Category: Blog Bling
|December 16, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Christmas, Fabulously Geeky, Holidays, Tech Tips|
I’m sitting here tonight thinking “what to do, what to do?”
My husband however is laughing so hard he has tears rolling down his face.
Apparently, he is now obsessed with watching YouTube on xbox.
For 3 days now, he has been watching Rage Quit videos from Rooster Teeth, or something like that!
Yes, my husband is a geek- just an xbox geek!
Listening to him laugh is enough entertainment.
In fact, its a little too much entertainment… I cannot concentrate while he is laughing like that. It is too funny.
So instead of working tonight, It looks like I will be listening to the hubs laugh at Rage Quit videos….
AND EMPTYING MY INBOX!
Yes, My name is Cari and I have an exploding inbox!
I belong to several groups and have family all over the country, so this makes my inbox crazy!
Its Christmas, so that makes it insane!
I’m addicted to reading blogs, so that explodes it!
My goal by tomorrow is to have an empty inbox… I’m not sure how that is going to happen.
I promise to share my tips with you, as well as a special gift for your support!
Until then, here is a giftie for you!
You can use it as a facebook picture, blog bling, blog post image, email signature, whatever you want.
If you would like this customized, leave a comment with your name, and I will whip you one up!
|December 14, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Christmas, Fabulously Geeky, Holidays, The Best of the Web|
I know, I got behind again.
Organizing is not my thing lately, but we will get to that later!
First, I have some really exciting news.
Angie at Mystic Made made this beautiful pixel email signature for me!
Oh, how I love Christmas.
I adore these little works of art, so as a gift to myself I am going to learn how to do them.
I have joined a mentor site, set up a blog so showcase my lessons on, and I am so excited!
Lucky for you guys, there are gifts all around today.
Here is a scrap page I put together from the lovely work of Aimee at Girlboheme.com.
Just insert your own picture and enjoy!
Just click on the image, it will take you to the download.
On to the
Organize With Sandy has become one of my favorite blogs.
Like I said before, organizing has not been my thing lately.
Its hard to believe that I was at one time the most organized person I know.
The sad part is, I have no clue what happened.
On to Sandy. She is wonderful. She is talented. She is a geek. She is organized.
What could be better? When I read her blog, I often think…
“Oh yeah, she is genius… I want to be her when I finally grow up!”
Not only will you find ways of organizing; stories about being a mom and a wife; and definitely some motivation!
Hop on over to Organize With Sandy, Just let her know I sent you!
|December 7, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Christmas, Holidays|
This time of year always makes me think of all the traditions my Mother held tight to every year. These traditions will always have a warm spot in my heart. We always colored an advent calendar; took food to charities; stood outside stores ringing bells; and woke to reindeer tracks and Santa’s muddy boot prints. However, I think what stands out to me the most would be our letters to Santa.
In case you haven’t noticed, my childhood was quite different from most. We have a strict, but very loving Mama who instilled in us many important values. Most of all, she taught us responsibility, manners, respect, gratitude, and thoughtfulness. Things were no different at Christmas time.
Every year, after the tree was put up; the old world Santas were placed around the house; and the Nativity scene placed on the sidebar, it was time to write our letters to Santa. We would sit at the dining room table with homemade hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. Mama would turn on Christmas music and bring out her box of stationary. Inside this box, was the prettiest Christmas paper ever! The best part, it was only used for our letters to Santa. She even had special pencils for us to use.
Now, my mama is a bit different from most when it comes to writing to Santa. There were rules involved. Not only did we have to use our best handwriting, but we also had to actually write a letter- no lists allowed! We were only allowed to ask for one thing. Most of all, we had to show appreciation. Our letters were to include a thank you for last years gifts; a thank you for being nice to so many kids; and what we accomplished that year. I didn’t understand why we did this, but now I am so thankful that my Mama did this. After we wrote our letters, we made Santa a gift- usually an ornament.
As I sit here writing this, I wonder what made her think to do this. Also, I wonder whatever happened to those years of gifts for Santa from three children with an amazing Mother. I have my suspicions that they were either given to family members, the sick and elderly at hospitals or nursing homes, women’s shelters, or even to random charities. I will ask her one day. These are traditions that I will definitely keep going with my own son!
At the following websites, you can find areas to let your children email letters to Santa, as well as receive a letter from Santa!
enjoy these links!
on the the
(The place where imagination opens the heart)
The Dolls are Alright is a blog written by dolls (Patti, Petie, and Tricia) and their Guardian (Patricia).
The blog contains stories from their everyday lives, photo shoots, and even snippets of history.
I met Patricia in a course on SITS ( The Secret to Success is Support)
I knew from the point of hearing her story that I just had to see this blog.
It is adorable.
I have never seen another like it!
It is definitely a must see!
Just let her know that I sent you!
Write a letter to Santa, spend some time with some dolls, and have a Merry Christmas
|December 6, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Christmas, Fabulously Geeky, Holidays, Reviews, The Best of the Web|
one Winter Wonderland with the chance of a new Farming Degree!
On the Second day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Two lost turtles, out of sync errors, and encouraged me to buy a special tree!
On the Third day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Three snow hens, some useless sheep,
and a silver Mastery for my farming degree!
On the Fourth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Four flighty birds, no place to put them, now I need an upgrade,
and property doesn’t come cheap or free!
On the Fifth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Five quests to follow, Reindeer for reward, bugs in the system,
and encouraged me to buy a special tree!
On the Sixth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Six geese a-straying, a new pen to build, many supplies needed,
I have to have more boards pretty please.!
On the Seventh day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
seven penquins lost, 10 quest to find them.
I need to start it now! But the game just will not un-freeze!
On the Eighth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Eight hours of playing, seven penguins lost.
Think i’ll make my farm look Christmassy.
On the Ninth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Nine new ways of paying, have to get that farm cash,
so i can go and buy a special tree.
On the Tenth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
10 more pens to build, new seeds to buy, more Quests to follow,
and I forgot to harvest my new tree!
On the Eleventh day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Eleven neighbors spamming, viruses and threats, people going crazy,
because we need completion of our Mastery.
And on the Twelfth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
12 major headaches, 11 neighbors angry, 10 pens to fill, 9 empty game-cards, 8
things for storage, 7 useless penguins, 6 geese not laying, 5 ugly lamas, 4 strange ducks, 3 winter hens, 2 turtles I deleted, and
my artificial, but completed Farming Degree!!!!
|December 2, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Christmas, Holidays, The Best of the Web|
I’m a day late with my first 25 Days of Christmas post!
I know, horrible!
Last night, a geek’s worst nightmare happened- our internet went down!
So, you are getting 2 posts today!
A free printable of 25 Things to do this Christmas
These are my must-do items for December.
Some are obvious, some are just fun!
Now for the….
Today’s Blog of the Day is featuring the amazing Mel at
She creates amazing posers and digital scrap kits!
They are just beautiful, she even has free goodies on her blog.
In fact, she has created a poser set and a digital scrap kit inspired by me!
The best part… they are both free!
How much fun is that!
Here is what I have come up with as a quickie from the Cari poser set and her homespun Christmas kit:
Just hop on over and grab some goodies.
*please be sure to send her love and let her know that NighLon sent you*
More goodies from NighLon coming tonight!
|November 30, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling|
Keeping with my previous news, I am working on creating a member’s only area.
Here, you will be able to request tags; as well as other goodies.
This will be my last blank tag, enjoy!
News of the member’s only section will be coming soon.
Please be sure to read my TOU
Thank you for your patience as I have been working on the new design!
|November 6, 2011||Posted by nighlon under Blog Bling, Blogging Tips, Branding, Reviews, The Best of the Web|
I’ve wanted a BLOOK now for a while, so here goes!
I decided to try my hand at turning NighLon into a BLOOK…
Here are my results
With Booksmith, you can choose to either include up to 100 posts or within a certain time frame (this would be great if you want to do it annually or semi-annually)
- Go To http://blog2book.pothi.com/
- Select how many posts you want to include -or- the time frame to include
- Select the posts you want to include
- do you want to include images?
- do you want to include dates?
- customize cover
- add dedication
- add preface
- Go to http://www.blogbooker.com/index.php
- Click on your blog platform
- Enter your url
- If you need help with your xml file, just follow the directions (that’s what I did)
- Select the options you want
- Click create ebook
- See your Blook
In this post, my main goal is to show you solutions for adding newsletter signups to your website.
I chose to base it on websites because with a blog, Its more automated. Just add a Widget.
Websites get a little more complicated. But, all-in-all, its pretty simple.
I will share some websites that offer free newsletter services, as well as how to do it without the assistance of a service.
From my experience, MailChimp offers the best free service for creating and distributing a newsletter.
They also offer paid services.
With the free plan, you can:
- store up to 2000 subscribers
- send up to 12,000 emails per month
- keep track of VIP subscribers
- send mini newsletters
- add signup form to your Facebook page
- enable comments on your newsletter
- customize signup button
- so much more
MadMimi is simple, yet powerful. It is utilized by Squidoo and Northwestern University.
It is free for up to 100 contacts with limits to the features available.
It requires no prior skills and is customizable.
3. Simply Cast
Simply Cast offers a free for life plan for sending unlimited emails per month and storing up to 1000 contacts.
- drag and drop customization
- free HTML templates
- customize with fonts colors and company logos
- tracking tools
- content checker
- image hosting
- text only messages available
- opt-out management
- customer care
If you want to manage your subscriptions yourself and send out forms, there is a way to do it.
- Use ZOHO CREATOR to create a form that will send to your email.
- Use FOXYFORM to create customizable forms with anti-spam capabilities.
- Sign up at EMAIL ME FORM. Create a Form with enless possibilities.
- Make sure to send newsletters out on schedule
- Include information that is exclusive to the newsletter
- Include offers for subscribers only
- Include a coming up section with what to expect from upcoming newsletters
- Make it interactive. Encourage readers to give feedback
- Make it visually appealing
- Have fun with it, your readers will appreciate this