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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.
gifts, ladies, women, fashion

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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Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. I will earn a commission on anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row.. In advance, "thank you!" ... Sinea


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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! 

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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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Very Popular
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Editor's Pick

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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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19 September 2016

5-Ingredient 15 MInute Steak With Mushroom Wine Sauce

If you are looking for quick 'n delicious dinner recipes, this 15 minute steak with mushroom wine sauce is your answer!

quick n easy recipes, low carb recipes


This meal can be made in a jiffy. Now that our family has returned to a school schedule, I am so excited to have a great tasting steak recipe that doesn't require a grill! Every moment saved is a blessing ♥  We love it and I think you will, too.

5-Ingredient 15 Minute Steak with Mushroom Wine Sauce


Ingredients
4 rib eye steaks cut thin (1/2 inch)
3/4 cup cooking sherry
3 T salted butter
2-3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 tsp garlic powder


Directions
Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray.
Heat on medium.
Add steaks, turning occasionally.
Remove to a plate.
Melt butter in skillet.
Add sherry, garlic powder and mushrooms.
Stir for about 3 minutes.
Plate the steaks.
Scoop mushrooms on top of each.
Ladle on some sauce.



As you can see, I served ours with mixed veggies and mashed potatoes. Those who follow a low carb diet will want to adjust the sides but this dish, itself, is very compatible with a low carbohydrate diet regimen.


5 ingredient recipes, 15 minute dinner recipes, steak recipes, low carb recipes

Do you have any quick and easy dinner recipes you can share with us?


Enjoy!





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Note: this author is an affiliate for Sharon Rowley's birthday party e-book and an Amazon affiliate, as well. I will earn a commission from copies purchased on this blog and/or anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row. In advance, "thank you!" ... Sinea
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18 September 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

Welcome!
We're so glad you are here! There were some super awesome links added last week and lots of good things for those Pinterest boards! Check them all out, they were all great. 
Here are a few of the favorites.
 
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16 September 2016

Delight Your Kids With An Awesome Birthday Party At Home

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Who doesn't like birthday parties! I LOVE birthday parties - especially kid themed birthday parties. There are so many kinds to choose from: princesses, pirates, chef parties, craft parties, cartoon characters, super heroes, pet lovers' parties ... the possibilities are endless. 

We all love celebrating our little ones' birthdays and we would like to do it in style but how do we do it without going broke? Birthday parties can be very expensive when you consider the decorations, food, party favors & games, entertainment, the cake and - of course - a birthday present for your little kiddo, too!






Well, my friend Sharon Rowley of Mom of 6 recognized the need for some guidance for all of us in "Kid Birthday Party World" so she put together this very helpful e-book to help us navigate through it. She takes out the guesswork and helps us devise a plan to make it affordable and FUN! No renting a hall or going to a local restaurant or mall.

1.  Brief history of birthday parties from past to present
2. Establishing the initial plan including budgets, guest list, type of party (sleepover or not) etc.
3.  Party themes and things for your guests to do.
4   Working out the details - including your party budget!
5.  Helpful resource guide to help you find what you need.

This e-book is an inexpensive investment ($7.99) when you consider the savings on your parties year after year. And, with all of her ideas, you won't run out of new party themes!  You can get the ebook right here. Buy it and save it on your computer for all of your birthday party extravaganzas! 


Enjoy!

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Note: this author is an affiliate for Sharon Rowley's birthday party e-book and an Amazon affiliate, as well. I will earn a commission from copies purchased on this blog and/or anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row. In advance, "thank you!" ... Sinea


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