Good Morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #65 – hosted by Pat And Candy.com!
IFTTT (pronounced like “gift” without the “g”) has been around since 2010, and it stands for “If this then that.” I only found it recently after entering the 21st century and getting a smart-phone (Android). It. is. AMAZING!
There is a short learning curve on terminology, but once you have that down, the sky’s the limit. The whole point is to coordinate websites with smart phones to improve their efficiency and boost your productivity. Currently it is connected to over 110 apps, and you can either copy someone’s recipe for yourself, or come up with one. This is a great post explaining it all, giving you enough information to get started. Once you work through creating one recipe for yourself, you’ll be hooked. A “recipe” is a combination of a “trigger” (if such-and-such occurs…) and an “action” (then, such-and-such will happen…).
So far, I have a personal goal set on mine that is texted to me every morning at 6am, which gets me up and going each day. (You’ll be surprised how focused you can be when you have a daily reminder of a project you’re working on or goal you need to reach.) I also have a text sent to me every time a story appears on a news channel I listen to related to a keyword I set up. This helps me keep up with the current news and helps give me ideas for future blog posts. Since we’re working on building a solid Twitter account, I have a few recipes related to that account… And I’m still testing the most-recent recipe I created, which will send out a Tweet every time I pin something on my Pinterest account – we’ll see how that one works. I’d LOVE to hear some of your recipes when you create them!
Now…on to our features!
I was inspired to feature parenting posts this week by an article that was shared on Friday’s Learning From Each Other link party. Written by Deanna over at PlayDoughAndPopsicles (dontcha just love that name?!), she offered 11 practical tips to help parents grow confident daughters. Seriously, you should go read it now…the link will open up in a new tab, and I’ll wait for you…
See? That was a great article, right?! But wait, there’s more!
Over the years, I’ve used volunteer opportunities as a chance for our family to give back to the community. Belinda at LiveLifeWithYourKids has written a great piece on how to encourage your kids without making them feel taken advantage of. While talking volunteering at church, the principles can be applied to ANY volunteering situation…
Every Monday, Maddy “guest posts” for her mom, Miranda, at Drops of Learning. Apparently, she has a heart for senior citizens, and since we used to volunteer at a nursing home years ago, I enjoyed her perspective as a 15-yr-old in this post: wherever you are, anybody can “Be a Blessing To The Elderly”
Rosilind shares here often, but she really hit home with this one… Read on to the comments, too, for some interesting “counter points.” I was really encouraged by her challenge to make my home a haven. Thanks, Rosilind 🙂
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