Thursday, July 2, 2015

Foodie Features at #GrowingCirclesHop

It's Thursday, and that means it's time to party with Google Plus. Invite your friends to join us this week at #GrowingCirclesHop and let's share our content!


Here are some posts of our top #GrowingCirclesHop participants. When we look for posts to feature here at the party, we look for people who link up their G+ profile AND who share a public post with our party hashtag. This week we have a mix of posts, our first feature meets all Party Hashtag Feature requirements.


Please be aware: Sometimes we also share a post or two from our top#GrowingCirclesHop engagers (those who continuously share and/or +1 and comment throughout the party)! 
Our second feature used our party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. 
And our third feature this week is a top engager.





This one we thought appropriate for this week!




Now...Let's party, shall we?
Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop


*** Don't forget! ***
The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 



To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
OUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  







Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles










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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lucky Fifteen at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Happy Tuesday to you!

I'm still on a "blogging break," but our Wonderful Wednesday family is growing, and I had to help share the great news! Help us welcome Cathy and Saira (more info below). And let's all have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY! =0)
And remember, you can always catch me on Instagram and Twitter, even when I'm not here on the blog. 

Also, today is the LAST DAY for TWO of my current giveaways. So be sure to stop by and enter them both!


This week we welcome two new BLOGS to our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop team:  Cathy of A Peek Into My Paradise and Saira of Mom Resource! 

Be sure to stop by their blogs this week and get to know them.
Their social media links can be found in the host list below.

So, how did we do at last week's fabulous party? So much participation!  What we love is that you all visited SO MANY posts! 
click click click
Comment . like . share . pin . follow!


Most Viewed
recipe blogs


Very Popular


SINEA's Editor's Pick

Follow our Pinterest Board here:
Follow CD's Country Living's board Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Favorites! on Pinterest.



Love this party?

Tweet It and It Will Grow!

Simple guidelines...

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) ♥
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways, Etsy shops or blog parties please. You are welcome to share them in the comments, though.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin or share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • Follow our Wonderful Wednesday PINTEREST board, if you'd like (below) 
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Cathy of A Peek Into My Paradise   NEW!

Saira from Mom Resource  NEW!

Kristen of Musings Of An Average Mom
Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Pinterest / Twitter

Erica of eLeMeNO-P Kids

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

CD of CD's Country Living

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row

Jaime of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Tammy of My Life Abundant

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Kim of 2JustByou

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty








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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Party It Up with #GrowingCirclesHop

So you might have noticed that I've been MIA again here on the blog. 
I even had to miss Wonderful Wednesday this week, but you can still join that party right here (we broke records, yet again last week!). You know I wouldn't be blog-silent without good reason. And I thank you for checking in with me, even though I haven't published a post for the past week. You are all amazing! And I love the blogging community that I've become a part of over the past few years. 

I am sharing the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop today. However, I might not be able to make it on time to check out all of your posts before the party is over. I will get to it later, though, and at least check out a few party hashtag posts, so I hope you'll be sharing. =0)

It's a Party Hashtag Feature Week here at #GrowingCirclesHop.
It's our 70th Google Plus Party!




Let's take a look at some of the awesome posts you shared with us last week!!!






What was your favorite post shared at the party last week? Let us know in a blog comment! Now let's party.
Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop


*** Don't forget! ***
The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 



To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
OUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  







Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles










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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Answering Questions: Difference Between Follow and Adding to Circles {#GrowingCirclesHop No.69}

Back in April, we opened up our party for YOUR questions in regards to all things Google Plus. We answered the first one here about searches within Google Plus (because they work a little differently than a regular search). 




Today we're going to answer this question: 

What's the difference between "following" a page and adding to a circle?

When you follow a page, you are basically adding that page to a specific circle for following. Pages are usually for businesses or brands. However, there is sometimes the option to "follow" a personal page as well - depending on how the page is setup. Most people have a personal page, and then a separate business page (but this is not always the case). 

The difference is much like that of facebook. You can "follow" a person's personal newsfeed, which means that you are more likely to see that person's status updates and G+ shares in your newsfeed (or in your email inbox, if you have that setting enabled). When you add a person to a circle category, you basically start "following" them too. However, if you follow AND add to a circle, you are more likely to see the person's G+ posts. When you click "follow," you also increase the number of followers visible and counted for the page.



When I add someone to my circles, I usually go ahead and choose FOLLOW (by checking the box for circle category "follow"), then add to a specific circle category (#GrowingCirclesHop, for example).

Much of the time, a business page ONLY has the follow option (as opposed to the circle categories). So, the same is true if you "follow" a business or brand page. When adding a business/brand PAGE, you MUST FOLLOW first, and then you will be allowed the additional option to add the page to a circle as well. Or, you can choose to just follow only, without categorizing into a circle.



In essence, follows and adding to a circle is the same thing. However, as mentioned above, we have seen higher results with following AND adding to a circle. This has been true for both personal pages and business/brand pages.

You might be asking yourself...What's the difference between a personal and business/brand page? And do I need both?
Well, you'll have to stick with us for the next round of Answering Questions to find out the answer to that!!! ;) 
For now, let's get to the party!!! Remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up for the best benefits of the party. =0) 




*** Don't forget! ***
The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 

Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
OUR PARTY HOSTS: 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

OUR CO-HOST:
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  







See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles







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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Words for my Wednesday: Kindness Matters {Plus a Target Gift Card #Giveaway, Ends 6/30}

Life is definitely full of its ups and downs. Through it all, kindness matters. And it matters a lot. It can really make the difference to someone who is barely holding it together. Believe me. I know.



I've been told many, many times that I'm a nice person. I'm kind. And sometimes I've even heard that I'm too kind. But, you know what? I'd rather be too kind than be the alternative. And if what goes around really does come back around, I'll take kindness and compassion over carelessness any day of the week.

So for today's late Words for my Wednesday blog post (better late than never, right?), I've rounded up a few quotes about kindness. 
Because kindness matters. 
Please don't ever forget that.





My new summer tee, from Project Lead Kindly.
Add me on snapchat (username: twojustbyou).


Have you ever had a really bad day, and that one act of kindness from someone just put a smile on your face? A smile that was SO needed?
Tell me about it in a blog comment!



And now...A Target Gift Card Giveaway for you!





The DETAILS...
There are three ways to win -- follow on Instagram, like a photo daily and comment on a photo daily. See the Rafflecopter form for links to all the participating bloggers. Good luck!
Prize: $200 Target Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.) 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/30/15 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!





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