There’s always something new (online) with me each week, but taking the time to get on here and update is my challenge. This week I was busy pulling together a new paper.li page, updating a squidoo page I’d totally forgotten I had, and creating a very personal blog article that included photos and results of my health journey over the last 17 months. Let me show you:This post, at FromKarlyn.com, was the result of a personal lifestyle change and transformation I experienced over the last – almost year and a half. The changes I made were “drastic” i think some may say, but to me – they were necessary, important and could even have saved my life. I go into great detail of what changes I made and how they affected me, over the last few years. I include a before and after photo too. Writing this post was therapeutic too, as it made me go back and examine some things I hadn’t recalled in some time. Showing and sharing my “before” photo was hard though. The photo still makes me sad, but at the same time, I’m thankful I finally work up from the unhealthy funk I was in for way too long! I’m a total newb to Paper.li. When I checked out the site for the first time this week; I was intrigued with it’s purpose. The template allows you to create your own online newspaper. Fill it with content from your own sources, a friends, favorite places online, etc. The site pulls content from the URL’s you feed it, including an image. You have control over how you want it displayed and the frequency of your newspaper’s updates. Visitors can subscribe to stay updated with the new content displayed each day, weekly, or whatever. One of the most impressive things I noted right away was now seriously easy the system is to use. There are no complicated controls the newbie will get lost in. Use the handy + Paper.li shortcut for your browser and pin content effortlessly in seconds while you browse the www. Silly me, but I’d attempted this Squidoo a few years ago and then got side-tracked. So; I took the opportunity this week to spend some quality time with it. My main Squidoo is about Karlyns across the web. The name itself is not too common as you may have guessed, so I shared some info about the different Karlyns I’ve met online since 2004, “Karlyn” products that are featured online, and then of course own sites that feature the name. There’s a poll there and some other fun stuff too. Squidoo’s have been around for a while now. If you are not familiar with the site, it’s a handy tool for people who want to share all kinds of ideas. You can create pages, called “Lenses”, about practically any topic under the sun. There are a lot of layout configurations, addons and widgets you can include along with your basic topic title and description, but it’s not overwhelming. It’s totally free and allows the user a good, quality way to get there content online for all to view.
I do work full time in retail by the way, but when I get home from work, I get busy with my “fun work”, which is my websites, my blogging, my freelance advertising and design work, etc.. I love it. So each week, I continue to update my other websites.. .com’s I’ve had since 2000. The following sites all have some worthwhile updates of their own that I hope you’ll take a moment to check out as well. They may not be featured like my top-three above, but they are nonetheless important to me. They are all my babies.. lol.
New at YeahMom.com – And just in time for the hot summer sun (at least it’s hot out here in So. Cal already!)
Sun Safety For Kids: 4 Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Sun
New at Wahmiam.com – Wahm (work at home Mom) info and resources updated usually twice weekly. This most recent one being about how moms can make money helping other moms.
New at LivePeaceandPassion.com – Are you new to Feng Shui? It was the topic of my last post at LPP (Live Peace and Passion). Feng Shui is an art form and can help promote peace in the home. At LPP this week, you can Learn to Feng Shui
New at WiseNaturally.com – Cholesterol is a topic I bring up at WiseNaturally.com maybe more frequently than other topics.. can you blame me? It seems everyone is battling high cholesterol, but there are so many natural ways to help conquer it which I’ve posted in the past. In one of this week’s articles, I posted what to expect from a life with high cholesterol.
New at WahmBuds.com – I had some fun creating wahm graphics in the past and plan to create more soon, so I was revisiting this topic on a recently post at WahmBuds.com. If you are looing for ways to share your pride in being a work at home mom, check out my newest article at wahm buds titled Work at home? Celebrate your wahm pride.
New at MomsRewards.com Rewards Blog – And just today, I updated my oldest site (established in 2000) with some fresh coupons that mom can use on her next grocery shopping trip. You can see what’s posted there if you follow this link to Fresh coupons for 4-29.
As always, thank you for visiting, reading, commenting, sharing! I appreciate you!by Read More
I had the pleasure of attending Greg LaVoi’s launch of his new line of designs inspired by someone in my own family. My great-aunt Irene Lentz has been gone now, for over four decades.. but not forgotten. Since I started my Irene-Lentz.com site back in 2009, I have had the pleasure of meeting (online and off) many Irene fans, a couple of authors and several talented individuals in the media and design world. I’ve received wonderful letters and testimonials from these folks reminiscing on their respect and love of Irene’s talent and skill in fashion design. It’s such a gift to hear this. Over the years; I’ve learned so much from the amazing people who have taken the time to write and share the results of their experience, connections to Irene Lentz, their years of research, projects and/or their writings related to my aunt. I’m truly honored.
Hollywood limelight was probably a weekly event in my great-aunts life. I imagine Irene rubbing elbows with celebrities was a pretty common occurrence in her career as a Hollywood Fashion Designer. I have seen the list of movies she worked on and incredible actresses she dressed. It’s a life and time I can only imagine.. from what I know of Hollywood, the photos I’ve seen from Irene’s personal collection, and stories I’ve heard from my mother and grandmother.
Most recently, I walked the red carpet at Greg’s design launch. Fun? You bet! The whole event was just amazing and Greg’s design line was phenomenal.. seriously. It was an honor to Irene and a pleasure to be a part after all these years. It is especially gratifying to think that this launch of new, reinvented designs, inspired by my aunt Irene, will be available to the public via Greg’s “Irene by Greg LaVoi”. New generations of people and designers will have the chance to get to know Irene Lentz, the original, through Greg’s very talented and thoughtful work. I imagine now, that the Irene Legacy will continue to thrive for years to come and that is something very impressive to look forward to.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contacted me regarding your interests and connections to my great-aunt. I respond to all communications I receive and they continue to intrigue and delight me. Thank you for your time and oh-so-kind words.
These (below) are some additional images I personally took of the red carpet. If you care to see more from this awesome event, click to this link of my photos of the Irene by Greg LaVoi Fashion Show. Thank you and enjoy!
These are Facebook pages of mine.. Please visit when you get the chance.
If you have a Facebook page you would like me to visit, leave me a comment below and I’ll check it out.
.. what that means is… Despite it looking a little quiet around here, I’ve actually been quite busy – especially since the start of this new year. I have been designing, editing, blogging, blogging, editing and designing.. some of my favorite things in life!
I’ve totally redesigned the look and content (again!!) of wahmbuds.com. This time with my own custom graphic design and maybe I’ll stick with this theme design this time, who knows. Naw.. I’ll probably have something totally new by Valentines. ?[/third]
I was going to sell this site but changed my mind. I’m so glad I did too. I enjoy the mom content (new blogging here too) on this site and it’s been around for a while now (2004). I think all it needed was a new look. YeahMom! Can you say PINK?[/third]
I just recently started creating custom designed wordpress themes. I’m rather happy with this custom design I did for LP&P. I updated the site with new posts too.. I know it was feeling very lonely there for a while. Yes, my website have feelings – don’t yours!?[/third]
This site is easily my most posted on site.. mainly because I feel a little more liberal with it, posting more daily, life and fun stuff. It too got a new design and plenty of blogging. Also added a Good Reads widget here, great book/read tracking site.[/third]
MomsRewards.com – my oldest site (2000) saw a little bit of a face-lift with a new main image on the front page, a new design on it’s rewards blog and some new quality freebies of course. I’m happy to report it’s been seeing a lot of new visitors lately too. [/third]
I just get around to this site as often as I would really like to. Maybe this is something I can change for 2011. I did however, spend a good amount of quality time with this site just this morning, blogging about my favorite teachers blogs.[/third]
It’s been a good couple of weeks at home on holiday vacation being able to get these updates done. I did manage to get up from my desk once in a while and eat, sleep, visit the gym, visit relatives and enjoy some quality family time playing many many rounds of Scene It too.
Wishing you a happy and fulfilling new year 2011 too!
no images were foundI’ve started designing my own custom themes for WordPress. Though I know HTML like the back of my hand, it’s only recently I’ve been feeling more comfortable with CSS, which is the design structure of WordPress. So creating these themes is new (for me!), fun and I plan to continue doing it, so I thought I’d make a formal post about it.
I like that I can control so many design elements through CSS and then include my own graphic design choices in the background and header, as in the example above which I created for my FromKarlyn.com website. It’s about time really. I’ve been using WordPress software for most of my sites for years now. I have enjoyed using many wonderful themes offered by other talented designers and always thought: “Someday…” Well someday is now, and over the last few weeks, I jumped in and started creating.
I plan to overhaul the look of all my own domains over time, but for now, I have most of them converted to some of my first custom designs. I created a Themes page so that I would have a designated area for sharing new theme designs and then, after a while.. offer them to others for use on their own websites and blogs.
That’s the plan anyway. If you have a chance, let me know what you think. Thanks!
I made some new, fun, free, Pogo fan buttons and am sharing them at my fromkarlyn.com site. Feel free to grab the color(s) you like best [ 8 colors to choose from ] and post on your site or blog so that all the world can see you are a Pogo fan too! :) Click here to view them.by Read More