Monday, October 27, 2014

Giveaway Entry Changes & Upcoming TOS Impacting Facebook Entries

I know you all have probably noticed that my 'mandatory' entry has changed recently to being a very random question.  That's because, like a lot of other bloggers out there, I had unknowingly been breaking the rules when it comes to blog giveaways.  

So, without getting into a lot of mumble jumble, and knowing there's big Facebook changes coming soon, I set out to educate myself on blog giveaways....and here's the two pesos version...

A mandatory blog entry can be either a "just click", a "enter your email & acknowledge the terms/rules", or a very generic blog comment. It has to be basically a "freebie"......(and every giveaway has to have a 'freebie')

It cannot be a mandatory like on a social media account, a sign up for a newsletter, or a visit to a third-party site with a comment on a product left on a blog.

Now these can be 'optional' entries (for now***)....but mandatory is a no-no.

Why? Because even though there is no 'purchase' per se.....by doing those things, an entrant is doing something that is of a benefit to the blogger or brand/company.....an additional follower, another person on the newsletter list, or increased traffic to a website is a form of compensation....it does have value....

....and this makes a "no purchase necessary" giveaway............turn into an illegal lottery.  Which has a whole host of other legalities, that I don't think bloggers dealing in $20+ items want to deal with!

NOW....having said that...these things are perfectly okay as optional entries....AS LONG AS...the optional entries aren't valued at more than the freebie mandatory.   Example...you can't have a 'just click to enter' valued at 1 entry...but the 'like me on Instagram' be valued at 5.  Everyone has to have the same initial shot....if people want to increase odds by fulfilling the other optional entries - or come back every day for the other freebie entries....that's fine.

This is why you've seen that I've changed the value of everything to 5 entry points. 

Re:  "for now*** ON NOVEMBER 5, Facebook is disallowing ANY type of Facebook like on a giveaway.....whether it is mandatory OR optional......"Like Gating" across the board will be against their TOS.  They want to see only 'organic' likes...meaning "I like your page because I like you" (not because you're giving me something in return for it).  I personally feel they are doing this more for $....as in they will find a way to charge people to have people like their pages (just like you can pay them to advertise your page or pay them to 'boost' your post for more people to see)....

Rafflecopter will be doing away with the option to do anything FB related some time in October.

Now, does this mean you can't like someone's page on Facebook? Of course not...it just can't be connected to gaining an entry somehow.  Can a blogger write "If you've enjoyed this post and would like to be kept up to date on more like it, you can follow me on FB"....Yes....as long as it's not connected to a 'you give me this, you get that' type of scenario (a like/an entry)

It's still not allowed to ask for a Google+ follow or have an entry for a re-pin on Pinterest

There are a lot of tweaks coming (or should be) from bloggers who run giveaways - and it seems the rules always get changed/updated......so if you enter giveaways, just bear with us as we get used to how things need to be done.

If you'd like to read more about specific rules concerning Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and more - Attorney Sara Hawkins has a wonderful series of articles on her website that are very helpful.

Bloggers, you can also find some really helpful guidance at Pink Heels Pink Truck - where she really breaks things down in a much easier to understand way than I probably just did! 

It's all confusing and no doubt some people will continue to either run contests with 'like this', 'follow on G+', and 'pin this' options, or interpret the rules another way than I do.  There are many schools of thought on this, and many cases of 'well I didn't know' (I mean, I didn't know up until recently).....but whether you have 10 followers or 10,000, we all have to follow the rules and it's our responsibility to keep up with all the changes - and there are many that happen constantly.  There have also been bloggers who have had their blog shut down or their Facebook closed....and that's just a lot of hard work down the drain.

SO....there's a little explanation as to why you'll be seeing some changes coming to this blog, and others, in the near future! Any of the links above are great resources that cover the topics very well.

If you really like someone's blog, I would urge you to take a minute to follow them on their social media sites - even if it's not for an entry.  More followers will benefit you as a reader or as a sweeper because companies do look at numbers of followers when they're looking for blogs to work with.....so by supporting blogs you like, you're also helping them be seen by brands who can then bring you nicer products for giveaways & reviews! It's a win-win-win situation!  

Thank you to GiGi Parker for which I wouldn't have known I have been doing it wrong.  BUMMER!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Door of Hell!


 Door to hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

Derweze is rich in natural gas, and while drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground collapsed leaving a large hole 70 meters in diameter. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided that the best solution would be to burn it off. Geologists expected the fire to use all the fuel in a matter of days, however the gas is still burning today. 
The Locals have dubbed the cavern “The Door of Hell”, and it definitely looks like it to me!  Goosebumps here for sure!  I found this on a blog "
13 SECRET PLACES YOU DID NOT KNOW EXISTED PHOTOS
***  I found this at...  http://flyingthenest.tv/secret-places-in-the-world/  All credit is there.  I just had to share!

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Baby Wipes!

I found this little tid-bit on facebook, and I wanted to share it with you all.  Talk about saving money & having needs right now!  Too cool

Click below


Post by Chryss Rinehart Allen.  

I get asked all the time how I make my homemade baby wipes. I made a video of how to do it. Please feel free to share with friends! I save a ton of money this way and it's very gentle in our baby. I also make a separate batch and add peppermint essential oil and use it as a make up removal wipe!

Thanks Chryss!!!


And as long as I got your attention how about an update on my tenth grandchild Angelo.  He was just five months old on the 13th, my little cutie...



Thursday, October 16, 2014

FLASH!!! AS OF 10/15/14 I'M A GREAT-NANEE!

Alexander Parker 

NOW INTRODUCING ALEXANDER PARKER MY GREAT-GRANDSON 9lbs. 2oz.  


Ryan & Son 

My Grandson and his son! Awwww    I just had to share the great news cuz I'm a Great NaNee!!! 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Shard will be free 9/26 ~ 9/30 on Amazon

The Shard will be free 9/26 ~ 9/30 on Amazon.com





The Shard, Victoria Simcox’s fast-paced, intricately woven sequel to The Warble, takes Kristina Kingsly and her schoolmates back to Bernovem … and into a thrilling, often dangerous adventure. 

Kristina’s stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it’s all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester’s cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it’s actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can’t refuse. 

Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends … and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn’t get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the “Black Shard”, Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it’s in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known.

Sound good?  Well, get it for FREE while it lasts!  Woo Hoo!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Amazing uses for Vinegar! HOLY COW!

So what are these amazing uses for vinegar I’m talking about? Keep reading.

1. Get rid of fruit flies.

I hate fruit flies.  They're annoying little buggers! Found a method that works. Pour 1/2 – 3/4 cup vinegar into a bowl. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and place it tightly over the bowl. Poke a few holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick and set on the counter. And that’s it. A cheap, easy, and wonderful fruit fly trap.

2. Clean the shelves and walls of your refrigerator.

My Mom use to say if the top of your refrigerator was clean you're a clean housekeeper. To clean the walls and shelves of a fridge, make a half-and-half solution of vinegar and water.

3. Get a permanent marker stain out of furniture.

First, take each stained cushion, unzip it, and take off the cover (a.k.a. the stained part). In a medium bowl, create a solution of vinegar to water: 2 cups vinegar to 3/4 cup water. Get a white rag or kitchen towel, place it in the solution, wring it out, and start scrubbing the stains. You may want to do this at a table with a plastic tablecloth on top. Redip the cloth in the solution as needed. You might end up not using all of the vinegar/water solution, and that’s fine. See #7.

4. Wipe down your sink with it.

A stainless-steel sink could always use a little shine. Simply pour a tablespoon of vinegar on a sponge or rag and wipe down your sink. You could pay for a commercial sink shiner, but why?

5. Add it to your washing machine for cleaner laundry!

During the last rinse of the load, add about 1/4 cup vinegar. It can whiten whites, act as a fabric softener and reduce static cling.

6. Keep cats out of the sandbox.

Just pour a few cups of vinegar over the sand, let it dry, and now you no longer have cats trying to use the bathroom in your child’s sandbox! :)

7. Deodorize your drain.

After a while of food pieces going down the drain, you may start to notice a…smell…coming from the drain. Don’t worry—it’s an easy fix. Just pour 1/2 cup vinegar down the drain (you can add some lemon juice too if you want) and voila!, you’re free from an eventual embarrassing smell. You can use leftover solution from #3 if you would like.

8. Remove berry stains from your hands.

If you get into summer berry picking as much as I do, then you’re probably as red-handed as the two-year-old who drew all over the couch. Get rid of berry stains easily by simply rubbing your hands with vinegar.

9. Clean your hair brushes.

After a while, your brushes can build up a good bit of grime, sweat, and soap. Soak your brushes in vinegar for 1 hour and rinse with hot water to get them as clean as when you bought them.

10. Loosen chewing gum stuck to a carpet.

It happens to everyone. Or almost everyone. But if it’s happened to you, you know it’s not fun. Pour about a tablespoon of vinegar on top of and around the gum, let it soak for a little while, and scrape it up.

11. Use it as conditioner.

I do it all the time when I’m out of conditioner. Just dilute 1/2 cup vinegar in two cups warm water and use it like you would conditioner. Some people don’t like to do it because they think they’ll smell like a salad bar, but I like to add essential oils to the solution to make it smell nice.

12. Wipe down your counters and stove with it.

Vinegar makes a great cleaner. Pour some in a spray bottle (I like to get mine from the dollar store), and spray away. You can wipe it down with a kitchen rag or sponge, but it helps to loosen sticky foods like molasses and shines counter tops and stoves.

The Last Party of the Season from the Heathens!!!







That was too much fun!!!


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