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Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 4

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hey I am half way through the 7 day blog challenge and I haven't run out of stuff to say!!! Today was another snowy day at my house and my family was home... so after exercising and taking some time just for me I baked cookies! They are good for us too...peanut butter and oatmeal and macadamia nuts and chocolate chips...oh my! The house smells marvelous. Snow also has made me hungry for winter comfort foods so stew is cooking on my stove top for dinner and is filled with lots of yummy veggies and the aroma of beef fills the air. In case you haven't figured it out I am sharing one of my passions...I love to cook!! Sparkpeople has helped me to find ways to continue to do this but with healthier cooking options. Important things I have taken to heart and added to my cooking plan over the last year that can be seen in today's menu plans are...increased fiber (oatmeal in the cookies), increased veggies (veggies are abundant in my stew tonight), increased fruit (lunch was an all fruit smoothie today with marionberries...also high in fiber and antioxidants), tracked every food item and plan to stay in my target calorie and nutrient range, increased protein and exercise (exercise started my day with some almonds to crunch and water is a priority (I am keeping a glass, mug or bottle of water with me wherever I go)!!! So I continue to get to do what I enjoy... cook and eat... but with new awareness of the fact that the choices I make each day matter to my health and the health of my family!!! Wish you all a wonderful day!!! Smiles Barb

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/18/2012 10:38PM

    I love to cook, I love to eat, and I seem to get an extraordinary pleasure in exceeding my expectations in SparkTeam participation. Thanks for sharing, Barb!

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TERESA159 1/18/2012 3:39PM

    Nice! I made low carb cranberry walnut cookies while the snow came down here on Monday. Healthy food isn't that hard to do and tastes yummy. I wish there was a way we could let everyone know!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:38PM

    I want a cookie!!
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MAMAPOSTIE 1/18/2012 4:18AM

    I can almost smell them from here - yummy! Sounds lovely, hope you enjoy your dinner.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/17/2012 10:49PM

    When can I come over for dinner??? lol I am happy to hear how passionate you are about cooking and how you make sure it goes with you healthy lifestyle. You are a great role model!!

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NWILKER 1/17/2012 10:40PM

    Woot!
Sounds like a fun time! I love cooking too!!


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IMIN2GENES 1/17/2012 9:17PM

    Sounds so yummy! It wonderful to hear how you've been able to use your passion for cooking and make it fit into a healthier lifestyle. Kudos to you!
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LINDAF49 1/17/2012 8:16PM

    Oh Barb, you are a delight!!! You make it all happen in such a good and simple way! God bless you and family and I'm glad you are enjoying the beauty of the snow from safely within your home.

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Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 3

Monday, January 16, 2012

SNOW...SNOW...SNOW... It is a beautiful day in the pacific northwest and the view out my front window is simply picture postcard perfect. I am looking at gorgeous tall fir trees with their tips highlighted by white crystals and the fluffy little flakes keep falling out of the sky. There is something calming and comforting to me about sitting in my warm home and looking out upon my front yard all crisp and white. The weather man is predicting 4 - 10 more inches tonight and that makes me excited at the thought of building a snow man. I have been outside and caught some snowflakes on my tongue and it is cold outside but some how I am invigorated by this frozen stuff!!! We do not get a lot of snow here and when we do it seems to slow everything down and bring my family home to enjoy time together. I am thankful for a warm home and an exercise bike that doesn't require chains to keep me moving. Going to embrace this special time with my family...a winter vacation has decided to surround us and I will be making memories and enjoying soup and apple pie...I think playing and walking and snowman building in a winter wonderland will be burning some calories too...there must be spark exercise minutes and calories burned for that listed somewhere!!! Just saying....
I'M DOING SPARKTACULAR!!! Smiles Barb

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/18/2012 10:43PM

    I'm waiting for snow . . . my yard remains golden, straw-like (we didn't mow near the end of summer). I do, however, enjoy the squirrels and birds feeding outside. Many continue to bury peanuts and sunflower seeds throughout the yard. It will be hard to dig up again when the snow does come. 8-))

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JAZZEJR 1/17/2012 8:58AM

    Love your attitude; I have a lousy one regarding all this snow. I almost slide into another car yesterday. Scary!

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FUNFROG79 1/17/2012 8:56AM

    So glad you are enjoying yourself! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/16/2012 10:28PM

    Pictures! Pictures! (Please?)

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BRAVERUDE 1/16/2012 8:30PM

    Glad you like that weather!! I'm staying where its warm...!!

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/16/2012 8:02PM

    emoticonHappy Winter to you! emoticon

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CINDYTW 1/16/2012 7:38PM

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CERIUSLY 1/16/2012 7:23PM

    Barb I can see the wonderland your words painted. I love to bundle up and walk in a softly falling huge flaked snow, then come home to a cozily warm home and have hot chocolate and smores.

I'm pretty sure playing with children is on the cardio drop down menu, and some snow activities too. emoticon

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Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 2

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 2 of my blog challenge begins with back spasms...while no fun it is part of the body that I live in and my diagnosis of fibromyalgia. When I get up and find that this is the plan for the day I head to my patio and visit my hot tub. I have done this many times before but this morning I received a special gift during my time in the tub...Sitting in the tub while my back spasmed and hot steam surrounded me and heat worked it's wonders on my muscles I was surrounded by a winter wonderland. It had snowed over night and white icicles covered the back yard. As I sat quietly in the warmth snow flakes began to lightly fall all around me and comfortably under our patio cover I enjoyed the marvelous beauty! I realized at that moment that I was truly blessed and my view of the day which started with understandable frustration at pain "AGAIN" and found me definitely a bit irritable was changed. I began to thank my God for the beauty of this moment...the warmth of my hot tub, the beautiful snowflakes falling all around me, the provision of a comfortable home, the love of my dh and his support of me, and the truth that even in pain I have so much to be thankful for!!! The quote in yesterdays blog..."There's a crack in everything...that's how the light gets in." became even more real to me. One of my cracks is the pain of fibromyalgia...it leaves me often feeling broken...but today...this day... in this moment of snowflakes surrounding me while I sat in my hot tub in pain...the light came in and gave me a glimpse of something better...my life...my blessings....and that was very special. Smiles Barb

  
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FUNFROG79 1/16/2012 8:28AM

    Hope your back feels better soon!

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IMIN2GENES 1/15/2012 9:42PM

    Special indeed! Barb, you are an inspiration. So sorry you were in pain; but I'm so glad you had such a wonderful moment despite the pain!
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THETURTLEBEAR 1/15/2012 8:41PM

    You shared a beautiful blog and you deserve a big HUG!

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LINDAF49 1/15/2012 8:32PM

    Oh Barb, Your blog is beautiful because it shows your beautiful spirit. I can so relate to the beauty of the snow and so thankful you have your water therapy right there at home with you. God bless - keep on blogging.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/15/2012 8:11PM

    I hope your back feels better soon. Isn't amazing how something that is a bother often lights the way to something beautiful?

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/15/2012 7:39PM

    I understand getting up and going in the mornings is one of the most difficult tasks people with fibromyalgia have. Glad you are finding the secret to making the day start a little better and that God blessed your spirit with such a spectacular sight. I love these God moments that sidetrack us into righteousness and greatness. Thanks for your motivation and inspiration today.

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NEWMAC2011 1/15/2012 7:35PM

    What a beautiful blog! I can just picture how peaceful your wonderland was. Hope you find yourself mostly painfree.

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/15/2012 7:21PM

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TERESA159 1/15/2012 7:01PM

    Very nice! I can picture it...so peaceful.
I love your attitude about your pain, you don't let it derail you or be an excuse to be a couch potato. Hooray for you!
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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/15/2012 5:55PM

  Sorry about the pain. Hope your back feels better soon!

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CANDOK1260 1/15/2012 5:53PM

    emoticon for the fibromyalgia but find your attuide wonderful

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4MRSDAND123 1/15/2012 5:45PM

    Sounds beautiful. Hope your back feels better soon.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/15/2012 5:17PM

    You must be a very special person to notice, enjoy appreciate the lovely snowy moment!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/15/2012 5:13PM

    Sorry for your pain, it is good to know you have a great type of therapy for it. How beautiful your winter wonderland sounds! Hope your back feels better soon.

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Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 1

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Hi Sparkbuddies!
My challenge team assignment for this week is to blog once a day for 7 days. I have decided to share a special thought and/or something I have learned from life or sparkpeople each day! Hope you enjoy!
My quote for the day is:
"THERE'S A CRACK IN EVERYTHING- THAT'S HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN!"
Leonard Cohen
I love this quote and it reminds me that even though I may feel like I have some "cracks" that have come along the road of daily life they to have there purpose and can benefit me if I am open to allowing healing and light to do some work in my inner being.

What I learned from sparkpeople today and am applying to my life:
Keeping clothing in my closet that is either to small, like a skinny pair of jeans that I wore 10 years ago or to big just in case I gain weight again is harmful. Either I set myself up to feel like a failure when I don't fit in a preconceived size of clothing or I let myself feel like I have the option to gain weight again because there is always something to wear in my closet! I need to embrace the me that I am right now and feel good about her and let go of the me of the past, what she used to wear...the preconceived idea of me. I committed today to clean out my closet and donate what doesn't fit. I am working on voluntarily simplifying our lives and home and this commitment fits right in with my goals for 2012. Additionally.... I will put on a cute and comfy outfit that fits me just right and look at myself in the mirror and celebrate how 35 pounds less looks on me! I will remind myself that I am looking good!!!!
I will let some light in!!!!

Have a great Saturday sparkers...do something nice for you today!!!
Smiles Barb

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LINDAF49 1/15/2012 8:27PM

    Thanks for the encouragement to not only read the article to let go of the clothes that don't fit, but to DO IT!!! OK, so I have been debating and now I will try to carry through - nothing gets put back in the closet from laundry that I don't like or doesn't fit [except for just one size small] - all the big stuff GOES!! If that means i only have three outfits...so be it!! Then the rewards for progress will be easy to figure out what I really need or want!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/15/2012 9:11AM

    Really like the quote

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MOTLEM 1/15/2012 3:26AM

    Cool. Liked your blog.
Yes, I did something nice for me today too.
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FUNFROG79 1/14/2012 5:57PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 1/14/2012 5:32PM

    Love the quote and blog!

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/14/2012 5:04PM

  I cleaned out my closet last year and it was so liberating!! emoticon

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CINDYTW 1/14/2012 3:56PM

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NEWMAC2011 1/14/2012 2:01PM

    That's a great idea! You'll feel so good when you clean out your closet. I've gotten rid of all my big clothes and only have clothes that I can wear now. HOWEVER, I did keep lots of clothes that were too small that I wanted to fit back into and now I do! Not keeping any big sizes as I'm never going to need them again!

Way to go!

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SLIMSTRONGSTAR 1/14/2012 1:10PM

    I have been getting rid of my size 1x clothes and clothes that I think are bland and big and I don't feel good in. For now that feels good. I am not at the point of giving away smaller clothes that I want to fit into. As I am starting to wear xl, I am giving away those clothes I don't feel great in.
Thanks for sharing! :)
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NWILKER 1/14/2012 1:04PM

    Love the quote!
Cheers to you!!
Good luck!

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MARCH_ 1/14/2012 12:57PM

    if I am open, if I allow it. I like this idea of choice

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SHARKAR02 1/14/2012 11:47AM

    Well now next time somebody calls me a cracked-pot, I can say I sure am that's how my light gets to shine! Good luck on your continued journey.

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CERIUSLY 1/14/2012 11:43AM

    Hi Barb! Serendipity at work. You shared your quote on my blog about letting go, now here I am moments after commenting on a blog about having that "what if the weight comes back" attitude.

I'm hoping to simplify my space over the next few months, so my Mom and I can begin sharing the same space. It's so much more difficult than it sounds!

God Bless!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/14/2012 11:39AM

    Good stuff!

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LASARRE 1/14/2012 11:20AM

    What a great idea. I have had some vests for over 15 years that I used to wear everyday and now I look at them and realize it is time for them to go. I don't want to say that I will never fit into them again, but they are out dated and I am not the same build.

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EVWINGS 1/14/2012 11:14AM

    What a wonderful challenge to blog 7 days and to pick the subject you have. Thank you for sharing, as Ehagfeld said, it isn't always easy to share such info about feelings v. clothing.


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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2012 11:04AM

    I'm glad this works for you. Discovery is such a fun, yet sometimes difficult process. I am gradually (one bag at a time) getting the 1x, 2x, and 3x sizes out of my closet. Having lost this weight so slowly, I managed to get good use of just about everything I had and being I had so little clothes growing up, I over compensated in my adult life with clothes I didn't need.

I can, however, look back now and appreciate the great sales I made (80% off at Younkers or less than $10 a piece) for clothes I knew I would eventually get into during these last few years. Once I settle into where I'll stay, I hope to take your advice and donate that which is two or more sizes off where I hope to maintain. My church makes diapers out of donated t-shirts (something many of us have an abundance of is our closets).

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If you don't want your blogs posted to facebook...read this!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012
If you haven't noticed it yet, view one of your blog posts. There is a new Facebook 'Like' button option on your blog posts.

I think this was a bad move for Spark People. I know my blogs are public, but I want to keep separate Facebook and Spark People. If someone ' Facebook Likes' my blog post, I'm assuming my blog will go on that person's Facebook feed. I don't want any of my blog post links showing up on Facebook feeds.

TO TURN OFF FACEBOOK LIKE OPTION:

Sparkpeople has an option to turn this off. Go to your spark page and click on Edit you spark page and in the big white box on the top, toggle off "Show share bar on my blog posts"

  
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1WIFE2MOM 1/15/2012 3:35PM

    Thanks!

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QUEENMOXIE 1/14/2012 5:49PM

    It's like allowing all my family members, their friends, and their friends friends to read my diet diary. emoticon

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 1/14/2012 5:03PM

    Thanks. Will be turning mine off too!

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ALLPROTAMMY 1/14/2012 3:59PM

    Thanks!!!

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BEYOURBEST1 1/14/2012 1:59PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/14/2012 11:14AM

    Agreed!!! Hope they get the idea fast!!

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JAZZEJR 1/14/2012 10:19AM

    So glad the word about this is getting around. Hope Spark Guy sees it.

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TEXASFILLY 1/14/2012 8:56AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this info. Uncool of SparkPeople to make such a blatant assumption considering its forum. God bless~ *hugs* BB~

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CRAZYWOMAN10 1/14/2012 5:50AM

    well, for somereason, I wasnt able to edit my post..so sorry for the second post..I hope you dont mind, but I am copying your blog and sharing on my feed as well. thanks.

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CRAZYWOMAN10 1/14/2012 5:16AM

    I was surprised to see that as well! I dont have FB..but if I did...I would have been suppppppper pissed. They have no right to do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MOTLEM 1/14/2012 3:21AM

    Going there now, thanks. I'm with you on this.
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ANGELSANDYBABY 1/14/2012 2:09AM

    Thanks!

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MONKEYJO3 1/14/2012 12:39AM

    Thanks!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2012 12:08AM

    Already fixed . . . the news of this action was one of the fastest spread news items on the site. I have two different identities, so I had no intention of linking my Facebook page with Sparkpeople.

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CINDYTW 1/14/2012 12:03AM

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/14/2012 12:02AM

    linked your blog in some emails for instructions on how to remove the fb link to some Spark Friends that share the same concerns for our ambiguity being comprimised...

thank you, again.

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SHARON10002 1/13/2012 11:42PM

    That bothers me that Spark would be so sneaky! I truly trusted them to protect and honor my privacy. Thanks for letting me know this!

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22JAMIE 1/13/2012 11:37PM

    Thanks so much i copied your post on my blog to spread the news!!

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DJ4HEALTH 1/13/2012 11:35PM

    Don't have fb and glad that I don't

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COMPASS_ROSE 1/13/2012 11:22PM

    Thank you. I do not want my spark blogs linked to fb either. If I want to share the info, I do that but the best part about spark is the anonymity, in my opinion.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/13/2012 11:15PM

    I did this. I think it is very wrong of Sparkpeople to do this......especially without telling us

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NANHBH 1/13/2012 11:11PM

    Thank you for this helpful information.

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 1/13/2012 11:03PM

    thanks!

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NEWKAREN43 1/13/2012 10:22PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this blog and instructions!!! I try so hard to keep SP and FB separate and now they are both trying to link them! Argh!!! Thanks!

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MAGGIEX3UK 1/13/2012 9:55PM

    Thanks for this!
Not everything needs to be shared on Facebook!

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/13/2012 9:28PM

    Thank you! I was hoping there was a way to do that! I'm going to let my teams know too!

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MELISSAT123 1/13/2012 9:14PM

    Thank you. I wouldn't want someone sharing my words!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 1/13/2012 8:28PM

    Are you sure this works? because I still see the like button on this post....

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TERESA159 1/13/2012 8:10PM

    Thanks! Spark must be nuts if they think we want our blogs all over FB. This is my private place to be myself and let it ALL hang out.

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HEY_STEVE 1/13/2012 7:37PM

    Thank you for this info. Much appreciated.

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KELLIGIRL523 1/13/2012 7:13PM

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/13/2012 6:58PM

    emoticon I didn't think that I had an option in the matter when I saw it already embedded on my blog.
I did not appreciate being forced to have those two forums shared. There is a reason why I have them separate and I was livid that my trust was breached.



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THINBUCKEYE 1/13/2012 6:48PM

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I didn't even think about that. Good information!

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MUPPETB 1/13/2012 6:39PM

    Good information! Thanks!

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DRB13_1 1/13/2012 6:33PM

    Thank you, I am doing it NOW!

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REJ7777 1/13/2012 4:27PM

    Thank you for that information. I want to keep those two accounts separate also.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/13/2012 4:02PM

    THANK YOU!!!!

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JAGRIF 1/13/2012 3:28PM

    Thank you for info.

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