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Written in Ink…on Skin

Posted by Autumn

Earlier this week I wrote about how much I love reading. I considered myself a pretty hardcore word maven, but then I saw this link:http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2009/08/literary_tattoos_-_fashion_or_whim.htmlI’ve got nothing on these guys and gals. They’ve actually inscribed some of their favorite words from songs, poems, and books right into their living flesh! What a testament to the power of the written word!The quotes in the collection range from song lyrics to poetry verses to whole [Read More...]

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A life with many interests: reading

Posted by Autumn

I am that annoying person who can, and does, read just about anywhere. I carry a book in my purse and keep one on my bedside table. I listen to audiobooks in my car and when I’m on the treadmill. When people ask me if I've seen such-and-such TV show or movie I almost always shake my head. If there’s a choice between reading and just about anything else—I’m reading.The first novel I ever read was Bunnicula. A slim volume, only 128 pages, but it was the first book I had ever picked out and bought [Read More...]

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The Coolest Back-to-School Lamps

Posted by Marissa

The new school year is just around the corner, and if you are looking for energy efficient and green lighting, this list of super functional back-to-school lamps can help you get ready while saving natural resources.Check them out!The Learning Light:Its name says it all! This lamp will truly “enlighten” you to learn. Give it a personal touch by adding the cool stickers it comes with, or leave it plain! Enjoy less heat emission and keep your study space comfy.The Ottlite:Super sleek design with [Read More...]

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DIY Daisy Cupcakes

Posted by Marissa

Kids love cupcakes! They are always fun to bake and decorate, and off course, a perfect treat for a hot summer day.My daughter is always begging me to bake some for her and these daisy cupcakes have turned out to be her favorite. Make sure to start building the edible flower decorations one day before the cupcakes are to be enjoyed.You will need:1 daisy cookie cutter1 mini round cutter2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar1/2 pound of GumpasteWater in a cup: for finger dipping.Food coloring2 Snack-sized zip [Read More...]

Tags: cake cupcake daisy decorating dyi home kids play summer



Ideas For Organizing Your Crafting Tools

Posted by Marissa

“Where are the scissors? I swear a had them right here on the table!”If you’re a crafter, this line probably sounds very familiar. Don’t worry… you’re not alone. Having a double ( sometimes even a triple) pair, doesn’t save you from the mysterious black hole that eats the tool you need at the time you most need it!Been there, done that! That’s why I decided to post my Fave Four organization TIPS  to help your crafting experience become much smoother and without any unexpected [Read More...]

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Crafting The Perfect Baby Shower

Posted by Marissa

It is very exciting to plan parties. I especially love to plan a Baby Shower whenever there is baby on its way! The whole family gets super excited and everyone wants to welcome the new baby with the best. By spending less money in the party, you can assure the baby will be showered will all he needs for his long waited arrival!This does not mean you have to compromise quality or style. I’m sharing here some special ideas that I used to plan my sister’s Baby Shower. Hope they help and [Read More...]

Tags: baby cake centerpieces decorations event family guests ideas invitations party planning shower



Hello My Name Is OttLite

Posted by Marissa

I think we have all been to events where we were forced to wear the obligatory "Hello My Name Is" Badges...you know them, the stop sign colored, impossible to ignore sticker that screams "Get To Know Me."At OttLite we are excited for you to get to know us and more importantly we are thrilled to get to know you. Beyond our awesome lights and rich history we want to share with you what makes us tick so we put together this handy dandy graphic about who we are and why it matters.   [Read More...]

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5 TIPS to ‘Lighten’ Up Your Electric Bill

Posted by Marissa

Electric bills usually increase during the summer. This summer, consider these five tips and enjoy the savings!1.Consider using power strips for appliances and electronics. Power strips down when not in use to prevent them from drawing unneeded electricity.2. Change your old incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. The cost may seem higher up front, but in the long run savings add up!3.Contact your local energy provider to enroll in free energy saving  incentives, rebates or programs, [Read More...]

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Why breakfast is champion

Posted by Autumn

While it’s status as the most important meal of the day may be debatable, the morning meal solidly owns the trophy for "most awesomest" meal of the day. I’m talking about breakfast, people! Wake up and smell the toast—it’s burning!Breakfast is the undisputed champion of meals for a number of reasons: Breakfast is unprejudiced. Breakfast accepts savory and sweet at the same time, in the same dish even. Breakfast doesn’t care if you prefer ham, turkey, steak, fish, or tofu. Breakfast loves you [Read More...]

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Low-tech letters

Posted by Autumn

When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not email, not an IM, not a Facebook wall post. I mean a real, tactile, pen-and-paper letter?The art of the personal letter used to be taught to young boys and girls in grammar school—now it’s about as common as making macramé hanging baskets for indoor plants.  Which is a real shame, because who doesn’t love getting a letter in the mail? And really, don’t you think the postman gets bored of delivering Valu-Paks and cable bills? I would.With those [Read More...]

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