Saturday, January 30, 2010

Riley Gets Her Hair Cut!

Riley is our oldest daughter. She is 3 1/2. Is there a written rule of when you are suppose to cut your child's hair? I'm pretty sure I didn't see that in the manual!

When her hair is wet, it reaches her tailbone. It was getting pretty hard to manage, so we decided to go for it, and get it cut (against her Auntie and Grammie's insistent pleas of NO, DON'T YOU EVER CUT HER HAIR!

Well, I'm sorry loved ones.  I had to do it.  It was time.

We had been prepping Riley for awhile.  You never know how a toddler will be, day to day.  If you have raised a toddler, or are in the process, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

I made the appointment at our local Supercuts.  I told Riley she could sit up high in a very special princess chair.  Today, she decided that she was Snow White.  Snow White was oh so very brave!  What a trooper!

Although, she was a little apprehensive at first.  How much do you want cut off her hair, the nice lady asked.  Well, she is 3 1/2, so how about 3 1/2 inches?  Sounded about right.


 Brushing those gorgeous locks!

She thought it was pretty cool that she could watch in the mirror. 
Look of shock?  Hmmm, I don't know.
 She loved her animal cover-up!

SEE!  I told you it was SUPER LONG!


To get her to look down, they asked her to use her chin, to hold the comb!
It worked!



Look at those locks on the floor!  I already felt like a crazy Mommy, snapping all those pictures.  I thought I would really look out of my mind, if I asked for some of her hair!

BUT, I was so thrilled when I saw the hairdresser grab  
a curly piece of heaven
and tapeit to a certificate!  

Talk about, making my day!


I then took her to Tim Horton's to celebrate.  She, of course, picked the prettiest doughnut, for a pretty-princess-girl!  

Pink Sprinkles, or (Pink Sparkles), as she called them.

I EVEN splurged and got her chocolate milk!


Mommy got coffee.  Now, it's NO Dunkin Doughnuts. . . 

but I AM partial to the name :-)

What a special Mommy-Daughter Date!  
She was thrilled! 
And so was I!



Friday, January 29, 2010

Snag Some FREE Blog Flair!

Hello Friends!  These blog flair have been on my mind for a long time!  I'm so happy to offer you some.  Each time you leave a comment, you get your name in the "running" to win a personalized blog flair, for YOUR BLOG!  You can send me photos that you would like on it as well.  I will draw a new name each month!

Here are the rules:

1) If you take a blog button (PLEASE DON'T ALTER THE CODE)
2) Leave a comment telling me which one(s) you took.
3) Leave a comment telling me you either blogged/twittered/facebooked about it. (Each one worth a separate comment) 
4) Go visit my Graphics blog and follow me.
5) Go visit my Health blog and follow me.
6) Follow Ordinary Inspirations (if you haven't yet).

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How Can You Clean Up Your Blog and Gain Followers?

These suggestions are primarily directed towards Blogger users.  If you use Word Press, or another source, please keep reading.  You may just have to tweak some things to make it fit your blog site of preference.

Also, please keep in mind, these are merely suggestions.  Take them or leave them. I won't be offended!  I think all of your blogs are FAB-U-LOUS already!  Just like YOU!

1) Condense Your Button Flair Put all of your favorite blog buttons into one post. Did you know that you can backdate your blog posts? Just above the PUBLISH POST button, there is a nifty thing called Post Options. Click on it. On the right hand side, there is a post date and time (click scheduled and select your date of choice). So easy!

2) Know Your Audience Don't just brag about your kids, your house, your this and that all the time. (Unless your blog is just for keeping people updated on your kids and family.  In that case, brag all you want)  Give your readers something to chew on.  Give out practical information and advice that will help them.  Know your audience.  A good way to get to know your audience, is to do random "polls".  There is a gadget for that in your layout.  (Click on Layout, Add Gadget, then click on Poll).  You might like to ask questions like "what topics would you like to see more of", or "age range of readers" "readers that have young kids, teenagers, or grown kids".  Be creative.

3) Choose Wisely Don't add things to your sidebar that you don't need.  Only put what is necessary and nice to look at.

4) Avoid The Desperate Blogger Tactic Don't seem desperate, aka: don't practically sell your first born child in order to gain followers. That seems a little over the top, but you get the idea.

BUT, do place your "follow" google friend finder at the top of your blog where people can easily see it when they arrive.  I highly suggest having this gadget in your sidebar.  When I'm surfing blogs, and they don't have this feature (unless it is a blog that really catches my attention) I will have no way to get back to it.  Don't let your blog get lost in cyberspace.  You can add this under gadgets.  While you're there, see what other gadgets you might like to add.  Just don't go crazy!  You can rearrange any gadget by dragging and dropping it into place. Then just remember to SAVE!

5) Get Rid of Word Verification!  It is SUCH A HASSLE to have to type that little spam message every time you leave a comment on a blog. But I don't suggest just eliminating that without adding the option to approve a comment.  (I did that and got tons of unwanted advertisements and sex ads). Not fun!

Instead, just be in charge of approving or deleting comments as they come in. This can be done right from your email! To change this, go to settings, then comments (select show, anyone, embedded below post).  Under comment moderation, click always and enter your email address.  Under show word verification, click no.  Also, put your email in next to comment notification.  Save you new settings!

I have noticed not all comments will come to my email (for whatever reason).  You can also confirm comments by going to your dashboard.  They will show that you have "x" amount of comments to verify.  Then you simply decide to publish or delete the comment.  So easy and so much fun!

6)  Track Stats and Take Inventory If you run ads on your blog, track your stats and remove unproductive/unprofitable ads.

7)  Don't Just Fill Space Avoid trying to "fill space" on your blog.  Sometimes, the cleaner the better.  Readers can get overwhelmed if there is too much in your sidebar.  You might consider changing to a neutral/white background with a darker text.  It has been shown that this formatting is easier to read.

8)  Convert To A 3 Column Layout Spread things out by adding 3 columns to your blog.  The Cutest Blog on the Block gives html instruction on how to do this (click here).  If you are html challenged, I can do it for you for really cheap over at my graphics design blog site.

9)  Get Those Codes Off Your Front Page! Do you have some blog code boxes for readers to grab in your sidebar?  Why not create a link to a post with all the blog codes in one place?  Blog codes in your sidebar can be an eye sore!

10)  Create A Horizontal Toolbar Create a horizontal toolbar under your header with important links such as Home, Contact Me, Subscribe, About The Author, etc.  Email me if you want the html code for this.  Otherwise, I can create a simple one for you.

11) Get To Know Your Account Page There is some great information right at your fingertips!  Go to My Account, (next to Dashboard) in the upper right corner.  Do your own research.  Check out some features like Adsense, Feedburner, Reader, Blog Settings, etc.  You might like to edit your profile or even change your picture!

12) Spruce Up Your Look:

Click here to find out how to:
  • create a signature
  • add link within
  • slash through feature
  • center blog buttons in your sidebar 

 Click here to find out how to:
  •  Change your font (for your date, post title and sidebar titles)
  • Create a button
  • Make a code for your button
  • Add a post divider 
13) Sites I Find Helpful For Blogging Backgrounds/Banners/Editing/Etc:

 I hope you found this information helpful.  If you did, please leave a comment below. 


Monday, January 25, 2010

Coffee Drinkers Beware!

Okay, we are going to keep it real, ladies! 

Do you drink coffee?  Do you dream about it, look forward to it; is it your, he hum, drug of choice?  

Just a warning. . . 

Are you ready?

It's not what you may think. . . 

I know you are nervous. . . I can see it your eyes (okay, well I can imagine seeing it in your eyes)!

You may be thinking I'm going to tell you some horrible new revelation about coffee, that will force you to put down your   cup of love,    for good!

No, I'm not that cruel!

Then, what?

Have you ever spilled coffee on a table, towel, or some papers on your desk?  It leaves a horrible stain, but worse, that horrible smell!

Ladies, that is what our breath smells like!  Ahhhhhh.  So brush brush brush!  Eat those mints and pop that gum.  Your friends and family will thank you for it!

Some questions for you:

1) How do you beat coffee breath?

2) Have you noticed that people move back when you talk to them (that might be a clue)!  haha

3) What is your favorite coffee and how do you prepare it? 

If I was stranded on an island, and could only have one brand of coffee. . . it would be. . .  

Dunkin Donuts!

(No, I am not getting paid to talk about DD.  I just love it THAT much!)

I love french vanilla creamer

in my coffee!  I'm not picky either.  I will drink the powder or the liquid.  International Delight, or Coffee Mate.

But, I'm learning, to "deal" with half and half.  It's not SO bad.  But I do love my FV creamer!  I'm just trying to stay away from the sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Time to hear from YOU!  Also, if you haven't voted, see my right side bar and place your vote regarding my new blog look.  I'd love to know your opinion. 



Go visit my friend Sarah Mae!

Here is a sneak peak (aka: some of my favorites) at what you could win:

 Happy winning to YOU! Although, I secretly hope that I WIN! tehee!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Duggar House Guidelines Look Good To Me!

1. Always use soft words, even when you don’t feel well.
2. Always display kind actions and joyful attitudes, even if you have been mistreated. Have the right response by quickly forgiving others in your heart even before they ask.
3. Always be enthusiastic and look for opportunities to praise others' character.
4. Always deflect praise and be grateful to God and others for the ways they have benefited your life.
5. Always use manners and be respectful of others and their belongings.
6. Always do what is right, even when others may not, or when no one is looking.
7. Thank God for how He made you, for what He has given you and everything He allows you to go through. (Romans 8:28)
8. Don’t mock or put others down. Develop compassion and pray for others.
9. Never argue, complain, or blame. Quickly admit when you have done wrong and ask for forgiveness (even if you were only 10% at fault). Don't wait till you’re caught. Be sure your sins will find you out. He who covers his sin will not prosper, but he that confesses and forsakes it shall find mercy.
10. Have a tough accountability/prayer partner to daily share your heart with and to keep you in line (your parents, spouse). The power of sin is in secrecy.
11. Be attentive and look for ways to serve others with sincere motives and no thought of self-gain.
12. Think pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8, Romans 13:14).
13. Always give a good report of others. Don't gossip! Never tale-bear unless physical harm will come to someone. (Use Matthew 18.)
14. Never raise a hand to hit.
15. Never raise a foot to kick.
16. Never raise an object to throw.
17. Never raise a voice to yell.
18. Never raise an eye to scowl.
19. Use one toy/activity at a time. Share!
20. Do your best to keep your surroundings neat, clean and organized.
21. Never let the sun go down on your wrath. (Don’t go to bed angry or guilty)
22. Amendment J.O.Y. -Put Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.

What do you think about these guidelines?  I think they are very biblical and I want to implement them in our home!

I love watching this show.  These parents/kids inspire me!  I always walk away feeling encouraged and uplifted, never condemned.

Do you watch the show?  Apparently, Michelle Dugger gives birth to their 19th child 15 weeks early!  See below:

Duggar baby 19 update: Duggar family remains healthy (video)

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The birth and more details is suppose to air January 31st on TLC.

Check out their website here: 18 Kids & Counting