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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

What Is All the Hype About Linky Parties?

Did you know that linky parties have become quite popular? This is a way to get more exposure to your blog or your website whether they are videos, podcasts or written articles regarding your passions.

What is a Linky Party?

In my article WhatYou Should Know About Linky Parties,  I explain what a linky party is and some of the pros and cons of a linky party. You will need to decide what parties and how many parties are best for you.

1. Missing Parties

Although you may not want to miss a linky party, sometimes that does happen. There is no need to fret, because you can then post in the following week's linky party. Now the down side of this is that some parties only allow 1 post per week, but still no need to fret because there are many parties that will allow as many posts as you wish to post.

2. Traffic

You will need to observe how much traffic you are getting from the linky parties. Some parties will provide you much more traffic than others. Ultimately, you may favor that linky party over another. A few new sites that I have discovered and really like are listed below:

 Although this site has several linky parties, I found that I like this one the best. There are generally an average of 200 -300 posts here. I like that are so many posts to choose from and I always find posts here that are of interest to me. This site also has contests and ongoing giveaways.

This is a relatively new linky party that has posted about 30 linky parties. The linkup is on Friday and lasts for about 4 days. This is another good thing about linky parties; Some last only 2 days while others may last up to 6 or 7 days. So if you miss one day posting you still have several other days left. I recall before this linky party was started, Jed had talked to me explaining he wanted to start a linky party. I told him to go for it. It sounded like a really good idea. Now this linky party is what I call “fresh.” It is quite transparent showing his wife and children on the front page. How awesome. I have seen the growth in this blog and it is not done yet.

This is a linky party that I just started recently. I really like it. These parenting and homeschooling mom's really have it going on. You can post up to 3 posts and must visit 2 as part of the requirements. You will also find many parenting tips here too. What do you like most about linky parties?

5. Pros and Cons

Although Linky Parties may increase your traffic, you may find some sites appear a little junky. For someone that is really detailed and organized that may be a hindrance. Most linky parties require you to follow the hosts. If there are only 2 or 3 hosts that is okay, but if there are 20 hosts, you may or may not want to follow all 20. You will need to consider will following all 20 give you the exposure you need or will you be just adding more to their statistics. You will need to find what is best for you and your niche. It is important that you not only post at the linky party, but to visit and comment on other blogs that are at the linky party.

A few blog party directories are listed below:

Would you care to share some of your favorite linky party sites? I would love to hear from you.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's New at Pinterest?

Are you on Pinterest? What is holding you back? Pinterest is a visual pinboard. Are you a visual person? Do you find that you are a visual learner? Pinterest may be the pinboard that you will like and enjoy pinning to.

Visual Bookmarking

Why not take advantage of all the benefits of pinning on a visual pinboard at Pinterest.

Did you know that over 100 million people around the world have already saved 75 billion ideas on Pinterest. In addition, they have search guides that help you figure where to take your next search. For those of you that blog, you can even get great blog ideas from Pinterest.

If you do not have a Pinterest save button, now is the time to get one. People from all over the country are saving Pins using the Pinterest button. It is so easy to add the pin button to your toolbar. Also, many of the sites that you may visit have a Pin button on their site or on their blogs, which makes it so easy to pin right then and there.

Once you have joined Pinterest, just click on the + button down in the right hand corner of the page to get your Pinterest browser button, which will sit in your toolbar on your page. Just click on it when you see and image or article that you want to pin. This pin is great for readers that want to pin articles and read them at a later time.

3. How To's

I love that there are visual pictures as well as videos that will walk you through how to make things. If there is a new hobby that you want to explore, but you are not quite sure about, you can watch a video to see the steps that are involved.

Once you get the Pinterest Tab for Chrome which is FREE, you will see new inspiring full-color Pins in the the tab. Now do not worry this does not affect your present search engine that you may be using such as Google. I would love to hear from you. What are you doing on Pinterest?

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Friday, August 5, 2016

New Levels. . . New Devils. . . Challenges Teens are Faced With Today

I heard someone say “new levels, new devils.” I thought about it. Kids today are faced with more complex problems. Problems are always going to exist, but the devil tries to be more craftier in deception. These are only a few of the teenage issues that teens encounter today.


1. Sex

Let's face it sex has existed since creation. As I watched National Geographic, they talked about how the nation handled explaining sex to our children over the past decade. They showed how sex was hardly discussed and TV shows even showed parents sleeping in twin beds as oppose to a full bed. They showed how sex was popular in the back seat of teenager's cars. In this new age children are having sex in school. They are finding new ways. There has been discussion of abstinence. Today there is teaching of how to use condoms, birth control, and sex with different partners. Even with all of this they emphasized that the United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancies than any other country. Children are curious. It is important that sex is discussed between parent and child when the parent feels it is an appropriate age. I recall one parent mentioning to me she sat her daughter down and wanted to have a discussion about sex. She said her daughter asked, “Okay mom what do you want to know about it?” Too often I hear of other children telling their friends about sex.

2. Suicide

John 10:10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. No suicide is not a new issue for teens, but some of the devils techniques to deceive teens into committing suicide is.

Since the internet age bullying has taken a new form. Cyber bullying occurs often. It is not right and there are teens that cannot tolerate it, as they look to their peers. Some teens are misguided and feel that there is no other option at that time. They want relief from the pain. Jesus can give that inner peace, education, and closer parent communication as well as school involvement can help.

3. Self-Image

It is important for parents to let their teens know they are beautiful and handsome. Some teens have a poor self-image of self. I remember as a teen feeling I was too skinny. I did not like that image. Some teens may look in the mirror and only see what they call a physical flaw. They may not see the full picture that they are beautiful, but instead see that one pimple on their face that they so desperately want to hide or those ears they feel are too big.

4. School Shootings

Hundreds of years ago you never would have heard of a school shooting. Now, it has happened just too often. This is sad for those that have lost family and friends to shootings in their schools. This has caused some children to fear going to school. Schools are taking steps toward educating teachers and students what to do if they find themselves in this situation. Some schools are doing active drills, which I believe is not a bad idea.

City of Houston Releases Video Showing What to do If You're faced with Shooter

Unfortunately, guns are falling into the wrong hands and as a result innocent people are suffering for it. Some of the things that the City of Houston suggests are as follows:

1. running if a safe path is available
2. turning out lights when hiding and lock doors
3. silence ringers on cellphone

I believe silencing cellephones one ringers is very important as many Middle school and High School students carry cellphones to school in the event of an emergency.

5. Drugs

Again, drugs are not a new problem for teens, but there are newer and harsher drugs that are becoming an epidemic.

Two Fenton, Michigan teens died of apparent Heroin overdoses. The devil has gotten creative by setting up Meth labs. Unfortunately some of these labs explode during the processing of drugs and individuals are harmed.

6. Fast Money

There are teens that are attracted to fast money. The devil deceives them to think this is fast and easy. It may be fast and easy until they are caught selling drugs and thrown into jail. I had a friend that experienced that. He shared how attractive the fast money was. How often have you see some teens driving new cars, fully loaded, and their parents are poor and did not provide these luxuries for them. I recall taking my children to school in elementary school. They would point out the children at the school that were dealing drugs. Yes, some of them looked like nerds, I would have never thought. Sometimes the devils deceives teens to think the “Price is Right.” As I watched a television program, the policeman was an outstanding citizens until presented with a large some of money when asked to just do one little thing. Before he knew it, he was in a deeper situation that he thought. Prayerfully, you can keep communication open with your teen so that they can talk to you about anything. Prayerfully your teens will know that you love them unconditionally. Prayerfully your teen will receive their educational degree or obtain a skill that they can rely on in life, because we know everyone will not be a famous basketball player or football player. What other problems can you add to what I have talked about today? I would love to hear from you. Do you have any suggestions for topics you might want to hear about or discuss?

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Five Tips to Go Green

People and organizations are starting to go green. Everyone is getting into that act. Society is becoming more aware of the benefits to improve our status of living.

Going Green

There are numerous ways that you can go green. Also, note that organizations are tending to go green. You may want to pick a few of them. Going green is becoming more popular as more people become conscious and aware. A few tips are listed below:

1. Energy Star Washing Machine

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Did you know that more than 45 of United State Households Purchase Energy Star Certified Products? It is the simple choice for energy efficiency. Although I have an Amana washer, it does have an Energy Guide stating if used with an electric water heater, there is a savings of $80.00 a year. I love my washing machine.

2. Your Health

Someone might ask the question, "What is in it for me if I go green?" According to  
Ten Reason Why We Should Go Green, you can contribute to green house emissions and when you use natural cleaning products, you will have the ability to breathe better. In addition, chemical-free paints on walls safeguards your family against toxic exposure. You probably never have imagined how much your breathing can be affected by chemical usage.

3. Paperless

Have you considered going paperless? My bank, credit union, telephone company, and many other organizations are encouraging customers to go paperless in an effort to go green. Even now when you make a purchase in a retail store, they are offering to send your receipts to your email or as a text to your cellphone.

4. Lifestyle

According to Conserve-energy-future-.com, by replacing traditional bulbs with CFL's, LED's you can save energy and money. Practicing going green can become a lifestyle. I know that is right, because we switched to the (CFL) bulbs about 7 or 8 years ago and I noticed that the bulbs last longer, I cannot remember when I last changed a light bulb. So I know personally that it does make a difference.

5. Recycle

A good way to help the environment is to recycle. Since Flint has been going through the water crisis of having the water poisoned, we have used a lot of bottled water. Although there have been many that came to our aide with bottled water until the crisis has been corrected, we are still faced with the empty plastic water bottles after the water has been consumed. We are recycling the plastic bottles. There is pickup for them every week. This recycling also sets an example to generations to come, to be aware of helping the environment.  I would love to hear from you. What are you doing to go green?

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Puffy Eyes No More

Some people suffer with eye puffiness because of sinus drainage and others may just not get enough sleep. Whatever your reason there are solutions for that problem.

Puffy Under Eyes

1. Black of Green Tea Bags

Did you know that black or green tea bags are a great way to cut that puffiness in your eyes? Just soak the tea bags in hot water and allow them to cool down and apply them over your eyelids and cover with a soft cloth. According to Livestrong.com the tea bags are loaded with antioxidants and plenty of tannis. They shrink swelling and reduce the fluids around the eyes. During the warmer months you can put the cooked tea bags in the refrigerator and just use as needed.  Also, I personally know that Black Tea is excellent to drink for your health and it is 100% natural. I tried it and I just love it.

2. Sleep

According to the Mayo Clinic, your lifestyle can play an important part in reducing puffy eyes. They suggest getting enough sleep at night and sleeping with your head slightly raised, because this prevents fluids from accumulating around your eyes as you sleep. I often have seen some actors and show hosts on television with the bags under their eyes. I wonder are they getting enough sleep. I recall Dr. Oz and Oprah when they started getting bags under their eyes, it was just very noticeable, but when Oprah started Her Own Network, she mentioned the long hours that she worked.

3. Simple Spoon

According to HowStuffworks, placing 4 or 6 teaspoons in the refrigerator to keep cold, when needed take one or two out and place them curve side down on each eye. I believe the coldness of the utensil is the keep. It cannot get much easier than that.

4. Other Alternatives

Allaboutvision talks about some of the cause of puffy eyes which could be such as over consumption of salt, sinus problems, and dehydration. They suggest simple things to do for the puffy eyes such as drinking plenty of fluids, iced compress, and eating potassium-rich foods, such as bananas. Just as your body needs rest, so do your eyes. Keep your body well hydrated.  I discovered that I sometimes forget to drink water. Has this ever happened to you? I now have an app on my cellphone that reminds me to drink water. I really like that. What have you done for your puffy eyes? I would love to hear from you. 


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Congratulations You are Important. . . But are you a Nice Person?

It is nice to feel important, respected, and to be well-known. Everyone might like to feel important, but is it worth it if you have to step on others in order to do so?

More Importantly

1. Heavy Weight

Have you seen those that throw around their weight and status, just because they can? In other words, they are a big bully. Have you seen those that abuse their power just because they can? It makes you wonder did they ever consider that it was unnecessary and that possibly they could have been nice and considerate to others. Granted there may be some people that you cannot be nice to. There may be some people that may attempt to run over you when you are nice to them, but think about when you weigh whether it is more nice to be important or important to be nice.

2. Details

Have you considered it might be more important to pay attention to details? When you meet someone are you attentive to what their name is, what their likes are, what it is that they do? Do you mention their names several time during the conversation? Or is the conversation all about you and what you have, what you are doing in life? Is the communication just one sided?

3. Better Than

How many have alienated family members because they felt they were better than them? Do you know of those that feel because they have more material things, they feel their other family members are less than? Do you know of those whose parents have struggled to raise them, send them to college only to find that the "spoiled brat" does not appreciate it .

4. Humor 

Have you notice that some wealthy people will talk with humor? Have you ever noticed when some people are giving talks before an audience they may open with a joke to get the audience laughing and loosened up? Even though they may be important, they know it is important to be nice and sometimes funny as well.

5. Names

Have you ever been around someone that would throw big names around in an attempt to impress you? They probably only know of the person, but want you to think they are great friends with the person. I would say this is somewhat deceitful. Again, it is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you know anyone like this?

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