Monday, September 30, 2013

IOS7 Mystery Emails Deleted

IOS7 email Tips

Anyone else having issues with that silly RED circle floating above your mail icon on your iPad or iPhone that just won't go away no matter what you delete or open???  Well I did....and a few other readers did too.  A few people even reached out and asked me "How do I fix this?"  So I figured if it was bothering me, it was probably bothering someone else too. Here is the answer that I found when I did the research through tons of Apple forums....

  1. Go to Mailboxes and select "All Inboxes".
  2. Next in the top right hand corner click on the EDIT button.
  3. Then in the bottom left hand corner click on MARK ALL.
  4. A pop up menu comes up with two choices: either Flag or Mark as Unread.....choose Mark  as Unread.  
  5. Wait a second or two for that operation to happen. 
  6. Then go thru steps 2-4 again, this time you will have the option to choose Mark as READ!
This should clear out all mystery Unread email in that little red circle on your MAIL ICON on both your iPhone and iPad.  You may have to do these steps on both devices, but do it on one first and then allow the other to update before going through these steps on the other.  

(Again I am NOT an Apple employee, NOR am I an Apple Genius....BUT I am an AVID user and have been for many years.  I LOVE my Apple products when I can make them work correctly and easily.  My entire household is filled with Apple users and if I don't know how to FIX something that is not working entirely right for me, one of my many other Apple users can usually figure it out.  Just wanted to make sure you guys as the reader know that I am NEVER claiming to be THE EXPERT!!!)

If this tip helped, you might want to check these out too!!!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wowza Weekend Link Party #23

Wowza Weekend Link Party #23

& Features from Link Party #22

Thanks to those who linked up last week.  This week we have 3 new features.  


photo from I Dig Pinterest

1.  Christine from I Dig Pinterest shared these adorable Trick or Treat blocks.  One of the things I love is she tells how you can make them as a group with friends!

photo from High Wire Living
2.  Caroline at High Wire Living shared this Spooky Wreath for Halloween.  Great inspiration for October coming next week.  

photo from Kadydid Designs
3.  Alyssa from Kadydid Designs shared this adorable Ghost Costume.  Oh how it makes me wish my daughter was small again.  Love this.  

I finally got my FEATURED button operating correctly again.  Feel free to grab and post on your featured page!!!  
The Patriotic Pam

Please help me grow this link party by sharing on your social media...THANKS!!!


  • Link directly to your post, not your blog's main page.  I am interested in seeing links to great recipes, fun crafts and any tips (including military spouse tips)!  PLEASE NO ETSY SHOPS OR GIVEAWAYS!
  • Please grab my button and place it on your blog post or somewhere on your website so others hear about this party too.
The Patriotic Pam

  • Be friendly...and check out others links...leave them some blog loving comments too!
  • Linking up to this link party gives me the right to feature your post with a link back to your page.  I will be showcasing those featured posts on both my Facebook and Pinterest accounts.  
Thanks for stopping by...share this party with others, so that it continues to grow!  Have an amazing weekend!!!


Creative Care Packages part 2

Today I would like to share a few more Creative Care Packages with you. These were shared with me from Johanna, a reader of The Patriotic Pam.  I loved her ideas so much, I asked her to write a guest post to share with other readers.  First, here is a little about Johanna:

Hi ladies,
My name is Johanna and I am an Army girlfriend. I am a Cajun country girl living in southern Louisiana. I love to cook, do crafts, and spend lots of time in the outdoors.  I am also a mother of two and a full time college student studying to become a teacher. I have less than nine months left until I graduate and its an amazing feeling to be almost done with school. My two children are Hayden and Madelynn ages nine and five.
Matt and I have only been together for a short period of time, most of which he has been deployed. During his last deployment he experienced very rough times of which he talks about very little. He was very stressed out about returning to Afghanistan for a second tour but he did so without hesitation. I have done my very best in making sure he has everything he needs and to ensure that he is as comfortable as possible. We talk via email/im every day, one one hour phone call every one to two weeks and flowers once a month with a sweet card attached. I am so relieved that this tour has been much better than the last for him and I know that he is relieved as well.

During this deployment, the kids and I have put together many thoughtful care packages for him. Always including things that are consumable. He is a pilot and has lots of equipment to bring home so we have made sure to send things that don't need to be brought home with him since he has a good bit of baggage as it is. Our favorite things to pack and send to him are things from the heart. The kids enjoy writing him letters and coloring pictures for him. They also really enjoy decorating the inside of the box which we have done several times now and he absolutely loves it!
We are so happy to announce that this deployment is almost over. He will be coming home next month (October 2013) or as we like to look at it, less than thirty days from now!!! During these past nine months of deployment I have learned a few things about myself, about him, and about us. The first thing I learned was that deployment is hard not just on him, but on the kids and I as well. I learned that I can be strong even when I am miles away from him and the FRG and that there are people who truly do care. When I come across another army wife or girlfriend miles away from a support group I always make sure to ask how she is holding up. These are the kindest things that others have done for me and I appreciate it, so I know she will as well. The second thing I learned and not because I did this, but just because I felt that it was the right thing to do, is that I kept negative things from home to myself. I don't want him to be worrying about things that are going on back home. I want him to do his job and not be thinking about things that are out of his control. So no matter how bad of a day I have had and how much I may want to vent, I always tell him I had a good day and then I ask about his. The third and final thing I have learned is that love conquers all. I love what he does and why he does it and I am so very proud of him ever minute of every day. Even though deployment is hard I would stand by him and wait for him through 1 deployment, 10 deployments, or as many as the army deems that he is fit for.

Below are a few of the projects that I did for him. 

This was the first box we decorated for him! In it was a letter from me and a color page from each of my kids with a short note to him, and a few of his favorite foods.

This was the next and last box to him since he will be coming home in October. Packed in it were a few comfort items but mostly items in preparation to come home. Good smelling shower gel and deodorant, a good razor and shaving cream, airborn vitamins, and ziplock bags as per his request!

He was super excited with this box!!!
Also in the last box were "Open When" cards!
I loved the idea, but had no idea what topics to put on the cards. I wanted to share the topics in case anyone else was having the same question as I had.

He loved the cards and thought it was the best use of creative resources yet!

Some envelopes just have a card with comforting thoughts for him and some have a card and practical items. the first envelope said open me and had instructions.
1. You are only allowed to open one card per day. You don't have to open one every day but do not open multiple cards in one day.
2. Play fair!
3. Enjoy

Ps. open the card that says "open when you are curious" to see how this works.

The envelope titles included are as follows:

1. You are curious (first card on top because of course he was curious) (practical item included DVDs for down time)
2. You are having a bad day
3. You need a shower (practice item included was a small bar of soap)
4. You are lonely
5. You are horny (practical item was a few pictures from home)
6. You are happy
7. You have a headache (practical item individual packs of Tylenol)
8. You need a lift
9. You are board (practical items were crossword puzzles)
10. You want a kiss
11. You need a hug
12. You are hungry (practical item were note cards to write down all the meals he missed most so that I can cook what is listed when he comes home.)
13. You get up in the morning
14. You are homesick
15. You are sad (practical item was travel pack of tissues)
16. You go to bed
17. You miss me
18. You have had a long day
19. It's your last night
20. You get on the plane (practical item packed was a pair of ear plugs)

This was the last item I made. I am flying in to greet him and don't have enough time to make a sign when I get there or the means of packing it. So I made a sign for our hotel room door.

It's a sheet of scrapbook paper and it's small enough to pack in my suit case. I will hang it on our door using a removable command strip/hook. 

Hopeful one day soon, I will become a army wife but until then I love him just the same.
Stay Strong Ladies, Army Strong! 

(Pam says...)  I am SO thrilled that Johanna shared these with us.  I love her envelope project, it's a great thing to send on that final month when it is tough to continue to send packages.  Also sometimes communication in the last month as they begin to rip out isn't as good.  So this is a great way to stay in touch with each other!!!  

If you missed our first Creative Care Package blog here is the link:
Another great place to find many great Care Package ideas is on Deployment Diva blog.  She is a life coach and offers great advice and tips for surviving deployment.  
photo from Deployment Diva
Also check out my Pinterest Care Package Board for SO many great ideas.  Stay strong and keep sending the love!!!  

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PicMonkey Tutorial! I love that Monkey!

Today I got the pleasure of training many of my Nomad├ęs sisters in some PicMonkey "How-To's"!!!  I wanted to share a step by step feature of one of the photos we edited during our training, for those that didn't get to join in and for anyone else who is just beginning to use PicMonkey!!!  I absolutely love this photo editing program online.  It's FREE....and they have a royal version too, but it's amazing how much you can do with just the free version!  

Above are the BEFORE and AFTER shots of the jewelry photo we edited today.  Below you will find the step by step on how we did this.  

1.  Open and click EDIT photo. 

2.  Next find the photo that you want to edit on your hard drive.  

3.  Next I begin with the Basic Edits.  

4.  Click on Rotate (for this particular photo I want to change the way the photo orientation is just a little.)

5.  Slide the "Straighten" bar to where you would like it.  Realize that this will change the size of your object in your photo.  So I recommend to not crop until after rotating an image, if you know you want to rotate.   Click Apply

6.  Next we went to Exposure.  

7.  You can first try to Auto Adjust...if you like click apply.  One of the hints I like to give for our jewelry photos, is that many times it helps to Brighten the photo just a little.  A dark photo isn't seen as well.  So in this particular photo I added some Brightness to it and also a little Highlights.

8.  Next look at Resizing.  IF you plan to print this photo, I don't recommend resizing at this point.  IF you only plan to use on the web, just go ahead and resize.  A rule of thumb for me is I always make my longer side of my photo 800 and have the box clicked that says Keep Proportions, so it will automatically adjust other side of photo.  If I am doing a square photo I usually change to 500x500.  

9.  Above is what it looks like so far.  

10.  Next we looked at the Effects features.  And I showed how you can use the "Clone" feature to clean up a photo.  This is harder to explain in print, but basically you make sure the Source button is highlighted in blue, chose the color from your photo of what you want to clone and then use it like a paint brush to fix.  I fixed the double shadow a little in this photo to demonstrate   

11.  Above is with the new fixes, but honestly this will take more time and effort than I had today to do to make it blend better. (Because we are going to place another effect over this photo later, this is good enough for now).

12.  Next we began to add text to our photo.  Click on the Tt and then find the font you want to try.  Click on Add Text and you will see a text box pop up in the center of your photo.  Type in what you want.  You can edit color, size, style etc in the pop up box where arrow 4 is pointing to.  

13.  We added 82nd AIRBORNE and then decided to turn it a little.  You do this by placing your cursor over the small circle on top of the text and turn how you would like.  To move text boxes just place cursor over the box until the move arrows appear and click and drag to where you want it.  

14.  Next we added more text.  This time we wanted to match the color of the text directly with color that is in our photo.  

15.  You do this by clicking on the narrow color bar where arrow 1 is pointing.  It will create a eye dropper, just take that to the color you want to copy and click.  Your text will now be that color from your photo.  (I LOVE THIS FEATURE!!!)

16.  Above is just a photo of the eye dropper for you to see!  

17.  Next we added a few overlays.  First we chose a star.  There are many free if you don't want to upgrade to royal you do have plenty to chose from too.  We did chose a royal star for this element here.  We resized it just like we did the text and changed it's color just like we did the text.  Then we moved it to where we wanted it.  

18.  Next we wanted to send it behind the text.  This is simple, just rick click (or if you are on an Apple laptop like me two finger click) and it brings up a pop up window.  Chose "Send to back"  It will drop behind text.  

19.  Next we wanted to fade it out into the background a little more.  Just click the fade bar and move to where you like.  

20.  Next we added some Postal stars also from the Overlays. Again sized, colored and moved just like we did the text.  

21.  We also sent these to the back.  

22.  And faded them out the same way.  

23.  WaLa...this is where we are so far.  

24.  I just wanted to take a moment to show how easy it is to add a frame to any photo.  You just click on the Frames square icon....and then click on a frame to try.  This is the Museum Matte and you can even change colors and etc.  Very cool.  We didn't keep this feature for our photo today, but wanted to demo how you could.  

25.  Next we went to Textures.  The particular one I chose for this today is a royal feature, but they do have many that are free too.  We chose the Edifice brick wall.  It's sort of scary when you first click on it, but we can fix that.  

26.  First thing we did was fade it out so that it wasn't so overpowering.  Next we wanted to bring our jewelry back to bright and not have the texture over it.  We want it to appear to be laying on the brick wall.  SO we use the brush to erase away wherever we don't want the effect to be.  You can change your brush size where the arrow is pointing too.  

27.  It takes a moment, but carefully erase all the texture over where you don't want it anymore.  

28.  Next we could have done this earlier on Overlays, but noticed it now.  So we decided to remove the stars on the circle overlay that were on top of the necklace, so that we make it appear that they run behind it.  Just click back on that overlay and a box will appear.  Click on Eraser and adjust your brush size.  Then just erase those two stars.  

29.  Again WaLa!!!  We are done.  Much better than what we started with.  Now on to saving it.  

30.  Click on the SAVE tab in the top middle of the page.  Then click on file name and name your new photo accordingly.  Next you get to decide how high of quality you want.  For print, I recommend "Sean"....just for social media "Pierce" is fine.  If you are working with a limited hard drive then chose "Roger".  Next click Save to my computer.  It will pop up a save window where you can decide where to save on your computer.  

Again here is the BEFORE &

AFTER photos.  

Not bad for a simple iPhone shot taken of your jewelry.  

Remember to try and take your photos in natural but not direct sunlight.  And be patient.  Trial and error is the best way to get it right.  I take hundreds of digital shots to find one or two I like.  

Good to know guidelines for resizing photos for different social media:
Facebook Profile Pix = 180x180
Facebook Cover Pix = 851x315
Google+ Cover Pix = 2120x1192
Google+ Profile Pix = 250x250
Pinterest Profile Pix = 165x165
Pinterest Photos = Always sized down to width is 235 (no matter what they vertical photos are better for Pinterest over horizontal.)
Instagram = Square photo....doesn't matter pixels, they resize it when you upload it....even if it is not square.  

If you found this to be helpful I have a few other PicMonkey Tutorials on my site.  Here is the one on how to create a Facebook Timeline:

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