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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Benefits of Blogging

There is nothing in the world like a caring friend.  Does it really matter if that friend lives next door, down the road or across the country?  I don't think so.

I was gifted this custom handmade set of jewelry from who else but my best bloggy friend Julie @ Mamawj's Moment Away.  Julie knows me so well.  I was so excited to see this come in my mailbox.
This set is even prettier than my photos show and it's going to look great with so many outfits.  I know I'm going to be wearing these pieces a lot.  I can already picture so many summer outfits that will make this set stand out even more.

I love all things aqua, turquoise, teal, etc...  You get the idea.
I know!  I'm so lucky to have such a talented friend.  What doesn't Julie do?  She's an excellent seamstress, and awesome artist, a talented blogger and an obviously great jeweler.  She loves to create anything and everything.

It's no wonder Julie found a niche in blogland.  She's created a wonderful blog that promotes her love of creating as well as becoming an online influencer working with national brands to share and promote their products.  By promoting these companies with honest reviews, you're able to learn about the newest and best products out there and most times it gives you, the reader, a chance to win them for yourself.
You know, when I started this blog, I could have never imagined how much it would add to my life.  I've meet so many people that I consider friends.  People that reach out and touch your heart through comments.  They share your joys and struggles and before you know it, you feel like you've known them forever.  This couldn't be truer, when it comes to me and Julie.

We quickly found out that we had many things in common. Even though she lives in Tennessee, she moved around bit while she built her life as a military wife.  That had her living in Jacksonville when her daughter was born.  Who knew we lived so close to each other.  We're the same age.  Her daughter was born about the same time my son was born.  Her daughter even has the same name as my DIL.  Julie's like me, and we both tend to carry our hearts on our sleeves.  Two Southern girls who have hearts as big as the Atlantic ocean.  We can almost finish each others thoughts. Ha - it's kind of insane!

Our friendship was meant to be.  All because of a little - huge thing called blogging.  We never know where something will take us when we start, but the ride's sure to be eventful and this one certainly was for the better.

It blesses my heart to know Julies there on the other end of this world wide web, to support me, to listen to my venting and rages,  laugh with me and just sometimes cry with me.  As if all that isn't enough, she occasionally sends me sweet gifts both big and small, that tells me I matter.  She is truly a gem!

Before I go I want to remind you about the giveaway that Julie and I are co-hosting together. Today and tomorrow are the last days you can enter.

I was lucky enough to review this super Deep Fryer with Warming drawer from Brylane Home and Julie reviewed a beautiful 8-pc bedding set. Brylane Home was generous enough to sponsor a giveaway for our readers.  You can be the winner of the same Deep Fryer that I reviewed.

Just visit the giveaway page on my blog HERE or on Julie's blog HERE to enter.
I also have another giveaway HERE.  Click over and enter to win your own Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier!
When you visit Julie's blog, be sure to check her sidebar and checkout all of her current giveaways.  You can even win a $50 Walmart Gift Card in her Herbal Essences Naked Collection review and giveaway.

Have you made any special friendships through blogging? Share them with me here.  I'd really like to know if you've had any great experiences.  Maybe you've had a not so good experience.  I hope not, because I want everyone to be as happy as I am.

Hugs Y'all...
Bear ye one another's burdens, and fulfil the law of Christ.
                                                                       ~ Galatians 6:2


  1. Awe..how sweet of your blogging friend to send you such a pretty and great gift! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy, I hope you had a good holiday with that big ole' family of yours. It's wonderful to see you stop by. Julie's a really sweet gal. I know you'd love her too.