Friday, June 26, 2015

When Your Aunt Has Breast Cancer

Yesterday, I received news that my aunt has breast cancer. I don't know what stage or what prompted her to go see the doctor in the first place. All I know is that she has breast cancer. (I plan on finding out more.)

When you find out that your aunt has breast cancer, you're kind of in shock at first. But after the initial emotion wears off, you come to accept that she has cancer and there's nothing you can do but be there for her. You also become an advocate for breast cancer awareness. Visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation to learn how you can help.

While this isn't the first time that the whole clan (relatives and all) has had to deal with cancer, it certainly doesn't make it any easier.

My aunt is a strong woman, and I know she can fight this. But she can certainly use all the prayers she can get!
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Friday, June 19, 2015

FREE July 4th Printable

Celebrating Independence Day? Don't forget to get this printable to show your patriotism! It is sized for 5x7 but can be resized, although it will lose some of its printing quality.

Click here to view & download Let Freedom Ring printable. (You will be taken to Google Drive.)
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Monday, June 15, 2015

4-piece Welcome Box ALMOST FREE for New Maven Subscribers!

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  • Julep Maven is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and beauty innovations. That means no surprises, no dupes or colors you don't like. You can see what is in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors/products you already have or don't want.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

[Giveaway] Botanica Science

Enter to win Botanica Science Tea, a value of $100!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Blogging: What the new StumbleUpon ban means!

I try to keep abreast on all of the current social media issues, but I have to admit that I had been slipping on StumbleUpon. I don't use it often, and while I know that is blasphemy for a seasoned blogger, I never got much traffic from it even when I did use it regularly.

I was holding a giveaway, and like always, my share buttons were at the bottom of the post so readers could share the post. My buttons included StumbleUpon. A reader pointed out to me that StumbleUpon wasn't accepting any submissions from this blog, so I decided to do a little digging. I found out that it wasn't just my blog that was being banned, but the whole Blogger community! That means if you have a "site.blogspot.xx" blog, you cannot add it to StumbleUpon at the moment.
What Blogger users now see.

While there was no official reason, many have began to think that because Blogger is free with little or no moderation, StumbleUpon is blocking the whole thing to prevent spamming on a higher level. StumbleUpon has also come out and said that you cannot submit your own links, so once again, "site.blogspot.xx" owners are "spamming".  In my opinion, they should moderate - and maybe manually approve - what links are being added instead of banning an entire entity because of the fear of spam.

So what could this mean for your blog if you use Blogger? Well, it all depends on how often you used StumbleUpon and how much traffic you received. If you didn't utilize StumbleUpon a lot or didn't receive much traffic, then you probably won't notice a difference. But if you get a lot of heavy traffic from StumbleUpon and you use Blogger, then you may have to consider using another social media platform that is similar to StumbleUpon. (I suggest Pinterest since I get a huge amount of traffic from it.)

So to recap: If you have a "site.blogspot.xx" blog, any posts, links, images, from there cannot be added to StumbleUpon by anyone because they have decided to ban the Blogger community. No one knows how long this will last, or even if it will ever be lifted.
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