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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cancer and Lemongrass

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I found the article (below) to be interesting and informative.  I believe God put plants on Earth for a reason and if we feel led, we should utilize them. 

No, not everyone will have the same reaction, just like not everyone has the same reaction when taking medications.  Every person’s body chemistry is different from another’s and that is what determines what works for each person.  It’s up to each of us to do our own homework and determine what is best for us.

Fresh Lemon Grass Fields In Israel Become Mecca For Cancer Patients

Young Living Essential Oils Lemongrass  http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/08/cancer-and-lemongrass.html  #youngliving #yl #cancer #lemongrass #oiltestimonials Learn How Others Use Lemongrass Oil

To learn how others use Young Living Lemongrass Oil, visit:  Oil-Testimonials.  Yes, you need to register to be able to access the site, just like one does for facebook or twitter.  It is free. 

If you wish to purchase Young Living products, you can at:  Young Living

I am not a doctor and this site is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. It is for information purposes, only.  Please consult a health care professional prior to incorporating these products into a health care routine.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Young Living Essential Oils and Why I Use Them

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Essential oils have interested me for a while and I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned about them and Young Living Essential Oils, specifically,  with you.

Essential Oils in Biblical Times

Essential oils were used in Bible times and are mentioned throughout the Bible over 600 times.  To me, that’s an impressive record!

How I First Heard About Young Living Essential Oils

I first heard about Young Living Essential Oils sometime around 1995.  The source who shared with me was reputable.  She had previously taught me things about improving my health and I valued her insight.  Young Living Logo  #youngliving #yl #Bible #essentialoils #oiltestimonials  http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/08/young-living-essential-oils-and-why-i.html However, I’m one to wait until I have a peace about something before I do it.  I wasn’t ready to start a new adventure with the oils until 2006.  That’s when I bought my first YL kit of oils and I’ve been using them ever since. 

Young Living History

The company was started by Gary Young, in Utah, in 1993. It now has farms/distilleries in six countries.  Gary used the oils, himself, after being in a serious logging accident. This led him to further study oils, start his own company and distill them. 

How Does One Use Young Living Essential Oils?

They can be used by diffusing into the air;  applying to the skin (some should be used with a carrier oil as they can be strong on some people and cause a burning sensation), in cleaning products; cooking; ingesting in various ways  (Note:  98% of essential oils in the entire world are adulterated and can’t be ingested.  Young Living oils are NOT in that group.) THIS IS HOW ONE CAN TELL IF AN  OIL CAN BE INGESTED: Look on the back of a bottle and see if it has the white box with the words:  “Supplement Facts”.  That’s what one sees on all edible packaged foods and it shows that the product has passed all government-issued testing that determines if something is edible or not.  On some YL bottles, there is a flap, that’s part of the label, that must be lifted up to see the Supplement Facts.
I love to learn how others use Young Living products and I found a site where others share just that.  Oil-Testimonials is a site containing a wealth of information!  Users must register---it’s free to do so---to use the site (like one does facebook or Twitter).  

Why do I like Young Living products? 

I have a few reasons: 
  • Quality of products:  Young Living ensures the fine quality of its products by overseeing production of them from Seed to Seal.  It’s a five-step process that covers: Seed,Young Living Seed to Seal Process #youngliving #yl #Bible #essentialoils #oiltestimonials  http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/08/young-living-essential-oils-and-why-i.html Cultivate, Distill, Test and Seal.  These oils     are unadulterated and that brings peace to my heart.  Click on “Seed to Seal” to learn the specifics about the process.    These steps and the extensive testing of the oils via gas chromatography ensure YL oils are of the purest quality.
  • Multi-purpose (more bang for your buck!): Some items can be used for multiple purposes, so customers receive more bang for their buck!  Let’s face it….not many products that we utilize for beauty and such can also be utilized for cleaning.  I love that about Young Living!  On a side note:  Young Living oils are like those found in ancient Egyptian tombs in that they don’t expire!
  • I’m earning free products when I’m placing an order!  There’s a program, through Young Living, called Essential Rewards.  One can choose to sign up as a Preferred Customer or as a Distributor.  As a Distributor, I can earn commission from the purchases of those who have signed up under me.  Upon ordering my free products from my Essential Rewards, I can pay for the shipping via my commission earnings, if I choose.

How to Become a Member of Young Living

Speaking of becoming part of the Young Living Family, there are two ways you can do so.  The following infographic shows the options one can choose from.
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If you decide you’d like to join Young Living, you may do so by signing up using this Young Living Sign Up Form.
Even if you don’t wish to be a Young Living member, I hope this post has enlightened you about shopping for essential oils and what to look for when doing so. 
I am not a doctor and this site is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. It is for information purposes, only.  Please consult a health care professional prior to incorporating these products into a health care routine.

#Bible #Youngliving #yl #oiltestimonials

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blogging…What’s It All About? Part 3

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This is the last installment in my series.  It covers promoting a blog post once it’s been published. Blogging..What's It All About--Part Three  #blogging,#graphics,#pictures,#picmonkey,#windowslivewriter,#categories,#labels,#proofreading,#edit,#hashtags,#socialmedia,#pinterest,#twitter,#facebook,#alternatetext,#alttext   http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/08/bloggingwhats-it-all-about-part-3.html

Pinterest

In my last installment, Blogging...What's It All About?  Part Two, I shared about renaming blog post graphics to match the title of a blog post. Doing so is changing the Alternate Text of the graphic.  Why is this important?  It’s important because it helps in reaching out to potential readers. 

Since I’ve connected my blog to Pinterest, readers can hover over a graphic and a “Pin It” button will appear.  The button can then be clicked and the graphic pinned to the desired Pinterest board of the reader.

Remember, I’ve already changed the Alternate Text of that graphic to the address of my blog post.  When that graphic is shared on Pinterest and clicked upon, the Pinner will automatically be taken to my blog post and can read it. 

More About Alternate Text

Including a detailed graphic description, along with the blog post address, in the Alternate Text helps those who aren’t able to view the graphic.  Perhaps they have vision problems and use a screen reader.  Maybe a slow connection is preventing the graphic from loading.  In these cases, a detailed description is very useful.

Using strong keywords in Alternate Text will increase SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for a blog.   Here’s what that means:  When someone types the keywords of their choice into Google Images (for example), any images that have those same keywords in their Alternate Text will be brought up for that person to choose from.  This can bring more traffic to a blog which is something we bloggers love to see! 

Making The Connection Between Blogs and Social Media

In some cases, social media platforms can be connected to each other.  Why would a blogger do this?  To save time!

My Bonnie’s Heart and Home Facebook Page is connected to my Bonnie’s Heart and Home Twitter Page.  Whatever I post on the Facebook Page appears on the Twitter Page, too.  That includes when I share my latest blog post.  My Pinterest page is also connected to my Bonnie’s Heart and Home Twitter Page.  As a side note, if you enjoy the content on my social media Pages, please “Like” or “Follow” the above-mentioned Pages.  :-)  You can also “Share” with your family and friends so they keep current on my postings.

Hashtags in Social Media

Hashtags were first used on Twitter.  Their usage has grown to include other social media platforms.  Their purpose is to categorize keywords so social media users can find more posts on the same said keywords. 

When I share on my social media platforms that I’ve published a new blog post, I include hashtags pertaining to topics covered in that blog post.  For this series, one of my hashtags is “#blogging”, so those searching for “#blogging” in the social media platforms I post in will see my “Share”.

Is Blogging for You?

There is more to blogging, but my goal has been to cover the basics in this series.  I hope that doing so informed and perhaps inspired some to start blogs of their own.  It’s a lot of work, but can be fulfilling. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blogging…What’s It All About? Part 2

As I shared in my last post, “Blogging...What's It All About? Part 1”, I’ve decided to write about this topic as a series.  This is the second installment.  

 

Proofreading

I’m sure not all Blogging...What's It All About? Part Two http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/08/bloggingwhats-it-all-about-part-2.htmlbloggers put together a post in the same manner.  As I come back to work on my post after a break, I proofread it.  This, instead of only proofreading it immediately before publishing.  Doing so, allows me to see it with fresh eyes and to add new ideas since I last worked on it.

 

Pictures…Don’t Get Into Legal Trouble!

Are you serious?  There’s a risk of getting into legal trouble over a picture?  There surely is!  Some sites that offer pictures require payment.  Others require that users cite who the photographer is. It’s very important to learn the rules of the site whose pictures you use.

Of course, there is always the option of taking your own pictures and using them. Then, there is no need to be concerned about  legal issues arising because of the previously mentioned reasons.

Photo Editing

My last subheading may have jumped the gun a bit, because you may question why pictures are necessary in the blogging world.  For one thing, they make the post more appealing, especially to visual learners.  I’m one of those! 

From another standpoint, especially with the introduction of Pinterest and Instagram, pictures are necessary to assist in promoting your blog. 

The choices of what program to use for photo editing are many.  Some are built into your computer like Windows Paint.  Others are on the internet and offer free services along with levels of service that must be paid for.  Picmonkey does the latter.  I purchased the upgrade and am enjoying experimenting with all the options to make my photos,and text-only pictures, more appealing.  The graphics that accompany this blog series are made with Picmonkey.

One thing I especially want to mention, while we are on the topic, is watermarking your pictures.  Here is a great Picmonkey article on that topic:  Tutorial: Claim Your Artistry by Adding a Watermark.

Categories and Tags

Categories (or Labels) help organize a blog into topics. If you look at the word “Label” at the bottom of this post, you’ll see the word “Technology” . You will be able to click on “Technology” and all the other posts with that label, or category, on my blog will appear for you to read.

Tags serve the same purpose…a way to find other posts, in the blog, about the same topic. 

I’m in the process of organizing my Categories and Tags in a new way, so please excuse the mess. :-)

Before Pushing That “Publish” Button

It’s almost time!  Almost time to push that “Publish” button and place your creation on the web for all to see.  At this point, I’m proofreading, (again), and making changes prior to the big moment. 

When I’m satisfied, I push the button on the platform I use to compose my posts (Windows Live Writer) and it’s then magically available for your reading enjoyment on my blog. 

Pictures…Again?

You probably thought I was finished writing about pictures.  This is important stuff, though and you’ll find out why in my next installment in the series. 

Once my post is published, I go to my blog and locate the web address for that specific post (not the whole blog, but the specific post).  I then come back to Windows Live Writer and click on any graphics in said post. I enter a description of the picture and the blog post address in the space marked “Alternate Text”.  Next,  push the “Publish” button, again.  My graphics now have the blog post address and a picture description associated with them.

EDIT: The Alternate Text has a few other tasks, which I will cover in, “Blogging…What’s It All About?  Part 3”.

It’s time to close this installment of my series about blogging.  Hopefully, it’s giving you a little insight into the life of a blogger.  Next installment, I’ll share about promoting a blog post on social media. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blogging…What’s It All About? Part 1

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There are some people on this planet who think maintaining a blog is very simple.  I mean, what could be easier than writing whatever comes to mind and hitting the, “Publish”, button to put it on the internet?

For those who think it’s that easy, I’m here to tell you…it’s not!

It’s a process.  One that involves many steps.  Ask any blogger and they will tell you that you never learn all there is to blogging.  It’s an ongoing learning experience.  I was inspired  to write this post because I’m making a sort of “Cheat Sheet” of the steps.  Doing so will help me to cover everything as I compose my posts and then promote them on social media. 

Let’s Get Started…Writing!

After deciding what they want to write about, a blogger begins writing the post.  It may be a topic they are well-versed in and the writing will come easily.  However, it may be something that needs researched and that can take time.  Lots of time.

The post is composed!  Yay! Let’s hit that “Publish” button.  Ummmm….no!  The post isn’t ready, yet.

Keywords?

Now, the blogger must go through and ensure they have used strong keywords---words that people will type into search engines when searching the topic the post is about.  Doing so will produce high rankings for the blog on search engines.  That, in turn, means more visitors to a blog and more money made by said blog.  This leads to my next subheading…

Affiliates?  What are Those?

If the blogger is an affiliate for a business, then linking to the website of that business is key to helping the blogger earn money.  That means providing a hyperlink to that business for the reader to click on.   Example:  I’m an affiliate for Amazon.com.  Amazon has given me special codes to use when posting about items they sell on their website.   I will earn a profit whenever a person clicks on those codes, that take them to Amazon.com, and places an order. 

This: Nutiva products on Amazon.comis a hyperlink and is more appealing to the eye than: 

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=Nutiva&linkCode=ur2&tag=bonsheaandhom-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=3BCRRSTPGUU3KB7P">Nutiva products on Amazon.com</a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bonsheaandhom-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Both will take you to the same Amazon.com page and if you order after going there via my links (above) I’ll still receive credit, but the first has a neater appearance for the reader.

I’m going to end this post and share more about blogging in the next.  I feel that breaking it up into smaller chunks will help you to understand the job better and help you to see how much work is involved for a blogger.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My CVS Shopping Spree 7-18-14

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If you read my last post, “How I Shop at Dollar General…and Other Stores”,  I shared tips on preparing for your shopping trip. 

Shopping at CVS follows the same preparation, with a few additions.  If you have an ExtraCare Card, you can use it to print out coupons at the ExtraCare kiosk towards the front of the store.  Another option is to download those coupons to your ExtraCare card from your computer or smartphone.  A cool benefit is that if you sign up to receive CVS ExtraCare emails, you will sometimes receive emails that include coupons to be downloaded to your ExtraCare Card.

If you don’t have an ExtraCare card, you can sign up for one on the CVS.com website or in your nearest CVS store.  The more you use it, the more your earn ExtraCare Bucks that can be used for future purchases, instead of money.

Very Important…As well as clipping coupons from your Sunday newspaper, don’t forget you can print them, from this blog, under the phrase “Printable Coupons Update Every 10 Minutes”.  Click on one you’d like to print, and you will automatically be taken to pages of coupons covering various categories.  It’s free!

 http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/07/my-cvs-shopping-spree-7-18-14.html  CVS Shopping Spree 7-17-14-1 Items 7-19-14

The picture, above, shows items I bought on a recent trip to CVS.  The amount saved includes sales items (some only available with an ExtraCare card); newspaper and printable coupons; an ExtraCare coupon that I downloaded to my ExtraCare card via an email I received and lastly, using a smartphone app called Ibotta

Yes, it takes time to coordinate all these ways of saving, but it’s worth it to your wallet! 

Thanks for joining me on my savings adventure!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How I shop at Dollar General…and Other Stores

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Shopping, in a frugal manner, requires some planning.  Below, are some tips to get organized for your next shopping adventure:

1.  Study your store ad and make a shopping list based on the sales and what you need.

2.   See if you have coupons for those items because: It’s nice to save with a sale; it great to save with a sale and a coupon!  Remember to look for printable coupons on my blog.  Click on a coupon below the phrase “Printable Coupons Update Every 10 Minutes” at the top of this page. You will then be taken to multiple pages of coupons that are organized under various categories.

You can also go to the store website (in this case:  www.dollargeneral.com) and print coupons.  It’s a great idea to also print a copy of the store’s coupon policy for reference.

3.  I use some smartphone apps  (some can also be used on the computer) to earn money based on my purchases.  For this purchase, I used Ibotta (I earned $1.50) and ReceiptHog (The user earns coins for submitting pics of their receipts.  Coins add up and can be redeemed for money or gift cards. 

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Above, is the receipt from my purchase.

Spent:  $37.63 (including tax)

Saved with coupons:  $10.30

Money made with Ibotta:  $1.50

Money made with ReceiptHog:  10 coins

Total savings:  $11.80

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What I bought is pictured, above!

Yes, saving while shopping involves some work, but I think you’ll be pleased with the results! 

I hope this post has inspired you!