Blog linkys ~ why I love taking part (and a bonus list of linkys!)

Blog Linkys ~ Why I Love Taking Part (And A Bonus List Of Linkys!) Blog Party Blog Hop Blog Community Link Up

Blog linkys and why I love taking part

Blog linkys/parties/hops often get a negative airing, I notice.  Because let’s face it, joining in with linkys can be hard work! But here’s why I love taking part in blog linkys and here’s a list of my favourite linkys (including mine!)

Blog Linkys ~ Why I Love Taking Part (And A Bonus List Of Linkys!) Blog Party Blog Hop Blog Community Link Up

 

First you have to write your content, then you have to remember to link up (or put it in your diary!), then you’re obliged to read some of the lovely posts that have linked up too.

 

While it’s often regulars that join in with linkys, it’s also often the case that you stumble upon a new blog that is lovely and new and fresh.  Not to say the regulars aren’t lovely of course.  But take the thumbnails… I love the thumbnails!

 

After I’ve clicked on the host’s link and saved the post in my bookmarks, I then click on the posts either side of my post and do the same.  Then I have a browse through and see which titles I might find interesting/funny/thought-provoking/positive.

 

Now to answer the question of why I love linkys so much.  Some bloggers use a regular picture to link up.  You might even call it a branded picture of their blog.  While some bloggers link up the picture associated with the actual blogpost.  By doing this you can’t see which blogger has linked up… unless they use their blog title in the thumbnail title, if you hover over the thumbnail OR you click the link.

 

Then for me, it’s that delicious moment when you look in your browser’s address bar to see which blog you’re about to land on.  I just love it when I see a name that I’m not familiar with.  For me, this is what it’s all about.  Might I make it clear that I love reading regular blogs too but there’s an air of anticipation when you land on a new-to-you blog 🙂

 

And that’s why I love linkys.  As an aside, I tend to use a template for my blog pics because I’m happy with it and feel that it works with my branding.  But perhaps I should use a ‘secondary’ pic, one that is inserted further down the post… then another reader will get the same air of anticipation when they click on MY link! 😉

 

I do also love that taking part in regular linkys helps me to keep up with blogs that I don’t necessarily always get the chance to regularly read.  I find that it’s like catching up with and old friend. 🙂

Don’t forget that you can keep up with my blog and my linkys by opting-in ~ see my right hand sidebar under ‘Virtually Everything About Me’ 🙂  It’d be great to see you 🙂

 

What do you like about blog linkys?  Have you found a lovely new blog that you return to time and again as a result?  Please tell me about it by commenting below or tweeting me @AllSortsHere! 

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #48 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 48 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 48 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Review ~ Prestige Flowers

Prestige Flowers Review Delivery Service Special Occasions Bouquets

 Review ~ Prestige Flowers

Who doesn’t love to receive flowers?  I know that I do!  They lift my mood, make me smile and brighten my home.  I also like to give them occasionally to say thank you, thinking of you or happy birthday.  Flowers just speak volumes don’t they?
When I arrived home one day, I had a ‘sorry we missed you card’ posted through the letterbox.  And my shoulders dropped a little because I had been expecting a bouquet of fresh flowers to be delivered from Prestige Flowers, and I hadn’t been able to stay in to take collection of them.
Prestige Flowers Review Delivery Service Special Occasions Bouquets
As I read the card, expecting to see that the courier would try again or maybe even to collect them from the local post office the next working day, I gave a little ‘whoop’.  They had been left by our back door.  Sure enough, an exciting looking box was sitting there patiently by my back door… and a bemused cat (our cat I might add!)

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Book Review ~ ‘Outdoor Things to do’ #BoredomBuster

Anti Boredom Book Of Brilliant Outdoors Things To Do Andy Seed Bloomsbury

 Book review ~ ‘Outdoor Things To Do’ book

The most obvious point of The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do book is that it encourages children to go outside.
That’s one box ticked.
But what if you haven’t got a particularly big or ‘gardeny’ garden?  You know, the ‘backyard’ type garden that is concrete and doesn’t lend itself to much adventure?  The garden without any grass.  Well, there’s always the local park.  Sometimes though, it’s nice to just hang out at home and potter around isn’t it?
 And for days like that, this book also lends a hand!
How?  Because it’s also got a section on indoors rainy day activities.
Another box ticked!
Anti Boredom Book Of Brilliant Outdoors Things To Do Andy Seed Bloomsbury

Looking for inspiration for those “I’m bored” moments?

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #47 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy 47 blog linky because life's for the good stuff grub main

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy 47 blog linky because life's for the good stuff grub main

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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Book Review ~ ‘Clever Tykes’ storybooks

The Impressionists Boolino Art Book Review Moonlight Publishing

 Book review ~ ‘Clever Tykes’

Clever Tykes storybooks aim to inspire positivity, resourcefulness and enterprising behaviour in their target market of 6-10 year olds.  And let’s cut to the chase because in my opinion, they all do just that.  Back in January 2017 every primary school in the UK was gifted a set of these books which is fantastic and means that Clever Tykes books have the potential to empower a lot of our children… the future generations in fact.  No mean feat but utterly possible with this little collection!
Book Review ~ 'Clever Tykes' Storybooks

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Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

Poem, a short story… Have you got some writing to share?

Poetry, prose, short stories 500 words or under, flash fiction.  Anything goes!  As many as you like!

I’d love you to share your writing with me.  Please link up below – it’s open all month (and if you choose to – and if you don’t blog – please tweet your post url to me @AllSortsHere and include #WonderfulWorldofWriting or simply #www )



#WonderfulWorldofWriting is a monthly feature on my blog (new link opens 1st Wednesday of the month).  

#www for short because we can share a wonderful world of writing on the world wide web! 🙂

 Poem for #WonderfulWorldofWriting ~ The Thing About Music

 The Thing About Music

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Home and gift with a story with House of Juniper

Home And Gift With A Story With House Of Juniper

 Home and gift with a story with House of Juniper (with discount code)

When you persuse the Home of Juniper website, you come away with a cosy, fuzzy feeling.  With an easy to navigate website, the products just lure you in.

And the philosophy behind Home of Juniper is one that adds value to the products as you browse and here is what it’s all about:

At Home of Juniper we sell a distinctive collection of products; including well-being ranges, kitchenware, stationery, home decor, textiles and gifts. Products are carefully chosen not only for their usefulness and beauty, but also for their provenance.

Home And Gift With A Story With House Of Juniper

The ethics and values

The people at Home of Juniper research the products, support British designers and look at the stories behind the products.  They have values and are also very reasonably priced.

You get an ethical feel from scrolling through their shop and I love the wellbeing section.  So many candles!  The people at Home of Juniper have been kind enough to give me a discount code to use and I’m deciding between:

The moon phase clock (I’m currently reading about the lunar cycles and astrology).  That aside, this is so eye-catching!

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Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy blog linky #46 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 46 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Simple Things

Your weekly dose of happiness…

Let’s spread the happiness!

It’s a common phrase isn’t it?…

“Bad things come in 3’s”

or words similar to that!

So, let’s flip it because everyone deserves a little happiness … (you know how I love to spread happiness and turn a negative into a positive with positive thinking !)

Let’s spread that happiness and find 3 things to be grateful for (or even more… well, why not?!)

It's Time For A Dose Of Happiness In #HighlightsofHappy 46 Blog Linky Because Life's For The Good Stuff Simple Things

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back and on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same?

If you’re a blogger, why not share your happy post from the last week or so in the linky below?

If you’re on instagram, why not tag your happy snap #HighlightsofHappy and link up your pic in the linky below?

If you’re on twitter, why not tweet your happy with #HighlightsofHappy ?

If you’re all 3, why not do all 3??  The linky is below. (To link your insta happy snap, simply click on your insta pic, copy the url and paste into the linky tool!)

(If you join in with my #HighlightsofHappy community on instagram, I post up my favourite snaps every Monday on instagram.)


…so what’s been making ME happy?

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How to make a Father’s Day card with a difference ~ #IfShesHappyImHappy

How To Make A Father's Day Card With A Difference Create Make Do

How to make a Father’s Day card with a difference

There really is nothing like a home-made card from your child is there?

And when it’s a card for an occasion like Father’s Day, it’s somehow even more special!

Our 7 year old has got all creative and turned her Father’s Day card into a book-card.  A different take on the traditional card but if she’s happy, I’m happy!

How To Make A Father's Day Card With A Difference Create Make Do

It will be kept as a treasured memory for years.  Want to make one too?  Here’s what you need and how to make it: Continue reading