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Have you noticed I haven't been sharing as many books from the BNOTP library lately? That's because I've been busy working on something with the awesome folks at Feedblitz. Love those guys! They have been helping me set up a separate subscribe method for the BNOTP library posts. Why Have A Separate Subscribe For In The BNOTP Library Posts? I know from the comments and emails I've been receiving, many … [Read more...]




How I Fixed The DMARC Policy Email Debacle

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How has your holiday weekend been? We've had the most perfect weather here in Georgia this weekend, sunny, not too, too hot...just glorious 4th of July celebrating weather. I hope you have had the same! I wanted to give you a little update on the missing-email-saga, the one I blogged about in this previous post: Where Are My Post Updates and in this previous post: How To Whitelist An Email Address. In … [Read more...]




Not Receiving Updates From Your Favorite Blogs? Whitelist ‘Em

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I continue to hear from readers on a daily basis saying they are still not receiving e-mails from Between Naps on the Porch and many of the other blogs to whom they have subscribed. (You can read about the recent changes that have effected e-mail delivery in this article at Aweber.) In my ongoing battle to solve this mystery, I came across something I thought might be helpful. Did you know you can … [Read more...]




Where Are My Post Updates?

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Does AT&T, SBC Global And Yahoo hate Feedburner? That's a question that's been on my mind a lot lately. Recently, I've been hearing from a lot of folks saying they are no longer receiving e-mail notices letting them know when a new post is up at here at BNOTP. At first it was just a comment or two left on a post. I thought perhaps the e-mail was going into their spam file, but nope, it wasn't there … [Read more...]




Missing Your Friends’ Facebook Posts?

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A while back Facebook made some big changes that effected us being able to see all the updates from the friends and pages we follow. Annoying, right? One day you're seeing updates from all your friends and the next day you're not. I've had several folks ask me over the last few months why they aren't getting all the post updates I share at the Between Naps on the Porch Facebook page. I knew FB had … [Read more...]




Spots and Spotlights: A Live Interview with the Mid-Morning Show on WBCL

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Shaking in my boots.  Okay, it was more like shaking in my sneakers. ;) This morning I had the pleasure of being interviewed LIVE for the radio show, Spots and Spotlights, hosted by Lynne Ford and Bekah Shaffer. It was that "live" part that had me just a tad nervous but Lynne and Bekah are so wonderful, they quickly put me at ease. If you're here visiting for the first time, Welcome!  So glad you're … [Read more...]




Adobe Photoshop Tip: How to Remove Unwanted Objects from Photos

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Welcome to the 220th Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I took you on a little tour of my home town.  It was around Christmastime and the homes were decorated for the holidays. This house has always been one of my faves.  It reminds me a little of the home in the movie, Father of the Bride.  (You can tour that movie house here: Father of the Bride Movie House Tour) When I used this picture in a … [Read more...]




2012 at Between Naps on the Porch: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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2012 was a busy, exciting, fun and sometimes nerve racking year here at BNOTP.   I thought it might be interesting to do a quick review of the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly.   If you missed one of these posts and wish to visit it, just click on the title of  the post which is a direct link to the post itself. Most Pinned Post in 2012:  Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial: Make Your … [Read more...]




Bloggers Who Became Authors

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So how's it going?  Thanksgiving preparations in full swing now?  I know you're probably racing around getting the house ready for family and cooking up a storm. Wonky Stuff:   Just a little update, if you've noticed some wonky stuff going on with zay blog the last two days, it's because my hosting company is testing some things out.  I'm a bit late in posting since I needed to stay out of the blog … [Read more...]




Recipe Sharing Made Easy

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Welcome to the 199th Metamorphosis Monday!  How was your weekend? I have a metamorphosis I'm super excited about sharing.  If you love trying new recipes, you're going to like this Before and After. In the past when I've shared a recipe here at BNOTP, I created a post showing the process along with pictures taken during the cooking process. Somewhere in the post I'd share a photo of the actual recipe … [Read more...]




Stolen Content: This is How It Looks

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Happy Friday Evening!  I'm excited to announce the Seasonal Footer here at BNOTP is all updated for the Fall Season.  Linked in the  footer at the bottom of the BNOTP home page, you'll find posts about Autumn Decorating, Fall Dining, Halloween Crafts & Decor and Halloween Tablescapes.  Once Halloween has passed, I'll change the Halloween categories out to Thanksgiving related posts.  Hope you are … [Read more...]




If You Really Love Me, You Won’t Leave

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Source How's that for a guilt trip? ;) Unless you've been stranded on a desert island the past few weeks, you probably know many Bloggers have made the decision to truncate or shorten their blog feeds to only show a short excerpt of their post.  I didn't hop on the truncation train at first because I wanted to do a little research to learn as much as I could about how widespread scraping and stealing of … [Read more...]




Stop Scrapers From Stealing Your Content

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Imagine for a moment you're a Blogger.  You have an idea for a project.  You're going to make a wood flag for an upcoming patriotic holiday.  You can't wait to create the flag and share it with your readers. You drive to Home Depot and purchase the wood, nails, and glue you need to make your flag.  You drive to Office Depot and purchase the star stickers you'll use as a guide for the stars. You … [Read more...]




My Blogging Story, Part II: Beware the 3-Day Weekend

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Blogging is truly a wondrous thing.  Never in the history of the world have we been able to so easily communicate and share the things we love with other like-minded souls.  I never take it for granted and even today, after blogging for almost 4 years, I am still amazed and thrilled each time I log on and read your comments, your blog posts and your e-mails.  I just realized BNOTP turns 4 years old on … [Read more...]




My Blogging Story: How It All Began

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Did I ever tell you how I began blogging?  No?  It's an interesting story; it all still blows me away actually.   Grab a lemonade and that plate of cookies on the hutch.  Let's go sit down over here on the swing and I'll share how this whole bloggy thing got started.  (Lemonade 'scape can be viewed here:  Lemonade on the Porch: The 47th Tablescape Thursday.)   It's a story I … [Read more...]




Haven Conference, Atlanta: Blogging Tips and Great Friends

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Haven Conference...Wow, what a blast!  I've never been to a blog conference but with one only 15 minutes from my home, I couldn't pass up Haven. I really didn't know what to expect. From talking with others I learned some conferences are really HUGE.  This one seemed to be just the right size with around 250 attending. One of the things I really liked about Haven was how much open/free time was built … [Read more...]




Create a QR Code for Your Blog or Business

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Have you ever been to a blog conference?  I have not, but I'll be attending my first ever this week.  I'm excited and a little nervous...but mostly excited. I couldn't pass up attending Haven since it's right here in my backyard.  According to Google Maps, the location is 8 miles from my home. I've been reading a little about what you should take along with you when attending a blog conference and … [Read more...]




BNOTP Has Landed at WordPress

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Welcome to the 175th Metamorphosis Monday! Last night, shortly after 10:30 PM, I held my breath and said a little prayer.  In the blink of an eye, Between Naps on the Porch took a giant leap in cyberspace.  If you're reading this, that means you held on tight and took the leap, too.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! This may be the biggest Metamorphosis I've posted about for any Metamorphosis … [Read more...]




Between Naps on the Porch is Moving!

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Have you ever looked forward to something and dreaded it at the same time?  Mixed feelings.  Yep, I definitely have mixed feelings today.  Between Naps on the Porch is moving...moving to Word Press. (Image from Google Images, Pinterest and a bunch more places) If everything goes as planned, you'll hardly notice a thing.  If you read BNOTP via an RSS feeder or email, you should still receive it without … [Read more...]




The New iPad, My Favorite Apps & the Brahmin iPad Bag

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Well I did it.  I bought my very first ever, Apple product.  The Apple computer couldn't lure me over.  The iPhone didn't pull me in.  But when we bought our son an iPad for Christmas and the following day helped him shop for a cover, I came down with a serious case of iPad fever.  I did consider some of the  other notebooks/android tablets available on the market, but the cellular plans for those seemed … [Read more...]




Dingbats and Wingdings

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Dingbats and Wingdings: Part 2 of Fun Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your Computer Today I'm sharing 2 posts each highlighting some "Fun Thing You Can Do With Your Computer."  Instead of putting them all together in one post, I've posted each one separately so if you wish to refer back to any of these later, you won't have to scroll through lots of info to get to what you need. This is Part 2. … [Read more...]




Accent Marks, Currency, Math Symbols, Unique Punctuation: Part 1 of Fun Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your Computer

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Today I'll be sharing 2 posts, each highlighting a "Fun Thing You Can Do With Your Computer" that you may not already know about.  Instead of putting them all together in one post, I'll be posting each one separately so if you wish to refer back to any of these, you won't have to scroll through lots of info to get to what you need. I'm adding each of these posts to a category called Blogging Tips and … [Read more...]




Labeling Photos for Pinterest

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Pinterest is a virtual "pin board," a place to pin anything you see online that inspires you or that you love and think you'll want to remember for a future project or just for fun.  You can read more about what Pinterest is in this previous PINTEREST post. Labeling a Picture for Pinning: Recently, Kate at Centsational Girl gave a brief tutorial on how to add wording to a photo with Pixlr, without … [Read more...]




14 Free Photo Editing Sites, Picnik Alternatives

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Update: Out of all these programs listed below, the one I've been using is PicMonkey. It's easy to use and has a lot of great features. Recently, after learning Picnik was going away or moving to Google+ in mid-April, I went in search of some alternative photo editing sites. I posted the results of my search  in a previous post, and as I have continued to find additional programs, I've been adding … [Read more...]




Photography Tips for Better Blog Photos

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One of these days I'm going to write a post and title it: The 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I First Began Blogging."  If I ever write that post, "master the manual setting on my camera" will be at the very top of the list.   In fact, it will probably be #1 on that list.  As proof, let me give you exhibit A, this picture of my guest room below. Not only did I share this photo of my guest room, this … [Read more...]




How to Make a Blog Button

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Would you like to create a blog button with a grab box underneath, so your blog friends can grab your button to display on their blog?  A blog button with the button code displayed underneath is a quick way for those who read your blog to capture your blog button to display on their sidebar, giving them a quick link back to your blog. Creating a blog button can be a bit tricky.  When I first learned … [Read more...]




Clearing Out the Computer Graveyard

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What do you do with your old computer when you purchase a new one?  When I began working from home and decided to purchase a workhorse "desktop" computer, my still functioning laptop became the downstairs/kitchen/screened-in porch computer.  It's a handy place to quickly check e-mail, moderate blog comments or pull up the latest movie releases before heading out the door on a Friday night. Back in the … [Read more...]




Watermarking Photos Made Easy

Welcome to the 158th Metamorphosis Monday! Watermarking photos...that's a big metamorphosis I've just recently started making to photos you see here on BNOTP.  In the past I never worried too much about placing a watermark on the photos I post.  I loved it when folks used a photo and linked back to BNOTP. But recently readers of BNOTP have e-mailed me with links to  tablescapes and other photos … [Read more...]




9 Tips for Better Blog Photos

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Over the past year I've gotten a lot of emails/comments asking if I would share some information about taking photographs for blogs.  I've been a bit reluctant to write this post because I'm totally an amateur in every sense of the word when it comes to the subject of photography.  But I'm happy to share what I have learned.  Just please keep in mind, I'm still learning, too. I'm writing this post as if … [Read more...]




Blogger’s Butté: Searching for a Cure

Pssst:  If you're having trouble reading blogs, if they lock up and don't load correctly, try downloading the browser, Google Chrome.  Some browsers don't seem to work well with Blogger. Did you know Blogging has its occupational hazards?  Yup!  No one really warns you of this when you first become addicted engaged in blogging. Surprisingly, it doesn't take long before you find yourself coming down … [Read more...]




Yellow Cottages and White Picket Fences

I've always had a weakness for yellow houses.  When we built our first home in Jacksonville, AL, we chose a soft (exterior) yellow color by Benjamin Moore called "English Ivory."   Looking at this pic below, if I were building this home today it would have 3 or 5 dormer windows across the front.  Wouldn't that be perfect?  Wish we had thought of that at the time, but I guess it's a good thing we didn't.  We … [Read more...]




Dual Monitors: Great for Blogging

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Each time I post about changes in my home office HERE, someone will usually ask why I have two monitors.    Before I really get into the whole dual monitor thing, I need to tell you about how I came to buy the system I have today. When I began working from home about a year ago, I worked each day on an HP laptop I'd had for around 3 years.  I decided to purchase a desk top computer since I knew I'd be … [Read more...]




Blogging Bloopers Party, 2010

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Welcome to the first ever Blogging Bloopers Party...a party where we poke a little fun at ourselves and share some of the unplanned "stuff" that happened during this past year of blogging. I didn't realize until I actually started putting this post together, but all my blogging bloopers seemed to have centered around tablescapes. I am proud to announce I didn't set a single thing on fire this past … [Read more...]




For The Past Two Years, I’ve Been Leading a Double Life

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Yes, it's true. Shocking as it may sound, for the past two years I've been leading a double life. While my evenings and weekends blogging have been surrounded in creativity, beauty and truth, my days have been immersed in deception, lies, drug abuse, mental and physical abuse, neglect, and exploitation. For the last 8 years, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, I have worked full-time for the … [Read more...]




Where Do You Blog? Party

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Kate at Centsational Girl is having a Where Do You Blog? Party! Have you ever wondered how the home offices or blogging spaces of your fellow bloggers might look? Where do they sit and create the posts you read? Be sure to stop by Kate's and check 'em all out! Where Do I Blog? When Max cat plants all 15 lbs of his furry, little body on top of my chest every morning asking to be fed, I roll out … [Read more...]




Between Naps on the Porch Bloopers, 2009

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So, you've been thinking things always go perfectly here on the porch. Right? Well, I hate to burst that bubble, but.......NOT BY A LONG SHOT! :-) You know those out-takes they always show you in the theater, right after you've just finished watching a movie? I thought it might be fun to share a few "out-takes" from my blogging life here on the porch. You may remember this "Garden Party" tablescape? It … [Read more...]




Blogging Secrets…Shhhh

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Update:  This post was written in 2009 when I was still blogging on Blogger.  Much of the information below is still timely/helpful, but some things will have changed and will no longer be relevant. Don't tell anyone, but today I'm sharing some of my blogging secrets with you...but only you. We can't let everyone know, because then their blogs might be as fancy as ours.  So this is just between you and … [Read more...]




Finally Revealed…the Real Brains Behind BNOTP!

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If you stopped by the porch earlier this week, you know there's a celebration going on! Yesterday was the 1 year Blogoversary of Between Naps on the Porch, and we're celebrating all week long! And...WOW...what a day yesterday turned out to be! My heart is still filled to overflowing with gratitude for all the wonderful and generous comments you all left yesterday. I was expecting comments about the … [Read more...]




A Very Special Saturday

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Yesterday was an awesome day for me! I got to meet a very special person...someone I've come to love and truly admire in this amazing place called Blog Land. Do you recognize the beautiful lady standing beside me?   Ok, I know you love a mystery and you know how I love to tease...so I'll give you a few hints. She loves Yorkies. She has a fabulous blog about interior design and decorating; it is … [Read more...]




Exercise While Blogging and Working

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Welcome to the 15th Metamorphosis Monday! Metamorphosis Monday is all about Before and Afters. Today I'm sharing a Before and After that's a bit different from what I normally share...but, I think it's pretty neat! Recently when my friend, Pam, and I were "chatting" via e-mail, she mentioned that she enjoys exercising on a treadmill. Below you will see a pic of Pam's treadmill. This treadmill is about to … [Read more...]