Well! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Favourite Finds post!
I have become addicted to those Groupon-type One-Day deals, and after listing a bunch for my friends on my Facebook wall, I decided I’d share them here too.
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Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favourite Finds post. Been busy with my brother’s wedding reception – which was last Saturday, and well, just parenting! I’ve had a few shoots over the last couple weeks, so I’ve been proofing those as well. I also have a brand new nephew (who I get to meet in a couple hours), and I’m very much looking forward to photographing him!
My Favourite Finds for this week:
www.designspongeonline.com – great decor & idea blog
www.recipeezaar.com – My all-time favourite recipe site. You can search for recipes and then sort them by rating, so you get the highest rated ones first. Used it just this morning, when I ran out of pancake mix, and had to make some from scratch (gasp!).
Greyson Chance– move over Justin Bieber! I don’t know how old this is, I see he’s already been on Ellen…but this kid is incredible. Watch the Ellen clip too.
Social Media Revolution – this video is about something very near & dear to my heart…the importance of Social Media. I strongly believe people in my generation need to stay in the loop – especially stay at home moms who may want to re-enter the workforce one day. Do not let this pass you by.
Facebook in Real Life – Very funny video.
And, because it’s May Long Weekend, and I get to go to my favourite place today…a pic of my cabin last year on May long…let’s hope we don’t wake up to this again this year! Followed by some of my favourite ‘summery’ images!
As you read this, I am on a plane to JAMAICA! This is my first ‘tropical’ vacay since my honeymoon in 2002, and we are super pumped. And by ‘we’ I mean my whole ENTIRE family. Not only are we taking our 3 kids, but a lot of my extended family will be there, because my little brother is getting MARRIED, in a gazebo, on the beach in JAMAICA!
So, I’m going to do a contest!
I want YOU to guess how many pictures I’m going to take while on our 7 day vacation! Keep in mind, there’s a wedding (I’m not the photog, but will be snapping away from my seat!), there’s my 3 kids (Charlie’s first airplane ride, etc.), there’s the Grandparents (bonding moments), there’s the skinny hubby (who has recently lost A LOT of weight and will probably be struttin’ his stuff for the lens) and did I mention my girls are FLOWER GIRLS?!?! (sorry for all the yelling, but I’m REALLY excited!)
Also keep in mind, that on Easter Sunday (one day), I took 254 pictures by 3:30 in the afternoon. lol.
So, email (or comment below) your guess, and the closest one to the actual number will win a FREE sitting!
On with my finds for this week…
Kind of a “Homemakers” theme this week:
www.bakerella.com – thank you to fellow Calgary photog Kathy Jongstra for this lead…I love the awesome cake pop idea!
www.azcentral.com – I love this blog. Love it. And you don’t have to live in Arizona to love it. I really want to find a Calgary blog similar to this.
www.hostesswiththemostess.com – The name says it all.
And, another little find…www.well.ca. Have you been to this site? It’s like a big, awesome drugstore online, with FREE SHIPPING!! We never find free shipping in Canada, so it’s a good one! Thanks to my Auntie Janine for that one!
Oh, and one more thing…I have entered Charlie in the Vibe98.5’s Cutest Kid Contest! Please take a moment to vote! The prizes are AWESOME!
As I’ve said before, I am an internet junky. I rarely watch TV, I am always on the computer – reading blogs, Tweeting, Facebooking, or just working on pics. I also love free stuff.
Free Stuff that makes my life easier:
www.evernote.com – A place to save websites, pics, articles, reminders, ANYTHING…and can be syched between my Blackberry, computer & the web (to access from anywhere) very easily.
www.filemail.com – very easy service that allows me to email big files to anyone. Even transferring pictures & large pdf’s from my hubby’s computer to mine, saving me from trying to locate the flash drive.
www.mailchimp.com – awesome newsletter service.
www.picasa.com – This Google service lets me share photos easily with friends and family. If I ‘allow it’, they can even download them. It’s also a good place to back up your photos. I do pay for more space, but I use it to back up my professional photos too.
Picasa leads me into the Google realm. Google has TONS of awesome stuff available. The Calendar has saved my marriage. Seriously. It’s web based, so we can access it from where ever we are. I have everything colour coded, and you can add notes to your appointments, which comes in really hand for clients emails, etc. I also rent our family’s cabin in Sylvan Lake (oh look! that website is a free Google site!!), so I use Google Calendar to save all the reservation information.
Google Documents is also handy for sharing documents with people. My hubby and his business partner use this for their work schedule (need wheelchair transportation?). It can also be used to back up important documents.
Google Reader is awesome for people who follow a lot of blogs. It works like email, showing you how many blogs have been updated when you log in. I’m currently following 37 blogs. If I went from blog to blog the old fashioned way, this would take two days!
Which brings me to Gmail (skipping Maps because EVERYONE knows about Google maps). Gmail is the most bestest email ever. I have 5 email addresses. Why? Because I’m cool like that. Gmail lets me receive all my mail in one place, really easily. What’s cooler, is that it lets me SEND an email from any of the addresses from one place too. And it has the best search functionality too. I have emails in there from 2007, that I can find super easily. It also lets you save ‘canned responses’, ie. when people email me about the cabin, I can send them a ‘thank-you for your inquiry, please see the website for more information’ email, that saves me from typing it out over and over. Also, when I have a clients images up on the website, I send them a ‘canned response’ on how to view and order.
So, not as many finds this week, but here you go:
www.trololololololololololo.com – Since I found this posted on Twitter two days ago, I think I’ve watched it 50 times, at least. I’m driving my family crazy, and now have the tune stuck in my head, permanently. It makes me happy. Really happy. A friend even pointed out that there are shirts available here! My birthday is coming up! Hint.
www.fiverr.com – The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5!
I am an internet junky. What I love most about the internet is how smart it makes me. lol. Okay, so a lot of what I learn has no real value in real life, but occasionally it does, and so I am going to share my favourite finds of the week with you, on Fridays. Every Friday? Not likely, but I’ll try!
Today, I’d like to share these:
http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/ – Coolest website for anyone handy with wood. Or who knows someone handy with wood. I forwarded this website to my dad, who is very handy with wood, but very unhandy with a computer. We’ll see what happens!
http://tremendousnews.com/2010/02/25/15-signs-youre-talking-to-a-canadian/ – I actually love this entire site, but this article is timely, as we just kicked butt in the Olympics.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyljfphimpc – watch this without tearing up, I dare you!
http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/26/2213393.aspx – you’d have to be living under a rock not to have seen this yet, but it’s cool and shouldn’t be missed. (Kinda on a Canadiana kick here, apparently.)
http://manbabies.com/popular – Don’t even know what to say about this, but check it out. It’s creepy yet hilarious!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olSyCLJU3O0 – this is one of those videos that can change your life. Watch it. Especially if you are a parent. It’s long, and although it seems like someone is going to die because of the music, no one does. (Was that just me, or was everyone waiting for a tragic ending?) Check out Katrina Kenison’s blog too, she is an amazing writer.
http://www.simplyfrugal.ca – Great deals for Canadians, updated a LOT! Follow “simplyfrugal” on Twitter to see the deals Tweeted daily!
http://www.kids-in-mind.com/ – This website comes in very handy when you want to know what movies are REALLY okay for your kids to see.