house and home, How To, humor, self-help, technology

The Gray Gristle

Facebook is a wonderful and useful tool to communicate, stay in touch with friends, family and fans. It’s also great for businesses to advertise their products. Except when you have a “gray account.”

Now, I’m not talking about the gray and blue badged checkmarks for authenticated images.jpegaccounts for celebrities or major corporations that Facebook utilizes to identify social significance over one to the other.

What I’m talking about is the SIX year old problem that there is NO DIRECT SOLUTION. A least, there is no useful solution to remedy this issue within the FB help center, or online with google, nor on any blogs I could find.

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HOW DO YOU END UP HERE?? Years ago, Facebook did this thing that asked you to switch your personal account into a business and/or brand account. Which I did. Then, it forced you to create another personal account that helped “manage” that business/brand account. Somewhere along the way, you were no longer able to access the ability to use messenger to engage with your fans and customers, nor were you allowed to create advertisements. I wanted to share what I learned recently (circa June 2018) how I fixed  this complication which, by the way, had been halting all but my posting schedules and business interactions on Facebook.

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First things first. How do you know you have a gray account? Facebook will give you a popup display that tells you when you attempt to messenger, create an ad, or you find yourself going around in circles while trying to function with your account in any way.

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Secondly, how did you even get a “gray account?” When FB was updating and forcing folks into these new “streamlined” ways of nonsense, it created this thing called a shared login account. A shared login account, or gray account, simply means you are using one email for both your personal account and your business/brand page. So, we roll with the changes and then we end up here… in this pickle of a jar.

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So how do we fix it? Simple. Follow the steps below. I couldn’t find any help for LITERALLY years and I was stuck without answers. And you know what? It wasn’t a complicated solution!!! Yet, there were no articles, help pages or anyone who could help me with this. So, here you go… Instructional video included. *wink

 

How To Fix A Gray Account

  1. Create a new personal profile using an email different from your business/brand page. Facebook will send you a confirmation email so ensure you confirm.
  2. Login to your business manager. Create one if you don’t have on already. This manages your pages/ads. You’ll then add the newly created personal account. (business.facebook.com)
  3. Login to your business/brand page, add a page manager with the newly created personal account.
  4. Go to the Facebook App on your phone. Click the old personal profile. Click settings. Scroll down to the bottom to the deactivate account option. Deactivate account. Facebook will send confirmation email for this also letting you know it will be permanently deleted in 14 days. Do not login to the old account during this time, as it will reactivate the account and you will have to go through the deletion process again. (You can likely do this set of steps on your computer; but, I couldn’t. I had to use the app.)
  5. Voila! You are done. Now you can go and login to your newly created personal account, that uses a new email from your business page and manage your business/brand page, create ads, boost posts, and message again.

Bye bye, gray account!

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Centipede Defense Team

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First, the vinegaroon. Now a centipede.

This time… In our bed.

You want to sit around. Watch a movie with your family. Maybe eat some popcorn. But,  a centipede is intruding via hair follicles.

*____________________ insert screams of horror here*

The centipede was literally hanging onto a mane of hair. How it even got there. No one knows. (Quite possibly from our brief need of oxygen escape from dad’s barking tarantula?) Nevertheless, it creepily crawled off and roamed on over to my hunny bunny’s hand and began nibbling. He jumps up. Followed by the rest of us hopping up. Screaming. In horror.

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What? No way!

It’s a centipede. Oh God.

Stunned, with everyone posted up on the back of couches, benches and ottomans, there’s a panic. Where’d it go?  (more horrified screaming)

Aren’t they poisonous? No.

Is it going to kill you? Not likely.

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Either way, I’m not sleeping in this bed until the centipede defense team comes and kills that bastard.

pexels-photo-459719.jpegShake out all the pillows. Check.

Nothing.

Sheets and blankets. Check.

Still nothing.

Under the bed?

Nothing.

At least, nothing at first glance anyway…

After trolling around with a flashlight in tow, there’s no sight of this little f***er and we’re all starting to worry even more because, there’ll definitely be no sleeping with that creepy crawly moseying around all willy nilly.

Check toward the headboard.

It scuttled across the floor… into my slipper.

SMACK.

No dice. Upon being whacked with a can of Hot Shot bug spray – that was clearly not being used properly and additionally using the lid of the ToGo cup to try to guide it… uh… anywhere – it was flung back under the bed.

More screaming.

I drop to my stomach by the foot of the bed, with the flashlight and am scoping hard for this vermin. And there he was. Climbing alongside the inside of the bed frame. Gosh, that IMG_8398thing moved so grossly.

Find a stick. Fling him off again.

We could lose it forever. Let’s think more clearly.

We grabbed a straw from a to-go cup. Good choice!

Oh geez. 

Well, we didn’t have a stick anyway. So it’s kicked off with the straw and crawling around for dear life. He crawls back toward the darker corners of the bed, near the headboard. Lost him again.

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  • 1. 2. 3….. group effort. We pull the bed away from the wall.

Where the hell is it?

….searching.

…looking.

Sneaky little nuisance….

BAM. Got eyes on it.

Pull the bunk further. Check.

pexels-photo-260397.jpegNow, we got it. Hot Shot spray can device, stat.

Oh dear God, it’s still moving. With high intensity intention.

Time to use the Hot Shot can’s alternative use, and I bet you didn’t realize until today…

Is now a baton in which we came down on that bugger with the rim of the can’s bottom.

Oh my goodness. It’s still moving. And now there’s two separated parts of it moving. In opposite directions. Do these things multiply and clone? Freaking out!

Seriously. Why won’t this thing die.

We then proceed to use the bug spray for it’s intended use and drizzle the poison at the centipede. Well, both moving centipedes now, until it – I mean, they – seem to slow its pace. We grab our handy dandy insect transporter – the aforementioned ToGo Cup – and scoop that thing into it. Finally.

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Success.

For whatever reason, and I’m not a centipede/bug expert, this thing keeps moving inside our insect transporter for another hour or so.

One of the kids says, “hey, let’s feed it to the Vinegaroon! These are the kind of bugs they eat.”

Um, well, the centipede is now soaked in a deadly chemical. I like where you’re going with this… but, let’s scratch that thought.

Maybe not the best idea to feed the arachnid scorpion eater with a toxic centipede.

Moral of the story? Theres a moral? Not likely. Anyway, the bugs here are out of control but there no match for my band of super heroes….

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The Centipede Defense Team. *cue introductory super heros music

Oooo! And I think we should make some shirts… or, Oh! Oh! Matching uniforms out of lycra and spandex! You know…

Like The Incredibles!

*slaps forehead

Wow.

How To, humor, self-help, Writing Stuff

How To Find Your Writing Process

Photo May 13, 7 16 11 PMYou want to write a book. Yes!

Maybe you have an idea and you just don’t know how to get it going.

Today we chat a bit about finding your writing process! Double Yays! 

So many of you have asked, “how the heck did you write a freaking book?!”

And… 

“Will you help me write a book?!”

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Sure, I can! More Yays to be had!

Incorporate.comHere’s a compilation of some suggestions that I personally found helpful in the writing of my own book and hopefully will give you some ideas to help you  finally get some words on the page too. Here we go:

Finding your own writing process can take a lot of trial and error. what works for me, may or may not work for you. And that’s totally okay!

FIRST. Get used to the word, REGIMENTED. Blah. Big words. I know.

OMG. More scheduling? Yes. Absolutely. Without scheduling there is no success. (One of my favorite quotes)

Blech!!

I know. Stay with me.

THE HUB

  1. RISE AND SHINE! – Get up early, Stay up late. Either way, find a time that works best for you, your current scheduling for your life. Oh, and stick to that time. EVERY DAY.
  2. PLACES, PEOPLE! – Go to the same place to write each day. Going to the same place, (albeit, the couch, the porch, your bathroom, etc.) will eliminate unnecessary distractions.
  3. PERSONALLY, YOURS! – Personalize your space. Make it yours. Add decorations, or don’t. Light a candle. Or don’t. Add a sequin pillow to your writing chair.
  4. JOT IT DOWN ALREADY! – Sit and write. This sounds easy. And it should be. But, this is the part that stumps the most. Do NOT worry about mistakes, typos, or if what you’re writing even makes sense. Just do it. This will become your first draft and those are never good. NEVER. So, relax, and word vomit to the page away!
  5. SCHEMING MATTERS! – Do a bit of research and find out how many words you will want to write in total. What genre and have an idea of the trim size of your book. This will help figure out the time frame in which you want to write your book. Break down the total word count by the amount of days you want to get this baby in the oven.
  6. ENJOY THE RIDE! – I know it sounds like a lot of ToDo’s so far and it can be overwhelming. Take baby steps. Enjoy the process of each step you take each day toward getting those words down on the page.
  7. IT’S IN THE CAN! – You’ve finished it. FINALLY! Now, put the manuscript away. Don’t obsess over it. (The hardest part.) Don’t look at it. Just throw it in your sock drawer for a couple of weeks. When you pull it out again for the rewrite, you will have fresh eyes on your book and be able to give yourself some edits before sending it out to an editor to red tape all over your book!

 

Here’s to your first manuscript ladies and gents!Simpli-Home.com

 

All it takes is LITERALLY a little proactive and consistent action on your part.

..and maybe some new furniture. *wink

Or, maybe that’s just on my wishlist.

 

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