Saturday, October 24, 2015

Spanish Town Jamaica - Emancipation Square

In 1762, a new official residence for the Governor, King's House, was erected on the site Historic Spanish Town Square - Kings House of the Old Spanish Hall of Audience. The Hall was demolished in 1761 to make room for the new mansion. This building formed the first unit of the civic square designed in the then popular Georgian style.

In 1838, the proclamation of the abolition of slavery was read from the steps of King's House. The structure was destroyed by fire in 1925 leaving only the main eastern facade and the stables.





Rodney's Memorial


This elaborate edifice was created in honour of the celebrated British Admiral Lord Rodney. Historic Spanish Town Square - Rodney's Memorial. The Memorial, designed by the famous English sculptor John Bacon in 1801, commemorates Rodney's victory over a French fleet that had attempted to invade the island in 1782. Rodney is made to resemble a Roman Emperor.

A tavern dating from the time of the Spanish occupation, which is said to have also been where the mules and horses belonging to the Governor were tethered was demolished to make way for the statue.



Rodney's Memorial


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source: http://www.jnht.com/tours_spanish_town.php







Saturday, October 10, 2015

How to Design Your Blog Yourself- D.I.Y. Sunday's

It turns out that you can design your blog yourself without needing to have any expertise in blog design whatsoever. After paying to design this blog, I was faced with the challenge of having two other blogs with no way to formally pay to design them also; so I decided to do the job myself.  Let me just say I had no formal training or expertise in this area. However, I was able to transform these two blogs into a space that was uniquely what I wanted to present to my readers. 


Click the links below to see my handy work:


Here are some tools that I use to help me:


Free Templates

It was important to me to have my blog design looking visually appealing. I found that there are blog designers that actually gave away free templates that were first rate quality. You can find great free templates on these sites:



I have used Blogger Candy and I have found they offer a number of templates that are well designed and easy to change to suit my preferences. 

How to Install Templates in Blogger


Here’s how to install a Blogger template you’ve downloaded from another site:


1. Log in to Blogger, and on your Blogger Dashboard, click the Design link.

2. Click the Edit HTML tab.

3. Click the Download Full Template link and save it to your computer.

4. Make a note of the file name and where you saved it in case you need it later!

5. Unzip the template file you downloaded from another site.

6. Back on the Edit HTML page, click the Choose File button.

7. Navigate to where you saved the unzipped files on your computer, and double-click the one that ends in .xml.

8. Click the Upload button.


Creating Specialized Headers

Sometimes you find a great free blog design or a design on blogger that you love but you want to personalize it with your own unique blog header.  Canva is one of the websites I used to create my headers. I find that the website tools are easy to understand and very user friendly. Plus, I do not need to know anything about design to use it. I can upload my images/logos to the site and use them. You will however need to know the dimensions for your header so that you can have the right size and you will need to save the header you have created in Canva as a picture (jpeg/png format) .


How to Install a Header in Blogger


Go to the LAYOUT window and click on “EDIT” in the header widget (little blue link). The following pop-up will open:




Browse for the header image file on your computer and make sure you select “Instead of title and description” (also, do not select ‘shrink to fit’).

SAVE! ALL DONE!


 Sources:

 http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-install-a-google-blogger-template.html

http://www.bloggercandy.com/faqs-how-to/how-to-install-a-header-image/

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tips on How to Warm up Before Walking

Before you start walking, it is important to warm up first. Increasing the temperature in your muscles and joints and increasing blood flow will make you more comfortable when you exercise and reduce the risk of injury.

Mark Fenton has developed a few easy warm-up moves that target the muscles you use most during walking. You can do them all in a standing position and the entire routine should take only three minutes.

Ankle circles. Standing on one foot, lift the other leg off the ground in front of you. Slowly flex that ankle through its full range of motion, making circles with the toes. Do 6 to 8 circles then reverse the direction of your circle and do 6 to 8 more. Switch feet and repeat.

Leg swings.Standing on one leg, swing the other leg loosely from the hip in a front to back motion. Keep it relaxed and unforced like the swinging of a pendulum. Your foot should swing no higher than a foot or so off the ground. Do 15 to 20 swings on each leg.
Figure-8 leg swings: Just like the leg swings above, swing one leg from the hip in a front to back motion, but this time, trace a figure-8 with your leg. Your leg should trace a circle in front of the body and another circle behind. Do 15 to 20 swings on each leg.
Pelvic loops. Stand with your hands on your hips, your knees gently bent, and your feet hip-width apart. Keep your body upright and make 10 slow, continuous circles with your hips, pushing them gently forward, to the left, back and to the right. Then reverse directions and repeat.
Arm circles. Hold both arms straight out to your sides, making yourself into the letter T. Make 10 to 12 slow backward circles with your hands, starting small and finishing with large circles, using your entire arm. Shake out your arms, then repeat with 10 to 12 forward circles.
Hula-hoop jumps. Begin hopping in place on both feet. Keep your head and shoulders facing forward, and begin to twist your feet and lower body left, then right, going back and forth on successive hops, 20 times.
Source: http://www.pbs.org/americaswalking/health/healthprewalk.html

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fern Gully- Jamaica

I recently drove to Ocho Rios Jamaica and I wanted to share some pictures from that trip.


Fern Gully 

A former river bed which has been converted to a road. it is approximately three miles long and there is said to be about 600 various types of magnificent ferns and hardwood trees in the valley. The trees creates a canopy that creates a cool and magical atmosphere as you drive through on your way to Ocho Rios.


Fern Gully, St. Ann

Fern Gully, St. Ann
 Along the road way in Fern Gully there are a number of craft vendors that you can stop and shop with. Here are some of their wares:


Craft Items


Fern Gully Craft Vendors
Handmade Craft Items


Towels of all Designs in Fern Gully

Craft Shop on the Road Side, Fern Gully

Cute Dress



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How to Review a Poorly Written Book

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You are excited because you have just received your first book to review. You quickly start reading the book with bated breath because you can barely contain your excited. Ten pages into the book you find that you are struggling to move on to the next page. With each page you become more disappointed with the writer's craft. You shake your head at the poorly written plot and the conflict that you are waiting to see develop but seems nonexistent.  Finally, at page 100 you give up. You just cannot keep going. You have 100 pages left and it is too painful to continue reading. Then, you remember that you have a write a review on the book. 


What then? 

How do you review a book that is poorly written? 

That is a dilemma that a number of bloggers face. Today I want to address that issue. Here are some tips on how to review a poorly written book:

 

Your Audience

 Always remember that your loyalty is to your audience; it is not any company, author, friend, etc. Bloggers tend to develop a relationship with their core followers; while your core followers depend on your honest points of view on the products, services that you review on your blog. So, your loyalty is to your audience. You must always remember that you should always the true to your readers.

Integrity

In business and in blogging integrity is everything. It is important that you state before accepting any product (book) or service to review that you will give your honest opinion (no matter what). By doing this, you are making it known that you will not write a great review of a book that is sub-standard because you are being paid or you are requested to do so.

Decline

After reading the book you can decline to review it. This is easier if the book was given to you by the author.  You should contact the author and explain your experience and decline to write the review or explain the type of review that you plan to write. I find that the author will understand because he/she does not want a bad review to be published.

Be Unbiased

 You can also publish the review with your honest opinion. You can state to your readers that although this is your experience it might not be the same for them. If the book is from an author they are familiar with you can suggests that they can read the book and share their own experiences. 





Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Beautiful Reflection- Book Review


Purchase The Book Here
A while ago I received the book- A Beautiful Reflection to review. The book is written by Sarah Maddox and it explores the age old situation of being in an unequally yoked relationship as a person of faith. It explores dating in the presence of God and implications of being in a relationship with someone who is not as spirituality connected to God as you are.

Overview

 In the novel, the protagonist Susan Strasbourg (a deeply devoted conservative Christian) meets Jim Hitchenson (a handsome and successful bachelor) and they quickly fall in love with each other. Jim is everything that Susan never thought she wanted. However, although Jim is from a Christian family the question still remains, is he committed in his faith. Can he be the man of God that Susan wants and needs? The book follows the couple as they tries to answer all these questions.

Writer's Craft


The premise of the plot is an interesting one. I found that the author took her time to develop the plot. The story began with a bang however, as the plot developed the characters seemed less relatable. They became flat and stereotypical. As a result of this, I found that the story line lost me. I would have love to give this book five stars however I walked away from the story being underwhelm. Therefore, I will give this book two and a half stars.

 Tell Me

If you have read this book please share your thoughts and feelings about the plot.

The Book Corner is a new feature on Lioness Rebirth. From time to time I will be reviewing books that I have received for review.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tips for Managing Multiple Blogs


Here are some tips on how I manage my multiple blogs:


Use One Blogging Platform

I find it more manageable to have all my blogs on one blogging platform (Blogger). My blogger dashboard has where I can see all my blogs at a glance and I find this very handy and useful.
So I suggest have all you blogs on one blogging platform that way you can see all your blogs and you can better track your blogs that way. I find that blogger helps me to do that.

Never Post Substandard Content:

 When you have multiple blogs you might feel like you have to post to keep your readers coming back; however, if you post content that is below your standards you will find that your loyal readers will lose interest and stop reading your blog. It is better not to post than to post content that is not in line with your blog just  because you feel like you have to post something.

 Set scheduled posts

 I am bad at this. But I have found that it is great when you stagger your posts if you have multiple blogs. This is especially good if all of your readers are from one Google + profile. This way you won’t overwhelm your readers. Pretend that you are a reader and you see four different posts from someone you follow from four different blogs on the same day.  I am sure you do a double take and become so confused. In short, don’t overwhelm your readers (Google +).

Find Your Niche

You need to have a clear purpose for your blog that way you will definitely know your niche and you will target that niche. When I first started blogging I had no purpose for my blog, Lioness Rebirth. I just wrote about things that interest me. However, over time I realized that my readers gravitated to posts that provided information that they found useful. So, I then focused my blog on that niche.

Network Based on your Blogs

It is good to join different communities on Google + based your different blogs. This helps because you can share with members of that community so that they can read posts that interest them from your blog. Remember to get involve. Do not make it a one way street. That way you can get a discussion going on your blog and in the community itself.

I hope these tips were helpful. Please let me know if there are any posts you will like me to share.


Four Blogs & Counting......

I have four blogs. All four blogs are quite different and they have different functions. Before I share my tips to managing a blog; I thought it would be beneficial to explain why I have four blogs and the nature of these blogs.

My first blog: Lioness Rebirth is very near and dear to my heart. I write posts on this blog that are more informative and a little do it yourself. These posts require a lot more research than my other blogs. Therefore, it takes more time to write a post and also there is more editing that needs to be done for this blog. Of all of my blog this blog is more time consuming.



 


 Then, there is my second blog Lioness Boutique Jamaica. This blog has a series of short posts that are linked to my shop Lioness Boutique. These posts are often picture based. So, it is simple and easy to write a post on this blog. It is not so much time consuming. However, like with Lioness Rebirth it requires research.