August 1, 2014

Going Back to Sweden!

Sweden Roadtrip Day 1, Fjallbacka

Hey guys! In just two short weeks I am heading back to Sweden again. A couple of years ago my dad and I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a road trip through Sweden with Volvo and the West Sweden tourism board. I shared our incredible experience here on the blog.

Volvo has an amazing program called the Overseas Delivery Program. When you buy a participating Volvo vehicle, they will send you and a guest on a free trip to Sweden. The program includes two roundtrip airline tickets to Sweden, one night at a hotel in Gothenburg, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Volvo Factory Delivery Center in Gothenburg. You can pick up your brand new car, take it on a road trip along the coast of Sweden, and when you’re done, they’ll ship it back to your local U.S. Volvo retailer for free. Enjoy the vacation of a lifetime with free airfare and no need for rental car expenses. Volvo will also include 15-day European Car Insurance coverage and temporary Swedish registration so you’ll be all set.

Two years ago, they invited me to come experience this program so I could tell you guys more about it when I got back. This year, they invited me to come do it again, with a brand new itinerary… :) 

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This time around I am taking my super-fun girlfriend Stephanie from the fabulous food blog, PlainChicken.com. Stephanie’s blog is an amazing resource for quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipes made with common ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. I know we are going to have way too much fun and probably get into way too much trouble! ;)

20 Things a Foodie Could Do in West Sweden #Travel #WestSweden #inaVolvo

We’ll experience fabulous food, stay in a castle, and relax at a spa. How fun would it be to get a Swedish massage IN Sweden?? :) And I seriously cannot wait to go back for the shrimp. Hands down, Sweden had the BEST shrimp I have ever had in my entire life. I’ve never had anything like it. And it was amazing everywhere we went. I can’t wait to go back!! :)

Check out VisitSweden.com to discover just how much fun and beauty West Sweden has to offer (or just take a look at some of my pictures from 2012!), then enter to win your own trip to Sweden just like the one we’re doing!

Follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to keep in touch while I’m in Sweden. I’ll be sharing lots of photos from our adventure. :)

Thanks so much for looking, friends. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!! xoxo


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Diving Boston Terrier swims to bottom of pool for Frisbee. #Cute #Dogs #Funny #LOL

Howie is obsessed with diving now!! First he was diving to the bottom of the shallow end. Now he’s jumping off the diving board and swimming to the bottom of the deep end!!!

Diving Boston Terrier swims to bottom of pool for Frisbee. #Cute #Dogs #Funny #LOL

He kicks his little turkey legs so hard, like a little frog!

Diving Boston Terrier swims to bottom of pool for Frisbee. #Cute #Dogs #Funny #LOL

And snarfs up that Frisbee with his giant mouf! How does he not swallow the entire pool??

Diving Boston Terrier swims to bottom of pool for Frisbee. #Cute #Dogs #Funny #LOL

Then he kick-kick-kicks all the way back to the top.

Diving Boston Terrier swims to bottom of pool for Frisbee. #Cute #Dogs #Funny #LOL

Here is a GIF of him in action.

But you should really watch the whole video!! :) Click play above to see eight different dives.

We used this Nikon COOLPIX Waterproof Camera to make this video. It takes great underwater photos and videos, and I can even send photos from the camera to my iPhone without the need for a WiFi connection using the free Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility iPhone app. The pictures in this post are just screenshots from the video, so that’s why the quality isn’t that great. Next time I’m going to try and get some good pictures of him diving! :) 

See this post for more info on how we trained him using the steps of the pool.

Thanks so much for watching! Happy summer!! :) xoxo

 


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The Buffer Scheduling Hack You NEED To Know

Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you my trick for quickly and easily scheduling posts on Facebook that have both the Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link.

Just paste one link and this trick will automatically format the post with the description, Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link so that it looks pretty.

Basically just one click for you, and your post is ready to schedule!

The Buffer Scheduling Hack You NEED To Know!!!

Above is a quick gif of what happens. See that swap that happens?? That happens automatically! Saves SO much time on typing!!

Two things to note up front: You’ll need to be using the Firefox browser and have a Buffer account.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to use Firefox as your main browser, you can just open it up when you’re scheduling posts.

Here’s all you do to make it happen:

  1. Go to any pin on Pinterest.
  2. Right click on the image and select Buffer this Image.
  3. Paste the link to your blog post. (I’ll show you a trick to quickly grab the link without leaving the pin)

That’s all you have to do. From there, this trick takes over and, the post will will automagically change right before your eyes into a pretty post with the description, Get the Recipe link and the Pin for Later link. All the text is fully customizable so you can make it say whatever you want. If you have a bunch of tabs open with Pinterest pins, you’ll be surprised at how many you can knock out in less than five minutes.

In the video below, I’ll show you my assembly-line style process to quickly schedule 10 posts in less than 2 minutes. Watch the full video for everything you need to know. Below I’ll list all the instructions you need to get everything set up to make the magic start happening. You just need to download a couple plugins for Firefox, but once you set them up, you’ll never have to do it again and they will work forever. After that, you can just schedule like a machine.

 

Downloads

Here are the 4 things you’ll need to get started:

  1. Firefox — If you don’t already have the Firefox browser.
  2. You’ll also need an account with Buffer. If you’re already using Buffer to schedule your Facebook posts, great! If not, get it all set up and then come back here. Then Download the Buffer Firefox Extension.
  3. Install the FoxReplace plugin for Firefox. This is what makes the magic happen.
  4. Install the FireGestures plugin for Firefox. This one’s optional, but it offers a quicker and easier way to get the link to your blog, so I like using it!

 

FoxReplace Settings

Then all you have to do is add a few simple rules to FoxReplace to make your post automatically transform into a beautiful, custom formatted Facebook post.

First go to Tools, FoxReplace, and FoxReplace options…

Click on Add, give it any Name you want, and then click on Substitutions.

 

Substitution 1

Put this in the Replace text box:

Found at http://www.pinterest

Put this in the with text box:

\nPin for Later --> http://www.pinterest

NOTE: The \n adds a blank line. If you don’t want a blank line, just delete the \n.

Then click Add.

 

Substitution 2

Put this in the Replace text box:

http://www.yourbloghere.com/

Put this in the with text box:

\nGet the Recipe --> http://yourbloghere.com/

NOTE: The first link has WWW in the URL, while the second link doesn’t. This is the keep the substitution from happening over and over and over. Make sure your blog links work both with and without WWW. They should! Also be sure both links have the slash at the end.

Click Add.

 

Substitution 3

Put this in the Replace text box:

"

Leave the with text box blank.

Click Add.

 

From here you can add any other custom replacements you want, if you find your pins routinely have the same text you are editing out over and over.

When you’re done, click OK.

To make it start working, check the box by Auto-replace every and change the time to 3 seconds. Then close the pop-up settings screen. (You may want to un-check this when you’re not using it.)

That’s it for the setup! You only have to do that stuff one time, and now you’re done. It will work forever now!

 

My Workflow

Here’s what I do to schedule a bunch of pins all in a few seconds.

  1. Open about 10 pins from Pinterest all in tabs. This is where it’s helpful if you have your own Pinterest Board that’s just pins from your own blog. Then you can go there and quickly pick out a bunch pins whenever you want.
  2. Highlight the description of the pin below the photo. You can triple-click anywhere in the description to easily highlight it.
  3. Press CTRL-tab to go to the next tab, and highlight the description again. Repeat for all remaining tabs.
  4. Then go back to the first tab. Hold down the CTRL key, and click and draw an L with a rounded corner on the image. This quickly grabs the link to your blog. You can also just right click and select Copy Link Location, but that’s too slow for me.
  5. Once you’ve got the link, right click on the image, click Buffer this image, and paste the link on the line just below the description. It will automatically convert into your custom formatted post.

 

The Buffer Scheduling Hack You NEED To Know!!!

 

Hope this makes sense, and I hope it helps make your Facebook scheduling quicker and easier!!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

Happy posting!! :)

 

This Hack For Scheduling Facebook Posts with Pin It Link Will Save You Hours!!! #works #blogging #bloggingtips #tutorial #lpt #hack #lifehack


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