Really lovely canvas messenger bag by See Design Shop. Comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns.
A big thank you to Brainbean for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.
Parents! Let your kids explore their creativity with Brainbean It’s a brand new, free iPad app with fun and colorful creative mini-games.
“The perfect game to inspire family-time creative play,” says Common Sense Media. “Educational but not necessarily just for kids,” wrote msn.com. Gizmodo described Brainbean as “a brain training app suitable for anyone from the ages of nine to 109. With eight games available, based on various scientific exercises, with the aim of challenging your brain to the full.” One teacher who uses the app in her classroom wrote: “Brainbean is a colorful, kid-friendly game that will boost your students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.”
Download Brainbean for free from the iPad App Store.
Team Tattly partnered with North American Bear on tattoable dolls, called Cutie Tattootie. Seriously adorable, right. (Not to mention the girl!) The fox comes with 12 Tattly tattoos that the kid can either apply on themselves or on the doll. Put the doll in the washer and the tattoos disappear. Fun, right?
The new Nomiku Sous Vide immersion circulator looks fantastic. If you like to be a nerd, even in the kitchen, Nomiku is for you.
“A salad with too many walnuts or a sauce with too many capers is like a Sunday with too many free hours – you stop appreciating the pleasure they provide. I think about that when I cook. Put just enough sweet cubes of carrots in a soup, and you won’t have to search too hard to find one, but when you do, it’ll still give you a little thrill.”
- April Bloomfield
From the new book called The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom by Princeton Architectural Press
I blogged about the beautiful Swing Bin in February of 2010. At the time, it was just a concept, and now, with this Kickstarter campaign, we are all one step closer to owning our own. The Swing Bin is so sculptural that at first glance you might not notice that it is a waste bin. Its diagonal opening has been dramatically cut with a wooden lid, a lid that swings and tilts.
I am so totally supporting Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Kickstarter campaign. You?
Texts: Cool! What does it say? Emails: Oh God… what do they want? Phone call: I basically assume someone has died.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 17, 2013
“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”
- Robert Greene
Found the above quote via this blog post, feed your head + find your soul, by Justine Musk. Something I think about a lot, hoping I’ll be able to help my kids find what they really, really love.
I saw this image and thought: Must buy a lake! Then this aqua trampoline. Oh, the fun that would be had!
I have a thing for birch trees. Totally ok with these wall decals if I can’t have the real thing…
A big thank you to Elmastudio for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.
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“I don’t want to be afraid to say what I haven’t yet figured out or to give realistic projections of what we can deliver when. As a designer, I never promised a client anything I couldn’t deliver, and I won’t start now as a founder.”
Pitching Like a Girl, by Ellen Johnston
A Better Queue lets you filter Netflix’s instantly streaming movies by Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, number of reviews, years, and genres. It also lets you add movies straight to your queue. Awesome!
I recently had the pleasure to meet Charlie Kim of a Manhattan based technology firm called Next Jump. He is a remarkable example of a founder and CEO that is all about seeing his employees grow, not only in skill but in character.
Charlie has developed multitude of internal company culture programs that range from an in-house mentor program, to fitness programs, as well an internal university.
He has also developed a staff inclusive hiring process that guarantees a new hire never to be fired. Charlie Kim sees a new hire similar to a family adopting a new family member. If your kid underperforms you nurture and help them, don’t kick them out.
Charlie’s work is nothing short of impressive and just like him, I want my employees to feel cared for and I want them to be proud to work for me.
Charlie is a huge role model to me when it comes to how he thinks about company culture. Watch his keynote at the Colorado Health Symposium and you’ll see why.
Simon Sinek mentions Charlie in his most recent TED talk.