The Mom Behind the Curtain … because every mom wants to be an all-powerful wizard, is now up!
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My posts on high school, college and success – challenging the way schools teach success – are now officially moved to my new sight at www.highschoolcollegesuccess.com. Come on over and say hello!
Start your Independence day off right with some patriotic waffles! Whip cream and berries. Mmmm….
You do know how to make fresh whip cream, don’t you? It’s so easy, and so delicious! So I thought I’d quickly find a link to a recipe on-line of how to make it.
To my surprise, the first 5 recipes aren’t like I do it. The first three do it with a hand whisk. Um. No….
I posted a month or so ago that I had a new URL and the website would be moving, but when you do your own development, things can take awhile. It can take even longer if you’re trying to do thing “right.” For example, Austin has a very active WordPress community, so earlier this week I attended a WordPress MeetUp about web site security. And I wrote a post, WordPress Security Tips for Beginners.
During this process, you might notice some things on this blog preparing for the move. If you don’t see it already, soon I’ll be using the template Foodie Pro with Genesis on this site, just so I can check out how it’s going to work. But it won’t be completely styled, so a few things might look out of place.
The upside to how thoroughly I’m researching everything, if you happened to design your own website, or want to, I’m working on a pretty extensive series of WordPress tutorials for beginners to the more advanced, on everything from buying your domain, setting up local test sites on your own computer, migrating a designed site to another location and styling Foodie Pro for Genesis into a Lifestyle blog. So be sure to keep up with the changes or sign up to follow my blog in email!
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Yesterday I attended a WordPress Meetup about basic security presented by Nick Batik. WordPress Meetups are awesome free gatherings where developers volunteer to teach others all about WordPress and I’ve been to quite a few. I’m working on a whole series about making a WordPress site (my How to Install a Favicon on WordPress tutorial will also be part of that series), but this security information is too important to keep to myself until I get this site moved and the series completed.
If your site gets hacked, to add to all the other headaches you can get blacklisted by Google. (Understand Google Website Blacklists) You can see Nick’s slides from the presentation on the WPAustin blog, Revisting WordPress Security. There are links to lots of authoritative sites to learn more information. (Note: Currently, the slide program only works in Firefox for me, I can only see the first slide when I use Chrome.) When you’re searching around the web, it’s really helpful to learn where the sites are that you can really trust. That’s one of the things I love about going to these WordPress meetups. But below are are some basic WordPress security tips, practices that even a beginner can easily tackle, that were my take-away from the discussion.
Our family was able to catch Tomorrowland during it’s premier holiday weekend, and we’re glad we did! Because…
They showed the trailer for Star Wars the Force Awakens!…
It can be tricky to pick a domain name for a lifestyle blog. I like the terms “lifestyle blog” or “mommy blog” because the topics can be so broad on them, which is what has turned out to happen here in my little corner of the internet. But in some ways, that seems to make coming up with a domain name and buying a URL more difficult.
But before I get into all that, maybe your wondering – Exactly what is a domain name? And if you look on the internet (like I did), it will become clear to you that all of the definitions were written by software engineers who knew exactly what they were talking about. But after you read their three paragraph definition you’ll have no clue what they’re talking about….
Along with my current reading list, I also mentioned that I’ve been watching the Up Series documentaries. The Up documentaries have been a continuing project over the last fifty years, following the lives of 14 children. It was actually Tim who first found this series, and realized that it might have connections to everything I’d been reading about.
The series begins with a short film, 7 Up, that was actually meant to be a stand alone documentary showing how a child’s future in Britain was already limited by the age they were 7, simply by the class they were born into. (And yes, I realize I used “they” where I should have used “he,” but I really dislike using only the masculine form in such cases, and he/she is so awkward.) In this first film, it’s rather striking to see how the more affluent children have a pretty good idea of how their life will be charted out, rattling off a long stream of schools they plan to progress through….
We took our kids – with our main focus being our son, who’s a high school junior – to visit two private universities in our state over spring break. While our son is very focused on a major in computer science, I took our daughters to see the fine arts department at one school, and visited with women who are a professor of interior design, a biochemist, and a chemical engineer/turned industrial engineer/turned computer science lecturer/women in engineering adviser, at another.
Meanwhile I’ve been reading, a lot….
Are you like me and you haven’t seen the new Disney Cinderella movie yet?
Maybe you’re worried about showing your young daughter an out-dated fairy tale where a young maiden is distress is saved by a charming prince who swoops in and saves the day? Well the press information that Disney has released suggests that they really tried to do otherwise. Instead, they tried to produce a film that shows that “kindness can be a type of super power.”…