Today was the Closest I’ve Ever Come To Being Scammed

I'm not going to say I'm unscammable, because no one is, but I try to do everything I possibly can to avoid being hacked or scammed. I never click on links I don't recognize in emails. I have my phone number listed on the National Do Not Call list and I don't answer telephone calls from unknown numbers. I have long and complicated passwords for everything, as well as two-step verification for everything … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

Bloggers Who Became Authors

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...]

Stolen Content: This is How It Looks

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...]

Stop Scrapers From Stealing Your Content

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...]

Haven Conference, Atlanta: Blogging Tips and Great Friends

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...]

Between Naps on the Porch is Moving!

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...]

Photography Tips for Better Blog Photos

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...]

Clearing Out the Computer Graveyard

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...]

9 Tips for Better Blog Photos

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...]

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

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...]

A Very Special Saturday

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 I'll give you a few hints. She loves Yorkies. She has a fabulous blog about interior design and decorating; it is … [Read more...]