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?