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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Facebook: The Social Nanny Network


It appears that a significant number of the “Likes” or “Subscriptions” to your Page may have been obtained in violation of our terms. This is a result of your participation in gaining likes in an inauthentic manner. Gaining likes by placing the like button on like-farms is not legal. We have found you to be doing the same at http://www.blahblahblahblahblah.html and other sites. Likes have to be authentic and users should not be forced to like a page. In order to address this issue, we have taken the steps necessary to remove these Likes or Subscriptions and have placed a temporary restriction on your page to gain external likes for 30 days. Make sure you make the changes within this duration. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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    And so the day began...... Facebook managed to strike fear into nearly every blogger that has a fan page with one fell swoop of page suspensions and removals of likes to said pages. At first I thought "what in the world could we have done wrong?". Then I finally received the above in an email from a fellow blogger. My thoughts swirled as I read and re-read the statement. And then I just got freaking mad! Apparently this may have started from one or two people complaining that they "had to like" fan pages in order to enter some giveaways. Well DUH. It's bloggers who work with these companies, it's bloggers who work with other bloggers to help host and share costs (because a lot of them buy things out of their own pockets to repay their fans for their loyalty!) It's bloggers who help newbie bloggers like myself by having free host spots in exchange for helping promote the giveaways. These people work incredible hard and put up with some very rude creatures in order to make these giveaways possible. It's certainly not a lot to ask for people to like your page, IF THEY WANT TO. Facebook makes it sound like we bloggers are there with <insert weapon of choice here> to people's head FORCING them to like our pages. Nothing is further from the truth. I can speak from both side of this issue because not only do I help promote some giveaways, but I enter a lot.. A LOT of them myself. And darn it if I haven't won a few too! I never once felt like I HAD to like anyone's page. If I did not want to like a certain page, I did not like it and went on down the entry form entering using the other options. There are always other tasks or things that gain you entries into every giveaway. The main complaint seems to be the grouping of fan pages of the bloggers like me that are helping promote a giveaway... there are usually an average of 5 to 10 pages to like on a linked page within the giveaway tool (usually Raffle Copter). And it is usually required to like all the pages listed to earn 5, 10 or more entries into the giveaway (after you've entered a few giveaways, you usually have all the pages liked anyway). It amounts to at least one entry per page liked. If not for the grouping of these pages, the giveaway form would be miles long and take forever to complete. Facebook is way off the mark on this. This is Facebook turning into a "Nanny Network" and regulating other people's freedom of choice because of one or two people chose to enter then didn't like entry process. If these people were so unhappy with the methods to earn entries into any of the giveaways, they too had a choice... the choice to close the page and NOT enter. I am sure these same people exercise their freedom of choice when they decide whether to accept a friend request or to delete some one they find offensive. Facebook is supposed to be a social platform. Now through the changes to privacy and wall setting they make without people's consent and now by telling bloggers to stop doing something that has been going on for years, they are tightening the social circle (noose) too tightly. They should have just told the complainers that if they didn't like the methods of entering the giveaways, don't enter them. It really is THAT simple. I wonder what the response from Facebook would have been if the complaints had been that some of the giveaways have a "follow me on Instagram" option? Would they have said "tough luck"? Would they have ordered the bloggers to drop that option because not everyone has subscribes to Instagram? Would be interesting to know if they would view that as FORCING someone to use one of Facebook's products (Facebook owns Instagram)?. Or if that fact alone, would have kept them from responding at all. The statement that these likes are gotten in "an inauthentic manner" is just wrong. It's not like the likes are being robo-generated by computerized means or some sort of shady method. These are real people liking these pages BY CHOICE. And after the giveaway is over they have the choice to keep that like in place or to unlike it.
   Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the Facebook team need to back off and leave the freedom of choice intact. Those few may complain, but the majority are not only willing, but LIKE to enter. Those of us that enjoy entering these giveaways make the choice to do so. We exercise our own free will to like the pages, follow the blogs and all the other things we do to enter a contest. And I am sure there are many like me that skip things on the form that I don't care to do or can't because I don't meet a certain requirement... like Instagram. Thanks but no thanks. Now that I know it is owned by Facebook, I think I'll continue to skip that entry.
   Facebook would be wise to back the majority. A large group of people bringing more people to the pages can only be a bonus in an advertiser driven atmosphere. Keep tightening the social network noose Mr Zuckerberg, and you may find that you have hung yourself with it. There were giveaways long before Facebook existed so with or without you, we'll keep having them. It's your CHOICE whether you'll reap the benefits of our pages and all those likes seeing the ads in the sidebar.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas to All.....

     As I write this we are a few hours from Christmas Eve Day and my mind is racing as usual. I haven't done the things I wanted to for this Christmas, there still seems to be so much to do, not enough time or money to do it and it just has not felt much like Christmas. 
     I try to stay positive but sometimes everything just gets to me and this year it has done that more than I would like to admit. My year was turned upside down by the actions of others. Their lies and deceit ended a very important project that was near and dear to my heart (volunteering at my son's school). It affected me more than I should have let it, but I felt betrayed by people that SHOULD behave better. I expected better of them, but I was naive. I have tried to tell myself that everything happens for a reason because I do believe that. I believe that even when we can't see the reason for a given situation or event, that there is a reason. I do know that even though I was deeply hurt by what happened, it WAS for the best because if I had continued at the school I would have been even more unhappy because they made so many changes this year and none of them have been positive changes. I could not have been in the middle of it. So my mind knows everything is happening for a reason, but I'm having a hard time telling my heart.
     This year was also hard on my family. My dad has had diabetes for a several years now and was doing pretty good and controlling it with medications. We started  some changes and within a short while he was wheezing  when he walked anywhere, even from one room to another. He didn't look well and was not able to keep his sugar as well controlled. During this time mom suddenly became ill as well and was diagnosed with diabetes. But that didn't explain all her symptoms and she has been too weak to help with Dad and has had to take leave of her job. In the meantime, He went to the doctor and they were running all kinds of tests when they found he had had a mild heart attack at some point. So they did more tests and scheduled him for a heart cath. to check it out. They found a blockage. It was at the very top of the bundle of veins that come down over the front of the heart. It was the type of situation they cal the "Widow Maker"... while they were in there they attempted to put in a stent. It didn't work. The blockage was 100% and too hard for them to thread the wire through. Mom got too weak before Dad was even taken back for the procedure and had to be taken home. It was so stressful to be there knowing something could go wrong.... Dad was sent home with some meds and told to think about what he wanted to do next, either go to a bigger hospital and attempt another stent or go ahead with bypass surgery.  He was going to jump in with both feet and go for the biggie: have the bypass. I don't particularly care for his local heart Dr, but I thank God the Dr didn't listen to Dad and instead set him up for a second stent procedure. So a week after the first attempt, He was once again having things threaded through his veins. This time successfully. They has to put in two stents because the blockage was quite large, but it worked. Now just weeks later with a totally amended diet since before the first stent attempt, he has lost around 50 pounds, has his color back and is doing his exercises. So thankful for those improvements! Mom is still having her issues and we don't know much more yet. I pray that the new year brings us answers and solutions there.
     With all the anxiety I have felt over my parents issues, stresses in my own household, the things going on in this county I dearly love, it has shaped up to being a year of what feels like small accomplishments, small joys, and sparse happiness. I don't look back on it with much fondness and I hope we don't repeat it anytime soon. I am looking forward to just trying to relax for the next couple of days and recharge and renew my spirit and resolve. I don't really make New Year's resolutions, but I am going to do my very best to get back to the me that I am happy with! I haven't liked myself much lately. If only it was as easy as a simple LIKE button! 
      I pray you have a very Merry Christmas. I pray you are surrounded by those you love and know that those you're missing are always with you as long as you keep them in your heart. I hope you are where you want to be, that you like yourself.  I hope that you forget the hurts, exercise forgiveness, learn from the mistakes and take only the best of the past year into the New Year so that only joy and happiness can reside within you.  May you be blessed in all you do!  

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Avon Bubble Bath Uses

1. Zillions of bubble that leave NO bathtub ring
2. Does a beautiful job on washing cars, mobile homes, RVs and boats
3. Use as a laundry detergent. You won't need fabric softener
4. Use for hand washing delicates
5. Use for pre-soak on heavy soiled laundry -- GREAT FOR RING AROUND
6. Use to wash windows
7. Use to wash appliances
8. Use to wash no wax floors
9. Use to wash dishes
10. Use to give pets a bath (along with SSS)
11. Clean bathroom fixtures and mirrors
12. Use to shampoo carpets. (Whole room or a spot)
13. Use to wash walls and ceilings
14. Use bubbles and sponge to shampoo furniture or vehicle interiors
15. Cleans chandeliers and light fixtures
16. Cleans china, windows, etc. (Any glass)
17. Wash your plant leaves, they will shine. Then pour into soil as a
18. Upholstery stains come out by rubbing with a damp cloth dipped in
full strength bubble bath. Do not wet the spot with water. Water may
leave a stain, the bubble bath won't
19. Clean your jewelry -- even costume jewelry
20. Splatter grease (butter too) on a good blouse? Put straight bubble
bath on the spot, let sit a few minutes and wash. NO SPOTS!
21. Wash venetian blinds -- they'll shine
22. Wash paneling. No rinsing, no streaks
23. Clean you eye glasses
24. Put some bubble bath and a bit a water in your potpourri burner
25. Clean your painted or real wood cupboards.


1. 1 Roll papertowels cut in half and take out the cardboard center
2. 1 1/2 Cups of water
3. 1/2 Capful of bubble bath (gentle blue is "Baby Powder")

Shake the water and bubble bath together and simply place 1/2 of the
papertowel roll in a container (make sure you start unraveling the roll
from the center). Let it sit for about 30 seconds and turn upside down so
the wetness is evenly distributed.

(THIS RECIPE IS FROM A MOTHER WHO STATES, "This has been great for me,
financially and has helped my baby's bottom from breaking out.)





Disclosure: I am an Independent Avon Representative. I have used many of these tips and use bubble bath for many uses in my home. I pour it into a saved dish soap bottle and use in the kitchen, use it for car washing and periodically in the laundry too.

If you'd like to order this or other Avon items, please visit my Website

Uses of Skin So Soft Bath Oil

1. It's a bath oil and after shower moisturizer.
2. It can be used to remove makeup.
3. Great tanning oil (no sunscreen).
4. Hot oil treatment to soften cuticles.
5. Great massage oil for tired muscles.
6. Cleans off tape marks left from bandages on skin.
7. Cleans ink off the skin.
8. Insect repellent.
9. Helps relieve itching caused by dry skin.
10. Cleans oil and grease off of skin.
11. Painting something? Use SSS to remove paint from the hands. (Instead of turpentine).
12. It soothes light sunburn.
13. Rub hands with it before washing, it helps get them cleaner.
14. Rub on dry, cracked skin.... helps heal skin in 2-3 days.
15. Put 1-2 cap fills in liquid soap and use it for shaving legs and under arms. Helps razor glide and leaves skin feeling smooth.
16. Pour a little into your Foot Saver to help moisturize your feet while you relax them.
17. It removes chewing gum from hair, skin, and most nonporous surfaces.
18. Cleans permanent ink off stamps.
19. SSS Original Bath Oil works GREAT on Head Lice!!!!! Saturate head and let it set for 15 minutes. Then rinse under an outdoor faucet, but the lice were gone!!!!!!! Of course shampoo hair a couple of
times to get the oil out, but the lice were gone and stayed gone!
20. It kills ants instantly.
21. Spray on skin to relieve dry itching
skin. Helps skin retain it's elasticity.
22. Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner like always and after it dries.... Use about the size of a dime of SSS and rub it in your hair. It goes straight in and leaves hair as shiny as the ads on TV,
not greasy at all, just soft and shiny.
23. Use bath oil towelettes -- cover windowsill with towelettes to keep ants out.
24. (LICE) Sometimes, using a bath oil, like Avon's SSS, will work to loosen the glue, which holds the nits to the hair. There is a product called Neon Nits, which when sprayed on the hair, will highlight the
nits so you can see them to then snip them out with a small scissors.
25. This is to let you readers know about something that helped me for a mild case of psoriasis on my elbows. My internist recommended that I try Avon's SSS bath oil spray. I did and it eliminated the
psoriasis on my elbows.
26. Bath use, fill bath with water and a little SSS, very relaxing and gets rid of dry skin.

27. Sponge it around doors, windows, and on screens to keep crawling bugs out.
28. It's a good wood cleaner and conditioner for natural wood.
29. It removes glue and gum left from price tags and labels from glass, metals, and most plastics.
30. It removes soap scum from shower doors and curtains, and bathroom and kitchen figures.
31. It removes lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors and windows.
32. It's an oil lubricant for fitting pipe joints that won't slip together.
33. It cleans ink off most vinyl and painted surfaces.
34. It cleans heavy oil and grease from nonporous surfaces.
35. It takes fur off of clothing.
36. Rub on brass ornaments or figurines to help keep them from turning dark.
37. Removes crayon from appliances and most painted surfaces.
38. Wash cupboards with it mixed in your cleaning water to keep ants off and out of the cupboards.
39. Use it to discourage hornets from building their nests. After using a hornet killing spray, remove the nest and keep the area sprayed with SSS. They will not rebuild there.
40. Use it to clean leather; it will also keep it soft and supple.
41. Use it on your air conditioning screen (filter)--your incoming air will smell fresher and the filter is easier to clean.
42. Rub all over windowsills to keep ants out.
43. It cleans paintbrushes easily and leaves them soft as new.
44. It removes gum from carpets.
45. It removes scuffmarks from patent leather shoes.
46. Use it on running rails for sliding glass doors and windows.
47. It removes "ring around the collar".
48. It removes liquid nail (paneling glue).
49. Two glass bowls or glasses stuck together? Drizzle a little SSS down the sides and they'll come apart easily.
50. It removes candle wax from furniture, carpets and clothing.
51. Hummingbird Feeders: To deter bees try rubbing SSS on the feeder surface by the feeder ports.
52. Maggots too!! You squirt SSS in can and lid, then later flushed with soapy water, you shouldn't have any bugs in cans rest of summer!!!
53. It is a great furniture polish!
54. Ok, we have a new use for SSS bath oil. Put it in one of the bottle that you attach to your backyard hose and then spray down the back yard! Will cut down on ants, mosquitoes and other creepy
55. People around the outskirts of Eureka and surrounding areas (and sometimes in town) spray it on their rose bushes to keep the deer from eating them, and at the cemeteries on the flowers they put out
there for the same reason.
56. Kills spiders.
57. It cuts grease and cleans dirt from range hoods.
58. Add a capful to wash water of clothes...acts as a fabric softener and keeps the bugs off clothes.
59. Spray on orchids and other flowers for moisture and to keep bugs away.

60. Cleans baseball caps. Just spray on and rub with toothbrush.
61. SSS I used this recipe mix one part SSS and 2 parts water on my tomato plants and kept those ugly old tomato worms off. I think that adding the vinegar would be fine too and would be nice not to have to
shake the spray bottle all the time. I sprayed my plants about every 2 or 3 days. Worked grand!
62. SSS bath oil also does a great job cleaning cherry wood cabinets.
63. Put a little in your mopping water to help keep crawling bugs out. (Not too much or the floor gets slippery.)
64. Use to clean windows.
65. Removes crayon from most surfaces.
66. It's a great insect repellent (or you can use Bug Guard, the actual SSS repellent and has sunscreen)
67. Screens can be lightly sprayed with Avon SSS to repel no-see-'ums and tiny gnats that otherwise might slip though the screens.
68. Another use for SSS is it will kill those pesky earwigs. Spray it on & they don't return to life.
69. Also if you ever make candles, use clear wax and melt put SSS in it and harden works great for out side in the summer.
70. As a deodorizer, spray into air and let settle, kills those nasty pet orders.
71. Kids rooms if a child wets the bed, spray the bedding and sheets before washing and will give it a fresh clean smell.

72. It's a great insect repellent for your pet. (As recommended in "Outdoor Life" and "Field and Stream")
73. Mix 5 parts water, 1 part SSS and mist on animals. Brushing it in makes their coats gleam and keeps insects off so the animals don't fidget in the show ring.
74. Mix in your pet's bath water. It takes the fleas off of them...and in between sprays them with the same mixture as in #2 to help keep them off.
75. Rub on your hands before and after working with your pets and farm animals. It will remove the strong smells.
76. Black Fly Spray For Dogs: Use as a spray or a dip. 1 cup SSS, 1/2 cup liquid detergent and 3 gallons of water.
77. For dogs dry skin mix 1 tablespoon of SSS per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse. Or spritz your pet's coat once per week.
78. If your dog should get tar or asphalt on the pads of their feet rub on SSS and then wipe off.
79. Flea Bath: Use a flea and tick shampoo. Rinse, rinse, rinse so no soap residue is left. Follow with final rinse of 2 gallons of water mixed with flea dip and 1 capful of SSS. The SSS helps replace the
oils lost in bathing and has the added benefit of repelling insects.
80. Flea Repellent: Avon's SSS Bath Oil. 1-1/2 ounces per gallon of water; used as a sponge-on dip (or as a spritz) has been tested and proven to have significant, but not complete, flea-repellent activity
for a 6-day period. It should help those dry coats, too.
81. Does anyone use the Avon SSS bath oil on his or her chows? I have begun using it on Chancey and it has done wonders for her skin. Like, many chows, she has very dry and flaky skin, especially for being
black. Since I started using that product, her dandruff and itchiness has improved tremendously and her hair has become shiny and smooth. It also serves as a great flea and tick protector. I use it about
twice a month and I just spray it on her. I really like it.
82. I use the following on my horses and on my dogs when necessary. 1-cup Avon SSS bath oil 1-cup white vinegar 1-cup (or more) water 5 cc of essential oil of citronella (from the health food store NOT the
type you burn to keep insects away that is available in a drug store) Mix in a spray bottle. Straight SSS works well for mosquitoes too but really makes your dog greasy.
83. (Barns) Use of an inexpensive fly control spray or a diluted mix of Avon SSS in water can be sprayed on barn walls and floor to discourage insects from hanging around or to eliminate them before
putting in the new bedding. As time permits, and if you can keep your goats out of the barn for a few hours - let the barn stand and air out before re-filling with bedding.
84. Rub on your hands before and after working with pets and farm animals, takes away pet odor.
85. Avon's SSS bath oil massaged directly into the skin of your Rottweiler acts not only as a successful repellant and makes their dogs smell good but helps prevent drying and itchy skin.
86. A natural way to help cats with flea problems and flea allergies is to rub Skin So Soft into the skin. Once a bug, always a bug. Fleas don't like it either! Spread the word!
87. Cats: SSS IS SAFE FOR FUR LICKING -------The SSS plus is safe as long as it is the one without sunscreen.
88. Don't overuse the SSS. I just use the lotion, and rub it into the skin, not more than every few days. My cat's sensitive and we're being careful. Common sense is the rule. Sprinkling Yeast on the cat
food helps, too. My cat's fur is medium-length; he's part Persian, and he's doing fine, no ill effects from the SSS. You can check with your vet to be sure if it's okay...

89. SSS can be used as a hoof polish. This will put a nice shine to the hoof without drying it. The farrier's wife will appreciate this one!
90. SSS can be used as a muzzle, eye, and ear enhancer. Generally we used baby oil but it was so messy. I tried SSS and it works great and still helps keep bugs away.
91. I have a show mare that has allergies and also gets dry skin very easily so I started giving her baths in SSS. What I do is bathe her like normal and then I put a capful of SSS in a 5-gallon bucket of
warm water and sponge this all over her. Her hair coat dries silky soft and she quits itching. Works for her.
92. The bug guard towelettes work great on the horses' ears and around their eyes.
93. When I have to band (braid) their manes I use the Techniques Oil Sheen. It seems to help hold the braids a lot better and they don't try to rub them out.
94. The dry end serum works great in their tails as a detangler.

95. It removes tar spots from the car without damage to the paint.
96. Use it to clean vinyl dashboards, seats, and tops. It not only cleans, but also keeps it soft and helps to prevent any cracking.
97. After washing your car, use it as a tire dressing to keep them
looking like new.
98. Put some on a small washcloth and leave in the car to help keep the air fresh and clean.
99. Wipe down vinyl surfaces inside your car. Cleans nicely and removes smoke odors left by cigarette smokers.
100. It gently cleans heavy grease and oil from skin and nonporous surfaces (great for Mechanic's Hands).
101. It removes tree sap.
102. Prior to traveling... rub SSS on headlights and grill. It makes insects and bugs easier to remove.
103. Shines vehicle tires
104. Open a towelette and use as an automotive air freshener
105. Use SSS to stop a squeaky hinge



Disclosure: I am an Independent Avon Representative.
If you'd like to order this or other Avon items, please visit my Website