How To Create a Grab My Blog Button

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Many bloggers offer a “grab my button” on their blog. It is a great way to gain extra exposure by swapping blog buttons with other bloggers. By offering the html for them, users are more likely to add it to their own blog. These buttons are normally found with a box underneath containing html. So, I am going to teach you how to add one to your blog if you haven’t already.

  1. Select Your Button Size: I normally go with a 125×125 size button. You can make them larger or smaller, but most users will put a smaller button on their site than a large one. Of course, they can resize it themselves, but some may not know how to do that. I suggest going with a smaller size, but no smaller than 125×125. You want people to be able to see it!
  2. Create Your Image: I use Photoshop to create and edit images, but any type of standard image editing software will do.
  3. Upload Your Image: You will need to upload the image to the server your blog is on. I like to use Fire FTP for Firefox for uploading. It makes everything quite simple.
  4. Copy the Code: <div align=”center”> <a href=”http://YOURBLOGADDRESS.com” target=”_blank”><img alt=”BLOG TITLE” src=”http://BUTTONLOCATION.gif”/></a> </div> <div align=”center”> <form><textarea rows=”6″ cols=”20″><a href=”http://YOURBLOGADDRESS.com” target=”_blank”><img alt=”BLOG TITLE” src=”http:// BUTTONLOCATION.gif”/></a></textarea></form> </div>
    and add it to your blog. For Blogger, you will need to add it to a new HTML/Javascript Box. For WordPress you will add it to a new Text Box, which is located under Appearance >> Widgets. Change the above capital letters to your locations that you have uploaded. Click Save.
  5. Freaking out? First, calm down. Then you can go to the Grab My Button Code Generator and just have it done for you. Easy Peasy, right?

I hope you are able to now have a Grab My Button on your blog and share it with the world! Of course, we welcome you to add your button above to your blog :) Let us know if you did and we’ll add yours! Contact

Halloween How To: Snack o’ Lantern Fruit Cups

Halloween How To: Snack o' Lantern Fruit Cupsvia Disney Family Fun Magazine

 

Halloween How-To: Snack o’ Lantern Fruit Cups

I started making these about three years ago when the Bandit was in preschool. They were always a big hit and a healthy alternative to most Halloween snacking, so they were school appropriate. If you have a lot to make be sure to leave yourself plenty of time as these can be very time consuming! I first seen these in Disney Family Fun Magazine but now it seems to be everywhere! Have fun with your kids! They will enjoy helping to make these!

Ingredients
  • Navel orange
  • Canned or fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit (cut into bite size pieces)
Instructions:
  1. To make one of the lanterns, use a knife to slice off the top of the navel orange and cut it out like you would when carving a pumpkin.
  2. Scoop out the orange segments, chop them and mix them with the fruit to put inside the pumpkin. I have a hard time doing this. Normally it turns into mush, so I would suggest making orange juice out of it if you want to save it.
  3. Carve out a jack o’ lantern face on one side of the orange.
  4. Fill the lantern with fresh fruit or fruit salad. I find fresh fruit to be the easiest for little ones to eat and the juice from fruit salad can seep out the face. I normally leave the lid off.

We will be having a lot more Halloween How To videos coming soon including more treats, recipes, decor, costumes and more! And watch for the Halloween giveaways!

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