29 July 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #84

We did it! Last week's party broke the 399 barrier. 
Guess how many we got? 
424 wonderful posts! 
That is the highest number of links Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop has ever received. WOW!

The most viewed, hands-down, was 3 Peppers Recipes' Old T-Shirt Pom-Poms with 49 views! Coming in second place with 35 views was Easy DIY Cherry Blossoms Decor from Designs By Miss Mandee. Our guests visited a lot of posts! Yipee!


Most Viewed
-1st Place-
Crafts using old t-shirts #crafts By 3 Peppers Recipes

Most Viewed 
-2nd place-
DIY Cherry Blossom Decor from Designs by Miss Mandee #crafts #homedecor


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Editor's Pick
#400!

This amazing dessert had the honor of being number 400!
I love promoting those who come in a little bit later in the process but this lady wasn't at all late. She did it JUST RIGHT! Sara's post is our first in the 400's ever--no one will ever be the FIRST #400 again! Isn't this sundae cake a really creative idea? I love it!

Two secrets of our success:
#1 Lots of active participation! Our co-hosts and their guests promote this party all over the place and the people do come. So we say "thank you and keep up the good work!" to everyone.
#2 YOU! Your creativity is what makes this party like visiting a magnetic lifestyle magazine! Best act in town. :)

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Thank you to our 7 lovely July co-hosts!!! 
Dear guests, if you haven't already, please visit their blogs and follow them on social media where you can. They have worked very hard to make this a successful party and we've all benefited from it. Give 'em some love!♥ 

Let's party!  Simple Guidelines:

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!
Shari of Pure Grace Farms

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Danielle of Sew Much Crafting

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Marcy of Day2Day Supermom

Jessica of Plucky’s Second Thought

Tammy of Creative K Kids
and… Tammy of The Ultimate Linky

Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row 
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Ultimate Facebook Party is OPEN

Welcome to The Ultimate Party on Facebook!
The Ultimate Party on Facebook

Last week we had many different Facebook statuses linked up to the party!

Here is my favorite!

It is a Facebook post by Our Simple Life for Cool Summer Peach Pie.  
Boost her post here: Cool Summer Peach Pie

To participate in today's party:

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28 July 2014

Amazing Hallway Organizer

Hallway Organizer from Martha Stewart #organizers #dropzone
Stenciled Hallway Organizer from MarthaStewart.com



Isn't this organizing idea for the hallway a great one? I just love it!

Take a look at the teeny little bathing suit in the #4 slot. Adorable!

This is one of my favorite organizing ideas from 
Martha Stewart.


Each bin and hook is artfully labeled for a family member, ready to go to the beach and other outings!  


Things You'll Need:

Click here for the details
on How to Make a Stenciled Hallway Organizer


Back to School Idea: This technique is easily convertible into a "ready for school" system, as well.


Just swap out the beach towels for seasonal jackets.  Place gloves, lunch bag, show 'n tell items, to-do reminders, etc. inside.  Have the back pack conveniently nearby and stuff it as they go out the door. I think I would be looking for shelving to lay each back pack on--with stencil numbers, of course.


And, if I had my own bin, I might include the keys to the car, my glasses and, on any given day, a can of coffee to bring to work. (No coffee, no workee! LOL)


What would you do?  Do you have an organizing system that gets your family out the door, ready and on time?  Tell us about it!


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25 July 2014

N is for Nest - Preschool Craft Fun!

By Sinea Pies



Combine a simple science / nature lesson with this fun preschool letter N craft!

Read them a story about a bird building a nest and add a little question / answer time:
What is a nest?
Who builds the nest?
What is it for?
What is it made out of?
Where do you usually find bird nests?

Education Activity For Kids: How To Make A Bird's Nest



N is for Nest Preschool Craft

You will need:
Crayons
Glue Stick
Child-safe scissors
Brown paper lunch bag 
(cut into strips)
Letter N Coloring Page 
(printed on card-stock)
Construction Paper 
(yellow and blue pictured here)
Laminated Eyes - Beak - Bird Eggs Page 
(free printable below)

This activity will help your preschooler with his/her cutting skills (essential for Kindergarten readiness.) Your child also will have fun with coloring, gluing and following directions. Make one in advance as an example of what the final product can look like but, when children do it, allow for lots of creativity. I've seen birds eggs with eyes and beaks!!! LOL

Directions:
Prepare the lesson by printing the Letter N page on cardstock for sturdiness. Draw the body on one color of construction paper or colored copier paper. Draw the wing on a different color. Allow your child the fun of cutting them out. 

Print your Eye-Beak-Bird Egg page on card-stock and laminate it for durability. Again, your child can cut some out or you can join in and help on this one. Your call. I try to have them do as much as possible themselves.

Your preschooler should color the letter N first and then glue the bird on. Using shredded paper lunch bag, the child glues a patch for the nest. Glue the eggs in the middle of the nest and it is done! A masterpiece. 

FREE Printables Here: 
Eyes Beak Bird Eggs Printable
Letter N Coloring Page


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Today's Facebook Boosting Extravaganza is LIVE NOW!

This is the Friday July 25th edition of our Ultimate Facebook Party (featured Tuesdays) and we invite you to come over and add YOUR links to the DUCKS 'N A ROW FACEBOOK PAGE.

Share your FACEBOOK post links please (just click on the image of your FB link and use that URL) in the comments. 

Keep coming back and checking out our fabulous finds. Comment, Like and Share many and we will do the same for you. 

#theultimateparty

Here is a Facebook post from this Tuesday's  that I really liked. These delicious Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were made by Lisa of Sweet2Eat Baking! Be sure to boost this post for her, OK?  

I will be looking for a new post to feature on NEXT TUESDAY'S party so give us your best!!!

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24 July 2014

Blog Hop List Re-Do For You!

By Sinea Pies
blog hop and link party list #bloghops #llnkparty Ducks 'n a Row



Yes, I'm cleaning up my PARTIES page. There are many bloggers who have changed, cancelled or postponed their blog hops and my parties page has become very, very out of date.  I had considered deleting the ones that no longer exist but it will take so much precious time that I have decided to wipe them all out, instead.  

Yes, I am "pulling the plug" and starting over.


So, if you currently have a weekly party, I would LOVE it if you would add yours to my new page. 

Pick the right spot: I would suggest entering it on the day that your party is scheduled for even if you have an early-bird start the night before -- unless the NAME of the hop indicates the day of that early start 
i.e. I will be putting my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop in the Wednesday party location though we do go live at 7:00 pm ET on Tuesdays.

TIP: please use the homepage URL when you link up. That way each time you publish a new hop -assuming they visit you on the right day- your guests will find your party with one simple click. 

Thanks so much for your help and please spread the news to others who host weekly parties. 
I want this page to be a very useful resource for us all!



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Google+ Day Has Arrived! #GrowingCirclesHop is LIVE now!


Time to share your awesome content.
Use our party hashtag and let's mingle!


Co-Host with us.
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!

 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables


Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! 
You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.




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