28Feb

How to Generate a Button Code using WordPress

 

I got an email from my friend Christin (you remember, the one who so generously sponsored my trip to Allume last fall), letting me know that she had a new image and link for her site.

However, she sent me a photo and a link, I wasn’t really sure what to do with that. In my widgets, I can either paste in html code, or I can add an image, but to add an image I needed a URL of it, and not the actual image uploaded. So, I wasn’t sure how to proceed.

I found an easy way and decided to share it with you. This is a “dummy’s” method to creating your own button code for any image (that you have permission to use, of course).

Step 1: From your dashboard, start a new post (don’t worry, we aren’t going to publish it).  And click the upload/insert photo button. I’m assuming you can do that, but here’s a screen shot for your viewing pleasure:

Step 2: After you select your file and it’s uploaded, go ahead and enter in the other information. You’ll want to enter the desired url address, you can also change the size here:

 After you add your photo, it should look like this (ignore my simple facebook message in pink…not at all relevant to this tutorial..lol). This is what your photo will look like.

Step 4: Go to the “html” tab, and copy the code given.  This is your button code.

And, there you have it :)  That’s your button code for those who, like me, know very little about computers, html, etc…this is a cheater’s way to get it.

To use this code, all you have to do is go to your widgets, and choose the “text” (arbitrary text or html) option, and paste it in. Easy peasy, and if you look to the right you can see Christin’s new button on my sidebar.

 

20Sep

Budget: Homemade Laundry Detergent

Budget Laundry Detergent

Make your own Powdered Laundry Detergent for much less!

I have a different kind of recipe today.  I’ve heard a lot about homemade laundry detergent in the past few years.  However, I was hesitant to try it because (1) I had heard mixed reviews about it, and several people said they didn’t feel like their clothes were clean, (2) I want my clothes to “smell” clean, and for me that requires a scent.  So, I put the idea up on a shelf for my family.

However, with a few new(ish) products, and some additions to the recipe, I created something that we could live with.  I hope you all enjoy it as well.  The addition of the oxi-clean and scent-booster do increase the price, but overall it’s still MUCH cheaper than other laundry detergents.  With the exception of the bar of soap (you can use either fels naptha or Zote), all the other packages include enough to make about 3 batches of the soap.

Here is what you need:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated; I used a cheese grater)
1/2 cup Oxi-Clean
1/2 cup Scent Booster (like Downy Unstoppables)

Mix everything together.  I mixed mine in a washed out, gallon ice-cream bucket.  It would easily have held a double recipe, with room to spare.  It was a perfect size, and I use a 2 Tbsp. coffee measuring spoon to measure it out.  Most recipes I’ve seen recommend 1-2 tbsp, but I added extra ingredients, and have a really large washer, so I opted for the 2 tbsp.

You can also add in some of the new Purex Crystals (or I think Gain has a powder/crystal laundry softener as well).

I added the Amazon widget just in case you need to see what a product looks like.  If you purchase from Amazon through my link, you can help support my site.  However, I do not recommend purchasing your ingredients through Amazon, because the items are much less expensive at Wal-Mart or similar stores.  I was able to find every single ingredient at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle.  And this stuff seems to last forever.

 

10Feb

Are you a “Savvy Scrapper”?

I have been so excited to share this!  When I was working with SNR magazine, I wrote an article called Savvy Scrapper.  It was intended to be an ongoing monthly thing, so I might share some more of the ideas I had on my blog each month…we’ll see. 

Anyway, the idea is to be on a budget without having your projects look cheap.  Use packaging, make your own embellies, be a smart shopper, etc.  We are a one-income family and my scrapping budget is almost nonexistent.  And, that is what this article is about.  Here is a little sneak peek, but basically I made myself a little kit and then created all of these embellies and even had stuff leftover…anyone want to guess how much money I spent?  The kit included everything I needed to make all of these embellies and have stuff left over.

If you have access to the magazine and are interested in the article, you can find it HERE.

Also, be watching later this week for something fun :)

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