New Blogger Friends

I'd like to introduce two new blogger friends to y'all.... one is a new friend to me, but an old pro at blogging. The other is an old friend, but a new blogger. You're going to find both of them immensely interesting people.

Kayla of The Eclectic Element is the old pro at blogging, while at the same time just a 20-something kid. {I say that with immense fondness, as I would love to be in my 20s again!!} She's in her element when making beautiful jewelry, which she sells at her Etsy store. Since Kayla contracted Lyme's disease quite a few years ago, one of her specialty jewelry items is what she calls the healing bracelet. My sister purchased two of Kayla's healing bracelets, one for herself and her best friend, and then decided to send Kayla some of my I Heart You cookies as a thank you. And so my friendship with Kayla was begun.

Kayla is so sweet that she decided she wanted to do a review of my I Heart You cookies and offer a dozen to one of her readers.  How sweet is that?!  But then she went above and beyond just a cookie review... I could not believe when I read her post yesterday, she also promoted my Wheatgrass Designs store on Zazzle in addition to the Lazy G Ranch! Kayla, you're the best ... I'm blushing and I'm speechless!!

And so my dear readers, if you'd like another opportunity to win a dozen I Heart You cookies, the cookies that simply won't allow you to eat just one and will even promote selfishness as you find yourself compelled to hide them and keep them all to yourself.... then head on over to Kayla's blog right here and enter her giveaway.  The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. mainland through Friday, March 19th, noon Central time.  You can just leave a comment and become one of Kayla's followers for one entry, or she has posted many other ways you can earn additional entries.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each extra option you complete.

My next blogger friend is new at blogging, but she's already a good friend of mine, one I met last year here in Kansas.  Ladyrider lives a half hour north of me with roughly 10 or more horses at any given time, 3 you're-our-new-friend-forever dogs (which just means they love to shower newcomers with LOTS of attention), several cats inside and outside, and a small flock of adorable and fascinating guineas.  She has been wanting to start a blog for awhile, and it's finally here, Treasures on the Trail Ride Home.  

She's a professional horse person through and through.... I'd so love it if all my horse lovin' friends would head on over to check out her blog.  I know she'll be growing in leaps and bound with her blogging skills, so let's all say hello and hang around to help her on her road to blogging fun! She's been building a trail obstacle course on her property this past week (I need to learn some circular saw tips and tricks from her!), and has a few friends coming by today with their horses to inaugurate the trail.  So head on over to read her first few posts and say hi, and be sure to return later to see the pics of today's fun.

My goodness, don't we all remember our first days in the blogging world?  How tentative and unsure of ourselves we were then, and almost every single one of us started blogging to stay in touch with family and friends.  We had no idea whatsoever that blogging was going to open our eyes to a whole new world of special and wonderful friendships!

One more new blog...  my son and his wife have also started a blog of their own, so they can document their journey to parenthood.  I'm so excited for them and for me too, as this lil girl is going to be my first grandchild.  How cool is that?!


  1. Thanks for the blog reviews. It's always fun to visit new places. And I agree, your WheatGrass Designs store is cool!

  2. Congrats on a grandchild to arrive - how exciting!!! It is always nice to recommend new (or other) bloggers - I do remember when I started out and had absolutely no clue what I was doing -- not that I have any clue now mind you. Hope your weather is warming up - we are actually in the 40's with some sunshine - woot! Hugs!

  3. A grandchile? Congratulations and thank you for introducing new blogs to us. :D

  4. Well, i am going to head over there and make a comment, cause you like her, but limiting to the mainland is not fare!

    Here I am stuck in 85 degree weather, just came up from snorkeling 50 yards out my back door in the Caribbean and you won't send me cookies if I win...

    something is not right

    But you get to be a grandmommy, so something is right with the world

  5. It is so fun to "check out" new places in blog land. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the two tips. And congratulations on the coming grandkid!

  7. Good news on the grandchild! And a nice way to introduce other bloggers. Nice post.

  8. Hey Oz Girl, just stopping in for a visit as well. I wanted to tell you (regarding the grit post on Kansas skies) that I just love Kansas, we drove through it twice on our move to Oklahoma and back. It's gorgeous. Love the open prairie sky, the clouds are awesome-there was never a shortage of them when I was there.
    I love our views of the Sierras out here but I miss being able to see for miles and miles like we did in Kansas and Oklahoma. :) I'm enjoying your blog.

  9. Aw, what a wonderful little write up Susan-Thank you so much for your kind words!!
    I'm definitely going to have to check out those other blogs you pointed out :)

  10. Your little family must be on cloud nice with the new little almost here...I'm so happy for everyone !! I will definitely go into each new blog and welcome are so right ...I do remember when I first started and I think you and The Lonestar Queen were one of the first to leave me comments....I was so happy!! and now I feel you are both my friends though we have never met!

  11. Congratulations on starting your 'grandmum' journey - very happy for you Suz! :)

  12. Would you have ever believed you would find so many great friends here in the interwebs?

  13. Suz, thank you, so much for the boost . . .

    I am in awe of the possibilities as I view different blogs . . . I did some window shopping this morning, as a matter of fact . . . I can really see how the different blogs are reflections of the personalities of the bloggers . . .

    I love your calendars and your cookies! I can attest that some of my closest friends over the past 8 years have come through internet friendships . . . They are a constant encouragement to me in all areas of my life, and when I've needed them most, they have come to the rescue through encouraging e-mail, through heart-felt prayer, and "in the flesh," and I would never have been able to continue over the past few years without their encouragement.

    Whoever wins the Heart Cookies will be "one lucky dog!" (Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . I know three, black "you're-our-new-friend-forever" dogs who would do back-flips for them!)

    Hugs and many thanks.

  14. What a delightful surprise. I stopped by just to say hello and had no idea what I would find. I love your blog and will be back often to see what's going on. Have a great day.