Thursday, December 19

The FINAL Merriest Blog Hop: Countdown to Christmas -- 5 days!!

'Tis the last week of The Merriest Blog Hop
We're a bit sad to say
We've so enjoyed meeting you
Each and every Friday!

But there's still this last party
We want to hear from you!
Link up all your holiday posts
No matter if they're old or new.

Whether a craft, a recipe
or holiday tips and tricks,
We're eager to see what you've been up to
and how you make such a delicious cookie mix.

Now link away, link away,
link away friends!
We wish you the MERRIEST Christmas
And joy and peace for this year's end!

Thanks so much to everyone who linked up! Even though this blog hop is coming to an end, we hope you'll continue to come back and visit every once in awhile. Be sure to come back after Christmas to see if you get featured in the "after party" post.

A special shout out to Janice Croskey for winning the earring and necklace set from last week's giveaway. Thank you Yours.Truly for sponsoring!

This party has 4 hosts, so when you link up on one blog, you'll get exposure on 3 other blogs as well!

A Sweet Fragrance   
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Morganize With Me  
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Child At Heart
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My Love For Words  
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What we've been up to lately...

Holiday Storage Tips // Morganize With Me
Printable Christmas Gift Tags // My Love For Words
Monthly Resolutions Printable // Child At Heart

Here are a few of my favorites from last week...

After my first few picks, I realized I was gravitating towards a theme of "simple pleasures".

First of all, I love these tips for taking some time for yourself and doing a little R&R. It doesn't have to break the bank or take a whole weekend. Sometimes it might just mean taking a nap! Lots of great tips in this post.
5 Ways to Take Time Out for Yourself During the Holidays // New Mama Diaries

Speaking of "time", here's another great post on managing your time during the busy holiday season. It's easy to lose track of time with all the added activities and events that take place during the last 2 months of the year. Keri shares some great advice for "achieving a more joyful, less stressful holiday season."

7 Time Management Tips for a Joyful Christmas // Growing in His Glory

Sometimes just the mere thought of hosting something at my house shoots my stress levels through the roof. Then, the actual get-together isn't as enjoyable as it could be because I'm so caught up in being the "Hostess with the Mostess". Victoria really helps calm your nerves with her tips for simple hospitality.

A link to {Part 1} can be found in her post.

After reading the above 3 posts, I felt like I could really kick back and relax a little bit. Maybe even have a little fun. My little man isn't old enough to read or understand rhyming clues yet but this post sounded like too much fun not to share. I love the idea of having a little scavenger hunt for the gift(s). I'm thinking this might be a fun tradition to do for a Christmas Eve present (even if the gift will probably be the pajamas...)

Christmas Scavenger Hunt // Stuffed Suitcase

Just the other day, me and a few other friends gathered together for a 2nd-Annual "Cookie Bake-A-Thon". It's always lots of fun (and pretty hot, considering we bake in a kitchen on the equator with no AC). On the plus side, we all walk away with lots of sweet treats. One of those treats were molasses cookies. My husband really seemed to enjoy those the most, so I'm glad Deanna linked up her recipe :-)

Amazing Chewy Molasses Cookies // From This Kitchen Table

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A Sweet Fragrance

A Sweet Fragrance

Be sure to grab the button below if you were featured on any of the blogs! 
All features will also be pinned onto board on Pinterest.

A Sweet Fragrance

A Sweet Fragrance


This week's giveaway is sponsored by:

Your Merriest Blog Hop Hosts!

We are very thankful for all of you who've joined us for The Merriest Blog Hop! We've had such a fun time meeting new bloggers and seeing all of your great posts. You all are so full of creative ideas! 

For the final giveaway, we're giving a $20 iTunes gift card to one lucky follower!

Here are some of our Christmas album recommendations...

Now, let's get this party started!

By linking up to this party, you are giving us permission to promote your links on social media and use photos associated with those links. Any pictures used will always link directly back to your site.


  1. aww, thanks for featuring my cookies! I love those things!

    1. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas :-)

  • Hey there! Thanks for hosting another great hop; I just linked up! I'm loving Michael Buble's Xmas album (had it since last year). I see him every year in concert; I tease my husband that he's my boyfriend :o) I also love Rod Stewart's Christmas album. Anyhow, happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

    1. Back in the day, when I was still involved in dance (ballet, jazz, tap, you name it...), I did a dance to Michael Buble's "Feeling Good" song. Every time I hear the song, it brings back so many memories :-) Thanks so much for linking up each week! Looking forward to working with you next year!


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