Liposomal Vitamin C – Items to buy on Amazon

One of my childhood friends shared this recipe with me for Liposomal Vitamin C to boost my immune system.  If you search on this term, you will find numerous recipes, directions and the amounts to take for various ailments – all that vary slightly. I am sharing the steps here to make the Liposomal Vitamin C, along with links to where to buy the products needed to make it, so it is easier for my friends and family and is all in one place. My friend also supplied the photos and step-by-step instructions.

You will need to buy a stainless steel sonic jewelry cleaner, organic Lecithin, non-GMO Vitamin C powder and you may need to buy wooden spoons  and a wide-mouth funnel if you don’t have these last two items in your kitchen.

To your good health!


Gather 2 medium-sized bowls, whisk and distilled water (can buy just at about any grocery store).

1 Tablespoon (3 teaspoons) Vitamin C Powder
1/2 cup warm distilled water
(mix for one minute until all dissolved)

3 level Tablespoons of Lecithin
1  cup of warm distilled water

(mix for one minute until all dissolved)

Place both mixtures together in the sonic cleaner.  Stir with the wooden spoon.

Mix together for 6 minutes. My cleaner runs for 3-minutes so you need to let it run for its max 3-minutes, then hit the start button again.

Use funnel to pour mixture into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Below are the pictures with links to buy all the above products you need (except for bowls, whisk, glass storage jar and distilled water).

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Genesis Search Pop Up

Here’s how to make the Genesis child theme search into a pop up instead of embedding on your page.  Backup your child theme functions.php file – I usually just open Appearance->Editor->functions.php then copy and paste the entire functions.php file into Notepad, or I ftp into the site and download it.

  1. Create an icon, or add text for your search action.  The search icon below is just a graphic in a header widget.
  2. Enable WordPress to allow shortcodes in widgets by adding the below to your child theme’s function.php:
    // Enable shortcodes in widgets
    add_filter( 'widget_text', 'shortcode_unautop' );
    add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');
    add_action( 'init', 'gw_register_shortcode' );
  3. Create the Genesis Search shortcode
    function gw_register_shortcode() {
     add_shortcode( '404-search', 'gw_search_shortcode' );
    * Search Shortcode Excerpt
    function gw_search_shortcode() {
     return '<div class="404-search">' . get_search_form( false ) . '</div>';
  4. Edit your child theme CSS and add:
    .search-form {
    	position: relative;
    .search-form > input {
        padding-left: 50px;
        padding-top: 0px;
        padding-bottom: 0px;
    .search-form input[type="submit"] {
        background: none !important;
        position: absolute;
  5. To enable the popup function, install the Easy FancyBox plugin which is a lightweight plugin that includes all the jquery you need. At some point, I hope to update this post with the jquery to add directly to your site but this should work fine for now. Once installed, add the following code surrounding your search icon shown in #1 above:
    <a class="fancybox" href="#search-pop"><img src="url to image icon" /></a>
    <div class="fancybox-hidden" style="display: none;">
    <div id="search-pop">[404-search]</div>

…When you click on the search icon, here is what it looks like:

Note – if you do not have dashicons enabled, you will need to add the following to your functions.php:

//* Enqueue Dashicons
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'gw_enqueue_dashicons' );
function gw_enqueue_dashicons() { 
 wp_enqueue_style( 'dashicons' ); 
add_filter( 'genesis_search_button_text', 'gw_search_button_dashicon' );
function gw_search_button_dashicon( $text ) { 
return esc_attr( '&#xf179;' ); 

and use the below for you CSS instead:

.search-form {
	position: relative;

.search-form > input {
    padding-left: 50px;
    padding-top: 0px;
    padding-bottom: 0px;

.search-form input[type="submit"] {
    background: none !important;
    border: none;
    clip: inherit;
    color: #4a545a;
    display: inline-block;
    font: 28px/1 'dashicons';
    height: 38px;
    padding: 0 10px 0px 12px;
    position: absolute;
    left: 2px;
    top: -10px;
    vertical-align: top;
    width: 38px;
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Advanced Water Engineering

AWE New Custom WordPress website.

The owner of Advanced Water Engineering created and updated the site for years on his own.  Finally, after several years of badgering, he relented and let Giraffe Web update the site. Being an engineer, the linking made sense to him, but it was a bit disorganized and only the home page had the total navigation menu.  We moved the site to WordPress, and slowly converted all the old html pages, organizing all the links into a logical format.  Only one old section remains, the for sale equipment, which we are planning to push into a Woocommerce catalog for him.  However, the bulk of the website has been completed and we cannot wait to share it!

AWE Old site.

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After Five Years – Haynsworth Private School Gets Another Fresh Look!

New site, circa 2017

Our post back in 2012 that shows a fresh new look for Haynsworth Private School, now shows an old, dated look. So, we updated the website, converting it to WordPress, added more definitive copy written by Valerie Bickley of Bickley Creative,  new photography and more intensive SEO.  After the website launch, the school experienced the highest pre-enrollment for camps and the Fall 2017 school year.

The Haynsworth School, Greenville SC

The Haynsworth School, Greenville SC circa 2012 update

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Educational Directions

I’ve known Bill Dingledine for several years, first meeting him when I became a committee member on the Greenville County College Fair.  Bill’s breadth of knowledge regarding all the latest information about preparing your teens for college is surpassed by no one!  Bill is quite tech-savvy, but as any business owner knows, “the cobbler’s kids have no shoes!” so Bill contracted with Giraffe Web to help him redesign his website and place it into WordPress to make it easier for him to update the site.  We love his new website, and we think you will too!


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Happy Anniversary from the City of Greenville

Back in June of 1998, I starting working on my first website. However, the birth of Giraffe Web (the name) began in 1999. It wasn’t until 2002 that I formally created the LLC that would become Giraffe Web Design Services, LLC.  Frankly, my logo was a clip art giraffe, as I had the Macromedia design suite that included Photoshop, but had no idea how to use it.

Around this time period, LLCs were still a relatively new concept. Another friend of mine suggested I look into setting up an LLC so I called the IRS and acquired a tax ID and filled out the paperwork that I sent to the South Carolina Secretary of State, and Giraffe Web Design Services became Giraffe Web Design Services, LLC.  I had already obtained a business license from the City of Greenville, but today I opened up the mail and 17 years later (not 15, but who’s counting?) I received the below. I am very grateful for the acknowledgement from the City (and the rebate check)!

Happy Anniversary to Giraffe Web from the City of Greenville

Several years later, I asked my friend, Ted Durham, who at the time had his own graphic design firm, to design a giraffe that resembled my personality.  So, my new giraffe logo was born!

And, here we are today, actually 19 years after I worked on my first website! I am grateful to all the people – locally and online, who have helped to grow Giraffe Web and for pushing me personally to keep up with the times.  Every day is a learning experience in this business.


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Eastern Design Services

Alas, Eastern Design Services website was well over 10 years old.  We were able to clean up their logo and create a new, updated look, placing the new website in WordPress.  We added the ability to update current job openings and interested candidates to be able to send their resume.  We also added information for employers to contact Eastern Design.  As a consequence, without even working on any SEO for this website, it has moved from not showing up at all in search to the 2nd page within a few weeks.

Eastern Design Services Old Website

Eastern Design Services Technical Contractor Staffing Greenville SC

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The Palmettos Mauldin

The Palmettos Mauldin website was over seven years old and time for a facelift, as well as some rebranding by DNA Creative Communications.

The Palmettos Mauldin old website

The Palmettos Mauldin New WordPress Website

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ABA Autism Services of South Carolina

ABA Autism Services of South Carolina’s previous website was built on the GoDaddy website builder. The website did not show up anywhere in the top 100 searches. We recoded the site into WordPress and started organic search engine optimization and the site started to show up for several main keywords within the first 10 days. We continue to work on the SEO for this website going forward.

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Commercial Photography: Reel Video & Stills

Recent re-launch: Reel Video & Stills at  After eight years, it was more than overdue to redesign the Reel Video & Stills website.  This time, it was rebuilt in WordPress and is responsive design.

The content has been expanded to include more about the team, the media conversion, and other services that Reel Video has been offering for years but not publicizing.  View sample photography slideshows: aerials, architectural interiors & exteriors, portraits, events, products and stock photography of the upstate of South Carolina; current photography work; and sample videos.

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