Take note, give thanks, for the little and not so little things

standard September 10, 2012 4 responses

A long while ago, before I actually worked for Tiny Prints, I did a month-long campaign for them on the subject of gratitude. It was a great campaign all about noticing the little things in life and taking time to be grateful for them. The subject was so perfectly up my alley that I jumped at the chance to participate.

For a month I waxed poetic about smiles, hugs, sand and whatever crossed my mind. After the campaign wrapped up I wore the campaign t-shirt proudly because it was the perfect reminder to slow down and remember the importance of the little things.

Last time I wore this shirt was the day the moving company came over to give us a quote on our move. Every so often as we meandered from room to room, discussing what was moving and what was not, the mover would glance at my chest and just as quickly look away.

It’s something that men have done since I was 12 and grew some womanly appendages. I took no notice.

Then, after spending nearly an hour with me, right after he said goodbye, the poor man turned to me, vaguely gestured in the direction of my chest, and, blushing from the tip of his nose to the tip of his ears, stammered “Exactly what is it I’m supposed to be noticing and giving thanks for?”

That’s right. For two years I walked around with a shirt begging people to notice my chest and thank me for it. To everyone who did, you’re very welcome.

(For the record I told this story at lunch with Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband Bret Hedican last week. My t-shirts are the least of the reason why I shouldn’t be out in public.)

9 Great Reasons to Jump On the Pinterest Bandwagon

standard July 19, 2011 5 responses

You might have heard about Pinterest, a hot new social media service started by – who else – some Bay Area guys. It’s like Stumble and flickr had a baby and the baby was way better than the sum of its parents. Oh, and it’s going to be your biggest addiction since Twitter and Facebook combined. I kid you not.

You might be thinking “who needs another social media addiction?”

Other than the obvious answer, (Uh, who doesn’t?) here are 9 great reasons to click over and see for yourself.

1)  You love mouthwatering photos of foods you’ll never really attempt to cook, but like to think that in another life you might have. You know. If you had more time or got off the computer some days.

2) You need great photos and quotes to inspire you to work off the virtual calories you inhaled with #1.

3) You lap up photos of adorable crafts you’ll never do with your kids.

4) You enjoy torturing yourself with endless party ideas that you’ll entertain while pretending that you next party will not involve an open bag of chips, store bought cupcakes, and juice boxes.

5) You have a secret fetish you never give in to… except in images. (Shoes anyone?)

6) You can’t get enough of pictures of all the places you want to see around the world, but worry that you’ll never visit other than virtually from your couch.

7)  You love to drool over awe-inspiring images of homes and home decor that you might one day aspire to… you know… if you can ever get control of the mess in your home.

8) You love to drool over awe-inspiring organization solutions that might make you one day arrive at #7 if you could ever get off your couch and put them into effect.

9) You want to see countless photos of puppies, kittens, babies, llamas, sea otters, and a million other adorable things. (aka, welcome distraction from ever considering putting anything from #1,2, 3, 4, 6, 7, or 8 into effect.)

Come on, you know you want to Pin this…

Join us. You won’t regret it. (Leave a comment if you want an invitation!)

18 Signs You Might Be a Blogger…

standard July 14, 2011 33 responses

Two blog conferences down and one to go… Bloggers are an interesting crowd; one that inspired the following list.

You might be a blogger if…

  1. You use the words “snarky” or “kwim” in real sentences.
  2. You coin words like “blama” (blogger drama) and think nothing of the fact that no one knows what you’re talking about.
  3. You never take a bite before snapping a picture of your food. 
  4. You converse and think in 140 character increments.
  5. You mentally write a blog post about everything you do or see. 
  6. You expect people to give you free stuff just for showing up.
  7. You’re often tempted to scream “Do you know who I AM?!” when things don’t go your way. 
  8. You think nothing of having a laptop, iPad, and smart phone open and running at the same time. 
  9. You know where every outlet is located at all times. 
  10. You introduce yourself with two names – your “real” name and your twitter handle – and don’t really expect anyone to recognize the first one. 
  11. You know more about your friends in the computer than the ones in the carpool lane.
  12. Your friends are scattered around the globe and you’ve met fewer than a handful in real life.
  13. You snap photos of your baby doing disgusting or dangerous things before running to her rescue.
  14. You’re part of a top secret Facebook group, Stumble community, or Skype chat room.
  15. You’re the “mayor” of every business in your town.”
  16. Your Twitter followers know you’re pregnant, engaged, or getting divorced before your family or friends.
  17. You’ve officially out-geeked even the geekest of your middle-school friends and know how to code your own site.
  18. You have another 10 things to add to this list. (Go on, add them in the comments!)

    (Thank you to the awesome Shannan Powell for helping me compile this list. And to all of you for giving me the examples.)

    The sponsors who really should be at BlogHer

    standard July 30, 2010 12 responses

    I have no doubt that there are going to be some awesome sponsors at BlogHer this year – both official and unofficial. But there are a few who I’m sure won’t be present and would make a killing if they were.

    1) Pfizers – makers of Xanax
    Bloggers are introverts by nature. The sheer thought of 2000+ women in one hotel is enough to make many people hide in their room for three days. Any of those would be thrilled to cozy up to a Pfizer rep or two. Maybe they could create a ZenHer cocktail and hand deliver it when people tweet the words “overwhelmed” “anxious” or “Hiding!”

    2) Space Bags! 
    You spend weeks agonizing about the perfect outfits, the cute shoes, the ideal LBD. You pack your suitcase carefully, filling it with your nicest clothes. Then on the day you have to go home… there’s no room in your bags for any of the swag you’ve collected. That’s when you’d gladly chuck all the clothes to make room for the shoe horn and cocktail shaker you got from that party.
    Solution? The Travel Space Bag! Who cares if it all comes home wrinkly! Suck all that air out and you double the space in your suitcase! You’re on your own for the overweight luggage fee.

    3) Alka Seltzer
    Conference food + no sleep + too many cocktails = really unhappy BlogHers. A little Alka Seltzer goes a long long way. People would be fighting at this booth.Oh, maybe there’s another cocktail in the making here…

    4) Starbucks!
    Heck, these guys don’t even have to be sponsors. If you’d pay almost $4 for a cup of coffee on a regular day, think what you’d pay early on a conference morning after a long night of partying!

    5) Isotoner Slippers
    Come on. Be honest. Those cute shoes are only comfortable for about 4 minutes. After that you’d ransack the Isotoner booth to get your hands on cushy slippers. No? I’m the only one? Well, I’ll be the only one not hobbling around come Sunday.

    I know I’m missing a ton. I know I’ll be wishing they were there come Thursday, but I’ll probably be too dazzled and overwhelmed by everyone who is there to really notice. Wait, maybe there’s a cloning company somewhere who could come… I could use another one or two of me to make sure I get to everything I want to attend!