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HP’s New Commercial

22 Oct

The new HP ePrint “Happy Baby” Commercial is precious. Take a look.

The tune is catchy and the lyrics are spot-on for the theme of the commercial.

Features Melanie Safka’s, I’ve Got A Brand New Pair Of Roller Skates

I’ve got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You’ve got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and
Try them on to see
I been lookin’ around awhile
You got something for me
Oh, I got a brand new pair of rollerskates
You got a brand new key

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Viva Chile

14 Oct

(Jose Manuel de la Maza/Chilean Presidential Press Office/AP)

A moment in history we should never forget, Chile Cheers After World’s Longest Mine Rescue Ends: Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Chile completed the rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile below the Atacama Desert for more than two months, sparking celebrations at the mine site and on city streets throughout the South American country. Cont…

I’d also like to note what a great job Oakley and The North Face did in donating items to help protect the miners. The North Face Chile was able to send the miners special shirts to deal with the humidity. And most notably, Oakley donated 35 pairs of its Radar sunglasses to the Chile mine rescue effort. “The men will wear the glasses as they come up to the surface, to fight against any damage to their retinas which have not been exposed to sunlight in more than two months, ” via Styleite. It’s estimated Oakley got $41 million in TV ad time. Brilliant PR move by the Oakley team and great job to everyone who helped with the rescue effort.

Video: http://www.boston.com/news/world/latinamerica/articles/2010/10/13/first_pair_of_33_men_rescued_from_chilean_mine/

Inspiring Photography

12 Aug

As I mentioned in my previous post, photography is a hobby I use to get motivated. However, to be perfectly honest, I have not devoted much time to taking pictures in quite awhile. Despite the fact I am still on the hunt for a new camera, I need to spend more time exploring the great outdoors and experimenting with lighting, shadows, color, etc. All thanks to a post I saw on the Web Design Ledger, and the photography of Hoosier, Angel Canary- my new goal is to get back into the groove of taking pictures. Hope to share some with you all very soon.

Click on the images below to see where I find my photography inspiration.

I’d love to follow more photography blogs, if you have any favorites to share- please leave a comment. Cheers!

"Window of Happiness" Monique

Reflective Lighting- Web Design Ledger

Natural Light- Web Design Ledger

Local Favorite, Angel Canary

Working Smarter

6 Jul

Much like taxes, change and aging, distractions in the workplace are inevitable, whether controllable or not. It comes as no surprise that these distractions, along with poor planning, have the power to decrease our productivity.

One of my professional goals is aiming to work smarter, not. Productivity will help make this happen. Here are some simple suggestions for working smarter:

  • Make the most of your time both in and outside the office.
  • Work on one task and complete it, if you have to jump to something else try to always pick up where you left off.
  • Prioritize and know how to delegate. Spend the last 15 minutes of your day preparing for the next.
  • Unplug from controllable distractions, i.e. social media. Browsing is okay every now and then but try to stay on track.
  • Write things down or find online tools to help you organize your day. Call me old fashioned but I enjoy making to-do lists with pen and paper. For those of you who live on your computers and mobile devices, I recommend TeuxDeux. TeuxDeux is a simple, design, browser-based to-do app, and best of all- it’s free. Try for yourself, http://teuxdeux.com/.

And, if you find yourself lacking the motivation to be productive, try these:

  • Check the bank account, your available balance may give you that extra push.
  • Look at photography. If I become a little restless, I spend 10 minutes stumbling through various photography sites. Not only are they inspiring, but they spark creativity and imaginative thinking.
  • Get up, walk or dance around the office, grab a drink, blare some tunes and get back to work.
  • Take a group exercise class.
  • Sounds funny, but re-write your to-do list. It may seem counter active, but it works for me.

How do you stay productive?

Confessions of an Entry-Level PR Pro

29 Mar

I had the opportunity to guest blog for PR Sunrise (@Worob) on my experiences as a new PR pro. Here’s a sneak peak.

College, I’ve often claimed, is the best thing since sliced bread. The sad thing, it’s over in just four short years and then we are well on our way to the daunting, yet intriguing real world.  After sitting through nearly two million minutes of class throughout the course of our youth, suddenly a piece of paper is slipped our way deeming us worthy… Read the full post here.

Butler Basketball is Making Moves

26 Mar

WOW, WOW, WOW- how about those Butler Bulldogs?

After last night’s incredible 63-59 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse, Butler is headed to the Elite Eight and hopefully back on the road to Indianapolis for the Final Four. It was your classic David vs. Goliath, man vs. boy match-up and Butler came out on top. So to all you Syracuse fans, especially those who think funner is a word, SAYONARA- Butler is making moves!

I played basketball for nearly 15 years and learned the game is about a lot more than just skill. Here are a few of my personal mottoes- looks like Butler has these down pat.

  • Play as a team.
  • Play with heart.
  • Hustle… on and off the court.
  • Stay focused.
  • The least important thing is the score at halftime.
  • Never, ever give up!


A Passion Fearless of Limitation

3 Mar

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

In a world sometimes clouded by fear and endless worry, there is still one bullet-proof method, in my opinion, to deal with it all. Expressive Art- whether it be music, painting, sculpture, photography, dance or writing.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting a musician who has truly captured the soul behind expressive art. His raw lyrics, strong stance, calm beat, soothing voice, and genuine honesty have given me a hundred plus reasons to keep his music playing over and over again. His work has helped me find comfort in my experiences with love, trust, pain, fear and peace. And for that, I am thankful. He sings, he writes, he plays guitar… but most importantly, he does it with passion.

His name is Clarence Greenwood. His music is Citizen Cope.

Clarence Greenwood, Citizen Cope

If you’re not already, go and type his name into Google so you can enjoy a nice tune while you finish reading this post. Or if you’re lazy, just click here for one of my favorites; Sideways, Healing Hand, Let the Drummer Kick or Pablo Picasso.

I enjoy music from all styles, genres and cultures, but the way to my heart is to elicit emotion. Make me feel something, give me goosebumps, make me move. Using his own inspirations and experiences, Clarence began the “rebel street music” movement and has since delivered an unforgettable spiritual sound on and off stage.

So whether it’s a good day or bad, music with passion has the power to heal, to elevate, to love and to inspire. What music do you love?

**Huge thanks to 92.3 WTTS for hosting the studio show. Also, be sure to check out Citizen Cope’s latest album, The Rainwater LP- it hit stores yesterday! And hopefully the next time I meet Clarence is over a cup of coffee and a guitar lesson- I have many questions.