Blurb Photobook

While I was out at BlogHer12 I got my hands on a code for a Blurb Book.  I’ve never had the opportunity to make a hardcover photo book before, but boy does the quality shine through. The book that we bought (a wrapped hardcover) came in over the weekend and was absolutely gorgeous.   Here’s a sneak peak.

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Blurb Books create high quality custom photo books

According to Blurb’s website:

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them…So we put our minds together, and developed a creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, everyone. (This means you.)

What is wonderful about their service is that you can use several options to create your book, including a very structured model through the site, a little more detailed option requires you to download a program, and finally for professionals, they have a version that has a plug-in for Adobe In Design and also gives you access to typographic and layout changes, as well as publishing for iPad. I used the middle level (Blurb Booksmart) on my computer and felt I had enough control to create my book, yet still enough structure to not get lost in the weeds.

So far everyone we’ve shown the book to has been extremely impressed.  The book will be displayed at our wedding on the Guestbook table.  Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to using Blurb again when we get ready to immortalize our wedding pictures.

You can learn more about Blurb here: http://www.blurb.com/make-books

Quotes I live by-Pt. 1

An introduction to some quotes that I tend to keep in the back of my mind as I make my way through life. Some of these have been abbreviated and paraphrased to fit with Britely’s character limit.

Britely is a company I met at BlogHer12. I’m so glad that they had a kiosk where I could learn more about their company and what they do. I’m loving the ability to create something that is visual and challenges me to be more succinct in what I say. I must also say that I was very impressed with the gentleman that was working their kiosk booth. He was very easy to talk to and very passionate about his product.

The Host- Book Review

The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book at the BlogHer12 convention. And while it was originally on my books to read, I kind of had gotten over the whole Stephenie Meyer thing, so it was on my list of maybe someday when I’m really bored. Well, I wasn’t really bored, but a free book and time to read it while traveling home, meant that I was going to start this book.

The concept is intriguing- body snatchers take over Earth. Body snatcher get’s a reverse Stockholm Syndrome. And in the end, I felt like I got a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. I ended up liking the body snatcher way more than I liked her human host. And let’s be honest, that’s a lot like reading a Stephanie Meyer book.

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Being picked up

No- not like that.  Jeeze, I’m going to be a married woman, I don’t go trolling in bars trying to get picked up.

What I’m actually talking about is the experience of getting picked up by someone you love at the airport.  Whether it’s a fiance, mother, son, brother, etc.  The experience is not one that I’m overly familiar with.  In all honestly, I never flew too many places on my own before I was a working gal. However, in the recent years, I’ve been able to experience that exhilarating feeling of having someone wait for you at the arrivals baggage claim- and it’s amazing.

Walkway at O'Hare International Airport

The most magical (since I was 5 years old) airport walkway ever!

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My Carry-On

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I love Thirty-ones’s expand a tote. This bag has 3 pairs of capris, 3 dresses, my retro metro bag, undergarments, and 4 or 5 (can’t remember what I packed). Plus it has my carry-on eligible toiletries.

I have a bag checked with a crap load of swag, and of course, I have my computer bag. All and all, I’d say I’m a master packer.

Ready for BlogHer12

Products from Thirty-one, I love!

So, as I mentioned in a Facebook group for BlogHer12, I have several Thirty-one products that I plan on taking advantage of as I travel out to NYC this year. A few of the products are tried and true from last year, and a few I’ve used since, and can’t recommend any more highly. As soon as I have a chance, I’ll update with real world pics of these products.

First, let’s start with the bag that made me a Thirty-one fan.  When my mom decided she was going to start selling the bags, I thought she was nuts.  But since I was getting ready to travel to San Diego and wanted a great bag that I could expand out to a larger bag to accommodate BlogHer Swag.  I wanted a bag that would fit as a carry on as I went out to San Diego.  Enter the Expand-a-Tote.  This is by far my favorite bag.  When I flew out, it was considered “light” baggage, and I was able to board sooner than everyone else (with the babies and old folk crowd).  Not only was it good at tucking into places on the plane, but it also did a great job going through checked baggage on the way home.  I’m not joking when I say that Mom and I both have no idea which bag (she has two identical ones) I actually took. Please note, that you’ll need to buy a shoulder strap with this bag (however, that shoulder strap can be used with many other Thirty-one products).

The next item I loved was the Organizing Shoulder Bag. I borrowed one of her show models, and went months before I got my own, but that wasn’t with out constantly asking to borrow this baby.  It’s perfect when you’re going out anywhere- know you’ll need a purse that is big enough to hold your cell phone, small nook sized tablet or notebook, wallet, and has zippered pockets that ensure nothing falls out.  It fits across the body (and I’m  a heavier girl- so you should have no doubts that it will fit your body).   I recommend not getting a quilted pattern, as it makes the strap a little more difficult to loosen or tighten. Another great thing about this purse is that it easily fits in your computer bag (without being to bulky) so you can have your personal item be your laptop bag (as a carry on) and not a bulky purse.

Finally- the last item I took to BlogHer that I think is a great addition, was the Fold and Go Organizer with notebook.  This was great for holding my own business cards, as well as others’ in.  It also gave me quick access to paper if I needed to jot an idea down, while speaking with someone in the expo hall.   Currently, I’m using the one I bought while attending wedding planning appointments.  Overall, this is an excellent product that has so many versatile uses.  Did I mention it fits in the Organizing Shoulder Bag?

If you have any questions about the products I listed above, please let me know.  I am not a seller, but because of my mom’s status, I typically have access to a lot of the products to test out.

All  images are taken from the most recent (Summer 2012) catalog and are used solely to give information regarding products I love. I do not own the photos.