Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reverb 10 - Prompt One

December 1 – One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)

My 2010 word is Shift - A shift in priorities, in mindset. Watching the kids grow up and feeling like I can't keep up with the changes.

My 2011 word will be Passion - I can teach my kids to follow their passion by finding and following mine. Finding what makes me excited and doing more of that and less of the distractions.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Is it Minimalizing? or Minimizing?

Whatever it's called, I'm doing it. I've decided I need to get rid of anything in my house that does not add value. This is after spending time on some fantastic blogs, such as: Zen Habits, Far Beyond the Stars, and Becoming Minimalist (most geared to families). All this work getting stuff out is making me scared of the Holidays and all the stuff that's going to come back into my house. SO... I took this preemptive measure. Please feel free to copy and send it along to your friends & family.

Hi family,

I have spent the last couple of months trying to reduce the amount of "stuff" in the house. Fun, I know. Partly because I just can't deal with taking care of things that we don't need or love. But also partly to show the kids that less stuff doesn't mean less "happy." It means you can find and see the things you love and use more easily and time not spent tidying and cleaning is time that can be spent playing and relaxing. We'll, we took a van full of stuff to a Girl Scout garage sale, and another pile is going to Goodwill today.

In the spirit of minimalism, I thought I would provide alternative gift ideas - we are all about the "adventure" gifts this year - either with as an activity to do with you (or with us) or as a gift certificate (NOTHING FANCY).

Here are some ideas:
* AMC Movie Gift Certificate (you can get them discounted in bulk)
* Cold Stone Creamery $10 gift card
* Color Me Mine Gift Certificate
* Craft Activities (e.g., Some nice beads for Isabel (jewelry making) or a build-it kit for Ryan)
* Cooking Activities - (e.g., ingredients and showing them how to make something)
* Kindle books for kids

Of course, if you want to buy toys you are welcomed to do that. I have an Amazon wishlist with things I think the kids will like - or they have said they want.
Isabel's Wishlist: [Link to Amazon wishlist]
Ryan's Wishlist: [Link to Amazon wishlist]


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We're Temporarily Down - Working On It!

Our Domain Registration expired - I'm working to get it renewed. I hope the site will be back up within a day or two! Sorry for the inconvenience. We don't currently have access to placed orders at the moment either. I'll be issuing $5 gift certificates to anyone with a delayed order.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great for Scrapbookers and Digital Artists, recommends a color palette for any uploaded photo and let's you save it as a PhotoShop palette (or use the color values like #CB6408). Thanks Newsletter for this great find!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

RedLaser iPhone App - Another reason I want an iPhone

Scan a barcode anywhere and this app will show you where you can buy the product and for how much. Visit the Red Laser website to see it in action...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Anyone else used to love this show?

FLASHBACK to the 80s!

I remember running home from school to watch it. I have no recollection of any plots (I'm sure there were none.) There are vague rumors of a comeback of this series. Which proves that we really are all out of new ideas!

Color Scheme Designer

This tool is great for developing digital and non-digital projects.