March 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

March 2015 - Victoriana Calendar
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March 2015

March rolled in with the largest thunder and lightening storm we have seen in Huntington Beach, California in years! It was absolutely pouring down rain–a much needed drenching for this drought plagued state. But then, the MOST AMAZING thing happened… we had a huge hail storm! It was like a white Christmas on the beach! Check out this video…

Crazy, right? It was kind of cool though. LOL

So, now onto what happened on the blog…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for February 2015…

Thank you for being an amazing part of Life With Lorelai and enjoying these posts. You have helped my blog grow.

Our weekly Home Matters Linky Party continues to grow and flourish, and is not included in the Top Five Posts. The Door OPENS every Friday–come by for a visit and join the party!

If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

February 19, 2015 | St. Patrick’s day Chalkboards

February 11. 2015 | EasyRecipe Plug-In Not Just For Recipes

November 7, 2014 | TGIF – It’s Been A Rough Week

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

February 24, 2015 | Guest Room Bedding Ideas

Featured Posts of February 2015…

Holiday Sidebar – Valentine’s Day 2015 …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #21

EasyRecipe Plug-In Not Just For Recipes …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #23

St. Patrick’s Day Chalkboards …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #24

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming March 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

Watch for posts on the rose garden, guest room makeover, and some recipes!

From the Vault

Here is something fun! Give it a try and find out Which Austen Heroine you are? Click below…

July 7, 2013 | Which Austen Heroine Are You?

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February 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

Photo from Cynthia Hart’s 2015 Victoriana Calendar

Love Is In The Air

February 2015

Red, Pink, Hearts, and Cupids… Love is in the air. No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, show someone that you care. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful loving day.

Here’s what happened on the blog last month…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for January 2015…

Thank you for being an amazing part of Life With Lorelai and enjoying these posts. You have helped my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

January 15, 2015 | Home Matters Linky Party #20

December 8, 2014 | Blog Planner – Get Organized!

January 15, 2015 | Super Bowl Party Trick Plays & Tasty Treats

November 7, 2014 | TGIF – It’s Been A Rough Week

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Featured Posts of January 2015…

Super Bowl Party Trick Plays & Tasty Treats …@… Scraptastic Saturdays Linky Party #20

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming February 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Bare Root Roses
  • Reclaiming Your Home
  • A Little Yard Work
  • St. Patrick’s Day

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Bathroom Bliss – A Few Cleaning Tips. Find some helpful tips to keeping your bathroom clean and organized. Also see pictures of the demolition and redo of the bathroom. Click below…

 

July 25, 2013 | Bathroom Bliss – A Few Cleaning Tips

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January 2015 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

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Happy New Year!

January 2015

It’s a wonderful New Year. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends. We sure did. Whether it was picking out and decorating our Christmas Tree, having feasts and fun with family and friends, or shopping for Toys For Tots, a blessed Christmas was had by all.

Part of my Merry Christmas was the love you, my readers, showed the blog this past month. So let’s get onto the…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

December was an exciting month for Life With Lorelai. I joined the Home Matters Linky Party as a host, and am thrilled to be working alongside two very talented bloggers, Kristen from The Road to Domestication and Shirley from Intelligent Domestications. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2015. The Linky Party returns from its holiday break on Friday, January 9th.

Top Five Posts for December 2014…

I so appreciate the time you spent during this crazy busy holiday season to visit and share my blog. Thank you for being a part of it and enjoying these posts–you helped my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

December 3, 2014 | Celebrating St. Nicholas Day – December 6th

November 20, 2014 | Candy Cane Legend with Printables

November 9, 2014 | Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

December 8, 2014 | Blog Planner – Get Organized!

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Featured Posts of December 2014…

13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food …@… Social Media Saturdays #25

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies …@… Scraptastic Saturdays #12

Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #11

Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #11

Candy Cane Legend with Printables …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #12

Mason Jar Pump Dispenser DIY …@… Scraptastic Saturdays #13

California Snowball Fights …@… Merry Mondays Linky Party Happy Holidays – Features from Merry Mondays #33

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming January 2015 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Bare-Root Roses
  • Super Bowl Snacks
  • Reclaiming Your Home
  • Healthy Start to a New Year
  • Random Act of Kindness

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is 15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home. January is a perfect time for starting fresh, and what better way to give your home a freshen-up than to get organized. Take a look at this post from the Life With Lorelai Vault for some excellent and creative organizational ideas. Click below…

September 23, 2013 | 15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home

 Have a Wonderful January 2015!

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December 2014 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

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It’s Time For Christmas!

December 2014

December–what more is there to say than the Glory of Christmas! I love Christmastime. The music, the goodies, the family and friends, the joy, happiness and festivities, the gift giving, and the Reason for the Season. As we explore the wonders of Christmas this month, I hope you love and enjoy December 2014, as much as I will.

Now, onto…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for November 2014…

These were the most popular posts last month. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

November 9, 2014 | Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies

November 12, 2014 | Sugared Cranberries

November 24, 2014 | 13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food

November 21, 2013 | 2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving

And we have two posts tied for the fifth position…

November 12, 2013 | Mississippi Pecan Pie

November 17, 2014 | Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks

Don’t want to miss anything else? Get the News!

Featured Posts of November 2014…

I’m Pumpkin Carving – Watch Me …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #6

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #7

DIY Pillow Covers …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #7

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Share Your Cup Thursday #126

An Invitation To Thanksgiving …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

DIY Pillow Covers …@… Home Matters Linky Party #14

Sugared Cranberries …@… The Honeycomb Home

Mississippi Pecan Pie …@… The Yuck Stops Here #33

Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party & Giveaway …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #8

Mississippi Pecan Pie …@… Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #8

Our Little Happiness Jar …@… Home Matters Linky Party #15

Sugared Cranberries …@… Social Media Saturdays #23

13 Homemade Gift Ideas – Food …@… R8Jobs – 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 

Thank you to all who have shared and featured us this past month!

Coming December 2014 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Christmas Traditions
  • Blog Planner – FREE PRINTABLES
  • Christmas Chalkboards
  • St. Nicholas Day
  • Christmas Music

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Home for the Holidays. Join me on a tour of our home in all its festive glory–decorated for the holidays. We love to decorate for all the seasons and little holidays, but Christmas is by far my most favorite holiday for decorating. The memories that accompany each decoration bring true joy and happiness. I hope you enjoy this little peek into our Home for the Holidays. Click below…

December 20, 2013 | Home for the Holidays

 Have a Wonderful December 2014!

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Noblesse November 2014 – Gratitude, Promise & Memories

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Noblesse November 2014 Is Here

I don’t know about you, but to me the month of November has always felt like such a noble month. With crisp fresh air and the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet, November boasts rich beautiful colors, flavors, and aromas bringing all your senses to life. It is a month of gratitude for family and friends, all culminating in a holiday of thankfulness, and leading into the Advent of Christmas. The splendor of November can be enjoyed indoors and out. I hope you love and enjoy your Noblesse November 2014, as much as I do.

This thoughtful month inspired me to create a new feature on my blog–Gratitude, Promise & Memories. Gratitude for the present, promise for the future, and memories of the past. So, without further ado…

 

Gratitude, Promise & Memories

 

Top Five Posts for October 2014…

Thank you for enjoying these posts and helping my blog grow. If you missed any of these favorites, click through to check them out.

October 8, 2014 | Hometalk On Pumpkin Carving

October 23, 2014 | I’m Pumpkin Carving – Watch Me

October 10, 2014 | The Pumpkin Prayer

October 13, 2014 | 21 Mason Jar Recipes For Autumn

October 5, 2014 | Pumpkin Carving Patterns DIY

Featured Posts of October 2014…

Pumpkin Spice Syrup – Improved Recipe, Savvy? @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 #3

The Girl’s Got Power Tools! Pumpkin Gutter @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Link Party #4

The Pumpkin Prayer  @ Pretty Pintastic Party #25

Pumpkin Carving Page @ Say G’day Link Party #109

21 Mason Jar Recipes for Autumn @ Home Matters Linky Party #11

Pumpkin Carving – Carving & Lighting Tips & Tricks @ Say G’day Link Party #110

Recycle Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays DIY @ Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Link Party #5

Recycle Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays DIY @ Home Matters Linky Party #12

Coming November 2014 to Life With Lorelai…

  • Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway
    (Runs November 9th – 22nd, 2014)
  • Fall Decorating
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Homemade Gift Ideas
  • Courtyard Project DIY

From the Vault

This month’s feature from the vault is Our Little Happiness Jar. It can easily be changed throughout the year to fit the seasons. During the Autumn months, we change the ribbon on our jar, and it becomes the Thankful Jar. Reading our little notes together is a true blessing. Make a Happiness / Thankful Jar of your own.

October 7, 2013 | Our Little Happiness Jar

 

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Life With Lorelai Goes Self-Hosted

Life With Lorelai Goes Self-Hosted

Exciting news! My little blog has taken a big leap, and I hope you will continue to enjoy the journey with me as Life With Lorelai goes self-hosted. I have to admit I was shaking like a leaf when I pressed the buttons to take GoDaddy up on its fantastic $1/month for a year of self-hosted Managed WordPress offer. Thank you, Christy Keen of Big Otter Books blog, for sharing about this deal in our facebook group.

I am having loads of fun checking out plug-ins and other fun goodies that are now available to me with the new platform. There is also a lot of work involved in getting everything up and running smoothly… and hopefully, quickly. Please bare with me as I learn how to do this, and let me know if you find something that is not working correctly or that could be done better.

Most Clicked at the Home Matters Linky Party #5!

More fun and exciting stuff… I have a Featured Link at Home Matters Linky Party for getting the Most Clicks at last weeks party! It’s the first time I’ve been featured at a link party. Check out the featured post, 15 Tips & Tricks – Organize Your Home, and be sure to stop by the Home Matters Linky Party.

A Blog Award

In other wonderful news, Life With Lorelai is honored to receive another Blog Award. Roopini at Let’s Make It Lovely, nominated me for a Liebster Award.

Here are the Rules:

  1. You have to link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
  3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them so that they can learn about the nomination.

Roopini’s Questions – My Answers

  1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging? I began blogging about 15-months ago, as cheap therapy. Read about it in About Lorelai.
  2. What is your favorite craft or home decor store? Hobby Lobby… gotta love that store!
  3. Is there something you learnt late in your blog journey that you wished you knew before? I’m still learning new things with each blog post, and having a great time doing it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to celebrate: Life With Lorelai Goes Self-Hosted.
  4. What is your favorite pass time other than blogging? Other than my kids, spending time with Luke, my amazing boyfriend, and singing karaoke (as you can tell by my Go Ahead, Sing Karaoke feature on the blog). Of course, October for me is all about Pumpkin Carving… check it out!
  5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog? I’ve just recently started back after taking about a six-month hiatus due to the craziness of life and health. Before that… a LOT, now, I am trying to post once or twice a week for starters.
  6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most? All the fun stuff… life, recipes, DIY, gardening, home stuffs, pumpkins.
  7. Where does your blog inspiration come from? I am inspired by everything and everyone around me. Life is interesting… let’s celebrate it… and blog about it! 🙂
  8. What is your favorite post that you have written? I’ve written a couple of posts using Pirate Speak. Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Treasure Find Fer Me ‘n Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, Onion Seasoned Grilled Chicken Fer Me twer a BLAST to scribe!
  9. Is there any post that you have been planning to do, but kept postponing for a while now? Not really… any suggestions?
  10. How did your friends and family react when you first started your blog, and what do they think about it now? They enjoy my blog, and are glad that I have such fun with it.
  11. Which blog post of mine do you like the most? I love your DIY Earphones Case… awesome idea for re-purposing a small tin.

Roopini, thanks so much for the Liebster Award.

And the Nominees are…

  1. Christy @ Big Otter Books – You OTTER be reading!
  2. Rochelle @ RochelleBarlow – Blog it up!
  3. Rebekah @ Surviving Toddlerhood – allergies, attitudes, character and cuddles
  4. Vee @ Made Actually – Being creative is not a hobby, it’s a way of life…
  5. Kim @ Climer Chaos – Life Happens in the Kitchen
  6. Anna @ Northern Homestead – Growing, Raising, and Preserving Real Food in Cold Climate
  7. Missy @ Mommy’s Kitchen – Step-by-step cooking from Greece… or anywhere!
  8. Samantha @ The Marble Jar – Powerful change one small choice at a time
  9. Ana @ Celebrating Sunshine – For all the good days…
  10. Stephanie @ Sharing A to Z – Shopping, Sharing, and Finding the Sunshine in each day
  11. Stephany @ Freshly Squeezed Lemonaid – Life Lessons: meant for good

As for your questions to answer…

Roopini’s questions to me were really great, and so fun to answer. I would like to hear your answers to the same. It really was interesting thinking about my blog that way. Have fun with it and enjoy. Congratulations to all of you on your Liebster Award Nomination!

Be sure to check out the post links in my answers. I think you’ll have fun with them.

So, there you have it. My first self-hosted post, my first featured link at a link party, and an award. Life With Lorelai goes self-hosted… and it can only get better from here! Have a great day. 🙂

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Pumpkin Season Is Back!

What an exciting day! Not only do I get to share a funny with you, talk about pumpkins, and give you a heads-up on some great upcoming happenings, but Life With Lorelai is

Featured Today on Missy Homemaker!

The self-purported purveyor of domestic goddess-ery has dubbed Life With Lorelai as an Underdog Wonderblog! I would love it if you would take the time to stop by Missy’s blog, and let her know that I sent you.

I Am Adam!

Or So Says, Luke

from: The Orange County Register – 9/16/2013

My excitement has been growing by pumpkin vines and horns of plenty in anticipation of Autumn. The wonderful season that fills your home with warmth, bountiful harvests, and the sweet smelling aromas of pumpkin pie.

Two nights ago, as we watched TV, Luke was reading the paper. Suddenly, he turned to me and said, “You, are Adam!” I looked at him like he was crazy, “What?” He flicked the paper with his fingers and told me to read the cartoon strip, Adam by Brian Besset. As you can see from the cartoon above, I am Adam. We had a really good laugh.

Luke and I have been seeing advertisements and store shelves filled with the beautiful colors of Fall and home decoration ideas. Starbucks brought back their tremendously tasty treat, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. That is my all time favorite coffee drink. Check out more about that at my recent post, Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup! Last week, Luke bought me an Autumn themed floor mat for my kitchen. It features a scarecrow and of course… Pumpkins!

I love pumpkins! Everything about them speaks to my soul, from the vibrant colors to the widely varied uses. Each year I make a delicious Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage dish as a kick-off to Fall. This year I will be sharing this recipe with you, so don’t forget to check back!

Triple Scene Pumpkin 2011
This pumpkin had three scenes with a “W” spacer between each. Carved for the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel.

Of course, pumpkins are great in the garden and as decorations in the house, but my favorite thing about pumpkins is carving them. I have many ideas floating around in my head for carving designs for this year. Take a look at some of my previous work on my Pumpkin Carving page.

Over the next few weeks, Life With Lorelai will be offering some Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks. We will also be hosting a very special October Contest. Be sure to watch for more details.

Do you believe in Pumpkin Season?

What are some of your favorite things about Autumn?

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For a Birthday Bash right here on
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Stop on by for some good fun and laughter…

Don’t forget tomorrow begins our new Blogging Tips Series.

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