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Fall in love with fall

Posted by Autumn

Fall is easy to spot in places like the Northeast, where the leaves are suddenly painted in scarlet and chartreuse. Even the Southwest has beautiful golden Aspen trees in the fall. But in Florida, fall is more subtle. The only leaves that change are the poison ivy--a beautiful shade of red, but somehow less awe-inspiring than the maples, elms, and birch trees of the Northeast.To spot fall in Florida, you have to be paying attention. Roll down your window during your commute to or from work, and [Read More...]

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Home Of Sunny Goodness

Posted by Marissa

At OttLite, from our products to our building we strive to be as earth friendly and energy efficient as possible. This year we took our commitment to the next level by moving into a new LEED certified HQ in beautiful Tampa, Florida. We all love this building and it really has made a huge difference in the workplace atmosphere. We call it the "Home of Sunny Goodness."Some OttLite HQ Behind the Scenes Facts-All materials used in the building come from within 500 miles of it.-Green, Vegitated [Read More...]

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Because deep, calming breaths get boring...

Posted by Autumn

I’m terrible at relaxation techniques. I’m more of a type A, get-things-done, move-at-the-speed-of-stress, I’ll-sleep-when-I’m-dead kinda person. So when someone tells me—a physician, for example—that I’m too stressed and need to calm down, I usually roll my eyes and keep on rolling my stress ball in front of me.Then I read an article that said eating sushi could help reduce stress in your life. Now that’s a relaxation technique I can do, I thought. I researched a couple of other ways to tone [Read More...]

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ANY OCCASION CARD!

Posted by Marissa

A CARD FOR ANY OCCASSION!THIS POST IS COMING TO US FROM: www.the-polka-dot-umbrella.blogspot.com and Miss Erica who designed it! Thank you so much for sharing!It seems like Thank You notes are a thing of the past.  Long gone are the days when you would express your gratitude in written form.  Well I for one miss thank you notes and have decided to bring them back! The other day one of my friends sent me the sweetest card thanking me for some obscure thing I had done. It got me thinking, so I sat [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: crochet

Posted by Autumn

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.I learned how to crochet about three years ago. I've mastered scarves, hats, and baby blankets. Friends and family members are always asking for sweaters, socks, and those adorable amigurumi toys. But I've a confession to make: I'm a lazy crocheter. I can chain, single-, double-, treble-, and even half-double crochet stitch with the best of them, but when it comes to shaping I’m abysmal. Sleeve holes are as apt to vanish on my [Read More...]

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2012 is looking bright

Posted by Autumn

The change is coming. Are you ready? Do you know what I’m talking about? 2012! It's probably not the end of the world for us, but it is for old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, thanks to the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007 (EISA).The EISA's stated purpose is “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean, renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, [emphasis added] buildings, and [Read More...]

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"Simple" Summer Party Lights(and bonus recipe)

Posted by Marissa

So it's the end of summer, and what better way to say our good-byes than to throw an end of summer party?  I'm all for keeping it simple so the following is a "Simple" way to decorate for whatever little gathering you might have this month..the last month of summer!The 3 main elements for pulling a party together are:#1. Invite fun friends! These are the people who are ready to go at a moments notice. These are the people who no matter what you do it's great. These are the go-with-the-flow [Read More...]

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The Home of the Future

Posted by Marissa

I must admit that I am a bit of a sci-fi nerd. It is exciting to imagine the future and how things will change. Just think of all the dreamed up technologies  that have now become a reality. So much has happened in the last 10 years it is fun to think about what will happen in the next decade.I stumbled across a great post on Apartment Therapy recently that talked about the results of a new once a decade survey published by the IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association).  The 2000 [Read More...]

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Photo negative candle holders

Posted by Autumn

Here's a quick and crafty solution for all you shutterbugs wondering what to do with the neglected negatives taking up space in your closets. Negative candle holders are simple, fun, and add a nice photog-touch to any decor.A big shout-out to Photojojo for this nifty idea!Negative Candle HoldersWhat you need: Photo negativesGlass candle holdersGlue dots, or double-sided tape Step 1: Measure AroundMeasure your strip of photo negatives around the candle holder to see how many frames you need to [Read More...]

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Back to school, but don't be blue

Posted by Autumn

Ah, Labor Day weekend. The longest, sweetest weekend of the summer…except for that bitter aftertaste that reminds you that summer is, for all intents and purposes, over.It’s time to go back to school.As a kid, school started right after the Labor Day weekend, if it hadn't already. In May, the summer stretched out infinitely and every afternoon seemed to last for days, but by the end of August each day slipped by faster than the one before. The final weekend of summer was a last respite from that [Read More...]

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