Link your Labels to your Navigation Menu

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On my last post, I told you how to label properly.  In this post, I will show you how to use labels in your navigation bar.


If you don't have the pages gadget, you will need to add one.  It's a great navigation menu, placed below your header.
Just add the Pages gadget... I already have pages, so my links show up in the list.
I will get back to how to add them further below.





Now on to the labels and linking them into your page navigation.


First step is open an existing post or compose a new one. On the right, there is a menu called Post Settings.



Where it says labels, type in about three  labels.  Mine is valentine, tablescape, brunch,
Add a comma by each label and then click done. Publish your post!

Next, after your post is published, you will see the labels you selected at the bottom of your post.


I am going to show you tablescape, since I have quite a few posts with that category.

Click the label tablescape on the bottom the post.  It will open a page like below:
Notice the address?   After my blog name there is a / search/label/tablescape




Copy that url address!

Next step go back to your Blogger dashboard and click Pages.


Click where it says + Add external link, you will see a page like the one below:
Type in the Page title and then add that link you copied from your browser.
Click Save link!


Ok. you can do this with different categories for a menu bar. Keep adding more labels, such as recipes, crafts, decor, etc.

This pages gadget should go under your header.




How to center your page's gadget.

Click Template and then click customize.   You will see this window. 



Click Advanced! 


In the white area, type in this code below:

.PageList {text-align:center !important;}
.PageList li {display:inline !important; float:none !important;}

Click ENTER on your keyboard for it to work. After you preview it, click Apply to blog.
Ta da!  The pagelist should be centered!


You now have a navigation bar on your blog and you are using your blog's labels as search categories.  Be creative!

If you want to add Contact Me (your email) in your navigation bar, the  go to  your Pages gadget in your lay-out.  Click Add  external link
Give it a title, such as Contact Me or Email
Below that, type mailto:   Add you email address right after mailto:
Click save link.



Ok, let's see some of you bloggers add some navigation to your blog!
My internet has been acting up lately, so it is limiting me to post more.
Hopefully they will get things fixed soon, plus I have come down with something!





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Using Blogger Labels Properly

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I was guilty of using too many labels on my blog, when I started.  Typing in a bunch of keywords, we think is going to help.  Trust me, use at least 3 keywords.  Start thinking like categories.


Keep using them the same way....Be consistent with the spelling, whether lowercase or capital. Always separate with a comma.


   Using too many labels is like spamming it!

In Blogger, category, tags and labels are basically the same thing!
Labels are linked to certain pages, so when people do a search on your blog, they can find items, using those key words.




If you blog about recipes and food, you would start using labels like categories, for the food.
Let's just say I am writing a post about chocolate pie.  For my labels, I would use chocolate, pie, baking, or dessert.
Whenever you write another post about a pie, use similar labels.  flavor of the pie, pie, dessert
Here are some  popular categories:

For example:   soups, crockpot, salads, breakfast, lunch, appetizers, entrees, dessert,
You could break them down further if you want.
breads    cakes     pies    ice cream   chocolate

Just be consistent with the spelling! 

I would recommend not using more than 3 or 4 labels per post.  Never post without labels! 

 Labels are for people , not so much search engines.


Doing this is going to so much better for your blog.  It's being organized!

If you do this method, then you can also use your labels as pages.
Almost everyone has navigation menu under their header, sidebar or above the header.
Page Links.
By labeling our posts properly, then we can use those links for menus.

You can always go back into each posts and edit the labels.  You cannot re-name them.
Blogger has no feature for renaming, however you can delete the existing label and add a new one.
Click done and then re-publish.

I found all this out the hard way.  I am now using some labels for page searches under my drop down menu.

Labels do not help with SEO on your blog!

In case, you didn't see the post about adding a drop down  for your many labels, here it is!

Blogger- Add scroll box for archives and labels




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Laundry Room Reveal

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We finally have our laundry room finished!  It's almost a pleasure to do laundry now, plus the extra storage is a bonus.
I have to say my husband did most of the work.  From demolition, installation, and applying the grout to the backsplash.  He's a keeper!  He is very handy....
Moving our former kitchen cabinets in there is re-purposing, plus they look fabulous!

We had to order a few more cabinets to fill in.  Even the kitchen sink went in there.
I love having the tall pantry and drawers. We have several places for counter space.


One day, I will take some photography lessons. This kinda looks like a kitchen..  LOL

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Ok, here is  before and after photos.  Like I said before, for some reason, we do not have any other pictures or they are misplaced....The cabinets were a light grey and they were from Germany.
What a difference!


Here's a picture of the former kitchen. You can see how we used these cabinets in our laundry room.


Just in case, you didn't see our kitchen after the remodel.  So on to more of the new laundry room look.


I love our red washer and dryer.  We did buy the pedestals for them, so it's easier to work.
Great storage as well.

Blingy light fixtures too!


Lots of drawers too.


My son came in and did the crown moulding.  It really makes a big difference.  The flutes are from our former kitchen.


The travertine floors are installed almost all downstairs.  We have to have a doggie door, so the little doggies can go in and out. We used to have a shower down by the door.  We took it out, due to we never used it.


Dante managed to get in the pictures.  LOL
I am looking for a few pictures so I can  hang one over that gray panel on the left.


We even used our kitchen sink and cabinet base from our former kitchen.
We added a new Moen faucet.


Two tall pantrys and drawers give us plenty of storage, plus the counter space if we need it



The backsplash is different.  It's a 3D stone basket weave tile.  It comes in sheets.
It goes well with our granite and travertine floor.
There you have it!  a brand new look, fully functional as well.

I am linking up with the following blogs:
Table It @ Christine's Rustic & Refined
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
You're Going To love It! @ Kathe With An E
Tuesdays At Our Home @ Maria's Elena's
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy & Elephants

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My Top 10 Posts 2014

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I am sharing my top 10 posts from 2014.  It's interesting to see which posts are more popular.
I have noticed people are really interested in Blogger Tutorials, because they are up there in ratings.

I hope that  some of you that have missed reading these posts, it will give you some insight.

#1



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#10


I hope you are enjoying this new year. Time to de-clutter and organize.
I will be posting the laundry room new look soon.  I am waiting on my husband to finish...ha ha.  I know he reads my blog. On another note, I have re-vamped my blog.
Different layout and colors.  Any opinions?

I am linking up with the following blogs:

Youre Gonna Love It @ Kathe With an E
Two For Tuesdays @ Bekahs Resolve
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

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Ginger-Garlic Chicken with Miso Slaw

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We love chicken so I  was inspired to make a chicken marinated  in ginger, soy sauce and garlic.
I used thighs and chicken breasts.  This dish is easy and you can either grill  it or bake it.
The marinate gives it a wonderful flavor.





 Recipe

Ginger Chicken

Ingredients
  • 1 chicken 3-4 pounds
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 Tablespoon five-spice powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp grated onion (yellow) or
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Cut the chicken into serving pieces.- 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings, quarter the breasts.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together, the garlic, ginger, 5 five spice powder, honey, soy sauce, onion, and red pepper flakes.
  3. Transfer to a large ziploc bag and add the chicken pieces.
    Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  5. Put in oven 375 and bake 35 + minutes until chicken is done.
  6. Serve chicken with Miso Slaw.




Miso Slaw

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon white miso
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of seame oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 head of green cabbage- shredded
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage - shredded
  • 2 green onions - sliced at an angle
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the sesame seeds, rice vinegar, miso, ginger, salt, & pepper.
  2. Add the sesame and canola in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until emulsified.
  3. Add the red and green cabbage and toss. Refrigerate at least an hour.
  4. Serve with Ginger chicken

Happy Eating! A bright New year.
I shall be posting our laundry room with the tiled backsplash soon.
I now have a new look for my blog...Any feedback?

I am linking up with the following blogs:
Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party @ Walking On Sunshine Recipes
Home Matters Party @ Life With Lorelai
Two For Tuesday @ Bekahs Resolve

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