WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO FILES HOLIDAY BLOG PARTY!!!

Snowglobe for Holiday Blog Party

Welcome to The Chicago Files Holiday Blog Party! I am so happy you are here!

Help yourself to virtual Christmas Tree-shaped pieces of Chicago deep dish pizza! The Eggnog and sparkling drinks are also here!  There are butter tarts (a Canadian favorite), Nanaimo Bars (another Canuck delight), sugar cookies, various cheeses, crackers, and lots more!

Oh, and now for a little hint about the surprises I mentioned in a pre-party post earlier this week!

We are going to have a few giveaways! Yes, not virtual, but real!  How would you like to win a little Chicago chocolate treat?  We’ll do this by random draw, so every link you post will be an entry into the draw.  I will be contacting the winners a day or two after the party.  Once the winners have responded, I’ll list the names of the winners in a post!

Please join in on this post!  Here are the details:

 1. Choose one of your favorite posts from your blog.  Whatever you’d like to share with the rest of us, whether it be about the holidays, travel, novels, food, personal adventures, blogging, photography, etc…………. You may share up to three of your posts during the party, but please post only one at a time.  It’s best to wait awhile before sharing your second and third posts, as it will give others enough time to join in the fun!

2. Paste the link to your post in the comment section of this post; please provide a brief description of the post. If you’d like to write something about yourself or describe your blog, we’d love it!

3. Have fun! Explore new blogs, comment on their posts, follow, reblog and share. Let other bloggers know that you met them here at The Chicago Files Holiday Blog Party!  Whether you are new to the blogging world or have been part of it for a while, this is a terrific opportunity for everyone to meet new and awesome bloggers (including them meeting you)!

Thank you so much for being part of our first Holiday Blog Party! Welcome!

Now, let’s get this party started, shall we?

  305 comments for “WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO FILES HOLIDAY BLOG PARTY!!!

  1. Brenda Keachie
    December 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

    🎄Merry Christmas Everyone!

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    • December 12, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Merry Christmas to you, too! Thank you for coming to the party, my dear! Cher xo

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  2. December 12, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for having us at your party. http://thethoughtsandlifeofme.com/2015/12/08/photos-from-the-ginger-bread-house-town/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Ah, why thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you, too! Thank you so much for coming to the party! I know others are going to love your blog as much as I do! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 7:28 am

        Thank you very much for the kind words! I hope to visit some great posts through your party!

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      • December 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

        I know there will be lots of great posts coming (which I include yours as well)!! Cher xo

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Beautiful post, sorry, but I can’t like from my mobile.

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      • December 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        Well that’s okay! I really appreciate you taking the time to come to the party! And on your mobile, no less! That is extremely thoughtful of you! Thank you! Cher xo

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  3. December 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Happy, happy holiday!!!!!!

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    • December 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

      And to you as well my dear!! Thank you!!! Cher xo

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  4. December 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Woo-hoo! Nice party.

    Here’s my link: How I Plan To Have A Happy Holiday Season This December

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    • December 12, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Hi Ally and welcome! Thank you so much! This is a terrific post! I know others will love your blog like I do! The party is happening all day, so please enjoy!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 8:04 am

        Will do. Plan to be in and out all day, so will drop by again when I have the opportunity. Thanks for hosting.

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      • December 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

        Well that sounds great! Please do drop by again when you have the chance! And thank you again for coming my dear! Cher xo

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  5. December 12, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for inviting me to your party. I am a storyteller, but only publish a story once a month or so. I try to post a weekly something about philosophy, writing, learning, business–little things that I have accumulated over the years. Please visit my site, memoriesofatime–mostly about growing up, or events of significance. Here is my first entry for the party–and it is about my brother and me and the Chicago L. http://memoriesofatime.com/2013/11/26/riding-the-chicago-l-with-my-brother-tom/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Hi James and welcome! Oh thank you so much for posting this! I love stories about the Chicago L of course! The party is going on all day, so please feel free to stop by, grab some deep dish pizza, goodies, and meet other bloggers! I know they will love your blog! Cher xo

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  6. December 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Let’s get started …. I’ll be on the lookout!! Yes …

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    • December 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Ah, thank you so much, dear Horty!! I have your links ready!!! Welcome, welcome my dear! Cher xo

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  7. December 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Half way through the advent calendar! Oh my how time flies! I hope everyone has a great December. To sweeten the wait till Christmas I am hosting an advent calendar on my blog here ist the link to the fiery post: http://solveigwerner.com/2015/12/01/advent-calendar-day-1-opening-the-first-door/ maybe some people attending the party will have time to check out the contributions of my lovely guests.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Ah, yes my dear, welcome! Yes, an advent calendar is lovely! I am sure people attending the party will love to come over to your blog as well! Please let your wonderful contributors they are invited and welcome over here as well! I can’t wait to read more on your blog!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 9:23 am

        I do hope that they will stop by. Maybe so!
        I have a small question, can I share posts that I did for other blogs than my own? Because I have a some guest posts that I would like to share.
        I have been enjoying the party so far 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Well I am sure lots will stop by! The party is just getting started and we are here all day!! Oh yes, please feel free to do that! Since they appeared on your blog, I think that would be really nice! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

        I was wondering about guest posts that I did on other people’s blogs, sorry if my question was not clear enough…

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      • December 12, 2015 at 9:36 am

        Oh yes, that is totally fine!! I apologize for not understanding! Please post them, my dear! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

        No worries 🙂

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  8. Don
    December 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the party Cher, and the invite. Here’s my link: https://candidpresence.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/imagine-a-world-without-tea/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Welcome dear Don! Your blog is a delight and I am so honored to follow! I know everyone will love it! Please stop by Don’s blog; a wonderful perspective of life! Thank you, Don!! We will be here all day, so please feel help yourself to the virtual party food and drink!! Cher xo

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  9. December 12, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Feliz Navidad everyone! I’m Lisa from Life of an El Paso Woman. I blog about El Paso, Texas, movies, sports, entertainment, recipes, etc. Right now I’m doing the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. It’s been SO much fun sharing recipes, family traditions, etc! It’s really nice to meet everyone! Thank you for hosting this party, Cher. I thought I was still following you but I wasn’t anymore 😦 I don’t remember unfollowing you here. I don’t know what’s going on with WP these days.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Welcome my dear! It’s wonderful to see you! Yes, WP is rather wonky sometimes! I have found the same thing with fellow bloggers! I love your blog, and I know others will too! Ah yes, the 12 Day of Christmas challenge! Let’s see if we can have others join in and share holiday fun on your blog! Would you please be able to post a link for us? Thank you so much for coming! The party is going on all day; please help yourself to the virtual deep-dish pizza, eggnog, and Canadian desserts!! Cher xo

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    • December 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

      And I KNOW I was following you, too! WP!!! *LOL* Now I’m back! Cher xo

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  10. December 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Hi Cher, I have found some good blogs on here! I would like to share a post with you that I wrote about some of the British and German Romantic poets, writers, musicians and artists who were inspired by the beauty of the Rhine Valley and its castles, legends and rugged landscape. It was one of my more ambitious posts, which I enjoyed writing partly because it involved frequent visits to this fascinating part of the world! 🙂 http://wp.me/p3QEB4-UW

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Hi Chris! It is so lovely to see you! Thank you so much for coming! The party will be going on all day, so there is lots more to come! Ah, wonderful!! I know people will absolutely love this post (and your blog)!! Fascinating, Chris! Thank you and please help yourself to the virtual table of American and Canadian goodies!! Cher xo

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    • December 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Chris. Your post reminded me of a cruise down the Rhine my wife and I took last August. Here’s a lighter take on the Rhine valley: https://daveplyadventures.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/rhineos/

      Thanks for the invite Cher

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        Why thank you for coming to the party and posting a link, Dave! It looks like you and Chris have perhaps traveled to similar locations! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:53 pm

        Ha ha, yes Dave, I can see the similarities. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  11. December 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Reblogged this on Life of an El Paso Woman and commented:
    Check out this awesome holiday blog party over at The Chicago Files. Cher is such a nice host! 🙂

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  12. December 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Thank you so much for hosting this holiday party Cher! I would like to share my post on the lovely holiday window displays in New York City – https://smilingnotes.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/holiday-windows-in-new-york-city/
    I’m sure I will get to meet some new as well as talented bloggers here 🙂
    xoxo
    Shamira

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

      It is so nice to see you, Shamira! A big welcome to the party!! Oh, this post is magnificent my dear! I encourage everyone to take a look at not only this wonderful post of Shamira’s, but her equally as wonderful blog! Thank you my dear! The party is going on all day, so I know there will be lots of others here to meet you and vice versa!!! Thank you so much for coming!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:14 am

        Thank you for your sweet words Cher! Really means a lot to me! I will keep checking your post so I can catch up with more people 😊👍🏼

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

        Well I love your blog my dear! I encourage everyone to check it out! It’s lovely!! Oh yes, please do stop by anytime!! Giveaways as well!! Cher xo

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  13. December 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

    And what is a party without food? Our hostess is providing us with holiday goodies. I asked for White Castle hamburgers. Not this time, she told me. But what about another wondrous invention: corned beef? I hope you get to read my next favorite from my memoriesofatime blog. Drool on! http://memoriesofatime.com/2015/03/14/one-corned-beef-and-cabbage-comin-up/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

      *LOL* Ah, James! I think I should have provided the White Castle Burgers (or rather, the ‘infamous’ White Castle Burgers’) just for you! Hahahaha Corned beef and cabbage!! YUM! Forget the White Castle, James!! Thank you!! Cher xo

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  14. December 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Happy Holidays, Everyone! Thanks to Chicago Files for hosting the fun 🙂
    My name is Julia and I’m a Chicago blogger as well. My site, List Maker Picture Taker, is about my life in the windy city and my adventures with my husband and our two little pugs. It’s also a way for me to satisfy my love of lists and, since I use to be a photographer, an excuse to post pretty photos that I take.

    Since this is a CHICAGO holiday party, I thought I’d kick my part in it off by sharing a recent post about my favorite Chicago holiday traditions. If you’re a Chicagoan as well, feel free to let me know what I’m missing out on in the comments. Enjoy! http://listmakerpicturetaker.com/2015/12/10/christmas-in-chicago-eight-of-the-best-ways-to-celebrate-the-season/

    Julia

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Welcome, welcome my dear fellow Chicagoan! I love your blog, Julia, and I know others will as well! I am smiling while I write this, as you know who lovely this city is, and at Christmas it is magical, isn’t it? Awesome post, Julia (and your blog too)!! Please check out my fellow Chicagoan’s terrific post! Cher xo

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  15. December 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Happy holidays to everyone and to you Cher. May your holidays be filled with Joy and Happiness. No shade counting today LOL

    Twas the night before WordPress is Christmas parody which is taken from Twas the night before Christmas. The parody is what writers go through with their trial and tribulations and success. A must read and one which will put a smile on your face. Join the Christmas Spirit and have a look into the Christmas spirit Follow the link here. https://seeingthewhisper.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/twas-the-night-before-wordpress-parody/

    A little Bio about me is yours to discover on my blog.

    As mentioned in this post Nanaimo bars were named after the city after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia where I live.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Well there you are my dear! Welcome to the party!! Thank you so much for coming! No hue counting today unless you are so inclined! *biggest grin* Thank you so much for posting this! I know others will love your blog as much as I do! Now I must tell you that NO ONE here in CHItown knows anything about our famous Nanaimo Bars, but with one taste, they will be glad they do now! *LOL* We are here all day, my fellow Canuck! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

        Yes thank you for hosting this party. What a great Idea to get to other blogs that we would not come across. Thanks again. Why or how did you end up in Chicago?

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:36 am

        Thank you! I think it’s a great idea to open the blogosphere doors and see who is here! Wonderful group! I followed my heart and it landed in The Windy City!! So here I am! *LOL* Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

        🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

        😉 Nanaimo bar, anyone? *grin*

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

        Truth be told they are too sweet for me. A lot of people love them though. One bite is enough for me. My teeth ache just thinking of them.

        Nanaimo

        Bars

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

        *LOL* I know exactly what you mean; and yet, I can’t help myself but to eat them when I am in Canada! Perhaps in the long run it is a good thing I live in the US or my teeth might start to, well, you know, change! hehehe Ah yes, thank you for these posts!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

        You’re welcome. I enjoy myself as well as well on your blog.

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

        Why thank you my dear! And I must say I always enjoy your visits to the blog!! 🙂 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

        🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 11:01 am

        😉

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  16. December 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for the warm welcome, Cher!! I love your blog as well, and I love the idea of this posting party! So great to see what other bloggers are up to 🙂

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Why thank you, Julia! There are so many incredible bloggers in the blogosphere (I include you in that group!). I thought it might be a great chance for people to get to know one another. The summer blog party I hosted was such great fun (well I sure had fun, and I think others did as well!) that it prompted me to have this little get together (this one has some giveaways; some Chicago chocolate!) Please post again if you can! Cher xo

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  17. December 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Wishing you all the best this season brings Cher.. sending you Love and oh Happy Partying to ALL 🙂 Cheers!!!! 🙂

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Oh dear Sue! Thank you sooooo much! Blessings to you, Sue! Thank you so much for stopping by! I remember the day I found your blog; truly inspirational and such wonderful energy!!! Cheers my dear and thank you! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:35 am

        🙂 many thanks for the compliments dear Cher.. Enjoy your weekend xxx

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      • December 12, 2015 at 10:37 am

        Thank YOU, Sue!! And to you as well! Happy Holidays! Cher xoxo

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  18. December 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Many of you know Dr. Rex (Horty) from her blog, http://www.hrexach.wordpress.com. Dr. Rex is ‘on the road’ today, so I am going to post a few links to her wonderful blog on her behalf. Here is the first one, and a little bio about dear Dr. Rex:

    I’m originally from Puerto Rico. I’ve been living in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico’s health system until 1985. At this time, I’m happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone “out there” who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is “eclectic” – a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I’m interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse – the “wrongly” affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need.

    Puerto Rico desde el Aire ….. Puerto Rico from the air https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/to-start-the-day-puerto-rico-desde-el-aire/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Hi, Cher!! Thanks so much for posting in my name!! Yes, I’m away … but stay connected via cell!! When I get back home, I’ll visit all the links above!! Thanks fir hosting this party! What a great idea …. Merry Christmas every one!! ❤️

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        Hi Horty! You are most welcome my dear!! I’ve posted two of your links thus far!! I’ll post another in a few hours!! Merry Christmas to you too!!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        I just noticed!!! On my cell now …. Thx so much fur posting for me!! Hugs!!

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

        Most welcome, Horty!! Hugs to you!! Cher xo

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  19. December 12, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hi, Cher! Wow, there is already a wonderful atmosphere over here! This is my first link I’d like to share: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/romantic-tuesday-7/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Yeay, you were able to come to the party! A big welcome to you, dear Erika! I am so glad you are here! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful post with us! I know others will love your blog as well! The party is happening all day, so please feel free to come back anytime! Cher xo

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  20. December 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Reblogged this on Seeing the whisper.

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  21. December 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Thought I would share a little dessert with the party: yummy Cranberry bars with fresh ginger and orange zest. http://listmakerpicturetaker.com/2015/11/24/thanksgiving-dessert-cranberry-bars-with-ginger-orange/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Well Julia how incredibly kind of you to share this dessert with us! Thank you so much! Cranberry, fresh ginger, and orange zest, oh my! Isn’t that the epitome of the holidays? Love it!!! I encourage everyone to check our my fellow Chicagoan’s blog! Cher xo

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  22. December 12, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great time! I have already discovered a few good new blogs to follow here 🙂
    Now I started blogging this spring, but I have been writing for much longer. About a month ago I had the chance to tell the story behind the story for a blog series http://gularavincent.com/2015/11/11/the-story-behind-the-story-answering-my-true-calling-by-solveig-werner/
    Do check out Gulara’s blog as well as the other contributions to this amazing series (since I did my post my life seems to have changed).
    Enjoy the party!

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    • December 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Why thank you so much, my dear!! I’m so glad you are here! Cher xo

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  23. December 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Hi Cher, hope the party is going well so far! Thanks for inviting me 🙂 Here is my first link – looking forward to reading some others too xx http://journeytoambeth.com/2015/12/07/city-of-dreams/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Hi Helen!! A big welcome to you my dear!!! I am so glad to see you! Your blog is brilliant! I know others are going to feel the same way! You are an amazing writer! Please check out Helen’s lovely blog!! Cher xo

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  24. December 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Hello again Cher, here is my second post. This one is nice and easy to read and simply shows some winter pictures taken in Germany and Austria last weekend! 🙂 http://wp.me/p3QEB4-1hj

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    • December 12, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Hi again, Chris! Thank you so much! I love your blog! The photos are divine!!! I encourage all to check out Chris’s magnificent photos! Cher xo

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  25. Amy
    December 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Great holiday blog party, Cher! xo
    Here is my link https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-walk-soco-austin/
    I pick this one because it a fun, relaxing place in Austin! 🙂

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    • December 12, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Hi Amy!! Welcome to the party! I am so happy you are here!! What a terrific blog you have and you KNOW how much I love it! Please check out Amy’s fantastic blog!! You will love it as much as I do, no doubt about it! Cher xo

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      • Amy
        December 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

        Happy to join the great party! I love your blog too, Cher. Love Chicago!! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

        Why thank you so much, Amy! That means a lot to me! Right now Chicago is enveloped in a blanket of fog! Lake Michigan is hiding at the moment! *LOL* Cher xo

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      • Amy
        December 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

        Stay warm, Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

        Shall do, Amy! Thank you!! *adjusts hat, gloves* *LOL* 😉 xo

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  26. December 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hi all! Happy Christmas to everyone – this is a post I created recently about friendship… Or why we aren’t friends anymore… http://suzie81speaks.com/2015/12/07/the-reason-why-we-are-not-friends/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      Yeay!! Suzie is here!!! Welcome my dear! Thank you so much for coming to the party! It wouldn’t be a blog party without you!! I LOVE this post! I think a lot of us can relate to Suzie’s words. Truly one of the BEST blogs there is! Most of us know Suzie, but for those who have not yet made her lovely acquaintance, please hop on over to her blog; then you will know why we in the blogosphere adore her! Thank you, Suzie! Cher xo

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  27. December 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Mmmmffmm…thanks for the party, Cher, sorry, I’m typing with my mouth full of butter tarts and Nanaimo Bars (which I’ve been putting off making because they’re too too too delicious!!!). Great party, as always!!! 🙂
    Here’s my latest post about a dream where I was visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past – Colin Firth (in his white shirt, you know the one ladies), Christmas Present – Taylor Kinney in his Fireman clothes and Christmas Future – Norman Reedus, well, actually Daryl Dixon holding a cat – hey, it was my dream! 😉 http://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/11/the-christmas-carol-awakens/
    Well, I need to stop with the treats and go on to the real treats – the other bloggers who’ve left out a trial of blogging breadcrumbs for me to follow. And then I need to share this so others may find those blogging breadcrumbs as well. 🙂
    Thanks again Cher, you know how to throw an awesome party!!!
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂
    Big hugs, Donna xoxox

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Yeay! Donna is here! Welcome, my dear! And yet another one of the BEST blogs in the blogosphere! Donna is a fantastic writer for those of you have not yet met her. I urge you to check out her fantastic blog! We all love Donna and her incredible sense of humo(u)r! 😉 I LOVE this post!! *LOL* It’s brilliant! The treats are happening, the pizza is dishing, and the blogs are, umm, blogging? Thank you Donna; and to you as well! Big hugs to you, Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        Thank you so much Cher!!! It was a lucky day when we found each other here in this giant virtual haystack!!!
        OK, you twisted my arm, I’ll have one or two slices of pizza before I go check out some more of these awesome bloggers who’ve popped by your amazing party!!! 🙂
        Thanks for having us over, we’re never going to want to leave!!! 🙂
        Big hugs sweetie xox

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        That was an extremely fortunate day for me my dear! I love that: “Virtual Haystack”!!! Brilliant! Yes, gentle arm-twisting for more Chicago deep-dish pizza! Oh, and I always have little take-home bags as well!! And don’t forget, there will be some giveaways that are rather ‘sweet’ too!! Ah, bless! Well it is completely my pleasure indeed my dear!!! Big hugs to you always, Cher xoxo

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  28. December 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Merry Christmas Cher and thank you for inviting.
    I create jewelry, as you can see here http://irenedesign2011.com/2015/12/12/rose-quartz-silver-7/
    Irene

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      And a very Merry Christmas and big welcome to you, Irene! Thank you so much for coming! If you want to see some amazing jewelry, please take a look at Irene’s extremely beautiful work! I am in awe of your talent, Irene. I am afraid the best I could do is attach to paper clips together and call it a day! *wish I were kidding* Your jewelry is inspiring, my dear! Cher xo

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I meant to say, “attach TWO paperclips together”! *LOL* xo

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  29. December 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    What a lovely idea! I’d like to share a blog I wrote sometime ago about creativity, and Opting To Matter. http://idealisticrebel.com/2014/10/01/opting-to-matter-2/

    Hugs,
    Barbara

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    • December 12, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Well hello, Barbara! It is so wonderful to see you! Welcome! Thank you so much for coming to the party! Excellent; I love this!! Thank you!! Cher xo

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    • December 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Hi, Barbara … Hugs!! Merry Christmas!! ❤️

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      • December 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm

        It is going to be high sixties and sunny on Christmas here in Asheville. I am thrilled. Hugs and blessings, Barbara

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      • December 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        Happy for you! Different from last year?? Yay ..

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  30. December 12, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Hi! I’m a food blogger and would like to share my latest recipe, Gingerbread family around the Christmas tree: http://www.mygorgeousrecipes.com/2015/12/12/gingerbread-family-around-the-christmas-tree/
    Thank you! 😀🎄❄️

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    • December 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Daniela and a big welcome to The Chicago Files Holiday Blog Party! Oh yummy!! Perfect! I love gingerbread! Thank you for including this link! Cher xo

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  31. December 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm
    • December 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Erika! Welcome back! Lots of food and drinks here! Why thank you! Perfect for the party!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        The party is fantastic! I am happy that so many join in, Cher! How about you? Do you take a break at times?

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      • December 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

        I am so happy to have you here, Erika! A few breaks now and again! *LOL* Thank you for asking, my dear!! That is so thoughtful of you! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        I just know how challenging it can be with replying…. and you are having a mega event on your blog! It is wonderful what you are doing here, Cher! 💖

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm

        Ah, thank you, Erika! I really love having this party!!! 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm

        I can feel that! That’s why you have so many joining in, Cher 💖

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

        That is extremely sweet of you to say, Erika!! Thank you, thank you!!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        💖💖💖

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        ❤ ❤ ❤

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  32. December 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! The link I would like to share is one of my posts from July, when Gratitude was the theme for the month: http://wp.me/p4lPXa-Ql And on that theme, thanks so much for hosting this party Cher- I am grateful to have virtually met you and your bright, sunny energy!x

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    • December 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Happy Christmas to you, dear Laura and a huge WELCOME to the party my dear!!! I love this! Gratitude is one of my favorite topics!! Awh, bless!! Thank you, Laura! That is so incredibly thoughtful of you to say! I am grateful to have met you with your equally as bright and sunny energy my dear!! Cher xo

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  33. December 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Okay. Last one from me today because I am off to see the Music Box Christmas Show (if you’re in Chicago as well, definitely check it out).
    The hubby and I recently traveled to Paris, and here is one of several posts from that amazing trip: http://listmakerpicturetaker.com/2015/11/06/exploring-the-old-world-charm-of-montmartre/

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

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    • December 12, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Julia! Thanks so much for your post about your trip to Paris, and the heads up about the show!! Muchly appreciated! Have a wonderful time!! Cher xo

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  34. December 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    A little late to the party, but here’s one of my more recent posts: https://thesoundofonehandtyping.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/writers-workshop-a-christmas-memory/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      You are not late at all, John! The party is continuing all day and this evening! Thank you so much for coming!! Welcome!! Cher xo

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  35. December 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Here is Dr. Rex’s second post! Please check out her blog!

    2. Sarah Brightman … Coming to Orlando, Florida

    https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/sarah-brightman-coming-to-orlando-florida/

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  36. December 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    This is so much fun!!! I sure miss being by my PC!! ❤️ …. to one and all!!

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  37. December 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Wow Cher, the party is going strong! Great to see 🙂 Here is another link, now I’m off to have a mingle with the others…
    http://journeytoambeth.com/2015/12/03/thursday-doors-commit-no-nuisance/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Why thank you so much, Helen! Brilliant, my dear! Wow, what a door!!!!!! Everyone, please check out Helen’s post!! Cher xo

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  38. December 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Cher, I couldn’t find the link!! So happy I found you! Thanks for hosting this party! you are wonderful! I hope I do this right! http://lynzrealcooking.com/2015/12/09/a-new-school/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Well hello there and thank you for coming to the party! Yes, it’s great!!! I am sure other bloggers will be really pleased to hop over to your blog and see what’s cooking (literally)! *LOL* Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

        I just went to one person’s blog to check it out and will continue! Thanks Cher very lovely of you! I will now follow you! xoxo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        That’s great!! Thank you so much!! It’s wonderful fun to meet new bloggers! There are so many talented people here!!! Now you are included in that group my dear!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

        Thanks Cher!

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        Thank you!!!! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        🙂

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  39. December 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Here we go with a song to the lights and the fire place poem: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/song-of-the-day-195/
    Enjoy the party guys! A toast with my empty glass of eggnog… hey, who drank that up? I just filled it… hicks…!

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    • December 12, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Yeay!!! Perfect, Erika! Thank you so much for including this link!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

        My pleasure, Cher! Let’s keep the party going! 😃

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        That’s what I love to hear!!! Yeay!! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        😃😃

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  40. December 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Here is my second entry. Raising a toast to Cher for all her hard work in creating this event for other bloggers. I have been on a few sites and all were interesting. Follow the link to read about Night seduction a 50 word story. https://seeingthewhisper.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/night-seduction-50-word-story/ I won’t give you a hint of what it is about but the title will give you an inkling Be well everyone.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      How thoughtful and kind of you to say! Thank you so much my dear!! I just love your work!! Cher xo

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  41. December 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you. your work is always interesting when I view your blog. Drives me crazy Hue of course LOL I doubt it anybody will get that but that is OK.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      *Biggest grin ever* Well I get it!! Thank YOU!! *hadn’t a clue how many ‘orange hues’ New Mexico has but I am looking at it in a whole, different way! I love new perspectives!! Cher xo

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  42. December 12, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    What is a party without good food and good friends? For my third favorite party-posting, I want to introduce my blogger-friends to some of my friends in my memoriesofatime. Please look at and read about my “Such Good Friends”: http://memoriesofatime.com/2015/01/16/friends-such-good-friends-my-black-books/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much for posting this, James!!! 🙂 🙂 cher xo

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  43. December 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    It is already late here and my eggnog is empty again. Actually I feel like close to being knocked out myself…. hicks…. so I better leave the party….. but not without saying: Merry Christmas to all of you with another song: https://erikakind.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/song-of-the-day-196/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Well thank you so much for joining us today, Erika!! It has been an absolute pleasure having you here! Thank you for your wonderful posts!!! And a very Merry Christmas to you!! Good night!! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Thank you for this great event and for supporting your friends. It is a lot of work and I appreciate it a lot 💖

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      • December 12, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        Thank you so much for saying that, Erika!! I hope everyone is having/had a great time and met some new blogging friends!! That was my sincere goal for the party!! Cher xo

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      • December 13, 2015 at 4:54 am

        I saw that the idea of connecting worked out very well. Yesterday was a little busy, but I will check out some of the posts today! Thank you again for doing this, Cher 💖

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      • December 13, 2015 at 11:53 am

        Thank you, Erika! I have had such a wonderful time hosting this party, and I do hope others have as well! Thank YOU so much for coming to the party and sharing your wonderful posts with us!! Big hugs to you, Cher xo

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      • December 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm

        It was a pleasure to do so and I feel honored that I was part of it. To tell from the countless comments the others felt completely too. I hope you could recover from the party today and that the headache wasn’t to bad… I woke up with a headache, seriously… lol!

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      • December 13, 2015 at 2:55 pm

        Ah, bless!! I hope everyone had a good time, my dear! It is still going on today which is wonderful! Awh, I’m sorry you woke up with a headache, though. 😦 Cher xo

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      • December 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        No problem, Cher… I should have known the effect of the eggnog… lol!!!

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      • December 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        *LOL* 😉 xo

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      • December 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        😃😃

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      I knew you would pick that one, Erika 😀 Goodnight! Talk with you soon!

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  44. December 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    It is one after a while you tell yourself STOP IT! But you can’t help yourself on some photos. Funny I don’t do it on any other blogs. You huexed me I just know it. lol

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      *LOL* *LOL* Oh my goodness, it’s only on my blog? Well I must have huexed you then! Hahaha um, sorry about that!

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  45. December 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Hey Cher, I had so much fun here earlier I had to come back for more…including the treats!
    Here’s another post about blogging (sort of) and much more… http://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/30/hello-its-me/
    Off to share some more and visit more of your lovely guests. Big hugs xox

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Donna!! Big welcome back my dear! Thank you and please, help yourself!! Lots of treats (I have a VERY sweet tooth, by the way)! 🙂 Oh I love this post! Donna, thank you so much for sharing with us!! Huge hugs from foggy Chicago!! xoxo

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  46. December 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Here is my second post here! I wrote about what Christmas was like in 1986. Being a child was always fun, especially when you got all of the toys you wanted. My most favorite toy in 1986 was Teddy Ruxpin. http://lifeofanelpasowoman.com/2015/12/03/christmas-in-1986/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Welcome back my dear! Ah, I remember Teddy Ruxpin!! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us!! Cher xo

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  47. December 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    No apologies, After the holidays I will be going to Hue-aholics and put my hand over my chest and recite the national anthem and do some mantras saying I will not do Hue anymore! Ok that did not sound good but you know what I mean LOL Roger that over and out lol

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Awh, really? I like knowing about all the hues on my blog! 🙂 But I understand! Hey, maybe it’s me that should go to Huexed-aholics since clearly it is I who started this! *LOL* I know what you mean! Hey, I had to think twice when you mentioned the national anthem! Over and out!! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

        Yes the anthem can be confusing for people who don’t know I am Canadian. The hues probably will not stop..part of life…you didn’t get me started. It is what goes on in my head that spins like a top lol Too much creativity.

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Yes, I am thrilled you are a fellow Canuck!! Yeay! Which is why I am so glad you are taking that incredible creativity and bringing it to light in your wonderful writing!! Isn’t that cool? 🙂

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  48. December 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Those were some good days! 🙂

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  49. December 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hey where is your reblog or post you want to share Cher. Oh no a new one with words Share Cher lol The hues now this lol I know you are hosting the soire so to speak but it would be nice to share a post of the past like something summery now that we are heading into winter. People outsiders are visiting. One person followed the trail of my reblogging your party and told me she had fun.

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    • December 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Well is that every thoughtful of you to ask! Cher shares! *LOL* Oh here we go! I hadn’t even given it a thought about Cher-ing my own posts!! Why yes, thank you (and for telling me about the person’s comments; how nice to hear)! Okay my dear, here is one from called, “A Path to Everywhere” featuring one of my favorite places in the city: Lincoln Park! http://wp.me/p4doQv-G1

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    • December 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Oh, I thought you meant on my post! *LOL* It is on your blog? I must be tired!! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm

        You’re post that you provided me with. It was on a walkway and a cyclist was in view caught by your camera. Chicago centre in the background. You should quit drinking at your party. Other people have cameras you know LOL

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      • December 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

        That’s what I thought you were referring to, but I didn’t see a comment!! Hahahaha, I actually don’t drink!! Go figure!! 😉

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      • December 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        Maybe I forgot to post it. It has happened before. Anyway what I said was I think you were jogging after this man on the bicycle and that was really your focus. The city of chicago was just a diversion. lol Other people have cameras too and will get a handsome ransom for blackmail LOL something like that anyway Click, Click

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      • December 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        Hahaha, you know what’s interesting is that I actually didn’t even notice the cyclist at the time I took the photo! It was very sunny that day and I simply took the photo even though I had no idea how it turned out until later the day! 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        Ummm! No idea…OK we will go with that story. Between you and me and wordpress really what happened LOL

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      • December 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

        🙂

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  50. December 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Hey everyone! I am sharing another link to my blog. This post contains a guided meditation I wrote, I hope you enjoy it! I am loving getting introduced to so many awesome blogs, thanks so much again Cher!!xo http://resoundingpower.com/2015/04/16/the-cosmos-is-within-us-we-are-made-of-star-stuff/

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    • December 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      There she is! Welcome back, Laura!! Laura, I remember the very first time I read your work and I thought to myself, wow, this girl thinks similarly to myself! Thank you for your kind and sweet heart my dear!! It is extremely appreciated! Thank you for sharing with us! Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm

        Aw, thank you Cher! I’m loving all this blog-jumping and meeting lots of lovely people! So much fun 🙂

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:23 pm

        Yeay! That is brilliant to hear, Laura! I feel a bit like the ‘behind the scenes’ person today! At the controls, hoping everything is going great!! 🙂 Cher xo

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        You are doing an amazing hosting job, Cher, seems like all is going wonderfully from here anyways! 🙂 xxx

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      • December 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Awh, bless! Thank you so much for that, Laura!! 🙂 🙂 xoxo

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