Friday, November 21, 2014

Is Your Math Anxiety Hampering Your Child?

Your child comes home with Math Homework, that awful Common Core Math Homework no less. He/she needs help. The method being demonstrated is different than you were taught.

How do you react?

  • Go on a rant about Common Core and how it is ruining our children?
  • Throw your hands up and say you were horrible at math and tell them to figure it out themselves or ask their teacher?
  • Just give the child the answer because you are too tired to figure out how to help them and, let's face it, no one really needs Math in real life now that we have calculators and computers?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Don't be a Photo Hoarder!

One of my biggest pet peeves right now are the picture hoarders in my life. Those people that have their camera at the ready at gatherings of family and friends, clicking away like a fiend and then let those pictures sit on their memory cards to die a slow silent death until they are deleted to make room for more...sniff sniff.

I am trying to be good and get in the picture like we moms have been reminded we need to do. See...

Plenty of people have taken pictures of my son.

And there are so many I have never gotten to see. In this day and age you don't even need to print them. With a few clicks they can be shared via e-mail, text, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Google +, Shutterfly, Flickr, Snapfish, whatever.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blogging Financial Errors

What I didn't know about Blog Financials Cost Me $100
Last week I figured out a few things that have been costing me money with That Recipe and I have no one to blame but myself.

First I discovered that I have been paying twice what I should for monthly hosting.

Mom set up the account originally with "company X" and they were bought by Yahoo. When I took over I just kept things the way they were because I didn't know any better. IGNORANCE CAN BE COSTLY!

I noticed my available memory was getting a bit low so I clicked on the "upgrade plan" just to check things out. For half the price I had been paying before I went from 4GB to 500,000GB plus a bunch of other goodies. I could blame Yahoo for not telling or for gauging me all of this time, but I should have looked into it sooner.

I also had Yahoo take over my DNS which was with another company that spams me constantly. Ok, technically it isn't SPAM, I do business with them so they put me on their newsletter that they send daily! Ugh. not anymore! The only bad thing was I lost the ability to update anything on the blog for 24 hours while the switch took place.

When I looked into adding another ad placement on the site I noticed that the one Above the Fold ad I had been running was only on my home page. PROBLEM! Most of my traffic goes directly to the blog posts and no ads were running on those. My traffic per the ad tracking site just doubled overnight.

And in more good financial news I made 2 cents on this weekend. Woohoo! if this keeps up my expensive little hobby might not cost me anything but time and ingredients before too long.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What Do You Know About the Air Temple?

8 hidden chests
8 Momo objects
5 set items
10 quests
6 areas

That's what you know about the Air Temple.

-a guest post by my 6 year old about the game Avatar: The Last Airbender

And know we are off to play a little. Have an awesome Sunday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Should you jump in the TSUnami?

This is not going to be your typical Tsu is almighty and you need to sign up now post.

I have come to bury Tsu, not praise it! Okay, maybe a little of both.

This new social media has potential, but also some problems. Is it the answer to the small bloggers woes of increasing reach? Is it going to make you rich? Should you join in? Should you skip it? I can only answer for myself.

What is Tsu?
In case you haven't been invited to join the hot new Social Media club, I will explain briefly. (no "m" on the end) is a new social media platform similar to Google+, Facebook and Twitter. It is a place to share "content" and interact with others.

Tsu has added a multi-level marketing twist though. They claim they will pay you for content you share and for the content shared by the people that sign up under you. I say claim, because right now all of those pennies are still virtual. Until I see an actual check I can only go by claims.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blogging Tip: Keeping Track of Link Ups

The past few months I have been submitting my posts to various Link Ups, but as the number I contributed to grew, the harder it became for me to keep track of them.

It was a challenge to not only remember when each one went live, but to remember if I went back and looked through what other people had shared. Yeah, I am one of those bloggers that actually looks at and shares others contributions. I have found some great recipes and craft ideas this way. Hopefully if you participate in link ups you follow the rules and do the same. Call it blogging karma.

A few weeks ago I finally got organized and made a spreadsheet:

I organized it by when each one opens (or at least my best guess). The color coding helps me quickly group when I post morning or evening on each day. The sites are all hyperlinked so when I am ready to link up or share I can just click on the cell.

The three post columns are pretty self explanatory, just a reminder to me which posts I shared.

You will notice I am behind on sharing from some of the sites this week. Pretty normal for me, Tuesdays are usually crazy busy plus I like to wait a day or two to give more bloggers a chance to link up.

I haven't made use of the results section yet, but every month I plan to go through my blogging stats and see how many referrals were generated from those sites. If I see one isn't generating many referrals then I can decide if it is worth my time to participate.

In the notes section I add things such as if the link up also contains a social media link up or if one of my posts is featured and things of that nature.

So far this has been helping me stay on top of things.

How about you? How do you keep track of your link parties? Do you have a link party you'd like to share? Post it in the comments.

Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Little Things I Want to Thank a Veteran for.

To our men and women in uniform, God Bless you... and thank you.Thank you Veterans and Active Duty Military for the day off tomorrow.

Did the title sound trite, irreverent and even condescending? I meant it to. And I didn't. Let me explain.

A few weeks ago a former co-worker, whom I worked with in between his stints of active duty in the US Army Reserves, posted a link to an article with a simple "Read It." The title of that article was Stop Thanking Veterans for Their Service

It is a great article and you should read it, but in case you are too lazy to click over I will summarize. The author, Ky Hunter, feels that the "Thank you for your service" comment has become meaningless to many people. Basically, just something you are supposed to say to any active military personnel or veteran, especially around Veterans Day.