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Coffee and Conversation Link Party #65 – A Terrific Tech Tool

Good Morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #65 – hosted by Pat And Candy.com!

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I know I don’t usually share about tech stuff, but I just HAD to share a tool that has become a real time saver and helped me make much better use of my time.

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!

Finding Your Place to Volunteer As A Teen

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…



Finding Your Place to Volunteer as a Teen


Mondays With Maddie – Be A Blessing To The Elderly

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”

Mondays With Maddie - Be A Blessing To The Elderly



One Way We Unintentionally Shame Our Kids

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 🙂

One Way we Unintentionally Shame Our Kids



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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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15 Responses to Coffee and Conversation Link Party #65 – A Terrific Tech Tool

  1. CJ Huang October 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve heard about IFTTT, but I haven’t worked up to actually figure it out yet. One day. 🙂

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      I actually blocked out a time to sit with a cup of coffee and just peruse the site. Really, I’m glad I did, otherwise I would have spent FAR too much time there (which sorta defeats the purpose!).

      But there is really a bunch of useful stuff there, and what I enjoyed most was how much it inspired me to come up with personally relevant “recipes.”

      Let me know how it goes if you ever get a chance to try it out!

  2. Rosilind October 28, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you so much for featuring my post today!! What an honor to be featured again. You two are the best!

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      It’s easy to feature your stuff…you have 2 fans here! Your post (sadly) hit a little too close to home at some points. Not so much on social media, but I have been know to rant a time or two in a group of moms…and yet if I’m honest, I gotta say my kids are pretty darn good to me!

      Guess it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a parent – we’re all still sinners in need of grace.

      So thankful for the reminder…

  3. Deanna October 28, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate the feature of How To Help Your Daughter Be Confident!
    And thank you for hosting the link party!! 🙂 Hope you have a great week.

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      You’re welcome, Deanna – you had so much wisdom packed into that post. I really appreciate you putting it together. Actually, I added it as a resource to an article in a similar vein I wrote a while back: http://patandcandy.com/the-yard-sale/

      Please do come back again sometime soon and share your thoughts!

  4. Miranda October 28, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks so much for the feature! Maddy will be so excited!!!

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      I can imagine, Miranda! We LOVE encouraging new and young writers…
      BTW, think she’ll be doing #NaNoWriMo this year?

  5. JES October 28, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Thank you for hosting! Have a lovely week ladies! 🙂

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Thanks for sharing, JES…you, too!

  6. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser October 28, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    Well, IFTTT does sound great. If I had a Smart Phone.

    or even a phone…

    Rural New Mexico living…fast internet, no phone.

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 6:30 am #

      Haha! Well, at least you have fast internet! I still remember the days of no phone AND dial-up!!
      Thanks again for stopping by and sharing, Andrew…and praying you have a great week!!

  7. Marilyn October 28, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    Thank you for the party! I got here a bit early to read many links so I will be back tomorrow! See you soon.

    • Pat October 28, 2015 at 6:35 am #

      You know the saying…”Vote early – vote often!” LOL
      Glad you found the time to share. I have to admit the “25 ways to eat candy corn” concept caught my eye: who knew?

      Have a great week, and come back anytime!

      “See you” soon!

      • Marilyn October 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

        Thanks Pat! So many links….so little time! You always get ome great ones! Happy Halloween!

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