January 18, 2012

Carpe nix!

Snow day! While I still have to work, here's what we managed to build this morning with this year's first big snow.

Snowman contest anyone?
Epic snögubbe   
Our toddler LOVED it. This is the first winter he can really romp around. It was a battle to get our sport-themed snögubbe's torso up. We had to use a table top as a ramp...

January 16, 2012

Cereal of the future... free?

This idea came the other day as my wife and I were having a late-night bowl of cereal...

Why not start a cereal company that covers its boxes with interesting ads? It'd undoubtedly give advertisers plenty of looks on super market shelves and on kitchen tables.

With the advertising revenue, it could drastically beat the price of competitors.

And, it could go a step further... Why not put a pack of ads/coupons inside the box itself? Advertisers send stuff like that in the mail all the time, and I imagine cereal-box delivery would give their fliers a longer lifespan before hitting the trash can.

Who knows? Maybe the cost of the cereal could be so subsidized that you could sell it for a dollar or less? Or, even give it away for free? Sounds like a cool way to help the poor to me.

I also thought about the potential of working advertisements into other food packaging, but other items seemed less promising. Who's going to give their pasta bag a good look before tearing it open and throwing it away? No, cereal boxes are the best option. They last several days - if not weeks - before landing in the bin and people are already accustomed to reading them.

January 11, 2012

How to fall back in love with Facebook

Or any other social medium...


Sometimes I love the social media game. Sometimes I hate it. I've figured out the difference is mostly up to me. Here's my attempt to break down what I've learned from my own trial and error.

Rule #1
Remember it isn't about you. It's about them. All other rules revolve around this concept.

Rule #2
It isn't about HAVING friends. It's about BEING a friend.

Rule #3
It isn't about being LIKED. It's about SUPPORTING others.

Rule #4
It isn't about being noticed. It's about listening, watching, and understanding.

Rule #5
Okay, it's actually a little about you. Friendship means both sharing and receiving. People want to know what you really think about and what your life is really like. However, it's lame to pay attention to how much your posts appear to be noticed or unnoticed.

If used properly, social media can be rewarding and fun. If not, they become little more than a mirror, a catalyst for self-absorption, a Facebook... but the only face you see is your own.

January 02, 2012

You are beautiful!

Outfits don't make people look good, it's the other way around. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.

Feel free to share this with the beautiful people in your life!

Click HERE to watch the cute slideshow.

Kid wielding shovel, covered in dirt, looking cute.