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Coffee and Conversation #117 – November News

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #117 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!

Coffee and Conversation #117 - November News


Have you been enjoying Coffee and Conversation?

Well, here’s a “heads-up” for November!

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“I don’t know how you do it all!” is something that I hear. A lot.

And while I do admit that God’s given me an ability to be very productive, there are days times when we all hit our limit. This month is one of those times for me…

The plans in place for 2017 – personally, for my family, and for the blog – all require a bit of prep-work. Luckily for us, we have some amazing blogging buddies.

So each Wednesday this November, we have some aMAzing guest bloggers who have volunteered to write some wonderful articles for our weekly Coffee and Conversation. This way, we can keep it going and I can carve out a few extra working hours each week.

Although we will not be having any featured posts, we are confident you’ll find our friends’ words educational and/or inspiring and/or entertaining.

Here’s who you have to look forward to!

I’m including each blogger’s social media links, too, so you can start getting to know them.

* Elizabeth Spencer – from GuiltyChocoholicMama – A seriously funny lady, (I hope) you’ll love her as much as I do!

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* Sue Donaldson – from WelcomeHeart – Sue will be doing a Giveaway for either her book or one of her cute pillows. You will want to check back here for that!

FB | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

* Tori Cole – from MessToBlessed – She writes about DIY, Faith, Family and Fun, and I’m sure we’re all in for a treat.

   FB | Twitter | Pinterest

* Tracy Fredrychowski – from OurSimpleHomestead – Tracy will be sharing a simple game to engage the family around the Thanksgiving table this year.

FB | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

* Helene Smith – from MaidServantsOfChrist – She’ll be giving us some practical and inspirational gift ideas for a Pastor’s wife. Just in time for holiday gift giving…

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Come back each week for someone new and different…and I’ll see you in December!


Now, on to our features!

My hubby’s been traveling a bit for work lately, so I’ve taken to working in the garden to “kill time”. Actually, it’s reminded me that I (used to) LOVE working out there and getting my hands dirty, so I especially enjoyed these Fall Landscaping Ideas from Deborah at UrbanNaturalle. (And you don’t really have to live in an urban area to enjoy them, either!)

Sustainable Urban Landscaping Projects for Fall – Urban Naturale


Sustainable Urban Landscaping Projects for Fall - Urban Naturale


Back again this week, Beth at SweetlySparta shares some wonderful tips for bloggers…or anyone else who is working from home and/or is self-employed. I especially found #11 and #15 crucial, m’self.

 Habits for Blogging Success

15 Ultimate Habits for Blogging Success - Sweetly Sparta



We all know that no two kids are alike, but the fact remains that we need to teach them similar things like life skills, character traits, and the like. Belinda, at LiveLifeWithYourKids, offers some great parenting advice here…

How to Be Consistent With Training Your Kids

When They’re All Different

How to be consistent in training your kids when they're all different

 Thank you all so much for your inspiration and timely words…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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16 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #117 – November News

  1. Deborah Davis October 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi Ladies,
    Thank you so much for featuring Sustainable Urban Landscaping Projects for Fall from Urban Naturale this week. I sincerely appreciate the recognition and support. I always enjoy partying with you! All the best, Deborah
    Deborah Davis recently posted…Share Vegan Food & Fun at the Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up #108My Profile

    • Pat October 30, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

      And thank you for inspiring us (definitely me included!). Started working in the yard this past weekend, actually – had so much fun with the kids!

  2. Journa Ramirez October 27, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Much love! -Journa, from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com

    • Pat October 27, 2016 at 10:26 am #

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Marilyn October 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Thank you for hosting again this week. Your party always has so many wonderful links! Have a good week.
    Marilyn recently posted…Wonderful Wednesday #198My Profile

  4. Tori October 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m so thankful to be able to share with this great group of bloggers! You two de-stressify! We look forward to you coming back though!!

    • Pat October 26, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

      Oh, Tori, thank you – that’s so sweet! And we’re so happy to have you around…
      Can’t wait to read your post, too!!!

      Have a great week…

  5. Beth October 26, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    So sorry to hear that things are stressful for you and Candy, Pat. Thanks for continuing to serve up great posts to check out. And I’m excited about your line up of guest bloggers. Should keep things hopping around here for sure! Thanks so much for the linkup, my friend.
    Beth recently posted…Comment on Why I’m an ‘Avoider’ in My Marriage and FMTM by Donna ReidlandMy Profile

    • Pat October 26, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Ah, Beth, thank you for your concern, but it’s not really stress. Just trying to figure out how to move forward while maintaining some sort of margin in my life. I’m really looking forward to the month, actually. Not only for the less-interrupted time for myself, but to read some fresh voices!!

      Hope you’ll still be coming around, too, friend! 🙂

  6. Casey Capra October 26, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Your guest post-ers sound great, I look forward to reading what they have to say:)
    Also, I respect ya’ll not being afraid to shake it up a little, and make blogging work for ya’ll… There’s no formula to blogging, and it takes some guts to trial-and-error your way through figuring out what works.

    • Pat October 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

      Yes, I’m sure you’ll be happy to discover them, Casey! You got the “there’s no formula” thing right. No matter how many tutorials and classes and workshops and e-books, etc you read and implement, every blogger’s journey is different.
      Just like life 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by…it was great “meeting” you. Looking forward to reading what you shared with us.

  7. Debbie October 26, 2016 at 8:29 am #

    Thank you for hosting.

  8. Elizabeth Spencer October 26, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Awww…you are just too sweet! Thank you for the kind words and shout-out. I am so honored to be a guest next month and am literally taking a break from finalizing my post to type this comment and join today’s par-tay! 😉 Praying for a productive, preparatory, and peace-producing month for you, dear Pat!
    Elizabeth Spencer recently posted…Five Ways to Make Your Home More HomeyMy Profile

    • Pat October 26, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      Lovin’ that alliteration, you wonderful weaver of words! 😉
      Looking forward to your post, and trusting that it will be both a hoot *and* heart-touching!

      Thank you for your well-wishes…have an absolutely wonderful week, friend!
      Pat recently posted…Knowing How and When to Outsource Homeschool SubjectsMy Profile

  9. JES October 26, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Thank you for hosting amidst “it all”! 🙂
    JES recently posted…DIY Frugal Version ~ On Guard® or Thieves® Protective Oil BlendMy Profile

    • Pat October 26, 2016 at 8:44 am #

      Ah, JES, even amidst “it all”, I just LOVE Wednesdays – so many wonderful posts shared! I learn so much from y’all…

      Thanks as always for stopping by! I enjoyed reading your guest post this morning, too. Hope some of our readers will head over there – it’s a perfect DIY for this time of year.
      Pat recently posted…Coffee and Conversation #117 – November NewsMy Profile

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