Mel Ford

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Create Memories with August's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo August 2014 Badges

The official badge for August. ...more

NaBloPoMo August 2014 Blogroll

The theme for August is MNEMONIC. ...more

NaBloPoMo August 2014 Prompts

If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in August -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

Facebook Forces Mobile Users to Download Messenger App to Access Facebook Messages

Facebook announced today that you'll need to download a second app in order to access Facebook messages from your smartphone. This is both for your benefit -- faster app speed for their main app since it won't be weighed down by messages -- but moreso Facebook's benefit: why use any other messaging app when you need to download Facebook's regardless if you want to access that Facebook feature? It's like colonizing your phone, one app at a time. ...more
I use it all of the timemore

6 Tips to Keep You Healthy and Happy at the BlogHer Conference

When you come home from the BlogHer conference, you will hopefully have a camera full of photographs, a pocket full of bloggie business cards, and a suitcase full of swag. But what you don't want to bring home is exhaustion, or even worse, a cold. Before you leave for BlogHer, check my list of things to bring with you or do while you're there in order to come home refreshed instead of drained. ...more
Denise Oh. Good reminder! I need to make sure I have hand sanitizer packed in my carry-on. ...more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
Sounds yummy! Did the White House share the menu anywhere? It's so great that your kids got to ...more

Woohoo! Fake Name Usage is Now Allowed on Google+

Admit it, you've always wanted your Google+ name to be Blueberry Sunbeam, but you're a good girl and you play by Google+'s rules, so you used your boring, everyday name when you set up your account. Well guess what, average name user? You can finally use that brilliant name that came to you in a drug-induced Burning Man haze! Google+ has lifted their rule about using actual names on your Google profile. ...more
I use my ideal name which is Lilyofthewoods.  Much better than my real one.more

Do You Know What Doesn't Need Fixing? You! It's Compliment Your Mirror Day

I usually don't talk to my reflection, which is sort of rude. I mean, I was always taught that it's not polite to stare, and it would certainly be creepy if I walked up to someone and just stood there, staring slack-mouth at them. But that's what I do all the time when it comes to my reflection. I just stand there, staring at the mirror, fussing with my hair. And you can sort of tell from my expression what I think of my reflection, especially when it's humid out and my hair is a mess. But you know what today is? Compliment Your Mirror Day. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your July 2014 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
Walt Disney on Children http://themotherofnine9.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/walt-disney-on-children/more