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That's What She Said is going WEEKLY! Join us :)


Each week we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The link up will run for 2 weeks this week. Starting February 5th we have the linkup live for 5 days!

We will pin and feature our favorites, the following month.

Each week will provide the next week’s quote.


Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month. We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you and go show some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the link up via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course, it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: Have fun and be creative ♡

Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress

Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms

Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

What she said


We absolutely loved hearing about Karen’s warm holiday memories,

we know you will too.


January's That's What She Said quote: Don't Stumble Over Something Behind You

If there’s any phrase I should have tattooed to my forehead these days, it’s “Don’t stumble over something behind you.” As I head into the New Year, putting 2014 and all its many nightmares behind me is the one resolution I intend to keep. I’d be foolish to say I’m over it and that there is no more hurt to be felt, no more challenges to face, no more stress to overcome, but I’m committed to looking forward to hope, healing and a much more balanced life that is me being me. The one thing I most definitely realized over the past several months is that I haven’t been able to be myself in a very long time. And that’s something I’d like to change.

I will no longer stumble over the fear that comes from wondering what others think of my actions, or how I dress, or what I say, or if I’m cool enough/pretty enough/funny enough/etc. the list goes on and on. I’m looking forward and I’m me. I will no longer stumble over what ifs, whys or if only. I’m looking forward with a “What’s next?” I will no longer punish myself for mistakes I made, cues I missed or moments where I fell short as a wife, mother, friend, woman, daughter, you name it. I’m looking forward with a “You did the best you could with the information that you had. Forgive yourself and be better.”

Progress means learning from the past, not dwelling on it. I can look back now with fresh eyes, remember what happened, and embrace the blessing that is being in a better place today. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I don’t want to go back to what was, even when I think about the good times and the happy moments. So if I’m confident that I’m where I’m supposed to be, there’s no need to stumble or dwell on where I used to be. Each day I put one foot in front of the other and move forward. If I look back, it’s only to see how far I’ve come.

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Join us in a few weeks when we kick off the weekly link up with this amazing quote!


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  1. Becka

    January 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    What a great idea! 🙂 I love the quote, Don’t stumble of what is behind you. 🙂

  2. Amber

    January 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Love the quote! I hope 2015 brings many better things for you Katy!

  3. Jessica Dimas

    January 16, 2015 at 3:01 am

    I love this idea for a linkup! And I love your outlook for this year. I am right there with ya. I hope this year brings you lots of healing and that you’re able to reclaim yourself and move forward a stronger, more confident woman <3

  4. Mrs. AOK

    January 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

    YES!!! I’m over the fear and doubt. This year is ours, Katy. Onward!

  5. Keitha The Bajan Texan

    January 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Luv that quote!

  6. Vidya Sury

    January 21, 2015 at 12:13 am

    What a stunning quote, Katy! Don’t stumble over something behind you!

    So – May i write about the quote and link up?

    The magic quote is for Feb 5, right?

    This is a grand idea.


    • Dora

      April 29, 2016 at 3:40 am

      153Admiring the hard work you put into your blog and in depth information you present. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed inomaortifn. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.


      June 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Oi, jeg synes det ble kjempestilig! Sikkert kjempeartig for ungene å slå seg løs med kritt over hele veggen!Ha en herlig mandag :)Klem Elisabeth


      July 15, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Apparently this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin’ ’bout.


      July 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

      she knew someone who lived there and she was murdered (i think her name was alice or something)anyways if anyone knows were i could find out more id really appriciate it VA:F [1.9.21_1169](from 1 vote)


      October 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Everyone should pay at least 10% federal income tax. PERIOD. Warren Buffets pays 14% as Capital Gains Tax. But if the guy makes 50 million he is still supposed to pay $7,000,000.00 in federal taxes if he doesn’t fight it. $7 Million is a lot of taxesSo both you and Mr. Buffet are at best playing word games when you switch between tax rate and tax dollars in the same breath. Pick one and stick to it.BTW – Berkshire Hathaway is still fighting a $ 1.2 Billion Federal Tax bill for the 2002 through 2004 tax periods. So he speaks with forked tongue at best…


      November 5, 2016 at 2:12 am

      Constantly send and reenforce the message “If you work hard, you can do this.” Students need to believe they have what it takes to be successful in order to even attempt to study or learn material. I explicitly teach my belief that the brain is like a muscle – if you work out you get stronger – if you stick with something difficult, you will understand it better in the end. I teach lessons on role models who showed resilience and I cover the classroom in quotes that underscore the importance of working hard. However, it is also important to teach students the difference between trying hard and effective effort.

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Who’s ready for another week of sharing, networking, and growing your site?

We’re so glad to have each and every one of you joining us each week and can’t wait to connect with you on 2 more social medias this week!

This party is all about building and fostering a community of bloggers that actively support each other in their blogging journeys.

And, as you all know, one of the best ways for bloggers to connect with one another, is through social media.

So the Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up was born! We’ll be featuring 2 different social media networks on the link up each week and hope that by focusing on 2 rather than all of them every week, you will have more of a chance to connect and engage with some amazing new bloggers!

Now, let’s get this party started!

This week’s featured social media networks are GOOGLE+ and STUMBLEUPON!

The rules for this link up are very simple! (Seriously, we don’t like a lot of rules either!)

1. Please follow your host and co-hosts! We’d love to connect with all of you!
2. Grab the button if you’d like! Not mandatory at all, but we would sure appreciate it 🙂
3. ENGAGE! No one likes a link and run blogger. If you add your link, try to engage with at least one other blogger.

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And our fabulous October co-hosts!

Becka from Probably Crafting

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It’s a great way to network with other bloggers and grow your social media following! Just fill out the form and we’ll email you with the details!

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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art



Think Outside the Toy Box | Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art | Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide
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It’s Monday!! You know what that means…it’s time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week…Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
NOTE: This is an outside project. Prepare to get messy! 

It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids were itching for some fun, so we stripped down for some messy art and took it outside to the back deck. A few pieces of construction paper, some Elmer’s glue and a tub of Kool-Aid and we were ready to play. 
I started by creating some pictures with the glue based on the kids’ requests (a sun, a tree, a snowman, a silly face). Then I handed them a paper cup filled with Kool-Aid and had them sprinkle away. The sprinkled (or dumped…ha!) the Kool-Aid along the glue around the edges of the picture, carefully spreading it as they went. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Once they had it covered, I bent the paper gently in half to bring the excess Kool-Aid to the middle and dumped it out, shaking gently to remove and loose mix. In truth, the boys were already happy with seeing the light colored mix on their pictures…but the fun was still coming!
As the glue absorbed the Kool-Aid, it slowly turned to the actual color of the mix – red. They were shocked and super excited about this. “Mommy! My sun is turning red!!!” At that age, it was pure magic. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
I should note that this is not a forever project. Although I suspect the glue would have dried hard eventually, it stayed more like a gel when mixed with the Kool-Aid and never got much past the slimey, sticky phase, so I just tossed the remainders after the kids went to sleep. Our goal was to have fun using our hands to sprinkle and get messy, and to watch our pictures come to life with color. Next time we do this, I am definitely going to pick up several colors of Kool-Aid for even more fun! 
This activity was immediately followed with bath time! Kool-Aid gets EVERYWHERE. And you know after just a few short minutes, they found their fingers in their mouths. Sugar for the win! 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Be sure to check out what the other ladies did with Kool-Aid on their blogs today, and link up your Kool-Aid family friendly projects below and share the fun as we all head into summer months. 

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Social Media Saturday



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Welcome to Social Media Saturdays, the one and only linkup sponsored by the International Bloggers Association, where bloggers grow together. Have you joined yet? If not, go there now!


We’re all about making new friends and finding each other in the places we hang out online. This is the place to mingle, make new friends and form real relationships– not the place to drop links and leave!


If that sounds good to you, then by all means, share the links to your social media accounts here!


Here are the rules:

1. You don’t have to, but if you want to be classy please follow your hosts in each category that you join. We are:

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2. Tweet about the party and spread the word so that we can all connect with new friends! The more people who join us, the better experience we all have!

Click the button below or write your own tweet with the hashtag #ilovesocialsaturday so your new friends know where you came from and so that we can chat all day!


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Browse IBA blog directory!

There, you can find great new friends in your niche to subscribe to and visit regularly. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to build a network of support!


We’re so excited to introduce the newest addition to our weekly linkup– the first-ever official IBA Blog Hop! This hop is just for members of the IBA (badge required) to visit each other’s latest posts in any category and share the love. If you submit a link here, make sure to visit and comment on and/or share three more.

Each week, we’ll be featuring the three posts that got the most clicks in the previous week, so make sure to come back to see if you’ve been featured! Happy Blog-Hopping!


Here are the featured posts from last week’s Social Media Saturday


Chair Makeover: Miss Rose

Robin at Redo It Yourself Inspiration

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Joanne at What’s On The List?

Blogology Part 2: Blogging Platforms

Megan at The Adventures of Nnoble and Pond

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