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This $1.99 e-book, written by my friend, tells her story of surviving and finding her way after childhood sexual abuse. It's a super tough topic for many people to talk about, but a very important one. #DaisyRainMartin   #Juxtaposed  
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My writers' group is hosting a writing contest. Feel free to enter, invite your friends to enter, and maybe you'll be our winner!  :)   #writingcontest   #writing  
Flying M-Inklings Writing Contest – “Rising Up”     CONTEST RULES: Theme – “Rising Up” Contest is open to writers 18 years and older. Entries must be original, previously unpublished pieces, 5...
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I love when people know their family's stories and history.  This is a fantastic article by my friend Maria, in celebration of Black History Month and her family.   #blackhistorymonth  #blackhistory #heritage
Like many, I grew up hearing stories about my family's history. I have a few ancestors whose stories live in history books and who are studied by scholars to this day. There are institutions and organizations named for them. These family stories provide a perfect example of how African American history is American history and another reason why Black History Month still matters.
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Interesting article about women supporting each other.  #Ledisi #grammyawards
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Crafty Fun!  It's not too late to do some Valentine's Day crafting.   #valentinesday2015   #craftparty  
Crafting is an activity that soothes my psyche. There's just something about playing with paper, fabric, paints, metal, and any other craft supply I can get my hands on that puts me in my happy place. I know lots of artists but most of my crafty friends are online friends. Luckily, I met Corrie.
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Tartan Plaid!  This is a terrific project . . . gets me thinking about St Patty's Day next month.   #TartanPlaid   #tcblog  
 
DIY Tile Coasters with Tartan Plaid
These cute coasters go along with the wrapped cans I did for quick and stylish desk organizing. 
http://todayscreativeblog.net/diy-tile-coasters-with-tartan-plaid/

#TartanPlaid   #Decoupage   #modpodge   #diycrafts  
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Not Romantic?  There's hope for people like us.  There are a lot of silly, funny Valentines Day cards available.  Here are just a few. #etsyvalentine   #funnyvalentinesdaycards  
I have never been accused of being a romantic person. In fact, being romantic doesn't really occur to me. A quiet dinner for two? Lingerie? Chocolates? Wait, what're we doing here? Siiiigh, my poor husband. Yet, I love him to pieces and he's my person and he knows it.
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Some Americans believe this was the greatest week ever. Some are running for the hills. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, may I lend some perspective?    Three hot topics all hit the fan this wee...
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Fun life lessons from gardening! #gardening #lifelessons
 
Well? I was fortunate enough to write guest blogs for Chip MacGregor​ in these last few weeks. Today my writing is being featured on Sarah Strand Koontz​ and Sammi Ricke​'s blog, Grounded & Surrounded​! If you are excited to start gardening like I am, please give it a read! Valuable life lessons are learned out there in the dirt... Feel free to share with YOUR favorite gardeners!!! <3 <3 <3
Do you know what it takes to grow a successful garden? Well Daisy Rain Martin sure does. She shares her humorous take on gardening and the wisdom it brings.
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Wonderful project--take a look! #WeAreBlackHistory #SIG
"We aren't claiming to be the next iteration of these icons, but we do stand on their shoulders."
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Most of you are already bloggers so I'd love your feedback on this post I wrote for my writers' group's blog. #blogging     #blogginghelp  
Thinking about starting a blog? GOOD!. We've got you covered. Here are just a few tools you need in your toolbox.
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These are the cutest!  I haven't seen people using rainbows lately, so these are fresh and fun--great for a lot of different kinds of parties.  #rainbow #rainbowdecor #rainbowparty
 
Looking for a baby shower theme? Rainbows are so full of hope and wonder, just like babies! Here's a colorful decorating idea using products from +Darice Crafts

http://www.myveryeducatedmother.com/2015/02/rainbow-baby-shower-decorations.html

#babyshowerideas   #babyshowerdecorations   #rainbowbabies   #craftyhangouts   #partyideas   #crafting   #DIY   #daricecraftshoa  
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