Grow Your Blog [and a Give-Away]

posted by Sharon January 25, 2015 26 Comments

Give-away update on February 15! The winner of the awesome travel bags is Tamar from Random-osity. Congratulatons, Tamar! Thanks for all the comment love, everyone. It’s great to “meet” new friends!

Hello, there!

The weekend of the Grow Your Blog party is here! Such fun. You can click on the link below to find other bloggers who are joining the party. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends from all over. One of the great joys of blogging is meeting kind, inspiring people — like you!

If you’re new here, please look around. I hope you find some encouragement, slices of life in my corner of the world, and an image or thought that brings a smile to you today.

 Favorite Posts

Here are a few favorite posts, for your reading enjoyment . . .

Sending a Little Bit of Love to Paris
The Magnificent Eiffel Tower
What Makes a Cable Car Go?
Wedding Weather
It’s Not Easy Being Green
How to Be a Champion
When Life Is Confusing
Safety-Pinned People
The Old Lighthouse
Of Barns and Beauty

About Me

Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve stopped by. My hope is that something in these posts encourages you, especially if you’re struggling. And I hope the photos and little ramblings prompt you to notice the wonder that’s right in front of you. This is a challenge for me. I get so focused on the goal that I forget to enjoy the journey. When I carry my camera, I’m a lot more aware of beauty, oddities, charm, color. So exploring with camera in hand adds dimension and joy to my life, and I love sharing my discoveries with you!

I’m a word person. Reading, writing, and editing give me such pleasure. I’m thankful I get to work full-time as a consumer health information writer and editor. Another passion of mine is music. I’m teaching piano to a wonderful bunch of musicians — some in grade school and some retired. I love them all.

My Family

I live in sunny San Diego, California with my husband Curt. We have a daughter, Megan, who married her love Chris last year! They live in Kansas. We treasure visits with them.

We have a son, Matt, who married his love Bethany. Now we have four of the grandest grands ever. They live in Michigan. Last year Chris and Meg joined us when we visited from Michigan. We loved being all together!

Feel free to look around here, relax, soak up a bit of encouragement. I’m glad you’re here!

Give-Away!

As a thank you for stopping by, please enter to win this fun 3-piece cosmetic bag set from Adrienne Vittadini. I’m always looking for attractive and practical bags for everything from make-up to toiletries to jewelry. I’m finding it’s easier to organize with smaller bags instead of cramming too much in one. And matching bags, too? Love them! Just leave a comment to be entered. Winner will be announced February 15.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

2 Bags Full

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26 Comments

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Rachel January 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Beautiful family and stunning photography. Lots to inspire – now following having found you through GYB party 🙂

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Tamar SB January 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Such great family pictures! Have a great sunny Sunday!

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Malinda January 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Your blog is beautiful and inspiring. I am new to this “blogging” thing. I am working on publishing my own, soon.

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Beti Horvath January 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Hello from a fellow hopper! Love your photography, and I also have an interest in Consumer Health. Will be following you blog.

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Winter Bliss January 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Hi Sharon! You have a lovely family!! I’ve enjoyed your blog for a little over a year now, so I’m glad to see that you are in the blog party and will be able to grow your blog!!

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gail January 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

You have a lovely family and a wonderful outlook. It’s been a pleasure to meet you. 🙂

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Amanda January 25, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Hello from the GYB party! I love your photographs. I too enjoy photography. So glad I found you! You have a beautiful family. I will be following your blog.

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Monique U January 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm

So nice to discover your blog, and to meet you and your beautiful family, Sharon.

What a great choice for a giveaway, as we can all use a pretty bit of organization in our lives!

I am a volunteer with Vicki’s GYB 2015, and I’m so pleased to welcome you to the party. Hope it’s great fun for you and a source of new blogging friends 🙂

I loved your “Safety-Pinned People”… the dear stuffed bear looks just like one from my childhood (“Timmy”), and your words are a touching reflection on the interior value of all God’s creations 🙂

Following via Bloglovin.

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nowymps January 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I mostly read your blog for the fun photos. So wonderful to hear more about your life. Would love to win that adorable bag.

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Sara January 26, 2015 at 8:39 am

Hi Sharon. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your photos are great and your family looks beautiful! I will be following your stories from now on. Have a nice week!

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Bruna Aguiar Melo January 26, 2015 at 9:54 am

Hello sweetie!
Have fun at the GYB Party!
xoxo

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shabbby January 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Hello I am from the party and your blog is amazing! I am following all areas I can and cant wait to read more of your stuff! Please visit my blog as well! As a new mom any advice is always welcome!

http://sarahsuncensored.blogspot.com/

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sarahhuizenga January 26, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Hi Sharon. Visiting from GYB. I live in Michigan. Love the post you did on barns. They are a favorite of mine. The Eiffel Tower is awesome. I would go back there easily.

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africanaussie January 27, 2015 at 4:26 am

oh gosh yet another lovely blog to follow along. I especially love your book reports. I love the idea of having different tabs and have just recently switched my blog to do the same. I might have to add book reviews on as well! I too like lots of little bags when travelling…

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Judith January 27, 2015 at 5:06 am

I love your way of sharing what you see in everywhere you go. Thank you and for the chance to win.

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Judy Cooper January 28, 2015 at 12:07 am

I’m visiting from St. John’s, NL Canada via GYB. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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Karin January 28, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Your blog is beautiful, I love your pictures

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MA January 29, 2015 at 2:46 am

I enjoyed reading your safety pin post – the bear was definitely well loved! Thank you for inviting us to come and visit you and to see your work.

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buntyw January 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Lovely to meet you – I’m visiting from the UK
What beautiful photos of your family!

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Addicted2Fabric February 1, 2015 at 1:38 am

I’m still GYBing! Phew, it’s such a long list!
following you with interest!
http://www.addicted2fabric.wordpress.com.au

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alexis February 1, 2015 at 6:47 am

What a lovely family you have!

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Ariadne February 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hello Sharon, I am Ariadne all the way from Greece and through Grow your blog! I visited the States last summer as I have lots of friends there! I love photography too and lots more!AiadnefromGreece!

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Dodie February 5, 2015 at 3:32 am

Hellow, Sharon. My name is Dodie, and I found your blog from the Grow Your Blog party. I wish it wasn’t bedtime, because I really want to spend more time on your blog. Well, at least I will check our your posts about the Eiffel Tower. I hope you will follow me as well.

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maggie February 9, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hi Sharon….nice to meet you thru the GYB party! Your family is lovely….I’m a West Coast girl, too (Portland, OR) with a daughter in Kansas. Too far!!! (She’s going to college there, at KU). Your photos and posts are wonderful. And what a darling giveaway! Glad I stopped by…….
maggie
http://www.themagrag.com

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Heather February 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Hello from NYC! What a generous giveaway! Thanks for being part of the blog hop. I love your emphasis on family. 🙂

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Linda Hubbard February 13, 2015 at 3:04 am

Hi Sharon, I’m stopping by on the GYB party… I’ve just spent a wonderful time exploring your blog. You are a talented photographer. I too am into photography and travel, among other pursuits. I hope you’ll pop by and visit me too. I cannot find a follower button, or a way to follow by email? I’d love to follow your blog…

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