Entries from July 31st, 2012

What is an RSS Feed?

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31.7.12

I’m curious, Do you have trouble keeping up with the sites you read?  How do you all keep up on with the latest posts?

I’m a bit of a blog junkie, but when I first started reading blogs i had no idea what a feed was and I would browse around sometimes bookmarking sites. It wasn’t very efficient and I got tired of missing posts from my favorite sites.

When I finally started using RSS and a feed reader it changed the way I browsed. RSS stands for real simple syndication and it’s basically a simple text version or “feed” of your favorite blog, website or even Facebook posts that are automatically delivered to a program called a feed reader. A feed reader houses all the website feeds you choose to subscribe to in the same spot which are automatically updated for easy browsing.Icons 3 copy

Many websites make is easy for you to to their feed by clicking on an icon. It’s usually an image with two waves emitting from the lower left hand corner. We have a feed icon for Our Lake Life at the top right hand side of the page or you can access it by clicking here.

Google defines “Feeds as a way for websites large and small to distribute their content well beyond just visitors using browsers. Feeds permit subscription to regular updates, delivered automatically via a web portal, news reader, or in some cases good old email.”

Once you click on the icon you’ll see the website’s current feed it’ll ask you to select which feed reader you use or you can choose to get it delivered my email.

Feed Reader

I happen to use Google Reader because, well it’s free, and if you’re already using a Google account then you already have a Reader account super simple. But there are many others options including Yahoo, AOL and Feedemon just to name a few

Google reader

Then you’re all set for easy browsing and automatic updates. Just log into your Reader whenever you’re in the mood for your reading fix and it’s all right there.

Once you’re in you can do things like star special posts you like or write notes and if you get really fancy and have an iPhone, iPad or Driod you can download a number of different apps to make your blog habit even more addicting.

So spill it who uses feeds to keep updated on your favorite blogs? Or do you use some other way to keep track? Let us know in the comments section.

Psst: Don’t forget you can join Our Lake Life’s feed by click on the feed icon at the top right of the blog or by clicking here. Try it, you’ll like it ;-)

Gardens Galore in Ocean City, NJ

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30.7.12

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No trip to to our favorite family vacation spot is complete without a walk on Ocean City’s 2 1/2 mile boardwalk. Deemed one of the country’s best by Travel Channel’s for it’s family friendly entertainment which is fun and exciting but in my opinion the real hidden gem is the 1/2 mile walk starting at Boardwalk mile 0. The row of homes on this stretch is breathtaking, not to mention all of the exquisite gardens that are just begging to have their photo taken.

In my opinion it’s the most beautiful in the morning when the sun is low in the sky, the salt air breeze drifts by and the bicycles are allowed to roam freely on the boards.

Boardwalk Sign

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Ocean City Gardens

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Family Traditions

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27.7.12

Vacation

Well we are back from our little Our Lake Life goes to the beach annual family adventure that we all love and look forward to very much each year. Our little tradition involves renting a beach condo, packing up the whole family, my parents, sisters, husbands and heading out for a week at the beach. The tradition goes back quite a ways beginning back when I was just a little warm and snuggly inside my mother’s belly. I cannot remember a summer ever of not continuing on in this tradition.

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So many warm and wonderful summer memories have been  made in our favorite shore town called Ocean City located on the far southern shores of New Jersey this family resort has long been a favorite of ours. Of course we’ve always known that Ocean City is a special place, this year Travel Channel named OC’s Boardwalk one of the best in the country, looks like the rest of the world is taking notice.

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Needless to say it’s a highly anticipated and very special time when we all get to take a week and relax as one big family. You would think after all these years of vacationing in the same place that we would have exhausted every nook and cranny of one small town on the coast. Not true, on our first day we discovered a new to us state park nestled on the bay, complete with a playground and boat ramps leading to the open waters of the bay overlooking Ocean City. We had a fun few hours as we waited for check-in time.

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We arrived on Saturday, It was humid and a little overcast the day we arrived with a threat of shower mixed in. Quickly turning sunny and hot as we anticipated the week of fun ahead and the excitement of walking into the rental for the first time. Will it be as nice as the pictures? What will the view be like? How far is the walk to the beach?

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It didn’t disappoint, the house was nice and big we had the first floor of the large 2 story home with an open floor plan that I’d love to have some day. An elevator which was extremely awesome for delivering luggage from the garage but kind of overkill if you just wanted to step outside. A gorgeous wrap around porch with views of the ocean a truly wonderful place to call home for the week.

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I really love family traditions and I love that my parents were able to carry on with this tradition throughout our lives and make wonderful memories for us. I’m excited to bring those family traditions to my family.

New Projects Page

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26.7.12

Well it’s been a work in progress for a while now but I finally managed to (mostly) organize my projects page. I started having trouble finding my own posts. I figured it was about time that I organized and grouped them together for easier navigation.

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It’s sorted into multiple groups to make navigation easier, some of the projects overlap as they fit into multiple categories. Want to see what we’ve been working on inside? Simple now just click over to the Projects Page and bam all our indoor projects in one easy to view place. Curious about our Master Bedroom Makeover? It’s all there too.

 

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The groups may change over time as I figure out what works. I’m also thinking of adding of few of our lake photography and daily life  posts to the mix  to make viewing those easier. I think the thumbnails are a huge step for easier prettier navigation.

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I used inlinkz to create the gallery of thumbnails, the same tool used for all those link parties out there except it’s the link manager tool rather than the party tool. It was really easy and the best part is the gallery will update automatically when I add news links in the inlinkz dashboard. No messing with any code which is great. Yippee, oh I how I hate code.

Ah organization, I love it

Back in Action

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24.7.12

Hi everyone, we’re back in action today from our much needed break where we got away from it all and enjoyed some time at the beach. We had a great time and took loads of pictures. I’ll share some of those soon including some of the gorgeous ocean front homes we spied. They were to die for.

Anyway when we got home we saw one of the most anticipated sites around the lake. It’s probably something that most people don’t ever see. I know, I certainly never had before I moved to our lake.

Weed Harvestor 2 I bet you’re wondering what it is?

It’s called a weed harvester and it’s one of the most welcomed sights on our lake.  Given the size, our lake is relatively shallow which means light is able to reach the bottom in many parts of the lake it also make for relatively warm water in the summer months which is wonderful for swimming and also wonderful for lake weeds to sprout from the bottom virtually covering the lake which is not so good for swimming.

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In July each year the weed harvesters come out to scoop up the floating debris and weeds leaving a substantially less weedy lake in their wake.

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They pull right up to the edge of the land and make quick work of clean up. What would take us hours to pull out by hand is done in mere minutes.

Do you have any cool operations in your area that others might not know about? I’d love to hear.

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