Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop {Co-Hosting}

In case you forgot, I'm co-hosting the Wonderful Wednesdays link party this month... So grab your favorite blog posts and join the party below! And if you're not a blogger, hop around some of the links and find some new recipes or projects to try! When you're visiting, let the blogger know you found them at this party! Bloggers love comments - and they love knowing how you found them! Okay, enough from me... Take it away, Sinea!


One of the many benefits of visiting blog parties is the wealth of knowledge we can glean. Experts in baking, crafting, decorating, teaching, organizing, cleaning, money managing, gardening, child rearing, encouragement & inspiration share "just how to do it." Our lives are richer, as a result. Personally, some of my favorite posts are those that teach me how to blog better.  
This week there were two superb posts on optimizing our blog results using Pinterest. They are this week's Editor's Picks. If I were you, I would read them and PIN them for future reference.

By the way... Ducks 'n a Row has just added a link to our Blogging Tips Pinterest Board on our Blog Tips page. It is constantly growing with more and more gems so be sure to stop by once in a while to grab from the best for you!   ... Sinea
Let's Party!   
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 
Simple Guidelines:

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible
  • 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. 
  • Thanks for joining us!



Meal Plan Mondays {04.14.14}

Happy Monday {{evening}}!! I hope your week is off to a great start... We've taken it easy most of the day. We went to a park and them mall this afternoon, and we came home to finish our taxes and mow the grass {let's be honest, that was all Caleb}. Now I'm working on planning my week out, blogging a bit, and relaxing with my man... Ready to get to this week's meal plan? Me too!

Here's how we did with last week's meal plan:
Sunday: Chicken Enchilada Soup
     What We Really Had: Taco Salad
Monday: Biscuits and Gravy
     What We Really Had: Orange Chicken
Tuesday: Beans, Potatoes & Cornbread
     What We Really Had: Can't Remember...
Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock-Pot
     What We Really Had: Chicken Fajitas from the Freezer
Thursday: Beef Enchiladas
     What We Really Had: Spaghetti with Homemade Breadsticks
Friday: Pork Steaks
     What We Really Had: Sub Sandwiches
Saturday: Chicken Parmesan
     What We Really Had: Queso and Chips {{Church Class Fellowship}}

And here's what's on this week's meal plan:
Sunday: Leftovers
Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Dinosaur Eggs
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Beef Enchiladas
Friday: Beans, Potatoes & Cornbread
Saturday: Crispy Ranch Chicken

Wow! I don't think I've ever posted a meal plan in review quite like last week's meal plan. To be fair, I warned you last week that the first three or four days would be different... Little did I realize that all week would be different! Oh, well... This week will be may be better. I've adjusted our monthly meal plan a bit to make this week's plan more realistic... We'll see what happens! I'll be back tomorrow evening with a link party, so be sure to come back and link up your best posts from this week! It goes live at 4:00 p.m. {PST}.

Your turn: How good are you at sticking to your meal plan? Leave a comment below!



Pregnancy Update {Weeks 17-18}

Happy Thursday, friends! I'm just stopping in tonight to share a few pregnancy pictures. I've said it before, but boy, time is flyin' by! I have a feeling that the second half is going to fly by quicker than the first half has - and the first half has been super quick! Anyway. I'm loving everything about pregnancy... Even the queasies and the sleepies! This is such a miraculous thing that God allows women to go through! Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for what's taking place in my body! I'm truly blessed. Anyway... Let's get to the picture update!

Week 17 - Baby is the Size of an Onion
Hooray for getting just a little bigger! Pregnancy must be the one time in a woman's life when she's thrilled to be gaining weight and growing in the tummy! Ha! I'm lovin' it!

Week 18 - Baby is the Size of a Sweet Potato
Hooray again for getting a little bigger! We had another appointment this week and got to hear our sweet little one's heartbeat again. Music to my ears! I have an appointment in a little over two weeks to find out if a little man or little lady will be joining our family. I'm feeling pretty good most of the time... I still feel queasy - but usually when I don't eat enough {or eat the right things}. I'm also learning that yoga and watching my posture helps my back pain... Oh, and sleep is seriously my best friend! I walk with a good friend several miles each week, and on the days we walk, I tend to be even more tired! It definitely helps me sleep well at night! Yay!

Well, there it is - a baby update from the last two weeks... Hope y'all have a great Friday!!



Meal Plan Mondays {04.07.14}

Yikes! Monday has just about come and gone... I hope your week is off to a great start! We had another doctor appointment this morning, and we've been running like crazies since. We ran quite a few errands, buying parts for and getting our {new-to-us} truck registered... My sweetie also had our car's tires checked so I can drive it back and forth to work safely. I'm so thankful for a man who takes care of our vehicles! Anyway. I'm supposed to be sharing our meal plan for the week, so let's get to it!

Here's how we did with last week's meal plan:
Sunday: Pastor's Luncheon at Church
Monday: Stromboli
Tuesday: Out with Friends
Wednesday: Taco Salad
     What We Really Had: Pizza
Thursday: Fifteen-Minute Marinated Chicken
     What We Really Had: Chicken Quesadillas
Friday: Church Stewardship Banquet
Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas
     What We Really Had: Leftover Pizza

And here's what's on this week's meal plan:
Sunday: Chicken Enchilada Soup
Monday: Biscuits and Gravy
Tuesday: Beans, Potatoes & Cornbread
Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken in the Crock-Pot
Thursday: Beef Enchiladas
Friday: Pork Steaks
Saturday: Chicken Parmesan

Overall, I feel like we did pretty well with sticking to last week's meal plan... Of course, it was rather simple and I didn't "have to" cook three of the seven days. And I ended up not cooking another day of the week. Oh, well. Baby steps, right? Sometimes that's just how it goes. I can tell you already that this week is off to a change-it-up start. The first three or four days are going to be different, and that's okay. We'll get back on track soon. Maybe. And if not, that's okay too. I'm learning to go with the flow more and more... Probably good practice for when our little one enters the world! Speaking of which, we got to hear the heartbeat again today... That's probably the sweetest sound I've ever heard. Ever. And we're hoping to find out if a little man or little lady will be joining our family in three weeks! Can. Not. Wait! Okay... I need to get things done around here. Until next time...

Your turn: Are you a "go with the flow" type of person or do you operate better with rhythm and order? I'm more of a rhythm and order type of gal, but, like I said, I'm learning to go with the flow... Leave a comment and let us know how you operate!



Snapshot Saturday {04.05.14}

Well, I should be fired... I have two pictures to share this week. TWO pictures. I'll try harder this next week... As for our week, it was busy {should've made for more pictures, right?!}.

Caleb and I were both off on Monday, so we ran a few errands and hung around the house {Caleb took a nap, I did work in the kitchen}... Tuesday evening we went to dinner with some friends, Wednesday evening we went to church, Thursday evening we went to the retirement center, and Friday evening was our church's stewardship banquet. Yikes! It was a little busy around here... Let's get to the quick recap of our week in pictures.

03.31.14 - Yay for grocery shopping... Or having a list to go grocery shopping. We were able to get our monthly shopping done on Monday, and it feels great!

04.04.14 - I worked early yesterday... And when I say early, I mean 9:45 a.m. I'm not a morning person, but I needed to work early so I could get off early for the banquet. Anyway. I wanted to take a picture of the time to document what time I got to work... Too early in my opinion. *Smile*

There's our busy week in a nutshell. Like I said, I'm going to try to do better next week... Until then, I hope y'all have a great weekend! Yay!!