Google Analytics – a Starter Guide

If you have gone to the trouble of creating a blog and publish stuff, at some point you will probably wonder if anybody is actually reading your posts. If you are looking for more followers your next immediate questions will be:

“Who, what and why are they watching?”

The base install of wordpress will not tell you this, but fortunately there are several reporting tools available. I chose Google Analytics because it’s greatly recommended, very comprehensive and last but not least – it’s free. 

This guide will help you install Google Analytics on your wordpress.org powered site. Continue reading Google Analytics – a Starter Guide

Twig Lantern and Lemon-Butter-Chicken

Yesterday we went on a picnic to get the most out of the early fall. We collected copious amounts of pine cones and acorns for future crafts.

The mushrooms are starting to peep forth, but since we are newbies in the field, we left them for others to collect. I really need to see if there is any mushrooming going on in our area.

When we got home I wanted to make a twig lantern like this one.  First I used an old jar, but that turned out to be a bad idea. The bottom was slightly curved which caused the candle to slide and heat up the glass to the bursting point. No one was hurt. I used a hot glue gun to attach the twigs and added some acorns. Make sure that the glue connects all the way around the glass otherwise it will not last.

Twig LanternCheck that the bottom of your glass is completely flat.

While I was crafting and M was spreading pinecones everywhere, O made Lemon-Butter-Chicken. The recipe is repinned over 500 times which, I tell you, is no coincidence. Chicken, butter and smoked paprika are just an awesome mix.

 

 

What kinds of fall crafts are you doing this year?

 

Hama Beads

As a child I loved beads and now as a parent I might even love them more. We use them to teach M the colors and to practice fine motor skills – in particular precision grip. It’s also quite fun for adults who may express themselves creatively.

Hama beadsYou can get different kinds of beads but I’ve been told that Hama beads are the best, so I went out and bought 30.000 beads in 48 different colors and a pair of tweezers, which I discovered, is actually pretty need to have.
Apparently birds are popular at the moment so I made a redbreast and a bluetit for the baby’s room, O made a little baby penguin and M made a spinning top (just add a toothpick and spin away).

Spinning TopWhen the children are finished with their bead projects, the question is always what to do with the craft? One idea is to put them to good use and glue magnets onto the beads and use them on the refrigerator.

Now for the ironing – we tried ironing the beads like this guy who uses tape, but O thinks that HE is the master of ironing beads and made his own video tutorial.

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Vanish vs. Dish Soap – the Showdown

With kids and dogs in the house, messes and stains are quite commenplace. O’s mother has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and therefore has quite a lot of experience within the stain removal field.

She has tried to convince us of using Vanish more than once, but we have always been quite happy with regular dish soap which is better for both the environment and your health.

Should we trust the pink? It’s certainly a more expensive choice, but now to the test.

For the test setup we used a piece of cotton cloth cut into two pieces and applied 15 of the most common stains.

You really should remove stains immediately, but let’s face it – that never happens in real life, so we let the stains dry for the night. The next morning we soaked one cloth in water with dissolved Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White for 6 hours and then rubbed the stains (followed the instructions). The other cloth was soaked in water and dish soap. We rubbed some extra soap on the stains before soaking. This procedure was followed by 6 hours in a closed plastic bag.

We tried:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Chocolate
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Coke
  5. Cooking oil
  6. Lipstick
  7. Ball point pen
  8. Permanent marker
  9. Coffee
  10. Mascara
  11. Fruit coloring
  12. Baby poop
  13. Grass
  14. Dandelion sap
  15. Ketchup

You will notice a free space which should have been blood (no 16) but it turns out that we are too much of a pair of wushes to get that job done.

Now for the results…….

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Constructive Eating

I read this article about how to get your kids to eat their vegetables, which we all know can be quite a challenge. The Danish board of Health recommends 600 grams of fruit and greens every day, but only a tenth of the Danish children meet the standard. Pretty scary.

The authors stated that it’s easier to learn to like the taste of vegetables before the age 12 month due to the fact that 1-year old babies are far more skeptical about new foods and are strongly influenced by their parents’ habits. Next you need to expose the child to a new food item at least ten times before you throw in the towel.

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Upgrading to Windows 10 – Step by Step Guide

I just upgraded to Windows 10. I was actually relatively happy with Windows 7, but ever since the upgrade to 10 proclaimed it was ready to install, my computer started giving me periodic BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), with increasing frequency. Coincidence?

Conspiracy theories aside my Windows 7 installation had been begging me to be put out of its misery for a long time, and if I was going to do a fresh install anyway, I might as well upgrade. Here are my recommendations for the upgrade and simplified step by step instructions of the process.

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A’s Christening

Sunday was the day for A’ christening. The weather was beautiful and the whole family slept well, which is the first step to achieving a successful day.

I was stressed out of my mind in the morning. It’s really a hopeless task to get everyone ready in the right (preferably clean) clothes at the right time. Just the baby alone – make sure she is pretty full so she doesn’t cry in church, but not so full that she vomits on the dress. Don’t be late for church but don’t come to early or you will have the problem of controlling the 3-year old bag of fleas. Continue reading A’s Christening

The Fabric Softener Hack

As you probably know fabric softener is bad for the environment, and be sure that if it smells great it’s filled with perfume. I really don’t like my clothes smelling like perfume and the baby definitely doesn’t need it.

In stead we use untainted vinegar. Vinegar has the same softening effect on clothes as fabric softener and in addition, it’s also beneficial for your washing machine as it reduces limescale.

Vinegar doesn’t remove static electricity, but most of our clothes are made of natural materials such as cotton and wool, so for us it’s no problem.

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I didn’t take it, I just borrowed it

I was sooo happy when my son came home with a homemade necklace for me last week. It was just awesome that he had done this all by himself (he isn’t exactly known for his patience). Several days went by before he quietly told me that maybe; just maybe he had borrowed it from one of the other kids.

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How do you deal with the task of teaching children the difference between borrowing and stealing?