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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blogger's Meet and Greet: Memorial Day

 What will you do this Memorial Day? Some will barbecue, visit loved one's grave sites, and possibly others will go to the beach. Whatever you do don't forget those that have served and died for our country.

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Did You Know?

According to the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs 3 years after the civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. This was declared by Major General John A. Logan to be observed on May 30.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Do You Know About the Snipping Tool?

Have You already updated to Windows 10? Do you know about the snipping tool that is very simple and easy to use? Read more to learn about this.

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Microsoft has the snipping tool to capture screen shots. Maybe there is a picture on your screen that you want to use as a picture. Microsoft has made it so simple for you to capture that picture.

1. Basically in the left lower corner of the start up window (the search area) enter the words “snipping tool.”

2. When the snipping tool box appears click on New

3. The + sign will appear, then drag your cursor around the area that you want to capture as a picture.

4. Then Click on file and save as. Give the file the name that you want to save it as.

It is just that simple.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Why I Like Linky Parties

To those that first started linky parties I would like to say thank you. This is a great concept of promoting blogs. I like the fact that google linky parties are created daily. How awesome is that?

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You will find at My Pinterest site 24/7 Linky Parties. There are a variety to choose from. I am constantly adding to this list as new ones are created.

 I like that there is a linky party for nearly every niche. That is so awesome.   For example if you like cooking, arts and craft, healthy living, or  Social Media and blogging, there is a linky site for those.

The following is 5 reasons why I like linky parties:

1. Flexibility

The fact that linky parties are available 24/7 allows me flexibility so that I can post at my leisure. I can do that during a times that is best for me.

2. Learning

I realize it is a learning process. All linky parties are not for me. I have discovered how to weave through those that are not for me and to use the ones that I consider more favorable.

3. Grow Your Blogger Platform

Linky Parties do help to grow your blog. I can honestly say that. It is a win/win situation for the host as well as those that post to the linky parties.

4. Simple

I like that it is so simple to post at a linky party. Basically you click on a thumbnail and add your post.

5. Meet New Bloggers

This is one of the best parts. I get to meet new bloggers, develop new writer's relationships, and come to the realization that there are others that can relate to many of the things that I write about.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Bloggers Meet and Greet: Mother's Day Party


 A mother is not necessarily the biological mother. It could be an aunt, cousin, grandmother, foster parent or even an adoptive parent. Did you know that a mother is nurturing? Children need love and nurturing. She helps to care for and encourage her children. Nurturing will include a bond, relationship, and encouraging children with their talents. A mother is so crucial because her child may become the next President, chemist, doctor or lawyer, and the list of potential great people goes on and on.


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Mother (Biological or Adoptive)

Whether you are a biological or an adoptive mother, you are valuable. Mother's play key roles in helping to raise strong adults for future generations.

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Although you may work 9-5, possibly 2 jobs, or even longer hours daily away from home, a mother's job is never done. Mother can leave work to come home to more work. God gives her strength that she never knew she had.

1. CEO of the Household

How many single mothers are there? Some single mothers do not have the luxury to stay at home with their children. They may have to work in order to pay the bills and support their children. These mothers are selfless in that they are doing what they have to do to insure that their children will have a better life than they did. Still there are others that prefer to work and have chosen a career path that is best for her family. She still manages to care and be responsible for her children.

2. Foster Mother

I have had several mother figures during my lifetime. One of them was a foster mother. Now just like anything else there are good foster mother's and there are bad foster mother's. In fact, I am sure there is still a need for good foster mothers. Unfortunately, I was with a foster mother at age 3. My mother and father were not married and my father went to court for custody. Eventually the court granted him custody, but for me it seemed like an eternity. I am sure my foster mother did the best that she knew at the time, but I only remember her allowing a little boy older than me to hit me in the head all of the time. Now this continued again for what seemed like an eternity until one day when my mother came to visit and she witnessed it. My mother did not hold her tongue and started speaking in what we at church call (different tongues, but not holy ones). After my mother finished talking the little boy never bothered me again. That was a time that I was so glad to see my mother.

3. Grandmother

Thank God for grandmother's. Unfortunately many grandmother's are raising their grandchildren at early ages now. When my father was granted custody of me, I went to live with him and my grandmother. My grandmother was very strict, unlike my father who was very lenient. Things I could get away with my father I could not do with my grandmother. She was tiny and petite, but was a very stern woman. I loved her, because I know now she did the best that she could at the time.

4. Housekeeper

Now my grandmother was older so my father hired a housekeeper, Ardelia. I will never forget her. She was very kind and would comb my hair. Her spirit was very calming and loving.

5. My aunt

How many are thankful for aunt's,cousin's, or even sister's for mother figures. Eventually my grandmother and I moved up north to live with my aunt. That was a stormy time at times. It started off good in the beginning and I loved being there until some of my family started drinking. Then there were good times and bad times. Again, I know that my aunt and my uncle did there best at the time and I am thankful that I was able to graduate and go to college. So as the saying goes, “give honor where honor is due.” all of these people influenced my life and I am thankful for it. So regardless of if you are a biological, adoptive, or mother figure guess what ? “you are a mother.”

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Monday, May 1, 2017

3 Awesome Blogging Tips



Blogging is not an accident. It is something that you do intentionally. It is something like a mission. Most people that blog do so with a main purpose in mind. Blogging can be educational as well as fun.

Best blogging Tips


When I first started blogging, I did not have a clue as to what I was doing or wanted to do, but I did know that I wanted to write. Writing is somewhat therapeutic.

1. Content

I have discovered that content is so important. I also discovered the page-views and interactions with other bloggers may not just occur over night. It may take time. If you have great content, others will want to read it and find out more. Did you know that there is such a thing as Evergreen Blogging? I talk about this in the article 4 Tips for Evergreen blogging.


2. Media Sharing

I did not understand the importance of Media Sharing in the beginning. Blogging relationships develop from media sharing, because you do not know everything that there is to know. There is a reliance on each other in sharing, giving, and receiving. You will decide which medias that you want to share your blog with. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, all 3, or even more is ultimately your decision. There are numerous media sites available to you such as utube, Instagram,Google Plus, Reddit, and many more. Where you share may depend also on what your Niche is. What is your expertise in blogging? I have several media sights that I like. My most favorites is Google Plus and Pinterest. In the article Are You a Pinterest Mom Blogger?, there is discussion about how mom's are utilizing Pinterest. Also, I can say that I get most of my traffic from Pinterest.

3. Linky Parties

I am so glad that Linky Parties started. A Linky Party is a new creative way to link up your blog with other websites. There may be one host at the sight or as many as 12 or more hosts. Linky sites are available 7 days a week. Instead of you attempting to fit into their schedule, you can fit them into your schedule. You just need to find the right one for you and your niche. I have seen video linky Parties and Linky Parties that you will just add your blog to the link.

You may even decide to host a Linky Party on your site. I love that you do not need to dress up for these linky parties that is other than utube linky parties. Because utube is live, you will want to be discreet in your dressing. You may come as your are to most linky parties and they are available 24 hours a day. How good is that? In the article Why I Like 4 Particular Linky Parties, these are excellent linky parties that stand out. I have been featured at several of them and I am very thankful for that. When you get the most clicks on one of your posted articles, you may get featured at their linky party. That is a great concept and I like it, I really really like it.

There are also even more tips in the article What You Should Know About Linky Parties and the various different types of linky parties. I believe I am partial to the Pin-it Linky parties, where you basically pin your posts to Pinterest. I recall the first time another blogger recommended Pinterest to me. I tried it and told her I did not have a clue as to what I was doing. She encouraged me to continue Pinning about the things I liked and/or was interested in. I did and I am so glad that I did. Most importantly, I am having fun while I do this. I have not arrived and I am constantly growing. I am so thankful for this.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

How to Ask Open-Ended Questions to your Children

How good are your communication skills?  You always want to keep the line of communication open with your children, but sometimes as children start reaching adolescent and teenage years, it may become somewhat more difficult. Have you asked yourself if you are asking the right questions?

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Communication is an art form. There is a reason for open-ended questions.   This communication is to gain a better understanding and comprehension. Have you ever talked to your children and observed after asking a question the answer was just “yes” or “no.” Possibly you wanted to hear more than that. Maybe if you ask the right questions, you will hear more.

1. “Tell Me About”

This open-ended question can open up an entire field of communication. They love the empowerment of knowing something that you might not know. They may be more than willing to tell you their perspective. This is not only a good question for your children, but for adults as well. Example, you might ask your child, “”Tell me about the class that you said you really liked.”


2. Feelings

When a child tells you something good or bad, you might ask, “How does that make you feel?” I like that question because there are times children may not be aware of their feelings at the time. It does not hurt to discuss whether they are feeling angry, anxious, sad, or good.

3. Different

Another good question is, “What would you have done differently?” That is a question that I even sometimes ask myself. This question starts your child to thinking. We all know there may be several options or alternatives to problems. Sometimes it is great to just explore those alternatives.

4. Favorite

“What is your favorite class?” This question will start your children to thinking what subject they like or dislike most of all. In fact many of these open-end questions are good for adults as well.

What open-ended questions do you ask your children?

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