wishing you a warm and cozy day filled with friends, family, turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie :)
and rightfully so….
well, no not really. but seriously i just:
and the daily: working as a virtual assistant & web designer, about 27 loads of laundry, helping the girls study for school (9th grade is tough!), meals, cleaning, the kitties, bringing snack, grocery shopping, carpooling the kids everywhere…
phew, i’m out of breath!
sound familiar? now my speech at MOPS sounds a little hypocritical :-/
i hope my in-laws and parents understand why i’m not on the phone with them every day. and i guess this explains my blog falling off the face of the earth!
here’s to another 3 weeks *bites nails*
complete with shopping lists, emeals is your one stop menu planner, shopping list, and full recipes. 7 nights a week dinner, and 5 days of recipes for breakfast and lunch. we’re subscribed to all 3. i get an email each week, i print the menu plan with recipes and shopping list, i go to the store. done. i love it! and if you don’t want to print you can get the free app for your smart phone :)
here’s a delicious sample dinner plan! and get their complete holiday meal plan here!
2. siri came to the iPad2 and higher with the update – i had no idea. if you’re like me with an old iPhone 4 this is a nice treat now i can take advantage of the directions in maps without taking my eyes off the road :)
3. night owl paper goods – i love their wooden cards, such a special touch. check out their holiday collection here. get 15% off holiday cards by clicking here. and get 80% off gifts and greeting cards by clicking here.
4. present and correct
now we can all adorn desktops with gay abandon. all in the name of homework & company expenses.
just go to their website – the entire thing is totally drool worthy! wear a bib!
this is my nerdy side coming right out. i am a web designer by necessity and i love learning new tricks. this is something that has been around for a few years but hasn’t gained tons of attention until recently. it is when items on a web page scroll at a different speed than other items, thus creating a 3D appearance. take a look at my favorite example:
i am currently learning how to do this :)
those are my favs this week. what are some of your favs? i would love to see!
i have been up to my eyelashes in code and laundry ;)
how many towels can a family of 5 use a day? i have found that if you live at the beach, and have a clumsy toddler, and an accident prone daughter, and two cats you will use anywhere from 5 to 17 a day. which equals mountains of laundry for me because you haven’t forgotten that we like to get dressed and wear clothes and whatnot have you? i digress…
i don’t enjoy the laundry so much but the code…
now you’re talking.
i just launched a fun website for a beautiful friend of mine: Cook for Thought. she integrates culinary with curriculum and it is a most tasty innovation! i will tell you she has a ton of business already.
i really enjoyed working with Fernanda. she knew exactly what she wanted and she didn’t stop until it was up. she is amazing! stop by her site and poke around. you will learn something new :)
see the rest of my portfolio here.
i have really been discouraged from blogging lately.
i tell myself, someone has probably already blogged this… who really cares about this post?… ooooh this is a good idea, but so what?… why waste my time?… it isn’t good enough…
these are things i shouldn’t be thinking about, but i can’t help it. there are over 101 million blogs… MILLION. ugh.
this is really wonderful that we all have a creative outlet to share and enjoy. why am i so discouraged? how can i ignore those false thoughts and move forward?
how do you keep posting? what do you recommend for inspiration and ignoring those thoughts? have you ever thought, maybe i am done blogging ?
1) Organize: Gather the materials you need, make sure you have enough for everyone, and clear away any unwanted clutter.
2) Reduce choices: Cultivating creativity in others can be a tricky matter. Learning a skill, and exercising your creative ideas both have a time and a place. If I am teaching someone a new skill, I reduce most choices they need to make (i.e. shape, size, materials) which helps them focus they’re attention to the skill at hand. If I want to allow more creative freedom, I will open up the range of choices, but reduce the need of new skills.
3) Know what you’re doing: Is this obvious? I have tried teaching something I don’t know well enough and it doesn’t go over so good. But I have also learned that even if I know how to do something well, sometimes I need to practice how to show someone else this skill. Finding tutorials on your subject can be a great help!
4) Plan for fun not perfection: When I have kids over to do some crafting, my main goal is for them to enjoy what they are doing. I try to not focus on the end product as much as the process itself. I also modify the skills needed, and lend a helping hand when necessary to produce a product the kid can be satisfied with and also proud of. Often, the kids want to play with the materials in other ways than what we’ve planned for, and that’s great! Let them! Whether they end up with a god’s eye or a raft for the bath tub really doesn’t matter in the end. You may just have a genius on your hands.
i have found some awesome goodies for you…
have a fabulous weekend!
wait a minute – you make handmade cards and now you have a card website too?
and now i have a carlson craft store! carlson craft only sells through a dealer – so meet your new dealer…
no, not THAT kind of dealer. i’m your new invitations and cards dealer! i am so pleased to be partnering with carlson craft to bring you the very best in the industry!
so what are you waiting for? check it out!
REVISED at 1:58pm
here is the –> link <–
i am so excited!!!
This advice for writing a stand-out blog flies in the face of most of what we’ve been told for ages. And I’m frankly unsure of who we’ve been listening to, but I know that I always listen to Sister Diane over at CraftyPod, so when I came across this article and it confirmed all my own every-growing gut sureties about the way that blogging has changed in the last 7 or 8 years, I clapped. (I love it when smart people agree with me. Sure.)
One of the tried and true rules of blogging has been to post regularly: and lots.
But there’s a real problem there . . .
I think we can tell when somebody’s posted because they’re on a schedule for blog posts.
And we can tell, too, when somebody says something that you can tell they really want to tell us, show us, point us over to. It’s hard to fake a sincere desire to share.
I recently went just short of a month without posting . . partly because I was feeling quiet and didn’t have a lot to talk about–so now then I’m back to wanting to post, I am. (Click here for “Barbie Is Finally Un-Naked, And She’s Evicted Her Neighbors“)
Really good blogs seem to be missing that sort of fake “I had to post, so I did” sort of content. And so I think if we want to write a good blog, we should post only when we have something to say.
Now you get to disagree with me . . .
1. But I have a store, and my customers want to hear from me!
I get it. And let’s be clear here: I haven’t suggested not posting–I’ve just suggested not pretending like you want to. So how about trying to post something that you really do want to say, rather than something that you think your readers expect you to say? What about posting differently–giving us photo essays if it’s pictures that are on your mind . . . or point us to a list of really good articles you’ve read lately (if you’ve really read them). . . or telling us some truth about your Making process. We love to know what’s happening behind the scenes! (Didn’t you always want to go underground at Disneyland?)
Don’t fake your posts. Stop and ask yourself what it is you actually have to say, and then give us that.
2. But I’m trying to build readership, and my readers need to know that I’m totally committed and I will post even if I have malaria and three dentist appointments in a row!
I get it. And I going to tell you something here that will be tough to swallow: I’m not sure “building readership” works the way we’ve traditionally (well, in the last 7 or 8 blogging years) thought it did. Or at least, I don’t think it works the same as it did.
Back in the day when there were fewer of us, I think it made sense to pound our fingers on the keyboard even when we were fevered and sipping soup, because it was a sort of game of ruthless persistence then. Almost like, we were waiting to see who would be left standing.
But there are so many of us now–so many bloggers with so many great things to say and share–that readership just isn’t working the same way. According to Sister Diane, our readers aren’t checking our every post. They’re more likely to google what they want and land over on our turf accidentally than they are to loyally suck in every word we offer up. (Super Bloggers her and her notwithstanding.)
3. I’m totally depressed now.
Oh shoot. Don’t be. Here’s the thing: blogs are beautiful for using to tell your truth, to share your story, to show the pictures you’re meant to show. So let them be what they are–little windows into our making lives, our parenting lives, our eating lives. Let them be small, bright shots of well-written post and pictures that match the words.
Even better would be if they were pictures that showed us sometimes some things that went wrong, rather than just all that stuff that it seems like everybody’s trying to make us believe is always going right . . . but we’ll save those thoughts for the next post.