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  • A geek girl’s guide to Fan Expo Dallas presented by Dallas Comic Con

    Teri Guill
    25 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Teri Guill Comic con fun! May is one of my favorite months in Dallas – it’s got warm weather, a three-day weekend, my anniversary and my favorite event of the year: Fan Expo Dallas presented by Dallas Comic Con! I’m a regular at the Dallas Comic Con events each year, and they are always a ton of fun. Curious about the event but not sure what to expect from a comic con? I’ve got a few tips for you. Let your geek flag fly. Don’t let the word “comic” fool you – Fan Expo Dallas isn’t only about comics. It’s a pop culture convention, so…
  • Avoid Sales Limbo And Start Targeting The Real Decision Makers

    Young Upstarts
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    by Stephen Kurtz, CEO of MuscleSound In B2B sales, figuring out who makes the final call is a critical first step in the sales process. You’ll save time and money by starting with the decision maker and adjusting your sales process accordingly. I learned this lesson the hard way. My company sells equipment to fitness centers, and for a time, we focused on the end user — trainers, nutritionists, or fitness coaches. These people need to understand what we offer because they’ll be interacting with our product and can advocate for us in the buying process. But they don’t write the…
  • Preschooler behavior chart

    Du Wax Loolu
    26 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Callum has always been an easy child, relatively speaking. He's a rule follower by nature and he's quite risk-averse. He's never been a climber or a huge tantrumer or a backtalker or any of the other things that would have me running to one-click that book about raising spirited children that I frequently see recommended. Not to say that he doesn't have his moments, and he definitely has a strong personality and independent opinions, but overall, compared to most of his peers, I would definitely say he's been on the compliant side for pretty much his whole life. Our parenting challenges with…
  • Lessons from two New Yorkers moving to California

    Julia Roy
    Julia Roy
    21 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I had just taken the first bite of my omelet when my phone buzzed. The text I was hoping for finally arrived. We got the house. Nine months earlier, we were sitting in Fargo, North Dakota at MisfitCon chatting with our good friends Jason Zook and Caroline Winegeart. Earlier, Clay and I had confided that, after seven great years, we were finally ready to leave New York City but we weren’t sure where we wanted to live next. We planned to try a few cities on, living for 3-4 months at a time in Austin, Boulder and San Diego. Jason mentioned that they were also ready to live somewhere other than…
  • moving day: listen to gui buratto - no turning back on repeat,...

    by teresa wu
    15 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    moving day: listen to gui buratto - no turning back on repeat, feel all the feels, admire this impeccable cross stitching masterpiece by @annieisms
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  • A geek girl’s guide to Fan Expo Dallas presented by Dallas Comic Con

    Teri Guill
    25 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Teri Guill Comic con fun! May is one of my favorite months in Dallas – it’s got warm weather, a three-day weekend, my anniversary and my favorite event of the year: Fan Expo Dallas presented by Dallas Comic Con! I’m a regular at the Dallas Comic Con events each year, and they are always a ton of fun. Curious about the event but not sure what to expect from a comic con? I’ve got a few tips for you. Let your geek flag fly. Don’t let the word “comic” fool you – Fan Expo Dallas isn’t only about comics. It’s a pop culture convention, so…
  • 8 reasons why I love BarkBox

    Hannah Malcolm
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Hannah Malcolm As a single dog-parent, I am obsessed with buying things for my pup. She deserves only the best things around, so when I discovered BarkBox, I jumped at the chance to have treats and toys delivered to my door every month. We currently have a six-month subscription that we are about to renew. Here are my Top 8 reasons about why I love about BarkBox.   1. This face of joy when the box comes every month   2. A random orange toy. For some reason my dog loves this. I fill it with kibble, and she plays with it all day long. She…
  • Money-saving tip: Checking Out Cookbooks from the Library!

    Hannah Malcolm
    20 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Hannah Malcolm I love to cook and try out new recipes; in the recent past I have been using Pinterest to try new recipes. However, sometimes I swear people either didn’t taste it when they made it or the recipe was mistyped. In light of all of those PinFails, I decided to start using professional recipes for a while. So I started looking for cookbooks, did you know that some of the best ones run about $30? Once I realized that, I decided there had to be a better way to try out new recipes. It turns out that the library has cookbooks! I was looking…
  • Send Vintage e-cards & other Digital greetings from Hallmark

    18 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: elysa Hallmark makes sharing ecards really simple and super fun. The company rolled out a new time machine area of their hallmarkecards site full of classic and modern ecards fit for any occasion.   Best of all – you can have access hundreds of ecards for just $18 per year. Think about how much money you’ll save from buying print cards for every single occasion (maybe you can’t skip the traditional wedding card, but you can definitely skip the card on a bunch of other events!) You’ll find an assortment of designs from…
  • Roundup: 5 summer dresses under $50

    16 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This post was written by Genpink author: Nelli It’s just about time to bust out the summer clothes and swimsuits if you haven’t already (depending on where you live)! My favorite summer item is a dress that goes with the activity of the day. GenPink has rounded up a five dresses that are fit for multiple occasions, whether you’re spending some time outdoors or cooling off inside. Add a pretty touch to the season with these looks:   Soft and white for the beach Rip Curl Catching Rays Dress, $49.50 This simple white dress is perfect for summer fun by the water.
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  • Avoid Sales Limbo And Start Targeting The Real Decision Makers

    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    by Stephen Kurtz, CEO of MuscleSound In B2B sales, figuring out who makes the final call is a critical first step in the sales process. You’ll save time and money by starting with the decision maker and adjusting your sales process accordingly. I learned this lesson the hard way. My company sells equipment to fitness centers, and for a time, we focused on the end user — trainers, nutritionists, or fitness coaches. These people need to understand what we offer because they’ll be interacting with our product and can advocate for us in the buying process. But they don’t write the…
  • Spring Clean Your Startup: 5 Tips For Removing The Clutter

    26 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    by Rick Martinez, CEO and founder of Project BINK Clutter is a drag. It slows us down, distracts us, and can send the wrong message about our work habits. Worse yet, it can have the same effect on an organization as a whole. For startups that are always pushing forward, it’s only natural that they’ll leave a mess in their wake. After all, a little clutter is simply the byproduct of productive teams, right? But problems can emerge if your startup is a big mess. The solution? A little spring cleaning. In fact, just 10 minutes a day goes a long way in combating the piles of paperwork and…
  • Finding The Best Commercial Storage Facilities

    26 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If you are a business owner, thinking about how to keep any items off site safe will be a main concern. One way to achieve that is by working together with a commercial storage facility. These allow you to keep your belongings protected from the elements, as well as often being fireproof and waterproof. Indeed, if for whatever reason, you do not have the space to keep your belongings safe, then storage rooms and storage bins can be a fantastic option. How to Find a Commercial Storage Facility. The best way to find a good commercial storage facility is by looking online. There are many…
  • How To Select A Franchise Attorney

    26 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    A lot of people choose to launch a new business as a franchisee. This is because it works on proven business plans and models and, therefore, has a greater chance at being successful. However, it also means having to deal with a set of particular circumstances that are very different from those faced by other startup businesses. In order to be guided through this process, you must work with an attorney who is specialized in dealing with franchise transactions. They have certain pieces of skills and knowledge that are absolutely vital to you, particularly when it comes to setting up your…
  • Book Marketing – What Can A PR Pro Do For You

    25 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing and author of “Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA“ Experts in public relations (PR) and marketing don’t simply get the word out; they create such a phenomenal success for their clients, that when someone needs a recommendation they are the first name they consider.  They aren’t just in the know; they are omniscient, on the cutting edge of what’s hot, trendy, and up-and-coming. They keep their fingers on the pulse of journalism to ensure maximum leverage for their clients at all times. And…
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    Du Wax Loolu

  • Preschooler behavior chart

    26 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Callum has always been an easy child, relatively speaking. He's a rule follower by nature and he's quite risk-averse. He's never been a climber or a huge tantrumer or a backtalker or any of the other things that would have me running to one-click that book about raising spirited children that I frequently see recommended. Not to say that he doesn't have his moments, and he definitely has a strong personality and independent opinions, but overall, compared to most of his peers, I would definitely say he's been on the compliant side for pretty much his whole life. Our parenting challenges with…
  • New Favorite Place: Isla Mujeres

    22 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    So, yes. In April Torsten and I spent a week in Mexico sans kids. It was every bit as amazing as we had hoped. This view from our balcony pretty much sums it all up:We went to Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun but very different from Cancun--small, relaxed vibe, and no real nightlife/club scene, at least not at the part of the island where our hotel was. We stayed at the Zoetry Villa Rolandi, where we found an awesome introductory rate because the Villa Rolandi was a previously independent hotel that was very recently bought by Zoetry. Until it was taken over, it was strictly adults-only;…
  • House stuff

    20 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    OK, please forgive me for being boring and domestic, but in keeping with my whole blogging for documentation deal, all the stuff we've been doing with the house recently has taken up a surprising amount of head space, so here we are.First, we finally replaced the shed in our backyard. We had this TuffShed playhouse thing that was in the yard when we bought the house six years ago, and while it was cute enough, it wasn't practical--too small and low for real storage, plus not weather-proof because it had open windows and doors. Because it was TuffShed brand, we could probably have sold it for…
  • Documentation

    18 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Earlier today I had a question about something that happened shortly after we moved to Denver, so I went to look it up on my blog - found the archives for March 2009, scrolled a bit, found the answer to my question, done. Except not done, because I ended up reading back through a few weeks' worth of posts about our move to Denver, and wow, it was such a trip to be able to get a glimpse into my own head, six years ago, and to have a record of our lives with that level of detail.This is, of course, not a new or unique sentiment, but wow, if I had a question about something that happened last…
  • Family trip to New Orleans

    2 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Before heading to North Carolina to spend Christmas with my parents, we decided to do a few days in New Orleans with the kids. Torsten and I had both been to New Orleans previously, but never together (he had gone for a work conference and I had been with my parents at age 19). And the kids had never been. I want to recap the trip not just because it was great but also because it was a real learning experience about traveling with two kids and I have some tips that might be useful for others considering similar trips.New Orleans is my favorite type of vacation with littles - it's a city where…
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    Julia Roy

  • Lessons from two New Yorkers moving to California

    Julia Roy
    21 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    I had just taken the first bite of my omelet when my phone buzzed. The text I was hoping for finally arrived. We got the house. Nine months earlier, we were sitting in Fargo, North Dakota at MisfitCon chatting with our good friends Jason Zook and Caroline Winegeart. Earlier, Clay and I had confided that, after seven great years, we were finally ready to leave New York City but we weren’t sure where we wanted to live next. We planned to try a few cities on, living for 3-4 months at a time in Austin, Boulder and San Diego. Jason mentioned that they were also ready to live somewhere other than…
  • Achieving Inbox Zero With Rules in Microsoft Outlook

    Julia Roy
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Months back I spent almost an entire weekend hacking my Outlook email inbox to auto-archive itself. My reason for doing this is because I would constantly hear the wonders and benefits of maintaining “inbox zero,” but I could never seem to achieve it on a daily basis. To me, having to manually file every email after I had read or responded to it was an annoying task and interruptive to my email workflow during a busy day. Once I figured out how Outlook Rules worked I set up an if this then that type of automated system using Rules, where after I had read an email I could hit a…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Change Your Brain

    Julia Roy
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I cannot watch this video, but you should. The post 3 Simple Ways to Change Your Brain appeared first on Julia Roy.
  • Livestreaming My Struggle to Juggle

    Julia Roy
    17 May 2013 | 5:25 am
    I’ve been spending a lot of time researching how the brain works. And one thing is clear from the research–everyone should make it a priority to learn new things that are outside the comfort zone. Learning something new is often frustrating, energy taxing, and even downright embarrassing. But it is by far the #1 way to improve your mind’s speed, accuracy, creativity and overall function Thinking about this, I came upon an idea. I should learn how to juggle! I failed the juggling test in high school gym class (I even failed juggling with scarfs!) so this will be a good challenge for…
  • The First Social Credit Card

    Julia Roy
    7 Aug 2012 | 3:18 am
    I have been working with Barclaycard over the past few months on a new credit card that they launched earlier this year called the Barclaycard Ring. As part of our partnership, I’ve been using the credit card and taking part in the cardholder online community. I will also be writing a series of blog posts on the Barclaycard Ring Blog, which I hope you get a chance to read. In my first post, I share the struggle I went through in my 20’s trying to achieve financial stability. Over the next few months, I will continue to share my experience as a cardholder on the Barclaycard Ring Blog. What…
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  • moving day: listen to gui buratto - no turning back on repeat,...

    15 May 2015 | 10:24 pm
    moving day: listen to gui buratto - no turning back on repeat, feel all the feels, admire this impeccable cross stitching masterpiece by @annieisms
  • in a city like New York it’s easy to come by girlfriends...

    15 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    in a city like New York it’s easy to come by girlfriends to brunch or bootcamp or biergarten with. what’s harder to find is the ones who come over with takeout sushi so they can hear about your shit day, who let you in to shower when you get locked out during a thunderstorm, who can’t walk by a bakery without buying you a cupcake. (but a small one, because she considerately doesn’t want to derail your “lifestyle change” of all of 36 hours). it’s the special ones who are not only there for–but won’t let you get away with NOT celebrating your birthday, career, relationships,…
  • finally eating my first ramen burger 🍜🍔 (it was ok 😐)...

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    finally eating my first ramen burger 🍜🍔 (it was ok 😐) #smorgasburg #ramenburger (at Smorgasburg Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park)
  • 🐽 “hey… gimme that” #cookieshots...

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    🐽 “hey… gimme that” #cookieshots #dominiqueanselbakery #dominiqueansel (at Dominique Ansel Bakery)
  • ok no sarcasm this time, actually taking Mom to my favorite...

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    ok no sarcasm this time, actually taking Mom to my favorite thing in NYC. her friends wanted to share a slice and she was all “first of all I want two slices and also get your own.” #igotitfrommymomma #ladym #ladymcrepecake (at Ladym Confections)
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    Geoff Campbell

  • Google Tag Manager for Cross Domain Tracking and more

    Geoff Campbell
    17 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    In some cases learning a new software/service/technology can take more time than its worth. This is not one of those cases. The time it took for me to learn out to effectively use Google Tag Manager (GTM) for the initial purpose of unifying analytics information across different websites (in my case, our website our database/admissions/SaaS) was well worth it. Manually editing the tracking codes on each site may have been the quicker route, but this service enables the editing of a container on a single website that hosts multiple snippets. Now, with one code insertion, I have 11 tags on our…
  • Google Analytics Custom Segments for Schools

    Geoff Campbell
    17 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Over the last year I presented at a an industry conference about what Google Analytics can do for independent schools and higher ed. With a running time of just over 20 minutes, my joint presentation with some great folks at WhippleHill barely scratched the surface. I wrote earlier about why higher ed and private schools should look more deeply into their analytics to pull out actionable insights. An incredibly helpful option to make that a faster process the ability to cut out the clutter is looking at segments. You can can compare important segments of your website visitor population…
  • Adding Metadata to Optimize Web Content for Social

    Geoff Campbell
    17 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    As I mentioned in January, I added metadata (microdata, og tags, and Twitter Cards code) to the Friends’ Central website. Added @TwitterDev Twitter Cards to @friendscentral. — Geoff Campbell (@GeoffBCampbell) January 9, 2015 While our CMS has some limitations that does not allow us to take full-advantage of these opportunities. Mike Petroff (from Harvard) provides a great overview of the importance of optimizing website content for social, including Buffer’s research on the impact on engagement of using Pinned Tweets (which expand by default to…
  • Using Campaign Tagging to Tackle Dark Social

    Geoff Campbell
    17 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    While “dark social”, the default/misattributions of unknown traffic as “Direct” or a similar term, isn’t very new (coined in 2012, which is ancient by web standards), tackling the issue of finding the true referral of as much traffic as possible in a systematic way is a fairly recent endeavor. Keeping analytics campaign information standardized in a large organization can be difficult, to say the least. Google has helped by providing a handy do-it-yourself link-builder but LunaMetrics has gone one step further can created a customizable Google Sheets…
  • Quaker Works alumni magazine is out!

    Geoff Campbell
    17 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    This news is slightly late but our alumni magazine is out. Our Quaker Works Spring 2015 issue hits mailboxes this week. Check it out online today! — Friends' Central (@friendscentral) May 5, 2015 Thanks to the hard work of Clare Luzuriaga, our Assistant Director of Communications, all the Art Direction and Design was done in house this year. I was happy to contribute with photography, an alum profile, and by co-writing two features. I’m biased but I think it’s a great look into the life of the school (and its alums).
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  • Baffled is the word. We’re going with baffled.

    27 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Let me tell you about this thing I’ve planned to post about for a couple years now, but every time I thought, “okay, today is the day I’ll post that,” someone would engage in the behavior I was talking about or a similar behavior, and everyone knows that you can’t say something annoys you without every person who has ever engaged in such a behavior one, assuming it is about him specifically, and two, concluding that you must hate them as a person in total because this one common behavior kind of annoys you. Then you have to go through the whole polite, accepted…
  • Put a cushion on your reading chair.

    26 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    I’m ready to come back here now, but I only want to talk about stuff I want to talk about. Let’s meet back here tomorrow.
  • Don’t call it a comeback.

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    1. What did you do in 2014 that you’ve never done before? We PCS’d to another base. Phil’s done it before, obviously, but it was my first time. I’ve moved a lot of times, but always by choice and always to places I wanted to be. This move was entirely different in every single way. Also, I went to New Mexico for the first time. And then I stayed there. I remain here to this very moment. 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Looking back, I didn’t make any for 2014 because, as I said in this post last year, I knew…
  • It’s Traditional.

    24 Dec 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Keep the change, ya filthy animals.
  • Crotch Gate Gate.

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Yesterday I mentioned that my post was going to be in three parts, and there ended up being only two parts, for two reasons. The first reason was that I kind of got carried away talking about how I was going to talk about The Wet Brush, which is kind of the problem here – it’s never what I want to talk about that ends up being so many words, but me talking about what I’m going to talk about, and the lead in to what I’m going to talk about, and the things I think about that are kind of related to what I’m going to talk about that add so much bulk on to what could…
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  • What To Do When You Don’t Reach Your Launch Goals

    Natalie MacNeil
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Launching a product or service can be exhausting, exhilarating, and a total roller coaster. When you see sales roll in for all the hard work you’ve put into creating something that you know people need, it feels like it was all worth it. But when you DON’T reach your sales projections, when your service or product launch strategy doesn’t go according to plan, you can be left feeling like a complete failure and wondering what you did wrong. This has happened to all of us at some point, even the people you see making it big. In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I want to…
  • How to Tune Into Archetypes When You’re Experiencing a Challenge

    Natalie MacNeil
    13 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    As entrepreneurs, we all encounter situations now and then that make us really uncomfortable, push us to our limits, or force us to take an entirely different approach altogether. When these tough moments happen to me, I seek advice from my boardroom – which includes Daenerys Targaryen and Amelia Earhart… Not what you were expecting? My “boardroom” is made up of different archetypes who embody personalities and traits I want to align myself with – an idea I got from Think and Grow Rich author Napoleon Hill. To find out more, join me for today’s episode of She Takes on the…
  • How To Create Boundaries To Protect Your Energy

    Natalie MacNeil
    6 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Today, I want to talk to you about a critical part of being an entrepreneur and a growing business owner: setting healthy boundaries. I know, I know. It’s easier said than done. I know a ton of entrepreneurs who’ve unintentionally harmed their businesses by not setting limits and drawing a line in the sand when it comes to their clients. It was something I struggled with myself. Especially as a service-based business owner and a woman, my instinct is to give, give, and give. But, with a lot of trial and error, I’m now a huge advocate for making and keeping boundaries, and in today’s…
  • Pro-Tips For Processing Payments In Your Business

    Natalie MacNeil
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    Today I want to share something that’s been going on behind the scenes here at She Takes on the World this year. It’s also something that’s affected most successful online entrepreneurs I know, and some entrepreneurs have lost their businesses because of it. And yet, no one really talks about it…until now, that is. Imagine being in the middle of an amazingly successful launch, with a big wave of revenue coming in, when the payment processing company you’re using suddenly informs you they’ve put a hold on your account. With no warning, all that money you’ve worked so hard for is…
  • Good Pitch Vs. Bad Pitch

    Natalie MacNeil
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Ciao from Italy! Right now I’m exploring the gorgeous island of Capri…           …and the town of Amalfi (right). These clouds! This sea! The colors! Amalfi always lights me up. Written at my feet: “La vita e un sogno” – “life is but a dream.” Yup, feels that way right now.  Last week I was in Cannes, France for some big meetings as we expand what we offer through She Takes on the World TV and develop another project that we’ll be revealing soon.       (Left) I’m perched here journaling in the port of…
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  • Best city to live in Australia

    3 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Melbourne, which is Australia’s second largest city, is the best city to live in Australia. Melbourne has an amazing history and we can know about them from the sites like the Athenaeum Theatre which is one of the first public organizations and had been the main place of the Melbourne Opera. Conservatory was built on the year 1930. It is comprised of five distinct floral displays. It is thought to be a dynamic part of Melbourne’s promise for horticulture. Flinders Street railway station was the first railway station and the most crowded station in the late 1920s. The La Trobe’s…
  • Tips for studying in Australia

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Nowadays, students prefer going abroad for higher studies. They explore the several options they have: United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. With a beautiful scenery and peaceful culture, Australia is a standard place hence it is high on the list for international students. The government spends more than $200,000,000 annually in international scholarships. Here are few tips for studying in Australia: Do research online Submit application to University Open a bank account Consider doing part-time job Do research online Firstly, websites will help you a lot like…
  • How to find a great property in Australia

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Do bear in mind the climate factor when choosing the place as some areas are very hot during May, June and July. Some places rain a lot. Australia had to go through from a ‘correction’ around four years ago, but improved to post annual house price rises at a modest rate for the past three years. Property price rises are decreasing but there is less buyer interest in the market, so for those who are thinking of buying, are in luck. Statistics suggest that the rate of economic tightening in Australia is less than in many other industrialized countries, so the recession may be less dangerous…
  • Cost of motorcycle accessories in Australia

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    In Australia, you can do just about any upgrade to your motorcycle. You choose which parts to upgrade and in what order you will do it. What you need is to purchase the parts that you need the most and fix them to your motorcycle. The types of accessories you need to purchase are greatly influenced by their prices. Here are the prices of different accessories in Australia. The common motorcycle accessories Helmets Men and women leather coats Motorcycle boots Motorcycle bag Motorcycle gloves Helmets Helmets come in different sizes, colour, price, and shapes. A helmet is a vital accessory for…
  • Playing billiard in Australia

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Billiard is an established pastime and sport in Australia. It has a presence both at home and in bars as well. Families pass down the enjoyment of this game to the next generations. Friends bond over a game of pool and beer. It is a great game to pick up. Moreover, many Australians have also achieved great success in the sport domestically and internationally. Competitive play Billiard is a well-recognized sport in Australia. One of the most successful billiard players internationally, Walter Lindrum, is an Aussie himself. The Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) oversees the…
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  • Currently – v.05 {2015}

    18 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    This post, Currently – v.05 {2015}, originated at [Super Duper Fantastic]. Loving that I finally gave in and let Fresca sleep in our bedroom. I was adamant about keeping the animals out of the bedroom overnight. While it might have been her puppy phase, she would wake us up early in the morning to get into the same room as us. We lost precious hours of sleep for months. Now she lays there quietly until we are ready to wake up. Hooray for sleep! Loathing how little I used of my ClassPass this month. Yes, I keep track of how much of the pass I use each month, and going to Belgium threw…
  • Eat SF : Exploring the Mission with Avital Tours [giveaway]

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    This post, Eat SF : Exploring the Mission with Avital Tours [giveaway], originated at [Super Duper Fantastic]. Disclosure: I was invited to check out the Mission District Food Tour with Avital Tours. No compensation was received for attending, and all opinions on this blog are my own. One of the things I enjoy doing the most in San Francisco is stepping into the shoes of a visitor. Maintaining a fresh perspective of the city I grew up in is what keeps the relationship strong between us. Very recently, I was approached by Avital Tours to check out one of their food tours, specifically the one…
  • Currently – v.04 {2015}

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    This post, Currently – v.04 {2015}, originated at [Super Duper Fantastic]. Loving that I took care of my taxes early on, so Wednesday was no big deal. It can be a stressful time of year for people because 1) they’re doing something with a deadline and 2) it might mean having to PAY taxes. Loathing is such a strong word. Nothing bugs me to that degree these days. Instead, here is a photo of me with a spread of desserts at a friend’s birthday party! Watching Band of Brothers. Ryan’s a World War II history buff, and while we are in Belgium, we plan on going to The…
  • Eat Eureka : Brick & Fire Bistro

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    This post, Eat Eureka : Brick & Fire Bistro, originated at [Super Duper Fantastic]. On our way back to the Bay Area from a long weekend in Portland and after bumbling through the redwoods of northern Northern California, we stopped in Eureka for dinner. It would have to last us until we reached our final destination aka home, so we did a quick search for food on the handy dandy device we call a mobile phone and pulled up to Brick & Fire Bistro. Even now, the menu makes my mouth water. It screams local with the California-based seafood and mushrooms scattered about the dishes. We…
  • See Copenhagen : Canal Tours Copenhagen

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    This post, See Copenhagen : Canal Tours Copenhagen, originated at [Super Duper Fantastic]. We arrived in Copenhagen on a Friday afternoon. It wasn’t until the following Monday that we found ourselves along the water. It’s a considerably long time given the city’s locale on the water. It would be like visiting San Francisco without ever seeing the bay or ocean! Once we hit the water, we were no strangers to it the rest of the trip. Based on our research of things to do in Copenhagen, we found that Mondays require a bit more planning as a tourist. Plenty of sights are taking…
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    Everyday Adventures (of Me in the City) -- Chicago, IL

  • The good, bad and ugly of my trip

    Jessica B.
    19 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Yes I may be one of those bloggers who talks a tad at length about about her trip. But really, nothing else exciting is going on right now. So in this post, I’ll talk about the good/bad/ugly of the three month journey to Southeast Asia and sojourn to Australia. The Good Food! Yes, despite having food poisoning. I loved a lot of what I ate while gone. Lots of carbs, but also, a lot of just delicious stuff. Meat in Australia = awesome, Banh mi in Vietnam = stop it, so good and cheap, pad thai omelette in Bangkok = yes please! Yes, some meals were a disaster but overall, I liked everything…
  • Hello strangers

    Jessica B.
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Hello everyone! No, I did not forget about you, or this blog. I’ve just been…busy. Quick recap: Lost my job, lost my grandmother, lost my drive to do anything but wallow in sadness, so, I picked up and left Chicago for a three month adventure in Southeast Asia. I needed perspective and a change of scenery. And holy f*ck did I get both. Coincidentally, five years ago this week was my first solo vacation ever, in New Orleans. And just over four years ago I started solo traveling overseas w/a trip to Italy. It’s funny how things come full circle. I’m thinking through how…
  • Auntie love

    Jessica B.
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Yesterday, I watched at least 10x a one-minute video of my nephew laughing, which was captured by my SIL’s phone. It was so fabulous. The sound of his laughter is my new favorite sound (well, actually champagne popping is still my absolute favorite, so, sorry nephew). You guys, auntie love is the absolute best. My nephew is only 4.5 months old and I fucking love that kid so much, it is the best kind of overwhelming. His face, ears, nose, mouth and smile are so cute, I love them. Sure, he cries, loudly sometimes, and spits up…a lot, and on a regular basis I’m smelling like…
  • 2015!

    Jessica B.
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! It is officially 2015. And, as I’m sure you can all imagine. I’m NOT unhappy to see 2014 end. Which is weird because I prefer even-numbered years. But as you know, this one kicked my ass a bit so….NOPE NOT SAD. Today, I re-read my post welcoming in 2014 and this time, I didn’t feel emotional reading it. Maybe it’s because I have a small cold and am on the couch resting. Or maybe I’m still feeling just a bit unemotional about stuff. But in looking back at this year, despite the bad, there have been some great moments too. Highs:…
  • Let’s go on an adventure!

    Jessica B.
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Sounds like fun right?? As you guys know, travel is a true passion of mine. It fills my need for adventure, and my need to see new places, and try new things. It indulges my love of history and passion for art. And makes me feel like a different version of me, one that can get perspective and a change from her daily life, and wonder about new things. And come back inspired. The last time I took a solo adventure, it was March 2014 to Paris/Bordeaux and Amsterdam as part of my promotion celebration. Life is very different now. Last month, in the wake of losing my grandma and working through my…
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    your wishcake.

  • the best (celebrity) memoirs I've read...

    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Okay, folks! It's time for the second post in my favorite memoirs series (can we call this a series?). This time I'm focusing on another of my favorite subjects to read about: celebrities. I may not be one to watch much E! or reality TV at this point in life, and celebrity magazines are definitely not my cup o' tea, but a well-written celebrity memoir never does me wrong. I find that the transparency of (most) celebrities within these sorts of books ends up being refreshing to me, especially the ones laced with bits of self-depreciating humor.Clearly, I lean much more toward the humorous when…
  • five things I love about ePantry (plus a free candle + $10 credit offer!)...

    26 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    As many of you are aware, I've been using ePantry to order eco-friendly home and beauty products since last year, and have only lovely things to say about this company. I had to give them a quick shout-out this week, because they sent me the sweetest (unexpected!) package of new products from their Grove Collaborative line. They're also hosting a special offer for new customers that includes a free soy candle (a $12.95 value) and $10 credit for any new customers ordering through my referral links, so read on for that goodness!Here's a look at some of the items from their new line:This lip…
  • the bump (32 weeks)...

    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pardon me while I skip my weekly to-dos and instead focus on the bump! I'm only 8 weeks away (or less, if she arrives early like her sister) and it's something that hardly feels like a reality right now.Symptoms: This little gal is definitely a mover and a shaker. She's rolling around so often throughout the day that if there's ever a point I don't feel some appendage poking out of my midsection, I'm like, "Where you at, kiddo?" She had the hiccups for the first time in church this past week (something I don't remember ever feeling with Eisley!) and it made my life complete. She tends to…
  • moderate couponing: crackers and custard at Target...

    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I feel like it's been forever since I've done a "moderate couponing" post, but I had to pop in and share an awesome deal I came across this week! I was able to get all the above items at Target for $3.22—and all the crackers were 100% free. Not too shabby, considering the retail price would have been just shy of $22. (For the love of Pete, never spend that kind of money on ice cream or crackers. Even if the ice cream is actually custard and the crackers are organic.)Here's how I got this deal:  Horizon Sandwich Crackers: purchased four @ $3.49/each   — Used 50% off…
  • Citrus Lane: a peek inside my May box...

    20 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    This week, our most recent Citrus Lane box arrived, and I must say that I am more than happy with the items we received this month! Last month, I was a little disappointed with the retail value (even though the actual products were totally adorable), so this month more than made up for any of that disappointment! Once again, I know every item will go to good use—and from my calculations, the retail value of everything inside comes to around $43! Not bad for a box that costs $29, when you order a month-to-month subscription (especially if you are able to use credits or coupon codes!).This…
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    Our Little Apartment

  • How to Determine When You have Enough Stuff.

    Ashley Cadaret
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    A reader asked me to share about my “processes for determining “enough” for your space – clothing, furniture, etc,” and since I’m in the throes of (thinking about) moving, I figured I’d share what this looks like for me. My short answer is – you’ll figure out our sweet spot when you start to remove the excess. You’ll probably be surprised by how little you actually use and need compared to how much you have. When is Enough Stuff Enough? It depends on several factors that will be unique for each individual and family, including:…
  • Five Things // On Moving, Preschool, and Hustling vs. Taking it Easy.

    Ashley Cadaret
    22 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    1) The long-awaited grocery store and cafe opened up across the street from us this weekend and we’ve been 4 times in 5 days. The downstairs is kind of like a small Whole Foods (but locally owned!) that has everything I buy regularly (coconut oil! Amish happy cows butter! tempeh! all the hippie yuppie foods!) and the top is a restaurant that serves fair trade organic coffee, fresh smoothies, and stuff like loaded truffle fries with coconut bacon. It’s so close I could check in on Yelp from our living room. You can see the building through the widows: So, basically, I’m not…
  • 5 Signs You Might have House Hunting Addiction.

    Ashley Cadaret
    19 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    We’re moving in about three months, which is nice because it gives us lots of time with family and friends before we’re lonely and alone and without friends. (I’m feeling dramatic.) Also, time to completely obsess over finding a home. Here are five signs you might also be obsessed with finding a new home: You have at least 3 different house and apartment finding apps on your phone. For when you want to obsessively look for housing while waiting for your dentist appointment. You get emails with search results daily. Mike and I also email each other daily with listings we…
  • Why I Didn’t Like the The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

    Ashley Cadaret
    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Uh, yep. Have you heard about the New York Times bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It’s gotten rave reviews from all over the place and I had to wait on a long list at the library before getting it. So, with great anticipation, I picked up the book (and the audiobook) and expected to be inspired to action! Well, not so much. I’m not one to review books or talk about why I don’t like something (let’s focus on the positive! *brandishes pom poms*), but Mike grew tired of me talking about it to him and suggested I write a blog post about it. So, here I…
  • Theo at Ten Months.

    Ashley Cadaret
    7 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    He: – Is wild. WILD, I tell you! He flings himself off of couches and beds and towards objects that harm him and generally is just CRAZY. The opposite of Gabe (who never climbed on anything until he was, like, three). Cases in point: He climbed onto the couch, then ONTO THE (kids) TABLE next to the couch.  Child is 10 months old. NOPE. The pillows were off the couch to wash and I turned my back for a minute. He did THIS. This picture is just so Theo. Personality and craziness. And so much fun. – Is also the opposite of Gabe’s sleep at this point. I weeped when I read Gabe…
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    Sydney: Unfiltered.

  • My Inner Critics are assholes.

    4 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    Since we’ve talked about Sponge Mode, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of material for reflecting during this process. TONS. Journals full of pages of stream-of-consciousness, notes from calls, homework, all of it. A few weeks ago, I found the article, “How Women Undermine Themselves With Words” and entered the rabbit hole that is Tara […] The post My Inner Critics are assholes. appeared first on Sydney: Unfiltered..
  • I spend 50% of my working time doing shit I hate (and I can fix that).

    3 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, I established that my real unraveling isn’t so much tied to Sydney the ________, as it is looking back on the last 10 years and realizing I did a lot of awesome shit while operating as a very “grey” version of myself. I also mentioned I felt stuck about the direction for Planet Green Socks. […] The post I spend 50% of my working time doing shit I hate (and I can fix that). appeared first on Sydney: Unfiltered..
  • I turn 30 in 31 days.

    2 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    I’ve never really given a shit about how old I was. Actually, that’s kind of a lie. I gave a shit when I couldn’t drive, couldn’t vote, couldn’t drink legally. I definitely cared about how old I was when I was 12 AND A HALF. I had a “quarterlife” crisis at 25 – I had […] The post I turn 30 in 31 days. appeared first on Sydney: Unfiltered..
  • Sponge Mode: Activated.

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Boss School is, without a doubt, the most insane experience of my life to date. More insane than jumping out of an airplane. Since the course started at the end of March, I have had so many lightbulb moments, so many breakthroughs, so many insanely […] The post Sponge Mode: Activated. appeared first on Sydney: Unfiltered..
  • Why I want to see you on May 16, 2015.

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    I’m going to be 100% real with you here. And it might be messy. If you only come to one event that Planet Green Socks puts on, I want to see you at Skydive Elsinore on May 16th for Adam Rubin’s memorial. Chances are if you read this blog (and THANK YOU FROM THE TOP […] The post Why I want to see you on May 16, 2015. appeared first on Sydney: Unfiltered..
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    The Hungry Twenties

  • Shameless Best Friend Promo: Buy Everyday Ambassador Today!

    26 May 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Hey everyone, I would like to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming of the next installment of my Phoenix trip to give a small shameless plug of a new book that was released today called "Everyday Ambassador: Make A Difference By Connecting In A Disconnected World!""Why?" you ask.  Because it was written by my very best friend and frequent face on the blog, Ms. KO!!Words cannot express how proud I am of my friend and the fact that today, in book stores across the country, a real life book written by my friend is on the shelves.  That on the book is right now…
  • Arizona Trip Recap: Horseback riding and the Grand Canyon

    25 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Hey everybody, happy Memorial Day weekend!  I hope that everyone is enjoying a day off, time with loved ones, and also remembering why we have this holiday in the first place.  For all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for my own personal freedom - thank you.  You are never forgotten and forever honored in my mind.  Thank you!This past weekend since I last wrote was really fun for me as it was a really nice, long 5-day weekend as I actually took Thursday and Friday off of work and also had the Monday holiday.  Just a few weeks ago I…
  • WTF Wednesday - A bunch of random

    20 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    I've done it before and I am doing it again - stealing a theme from one of my favorites, Running off the Reese's.  There are a few random odds and ends things that I would like to share with you that really have nothing to do with anything else and have nowhere else to fit in but here.  In this random numbered list.  Please enjoy.1.  The other day I found my first bug within my apartment.  Everyone had warned me that the bugs get bad in Atlanta and I tried to prevent them from even ever coming in by spraying my whole apartment with repellent but that somehow was not…
  • A week of exercise and a weekend in the New England

    18 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The week after Kristen left was another busy one in Atlanta, which was why I didn’t get the chance to write. Some things going on at work caused me to work a few evenings, which I don’t mind doing, but just means that I have less time to do other things (such as blog!)I worked hard to try and make smart choices with eating and also get some good runs in! I have been a little worried about my running this month because compared to last month, I feel like I am slacking big time. I had told myself that pushing to run 100 miles in a month was something that I was going to do for the month of…
  • Vacation weekends in my own city!

    17 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    So guys, it’s been a while since I’ve written just to tell you what I have been up to and I apologize for that! I hate missing out on writing about this stuff, even if it sometimes gets boring, because I like reflecting on all the things I do, sharing photos, and having this here for years to come. Nowadays when I think of memories from a few years ago, I so often some to this blog and search through to reread things. I just did it earlier today and was looking for my brother’s college graduation and realized that I didn’t write about it because – life got busy – and I traveled to…
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  • 暖かさの謎

    10 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    冬場に今や手放せないのがヒートテック。 ヒートテックは商標なので、総称としては発熱繊維とでも言うのだろうか。 これを着るようになってから、冬の重ね着の枚数が減った。 暖房の使用頻度も減った。 このタイプの肌着で、私が持っているものは2タイプある。 1つは普通の薄い生地で、ピッタリと身体にフィットするもの。…
  • 消費税8%は曲者だ

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    消費税が8%になった時に、スーパーとかの値段の表示の仕方も変更して、従来は消費税込の値段が書いてあったのに、 その時から消費税抜きの値段が大きく書かれて、下の方に申し訳なさそうな小さな字で消費税込の値段が掛かれている。 それを初めて見た時に、なんか払うのは消費税込の方なのだから従来通りの書き方にしてくれた方が分かりやすいし、…
  • 広がる異物混入問題

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:53 pm
    毎日のように報じられている異物混入問題はどんどん広がりを見せていますね。 テレビで頻繁に取り上げられると、最近とくに多いような印象を受けますが、こういう問題は昔からあったはずです。 ただ、最近はツイッターやフェイスブックなどにアップされて一気に情報が広がってしまうんでしょうね。 昔だったら、お客様センターに電話をし現物を送って代わりにお詫びの品や返金を受けるというような、…
  • 頻尿

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    突然、頻尿になりました。 もともとトイレが近い方だったのですが。 1時間に1度トイレに行くのも頻尿に近いですが、1時間に3~4度もトイレに行きたくなるぐらいの頻尿になりました。 おなかがはってトイレに行きたくなるのです。 たんびに少しずつ尿がでました。 沢山でるわけではありません。 1時間に一杯のコーヒーを飲みながら仕事をしています。 それも頻尿の原因のひとつです。…
  • エンスト。。。がんばれカブ

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    ちょっとした買い物や通勤に気軽に使えるし燃費も驚くほどよくて、これはとても良いものをもらったなぁとほくほく。 毎日がっつり使っているわけではないにせよ、いまのところ1か月1回、3リットルの給油で事足りています。エコ!ありがとうカブ!! でもひとつ問題が。。。信号待ちの時に高確率でエンストします! エンジンが暖まっていないからなのか、他に原因があるのか、素人にはよくわかりません(泣)…
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    Frugal Beautiful

  • Let’s Never Speak Of Winter Again. Sandal Weather Has Finally Arrived #SoleStyle #Payless!

    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chicago seems to not really have a spring.  Tulips and irises, which typically bloom in the early weeks of spring, stayed dormant this year as we completely skipped the temperatures between freezing and broiling.  Now that it’s 80 and humid outside, the moderate weather blooms are finally peeking out and it feels like summer but looks like spring.  Regardless, I’ll take it! As a California girl at heart, I find sandal weather to be the best time of year.  Back home, it was always sandal weather, and while I embrace Chicago’s weather which affords me an opportunity to try…
  • 5 Ways to Make Extra Money

    Zina Kumok
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Too often when we talk about being frugal, the easy answer is to find things to cut back on. When I was trying to pay off my student loans, I started by cutting back. But eventually, like a diet, you reach a breaking point. I couldn’t change my rent for at least another year, I didn’t want to lower how much I was paying on my student loans and I didn’t want to live on macaroni and cheese. In Confessions of a Shopaholic the main character’s father reminds her that cutting back isn’t the only way she can get out of her money troubles.  “You know, there are two solutions to money…
  • The Alchemy Of Gratitude: Turning Opposition Into Opportunity

    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The last few months have been challenging as most people have noted- in the fall, I called off my engagement.  In the spring, I dealt with the devastating impact pancreatic cancer took upon a dear friend and mentor, and had to say my goodbyes- dealing with grief in an entirely new way.  Just two weeks ago, I was laid off from my job.  Whoa, right? Yep. Last weekend, I was catching up with a mutual friend of mine and my ex.  We hadn’t seen each other since the beginning stages of the breakup- being busy with work and now, his gorgeous new little one meant everyone was busy.  Except…
  • Prospurly Box…My New Obsession

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Y’all know I love subscription boxes.  I’ve subscribed to a few over the years and have been a Birchbox subscriber for well over three years now. I honestly just adore having happy-mail days.  One of my favorite new boxes is prospurly.  Their motto- “ingredients for a happy life.”  I just got my first box, and yes…yes they are. They sent the best stuff with their spring box.  Handmade soap.  Wish paper.  Salty nutty toffee.  Delicious maple syrup.  A tin of tea and a steeper.  So many little joyful things.  Since the weather has been so sporadic from…
  • Advice From Someone Who’s Been There: 24 Hours in Madrid, Spain (On a Budget!)

    Juliette Kopp
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    (source.) Traveling to a new city opens up a wealth of unknown experiences. Yet while you’re overcome with excitement, intrigue and maybe a little apprehension (let’s be real, a whole lotta apprehension), it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to ensure you see every nook and cranny. After spending a couple weeks exploring Spain’s major cities, I’ve compiled a schedule to make sure you can see it all while still having enough money left over to bring home some churros. First up, Madrid! A thriving and exotic city made up of eccentric young professionals and awe-inspiring…
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  • Somewhere, My love.

    16 May 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Did you get the tickets?Those tickets to anywhereMaybe we can fly togetherMake that somewhere our home. I don’t know where to start,Maybe we could create something new,I’ve left behind the past,Our... Special invite to read Gyanban's latest.
  • Anticlock

    7 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    The raindrops darted in like arrows. She walked past the lamppost looking back occasionally, he was nowhere to be seen. She closed her eyes controlling the shivers .  Suddenly  everything... Special invite to read Gyanban's latest.
  • Timeline

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Memories are  a moment in timeWhen the reality is goneIt's a happier placeYou keep coming back again. But deep inside,You know why,This moment will just trickle by,Cant hold on even if you... Special invite to read Gyanban's latest.
  • Zingara

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Gathered under the crescent moon,Waiting for her to come back soon,A withering look scratching traces. Flickering candles light their faces. Music keeps the jungle humming,Broken tides keep on coming... Special invite to read Gyanban's latest.
  • Wait

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Watch the flaming sunBurn the roadEyes left in lurchMiles go by in search At the stationCrowded raindropsLeaving static trainsWatching moving people Minutes clock moments lostWatches non stopBlink of... Special invite to read Gyanban's latest.
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    Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror

  • Photo

    27 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    ::Originally from Our Daily Asians:: The post Photo appeared first on Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror.
  • League Of Legends Is Fixing One Key Matchmaking Tool

    27 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Or trying to, at least. Read more... ::Originally from Kotaku:: The post League Of Legends Is Fixing One Key Matchmaking Tool appeared first on Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror.
  • Nuffnang Music Bash (LPB)

    27 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Nuffnang Music Bash (LPB) ::Originally from Lyle's Photobin:: The post Nuffnang Music Bash (LPB) appeared first on Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror.
  • Big Tobacco and The Vaping Industry

    27 May 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Big Tobacco fights back This article gives a detailed, and long, account of big tobacco’s interest and ultimate entry into the e-cigarette and vaping markets. Big Tobacco began to realise that, rather than just a temporary fad, e-cigarettes represented a new threat to their established markets. And that wasn’t all – they might be the prototype […] The post Big Tobacco and The Vaping Industry appeared first on Spinfuel eMagazine. The post Big Tobacco and The Vaping Industry appeared first on Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror.
  • The New Star Wars Arcade Game Is Worth Tracking Down

    27 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Star Wars Battle Pod might not be good enough to justify paying $35,000 to have at home, but there’s no denying it’s the most fun I’ve had with an arcade game in years. Read more... ::Originally from Kotaku:: The post The New Star Wars Arcade Game Is Worth Tracking Down appeared first on Dustyhawk :: Broken Mirror.
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    Life After College » Blog

  • How to Transition into a New Job without Sucking

    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Written by Melissa Anzman Another goodie request from the Life After College survey! The way you transition within your career sets the tone for your overall success – trust me, I’ve made some big mistakes in this arena. Most people only consider how their first day will go, what they should wear, how they will fit in. But career transitions happen more than just on your first day and will always leave a lasting impression. If you are transitioning into a new company, most likely you are excited to begin your journey in a job that you are excited about. As I used to plan my first day…
  • “I Don’t Know” Isn’t a Dirty Word

    5 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Written by Jenny Blake Okay, so “I don’t know” is more of a three-word phrase, but you get the idea. When pondering a life change, a relationship or a career, how many times have you said, “I don’t know” with a big sigh and a dejected, deflated tone? “I don’t know” is not a disease to be cured. It is not a flaw or a shortcoming, or a circuit of your brain that needs fixing. Nor is it problem until you make it one; until you use it an excuse to shortchange curiosity and exploration around whatever subject you are stuck on. When talking…
  • One Strategy to Encourage Influencers to Spread Your Idea (+Giveaway)

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Written By Davis Nguyen My mentor Keith Ferrazzi taught me that the quality of my life is equal to the quality of my relationships. In every domain of my life I found this to be true—from having a workout buddy who pushes me to go for the extra rep every morning to having a group of friends who cheer me on during dance performances even when I make the occasional blunder. In addition, outside my personal life, I saw how the quality of my relationships can also impact the quality of my working life. During my last two years in college, I had the honor of working for many generous, giving,…
  • 3 Keys to Becoming a Master of Momentum

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:13 am
    Written by Jenny BlakeMomentum is not a destination, it is a mindset. Punctuated successes—new titles, raises, business milestones, big clients, book deals—are absolutely worth celebrating. But what we are really after is a sense of inertia, velocity, and flow. A feeling of wind in our hair and forward movement in our work. Generating momentum requires a new way of being, working and creating. It also requires a special type of problem-solving. Momentum is about taking the pressure off of any one big “goal” and holding a mindset of: Curiosity & Creative Problem-Solving…
  • You are Not Alone

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Written by Paul Angone If your twenties have gone nothing like you planned – you’re not alone. Career doubts. Crushed dreams. Relationship debacles. Faith struggles. And flat out groan up awkwardness. In my twenties I experienced them all and felt like such a failure. After college I was working a comfortable job, yet I couldn’t shake this gnawing discontent and question of  “what am I doing with my life?” For a while I thought I was the only one struggling. But as I started opening up to friends about the big doubts and questions I was experiencing–about wanting my life…
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  • How Do You Take a Compliment?

    25 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
       Written by Evelyn Taylor 😘 Compliments. They can be exciting, uplifting, insulting, awkward and weird. They can make you feel a range of emotions, including indifference. They can even make you unwittingly support capitalism. Yeah, I went there. Maybe you’ve noticed it from others, maybe you’ve noticed it in yourself, maybe you’ve never noticed it and maybe I’m a bit off my rocker for thinking it’s worth noticing, BUT, have you ever noticed that sometimes a compliment is immediately responded to with a recommendation or testimonial for a business? I love your…
  • Thanks, Tips: I Wanna Dye My Hair Blonde

    21 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    The first time I ever put permanent colour in my hair was in grade 8. My stepdad, a beauty aficionado,  convinced me that I should get some blonde highlights– the good old chunky ones– for my grad pics. I didn’t dye my hair again until I was in University. I didn’t know what I was doing with hair colour until this past year. So now Im gonna tell you how to dye your hair blonde. Step One:  Find a Beauty Supply Store (Sally’s will do) You will need to buy some powdered bleach. Wella’s Colour Charm Powder is just fine. They sell small packets too for you…
  • Don’t Be A Pussy: A Lesson in Not Being a Douchebag

    17 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    I feel okay about using the word “douchebag”. Michael Mark Cohen thinks that douchebag is a prominent white racial slur. I feel that is true. I have no problem calling people douchebags when they deserve it. On any given night, you can find me scrolling through the comments section on Facebook and more specifically, the comments section on CBC News. The news will tell you their version, but if you want a quick sample of the popular opinion it’s best to scroll down further and see what Jim Roy or Samantha Cairns from Alberta or New Brunswick has to say about it. You’ll…
  • Ask Your Tongue What’s Wrong With You

    15 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    This isn’t a new science or anything. Tongue Diagnosis has long-standing place in Chinese Medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners also use the tongue as a map of the organs. Even your regular good old MD also looks at your tongue sometimes. But I suspect they do it because they want to gag you with popsicle sticks. Especially if you are child, it seems. Nevertheless, tongues are totally gross to me. I try not to think about mine too much. It feels like some slippery alligator that hangs out in my mouth, guiding french fries to my throat. It’s basically a super controlling wet…
  • Heaven is a place where you go and it’s for forever

    11 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    As a child and into my teenage years, I would lie awake in bed and think about God, heaven, life and death. The basics. I would sometimes run through horrible thoughts of my mother dying, and I would cry softly and it was therapeutic somehow. I would then pray to God, half asleep sometimes, mumbling my usual memorized rant which rarely had any variety to its wording. It was a mantra that I said to God so that he could release me from some of my daily stress and worry. I never really questioned this strange relationship with my God until I was a bit older– until I could fully realize…
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  • The Best Apps Of 2015 That Will Keep You Fit

    Joi Watts
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Being healthy and fit is hard for anyone. Most people are always on the go and it is hard to find time in between work and sleep. Over the years I’ve searched, and I think I have finally found the best apps to date that helps me stay fit and healthy, no matter how busy I find myself! The Grokker App   I love this app because you can truly customize it to what you need. Grokker has hand-picked experts from all around the world that makes being fit and healthy easier than anyone could imagine. From the very beginning, Grokker asks you what you are interested in–losing weight,…
  • How to Cope with the Death of a Loved One

    Lexi Bollis
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    As we grow older, so do our friends and family members. Although we don’t like to think about it, our grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, and even parents are reaching more advanced ages, and no one lives forever. Experiencing the death of someone who is close to you, especially someone you have known your whole life, is difficult to deal with. I have lost both of my paternal grandparents in the past two years, so I am familiar with how to deal with the death of a loved one. Here are some things I’ve learned through these difficult experiences that will help you cope with…
  • 7 Unusual Ways to Make Money With Very Little Effort

    Jamie T. Wiseman
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sometimes we just need to make a quick buck, without having to spend hours trying to do so. You’ve probably heard about all of the usual ways to make money quickly and easily, but we want to look at the unusual ways. From renting yourself out (not creepy, honest) to selling body parts (also not creepy), here are some unusual ways to make money with very little effort. Rent out a room or garden If you have any spare space in your home, then you can rent it out. Gardens are perfect for campers, as long as you have space. You can also rent out a spare bedroom as an office or your whole house…
  • 5 Ways to Pursue the Career of Your Dreams

    Gurjeet Kaur
    24 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Have you walked millions of steps darling? The general impression is that young millennial women are becoming self-dependent and coming up as a successful workforce. More and more females are showing extraordinary potential and holding better positions in the industry than ever before. They are coming a long way to pursue the career of their dreams. Sadly, not every woman gets such opportunities to live a life of her dreams. Lacking the right guidance and resources keeps them away from living a successful life. Do you want to know how you can eliminate restrictions from your career? Take a…
  • Why You Should Be a Guest Blogger

    Sarah White
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Are you an aspiring journalist? A fashion blogger on the rise? Do friends ask you for your perspective on current events? Do you have a hobby that you enjoy teaching others? An affirmative on any of these accounts might lead you to wonder about the outlets you might want to express yourself, or even jumpstart your career. One method you might want to consider is guest posting. At Miss Millennia, our idea of guest posting is generally defined as the following: Guest Posting (v.): Writing an article (or a few!) to be published on our website, giving you full credit of course. Guest Blogger…
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  • CWW: Ode to the Bay

    6 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Hump Day! Hopefully everyone is fairly recovered from Cinco de Mayo festivities. Or, if you live in the bay area, you are recovered from the Warriors loss. This week I would like to pay homage to my new home: San Francisco and the greater bay area. I have not lived here for very long, but it already feels like home. I take small comforts in the views from my car window and excitement from being in the city. I love it and I know this is a place I want to make a life for myself. Here is a little love for the bay. Short and sweet.   The Bay I love driving over the bridge at night. The whole…
  • CWW: Depression is a Lonely Hell

    29 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s Wednesday again! Here’s a good dose of poetry; written with inspiration from a very dear friend. For those who have ever felt alone in their life and experienced depression.   Lonely Hell My friend, the lyricist, told me depression is a lonely hell as she finished a glass of whiskey. I nodded sipping my own, feeling a twinge in my chest like depression were an ex that had just walked into the bar. She was always ordering shots laughing too loud and sitting in your line of sight, because she promised you would never forget her. I looked at the lyricist but couldn’t…
  • Worry Stone: the things that keep us grounded

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    I remember when I was growing up, my uncle had a rock that he carried around with him just about everywhere. It was a flat grey oval rock that appeared faded with time. When I asked him what it was he explained that it was a worry stone. Whenever he felt stress or anxiety he felt for the familiar touch of the stone. It was a reminder that everything was gonna be alright. I tried to carry a worry stone then, but I never seemed to manage keeping it close by. The flat stone would remain in my desk drawer, forgotten and useless to my anxious mind. On those days when I managed to bring it with…
  • CWW: Writing with Your Eyes Closed

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Hey there Creative Writing Wednesday. This week I wanted to post a poem that I wrote a few months ago. It was tucked away in the margins of my journal and I had somehow forgotten all about it. Once I finish a poem I turn the page and begin to work on something new. I glance at my work again a few days later, after I’ve given myself time to create other verses. That is when I do rewrites and edits. It’s always been my process. But when life becomes busy and my writing slows I tend forget all together. I like to think of it as writing with my eyes closed. When I come back to the…
  • CWW: A Piece of Poetry

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Happy Hump Day! I am keeping it simple today. I give you a poem that will be part of my future collection. I’ve finally given myself a writing goal. Enjoy! Please leave comments below if you have anything to say.   A Little Piece Watch closely and keep your eyes on me because I’ve learned slight of hand I already know you’ve lost sight because your gaze is on my red lips wondering about the placement of my hand. Underneath your muscled chest I can feel the racing of your heart. You were so absorbed in me that you missed my hand on the waist of your blue jeans slipping a…
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    27 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    It’s a proven fact; men spend an upwards of 43% of their day trying to impress women. Whether it be trying out a new outfit, or just making your self more available by being a creep, we are always trying to find ways to make sure she knows we’re the real deal Holyfield. Sometimes you just have to let nature take its course though, fella. What does that mean? It means stop wasting your time trying to be someone you’re not by doing things you normally wouldn’t do. Instead, I don’t know…maybe try being yourself. Traits are usually something you can notice…

    20 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    In today’s world, there is a lot of pressure put on you every single day. Maybe it’s to come up with a new idea, to pitch a sale, or just to perform well overall, we are all at high risk when it comes to losing. Sure, when you’re a kid it’s easy to get a participation medal and be on your way, but when you grow up there’s no second place, no “good try”. If you’re not at the finish line you’re forgotten and swept under the rug. It’s just how the real world operates. They’re jerks, man. But when you think about it, how come you keep seeing the same person winning…

    18 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    I think we all know Monday’s are the worst day of the week, they’re worse than toe-shoes or even Pitbull. I think we can all agree on that. Pitbull, if you’re reading this, sorry to find out this way, but yeah.  Yes, they can be terrible sometimes but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Making the most out of your Mondays can lead to a more enjoyable week, so here are some ways to kick Monday straight in the nuts: 1. Wake up on time- Stop hitting the snooze button. You know why you’re in such a bad mood? It’s because you rushed around all morning because you had 3 minutes…

    17 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    We all have our guilty fashion pleasure, and that is just okay. But learn the difference between a fashion risk and a fashion shit storm. Some of these guys in today’s world are walking around in clothes that would look better in the trash can. I hope you took offense to that. Sometimes it can be a little tough, ya know? Dressing like an idiot can just screw up your whole appearance and what people think of you. “But I don’t care what people think about my outfit, asshole.” Well that’s a bunch of BS because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this…

    13 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Sure, she might be an independent women, but that doesn’t she has to do everything herself. One of the reasons you were placed on this planet was to help women do some things they can’t or shouldn’t have to do themselves. IT’S YOUR JOB. When you’re with a woman, she wants you to be able to do certain things, and if you’re over there saying “lol no way I’ll mess my hair up”, well that’s like an instantaneous hell no. No matter what our situation is or how your relationship works, human nature tells us that if you can’t pull your…
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