Creating Custom Maps in Google Maps for Travel

I’ve been using the “My Maps” feature on Google Maps for a few years now. I created a map of my 2015 travels, as well as everywhere we went in Dublin over Christmas in 2014. These maps help me remember where we went, but also are great for blog posts and to share with others when they ask for recommendations when traveling.

However, my new favorite thing, is creating maps to share with people before our travels.

I Can’t Give Up Shampoo – My Hair Is Too Greasy!

By Monday, August 18, 2014 0 Permalink 0

The most common reaction I get when I tell people that I don't use shampoo is "Your hair looks great! Can I touch it?". The second most common is "I could *never* do that, my hair is too greasy. I have to wash it every day!" When I was in college in the sorority (yup, I was a sorority girl. Ask me nicely and I'll tell you which house), I was the same way! I showered and washed my hair EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. It got too greasy to not wash daily, and this was before I discovered dry shampoo. It wasn't until after college that I discovered ...

Twitter Analytics Just Got Real

By Friday, July 11, 2014 0 Permalink 0

I was excited when Twitter first announced that everyone had access to the analytics of their tweets, and loved it when they gave you the ability to download your entire Twitter history, but the analytics update they made today is AH-MAZING. I'm so excited about all of the new data available to me that I can hardly contain my excitement! What's so great about Twitter Analytics? Actual Impressions You read that right. Instead of estimating how many people saw your tweets by coming up with some weird algorithm, YOU NOW KNOW how many eyes were on your tweets! They give you a graph broken out by day: *Note, this isn't ...

Tips on Creating Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

By Friday, July 11, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Last night, I attended a fun event all about Kickstarter, put on by Arts for Colorado (AFC) and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) at Deer Pile in Denver. I’ve never personally launched a Kickstarter (considered it for Noiselace, but instead built an online store), have supported many local artists in their campaigns, been a follower of Kickstarter for years and was definitely interested in learning more. Especially after potato salad happened this week. The speakers included 2 local individuals, Brigid and Robert, who each had successful campaigns and Stephanie Pereira, Kickstarter’s International & Civic Partnerships Lead. There was so much great information that I took over 4 ...

Stop Pinning and Start Crafting! Made easy with Whimseybox

By Tuesday, April 22, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Thanks to my mom, I've always had a crafty bone, and every once and awhile I get the itch to create something. I have yarn stashed around the house and am always in the middle of a few projects at any given time. Pinterest makes this much worse, as I always find such great DIY crafts! My problem is that I usually don't have the materials or equipment needed to properly craft! That usually involves a couple hundred dollar trip to Michael's and no where to store all of my crafting supplies after I've been crafty. Then I discovered Whimseybox. (more…)

New LinkedIn Contacts – Getting into the CRM Game?

By Monday, March 24, 2014 1 Permalink 0

When I logged into LinkedIn this morning, I was surprised to be introduced to and walked through a new feature - LinkedIn Contacts! If you don't get the prompts, or have already hit 'skip' on them, here's what it looks like. When viewing a profile you now have '*Relationship' and 'Contact Info' tabs below the profile image: (P.S. Yes, Jonathon and I didn't even connect on LinkedIn until we were married.) Personally I love being able to see the exact date I became linked with someone. Think about it - how often have you thought to yourself "Where did I meet this person? What conference? What year?" etc. Now ...

How to Stop Facebook Notifications

By Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2 Permalink 0

There used to be a handy little link on Facebook to "mute notifications" for those times you were one of the first to say congratulations to an engagement/baby/wedding/new job or when someone tagged you and their other 100 closest friends on an update etc. Then it was transitioned out for "stop notifications", which did the same thing as mute - it stopped your phone from vibrating for every other comment that happened after yours, leaving everyone able to comment at will and let others know how happy we are for them. Last week it disappeared. This had happened a few times with random Facebook updates, but ...

DIY Colored Bobby Pins – Perfect for Holiday Up-Do’s!

By Thursday, December 12, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Have you tried to look for blonde bobby pins recently? The last few times I went to Target in search for the mini bobby pins, all I could find were the brunette version. I'm sure I'm not the only blonde who wears bobby pins, so where are they? I figured there had to be a better solution, so when I was shopping in Target last, the fingernail polish caught my eye and the crafty side of my brain lit up with ideas. I quickly grabbed 4 colors and a top coat, a bunch of bobby pins and hurried home to start crafting. (more…)

Great Housewarming or Hosting Gift – DIY – How to Make Garbage Disposal Refreshers

By Saturday, December 7, 2013 2 Permalink 0

I can't tell you how many times I've come home from a long weekend trip, only to open the door and smell something rotten coming from my kitchen. I make it a point to clean my kitchen before leaving on long trips now, but sometimes there is just one thing I forget to do: run the garbage disposal. That smell really is the worst. My mom has recently gotten hooked on Pinterest and started getting crafty. Instead of just following the directions on the pins, she will make it her own and make it better and easier (something I clearly learned from her). Her most recent discovery ...

How to Make a Festive, Yarn Covered LED Branch Display

By Friday, November 29, 2013 0 Permalink 0

I spent this weekend at my parents house for Thanksgiving and my mom has been getting crafty recently! She showed me this cool, holiday display she made that I just had to share. She started with these LED branches from Illuminated Garden: They look great, but the dark brown just didn't quite go with her decor, so she gathered up some scraps from her yarn collection: and wrapped the brand turning it into this! I just had to share this little bit of DIY creativity from my mom, Lisa.