How To Participate And Share A Photo Challenge Using Facebook



For our Facebook users, it's a little bit more complicated participating in a photo challenge if your privacy settings are set where random people can't view your posts, but I have an easy way for you to participate without making all of your posts public. 

Here's How:

First you read the challenge of the day and take a picture trying to follow the theme.


Now, when you go to upload your photo, here's the easiest way:


In Facebook,
Head to your albums and click Add Photos
Select your photo and you should see the screen below.





Name your album #28VDayPhotoChallenge
You don't have to but in the description I put the url of my post with the challenges. Copy and paste the URL below into your description so people can easily find the challenges in case they want to join, too!
http://www.kreativekaring.com/2013/01/28-vday-photo-challenge.html

Go to Album Privacy (It's right next to Post photos) and click Public so other participants can see your photos.

Click Post Photos



After I hit Post Photos, I double checked my photo by clicking on it and seeing that it is still public.


Let me know if you have any issues trying to upload your photo and make it public by either leaving a comment for me at the bottom, or emailing me at KreativeKaring(at)live(dot)com


Are you ready to learn how to link your photos to my blog for more traffic?




28 VDay Photo Challenge!

I am so excited to host a photography challenge for the month of February! For those of you that don't know what a photography challenge is: The picture below has a list of challenges for each day in February. The rules are to try and post a picture following the theme for each day.



Please Help! Comment Box Problems

I am at the end of my ropes here and don't know where else to go to ask for help, so maybe someone will come across this and will be willing to lend me some guidance.

It all started when I discovered that disqus didn't support Internet Explorer so I thought that adding a Facebook comment box to it, I could have both and give more options to how people want to comment, but for some reason, they keep mashing into each other.

I have been working on this for about 4 whole days asking around and trying different things and now I have no idea again. I have tried every thing that people have suggested and I've tried looking it up on my own as well as emailing disqus, which evidently got me no where.


This is what it looks like in Internet Explorer


This is what it looks like in Google Chrome



Is there ANYONE out there who is capable of lending me a hand with this?

Look below at how the comments are mashed together. Any suggestions?

kreativekaring@live.com

Thanks for taking the time to read this.. 
















Twin Girls Are On The Way! #wordlesswednesday

Ok, I'm officially excited to announce that my brother and his girlfriend are having twin girls! How exciting that in about a month I'm going to be an Aunty! I am so excited for them and I enjoyed taking photos at their baby shower last Sunday. The pictures are adorable and I love the face of my brother in a lot of photos. He seems very optimistic and excited about the whole thing and I'm happy for both of them. What a cute little family they are about to have!




Matthew, I am so proud of you. As I sit back and go through these photos of your baby shower, I am happy to see the looks of excitement coming from you, as you and Jessica opened the baby gifts. The photos of you together show so much love and happiness. This is going to be quite the journey for you both, but with your attitude of tackling things head on, I've got no doubt that you guys will be great parents! Remembering that you and Jessica are a team will keep your family strong and connected. I am so happy for you both and congratulations!!

"It's so tiny!"

New Family <3



Click here to view more pictures from the baby shower.
  • Would love if you could leave a comment here with your WW post so I can visit yours!

Thank you for visiting for wordlesswednesday! 





Melatonin Isn't Working For Me..

This image shows a red wine glass.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Like I said before the Melatonin I started taking to help me sleep was giving me severe abdominal pains, so I absolutely stopped taking those and bought sleepy time tea instead. I heard from many people that it works great but all weekend I didn't get around to trying it.

Instead, I had a nice glass of red wine each night and that seemed to do the trick! I slept like a baby!
Perhaps I'll try the tea tonight, considering it probably isn't a good idea to make wine a habit. hehe

New Yahoo Email Scam?

I would assume this is a scam considering the email address it came from is Idenby@sbcglobal.net and when I hover over the CLICK HERE, it says godisgood.fav.cc

So heads up, be careful out there and always make sure the website is legit before you verify anything! 

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Melatonin Has Side Effects


For the past few weeks I have been waking up through out the night, clock checking. I have no problem falling asleep, it's the staying asleep part that I struggle with. I wake up feeling tired and sluggish because of the lack of sleep I'm getting.
I am against OTC medications and only take them in emergency cases so this narrows down my search for a sleep aid. 
At first, a bunch of people suggested Melatonin, which is a hormone that helps  your sleep patterns. I was told that it was natural, so I gave it a try. The first couple nights showed no changes, but I was also told to try it for a week but by morning 3 of waking up with severe abdominal pains, I got curious and looked up the side effects of melatonin which is something I should have done in the beginning. 





The most common melatonin side effects include:
  • Daytime sleepiness, Dizziness, Headaches 
  • Other, less common melatonin side effects might include abdominal discomfort, mild anxiety, irritability, confusion and short-lasting feelings of depression.

Yea, I was very irritable and in pain. So last night I used nothing just to see if it was in fact the melatonin and this morning, even though I clock checked, I woke up without stomach pains so I'm positive it was the melatonin. So apparently  it's not for everyone. Be careful!
I also didn't realize what else Brent A. Bauer, M.D. said:

If you're considering taking melatonin supplements, check with your doctor first — especially if you have any health conditions. The correct dose depends on the intended use. For example, circadian rhythm sleep disorders are often treated with 0.5 milligrams of melatonin a day, while doses of 3 to 5 milligrams a day might be used to treat jet lag or reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. In addition, remember that melatonin is generally recommended only for short-term use — up to two months. Some research indicates that longer term use might be appropriate in certain cases, however.
If you take melatonin, choose commercial supplements produced in a lab. Melatonin supplements made from animal sources might contain various contaminants. Don't engage in activities that require alertness — such as driving or operating heavy machinery — for four to five hours after taking melatonin. (MayoClinic.com)

People have suggested all sorts of things to help. Things I shouldn't be doing (like watching TV an hour before bed) and my diet has already been ruled out as possible factors. Other people suggested books, but like i said, I have no problem going to sleep it's staying asleep that I'm struggling with.

Quite a few people have suggested Sleepy Time Tea. So I'm going to buy some of that today and give it a try. Wish me luck and thanks for the advice people, I'll let you know if it works!! 







Do You Over Analyze?

The Friendship
The Friendship (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can't  be the only one who over analyzes friendships. Have you ever hung out with a friend and had them talk a bunch of trash about their other supposed friend? (There's a difference between venting and trashing) I can't be the only who thinks that if they can easily do it to their friend, what's stopping them from talking about me when I'm not around?

What about when you're hanging out and your friend gets a call that they send straight to voice-mail  Is that what happens when I call? 

A big one to me is watching how friends treat each other during a fight. I think a healthy friendship can work it out without a bunch of drama, side taking, and trash talking. Even if you both decide that there's no friendship anymore, to have anyone talk trash is someone I want to stay away from. To have someone who is going to freak out when we can't see eye to eye is not a healthy friendship, it sounds more like a ticking time bomb. 

I tend to try and observe how people treat each other, because with how easily people can just hurt each other without thinking twice, it makes me take a step back and ponder whether they are even friend material at all. There's no shame in trying to protect myself is there?

  • Does anyone else "over analyze"? 
  • Has a supposed friend done something in front of you that has made you question your friendship? 


-Samantha





Effort Goes Both Ways


I think that I'm going to stop putting effort into those that show that they obviously couldn't care less. 

Effort II
Effort II (Photo credit: qisur)
I've been having a hard time in the friendship department. No, I'm not losing all of my friends, and I still got my girls that I love and would do anything for, but I'm talking about the friends who I've started to lose touch with and the fact that I'm getting tired of feeling like I'm the only one to try and keep in touch. 

For instance, I have a couple people from high school that I've been friends with for a long time. But now a days, we've gone our separate ways and don't talk to each other on a regular basis. We still catch up with each other every now and then, but most of the time, it feels like it's me reaching out, letting them know it's been way too long since we've caught up and that it's due.

Another example would be that I got a gift for a couple friends and I had to almost chase them down so I could give it to them. I ended up giving the presents to their room mate and chasing down the other friend to give her gift, and believe it or not, I still have a gift for someone because they have quote: "been too lazy". I seriously considered putting the gifts away until next year, but I think I've decided that next year, I'm not going to go above and beyond getting gifts for people who obviously couldn't care less. 

I know holidays are busy times, but it takes less than 5 minutes to make a call just to let me know you haven't forgotten. Is that too much to ask?

  • What are your thoughts? 
  • Do you have friends that you chase down just to keep in touch? 


-Samantha

They Say You Shouldn't Mix Business With Pleasure...

Business and Pleasure
Business and Pleasure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They say you shouldn't mix business and pleasure. Back in the day, work was a very common place that you would meet potential friends. Now, it's not recommended because people can't mind their business and often take their problems and personal life to work, affecting their work habits. Either that, or they choose to vent things on Facebook for all to see. 


What if you own your own company? Not a big company, but a cleaning company that goes into people's homes. These people own nice things, making me hesitant to bring in some random person looking for work. I would rather bring a friend. 

But then I open myself up to potential situations that would ruin a friendship. Especially when they don't call or show. Or when they show up late. I've gone through a good amount of friends trying to find someone reliable enough to help me with my cleaning jobs but often find myself aggravated with them because of their business ethics


I can't help but mix business and pleasure. If I notice that you can't be reliable at work, and you continuously don't show effort, and you're always complaining about someone or something, then I'm pretty sure that your friendship qualities are about the same. How can you be reliable as a friend? And how would I know that you aren't talking about me to other people if you do it at work to someone else? 

  • What are your thoughts on this? 
  • Where do you meet new people? 
  • Where does that line go between business and pleasure, if there is one at all? 


-Samantha