Monthly Archives: April 2015

Introducing Blurb!

Since day one, Blurb has been praised for their unwavering commitment to quality, which is why renowned photographers, graphic designers, architects, artists, and other creative professionals repeatedly choose Blurb to display their works of art. That speaks volumes in my book (no pun intended) because, if they trust Blurb to showcase their work, then it just seems logical that I should too. 

Professional-Quality Books and Magazines

Whether you’re creating a photo book, a trade book, or a magazine, Blurb allows you to choose from a wide range of trim size, covers, fonts, layouts, and paper. Paper type is actually really key to any book which displays images. Other book-making platforms may have some nice quality paper, but you’re going to pay out the wazoo for your book. Others use recycled paper, which is good environmentally, but not so great for producing visually-rich images. 
Blurb, on the other hand, provides customers with several paper options, including standard paper that has a smooth, semi-matte finish on 80# stock, to uncoated ProLine semi-gloss paper on 140# stock that’s ideal for high-end photography and design books. 

Digital Books/Ebooks

Blurb is actually one of the few book-making platforms that gives you complete control over creating an ebook. Blurb lets you make ebooks in both fixed-layout (Apple iPad®-only) and reflowable formats (iPad and Kindle devices). You can even convert any book or magazine you create into a gorgeous ebook so you can share and distribute it in a way that’s easy, affordable, and earth-friendly! 

Price

If price is a factor (when is it not?), Blurb is bar none one of the most affordable printers out there with one of the lowest price per page available – especially when you consider their quality and array of creative options. So that you will know exactly what you’re getting at what cost, Blurb developed a Pricing Calculator. I mentioned their pricing calculator in my last post, but to recap, this fantastic tool lets you see what your price per book will be based on the selections you choose (e.g. soft cover, 7 x 7 photobook, on ProLine Uncoated #100 paper).  
You can also compare the pricing of different types of books (trade book vs. magazine, vs. ebook, etc.), covers (hard or soft), sizes (7 x 7 vs 13 x 11), paper type (matte, glossy), etc. 
Although their pricing is already impressive, take note that Blurb is generously offering you 15% off any book you create from now through 5/30!  Get started now
I recommend sorting through those pictures on your camera, smartphone, Facebook feed, or Instagram page and start creating your very own book. You’ll be so excited with the results that you’ll probably want to make a copy for all of your friends and family (I’m speaking from experience here!). 
If you need some inspiration, I’ll be sharing examples in next week’s post of how some people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books—so stay tuned! 



Sunday Saying: At The End Of The Day



Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope everyone is doing their part to help conserve and cut down on unnecessary waste! Earth Day is a great reminder to evaluate how we live and make some simple changes to put a little less stress on our planet! 
Here are some easy and quick things that I have started doing, or plan on doing, to help with the conservation efforts!
 
Recycle!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Such a catchy phrase and such an easy thing to do! If it has the recycle symbol on it be sure to throw it in the blue bin. It’s one of the easiest things to do and can have a huge impact when everyone does it! Don’t forget to compost as well if your city has a program. 
Beach/Park Clean Up–donate
Another great opportunity is to participate in a beach or park clean up! It’s amazing how much trash we can generate, and a lot of that gets left behind by people. Participating in a clean up is a great way to make sure our harm doesn’t harm other animals. It’s also a great sense of accomplishment once your done and everything is spotless! 
Image result for water conservation
Shorter Shower
In California this is especially important since the state has had two dismal winters. Cutting down on the shower time is one little thing we can do to help save the water for things that we absolutely need!
 
Renewable Energy Sources
 Do you use a lot of energy? Consider looking into renewable energy sources like solar or wind. Most of our energy comes from burning coal which releases pollutants into the air. The Sun is able to prove more energy every day than we could ever use. Using solar panels allows you to get your energy from the Sun and cut down on the amount of coal that needs to be burned. Win-Win right?
Electric Car
This is mostly for Dino Boy who is obsessed with the Tesla cars. While they are amazing, $90,000 seems like a little much for a car. However, many companies are beginning to produce these cars and they’re a big improvement from what we being offered a few years ago. Consider looking into one for you next car and help cut down on gas emissions!
Get Outside!
One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day is to simply get outside and enjoy it! Go to a park, go for a walk, hug a tree, just make sure to get out and breathe the fresh air!


Sunday Saying: For Mrs Felt

In loving memory of an amazing woman that shared her love of Madeline with me. 



Weigh In Wednesday: Spring Gym Clothes

It’s time to refresh our gym wardrobes with sunny spring colors! I need a bright fun outfit to get me moving and excited for my workout. I definitely believe that a bold athletic outfit will push me harder and give me the confidence I absolutely need when I walk through those gym doors. I am currently getting my butt in gear for a major event that I will share with you next week! What do you wear to the gym during the spring?


Spring Cleaning- My Make Up Bag

I’m all about spring cleaning every year but the one place I always neglect? My make up bag! I am ashamed to admit that I use most makeup until it’s all gone, makes sense right? Well, so many gross things live on our makeup and makeup brushes every day and the last thing I want to do is put that near my eye! So this week I did a deep clean off that good ol makeup bag and replenished my favorites!
Expiration dates for every beauty product
2 to 3 months
Mascara
Face peels and masks
Acne pads
Nail files
Loofahs

6 months to 1 year
Liquid eyeliner
Liquid foundation
Concealer
Acne creams and washes
Eye cream
Face wash
Serum
1 to 1.5 years
Lip gloss
Cream eyeshadow
Face cream
Sunscreen
Bar soap
Shower gel
Eyebrow gel

2 years
Lip pencils
Eyebrow pencil
Lipstick
Nail polish
Eyeshadow powder
Blush
Powder foundation
Body lotion
Scrubs
Here are some of my favorite beauty products


Sunday Saying: Exist On Your Own Terms