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Instagram Username Update

Question - What's in a name?

I've been on Instagram a lot more lately. I decided to take Facebook off my phone because I felt like it was taking up a lot of my now I'm an Insta-junkie...ha ha.

Being on Instagram more and following more people has shown me the "cool" and "trendy" side of the "gram". Many grammers have really neat names that go with their blogs or whatever it is they actually do (be it make or sell something).

I got a little jealous and really wanted to change my boring Instagram name @sarahadabradford (which is my real name btw) to something for fun and follow-worthy.

I originally changed it to sarahadacreampuff, which was a nickname I had as a child, along with a few others like sarahadagarbagetruck and punkinhead. Anyway, I found that the creampuff one had me getting quite a bit of spam followers, so I changed it back. Then decided to shorten the name to sarahadab. Which is kind of unique...a dab can be a small part of something right?

So yesterday I was updating some pages on the blog and realized my Instagram widget was blank...nothing at all showing. Of course, I had to investigate and figure out the prob. It took my about five minutes to realize that I had changed my Instagram username and that must be the problem...

Answer - If you change your username you will have to reinstall your widget.

Don't forget I use SnapWidget as my widget of choice. Click here to try it yourself or go to my original post about how to install.


How To Add Instagram To Your Blog

How To Make Simple Paper Arrows For Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Paper Arrows Tutorial at The Blog Guidebook

Valentine's Day is a favorite means we are half way through February and even closer to SPRING. My daughters love it and look forward to it every year. This year I am making a cute and simple craft for them to make with their friends on the 13th (yes, Friday).


Straws of any sort...plastic or paper will work
Colored paper - use Valentine colors or whatever your prefer
Wax paper or velum - we happened to have some velum bags that we cut up
Scissors and Glue (glue gun for momma)

First - use your scissors to snip a tiny cut down the edge of one side of the straw and then the other. You will need to do this on both ends but just do one end first.

Second - make your "feather" by taking a 1 1/2 inch rectangle of velum, fold it in half, then clip the edges into a feather shape. Feather out the edges by snipping along and then use a pencil to roll them so the bits are curly. I used my Martha Stewart fancy scissors.

Third - place a drop of glue in the prepared end of the straw. Slip the feather into the slits.

Fourth - use your colored paper to make the arrow head...this is just a triangle shape with the center lightly scored. You will need two triangles, both scored, glue the tips together (or use double sided tape) and then make the opening large enough to slip over the straw. Glue in place.
After you make your triangle arrowhead, cut slits in straw and slip the arrow head in with a dot of glue. The kiddos will probably have an easier time with this method.

Arrows made from straws

Make as many as you can and place in a jar for a great table display. Hang on a string and create an arrow will be remembered every year for your Valentine credentials!

I also threw together a few "darts" for the kids to play with, since it's so cold and gloomy outside...just used cupcake wrappers, straws and beads. Just check around the house for things you can use to throw the darts into.

Easy to make homemade darts for kids...straws, cupcake wrappers, beads.
Homemade "darts" for kids


How To Change The FONT Of Tabs In Blogger

If you are not able to use the Blogger Template Designer to change your colors and fonts in Tabs (due to customization of the template), then here is an semi-easy way to change the colors and fonts of your "NAVI TABS".

How to Change the Font of Page Tabs in Blogger Blogs
(by restyling the font family, size, boldness, style and color, using the CSS font properties)

  1. For this, you'll need to edit your blog's HTML - go to Dashboard | Design (previously Layout) | Edit HTML. Before editing, it's advisable to always backup your template completely, by clicking Download Full Template.

  2. Next, use the browser's search function (press Ctrl+F keys) to find this code (copy and paste into the search box): ]]></b:skin>

  3. Then, insert by copy and paste the following CSS (cascading style sheet) font properties above that:

    .PageList li a {
    font-family:"Lucida Handwriting", cursive;

    (Note: the above is just an example, you can change the values of the font properties  to your preference. You can refer to W3Schools and W3C on styling fonts and colors)

  4. Finally, click Preview to see your changes. If satisfied, hit Save Template and you're done! 
Template's screen shot showing how to insert CSS text to change the Pages tabs's font

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Postcards Available Now

Hi ya'll!

It's been a blah few days for us, lots of sickies, but the sun was that made us think of spring! But before spring comes Valentine's Day! One of our fave holidays... So we put together some cute postcards we thought you'd enjoy...these are available to ship now.

Don't forget to check out our FREE Valentine's printables ...super cute additions to your envelopes.

Hello Sweetie - Chalkboard Stag Valentine's Postcard

Hello Sweetie Chalkboard Postcard from The Blog Guidebook
4x6 postcard with white envelope - 10 pack is $5.50 + shipping

Zebra Love Valentine's Day Postcard - ( original zebra painted by Sarah )
Zebra Love Valentine's Day postcard at The Blog Guidebook
5x7 postcard, envelopes not included - 99 cents each + shipping

Bee Calm and Carry On Postcards are BACK!!!
Bee Calm postcards back by popular demand at the Blog Guidebook
5x7 postcard, envelope not included - 10 pack is $5.00 plus shipping

Choose Your Cards