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Imagine – New Year, New Outlook

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Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I usually don’t make any except maybe a couple of silly ones, like always buy the correct sized clothes – I sometimes grab things just because they are on sale :) I make a lot of lists so I feel like I cover most things in my lists. I have a house list, a garden list, a books I want to read list, movies I want to see list, places to visit list and of course a work list.

One of the things we are trying to figure out at work is if we want to manufacture and sell our designs on our own as well as license. It seems like these days you have to try a little bit of everything. If you have any thoughts to share we are all ears.

I’ve read a lot about picking a word for the year, to live by. I’ve decided that my word will be Imagine! Isn’t that an awesome word?! It holds so many possibilities and it can mean so many things big and small. What about you, have you picked a word?

We didn’t go out of town over the break, just stayed local, but looking at my camera roll, it feels like we did. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Here are some pictures – from a crazy, huge, amazing rainbow (we finally got some rain here in California), to hiking in the mountains, to days at the beach. It was a great break. I can only IMAGINE what 2015 will have in store!

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World Cup Cheat Sheet

Let’s start off with this super funny commercial that Landon Donovan made. First it is totally awesome that he can have fun with it and laugh at himself and second he should have been on the team. You can’t tell me he was not better than at least one of the 23 Klinsmann took to Brazil and just out of respect you let him play his last World Cup. Make sure to watch all the way to the end.

If you are like most of the world you’re probably watching at least a few of the games in the World Cup. If you’re not and want to but don’t understand the game here are some pointers so you can better understand the game. If you want to watch while you are working (wink, wink) check out ESPN’s live streaming, much better quality this time around. I’ve grown up playing soccer my whole life and still play and coach and my 3 kids also play. It’s a fun game and even if you don’t understand it there are a lot of cute guys to watch run around! :)

Here are a few basics:
1. There are 32 teams in 8 groups to start. The 4 teams play each other and the top two teams in points move on to the next phase which is single elimination.
2. There are 10 field players and a goalie on the field. Each half is 45 minutes and they get a 15 minute break at half time. There are 3 substitutions of players allowed in each game. If you get a red card your team has to play with 10 players and that players misses that game and the next game. Cards (yellow or red) are given for fouls. You can get a straight red or two yellows equal a red.
3. Offsides can be one of the more confusing rules for people. You are offsides when the ball is played forward to you on the opponent’s half of the field by a teammate and there is only the keeper, between you and the goal. It is when the ball is kicked so if you are fast and get ahead of the player you are not offsides. You also can’t be offsides on a corner kick or throw in.
4. The object is to keep possession and pass the ball around until you can take a good shot. Soccer is usually a low scoring game like 2-1. Because Americans like higher scoring games they give you 7 points for each score you make in Football. Psychological trickery!
5. There are a lot of actors on the soccer field, diving, rolling and grabbing their shin or ankle and then getting up to play one minute later. Unfortunately they do not give oscars for performance. But you can make a game out of it if your bored.

That should get you through most of the game, if you have any questions I’d be happy to help, just give me a shout!

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A New Year, A New Calendar

It’s 2014, wow that flew by fast. I think as we get older the years go by quicker. My kids seem like they were babies just last week. I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions, not because I don’t have any goals, but I think you should always try to be a better person and have goals to achieve. One thing I would like to see is for people to be nicer to each other. Have you read some of the comments people leave on websites? It makes me really sad to know that there are that many people who feel the need to spout hate for no reason at all. Can we eliminate the comments sections? Why should we comment on every article we read anyway? I digress!

To start the New Year off organized, everyone needs a new calendar. Whether you use a white board calendar (that’s my choice), a hanging paper calendar or something else, here are a few fun ones. Click on the image to link to the various purchase pages. Enjoy!

Calendar of Silly Holidays

Calendar of Silly Holidays

Puzzle Calendar

Puzzle Calendar

Quotable Calendar

Quotable Calendar

To Do Daily Calendar

To Do Daily Calendar

Stitch the Stars

Stitch the Stars

Moon Calendar

Moon Calendar

Photo Calendar

Photo Calendar

 

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Super Sassy or Super Offensive?

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What’s New Wednesday
I’m working on a new set of greeting cards that I think are pretty funny and snarky with little plays on words. The designs are not totally fleshed out but I thought I would show you a sneak peek. What do you think so far, sassy or offensive? Over the top or just right? Several will be like the tank top card, just a funny play on words. We would love your opinion!

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