiting my viewing, which our DVR has recorded. I enjoyed the episode. It was titled 'First Day' and is about John-Boy's first day at college. But then at the end of the episode, as John-boy was writing and the narrator was  telling us what he was writing, the Lord yet again showed me that He can and does work through anything.

      "Family ties may lengthen to accommodate distance, but they are never broken."

     how soothing!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

depends where your headed -

     A couple of different times recently, we have visited the closest local branch of the Bob Evans chain of restaurants. They are currently running some special chicken sandwich and hamburger specials, as well as fried green tomatoes. AND, their restaurant is air conditioned. Triple win right there! o;-p
    [I was in no way compensated for the above, just voicing our opinion / recommendation.]
    While we were there the first time, we noticed something about these two signs they have in front of parking spaces by one of their doors.
     When we went back the second time, we took the 'kids' with us, and were showing them the signs. We decided that you too might get a chuckle out of them, so we took pictures.
     O-kay, o-kay.... I decided that I should blog about them... and after having some good laughs about all of it at my expense, others used their phones to take pictures for me. Is that better? Geesh... o;-p

     Sign #1

     Sign  #2
     According to Brian, you park in front of sign #1 if your picking up a carry out order to take back home with you. But if instead of taking the order home, your taking it elsewhere (such as a friends house or your church's potluck) then your suppose to park in front of sign #2. ;-p
     In actuality, one sign is much older looking than the other, so we're sure that the wording was just changed along the way. But Brian says his reasoning sounds better.

Friday, July 22, 2011

We met Elliot! :->

    Last Friday evening we headed out of town with warm smiles on our faces. Warm, due to the weather temperatures. But warmer still due to our destination. We were headed to our out-of-state kids home - Byron, Cyndi, Analyse and Elliot.
     Due to the hour of our arrival, two year old Analyse was already down for the night. But five day old Elliot wasn't. :-D  He is ADORABLE!!! Yes, I am yet gain a biased grandma. But honest folks, he really is - ADORABLE!!! So-o-o precious. And cute. And just adorable!
     He currently has reddish hair. So did all of our sons early on. And then they all changed. First to blondes. Later to brunettes. My bothers had been red heads too. We'll see if it changes or stays on Elliot.
     He has very long fingers like his daddy. Such tiny cute long fingers.
     Overall, he is a very content baby. He did have fussy spells every evening. But that is an A-Typical very young baby thing, and his didn't even last over two hours. But for the rest of the day, he mainly only cries when he's wet or hungry.
      And that boy has a hearty appetite! Won't be long at all till he's going through two of those two ounce bottles they were given!
      He's also a good burper!  He'll be plowing his way through a bottle, then suddenly pretty much stop. Your signal it's time to burp him. The majority of the time, that is accomplished amazingly quickly. then he's ready for the rest!
      He is a very strong little dude! Oh my goodness! He was fussin, I was attempting to introduce him to a pacifier. he was swatting my arms away with such vigor.... till I put a couple of drops of the formula on the tip of the pacifier... he took it, and kept it. Most of the time though he looses it after a couple of minutes. That's due to how he's working the thing, not just sucking on it.
     His strength also showed up in how he rolled himself over - off of the table - dizzy or not, this grandma still has fast reflexes! Whew!!! Later, he attempted to roll himself off the couch. Actually, he did. Thankfully, we caught him in mid air. And Cyndi reported that he did the same thing on the examining table, during the doctors checkup.
    Currently, he has blue eyes. We'll see if they change or not.
    Our 'plan' was to take LOTS of pictures and do a bunch of postings, as well as print some of them off for both sets of great grand parents. However, our camera came up MIA shortly in to our weekend...  we're "hoping" that Ms. Analyse had gotten a-hold of it and it will show up soon...
     For now, I can share the couple of pictures that Brian took with his phone. Your right, they aren't the best.... I tried photo editing them on the computer.... I can close my eyes and see him... them... sorry you don't have that option as well.
      This one was taken on Saturday. Brian took it because he said it was like Dajavue'. He said it was like a time warp thing... with me sitting there holding one of our own sons. (yes, my neck looks weird... wonderful neck brace....8-/)

      This is Ms. Analyse, proudly wearing the T-shirt Uncle Benson had sent for her from the movie Cars(R) (I'll have to tell you sometime about how he got it ;->)

      And this is Elliot, sitting in the little dolly feeding seat that we had picked up at a mission store for Analyse. Brain (aka: "Pappy") and I were finishing up a project we had been helping Byron with in their living room. Byron had had to leave for work. Analyse was downstairs with the other grandma. Cyndi was someplace. ... Elliot was awake, and content, and we wanted to finish up, but he had been rolling himself off of things, and I didn't want to lay him on a blanket on the floor and then forget he was there as we're scooting things around .... so I propped the seat up on the couch and put him in - it fit like it had been custom made!! Not for long, I know. But he was so-o-o cute in it!

     If you would like to see a couple of clearer pictures, we invite you to go back to THIS posting.

      Due to the temp's, etc., we delayed our 'planned' departure for a couple of hours. We pulled up in front of our house at 12:20 a.m. Wed. morning/Tues. night. HOPEFULLY, either they will be up to traveling soon and come here and we will get more pictures, or we shall find a way to go back there and get some ....
     In the mean time, we're cherishing memories. Of Elliot. And of Ms. Analyse!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

From Brian -

   This is another edition of 'Whit and Wisdom's' from Brian. But this time - it's posted here before it's up on his face-book page ;->

     Yesterday he was listening to WOOD Radio on his ride home from work. During his update, the weather man stated, "it's 98 degrees with a wind chill factor of 107".

     Here in Michigan, we are very use to hearing about, as well as feeling the effects of, "wind chill factors". In the middle of winter! Things such as, "it's 19 degrees, but due to the wind chill factor, it feels like it's 8 below".
      The meteorologist was putting a tongue in cheek spin on the humidity levels. One Brian enjoyed to the point, that he shared it with us later. ;-D

                [This is a istock photo I found on line HERE]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

truths about friendships

   I found these quotes on two different blogs-

"Sometimes we expect more from others 
because we would be wiling to do that much for them".   
                                     (nostalgicbliss / tumblr)

    I found it HERE.  She had found it HERE.

"If someone wants to be a part of your life,
They'll make an effort to be in it.
So don't bother reserving a space in your heart for someone
who doesn't make an effort to stay."

    I found it HERE.

    Personally, I think that sometimes the challenges we perceive in friendships, which make us feel the second quote, are based on the first quote.

                                   [ I found the picture on line HERE ]

Sunday, July 17, 2011

200 MORE (NEW) 'Theme Day' Options Now Added into list ;->

    Last month, we did a round-up posting of,  " 'Theme Days' / 'meme's' / 'carnivals' / 'Link-up parties' " which various blogs host. You can find that one HERE.  Like we shared then, doing them was something which we had started back on our old blog. The first one had contained 55. Last months one, was up past 450. This one has 200 more than last times did!
      About those numbers. The grand total depends on how you count them. If you go down the list, only counting every time there is a "~" before a theme day name, then you come up with one total. HOWEVER, that's not really an accurate total. Why not? Because a whole lot of them are co-hosted in such a way, that the list is posted on each co-hosts blog. So if you count them up according to every blog site that a link-up party is hook-up-able to on, you end up coming up with a much higher total. Your welcome to take the time and count them up, which ever way you prefer. But no matter which way you do it, your total number is a high one! ;->
(For the record, it was 200 more "~'s" we added. ;-> )
    After the lasting posting, one commenter had said this as part of their comment - "I'd  been wondering if there was a list of linkies, something like the yellow pages of blogland, and then POW! there you were!!" :->!  I (Cheryl)  so-o enjoy my "detective work" {as another commenter had termed it} in tracking down these themes. And I'm glad that so many of you have found it helpful. 
   TODAY we will be posting list number nine (#9). P-L-E-A-S-E - read through the list and see all of the options available,  We'd be surprised if you didn't find at least one topic that catches your eye / meshes with your interests ;-}

IF you are/were the host of one of the listed "theme days", and you are no longer hosting yours, (aka: you've stopped it in the last two months) PLEASE let us know so we can remove you from this list.
~ ~ IF you host your own "theme day", and I have not yet stumbled across it and thus added it, or, if in your own travels you stumble across one I haven't yet added - PLEASElet me know about it so I can ;-D  {how to word this ... I have stumbled across a couple of themes that we have chosen NOT to list - shall we say for personal reasons / preferences. Yea, we'll leave it at that.}  For the record, no, we won't be incorporating new ones into this specific posting. They will be added to the next one (which we 'plan' on doing in the not to distant future, seeings how I have LOTS more leads, which I have not yet followed up on ;->)
~ ~ ~ Several of you had asked - No, we do not list one time blogging events / special days / whatever-you-call-them's in our "Theme Day('s)" lists. We have chosen to only list on-going *blog "theme day('s)". We also do not list individual "Swaps" or "Give-a-ways".  HOWEVER - there were several "theme day's" which do host a way for you to promote those. No, we're not going to list them here. If we did, you might not stumble across something else you'd enjoy participating in while your searching for them  o;-p!!  (*We also do not include hops which were only for Face-book, Twitter, etc..)

~ ~ ~ ~ IF we were able to find your email address somewhere on your blog, then you were notified about this posting. If we couldn't, then you weren't. We'll add your email address to our list and notify you the next time we do one of these listing postings, if you'd like (in other words, send us your email address), or you could just subscribe so your automatically notified. o;-p

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ And lastly, YES - you may post that you were included in this list and link your readers back to it ;-}  In-fact, we hope that you do. We'd even like to encourage you to take our button along with you, it's located on our sidebar. (Please do NOT copy and paste this listing to your own blog. Thank-you)
    [Our Button's link-up has been changed
 - last month's linked you to our blog. It has been changed so that it now links you up to that 'label']
This is just a picture of it, you will find it located it down on our side bar.     

* * * Helpful tip on how to hook a particular posting of yours up to one of the 'Linkies':
   Right click on the time at the bottom of the particular posting {of yours} that you want to link to, click "copy shortcut" and then paste it into the "Linky" box on the hosts site.  
   This way, you are hooking up just that participating posting, not your whole blog site.  If people wish to visit your whole blog site, they will.
    In the box of the linky that says "name" - put the name of the posting your linking up, not your personal name.
    If it is the type of linky that includes pictures, after you link up your posting and enter it's name, click on "next" (or whatever word it uses) - then choose to select a picture from your blog. Once pictures show up, select the one (or one of the ones) that you had included in that particular posting.  Sometimes it will then change screens and allow you to sort of zoom in on one part of the picture. Other times it automatically posts that picture with your connection. Just depends on which Linky the host is using.

   [HEADS UP - Some hosts now require that you be a follower of their blog in order to participate. We didn't list on here if they did, just make sure you check before linking up]

--> All Year Long Themes:
  ~ "Star Recipes", held at 'The Saturday Evening Pot' (http://www.thesaturdayeveningpot.com). "invite anyone with a blog to add their most popular recipe so far (if you know... if not, you can add a most popular recipe from any time period) to this collection.  Just find the category that best fits your recipe, and if you do not see a good fit, please email  us." "this one (party) is reserved especially for the "Star Recipes" as determined by your readers!" Click HERE to go directly to this part of their blog.
  ~ "Refinished Furniture Party", hosted by Jen, at 'The Thrifty Home' (http://www.thethriftyhome.com/). "This is a permanent party where you can post any and all of your refinished furniture projects or come and find ideas."  Click HERE to go directly to this part of her blog. 
 ~ "Motivational and Inspirational", is hosted by Holly, at 'A Life-Size Catholic Blog' (http://alife-sizecatholicblog.blogspot.com/). "this is a place to link kindness stories." "..even the smallest, most simple act of kindness can make a difference in someone's life in a very big way." "this link will remain open for a very long time." Click HERE to go directly to this part of her blog to learn more and/or participate. 

--> Annual Theme Events:
  ~ "Cottage Charm Giveaway", hosted every year, by Kim, at 'Twice Remembered'  (http://twiceremembered.blogspot.com/). "This is a multi-blog, month long event where bloggers give away on their blogs items they feel exhibit "Cottage Charm". 
 ~ "To Have and To Hold, Wedding Blog Party", hosted every June by Stephanie, at 'Angelic Accents' (http://angelicaccents.blogspot.com). "I'm hoping you will join me with a special post of your choosing. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Anything bridal and romantic goes.......your own personal pictures, stories, collections, something you google, whatever. Gowns from the sublime to the "what were they thinking" category, florals, receptions, wedding jewelry, wedding destinations, customs and legends, funny anecdotes, great wedding movies and music....you get the idea."
 ~ "Father's Day Gift Ideas", held the end of May, first part of June. Hosted by Stephanie, at 'Somewhat Simple' (http://www.somewhatsimple.com). "There were quite a few ideas linked to our Father’s Day Link Party last year, let’s keep adding to the list and see what else we can come up with, shall we?"
 ~ "Lazy Crazy Days Of Summer", are hosted by Alicia, at 'Project Alicia' (http://www.projectalicia.com/) and Kristi, at 'live and love... out loud' (http://www.liveandloveoutloud.com/). This year it runs June 3rd - August 26th.  A photo challenge that runs every Friday (during that time period). Each week has a different theme, you can find the list of them HERE.
 ~ "4th of July Extravaganza", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "We would love for you to link up your 4th of July recipes, crafts or home decorations that show us your love for this holiday. If you aren't here in the states, you can link up your Independence day recipes, crafts or home items, and share with us how you celebrate. "
 ~ "Canning Week", is hosted by Jen, at 'From Mess Hall to Bistro' (http://messhalltobistro.blogspot.com), and by Ott. A, at 'A Latte' with Ott A.' (http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com/). "We love capturing the fresh taste of home grown goodness to enjoy through out the year." Will run August 22 - 26 in 2011. 
 ~ "The Great Chili Cookoff", hosted by Miz Helen, at 'Miz Helen's Country Cottage' (http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/). "We are having a .... here at ... and you are invited, and please do invite your friends to come along." The cook-off runs through the month of October. These are the "categoriesMeatless, With Beans, Without Beans, With Meat or Poultry."      
 ~ "October Blogmania", is held Oct. 6th - 10th this year, and is hosted by Brandi, at 'Life With Five Monkeys' (http://www.fivemonkies.com/). 
 ~ "Art Every Day Month", held every November, hosted by Leah, at 'Creative Every Day' (http://creativeeveryday.com). "I started this project ... as a challenge to myself to create some art every day for one month and post it on my blog." "I invited people to join in..." "I encourage people to make something every day, but my goal is to foster creativity, so if you..." Go HERE to learn more about this challenge.
 ~ "Merry Merry Munchies", (held through out the month of December), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).

--> Twice A Year Themes:
~ "Bloggers' Quilt Festival('s)", hosted every Spring and Fall, by Amy, at 'Amy's Creative Side' (http://amyscreativeside.com/). Feature a quilt you've made. 

--> Every Four Months ("Quarterly") Themes:
 ~ "Quarterly Top Five Photos" - "You've taken of your children (or pets)" during this last quarter. The party is hosted by Courtney, at 'Take It Up A Notch' (http://www.clickitupanotch.com/), Amber, at 'Amber's Articles' (http://ambocullum.blogspot.com/), and Sarah, at 'Nap Time Mom Tog' (http://naptimemomtog.com/).

--> Every Third Month Themes:
  ~  "Cook the Books Club", (The Club's site) is co-hosted by Rachel, of 'The Crispy Cook'  (http://wheat-free-meat-free.blogspot.com/), Deb, of 'Kahakal Kitchen'  (http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com), and Jo, of 'Food junkie not Junk Food'  (http://foodjunkie.eu/). "A bi-monthly Foodie book club marrying the pleasures of Reading & Cooking". The books titles are announced in advance.

--> Monthly Themes:
  ~ "Carnival('s) of Genealogy", are hosted by Jasia, at 'Creative Gene - Genealogy and More'  (http://creativegene.blogspot.com/).  Every month the topic for the next month's edition is given. There is also a list of topics down the left sidebar.
  ~ "Turn the Page ... Tuesday('s)", are held the first Tuesday of every month. Hosted by Adrianne, at 'Some of a Kind'  (http://someofakind.blogspot.com/).  "Read any good books lately? Tell us about 'em."
  ~ "Writer's Challenge('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Family Tree May Contain Nuts'  (http://www.familytreesmaycontainnuts.com/). Monthly a topic will be posted challenging you to write about it.
  ~ "Cookie Carnival (Monthly Round-up('s))", are hosted by Tami, at 'Tami's Kitchen Table Talk'  (http://tamiskitchentabletalk.blogspot.com). Every month they experiment with a different cookie recipe. Go to THIS posting to get all of the info. to participate.
  ~ "No Croutons Required", is co-hosted / alternately hosted by Lisa, of 'Lisa's Kitchen'  (http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/) and Jacqueline, of 'Tinned Tomatoes'  (http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com).  "Each month the host will invite bloggers from around the world to submit a vegetarian soup or salad recipe, sometimes with a theme, sometimes not." go to THIS posting to get all of the info. to participate.
  ~ "Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger"
, is hosted by Seamaiden and DH, and held at 'Book of Yum'  (http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/). "Pick a gluten - free* blogger who's recipes you admire and adopt them ... " "*Bloggers recipes must all be gluten - free or have a way to sort and read ONLY gluten - free recipes. Please pick a different blogger every time you participate". Pick one or two of their recipes to try.
 ~ "Potluck Theme Week", held at "I Heart Cooking Clubs" (http://iheartcookingclubs.blogspot.com/ ) "This means that anything goes! Dinner for 10? Cocktails for two? Explore new countries and cuisines? You choose, baby!"
 ~ "Seasonal Cooking", is hosted by Jami, at 'An Oregon Cottage' (http://www.anoregoncottage.com). "My definition of "seasonally" is a bit more broad than just what produce is in season, though." To learn more, go HERE.
 ~ "The Great Cooking Magazine Challenge", hosted by Suzy, at 'Kitchen Bouquet' {Food and Flowers} (http://kitchenbouquet.blogspot.com). "I'm putting out the challenge to flip through those stacks of cooking magazines and clippings or printed out internet recipes and try something new :-) I do this challenge mostly for myself - to justify my many cooking magazine purchases and subscriptions. But I know many of you out there are just as guilty as me!"
 ~ "Tuesday Night Supper Club", hosted by Christy, at 'Fudge Ripple' (http://fudgeripple.blogspot.com).  "the second Tuesday of each month and we be available for 10 days."
 ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'A Glimpse Of Our Life' (http://www.glimpseofourlife.blogspot.com/).  Held the first Tuesday of every month. "Share a link to your favorite recipe from your own blog. If you don't blog, share your recipe in the comments section."
 ~ "Tackling Bittman and His Buddies Recipe Hop('s)", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/), and Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/).  "The first Thursday of every month it is time to suit up and Tackle Mark Bittman or any other cookbook author you love!" "So, this blog hop is a celebration of all things cookbook. If you did a recipe review, a recipe test, an adaptation, a cookbook or article review and you want to share it .." "The ONLY requirement for this hop is the theme or topic be about a cookbook!"
 ~ "Iron chef Challenge", hosted by Ott A, at 'a Latte' with Ott' (http://alattewithotta.blogspot.com). ".. each month we will have a sponsor, themedingredient, guest judge and prize. Simply share a recipe using the themed ingredient, blog about it, and link up." "Posts will be judged based on the recipe shared, as well as the writing style and pictures included in the blog post. Recipes can be your own, or one from another source, but you must fix it yourself and share it on your blog." Go HERE for even more details.
  ~ "The Homesteading Carnival('s)", where Miss Jocelyn is the main host - every month a different host actually hosts the event, but you can find out who currently is at 'The Homesteading Carnival'  (http://homesteadcarnival.blogspot.com/). "Bring(ing) together homesteaders from all over the world, each week, and share things from their homesteads. Not just about gardening and barn-animals, but about life on the homestead in every aspect."
 ~ "Craft Spot Challenge('s)", are hosted by Crystal, at 'Crystal's Craft Spot' (http://crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com). Link up a project that fits in with that month's theme.
 ~ "Challenges At The Hotspot", are hosted by Shawne, at 'The Hotspot' (http://studio313challenge.blogspot.com/). This is a scrapbook styled card making challenge. New challenges begin the first of every month and you can enter as many times as you like.
 ~ "Making it with Meslyn", is a card making challenge, hosted by Carolyn, at 'Making it with Meslyn' (http://makingitwithmeslyn.blogspot.com/). There is a different theme to every months challenge.
 ~ "Inspiration Challenges",are held at 'Get Picky' (http://getpicky.blogspot.com/). "Creative challenges for multi photo layouts."
 ~ "The Etsy Cottage Style",  held the 4th week of every month, beginning on Monday's. Held at 'Etsy Cotage Style'  (http://www.etsycottagestyle.blogspot.com/). "We will be open to all bloggers showcasing creations they are working/worked on or collection of vintage finds that fit into a color category." (Every month it's a different color or theme.)
 ~ "Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays", are hosted by and held at 'Sugar and Spice in the land of Balls and Sticks' (http://sugarnspiceinthelandofballsnsticks.blogspot.com). "Take a pic of something from Before Blogging, write a post, and link up the specific post here." "This party will run for a week, so you have plenty of time to link up if you don't already have a post planned."
 ~ "The Album", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "...add your favorite photo, past or present" "you may link as many photos as you wish in the album." "this is strictly for family, nature, wildlife, adventure, things around the house, etc photo posts."
 ~ "The Month In Photos", is hosted by Rebecca, at 'simple as that' (http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/). "For more information about the month in photos project and to download the free collage templates, go HERE."
 ~ "Self Portrait Challenges", are hosted by Chelsey, at 'Paper Heart Camera' (http://paperheartcamera.blogspot.com/). "Every month we will give you a one word (sometimes two) inspiration/suggested prompt..."
 ~ "Baby Blessings Blog Hop", held every month on the Monday closest to the 14th. Hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com). "Do you have a baby 0-12 months? If so share your baby's milestone's, pictures, etc. and link them up here at Baby Blessings Blog Hop!"
 ~ "Field Trip Blog Hop('s)", are held at 'Life's Adventures' (http://lifesadventures-amb.blogspot.com/). "Can't wait to see where everyone is going and all the wonderful learning opportunities you and your children are having!"
 ~ "Seeking Virtue Sunday Monthly Blog Hop", held the first Sunday of every month. Hosted by TJ, at 'Measuring Flower . com' (http://www.measuringflower.com/). "Write a Christian post about your walk with Christ. Here are a few ideas ..."
 ~ "No Ordinary Blog Hop (NOBH)". Here's the blog party web site. (http://noordinarybloghop.blogspot.com/). This party is hosted by Lynda, of 'My Hearts Desire' (http://lynishiskid.blogspot.com/), Anna-Marie, of 'Life's Adventures' (http://lifesadventures-amb.blogspot.com/), Tracy, of 'A Slice of Smith Life' (http://www.asliceofsmithlife.blogspot.com/), Melissa, of 'The Joys of Home Educating' (http://just-starting-out.blogspot.com/), Christine, of 'Our Home School Reviews' (http://ourhomeschoolreviews.blogspot.com/), and Kara, at 'The Chuppies' (http://thechuppies.blogspot.com/). "We have separated the link ups into specific categories. Read through each category before linking up."   

--> T
wice A Month Themes:
  ~ "Marriage Monday('s)", held the first and third Monday of every month. Hosted by Chrysalis, at 'Chrysalis <3'  (http://www.chrysaliscafe.com/). Different topic (given ahead of time) every month. Go to THIS posting to see all of the info. to participate.
  ~ "Fun Posts", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "A couple times a month we will be throwing fun posts out there that you will be able to link up!" "The idea behind it is to have fun and so that people can view older posts that may have been overlooked and it's great for new readers. We throw a question out there about what kind of posts we want linked up for that day and you link directly to that post!"
 ~ "Ooh La La Creations Challenges", are held at 'OLLCB' (http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.com/). "A new challenge will be posted every other Monday." "... follow the theme and then showcase your project..."  Projects made with card stock.

--> Every Other Week:
 ~ "Crafty Cardmakers", hosted by Vixykins, at 'Crafty Cardmakers' (http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com/). Every other week they issue a new scrap booking style card making challenge.
 ~ "Worship Him!", is hosted by Tamera, at 'God's Perfect Promises' (http://hisperfectpromises.blogspot.com/). "You can link a simple picture of a blessing, post your thoughts, a devotional, a song, anything that acknowledges and gives Him praise is acceptable..."
  ~  "Round Robin Photo Challenges", are hosted by Carly and Karen, athttp://roundrobinphoto.blogspot.com/. A new challenge is presented every other week and a date is then given of when to post your entry.

--> All Week Long:
  ~ "Presto Pasta Night('s)", over all, it's hosted by Ruth, at 'Presto Pasta Nights' (www.prestopastanights.com ), but every week there is a different host for that week. "# 1 - the dish must have some sort of noodle, it doesn't have to be traditional Italian type pasta, it can be hot, cold, salad, soup, main dish ..."  "# 3 - Email your entry to the host and a cc to me with the link to your post no later than Thursday evening so the host can have the roundup ready for Friday."
  ~ "This Weeks Cravings('s)", are hosted by Tina, at 'Mom's Crazy Cooking' (http://www.momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/), Kristen, at 'From My Tiny Kitchen' (http://frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com/), and 'the country cook', at 'Delightful Country Cookin' (http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com/). Every week there is a different theme. Upcoming themes are listed. The Link up is open from Monday to the following Monday at midnight. 
 ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s) - you asked for it, you got it! We're now wordless all week long!!"
  (http://www.wordlesswednesday.com/newhome/). Hosted by K-dubs. You can join them everyday for a wordless day. "there are no rules with WW. Creativity and expression are your guide."
  ~ "Thematic Photographic", is hosted by Carmi, at 'written inc.'  (http://writteninc.blogspot.com/).  "Got an odd picture? ... Every Wed. evening at precisely 7 o'clock Eastern, I post a new ... entry. Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is       ." "Post a similarity themed image over on your blog ..." "For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. ..."
 ~ "The Book Lovers' Blog Hop(')", are held at 'Story Time Under The Stars' (http://www.storytimeunderthestars.com) and at 'Frugality Is Free' (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "... where you can link up your book reviews all week." "... will be renewed every Monday." ".. can link up to two reviews per week."
  ~ "Library Loot", is co-hosted / alternately hosted by Eva, from 'A Striped Armchair'  (http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/), and Marg, from 'Reading Adventures'  (http://readingadventures.blogspot.com). "...encourage bloggers to share the books they've checked out from the library. If you'd like to participate ... anytime during the week."
 ~ "The Book Giveaway Thursday('s)", are held at 'Story Time Under The Stars' (http://www.storytimeunderthestars.com). "You can link up book giveaways all week, but please make sure to add the giveaway end date, as I will cary the linky over from week to week only deleting those giveaways that have ended."
  ~ "Today's Small Thing('s)", is hosted by Rachel Anne, at 'Home Sanctuary'  (http://www.homesanctuary.com/). "I invite you to join our fun group of "Company Girls" as we do daily Small Things together. We have a lot of fun, and we believe that great things can happen with a little bit of effort, a seed of faith, and a generous dose of friendship."
  ~ "Almost Friday Flaunts", are hosted by Joi, at 'Heck Fridays' (http://heckfridays.blogspot.com/). "this link party will start every Thursday morning at 12 am and be open until the next Wednesday night at 11:59 pm." "...any recipe, craft, project, etc. that you want."
  ~ "Kids Can Craft Party", are hosted by Cheryl (not me ;->), at 'Sew Can Do' (http://sewcando.blogspot.com).  "This is an ongoing party dedicated to crafts that kids can actually make.  Fun ideas to keep them creative, end hearing "I'm bored" and get the kiddies into the crafting spirit."  "It must be a project kids can do, with kid-safe materials (so no hot glue guns, toxic paints, etc.".
  ~ "Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday", hosted at 'Graceful' (http://nebraskagraceful.blogspot.com/). "Typically we write about the lesson we read or the sermon we heard in church on Sunday. That said, I am pretty loosey-goosey - you can write about a verse or even a hymn that you've been pondering anytime recently. Also, you can come by anytime during the week to link up - it stays open until Friday."
 ~ "Moonangelnay Thursday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Naomi, at 'Moonangelnay Photography & Handmade' (http://moonangelnay.blogspot.com/). Thursday - Thursday. "This is exclusively for blogs."
 ~ "Follow Me Friday('s)", are hosted by Amber, at 'The Mom Road' (http://www.momroad.com/). A Blog Hop open from Friday 12 a.m. - Thursday 11:59 p.m..
 ~ "Week Long Blog Hop Till You Drop Party", hosted by Char, at 'The Epic Adventures of a Modern Mom' (http://1epicmom.com/). "follow each other and have a "fun"tastic time!"
  ~ "Munchin Monday Giveaways", are hosted by Jessica, at 'And Then there Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/). "This link-up is ONLY for Munchkin, or child, -friendly giveaways!" "**OPEN ALL WEEK!! So come back all week and  check out all the awesome giveaways from your fellow bloggers or add  your new giveaways to the list! :)"
  ~ "Giveaways 24/7". The link page is hosted by hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com). "Promote or find giveaways right here 24/7."
 ~ "Weekly Giveaway Linkup('s)", are hosted by Bridget, at 'Guide To Smart Shopping' (http://guidetosmartshopping.com/). "Hosting a free giveaway? Link up with us!" The link up is open for a week.

--> Sunday('s) :    
 ~ Sunday Song", is hosted by Natasha, at '5 minutes just for me' (http://5minutesjustforme.blogspot.com). If you would like to link up a song or any other music you have blogged about recently..."
 ~ "Sunday Sessions", are hosted by Thea, at 'Do I really Wanna Blog?' (http://doireallywannablog.blogspot.com/). "On Sunday's I pop two favorite songs onto my blog. An oldie but a goodie. And a newbie, fresh from the charts, or fresh from the last five years. But I often break these rules, you can too of course!"

 ~ "Sunday Stealing!", is hosted by Judd, at http://sundaystealing.blogspot.com/.  "Every Sunday we steal a meme. But we do have rules. We will be very honest about our theft: ... Join in the fun and rip it off of us every Sunday."
  ~ "Sundays In My City", are held at 'Unknown Mami'  (http://www.unknownmami.com/). "I showed you mine, now show me yours." "Let's travel the world together!"
 ~ "Weekend Walkabout('s)", are hosted by KB and Whitesnake, at 'KB's Room - Do Not Disturb' ("I'm disturbed enough already") (http://krazyblonde-kb.blogspot.com/). "A place to share and explore the different corners of the world."    

  ~ "Scenic Sunday('s)"
, are hosted by Janet and 'The Holley's', at 'Scenic Sunday('s)'  (http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/). "Scenic Sunday is a photo meme of the scenery. It can be landscapes, buildings, flowers, or anything you feel it's a scenery photo."
 ~ "Sunset Sunday('s)", are hosted by Scott, at 'Just Used Pixels' (http://www.scottlawphotography.com/). "Do you have a beautiful sunset / sunrise to share? We'd love to see it!"
  ~ "Shadow Shot Sunday('s)", are hosted by Harriet, at 'Hey Harriet'  (http://heyharriet.blogspot.com/),  where participants feature pictures they have taken which contain shadows.
  ~ "Sunday Stills", are hosted by Ed and Linda, at 'Sunday Stills'  (http://sundaystills.wordpress.com), where every week a challenge is given for the following week which encourages participants to get their cameras out and shoot towards it. "A place to hone your photography skills."
 ~ "Your Sunday Best"
, is hosted by Nancy, at 'A Rural Journal'(http://www.aruraljournal.com/). "Pick your favorite photographic post from last week." "One post per person, per week, please."
 ~ "Sweet Little Photo Swap('s)", are hosted by Sara, at 'Sweet Little Gals' (http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/). "...write a SPECIFIC post.. featuring your favorite photos from that week.. You can use between 5 to 10 photos. Provide an explanation of why you like the photos..."
 ~ "Color Carnival('s)", are hosted by Martha, at 'Maria's Space' (http://reesspace.blogspot.com). " just post a very colorful photo on your blog (one you have taken yourself of course!), come back here ... "
 ~ "Scavenger Hunt Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ashley, at 'Ramblings and Photos' (http://www.ashleysisk.com). Each week a new challenge is given. "You;re encouraged to take five new photo this week for the challenge. "what are your interpretations of the items this week?"  (upcoming themes are listed at the bottom of the page)
 ~ "the simple things", are hosted by Rebecca, at 'simple as that' (http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/). "All you need to do is take a photo of a simple thing or a simple moment that made you smile during the week and come back here each Sunday to share it with us!"
~ "Straight Out Of the Camera Sunday('s) (SOOC)", are hosted by Jan, at 'Murrieta 365' (http://www.murrieta365.com/). "On any Sunday, you can post any picture you like (It must be one of your own) that hasn't been tweaked or altered in any way (cropping is okay). ... "
 ~ "S.O.S. (Sunday's OH SNAP!!)", is hosted by Lisa, at 'Mommying On The Fly' (http://mommyingonthefly.blogspot.com). "Every Sunday post a new photo..." Every week has a different theme. Go HERE to see the theme list for the year.
 ~ "Show and Tell Photo Challenge('s)", are hosted by Chelsey, at 'Paper Heart Camera' (http://paperheartcamera.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Scripture and a Snapshot", hosted by Katie, at 'Katie Lloyd photography (the blog)' (http://www.katielloydphotography.blogspot.com). "My hope is that each week you will search your Bible and select a verse that has meaning to you." "I hope you will choose a photo that goes with your chosen scripture, and not just throw these two elements together. ..."
  ~ "Spiritual Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ginger and Charlotte, at 'Spiritual Sunday's'  (http://bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/ ),  where participant's post "a favorite scripture, poem, or even a prayer." 
 ~ "Sunday Snippets - A Catholic Carnival", hosted by RAnn, at 'This That and the Other Thing' (http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/). "We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. To participate ..."
 ~ "Saints and Scripture", hosted by Dianne, at 'The Kennedy Adventures' (http://thekennedyadventures.com/). "..link up today, to share more of your faith stories."
  ~ "Unconscious Mutterings", are hosted every Sunday at, 'Luna Nina'  (http://subliminal.lunanina.com/).  "Each week I'll post ten words to which you can respond with the first thing that comes to your mind."
  ~ "Sunday Seven('s)", are hosted by Patrick, at 'Patrick's Place'  (http://www.patrickkphillips.com/).  " ... consisting of a single question for which there can be up to seven answers."
 ~ "Thinspiration Sunday's", are hosted by Kimberly, at 'A Spicy Boy, A Cat, and My Fat Ass' (http://www.aspicyboycatandmyfatass.com/). "Create your own weight loss post to help inspire you to keep on track. It can be photos, poetry, recipes, or a diet tip. Make sure to have fun, and good luck!"
  ~ "Today's Flowers" is hosted by Luiz Santilli Jr., at 'Today's Flowers'  (http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature pictures, etc. of Flowers. ("It's so hard to find someone who doesn't like flowers".)
  ~ "Weekend Herb Blogging". The main site is 'Cook (Almost) Anything At Least Once'  (http://cookalmostanything.blogspot.com/) where they have a list of whom is hosting when.  "Entries must be written specifically for (us) ... This means they cannot be cross-posted in other events." "(they) should have the goal of helping people learn about cooking with herbs or plant ingredients."
 ~ "Seasonal Sunday('s)", are hosted by Brittany, at 'Real Sustenance' (http://realsustenance.com/). "recipes must contain one Seasonal Ingredient ..."  "... wonderful food is always worth sharing!"
  ~ "Sweet Melissa Sunday('s) Baking Group", are hosted by "Mermaid Sweets", at 'Mermaid Sweets'  (http://mermaidsweets.blogspot.com/), where participants are using the 'Sweet Melissa Baking Book', but they are "in no way affiliated with Melissa Murphy or her bakery Sweet Melissa Patisserie. They are just fans of the cookbook and bakery". {go tohttp://sweetmelissasundays.wordpress.com/bakers/  to see whom all is participating in this.
 ~ "A Themed Bakers Sunday('s)", are hosted by Alyssa, at 'Cupcake Apothecary' (http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/). Every week has a different theme.
  ~ "Souper Sundays", are hosted by Deb, at 'Kahakai Kitchen'
(http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/). "Make a soup or "soupish" dish each week" "You can make and post your soup anytime during the week as long as you sent me details ..."
  ~ "Yummy Sunday('s)", are hosted by Bogie, at 'Perfectly Blended'  (http://atasteofmylife.com/).  "How's your Sunday? Do you have a yummy Sunday post too?"
 ~ "Recipe Swap Sundays", hosted by Cassity, at 'Remodelaholic' (http://www.remodelaholic.com). "Recipe Links Only Please"
 ~ "Cookbook Sunday('s)", are hosted by Melynda , at 'Mom's Sunday Cafe' (http://momssundaycafe.blogspot.com). "You do not have to make a complicated or difficult recipe. You do not have to follow a chosen ingredient, cooking style or author."
 ~ "Potluck Sunday('s)", are hosted by Tina, at 'Mommy's Kitchen' (http://www.mommyskitchen.net/). "Now it's your turn, do you have a recipe you would like to bring to our potluck?"
 ~ "Savory Sunday('s)", hosted by Amanda, at 'The Sweet Details' (http://thesweetdetail.blogspot.com/). What savory things have you cooked up to share?
  ~ "Sweet Indulgences", held on Sundays, hosted by Kim, at 'A Well - Seasoned Life' (http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/). "Share your most recent dessert. Link up as many desserts as you would like. More is always better when it comes to desserts! "
 ~ "So Sweet Sunday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Little Rays of Sunshine' (http://morrowsunshine.blogspot.com/). "Baby crafts, tasty treats, and everything sweet!"
  ~ "Sunday Scrappin" {this meme is not limited to scrapbookers - - but - "Sunday Scrappin" sounded better than "Sunday whatever paper craft you're making"! ;)}, is hosted by Christine {of 'Bailey's Granny's 365'} and Amy {of 'Tiny Blessings'}, at 'Sunday Scrappin' (http://sundayscrappin.blogspot.com/). Every week a challenge is given for the next week
 ~ "Sunday Sketch and Stamps", held at 'Sunday Sketch & Stamp' (http://sundaysketchandstamp.blogspot.com/). "Every Sunday we'll post a new sketch, and you can make whatever you like following it, such as a card, LO, ATC, - as long as you use stamping."
  ~ "Just Something I Whipped up", hosted by Jessica, at 'The Girl Creative' (http://www.thegirlcreative.com/).
 ~ "Think Pink Sundays", are hosted by Bev, at 'Flamingo Toes' (http://www.flamingotoes.com/). "Link up NEW tutorials, refashions, recipes, printable's, DIY, etc. Basically – anything we can make!!"
 ~ "Sew Darn Crafty", hosted by Karen, at 'Sew Many Ways' (http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/). "Show off your projects, share a tutorial, show us your vacation pictures, share a family favorite recipe...share anything. Not only does linking inspire us all, it also brings lots of new people to your blog for a visit."
 ~ "Sundae Scoop('s)", are hosted by Jamielyn, at 'I Heart Naptime' (http://www.iheartnaptime.net/). "You can link up pretty much anything YOU created... acraft, recipe, room you decorated, menu plan, organizing or cleaning tip..."
 ~ "Mad Skills Tutorial Link Party('s)", are hosted by JHill, at 'Mad In Crafts' (http://madincrafts.blogspot.com). "as usual you can link up a post, old or new, to share with other readers. The only rule for the party is that the post MUST BE A TUTORIAL. The tutorial can be written, pictorial, or a combination of the two, but it should be a project or a process that another crafter would be able to replicate. Any Mad Skill level, from novice to advanced, is welcome!"
 ~ "K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Sunday('s)",are hosted by Christina, at 'The Tattered Tag' (http://thetatteredtag.blogspot.com/). "...welcomes all creative ideas.." "The link is open until Thursday around midnight. So link up often and check back often for lots of great inspiration!!"
 ~ "Sunday Showcase", hosted by Stephanie, at 'Under The Table and Dreaming' (http://www.bystephanielynn.com/). "This Party is open to any project you have made or created and would like to showcase this week."
 ~ "The Sunday Showcase", hosted by Bernadette, from 'Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas' (http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/), and Aimee, at 'Classified Mom' (http://www.classifiedmom.com)  "..a fun linky party where you can "showcase" your funKIDS crafts, play ideas and activities!"   go HERE for more details.
 ~ "Raising Memories Sharing Time", hosted by 'Raising Memories' (http://heathernow.blogspot.com/) "..add a link to your latest and greatest blog posts about activities to do with your children or fun projects you have done!"
 ~ "Science Sunday('s)", are hosted by Ticia, at 'Adventures in Mommydom' (http://adventuresofmommyness.blogspot.com/).  Link up science projects you have done with your KIDS.
 ~ "Not "Baaad" Sundays", are hosted by Danni and Derek (aka: "Sexy Nerd"), at 'Lamb Around' (http://lambaround.blogspot.com/). ".. open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't. I just want you to link to a post or posts you are proud of."
 ~ "nifty thrifty Sunday('s)", are hosted by Vanessa, at 'nifty thrifty Things' (http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/). "Link up anything you've created.  ..crafty, DIY, recipe, before and after, decorating, anything creative.. "
  ~ "Share Your Sunday Best", are hosted by Tara, at 'Feels Like Home (TM)" (http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com). "To participate, you can share any post from the last week."
 ~ "Sunday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted both by 'Pink Dandy Chatter' (http://www.pinkdandychatter.com/), and Kel, at 'Between The Lines' (http://www.betweenthelines-kel.com/).   ."... one of your favorite posts."
 ~ "Sunday Linky Party", hosted by Jen, at 'Petite Hermine' (http://petitehermine.blogspot.com/). "link up your latest blog post."
  ~ "Sunday Favorites", are hosted by Chari, at 'Happy To Design'  (http://happytodesign.blogspot.com)." Sunday favorites "is designed to give bloggers an opportunity to share once again, one of their favorite posts." "Each new day in blogland brings new viewers/bloggers. So many haven't seen your favorite posts." "I would like to reiterate that Sunday Favorites is a meme about sharing or revisiting a post from the PAST!"
 ~ "The Penny Worthy Project"
is hosted by Laura, at 'Hey What's For Dinner Mom?'(http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.com/)."... my response to tightening our belts. ... every thing costs more these days, how are you getting by? Do you .... I'd love to know!" 
  ~ "Around The Blogosphere - Add YOUR Giveaway link", hosted by Susan and Janice, at '5 Minutes For Mom' (http://www.5minutesformom.com). " you can come back all week and add a post or giveaway to our Mister Linky. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun."
  ~ "Serendipitous Sunday Giveaways", hosted by Cindi, at ' 'Moomette's Magnificents'  (http://moomettesmagnificents.com/blog/). "Would you like to have your contest listed? Just add your Contest or Giveaway to the Mr. Linky listing"
 ~ "Sunday Sweepstakes", are hosted by Carolyn, at 'My Backyard Eden' (http://www.mybackyardeden.com).  "Got a giveaway going on?  Link it up here."
 ~ "Sunday Showcase Linkup Your Giveaways", hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Giveaway Gala('s)", are hosted by Pam, at 'The Thrifty Things' (http://thethriftythings.blogspot.com). "Welcome to the Giveaway Gala on The Thrifty Things. Each Sunday night I will feature t. This linky. Once you add your giveaways they will be listed on all five Collective Media Magic sites!"
 ~ "Show Me Yours Sunday('s)", are hosted by Robin, at 'Masshole Mommy' (http://massholemommy.com/) and by Jana, at 'B. Babies and a Blog' (http://www.boobiesbabiesandablog.com/). ".. a place to link up any giveaways you have going on & you want the world to know about."
 ~ "Giveaway Linky", hosted by Valerie, at 'Let's Just Give It Away' (http://www.letsjustgiveitawayagain.com). "Are you hosting a giveaway on your blog? Share it here! I will add a new list each week on Sunday. So check back often."
  ~ "Swingin' By Sunday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/), by Danille, at 'My Life In Jenga' (http://mylifeinjenga.blogspot.com/), and Skye, at 'Real Mom Reviews'(http://www.realmomreviews.net/).  "Grab a coffee or some tea and meet new friends."
 ~ "Let's Get Social Sunday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Sweep Tight' (http://sweeptight.com), by Bridget, at 'Guide To Smart Shopping' (http://guidetosmartshopping.com/), by  'Tree', at 'Mother Of Pearl It Is' (http://www.motherofpearlitis.com/), by Jessica, at 'Mom of All Trades' (http://mom-of-all-trades.com/tag/lets-get-social), and by Brandi, at 'Life With Five Monkeys' (http://www.fivemonkies.com/). "You can follow via any social method you like. You  can also follow with more than one method and we encourage you to do so!"  
  ~ "Sunday Social Network Exchange", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "In an effort to make the best use of time and blog space, ... will now host linkies for all of the .. mentioned social networks every Sunday."
 ~ "Relax and Surf", is hosted by Colleen, at 'Shibley Smiles' (http://www.shibleysmiles.com/), and by Lee Ann, at 'The Life of Rylie...and Byrce too!' (http://www.thelifeofrylie.com/). "This is a great blog hop for everyone to make new friends! You can find some new blogs to check out, and also get your own blog out there and gain some new followers."
  ~ "Comment Love Day", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "..this one (hop) does have a few rules." "Please be sure to leave genuine comments (meaning read the actual post!) and no cut and paste.".
 ~ "Say Hi! Sunday blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'Three Peas in a Pod' (http://www.3psmama.com/), by Carrie, at 'Carrie With Children' (http://www.carriewithchildren.com/), and by 'Mommy Head Adventurous' (http://www.mommyheadadventures.com/). "There are no rules, so just add your blog to the list below, and hop away."
 ~ "Sunday Strolling Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Veronica, at 'The Chickenista Reviews' (http://www.thechickenistareviews.com), by Donna, from 'Pot Of Gold Giveaways' (http://www.potofgoldgiveaways.blogspot.com/), and by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://www.makobiscribe.com/) "OK are you ready? Let's all go for a Sunday stroll!"
 ~ "Super Stalker Sunday Hop('s)", are hosted by April, at 'Mama on a Green Mission' (http://greenmissionmama.blogspot.com/), Marina, at 'Marina's Organized Mess' (http://marnisorganizedmess.com/), Mariah, at 'Formula Mom' (http://www.formulamom.com/), Kortney, at 'Kortney's Krazy Life' (http://www.kortneyskrazylife.com/), and Emily, at 'Naptime is My Time' (http://www.naptimeismytime.com/). "..why not get all of your followers together in one place once a week? This is the place to do just that!"
 ~ "BBL Blog Hop", hosted by Lisa, at 'Baby Bottom Line'(http://www.thebabybottomline.com/). Follow on GFC, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Blog Frog , as many as you want, preferable all of them actually.
 ~ "Planet Weidknecht Sunday Hop('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Planet Weidknecht' (http://weidknecht.blogspot.com/).A blog hop.

--> Monday('s): 
  ~ "Makes My Monday('s)!!", are hosted by Cheryl (not me), at 'twinfatuation'  (http://twinfatuation.blogspot.com), where participants find "a image or story to share that not only brightens your week's beginning, but may just extend web-wide."
 ~ "The Week In Words", is hosted by Barbara, at 'Stray Thoughts
' (http://barbarah.wordpress.com/). "Welcome .. we share quotes from the last week's reading. If something you read....inspired you,  caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream or... share it with us, attributing to it's source, whether it be ..." 
  ~ "Mailbox Monday('s)", the main host is Marcia, at 'Mailbox Monday' (http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/). "... is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week ..." 
  ~ "Musing Mondays", are hosted by MizB (not me ;->), at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "This week's Musing asks ..." always about something having to do with reading.
  ~ "Happy Homemaker Monday('s)", are hosted by Sandra, at 'Diary of a SAHM' {SAHM = Stay At Home Mom}  (http://familycorner.blogspot.com), where participants tell about what's going on in certain areas of their life.
  ~ "Meet Me On Monday('s)", hosted by Java, at 'Never Growing Old' (http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com/). Every Sunday they post five 'get to know you' questions, which you can copy and paste into a Monday post, letting us get to know the person who's blog we're reading.
 ~ "Hoo Are You?", hosted by Leslie, at 'Night Owl Crafting' (http://nightowlcrafting.blogspot.com/). "Here's how it will work, each Tuesday I'll post a few questions. They can be about ... You will post in a new post on your blog. And then come back and link it to our linky party."
  ~ "What I Love About Me", is hosted by Allison, at 'twingle mommy' (http://twinglemommmy.blogspot.com/), and Holly, at 'Twins Plus One, Three Times The Fun' (http://www.twinsplusone.com/). "Write a post about what you love about yourself this week ...This is intended to be a time and place for each of us to stop criticizing ourselves for a few minutes and actually remind ourselves of the characteristics we are proud of. ..."
  ~ "Making Us Cuter Challenge(s)", are hosted by Tiff, at 'Making the World Cuter' (http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/). "This is for FASHION related posts ONLY!" ".. it's time to show off what you've been wearing!" "I love seeing your fashion inspiration .."
 ~ "The Look Book", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "- jump in and get those pretty pics up! we want to see what you've been wearing. entire outfits, accessories and shoes ;)"
  ~ "Simple Woman's Daybook", hosted by Peggy, at 'The Simple Woman's Daybook ... Where every day is a blank page'  (http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/). "Write up and publish your journal page using the questions/picture ideas I have listed below into your blog entry."   
 ~ "Multitudes on Mondays", are hosted by Ann, at 'A Holy Experience' (http://www.aholyexperience.com/). "making your life about thanks to God"
 ~ "Fixing Your Heart On Titus 2", hosted by Ashley, at 'At The Well' (http://www.titus2atthewell.com). "Each Monday, we share a project that relates to being a Christian woman and living out our Titus 2 roles in real life."  Go HERE for more info.
  ~ "Making Your Home Sing Monday('s)", are hosted by Nan, at 'Mom's the Word (I love to hear)'  (http://momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/). "What are you doing or going to do today, to make your home sing?"
~ "Amaze Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Carrie, at 'Dittle Dattle' (http://dittledattle.blogspot.com/). "Please link your projects, crafts, decorating, tutorial, and giveaways!"
 ~ "A Marvelous Mess Monday('s)", are hosted by Messy Missy, at 'Marvelously Messy' (http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/). "A Marvelous Mess Monday is a link party dedicated to the messes we make in pursuit of craftiness. Personal expression is messy. Art is messy. Life is messy!! What did you make out of your marvelous mess today??"
  ~ "Metamorphosis Monday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'Between Naps On The Porch'   (http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/), which "is all about Before and After". Participants show pictures of "before" - what the item looked like when they obtained it, and then pictures of the transformation process (and written details), as well as pictures of what they made the item into, and why.
 ~ "Making the World Cuter Monday('s)", are hosted by Tiff, at 'Making the World Cuter' (http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/). "..it's time to show off the cute, if it's making your world cuter or yummier, I want to see it! "
 ~ "Made By You Monday('s)", are hosted by Cindylouh, at 'Skip To My Lou' (http://www.skiptomylou.org). ".. it is time to link up your crafty goodness! Show us what you have been making." "Please link up only your own projects"
 ~ "Made by Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Lee, at 'Creative 2x Mom' (http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com). "Write a blog post highlighting your project with a link back here so that others can join in on the fun." " You can post more than one project; just add more than one link. "
 ~ "Made With Love Monday('s)", are hosted by Elizabeth, at 'Sew Chatty' (http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/). "Link up your crafts, recipes, home decor....anything that has been made by you! "
 ~ "Sharing Monday('s)", are hosted by and at 'Chocolate Drool and Kisses' (http://chocolatedroolandkisses.blogspot.com/). "Let's see your latest creations".
  ~ "More the Merrier Monday('s)", are hosted by Jamie, at 'The DIY Home Sweet Home Project' (http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/). Link up your craft, cooking, etc. projects.
  ~ "Motivate Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Kaysi, at 'Keeping it Simple' (http://www.craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/). "Monday is the day to motivate me with all of the fun things that you have been doing."
 ~ "Mad Skills Monday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Ginger, at 'Support Blog for Moms of BOYS!' (http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/). "Link up something crafty, creative, or fun that you wanna share!"  
 ~ "Mad Skills Monday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by JHill, at 'Mad in Crafts' (http://madincrafts.blogspot.com/). The post you link up MUST be a tutorial!
     Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~ "Craftastic Monday('s)", are hosted by Cheryl (not me ;->), at 'Sew Can Do' (http://sewcando.blogspot.com/). "As long as it's crafty and made by you it's Craftastic"
 ~ "Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party", are hosted by Jen, at 'Craft-O-Maniac' (http://craftomaniac.blogspot.com/). Link up crafts, do it yourself projects, or recipes.
 ~ "The DIY Showoff Project Parade('s)",  are hosted by Roeshel, at 'The DIY Showoff' (http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/). Show off the projects you did yourself.
 ~ "Inspire Me Monday('s)", are hosted by Julie, at 'Singing Three Little Birds' (http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com).  Inspire her with what you've made.
 ~ "Make Something Monday('s)", are hosted by Sarah, at 'Sarahndipities' (http://sarahndipities.blogspot.com/). "Show me whatcha got this week!!"
 ~ "Making Monday Marvelous Day (aka: MMM Day)", are hosted by Jamie, at 'C.R.A.F.T.' (http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/) (aka: Creating Really Awesome Free Things), "Add a link to your specific craft, recipe, marvelous idea."(are good things) 
 ~ "Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop('s)"
, are hosted by SJ, at 'Homemaker on a Dime' (http://www.homemakeronadime.com/). "...can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that makes us laugh or cry - in short, whatever your proud of! ..."   
 ~ "Craft Link Party"
, hosted by Cassity, at 'Polly Want A Crafter?' (http://www.pollywantacrafter.com/). (this blog is an extension of the 'Remodelaholic' blog.)
 ~ "Momspiration Monday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Moms by Heart.net' (http://momsbyheart.net/). "We'd love to hear about your fun and frugal ideas. Just write a blog post about a craft or kitchen project and leave your link below and we'll stop by for a visit." 
~ "Creative Every Day Challenge", hosted by Leah, at 'Creative Every Day' (http://creativeeveryday.com). "it doesn't have to be something art related. Your creative acts could be cooking, taking pictures, knitting, doodling, writing, dancing, decorating, singing, playing with your kids, brainstorming ideas, gardening, or making art in the form of ... or whatever.." "If you would like to join up, sign in on the participants page." Go HEREto read about the challenge itself.
 ~ "Craft Your Passion Challenges", are hosted by Jenn, Jamie, and Shannin, at 'Craft You Passion Challenges' (http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/). "We will post a new challenge every Monday." "We welcome any craft project you would like to submit..." "Every first Monday of the month is Anything Goes..."
 ~ "Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge('s)", are hosted by Priscilla, at 'priscillastyles' (http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/).  Scrapbook style, card making challenges. ClickHERE to see the rules.
 ~ "Cupcake Craft challenges", are hosted by Faye, at 'Cupcake Craft Challenges' (http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/). A new scrapbook style, card making challenge is issued every Monday. "You do not need to use cupcakes in your entry".
 ~ "Monday Happy Hoppers Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Pascal A., at 'Scrap we do' (http://pascalea.com/blog/). "Are you into Scrap booking, a digital designer, card maker, or anything related to scrap booking? then this hop is for you!"
  ~ "Progressive Challenges", are hosted by Pascal A., at 'Scrapwedo' (http://pascalea.com/blog/). Actual scrap booking challenges. You are required to use some of their products to participate.
  ~  "Mouthwatering Monday('s)"(shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Rachel, 'A Southern Fairytale'  (http://asouthernfairytale.com). Every week participants share recipes sure to make your mouth water.
 ~ "Mouthwatering Monday('s)"(shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Melanie, at 'Joyful Housewife' (http://joyfulhousewife.com/). "Post your recipes. Enjoy some recipes. Share the linky and Have fun!"
    Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
 ~ "Hearth and Soul hop", hosted by Melynda, at 'Mom's Sunday Cafe' (http://momssundaycafe.blogspot.com/). "... sharing your food, philosophy and new discoveries."
 ~ "Mangia Mondays", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Shine Your Light' (http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/) and Kristen, at 'Delightfully Dowling' (http://delightfullydowling.blogspot.com/) "Add a link to your recipe or food post."
  ~ "I Heart Cooking Clubs", at (http://iheartcookingclubs.blogspot.com/). "This is a stress-free cooking club with a revolving roster of chefs. We feature two chefs a year". "In the interest of freedom of choice, we have organized this cooking club on themes. How you interpret the theme is up to you ..." Upcoming themes are listed down the side bar.
~ "Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday's", are hosted by "The Lucky Wife", at 'The Saturday evening Pot' (http://www.thesaturdayeveningpot.com/). " Please tell me you've got something delicious to brighten my Monday this week! Look forward to seeing what is shared. "
  ~ "Magazine Mondays", are hosted by Ivonne at, 'Cream Puffs in Venice'  (http://creampuffsinvenice.ca/). Each week participants are "diligently attaching those pesky magazine piles" by trying and featuring one of the recipes you have marked in one. "Remember that anyone can take part in MM. All you have to do is e-mail me a link to a post on your blog featuring a recipe from a magazine or clipping."
  ~ "Hunk of Meat Mondays", are hosted by Leah, at 'Beyer Beware' (http://beyerbeware.blogspot.com/). "
So what are you cooking this week? Link on up your favorite meaty recipe and be sure to let your readers know where you have shared the recipe."
  ~ "My Meatless Mondays",are hosted by Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/). "Many of us are cutting back or cutting out meat. A nice way to limit my meat intake is to have a day that we do not eat meat. ... let's share our ideas for meatless meals ...". 
  ~ "Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays", hosted by Rebecca Jean, at 'Midnight Maniac'  (http://www.midnightmaniac.com). "It doesn’t have to be a recipe {although that would be nice}, it can be a picture of a meatless meal you ate that week, an interesting article you read about meat consumption, a post on your blog about going meatless, perhaps a post on someone else’s blog you found helpful, anything Meatless Monday appropriate."
  ~ "Just Another Meatless Monday", is hosted by Laura, at 'Hey What's For Dinner Mom?' (http://heywhatsfordinnermom.blogspot.com/)
  ~ "Melt in Your Mouth Monday('s)", are hosted by Jane, at 'Make Ahead Meals For Busy Mom's' (http://www.makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.com). "There are no specific themes. Just add a recipe of your choice. My only rule is that you have a text link back to this post on the bottom of the blog post that you’re submitting so other people can join in the fun.  (It's just good blog etiquette as well!) "
 ~ "Monday Mania", hosted by Sarah, at 'The Healthy Home Economist'  (http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/). " ... In short, these Awesome Posts are a complete free for all of incredible Real Foodie Wisdom! So, .."
 ~ "This Week's Cravings", are hosted by Kristen, at 'From My Tiny Kitchen' (http://frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com/). "Your chance to share your favorite recipe each week based on our themes." A list of the upcoming themes is listed each week.
 ~ "Two Maids A Baking", hosted by Liz, at 'Two Maids a Milking' (http://www.twomaidsamilking.blogspot.com/). "Have you baked anything lately?"
 ~ "Muffin Monday('s)", are hosted by Kathryn, at 'Talking Dollars and Cents' (http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/). "If you have a muffin or cupcake recipe, please share it."
  ~ "Monday('s) Mmm Dessert"hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com).  "Leave your link for Monday, Mmm ... Dessert.  Have a great Monday."
  ~ "Grocery Cart Challenge('s)", are hosted by Gayle, at 'Grocery Chart Challenge'  (http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/).  "What did you buy - where - for how much?" "For our family of six we are attempting to spend $60 a week on groceries."
  ~ "Menu Planning Monday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'I'm an Organizing Junkie' {"enjoying life one pile of clutter at a time"}  (http://orgjunkie.com), where participants share their planned menus for the upcoming week.
 ~ "Monday Link Party('s)", are hosted by Megan, at 'Polish The Stars' (http://www.polishthestars.com/). "Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc."
 ~ "Money Saving Monday Blog Hops", are hosted by Heather, at 'Family Friendly Frugality' (http://www.familyfriendlyfrugality.com/). "Do you have a money saving blog? Or do you just enjoy saving money? Either way..."
  ~ "Homemaker Mondays ... Yours, Mine & Ours", are hosted by Jen, at '11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven'  (http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com/). "Your post can be about anything having to do with homemaking. And it doesn't have to be a new post. Search your archives and share your know how!"  " "Yours" = she features her favorite submission from the previous week.  "Mine" = her feature for the week.  "Ours" = Mr. Linky - so we can all participate."
 ~ "Making A Home", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). "Share your posts about homemaking ideas, recipes, crafts, decorating, cleaning tips, basically anything that has to do with caring for a home and family."
 ~ "Moo's Monday('s)"hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "consist of some New Week Questions asked by our lovely members. You ask----we answer! It can be anything from under the sun. Let's limit to 3 questions asked by you so that people can leave in a comment if they don't post about it."  "Send in the questions that you want answers to. We're linking back to the person asking and we want everyone to answer either in your posts and link up or leave a comment with your answers. "  
  ~ "Mojo Monday('s)", is "a challenge created by Julie Tilman, and held at 'Moho Monday - the Blog'... Intended as a way to inspire you to get creative each week". "To play along, make a project using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery". "Mojo challenges are open to anyone and you're free to use stamps and supplies from any company." (http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/)
  ~ "Magic Marker Monday('s)", are hosted by Michelle (her site is 'in the life of a child'), at ' 5 Minutes for Special Needs'  (http://www.5minutesforspecialneeds.com/). "Share some of those 'kid art' moments that make life beautiful."
 ~ "Fun in the Summer Sun" {runs every Monday from June 13th - September 7th},hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), Ticia, at 'Adventures of Mommydom' (http://adventuresofmommyness.blogspot.com/), Jill, at 'Sweet Diva' (http://www.sweetdivamj.com/), Ann, at 'Harvest Moon By Hand' (http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/), and Tiffany, at 'Sweet Phenomena' (http://sweetphenomena.com/). "Each Monday, we will be hosting ... events. Here's the line up: The 1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid friendly summer activities". The 2nd Monday ..: link up your "Kid friendly summer crafts". The 3rd Monday..: link up your "Kid friendly summer recipes". The 4th Monday..: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat."
  ~ "Mellow Yellow Monday('s)", are hosted by "Drowsy Monkey", at 'Mellow YellowMonday's'  (http://mellowyellowmonday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something with the color yellow in it.
  ~ "Blue Monday('s)", are hosted by Sally, at 'Smiling Sally'  (http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ ), where participants feature something blue colored.
  ~ "Photo Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are held at, 'I Heart Faces' (http://www.iheartfaces.com/). "A judge will pick winning photos to be displayed on Friday or Saturday"
 ~ "Photo Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?)  are hosted by Ray, at 'Pulling My Mask Off' (http://pullingmymaskoff.blogspot.com/). "Photos must be taken by you. One photo per person. Please specify which photo is for my challenge if your post contains multiple photos." Every week has a different subject matter/theme.
       Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
 ~ "Monday Rewind('s)", are hosted by Gina, at 'Chic Homeschool Mama' (http://www.chichomeschoolmama.com/). "Please share your photos from last week."
   ~ "Mosaic* Monday('s)", are hosted by Mary, at 'Little Red House'  (http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/). {*Mosaic = an assembly of photographs matched in such a way as to show a continuous representation of an area or subject matter.} GoHERE to learn how to create your own.
   ~ "Macro* Monday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Lisa's Chaos'  (http://lisaschaos.com/). "Snap a Macro (or any closeup) photo, post it on your blog and then" come link up.  {*Macro = very large in scale, scope, or capability}
  ~  "Elipsis Monday Photo Shoot", is hosted by Carly, at 'Elipsis'  (http://ellipsissuddenlycarly.blogspot.com/).  Every week a different assignment is given.
  ~ "Good To WOW Photo Challenge('s)", are hosted by Jill and Ashley, at 'Jill Samter Photography' (http://www.jillsamterphotography.com). there is a different theme/prompt given for every week. the upcoming five weeks themes/prompts are given at the bottom of each weeks posting. Go HERE to learn how this party works. Jill also suggest that you read THIS before joining any type of a photo challenge.
  ~ "Happy Monday Photo Challenge's", are hosted by Allie, at 'Allie Photography' (http://www.alliephotographyblog.com/). Every week has a different challenge/theme. "limit one submission per person, the entry must be taken by the person submitting it, and must be rated PG! If you don't have a blog, you can enter via Flicker."
 ~ "Show and Tell Challenge('s)", are hosted by Chelsey, at 'Paper Heart Cameras' (http://paperheartcamera.blogspot.com).  Snap a picture and then tell about it.
  ~ "Quotography", is hosted by Nicolasa, at 'My Perspective' (http://www.myperspectiveblog.com/). "Photos inspired by words." "Each week there will be a theme to guide your photo and quote selection." "Make sure that the photo is taken by you AND that you give credit for the quote.."
  ~ "The Creative Exchange", hosted by Lisa, at 'Lisa Gordon Photography' (http://www.lgordonphotography.com/). A photo link-up. "There has been an amazing amount of gorgeousness here every week... how much we have all evolved as photographers and artists."
  ~ "Barn Charm", hosted by Tricia, at 'Bluff Area Daily' (http://bluffareadaily.blogspot.com/). "Can't wait to see your barns this week." Link up pictures of barns YOU have taken.
  ~ "Monday's Music Moves Me", is hosted by Dolly, at 'Xmas Dolly' (http://thenewxmasdolly.blogspot.com/), by Lorie, at 'The Shrew Bridges of Celebration, Florida'  (http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/), by Larry, at 'Cake Blast' (http://cakeblast.com/), and by Colette, at 'JAmerican Spice'  (http://jamericanspice.blogspot.com/). "If for any reason you cannot do a video or don't want too, you can still dance with us and listen to everyone's choices." 
 ~ "Making Goals Monday('s)", are hosted by Sarah, at 'Accepting and Embracing Autism' (http://acceptandembraceautism.blogspot.com/). "Making goals to begin the week in a good way."
  ~ "Organizing Mission Monday('s)", are hosted by Sandy, at 'Organize With Sandy' (http://www.organizewithsandy.com). "I would love to see what you are working on this week. But as always you can link up any organizing or cleaning or DIY post to my link party."
 ~ "Link up Lounge", is hosted by Holly, at 'Deals and Dishes' (http://www.dealsanddishes.com). There are four separate areas you can link up in - Blog Hop, Giveaways, Recipes/Crafts, and Deals.
  ~ "Contesting Monday('s)", are hosted by Nerd Mom, at 'Nerd Family Things'  (http://www.nerdfamilythings.com/).  "If you are hosting a giveaway or have a post about someones giveaway, just leave a link."
 ~ "The List... Monday Giveaway Link-up('s)", are held at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com). ".. link up your giveaway’s."
 ~ "Monday giveaway Linkup('s)", are hosted by Jeanette, at 'Smart and Trendy Moms' (http://www.smartandtrendymoms.com/). "Link up as many as you like."
 ~ "Born 2 Impress Giveaway Linkies every Monday", are hosted by Jen, at 'Born 2 Impress' (http://kidzborn2impress.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Monday Madness", hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' "(http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/). "Who doesn't love a great giveaway! I know I do! So go ahead and start linking yours!"(http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/). 
 ~ "Give it to me Monday!" Blog Hop and Giveaway Linkup, hosted by Tara, at 'Graphic Design by Tara' (http://graphicdesignbytara.blogspot.com), and by Dawn, at'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/). "A Blog Hop and Giveaway Link Up!"
  ~ "Making Friends Monday('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Living On Love And Cents'(http://www.livingonloveandcents.com/), Pam, at 'The Thrifty Things'(http://thethriftythings.blogspot.com/), Mom, at 'Reviewed By Mom'(http://www.reviewedbymom.blogspot.com/), and Leandrea and Jessica, at 'Coupons Are Great' (http://couponsaregreat.net/). "Start hopping and remember following back is appreciated!"
 ~ "Manic Monday('s)" (a Blog/ Etc. hop), hosted by Cindy, at '(PFCS) Purple Froggie Clay Stuff' (http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/), and by Erica, at 'bassgiraffe's Thoughts' (http://www.bassgiraffe.com/). "... link up directly to your blog, twitter, or facebook ..."
  ~ "I Love My Online Friends Monday Hop", hosted by Jodi, at 'Magical Mouses School House' (http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com),  and Tami, at 'The Things We Find Inside' (http://www.thethingswefindinside.com/). "Follow as many people as you can and be sure to let them know that you are from... When you get a new follower visit their blogs, leave them a comment and/or return the follow." 
  ~ "Follow Us Monday Morning Blog Hop", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/), and Bridget, at 'Being Frugal And Making It Work'  (http://cheekymommaof2.blogspot.com/). "Each week we will feature a blog as "Hot Blog Of The Week" and post a question to get the conversation started."  
  ~ "A Not So Moody Monday Blog Hop", hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Kelly, at 'Kelly's Lucky You' (http://kellysluckyyou.com/). "Lets hop around to our old friends and make some new! I want to have a not so moody Monday!  Don't you?"
 ~ "Magnificent Monday('s)!", are hosted by Becca, at 'Becca's Perspective' (http://www.beccasperspective.com/), by Jacqui, at 'In's and Out's' (http://bloggingjacqui.blogspot.com/, and by Mommy, at '2 Against 1' (http://www.2against1-twins.blogspot.com/). "Let's try to make the beginning of this week a bit better by finding some great new blogs and making some new blogging friends."
  ~ "Alexa Hop", held every Monday, is hosted by Mickey, at 'A Helicopter Mom' (http://ahelicoptermom.com/). "... gain new followers and friends while helping you lower your Alexa rating!"
 ~ "Monday Mingle Blog Hop" (shall we say # 1 ?), hosted by TJ, at 'Measuring Flower . com' (http://www.measuringflower.com/), and A.L., at 'Graphoniac', (http://www.graphoniac.com/). "It's intent is to help you get followers while at the same time discovering and enjoying other blogs."
 ~ "Mingle Monday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Katy, at 'KdBuggie Boutique' (http://kdbuggieboutique.com). A blog hop.
 ~ "Monday Mingle('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), are hosted by Maria, at 'Tough Cookie Mommy' (http://toughcookiemommy.com/). A blog hop.
          Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
 ~ "Blog Hoppin Monday with Nicky", hosted by Nicky, at 'Mommy on the Move' (http://www.mommyonthemove.com/).
 ~ "It's Monday, Hop Along With Me!", hosted By Jacqui, at 'Single Parent Retreat' (http://www.singleparentretreat.com/). ".. this is going to help get our Monday moving along a little faster. Who can say they don't want that to happen?"
 ~ "Monster Hop Monday('s)", are hosted by Cee, at 'Smookie Style' (http://smookiestyle.com/) and Lisa, at 'Baby Bottom Line'(http://www.thebabybottomline.com/).  "This is a Mega Hop!" You can link up your blog, or Twitter, or Facebook.
  ~ "Monkey Around Monday('s)", is hosted by Sarah Beth, at 'Where Ever After' (http://whereeverafter.blogspot.com/). Link up, then "pursue the list for some great new blogs to read.."
 ~ "Meet Me Monday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Jessica, at 'Inspiring You 2 $ave' (http://www.inspiringyou2save.com/). "..created for socializing and to help you get more followers."

--> Tuesday('s):
  ~  "True Story Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Once Upon A Miracle'  (http://tris-adventures.blogspot.com/). "link up your hilarious, amazing, outrageous, miraculous and true tale."
 ~ "Tuesdays Gone", is hosted by Amethyst Moon, at 'Life Music Laughter' (http://lifemusiclaughter.blogspot.com/). "the blog hop to breathe new life into your old posts.It doesn't matter... it can be one from last week or last year."
  ~  "Top Ten Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Oh Amanda, at 'O Amanda'
(http://ohamanda.com/), "Each Tuesday we post our best Top Ten list…Top Ten Most Romantic Songs, Top Ten Favorite Bloggers, Top Ten Stupid Things You Did This Week, Top Ten Books You Wish Your Husband Would Read—WHATEVER." "It can be serious or funny, long or short but it does have to be a list of TEN."
 ~ "Ten on Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'It's a Crafty Life' (http://itsacraftylife.blogspot.com/). "Today's the day when you blog about what-ever's on your mind...random info about you, events going on in your life, a top ten list, ten pictures, whatever...so long as it is 10 items!"
  ~ "Gratituesday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'Heavenly Homemakers', "Making our homes heavenly, striving towards our heavenly homes ..."   (http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/blog/)."What are you thankful this Gratituesday?"
  ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), hosted by Jen, at 'Balancing Beauty and Bedlum's'  (http://beautyandbedlam.com/). "what have you been making lately? Share the recipe" and show and tell about it.
  ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)"(shall we say # 2 ?), hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "Have fun hopping around and getting tasty today!"
  ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), hosted by Alissa, at '33 Shades of Green' (http://33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com/). "What did you cook this week?"
  ~ "Tasty Tuesday('s)" (shall we say # 4 ?), is hosted by 'Tree', at 'Mother Of Pearl It Is' (http://www.motherofpearlitis.com/).
    Listed in the order in which I found them ;->
 ~ "Totally Tasty Tuesdays", are hosted by Mandy, at 'Mandy's Recipe Box' (http://www.mandysrecipebox.blogspot.com/).  "Link up your Totally Tasty recipes!"
 ~ "Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Laura, at 'Dr. Laura's Adventures'  (http://www.whoislaura.com/).
 ~ "This Weeks Cravings", is hosted by Tina, at 'Moms Crazy Cooking' (http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com). Each week has a theme. Go HERE to see the list of upcoming themes,as well as the list of rules.
  ~ "Tuesdays with Dorie", are hosted by the site, 'Tuesdays with Dorie'  (http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com). "Every Tuesday, baked from scratch." They are working from the cookbook 'Baking from My Home to Yours' by Dorie Greenspan. The goal is to try one new recipe a week. At the beginning of the month, that month's choices are shown. {"PLEASE wait until Tuesday to do your post."}
  ~ "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Blessed with Grace'  (http://www.blessedwithgrace.net/). Participants are encouraged to share "recipes, kitchen and cooking tips, restaurant reviews and anything food related that you want to share."
  ~ "Delectable Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). "I can't wait to see what recipes you share today."
~ "Let's Do Brunch", (held on Tuesdays)hosted by Chaya, of 'My Sweet and Savory' (http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/). "Please come and share your favorite breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with us here". "
  ~ "Tuesdays at the Table", are hosted by Cole, at 'All The Small Stuff'  (http://allthesmallstuff-cole.blogspot.com/). "To participate, simply create a food related post."
  ~ "Kitchen Tip Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tammy, at 'Tammy's Recipes'  (http://www.tammysrecipes.com/). Your link-up needs to feature some type of a useful tip having to do with something in a kitchen."
 ~ "Made From Scratch Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'From Mess Hall to Bistro' (http://www.messhalltobistro.blogspot.com/). "Link up some of those great dishes you make from scratch!"
  ~ "Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays", hosted by Amy, at 'Simply Sugar and Gluten Free' (http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/).  "The gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, grain-free, allergy-friendly, and just plain healthier foods that are shared here prove that when there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m always inspired by the way those who come here every week create without limitation."
  ~ "Hearth and Soul Hop" (Feed your body and your soul), hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "Lovely yummy recipes made with tons of love and great ingredients! Come on in and link up a recipe of your own or find something delicious to make for dinner tonight!" "The .. Hop was born of our beliefs that food not only nourishes our bodies, but our souls!" Go HERE to learn more.
  ~ "Two Maids A Baking", hosted by Liz and Amy, at 'Two Maids A Milking' (http://twomaidsamilking.blogspot.com/). What have you baked this week?
  ~ "Anything Related Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Rebekah, at 'All Thingz Related' (http://allthingzrelated.blogspot.com).  There are two sections available to link up in - "Create" and "Cook".
  ~ "Handmade Tuesdays", hosted by Kristen, at 'Ladybug Blessings' (http://ladybug-blessings.com/). Let's see the talented things you've hand made.
   ~ "Tip Me Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Laurie, at 'Tip Junkie'  (http://tipjunkie.blogspot.com).  "show off your creative tips and handmade projects and parties! Link up your blog post with a handmade project like something you made, party you hosted, a recipe, or fun tip. {{anything goes}}"
  ~ "Tuesday('s) Time Out", are hosted by Melanie, at 'Reasons To Skip the Housework' (http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com/). ["My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance."] "Link up your crafts, recipes, fun ideas - pretty much anything that will inspire others!" 
  ~ "Unwasted Homemaking Party", are hosted by Marcie, at 'Don't Waste Your Homemaking' (http://www.dontwasteyourhomemaking.com). "keep it related to homemaking ... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family traditions, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft, etc."  
  ~ "Ten Buck Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Lauren, at 'Young Nester' (http://youngnester.blogspot.com/). "LINK UP YOUR $10 CRAFT OR RECIPE!"
  ~ "Tuesday('s) Treasures", are hosted by Kristen, at 'My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia' (http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.com/). "Are you ready to share your latest project? Link up your latest transformations, furniture revamps, room makeovers, you name it, link it!  I feature a handful of projects the following week."
  ~ "Tuesday Tell All('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'My Craftie Life' (http://mycraftielife.blogspot.com/). "
Must be something craftie.  This can be anything!  Projects, Craft Ideas, Organization Tips, Recipes, Etc."
  ~  "How-Tuesday('s)", are held at 'Etsy's Handmade Blog' (http://www.etsy.com/storque/make/). Every week a complete/detailed "How-To" project is presented.
  ~ "Show Me What Ya Got", hosted by Stacy, at 'Not JUST A Housewife' (http://www.notjustahousewife.net/). "I am so excited to see what you have been doing! I think I have more ideas than time to do them in but it is still fun to look through and get inspired :)"
  ~ "Tutorial Tuesday('s) ... Teach Me Stuff!", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Hope Studios' (http://www.hopestudios.blogspot.com/). "..this party is to showcase your weekly tutorials. What counts as a tutorial? Anything to Teach Me Stuff counts - a recipe, a kid's craft, a DIY project, how you got your baby to sleep through the night ... I'm not picky."
  ~ "Teach Me Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Maggie, at 'A Bokros Kind of Life' (http://abokroskindoflife.com). "Link up your home schooling idea.."
  ~ "Hip Homeschool Hop", hosted by and held at, 'Hip Homeschool Moms' (http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com). "There aren’t any set rules for what you should post about – just have fun and get to know each other!  All we ask is that if you link up, have something about homeschooling or something of interest to home schoolers on your site."
  ~ "Tackle it Tuesday('s)" (making housework blog-able), are hosted by Susan and Janice, at '5 Minutes for Mom'  (http://www.5minutesformom.com/).  "I am hoping to tackle these many projects that are sucking the joy out of my life." "Remember your projects can be big or small." "Also, tackles are not limited to housework ..."
  ~ "Running With Glitter", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Running With Glitter' (http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/). "I can't wait to see what you all have been working on ...".
  ~ "Take A Look Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Mandy, at 'Sugar Bee Crafts' (http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com). "Show off your Craftiness!"
  ~ "Too Cute Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kyla, at 'Funky Polkadot Giraffe' (http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com). "What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??" "Must be made by you.".
  ~ "Needlework Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Books and Quilts' (http://www.heatherpearson.com/). "Thanks for visiting today for my Needlework Tuesdaypost. Have you been working on a needlework project this week?  Write a post about your project, being sure to include photos".
 ~ "It's Sew Cute Tuesday('s)", is hosted by Misty, at 'Creative Itch' (http://thecreativeitchboutique.blogspot.com/). "SEWING PROJECTS ONLY! Can be hand or machine sewn."
  ~ "It's Sew Fun Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'It's Sew for You' (http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/). "This list is open to any crafts, sewing projects, recipes".
  ~ "Get Your Craft On Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Today's Creative Blog' (http://todayscreativeblog.net/). "Link up something creative." (crafty)
  ~ "Gettin' Crafty On Hump Day", hosted by Nikki, at 'Nikki's Nifty Knacks' (http://nikkisniftyknacks.blogspot.com/). "Can't wait to see what crafting you all got done :)" 
  ~ "Anti-procrastination Tuesdays", are hosted by Amy, at 'New Nostalgia' (http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/). ["New Nostalgia - My quest to recapture the simplicity of yesterday and apply it to today."]  "There are 2 ways to link up, with 2 different themes. (1) Anti-procrastination Themed posts ~ things you want to accomplish ` (lists, goals, projects, ~ goals you did accomplish ~ thoughts on procrastination/ways you beat procrastination. (2) Flexible Type posts ~ projects ~ crafts ~ recipes."
 ~ "Tossed It Tuesdays", are hosted by Violet, at 'Clutter. Coffee. Chaos.' (http://cluttercoffeechaos.blogspot.com/). " post what you have decluttered (trashed, recycled, donated, whatever) during the previous week. It started out as a way to keep myself motivated, but I love it when others post and we can cheer each other on!"
  ~ "Toot Your Own Horn Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Leah, at 'A Silly Little Sparrow' (http://www.sillylittlesparrow.com). "You can toot" about anything you'd like! Whether you've knitted curtains, painted a mural, cooked for the Queen, or just made it through the day without your house falling down (which is often my biggest accomplishment!)" 
  ~ "Anything Goes Party", is held every Tuesday. Hosted by Tammy, at 'Type A' (personality) "Please link as much of anything as you want, no limit. Etsy shops and Giveaways too! Ready, Set, GO!!!" 
  ~ "My World Tuesday('s)", are hosted by 'Show Your World'  (http://showyourworld.blogspot.com). "The place where you show others the area around you and become our tour guide!" "If you have a commercial site (meaning you earn money on your site) YOU NEED THE PERMISSION of the My World Team to participate."
  ~ "Sweet Shot Tuesdays", are hosted by Darcy, at 'My 3 Boy Barians' (http://my3boybarians.com). "... is a photo linky blog hop that encourages photographers to link up their best shot of the week."
  ~ "Shutter Love Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com). Each week has a different theme/subject matter. To see all the rules for this fun party, go HERE.
 ~ "Touch Up Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Chelsey, at 'Paper Heart Cameras' (http://paperheartcamera.blogspot.com/). Link up the pictures you've touched up, showing both the before and after views.
 ~ "Perceptive Perspective", is hosted by Holly, at '2 baby cakes 1 happy family' (http://new2babycakes.blogspot.com/). This is a photo taking party, with a different theme every week.
 ~ "Phonography", is hosted by Anika, at 'Pasando' (http://www.anikatoro.com/). "Make sure your image was taken with a phone." Click HERE to learn more.
 ~ "52 Weeks of Happiness", are hosted by Leigh, at 'Leigh vs. Laundry' (http://leighvslaundry.blogspot.com/). "Want to join me in my quest to scout out happiness for a whole year? Simply post a photo of something that makes you wildly happy and tell us all about it."
 ~ "Teacup Treasure Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Esther, at 'Not Quite Perfect' (http://not-quite-perfect.blogspot.com). "The only rule is that the treasure you are showing off (ahem) sharing, must be the same size or smaller than a teacup. In order to prove their size, always photograph them next to your beloved teacups."            
  ~ "Three or more Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Tam, at 'The Gypsy's Corner'  (http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/ ), where you display one of your 'collections'. "If you have three of more of something, then you 'collect' it".  Or, three of ...
  ~ "2nd Time Around Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Diane, at 'A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words'  (http://diane1876.blogspot.com/), where participants feature things they have nabbed from/or which are, "antiques, thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and bargains in general."
  ~ "Nifty Thrifty Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Linda, at 'Coastal Charm' (http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/). "This party is for sharing thrifty finds from garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, craigs list and even those awesome deals that you find at any retail store. Also you can share any thrifty DIY projects...love seeing what y'all can make on a dime!"
 ~ "Terrific Under Ten Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kindra, at 'At home With K' (http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/). " It's for projects or thrift finds made or bought for $10 or less! I love to decorate/create on a budget and it's fun to see everyone else's thrifty links each week!"
  ~ "Twice Owned Tuesday Party", are hosted by Bonnie, at 'House of Grace' (http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com). "Link up your TWICE OWNED posts."
  ~ "Ruby Tuesday('s)",  are hosted by "MaryT, The Teach", at 'Work of the Poet'  (http://workofthepoet.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something ruby red colored.
  ~  "It's Bloomin Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Jean, at 'MsGreen"thumb" Jean'  (http://msgreenthumbjean.blogspot.com/), where participants show something which is'bloomin' (now in bloom). 
  ~ "Tuesday Garden Party", are hosted by Jami, at 'An Oregon Cottage' (http://www.anoregoncottage.com/). "You can link anything garden related: What's growing/blooming, tips, ideas, progress, harvests and recipes using the harvests, preserving tips and recipes, before/afters, and how-to's."
  ~  "Teaser Tuesday's", are hosted by MizB, at 'Should be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "Teaser Tuesday's is a weekly bookish meme ... anyone can play along! Just do the following ..."
 ~ "Post-It Note Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kristen, at 'Only Parent Chronicles' (http://www.onlyparentchronicles.com/). Click HERE to make your own stickies.
  ~ "Tastes and Travels", are hosted by Michelle, at 'The Vintage Apple', (another) Michelle, at 'a little bit of this and that' (http://missblondiexoxo.blogspot.com/), and Lyndsay, at 'Simply Lyndsay' (http://simplylyndsay.blogspot.com/). They are currently featuring the country of Mexico. Never been there? No problem.. feature where there you would like to go...
  ~ "Pay It Forward", is hosted by Holly, at 'A Life-Size Catholic Blog' (http://alife-sizecatholicblog.blogspot.com/). "...is an avenue to connect with with each other, make new friends; cray a little; laugh a lot; and affect you in a way that keeps you thinking for days afterwords." ".. be sure and write up.. about another blogger ..."
  ~ "Blog It Forward Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/), and Jennifer, at 'Sweep Tight' (http://sweeptight.com/). "The idea of the 'Blog It Forward theme' is to not only gain more followers, but also do something a little extra for each other (pay it forward). Instead of just following each blog, take an extra minute to do a little more. Some examples could be…referring them to your facebook friends, tweet about them, stumble a post, add their giveaway to a linky…get creative. .."
 ~ "Hop a Little Tuesday('s) - Blog Hop for Moms", are hosted by Stacey, at 'Made of Snails' (http://www.madeofsnails.com/), by Stacey, at 'Love You Always and Forever' (http://www.loveyoualwaysgiveaways.com), by Katie, at 'Mommy Katie' (http://www.mommykatie.com), and at 'The How To Mommy' (http://www.thehowtomommy.com).
  ~ "Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop..or Bounce!", hosted by Jodi, at 'Magical Mouses School House' (http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com). "Link up, meet new friends, network with other bloggers, and have fun!"
  ~ "To-The-Top Tuesday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Nicole, at 'One Little Mister' (http://www.onelittlemister.com/). "Do you love finding new blogs to read? Link-up with us every Tuesday ..."
 ~ "Family Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Family Friendly Frugality' (http://www.familyfriendlyfrugality.com/). "I love looking back through the archives and seeing how much we've all grown. Now I want to see YOUR family blog!"
  ~ "Fun Tuesday Hop('s)", are hosted by  , at 'Our Family World' (http://www.ourfamilyworld.com/blog), by Madeline, at 'Professionally Insane M Blog' (http://professionallyinsanem.blogspot.com/) and Rebecca,
at 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest' (http://onemoreflewoverthecuckoo.blogspot.com/). " It’s a great way to discover amazing blogs and make new blog friends. Come link up and start hopping."
  ~ "Follow Me Back Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Stacy, at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com), Cindi, at 'Little Ya-Ya's' (http://littleyayasandblessed.blogspot.com/), and  ? at 'B, Babies and a Blog' (http://boobiesbabiesblog.blogspot.com/). "Follow the blogs you like & Follow Back who follows you (Remember to leave a comment so you can be followed back)"
  ~ "Tuesday('s) Blog Trail", hosted by Jenille, at 'Six in The Nest' (http://www.sixinthenest.com/). "Come back every Tuesday to find new blogs and new readers!"
  ~ "Midweek Mingle Blog Hop", hosted by Tara, at 'Graphic Design by Tara' (http://graphicdesignbytara.blogspot.com). "any link goes!"
  ~ "Stumble tumble Tuesday('s)", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Kelly's Lucky You' (http://kellysluckyyou.com/), "Blondie", at 'Still Blonde After All these Years' (http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/), Tessa, at 'Shopper Gal' (http://www.shoppergal.com/), Heather, at 'Acting Balanced' (http://www.actingbalanced.com/), and Vera, at 'Luxury Reading' (http://luxuryreading.com/). "The goal is to help you ... to promote your blog posts and get more traffic."  Directions are given as to the way this particular blog hop works.
 ~ "Totally Tuesday Blog Hop", is hosted by Cindy, at 'Busy Mom's Tips' (http://www.busy-moms-tips-blog.com/).
  ~ "Chickadee Tuesday's!", are co-hosted by Tara, at 'Dandy Giveaway' (http://www.dandygiveaway.com), Melissa, at 'The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom' (http://www.sippycupmom.com/), Candice, at 'Stash Mama' (http://stashmama.blogspot.com/), Hanan, at 'Lilac City Momma' (http://lilaccitymomma.com/), and KC, at, 'One + One = Four" (http://oneplusoneis3.blogspot.com/). "Each week simply stop by at any of these FIVE blogs for a chance to link up and meet new and exciting bloggers!" Each week they highlight a different blogger.
 ~ "Take Three Tuesday('s) Blog Hop", hosted by Sarah, at 'Sarah's Blog Of Fun' (http://www.sarahsblogoffun.com/). "You can include all three of your accounts (blog, twitter and facebook). Please use the format that I used ..."
  ~ "Soli Deo Gloria Party", are hosted by Jen, at 'Finding Heaven, one step at a time' (http://findingheaventoday.blogspot.com). "basically we are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words." Go Here for more information about this community.
 ~ "Market Your Biz and Giveaways Blog Party('s)"are hosted by SJ, at 'Homemaker on a Dime' (http://www.homemakeronadime.com/). "... a blog party solely dedicated to promoting businesses and giveaways. Picture this party like a virtual marketplace where all family-friendly businesses gather in one place."    
  ~ "An Apron full of giveaways", hosted by Amy, at 'The Mother Load'  (http://www.momadvice.com/blog/). "if you are hosting a contest please link it up"
  ~ "Mommy Loves Tuesday Giveaways", hosted by Tiffany, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com/). "Do you have a great giveaway going on?
Come over and win some free stuff or show the Linky love and link up your giveaway. Make sure you come back EVERY Tuesday!"
 ~ "Tuesday's Giveaway Linkup", hosted by Aimee, at 'Classified Mom' (http://www.classifiedmom.com), by Cindy, at '(PFCS) Purple Froggie Clay Stuff' (http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/), and by kewkew, at 'Tots and Me' (http://totsandme.blogspot.com/). "Now you can link up your giveaways, your reviews,..."
  ~ "Fortune Follies Tuesday('s)", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com). ".. bloggers can list their giveaways, and readers can enter them!"
 ~ "Tons O' Fun Giveaways", hosted by Larry H., at 'Cake Blast' (http://cakeblast.com).

--> Wednesday('s):
 ~ "Oh How Pinteresting Wednesdays", are hosted by Michelle, at 'The Vintage Apple' (http://www.thevintageapple.com/). "Pinterest is the place where you can catalog everything lovely." "You need an invite to get on the site.. I can help you with that! ..."
  ~  "Wifey Wednesdays", are hosted by Sheila, at 'To Love, Honor and Vacuum'  (http://tolovehonorandvacuum.blogspot.com/). "It's Wednesday, the day when we talk marriage! I introduce a topic, and then you follow up either by commenting or by writing your own post and then linking up"
  ~  "Watery Wednesday('s)", are hosted by "2Sweetnsaxy", at 'Watery Wednesday'  (http://waterywednesday.blogspot.com/), where participants feature something having to do with water.
  ~  "Outdoor Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'A Southern Daydreamer'  (http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ ), where participants feature something from out of doors.
  ~ "Frugal Gardening 101", is hosted by: Amy, at 'The Finer Things In Life' (http://amysfinerthings.com), Phoebe, at 'Getting Freedom from Debt' (http://www.gettingfreedom.net), and Connie, at 'Smockity Frocks' (http://www.smockityfrocks.com/). "How’s your garden growing this week?  Feel free to link up your progress!"
  ~  "Window Views", are hosted by MaryT/TheTeach, at 'Window Views...and doors too!'  (http://windowviews2.blogspot.com/).  "Post your window views (and doors too!) and then ..."
  ~  "Wednesday is Rednesday", hosted by Sue, at 'It's A Very Cherry World!' (http://suelovescherries.blogspot.com), where every Wednesday the color RED is featured. 
  ~  "White Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kathleen, at 'Faded Charm'  (http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/). Featuring things which are white.
  ~  "Midweek Blues", are hosted by Rebbecca {"I blog because it seems more technologically savvy than talking to myself ..."}, at 'The Dusty Cellar'  (http://thedustycellar.blogspot.com/). "Post any blue ... color, mood, music, however you interpret blues via photography."
;-) {Did you catch that? Red (then) White (and then) Blue Wednesday('s) ;-)}
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)"
 (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Janice and Susan, at '5 Minutes for Mom'  (http://www.5minutesformom.com/). "Pictures that don't need many words with them."
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #2 ?),  are hosted by Felicia, at 'Go Graham Go'  (http://www.gograhamgo.com/).
  ~  "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), are hosted by Deb, at 'Mom of 3 Girls'  (http://www.momof3girls.net/).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 4 ?), are hosted by and at 'Jolly Mom' (http://www.jollymom.com).
  ~ "Wordless (or Wordful) Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 5 ?), are hosted by Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk' (http://betterinbulk.net). "Your post can be wordless or wordful, just as long as there's a picture in it!"
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday Linky" (shall we say # 6 ?), is hosted by LoLo, at 'Crazy About My Baybah' (http://www.crazyaboutmybaybah.com/).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 7 ?), is hosted by Heather, at 'Acting Balanced' (http://www.actingbalanced.com/)
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 8 ?), is hosted by Tiffany, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #9 ?), is hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday with Linky" (shall we say # 10 ?), is hosted by Michelle, from 'Heartfelt Balance, Homemade Life' (http://heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday with Linky" (shall we say # 11 ?), is hosted by Bernadette, from 'Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas' (http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 12 ?), is hosted by Colleen, at 'Shibley Smiles' (http://www.shibleysmiles.com/).
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 13 ?), hosted by Marina, at 'Marina's Organized Mess' (http://marnisorganizedmess.com/).
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 14 ?), hosted by Java, at 'Never Growing Old' (http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com/). ".. is a great day to post an awesome picture that "speaks" for itself, no words needed!"
 ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 15 ?), hosted by Larry H., at 'Cake Blast' (http://cakeblast.com).
       Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~ "Wordless Wednesday('s) 'Food Style' "are  hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com).
  ~ "Wordless + Wordful Wednesdays"hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), and Stephanie, at 'Goober Grape and Monkey Man' (http://goobermonkey.com/).
 ~ "Wordless / Wordful Wednesday('s)", are hosted by 
Kristi, at 'live and love... out loud' (http://www.liveandloveoutloud.com/).
 ~ "Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday('s)", are hosted by kewkew, at 'Tots and Me' (http://totsandme.blogspot.com/).'
 ~ "Wordless, Not So Wordless, or Wordful Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Alicia, at 'Project Alicia' (http://www.projectalicia.com/). 
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the picture variety), are hosted by Angie, at 'Seven Clown Circus'  (http://sevenclowncircus.com), "Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way.
 ~ "Wordy or not so Wordy Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Traci, at 'Traci 66' (http://www.traci66.com/).
  ~  "Wordful Wednesday('s)" (the 'topics' variety)), is hosted by 'Cocoa', at 'Chocolate On My Cranium'  (http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/). Each week has a different topic, or a different style of writing is assigned. "... is an opportunity to hear many different blogger's opinions and ideas about various topics."
  ~  "Special Exposure Wednesday('s)", are held at ' 5 Minutes for Special Needs'  (http://www.5minutesforspecialneeds.com/). "We share photos of our children, places or things our children love, that we love ... the moments of struggle, the moments of triumph ... any photograph which calls up memories or emotions in you as a parent." Sign upHERE if you'd like to participate in their version of 'Wordless Wednesday'.
  ~  "You Capture", is hosted by Beth, at 'i should be folding laundry Here I Am'  (http://www.ishouldbefoldinglaundry.com/).  Every week "Next Week's Challenge" is posted. "try hard not to reuse pictures from your archive. The goal of You Capture is to get you out taking photos each week!, get creative! Challenge Yourself!"
  ~  "Sepia* Scenes", are hosted by MaryT/TheTeach  (http://sepiascenes.blogspot.com/). Post any photo in *Sepia. It can be of anything - "a landscape, a portrait, a city scene, a country scene .."   {*Sepia = "A brown pigment. A dark brown. A print or photograph made in this color.}
 ~ "Black and White Wednesday('s)" are hosted by Lisa, at 'The Long Road to China' (http://thelongroadtochina.blogspot.com/). Black and white photos party.
  ~  "Your Assignment ... Should You Choose to Accept", are hosted by Mama Kat, at 'Mama's Losin It',   (http://mamakatslosinit.blogspot.com/blog/). "Choose a prompt that inspires you most. Write. Come back Thursday and paste your blog URL to Mr. Linky ..." "Feel free to write on more than one prompt if you so desire."
  ~  "Works for me Wednesday's" (aka: "WFMW"), are hosted by Kristen, at 'We arethat Family ...' {you know the ones ...}   (http://www.wearethatfamily.com). What works for you on that week's suggested topic? Every Wed. the next week's topic is listed. "Please feel free to link up any helpful tip to this party! But if you are having a hard time coming up with a tip, you can go with this week's suggested theme and instead of sharing a tip--ask for one!"
  ~ "Wee Bit Wednesday('s)", are hosted by  Leigh, at 'Leigh Ashley' (http://www.myleighashley.com/). Tell us a wee bit about yourself, "answer the questions on your own blog if you haven’t already and link back"
  ~  "Wishcasting Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jamie, at 'Jamie Ridier Studios'  (http://jamieridlerstudios.ca/). "You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It's easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog ..."
  ~  "Way Back When-ensday('s)", are hosted by Cheryl (not me), at 'twinfatulation'  (http://twinfatuation.blogspot.com) where participants share something from 'way back when' in their or their kids lives.
  ~  "Notebook Experiments", are hosted by Amy, at 'The Mother Load'  (http://www.momadvice.com/blog/).  "# 1 - choose anything from any of our notebook entries (past or present) to do with your family ... # 2 - Complete an experiment from the notebook and share about it on your blog or web site. ..."
 ~ "Gold Star Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kristen, at 'From My Tiny Kitchen' (http://frommytinykitchen.blogspot.com/). "What are you proud of this week?" "That post you worked on to get just perfect? Or maybe..." "Grab your favorite post from the week before and ..."
  ~ "The Wednesday Window - Promote Your Favorite Blog Post", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "... is much more than just a blog hop, it is a place where you can promote your favorite place, so don't link up to your main page... we want to be directed to your favorite work."
  ~  "What's On The Menu Wednesday('s)" (runs March - September), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Crockpot Wednesday('s)" (runs October - February), are hosted by Debbie, at 'Dining with Debbie'  (http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/).
  ~ "Made It On Monday('s)" [linked it up here on Wed.], are hosted by Lark, at 'Lark's Country Heart' (http://larkscountryheart.blogspot.com/). "You may link up to 3 recipes per week."
 ~ "Recipe Round-UP!", (Goosebery Patch Recipe Round-Up's) hosted by Susie QT Pies, at 'Scraps of Life Blog' (http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/). Every week has a different theme.
  ~ "Cast Party Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Sheryl, at 'Lady Behind The Curtain' (http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com). "Featuring all the GREAT recipes out there!"
  ~ "What's Cooking Wednesday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Cristi, at 'The King's Court IV' (http://www.thekingscourt4.blogspot.com/), and by  Diane, at 'Turning The Clock Back' ("one eco friendly step at a time") (http://turning-the-clock-back.blogspot.com/)).  "This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter - -"
  ~ "What's Cooking Wednesday('s)" (shall we say #2 ?), are hosted by Shan, at 'Tales From The Fairy Blogmother' (http://shanrev.blogspot.com/)
      Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
 ~ "These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight", hosted by Katie, at 'This Chick Cooks' (http://thischickcooks.blogspot.com/). "Fell free to link up as many recipes as you like that you havn't shared here before, and invite your friends to come ..."
  ~ "What's On Your Plate", hosted by Fish Mama, at 'Good Cheap Eats' (http://goodcheapeats.com/). ".. designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?"
   ~ "Foodie Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Bibi, at 'Daily Organized Chaos' (http://www.dailyorganizedchaos.com/). "You are welcome to share as many food posts as you like as long as each of them is linked to this post."
   ~  "Real Food Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Keppy, at 'Kelly the Kitchen Kop'  (http://kellythekitchenkop.com/). Every week the pros, etc. of 'real food' are gone over. "Share whatever is on your mind related to Real Food." Go to THIS post to learn more.
 ~ "What I Ate Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Peas and Crayons' (http://www.peasandcrayons.com/). "I'd love to see a day in the life of you! Meals, snacks, drinks, photo montage it up!"
   ~ "No Whine Wednesday('s)", are held at 'Food On The Table' (http://www.foodonthetable.com/blog/).
   ~ "Wednesday Shopping", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com). "I invite you to link up to your best grocery deals, to inspire others to save more!"
   ~ "Whatever Goes Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Michelle, at 'Someday Crafts' (http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/). "Enter your project (up to 4 links), tip, idea, recipe, whatever. Visit others. Leave comments."
  ~ "Whassup Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kara, at 'Elements Interiors' (http://www.elements-interiors.net/).  "Whassup?!!" As in, what have you been up to?
  ~ "Creative Share Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com). "You can link up anything crafty, recipes, room decor, party ideas, gift ideas, kid projects, science projects, game ideas, etc.. You get the idea. And please share great posts that you have found as well. Make sure you tell them that you are sharing their creative, fun idea."
 ~ "We Did It! Wednesday('s)"
, are hosted by and held at, 'Sew Much Ado' (http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/). "...link to something you made that you want to share.  It can be something you sewed, crafted, painted, baked, or anything else you made that you want to share."
  ~ "Inspired By YOU Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Ashley, at 'Eisy Morgan' (http://eisymorgan.blogspot.com/). "... share your best inspiration with us! It can be anything you created whether a great blog post, great photos, craft, outfit, whatever you have been working on this past  week!"
  ~ "Make It Yours Day", hosted by Carolyn, at 'My Backyard Eden' (http://www.mybackyardeden.com).  "Link up something you’ve created, crafted, cooked, etc."
  ~ "What I Whipped Up Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kimmie, at 'Sugar and Dots' (http://www.sugaranddots.com). "Must be your post- any idea, recipe, project, craft, tutorial, or makeover you'd like to share."
 ~ "Look What I Made", hosted by Kara, at 'Creations By Kara' (http://www.creationsbykara.com/). ".. a craft project, a decorating idea, or a yummy recipe."
   ~ "Linkin' With Lil' Luna Every Wednesday", hosted by Kristyn, at 'Lil' Luna - All things Good(http://www.lilluna.com/). " ... something YOU have created - craft, recipe, idea"
   ~ "Show and Tell Linking Party Every Wednesday", hosted by Becca, at 'Blue Cricket Design' (http://www.bluecricketdesign.net). "Time to link your latest and greatest projects! I love seeing what you’ve been up to!"
   ~ "Linky Party", held every Wednesday. Hosted by Whitney & Alish, at 'Sisters' Stuff' (http://sistersstuff.blogspot.com/). "Link UP your latest and greatest!"
   ~ "Show Us Your Stuff Party", hosted by Fawnda, at 'Fireflies and Jellybeans' (http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/). "There are 3 categories to link up to: Crafts and Sewing, DIY and Home Decor, and Recipes. pick one and go with it!"
   ~ "Idea Sharing Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jill, at 'Women Who Do It All' (http://womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com/).
   ~ "What ya Makin' Wednesday's", hosted by book-addict-4-real , at 'Scrap Addict 4 Sure'  (http://www.scrapaddict4sure.com). "If you have a recipe, sewing, craft  or a room makeover feel free to share it here."
   ~ "Hoo's Got Talent?", hosted by Leslie, at 'Night Owl Crafting' (http://nightowlcrafting.blogspot.com/). Link up what you made this week using your talents.
   ~ "Sugar & Spice and everything nice", is hosted by Kim, at 'Seven Thirty Three'  (http://733blog.blogspot.com/).  "...your project.  2) Don't forget, these should be GIRLRELATED (can be for us grown up girls too)!" [Her Thursday parties are for boys ;->]
   ~ "Link Party", hosted every Wednesday by Sachiko, at 'Tea Rose Home' (http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/). "Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit."
 ~ "Show Us Your Crafty Side Blog Hop", by Cindy, at '(PFCS) Purple Froggie Clay Stuff' (http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/), and by kewkew, at 'Tots and Me' (http://totsandme.blogspot.com/). "We want you to link up as many crafts, shops, recipes, sewing projects, and DIY projects as you want.."   
 ~ "Under $100 Linky Party", hosted by Becky, at 'Beyond The Picket Fence' (http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/). "..only post ideas (projects) that cost $100 or less-- It would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary."      
   ~  " "Waiting On" Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Jill, at 'Breaking the Spine'  (http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/).  " ... spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't - wait - to - read ..." "What's your "waiting on" pick this week?"
   ~ "WWW Wednesdays", are hosted by MizB (not me ;->), at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?
   ~ "What I Love Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Krystina, at 'Lollipops' (http://www.lollipopscards.com). "can't wait to see your loves :)"
  ~ "What I'm Loving Wednesday('s)", is hosted by Jamie, at 'This Kind Of Love' (http://littledaisymay.blogspot.com/). "What are YOU loving today? Link up and let us know!"
   ~ "What I Wore Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Lindsey, at 'The Pleated Poppy' (http://thepleatedpoppy.com). "I was asked last week how wiww has changed me.  i think it has really changed me to be more motivated and less lazy.  i feel like i look better than i did in my sweats and i like the feeling of looking good for my husband.  and the compliments from him definitely help!"
   ~ "Getting Fit", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "How are those workouts going and have we been behaving ourselves." "Today's question--"
   ~ "It's Hump Day! .. it's all downhill from here", hosted by Heather, at 'Mommy Only Has 2 Hands' (http://www.mommyonlyhas2hands.org/). A blog / twitter / facebook hop.
   ~ "Penny Pinching Party('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'The Thrifty Home' (http://www.thethriftyhome.com/). "This party is for any money saving ideas that you would like to share. Examples: Home improvement projects, recipes, ways to cut bills, thrifting, upcycling projects, tips, organizing ideas, whatever..."
   ~ "Baby Steps to a Rockin’ Life From the Middle of the Road", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "sharing short tips for better health, more happiness, organization, scheduling, routines, harmony, peace, contentment, cooking, finances, personal care and family life (really any positive aspect of life!)"
   ~ "walk with Him Wednesdays", are hosted by Ann, at 'A Holy Experience' (http://www.aholyexperience.com/). "Every Wednesday, we walk with Him, posting a spiritual experience that draws us nearer to His heart."  "What does it mean to live with Jesus in the center of our lives?"
   ~ "Mustard Seed Planting", hosted by Rebecca, at 'Mom's Mustard Seeds' (http://www.momsmustardseeds.com/), and Jennifer A. Janes (http://jenniferajanes.com/). "Mustard Seed Planting:  Meditating/Memorizing God's word"
   ~ "Women In The Word Wednesdays", are hosted by the girls at 'Good Morning Girls' (http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/). "If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week."
   ~ "Word Filled Wednesday's", are hosted by Lori, at 'Internet Cafe' Devotions' (http://internetcafedevotions.com/). WFW is not about books, authors, artists.. it's about God and HIS WORD ONLY."
   ~ "iFellowship blog Linkup", hosted by the Women at, 'Seeds of Faith' (http://www.seedsoffaithwomen.com/). "..we wanted Christian women to have a place to get to know each other and well, just fellowship!"
 ~ "Welcome Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Kristen and Jamie, at 'Take It From Me' (http://takeitfrom-me.blogspot.com). A blog hop.
   ~ "Waltz On By Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). "The goal of this hop is to get new Google Friend Connect Followers for your blog and be introduced to new blogs to follow! ..."
 ~ "Be-Bop-A-Blog-Hop Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'Mommy Living the Life of Riley' (http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com/). There's only one rule.."Follow unto others as you should have them follow unto you."
 ~ "Catch A Wave Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Cindy, of 'Blogging Hints' (http://www.blogginghints.com/), and by Robin, at 'Masshole Mommy' (http://massholemommy.com/). A Blog Hop.
  ~ "Follow Me I'm Canadian" (The Great Canadian Link Exchange), hosted by Tanya, both at, 'Follow Me I'm Canadian Community and Blog' (http://www.followcanadian.com/) and at, 'Little Village Naturals' (http://littlevillagenaturals.blogspot.com). "Have a fantastic time meeting fellow Canadians" (this blog hop is "Open to all Canadians"). Canadians, "link up your Blogs, Websites, Facebook "like" pages, Twitter, Shops, Stores, Stumble Upon and/ or My Space."
   ~ "Where Are YOU Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/), and Jennifer, at 'Sweep Tight' (http://sweeptight.com/). "Everyone is invited to join us to blog hop and to share where you are from, it will be fun to meet bloggers from all over the world! Where in the World are you?"
  ~ "Wandering Wednesday('s)", are co-hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/) and Jessica, at 'Inspiring You 2 Save' (http://www.inspiringyou2save.com). " It was created for socializing and to help bloggers get new followers, subscribers, and readers."
 ~ "Wobble Over Wednesday('s) (WOW)", are hosted by Amanda, at 'Rats and More' (http://www.ratsandmore.com). "It's a fun blog hop!"
   ~ "I Heat/Love Blogging Hop", hosted by Jennifer, at 'Moms Online Garage Sale' (http://momsonlinegaragesale.com),  Sarah, at 'Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks'. (http://www.mooseandtater.com/), and Mickey, at 'A Helicopter Mom' (http://ahelicoptermom.com/). "I ♥ Blogging Hop was created to gain new followers, subscribers, tweeters and fb fans."
 ~ "Just 'Cuz Blog Hop", hosted by 'Mommy Head Adventurous' (http://www.mommyheadadventures.com/), and by Amanda Kay, at 'Organic Homemaking'    (http://www.myorganichomemaking.com/). "This hop is a relaxing one, so just leave your blog in the list below and hop away! We hope that you will make some new friends if you choose too."
 ~ "Friendly Wednesday('s)", are hosted by Keli, at 'Feeding Four' (http://savingthosedollars.blogspot.com/) and by Susie QT Pies, at 'Scraps of Life Blog' (http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/). "Create a new Friendly Wednesday blog post..." A blog hop.
  ~ "Wednesday Social Bzzz", is held on THIS page of 'Free Hot Samples' (http://www.freehotsamples.com). "Link up Facebook, Twitter, GFC, RSS, Email/Newsletter, ANY type of social network you use.
   ~ "Hot Links of the Week", hosted by Tammi, at 'An Island Life' (http://islandlife808.com/). "If you would like to have your giveaway included in an upcoming edition ..."
   ~ The Book Giveaway", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/).  "There is something for everyone at the book giveaway linky, and it is a great place to promote your own book giveaways as well. "
  ~ "Happy WINSday", hosted by TJ, at 'Measuring Flower . com' (http://www.measuringflower.com/). "Drop by every Wednesday to add your giveaways to my linky list and/or to find giveaways to enter."
  ~ "Winner Wednesday('s)", hosted by Danielle, at 'Flip flop Reviews' (http://flipflopreviews.blogspot.com/). "Link up your giveaways."
  ~ "Where's the Gold Giveaways", are hosted by Donna, from 'Pot Of Gold Giveaways' (http://www.potofgoldgiveaways.blogspot.com/). "List our giveaways here and then take a minute to enter some of the others listed."
  ~ "Wednesday Giveaway Linkup", is hosted by Erica, at 'bassgiraffe's Thoughts' (http://www.bassgiraffe.com/).

--> Thursday('s): 
  ~  "Tablescape Thursday('s)", are hosted by Susan, at 'Between Naps On The Porch'  (http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/), which is table settings / decorations / etc.
  ~  "Pennywise Platter Thursday('s)", are hosted by Kimi, at 'the NOURISHING gourmet'  (http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/). "It’s time to share your frugal and nourishing tips and recipes! Where do you shop for quality food at a lower price? What recipe saves a penny? How do you balance a budget with nourishing food? Share here."
  ~  "Cooking Thursday('s)"
, are hosted by Sandra, at 'Diary of a S.A.H.M.'  (http://familycorner.blogspot.com), where you are encouraged to share your cooking recipes.
  ~ "What's Cooking Thursday('s)", are hosted by Keli, at 'Feeding Four' (http://savingthosedollars.blogspot.com/). "A place to link up whatever it is you've been cooking at your house."
  ~  "Craving Ellie in My Belly" {CEIMB}, The foods you crave served up weekly, is hosted by Nick & Sarah (their blog is 'imafoodblog.com'), at 'Craving Ellie in My Belly'  (http://cravingellieinmybelly.blogspot.com/). From the book, 'The Food You Crave; Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life' by Ellie Krieger.
  ~ "Full Plate Thursday('s)", are hosted by Miz Helen, at 'Miz Helen's Country Cottage' (http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/). "Now lets take a look in that basket of yours and see what you brought to share today, I can't wait."
  ~  "Vintage Recipe Thursday('s)", hosted by Joy, at 'Joy of Desserts'  (http://joyofdesserts.blogspot.com) "Vintage Recipe Thursday (VRT) is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers or postcards."
  ~  "Ultimate Recipe Swap('s)", are hosted by Jessica, at 'Life as Mom'  (http://www.lifeasmom.com/). There is a different featured topic each week. "Have a story to go along with your recipe? We'd love to hear it!"
  ~ "Recipe Swap Thursday('s)", are hosted by Alison, at 'Prairie Story' (http://www.prairiestory.com/)
  ~ "Thursday's Recipe Swap Meet('s)!"
, are hosted by Dolly, at 'Xmas Dolly' (http://thenewxmasdolly.blogspot.com/), and Lorie, from 'The Shrew Bridges of Central Florida' (http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/). "Your grand mother's secret recipe has a coming out party and it's tonight!" 
  ~ "Tasty Traditions"
, hosted by Nikki, at 'Coupon Cookin' ' (http://www.couponcookin.com)"Does your family have a special dish? How about a favorite family tradition?"
  ~ "Tasty Thursday('s)", are hosted by Stacey, at 'Made of Snails' (http://www.madeofsnails.com/), and at 'The How To Mommy' (http://www.thehowtomommy.com/). "And now, time for the recipe swapping!"
   ~ "Frugal Food Thursday('s)", hosted by Laura, at 'Frugal Follies' (http://www.frugalfollies.com/). "If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up!"
  ~ "Sweet Treats Thursday('s)", hosted by Ashton, at 'Something Swanky' (http://www.somethingswanky.com/). "Dessert-related posts only-- you can link up photos, recipes, crafts that look like treats, whatever! As long as it's in the sweet treats family."
  ~ "It's A Keeper Thursday('s)", hosted by Christina, at 'It's A Keeper' (http://www.everydaytastes.com/). "Welcome to It’s a Keeper Thursday! The place where we all get together and share our “keepers”! Do you have a recipe that you’ve tried, or a craft project you’ve made that was a “keeper”?"
  ~ "Crazy Cute Link Party", hosted by Courtney, at 'Between U & Me' (http://www.betweenuandme.com/). "I welcome scrapbook pages, DIY projects, recipes, a thrifty find, an awesome picture you've taken, sewing projects, handmade cards or other paper craft stuff.. Whatever you got! As long as you made it. Please no etsy shops..."
  ~ "Strut Yourself Thursday('s)", are hosted by Stephanie, at 'Somewhat Simple' (http://www.somewhatsimple.com). "..link up your crafts, makeovers, DIY, projects, recipes, etc."
  ~ "Making It With Allie", hosted by Allie, at 'What Allie's Making Now' (http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/). "What have you got this week?"
  ~ " 'Look at Me' I'm So Crafty", hosted by Stacey, at 'It's FUN to craft!' (http://funtocraft.blogspot.com/). "Link up any creative post."
  ~ "Look What I Made", hosted by Kara, at 'Creations By Kara' (http://www.creationsbykara.com/). "Alright, lets see whacha got! Feel free to link up a craft project, decorating idea, or a yummy recipe."
  ~ "Thrilling Thursday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/). "Let's see what you have made this week!!! :)  Link up and most of all HAVE FUN!!!!"
  ~ "A Crafty Soiree", held every Thursday. Hosted by Malia, at 'Yesterday On Tuesday' (http://yesterdayontuesday.typepad.com/).  "Link up to four of your creative projects."
  ~ "Catch A Glimpse Thursday('s)", hosted by Allison, at 'A Glimpse Inside' (http://www.aglimpseinsideblog.com/). " Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc."
  ~ "Everything But The Kitchen Sink", is hosted by Meg, at 'A Little Knick Knack' (http://www.alittleknickknack.com/).
  ~ "Delightfully Inspiring Thursday('s)", are hosted by DaNita, at 'Delightful Order' (http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/). "Link posts pertaining to: organizing, decorating, crafts, recipes, anything creative that may inspire others."
  ~ "Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths", hosted by Allison, at 'House of Hepworths' 9http://www.houseofhepworths.com/). "Post about anything you’ve worked on recently! "
  ~ "Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails", is hosted by Kim, at 'Seven Thirty Three'  (http://733blog.blogspot.com/).  "... your project. ... 3) Don't forget, these should be BOYRELATED (Big Boy projects are accepted too)!" [Her Wednesday parties are for girls;->]
  ~ "Thursday Tutorials", are hosted by Katy, at 'KdBuggie Boutique' (http://kdbuggieboutique.com). "Have a great tutorial/project that you made that you want to share?! Add yours ... . I would love to see what everyone has been up to!!"
  ~ "Toddler Talk Thursday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom' (http://www.sippycupmom.com), Emily, at 'Family and Life in Las Vegas' (http://www.familylifeinlv.com/), LoLo, at 'Crazy About My Baybah' (http://www.crazyaboutmybaybah.com/). "Toddler Talk Thursday was created as a place for moms and dads of toddlers to come together over a weekly topic and share ideas, go-to toys, or products. It is a great way to meet other bloggers of toddlers. Each week the topic will be different; we invite you to link up.... ". "Each week the hosts will .. if we choose your topic..."
  ~ "Thursday Two Questions", is hosted by Amanda, at 'Self Sagacity' (http://www.selfsagacity.com/). Read the Thursday Two Questions Detail Page - HERE.
  ~  "Booking Through Thursday('s)", are hosted by Deb, at 'Booking Through Thursday'  (http://btt2.wordpress.com/), where participants answer that weeks posted questions about a book, or books. ExampleWhat is the worst book you've ever read?  Why do you dub it such? Etc.
  ~ "Exploring With A Camera", is hosted by Kat, at 'The Kat Eye View of the World' (http://www.kateyeview.com/). "The exploring with a camera series is intended to inspire you to see the world around you in a different way, using the camera as a tool to deepen your experience of life."
  ~  "Shoot Me!", is hosted by Church Lady, at 'Diary of a Church Lady' (http://livinglifeinpa.blogspot.com//). "It's time to stop hiding behind the camera of yours. Your family is missing you in the picture. So it's time to post a picture of YOU (yes, you) every Thursday with your child, your spouse, your friend, your dog, or even by yourself. Just get in the picture!" 
  ~ "Before and After", hosted by Monica, at 'Pixel Perfect' (http://www.pixelperfectblog.com/). "Use only one picture for your entry." "Post your straight out of camera version and then your edited one." "Share with everyone the editing version and the equipment used." ...
 ~ "I Learned ...", held on Thursday's. Hosted by Courtney, at 'Click It Up A Notch' (http://www.clickitupanotch.com/). "What did you learn this week?? You know the old saying “You learn something new everyday!” Take pictures of it and share with us!! Some weeks you may learn a photography skill..."  "...something about yourself or life, that is great too! Post a picture and tell us what you learned.
 ~ "Texture Thursday('s)", are hosted by Audrey, at 'The Daily Wyatt' (http://thedailywyatt.blogspot.com/). "... enter a picture that already has texture in it, or add osme of your own." To learn more, go HERE.
  ~  "Thursday('s) Thirteen", are hosted by Janet & Megan, at 'Thursday Thirteen'  (http://thursday-13.com/). Participants pick their own 13 'things'. " each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it. One week you may list “13 things on my mind” and maybe the next week you’d list “my top 13 favorite movies”. "The purpose is to get to know everyone who participants a little better every Thursday."
  ~  "Things I Love Thursday('s)", are hosted by 'The Diaper Diaries'  (http://thediaperdiaries.net/). "Let the readers know about something/anything you love. Try to pick an actual 'thing' that you love."
  ~  "Thankful Thursday('s) A Grateful Heart", Iris's, at 'Grace Alone'  (http://www.eph2810.com/) is the base home. Each month it's actually hosted by different sites. Laurie, from 'Women Taking A Stand'  (http://womentakingastand.blogspot.com/) will host May's. Iris herself will host June's.  And Lynn, from 'Spiritually Unequal Marriage'  (http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/) will host July's. Each week a different topic is given, write what your thankful for about that theme. 
  ~  "Living A Simple Life Thursdays", are hosted by: Diana, at 'A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa'  (http://www.spain-in-iowa.com), Annette, from 'Sustainable Eats'(http://www.sustainableeats.com/), Wardeh, from 'GNOWFGLINS' (http://gnowfglins.com/),  Alicia, from 'Culinary Bliss' (http://culinarybliss.blogspot.com/), and Mare, from 'Just Making Noise' (http://just-making-noise.blogspot.com/).  "where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life." "If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients are whole.  Such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policeman, however, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements." 
  ~ "Cottage Flora Thursday's", are hosted by Tracie, at 'Fishtail Cottage' (http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/). "Please link a garden post to this garden party."
  ~  "Thrifty Thursday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Leigh, at 'Tales From Bloggeritacille'  (http://lbratina.blogspot.com/), where participants "do a show and tell of sorts, show casing their thrifty find."
  ~ "Thrifty Thursday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Johnnie, at 'Saved By Love Creations' (http://savedbylovecreations.com/). "...link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon, ..."
       Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~  "Vintage Thingies Thursday('s)", are hosted by Suzanne, at 'Colorado Lady'  (http://coloradolady.blogspot.com), where Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone." Click HERE to read the instructions.
  ~  "Transformation Thursday('s)", are hosted by Gina, at 'The Shabby Chic Cottage'  (http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/). "It's the one day a week we all celebrate getting things done."
THREE THURSDAY CHALLENGES - each one is either a bit or a lot different than the others - they are listed in the order in which I found them.
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 1?), are hosted by Dale, at 'Thursday Challenge for fun and learning'  (http://www.spunwithtears.com/thursday.html). "... is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced ... each week. You may either ..."
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)", (shall we say # 2 ?), are held at 'Theme Thursday'  (http://themethursday.wordpress.com/). Every week a new art challenge is presented. "Create paper art". "Use collage images, rubber stamps, fancy paper, embellishments or any other art supply to make your creation!"
  ~  "Thursday Challenge('s)" (shall we say # 3 ?), are hosted by Caz, Deb & Lynn, at 'Cute Card Thursday'  (http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/). "we post a new challenge every Thursday! We are primarily a card making challenge blog, but if you wish to make another item, that is fine by us. We want you to have fun crafting!"
 ~ "Commercial Break Thursday('s) - Promote Yourself", hosted by Suzy, at 'Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom' (http://www.suzyssitcom.com). "Link your website, your etsy shop, your projects, your latest hairdo, whatever."
  ~ "Giveaways Galore!", is hosted both by: Felicia, at 'Go Graham Go!' (http://www.gograhamgo.com), and 'Jolly Mom', (http://www.jollymom.com). "Link up your giveaways! Please make sure to link directly to the giveaway and list the name of the giveaway along with the expiration date."
  ~ "Giveaway Directory Thursday('s)", are hosted by Michelle, at 'Someday Crafts', (http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com). "If you are looking to win free "stuff", visit the other blogs and enter. It's that easy!!! Some of these giveaways only have a few entries so your chance of winning is great!"
  ~ "Thursday's Giveaway Cafe' ", hosted by hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/), and Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com). "Link up your fiveaways valued $25 or higher."
  ~ "Thursday's Giveaways", are hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). ".. a giveaway linky to make it easier to find lots of giveaways."
 ~ "Thursday Giveaway Link Up('s)", are hosted by Traci, at 'Traci 66' (http://www.traci66.com/).
  ~ "Giveaway Day", hosted by and held at, 'Hip Homeschool Moms' (http://www.hiphomeschoolmoms.com). "Hosting a giveaway at your blog that home school moms would love to enter? Link up here and let us help you promote it! Everyone else - enjoy these awesome giveaways!"
  ~ "Thursday Tell All('s)", are hosted by Colleen, at 'Shibley Smiles' (http://www.shibleysmiles.com/). "Welcome to ... where you can tell us all about the giveaways you are hosting."
  ~ "Terrific Thursday Blog Hop!", hosted by Rondi, at 'WAHM Resource Site' (http://wahmresourcesite.com/), and Crystal, at 'My Life as Mom and Wife' (http://kennedymomandwife.blogspot.com/). "Together, we are hoping to create an awesome weekly blog hop to find new blogs and meet new blog friends."
  ~ "Thursday Friends Cafe Blog Hop"hosted by Deb, at 'Menopausal New Mom' (http://menonewmom.blogspot.com/), and Tammy, at 'Tammy's Two Cents' (http://www.tammystwocents.com/). 
  ~ "Keepin Company Thursday('s)", are hosted by Traci, at 'Traci 66' (http://www.traci66.com/), and by Terra, at 'Heck Of A Bunch' (http://www.heckofabunch6.com/).  A blog hop.
  ~ "Thirsty For Comments Thursday('s)", are hosted by Heather, at 'Acting Balanced' (http://www.actingbalanced.com). "This is a blog hop dedicated to giving good comment ... this is NOT a hop for "I'm here from the hop, follow me back" comments!"
  ~ "Thirsty Thursday Blog Hops", are hosted by Cee, at 'Smookie Style' (http://smookiestyle.com/), and Marcie, at 'Obvious MARvelous' (http://www.obviously-marvelous.com/). "Thirsty for followers?"
 ~ "Blog Hop Thursday('s)"are hosted by Erica, at 'bassgiraffe's Thoughts' (http://www.bassgiraffe.com/). "I will be featuring one blog form the week before who made a post containing the blog hop button. this is a random draw ..."
  ~ "Stumble Through Thursday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Kristen, at 'Keenly Kristen' (http://www.keenlykristin.com/). "This is not your average post your link and run blog hop.  It requires a HIGH level of participation." Go HERE to get instructions on how to do theirs.
 ~ "Alexia Blog Hop('s)", hosted by Susie QT Pies, at 'Scraps of Life Blog' (http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/). "Improve your blog ranking and link up!"

--> Friday('s):
  ~  "Flashback Friday('s)"(shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Suzy, at 'Kitchen Bouquet' {Food and Flowers!} (http://kitchenbouquet.blogspot.com/), where participants are encouraged to join her in "order(ing) pizza and I dig into my(their) photo archives and blog about something from my(their) past."
  ~  "Flashback Photo Friday('s)"(shall we say # 2 ?),  are hosted by Alicia, at 'More Than Words'  (http://minyards7.blogspot.com/).  "I have so many pictures from my PRE-digital camera days. I thought it would be fun to scan them and share them here with you ... I would like for you to join me too!"
  ~  "Flashback Friday('s)"(shall we say # 3 ?),are hosted by Lauren, at 'Heya, Sparky!' (http://heyasparky.blogspot.com). "Dig through old photos and tell us a little story of days gone by."
           Listed in the order in which I found them ;-}
  ~  "Friday "My Town" Shoot Out('s)", are hosted by Rebecca, Sarah, Doreen and the Town Blogger Team at (http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/). "Keep the 'my town theme' alive, but, ..." "Don't feel like you are restricted to shooting only in your little town ... vacation pic's and shots of towns around you... " Every week a different theme (object in  your town) is presented by an assigned group member. Upcoming themes are listed down the side bar. Mr. Linky is also on the sidebar.
  ~ "Show Me Your Town Hop", hosted by Michelle, from 'Heartfelt Balance, Homemade Life' (http://heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com/), by Michelle, from 'Michelle's Charm World' (http://michellescharmworld.blogspot.com/), by Jenn, from 'Coolest Family On The Block' (http://coolestfamilyontheblock.com/), and by Bernadette, from 'Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas' (http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/). "Link up your hometown happenings!"
  ~  "Give Me Your Best Shot", are hosted by: Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk'  (http://betterinbulk.net) and Cecily R., at 'My Chaos My Bliss' (http://mychaosmybliss.com/)
" ... is simply a fun way to share your favorite shot of the week. What has inspired you? Made you smile? What emotions, personality's and details have you caught?  It is NOT ... " "I encourage you to use a photo you've taken in the last week." To learn more, go HERE.
  ~  "Fix-it Friday('s)", are held at 'I Heart Faces'  (http://www.iheartfaces.com). "where anyone can join in the photo editing fun by downloading a photo we provide and showing off how you would “fix” it!"  "...don't leave comments about your blog, product or service on our participants websites."
  ~  "Skywatch(R) Friday('s)", (http://skyley.blogspot.com). "Starts each week on Thursday evenings at 7:30p.m. GMT. PLEASE read the established rules before linking your posts.
 ~ "Embrace The Camera", is hosted by Emily, at 'The Anderson Clan' (http://www.andersonfamilycrew.blogspot.com/). "Take a picture with YOU and your kids, spouse, family member, friend, whatever. Blog about the picture..."
 ~ "Fabulous Friday('s)" (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Ria, at 'Life As A Wife' (http://www.riathurston.com/). Tell about and show pictures of, Fabulous things going on in your life.
 ~ "Fabulous Friday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Jennifer, at 'mcdougall photo blog' (http://mcdougallphotography.blogspot.com/). "The picture has to be taken by you. The picture has been taken during the last week..."
         Listed in the order in which i found them ;->
 ~ "Coco's Animal Antics"are hosted by KB at 'KB's Room - Do Not Disturb' ("I'm disturbed enough already") (http://krazyblonde-kb.blogspot.com/). "If you have a pic of pets or animals to share with Coco, post to your blog and leave a link and comment below."   
  ~  "Fingerprint Friday('s)", hosted by Beki, at 'The Rusted Chain'  (http://www.blog.therustedchain.com/).  "Look around and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?"
  ~ "Journey of Faith Friday('s)", are hosted by Amber, at 'Amber's Articles' (http://ambocullum.blogspot.com/). "How is God working in your life as you journey with Him? Would you consider sharing it with us?" 
  ~  "Friday Fill-ins", are hosted by Janet, at 'Friday Fill-ins
(http://fridayfillins.blogspot.com), where you are encouraged to fill in that week's blanks.
  ~  "Five Question Friday('s)", are hosted by 'Mama M', at 'My Little Life'  (http://fivecrookedhalos.blogspot.com/). "Copy and paste the following questions to your blog, answer them, ... and link up!"
  ~  "Friday Finds", are hosted by Mizb17, at 'Should Be Reading'  (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/). "What great books did you hear about/discover this week? Share with us ..."
  ~  "Finer Things Friday('s)", hosted by Amy, at 'the Finer Things in life'  (http://amysfinerthings.com/). "What finer things are you celebrating this week? Link up and let us know!"
  ~  "Friday Fragments", are hosted by Barb, at 'Half Past Kissin Time ... time to kiss again!'  (http://www.halfpastkissintime.com). "Bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; to short for stand-alone piece, but to good to discard."
  ~  "Friday's Fave Five", are hosted by Susanne, at 'Living to Tell the Story',  (http://susannesspace.blogspot.com/).  "Come on Friday's and think back over your week and just post about 5 favorite things from your week ... Anything that tickled your fancy ... quotes, posts, happenings, scriptures, recipes, ... "
  ~  "7 Quick Takes Friday('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Conversion Diary'  (http://www.ConversionDiary.com/).  "7 quick takes on what's going on in your life."
 ~ "The Homeschool Mother's Journal", hosted by Sue, at 'The Homeschool Chick' (http://www.thehomeschoolchick.com/). "Please read her guidelines HERE before you link up"
 ~ "Field Trip Friday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'Chestnut Grove Academy' (http://chestnutgroveacademy.blogspot.com/).  "A blog hop designed to share "FIELD TRIP" related blog posts." 
  ~  "Company Girl Coffee", is hosted by Rachel Anne, at 'Home Sanctuary'  (http://www.homesanctuary.com/). Fix yourself a cup of coffee and tell us about what's going on in your life this week. There is no small thing.
 ~  "Coffee Talk Friday('s)", hosted by Vic, at 'For The Love Of Blogs' (http://forblogs.blogspot.com). "Have a Fabulous Weekend Friends! and don't forget to wrap your Friday post up with a little coffee chat and fab friends."
  ~  "Show Us Your Life - ", are hosted by Kelly, at 'Kelly's Korner'  (http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/). "every week there is a different subject matter / theme to share about. Upcoming themes are listed down the left side bar." 
  ~ "Friday Potluck('s)", are hosted by Erin, at 'EKat's Kitchen' (http://www.ekatskitchen.com/). "Only one recipe per blog per week".
  ~ "Feasting In Fellowship Fridays", hosted By Janelle, at 'Comfy In The Kitchen' (http://comfynkitchen.blogspot.com/). "Thank you for sharing...I love seeing what you have been cooking!"
  ~ "Foodie Friday('s)" (shall we say # 1?), are hosted by "Gollum" (aka: Michael), at 'Designs by Gollum'  (http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/) where participants feature both pictures of and recipes for food.
  ~ "Foodie Friday('s)" (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Bianca, at 'Little Brick Ranch' (http://www.littlebrickranch.com/). "Your link MUST be a food related item, duh! It can be a recipe, a specific dish you are craving, a new foodie product you just found, a specific restaurants specific dish...it can be a picnic you had - I really don't care! Just make me want to eat it!  "
    Listed in the order of which I found them ;->
  ~  "Food on Friday('s)", hosted by Ann, at 'Ann Kroeker. writer.'  (http://annkroeker.wordpress.com/)."any post remotely related to food is welcome—though we love to try new dishes, your post doesn’t have to be a recipe. We’re pretty relaxed over here, and stories and photos are as welcome as menus and recipes."
  ~  "Four Foods on Friday", hosted by Valerie, at 'Fun, Crafts and Recipes'  (http://funcraftsandrecipes.com/). Every week four food related questions are asked.
  ~  "Friday Food", are hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom Trends'  (http://momtrends.blogspot.com). "This week I have ... what have you been up to? ... Share your success's in the kitchen." "We welcome any recipes and food-related posts."
  ~ "Fun With Food Friday('s)", are hosted by Lori, at 'Paisley Passions' (http://www.paisleypassions.blogspot.com/). "Remember FOOD RELATED posts only please."
 ~ "Fresh Food Friday('s) and Seasonal Saturday('s)" (now combined), are hosted by Roz, at 'la bell vita' (http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com). "the focus... is on food recipes and gardening posts only, in the hopes of focusing on the 'farm-to-table' movement taking place ..."
  ~  "Fight Back Friday's", are hosted by Kristen M., at 'Food Renegade'  (http://www.foodrenegade.com/).  "Bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the 'REAL FOOD REVOLUTION, who are they? ... lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on."
  ~ "Sweet Tooth Friday('s)", hosted by Alli, at 'Alli 'n Son' (Parenting and Life with a side of Chocolate) (http://alli-n-son.com/).  "Each week I’m posting a new or old favorite. New recipes that I found scouring the interwebs and magazines or old family favorites. But one thing for sure is that they will be sweet. And with each recipe I’m including a linky for you to share your favorite sweet-inspired recipes."
 ~ "Fat Camp Friday('s)", are hosted by Miranda, at 'Mangoes and Chutney' (http://www.mangoesandchutney.com). "... all about being indulgent, but I won't kick the healthy recipes out of bed."
  ~ "Bake With Bizzy", hosted at 'Bizzy B Bakes
(http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/)."What about you? What are you baking? Join Bizzy and share your baked goodies here."
  ~ "Sweets This Week", (held every Friday), hosted by Sarah, at 'Sugar Bananas' (http://sugarbananas.blogspot.com)
"craft / recipes / tutorial / DIY / sewing creation / tip."
  ~ "Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home on Friday('s)", hosted by Alex, at 'A Moderate Life' (http://amoderatelife.com/). "Simply link to your URL and use your blog badge, or share a recipe, giveaway or anything you want! Then hop on over and make new friends with the other participants."
  ~  "Frugalicious Friday('s)", are hosted by Jane, at 'Finding Fabulous' (http://www.findingfabulousblog.com). "This fun day is dedicated to sharing your fabulous, thriftiest ... most Frugalicious Home Decor Finds!" "It can be anything for the Home,  as long as you ... did not ... pay full price!" "Link up your fabulous finds, crafts, and DIY projects."
 ~ "Friday Date Nights", is hosted by Leigh, at 'Leigh vs. Laundry' (http://leighvslaundry.blogspot.com/).  "Why not invite a little romance into your life? ... post about your fantastic date night. It doesn't have to be a Friday night date. Any time is a good time to reconnect."
  ~ "Weekend Wrap-up('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'Tatertots and Jello' (http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com). "I can't wait to see what YOU have been doing!"
  ~ "Weekly Wrapup", hosted by Kris, at 'Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers' (http://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/). " How was your week? Be sure to post about it and sign up.."
  ~ "Tickled Pink Friday('s)", are hosted by Holly, at '504 Main' (http://www.504main.com). "A craft, recipe, tip, party, short story, poem, fashion find, favorite product, your favorite post, whatever makes you feel FABULOUS! That is what tickled pink is all about! {and it does NOT have to be PINK}."  
  ~ "Crafty Friday('s)", are hosted by Stephani, at 'Home Sweet Farm' (http://ourjourneytoasimplerlife.blogspot.com/). " Let us know what you’re working on this week! It can be photos of a project, instructions, recipes, or anything else you feel is "crafty"."
   ~ "I'm Lovin' It" (every Friday), are hosted by (a different) Cheryl, at 'Tidy Mom' (http://tidymom.net/2011/). "let us know what your lovin' this week. share your recipes, crafts, DIY's, photography, printable's, products, .. anything you are loving!"
  ~ "Inspiration Friday('s)", are hosted by Vanessa and Heather, 'At The Picket Fence' (http://www.atthepicketfence.com/). ".. any post you've written that has Inspired You and will Inspire Others-it can be a home improvement project, craft, recipe, story, devotional...if it inspires link it up!"
  ~ "Simply Creations Friday('s)", are hosted by Jackie, at 'Simple home Life' (http://www.mysimplehomelife.com/). "let me see what you have for this week!"
  ~ "Creation Corner Friday Link Party", hosted by Tasha (with an 'a' not an 'o' sound), at 'Creation Corner' (http://creationcorner.blogspot.com/). ".. it can be a craft, an art project, some yummy recipe, something with home decor, organizing or cleaning tips...etc. "
  ~ "it's a Hodgepodge Friday" (Hodgepodge - odds and ends: a motley assortment of things), hosted by Gay, at 'It's a Hodgepodge Life' (http://itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com/). "Every Friday we get together to share our creations, new or old. It could be just about anything - A craft, a room re-do, artwork, a wonderful recipe, new photos of the family... anything you consider hodgepodge!"
  ~ "PITY PARTY" (held every Friday), hosted by Mique (as in Mickey), at 'Thirty Handmade Days' (http://thirtyhandmadedays.com). "Be creative- a craft, tutorial, recipe,anything you want!"
  ~ "Feature Yourself Friday('s)", are hosted by Rachelle, at 'Fingerprints on the Fridge' (http://www.fingerprintsonthefridge.com/). " it's time again for the pretty things!"
  ~ "Weekend Wander", are hosted by Krista, at 'While He Was Napping' (http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com/). "Link up all your awesome goodness.  Keep it family friendly and no commercial sites, please."
  ~ "Everything but the Kitchen Sink", held every Friday, hosted by Meg, at 'A Little Knick Knack' (http://www.alittleknickknack.com/).  "I'm so excited to see your projects this week. I need some inspiration!"
  ~ "Lovely Crafty Weekend", held every Friday, hosted by Rachael, at 'Lovely Crafty Home' (http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com). "Hey lovely people! It’s time to link up your projects again! I so look forward to seeing these every week."
  ~ "Fantastic Friday('s)" (the craft version), are hosted by Jen, at 'Iron Violet Designs' (http://www.ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com/). "link up anything that you have made - sewn, cooked, crafted, etc. family friendly of course. "
  ~ "Fantobulous Friday('s)", are hosted by Joy, at 'Mama's Kinda Crafty' (http://www.mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com/). "link up any crafty thing you've made this week!"
  ~ "Simply Link Party", hosted every Friday by Ashley, at 'Simply Designing' (http://simplydesigning.blogspot.com). "I can't wait to see what you have created this week!"
~ "Friday Link Party",  hosted by Tasha, at 'Creation Corner' (http://creationcorner.blogspot.com/). "Remember it can be a craft, an art project, some yummy recipe, something with home decor, organizing or cleaning tips...etc."
  ~ "Home and Family Friday('s)", hosted by Becca, at 'Home is Where My Story Begins' (http://becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com/). "Link up your favorite project from the week."
  ~ "Show and Tell Friday('s)", are hosted by Cindy, at 'My Romantic Home' (http://romantichome.blogspot.com/). " please remember that your Show and Tell needs to be something from your home or garden."  Go HERE to read the instructions on how to send her your link (she does the actual linking up).
  ~ "Show and Share Day('s)", are hosted by Chris, at 'Just a Girl' (http://justagirlblog.com). Show and Share what you've been doing.
  ~ "Fancy Friday('s)", are hosted by Melissa, at 'Mel Dreams Often' (http://www.meldreamsoften.com/). "No rules, but please checkout and follow the featured blog!"
  ~ "Flaunt It Friday('s)", are hosted by Kate, at 'Chic on a Shoestring Decorating' (http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/).  "You may post about anything you'd like to share... decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, helpful hints, whatever you're proud of"
  ~ "Free For All (Friday's)", are hosted by Hannah, at 'Young and Crafty' (http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/). "Link directly to your post of projects made by you."
  ~ "Friday Favorites", are hosted by Jerri, at 'Simply Sweet Home'.  (http://www.simplysweethome.com/). "Can't wait to see your posts! Link them up!"
  ~  "Frugal Friday('s)", (shall we say # 1 ?), are hosted by Wendy at 'Shabby Nest'  (http://shabbynest.blogspot.com), featuring frugal decorating ideas.
  ~  "Frugal Friday('s)", (shall we say # 2 ?), are hosted by Jessica, at 'Life as Mom' (www.lifeasmom.com). "What's your money saving idea for the week? Share it with us."
      They are listed in the order I found them ;->
 ~ "Weekly Savings Total Linkup", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free'  (http://www.frugalityisfree.com/). "I would love to hear how you did on your savings this week."
  ~  "Feminine Friday('s)" (based off of 1 Peter 3:3-5), are hosted at 'Buildeth Her House'  (http://buildethherhousewithlove.blogspot.com/). "this meme (is) dedicated wholly to feminine and modest dress." "... the key is to post about your outfit and how you feel wearing it ..."
  ~ "Fertilizer Friday('s)", are hosted by Glenda (aka: Tootsie) , at 'Tootsie Time',  (http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/). "Link up and post those plants and their healthy beautiful blooms and FLAUNT THOSE FLOWERS!!!"
  ~ "Illustration Friday('s)", are hosted by Penny, at 'Illustration Friday . com'  (http://illustrationfriday.com). "Illustration Friday is a weekly illustration challenge. A topic is posted every Friday and then participants have all week to come up with their own interpretation."
  ~  "Puzzle Friday('s)", are hosted by Beverly, at 'How Sweet the Sound'  (http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/). "... puzzle('s) for the fun-lovers. Come on and play. My time was ..."
  ~  "ALOHA Friday('s)", are hosted by Tammi, at 'Island Life'  (http://islandlife808.com). "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fri.'s I would take it easy on posting to. Therefore, I'll post a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response." Participants then do the same.
  ~  "Dear So and So ...", are hosted by Kat, at '3 Bedroom Bungalow' (http://3bedroombungalow.blogspot.com/). "Write your letters and link up! ... of letters to those who tick you off, make you happy, or to the utterly stupid. Go forth and let it all out. It makes you feel better." 
  ~  "Maria's Sketch Challenges('s)", are hosted by Maria, at ' 'Christmas Stampin' All Year Long' (http://christmasstampin.blogspot.com/). "... join in creating Christmas cards and projects weekly throughout the year. Each week a challenge will be posted and you may participate by creating you card based on the challenge."
  ~ "Organize Your Life!", hosted by Bonnie, at 'House of Grace' (http://creatingahouseofgrace.blogspot.com/). "Link up any organizing post"
 ~ "Follow Friday 40 and Over"
hosted by Java, at 'Never Growing Old' (http://nevergrowingold.blogspot.com/). "Are you a blogger over 40? Yeah, Welcome to the club! Please join in the fun and get to know your fellow bloggers!!" 
  ~ "Friday Blog Hop With Featured Guest Hostess", hosted by Nicole, at 'Mama to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/), and by Melissa, at 'Home Grown Families' (http://www.homegrownfamilies.blogspot.com/). "We invite you to join us every Friday to make more blog friends!"
  ~ "New friend Friday('s)", are hosted by Tara, at 'The Trendy Treehouse' (http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com) and Jessica, at 'The Girl Creative' (http://www.thegirlcreative.com/). "New Friend Friday('s) is a fun continuous blog hop where it's all about making new bloggy friends and offering meaningful comment support to other bloggers."
  ~ "Find New Friends Weekend Hop", hosted by Tawna, at 'Tawna's Journey to a Healthier Me' (http://www.tawnasplan.com/), and Terry, at 'My Journey With Candida' (http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/).
 ~ "Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop", hosted by Jeannette, at 'The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug' (http://myadventureinmommyhood.blogspot.com/), and by Shelly, of 'My Saving Game' (http://myowngrocerygame.blogspot.com/). "Let's get to hopping!"  "You can link up blogs, face-book, twitter accounts, whatever - just be sure to specify what each link is."  
 ~ "Sit and Relax Weekend Hop", hosted by Michelle, from 'Heartfelt Balance, Homemade Life' (http://heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com/). "you can link up your blog on the 1st linky, your Face-book on the 2nd linky and your Twitter on the 3rd linky!" 
 ~ "Feed Me Friday('s)", are hosted by 'Liz', at 'From Chalkboards to Strollers'(http://chalkboardstostrollers.blogspot.com/) and by Amy, at 'Oh So Savvy Mom' (http://www.ohsosavvymom.com/).  "This is an email subscription blog hop."
  ~ "Hop Along Friday('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com/), Stephanie, at 'The Crazy Life of Stuffy Nickle' (http://www.stuffynickel.com/), Sonya, at 'Belly Charms' (http://bellycharms.blogspot.com/), and  Heather, at 'Living On Love And Cents' (http://www.livingonloveandcents.com/). "we welcome you to each hop and hope you have a great time participating."
  ~ "Weekend Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Jennifer, at 'Makobi Scribe' (http://makobiscribe.com), and Jamie, at 'Jamie's Precious Peas' (http://www.jamiespreciouspeas.com/). "Link up and Hop. Make sure you comment if you want a follow back."
  ~ "Boost My Blog Friday('s)", held at 'Design it Chic' (http://www.designitchic.blogspot.com/). "This blog-hop is supposed to be a boost in our blogs' asses... friends-wise:)!!" "And as always, today we have another question for you:"
  ~ "Following Friday('s)", are hosted by Jessica, at 'And then There Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/), Valerie, at 'Let's Just give It Away' (http://www.letsjustgiveitawayagain.com/), and 'Buzzing The Day Away' (http://www.busybuzzer.blogspot.com/). "Follow as many blogs as you like and when they follow you, follow them back. (leave a comment on their blog so they can follow you back)."
 ~ "Follow Fridays", are hosted by Erica, at 'bassgiraffe's Thoughts' (http://www.bassgiraffe.com/). "I love Fridays and meeting new blogs. ... If you have a weekly blog hop or giveaway link-up you would like me to post please let me know. I make a weekly post of ..."
 ~ "T.G.I.F. = Thank Goodness It's Friday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Becca, at 'Becca's Perspective' (http://www.beccasperspective.com/), by Kristen, at 'Curious Cora' (http://www.curiouscora.blogspot.com/), and by Mommy, at '2 Against 1' (http://www.2against1-twins.blogspot.com/). "Let's make some new blogging friends and celebrate the end of a wonderful week!"
  ~ "Super Mega 7 Blog Hop", hosted by Debbie, at 'Lucas's Journey With S(Sensory) P(Processing) D(Disorder)'  (http://lucasjourneyspd.blogspot.com). There is a section for 'Blogs', one for 'Twitter' accounts, one for 'Facebook' accounts, one for 'Network Blog' accounts, one for Blog Frog accounts, one for 'Picket Fence' or 'Mom Blog Vote Links', one for 'Giveaways', as well as one for 'blogging Events'. 
  ~ "Friday's Blog Hop with Nicky", hosted by Nicky, at 'Mommy on the Move' (http://www.mommyonthemove.com/).
 ~ "Crazed Fan Weekend Hop('s)", are hosted by Christina, at 'The Blog Entourage' (http://theblogentourage.blogspot.com/). "Is the weekend here already?!? It's time to grap a cup of coffee, or tea, or whatever you like and do some blog reading."
 ~ "Born 2 Impress Friday Blog Hop('s)", are hosted by Jen, at 'Born 2 Impress' (http://kidzborn2impress.blogspot.com/). "..open to all family friendly blogs..."
  ~ "Fabulous Friday Giveaways", are hosted by Melanie, at 'Joyful Housewife' (http://joyfulhousewife.com/). "Feel free to post your giveaways and participate in some too. Please keep it family friendly and clean."
  ~ "Fantastic Friday Giveaway Linky", hosted by JR Frugal Mom, at 'Frugality Is Free' (http://www.frugalityisfree.com).  "Welcome to ... where you can find hundreds of great blog giveaways."
 ~ "Friday Giveaway Linkup", is hosted by Sarah, at 'Sarah's Blog Of Fun' (http://www.sarahsblogoffun.com/).
 ~ "It's Stick 'Em Up Friday", are hosted by Melissa, at 'Mommy Living the Life of Riley' (http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com/). "..come along little dogie and list all your giveaway linkys here."
 ~ "Weekend Win It" (Giveaway Linky), hosted by Lee Ann, at 'The Life of Rylie...and Byrce too!' (http://www.thelifeofrylie.com/). "This is a great way to spread the word about your giveaways, or find some great ones to enter! And remember...you don't need to be a blogger to enter these giveaways! All you need to know is how to leave a comment. It's that easy!"
  ~ "For the Kids Fridays", are hosted by Rachel, at 'Sun Scholars' (http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/). "Link up as many KID RELATED activities, games, recipes, parties, gifts, clothing you've created, crafts, traditions, lessons, and so on.. bonus points to those that serve some educational purpose too!". 
 ~ "Family Friday('s)", hosted by 'Mommy Head Adventurous' (http://www.mommyheadadventures.com/). "... where everyone is invited to link up a story dealing with their family. It is not a blog hop. ..."  

--> Saturday('s):  
  ~  "Then Sings My Soul Saturday('s)", are hosted by Amy, at (http://signsmiraclesandwonders.blogspot.com) 'Signs Miracles and Wonders'. Every Saturday post a song which for this or that reason has touched your soul.
  ~  "Pink Saturday('s)", are hosted by Beverly, at 'How Sweet The Sound' (http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com), where the participant's feature something pink colored.
  ~  "Six Word Saturday's", hosted by Cate, at 'Show My Face :)' (http://showmyface.com),. "Want to play along? All that's necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words."
  ~  "Saturday Six", is hosted by Patrick, at 'Patrick's Place' (http://www.patrickkphillips.com/). "It's a meme consisting of six random questions ... There is at least one mini-quiz among the questions and other follow-up ...."
  ~  "Saturday 9", hosted by 'crazy Sam', at 'Saturday 9' (http://samanthasaturday9.blogspot.com). "Every Saturday you will be presented with 9 questions. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak."
 ~ "Saturday Stumbles", are hosted by Lolli, at 'Better in Bulk' (http://betterinbulk.net). "share YOUR  favorite post (from your blog or someone else’s) from this week."
 ~ "Saturday Sampling('s)", are hosted by Barb, at 'Half Past Kissin Time ... time to kiss again!' (http://www.halfpastkissintime.com). "anyone who's honest will admit that every single post we write is not our best work. Some stuff is just for fun or entertainment, but sometimes, you write something you wish more people would have seen. Saturday Sampling is the place to link up your favorite post, to give it a little more play and let people know you have something that really means something to you."
 ~ "Saturday Night Special", are hosted by Donna, at 'Funky Junk Interiors' (http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com). "There are three categories to link to. Home Decoras well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, plus the 3rd themed link up which stays open indefinitely. Check below for this weekend's theme." "This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves."
 ~ "Saturday Is Crafty Day", hosted by Laura, at 'Along For The Ride' (http://iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com/). "What have you been working on?"
 ~ "Waltzingmouse Sketch Stamp Challenge(s)", are hosted by Lynn, at 'Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge' (http://waltzingmousesketchchallenge.blogspot.com/). "Are you ready to get strarted on your own creation? Break out your card stock and stamps and ... we ask that you use at least one WMS image..."
  ~ "Saturday Swagger('s)", are hosted by Kim, at 'It's a Crafty Life' (http://itsacraftylife.blogspot.com/). "Share your latest craft project, recipe, organizing tip, renovation, decorating, printable, sewing project, whatever!"
 ~ "Whatcha Got Weekend('s)", are hosted by Kelli + Kristi, at 'Lolly Jane Boutique' (http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/). "...let's see Whatcha Got (:"
 ~ 'Piggy Giggles' Show and Tell('s)", are held at 'Piggy Giggles' (http://www.piggygiggles.com). "Crafts and Recipes that kids would like".
 ~ "Show and Tell Saturdays", are hosted by Lorie, at 'Be Different..Act Normal' (http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com/). "..show me what you have been up to!"
 ~ "Check Me Out Saturday('s)", are hosted by Bobbie, at 'A Vision To Remember' (http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/). "link up what you've been working on"
 ~ "Spotlight Saturday('s)", are hosted both by Kel, at 'Between The Lines' (http://www.betweenthelines-kel.com/), and Stacy, at 'Survey Junkie' (http://www.sjunkie.com/). "Did you find a new blog you liked this week?  Is there one you visit on a daily basis?  Well, simply link up your Spotlighted blog right under yours. "
 ~ "Saturday Spotlight('s)", are hosted by Nicholette, at 'craft eNVy' (http://nv-craftenvy.blogspot.com/). "create a blog entry about something you made yourself."
  ~ "Sundae Scoop", is hosted by Jamielyn, at 'I Heart Naptime' (http://www.iheartnaptime.net/). " You can link up pretty much anything YOU created… a craft, a recipe, room you decorated, menu plan, organizing or cleaning tips…get creative! This a time to spotlight YOU and your blog!"
 ~ "Make and Share", is hosted by Christy, at 'HOMEmomMADE. (http://homemade.blogspot.com). "Make something (Crafts, projects, or tutorials) and share it (Something you've made)."
 ~ "Sweets For A Saturday", are hosted by Lisa, at 'Sweet As Sugar Cookies' (http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/). "Share your delicious sweets from this week. If you've made more than one during the week, feel free to link them all up."
 ~ "Simply Delish Saturday('s)", are hosted by 'KB and Whitesnakes Home' (http://kbandwhitesnakeshome.blogspot.com).  Do you have a recipe to share? You and post about it and link up, or leave it in the comment section and we will feature it at a later date.
 ~ "Summer Lovin Saturdays", hosted by Crysta, at 'Homemaker in Heels' (http://www.homemakerinheels.com/). "Link up your favorite craft, DIY project, recipe, tip, post ... you get the idea."
 ~ "Saturday On The Farm", hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://www.lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). to participate, "Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat."
 ~ "Project 365", hosted by Sarah, at 'Nap Time Mom Tog' (http://naptimemomtog.com). "Post your 7 photos in one blog post, or you can make a college..." Go HERE to learn more about this link up party.
  ~ "Saturday Swag('s)", are hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom Trends" (http://momtrends.blogspot.com). " Each week we’ll offer three things with Saturday Swag:" 1. Links to all our active contests in one place. 2. A special one-day Facebook Giveaway 3. A linky for you to post and amplify contests hosted on your site.
  ~ "Surfin' Saturdays", are hosted by Kim, at 'Chubby Cheeks Thinks' (http://www.chubbycheeksthinks.com), by Beth, at 'Two Monkeys and a Washtub' (http://www.twomonkeysawashtub.com/), by Jessica, at 'And Then There Were 4' (http://giveawaysandlife.blogspot.com/),  Dana, at 'The Coupon Challenge' (http://www.thecouponchallenge.com/), and Tara, at 'Dandy Giveaway' (http://www.dandygiveaway.com/). "Each week we will be surfin' a different social network. You will have to check back every Saturday to see where we will be! One week it may be a Face-book hop and then the next week an email hop! It will be lots of fun and you will get to meet new people and see old friends as well!"
  ~ "Smile With Me Saturday('s)", are hosted by Kristina, at 'Peaches Reviews' (http://www.peachesreviews.com/). A Blog Hop.
  ~ "Saturday Stalk Remix", hosted by Dawn, at 'Just Married With Coupons' (http://www.justmarriedwithcoupons.com/) and 'Debbie Does Coupons' (http://www.debbiedoescoupons.com/). "We are now blog hopping for the whole weekend!"
  ~ "So Followed Saturday('s)!", hosted by Rebecca, at 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest' (http://onemoreflewoverthecuckoo.blogspot.com/), by Vivian, at 'Confessions of aVit3tBabe' (http://vi3ti3abe.blogspot.com/), and Cori, at 'Cori's Big Mouth' (http://corisbigmouth.com/). "Each week we will feature a random blog who participated in the previous week's blog hop"
  ~ "Linda's Lunacy Sunny Saturday('s)", are hosted by Linda, at 'Linda's Lunacy' (http://lindaslunacy.blogspot.com/). ".. a fun way to find new friends and followers for your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and Networked Blog."
 ~ "Weekend Wind Down", hosted by Susan, at 'Susie B. Homemaker' (http://www.susiebhomemaker.com/search/label/WWD).  "This is a really simple Blog hop."  "...no pressure!"
 ~ "Spicy Weekend Hop", are hosted by Kimberly, at 'A Spicy Boy, A Cat, and My Fat Ass' (http://www.aspicyboycatandmyfatass.com/). "This is a blog hop for all networks: Facebook, Networked blog, Twitter, Blog Frog, and your giveaways."
  ~ "Super Saturday Giveaway Linkup", hosted by Nicole, at 'Mom to 4 Blessings' (http://www.mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/). "PLEASE this is a family friendly blog, please only link up "G" rated items.".
 ~ "Graphoniac Giveaways", hosted by A.L., at 'Graphoniac', (http://www.graphoniac.com/). "The entries in this list must meet the following conditions:   1, 2, 3, 4 - be family friendly, 5 - Have less than 200 entries at time of submission." 

     :-)  This concludes this edition of our, "Roundup of 'Theme Days' / 'meme's' / 'carnivals' / 'Link-up parties' "
    Just a friendly reminder - If you link something up to one of these, tis only polite to also visit at least a few of the others who had done likewise. Then take it one step further and make their day, by leaving them a comment. Don't know what to say?  Just start up a friendly conversation about what ever it was they had posted. ;->