Ducks 'n a Row

25 June 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #177

Welcome to the Happiness is Homemade Link Party #177!


How to make key lime pie

Be sure to try out these 25 Ice Cream Floats recipes! These are a great dessert to have during the hot summer months and great way to stay cool.

Our Summer Mantel, Simple and Easy


Tweet an invitation to our party?


To visit the other blogs in our party, just click on the host's picture!

Image Map

The rules are so simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipes, crafts or your latest DIY project. We want you you share it all! As always, please make sure to follow your hosts and co-hosts!! Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to all 12 Hosts, along with any co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Happiness Is Homemade, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to your original source. Therefore, linking up you agree to allow us to use your images on each of our blogs in features relating to Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

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23 June 2017

Love Sweepstakes? Great Big Grand Prizes At These Epic Giveaways!


Do you love entering sweepstakes? I just came across six current giveaways that you may like.  Excellent prizes! Some BiG - some little.  Each has a different end-date in the near future so check them out soon.

Vote for the chance to win at ⇒  Mega Summer Refresh Sweepstakes

See the gorgeous rustic bathroom in the picture? That is a awesome bathroom redo by my friend Kelly. Go on over and enjoy the view - she is one creative lady!
Rustic Farmhouse Refresh by Eclectic Momsense


Note: this is NOT a sponsored post. When I saw these giveaways, it occured to me that the sweeps-enthusiasts in my readership might like to know about them. Who knows, if you enter maybe one of you will win a prize! 

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BTW...this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything you purchase through first clicking on a link, an ad or Amazon search window at Ducks 'n a Row will result, at NO extra cost to you, in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you for shopping Amazon through me!" Sinea

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22 June 2017

Come to the FINAL Recipe Sharing Party and Celebrate With Us

Welcome, food bloggers!

We want to thank all of you for coming to our party week after week. Lately we have noticed that the pinning and yumming have become less and less. It is an indication to us that the party has "played out." That happens from time to time. So, this week is our LAST recipe sharing party. Let's make it a big one and the BEST one! 

  • RECIPES ONLY - they can be single recipes or recipe roundups for this final party! Yummly won't take group recipes but you can pin everything. 

Thanks to our co-hosts - Sinea, Marilyn & Jade - for many weeks of fun parties!  
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20 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #231

It's summer - yippee!!! So glad you took a little time to come by and party with us. Here is what you viewed the most last week...

Most Viewed

Very Popular
10 Fruity Treats For Summer - Courtney's Cookbook
Spicy Potato Salad - Engineer Mommy
3 Meat Free Recipes - I Wasn't Expecting That
Chicken With Maple Bacon Glaze - Eclectic Red Barn
5 Things I Hate About Blogging - The Professional Mom Project
Garlic Parmesan Baked Steak Fries - Kleinworth & Co

Editor's Pick
Paper Bows - Simple Joys

So let's get started with this week's party!

Follow us this week on Twitter⇒

Here are our simple party rules...
  • Please follow our hosts on this week's social media. 
  • Please TWEET our party   
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please. 
  • Visit others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • If you are NEW,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥  Help us find your posts - tell us what number they are? 
  • NOTE: party entries appear in REVERSE. i.e. the most recent entry goes to the top! That way all of our guests will have a chance to be seen no matter when they arrive :)

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19 June 2017

How To Increase Your Blog Traffic 3 Ways With Blog Parties

Yes, there are at very least 3 ways you can use blog parties to build up the traffic to your blog. As the host of two major parties myself, and frequent attender of many other blog hops, I know this to be true. 

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Blog parties are not just for newbies. All bloggers benefit from them. Some busy bloggers have dropped out from "partying" for lack of time but let me tell you that I have seen a recent upsurge of the BIGGEST mom blogs attending my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. They may be stopping by themselves or, more likely, they are paying a virtual assistant to do it for them --- but, think of it, the VALUE of attending blog hops is big enough for them to pay someone to do it. Hmmm. Stop one moment and let that sink in. Blog parties should be part of your plan.

Now, here are 3 ways that participating in blog hops / link parties increase your traffic:

1. Sharing your posts is like placing a free advertisement on someone else's blog. You are guaranteed numerous opportunities for the guests to click on your post at no charge at all. Some parties have multiple hosts, increasing the possibilities of views by that number of participating blogs. The two parties I host have 10 blogs each. Ten times the exposure!

2. Be an active visitor.  Actively participating in the parties at VERY LEAST gets you seen by the hosts! "Actively" means that you do not just "post and run." You interact with others. When you leave a comment on the blog party every week, thanking her for hosting, she gets to know you. I surely remember the ones who comment regularly on mine. Being specific in your comments could get a click from that host, as well. How about saying something like:  "Thanks so much for the great party. Today I shared my recipe for yummy mini pecan pie!"  

Guess what I do as the host? I answer your comment and scan the entries to find "yummy mini pecan pie." Often, I pin it. If it is a recipe, I yum it, too. If I have extra time, I may even leave a reciprocal comment on your blog post. 

Hosting can be a lonely business. As party hosts, we appreciate YOU appreciating OUR hard work - it takes time to put these parties together every week - and many hosts will show you some extra TLC in return! 

Not every party is the same but for Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop the party features are determined by what posts received the most clicks. In this case, the "tender loving care" click you just got from me gave you a better chance of leading the pack and gaining a feature. Yippee! 

As a side note, actively participating by commenting on the blogs of other guests gains notice, as well. "What goes around comes around." Tell them you just LOVED that cute craft and had to pin it 2 TIMES - or some other encouraging words. They are not obligated but it could get you some "thank you" pins or tweets on your own work as well. 

3. Attending blog parties gives you LOTS of material to share. Social media thrives on people sharing each other's work. Check out the most popular mom-blogger Twitter pages. They retweet constantly. Often, they will post NEW tweets featuring other people's work, as well. 

You want Twitter to blossom for you? Do not depend on auto shares from Facebook or Instagram to do it. It is OK to use that tool but when people see pages that are exclusively shares from other sources, and nothing else, that says that the blogger doesn't visit her own Twitter page. 

The same principal applies to all social media. Share and, even though that blogger may not reciprocate, you will get to be known as one whose pages are ALIVE with great things happening. 

Pinterest is a huge traffic generator but does not work well if the only thing you share is your own work. Look through the blog hops you attend and pick out a few with fabulous images and titles. Visit them and pin them. They will be blessed and so will you. No harm in leaving a comment to let them know what you just did, either. Want MORE exposure at that very same time? Maximize your efforts by setting your pins to post to Twitter and/or Facebook, too! 

Here is a great little "best practice tip" for those pinning to Twitter: Writing Your Pins for Tweets 

Do you know that some people will get heart-flutters when they see that YOU, of all people, are now following them? I remember when a couple of super-bloggers started following me - I was soaring with excitement all day long. I couldn't believe it. What a boost to my confidence!

Do you have any tips on how blog parties help boost traffic flow to your blog? Please share them with us!

This post is the first of a series. Be watching next week for part 2! 

BTW... my two ongoing blog hops are Happiness Is Homemade (opens at 3am ET Sunday mornings) and Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop (starts 7pm ET Tuesday evenings.) If you would like to receive a reminder when each party starts and other occasional updates, sign up for my email list! 

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Note: this author is an Amazon Affiliate. That means that if you click on an Amazon ad, link or use the Amazon search window on this blog and purchase something from them, at NO extra cost to you, I will make a small commission. In advance, "thank you for shopping Amazon through me!" ... Sinea

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