Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Bloggy Reading :: Link Up!

Happy Friday! Welcome to my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party. Fridays are fun because this is the day of the week where other bloggers stop by to link up their best post of the week here at Serenity Now, and readers get to browse tons of fun project ideas. If you're new here, don't forget to "Follow" or subscribe so you don't miss future parties and projects!

*Please be sure to read my guidelines before you add a link--I've had to bypass so many great projects lately because they didn't include a link back to my blog in the post!

This party is a great place to showcase your very best post of the week (home decor, crafts, party ideas, recipes, DIY, tips and tricks, etc.) and to see what else is out there.

Did you miss any of this week's posts? I shared an inspiring Back to School Advice round-up on Tuesday, full of tips and ideas that both touched my heart and motivated me to start the school year off right. There were also some awesome features from last weekend's link party on Monday!



Time to link up your best post of the week!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School Advice for Parents and Kids

My girls got their new teacher assignments for the year yesterday in the mail. In between excited phone calls to friends to compare notes, I started compiling a mental list of THINGS TO TELL THEM before school begins next Tuesday. Stuff like "don't-ever-share-a-comb-or-you'll-get-lice-and-die" and "you don't always have to do what everyone else is doing" and "look out for the kids who are lonely or get picked on." And then I thought, why not share some great back to school preparation ideas posts with you guys. Not the cutesy, crafty, teacher gift posts (though I am a sucker for them), but the ones about getting your son or daughter ready emotionally and spiritually for a new year. So, here you go...



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Inspiring Project Ideas {link party features}

Happy Monday! How's your week going? This is our last week of summer vacay, and we're doing our best to relish it. I've got some creative inspiration for you, and today I'll be sharing some Features from the weekend link party. If you're new to the blog, I take a couple of days each week to let other bloggers showcase their project ideas here, and I take a day to feature a few of my faves. We have crafts, home decor, DIY, recipes, party ideas, organizing, tips and tricks, seasonal projects, and more!

Here are some projects that caught my eye this week:

~DIY Modern Console Table (Free Plans and Photos!) via Build Basic

~Lavender Lemonade via Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


~Lake Cottage Late Summer Home Tour via The Happy Housie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Bloggy Reading :: Link Up!

Hellooooooo, weekend! Welcome to my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party. Fridays are fun because this is the day of the week where other bloggers stop by to link up their best post of the week here at Serenity Now, and readers get to browse tons of fun project ideas. If you're new here, don't forget to "Follow" or subscribe so you don't miss future parties and projects!

*Please be sure to read my guidelines before you add a link--I've had to bypass so many great projects lately because they didn't include a link back to my blog in the post!

This party is a great place to showcase your very best post of the week (home decor, crafts, party ideas, recipes, DIY, tips and tricks, etc.) and to see what else is out there.

Did you miss any of this week's posts? Features went up on Monday!


**Also, the Best of the Blogosphere will be up at Centsational Girl some time this weekend! Kate and I have rounded up some fab DIY to share with you. Head over to see the BOTB after you link up here!**


Time to link up your best post of the week!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inspiring Project Ideas {link party features}

Hello, hello! How's your week going? We're still enjoying summer vacation here for a few more weeks. I've got some creative inspiration for you, and today I'll be sharing some Features from the weekend link party. If you're new to the blog, I take a couple of days each week to let other bloggers showcase their project ideas here, and I take a day to feature a few of my faves. We have crafts, home decor, DIY, recipes, party ideas, organizing, tips and tricks, seasonal projects, and more!

Here are some projects that caught my eye this week:

~DIY Home Tour via Lovely Etc

~Frozen Blueberry Cream Pie via The Kitchen is My Playground

~Monogram Zipper Pouch via The Scrap Shoppe








Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Bloggy Reading :: Link Up!

Happy Friday! Welcome to my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party. Fridays are fun because this is the day of the week where other bloggers stop by to link up their best post of the week here at Serenity Now, and readers get to browse tons of fun project ideas. If you're new here, don't forget to "Follow" or subscribe so you don't miss future parties and projects! And don't forget this week's Photo Canvas Giveaway!

*Please be sure to read my guidelines before you add a link--I've had to bypass so many great projects lately because they didn't include a link back to my blog in the post!

This party is a great place to showcase your very best post of the week (home decor, crafts, party ideas, recipes, DIY, tips and tricks, etc.) and to see what else is out there.

Did you miss any of this week's posts? I joined a Blogland Tour on Monday, shared some awesome features from last weekend's link party, and I've got a great Giveaway going on right now for a Photo Canvas from Printcopia (plus free shipping!).

Time to link up your best post of the week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Photo Canvas Giveaway from Printcopia!

This post brought you to you by Printcopia. All opinions are my own.//  I have a little love affair with photos on canvas. I love displaying family photos in our home, whether it's a copy of an heirloom portrait that's a hundred years old, a family photo, or something I shared on Instagram last week. Keeping those photos out on display is a form of inspiration for me. What better way to relive and cherish those people and moments than with a snapshot? It's my pleasure to offer a Printcopia Canvas (plus free shipping!) as a Giveaway for one Serenity Now reader. Keep reading to find out how to enter!


Printcopia was kind enough to send me a canvas to review, and I decided to test them. Rather than choosing something shot from my Nikon, I opted for an iPhone photo. I settled on one of my favorite candid iPhone shots...a pic I snapped of Harris' hand resting in my own. I love the simplicity of the photo...it reminds me of the quote "A son will hold your hand only for a little while, but he will hold your heart for a lifetime."



Ordering took me less than five minutes once I knew what I wanted. It was as simple as choosing a canvas size, uploading a photo, choosing a style (mirror image, border color, or image wrap), and choosing options such as color finishing or retouching.


When my canvas was complete, I received an email with tracking information, and the canvas arrived in a well-protected cardboard wrap/box. I was impressed with the quality of the image after transferring from an iPhone to a canvas. Sturdy frame, nice thick canvas.


Now I have a "mommy moment" I can cherish forever.


Guess what? Printcopia is giving away an 8 x 10 x .75 Photo Canvas to one reader, plus free shipping!

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This Giveaway will be open until 12 am EST on Monday, August 17th, 2014.

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Good luck!

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I received a canvas from Printcopia in exchange for a review, but was not compensated financially for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I do not review products or brands that I am not interested in or that I feel will not be a good fit for my readers. 
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