The Giving Keys : Gifts That Give Back #1

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THE GIVING KEYS

COST … $30 per necklace

GIVES BACK BY … employing homeless individuals to make the necklaces, enabling them to get back on their feet.

I LOVE THEM BECAUSE … when you listen to the founder, Caitlin, talk about how the Giving Keys came to be, you can see the passion in her eyes. You can customize the keys and the hope is, after purchasing your necklace and wearing it for awhile, you will come across another individual that also needs to hear the same message (Brave, Stand, Grateful) and you’ll pass it along – pay it forward.

“Sometimes for people to be inspired to take that next step, they need to feel like somebody believes in them.”  Caitlin Crosby

 

2013 Holiday Season, 30 Days of Giving

It’s coming up on the holiday season and that means – no matter how thrifty you may be – there will be some gift purchasing in your future.

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I have come across some amazing products in the last couple of weeks and I wanted to share them with you, products and gifts that actually … give back!

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a quick and painless set of gifts that will be loved by the recipients, are generally easy on the wallet and most importantly, give back in some form or fashion.

Stay tuned!

 

 

Top five best productivity tools

You’ve spent too much time at your computer, your back aches and your eyes are blurring.

The problem is, you still have loads of work to finish. What to do? Here my top five best productivity tools:

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1.  Weave Silk

Ok, this one likely is a stretch, but it’s a lovely way to take your mind off of the deadline for a couple of minutes. Choose “controls” and personalize your creative experience, while some funky music accompanies your mouse-clicking canvas experiment. @tweetsilk

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2.  Focus @ Will

Focus @ Will still has me baffled! Choose from seven music theme types, and an additional three tempo speeds, and set your timer. Using music with overtones that stimulate the parts of our brain that encourage learning, motivation and an awareness of tasks at hand, Focus @ Will allows the user to get 60-120 minutes of quality work accomplished. It’s my 100% go-to when I have a project on my shoulders that needs to be completed. If you’re interested in learning more, they have a very scientific explanation for how this amazing website works.

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3. 30/30 App

I was suspicious when I first heard about the 30/30 App. It felt like it would take too long to enter my customized work day, in order for it to be useful, but I was completely wrong. I have my multiple days set up and it very quickly guides me through a set of very productive steps and before I know it, my to-do list has been whittled down. @3030App

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4. Wunderlist

For a list-making girl like me, I am constantly on the lookout for the best app or laptop based tool to help me digitalize my to-do list. Enter Wunderlist. Easy interface, simple concept and clean process, it’s my favorite (ssh, don’t tell – I’m still using pen and paper as well, I just can’t let go of that!)

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5. Evernote

Evernote is my virtual file cabinet that I’ve been using for four years and I LOVE everything about it. I have so much more to learn, but it acts as my recipe box, takes care of my file folders, holds all of my blog fodder planning tools and more.

What are your favorite productivity tools? Which do you find don’t work?

 

 

The F**k word – why is it all of a sudden so popular?

I’ve just read Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone and while I resonated with loads of the nuggets that she shares, her book is another in a long line of recent discoveries that all freely use the F**k word in their writing.

The others that I’ve spotted recently on the F Bomb A-List in the course of just a couple of days :

—> Tiny Beautiful Things (another book that I really loved, but the language, good grief!)

—> The Middle Finger Project (she’s brilliant at what she does, but why such bold potty mouth talk?)

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—>  Life Less Bulls**t (she has been on my blog reader feed for a long time because she is super honest and really inspirational)

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Since when does it add weight, power and necessary added emphasis to include THAT word into an otherwise perfectly fine sentence?

Please hear me that this isn’t about censorship. I use the word myself more than I care to admit, but I’m a bit bothered when I delve into learning more about the ladies using the word so freely. They are all gurus, motivational, rule-breakers and revolutionaries.

Then if that’s the case, why not be more creative with the words that come out of your mouths, girls?

The “she tells it like it is” mantra that has been attached to so many phenomenal women is amazing. It’s life-affirming and speaks volumes to the reality that STILL, in 2013, women need others’ loud voices to initiate change, get us off our duffs and follow dreams and passions.

The mantra though could be a bit more respectful? More original, more creative and less … tacky? Why is the f word so popular?

Or am I wrong?

Tell me … don’t be shy!