If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tweet Me Tuesday: Twitter Keys

Ever wonder how people tweet using cute little symbols like this? ☻ ♥ ☎ ☺

I have! So I decided to figure out how they do it. It's amazingly easy! A website called The Next Web put all the symbols on a page called Twitter Keys. All you do is double click on the one you want and copy and paste it into your tweet. To make it easier to access, you might want to bookmark the page in your browser. For instructions, click on The Next Web.

Besides looking cute, the symbols can be useful for a couple of other reasons:

1.) It extends your word count. When you use a symbol, you save letters. And with only 140 characters, you often need every character you can get.
2.) With so many, many tweets out there, symbols can help your tweets stand out.

Just a quick little tip to make Twitter a little more fun and productive for you!
Okay, now on to Tweet Me Tuesday! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, uhhh, 4...

1.) Tweet this post! Be sure to visit Kristen at MamaBytes, too! She is my wonderful co-host in this Blog Hop!

2.) Link up a post you’d like Tweeted using Linky Tools below. It can either be your most recent post or an older, favorite post you'd like to share with a new audience.

3.) Follow me and Kristen on Twitter! (if you’re not already)

4.) Visit the links below and Tweet as many posts as you'd like (linked below).

You can follow as many of these bloggers as you’d like on Twitter. (You can follow their blogs, too.)

When you Tweet a blogger’s post, it's nice to leave a comment telling them you tweeted it as part of Tweet Me Tuesday. Not required, but leaving comments is always good!

If you tweet at us/about us/for Tweet Me Tuesday please use the hashtag #TMT.
It makes it easier for us to find your tweets! Not sure about hashtags? See Kristen's post.

Please remember that Tweet Me Tuesday is about Linky Love! Please don't just leave you link and fly off! Visit as many of the others listed as you can. The more you interact with others, the more benefit to everyone.

To add the Tweet Me Tuesday button to your blog, just copy the code below!

Alright -- get to tweeting!



  1. Oooh-I didn't know about this site. There are also keyboard shortcuts you can use.

    *Go to your start menu, all programs, accessories, system tools, character map. There you will find a bunch (and the keys to use to get them).

    I love the little symbols and I've even seen people make pictures out of them!! The only issue I have is that I usually use TweetDeck and I guess TweetDeck doesn't have integration for these because you can't use them in your tweets and they don't show up in others' tweets.

    Great tip Melinda--off to check the website out!

  2. Nifty! And if they save me some characters then that's even more awesome. Thanks and will be checking the site out now. :D

  3. Cute!

    I can't get either of your codes to copy and paste. I had the bathtub one on my sidebar and now there is an empty spot where it used to live. FYI. :O)

  4. AWESOME! I love these but didn't know how to do them or have the time to figure it out! Thank you so much!

    AWWWWWWWW - then I just read Kristen's comment and I use Tweetdeck too! Ah well, I can still use them on the once in while times I do Twitter direct and hope Tweetdeck adjusts for them eventually.

    Thanks for the heads up from BOTH of you :) :) :)

    PS I have a riddle for my post today but I'll give y'all a clue and an invite if you haven't already joined in - blog action day - blogactionday.org - I'm doing it with a focus on World Vision! :) :) :)

  5. I just started Twitting this week so I'm no longer a Tuesday lurker!

  6. Thanks for good stuff


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