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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Tip: Figure Out a Link for a Scheduled Post on Blogger

 

In the blogging world, being able to schedule posts is a god send. It allows you to have the freedom of writing whenever and wherever you want. Say you know that you’re going on a vacation in 2 weeks, you could schedule posts for that entire week. They would post while you were away on vacation and your readers will still be happily reading what you write. There won’t be a gap of no posting.

Or say that you have a fixed schedule for writing. You write on your schedule that you have 2-3 hours every couple of days dedicated to just blogging. You could write out all your posts in those couple of hours and still have free days. Genius, right?

Well, what if you have signed up with a company that need their review or giveaway URL? What do you do then? There is a way to figure out a link for a scheduled post, so no worries. You could write it AND give them the pre-determined URL so you are on track for EVERYTHING.

This is also handy if you post other bloggers giveaways. You can go ahead and schedule it even if the giveaway doesn’t start until a week from the time you posted. I tend to forget if I don’t send the link ASAP.

SO- now onto HOW to find out what your link will be.

Step 1.

Go to your blogs homepage URL. Scroll down a bit and click on a post that you recently posted.

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AS you can see the last thing I posted was a review of the Sol Republic Deck Speaker. SO if I click on it, I get the URL of that review.

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If you look closely you can see that the title of my blog post “Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth Speaker” matches the URL. http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/sol-republic-deck-bluetooth-speaker.html That tells you what you need to know.

You’ll need to look at the patterns. For instance, The Blog Post

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becomes the URL>> http://sewraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/office-organization-with-post-it-review.html

the common denominator will always be your homepage (mine http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com) plus the /year/month that the post is made. The date is always separated by slashes /.

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THEN you’ll start with the first word. See how my URL is highlighted in yellow? Followed by the year/date in red? THEN the blog post title separated by hyphens in blue?

If your post starts with “A” or “The” you will not add those in. It automatically adds the first REAL word, skips A and the every time. For instance, If I was to write a post called “The Sample Post” my URL would be http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/sample-post.html

Get my drift? It isn’t that hard if you’re willing to shoot a little guessing at times. It isn’t that hard once you get the hang of everything!

Did this help you? I’d love for you to share it.

Check all the other Blogging Tips and Tricks I’ve written!

 

Until next time,

Jessica

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SoftSoap Brand Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash #Review #Softsoap

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Dreaming of a well-deserved trip to the seaside for the end of the summer? While you plan, you can transform your shower into your very own seaside paradise with the NEW Softsoap brand Sea Kissed exfoliating body wash. The uniquely designed gentle scrub body washes combine mild exfoliation action with rich, creamy lather, and a delightful fragrance that reminds you of the deep blue waters of paradise.

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This year has flown by, September is already almost over. Bringing with it the beautiful colors of Fall and of course cooler weather right along with it. I like the Fall, but I LOVE Summer. I hate being cold and having to wear sweatshirts and hoodies all the time. I want sunshine and warm weather.

At least I can dream about a tropical vacation in my mind while I’m taking a shower. The Soft Soap Sea Kissed Body wash smells absolutely amazing with it’s Blue Lotus Flower fragrance. The floral scent isn’t over the top overwhelming or too strong. Just very light and airy, which I love. Smells like a walk beside the ocean on a path lined with blue lotus. Sea breeze and flowers, heavenly.

The soap is very creamy and rich. It has an amazing lather and doesn’t require a whole lot to do it’s job. The best thing is the tiny moisturizing exfoliation beads that are in the body wash. They gently exfoliate away any dirt and dead skin cells without drying out my skin. All the natural oils remain, with the added nourishment from the body wash. My skin feels so smooth and silky.

It leaves my skin feeling extra clean and leaves behind a nice clean scent. I am in love, I tell you. There aren’t many body washes that exfoliate without stripping the skin and making it dry. I don’t even HAVE to use a lotion or body butter when I use this, that’s how moisturizing it is. Genius AND under $5- you can’t beat that.

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-Jessica

Accepting Bloggers- 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Submissions

Bloggers 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Sign Up

Bloggers sign up Today to get listed on the "2014 Holiday Gift Guide" that will roll out full force Oct 25 thru Dec 25, 2014 . Many bloggers will be participating so its going to be huge !
Right now Sign up is Free and Limited !
** Why Should you Sign Your Blog Up?**
Most of the Business's that have listing on here are ones who hire bloggers for Reviews and PR Jobs through the year, so a great way to get noticed as a PR Blogger and get on the Reps Blogger Lists for when they have reviews and sponsor post jobs etc.
** Does My Blog have to be a Big Blog **
NO - this is the great part, any size blog , any nitch is welcome. The only restriction we have is , your blog can not have pornograph
ic material on it. If it does - Do not sign up - we are Family Friendly ! ** Where will my Link to my Blog Be Seen **
We will have a page specific listing " PR Friendly Bloggers " on the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Web Site - Visible to all on the landing page and other guide pages. Your Link will be linked to your blog or media kit page ( your choice). This Gift guide will be promoted by many bloggers, as well as the businesses on their sites and social media too during the 2 months. Also we may even feature YOUR Blog in our Special Mailings from time to time.
** Perks **
  • PR Marketers for Businesses See Your Page - These are the people who Hire Bloggers to promote Products for reviews, sponsor posts, ambassador programs, etc- all year long !
  • There will be special giveaway promotions during this time , Fun Secret Santa for Bloggers Only. ++
** HOW DO I SIGN MY BLOG UP** Click HERE to Sign UP Today !

 

-Jessica

Friday, September 19, 2014

Giveaway: Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth Speaker $199 RV @SolRepublic

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Welcome to the Deck by Sol Republic Giveaway. Stylish Southern Mama, her friends at Sol Republic, and some of her favorite bloggers have come together to bring you a chance to win the Deck Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in your choice of color (Lime, Black, Red, or Blue).  We hope you're as excited about it as we are!

Yep! Raise your hand if you’d like to own this bad boy! You can connect 2 ways; via Bluetooth or via NFC (touching your phone to the speaker). It’s very lightweight and sleek in design, perfect for putting in your purse, backpack, or laptop bag for music on the go.

The speaker might be small, but it packs amazing sound! This is perfect for listening to while cleaning or writing. OR you can take it outdoors and use it for parties. Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or just a regular barbeque- everybody will be able to hear!

The speaker also has a “Heist-Mode” that allows up to 5 people to connect at once and add their song choices, cool huh? Has 360* sound and can connect up to 300 feet away so you aren’t tethered to one spot! You can read the full review here.

Now on the giveaway…
Good Luck


Disclosure: Stylish Southern Mama was compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions, or to have your product featured on Stylish Southern Mama you can email Jess at madebyjessblog@gmail.com


-Jessica

Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth SPeaker @solrepublic #Deck #Review

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The Deck by Sol Republic is a Bluetooth speaker that has forever change how I listen to music. The flat lightweight design and bright color gives this speaker a modern, edgy look that most speakers don’t. It only weighs 11.5 ounces and is very slim, which makes it easier to put in my purse or bag for on-the-go music!

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Ya’ll know lime green is my favorite color, so I was stoked to see that it was a color option. I jumped right in for the lime. If you aren’t into lime like I am the speaker is available in 3 other colors, which are just as pretty. It’s available in blue, red, and black (and of course lime).

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I had absolutely no problem connecting to the Decks’ Bluetooth. It popped up and synced right away and shows “Deck” which can be changed if you wish. Don’t let the small size fool you, it has huge sound for such a small package.

It has the ability to connect via NFC, which is where you touch the speaker straight to your phone. I have an Otterbox on my phone, so I’d rather connect Bluetooth rather than take my case off every time. It only takes a second either way, so it doesn’t really matter HOW you connect.

It also has a “heist mode” with allows up to 5 people to connect to it at the same time and add their own song choice. Cool, huh? This is great for any kind of get together; whether it’s a holiday, birthday party, or just a regular party. Everybody gets a chance to listen to what they want, no complaining! Woot.

I am loving how long this stays charged. It automatically tells you how full the battery is when you turn it on. For instance it’ll say “fully charged” “half charged” or “needs charging”. I love this feature, because I know how long before I have to charge it back up. It also will play WHILE charging, which is cool. AND if you run off without your charger, it can be charged with most phone chargers (My Galaxy S4 and Nokia Icon charger will charge it up).

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I am in LOVE with this speaker. It goes everywhere with me. I love plugging this up to my Iheartradio app and just letting the songs play while I work. Gives amazing sound and is very high quality.

Connect with Sol Republic

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

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Until next time,

Jessica

Educational Insights: GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope #Review #LearningToy

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Preschool and Kindergarten kids are naturally curious about the world and what lives in it. Help your child get excited about learning with the GeoSafari® Jr. My First Microscope. This microscope can magnify any small object- flat or dimensional- at 8x. This is a real working microscope made just for little hands.

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It is designed specifically for kids, so it is built with rounded edges, big buttons and a large knob. Adisyn  and my niece Dezi loves to find items to magnify throughout the yard and house. I love that she can hold it securely without it slipping away from her.

It has an extra large eye piece so that she can see what she is viewing without squinting. It also has a large push-button light to help her see more clearly (3 AAA batteries are required to work the light). She feels so important being able to use a science tool all by herself.

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The magnification at 8x is perfect for her. We can study and learn about different textures of the outside and inside world. Whether it’s buttons, bugs, blades of grass, flower seeds, small rocks, coins, etc. We’ve had a blast exploring in our own backyard, such a new experience for her.

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Educational Insights always have the most amazing guarantees. If you don’t love it, they’ll refund your money with no questions asked. They also have a 365 Risk-free guarantee on all their items. If it breaks, they replace it. How could you go wrong with that? That’s an amazing company policy.

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Follow Educational Insights online:

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube

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Until next time,

-Jessica

 

Office Organization with Post-it® #Review

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Working from home has it’s obvious perks; I can work my schedule around my kids, I have unlimited access to coffee, and I can work in my pajamas if I want. I can set my own hours and work at my own pace. There are also hassles that come with working from home though, the fact that I was having a hard time staying organized.

I never seemed to get the time to organize my office, and stuff just kept piling up. When I realized how much time I was spending looking for items, I quickly reconsidered and made time. Disorganization was wrecking havoc on my productivity time, I was spending too much time sorting through stuff to find what I needed. I need that time to work, not search for stuff.

Post-It definitely helps keep me organized.

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Post-it® Dry Erase Planner lets me keep my daily schedule visible so that I can stay on track. It is a peel and stick planner, so it can stick anywhere. I put mine to the right of my workspace. I’m not spending time thinking of what needs to be done, I can glance to my right and already know. It helps with productivity and keeping distractions at bay.

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You can stick this anywhere, yet it comes off just as easy as it goes on. No sticky particles or a mess left behind on your walls or refrigerator. You can stick this horizontally or vertically, whichever you prefer. This is perfect for chore charts, meal planning, kids homework and activity schedules, doctor appointments.. etc.

I love that even though it’s a thin sheet, the dry-erase markers come all the way off. Usually with thin sheets, the markers smear or don’t come all the way off. I can start a new week every week without the worry that it’s going to turn into one giant mess.

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Post-it® Grip Board helps me keep my important papers from being discarded. They aren’t just laying around in random spots, stuff being piled on top of them. They are in full view so I don’t miss an appointment or meeting with the kids’ teachers.

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The grip board can be mounted anywhere, I added mine right beside my calendar. It has extra durable adhesive Command™ picture hanging strips. The board can be mounted horizontally or vertically, whichever works best for you. I just wanted to use it for quick reminders, so I didn’t need it for larger papers.

The grip board includes 1 board per pack in warm grey metallic, with 1 pad which has 25 sheets of Post-it® Full Adhesive Notes. This would also be great for coupons, grocery lists, to-do lists and so much more.

post it cat Post-it® Cat Pop-up Notes Dispenser helps keep my notes within reach while also being very adorable. Who could resist NOT looking at this adorable white kitten with bright 3 in. x 3 in. accordion style post-it notes. It comes with 1 pad of post-it notes and is available in 3 different colors; orange (above), pink, and lime green.

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It’s very useful and helps me stay on top of things I may have otherwise forgotten. I need to write myself little reminders every now and then. We all know the “I’ll remember that later, I don’t have to write it down” thoughts NEVER work out so well. That’s why I am glad to have this little cutie at my fingertips!

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The Post-it® Binder Tabs keep me organized for obvious reasons. Of course, there are other binder tabs, but they can’t compare to these. The others are non-sticky, where these are sticky back. They can be put straight on paper, in a book to keep a place, or in your binder.

I used these in my blog binder to separate the different subjects I write about; blogging, beauty, D.I.Y. I can now easily flip to that part of my binder to write down ideas as they come. I don’t have random papers inside that might not ever be seen otherwise. Everything looks so amazing and is grouped accordingly! Genius.

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I also added these to my file folders. This was a very easy and inexpensive way to sort the different ideas I have as well. That was my main problem, I had papers EVERYWHERE. I would get an idea and jot it in my notebook and then forget all about it.

Post-it® Binder Tabs help to keep your binder organized. Unlike divider sheets with attached tabs, creating subject sections in your binder is flexible and easy with these writeable and repositionable 2-inch tabs.

Do you need to organize your workspace? How would these products help you out?

 

Connect with Post-it® Online:

Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram 

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-Jessica

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bloggers Wanted: ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Giveaway: First 100 Bloggers Get a Free Sample

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Essio is looking for bloggers who want to review their Aromatherapy kit. It clips onto any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into your shower water.

If this sounds like something you’d love to try click here

 

 

-Jessica

Country Girl Store: Frayed Mossy Oak® with Country Girl® Logo Cap #Review #countrygirl

 

 

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Country Girl Store has done it again! I got the amazing hat that you see above. Made just for us country girls who love camo. Frayed with a pre-curved raw-edged bill to give that broken in look and feel. Super comfortable to wear for long periods of time and helps keep my hair out of my face.

This is the Frayed Mossy Oak® Cap with Country Girl® Logo. The hat has Mossy Oak® camouflage inside the frayed parts. which I love. This is a very well-made hat, high quality material. I am loving that it has a velcro attachment in the back instead of the old school snap closure. I have a very small head and it makes it easier to get the perfect fit without it bunching up in the back or being too loose. 

This is now my favorite choice of all my hats, I love wearing it. :D

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See my pretty blue heeler/pitt mix? This is Spunk :) We like going to the creek with the kids and splashing. She also likes attention and thinks she’s a lapdog lol.

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If you like this hat, but would like it slightly different—Country Girl Store has 3 other options.

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Which one is your favorite?

Disclosure-review.affiliate links

 

-Jessica

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giveaway: Coach Handbag

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  Welcome to the Monthly Coach Handbag Fan Appreciation Giveaway!

Jenns Blah Blah Blog and all her amazing blogging buddies have come together to give you a chance to win one of the four handbags shown in the giveaway image! Before we get started I wanted to be sure and say thank you to the following bloggers, they are amazing and we love each and every one of them! This giveaway is hosted and sponsored by us (Jenns Blah Blah Blog), and co-hosted by  Just Free Stuff, Coupon Hauls, Pink Ninja Media, Pink Ninja Blogger, Everything Mommyhood, Barefoot in Bluejeans, Mama Mission, Thrifty 4NSIC Gal, Bay Area Mommy, Momma Lew, Budget Earth, Powered By Mom and all the other amazing bloggers who are helping promote this giveaway! 

Every single month we team up for this awesome giveaway for our readers!  We want to say thank you for everything you do for us, every single day!  We wouldn't be able to have these great blogs if we didn't have our amazing readership, the heart of it all.   NOW, WHO'S READY FOR THE GIVEAWAY!   Since Jenns Blah Blah Blog started doing her monthly handbag giveaway she has started a nice collection of handbags.  Rather than choosing the bag for you, we want you to choose the one that fits you and your style!  WINNER PICKS from Jenns Blah Blah Blogs collection of Coach handbags.  Once winner has been confirmed Jenn will email them images of all the handbag she has on hand. All Coach handbags are brand new still in packaging some of them can be seen in the giveaway image.  One very lucky person will win their choice of handbag from Jenns Blah Blah Blog's collection.  The giveaway will run until 10/17/2014 at 11:59pm EST, is open worldwide, must be 18 + to enter, and use the Giveaway Tools widget below. Good Luck!

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Good Luck,

Jessica