Tuesday, 22 July 2014

To My Firstborn Happy 21st Birthday

21 years ago Today ...
God chose to give me a 21st birthday gift,
He gave me you ...

You are my first born.
You have taught me many things.
You are special.

May God bless you
May He watch over you.
May God shine His face toward you
May God show you favor.
May God be favorably disposed toward you
May He grant you peace

May you always remember 
the four pillars of manhood and be REAL
Reject passivity
Engage with God
Accept responsibility
Lead Courageously

I pray that you will be
A tender Warrior
Willing to fight for what is right
Always be Gentle and kind

May you
Do justly,
 love mercy, 
and walk humbly.

Remember to 
Lean on and be confident in the LORD
Acknowledge Him in ALL your ways
Revere and Worship the LORD
Pursue Wisdom daily

You are a young man who is deeply loved.

Happy 21st Birthday Son

All my love


 My sister made this gorgeous cake. You can see more of her cakes on Facebook.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Google Plus Basics {Resource List to get you started}

For a while now I've had a Google Plus profile but have had no idea why or what really to do with it until this week. I was recently challenged to find out more about Google Plus.  I'm so glad that I did.

It all started when I watched a YouTube clip and grew from there.  

So how does a Google+ post differ from a Facebook post ?
There are a few differences in how you post to Facebook verses Google +.

Dustin Stout shares a great tip page on the Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ post that is well worth taking a look at. He has a great info graphic for you to download for reference.

So How Do You Post on Google+ ?
I started off by watching a YouTube interview with Jimmie Lanley.  During this interview I learned a few of the ins and outs of Google+ for bloggers and just why we should be using Google+.

I discovered this list of tips called:  How to Post on Google+

Ultimate Google Plus Posting Guide
Want to Increase Social Signals?
Link Litter Makes Me Wanna Puke a Little
6 Ways a Formatted Google+ Post Will Increase Engagement and Interest
Why Keep Promoting the Fake Mystery of Online Content?
Five Easy Steps to Bake the Perfect Google+ Post
How To Create The Perfect Google+ Post
Google+ Posting Guide [Infographic]
The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post
This Changes Everything: Social Signals, Your Website, and Google+
Pro Tip: The Proper Way to Share Your Post! Great YouTube clip on post structure.

So What's with the +1 and Sharing on Google+?
Dustin Stout decided to do an experiment along with a few friends to find out the impact of +1's and sharing on Google Plus and how this relates to his blog's content.

This Changes Everything {Social Signals, Your Website, and Google+} is an interesting read and gives you a better understanding of why and how to plus one and share.

Should you tick that box ??
Mark Vang shares a concise what Not to do on Google+ called: The easiest way to get BLOCKED on Google+

Too Many Emails!
Anthony Idle has a good walk through YouTube clip showing you how to stop all those emails from flooding your inbox.

Google+ University
Google+ University

A good place to begin your Google+ education if you are an information geek is with Mike Alton.

He has started the Google+ University post. Mike has divided up the links into the following topics:

Introduction to Google+
Getting Around the Plus
Growing Your Bussiness
Advanced Plussing
Tools & Comunities
Google Authorship

I am still working my way through the links but so far I've learned what I've wanted to know.

More Links to Info on Google+ ?

What about the Cover?
If you prefer to use a template when making a cover photo Google Plus For You has a free one available.

What about a Hover Card ?
This is your calling card and your first impression announcement when people hover with their mouse over your name.   Here is a walk through on Editing and the anatomy of your Hover Card.

What about Images ?
Google + is mainly an image driven network.  We visually feast with our eyes on this platform.  Matthew Shuey shares a great post on Best Practices For Sharing Images on Google+

Google Plus Etiquette
  • Be very careful of accidentally becoming a spammer on Google+ avoid link litter and circle sharing.
  • Use the plus key on your keyboard and tag the person whose content you are sharing.

It's been a fun week unwrapping Google Plus.  I will be updating this post with links and information as I learn more so be sure to come back.

Looking forward to meeting you on Google Plus

Sunday, 20 July 2014

It's been a busy but good week {HSMJ}

In my life this week…
Am I allowed to envy another Home School Mom's library ?  Lets just say that this library is spectacular and I look forward to one day having a cup of tea with Erin from Seven Little Australians and seeing her beautiful library for myself. Erin has spent some time rearranging things and shares some ideas of what to do with picture books.

Two more sleeps and my first born turns 21!
I've been practicing macro photography

In our home school this week…
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
My favourite thing this week was…
  • I love beautiful photography and weddings and new babies touch me deeply.  This week I enjoyed the photo journal of a Taupo Deer Farm Wedding.
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • Are you on Google+ ?  If so come and say hello :)
Things I’m working on…
Surfing the WWW…
I’m cooking…
On Pinterest I found...
I’m grateful for…
  • Those on the www who are willing to share their information with us.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I enjoyed seeking this street performance. If I had not seen this with my own eyes I would have said it was impossible.



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