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Oct 31

October Instagram Style


I’ve been trying to step up my Instagram style game.  I didn’t realize how much fun Instagram actually is!  Starting today, I will take one day each month and share some Instagram highlights.  This month I’m sharing some October style.

 

You can click on each of the pictures to take you over to the Instagram picture if you wish to like or comment (no covert hints here – nope!).

 

I’ll start with the official uniform of the 2014 mom…. cardigan, scarf, leggings, and boots.  Hello fashionable and comfy!

 

#Instagram #fallstyle #boots #cardigan #scarf by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Tretorn Wellies keep my feet warm and dry in the October rain.

 

#instagram #boots #wellies #rain #fromwhereistand by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I tried this layering look – long cardigan, white blouse, and yellow vest-blouse, along with leopard print leggings and riding boots.

 

#Instagram #fallstyle #boots #cardigan #scarf #leopardprint by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Last but not least, Hubby and I attended a Gala to support the Breast Cancer Center at INOVA Hospital.  How handsome is my Hubby!

 

#instagram #breastcancer #fundraiser by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Stay tuned for next month… or if you want to catch it live, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

 

Love, hugs, and capturing life moment by moment.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 30

How to Upload Bulk Files in Hootsuite to Post to Twitter


There has been a lot of buzz lately about Hootsuite as the “It-Tool” for social media and bloggers.  There seems to be a great mystery around how to upload bulk messages to post to Twitter and other social media accounts.  This step-by-step tutorial will look behind the curtain and demystify the confusion.

 

How to Upload Bulk Files in Hootsuite by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #twitter #socialmedia #blog

 

DISCLAIMER ALERT – I always cringe a little when I decide to write a post on blogging or social media.  I’m not an expert.  I’m new-ish and small (in comparison) and growing every day.  I don’t want anyone to think, “why should I listen to her” or “who does she think she is giving me advice?”  It’s not like that at all.  I do know that I try and learn something new every week, and I still struggle to put it all together.  So today I’m sharing what I learned about uploading bulk messages, because it was always such a mystery for me, and I didn’t find a lot of tutorials out there about it.

 

There are a few steps involved, but they are easy, and once you get the hang of it, it won’t be as intimidating as it seems at first.  Right now, I use Hootsuite only for Twitter, but I will be exploring their enhanced functionality very soon.

 

Before we get into the tutorial, first, you need to create a plan.  What do you want to bulk upload?  For me, I bulk upload inspirational quotes and book promotions.

 

Create Your Spreadsheet Template

 

1.  Open a blank xls document.

2.  Enter the date and time in Column A, the message in Column B, and the link (optional) in Column C.  The date format should look like 10/09/2014 and the time format should look like 16:30. Use ALT-ENTER on your keyboard to get the time to go directly below the date in the same cell.

3.  If you have multiple categories for your bulk uploads, separate them out into your categories.

4.  Note – you cannot upload two messages with the same time.

5.  Keep this as your working spreadsheet.  You will want to save this as your template, and then copy over to Google docs.

 

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Hootsuite Upload Tutorial

 

1.  Open Google Drive in your Google Apps.

2.  Click on CREATE and then SPREADSHEET.  Note – once you have a working spreadsheet in your Google docs, you can reuse it each time instead of creating a new one.

 

 

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3.  Copy and paste from your xls template the two or three columns into the Google docs spreadsheet.

 

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4.  Click on FILE and DOWNLOAD AS and COMMA SEPARATED VALUES (csv).

5.  DO NOT OPEN!!!  I repeat… DO NOT OPEN.

6.  Instead, click on SAVE.

 

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7.  Open up Hootsuite in a new window.

8.  Click on the arrow for Publisher.

9.  At the bottom of the menu, click on BILK UPLOAD.

 

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10.  Click on BROWSE to open up your file.

 

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11.  You will want to use your DOWNLOADS folder.  You may have to click on DATE MODIFIED to order your files in date order so you know which one was most recent.  It should show up as UNTITLED.  Click on the file.

 

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12.  Click on SUBMIT.

 

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Like I said, it’s a lot of steps, but after you do it a few times, it gets much easier.  Keep reading for Hootsuite’s rules, and also what to do if you receive error messages.

 

Follow Up Logistics

Once I upload, I immediately go back to the template spreadsheet and update the dates and times for the next upload.  Since you can’t have duplicate messages, I get them queued up to upload for the next time.  I try and follow Twitter’s best practices and schedule my tweets for Monday through Friday.

 

Format and Rules

 

According to and copied from Hootsuite, these are the Format and Rules:

  • Column 1: Date and time. The accepted DATE format is: mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm or dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm Be sure to identify which format you are using above.
  • Column 2: Your message. For Twitter there is a limit of 140 characters, including the URL (which reserves at most 23 characters)
  • Column 3: URL (optional): The full URL
  • Times must be set in the future (at least 10 minutes from upload time).
  • Posting times should end in either a 5 or a 0, i.e. 10:45 or 10:50.
  • Define only one message per time slot.
  • Duplicate messages are not allowed.
  • There is a maximum of 350 scheduled messages across all social networks.

 

How to Fix Errors

 

The great part about errors in your upload, is that Hootsuite will tell you exactly what line the error is on, and what needs to be fixed.  Don’t worry if several come up.  Just go back to the Google docs spreadsheet, fix the errors, and the re-save and follow the steps again.
Hootsuite - Social Relationship Platform

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What about you?  Do you use Hootsuite?  Do you use the bulk upload functionality?  What do you use it for?

 

Love, hugs, and learning functionality in Hootsuite is a… um… hoot!

 

Holly

 

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Oct 29

The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist


You are on countdown to host your epic Halloween party, but what about your epic playlist of Haunted tunes to rock out the night?

 

The Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #music

 

I received a lot of fun feedback from the playlist I put together for our Patriot’s Palooza party, I thought I would share the Halloween playlist we are playing at our party.  A successful Halloween party is all about setting the scene.  It needs to be dark and spooky, and the music needs to match the mood.  We tried the spooky sounds and other kinds of Halloween music, but found that the din of our party-goers chatting and enjoying themselves drown out the creeks and groans of the traditional Halloween background music.  This playlist is a little different than what we normally listen too, but it combines music that comes together for the perfect Halloween party playlist.

 

The Halloween playlist is over five hours of songs to last through your entire party.  While this playlist is best played on random shuffle, for your convenience, I organized the list by category and then in alphabetical order:

 

1.  Halloween Themed Songs – think Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbuster.

2.  Perfect Songs for a Halloween Party – anything by Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne and more.

3. Songs Everyone Will Enjoy – Jessie’s Girl, Let’s Dance, Sweet Home Alabama – all of the old stand-by’s.

4.  So the Kids Don’t Think We are Old Fogies – Justin Bieber, Fancy, Party Rock – the ones the kids know and love.

 

Click HERE for the Ultimate Halloween Party Playlist

 

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Love, hugs, and doing the monster mash.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 28

Hometalk Feature – 14 Inspiring Pink Decor Projects for Breast Cancer Month


Oh happy day when Hometalk is featuring 14 Inspiring Pink Decor Projects for Breast Cancer Month.  Stop by and see the projects I curated!

 

Hometalk Feature - 14 Inspiring Pink Decor Projects for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Love, hugs, and painting the world pink, one project at a time.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 27

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup


Hubby had been asking for pumpkin pancakes, but the day I was ready to make them, he opted for eggs instead.  So I made them the following morning, when he and Stepson were out camping.  I wanted to make them for the blog post, and figured if they turned out half decent, that I would make them for the boys on another morning.

 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #bisquick

 

Since it was just me, I halved the recipe to yield six instead of 12 pancakes.  I ate the entire stack.  By myself.  See the pancakes pictured here?  I ate the entire stack.  Yup.  They were THAT GOOD.  I will not confirm nor deny if I licked the plate.

 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #bisquick

 

The pumpkin added to the pancake batter makes them moist and scrumptious.  I used the cheap syrup (finished off the last of the bottle), added a little butter, and a splash of bourbon.  The bourbon is optional of course.  But the flavor that it adds to the syrup is AH-MAZING.  The butter makes the syrup a little thicker and gives it a deeper flavor.

 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #bisquick

 

I hope to have some free time this upcoming weekend to make these for the boys to enjoy.  I might have to double the recipe!

 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #bisquick

 

Click on the recipe card to open a new window for a printable version.

 

Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Syrup Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #bisquick

 

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What about you?  Have you tried pumpkin pancakes yet?

 

Love, hugs, and Holly Holly Pumpkin Pancake Eater.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 24

Hidden Secrets on the Shores of Lake Ontario


Lake Ontario, Canada is tranquil and beautiful.  It also holds some pretty interesting secrets I bet you don’t know about.  If you are interested in some beautiful pictures and/or a history lesson, keep reading to learn about it’s hidden treasures.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

Before the post, I want to take a moment to send some prayers and happy hugs to Canada after the unprecedented events this week.  #canadastrong

 

This is beautiful Lake Ontario, Canada, near Whitby and Oshawa.  It’s also the home to Camp X, the secret spy training site for the Canadians, Brits, and Americans SOE and OSS Agents during World War II.  Lynn Hodgson, Camp X historian, gave us a two hour tour of the history of WWII spy training.  Nothing is left in the location, except for some scrap metal that still washes ashore.  Many secrets have been buried there, but thanks to Mr. Hodgson, he regaled us with some great history lessons about Camp X.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

Intrepid Park

 

After Camp X closed for good, they brought in tons of dirt and grass seed and buried the buildings.  This historic marker details the site.  Today, it’s known as Intrepid Park.  Locals ride their bikes and take walks along the trails and shoreline.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

They did build a little monument to commemorate the location of Camp X.  It was pretty cool to see pieces of concrete through the grass, which was the roof of the buried bunkers.  More pictures are on my Instagram.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

Today, it looks like any other field.  Even many of the locals don’t know the full history of this place.  In a very brief summary, spies were trained here in combat, killing, underwater operations, and it also housed where the codes were sent back and forth to London.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

We could have listened to Mr. Hodgson lecture all day.  Since Hubby is a Green Beret, which has it’s roots tied to the OSS, it made it that much more special of a walk into history for him.

 

We were the only “foreigners” on the tour, and since we came all the way from Virginia, we were treated like celebrities.  Everyone else on the tour was local.  Someone asked us at one point, “So why are you here?”

“This.”

“No, really, why are you here?”

“Seriously.  This tour.  We paired it with Niagara Falls, but this tour was the reason we planned our family vacation here.”

Yep, we are the crazy family that drives 10 hours to an empty field to learn about history.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

The Forbidden Beach

Igor Gouzenko was a Russian spy who defected to the RCMP.  They hid him at Camp X, where he sat on the beach and painted every day.  You can see his painting of The Forbidden Beach HERE if you scroll down towards the bottom of the page.  It looks the same today as it did 70 years ago.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

This is a video that I took of Mr. Hodgson teaching us about Igor Gouzenko.  It’s about 3 minutes long, very amateurish camerawork (me) but super cool spy info from Mr. Hodgson and worth the view.

 

 

Secrets on the Shores

Today, many locals take walks along the beach, or bring their dogs to play in the lake.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

Little do they know about what really happened here 70 years ago.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

If the shore could talk, would it spill all of its secrets?

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

 

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

The agents used to run along the beach, put 50 pounds of pebbles in their ruck sacks, and run up these bluffs.

 

Hidden Secrets on the Shoes of Lake Ontario by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #canada #campx #oss

 

This video is a little longer, about 9 minutes or so.  Mr. Hodgson gives more details about the spy training if you are interested in learning more.  BTW – this was only the third video that I’ve filmed, and was trying to be “creative.”  Ignore the crazy camera lady behind the curtain and focus on the lecture!  Oh and PS – you will hear Mr. Hodgson talk about a very familiar name….

 

 

And for more information on Camp X, click HERE.

 

More Tranquility

After the tour group went back to base, I took my time and enjoyed the beach.  I must have sat on the pebbles for 10-15 minutes by myself watching the waves lap against the shoreline.  Hubby was yakking Mr. Hodgson’s ear off and Stepson was exploring.  It was so peaceful and tranquil, I wanted to capture the moment for my Mom, since I know how much she loves the beach.  She can view it any time.  And now you can too.

 

Niagara Falls, Canada

If you want to see more from our trip to Canada, here is the post for Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Canada by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #travel #vacation

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What about you?  What did you think of the history lesson and Lake Ontario?

 

Love, hugs, and history doesn’t have to be boring!

 

Holly

 

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Oct 23

The Bride of Frankenstein Gets Breast Cancer


My dear friend Lisa over at Hoopla Palooza is always making adorable creations.  I approached her with an idea for a Halloween-themed breast cancer PSA, and she was thrilled to help.

 

You can click HERE to see her tutorial on how to make the Bride of Frankenstein marshmallow pops.  And then I added an inspirational breast cancer message to it.

 

Bride of Frankenstein Breast Cancer PSA by Hoopla Palooza and Pink Fortitude, LLC

 

All of my breast cancer PSA’s to date have been to promote early detection.  This one is to add a little seasonal inspiration those who are knee deep in treatment.

 

Thank you, Lisa, for your collaboration on this fun and inspirational project!

 

Love, hugs, and putting the pieces back together.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 22

Posh Pumpkins Put the Pretty on a Fall Tablescape

 

These posh pumpkins can make either your fall or Halloween tablescape a little more special with a white and silver theme.  Join me for a combination easy craft tutorial and tablescape all-in-one.

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall #posh

 

The other two tablescapes for Halloween were a little more.. um… macabre.  I wanted to end the Halloween season with a tablescape a little more sophisticated.  I used white, silver, and glass.

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall

 

The pumpkins are your typical white craft pumpkins you can purchase at Michaels or HobLob or any other craft store.  I used some acryllic paint and different sized sponge circles and had to do some touch-ups.  Overall exceptionally easy.  Even for me.

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall

 

The tablescape mirrors the white and silver pumpkins with the crystal leaded glasses, cake stand, and candlestick holders.

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall

 

A silver charger serves as the base of the all-white place settings.

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall

 

And one last pin-worthy image for you…

 

White and Silver Pumpkin Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #fall

 

… and if you want to be scared…

Here are the other two Halloween tablescapes:

 

Mr. Blinky

 

Halloween Tablescape with Skulls and Spiders by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Glam Ghouls

 

Glam Ghouls Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #halloween #purple #skulls

 

 

Love, hugs, and the pumpkins are posh, not scary or sporty.

 

Holly

 

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Oct 21

The Other Side of the Pink Ribbon

 

Hello my friends!  Road trip today over to The Hankful House with Mandy Hank.  I guest posted last week with the article, “The Other Side of the Pink Ribbon.”

 

The Other Side of the Pink Ribbon by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #breastcancer

 

It’s a reflection on both sides of the pink ribbon… and a reflection on life.

 

Thank you, Mandy for the honor to guest post on your blog!  You can read the article on her blog.

 

Love, hugs, and see you over there!

 

Holly

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Oct 20

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget


I am excited to have my dear friend and interior designer, Nkem, here today to share about how to purchase designer lighting on an Ikea budget.

 

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Nkem is the owner of R.E.S.T by JNO Designs.  Her “belief is that every room should be a statement of relaxation, and an escape from the every day grind.”   I love having her stop by and say hello and give you some insights into the interior design world!

 

about_nkem

 

Nkem, thank you so much for being here today!  Without further adieu, I will turn it over to you…

 

I can’t believe Halloween is around the corner already!

 

I found myself strolling around in IKEA for a design project that needed to be staged.  I was quite intrigued on the intricacies and improvements in  the inventory of lighting products at IKEA.  And so it dawned on me, why not share this experience!  Since it’s not often that I visit IKEA, I know these beautiful decor pendant lights will certainly create a buzz worth exploring.  So, why not explore creative, cost effective lighting, that’s sure to be a conversation piece at any social gathering.

 

Check out these beautiful, yet cost effective lighting options that serves both functional and aesthetic elements:

 

#1:  FILLSTA – Pendant Lamp

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 #2:  BOJA Pendant Lamp – Rattan

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

 #3:  IKEA PS Maskros

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

#4:  IKEA PS 2014 Pendant Lamp 

Designer Lighting on an IKEA Budget by JNO Designs and coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

Nkem - Thank you so much for your insights!  I love all of these ideas, and they can certainly add some charisma to your space.

 

If you want to read more of Nkem’s guest articles:

The Art of Functionality in Small Spaces

Resurgence of the Bar Cart

Field Trip to Furnitureland South

 

Connect and Share

What about you?  Which one is your favorite?

 

Love, hugs, and shedding some light on the subject.

 

Holly

 

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Tuesday - Inspire Me TuesdayPower of PaintReturn to LovelinessShare Your StuffShare it Link PartyMaria Elenas DecorTurn it Up TuesdayHit Me With Your Best ShotTreasure Box TuesdayDucks N a RowShow Me What You GotStyle ElixirUpcycled TreasuresBeauty BuzzTickle My Tastebuds,                   

 

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Thursday - Organized 31Between Naps on the PorchFrom My Front Porch to YoursAll Things With PurposeA Delightsome LifeBe.YOU.tiful,         
 
Friday - Dedicated HouseThe Life of the PartyKitchen Fun with My 3 SonsLink Party Palooza,  Pin JunkieCraft Frenzy FridayBest of the WeekendParty Junk, Inspire MePin Me Link Party,Fridays UnfoldedJunkin JoeWeekend Re-TreatAnything GoesOh My Heartsie GirlCreative CollectionFriday Favorites                 
   
Weekend - Be Different Act NormalNifty ThriftyUSS CraftyGet Your DIY OnSpotlight SaturdaySunday Best Linky PartyHappiness is HomemadeSnickerdoodle SundaySuper SaturdayG’Day SaturdaySaturday Night FeverBest Projects and RecipesLump it or Link it,           

 

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