пятница, 30 июня 2017 г.

The Cat’s Guide to Thanksgiving

The Cat’s Guide to Thanksgiving
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The Cat’s Guide to Thanksgiving

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I Could Pee on This, Too: And More Poems by More Cats is available at these great retailers:


Original article and pictures take https://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/the-cats-guide-to-thanksgiving/ site


четверг, 29 июня 2017 г.

The business end of blogging - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

The business end of blogging - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
The business end of blogging - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

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(Almost) every morning I write. I credit my need to write to my mother who made me keep a journal. Every night I had to sit with my bound book for 15 minutes. Roughly 87% of my entries were about how much I loathed keeping a journal. The rest were poems written to my cat. For a brief period of time I wrote about Nate Archibald, the Celtics point guard with the nickname Tiny who made his way cheerfully through the courts with the giants. He was my guy. Although he probably enjoyed his paycheck he ran around the court like a kid (and not just because of his stature) he was there for the pleasure of the game, not the business end of basketball.


Last September I started a big project. Called Slut: Spit AND Swallow it was the story of my adolescence juxtaposed with my current life. It was about sex for sure, but also mental illness and the work that it took to feel that I was not simply some giant hole to be plugged. Forgive the imagery but those of you who know the emptiness of depression will know exactly what I mean. As time went on the simple weave of past and present became a snarl. I knew the narrator of my past would be acerbic and pretty unsympathetic but I had hope that my current voice would be more appealing. Sadly this was not so.


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I have blogged for five years. It started just like journal entries. The posts were like this one, completely stream of consciousness. If I go back and read them I can always find a line or two I love but they were really a brain dump rather than a discrete piece of

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writing. When I started writing for other websites I tightened things up a bit. It took a little more time and thought and I devoted less of my word count to my bigger project and more to my individual posts.


At around the time that I virtually shelved Slut I had a blog post go viral. It was never my favorite post, but at least the headline worked because I had 250,000 views in 5 weeks. Feeling that blogging wasn’t “enough” I looked back through my traffic over the past two years and realized that my parenting posts were garnering more attention than my posts about sex. So I began gathering my thoughts and sketching out an idea for a large scale parenting piece.


But something got in the way…the business of blogging.


I work for 4 hours a day. Often I only write 4 days a week. Recently I have started tracking my time. The results are uninspired. I spend 2 full hours on social media promoting my work and the work of a small handful of friends. I schedule pins and tweets and I flip and stumble. Flip and stumble. If those names don’t say it all I don’t know what does. There are stumble groups on google+ and twitter groups on Facebook. There are blogging groups and social share threads. There are group Pinterest boards and Pinterest tribes.To pull my weight in the share groups I have to read and comment on dozens of blogs. Outside of my small regular groups I pop in to other share threads. Thats the crummy grammar posts. There are literally thousands of sentences with the word literally. I an greeted with so many exclamation points!!!!! !


It is tiring. It also makes me feel like a sell out sharing posts that I don’t like or care about. (BSlovers this is not you, I love you.)


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There is also the time I put into optimizing my site, finding tags, creating link backs, and labeling images with whatever keyword I have chosen that rarely works for my wordy posts. The WordPress SEO plugin wants posts to be at the readability level of a fifth grader. I pretty much never get there. Not to be bragadocious but I have the biggest vocabulation. Which means that my readability needs improvement.


I try to make sense of the cents. Since last September I have earned roughly $6,416.10 on affiliate links within my blog and re-posting my articles on other sites. If I roughly calculate my hourly rate it comes to $13 an hour. Which I guess is above the minimum wage. (Although it shouldn’t be.) Now I need to back out expenses. I pay $35/month for buffer + tailwind, applications that help schedule my social media so I am not just a storm of shares about comfortable shoes. I spend around $20 a month on graphic design and $35 dollars a month on hosting the site. Let’s leave out the cost of the tea and tips at my coffee shop office. Now my hourly rate is an impressive $11.11. (Pause to make a wish.)


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I know I have never done this for the money. (Which becomes even more clear when I look at the dollars and cents). I used to think I was motivated by the conversation. I felt privileged to be able to share details about depression and sex and parenting. I loved to hear that I was striking a chord with readers, even when it was dissonant. I wanted to build traffic and gain an audience. I imagined even more spirited conversation. I am not sure about that anymore. When my lazy parenting post gathered momentum it really didn’t shift MY momentum at all. The comments were a mix of “right on” and “you suck.” Which was what I thought I wanted. As it turns out comments on posts that I wrote with SEO in mind and click bait headlines are not posts I am interested in talking about. They are pieces that came about because of the business end of blogging. As we all know, the business end is rarely better.


Chatting with a friend who has made a legitimate career of blogging we talk about the grind. She has taken three weeks away and realized that the business end of things has brought her far from herself.


She sent me the image of her profile for some social media site.( I can’t even tell which one it is that’s how many we need to deal with.) She called it “boring, lame, and promotional.” I can promise you she is none of those things in real life. Yet the business of blogging makes us robotic. She explains that she has let her online persona take top billing. She manages three sites and has managed to shelve her self in the process. She tells me she might change her profile to “doesn’t give a shit.” I know which description would make me want to click through and read more.


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I have never been one to avoid swearing in social media profiles. Or in life. Lately I have been cursing top ten lists and fear based headlines. I have been swearing at SEO and throwing the F bomb around Facebook. (Which then edits my writing more than I do.)


So I am going back to my roots. To my journal. To celebrate brain dumps. To eschew editing. To channeling Nate Archibald and focus on the joy in writing rather than the business end.


Here are things I didn’t put into this post. A click to tweet link. A prompt at the end to try to get you to comment. A focus keyword. A numbered list. Or time editing.


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/business-end-blogging/ site


среда, 28 июня 2017 г.

The Best Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Common Household Items

The Best Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Common Household Items
The Best Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Common Household Items

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Last weeks most viewed idea on our link party was this FABULOUS post from My Love 2 Create:


What a great way to freshen up your toilet, thanks for sharing that with us Mindi!

Here are 5 other tips I’ve found for cleaning common household items:


how to clean your mattress

Clean your mattress with some baking soda and lavender drops, as seen on As We Grow.


Clean your blinds with a sock!

This idea from Keep Home Simple is what my mom used to do, and it cleans the top and underside the same time!


how to clean your dryer vent

I really need to clean my dryer vent! This tutorial is a great reminder, from Pretty Handy Girl


How to clean your window tracks

, from Ask Anna


cover your Foreman Grill in foil before you use it

I had a “Why didn’t I think of this” moment- , from the Recipe Crayon Box


I think it

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is time to get off this computer and go clean something! My house is a disaster!!!


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Thanks for the feature Stephanie!


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Absolutely Anna! I hope you’re doing well!

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Wow! Thanks so much for the feature! Most viewed?! That is exciting! Thanks for all the great tips!

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Yep, you had the most views! Thanks for linking up!

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Wow! Thank you so much for the feature! If you would ever like to be featured please let me know!

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there is no link for the mattress cleaning!

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Hi Nicole,

For some reason the link we had to the As We Grow blog randomly broke- I’m not sure if they took their blog down or not, but unfortunately I can’t find their tutorial anywhere!


If anyone finds it, please let me know and I will update this post with the correct link.


Thanks!

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For some reason the link we had to the As We Grow blog randomly broke- I’m not sure if they took their blog down or not, but unfortunately I can’t find their tutorial anywhere!
If anyone finds it, please let me know and I will update this post with the correct link.
Thanks!","type":"post","parentId":5},{"date":"Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:29:33 GMT","humanLanguage":"en","author":"Mara","diffbotUri":"post|3|-136551631","html":"

The mattress cleaning tutorial and many many other great DIYs are on One Good Thing By Jillee. Her blog is amazing!

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com


Original article and pictures take http://www.somewhatsimple.com/cleaning-common-household-items/ site


вторник, 27 июня 2017 г.

The Best EVER Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

The Best EVER Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution
The Best EVER Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

Easy Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution for Machines! Secret formula that really works. Costs $1/Gallon - Gets the stains out! Amazing & Easy to make!

I have four messy kids and a big dog. My carpets are downright gross much of the time, and I have really struggled with finding the time to keep those carpets clean. I am also one of the worlds biggest cheapskates and hate having to rent one of those Rug Doctor machines for shampooing. Not to mention that fancy-smanchy $20 bottle of carpet cleaning solution too. Then of course after spending all the money you get to only have the carpet cleaner machine for 24 hours which means a whole day of non-stop-sweaty-hard work shampooing. Not fun at all.


While I can’t help you with the work or the shampoo machine I can help you save money on the carpet cleaning solution! Woo hoo! You see, I have been making this super secret recipe for homemade carpet cleaning for about 4 years now. This formula was created by my amazing sister Tiffany – who tested many different homemade recipes and came up with this one. It works like a charm and makes your house smell amazingly awesome!


Disclaimer: make sure and read your instruction booklet that comes with your carpet cleaning machine for warranty information. Some machines warranties are no longer valid if you don’t use a certain type of cleaner with the product. AND of course always test a small area of carpet for color fastness before you do the whole floor.


Homemade carpet cleaner recipe - amazing formula that works well

Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution — My secret recipe!

Here is what you will need:
2 Tablespoons Liquid Tide Laundry Detergent
1/4 cup Awesome cleaner (dollar store brand)
1 scoop Oxyclean (I used generic dollar store brand)
1 teaspoon Downy Fabric Softener (optional)
Hot Water, one gallon

Method:

Mix together in a pitcher or large bowl the tide, awesome cleaner, oxiclean and the downy (optional). Then add in hot water gently so you don’t make too many bubbles.

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Mix gently until oxyclean is dissolved. Pour in a gallon sized jug for storage. This recipe makes this a concentrated mix just like the fancy $20 rug doctor solution where you only add in like 1/4 cup of the solution to a gallon of water. So add in only a little bit of this solution

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each time you add water to your carpet cleaning machine. Or better yet just follow the instructions per your machine.

Note: always test a small spot on your carpet first, and wait 24 hours for it to dry before doing your whole carpets/rugs.


The best EVER homemade DIY Carpet Cleaner recipe. Really works well to get out the tough stains.

Now… I know what many of you are thinking.


This isn’t the most natural method.


And I know most of my recipes have been more natural, and non-toxic for the most part. But I wanted to be honest and tell you that I use this one myself because it WORKS. It gets the stains out and when I have 24 hours to shampoo I can’t afford to mess around with a carpet cleaning solution that doesn’t get the stains out.


Here is a dark stain that was in my son’s room. Now you see the spot. Then you don’t. Boom!


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I love the way this cleaner works. And if you add in that teeny bit of downy fabric softener it will leave your carpets nice and soft too.


Price breakdown:


The Rug Doctor concentrated formula runs around $19.59 for a 1/2 gallon.


For my homemade recipe I spent:

$.97 for the Tide packet (of which I used maybe 1/2 of, so $.50)

$3.97 for the Downy (of which I used $0.15 worth if that)

$1.00 for the Awesome cleaner (of which I used $0.15 if that)

$1.00 for the Oxiclean cleaner (of which I used .20 if that)

==> Grand total $1.00 for a GALLON of concentrated mix solution for carpet cleaning machines.


Yeah, that is some serious SAVINGS folks!!! Wow.


All-Natural Carpet Cleaning Solution Recipe


Okay, so what about a non-toxic and thrifty recipe? Well, I will tell you I have tried out using 1/2 part vinegar and 1/2 part water and a few drops of essential oils and it works very nicely too. Maybe not as amazingly awesome as my main first recipe, but if the toxins are a worry for you this one works well.


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Non-toxic Carpet Cleaning Solution Recipe (my second favorite carpet cleaning recipe)

1/2 part Vinegar
1/2 part Water
5-6 drops essential oils, or more as desired (optional)


Add to your carpet cleaner machine and shampoo. It will smell like vinegar pretty strongly while you shampoo them. But after it dries you will be left with a nice clean smelling house.


I have used this solution on my carpets, in the interior of my cars and even on couches. It works great and gets out the stains, which makes this mama very very happy.


Happy cleaning everyone! And happy saving money too.


Original article and pictures take http://happymoneysaver.com/homemade-carpet-cleaning-solution/ site


воскресенье, 25 июня 2017 г.

The best chicken feeder in the world.

The best chicken feeder in the world.
The best chicken feeder in the world.

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I even put a pan under their feeder to catch a lot of what they flung. Sometimes they’d eat out of that pan, but once it hit the floor of the coop they wanted nothing to do with their food. So it was a HUGE waste. I was having to go up to the feed store twice as often as I should have.


So when a reader (I can’t remember who exactly but I DO thank her) suggested I try this homemade PVC feeder I figured I’d give it a shot. A girl needs her beauty rest and it wasn’t going to happen until this food situation was figured out.


Basically I made a long tube that gets filled with feed. That runs to another small, upward facing tube. The angle and length of the feeding tube prevents the chickens from being able to partake in the food fling.


Wanna do it too? Here’s how …


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You literally just shove the pieces together. I didn’t even glue them.






I keep one feeder outside the coop during the day and one inside. At night I bring the outside feeder into the coop to prevent raccoons and other critters from getting into it. One day when I’m at Home Depot, I’ll remember to buy 2 extra caps for the outside feeder. I’ll just put a cap on the top and one on the mouth of the feeder at night and leave it outside.


The caps will keep both rain and vermin out. Unless that vermin has hands and opposable thumbs. Like a leprechaun. If a leprechaun finds my feeder I’m shit outta luck.


(update: I finally found out where the original feeder for this came from …

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Thanks to Mike’s Instructable. )


(Second Update: To stop the feed from dropping down to the bottom of the feeder use this little hack I came up with last summer. Just add a mason jar sealer in between the bottom piece and the feeding tube. For years I used a flimsy yogurt container lid because … well I have no idea why. Because I was stupid I guess, lol.)


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Just take the bottom piece of the tube off (the part that sits on the ground).

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Find an old seal from a mason jar.

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Put it on the top of tube. A standard (not wide mouth) sealer fits the top of a 3″ plastic pipe PERFECTLY.


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See?


Original article and pictures take http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/diy-no-spill-chicken-feeder/ site


суббота, 24 июня 2017 г.

SnoozePal Cat Hammock

SnoozePal Cat Hammock
SnoozePal Cat Hammock


Looking for a new way to help your cat get some much needed R&R? This value-added cardboard box might be just the ticket for your frazzled feline, especially after the stress of a move to a new home. After all, who doesn't want to laze away a summer afternoon in a hammock?



The SnoozePal combines a fleece hammock that molds to your cat with a heavy-duty cardboard box container to create a unique sheltered hideaway. This cat hammock works for cats up to 20lbs and its smooth cardboard surface

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is supposed to deter scratching. It ships flat for assembly at home for only $34.95, though anyone who has moved recently might have boxes available to turn this into a DIY project.


Original article and pictures take http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/pets/snoozepal-cat-hammock-123554 site


пятница, 23 июня 2017 г.

She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer
She is a Total Pussy- trouble with my live in love - Anna Rosenblum Palmer

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She is a total pussy: intimacy issues with my live in love.


It has been almost a year since I invited her into my house, began to care for her, paying her doctors bills, buying her dinner, cleaning up after her when she got sick. I had visions for a future of mutual contentment. I thought she would be someone to share my life with, someone to cuddle up with at the end of a hard day. Instead I have learned that she has intimacy issues. She seems incapable of meeting my needs. She thinks I don’t notice her, sitting there, looking at me through slitted eyes. But I see her, spying on me as I type. She can’t stop me. I am finally ready to face the ways that she is not the partner I need.


1. She positions herself just out of my reach, literally and figuratively.


2. She doesn’t share any of my interests. She is completely unresponsive when I tell her about my fears…things I have never spoken aloud to another sole. She sits in silent judgement.


3. She is prickly instead of soft. I see her vulnerable core, but she protects herself when I reach out to her. She never lets me close. Sometimes she actually swipes me away, leaving a mark on my hand to mirror the slice to my heart.


4. Some nights she never comes home at all. She doesn’t call or text to keep me from worrying about where or whether she will sleep. I lie awake imagining her running in fear from the predators who come out in the darkness of the night.


5. She lets me buy every single meal. Every one. Except that one time she brought home takeout and left it on the front stoop, unrefrigerated. This take out was too gross to eat and she left me to clean it up on my own.


6. Speaking of cleaning, even though she is fastidious with her own appearance she couldn’t care LESS about our shared space. She knocks things onto the floor and holds her head high as if I COULDN”T SEE WHAT SHE JUST DID. She seems to know I won’t really complain.


7. She drinks from my water glass and steals my turkey sandwich without asking. I would share anything with her, but she insists on taking advantage of my generosity.


8. Even though she ignores me during my free time, scoffing at my invites to sit on my lap and cuddle, she never leaves me alone during work time. She wines and cajoles and puts herself in front of my screen. When I finally give her the attention she wants she sits and ignores my offers to help. It’s like all of the lovers I have had in the past. Once I lose interest in them they put on a show to get me back, and once I am theirs again they turn tail and leave. I don’t seem to learn.


9. She asserts her dominance all the time. When I walk down the stairs she pushes in front of me almost tripping me. My anger passes quickly as I see her waiting, searching my face with her beautiful blue eyes. Then I reach her…and she runs away again.


10. I’m starting to believe the studies that say that her kind would actually murder me if she were just a bit bigger. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/31/cat-lion-psychological-traits/74941388/) I want to feel safe while sleeping, preferably with her by my side.


I love her and I want her to love me back. I meet all of her needs, and she ignores my meager requests. She clearly can’t love me the way I want her to.


I have come to

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realize…she is a total pussy.


Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.


Original article and pictures take http://annarosenblumpalmer.com/total-pussy-trouble-live-love/ site