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Blog Button Tutorials

Do you have a blog button available on your site for your blogging friends to grab and put on their blog? 

I have had some people asking me lately how I create my buttons. Well, the process I use is a bit more involved than the tutorial I want to share with you today. I wrote this tutorial in a simple step by step format and the end result is a basic button using a photo and text. 

How To Create A Simple Blog Button

Now, after you have created your beautiful button, you will want to create the grab code for it. My wonderful hubby created this tutorial to help you with that. 

Grab Code For Blog Buttons

If you need a tutorial for something related to blogging, please let us know by leaving a note in the comments. 

I am linking this post up with the Hip Homeschool Hop

Top Ten Tasks For Tackling My Blog To-Do List

Today I have been tackling tasks on the blog that have been on the to do list for far too long.

Some of the things that I have been tackling might be helpful/useful to my average, everyday readers just reading my blog (making it easier for you to read and navigate) and others will be more useful to those who are bloggers themselves and wanting to make some improvements to their blogs.

I don’t know about you, but I am a very visual person, and if something isn’t in front of my face I will forget to use it.  That is the reason for a few of these tasks that I have tackled on my blog today.

Just a note: we are using WordPress self hosted.
  1. I added some white space to the sidebars because they were feeling very top heavy.
  2. I added the subscribe counters for feedburner to the sidebar so I have an easy way of checking my subscriber stats.
  3. I added the subscribe counter for twitter to the sidebar using twitter counter.
  4. I added a twitter widget to the sidebar that links to all of the tweets that I have favorited through twitter.
  5. I have been collecting tons of links and putting them in draft posts (where they sit until I get around to writing a post) and I thought it might be more useful to start using my delicious account again. In order to remind myself, I put a delicious linkroll on my sidebar.
  6. I updated my Sexy Bookmarks plugin and chose different share buttons to focus on. If something is missing that you liked or regularly used, please let me know.
  7. I added the “Add to Any” plugin to my posts (so they show up on the front page posts and all pages and posts – even in the feeds).
  8. I updated the blog button on the Sunflower Schoolhouse Facebook Page (which I haven’t used in forever, but plan on using more regularly to connect with all my amazing readers – that’s you!).
  9. I finally got up the nerve to add a few affiliate link buttons to the sidebar for products that I have actually purchased and used. I was scared to do this because I thought it would be a really difficult process (it wasn’t). Have a look and you might find something useful.
  10. And finally, I added some legal stuff to the sidebars including: Blog With Integrity, Copyscape, and My Free Copyright.

This is my Top Ten list for Tuesday. I am linking this post to Tackle It Tuesday because this was a big job that needed to be tackled. And just on the off chance that my homeschool mama friends want to do some tweaking to their own blogs, I am linking to the Hip Homeschool Hop. If you need any help with tackling your blogging to-do list, please leave us a note in the comments and we would be happy to help you.

Our Favorite iPad Apps

The iPad is a recent addition to our homeschooling family. I wrote (HERE) about how the iPad is changing our homeschooling. I had several requests for information about the iPad Apps that we use. So, here you have it.

These are just a few of the iPad Apps that we use for quick transition:

  1. pocket ants
  2. pocket pond
  3. plasma globe
  4. splatter
  5. i love fireworks
  6. fluidity
  7. awesome
  8. art of glow
  9. sky write
  10. talking roby
  11. sound drop
  12. pottery hd lite
  13. bubble snap
  14. doodle bright

These are the single player iPad Apps that the kids can play on their own:

  1. boggle
  2. rocket math
  3. spelling word search
  4. puzzle jewels
  5. uno
  6. solitaire
  7. rush hour free
  8. tapnpop hd
  9. zentomino
  10. uconnect
  11. jar of marbles
  12. shanghai lite
  13. mancala fs5
  14. creationary

These are some of the 2 player Apps that we use for transitions between subjects and students in our homeschool:

  1. spellstacker
  2. checkers
  3. moo free
  4. air hockey
  5. chess free
  6. four in a row
  7. hangman

Here are some of the iPad Apps that we use specifically for educational reasons (as well as for fun):

  1. ibooks
  2. pages
  3. numbers
  4. starwalk
  5. magnetic alphabet This is excellent and easy to use for phonics and spelling.
  6. drawing pad This is the program that we use for writing out our work without pencils.
  7. art studio

And what list would be complete without a few iPad Apps For Mom?

  1. netflix
  2. wordpress
  3. twitter
  4. facebook

I am linking this post up to Hip Homeschool Hop.

Disclosure: The iPad Apps listed here are ones that we purchased (if there was a charge) and actually use. We were not compensated in anyway for this post. We just love our iPad.

Reviews: If you have an iPad App (or other product) that you would like us to consider reviewing, please drop us a note through our contact page.

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