Boy, I did a great job at making goals for me to try to keep this year!! If you wanted to see my original personal priorities post that I wrote based off Crystal Paine’s new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, then you could go here. I’m doing a rather lousy job at keeping them. In fact, I am not going to copy my goals and put frowny faces next to everything I did not get done. That is too depressing. So I’ll let you know what I did do, what I didn’t do, and what I want to do next month!
We had an amazing gift given to us this week–we had a friend give us four 2 pound bags of salmon fillets! Now, our family does not eat salmon normally, because that is too expensive to be included in our food budget. So I put three bags in the freezer and immediately defrosted one bag for Sunday dinner.
I love cooking fish for a great Sunday dinner after church as it cooks so fast! Combined with my freezer mashed potatoes that were in the oven warming up during church and a bag of corn, I had a relatively simple dinner! [Read more…]
My kids love macaroni and cheese–like most kids do. But they really love the shells and cheese type of macaroni and cheese. I have bought the Velveeta/Kraft versions before, but was hoping I could find a homemade version of the boxed kind. [Read more…]
This is the easiest recipe you could ever make for Valentine’s Day–and one that is guaranteed to make kids happy. What’s to lose?
All you have to do is make Rice Krispie treats, sprinkle red sugar on top, and then cut out hearts with a cookie cutter–so easy! [Read more…]
Instead of typing up a new recipe, I combed through all the linkies I have hosted here at Creative K Kids in the past couple of weeks and found these great Valentine’s Day recipes! [Read more…]
Yep! “Uh-oh” is the word!
I have a feeling I have not done too great this month. So I’m going to copy and paste my detailed goals here, and we’ll look at them. Before I do that, I want to say: I’ve done a ton of blogging this month with setting up The Ultimate Linky. Setting up a new blog takes many hours, so now that it is done, I will hopefully be able to focus on some of my other goals. [Read more…]
Here’s another recipe that my mom always made growing up. We use this recipe for the Christmas cut-out cookies and at Valentine’s Day for heart shaped cookies. [Read more…]
Monday, I was able to make dinner for a friend that just had beautiful identical twins. I wish I could show you pictures as they are so adorable! Well, if you have ever had one baby, you know how much help you need–much less twins with a 2 year old boy and a four year old boy! So I was wondering what to make. I never make pasta anymore for families with new babies, as one time after I had a baby all four people who brought me meals brought spaghetti. [Read more…]
Today starts our second week of parties!
Now lets talk about Pinterest. Pinterest is my favorite social media, because some days it sends me more than half of my visitors!! I also loved Pinterest before I even had a blog–now that I have a blog, I don’t have time to be on it like I did before. Well, if you are a blogger, I am sure you have heard about “rich pins.” I recently have heard talk about them, but I didn’t know what that meant. I had seen a rich pin–I just didn’t know that it was called a rich pin.
Back in December, I guest-posted, and I had pinned my guest post and my little blurb from my site about being a guest post. I noticed that The Taylor House had features that my pin did not have–and I had no clue why. Well, now I know! She was using rich pins! Look at the two pins:
It doesn’t look that much different except the very top text. You see it has the website and the title. This is nice if you forget to fill in the alt text line of your pictures (where pinterest will pull its information.) At least the title would be there automatically. Some rich pins even show more!
To start using rich pins, you have to have a business account (which you can change your personal account to a business account and get your website verified), and you have to get approved to use rich pins. I had no idea how to do this! I stumbled across this article on Google+ where Mike Alton showed a rich pin from his Pinterest board. He then directs the readers to a post about how to set up rich pins.
I am so non-techy (although I am trying to learn more); and I didn’t want to install another plug-in, so this article did not help me much besides pique my interest. But then Amy Lynn Andrews had the answer for me in her useletter. (I love her weekly newsletters–she calls them useletters.) She shared an article from Melissa Taylor from Pinterest Savvy that showed how you can get rich pins if you use Yoast’s SEO plugin. Hooray! That’s the plugin I use!!! So I followed her tutorial (so easy!) and applied for rich pins. I did this just last night, and so they are not approved yet. If I don’t get approved–I’ll let you know! Now if you don’t use Yoast’s plugin, you can see if the other article helps you; but I really don’t have any other suggestions (besides to leave it the way it is — that was what I was going to do), but I hope this helps some of you!