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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Oh my gosh you guys! Shea Ernshaw has done it again!! Winterwood is a deliciously magical book that I am head over heels in love with. There was so much magic, suspense, and mystery woven together by the absolutely gorgeous writing. I will admit that it was a slow start, and for a while it felt like I was being hit over the head time and time again with the fact that Nora is a witch and nobody likes her for it. But, during those first few chapters we learn through entries in the family’s spell book all about the generations of Walker women, born with magical gifts and destined to be alone. There are also spells included that correlate to each of the Walker women that are just that little something extra that I adored. I may have to let my inner witch shine through and try out some of these spells for myself!

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

Hello, world! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you start a blog? Well, if you’re here because you follow me, Shannon, on Instagram — then hello, book friends — and welcome to our blog! My husband, Jamey, and I are so excited to start this new adventure with all of you. So, let’s get on with the introductions and what you can expect from us over here in our little corner of the internet.

I’m Shannon, a 33-year-old stay at home mom and professional reader. Yeah, that’s right, I work my butt off on the daily with no pay. But that’s ok, because my better half, Jamey is a 34-year-old Senior Application Security Engineer for a major financial institution here in the United States. He’s a Certified Ethical Hacker working the long hours protecting people’s livelihoods from the bad guys, all while making enough for us to live comfortably. Jamey and I have been together for the last 14 ½ years, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We share two beautiful children together, as well as two cats (and if you really want to get technical, we also have two fish that live under our roof).

Jamey has dreamed of us starting a joint blog about books and coding for as long as I can remember. I personally didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say. For a while my life was full of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Yeah, I could have shared my thoughts on books, but without an IV of caffeine the posts would have been those of a madwoman. Well, two months ago my life completely changed. Both of our children were about to start school full time, and I decided it was time for me to get my feet wet in the book blogging world. So, I started my bookstagram page, and y’all, I was (and still am) blown away by all the support I have received from the bookish community. Your kind words and encouragement have helped me to finally feel ready to dive into this whole blog idea, and Jamey couldn’t be more thrilled.

So friends, Jamey loves all things computer-related, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I care nothing for technology. He will be a vital part of our team making sure the blog runs smoothly, and he will also provide information to any of you that are interested in the magical world of coding, hacking, and computers. Jamey is also a reader when he can get a spare moment, so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the books he reads and if we happen to read the same book — lucky you — because you’ll get two reviews for the price of one click!

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Nginx HTTP-to-HTTPS AND domain.com-to-WWW Redirect Using AWS ELB for SSL Termination

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Nginx HTTP-to-HTTPS AND domain.com-to-WWW Redirect Using AWS ELB for SSL Termination

You are running Nginx as a webserver or reverse proxy, and you are terminating SSL on an Amazon Elastic Loadbalancer.

The loadbalancer is passing HTTP traffic from port 80 to HTTP port 80 on your EC2 instance(s).

The loadbalancer is decrypting HTTPS traffic from port 443 and also passing it on to HTTP port 80 on your EC2 instance(s).

You are looking for the following functionality:

http://domain.com => https://www.domain.com
https://domain.com => https://www.domain.com
http://www.domain.com => https://www.domain.com
https://www.domain.com => https://www.domain.com

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Highly-Available, Scalable WordPress using ECS/Docker & RDS/MariaDB

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Highly-Available, Scalable WordPress using ECS/Docker & RDS/MariaDB

The recent Amazon S3 outage showed us just how delicate the state of the web is, especially when you don’t utilize Amazon’s built-in redundancy features. My goal was to create a highly-available and scalable WordPress installation in AWS using Docker. I would have auto-scale Docker clusters in multiple Availability Zones running Nginx, PHP-FPM, and a Redis client. The Docker config and WordPress install would be on EFS volumes that would be
mounted in the Docker containers. I would use an RDS MariaDB for the database backend and Redis-based ElastiCache for serving up the site blazing fast from memory.

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Test Case: Deploying a Hugo App to Heroku

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Test Case: Deploying a Hugo App to Heroku

I have recently been hearing about Hugo and how easy it is to manage for blogs and such (it uses/renders Markdown), and ever since I heard about Heroku’s free tier, I’ve been wanting to give it a shot. This article will be documenting how I went about doing both.

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