Google+ For Dummies

Google+ For Dummies


I have been playing on Google+ a lot the past few months. I am resigned to the fact that Google is going to take over the world, and Google+ is their social media contribution to that take-over. I’ve also discovered that I like Google+ – a lot. Twitter may always be my first love, but Google+ is definitely where I go to cheat.

At first, Google+ looked daunting. I wanted an easy-peasy Google+ for Dummies post. Most of the stuff I read was for bloggers or businesses, but what about non-bloggers and non-businesses? Wasn’t there an easy list of “how tos” that started with the basics? I mean hangouts and videos were all well and good, but what about the basics!? This shouldn’t be complicated, I wanted step by step simple instructions for the average person, not a business.

A lot of people are on facebook. A whole lot. And a lot of people that used facebook for something other than keeping track of what Aunt-Hester’s-best-friend’s-dog-Fido is doing, or fighting with frenemies about politics or religion, have become disenchanted with all the ads, the lack of relevant posts in their feed, the privacy changes … heck all the changes period! And those that use facebook to follow their favorite blog or business may be most frustrated of all with facebook throttling feeds and picking and choosing what you can see!

An alternative is Google+. Basically a combination of twitter (hashtags), facebook (+1 = likes, easy to comment, easy to follow) and a unique way to have a circle of friends or business acquaintances separated (private groups), Google+ at its most basic is the easiest form of social media to use.

First things first: sign up for Google+. If you have a Gmail account, Youtube, Picasa, basically anything that Google owns, you already have an account.

Google+ For Dummies


Set up your profile if you don’t have one from Gmail. And, edit your settings preferences on who can see what, send you email, comment, etc.

Google+ For Dummies

I also urge you to take the short tour when you begin. It will make Google+ much easier to understand.

Google+ For Dummies


Now head over to Google+ and look up your interests! The easiest way to do this, is through a hashtag. Just type in anything you’d like to find at the top bar…

Google+ For Dummies


I typed in the word “deals”, click the blue search icon, and got a stream full of people who used #deals (the # is a hash, the word is a tag, #+ a word = hashtag) or just the word “deals”!

If this is my interest, I’d want to follow and explore those folks that looked interesting. I can either lump everyone together “following” for me, or I can make a circle that says “deals” or “deal bloggers” or “this is my circle for deals” or whatever you’d like to call it.

Google+ For Dummies


The beauty of following people? Every single last person or business you follow will show up in your stream!

Google+ For Dummies


Something else that is fun is seeing what is trending now. Click the explore button on the left to get top 10.

Google+ For Dummies


If a topic interests you, click it. You’ll get a stream full of people using the word or hashtag! Like a suggested community? Join it! That is where you will find people with likes and passions similar to yours. As you get into Google+, people will invite you to join their community! The joy of common interests.

Google+ For Dummies


If you want to capture someone’s attention by tagging them, the @ symbol plus their name will do it for you!

Google+ For Dummies


If you post on Google+, upload the photo from your computer. It will capture attention of those in your stream.

Google+ For Dummies


Once you upload that photo, rotate it, crop it …

Google+ For Dummies


Or add text to the photo!

Google+ For Dummies


You can share a Google+ post by clicking the action arrow. The post will open allowing you to write on the top of your share and add hashtags if you like.

The +1 is a “like”. As a blogger I have to say, like once, like often!

Google+ For Dummies


Comments are entered below the post. A great feature for many people is you can reply to Google+ from your Gmail when you receive a comment notification! What could be easier?

I hope these Google+ instructions will help you get started. I am not kidding when I say that if I can do it, anyone can!


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How To Hull a Strawberry

How To Hull a Strawberry


You have probably looked at a recipe for a jam, pie, tart, etc that has as an ingredient “strawberries, hulled”. If you ever wondered what hulling meant, it is basically removing the leafy part and the stem that is attached, of the strawberry.

You can purchase a strawberry huller to do the deed, or use a paring knife to quickly remove the stem left inside the strawberry.

How To Hull a Strawberry

How To Hull a Strawberry. Step by step instructions on how to hull a strawberry for cooking, baking and eating.


• Remove the surface leave.
• You will now see the leftover bit of stem core that is inside the strawberry. That is what you are removing.
• Insert your knife on the outside of the yellowish part of the leftover leaf core.

How To Hull a Strawberry. Step by step instructions on how to hull a strawberry for cooking, baking and eating.


• Make an incision all around that yellow part, and then flick your wrist to “pop” it out. It will remove easily.

How To Hull a Strawberry. Step by step instructions on how to hull a strawberry for cooking, baking and eating.


• You can now see clearly inside the strawberry, and all the is left is the sweet, juicy fruit and not the tart stem.

How To Hull a Strawberry. Step by step instructions on how to hull a strawberry for cooking, baking and eating.


Easy-peasy! That is how to hull a strawberry!

Like fresh straweberries? You might enjoy some of these great fresh strawberry recipes you can make with your hulled straweberries:

Strawberry Tart Recipe – A visually stunning presentation, this strawberry tart is actually simple to make. Make this strawberry tart for dessert, to take to a party, serve with tea or for anytime really. Your friends and family will be impressed. Only you will know how truly easy this strawberry tart recipe is to prepare!

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Recipe – What is more spring-y than rhubarb!? Using fresh fruit, this pretty galette dessert is easy to make, but impressive to serve – not to mention super tasty!

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake Recipe This delicious poke cake recipe from scratch is so simple to make. If you are a fan of jello poke cake recipes, you will want to try this fabulous strawberry poke cake recipe! Dressed up in red, white, and blue, this strawberry and jello poke cake has a list of easy to follow instructions to customize your cake as you see fit. Bake and serve this mouthwatering poke cake tonight. Yum!!


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And I Thought We Were Done With This

Coupons, Deals and More


This isn’t a post I ever expected to write. When I told you what happened to Coupons, Deals and More back in March, I thought that, except for transferring over the good library content to Ann’s Entitled Life, that was the end of Coupons, Deals and More.

Little did I know…

The government threw me a curve last week and approved my trademark for Coupons, Deals and More. This was a process I began long before Coupons, Deals and More died so suddenly in February. After approval notification, my attorney advised me to bring back the Coupons, Deals and More webpage, and at the very least make it a static page.

I contemplated that. A static page is no work! I tossed up Coupons, Deals and More in under an hour on Friday and I could have parked the page with a few ads, and been done with it.

Instead, I acquiesced to the hundreds (I think it may actually have been over a thousand) of email I have received the last 10 weeks inquiring about the printable rebate page, and decided to return the Printable Rebate Forms page to working order. I haven’t quite completed posting all the information I have for the page, but plan to finish the task this week.

I will probably post a deal per day just to make the spiders and bots happy, but nothing more. You see, I’ve been very happy not deal-blogging the last few months. I have had time to do whatever I want! I haven’t had to worry about writing up any drugstores, grocery stores, or best deals. My blogging life has consisted of looking for laughs for today, posting an old library post , recipe and chit-chatting about my life! All enjoyable tasks, none of which requires me to work more than 40 hours a week.

While I love to help people, I have been stunned at how much I have missed the little things in my day to day life, how little I enjoyed deal-blogging, and how much I enjoy writing. While I may have suspected all of those, I now have confirmation.

So while Coupons, Deals and More is indeed “back”, it is never, ever going to be what it once was. I no longer have that passion. And, it takes real dedication and passion to teach people how to find deals. Ann’s Entitled Life is now my blogging home – Coupons, Deals and More is my home away from home.


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