Monday, November 12, 2018

Heart & Soul LinkUp #2

Did you enjoy having all those great blog posts in one place last week at our first Heart & Soul LinkUp?  I did!  And I loved every post.  These are some of my favorite bloggers, and it's so convenient to just show up here at LifeTales Books and see them all together at once.  I'm sure you found your own favorite posts, and I'm excited to share my favorites and the readers' favorite with you, too!

Remember--if you know great bloggers who would be a great fit for our "good for the heart and soul" theme, you can invite them to share their blog posts here, too.

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Before we see what's in store at Heart & Soul LinkUp #2, let's highlight the favorites from last week!  I've picked three favorites, and the readers picked a favorite, too!

READER FAVORITE(S)
How about that--we have a 3-way tie this week!  Readers loved

from Alicia at My Plant Strong Family

from Michele and Shiree at Confessions of Parenting

from Cary at Cary MacArthur

MY FAVORITES

I really was impressed with so many of the posts that choosing 3 favorites was difficult.  And, yes, I expect it to be that way every week at the Heart & Soul LinkUp!  :)  The 3-way tie for reader favorites helped me a little, though, so thank you for that!  ;)  Here are my favorite posts from Heart & Soul LinkUp #1.

from Shannon at DeBord Studios
I love this post because as far as I can tell, everyone needs help in this area!  I see it a lot in my own work as a Heritage Makers consultant.  Shannon's three suggestions for slowing down are excellent. 

from Amy at Hampers & Hiccups
There are lots of sweet ideas here that I really loved and hadn't thought of before.

from Brittany and Andrea at The American Moms
These are so interactive!  I love that they're so fun that kids might not even realize they're educational.  The shine-a-light ones are a huge hit with kids. 

Bloggers, if you were one of the four favorites this week, copy
this image and show off on your blog and social media!
Were these some of your favorites, too, or did you miss them last time?  I always like seeing favorites at LinkUps just in case I missed something I'll love.

Now it's time for the second edition of the Heart & Soul LinkUp.  Hop around at this LinkUp and see what inspires you this week.  And if you know other bloggers whose posts are good for the heart and soul, invite them to participate in the Heart & Soul LinkUp!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  At LifeTales Books, we believe in #familyfirst and #socialmediafourthorfifth.  ;)  The Heart & Soul LinkUp will take the week of Thanksgiving off, so favorites from this week will be posted in our next LinkUp on November 26 instead of November 19.  Enjoy your holiday and family time.

Bloggers:  Before posting, read the six rules for posting your content here--you'll find them down at the end of this post. 

And now here's Heart & Soul LinkUp #2:



We all love blog posts that are good for the heart and soul!  Sharing is caring,
so Pin this image to Pinterest and spread the joy.

RULES FOR BLOGGER PARTICIPATION (Rules for adding your blog post to today's linkup above.)  Participating bloggers MUST:
  1. FOLLOW THE THEME:  The theme of the Heart & Soul LinkUp is "what's good for the heart and soul."  Therefore, all blog posts added to the Heart & Soul LinkUp must be about something that's good for the heart and soul.  This can include posts related to the home and family such as recipes, DIY,  home decor, parenting, marriage, etc., or inspirational posts about hope, learning, growth, connections, etc.  Fashion bloggers, for example, would not be a good fit here.  ALL POSTS MUST BE FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND UPLIFTING.
  2. POST (when & how):  The LinkUp will open at 7:00am Mountain Time every Monday and close 24 hours later, 7:00am Tuesday.  Voting for favorites will open at 7:00am Tuesday and close at 7:00am Wednesday.  To add your blog post to the LinkUp, click the blue "add my link" button.  Remember to add a direct link to the specific post you want to share, not your blog's home page.
  3. OBSERVE THE LIMITS:  Let's save room for everybody--submissions are limited to 2 blog posts per person on each weekly LinkUp.  (This may change moving forward, but for now the limit is 2.)
  4. SHARE THE LOVE:  Read and comment on at least 3 other blog posts each week you submit your own post to the LinkUp.  This isn't a place to dump your links and run--we're here to help each other out and even make new friends.  When you comment, please use the hashtag #heartandsoullinkup at the end of your comment.  Voting on a favorite isn't required but is appreciated.
  5. INVITE OTHERS:  We need everyone's help in inviting others to see this LinkUp, so each participating blogger must do two things:  #1 Put a link to this LinkUp on your own blog so that others can find us--sidebar works best, but a tab works, too.  Something visible is ideal.  If you prefer, you can save the image at the top of this post and use it at the end of your own blog post saying, "Find me at the Heart and Soul LinkUp" with an included link.  #2 After posting your link in the LinkUp, you must share a link to this blog post at LifeTales Books on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+. 
  6. LET ME SHARE:  By participating in this LinkUp, you are giving me the right to share your blog posts on social media.  When you are chosen as a reader favorite or as one of my own favorite posts of the week, you allow me to share a link back to your blog post plus an image from your post here on my blog (which gives you additional visibility). 
Thanks, blogging friends, for sharing your fantastic blog posts that are good for the heart and soul!

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