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How to Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow on Your Wordpress Website!

It's... that... time of year! When the world falls in love! Every song you hear... seems to saaaaay... Okay, you didn't come here to hear me sing The Christmas Waltz. You came to learn how to make it snow!

Fortunately, it's super easy if you're running Jetpack on your self-hosted Wordpress website. With just a couple clicks, you can get your snow on.

1. Make Sure Jetpack is Installed

I usually install Jetpack on most of Wordpress projects because it's got a lot of nice features built-in. I deactivate many of them if I don't need them, truth be told, so as not to slow down the site, but I do love me some snow! If you don't have Jetpack installed, you'll want to download it here or go to Plugins > Add New and search for "Jetpack" if you don't see it as an option right on the landing screen.

2. Turn on the Snow Setting in Jetpack

Once Jetpack is installed and activated, go to Jetpack > Settings > Appearance and scroll down to where it says Holiday Snow. If it's greyed-out or "off", click it to make sure it's green or "on". Don't worry, if you turn it on in July, it won't actually start snowing yet.

3. Start Snowing December 1!

The default setting in Jetpack is for snow to fall from December 1 - January 4. So even if you turn it on earlier, it won't start snowing until December. Alternatively, you can also turn on/off the snow under General > Settings > "Show falling snow on my blog until January 4th." (check the checkbox), but that checkbox option won't show up until December 1. Unchecking it turns off the Holiday Snow feature you turned on in Step 2.

That's it! 

There are other ways to add snow if you don't want to install Jetpack and all its built-in goodies. There are plugins made just for snow. You can find a whole bunch here.

Happy Snowing!

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BlogHer ‘12 is Coming! Will We See You?

Well, the BlogHer '12 conference season is almost upon us. I say "season" because despite the conference lasting a mere three days, the chatter around it usually starts 2 months ahead and extends about a month or two beyond. So, I figured I'd help kick things off by letting everyone know that Kathy and I both will be in attendence this year in New York City.

We missed last year in my hometown of San Diego due to my 20 year high school reunion scheduled for the same weekend. But this year, we'll be hitting New York in all our glory, ready to absorb the city, it's sights (people watching is awesome), it's delicious tastes (pizza!) and scary scents (hot garbage in August, anyone?).  We had a blast last time and this year, we're smarter and decided to stay at the Hilton with the rest of you fine people. Last time we stayed at the Empire Hotel (yes, of Gossip Girl fame) and it was like sleeping on a slab of granite while kitten-heeled reindeer danced on our heads to Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam.  Never again.

We'll also be attendig some of the many parties. We love to be social and let's not kid ourselves, we love drink tickets. These are some of the ones on our list. Will you be here?

People's Party - I'm Going! VOTY - I'm Going!
CheeseburgHer - I'm Going! Blogalicious Brunch

If you can't find us there, in a panel or at the buffet, try the hotel bar. ;-)

Hope to see you there! 

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STOP. Boobie Time!

It’s that time of year again—time for the 10th Annual Blogger Boobie-Thon.  We’ve been supporters and participants for the past 9 years and we hope you’ll take a moment to get involved in this worth cause.

If you’re not familiar with Boobie-Thon, in essence, bloggers and website personalities take photos of their breastages—both male and female, but mostly the ladies—and submit them to the Boobie-Thon for posting. Other people donate cashola to witness the boobies in all their glory. There’s even an *uncovered* gallery (read: nudies) for donations over $50, but here’s the catch: there are no faces. So it’s perfectly fine to submit your own! It’s all very anonymous.

All the proceeds from this annual 7-day event go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as a special “Bloggers Helping Bloggers” charity, which changes every year. This year, the recipient of this portion is our very dear friend, Wendy, who whooped breast cancer’s ass just this year.  With all the financial strain having cancer puts on one’s life, Wendy is an amazing, strong survivor—but the woman still needs to eat and pay the electric bill. You can read about Wendy’s story here and and on her site, a little c.

Another perk: we’re doing a giveaway!  We’re saddling up with Green Couch Designs and Emtwo Web Studios to create a custom blog design for you!  Your minimum donation of $25 enters you to win. Check it out!  Don’t need a new blog design?  That’s ok, tell a friend and donate anyway!  ;)

Won’t you take a moment to support breast cancer research and our friend, Wendy, by submitting your photo(s) and/or donating a few bucks to Boobie-Thon?

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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things!

Christmas is only a couple weeks away, so we thought we’d share some of our favorite things to consider for your own gift giving!  Some are rated G, some are PG, but all are fun!

BluntCard
We love sarcasm and vintage imagery, so what better than a gift card to Bluntcard’s Zazzle shop?  Whether it’s mousepads, mugs or magnets, Bluntcard has something hilarious to suit a sassy adult that you know.




LUSH Cosmetics Goodies
I have a serious problem—I cannot stop buying bath goodies from Lush.  Their products use unusual combos of fragrance, oils, flowers and other goodies in a kind of natural way that is both hippie and chic.  My favorite thing they make is the Karma Bubble Bar. Oh, how I love thee, Karma Bubble Bar! It’s about $8 for one bar, but you can break it among 4 baths. Break a piece off, run under the water and watch as bubbles go nuts in your tub. It smells warm and spicy—just like me! It’s seriously one of the best things I’ve ever smelled.  I also like their Butterball bath bomb, which fizzes and releases cocoabutter into the bath so you could out like an oil slick on a beach… in that good way. If you don’t have a Lush near you (and many don’t), you can order online or through Amazon. Go forth and smell yummy.




Oval Casserole with Lid from Crate and Barrel
I received this as a birthday gift this year and *love it*.  I never thought I could love an inanimate piece of cookery, but it’s the best.  If you have a cook in your life, you might consider getting them this beautiful crock. It’s all white with a clean design that is so pretty, I’ve considered leaving it on my countertop just to admire it.  It’s deep enough to hold all your favorites, like lasagna or green been casserole, but personally, I think it’s ideal for homemade mac n’ cheese.  The lid makes it really handy when you don’t feel like schlepping out the plastic storage. Plop on the lid, stick in the fridge and enjoy your leftovers the next day. Love, now I want more beautiful cookware like that!




BevMo!
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention BevMo.  We realize not everyone cocktails, but if you have a wine lover in your life, we highly recommend a BevMo gift card.  We sort of think gift cards can be impersonal, but if you select a nice bottle of their favorite wine (or yours if you want to turn them on to it) and attach a gift card to BevMo and maybe tie on a little wine opener or something, it makes a gift card seem much less “Here, have some cash.” It puts some thought behind it.  BevMo often has great 5-cent wine sales so the wine zealot you know could have a veritable spree in there on your dime. (Best part? You might get to drink some of that wine with them!)  Our favorite? Just about anything by Rex Goliath—especially their Pinot Noir.  It’s cheap, cheerful and downright delicious.




iTunes App Store
Let’s face it, we’re app crazy.  If you’ve got an iPad or iPhones (like we do—no iPad yet, though!), then you know the fever of which we speak. And likely, the iPhone lover in your life would be more than happy to receive credits toward some new apps! iTunes giftcards make great stocking stuffers.  May we recommend our client’s new app? For all of you with kids (moms, dads, grandparents, babysitters, nannies, what have you), The Story Home has just launched a new app for iPhone and iPad that allows you to download and listen to their stories on the go.  It gives you access to 75 of their most beloved stories, endorsed by the American Library Association and read by storyteller, Alan Scofield.  If you need to keep your little one occupied, hope to get them to relax or just want to spend time together sharing the joys of storytelling, consider downloading this app by The Story Home, available in the iTunes store.




We’ve also got some freebies for you!  Here are some of the holiday wallpaper we did a couple years ago and also some Twitter backgrounds, too!  In the new year, we’re going to have a bunch of new freebies available to coincide with the launch of our new site, so stay tuned for that. So excited!

Holiday Wallpapers

Holiday Twitter Backgrounds

Kathy and I both wish a very, very happy holiday to you and yours. Don’t nog n’ drive!

Fine Print: Illustrations in our freebie wallpapers are done by our fabulous illustrator, the incomparable Derek Yaniger. They were commissioned and created for us and/or by us and may not be reused or redistributed for profit or personal gain. Like his stuff? Get his book! Some illustrations in the freebie Twitter backgrounds are also courtesy of Derek Yaniger, this time from his Snappy Hour Invitation Kit.  It’s awesome, you should totally get it!

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LAST CHANCE! Donate to Boobiethon and Enter to WIN a FREE Custom Illustration and Blog Design!

We should have posted on here about this sooner—but we tweeted and facebooked it a bunch!  If you didn’t know, the 9th Annual Boobie-thon is on right now and today is the LAST DAY. 

We’re sponsoring a giveaway just like last year’s: submit a minimum donation of $25 to Komen Foundation and get an entry into the drawing to win a custom illustration by the fabulous Cynthia Frenette of Green Couch Designs, a custom blog design using that illustration by yours truly of Moxie Design Studios and development by the talented team at Emtwo Web Studios. Here are the details, but you can read the full post about it on the Boobie-thon website.

How to Enter:

  • Donate $25.00 to Komen (tax deductible!) and add the note “Get Moxie” when submitting our pledge form.
  • Remember, you MUST include “Get Moxie” when filling out the pledge form or we will not be able to count your entry.
  • You can donate more than once, but each donation has to be at least $25.00

Extra Entry:

  • Blog and/or Tweet about this giveaway!!
  • Make sure you use hashtag #boobiethon #getmoxie in your tweet!
  • You also must return here and leave a linking comment to earn your extra entry. (only one extra entry per donation)

We hope you’ll dig deep and donate for this amazing cause.  Boobie-thon has raised over $64,000 in the past 8 years for breast cancer research and are up to $7425 this year as of this post.  Please help Boobie-thon reach $10k this year!  I know we can do it!

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