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Star lake on Pensacola bay. Best sunrises in the world here on the gulf coast.
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9/12/14
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Pretty cool table/bench combo
Pretty amazing bench/table design.
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Help Support Toys for Tots by donating in your community.
Please consider making a donation to Toys for Toys this year! Did you know that 28% of the children in Escambia County are below poverty level?  Our office is a drop off location through December 5th, 2013. #toysfortots   #pensacola  
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Google Plus vs Google Places for Business Migrating may mean starting over

This is exactly what it meant for us. A complete reset of information in order to align our business with #googleplacesforbusiness   . We had a  nice page with information, links and articles on our website, and then the realization that it wasn't all tied together brought things to a head.

The next few hours were spent trying to make heads or tails of how to merge the two sites. The bottom line is that it isn't a easy as things might seem. The two were unrelated and although it was a separate page in my account it wasn't considered a "page" at all. Just a profile by Google's definition. That alone was enough to keep the two from becoming one.

We copied all of the content over, we're updating our website to reflect the changes, and let's hope we don't have to do this again anytime soon.
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Living Wall Planter add life to an otherwise bland backdrop with a vertical planter
This crossed my feed this week and I couldn't help but share it. My neighbor loves this sort of stuff and has raised planters around her yard for her gardens. They are very aesthetically pleasing and we enjoy seeing them throughout the year.

We are planning this as a winter project for her yard and it will be ready to go for the spring here in Florida.

You can find out more about it here http://www.curbly.com/users/bruno/posts/15195-how-to-make-a-diy-outdoor-living-plant-wall . The picture here is from Bruno's writeup.
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Innovative Sandbox with Benches Simple and elegant with a practical purpose
We first saw this sandbox on Facebook. Immediately I was interested in the assembly and costs of producing these for friends, family, and even customers with young children, nieces, nephews, and or grandchildren.

It didn't take long to find a really well laid out set of step by step instructions with references to where they originally got the plans.

http://www.statelykitsch.com/diy-sandbox-with-lid-benches/ does a great job of showing us how it's done. The picture below is from their site.
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Google's algorithm has changed This means websites everywhere will be getting a face-lift or fall in the page rankings
We've spent the last few years working to streamline our content, remove bloat from our site, and make it as simple as possible in the Web 2.0 style of coding.

It's been a lot of work to get our products and services out there without information overload. What to cut and what you just can't live without can be a matter of make or break for a small business competing against huge companies with bottomless advertisement dollars.

It's even harder to compete when you're the loss leader year after year. Having a great word of mouth can only go so far to keep you busy and growing with the economy. Eye catching pictures, introduction of social media, and independently displaying site areas based on content can play havoc on a site map.

Now, once again, Google has changed the rules for getting to the top of the search engine's front page. You can't use any of those old tricks and unless you've got a feature rich site that is jam packed with relevant content there is little chance of even making the first dozen or so pages. New customers aren't going to know who you are already, much less search for you by name. Your meta data and content has to be exactly what they are looking for or they may never find you at all!

This means updating your site is ever important. You've got to keep the most relevant content to the industry, geographic area, and services you offer. The content has to be what people are searching for. Asking yourself, "What would I ask Google to search for if I were needing a business like mine?", important questions with relevant answers to build the blueprint for success.

We're taking an objectionable look at our site and making the changes that are going to help us to keep our market focused, our prices competitive, and our employees working. How has the changes with Google moved you in the page rankings? Are you seeing more or less traffic this year than you did last year? How has this changed the way you look at your site?
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