Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin

bloglovinIf you use Google Reader, you have probably heard that it will be saying goodbye July 1.  Solution to follow Finding Charm...Bloglovin.  I created a Bloglovin account quite some time ago.  I really like it.  I like that I can sort by groups.  

If you have a Bloglovin account, be sure to use the app that will automatically import Google Reader subscriptions!  Simply log in to your account and follow the instructions that pop up on the screen.  If you do not get the auto prompt, go to your icon in the upper right hand of the screen, hover your mouse over it until you see this:

Click on the "Import from Google Readers" and follow the steps.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Drive Traffic from Facebook to Your Product

Graphic courtesy of 3martinilunches
I came across this article from Handmade Success a while back and I'm finally get around to reading it.  I thought it was a very honest and accurate depiction of Facebook and the importance of content is King.  I encourage anyone who uses Facebook to reach friends, family, and customers to promote products to read Drive Quality Traffic from Facebook to Your Etsy Shop.  The rules apply across any market/product. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pinterest Meal: Light Summer Fare

I was recently talking to a co-worker about how I cook differently in the summer than I do in the winter.  The main difference is that I don't use the oven.  If it takes an oven, that means it's heavy comfort food (ie lasagna) and not something I'd want to be eating on a hot summer day.  She looked at me like I was from another planet.  I grew up that way.  We ate certain things depending on the time of year.  Now that the AC is on, I won't use the oven to cook meals.  Summer meals consistent of cold salads, tacos, and stovetop meals that are general lighter fare.  Desserts are of the chilled kind or just plain ol' ice cream.   Was my family the only family that changed their meal habits due to the weather?  Growing up in the Midwest, our summers are excruciatingly humid, so we're hot all the time and the AC doesn't detect humidity, so who wants to be turning on a hot oven to eat lasagna when it's 100 out with a heat index close to 120?  I know I don't.  Plus, it does heat up your house causing the AC to work even harder.  

I do know others who grew up around me who do cook that way, but was wondering what others do in other parts of the country.  Do you cook differently for summer vs. winter? 

Here are some new summer recipes I want to try this year from my Pinterest boards:

Watermelon Lemonade Margarita

Chicken Almond Salad
Seven Layer Ice Cream Pie

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