Ducks 'n a Row

29 September 2016

The Recipe Sharing Party


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We are so glad that you stopped by to party with us at
The Recipe Sharing Party!

This party is hosted on 4 blogs and we'd love it if you would follow us...





Here are our simple party rules...
  • Add up to TWO recipe posts of your own that we have not seen....this is not a recipe collection or wise advice about nutrition, please. Share single recipes only... otherwise, Yummly will reject them - they only take one individual recipe at a time. Non-recipe posts will be deleted from our party.
  • Visit ALL of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late-comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe.
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of food blogging traffic.
  • To make it quicker, you may want to add a Yum button to your toolbar. How To Add A Yum Button
  • Please tweet and share our party to spread the news.
  • Thank you for coming to our party! 

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27 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #194

Welcome!

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This week we bid a fond farewell to two of our lovely co-hosts: Shannon of Crafty Mama In Me and Rachel from Busy Mommy Media. Each will continue to blog and will undoubtedly frequent our party. Do be sure to seek them out and follow them this week, if you have not already.

NEXT WEEK, on OCTOBER 4th we have two exciting new blogs joining our team. Stay tuned and come back to find out just WHO they are!

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I must be in a crochet mood because these three posts just "jumped" out at me so they are my picks of the week...
So let's get this party started!

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26 September 2016

Helping A Loved One Who Can't Help Himself

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Do you have someone in your life who needs extra help? Perhaps they are aging or have physical/mental challenges? It may be a temporary condition or perhaps long term. Whatever the need, you are there for them. But how do you make it all work? You need a good caregiver's plan! With that in place, you and your family can truly enjoy the time that you have together! You can see that I did just that. For many months, my dad and I went to festivals, on shopping trips, out for ice cream, concerts, the zoo and special events like a Veteran's Day celebration.


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Taking Dad to the Lilac Festival last May - one of our many fun field trips!


My dad lived to the ripe old age of almost-90 years old. He passed away 5 years after mom did, just one week before his birthday. Actually, his funeral was on his 90th birthday - pretty cool!


He was a wonderful man all his life and took such good care of all of us. Those last few years of Mom's life, he sat at her side every waking hour. It took a toll on him but he wouldn't have had it any other way.


Soon after, he declined in health himself. It became apparent that he could not safely live on his own so he moved in with my brother and his wife. It was a huge undertaking but they did it with joy.


What we all learned in the process of caring for him was that you have to have a plan and keep good records. My sister-in-law has a gift for detail, for which I am so grateful,  but all three of us had a hand in caring for Dad. It was a joy for us to have quality time with him those waning years of his life.


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Dad at age 89, meeting his newest great-grandson.
It was love-at-first-sight!


After two years of in-home care with my brother's family, we needed to make the move to a nursing home. The nursing home does have supplies for their residents but Dad did so well with the incontinence products he had been using that we continued to buy them and bring them in. We discovered that several other families were doing the same thing.


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Dad was a World War II Vet. I will always cherish being with him as he
was honored at a special Veteran's Day celebration last year.


So let's talk about how to make things more efficient.


First, make a list of the supplies that you will need. This will vary but there are common components. Here are some suggestions (alphabetically):


Needs List


Beverages


Calendar (yearly)


Cleaning Products (toilet bowl cleaner, multipurpose cleaning spray, etc)


Cleaning Supplies (sponges, towels etc)


Deodorizing Trash bags


Flushable wipes


Food (meals / snacks)


Hand Sanitizer


Hearing Aid Batteries


Medical Supplies


Medication (over the counter)


Medication (prescription)




Paper Towels


Pens


Personal Hygiene Products (deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc)


Pill Cutter


Pill Organizer


Planner (daily)


Sticky notes


Timer


When we were taking care of dad, we needed good disposable men's underwear like Member's Mark Underwear for Men size L/XL. We were looking for them to be effective, easy to use and comfortable. Good flushable wipes and de-odorizing tall kitchen bags were also a must.


Timing is everything. Keeping track of dad's appointments (doctors, audiologist, dentist, podiatrist, barber, etc.) healthcare meetings, doses of medication, purchasing new supplies, picking up those supplies, transportation, paying his bills -- you name it -- were a big task.  You will find that a planner, yearly calendar, and timer (for remembering when to administer meds) are essential. A pill organizer will also help you to stay organized.


There is a free printable checklist at the end of the post that you can use as a planning tool.
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Let me tell you a little more about the Sam's Club Family Caregiving program. Whether shopping in club or online, Sam's has all of the products you will need at great prices.

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Go to the Sam's Club Family Caregiving website to see for yourself.  


Some of the many products and services they have for their members include: pharmacy, incontinence products, lift chairs, medical supplies, walkers, canes, crutches, scooters, wheelchairs, cushions, nutritional aids, sanitizers, hearing aids and amplifiers, blood pressure monitors and on and on. Isn't it wonderful that they have done all the legwork for you?


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Shop at Sam's Club today for all of your loved one's needs.
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Enjoy!


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25 September 2016

Hooray For Happiness Is Homemade Link Party!!!

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Welcome to another week of Happiness Is Homemade Link Party!!
We're so glad you are here! Happy Fall, Y'all! The trees are starting to change colors and there's been a definite chill in the air around here the last couple days. Last week's party was great with lots of ideas, especially for you football fans! Check them all out, if you didn't get a chance. 
Here are a few of the favorites.
 
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23 September 2016

Best Mom Gift You Can Make Yourself

This DIY gift for women is a gift idea tht I have pinned over and over again. Every version looks so pretty. So, it was finally time to make it myself and I love it! I made this DIY Sugar Facial Scrub in three scents: lemon, raspberry and coconut/almond. It leaves your skin soft and pretty. Try it! I think you'll like it.
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My inspiration came as I was looking at some Smuckers jars in my refrigerator. The jam is delicious and the jars are pretty, too. So, I transferred the jam into other containers, cleaned them out and set out to make three different scents of sugar facial scrub to give to my dear sister-in-law, Sue, as a gift. 

The recipe is simple and I think you will love the results!

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DIY Sugar Facial Scrub

Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
(add 1/3 cup brown sugar to the coconut almond version)
1 cup organic coconut oil* 
1/4 tsp flavored extract**
2-3 drops food coloring (optional)

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Directions
Combine the sugar and coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
If you are making more than one scent, separate the whole batch into different bowls before flavoring. 
Add flavored extract and food coloring of your preference to each bowl.
Scoop the scrub into a pretty jar with a lid on it.
Decorate the jar as you see fit. I added a twine bow.
Store on the counter of your bathroom or on your vanity.

Tip 1: soften the coconut oil to room temperature for easier blending.
Tip 2: some coconut oil has little to no scent, others smell like coconut. That will affect how the scrub smells. I used odorless coconut oil for my lemon and raspberry scrubs. For the coconut almond, the oil itself added the coconut scent and then I added some drops of almond extract. The brown sugar gives it some speckles for a textured look!


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Who do you know that would love to receive some sugar facial scrub for a gift?



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22 September 2016

Recipe Sharing Party

Welcome!

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Welcome Food Bloggers!
Share 1 or 2 of your INDIVIDUAL recipe posts.
Yum and Pin all of the others.
Yours will be yummed and pinned, too! It is a great way to stir up new interest in recipe posts from your archives, too. Find some great ones, brush em off and share them here!

Meet our hosts:



Here are our simple party rules...
  • Add up to TWO recipe posts of your own that we have not seen....this is not a recipe collection or wise advice about nutrition, please. Share single recipes only... otherwise, Yummly will reject them - they only take one individual recipe at a time. Non-recipe posts will be deleted from our party.
  • Visit ALL of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late-comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe.
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of food blogging traffic.
  • To make it quicker, you may want to add a Yum button to your toolbar. How To Add A Yum Button
  • Please tweet and share our party to spread the news.
  • Thank you for coming to our party! 

Follow Us On Pinterest

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20 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #193

Welcome!
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You can tell when blogging moms are back in the groove. Now that school has started and we have settled into the fall routine, our blog party is HOPPIN'! So many awesome posts. Last week was a fabulous party :) 

Here are the ones that you viewed the most!



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Let's get this party started!


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Simple Guidelines ...
  • Please follow our hosts on social media - it may take a few weeks but we sure do appreciate it! (social media links below) 
  • Please TWEET our party.
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. NO giveaways, Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please. 
  • Visit two or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. 
  • Follow our Wonderful Wednesday PINTEREST board, if you'd like (below) 
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row

Saira from Mom Resource and Bath Time Fun Time  

Tammy of My Life Abundant

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Kim of 2JustByou

Shannon of Crafty Mama In Me

Marilyn of Marilyn’s Treats

Candace of Musings Of Candace Jean

Rachel of Busy Mommy Media

Jennifer of Engineer Mommy

   Cindy of Downhill Run  

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