This:

this

I could stare at this all day.

(via)

Waterballoon Fight Anyone?

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Josh Malone has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds. Waterfight!

(via)

Snowflakes

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Stunning macro snowflake photographs by Buffalo based photographer Douglas Levere. (You can buy them as a print!)

‘Houshi Ryokan’ – A 1300 Year Old Hotel

Houshi Ryokan hotel is the oldest family-run business that is still operating in the world. Really enjoyed this mini documentary on the 1300 year old business, by Fritz Schuman.

A year ago, when traveling through Japan, I stayed at the Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto. Definitely my most memorable hotel experience to date.

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Home Organization Advice from Marie Kondo

“Ms. Kondo’s decluttering theories are unique, and can be reduced to two basic tenets: Discard everything that does not “spark joy,” after thanking the objects that are getting the heave-ho for their service; and do not buy organizing equipment — your home already has all the storage you need.”

Kissing Your Socks Goodbye, by Penelope Green

A Bigger Boat

http://martinaflor.com/portfolio/pick-me-up/

With all that I have planned for 2015, I might need a bigger boat, metaphorically speaking, of course. Happy new year to you all. Thanks for reading and taking part in this little (blog) world of mine. Also, happy my birthday to you!

(Illustration by Martina Flor)

Tattly | Built in Brooklyn

Seriously thrilled about this TechCrunch feature on my temporary tattoo company Tattly.

Pizza Slice Sleeping Bag

pizza slice sleeping bag

My 4 year old son is completely obsessed with pizza. So much, he wants his upcoming birthday party to be pizza themed, inspired by the Secret Pizza Party book. Being a good mom, I am doing pizza research and stumbled upon this pizza slice sleeping bag. Made me laugh.

Beautiful Mushrooms

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How stunning are these mushrooms? Nature, never ceases to amaze.

(via Hirnverbrandt)

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Mudita

The world needs more MUDITA, the opposite of schadenfreude.

Mudita is word from Sanskrit and Pali that has no counterpart in English. It means sympathetic or unselfish joy, or joy in the good fortune of others.”

(via Austin Kleon)

Friday Link Pack (on Sunday)

We watched this every year, on New Years Eve, back when I was a kid in Switzerland.

– Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

See a 100 year old woman transform into a young beautiful lady, thanks Photoshop.

– I have a new favorite cocktail, French 75, which I discovered at French Louis, my favorite neighborhood restaurant

– LOVE this Three Potato Four Wooden Arrow Chalkboard

– How to find out whether you’re a good cultural fit at any company

Abundance Without Attachment, by Arthur C. Brooks (via Chris)

You are a small speck. It’s all about perspective. 

– In case a family members asks you about Business Facebook advice over the holidays: How to create a Facebook Business Page (via)

Impressively innovative workplace ideas.

– “Unexamined privilege is the real source of cruelty in Facebook’s “Your Year in Review”—a feature conceived and designed by a group to whom nothing terrible has happened yet.” Read full article on Facebook’s Your year in Review by Jeffrey Zeldman

Mashable’s best iPhone Apps of 2014

– The history of web design explained in 9 GIFs

– Tempted to buy this wooden jewelry organizer.

– The best bridges of 2014

– Out of Print is looking to hire a Design Director

Drink Like an Engineer

AutoCAD drink recipes

Engineer Shaan Hurley created AutoCAD drawings of more than 70 different cocktail recipes. This is so wonderfully nerdy. Great find, FastCo.

Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker

My kids are happy know they can track santa. Talk about things that didn’t exist when I was a kid.

(via Bernadette)

Your Turn


Your Turn

Seth Godin‘s latest book. Do yourself a favor and get it.

Friday Link Pack

This is the time of the year where I seriously miss living near the Swiss alps. I grew up with a ski lift in front of my door that offered night skiing. It was heaven.

– So much fun: Inspirograph!

– The latest ONE OF MANY photo essay by Wesley Verhoeve is out, featuring creative types of Portland OR

– Hey graphic designers, did you see these 50 Vintage Text Effects?

How to pay attention, by Rob Walker

– This year’s National Geographic Photo Contest Winners

Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters.

– Surprise your family with this Christmas Tree Napkin Fold.

– Somehow I missed this when it did the rounds in October: If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Waistlines (thanks Oliver)

– A modern shelf with hooks. Love it.

– ‘Everything But the News’ Picks the Brain of a Five-Year-Old Venture Capitalist. Made me laugh.

– Gloves that keep you warm and let you use your phone at the same time: Glove.ly

– This cup and saucer made me look. (via)

– Love this: 30 Minute Infinity Scarf tutorial

– Joanna shares 8 entertaining tips

– Yellow stains on your pillow? Here’s how to wash and whiten pillows.

– Sam Lyon’s amazing Jelly Gummies GIFs!

– In need of some visual inspiration? Directory of design blogs.

Play Dough Type.

Doors to other cities. What a great idea. (via)

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Dan Pallotta on Charity

Grateful that my friend Mac pointed me to this powerful TED talk by Dan Pallotta. Some serious food for thought.

Dan is an activist calling out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done.

Mac Premo on being a parent

“I don’t raise children, I raise adults.”
Mac Premo

Ping Pong Balls + LED Lights

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Love this DIY idea: Using ping pong balls and LED lights to make a festive garland.

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight

Leeo Smart Nightlight

Leeo is a beautifully designed nightlight that connects to your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Smart!

(via Fast Co. Design)

A Simple Trick That Makes Batting Around Balloons More Fun

I am so doing this with my kids this weekend.

(via Laughing Squid)

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch

Hunger Crunch is a FREE online game that fights world hunger. All proceeds go to help feed orphaned children around the world.

Play the game online or download it from the App Store!