Friday, October 30, 2009

True Confessions: I am Seduced by Sexy Packaging

I will readily admit to buying the more expensive item just because its prettier or cooler looking. I heart things like Method brand products, Papyrus cards and stationary, and I'll take a trip to Target over Walmart any day.

And that means I am attracted to pretty web sites too. These are just a few I frequent that I think you should know about.
  • Two Blue Peas - Owned by the friend of a co-worker, this site has all the elements of cute baby boutique without being overwhelming or stuffy looking. The founders describe themselves as "two peas in a pod but fun blue instead of plain ‘ole green." Two of my favorite items are the fortune cookie and sushi play sets. I also highly endorse the Trumpette socks. Those fit the best.
  • Moomah - I don't live in New York and I don't want to. And I certainly don't want the challenge of raising twin boys in the big city, that's not for me. But if I did, I think you would find me at Moomah. I was instantly drawn into this chill-with-your-children spot when I saw the photos in their gallery. I want my house to look like that. It's like a cool, not stuffy, museum, cafe, favorite library, and most awesome schoolroom ever, all rolled into one.

  • Paper Culture - This site makes me want to give up email in favor of letters, postcards, and parcels. Just so pretty! I want all of my mail to look like this. And even better, every one of their cards is environmentally responsible. They use 100% Post Consumer Recycled Paper and they use recycled paper for their envelopes and packaging.

  • Pingg - You can say you heard it here first, evite is out and Pingg is in! I've been using these free evites and ecards for months now. Their images make me want to throw an event for just about anything! These are some of my favorites.

Happy web browsing!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

To give or not to give?

For the last two and a half weeks, the company I work for has been sponsoring a giving campaign. It's nothing new, an annual thing, and is about finding something your passionate about and supporting it.

So what am I passionate about and why do I give?

Why not? I have very few needs and wants that are not met and that is a true blessing. I give so other people can have that experience. I don't give to any particular organization, I, somewhat selfishly, just give to those that interest me. For example, this year I gave to the Austin chapter of March of Dimes because I gave birth to premature twins in July. It took me several weeks to admit they were premature, NICU-stay and all, because I didn't want to be lumped into the "premature" group. But the fact of the matter is, my babies were 6 weeks premature and MoD is doing something to prevent that. I want to thank them for that.

My reasons for giving are fluid and often change and that's OK. Here's a list of organizations I gave to last year and why:The point is, you don't have to have a logical or obvious reason for wanting to give to an organization. For me, it's just a feeling or an association that makes me think, they are doing good things, I'll support them.

Now, what exactly do I give? Money? In-kind donations? Time? The truth is, people often want to give their time because they don't have enough dollars but the time it takes to give dollars is way less than the time it takes to paint a room or clean up a playground. I just spent less than 5 minutes pledging my 2010 gift AND requesting that my company match it. While I would like to say I spent personal time and sweat to help the organization, I didn't. And my gift was much smaller this year due to some recent family medical bills. But it was still a gift.

I choose to give, no matter how small the gift. Because like my premature babies who started out weighing 5 lbs. 0 oz., and 4 lbs. 11 oz., I know that small gifts grow. I hope you find something you can give a little to today.


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