Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit – Blogging Opportunity

Okay, I’ve got a quick announcement for my blogging friends. I ran across this opportunity to review an Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit! I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but I am all about essential oils. I tend to drop them down in the bottom of the tub, but this looks like a much better way to enjoy them in my shower!

Anyway, Essio is looking for the first one hundred bloggers to fill out their form. I don’t know how long this has been going, so if you’re interested, go fill out the form! Don’t wait!

I could so use this kit right now. Let’s hope I get on this review.

Biannual Blogathon Wrapup

Biannual Blogathon Bash

As the Biannual Blogathon Bash comes to an end, I’m once again thrilled to have gotten various tasks done, met some new people, and all around had fun! And of course winning a prize during one of the Twitter parties was awesome, too. I’m hoping to win another one for the overall bash. But even if I don’t, I’ve gained a lot.

Check out some of what I accomplished this weekend:

Mini Challenges Completed:
7 Tips to Present a User Friendly Blog
Learn How to Configure Your Twitter Handle
Seven Key Things Your Blog Should Have – A Blogathon Challenge
My Must-Do Weekly Blog Tasks
Creating a Favicon
Improving Page Rank
15 Clever Ways to Get New Blog Traffic
StumbleUpon 101: A Beginner’s Intro

Even if you don’t ever join the bash, you should browse through the mini challenges from both this year and years past for some great blogging related tutorials and tasks. If you want to join in the fun, the next Biannual Blogathon Bash is January 23-26, 2015.

Biannual Blogathon Bash

Biannual Blogathon Bash

It’s time for the Biannual Blogathon Bash! It starts tomorrow, and goes through the weekend. You’ll find Mini Challenges, a Blogathon Photo Challenge, Twitter Parties, and let’s not forget the prizes. It’s a great way to get some blog related tasks marked off of your to do list.

Friday: June 2014 Blogathon Update: Day One

Spam Control Revisited

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A while ago, I wrote a post called Two Must Have Anti-Spam WordPress Plugins. As with much of technology, things have changed, and these two plugins weren’t cutting it anymore. Akismet still caught a ton of spam, but it also caught several good comments. I’d have to wade through a lot of spam to find them, too. Not my idea of fun. Plus, it took time from more important things. Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam simply quit working.

So I went on the hunt again. I wanted a solution that took the work away from me, and put it squarely on the plugins. I also wanted to make commenting as easy for my readers as possible.

Enter Anti-Spam and Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin.

Anti-Spam

With Anti-Spam, the reader doesn’t have to deal with captcha, and the blogger doesn’t have a huge spam queue to moderate. You install the plugin and forget about it. Simple.

Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

The Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin adds an extra layer of security for me by adding a checkbox for the reader to check proving they aren’t a spammer. Spam bots can’t see it, so their comments never come through. By the way, you won’t see the checkbox if you are logged in.

With these two plugins, I rarely have a suspicious comment to deal with, and I don’t have to worry about losing good comments to a long spam queue because there isn’t one.

One thing to note, I recently did an overhaul on my site to make it load quickly, and these two plugins are lightweight. They don’t weigh down your load speed at all. So if spam is a problem, give these a try.

This post is not sponsored. I’m simply sharing my experience.

31 Days of Pinterest Inspired Projects, Activities, and Ideas – A Wrap Up

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Pinterest

I went into this personal challenge with great excitement. But then, reality intruded as it often does. You see, along with beginning this AWESOME challenge, our schedule suddenly became full. October brought indoor sports, Chess Club, coop, a heavier homeschool schedule, and other homeschool group activities.

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On top of this, we had our kitchen sink become unusable for a few days, and yucky colds hit. Life suddenly became stressful. Something had to go. This challenge was the obvious thing to drop.

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Am I disappointed? Not really. It’s important for us to know when we need to simplify, and when our priorities need to shift. What I did gain was some fun memories such as the egg faces which the kids loved. I also got some cute projects done.

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I’ll definitely be doing more Pinterest inspired posts here and there. In fact, I actually did another project, but haven’t had time to write the post for it. I made an adorable fall wreath, and I’ll share that soon. Plus, the other post I had planned based on a pretty shade of hair color. I did get my hair done, but have yet to stop and take a nice photo. Again, I’ll get to it soon.

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And let’s not forget the yummy Pinterest inspired soup recipe I tried during this challenge, too. All in all, I enjoyed the challenge, and if I decide to do it next October, I’ll start working on the series in June. Maybe July.

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