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Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol. 307

Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol. 307 | Mini Van Dreams

Thank goodness it is time for Wednesday Hodgepodge – that means this week is halfway over!  If you aren’t familiar with the Wednesday Hodgepodge, it is a random-question blog hop that Joyce at From This Side of the Pond hosts each week.  Visit her on Tuesday to get these week’s questions, answer them on your blog and link up on Wednesday!  We’d love for you to join us! (more…)

Free Social Media Icons – Teal

Free Social Media Icons - Teal | Mini Van Dreams

I am in a teal mood this week. We just had a brand new storm door installed and now I have a hankering to paint my front door teal.  So, I thought I’d create a set of free social media icons in teal!  You can download these free teal social media icons in 48px, 56px, or 62px.  I have included some of the most common social media platforms, but as always if there is something special you need let me know and I will get it added!  Enjoy this set!


Blogger’s Guide to No Follow Links

A Mommy Blogger's Guide to No Follow Links | Mini Van Dreams

This past weekend, I received the dreaded email from Google – a manual action was taken against my site.  Say what?  I had no clue what was going on.  For those who do not know, I run this blog with my own funds and because it is fun for me.  I do not accept paid advertising, nor do I participate in any shady SEO practices.  Literally, I am just a mom with a blog.  Imagine my surprise, when I opened up my email and found this note from Google…


Sunflower Social Media Icons

Free Sunflower Social Media Icons | Mini Van Dreams

Happy August!  Not only is August my birthday month, but it is one month closer to my favorite season… Fall.  We are getting ready for fair week in our town.  Today, after work, I am running my fair cards to the grandstand to get them judged.  I can’t wait to show them to you.  One of my cards has a sunflower on it, so in honor of the fair and the dog days of summer, I thought I would create a set of sunflower social media icons.  As always, these are free to use!  If there is a specific color you would like to see in the future (yes, you can even give me the HEX code) I can see about creating some.  Hope you enjoy this set!


HTML Code to Add Box to Text

HTML Code to Add Box to Text | Mini Van Dreams

Last week, I wanted to find HTML Code to Add Box to Text when I was sharing my Marsala Social Media Icons.  I wanted to find a way to “jazz” up the code to use for the icons, but didn’t want to mess with some big long, set-up-a-box-css-thing when I just wanted a quick fix while I was typing.  And, I hate plugin bloat – even though I am sure there is some awesome plugin that could be used.  But, I don’t use stylized boxes like what I wanted enough to justify another plugin.

Note: This tutorial is for a beginning blogger who just wants one or two boxes every once in awhile in a post.  If you are looking for something other than that, please find a CSS tutorial on how to create custom boxes.


Free Social Media Icons – Marsala

Free Social Media Icons: Marsala | Mini Van Dreams

I can’t get enough of the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala.  I love burgundy colors and have several of shades in my house.  Since it has been awhile since I have shared any social media icons, I thought I was create a set using Marsala.  As always, I have included the most common icons and in 48, 56, and 62.  If you need a different icon or a different size, please leave me a comment.  I would be more than happy to make you one!  Kind of makes me want to redo the color scheme on the blog…


Free 2015 Blog Planner – Customizable

Free 2015 Blog Planner | Mini Van Dreams


As a blogger, I can’t tell you how valuable my blog planner is.  I keep track of everything, even down to the HEX color codes of my theme.  It is also very rare that I don’t have my planner with me… so if I get a post idea, I can jot it down for future reference.  But, what I don’t like about most blog planners is that you can’t pick and choose what pages to include.  Well, now you can!  My free 2015 blog planner is made to pick and choose what pages you need or want.  Don’t want something?  Don’t print it! It’s as easy as that!


Free Social Media Icons in Freesia

Free Social Media Icons in Freesia via Mini Van Dreams #socialmediaicons #free #blogging

Today, in celebration of the kids’ birthday party, I am sharing a set of free social media icons in freesia, just in time for Spring!  Feel free to download these to spruce up your blog!  Send me a link, I’d love to check out how you used them!  Hope you enjoy! Make sure you check out my other free social media icons.


How to Add Social Media Icons

One of the best things you can do for your blog is to add social media icons.  This is one of the “tasks” that I struggled with the most when starting my blog back in June 2012.  I couldn’t figure out how to do it for nothing.  It seemed every tutorial on the web was different or confusing.  (more…)

Free Placid Blue Social Media Icons

Want to jazz up your blog or website for the new year?  Check out my free social media icons in placid blue – a 2014 Pantone Color for Spring.  This is one of many sets of social media icons I will be sharing for free.  So, if these placid blue ones aren’t your thing, check back soon for more colors!