Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What's HOT {at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 184}

Welcome To Our Party!

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Here are the posts you loved the most at last week's party!

Most Viewed

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Very Popular

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So let's get this party started!


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  • 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
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Saira from Mom Resource and Bath Time Fun Time  

Tammy of My Life Abundant

CD of CD's Country Living

Emma of Adventures of Adam

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Niki of Play And Learn Every Day

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Kim of 2JustByou

Shannon of Crafty Mama In Me

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

Marilyn of Marilyn’s Treats

Candace of Musings Of Candace Jean

Rachel of Busy Mommy Media

Jennifer of Engineer Mommy

Help Wanted: we are looking for a new weekly co-host for Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop:) 

What we are looking for:
1. It is important that you be an active blogger of a family-friendly blog. ie. "active" means that you post new material several times per week. 
2. Also, we will be looking for a blogger who is very active on social media. All of the hosts promoting our party well contributes to this party's success and is a blessing to everyone who comes to party with us. 
3. If you are interested, please email Sinea at ducksnarow1@gmail.com and put "I'd Like To CO-HOST" in the subject line.
Thank you for your interest in joining our team 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Live the Little Things

Today I share with you my blogging dilemma and some photos of what I've been up to while on hiatus.



So my "Back to Blogging" Status was a little bit short-lived because, as it turns out, it's harder to get back to it than I thought! I shouldn't have expected to just jump back in and have everything be easy. Life doesn't work that way in the real world, so why would it work that way for blogger life?!?

One thing is this: While I've been away from blogging, I've seriously learned to enjoy being unplugged. Sure, I've got the mobile phone --- with only my most favorite apps - Instagram, Twitter & more recently Snapchat (username: twojustByou), but other than that, it's been an unplugged life for me. Unplugged from the blog, and even unplugged from my family's Etsy shop and small business. I've been living the little things. And having fun doing it.

I do miss blogging. I miss the sense of community, visiting my favorite blogs every day, and finding new ones to follow. I do miss Etsy - mostly the community of it, because I'm a member of many teams, and I miss promoting & supporting handmade & small business. 


I discovered Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, and it's now one of my favorite places.
More on this later, I promise!

But while trying to get back to blogging, I'm stuck in a difficult position. I now work, which has been a new thing for me (less than a full year). Working and blogging and the small business...It's a lot to do with four kids too. I really don't know how it's done. How do you moms do it all?!? I felt busy with being only a work at home mom, but now that I have a job on top of the work at home mom stuff, it's even crazier.


In June, I chaperoned my son's field trip to Sutter's Fort.
It was incredibly hot outside that day, but the trip was well worth it.

Blogging was my Me-Time. This entire year, I haven't had that at all. So when I finally got my internet connection fixed, I thought, "YES!!! Back to blogging." Then I lost all my files. That wasn't a good sign right there. Even now, there is something super glitchy with my computer. I guess it wasn't just the internet connection that was the problem. The computer has a little something to do with it too. So, of course, I want a new one. But that will take some time. I have to live with what I have for now. I have my eyes set on a laptop (and an iPad Pro, but that's later on down the wish list).


We had a family fun day at Old Sacramento!

Anyway, I don't know how often I'll be able to post. I'm shooting for at least 1-3 times per week, starting in August - and at least once a week for right now. Then, of course, I co-host the awesome Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, where you can find the best blogger recipes and DIYs around!

What I do know is that you have to live the little things. I knew that being unplugged was important before. I've always said that taking time off is actually essential for productivity. Well, I've had a lot of time away, and it's been really fun. Now I need to get back to work, work, work, work, work. And learn how to manage my time so that I can try to do it all. Because I know I don't want to give up blogging, even if I don't get back to my page views & blog comments and all that other stuff that does but doesn't matter. I think I just want my Me Time back. That's all. 

With all that being said, how do you manage your time for work, blogging, family and sleep? 
How do you find a healthy work-life balance? Do you have any tips or suggestions for me? 
Let me know in the comments!





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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It's July Already {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 182}

Happy 4th of July! 
For those in the U.S. we wish you a very happy Independence Day. 
To our Canadian friends, Happy Canada Day. 
To everyone else - Happy Summer!


We are so glad you are here! Last week we had so many great shares, and I ended up missing the entire party. I'll be honest, it hasn't been easy for me to get back to blogging. I've been prepping for the re-launch, and it keeps getting pushed back. BUT, I'm getting there! Slowly, but surely.

Here are the posts you loved the most last week...


Sinea's Editor Picks
grilled pizza and healthy foods to eat
Grilled Pizzas from Robyns Hobbies
Simple LIfestyle Changes To Improve Brain Health from Smart Mom Smart Ideas



Time for our party!



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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 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
Blog Bloglovin’/  Facebook Google+ Pinterest  / StumbleUpon / Twitter

Saira from Mom Resource and Bath Time Fun Time  

Tammy of My Life Abundant

CD of CD's Country Living

Emma of Adventures of Adam

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Niki of Play And Learn Every Day

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Kim of 2JustByou

Shannon of Crafty Mama In Me

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

Marilyn of Marilyn’s Treats

Candace of Musings Of Candace Jean

Rachel of Busy Mommy Media

Jennifer of Engineer Mommy


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