After not spending for 4 months…

So, you look at your finances and WOAH!  You’re going to buckle down the hatches!  I decided in the New Year to stop spending money on anything that doesn’t help me survive.  I’ve held true, until now… Darn it!  DO NOT SHOP IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY!

  • 5 Purses
  • 1 Ikea Sideboard
  • 2 (New) Fitbits
  • 1 Leave in Conditioner

*sigh* *Puts Credit Card down and backs away slowly.*

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The Winter Blues are Over!

I can officially state that my winter blues have been chased away!  We’ve had enough nice weather to push the blues away for another year.

I love watching the spring bulbs coming up in my flowerbeds!  I can see hundreds of green sprouts!

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Happiness to my Mom

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If you ask my Mom ‘What makes you happy’, she’ll answer YELLOW!  So here are some yellow flowers I have around my house.

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Black Sheep Lounge

Check out Black Sheep Lounge!  I ♥ their latte!  (And their menu is pretty kick @ss.)

Black Sheep Lounge

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Featured Image

Writing & Editing

Featured Images

A featured image represent the contents, mood, or theme of a post or page.  Posts and pages can have a single featured image, which many themes and tools can use to enhance the presentation of your site.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, and read below for more examples and settings.

With custom header images, you can display your own photo on your blog’s page headers. Featured images allow for even greater customization, giving you the option to display unique custom header images for specific posts and pages or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.

Open the editor of the post or page where you want to display a unique custom header image, and locate the Featured Image module on the left. Click Set Featured Image.

If you are using WP Admin and don’t see the Featured Image module on your Add New or Edit Post page, please make sure you’ve selected Featured Image in your Screen Options.

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You will see an uploading screen identical to that used when inserting an image into a blog post. Follow the on-screen prompts to choose the image from your computer and upload it or choose it from one of the images already in your Media Library.

Once the image has successfully been uploaded, you’ll see one or more images displayed as thumbnails. Click on the one you want to use as a featured image. It will then appear outlined in blue with a checkmark. If desired, you can add a caption and alt text by clicking the Edit button (optional).

Next, click the button Set Featured Image at the bottom right:

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Don’t forget to click Update on your post/page to save your changes. Your featured image is now set!

Note: Certain themes use featured images in other ways that may require a specifically sized image to work properly. Please see the documentation for your theme for those exact dimensions.

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To remove or change a featured image, simply re-open the post or page editor and click the cross X icon in the Featured Image module. If you remove a featured image, your custom header image will be displayed.

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Categories

As a blogger, you might struggle with how to organize these seemingly disparate interests on your site, as your posts accumulate in a lively stream of thought and creativity. Category pages to the rescue!

Reasons to organize

There are as many reasons to organize your posts as there are bloggers on the planet. Here are just a few scenarios:

  1. You want to be able to return to certain posts again and again simply by clicking on a menu item on your blog. For instance: you’d like to collect all your entries to the weekly photo challenge on a single page.
  2. You’ve discovered that your recipes are a big hit with your readers and draw the most traffic of all your posts. As a service, you’d like to offer your readers a way to see only your recipes without having to start another blog.
  3. You like to write about books and you want to be able to go back and see which books you read each year.
  4. You like to publish inspirational quotes and want a way to find them fast, for times when your muse is out on its unionized coffee break.

Category pages are your friend

Here’s some more information on working with custom menus.

In each of these scenarios, creating a category page allows you to display posts that share a category on the same page, whether they’re photo challenges, recipes, books-by-year, motivational quotes, or anything you wish.

Let’s use the photo challenge scenario and walk through how to create a category page. (The steps would be the same for each scenario.)

Note: it’s important that you’ve assigned the same category to each of the posts you wish to display. When we create the category page, WordPress will grab and display all the posts that share the category you choose. You might have to go back through your posts and ensure that the posts you wish to display share a category.

Prefer the classic dashboard? Here’s how to set up a category page:

  • Go to My Site(s) → WP-Admin → Appearance → Menus.
  • Select Categories → View all.
  • Check the box next to the category you’d like to add and click Add to menu, then Save menu.

To set up a category page, go to Menus and click on the plus icon. From the items on the left, click on Category, then from among your categories, click on Photo Challenges. Click on Add item:

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Click on Save, and voilà, that’s all there is to it. You can now access all your photo challenge entries from your main menu:

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For more information, check out the category pages support document.

What’s more, category pages keep on giving. Post a new photo challenge entry, recipe, book review or quote in the same category, and that post will appear on your category page, as if by magic, no further work needed on your part.

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Happiness is a Choice

IMG_0352This is where I explain.

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