Monthly Archives: Feb 2015

Mommy, Tinker, Uncategorized, Wife

Cool Stuff I Discovered This Week

It has been a rather harrowing week in our household, so I thought I would write a lighter hearted post about some of the cool things I discovered while staying at home with my 2 flu-ridden kiddos. Sorry, no mind-blowing blogging, etsy or parenting tips this week…

Let’s start with my efforts to reduce my carbon footprint/get rid of disposables/be nicer to the earth. I must admit that Etsy is my downfall. I <3 Etsy waaayyy too much and my bank account suffers for it. While I was hanging out with the sick littles, I admit to scrolling through the Etsy app on my phone when I saw this:

Reusable Produce Bags


These reusable produce bags are made by BS Textiles. I already use cloth bags for my grocery shopping, and while it always bugs me to use the plastic produce bags, it never occurred to me to bring my own (duh!). Check these out! They’re super reasonably priced ($7.50 for 3) or make some for yourself! I just love this idea.

The other cool idea I came across was these portable car booster seats by Bubble Bum.

Collapsible car booster seat

I learned about them from the blog So Easy Being Green and thought they were a great idea! I know I went out and bought an extra booster seat that I carry around in my trunk in case I need to pick up my neighbor’s daughter from school, and this would be so nice because it would take up much less space! It also sounds like a great idea for traveling with a child (booster age/sized) so you don’t have to lug the big booster on the plane. You can pack one of these and your trip in a taxi or rental car is taken care of.

I hope you found these to be useful, and will allow me to “slide” this week by doing a simpler post 🙂

Take care everyone! Next week’s post is not guaranteed… I will be in South Carolina all week to become a trainer in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) which is a program enabling people to provide suicide first aid – in other words, what anyone can do to help someone who is suicidal.

And since I’ve touched on the topic of suicide prevention, if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) any time, day or night, in the USA.

National Suicide Prevention LIfeline


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Tinker, Uncategorized

How to Add Etsy Shop Links to Your Blog/Website

How to integrate your Etsy store into your blog or website

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to refer my blog readers to my Etsy Shop in a tasteful way. I started thinking about this when I happened to notice the “Etsy Mini” link in the “Promote” menu. I have two tips for you today: Adding Etsy Mini to your web site or blog and Adding a link on your blog/website to your Etsy shop page.

Adding Etsy Mini to Your Website/Blog

etsy mini

I clicked on the link for Etsy Mini and then I saw that you are supposed to paste a code somewhere on my blog.

How to add Etsy Mini to your Web site or blog

Duh Duh Duh Duuuuhhhhh!!! Again, I ask, why the heck do these people always expect us to know where to embed or paste codes? I am not an html expert. I barely can figure out how to do things on my little blog. But again, Google is my friend.

I found a page that talked about adding the code to a text box in widgets on your page. Unfortunately I can’t find that link again, so please know I’m not claiming to come up with the idea on my own. If anyone sees it, I’m happy to link to the original person.

Keep in mind that some of the steps I mention can be theme specific, so depending on your theme, you may or may not be able to do some of these things. I have the Judy Blog theme from ThemeForest and can do this theme. I have no experience with other themes…

I went to my web page dashboard on my hosted website, and clicked on Widgets.

Adding Etsy Mini to your website or blog

Then I selected the widget option “Text” (it was pretty far down on my widget options) and clicked on that.

How to add Etsy Mini to your blog or website

I selected “Index Sidebar” because I wanted the Etsy Mini to show up in my sidebar. You can select other options and see what you like…

Adding Etsy Mini to your hosted website or blog

How do I add Etsy Mini to my WordPress hosted blog or web site

Then I created the title I wanted to appear above the Etsy Mini preview. Uncreatively, I chose “Shop,” and then pasted that pesky code in the big box. I hit “save” and VIOLA! Etsy Mini’s preview appeared on my page! I chose to do one column with five rows and the gallery (larger pictures) because I liked how that worked for my particular page.

Adding Etsy Mini to my wordpress hosted website or blog

Adding a Link on Your Blog/Website to Your Etsy Shop Page

After I was successful with Etsy Mini, I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself. What else could I do to make my blog more friendly to those who may want to check out my Etsy store?

While Googling the previous Etsy Mini issue, I came across this link (fortunately I didn’t close the page so I can give credit!) It links to an Etsy store owner’s forum and fortunately “Monique” made the suggestion below.

Adding a link to your Etsy shop in your website or blogOn Monique’s page, she has a link in her menu which, when clicked, takes you to her Etsy Shop.

How to add a link to your Etsy Shop in your web page or blog

So I set about doing the same thing…

I went to my dashboard again and looked under Appearance and clicked on the “Menus” button, then the “links” button.

How to add a link to your Etsy store from your hosted website

adding Etsy store link to your blog or website

I inserted the URL to my Etsy Store page, decided what I wanted the name of this menu option to say (I put “My Etsy Shop”) and clicked “Add to Menu.”

Add etsy shop link to website or blog

Lo and behold… the new “My Etsy Shop” link was added to my menu and it totally worked!! Yippee!!

integrating Etsy with your website or blog

I wish I could figure out how to make it open the link in a new page so it didn’t navigate away from my blog, but I’m exhausted from all that work today. Tomorrow is another day!

Let me know if this worked for you, or if you tried something different. We Etsy sellers need to stick together to provide the world with more handcrafted cool stuff!


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Tinker, Uncategorized

How To Add Google+ Code To Your Hosted Website…Without Pulling Out Your Hair!

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

How frustrated am I right now??? VERY! I decided to create a Google+ page for my “business” TinkerTailorMommyWife (I chose the business option, although it’s really not much of a business…) and wanted to link my website to my Google+ page.

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

So why link it? Because Google+ says it will help people to discover and recommend my page on all Google services. And besides, Google says I should, so I should… right?

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

OoooKaayyy. So as a non-webmaster-smart person, where the heck do I add the code?

Off to Google I go…

After a few no-so-helpful links, I stumbled on a support forum where someone suggested adding the “Google Author Link” plugin. But I couldn’t figure out where to put the link… more Google searching I go…

Finally, I found this page which referenced the “genesis framework” which I remembered from way back when I was first selecting themes for my hosted site. I couldn’t remember if my theme “Judy Blog” was built on a genesis framework, but regardless, I clicked on the Judy Blog link in my dashboard.

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

and lo and behold… I saw this beautiful sight!!! “Tracking Code” has never looked so lovely!

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

So I inserted my code provided by Google+, saved my changes, clicked on “Test Website”

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

and VOILA!!!

How to add Google+ code to hosted website

Test Successful!!!!!!!

I hope this helps someone out there. It took me WAAAAYYY too long to figure out. I can’t be the only one.

Now I’m off to wonder why I actually put that awful picture of myself on the Internet… Ugh!

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Mommy, Uncategorized

Education Support Resources for Parents

My daughter just got her second quarter report card for Kindergarten. She is doing well, on target for her age and this point in the school year. Her teacher did point out that she struggles some with her sight words. I already created sight word story stones for her, which she loves to play.


I needed to find another way to support her learning, and after talking with my neighbor who is a former school teacher, she told me about a website (and app!) called Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s a web site where teachers share resources they have developed on a huge variety of topics. Some are free, and the rest are for sale. But here’s the thing… many of the items for sale are SUPER cheap. Like $1 and $2! You download images of worksheets, games, instructions, and more, and then can use these items yourself. While it says it’s Teachers Pay Teachers, parents can use this awesome resource as well!

Educational Support for Parents

Since sight words are the area of focus right now (my daughter aced her math thus far!!) I went on TPT and searched for sight words. But here’s another tip. Did you know there are different groups of sight words? Houghton Mifflin, Dolch, and Fry are the ones I’m aware of. There may be more. I learned from my neighbor that our school district uses Houghton Mifflin’s set of sight words, so off to TPT to find those specific sight words for kindergarten.

I found a TON of options!!

Education Support Resources for Parents


Since I’m not a teacher, I thought I would share this pearl of wisdom from my wonderful neighbor. Thanks!

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