Based on today’s title, some of you might think I’ve gone on an over the top broccoli binge. While it’s a good guess and not totally unexpected for me despite last week’s sundae, you’d be wrong. Thanks for playing; better luck next time.
Others of you might guess my very witty title (or really just my SEO unfriendly title) is based on the fact I spent a fair portion of last week with Heather from Kiss My Broccoli. Well if that’s where you were going, then you’re right. You get a gold star and the use of my crown for a day, maybe a week if you promise to return it in mint condition. I’m pretty particular about my crown.
Monday’s are typically devoted to the Week In Review, where we recap all the shenanigans which went down in the past seven days, and I suspect many of you are eager to see what Heather and I got into. While I don’t want to disappoint, I’m also not a girl who likes to kiss and tell…ignoring the whole mad monkey love thing, which pops up every other post or something equally ridiculous. What can I say? I’m thirty-five, which means I am a woman in my prime and at my peak, so to speak. Bow chicka wow wow.
Alright back to the Broccoli, with a capital B. I’m doing things differently today. Instead of listing out all the trouble we managed to get into, I’m going to share the pearls of wisdom our very near and dear Heather imparted to little old me, with emphasis on the little; not the old, for obvious reasons. I’m also going to do it in list form because no matter how far I may veer from my own link up, I will always break it down; bullet point style. Bow chicka wow wow. Oh yeah, bullet points get one of those too.
Let’s get listing:
- Heather taught me how to add a Pin In button to your pictures. I, being the nice and obviously humble person that I am, want to share the wealth with all of you. If you’re self hosted on WordPress, this is as simple as adding and activating a new plugin. I’ve created step by step instructions. Go ahead, make my day and feel free to Pin It. Nice how that worked out, huh? 😉 If you already know how to do this, skip right down to the next bullet point. I won’t be offended; promise.
1. On your sidebar, go to Plugins, then click on the Add New button.
2. In the Search box, type “jQuery Pin It Button for Images,” and then click on the Search Plugins button.
3. If you’ve typed your search query correctly, it should be the first one which appears in the list of possible matches below. Find the correct plugin, and click the “Install Now” button.
4. A window will open asking if you are sure you want to install this Plugin. Click OK and you will be brought to the screen below, which basically says you’ve downloaded the plugin. In order to activate it though, you need to select the “Active Plugin” button. It’s rocket science, I tell you.
5. Next, go to the Settings Tab on your side toolbar, and select the jQuery Pin It Button for Images.
6. The Settings window will open. Scroll towards the bottom, and you will see options for which blog pages you’d like the Pin In button to work with. Select the appropriate boxes (I chose all of them) and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Save Changes.
7. The description auto-populated by Pinterest for your pictures will be your blog title. You can change that. In the same Settings section, at the top, choose Visual Settings. From the drop down box for Description Source, select the description you’d prefer. I opted for Picture Title. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select Save Changes.
8. Now visit your site to ensure your new plugin is working correctly. Test it by pinning something. Most importantly, if this doesn’t work or breaks any of your other plugins, don’t blame me. I am novice, although if something go awry, I’d suggest deactivating and then deleting said plugin.
- Heather taught me regardless of my age, I’m still immature. On second thought, I already knew that. I just wanted to share this picture because I really do have the maturity level on an eight year old prepubescent boy. The Hubby is a lucky man.
- Heather taught me it’s a great idea to state your actual name in your “About Me” blurb on your sidebar. Duh. While this seems like an obvious thing, I wasn’t doing it before. I’ll wait while you check yours.
- Heather taught me to play with different backgrounds for my pictures; namely to start using my floor more. I’d say she’s got an eye for this kind of thing.
- Heather taught me the best way to bring an egg to room temperature quickly: stick it in your cleavage. Thank god I was wearing a bra or else that sucker would have slid right down to the floor. Laugh now ladies; then feel free to come crying to me in a few years. I will understand.
- Heather taught me coconut flour isn’t just for people. Cats can eat it too, especially when it comes in the form of a pancake. Max snagged his own second breakfast that day, which is still leaps and bounds better than the live chipmunk he brought into the house two weekends ago. It did give him crazy eyes though.
- Heather taught me sometimes, although certainly not always, but sometimes it’s alright not to have a plan. I’m not going to lie; being completely plan-less was tough for me, but probably a good thing in the long run. Sometimes you gotta get uncomfortable to grow, and based on the Bangkok picture, I obviously grew.
- Most importantly, Heather taught me you don’t need to live in the same city to be great friends. Cue sappy music. We literally talked non-stop her entire visit. Quite frankly between the two of us, I don’t know how anyone got a word in edgewise, us included. It didn’t hurt she was the friendliest, sweetest, and most easy-going non-planner I’ve ever met. I’d go so far as to say, I’d love to do it again anytime.
While it’s safe to say I learned an awful lot from our favorite Broccoli Baby, I’d like to think I taught Heather a thing or two as well. Perhaps she picked up on my penchant for planning. Hopefully, I brought her sense of a humor to a new and lower level, more akin to the gutter. It’s where mine usually hangs out. It’s conceivable I taught her fried eggs cooked with a pat a butter and grilled cheese sandwiches smothered in blueberry sauce won’t necessarily go straight to your hips; instead they’ll go a long way towards healing your relationship with food. Not that hers needs healing mind you, and I’m not kidding. Look at the photo; I have no hips. Sigh.
In any event, even if I passed no pearls of wisdom her way, I at least sent Heather home with granola because that’s how I roll.
Interested in participating in the Week In Review. Good, you should be.
The Rules…Dun, Dun, Dun.
- Your post should be about all the things you accomplished in the last seven days or so.
- Your post can be about food, social outings, workouts, home improvement projects, fun excursions, none of the above, or all of the above. The idea is to recognize all the things you accomplished in the past seven days. It’s an ode to yourself, a celebration of sorts, and a virtual pat on the back. Plus you get to write in list form, which rocks my socks. Although if you want to stick to prose go ahead; it’s your world.
- Add the Week in Review button to your post, link up and link back to Clean Eats, Fast Feets and get your list on. The link will stay open until Friday at midnight eastern standard time.
- Or you can be like me and make up own your rules. If you can justify it, I’ll accept it. How’s that for lenient?
What have your fellow bloggers taught you? If you could meet any blogger you want, who would it be and why?
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I am ridiculous jealous right now. I love Heather a lot. And you. And I’m quite sure I could have helped bring bother your senses of humor to an ever lower level.
Also, I have the shirt you’re wearing in that last pic. We are twins.
Good god woman; we own the same shirt. We’re starting to be a little too similar in non-strange but good ways.
I had a great time with Heather and can see why you love her.
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
Meggggggggggghaaaaaaaaaan!!! Omg, you are the absolute SWEETEST!! Typing up my post this morning had me realizing just how much I miss you already! The week went by FAR too fast…and not in a feets kind of way! 😉 But I had an absolute BLAST! Thanks for showing me the sights and filling my tummy full of cheesy, buttery, carbolicious, eats! As for that granola? I hid it from myself yesterday so that I wouldn’t finish it off! Ha!
PS, of all the things I “imparted” on you, I’m most proud that you shared the egg cleavage! LMAO!
I thought you might like that.
And I’m thrilled you made the trek all the way to Cleveland. Good thing I made it worth your while. 😉
Warming an egg in your cleavage??!! Omg!!! That just made me laugh out loud while I’m waiting to start a training in a client. I hope the DoNt ask jajahahaha.
It was a great tip; I simply had to share. :0
Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear says
Aww love it! Also I cracked up at the egg pic (pun fully intended)!
Yeah, I suspect that’s most people’s favorite. 😉
Marcee ... ILLINOIS says
Haa-ha …. fun post! Lots of great ideas too. For sure I will remember how to quickly warm-up an eggie! Good one.
What is sappy music? Maybe the Lennon sisters? Thought to ask.
Not to forget: WOW …. thankfully, I am not the only one in the world who orders chicken & pineapple thin crust pizza!!! At Calo’s in Chicago. Yum-yum. I use BBQ sauce from Montgomery Inn Restaurant. More yum. Have not tried banana peppers …. next time. Thanks for the great tips Meghan!
I love pineapple on a pizza. I am such a huge fan of the sweet and salty combo.
Sappy music, especially in this circumstance, would probably be some Dionne Warwick belting out That’s What Friends Are For.
LOOVEEEE. I would have moved mountains to come hangout with you. It’s nearly impossible, so when I figure out how to do that I will let you know. Also please note that when I do hangout with you, Max must come…AND I will probably bring him a slice of bread as a welcoming gift. HA!
Please, please figure it out. I will help you move the mountains. Max says he’s in on it too, and I haven’t even mentioned the bread yet.
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
I’m glad that you guys had such a good weekend! I have a Pin It plugin, so I don’t think it works all that well…should probably go check out that one 😉
Yep, check it out. It really couldn’t have been easier, which is a huge selling point for me.
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
This is so awesome because I spent the weekend trying to get that stupid pin it button to work- now I have a tutorial.
LOL. That egg. I must admit, I have in my younger years gotten female friends to hide many things in that area…namely alcohol. oops. Fellow bloggers have taught me to be myself and not care what others thing- and I’m going to embrace that.
You should both hightail it to Australia now. We can be immature 8 year old boys together.
Yeah, I hope my instructions help you!!
That’s a great lesson to learn and I’m going to embrace it with you. Not actually embrace you though, because I’m a married lady. 🙂
I would love to go to Australia. It’s on my bucket list.
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Just tried the pin it button- it finally works yay! had to go into the settings but it works! you rock (around the clock tonight)
I’m thrilled. It sounds like I missed a step though. What did you have to do in the settings section to make it work? I want to update my info and make sure I have it 100% correct.
I figured it out and updated the instructions. I also added info about how to change the description automatically being pulled when you pin something to be the actual picture name. THANK YOU. I OWE YOU ONE!
Eating 4 Balance says
Goodness, Heather comes to town and you start posting pictures of cleavage on your blog. Such a bad influence! 😉
Although maybe she’s a keeper because I love the new plugin. Now you just need to post that fabulous granola recipe that you are always trying to “perfect.” I’m pretty positive it’s there already and you’re just stalling so you can keep the granola to yourself.
Aww. That last bullet is the best. I don’t live in the same city of any of my friends anymore! Don’t stop the love.
I know right! Heather is a bad influence although I plied her with mimosa first.
Heather got to try the granola recipe and she thought it was fine as is, although I’m not convinced. I made another batch last weekend and changed my preparation and it was horrible. Alright, it’s totally edible but it was a step back.
Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite says
Awwww I love that you were gushing over each other. Too cute!!! And I actually LOLed when you said “Others of you might guess my very witty title (or really just my SEO unfriendly title)”
My titles are so not SEO friendly, and I don’t care. I like them that way. Oh well.
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
Jealousssss. Two reasons. One, you got to hang with Heather (and she got to hang with you). I adore you both, and would love to meet you in person. Two, you have cleavage that can warm eggs. I, sadly, have not been blessed in that area and have to warm my eggs the good old fashioned way — laying them out on the counter.
You’ll just have to join us when we meet again. Then I’ll put your eggs in my cleavage too. Before we know it, I’ll have a half dozen in there.
Davida @ The Healthy Maven says
We are officially friends since any friend of Heather’s has no choice but to be a friend of mine! And for real…what took me SO long to find your blog? I’m kind of obsessed with you already! I mean that in the least stalkerish way possible. Speaking of stalking, I’m about to do some serious commenting on your posts. Consider yourself warned!
Stalk away. From a safe distance of course, or I may have to get a restraining order. 😉
I don’t have enough cleavage for an egg. Sigh. I’ve got hips though . . . for no particular purpose now that I’ve done birthed my babies. I guess the hips help to shore up the falling wiener dog who gets carried during the walk when his little wiener dog legs are too tired to go any more.
I made granola last week, and that was a major accomplishment. Heather is lucky to get some of yours. No idea what the heck else I did. No one around here died, though, so there’s that.
I’m enjoying the mental image of you hauling a weiner dog around on your hip. Speaking of, I want hips.
I’m glad you like the granola. Hopefully, you’ll start whipping out batches like no tomorrow, with all sorts of crazy concoctions and I can say, I knew you when.
over the top.
Yeah, my decision to post that pic was touch and go all weekend. On the plus side, my face isn’t in it, so if my cleavage makes the rounds of the internet, no one will know it’s mine. Small consolation, I’m sure. I love you though. 🙂
Sarah Pie says
Everyone else beat me to it (I’m behind on my reading this week!) but I think out of everything you learned the egg trick has to be the best, though you forgot to give yourself a little Bow chicka wow wow for the picture 😉
Now if only she had taught you to let go and finally share that granola recipe…
You are so right. Dammit.
She did tell me to release the granola recipe. Still not ready though.
Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@fridaylovesong) says
Hahaha! Aw, such good times. The egg thing is frickin hilarious! I’m sad to say that biotch would be on the floor because there’s not clevage round these parts. I’m almost wondering if Heather didn’t just tell you that to see you stick an egg in your boobs. 😉
I think you might be onto something. I feel so violated now. 😉
Great post, Meghan! What fun to have a chance to spend time with Heather. You certainly are down with the Tennessee girls!! I need someone like Heather to teach me bloggy type things. I feel pretty lost with the technology sometimes. Guess I’m not doing too badly, considering…
You’re right. For some reason, I get on really well with the Southern gals, and you are not alone. Some of the behind the scenes technically stuff is beyond me, although the more I play with stuff, the better I get at it.
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut says
Sounds like you ladies had a lot of laughs and I’m not surprised!! Thanks for the pinterest button help..just switched to WordPress and that was on my list of things to figure out!! 🙂
I’m glad to be of service, and congratulations on the big switch!