Monday, January 5, 2015

MailChimp Newsletter Tab for Facebook Tutorial

Hi there!

If you are using the MailChimp platform for creating a newsletter (free or paid),  you can now add a tab on your Facebook page so that your fans and followers can easily click on the tab and sign up.  I created this tutorial to help explain how to integrate the tab with MailChimp and Facebook.

If you haven't set up your newsletter yet,  you will want to log into your MailChimp account and set up the campaign for your newsletter so that you can begin building your mailing list. 

Step 1.  
Log into your MailChimp Account.

Click on the name of your account (below the monkey) and it will open up the menu in black. 
 Click on Account.  

Step 2.  
Click on Integrations

Step 3.   
Click on the Facebook Beta

 Step 4.  
Fill in the page you want the tab to appear, the *MailChimp list that you want to use, and the name of the tab that you want to use.  * If you haven't started your mailing list yet, you will want to set up the list via your MailChimp dashboard before proceeding.

Step 5.  
Check your Facebook page.  Click on More and then Manage Tabs on the pull down menu. The Manage Tabs window will open and you can change the order of tabs on your menu.  In my example I swapped places with Pinterest and Newsletter.

To customize the look of the tab itself, continue on.

Step 6.  

At the top of your Facebook page,  click Settings.

Step 7.

Click Apps,  and then Edit Settings (Under MailChimp App)

Step 8.

Edit MailChimp Settings - Box will open up.  Here you can change the look of the tab by clicking Change next to the Custom Image.  The Tab needs to be 111 x 74.    Where the words Newsletter is, you can change it to say anything you want it to.

If you already have  a tab and you would like to change it at any time, follow the above instructions, and then click the edit link in the top right corner of the tab. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Adding Buttons to Sidebar Tutorial

Hello Friends!

I've been asked to write a tutorial on how to add buttons to the Blogger sidebar.  A lot of Facebook Groups, Collaborative Blogs, and Affiliate programs use small images to link to their pages.

For the purpose of this tutorial,  I am using Mel from Graphics from the Pond's I <3 Clipart graphic, (Used with permission).  The graphic is for followers of her page, and members of her Graphics Club.

I Love Clipart

Some link graphics will already come with the code you need to install in your sidebar.  If a code is not provided, save the image to your desktop and upload to your favorite host such as Photobucket, or hosting account.

Step 1.

Open your Blogger Dashboard and click on Layout.   

Step 2.

Add a new HTML Gadget

Step 3. 

Copy and paste the code below.  Edit where the text is red.  The Image URL is the direct path to the image that you uploaded to Photobucket or your own hosting.  The Title Image is the text that will be visible when your mouse hovers over the image.

Please note that the <center> tag is included in the code below.  If this tag is not included, the image will be off center in the sidebar.

<center><a href="http://IMAGE URL HERE" title="Image Title Here" target="_blank">
<img src="IMAGE URL HERE" alt="Image Title Here" style="border:none;" />

Step 4.

Save the widget and preview the sidebar.

If you want to add more buttons, separate the images with the <br> code.  That will provide a blank space.  You will need to finish the next line of code with </br> 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness in the Classroom

Hello there!   I have teamed up with my Blogging friends at Elementary Grapevine to bring you this special Happy Holiday Blog Hop!   Thank you to all of the lovely ladies for putting this together!!

I'd like to share with you a little bit about Random Acts of Kindness in the Classroom.   With so much going on in the lives of the little people in your classrooms (and teachers too!), often the only time they hear something positive is at school.

R.A.K. in the Classroom can take the form of a kind word, a small gesture, or even a handwritten note from you to a student.   This year,  I came up with The Secret Elf.  A fun way to encourage students to be kind to one another.

This is an activity that I have actually done with my own little people.  It works a lot like a Secret Santa activity would be, only it's among the students.  There isn't a lot of prep work involved in setting it up.  It requires printing out a few pages for each student, and taking a few minutes to match the students up with their Secret Elf (The instructions are in The Secret Elf packet linked below).

The fun part of this activity is that the students need to keep the secret of who their "Secret Elf" is. With younger students this might be a little more challenging, but fun too!   At the end of the project, each Secret Elf will reveal themselves to their match.  It's a good idea to do this before the end of the term.

There are a lot of fun options how to implement this activity.  There aren't any rules for being kind. :)
I made you a set of "You've been R.A.K.'d Cards"  for this Blog Hop.  Only the sweet friends that hop through this hop will receive the printable cards.  They are provided in both full color and bw to give you printing options.  Print off onto cardstock or colored paper, cut, and pass out to students you see sharing, working well in groups, being a good leader, etc.   The students that receive them can pass them on to someone else in the classroom (or school) that they see being a good friend, leader, etc.  To download the cards, click on the image below!

The Secret Elf packet contains a printable card, and writing papers for The Secret Elf.  I have included some basic instructions too.  To download it, please click on the image below. 

I hope that you enjoy this activity.   The next stop in the holiday blog hop is ......

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Welcome friends!    Several Blogging friends came together to share some of our Favorite Things, (A little Oprah Style)... This is an AMAZING giveaway with several prizes!  Be sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom to make sure you don't miss anything.  Are you ready to get started?

Here are a few of MY favorite things:

 Christmas Lights - A holiday tradition!

When I was a little girl, my parents (along with Aunt's, Uncle's, Cousins,) and my brother would all pile in our old station wagon and go out and look at all the Christmas lights.  Ours were strung up on our house the day after Thanksgiving and taken down just after the new year.  It has been a long standing tradition, and one that I continue with my own home.  As seen in the photographs above,  I hang lights around my deck.  

Favorite PENS!  Mr. Sketch, Crazy Faces, and SCENTOS!

One of my very favorite things school related are colored pens - pens of any kind.  I love the new Mr. Sketch, and SCENTOS markers.  I can't pass by the art isle without picking up another pack.  Do they have support groups for that?

 Favorite Beauty products - Bath and Body Works!

Living on a farm, it means that hands get chapped in the winter!~  My favorite go-to products are from Bath and Body Works.  I love these products because I am not allergic to them, they come in many different fragrances, and there is a store not far from here!  (For Arkansas, that isn't bad!)  My favorite fragrance is Blackberry Vanilla but I think they are discontinuing it, so my last trip I was experimenting with different scents.  Sweet Pea, Oahu (yum!), and Carribbean Escape.

  Hobby Lobby Gift Card - Love it!

I am giving away a $10.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby as part of the Favorite Things giveaway!  Hobby Lobby has a huge selection of art supplies, d├ęcor, and more!  Here in Arkansas, a brand new store opened up a few months ago!  I enjoy going there to just look around for ideas, and for some shopping too! :)   The Gift card can be used in store and online as well.

Stop by my TPT Store and receive 50% off of the featured items for the holidays.  

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Currently - Dec. 2014

It's time for another Currently, created and hosted by Farley at Oh Boy Fourth Grade!  Be sure to click on her link and show her some <3! :)

December.. Wow.. this year has flown by FAST!!!  

LISTENING:   Haha... I came home long enough to toss a load of wash in and to do a couple emails.  I found that Currently was being posted, sooooooooo here I am! :)   I could have said something more fun like I was cranking holiday tunes, but ... it's really my washing machine doing it's version of the Macerena! :)

LOVING;   I am enjoying a more simplified (less stress) life.  It's a long story, but the last month I have been working on de-stressing.  I'm spending less time glued to the Internet working, and more time outside, enjoying the scenery! :)

THINKING:  Even though I have simplified my life, I am still planning out a few work projects.  I have a new laptop which is going to help me be able to create from remote locations. How fun is that?

WANTING:  I'd really like to finish up my Christmas shopping this next week.  I am almost there!  Whew!   I am not a real fan of crowds, especially holiday crowds.  How about you?

NEEDING:  To get my Christmas tree up. I was debating over putting up a live tree.  Though with the dogs in the house, maybe not a good idea.   The outside Christmas lights have been up for 2 weeks. #onlyoneintheneighborhood  #clarkwgriswold

GIVING:    I am pretty blessed. Even though I am not wealthy by any stretch, I still believe in giving back. For a couple years now, I have given a portion of my sales to the Gary Sinise Foundation.  If you are not familiar with this organization, they build smart homes (and provide other services) for wounded soldiers, EMT/Fire/Police.  Mainly soldiers that have lost limbs and have combat wounds.  What I like about it is that the majority of the funds raised go to the actual building of homes, rather than a lot of admin. costs.  The man who founded it, you might know -  Gary Sinise from CSI NY and Forest Gump.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round-up

Hey everybody!   Over the last several months, hundreds of my favorite Teacher Bloggers have come together to share their Bright Ideas!  There have been so many fabulous great ideas being shared that we decided to showcase some of our previous posts in this "Bright Ideas Round Up!"   We will return after the holidays in January with fresh Bright Ideas!


One of my favorite posts, is about Behavior Management using Activity Boxes.  This particular post has been viewed over 35,000 times!!! WOW!!!   I have used this technique many years working with kids with a variety of behavioral challenges.  To read the whole post, click on the photo above!

One of my first Bright Idea posts was written about adding to the classroom library by reviewing children's books!  This particular post was a hit. I received so many wonderful comments and letters. I was happy to hear from so many fans that enjoyed the original post, and were interested in reviewing books for their own classroom libraries. To view this article, please click on the image. 

I hope that you enjoyed the Bright Idea posts.  To read more Bright Idea posts from other Teacher Bloggers, you can click on the links below.  

As always, I LOVE hearing from you.  If you have a request, or would like to share your thoughts on previous posts please email me at  or leave me a comment below.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!