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The Blog Book Creation

A few of you have asked how I created my blog book. I first have to give credit to LauraC because I got this awesome idea from her.

I also have to apologize if it sounds a bit anal…I write documentation for a living, so that’s where it comes from 🙂

Oh, and I had wonderful hopes that something like blurb.com would work well – but it really doesn’t. . . which is why I ended up doing this manually. And I know I’m going to forget some step that I did since I’m doing this from memory…but I’ll do my best!

Download a Template

I used Lulu.com. They have Word templates to download so that your page size and all of your margins are correct.

  1. Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom.
  2. Choose the size you want,  and click Download Zip File.
    I just used one of the 8.5 x 11 ones.
    Take note of the number of pages allowed for the size you choose.

Grab Your Posts

Once you have your template file, you need to get all of your posts into it. This is the time-consuming part…Since blogs are presented in the opposite order you’d want your book to be in, you need to work each post separately.

  1. Start with your first post. Copy the post part of it and paste that into your Word file.
  2. Copy the comments part – if you want those to be a part of your book – and paste those below.
    Tip: This is for wordpress since the comments are presented separately from the post part. You may be able to copy the entire thing – including comments – in blogger or any other blogging site.
  3. Move on to your next post – over and over and over again.
    Take note of the number of pages you have and compare that to the number of pages allowed. Keep in mind that page numbering will change a bit depending on how much cleanup you do.

Tip: I actually copied and pasted my tweets from Twitter as a last page or two in the book as well. (Just mine – and only the ones that weren’t replies.)

Clean the File Up

Once you have all of the posts you want in your Word file, it’s time for cleaning up. You can do as much or as little clean up as you want. It’s your book! 🙂

The first thing I did was get rid of all of the links – it’s a book, you can’t click them, so I didn’t want them to be blue and underlined.

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select everything in the file.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9 to remove all links.

I then scrolled through the entire book to format it – looking for widows and orphans, looking for strange things around copied pictures, things that didn’t change from a link, etc. If entire posts didn’t fit on a page, but were *close* I’d mess with paragraph spacing, or remove extra paragraph markers or whatever…

I inserted MANY tables so that I could format things the way I wanted to. I used them to put captions beside pictures or to force two columns if I had long, skinny lists. Things like that.

Obviously, videos don’t translate well to paper books…when I ran across a post that had had a video in it, there was a huge empty space where it was supposed to go. I went back to the original post on my blog and used a screen capture tool to grab a picture of the still video and put that in the blank spot.


Once you have your file all set, upload it!

Go to Lulu.com, click Start Book, and follow the instructions on the screen.

There is also a cover wizard part where you can upload a picture, choose the font for your title (and change the title if you want), and more.

I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have – just let me know! 🙂

Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

twins-and-moreI just finished reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Heim.

How can you not like a book when it starts out with a quote from Aerosmith? *grin*

Seriously, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More is a wonderful book. I could relate to so many of the stories. (Ya…I was totally right there with the woman who had a nervous breakdown that she wouldn’t be able to tell her twins apart once she removed the hospital IDs … until her husband gently reminder her that all she had to do was remove their diapers. Yep – boy/girl twins LOL!) I laughed out loud at some of the stories; shed a tear for a few others. But mostly, I found myself nodding in agreement with what I was reading, thinking “oh ya – I remember that” or “oh man – I can totally see that happening soon!” I have to admit that I did skip over some of the stories – I simply couldn’t relate at all – but with so many different ones, that’s bound to happen.

This book is perfect for busy moms. The stories are short and sweet and I could usually get through at least one before being interrupted. If you are a Taxi-mom like me, Twins and More is great for waiting in the car for the kids’ activities to finish up; read a story or two and you’re set!

For more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More visit: www.chickensoup.com.

Just Cause – Tuesday

Tuesday was the beautiful twin daughter of Jessica Kate who bravely fought – and sadly lost – her 8 month battle with stage 4 neuroblastoma in January of this year.

Jessica (and a whole bunch of other people) decided to put together an annual blog party to help raise funds to fight pediatric cancer, specifically neuroblastoma, as it is the least funded of ALL cancers yet one of the most fatal.

Just because we lost a wonderful little girl who touched so many lives doesn’t mean we have to lose the war.

Check it out!

Something’s Fishy Here…

Thanks to Cheryl, I’ve been thinking of fish!


Not THAT kind. THIS kind:

You may have noticed the banner over there on the left-hand side…I’m a Fishful Thinking Ambassador, which means that I’m here to help you and your kids! Okay…not me personally. But I’m here to tell you about this awesome program.

I don’t know about you, but I eat my kids eat Goldfish all the time. And I remember eating them when I was with my Grandma after school, so they always bring back great memories. Well, Pepperidge Farm has created this exciting new program, Fishful Thinking. And knowing the Pepperidge Farm name – and the quality of their food, I was delighted to see that this same quality carries over to their program. A quote directly from them:

The Goldfish® brand cares about kids and wants to help inspire them to become the successes they were born to be. Through the Fishful ThinkingSM program, Goldfish provides parents with tools to help teach their kids how to navigate obstacles, overcome failure and achieve what they want.

Right? Sign.Me.UP.

So far, there is a quiz for you to take to see how resilient your child is, tips for playing emotion charades with your child, and a Spring Cleaning Optimism Article. And there are more things every week! (Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated.)

Resilience Quiz

How resilient is your child? Find out with this short quiz, developed by Dr. Karen Reivich. Each time you answer a question, you will get a resilience tip from Dr. Reivich, with suggestions for how you can use a situation to help improve your child’s resilience.

Emotion Charades

Build your child’s emotional awareness through this simple, fun activity.

Spring Cleaning Optimism

An article on the mental and physical benefits of Optimism.


Definitely not something fishy there!! 🙂

Full disclosure: As a Fishful Thinking Ambassador, I earn incentives from Pepperidge Farm for my participation. Every time you click one of my links, I get points toward the incentives. However, if you know me at all, you know that I wouldn’t endorse something I didn’t believe in!

I Think I Fixed It!

Whoo boy – this virus thing sucked. I got the Bratsk.exe/Antivirus 2009 virus last night. Here’s how I (hope I) fixed it.

DO NOT trust the “software” that comes up claiming to be antivirus 2009. I knew that I didn’t install it, and when it asked if I wanted to remove a bunch of registry keys, I had warning bells go off in my head. Don’t let it do *anything* – just ignore it, click the X to make it go away. This includes the bubble that keeps popping up on the system tray.

My virus scanner said that it couldn’t remove the bratsk.exe file – but when I went to where it told me it was located, I was able to delete it myself (and empty the recycle bin).

I then went to C:\Program Files\antivirus 2009 and removed everything that I could from there. I think there were 4 files that it wouldn’t let me remove. I didn’t trust the “uninstall” that came with it – I highly doubt that it would have uninstalled anything.

Then, I restored the computer to a point created earler in the week. Start menu –> Programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System Restore.

When the system rebooted itself after the restore, I went back to the antivirus 2009 folder and deleted it.

I’m running the full scan again, but it seems to be gone! *phew*

Comic Book and Coloring Book Photos

Bunches of you expressed an interest in knowing more about the coloring book/comic book pictures I posted last Friday. I thought they were cool too!!

I got the software with my camera, so here’s a big plug for Kodak… It’s the EasyShare software…and it looks like it’s free! I don’t know if that download is the same as what I’ve got … but if it is, it’s a much later version – so maybe there are cooler things to do now 🙂

Here is one picture with all of the different “fixins” done.

Original Picture

Original Picture

I enhanced the picture first so that the manipulated ones would turn out a little bit better. Enhance the picture by editing the picture and then clicking Enhance.



To get to the good stuff, you edit the picture and then click Fun Effects.



Coloring Book

Coloring Book

(The coloring book one looks better bigger – you can click to enlarge it.)



Fish Eye

Fish Eye

You can also change the “scene” if you click Scene Effects. These looked better when I started with the original picture (which is why I always save the new ones with different names 😉 )

Black and White

Black and White

Sepia Tone

Sepia Tone

Happy manipulating! Let me know if you decide to do some…

Want Your Mug in a Mug?

Check this out: OnLatte.com

It’s a printer that will put any image onto your foamed milk. Pretty cool!

Cool Website for Readers

Lee over at Why isn’t There Mouse Falvored Cat Food posted about this site…and I just had to pass it along.

Goodreads.com is a website that will keep track of the books you’ve read!! You can rate them and you can tag them with one of three things: read, currently-reading, and to-read. You can get recommendations from your friends. If you join and want to add me as a friend, used no_zimmer at yahoo.com 🙂 Fair warning: I read lots of trashy romance novels, mysteries, and young adult books. *grin*

And speaking of great websites for readers (and writers)…have you ever checked out Levenger? This great website is totally commercial, but I *LOVE* the (expensive) stuff from here. I use the lap desk daily with my laptop. And the circa notebooks are KICK BUTT. I use the larger size at work, and the little one as my favorite recipe book. My mom lives by the outlet store (I’m so jealous!!)

Anyone have any other great sites like these two?