From Dum Dums to Tootsie Pops, lollipops were probably a big part of your childhood. But who says you cannot enjoy them as an adult? Making homemade lollipops for National Lollipop Day is the perfect excuse to feel like a kid again. The holiday, which falls on July 20, will be like Christmas for your sweet tooth. Granted, the art of making hard candy can be intimidating. The temperature has to be just right. Plus, if the proportions are not spot on, you might end up with a gooey, sticky mess.
Over the past few years, I’ve developed an appreciation for hard cider. This likely stemmed from my indifferent feelings on beer, which I have to be in the mood for. Granted, I’ve totally become a regular at 2way Brewery here in Beacon, NY, but that’s an exception. (I’ve got friends that work there and it’s overlooking the water. How can I say no?) Even then, I usually go for their cider. So when Craft a Brew asked me if I wanted to try a DIY hard cider kit, I decided to give it a shot!
Ice cream is the mascot dessert of summer, and I am so here for it. Luckily, National Ice Cream Day is a thing, giving us the perfect excuse to indulge in DIY ice cream sandwiches. I mean, how can you resist? It is a cookie (well, two) and ice cream all rolled into one. And since there are some seriously creative folks in the blogging world, you can make a unique ice cream sandwich that is anything but basic. Of course, you cannot go wrong with the traditional soft brown cake-like cookie.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".