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Thank you for a great time

A few weeks back I announced that in 2014 I would no longer be helping Becca host Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hops.  I have loved working with Becca- she is an awesome person and blogger.  I have not had the opportunity to meet her in person, I definitely have enjoyed chatting with her about all kinds of topics.  I definitely count her as a friend and I promise to continue stopping in A Humble Bumble to say "Hi!"

I have learned so much from all of you.  I have so enjoyed reading everyone's ideas, struggles, suggestions, what worked for them, etc.  Often my own struggles are similar and I can completely relate.  While I cannot promise to stop in super often, I will definitely try to stop in occasionally on Tuesdays to read a few great posts.  

While this chapter of my life is closing, I have a very exciting one opening here in just a couple of weeks.  I attended orientation for school on December 6th where I was able to meet some amazing people.  I cannot wait to work with them as we all work towards our masters in library and information science.

I wish each and every one of you the very best in 2014.

I tried it Orange Vinegar for cleaning

A few years ago I decided to make some changes in my life in an attempt to help my fibromyalgia.  One of the changes I decided to make was to stop using most of the harsh chemicals I was using to clean my house.  Even with the windows open and fans blowing, the odor that these cleaning products gave off was enough to send me gagging from the room.  Not to mention the burning nose, burning throat, burning eyes that I suffered each time I cleaned.  Searching for alternatives (this was pre-Pinterestdays :-))  I came upon vinegar and baking soda for cleaning.  While it does take a little more elbow grease to get things clean, it is so worth it.  No more nasty, harsh chemicals.  No more chemical residue.  No more nasty smells!

So while purusing Pinterest, I came upon the orange scented vinegar pin.  Now I have been making lavender vinegar for past couple of summers (cause sometimes I want something that smells better than just plain old vinegar!) and absolutely love that.  I usually run out of this wonderful lavender vinegar sometime in November or December so this orange vinegar looked like a great winter option.  Here is the pin I originally found for this: If you go out to Pinterest and search orange vinegar you will now find a LOT of different pictures for this pin.  So this past winter, I gave this a try in the hopes that it would be a great scented vinegar.

Think About It Thursday

This week I thought I would try linking up with MumfectionHomemaid Simple, and Tim and Angi's blog for Think About It Thursday.  They provide a topic question for everyone (which is great when you are having one of those days).  It's fun to read different prospectives on the same question too!
So this week's question is: Who would you choose to be shipwrecked on a desert island with? 

For me, this is quite easy to answer-- my hubby!  He is my best friend, has seen me at my very worst (and still is with me), plus he could help build us shelter and protect me!   Add in that I would have someone to snuggle with and what else do you need in life?  We could laugh, cry, be crazy together and we would still love each other in the end. 

Birthday Giveaway advice

This year I turn the big 4-0 (I am cringing and hiding at the thought)!  Since there is nothing I can do about it, I have decided to make my big birthday into an event here on the hill.  I want to organize my first giveaway to coincide with the big event.    Basically a scenario where I have to have the birthday but I would like others to benefit from my crazy day!  :-D

But I need your help with several things- please!  It doesn't matter if you have never had a give away on your blog but if you have then I have even more questions for you.

First, I have to fund the entire giveaway on my own.  While I would love to give away say an Ipad, well I cannot afford to buy one at the moment.  I have a few ideas for the giveaway and I am wondering if everyone could tell me what they think (which ideas do you like and why and which ideas do you not like as well and why).  Here they are:

1. A pamper yourself giveaway: handmade soaps, bubble bath or bath bombs, maybe a bath pillow, thick lotions, etc.

2. A Reading and relaxing giveaway: A gift card to a book store, some chocolates, nice bookmarks, etc.

3. A gardening basket: some gardening hand tools, some seeds for flowers, maybe a gardening book, gloves, hand soap and lotion for gardening.

4. Movie Night: a gift card for a movie rental or maybe an actual movie, popcorn, some theater box candy, etc

5. Something else-- what other suggestions do you have?  What great giveaways have you entered for or given away?

If you have had a giveaway on your blog before, where are the best places to advertise it?  From where did you get the most traffic?  What program did you use for the giveaway- please simple to use is high priority here!  Any other piece of advice that you wished someone else had shared with you about giveaways? 

I hope that we can all learn from this so please share your advice!

Thank you for visiting me here on the hill and come back soon.

Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop


It's that time again... Time to link up your healthy posts and visit the posts other bloggers have linked-up! I for one look forward to seeing what you all link-up this week.

DIY popsicle soaps- another taste of summer!

I first made these cute soaps when I was a Girl Scout Leader with my junior troop.  They had a lot of fun making them and I think they are cute reminders of summer!  So in keeping with my summery theme this week here is how to make popsicle soap.

Aren't they cute??  They definitely give me a summery feeling in the shower.

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