Saturday, March 26, 2011

U.S. Fund for UNICEF raising money for children affected by disasters in Japan :: News Releases :: Media Center :: U.S. Fund for UNICEF - UNICEF USA

U.S. Fund for UNICEF raising money for children affected by disasters in Japan :: News Releases :: Media Center :: U.S. Fund for UNICEF - UNICEF USA

This is a short one.

Please consider donating to UNICEF! They save the lives of children all around the world through food and programs. Their "program dollars" ratio is one of the best for charity organizations. And the disasters didn't end with Japan; in the same region, there was an earthquake in Myanmar.

You can navigate to the donations page once you're at the site. Thanks in advance!

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Design! I AM a Game Changer at Doug E. Shirts on Zazzle

New Design Friday! That's right, Doug E. Shirts has a new design just about every Friday and this week's is a game-changer! No really... the name of this design is "I AM a Game Changer". Are you the one who brings positive chaos to a situation? Do you know someone who spins a group into a new direction? This is the design that is sweeping the nation! Get it on many fine Zazzle products today. It's customizable!

I like the term and was trying to figure out a way to use it in a design for Zazzle products. Does it work for you?


Browse other personalized gifts from Zazzle.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Top 5 Favorite Recipes from Allrecipes.com!

I love to eat! Recently, I had to figure out how to "love" a little less due to health reasons. Equipped with the knowledge of what I could and could not eat, I turned to Allrecipes.com and signed up to be a Supporting Member. being a Supporting Member gives you tools to filter based on your criteria. And now that they have a new Menus section that breaks out meals in different categories by popularity, meals, cuisine, season, holiday and diet, it couldn't be easier!

What follows are my Top 5 recipes (so far!). Click on the title to go to the recipe. Please feel free to suggest your favorites as well.



I use raisins instead of dried cherries. I also cut the brown sugar down to 1/4 cup.


Yummy!

Make sure to read the comments for great variations. Most of them recommend adding corn and more spices.


Follow the recipe and you can't fail!


Awesome!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine | Video on TED.com

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine | Video on TED.com

In this TED video, Hans Rosling proclaims the washing machine as the greatest invention of the industrial age. And once you think about it, how can you disagree?

Let's face it - washing clothes was once time-consuming, back-breaking work, primarily done by women. With the invention of the washing machine, women were given the gift of discretionary time. Time that they could spend with their children and concern themselves with more than chore drudgery. What I like about this presentation is that I find myself questioning what truly is revolutionary as well as by what perspective I'm measuring that status. In addition, I am reminded that really great achievements are measured not only what effort is expended to achieve the goal, but what it actually means in improving the quality of life.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Books I'm Reading (Part 3): Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job


I'm Doug and I'm currently unemployed. Sure, I have the great Doug E. Shirts at Zazzle site, but I don't get the medical benefits with that. So, like a lot of people nowadays, I'm looking for a job. And I'm finding that job hunting has changed in the last ten years, so I figured I would get some "new thinking" from Jay Conrad Levinson and David E. Perry in their book Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0: 1,001 Unconventional Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Landing Your Dream Job (longest. title. ever.). My copy is a Kindle version and revised. I'm looking for ideas to jump-start my job search and ideas to possibly strengthen the marketing of my Zazzle store.

Chapter 2 is all about personal branding, guerrilla style. The following is a summarization that applies the themes to my job hunt as well as the marketing for my Zazzle store.

- How to Stay Motivated

This section has four steps to fight the rejection and negativity one faces when looking for a job or career.

1. Take Charge of Your Job Hunt

Only you know your strengths and weaknesses. To possess the authenticity in interviews, you have to write your own resume and cover letters.

Job Hunt: This is a known. I don't want to look like I don't know what's on my resume or what I wrote in a cover letter.
Zazzle Store: I've got to know my products and stand behind my designs. For me, this also means keeping to my mission statement and make my designs positive!

2. Adopt a Tough Mindset

Surround yourself with positive people and lose the "Debbie Downers" or the people who feed off others failures. We need support, not sympathy.


Job Hunt: Network with supportive people. Stay away from other job hunters eager to blame their lot on everyone and everything other than themselves.
Zazzle Store: Network with other successful Zazzlers. Accept constructive criticism and stay away from other soured Zazzlers, friends and family that don't get it. Don't listen to your Aunt that has never bought a t-shirt in her life.

3. Stay Focused

Track and record your efforts. Stay on track in what your you're doing. Actually write down your accomplishments and setbacks; you need to see what you're doing to be successful.

Job Hunt: Not only is this a great way to keep yourself honest, but you can also learn and see what's working and what's not.
Zazzle Store: Sometimes it can be easy just designing and ignore why I opened the store in the first place - to SELL STUFF! I've got to be willing to track sales, see what sold and continue to improve my store.

4. Think Positive

You have to believe you will be successful. Write positive affirmations and always keep your goals in mind. It will be worth it!

Job Hunt: Don't talk yourself out of a job! Do the things you need to do to stay on your game. This includes eating right, sleeping, networking and look at the bright side.
Zazzle Store: I can come up with a million reasons why my Zazzle products won't sell. But that's not positive OR true. People I don't even know have bought my products! If I believe in myself and my designs and do the things I need to do to be successful, the rest will follow.



To be continued...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Beautiful Italy Poster - Cathedral of Milan from Crisferra Gallery and Zazzle.com

Beautiful Italy Poster - Cathedral of Milan from Zazzle.com

I've been to Italy and this poster brings back so many good memories! Cristina (Crisferra Gallery) is a graphic designer living in Italy and she really digs photography. You can buy many of her images not only in her Zazzle Store, but working images on sites such as Shutterstock and iStockPhoto. She also is on Facebook, Twitter and has a blog! Please take an opportunity to view her art.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sarah Kay performs " B "



Sarah Kay is a spoken-word poet and started when she was 14(!). I'm sure many who have seen her on HBO's Def Poetry know her work but she just found me. She performs her poetry stunningly. I encorage you to view the YouTube video (a NSFW word or two at the end) and check out her body of work.