Friday, October 31, 2014

How To add Google Friend Connect to Your Google Blog


Rumors swirled last year about Google discontinuing this feature yet I still have mine. I have been curious because I find it the easiest way to connect with other blogs. I like to click on the blogs that supported me by following my blog and I find it a great way to discover new blogs on my friend's sites. I think it may have been discontinued for non Google platforms. I have a new blog friend who did not know about this feature so I went digging. Google wants us to use Google+ so adding that to your site was easy to find and my friend added that. Sorry darling - not quite the same thing. Google+ is fun however if I just want to see your blog posts they may get lost amidst everything else you may share. The Google Friend Connect feature was a little hard to find but it is still easy to add - and they simplified the title to Followers on the Gadget List.
  First thing you do is go to your blog and click Layout




Click on Add a Gadget




Next click on More Gadgets

                                                                                                                       

 

Scroll to the bottom and Voila' - Click Followers


A reader is great for the most current posts however it is not great as a reference point to return to a post you want to revisit or if you want to go to a specific blog.  It is pretty easy when you find where to look. I just posted this because I wanted to help my new friend and anyone else that needed this information. All opinions are my own and this post is not sponsored.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Heart On My Sleeve" - Edgy Album by Mary Lambert

MARY LAMBERT IS AN ORIGINAL






Starts out with a fun romp that has been getting lots of air play named "Secrets" . When I heard the song I agreed to do this blog post. Sets the tone that artist Mary Lambert will not be holding back! "Secrets" was released August 5, 2014 and the album "Heart on My Sleeve" is released October 14, 2014. You can grab it on :  AMAZON and iTunes by clicking :D

~~UPDATE~~ If you click through to You Tube you will find this fun little tidbit "Official music video for Mary Lambert “Secrets,” available now: http://smarturl.it/GetSecrets

Share and receive a #MarySecrets postcard by secretly telling the world your secret at http://smarturl.it/MarySecrets   ~~
 :D

There are lots of surprises up Mary Lambert's sleeve and I find her bold and refreshing. One track "When You Sleep" is kind of disturbing so I keep listening. Its very pretty lyrically yet creeps me out in a good way.

My favorite is "Sum Of Our Parts" - just resonates with me -  love the phoenix analogy. "We are more than our scars" is my fave line.

I am trying to intrigue you without spilling all the "Secrets" - there are catchy parts and dark parts. Here is the cover to look for when you go shopping ~





 Lots of info on Mary Lambert's fabulous blog ~
I'M GOING ON TOUR. HOT DOGS FOR EVERYONE
Stuff like tour dates and links to her social media. You can even sign up.

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Silk and Cookies ~ with Silk Almond Coconut Blend



Silk and Cookies
I'll be ready with Silk and cookies so I do not eat all the candy between trick or treaters.

Discovering new beverages is a favorite pastime of mine  so when bzzagent.com invited me to try out Silk Almond Coconut Blend I was delighted. It fits right in with my new health program . I should say continuous health program - I am always looking for new ways to enjoy some of my favorite things - just in a healthier way. I tried coconut milk from my local farmer's market as I kept hearing about all the wonderful things it does. It was missing the taste good thing. So this is a great way to baby step my way into the coconut health trend without missing a beat.





I was going to write about all the fabulous properties of Silk Almond Coconut Blend then I had a brainstorm - I'll just show you the product info. Note that the Silk Almond Coconut Milk I chose only has 50 calories per serving (1 cup) and there is an unsweetened version with just 35 calories too.

Another fun way to enjoy Silk is in oatmeal - I like oatmeal better with Silk than milk :D I think I would like to make a fancy coffee drink with it - have a good recipe?

Course I could try some of the recipes at Silk.com but if you have a tried and true fancy coffee recipe I would love to try it :D

Thanks BzzAgent.com for the coupons #GotItFree #LoveMySilk

                                       I AM A BZZAGENT







Friday, October 3, 2014

Putting it Out - I am Going to Quit Smoking

Other people can do it - why not me ? Intellectually I know smoking is bad ...bad...bad. Yet here I am puffing while I am writing this . I decided a good tool for me would be to blog about it and put it out in the world which ironically is a double entendre and a good motto for my quest. I need to gather my tools and thought I would ask the web for ideas. What worked...what did not ... why ideas worked and why they did not.

Not very attractive 



 I took a big step yesterday and spoke with a coach supplied by my husband's insurance company and learned a lot. I check back in two weeks. I also made a goal to reduce my daily count of cigarettes from 22 to 15. Leap of faith - I do not know for sure how many I smoke a day so the first thing I need to do is establish an accurate way to keep count. I would definitely love a proven method someone has successfully used to do this!
 I also started my denial and poohed a great idea that makes sense to me logically which is to switch brands.

I guess I am asking for help - I am all over the place. Just starting is good however a plan is better. I want to do this as inexpensively as possible too.

Thanks for any and all advice!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thanks Freeman Beauty and Influenster!

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Woohoo! I am so excited that my work for a Freeman Beauty Campaign from Influenster is paying off that I wanted to share!


There are so many products from Freeman Beauty that I have been wanting to try so this is fabulous! Expect a few more #FreemanBeauty product reviews on my little blog :D

Would you like to join #influenster? Just leave me a comment and I will be happy to supply the details!

I originally received products to review from Influenster and Freeman Beauty ~ all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bulletproof Picasso by Train ~ "Happy Birthday Baby" to Me ~

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 Bulletproof Picasso by Train bounces around from upbeat catchy tunes to ballads. It seems like the group was going through a reflective time . I tried to delve into the meaning of the album as a whole since I received it complimentary from Sony Music and One2One network to review . First time I have really explored an album this way. Usually I just hear a song and if I can not get it out of my head I go check out the band .

The more I listen perhaps it is just me being reflective. I love music that can make you feel things and reminds you of memories. The music is not all nostalgic ~ there is a feeling of hope and even some humor . A line in "Son of a Prison Guard" which is a melancholic song made me burst out laughing. Hmm should I share ...okay I will - "My mother bless her heart just set the bar too high to start". I am going to have to figure out which band member is from the South.

 I also love music you can sing to and dance to - there is a song called "The Bridge" that makes my left hand fly into the air and my fingers start snapping and I am really tempted to get up and start shaking what Mama gave me however it is really hard to write a blog while dancing.

The song I really keep going back to is the last track. "You can drown in the waters beyond your years" is a line from the last song called "Don't Grow Up so Fast" ~ I just love that line!

FYI -  On September 5, 2014 at 5 pm you can catch Train live on the QVC channel ! I wonder if I can set my DVR for that so I can tape it too.

Now that your curiosity is piqued I'll share how to pre-order Bulletproof Picasso:

          AMAZON                                                                      iTunes

Not all of the songs I have mentioned are available yet however I do have some fun little previews:






I think I am going to try some of the baby girl's moves !

If you wondered why I titled this "Happy Birthday Baby" to Me it is because the 11th track is called "Happy Birthday Baby" and my birthday is soon so this was like an early present ~ Thanks Train and One2One Network :D

Always love comments and feedback ~ tell me if you tried the little girl's moves!



I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honey ~ Blue Diamond Almonds ~ Go Anywhere Treat





My friend Katrina called and invited me to go see an outdoor jazz concert featuring Adrian Duke Project at Thrasher Park in Norcross, GA one Friday night at 6:30 pm. Concert started at 7:30 pm. I really had to scramble to get ready and thankfully I happened to have some Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds handy so I threw them in my bag with some cupcake liners for serving. We arrived just in time for the first set and we were hungry so we dove in right away. My favorite was the Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds and Katrina preferred the Honey Roasted Chipotle ~ call us sweet & spicy. We were fueled just right for a little dancing.




The concert was a lot of fun and a nice setting for Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds because being outdoors reminded me of another passion of Blue Diamond ~ honeybees. Blue Diamond has been helping fund research since 1976 including Project Apis m. which is run by beekeepers. Great site to learn lots about honeybees - they pollinate 1/3 of the world's food supply! Did you know almonds are the only crop that relies 100 % on honeybees for pollination?



So next time you want a healthy snack think Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds - easy to grab and oh so tasty ;D

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds ~ the opinions are my own.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Upscale Your Kitchen with Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale





This is the first kitchen scale I have ever owned . I know one feature that attracts me to it is the sleek design - very modern and chic with a reflective contoured base and touch operations. Another nice touch is that it is battery operated with automatic shut off yet turns on with just a touch.

Another great feature of the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale is the tare function .

Tare is the weight of a container before adding content to it . The scale registers the weight of the container and deducts it automatically so you are given the precise weight of what you put in. Especially great if you are weighing more than one item.

I decided to see what a serving of cereal looked like. I have always been curious. 



A scale can be used for measuring your servings or creating epicurean delights that require more precise measurement. Next thing I am going to try is weighing a package for mailing. This way I know about how much I will expect to pay to ship it! 


   

Here is the link to the USPS Postage Calculator  

Best of all here is the link to purchase


"I received this product from Ozeri to review. All opinions are my own."