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23 July 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Blog Party FUN!

Welcome back to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party!

This week's party is all about  summertime drinks! From chilling frozen rosé slushies to two of the most refreshing teas you'll see all season, there's a little something for everyone this week. So be sure to check out this week's features and the other awesome new posts from your hosts and fellow bloggers and have an awesome week ahead! Welcome to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party 180!



THIS WEEK'S FEATURES






MEET YOUR HOSTS

To visit the other blogs in our party, just click on the host's picture!
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The rules are really 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 to 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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19 July 2017

Bored With Your Routine? Here Is Something New And Fun To Do!




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Do you ever get in a rut when it comes to planning family outings? We all do from time to time. We know what we like so we keep on doing the same thing over and over again ...but that can grow old. 

Then, also, families outgrow activities as their little ones grow up. Tastes change and it gets harder to find things to do together. That was why I was so excited to try Painting With a Twist. 

MacKenzie is almost 12 years old and lots of the "little kid" dates are, well, for LITTLE KIDS! What can you do together that an almost-teen will enjoy? Thankfully, Kenzie loves art and when I asked if she'd like to go out with me for a painting class and lunch to follow? Wow! She was in! She was so happy and so was I. 

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Our day at Painting With A Twist was so much fun. When we arrived at our class and checked in, we were directed to help ourselves to an apron and pick the easels where we would sit. Had we been meeting a group of friends, they were ready to reserve several easels so that we could all sit together. Painting With A Twist looks out for your every need.

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The particular class we signed up for was a daytime class which only had 6 students. Carly, our instructor,  started us out using chalk to draw our basic outline and then we began to paint. There were times that we needed to let the paint dry before we moved on so we took that opportunity to roam around and enjoy the "scenery" as we waited. (You know what they say about paint drying. Well, PWAT is smart. Hairdryers work wonders!) 

Someday I would love to bring a group of friends to a class. PWAT can accommodate lots of people at the same time and this location even has more than one room. 



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The class is all about enjoying art and the experience, not becoming a professional artist. Interestingly enough, when you walk out with your finished product you kind of feel like a pro - and you want to go back again soon to do it again!


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Our Painting With A Twist instructor, Carly, made us feel right at home. And, as I said, no prior art experience is needed. She walked us through it step by step. The theme picture for our class featured large colorful flowers. Here is what our finished products look like⇒



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Each guest is invited to create their masterpiece as they see fit. Some people will want to make theirs as close to the original as possible. Others will go off on their own imaginative tangents. That is what MacKenzie did. She has a style all her own. I took a road much closer to the example we were given. 

Both of us had loads of fun and have our pictures displayed at home. I needed something bright and colorful on the wall in the kids' bedroom so that is where mine hangs. I love the display of artwork at Painting With A Twist and I plan to go back for another class real soon so that I can start my own "gallery."


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Take a look at the beautiful gallery wall. There must be hundreds of sample pictures there to choose from. You can either enroll in a class for a specific painting that you will do (take a look at their website for your area for  the currently scheduled classes) or you can meet with them to select one for a group that you will be bringing in.



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Painting With A Twist has daytime classes for all ages. In the evenings, there are adults-only classes so that those who wish to bring in their own adult-beverages for their special night may do so. (Check your local PWAT's for exact beverage policies on their website.) 


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There are so many kinds of parties you can plan for Painting With A Twist.  Here are the themes that I can think of: 
          • Bachelorette Party
          • Birthday Parties
          • Bridal Party Get Together
          • Church Groups
          • Clubs or Associations
          • Date Night
          • Double-Date Night
          • Engagement Party
          • Evening Out With Your Friends
          • Family Reunion
          • Girl Scouts* (There are PWAT art badges to be earned!)
          • Girls Night Out
          • Graduation Party
          • Interior Decorating Party (Start your own gallery!)
          • Mother/Daughter (or mother/son, daddy/daughter, daddy/son) 
          • Teacher Orientation Getting-To-Know-You Party

Did I miss anything? What kind of party would you have? 

The date-night plan can include painting a 2-part picture. You paint one half of the image and your date paints the other. Put them next to each other and you have one big work of art! Here are two that they had on display that I particularly liked but there are many, many you can choose from.

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Did you know that Painting With A Twist has over 345 locations across the USA? Look here to find the nearest location to you ⇒ Painting With A Twist


What FUN!!!⇒ One of the co-founders of Painting With A Twist was just on the UnderCover Boss TV show! The story with links is on the PWAT website including a photo of her in her disguise


Just a few more photos of our girls' day out...

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You are going to have such a great time at Painting With A Twist! Find a location near you and register for a class today⇒ PAINTING WITH A TWIST

Enjoy!



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18 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #235

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Welcome to our party! Please enjoy our features and then do share your posts with us here for another great party! 

This week, we have HOMEWORK assignment for you! 
Homework Assignment? Yes! Visit and pin at least 3 posts before you leave :)



Most Viewed
15 Legit Ways To Make Money From Home - Mom Resource

Very Popular
Crackaroni Macaroni Salad - Aspiring Small Town Girl
Chocolate Orange Millionaires Shortbread - Serenity You
Habit Tracker Printables - Lamberts Lately
Eggplant Parmigiana Naples Style - Emmi's Cookin Side



Editor's Pick
Toothbrush Holder Succulent - Lolly Jane Blog



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

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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. 
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17 July 2017

Pretty Party Sherbet Punch Recipe

Everyone loves this pretty party punch made with sherbet. Simple as it is, people will ask you for the recipe. No one can believe that it is this easy to make but wait till your guests arrive and SEE it. You will get "Ooohs and ahhs" as they make a beeline for the punchbowl!

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This punch makes a love focal point on a serving table for any kind of party ⇒ baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation, holiday celebrations, ANYTHING. I especially loved serving it at my grandgirl's bridal shower. The featured photo above is actually step number 2 in the punch making process.

Wish you could have it now? Make up a celebration and surprise your family! It is a good excuse for having "dessert before dinner."

Pretty Party Punch

Ingredients
Sherbet
Cherries
Gingerale (cold)

Everyone loves it. Simple as it is, people will ask you for the recipe. No one can believe that it is this easy to make.

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Directions
  • Soften a carton of your favorite flavor of sherbet.
  • I used orange. Many people like rainbow.
  • Place maraschino cherries in the bottom of a bundt cake pan.
  • Dollop the sherbet on top of the cherries.
  • Smooth the top of the sherbet using the back of a large serving spoon.
  • Put another ring of cherries on top, slightly pressing them into the sherbet.
  • Cover it with plastic wrap and freeze.

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  • On the day of the party, remove the pan from the freezer and place it in warm water in the sink (careful to not get water on the sherbet).  
  • Turn the pan over into a punch bowl. It should easily release into the bowl. 
  • Pour cold ginger-ale over the ring and it's done.
Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything purchased from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row may result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you!" ...Sinea

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16 July 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party

Welcome to our party!

This week's party is all about  summertime desserts! From easy-to-make poke cakes to classic Charlotte's, there's a little something for everyone this week. So be sure to check out this week's features and the other awesome new posts from your hosts and fellow bloggers and have an awesome week ahead! Welcome to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party 180!



THIS WEEK'S FEATURES:






Welcome to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party 180!




Welcome to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party 180!





Welcome to this week's Happiness is Homemade Link Party 180!



MEET YOUR HOSTS

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

Image Map

The rules are really 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 to 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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14 July 2017

How To Decorate Ice Cream Cones With A Colorful Ring of Sprinkles

Kids, family, fun, parties, ice cream, desserts

Do you love ice cream cones as much as I do? They are my favorite summertime treat. I have to say I am not very imaginative when it comes to flavor selections, though. I usually get plain vanilla. Occasionally I add a little excitement and go with chocolate. Are you impressed? LOL!

Fun with ice cream does not necessarily lie in the flavor. You can get adventurous with the CONE, instead. Kids love sprinkles! They love them a lot. Many adults do, too. They are kind of like balloons for food! All the pretty colors light up our lives. 

So, we were getting ready to make some ice cream cones and I wanted to decorate their tops with a ring of sprinkles. But how? Sprinkles need something to stick to. The perfect condiment for that job is melting chocolate. It is delicious, designed to go from melted to solid quickly, and perfect edible "glue" for sprinkles to stick to. Take a look ⇓ ...pretty! 


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So, here's how you do it⇒

How To Decorate Ice Cream Cones With Sprinkles

Supplies
2 bowls (one microwavable)




Instructions
Place the empty cones in an ice cream cone holder or a cupcake pan with liners.*
Bowl #1: Add many sprinkles to this bowl.
Bowl # 2 (microwavable bowl): put a handful of melting chocolate wafers into the microwavable bowl.
Microwave the wafers according to package directions till melted.
One at a time, take a cone from the holder, dip it in the chocolate and then dip it in the sprinkles turning it a little bit so that sprinkles cling all around the edge.
Place that cone back into the holder to cool.
Move on to the next cone till done.
Finally, scoop ice cream into each decorated cone, hand them out to your guests and enjoy!

*Tip: though the silicone liners are pretty, they are a little bit wobbly to use for an ice cream cone holder. The next time I do this, I will use a real ice cream cone holder. These pretty silcone liners are great for baking muffins or cupcakes or even for storage. 

Enjoy!
Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. What does that mean? If you buy something from Amazon by first clicking on an Amazon ad, link or using an Amazon search window here on Ducks 'n a Row then, at NO extra cost to you, I will earn a small commission. In advance, "thank you for shopping Amazon through me!" ... Sinea



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13 July 2017

Math Fun For Your Kids Online - FREE Interactve Math Games

Education.com has come up with some fun interactive games for your kids to   hone their math skills this summer. They have a nice collection of FREE math games for children ages Preschool through Middle School.  

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Here is one of the games for you to try out! Kids build three-digit numbers using playing cards in this number sense game. Check out more of Education.com's math games for practice with essential math skills.


Enjoy!

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