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Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 41): A Sacred Space for Family Prayer

Pin. Create. Inspire. Pinterest Party & Link-up. (pinterest_logo_new_640)Join me for a Pinterest Party every first Tuesday of the month as we link up and pin it, create it, and inspire others to do the same. Recipes and crafty ideas are encouraged but think outside the box too. Think organizing ideas, birthday themes, a cute outfit, a new hairstyle, marriage tips, life inspiration, traveling destinations, a great quote – anything you’d post to Pinterest.

Show us how you didn’t just pin it but brought it to life!

Not on Pinterest? No problem. Link-up your own creation to inspire us so we can pin in to our own boards. Don’t have a post ready? The link-up will be open for (normally) a month but this one is open for a year! So there’s still time. Plus, feel free to link up a new post or an older post that hasn’t had much traffic lately. πŸ™‚ (If you want to grab the button, scroll to the bottom.)

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When I was growing up and after our family had a reversion to the faith, my mom set up a little table in the house that was the family “prayer table.” It held the family bible, a candle and seasonal decor, such as the baby Jesus during Christmas. I loved the idea and brought it into our own home once Brian and I were married. He both had a love of icons and found ourselves with quite the collection. We hung them up in various places in our house and created sacred spaces – spots that reminded us of the eternal and turned our minds to God. When we first got married and lived in a small apartment our space was a tiny broken down nightstand that we set up in the corner of the room.RevolutionofLove.com - bis_altar_1

Once we moved into our current home, we used the kitchen table from our old apartment that was now too small for our family.Β  We set it up in the entry way right next to our front door.

RevolutionofLove.com - Sacred Spaces in the Home -pp_altar_7 Years ago I went to a book sale at our parish and I found the exact same family bible that my parents had. I was so excited to bring it into our home. My kids would grow up looking at the same beautiful religious artwork that I loved. We also have on the table our pregnant mama statue (given to me by a special friend) to represent all the pregnant mamas we are praying for, especially family members. We also have a photo of the little girl we sponsor in Mexico named Abi. She has become a sweet part of our family.

Liturgical Prayer Space

I love our entry way prayer table but it doesn’t change during the year. Plus I wanted to have something in the family room since that is where we spend the bulk of our time, where we eat and say grace, where we gather to say our family night prayers, where we sit on the couch and spend time together. I thought this was the room that needed a little sacred space.

I decided to use the top of an old cabinet a friend gave us. It wasn’t fancy but it would do. We gathered a number of our icons and placed them on the wall.

Here are some samples of how the top of the shelf changes through the liturgical season.

LENT/ EASTER

RevolutionofLove.com - Sacred Spaces in the Home - pp_altar_8 We set up the Stations of the Cross prints and a candle centerpiece using a long rectangular tray filled with six votive candles for the six weeks of Lent. Similar to an Advent wreath, we light one each week. We printed off Catholic Icing’s Lenten Calendar and I placed it in an inexpensive frame from Ikea. I use a dry erase pen to mark a cross on each day as it passes. It is great for the kids, who have no sense of time, to see how many more days until Easter. Lastly we added our Acts of Love Jar (with little acts we can do) and our Prayer Jar (with a daily intention) which we choose from each day. To keep track of the acts of love we do, we use Catholic All Year’s idea of the Sacrifice Beans.

FALL/ ALL SAINTS’ DAY

RevolutionofLove.com - Making Sacred Spaces in Your Home -pp_altar_2Each month we focus on a different prayer or invocation. In October we were teaching the kids the Guardian Angel prayer so we used Catholic All Year’s super hero prayer printable. On the feast of All Saints’ Day, I was inspired by Mary’s post at Sometimes Martha Always Mary.com and I printed our the patron saints of our family from Happy Saints.com. (They have some really cute and inspirational products.) We have St. Joseph (Brian’s patron), St. Anne (my patron and middle name), St. Rose (Bella’s middle name), St. Andrew, St. John-Paul, St. Matthew, Our Lady of Lourdes (For Baby Victor whom we miscarried on her feast day) and St. Junipero Serra (For Baby Joseph who was also miscarried. We have a family devotion to our Carmel Mission saint.) In November we have a printable with the photos/ names of deceased family members and friends.

ADVENT/ CHRISTMAS

RevolutionofLove.com - Pinterest Party: The Jesse Tree - advent_jesse_tree_4During Advent we have our Mysteries of the Rosary prints, “hay” for Baby Jesus’s manger, the Advent Calendar (both explained here) and our Jesse Tree with Jesse Tree cards fromΒ Blessed Is She.

Night Prayer/ Rosary Time

A couple months ago on the feast of Our Lady’s birthday we started praying night prayers and a decade of the rosary together. It is not always easy but we’ve been faithful to it and it has been beneficial to the family. It’s encouraging to see the kids grab their rosaries and tell us that it’s time to pray. It is heartening to hear them say their intentions, whether it is for a friend who was sad at school or for Kylo Ren to turn good. To help the kids stay focused, we light a candle and turn off the lights. It helps to set the mood and keeps the kids relatively quiet. (Unfortunately, there are still the arguments that a sibling is praying too slow or too fast or that a swinging rosary hit somebody in the head but… baby steps, right?)

At least we no longer have arguments about who gets to pray first or who gets to blow out the candles. (Nothing like a yelling match to put you in a prayerful mood, eh?) We have a prayer leader of the day. They get to start off the intentions, the rosary and blow out the candle at the end. If we unavoidably miss an evening prayer time, we light two candles the next evening for the current leader and the boy who missed blowing out the candle the night before because that job is SUPREME.

RevolutionofLove.com - Sacred Spaces in Your Home - pp_altar_1bTo also avoid the tangled rosaries in a basket, lost rosaries or the he-has-the-color-I-like fights, everyone keeps their rosary in one central location in our hallway by the door leading to the family room.

RevolutionofLove.com - Sacred Spaces in Your Home - pp_altar_4The print of Our Lady was painted by one of my favorite artists Flor Larios.

RevolutionofLove.com - Sacred Spaces in Your Home - pp_altar_5The numbered hooks I found at Marshals. I’ll admit I bought it while shopping with my sister who was visiting last year. I had no idea what I’d use it for but I knew I’d find something…and viola! πŸ˜‰

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In our bedroom, I also added a sacred space for Brian since he likes to say his prayers in there.

RevolutionofLove.com // bis_altar_3In the kids’ room, I didn’t think it would be wise to have candles and statues since there are too many swinging light sabers. Instead I hung up two framed prints and a rosary.

Setting Up Your Own Space

RevolutionofLove.com // bis_post_6Don’t have a sacred space yet? Whether you are single, married or a mama of many, it’s easy to make one. Just find a little spot in your home to make your little prayer area. It can be a mantle, a book shelf, a small table, a wall shelf or whatever you can create. Add a statue, crucifix, icon or a framed printable. Maybe a candle, flowers or seasonal decor. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like.

Put together your sacred space and share it with us. Hashtag #BISsisterhood andΒ #familysacredspace. If you are a blogger, link up your sacred space post below.

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Since I am working on making prayer and the liturgical year more present in our family life, here are some of the books/resources I’ll be reading over the next few months for ideas. If you have more suggestions, list them in the comments.

The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton and Leila M. Lawler

Feast!: Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year by Daniel and Haley Stewart

Liturgical Year Posts from Catholic All Year.com

Liturgical Living Posts at Carrots for Michaelmas.com

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my home. I hope you will share your own sacred space!

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation or inspiration, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. πŸ™‚ (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

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5. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

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Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 40): Planner Edition – A Look at My (Erin Condren) Planner

The 31 Day of Writing Challenge continues. It’s Day 6 of my 31 Days of Gratitude 2015. Second, it is the first Tuesday of the month so today is our Pinterest Party – Planner’s Edition!RevolutionofLove.com - Pinterest Party & Link-up - Planner Edition(logo_pinterest_party_planner)

Join me for a Pinterest Party every first Tuesday of the month as we link up and pin it, create it, and inspire others to do the same. Recipes and crafty ideas are encouraged but think outside the box too. Think organizing ideas, birthday themes, a cute outfit, a new hairstyle, marriage tips, life inspiration, traveling destinations, a great quote – anything you’d post to Pinterest.

Show us how you didn’t just pin it but brought it to life!

Not on Pinterest? No problem. Link-up your own creation to inspire us so we can pin in to our own boards. Don’t have a post ready? The link-up will be open for a month so there’s still time. Plus, feel free to link up a new post or an older post that hasn’t had much traffic lately. πŸ™‚ (If you want to grab the button, scroll to the bottom.)

This month is a special Pinterest Party because it is the PLANNER EDITION! Whether you are a planner addict (raises hand) or a newbie just starting to plan, we want to hear from you! If you are a blogger, add the link to your planner post. If you aren’t a blogger let us know in the comments what kind of planner you are using and what you love most about it. πŸ™‚

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Here is a look at my planner…

RevolutionofLove.com - A look at my EC Planner (2015-16)(logo_planner_16_A)Maybe it is because I am getting older but I have been thinking a lot about how precious our time on earth is and how quickly the days can escape us. The busyness of family life can make it easy for days, weeks, even months fly by and we find ourselves asking, “How is it already a new month??” The hours of my life are precious. I can show my gratitude for each new day by using those hours wisely.

That is not always easy for me to do. I am often guilty of wasting too much time. I am all for having down time, play time and me-time but I want to make sure I am getting all my priorities done first and not letting them fall through the cracks while I get sucked into a rabbit hole of social media or Netflix binging.

One way I combat this is through my planner. If you know me, then you also know that I love making lists and if I don’t write it down, I won’t remember it five minutes later. Literally.

In 2013,Β  I was using a Martha Steward Discbound planner (which is sadly no longer available for purchase) and I loved everything about it except that it was too big to carry around with me everywhere. Because I spend a lot of time out of the house, I needed something that was more portable.

In 2014, I switched to a new Erin Condren planner. I thought I would hate a spiral planner since I couldn’t add to it the same way as a binder or discbound but it has not been a problem at all. I loved the layout and portability so much that this is my second year with an Erin Condren Life Planner.

I prefer my planners to run like the school year from September to August so in September I set up my new planner. (It was like Christmas for me.) πŸ˜‰

I love that EC Planners come with removable covers and I can change them according to season (or my mood.) Last year I had the Favorite Things cover.

RevolutionofLove.com - A Look at My EC Planner (planner_16_l)This year I went with the “life in little squares” cover using some of my favorite Instagram photos.

Another draw of the EC Planners is all the colors. I don’t like planners with plain black and white pages. I like bright colors that make me want to actually use the planner.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_B)In my monthly spread, I use washi tape to make color coded small squares. Blue are doctor appointments and speech therapy. Green is school related. Red is an event I need to attend or drive the kids to. Orange is a family birthday.

I write the definite items in ink and possible dates and notes in pencil. However, one thing I did not like about using markers or pens is that if I made a mistake, I couldn’t erase it like a pencil. Well, until now! I finally found a solution but I’ll get into that in a bit when I talk about favorite tools.

The weekly page is where people can really go to town to decorate and fill the boxes with all sorts of decor. Me? I seriously just need a space for my To Do lists. It probably looks a little more like a bullet journal but it works for me.

Revolution of Love Blog - planner_2015_cThis is how the weekly page looked last year. The three boxes were labeled as Morning, Day and Night.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_c2)(planner_16_c2)This year the calendar is still divided up into three sections but it is no longer labeled as – Morning, Day and Night. Instead it is blank, which I love since my top box is for places I have to be that day. The middle box is for things I really need to try and do that day. The last box is for things I should do but it’s okay if I wait until later.

This year you also have the option of ordering a planner with your days going horizontally instead of vertically.

The new EC planners also no longer have that little circle decor going down the side or the mini calendar in the top left corner (which I never really used) and instead it is a spot for your own weekly quote of inspiration. I use a little washi and a sticker or two for decor and that is enough for me.

In the last bottom section I keep track of my dinner menu and posts that I will publish on the blog that day. The right side column is for goals and notes.

Other differences from last year’s layout:

There is no longer a quote at the top of each monthly calendar. Instead there is a lined sheet for notes and a full inspirational quote page at the beginning of each month.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_c2) (planner_16_f)Hey, that’s pretty darn close to my blog’s tag line! πŸ˜‰

The front of the planner also has a new goal section, which I love.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_c2) (planner_16_d)As readers of my blog know, for the last year I have been really big on making goals. I have my larger yearly goals and smaller monthly goals that help me make progress in smaller steps. I added into my planner my yearly goals in the 5 areas of my beingΒ  – as a Daughter of God, a Wife, a Mom, a Homemaker and a Woman. The sixth box has one of my favorite quotes. “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – St. Catherine of Sienna.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_c2)(planner_16_e) I wanted to put my monthly goals on the second page but there was only the one sheet of paper. So I made a color copy and added it to my planner with EC coil clips. This way, each month I can add my smaller monthly goals to my planner. That is so helpful to me.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_c2)The back of the planner still has lined, decorative blank (and now) graph pages.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_g)The one thing I don’t like is that there are less pages than there were in last year’s version. Yet, the spiral ring is larger. It’s not so much larger that it is a deal breaker but I would have liked more sheets to go with it. On the plus side, the larger (and sturdy) spiral let’s you add more of your own sheets with the coils

These two photos are from last year’s model but they are basically the same.

Revolution of Love Blog - planner_2015_hA Look Ahead calendar.

Revolution of Love Blog - planner_2015_iStickers – both pre-labeled and blank.
RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_i-)There is still a pocket for papers, a perpetual calendar to keep the dates of birthdays and dates to remember and a few free goodies in a pocketed pouch.
RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_k)As an extra, I purchased a pen loop and a separate tablet that sticks to the back of the planner. I use these for notes to school or my own scribblings.

I also had an EC gift card so I added a couple extra items.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_m)Post-it notes that pop into the planner. (I love me some post its!)

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_n)Coil clips to add your own pages to the planner and decorative stickers.

Favorite Planner Tools

Revolution of Love.com - A Look at My EC Planner (planner_16_r) The green is the thicker line (I don’t know the exact size since the description isn’t in English. The pink line is .7 thick.

Erasable Markers

As I already mentioned, my new favorite planner tool are these erasable markers/pens. I first saw these markers on a Periscope by Tina of Zoo Cuties. At first I bought the smaller Pilot Frixion Colors Erasable Marker – 12 Color set because they were less expensive and I wasn’t sure if I would like them or not. I kept envisioning those erasable ball point pens that were popular when I was in grade school – the were smudgy and made a mess. However, these Frixion pens did not smudge at all. The only way they erases is with the special eraser at the top of the pen or you could purchase an eraser separately.

I loved the pens but I didn’t check the size and they wrote a little thick for the small boxes of the calendar. I went back to Amazon and purchased the Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Ink Pens, 0.7mm, Assorted Colors, 24/Pack. Although it was more expensive I knew it would be worth it because they were exactly what I was looking for.

The next time I place an Amazon order I’m going to get the Pilot Frixion Ball Knock 4-Color Gel Ink Multi-Pen for my purse or to hook onto my planner. πŸ˜‰

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Photo Credit: Tiny Saints

There are tons of charms and elastic bands you can get for your planner. Someone asked me where I got the St. Anne charm on my planner. It is from Tiny Saints. Since St. Anne is my patron saint (for non-Catholics, that’s basically someone in heaven I especially like to ask to pray for me), the patron of moms and my middle name namesake, I thought it only fitting.Β  There are lots of other saint charms to choose from as well.

RevolutionofLove,com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_o)Planning Tote

During the day if I am not within reach of my planner then I’ll write a note on my iPhone (which is usually in my pocket.) A lot of people like to review their planners in the morning but I am a night owl and prefer to review my planner the night before each day. That is when I’ll write down any notes from my phone into my master paper planner.

Some people like to just keep a digital planner and always have it with them on their phone. I tried that but I am a paper girl. I need to feel the physical touch of pen and paper. It’s what works for me.

To hold all key planning supplies, I use this cute little square tote I found at the Target dollar section for $3. I went back later to get another but they were sold out. I’m glad I at least got this one. In the evening I grab it along with my LapDesk (similar to this one) and sit on the couch with Brian after the kids go to bed. He’ll read a little while I update my planner then we’ll watch a movie or TV show. It helps me unwind and regroup for the next day.

Washi Storage

planner_16_sI have 5 rolls of washi that I use all the time in my planner tote (and duplicates in my traveling office). For all my other rolls of washi, I found this flat 12 x 12 cardboard box at Michael’s.

RevolutionofLove.com - A Look at my EC Planner (planner_16_q)I cut empty paper towel tubes in half and lined up the washi on top to keep them from rolling around. It may not be glamorous but it works great.

Oldies but Goodies

Revolution of Love Blog -planner_2015_mLastly, I still use my EC planner pouch. (Pictured here with last years planner.)

Along with my planner I am still using my traveling office. πŸ™‚

Other Planner Option

I’ve been using the Erin Condren planner for two years now and I still love it but that’s just me. There are so many styles to choose from.

Create 365 Happy Planner

If you like the style of the Erin Condren but it’s out of your budget, then try a Plumb Planner or a Create 365 Happy Planner.

medium_monthly_plannerPhoto Credit: MochiThings.com

Or maybe all this planner decor and colors is overload to your sense and you like your planner to be streamlined. My sister BCM (who for years was the clean Felix to my very messy Oscar) likes her planners plain and simple. She purchased the Medium Monthly Planner from MochiThings. It suits her perfectly and is beautiful in its simplicity.

RevolutionofLove.com - A Look at my EC planner(planner_16_p) Traveler’s notebooks are also really popular right now. It wouldn’t work as my everyday planner but I love it for my Simplified Organization brain dumpsΒ  and for some Listers Gotta List fun and favorite memories of the month.

I’ll have to make a separate post about my traveler’s notebook . πŸ˜‰

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My 2014 discbound planner.

If you like full size pages, try a discbound (like Arc) from Staples and print off your own planner printables. There are tons of free planners and really cute ones to purchase on etsy and elsewhere. Browse Pinterest and find your faves. (If you make and sell planners leave a link of your shop in the comments so we can check it out.)

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RevolutionofLove.com - A Look at my EC Planner and planning tools. (planner_16_collage)In the end, whether it is an Erin Condren planner or a 99 cent notebook from Target, find something that inspires you, matches your current needs and is in your budget. Then have fun planning (and doing!) πŸ˜‰

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married Series - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com for www.waltzinginbeauty.blogspot.com

I’m linking up this post with the sweet Jess and Kate over at Sweet Little Ones Blog.com for this week’s Tuesday Talk. πŸ™‚ Go check out their blog. There’s plenty of good stuff to read!

Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation or inspiration, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. πŸ™‚ (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

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5. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

Want to find me on Pinterest? I’m here – pinterest.com/bobbi_rol/

The link up will be active for a month. Have fun!

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Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 39): Holy Spirit Prayer {Free} Printable & Bookmarker

Note: This post is a week late because I mistakenly thought TODAY was the first Tuesday of the month. Woops! πŸ˜‰

Pin. Create. Inspire. Pinterest Party & Link-up. (pinterest_logo_new_640)Join me for a Pinterest Party every first Tuesday of the month as we link up and pin it, create it, and inspire others to do the same. Recipes and crafty ideas are encouraged but think outside the box too. Think organizing ideas, birthday themes, a cute outfit, a new hairstyle, marriage tips, life inspiration, traveling destinations, a great quote – anything you’d post to Pinterest.

Show us how you didn’t just pin it but brought it to life!

Not on Pinterest? No problem. Link-up your own creation to inspire us so we can pin in to our own boards. Don’t have a post ready? The link-up will be open for a month so there’s still time. Plus, feel free to link up a new post or an older post that hasn’t had much traffic lately. πŸ™‚ (If you want to grab the button, scroll to the bottom.)

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This month I am doing something other than a recipe! πŸ™‚

Over the weekend I wrote about my September Goals and one of them was to memorize the Holy Spirit prayer that I like to say before I read my daily devotions. RevolutionofLove.com - pp_holy_spirit_1

I was going to simply type it up and print it off but then I started playing around with the font and clip art and it slowly became a printable that I printed off and framed.

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To print out a copy, click this full size image. Then right click and “save as” onto your own computer. Then print as an 8 x 10 photo.

RevolutionofLove.com - pp_holy_spirit_2I then shrunk down the graphic and added it to a Word document. I printed it off on cardstock, cut it out, punched a hole at the top and added a ribbon, Viola. A bookmarker for my bible.

If you’d like to make one for yourself, print out the PDF here. (Make sure you page layout is in “Landscape ” mode.)

I hope you enjoy the graphic and bookmarker. πŸ™‚

RevolutionofLove.com - Holy Spirit Prayer - Free Printable and Bookmarker (pp_holy_spirit_3)Want to share this on Pinterest? Here’s a ready-made pin. πŸ™‚

Want to follow me on Pinterest? Find me at pinterest.com/bobbi_rol.

Want me to follow you? Leave your Pinterest handle in the comments. πŸ™‚

UPDATE: As an added bonus, you can watch me on Periscope talk about this prayer and making these prayer cards. If you aren’t on Periscope, you can watch it below or watch the video here. I’m still getting used to recording live so I am a little nervous at first but I warm up and am more myself by the end. πŸ˜‰ Also, in the video here you can’t see the hearts or the comments, so that is why I comment back at those who are watching live even though you can’t see it in the replay.

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married Series - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com for www.waltzinginbeauty.blogspot.com

I’m linking up this post with the sweet Jess and Kate over at Sweet Little Ones Blog.com for this week’s Tuesday Talk. πŸ™‚ Go check out their blog. There’s plenty of good stuff to read!

Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation or inspiration, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. πŸ™‚ (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

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5. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

The link up will be active for a month. Have fun!

PS – You can follow RoL on Bloglovin, Feedly or another news feed. If you are a social media fan like me, we can stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, Letterboxd, Spotify or Instagram. πŸ˜‰

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Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 38): Country Potato Salad

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I was hoping to switch up my entry into the Pinterest Party by doing something other than a recipe but time is short and no matter how busy I am, I’ve still gotta cook! So it’s another recipe, but at least it’s a tasty one.

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The inspiration for this recipe came from Gina at SkinnyTaste.com. I changed the recipe to suit my family’s taste.

Revolution of Love - Country Potato Salad (pp_pot_salad_1)In gathering the ingredients, it has been fun to pick herbs and vegetables from our little garden on the deck. This is the first year that we have actually yielded produce, mainly because I put the boys in charge of watering. (I have a knack for forgetting to water and killing everything. LOL.) The boys were excited when they could pick their first tomatoes for a salad.

Revolution of Love - Country Potato Saladpp_pot_salad_2)For this meal, Matthew, who is always ready to “help” me cook,Β  picked fresh flat leaf parsley.

Revolution of Love - Country Potato Salad - (pp_pot_salad_3)It was a proud feeling that made me understand why people had gardens. I’ve always been a “why bother if you can just buy it at the market” but now I’ve begun to understand why people bother!

Ingredients

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  • 6 cups of red potatoes cut in bite size pieces
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion (or one small red onion), chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 & 1/2 Tbs mayo (or light mayo)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

— Place potatoes in pot and cover with water. Boil 10 – 15 minutes until soft. Drain and cool.

— Combine the olive oil, mayo, Dijon, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.

— Once the potatoes are cool, add the red pepper, red onion and parsley. Stir.

— Mix in the sauce and let sit briefly.

— Enjoy!

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I’m linking up this post with the sweet Jess and Kate over at Sweet Little Ones Blog.com for this week’s Tuesday Talk. πŸ™‚ Go check out their blog. There’s plenty of good stuff to read!

Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. πŸ™‚ (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

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Pinterest Party & Link-up (vol 37): Homemade Coconut Granola

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Years ago, the thought of making my own granola sounded way too crunchy mama to me. (Let’s be honest, eating any kind of granola was too crunchy for me.) After Brian was diagnosed with cancer, I had to rethink my attitude. It was time to learn to DIY in the kitchen.

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At the time I was also taking Elizabeth Foss‘ wonderful Restore workshop.Β  (I wrote about it here.) In one of the lessons she posted her family’s favorite granola recipe. I apprehensively followed the recipe and was surprised to find that it wasn’t that hard, it tasted delicious and the family loved it. Now making granola has become second nature. I have since played around with Elizabeth’s recipe and a number of others ones I found on Pinterest and narrowed down the ingredients and flavors that worked best for our family. The great things about granola is that you can easily add and subtract to suit your tastes.

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Ingredients

(Part 1)

  • 7 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut

(Part 2)

  • 3/4 cups coconut oil, softened
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

(Part 3: Optional)

  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 a cup of dried cranberries.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Revolution of Love - pp_granola_2In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.

Revolution of Love - pp_granola_3In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well.

Revolution of Love - pp_granola_4Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir well. Place in a large roasting pan. Bake 45 minutes, stirring the granola every 15 minutes.

Revolution of Love - pp_granola_5When the granola is done pour it onto two cookie sheets. (I tried following other recipes that cooked the granola on cookie trays but it didn’t work as well for me as the roasting pan.)

Next add the raisins and cranberry if using. (I make one tray with the dried fruit and leave one plain.) Let the granola dry and harden for about 1/2 an hour. Eat and enjoy!

Revolution of Love - Homemade Coconut Granola (pp_granola_6)Keep the leftover granola stored in an air tight container for up to a week or so. (If it lasts that long.) πŸ˜‰

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Now it’s your turn.

1. Choose your creation, share about it and snap a photo if you can.

2. In your post, link back the original blogger/idea, rather than your Pinterest pin. That way credit goes to the proper person. πŸ™‚ (But feel free to add your Pinterest profile link so we can follow you!)

3. Add a link back here so others can play along.

4. If you want to use it, here is the html code for the logo:

<a href=”http://revolutionoflove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/pinterest_logo_new_640.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter wp-image-6848″ src=”http://revolutionoflove.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/pinterest_logo_new_640.jpg” alt=”pinterest_logo_new_640″ width=”500″ height=”397″ /></a>

5. Link up below. Make sure you’re sending us to your actual post, and not to your general blog address.

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