Cute things, green blogs, and a bunch of great links…

1. Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you had a great week. It seems like I’ve run into a ton of good sites and information lately, so get ready to start clicking. But first, I wanted to say thanks for all the puppy training tips you shared. I really appreciate it. (Ana, we put a blanket over Bailey’s crate and it really helped. Thank you!)

2. I’m glad I finally installed the Google Follower gadget because I’ve been able to discover some awesome sites. If you’re interested in green blogs, be sure to stop by Mommy is Green and Eco Friendly and Frugal. You’ll be glad you did! It was fun to read your posts and find new blogs through Talkin’ About Thursdays here too. If you didn’t get a chance to join in, I hope you do next week!

3. I also discovered another site I have to share. Judy at The Cutest Little Things really does have the cutest little things over there. Stop by and get some Spring-spiration from her Spring journal idea.  I loved it and I’m sure you will too.

4. I’ve gotten questions lately about how shorten URLs for twitter. If you’re wondering how to do that, simply cick here, enter your URL, and select shorten. :)

5. Literary Agent Nathan Bransford had an excellent guest post by Jon Gibbs titled Is Your “But” Too Big? It’s a great post about excuses and it applies to anyone, whether you’re a writer or not.

6. Michelle over at One Crafty Mama had an excellent tutorial this week about how to make your photos bigger in Blogger. Stop by and have a read! (And check our her pictures while you’re there; she’s an awesome photographer.)

7. Last, a couple more tips if you have a blog: Darren at ProBlogger had an excellent post recently titled The Power of Uniqueness (19 Starting Points for Being a Unique Blogger). And did you know you can turn your blog into a book? I haven’t done it, but it sounds pretty cool.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Do you have any fun plans? My daughter has a swim meet Saturday morning (early!) and I’m hoping it won’t rain.

Look forward to seeing you on Mom-Monday!

For more 7 Quick Takes, be sure and stop by Jennifer’s Conversion Diary.

Talk soon,


  1. Oh my goodness, thanks for including me….even if my info was for the old blogger editor. :)I came over for the Thursday linking but had to run out before I had time to reply or play along. Maybe next week.Oh and I can't wait to check out some of your other shout outs.

  2. I love your Quick Takes Friday. And yes, I love the Google follower connect too. I also follow Darren Rowse of Problogger. He is such a wonderful resource. I learned so much about blogging from his site. I will check out a few of your other links. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.Blessings,Debbie

  3. You're a mind-reader! I was just wondering how I could shorten URLs on my tweets. Thanks for the links. :)

  4. Wonderful "Quick Takes". The "but" article was my favorite. So true! Looking forward to participating in next weeks "Talk Thursday". Sounds like fun!Have a great week!

  5. I haven't used Google friend connect, but I sure love my dashboard. :-)Congrats on finding new blogs!

  6. Thank you so much for compiling these great resources here. I've heard about turning a blog into a book, but have not look into it yet. It sounds great!

  7. Those are some great links and tips Genny!! Thank you!Blessings-Amanda

  8. I've really been considering making my blog into a book especially after blogging about my pregnancy with the girls.

  9. First time to your blog : )Great links that I will check out when I have the time!

  10. I am getting ready tochange my blog design so I think I will turn mine into a book to keep…. good idea!!

  11. What a beautiful spring journal Judy made. I think that I will try to make my gardening journal nicer this year, instead of random sketches and lists in different notebooks!I love the thought of turning some of my favorite posts into a keepsake book. I will have to look into that further. Have a great weekend!

  12. I love the idea of making a book out of the blog. Thanks for that link. Although, I'd really like to write a "real" book based on my blog's message of holistic wellness. I'm working on a mental outline…does that count as getting started?

  13. Hi Genny! Thank you so much for the mention. I'm so glad you installed the Googe Follower gadget. I find it the easiest way to follow blogs. I love the name of your blog by the way. I hope your daughter did well in the swim meet!

  14. What is/where can I find the Google Follwer gadget you were talking about?

  15. Judy and Mommy is Green – you are more than welcome!And Emily, it's the follower gadget in Blogger. Go to layout and select add follower gadget. Hope that helps!Hope you all had a great weekend!Genny

  16. thanks for sharing "the how to shorten URL" i have been wondering how to do that myself

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