On Hiatus

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I’ve been doing freelance design work for over 5 years. Its had its ups and downs, slow times and busy times, but overall its been a perfect fit for me and my family. I was able to have a flexible schedule and be available for sporting events, doctor’s appointments, and all the things that come with raising three boys.

But like all things, situations change and so must we. Due to an extended family medical situation, I am making the decision to put my freelance work on indefinite hold. I have a couple of other opportunities that fit better with this new reality and though I will miss working with amazing and inspiring clients on a one-on-one basis, its the right decision for now.

This site will remain active for a bit as there are lots of resources that might be useful to you. And if down the road I reemerge because I just cant stay away, you’ll be the first to know.

10 Christmas Gifts for Entrepreneurs

Do you have someone on your Christmas list who is self-employed or an entrepreneur? There are some really fun products out there that can be both fun and functional. This year I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds, geared specifically to the entrepreneurial types among us. There are a variety of gift ideas for every budget.

10 Christmas Gifts for Entrepreneurs

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1. Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk – This is an invaluable tool for marketing success with case studies and strategies for anyone looking to increase their social media presence.

2. “But First, Coffee” Mug – For the coffee lover. First things first.

3. ELMA Touchscreen Wool Gloves – Functional AND fashionable. These lined wool gloves let you control your mobile device with touchscreen sensitive threading.

4. Power On Sport-Tek T-Shirt – For the true geek.

5. Wisestamp Email Signature Subscription – Empower your emails with an effective and well displayed signature. A one year subscription is $48.

6. Create and Destroy Charm Bracelet – For the artist… “create and destroy” art on a lovely charm bracelet.

7. Evernote Premium Subscription – Perfect for anyone, but especially for the creative entrepreneur. Keep images, notes, pdfs, references neatly organized. Premium only $5 per month.

8. Ikea Mala Tabletop Paper Holder – Let your ideas and creativity flow with this paper roll and holder. Great for sketching, note taking and general brain dump.

9. The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran – Revolutionary ideas on how to get the most productivity out of your year by breaking it down into manageable and measurable portions.

10. Hashtag Pillow – For the social media minded.

Check out more entrepreneur gift ideas here.


 

I was compensated with merchandise from Zazzle in exchange for mention in this post. Links above are affiliate links.

6 free girlie iphone 6 wallpapers

Free iPhone 6 Wallpapers

I recently got my iPhone 6. And I thought, “Time for some new iPhone 6 wallpapers!”. Its really just an excuse to let my girlie side show. So just for you, I’m sharing six FREE very decidedly feminine and fun wallpaper designs to fit iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phone (they will likely also work for iPhone 4, 5, 5s and Android phones, but you’ll just have to test those and see for yourself…no promises.) :)

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iPhone 6 Cases from Zazzle

A few weeks ago I shared with you about how I purchased an iPhone 6 case for my non-existent iPhone 6 (at the time). If you’re not familiar with Zazzle, go check out my post…I give a few hints on how to sort through the loads of awesomeness you’ll find there.

I actually pre-ordered my case before the “official” announcement of the iPhone 6. It was a quick turn around from Zazzle and I got my case about two weeks before I got my phone. It was exactly what I anticipated.

zazzle-iphone6-case I ordered the “Tough” case style of a metallic polka dot design from Plush Paper. Cases are made by Case Mate and I like the Tough design because it come with a hard shell plastic exterior and shock absorbing liner to protect your device. The hard shell is impact resistant, and the liner features a lay-flat bezel to protect your screen from directly contacting surfaces.

zazzle-case-iphone-6-bumper touch-case-zazzle-iphone-6 So if your looking for a great case for your new iPhone 6, check out the wide selection of iPhone 6 cases on Zazzle.  You’re sure to fine what you’re looking for.

 

 

I was compensated for this post. All opinions, as always are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.

iPhone 6 Cases from Zazzle: $25 Giveaway!

Zazzle Giveaway

If you’re not familiar with Zazzle, the best way I can describe it is a playground for the artistically enticed. Basically, independent artists open mini-stores within Zazzle and offer their art for purchase in selected categories… t-shirts, pillows, stationary and greeting cards, tech accessories, you name it.

And just in time for the anticipated release of the iPhone 6, Zazzle has a huuuuge selection of iPhone 6 cases, ready to pre-order for that new little bundle of joy. There is everything from the artistic to the girly, the grungy to the sophisticated, the amusing to the masculine. So many in fact, that it can be a bit overwhelming due to the sheer number of choices.

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(that’s a lot of cases)

I began my quest for the perfect iPhone 6 case, starting with the big picture…all of the cases. Initially I was mesmerized, but 15 minutes and 5 pages out of 6,829 into it, I thought there must be a better way to go about this. Luckily, Zazzle is on their A-game as far as searchability goes.

I began by narrowing down my options with the search tool, refining by subject and style and eventually key words. That really helped. zazzle-giveaway

I also started saving my potential pics in a “Wishlist”. iphone-6-cases

I liked that there is an easy way to view the other items the artist had available with the particular artwork I am interested in. So theoretically, you could have an iPhone 6 case that matches your t-shirt, that matches your throw pillow, that matches your coffee mug. Heck, why not?! zazzle-iphone-6-case-related

During the process, I had to leave on an errand, so I thought I’d try the Zazzle app on my iPhone. I have to say, its one of the best brand/shopping apps I’ve ever used. It matches the cool factor of the full site in both functionality and design. Its easy to use and very interactive to make the whole experience pretty darn fun.

Zazzle Mobile App Zazzle iPhone 6 case

I settled on this sliver polka dot case because I’m kind of going through a metallic phase, currently. Isn’t it cute? iphone-6-case-polka-dot

Here are a few other fun things I found on the site…

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What to Expect from WordPress 4.0

Wordpress 4.0 Featurs

You may (or may not) be aware that WordPress has come out with a full update, which released today. WordPress 4.0 has been highly anticipated and though there are mixed reviews, there are a few good features included in the update.

Want to know what they are? I thought you’d never ask. Here’s a quick run down of what you can expect from 4.0…

 

To get these latest features, you have to update your version of WordPress from within your dashboard. Don’t like to mess with that? Give me a holler…I’ve got a service (and a discount right now!) just for that.