27 March 2015

Facebook LIKE MY PAGE Party

Hey Everybody ... 

Here is a new way to PARTY on FACEBOOK and get new fans!


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS ...

Be sure that you are liking as yourself (personal page) before you begin.
Go to my FACEBOOK page for Ducks 'n a Row:  HERE
LIKE my page, if you haven't already.

Now, find the FACEBOOK "LIKE MY PAGE" PARTY post...
Add the URL of YOUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE in the comments.
The header from your page and "like page" button will show up.
Cool, huh?
It will have a LIKE PAGE button embedded right in it!
Now, have fun as you go down the row and like other pages, too.
Like 5 others to make this a really great party for everybody!
Party starts Friday 9:00 pm ET and ends Saturday at midnight.
Come back a few times to help the late comers?

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R is for Bunny Preschool Craft

By Sinea Pies

Paper plate craft goes great with the Letter R is for Rabbit preschool lesson #Easter #bunny

I know, I know. R is for "rabbit." Of course it is. And that was our theme last week in preschool. R is for Rabbit. But you know what my little 3 and 4 year olds said all day long? "Bunny!"
We made a bunny. 
We learned about bunnies. 
It was a bunny day. 
Perfect timing, with Easter right around the corner. 
They are smart kids, though. They know that R fits on "abbit" for "RABBIT." 
But, let's face it, "BUNNY" is cuter!


This was a very fun paper plate craft. 
My students loved it and your kids will love it, too.



Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft
Supplies
1 pink crayon
2 white paper plates
2 googly eyes
2 cotton balls
1 pink or red pom pom
1 sheet pink construction paper
1 sheet blue construction paper
Glue Stick or Elmer's glue
tape
scissors

Instructions
Color the inside circle of one paper plate, using a pink crayon.
Cut a 2 inch column out of the middle of that plate, discarding  the "column." 
Each remaining part of that plate is one bunny ear.
Attach the ears onto the other whole plate by taping them to the back.
Glue on the pom-pom nose.
Now, glue the cotton ball cheeks very close to the nose.
Glue on two googly eyes above the nose.
Cut a little pink tongue out of construction paper.
Glue the tongue on sticking out from under where the cheeks meet.
Cut a bow tie out of the blue paper.
Glue the bow tie at the bottom of the face plate.

Note: I tried attaching the ears using glue. That was a mistake. Not only did the glue fail to hold them on but it wrinkled the top of the face. I highly recommend using clear tape to attach them.

R is for rabbit preschool lesson; Easter bunny

Done!




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Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything purchased from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row will result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you"...Sinea

Photo credit:Easter Bunnies on Grass by Mr. GC 
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26 March 2015

Learn About Google+ INTEREST CIRCLES and PARTY With Us, too!

Before we party, let's first learn more about GOOGLE+ from our host, KIM ..

This week we continue our conversation about Google Plus Circles and what they do for us. Last week we started shedding light on using Interest Circles to our advantage. We shared Sinea's testimonial of how she was able to target her preschool blog post to a G+ Circle specific to preschool parents. That's powerful! But some of you might have asked, where are these Interest Circles, and how do I find them?



Interest Circles is another name for your Circle Categories. We interchange the names Interest Circles and Circle Categories. There are a few pre-set categories within G+, but you have the ability to create new Circle Categories too, based on interests. Creating these categories - or "interest circles" - allows you to better target your specific posts to specific groups of people.

Some of the pre-set Circles are: Following, Acquaintances, Friends, Family.

Some categories (or, interests) that I have included: Foodie, Mommy, Fitness, Blogger Resource, and - of course! - #GrowingCirclesHop. There are more, but you get the idea!



You can add people to more than one Interest Circle too! If you're a regular #GrowingCirclesHop partier, then you're a part of my Growing Circles Hop circle. If you're also a food blogger, then you're in my food circle too. Scroll up and down to choose which circles you want to add the person to, and check each box you wish to select.



Important Note: It's really important to follow, no matter what other circles you add. For bloggers, it is often times the "follow" number that counts for blogger opportunities. This goes for profiles as well as pages (we'll talk about the difference between the two later).

Now last week, Sinea was talking about a drop-down menu that allowed her to select an Interest Circle. Some of you asked, 
"Where is that drop-down menu?"
Answer:
When you start a G+ post, you add your text at the top of the box. Then, you add a photo, link, or other media attachments. Lastly, before sharing with the "share" button, you have the ability to choose WHO you share the post with. G+ defaults to the public share setting, which is great - if you want everyone in your circles to see it. 

However, if you want to share a specific post with a more targeted audience, then you can choose the circle(s) to do so. Like last week, Sinea shared a preschool post with preschool parents. This is another great thing about circles, and another reason that circles are important.



Similarly, if you're a small business, you can categorize your circles and create an interest circle for online shoppers. This circle can include people that love online shopping and want to be notified of new products/items and sales/discounts. Say you've been sold out of a particular item for a few weeks. You just restocked your inventory, and now you want to share it with your customers and potential buyers. Click that "online shopping" Interest Circle and share your product!


So your completed post would look something like this (right before you click the "share" button):



As you can see with the sample post above, I targeted this particular post to everyone in my GrowingCirclesHop Interest Circle and added our hosts individually by name.


I hope I've effectively explained how to use the Interest Circles. Have questions? Leave them in a blog comment. 








SO LET'S PARTY!!!
Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop

 

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+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. 
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).
Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  





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24 March 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #116

Welcome to our party!
We are so glad you're here.
Can hardly wait to see what you have for us this week but, first, let's see what you loved at LAST week's party ...

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Very Popular



Editor's Choice
Get boys crafting and decorating Easter eggs with LEGO, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Volcano, dinosaur, TMNT, Super Mario Bros. eggs and more.



 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! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin or share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Follow our hosts as you can. 

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow
Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row  (host)

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

CD of CD's Country Living

Jaime of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Kim of 2JustByou

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Tammy of My Life Abundant

Brittany of Mommy On Demand


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23 March 2015

Eggs - How Do I Tell If An Egg Is Bad?

By Sinea Pies


I love great tips. When I learn something new that I'm going to use, I share it with you. Like the blueberry muffin tip last week. I was so excited when I learned that one. Well, this one is awesomely easy.

Ever cracked an egg into a skillet only to have the yoke immediately break? Even worse, open an egg and "phew" the scent tells you to get rid of that bad egg as FAST as you can! So, besides staying right on top of the expiration dates on the carton, how do you tell if that lovely egg is still good?




How Do I Tell If An Egg Is Bad?

Fill a bowl with water.
Lay the egg gently into it.
If the egg sinks ... it is GOOD.
If it floats ... say "bye bye" to that BAD egg. 

File this tip in "Simply Brilliant."

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