Friday, May 31, 2013

Is Your Blog Verified on Pinterest?

Happy Friday, everyone.  I've been feeling SO incredibly behind with SO many things lately.  How about you guys?  

Well,  one thing on my To-Do List was to clean up my Pinterest profile.  



While I was updating, I noticed that if you have a website, you can choose to verify it (so it will show up in your profile as a clickable link).  

Click image to follow me on Pinterest!  =0)

I don't know when they added that, but I like it!!!  So off I went to verify...Just one problem, I had absolutely NO idea what was meant when it said in the directions for verification to "upload file to server."  WHAT???  Even further, I had no clue what to do when it started throwing the word "meta tag" at me (I'm not so familiar with html)!

So I did a little research on how to verify your blog.  It took me all of two minutes.  There were lots of tutorials.  I found quite a few directions for wordpress blogs, but here I am on the Blogger platform and having no idea what to do!  Until I found this gem to share with you today, that is.  If you have a website and you're not verified on Pinterest yet, I recommend it.  It allows Pinterest users to easily find your site, because the link is right there, and it's clickable!  

Give it a try, and check out the Pin below:





Please keep in mind that the tutorial above is for Blogger blogs.  If you're a wordpress user, here's a tutorial for you - CLICK HERE.


If your blog is already verified on Pinterest, did you find it easy to do?  Did you use a tutorial like the one above? 

Hope you enjoyed today's Blogger Tip.  For more tips, you can visit my Pinterest board full of them HERE.  I'm always looking for more things to add to the board too, so if you have tip you'd like to share, please do!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Easy Extra Entries for the MSB #Giveaway

Do you want some super easy extra entries for the MSB Giveaway [to win a $15 gift certificate] ending in less than 24 hours???  Giveaway closes tonight at midnight, Eastern Standard Time. 

Check this out!!!

Follow my new twitter account (@2Byoutify), and I'll manually add a whopping 20 extra entries for you!!!  If you haven't entered already, you can enter by CLICKING HERE.


Click the image and follow me!


Another great way to earn another 20 extra entries is to make any purchase from MSB!  And - even better - they're having a Summer Sale and Clearance event going on RIGHT NOW too!  Use code 2JUSTBYOU and you'll save an extra 20% on your entire order (sale & clearance prices included), PLUS you'll get 20 extra entries for the giveaway.  How cool is that?

Why do I have a new twitter account?  Well, I will be using this new account to tweet all things beauty, lovely and healthy.  Being beautiful is being YOU.  Byoutiful with me and join me on my journey!  




I also have this new role as an MSB Affiliate.  Ever since my first purchase from MSB, I was truly impressed.  I always love supporting handmade artisans.  Beyond their awesome products, though (100% ALL natural and even a wide selection of vegan-friendly finds), the customer service is impeccable.  And what REALLY got me hooked was when they rolled out their nail lacquers in April. My Baby Girl is such a girly girl, and she loves to paint her nails and toe nails.  It's great that MSB's polishes are non-toxic and 3-FREE, and - oh, right, you guessed it - HANDMADE!!!  (Personal fave pick is the shade Island Cove...Love, love, love it!)  What is 3-Free, you ask?  3-Free means free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

A fun, new twitter account for you to follow and earn 20 extra entries for the giveaway.  Win-Win!!  Follow my new twitter and then leave me a comment with the following info:
1. your twitter handle
2. your email
3. your rafflecopter name

That's it.  Easy as that!  I will manually enter 20 extra chances for you to win the $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  And remember, if you make a purchase, come back and leave a comment - you'll get an additional 20 extra entries.  =0)  GOOD LUCK!

I've been thinking about my original twitter handle @shopjustByou...I was thinking about changing it to @2justByou to match the blog name.  The blog is an extension of me as the person, not just the shop.  My tweets promote handmade, of course, but I also tweet lots of other fun stuff too.  The only thing is...If I do that and change the name, will the old name carry over if people search or tweet it?  I'll have to look into that, I guess.  What do you think?  Should I change my original twitter name to match the blog?  Or should I keep it as is with @shopjustByou?

Crimson Hill Giveaway WINNER

Sorry this one has taken me so long to announce!  We finally have a WINNER for the Crimson Hill Giveaway!!!  And the lucky winner is...

LINDSAY P.

Congrats, Lindsay!  You just won a 3-pack Luxury Soap Sampler Set from Crimson Hill (shown below as a clickable link, for any who would like to order - try coupon code BLOG10 to save 10% on your purchase!).  


As always, one of the mandatory entries is to visit Crimson Hill and choose a favorite product.  Lindsay chose this as hers:




Thanks to all those who entered, and a BIG shout out to Angie of Crimson Hill for sponsoring this lovely giveaway for 2justByou Blog!  Her soaps (and other products) are really awesome.  I'm speaking from experience, and later I'll share a Buy It & Try It product review with you.

Thank you for stopping by and reading.  Have a great day!  =0)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

Accompanying today's Words for my Wednesday are some petunia flowers I received as a part of my Mother's Day gift (now in our front yard).  I love the two colors mixed in the same pot.


"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Do you have a quote, saying, or some words to share today?  If so, please share them with a comment!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Popular Pins Lately

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and for those of you in the U.S., a great Memorial Day Weekend!  Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season.  Here are some popular pins from my Pinterest boards lately, and some of my favorite summer pins.

For Father's Day 




Source: etsy.com via justByou on Pinterest


* This pin was originally for Christmas time, but they're all great gift ideas for guys!


For Summer Time

Source: etsy.com via justByou on Pinterest


* On a side note, does anyone know why I can't get the Pinterest links below the photos be to be centered on the page???  I have no clue how to fix that.

Do you have any popular pins to share?  Please do with a comment!  I'd love to see them and maybe do some re-pinning.  =0)


Friday, May 24, 2013

Don't Forget

There's now just less than one week left to enter for your chance to win a $15 Madison Street Beauty gift certificate, so don't forget to enter!  

PLUS, you can use code 2JUSTBYOU, save an extra 20% on your order, AND earn 20 extra entries!!!  You don't want to miss out on this great opportunity.  MSB is also having a blowout Clearance Sale, where you can get 70% off.  Go check it out!



Check out all giveaway details HERE, or you can also click on the image above.



Today is also the final day to join us at Meet & Greet, so don't forget to stop by and link up your family friendly blog.  Just click the link below, and have fun answering our Question of the Week.  =0)

It's a 3-day weekend for us, so...Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #27

It's our FIRST bi-weekly hop for Meet & Greet.  Welcome to the party!

We chose the perfect time to go bi-weekly, because our other HOST, Laurie, welcomed a brand new baby boy just last week (our first week off for the hop).  CONGRATULATIONS, Laurie!

Join in, meet some fellow bloggers, greet them with comments, and grow your blog with new friends.

Interested in being a Co-Host?
Send an email to 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "Co-Host" in the subject line for consideration and be sure to include your blog link.



MEET EVERYONE!
This week's Get-to-Know-YOU Question:
Is there a story behind the name your parents chose for you?

*HOSTS*


Laurie:
I'm not sure about the first name, but I have been told my middle name "Ann" was supposed to end with a "e" like my Mother and Grandmother, but there was a mistake on the birth certificate which they never fixed.  That's ok, I like being different.  :)



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Kim:
No story, really.  My dad just liked the name Kim.










*CO-HOSTS*
We now have TWO!


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Angie:
My full given name is "Angelique" with a French accent "egu" on the first "e" (but I didn't know how to type that accent - so just imagine that it's there - hahahaha).  I was born before ultra sound technology was around but the doctor was positive that I was going to be a boy because of my "strong heart" - so my parents named me "David Jacob".....until I was born and then changed it to "Angelique Marie".  My sister's name is Monique so they sound nice together - Angelique & Monique (although I go by Angie).



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Noor:
Yeah.  Noor is not my birth name.  I was born with the name Eesha, but somehow it didn't suite my personality & I fell ill.  So when it came to renmae, the lucky word chosen was N. Noor is an Arabic word & means light.  Fully it makes Noor Unnahar that means day light.  So my parents consider me as the light from God and named me Noor Unnahar  :)



* Our Featured Guest of the Week *

Courtney and Julie, from The Chirping Moms
Blog description:
Two moms that are neighbors, friends, and always busy chasing after little ones!  This blog is filled with creative ideas, honest reviews, and wonderful giveaways!


Now it's YOUR turn!
Is there a story behind the name your parents gave you?

Spread the word,
Grab our button!

Now link up and have FUN!
* Please be sure to follow the Hosts, Co-Hosts, and the Featured Guest! The Co-Hosts and Featured Guest will change each hop! *


If you would like to sign up for email reminders for the Meet & Greet Blog Hop, please sign up below. (Your email address and info will not be used for any other purpose.)

Words for my Wednesday

During times of difficulty, we can be strong.  Yesterday's blog post was for the people of Oklahoma, and today's Words for my Wednesday are for us all.  When you have HOPE, you have something to hold on to even when it seems that things can't get any worse.  We all need HOPE.




When all you see is black or gray, there can be color with some HOPE.  =0)


Source: etsy.com via justByou on Pinterest


Yesterday I shared a couple of items for sale with proceeds going toward the disaster relief effort (you can see them HERE).  Today I share an item from our Etsy shop, inspiring us all to keep making wishes and always have hope.  Purchase this item, and we will donate $10 to RedCross.org for relief efforts in Oklahoma.

UPDATE: Shortly after 9:00 AM, Eastern Time, this beauty SOLD!  So we will be donating $10 to the Red Cross today.  Thank you.



If you have a quote, words, or a saying that you'd like to share, please do with a comment.  =0)

Happy Wednesday, everyone.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma, You'll be OK

It's unreal that we have to see yet another devastating natural disaster take the lives of so many.  It's heartbreaking when I think about an entire part of a town being wiped away in just a matter of minutes.  Homes taken, lives lost, and those still searching for their loved ones.

A a few Etsy friends live in OK.  It's important to remember that people are strong and resilient, but thoughts, prayers and support can go a very long way.  People of Oklahoma, you'll be OK.  It's hard right now, and recovery is not easy, but you'll be OK.  

One Etsy friend (an Etsy Rock Star) living in OK has shared a couple of items for sale with proceeds benefiting the disaster recovery efforts.  I thought I'd share them here with you as well.  And remember that you can always donate at RedCross.org, where your donations are indeed greatly appreciated and put to good use.



Available in a variety of colors by Rainbow Swirlz

If you know of any more Etsy shops giving proceeds to this cause, please leave links in a comment. 

Please keep the disaster victims and survivors in your thoughts and prayers.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, May 20, 2013

I want to try...

Just a few months ago, I decided to give Birchbox a try, because so many of my bloggy friends gave it rave reviews.  For $10, you get a box of sample size trials of various goodies once a month.  It's fun to open and reminds me of the beauty subscriptions I used to have in the past.  In the first box we received (for March), this was included:




I've never tried a dry shampoo before.  I should have tried this for myself, but instead, I gave the sample to my daughter to try.  She loved it.  

You spray just a little bit on your roots, holding the bottle about 10 inches away.  Let it sit for a minute, massage into scalp, then brush through normally and then style.  She loved how lightweight and easy to use this product was, and she liked the scent too.  Plus, it actually left no residue (and my daughter has very thick, dark hair).  A full size bottle of this baby costs $25, and she has been wanting to purchase some.

A downside to this product is that it's in an aerosol spray can.  =(  So before I went to make a purchase, I wanted to see if I could find a possible alternative.   Guess where I searched...If you said Etsy, you're right on the money!  I did a search with keywords "dry shampoo" and a total of 413 items popped up for results.  I was impressed.  Here are a couple that I want to try (but there were quite a few that looked pretty good):

Buttercream Scent
from PuurBody

Vanilla Lavender Scent

Right now I think I'm leaning toward the first one (Buttercream scent - YUM!).  Which one do you think you would you try?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Feature & GIVEAWAY: Flower Land Shop

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's time for a Friday Feature with Giveaway, so I hope you're all ready to meet Sara of Flower Land Shop in the lovely Italy (a place I'd love to visit one day).  Sara's shop is full of whimsical polymer clay jewelry, each hand-sculpted and hand-painted with lots of care and attention to detail.  There are lots of great finds for animal lovers too.  =0) 
Please remember that all images are clickable. 




I asked Sara how she came up with her shop name.  This was her answer:
When I opened the shop I made floral jewelry with Swarovki crystals, so, I wanted to give the name “FlowerLand”.  After, I chose to make animals because I love them and they inspire me but I didn't want to change the name, it is romantic and I think that ideas can bloom like the flowers.
The subtitle “by Sara Max” is the union of my name with my boyfriend name (Massimo), he's my biggest supporter and adviser, and I wanted to thank him putting his name in the shop title.




How did Sara start making polymer clay pieces?  Here is what she said:
I discovered polymer clay on the web and I falled in love with it. When I was a child I loved to make jewelry with glass beads and threads, but techniques I used were limiting for me, I love to sculpt and to paint . Polymer clay allows me to unite jewelry making, sculpting and painting. Initially I made jewelry for myself, was 2007.



Something she wants readers to know about her work:
I'd like they to know I love my work, I spend hours and hours designing my pieces, making them and improving packaging. I'm very happy when people request custom items because I'll [know I'm] going to make something unique and special. I'd like to make people happy and I hope I do it!

What is her favorite thing to do in the summer?  She said:
To go to the beach!

I asked if she has a favorite color palette to use for the summer season.  She replied:
After classic animal colors (grey,brown etc) I'll use turquoise, neon colors, pink, white,mint green.

Where can you find Sara on the web? 
Etsy shop www.flowerlandshop.etsy.com
Blog: www.fioridiflowerland.blogspot.com
Twitter: twitter.com/FlowerLand85 
FB: www.facebook.com/pages/FlowerLand-Jewelry-and-Home-Decor/209567729110522... 
Tumblr: flowerlandbysaramax.tumblr.com/




Sara is giving one lucky 2justByou Blog reader a super cute Grumpy Cat necklace (shown above), a $45 value!!!  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends Saturday, June 1st at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Much luck to you all!!!  Have a wonderful Friday.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Online Bake Sale

Today's post will be quick and to the point.  If you are a supporter of good causes, then I encourage you to check out this facebook bake sale: Baking for Kate.  I learned about the event from Mom's Test Kitchen, a GREAT blog with lots of foodie posts (I always love those!).  Breast Cancer is unfortunately one that touches lots of us, but great things can happen when we come together and support the cause.  It's happening THIS WEEKEND, and I bet it's going to be great.  =0)

You can read the full post and learn about the event (including some guidelines for participation) and how it came to be HERE.  Also, you check out the online bake sale by simply clicking the button below:


Have a great Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

Remember that you can shine no matter what kind of day it is.

This print is available at handz.  Image is clickable!

Have a great Wednesday, and SHINE!!!  =0)

Do you have a quote, words, or a saying that you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Catching Up & Last Chance

These past few weeks have been pretty hectic, but I'm finally starting to catch up on some things.  I'm still about a week behind on some emails, but I've made a huge dent in my To-Do List!

One of the things that I had been meaning to do for quite some time was to get my first Pay It Forward (PIF) item off to one of the lovelies that signed up for the challenge.

A long time ago, I browsed through Bubby and Bean and found this awesome print.  Right away I knew it was going to be one of my PIF surprises.  If you're a regular reader, you know I love quotes, words and typography prints.  I love the soft colors in earth tones.  I had it shipped to Arta, a bloggy friend (one of the first to sign up for the PIF Challenge 2013), blogging at Arta's Place.

What have you been up to lately?  

Also, I wanted to let everyone know that today is your LAST CHANCE to enter the giveaway we're sponsoring over at Cheers to Novelty.  You have less than 24 hours to enter for a chance to win a prize pack from our Etsy shop!  It's a low entry giveaway too, so you don't want to miss out.  =0)


Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Flora Beauty Giveaway WINNER

Big Congrats to LATOYA G.!!!

She is the winner of the Flora Beauty Giveaway, winning the beautiful Yellow Rose earrings shown below:


One of the mandatory entries was to choose a favorite item from Flora Beauty, and this is what Latoya chose as hers:

Thank you all for participating in another great giveaway.  And special thanks to our sponsor, Flora Beauty.  Be sure and visit the shop for more beautiful nature jewelry!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all MOMS out there!  I hope your day is full of sunshine, laughter & happiness. 


Do you have a Mother's Day tradition in your family?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #26

MEET & GREET and make new friends! Welcome to our Blog Hop this week.

Join in, meet some fellow bloggers, greet them with comments, and grow your blog with new friends! *Please note some upcoming Blog Hop changes below!
***Please note: It might take me just a bit to get back to all follow-backs, but please know that I WILL follow you back.  I promise.  =0)  Thanks for your understanding.

* Interested in being a Co-Host? 
Send an email to 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "Co-Host" in the subject line for consideration and include your blog link!


*UPCOMING CHANGES* 
With summer approaching the Meet & Greet Blog Hop will be making a few changes! 
- Blog Hops will run every other week and run Wednesdays through Fridays, starting with the next Blog Hop on Wednesday the 22nd.
- A second co-host will be added! (If you would like to get on the list to become a future co-host, please email Kim! (Address on top of post.) 

 Meet Everyone!
This week’s Get-to-Know-YOU Question:
 If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

 *Hosts*
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 Kim - from 2 just B you: I'd love to learn different languages and be able to speak them without a funny American accent. I think I might also have a California accent too (whatever that is, I don't know), because one time when I called into a customer service place, the representative asked me, "You're from California, aren't you?" She said she knew because of the way I talked!

 
Laurie - from Created By Laurie: I would like to learn to sew clothes – really well I should say. It would be nice to create my own- it’s hard to find properly fitting clothes when you have small boobs!

 *Co Host*
   025-Copy-1, http://godsgrowinggarden.com

Angie– from God’s Growing Garden: That's a tough question - my mind is going here & there but one thing is on the top of the list - I would like to learn how to make chocolate from scratch........with cocoa beans and cocoa butter......learn the whole "tempering" thing. I'm a chocoholic so learning this would be a dream come true. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

 *Our Featured Guest this Week*
 
 Ilda– from I Love Doing All Things Crafty Addicted to all things crafty... from paper crafting, cake decorating, painting, photography, DIY and so much more! Come take a peek!


 Spread the Word, Grab Our Button!

Now Link Up and Have Fun! 
* Please be sure to follow the Hosts, Co-Host, and the new weekly Featured Guest each week!


* If you would like to sign up for email reminders for the Meet & Greet Blog Hop, please sign up below. (Your email address and info will not be used for any other purpose.)