Alt Summit Online Classes

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

Alt-Channel Online Classes

Just a few years ago, I heard about this cool-designer-blogger-conference-where-you-meet-tons-of-people-and-everyone-looks-rad-in-SLC. I saw photographs from the event and started reading blogs authored by the people who attended. I thought, “those are my peeps!” And I knew had to go someday. It is called Altitude Design Summit or referenced as Alt Summit and it’s a “place where design and lifestyle bloggers in all their forms— foodies, photographers, travelers, fashionistas, interior designers, product placers, adventurers — come together, share ideas and connect with marketers.” Sounds amazing, right!?

Well, I haven’t made it to the conference in SLC yet (hopefully in January!), but I have attended the next best thing. Their online classes which are taught by professional bloggers via video in a sort of online classroom setting where you can chat it up with other class attendees and even live tweet about your learnings. They cover a lot of blog how-to topics such as advertising, using photoshop, and staying organized. Most classes are for the beginner blogger trying to find their voice on the internet. I must tell you I was blown away by the $15 registration fee and I’m talkin’ blown away as a good thing! You learn so much and it’s a real hoot connecting with other bloggers! So far, I’ve taken two classes, but I plan on taking many more.

Find out more information about Alt Summit classes here.

*By posting this, I am receiving 2 FREE online classes from Bing. (Thanks, Bing!) You can too. Image via

Happy Monday Links

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

Happy Monday Links! These should start your workday off right. Because we all know how productive Mondays are. And hopefully they will give you some ideas for Father’s Day. Leni and I are still working on something special for Chris. But I’d love to get him any one of these!


A polarizing filter case for the iPhone? Yes.

Carded iPhone case. Awesome.

A bed that literally makes itself in under a minute. You have to watch this.

Oh my! These are going to be hot this summer. I have got to get Chris {me} some.

And…wood watches!

Ever heard of the iDad?

This is perfect for the computer specialist {geek} dad.


I hope your week goes perfectly.



My Desktop is a Mess

Posted on: June 7th, 2012

Simple Desktops

Let’s be honest with each other. My computer’s desktop is a mess.

I’m notorious for letting the desktop get filled up with files and photos and then dumping EVERYTHING into a new folder called “desktop” on the desktop. Ha! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Then the “desktop” folder on the desktop goes untouched for months and sometimes even years. I’m a file hoarder. And it’s time to stop. I’m determined to get all 5 (yes, we have 5) desktops in immaculate order. And then I want to share my organization tips with you!

How about you? Do you work with a messy desktop? Are you like Capree? Did that just give you anxiety? Are your files nice and tidy? I’d love to hear your tips!

The above image is from Simple Desktops. Their pretty wallpapers might motivate me to get started.


A Cleaner Internet

Posted on: June 6th, 2012

A Cleaner YouTube

Have you heard of A Cleaner Internet? They make surfing sites like YouTube and Amazon clutter-free. Instead of the related videos that populate to the right of a YouTube video, the interface is clean, sleek and only shows the video you are watching. Try it out here. It sounds pretty great because how many times have you wound up watching hours and hours of cat videos on YouTube? Just one more…just one more.

It would also be useful for watching YouTube videos with children of any age. Sometimes the related video thumbnails can be questionable. YouTube.clea.nr eliminates the worry of something inappropriate appearing in front of your kiddos.